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A KING IS BORN

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Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate were celebrating on Monday after she gave birth to a baby boy, providing the world's most famous royal family with a future king. The as-yet unnamed baby is third in line to the throne and in the direct line of succession after Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son and heir Prince Charles, and his eldest son William.

HYDERABAD’S FIRST COMPACT AFTERNOON NEWSPAPER

Six lives were snuffed out, two of them children, when a dilapidated wall collapsed on labourers’ huts abutting a construction site.

AMBULANCE MISSING FROM OU!

We’ve heard of siphoning of funds, but ever heard of a whole ambulance going missing? An ambulance donated to girls’ hostel by SBH is not seen but OU authorities say it is there somewhere, awaiting a driver!

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HAPPY ABOUT HER SPACE

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In a bid to protect children from adult material, the British PM has taken up the difficult work of cracking down on online pornography. Every householder in Britain connected to the Internet will have their access to online porn blocked unless they ask to receive it. Another country working towards creating a 'benign Internet environment for the youth during the summer holiday is China where a campaign to crack down on the spread of pornographic and vulgar information on the Internet will be launched. Postnoon lists facts and figures of the enormous world of Internet pornography.

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city events

KEBAB-E-BAHAR

Taj Banjara presents Sizzling Kebab food festival at Kebab-E-Bahar. Where: Kebab-E-Bahar, Taj Banjara, Banjara Hills When: On till July 28 Contact: +91 40 6676 9999 Ext: 1807; Santanu on 9295001511

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES When: July 23, 24, 11 am to 2 pm Contact: 2329-9779

SHOWS French drama Alliance Française presents TOMBOY, a French drama film released in 2011 written and directed by Céline Sciamma. Free entry – open to all. Where: Alliance Française of Hyderabad When: July 24, 6:30pm Contact: +91 40 23554485/86 Performance time Phoenix band will be performing live. Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills When: July 25, 9 pm Contact: 6463-6375

DINING Go Global Get a taste of food from around the world, from Europe and the Mediterranean to North Africa, America, the Caribbean and Asia! Where: Novotel Airport, Shamshabad Contact: (040) 6625 0000

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: A girl waiting to cross a road in Basheerbagh while it's pouring in the City. It has been raining constantly for the past one week. SRINIVAS SHETTY Just for fun History of India Viritten will be performed by stand-up comedian Vir Das. Where: N-Convention, Madhapur When: July 27 Contact: 8790432354 Tribal art exhibition Kalakriti Art Gallery presents Dots and Dashes, a Gond tribal art exhibition, curated by Rati Khemka Malaiya. Where: Kalakriti Art Gallery, Banjara Hills When: On till July 28, 11am to 7pm Contact: Kalakriti Art Gallery on Facebook State of the Art

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Voyage of exploration, a collection of paintings, drawing and sculptures by students of MFA programme 2013 from Sarojini Naidu School of Art & Communication, University of Hyderabad is on. Where: Shrishti Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills When: Till July 25 Contact: +91 40 23554485/86

WORKSHOPS Aerobics Have fun while you burn calories at this aerobics workshop. Where: Colorama printers, Begumpet

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When: Till July 26, 4.30-6.30pm Contact: 2373 0328 Theatre workshop Theatre workshop for children in the eight years and above age group. It offers a rich mix of outdoor theatre activities, readings, analysis, discussions and performances. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara hills When: Till Aug 3, 10am Contact: 2329 9779

Where: Deccan Pavilion, ITC Kakatiya When: Till Aug 7, 7.30pm onwards Where: Green Park hotel, Ameerpet When: Till Aug 8, 6.30-10.30pm

Roof gardening Workshop on roof gardening by the agri-horticultural society will be held. Where: Public Gardens, Nampally

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

Ramzan special Relish the season special iftar delicacies at these venues. Where: Viva, Taj Vivanta When: Till Aug 7, 5.30-11.30pm

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CIVIC NEGLIGENCE

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Wife kicked out for giving birth to girl Crass ignorance of biological facts are leading to injustice against hapless wives. Mohd SUBHAN mohd.s@postnoon.com

The collapse of an old wall over two makeshift hutments, under heavy rain, resulted in the deaths. The GHMC and the builder are to blame. ALEENA ALICE & Mohd SUBHAN feedback@postnoon.com

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ix persons, including two kids of two families of labourers, were buried alive early this morning following a wall collapse due to heavy rains in the Mehdi Nawazjung colony in Moulali. The tragedy happened around 3.30am when the families were asleep, police and the fire brigade personnel said. This was the reason for the high casualty. Both the families were living under makeshift hutments pitched at the foot of a tall old wall built in the Nizam’s times. The labour families were from Ranga Reddy district and Mahbunagar and had been working on a new apartment building under construction which had a decaying old wall that the builders retained (probably to save money building a new wall). The victims have been identified as Mahadev, his wife Padma and two sons Shiva Kumar, 5 and Anil Kumar, 7 and Venkataiah and his wife Padma. Venkataiah’s two children, Anusha, 3 and Avinash, 7, were rescued and were admitted to a

hospital immediately. But hospital sources said they were not out of danger yet. Postnoon reporters who were at the site early in the morning saw only policemen and fire brigade personnel at the site. The National Disaster Management officials, GHMC commissioner, ministers all came after 8am. Many of the neighbours who had earlier complained against old walls

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posing a threat to them and the passersby were angered at the GHMC’s inaction. They said the builders were given a free hand everywhere because of corrupt civil officials. The GHMC has announced an ex-gratia of `1 lakh to which the neighbours objected. They demanded `25

lakh for the next-of-kin of each family to be charged from the builder. They said giving compensation from the public money was objectionable when the culpability rests with the civic officials and builders. Late in the morning, MLA Sarve Satyanarayana, and minister Raghuvir Reddy also visited the site. Building contractors were still untraceable, police said.

n yet another incident that shows crass ignorance of biological facts, a hapless wife Farheen Begum, 24, was allegedly thrown out of her home by her husband Shakir Ahmed when she gave birth a girl child. According to the details received, the complainant, Farheen Begum, is a resident of Durga Gally in Chilkalguda. She and Shakir were married in 2008. Shakir works in a private firm. Last year she gave birth to a baby girl and both Shakir and

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her in-laws were unhappy about it. They had ‘warned’ her against another delivery of a female child. When it happened for a second time, they blamed her for it and booted her out of the home, police said. The Begumpet police are investigating. The City has often reported similar incidents where ignorant men and their parents join hands to blame women for delivering girls. No governmental agency or NGO is interested in tackling the issue seriously, to counsel men on the fact that the sex of a baby has more to do with the man than woman, police regretted.

CITY BRIEFS Bike-borne men snatch woman’s gold chain

Newly-wed woman commits suicide

Nizam College offers three Centre grants `16.15 crore Week-long downpour claims 12 lives in State add-on courses for State Assembly

Two unidentified bike-borne men snatched a gold chain weighing three tolas from a woman, one P Jayalaxmi, on Sunday at Thrimulgherry Cross Roads. Jayalakshmi is a resident of the Defence Colony in Sainikpuri and was riding her Scooty when the criminals whizzed past her, snatching the chain.

A newly-wed woman, Kavitha, 20, has allegedly committed suicide by setting herself ablaze on July 20 in her in-laws house situated at Bollaram in Medchal. She was admitted to the hospital with severe burns. Kavitha was declared dead yesterday. Medchal police have registered a case against husband and in-laws.

The Central Government has sanctioned `16.15 crore for the computerisation of Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Assembly. Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar said that the project would convert the Assembly into a paperless institution. He said that the project would be completed within 18 months to make AP Assembly a role model for the entire country.

The week-long downpour in the State has claimed 12 lives and damaged 5,204 houses. Besides, 234 tanks and 49 roads were breached. While the State registered 29 per cent excess rainfall, which inundated crops in one lakh hectare, Visakhapatnam and Anantapur received scanty rains during the week.

Department of Sociology, Nizam College, Osmania University is offering three add-on courses — Diploma in Development Management Studies and Development Research Methodologies (one year), Diploma in Criminology and Correctional Administration (one year) and Certificate Course in Human Relations and Personality Development (six months).


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News TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013 LAST YEAR... HERE Flood report

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ast year we had reported that the GHMC commissioner, along with other senior officials, were making the rounds of the flood-hit areas in the City. Their suggestions included removing debris, carrying out road widening works and increasing green cover. The drainage system was also to be cleared up. But this year too, the same problems persist.

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NUMEROLOGY

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girls around the globe still face the risk of genital mutilation in the next decade, the Unicef said following a study of 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East, where the practice is common.

It’s been odds-on all year long that Kate would give birth to a girl and punters who believed it would be a boy have now collected over £100,000 worth of winnings. Jessica Bridge Ladbrokes, bookmakers See page 8-9

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

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Pope Francis lands in Brazil to cheers, protests. Pope Francis got a rapturous welcome from tens of thousands of pilgrims Monday as he arrived in Brazil on his first foreign trip as pontiff, but violent protests later swept the streets.

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Ambulance donated, but nowhere to be seen. OU’s ladies hostel was bequeathed an ambulance in 2012, but students don’t have access to it. University officials claim they cannot find a driver.

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China’s rich head to class to polish their image. The rich in China are paying handsomely to learn skills like peeling an orange and to pronounce luxury names to match their high-end lifestyles with high-class etiquette.

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Bumpy ride awaits City’s motorists. Potholes, dug-up roads and poor streetlights make driving on City roads a nightmare.

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It’s a boy! England and world celebrate. The third in line for the British crown has just been born.

POSTNOON NEWS

Rescue us: Men to women panel

It is not just wives but husbands too who are alleging harassment and torture from wives and in-laws. Women’s Commission is dealing with a few of such curious cases now. MOHSIN ALI ali@postnoon.com HYDERABAD: The Women’s Commission, mandated to help women get justice, is lately being called upon to save men as well! The rejuvenated commission with a new head now finds itself grappling with the usual adversaries in marital cases — men. Commission officials said at least two out of every 10 cases coming up before it on marital discord happen to be from husbands. Husbands, the commission found out, are alleging that they are framed on false cases of dowry by their ‘crafty’ wives

ACCIDENT

19 dead in Thai bus smash BANGKOK: Nineteen people were killed and 20 hurt Tuesday when a double decker coach collided with a truck in central Thailand and burst into flames, authorities said. “Altogether there are 19 dead — 18 died at the scene and another one died at the hospital," said an official from the national institute for emergency medicine in Bangkok. She added that 20 people were injured in the early morning crash in central Saraburi province. The inter-province bus, which was travelling from AROUND THE

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and their parents. They know the dowry harassment case is quite strong and if caught, the men would end up spoiling their career and peace of mind. “Men plead that their wives threaten to file dowry cases against them which scare many who know the law and justice system,” said an official. Recently, a woman eloped with her lover and she blamed the husband of dowry harassment. In the recent past, 12 husbands from Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Guntur have approached the commission with a plea of

help. When queried why they are coming to the commission mandated to help women, they say they believed the commission would help them get speedier justice and a cooler judgement. In one case, the husband alleged physical torture by his wife and her parents.“We do not blindly believe women when they come up with complaints. We peruse the case and try to find out the truth. This may be the reason that men have more faith in us than in usual judiciary. Anyway, our endeavour is to bring succor to the grieved, whether it be man or woman,” an official at the Women’s Commission said.

WORLD

Bangkok to Roi Et in the northeast of the country, caught fire after the crash. Images from Thai television news showed the extent of the damage to the vehicle, which appeared to have been completely incinerated and reduced to its metal shell. Authorities said the crash was a head-on collision involving three vehicles. Police arrested the driver of the cement truck, who they said appeared to have lost control of his vehicle just before the incident. The dead and injured were from the coach and the truck. AFP

E-ATTACKS

Cybercrime costs up to $500 bn

WASHINGTON: Cybercrime costs the global economy between $100 billion and $500 billion annually, according to a study released Monday which acknowledged more data is needed for precise estimates. The study by the security firm McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies said the US economy loses some $100 billion to cyber crime and cyber espionage, including loss of key business data and intellectual property. The estimate is lower than some earlier reports which put the costs as high as $1 trillion, but study authors said it was a matter of narrowing the range of damage from cyber attacks. “It will always be a range," said James Lewis, a CSIS scholar on cybersecurity and co-author of the report.

