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OPERATION CONTROVERSY

On June 3, 1984, the Indian Army stormed the Golden Temple in Amritsar to eliminate Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his followers. The backlash following this controversial move still resonates in India. We take a look at similar operations that had far-reaching consequences.

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HYDERABAD’S FIRST COMPACT AFTERNOON NEWSPAPER

ERRAGADDA’S TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE TO WORSEN WITH APPROACHING MONSOON

A 25-year-old proposal to widen this stretch lies unattended. The corporator and MLA should be held responsible for the sorry state of affairs.

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TDP POISED TO FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS Lack of second rung leadership and familial fracas apart, the party is seen to have made a strategic blunder by supporting a T-state and being unable to gain mileage out of it. TRS is spreading its wings in Telangana and the TDP is in danger of losing its support base in Rayalaseema and Andhra.

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MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013

city events

SINGAPOREAN FOOD FESTIVAL

Enjoy the finest of Asian flavours at Singaporean food festival at Oriental Kitchen, Park Hyatt. When: 19:00 to 23:30 hours (weekdays), 12:00 to 15:30 hours and 19:00 to 23:30 hours (weekends)

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES She Gave Him Her Eyes, a film by Iciar Bollain will be screened. Where: Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, Banjara Hills

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Fountain of youth Make-up workshop will be organised. Where: Ushodaya Enterprises Private Limited, Moosapet When: From June 5 to June 7, 10 am to 1 pm Presentation To Performance A children's theatre workshop by AS Devendranath. Where: Kaleidoscope, Gachibowli

When: Till June 7, 10 am to 12 pm Dance workshop Dance and aerobics workshop by Dinaz. Where: Dinaz's - A Fitness Studio, Banjara Hills When: Till June 6, 4 pm to 5 pm Engineering expo

PUTTING THEIR BEST FOOT FORWARD: Girls smile for camera at Nehru Zoo park on Sunday. An engineering expo is on. Where: HITEX, Madhapur When: Till June 3, 10 am

When: June 6, 10 am to 1 pm

Summer camp Summer camp for kids is on. Where: Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Nampally When: Till June 5, 10.30 am to 5 pm

Movie time Beyond, a film By Pernilla August will be screened. Where: Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, Banjara Hills

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Robokid Robokid 2013, robotics competition for school students will be held. Where: Jay Robotix Private Limited, Patancheru When: June 5, 10 am

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WATER SUPPLY Complaint Cell Sewerage Complaint Hyd. Water Supply HOSPITAL General Hospital, Sec-bad Niloufer Hospital, Red Hills NIMS, Director, Punjagutta Osmania General Hospital Railway Hospital, Lalaguda Apollo, Jubilee Hills Care Hospital, Banjara Hills Care Hospital, Nampally Care Hospital, Musheerabad Care Hospital, Sec-bad Kamineni Hospital, LB Nagar

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When: June 7, 4 pm Heavy metal festival Heavy metal festival Deccan Rock Edition III will be held. Where: 10 Lounge & Night Club, Secunderabad When: June 8, 6 pm

Frozen beverages A whole new array of soothing and relaxing diaquires. Where: Lacatina, Novotel

Relations and Reflections Relations and Reflections, paintings of Shambu Prasad Reddy. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills When: Till June 3. Movie mania Eccentricities Of A Blonde-Haired Girl, film by Manoel De Oliveira will be screened. Where: Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, Banjara Hills. When: June 5, 4 pm

Career counselling Career counselling for engineering students will be held. Where: Indira Priyadarshini, Nampally

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When: June 6, 4 pm Live performance Live performance by Grey Shack. Where: Hard Rock Cafe Hyderabad, Banjara Hills When: June 6, 9 pm

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

Airport Director 27903785, 27906001 For Air India Flight Information Toll free (from any network) for IC Flights 18001801407 And for All Flights: 1800227722 Air India has revised its flight timings. For more information call (Toll free) 18001801407, 1800227722 from BSNL/MTNL 04023430334 from other lines and mobile Website; www.airindia.in TOURISM OFFICES AP Tourism, Hyd 23262152/53/54 Sec-bad 27893100 Dept of Tourism 23453110 India Tourism 23261360 AP Tourism information Centre (24x7) 23450444, 23455999 UK VISA OFFICE VFS India Pvt Ltd Building, 8-2-542/A, Sunil Chamber, Road No. 7

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FRAGILE PEACE

TDP poised to stumble The party is seen to have made a strategic blunder in supporting T-state and not being able to gain mileage out of it.

INKESHAF AHMED ahmed.m@postnoon.com HYDERABAD: Despite the historic marathon padayatra by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the party cadres are unenthused, reports say. Loyalists of the party in the districts are said to be worried to the core as they believe one more defeat in 2014 will bury the party forever. And yet, Naidu’s trusted inner circles are debating if Lokesh is a threat to their growth instead of revamping cadres and network across the State. “What did Lokesh do?” asks a senior party MP and a wellknown industrialist who is unhappy at the promotion of Lokesh in the lines of Akhilesh in UP. “Akhilesh proved his mettle but what did he (Lokesh) do?” He is unconvinced. “With this sort of inner circles, Naidu does not need enemies,” remarks a party MLA who was present when the TDP MP made this remark. Majority of the party cadres still feel that the party has to do a lot of things in order to become a dominant force. This time, the party has to face a powerful rival, the YSR Congress, in Rayalaseema and Andhra, while its hopes of making it up in Telangana does not seem to be working. The grassroots leaders are citing the desertion of scores of party MLAs from Telangana, Andhra and Rayalaseema regions as a sure sign of lack of mass trust in the party. “Since the last General Elections, many of our MLAs left us, protesting

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The TDP has no media policy. Its close circles are mostly industrialists who have selfish motives to be in the party. Senior TDP corporator On TRS’s attacks on TDP the attitude of party president Chandrababu Naidu on various issues. While Andhra and Rayalaseema leaders left the party citing the ambiguous stand of the party on the contentious division of the state issue, the Telangana leaders quit after getting fed up with the

attitude of the party leadership in publicly supporting the creation of separate Telangana state. Even after this, there was no change in the attitude of the party president,” a senior leader of the party from Rayalaseema region told Postnoon. AROUND THE

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What hurts the party cadres and grassroot level workers the most is the party’s utter failure in containing the calumny thrown at it through media. “The TDP has no media policy. Its close circles are mostly industrialists who have selfish motives to be in the party,” remarked a senior corporator of the party in Hyderabad. “The TRS continues to attack us despite our efforts for the cre-

ation of separate Telangana state. We submitted a letter to the Union government reiterating our stand on the separate state issue during the all-party meeting held by Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde in December last year. But we are unable to convince people of the region about our commitment to the creation of a separate state by countering the false propaganda of the TRS. “This is giving a wrong image of our party among the four and half crore people of Telangana,” another TDP leader from Telangana region lamented. Party cadres with no worthwhile directives on how to counter rival propaganda and endear themselves and the party to the voters remain floating without a purpose. “Our party has lost elections for two consecutive terms. A defeat for the third time in a row would lead to its exit. In spite of knowing this, the leadership of our party is the captive of a few selfish men who think money will compensate for the lack of network and goodwill. “They forget that NTR began with an empty pocket, not knowing how to meet the printing cost of the posters but he captured the hearts of Telugus and that made all the difference,” remarks another dejected party loyalist from Khammam. God save our party, was the cryptic comment of a Rajya Sabha MP from the TDP. He is worried that Chiranjeevi’s comment in jest that Naidu will end up with blisters on his foot may turn out to be true.

‘China, Pak, India, boost nuclear arsenal’ HUGUES HONORE Agence France-Presse STOCKHOLM: Three of the world’s nuclear powers — China, India and Pakistan — have increased their nuclear arsenals over the past year, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said Monday. China now has 250 nuclear warheads against 240 in 2012; Pakistan has increased its warheads by about 10 to between 100 and 120; and India has also added roughly 10 for a total of 90 AROUND THE

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The arms race is all the more disturbing, because of what the institute called a “fragile” peace in Asia, characterised by growing tensions since 2008. to 110, SIPRI said in its report. The arms race is all the more disturbing, because of what the institute called a “fragile” peace in Asia, characterised by growing tensions since 2008. “While states have avoided direct conflict with each other and have stopped supporting insurgent movements on each other’s territory, decades-old suspicions linger and economic integration has not been followed up,” SIPRI said. Only Russia and the US have cut back on warheads; Russia reducing its number from 10,000 to 8,500, and the US scaling back from 8,000 to 7,700. AFP

CITY BRIEFS Election notification for local bodies

Kodandaram sounds ‘Chalo Assembly’ call

4 City students picked for Junior Olympiad

BJP to hold massive public meet today

Botsa slams Naidu for false promises

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tate finance minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy said today that notification for the local bodies’ elections would be issued before the beginning of the second phase of the budget session of the State Legislative Assembly. He hoped that the local bodies’ elections would be completed by the end of this month.

-JAC convener Prof M Kodandaram called upon the people of Telangana to participate in large numbers in the “Chalo Assembly” rally on June 14. Speaking after releasing the poster of the rally, he said that Telangana could be achieved only through unity and agitation. He said that the rally would prove to be a milestone in the movement.

our City students were selected for the Indian teams in the International Junior Science Olympiad 2013 finals. BVS Naidu, K Anirudh Reddy, K Aahwan Reddy and RS Harsha Vardhan are from Sri Chaitanya Techno School. These students will represent India and complete against teams from 40 other countries.

he BJP will hold a massive public meeting this evening at Nizam College grounds. The meeting is being held to merge Telangana Nagara Samithi Party into the BJP and welcome its president Nagam Janardhan into the party fold. National president of BJP Rajanath Singh will be the chief guest of the meeting.

PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana has charged TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu with trying to cheat the people by making impossible promises. Referring to Naidu’s promise of earmarking 100 seats to the BCs in the elections, Botsa sought to know how many seats had Naidu allotted to BCs in the last elections.


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News MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013 LAST YEAR... HERE Tobacco kills housewife

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ast year we had reported how, angered by her husband’s ultimatum to choose between family and her addiction to gutka, a mother of two set herself ablaze. The 28-year-old housewife, B Lavanya, addicted to gutka, immolated herself after her husband B Srinivas Chary chided her for not mending her ways. The couple had a daughter, 4, and a son, 2.

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badgers were killed in a bid to combat tuberculosis in cattle. The cull started in two areas of southwest England on Saturday.

I just wish our community could pay her a bit of attention. I find it hard to answer her questions like: Why don’t I have arms and legs? When will my arms get longer? TN Thuy, mum of a disabled child See page 12

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

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Cine landmarks fade away in the City. With the increasing number of multiplexes and malls, and with rise in piracy, single cinema theatres witness a major downfall in Hyderabad.

LOVE STORY

CHINA FARCE

Groom bolts on eve of marriage

Parents’ efforts to get their son married to a rich girl proved counterproductive as he escaped to marry his sweetheart. FOR REPRESENTATION ONLY

Mohd SUBHAN mohd.s@postnoon.com HYDERABAD: It sounds like a Tollywood script. A youth whose marriage was fixed with a rich girl while he was in love with a poor cousin of his ran away from the marriage, leaving the girl’s parents livid with rage. Frantic efforts are being made to locate the youth. Police investigation after the missing complaint has this much to say: Mohd Taufeeq, 26, a resident of Moinbagh, runs a shop in Shamshabad. He has been in love with his cousin who lived in Tappachabutra Jerrah for many years and they had decided to get married when the time comes. But his family did not approve of it as she was poor. They fixed his marriage to a rich family from another district and the marriage was scheduled for May 31. Taufeeq had protested and did not want to marry the girl but the parents forced it on him, saying a rich girl will ensure financial security, said

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inspector KVM Prasad. A day before the marriage, Taufeeq left home saying he was going to give wedding invite cards to friends. He borrowed the bike of a relative and later called him up saying he was leaving the City and that the bike was parked in the RTC bus stand. He forbade him to say anything to anybody about

Dabbawalas head off to Dubai The dabbawalas’ spokesperson will represent the community at a two-day leadership development conference in Dubai.

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Competitive exams get tougher in the country. Many candidates found the JEE advanced exam conducted yesterday tough. Experts say the cut-off, out of 360, could be less than 100.

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Union government launches new welfare scheme. The new scheme is said to help identify illegal beneficiaries.

this. As he did not return home by night and his mobile phone was switched off, his parents approached the Santosh Nagar police station and lodged a missing person complaint. His parents face a humiliating situation as all arrangements for the marriage had been made. The girl’s parents berated them for forcing him to marry another woman. Efforts are on to locate the youth, but the girl’s parents are unwilling to get their daughter married to the man.

but have given birth to a child and cannot provide valid identification of the child’s father, or those who have a baby with men who they know have spouses. People’s Daily reported that under the current interpretation of the draft, unmarried mothers could be charged six times the annual per capita disposable income in Wuhan, which amounts to 1,62,000 yuan ($26,407). In China, bearing a child out of wedlock is viewed as immoral, said the media report which noted that women who have children with married men can are often regarded as “home wreckers”. IANS

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BEIJING: Unmarried mothers would now have to pay a steep fee in a Chinese city, prompting a state-run daily to express concern as it may lead to “more cases of abortions and infant abandonment”. A new draft regulation on population and family planning management in Wuhan said that people who satisfy one of the following conditions should be charged “social maintenance fees”: those who are unmarried AROUND THE

Indian South Africans keep customs alive. Around 60-70,000 Siddis from Africa live in extreme poverty, but are still in touch with their roots.

