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A few kind words are worth a million “C Anubha K Singh

harity need not be a monetary donation, it can also be a few kind words, helping someone, teaching or doing service without expecting anything in return. Your work is only to do your karma as a channel and not count your blessings” -Yogi Ashwini. Anand Vidyalaya, under the umbrella of Dhyan Yog Society is an educational initiative dedicated to working with children, families and their communities to help them overcome the social injustice and poverty regardless of religion, race, ethnicity and gender.

The Foundation The Volunteers of the Dhyan Foundation started distributing food to urchins roaming on the streets.

The Dhyan foundation has been working towards helping children and families suffering from social injustice and poverty

In anticipation of more food, these children began visiting the volunteers’ houses even at odd hours seeking food. Questions on how to get these children educated haunted the volunteers, hence

the birth of Anand Vidyalaya. The beginning was made on an empty plot with a blackboard, pieces of chalk and used study material given by the children of volunteers of the Dhyan

Foundation.

Landmark Soon the thirst for learning took over and the meal just became part of the routine. Another leaf in

this story was opening of Anand Vidyalaya in Attapur. Presently, more than 100 students attend morning classes and evening tuition every day. “The curriculum has been modeled along the lines of that in private schools, with two full time teachers and many volunteers interacting with the kids. Computer education classes are also slated to begin shortly. In addition to the studies, a host of extracurricular activities are organized for the kids to learn, while having fun” said, Nitesh Viajy Vargiya, in-charge for the Hyderabad center. “In the mornings, over 40 students in the age group of 3 to 5 attend the classes, while nearly around 80 students take tutorial classes in evening. The students are also served snacks between the classes. Educational games are provided” he added.

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So fresh you can taste it To experience a typical seafood market, head to the Simply Fishy Food Festival. Sample food prepared by the chefs made with fresh seafood and a variety of marinades and sauces. Where: Hyderabad Marriott & Convention Centre, Tank Bund When: Ongoing, 6.30 pm to 11.30 pm Contact: (040) 27522567

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Christmas treat It’s Christmas time, Novotel Hyderabad’s Le Café celebrates the festive season with a gingerbread house. You can view this marvel as well as pick up various Christmas goodies such as Christmas Cookies and moulded chocolate that are available on site. Where: Novotel, Hi Tech City When: Ongoing, 11 am to 11 pm Contact: (040) 66824422

Myriad Reflections View a collection of paintings at Alankritha Art Gallery by Ramachandra B Pokale at an exhibition titled “ Myriad Reflections”. His work depicts the youth. Through his paintings he presents women as glamorous, enticing, alluring and charming in the form of a butterfly. Where: Alankritha, Jubilee Hills When: Ongoing, 11 am to 7 pm Contact: (040) 23113709

4play at 4 Hard Rock Café’s Happy Hour ‘4Play at 4’ is on from Monday – Friday between 4:00pm and 7:00pm. Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Road no 1 When: Monday-Friday, 4 pm to 7 pm Contact: (040) 4476 7900

Interactive art An Interactive exhibition via presence by B2FAYS is being presented by Alliance française Hyderabad along with Kalakriti Art gallery. Where: Kalakriti Art Gallery, Banjara Hills When: Ongoing, 11 am to 7 pm Contact: (040) 66564467

Wah Ustaad ! Amid the beautiful Chowmalla palace Ustaad Zaakir Hussain will give a live solo tabla performance.

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Tattoo art An exhibition of paintings and installations titled 'My Tattoos in a Make Believe World' will be held at Iconart by artist Raghavendra Angali. Where: Ongoing, 11 am to 7 pm When: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills Contact: 9849968797

Experience darkness An innovative format to experience and understand the daily life of the visually challenged. Get a tour in complete darkness with visually impaired guides as they lead you through situations they go through on a daily basis such as crossing the road and shopping at a supermarket. Where: Inorbit Mall, Madhapur When: Ongoing, 10 am to 11 am Contact: (040) 64603341/42

IBS event- Aaveg IBS’ Aaveg enters its third day (18th Dec) with the final rounds of various sporting events lined up. Where: IBS, Shankarpally Rd, Gandipet

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ity Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy demitted office after making a brief speech at the general body meeting of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). The corporators unanimously approved her resignation and forwarded it to Special Commissioner Navin Mittal for taking it forward with the State Election Commission for commencing the process of electing a new mayor. Karthika Reddy, who came in a few minutes behind schedule in her

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ceremonial robe, asserted that she did not resign because of the political arrangement between the Congress and the All-India Majlis-e-Ittehaadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). She was stepping down of her own will. Stating that she was thoroughly satisfied with her eventful tenure as the City Mayor, Karthika listed out her achievements during her two years in office. She claimed that she was titled as the most eco-friendly mayor. Banning of use of plastic carry bags and development of greenery were her biggest achievements, she added. Several call centres to attend to public grievances came up during her

regime. The GHMC had taken up numbering of houses in the entire GHMC area. She said that the GHMC developed two sports complexes — one at Chanda Nagar, and the other the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex. Karthika explained how the faceto-face programme had enhanced the two-way public interaction over their grievances. MIM Corporator Jaffar Hussein, who also tendered his resignation from the post of deputy mayor, said that his party was accepting the resignation of the mayor and asserted that the new mayor could take forward the ‘good work’ done by Karthika. He said that Karthika took Hyderabad to international standards. He also said that the citizens’ service centres had developed ever since she took over. TDP floor leader Singireddy Srinivasa Reddy, who also acknowledged the services of Karthika, said the plastic carry bag ban implementation was a great success. During her tenure women’s groups had got a lot of recognition. The new mayor too, should continue these things. He insisted that Karthika continued as to be a pro tem Mayor until a new incumbent assumed charge.


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There is nothing like the right time to do the right thing — this is the belief of Dwarakanath Reddy who along with his daughter Anitha, initiated a movement of sorts — DWARAKA that is reviving the beautiful tradition of Kalamkari Art through the work of its artisans

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ears ago, an unexpected visitor knocked on Dwarakanath Reddy's door seeking help, as the urban world he ventured into did not understand the plight of a poor artisan. His story was just one of the many that Dwarakanath and Anitha did not hear about. But their determination to help the poor families, and revive the Kalamkari art took them all the way to Srikalahasthi, a small town in southern Andhra Pradesh from where the poor artisan had come. Today, DWARAKA as an institution has helped around 3000 rural individuals who practice the art of Kalamkari painting. Postnoon spoke to Anitha Reddy, the daughter of Dwarakanath Reddy and the managing trustee of Ramanarpanam (DRRT) under which the DWARAKA foundation was initiated . She tells us, "We as a family believed that more than just reviving an art, it is important to create an environment that is secure, to help the artisans gain confidence in their work. Self-identity, self-reliance and ownership, I believe are key to any success". Anitha's passion to help the rural-folk is not new to

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her. She worked with AVAS (Association for Voluntary Action and Service) an organisation that works for people living in the urban slums to help improve their living conditions. She recalls, "Initially, there was a lot to discuss with people regarding their problems. But as we did not have too much space to accommodate all of them, we met up at a burial ground to discuss our plans." Anitha's quest to help the poor was far from easy. Says she, "Since my initiatives were met with opposition from a lot of people, there were days when I was threatened with kerosene, and even knives. It was agonizing but I decided not to give up. Today, in retrospection I am glad I never compromised or gave up on my

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hey are the people who selflessly risk their lives every night only because you can wake up to clean city streets the next morning. We are talking about the unsung heroes of the city — the hundreds of sweepers employed by the GHMC whose existence we disregard when we speed past them late in the night and don’t realize how much danger we expose them to. Ask them how they feel while doing their job and they unanimously agree that they are scared of the speeding vehicles that pass by, especially when the vehicle is steered by a drunk driver. Earlier this year, two sweepers died while on job after they were hit by a speeding SUV near Vengal Rao Park in Banjara Hills. There are many more such cases that go unreported in the city. City police say that they have recently come across a gang of bikers who challenge each other to touch the broom or go over it without colliding with the sweeper.

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The sweepers are merely given reflector jackets which are not enough to save their lives. In cold winter nights, the risk is doubled due to the fog that descends on the roads. Moreover, the sweepers have to face harassment from their contractors who give a hard time while paying as these workers are paid on a daily wage basis. “I am petrified especially when I am near the divider. Speeding vehicles can hurt us and the municipality hasn’t provided us with enough safety,” laments T Vishnu, 35, who sweeps the roads at Masab Tank along with three other women. “We don’t enjoy our job because it involves putting our lives in grave danger. The worst thing is that the drivers don’t have apathy towards us and treat us as if we are a hindrance on the road,” says Akki Laxmi, 40, a sweeper. Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), C V Anand requests the motorists to be careful and watch out for the sweepers. “They are doing the noble job of keeping the streets clean and we should give them their due respect.”

