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City police have geared up for the Sakala Jana Bheri meet by the TJAC at Nizam College Grounds today. Around one lakh people from all Telangana districts are expected to take part. This is the first time since the Telangana agitation started that the police have given permission to pro-Telangana activists to hold a meeting, however, to make sure there are no law-and-order issues, tight security bandobast has been arranged by the police department.

The simplicities of life Blocking out negative energy is an art, and if you have mastered that virtue, you possess the ability to look at life in various dimensions, believes 27-year-old Harish Vasavan.

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A gala affair Park Hyatt, celebrating their second Masters of Food and Wine event, invited celebrity chefs to give their patrons a special treat. Here’s our correspondent’s take on the spread prepared by Gianluca Tomasi, master chef from Italy.

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They want to live with dignity... ...and that is what they don’t get. Those in Shalivahana Nagar who built legitimate homes are carping at the hutments that have mushroomed in the locality. Ward members says they are awaiting response from the collectorate but things are not moving despite many schemes to improve the lot of urban poor.

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5 feared dead in Mumbai chopper crash A Bell 212 helicopter belonging to United Helicharters, with five onboard, has crashed in the Tokwane area, near Thane. The chopper, which took off from Vile Parle, was on its way to Aurangabad when it went missing, 15 minutes after take-off.

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Gigapan Photography The Great Hyderabad Adventure Club and TCPC present you with a workshop on introduction to gigapan photography by Ravinder Reddy. For further details, check the events calendar on the GHAC website. tÜÉêÉW The Great Hyderabad Adventure Club tÜÉåW Sept 29, 11am to 4:30pm

Navratra Menu On this holy occasion, the chefs from Firdaus bring you the special food to enjoy the starting of the festive season. Brighten up your festive mood with the various delicacies and feel the tradition come alive at its truest sense. Where: Firdaus - Taj Krishna, Road No.1, Banjara-Hills When: Oct 5, 07:30pm 10:00pm Contact: (040) 2339 2323

Winners of GRT Jewellers, display the demonstration of jodi-bengal mela contest. Hyderabad Airport tÜÉåW September 29 9am - 9pm

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Toughest Trek in Monsoon Are you ready for some serious trekking! Here you go Harishchandraghat via Nalchivat. It is one of the toughest trek in monsoon. Go along with the members of the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club. Where: Great Hyderabad Adventure Club, Banajra Hills When: Sept 27- Oct 1 Contact: (040) 23350008, 09603473470.

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Samahaara Weekend Theatre Workshop Lamakaan presents you the Samahaara weekend theatre workshop by eminent theatre personality Mr. Rathna Shekar Reddy. This workshop is for people who always

Salarjung Museum has just opened a Walking Sticks Gallery. No other museum in the world boasts of a gallery exclusively dedicated to Walking sticks. tÜÉêÉW Salar Jung Museum, Afzal Gunj tÜÉåW Sept 29, 10am to 5pm

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Botsa backs Rahul Gandhi

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he PCC President, Botsa Satyanarayana has endorsed Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on ordinance to overrule SC order, saying that he was reflecting the popular feelings. In a meeting at Gandhi Bhavan on Saturday, Botsa said that all the tainted people’s representative have been kept away from public life by the orders of the SC which are justified.

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Women robbers loot gold, cash Women are joining robber gangs in the City to abet crimes against other women

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gang of four as yet unidentified persons including two women have looted jewellery and cash from two sisters at knife-point while they were returning home in Aziz Nagar on Friday. According to complaint the two sisters – Vijayalakshmi and Parmeshwari – have lodged with the Moinabad police, they were

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ommenting on Rahul Gandhi’s reaction to the ordinance, the TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday tweeted "The Prime Minister (is being) insulted repeatedly to elevate Rahul Gandhi. 'Nonsense' is his (Rahul's) new moniker for the government. Sad.”'Nonsense' is his (Rahul's) new moniker for the government. Sad.”

returning home in Aziz Nagar after a medical check up. They were waiting at the bus stand when a seven-seater auto came in which sat four people, including two women. As women were present, the sisters got in. As the driver took unfamiliar route after some time, the sisters thought something amiss. When they questioned, the driver took the vehicle off the road and they all pounced on the two sisters, asking them to hand over all the jewellery and

cash. The two had 12 tola of gold jewellery between them, two wrist watches, handbags and `5000 in cash As the two tried to raise an alarm and refused to give up their valuables, the women accomplices caught hold of them, beat them up and removed all jewellery, showering abuses on them all the while. As the two women worked on the victims, the men stood guard, pointing knives at the sisters. Having lost all and beaten and humiliated, the two sisters came to the main road and with the help of local people they managed to reach the police station where the complaint was lodged. The auto number is likely to be fake, police believe. However, a probe is being made to find out the culprits. So far no arrests have been made.

ore MPs from Seemandhra likely to follow the five MPs who resigned from Lok Sabha yesterday. According to Lagadapati Rajagopal, the MPs will have to respect the sentiments of the people. They said that they will ensure the State is not divided without a proper referendum and examinations of crucial issues of resources.

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‘GREEN KIDS’ Children in the City put their heads together to save the planet

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HYDERABAD: Vanitha Datla, Chairperson, Indian Women Network (IWN), Andhra Pradesh Chapter, CII, on Friday presented awards to six students, belonging to 9th and 10th class of Oakridge International School, The Future Kids School, Delhi Public School, Meridian School and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for their thoughtprovoking and insightful essays on the topic- ”My idea of a Greener Hyderabad by 2020” at CIIGodrej GBC. The objective of this initia-

tive is to instill a sense of commitment to the planet and encourage students to go the Greener way. It competition was organised as part of World Green Building Week 2013 celebrations. Ms Datla, while appreciating all the students for their excellent work also underlined the need to focus on 3 R’s- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. World Green Building Week is celebrated annually all over the world to highlight the importance of creating healthier, sustainable buildings and communities.

Silk booty up for grabs City dwellers can go ahead and usher in the festive season with a wide choice of colours and patterns in pure silk at the Silk Expo on at Shilpakala Vedika. Syed Shoaib shoaib.s@postnoon.com

HYDERABAD: With the promise of 100 per cent pure silk in all items displayed at the Shilpakala Vedika, Silk Mark Vanya, the Silk Expo 2013 got underway here on Saturday. Silk Mark, an initiative of the Central Silk Board, validates the purity of silk, which is marked on the finished products making it easy for customers to know they are getting genuine stuff. Speaking on the occasion, Commissioner of Sericulture

Ram Lakshmi informed that with Dussera and Diwali around the corner, the organisers can expect brisk sales, “Not just that, silk is no longer an occasional wear. With an increase in working women, silk is being worn on a regular basis. Silk also is a good winter fabric.” Dispelling fears that local silk is losing out to the Chinese products, she said, on the contrary, India was benefitting from the silk import. “Around 50 per cent of raw silk that the country processes into finished garments, is

imported from China substantially increasing our exports of finished products,” she said. India produces around 23,000 MT of silk a year, and its forex earnings from silk exports during 2012–13 has been `24,000 crore. Bipul Saha, manning Bengal Handloom Sarees of West Bengal, one of 70 stalls at the expo, which is on till October 4, is hopeful of doing good business. “We have been here in all five previous chapters of this exhibition over the last five years, and hope to do well this year too,” he said confidently.


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It’s our home ground, why so many police?

...question Telangana leaders who have arranged a public meeting at Nizam grounds today. ‘Both the CM and DGP act as agents of Seemandhra’, allege T leaders

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We suspect that the reason for such high security is only to harass participants in the name of security checks. If any such incident takes place to disturb our meet, we will not keep quiet. M Kodandaram, TJAC chairman held over a sensitive issue, we do not want to leave any stone unturned. The police department is only going about with its duty and nothing else,” said a senior police official.

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ity police have geared up for the Sakala Jana Bheri meet by the TJAC at Nizam College Grounds today. Around one lakh people from all Telangana districts are expected to take part in the meet. Ever since the Telangana agitation started in the State, this is the first time that the police have given permission to the pro-Telangana activists to hold a meeting. However, to make sure there are no law and order issues, the tight security bandobast has been arranged by the police department. The security arrangements have not gone down well with the Telangana leaders and activists. Criticising Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and DGP Dinesh Reddy,

Telangana MLA, KT Rama Rao told Postnoon, “Both the CM and the DGP have always been partial to the Andhra people and against Telangana people. When the APNGO meet was held, the police made tight security arrangements stating that there could be clash between the Telangana and Andhra activists. Now the meeting is being held in Telangana region itself and with the police permission. What is the need for such kind of security now?,” he questioned. Stating that it was a possibility of the police harassing participants on the pretexts of security checks TJAC Chairman M Kodandaram said, “There is no

EVER SINCE THE TELANGANA AGITATION STARTED, THIS IS FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT THE POLICE HAVE GIVEN PERMISSION TO THE PROTELANGANA ACTIVISTS TO HOLD A MEETING. need for police security today. This is a public meeting which will be held peacefully. During the APNGO Save AP rally the police escorted the participants to the venue, but we do not need any sort of escort. We suspect

that the reason for such high security is only to harass participants in the name of security checks. If any such incident takes place to disturb our meet, we will not keep quiet,” he said. Though the City police both in Hyderabad and in Cyberabad are short-staffed, the police chiefs have ensured that heavy police at the venue apart, police check points are arranged in various parts of the City including the Shamshabad Airport. Paramilitary forces and CRPF platoons have been called in. “It is our duty to ensure that there is no law and order problem especially during such events. Since this is a meeting

Elaborate arrangements have been made at the venue. Two separate galleries for women and elderly have been arranged. There will be six big screens outside the venue for those who cannot be accommodated inside. Vehicles coming from Adilabad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad and Medak districts will have to be parked at NTR Stadium, and people shall gather at the Ambedkar statue. Similarly the vehicles coming from Warangal, Khammam, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar and Rangareddy districts will have to park at the Exhibition Grounds, and the people shall settle at the BJR statue at LB Stadium. Parking for two-wheelers will be at Public Gardens, AV College, Mahabubia Jr College and Aliya Junior College.

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aking an aggressive stance against the Seemandhra move to stall the bifurcation, the TRS Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao has demanded removal of the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and imposing President’s Rule to facilitate creation of Telangana. Rao has spit fire on Kiran for apparently going against Congress high-command’s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana. Speaking at a party programme on the occasion of two local leaders joining the party, KCR said the chief minister

was not behaving like the head of government but head of a group. KCR wanted a thorough check on the government decisions as he believes Kiran is on a signing spree on projects to favour Seemandhra investors. He asserted that all such decisions of the Chief Minister will be reviewed after Telangana is formed. He cautioned that all his misdeeds and embezzlement of funds will be exposed. KCR has also demanded speeding up the process of Telangana after removing Kiran government. He gave a different interpretation to Kiran’s remarks on the irrigation projects built

across the borders of the three regions of the state. KCR said:”By agreeing that irrigation projects had been built across borders of

Telangana, Kiran Reddy has unwittingly agreed to our contention that Telangana has got a raw deal in water and power.” Other TRS leaders, taking a cue on KCR stance, have begun to air their disagreement with the Kiran government and wanted the Centre to step in and act before the situation went out of control. The leaders believe that the Seemandhra leaders have conspired with Kiran to come out with a strong opposition to the bifurcation and corner Hyderabad. The whole efforts, they alleged, were to take away Hyderabad. “But we are not going to give up the capital which falls

in its territory,” said a senior leader of TRS. In a similar vein, the TJAC leader K Kodandaram wanted the Central government to honour its promise and speed up the process as prevarication only damaged the state and its people. There need not be acrimony over Telangana as it has been an issue for decades and all had agreed that an amicable solution to Telangana was long overdue. The CM camp however dismissed the charges and said the chief minister was only asking for a strong united state and he had every right to reflect the aspirations of the majority populace.


ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE YOUR WEEKLY HYPERLOCAL GUIDE TO THE CITY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

They want to live with dignity And that is what they don’t get. Those in Shalivahana Nagar who built legitimate homes are carping at the hutments that have mushroomed in the locality. Ward member says he is awaiting response from the collectorate but things are not moving despite many schemes to improve the lot of urban poor. S SRINIVAS SETTY

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he first promise that any government makes before coming into power is to make sure the poor get facilities like food and shelter. The Congress government too came up with the Rajiv Swagruha and Indiramma Housing Units. Though the government claims that lakhs of people benefited from such pro-poor schemes, a look at the slum in Shalivahana Nagar will nail the lie. Because of the kind of commercial establishments, Shalivahana Nagar in Dilsukhnagar could have been one of the best developed areas in the City, but the authorities’ lack of concern towards the residents in this area has been making life a living hell for them. Fifteen years ago the colony was quite peaceful with only a hundred families who used to live there. It also had a lot of open land, in which many people invested. However, the scene has changed since migrants from districts started coming. Most of them are daily wage workers and have built temporary huts on one side of the colony. At present there are around 200-300 hut-dwellers in the colony. Another part of the colony is well developed and has many apartments and independent bungalows. The problem here is that the residents of this side of the colony complaining about the illegal occupancy by the hutdwellers on the government land.