How safe is the world we live in? After increasing their nuclear weapons last year, India, China and Pakistan have 240, 120 and 110 weapons each. Russia and US have ‘reduced’ it from 10,000 and 8,000 to 8,500 and 7,700.

Unmarried mothers to pay hefty fee

MUMBAI: Mumbai’s legendary lunch-box suppliers — dabbawalas — will feature at an august gathering of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders in Dubai Tuesday, an official said here Sunday. Arvind Talekar, spokesperson for Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box

Suppliers Trust (NMTBST), will represent the 5,000 dabbawalas at the two-day ‘Third GCC Government Organisations Third & Fourth Line Leaders’ Development Conference’ in Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. “I will be speaking on best practices in leadership develop-

ment and management practices to foster competitiveness, the issues, challenges, failures and successes in implementing leadership strategies,” Talekar said. This will be done through a case study on the history of dabbawalas, their gruelling day-today operations through Mumbai’s mind-boggling commuting conditions, ensuring “on -time delivery, every time”. The conference itself would highlight innovation in leadership that involved advanced decision-making and execution skills to obtain cross-functional responsibilities, as they need to drive excellence as multi-faceted leaders, he added. The two-day event will feature eminent speakers like Mansoor Al Awar, chancellor, Hamdan Bin Mohammed eUniversity; Hani Al Ghfaili of Al

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Riyadh newspaper; Majed Alhaisoni, dean of IT and e-learning at University of Hail, Saudi Arabia; Ahmad Tahlak, president and chairman of Levenbert; Abdullah Hamad Bin Zarah, CEO of Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City; and Lorenzo Maravigliad, director of Ritz-Carlton Dubai. The event will conclude with the Second Middle East Third and Fourth Line Leaders Excellence Awards. The dabbawalas’ work has been a topic of several international management studies and research and earned laurels from all over the world. They have been in service for 125 years. IANS


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BOTTLENECK WOES

Erragada’s own ‘Suez Canal’ A 25-year-old proposal to widen it lies unattended. Corporator and MLA should be held responsible. N SHIVA KUMAR

Md NIZAMUDDIN nizamuddin.a@postnoon.com HYDERABAD: While monsoon is the most eagerly awaited annual event, its arrival is anticipated with trepidation by some areas in the City. Erragadda is one of them. Residents of Natraj Nagar, for instance, have worry written all over their faces because of the unattended problem of the chicken neck connecting Rajiv Nagar and AG Colony. Only 20 feet in width, this main road is a transit hub for around 25,000 heavy and small vehicles and 75,000 pedestrians daily. Newly developed localities like Netaji Nagar, Natraj Nagar, Rajeev Nagar, Balaji Swarnapuri Colony, Fatima Nagar, Malik Enclave, Kalyaan Nagar, Sriram Nagar, Moti Nagar, Borabanda, Allahpur, Madhapur and Hi-tec City

ment of cars. “Until our children return from schools, anxiety levels are high,” says Syed Sadath Ali, president, Natrajnagar Weaker Section Welfare Society. P Somanna, one of the advisors of the society, points out that several ambulances take this route daily, risking the lives of patients caused by the delay. “Between 10 and 12 ambulances take this route daily as the area connects not only to government mental hospital and but also several private hospitals,” he said.

PROPOSAL IN COLD STORAGE connects through this stretch. According to residents, accidents have become routine. “Four fatal accidents involving children took place in recent years. A boy on a bicycle was crushed to death by a water tanker not long ago,” recalls, Ismail Khan, a social worker.

On one side of this stretch is the waterworks office at AG Colony, whose tankers shuttle between filling station and localities on the other side throughout the day. Apart from schools, these plush localities inside have hospitals and shopping centres, which means constant move-

The proposal for road widening has been pending since 1984, when a special officer (municipal town planning section) sanctioned a 60-ft link road. But as constructions came up all over, the GHMC took land from the accountant general’s office and planned a deviation. According to

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notification No.B/608/2008, road widening from Natraj Nagar to Rajiv Nagar on Survey No.133 of Yousufguda village in Khairtabad Circle 10 was proposed. GHMC has completed many road widening projects removing encroachments using the ‘urgency clause’, but this stretch mysteriously remain unattended. According to locals, the entire area was suffering only because of one private property owner . The corporator, K Sada Siva Yadav, who claimed to be pursuing the matter said that it would be resolved soon. “Two cases were resolved, but is still pending with the court. Cheques were issued for all the affected and we are pursuing the matter,” he said.

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS Drug to delay relapse

Sex safe with HPV-cancer patients

CHICAGO: A drug already approved for treating kidney cancer was successful at delaying the return of advanced ovarian cancer by an average of nearly six months, a clinical study released Saturday found. About 70 per cent of patients with advanced ovarian cancer experience a relapse following surgery and chemotherapy and need to resume aggressive treatments. The deadly disease’s cure rate is just 20 to 25 per cent. Researchers found the GlaxoSmithKlein drug pazopanib extended the median time to disease worsening to 17.9 months compared with 12.3 months for patients given a placebo. Pazopanib is an oral drug that blocks targets involved in the growth of tumors and their blood vessels. AFP

Couples who have been together for years have likely shared whatever infections they have and no changes in their physical intimacy are needed, says a study.

MIRA OBERMAN feedback@postnoon.com CHICAGO: There is no need for patients who have developed cancer from an oral HPV infection to refrain from sex with their spouses or longterm partners, according to a study out Saturday. The study found that the spouses of patients with oral cancer caused by HPV did not have a significantly higher risk of developing the disease than the general population. “Couples who have been together for several years have likely already shared whatever infections they have and no

changes in their physical intimacy are needed,” said lead author Gypsyamber D’Souza, an epidemiology professor at Johns Hopkins University. Long-term partners have likely already been exposed to the virus and managed to “clear” it, D’Souza explained but added that “certainly, with new sexual partners, caution is always advised”. Fear of transmitting the virus can lead to anxiety, cause couples to curtail sex and even

result in divorce. The study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting is the first to examine HPV infection among patients with HPV-caused oral cancer and their spouses. Researchers took oral rinse samples from 166 cancer patients and 94 of their spouses and partners. It is unlikely, D’Souza said, that patients with oral cancer would put their spouses at risk of cervical cancer. “There’s no known evidence that HPV can be transmitted from saliva to the genital area,” she told reporters. AFP

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PV, or human papilloma virus, is so common that nearly any sexually active person will contract at least one type in their lifetime. The vast majority of infections do not develop into cancer. However, the incidence of HPV-positive head and neck cancers in the United States has increased significantly over the past 20 years, particularly among non-Hispanic white me, sparking off a fear of intimacy among patients.

NATION BRIEFS Two militants surrender in Manipur

Narrow escape for Palamau Express

Judge killed in road accident

Posters come up in hills threatening GJM, others

‘TMC let loose terror during by-poll’

IMPHAL: Two militants of different organisations have surrendered before the Army with two small arms in Manipur. Officials said that Kh Tombi of Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and self-styled sergeant of Kanglei Yawol Kann Lup (KYKL) S Rakesh laid down two revolvers and surrendered to the Army on Saturday.

Passengers of Palamau Express had a narrow escape when a tractor, being dragged by a goods train, brushed against it near Nawaidh. The tractor got entangled with the goods train at an unmanned level crossing and was ploughed through, hitting and breaking the footsteps of 11 bogies of Palamau Express.

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BADAUN (UP): A judge was killed when his car collided with a bus in Kasganj district en route from Agra to here, police said. Special Judge, SC/ST, Anil Kumar Agarwal (51), who was driving the car, was killed on the spot, they said. Agarwal was the only person in the car, police said, adding that an FIR has been lodged against the driver of the bus.

DARJEELING: Posters cropped up in Darjeeling town threatening GJM and other hill parties of dire consequences if they "went on exploiting the Gorkhaland sentiment". "If any party and their leaders indulge in a drama over Gorkhaland, they will have to pay with their lives. We are ready not only to take bullets but spray them," the posters said.

HOWRAH: Alleging arm-twisting and intimidation by Trinamool Congress, a CPI(M) candidate said that its agents were driven out and its party office ransacked during the Howrah Lok Sabha by-poll. CPI(M) candidate Sridip Bhattacharjee said armed TMC men allegedly beat up party supporters at Liluah and ransacked the party office.


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ENTERTAINMENT

Cine landmarks fade away quietly

NEHA DWIVEDI feedback@postnoon.com

HYDERABAD: Those who gained in life from cinema are the least committed to save the cinema theatres. But the City is still richer than others when it comes to number of theatres. Post Independence, Hyderabad had two features — its politics and love for films. In fact, a political party was sired by cinema theatre — the TDP. The City was once dotted with theatres, which were the most popular landmarks. “You asked your way referring to a cinema theatre, not the road name or any other institution,” recalled Ramakrishna JR, a travel operator in Lakdikapul. It is because the City was rich in cinema that it is still left with 113 despite an equal number giving way to multiplexes and malls, while other cities are left with a dozen or so. Old-timers recall the famous theaters of their time such as Anand, Sangeet, Basant Talkies, and Liberty. These have shut

Golden Jubilee, but now films are made in one or two months and screened in the theatres, increasing competition. The popularity of multiplexes have also led to the vanishing of singlescreen theaters. Their construction is undertaken by engaging architects, builders and structural engineers, leading to better architecture and services.”

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shop, breaking hearts of thousands of movie-goers. Many theatres like Odeon 70mm, Shobhna, Sheeshmahal have been popular release centres for Telugu Blockbusters. Many hit films like Chiranjeevi’s Jagadega Veerudu Athiloka Sundari, NTR’s Dana Veera Soora Karna and Ram’s Devdas were screened in these theaters. Srihari, manager of Venkat Ramana Megaplex theater, says, “With the entry of television and satellite channels, the

number of people coming to theaters have diminished and so have the collections. Forty years ago, there weren’t much vehicles, you could hardly see any car parked outside the theater, but with passing years, there is a demand for bigger parking lot which means more expenditure and greater loss.” Says J Rameshwar Rao of The Telangana Film Chamber Of Commerce, “Earlier films used to celebrate Silver Jubilee and

ANIMAL WELFARE

Brian May leads protest against badger culling LONDON: Queen guitarist Brian May led several hundred black-and-whiteclad demonstrators through the streets of London on Saturday, urging the government to scrap plans to cull thousands of badgers. The cull, which started in two areas of southwest England on Saturday, will see up to 5,000 badgers killed in a bid to combat tuberculosis in cattle. But animal welfare groups are outraged by the plan, claiming it is inhumane and will do little to wipe out the disease. Bovine TB spreads from badgers to cattle, and farmers are forced to slaugh-

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ter thousands of infected animals every year. But May, 65, said there was “not a shred of reason” for the culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset in southwest England, and delivered a 2,35,000signature petition against it to Prime Minister David Cameron’s office. “It is a very good time for Cameron to reconsider and withdraw from this monstrous cull, in the public interest,” the rock star said as he joined hundreds of animal rights activists in central London. The pilot schemes will see up to 70 per cent of badgers killed in Gloucestershire and Somerset. If successful, the government plans to roll out the cull in other rural areas hit badly by bovine TB. The government argues that the cull is necessary to stop the spread of the disease, which forced English farmers to slaughter 28,000 cattle last year. “There’s not a single country in the world that has successfully borne down on bovine TB without doing something about the reservoir in the wildlife population,” junior environment minister David Heath told BBC radio. “Whether it’s Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, all the countries that have successfully dealt with this disease have employed a policy very similar to ours.” But the protesters say the cull, involving trained marksmen shooting the badgers, is unnecessarily cruel. AFP

Irony is that NTR policy proved negative, YSR’s positive. NTR Rama Rao imposed a fixed tax on theatres because of which a number of theatres closed. It was YS Rajshekhra Reddy who revived the theatres with the slap tax which means you pay tax on tickets, not a fixed tax if you played or not. The biggest villain of entertainment industry is piracy. “As soon as the film releases it is on the internet. So why would people spend money on theatres?” asks a cinema owner. On account of piracy, the Telugu film industry and the government are losing revenue of about `1,200 crore

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per annum. Despite AP Film Chamber of Commerce framing so many laws to prevent piracy, it continues.

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While people constituting the entertainment world continue lamenting about the increasing taxes and perishing theaters, the common man has his own story. Vijay Kumar, an estate agent says, “I remember going to Maheshwari and Parmeshwari with my friends to watch English movies. Glitzy in their decor and architecture, the place was amazing.” The young generation like multiplexes which have more facilities than single cinemas, being one major reason for the death of single theatres. Presence of anti-social elements in small theatres is another drawback that prevents families from coming to them.


