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Hear them roar Sensational Sue made headlines in May 2000. Sue is 42 ft-long and 65 million years old. She’s the world’s most complete, best preserved, and largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, and she went on permanent display at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. Her towering personality encouraged us to check out some of her kind.
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Football megastar David Beckham announced on Thursday that he is to retire after a glittering 20-year playing career in which he became one of the most widely recognised figures in world sport. The former England captain, 38, made the announcement shortly after winning the Ligue 1 title with French giants Paris SaintGermain, which made him the first Englishman to win league championships in four different countries.
KIRAN BATS FOR THE GIRL CHILD, HITS RIVALS FOR A SIX
REPORT ON P3 Massive goodwill gesture for the girl child in AP. Riding roughshod over rivals, Kiran justifies Bangaru Talli, his new scheme for the girl child with Census data that shows a sharp fall in sex ratio loaded against girls. His Cabinet colleagues revolted saying he was announcing schemes on his own, without consultation.
Dazzling fashion parade The premiere of The Great Gatsby at Cannes was a star-studded soiree with guests, adhering to the theme ‘Roaring Twenties’, bringing 1920s glamour to the red carpet.
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Dessert making workshop for teenagers and adults will be held at PANACHE - The Finishing School, Banjara Hills on May 17 from 2 pm to 4 pm.
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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES SHOWS Music to serve a cause Karuna, musical concert dedicated to kids with HIV. Concert will feature singer Usha Uthup and others.. Where: HITEX, Madhapur When: May 17, 5.30 pm It’s showtime Sign Please, a humorous play by deaf actors will be staged. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills When: May 19, 7.30 pm
Beautiful lights Candle making workshop. Where: PANACHE - The Finishing School, Banjara Hills. When: May 18, 2 pm to 4 pm
THE CYCLE DIARIES: Members of Hyderabad Cycling Club ride along Necklace Road in the early morning. M ANILKUMAR.
Where: Di Bella Coffee, Jubilee Hills When: On May 18
Carnival time Chota Bheem carnival that will feature solo dance, solo singing, fancy dress and drawing competitions will be held. Online registration is on till May 25. Where: Inorbit Mall, Hitech City When: May 27 Group show Works of four artists Jaya Prakash, K Srinivas, Murali and Shanti are on display.
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Art attack Khaandikaa, works of artist Aditi Gemini are on display. Where: Muse Art Gallery, Tank Bund Road When: Till May 18, 11 am to 7 pm
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Traditional Beats Exhibition of paintings by Anuradha Thakur is on. Where: Novotel, Shamshabad When: Till May 18, 9 am to 9 pm
BBQ night Saturday Sunset Barbecue will be held. Where: The Square, Kondapur When: May 18, 7 pm
DINING King of fruits Mango food festival is on. Where: The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace
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Ocean’s Eleven Eleven of the finest prawns are on offer. Where: Lacantina, Novotel. When: Till May 31, 7 pm to 11 pm Mango Mania
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Art and craft A five-day craft camp for kids above the age of 8. Kids will get to learn punch craft, quilling and stocking flowers. Where: PANACHE - The Finishing School, Banjara Hills. When: May 27 to May 31, 2 pm to 4 pm
Play pursuits Children’s theatre workshop by Samahaara. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills When: Till June 1, 5 pm to 7 pm Fit as a fiddle A zumba fitness workshop by Vijaya. Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills When: May 17, 7.30 pm to 9 pm
Dish out Biscuit-making classes are on. Where: Colorama Printers, Begumpet. When: Till May 16, 10 am to 1 pm.
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The joy of reading A two-day reading workshop for children will be held. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills When: May 15 and May 16, 10 am to 12 noon.
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CM hits rivals for a six
Riding roughshod over the Opposition, Kiran justifies Bangaru Talli, his new scheme for girl child ,with Census data that shows a sharp fall in sex ratio. INKESHAF AHMED email@example.com
In Census-2001, the girl child sex ratio stood at 962 for 1,000 male children. That the State ought to give a big hand to the poor families having girl children is the verdict of the political pundits. The scheme was announced by the CM during a public meeting in Medak district recently. There was a huge cry of protest from his detractors, who took up the matter with the party high command in Delhi. At the forefront were ministers Dr DL Ravindra Reddy and K Jana Reddy. “Kiran was subjected to quizzing on this aspect and he was cornered; but the Census finding gave him a handle that his rivals find difficult to deal
Terms for leucoderma in Sanskrit litt changed This has been done to remove misconceptions about the illness.
HYDERABAD: Census data has come to his aid. CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy has been under heavy artillery fire from his Cabinet colleagues. Those who accused him of dictatorial behaviour for announcing schemes without consulting the Cabinet are now running for cover. The CM took out the Census report, 2011, that says girls’ population has recorded a heavy fall in AP. All of a sudden, the Bangaru Talli scheme, aimed at helping the girl child, is agreed upon to be a necessary measure. The Opposition has fallen silent. According to Census-2011, the sex ratio of females stands at 943 for 1,000 males. There is a decrease of 19 female children per thousand in the latest report. AROUND THE
MUMBAI: Maharashtra today became the second state after Tamil Nadu to replace traditional names of leucoderma to clear misconceptions about the cutaneous condition. “The illness has nothing to do with leprosy but is just a physiological condition,” health officials said. It is wrongly mentioned in some ancient Sanskrit literature as “shwet kusht”, they said, adding the use of words like “shwet kusht” or “kod” is henceforth banned. “Now onwards, it will be AROUND THE
with,” said a Kiran supporter. According to an official release from CM’s office, he stressed on the need to implement the scheme by citing the decreasing sex ratio. Without losing time, the CM asked officials to come up with a draft for the next Cabinet meeting in order to implement the scheme at the earliest. A close aide and senior Congress leader said that the wise strategy devised by the CM would shut the mouths of his bitter critics. “ The scheme was announced to extend the fruits of development to girl children of the State. But the sudden revolt put him on the back foot for a while. Thanks to the Census-2011 data, the CM can go ahead with his scheme with a genuine reason and shut the mouths of his detractors.”
What is Bangaru Talli?
s per the Bangaru Talli scheme, every girl child belonging to a poor family will begin to get cash benefits immediately after her birth. The State government will deposit `2,500 in the bank account of the girl’s mother immediately after her birth. From then on, till the girl attains the age of five, `1,500 would be given every year to the girl for her expenses in Anganwadi centres. A sum of `1,000 will be given to the girl child immediately on her admission to primary school and she will be entitled to get `2,000
every year for her studies from Classes I to V. She will be paid `2,500 each year from Classes VI to VIII, and `3,000 each for Classes IX and X. Once she enrols at an intermediate level course, the girl will be paid `3,500 per year and `4,000 for each of the three years of graduation. The State also has a provision if the girl stops her education after intermediate: She will be paid `50,000 towards marriage expenses and `1 lakh if she opts for marriage after graduation. The total cost the State would incur on each girl child would be `2.1 lakh.
Officials said those suffering from the illness are ill-treated because of misconceptions and girls face problems in marriage. referred to as ‘shwet twacha’ or leucoderma,” according to officials. Acknowledging the stigma that is typically associated with the condition in society, they said there are a lot of misconceptions about the illness and those suffering from it are ill-treated and girls face problems in marriage. “The illness is not contagious and does not result in death or handicap. There are no complications even if it is not treated,” they added. PTI
CITY BRIEFS Man commits suicide under ‘financial burden’
House burgled, cash, jewellery stolen
Over `26 crore sanction for GHMC projects
Special counters for superfine rice
IPL season 6 records 52% growth viewership
An ex-serviceman, G Venkateshwar Rao, 62, a resident of Saidabad, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison on Wednesday night at Gurramguda village of Vanasthalipuram. He was apparently facing ﬁnancial hardships after his daughter’s marriage. Before he took his life, he had called his son-in-law to say he was bidding goodbye to life.
Nearly 10 tolas gold, one diamond ring and some cash were stolen from the house of Susheela Devi, a resident of Mettugada in Secunderabad. Devi and her family were away when their house was burgled on May 16. Thieves broke open the window and entered the house. Chikalguda police are investigating the case.
The government has accorded sanctions for three projects — building a 3.21 km retaining wall in Serilingampally, remodelling of Shaikpet nallah and widening of existing bridge across Hussain Sagar surplus nallah at Arvind Nagar to ease trafﬁc bottlenecks — proposed by the GHMC. The total cost of the sanctions has come up to `26.03 crore.
The commissioner of civil supplies has directed the joint collectors to open required number of special counters for sale of superﬁne varieties of rice at `30 per kilo. Rice millers have sold 71,524 quintals of superﬁne varieties through 1,260 special counters. The shortage of special counters at Rythu Bazaars has made way for this requirement.
As per the viewership numbers recorded at 38 matches, IPL online, across both boxtv.com and youtube.com/indiatimes recorded a 52 per cent growth in viewership (75.2 million this year vs 49.3 million last year). In India, Bangalore and Hyderabad lead the viewership with 14 per cent each. No other live event has got this response in India.
News FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013 LAST YEAR... HERE Too little, too late
ast year we had reported that several students lost their chance to appear for the inter-supplementary examinations, because they did not receive their hall tickets in time. Though the high court issued an order to ensure that students get their hall tickets, the ruling came too late for the 20,000 odd students who had to wait another year for their chance.
MAY 17, 2012
The case that captivated a nation
Five years on, the Aarushi Talwar case continues to hog the headlines. With no major headway, it remains one of India’s biggest murder mysteries.
is the amount raised through a Christie’s auction of contemporary art in New York. The artwork sold included a drip painting by Jackson Pollock, which hauled in a staggering $58.4 million.
Her (Angelina Jolie) highlighting of the barriers to testing, particularly cost, is one of the issues that is at the heart of our case. Sandra Park Attorney ﬁghting against patenting of genes See page 8
THINGS WE 5LEARNT TODAY The column that teaches everyone something new about the way the world functions.
Chief minister makes a bold move to help girls. After census data showed that the State’s sex ratio was abysmal, the CM decided to launch girl-friendly schemes without waiting for his party members and the Opposition to discuss it.
Coming ﬁrst is not always a good thing. Being chosen as the ﬁrst candidate to get a party ticket is an honour, but not in the TRS. The myth is the ﬁrst one always loses, so the cadres prefer coming in second.
Cyclone Mahasen hits Bangladesh and Myanmar. The coast is being lashed by a massive cyclone, forcing citizens to hunker down in evacuation shelters and hope for the best.
1.5 billion-year-old water to shed light on evolution. The oldest water found on earth should help us understand how the earth came into being.
100!Creations for your listening pleasure. A young bunch of producers in the City want to promote and popularise musical talent here.
TIMELINE May 16, 2008: Aarushi Talwar found dead in the bedroom of her Noida home. May 17: Body of Hemraj, the Talwars' domestic help, found on the terrace. May 23: Aarushi's father Rajesh held. May 31: CBI takes over case. June: Krishna, Rajesh's compounder, arrested by the CBI. Ten days later, Raj Kumar, the servant of a doctor friend of the Talwars, and Vijay Mandal, the domestic help of Talwars' neighbour, also nabbed. July: Rajesh set free by court after CBI fails to present evidence against him. December 2010: The CBI files closure report, stating Rajesh is the main suspect but there is not enough evidence against him.
NEW DELHI: Who killed Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj? Five years after the 14-year-old was found with her throat slit in her Noida home along with the family's domestic help, there is still no answer to who committed the murders most foul. Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are being tried for the murder of their daughter and domestic help in a court in Ghaziabad, not far from their home in Noida. Subjected to relentless media glare in a case that has caught the imagination of the nation and refuses to leave the headlines, the Talwars maintain they are innocent. And the CBI, which in December 2010 had filed a closure report saying that Rajesh was the main suspect but there was no evidence against him, is arguing
he swirl of allegations and innuendo, with terms like incest, wife-swapping and compromising positions doing the rounds in drawing rooms all over the country, caught the Talwars right in the middle.
that the parents are responsible. It was on the morning of May 16, 2008 that Aarushi, a student of Delhi Public School, was found dead at her Jalvayu Vihar apartment in Noida. Hemraj, initially the prime suspect, was found killed on the terrace a day later.
Police first said Hemraj murdered Aarushi. When Hemraj's body was found, they said Rajesh was the main accused. In a televised press conference, a Noida police officer triggered outrage when he said Rajesh had killed them both after finding them in a compromising position. In the five years since, the proceedings have confounded even a Bollywood pot-boiler with charges, counter-charges and an entire society divided on the question of who is guilty. In the latest move, the Talwars have sought the summoning of 14 witnesses in the case, including former CBI official Arun Kumar. However, Supreme Court declined it.