The Dilsukhnagar story

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ilsukhnagar is one of the largest commercial and residential areas in twin City. Being one of the busiest commercial hubs in the City, it attracts a lot of floating population. The Shalivahana Nagar colony in Dilsukhnagar is a completely residential area. There are many reputed educational institutions around this area. The well maintained Shalivahana Nagar public park, is a landmark spot in that area.

A Shalivahana Nagar resident transports water from a tanker for his home. According to the residents, people living in the huts have been creating nuisance, and despite several complaints to the authorities concerned to evacuate the encroached area, no action has been taken. “The people in the huts, come out and take a bath in the open, they urinate just beside the compound wall of our houses. No sort of hygiene is maintained in their premises, because of which insects and rodent population have exploded and are entering our houses. “We cannot blame them fully either as they have to live in such a condition, in the absence of adequate facilities. If the government provides them with proper house, they can live in a dignified way. Though we have given several representations to the government, so far no action has been taken,” says Satish Kumar, a resident of the colony. Some residents also complain of how the people in the huts create nuisance at night. “Most of the time, they drink and fight with each other. There is a park in the area, where peo-

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he elected ward member for Moosarambagh constituency, Mohammed Aslam Pasha is also a resident of Salivahana Nagar. When Postnoon contacted him, he said that he had given representations to the government in this concern. “I have already given a letter to the Collector, RDO and the MRO. The survey for the land is yet to be conducted. There was a proposal of constructing 300 houses in this land, once the survey is conducted and after the report comes only then there will be clarity,” he said.

ple like to take walks in, but because of this nuisance we cannot use the park for our evening walks,” says another resident.

The people living in the huts, however, have another story to say. Though they have been receiving notices from the GHMC to evacuate the area, the reason they fail to abide by the orders is because the government has not provided them any alternate place to go to, they say. “We are aware of the Rajiv Gruhakalpa and the Indiramma housing schemes. So far the government has not sanctioned those schemes for us, even though we have sent many representations through our leaders. “We too have been facing severe difficulties living in these huts. Since its a low lying area, whenever it rains the water from the overflowing drains enters our houses. “We have been living here for 20 years now, if the government wants us to vacate this area, we will have to go and construct temporary houses in some other area. There should be a permanent solution for this,” says P Nageshbabu.

The government should provide alternate arrangements for them because of the huts the colony seems underdeveloped. There are lot of issues that residents face like vacant lands not getting buyers because of the ‘undeveloped tag’. Sucharita Kumar Resident of the colony

The government can easily construct houses in this same land and give shelter to at least 300 families. Mohammed Aslam Pasha Corporator


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Male summons Indian envoy

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he Maldives foreign ministry summoned the Indian High Commissioner Rajeev Shahare to lodge protest over his meeting with the country's Elections Commission. According to a report in the Sun.mv, an official from the Maldives foreign office met him at 7pm on Friday. Earlier on Friday, Shahare had met the Maldives Elections Commissioner.

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Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif are set to meet later today amid relentless warnings from India to its neighbour to shun terrorism if it really wants to make peace. After winning support on the issue from President Barack Obama at their Friday summit on "eliminating terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, and disrupting terrorist networks" Manmohan Singh on Saturday made the same call before the UN General Assembly using strong language, he reasserted what he had told Obama about Pakistan being the "epicentre of terrorism" and how little progress could be expected in peace talks without a shut down of Pakistan's "terrorist machinery". Noting that Sharif speaking at the same forum had spoken of "making a new beginning", Manmohan said he reciprocated the Pakistani leader's sentiments, and looked forward to meeting him Sunday. "However, for progress to be made, it is imperative that the territory of Pakistan and the areas under its

control are not utilised for aiding and abetting terrorism directed against India," Manmohansaid. "It is equally important that the terrorist machinery that draws its sustenance from Pakistan be shut down." Meanwhile, Sharif who will drive down to the Indian leader's hotel for their much awaited first meeting made some conciliatory remarks to an Indian TV channel about how dialogue process between the two neighbours should not be derailed because of the "extremely unfortunate" Thursday's terror strike in Jammu. The increased tensions along the line of control were a matter of concern for Pakistan too, he told NDTV and he would propose a joint mechanism to monitor the situation there. Islamabad was even "open to an independent investigation, even one by the UN." Saying that two countries need to pick up the threads that were broken in 1999 when he was overthrown in a coup by Gen Pervez Musharraf, Sharif said, he would invite Manmohan to pay a "long overdue" visit to Pakistan and see IANS his native village.

Delhi gears up for Modi rally NEW DELHI: As Narendra Modi is all set to address his first rally here after he was declared BJP's prime ministerial candidate, the capital appeared all geared up Sunday. The organisers say they expect at least 5 lakh people to reach the venue- a park in north Delhi's Rohini. Special arrangements have been made by Delhi Metro for crowd management on the metro line connecting the venue, Japanese park in Rohini. According to the state cadre of

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woman Maoist cadre allegedly involved in several offences was arrested in Odisha's Koraput district, police said today.The 27year-old woman ultra, identified as Jurka Praska, was nabbed from a forest in Narayanpatna area yesterday, Koraput Superintendent of Police Awinash Kumar said. She was arrested after the security forces got a tip-off about her movements.

PMs set to talk peace in shadow of terrorism

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RAF jawan molests minor

Woman Maoist cadre arrested

BJP, extra feeder buses and nearly 300 e-rickshaws have been arranged to ferry people from metro station to the rally ground. Over 4,000 buses have also been arranged to carry supporters to the venue, while LED screens at nearly 20 locations across the city will telecast the rally for those who are not able to reach directly. A special helipad has been created at the rally venue for Modi's arrival. IANS

Rapid Action Force constable allegedly molested a school girl in Darjeeling, triggering angry protests by locals and students who fought a pitched battle with police. The police fired three warning shots in the air and lathicharged the protesters to disperse the mob which threw stones at the securitymen and attacked the police outpost.

Mumbai building owner arrested, toll mounts to 61 MUMBAI: The toll in Friday's four-storey building crash here mounted to 61, with eight more bodies recovered from the debris Sunday morning, authorities said. After nearly 48 hours of efforts, the combined rescue operations were called off early Sunday as the possibility of finding more bodies was ruled out, as the weather continued to play truant. Yogesh Pawar, 31, a journalist with Sakal newspaper, and his father Anant Pawar, a civic employee, were among the victims in the state's second worst building collapse tragedy this year. Situated near the Dockyard Road in south Mumbai, the 33-year-old building served as civic employees' staff quarters. Mumbai police arrested the proprietor of a marquee decoration firm, who had allegedly carried out illegal modifications on the ground floor of the building.

Suspected renovation and alterations carried out in his office-cum-warehouse may have led to further weakening of the dilapidated structure and hastening its collapse. On a complaint by a civic official, Sewree police nabbed Ashokkumar J. Mehta of Mamamiya Decorators under various charges pertaining to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, according to Additional Police Commissioner (South) Krishna Prakash. He has been sent to three days police custody and the police are on the lookout for some of his associates. The 28-flat building, of which seven were unoccupied, and a ground floor warehouse, leased to the marquee decorating firm, was declared "extremely dilapidated" a few years ago. IANS


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WORLD SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

UK recruits cyber warriors

Syria clean-up begins

LONDON: Britain is to set up a dedi-

UNITED NATIONS: International

cated military unit to counter cyber attacks, the defence secretary announced as he issued a call for techsavvy new recruits. The Ministry of Defence is looking to recruit computer experts to help defend Britain’s national security. The “cyber reservists” would work alongside regular forces in the new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit.

Judge allows gay marriage NEW YORK CITY: A judge has

chemical weapon troubleshooters will enter Syria on Tuesday to start one of the biggest disarmament operations ever staged. With more than 1,000 tonnes of sarin, mustard gas and other banned chemicals stocked across the country, the UN and the global chemical weapons watchdog have launched an urgent appeal for scarce experts.

ordered New Jersey to allow gay marriage, saying a ban goes against a historic Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that such marriages should be authorised as of October 21, writing that “same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law”.

Iranian president Rouhani met with shoes on return Mohammad DAVARI

TEHRAN: A shoe was thrown at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s motorcade as he arrived home to a mixed reception after his historic call with US President Barack Obama. Iranian newspapers hailed the first contact with a US president in more than three decades as the ending of a long taboo. The Etemad newspaper carried a front-page photomontage of Rouhani and Obama side by side, with a banner headline reading: “Historic contact on way home.” But Rouhani’s 15-minute conversation with the leader of a country long derided as the “Great Satan” was too much for some hardliners. Nearly 60 gathered outside Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport on Saturday, chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” as his motorcade passed. They were outnumbered by 200 to 300 supporters of the president chanting “Thank you Rouhani”, who were separated from the protesters by police. The shoe was thrown as Rouhani stood up through the sunroof of his car to acknowledge the crowd. It failed to hit its target. There have been no diplomatic relations between Tehran and Washington since radical students took hostages at the US embassy in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution. Dubbed the “nest of spies” by

the regime, the old embassy site is the scene of annual commemorations which have been the focal point for hardline anti-US sentiment. Rouhani told reporters at the airport the call had been Obama’s initiative. “I was informed President Obama wanted to speak to me for a few minutes,” his office quoted him as saying. Iranian media later reported that Rouhani had brought home

a 2,700-year-old Persian artefact — a silver chalice in the shape of a winged Griffin — given to him as a “special gift” to the Iranian people. The artefact depicting the mythical eagle-headed lion, worth an estimated one million dollars, was seized by US customs officials from a smuggler in 2003. Iranian newspapers crowed that Rouhani had caught the world’s media off guard by tak-

ing Obama’s call after coverage of his keenly awaited visit to the United Nations in New York had focused on the lack of a face-toface meeting. “The world caught unawares,” declared reformist daily Arman. “International media in shock over the telephone call.” The call was approved by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s ultimate authority, according to top law-

maker Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, spokesman for the influential foreign policy commission. ‘Both sides must be careful’ The pro-reform Etemad paper carried an opinion piece by international relations professor Mohammad Ali Bassiri warning of the challenges of full rapprochement, not least the opposition of Iranian arch-foe Israel. “Many countries, notably the Zionist regime, believe their interests will be jeopardised by a normalisation of relations between Iran and the United States and will seek to stop it,” he wrote. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has described Rouhani as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, is to meet Obama on Monday. Before he left for New York early Sunday he said he would “tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and charm offensive of Iran”. Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, widely seen as Rouhani’s mentor, said the Iranian president had pulled off a diplomatic coup by speaking to — but not meeting — Obama. The commander of the covert operations unit of the elite Revolutionary Guards, the Qods force, said the attention lavished on Rouhani in New York was a vindication of Iran’s tough defence policy. “The respect shown by the world to President Rouhani is the fruit of the nation’s resistance,” General Ghassem Soleimani was quoted as saying.

Italy in crisis as ministers resign

US SC to revisit Greek police arrest five MPs in crackdown abortion ruling

ROME: Centre-right ministers Saturday resigned from Italy’s fragile coalition government, unleashing a fresh political crisis after what Prime Minister Enrico Letta called a “crazy act” of encouragement by their leader Silvio Berlusconi. All five ministers of the People of Freedom (PDL) party took the decision at Berlusconi’s urging, said Angelino Alfano, Italy’s deputy premier and PDL party secretary. The flamboyant former prime minister had dismissed as “unacceptable” a demand by Letta on Friday for parliament to express support for the government next week, in a bid to end a crisis that has driven the bickering ruling coalition to the brink of collapse.

ATHENS: The head of Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party was facing a charge of leading a criminal organisation Sunday after he was arrested by anti-terror police along with four fellow MPS. Party founder Nikos Michaloliakos and the four Golden Dawn lawmakers were held overnight after they were arrested in dawn raids Saturday amid high tensions in Greece following the murder of a leftist musician, who was allegedly stabbed to death by a party activist. They were placed under judicial investigation along with 10 other party members facing likely charges of belonging to a criminal organisation, a court source said. Michaloliakos faces an additional charge of leading a criminal organisation.

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court and its conservative majority are back in session Monday and will likely weigh in again on the hot-button issue of legalizing abortion. In its last term, the high court presided by George W. Bush appointee Chief Justice John Roberts put its mark on sensitive social matters, such as the right to recite Christian prayers at town meetings or raising the bar for affirmative action in university admissions. Just before its summer recess in late June, the highest court in the land agreed to review two cases on the politically fraught issue of abortion. The move came as an increasing number of US states pass laws limiting abortion.


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COMMENT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

The malleability of malls

EDITORIALS GREEN TRIBUNAL calls for sustenance Development is good. But progress that is detrimental to the long-term survival of life itself is unacceptable. Maintaining an ecological balance is a must. The key to correct development is to ensure that the damage in the process is minimised. This is not all that difficult if we have our priorities right. Cities have a fatal attraction about them, because of which usage of concrete and bricks are growing increasing the need for sand and mud is growing. It goes without saying that unbridled harvesting of natural resources takes a severe toll on the ecosystem — sometimes causing irreversible damage. The National Green Tribunal has issued notices to Uttar Pradesh seeking its response on the plea for directions to the state government to stop extraction of earth for making bricks and laying roads, which is allegedly going on in violation of a Supreme Court decision. The ban on brick earth mining comes one-and-a-half months after the NGT banned sand mining from river beds, without environment clearance. Digging of earth for making bricks and laying roads requires environment clearance from a competent authority. It is now to be seen how much meaning such directives have, for the chances that the sand and land mafia are bound to get around this roadblock and have their way through. Multi-crores have been gobbled up by illegally mining richer minerals, sand and mud are of lesser importance, right?