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3 arrested for duping builder Mohd SUBHAN mohd.s@postnoon.com

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hree people were arrested by Delhi police for allegedly duping a real estate developer of Tirupati, with the promise of providing cheap loan. Shalender Pratap Singh, Satender Kumar and Sonpal Singh were arrested from Rohini Sector 9 after N Prakasham, a builder and resi-

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dent of Tirupati, lodged a police complaint stating that the trio duped him of `12 lakh on the pretext of providing loan. Prakasham was offered loan of `1 crore at three per cent per annum and was asked by the trio to deposit all his original property documents,

four blank cheques and his mobile phone at their office at Azad Pur Commercial Complex in Delhi, on April 24. The complainant did everything accordingly, the police said. “The trio gave Prakasham a fake demand draft of `1 crore. Using two of the blank cheques which were given, a total sum of `10 lakh was withdrawn by the three men, whereas the complainant had already paid

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two lakh rupees towards processing fee, boarding and lodging in the name of verification,” he said.

WISHFUL THINKING

‘Rahul is PM material’ Rahul has what it takes to lead the nation. His life ambition is not to become prime minister, but to strengthen the party, says Sachin Pilot.

NEW DELHI: Minister of state for corporate affairs Sachin Pilot said he would support Rahul Gandhi as prime minister, but added that it was likely the Congress might not project him for the post. “Rahul Gandhi has what it takes to lead the nation. His life ambition is not to become prime minister, unlike the BJP leaders,

but to strengthen the party. The prime minister has asked him so many times to join the government, but he has not. He can lead a diverse and vast country like India,” said Pilot, stressing that his party supported young leaders. In an interview Sunday with IANS, Pilot said that even if the Congress did not project its vice president as prime ministerial candidate, Rahul Gandhi would “lead from the front” the campaign of the party for the 2014 general elections. “Indian polls are not the UStype presidential polls which are personality-oriented. But Rahul Gandhi will lead the party from the front and he will be the lead campaigner along with party president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,” Pilot said. Thirty-five-year-old Pilot, representing Ajmer, Rajasthan, in the Lok Sabha, asserted that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance would return to power for a third term after the 2014 general elections. He said the people should, however, judge the government

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on a balance, rather than by a few incidents. He said the UPA had provided stable governance over the past nine years. The minister said the government had, in the past four years, brought in important legislation like the Lokpal bill, the food security bill, the land acquisition bill and policies like foreign equity in multi-brand retail and direct cash transfer scheme. He said the opposition BJP

HYDERABAD: The BJP has asked the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy to stop making ridiculous claims of the State advancing fast while the stark reality is different. In a damning criticism of the chief minister claiming on the one hand the State was galloping to progress while on the other demanding central allocation to ‘poverty alleviation’ was shocking, said the party leader Bandaru Dattatraya. He pointed out how Kiran claimed 220 mandals of the State AROUND THE

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was a divided house, as its senior leaders clamoured for the prime minister’s post. According to Pilot, if Modi was named the BJP’s prime minister candidate, that party would have difficulty finding allies. Stating that it was unfortunate that allies like Trinamool Congress and DMK left UPA-II in the past six months, he, however, asserted that UPA had a comfortable majority in parliament. Confident that he would be returned to the next Lok Sabha by the people of Ajmer, Pilot said: “I never take people’s mandate for granted. When I fight, I fight to win. My approach is humble, do your work and people will elect you. I hope they will vote for me and I will get back.” He said the presence of young ministers like him indicated that the party and government have faith in them. “It has given us a large platform. It shows the party cares. We need exposure. Our role is increasing,” he said. IANS

needed poverty alleviation while claiming the state had registered 8.8 percentage of growth! Percentage of poor is shown to have been reduced from 29 percent in 2004-5 to 21 percent in 2009-10. Per capita income of the State was put at `77,277 per annum as against the national `68747. In this scenario how come 220 Mandals slipped back to poverty? Dattatraya said the ruling party was indulging in cosmetic surgery while the state was suffering from chronic disease. “This is a ridiculous situation,” said the BJP.

WORLD BRIEFS Syrian army seizes Sarin gas from rebels

Suicide bomber in failed Tourists arrested for attack on Indonesia cops ‘porn shoot’, released

100 Afghan schoolgirls hit by gas poisoning

Two dead in Czech floods, alert sounded

MOSCOW: The Syrian army has seized two cylinders of nerve agent Sarin in an operation in Hama city, Press TV reported. The containers were found in militant hideouts in al-Faraieh area, which has been the scene of fighting between troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition armed groups, the TV channel said.

POSO: A suicide bomber riding a motorbike on Monday attacked a police station in a central Indonesian town known as a terror hotbed, but failed to claim any casualties in the explosion, police said. “A civilian forced himself into the police station on his motorbike and blew himself up,” said local police spokesman Soemarno.

KABUL: As many as 97 girls at two schools in Afghanistan have fallen sick after a suspected gas poisoning. Some 77 girls at a school in Maimana in Faryab province, and another 20 girls at a school in Behsud fell ill after reportedly smelling gas during classes. Poisoning attacks are often staged by the Taliban who are against education for women.

KABUL: Rescuers have found the bodies of two people who died following heavy floods in the Czech Republic, while three other people are missing. Highest flood alert levels have been declared at more than 50 cities. The rescue operation in the flood zone was hampered as the rescuers could reach the buildings only on boats, police said.

CAIRO: Police in Egypt have released a group of tourists who had been earlier detained for allegedly shooting a pornographic movie in the popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada. A group of 10 naked men and women were noticed Saturday on the Giftun Islands, by a patrol officer who thought they were shooting a porn scene.


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WELFARE PROGRAMMES

New scheme saves `700cr for AP The revolutionary direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme of the Union government is yielding significant results in the implementation of AP’s welfare schemes.

INKESHAF AHMED ahmed.m@postnoon.com HYDERABAD: The newly launched DBT scheme is playing a crucial role in putting a check on various irregularities and malpractices that are rampant in the implementation of welfare schemes in the State. In two important welfare programmes — scholarships and input subsidy to farmers — the State government will be able to save a whopping `700 crore thanks to DBT, said an official of the State government while speaking to Postnoon. The official said that the revolutionary DBT scheme successfully eliminated the menace of fake beneficiaries by ensuring the transfer of benefit directly to the accounts of the respective beneficiaries. According to the official, the

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wise gone into the pockets of illegal beneficiaries, was saved. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy also acknowledged this while addressing a gathering two days ago in the City.

LPG CONSUMERS TO GET THE SAME BENEFIT

State has 25 lakh students, the highest in the country benefitting under the scholarships programme. The online payment system eliminated the benami accounts and colleges, and saved `300

crore for the State. Under the input subsidy scheme, out of the released `1,800 crore, only `1,400 crore was distributed by the State government. The remaining `400 crore, which could have other-

According to official statistics, the extension of DBT scheme to LPG consumers is likely to yield similar results. According to official statistics, the Union government is currently spending `5,200 crore annually on supply of cooking gas cylinders at subsidised rates in Andhra Pradesh. The implementation of DBT in the LPG category is likely to save huge amounts of money for the State’s exchequer, as the benefit of the subsidy can only be extended to Aadhaar card holders.

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Highlights n Government officials say DBT ensures the transfer of benefit directly to the accounts of the respective beneficiaries. n Officials say, under the scholarship scheme, DBT helped save `300 crore by eliminating benami accounts and colleges. n It is also said to have helped the State government save `400 crore in input subsidy to farmers. n The Union government is currently spending `5,200 crore annually on supply of cooking gas cylinders at subsidised rates in Andhra Pradesh. With DBT, only Aadhaar card holders can benefit from it.

FIRST PERSON

‘Urge to live keeps me motivated’ Coping with cancer changes your life in many ways. RJ Singh Oberoi, who believed in living life to the fullest, was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer. This is a story of his battle with cancer, in his own words. HYDERABAD: The first time I vomited blood was in December 2011 after a flight journey. But I thought it was nothing serious, confusing it for the side-effects of a jet lag. I was in Delhi in January 2012 and my uncle goaded me to undergo a medical check-up because it continued and also had a nose bleed many times. Nothing showed up in the results. I was feeling healthy again for a bit and they said maybe it was just stress. My friends and family knew I was vomiting blood still and in April, when I was in New York for work, I went to the hospital for another medical check-up. PIC FOR REPRESENTATION ONLY

Sometimes I had chest pain, so I told the doctor about that too. After a CT scan, he told me there is a blockage in my heart and it could be dangerous. They were wrong as they finally diagnosed me with cancer — cardiac sarcoma — though in the first stage. To be honest, I couldn't believe it and just laughed it off. I went to a wedding in London in May where I also made an appointment for a second opinion, but the doctors diagnosed the same. Still, I was very cool because I didn't realise that I was diagnosed with a very rare type of cancer. But I hid my diagnoses

for more than a month. The woman I love was on vacation in Istanbul at that time. I told her it was nothing serious. I had to undergo surgery to remove the tumor, followed by radiotherapy. There was a time when the doctors didn't know how to treat my disease and they even told me they can't cure it. Post surgery, the first two times I went for a check-up, they told me it had spread. However, the third time they gave me the clean chit. I’ve been told it may cause heart diseases later in life, but for now, I’m just trying to live one day at a time. At present, I’m undergoing my second session of radiotherapy; the first day always feels worst. I am also in therapy to 'teach’ how to cope with cancer. I went to a naturopath who is helping me gain strength and faith in difficult times. Because of my Indian roots, Ayurveda is very close to my heart. It helped me assuage my mental, emotional and physical stress. For two months, every day, I had a session, which included warm oil massage and Yoga. The specialist advised me to meditate to relieve stress and pain. What I miss most is my nor-

For months I didn't realise I'm restricted in many ways because of my wavering energy levels, but I had to accept I am a cancer patient now. RJ Singh Oberoi Cancer patient

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mal lifestyle. I love travelling. Now, if I want to go somewhere, I have to think about it, because I can't spill energy. For months I didn't realise I'm restricted in many ways because of my wavering energy levels, but I had to accept I am a cancer patient now. I don't want to think about death but somewhere it's playing at the back of my mind. I have a

three-year-old son who is my strength, and seeing him, I'm scared. Will I be able to see him grow up into a man? I want to see, live and feel the world without restrictions. Coping with cancer isn't easy. I am a Hindu and the philosophy, scriptures and teachings help me cope with cancer. I grew up with both Islam and Hinduism, as my mother was a Muslim and my father a Hindu. I embrace all faiths — as a Punjabi, Sikhism is very close to my heart too. I'm planning a trip to India, to visit a few shakti peethas, mandirs, mosques the Golden Temple and Ajmer Sharif, a Sufi Shrine. Besides, my family is there for me, always. We are five siblings and we had a hard time, losing our parents and close family members — but we stand united. It was a shock for them to hear that their brother, who is always full of fun, has cancer. And yes, there is someone special who keeps my heart beating, though we parted. She told me once: “Life isn't always easy. There are obstacles and road blocks; but that's what life is about.” The compelling urge to live life keeps me motivated for now.


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UNREST

Violence back on Turkey streets Interior Minister Muammer Guler said earlier that more than 1,700 people had been arrested nationwide, though most have since been released.

ROLAND LLOYD PARRY Agence France-Presse ISTANBUL: Turkey’s Islamistrooted government faced growing pressure on Monday after angry demonstrators clashed for a third night with police in a nationwide wave of protests. Police fired tear gas and water cannon Sunday at protesters who marched on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s offices in Istanbul and Ankara. “Dictator, resign!... We will resist until we win,” yelled the crowds, in the latest of a string of protests that have by some accounts left hundreds injured. Police had withdrawn on Saturday from Istanbul’s main Taksim Square, the symbolic heart of demonstrations that started over an unpopular building project nearby and boiled over into a general protest against the government. Crowds of whistling, flagwaving protestors continued to cover Taksim Square but the flashpoint shifted late Sunday to the area near Erdogan’s nearby Istanbul base.

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AFP reporters there saw police disperse thousands of demonstrators and incidents continued into early Monday. Interior Minister Muammer Guler said earlier that more than 1,700 people had been arrested in the unrest nationwide, though most have since been released. He said 58 civilians and 115 security officers had been injured over several days of protests, although rights groups have put the number of injured higher. A doctors’ union in Ankara said more than 400 civilians had been injured there including some with serious head wounds. Rights groups have denounced the violence that police meted out to demonstrators and Turkey’s Western allies have appealed for restraint. The unrest began as a local outcry against plans to redevelop Gezi Park, a rare green spot near Taksim, but after a heavy-handed police response the protests spread to other districts -- and

Protestors clash with riot police near Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan office, between Taksim and Besiktas in Istanbul, on Monday during a demonstration against the demolition of the park. AFP

then to dozens of cities across Turkey. Accused by critics of pushing an increasingly conservative and authoritarian agenda, Erdogan’s government is facing the biggest protests since it took power in 2002.

