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Stripped off his immortality this time, Wolverine travels to Japan where he must battle deadly Samurai as well as his inner demons. Postnoon gives you a glimpse.

Fed up of GHMC’s inaction, traffic policemen are themselves filling potholes, unclogging drains and clearing fallen trees.

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After a wet spell, mosquito-borne diseases are spreading in many parts of the City. Gandhi and Osmania hospitals receive 350-400 cases daily but doctors say it is more a scare than actual.

YSRC REJECTS T FORMATION The YSRC has, finally and resolutely, today came out strongly against a separate Telangana state that has caught other parties unawares. Meanwhile, in an indication that the CWC may go in for a positive announcement on Telangana, the government today mobilised some 55 companies of paramilitary forces besides the State police in the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES 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

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Cops on different duty! Fed up of GHMC’s inaction, traffic policemen are themselves filling potholes, unclogging drains and clearing fallen trees. ALEENA ALICE


HYDERABAD: Commuters and pedestrians these days were in for surprises as they have been spotting on-duty uniformed traffic cops taking the responsibility of single-handedly filling potholes in the middle of busy roads, in various parts of the City. This of course after the GHMC has been turning a blind eye to the pathetic conditions of the roads. Fed up with the civic body’s lethargy in responding to the commuters woes of driving through the nasty traffic jams, the traffic police have decided to take on the job themselves. While the GHMC officials are blaming the roads and buildings department for the poor plight of the roads, the latter officials seem to be denying their responsibility and blaming it on the other departments. Now that the officials concerned are playing the blame game and shrugging off the responsibility, it is the traffic cops who have to take the responsibility if they want to ensure smooth flow of the traffic. Not only are the traffic cops taking on additional duties of filling up potholes but also slogging in the heavy rain to clear fallen trees and unclog the drains, which are the duties that normally fall under GHMC’s jurisdiction.


There have been several times when the authorities concerned have been informed but they failed to do their duty. It is this irresponsible attitude of the civic authorities that claimed the life of a young girl recently. Because of bad roads, the traffic, already bad because of Metro work, has become worse.

“Most of the roads in the City are in bad shape. There have been several times when the authorities concerned have been informed but they failed to do their duty. It is this irresponsible attitude of the civic authorities that claimed the life of a young girl recently. Because of these bad roads, the traffic, as it is which moves slowly because of the ongoing Metro work, has now become worse. The vehicular breakdowns too have increased, leading to snarls and slow traffic movement. We too empathise with the motorists, so instead of waiting for authorities to take action, as responsible citizens, we take up such works,” said a traffic cop who wished to remain anonymous. Meanwhile, stating that from now on they will not be waiting for the civic agencies, the traffic police have decided to begin the work themselves. “When there is a need, we will inform the civic authorities and begin the job ourselves. Later, the civic department can join us. But we will not be waiting for them,” said a deputy commissioner of police (Traffic-II).

Traffic policeman On condition of anonymity

Australian doctors call for ban on smacking kids SYDNEY: Australian doctors Friday called for the smacking of children by parents to be made illegal, saying it was too easy to blur the line between reasonable discipline and abuse. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians said Australian laws needed to be changed to make all forms of corporal punishment illegal “so the law protects children from assault to the extent that it does all people”. “Many cases of physical abuse are the result of physical punishment that became more severe than intended,” said Susan Moloney, president of the college’s child health division. AROUND THE


“And the difficulty with allowing the physical punishment of children is that the line can be easily be blurred between abuse and ‘reasonable’ force or chastisement that is currently permitted in some states when disciplining a child.” Research suggests most Australian parents smack their children, but acceptance of the practice is falling with 75 per cent of adults surveyed in 2002 saying it was sometimes necessary to smack a naughty child compared to 69 per cent in 2006. Moloney said studies were showing that those subjected to punishment when young were at greater risk of harmful effects. “These include mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, anti-social behaviour, substance use problems and abuse of their own children or spouse,” she said. AFP

CITY BRIEFS GITAM university offers spot admissions

I-T dept vice-chairman under CBI scanner

Custody petition on tainted mins on Aug 7

Senior citizen commits suicide

Two held for illegal filling of gas cylinders






ITAM University, Hyderabad campus, is offering spot admission into BTech programmes. The remaining limited seats after online sliding to the GAT rankers will be allotted for the eligible candidates. Dr Ch Sanjay, director, has informed so in a press release on Thursday. Details can be had from, he suggested.

he CBI has registered a disproportionate assets case against Income Tax Department Appellate Tribunal vice-chairman Veerabhadrappa, following allegations that he possessed disproportionate assets worth `3.92 crore. The CBI sleuths conducted simultaneous raids on his houses and offices in Bengaluru and Mumbai.

udgment on the custody petition of the CBI against former ministers Dharmana Prasada Rao and Sabita Indra Reddy has been posted to August 7. Arguments on the petition of the CBI seeking judicial custody to the two have been concluded on Thursday. The CBI special court has deferred the judgment.

senior citizen, Sajida Begum, a resident of Roshanpally in Malairdevpally, has allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison on Wednesday at her home and she died on Thursday in hospital. Her husband died a while ago and she is said to have been in a depressive state. Mailardevpally police have registered a case.

he special operation team conducted raids at Parvatapur in Madhapur and apprehended two persons, Dharamsingh and Kishansingh, for unlawfully filling the subsidised domestic gas to commercial gas cylinder owners. Police have seized 47 Super gas cylinders,24 Bharat gas cylinders and 20 small cylinders.


News FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013 LAST YEAR... HERE What a contrast!


ast year we had reported how even as large parts of the City were struggling with water problems, residents in more affluent sections were wasting water. With no water audit to check the division of water usage, the water body was unable to decide equitable distribution. Luckily, the rains brought some relief, but for many, it was too little, too late.

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people and more have been killed in the Syrian civil war, UN leader Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday, as he appealed for new efforts to convene a peace conference.


YSRC spoils T-party, and why? Party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy believes a bird in hand is worth two in the bush. PK SURENDRAN AND INKESHAF AHMED




n a tectonic shift, the YSRC has, finally and resolutely, today came out strongly against a separate Telangana state that has caught other parties unawares. The definite view the YSRC party leadership has taken for a united Andhra has made the T-issue more complex on a day when the decision is scheduled to be taken. All other parties are mainAROUND THE

To make sure he has a good upbringing, and keep him out of harm's way and to make sure he has fun... I only hope my brother knows how expensive my babysitting charges are. Prince Harry On Britain’s latest royal

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


Syrian refugees face discrimination. A wave of xenophobia is blighting the lives of thousands of Syrian refugees in countries such as Egypt and Lebanon.


Rockstar Jagger had other ambitions! Mick Jagger revealed last month that while he is proud of his achievements, he sometimes wishes he had pursued his earlier dreams of becoming a teacher, politician or journalist.


Rain-ready? Not when it comes to diseases. GHMC’s claims of rains-ready notwithstanding, large number of vector-borne diseases are reported to the government hospitals and private clinics in the City.


Rest of the State erupts on D-Day. Andhra and Rayala leaders have threatened dire consequences if Telangana is granted. Many have already resigned over the issue.


Poonam Pandey makes her escape. Scribes hoping for a juicy story were disappointed at her interview.


taining prevarications. As the entire political spectrum has assembled in Delhi waiting for the crucial CWC meet today, which is billed to make an announcement on T, the YSRC stance has especially stunned the Congress and the TDP. Earlier, the YSRC had expressed the view that if all others agree, it has no objections to a separate T. While the T-Congress has stuck to the song, “abiding by

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the high command decision” and the TDP approves of a Tstate, the clear stand of YSRC has swept the other parties off their feet. But it is not hard to realise why. The anger of Jagan Mohan Reddy is palpable. The first phase of panchayat election results revealed that the YSRC is a miserable failure. Excepting Mahabubnagar, the YSR Congress fared badly in the nine other Telangana districts. This is said to be the reason that made

n an indication that the CWC may go in for a positive announcement on Telangana, the government today mobilised some 55 companies of paramilitary armed forces besides the State police in the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. Police have been asked to keep a strict vigil in these regions as the CWC meets at 5.30pm to take up the issue. Home minister SK Shinde is scheduled to meet CM Kiran Kumar Reddy, deputy CM and APCC president. Meanwhile, four MLAs of Andhra, Rayalaseema have resigned in protest against the proposed T-state. Sangareddy MLA and government whip Toorpu Jayaprakash Reddy Jagan to take an about-turn and put his foot down on T. The party has fared well in other regions. This made it obligatory for the party to root for a Samaikyandhra. Then followed a flurry of ‘resignations’ in protest by the


YSRC MLAs. “It is sour grape syndrome,” said a TDP leader in Hyderabad. But the YSRC leaders calculate that at one stroke, the party has emerged the champion of Seemandhra and this would spell disaster for Congress and the TDP.


Fading butterflies BRUSSELS: Europe lost nearly half of its grassland butterflies between 1990 and 2011, the European Environment Agency says in a new report. "This dramatic decline in grassland butterflies should ring alarm bells — in general Europe's grassland habitats are shrinking. If we fail to maintain these habitats we could

Halliburton admits to cover-up NEW YORK: Halliburton Energy Services has admitted destroying evidence relating to the devastating 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, officials said Thursday. A Justice Department statement said Halliburton — which constructed the cement casing of the well at the center of the disaster — had carried out its own internal investigations following



lose many of these species forever," EEA Executive Director Hans Bruyninckx said. Eight of the 17 butterfly species that were the focus of the report, "The European Grassland Butterfly Indicator: 1990-2011", showed declines. The numbers are "particularly worrying", according to the EEA, because butterflies have proven to be "useful indicators of biodiversity and the general health of ecosystems". The EEA's analysis was

himself came out against T saying it would help only some leaders, not the people. Meanwhile, YSRC leader Konda Surekha has blasted the YSRC stance on Telangana and asked Vijayamma to clarify her stance. Meanwhile, the participation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the CWC meeting is in doubt considering his indisposition. The party’s highest decision-making body is likely to announce its resolution by late evening. Meanwhile, TRS party leader and MLA Harish Rao ridiculed the YSRC stance against the T state saying that it is a game plan of the Congress and the YSRC to spoil the issue.

EEA researchers identified "intensifying agriculture" as one of the principal factors affecting the populations of grassland butterflies. based on information from national butterfly monitoring schemes in 19 nations, most of them members of the

European Union. EEA researchers identified "intensifying agriculture" as one of the principal factors affecting the populations of grassland butterflies. "Agricultural intensification leads to uniform grasslands which are almost sterile for biodiversity. In addition, butterflies are also vulnerable to pesticides, often used in intensively managed farming systems," the report says. IANS



the accident in April 2010. However, results of computer simulations carried out in May and June 2010 were ordered to be destroyed and were unable to be recovered. In addition to a guilty plea for destruction of evidence, Halliburton has agreed to pay the maximum statutory fine and also made a separate and voluntary $55 million payment. AFP


News FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013 Minor sexually assaulted in Delhi, one arrested NEW DELHI: A four-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by her neighbour in the national capital, police said. The accused has been arrested. The incident was reported from Punjabi Bagh areaand the accused Naresh, 21, was arrested Thursday. “The medical examination of the girl confirmed sexual assault and based on that, Naresh was arrested. He has been sent to judicial custody,” said a police officer.


US sentences ‘Queen of the Pacific’ She is considered one of the most notorious women linked to Mexico’s drug trade. MIAMI: The “Queen of the Pacific”, one of the most notorious women linked to Mexico’s drug trade, was sentenced Thursday to 70 months, which a US judge considered already served. Sandra Avila Beltran had been charged with being an accessory after the fact in keeping another drug lord from being apprehended. The decision was handed down by US federal Judge Michael Moore, who deter-

Third day of curfew in J&K’s Badgam district SRINAGAR: Curfew continued for the third day Friday in over two dozen villages of central Badgam district in Jammu and Kashmir where sectarian clashes had erupted early this week. “The situation is peaceful in the areas under restrictions and is returning to normal. Today being Friday, we do not want to take any chances. Restrictions are being continued in the affected areas,” a police officer told IANS.

