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Parents are requesting the City’s reputed colleges to open branches in the Rayala-Andhra regions so that their children can leave Hyderabad and study there.


The big question is how the approx `70,000cr generated by Hyderabad will be distributed between Telangana & Rayala-Andhra.


In a blow , the State Cabinet ministers from Rayalaseema demanded that the new capital of Andhra and Rayalaseema state be set up in Rayalaseema.


Violence breaks out in Tirupati, Vizag and Aanathapur where protesters against state division set fire to several vehicles.


The trumpets of celebration blared deep into the night, but in the harsh light of day, reality descended on Brand Hyderabad. Ahead lies a logistical nightmare and a bureaucratic minefield where the only losers will be the people of Hyderabad, who face becoming collateral damage in an intrinsically political battle.

As the euphoria ends...




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EXHIBITION Fun learning art Workshops on creative writing, origami mathematics and making paper are being organised by Adhya Educational Society for ages 3-8. Where: Our Sacred Space, Secunderabad When: Aug 4 9 am to 7 pm Contact: 88975 41237

Theatre festival The seventh edition of the multi-lingual theatre festival — Abhinaya National Theatre Festival will be held from August 16 to August 19. Where: Ravindra Bharathi, Saifabad When: August 16 onwards 6.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2323 1245

World of Colours Workshop on drawing and water colour, oil and acrylic painting for housewives . Where: Inspire Painting Institute When: Ongoing Contact: 89777 72524

LITTLE WONDERS: Executive Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, Sangita Reddy pose with kids who have successfully undergone cochlear implantation at Apollo Heath City on Tuesday. Contact: (040) 6625 0000 Prenatal care Yoga classes for expecting mothers’ wellness will be held. . Where: The Birthplace, Banjara Hills, Rd No 2 When: Aug 3, 11.30 Contact: 98855 69459

DINING Parantha festival Haldi at Novotel Airport is hosting a parantha festival titled Parantha Overload. The parantha festival on till August 15, offers a variety of paranthas in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian combinations. Where: Novotel Airport, Shamshabad When: Ongoing, 6.30pm

Street mania A joyous line of street food from across India will be served for street food lovers. Where: The Square, Novotel Convention, Hitech city When: Aug 2, 6.30 pm Contact: 6682 4422

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SHOWS Laugh riot ‘Ek Shahi Raat’, a comedy play by The Thuriya theatre group, written by Miro gavran and directed by Bavani Ganti will be performed. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: Aug 3 & 4, 7.30pm onwards Contact: 96427 31329 A theatrical portrayal The Final Cry-a play on human made disasters leading to end of the world will be performed by a new group called Cosmic Revelations. For ages 16 & above Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills When: Aug 11,

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Monsoon mania Ramoji Film City celebrates the onset of monsoon with eight weeks of funfilled activities and entertainment with magic of cinema starting from July 1 to August 31. Monsoon Masti is an occasion for the entire family .Where: Ramoji Film City, Hayathnagar When: Ongoing, 9am onwards Contact: (040) 2341 2262

ART Living with the masters An exhibition of paintings by artistes such as Akbar Padamsee, Bikash Bhattacharjee, Ganesh Pyne, Jagdish Swaminathan, K G Subramanyan, Krishen Khanna, Ram Kumar, S H Raza, Tyeb Mehta is being held. Where: Kalakriti Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466

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Dejected IPS cadre plans VRS HYDERABAD: Most IPS officers in AP seem unhappy at the bifurcation of AP as their playfield has been curtailed and most of them hate to be dumped in coastal Andhra, which is beset with problems. As the new state was being announced, many IPS officers were seen in knots of twos and threes, discussing with concern their future. Discussions overheard by sources say that many, who are at the fag end of their career, plan to take voluntary retirement and move on to corporate jobs. There would also be some amount of witch-hunting as some duty-conscious officers have been impartial in dealing with T-uprisings



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in the past several years. The IPS officers are unhappy to be posted to Seemandhra, especially four districts — Kadapa, Kurnool, Chitoor and Ananthapur — where political one-upmanship is acute and factionalism virulent. Police officers AROUND THE


will get caught in the crossfire, they fear. “We will be reduced to office attender roles,” lamented an IPS officer in private. The IPS officers are sure that the game plan of the Congress is only to make Rahul Gandhi prime minister. “They don’t give a damn about the State and its people,” he commented.

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ast year we had reported how the GHMC had plans to move all garbage dumps from off main roads and shift them into smaller side lanes. This, they said, would make the City look clean. Instead of actually considering tackling the garbage problem in the city, the civic corporation seemed to be only interested in appearances ahead of CoP-11.

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is the total number of those refugees fleeing from the civil war in Syria receiving aid. More than 5,41,000 Syrian refugees have been registered in Lebanon.

For quite a lot of time, football was somewhere below cricket; now, I feel it's football’s time to fight back. You can’t say that football is not popular — I think it lacks exposure. Paul Masefield, Former footballer See page 7

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


The new reality star eats shoots and leaves. The pandas in Chengdu will be getting their own television reality show with one TV channel recording their activities 24 hours a day. So if you want your dose of cuteness, head to in August.


Train driver was on phone when accident occurred. The driver of a train that derailed in Spain killing 79 people was on the phone to a coworker at the time of the accident, while the train was racing at nearly twice the speed limit.


Hyderabad fashion goes to the big leagues. Seven designers from Hyderabad will present their collections at Lakme Fashion Week this August.


Listen to some great music by Mohd Rafi. On his 33rd death anniversary, music fans will pay tribute to the beautiful voice of Rafi.


No more drones to deliver cakes in China. No aerial service from the bakery anymore, says aviation board.


Exodus of students from Hyderabad?


HYDERABAD: Now here is an education bomb, triggered by the T-formation. With the formation of a separate state, many of the established corporate colleges have been receiving requests from parents living in the Telangana region to shift their wards to some of the educational hubs in the Andhra region like Vijaywada, Guntur and Nellore. In fact, they want these reputed corporate schools and colleges to open shop in Rayala-Andhra regions. Since most of the leading educational institutions, especially in Hyderabad, are under the Andhra management, parents fear that the division of the State would affect the quality. According to reliable sources, some of the private corporate colleges, institutions offering professional courses and some schools have already



started expanding their establishments in coastal Andhra region. Confirming this news, one of the principals of a reputed corporate college said, “Once the confusion between the two separated states is clear, we are expecting more students to shift

to the Andhra region, so we are considering expanding the number of institutions. The institutions will even spread in Andhra regions, which we have so far not ventured into.” Though the government promised to bring out a separate

Act for the Andhra people residing in Telangana region, questions about whether the education sector would feature in the Act or not were also raised by educationalists. Now that most of these educational institutions would shift their base to different regions in Andhra, there is a high possibility of disturbance in the educational systems and the academic year. However defending this, TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao, speaking to Postnoon, said, “So far, the people from Andhra region were dominating the private education (sector). Due to lack of funding and discrimination, the local institutions have been deprived the opportunity to grow. However, now the education sector will take a different turn and it will be for the good of the students and the State.”



HYDERABAD: Matinee idol and politician Chiranjeevi is not credited with great foresight, but he proved cent per cent correct in predicting one thing — the future of dynamic leader N Chandrababu Naidu. While Naidu was on his extended padayatra, Chiranjeevi commented, “Naidu will only develop blisters on his sole. He will not return to power.” Events that led to T-formation yesterday have placed Naidu in the most tragic Shakespearean character, King Lear’s shoes. Maybe he is in a more tragic state than Lear. In the game the Congress played in the creation of T-state, the biggest loser is the TDP as it finds itself fallen between the stools. The man who is credited with giving Hyderabad a modern face is the most disappointed of all political leaders today. The TDP’s unequivocal support to the T-state was a political folly, say observers of politics. Naidu had resisted the temptation all through but yielded to the pressure from the TDP camp in T and consented. The party senior leaders say they never expected a sudden solution to T and so thought of taking a risk. But the gamble did not pay off. Now, at one stroke, one-third of its support base has been chopped off. Reduced to Seemandhra, the TDP will



Who will be king?


here are many front-runners for the CM’s post in T. They are deputy CM Damodar Raja Narasimha, young and dynamic civil supplies minister D Sridhar Babu, Panchayath Raj minister K Jana Reddy and industries minister Dr J Geeta Reddy. TRS president KCR is unlikely to become the CM as he always maintained that the first CM of the Telangana would be a Dalit.

have a tough time explaining to the RayalaAndhra regions why they become party to the division of the State. The pain is made more acute with the smarter YSRC disowning Telangana just in time to save their bastion — Rayala-Andhra.

HOW THEY PLAYED AND SCORED/LOST The Congress played a crafty game, hoping to merge with TRS and capture the whole of Telangana region for the 2014 elections. Its calculations are that it would walk away with 10-12 of 17 Parliamentary seats from T. As for Seemandhra, the Congress will

absorb the YSRC, which is expected to sweep the region. Making Jagan Mohan Reddy chief minister after polls will end all fracas: Om Shanti! TRS will have little reason to exist after the T-formation and therefore would either become an ally of Congress or merge with it. Its leaders have achieved what they wanted —positions — and the prize catch, Hyderabad. All’s well that ends well. The YSRC has played safe. After seeing the first leg of panchayat poll results, the party thought it prudent to disown Telangana and butter its places of strength — Rayala and Andhra. The party is in a win-win situation as it can mop up maximum number of Assembly seats and Parliament seats to either bargain with the Congress or merge with it. It is in a situation predestined to win the lottery, either way. The BJP has been supporting Telangana and it has zero presence elsewhere. It can keep Mahbubnagar and extend its influence. No one can prevent it. MIM, which has some 38 lakh Muslim population spread over Telangana, is strong, besides Hyderabad, in Ranga Reddy, Medak and Nizamabad. The party will do anything to spread, though it had opposed T. Narrow-band has nothing to lose, it can only expand. Leftists have no great presence. Their growth had long been stunted. The CPI struck up with T. Beggars are not choosers.


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HYDERABAD: The announcement of the UPA government to create a new state of Telangana has come as a blow to the 450year-old historic city of Hyderabad. Though the terms of references are yet to be framed by the Centre for the administration of two new states with Hyderabad as the joint capital for a period of 10 years, the intelligentsia and politicians are clueless about the fate of Hyderabad in coming days after being elevated to joint capital status. Their worries about Brand Hyderabad are many; revenue sharing, conduct of elections in the upcoming General Elections scheduled to be held next year, administrative issues, sharing of infrastructure, concern of longterm investments.

REVENUE SHARING This has become the most important and debated issue among Hyderabadis. Majority of the Hyderabadis are clueless about what kind of framework the Centre will have viz-a-viz revenue generated by Hyderabad. According to an estimate, Hyderabad alone generates over `75,000 crore (IT and ITES services contribute `42,000 crore to State government) revenue for the State government through various taxes and fees. This is over 50 per cent of the total revenue of the State government. The biggest issue that has now come up for discussion is whether the newly formed Andhra and Rayalaseema State would also claim a share from it. Speaking to Postnoon, main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP)’s State organising secretary PL Srinivas, a blue-blooded Hyderabadi, said that he is clueless about what the Centre is going to do with the income generated from Hyderabad. He said that the revenue generated by the historic city should be spent on the development of Telangana region and added that not a sin-



for the entire City of Hyderabad by dividing the State. “The people of Hyderabad are in utter confusion. We don’t know what will happen to us as there is no clarity on our status as a joint capital,” he said. Senior Congress leader and chairman of AP Minorities Commission Abid Rasool Khan said that the Centre would announce a special package for the development of Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. The revenue generated by Hyderabad will not be spent for the development of both the regions.


Cooler elements see the hurried division of Telangana as debilitating for the future of its star city, Hyderabad. Its growth is in all probability going to get stunted with two governments pulling it in opposite directions, scaring investors away. A beginning has already been made with parents asking corporate educational institutions to shift shop to Andhra. Realty is in doldrums. But does anybody care?