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HYDERABAD: APCC Chief Botsa Satyanarayna is a busy man these days. He is in a buoyant mood after his return from New Delhi. Soon enough, Botsa tried to paint a rosy picture by asserting that everything is hunky dory between him and the chief minister. Now he is gearing up for a major overhaul in the party’s organisational structure by inducting new faces to key positions in a couple of days. On the other hand, speculation is rife that Botsa himself could be dropped from the Cabinet, as he is the APCC chief. With an eye on the future, he is preparing to appoint his own points-men to circumvent any trouble from any quarter. Botsa confirmed that soon he would be appointing new presidents for the District Congress Committees (DCCs). A new team to fight the upcoming by-elections and local body polls will be in place soon.

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He has already discussed the appointments and said to have secured ‘clearance’ on the appointments from Delhi. Botsa has already shortlisted the candidates and it is said that he would be taking the local ministers into confidence before making a formal announcement. However, he is also trying to ensure that the new appointments

do not displease other power centres in the party. There is a possibility of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy throwing in a list of his own. Tirupati MLA Chiranjeevi, who is sulking from time to time over his post, is trying to edge out some old guards of the party to accommodate his group in key positions. However, former APCC President D Srinivas, who made a comeback of sorts to the mainstream activity through the Legislative Council, is making efforts to do ‘justice’ to his loyalists. Besides the DCC presidents, major changes are likely in the APCC State body. Botsa is specially focussing on areas where the party leaders switched their loyalties to the YSR Congress party. Botsa is also under pressure to maintain the regional balance apart from taking local caste equations into account. Filling nominated posts will follow after this, but most of them have to secure the nod of the chief minister.

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here are the success stories? No collector so far seems to have had any success or implemented any programme. The Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy had asked the collectors to come up with their success stories but so far nothing has been reported. Senior ministers Anam Ramnarayna Reddy and Botsa Satyanarayna have clarified that there were no differences between the ministers and the chief minister. Minister for Home Sabitha Indira Reddy said it was clarified that the chief minister and the home minster would review the law-and-order situation. It was a clear indication that the other ministers need not be present. But minister Shanker Rao came for the review and made a big issue on being sent away. Now the latest is that there are rumours on the differences between the PCC chief and the chief minister, the deputy CM and chief minister and some ministers and the chief minister. Minister for Finance Anam Ramnarayan Reddy told Postnoon that these differences are all media creations. Earlier, the media wrote about

development stories, success stories and review of agendas. But now side stories have become the main news, he stated. “The ministers can definitely express their views, but that should not be dubbed as if they are against the chief minister”, he clarified. In fact, Kiran Kumar Reddy has had a second meeting with police officers at the DGP office along with the home minister, chief secretary and the DGP. The chief minister insisted that the police must be there for the common man who should be able to approach them without any fear. PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayna clarified that he was in Delhi and it was the prerogative of the chief minister to appoint his ministers. This indicates that Botsa was in coordination with both the chief minister and the high command.


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he state government pointed out to the collectors and SPs the dismal manner in which the Bonded Labour Act has been implemented in districts across AP. While most districts have not even furnished a report, districts like Karimnagar, Khammam, Krishna, Vijayanagaram and Rangareddy have submitted a nil report. The district magistrates have been empowered under section 11 and 12 of the Bonded Labour systems act 1976 to identify, release and rehabilitate bonded Labour and launch prosecutions against their employers. The government has reminded that the NHRC has taken a serious view on non-submission of the information on Bonded labour and also summoned the Chief Secretary in this regard. The district collectors must mention the action taken in their reports to the NHRC. Trafficking of girls, boys and women is the most heinous form of bonded/forced labour and the worst violation of human rights the government pointed out. All efforts need to be made for preventing trafficking by skill training and poverty amelioration efforts. Rescuing trafficked children from brothels and from the clutches of pimps, middlemen, and their rehabilitation is the need of the hour. It is necessary to ensure their reintegration into the mainstream of social development through education, psychological counselling and development of skills.

n The information feedback about inter-state migrant workmen needs to be strengthened. n There is an urgent and imperative need to switch over from an individual beneficiary oriented approach to a community group oriented approach for rehabilitation. n High dropout rates in school has to arrested. n Action needs to be taken on the prosecutions already launched and ensure that severe punishment is imposed on brokers and middlemen who encourage bonded labour. n The vigilance committees should go out to make enquiries in the field instead of meeting and dispersing at the district and sub divisional level. n The district collectors were suggested to take action for effective implementation of the constituting vigilance committees in accordance with circular Memo no-3695/H2/97-1,of 9-6-1997.

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hese days it is common to come across a burning pile of garbage on the road. It is the shubhrakhs (rag-pickers employed by the GHMC), who after cleaning the roads, pile-up the garbage and set it ablaze. They do so as they don’t want to take the effort to dump garbage into the assigned area bin. Environmentalists are up in arms against the environmental hazards of such ‘incinerators’. A typical pile of garbage consists mostly of dried leaves, plastic bags, biodegradable waste and in rare instances, metal. The particulates emitted by burning trash, in

the long run, can be a source of lung cancer, says environmental engineer Sagar Dhara. “Dioxin and other chemicals are invisible, and their health effects are not immediate. The gases that are discharged include nitrogen oxide and sometimes sulphur. This can lead to asthma in children and bronchitis in adults,” he adds. Major Shiva Kiran, president, Sukuki Exnora, an NGO that deals with environmental issues, says that there is no machinery to lift the garbage from the ground and hence the easier method is to incinerate the garbage. “The shubhrakhs are so used to doing it now that even if we go stop them personally, they defy. This activity happens mostly in the morning.

The most dangerous part is the burning of plastic. As everybody knows, it spells doom,” he says. Environmentalist Indira Lingam of Jubilee Hills Exnora agrees, “Hyderabad’s air pollution is skyrocketing and these incinerators will make it worse. Children are the worst-affected.” The GHMC claims to be doing their best to avoid the burning of garbage. “We have assigned one of the shubhrakhs to be the bin supervisor and make sure that the garbage is disposed off in the right place. We have also specifically told the assistant medical officer to pass this message onto them,” asserts Samrat Ashok, Joint Commissioner for Health and Sanitation, GHMC.


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‘Indo-US tie key for world order’ PUNE: Hailing India as one of the most important nations in current global scenario, the US today said the strategic engagement between the two nations was key to ensure a peaceful and prosperous international order, apart from benefits to each other. “The story of how we work together to ensure a peaceful and prosperous international order is as ambitious as it is profound. It is a deeply strategic endeavour that we can and must pursue together. It is work that will define a generation,” Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns said addressing a gathering at Pune University. Calling for further enhancing cooperation between the two countries, he said both India and the US can contribute in building a more secure, stable, democratic and just global system. “Across the world, I believe that India and America — with so many converging interests, shared values and common concerns – are natural partners in building a more secure, stable, democratic and just global system. “India can make a decisive

Obama nominates Nancy Powell as Ambassador to India WASHINGTON:

contribution to what Secretary Clinton has called ‘the global architecture of co-operation’ to solve problems that no one country can solve on its own,” he said. Noting that world economy was going through a turbulent phase, he complimented the reform process in India and said it encourages the Indian government to continue its domestic reform agenda and facilitate greater foreign investment. PTI

Nancy J Powell, a career diplomat with wide experience in South Asia, has been named by US President Barack Obama as the next ambassador to India, the first woman to be nominated for the coveted post. 64-year-old Powell would replace Timothy J Roemer, who resigned from his post in April 2011 following a two-year stint as US envoy to India, after going through a confirmation process by the Senate. Peter Burleigh is currently serving as the Charge d’affaires of the US embassy in India. Powell, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, earlier served as US ambassador to Pakistan and Nepal and also held various diplomatic posts in Kolkata, New Delhi, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Islamabad and Ottawa. “These fine public servants both bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedica-

tion to their new roles,” Obama said in a statement announcing Powell’s appointment and that of Dick Berner, who has been named Director, Office of Financial Research, Department of Treasury. “Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,” he said. Presently serving as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources at the Department of State, Powell was conferred the personal rank of Career Ambassador in January 2011. Prior to her current assignment, Powell served as Ambassador to Nepal (20072009), Ambassador to Pakistan (2002-2004), Ambassador to Ghana (2001-2002), and Ambassador to Uganda (19971999). PTI

Hazare is Indian of the Year

NEW DELHI: Anna Hazare was honoured with the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2011 award late Friday while West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was feted for her contribution to politics. Hazare, who has been campaigning for a strong Lokpal bill, also won an

award in the public service category, along with members of his team. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was recognised for “achieving what was once considered unthinkable in West Bengal”. She brought the curtain down on the more than three-decade-old Left Front in West Bengal and became the first woman chief minister of the state in a landslide victory.Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was awarded in the sports category while Verghese Kurien, the Amul man, was honoured with a lifetime achievement award. The Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) team and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the host of the popular quiz show, were awarded for their constructive contribution to entertainment. Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, Manipur Women Gun Survivors’ Network and shooter Ranjan Sodhi were honoured with special achievement awards. KJ Yesudas, a devotional melody exponent, was honoured as was businessman Dilip S Shanghvi for converting distressed assets into business value. IANS