TWO STANDARDS of Mamata While it is surprising that the city of high-thinking simple-living people Kolkata is joining Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore with a high-end retail mall coming up there, it is shocking that CM Mamata Banerjee will be inaugurating it. Hasn’t the All India Trinamool Congress supremo been dead against foreign direct investment in retail? Or is she unaware that FDIs constitute more than half of stalls in malls? The queen of controversies of Indian politics is convinced that the promoter of the mall being Indian is enough. Myopic sight indeed!

From the hip SYED SHOAIB

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amaal hai yaar! As of May 2013, India has 570 operational malls with a total area of 180 million sqft compared to 225 malls that were there five years ago. The seven metros added 190 malls even as more than 60 malls opened across India in the last one year alone, data from Asipac Consulting points. You get mauled with all these figures just like the shopping experiences in a mall. To the window shopper or the heavy buyer it does not matter if only 40 per cent of the malls in the country are doing well. The protection from seasonal variations, the safety from chaotic traffic and the awe to see larger-than-life products on display is a joy that escalates with every floor they elevate. Sociologists argue that expensive stores in malls make the poor aspire without resource to back cascading in crime but those in the realty argue in reply that if something can make you dream bigger, you work harder.

Eminent literary figure Dr UR Ananthamurthy feels that malls are affecting the individually run small stores. On the ample employment opportunities doled out to the local people, the Janapith awardee says, "We should think of what would have happened to these people if there were no such employment opportunities. They would have been entrepreneurs themselves. Now by giving them this way out, we are killing their confidence and entrepreneurial spirit. Apart from that, if you go to the mall it is very impersonal. On the other hand, I have a relationship with the guy in the local stores. When I go there, he says `10 for a certain vegetable and I ask him to make it a rupee less and we argue about it and finally do a transaction. I need that social interaction. This kind of social interaction is being lost with the arrival of the mall culture." Anyway, a mall like your Keralite mall, offers no thinking space intelligent dialogues on consumerism. According to the history of shopping centres provided by Consumer Reports, shopping centres had their birth in the 1920s in California where supermarkets would anchor and serve as a magnet for a strip of smaller stores. According to Samuel Feinberg (1960) shop-

THE WIDE COVERAGE OF THE NAIROBI MALL, WHOSE INTERIORS ARE SHAPED LIKE ‘D’, WAS MUCH MORE THAN THE MEDIA ATTENTION GIVEN TO THE THREE MASS SHOOTING INCIDENTS IN US MALLS SINCE OCT ‘12, AS THE CASUALTIES IN AFRICA WERE HIGHEST. ping centres got their start a bit earlier, in 1907, in a Baltimore neighbourhood where a group of stores established off-street parking. The first enclosed mall was developed in a suburb of Minneapolis in 1956. Designed to get the shopper out of the harsh weather, it introduced the world to shopping complexes as worlds unto themselves — free from bad weather, life, crime, dirt and troubles. Yet, the biggest crime that spelt trouble surprisingly occurred at the Westgate mall in Kenya last week. A BBC report quotes that militants who led the attack hired a shop in the upmarket mall in the weeks leading up to the siege, giving

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them access to service lifts, which enabled them to stockpile weapons and ammunition. Worried at the possibility of a copycat attack, the US has increased security measures and updated emergency response plans in its malls. It is perceived as the new soft target in commercial locations where terrorists can seek a maximum bang for their buck from a marketing standpoint, according to experts. The wide coverage they got from the Nairobi mall, whose interiors are shaped like the letter ‘d’, was much more than the media attention given to the three mass shooting incidents in US malls since October 2012, as the casualties in Africa were the highest. This upscale attack has also alerted the Indian government to grade malls according to their security-preparedness. On the commercial side, it’s deferment that’s marking the growth of malls in India with 13 of the expected 16 malls not launched in 2013 due to liquidity issues in the construction process. Tata Realty and Infrastructure is even looking to sell four of its malls as a part of business de risk. A mall – informal, abnormal, dismal or abysmal, can sometimes turn small!


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BUSINESS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

China starts Shanghai FTZ

PM for poverty eradication

Rahul discusses economy

SHANGHAI: China launched a free

UN: Poverty continues to be a political

NEW DELHI: Congress vice-president

trade zone in its commercial hub Shanghai on Sunday, state-media reported, with the project seen as a testing ground for much-needed reforms in the world’s second largest economy. The zone, which covers 29 square kilometres (11 square miles), “started operating Sunday”, the official Xinhua news agency said.

and economic challenge of the world and a collective effort is needed to eradicate this global scourge, Manmohan Singh said on Saturday. “The problems of over a billion people living in poverty around the world need to be attacked more directly,” he said during the course of his speech at the debate of the UN General Assembly.

Rahul Gandhi discussed the current economic situation in the country with select corporate leaders, party sources said on Saturday. The meet was attended by Sanjeev Goenka Group chairman Sanjiv Goenka, Axis Bank CEO Shikha Sharma, Bengal Ambuja Housing Development Ltd managing director Harshavardhan Neotia among others.

Era ends, new chapter set for Washington Post Rob Lever

feedback@postnoon.com

WASHINGTON: With Jeff Bezos (in pic) set to take over The Washington Post, the big question is: Can he arrest its decline and deliver an economic model for the rest of the industry? The 49-year-old founder of Amazon could give the storied newspaper a chance to make the transition to the digital age, but it remains unclear whether he has a winning formula for ailing metropolitan daily newspapers. Bezos, who agreed in August to buy the Post for $250 million and take it private, is expected to close the deal sometime in early October, though no official date has been disclosed. He has said little about his plans for the 136-year-old daily, which has long been seen as among the most influential in the United States, famous for its trailblazing coverage of the Watergate break-in and subsequent cover up which led to the resignation of president Richard Nixon in 1974. Bezos said in August that he had “no map” for the Post but in a recent interview with CNN he called the newspaper “an important institution,” and remarked that he was “optimistic about its future.” “It’s a personal investment. I’m hopeful that I can help from a distance in part by providing runway for them to do a series of experiments, in part through bringing some of the philosophy that we have used at Amazon to the Post,” he said.

‘LONG

AND PATIENT VIEW ’

Some say Bezos, a pioneer in online retailing, could revitalize a traditional business where recent years have seen jobs being slashed amid sinking revenues as news and advertising moves to the Internet. “He is willing to take a long and patient view... to let things roll without worrying about profitability,” said Alan Mutter, a Silicon valley-based media consultant and former Chicago

newspaper editor. “He’s a very talented businessman and has to be counted as one of the true digital natives,” who could offer new ideas. “He can look at the problems dispassionately. He didn’t go to journalism school. He did not sell ads. Most of the people in the business have been in the newspaper business, they might not be out-of-the box thinkers.” But Peter Copeland, a former editor and executive for the EW Scripps newspaper group and now a media consultant, cautioned against dramatic change, noting that the Post’s circulation still generates significant revenues, though less than previously. “I don’t think it would be wise to blow up The Washington Post,” he told AFP.

“It has a great brand. And this is a place where people really care about news.” Copeland said the Post is among the few US dailies that can draw a wide online audience outside its home market, and this gives it some flexibility. But Bezos may also help bring some hard-nosed business skills to the newspaper, longowned by the Graham family. “Because the Post was run by a family, a caring family, it has been often run like a family,” Copeland said. “It’s still a giant organization and it needs to be resized for the amount of revenue they have now.” Daily circulation is estimated at 447,700, down from over 800,000 two decades ago. In the most recent quarter, the newspa-

per lost $49 million, mostly from pension obligations. These were subsidized by the other Washington Post Co units, mainly in television and education.

‘IN

FOR THE RIGHT REASONS ’

Dan Kennedy, a professor of journalism at Northeastern University who is writing a book on changes in the newspaper industry, said he is encouraged that Bezos is taking the risk. “He seems to be in for the right reasons,” Kennedy said. “He sees it as a civic trust, and wants to run it as a good newspaper, and maybe even expand it,” noting that that Bezos “is really our leading digital visionary when it comes to the consumer economy.” “I’m totally optimistic that he

has put himself in a position to do something about this terrible calamity that has affected paid journalism,” Kennedy added, noting the lasting lore of Watergate in American journalist. “So many people in my generation went into journalism because of All The President’s Men,” he said, referring to the book and film about the Post’s role in the Watergate scandal. “Everybody wanted to be Woodward and Bernstein. People thought (actor) Jason Robards was the Post’s editor.” Beyond content and revenue, Bezos will have one issue he has not faced at Amazon: labour unions. His purchase of the Post is expected to close with the Newspaper Guild renegotiating a conAFP tract that expired in July.


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FOCUS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

Sands of time running out for Canadian desert As desertification creeps into parts of the world, a rare stretch of sand in Canada’s vast western plains is oddly doing the reverse — slowly sprouting with vegetation.

Thibault Jourdan Agence France-Presse

WINNIPEG: As desertification creeps into parts of the world, a rare stretch of sand in Canada’s vast western plains is oddly doing the reverse — slowly sprouting with vegetation. Tufts of prairie grasses are emerging throughout Spirit Sands, a stretch of dunes steeped in local lore in a popular nature park in Manitoba province. The sands cover only about four square kilometres (1.54 square miles) and in some parts, entire mounds have been completely overgrown. Today, this small patch is the only desert in Manitoba and one of only a handful in all of Canada. Once vastly bigger, it fanned out an estimated 6,500 square kilometers (2,500 square miles) — about onefifth the size of Belgium — from the mouth of the Assiniboine River. Located in Spruce Woods park west of the provincial capital Winnipeg, the dunes

are the last vestige of an ancient river delta, exposed 12,000 years ago when a glacier melted northward and a massive prehistoric lake drained to the south. “What we’re seeing out there right now is part of natural succession... vegetation encroaching or moving into what used to be an open sand dunes area,” said Jessica Elliott, head of conservation in the province. A study in the late 1990s found that the desert had shrunk by as much as 10-20 percent over each of the previous four decades, as vegetation encroached. Elliott points to several factors. “The climate is different (warmer) now than it has been in the past, there is more precipitation, wind speeds are lower,” she said, and “we don’t have ... large bison grazing in the area or large, intense wildfires moving through the area.” Technically, Spirit Sands is not a true desert as it receives twice as much precipitation as a typical desert. But the dunes have reli-

ONCE VASTLY BIGGER, IT FANNED OUT AN ESTIMATED 6,500 SQUARE KILOMETERS (2,500 SQUARE MILES) — ABOUT ONE-FIFTH THE SIZE OF BELGIUM — FROM THE MOUTH OF THE ASSINIBOINE RIVER.

gious significance for aboriginals not to mention unique and hardy creatures, including Manitoba’s only species of lizard — the northern prairie skink — which lives where the sand meets the prairies and Spruce Woods forest. As well, they are a key attraction for tourists, who

also come for the camping, hiking trails, horseback riding and river kayaking. According to park officials, 2,300 vehicles have visited since January. The province has considered a variety of measures to preserve the sand dunes, including using chemical herbicides, lighting a prairie wild

fire, weeding by hand, or reestablishing a herd of bison in the park, which would also require building a fence hundreds of kilometers long to keep them from wandering away. But officials now appear resigned to let nature take its course. “Regardless how much vegetation is on or off the dunes, it’s a beautiful place to be,” said Elliott. “There are so many different spots to go and look at, enjoy the nature as is. It’s got many attractions, so (we’re) not worried about that at all.”


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INTERVIEW SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

Through the looking glass In order to prove yourself to others while working for free or for less is important. Up-andcoming entrepreneur, Nakul Gupta opens up about The Filmery, and the challenges he has had to face as a corporate filmmaker SANA MIRZA

sana.m@postnoon.com

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ive years ago, a 19 year old Nakul Gupta, an engineering student, lay sprawled in bed in his hostel room at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) during class hours, probably watching an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S on his friend’s laptop. Fast forward to present day. He is now 24 years old and runs a company called The Filmery, a video production house which caters to multinational corporation giants like Google and Broadridge, to name a few. To sum up everything that happened over a period of five years is not important but let’s just say it wasn’t in the least bit conventional.