There is also confusion over how the administration of the two newly formed states would be done from Hyderabad. How will the City accommodate two chief ministers and equal number of Secretariats, legislative assemblies and councils? The CM of which state will yield power from the existing Secretariat? What would be his equation with his counterpart? According to Rambotla, it would be difficult for two CMs to function from the same City as there is a chance of ego clash between the two.


gle penny should go towards Andhra and Rayalaseema region. Srinivas demanded the Centre announce a special package for Andhra and Rayalaseema region. “Whatever is earned by Hyderabad city is its own

income. The State of Telangana, of which Hyderabad is an integral part and its capital, will have a natural claim on the income generated by the City. I demand the Central government announce a special package for the development of both the

other regions instead of spending money of our region,” he said. Srinivas also warned the Centre that he will not let go of the income generated by Hyderabad. Another TDP leader, Sudheesh Rambotla, said that the Centre had created a huge mess

The division has also shrouded the issue of future investments in Hyderabad. During the partnership summit last year, the State government entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with 243 companies. These companies have pledged to invest a whopping `6.47 lakh crore over a period of time in the State. Interestingly, a handful of these companies have plans to operate their businesses from Hyderabad. These investments promised creation of over 6,00,000 jobs for unemployed youth of the State.

NATION BRIEFS Stones thrown at religious procession

Militants lobbed grenade at brick farm in Manipur

Woman sets herself, two kids ablaze

Four sentenced for gangrape of woman

Passenger killed as bus falls into canal

LUCKNOW: Tension prevailed in the old city area here when members of two groups engaged in brick-batting and arson during a religious procession, police said today. The incident took place this morning when a procession to commemorate the death anniversary of Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet, was being taken out.

IMPHAL: Unidentified militants hurled a grenade at a brick farm in interior Thoubal district of Manipur but no casualty is reported, police said today. The militants lobbed the grenade and also a hand-written note yesterday at the brick farm owned by M R Gopi (43) at Phundrei Kombirei village, about 45 km south-east of here, they said.

LUCKNOW: A woman set herself and her eight-month-old and two-year-old daughters ablaze in Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh late Tuesday, police said. The woman took the extreme step after a spat with her alcoholic husband, who would often beat her up. While both the children died on the spot, the woman died en route to a hospital.

KOHIMA: Four persons have been sentenced by a court in Dimapur for gangraping a woman last year. The Dimapur district and session judge, S Hukato Swu sentenced three persons to 15 years rigorous imprisonment. Another person who did not commit rape but acted with the common intention was awarded 10-years rigorous imprisonment.

CHANDIGARH: A passenger was killed while some others were feared drowned as a bus fell into a canal near Sirhind in Fatehgarh Sahib district of Punjab early today. The bus plying on Delhi-JalandharAmritsar route fell into the Sirhind canal on the national highway around 2am, Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said.


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At least 10 dead as heatwave hits Shanghai The city is grappling with the highest temperatures in at least 140 years.


On his 33rd death anniversary, we pay tribute to Mohd Rafi. PK SURENDRAN


f Mohd Rafi were alive today, he’d be very glad of his massive popularity among melody lovers but would have shied away from attending parties or such melas. For Rafi was a simple soul who was not equal to the glitz of the cine world. Hyderabad joined the rest of India in remembering Mohd Rafi on his 33rd death anniversary with Rafi ki Yaaden programmes, where his immortal songs were sung by his young admirers. A tribute to the greatest singer of our times was paid by Muhammed Fahad and team at Nehru Centre. Rafi Foundation too commemorated his death anniversary, while hundreds of music lovers paid tribute to Rafi by organising his songs’ fests and listening to Rafi music all day long on radio.


For such a titan in the film industry, it is surprising very little is known of this man, except that he was devoted to music and family, was a practising Muslim, and a lover of humanity. He is not on record having addressed a gath-

ering or given a media interview, not even a talk to Akashvani. However, some scribe is said to have asked him once what his main hobbies are. Giving out his winsome smile, he replied innocently — gaana aur khana! He had, in his 35-year career, sung some 5,000 songs in 11 languages. He is matched by Lata Mangeshkar and surpassed by Asha Bhonsale, though Rafi and Lata had a slanging match over AROUND THE


Guinness Book records. He had sung for all the music directors of his time, but it was Naushad who gave him big break. He also had a great relationship with composer OP Nayyar. Rafi’s mellifluous voice, his ability to twist and twang the song to suit the actor, enthrals millions even 33 years after his death. It is no exaggeration to say that if radio stops playing Rafi songs, it would be reduced to a cinder box. His voice is divine, and till he lost the sweetness of his voice in the late seventies, he remained the king of melodious voices. The void remains vacant even today.

STATE SPLIT Peasant dies watching T-news POSTNOON NEWS


ow, division causes heartbreak. A farmer from Kadapa district is reported to have died of a heart attack yesterday as he was watching the news about the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh on television. Mahaboob Basha, 48, a resident of Rayalapantula Gari Palli near Alankanupalli, died of a heart attack soon after watching news of the State’s bifurcation, his family members said.

The family said that Mahaboob Basha, after completing work in his farm near the Kurnool-Kadapa canal, came home and began watching news on television. Soon after watching news about AP’s bifurcation, he collapsed and was taken to hospital, where he was declared dead. It is however not clear if he was an avid Samaikhyaandra supporter. But family members say he had no history of heart ailments and he appeared very dejected at the division of the State as he has family scattered throughout AP.

SHANGHAI: More than 10 people have died in China’s commercial hub Shanghai, a local health official said Wednesday as the city grapples with its highest temperatures in at least 140 years. AROUND THE


Much of China is in the grip of a summer heatwave, and the China Meteorological Association issued a high temperature warning for several eastern and central provinces, saying temperatures could reach 41 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. Leng Guangming, a spokesman at the Shanghai Municipal Centre for Disease Control and

Prevention, said there had been at least 10 victims of heat stroke up to last Friday. He declined to give a more precise or more recent number. City forecasters said temperatures were “rising

rapidly” and could reach 40 deg C in People's Square on Wednesday. Experts blame a subtropical high pressure system and a lack of rain for the record-breaking heatwave, according to media. Pictures have shown people sheltering from the heat in air-conditioned shops or subways, and trying to cool off in swimming pools and rivers. Footage of a slice of pork cooked through in 10 minutes on outdoor stone slab, taken by a Shanghai TV station, has gone viral online. “It turns out that the only difference between me and roast meat is a pinch of cumin,” joked one user of the Twitter-like microblog Sina Weibo. AFP


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The man with a plan

To help football take strong roots, Masefield says he has a plan that must be implemented in rural areas along with metros. “We must look for talent in villages and give them a real chance.” ARUN D YELLAMATY HYDERABAD: Paul Masefield knows football is not big in India. But the English pundit has a plan to change that. “It is going to be tough,” he said. “Children here have not been given basic football training — dribbling, controlling, passing, spotting the ball and hopefully if we train up children properly, the future will be taken care of and there will be skilled footballers for the future national team.” To help football take strong roots, Masefield says the plan must be implemented in rural areas along with metros. “We must look for talent in villages and give them a real chance. This is a long-term ambitious plan and I am very excited about it,” he said. The former footballer was in the city to announce the launch of KOOH Sports Football Development Centres in various schools here. He will work in the capacity of technical director. Though Masefield is hopeful, he has the real picture of the state of football here. “The facilities are poor here, for me it is not just the basic level, for me it is to go till the top. Many coaches who I spoke to said that the facilities are bad. For quite a lot of time football was somewhere down to cricket, not I

feel its football’s time to fight back. In the next 18 months the game will surely get exposure. A few days ago I saw the Indian cricket team playing football during prac-

The turning point


asefield feels the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 which will be held in India will be the turning point. “Hosting a tournament as massive as this can galvanise the entire nation, and interest in the sport should increase tremendously. The pre-and post-games shows can also draw a lot of attention, this can change how people will look at football and the whole nation will be back their team,” he explained.

tice. You can’t say that football is not popular — I think it lacks exposure,” he said. The proposed IPL-style football tournament by the All India Football Federation’s commercial partner IMG-Reliance does not excite him. “I do believe it makes a mockery of the I-League. If you see the way some of the teams have done and gone through, Trevor Morgan (former coach of East Bengal) has done a fantastic job. I have watched them play this year in the AFC Cup. Now all of a sudden you have a 70-day tournament." Masefield said it would be better if the I-League got the support. " Why don't they go in and help fund the I-League? That would be



more beneficial: by giving the money there, filtering down to the teams, paying the players more, making it more viable. So for me, it's nonsense. I wouldn't agree with that league at all." To bolster his opinion he brought up the instance in Indonesia. “Look what happened in Indonesia with two domestic leagues in place, the Indonesian Premier League and the Indonesia Super League: it threatened the future of the sport there.” Masefield says he has spotted some future talent and said he

would return to the city to train them. “People should start seeing a career in football, there is good money here too.” Masefield talked fondly of Manchester United manager David Moyes, whom he played along with in Preston North End. “He is a passionate guy. He is a winner. You have to give him huge credit for saying ‘I will take this mantle’. He is a brave man to take it after what Sir Alex Ferguson achieved. I hope he does extremely well.” But Masefield thinks it’s gonna be tough for his mate. "For David, he has a lot of tough decisions to make, as Rooney made it clear he doesn’t want to stay. It's a big task for David.”

WORLD BRIEFS UN tells rebels around DR Congo city to disarm

Zimbabwe heads to the polls in tense Prez vote

Colombia to charge militants for atrocities

Mexico's poverty figures staggering: Amnesty

17 killed in bus-truck collision in Pakistan

KINSHASA: The United Nations on Tuesday threatened to use force against M23 rebel forces near Goma city, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, if they do not disarm within 48 hours. A new UN intervention brigade will be used for the first time to help the DR Congo army set up a "security zone" in the city, the international body said.

HARARE: Crisis-weary Zimbabweans will vote later Wednesday in a fiercely contested election dominated by Robert Mugabe's bid to extend his 33 year rule and suspicions of vote rigging. The 89-year-old president, Africa's oldest leader, is running for election for the seventh and perhaps final time.

BOGOTA: Colombia will charge 13 right-wing paramilitary chiefs and three leftist rebel chiefs with crimes against humanity for some of the worst atrocities in decades of civil strife. "We are talking about 16 crimes in which there were approximately 3,000 people killed,” the country's top prosecutor Eduardo Montealegre told the media.

MEXICO CITY: Mexico's enormous and worsening poverty figures underscore that authorities have not made fighting it a top priority, Amnesty International charged Tuesday. The government this week reported that the number of Mexicans living in poverty rose from 52.8 million in 2010 to 53.3 million in 2012.

ISLAMABAD: At least 17 people were killed and several injured when a bus had a head on collision with a truck in a town in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Tuesday evening, Xinhua reported. The accident occurred when a passenger bus, with over 30 people on board, hit a truck coming from opposite direction at Indus Highway in Karak town.


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DEEPWATER SPILL Compensation fund running out, says BP

Teenaged rape victim dies The family blamed one Chottu Khan for the incident, alleging that since he did not get to marry her, he hatched a conspiracy to rape her. RANCHI: A girl who was allegedly raped and brutally thrashed Sunday in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand died of her injuries early Wednesday at a hospital in the state capital, police said. Police said the teenaged girl, a student of an intermediate college was allegedly abducted when she was returning home and raped in Ramgarh district. The girl, a resident of AROUND THE


LONDON: British energy giant BP admitted on Tuesday that its $20 billion (15 billion euro) fund to compensate victims of the 2010 US oil spill disaster has almost run out of cash. The London-listed energy major made the announcement in its latest results statement, in which BP also revealed a huge switch back into net profit during the second quarter of 2013. It signalled it would pay further disaster claims from future profits. BP said it had increased AROUND THE

She was admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science in Ranchi for treatment. She slipped into coma, and died early Wednesday . Ramgarh district of Jharkhand, was admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) in Ranchi for treatment. She slipped into coma, and died early Wednesday morning. Members of the girl's family said an autorickshaw driver dropped her in front of the house Sunday evening. She was taken to RIMS Ranchi for treatment. On information gained from the victim's family, police arrested Chhotu Khan and sent him to jail Monday.