The report offers a better way to compare the cost of cyber crime to other types of risks such as drug trafficking. “The data is either sparse or distorted." But Lewis said the report offers a better way to compare the cost of cybercrime to other types of risks such as drug traf-

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ficking or other types of theft. “We believe the CSIS report is the first to use actual economic modeling to build out the figures for the losses attributable to malicious cyber activity," said

Mike Fey, chief technology officer at McAfee. “Other estimates have been bandied about for years, but no one has put any rigor behind the effort." The report said the impact of cybercrime includes loss of intellectual property and confidential information; reduced trust for online activities; additional costs for security, insurance and recovery; and damage to reputations. Lewis said the impact on business could translate into the loss of as many as 508,000 jobs in the United States, based on a government formula for the ratio of exports to US jobs AFP


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FLIGHTS DELAYED

OBAMA SPEAK

Nose-first landing injures 8 at NY Passengers on board the plane saw sparks flying as the nose scraped the runway. NEW YORK: Eight people were injured on Monday after the front landing gear of a Southwest Airlines plane with 150 people on board collapsed on landing at New York’s La Guardia airport. The accident left the Boeing 737-700 with its nose resting against the runway and forced the temporary closure of the airport, which mostly handles

flights to and from US cities. The airline confirmed that emergency services had helped with the evacuation of the passengers and crew of flight 345 from Nashville. “Eyewitness reports indicate the aircraft’s nose gear collapsed upon landing,” it said. “Initial reports indicate local responders are caring for five customers and three flight atten-

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dants who have reported injuries at this time. Southwest is co-operating with local authorities, and the (US aviation safety body) NTSB has been notified.” Television images showed the plane with its nose angled down to the ground and its

evacuation slides out. Passengers on board the plane saw sparks flying as the nose scraped along the runway, according to accounts given to waiting relatives and friends. Planes scheduled to fly to La Guardia were held at their origin airports, while those already en route were diverted to New York's other hubs, Newark and John F Kennedy. AFP

PANCHAYAT ELECTIONS

A violent start to polls

Reports from districts said four people were injured in a clash between supporters of the ruling Congress and the YSRC in Kothapalli village. FILE PHOTO

POSTNOON NEWS feedback@postnoon.com HYDERABAD: Polling in the first phase of village-level local bodies in Andhra Pradesh began Tuesday morning amid clashes between workers of rival political parties. Reports from districts said four people were injured in a

The elections to the local bodies are being held after a gap of two years. The polls could not be held due to problems in providing reservations to various sections. clash between supporters of the ruling Congress and the YSR Congress in Kothapalli village of Nandyal mandal in Kurnool district. The activists of the two parties also clashed at a few places in Kadapa district. Men and women queued up since 7am to cast their votes in 5,903

‘Bold’ ideas to help US middle class WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Monday pledged to unveil “bold” ideas to help America’s struggling middle class as part of a fresh offensive to boost the economy. Speaking to members of the Organizing for Action (OFA) group, the US leader previewed speeches on the economy he is due to make later this week. Obama said the addresses will kick off “several months of us trying to get Washington and the press to refocus on the economy, and the struggles middle class families are going through.” The speeches would also be a platform “to start exploring some big and bold ideas, some of which I’ve offered in the past, some of which will be new.” AROUND THE

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gram panchayats in 22 districts. According to State Election Commission, over 18,000 candidates are in the fray for sarpanch posts and 1,15,703 candidates are contesting for 49,729 ward member seats. The polling will continue till 1pm and the counting of votes will be taken up at 2pm. Results

for both sarpanch posts and ward members may be announced Tuesday evening. The elections were originally scheduled for 6,140 gram panchayats in the first phase but due to heavy rains and floods, polling in 237 panchayats in six districts were postponed. Polls in these panchayats will be held July 31, in the third phase. As many as 2,642 sarpanches have been declared unanimously elected. Congress, Telugu

Desam Party and YSR Congress have all claimed that majority of these elected sarpanches belong to their party. Andhra Pradesh has 21,592 gram panchayats, of which 21,491 are going to polls in three phases — July 23, 27 and 31. The elections to the local bodies are being held after a gap of two years. The polls could not be held due to problems in providing reservations to various sections.

Five years after the economic meltdown that preceded his victory in the 2008 election, things had “changed for the better,” Obama said. “The ground beneath our feet is a little firmer than it was, but we’ve got a long way to go before middle class families feel secure,” he added. Obama has regularly traversed the country to rally support for his vision of the US economy, in which the government would collect more taxes from the wealthy and corporations to invest in infrastructure improvements, education and clean energy. But his plans have been stymied by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives since 2011. AFP

NATION BRIEFS SC gives a week to CBI in fodder scam

Constable's son rapes 6-year-old girl

Involve Odisha villages in mining decision: BJP

Mizoram government mulling new drug policy

Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka in Amethi on 3-day visit

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court Tuesday gave CBI a week’s time to spell out its stand on RJD leader Lalu Prasad’s plea seeking transfer of trial in the fodder scam case to another trial court. An apex court bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi adjourned the hearing after the CBI failed to tell the court about its position.

GHAZIABAD: A 14-year-old son of a Delhi Police constable allegedly raped a six-year-old girl at his residence in Vijay Nagar area here, police said. The girl's family lives in a rented accommodation in the boy's house. Police said the matter came to light late last night when the girl's mother noticed blood and injury marks on her body.

BHUBANESWAR: BJP vice president Jual Oram Tuesday urged the government to hold gram sabhas (meetings) in all villages in Odisha's Niyamgiri hills to take a decision on the bauxite mining project in the region. The former MP said he met Union Tribal Affairs Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo and sought his intervention.

AIZWAL: The Mizoram government is mulling a new drug policy to combat worsening drug abuse deaths even as social workers accuse the government of dragging its feet over putting the legislation in place. The existing drug laws in the state are found to be ineffective in tackling the problem and a weak deterrent.

LUCKNOW: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Vadra will arrive in his parliamentary constituency Amethi Tuesday on a three-day visit. Rahul Gandhi will interact with Congress workers and local leaders, give them tips on strengthening the party and assess the party's preparedness for the forthcoming polls.


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TRANSPORT

Caution: Bumpy roads ahead

PICS: N SHIVA KUMAR, M ANIL KUMAR, SRINIVAS SETTY

Potholes, open drains, non-functional streetlights... these are a few of the problems motorists have to put up with as they navigate Hyderabad’s roads this monsoon. ARUN D YELLAMATY arunyellamaty@postnoon.com

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ith the monsoon hitting the City, potholes, open drains and dug-up roads are giving motorists a

headache. During peak hours, there is no escaping massive traffic jams, especially in places like Mehdipatnam, Banjara Hills, Khairatabad, Punjagutta, Ameerpet, Begumpet, Kukatpally, Sultan Bazar, Koti and Dilsukhnagar. A visibly frustrated Rahul Reddy, a software engineer residing in Masab Tank, says, “Every day, I have a harrowing time wading through water-logged roads. It is a nightmare even for pedestrians. Every time a vehicle passes, water is splashed on them. Moreover, water-filled potholes are posing a threat to the safety of motorists, especially when it rains heavily.” Minor accidents are the order of the day in Mehdipatnam, Banjara Hills, Khairatabad and Punjagutta, says Raj Kumar, a student. “Authorities should take measures to fill the potholes on the stretch before they claim precious lives,” he added. “Potholes are leading to traffic jams,

particularly in the morning and evenings. Many a time, I have seen students’ uniforms getting dirty while walking to school. Slushy water on the road gets splashed on them whenever a vehicle goes over a pothole,” Raj adds. The digging up of roads at various places, either by private companies or the government, for some or the other reason is the other troublemaker for motorists. Md Irfan, a private employee, says, “The government allows various work everywhere and their employees start digging roads anywhere possible during monsoon. Traffic does not move in Masab Tank near the bus stop, thanks to some work going on there. At the AROUND THE

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same time, it starts to rain. I wonder why these people do not do any work during the summer.” Nonfunctional streetlights add to the woes of motorists at night. “I recently met with a minor accident. I was riding a bike on the road behind Bible House Road in Secunderabad. No streetlights were there and I could not see a water-filled pothole on the road and I fell into it,” said Sushma Reddy, an entrepreneur. She demanded that all battered roads be repaired in the summer so that such accidents can be avoided in the monsoon. Another problem that is haunting motorists is over-flowing drainage. “GHMC authorities should clear blocks in the drainage system. Near Banjara Hills Road Number 12, and on a few other roads, drainage water overflows all the time and the same water keeps on falling on all the people travelling in the area, everyday,” she adds.


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POLITICS

San Diego mayor to quit over sex scandal? A former senior aide of mayor Bob Filner announced a lawsuit, alleging he sexually harassed her. LOS ANGELES: San Diego’s mayor is coming under growing pressure to resign after a former senior aide announced a lawsuit Monday alleging he sexually harassed her, the latest in string of claims. Bob Filner, who has apologised and admitted he needs help, said he was disappointed at the announcement by his former communications director Irene McCormack Jackson, the first woman to go public with accusations against him.

Bob Filner, who has apologised and admitted he needs help, said he was disappointed at the announcement. Gloria Allred, a lawyer known for taking on high-profile women’s rights cases, said that after taking the job in January, “Irene soon learned

that ... in order to do her job ... she would have to endure the ‘Filner headlock’ while he made degrading and humiliating sexual comments to her.

“She also learned that her job required her to suffer Mayor Filner telling her that she should work without her panties on, that he wanted to see her naked, that he could not wait to consummate their relationship, and that he wanted to marry her,” Allred added. McCormack, a former journalist, said: “The past six months turned out to be the worst time of my entire working life. I had to work in an atmosphere where women

STUDENTS PROTEST

OU ambulance missing! We’ve heard of siphoning of funds but ever heard of a whole ambulance going missing? An ambulance donated to girls hostel by SBH is not seen but OU authorities say it is there somewhere, awaiting a driver! FOR REPRESENTATION ONLY

Students swear they have not seen the vehicle even once. Students at the hostel told Postnoon that even in times of emergency, they had to take the help of their friends outside the hostel as the ambulance is never available for them. “We cannot always wait for any other ambulance to come to our rescue in times of extreme emergency. The place where the hostel is situated is very secluded and not properly lit. Fetching AROUND THE

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ALEENA ALICE aleena.t@postnoon.com HYDERABAD: Despite having been provided with an ambulance, boarders at the ladies hostel in Osmania University are not able to avail this facility as it is nowhere to be seen. In the beginning of the 2012

academic year, under the corporate social responsibility projects, State Bank of Hyderabad donated the ambulance to the women’s hostel. The ambulance was meant to facilitate medical aid and emergency for the thousands of students residing in the hostel. However, the hostelites only know of it on hearsay.

an auto in the night is impossible. There have been several instances of girls falling dangerously sick in the middle of the night and we had to rush them to hospital. In such emergency, it is the students in the men’s hostel who help,” says Vijaya Kumari, a second-year PG student. The management gets away

by making excuses every time the students approach them with this problem. “We have approached the management several times, requesting them to provide the ambulance. However, they get away with all sorts of excuses, the most common one being that the lack of a driver,” says P Satya, a student leader. The management, however, denies that the ambulance is missing. “It’s in the administrative building. We are looking for a full-time driver for the ambulance. Once we get a driver, the ambulance will be stationed at the ladies hostel complex,” said an official at the VC’s office. “Since the university did not have a dedicated ambulance on campus, SBH had donated an ambulance. We were unaware of the fact that the university is not making use of this facility. It’s a sorry state if the university is not able to make use of the facility provided to them,” said a spokesperson from SBH.