Punjab orders action into visa fraud CHANDIGARH: Punjab’s NRI commission has asked the police to act on a girl student’s complaint against a Britain-based couple of Indian-origin for allegedly cheating her by getting a fake British visa stamped on her passport. Surinderjit Singh and Joginder Kaur, who owned a company she worked at, told her that they would get her visa extended for two more years, if she paid them `8,00,000

BSP legislator resigns in Chhattisgarh RAIPUR: BSP legislator Saurabh Singh resigned from his party Thursday in a bid to join Congress ahead of the state going for assembly polls by November. A key face of the BSP, Singh was one of the two party legislators in the state legislative assembly. Singh, who represented Akaltara assembly seat in Bilaspur, resigned after state Congress leaders assured him to bringing into the party fold.

UP bags award for free laptop scheme LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government’s ambitious free laptop scheme to Class XII passout students has bagged the Certificate of Excellence Award in the category of Best Government Initiative in Education at a conclave held in Hyderabad. A state government spokesperson said the award came UP’s way at the e-India Governance Summit 2013 organised at Hyderabad between July 23-24.

mined that the five years Avila Beltran spent in Mexican prison and the 11 months she remained in custody after being extradited to the US would cover the sentence. She will soon be deported. A prominent figure in Mexico’s infamous Sinaloa cartel, Avila Beltran, 52, reached a plea deal that resulted in the sole charge. Avila Beltran was sentenced for being an accessory after the fact in helping her for-



mer boyfriend — Colombian Juan Diego Espinosa, nicknamed ‘El Tigre’ — avoid arrest. He had served as a liaison between Sinaloa and Colombia’s Norte del Valle cartel. Avila Beltran gained notoriety by smiling for the cameras and inspiring books and even a well-known ballad. AFP


As D-day arrives, rest of Andhra erupts

Andhra and Rayala leaders have threatened dire consequences if Telangana is granted. Many have already resigned over the issue. POSTNOON NEWS



HYDERABAD: As the clock ticks away, the Congress’s deadline to declare its decision on Telangana has given rise to a counter-wave of protests in the Seemandhra region. The Andhra and Rayala regional leaders have threat-

The YSRC appears to have given a silent signal to the MLAs to quit and become champions of the Seemandhra region, at a time when the Congress and the TDP are being treated as traitors.



ened dire consequences if Telangana is granted. Starting with Congress MLA Veera Shiva Reddy of Kamalapuram constituency of Kadapa district, who resigned from the party and rejected the legislature, it is spreading. Already, 16 YSRC MLAs have resigned from the Assembly. The party appears to have given a silent signal to the MLAs to quit and become champions of the Seemandhra region, at a time when the Congress and the TDP are being

discussions later. He also charged the Congress with trying to play diabolic games with the people of the State. Gurunatha Reddy said the Congress High Command has left the people in confusion by

treated as traitors. All the legislators have sent their resignation letters to Speaker Nadendla Manohar through fax. They demanded that the Congress disclose its decision on the State’s future. Meanwhile, YSRC official spokesperson Gattu Rama-

chandra Rao told the media that the resignations of the party MLAs were purely their personal affairs. Speaking to the media, YSRC’s Gurunatha Reddy demanded that the Congress spell out its stand on the Telangana issue first and hold

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not disclosing its decision on the State’s future. He also criticised the Congress for only thinking of the votes and seats. He also alleged that the Congress brought the Telangana issue to the fore with selfish motives. He urged the Union government to find a solution that will be agreeable to all concerned.

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Mum’s lover rapes minor He abused her for three days while the mother was away at her village. POSTNOON NEWS

Female dancers dressed as US National Guard soldiers re-enact the iconic image "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" while performing choreographer Mark Dendy's Ritual Cyclical, presented by Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the American Dance Festival on July 25 in New York City. Eighty dancers took part in the site specific event at the Lincoln Center's Hearst Plaza. The flag raising scene was modelled on the photograph taken in 1945 by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press, who won the Pulitzer Prize for the image. JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES/AFP


Tukaramgate police crack burglary MOHD SUBHAN HYDERABAD: With unusual alacrity, a team of Tukaramgate police worked out a theft case with the help of fingerprints it collected from the scene of crime. The police act has come in for praise of many in the area. The theft was reported six days ago. The locked house of one M

Durga Prasad in Marredpally was burgled and cash, 14 tola of gold, and a laptop were stolen. Prasad and his wife go to work in the morning and return only in the evening. During the day the house is unguarded. The police first made a list of people who frequented the house and zeroed in on a couple of them. Meanwhile, the detectives mopped up a clear fingerprint from the



almirah in which the valuables were kept. Now, matching the fingerprint with the suspects brought out who is the culprit. It turned out that one S Sai Kiran, an office-boy who worked at a place near East Marredpally was the one. After confronting him, it came out that he indeed had taken all the valuables though he initially denied it. The gold jewellery and cash were recovered from him and he has been arrested. Later Sai explained that on July 19 he entered the house using a master key he had obtained from somewhere and managed to break open the almirah. It was Tukaramgate Inspector B Sudarshan Reddy who tried the fingerprint route to crack the crime.

HYDERABAD: A young man, namely Essu, of Alwal is charged with raping the minor daughter of his companion, Swarnalaxmi in her absence. According to the complaint the mother lodged with Alwal police, she was away at her native place with her younger daughter when Essu sexually assaulted her 9-year-old daughter. The girl suffered injuries in her private parts and was in agony when she returned. The girl has since been admitted to the Gandhi Hospital. It turned out that he had done this for three days but the child out for fear did not reveal it to the mother.



Swarnalaxmi is aged 42 and is a widow as her husband, Subhharao died six years ago. She has two daughters. The child subjected to assault is the elder one. Swarna is a native of East Godavari district and had come to the City for finding work. As stranger to the City, she came in contact with the 22year-old Essu and had started living with him. As the child was in a trauma and suffered injuries she immediately sought the police and medical help and chose to lodge a criminal complaint against her paramour. Police are searching for Essu.


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eporters, being propeople, just want to empathise with the YSRC party that has come out with a reasonable question to the Congress: State your stance on T. It is very reasonable for other parties to demand of the ruling Congress party to state its position vis-a-vis the Telangana formation. All these years the Congress which ruled most of the time in Centre and State has been firing from others’ shoulders, not its own. What’s the stance of the Congress on a separate state? Does it support it or not? Not coming clean on the issue is to place itself in a win-win situation, which is objectionable to rival parties; compelling them to state their stance at their own peril. For instance, the YSRC and the TDP are the two parties

main opposition leader and TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu, are thanking people of the State for reposing faith in their respective political parties and ensuring the victory of their supporters. These leaders did not stop here. They urged the voters to keep giving their patronage in the second and third phase too. It began with the YSRCP’s Vijayamma who thanked profusely voters for supporting her party. The TDP supremo, following in the footsteps of YS Vijayamma, requested the voters to vote for TDP supporters in the remaining phases. All this caused a great discomfort to the BJP which is almost nonexistent in the local body polls. The BJP chief mocked the claims of the key political players and asked them to

an eel at every attempt to trap her. (AD)

MUTTON CHOP AND CHICKEN SOUP Every election, campaigners play the cat-and-mouse game with the Election Commission. Now, it is fairly known that the EC keeps a watch on two things that corrupt voters— money and liquor. Panchayat level leaders therefore thought it better to change track and go for mutton and chicken. Food is something not many can accuse of as bribery. The result was that in many villages the mutton and chicken prices went up, pleasing the muttonchicken sellers. And, for the villagers, it was ‘bada khana’ for a few days and freedom from the kitchen. (IA)


The film stars and film industry seem unconcerned at many problems the distributers and theatre owners face today. While they are the chief beneficiaries of film production, the poor guys get no help from the

Food is something not many can accuse of as bribery. The result was that in many villages the mutton and chicken prices went up, pleasing the muttonchicken sellers. that have much to lose from supporting Telangana. Their strength lies in the Andhra and Rayalaseema. Each region forcibly drew them out to the streets and asked at gunpoint, ‘Hey, are you or are not with us?” This makes their situation untenable. The quitting yesterday of the YSR Congress MLAs and former minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy brings the issue in to the focus. (PK)


The apolitical conduct of local body elections seems to have turned out to be a blessing in disguise for all key political players in the State. The political parties which left no time in claiming their dominance in the unanimous elections of village heads continued their rhetoric after the first phase too. From Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to the

desist from it as the elections are being held in an apolitical manner. What’s the truth? (IA)


All the scribes of Hyderabad were waiting to pounce on the controversy queen, Poonam Pandey, when she was in the City to promote her upcoming movie Nasha. Looking for a juicy copy, each tried to trap her on varied counts. But Poonam proved a 20-minute egg. She defied them the pleasure of an easy copy, and like a master blaster, batted back to all the balls bowled at her. Not that she refused to answer any question even if it was off colour. But none gave the scribe a colourful copy. At the end, media persons admitted defeat and they were heard saying, “We could not floor her. Every question she answered but she slipped like

chief beneficiaries. Recently, a youth who came to post a film wall poster opposite the Bamboo Park on Road No. 36 found to his dismay that the poster he had put up just 48 hours before was not seen. It was because not just the poster, the wall itself is gone. A new construction is taking place that dug up the whole area. With increasing number of private property along main roads, the film posters are getting no space to display their fare. In the earlier days when realty prices were on the ground, not in the sky, there were enough spaces for posting cinema ads but the posterpasting boys are now a sad lot. They have no one to turn to. (PK)

(Contributed by Inkeshaf Ahmed, Arun Daniel,& P K Surendran)


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Insat-3D launch success

Its six-channel imager can take weather pictures of the Earth and has improved features compared to the instruments in the two satellites, which have been providing services over the past decade. BANGALORE: India’s advanced weather satellite Insat3D was launched early Friday onboard Ariane-5 rocket from Kourou in French Guiana off the Pacific coast. “After a perfect lift-off at 1:24 am from the European Arianespace spaceport at Kourou, the two-tonne advanced weather satellite was placed in the geosynchronous transfer orbit 32 minutes later, about 36,000 km above from earth,” the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) said. The sophisticated spacecraft is orbiting at perigee (closer to earth) 249.9 km and apogee of 35,880 km in the orbit. “The satellite’s solar panel was automatically deployed soon after it was separated from the rocket’s upper cryogenic stage and our master control facility at Hassan took over its control for further manoeuvres,” the statement said. Preliminary checks of the subsystems showed the health of the spacecraft was satisfactory. “The MCT will perform the orbit-raising manoeuvres over the next few days using the satellite’s propulsion system to place it in the intended geostationary


Ten killed in nursing home blaze BEIJING: Ten elderly people were burned to death in a fire at their nursing home in China early Friday, state media reported. The blaze broke out at the facility in Hailun, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, in the early hours of the morning and firefighters took an hour to put out the fire, said the People’s Daily website. AROUND THE


A total of 283 senior citizens were living there, all of them incapable of work and with no family support, the report said. Most residents were evacuated promptly but 10 died, it added. The nursing home started operation in 2005 and has 450 beds. The cause of the fire was still under investigation, said the report. AFP



orbit,” the statement pointed out. The satellite’s observational instruments will be switched on during the second week of August after it reaches the orbital slot at 82 degrees east to the equatorial plane for extensive tests by the MCT. The four instruments

onboard the spacecraft are Imager, Sounder, Data Relay Transponder and Satellite Aided Search & Rescue. The six-channel imager can take weather pictures of the earth and has improved features compared to the instrument in (Kalpana-1) and Insat3A, the two Indian geostationary satellites, which have been providing weather services over the past decade. “The 19-channel sounder

payload adds a new dimension to monitor weather through its atmospheric sounding system, and provides vertical profiles of temperature, humidity and integrated ozone,” the statement noted. Data relay transponder receives meteorological, hydrological, oceanographic parameters sent by the automatic data collection platforms located at remote uninhabited places and relays them to a processing centre for generating accurate weather forecasts. The search and rescue instrument picks up and relays alert signals originating from the distress beacons of maritime, aviation and land-based users and relays them to the mission control centre to facilitate speedy search and rescue operations. Isro will process the satellite’s data and the derivation of meteorological parameters with the Indian meteorological department in New Delhi. An indigenously designed and developed meteorological data processing system has been commissioned at IMD, with a mirror site at the space agency’s space applications centre at Bhopal and Ahmedabad. IANS