Verdict on accused juvenile may be put off NEW DELH: The verdict on the juvenile accused in the December 16 gang rape case is likely to be put on hold as the Supreme Court Wednesday fixed for Aug 14 its hearing on a petition on the legally defined age for a juvenile. Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy has petitioned the apex court, challenging the law fixing 18 as the age of juvenile, and the court Wednesday asked him to inform the Juvenile Justice Board that it will hear the petition August 14. Additional Solicitor

California gurdwara vandalised



Citing community members, the Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund (SALDEF), said Tuesday vandalism occurred sometime during the July 29/30 night.




WASHINGTON: A Sikh gurdwara in Riverside, California has been vandalised in an apparent hate crime with the word ‘TERRIST!' in capital letters spray painted around the complex, according to a community organisation.

General Siddharth Luthra told the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam that he would accordingly instruct the public prosecutor to inform the Juvenile Justice Board that it should not pronounce its verdict which is scheduled for Aug 5. The court also said that it will examine the maintainability of Swamy's petition as Additional Solicitor General Luthra contended that there could not be any third party intervention in a criminal matter involving a state and an individual.

The family of the victim alleged that Chhotu Khan had been exerting pressure on them, seeking the girl in marriage. His requests were turned down, and he allegedly hatched a conspiracy to rape the girl. The girl was so brutally thrashed that there were marks on the head and other parts of the body. As news of the incident spread, enraged people reached Ramgarh, protesting the rape and thrashing. Many people blocked the Ramgarh-Patratu highway and burnt tyres on the road. In another incident of rape, a municipal ward member was gang-raped in Pakur district of Jharkhand Tuesday.

SALDEF Executive Director Jasjit Singh said, “It is horrible to see an attack of hate on a place of worship as we reflect on the lives lost one year ago during the attack on the Oak Creek Gurdwara” in Wisconsin where six Sikh worshippers were shot dead by a white supremacist gunman. Asking local and federal law enforcement agencies to rightfully classify the incident as a hate crime, he said: “Attacks and vandalism against any of the nation’s houses of worship must be condemned by all Americans." | IANS

the estimated amount of cash needed to compensate businesses and individuals from $8.2 billion to $9.6 billion. This means that just $300 million is left out of the $20 billion Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trust fund, which was created by BP to settle legal obligations stemming from the catastrophe. The group added that its total estimated bill for the disaster stands at $42.4 billion, including clean-up costs and fines. The announcement was made more than three years ago after a deadly explosion on BP-leased drilling rig Deepwater Horizon killed 11 people and sent 4.9 million barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. AFP

BURNING OUT EVIL Actress Dia Mirza looks on as forest officials and activists prepare to burn a leopard skin during an official burning of wildlife contraband, including tiger and leopard skins and bones, in Mumbai on July 30, 2013. The tiger —India’s national animal — is disappearing from the country because of rampant poaching and widespread habitat destruction. There are an estimated 1,800 wild tigers in India today, down from approximately 100,000 in 1900. AFP/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEE


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Clueless driver was on phone Garzon, 52, admitted during his court appearance Sunday that he had had a ‘lapse’ of concentration, Spanish media have reported.

MADRID: The driver of a train that derailed in Spain killing 79 people was on the phone to a coworker at the time of the accident, while the train was racing at nearly twice the speed limit, investigators said Tuesday. The train’s two data recording “black boxes” showed that moments before the crash the train was travelling at 192 kilome-



tres (119 miles) per hour, said the Superior Court of Justice of Galicia, which is leading the investigation. “Seconds before the accident the brakes were activated. It is

estimated that at the time of the derailment the train was travelling at 153 kilometres an hour,” it said in a statement. The speed limit at the spot where the Madrid to Ferrol train derailed on Wednesday on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela is 80 kilometres an hour. The driver of the train was speaking on his work phone to staff members of state railway company Renfe and appeared to consult a map at the time of the accident, the court added. “Minutes before the train came off the tracks he received a call on his work phone to get indications on the route he had to take to get to Ferrol. From the content of the conversation and background noise it seems that the driver consulted a map or paper document,” it said. The eight-carriage train flew off the tracks on a bend and ploughed into a concrete siding about four kilometres (2.5 miles) from Santiago in northwest Spain. A US woman critically injured in the crash died in hospital on Sunday, bringing the toll to 79 including nine foreigners. It was

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he train’s two data recording “black boxes” showed that moments before the crash the train was travelling at 192 kilometres (119 miles) per hour, said the Superior Court of Justice of Galicia, which is leading the investigation. Spain’s deadliest train accident in decades. Examining judge Luis Alaez on Sunday charged the driver, Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, with 79 counts of reckless homicide and released him under court supervision. Garzon, 52, admitted during his court appearance Sunday that he had had a “lapse” of concentration, Spanish media have reported. Several newspapers said the driver told the judge he had confused the stretch of track he was on at the time of the accident with another part of the route. “He believed he was on a different section of the track and


Partners in development Through its Indian Technical and Economic Co-operation programme, India has been sharing its knowledge and skills acquired with other developing countries. RANJANA NARAYAN NEW DELHI: It is one of the largest such knowledge transfer and development assistance programmes in the world that has helped India, a developing country itself, share its expertise with others. In the process, it has helped build a reservoir of goodwill for India across Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Through its Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme, launched in 1964 as a bilateral programme of assistance, India has been “sharing its knowledge and skills acquired in its own development process with other developing countries going through the same process of development”, Kumar Tuhin, joint secretary, development partnership administration-II, in the external affairs min-



istry, told IANS. India is helping 161 countries, with many in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, in a big way in capacity building under ITEC. Under capacity building, the ITEC partner countries send offi-

cials to India for training in fields like IT, entrepreneurship and English language, or India sends its experts to advise on how to set up similar institutions. India also provides to developing countries Lines of Credit, or loans given at concessional

terms to finance development projects. The Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute, set up in Vietnam after the country emerged from the war in 1975, is a prime example of the effect of the ITEC programme. India’s development partnership is demand-driven, says Tuhin. “In this we are different from Western countries and do not impose any conditionalities for the loan... We completely respect the sovereignty of the government.” India also has a large number of such projects in Latin America and West Asia, said the official. In order to become more accessible, ITEC is now on Facebook. IANS

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inutes before the train came off the tracks he received a call on his work phone to get indications on the route he had to take to get to Ferrol. From the content of the conversation and background noise it seems that the driver consulted a map or paper document. when he started to slow down it was too late to keep control of the train,” El Pais wrote. State railway track operator Adif is checking all tracks and security systems in its network in the wake of the accident, a company spokeswoman said. “This is a precautionary measure. After what happened, the protocol is to review all systems to confirm that everything is working properly,” she said. The train was on a route that uses both high-speed and conventional track. On the high-speed sections a sophisticated security system automatically slows down trains that are going too fast. AFP

PAINT ATTACK Chinese ‘Green Vandal’ appears before DC court WASHINGTON: A Chinese woman appeared in a Washington court Tuesday for splattering green paint inside the National Cathedral the day before, the US Attorney’s Office said. Jiame Tian, 58, who has been charged with felony destruction of property, was ordered by Judge Lori Parker to remain in custody pending a hearing on Friday while the case remains AROUND THE


under investigation. The National Cathedral was among a number of landmarks in the US capital — most notably the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall — vandalized with green paint in recent days. Court documents identified the accused as a Chinese passport holder with a US visa that expired Saturday.



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emonstrators attack a car on display outside a car company, during a protest in support of Rio de Janeiro’s protests and against Sao Paulo’s governor Geraldo Alckmin, on Tuesday. Brazilian riot police fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse extremist protesters who ransacked bank branches, shops and a car dealership in central Sao Paulo. At least 20 people were arrested during the clashes, which followed a peaceful march by 300 demonstrators against the governor. The protest, called on social media by the Black Bloc anarchist group, also demanded the demilitarisation of the state police, who have been accused of using excessive force in previous disturbances. Various police units were deployed on the Avenue Paulista, Sao Paulo’s financial heart, where last Friday some 300 extremists wrecked around 10 banks and set fire to a television news van. AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA

MANILA: Six communist rebels led by a woman were killed in clashes with Philippine troops in the latest flare-up. Residents tipped off the military late Tuesday about nine New People’s Army (NPA) AROUND THE


rebels who were trying to set up a support network in a village in the northern province of Tarlac, military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Ramon Zagala said. “The rebels are trying to gain leverage in the area,” he said. AFP


More of Hyderabad at LFW

Seven City designers are all set to wow the audience at Lakme Fashion Week with their weaves. KANCHAN AGARWAL HYDERABAD: Last year, Gaurang Shah took his weaves to Lakme Fashion Week. Actor Kirron Kher was seen walking the ramp with him. Thereafter, whenever she wore a Gaurang Shah, it was marked easily. From a shopkeeper to a designer participating in Lakme Fashion Week, and now a recognised brand — Gaurang’s is quite a story. Joining him this year are wellknown City designers Shravan Kumar and Shilpa Reddy. Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festival 2013 (August 23-27) will see more from Hyderabad than ever before. There are seven participants from Hyderabad — Suhani Pittie, Asmita Marwah, Archana Rao, Anushree Reddy, Gaurang Shah, Shilpa Reddy and Shravan Kumar, of which Shilpa Reddy and Shravan Kumar are making a debut. Although from Hyderabad, each of them has a unique signature style which the organisers of LFW are looking forward to.

Suhani’s accessories, Asmita’s contemporary beach wear, Gaurang and Shravan’s weaves are said to be extremely popular with buyers at LFW. Hyderabad is far ahead than even Bangalore, standing fourth in terms of applications sent. “Hyderabad off-late has been a designer market,” says Saket Dhankar, Head of Fashion of IMG Reliance (Partner, LFW). Hyderabad has been increasingly AROUND THE


active in the applicant-participant-buyer chain, and in two years, it is likely to make bigger news. “I think, in two years, Hyderabad will be No. 2 for LFW after Delhi and Mumbai. It might overtake Kolkata. These designers produce good work, are featured well on LFW, and also do commercially well. Even stores like Kimaya, Elahe are very popular among buyers,” he added. “It is in sync with develop-

ment in the City, which is becoming more cosmopolitan by the day. People from all walks of life are contributing. Besides, among all cities, Hyderabad has a huge cultural heritage, leaving us many undiscovered silhouettes, embroidery and architecture to draw inspiration from. I think the timing is just right,” says Shilpa Reddy on Hyderabad’s progress in fashion at a national level. Shilpa, who established her flagship store in Hyderabad last year, has been invited to display on main stage arena. “I didn’t apply. They said I had a strong profile. I had no idea my work was being followed. LFW was not my plan for the next two years.” However, she is relieved she will have close friends like Shravan and Anushree. “I am going to feel at home there”. Not able to disclose details, she told us this display, being her debut, will be dramatic. “It is scary but exciting. I want people to stop in awe and wonder about it. But I am prepared for criticism also,” she says excitedly.


Nepal sees 63% rise in tiger numbers

KATHMANDU: The tiger population has zoomed by more than 50 per cent in Nepal but the big cat still faces plenty of dangers. The government Monday came out with its latest tiger census, putting their number across the country at 198. This is a rise of

63 per cent compared to 2009 when the last count was taken. Although Nepal had vowed to double the tiger population by 2022, illegal trade with China and India, uncontrolled poaching, habitat disturbance and conservation are the major concerns.



“Nepal’s results are an important milestone to reaching the goal of doubling the number of wild tigers by 2022,” said

Megh Bahadur Pandey, the head of the department of national parks and wildlife conservation. Tigers are found in the Terai arc stretching some 960 km across 15 protected area networks in Nepal and India. Nepal and India embarked

on the first ever joint tiger survey using a common methodology in January. It was agreed by the two governments that each country could release its national estimates and a joint report will be released later. IANS


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Cuba has long been known for producing quality doctors and providing excellent medical services, and it is now turning to medical tourism as a revenue generator. RIGOBERTO DIAZ Agence France-Presse HAVANA: Football legend Diego Maradona blazed a path for Cuba to become a medical tourism destination when he traveled to the island for drug addiction treatment in 2000. Since then, thousands of other famous and not-so-famous faces have traveled here for help, and the government wants to build on that success. Drug rehab, post-accident motor skills rehabilitation, treatment for eye diseases and plastic surgery — foreign patients can get all of these services and more in Cuba, and at competitive prices. “I’ve improved tremendously. Now I can move my arms and my legs, and I can almost sit down by myself,” said Venezuelan Cruz Ramos, who arrived in Cuba two months ago, so injured after a car accident that he could only move his eyes. In downtown Havana, at a clinic that specialises in eye procedures, fellow Venezuelan Carlos Armando Montana gushes about the services. “Medical attention here is excellent, as much for the quality of the doctors as for the atmosphere and the facilities,” said Montana, 24, who underwent a retina transplant after losing the use of his left eye in an accident. Cuba has long been known for producing quality doctors and providing excellent medical services, and as the communist government of President Raul Castro



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rug rehab, post-accident motor skills rehabilitation, treatment for eye diseases and plastic surgery — foreign patients can get all of these services and more in Cuba, and at competitive prices.