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were viewed by Mayor Filner as sexual objects or stupid idiots. I saw him place his hands where they did not belong on numerous women." Responding to the lawsuit announcement, Filner said he was "saddened by the charges that were leveled against me today." AFP

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Japan cops hunt for ‘haiku killer’ TOKYO: A poetry-writing suspected killer was being hunted by Japanese police Tuesday after the bodies of five people were found in a tiny mountain village. The five victims represent a third of the population of the hamlet in western Yamaguchi prefecture, where police found three corpses after two houses were burned to the ground. AROUND THE

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Investigators on Monday discovered the bodies of two more people, who reports said appeared to have been battered to death. All five victims were in their 70s or 80s. The chief suspect is a 63-yearold villager at whose home police found a “haiku” poem stuck to the window. The haiku reads: “Setting on fire — smoke gives delight — to a country fellow”. The man, whose name has not been made public, has a reputation in the village as a troublemaker, reports said. AFP

WORLD BRIEFS Notorious PNG criminal killed in shoot-out

Woman killed in Beijing knife attack

N Korea kicks off games with war victory theme

Oz activist faces jail over Whitehaven hoax

More steam in Fukushima reactor

SYDNEY: Notorious Papua New Guinean criminal and serial prison escapee William Kapris has been killed in a police shoot-out, reports said, ending a major manhunt. Bank robber Kapris was considered PNG's most dangerous figure, accused at various times of rape and attempted murder. He had been on the loose since escaping prison in May.

BEIJING: A knife attack in a retail store in Beijing has left a woman dead and three other people injured, police said. The woman died after hospital treatment failed, Xinhua said. The suspect, surnamed Wang, had a history of mental illness. He was admitted to a local psychiatric hospital for treatment in September 2012.

SEOUL: North Korea has launched its annual Arirang festival, featuring performers in a display of patriotism and support for the ruling Kim dynasty. This year's mass games opened in Pyongyang's 150,000-capacity May Day stadium on Monday with a theme that focused on the 60th anniversary of the armistice suspending hostilities.

SYDNEY: An anti-coal activist was charged Tuesday with issuing a fake press release that temporarily wiped more than Aus$300 million from the share price of Australia's Whitehaven Coal. Jonathan Moylan, 25, faced a Sydney court on a charge of contravening the Corporations Act by disseminating false information to the market.

TOKYO: Workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan have reported steam inside a battered reactor building for the second time in less than a week, the operator said Tuesday. Tokyo Electric Power Co said workers were continuing with the operation to inject cooling water into the reactor and a pool storing nuclear fuel.


News TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013 IN THE LINE OF THE CROWN

1. PRINCE CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES Born 1948. Eldest son of Queen Elizabeth. 2. PRINCE WILLIAM, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE Born 1982. Charles’ eldest son. 3. SON OF PRINCE WILLIAM, AS YET UNNAMED Born 2013. 4. PRINCE HENRY OF WALES Born 1984. Charles’ second son. 5. PRINCE ANDREW, DUKE OF YORK Born 1960. Queen Elizabeth’s second son. 6. PRINCESS BEATRICE OF

YORK Born 1988. Andrew’s eldest daughter. 7. PRINCESS EUGENIE OF YORK Born 1990. Andrew’s second daughter. 8. PRINCE EDWARD, EARL OF WESSEX Born 1964. Queen Elizabeth’s third son. 9. JAMES, VISCOUNT SEVERN Born 2007. Edward’s son. 10. LADY LOUISE WINDSOR Born 2003. Edward’s daughter. 11. PRINCESS ANNE, PRINCESS ROYAL Born 1950. Daughter of Queen Elizabeth. 12. PETER PHILLIPS Born 1977. Anne’s son. 13. SAVANNAH PHILLIPS Born 2010. Phillips’ eldest daughter. 14. ISLA PHILLIPS Born 2012. Phillips’ second daughter. 15. ZARA PHILLIPS Born 1981. Anne’s daughter.

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Bookies go bonkers JAMES PHEBY Agence France-presse LONDON: British bookmakers installed George and James as the favourites on Monday for the name of the new royal baby boy after a bumper day of betting on the new arrival. The majority of punters were left disappointed when Kensington Palace revealed the arrival of a son, confounding pre-birth expectations of a female newborn. According to Rory Scott, a spokesman for Irish bookmakers Paddy Power, around 60 percent of gamblers had bet on a girl or on a girl’s name. The firm had earlier paid out on a girl after Kate appeared to stop herself from saying she was looking forward to giving a present from a well-wisher to her daughter. “It’s been bonkers," Scott told AFP. “We have taken

about £50,000 ($77,000, 58,000 euros) today." “I think everyone’s got sunstroke, we’ve had a pramload of bets." George is now the Paddy Power favourite at 6/4 followed by James (11/4), Alexander (7/2) and Louis (8/1). But James, the name of Kate’s brother, is the “red-hot” favourite with Ladbrokes, although Henry’s odds have been slashed from 50/1 to 5/1. “We’re staring down the barrel of a gun if the baby’s named Henry," said the firm’s Jessica Bridge.

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eorge is now the Paddy Power favourite at 6/4 followed by James (11/4), Alexander (7/2) and Louis (8/1).

DANNY KEMP, JAMES PHEBY Agence France-Presse LONDON: Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate were celebrating on Monday after she gave birth to a baby boy, providing the world’s most famous royal family with a future king. Cheering crowds rushed towards the gates of Buckingham Palace as it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge had produced a male heir weighing 8lbs 6oz (3.8 kilos). The as-yet unnamed baby is third in line to the throne and in the direct line of succession after Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son and heir Prince Charles, then his eldest son William. The former Kate Middleton, 31, spent just over eight hours in labour after she and William went around dawn to the private wing of a London hospital, with the world’s media camped outside. “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safe-

ly delivered of a son at 4:24 pm (1524 GMT)," Kensington Palace said in a statement just over four hours afterwards. “The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth." The birth was at the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington — the same place that the late Princess Diana gave birth to William in 1982. Royal aides later placed a formal bulletin on a gold easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace which said that both Kate and her son were “doing well". The queen, 87, said she was “delighted” while Prince Charles said he was overjoyed. Prime Minister David Cameron said it was an “important moment in the life of our nation". US President Barack Obama’s spokesman said shortly before the birth that he and the first family “wish the family and all of Great Britain well on this pending momentous occasion".

An easel stands in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London on July 22, 2013, to announce the birth of the royal baby.

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Surgeon-gynaecologists Alan Farthing and Marcus Setchell (left) who (above) delivered the baby leave the Lindo Wing of Saint Mary’s Hospital. Town Crier Tony Appleton announces the birth of Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge’s baby boy.

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been widely credited with revitalising “The Firm", as the British royals are known, following decades of scandal and the death of Diana in a Paris car crash in 1997. The palace said the boy’s name would be revealed later, but he will be known as Prince of Cambridge. Bookmakers say the favourites are George and James. William, also 31, who was at his wife’s bedside for the birth, has been on annual leave and will take two weeks’ paternity leave from his job as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot. Kate and her new baby will remain in hospital overnight, the palace said. Cannon fire will ring out across London on Tuesday, with separate army units letting off a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London and 41 gun salute at Green Park. The birth came later than widely expected, adding to the sense of anticipation — as well as the frustrations of hundreds of international media who have waited outside the hospital for three

William, 31, who was at his wife’s bedside for the birth, has been on annual leave and will take two weeks’ paternity leave from his job as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot. weeks. Bookmakers had largely backed a girl baby, after Kate had said they did not know its sex. Prince Charles said that he and his second wife Camilla were “overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild". “It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy," the 64-year-old heir to the throne said in a statement. “Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and

happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future." The queen and her husband Prince Philip were “delighted” at the news, Buckingham Palace said. Kate was admitted to the hospital at around 6:00 am in the midst of a summer thunderstorm, and she and William took a back entrance to avoid the media. The fact that it is a boy relieves the need to rush through new succession laws across the 16 Commonwealth realms, which would mean that a girl could no longer be overtaken by any future younger brothers. Royal fanatics gathering outside the hospital also took their excitement to a new level. “I’m so excited. Like in a washing machine. Never been so high!" said John Loughrey, who has slept outside the hospital for seven nights, wrapped in a British flag. The new arrival is Queen Elizabeth’s third greatgrandchild, and a first grandchild for Charles.

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The queen, 87, said she was “delighted” while Prince Charles said he was overjoyed. Prime Minister David Cameron said it was an “important moment in the life of our nation". US President Barack Obama’s spokesman said shortly before the birth that he and the first family “wish the family and all of Great Britain well on this pending momentous occasion".

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EGYPT UNREST Cairo clashes kill four, Morsi family to sue army CAIRO: Clashes between supporters and opponents of Mohamed Morsi killed four people on Monday as the ousted Egyptian president’s family vowed to sue the army over his ouster. At least 28 people were also injured in the violence between the rival groups of demonstrators in Cairo and the nearby town of Qalyub, emergency services said. The latest bloodshed came as Morsi’s family said they planned to sue the military for having “kidnapped” the elected president, who has been in custody since the July 3 coup. Shaimaa Mohamed Morsi, the toppled president’s daughter,

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told a news conference that the family was planning to take legal action in Egypt and abroad. Morsi has been detained at an unknown location since his overthrow. Morsi’s son Osama said the family had not heard from him since. “None of us has had any contact with our father since the afternoon of the coup on July 3,” he told reporters. The United States and Germany have led international calls for Morsi’s release. AFP

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Jayalalithaa slams UPA on FDI The government appears to be acting at the behest of foreign interests and some external rating agencies, she said. CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday said the UPA government was acting at the behest of foreign interests in relaxing FDI. In a statement issued here, Jayalalithhaa said: “Totally bereft of ideas, in a weak bid to show some pretence of a policy response to an adverse economic situation, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has recently approved the raising of the FDI caps in some sectors.” “Far from protecting the interests of workers and the

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common people of the country, the UPA government appears to be acting at the behest of foreign interests and some external rating agencies, which are frequently threatening to lower the sovereign rating to ‘junk status’ and thereby cowing

down the weak UPA government at the Centre, making it bend to its whims and fancies,” she said. Jayalalithaa said the decision also raises serious security and related concerns, which have been ignored. According to her, the rupee depreciation against the US dollar is a direct reflection of the inept macroeconomic management of the UPA government over the past

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Violence mars Pope’s Brazil visit Police used tear gas, water cannons and stun grenades to disperse rioters after the Catholic leader met with President Dilma Rousseff.

RIO DE JANEIRO: Pope Francis got a rapturous welcome from tens of thousands of pilgrims Monday as he arrived in Brazil on his first foreign trip as pontiff, but violent protests later swept the streets. The 76-year-old Argentine rode in a open-top jeep through the center of Rio de Janeiro, kicking off a week-long visit to a country whose Catholic numbers are slipping and in which economic progress has recently been joined by social unrest. Pope Francis was cheered by throngs of the faithful, but police used tear gas, water cannons and stun grenades to disperse scores of rioters hurling firebombs after the Catholic leader met with President Dilma Rousseff at the state governor’s palace. Earlier police blocked access to the palace as hundreds of Anonymous “hacktivists” and gay militants rallied to denounce Rio state Governor Sergio Cabral’s policies as well as the

$53 million spent on the pope’s landmark visit to what remains the world’s most populous Catholic nation. “Go away Cabral, go away Dilma,” the demonstrators chanted while a huge banner read: “Down with the fascist state and its anti-people governments.” Rousseff’s popularity has plunged in recent weeks, amid frustrations with corruption, poor public services and slowing economic growth. The leftist and Brazil’s first female president acknowledged the social discontent, saying Brazil’s youth was fighting for “a new society.” After massive protests spiraled into violence in recent weeks, authorities are keen to ensure an incident-free visit for the pontiff. Despite the heavy security, with 30,000 soldiers and police mobilized, several people were able to stop the pope’s convoy and touch him through his open window. The pontiff, here to

attend World Youth Day, an event expected to draw 1.5 million young Roman Catholics, shook hands and kissed babies. The threat of danger was heightened when the army announced that soldiers had discovered an explosive device during a training session on Sunday in a bathroom at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Sao Paulo state, which the pope will visit on Wednesday. The homemade device was destroyed and authorities said it was nowhere near the area where the pope or pilgrims will congregate.

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Pope Francis, who carried his own luggage on to the papal plane, has come to Brazil to promote his vision of a more humble church. Excitement about his first overseas visit brought huge crowds into the streets, chanting “long live the pope,” singing and waving the flags of Argentina and other countries. The pope, first in a small four-door car and then an opentop jeep, waved at the crowd

after deciding to leave his armored “Popemobile” behind, a decision that unnerved local authorities. “I have learned that, to gain access to the Brazilian people, it is necessary to pass through its great heart; so let me knock gently at this door,” Francis said at the governor’s palace. “I ask permission to come in and spend this week with you. I have neither silver nor gold, but I bring with me the most precious thing given to me: Jesus Christ,” said the pope, who will lead an openair sermon on Copacabana beach on Thursday. AFP

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AFP photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba being assisted by medical personnel after, according to his testimony, he was hit on the head with a baton by a riot police officer while covering the clashes between security forces and demonstrators who protested against the $53 million from public coffers spent on the pope’s AFP visit — among other things — in Rio de Janeiro.