Erdogan on Sunday renewed his call for an end to the disturbances. “If you love this country, if you love Istanbul, do not fall for these games,” he said in televised comments. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned in a Twitter

message: “The continuation of these protests... will bring no benefits but will harm the reputation of our country which is admired both in the region and the world.” Guler estimated the cost at more than 20 million liras (eight million euros, $10 million).

EXAM FEVER

JEE negative marking dispirits aspirants The first JEE advanced exam on changed IIT admission process proved a hard nut to crack, say aspirants. ALEENA ALICE Aleena.t@postnoon.com

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ith every passing year the competitive exams in the country seem to be getting tougher. The maiden year of the JEE Advanced exam conducted yesterday after the change in the IIT admission process by the human resource development ministry last year was quite tough for majority of the candidates who wrote the exam. Since most of the sections in the paper included negative marking, students who appeared for the examination felt scoring high would be difficult. Though the paper was for 360 marks, each half being 180 marks the cut-off this year could be less than 100 said experts. Paper 1 which had 60 questions

Since most of the sections in the paper included negative marking, students who appeared for the examination felt scoring high would be difficult. Though the paper was for 360 marks, each half being 180 marks the cut-off this year could be less than 100 said experts. for 180 marks had 20 questions for each subject. Chemistry Paper in Paper 1 was tougher than expected. In paper 2, the questions

were in the similar pattern like the previous paper but Physics was on the tougher side. Rahul Sundar, one of the engineering aspirants from the city who wrote the exam yesterday said, “I found paper 1 quite lengthy compared to paper 2. Due to negative marking questions took more time to solve.” Since Physics paper had many questions based on conceptual thinking students found it quite tricky because of the negative marking. Most of the questions in Chemistry were from inorganic chemistry. Some coaching institutes said that this year the paper had more negative marking compared to the previous year. “This year 65-75 percent of the questions had negative marking, compared to the question last three years which had only

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30-35 percent negative marking. What made the paper trickier was that multiple choice questions too had negative marking. “Considering the paper was difficult this year the topper of the JEE Advanced this year will score with an average of 73 per cent,” said Chandan Dikshit the Planning and Strategy Head at Rao IIT Academy. Some students felt Mathematics in Paper 1 was tough. B Ajit who appeared for the exam from the City said compared to physics in Paper 1, Mathematics was difficult. “I found the math paper too lengthy and was not able to

answer all the questions.” Lakhs of students in the country including 21,000 engineering aspirants from Andhra Pradesh wrote the examination on Sunday which was conducted smoothly. Clearing the JEE Advanced exam will give them entry into Bachelors in Engineering, B Tech and architecture courses at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Delhi Technological University, and other centrally funded technical institutes (CFTIs). Presently there are 9647 seats in the 16 IIT’s and the ISM Ddhanbad while there are 15,578 seats in the 30 NIT’s. The results for the examination will be out on June 23.


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Deadliest in 5 years: UN

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GENERATING AWARENESS

Poultry plant fire kills 43

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BAGHDAD: May was the deadliest month in Iraq in more than five years with 1,045 people killed in acts of terrorism and violence, up from 712 violent deaths in April, the United Nations' mission said in a statement. A total of 2,397 people were wounded in May due to escalating sectarian violence. Baghdad was the hardest-hit province in terms of numbers of victims and attacks, according to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, which did not indicate the casualty figures for the capital city. IANS

Japanese authors, Kenzaburo Oe (front row L) and Keiko Ochiai (front row C) on Sunday lead a march holding dove-shape balloons to protest against nuclear power plants, following the March 2011 Fukushima meltAFP/ TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA down-disasters, in Tokyo.

BEIJING: A fire at a poultry processing plant in northeast China killed at least 43 people on Monday, state-run media said. The blaze at the Baoyuan poultry plant in Dehui in Jilin province was caused by an electric spark, state broadcaster CCTV said on its account on Weibo, a service akin to Twitter. "43 people have been found dead at the site of the fire," it said. Firefighters were still working to extinguish the blaze almost five hours after it broke out around 6:00am, the official Xinhua news agency reported. AFP

DEEP-ROOTED CULTURE

India’s Africans keep ancient customs alive

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A new book reveals how the Siddi community, many of whose members live in poverty, has assimilated in India while keeping its distinctive culture alive. AMMU KANNAMPILLY Agence France-Presse NEW DELHI: The tiny Siddi community, descendants of ninth century African migrants, have lived quietly along India’s west coast for hundreds of years while never losing touch with their ancient traditions. A Certain Grace, a new book by Indian photographer Ketaki

Siddis of Hyderabad In the 18th century, a Siddi community was established in Hyderabad State by the Arab Siddi diaspora, who would frequently serve as cavalry guards of the Asif Jahi Nizam's irregular army. The Asif Jahi Nizams patronised them with rewards and the traditional Marfa music gained popularity and would be performed during official celebrations and ceremonies. The Siddis of Hyderabad have traditionally resided in the AC Guards (African Cavalry Guards) area near Masjid Rahmania, known locally as Siddi Risala.

Sheth reveals how the community, many of whose members live in poverty, has assimilated in India while keeping its distinctive culture alive. At the book’s launch in Mumbai last month Sheth recalled her first brush with the community during a 2005 holiday in Gujarat state in western India. “I first saw the Siddi in Sirwan, a village in the middle of the forest given to them by the Nawab (Muslim prince) ... in recognition of their loyal services," she said. “I was intrigued." Estimated to number between 60,000-70,000 in a nation of 1.2 billion, the Siddi originate from a swathe of east Africa stretching southwards from Ethiopia. The fiercely proud community discourages marriage to nonSiddis and outsiders are unwelcome, as Sheth found out when she was greeted by a group of young men eyeing her suspiciously at the entrance to another village, Jambur.

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“If looks could kill, honestly, I would be dead. I could sense irritation, hostility, perhaps even resentment to this very obvious ‘outsider'," she said. Two of those boys — “still angry and daunting” — would later turn up in a portrait shot by Sheth, their resistance apparently having faded over the five years she spent working on the project that blends portraiture and street photography. Jambur would become an occasional backdrop to her photographs, all shot in black and white using a manual camera. Often described as descendants of slaves brought to India by Arab and other troops, the Siddi mostly live in villages and

towns along India’s west coast, with a few groups scattered across the rest of the country. Anthropologist Mahmood Mamdani, a professor at New York’s Columbia University, says many came to India not as only as cheap labour but also as soldiers, with some rising quickly through the ranks and even acquiring royal titles Successive waves of migration saw Portuguese invaders bring slave-soldiers from modern-day Mozambique to India, Mamdani writes in an introductory essay to Sheth’s book. “Their main attraction was not their cheapness, but their loyalty. In this context, slaves are best thought of as lifelong ser-

vants of ruling or upper caste families," he writes. Those deemed most loyal were given land that is now home to villages inhabited exclusively by Siddis.

REINVENTING TRADITION

US-based academic Beheroze Shroff, who has studied the Siddi for years, told AFP that they, like other migrants, “have reinvented their traditions". Shroff said that Gujarati Siddi Muslims in particular still practise “elaborate rituals and ceremonies, which involve drumming and ecstatic dancing called goma (a Swahili word that means drum, song and dance)".


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TRANSPORT

Cairo commuters opt for Nile taxi It’s fast, it’s fun and most of all, it gives passengers a quick break from Cairo’s commotion.

JALIAN ZAYAN Agence France-Presse CAIRO: Whatever their social or political differences, Cairo’s residents agree on one thing: the traffic is a nightmare. Increasingly desperate to escape the gridlock and pollution of the Egyptian capital, more people are now using the Nile for their daily commute to work. A new taxi service that uses speed boats to whizz passengers up and down the river has proven the most exciting alternative for many a stressed-out Egyptian. It’s fast, it’s fun and most of all, it gives passengers a quick break from Cairo’s commotion. “I get to work relaxed — I’m not stressed, I’m not nervous,” says Ahmed Amin, 43, a father of two who used to spend nearly four hours a day getting to work and back before discovering Nile Taxi. A 20-minute ride from the taxi’s southernmost stop in Maadi to Ramlet Boulaq further north, shoots past office towers and Renaissance-style villas — too fast to dwell on the murky river’s flotsam or the dilapidated shacks dotting its banks.

By July, the company plans to launch a fleet of low-emission boats, carrying 15 passengers each. The ultimate goal is to have 30 boats in two years, carrying 15,000 passengers a day.

OKLAHOMA

3 storm chasers killed by tornado

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CHICAGO: Three veteran storm chasers were killed while pursuing powerful tornadoes that tore through Oklahoma, a relative said. Tim Samaras, his son Paul and storm-chasing partner Carl Young died Friday in a twister in El Reno, west of Oklahoma City. “They all unfortunately passed away but doing what they LOVED,” the elder Samaras’s brother Jim Samaras said on his Facebook page. Tony Laubach, a fellow participant in the Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment, or TWISTEX, that Samaras founded mourned that “devastating

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At 30 Egyptian pounds ($4.3) for a one-way ticket, the service is beyond the reach of many Egyptians, 25 per cent of whom live in poverty according to government figures. But it is a relief for those used to taking road taxis at roughly the same price, or those tired of driving their own cars through traffic. Amin, who works in the finance department of a Cairo-based international organisation, says the boat trips have cut short his commute by about 30 percent, “not to mention the effect it has had on my mood. My performance at work is better than when I was driving.” From the boat, Cairo — a city of more than 18 million people — feels green, orderly and breezy. But just a few steps from the makeshift boat jetties, the traffic is so bad and the heat so stifling that motorbikes

take to the pavement and taxi drivers switch their engines off.

AN UNUSED HIGHWAY

Nile Taxi is the brainchild of Magdi Kirollos Ghali and Amr Aboul Seoud. The pair saw a business opportunity in the ancient waterway that would respond to the frustration of commuters while eventually easing traffic and alleviating pollution. “We have a very big highway that hasn’t been used for years and years and years,” says Ghali. The waterway has been used for fishing, for tourism, and even for watersports, but its potential for passenger transport has been underutilised, says Ghali. The idea for Nile Taxi came about six years ago when the pair drew up plans for a comprehensive new transport system on the river. Their vision included the reinvigoration of the current government-run Nile Bus which has been operating since the 1960s. It is cheap and there are many stops, but the boats are old and the routes not always reliable, passengers say. Ghali, who has worked in the maritime business since 2001, says he and Aboul Seoud commissioned studies on Cairo’s transport, traffic, and pollution and travelled around world to acquire the know-how to set up their business. They were just about to start designing their solar-powered boats when the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak brought their plans, and many new business ventures in the country, to a dead stop. But when things became “too unbearable” on the roads, they decided to go ahead with a modified version of their original plan, using three motorboats they already owned.

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loss to the meteorological, research and storm-chasing communities”. Samaras’s instruments are said to have offered the first-ever glimpse inside a tornado, and TWISTEX aimed to learn more about the storms in order to help increase the lead time in warnings. A series of tornadoes battered Oklahoma with high winds, heavy rain and large hail, causing at least 11 fatalities in a state already reeling from a monster twister that claimed two dozen lives last month.

Debris from the vehicle the chasers were in was strewn about half a mile (0.8 kilometers), Canadian County Undersheriff Chris West told AFP. Only one of the bodies was recovered from the vehicle. The two others were found about a quarter of a mile in either direction. Crews hauled away a mangled white truck with its windows smashed and its body crushed almost beyond recognition. The National Geographic Society called Samaras “one of the world's bestknown storm chasers”, saying the 55-year-old spent the past two decades pursuing his passion. Samaras was also known as a star on the Discovery Channel’s show “Storm Chasers”. In a post on Facebook four days before he died, Tim Samaras wished fellow storm chasers well. “Everyone enjoy the chase — and hope that tornadoes wander over open country,” he wrote. AFP

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SCARS OF WAR

Caring for ‘invisible’ children The communist country of 89 million has some of the highest rates of child disability in the world — the legacy of decades of war, including use of defoliant Agent Orange. CAT BARTON Agence France-Presse HANOI: The six-day-old baby with excessive fluid in the brain was left outside an orphanage in Hanoi — just one of thousands of disabled children to have been abandoned in Vietnam. The communist country of 89 million has some of the highest rates of child disability in the world — the legacy of decades of war, including use of defoliant Agent Orange — but experts say it is not equipped to provide adequate care. At the Bo De Pagoda orphanage, where the baby was abandoned last week, dozens of disabled children — from teenagers with Down Syndrome to two-month-old blind babies — are cared for by a team of 34 volunteers. “The parents leave the kids at the pagoda gate or abandon them at hospitals. With the more severely disabled ones, the families bring them here when they simply can’t care for them anymore,” volunteer Nguyen Thi Thanh Hue said. Hanoi says up to three million Vietnamese people were exposed to dioxin in Agent Orange, and that one million suffer grave health repercussions today, including at least 150,000 children born with birth defects. According to a UN report launched Thursday in the

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Vietnamese city of Danang — a dioxin “hotspot” where victim groups say rates of cancer and birth deformities are higher than the national average. “Kids in institutions simply aren’t getting the kind of stimulus and, I don’t want to sound too sentimental, but love, that allows the brain to develop for the rest of their lives,” UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake told AFP.