ROME: Italian police said they launched two major anti-mafia operations Friday in Rome and the southern region of Calabria, targeting around 100 people. The Rome operation, AROUND THE


described by Italian media as the largest ever undertaken in the capital region, targeted people who helped lead “illegal activities” in the city and the suburb of Ostia, police spokesman Mario Viola told AFP. The second, entirely separate operation targeted members of the Ndrangheta in Catanzaro, Calabria, Viola said, adding that 50 arrest warrants were issued for each of the operations. In Calabria, the arrest warrants concerned “50 to 70 people, including entrepreneurs, politicians and lawyers”, Viola said. In Italy, arrest warrants can be issued against people already detained for other offences. AFP


Welby goes bonkers over Wonga ‘discovery’ LONDON: Church of England leader Justin Welby was said to be “furious” on Thursday after finding out its pension fund invested in a high-interest loans company he had earlier promised to destroy. Welby, who as Archbishop of Canterbury is spiritual leader of the world’s 85 million Anglicans, vowed to “compete” payday lender Wonga out of existence by promoting not-for-profit credit unions. But the Financial Times revealed that the Church had invested in US venture capitalists Accel Partners, who led Wonga fundraising in 2009. The Church explicitly bans investing in firms involved in payday lending. Lambeth Palace, the archbishop’s headquarters, said an independent inquiry would probe how “this serious inconsistency” occurred, while Sky News reported that Welby was

Massive raids target Italy mafia bosses

Samsung posts record profit in Q2 SEOUL: Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest technology firm by revenue, said on Friday its April-June net profit surged 49.7 per cent from a year earlier to another record high. The South Korean company said net profit in the second quarter rose to 7.77 trillion won ($6.96 billion) from 5.19 trillion won a year earlier. AROUND THE




“furious”. He said in an interview published late on Wednesday that he had told Errol Damelin, chief executive of the British payday lender Wonga, of his plans to take on his company. “I said to him quite bluntly, ‘We’re not in the business of

trying to legislate you out of existence, we’re trying to compete you out of existence’. He’s a businessman, he took that well.” Wonga is one of Britain’s best-known providers of shortterm, high-interest loans. It also operates in South Africa. Its customers are typically charged an interest rate that, expressed in annual terms, equates to 5,853 per cent. AFP

The sharp jump came on the back of robust shipments of its flagship Galaxy S smartphones and higher chip prices. Operating profit surged 47.5 percent on-year to 9.53 trillion won in the same period as sales grew 20.7 percent on-year to 57.46 trillion won. Robert Yi, senior vice president, said the company expects even better results for the next quarter. AFP


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Tunisia on boil, faces strike Gunmen shot dead a leading opposition figure in a killing that brought protesters onto the streets and sparked international condemnation.

TUNIS: Tunisia faced a general strike Friday after gunmen shot dead a leading opposition figure in a killing that brought thousands of protesters onto the streets and sparked international condemnation. Tunisia’s national airline Tunisair cancelled all flights Friday. MP Mohamed Brahmi, a father of five, was shot by unknown gunmen outside his home AROUND THE


Thursday in the second such political assassination this year. The ruling Ennahda party, a moderate Islamist group, denied accusations from his family that it was involved. Protesters took to the streets Thursday in Tunis and in Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of Arab Spring and Brahmi’s home town. Police in Tunis fired tear gas to disperse scores of demonstra-

ROYAL BABYSITTER Harry promises fun times for new baby

(Above) Mubarka Brahmi (L), the wife of opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi, and his son, mourn at their home in Ariana. (Mugshot) The leftist leader Mohamed Brahmi.

tors who tried to set up a sit-in calling for the fall of the regime. The General Union of

Tunisian Labour (UGTT) called Friday’s general strike across the country in protest at “terrorism,

violence and murders”. It last called a two-hour general strike on January 14, 2011, the day f o r m e r Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fell. Brahmi, 58, of the leftist Popular Movement, was killed outside his home in Ariana, near Tunis, Watanya state TV and TAP news agency reported. “He was riddled with bullets in front of his wife and children,” Mohsen Nabti, a fellow member of the movement, said. Human Rights Watch said that Brahmi’s son, Adnen, had told its researchers he heard a first and a second gunshot, then several other shots. He had his sister ran out of the house and as they reached their father’s car they saw two men riding off on a motorbike. AFP



When asked what would be his duties, he replied: “To make sure he has a good upbringing, and keep him out of harm’s way and to make sure he has fun. The rest I’ll leave to the parents. “I only hope my brother knows how expensive my babysitting charges are,” he quipped. AFP

CAIRO: UN chief Ban Kimoon called for the release of Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi as his supporters and the military who toppled him sought to defuse soaring tensions AROUND THE


ahead of rival rallies Friday. Ban demanded that Morsi and his high-level backers “be released or have their cases reviewed transparently without delay,” said deputy UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey. Morsi and several Muslim Brotherhood leaders have been detained since the military drove him from power on July 3 in response to massive protests calling for his ouster. The military insisted that it was not targeting Morsi’s backers in calling for a mass rally to counter “terrorism and violence.” AFP


A platform for raw talent The Philippines’ independent film festival opens on Friday with a growing reputation for showcasing world-class movies focused on gritty social issues.


LONDON: Britain’s Prince Harry on Thursday promised to use his expertise to make sure his new nephew George “has fun”. The fast-living prince said he had met and cuddled brother William’s new baby George Alexander Louis, although the newborn was “crying his eyes out” at the time.

UN chief demands Morsi’s release

MANILA: From experimental, ultra-cheap films shown only to a handful of moviegoers when it began nine years ago, Cinemalaya now attracts international distributors and its best offerings win rave reviews on the global indie festival circuit. The seedy underworld and migrant labour are among this year’s themes. “We remain a small festival in Asia, but we have become a springboard for brave movies to be shown abroad,” Laurice Guillen, Cinemalaya Foundation vice president and competition director, told AFP. Cinemalaya was launched to discover new, passionate film makers willing to push boundaries and create important works — providing alternatives to the usual feel-good Filipino and Hollywood films that dominate the box office. “We show films that are based on real stories that break new ground and done with a human heart,” Guillen said.



We remain a small festival in Asia, but we have become a springboard for brave movies to be shown abroad. We show films based on real stories. Laurice Guillen, Competition director But it wasn’t always easy. The first batch of movies were shot and recorded on miniDV (digital video) whose audio quality was far below that of big-budget productions, Guillen said, adding they were criticised as crude. But with seed money from one of the Philippines’

most prominent businessmen and mentoring from seasoned directors, the quality has gradually improved. “Many (people) recognised later that there was something innovative going on,” she said. People came and watched because they wanted to see

what the film makers were saying. They saw the heart and soul in the movies that were shown.” Nearly a decade into the Cinemalaya experiment, Guillen takes great satisfaction that more and more people are appreciating the essence of the festival. AFP


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Vector diseases stalk City After a wet spell, mosquito-borne diseases are spreading in many parts of the City. Gandhi, Osmania Hospitals receive 350-400 cases daily but doctors say it is more a scare than actual.

Japanese women retake top spot


MOHSIN ALI HYDERABAD: There is as usual a world of difference between deeds and words. GHMC’s claims of rains-ready notwithstanding, large number of vectorborne diseases are being reported to the government hospitals and private clinics in the City. Most of the complaints are of dengue, malaria or diarrhoea, but many remain suspicious cases. But this has led to a scare in the population who frantically go buying mosquito coils and mesh. People are particularly worried of swine flu and chikungunya. Gandhi, Osmania fever hospitals register 350 to 500 outpatients daily. These two illnesses leave scars on the body and make life miserable. Patients also queue up at private hospitals and clinics, while the number of out-patients in leading hospitals come to a whopping 1,000 a day. “Some of them are simply scared,” remarked a doctor in an ENT hospital. Seniors and children are flocking to ENT hospitals too. High fever, vomiting, loosemotions, throat pain are the common complaints, those in medical circles said.

UNHYGIENIC SITUATION, WATERLOGGING Despite telling people of the danger of dirt accumulated in City corners and stagnant water collected, general alertness is far less. The GHMC makes no special effort to ensure pre-monsoon cleanliness while they come out frequently about efforts being done. District medical and health officer D Nandrudu said dengue, malaria and diarrhoea are common in rainy season. We can prevent these diseases by taking

TOKYO: Japan’s women retook their place as the world’s longest-lived last year, edging out Hong Kongers as their life expectancy bounced back from the dip caused by the 2011 tsunami, officials said on Thursday. Health ministry data showed girls born in Japan in 2012 could expect on average to live to 86.41, up from 85.90 in 2011 when the average was dragged lower when thousands of lives were cut short by the natural disaster.

People are particularly worried about swine flu and chikungunya. Gandhi, Osmania fever hospitals register 350 to 500 outpatients daily. These two illness leave scars on body and make life miserable. some precautions, he added.


Despite the scare, the fact remains that cases of malaria have slightly decreased while diarrhoea cases have gone up. From 1,002 last year, the cases



have so far risen to 1,037. Malaria cases reportedly have come down to 99 from 132 last year, medical officials said. Dr Nandrudu said that the district medical and health officers, along with GHMC officials, are planning to hold health camps from August 1 to August 13 in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts. “We will teach people how to prevent the diseases and what are the symptoms of different viruses and we will distribute medicines among people,” he said. The medical officer appealed to people who are suf-

fering from cough, cold and throat pain for more than two weeks to take a blood test for safety. Just a cold and sneezing do not warrant medication, he added. Speaking about preventive measures, he said that using boiled water, avoiding junk food, keeping clean homes and surroundings, will be helpful to prevent diseases. He said that the district medical and health officials and the GHMC are equipped to prevent viral diseases from spreading in the region this season. Dr Harsha, district surveillance officer, blamed polluted water supply for these viral fevers. Water works and GHMC should work together to stop these kind of cases, he added.



“Death rates rose in 2011 due to the disaster but the life expectancy picked up again with that factor coming off,” a health ministry official said. The Japanese are renowned for their longevity, attributed in part to a healthy diet, active lifestyle and good medical system. “Generally speaking, the high level of welfare is contributing” to national longevity, the ministry official said. The health ministry compiled international rankings using data from Japan and 48 other countries plus Hong Kong. AFP

WORLD BRIEFS Navy to retrieve bombs dropped on Barrier Reef SYDNEY: The United States Navy said Friday it will spearhead a search for four unarmed bombs it dropped over Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and make sure they are safely removed. Two Harrier jump jets dumped their ordinance over the world-famous protected marine park during a Australia-US training exercise.

Nose tilt caused NY plane accident

Syria opposition asks Kerry for US arms

Death toll hits 15 in Indonesia boat capsize

UN concern at Oz’s boatpeople plan

NEW YORK CITY: The nose of a Southwest Airlines plane that crash-landed at New York’s La Guardia airport recently tilted down just before landing, the US National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. As a result, the Boeing 737-700’s front landing gear hit the ground first, said officials of the safety body.

UNITED NATIONS: Syrian opposition leaders on Thursday pressed US Secretary of State John Kerry to arm rebel groups and said there could be no peace talks while government forces kill civilians. Kerry held his first meeting with Syrian National Coalition president Ahmad Jarba in New York.

CIANJUR: The death toll after a boat carrying some 200 asylum-seekers bound for Australia capsized has risen to 15, rescuers said Friday, adding they did not know if any passengers were still missing. Three days after the boat sank in the seas off Indonesia, rescue operation chief Rochmali said it was “unlikely” any more survivors would be found.

SYDNEY: The United Nations on Friday said it was “troubled” by Australia’s decision to send asylumseekers arriving by boat to Papua New Guinea given conditions there failed to adequately protect refugees. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said it was concerned greater numbers of asylum-seekers could be sent to the poor nation.