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JACKSON DEATH TRIAL

MJ mother slams show promoters

Mountain strike corps: Sending the right signals

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With incidents of Chinese incursions at the LAC rising, India cannot afford to let its guard down on the disputed border. VK SHRIVASTAVA feedback@postnoon.com

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he decision to accord approval for the Army to raise a mountain strike corps is long overdue but welcome. India's disputed territory and borders, both with China and Pakistan, are in the mountains. Firing incidents are common along the Line of Control and an undeclared war continues on the glaciated Siachin. Oft reported Chinese intrusions too take place in the Himalayas. Areas of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Aksai Chin, and the Indian territory illegally ceded by Pakistan to China are also in the desolate mountainous regions. In the years ahead, China will continue to pose strategic challenges. ‘The Grand Cause of Reunification’ is an unfinished Chinese agenda. Surely their claims in Arunachal Pradesh are part of this larger design. Should it lead to trials of combat, it can only be along our borders in the mountains. In that context, one must note that the Chinese doctrine of ‘Limited War Under High-Tech Conditions’ relies on ‘Active Defence" and in ‘Gaining Initiative by Striking First’ and that China is not shy of using military power “o "Right the Wrongs of Hist”ry". A mountain strike corps will serve many strategic purposes. Its mere existence will be deter-

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rence against possible misadventures. In the process, it will provide greater stability to the ongoing confidence building measures along the LAC. The force capability will continue to pose as a ‘Threat in Being’ for an adversary to be wary of. The presence of this strategic reserve in a theatre will foreclose some of the aggressor's options. In the event of a war, it will provide a credible riposte capability. And, of course, though equipped and trained for the mountains, it could also take to field in the plains should the situation so demand. To enable this powerful military asset to flex its muscles, a range of associated activities also need to be attended to. First, our infrastructure along the border would need substantial improvements - construction and improvement of roads, revamping of forward airfields and helicopter bases, development of facilities for the deployment of rockets and missiles, upgraded communication facilities and the creation of

logistic installations to sustain the force. Second, to be able to deliver a decisive punch, the proposed corps must be augmented by force multipliers such as special forces, long-range guns, rocket batteries, missiles, lift capability for heliborne operations, air defense resources, dedicated means for all-weather surveillance, wherewithal for electronic warfare and the like.

Though equipped and trained for the mountains, it could also take to field in the plains should the situation so demands. Third, the equipping policy and the equipment profile of this force must remain in step, if not ahead, of the modernisation programmes of the Chinese PLA. Thus, if and when launched, the strike formation must be able to establish not only the force superiority but also technological ascendancy in the battlefield. Fourth, the strike forces venturing deep into the enemy ter-

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ritory must be trained and equipped to operate in the backdrop of a nuclear environment. While on the subject of the nuclear threat here is a point of clarification — it must not be the operational commander's burden to worry about the opponent's nuclear threshold. The responsibility of fine-tuning this brinkmanship must be that of the political leadership. Fifth, the growing relevance of land-air battle in the modern battlefield cannot be over emphasised. For the success of its offensives, and to enhance its operational reach, the mountain strike corps would rely heavily on the well calibrated application of air power. Therefore, the army brass would do well to incorporate the Air Force into their plans from the very inception. That would also give the air force the desired lead time to evolve its own strategies to match the army's aspirations. Lastly, the creation of this strategic offensive capability will generate the right signals for our neighbors to read. These signals must be backed by resolute political will ready to use military power to protect territorial integrity.

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LOS ANGELES: Michael Jackson's 83-year-old mother lashed out at the promoters of his doomed last tour Monday, accusing them of letting her son "waste away" before his 2009 death. She wept in court again on her second day of testimony against AEG Live, promoter of the "This is It" tour which Jackson was rehearsing for in Los Angeles when he died. "They watched him waste away," she said, of AEG managers. "They could have called me. He was asking for his father. My grandson told me that his daddy was nervous and scared," she said. Grilled by AEG Live lawyer Marvin Putnam, she recalled the only time she asked her son about rumors that he was abusing drugs — and said he denied

it, despite at least one family "intervention" in the years before his death. "Well, I'm his mother, and quite naturally he denied because he wouldn't want me to think that .. .. he's not going to admit that," she said, adding that she knew he was taking painkillers. "I knew he was taking them. I didn't think he might have been abusing them," she added, recounting the exchange at his Las Vegas home, some time after he returned from living abroad following his 2005 child molestation trial. Katherine Jackson accuses AEG Live of pushing her son too hard as he rehearsed in Los Angeles for a series of "This is It" comeback concerts in London, and of negligently hiring doctor Conrad Murray to look after him. AFP

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Ladies of China learn to live the ‘high life’ To peel an orange properly, to hold a fork, to pronounce luxury brand names... the wealthy here are ready to pay handsomely to acquire class and taste. SEBASTIEN BLANC Agence France-Presse BEIJING: To properly peel an orange, hold an oyster fork, and pronounce luxury brand names — the rich in China are paying handsomely to learn such skills to match their high-end lifestyles with high-class etiquette. Dozens from all over the country have signed up for a $16,000 two-week course at the newly opened Institute Sarita, Beijing — mostly women in their 40s who grew rich along with China. For them, the hefty price tag to acquire such knowledge can seem trivial: Institute Sarita founder Sarah Jane Ho says her students “easily spend three times that amount” to buy the furs or jewellery introduced in class. Besides the aforementioned, these women familiarise themselves with wine, elite sports like golf and riding, English tea service, floral art and table decorating. Ho says the wealthy are faced with a cultural shock arising from the paradox of their parents’ hardships during the reign of the late leader Mao Zedong and their privileged lives set to western concepts. “Today’s nouveau riche women in China are the first to take on all these roles of wife, mother, daughter, businesswoman in this new drastically changed world. There are no precedents, no rules, no person for them to refer to," she says. “What my clients want is really a guide... a new Confucius. What they need is a frame of reference and this is what I provide." They learn to help their husbands and chat with their business associates: picking proper topics of conversation unlike the typically blunt “How much do you earn?", or “Why did you divorce your wife?" —even how close to stand to others. “Personal space is something new in China," says Ho, who tells students to “keep your elbows close to your body". The institute, which hosts students at a luxury hotel, is based on finishing schools where young women from well-to-do families went to in the West,

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where they have largely disappeared. Ho, a Harvard graduate who speaks five languages, herself attended the Institut Villa Pierrefeu — often called the last Swiss finishing school. Many of her students learned they needed help after finding themselves stumped at a fancy event— often a Western-style meal. “They don’t dare start (eating), for example, escargot, fearing ridicule," said the institute’s head chef, who Ho recruited from the French embassy. Jocelyn Wang, 24, says the intricacies of Western dining protocol were among the most valuable lessons of her 10-day course at Institute Sarita. “I think the way someone eats — how they hold their fork and knife, the way they eat their food —say a lot about their etiquette and temperament," she says, adding that such topics

were not widely taught in China. “My parents may have learned from experience or from TV or the Internet," she says. “I wanted to be more specialised." During her nine-to-six sessions Wang measured with rulers the precise placement of forks and knives and toured art galleries, taking notes and collecting class handouts along the way. Also, she realised the need for non-teachable qualities like poise, taste and confidence. Wang, a master’s degree student in London, says there are differences between aristocracy and nouveaux riche. “We have a really good life, at least materially speaking, so we can’t just be unrefined." Harvard sociologist Martin Whyte said Chinese interest in etiquette was to be expected in a society enjoying newfound wealth but lacking a strong, recent “aristocratic tradition". They “see that being viewed as ‘nouveau riche’ makes them vulnerable to popular criticism", he said, likening rich Chinese today to 19th century Americans. “They feel a need to demonstrate to the world that they are not just crude moneygrubbing upstarts, but have some cultural refinement and civility, and thus might be viewed as honourable wealthy, rather than resented."

LAGOS: Shoppers ready to spend lavishly on clothes by elite designers sipped champagne in a discreetly located store that only those in-theknow know exists. Perhaps it’s not an unusual scene in Manhattan or Milan, but in Lagos, subSaharan Africa’s largest city, shops like Temple Muse are a novelty. A growing number of boutique owners and fashion designers however are working to change that. Most of Nigeria’s roughly 160 million people live in extreme poverty, but the upper class here number among the wealthiest in Africa, including those who have profited from the continent’s largest oil industry. Nigerians’ sense of style is also well-known, and the country boasts several fashion designers who have made their mark internationally. Just ask Michelle Obama, who wore a blouse by Nigeria’s Maki Oh on a recent trip to South Africa. Or take the Wadhwani brothers, who are Indian but were raised in Lagos. They saw there was a gap in the city’s luxury market. The brothers opened a store that aims to serve Nigeria’s ultra-high-end shoppers who typically hop on planes to Europe when their wardrobes need an upgrade. “I found a niche in the market," said Avinash

Wadhwani, co-owner of Temple Muse boutique in the posh Victoria Island neighbourhood of Lagos. He previously worked as a buyer for the London department store Selfridges, learning first-hand the appeal of Europe’s top fashion lines. But he insisted Nigeria’s rich are also seeking a local look. Some Nigerians “travel by plane every other week and shop in the best boutiques around the globe, but they AROUND THE

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Some garments come with pricetags of $3,000 (2,300 euros), and there are fashion mavens ready to snap up several of them. still have that sense of pride and everyone wants something from (their) own heritage," he said. Temple Muse, which opened five years ago, is protected from the hectic mega-city outside by a thick metal door and is equipped with a champagne bar and a cafe. Some garments come with pricetags of $3,000 (2,300 euros), and there are fashion mavens ready to snap up several of them.


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GOLD MAY GET COSTLIER

Gold may get costlier after the RBI made it mandatory to export 20 per cent of imports in a bid to arrest the rupee's fall and improve the current account deficit (CAD), traders and jewellers said.

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Web biz to hit $100 bn Digital and mobile advertising are two of the key factors that are expected to drive the Internet economy till 2015.

The online video group Netflix said Monday profits jumped in the past quarter, giving it some cash after recent Emmy nominations, but the results left investors cold. Netflix said profits jumped nearly fivefold in the second quarter to $29.5 million, topping most Wall Street forecasts.But its share price slumped seven per cent in after-hours trade to $243.39, on concerns that its subscriber base is growing more slowly than in the past.The company added 630,000 new US customers in the quarter, after increasing by over two million in the past two quarters. Netflix said it sees the prospects of more competition and a saturation of the US market.

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ndia’s Internet Economy that stands at 1.6 per cent of GDP is slated to $100 billion (`6 lakh core) by 2015, according to a report, Good to Grow: The Environment of Asia’s Internet Business” by Economist Intelligence Unit & sponsored by Asian Internet Coalition. Two of the key factors that will drive the Internet economy in India are digital and mobile advertising. At present, only seven per cent of advertising revenue is spent online. But, of the $410 million being spent online, 60 per cent goes to Google and Facebook, with only the remaining 40 per cent going to other online players. While online advertising in Asia is forecast to grow at a modest pace (from 24 per cent of worldwide online advertising in 2010 to 26 per cent by 2015) the mobile advertising market is really taking off. By 2015 Asia is expected to account for onethird of the mobile advertising market globally. But the report also reveals the dark side of India’s online payment and credit card penetration. On both fronts, India stands at an abysmally low penetration of two per cent compared to South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. It says, “In India and Southeast Asia, there are two problems with online payments. The first is a lack of credit cards and a reluctance to use them online. With the culture and infrastructure of online payments so undeveloped, in many cases they invest resources to take payments physically. This is notable in Indonesia, India, Thailand and Vietnam. In India, for example, although there have been improvements in the regulatory

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system to allow companies to accept online payments, many customers still prefer cash. Stepout.com, a dating website, offers a payment collection service in India’s top 10 cities, where staff collect payments in person before activating customer accounts. “If you look at Indian e-commerce, what has scaled for these companies is cash-on-delivery,” says Nikhil Pahwa, editor of MediaNama. According to the report, “Few entrepreneurs are thinking globally although there is global demand for Asian content and platforms. Examples of companies with a successful global user base include Alibaba from China, Line, a messaging app from Japan, and numerous gaming firms from North Asia. Yet few Asian Internet companies are developing with a global audience in mind. Of the companies that have a global user base, it has been virally, rather than by design. “Asian Internet businesses typically focus on home markets, either because they are

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potentially huge or because they feel they need to build scale before venturing abroad. Others with overseas ambitions tend to remain regionally focused, believing Western markets to be too competitive,” it explains. The report says Internet regulation is on the rise, and many governments are focusing more on control than enablement, failing to understand its the negative impact. Speaking at the launch of the report, Laurel West of Economist Intelligence Unit said, “India’s regulatory

environment has considerable room for improvement. While the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is responsible for the frequent issue of laws relating to Internet governance, there is no specific regulatory body for content and platform creators. Some, particularly smaller operators, take this as a good thing. But the downside is that there is no central avenue for communication with businesses that will be affected by changes in the law.”