Vietnam has roughly 20,000 children in institutional care and over half are disabled, according to UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake. Even outside of institutional care, life is a daily struggle for Vietnam’s disabled children. Linh Chi’s family say her grandfather was exposed to Agent Orange during the war. She was born with no limbs and is often stared at and sometimes bullied at school. “I just wish our community could pay her a bit of attention. It would boost her self-esteem.

Now she feels so different from everyone else,” her mother Trinh Ngoc Thuy said. “I really find it hard to answer her questions like: why am I like this? Why don’t I have arms and legs? When will my arms get longer?” she said. The family have received minimal support from Vietnamese authorities and say surviving on their joint income — she and her husband both work — of four million dong ($190) a month is hard. Caring for a child with a disability places “an incredible burden” on families, UNICEF’s Lake said. UNICEF has a pilot scheme in Danang to provide day care to children with disabilities, which if successful could be expanded. In the meantime, families must cover costs and take on the burden of care — such as that of Nguyen Phuong Anh, who has “Osteogenesis Imperfecta” or “brittle bone disease” which left her wheelchair bound. Phuong Anh’s mother gave up her job to care for her disabled daughter, and has literally become “her legs” in order to allow the 16-year-old to attend a normal state-run school and live a full and active life. “It is still hard because... the facilities and the platform at public school are not made for people in wheelchairs. That’s a fact in Vietnam and I just really hope for that to change,” she told AFP.

FIGHTING CHANCE

Berlin firm counts on the autistic

Auticon, a consulting firm, employs 17 people who live with autism, SAP plans to add hundreds to its rolls. ELOI ROUYER Agence France-Presse BERLIN: When German software giant SAP said last month it plans to employ hundreds of autistic people as IT experts, the news was welcomed especially at a small Berlin computer consulting firm. The pioneering company, Auticon, already employs 17 people who live with autism, the disorder characterised by difficulties with social interactions and exceptional abilities in specific fields. “Many people say that if a company like SAP said it makes sense... it’s very good for us,” said its chief Dirk Mueller-Remus. “That means it’s something serious, solid.” SAP plans to employ hun-

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dreds of people with autism as software testers and programmers. Its goal is that by 2020, people with autism will make up one per cent of its worldwide workforce of 65,000. Mueller-Remus created his far smaller company in November 2011 with the idea of “investing in the strengths” of these potential employees. His son was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a variant of autism, as a teenager, and Mueller-Remus has long known that many people with autism excel in fields like programming

Other people are interested in languages or math, for me it’s computers. I don’t just search for errors, I see them. Melanie Altrock Autistic employee or quality control. “This is my talent,” one of the employees, 27-year-old Melanie Altrock (pictured), stated matter of factly, sitting at her screen in a white-walled, modern top-floor

office in western Berlin. “Other people are interested in languages or math, for me it’s computers. I don’t just search for errors, I see them.” Auticon now has 25 staff and offices in Berlin, Munich and Duesseldorf, with plans for another in Hamburg. It looks to break even “by the end of the year”, said Mueller-Remus. “We wanted a normal consulting company, without subsidies, without donations, without funding from a foundation,” he said, adding that the aim was to “combine social commitment and business”. “Today, after a little over a year, we have good customers like Vodafone, it’s looking good,” said Mueller-Remus.


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SWISS CENTRAL BANK SAYS NO ‘SAVE’ MISSIONS Switzerland's central bank has no mission to save troubled banks, its president told local media Sunday, as a string of the country's financial institutions face potentially massive fines over secrecy rules.

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chance to find whether the battery is getting charged from solar panel or grid, as it draws electricity from the grid as and when required. This is a logic the customer never understands clearly and transparently. Customers are getting cheated and are spending on high electricity bills despite their investments in solar applications,” says NMKD Sarma Ambatipudi, founder, Bharat Synergy. Unlike solar panels, charge controller, battery and lights, these so called hybrid inverters do not have approval from Product Approval Committee (PAC) nor are they tested and certified by the Solar Energy Centre or accredited laboratories of SEC, MNRE. He further adds, “Although, there is a -year warranty on the product provided by authorised vendor under NABARD loan scheme, the existence of some of these companies is doubtful. “If they shut operations during the warranty period, the customer cannot do anything. Even, there are cases where the

buyers stopped paying the loans to the banks when they discover non-performing products and did not get service for such products under the scheme. “For instance, Shell Solar India’s exit has brought many difficulties to the buyers in getting service and warranty from that company under bank loan scheme. “There is a need for thorough checks for the products and company reputation in terms of service and quality by the banks. Failing in doing so, will not only bring loss to the banks but also put the reputation of the scheme and solar products at stake,” In this regard, Pragathi Gramin Bank of Karnataka has taken a bold step to review and revise its existing authorised vendors under NABARD loan scheme for the purpose of fresh empanelment. “Although, it restricts companies that do not have registered offices in Karnataka from being empaneled in the scheme,

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on the whole, it evaluates and helps as only reputed companies can be part of the much-indemand NABARD loan scheme with subsidised benefits. Such steps by other banks in the state and in the country will filter the suspicious companies and give impetus to the real long term players,” he adds.

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BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated Sunday she was against handing wider powers to the European Union, seeking instead to bolster economic cooperation between the bloc's 27 countries. In an interview with the Spiegel newsweekly pre-released ahead of publication Monday, Merkel said she did "not see the need to transfer more powers to the (European) Commission in Brussels in the coming years." She said she and French President Francois Hollande wanted more coordination between member states, staking out the Franco-German position ahead of a summit later this month.

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COMING, LONGER 787 LOS ANGELES: Boeing announced Sunday it has started building its 787-9, a longer version of its 787 Dreamliner, looking to leave the jet's problems behind. The 787-9 can carry 250 to 290 passengers — 40 more than the 787-8, which started operating in September 2011 — across an additional 300 nautical miles (555 kilometers) while using 20 percent less fuel than airplanes of the same size. It should be making a first flight within months, and an initial delivery in early 2014 to Air New Zealand.

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Comment The Chinese are the biggest beneficiary of this post-Saddam oil boom in Iraq. Denise Natali a Middle East expert

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orried its gastronomic reputation is being damaged by substandard eateries, France is considering banning establishments from calling themselves restaurants if meals are not made from scratch by in-house chefs. The move aims to crack down on the proliferation of restaurants serving boil-in-a-bag or micro-waved ready meals as restaurant-quality cuisine. But the proposal is facing resistance from some restaurant owners, who fear it will hurt the industry by driving up costs and are warning of major job losses. The proposal, from lawmaker Daniel Fasquelle of the right-wing opposition UMP, is to be put to parliament this month as an amendment to a new consumer-rights bill. It would limit the right to use the term restaurant to eateries where food is prepared on site using raw materials, either fresh or frozen. Exceptions would be made for some prepared products, such as bread, charcuterie and ice cream. The proposal comes after a Synhorcat study found that 31 percent of French restaurants are now serving industrially prepared food products instead of their own cooking. And experts suspect many more restaurants are using industrial food but not admitting it. Alain Fontaine, owner of Le Mesturet restaurant in central Paris, said the distinction is an important one. “It means that we have chefs who develop recipes and prepare them, unlike those who have taken the decision to cut open bags and reheat,” he said. Those behind the proposal hope to emulate a 1995 law that limited the use of the term bakery to establishments that prepared bread and pastries from scratch.

HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS

British Liberal Democrat Ed Davey makes an unprecedented attack on climate change sceptics. He complains that right-wing newspapers are undermining science for political ends. He accuses climate sceptics of nimbyism, publicity-seeking, and “blinkered... bloody-mindedness”.

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ewspapers of the future might well carry advertisements addressed to young married couples, says futurist writer Alvin Toffler in his seminal work, Future Shock: “Why let parenthood tie you down? Let us raise your infant into a responsible successful adult. Class A Profamily offer; father age 39, mother 36, grandmother 67, uncle and aunt age 30, live in, hold parttime local employment. Fourchild-unit has opening for one, age 6-8. Regulated diet exceeds government standards. Bio-parents permitted to visit often. Telephone contact allowed. Child may spend summer vacation with bio-parents. Religion, art, music encouraged by special arrangements. Five years contract minimum. Write...” Such a time is foreseen in the familial structure of the future as the techno-scientific world races ahead. Why this becomes a distinct possibility is the prediction that world’s 75 per cent population will be in cities by the turn of the century. In a city where young couples will have to be ultra-mobile, child rearing could get transferred to professional groups who have established reputation of bringing up kids. It’s a shock indeed for the traditional mind of ours today. But this is not all. Geriatric communities are coming up. Several

marriages and polygamy, instead of monogamy that results in a majority cases boredom and rancidness, too are in the offing. No need to worry, for every age brings with it its own travails and ecstasies. Even moralities change with age as they are all human-made, not divine. Sati, that infamous practice of Hindus to force the wife to be burnt alive or buried along with her husband was once considered a good wife’s dharma. We can’t even imagine such a practice today, can we? Family, the foundation of present day life, is going to feel the shake to its foundations more than any other societal setup, say sociologists and scientists. There is no need to show anger or blame the young gen of insensitivity. Even religious faiths, that usually resist the most changes, will have to yield to new tenets

and beliefs if it wants to. So could we link the increasing domestic discord to the changing mores? Not necessarily.

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I believe the Indian context is different, if not fundamentally, superficially. Our orthodoxy has roots several kilometres down the earth and uprooting it would be a hell of a task. There are inexplicable things that come to my mind. For instance, take that obnoxious practice called dowry. Today, when the girl child ratio is falling, one would have thought that this practice gets the boots but every day one comes across parental folly of pampering prospective bridegroom with costly gifts such as cash, diamonds, vehicles and gold. Why? Nobody thinks that this kind of practice is outright bribery and bribery

begets greed and greed knows no limit. Is there a wonder such men keep asking for more and make a girl’s life miserable? Our crime reporter was asked to find out if the police are booking both giver and taker of dowry and not just the takers. We found to our horror that not in once case did the city police think of at least putting the girls’ parents too in the dock for bribing grooms. After all, dowry is the girl child’s share of parental property, why should one give gifts to the boys? Tailend: Futurists writers the world over predict that the family as we know it today will be extinct by the turn of the century. Wives will have far more freedom of choice than husbands as technology is making the father redundant! Well, well. Don’t say what the world is coming to.

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t’s the dawn of the academic year and there is no good news for needy schoolchildren. Though the AP government has initiated the Chaduvula Pandaga (education festival) last week to increase enrolment of children in government schools, by scrapping several programmes and stopping of funds for effective functioning of schools from this year, it is actually decreasing enrolments. The National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary Level (NPEGL), which is aimed at reducing the dropout of girl students by providing them with job-oriented training courses, has been stopped by the Rajiv Vidya Mission (RVM) due to non-availability of funds. The NPEGL has been implemented from 2006 and it has helped girl students learn various job-oriented programmes along with education in

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government schools. The authorities had even distributed sanitary napkins to adolescent girls in the schools free of cost. The government has also stopped the release of the teacher grant of `500 per month due to shortage of funds. Under the teacher grant, each teacher would prepare teaching and learning stationary material for use in schools. The government has also abolished appointment of Vidya volunteers in the schools where there are no subject teachers. A government that is harping on IT development should pay attention to the fact that 2,400 primary and high (government) schools, do not have class-four employees. In most of the schools, the teachers and students are forced to ring the school bell and clean the premises! It surely is a commitment crunch and not the funds.

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s spring signifies a new beginning, The Orange Leaf, a Non Governmental Organisation stays true to its name and works towards providing a fresh start to the underprivileged. Varsha Gandikota, an 18-year-old girl founded this youth NGO in 2010 with just three members. Today, with its branches spread out in Chennai and Delhi, it is an organisation of over 150 members. This NGO, which is run by teenagers, touches various spheres of social concerns like education, environment, animal welfare and health. Varsha believes that the organisation plays a dual role in not only helping the deprived but also in providing a platform to all the youngsters who have the drive to do something for the society. Namrata Eyyuni, a 17-year-old, Head of the Environment Wing, says “I joined the organisation two years ago. The best part about working for a good cause is the blissful feeling that fills you after you help someone. Even if it is a drop in the ocean, the satisfaction is immense. It’s just inexplicable.” This team organises a series of activities for the environment like plantation and cleanliness drives. They have even opened a few libraries in government schools. Besides visiting orphanages and running hygiene awareness campaigns, these youngsters also visit slums and villages to educate them regarding first aid, waste disposal and the other problems concerning the particular places. Under the Animal Welfare wing, the members work in coordination with Blue Cross and rescue abused animals. The Orange Leaf is funded by their members’ contributions of `100 per year and they also organise small-scale fundraisers like arranging a bake sale or a cricket match. Soon they are going to set up a lemonade stall outside KBR Park, Jubilee Hills as a part of fundraising. The youngsters of the team work with a lot of enthusiasm for the welfare of the society. “This is the age when one gets exposed to the real world and forms strong opinions on various issues. So, we provide an opportunity to all those youngsters who are eager to bring

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Robokid 2013, robotics competition for school students will be held at Jay Robotix Private Limited, Patancheru on June 5 at 10 am.