February 2011: A special Ghaziabad court orders that Rajesh and Nupur Talwar be tried for Aarushi's murder. May: Rajesh and Nupur charged by Ghaziabad court with murder, destruction of evidence and conspiracy. April 2013: CBI officer tells court that Aarushi, Hemraj were killed by the Talwars. CBI also tells court that victims were found in objectionable position. May 3: Defence counsel pleads before a special court to summon 14 people, including former CBI joint director Arun Kumar as witnesses. However, the trail court and Supreme Court refused the petition a week later.
Fancy a cup of tea?
Taj Krishna brings the traditional British afternoon tea concept to India with perfection and class. Tea Lounge at the Arcade is a delight between 3pm and 6pm. SRINIVAS SETTY
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Hyderabadis too, Taj Krishna has brought this English tradition to their Tea Lounge at the Arcade. Afternoon tea HYDERABAD: There is no more is served between 3pm and 6pm. The Tea quintessential British ritual than the cer- Lounge boasts of more than 100 varieties emony of afternoon tea. It is believed of premium teas — black, green and that the credit for this custom goes to white — herbal infusions, and more than 10 different single origin Anna, the seventh coffees. The accompaniDuchess of Bedford in AROUND THE ments, also served in the the early 19th century. CITY traditional British way on Legend has it that the tiered cake stands, include Duchess began ordering afternoon tea, along with bread, butter bite-size sandwiches made with egg, and cakes to her room to fill the long cucumber, tuna; fruit tarts; and quintgap between lunch and dinner. Soon, essential scones with cream and jam. So, if you’re looking for a fancy she started inviting friends to tea, thus place to relax in the afternoon, Taj marking the beginning of this custom. In an attempt to fill the gap for Krishna’s doors are open.
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‘Planet hunter’ Kepler breaks down ‘Not ready to call the mission over,’ officials say; scientists will try to fix the problem. WASHINGTON: NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft appears to be hobbled by a faulty wheel and may be near the end of its four-year mission, space agency scientists said Wednesday. Kepler, a $600 million mission, was launched in 2009 on a search for other planets. So far, it has found 2,700 candidates, including a handful that may be habitable worlds, not too hot and
not too cold. The problem is a reaction wheel that keeps the spacecraft pointed but has stopped working, said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA. “We are not ready to call the mission over,” said Grunsfeld, adding that scientists are still going to try and figure out how to get the wheel restarted.
The problem was discovered on Tuesday, when the spacecraft went into a pre-programmed safe mode that kicks in “if the observatory has trouble knowing where it should point,” said Grunsfeld.
Scientists have been expecting that such a problem may arise, since the wheels have a limited lifespan and a different reaction wheel broke down in July. NASA has not turned that wheel, reaction wheel 2, back on since, and the spacecraft needs a minimum of three wheels to function in the way it was intended. It will take experts a few weeks to decide the next steps. AGENCIES
Music gets fresher, better Crew members of local production house 100!creations talk about their motive to recognise and support talent to popularise music on a wide scale. ALRIC QUINTIN email@example.com HYDERABAD: Music is a part of everyone’s life. It is that one activity which is common in our daily lives. Postnoon speaks to the cast and crew of 100!creations, a home production that promises to deliver great music and receive any form of talent in order to popularise this kind of activity among a large section of people. “The first song O meri Jaan is the opening song of this music album. The song is of rock genre but its melody and lyrics portray it to be a ‘break-up’ song,” says MHA Farmaan, a lyricist, singer and composer. “It is not a heavy metal song, but more of soft or alternative rock, as we had to keep the theme of the song in mind,” says Stephan Daniel. “We are specifically not a band but we are a team of producers who inculcate talent among the youth. We are here to recognise various talent and give people an opportunity to work towards it and showcase the same. Farmaan is a very talented person and we are promoting him primarily because of his interest in music and his talent in the same field. He had won the prestigious Ugadi Puraskar at the age of seven,
We accept any amount of talent and are here to recognise and promote them through our production house. Stephan Daniel Crew member
The cast and crew of 100!creations, who now plan to organise a live performance to encourage new and fresh talent in the field of music.
and now we have decided to give him the chance to prove himself. With his talent, we plan to rejuvenate the music era of Lucky Ali and AR Rehman songs, because they were and still are some of the greatest musicians and it is sad to see the culture dying. We want to give him the opportunity to revive some good music with the help of his own skill and ability,”
says Daniel. Speaking about the first single of the singer, Stephen adds, “Farmaan wanted to work on his first song all by himself. He penned the lyrics and composed the song on his own. This song, also sung by him, revolves around the theme of a ‘break-up’, wherein the male protagonist is seen going through a tough time after his break-up.” “We accept any amount of talent and are ready to promote it through our production house. We are glad to have M Gouri
Shankar, who is a concept director and has worked in several short movies, as a part of our team. He is currently working on this project to make a mark of his own. We also have Natasha Pamnani, who was the first runner-up of Miss Hyderabad 2012. She has also acted in short roles in movies. Our team exhibits a lot of talent, and for that we have plans of organising a live performance, most probably in the first week of June. We are a team which is always open to challenges, and (we want to) create a huge scope for the young aspirers. Due to our love for classical music, music has always been a passion for us,” say Daniel and fellow crew member Siddarth Putta.
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Jackson was an abuser, says dancer LOS ANGELES: An Australian choreographer alleged Thursday that Michael Jackson sexually abused him for seven years as a child, a claim described as “outrageous and sad”. Wade Robson told a TV interviewer that the self-styled King of Pop was a “paedophile and a child sexual abuser”. Robson’s lawyer Henry Gradstein issued a statement saying: “Michael Jackson was a monster and every normal person knows it.” Robson had filed a lawsuit on May 1 claiming “childhood sexual abuse” by Jackson, who died in 2009 aged 50. AFP AROUND THE
Japan man, 80, starts Everest ascent TOKYO: An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer has begun his ascent of Mount Everest, in a bid to become the oldest man to reach the roof of the world. In a voice message recorded on his website, Yuichiro Miura said the expedition was setting off on Thursday for a climb which could take over a week’s time. Miura is trying to get back a Guinness World Record that he first held in 2003 when he became the oldest man to climb Everest. The title is currently held by Nepal’s Min Bahadur Sherchan, who set foot on the 8,848-metre summit in May 2008. AFP
News FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
JUSTICE AT LAST
More subways planned
Quoting the failure of Koti subway, citizens’ group Right2Walk says ‘At Grade’ or ‘Pelican’ crossings are best suited for Hyderabad. N SHIVA KUMAR
Md NIZAMUDDIN firstname.lastname@example.org HYDERABAD: Similar to Mumbai’s subway system, the GHMC has made big plans to construct subways at four busy pedestrian crossings which will have shops underground. But pedestrian rights groups are averse to the idea, citing various factors including women’s safety. It is after a gap of three decades that the GHMC will be trying to make subways. It has identified Afzal Gunj, Abids (Grammar School), Owaisi Hospital and Mehdipatnam as spots where there has been pedestrian problems for years. According to civic officials, the estimated cost for these subways would be `3.94 crore. “We have sent the project for administrative sanction to the government and detailed project report will be prepared after the GHMC gets the nod,” says superintending engineer R Sreedhar.
The estimated cost for the four subways, planned at Afzal Gunj, Abids, Owaisi Hospital and Mehdipatnam, would be `3.94 crore.
These subways are billed to relieve pedestrians from risking their lives while crossing the road. Shops along subways will assure commercial activity which will help keep it free from trouble, it is believed.
But civic organisations like Right2Walk have expressed disapproval of the subways. According to Kanthimathi Kannan, convener of Right2Walk foundation, women’s security is in question during night hours. She points out that people are not used to this kind of set-up. “What happened to the subways of Koti and RTC crossroads? They were constructed
CHRISTIE’S ART AUCTION
Auction raises nearly half billion dollars
It wasn’t just the most successful auction of contemporary art at Christie’s, but the biggest art auction haul ever. SEBASTIAN SMITH email@example.com NEW YORK: A blockbuster auction of Contemporary art in New York, including a record $58.4 million for a Jackson Pollock drip painting, fetched nearly half a billion dollars on Wednesday. Christie’s said its sale raised a “staggering” total of $495,021,500, with 94 percent of lots finding buyers. Nine of AROUND THE
the works sold went for more than $10 million and 23 for more than $5 million. It was “the highest total in auction history,” Brett Gorvy, head of post-war and Contemporary art, said. “The remarkable bidding and record prices set reflect a new era in the art market, wherein seasoned collectors and new bidders compete at the highest level within a global market,” Gorvy said. Leading the frenzied charge were the Pollock and a work by one-time graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, which set another record at $48.8 million. The exuberant sale came a day after rival Sotheby’s sold Barnett Newman’s “Onement VI” for $43.84 million and a Gerhard Richter photo-style painting called “Domplatz, Mailand” for $37.1 million — the highest for any living artist. Christie’s Manhattan sale also saw Basquiat’s “Dustheads” sail past its $25 million to $35 million pre-sale estimate to the highest auction price ever for the artist, who died in 1988 of a heroin overdose in New York, aged just 27. The other mega sale of the evening was “Woman with flowered hat” by Pop Art master Roy Lichtenstein, going for $56.1 million. AFP
about 30 years ago and they’re a complete failure,” explains Kannan. She points out that ‘Atgrade’ or ‘Pelican’ crossing would be the best options for pedestrians but FOBs and subways will be of no help. Right2Walk, which has taken the case of FOB to Lokayukta, is averse to construction of subways. “They have been experimenting with the lives of pedestrians. To counter the futile efforts which is likely to have advertisement interests for the corporation, I shall go to Lokayukta,” she warns.
Aussie gets 45 yrs for raping, killing Indian NATASHA CHAKU firstname.lastname@example.org MELBOURNE: A 21-year-old Australian man was sentenced to 45 years in jail with a minimum non-parole period of 30 years for the “planned and premeditated” rape and murder of Indian student Tosha Thakkar, who he strangled to death, stuffed into a suitcase and dumped in a canal. Daniel Stani-Reginald raped and strangled 24-year-old Thakkar AROUND THE
to death with a cable on March 21, 2011, when he was aged only 19, Sydney Morning Herald reported. “The offender strangled her, an extraordinary cruel act,” New South Wales SC judge Derek Price said, adding the accused had shown no remorse or contrition for the pain he had inflicted. It was heard that the crime had a “strong sexual element” and that he had been planning it for months. PTI
News FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
1.5 bn-year-old water found in Canada mine Scientists hope further study on the water may help understand how life evolved on early Earth. LONDON: Water drilled from rock in a North American mine is at least 1.5 billion years old, the Novel dating techniques used by the Canadian and UK team found. This is among the oldest yet found on Earth, say scientists. The water was probably once on the surface and then percolated through the ground where it became trapped at a depth of 2.4km. The discovery, made under Timmins, Ontario, is reported in
Although far from any light source, particular types of micro-organism could survive in the water. this week’s edition of the journal Nature. Although far from any light source, particular types of microorganism could survive in the
water — it has the right chemistry; it is rich in dissolved gases like hydrogen and methane. The team is currently testing
its samples to determine whether any such lifeforms are indeed present, reported the BBC. “There are similar waters in South Africa with almost identical chemistry that are tens of millions of years old, and they contain microbes that have adapted to that environment,” explained Prof Chris Ballentine from Manchester University. “These are microbes that can survive on the energy from the natural water-rock interactions,” he told BBC News.