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FASHION CHAIN RESCUED Financially troubled British fashion chain Nicole Fahri has been snapped up by Maxine Hargreaves-Adams after less than a month in administration, officials said Monday. "We are extremely pleased to have secured the sale of Nicole Farhi to Maxine Hargreaves-Adams, preserving a wellknown retail brand," said Peter Saville, partner at administrators Zolfo Cooper. The purchase price was not disclosed. The cash-strapped brand, set up by French-born designer Fahri in 1982, went into administration earlier this month on the back of declining demand and higher costs.

THUS SPAKE For years, India's economic growth rate ranked second among the world's large economies, after China, which it has consistently trailed by at least one percentage point. The hope that India might overtake China one day in economic growth now seems a distant one.

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Comment Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi Father of the nation

Obstacles pile up ahead of Mali elections

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ali is hoping against the odds for credible July 28 presidential elections but crucial barriers to an acceptable voter turnout and the ever-present threat of terrorist attacks are casting a long shadow over preparations. The polls are seen as vital to reuniting the country after a March 2012 military coup and a sweeping offensive by Islamist rebels who captured the entire north before being flushed out by French and African troops. But the timing of the vote has raised logistical issues that critics feel have not been addressed and many have warned that a botched election could be more damaging for Mali’s fragile roadmap to peace than no election at all. Chief among the problems highlighted by observers is the slim chance of a decent turnout, a prerequisite for a result that will be accepted by a nation still riven with deep divisions after the coup. With the vote announced at the end of May, officials had just weeks to distribute almost seven million voting cards and the latest data from organisers suggests the task is only 60 per cent complete. Furthermore, the Islamist occupation forced hundreds of thousands of eligible Malian voters into neighbouring countries or displaced them internally, and it remains unclear whether they will be able to vote. Sunday’s election comes with Mali’s rainy season in full swing, and heavy storms could inhibit travel, while many observing the holy month of Ramadan in the mainly Muslim nation may choose to stay at home whatever the weather. AFP

HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS The European Union has designated Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organisation. The West seems to have conveniently forgotten why Hezbollah came into being. Selective vision isn’t going to solve the decades-old problem.

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he birth of Prince William and Kate’s son is supposed to give the British royal family an injection of youth, but the monarchy will likely rest in elderly control for decades to come, analysts say. At 87, Queen Elizabeth II shows no sign of relaxing her solemn coronation vow of lifelong duty, while her eldest son Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, is 64 and potentially still many years from the throne. The birth of a child to Charles’s eldest son William will mean that four generations of monarchs will be drifting round the corridors of Buckingham Palace, leading royal commentators to ponder on the growing succession queue. “If the queen lives as long as her mother, 101, then Prince Charles will be 80 before he succeeds to the throne. We might have a succession of very elderly monarchs," Robert Hazell, director of the Constitution Unit at University College London, told AFP. The queen inherited the throne in 1952 aged 25 following the early death of her father, king George VI, at the age of 56. She celebrated her 60 years on the throne last year and is approaching the longevity record of queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, 216 days

until her death in 1901. First in line is Charles, who quipped last month with the Commonwealth’s outgoing chief rabbi: “I realise, of course, that we have both reached the official age of retirement. But I hope yours is going to be a bit more realistic than mine." The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported it under the headline: “Retiring? I haven’t even begun my job." He is followed in the line of succession by William, 31, who tops the royal popularity polls. The new royal baby is third in line to the throne.

THE ABDICATION TABOO “This baby represents the next generation and the ability of this dynasty to survive," Patrick Jephson, former private secretary to William’s late mother Diana, princess of Wales, told AFP. “Their first responsibility as a dynasty is not to open hospitals and be kind to animals: it is to perpetuate the dynasty." In 2013, pope Benedict XVI, queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, king Albert II of Belgium, and the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa alThani, have all abdicated in favour of younger successors. But Queen Elizabeth, loyal to her vows, shows no sign of giving way to Charles. Hazell said he had tried in vain to start a public debate on the abdication taboo. “If we inflicted that punishing amount of work on any other woman of 87, people would call it granny abuse!", he said. The Times newspaper’s

columnist David Aaronovitch said the birth of the heir to the heir to the heir to the throne was “not a bad moment for her to tell us that she would now like to spend more time, deservedly, with her horses, corgis and great-grandchildren". Though her health and stamina remain robust, the queen has slowly started to share the burden with younger royals, with Charles taking a growing role. In November, he will represent his mother — the head of the Commonwealth — at the organisation’s biennial summit in Sri Lanka. The “transition” could be a difficult sell. The popularity of Charles — and his second wife Camilla even more so — is still hampered, with acceptance of their relationship growing at a snail’s pace since his 1992 separation from his first wife Diana, princess of Wales.

Plus, as Charles himself noted, they too are getting old. “A couple of septuagenarians tottering up the aisle at Westminster Abbey to be crowned... that doesn’t do the brand an awful lot of good," Jephson said.

GENTLE TRANSITION Another hazard is that Charles risks being seen as a “caretaker monarch” while people wait for William. And as for the new father, once the baby euphoria calms, “it won’t take long for people to question how he spends his time". The Regency Act 1937 sets out that the next adult in line should act as regent if the sovereign is a minor or is incapacitated. In the event of physical or mental incapacity, 48 percent believe Queen Elizabeth should step down, according to a YouGov survey in May.

EDITORIALS Penalise building contractors

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eath in sleep of six innocent labourer lives can be squarely blamed the GHMC and the builder. Six labour families were buried alive after an old wall from the Nizam time, against which their hovels were erected, collapsed in Moulali. The victims were labourers working at the apartment site within the walled property. The collapse, of course, is the result of incessant rains, but angry neighbours who gathered at the site of the tragedy said they had complained of the massive, decaying walls and the danger they posed to the lives of people, but the GHMC as usual chose to be deaf and blind to the warning. It goes without saying that recurrence of

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such tragedies— from Monda market to Moulali — is due to rampant corruption among civic officials. Anyone could see the old wall had developed cracks at several places and the builder should have made some provision for the safety of his workers. This is another instance of construction contractors treating labourers with apathy. And they know that the law can’t touch them, as there is the wall of moolah to shield them. It is also the duty of the people’s representatives to be alert in averting such disasters, but they too are busy elsewhere. Unless a heavy penalty is imposed on construction contractors and builders, the situation will not improve.

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workplace A CLOSE WATCH

HERE’S THE DOPE

Work and waste not According to an infographic ‘Biggest Workplace Time Wasters’ by Yast, it turns out that socialising (both offline and online) are the top reasons why we are distracted at work. Is there anything HR or companies can do to reduce the amount of time employees waste at work? We find out.

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efore you rush off to shut that Facebook page open at your terminal take a look at the other results the infographic threw up. Besides socialising, it also points out other time wasters at the work place — such as job hunting, dealing with unforeseen circumstances, and of course, the numerous meetings. Nearly 25 per cent of staffers in the companies part of the survey said socialising with coworkers was their biggest distraction at work. Over 75 per cent of the employees who maintain a Facebook account access it during the workday. More troubling: Some workers spend more than two hours a day on the site. Only 64 per cent of people say they visit nonwork-related sites every day. And close to 50 per cent of the people said web surfing for personal use was their biggest distractor. The staffers also said,

they spend 33 minutes every day just trying to schedule meetings. And nearly 50 per cent of people said attending meetings was their biggest time-waste. Slackers and time-wasters are not appreciated in any company. The proverb, ‘as busy as a bee’ is what most believe that employees should be following. But unfortunately that is not the case. However, it can be said that one can’t work 24*7 or even be at their terminal all eight or 12 hours without a single distraction. To prevent distractions from becoming major reasons for wasting time, companies and HRs follow various rules. Smriti Singh, HR at an animation company in the City, says, “Preventing cyberloafing is one of our major problems. The profession is such that animators or artists would require the use of the Internet to surf websites, videos for reference or for other help. But when we found out that some of the staff was misusing this, we had to

block all social networking websites and some others. Pornography had made its way to the company’s computers and that was a problem. After we took this step, we found they were fewer employees wasting time, even socialising on the floors is restricted as the peons or personal assistants to the directors keep a watch. This may sound almost school-like but we had to do it to stop slacking on the job.” Doing non-related work during work hours is another pet peeve for employers. We can all make a list of our own time-wasting activities. Harshit Singh, an intern at a software company in Mumbai says, “I can rattle off almost a whole list of these things. On any given day, I watch YouTube videos, go out for a leisurely lunch, talk to my friends in the other department, surf the web for anything interesting, then check out links that we share in office, logging into Facebook and Twitter and other such sites. I think this

helps me in my work, distracts me from whatever work I am doing and then helps me get back to work with a refreshed mind. You become more productive.” Harshit might describe his activities as productive at work, but there are many HRs who beg to differ. Sheena Francisca Gomes, manager at a City-based BPO says, “Slackers are not tolerated at all in our company. Sites like YouTube, Facebook and even proxy servers are blocked. There is also regulation of what they surf, it is for security reasons as well. The shift system also prevents them from going off to do personal errands as well.” Productive or non-productive, your actions can be causing your employers a lot of money and it won’t be long before they will be wanting cut some slack, so beware.

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veryone wants to know what the future holds for them. Now, more than ever. Thanks to a rise in disposable incomes, people are more than willing to shell out money to consult astrologers and buy gem stones advised to them. In fact, most people believe that the more expensive the gem stone advised to them is, the better it is for their success. So, the kind of gem suggested depends heavily on the client’s affordability. Most astrologers, even me, have tie-ups with jewellers — more often than not we tell our clients to go to a particular jeweller as he or she has ‘pure’ stones. Most of us get a cut from the sale the jewellery store makes through our clients. The most common question that I’m faced with is ‘when will I get married?’ Though a lot can be specified on that front from the person’s patri (a chart that shows the position of stars at the time of the person’s birth), the timeline can go a little haywire. There have been so many instances when I tell people that they’ll ‘certainly’ get married the following year or the end of the same year, just because I had a hunch. Most times, the hunch is bang on and at other times….well, it’s wrong. The fact that these people are asking me when their wedding bells would ring only shows their desperation and failed attempts so far. One can safely assume they’ve been looking for suitors; hence, chances that something would materialise soon are high. Also, in my 35 years of experience as an astrologer, I’ve realised that men are keener to know what their future has in store than women. Now, whether that’s because men are more insecure, it’s impossible to say. Being an astrologer, one also has to work hard to earn the people’s trust. And, even though you can see it, it’s bad business to tell people the tragedies that the near future holds. Most of the time, we concentrate on the good and speak of the bad only when the client pushes. Though there are many scientific explanations that defy astrology, it’s end is far far away – it gives people hope, a blessing in today’s environment. But, one should be wary of people clad in orange shawls everywhere, claiming to know what’s coming — we have crooks here too!


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spotlight GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN...

IT’S THE TIME

TO DISCO! Bollywood's latest sensation Poonam Pandey has been actively promoting her upcoming film Nasha. She paid a visit to Kismet, the party hub at The Park hotel, as part of promotional events in the City.

BY THE POOL

The Park Hotel hosted a rain dance party by their pool side on Sunday afternoon. The glamour-filled event was held at Aqua, the open air bar at the five-star. Here’s a sneak peek.