Football legend Diego Maradona blazed a path for Cuba to become a medical tourism destination when he travelled to the island for drug addiction treatment in 2000.

seeks to revive the island’s moribund economy, it is turning to medical tourism as a revenue generator. Cuba’s main source of foreign income is the sale of medical services to other countries — legions of doctors and nurses, who are

public employees, travel abroad to work following an agreement with the host country. While this generates billions of dollars a year, the field of medical tourism is still in its infancy. Servimed, a governmentowned for-profit medical services

company that caters to foreigners, has website pages in Spanish, French and English, the last two aimed mostly at Canadians. “Cuba is a poor country which has placed its priorities in the right places, which is to say, in education and health services,”

reads the site. “We offer the opportunity to be seen and treated by qualified doctors without the delays that one would encounter while trying to visit a doctor in Canada.” Cuba welcomed 2.8 million tourists in 2012, according to official figures. There are no figures however on how many of those foreigners came specifically for medical treatment. “Cuba has the best doctors in the world,” said Maradona after being treated for drug addiction. The Argentine football legend, who befriended Fidel Castro, was so enamored with the island that he has a tattoo of Che Guevara on his right shoulder and an image of Fidel tattooed on his left ankle. African and Latin American leaders have also sought medical attention in Cuba, including Ecuador’s Rafael Correa and — most notably — the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. AFP


Chinese bakery’s drones to deliver cakes grounded

Chinese bakery’s drones to deliver cakes grounded

LONDON: A bakery in Chinese metropolis Shanghai bought three mini-drones to deliver cakes and pies, but officials have grounded the entire fleet after residents complained as the baked goods flew above their heads at high speed. AROUND THE


The Incake bakery recently purchased the three mini-drones and used them to carry its products to customers on the outskirts of the city, the Daily Mail reported Sunday. Measuring three-and-a-half feet

wide and weighing around 10 kg, the remote-controlled drones also had twin cameras to identify customers. However, they did not prove popular with everybody. Tourists were left mystified when a cake drone swerved past a skyscraper during a delivery before crossing a river. “What if a cake fell on a passerby from the sky,” commented a man on the internet. Despite its success, the drone fleet has now been suspended. The local civil aviation authority said all unmanned aircraft need approval before they can be used for business. IANS



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On the prowl against Boko Haram Vigilante groups have emerged with the encouragement of the military in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the original home base of Boko Haram Islamists, and their arrival has been both welcomed and fraught with potential trouble. AMINU ABUBAKAR Agence France-Presse MAIDUGURI: Gripping a machete he claimed was stained with blood, a 24-year-old civilian manned a checkpoint in one of Nigeria’s most dangerous cities, looking for members of a violent Islamist group. Vigilante groups have emerged with the encouragement of the military in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the original home base of Boko Haram Islamists, and their arrival has been both welcomed and fraught with potential trouble. The city has been devastated by insurgent attacks and military raids that are estimated to have claimed hundreds of civilian lives. An unregulated, untrained and crudely armed civilian force may prove to be the last thing the city’s imperilled residents need. Civilian gangs have in the past


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served as political enforcers around the country. In early July, an example of the risks occurred when vigilantes burned a politician’s home in Maiduguri, accusing him of links to Boko Haram. But some have voiced supAROUND THE


port for the new Maiduguri militia, including the military, which has described the vigilantes as a useful new tool in the battle against Boko Haram. “We have cleansed the city of Boko Haram vampires," said Abubakar Mallam, head of the so-called “Civilian JTF", a name that nods to the military’s Joint Task Force (JTF). The vigilantes’ claims that all Boko Haram members have been chased from Maiduguri is likely an exaggeration.

Boko Haram, which says it wants to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, was founded in Maiduguri more than a decade ago and its fighters have been embedded among the population. However, a military offensive launched in May and the formation of the vigilante groups have coincided with a decline in attacks within the city and in Islamist strongholds across the northeast. The violence has by no means ended though, particularly in

more remote areas of the region. At least three schools have been attacked in northeastern Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram members, and at the weekend, a vigilante raid and reprisal attack by Boko Haram members left at least 20 people dead in the village of Dawashe. Members of the Civilian JTF said their month-old campaign has yielded results because they have a key advantage over the regular security forces. “We know them. They lived


n unregulated, untrained and crudely armed civilian force may prove to be the last thing the city’s imperilled residents need. Civilian gangs have in the past served as political enforcers around the country. among us," Dauda Bukar, a vigilante in the Umarari area of Maiduguri, told AFP.


Pandas to have own reality show

The pandas will be getting their own television reality show with one TV channel recording their activities 24 hours a day.

BEIRUT: The UN Higher Council for Refugees (UNHCR) has said its offices in Lebanon completed the registration of more than 50,000 Syrian refugees in July, bringing the total number of those receiving aid to over 6,45,000. More than 5,41,000 Syrian refugees have been registered in Lebanon, while over 104,000 are





still waiting for the registration process to be completed, reported Xinhua. Lebanon has called on the UN Security Council and international donors to help shoulder the burden of hosting Syrian refugees, the number of which is expected to cross the threshold of one million by the year-end. IANS

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BEIJING: The pandas, the pride of China and a species most in danger of going extinct, will be getting their own television reality show with one TV channel recording their activities 24 hours a day, China’s state-run CCTV television network

announced Monday. The Giant Panda Channel, which currently is available only via the Internet at will use video taken by 28 cameras that have been set up in the animals’ main preserve, located in the central city

of Chengdu. Viewers can choose to see images taken in six areas, including the site where the baby pandas are raised and the spot where the twin cubs are living. Twins are frequent occurrences in these animals when

artificial conception techniques are used. The channel will officially begin broadcasting in August, although it has begun experimental operations over the past few weeks, and during that time it has attracted some 15,000 viewers on the web. It is possible that the channel may offer images of the baby pandas Po and De De, who were born in the Madrid Zoo but who travelled in May to China to live permanently. Pandas, which can only be found in China in the wild, are in danger of extinction due to the reduction of the mountain forests where they live. IANS



ARGENTINA PROBES $1.4 BN PAID TO VENEZUELA Argentina’s justice department has opened an investigation into charges economic officials illegally diverted some $1.4 billion to pay off its fuel bill in Venezuela, authorities said Tuesday.

ACQUISITION WOES China workers strike over Apollo takeover of firm

BEIJING: More than 5,000 Chinese workers at a Sino-US joint venture tyre manufacturer have gone on strike against the American parent company’s $2.5 billion takeover by an Indian firm, state media reported. Cooper Tire and Rubber announced last month that it would be taken over by

Apollo Tyres of India, making the combined group the seventh-largest such firm in the world. But thousands of staff at Cooper Chengshan, a joint venture in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, have walked out in protest, the Xinhua news agency said late Tuesday.


Obama revives tax plan W A S H INGTON: U S President B a r a c k Obama on Tu e s d a y will propose lowering corporate tax rates in exchange for eliminating loopholes in a renewed bid to strike a fiscal deal with rival Republicans. The reheated tax reform plan, first proposed and then rejected by Republicans in 2011, is part of a renewed bid by the president to create a “better bargain” for the middle class. “Our current tax code is broken and too complex, with businesses that play by the rules paying a 35 per cent tax rate while many corporations that can hire hundreds of lawyers pay virtually no taxes at all,” the White House said in a statement. “That is why the president has called for a revenueneutral simplification of our business tax code to eliminate loopholes that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas and establishes a top tax rate of 28 per cent,” it said. AFP

It quoted union leaders saying they wanted to block the huge transaction, which

saw Cooper shares leap on the New York stock exchange. Workers are concerned the Indian company will be unable to repay debt taken on in the highly leveraged acquisition and their interests could be damaged, Xinhua said. AFP


EADS posts 14% leap in Q2 profits The entire company would be re-named Airbus, in a bid to take advantage of the global fame of the plane-maker.

PARIS:European aerospace giant EADS on Wednesday posted a 14 per cent jump in second quarter net profits to 518 million euros ($686 million), and said it would change its name to Airbus, its better-known subsidiary. “The renaming simply gathers the entire company under the best brand we have, one that stands for internationalisation, innovation and integration — and also for some two thirds of our revenues,” said the company’s CEO, Tom Enders. “It reinforces the message that ‘we make things fly’.” The board met Tuesday to discuss what will be a key restructuring drive aimed at raising margins and giving more visibility to the group, which makes helicopters, missiles, satellites and drones as well as commercial planes. Tom Enders, head of EADS, has been working on the wideranging reforms since a



JPMorgan in $410 mn power trading settlement NEW YORK CITY: Banking giant JPMorgan Chase Tuesday agreed to pay a $410 million settlement to resolve US charges that it manipulated power prices in California and the Midwest. JPMorgan will pay a civil penalty of $285 million to the US Treasury and disgorge $125 million in unjust profits, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a statement. The settlement is among the largest on record for FERC. The settlement enables JPMorgan to put to rest one of several lingering regulatory issues and comes as the bank explores exiting the physical commodities business amid rising political criticism of giant banks. The agreement follows allegations that JPMorgan traders engaged in “market manipulation” in a series of incidents.

Liechtenstein bank pays US $23.8 million for tax evasion NEW YORK CITY: A Liechtenstein bank has agreed to pay $23.8 million to the US to avoid prosecution for helping Americans evade taxes, officials announced on Tuesday. Preet Bharara, the US Attorney, said the Vaduz-based bank, Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG (LLBVaduz), had agreed the payment under a “NonProsecution Agreement.” The deal means the bank will not be criminally prosecuted for opening and maintaining undeclared bank accounts for US taxpayers from 2001 through 2011. Bharara said LLB-Vaduz had assisted a significant number of US taxpayers in evading their tax obligations, filing false federal tax returns, and otherwise hiding accounts from the IRS. The total to be paid is made up of $16,316,000 that the US authorities believe the bank obtained in gross revenues by maintaining these undeclared accounts, and $7,525,542 to cover the taxes that should have been paid by the bank’s clients.

US fines Wyeth $490.9 mn for illegal drug marketing hugely publicised merger attempt between the European group and Britain’s BAE Systems failed in October. The entire company would also be re-named Airbus, in a bid to take advantage of the global fame of the plane-maker which contributes more than 60 per cent of its annual turnover. To placate Germany — a substantial shareholder — the new space-defence unit, which would be named Airbus

defence, would be based in Ottobrunn near Munich and would be headed up by an as-yet unnamed German executive. The Eurocopter unit, the global market leader in civilian helicopters, would meanwhile take the name Airbus helicopters. “It’s just recognising the reality of EADS, which is that Airbus is the dominant entity,” said Nick Cunningham, an aviation analyst at the Londonbased Agency Partners. AFP

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esperate for political survival in the State, the Congress has conceded to the longstanding demand of a separate state of Telangana. As the region celebrates the ‘miracle cure’ for all ills ailing the region, little is being said of the gargantuan problems that await. The joint capital from where two chief ministers will rule will present the contentious issue of who has the final word in the administration of the City — especially when it accounts for at least 55 per cent of the revenue generated in the State. It also poses questions on sharing of this revenue as bulk of this comes from investments of people from Seemandhra. One cannot also discount the practical difficulties of governing the newly formed state for 10 years from a capital landlocked a few hundred kilometres in the heart of another state — this is going to be nothing like Chandigarh which is located on the Punjab Haryana border. Least spoken of is the colossal sums that need to be spent for division of resources, the inevitable litigations, administrative reorganisation. If creation of new states could solve the problems of the marginalised and under-represented, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand would have been the crown jewels of the country. Instead they represent the nadirs of everything that could go wrong with a state. Expectations are high, margin for error is low: a true agnipariksha awaits the estranged siblings.