A positive identification would have fascinating implications for our understanding of how life evolved on the early Earth and where it could exist underground today on other planets, such as Mars, Prof Ballentine added. AGENCIES
Liyaqat granted bail While Central investigative agencies say he sneaked in to conduct terror attacks in Delhi, the J&K cops say he was on his way to surrender. NEW DELHI: Suspected Hizbul militant Liyaqat Shah, arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly conspiring to carry out terror attacks in the national capital, was today granted bail by a special NIA court here. District Judge I S Mehta enlarged Liyaqat on bail on a personal bond of `20,000 with a surety of the like amount. The court imposed several conditions on Liyaqat while granting him bail and directed him not to leave the country without its prior permission. Liyaqat, 45, was arrested on March 20 while crossing the Indo-Nepal border in Gorakhpur with his family. Liyaqat had said that he had come to surrender under the Jammu and Kashmir government’s rehabilitation policy. Delhi Police, which arrested him soon after he had crossed the border, alleged that Liyaqat was involved in the conspiracy to carry out terror attacks in the capital ahead of Holi. The Home Ministry had on
Delhi Police, which arrested him , alleged that Liyaqat was involved in the conspiracy to carry out terror attacks in the capital ahead of Holi. AROUND THE
March 28 issued a notification facilitating NIA to take over the case after his arrest had generated conflicting versions from Delhi and J&K Police. Liyaqat, who has been lodged in Tihar jail, had sought bail saying that he was returning to India via Sunauli border, to surrender but he was arrested by the special cell on March 20. Liyaqat’s counsel Asim Ali had told the court that his client was accompanied with his wife and children when he was arrested and the probe agency
has not been able to establish his links with any crime. Regarding the alleged recovery of arms and ammunitions from Jama Masjid area here, the counsel had said that it was not recovered at his instance as alleged by the special cell. The NIA had opposed the bail plea, saying he has been booked under the provisions of stringent anti-terror law UAPA and for offences under various sections, including waging war against the country, of the IPC. The NIA had told the court
Rio to put ‘red’ diamond on market SYDNEY: Rio Tinto said Friday it was putting up for sale the biggest “red” diamond ever produced by its Australian mine amid an “explosion” in demand from Asia for the rare pink-hued stones. The Argyle Phoenix, a 1.56 carat gem, is one of three red diamonds on offer at the annual Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender -the first time in the 30-year history of the exclusive sale that it has included three red stones. AROUND THE
that their investigation in the case was still going on. Earlier, the court had also allowed NIA’s plea to take DNA samples of Liyaqat. While Delhi Police had claimed that with Liyaqat’s arrest they had foiled a suicide attack in the national capital ahead of Holi, the J&K Police insisted that he was one of those who had exfiltrated in 1990s and returned to India to surrender under the state’s rehabilitation policy. PTI
“This is the largest red that has ever come from the Argyle diamond mine,” Argyle Pink Diamonds manager Josephine Johnson told AFP. The 2013 pink diamond tender comprises 64 diamonds, including 58 pink stones, three blue ones and the three fancy reds. Such jewels routinely fetch US$1-2 million a carat. As a basic rule of thumb, a pink diamond is worth about 50 times more than a white diamond. AFP
NATION BRIEFS Criminal shot dead by police in encounter
GoM will work to give autonomy to CBI: PC
Agra industrialist shot dead on highway
Indian unit gets UN peacekeeping medal
Two jawans injured in Naxal attack
JIND: ot dead by the police in an encounter near Goghrian village of the district, police said today. Sandeep Chitania, a resident of Chitana village of Sonepat district, was allegedly involved in more than a dozen cases of heinous crimes, including murder, dacoity, extortion and robbery in Haryana and adjoining states, police said.
LONDON: Finance minister P Chidambaram has said the GoM headed by him will work towards giving CBI "functional autonomy" but at the same time asserted that accountability is "important". The GoM was constituted against the backdrop of the criticism by the Supreme Court that the agency is a "caged parrot" of its masters.
AGRA: An industrialist from Agra was shot dead by unidentiﬁed assailants who ambushed his car on the Agra-Jaipur highway, police said. Manish Goyal was killed late Thursday while he was coming back from Alwar in Rajasthanalong with his father and a lawyer. About halfa-dozen assailants in a white car attacked them and shot Goyal dead.
UNITED NATIONS: An Indian police unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo has received the United Nations Peacekeeping Medal. The 135 Indian Formed Police Unit-2 (FPU) was honoured with the medal as an appreciation for their service in Goma/North Kivu. The unit has served in DRC since November 2005.
RAIPUR: Two security personnel were today injured in a Naxal attack in Maoist-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. According to police sources, when the patrolling party reached near Minpa village in the region, Naxals opened indiscriminate ﬁring on them leaving two of the jawans injured. Security forces retaliated forcing the Naxals to ﬂee.
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They trade in human misery HYDERABAD: Dowry cases are increasingly proving a goldmine for the police, though not all police corps could be blamed for it. Arrest of a woman cop for trying to gain from a dowry case is still fresh in the memory while another, not known outside police circles, has come to light. One Malleswar (name changed) was charged for dowry harassment by Jhansibazaar police. It is said that his mother came to meet the police inspector regarding the case. As she was waiting for the inspector, a girl who was identified as engaged to mediate on the matters with families came and told the woman that the inspector was very angry at her son and he would be arrested and beaten up. To prevent this, she suggested she pay `7,000 to the inspector. And having said her piece, she left the scene. When the inspector came, the mother cried and said she did not have `7,000 to pay. Surprised, the inspector asked her who demanded the money and the story came out. A search was conducted for the mediator and she was caught. It came out that her brother suggested the move. After rendering an apology, she was let go. MS
UPROOTED AT LAST!
A senior official, who had proved a thorn for her superiors after her repeated attempts to undermine transfer orders, was at last shifted to the Missions for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas. According to some officials, she stuck to the corporation like a leech for more than 20 years and
managed to thwart attempts to transfer her. But this year saw three GOs in a series, in February and May, that prompted her ‘eviction.’ After her transfer, the focus is said to be now on another official, who takes care of elections, census and works. This official has been with the GHMC for over a decade. “She will not be transferred for now. Not during the tenure of the present commissioner,” observed a wit. MN
thronging the buffet counters at the recently organised event by a reputed educational institution in the City. Even before the chief guest could come out of the event hall, participants, along with media members, started to fill their plates with the mouthwatering cuisines. Unfortunately, some of the mediapersons who were too engrossed in the lavish spread had to keep off their plates till the chief guest made his exit. AA
GOOD TRENCHMEN ALL
BEGINS WITH A BANG, ENDS WITH A WHIMPER
If an event is organised at one of the City’s plush hotels, who would want to miss out on the yummy food available for free? It was hilarious to see people
The Kiran government launched an ambitious scheme of Ammahastam (mother’s hand) on Ugadi to help marginalised fami-
lies procure essential foods at reasonable prices (in pic). Nine items for `185 was a promising offer. The kit was for white ration card holders and the outlets were ration shops. But what followed was what always happens in govAROUND THE
ernment schemes. First the quality of items deteriorated and then the whole kits disappeared. Today, before it started, it seems to have prematurely ended. SS
NOT NUMBER ONE!
It would be a matter of pride for any party candidate if he or she
becomes the first candidate to get the party ticket for ensuing elections. But it is different in the case of TRS. Here, any candidate cleared as No. 1 has always been defeated. Little wonder party cadres are extending their ‘sympathy’ to Jeevan Reddy, the first candidate TRS announced in advance for the next Assembly Elections from Nizamabad constituency. No person announced by the TRS as its first candidate to contest in any Assembly Election since its inception has won. If we look at the history of TRS, its candidate from Siricilla Assembly seat, R Papa Rao, who was the first person to get party ticket in 2004 General Elections, lost. He disappeared from the party scene subsequently. Similarly, in 2009 General Elections, KCR announced the name of Satyanaryana Reddy for Peddapalli Assembly seat of Karimnagar district as the first candidate. He too lost. A belief has been generated that the party announces the first candidate who it does not care to get elected. IA
HERE’S THE TEASER
Why were IPL fans surprised when Sreeshanth was caught in a match fixing scam? Well, here is the stinger. “Why would anybody pay him to play badly? He does it pretty well on his own for free,” says coach JC Reddy. Cricket fans on the internet too agree with this opinion. RR (Contributed by Mohd Subhan, Md Nizamuddin, Aleena Alice, Srinivas Setty, Inkeshaf Ahmed & Rahul Ramakrishna)
Jolie story lays bare legal tangles
US Supreme Court is expected to rule in June on whether Myriad Genetics can hold patents on BRCA1, BRCA2 genes. KERRY SHERIDAN email@example.com WASHINGTON: Angelina Jolie tested positive for a “faulty gene” at the center of a high-profile legal battle in the US that challenges whether human genes can belong to a corporation. Experts say it is unlikely that Jolie’s story of how she decided to have a preventive double mastectomy will sway the Supreme Court, which is expected to rule in June on whether Myriad Genetics can hold patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. But lawyers for the plaintiffs applauded the 37-year-old actress for mentioning that the cost of the
tests is out of reach for many. “Her highlighting of the barriers to testing, particularly cost, is one of the issues that is at the heart of our case,” said Sandra Park, one of the lead attorneys on the case from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). ACLU is representing patients who challenge Myriad’s right to patent the genes in question, saying the process has stalled research and made the test too expensive. The patents allow the company to be the sole provider of a test for the rare mutations that may lead to cancer. Jolie, whose mother died of ovarian cancer, did not wade into the legal fray in her New York
Times op-ed Tuesday, but mentioned that the $3,000 cost of the testing she underwent “remains an obstacle for many women”. Jolie and about 0.2 per cent of women on the planet carry a harmful BRCA genetic mutation that raises their lifetime risk of breast or ovarian cancer to as high as 80 per cent. “The central legal question is: Did Myriad invent anything here? And in our perspective, they did not,” Park told AFP. “They did add to scientific knowledge because they identi-
fied the connection between these genes and breast cancer. But you don’t get a patent for just identifying something in nature.” The company says it invested $500 million in developing its test, called BRACAnalysis. “I think it is time for us to move past ownership of human DNA,” said Andrea Downing, 32, who found out at age 25 that she carried a BRCA mutation and had a preventive double mastectomy last year. “We need to open up research in a way that is collaborative and not competitive. That is the key to finding smarter ways to prevent cancer for women who carry this mutation.” AFP
News FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013 ANIMALS
Dogs need protection in cars AROUND THE
AMY ROSE THOMAS firstname.lastname@example.org HYDERABAD: Leaving your dog in a car for more than ten minutes can lead to its death. It takes only six minutes or less for an animal to suffer from heat exhaustion if stuck in a car. There are many who take their dogs for a ride and leave them in the car while getting grocery. This can prove fatal for the dog since the temperatures can rise phenomenally inside the car. With 10 minutes, the temperature inside the car is more likely to have doubled. Dogs try to cool themselves
Early warning signs n n n n
Heavy panting Profuse salivation Lethargy Loss of consciousness in extreme circumstances.
First aid n
Immediately douse your dog with cool (not cold) water. Let your dog drink small amounts of cool water. Take it straight to an animal clinic.
by panting and if the air around them too is hot and if water is unavailable, these animals will be unable to regulate their body temperature. Since summer began, Blue Cross has been inundated with calls from concerted animal lovers alerting them of dogs suffering from heat strokes. “We have received many calls about heat stroke cases. If you find a dog in such a state you need to get a wet towel and wrap its body. There are chances that the dog might die on its way to the animal clinic. We have ambulances that run 24/7 helping animals in such conditions,” Nita from Blue Cross
PRESS FREEDOM vs SECURITY
Obama calls for balance With his administration under fire over intrusion into media call records, he stressed that leaks could endanger soldiers and intelligence officers. ‘Sexual assault in US army shameful’
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has emphasised on maintaining a balance between national security and media freedom, as his administration is in the middle of a controversy related to intrusion into the phone call records of reporters and editors of the Associated Press by the Justice Department. Obama, however, refused to directly comment on the issue of Associated Press as the case is under investigation. “I can talk broadly about the balance that we have to strike. Leaks related to national security can put people at risk. They can put men and women in uniform that I’ve sent into the battlefield at risk. “They can put some of our intelligence officers, who are in various, dangerous situations that are easily compromised, at risk,” Obama said in response to a question at a joint news conference with the visiting Turkish Prime Minister yesterday. PTI
President Obama looks to see if it is raining as a Marine holds an umbrella for him during his meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Congress asked to fund mission security
No unilateral US action on Syria: Obama
WASHINGTON: US President Obama has asked the Congress to fully fund his administration’s budget request to improve security of US embassies around the world in the wake of terrorist attack on its mission in Libya that left its envoy dead. He also called on Congress to support his efforts to enhance the Marine Security Guard detachments.
WASHINGTON: Barack Obama has ruled out any unilateral American action against Assad regime, asserting that his administration would continue to work with international partners and the Syrian opposition. “It’s not going to be something that the United States does by itself,” he said during a meeting with Turkish PM Erdogan.
WASHINGTON: Terming incidents of sexual assault inside the military as not only a crime, but also shameful and disgraceful, US President Barack Obama has said that such events would weaken the army. The issue of sexual assault in armed forces undermines trust between its personnel, Obama said following his meeting with US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey and top military leadership following reports of sexual assault in armed forces. He exuded confidence that the Pentagon leadership would take steps to address this problem. The Department of Defence estimates that while 26,000 sexual assaults occurred in 2012, only 3,374 were reported. PTI
Challenges await Chandy’s govt The real challenge that awaits Chandy is Lok Sabha polls. Though the polls would be fought on national issues, LDF is to turn it into a referendum on his performance. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Grim political and economic challenges appear to be in store for the Congress-led UDF Government headed by Oommen Chandy in Kerala as it enters its third year in office on May 18. Though its second year in office has been politically turbulent, Chandy has astutely weathered many an internal and external storm without giving any doubts on the stability and continuity of the ministry under his leadership. As he sails into the crucial third year, seen widely as more challenging as Lok Sabha polls are due in 2014, Chandy sounds far more confident saying he would press ahead with his agenda of “development and care.” His critics, especially those in the opposition CPI(M)-led LDF, however, hold that Chandy has
week, Chandy claimed that major strides had been made in infrastructure development without compromising on government firm’s commitment to social security of the poor and needy. The projects, which are set to be on track soon having done the ground work, include Kochi Metro, SmartCity, Kannur airport, Vizhinjam port, mono rail for Thiruvanathapuram and AROUND THE
been “long on words and short on performance” as the State has been in the grip of deep economic and social crises. Countering the critics with a list of achievements, during an interaction with editors and senior journalists earlier this
Kozhikode and development of national waterways. On welfare front, the thrust this year is going to be on the health care for the poor as sharp increase in medical costs is beyond the capacity of a large section of people. In this regard,
Chandy said, there would be some major announcements during the anniversary. Government is also unveiling a long-term perspective plan for the state seeking to strengthen its economy, taking the Scandinavian economies as role model. The draft of the plan, Vision 2030, to be brought out by the state Planning Board in a few weeks, would be put in the public domain for eliciting opinion. the biggest challenge is to overcome a crippling power crisis, caused by deficient monsoon rains last year. The shortfall in rains also created severe drought conditions and drinking water shortage in many parts According to Chandy, the government will be giving added thrust to harnessing solar energy to reduce the state’sdependence on hydel power. PTI
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MAHASEN STRIKES APF/MUNIR uz ZAMAN
AFP/SOE THAN WIN
1 Bangladeshis shift a boat away from the
tents at the Mansi Internally Displaced Persons camp on the outskirts of Sittwe.