Conceptualised and set up in November 2010, The Filmery is now synonymous with creative and unique concepts for videos, which companies make use of for their personal branding, promotion and sales. “I like coming up with concepts and I am quite happy telling stories, whether it’s mine or someone else’s,” says Nakul who admits that his biggest challenge is managing client expectations within their budget. “There is no parameter for quality where you can easily set a certain standard. When devising a concept, it is extremely subjective and open to interpretation. Clients have certain expectations and to meet those expectations and deliver a good quality product in return is a challenge in itself,” says Nakul. God works in mysterious ways. So do career choices. Some of us opt to tread on a conformist pathway with every risk insured; others stumble upon a less-chosen path. While some of

Pick

IT WAS HARD TO GET PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IN ME BECAUSE I HAD NO CREDIBLE EXPERIENCE TO SHOW. TO GAIN THEIR CONFIDENCE, I USED TO WORK FOR FREE. us take years to recognise our true potential, others need only pointed in that direction. Nakul tries to recall the first time he had a tryst with what was to turn into a full-time career. “One of my aunt’s had just bought a new, fancy handycam around the time of an uncle’s wedding. I was in my twelfth grade. I started shooting all the fun we had practising for the sangeet for his wedding, edited it and made a video. The video was then played at the sangeet. Amateurish as it was, it was my first and like everything else, it was special,”

at the

Nakul reminisces. So, out into the big, bad world he ventured, confident and brimming with ideas. But the world wasn’t as giving as he had hoped. “Initially, when I started out small, it was hard to get people to believe in me because I had no credible experience to show. To gain their confidence and their loyalty, I had to sometimes work for free to minimise their risk as well. The ability to do your best to prove yourself to others while working for free is important and that’s the attitude I have had since then. I am open to working for anyone as long as I get to do goodwork,” says Nakul. Ultimately it’s the clients’ who appreciate his work that keeps him going. “When clients come back and tell me that a particular video we made for them was received well or helped them in sales, it makes my day and we have had plenty of those moments,” he smiles.

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ART AND CULTURE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

Mayan industry excavated

Cultural prosperity in diversity

Chinese culture extravaganza

GUATEMALA CITY: An industrial salt

SEOUL: China, Japan and South Korea,

processing plant of the Maya pre-classic period in Guatemala, which once produced as much as 24,000 tonnes of salt annually, has been discovered. According to American archaeologist Brent Woodfill, it was discovered at Salinas de los Nueve Cerros (Saltworks of the Nine Hills), one of the most ancient sites of the Mayan era. - IANS

have decided to strengthen cultural exchange and cooperation for promoting the cultural prosperity of East Asia. An agreement on this issue was reached as cultural ministers of Japan, China and South Korea participated in the 5th China -Japan-South Korea Ministerial Conference on Culture Saturday, Xinhua reported. IANS

NEW DELHI: Celebrating the 64th National Day of China, Indian and Chinese artists enthralled the audience with cultural performances like face changing, Rajasthani folk dances, musical performance and magical tricks. “China-India Cultural Extravaganza 2013” was organised by the India-China Economic and Cultural Council. IANS

The H simplicities of life Blocking out negative energy is an art, and if you have mastered that virtue, you possess the ability to look at life in various dimensions, believes 27-year-old Harish Vasavan

arish is a young artist and photographer who believes in living a humble life, A life filled with love, peace, joy, music and art. Having mastered the art of blocking out negative energy, he learned to look at life in various dimensions. “Music would have a lot to do with who I am right now. It is my first love and it has changed my way of life, my thought process and it gives me this clarity and light when I most need it.” Having said so, the dark contours of his mind are always reflected vividly through his art and photography. Are they his questions surfacing? Who can tell. “I wake up every morning hoping to answer my doubts. Being a man of a few words, I seek, enjoy and live for and by my art which comes to me through inspirations from my travel escapades, human emotions, intricacies, tunes and songs that act as my guiding source. “I have watched my art evolve over the years. I have heard people say that a visit to the Himalayas would change one for good. I choose not to speak for others, but that statement makes all the sense in the world to me. Sitting alone on a hill top, it all came to me as easy as a gush of the cold Himalayan breeze. I had transformed in terms of art, love and life forevermore.” He says. “I have dedicated my life to what I know best, and the only thing i know, ART.” Though his work doesn’t fit into any one particular genre and though there is not one method or medium he sticks to, his work has the abiliy to narrate stories that are worth remembering. If one were to ask this humble soul what drives him to be who he is and what inspires him to create the art he creates, he would smile and say that his biggest inspiration and his only driving force would be “Roots”. “I am truly amazed and moved by the roots of a tree. I have this bond with trees that could not be explaind in words, hence I try and show it in every art work of mine. If you notice, there would be a lot of strokes and lines in my paintings, which resemble the root structure.” Born in Kerala, he learnt his

I SEEK, ENJOY AND LIVE FOR AND BY MY ART WHICH COMES TO ME THROUGH INSPIRATIONS FROM MY TRAVEL ESCAPADES WHICH ACT AS A GUIDING SOURCE.

first artistic strokes from his father. He has come a long way from being that little boy, now a well acclaimed artist with crazy talent shys away from any unneeded attention. At the age of 27 he believes he’s just a mere feather, and he would go wherever the wind takes him. “I have this connection with nature that I can’t explain. I feel humble when I’m close to trees, water, mountains. I consider them to be my ancestors. I feel happier and content when I’m close to my elements than I am

with humans.” But painting isn’t the only art form that this Moutain man is gifted with. “Camera is like my third eye. I believe a picture could capture those moments of life that should forever be cherished. Over time clicking has become a compulsion to me.” It might be hard to understand the workings of his mind. But even after a brief encounter, you would be left spellbound and thinking about things that never were important.


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ENVIRONMENT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

Russia detains GP activists

One-third of world’s food goes to waste

VENICE: Greenpeace International con-

ROME: One-third of all the world’s food is wasted every

OAK BROOK: McDonald’s Corporation,

year at enormous economic and environmental cost, finds a United Nations report. The report, “Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources,” is the first study to analyze the impacts of global food wastage from an environmental perspective, looking at its consequences for the climate, water and land use, and biodiversity. The waste of 1.3 billion tons of food each year is damaging to the environment and causes economic losses of US$750 billion a year, according to the report.

the world’s largest fast food franchise, will replace polystyrene foam hot beverage cups with paper-based cups at all its 14,000 US restaurants. The company confirmed this change to the California-based nonprofit As You Sow on September 24 after nearly three years of engagement with the advocacy group.

demned a series of Russian court rulings today which left 30 activists in custody pending investigations into a protest against Gazprom’s Arctic oil drilling earlier this month off Russia’s northern coast. Twenty-eight Greenpeace International activists were taken to the Lenin District Court in Murmansk in handcuffs.

McD to use paper cups

Will it be the last review? Top UN experts have just delivered the first volume of a massive new climate change report, but already whispers are starting to be heard: Will it be the last such review?

Richard Ingham, Anthony Lucas Agence France-Presse

STOCKHOLM: Top UN experts have just delivered the first volume of a massive new climate change report, but already whispers are starting to be heard: Will it be the last such review? By the end of 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should have delivered all three tomes, plus a synthesis of the trio, of only its fifth such report in more than a quarter-century of existence. To supporters, these massive “assessment reports” play a vital role in stoking awareness. Not only do they condense the findings of thousands of studies published in peerreviewed journals, in a transparent process in which the text is vetted twice over. They also carry the approval of governments. A total of 195 nations have a seat on the IPCC and their representatives examine a summary of a technical text written by scientists. This dual-track approach, say supporters, yields a fantastic tool for politicians who want to tackle climate change: they can tell the public that the need for reform is clear as the evidence comes from neutral and impartial sources. Conversely, if politicians prevaricate on climate change, the public can challenge them on facts which they themselves had endorsed. Cautious and painstaking the process may be, “but it delivers the key messages, that climate change is already happening and there are alarming signals of accelerating impacts”, said a delegate at the IPCC discussions. Jean Jouzel, a French scientist who is vice chairman of the group that issued Friday’s report, said that though the technical text is authored by scientists “it is the adoption of the summary which gives the IPCC its success, and enables it (the summary) to be used by governments”. But some critics say these mega-reviews spanning thousands of pages belong to the past.

WHERE HUMANITY’S CO2 COMES FROM

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33.4 billion metric tonnes

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The process is agonisingly slow at a time when both climate change and the science used to evaluate it are leaping ahead, they say. And the need for consensus makes these comprehensive judgements worryingly conservative. “The question of whether

2000 to 2009

the exercise is worthwhile is logical,” said a European delegate, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding that “things have changed substantially since the first report” in 1990. For example, an early cut-off date to review published literature meant that the Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 was

unable to include dramatic new evidence about the melting of the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland. Six years later, the issue of the ice sheets is being addressed in the Fifth Assessment Report, whose first volume on the physical evidence for climate change was released by the IPCC’s

Working Group 1 in Stockholm on Friday. Compiling this document in itself took nearly three years. This time around, the cut-off date meant the authors were unable to evaluate recent, but very worrying, studies that say methane trapped in ice-bound coasts in northeast Siberia is being released as seas warm, thus putting the greenhouse effect into higher gear. “The (IPCC) reports are currently perceived to be quite dated already a few years after they have been published,” said the Netherlands in a proposal to overhaul the panel’s procedures. Two more volumes in the Fifth Assessment Report are due next year. They will be released by Working Group 2, which deals with the impacts of climate change, in Yokohama, Japan, next March; and by Working Group 3, with deals with how to tackle the problem, in Berlin in April. These will be crowned by a synthesis report, due out next October in Copenhagen. Anders Levermann, a professor of climate system dynamics at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany said the question as to whether there should be a sixth assessment report “is very, very difficult”. The biggest challenges are in Working Groups 2 and 3, where the regional impacts of drought, storms, flood and rising seas are becoming ever clearer, Levermann said in a phone interview. “It’s the sign of a maturing process of the whole climate issue, that we are moving in discussion from the question of whether there is climate change and whether it is man-made to how we can solve it,” he said. Several countries, including the United States, have joined the Netherlands in suggesting reforms when the panel meets in Georgia in the southern Caucasus. Ideas include slimming the IPCC to two working groups and updating parts of the assessment report as and when necessary, rather than going through a vast soup-to-nuts review that ties down resources for years.


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FOOD SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

Eat purple, and naturally

Brits turn to smaller portions

STOCKTON: Mention purple sweet

LONDON: Nearly four in ten Britons are cook-

HYDERABAD: Consecutively for the sec-

ing smaller portions at meal time to cope with rising food prices, one of Britain's biggest consumer watchdogs claims. The watchdog added that nearly half of all shoppers are now freezing food or cooking with leftovers to avoid waste. More than 43 per cent of people are also checking the 'use by' or 'best before' dates more closely with 35 per cent ignoring the use by dates on food packets altogether.

ond time this year Park Hyatt Hyderabad has now taken the crown for excellence under the category of Classified Hotels 5 Star Deluxe (State) for the year 2012-13 by Department of Tourism. The award was presented on 27th September, 2013 at YSR National Institute of Tourism & Hospitality Management Hyderabad.

potatoes, black carrots or purple carrots, and people think of dining on heirloom or boutique veggies. But those plants and others have quietly become sources of a new generation of natural food colorings that are replacing traditional synthetic colors and colors derived from beetles.

Honour for Park Hyatt

CATHAL ARMSTRONG

Top Chef

Specialty: California, French, and fusion cuisine

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gala affair

The Park Hyatt celebrating their second Masters of Food and Wine event invited celebrity chefs to give their patrons a special treat. Here’s our correspondent’s take on the spread prepared by Gianluca Tomasi, master chef from Italy. ARUN YELLAMATY

arunyellamaty@postnoon.com

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he Italian Gala Dinner at Park Hyatt had been the topic of discussion for foodies in the city. As you read on you will find why. The place buzzed with the murmurs of the guests as the in-house musician worked his magic on the piano. It was a scene of ease and cheerfulness and also of anticipation... of the good food that awaited them. When it was time, every one sat and got comfy. Chef Gianluca Tomasi, the man behind the culinary wonders that were prepared for us, walked up to each table and greeted those seated. He then walked over to the one where the ambassador of Italy, Mancini Daniele, was sitting and exchanged hello’s and how-do-you-do’s in Italian. And it began. We were served non-

vegetarian dish as per our choice. First came the green pea cream, asparagus shaving, quail eggs and then the scallops and potato cannelloni, thyme, shellfish bisque and artichoke. Nothing could be more tender and delicious at the same time as I savoured each, taking my own time. The peach sorbet that followed was a bit too sweet for me, but I confess, it prepared me for the main course. For the main course there were dishes made from cod fish and lamb. I picked the lamb sirloin, Mediterranean crust with potato pie served with lemon and salted vegetables. The lamb was perfect. I thought to myself it was the best I had tasted yet and while I helped myself to the crispy potato pie I found what a perfect match was it with the lamb. The food was paired with red and white vintage wine. The desert was an authentic Italian deseret, a Barvarian Melon, marinated in pineapple and mint, soft not too sweet and every spoon of the desert melted in my month. What better way to end a meal?

Name: Tre-forni Place: Park Hyatt The special menu on till: Oct.6 Meal for two: Around `2,000 inlcuding taxes.