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Syrian refugees face racism

A wave of xenophobia is blighting the lives of thousands of Syrian refugees in countries such as Egypt and Lebanon. RANA EL MOUSSAOUI Agence France-Presse BEIRUT: A wave of xenophobia is blighting the lives of thousands of Syrian refugees in countries such as Egypt and Lebanon, where they are often blamed for anything that goes wrong. In Egypt, Syrians are accused of taking sides and interfering in the country’s political crisis, while in Lebanon they are accused of taking the jobs of Lebanese. Egyptian media have played an instrumental role in spreading anti-Syrian sentiment, accusing them of joining protests in support of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Morsi, removed by the army on July 3 after huge protests, rose through the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood — a key component of the opposition in Syria. “We must boycott Syrian shops because they use our money to terrorise us,” reads one text message distributed via social networks. “Several unemployed Syrians have been paid 300 Egyptian pounds (43 dollars) by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau to take part in (pro-Morsi) protests,” the message adds. The message also accuses Syrians of using weapons supplied to the rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in clashes in Egypt between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters. The tone can be just as harsh on Egyptian television. “If you continue to stand by the Brotherhood, the people will destroy your homes,” controversial presenter Tawfik Okasha said on the privately owned AlFaraeen channel. “The people are not ready to accept agents or spies undermining their victory” against Morsi, Okasha added.



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n Egypt, Syrians are accused of taking sides and interfering in the country’s political crisis, while in Lebanon they are accused of taking the jobs of Lebanese.

The massively popular ONTV, also privately owned, has aired anti-Syrian rants. “Syrians, if you meddle in our affairs, our boots will kick you in the streets,” journalist Yousef alHusseini said. Both Husseini and ONTV later apologised. The anti-Assad Syrian Journalists’ Association has called on Egyptians not to “generalise and stigmatise hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees”. But “right now, the Egyptians believe that being Syrian equals being Muslim Brotherhood”, said Abu Yasser, a young Syrian living in Egypt. Known best for his stinging criticism of the Brotherhood, Egypt’s famous satirist Bassem Yousef has also hit out against the


growing anti-Syrian sentiment, blaming “certain liberals, who hate the Muslim Brotherhood, of reproducing the same fascism and the same racism”. Cairo has now imposed new visa regulations requiring Syrians to apply for a visa. The United Nations has meanwhile expressed concerns over reports of Syrians being deported back to their war-torn country. In crisis situations “there is always a search for a scapegoat”, said Sari Hanafi, who teaches sociology at the American University of Beirut (AUB). “In Egypt, you have a mixture of confusion and basic chauvinism. To help explain the (proMorsi) movement, people are blaming the foreigners,” Hanafi told AFP. In Lebanon, which hosts some 600,000 Syrian refugees, rising resentment is linked to socio-economic problems. A recent survey showed that 82 percent of Lebanese accuse Syrians of stealing their jobs, while 70 percent would be uncomfortable even sharing a meal with them. More than 54 percent of Lebanese believe their country should close its borders to Syrians altogether.

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Cambodia’s new political dynasty CAT BARTON Agence France-Presse PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s long-ruling party faces a rare leadership dilemma — how do you replace a strongman premier who has run the country almost single-handedly for decades? Well, maybe with his son. Although he has vowed to stay in power for another decade or more, signs are growing that 60-year-old Prime Minister Hun Sen is grooming his children to inherit a political dynasty. Clean-cut, cheerful and wildly popular with ruling party voters, US-educated Hun Many is his youngest son and the first of his five children to seek political office. The cherubic 30-year-old is already a top official in his father’s cabinet and head of the ruling party’s youth wing. Now he is running for a seat in parliament in the southern province of Kampong Speu in Sunday’s general election. And if his public pronouncements on the campaign trail are anything to go by, he is a chip off the old block. From warning of civil war if the incumbent Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) loses, to vague campaign promises “to serve the people by studying what CPP leaders have done so far”, he is sticking to his father’s script — and it seems to be working. “Hun Sen led the country to this state of development even though he had little education. So his children, educated in the best universities in the world, will achieve even more,” supporter Hay Vanna told AFP . “They will follow their father’s path and lead the country to prosperity,” the 59year-old housewife said at a recent 15,000-strong rally led by Hun Many in Phnom Penh. From politics to the media, army and the police,


Hun Sen has positioned his children strategically to ensure the family’s grip on power outlasts its patriarch’s career, experts say. His two other sons — both now generals — recently received military promotions. “It is increasingly clear that Hun Sen is creating a dynasty,” said Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights. “All of the ingredients for this are currently in place, as Hun Sen has placed each of his sons in key sectors of Cambodian society,” he said. “The CPP leadership will likely transfer to Hun Sen’s sons in the future and thus will make internal reform of the CPP unlikely, or at best, AROUND THE


difficult,” he added. It is not just Hun Sen who is positioning his children and other relatives — his nephew-in-law is chief of police — in positions of power. Over the last decade a web of marriages between the offspring of ruling party officials has created a next generation elite heavily connected by blood and business.

Hun Many, already a top official in his father’s cabinet and head of the ruling party’s youth wing, is running for a seat in parliament in the southern province .



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Still rocking and rolling Mick Jagger turns 70 today — and though the Rolling Stones frontman isn’t quite the image of rebellious youth he once was, he has lost none of his legendary swagger. KATY LEE Agence France-Presse

Mick Jagger is now worth

200 million ($305 million,

an estimated £

232 million euros) The beginning


he Stones played their first gig in 1962 — Jagger dropping out of the prestigious London School of Economics in the pursuit of fame — and three years later scored their first smash hit with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”.

LONDON: Strutting onstage in a sequinned jacket as the Stones headlined Britain’s Glastonbury music festival last month, it was hard to believe this was a man who should be collecting his state pension. One newspaper cruelly captioned its photos of the wrinkly British rockers “Night of the living dead!” — but zipping through the hits, the band had the same raw energy that brought them fame half a century ago. “If this is this first time you’ve seen the band, do come again,” Jagger told the crowd, suggesting that a quiet retirement may be some way off yet. Between his onstage cavorting, wild bedroom antics and occasional brushes with the law, snake-hipped, rubber-lipped Jagger has been a model for generations of later rock stars. “We were young, good-looking and stupid,” he once said. These days, cricket-loving Jagger is more likely to be spotted watching a match at Lord’s than partying hard. The Stones did prove they could still hit the dancefloor at Jagger’s early 70th birthday bash last month, although by 1.30 a.m. it was time for bed. The music-making hasn’t stopped either — the band recently wrapped up a tour of North America to mark their half-centenary, and released two new tracks along with their greatest hits album “Grrr!” in November. Romantically, however, Jagger seems to have settled down — he has been dating stylist L’Wren Scott, some 25 years his junior, for more than a decade. His heyday was punctuated by high-profile relationships with models, singers and actresses, and he has seven children with four different women. He twice married models — Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall — while other ex-lovers include singers Marianne Faithfull and Carla Bruni, who is now married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Jagger has always been a curious mix of sensible and shocking. On one hand he has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II; on the other, a rumoured sex act involving Jagger and a Mars bar has passed into rock legend. Michael Phillip Jagger was born on July 26, 1943, to middle-class parents in Dartford, south of London. He started jamming with child-

hood friend Keith Richards in 1960 after they discovered a mutual love of the blues. The Stones played their first gig in 1962 — Jagger dropping out of the prestigious London School of Economics in the pursuit of fame — and three years later scored their first smash hit with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. Snarling and surly, they were the complete opposite of the familyfriendly Beatles. A string of massive hits across five decades followed including “Brown Sugar”, “Honky Tonk Woman” and “Paint It Black”. And, of course, there were the band’s off-stage antics. Jagger and Richards were found guilty of drug offences in 1967, but their jail sentences were quashed. The drug-fuelled hedonism continued, but between the excesses Jagger — who studied business before dropping out of university — kept a careful eye on the commercial side of things. He is now worth an estimated £200 million ($305 million, 232 million euros).

It is a slightly intellectually undemanding thing to do, being a rock singer. But, you know, you make the best of it. Mick Jaggers The band spent the 1980s and 1990s going on lucrative tours while producing the odd album. Today, rumours of live shows still spark feverish excitement among fans. In 2011 Jagger set up SuperHeavy — a super-group including a member of Eurythmics, Bob Marley’s youngest son Damian and soul diva Joss Stone — which released a widely-praised debut album. The ultimate sign of Jagger’s acceptance by the establishment came in 2003 when, to Richards’ disbelief, he accepted a knighthood from the British monarchy. The singer revealed last month that while he is proud of his achievements, he sometimes wishes he had pursued his earlier dreams of becoming a teacher, politician or journalist.

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Comment If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank.


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Woody Allen, American entertainer


ecent arrests of journalists and blocked access to critical websites in Zambia have sparked concerns of a clampdown on media freedom under President Michael Sata’s government. Prior to the 2011 elections that ushered Sata into power, the then-opposition leader promised to free the media from government interference. But immediately after taking office, he sacked journalists who had been critical of him as well as the heads of state television and newspapers. In June the government blocked local access to the Zambian Watchdog, a hard-hitting online newspaper. This month police detained three journalists with ostensible links to the publication, which does not publish its reporters’ names. Clayson Hamasaka and Thomas Zyambo were held in Lusaka without charge for more than 24 hours after police night-time raids. Zyambo was eventually arrested and charged with “being in possession of seditious material with intent to publish”. Police had found him with hand-written biographical notes on Sata. Five days after Zyambo’s release, police arrested and charged investigative journalist Wilson Pondamali with unlawful possession of a restricted military pamphlet. They later added “theft of a library book” to the charge sheet. A judge granted the reporter bail last Friday but police refused to release him. Two days later Pondamali was hospitalised after collapsing in prison. Local access to Zambian Watchdog has now been blocked again, as well as a mirror website set up by Parisbased media rights group Reporters Without Borders. AFP



Zambia accused of media clampdown

HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS Kargil Vijay Diwas marks the successful end of a war fought with Pakistan for over 60 days on July 26, 1999. Sadly, 527 soldiers from Indian Armed Forces sacrificed their lives in a battle in which Pakistan also lost life before retreat on international pressure.


ecades of breakneck expansion have given China gleaming skyscrapers and sleek railways, but brought piles of debt and dubious financial instruments analysts say are a potential time bomb that could strike a blow against global growth. Worries centre on trillions of dollars of unsustainable government borrowing, especially by local authorities, that has underpinned the country’s investment-based economy. At the same time non-traditional forms of lending labelled “shadow finance” have emerged as a counter to China’s tightly regulated banking system, and are also in the trillions, and growing fast. “They are very serious issues right now,” said Oliver Rui, professor of finance and accounting at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai. China’s new leaders, keen to bring the threat under control, are “concerned that if they delay reform then sooner or later the issue will get out of hand”, Rui added. For decades, China’s growth model has been based on lever-

aging its cheap and abundant labour force to manufacture products for export, alongside credit-fuelled domestic investment to develop infrastructure. But stresses are starting to show and the government as well as international observers say the system needs to change so China can engineer a socalled soft landing and ensure stable and sustainable economic growth. President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, China’s top leaders since March, say the old pattern is no longer viable and what China needs is to build up consumer demand as the economy’s key engine. The IMF last week estimated for the first time what it called “augmented debt”, or the combined obligations of both central and local governments, at 45 per cent of GDP. “Further rapid growth of debts would raise the risk of a disorderly adjustment in local government spending. This would drag down growth, with adverse global spillovers,” it said in a report. Chinese provincial and municipal governments have borrowed vast sums to spend on infrastructure projects that give local economies a short-term boost. However, many of them fail to generate adequate longterm returns, such as the country’s notorious “ghost cities”. Moody’s Investors Service calculated this year that China’s

shadow banking sector could be as large as 29 trillion yuan ($4.7 trillion), or 55 percent of GDP at the end of last year. The term refers to loans and investment products sometimes issued by legitimate banks and financial institutions, as well as private deals between individuals or companies, that have arisen as a way of getting around strict banking rules. “Such a non-transparent, less regulated form of credit extension can stoke asset bubbles and may pose risks to financial stability, as highlighted in recent years,” Moody’s said, referring to US and European banks’ sub-prime lending woes that triggered the 2007-2009 global financial crisis. The yuan currency is a long way off from full convertibility,

while the government maintains a tight grip on the traditional banking system, with key institutions state-owned and tightly controlled. While the term shadow finance may evoke nefarious dealings done in back rooms, it is actually anything but, say experts. Markus Rodlauer, the IMF’s mission chief for China, told reporters that much non-traditional finance was “really innovative new forms of financial intermediation”. But while they have their “good sides”, he said, they “also have their risks”. “Bank supervisors can’t really keep up with the new instruments and the fast growth,” he said. “It creates questions for credit quality, liquidity management”.