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A NEW RAY OF HOPE Orange Leaf, an NGO founded and run by teenagers is working towards bringing the changes that they wish to see in the society

about a change in the society but don’t know how,” says Varsha. “Whenever I approached teens to join the organisation, I met with 60% success rate,” she continues. The core body of the organisation which consists of around 25-30 teens, commit four-five hours a week for the work and the other members give in 2 hours per week in the least. Varsha Gandikota, is currently studying Math Honours at Lady Shri Ram College for Women in Delhi. “I was very bent upon doing something for the welfare of the society. To my advantage, I grew up in an environment where people were sensitive to social issues,” she says. Presently, Orange Leaf is organising a month-long event called “Challenge Accepted”. 20 volunteers are selected for this event and are presented with sixteen social concerns and are asked to come up with solutions and conceptualise it. Painting blackboards at government schools, dehydration awareness campaign at Rasoolpura slum and donating medicines to village hospitals are few of the activities of this event. Varsha reaches out to all the youngsters saying, “If you possess the drive to make a difference to this society, it’s time to capitalise it. There is no point in jointly pointing fingers at an issue as we all are stakeholders in it. Instead, it’s time to wake up and do something; it’s never too early or too late.”

Landmark India Quiz This year, Landmark hosted the ‘Landmark India Quiz’ at the Landmark Store, Banjara Hills. After a grueling and close contest, Devraj Lath and Dipali Lath edged out Prith Sharma and Praneesh Narva to emerge as the winners of ‘Landmark India Quiz’. The ‘Landmark India Quiz’ saw participation from almost 26 teams.

UNIVERSITY OF THE WEEK

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ENGINEERING EXPO

Engineering Expo Hyderabad is a four day event that is being held at HITEX grounds. The show is the largest gathering of the small and medium enterprises of India. It provides its exhibitors with an opportunity to connect with each other and expand their business opportunities by delivering good services and attracting the attendees towards their company. Engineering Expo Hyderabad has more than 1,250 exhibitors displaying over 36,250 products and services related with the industry.


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ADVANCED CARDIOLOGY MEET Twin Cities Interventional Congress hosted a two-day advanced cardiology meeting — Hyderabad Live — on June 1 and 2, at Hotel Marriot. It was attended by 300 cardiologists from India and Nepal. A total of 12 cases of coronary angioplasty involving left main stenosis were performed during the meeting.

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THE PAGE DEDICATED TO WOMEN AND THE ISSUES THEY FACE ACROSS THE GLOBE

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VANGUARD OF CHANGE

Women breadwinners

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We (women) have to shoulder the blame for it. We represent fifty-two per cent of the population. If we want more women in power, we should vote for them. Women aren’t putting themselves out there enough.

We tried to get a photo from White House showing one of these exceptional pairs [of shoes]; instead we got this shot of her in a staff meeting with the president, revealing a conventional pair of heels. Washington Post article on lawyer Kathryn Ruemmler

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Bag elite expats in 90 days: Shanghai course

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hotline for women to report violence against them will next week be launched in the Democratic Republic of Congo, often described as the rape capital of the world, the NGO behind the initiative said. “We are concerned with all kinds of violence: sexual, domestic, in the professional or student environment,” said Jolie Okako of the organisation Telephone Vert. She told AFP that if the number, 4267, becomes widely known, “it will put in the head of the person committing the violence that a woman, a girl, will call and report it, and that

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a judicial process” will follow. The NGO is considering making the hotline available around the clock, but for now calls can be made between 8am and 8pm, and will be received by one of five female operators.

Rape is widespread in DR Congo and is often used as a weapon of war in the restive east of the country — the biggest and most populous in central Africa — which has been gripped by conflict for about two decades. Perpetrators include Congolese and foreign rebel groups, but also national armed forces, which have been much criticised for their brutality against civilians and corruption. The crimes are rarely reported and victims are discouraged by impunity and fear of retaliation. “We can't stop violence today, but at least we can contribute to lowering violence against women.” AFP

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hanghai businesswoman Liang Yali has made it big in the city with her training programmes for women who have marriage on their mind. Her latest course offers to teach women to bag an elite expat man in just 90 days. From 17-year-olds to women over 35, several have already signed up for the course, which lays heavy emphasis on ‘selecting appropriate targets’. However, Liang claims that she is not endorsing marrying for money. Her courses could cost up to $16,500 for unlimited classes.

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KAMAL HAASAN’S imposter cons fans Twitterrati’s joy that Kamal Haasan has joined Twitter was short-lived, after it was revealed that an imposter had created a fake profile of the actor. HEMANTH KUMAR Hemanth.k@postnoon.com

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he audio of Adivi Sesh, Priya Banerjee starrer Kiss will be launched on June 14 in Hyderabad. Adivi Sesh has also written and directed the film. His brother, Saikiran Adivi has produced it. The film narrates the story of a young girl who has never fallen in love. Sricharan Pakala and Pete Wonder have scored the music.

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e came, he saw and he tweeted, but ten hours later, he deleted the profile. That’s the story of an Kamal Haasan’s imposter, who took everyone for a ride on Twitter yesterday morning. The drama unfolded in the wee hours of Sunday, when Shekhar Kapur welcomed Kamal Haasan on Twitter. In fact, it was Shekhar Kapur who stated that it was indeed Kamal Haasan’s original profile and within seven hours, more than 8,000 people followed @maiamkhassan, the Twitter handle which the imposter was using. Several celebrities including SS Rajamouli, Harish Shankar and Nani formally welcomed Kamal Haasan on Twitter, but around 11 am, Kamal Haasan’s spokesperson, Nikil Murugan clarified that it was a fake account. “Dear All Kamal sir is not in Twitter...the I'd..@maiamkhassan..is fake and pls don't believe. legal action soon to the person who operates..(sic),” Nikil Murugan posted on Twitter. Soon after that, the imposter deleted the account and the drama came to an end. This isn’t the first time that someone has created fake accounts of celebrities. In the past, several accounts of Kajal Aggarwal, Shriya Saran, Tamannaah, Nayanthara and several other actors were created and some of the actors had to lodge a complaint to curb the imposters. Currently, Kamal Haasan is busy shooting for Vishwaroopam 2 in Bangkok, where an action sequence is being filmed on the lead actors. Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Rahul Bose and Shekhar Kapur are reprising their roles in the sequel, along with Kamal Haasan. The film is likely to hit the screens later this year. Meanwhile, Kamal Haasan has reportedly agreed to direct a film which will be produced by N Lingusamy’s Thirupathi Brothers banner. More details about the film will be announced soon.

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ahul Ravindran, who’s playing the lead role in P Sunil Kumar Reddy’s Nenem…Chinna Pillana?, is currently in Sweden to shoot for the same film. Several scenes featuring Rahul and Sanjjanaa will be shot in Sweden and Denmark for the next couple of weeks. D Ramanaidu is producing the film. Tanvi Vyas is playing the lead role opposite Rahul Ravindran.


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BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

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TO PROMOTE GHANCHAKKAR THROUGH KITTY PARTIES

ollywood actress Vidya Balan will host kitty parties as a promotional activity for her forthcoming film Ghanchakkar. Vidya will host at least three such kitty parties in cities like Chandigarh, Delhi and Lucknow. Director Rajkumar Gupta says the idea for such an activity emerged after he overheard a conversation between a few ladies sitting at a kitty party. “We came up with the idea when Vidya and I overheard a conversation that a bunch of women were having during a kitty party. They were discussing their marriage, how lazy their partners could be and they were sometimes forgetful also. “We immediately knew that we wanted to throw these parties and talk to the women about their lazy lads,” Gupta said in a statement. In Ghanchakkar, Vidya plays a loud Punjabi housewife. The movie releases June 28. IANS

Raj Kapoor deserved much more fame: Imtiaz

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aj Kapoor was legendary and deserved more fame than he received, says filmmaker Imtiaz Ali ahead of the late actor-filmmaker’s 25th death anniversary. “He was a legendary director. He deserved much more fame than how much he is famous,” Imtiaz said. Raj Kapoor was only 24 when he launched his own studio, RK Films, and became the youngest director of his time with Aag in 1948. IANS

Jhalak... is like vacation for me

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ollywood’s beloved playback singer Shaan is in the celebrity brigade participating in dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. He says he wants to enjoy the experience to the fullest. “This is a vacation for me and I have to basically just enjoy it,” Shaan said. The singer has crooned numbers like Behti hawaa and Jab se tere naina. IANS

Aashiqui 2 success unbelievable: Kunaal

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ctor Kunaal Roy Kapur is happy that his brother Aditya’s film Aashiqui 2 has crossed the `100 crore mark at the box office. He says it is “unbelievable” for his family. A Mohit Suri directorial, Aashiqui 2 features Aditya and actress Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles. “ I am just very proud and I am very happy that his (Aditya’s) film has attained blockbuster status,” Kunaal said. IANS


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BREAKUPS DON'T AFFECT ZOE Saldana

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Cindy Crawford worried about figure

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ven at 47, supermodel Cindy Crawford is conscious of her figure. "I'm a normal woman. Sometimes I feel pretty good and some days I'm like, 'Oh my God, nothing fits',” Crawford said. "My new resolution is that by the time I am 50, I want to have come to terms with my body,” she added. IANS

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ctress Zoe Saldana feels sad whenever her relationships hit a dead end, but she says she can always recover from breakups easily. The Star Trek Into Darkness actress, who split from actor Bradley Cooper last year, insists it doesn't take her long to get over a failed romance. "I feel it. I allow myself to feel it. Of course everyone around me will notice how it made me feel, but I tend to recover very easily," femalefirst.co.uk quoted Saldana as saying. "Maybe it's just the kind of person I am or maybe I haven't really fallen in love yet or had that 'crash, boom, bam' in my life, but I tend to recover, you know, healthily and smoothly," she said. The 34-year-old also said that she will never let a man walk all over her and has no problem saying 'no'. "As I've grown older I've become more comfortable. Also, as a woman, it's very important as you age to learn the power of saying no. Because of our gender, society, politics, our nature and our history, we've been unconsciously, and not purposely, conditioned to be 'yes' people," she said. "It's okay for a woman to say no. You won't be liked, trust me. If a man says no, he's cool but if a woman says no, it's like, 'What a *****'. I have no problem saying no," she said. IANS

Kelly Brook slams 'desperate' Katie Price

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elly Brook has branded supermodel Katie Price as "desperate". The two models have been engaged in an ugly exchange of words ever since Brook reunited with Danny Cipriani, who also dated Price in February. Brook posted: "Your doing a Kiss and Tell on Danny?? You dated for 5 minutes and was one of many at that time. Desperate." IANS

Kate Winslet wants another child?

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ctress Kate Winslet, who has two children already, reportedly hopes to get pregnant by year end. "Winslet knows how much Ned Rocknroll (Winslet's husband) wants to be a father," entertainmentwise.com quoted a source as saying. "She thinks they would have the most adorable kid together, so they're planning on getting pregnant by the end of the year,” the source added. IANS


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Chai Time

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go but where they ought to be. Rosalynn Carter

KAKURO

QUICK CROSSWORD

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

ACROSS

PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER

SCRIBBLING PAD

1 Bean Town skater 6 ‘How shocking!’ 10 ‘A Bug’s Life’ cast members 14 Camera-ready copy 15 Foreign currency 16 Verse writer 17 ‘Come On-a My House’ girl 20 Navigation dir, sometimes 21 Place for roasting 22 Playwright O’Neill 23 When repeated, comforting word 25 The former Miss Trueheart 26 Backup-disc contents 28 Farmer’s marketables 32 Susan Lucci role 34 ‘... ___ lender be’ 35 Booking agent? 38 Cutters in craft stores 42 Make ‘it,’ in a game 43 Bank holdup? 44 Roman wraps 45 Cake server, to dieters 48 Riverbed crud 49 Berth place 51 Sci-fi servant, sometimes 53 Anise liqueur 55 Fancy chopped liver 56 Self-proclaimed ‘greatest’ of the ring 59 Like some potpourri 62 Finished a sky dive 63 Ubiquitous lily relative 64 Source of irritation 65 Bank stack 66 Barks like a fox 67 Ancient sinful city

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1 Chilled utterances 2 1906 Runabouts, eg

3 Troublesome 4 Feeling of fury 5 Words before ‘plume’ or ‘guerre’ 6 Comparatively creepy 7 Stag party parties 8 Fly’s path 9 Clinton rival in ‘96 10 Orbital high point 11 Canonical hour 12 Tenth graders, eg 13 Eye problem 18 Senior citizen’s grp 19 Ostracized one 24 Attempt a computer crime 26 Part of LAPD (Abbr) 27 Operatic performance 29 Beginning 30 Bespectacled dwarf 31 William Tell’s canton 33 Plane wing component 35 Thought 36 Kind of testimony 37 Whispered call 39 Matchstick counting game 40 A country’s output, for short 41 Nothing to write home about 45 Articles of faith 46 Clears a disk 47 Univ recruiting group 49 ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ author Norman Vincent 50 Cowboys’ Hall-of-Fame receiver Michael 52 Microwave alerts 53 Surveyor’s map 54 1944 Normandy landing 55 Stagehand’s concern 57 Prefix meaning ‘toward the left’ 58 Bibliography word 60 New Haven Ivy Leaguer 61 ‘The Matrix’ hero


Chai Time MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013 Thiruvaikumar

STAR POWER for 4-6-2013

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

ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Expected money will come, which will reduce tension. You do not like to de dependant on anyone. Minor health problems likely; take good care. Some work likely to get delayed or gets completed only after multiple efforts. Avoid anger.