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Specialty: American regional cuisine orn into a family with a passion for food and travel, Cathal Armstrong grew up in Dublin, Ireland, where he spent his days in the family’s fruit and vegetable garden. Through the Armstrong family’s travel business, young Cathal was exposed to different cultures and cuisines throughout Europe. At the age of seven, Armstrong began an annual summer student exchange with a French family. These summers were spent amidst truffle farms, peasant food, and local vineyards. The chef developed strong values for fresh ingredients, humane animal care, and concern for the land. n n n

Bouillabaisse Carbonara Pure Irish Kerrygold Butter Poached Maine Lobster with Baby Carrots

After working in various Irish kitchens, Armstrong met his wife and business partner, Meshelle. The two moved to Virginia to create Restaurant Eve, where the farmland and atmosphere would be similar to “home.” The goal at Eve is to create straightforward, ingredient-based food. In 2006, the Armstrongs, with their business partners, opened Eamonn’s: A Dublin Chipper, which is, naturally, a fishand-chips shop, as well as PX, the hip speakeasy lounge upstairs. Most recently, Cathal and Meshelle restored The Majestic in Old Town Alexandria, featuring Virginia-inspired fare. Armstrong was a James Beard Foundation Best Mid-Atlantic Chef nominee in 2007 and 2008. He was also honored as one of “10 Best New Chefs” by Food & Wine magazine and StarChefs Rising Star in 2006. Fun Fact: Cathal can speak four languages: English, French, Spanish, and Irish.


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FOOD SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

Eggs: The superfood

Many people have doubts about eating eggs. They fear since the cholesterol content in egg is high, it could lead to heart disease and other ailments. Research reveals a different picture.

The Cocktail Culture

Lost Society, Hyderabad’s latest cocktail bar and lounge hopes of reviving a culture long forgotten

Eggs are Full of Vitamins and Minerals- Including vitamins B, C, D, E, K, and more.

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Lower High Blood Pressure- The peptides present in eggs were shown to help reduce high blood pressure.

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Great Source of Protein- Eggs are a great source of protein, one egg contains 6 grams of protein.

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Omega 3’s- Eggs contain a high level of essential omega-3 fatty acids, an essential nutrient and good for your heart.

Sana Mirza

sana.m@postnoon.com

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t may be a common sight in New York’s most reputed cocktail bars where bowtied bartenders serve classic Manhattan in coupe glasses to an elite clientele. Popular as it was a century ago, the cocktail culture took its own sweet time to crawl back on our list of choices. Due to the prohibition law which was imposed on all bars across America from 1920 to 1933, it had turned out to be, as some would say, “a dark age for cocktail” appreciation and bartenders who specialised in mixing these colourful infusions. After the prohibition law was uplifted in the 50s, it took a while for these fruity-flavoured drinks to tiptoe back up on the menu. Then soon after that, somewhere in the late 70s and 80s, a new and refreshing drink – the Long Island Iced Tea - came about and who knew it would become an instant favourite. Cocktails are drinks blended with one or several distilled spirits and mixed with complementary ingredients such as fruit juice. Probably one of the reasons why cocktails were such a huge hit was because of the fact that they would easily disguise the taste of alcohol so you could drink as much as possible. Lost Society, Hyderabad’s first-ever cocktail bar and lounge was launched in the hopes of reviving the cocktail-sipping culture that had been overshadowed with the whiskey’s, the rum’s and the jagermeister’s. Lost Society, the brainchild of mixologist Bobby Gada and Anoohya Maganti

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Nine Essential Amino Acids- Eggs are known as the perfect food as they contain all 9 of the essential amino acids.

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Can Lower Your Cholesterol- Eggs do contain cholesterol, however as mentioned above, studies have shown that those who consume eggs regularly had a reduced LDL and an increase in HDL (the good cholesterol).

7 together were inspired to revive a renaissance or a revolution, call it what you will, of cocktails – both classic and contemporary. The ambience is minimal and has a grunge-cum-quirky feel to it. A red telephone booth stands quietly out-of-place. Or maybe its a souvenir to Gada’s 5 years in the UK while he was pursuing a course in management. Unlike the rest of the bar areas in pubs around the city, there is enough space for a bartender to put his mixing and shaking skills to the test without really elbowing a bottle. The menu which is a catalogue of unusual ingredients, is crisply tailored. It not only provides you with ample choice but also,

doesn’t leave you lingering for too long with your choice of order either. We had the Sangria, cognac, Cointreau, red or white wine, orange juice, grape juice, cranberry juice, which was served to us in a silver goblet. That, we paired with the Fusion Chicken which is a chicken marinated in chef ’s special sauce and is pan-fried. Apart from the finger-foods we sampled, which wasn’t a lot, there are options comprehensively balanced for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians like spiced chicken wings, potato wedges and pork chops. Our verdict is that if you are looking for good music, a balcony view that overlooks the lengths of the city, then Lost Society is where you can be found.

Boost Brain and Nerve Health-One egg contains 20 per cent of the daily recommended intake of choline. Approximately 90 per cent of Americans are choline deficient. Choline is essential for phospholipids used in all cell membranes. Adequate levels of choline are essential for brain and nerve health.

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Contain Lutein and ZeaxanthinThese carotenoids are an essential component for eye health and defend against the damaging effects of free radicals.

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Contain Tryptophan and TyrosineTwo amino acids which have great antioxidant properties. Tryptophan is also important as it is converted to serotonin, a mood enhancer and converted into melatonin in the pineal gland, which benefits sleep.


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HISTORY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

Sept 30

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1954 - USS Nautilus commissioned The USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear submarine, is commissioned by the US Navy.

On this day in 1985, actor Rock Hudson, 59, becomes the first major US celebrity to die of complications from AIDS. Hudson's death raised public awareness of the epidemic, which until that time had been ignored by many.

1995: At the end of a sensational trial, former football star O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the brutal 1994 double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

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Oct 5

1957: The Soviet Union inaugurates the "Space Age" with its launch of Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite. The spacecraft was named Sputnik after the Russian word for satellite.

1947: On this day in 1947, President Harry Truman (18841972) makes the first-ever televised presidential address from the White House, asking Americans to cut back on their use of grain in order to help starving Europeans.

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Oct 6

2011: On this day in 2011, Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Inc., which revolutionized the computer, music and mobile communications industries with such devices as the Macintosh, iPhone and iPad, dies aged 56 of cancer.

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1866: On this day in 1866, the Reno gang carries out the first robbery of a moving train in the US, making off with over $10,000 from an Ohio &Mississippi train in Jackson County,Indiana.

Oct 5

1988: Having forced the resignation of Soviet leader Andrei Gromyko, Mikhail Gorbachev names himself head of the Supreme Soviet. Within two years, he was named "Man of the Decade" by Time.

1989: The Dalai Lama, the exiled religious and political leader of Tibet, is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent campaign to end the Chinese domination of Tibet.

1847: Jane Eyre is published by Smith, Elder and Co. Charlotte BrontË, the book's author, used the pseudonym Currer Bell.


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SPOTLIGHT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

BAR NIGHTS!

OLIVE BISTRO LAUNCHED BAR NIGHTS WITH A PREVIEW OF SHANTANU AND NIKHIL’S FALL/WINTER COLLECTION 2013.

SAY YES TO YES MART

Yes Mart, a leading name in electronics and white goods unveiled its fourth superstore at Kompally. Actress Kirti Kharbanda inaugurated the event.

It’s classified!

THE BEAUTY OF SILK

Auditions for a beauty contest organised by Srimathi Silk Mark were held at Ramanaidu Studios, Jubilee Hills.

Ms Swapna Cherukuri, Managing Director Lahari Resorts receives the award for Best 3 Star classified hotel for the year 2012-2013 on the occasion of World Tourism Day.


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CINEMA SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

‘People care about details’

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hruti Haasan seems to be doing quite well for herself in the industry what with back to back hits in Tollywood as well as Bollywood. Rumours were strife that Shruti was going to play a negative role in Ramayya Vastavayya but she quickly brushed them away on Twitter. “Contrary to reports, I am not playing a negative role in RV. It’s a guest appearance and I hope you all enjoy the film and the character,” she tweeted. The film will be released in theatres on October 10.

L Damodar’s latest film Anthaku Mundhu Aa Tarwatha is running in its 6th successful week. The unit of the film went on a success tour recently. While sharing experiences from the trip, Damodar said, “Someone gave me a compliment about the cinematography. Though, he seemed like someone who didn’t know the technicalities, he appreciated the cinematography nonetheless. It just goes on to show the fact that the audience is extremely alert for detail these days.”

Sukumar to produce a film with Sumanth

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Vikram Simha audio out on October 7

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ver since the trailer was released, Rajnikant’s Vikram Simha has sort of become the talk of the town. Several celebrities tweeted that the trailer and the background score done by AR Rahman were commendable. The first audio track in the film, Choodham Aakasam

Antham is going to be released on October 7 and the launch will take place on October 10. The film uses motion capture technology, the first time it has ever been used in India. The film is directed by Soundarya Rajnikanth and written by KS Ravi Kumar. Deepika Padukone is the female lead.

umanth Ashwin proved his mettle with movies like Tuneega Tuneega and also delivered a commercially successful film Antha Ku Mundhu Aa Tarwatha.Sources reveal that he is yet to start another film. It was reported earlier that Sukumar is going to produce low budget film with his associates. He watched some of Ashwin’s films and was quite impressed with his performance after which he roped in the young actor to star in his maiden venture. The title of the film has not been decided yet. Vema Reddy will mark his debut as a director with this film.


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I do more like survival cooking: HUMA QURESHI

A Jazeera to open more than 100 restaurants in India

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azeera Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. Friday announced launch of a chain of fine dining authentic Mughlai cuisine restaurants in India. 10 restaurants will be launched October 1 and in other north Indian cities like Lucknow and Agra. “We plan to open more than 100 restaurants. In the first stage, we will open 10 restaurants on October 1. In Delhi, you will find Jazeera in places like Janakpuri and Connaught Place. The food will be of five star hotel quality, but it will be affordable luxury,” Mohammad Ezazul Haque, CEO, Jazeera Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. told IANS. Mohammad Zahid, chairman and managing director, Jazeera Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. added that apart from the capital, in the first phase Jazeera will be present in Noida, Gurgaon, Meerut, Lucknow, Agra, Jaipur and Chandigarh. In the second phase, there will be an increase in number of their restaurants in the capital and NCR. They also plan to open branches in Mumbai and select cities of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Film personalities Raza Murad, Kirron Kher and Huma Qureshi were present during the launch here. Kirron is looking forward to eat in their restaurant once it opens in Chandigarh as she frequently visits the city. IANS

ctress Huma Qureshi has a strong hospitality background, but the Gangs of Wasseypur star admits that she is no expert when it comes to culinary skills. The 27-year-old loves to eat and has fondness for cooking, but says her cooking is more for survival. “I do like to cook, but I do more like survival cooking. Like today, when I visited home my nieces came over and they are about 10, 6 and 4. They wanted to eat something sweet. I told them that I would make them something very exotic. “I cut pineapple into pieces and dipped them in melted chocolate and Milkmade and they thought I was Masterchef. I am a ‘dhoka’ cook,” Huma told IANS. Her father Saleem Qureshi owns a chain of restaurants here and her mother is said to be a good cook. She says her family believes in hospitality and they love to feed people

and see smile on their face when they eat good food. “An interesting mix of Mughlai and Kashmiri cuisines is prepared at my home. My dad is in the hospitality industry. My mother is also a fantastic cook. People used to always come to my place to eat Mughlai food,” said Huma, who will be seen in Dedh Ishqiya in January 2014. The movie directed by Abhishek Chaubey also stars Madhuri Dixit and Huma calls the Dhak dhak girl lovely. “I am doing a film called Dhed Ishqiya. It is scheduled to release in January. Madhuri is lovely. She is a wonderful co-star. I’ve always admired her. She is a very graceful woman, both on and off screen. She is grounded and real and that makes her even more gorgeous,” said the Ek Thi Daayan star. “If there is one thing I want to learn from her, it will be her dancing and the way IANS she smiles.”

LATA MANGESHKAR

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

celebrates 84th Birthday

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he nightingale of the music industry, Lata Mangeshkar celebrated her 84th birthday yesterday among much pomp and glamour. Born on September 28, 1929, Lata is the oldest of siblings. 13 when she decided to take up music as a full-time career after her father, Dinanath Mangeshkar, passed away. He first on-screen song was for the Marathi film, Kitti Hasaal in 1942. She moved to Mumbai from Nagpur at 16 and trained under Ustad Amanat Ali Khan. Asha Bhosle, another big name in the music industry, speaks fondly of her older sis-

ter. “Lata didi always took care of us when our father passed away. She managed the home well even though there were quite a few problems. It was very difficult for her. She then started as a playback singer for Hindi films and honestly God gave her the place she deserved – right on IANS top.”

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uch seems to be happening in the Bigg Boss household and the audiences were given a taste of the entertainment in last night’s episode. Model Asif Azam was seen entering the Bigg Boss house. For those who are following the reality show will know that there is something brewing between Gauhar and Kaushal but like everything else, there is a twist to their hopeful love story as Asif expressed his love for Gauhar too. As the house is divided into a heaven and hell section, this week it was the hell inmates who had to choose a captain between Tanisha and Armaan. Tanisha, won yet another time. It’s elimination night tonight. Let’s see who gets eliminated.