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May watch Lokpal bill proceedings from gallery MUMBAI: Anna Hazare is likely to be present in the viewers’ gallery of the Parliament when the Lokpal Bill would be tabled and discussed, sources close to him said here today. “The core committee (of team Anna) has decided that Anna would sit in the gallery and oversee the proceedings. He

is also expected to be accompanied by key associates like Manish Sisodiya, Arvind Kejariwal or Kiran Bedi,” sources said, adding that if Hazare holds his fast in Mumbai due to inclement weather in Delhi, the MMRDA ground in BandraKurla Complex here could be a possible venue. PTI

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We need to play our cards right and be smart: Clegg N ick Clegg has accused Eurosceptics of stoking xenophobia and chauvinism by indulging in “the politics of grievance”, on the day that a diplomatic war of words between Britain and France intensified. The Liberal Democrat leader called for calm and vowed to return Britain to the heart of Europe despite David Cameron’s decision last week to veto a treaty planned to rescue the Euro. Speaking at the end of one of the most politically fraught weeks for the coalition, he said it was “very significant” that the British government had agreed to co-operate with Europe by allowing Eurozone countries to use EU community institutions, such as the commission and European court of justice, to enforce its new fiscal agreement. He said “As the dust settles on last week’s summit, the government over the past few days has already taken some very big

British Deputy PM Nick Clegg at Downing street AFP steps to re-engage, get back in the saddle and get back into the mainstream of the debate.” Nonetheless, cross-channel relations hit new lows on Friday as the French prime minister, François Fillon, appeared to urge credit rating agencies to train their fire on the UK as opposed

to French banks. Clegg said the remarks were unacceptable: “I just think we all need to go away, have a bit of hiatus, a bit of time to have Christmas, to eat some mince pies or whatever the French equivalent is. Everyone is a bit tired.” He said Britain may have been caught in the crossfire of the French presidential election. “There is nothing more popular in French politics – it has always been the case and it will always be so. At the end of the day, France and Britain have always worked out it is better to work together rather than shout at each other across the channel.” No 10 indicated that Cameron fully backed his coalition partner’s rebuke of the French PM for his comments. French officials insisted last week that ministers had not been seeking to criticise British government economic policy or its creditworthiness, but acknowledged there was some

residual French pique at the way in which chancellor George Osborne appeared to use a BBC interview to bracket the French economy alongside that of Greece and Portugal. Facing the threat of isolation since the summit, Clegg has been working to undo the damage, firstly by heading off any British attempt to block the eurozone countries from being able to use EU institutions to help enforce its deficit pact; and secondly by ensuring observer status for UK officials at meetings of the euro group. “If we play our cards right and are smart, far from being at the margins of that debate Britain can be at the centre. What everyone in business tells me is clearly they want Britain right at the heart of the ongoing debate about the evolution of the single market,” he said. Clegg admitted the summit had done little to solve the euro crisis.

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he 20-year-old “Barefoot Bandit” has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to dozens of charges. Colton Harris-Moore gained international notoriety while evading police across America in stolen planes, boats and cars during a twoyear crime spree. Judge Vickie Churchill said “this case is a tragedy in many ways, but it’s a triumph of the human spirit in other ways”. She described HarrisMoore’s upbringing as a “mind numbing absence of hope”, and believed he was genuinely remorseful .Friday’s proceedings consolidated cases against Harris-Moore in three Washington state counties. He has already pleaded guilty to federal charges in Seattle and will be sentenced for those crimes early next year. He will serve his state and federal sentences at the same time. He said he’ll use his prison time to study and get ready to apply to college, with the hope of earning an aeronautical engineering degree.

military officer overseeing the hearing of the US Army analyst accused of leaking government secrets has rejected a request to recuse himself. The request was made by a defence lawyer for Private Bradley Manning, 23, as he appeared at a military court. He faces 22 charges of obtaining and distributing government secrets - which he allegedly leaked to anti-secrecy site Wikileaks. The Article 32 hearing will determine whether Pte Manning is to stand trial. During the hearing, which is expected to last around five days according to the defence team, prosecution and defence lawyers will each make their initial cases and are permitted to cross-examine witnesses. Friday’s session has adjourned and the hearing is due to resume on Saturday.

Proceeding to trial The hearing offers the first opportunity for Pte Manning’s defence team to present their case since he was arrested in Iraq in May 2010 and placed in military custody.It is taking place under tight security at an army base at Fort Meade, Maryland. Pte Manning sat in the courtroom dressed in military

An Officer stands outside a court during the trial of AFP Bradley Manning khaki and wearing blackrimmed glasses. But his defence team quickly switched focus by asking for the investigating officer - equivalent to a judge in a civilian court - to withdraw from the case. Defence lawyer David Coombs said Lt Col Paul Almanza, the investigating officer, was “biased”. Lt Col Almanza is a former military judge who now works for the Department of Justice, which has its own investigation into Wikileaks. His refusal to accept all but two of 38 defence

witnesses meant the defence could not adequately make their case, Mr Coombs said. Following two recesses and arguments by the prosecution and the defence, the investigating officer refused to recuse himself and the hearing continued. Afterwards, recommendations will be made to a military general, who will decide whether to proceed to a full trial. The BBC’s Paul Adams says the soldier’s defence team is likely to argue that little harm came of the leaks, and that their release was in the greater public interest.

Assange link? Pte Manning has also been charged with “aiding the enemy”, a charge that could carry the death penalty. However, reports say prosecutors will only seek a prison sentence.He is accused of the unauthorised possession and distribution of more than 720,000 secret diplomatic and military documents. “If it is the case that Bradley Manning is indeed the source of this and other Wikileaks materials, Manning would have single-handedly changed hundreds of thousands of people’s lives for the better,” Wikileaks said in a statement.

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GLOBE AT A GLANCE RIGHTS GROUPS CRITICISE SRI LANKA WAR REPORT WASHINGTON: International human rights groups criticized a Sri Lankan report Friday on the island’s civil war and called for more accountability after the commission cleared the military of key charges. The Sri Lankan government commission, in a 400-page report, concluded that the military did not deliberately target civilians during the final stages of the conflict as forces wiped out the Tamil Tiger rebel leadership.

FUKUSHIMA SITE IS FINALLY STABILISED: JAPAN PM TOKYO: The crippled nuclear reactors at Japan’s Fukushima power plant have finally been stabilised, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced on Friday. An earthquake and tsunami in March knocked out vital cooling systems, triggering radiation leaks and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. Noda’s declaration of a “cold shutdown” condition marked the stabilisation of the plant, BBC reported.

A march in Guadalajara, Mexico where four students were murdered AFP

OBAMA GREETS MEDVEDEV ON RUSSIA JOINING THE WTO WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Friday called his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev and congratulated him on Russia’s accession into the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the White House said in a statement. “President Obama spoke with the Russian President Medvedev today to congratulate him on the WTO’s decision to extend a formal invitation to Russia to join the WTO,” Xinhua quoted the statement.

13,500 TROOPS TO BE DEPLOYED FOR OLYMPICS LONDON: Around 13,500 armed forces personnel, including specialist dog handlers and bomb disposal experts, would be deployed during the 2012 Olympic Games. British’s navy’s HMS Ocean will be moored in the Thames river while Typhoon fighter jets will provide air cover, Sky News reported. The security measures have led to the costs of the games spiralling to around one billion pounds.

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Wacky World

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Playing Field

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anchester City and Manchester United will both face difficult matches in the last 32 of the Europa League after Roberto Mancini’s side drew holders Porto and their neighbours were paired with fellow Champions League dropouts Ajax. The Barclays Premier League pair were among the biggest names to be edged out of the Champions League group stages, both finishing third and being parachuted into Friday’s draw in Nyon. While many expected the demotion to Europe’s second tier would be a blow to the pair’s prestige, both fixtures would not be out of place in the Champions League knockout phase. Porto, who secured the trophy last year under the guidance of now Chelsea boss Andre VillasBoas, host City in the first leg before a return fixture at the Etihad Stadium, while United will play in the Amsterdam ArenA first. ES

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idier Drogba needs a goal at Wigan tomorrow to draw level with Chelsea legends Peter Osgood and Roy Bentley in the club’s scoring charts. But the striker, on 149 goals, never thought he would be good enough to match the feats of Osgood and Bentley, who are fourth in the list of Chelsea’s all-time top scorers, especially after a difficult first season in England. “I didn’t consider reaching that number [Osgood and Bentley’s 150 goals] when I arrived here, especially when my first season did not go really well,” said the Ivory Coast international, who joined the club from Marseille for £24million in 2004. “I struggled fitness-wise when I came but I made myself play because I had to show what I could do as a new player,” he explained. ES

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anchester City manager Roberto Mancini has laughed off the latest controversy surrounding fiery striker Mario Balotelli. The Italy forward was involved in a training ground bust-up with Micah Richards on Thursday. It was the fourth time Balotelli has been pictured fighting with team-mates, contributing to a chequered history at City, which also includes three red cards and, most recently, attempts to release fireworks from inside his Cheshire home, which required the fire brigade to be called out. “I ask him ‘why always you?’” said Mancini.