2 Displaced Rohingyas gather outside their
3 A Bangladeshi police official evacuates the beach for safety.
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AFP/SOE THAN WIN
4 Rohingya children move to safer grounds. 5 People gather to watch the sea while the cyclone heads towards landfall in Chittagong .
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A cyclone has slammed into the Bangladeshi coast as a million people hunkered down in evacuation shelters, including in a region of Myanmar torn by communal unrest. Four people died as Cyclone Mahasen hit Bangladesh's Patuakhali coast, officials said. Rain and strong winds lashed Myanmar's northwest coast, home to tens of thousands of displaced Muslim Rohingya. AFP
WORLD BRIEFS Boston suspect wrote note before capture
Costa Rica president caught in travel scandal
US soldier gets life for 2009 killings in Iraq
3 peacekeepers briefly abducted
Uzbek arrested on terror charges in Idaho
NEW YORK: Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote a note before his capture in which he called the victims "collateral damage" for US action in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to reports. "When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims," he scribbled on the inside wall of the boat where he hid from police, CBS News reports.
SAN JOSE: Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla was embroiled in scandal Thursday amid revelations that she used a private jet made available by a Colombian suspected of links to drug trafﬁcking. This has prompted the resignation of her communications minister and sent intelligence ofﬁcials scrambling to explain how it escaped their scrutiny.
LOS ANGELES: A US soldier convicted of killing ﬁve of his colleagues in Iraq in May 2009 was sentenced to life behind bars Thursday and dishonourably discharged. Army Sergeant John Russell was convicted earlier this week over the murders at a clinic for soldiers suffering from war-related stress at Camp Liberty.
UNITED NATIONS: Attackers brieﬂy abducted three UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, heightening tensions in the ceaseﬁre zone hit by fallout from Syria's civil war, ofﬁcials said. The United Nations is still negotiating with the Philippines about its contingent in the Golan force after its troops were the target of abductions.
WASHINGTON: An Uzbek national was arrested in the northwestern US state of Idaho before being charged with terrorism offences, ofﬁcials said. Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, was detained in Boise as part of a federal counterterrorism operation, before being hit with charges regarding offences in Idaho and neighbouring Utah.
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Modified ANA Dreamliner hits snag TOKYO: Japan’s All Nippon Airways on Friday said a modified Dreamliner had experienced a fault earlier this month, but insisted it would not affect the restart of the high-tech planes. A company spokeswoman said discolouring on an electri-
incident was not connected to previous battery issues. “The problem occurred in one particular airplane, and we have already fixed the trouble,” the spokeswoman said. “We believe the incident will not affect the safety of 787 flights.” ANA and Boeing have been
cal panel had been caused by vibrations from an insufficiently tightened nut during the flight on May 4, but added the
Fight to save famed London spot The ‘Long Live Southbank’ campaign witnessed the fury of skateboarders looking to protect their turf.
DANNY KEMP email@example.com LONDON: Skateboarders soar out of the concrete bowl beneath London’s Southbank Centre, while spectators drink beer and hiphop beats stoke up the party atmosphere. But this is no party but a protest. The skateboarders are jousting with the authorities to save one of the world’s most iconic skateparks from being converted into a stretch of chain stores and cafes.
anxious to put the damaging crisis behind them and have been looking to turn the page. After compromising for all the losses and inconveniences cause to their customers, the plane’s manufacturer said it had resumed deliveries on Tuesday. AFP
“It’s world renowned. People come from all the way from America or Europe just to see this place,” says Henry EdwardsWood, a professional skateboard cinematographer and spokesman for the “Long Live Southbank” campaign. To support their campaign skateboarders held a three-day “jam”, which saw huge
participation and this clash between counterculture and consumerism is also going legal. Lawyers acting for the Long Live Southbank campaign have filed an application to protect it as a community space. Nick Jensen, a professional skateboarder said it was a “mecca for skateboarding”.”It’s like threatening to take a part of your upbringing or part of who you are away,”. Their campaign has won heavyweight support at home and abroad.
Girls grab top honours in SSC ALEENA ALICE firstname.lastname@example.org HYDERABAD: Girls have maintained their upper hand in the SSC exams this year too. The overall pass percentage in AP’s SSC examinations, 2013, came to 88.08, a marginal increase from 87.84 per cent last year. Girls notched up 88.90 per cent while boys came up with 87.30 in the results declared by secondary education minister K Parthasarathi today. The most glaring success was that of the government schools in the State. In all, 4,326 public schools recorded 100 per cent results, which is 738 schools more than in 2012. The minister termed it a spectacular success. This time, Chittoor dis-
In all, 4,326 public schools recorded 100 per cent results this year, which is 738 schools more than in 2012. trict topped the list for the highest percentage with 94.92 and Medak was at the bottom with 67.90. Incidentally, it was Hyderabad that came last in 2012 with 76.94 per cent and Kadappa had earned the top niche. The minister announced that the supplementary examinations will be held between June 15 and June 28.
Minister K Parthasarathi releases the SSC examination results.
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THE SCREENING ROOM WITH HEMANTH KUMAR
YOU’RE THE WRITER The story so far: Rashmi is shellshocked to see Gautham lying motionless on the ground. As she listens for a heartbeat, she begins to choke...
Eega spreads its wings...
here are tiny sparkling dots, all evenly spaced, moving towards her slowly, like they are marching to a synchronised beat. Rashmi sinks into the soft earth, and continues staring. The lights get closer and she is engulfed by them. In a feeble attempt, she tries to get up, waving her arms to push the lights away, like they were mosquitoes. The more she struggles, the brighter they get. The sparks are soon inside her, in her skin, her throat, her ears... she watches herself start glowing as more of the light blinds her and she loses consciousness.
Ten months after SS Rajamouli’s Eega took the box-office by storm in Telugu and Tamil, the film is being screened at film festivals abroad.
ajamouli couldn’t be happier. Eega, his previous film which released in 2012, is flying to new shores across the world. After its theatrical release in India, US, UK, Canada and few other countries across the world last year, it was screened at select film festivals in US, Brazil and France. Now, the film has been invited to a lot more film festivals. First among the lot where Eega is going to make a pitstop is the film market at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival in France. Later, Eega will also be screened at Shanghai International Film Festival, Madrid International Film Festival and Puchon International Film Festival in South Korea. In fact, Rajamouli has stated that the film might be screened in more film festivals in the next few months. This is the first Telugu film in recent times which has been invited by organisers of several film festivals. “These are small steps in venturing into newer markets. Hoping we can make some kind of breakthroughs, however small they might be..(sic),” Rajamouli posted on Twitter. We couldn’t agree with him more.
Rashmi feels stiff and cold. She blinks her eyes open and she can see through the window the car and a little further, Gautham’s still body. Rashmi is belted to a steel chair and she tries to wrench free, very scared as to where she is. She screams for help, for Gautham, for her mom, for anyone to help her get out.
autham can hear everything. He can see everything. He tries to move, to hold Rashmi, to calm her down but no words come out of his mouth. He is trapped in his body. He watches helplessly as she gets covered in sparks and is then lifted away in a cloud into a dome across the hill. He tries to call her, and only hopes that the nightmare ends quickly. His or hers. He watches the alien spacecraft fly away and without a warning, it bursts into a bright flash of fireworks that lasts a while in the sky. He feels a sharp jab in his arm all of a sudden, and cold water splashes across his face! A metallic arm is shaking him wildly saying “Sorry, sorry!” With a jolt, he sits up straight. He is at the coffee house. The waiter is handing him paper napkins and apologising repeatedly. Gautham looks at him, slowly trying to realise what had just happened, when Rashmi turns the corner holding her coffee and chatting with a handsome young man who opens the door for her. As she steps out, she turns to free the stuck dupatta on the handle, and their eyes meet. She smiles, nods and walks straight out through the door as the guy puts his arm around her waist and they walk in step towards their parked car. The aroma of the coffee gets Gautham back to a normal state. Written by, Radhika Kowtha-Rao
The writer lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with her three children, husband and their adorable dog Zephie. She enjoys writing short stories and has been blogging for the past eight years at http://kowthas.me This is the continuation of a fictional story, published on May 10 about Gautham and Rashmi and also marks the end of the first series. We’ll be back with another short story next week. We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions. You can mail me at email@example.com.
The show stealer...
RUMOUR HAS IT...
IPL delivers a knockout punch...
elugu film industry, despite two big hits in the past couple of months, is feeling the pinch of the ongoing IPL this summer. NTR’s Baadshah and Nithin, Nithya Menen and Isha Talwar starrer Gunde Jaari Gallanthayindhe did quite well at the box-office and now Tadakha is desperately trying to vie for the audience’s attention. This year, the Sunrisers Hyderabad team has made a huge splash in IPL and with few other teams also performing
well, the theatrical collections of several films have been affected, especially on weekends. No wonder the makers of Prema Katha Chitram, starring Sudheer Babu and Nandita, pushed the
veryone is talking about Sampoornesh Babu these days. In less than a week, since the first look of his debut film Hrudaya Kaleyam appeared on the internet, Sampoornesh has become a topic of great discussion. From filmmakers and actors like SS Rajamouli, Rahul Ravindran and Vennela Kishore, to hundreds of people on social media have been talking about him. On the other hand, Sampoornesh seems to be doing a brilliant job of building his brand, despite severe criticism from people. Within three days of becoming popular, he invited 10 of his fans for a personal interaction. Although there’s a lot of curiosity about who he is, the actor has simply said that he’d let his work do the talking.
film’s release date to June. On the other hand, with the last few matches soon in the offing, no big film is expected to release until the end of IPL season. This weekend, three low-budget films are slated for release, but there’s no buzz about any of them. Meanwhile, the makers of Allu Arjun, Amala Paul and Catherine Tresa starrer Iddarammayilatho are planning to release the film on May 24; however, it remains to be seen if they will take the risk.
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Not in a mood to go to a theatre this weekend? Here’s a brief list of ﬁlms you can watch at home.
The Man Without A Past Directed by Aki Kaurismäki, The Man Without A Past is a 2002 Finnish comedy drama about a man who has to start his life from scratch after losing his memory. The ﬁlm will be screened later tonight at 8pm on UTV World Movies.
American Movie (2012) A 1999 documentary ﬁlm directed by Chris Smith, it narrates the sequence of events in the life of an aspiring ﬁlmmaker as he struggles to make his dream project.
Anjaathe (2008) Directed by Mysskin, this ﬁlm narrates the story of two friends who ﬁnd themselves pitted against each other as time goes by. A must watch.