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SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

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ctress Kangna Ranaut will be seen portraying the role of a nautch girl in her upcoming film, Rajjo which is directed by Vishwas Patil. The story revolves around how the mujra houses are now a dying business. The trailer begins with Ranaut giving her thumkas and latkas. You will also spot Mahesh Manjrekar who plays a eunuch in the film. He pulls the look really well. Kangna who is known to be bubbly, cheerful and extremely bold in real life tries to weave it into her characters on screen as well. The makers have splurged a whopping `5 crores for the sets of the film which gives an 80s look. The music is all right and so is Kangna’s act as a dancer. She still needs to perfect the kala, we suppose. Prakash Raj also stars in the film. The trailer of the film is a little disappointing. We will wait for the movie to give a final verdict.

Rajjo trailer fails to impress

‘Indians lack bandwidth to succeed internationally’

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ollywood’s big names Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Irrfan have tasted the Hollywood flavour. But R Madhavan, who has finally crossed over with international project Night Of The Living Dead: Origins, says Indian actors lack the capacity to establish themselves in an international set-up. “We have a long way to go before actors in India can establish themselves (internationally) in a big way,” Madhavan, who has delivered noteworthy performances in Hindi films like Rang De Basanti, 3 Idiots and Tanu Weds Manu, told IANS. The multilingual star will be seen as a US marine officer in Simon West’s Hollywood film Night of the Living Dead: Origins.Of Hollywood, the actor said: “Their market and technology is completely different from ours. I don’t think Indian stars have the bandwidth to go struggle and give screen tests there, leaving everything behind

Warsi creates magic with Naseeruddin Shah

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ctor Arshad Warsi believes that he creates magic when he works with Naseeruddin Shah, his co-actor in Ishqiya and can be seen together again in Dedh Ishqiya and Chambal Safari. “Naseer saab is my friend, my buddy and the greatest actor we have. I love him and I have a great rapport with him. When we are together on screen, it’s like a little magic that happens. I love working with him,” Arshad said at the premiere of the film Warning.. Chambal Safari is being directed by Maqbool Khan and Dedh Ishqiya is by Abhishek Chaubey.

Ranbir gets detained at Mumbai airport

here.” Nevertheless, there’s something about Hollywood actors that makes Maddy jealous! “I think the only thing which I am jealous about is that if I was an actor in Hollywood, with all the hit films which I have, I won’t have to work for another day in my life. Even if an actor has two hits in his life in Hollywood, he will never be poor,” he said. Not only are the payments enhanced but so are the budgets of the films. “Technology-wise we are almost there. But the budgets over there are high (higher),” he says.

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ollywood heart-throb Ranbir Kapoor was intercepted at Mumbai airport after he failed to declared personal goods that he was carrying. Ranbir whose film Besharam releases on October 2, was asked to pay Rs. 1 lakh as customs duty and Rs.70,000 as fine. Ranbir was not carrying the cash and so had to leave his luggage behind. His staff arrived early in the morning with the amount and claimed his items.


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KATY PERRY

obsessed about hygiene

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inger Katy Perry says she is dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), especially when it comes to arranging everything in alphabetical order and maintaining hygiene. “I am so OCD. I always want to put things in alphabetical order. I am also a little Howard Hughes about germs,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Perry as saying. Perry, 28, is currently dating musician John Mayer.

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ctress Katie Holmes has reportedly joined the cast of movie The Giver.The 34-yearold has joined actress Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites and Jeff Bridges in the movie adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 1993 eponymous sci-fi novel, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The Giver is set in a dystopian society which is disturbed when a 12-year-old boy named Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is selected to learn from an elderly man, The Giver (Bridges), about the pain and strife of the real world. Holmes will play the mother of Thwaites’ teenage character.- IANS

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inger Harry Styles was spotted enjoying a game of roulette alone at a nightclub. The 19-year-old, who has made millions of dollars as part of the famous One Direction band, spent his hard-earned money as he gambled, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “One Direction are the biggest band in the world and they certainly earn their time off. But there’s having fun on a beach or in a nightclub, and there’s high-stakes roulette. “It’s such an addictive game, and before you know it, you can be up to eyes in debt,” Daily Star Newspaper quoted a source as saying. Even if he enjoys gambling, the singer needs to be careful about his image as well. “And although Harry has millions in the bank, it’s amazing how quickly it can go. He’s his own man and can do whatever he wants, but he’s also got his image to protect,” the source IANS added.


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CHAI TIME SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

SUNDAY CROSSWORD

ACROSS

1 Flower oil 6 Get word of 10 Comic-strip ‘Canyon’ 15 Mover’s challenge 20 Andes country 21 Gainsay 22 Safe harbor 23 Songwriter’s org 24 Extinct birds 25 Hitch — — 26 Revival shouts 27 Do Latin homework 28 Like castles 30 Fragrant pod (2 wds) 32 Unchanging 33 Refine, as metal 35 Domed recess 36 Overrule 39 Dowser’s tool 40 Countdown number 41 Batting stat 42 Back muscles 46 Zoologists’ mouths 47 ‘The Loco-Motion’ girl 48 Swedish import 51 Hard hat’s support (hyph) 53 Opposite of ‘paleo’ 54 Chirping insect 56 Hand warmer 57 Shipping hazards 59 Habitually 61 Mademoiselle’s school 62 Restrict 63 Weather systems 64 Reading intently 65 Front tooth 67 First-magnitude star 68 Dixie st 69 Say in fun 72 Sushi fish 73 Easily seen 76 Argentine cowboy 80 1040 agcy 81 Arm bone 82 Find fault 83 Klutz’s cry (hyph) 85 Today 86 Bribe, informally 88 Called from the Matterhorn 92 Offer 93 He wrote ‘Picnic’ 94 Wheel part 95 Kangaroo pouches 96 Emerald Isle 99 Treacherous people 102 Take to the cleaners 103 Stave off 104 Very very 108 Muscle spasm 109 Hunts for food 110 Applies gently 111 Spectator 112 Departed quickly 113 Jungle weapon 115 Annapolis sch 116 Gamble 117 Ms Lupino 118 Concorde fleet of yore 120 Visa and passport 121 Greet, as a dog 123 Dessert wedge 124 Haughty type 125 Toy on a string

127 Suspicious 129 Kind of party 131 Slapstick props (2 wds) 135 Add a hat 140 Rock tumbler stone 141 Hint of color 142 Garlic section 143 Dress lengths 144 More uncouth 145 Look forward to 146 Chartered 147 Uses a paper towel 148 Beauty’s companion 149 Trills lightheartedly 150 Angled a nail 151 Dragon puppet DOWN 1 ‘Back in Black’ group 2 Son of Odin 3 Ocean phenomenon 4 Maria Conchita — 5 Put back to zero 6 Newspaper name 7 Privileged few 8 Nurse’s helper 9 Marsh grasses 10 Like Zen monks 11 Stuffed corn husk 12 Gala

13 —, vidi, vici 14 Keeps in thrall 15 Family men 16 Ms Sanford of TV 17 Large lot 18 Apollo acronym 19 Forthright 21 Panama port 29 Cocoon dweller 31 Links org 34 Disorderly crowd 36 Sotto — 37 Clapton or Sevareid 38 Kind of salad 41 Vigoda and Fortas 43 Con 44 High-schooler 45 Nightclub number 47 Blissful spot 48 Heavyweight sport 49 Like a house — 50 Behind, at sea 51 Waterloo resident 52 Dough 55 Touched down 56 Lose 57 Grow plumage 58 Balcony section 60 Herr’s spouse 62 Mortgage, eg 64 Joss stick locale 66 Hollywood sightings

67 Perfume bottles 69 Lively dance 70 Say incorrectly 71 NNW opposite 74 Some sweaters (hyph) 75 Starch sources 77 ‘AC 360’ channel 78 Macho motorcycle 79 Be billed 81 Seizes power 84 To the — (fully) 87 Attention-getter 89 Willow tree 90 Actress Tyne — 91 Sofa 93 Just sitting 97 ‘Fancy’ singer 98 A night in Paris 99 OnetimeTV adjuncts 100 Tax shelters 101 Huff and puff 102 Lingerie buys 103 Circulars 105 Minnesota baseballer 106 Change decor 107 Haik wearer 109 Trophy stand 111 Swerves off course 114 Gyro pocket 115 ‘Yuck!’ 116 Unfair 119 Winter sports gear

121 Improvise (2 wds) 122 They may be liquid 123 Annoyed 124 High-pitched 126 More than lethargic 127 Student’s worry 128 Basin occupant 129 Make a basket 130 Dance band

131 Cutting remark 132 Feverish chill 133 Zilch 134 Fruit or bird 136 Muse of history 137 Temple image 138 Hollow pasta 139 To be, to Brutus PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER


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CHAI TIME SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013

STAR POWER Date 30-9-2013

As per Hindu panchang

THIRUVAIKUMAR

thiruvaikumar@yahoo. co. in 040-27177230 / 9949870449

TAURUS

GEMINI

Success will be your mantra as disappointments end. Transfer and promotion are on the cards for employees. Self-employed businessmen will get sanction of a financial institution.

Good opportunities await artists. Software professionals might face troubled but the situation will normalise soon. Businessmen could face a dull trend and partners will take advantage.

Opportunities will knock on your door. Good turning point likely. Employees will get recognition for hard work. All bad effects faced by you these days will end and good times are ahead.

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

Cold war and ego clashes between couples will end. Misunderstanding with relatives will be over. You will clear a major debt. Delayed housing loan sanction will now be sanctioned.

Health problems are likely. Debt issues might resurface. Transfer and promotion on the cards for employees as superiors favour them. Family will be in a cheerful mood.

Women will take care of family problems wisely. Those planning to start own business are advised to avoid partners. Bad effects are likely to vanish. Employees will be comfortable.

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

Blood relatives extend support. Your plans might hit a roadblock. Employees focus well, complete all works with perfection and in time, and earn appreciation of their superiors.

Mother’s health will be a cause for concern. Govt officials, contractors and VIPs will benefit. Couples will be affectionate. Employees will get appreciation. Strong financial position is likely.

Problems in ancestral property will end. Haunting debt problems will end. Children will achieve in a big way. Good events to take place at home. Spouse will co-operate.

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

You will take effective bold decisions. Partners could upset businessmen. Sudden trips are likely. Avoid speculative deals. Some of you might be forced to sell ancestral property.

Avoid being alone. Encouragement by spouse will work wonders for you. Influx of visitors will cheer family members. Taking hurried decisions will bring you loss; exercise caution.

Money will come from expected sources. You need to understand characters of others before trusting them. You go for a jolly trip with family. A court verdict will go in your favour.

SUMAA TEKUR

tarotreadhyd@gmail. com

ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

Seven of Pentacles – Take a break. Go to some place where there’s a possibility of communicating with nature. A forest retreat should be good.

Ten of Pentacles – It will take about fourfix days for your mood to get back to normal. You’re feeling a bit out of sorts. Don’t worry; it’s a passing phase.

Five of Swords – Focus on the results instead of who’s doing what job. You need to realign your priorities to make them more practical. Think out of the box.

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

King of Swords – Some revelations are about to be made. You had thought of someone as angelic. That person is doing something you just couldn’t imagine.

The Lovers – Life is no grand affair that is celebrated at all times. There will be weak moments, too. How you deal with it depends on your perspective.

Eight of Swords – Those with health problems should consider surgery. Take a second opinion before you make a move. Be convinced that this is the right path.

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

King of Wands – Keep your ego in check. There is no other problem with the way things are working except your unwillingness to accept a situation.

Nine of Swords – Before signing contracts, read the fine print. Be sure of what you’re getting into. This is fruitful phase, materially. But let it not steal peace of mind.

Six of Pentacles – There is a correlation with a current situation and how it pans out with the rest of the people involved. Stick to what you believe is right.

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Seven of Swords – Your social conditioning can be responsible for the way you’re thinking about a situation now. Don’t blame yourself. You’re doing the best you can.

The Devil – Travel to foreign countries is indicated. It is a great learning experience. You get to meet different people and the experience will leave you thinking.

Knight of Pentacles – You tend to quibble about even the best things – like the food in the best star restaurant or the pace of the story in an otherwise great movie.

NON SEQUITUR PEARLS BEFORE SWINE POOCH CAFE

STRIP TEASE

AGNES

ARIES

TAROT READ Date 30-9-2013

Since laughter is the best medicine

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couple of New Jersey hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps to the operator: “My friend is dead! What can I do?” The operator, in a calm soothing voice says: “Just take it easy. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead.” There is silence, and then a shot is heard. The guy's voice comes back on

the line. He says: “OK, now what?” man and a friend are playing golf one day at their local golf course. One of the guys is about to chip onto the green when he sees a long funeral procession on the road next to the course. He stops in mid-swing, takes off his golf cap, closes his eyes, and bows down in prayer. His friend says: “Wow, that is the most thoughtful and touching thing I have ever seen. You truly are a kind man.” The man replies: “Yeah, well we were married 35 years.”