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eltic chief executive Peter Lawwell hit out at the “rogue element” within the Hoops support who have almost certainly landed the club in trouble with UEFA again following Thursday night’s Europa League game against Udinese in Italy. The Parkhead club were this week fined £12,700 for “illicit chanting” in a previous Europa League fixture against Rennes in Glasgow. At the Stadio Friuli a banner which was derogatory about UEFA was unfurled by fans.


Playing Field Boyce cherishes bowling to Sachin, Dravid CANBERRA: Though it was a practice match for the Indians but for young leg-spinner Cameron Boyce, who is just beginning his career, it was an experience he wouldn't forget soon as he got to strut his stuff against players he has grown up admiring. The 22-year-old took 2 for 74 on the second and final day of the practice match between the Indians and Cricket Australia Chairman's XI. Awed by the experienced line up that had big names such as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, Boyce said he loved the experience of bowling to them. "Tendulkar has been so good for so long. To bowl to someone like him, and to Laxman and Dravid as well, was a fantastic experience for me and my team as a whole. We all enjoy seeing these blokes," said Boyce, who has just started playing first class cricket with Queensland. "The way they use their hands in general. They play a lot later. I don't think I have been played in the backward point area as many times during my entire career.” PTI

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The games people play

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Melbourne. "Chappell will address the Australian squad for the first Test next week and he is the one man with the knowledge to demystify the champion (Tendulkar) Australia never feel they have got to the bottom of," the report said. "To Australian bowlers Tendulkar has been the master they have never mastered. His record against Australia in Tests — he averages 60.6 with 11 centuries in 31 Tests —

makes him the greatest Aussie basher of his generation," it said. Chappell, in his just released autobiography Fierce Focus, has said that Tendulkar was "surprisingly fragile" during a particular phase in his career when he had to cope with struggling form and a tennis elbow injury. Chappell had a controversial three-year stint as India coach from 2005-07. PTI Badminton (men) ISB defeated SCIT Tennis (men) IBS Hyderabad bt Manage IBS Hyderabad bt NIMCAR Pune Volleyball (men) SCIT bt Manage IBS Hyderabad bt IBS Mumbai IBS Hyderabad bt IBS Bangalore Football (men) IBS Hyderabad bt Manage IBS Mumbai bt IIPM

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in opting to bowl on a misty morning after fog and dew delayed the toss by 80 minutes in Mirpur, reported ESPNcricinfo. Pakistan had fielded first even on the flat wicket in Chittagong where they started with the parttime spin of Mohammad Hafeez. While the earlier decision seemed to be a bit of a gamble by the Pakistan captain, the dewheavy conditions in Mirpur would have encouraged him to ask the struggling Bangladesh batting to face an examination against Umar Gul and Aizaz Cheema. Bangladesh went in with as many as three fast bowlers, with Nazmul Hossain chosen to play only his second Test.

WARNE SAYS HE COULD NOT RESIST BIG BASH COMEBACK CANBERRA: Shane Warne said he could not resist the chance to bowl before his son in the Big Bash T20 tournament, Australia’s replica of the IPL. In his column for the Daily Telegraph he wrote,”It is new and we are doing things never done before on a cricket field, which is why I agreed to sign up. I am going to be ‘miked up’ during every game and talk the television viewer through every ball I bowl.” Warne assured that his bowling arm is all right following fears he would give the tourney a miss due to burn injuries he suffered in while cooking. “But the bandage came off my hand yesterday and my fingers are fine,” wrote Warne.

DE VILLIERS BACKS FIELDERS DESPITE DOUBTFUL CATCH MELBOURNE: AB de Villiers fell one short of his 13th Test century but still believes South Africa already have enough runs to have put the match beyond Sri Lanka, a report in a TVchannel said. On a pitch that has offered something to the bowlers throughout, South Africa's currently lead by 209 runs with a wicket in hand. De Villiers was dismissed for 99 after lashing at a wide ball and being caught at point by Sri Lanka's substitute fielder Dimuth Karunaratne. Replays showed that that there may have been some doubt about whether the ball had carried, but de Villiers chose not to review the decision.


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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2011

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DOWN TO THE LAST DROP INDIA’S BATTLE WITH ALCOHOLISM Sukant Khurana

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IMPLE economic, age, gender and professional dimensions that define alcohol consumption patterns in small homogenous western nations are insufficient in a multi-layered society like India. Despite adoption of western lifestyles, middle class in urban India has yet to entirely do away with the old mores and values. For few in the big city, the old values are still the core of their identity, while for others they are suitable pretences, resulting in schizophrenic environment where youngsters grow up absorbing the worst of both the eastern and the western influences. Rural India is witnessing a different yet equally seismic shift, where the old joint-family value system and associated economic enterprises are collapsing and people are moving away from traditional professions. There is significant migration in search of livelihood due to ever shrinking size of the agricultural land holdings. Apart from the stress of displacement, a break from one’s communities also removes the social safety net that keeps check on alcohol abuse. In some previously semiarid and moderately populated regions, improvements in irrigation and industrialisation of agriculture has created excess wealth and removed the need for few previously agricultural people to work with their own hands. Instant money for these people and also for the land holders in areas near big cities where prices of real estate have skyrocketed has resulted in youngsters who do not know

how to handle their newfound wealth and are prone to addiction. Alcohol abuse combined with ready availability of opium-derived drugs seeping in from our western borders has resulted in a whole generation of addicts in Punjab, Jammu, Haryana and parts of Rajasthan. In the flux of values and economic relations of our multilayered society, four denominators can describe the major pillars of alcohol-related problems in India: 1) lack of information 2) adulteration of alcohol 3) inefficient alcohol regulation policies and 4) paucity of appropriate medical intervention. While the debate over the merits of alcohol consumption is hotly contested worldwide, views about alcohol consumption in India usually do not come in shades of gray but often in black and white. There is a taboo concerning alcohol consumption in any amount, especially by women and conservative sections of the society, but also in general due to religious teachings of the Vaishnav sect of Sanatan Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, and Arya Samaj and the remnants of antialcohol Gandhian drive. Actual practice of alcohol consumption is altogether a different matter, which covers the whole gamut from healthy consumption to fatal abuse. History has taught us that making something a taboo does not solve the problem: it only makes the forbidden fruit more tempting. Taboos encourage closeted and unsafe behaviour. In the case of alcohol it is binge drinking and in that of premarital relationships unsafe sex. Humans have been enjoying alcoholic beverages since prehistoric times. Alcohol has been celebrated in the Vedic hymns, Shaivism, Buddhism, Tantra, streams of Catholicism, and

many indigenous animist and tribal traditions that celebrate alcohol in moderation. In fact many anthropologists and biologists claim that it is likely that alcohol from fermented grains was used as food source much before the bread was invented. In fact, if consumed in moderate amounts over many years, alcohol can have numerous positive health consequences. Moderate amounts of alcohol have been co-related with reducing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, improving cardiac functioning, and reducing stroke incidences, type 2