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ears that President Robert Mugabe allies will rig Zimbabwe’s election on Wednesday have prompted a citizen army of blogging, tweeting poll monitors. Pressure groups and a cult ‘mole’ blogging from inside Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party have promised to report and colate any accounts of abuses and voting irregularities across the country. Already a popular Facebook blogger, Baba Jukwa -- or Jukwa’s father -- is promising to release election results before the official announcement. The anonymous blogger has received a cult following for exposing Mugabe government secrets, at times giving out mobile telephone numbers of prominent people asking ordinary people to call them to tell them they know what’s going on. The law states election results must only be announced by the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Mugabe has gone as far as to threaten his rival Morgan Tsvangirai with arrest if he declares the results before the

ZEC. But with rumours rife that the military will get a sneak peak at the results before they are released to the world, Baba Jukwa’s tally could be explosive. Already Baba Jukwa has attracted over 300,000 Facebook followers since he started exposing what he calls “evil deeds” of Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party and their purported plans to rig polls. “Zimbabwe I would like to announce to you that I will be official, giving you results and outcome of the election,” Baba Jukwa posted on his page on Monday. “I will as well announce the winner without fear or favour despite the unfair and not free environment.” Meanwhile non-governmental organisations such as Sokwanele and the Election Resource Centre (ERC) are planning to update people on what will be happening during the voting day through their websites, twitter and Facebook. “We are engaging the people through social media so that we tap what will be happening from the good, bad and ugly things on this election,” said Tawanda Chimhini, the director of the Election Resource Centre (ERC). “We will be using social media from Facebook,

WhatsApp and email to expand the power of the people.” “This is our small way of engaging the people to expand the power of the vote and that people will not merely be voting only but they also interrogate what will be happening.” He said information that will be shared include results that will be posted outside polling stations. “It is legal, nothing stops us from doing that,” Chimhini said. The ERC has deployed 210 mobile observers in all of the country’s constituencies to monitor the elections. Although only a fraction of Zimbabwe’s population have access to Internet or data services, the opposition has

accused Mugabe’s government of trying to prevent the spread of information. “They have started interfering with mobile Internet so that there will be no movement of information,” said Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora. “They have also started interfering with Whatsapp as well as bulk sms. This is meant to slow down information during and after the voting process,” he added. “It is certainly the state security agency, the CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation). We know these are people who want to rig elections.”

EDITORIALS Telangana: The beginning of the beginning


t long last, the dreams of the people of Telangana will come true. As the main party in the United Progressive Alliance have agreed to the creation of a separate state for Telanganites, the pall of uncertainty that hung over them for almost half-a-century has disappeared. However, along with it comes several challenges that need to be addressed. It is most important that in these moments of celebration we do not forget those. The decision has already set off several tongues wagging, some which matter, some rabble-rousers and panic-mongers. The key is not to be distracted and give into cheap theatrics of venting pent-up frustration on unsuspecting citizens that have come and settled here from other parts of the state. Instances like hurling stones at boards of Andhra Bank


because it has the word Andhra are unfortunate. What will be created is a separate state, not a country within the boundaries of India. Whatever happens we remain citizens of India and that sentiment is paramount. Also those who have migrated to Hyderabad from other parts of the state and have spent years and resources in making the city what it is now must be reassured that they have nothing to fear now and in the future. Meanwhile, needless are comments like those of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that the decision to create a separate state will trigger a dangerous trend that if you agitate and if you agitate long enough, separate states could be created. If you do well at what you are charged with, all will be well.

We invite you to write to us comments, suggestions, viewpoint or just about anything to or #1246, Level 3, Jubilee Casa, Road No 62, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad – 500 033 or even by way of a call on 4067 2222. Editor: Dean Williams



Cinema Thelma and Louis


riendship, as we believe, means sticking by each other’s side through thick and thin. If there’s any movie that can be credited for making this belief even stronger, it’s the story of two best friends Thelma and Louise. The two friends, played by Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in the Hollywood flick Thelma and Louise, embark on a road trip to get away from their mundane lives. However, even before they reach their destination, the two land in trouble at a small-town bar on the way. The two women make it to the most wanted list after killing a man who attempted to rape Thelma. The movie revolves around how the two deal with the dire situation together. Director: Ridley Scott Actors: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis.

Dumb and Dumber


Shawshank Redemption

The Harry Potter series


hat began when they were just 11, still naive but brave, lasted till their children were old enough to join Hogwarts. The friendship between Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger is one all Harry Potter fans have aspired to have in their lives, too. They have broken rules, been in most life threatening situations together, and stuck with each other through thick and thin, literally. Till the end, the series maintained the chemistry between Harry and Ronald, who mostly were the ones inviting trouble, and Hermione warning them against it. Eventually, we do see Ron and Hermione involved in a romance. Directors: Many Actors: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint.



ery few people are lucky enough to find a true best friend behind bars. Banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence, is one of those few. Sentenced to two consecutive life sentences at Shawshank State Penitentiary, Andy befriends contraband smuggler Ellis 'Red' Redding (Morgan Freeman), an inmate serving a life sentence. Red procures a rock hammer for Andy, allowing him to create small stone chess pieces and much more... Red later gets him a large poster of Rita Hayworth, followed in later years by images of Marilyn Monroe and Raquel Welch. The movie is a must watch for those who believe in real friendship, and those who don’t – well, it’s never too late to start. Director: Frank Darabont Actors: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

Public Figures It’s strange that actors and actresses feel they can use the fourth estate as and when it is convenient to them and them alone. It becomes a huge problem if their link-ups, break-ups, etc are reported in the media, on the other hand. Well, isn’t that the price they had agreed to pay when they joined the world of stardom? Grow up Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif! ‘Daddy’ shouldn’t have to defend you all the time.

Friends forever

While Jai and Veeru's friendship in Sholay is the first thing that comes to our minds when we think of BFFs on the big screen, Hollywood isn't far behind either. Postnoon lists a few on-screen companionships on Inter national Friendships Day.


umb and Dumber is a story about two dim-witted, socially-awkward best friends Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels). As the title suggests, the movie is all about the crazy. Watching two friends make complete fools of themselves without even intending so has never been more fun. In their own limited way, they travel across borders to find Lloyd’s love interest. Their journey, a crazy one, is filled with over-the-top, slapstick humour. But, if one were to choose travel companionship, nothing could be more entertaining than this duo. Watch it to find out who’s dumber. Director: Farrelly brothers Actors: Jeff Daniels, Jim Carrey

CLOONEY COULD NOT PLAY ANY PRANKS ON SANDRA Actor George Clooney is known for being a prankster on sets, but while working on the movie Gravity, he couldn't manage to pull a fast one on his co-star Sandra Bullock because the movie was so tough and kept them busy.

Please stop stereotyping Bollywood is known for mocking the Punjabi language, the Tamilian accent and the Gujarati accent. Recently, SRK has been making headlines for his ‘encounter’ with Tamilian people in his upcoming film Chennai Express. As if the promos of the film weren’t annoying enough, it is also rumoured that the movie features a song with SRK dancing in a lungi as a tribute to his ‘favourite’ actor Ranjinikanth. The irony: we’ve hardly seen Rajini sport a lungi in his recent films!


Bride wars


ride Wars is about two best friends, played by Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson, who have a little too much in common. Both of them are obsessed with the idea that one day they will walk down the aisle in the most beautiful bridal gown ever. They spend their childhood planning their respective weddings together. However, things turn sour when, due to a clerical error made by the obviously same wedding planner, the most important day in their lives is scheduled on the same day. Since the two have been friends since childhood, they know all about each other — information that is very useful to wreck each other's weddings. Watch it for a good laugh. Director: Gary Winick Actors: Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson

Actress Lindsay Lohan is reportedly making a list of her good and bad influences as she wants to get rid of everything and everyone negative around her. She has made a list of 100 people, out of which she plans to axe 80 from her life, reports

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shirodkar, who enjoyed popularity back in 1980s and 1990s is ready to bounce back via the small screen route. The 43-year-old makes a comeback with the role of a domestic help in Zee's new show Ek Muthi Aasman.




Students of Lakhotia Institute of Design showcased their collections at Hyderabad Fashion Week organised at HICC, Novotel on Tuesday.







1 Harini 2 Rupesh 3 Nikita 4 Satish, Sheetal 5 Sushma, Aarti 6 Zareena




Ladies had a ďŹ eld day at Taj Krishna where Melange lifestyle exhibition kicked off. Tollywood actress Shravya Reddy was spotted at the do. 1 Aasha





WIZZ KIDS 4 Priyanka, Priya

2 Shravya Reddy

5 Divya

3 Monika

6 Kanchan

Yash Baldawa and Siddharth B Rao of Gitanjali Sr School, Begumpet were declared the winners of TCS IT Wiz competition held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Basheerbagh.



APOLLO HEALTH CITY ACCOMPLISHES A MAJOR MILESTONE The Cochlear Implant Clinic at Apollo Health City, Hyderabad, announced the accomplishment of a major milestone in aid of hearing impaired by performing the 700th Cochlear Implant surgery. This was announced by Sangita Reddy, Executive Director, Apollo Hospitals Group and Dr K Rambabu, Sr ENT Surgeon, Apollo Health City on Tuesday.



Prevent that itch in your throat STAY WELL HYDRATED

If you are a person who loves to sing or does scores of presentations and talking on a daily basis, then you surely know how badly the throat is abused. Here are steps that can be taken to prevent throat problems and maintain a healthy voice.

Keeping your body well hydrated by drinking plenty of water each day (6-8 glasses) is essential to maintaining a healthy voice. The vocal cords vibrate extremely fast even with the most simple sound production; remaining hydrated through water consumption optimises the throat’s mucous production, aiding vocal cord lubrication. To maintain sufficient hydration, avoid or moderate substances that cause dehydration. These include alcohol and caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, soda). And always increase hydration when exercising.

DO NOT SMOKE It is well known that smoking leads to lung or throat cancer. Primary and second-hand smoke that is breathed in passes by the vocal cords, causing significant irritation and swelling of the vocal cords. This will permanently change voice quality, nature and capabilities.

DO NOT ABUSE OR MISUSE YOUR VOICE Your voice is not indestructible. In everyday communication, be sure to avoid habitual yelling, screaming or cheering. Try not to talk loudly in locations with significant background noise or noisy environments. Be aware of your background noise — when it becomes noisy, significant increases in voice volume occur naturally, causing harm to your voice. If you feel like your throat is dry, tired, or your voice is

becoming hoarse, stop talking. To reduce or minimise voice abuse or misuse, use nonvocal or visual cues to attract attention, especially with children. Try not to speak in an unnatural pitch. Adopting an extremely low pitch or high pitch can cause an injury to the vocal cords with subsequent hoarseness and a variety of problems.

MINIMISE THROAT CLEARING Clearing your throat can be compared to slapping or slamming the vocal cords together. Consequently, excessive throat clearing can cause vocal cord injury and subsequent hoarseness. An alternative to voice clearing is taking a small sip of water or simply swallowing to clear the secretions from the throat and alleviate the need for throat clearing or coughing. The most common reason for excessive throat clearing is an unrecognised medical condition, causing one to clear one’s throat too much. Common causes of


chronic throat clearing include gastroesophageal reflux, laryngopharyngeal reflux disease, sinus and/or allergic disease.

MODERATE VOICE USE WHEN SICK Reduce your vocal demands as much as possible when your voice is hoarse due to excessive use or an upper respiratory infection (cold). Singers should


exhibit extra caution if one’s speaking voice is hoarse because permanent and serious injury to the vocal cords are more likely when the vocal cords are swollen or irritated. It is important to “listen to what your voice is telling you”. Your voice is an extremely valuable resource: It is the most commonly used form of communication. Our voices are invaluable for both our social interac-


tion as well as for most people’s occupation. Proper care and use of your voice will give you the best chance for having a healthy voice for your entire lifetime. Hoarseness or roughness in your voice is often caused by a medical problem. Contact an otolaryngologist — head and neck surgeon — if you have any sustained changes to your voice. Source:



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A staph infection is caused by a staphylococcus (or "staph") bacteria. Actually, about 25 per cent of people normally carry staph in the nose, mouth, genitals, or anal area. The foot is also very prone to picking up bacteria from the floor. The infection often begins with a little cut, which gets infected with bacteria. These staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to flesh-eating infections.