EDITORIALS Stop says the red sign! Tax bounce


espite being touted as a developed city, Vijayawada does not have proper traffic signalling systems at major junctions. The Intelligent Traffic Signalling System project initiated by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation and the traffic police department is back to basics with authorities cancelling the project recently. The pilot project work started at five junctions of BRTS road but was left in the lurch for three months due to improper procedures. Over 70 per cent of the 58 junctions in the city do not have proper signals. Traffic at junctions is manually controlled by traffic cops. The pilot project was given to a local advertising firm under Public Private Partnership in March. The firm started work at Sitannapeta, Satyanarayana Puram, Food junction, Madhuranagar and Padavalarevu junctions on BRTS road without progress. A signalling system including surveillance cameras and technology that calculates the density of traffic and changes the signals accordingly could be of great help.



HMC will book criminal cases against taxpayers whose cheques bounce. Citizens need to make use of the self-assessment of property tax as the last date for availing the scheme has been extended to August 31, 2013. The civic body has received a poor response of self-assessment with just 1,084 applications received. Three years of property tax penalty can be levied against those caught out of the tax ambit. Officials need to concentrate on cases where arrears are pending for more than three years.

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Escape from the City to the suburbs


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With the residential real-estate development in Secunderabad reaching saturation, its suburbs have grown considerably. Bowenpally- Suchitra Junction is in the lead due to its proximity with the centre of the City. PRUDHVI RAJU K

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owenpally - Suchitra Junction is emerging as a major residential real estate locality. With the residential real-estate development in Secunderabad reaching saturation, its suburbs have

started evolving. BowenpallySuchitra Junction took the lead in the race due to its proximity to the centre of the City. The locality is positioned adjacent to Medchal Road (NH7) that is connecting Kompally to Secunderabad. “There is ample amount of land for residential real estate

development from Bowenpally to Kompally especially for large gated communities. Proximity to Secunderabad coupled with developed infrastructure is attracting buyers to this locality. Suchitra Junction is around 9 km and takes 15-20 minutes of travel time from Secunderabd. The buyer can enjoy the lush

green surroundings and the open spaces in these gated communities,” said PS Rama Krishna, assistant general manager, marketing, Aditya Constructions. This place will be a better option for the people who want to escape from the congestion and traffic of Secunderabad and want

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n 2& 3 bedroom apartments n 1180-1440 sft in E Block n 1927-1609 sft in F Block n Full facility club house with gym n Solar water heating system n Piped gas supply provision n Aesthetic elevation n Landscaped area n Centralised security with intercom n Ample car parking space n Guest car parkings n Guest rooms 3 n Waste Disposal n Park, Power Back-up n Security / Fire Alarm n Feng Shui / Vaastu Compliant n Base Price: `2,500

PRATYUSH ARCADE (OLD BOWENPALLY) n 2, 3 & 4 BHK Flats n Area Range: 900-1815 sft, n Power Back-up n Security n Fire Alarm n Feng Shui n Vaastu Compliant n Lift(s) n Security Personnel n Visitor Parking n Reserved Parking n Swimming Pool n Water Storage n Base Price: : `2,500 per sft



On Indians investing in properties abroad ANUJ PURI

T to live close to nature. Apartments and villas are available at different price ranges from reputed developers in the City. Explaining about buyers, “Secunderabad is known as a residential hub for businesspeople. Mostly, the buyers are from the business community. Residents who are living in Sikh Village and Paradise Circle are exploring this area for buying their new houses. As a locality, Suchitra Junction is well developed. It has small offices and many residences. Underground water is available at moderate

levels. For instance, in our project, we got to find water at a depth of 500 feet but went to 1,000 feet so that there should be no water problems in the future,” According to realtors, it may be far for the IT crowd in Madhapur at this point of time. However, the new road that is being laid from Kukatpally Y Junction to KukatpallyMadhapur flyover will cut down the distance and will save commuting time. In terms of greenery, Rama Krishna says, “Reputed real

estate developers, today, sleave around 70 per cent of space for greenery and only construct in 30 per cent of the land. The whole gated community concept is developed with landscaping parks, trees and brings residents close to nature,” The locality also offers range of properties at different price points. One can choose between a flat or a villa based on his budget. The flats in gated communities’ starts from `2,500 where as luxury villas are priced around `2 crore.

In proximity Industries Bio-Tech Park Jeedimetla Industrial Estate Medchal Town Hospitals Ram Hospital Narayana Hridayala Balaji Multispeciality Hospital Usha Mullapudi Cardiac Hospital

he real estate market in many countries offers very lucrative investment prospects, with various options. Apart from that, Indians buying property abroad can often avail of citizenship in the host country. This factor has considerable aspirational value for many. The aspiration factor aside, property in more and more locations within Indian metros have become enormously expensive. Moreover, interest rates for bank loans are already proving to be a stumbling block and may rise further with the future revision of RBI norms. In comparison, an Indian wishing to buy a property in New York, London or Singapore can avail of the considerably lower interest rates of local banks in those countries. Also, many foreign property markets are more transparent than our own, so investors can get 'clean' deals much faster and easier. Investment in property abroad makes sense for those who are employed or have business interests in the country of choice. Indians who have settled or are planning to settle abroad permanently are, of course, prime candidates.


ADITYA VILLA GRANDE n Plot Area 350 syds n Built Up Area 4790 sft n No. Of Bedrooms 4-5 n Swimming Pool, Play Area, n Club House, Tennis Court n Landscaped area n Avenue tree plantations n Water treatment plant n 24 hrs pressurised water n Children’s play area n Swimming pool n 2 car parkings n Gymnasium n 24 hrs security n Pay 10 % and get `1 lakh rent (offer) n Price: : `1.95 crore including amenities

The broad profile of Indians who are looking at buying properties abroad would include business owners, professional property investors, mid-to-top level company management and high networth individuals. A very large component of buyers is also comprised of people whose children study in those countries. Singapore, Malaysia, New York, Dubai and various cities in the UK — predominantly London— are the preferred destinations for Indian property buyers. Because of the current ceiling on how much an Indian can invest abroad in a financial year, central city locations are out of reach for a large number of aspirants. This makes peripheral locations, which tend to be cheaper, attractive to such buyers. The US or the UK are undoubtedly a favourite with Indians hoping to buy property abroad. However, when these are out of reach, Dubai becomes the next choice among realistic

property investment destinations for Indians. The current limit on Indians for investing abroad continues to be $2,00,000 per annum. This ceiling is not for investment in real estate alone, but applies to any kind of investment in a foreign country. The limit applies to individual buyers, so the investable amount doubles in the case of couples. The Indian Government may consider relaxing the ceiling further if it perceives increased interest by Indians in investing in foreign properties. Indians often have the option of entering into joint ventures with local operators in foreign countries such as Mauritius, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. The UAE also offers such a facility in some quarters. Entering into a JV with a foreign entity on its home turf can lead to vastly increased investments (beyond the $200,000 ceiling now prescribed by the RBI) and generate higher profits.

General guidelines n Ensure that the actual loca-

tion of choice has sufficient appreciation potential n Establish the suitability of the neighbourhood (even more important in a country whose social dynamics one is unfamiliar with n Ensure that the property is free of litigation and has a clear title

PRECAUTIONS FOR INVESTING IN PROPERTY ABROAD Indian investors abroad should remember that there are investment and liability risks they may be exposed to. In some countries, land laws for investment in immovable properties can lack transparency and be quite complicated. It is inadvisable to invest in any kind of project announced by a company or other seller that has no physical representation on Indian soil. The exception would be where one has personally established the legal and market bona fides of the seller. Secondly, one must keep in mind that most foreign property markets have their individual regulatory and permission mechanisms.One must also establish whether one is eligible to invest in the chosen country. The author is chairman and country head, Jones Lang LaSalle India


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spotlight NIGHT OF FUN 1




Ritu celebrated her birthday in style at Bottles & Chimney on Thursday night. Birthday belle looked gorgeous in a yellow maxi dress. Also spotted at the do were Pooja, Sonia and others. 4









1 Ritu

4 Kashish

7 Susmita, Pooja

2 Tamanna

5 Komal

8 Stuti

11 Roshni, Prerna

3 Shobha

6 Sonia

9 Sarita

12 Namita Kanodia

10 Mamta

ARM CANDY Fossil unveiled its fall collection, comprising ‘Captivating Colours’ and ‘Classics’, two ranges showcasing the emerging trends of this season. Saloni Arora, Manager Marketing from Fossil, was present at the do.


William Dar, renowned agriculturist and director general of International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) made his presence felt at Palate restaurant, Somajiguda where a campaign 'Don't waste food and eat your fill' was held.


FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013



The World Health Organisation (WHO) Wednesday said that though the fight against leprosy has made great progress in the last two decades, complacency may now threaten the last push towards freeing the world of the disease.


Rethink what you know about your ears and hearing. Postnoon busts some common myths about the sense organ. 1

Myth: Ears need to be cleaned regularly using ear buds. Fact: The ear is a mostly selfcleaning organ. Using ear buds or hairpins will push the ear wax further into the ear. This impacted ear wax can harden and cause problems. There is also a danger of puncturing the ear drum if you dig too deep. If you feel your ears need cleaning, consult a doctor.


Myth: A proper diet does nothing for my hearing. Fact: Most people overlook the effect diet has on hearing. While changing your diet cannot reverse hearing loss, it can help combat and slow it. Vitamins, especially A, B and E, minerals like zinc and nutrients like folic acid are essential for proper functioning of the ears. Reducing salt in the diet often is found to help people who suffer from tinnitus.

Vitamins, especially A, B and E, are essential for proper functioning of the ears.


Myth: Hearing aids can restore hearing to normal. Fact: Hearing aids do not cure hearing loss. They work like spectacles, a tool to correct an existing problem. Choosing the right kind of hearing aid is essential, because the extent of your hearing loss, the type of problem are important factors to be taken into account. A hearing aid helps mainly in communication and listening.


Myth: If my parents went deaf, I too will. Fact: While heredity is an important factor in hearing loss, not everyone whose parents lost their hearing will experience the same. By following a healthy diet and avoiding exposure to loud noises, you can reduce chances of hearing loss. Early diagnosis can also help, so approach the doctor at the first suspicion of loss of hearing.


Myth: Hearing loss is just a sign of ageing. Fact: Of the 360 million people in the world who are hearing impaired, 32 million are children. It isn't true that only elderly people suffer hearing loss, it can strike at any age. Infections, prolonged exposure to loud noises, physical injury and congenital causes can be responsible for hearing loss at any age.




NeuroExam Tutor

Adnexal tumours

Fish communication

Benjamin Rush

For many of us, the neurologic exam is fraught with trepidation — its components are complex, its findings often nuanced, and to appreciate its full spectrum takes time.The UCSF NeuroExam Tutor medical apps seeks to help providers master screening and comprehensive neuro exams.

Tumors that arise in the ovaries or fallopian tubes (which are appendages, or adnexa, of the uterus) are called adnexal tumors. Adnexal tumours can occur before puberty, after puberty and after menopause. They can be cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). If they cause symptoms, treatment is usually necessary. Noncancerous masses typically require surgery only.

It seems it is fish we should thank for the effectiveness of using hand gestures while talking. Andrew Bass, professor of neurobiology and behaviour NY, has done research offering "evidence that the evolutionary origins of the link between speech and gesturing can be traced to a developmental compartment in the caudal hindbrain of fish."