I hope as India strives to maintain its much hyped growth rate, it also stops its infantile approach in dealing with alcoholism and many other health issues diabetes, osteoporosis, gallbladder diseases, arthritis, renal cell carcinoma, thyroid cancer, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma among many other diseases. When alcohol is consumed in an uncontrolled and excessive manner the story, however, is much different. Binge drinking, especially as a repeat pattern, is associated with many health problems including alcohol poisoning, liver sclero-

sis, cardiovascular diseases, sexual dysfunction, and foetal alcohol syndrome. The World Health Organization estimates that 2.5 million deaths per year worldwide are caused by alcohol related incidents, mostly due to heavy drinking. A strong co-relation exists between heavy alcohol consumption and crime. Also, heavy drinking can result in blackouts that leave people vulnerable to crimes such as rape. Apart from health issues, the economic drain and the disruption of societal peace due to increased crime can be quite a big strain on society. Heavy alcoholics (not mild healthy drinkers) are more often involved in domestic abuse than rest of the population. So instead of making something taboo we need to understand a drink or two a day is good for health, unless the woman consuming is pregnant, or if someone is patient of a kidney or a liver disease. On the other hand heavy amounts, i.e. more than three to five drinks a day, depending on the size of person, not just causes health issues but it wrecks families. The solution is in moderation for those who like to drink and not in professing abstinence. Apart from lack of information on alcohol for people to make their own informed choice, adulteration of alcohol and lack of evidence-based regulation policy are reasons for grave alcohol related health problems. Alcohol poisoning is due to non-ethanol alcohols such as methanol, also known

as wood alcohol, which is highly toxic. Methanol can cause blindness and even death. It is sometimes added into illicit alcoholic beverages to increase their potency. In fact, most hooch-related tragedies, like the recent one in Gujarat, have happened in dry states or on dry days in other states, which isn’t surprising. When one cannot get regulated good quality alcohol and it is taboo to consume it, people turn to cheap spurious liquor. Failure of prohibition in Gujarat, Mizoram and earlier in Andhra Pradesh should be an eyeopener. This converse effect of prohibition is a global trend and the disasters during the American prohibition era and that from the Zia time onwards should act as a stern reminder for anyone professing prohibition. We also need well-trained physicians and health professionals to spread awareness about the dangers of binge drinking and support addicts wanting to be free of the curse. What is needed of people is to be informed of both the beneficial and harmful effects of alcohol. They must also slough off taboos that do not serve any good and understand that addiction is a disease that can be cured in most cases; the sooner one realises this, the outcomes can turn better. The government should have a smart regulation of alcohol that will add to revenue, ensure quality of alcohol, and spread information on the ills of alcoholism without branding it a forbidden fruit.

The writer is a New Yorkbased scientist


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Fair, free and forthright

The gospel according to St Chris

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hristopher Hitchens at his razor-sharp best, was a juggernaut, slicing through a lifetime. And in his passing, Hitch has left a legacy that will sit in the corner of a room like a brooding elephant, casting a questioning eye over the course of history. His loss has left a void that may never be filled again. His vigour and supreme intelligence will see him forever ensconced in the pantheon alongside Wilde, Shaw, and Swift. And while he would baulk at such company, he will smile at the knowledge that he will be remembered for the man he was, rather than the man society wanted him to be. Lynn Barber’s “greatest conversationalist of our age” may have lost his battle to oesophageal cancer, but his fight will live on in those of us who shared his chagrin and revelled in his nihilism.

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here was a time when Australia dominated international cricket in every form of the game. The Aussie world cup treble stands testimony to their past prowess. However, Australia’s form and reputation have slumped like never before. With none to take the place of greats such as Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden, Australia has become just the ghost of the behemoth that it once was. India may also face a similar situation. The core of the Indian batting line-up continues to be veterans like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, V.V.S. Laxman for the past 10 years. It’s time young guns are given enough exposure so that India don’t go the Aussie way.

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Stay put when the grass is greener on your side Going with the tested could be slow, but it could open new doors Quirky-side-Up

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ave you ever gone on a wild goose chase? No, I am not talking of chasing a man for the upcoming New Year’s Eve bash. I mean, really chasing something while believing it to be something else? I had that experience one time when I decided to move from Bengaluru to Chennai. I was sold on a small little boutique agency run by a deceptively hip husband-wife couple who called themselves ‘reputation managers’. When I joined the little outfit in a rundown-apartment-office in RA Puram on my first day there, I was ready to flee — even at the risk of losing the doubled salary. Frankly, I was stumped. Here I had nurtured my grand vision of learning everything there was to learn about managing reputation, and moving out of a deadly paralysing corporate communication job into something new and contemporary. But all I had ended up doing was writing emails on an age-old desktop, watching a bunch of foolish young people pitching for media stories, and dealing with verbal abuse from the CEO! The wild goose, after all, wasn’t so wild. It was a PR agency in Reputation Management’s clothing, where the CEO didn’t quite care to manage his own reputation. What a traumatic experience to eat such humble pie! – tripled by leaving behind idyllic Bengaluru after a decade, and landing in gritty Chennai to realise that life is not a beach. Whether you like it or not, at some point in your life, you will be drawn to the ‘greener grass’ on the other side. You will imagine you are destined for a ‘different’ profession where you will shine like a beacon if only you could get a chance. Some not-so-well-wishers will encourage you to turn your Class V hobby into a money-churning machine (when they

Admission fees unethical

Mobile porn cause for worry

Your paper has correctly highlighted the nightmare of every parent as the admissions for the new academic year. The authorities are turning a blind eye to violation of rules by school managements using legal loopholes. Most of the schools are owned by relatives or business partners of political leaders or by religious trusts and the authorities do not want to invite trouble for themselves. It is sad that the hard-earned money of parents is being robbed openly and the people who are supposed to protect our interests. Arun Varma

Your story on “Mobile porn lures teens” was a rude shock to me as our generation is at a disadvantage when it comes to monitoring our teenage children who are very good with technology. The youngsters’ minds can be easily influenced by exposure to pornographic material and may lead them to criminal activities like eve teasing and sexual harassment. Families and the authorities should share equal responsibility to ensure our youth don’t end up as antisocial elements.

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TALK BACK Unreasonable demand The article on Governor’s visit to temples causing inconvenience to public (16-122011) shows little regard for the highest official of the state. Just because he is Governor, doesn’t he have right to pray to his favourite God? Should the security for his life (remember he was also a top police official who might have several enemies) just because public has inconvenience? As a young paper, Postnoon should be more careful in its approach to such delicate issues which cannot be dealt with in such one-sided manner. K Ramesh Krishna

are actually secretly tickled about your lack of genius). Words of empirical caution here: There is nothing known as ‘greener grass’. There is no reputation to manage without PR. And, there is no point chasing anything or anyone that you do not have an aptitude for in this life. Sometimes, going with the tested could be slow and tiring... but it could open new doors. Remember the tortoise, though. Don’t take a nap along the way. Keep moving.

Heritage column It is great to know that a city publication is taking notice of the pathetic condition of our heritage structures and highlighting it through the “Heritage Watch” column. Every day lakhs of Hyderabadis pass them without bothering to do anything about the structures that is part of the city’s identity. The reporter has got the facts right and has managed to give a well balanced opinion that provokes one’s thought. Job well done Postnoon Gopinath Agarlwal

Excellent choice of writers This is with reference to the article in Postnoon “dazed and confused in pursuit of our dreams” and other articles by the same writer. It’s good to read Arpita Bhawal's articles as they are refreshing, practical and simple. She brings everyday situations to us, most of which we don't stop to think about. The 'dazed and confused...' is a particularly interesting read. Wish we could actually be a little more original and live life on our own terms. Hope she keeps writing for your paper.

Sravasti Ghosh Dastidar


Relationships

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2011

Exploring complexities

From ‘I do’ to ‘I want’ Being a celebrity means everything you do comes under the public eye. Be it marriage or divorce, the world gets to know of it soon enough. Now if a celebrity is worth a billion dollars then divorces don’t come cheap either. Today, we take a look at some of the most expensive divorces in history 1. Rupert and Anna Murdoch

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UPERT MURDOCH is the CEO of the world’s second-largest media conglomerate. While his company News Corp churned out explosive headlines, his relationship, especially his second marriage too raised a brow. He divorced his first wife after 11 years of marriage and wed Anna Torv the very same year. He was married to her for 30 years till they decided to part ways. Anna Torv, worked for Murdoch as a reporter before the two tied the knot, and divorced him when she discovered he had been having an affair with a junior executive at Star TV, a News Corp subsidiary. Probably the most expensive settlement, ever, this divorce was worth a whopping $1.7 billion!

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2. Michael and Juanita Jordan

ICHAEL JORDAN is a professional basket ball player for America, who later shifted careers and became an entrepreneur. After racking up records on the basketball court, Jordan awarded himself with another trophy which we assume, he is not too proud of. His 17-year-old marriage to Juanita Vanoy went bust despite all efforts to make it work. The couple parted ways amicably but Michael had to fish out $168 million, and as rumour has it, the compensation was only one-fourth of Michael’s financial value.

3. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey

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EIL DIAMOND, the senior most song writers of Hollywood with a career spanning over five decades, was caught cheating on his wife of 26 years, Marcia Murphey. Loyalty, as we know it, was not one of his strongest virtues. Although there has never been an official declaration of the compensation amount, Diamond was quoted as saying in 1995: "She deserves half my fortune. I wish her all the happiness $150 million can bring."

4. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

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ORMER WORLD No 1 golfer Tiger Woods, took a lot more strokes outside golf than inside! He has been alleged of having more than 18 affairs during his six year marriage to Elin, which naturally transitioned into a divorce. Although Woods came out in the open and accepted his misdemeanours and promised to behave and mend his ways, the wounds were too deep to be bandaged. His representatives tried keeping the matter hush-hush but failed miserably. To save whatever face he had left, Tiger ended up coughing $100 million for his string of infidelities.