Breastfeeding longer is associated with better receptive language at three years of age and verbal and nonverbal intelligence at age seven, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. Breastfeeding leads to better cognitive development is less certain, according to the study background.

A study of mortality and fertility patterns among seven species of wild apes and monkeys and their relatives, compared with similar data from hunter-gatherer humans, shows that menopause sets humans apart from other primates. Nonhuman primates aren't immune to the fading female fertility that comes with age, the researchers say.





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Born early in 1960-80.

posted a 2% have video of themselves.



of Gen X use the Internet.

of Millennials use the Internet.

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30% of boomers use a local networking sites



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INTELLIGENCE Intelligence scores have greatly increased in the last 50 years.

Vocabulary knowledge, which is highly correlated with intelligence test scores has been on the decline since the 1970s.

of Boomers have at least some college education.

visit a social networking site several times a day



How different are kids of the past and the Internet generation?


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Americans have graduated from high schools in 2000.

But it may be due to Flynn Effect — Both social contributing factors and questionable IQ test validity may be to blame.


of Gen Xers have at least some college education.


of Millennials have at least some college education.

19 per cent of Millennials are college graduates, an additional 26 per cent are currently in school and 30 per cent more plan to someday earn a college degree.

TV ADS ON FB? Facebook, seeking to break the long-held dominance of television over advertising budgets, plans to sell TV-style commercials on its site for as much as $2.5 million a day, two people familiar with the matter said. The world’s largest social-networking site, which has 1.15 billion members, expects to start offering 15-second spots to advertisers later this year, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the plans aren’t public. The move would follow efforts by Facebook’s online rivals to capture ad dollars that have usually gone to TV networks. Google began funding original content channels on its YouTube video-sharing site in recent years,.giving it a more curated venue for commercials.


You might remember the early days of Gmail, when you had to be “invited” by one of your friends to get an account. From this screenshot email one Google Glass Explorer received last night, it looks like they’ll be doing the same thing for Google Glass. The email specifically says that the user can invite a friend to get Google Glass, provided they meet the basic requirements set forth in the Glass terms.

RT issues Asus’s Jonney Shih has made some crazy bets over the years — teeny-tiny laptops, phones that turn into tablets, and even a seven-inch tablet that can be held to the ear to make phone calls. But, so far, the only bet that Shih said hasn’t panned out was the company’s move to build products based on Windows RT, the slimmed-down version of Windows 8 that runs on ARMbased processors. “The result is not very promising,” the Asus chairman said, noting both Microsoft’s well-publicized issues with the Surface RT as well as Asus’s own VivoTab RT.






amsubramaniam's Tamil drama Thanga Meengal, which was originally scheduled to release July 26, has been pushed to a further date due to lack of screens. "We can't expect a solo release nowadays, but my film deserves to get a good number of theatres for release. I won't release it until I get maximum number of screens for release," Ram told IANS. Ram now hopes to release his film in August provided he gets screens amidst the rush of big-budget flicks such as Thalaiva, Chennai Express, Attarintiki Daaredhi and Yevadu. "Today, it's very unlikely to get a solo release. Each week a minimum of two films in Tamil are hitting the screens, and it is likely to continue in the weeks to come," he added.



CINE BYTES Samantha takes a break


amantha is gearing up for a small vacation. Currently she is shooting for upcoming ďŹ lm Manam in Hyderabad. She will take leave from work August 1 onwards. She will be back after the release of Atharintiki Dharedhi on August 7.

Nothing wrong in seeking inspiration from west: Telugu director


pcoming Telugu romanticdrama Abbai Class Ammai Mass is based on Hollywood romance Pretty Woman. Director Srinu Koneti believes there is nothing wrong in seeking inspiration from the west, provided one doesn't copy frame-to-frame.

Mahesh Babu's bit for society


oing his bit in creating social awareness, Mahesh Babu agreed to lend his voice for MARD, an initiative by Farhan Akhtar. MARD stands for Men Against Rape and Discrimination. A picture of Mahesh Babu in a MARD shirt is already out.


Entertainment WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013




ctor-producer John Abraham makes no bones about admitting that critical acclaim is more important to him than commercial success as he wants to produce “different” films which have a lasting shelf life. John turned producer with Vicky Donor, which went on to taste box-office success as well as acclaim with a National Award. His next movie Madras Cafe is ready for release. “As a producer, I’m not interested in commercial success. What matters is to be critically acclaimed. Vicky Donor was a different film and Madras Cafe is very different from Vicky Donor. So, as a producer, I want to make different and credible films, which will live on your DVD shelf and should be worth it,” John told IANS. The actor, who also stars in Madras Cafe, directed by Shoojit Sircar, says the movie is made in a basic budget, but it looks like an expensive film. “This film is a political thriller. It is made in a basic budget, but it will look like a `50 crore film,” he said. John is at present busy promoting Madras Cafe, which also stars Nargis Fakhri. The movie releases August 23. IANS

Critical acclaim matters over commercial success: John Abraham

Salman Khan makes a cameo in Phata Poster...


alman Khan has made a cameo appearance in Phata Poster Nikhla Hero. The rom-com stars Shahid Kapoor, whose character in the film is a fan of the Ek Tha Tiger star. Speaking to IANS, Kapoor said: “There’s a little scene in the film where Salman sir is there... Salman sir was kind enough to do a special appearance in the film.

Fans’ love spurs me to make more music


egendary composer, singer and song-writer AR Rahman, who Monday announced an India road tour in October, said he keeps getting motivated to make more and more music thanks to the audiences’ love. “This is what keeps me going. Their love makes me want to make more and more music,” Rahman said at a press conference on his road tour Rahmanishq. IANS

Reena Roy’s sister to make film on MF Hussain


ctress Reena Roy’s sister Barkha, a movie producer, has plans to bring late Indian painter MF Hussain’s colourful life on to the film canvas. Barkha says the project — My Friend Hussain — is an out-and-out one hour and 10 minutes of commercial film. “It’s my tribute to the great painter and I want the world to see his personal side,” said Barkha. IANS

Entertainment WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013


Entertainment WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013



Entertainment WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013



Angelina Jolie tops Forbes list of highest-paid actresses

Disney, Robert DeNiro to adapt Artemis Fowl


isney has teamed with Harvey Weinstein to develop a film adaptation of Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer's best-selling book series about a 12-year-old criminal mastermind. Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal will executive produce the project, which they brought to Weinstein at Miramax shortly after the books first came out.

Katy Perry has rocks in her knees


inger Katy Perry says she has two small rocks stuck in her knees, courtesy lots of surfing expeditions during her childhood. The 28-yearold, who is dating singer John Mayer, likes the feeling of rocks in her knees, reports IANS

Nicolas Cage's anger could've landed him in jail



he might not get paid as much as Iron Man, but there’s no doubt that celestial beauty Angelina Jolie is smiling all the way to the bank. This year, Jolie topped Forbes‘ annual list of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood with an incredibly robust $33 million. Though her last big-budget feature was the much maligned The Tourist back in 2010, Jolie has spent the past few years developing, writing and directing flicks such as In the Land of Blood and Honey and the upcoming Unbroken, and even found time to film Disney’s Maleficent. You see, Angelina Jolie is so wealthy that she can basically stop acting, develop some very small indie flicks and still make money. Everyone’s dream best friend Jennifer

Lawrence came in second on the list, pocketing a cool $26 million, which will go well with her Oscar. Rounding out the top five was past payday queen Kristen Stewart ($22 million), America’s Sweetheart Jennifer Aniston ($20 million), and America’s Sweetheart Part II Emma Stone ($16 million). So three out of the top five are under twenty-four years of age while the other two on the list have a very, very, very famous man in common. Plus, when added together, the top five women in Hollywood earned a collective $117 million — talk about Girl Power! Of course, this pales in comparison to the $308 million that Hollywood’s top five male actors earned last year but hey, baby steps.

ctor Nicolas Cage says he was such an angry young man during his teenage years that his aggression could have even landed him in jail. However, the 49year-old, who has been part of some great aggressive flicks like The Rock, Face/Off, Gone in 60 Seconds and Lord Of War, thanks his profession for not letting him stray from the right path, reports IANS


Chai Time


Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes. Oscar Wilde




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




1 Mathematical stepping stone 6 Lad’s sweetheart 10 Discharge 14 Alternative to text messages 15 Cut and paste 16 Showed up 17 Leaves suddenly 20 Fan mail recipients 21 In the direction of 22 Seam treasure 24 Arizona’s motto, ‘Ditat ___’ 27 Juicy fruit 28 Ashtray accumulation 31 Cutting, as a remark 33 DC bigwig 34 All together 36 Disparaging comments 38 PlayStation or Xbox 42 Clearer, as the sky 43 Put under 45 Prominent rock 48 Compound found in perfume 50 Anklebone 51 At attention 53 Crawl from lap to lap? 55 Mouth piece? 56 Make invalid 58 Bouncing off the walls 61 Speaker’s mistake 66 Scandinavian seaport 67 ‘Better you ___ me!’ 68 Had in mind 69 Pete Rose’s team, for most of his career 70 Does fabric repair 71 Armor plate that protects the chest


1 Serve that doesn’t count

2 Flightless ranch bird 3 Ohio city on the Ohio 4 Conqueror of matter 5 As well 6 Eyewear units 7 Ruckus 8 It can be deadly or mortal 9 Proofreader’s notation 10 Neutral middle vowel 11 Hymns of praise 12 Surface 13 Attach, as a new muffler 18 Long in the tooth 19 Author W ___ Maugham 22 Part of a geisha’s garb 23 Ladder foothold 25 Remove, as a bottle cap 26 Cylindrical storage tower 29 Egyptian pyramid, essentially 30 Narrow dagger 32 Presses for cash 35 Tedious task 37 Bar staple 39 Understands 40 Waste time (Var) 41 Holder of combs, perfumes, etc 44 Clairvoyant’s claim 45 Certain muscle 46 Words of warning 47 Add more gold plate 49 Ages 52 Key-changing gadgets for guitars 54 Satisfied, as an obligation 57 Red ___ (newts) 59 ‘Touched by an Angel’ co-star Downey 60 Elbow counterpart 62 Common title word 63 Hem companion 64 ‘Bi-’ halved 65 Martians, for short

Chai Time WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013 Thiruvaikumar

STAR POWER for 1-8-2013


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Money will come from all expected sources but at the same time. Keep your cool and avoid venting anger at others, which will make the situation more complicated. Your longterm plans will get fulfilled now and cheer you.


Debt issues will be cleared and you will relax. Avoid getting into unwanted arguments as you might get upset. Some are likely to fall in love and feel happy. Employees will have a favourable time. Money will be come from multiple channels.

Misunderstanding between couples will end. Problems due to finances will come to an end. You will win over enemies and march ahead in your career. As the torturing superior gets transferred, employees will heave a sigh of relief.

Avoid giving up tasks in the face of hurdles. Employees will feel comfortable but not financially. Avoid making new debts. Financial planning is a must or consequences will be bad. Businessmen will get good opportunities through new contacts.

Some have a bright chance to receive ancestral property, which will ease their financial status. Separated couples will get together if elders mediate. You will keep travelling on official work to other states or even abroad.

Businessmen will buy new equipment to expand business. You will feel upset as expenses will overtake income but situation will change soon. Health looks fine. Expected pay hike and elevation likely to materialise for employees.

You will succeed in all efforts and march ahead with willpower and self-confidence. Employees will be entrusted with more responsibilities and will succeed with support of superiors. Prestige is more important than money for you.

Long-pending dues will get collected to your surprise. Irrespective of facing any sort of trouble, you take bold decisions that yield desired results. Those worried about postponement of marriage will get favourable news. Family will be cheerful.

Businessmen need to put in hard work to retain profit margins. Confusion in the family might depress you; stay cool and solve the problem wisely. Trust yourself and avoid a third person’s interference in family issues.


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Justice – You will get an unexpected job offer out of the blue. This will be pretty much the kind of job you have wanted all along. Things are falling in place.