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health

‘SCHOOL-BASED TOBACCO CONTROL REDUCES USE’

School-based tobacco control programmes have significant potential in reducing tobacco use among adolescents, says a new study. The finding, published in Indian Journal of Paediatrics, comes just as schools brace to enforce the Kerala High Court's directions on tobacco control in the new academic year.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR EARS: PART II

DISEASES OF

Meniere's disease

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énière's disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance to varying degrees. It is characterised by episodes of vertigo, lowpitched tinnitus, and hearing loss. The hearing loss is fluctuating rather than permanent, meaning that it comes and goes, alternating between ears for some time, then becomes permanent with no return to normal function. Doctors are not really sure what the cause of the disease is.

Otitis

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titis is a general term to describe inflammation of the ear. It can refer to the outer ear (otitis externa), middle ear (otitis media) or the inner ear (otitis interna). The outer ear infection is called swimmer's ear, and the ear will hurt when touched. In otitis media, the ear is infected or clogged with fluid behind the ear drum, in the normally airfilled middle-ear space. This is common in children. In otitis interna, when the inner ear is inflamed, the patient will experience a sense of vertigo.

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here is no real treatment for Meniere's disease. Managing the disease includes measures like reducing salt intake, and avoiding caffeine, tobacco and alcohol. Antihistamines are sometimes recommended to help with the vertigo-related symptoms of the disease, like vomiting. Surgery is an option if the disease gets really bad. However, there is a high chance of hearing loss.

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Otitis externa Pain when the ear is tugged Ear discharge, itchiness Otitis media Fever Irritability Otitis interna Severe vertigo Nausea

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estibular rehabilitation therapy is a highly effective way to reduce or eliminate dizziness from otitis interna. Medicines to control vertigo-induced nausea are also used. Oral and topical analgesics are effective to treat the pain caused by otitis media. Antibiotics are only necessary if the doctor recommends it. Insertion of tympanostomy tube is done if there is chronic effusion. Otitis externa is usually self-limiting and clears up on its own.

Tinnitus

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innitus is the perception of sound within the human ear (ringing of the ears) when no actual sound is present. It isn't strictly a disease,but it is an unpleasant side effect of a variety of conditions. Neurological damage, ear infections, oxidative stress, foreign objects in the

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ear, nasal allergies that prevent (or induce) fluid drain, wax build-up, and exposure to loud sounds can cause tinnitus. Tinnitus is common: About 20 per cent of people between 55 and 65 years report symptoms on a general health questionnaire.

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adiosurgery, clearing the ear canal, using a neurostimulator, treatment with various drugs and nutrients, electrical stimulation, surgery and psychological treatment have been used to treat tinnitus. Avoiding triggers and other trauma are also recommended.

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hen you think of ear problems, hearing loss is the biggest fear of them all. Partial or complete deafness may result due to a combination of factors like age,

noise, illness and physical trauma. There are a number of measures that can be taken to prevent hearing loss, but in some cases, it is impossible to reverse or prevent.

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Losing the ability to hear high frequencies as you grow older High levels of noise Genetic predisposition Illnesses like meningitis, AIDS, syphilis Neurological disorders like strokes Medicines like gentamicin Chemicals like pesticides Physical trauma

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eafness can be managed with the help of devices like cochlear implants and hearing aids. Globally, hearing loss affects about 10 per cent of the population to some degree. Of these, 65 million acquired the condition during childhood. The main thing is to ensure that the patient does not feel excluded or illtreated because of their hearing loss.


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Technology BEATING THE SNOOPS

Ditch the NSA

Who can you trust in a digital world? A guide to keeping your data private in the aftermath of NSA revelations.

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LOSE IT Unsecured WiFi With thousands of wifi hotspots, it's never been easier to get online. But many hackers take advantage of this to steal personal information. Some even set up bogus wifi networks with enticing names like "free public wifi" to trick you into handling over access. Scanned Signatures People are looking for ways to remotely sign documents, and using a scanned image of your signature can seem like a simple solution. But once you send out your signature, hackers can copy that image and paste it onto documents. Saving an image of your signature on your computer is also risky because if your computer is lost or stolen your signature could fall into wrong hands. Dropbox Dropbox is listed as "coming soon" to the NSA's spy programme according to The Washington Post. If that happened, the government could monitor your documents, tax records and other private information in your Dropbox folder.

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Phone calls Use Silent circle a $20 a month service that also give you access to secure chat, video calling and email.

Phone calls RedPhone, a free app can encrypt calls between two users using their service.

Personal Hotspots More people now have access to devices that create a personal Internet hotspot. When possible, use a password-protected personal hotspot instead of unsecured wifi. If that's not an option do not access sensitive websites such as that of your bank when not at home. Digital signatures They give you the same convenience of doing business remotely without the risks. Digital signature technolouses advances cryptology to ensure that no one can tamper with a document after it has been signed. This technology is safer than putting a scanned signature on a document. SpiderOak SpiderOak is just like Dropbox but with one important difference: advacned encryption. Everything is first encrypted on your computer using your password and then it's sent to the SpiderOak servers. SpiderOak doesn't store any user password encryption keys which means the employees at SpiderOak can't access your files even if they wanted to.

NEW HEIGHTS Apple announced that the iTunes Store eclipsed 1 billion podcast subscriptions. That’s a whole lot of talking. A special promotion appeared in the iTunes Podcasts directory to commemorate the big number. Apple says that those billion subscriptions are spread across 250,000 unique podcasts in more than 100 languages, and that more than 8 million episodes have been published in the iTunes Store to date. The company’s heavily invested in the medium: There’s the iTunes Podcasts section, complete with an editorial staff that curates it; the everevolving Podcasts app for iOS; and even the Apple TV's built-in podcast support.

TRAFFIC MONSTER

On an average day, Google accounts for about 25 percent of all consumer internet traffic running through North American ISPs. That’s a far larger slice of than previously thought, and it means that with so many consumer devices connecting to Google each day, it’s bigger than Facebook, Netflix, and Instagram combined. It also explains why Google is building data centers as fast as it possibly can. Three years ago, the company’s services accounted for about 6 percent of the internet’s traffic.

NEW PHONE ANYONE? Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu flavour of Linux, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to finance the production of its first smartphone, which we now know is called the Ubuntu Edge, and it’s set a lofty goal for itself of $32 million in just 30 days. There are 40,000 first-run handsets on offer, working out at an average of $800 per unit. However, those pledging their backing in the first day will only need to shell out $600 — after that it’s $830. The device is only shipping in May 2014.


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Entertainment BEST SERVED HOT

CINE BYTES

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irector Venkat Prabhu's Biryani starring Hansika and Karthi has been wrapped up. The movie, said to be an an action entertainer, is set to release later this year. Most of the movie has been shot in Chennai, Hyderabad and other parts of Tamil Nadu. The movie will be released in Tamil and Telugu. A teaser of its Tamil version was launched a couple of months ago. Music has been composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Biryani comes under the Studio Green banner. Not much has been given away about the story, but whispers are that it revolves around that one day when the hero goes around looking for biryani. Our guesses are, this situation is what will lead to the lead actors falling in love, later in trouble, all of which is finally concluded by a happily ever after.

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harmee, known for her bubbly and peppy nature, will soon be seen in the role of a journalist in Tammareddy Bharadwaja's comeback film Prathighatana. With Charmee in the lead, Atul Kulkarni from up north will also be seen. The shoot is being planned in single schedule which means this 'hatke' role of Charmee won't keep her fans waiting for long.

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ara Shah, earlier seen in Life is Beautiful, is shooting for her next film Bhai. Lucky for her, Nagarjuna Akkineni is her co-star. She will be seen as his sister who is said to have a crucial part in the second half.

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ollowing your favourite celebrities on social media is even easier now. The official pages are being ticked blue. These pages have first-hand information, and are credible. Knowing what your heartthrobs are up to, is really just a click away.


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ON HER OWN TERMS

SELF-MADE

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ctress Richa Chadda, whose performance was appreciated in Gangs Of Wasseypur and Fukrey, is happy to carve a niche for herself on her own. "It's a wonderful time to be in the showbiz and now we can say that there is space for everyone in the industry," Richa said. The Delhi girl added that she is "more than happy and proud that I have made a space for myself without any filmy backup". "The journey has not been easy but it's worth the wait," said Richa, who will be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Ram Leela, which is she considers her big ticket in Bollywood. Currently, she is busy shooting in Udaipur for her next film BAD. Praising her team, she said that "it's great to work with Randeep Hooda and Pooja Bhatt. It's a very unusual film." IANS

CINE BYTES Sharman, Meera to shoot for 1920 London

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ilmmaker Vikram Bhatt has titled the third instalment of 1920 as 1920 London and he is likely to begin shooting for the movie with Sharman Joshi and Meera Chopra in August. 1920 London, produced by ASA Production, will be shot entirely in London. IANS

Bhaag Milkha... exceeded our expectations: Mehra

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lympian athlete Milkha Singh biopic didn't get an overwhelming review, but the Bhaag Milkha Bhaag box-office success has thrown the movie business into a tizzy and its director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra admits that collection has indeed surpassed their expectations. IANS

Dia Mirza would love to team up with Vidya Balan

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roducer-actress Dia Mirza is busy casting for three films being made under her banner and says she would love to work with Kahaani actress Vidya Balan. “Vidya is someone who I would love to cast in the film. She is a dear friend with a great temperament. She is an easy person to be with and is a powerhouse performer," Dia said. IANS


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X-Men Stars Are Comic-Con BFF

MICHAEL FASSBENDER, JAMES MCAVOY:

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ichael Fassbender and James McAvoy play the youthful versions of famed frenemies Magneto and Professor X in the current X-Men universe. In real life, however, these two seem like the bestest of best friends since Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. (Like the Star Trek stars, the McFassy bromance has an appropriate Tumblr presence as well.) Just look at these photos from the surprise X-Men: Days of Future Past panel at Comic-Con on Saturday night: Fassbender and McAvoy are practically soaking up each other's awesomeness. Maybe they should rename the movie "X-Bros." (Mask provided by the upcoming horror film You're Next; smiles and swoons provided by Fassbender/McAvoy.)

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obert Pattinson has reportedly hit it off with actressmodel Riley Keough. The two have been trying to keep their relationship under wraps. Pattinson, 27 is enjoying getting to know Riley. "Rob and Riley are having a really great time together,” femalefirst.co .uk quoted a source as saying.

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tars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana made a surprise appearance at the Marvel panel between shooting in London. Pratt said that though the movie is "still high stakes, it's still a great adventure," totally different from other superhero films.

Ozzy Osbourne urges fans to shun drugs

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inger Ozzy Osbourne has warned youngsters against drugs following the death of actor Cory Monteith. The 64-year-old too battled addictions for years, and admitted that because he survived it, people shouldn't assume that they can live the same way. IANS


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Chai Time

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“Man, it don't matter where you come in to bat, the score is still zero.” Viv Richards

KAKURO

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

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PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER

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1 Bear among the stars 5 Rand’s shrugger 10 Take a gander at 13 Flamingo feature 14 Reason to nitpick? 15 “Amscray!” 16 Subject for a psychologist 19 Street address abbr., sometimes 20 If you look good, you’ll get them 21 Auburn hair dye 22 Stays behind 24 Combo-meal component 25 Increases (with “to”) 26 Title for von Trapp 28 It’s a bit like a whit 30 Swamp avian 31 Group at GM 34 Sleight-of-hand games aimed at swindling 38 SSN pt. 39 Cardiological concern 40 Type of business 41 Grind grinders 42 Equine tresses 44 Frome of literature 46 Vacation vehicles 49 “Card Players Quarreling” artist Jan 50 Where an echograph is used 52 Potential perch 53 Maneuver through a tight opening 56 Snooty attitudes 57 Ringlike island 58 They’re above majs. 59 Color TV pioneer 60 Terribly timid 61 “The Bells ___ Mary’s”

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1 Open, as a gate 2 Kidder’s Kent 3 Techie’s drawing 4 Multiple-handle connector? 5 “... and Jupiter ___ with Mars” 6 Implements 7 Work as a barker 8 Egyptian cobras 9 It’s fishy 10 Public tiff 11 Comes by honestly 12 Sicily’s famous volcano 15 It’s raised during drinking songs 17 Null and ___ 18 Crowd 23 Being No. 1? 24 Type of edible legs 26 Pullman feature 27 Solo at the opera 28 “___ a long story” 29 Palindromic exclamation 30 His and ___ 31 Unprecedented 32 Way back when 33 247.5 degrees 35 Fruit for a split 36 Shylock’s offering 37 Winning-everything link 41 Butters used to fry paneer 42 With malice 43 Hollywood’s Hathaway 44 Body of good conduct 45 ___ firma 46 Movie units 47 Reclines lazily 48 Biblical spot? 49 Draw in a picture? 50 Snorkel’s canine 51 ___ En-lai 54 Beaver barrier 55 Prefix with “system”


Chai Time TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013 Thiruvaikumar

STAR POWER for 24-7-2013

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

ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Politicians are likely to be entrusted with new responsibilities. You will implement new business plans with the help of your partners and also expand the business as per plans. Businessmen are advised not to extend more credit to patrons.