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7. Harrison Ford and Mellisa Mathison

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S MUCH as Harrison Ford refused to part ways with his wife of 21 years, Mellisa Mathison, this couples divorce made headlines with Ford paying her $85 million.

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merican writer Rita Mae Brown has rightly said, Divorce is the one human tragedy that reduces everything to cash. So could this be the reason why many couples are opting for pre-nuptial agreements? Let’s have a look

5. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving

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TEVEN SPIELBERG has been one of the best entertainers in Hollywood with a career spanning for over four decades. His first marriage with Amy Irving lasted only three years and drained him off by a whopping $100 million. It was the costliest divorce during that time.

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ATERIAL GIRL Madonna has been in the news for her larger-than-life persona as a popstar and her ill-famed divorce was not something that could be hushed either. However, things came to such a pass that the two could not go any further. Unlike most divorces where the compensation is dished out by the men, this divorce saw a role reversal where Madonna compensated Guy Ritchie with approximately $92 million.

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8. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva

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EVIN COSTNER who played Robin Hood once upon a time, could not do much to save his marriage. His 16 year marriage to college sweetheart Cindy Silva ended bitterly. This divorce lightened Kevin’s pocket by a whopping $80 million. He had fathered a baby with Bridget Rooney which was one of the reasons for the split.

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AMES CAMERON has been married five times and his last divorce, with his fourth wife Linda Hamilton cost him 50 million.The reason for the divorce was his on-and off affair with Suzy Amis.

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AMES MCCARTNEY, one of the most famous and the richest musicians, song writer and composer of The Beatles, married for the second time to Heather Mills. The marriage lasted just four years. They


Brave New World

Digital map reveals secrets of Antarctica A

new digital map configured by British and Australian scientists has revealed astonishing new geological facts about Antarctica, not known till now. BEDMAP2 is a detailed digital map of the bedrock of Antactica and is a close-up of the continent minus ice. It has been configured out of more than 27 million pieces of data acquired by airplanes, satellites, ships and dog-drawn sleds. One important fact that the map shows is Antarctica's ice sheet sitting atop steep peaks and deep vales — this particular geological feature has been revealed for the first time.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2011

From the world of science & research

The map also reveals deep troughs within the interior of the continent, where the bedrock is far below sea level, and rugged mountain ranges peaking at 3,000 metres, as high as the European Alps, but hidden below a kilometre of ice. The Australian Antarctic Division and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) played a key role in collecting some of this data through aerial radar surveys in 2008-09. Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey, who produced the map, say it provides critical information for understanding

how Antarctica might respond to climate change. "These improvements are central to more accurate predictions of how Antarctica will respond to climate change and what that means for future sea level," said Australian scientist Roland Warner Warner and his colleagues Jason Roberts, Tas van Ommen and Glenn Hyland, were part of the survey team based at Casey base in Antarctica, between 2008 and 2011, which used radar on a Basler DC3 aircraft to map bedrock topography around the Totten and Denman glaciers, the Aurora Subglacial Basin and Law Dome, in East Antarctica. IANS

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Blood test might predict effect of antidepressants

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oyola University Medical Centre researchers are reporting what could become the first reliable method to predict whether an antidepressant will work on a depressed patient. The method would involve a blood test for a protein called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). A Loyola study found that among depressed patients who had higher than normal blood levels of VEGF, more than 85 per cent experienced partial or complete relief from depression after taking escitalopram (brand name Lexapro®). By comparison, fewer than 10 per cent of depressed patients who had low levels of VEGF responded to the drug. "This would be the first time we would have a predictor for how well a patient would respond to an antidepressant," said Angelos Halaris, MD, PhD, first author of the study. Halaris presented results during the 2011 annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and the 4th Annual Illinois Brain, Behaviour and Immunity Meeting. About 60 per cent of depre-

ssed patients do not respond fully to the first prescribed medication. Consequently, doctors often must prescribe a different medication again and again before finding one that works. "It would greatly benefit our patients if we could predict ahead of time whether a given medication would be effective for a certain patient," Halaris said. The Loyola study involved 35 patients who took escitalopram for major depressive disorder. Escitalopram belongs to a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Other common SSRIs are Prozac®, Paxil® and Zoloft®. Scientists aren't certain why SSRIs work in some patients but not in others. One possible mechanism is that SSRIs help restore a chemical balance in the brain. Some scientists recently have proposed a second possible mechanism, called neuro-genesis — SSRIs help to regenerate brain cells in specific parts of the brain that have atrophied in depressed patients. The Loyola study supports the neuro-genesis theory.

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egular exercise tends to steeply decline among youth as they move to university or college, according to a study by researchers at McMaster University. Researchers found a 24 per cent decrease in physical activity over the 12 years from adolescence to early adulthood. The steepest declines were among young men entering university or college. The research appears in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study, based on Statistics Canada's National Population Health Survey, followed 683 Canadian adolescents 12 to 15 years old, who were interviewed twice a year until they were 24 to 27 years of age. While the children were most active, the

research suggests that this advantage quickly disappears. "This is a critical period, as the changes in physical activity during the transition from late adolescence to early adulthood represents the most dramatic declines in physical activity across a person's life," said Matthew Kwan, the principal investigator for the study and a postdoctoral fellow of the Department of Family Medicine of the Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine. "In particular, the transition into postsecondary is a onetime period when individuals become much less

active." Risk estimates suggest 20 per cent of premature deaths could be prevented with regular physical activity. Yet, recent data show 85 per cent of Canadian adults are not

active enough to meet the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a week. Public health campaigns encourage Canadians to be more active but the McMaster researchers say little work has been done to prevent the decline in physical activity and they suggest this issue should be made a priority. For the study, physical activity was measured by estimating the amount of total energy used during leisure activities over a threemonth period during the transition from adolescence into adulthood, including the move to college or university.

Researchers found the rate of decline in physical activity was greater for men than for women, who showed a modest 1.7 per cent decrease in their overall activity levels; however, the women were less active in high school. "It may be that girls experience the greatest declines in physical activity earlier in their adolescence," said Kwan. For comparative purposes, the researchers also examined other health-risk behaviours of smoking and binge drinking. While both increased through adolescence, the researchers found the behaviours began to plateau or decrease in early adulthood; suggesting that individuals may be maturing out of these health-risk behaviours.


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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2011

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WHAT THE EYES TELL YOU You’ll be tempted to amass your own sensational colour library of these richly pigmented eye shadows. Packed with a colour punch, they are easy to blend and last for many hours Clinique Our softest, smoothest, richest matte shadow creates elegant intensity in one stroke. Surprisingly lightweight, long-wearing. It is Ophthalmologist tested for even the most sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Name: Colour Surge Eyeshadow Stay Matte Price: `750

YVES SAINT LAURENT A versatile palette of monochrome shadows in four captivating colours. The finishes range from shimmer to sheen and metallic to matte and one co-ordinating highlighter. All shades harmoniously blend in to create any look you desire — soft and subtle or dazzling and dramatic; your options are endless. The silky, long-wear formula is infused with an optical smoothing effect. Name: Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumieres Colour Harmony for Eyes Price: `2,900

M.A.C. Fresh as ice, shimmering coolly, this winterscape of six exceptionally chilled-out shades. High-impact solos to dramatic frost on frost duets, when it comes to party style and performance, all score. Hurry! This one is in a limited edition. Name: Glitter and Ice Mineralize Eye Shadow Price: `1,050

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Christian Dior Posh to the extreme, Dior's bold shadows are rich, silky and made with such intense pigments, they seem to last forever. You'll love how they go on like velvet. Wear each shade alone, or combine two, three, or all five shades. Name: Christian Dior 5 Colour Palettes Price: `2,950


Technology

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2011

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Game On! This Christmas, make sure you get that gamer in your life something very special. Here are some suggestionss Just Dance 3 The series is still as shallow as ever, but hilarious routines and a great selection of songs make Just Dance 3 heaps of fun that no party should be without.

Assassin's Creed: Revelations

FIFA 12 FIFA 12 is the definitive football game: challenging, addictive, and with more excellent features than ever before.

Ezio and Altair make graceful exits in Assassin's Creed: Revelations, another great historical adventure.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Modern Warfare 3 sticks to its competitive, co-operative, and single-player guns and reminds you why the series is one of the best in the business.

Rara.com is the latest streaming music service competing with Spotify and the rest. Launched by Omnifone, it promises a catalogue of more than 10 million tracks for ÂŁ4.99 a month, or ÂŁ9.99 if you want mobile access to. With that in mind, the Rara Android app is available already in Google's Android Market, with an iOS version to follow. Android

HE allure of more forward-looking wrist candy from Tokyoflash, who could resist a peak? Those not interested in looking like a steampunk gentleman may prefer these more conventional watches, which pack touchscreen capabilities into their low-energy LCDs. Besides the black and silver models, there are also several combinations of LCD colours to be had, including natural [above, right], red [above left], green, blue and orange. The watch is currently on a limited time launch offer, slicing twenty bucks off the $199 price.