One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Rush founded the first public dispensary in Philadelphia and became one of the earliest doctors to characterize insanity as a medical condition rather than the influence of evil spirits. He was considered responsible for ending an epidemic of yellow fever in Philadelphia in 1793. Yet Dr. Rush still practiced bloodletting, an ancient form of treating patients plagued by illness..



FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

Technology GADGETS

SMALL WONDER World’s cheapest computer gets millions tinkering.



t’s a single circuit board the size of a credit card with no screen or keyboard, a far cry from the smooth tablets that dominate the technology market. But the world’s cheapest computer, costing just $25, has astonished its British creators by selling almost 1.5 million units in 18 months. The Raspberry Pi is now powering robots in Japan and warehouse doors in Malawi, photographing astral bodies from the United States and helping to dodge censorship in China. “We’re closing in on one and a half million (sales) for something that we thought would sell a thousand,” said Eben Upton, executive director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. “It was just supposed to be a little thing to solve a little problem. “We’ve sold many more to children than we expected to sell, but even more to adults. They’re using it like Lego to connect things up.” The device, which runs the open-source Linux operating system, was designed as an educational tool for children to learn coding. But its potential for almost infinite tinkering and customisation has fired up the imaginations of hobbyists and inventors around the world.


Tokyo inventor Shota Ishiwatari has created a small humanoid robot run by a Pi, which can tell you the weather, manage your diary and even make coffee. “I wanted to create something by using a 3D printer and the Raspberry Pi - two cool items,” he told AFP, adding that he also wanted to demonstrate the potential of the microcomputer. “Many Raspberry Pi users did not know how to have fun with the chip. I wanted to present practical ways to play with it.” Upton and his colleagues first thought of creating a cheap computer suited to programming when they were teaching computer science at Cambridge University. They noticed that children of the wired generation lacked the day-to-day experi-

MEGA HACK Five men from Russia and the Ukraine are alleged to have operated a global hacking network infiltrating the world’s largest financial institutions and businesses, according to a indictment unsealed in federal court in New Jersey. It’s the largest hacking and data-breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States, the U.S. Attorney's Office says. From 2005 to 2012, the men and four co-conspirators seized at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers from institutions including Dow Jones, NASDAQ, J.C. Penney, JetBlue, and 7-Eleven, according to the indictment, which was released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


ence of coding that was so formative for the computer geeks who grew up in the 1980s. “They didn’t have the grungy familiarity with the dirty bits, the hacking,” Upton told AFP. “The theory of computer science is maths, but the practice is a craft, like carpentry.” Upton reminisces happily about his childhood coding on a BBC Micro, a rugged early personal computer from 1982. Back then, you had to know a computer “language” in order to use one at all. But home computers are now so complex that parents often ban children from interfering with the underlying code. Upton and his colleagues saw that developments in technology meant something like the Micro could now be created for a fraction of the cost, in pocket size, with the capacity to run multimedia programmes. The team behind the Pi grew as the project developed; it now includes David Braben — the designer of a classic Micro game, Elite — and tech entrepreneur and investor Jack Lang. By 2012, with Upton now working for a chip design firm, the Pi was ready to launch.

Demand for the device, assembled in Wales, was so high that the websites of its distributors crashed.


User groups called Raspberry Jams now meet monthly in cities from Manchester to Singapore to share ideas. A Raspberry Jam brought together the team behind a Pi camera that will photograph rhinos and other endangered animals in east Africa, generating data on their habits and on poaching. The Instant Wild system, backed by the Zoological Society of London, already operates in several countries, beaming images via satellite to park rangers and to an app that crowdsources identifications of animals. But by replacing expensive purpose-built equipment with cheaper Raspberry Pis, Instant Wild hopes to vastly expand its work. A grid of 100 Pi cameras will be set up in 2015 on a Kenyan ranch, while another Pi will make its way to Antarctica to record penguin behaviour.

“It used to be very expensive — you’d have to run a laptop, with a huge car battery to power the thing. This saves countless power and it’s easy for it to send out alerts automatically,” said Alasdair Davies, technical advisor to the project. Upton, however, is focused closer to home. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is nonprofit and the design freely available, so he and his team will not be retiring on the proceeds of their success. Instead they are working on software to make the Pi more accessible for children without expert help, and Upton remains intent on improving computer education. The foundation is in discussions with the British government on a new IT curriculum. For the country that invented some of the earliest computers, Upton feels that teaching coding should be a matter of national pride. “The definition of computing is being reworked to be less about PowerPoint and more about computer programming — the useful stuff. The real stuff,” he said. AFP

The U.S. has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques. If the government is able to determine a person's password, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user. Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.

That’s all folks Citing overwhelming demand, Google on Thursday said it has ended a Netflix promotion tied to its new Chromecast TV dongle. The promotion gave users, new and existing, three free months of Netflix's video streaming service, valued at about $24, when they bought Chromecast, a $35 gadget that was announced Wednesday. Chromecast is a device that lets users send video and audio content from their smartphones, tablets and laptops to their TVs. The device is plugged into the TV through an HDMI port and pulls content from the cloud by connecting to Wi-Fi.


FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

Entertainment CINE BYTES

Grand Tamil release for The Wolverine


ugh Jackman-starrer The Wolverine, releasing Friday, will open in over 100 screens in Tamil Nadu. It is titled X-Men: Wolverine 2 in Tamil.Intended to be the sixth installment in the XMen film franchise, the film tracks the story of the AmericanAustralian superhero Wolverine, who in association with an old acquaintance in Japan, fights a new battle, said a statement.




Hey everyone ! Just clearing the air, I haven't signed any movie at the moment. I'm still in the process of getting ready for my debut .

Nara Rohit turns 28, hopes for success


elugu actor Nara Rohit, who turned 28 Thursday, wishes for more success in future. "My next film Shankara is almost complete. It will be out in theatres soon. I only wish it brings me more success. This is what I seek on my birthday. I hope this year turns out be very flourishing for me," Rohit said. IANS.



oung Tiger NTR is currently shooting for a dance sequence for Ramayya Vasthavayya, at Annapurna 7 Acres. NTR will reportedly be seen as a student leader and his look in the film is already creating waves. Thaman is the music director for this project and Samantha is the heroine.RV is gearing up for a release in September. The audio launch has been scheduled for August.

Akhil Akkineni


kkineni Nagarjuna must be one proud father. Both his sons are in the Tollywood film industry following his footsteps. While Naga Chaitanya already has some hits to his name, it remains to see whether younger brother Akhil Akkineni, the younger son of Nagarjuna, will repeat his brother’s or his father’s successes. Over the past few months, there has been a lot of curiosity over what his debut film is going to be and there were rumours that he is already in talks with few directors. Recently, a section of media reported that Akhil is going to make his debut soon; however, he has completely denied the news. He took to Twitter to clear the air. “Hey everyone ! Just clearing the air, I haven't signed any movie at the moment. I'm still in the process of getting ready for my debut ..... A debut isn't a joke so taking all the advise and help I need to set up the right script. I'm more excited than anyone and will announce ... As soon as I have finalised a project. Very soon :) until then laying low and gearing up for the biggest day of my life! love to all :) (sic)” So there you have it, Akhil is still looking for his debut film.

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013



TO CELEBRATE the release of The Wolverine (2013), an epic action-adventure film involving Wolverine (character played by actor Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, brings its fans some stunning Wolverine merchandise.

Royalty in

style The first show of the India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW) had the right mix of everything nice. Postnoon gives a sneak peek into one of the most awaited fashion events of the country.


f opening designer JJ Valaya recreated royalty on the ramp with his exquisitely designed ensembles, Kangna Ranaut and Kabir Bedi added glamour when they hit the ramp as showstoppers, dressed as an "elegant princess" and an "energetic maharaja" for the designer. Titled "The Maharaja Of Madrid", Valaya's show was definitely a visual treat for fashion followers on Tuesday. IBFW, a regular in Mumbai, has come to the capital for the first time. Valaya's collection was divided into six sections and as many as 50 models, dressed in lehengas, saris and dresses teamed up with embellished jackets and headbands and turbans, hit the ramp and spread the royal flavour. What caught audience's attention were the beautiful motifs on the outfits. Looking resplendent in an orange-golden lehenga teamed with a blue velvet choli and golden headgear, Kangna looked every bit a

princess. Internationally acclaimed actor Kabir justified the Maharaja look in a black embellished sherwani and maroon duppatta and a black turban. The entertainment quotient was high with Valaya adding musical flavour to the show by having dance artists performing a jugalbandi of Kathak and Flamenco. The set depicted the old world charm of India and Spain. "The collection projects a medley of Spanish and Indian influences, both visually as well as through a specially created soundtrack by Gaurav Raina of Midival Punditz," the designer said. Day two showcased Jyotsana Tiwari’s collection ELOHIM that is inspired by colours, fun and festivities around the wedding and the ensembles mark effervescence, scintillation and self-indulgence. It is an allusion of classic silhouettes and international trends brewed with fine tailoring, which presents a unique stance to cocktail and occasion wear. Another highlight of second day was presentation of Kotwara by Meera and Muzaffar Ali; a range of exotic bridal wear gently textured with pearls on oriental forms. From lehengas and shararas to saris and choghas, the silhouettes are in the inimitable classic Kotwara style reminiscent of the glory of Awadh.


ITALIAN designer Stella Jean is the first womenswear name to be chosen by Giorgio Armani to host her forthcoming collection at the label's traditional show space, the Armani Teatro. She will present her spring/summer 2014 offering at Milan Fashion Week this autumn.


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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

Chai Time


It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn - which is what life is all about. Oprah Winfrey




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




1 Collection of narrative poems 5 Mischiefmakers 9 One younger than ewe? 13 ‘Dynamic’ prefix 14 Infamous fiddler 15 Computer programmer 16 Skilled workers 18 Port-au-Prince’s place 19 ‘50s fad item made by Wham-O 20 Shiny cotton fabric 21 Pharmaceutical giant Lilly 22 Inspire with zeal 23 Indiana, informally 28 Open a hasp 29 Untrusting 30 Cosmetics-testing org 33 Hobo concoction, in stereotypes 34 Post office device 36 Disney sci-fi movie of 1982 37 Today, in Madrid 38 Fix, at the vet’s office 39 Babble on and on 40 Connie Francis classic 43 Great Plains terrain 46 1910s-1920s auto 47 Hardy companion? 48 ‘Hot Lips’ on ‘M*A*S*H’ 53 Shown on television 54 Church-supper dish 55 Pre-Revolution leaders 56 Hardly ever 57 Clothing for the Masses 58 Wriggling fishes 59 Hollywood clashers 60 Objective in musical chairs


1 Per, say 2 Where the Amazon rises 3 Like some confessions

4 Bed disguiser, sometimes 5 Bottom part of a pump 6 ‘Angela’s Ashes,’ eg 7 Kind of school 8 Dombey’s partner? 9 Abhor 10 Farewell abroad 11 ___ and bounds 12 Pickler’s solution 15 Apt to run on 17 Plural possessive 20 Nab with a noose 22 ‘And others,’ in a bibliography 23 ‘Stop your yakking!’ 24 ___ bigger things 25 Succumb to mind control, say 26 Pictured 27 Moves to and fro, as to music 30 ‘The Nanny’ actress Drescher 31 ‘What can I ___ convince you?’ 32 All over again 34 Turn sour 35 Word with ‘closed’ or ‘study’ 36 Attempt 38 Does an office chore 39 Member of the common class, briefly 40 Cable workers, eg 41 Pitcher Jesse 42 Acts frugal 43 China purchase 44 Do more than see 45 Perceived by the ear 48 Put up on the wall 49 Some nest eggs, briefly 50 Alice fell in one 51 Jessica of ‘Fantastic Four’ 52 Cozy spot 54 British runner Sebastian

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Indirect attack by enemies is likely. Businessmen will see a flourishing time and profits jump beyond expectations. Self-employed will do well and achieve planned destiny. Women will keep family away from tensions that spoil the atmosphere.