STRIP TEASE AGNES

Better communication will ensure completion of tasks in the expected manner. Writtenoff financial dues can get collected, provided you put in proper and focused efforts? Never feel disappointed by turn of events, just march ahead.

Better to put talks on hold for some time and resume later. Employees might face certain incidents at workplace, which irk them. Businessmen might face a slowdown and new efforts may not progress well. Marriage talks hit a roadblock.

Giving impractical commitments to be avoided. Avoid being emotional and headstrong. Children might make you feel embarrassed but deal with them politely and without hurting their feelings. Those in love face complications.

Long-pending court issue will come to a favourable end. You are straightforward and don’t allow others too to commit mistakes. Though expenses increase, inflow will make you comfortable. You will complete all work which others could not.

Health needs attention. Those who want to change their job can initiate efforts now and success is theirs without a doubt. Employees can expect good recognition as they complete entrusted work in time with perfection and please bosses.

Real estate matters will bring good gain. Be careful in expressing opinions and avoid harsh talk, which might spell trouble. Good income through maternal relatives likely. Your influence is likely to increase. Mother’s health is cause for concern.

Sudden financial fortune likely for some. Tension and worries will disappear and situation will change for the good. Businessmen advised to go ahead with expansion plans as they will get good results. Realtors stand to gain in big way.

Held-up work will resume. Businessmen face competition wisely and win over competitors and march ahead. You talk wisely and convince most of them to accept your decision. Some are likely to get good opportunities which will cheer them.

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ARIES:

GEMINI:

Ten of Pentacles – Finances are on control and this gives you the confidence to do as you please and take off on the road less travelled. A great time for socialising.

LEO:

Eight of Wands – Good luck favours you. When fortune knocks on your door, you better be prepared for the opportunity. Success is when luck meets hard work.

LIBRA:

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE

King of Swords – Being in a position of control now sits well with you since you are able to manage power and the execution of ideas to near perfection.

SAGITTARIUS:

Six of Wands – Career matters are in focus and they go extremely well. You feel confident about your choices and want to take care of the future.

TAURUS:

Eight of Cups – Something’s missing from your life despite taking all your needs into account and going as per plan. Try and find time to meditate.

CANCER:

Seven of Wands – Temper tantrums are not right today. Stay away from people if you cannot keep your temper in check. Otherwise, you create negative energy.

VIRGO:

Nine of Swords – You’re extremely anxious about the future. The only way to deal with this is to stop worrying. You need to find other distractions to do that.

SCORPIO:

Ace of Wands – There are times when you come across flashes of brilliance but selfdoubt prevents you from executing any of those ideas. Have faith.

CAPRICORN:

Nine of Pentacles – You like to be left alone. But be true to your own feelings. Is it a projection to the world that you like to be alone or do you feel that way?

PREVIOUS SOLUTIONS

PISCES:

Queen of Wands – Creativity and innovative ideas cross your mind. But you feel tied down since you cannot execute these ideas really well.

NUMBER GAME

You are tempted to take the easy way out but is this right for you and your family? You need to settle scores but at what cost? Think practical. Get real.

SCRABBLE

AQUARIUS: The Devil –

POOCH CAFE

Drastic and favourable changes likely to take place, which will keep you in good spirit. Plan to purchase land or house will materialise soon. Court verdict pending since a longtime likely to go in your favour. Delayed work will resume.

for 4-6-2013

Page of Wands – Your problem is that you tend to get too emotional about the people you meet and the jobs you need to complete. Take a chill pill and rest.

NON SEQUITUR

Tough time will recede gradually. Prioritise work or face delay in their completion. Health is a cause for concern and you need to take extra care. Keep perfect food habits so as to avoid heat-related ailments. Court verdict may go against you.

SUDUKO

New efforts will bring desired results and you will be appreciated by all. Be careful while driving as a minor accident is likely. Close friends and relatives will help you out of a difficult situation. Happy events to take place at home.

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A STUNNING BEAUTY

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arilyn Monroe was one of the biggest and most popular stars who ruled the roost in the ‘50s. She was the queen of people’s hearts and everything she did, including her movies, affairs, photoshoots, made headlines in the ‘50s. Born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, her original name was Norma Jeane Mortenson and prior to her movie career, in 1945, she worked at Radioplane Munitions Factory, mainly spraying airplane parts with fire retardant and inspecting parachutes. One day, Ronald Reagan sent David Conover of the US Army Air Forces' 1st Motion Picture Unit, to shoot morale boosting pictures for the Yank Army Weekly and Conover spotted Monroe at the factory. Upon his advice, she bleached her hair and began her modelling career. By the time, she was ‘discovered’ by 20th Century Fox in the late ‘40s, Monroe had already been posing for several magazines and in 1953, she posed for Alfred Eisenstaedt, prominent photographer at Life Magazine. Her major breakthrough film was Billy Wilder’s Seven Year Itch, which released in 1954. It was during this film’s shoot that the famous skirt-blowing scene was filmed and it soon became an iconic image featuring Monroe. In later years, she acted in films like Some Like It Hot, The Prince and the Showgirl and The Misfits, which was her final film before she passed away in 1962. A lot has been written and discussed about Monroe’s films, her persona and the charm which has left a huge impression on the minds of moviegoers over the years. Her personal life, on the other hand, is in complete contrast with her onscreen image. Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn, which was based on Colin Clark's The Prince, The Showgirl and Me and My Week with Marilyn — two diary accounts, which document his time on the set of the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl and the time he spent with Monroe, gives a fabulous insight into her insecurities, desire to break free and pursuit of happiness. The film is based on a real story which occurred on the sets of her British film The Prince and the Showgirl, where Colin Clark worked as an personal assistant to director and actor Laurence Olivier. Marilyn was always accompanied by acting coach Paula Strasberg and the former would suffer a series of nervous breakdowns throughout the shoot because of her inability to pull off her role with ease. In the end, after going through a lot of trouble to make her act, Laurence Olivier would exclaim, ’She's quite wonderful. No training, no craft, no guile, just pure instinct. Astonishing.’ All she had to do was stare at us and smile.

PICK OF THE WEEK

Marilyn Monroe was one of the greatest sex symbols the world has ever known and her onscreen image as a pretty blonde never quite let her be anything but just that.

SOME LIKE IT

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The Searchers (1956)

HEMANTH KUMAR Hemanth.k@postnoon.com

I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else. No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they're pretty, even if they aren't.

Directed by John Ford, The Searchers is widely regarded as one of the greatest American Western films of all time. The film, starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter and Vera Miles, narrates the story of a middle-aged civil war veteran who goes in search of his abducted niece, along with his nephew. The film influenced several great directors like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese among many others.

Inside of all the makeup and the character, it's you, and I think that's what the audience is really interested in... you. Gregory Peck Actor

DID YOU KNOW? Rita Hayworth was one of the most popular actresses in the ‘40s and after World War II began, she became the second most popular pin-up girl among American soldiers. Interestingly, the US government even glued the image of her face onto an Abomb which was dropped on the Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, during a test in 1946.

At one point of time, British actor Laurence Olivier was seriously considered to play Don Vito Corleone in Godfather (1972). Olivier in fact perfected an Italian accent to play the role. However, at the last moment he fell ill. Coppola, the film’s director later roped in Marlon Brando to play this role and the rest is history.


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INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES

Roy’s boys dampen the samba rhythm RIO DE JANEIRO: England coach Roy Hodgson lamented a win that got away after his side gave World Cup hosts Brazil a fright Sunday in holding the five-time world champions to an entertaining 2-2 draw in a prestige friendly in Rio de Janeiro. The visitors, victorious on their last visit back in 1984, when John Barnes famously clinched the win with a solo effort, were on the ropes in an absorbing first half which Brazil largely dominated, but held their own until 12 minutes after the restart when Fred scored for the South American giants. But a neat strike from substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and then a rasping drive from Wayne Rooney turned the match on its head before Paulinho volleyed in eight minutes from time to level a contest held to mark the multi-million dollar refurbishment of the Maracana stadium. “Some draws can be labelled victories and some draws can be labelled defeats,” said Hodgson afterwards. “We played so well in the second half I thought we might hold on for the win but we were scotched by a wonder strike. We didn’t play anywhere near like we wanted to in the first half and Brazil did, so it was a fair result,” he conceded. England beat Brazil in a Wembley friendly back in February which marked the return to the auriverde’s dugout of Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazilians’ 2002 World Cup-winning coach.

England held Brazil to a 2-2 draw in a scintillating match at the controversial Maracana stadium.

But the pressure has been heaped on Scolari, who has managed only a win over Bolivia in half a dozen matches during this second spell in charge, while the World Cup hosts have slid to 19th in the FIFA rankings — an all-time lowpoint. In addition, Brazil have been embarrassed by a series of glitches in preparations for not just the World Cup in 13 months time but also the Confederations Cup, which starts on June 15 in six venues across the country amid infrastructural problems which have dogged the hosts.

England beat Brazil in a friendly in February which marked the return to the dugout of Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazilians’ 2002 World Cup-winning coach. After failing to make their superiority in terms of possession in the opening period pay off with a goal, the home side did not disappoint as Fred latched on to a rebound with keeper Joe Hart beaten. But no sooner had Fred broken the deadlock than England suddenly sparked into life after their defences had finally been breached. And 10 minutes later Roy Hodgson’s side were level through Alex OxladeChamberlain. Rooney then struck a tremendous second with 11 minutes remaining. The Samba stars managed to salvage a draw as Paulinho volleyed powerfully home. AFP

US thwart late German fightback A brace by Clint Dempsey secured victory for the Americans over the world’s number two team. JIM SLATER Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON: US captain Clint Dempsey scored two goals in the second half and the Americans held off a late comeback on Sunday for a 43 victory over second-ranked Germany in an international football friendly. Tottenham striker Dempsey netted his 34th and 35th international goals in his 96th appearance for the USA, moving past Eric Wynalda into second on the all-time US scoring list, 14 shy of Landon Donovan’s record. “Having a player like Clint Dempsey on your team is just a privlege,” said US coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “This is one of the best players in US history. He has the hunger and the drive. He sends a message to his own players and also to the opponents.”

Former German star Klinsmann guided the Americans against a German side he managed in the 2006 World Cup, a team now guided by his former assistant, Joachim Loew. Dempsey’s brace gave the Americans a dream 4-1 lead in the US Soccer Federation’s centennial celebration match just four days after they struggled in a 4-2 loss to Belgium. “The game with Belgium was simply too embarassing to them,” Loew said. “The US team approached the game with passion and commitment.” A German side missing many of its top stars battled back on late goals by Max Kruse and Julain Draxler, but could not net the equalizer, falling to 6-3 against the Americans, their first loss to a US side since falling 2-0 at the 1999 Confederations Cup in Mexico.

NBA

Hibbert fined for gay slur Hibbert was disciplined after he used a gay slur in one answer and swore in another during a press conference. INDIANAPOLIS: The NBA slapped Indiana center Roy Hibbert with a $75,000 fine Sunday for his post-game tirade after the Pacers’ game-six playoff victory over the Miami Heat. Hibbert was disciplined for “inappropriate language” after

he used a gay slur in one answer and swore in another during a press conference following the Pacers’ 91-77 win over defending champions Miami on Saturday night. Asked about his defence on Miami superstar LeBron James,

Hibbert ended his response with the phrase “no homo”. Hibbert apologised, but league commissioner David Stern wasn’t going to let him off that easy. “While Roy has issued an apology, which is no doubt sincere, a fine is necessary.” AFP


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MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

Kuchar makes it Memorable

Kuchar led by as many as four strokes on the back nine and his 12-under total of 276 gave him a two-shot triumph over American Kevin Chappell. DUBLIN, OHIO: Matt Kuchar capped a four-under par 68 with a birdie at the final hole on Sunday to win the US PGA Tour’s $6.2 million Memorial tournament by two strokes. Kuchar led by as many as four strokes on the back nine and his 12-under total of 276 gave him a two-shot triumph over American Kevin Chappell. Chappell closed with a bogey-free round in the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event at Muirfield Village, keeping the pressure on Kuchar with four birdies in his last six holes in a four-under 68 for 278. Kyle Stanley was third after a 71 for 281. “This stuff never gets old,” said Kuchar, whose young sons Cameron and Carson were at the 18th to help him celebrate. “To

shake Mr. Nicklaus’s hand, to win the tournament, that’s pretty great. But to have my family run onto the green, this is as special as it gets.”