STRIP TEASE AGNES

Employees will complete their works in time and get appreciation. Relatives and well wishers will support you. Businessmen might face hurdles but will be successful at last. Financially a strong position is likely.

A long pending work will end successfully. You will feel cheerful as the works planned and undertaken by you will be completed successfully. Blood relatives will be of great help but avoid any misunderstanding with them.

Children will make you proud and happy. Spouse will be cooperative. You will try and plan to increase your income in multiple ways. Transfer to unwanted destination is on the cards for employees. Court verdict will go in your favour.

Journey undertaken to expand the business will be successful. Employees might face minor tensions due to superiors but they will manage well and come out of the same wisely. Businessmen need to fulfill wishes of their customers.

Financial position will improve for better. Employees will get support and help of colleagues with which their work burden will reduce considerably and they feel most relaxed. Close friends and relatives will visit you.

Superior’s activities might irk the employees. You will execute the works successfully with your good experience, proper planning and skill. Avoid friendship with bad elements as they might drag you into problems. Income likely to improve.

Businessmen will look cheerful as their profits are set to rise. Though there are hurdles in the way of completing the old works, with your determination and stubbornness they will get completed successfully albeit with a delay.

Strong financial position will keep you cheerful. Politicians will earn good name and appreciation for their social works towards a good cause. High command will also encourage them and appreciate for their good intention.

TAROT READ

Sumaa Tekur

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ARIES:

GEMINI:

Seven of Pentacles – You will have to go through some inconvenience because of what someone else is doing to you.

LEO:

Strength – Time for some play, for all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Be careful about maintaining your commitment towards some important work.

LIBRA:

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE

Death – Get ready for some major changes on the work front. You will be asked to move job profiles or cities and will make some new friends along the way.

SAGITTARIUS:

Eight of Pentacles – There will be some conditions imposed on you in a professional relationship. Go ahead and sign the contract only if you agree.

TAURUS:

The Chariot – You will go out of breath and be panting and puffing through the rest of the week. There will be too much of running around.

CANCER:

The Sun – You are getting the support of someone very important to you. Acknowledge it and be grateful: you never know when you won’t be able to do that.

VIRGO:

Five of Swords – You have to revise your plan and reprioritize if an original plan is not working. Make changes quickly and do not hesitate.

SCORPIO:

Justice – You achieve new heights in managing the balance of your mind, body and soul. You are more at peace with yourself and this shows in your health, too.

CAPRICORN:

Ace of Cups – You may need to make some minor changes in a project. While this takes little time, the process of making a change upsets you. Keep cool.

PREVIOUS SOLUTIONS

PISCES:

Six of Swords – There are some unknown factors, which are pushing you in the right direction. Go with the flow and do not ask too many questions.

NUMBER GAME

Man – You will be seeing things from a whole new perspective. You begin to develop a stronger relationship with yourself and will be content.

SCRABBLE

AQUARIUS: The Hanged

POOCH CAFE

Employees need to work with focus, else have to face the ire from superiors. Persons of high esteem and in powerful position might be caught in controversies but they will come out of the same with their wise handling.

for 24-7-2013

The Fool – There is a rhythm to life, and by not going through that rhythm you cause stress to yourself and also to those around you.

NON SEQUITUR

Employees are advised to complete the entrusted responsibilities perfectly. Businessmen will fulfill wishes of their customers with which they earn their trust and more new customers. Politicians are advised to refrain from arguments.

SUDUKO

Unwanted apprehensions exited in your mind will disappear. You will complete your works with involvement and in stipulated time. Friends will seek your suggestion on certain important issues. Your influence is on the rise.

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Entertainment TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

CALL FOR HELP

CINE BYTES

The Buttler is to be called Lee Daniels the Butler

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n the strange case known as “Warner Bros. says the Weinstein Company’s The Butler can’t be called The Butler because a short comedy film from 100 years ago was called The Butler,” the MPAA has decided “that its original ruling in the case went too far.” So it will most likely end up being titled Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and the words Lee Daniels will have to be at least 75 percent as prominent as The Butler.

Selena starstruck by Bradley Cooper

KELLY ROWLAND

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elena Gomez was starstruck by actor Bradley Cooper and can’t remember what she said when she met him. “The last time I was starstruck was when I met Bradley Cooper and I don’t even remember what I said, that’s how embarrassed I was. I wanted to say he was a great actor but he blinded me with his eyes,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted her as saying. IANS

lost at sea, rescued after 12 hours

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end out an SOS! Kelly Rowland encountered a scary boat ride when the private craft she rented with a few friends broke down off the shores of Provincetown, Mass. The group originally set sail for a day of whale watching, when their vessel became “disoriented in the five-tosix-foot waves and fog that had rolled in,” an employee at TowboatUS Provincetown confirmed to E! News. “The US Coast Guard was able to triangulate their position” after learning that the group needed help, the employee added. While they were being escorted by the Coast Guard back to Provincetown, Rowland’s boat broke down. The party then had to be towed the remaining four miles to shore.

Paris Hilton keen to become mother

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ocialite Paris Hilton says she would love to become a mother soon as family is very important part of her life. The 32-year-old is dating model River Viiperi. “I would love one day to have a family. That’s such an important part of life. I’d love to be a mum,” Hello magazine quoted Hilton as saying. As of now, she is busy taking care of her pets, reports contactmusic.com. IANS


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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

INDIA IN ZIMBABWE

Kohli will look to prove his captaincy credentials HARARE: Zimbabwe begin a five-match one-day series against India on Wednesday accepting that victory in even one of the games would represent a good result against the top-ranked side in the world. India may have rested captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, leading spinner R Ashwin and seamers Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but Zimbabwe’s new coach Andy Waller expects their replacements to prove equally threatening. “All along we’ve prepared with the hope that we might surprise them in one of the games - we have to be realistic, and look to be competitive and do the best that we can,” Waller said. “India have got so many cricket players that I don’t think there’s a huge difference between the guys who have come in and some of the players they’ve left out.” Zimbabwe go into Wednesday’s game at Harare Sports Club with their most settled batting line-up in many years, having been boosted by

Sean Williams’ performances in the middle order during their series victory over Bangladesh. Williams has overcome a minor injury that kept him out of a three-day match against Australia A last week, which a Zimbabwe Select XI lost by 80 runs. “Our top six are settled,” Waller said. “The guys are hugely excited about this.

We’ve been preparing knowing that the best side in the world are coming.” India’s last visit to Zimbabwe was in 2010 for a triseries that included Sri Lanka, when they failed to make the final after losing twice to the hosts. While India’s squad for this series may be short on experience, they will not lack for motivation having gained the opportunity to press for more regular inclusion in the future. Seamer Jaydev Unadkat and batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have been brought in, along with uncapped players Parvez Rasool and Mohit Sharma. Even the more senior players will have something to prove, with Virat Kohli hoping to showcase his captaincy credentials as he leads the side in Dhoni’s absence. “You need eleven players who are hungry for success, who are hardworking and whose vision is victory,” Kohli said. “All fifteen players are strong and it is a strong unit, which is good.”

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Fifth world gold for Chen BARCELONA: Chinese diver Chen Ruolin collected her fifth world championship gold medal and a fourth consecutive win in the women's 10m synchronised platform as she and partner Liu Huixia blew away the field in Barcelona on Monday. Liu was Chen's fourth partner in her four successes in the event over the past six years, but the result was again inevitable as the pair surged ahead with their first dive and led throughout to record a final tally of 365.28 points. "To win my first medal at this level in Barcelona is a great feeling," said a delighted Liu afterwards. "Even if I don't have so much experience, I keep learning a lot with Chen". And there could even be more to come for Chen later in the week as she looks to retain her title in the individual 10m platform which begins on Wednesday. "Our coach often tells us:

China's Liu Huixia-Chen Ruolin compete in the women's 10-metre synchro platform final diving event in the FINA Worlds. JAVIER SORIANO

when you step down from the podium, you start again from zero," she said. "The experience is important, but it is not enough to get a medal - you have to continue working hard." Meaghan Benfeito and

Roseline Filion snatched silver for Canada behind the Chinese duo with a dramatic final dive to edge out Malaysians Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Mun Yee Leong by less than three tenth of a point as the Asian pair instead had to settle

for a repeat of the bronze medal they won in Rome four years ago. Chen and Liu's success rounded off a good day for the Chinese as reigning champion Li Shixin also claimed gold in the men's one metre springboard final earlier in the day. The 25-year-old struggled early on and was only fifth in the standings after four of the six rounds, but he saved his best for last as his final two dives received the best two marks of the competition to launch him past Ukrainian Illya Kvasha and Mexico's Kevin Chavez, who took the silver and bronze respectively. Another defending champions was victorious in the 10km open water event as Greece's Spyridon Gianniotis held off Thomas Lurz of Germany and 5km champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia to claim gold in the first event of the day in the Moll de la Fusta harbour. AFP

Franklin and Co. launch post-Phelps plan LOS ANGELES: Missy Franklin has her sights set on eight events at swimming's world championships in Barcelona as she heads a youthful US team aiming to maintain American dominance despite Michael Phelps's departure. The Americans' youth movement was already in evidence at the 2012 London Olympics, where Franklin's five medals included four golds and then 15-year-old Katie Ledecky denied home hope Rebecca Adlington to win the 800m freestyle. Franklin, now 18, set herself up for another strong international showing with world-leading times in the 100m and 200m backstrokes at the US trials in June, where she also put herself among the world leaders in winning the 100m and 200m freestyles.


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sports TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

SWISS OPEN PREVIEW

Wawrinka hopes to break the jinx The 2005 finalist will look to win at Gaastad in his tenth attempt there. SCOTT WILLIAMS Agence France-Presse GSTAAD: Stanislas Wawrinka, fresh from an adrenaline-stoking parachute jump at the weekend, is aiming to win the Swiss Open at Gstaad for the first time at his 10th attempt amid the hype surrounding Roger Federer's surprise entry. Wawrinka, ranked 10th in the world and who joined his celebrated countryman in an early Wimbledon exit, said on Monday the excitement

The excitement is up at Gaastad, as Federer will play in the clay court tournament after a nineyear gap. of having Federer back after a nineyear absence can only help the claycourt tournament in one of Europe's most elite Alpine villages. "It's all good for Swiss tennis," said the 2005 finalist. "It should be a great week." So great was the extra demand for tickets that 800 seats had to be added to the grandstand on the main court laid over the communal ice rink in the centre of a village whose parttime residents include Formula One

supremo Bernie Ecclestone, French rocker Johnny Hallyday and film director Roman Polanski. Federer, Wawrinka, third seed Janko Tipsarevia and number four Juan Monaco all received byes into the second round, with Wawrinka due to face the winner of the match between France's Kenny de Schepper and Spain's Daniel Gimono-Travers. The Swiss leaped in tandem with an instructor from 5,000 metres in a 50-second parachute experience over the Alps. "You could not dream of a better landscape. I was a bit nervous flying up, but I did enjoy the moment. "It was a great experience. Of course, you get very nervous just before jumping off the plane but once you are in the air it's a great feeling." In opening-day play, Federer's conqueror in the Wimbledon second round, Sergiy Stakhovsky, was the first of the week to fall, going out to Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. The result leaves the Ukrainian with four straight defeats since stunning Federer at the All England club on June 28. Fifth seed Feliciano Lopez fought past feisty Czech qualifier Jan Hernych 7-6 (7/2), 6-3, with sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny defeating PaulHenri Mathieu 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in a match interrupted in the final set for several hours due to rain.