King of Wands – Take up some teaching assignments that benefit young kids. You will feel like your time has been well spent. Do not expect anything in return.



Two of Pentacles – You will face objection to your ideas by people you least expected. Get over the shock quickly and do what’s needed to pursue your goals.


Death – Someone needs your support and empathy, not your sympathy. Do not let your own emotions come in the way when you talk to someone.


Ace of Cups – You will be approached by someone to guide you, and this is most unexpected. It’s flattering to you but think before you act.


Seven of Swords – You are likely to be swamped with work – so much that you will not be in a position to think clearly and make the right decisions.


Ace of Wands – There are times when you feel empty and alone. You have to take active measures to get rid of the loneliness. Take up a new hobby.


The Hanged Man – There will be a debate about a petty issue, which could be avoided. Be the observer and do not interfere unless things get out of hand.


Three of Pentacles – You want to go underground and stay away from the limelight and social circles for a while. Take time off and reflect on your life.



The Tower – Carr ying some emotional baggage from the past will only make things worse for you. Shed the baggage, let go, and move on. There’s more to life.


Swords – You crave new experiences, and these may or may not include people you love. You need to explain to them why you want to go alone.


AQUARIUS: Queen of


Courage and self-confidence levels will increase. You will feel happy as you have found a way to solve debt issues. Graduates will get a job soon. Your determination to win in all undertaken tasks will make you successful.

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Six of Swords – You have to make more of an effort to be a team player. You may not be looking at the big picture. Put yourself in the other’s shoes.


Talks regarding marriage might not yield favourable result; postpone efforts. You might face criticism at home about inefficient handling of family issues. Delay is inevitable in getting expected financial help, which will upset you.


The jobless will get a promising career opportunity soon. Good phase of your life has started and good events will take place. Success is certain in all undertaken work. Those who await marriage will get favourable news soon.

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Entertainment WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013 CINE BYTES


LILY COLLINS: Evan Rachel Wood welcomes baby boy


van Rachel Wood is a mommy! The 25-year-old actress has welcomed her first child with husband Jamie Bell, her rep confirms to Us Weekly. “Evan Rachel Wood and her husband Jamie Bell are parents to a beautiful boy,” the rep tells Us. “Parents and baby are all doing well.” Wood and Bell, 27, who wed in October 2012, announced they were expecting in January 2013.

Lerman flattered by Selena’s revelation


elena Gomez might have an on-again, offagain relationship with Justin Bieber, but she recently revealed to Ryan Seacrest that one of her celebrity crushes was Percy Jackson star Logan this revelation about Logan, the 21-year-old star told Access Hollywood that he’s very flattered.

Marijuana seized from Justin Bieber tour bus


aybe Justin Bieber’s caravan should have cleaned up a little before heading to Motown. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized from one of the pop star’s tour buses at the US Canada border on its way into Michigan last night, authorities confirm to E! News. Bieber was not on the bus in question when it was stopped.

I look up to Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart


f Lily Collins’ upcoming movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is as big of a hit as the books it’s based on are, then Collins could be the next big YA star. Unsurprisingly, she admits in a new interview that she looks to Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart when it comes to mapping out her own career trajectory. “I admire how they’ve both handled the fame that came with those roles and their ability to step outside those roles and do other projects,” she tells Seventeen. “That’s what I want to do: balance fun big movies with gritty passion projects I love.” She isn’t the only up-and-coming YA star who turned to those successful leading ladies for help. Divergent’s Shailene Woodley also talked to Lawrence about her career, and it turns out The Hunger Games star’s words of wisdom to her were “don’t be an idiot, do a sex tape, [or] do drugs.” Sage advice, if we’ve ever heard it. Collins talks about how she’s made a concerted effort to live her life in the moment and as she wants to live it, and she says that extends to her relationship with co-star Jamie Campbell Bower. “We’ve made a conscious decision to go out and live life. I’m not one to hide anything, but I don’t feel the need to comment directly on it,” she says. “I think it would be a shame to not live in the moment and not enjoy everything that’s happening in fear of other people’s opinions.”





Agnel reaps fruit of Phelps’ mentor Yannick Agnel said that working with Phelps’ ex-coach Bob Bowman helped him win the 200m freestyle gold. RYLAND JAMES, KIERAN CANNING Agence France-Presse BARCELONA: Olympic champion Yannick Agnel has said working with Michael Phelps’ ex-coach Bob Bowman helped the Frenchman win 200m freestyle gold at the swimming world championships. France’s Agnel demolished a powerful field in Tuesday’s final, clocking 1min 44.20secs, more than a second ahead of Conor Dwyer of the USA, who finished second at 1.12sec back with Russia’s Danila Izotov 1.39 adrift in third. Having started working with Bowman two months ago, this was Agnel’s second gold at the eight-day long Barcelona championships after France won Sunday’s 4x100m freestyle relay final. Just as he did in the London 2012 final, Agnel led from the first turn and was well clear of the field by the final length leaving Dwyer, his training partner since moving to the USA, in his wake. “This is as beautiful as London,” beamed the 21-yearold Agnel. “I wasn’t expecting this, I said to myself I will swim as I did in London and see what happens.” The towering Frenchman described it as “magic” to win the final by more than a second and claimed he had answered any critics of his move from

Ledecky leads great night for USA BARCELONA: Sixteen-yearold swimming sensation Katie Ledecky capped another great night for American swimmers at the world championships in Barcelona by smashing the women’s 1500m freestyle world record.

Katie Ledecky capped another great night for American swimmers by smashing the women’s 1500m freestyle record.

France’s Yannick Agnel celebrates after winning the final of the men’s 200metre freestyle swimming event in the FINA World Championships at Palau AFP/JOSEP LAGO Sant Jordi in Barcelona on Tuesday.

France’s Agnel demolished a powerful field in the final, clocking 1min 44.20secs, more than a second ahead of Conor Dwyer. France to Baltimore, to work with Bowman. “I said even if I came back with silver I would still have answered them and to get gold provides them with an even better response. Perfect in fact,” he said. Agnel said he is learning all the time from the man who masterminded Phelps’ record haul of

eight gold medals at Beijing 2008 in a career which reaped 18 Olympic titles. “Bob’s a great technician and a great man, the partnership is giving something special,” said Agnel. “We have a very good team, good training sessions, a good coach, good conditions and beside that we are really relaxed. “I was with Conor (Dwyer) a month ago and we said we were going to be first and second in Barcelona, and it finally happened.” Having moved to Baltimore in June, Agnel said he is already enjoying the difference of living in the United States having parted company with French coach Fabrice Pellerin in May.

The Washington born swimmer broke Kate Ziegler’s six-year-old mark of 15 minutes 42.54 seconds by an amazing six seconds in the race of the night as Denmark’s Lotte Friis only took silver despite also bettering Ziegler’s record by nearly four seconds. “I knew we were going

pretty fast,” said a beaming Ledecky as she took her gold medal tally at the championships to two after also storming to victory in the 400m freestyle on Sunday. “We separated ourselves from the field early and I felt whoever touched the wall first was going to get that record.” Friis though was left with the most bittersweet taste having produced an extraordinary swim of her own. “It was really mixed emotions when Katie got the plaque up there because I think I deserve one too,” lamented the champion from two years ago in Shanghai. On a night filled with US success, Missy Franklin also stayed on track in her attempt to match Michael Phelps’ record eight gold medal haul from the Beijing Olympics five years ago. The 18-yearold picked up her first individual gold of the meet in the 100m backstroke. AFP



Day 1 Deccan Chronicle 334/3 (Akshath Reddy 36, Parath Jhala 109, B Sandeep 145 n.o.) vs Falaknuma R Dayanand 335/8 (Nitesh Reddy 87, Nimesh Reddy 154, P Shashank Nag 47, M Suresh 4/91) vs SCRSA EMCC 272/9 in 78 overs (A Akash 101, Vishwajeet Patnaik 65 n.o., M Ravi Kiran 5/83) vs SBH Andhra Bank 287 (NS Arjun Yadav 56, Kiran Kumar 39, Abdul Khader 84 n.o., A Lalith Mohan 30, Azhar 3/69, Mehdi Hasan 3/94) vs Ensconse

MP Colts 168/7 in 73 overs (Danny Prince 54, Minash Gabriel 49 n.o., Shiv Shankar 4/58) vs BDL


Sporting XI 128 lost to Gouds XI 129/4 (K Sainadh 39) Kosaraju 155 bt Telangana 101(Praneet Raj 5/14, Sai Charan 3/33) Galaxy 218 lost to Cambridge XI 221/3 (Mohammed Asifuddin 109, Syed Ali Hyder 34, Mir Jaweed Ali 35 n.o.) CCOB 237 lost to Team Speed 239/3 (N Anirudh Reddy 70 n.o.,

N Sandeep Goud 52 n.o.) Continental 285 bt Gemini Friends 126 (Chris Kalyan 31, Chandrasekhar 47, Sai Prasad Reddy 4/26, Vineeth Reddy 4/10) Khalsa 332 bt New Blues 328 (Rohit 107, Poojith Vamsi 82, Datta Prakash 35, Pargat Singh 3/82, Dinesh 3/55) HBCC 444/8 bt Pasha Beedi 168 (Praveen Kumar 47, Syed Farhan 38, Omer Khan 4/49) A-10 one day HC Academy 316 (Sridhar Prem 109, Sridhar 56, Avinash 66 n.o.,Yash 3/91, Sumith 4/74) bt AVCC 212/6 (Samith Reddy 34, Sai Pragnay Reddy 50 n.o.)

Snooker player Lucky Vatnani poses with the winner’s trophy after emerging victorious at the Late D.V.S Raju 2nd Memorial Snooker Tournament 2013 held at FNCC.




WASHINGTON OPEN Somdev Devvarman eliminated defending champion Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).

Devvarman dethrones defending champ WASHINGTON: Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman (right) eliminated defending champion Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) on Tuesday at the $1.76 million ATP and WTA Washington Open. World number 129 Devvarman, a twotime US college champion ranked 104 spots below Ukranian ninth seed Dolgopolov, advanced to the round of 16, where he could face US eighth seed John Isner on Thursday. “I’m very happy. That guy is a tough player, no question,” Devvarman said. “I played really well. in the beginning. he gave me a couple errors to break him. “He fought back in the second set. I was serving well. It kept me in the match.

Two other Aussies won as well, with wildcard James Duckworth downing Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-2 and Marinko Matosevic ousting Russian 15th seed Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 7-5. Another Aussie qualifier, Samuel Groth, blasted 10 aces but lost as Canadian fourth seed Milos Raonic hit nine of his own in a 7-5, 6-4 triumph. Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori, a career-best 11th in the rankings, will open with a second-round match Wednesday night against US wildcard Jack Sock, who beat Dutchman Igor Sijsling 6-4, 6-2. “I’m going to just go out and play my game,” Sock said. “If I’m playing well, I think I have a shot at a lot of guys.” AFP

I gave myself looks on his serve. It was just confidence.” Devvarman, who went to India after Wimbledon to work with a Chennai-based charity called “Life is a Ball,” feels on top of his game. “I’m pretty sharp,” he said. “Physically for sure.” Meanwhile, American Ryan Harrison ousted Australian former world number one Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 7-5 to book a Wednesday second-round match against Argentine top seed Juan Martin Del Potro, a two-time Washington winner and the 2009 US Open champion. If Del Potro advances, he would face 20-year-old Aussie Bernard Tomic in the round of 16.

Bernard Tomic surges ahead JIM SLATER Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON: Putting aside offcourt distractions in his first match since a fourth-round Wimbledon run, Australia’s Bernard Tomic (in pic) advanced to the round of 16 on Tuesday at the ATP Washington Open. Tomic, who had an opening bye as the 14th seed, beat David Goffin 6-1, 63, avenging a first-round loss to the Belgian last year at Wimbledon and booking a third-round matchup with either American Ryan Harrison or Argentine top seed Juan Martin Del Potro, the 2009 US Open winner. “I played not so bad,” Tomic said. “Very tough conditions. Very difficult to play 100 percent on these courts because it’s so hot and so humid.” The distraction was mild by comparison to the 12-month ATP ban that kept Tomic’s father John from watching him play at Wimbledon. The elder Tomic faces charges in Madrid after a head-butting incident that left former Tomic hitting partner Thomas Drouet with a broken nose, although John

Putting aside off-court distractions in his first match since a fourth-round Wimbledon run, Bernard Tomic advanced to the round of 16. Tomic said he acted in self defense. Tomic has elected to cope with such distractions internally. “I sort of like to put things inside of me to distance myself from what’s around me,” he said. “That’s how I deal with it.”