A pilgrimage might be undertaken by you with family. You will get a chance to meet close relatives after a long gap in a marriage or get-together celebration. Businessmen will be successful in attracting customers with innovative schemes.

Newlyweds will be blessed with an offspring. Some are successful in buying a new vehicle in exchange of an old one. Those in the business of readymade garments, textiles and FMCG products will see a boom time. A happy atmosphere is likely.

Avoid speculative deals. You will take bold decisions, which will yield desired results. Businessmen will be upset over misunderstanding with partners. Sudden travel is likely to be undertaken. Mother’s health needs attention.

Superiors will share their personal matters with you and extend full support. Avoid muttering when opportunities are given to you as you will have future gains if you complete these works well. You will get a good opportunity to expose your skills.

Comforts set to improve as a strong financial position is likely. Peaceful atmosphere will remain at home. Your expenses are set to go up for fulfilling wishes of your children. Misunderstandings likely between couples; be cordial to avoid such a situation.

Health needs to be given good attention. Those deprived of a child for a long time will get favourable news. Your mind will become crystal clear; take decisions without hesitation. Comforts will increase and also you take steps to improve income.

Financial situation is likely as expenses go beyond expectations. Avoid guarantee or commitments to anyone as you might not be able to fulfil them as expected by you. Avoid anger and emotional outbursts so that your goals can be achieved.

Avoid negligence in govt-related issues. Tension and burden are likely to upset you; stay cool and proceed earnestly. Avoid getting emotional under any circumstance. Chance of misunderstanding with mother is likely; avoid such a situation.


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Queen of Cups – You feel like a tourist in your own city. There are times when you wonder where you belong. You mull philosophical questions on life.


King of Swords – Gain more depth in your thought. By just skimming the surface, you run the risk of making people not take you too seriously.



Nine of Swords – Learn some new skills if you want to grow. Go ahead and enrol in a workshop to both network be updated about your field.


Five of Cups – You are in the mood to travel. Make a list of places you would like to see and plan accordingly. Planning is crucial to all travel, especially personal travel.


The World – There are some hazards that cannot be avoided and some hazards that can. You face roadblocks that can be avoided. Do so with confidence.


The Star – There is need to think positive and feel fortunate about the current space you are in. Remember that it could have been worse. So, chin up.


Eight of Wands – This is a great day for cooking and trying out new recipes. Do what you love and experiment with an open heart without focusing on results.


Four of Swords – You have the tendency to gamble at this time. Be careful because the addiction may get worse. Get off the hook when you can.


Seven of Cups – You might find interesting handicrafts and household items at a flea market. Open yourself to surprises. But don’t buy everything you like.



Ace of Pentacles – Avoid a shoe bite from new sandals by rubbing oil on the inside, or by leaving the shoes out in the sun. You need to take precautions.


Swords – If you’re feeling unhealthy, you can correct it by eating right. Eat soup and salads and feel your body respond to health foods.


AQUARIUS: Three of


Expenses must be kept under control. Politicians will gain an upper hand and appreciation from the high command. Businessmen will get profits as per expectations and look cheerful. Be polite while collecting dues to achieve better results.

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Page of Cups – You are lucky to be surrounded by some wonderful people. They will help and support you but you also need to be grateful. Don’t ignore thanking them.


Properly planned work will get completed successfully. Businessmen need to be extra careful as some of the staff might cheat them and leak company’s secrets; identify such culprits and chuck. Your straightforwardness will earn you a name.


You will clear haunting debts and relax. Good effects will take place and keep you happy. Employees will get recognition after a long expectation, which makes them cheerful. Artists will get promising opportunities and will earn name and fame.

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Entertainment FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013 CINE BYTES



Shoojit Sircar has said that Madras CafĂŠ should not be subject to a ban in Tamil Nadu. Tamil activist group 'Naam Thamizhar' was reportedly planning to lobby for the film to be banned for portraying Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) members as terrorists. Responding to the reports, the director told IANS: "I don't think it will be banned in Tamil Nadu."Also, I feel the speculations have started too early. The story is very simple and clear. If anyone wants to take the political advantage out of it, I can't help that. They shouldn't comment before seeing the film."Also, the censor board has given U/A certificate, which means they don't see anything objectionable in the content. Otherwise they would have cut the scenes. So, I would request them to watch the film first," he added.The political thriller stars Vicky Donor producer John Abraham as an army officer who joins Indian intelligence agency RAW and Nargis Fakhri, who plays a journalist in the film. The 40-year-old actor and co-producer has said that he wants the film to bring together "content and commerce" . Madras CafĂŠ releases on August 23. IANS

Salman's Kick kickstarts in Glasgow July 27


ilm producer Sajid Nadiadwala has refuted rumours that his Salman Khan-starrer directorial Kick is delayed because of the star's hit-and-run case hearing. He says the movie is on schedule. "We were always supposed to start on July 27, and we're starting on the 27th," said Nadiadwala, who is turning director with this high-voltage action movie. IANS

Bhatt praises the Khans for patching up


ahesh Bhatt has praised Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan for overcoming their personal differences. Speaking to IANS, Bhatt said: "Both have hugged each other and have sent a message across the nation that there are differences, but it's not like that we cannot overcome them.

Anil Kapoor happy with Sonam's success


nil Kapoor is a happy man after daughter Sonam tasted success recently with both Ranjhaana as well as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and wants her to continue with the hard work. "I am happy with her success, every parent is happy when their kids do well. I am happy that she is happy. " PTI



FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013


Franklin eyes a Phelps-esque eight

Missy Franklin will be looking to emulate Phelps, who won eight gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. RYLAND JAMES Agence France-Presse BARCELONA: Teenage pool star Missy Franklin (right) of the USA will tackle eight events when swimming’s world championships start on Sunday as the sport adjusts to life after Michael Phelps. Having quit after London 2012, after collecting a record 18th Olympic gold medal, Phelps, 28, will only be a spectator during the eight days of swimming’s world championships at Barcelona’s Palau Sant

Jordi stadium. In his absence, the 18-yearold Franklin will be looking to emulate Phelps, who won eight golds at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, as she looks to tackle a punishing programme. Franklin’s schedule includes the 100 and 200m freestyle, all three backstroke events over 50, 100 and 200m and all three relays — eight events in total. Should she win all her events, she will manage something even Phelps failed to pull off: no swimmer — male or female — has ever won eight

golds at a world championships. Having won four golds at the 2012 London Olympic Games and three at the 2011 world championships in Shanghai, Franklin has been working on her 100m and 200m freestyle, where she finished fifth and fourth respectively in London. The University of California student spearheads a youthful US team which will again be looking to top the medal table. Other candidates to shine in Barcelona include Franklin’s compatriot Ryan Lochte, 28, who left London with two golds and

silvers, and has 12 world gold medals in his collection dating back to 2005. South Africa’s Olympic champions, 100m breast-stroke star Cameron van der Burgh and 200m butterfly gold medalist Chad le Clos, will be looking to bring more swim success to the Rainbow Nation. Australia’s James “The Missile” Magnussen will be defending his 100m freestyle


world title with his team seeking redemption after under-achieving in London and an ensuing tumultuous 12 months. Their 2012 campaign was Australian swimming’s first Games without an individual gold medal since Montreal in 1976 and their worst overhaul haul — of one gold medal, six silver and three bronze — since 1992 in Barcelona.


Steady Steele seizes 1-stroke lead

OAKVILLE: Brendan Steele (right) carded eight birdies in a seven-underpar 65 on Thursday to seize the firstround lead in the US PGA Tour’s Canadian Open. The 30-year-old Californian needed just 28 putts on the par-72 Glen Abbey course, and held a one-stroke lead over Australian Scott Gardiner and Americans Scott Brown and Matt Kuchar. “Overall, it was a good day,” said Steele, who made the most of perfect early scoring conditions as he hit nine of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation. “I hit a lot of good shots and was able to hole a lot of putts. I also didn’t miss many greens or hit many shots

off line, and I was able to roll a few putts in,” added Steele, who claimed his only US PGA Tour title to date at San Antonio in 2011. Kuchar’s round included an eagle at the par-five 18th, his ninth hole of the day. After making the turn at fiveunder, Kuchar added back-to-back birdies at the second and third, but he ran into trouble at the par-four sixth. “Six is a hard hole,” Kuchar said. “The rough can be penalising. I hit my drive into the rough. I had a good lie and was able to get it to the green, but I caught a flier and it ran through the green and into the crowd, into a trampled down, matted-down rough, which is difficult to figure out how the ball is going to come out.” AFP

‘Tortured’ Sauers leads after illness horror LONDON: Gene Sauers (in pic) shot to the top of the Senior Open leaderboard at Royal Birkdale on Thursday, just three years after battling a potentially fatal skin condition. Sauers wasn’t sure if he would ever pick up a golf club again back in 2010 when he was faced with the horror illness. Sauers was initially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2009 but it was a series of medications he was prescribed that caused the dangerous StevensJohnson Syndrome, triggering his skin to start burning from inside-out. Yet the American was able to return to action and he marked his maiden Senior Open appearance. AFP


Olympics yet to solve East London’s woes

JACQUES KLOPP Agence France-Presse

LONDON: A year after hosting the Olympics, London is trumpeting the economic benefits of the Games. But residents living near the Olympic Park are still waiting for the promised benefits as rents soar. Usain Bolt is in town and the scent of 2012 is in the air as London’s Olympic Park reopens its doors for an athletics meet and anniversary festivities, 12 months after it hosted the greatest sporting show on earth. Eventually, the site will be handed over to the people with the ambitious aim of creating the “Hyde Park” of the east.

But in the neighbourhoods surrounding the site, it is very far from Chelsea and other upmarket districts as cranes and futuristic buildings vie for attention against the grey backdrop. Stratford, chosen as the main site of the Games, ranks among the poorest areas of Britain. It has problems of crime, rampant unemployment and dire child poverty levels, which run at 40 percent in Tower Hamlets, one of its districts. The organising committee sold its bid on a promise to “fundamentally transform” these districts by committing to them a significant chunk of the £9.3 billion ($14.3 billion, 10.8 billion euros) spent on the Games by the taxpayer.

London mayor Boris Johnson this week declared that it was already “Mission Accomplished”.

Beyond the economic boost to the country, which the government this week claimed was £9.9 billion, and the city’s biggest baby boom since 1966, Johnson also welcomed the “astonishing economic story of regeneration in east London”. According to him, it have taken at least 70 years to materialise without the Games. “Transport, investment, homes, Westfield (shopping centre) — all these are hard facts,” the mayor said. It is beyond dispute that the Olympic Park, built on a polluted brownfield site, has changed the area beyond all recognition. It now has an international train station and Westfield, the largest shopping centre in Europe.



FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013



Bolt triumphed over air Without a biomechanics boost that he produced to win the world record breaking feat, he would have come in at 9.68sec, thus beating the previous mark by 0.01sec.

PARIS: Scientists on Friday said Usain Bolt performed a feat of biomechanics when he ran 100m in a record 9.58sec at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. Crossing the line in a time that is still a world record meant Bolt had to muster “truly extraordinary” power and energy to overcome exceptional drag, they said. Taking into account the altitude of the Berlin track, the temperature at the time of the race and the resistance caused by Bolt’s 1.95m (six feet five inch), 94-kilo (207-pound) frame, the researchers calculated he had a drag coefficient of 1.2, which is less aerodynamic than the average human. Bolt hit peak power after only 0.89 seconds, expending 81.58 kilojoules of energy by the time he finished the race. But 92.21 percent of this energy was used to overcome air resistance, according to a paper appearing in the European Journal of Physics. Only 7.79 percent was used to achieve motion. After 41 strides, he crossed the line at 43.92 kilometres (27.29 miles) per hour. “The enormous amount of work that Bolt developed in 2009, and the amount that was absorbed by drag, is truly

BUDAPEST: F-1 giants Lotus will remember the victims of the Spain train disaster at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the team said on Thursday. Lotus chief Gerard Lopez’s family hail from Galicia where the crash, which killed at least 80 people on Wednesday, occurred.

Lotus will be represented by former world champion Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and France’s Romain Grosjean.