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Friends threaten Kelly Osbourne for wedding invite

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inger Kelly Osbourne’s friends have been threatening her for her wedding invitation even when the D-day is not fixed yet. Osbourne is likely to exchange vows with fiance Matthew Mosshart in the near future. “Isn’t it weird how people care more about your wedding than you do? Then they say things like, ‘Well, you better invite me and my mum and my brother or I’ll never speak to you again’,” eonline.com quoted Osbourne as saying. “I’ve already had threats. It’s one of those things where I’m like, ‘If you threaten me, you’re not coming anyway even if I IANS love you’,” she added. –

Simon Cowell wants Rita Ora to judge The X Factor

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usic mogul Simon Cowell is reportedly trying to get singer Rita Ora as one of the judges on his British reality show The X Factor. Ora, 21, was seen making an exit from Cowell’s mansion Wednesday. Going by her silver trouser-suit, it seemed that the meeting was for professional reasons, reports mirror.co.uk. “Rita was not there for dinner on Wednesday night. She was there for a meeting and there were business colleagues with her,” Cowell’s spokesperson said. Cowell had approached Ora last year as well, but she had denied the offer to judge the show because she wanted to focus on her albums.- IANS

All’s well with Katie Price post operation M

odel Katie Price, who was admitted to a hospital following post pregnancy complications, is now back home and recovering well. Price was admitted to a hospital this week after suffering complication related to the birth of newborn son in August. She even had to undergo emergency operation. “Katie was obviously really worried, as was Kieran (her husband). It’s been a difficult few months, as she has been plagued by so many complications,” dailymail.co.uk quoted a source as saying. “This was yet another problem for her to face, but once she had the emergency operation, which went well, she was able to leave hospital late that night to return home to her children,” the source added. She also has a son, Harvey, 11, from her relationship with footballer Dwight Yorke, as well as Junior, eight, and Princess, IANS six, with ex-husband Peter Andre.

ADELE may play Dusty Springfield in biopic

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ritish singer Adele is reportedly in talks to play the lead role in a biopic in country singer Dusty Springfield. The film, to be penned by David Stenn, will focus on Springfield’s time living in Memphis, Tennessee in the late 1960s during the making of her 1969 album Dusty in Memphis. “There is a project - and its true Adele is attached - but it’s in an early stage of development,” dailymail.co.uk quoted a source as saying. Adele’s London-based spokesman offered “no comment on this” when approached by Daily Mail.- IANS


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Death on marathon course

Sousa, Benneteau in final

India draw with Malaysia

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he death of a 71-year-old inline skater on the Berlin marathon course has cast a shadow over Sunday’s race through the German capital. The inline skater died 15 kilometres into the race over 42.195kms on Saturday, the curtain-raiser to Sunday’s run through Berlin and no further details have been released. It is the second death by a hobby athlete in the German capital this year after a 25-year-old collapsed and died while running in April’s half marathon.

ortugal’s Joao Sousa and Frenchman Julien Benneteau marched into the the finals of the Malaysian Open on Saturday. Sousa continued his dominant form and ousted Austrian Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to reach his first ATP final. The world No. 77, who upset David Ferrer on Friday, kept his cool under tremendous pressure from Melzer to record a memorable win which sets up the opportunity to be the first ATP winner from his country.

ndia’s under-21 hockey team drew 3-3 against hosts Malaysia at The Sultan of Johor Cup here Saturday ahead of Sunday’s final between the two. India started well with goals in the first-half by Satbir Singh (10th minute) and Ramandeep Singh (33rd). Trailing by two goals in the second half, the hosts came back in the last eight minutes of the contest, scoring three goals — Shahril Saabah (62nd), Rashid Baharom (64th) and Shahril (68th).

Stevenson retains crown

MONTREAL: Haitian-born

Canadian Adonis Stevenson defended his World Boxing Council light-heavyweight title Saturday by stopping US former world champion Tavoris Cloud after seven rounds. Stevenson, a 36-year-old southpaw, won his ninth fight in a row and improved to 22-1 with his 19th victory inside the distance. Cloud fell to 24-2 with his second loss in a row. Stevenson was a hometown favourite in Montreal. In June he successfully defended his world title by knocking out American Chad Dawson in only 76 seconds. “I’ve beaten two great champions,” Stevenson said. “Just basic boxing, connecting, use my jab, my movement. I was training for that. I’ve been seven rounds, I still can box him.” Cloud, a 31-year-old American, suffered the first loss of his career six months ago, dropping a unanimous decision to 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins to lose the International Boxing Federation version of the weight class’ world title. It has been nearly six years

IN JUNE, CANADA’S ADONIS STEVENSON

avenged six months ago. Stevenson slammed a solid left into Cloud’s left eye in the first round and the American went to the canvas in the second round, although referee

Vos defends world road race title

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FLORENCE: Olympic champion Marianne Vos outclassed her rivals to claim her third gold in the women’s road race at the world cycling championships on Saturday. Sweden’s Emma Johansson took the silver medal after beating Italy’s Rossella Ratto in a two-up sprint for the finish line of the 139.6 km race, which began in Montecatini Terme. “It’s great to defend the title. They always say it’s hard to win one, but to do it two times in a row is even more difficult,” said Vos, who now has 11 senior world titles spread across road, track and cyclo-cross. Vos, the London Olympic champion, was arguably the biggest threat from the field of 139 starters on an undulating race which ended on a 2.8 km

TOKYO: Czech Petra Kvitova

Mike Griffin ruled it was a slip and not a knockdown. Cloud was bleeding by the end of the fourth round. Stevenson dropping his guard at times and taunting the challenger as the crowd chanted Stevenson’s nickname, “Superman.” A hard left to the head in the seventh staggered Cloud and a right hook followed by a body blow opened cuts over both eyes, prompting Cloud’s corner to ask for the bout to be halted just moments after the seventh round ended. “He was covering more so I went to the body,” Stevenson said. “Sometimes I went for the head and sometimes the body. It worked out well.”

defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 Saturday in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo for her 11th career singles title. The 2011 Wimbledon champion defeated the ninth-ranked Kerber in an hour and 39 minutes on the strength of her aggressive baseline play and five aces. Both players had their serves broken on four occasions, but Kvitova won more of the big points down the stretch to capture the winner’s trophy. The Czech raced out to a 4-0 lead in the final set and, although she needed four championship points to close out the match, finally finished it off by winning a 20-ball rally. Kvitova defeated American Venus Williams in a grueling three-set semifinal contest on Friday, but she refused to blame her lapse in the second set on fatigue. With the win, the Czech guaranteed that she would be back in the top 10 when the next WTA rankings come out Monday.

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SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED HIS WORLD TITLE BY KNOCKING OUT AMERICAN CHAD DAWSON IN ONLY 76 SECONDS.

since Stevenson, who left Haiti for Canada at age four, had a fight that went the distance. Stevenson’s only loss came in 2010 to American Darnell Boone, a defeat the Canadian

Gold medalist Marianne Vos of the Netherlands crosses the finish line of the Elite Women Road Race of the UCI Road World Championships on Saturday in Florence, Italy. AFP/LUK BENIES

flat section. But her third victory, after titles in 2006 and 2012, came in large part down to teammate Anna van der Breggen, whose numerous counter-attacks on the final two laps helped dissuade rivals and allow Vos some extra comfort. After the Dutch pair had stayed with a five-strong group over the two main climbs on the fifth and last lap of the circuit, Vos took the race by the scruff of the neck. On a steep, 600-metre rise she stunned American climbing specialist Evelyn Stevens with a turn of pace that no one could match and after reaching the top of it hit top speed on the closing 2.8 km to leave her rivals with no chance. “Until the last lap I didn’t feel too confident but on the steep climb I knew I had the chance to attack,” added Vos. AFP

Kvitova captures Tokyo title

WINNING WAYS

Winners and runners up of the AITA Junior Ranking Tennis Tournament pose with the trophies in Hyderabad on Saturday.

Tennis tourney from Friday HYDERABAD: The AmwayNutrilite AP State Ranking Tennis Tournament for under-16 and under-18 boys and girls will be conducted by

the Ace Tennis Academy, Uma Nagar, Begumpet, on Friday. Further information can be received at 040-23230555 between 10am to 2pm.


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Uihlein sets eyes on title Uihlein narrowly missed an eagle putt on the ninth at Kingsbarns and had to settle for recording the 17th round of 60 in European Tour history.

GLASGOW: Peter Uihlein has set his sights on winning the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after the American’s eagle gave him a two-shot lead after Saturday’s third round. Uihlein narrowly missed an eagle putt on the ninth at Kingsbarns on Friday and had to settle for recording the 17th round of 60 in European Tour history instead of a recordbreaking 59, but he finished his round on the Old Course on Saturday in stunning style. The 24-year-old’s pitch from 47 yards looped straight into the hole for an eagle two to complete a 65 and 20-under-par total in the pro-am event played at Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews. Uihlein was only one under after an opening 71 at Carnoustie but has played his last 36 holes in 19 under, eclipsing the previous record of 18 under set by Thomas Aiken in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek in 2009. However, with scoring conditions again perfect, that was

US golfer Peter Uihlein plays a shot during The Alfred Dunhill Links Championships golf competition at The Old Course at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland on Saturday. AFP/IAN MACNICOL only good enough to lead by two from Ernie Els, David Howell, Joost Luiten, Martin Kaymer, Richard McEvoy and Ireland’s Shane Lowry, who equalled the course record with a 64 at Carnoustie after a bogey on his

Venus accepts Murray’s five set challenge TOKYO: Former world number one Venus Williams (in pic) has said she would have no issues with playing five sets at grand slam tournaments after Andy Murray’s recent call for equal match lengths in men’s and women’s tennis. “Sure, not a problem,” the 33-year-old American told AFP at the just-ended Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she reached the semi-finals. “If we have to play best-ofthree, we play best-of-three. If it’s best-offive that’s fine too. Either way it’s not a problem.” German Angelique Kerber echoed the seven-times grand slam singles champion’s sentiments, saying: “I think we are fit and strong enough to play five sets.” However, Czech Petra Kvitova appeared less than thrilled at the prospect. “I don’t know if I’m prepared for bestof-five matches,” the 2011 Wimbledon champion said on Saturday after beating Kerber in the Tokyo final. “The top 50 are getting so much better and that’s why matches are so close now,” added the 23-yearold, after a tourhigh 32nd three-set match of the season. “I’d need to work more on stamina and do more running to be able to play best-of-five.” AFP

final hole. England’s Paul Casey also equalled the course record at St Andrews with a 62, although he was seven off the lead on 13 under. “It was not quite what I was

trying to do but it worked out,” Uihlein said. “I carried it a bit too far but got a bit lucky and it’s pretty sweet, a cool finish and a great way to sign off. “I felt I missed quite a few putts coming down the stretch so it makes up for it a little.” Els has twice been part of winning Dunhill Cup teams for South Africa at St Andrews, but would love to win an individual title on Sunday, especially after making the cut in the pro-am event with his father Neels. “I’ve been in a bit of a rut playing in the FedEx Cup in the States, playing week to week and kind of going brain dead. You don’t know exactly what you’re playing for,” he said. “To come here and play with my dad, who turned 70 this year, at these beautiful links courses makes a change and that’s what I needed. “It would mean a great deal to win this event especially with our close connection with (tournament promoter) Johann Rupert and his family. I’ve come close quite a few times and I feel I need to get my name on that AFP trophy.”

Park takes lead in Japan TOKYO: South Korea’s Park Sung-Joon of Korea shot a sublime three-underpar 68 in the third round of the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open on Saturday, taking a two-shot lead into the last day. The 27-year-old, who has not missed a single cut in Japan this season, overcame tough playing conditions at the Ibaraki Country Club to sink four birdies against one bogey for a total seven-under-par 206. Asia’s only male Major champion Y.E. Yang, also of Korea, sank a 15 footer eagle putt on the last for a 69 to share second place with Japan’s Tetsuji Hiratsuka (71), Masahiro Kawamura (71) and Akio Sadakata (68). Overnight leader Pariya Junhasavasdikul of Thailand slipped back to tied sixth after posting a disappointing 74 to trail Park by three shots at the Y150 million ($1.48 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour. AFP

Djoker vows to defend No 1 spot Neil CONNOR

BEIJING: World number one Novak Djokovic Saturday warned a resurgent Rafael Nadal that he won’t give up the top spot without a fight as he prepares to defend his China Open crown. Nadal has been in sizzling form this season — moving to third on the alltime list of Grand Slam champions after claiming victory over Djokovic at this month’s US Open — and the Spaniard could become the world number one for the first time since July 2011 with a good performance in Beijing. Djokovic acknowledged that the current number two has had a more consistent season, but said he is confident he can reproduce the form in Beijing which has seen him unbeaten in three visits to the tournament, following up wins in 2009 and 2010 with victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in last year’s final.

“As long as there is a chance, I will fight for that top spot,” he said at the dual ATP and WTA event, which is being staged at Beijing’s Olympic Park. “But, again, with no doubt he has the best results this year. This year he’s been the best player in the world. I have been having ups and downs throughout this year. But still it was a quite good season for me, but it’s not over. “I want to focus on this week’s China Open because this is where I traditionally play well, and I would like to have another successful week.” Djokovic is the top seed in Beijing, ahead of number two Nadal, the ATP said on its website Saturday. The reigning champion will play Czech Lukas Rosol, who is ranked 46th in the world, in his opening game, while Nadal will face a qualifier who is yet to be named. AFP

Berdych, Raonic in title clash BANGKOK: Top seed Tomas Berdych and number three Milos Raonic (right) both battled through for three-set wins to set up a Sunday final at the Thailand Open. Berdych struggled for nearly three hours before finally defeating Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 75. Raonic put out defending champion Richard Gasquet in the second loss of the day for France, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. The Canadian winner

hammered 23 aces in a fightback lasting for just under two hours. Czech Berdych had his troubles with the game of the 14th-ranked Simon, 2012 losing finalist. Berdych is looking for his first title since Stockholm last October — he is currently the lone member of the ATP top 10 without a trophy this season. Raonic owns four career trophies - three of them won

indoors in the now defunct San Jose event. Berdych beat Raonic in their only previous meeting. Berdych lost the opening set after 74 minutes against Simon, known for long matches and extended passages of play. After being treated on court for back pain on Friday, Simon did not use his courtside chair during changeovers in the Berdych AFP match.