Tomic said that he has received support since the Madrid incident from Tennis Australia, a group with whom he once had strained relations. “There has been some help,” Tomic said. “Probably not the help I would have expected, but there has been some help. They have been very good. They have been supportive. I get along with Tennis Australia very well.” Tomic, the youngest player in the draw at 20, fired seven aces and saved all six break points that he faced to beat Goffin in 65 minutes at the US Open hardcourt tuenup in his first match since losing to Czech Tomas Berdych in the fourth round at Wimbledon. “I’m happy with the way I’m playing because I didn’t put a lot of preparing into this tournament,” Tomic said, noting his three-week break since Wimbledon. Tomic said he has not been bothered by a right hamstring injury that forced him to withdraw in the first round at the French Open. Ranked 40th after reaching a career high of 27th a year ago, Tomic is 20-13 this year.


Hantuchova opens campaign with a bang CARLSBAD: Daniela Hantuchova roared into the second round of the WTA Southern California Open on Tuesday with a 6-0, 6-0 thrashing of Austrian Tamira Paszek. Slovakia’s Hantuchova, who needed just 47 minutes to dispatch Paszek, set up a second-round clash with second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, and also warmed up for her marquee doubles match on Wednesday with former world number one Martina Hingis. Swiss great Hingis will be playing her first WTA match since 2007 when she and Hantuchova play firstround doubles against Julia Goerges of Germany and Darija Jurak of Croatia. Hingis won five Grand Slam singles titles and nine in doubles and spent a total of 209 weeks as world number one before she retired for the first time in 2003. A comeback bid ended in a second retirement in 2007. Top seed Victoria Azarenka will also be seen in action on Wednesday. AFP

SPORTS BRIEFS Park Inbee returns to St Andrews

ST ANDREW: In 2007,

South Korea’s Park Inbee finished 11th as a rookie at the Women’s British Open at St Andrews. Six years on and she is back at the famous Old Course as the world number one and attempting to become the first golfer — male or female — to win four majors in one season. Following her victories at the Kraft Nabisco, LPGA Championship and US Open, the addition of a first British Open would rewrite history. “It is nice to be back here

in Scotland with three major victories,” said the 25-yearold from Seoul. “There is a lot of pressure and everyone is talking about me trying to make it four in a row. But I’m getting used to it and once I am on the course I only think about golf.” she added. Park spent last week back home in South Korea — and there was plenty of evidence of the rewards of her success. Not only was she the centre of fans’ attention but she was also handed the keys to a red Ferrari.

“I’ve been given it for a year,” she said before returning her focus back to golf. “I feel as though I’ve already played two different golf courses. Yesterday (Monday), there was no wind. Today (Tuesday) was really windy and wet and it was completely different. “I have great memories of 2007. It was my first year on Tour and Lorena Ochoa won the title. At that time, she was the best player in the world.” she said of the retired AFP Mexican.

Els confirms participation in Macau Open

HONG KONG: Four-time

Major winner Ernie Els has confirmed he will take part in the $800,000 Venetian Macau Open for the first time in October. Els, who has notched up dual wins at both the US Open and the British Open, will be seeking to continue a run of recent good form following a June win at the BMW International Open in Munich. Els is a regular on the Asian circuit and will be hoping to add the Macau trophy to two previous Tour wins, at

the 2005 BMW Asian Open in China and the 2005 Qatar Masters. “I am excited to be playing in Macau. I have never been there before but have heard many good things about the tournament as well as the city itself,” he was quoted as saying in an Asian Tour press release. “I like Asia and have enjoyed playing in this part of the world over the years. This spring I was in Indonesia and Thailand and played well at both tournaments. “The Venetian Macau

Open is one of the most prestigious events on the Asian Tour and I hope I will be holding the famous trophy aloft come Sunday,” he said. Els, known as the “Big Easy”, recently accepted an invitation to become an honorary member and international ambassador of the Asian Tour. Golf Association of Macau president Charles Lo said, “Ernie Els is a true champion who is well respected around the world with a graceful style and AFP classy attitude.





Oz mull Warner recall

Australia are pondering whether to recall controversial batsman David Warner for their must-win third Ashes Test against England on Thursday. Australia hope Warne can help spinners MANCHESTER: Australia are to call on Shane Warne to advise their spinners ahead of the make-or-break third Ashes Test at Old Trafford — where the leg-spin legend delivered the 'ball of the century' 20 years ago. Warne, in England as a television commentator, has been asked to have a word with 19-year-old leftarmer Ashton Agar and off-spinner Nathan Lyon by former teammate turned Australia coach Darren Lehmann ahead of a match the tourists, 2-0 down in the five-match series, must win to keep their Ashes hopes alive. AFP

MANCHESTER: Australia are pondering whether to recall controversial batsman David Warner for their must-win third Ashes Test against England at Old Trafford starting on Thursday. Top-order batting has long been Australia's Achilles heel and so it proved in a crushing 347-run second Test defeat at Lord's, where the tourists were

skittled out for just 128 in their first innings. England lead the five-match series 2-0 and Australia need to win in Manchester if their hopes of regaining the Ashes are not to be extinguished — a drawn series would see holders England retain the urn. Australia, following a 4-0 series reverse in India earlier this year, have suffered six successive


Tests defeats for the first time since 1984 -- they last lost seven in a row in the 19th Century. Warner missed the first two Tests of the current series having been suspended in the run-up to the Ashes for punching England's Joe Root in a Birmingham bar after Australia lost a Champions Trophy match to their arch-rivals last month. Instead the 26-year-old opener joined up with Australia A for whom he made 193 against South Africa A in Pretoria last

week before becoming embroiled in a sledging row with the home side's wicketkeeper. Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is adamant that, if selected, Warner must open as that would give him the best chance of imposing his game on England's bowlers. But that would mean Australia coach Darren Lehmann having to give up on at least half of his chosen first-wicket duo of Shane Watson and Chris Rogers.

New DRS feed to be trialled in third Test MANCHESTER: This week's third Ashes Test will see the International Cricket Council (ICC) trial an independent television feed with the aim of improving its controversial Decision Review System. DRS, designed to eliminate the "howler" by on-field umpires, has been at the centre of several controversial decisions in the first two Test of the Ashes, both of which England have won to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has been among those leading calls for the system to become a fully independent operation and not, as is currently the case, be reliant on the technology of the host broadcaster. AFP



Sreesanth, 38 others charged over IPL fixing RUPAM NAIR Agence France-Presse

Australia's cricket legend Glenn McGrath (L) poses for photos during the launch of his wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Sydney on Tuesday. AFP/SAEED KHAN

NEW DELHI: Indian bowler S Sreesanth (right) and 38 others were charged Tuesday over a spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League that has rocked the sport, a prosecutor said. Indian prosecutors filed charges in a New Delhi court against the 39 alleging links to organised crime during this year's edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a Twenty20 competition. "The players and others have also been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and dishonesty," special public prosecutor Rajesh Mohan told AFP. Two of Sreesanth's teammates from the Rajasthan Royals franchise, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, were also charged along with bookmakers and underworld figures. They were charged under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, Mohan said. The three players were arrest-

ed in May along with scores of bookies as part of a police investigation into the spot-fixing scandal, which has caused outrage among fans in the cricket-mad nation. India's cricket officials launched their own investigation into a separate betting scandal in the IPL, which prompted the country's cricket chief N. Srinivasan to step aside last month pending the outcome of

the probe. In a further twist to the scandal, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday ruled that the probe itself had been illegal, throwing into question the return of Srinivasan. He stepped aside temporarily as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after his son-in-law was arrested, and later released on bail, over alleged links to illegal bookmakers. AFP




Scottish champions Celtic signed winger Derk Boerrigter from Dutch champions Ajax on Tuesday for a fee believed to be £3million ($4.5million) and he could make his debut in Wednesday’s Champions League third round qualifier.



Banner controversy sparks rows Political banners and a military flag displayed at a match between South Korea and Japan have dragged top government officials from both countries into a diplomatic spat. SEOUL: Political banners and a military flag displayed at a football match between South Korea and Japan have dragged top government officials from both countries into a diplomatic spat. The Korea Football Association (KFA) issued a statement Wednesday insisting that Japanese fans waving a large “rising sun” Japanese military flag had incited South Korean supporters at Sunday’s East Asia Cup tie in Seoul. The home fans had unfurled a giant banner in the first half that read: “There is no future for a people that have forgotten history” — a reference to Japan’s 1910-45 occupation of South Korea. Many South Koreans believe Japan has failed to atone for abuses during the colonial period which remains a constant source of tension between the two countries. The banner was taken down at half-time, but Japan’s foot-

ball association still lodged an official complaint and demanded an explanation from the KFA. Two other banners displayed before the game bore portraits of a Korean independence activist who assassinated a top Tokyo official in 1909, and the admiral

The KFA issued a statement insisting that Japanese fans waving a large “rising sun” Japanese military flag had incited South Korean supporters. who fought off a Japanese invasion in the 16th century. On Monday, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the banners were “extremely regrettable” and violated a FIFA ban on political statements. Sports Minister Hakubun

Shimomura went further on Tuesday, saying the style of the banners called into question “the nature of the people” in South Korea. The South Korean foreign ministry then responded with a statement deploring Shimomura’s “rude comments." Although the size of the South Korean banners suggested the protest was pre-planned, Wednesday’s KFA statement argued it had been triggered by the away supporters’ military flag-waving. “The flag evokes painful memories for Koreans. Yet the Japanese fans waved a giant flag right after the match kicked off, greatly provoking South Korean fans and triggering the whole incident," it said. “Japan should stop highlighting the act by South Korean fans while ignoring the fact some Japanese waved the giant Rising Sun flag in the middle of the South Korean capital," the KFA said.AFP

Japan’s players celebrate with their supporters after beating South Korea in the East Asian Cup football match in Seoul on Sunday. Japan claimed the East Asian Cup for the first time with a 2-1 win for the men’s team over hosts South Korea, crushing China’s hopes of taking home some silverware. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE


Celtic can repeat Euro heroics, says Lustig ALISTAIR WATSON Agence France-Presse GLASGOW: Mikael Lustig (in pic) admits Celtic are determined to prove last season’s run to the last 16 of the Champions League wasn’t a one-off. Neil Lennon’s team are preparing to host Swedish champions Elfsborg in the third qualifying round of this season’s competition on Wednesday after cruising past Northern Irish minnows Cliftonville in the last round. The Scottish champions earned over £20 million from last season’s run to the last 16, which included a famous group stage win over Barcelona. And Celtic’s Swedish

defender Lustig sees no reason why the Hoops can’t upset a few more of the big guns in Europe’s elite competition. “We want to show the peo-

ple we aren’t just a one-off after what we did last year in the competition," Lustig said. “We want to do it again. For all the boys, it was one of the

biggest things they achieved in their career so far and we all want to repeat that. “Of course, it’s always good to go back and play in Sweden and I want to see Swedish teams do well in Europe because it’s good for football in the country, but obviously this time I only want Celtic to go through in the tie." Elfsborg, who are already halfway through their domestic league campaign, sit fifth in the table. But the Swedish side are one of the more testing opponents Celtic could have drawn at this stage. Lennon’s team, who kick-off their domestic title defence on Saturday, disposed of fellow Swedes Helsingborgs at the same stage last year.

But Lustig knows it’s important that the Hoops get off to a flying start at Parkhead and establish a significant advantage ahead of a potentially tricky return in Sweden. “Elfsborg are a good team with really good footballers who want to play football on the ground," Lustig said. “Their pressing is also good and they want to play good football. They also have a very good home record. “It’s really important to get a good first result. We want to get a good clean sheet at Parkhead as we know how important away goals are. “You don’t want to think too much about it but it’s our home pitch and we want to go and attack as well." AFP

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