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS Finally the apex court has come with some relief to netizens. The ‘offended’ parties, persons and governments tormenting critics using IT Act will have to think twice before acting now. Good that there is at least one element of the state that cares about freedom of expression.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
REPUBLICANS VOW TO MAKE OBAMA PAY
MICHAEL MATHES Agence France-Presse
Martin Luther King, Jr Civil rights leader
Anger over East German ‘human guinea pigs’
ermany is confronting another chapter from its past — allegations that Western drug companies used more than 50,000 people in the former communist East as “human guinea pigs” in 1980s medical trials. News magazine Spiegel this week reported that a who’s who of big German, Swiss and US pharmaceutical companies made deals with the dictatorship to test medicines, sometimes without the knowledge of the patients. Several people were known to have died during trials, and some tests involved infants and delirious alcoholics, said the report on the agreements with the police state that collapsed with the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. Major drugs companies, some of which have taken over other firms in corporate mergers since, insist they stuck to the standards and laws of the times. But calls have grown for full transparency into the agreements overseen by the State Security (Stasi) secret police to earn the communist state tens of millions in hard-currency Deutschmarks. “It was a nasty German-German deal” in which profits were made on both sides of the Berlin Wall, Stasi Archives Commissioner Roland Jahn, who was a dissident-journalist in the former German Democratic Republic, told the Zeit weekly on Thursday. “I am not surprised that medical tests were carried out in the GDR that didn’t meet the standards of democratic countries. The dictatorship was capable of a lot.” AFP
ith the Obama administration fighting scandal on three fronts, Republicans smell blood and are stepping up efforts to punish the White House in the run up to the US mid-term 2014 elections. Lawmakers are investigating the political targeting of conservative groups by tax officials, the administration’s handling last year’s deadly attack in Benghazi and the federal seizure of journalists’ phone records. “Abuse of power inevitably has political repercussions,” Senator Ted Cruz told AFP after President Barack Obama launched damage limitation drive, sacking his tax chief and releasing a trove of emails on the Libyan incident. “This is not the way our government is supposed to work, and whenever power is concentrated and unchecked, it’s subject to abuse,” Cruz said. Democrats are mustering in defense of Obama — despite sharing misgivings about the incident at the Internal Revenue Service —and battling to prevent the scandals from derailing bipartisan legislation. Republicans hammered Obama and his team for what House Speaker John Boehner called “remarkable arrogance”
— and he and others demanded that any officials found to have broken the law be sent to jail. “Someone needs to be imprisoned, someone needs to be prosecuted,” said Republican Senator Rand Paul, echoing Boehner’s call to jail those responsible for the IRS screening of conservative groups. With the crises only serving to deepen Republican suspicion of Obama, his ambitious second-term agenda of immigration, gun control, tax reform and a debt reduction deal suddenly seems a much steeper climb. “There has been certainly a loss of trust, and it’s going to make it more difficult for us to move forward on some very important issues that I think we ought to be talking about,” House Republican Randy Hultgren said. Steve King, a Tea Party conservative, was more direct in assessing the prospects for Obama’s legislative agenda. “At this point it’s questionable as to whether he has one,” King said. “He’s got three things going on: Benghazi, the AP piece, and the IRS.” On Wednesday, House members grilled Attorney General Eric Holder for more than four hours, and several more House hearings, including a Friday panel featuring the dismissed IRS acting chief Steven Miller, are planned. But Boehner must juggle his
caucus’s fury with his own pledge to focus on top Republican priorities. “We’re trying to do everything we can to create jobs and we’re going to continue to do that,” he stressed. But he still displayed anger about how the White House has operated. “Nothing dissolves the bond between the people and their government like the arrogance of power here in Washington,” he said. Senate Democrat Mark Warner cautioned against Republicans sinking their teeth so deeply into the ongoing drama that it jeopardizes key legislation. “It would be a huge mistake if people would try to use any of these other areas as a way to distract us from the really critical issues around immigration reform, debt and deficit, and other things we face,” he said. And Republican Senator Lindsey Graham promised that
work would continue. “It won’t affect my willingness to work on immigration or the budget deal at all,” he told AFP. “You disagree with people on A and you work with them on B.” Tim Miller, who heads the political action committee America Rising, said the IRS crisis “has legs” because it serves to highlight a big and unwieldy government. “This is going to be a major rallying cry and motivator for conservatives and Republicans... to turn out in the midterm elections to try to clean up our government,” he said. But not everyone — not even congressman Louie Gohmert, a fierce Obama critic — is sure how the scandals will play out 18 months from now, when Republicans hope to finally reclaim the Senate. “The American people’s memory is very short term, so I don’t know,” he said.
EDITORIALS No one kills the goose that lays the golden egg
here is a ridiculous debate going on after the reports on spotﬁxing emerged: should IPL be scrapped? Even if IPL were the ﬁrst sporting event to be tainted by spot-ﬁxing, it would be senseless to even suggest that it be scrapped. Since that is not the case, talking of scrapping is, pardon the coarse expression, crap. Matchﬁxing is an age-old bane that ruins everything ﬁne about sports. We hear of such instances more in cricket, because it is cricket and though it is wearisome to repeat a well-worn-out clichéd expression to drive the point home, let’s have it nonetheless: in India cricket is a religion and players here are gods (though the days when the second part held true are becoming a thing of the past). And where there’s big money involved, there’s bound to be rot.
So let’s not speak of killing the goose that lays golden eggs. We are not certain about the true nature of the rot yet, since investigations are in the preliminary stages. We must also remember before lambasting IPL that it offered a platform for several youngsters who grew up dreaming, sweating and struggling, bowling batting and ﬁelding on paddy ﬁelds and gullies under the hot sun to become cricketers to live their dream and make a living, too. Parents who once cuffed their wards on the heads for their obsession for the bat and ball now drop them off for training, eagerly monitoring their progress. Such transition in attitude comes only if there are opportunities. And IPL does exactly that: offer the boy who was called a dreamer once to make his hopes come true.
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PRAGATHI NAGAR: THE NAME SAYS IT ALL
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hat can be more beautiful than to live in a place without plastic bags, gutka packets, fizzy
drinks and alcohols shops? Pragathi Nagar, located near KPHB colony, is one such rare place in the country. The conviction of the locals with the effective village administration helped the place to achieve to achieve ISO 90012000 standard certification.
Many eco-friendly initiatives and effective clean and green governance helped the place to achieve many awards. The village panchayat also built numerous temples, marriage hall (converted in to indoor stadium in normal days), multi-purpose halls,
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and a swimming pool for the locals. It is also known for its recycling plant for sewage water — the first one in the City. This water can be used for watering plants. There is also segregated collection of biodegrable and nonbiodegradable garbage. “In terms of real estate, it was dull for few years like any other place in the City. However, the sales have picked up in recent months. An HUDA approved apartment flat may range anywhere between `2,400-2,500 per sft. But here, the panchayat approved flats range around `2,000 per sft. However, villas price can be anywhere between`90 lakh to `1.25 crore,” says PJR Krishna, proprietor, JRK Properties. The only major issue for this locality is the low underground water levels. “Each are in this locality has different water levels which may range anywhere between 200-600 feet. Many residents are dependent on water tankers for regular supply, especially during summers. To an extent, Manjeera connection has come as a relief. The water problem may be solved to a certain
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n Flat size: 1,000 sft n Double bedroom flat n Clear title n Vaastu compliant n Pleasing elevation n Ideal location for morning walks and visit temple. n Continuous water supply n Near to schools, colleges and hospitals n Pollution-free green environment n Power back-up n Reserved parking n Waste disposal n Price: `2500 per sft including amenities
BHAGAWAN ARCADE (ANU SAI CONSTRU n Located at Gajularamaram road n Clear title n Flat size: 850 sft n Vaastu compliant n Good ventilation, n Pleasing elevation n Abutting main road n Near to Kukatpally, Balanagar and Pragathi Nagar n Continuous water supply n Centrally located n Generator n Car parking n Near to schools, colleges and hospitals n Basic Price: `2,150 per sft
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extent with the locality getting merged to GHMC,” he explains. It is no longer a panchayat but a developed colony with retail and commerical outlets like supermarkets, curry points and banks. Most major banks have their branches in this locality. People’s Speciality Hospital and Pragati Vidya Niketan (school), managed by People’s Progress Trust is also known for their service in their respective fields for this colony. ALEAP industrial estate is also at close proximity from the colony centre. Connectivity is another strength of this locality. “With its proximity to KPHB colony, the area has access to major upcoming shopping
Amenities n Pragatinagar Sewage Treatment Plant n Pragathi Cricket Academy n Pragati Nagar Tennis Court n Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao Park n Ambedkar Park n Krishna Garden Function Hall malls, multiplexes and the Metro. It is also very near to Medak Road and Outer Ring Road, which will help the residents to go to other localities and Cities bypassing City traffic. It is also adjacent to Mumbai Highway and is 5 km from Bachupally, an edu-
cational hub. The students have accesses to premier education institutes at within a radius of 8 km,” he says. Pragathi Nagar has an edge over other localities like Nizampet, Bachupally and Miyapur due to its clean and green environment. Infrastructure or village development happened in a systematic approach unlike other panchayats. The services and active involvement of the panchayat for solving the colony issues cannot be ignored. “There will be definite growth in this locality with the growth of the City. In another 3-4 years, this will emerge as a major centre with the growth of other areas around Inner Ring Road,” concludes Krishna.
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n Flats ranging from 720 sft to 1,611 sft n 15 different size flats n Club house, Gymnasium, Yoga n Meditation hall, Amphitheatre n Swimming pool for adults and kids n Children’s play area n Indoor games: Table tennis, board games
n Badminton/ lawn tennis n Cricket net practice n Jogging track n Multi-purpose hall, n Round-the-clock security, n Power back-up n Gas pipeline n Supermarket n Basic price: `2,700 per sft
HYDERABAD: Designing and developing infrastructure for the commercial and retail real estate business should be driven by the demand. A developer is able to materialise the project based on the requirements of the tenants. This will enable the developer to obtain the real commercial rent from the property. Aspects of the property (multiplex, mall, hypermarket and super market) and various technical requirements (mall size, ceiling height and pathway) need to be kept in mind before developing the property. Approaching a consultant and seeking his expertise is must for the developers to develop a property with quality. However, consultant is not just confined to provide expertise. He is supposed to act as a bridge between the tenant and developers. For instance, he informs tenants about the favourable conditions of each of the locality and drives them to open their shop
or outlet there. Similarly, every tenant has certain type of requirements, which should be fulfilled by the developer. The real challenge for any of the consultant is to educate the developer and help him in creating the relevant infrastructure as per the needs of the tenant. The development of the property should also be workable and should get decent return on investment (ROI) to the developer. Many times, developers are unaware whom they are developing the property. They develop it just like any other property that they had earlier without considering the locality and
requirements of the tenants. The property will be proved as futile if the technical requirements were not considered before its inception. Although, the location is good, a bad development will not attract tenants. For instance, many tenants seek good ceiling height. If the height of the room is low, the temperature levels will be more. This requires additional electricity to decrease the temperature. A good parking space is the real need to attract customers for these retail shops. If the property has a decent frontage, it brings visibility to the tenant. This will save advertisement costs and people who travel in this area get to know about that retail shop. Unfortunately, some of the commercial developers are not fol-
The real challenge for any consultant is to educate the developer and help him in creating the relevant infrastructure as per the needs of the tenant.
lowing these minor points. As a result, tenants are not showing interest to hire these properties. The developer can save huge costs if he customises the property according to the needs of the tenant. For instance, some tenants require 250 KVA power connection. It is not just the transformer; the whole wiring and design need to be based on that. If developer wants to renovate or try to provide these facilities in future, he has to lose valuable time and money. The writer is the director (Retail) for Yards and Feet Property consultants
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
DJ Piyush will be belting out the latest bollywood chartbusters tonight at Kismet, The Park.
MEET THE STAR
Winners of Maxxport Cricket Mania Challenge Rahul Sarapu, Jibran Arora and Vihaan Sanghvi met Maxxport brand ambassador Rahul Dravid on Thursday.
LADIES IN A ROW
Actress Vishakha Singh and other models unveiled Fantasy Fabric Festival at Kashish Flagship Store, Banjara Hills.
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Manu Singh's friends converged at Marriott Hotel in their stylish best to celebrate his birthday. Spotted were Preetika, Neetu and others. 9
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MOBILE PHONE CALLS CAN CAUSE BP SPIKES A recent study has found that talking on a mobile phone causes systolic blood pressure — the higher number in the blood pressure reading and the one doctors pay more attention to as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease — to rise significantly. IANS
Knowing dementia for what it is and what it is not is key to detecting symptoms and treating them early.
MYTH: Once you are diagnosed with dementia, you cannot be cured. FACT IS: It depends on the type of dementia. If it is caused due to a liver disease (known as Hepatic encephalopathy) or kidney damage, known as renal dementia, it can be treated and cured. But there are other types of dementia, which may be progressive in nature, and the patient does not respond to treatment or get completely cured. Medications can be given to slow down the rate of deterioration of memory and cognitive skills. It also helps to engage patients in some kind of activity and give them some simple tasks to do.
MYTH: Dementia is a natural process of ageing; everybody gets it. FACT IS: Dementia is not something you necessarily will get as you grow old. Some people have a family history of dementia. But only a small percentage of those with a family history of the disease develop it as they grow old. Apart from that, some of the risks factors of dementia, as listed out by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, are alcohol use, atherosclerosis, blood pressure, cholesterol, depression, diabetes, obesity and smoking. These can affect any individual.
MYTH: Patients with dementia like being left alone. FACT IS: Doctors say patients with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia like being around a group of people and sitting through discussions even if they are not taking part in it, rather than leaving them alone all the time. This gives their brain some stimulation and keeps them engaged. According to caregiverstress.com, cognitive stimulation activities like solving word games, puzzles, listening to music and practical activities like gardening show improvement in quality of life and patients are able to communicate better than before.