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Videogame review Trine 2 is a charming fantasy platformer with dazzling good looks and fun physics puzzles The Good

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BL has just released its newest iPad/iPod music dock. At $599, the OnBeat Xtreme joins the high-end world of music docks alongside such top contenders as the Bang & Olfusen BeoSound 8 and Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin. For music playback, the dock utilises a pair of 9-inch speakers, each with a woofer and tweeter optimised with digital signal processing. The dock also features a built-in USB port for iTunes synchronisation, so that users can adjust its settings via a free OnBeat Xtreme iTunes application.

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Howcast.com If YouTube were reincarnated as a self-improvement site, it would look a lot like Howcast. The videos are instructional in nature, including everything from How to Become a Professional Cake Decorator to How to Build an Electromagnet. Some of the videos are serious, but the most engaging ones tackle topics in a playful manner even when the subject is mundane.


Magic Screen

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2011

The glamour behind the glitz

I am skeptical if any filmmaker will approach me

Fourth Bangalore film festival begins

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arnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda inaugurated the fourth edition of the Bangalore International Film Festival (BIFFES) on Friday. South African film Lucky, which has city actor MPB Jayashree in the lead role, was the inaugural film. Jayashree's performance in the film has won her the top acting award at the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival. A total of 175 films of various

genres and from different countries will be screened at five theatres in the eight-day festival. They include 130 foreign films from 40 countries, 15 Kannada cinema and 30 other Indian movies. This year's focus will be on Polish, Egyptian, Asian, contemporary Indian and contemporary Kannada cinema. The country retrospectives include classics like the 1936 film Achut Kanya, Meera (with late Carnatic musician MS

Subbulakshmi), David Lean's Oliver Twist, Telugu Devdas directed by Vedantam Raghavaiah and Rajkumar's Sandhya Raga. Vintage category features landmark cinema from across the globe like Z (France), Interrogation (Poland), Lemon Tree (Israel), Downfall (Germany), The Whistle Blower (Canada), a special documentary Air India 182 (Canada), Mao's Last Dancer (Australia) and Thanneer Thanneer (India).

ctor Shiney Ahuja, whose career received a body blow after he was accused of raping his maid, says that he is skeptical about filmmakers approaching him for their projects. Shiney, who made a name for himself in B-town with films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and Gangster, was sentenced to seven years in prison by a Mumbai fast track court for raping his maid in 2009. The actor is currently out on bail after he challenged the sentence in the

From behind the ticketing counter to the big screen F

rom selling movie tickets to starring in one, modelturned-actress, Simran Kaur Mundi was keen to pursue a job in the corporate world but destiny introduced her to modelling and drove her to Bollywood. After finishing bio-technology from Indore, Simran had dreams of landing up a corporate job and never saw herself being a part of the glamour

world. But then Miss India happened when she was doing a job in Mumbai. The newbie is now making her debut in Bollywood with Jo Hum Chahein. "I had graduated in B-tech and wanted to do MBA, I was keen to do a proper office job like nine to five types but destiny had something else in store for me. Destiny brought me to Mumbai and I got a job at Fame Adlabs for selling tickets to celebrities. Make-up

gurus — Bharat and Doris — spotted me there and asked me to participate in the Femina Miss India," Simran said. "After Miss India I wanted to pursue modelling, my focus was not much on acting and films. I have done modelling on international platforms and was keen on walking the ramp abroad. But the offer for the movie came and I thought it was perfect debut for me," Simran said. PTI

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Bombay High Court. He is now making a comeback in Bollywood with Bharat Shah's horror film Ghost after a gap of three years. On whether he would be able to score again with filmmakers he said, "I don't know if anybody will call me... may be somebody will. I am waiting for the film to release. I would approach people whom I am in touch with like Sudhir Mishra, Anurag Basu and few others and love to work with them," Shiney said. "From the industry everybody I have worked with who knew me, stood by me like Anurag, Sudhir and now Bharat Shah. I don't know what would have happened if I did not had this film," he said. PTI


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coming-of-age story about two young, hip and careeroriented individuals whose lives seem to change for the better initially but it doesn't take a lot of time for them to wake up and smell the coffee. Rohan Bhatia (Sunny Gill) is a brash, extremely cocky and overambitious 24-year-old MBA graduate who loves the idea of instant success and will go that extra mile to make his dream come true and he moves to Mumbai to pursue a career as a stockbroker. He then meets Neha (Simran Kaur Mundi), a described-by-the-book perfect girl, who Rohan only pursues as a challenge. It wouldn't be a masala Bollywood flick if it weren't for the twists in the tale. As events unfold, they fall in love until Neha catches him in the act losing his virginity to a nymphomaniac aunty (Achint Kaur). Don't be too fooled by the title of the film as the plot derails horribly and is nothing closer to what Jo Hum Chahein should have been all about, as perceived from the trailers. Pawan Gill as the director fails to grab the audiences’ attention and instead has them rolling their eyes at the predictable storyline. The dialogues are screeching cheesy with repeated tricks from the 'how-to-

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: Jo Hum Chahein : Sunny Gill, Simran Kaur Mundi, Achint Kaur, Alyy Khan Director : Pawan Gill Rating : woo-a-girl' book filled with tried and tested formulas in the first half. The second half sees the downfall of our cocky hero; who is single and is losing out on the top 10 positions at work. An unnecessary multitude of songs in the film, only add to the tedious ordeal. The film is a visual treat in terms of good looking actors, sets and costumes. The film however is tailor made for Sunny Gill as is his debut, and he does a decent job of annoying you with his incessant arrogance and cockiness. But, the young actor needs to be polished a bit, and has a promising career if he plays his cards well. Simran Kaur tries really hard as the girl-next-door, but lacks emotion and grace. Achint Kaur plays the sleazy, rich investor while Alyy Khan fits his role as the conniving stock broker, perfectly. Jo Hum Chahein is everything else minus the entertainment.

Adventurous Gul Panag

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he word adventure and Gul Panag complement each other — she manoeuvres her mean machine, Royal Enfield Bullet, effortlessly and wishes to have a good theme park in the country so that she could enjoy roller-coaster rides. “I love roller coasters. Can go again and again. Can’t wait for a good theme park with serious rides to open in Bharat (India). One coming up near Pune,” Gul posted on her twitter account. IANS

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eteran actress Shabana Azmi has fractured her shoulder and her only concern is that she will miss wedding parties. “Have fractured my shoulder and need surgery! Disappointed about missing out on wedding but things without remedy should also be without regard,” Shabana posted on her twitter account. The 61-year-old, who has played a variety of roles and has won the national award five times, and has featured in movies like Fire, Morning Raga and Saaz. IANS

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@NeilNMukesh When we r shooting there are no weekends. When there isn't shoot its a loooong weekend :)

@rampalarjun Just packed up exhausted good morning to all waking up saw a beautiful sunrise,but going to bed now,night shoots make me feel like a vampire.

@Imarshadwarsi GYAAAN- we r all utilized to our fullest in our own capacity, we have no reason to blame anybody. Accept n be happy... Jai ho

@SrBachchan T 592 -Indian of the Year, CNNiBN award Entertainment to KBCTeam and moi .. honored and gratified .. but what an evening .. inspiring

Mumbai dreams

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ith Vinay Pathak and Rajat Kapoor in the cast, you can surely expect some ribcracking comedy. However, that’s too early to say. We have in the film Neha Dhupia who plays Mehek Malvade, a struggling back-up dancer who dreams of making it big in Bollywood. She moves to Mumbai to fulfil her dreams. She is loud, jazzy and full of spirit. Then enters Vinay Pathak, who plays Vidhyadhar Acharya, a man from Benares, who receives a culture-shock when he shifts to Mumbai. He, however, is ill at ease with the pace of Mumbai. Mehek and Vidhyadhar end up being neighbours. The initial bickering and hatred soon mushrooms into love and a romantic comedy that ensues when two different worlds meet.

Movie Cast

: Pappu Can’t Dance Saala : Neha Dhupia, Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor Director : Saurabh Shukla

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@deespeak I could not have asked for a better first bangla film... An experience I will cherish always. #paanchadhyay all the best Pratim! THANK YOU!

@FarOutAkhtar Back in mumbai after a lovely evening in Indore.. Thx to all the people of all cities visited for their love and enthusiasm...