Kuchar, winner of the WGC Match Play Championship, joined world #1 Tiger Woods as the only multiple winners on the US PGA Tour this season. Kuchar, winner of the WGC Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain, joined world number one Tiger Woods as the only multiple winners on the US PGA Tour this season.

SWEDISH MASTERS

Ilonen wins Swedish Masters

Woods, a four-time winner already in 2013 and a five-time Memorial champion, wrapped up a disappointing final tune-up for the US Open with an even-par 72 that left him on eight-over 296. His six at the par-three 12th hole was his second triple bogey of the week. “It happens,” Woods said. “It happens to us all.” Woods said he’d work on all aspects of his game before the second major of the year. “You want everything clicking on all cylinders, especially at the US Open, because everything is tested in the US Open,” he said. But he’ll no doubt pay close attention to putting, after struggling on the greens all week. “I had bad speed all week,” Woods said. AFP

SHOPRITE CLASSIC

Webb wins for grannie The Australian finished at four-under 209 in the $1.5 million event to post her first win on the LPGA Tour in over two years.

It was the Finn’s first European title in six years. STOCKHOLM: Finland’s Mikko Ilonen claimed a first European Tour title in six years when he won the Swedish Masters by three shots on Sunday. The 33-year-old Ilonen, the overnight leader who had finished second in China and Morocco earlier this season, hit a final round, threeunder-par 69 to bag a 21-under total. That was three shots ahead of Sweden’s Jonas Blixt, with Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger sneaking third on 17 under. Ilonen’s two previous victories on the European Tour came in 2007 -

the latter in this event. The Finn had carded rounds of 70, 63 and 65 heading into the final day and continued to make his mark, sinking birdies on the second, third, 11th and 13th holes, his only error a bogey sixth on the long 12th. “It’s pretty special,” said Ilonen. “I could feel a lot of support from Finland, especially today.” He downplayed his bogey on the 12th, saying: “I just got ahead of myself with the first putt.”

Second-round leader Feng Shanshan, of China, stumbled to a four-over 75 during her final round to fall into second place at two-under 211.

GALLOWAY, NEW JERSEY: Karrie Webb got off to a hot start by going three-under through the first three holes en route to a three-under 68 for a two-shot victory at the LPGA Tour’s ShopRite Classic. The Australian Hall-of-Famer finished at four-under 209 in the $1.5 million, 54-hole event to post her first win on the LPGA Tour in

over two years and 39th of her career. Her last win was the 2011 RR Donnelley Founders Cup. The 38-year-old from Queensland said she was distraught this week because her grandmother is very sick in the hospital. At one stage, Webb wondered if she was going to see her again. “My grandmother is ill at home and we thought she was

going to pass,” Webb said. “She told me that I had to win this tournament for her. “She’s on the mend now but still in the hospital.” Second-round leader Feng Shanshan, of China, stumbled to a four-over 75 during her final round to fall into second place at two-under 211, while South Korea’s Park Hee-Young placed third after firing a 71 for 212. South Korea’s Jenny Shin shot a one-under 70 and finished fourth at even-par 213. Webb, who started the day at one-under, parred the first hole Sunday then made birdie on the par-four number two. AFP


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NEW ZEALAND IN ENGLAND

McCullum hails ‘good’ New Zealand the tonic New Zealand needed after being whitewashed 2-0 by England in the preceding Test series and left them full of confidence heading into the one-day Champions Trophy tournament in the UK that starts on Thursday. “It’s very, very special for the guys involved in the team — and something we will savour,” said McCullum, who rediscovered his batting form with an unbeaten 40 in an undefeated fourth wicket stand off 118 in just 50 balls with Guptill.

The Black Caps beat England to take an insurmountable 2-0 lead. JULIAN GUYER Agence France-Presse SOUTHAMPTON: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (right) said his side had showed how “good a team we can be” after wrapping up a one-day series win over England. Martin Guptill’s New Zealand record 189 not out — the opener’s second successive

unbeaten hundred — was the cornerstone of the Black Caps’ total of 359 for three that was behind an 86-run win at Southampton on Sunday. That gave them an unbeatable 2-0 lead in a three-match series ahead of Wednesday’s clash at Trent Bridge and followed a five-wicket win at Lord’s on Friday where Guptill scored an unbeaten 103. This latest victory was just

“The boys are delighted to come over here and play against a team as good as England, in their own conditions, and have wrapped the series up after two games,” added McCullum, whose side lost the corresponding one-day series in New Zealand earlier this year 2-1 after going 1-0 up against Alastair Cook’s men.” The 26-year-old Guptill’s latest innings saw him surpass Lou Vincent’s previous New Zealand record of 172 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2005.

CHAMPIONS TROPHY

Dhoni must now battle external demons Ahead of the Champions Trophy MS Dhoni has been burdened with another task — defending the alleged sins of his pay-masters. KULDIP LAL Agence France-Presse LONDON: A wicket-keeper, aggressive batsman and India’s captain in Test, one-day and Twenty20 cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a master at juggling various jobs at the same time. Now, ahead of the Champions Trophy that opens in England and Wales this week, Dhoni has been burdened with another task — defending the alleged sins of his pay-masters. Indian cricket was thrown into chaos last month when three players, including recent Test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, were arrested for alleged spot-fixing during the glitzy Indian Premier League. Further trouble mounted Sunday for the country’s powerful cricket chief, Narayanswamy Srinivasan, who stepped aside from his post while a police investigation over his son-inlaw Gurunath Meiyappan’s

links to illegal bookmakers remained ongoing. Dhoni shares a special bond with Srinivasan, not only as captain of India and the Chennai Super Kings, but also as a vicepresident of India Cements, an appointment made earlier this year. As he plots India’s strategy ahead of their Champions Trophy opener against South Africa in Cardiff on Thursday, Dhoni has also been busy fending off questions about the scandal back home. The unruffled 31-year-old has done a good job of keeping cool till now, but it remains to be

seen how long he can maintain his composure. “When the right time comes, I will answer it,” Dhoni said when bombarded with IPLrelated queries at his opening media conference in England last week. “As of now, I want to keep our side away from everything.” Sourav Ganguly, who took over as India’s captain soon after the match-fixing episode in 2000 that led to the downfall of Mohammad Azharuddin and the late South Africa captain Hansie Cronje, sympathised with Dhoni.

“Dhoni is in a tough position at the moment,” Ganguly was quoted as saying in the Indian media. “I can sympathize with him as everyone wants an explanation from him. “But it is not his fault that he was picked up by Chennai Super Kings. It is not his fault that Gurunath [Meiyappan] is involved in betting.” Dhoni will know that he and his team can restore Indian cricket’s damaged reputation by doing well on the field, starting with the eight-nation Champions Trophy. And he has the credentials to undertake a revival.

Fixing cloud looms over CT The IPL scandal has rocked the ICC who have considered scrapping the tournament. SOUTHAMPTON: The world’s leading cricketers gather for the Champions Trophy in the UK that starts this week against the backdrop of a growing fixing scandal emerging from the Indian Premier League (IPL), which has already claimed several high-profile casualties. It was just the sort of buildup the International Cricket Council (ICC) did not want ahead of a tournament which sees Pakistan returning to England for the first time since 2010. On that occasion, three players including Test captain Salman Butt and paceman Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif were banned and jailed after being caught up in a newspaper sting operation to expose match-fixing. Officials had wanted to scrap what is now the seventh and final edition of the ‘mini World Cup’ with an inaugural World Test Championship, in a bid to boost flagging global interest in the five-day game. However, the ICC was compelled to press ahead with this Champions Trophy when they realised they risked contravening lucrative commercial agreements with rights-holders if they did not stage a one-day tournament in 2013. Featuring just the sport’s top eight teams, with 15 matches to be played over 18 days from June 6-23, the Champions Trophy is now a leaner version of the World Cup.


MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013

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MOURINHO JOINING CHELSEA, SAYS PEREZ

José Mourinho has arrived in London at the start of a week that could confirm his return to Chelsea on Monday, according to the Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez. The Premier League’s official website jumped the gun by announcing the Portuguese had taken over.

FRENCH OPEN

Djoker faces ghosts of matches past

Novak Djokovic takes on German 16th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who famously beat him in 2009. PARIS: Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal looks to celebrate his 27th birthday on Monday by reaching the French Open quarter-finals, while world number one Novak Djokovic faces up to a ghost of the past. Nadal, bidding to be the first man to win the same Grand Slam title eight times, plays Kei Nishikori who is trying to become just the second Japanese man to reach the last eight after Jiro Satoh, who made the quarter-finals in 1931

900 done, Federer hopes for a Tsonga ride Roger Federer racked up his 900th career win when he beat Gilles Simon. Now he faces home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Tuesday’s quarter-finals. DAVE JAMES Agence France-Presse PARIS: Roger Federer will only admire his record-breaking achievements when he quits tennis as he concentrates his mind on plotting a path past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Tuesday’s French Open quarter-finals. Federer racked up his 900th career win in dramatic circumstances when he reached a 36th consecutive Grand Slam last-eight with a 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over French 15th seed Gilles Simon. It was the 31-year-old’s record-equalling 58th win at Roland Garros, although he did it

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the hard way, briefly staring at his earliest exit at a major since losing to Gustavo Kuerten in Paris in the third round in 2004. The 2009 champion, the holder of 17 Grand Slam titles, will tackle French sixth seed Tsonga for a place in an eighth Roland Garros semi-final. Beating Tsonga for the 10th time in 13 meetings is the Swiss star’s most pressing concern after a roller-coaster last-16 clash with Simon which saw him bedevilled by 56 unforced errors. “Records I will look back on when I’m not playing anymore, and go like, That was incredible that I was able to achieve this,” said Federer, playing in a 54th straight Grand Slam. “Because this isn’t just a one week thing or one year thing. This is such a long period of time that I had to fight through matches.” Federer won his first match on tour back in September 1998 when, just 17, he defeated another French player, Guillaume Raoux in Toulouse. His 900 wins, however, still lag behind Jimmy Connors’ alltime mark of 1,156 or even second-placed Ivan Lendl on 1,068 although Guillermo Vilas’s 940 is within his sights. “The number (of 34 successive Grand Slam quarter-finals) is unbelievable. I probably would have been with one at one point.”

and 1933. Top seed Djokovic, who needs a French Open to become only the eighth man to claim a career Grand Slam, takes on German 16th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber. Significantly it was a 2009 defeat to the German in the third round which helped Djokovic become the force that he is today. He is bidding to reach his 16th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final — the last time he

failed to reach the last eight at a major was at 2009 Roland Garros. Tommy Haas, the 35-yearold 12th-seeded German, plays Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, looking to become the oldest Grand Slam quarter-finalist since Andre Agassi at the 2005 US Open. If he defeats Youzhny, the 29th seed on Court Suzanne Lenglen, he will also become the third German man to complete a set of Grand Slam quarter-finals.

The top seed needed just 70 minutes to dispose of Roberta Vinci of Italy, 6-1, 6-3.

Serena juggernaut rumbles on ALLAN KELLY Agence France-Presse PARIS: Serena Williams bludgeoned her way to another lopsided win at the French Open on Sunday as she continued her quest for a second French Open title, 11 years after her first. The top seeded American needed just 70 minutes to dispose of the world’s top doubles player, Roberta Vinci of Italy, 6-1, 6-3 and in four matches at Roland Garros this year, she has dropped just 10 games. The win puts her into a quarter-final matchup against unseeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia who won the title in Paris in 2009 after defeating Williams in a quarter-final thriller. Kuznetsova, who outlasted eighth seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, said she would relish going up again against Williams, even given her current form. “I mean, she’s the best in the world so far. She’s been playing unbelievable tennis,” she said.

Kuznetsova, who outlasted eighth seed Angelique Kerber of Germany, said she would relish going up again against Williams. “But I believe that I have the game and my good days, as well. Let’s cross fingers I will have a good day on that one. She’s just a fighter. She’s unbelievable, you know.” Williams said that she expected a tough match every time she comes up against Kuznetsova. “I mean, the last time we played here she won, so that will probably get her pumped up and she’s on a comeback,” s h e added. “She has nothing to lose but everything to gai. She also wants to do well, and she’s won this tournament before. “I have had some pretty tough matches this claycourt season, and I think for sure that will be another one.”


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