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt wins the men’s 100m final race of the 2009 IAAF Athletics World Championships ahead of US Tyson Gay and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell on August 16, 2009 in Berlin. AFP/ FABRICE COFFRINI

extraordinary,” said scientist Jorge Hernandez from the National Autonomous University of Mexcio. “It is so hard to break records nowadays, even by hundredths of a second, as the runners must act very powerfully against a tremendous force


which increases massively with each bit of additional speed they are able to develop. “This is all because of the ‘physical barrier’ imposed by the conditions on Earth. Of course, if Bolt were to run on a planet with a much less dense atmosphere, he could achieve records of fan-

tastic proportions.” The team compared Bolt’s time in Berlin with his previous world-record time, of 9.69sec, set during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In Berlin, he benefited from a tiny tailwind of 3.23 kph (2 mph), the researchers found. AFP

“As a Galician, I will provide all the help and support possible to those affected by this disaster, which has taken place in an area of the country I know and love so well,” said Lopez. As a mark of respect and display of moral support, Lotus F1 Team will drive with the Galician flag on the rear wing end plates of both Formula 1 cars throughout the weekend of the Hungarian Grand Prix.” Lotus will be represented in the race by former world champion Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and France’s Romain Grosjean. AFP


Troicki handed |8-month ban PARIS: Serbia’s Viktor Troicki, a former world number 12 and a Davis Cup winner in 2010, was banned for 18 months on Thursday for flouting doping rules, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said. The 27-year-old Troicki was found guilty of failing to provide a blood sample during a drugs test at the Monte Carlo Masters in April.

Lotus to honour Spain train crash victims

“Mr Troicki provided a urine sample, but did not provide a blood sample,” said an ITF statement. “He asserted to an independent tribunal that he was assured by the doping control officer (DCO) that it would be acceptable not to provide a sample on account of him feeling unwell that day. However, the tribunal concluded that the DCO told Mr Troicki that she could not advise him as to whether his reason for not providing a blood sample was valid, and that no such assurances were given by her.” His failure to provide a blood sample at Monte Carlo constituted a dope test failure, said the ITF. AFP

Injury may dampen Fedex comeback plan GSTAAD: Roger Federer’s US Open preparations could be in danger after the 17-time Grand Slam winner was beaten in his opening match at the Swiss Open while playing with back pain. The top seed, who was attending the small claycourt event for the first time since winning it nine years ago, was also dealing with the added stress of testing a new larger racquet, coping with his physical limitations and facing a big hitter in Daniel Brands. The German produced a 6-3, 6-4 win to make the quarterfinals, coming good after taking the Swiss star to three sets in Hamburg last week. Federer, 31, who has been troubled occasionally in a rela-

tively injury-free career by back spasms, said that he has been dealing with them for a few weeks now. He hinted that he will be taking a late decision on whether or not to play the Montreal Masters, a key US Open

warm-up event, which begins a week from Monday on August 5. “I’ve had serious problems with the back, I had to get some anti-inflammatories last week in Hamburg due to the pain,” he said after Thursday’s loss, his third of the summer against an opponent ranked outside top 50. Federer is currently ranked fifth in the world, his lowest level in a decade after going out in the Wimbledon second round to Sergiy Stakhovsky and then losing last week in the Hamburg semi-finals to Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis. Federer had been hoping to both build confidence as well as test out a new larger racquet. Instead, he must now work on his back and hope for the best. AFP


FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013



Bell enjoys putting Australia to sword Ian Bell, who has always found Old Trafford to be a happy hunting ground, can’t wait to get going.

England’s Ian Bell reverse sweeps a ball in their second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s earlier this week. AFP/ IAN KINGTON

LONDON: England batsman Ian Bell admits he is relishing the chance to avenge his Ashes misery against Australia. Bell averaged just 32 in 18 Ashes Tests before the current series and became something of a whipping boy for the Australians, with Shane Warne taking several opportunities to taunt him for his perceived lack of grit. But the Warwickshire star has finally matured into England’s middle-order lynchpin and Australia have been unable to extend their domi-

nance against him. Bell has scored a century in the last three Ashes Tests, including vital innings in the victories at Trent Bridge and Lord’s. “From my first couple of Ashes series I knew I had to improve on that,” Bell said. “The Australian team I started against was pretty good, so it is nice to be putting my hand up now as a senior player when we’ve needed it. “I feel pretty confident right now and it is good to be putting it together in an Ashes series

which is what I’ve wanted to do. “I don’t really feel too bad about the previous series but it is nice to be able to do things when the team need it most and scoring hundreds is what you want to do. “To have three now against Australia is exactly where I want to be.” With England already 2-0 up in the series, they can retain the Ashes with a win or a draw in the third Test at Old Trafford next week. And Bell, who has always found Old Trafford to be a happy hunting ground, can’t wait to punish the Australian bowlers again. He has scored two hundreds and a 97 in five Manchester Tests, at an average of 87. But if there is anything Bell takes from the epic drawn Test against Australia in 2005 -- the last Ashes match played at Old Trafford -- it is that the tourists will be determined not to surrender without a fight. “I know that the Test matches I’ve been involved in there, we’ve got a good record so it is a good place for England to go to now,” Bell said. “The 2005 Test was a game we were looking at targeting another win, but Australia battled right to the end. AFP

Gloves are off for Wade’s Ashes bid Matthew Wade will try to find a place in his team as a batsman. LONDON: Matthew Wade has no problems about giving up his wicketkeeping role if he can earn a place in Australia’s Ashes side as a specialist batsman. The 25-year-old is on tour as the reserve gloveman behind vice-captain and firstchoice wicketkeeper Brad Haddin but such have been Australia’s run-scoring problems in falling 2-0 behind in the five-match series that Wade could play in next week’s third Test at Old Trafford as a batsman only. Wade will try to press his claim in the three-day tour match against Sussex at Hove starting on Friday. “It’s a huge opportunity for everyone who’s not had a game,” Wade told Sky Sports News on Thursday.

Wade will try to press his claim in the three-day tour match against Sussex at Hove starting on Friday. “The Ashes tour has not started like we wanted, but to get an opportunity to play, which I’ve not had for a couple of months, is great. I am here as a back-up wicketkeeper but I want to get amongst the runs and push for a spot as a batsman. I’d take a spot where I can get one, wicketkeeper or batsman. “If I get a tap on the shoulder to play a game, especially an Ashes game, I’ll take it.” AFP

Warner comes out in support of Watson PRETORIA: Australia batsman David Warner has quashed claims of disharmony between him and Shane Watson, saying that he “can’t get enough” of him. “I get along with Shane very well. I thoroughly enjoy batting with him, I know what he does for the team and I know what a team player he is,” Warner was quoted saying in the Sydney Morning Herald. Warner, who scored 193 runs for Australia A against South Africa A here on Wednesday, has come out in support of Watson after his brother Steven Warner had hit out at the all-rounder on Twitter. “Not just on the field but in and around the group how he

supports the guys. He’s fantastic. I just can’t get enough of him,” added Warner. Steven blasted Watson July

Warner has come out in support of Watson after his brother Steven Warner had hit out at the all-rounder on Twitter. 19 for wasting a review at Lord’s by tweeting: “F---ing selfish Watson sooner your out the side you great pretender the better.” “I had absolutely no idea. I

got a call from Pat Howard, high performance chief, about it and I was dumbfounded because I hadn’t checked Twitter in ages. He’s had his opinion. I’ve had nothing to do with it, no idea about it at first. He’s deleted his account,” Warner said. Warner defended his brother saying he was only having his say but was disappointed at his remark about Watson. “It was very disappointing. I’ve actually had a good word to him and he was shattered. He obviously didn’t know that his opinion would be judged like that and he now knows that. He got a good kick up the bum by Mum and Dad as well,” he said. IANS

FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013



A debate over the true age of Colombia star Radamel Falcao was ended on Thursday as local press printed a copy of the striker’s birth certificate. The row was created by the new Monaco signing’s former school claiming on a local television station that Falcao was born in 1984 and not 1986.


German giants clash in Wembley re-match Both sides have played down the bad blood which flowed between them earlier this year after Goetze activated a clause in his contract to join Bayern. BERLIN: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund clash on Saturday for the German Super Cup in a rematch of their Champions League final, with Dortmund denying they want revenge. Bayern’s 2-1 win over Dortmund at London’s Wembley in May meant Munich became the first German team to win the

Dortmund and Bayern have won the last four Bundesliga titles and there is much interest in the match, which will be broadcast in 195 countries. treble of European, league and cup titles, but Borussia are viewing the Super Cup showdown as a yardstick, rather than Wembley payback. “This is not revenge for Wembley,” said Borussia’s Germany defender Mats Hummels (right) ahead of the game in Dortmund

Borusia may have finished second, and fully 25 points, behind Bayern in last season’s Bundesliga, but Hummels added: “For us, it is a good test to know where we stand, but we won’t base our motivation on the fact that we lost in London.” With the new Bundesliga starting on August 9, bragging rights are up for grabs in this pre-season showdown, but much has already changed for both teams since Arjen Robben’s late winner at Wembley. Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes has been replaced by ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, Spain under-21 captain Thiago Alcantara has been recruited from the Camp Nou and Germany midfield star Mario Goetze has joined from Dortmund. Dortmund have also rung the changes by signing attacking midfielders Pierre-Emerick Aubameyeng, from St Etienne, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, from Shakhtar Donetsk. Illness or injury means neither are due to start at


Cisse resolves Newcastle shirt row LONDON: Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has reportedly agreed to wear the Premier League club’s Wonga logo on his shirt despite previously objecting due to his religious views. Cisse pulled out of Newcastle’s pre-season tour to Portugal after telling the club he was not prepared to promote the money-lending company, who have replaced Virgin Money -- also a money-lending company -- as the Magpies’ sponsor for the forthcoming season, because it conflicted with his Muslim beliefs.

Dortmund’s sold-out Westfalenstadion, with a crowd of 80,645 expected. Mkhitaryan is out for the next few weeks having torn ankle ligaments in a pre-season match, while Aubameyeng, along with Poland winger Jakub Blaszczykowski, is expected to be on the bench as he recovers from a stomach disorder. Between them, Dortmund and Bayern have won the last four Bundesliga titles and there

is much global interest in the match, which will be broadcast in 195 countries. While Dortmund will start without their newly-signed trio, Bayern’s star-studded squad will be at virtually full strength. The European champions have won all nine of their preseason friendlies at a canter, seeing off Catalan giants Barcelona 2-0 in Munich in Wednesday’s friendly. AFP


Jamaican soccer bosses quit after disgrace KINGSTON: Jamaican Football Federation technical director Alfredo Montesso and national under-20 coach Luciano Gama resigned Thursday in the wake of a “Reggae Boyz” doping scandal. The Brazilian duo, in a posting on the federation website, announced their departure which takes effect next Wednesday. The move came only one day after Jamaican federation officials announced that a football player had tested positive during a June 11 World Cup qualifying match against Honduras. It was the latest doping disgrace for a Caribbean island


nation already reeling from the revelations of doping in test results by five athletics stars, including Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson. FIFA is handling the testing and disciplinary process, although the JFF medical committee is investigating the doping positive by the player, who was not identified. Horace Burrell, president of the JFF, told the Gleaner newspaper of Jamaica that the player did not play in the match against Honduras after which he tested positive. “I think there are extenuating circumstances, because the player in question did not even play in the game,” Burrell told the newspaper. AFP

Cisse’s return would be a major boost to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who has been unable to sign any new striker. However, after several weeks of negotiations, the Senegal international has been persuaded to return to the fold, according to reports on Thursday. Newcastle are yet to confirm the development, but sources close to the 28-yearold are said to expect him to resume training with his team-mates on Friday. Cisse’s return would be a major boost to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who has been unable to sign any new strikers despite making that his top priority at the end of last season. Cisse arrived at St James’ Park in a £9 million ($13.8 million, 10.4 million euros) switch from German side Freiburg in January last year and was an instant hit as he scored 13 goals in his first 14 appearances. He struggled to recapture that form last term but still remains a key figure for the Tyneside outfit. AFP

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