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Chief to be back unopposed

Srinivasan will be elected unopposed as president of the BCCI for a third year at its AGM. CHENNAI: Narayanaswamy Srinivasan will be elected unopposed as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a third year at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) here Sunday alongwith all other office bearers. Srinivasan, however, will know Monday whether he can take charge or not only after the Supreme Court decides Monday on the petition filed by the secretary of the Cricket Association of Bihar. The CAB, which is not recognised by the BCCI, had moved the Supreme Court Monday seeking to restrain Srinivasan from getting re-elected on the ground that his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was the team principal of the popular Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings — owned by Srinivasan’s India Cements — has been chargesheeted for betting in the

Ganguly, Paes receive awards KOLKATA: Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly and tennis ace Leander Paes were Saturday presented the lifetime achievements awards instituted by the West Bengal government from this year. Mamata Banerjee handed out the honours to Ganguly, while the racket great’s reward was accepted by his father Vece Paes, who was himself presented the Kriraguru award. Leander could not make to the event as he is now busy in a tournament abroad. The life time award comprises a cheque of Rs.5 lakh, a memento, a scarf and a blazer. Ganguly, who received the award amid deafening cheers, said: “This is a proud moment for me.” Altogether 64 sportspersons, both current and former, were given the awards in four categories - lifetime achievement, Banglar Gourab, Kriraguru and Khel Samman. IANS

The new office-bearers: Vice presidents: Out: Arun Jaitley (Delhi) Niranjan Shah (Saurashtra) Sudhir Dabir (Vidarbha) In: Sneh Bansal (DDCA), Rajiv Shukla (UP) and Ravi Savant (Mumbai) Retained: Chitrak Mitra (Bengal), Shivlal Yadav (Hyderabad) Honorary Secretary: Sanjay Patel (Baroda) Treasurer: Anirudh Chaudhary (Haryana Cricket Association) Joint Secretary: Anurag Thakur (Himachal) sixth edition of the Twenty20 tournament. CAB secretary Aditya Verma, in his application, also sought to restrain the BCCI from

nominating Srinivasan in any of its committees as a member or allow him to participate in any of the proceedings of the board in any capacity.

“Sorry. Please, I cannot comment on anything now. Please try to understand my situation,” said Srinivasan when IANS reached him soon after his unanimous election. When the nominations for various offices were released this evening, surprisingly the names of two of its senior vicepresidents, Arun Jaitley from North and Niranjan Shah from West were missing. Both Jaitley and Shah apparently did not want to be part of a set-up mired in controversies. Jaitley paved the way for his Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) secretary Sneh Bansal to move in while Mumbai president Ravi Sawant takes over from Shah. The other new vice-president is Rajiv Shukla, president of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association, who replaces Vidarbha’s Sudhir Dabir. Cricket Association of Bengal joint secretary Chitrak

Strauss lifts lid over KP row

LONDON: Former England

captain Andrew Strauss has lifted the lid on his stand-off with Kevin Pietersen that overshadowed his final days as an international cricketer,

saying he felt “let down” by the star batsman. And his comments, in Saturday’s Daily Mail serialisation of his autobiography, ‘My Driving Ambition’ placed a question mark over his expressed interest in succeeding Hugh Morris as England’s new managing director of cricket — a position that would effectively mean he was Pietersen’s boss. Strauss retired in August last year following England’s Test series loss to South Africa during which the generally good relations he enjoyed with Pietersen, the man he succeeded as captain, hit rock bottom. The low points came following reports Pietersen, South Africa born and raised, had sent derogatory text messages to

his friends in the Proteas’ dressing room regarding Strauss, including advice on how to dismiss the left-hander. The texts became public after a drawn fourth Test in Leeds where Pietersen scored a superb 149 only to say it was “hard being me” in the England dressing room, with the fall-out seeing the gifted shotmaker dropped from the team that played the final Test against the Proteas. Strauss, recalling his feelings, wrote: “The England cricket team are in crisis again. Coach Andy Flower and I have found ourselves in the middle of a destabilising and potentially damaging PR game between Kevin Pietersen, the England cricket team and the ECB (England and Wales Cricket AFP Board).

Titans thrash Sunrisers by 8 wickets RANCHI: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s hopes of qualifying for the semifinals hang by a thread after a humiliating eight-wicket loss to South African outfit Titans in a Champions League Twenty20 Group B encounter at the JSCA International Stadium Complex here Saturday. The Sunrisers dropped to fourth in the table after two losses and a sole win. Titans jumped to second place tied on eight points with leaders Chennai Super Kings, who have played a game less. Once the Sunrisers were restricted to 145 for seven they were always in trouble on a placid batting track. The Titans took just 16.3 overs to score 147 for two. Opening batsmen Jacques Rudolph (49 not out) and Henry Davids (64) did all the damage with a 112-run stand.

Captain Davids was in ominous form as he smacked seven fours and four sixes while Rudolph added to the Hyderabad bowlers’ misery by hitting three fours and two sixes. The Sunrisers at least managed to take two wickets but it came a little too late in the day to do any sort of damage to the Titans. Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan and opening partner Parthiv Patel gave their team a solid start. The Hyderabad outfit were going at 10 runs per over when Dhawan was dismissed. The left-hander looked into red hot form, smashing seven fours and a six in his brief innings. Patel too played some fabulous shots clearing the boundary twice. With the score 62 for one in the seventh over, the Sunrisers looked set to post a daunting total but as soon as Patel was dismissed David Wiese in the IANS ninth over, it all turned sour.

Mitra and former India off-spinner Shivlal Yadav from Hyderabad will continue as vicepresidents for one more year. Baroda’s Sanjay Patel, who was nominated after Sanjay Jagdale quit in protest against the constitution of the inquiry panel to probe the alleged betting and spot-fixing by Meiyappan. Haryana secretary Anirudh Chaudhary comes in as the new treasurer, replacing Sawant, who was nominated along with Patel when Ajay Shirke went out with Jagdale. Himachal’s Anurag Thakur will continue as joint secretary. BCCI Sources told IANS that if the case in the Supreme Court lingers on, former president Jagmohan Dalmiya may continue as the officiating chief. Dalmiya took over after Srinivasan stepped aside after the IPL spot-fixing and the betIANS ting scandal broke out.

CSK win, enter semis RANCHI: The Chennai Super Kings won their third consecutive match to become the first team to qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 semifinals by beating Brisbane Heat by eight wickets at the JSCA International Stadium here Saturday. Chasing Heat’s target of 138 in 20 overs, the Super Kings achieved it with 4.1 overs to spare and bag four points for the win to go top of the Group B standings with a total of 12. Brisbane Heat, on the other hand, have lost all their three matches in the tournament and cannot progress to the last four stage. Put in to bat, Brisbane Heat never really got their act together and kept losing wickets right from the start. The Australian side were reeling at 66/6 in the 13th over when wicketkeeper batsman Chris Hartley (35) and Ben Cutting (42 not out) provided a much needed breakthrough partnership of 71 runs to push them well past the 100-mark. Right hand bat Cutting thwacked five sixes in his 25-ball knock to take his side to a respectable total of 137/7 from their quota of 20 overs. Pacer Mohit Sharma and spinner Ravindra Jadeja clinched two wickets each while offie Ravichandran Ashwin (1/10) and part time bowler Suresh Raina (1/9) kept the run rate down for the IANS Chennai side.


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Gunners top table with win Alec Kennedy

SWANSEA:- Aaron Ramsey scored for the fourth game in a row as Arsenal went two points clear at the top of the Premier League following a 2-1 win away to Swansea on Saturday. Second-half goals from teenage midfielder Serge Gnabry and Ramsey put the Gunners on top at the Liberty Stadium before Swansea’s Ben Davies pulled one back eight minutes from time. But Arsene Wenger’s table-toppers held on to secure their fifth straight league win since an opening day defeat by Aston Villa. Arsenal started the day on top of the table but only ahead of north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference alone. However, with Spurs held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea earlier in the day, Arsenal kicked-off in south Wales knowing victory would give them a clear lead at the head of English football’s top-flight. Ramsey, who previously played for Swansea’s bitter Welsh rivals Cardiff, was at the heart of most of Arsenal’s early work but it took the Gunners a while to trouble a Swans’ back four led by Chico Flores. Gunners centre-half Per Mertesacker did have an opportunity to break the deadlock but his header from a Mesut Ozil cross was wide of goalkeeper

Swansea City’s Dutch midfielder Jonathan de Guzman (L) and Arsenal’s Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey watch the ball during their English Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Saturday. AFP/PAUL ELLIS

Moyes concerned by toothless Man United

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (L) reacts as he leaves the pitch with teammate Alexander Buttner (R) after their 2-1 defeat in the match against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. AFP/ANDREW YATES

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MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager David Moyes admits his team’s lack of cutting edge is giving him serious grounds for concern following a shock home defeat by West Bromwich Albion.

Moyes’s side have not scored from open play in the Premier League since their 4-1 victory at Swansea City on the opening weekend of the season. The run continued when they were deservedly beaten 2-1 by West Brom on Saturday, making it three

defeats in Moyes’s first six league games in charge and United’s worst start to a season since 1989. Moyes had previously complained about a difficult opening to the campaign that saw his side take on Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City over the course of the first five games. After heading to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League in midweek, they travel to Sunderland next weekend before a pair of back-toback home matches in the Premier League. Moyes’s only major addition in the summer was midfielder Marouane Fellaini and despite the lack of any attacking signings, he is adamant he has the options at his disposal to resolve the goal-scoring issue. “I’m concerned, but only because we didn’t play well (against West Brom). There’s a lot of games to go and we can put it right in the games to come,” he said. AFP

Michel Vorm’s far post. Ozil was a delight to watch, albeit in the middle third where he could cause only minimal damage, with his trickery on the ball and movement off it leaving Swansea mesmerised at times. If only the Gunners could have replicated that quality in the final third where Olivier Giroud ploughed a lone furrow. Ramsey almost opened the scoring in the 15th minute when he struck a smart shot from 25 yards which shaved the outside of Vorm’s right-hand upright. Swansea began to show greater urgency than the visitors as the half wore on with Davies a constant threat down the left and Jonjo Shelvey continually probing through the centre. But there was nothing calculated or planned about the moment that nearly led to the first goal. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s heavy touch from a Ramsey back-pass led to Michu pinching possession inside the penalty area and when the ball broke to Wayne Routledge, the winger was inches wide with his shot from the angle. Swansea continued to play at a familiar tempo whereas Arsenal were strangely subdued until, in first-half stoppage time, a neat through ball from Gnabry set up Giroud for the best chance AFP of the first 45 minutes.

Ramsey rewards Wenger’s faith Alec Kennedy

SWANSEA: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he was never in any doubt Aaron Ramsey would return to his best form after the midfielder’s goal helped secure a 2-1 win at Swansea for the Premier League leaders. Ramsey spent nearly eight months on the sidelines after suffering a broken leg following a horror tackle by Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross in February 2010. When he finally returned, Ramsey went on loan to Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City in a bid to rebuild his confidence. It took time for the now 22-year-old Wales international to look the player he had been before his injury setback but this season Ramsey has been in irrepressible form, scoring eight times in league and European football. AFP

Bucharest is game we can’t lose: Jose Jon West

LONDON: Jose Mourinho (in pic) will give Juan Mata a start in Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Steaua Bucharest, a game the Chelsea boss insists his team cannot afford to lose. Having lost 2-1 at home to Basel in the first group match, Mourinho conceded Chelsea could not afford to drop three more points in the Romanian capital. “Tuesday is the game that we cannot lose,” he said. “Even a draw, probably, is not a good result for us so now we have to prepare ourselves. “We have to get 12 points to be out of any danger so if we lose there we still have four matches to play and we will have to win them all. We don’t want to put ourselves under so much pressure.” Mata has started just three of the nine games in Mourinho’s second spell in charge of Chelsea so far, including a League Cup tie against third-tier Swindon Town, as the Portuguese has been unimpressed with his work-rate. Yet Mata was so influential coming off the bench in the 1-1 draw at

Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham on Saturday that Mourinho decided he now deserves to be rewarded. “This is the way players have to say ‘I want to play’,” Mourinho explained. “‘Blah, blah, blah’ is not good, conversations with the media is not good, the agent’s blah, blah, blah is not good; good is this — the effort he made against Swindon and the way he changed the team in the second half (against Tottenham). “And because of that I am a very happy manager who says 70 hours in advance he plays against Steaua Bucharest. He (Mata) won that by himself.” AFP


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