GSTAAD: Roger Federer said on Monday that he will spend this week at the Swiss Open testing his new larger racquet and will make a decision later on whether to use it in the run-up to the US Open and beyond. The top seed, who is playing the ATP 250 clay event at altitude for the first time since he won it in 2004, will Thursday play his opening match after a bye against either German Daniel Brands or longtime friend Marco Chiudinelli. Federer began testing a larger 98square-inch racquet last week in Hamburg, reaching the semi-finals before losing to number 114 Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis. He said he needs more time and matches to make a final decision on the prototype model. "So far, I'm happy with this change,"said the 17-time grand slam champion, "But I need many hours on the court to see if this is a good decision. "I haven't yet taken the decision on whether to use it in the US (he begins his pre-US Open campaign in a fortnight at the Montreal Masters). I still need to think it over. "There are players who have experienced" problems when they changed racquets, Fernando Verdasco and to some extent Novak Djokovic."

Federer waits on final racquet decision

FORMULA ONE

Russian teen eyes next year’s Sauber seat LONDON: Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin believes he will be ready to make his Formula One debut with the revamped Russian-rescued Sauber team next year. At a time when Russia is preparing to host the 2014 winter Olympic games and the 2018 football World Cup finals, the prospect of a Russian driver in the first Russian Grand Prix has added to the rising sense of excitement and expectation. Russia is expected to host a Grand Prix on a street circuit to be built at the Sochi Games' Olympic Park — providing the development work does not delay preparations for the Winter Games. It was announced last week that as part of Sauber's new partnership with a trio of Russian companies, Sirotkin will be

placed on a development programme "to prepare him as a racing driver for the team in 2014". Despite the fact that he is only 17, lacks experience and has

been the butt of many cynics' jokes about the Russian arrival in F1, Sirotkin believes he can do it. He said: "At the moment, maybe I am a little bit too young,

but that doesn't mean I cannot be ready. "I have more than half a year to learn, I am doing a good preparation programme -- and I can be ready. I don't think it is going to be a big problem." Sirotkin is currently ninth in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship following last weekend's race at Spielberg where he finished fourth in his second race. "The chance to be a Formula One driver is not something you can have every day," he told www.autosport.com. "OK, maybe spending one more year in this series, I could be more ready, but after one more year maybe there is no chance for me to be a Formula One driver." While Sirotkin looks to the future with Sauber, current German incumbent Nico

Hulkenberg this week played down a rising sense of optimism in the team ahead of this week's Hungarian Grand Prix. Hulkenberg, reportedly not paid his wages during Sauber's

Sirotkin is currently ninth in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship following last weekend's race at Spielberg where he finished fourth in his second race. recent problems, said that Sauber's apparent improvement at the German Grand Prix may have been illusory. AFP


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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

IT ASHES 2013

Border says top three ‘embarrassing’ Border says top three ‘embarrassing’ Border says top three ‘embarrassing’ Border says top three ‘embarrassing’ SYDNEY: Former captain Allan Border Tuesday took aim at Australia’s hapless batting during the Ashes series, saying the top order should be embarrassed while telling Shane Watson to sort himself out. Border, known as “Captain Grumpy” during his playing days, said the team needed to “stand up and be counted” if they are to turn around the five Test series, which England are leading 2-0. Australia lost the second Test at Lord’s on Sunday by a massive 347 runs, putting them on a six-Test losing streak, their worst run in 30 years. “Our major concern right now is the performance of the top six,” said Border, who played 156 Test matches for Australia, captaining the side 93 times as it rebuilt in the mid-1980s, laying the foundations for a long period of dominance. “Watching, I could honestly say the nine, 10 and jack looked more competent than our one, two and three. “If that was me in the top three I’d be embarrassed.” While Usman Khawaja managed to knock 54 in the second innings coming in as number three at Lord’s, Chris Rogers and Watson again failed to fire and Border suggested Watson was living on borrowed time. “We all know what a wonderful player Shane Watson is. He looks like a million bucks when he’s firing,” he said in a comment piece to Cricket Australia sub-

scribers. “What is worrying though is that he keeps getting out in the same fashion. Now who is to blame here? Is it Watson for not adapting? What about the coaches?” Watson has fallen lbw three times in four innings in the series so far as an opener and has not scored a Test century in 43 innings. “In an era where we’ve got a thousand coaches and psychoanalysts and dieticians and sport scientists it defies belief that a player can be making the same mistakes. Whether it is a technical thing or a mental thing I don’t know,” said Border. But Border also cautioned selectors against constantly chopping and changing the side, saying he was “a believer in the pick and stick method”. “So we need to find our best 11 that’s suited to the conditions and stick with it.” He suggested Nathan Lyon would need to replace Ashton Agar for the third Test at Old Trafford. While the teenager memorably hit 98 on his debut in the first Test as a number 11, he went wicketless at Lord’s. Border also suggested Matthew Wade could replace Steve Smith as a batsman. “Our batting was seen as our Achilles heel heading into the series and right now it’s turning into a reality. If we can find the right formula for the top six I’m confident our luck can turnaround in Manchester.”

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Pattinson out of rest of series LONDON: Australia bowler James Pattinson is out of the remainder of the Ashes series owing to a stress fracture in his back, Cricket Australia confirmed Monday. Pattinson was diagnosed with the lower back problem after the tourists’ defeat in the second Test at Lord’s and he will now return home after the third Test at Old Trafford. “James Pattinson reported some hip and back soreness on the final day of the second Ashes Test,” said Team doctor Peter Brukner said. “We had some scans done today (Monday) in London that have identified an early stage low back stress fracture. “Unfortunately he will not take any further part in this Test series and will commence a rehabilitation program with the aim to have him back for the Australian summer.” Australian selectors may now recall Mitchell Starc, left out for the 347-run loss at Lord’s, while James Faulkner and Jackson Bird are also available to back up Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris. Cricket Australia general manager Pat Howard said: “While we are obviously disappointed for James, the selectors have five bowlers fit and ready to perform in England.” AFP

Lehmann weilds the axe, weighs options LONDON: Australia coach Darren Lehmann has warned his under-achieving stars that no-one is safe from the axe ahead of the must-win third Ashes Test. Lehmann's side trail 2-0

after Sunday's defeat in the second Test at Lord's, meaning Ashes-holders England can clinch the five-match series when the sides next meet at Old Trafford on August 1. The lacklustre Australians

have been out-played for much of the series and Lehmann admits they deserve all the criticism currently coming their way. Australia captain Michael Clarke also made no attempt to hide the fact that his team are struggling when assessing the 347-run loss at Lord's, which came hot on the heels of defeat in the first Test at Trent Bridge. With the Ashes in danger of slipping away, Lehmann will use the three-day tour match against Sussex at Hove, starting on Friday, to look at potential changes to the team for the third Test. He has pledged to give reserve wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and spinner Nathan Lyon the chance to impress against Sussex. Jackson Bird, James

I'm not ruling anything out. That is what happens when you have two losses, every option is open. Darren Lehmann Australian coach Faulkner and David Warner, who will return from Australia A duty in time for the third Test, have also been told they could be needed as the selectors scramble for a winning formula. "I say all the time the whole 18 have a chance to play," Lehmann said. "I'm not ruling anything out. That is what happens when you

have two losses, every option is open. "As selectors Rod (Marsh), John (Inverarity) and I will have to speak about it and see where we come to. "Ashton (Agar) is a bit sore and I don't think he will play in Sussex so Nathan Lyon will play obviously. Then we just have to look at the wicket (at Old Trafford) because history shows it spins a bit. "If it's going to spin we will certainly have a look at two spinners. Wade will play in the tour match too." England have already banked three centuries in the series, two to Ian Bell and a maiden Ashes hundred to Joe Root, but Lehmann conceded Australia's batsmen have proved far too flimsy.


TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

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XANTHI SIGNS CANADIAN DE GUZMAN

Canadian midfielder Julien de Guzman has signed a one-year contract for an undisclosed fee with Xanthi, the Greek Super League club announced Monday. De Guzman, 32, has played for the Canadian national team in 67 matches since 2002 scoring four goals.

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SMART MOVE

Barça test for Pep’s boys

Guardiola’s former team will take on his current one in a friendly in Berlin on Wednesday. BERLIN: Pep Guardiola’s former team meets his current employers in Wednesday’s friendly when European champions Bayern Munich host Spanish giants Barcelona, who are on the hunt for a new manager. Barcelona arrived in Munich without a head coach after Tito Vilanova resigned on Friday, as he battles against cancer, but the Spanish giants are expected to announce his successor soon. Vilanova’s assistant Jordi Roura will be in charge at Munich’s Allianz Arena and the 45-year-old took charge of Barcelona from December to April when Vilanova was receiving treatment. After Guardiola won 14 titles between 2008 and 2012 at Barcelona, the pre-season run out has added spice, especially given recent events which have

I will never forget that they used Tito’s illness to cause me damage, because it’s a lie that I never saw him in New York. Pep Guardiola Bayern Munich

strained relations between the two European powerhouses. Guardiola took charge of Bayern last month, amid great fanfare, after the Bavarians lured the 42-year-old to Munich following his year’s sabbatical in New York. Guardiola has already poached Spain Under-21 captain Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona to bolster his starstudded midfield which includes Holland’s Arjen Robben and France winger Franck Ribery. But Guardiola stirred up bad blood with his former bosses earlier this month when he accused the Barcelona board of trying to “damage” him. Guardiola lashed out in a press conference, making allegations against the board, which were later refuted, that he had snubbed Vilanova while he was being treated for cancer in New York. “I will never forget that they used Tito’s illness to cause me damage, because it’s a lie that I never saw him in New York," he said. With relations strained off the field, there is plenty of spice on it, although both teams are likely to name weakened teams. Bayern’s Germany stars Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Goetze are both recovering from injury, while neither team is expected to have their Confederations Cup stars in

Trezeguet in Newell’s move

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action. Both Barcelona’s new Brazil star Neymar and Spain’s Carles Puyol, who is working his way back to fitness after knee surgery in March, are expected to sit it out. Senior stars Javier Mascherano, Adriano Correia, Alex Song and Alexis Sanchez are likely to feature among a

host of reserves, while Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi is set to play some part. Barcelona have something to prove against Bayern having been humbled 7-0 on aggregate in last season’s Champions League finals when the Germans backed up a 4-0 win in Munich with a 3-0 rout at the Camp Nou.

MATCH-FIXING

Nigerians found guilty red-carded for life LAGOS: Players and officials of four Nigerian amateur clubs involved in two promotion play-off games that produced farcical 79-0 and 67-0 scorelines have been banned for life. A Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) committee investigating the results also recommended that the match officials in the two matches should be given life bans. All four clubs, Plateau United Feeders, Akurba FC, Bubayaro FC and Police Machine FC, have been banned from the game for 10 years.

“The NFF have accepted the recommendations and they would be communicated to the clubs, the state FA’s, CAF and FIFA," the NFF announced. “We will publish all the names of players and officials with their photographs and details." In promotion play-offs from the Nigeria Nationwide League, the lowest tier of Nigeria domestic League, Plateau United Feeders beat Akurba FC 79-0, while Police Machine FC demolished Bubayaro FC 67-0.

rench veteran striker David Trezeguet has signed a oneyear deal with Argentine champions Newell’s Old Boys, the club said on Monday. “I am coming to a team everyone admires in Argentina and which has just won the title," said Trezeguet, who insisted he can still live up to his nickname of ‘Trezegol’ at the age of 35. The 1998 World Cup winner with France arrives having been released by River Plate. “Newell’s have been after me for a month since River said they were letting me go, and this was the only concrete and serious proposition," said the former Monaco and Juventus forward. Trezeguet has not played since March having suffered knee problems over the past few months which led to surgery and cut short his time at River, for whom he scored 17 times in 38 appearances. But a Newell’s source said he had come through a “very complete” medical check. At Newell’s, Trezeguet will link up with former Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille defender Gabriel Heinze and also former Atletico Madrid midfielder Maxi Rodriguez. Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray will undergo an angiopla

Newell’s have been after me for a month since River said they were letting me go, and this was the only concrete and serious proposition. David Trezeguet French veteran striker


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