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4 MYTH: Patients with Alzheimer’s are very aggressive. FACT IS: It is frightening when you lose your memory and can’t seem to remember where you are or what was told to you a few minutes back. But all dementia patients are not violent. According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, Alzheimer’s affects different people in different ways. The site also advises that violent behaviour can be prevented if we change the way we communicate with or approach the patient. The most important thing while dealing with a dementia patient is to have patience — help them and support them in their condition.
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MYTH: Alzheimer’s is only about loss of memory; it doesn’t result in death. FACT IS: Alzheimer’s is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain. It is a disease where the patient’s condition worsens as the disease progress, eventually resulting in death. According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the brain cells of the patient are slowly destroyed and they reach a stage where the body does not perform normal functions like eating, walking and moving. There is no cure for the disease and the patient’s condition deteriorates over a period of time despite all the medications that are given, though medicines can help better the quality of life.
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Spinach is iron rich
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The KP app gives Kaiser Permanente health plan members the tools to access their medical records, make appointments, reﬁll prescriptions, view most lab test results, send messages to their doctors, and more. Members and nonmembers alike can ﬁnd any Kaiser Permanente medical facility easily. itunes.apple.com
Allergic rhinitis is inﬂammation of the inside of the nose caused by an allergen, such as pollen, dust, mould or certain animal danders. It often causes cold-like symptoms. These symptoms usually start soon after being exposed to an allergen. Some people only get it for a few months at a time because they are sensitive to seasonal allergens, such as tree or grass pollen. Other people get allergic rhinitis all year round. nhs.uk
Fresh 100g of spinach contains about 25 per cent of daily intake of iron; one of the richest among green leafy vegetables. Iron is an important trace element required for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for oxidation-reduction enzyme, cytochrome-oxidase during the cellular metabolism. nutrition-and-you.com
Guy de Chauliac was a French physician and surgeon who wrote a lengthy and inﬂuential treatise on surgery in Latin, titled Chirurgia Magna. It was translated into many other languages and widely read by physicians in late medieval Europe. When the Black Death arrived in Avignon in 1348, physicians ﬂed the city. However, Chauliac stayed on, treating plague patients and documenting symptoms meticulously. en.wikipedia.org
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
Technology FUTURE TECH
‘GLASSY’ MOVE SOFTWARE MAKERS GETTING FACE TIME WITH GOOGLE GLASSES
An attendee wears Google Glass as he watches the opening keynote at the Google I/O developers conference.
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SAN FRANCISCO: Google Glass was a common sight Wednesday as software savants here shared visions of games, weather reports, news and more delivered to the Internetlinked eyewear. Many of the 6,000 developers attending an annual Google I/O event in San Francisco sported Glass as part of an “explorer” program to tinker with creative applications for the eyewear, which cost $1,500 a unit. Uses ranged from practical tasks such as shopping or delivering local weather reports to sharing real time video streams of riding cable cars or playing augmented reality games in which the world is the board. “I’ve been wearing them most days since I got them three weeks ago,” said Jacob Hilker, a Massachusetts college student who works at online financial transactions titan PayPal. “Glass has been useful,” he continued.
“Not so much when you are sitting at a desk, but when you are doing things like commuting to work; walking around the city on the weekend, or going out drinking you easily get text, emails, navigation... all that stuff.” And, he pointed out, one can tend to Internet searches, messages and more without ever having to put down a drink. Like others wearing Glass, Hilker said that he takes a lot more photos. Glass lets wearers take pictures, record video or perform other tasks with touch controls or by speaking “Okay Glass” followed by a command. “Just walking down the street, I take a picture and share it in about five seconds,” Hilker said. Weather Channel product manager Robyn Weeks, who lives in Georgia, has had Glass for a week and so far has used it mostly for emails, pictures and videos. It is obvious when someone wearing Glass is taking a picture, she noted, since the small screen from which the gadget got its name shines in what could be viewed as an “on-air” sign when the camera is in action. Limited battery life in Glass, which is still in an early development phase, means that power would run out after about 30 minutes of continuous video. Glass connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi hot spots or, more typically, by being wirelessly tethered to mobile phones. Pictures or video are shared through the Google Plus social network. Glass wearers said the eyewear attracts attention from passersby. “People from outside of San Francisco and this area definitely look at you funny,” Weeks said. “Instead of looking in your eyes while talking they look up at the corner where the screen is.” Glass comes with attachable tinted lenses that give the devices the look of sunglasses, making gadgetry built into frames less noticeable. Developers in the Explorer program dismissed talk of banning wearing Glass while driving or at bars. “It’s ridiculous,” Hilker said. “In no-picture establishments I can see it, but if places allow camera phones why ban this?” he asked rhetorically, pointing to his Glass. Google co-founder and chief Larry Page depicted Glass as part of an ongoing effort to get computers “out of the way” so people can focus on lives enriched by what the Internet has to offer. “We want to make sure we are building experiences that make people really happy,” Page said while speaking about Glass during a keynote presentation. “We are relying on you to make happy users,” he told developers. “Ultimately, I think a lot of your experiences will move to Glass.” Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said recently that it will take “a while” before consumer versions of Glass are available. AFP
20 SAMSUNG IS LISTENING! Samsung has backed down on the Galaxy S4's limited storage after the phone appeared on the BBC's Watchdog, saying it will try to squeeze its myriad features into a smaller space, freeing up more memory for apps. The Beeb's consumer affairs show investigated the Android powerhouse's claims of 16GB of storage, after users complained the phone has only half of that available. "We appreciate this issue being raised and we will improve our communications," a Samsung spokesperson told CNET UK. "Also, we are reviewing the possibility to secure more memory space through further software optimisation.
WHITE NEXUS OUT SOON
Rumors suggested that a white Nexus 4 might appear at Google IO, and they were right. According to AndroidAndMe.com the white Nexus 4 is a carbon copy of the previous Nexus 4, just with a different colour casing. That might not be the most exciting news, the white Nexus 4 would hit the Google Play store on June 10 and it would be accompanied with Android 4.3. Most of us expected Google to announce Android 4.3 at the keynote, but it sounds like the next version of Android was intentionally bumped from the show.
ADDITIONS TO GLASS Google announced a number of new partner apps today on stage at Google I/O during the “Developing for Glass” session. Facebook and Twitter were the highlights of the list, which also included Evernote, Tumblr, Elle and CNN, in addition to the previously announced NYT and Path apps. Google is currently working on a native development environment for those looking to work with the device. The Glass Development Kit is in process now and there’s no current ETA for its arrival. The kit will allow for many things that are not currently possible using the already existing Glass Mirror API.
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
Entertainment CINE BYTES
Ramayya Vasatavayya pushed to September
TR’s upcoming film Ramayya Vastavayya is going to hit the screens on September 27, according to the latest reports. The film was originally slated for release in August. Harish Shankar is directing the film and Dil Raju is producing it. Samantha and Shruti Haasan are playing the lead roles. The shooting is under progress at RFC.
Rana joins Rudrama Devi’s shoot
Kevvu Keka shooting wrapped up
he principal shooting of Allari Naresh’s upcoming film Kevvu Keka has been wrapped up. Devi Prasad has directed the film. With this Sharmiela Mandre is going to make her debut in Telugu cinema. Currently, the film is in post-production and it might release in June.
ana Daggubati has joined the principal shooting of Gunasekhar’s upcoming magnum opus Rudrama Devi. He’s playing the role of the Chalukyan prince Veerabhadrudu in this period film based on the life of Rani Rudrama Devi. Anushka is playing the titular role.
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ot many actresses get the sort of platform which newcomer Anaika has managed to get in her debut film. She’s the latest actress to be discovered by RGV and her upcoming film Satya 2 is going to release in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. “Of course, it’s a big deal for me. I never thought I would be an actress and getting a chance to act in an RGV’s film feels like a dream. I am a big fan of his work and when I realised that he wanted to cast me in Satya 2, I didn’t know what to say. The original film is a cult classic and Urmila Matondkar is one of my favourite actresses,” Anaika beams as she gets talking about Satya 2. Born and brought up in Lucknow, her father is a businessman who has dabbled in diamond trading and later in construction business for several years. The family is settled in Mumbai. “I studied in Panchgani for several years and later went to Malaysia to pursue a diploma in Mass Communication. After I moved back to Mumbai to do my graduation in Mass Communication, a chance meeting with RGV changed my life. My parents and I were reluctant about making a jump into films, but RGV convinced us all. I believe it’s the best decision I
have taken in my life,” she recalls. So, how was the experience of working with RGV, that too in a crime drama like Satya 2? “I play a bubbly village girl in the film who is madly in love with the hero. It was a great learning experience just to see Sharwanand act in the Telugu and Tamil versions. I had no idea about acting and RGV insisted that I be myself while shooting the film. Luckily, I never took more than two retakes. The best thing about him is that he never loses his cool. I must say that he treated me like a princess,” she chuckles. Anaika reveals that she has already got few more offers in Telugu and Tamil. “I used to watch plenty of Tamil films when I was studying in Malaysia. More than Hindi, I feel Telugu and Tamil films are a lot more entertaining and have plenty of action. I want to act in more South Indian films,” she says.
Anaika Soti is the latest newbie to join the long list of actresses who were ‘discovered’ by RGV. She gets talking about her debut film Satya 2.
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
THE DOLCE BOYS HIT LONDON
DOLCE & GABBANA has joined the London Collection: Men's event line-up. The designer duo will open the upcoming schedule with a fashionable soirée and present their summer 2014 tailoring collection on June 15.
DAZZLING fashion parade The premiere of The Great Gatsby at Cannes was a star-studded soiree with guests, adhering to the theme “Roaring Twenties”, brought 1920s glamour to the red carpet.
MCQUEENâ€™S GLOBAL EXPANSION
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN will ship to 100 different countries from tomorrow, when its new-look website is unveiled. Up until now, delivery has only been available to around 30 different destinations. Customers from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, India and South Korea will be able to shop online.
ollywood A-listers arrived in the French Riviera in style for the premiere of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby which kicked off the twelveday film fete Cannes Film Festival. Fashionâ€™s rising star Carey Mulligan made her appearance on the glittering night in a white heavy satin Prada gown which flared out below her waist. Another favourite of the night was Nicole Kidman who wore a strapless floral embroidered creation that was styled with a coral pair of Dior which beautifully offset the blossoms in her frock. A high ponytail, Ferragamo clutch and a rouge lip colour completed her look. Man of the moment Leonardo Dicaprio looks dapper in a tuxedo. Bollywood stars who made their presence felt at Cannes include Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan in her lehanga, Sonam Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat.
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FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. Albert Einstein
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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1 Designer’s concern 6 Styptic-pencil ingredient 10 Prayer ender 14 Run off and form a union 15 Kind of organ or dream 16 Chip’s chipmunk chum 17 Timeframe for quick decisions 20 A bill in the till 21 Repulsive 22 British conservatives 23 Reside (in) 25 ___ and tear 26 Laugh heartily 28 Washcloth alternatives 32 Timber-dressing tools 34 Powerful feline 35 Masseuse’s milieu 38 Be impatient 42 Commit a faux pas 43 Part of MYOB 44 Knocked back a few 45 Go by quickly, as time 48 Array on a bar shelf 49 Ganges garb 51 TV classic, “The ___ Limits” 53 Musician of old 55 Gridlock component 56 Police officer 59 Ages 62 Indian bean 63 Barely broiled 64 Argon and neon, for two 65 Fencer’s blade 66 Sci-fi sightings 67 Danger signal
1 Test-driven car 2 Flair 3 Fashionable resort area
4 Make a selection 5 Four-time Kent portrayer 6 Moon-landing program 7 ___ of the party 8 Brown truck co. 9 A runner may enter one 10 Thinks the world of 11 Intense obsession 12 Adjective for some statesmen 13 “The Untouchables” crimefighter Eliot 18 Brook 19 Chuck wagon customer 24 Brownish songbird 26 Word with “human” and “rat” 27 Air freshener target 29 The Marx Brothers spent a night there 30 “Fee, fi, fo ___” 31 Start of Cain’s query 33 ‘Do doer 35 It can put you on a different flight 36 “Mystic River” Oscar-winner Sean 37 Inquires 39 North Pole product 40 “___, two, three, four!” (marching words) 41 Primal impulse 45 Outer edge 46 Boozers 47 Ballet outfit 49 Describe concisely 50 Observe Yom Kippur 52 Island nation east of Fiji 53 Like some excuses 54 Traffic sign word 55 Frizzy coif 57 ___ and terminer (hearing or trial) 58 Sound from an exam cheater 60 Blockhead 61 ___ segno (musical direction)
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STAR POWER for 18-5-2013
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Children will make you happy. Blood relatives, younger to you will extend their whole-hearted support. Litigation problems might surface in ancestral property issues. Employees are likely to get good support from the colleagues.
STRIP TEASE AGNES
Health problems and indirect enemies are likely to upset you. Businessmen are likely to face minor setbacks. Be careful and take good care of health. Some might think of changing their lawyer who is dealing the court case.
You have to struggle hard to achieve fulfillment of your commitments .Deficit financial situation is likely to make you upset. Expenses are likely to overtake the income. Businessmen might face disturbance from the staff.
Ups and downs are likely but you will manage wisely. Pregnant women need to take good care; try and avoid undertaking journey to the maximum extent possible. Forgotten dues will get collected and couple will be more cordial.
Be careful while driving as minor accident is not ruled out. Though there will be tensions and obstacles, you will march ahead by managing them all very well. Friendship with some new persons will prove to be very much beneficial.
Self confidence level will increase and you will work with a determination and succeed. Your skills will be exposed which will earn appreciation from all. Friends may not be favourable. Businessmen need to maintain accounts properly.
Your long pending wishes will be fulfilled. Disturbance through maternal relatives are likely to upset you. Expected loans will be approved. All your plans will be successful, though there were hurdles in the way.
Blood relatives might not cooperate well. Apprehensions and inferiority complex might surface but never allow them to pollute your mind. Some might undertake pilgrimage which will make them happy. Financial aid from sources will be received.
Employees need to focus on the work. Repeated travel will make you tiresome and expenses are likely to go up heavily. Good turning points are likely to take place, which will keep you happy. Govt officials might get promotion.
The Moon – The relationship with the mother is highlighted. You may be in position to question her actions or methods. Try not to be too intrusive.
Your ownership of something will be questioned. This will lead to confusion unless you are firm about your position. Expect lots of changes.
PEARLS BEFORE SWINE
Seven of Pentacles – This is a new beginning. You are at the start of a brand new phase of life, where you will gain new experiences and take home rich lessons.
Three of Wands – Voice your opinion at a public forum so you can share and network with like-minded people. It is easy to do that via social networking.
Strength – There is an invisible force backing you up. Therefore, even when you slip up a few times, it goes unnoticed or you go unpunished. Thank your stars!
The Tower – You will be celebrating a milestone and this will lead to new beginnings. Times have changed; so have expectations from you.
Judgment – There is a chance for you to get close to your dad or a father figure who will teach you many valuable lessons. Take them seriously.
Five of Swords – Health needs attention. There is someone who is forcing you to do something which is not comfortable to you. Take your time deciding.
The Hermit – You have to work hard in order to re-fit into a new environment. It may not be a new job but an old one that requires new skills.
The Magician – Manage your accounts on your own and don’t leave it to anyone else. You need to be responsible for your own finances.
– Your opinion may be objected to by those who insecure about their position in office. But don’t worry, your ideas will also be seconded by many.
AQUARIUS: Two of Swords
Your individual skills will get sharpened and plans will achieve success. Minor confusions will surface frequently in the family, but also get resolved soon. As income is comfortable, you will start saving in a regular basis.
Ace of Cups – Dependence on another person, financially or emotionally, has drained you out. Time has come to take your own decisions.
Chances of couple getting separated are likely. You might be caught in a dilemmatic situation sometimes, but need to maintain your cool and proceed with patience. Be careful and maintain good cordiality and avoid harsh talks.
Marriage talks might hit a roadblock. Children might face minor hurdles in accomplishing their goals.Sudden unexpected fortune opportunities are likely for some. Chances of misunderstanding with blood relatives likely.
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Entertainment FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013 CINE BYTES
Scarlett Johansson to make directorial debut
ctress Scarlett Johansson will make her helming debut on Summer Crossing, an adaptation of Truman Capote’s ﬁrst novel. Aldamisa will sell international rights here at Cannes, and CAA will make the domestic distribution deal. The plot: A 17-year-old debutant opts out of her parents’ Parisian travels to foster a romance with a Jewish valet parking attendant in the middle of a 1945 summer NYC heat wave.
Patrick from McDreamy to McWeedy?
f this acting thing doesn’t work out for Patrick Dempsey, don’t worry; he has a backup plan. Grey’s Anatomy star Dempsey gave an interview to Bon Appetit magazine recently, in which he admits he could see his recently acquired coffee company Tully’s peddling pot in a retail setting.
Kidman got no judging tips from Urban
ollywood actress Nicole Kidman says her husband Keith Urban hasn't helped her with any judging tips for her stint as a jury member at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival. The 45year-old actress is part of the starstudded jury, headed by Steven Spielberg. "He's (Keith) not given me any advice," femaleﬁrst.co.uk quoted Kidman as saying. IANS
Christina Hendricks talks of Ryan Gosling the director
ou might say Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks is, well, mad about Ryan Gosling. The stunning star is currently working with the actor on his directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, and she continues to have nothing but good things to say regarding the experience. “People respond to him strongly because he’s so nice and so talented,” Hendricks tells Lucky magazine while also acknowledging that he is indeed “handsome.” This, of course, isn’t the first time the 38-year-old bombshell has spoken so positively about the guy.
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
NY Knicks beat Pacers
The New York Knicks staved off elimination with a wire-to-wire 85-75 victory over Indiana Pacers in game five of their second round NBA playoff series. NEW YORK: Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 28 points and the New York Knicks staved off elimination Thursday with a wire-to-wire 85-75 victory over Indiana in game five of their second round NBA playoff series. J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland came off the bench to score 13 points each for the Knicks, who closed the Eastern Conference contest on a 10-4 scoring run in front of a crowd of 19,033 at Madison Square Garden. Anthony had one of his best games of the series, and he got plenty of help from the bench as other Knicks starters continued to struggle. Starting center Tyson Chandler had just two points
Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers dunks against Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. AFP/NBAE/NATHANIEL S. BUTLER
TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
and guard Pablo Prigioni three, but that was offset by Smith and Copeland’s contributions as the Knicks cut the Pacers’ series lead to 3-2. The win earns the Knicks at least one more game in the best-of-seven series as game six is scheduled for Saturday in Indianapolis. The Knicks haven’t beaten the Pacers in Indiana in four games this season, but Pacers coach Frank Vogel said his team would have to play better to close out New York. “We had a lot of problems,” Vogel said. “We didn’t play a good basketball game. I cautioned our guys that coming home and playing a game six at home isn’t going to beat the Knicks. AFP
US dethrone Russia STOCKHOLM: The United States stunned reigning champions Russia 8-3 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the world ice hockey championships. US skipper Paul Stastny produced two goals and two assists, while Craig Smith pitched in with five assists to gain sweet revenge for a 5-3 defeat to Russia in the preliminary round. Americans’ goalie John Gibson, meanwhile, made 31 saves as the US registered their highest ever score against Russia. “We all worked really hard on the ice today and it paid off as we made it to the semis,” St Louis Blues center TJ Oshie said. “The key moment of the match was when we scored two goals within just a minute in the third period.” AFP
TT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Voigt wins stage five Chinese dominate AVILA BEACH, CALIFORNIA: Germany’s Jens Voigt (in pic) captured stage five of the Tour of California, with a solo climb to the hillside finish line, giving him a six-second victory over runner-up Tyler Farrar on Thursday. Voigt (RadioShack) finished just ahead of stage four winner Farrar and third place Thor Hushovd (BMC) in the 185.7 kilometre fifth stage from Santa Barbara to Avila
25 players tied at three points HYDERABAD: After three rounds, 25 players were in the lead with three points in the Sri Viswasanthi All India Fide Rating chess tournament. In second round the top board game between top seed T Purushothaman was held to a draw by unfancied Kandaswamy, where Purushothaman got a pawn advantage during the middle of the game, but in the rook and minor piece end game, Kandaswamy sacrificed his knight for two pawns and managed to get a draw by perpetual checks.
Beach. Tejay van Garderen (BMC) grabbed the overall lead as the American finished with the same time as Farrar. Voigt launched his attack late in the race, timing it perfectly with five kilometres to go. He finished with a time of four hours, 41 minutes, 16 seconds. “I thought, ‘I’m a little bit stronger than the other guys in the break, but of course, less fast,’” said Voigt. AFP
Cavendish takes the 12th level
TREVISO: Britain’s Mark Cavendish (in pic) won the rain-lashed 12th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Thursday as ailing Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins fell further off the pace. It was Omega Pharma rider Cavendish’s third stage
win of this year’s race. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, of Astana, kept the overall leader’s pink jersey after the 134km run from Longarone to Treviso with Australian Cadel Evans still in second place at 41sec. “The team were incredible,” said Cavendish after a win that was billed as his 100th by organisers but which has been variously reported as his 102nd or 104th. There was no doubt, however, that it was his 10th victory this year and means he now has 13 stage wins on the Giro in five editions. AFP
despite Ma Lin exit MARTYN WOOD Agence France-Presse
PARIS: Defending world champion Zhang Jike shook off the challenge of Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi to safely advance to the third round of the World Table Tennis Championships in Paris on Thursday. Zhang was made to labour initially against an opponent ranked 75 places below him before easing to an 11-9, 13-15, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 victory. The reward for Zhang is a third-round showdown with compatriot Fan Zhendong, the world number 38, who was
taken the distance by Portugal’s Joao Monteiro before scraping through in the deciding game. Top-ranked Xu Xin cruised into the last 32 after dismantling Sweden’s Par Gerell 11-5, 11-3, 11-7, 11-7 to set up a meeting with Portuguese Tiago Apolonia. Reigning World Cup champion and second seed Ma Long breezed past his second-round opponent Wang Zengyi of Poland 11-8, 11-2, 11-9, 11-5, while 2009 world championship gold medallist Wang Hao dropped just one game as he brushed aside Cheung Yuk of Hong Kong 11-5, 11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 11-3.
China's Jike Zhang plays against Brasil's Gustavo Tsuboion on Thursday in Paris, during the second round of the Men's Singles of the World Table Tennis Championships. AFP/THOMAS SAMSON
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
Aussie bowler Tait angry over claims SYDNEY: Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait has strongly denied any link to the arrest of three Indian teammates allegedly involved in spot-fixing during an Indian domestic T20 tournament. Test player Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and fellow bowlers Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were all arrested Thursday, Indian police said, with 11 bookmakers also detained in con-
nection with the inquiry. The three cricketers play for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, as does former Test star Tait. Tait’s name was circulated in social media, on radio and a number of websites along with the three Indians, but he robustly denied any wrongdoing in a statement. “I’m bewildered, I’m angry and I’m upset at the false suggestions I’ve been
involved in any wrongdoing,” he said in the statement. “While I welcome the recent statements from police clearing me of any involvement, for a few hours I was deeply distressed by the rumours that were rapidly circulating about me, most of which were aired in the social media space. “Not only were they without foundation, they
highlight the danger of a medium that deals with innuendo rather than fact, the result of which has brought my name into question,” he added. “At no stage in my career have I engaged in spot or match fixing and I’m in discussions with my manager and legal representatives to examine how this episode unfolded and any further action I may take.”
MOBILE BAY LPGA CLASSIC
Nadal survives Gulbis test Rafael Nadal endured a three-set thriller before overcoming bighitting Ernests Gulbis to reach the Rome Masters quarter-finals.
ROME: Defending champion Rafael Nadal endured a three-set thriller before overcoming big-hitting Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Rome Masters quarterfinals. Gulbis, ranked 46th, and a winner in Rome in 2010 over Roger Federer on his way to the semi-finals, saved two match points in the third set, but finally went down when he sent a forehand wide to the massive relief of a dancing, celebrating Nadal. The Spaniard now stands 6-0 against Gulbis as he bids for a seventh Rome title. He will next face compatriot David Ferrer, who advanced in a walkover against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, who was suffering from vertigo.
Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Ernests Gulbis during their Rome Masters tennis on Thursday. AFP/ANDREAS SOLARO
“On Friday, I have a chance against against a very difficult player. I survived a tough match today. Now I have another chance to try and go farther,” said Nadal.
BYRON NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP
Course-record 60 puts Bradley in front IRVING, TEXAS: Keegan Bradley fired 10 birdies and an eagle in a course-record 60 on Thursday to seize a three-shot lead after the first round of the US PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Championship. Bradley’s sizzling 10-under par round came despite two bogeys on the TPC Four Seasons Resort course, where he took advantage of a rainsoftened course to set an early target that no one could match. South African Charl Schwartzel had seven birdies and no bogeys in his seven-under 63, which gave him sole possession of second place. “I birdied more holes than I didn’t, which is rare,” Bradley said. “It was just an explosive type of round.” The former PGA Championship winner said playing partners Jason Dufner and Matt Kuchar kept the round relaxed. “Just a really fun round,” Bradley said. “Kind of felt like a Saturday morning round with my buddies.” AFP
“Being in the quarter-finals is fantastic. I’m more than pleased with what I’ve done since I returned (from his seven months off with knee problems).” Nadal was fresh from his Madrid title at the weekend - his record 23rd Masters. He has won five titles from seven finals since returning to tennis after a seven-month injury absence. Top seed Novak Djokovic played without ankle pain in a routine 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Alexandr Dolgopolov. Djokovic dispatched Dolgopolov in an hour, with five aces and 13 winners in a contest which began 45 minutes late due to morning rain. The two-time Rome champion will next play Czech Tomas Berdych, a winner over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-2. AFP
Ji, Thompson share LPGA lead MOBILE, ALABAMA: South Korea’s Ji Eun-Hee fired a bogey-free seven-under 65 on Thursday to grab a share of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic first-round lead alongside American Lexi Thompson. Thompson, trying to improve on her runner-up finish in the same tournament last year, had eight birdies and a bogey. They were one stroke in front of Jessica Korda, who had six birdies in her six-under 66. Nicole Castrale, Mina Harigae, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Thidapa Suwannapura Park Hee-Young, Jennifer Johnson and Chella Choi were tied on 67. Defending champion and world number two Stacy Lewis, looking for a solid showing to gain ground on absent world number one Park In-Bee, carded a two-under par 70 that gave her a share of 33rd place. Ji, the 2009 US Open champion, made five birdies on the front nine. “I felt really good with my putting today,” she said. “If I had five- or 10-foot putts, I felt like I could make it. So I was really focused on it and I was really positive with my putter.” AFP
Kiwis stifle England JULIAN GUYER Agence France-Presse LONDON: New Zealand took charge of the first Test at Lord’s on Thursday, reducing England to 160 for four when rain forced an early close to the opening day. England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and batted but his side rarely got out of first gear in the face of some accurate bowling by the tourists. Trent Boult was the pick of the attack, removing both Cook and Jonathan Trott after lunch on his way to an economical return of two wickets for 29 runs in 17 overs. Fellow left-arm seamer Neil Wagner then dismissed
Ian Bell for 31 in the final session. At stumps, the inexperienced Yorkshire duo of Joe Root (25 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (three not out) were at the crease. England’s plight would have been worse had not Trott, who made a painstaking 39, been dropped by Bruce Martin off his own bowling when on nought. New Zealand bowled 30 maidens in 80 overs on Thursday -- a testament to their accuracy and the inability of an England toporder missing the injured Kevin Pietersen to hit them out of their stride. “They didn’t really look to dominate us in a way,” Boult told reporters after
stumps. “They are good batsmen and I expect them to respect good balls. “I guess we made them respect a lot more good balls than they should have,” Boult, one of eight New Zealand players appearing in their first Test at Lord’s, added. Although blue skies overhead on a sunny day promised ideal conditions for batting, an outfield relaid after the Olympic archery tournament at Lord’s last year prevented several well-struck shots getting to the boundary. “It was tough, it was not what you expect the first day at Lord’s,” Trott said. AFP
BATTLE OF THE TITANS
6 S 588
Chris Gayle (RCB)
47 4S 1828
Michael Hussey (CRK)
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013 Chris Gayle (RCB)
James Faulkner (RR)
ICC to provide full support Rajasthan Royals is a special team, where we have always operated like a family – so this [spot fixing] is particularly devastating. Rahul Dravid RR skipper
Chris Gayle (RCB) 680 runs
Dwayne Bravo (CSK) 24 wickets
TN Police conducting searches
amil Nadu Police today conducted searches in various locations in the city in connection with betting and fixing relating to IPL matches, a day after Delhi Police arrested three Rajasthan Royals players for alleged spot-fixing. Crime-Branch CID sources said raids were on in city but declined to divulge details, including the locations. They indicated that searches were being held in connection with charges of fixing besides crack down on betting. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, all from RR, were arrested by Delhi Police on charges of spot-fixing IPL matches for payments of upto Rs 60 lakhs just for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over. W
P-played; W-win; L-lost; T-tie; NR-net run rate; PT-points
Dubai: The ICC today said it will provide “full support” to the BCCI and Delhi police in the investigation into the arrest of three cricketers, including S Sreesanth, for their alleged role in spot-fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League. “The ICC will provide full support to the BCCI and Delhi Police in this investigation. The BCCI’s decision to suspend its three cricketers on corruption charges is a clear indicator of the ICC and its Members’ zerotolerance approach,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said. Errant Indian pacer Sreesanth and two other bowlers from Rajasthan Royals team were arrested in a postmidnight operation in Mumbai on Thursday by Delhi Police for spot-fixing IPL matches for payments of upto Rs 60 lakhs just for giving away pre-determined number of runs in an over. Richardson said the ICC has undertaken measures to impose strong penalties on those found to be guilty. “The ICC and its Members
Arrested bookmakers and Indian cricketers, including Test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth among them, are brought to the Saket district court in New Delhi Thursday. Indian police said they had arrested three cricketers including , after they allegedly accepted huge sums of money for spot-fixing. AFP/STR
have collectively taken measures to tighten vigilance, strengthen our anti-corruption codes and increase player education programmes as well as offering strict penalties to those found guilty of illegal conduct. “As such, it is disappointing to see that despite the extensive education programmes delivered by the ICC and the BCCI, there still
appears to be some players who remain vulnerable to temptations. “We have always maintained that the real battle is against the unscrupulous individuals who are preying on the susceptible players.” A special cell of the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth and his teammates — Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan — for
indulging in spot-fixing in at least three IPL matches as per arrangements with bookies who have underworld connections abroad. Y P Singh, Head of ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), said: “Over the last 12 months or so, we have seen far more examples of players doing the right thing and reporting approaches.”
Result crucial for 3 teams
SCORECARD KINGS XI PUNJAB V DELHI DAREDEVILS Kings XI Punjab innings (20 overs maximum)
Delhi Daredevils innings (target: 172 runs from 20 overs)
AC Gilchrist*† c & b Pathan
Jayawardene* c Vohra b Sandeep Sharma 39
SE Marsh c Pathan b Morkel
UBT Chand b Kumar
Azhar Mahmood c Kaul b Nehra
DA Miller not out
R Sathish c Rohrer b Nehra
IK Pathan c †Gilchrist b Sandeep Sharma 1 DA Warner c Marsh b Sandeep Sharma 0 V Sehwagc †Gilchrist b Awana
BJ Rohrer b Chawla
PP Chawla not out
CM Gautam† not out
Extras (lb 6, w 3)
M Morkel c Miller b Chawla
Total (4 wickets; 20 overs)
Extras (b 4, lb 6, nb 3)
Total (7 wickets; 20 overs)
Az Mahmood 4
Sandeep Sharma 4
Kings XI Punjab won by 7 runs
SRH VS RR AT 8PM ON SET MAX
APARNA G SAI firstname.lastname@example.org Sunrisers Hyderabad are set to clash with Rajasthan Royals in a crucial encounter today at the former’s home turf. The hosts would need this victory to strengthen their chances of making it the playoffs. Also, a win today would not only eliminate the chances of Kings XI Punjab making it to the next stage, but would also make it tough for the Royal Challengers Bangalore to proceed. SRH have two matches; the first today against RR and the second on Sunday against the Kolkata Knight Riders. If Hyderabad emerge victorious in both these matches,
they will qualify for the playoffs without any hurdle. Meanwhile, the visitors, who have already made it to the playoffs, are not a happy bunch at the moment. The Rajasthan side have been shaken after the arrest of three of their players including S Sreesanth, for spot fixing. Skipper Dravid, who along with the coach, read out a statement about the incident at a press conference on Thursday evening, expressed his disappointment and shock over the incident and looked extremely upset. The Royals also refused to practice in the presence of the media on Thursday, as they wanted to have a private session.
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013
BARÇA’S PEDRO TARGETING 100 POINTS
Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez has claimed he and his teammates are targeting Real Madrid's league record of 100 points after sealing the title last weekend. The Catalans were handed their 22nd league crown when Madrid could only manage a 1-1 draw with Espanyol.
DAVID BECKHAM RETIRES He played in the greatest midfield I've ever played with: David, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes. David was a crosser of the ball, a passer of the ball. He had incredible stamina and energy. He was a joy to play with. Gary Neville
A fantastic football player, a fantastic man; probably the biggest sports personality in the world. If you talk about David Beckham, all over the world they know who that it is. Sven Goran-Eriksson
He adds an incredible intensity. He brought the focus to play each and every game. He taught our young players the little things you need to do to win games. He was an important part of the LA Galaxy being champions. I've never seen a player with his ability. Bruce Arena
A great professional, a brilliant player. I wish him luck in whatever he goes on to do next. I'm sure he will enjoy success because he is a very intelligent man. Diego Simeone
David Beckham you cannot be serious!!! John McEnroe
We will miss you David Beckham. Serena Williams
He is incredible. He was always a big star on the pitch and off it. He has all my respect and admiration. Rafael Nadal
END IT LIKE
BECKHAM David Beckham has called time on a glittering 20-year career.
TOM WILLIAMS Agence France-Presse LONDON: Football megastar David Beckham announced on Thursday that he is to retire after a glittering 20-year playing career in which he became one of the most widely recognised figures in world sport. The former England captain, 38, made the announcement shortly after winning the Ligue 1 title with French giants Paris Saint-Germain, which made him the first Englishman to win league championships in four different countries. He bows out from the game at the same time as his former Manchester United mentor Alex Ferguson, who handed Beckham his professional debut in 1992 and thereby launched one of the most newsworthy careers in the history of the English game. Beckham went on to play for Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan, as well as PSG, and won 115 caps for England in an unprecedented feat for an outfield player. "I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level," Beckham said. "If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club, Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times, and
lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. "I'm fortunate to have realised those dreams." Blessed with an extraordinarily accurate right foot, Beckham was renowned for his dead-ball prowess and his seemingly limitless reserves of stamina. He won six league titles, two FA Cups and the 1999 Champions League with United, creating both injurytime goals as Ferguson's side stormed back to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the final, before joining Madrid in 2003, where he won the Spanish league title four years later. Beckham moved to LA in 2007 and won two MLS Cup titles with the Galaxy, but he spent two loan spells at Milan and then returned to Europe in January this year, when he signed a short-term deal with PSG. He is fondly remembered for his exploits in an
England shirt, having captained his country for six years and played at three World Cups. "I knew every time I wore the Three Lions shirt, I was not only following in a long line of great players, I was also representing every fan that cared passionately about their country," he said. Beckham's global celebrity also turned him into a one-man marketing phenomenon with a glut of lucrative endorsements. He has long-standing sponsorship deals with firms including Adidas, Armani and Samsung and is believed to share a £200 million ($306 million, 237 million euros) fortune with his wife, Victoria, the pop star turned fashion designer and mother of his four children. However, he said he wanted to be remembered as a sportsman, rather than a celebrity. "I just want people to see me as a hard-working footballer," he told Sky Sports News. "People have looked at other things that have happened in my career and sometimes that's overshadowed what I've achieved on the pitch. As much as I say that doesn't hurt me, it does." He is due to play his final game for PSG at Lorient on May 26.
5 HIGHS United debut launches a legend Makes first-team debut in 1992. Nou Camp fairytale seals epic treble United beat Bayern Munich to win the Champions League and complete the treble in 1999. England captaincy adds to reputation Made captain of England in n November 2000 England longevity secures record cap Beats Bobby Moore’s record of 108 caps for England. Parisian triumph provides fitting finale After moving to PSG, the club wins first Lgue 1 title since 1994.
Beckham factfile Height: 1.83 metres Weight: 75 kg Date of Birth: 02/05/1975 Age: 38 Place of Birth: Leytonstone (London) Married: to Victoria, four children (Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper Seven) Position: Midfielder CLUBS Manchester United (1992March 1995), Preston North End (D4/loan March-June 1995), Manchester United (July 1995-June 2003), Real Madrid (ESP/June 2003August 2007), Los Angeles Galaxy (USA/August 2007Dec. 2008), AC Milan (ITA/loan/January 2009), Los Angeles Galaxy (JulyDecember 2009), AC Milan (ITA/loan/January-June 2010), Los Angeles Galaxy (USA/July 2010-December 2012), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA/January-May 2013) International appearances for England: 115 International goals: 17 International debut: 01/09/1996, MoldovaEngland (0-3) Last international appearance: 14/10/2009, EnglandBelarus (3-0) PLAYING HONOURS Club Champions League winner: (1999) Intercontinental Cup winner: (1999) 6 English Premier League titles: (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003) 2 English FA Cups: (1996, 1999) 1 Spanish league title (2007) 2 MLS league titles in United States: (2011, 2012) 1 French league title (2013) Others OBE (Order of the British Empire, 2003)
THE HIGHS AND LOWS
OF A GLOBAL SUPERSTAR
Argentina red card Is sent off in the 1998 World Cup Fergie gives Becks the boot Dressing room rift with Sir Alex Ferguson, sees Fergie kick boot at Becks. Tears for souvenirs as captain quits Beckham breaks down while announcing he was quitting as England captain. World Cup swansong ruined by injury Beckham's dreams of playing in a fourth WC dashed after he tears his Achilles tendon.