@TheShilpaShetty Hey tweetos a big shout for one of my oldest dearest friends@RockyS_STAR..great styling today,so looking fwd to the shoot :)

@kjohar25 Catch the Worldwide Premiere of Chikini Chameli Full Song Video on Youtube.com/AgneepathVevo


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eese Witherspoon will star in Devil’s Knot, the Atom Egoyan-directed drama about the West Memphis 3. As Deadline revealed just after the West Memphis 3 murder defendants were released from prison August 19, The Sweet Hereafter and Chloe director Egoyan came aboard to direct a script that was

originally written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, the team behind The Exorcism Of Emily Rose. Witherspoon will play Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murder victims who initially believes the trio murdered her son, but she is eventually persuaded that the three suspects are innocent and wrongly accused. Filming begins next summer.

Ryan Gosling Named ‘Coolest Person Of The Year’

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aption Ryan Gosling spotted looking dapper at the Crazy, Stupid, Love. premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on July 19, 2011 Ryan Gosling may have narrowly missed winning the title of People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2011 (the honor went to Hangover star Bradley Cooper), but the 31-yearold star has earned a different honour to hang his fedora on. Time Magazine’s Joel Stein has dubbed The Ides of March star the 2011 Coolest Person of the Year for, among other things, his ability to be “tough but emotional.” “Ryan Gosling, the 2011 Coolest Person of the Year, is so cool that he refused to talk to me about this honor,” Stein wrote. “Faced with this problem, other magazine franchises might back down and pick someone willing to play ball and be their publicity monkey, but the Coolest Person Committee is committed to the truth.

he Hollywood actor Christian Bale was roughed up by Chinese security guards as he attempted to visit a legal activist whose detention has sparked a domestic and international outcry, according to reports. Bale, who has played Batman, and the camera crew from CNN were jostled by men in plain clothes from Dongshigu village in eastern Shandong province, where the activist Chen Guangcheng has been under house arrest for 15 months, according to a video released by CNN on its website. "Why can I not visit this man?" Bale asked several security officers, while they were pushing him. "You know, I'm not being brave doing this," Bale told CNN. "The local people who are standing up to the authorities and insisting on going to visit Chen and his family and getting beaten up for it, and my understanding, getting detained for it and everything. I want to support what they are doing."


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aga Chaitanya is all set to make his debut in Tamil cinema next year. He has signed up Radha Mohan's upcoming film Gouravam, which will be made in Telugu and Tamil simultaneously. Nagarjuna is going to produce the film on Annapurna Studios banner. Talking about the film, Nagarjuna said, “Gouravam is a family drama about a city boy who goes to a village. Most part of the film will be shot in Rajahmundry.” Thaman is going to compose the music for this

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@shrutihaasan Done with first schedule of gabbar singh! Having the best time ever and learning so much! Thanks to the entire team and @harish2you

film which will go on floors in January. After Dhada and Bezawaada, which were targeted at the mass audience, it's going to be a totally different subject for Naga Chaitanya. He's currently acting in Deva Katta's Autonagar Surya which is expected to hit the screens in summer, 2012.

@sundeepkishan 1st schedule(50%) of Project No.5 done(yes I m 5 films out now :D) really lucky to be working with a Dir & team like this..details soon :)

@LakshmiManchu Started working out today after a long time. Need to look my best for my upcoming movies. Wish me luck.

@Actor_Siddharth

Shruti Haasan

Goodbye Christopher Hitchens... You leave the world more curious than you found it... RIP...

falls in love with Pollachi

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hruti Haasan is thrilled about spending time in Pollachi, a popular shooting location in Tamil Nadu, for her upcoming film Gabbar Singh. She's playing a village belle in the film and since it's the first time she has donned this avatar, the actress seems to be all the more excited. “Who would have thought a concrete creature such as myself would grow to love the rustic beauty of

Pollachi,” she said. Gabbar Singh is the official remake of Dabangg and Shruti Haasan is reprising Sonakshi Sinha's role. Pawan Kalyan is playing the role of a police officer in the film. The film unit is currently shooting in Pollachi, where a folk song was filmed on Shruti Haasan and Pawan Kalyan. Harish Shankar is directing the film and Ganesh is producing it.

Dookudu most googled Telugu film of 2011 A

fter smashing box-office records across the world, Dookudu has yet another milestone to brag about. According to the latest statistics published by Google Zeitgeist for the year 2011, Dookudu has found its place in the Top 10 most searched films in India and it's the only Telugu film in the list. The film is ranked at No 9 in the list, which was topped by Salman Khan's Bodyguard and SRK's Ra.One. Mahesh Babu, Samantha and Sonu Sood

played lead roles in this film which was directed by Srinu Vaitla. Apart from Dookudu, Ajith's Mankatha is the only other South Indian film which found a place in this list and it's ranked at No 7.

@tashu_02 It takes a strong person not to cry, a stronger person to cry, & the strongest person to say why they're crying..

@actressanjjanaa Back in Hyderabad almost after 2months,@meetings ... n also shooting for d cover of tulip magazine today :) .. zoo looking fwd to it.. :)

@allarinaresh Hey guys, I know tey r lot many creative guys out ter. So would b more then happy, if u can suggest me some comedy title for my upcoming film.

@devakatta Very glad for my darling friend and a beautiful actor Sharwanad on his super success with Journey...reviews and commerce are looking great:)


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‘Wake Up Sid’ at 1400 Hrs on ZOOM 1400 Movie - Wake Up Sid 1730 Letz Go! 1800 Zoom Barabar Jhoom Top 20 1900 Planet Bollywood News 1930 Page 3 2000 Letz Go! 2130 My Playlist 2230 Letz Go! 2300 Bollywood Bonanza 0700 Letz Go! 0800 Red Carpet 0805 20 - 20 Songs 0825 Letz Go! 1000 Link'D 1021 Letz Go! 1100 Zoom Box 1200 My Playlist 1300 Garma Garam 1330 Chetan's Affair With Hong Kong

1430 Mummy Autopsy 1530 Treasure Quest 1630 How It's Made 1700 The New Inventors 1730 Weaponology 1830 Best Of Discovery Science 1930 Weird Connections 2030 Last Shuttle 2230 Frontline Battle Machines With Mike Brewer 2330 The New Inventors 0700 How It's Made 0730 Weird Connections 0830 Mummy Autopsy 0930 Frontline Battle Machines With Mike Brewer 1030 Discovery Science Presents 1330 What's That About?

‘Last Shuttle’ at 2030 Hrs on DISCOVERY SCIENCE

‘The Foodie’ at 1730 Hrs only on TIMES NOW 1400 News Now 1430 Total Recall 1500 News Now 1530 Amazing Indians 1600 News Now 1630 Times Now Sport Weekend 1700 News Now 1730 The Foodie 1800 News Now 1830 Times Drive 1900 News Now 1930 Enow Spice 2000 Total Recall 2100 9 Pm 2130 Total Recall 2200 News Now 2230 Amazing Indians 2300 News Now Overnight 2330 Times Now Sport Weekend 0700 News Now 0730 Times Now Sport Weekend 0800 Morning News 0830 Times Now Sport Weekend 0900 News Now 1030 Times Drive


KAKURO

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

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QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Decide not to include 5 Expand, as a collection 10 Junker of a car 14 Toque and tricorn 15 Heston's co-star in "El Cid" 16 Place to play b-ball 17 Superhero's secret identity preserver 18 "Well, ___ you clever!" 19 Fine cotton variety 20 Cap-wearing Glasgow girl? 23 They may be batted 25 Self-esteem 26 Sealed, as a champagne bottle 27 Christie of mysteries 30 Bill Cosby, in college 31 Praiseworthy girl? 35 Cheat at cards 37 Finless wonder 38 Historic "elder" statesman 39 Cartoon girl? 44 Fraternity letter 45 Comparatively thickskulled 46 "Schindler's List" star Liam 48 Father, informally 49 One who does penance 50 Amusement park-going girl? 55 Feverish condition 56 Member of the electorate 57 Elbow in the ribs 61 They can be fine or graphic 62 Nintendo forerunner 63 Pupil surrounder 64 Monstrous Scottish loch 65 Poem division 66 New Jersey NBA team

DOWN 1 Piece de resistance? 2 Mutton murmur 3 Impersonal pronoun 4 "For shame!" 5 Oakland neighbor 6 Campus digs 7 Squirrel's nest 8 Ovid's X's 9 Like an active person 10 Spellbinding 11 Send out 12 Cartoon supply company 13 Early late-night host 21 "Pardon me!" 22 Seaweed extract 23 Inexpensive 24 She's a Dahl 26 Cabana opening? 27 Mythic king of the Huns 28 Speaking with a grating

voice 29 Card catalog datum 32 Back of the pack 33 To this point 34 Any minute now 36 Benignity 40 Morales of "La Bamba" 41 Emergency vehicle 42 Least of the Great Lakes 43 Gaudy night light 47 Cello part 49 On the ball 50 Sonny portrayer in "The Godfather" 51 Shrek, for one 52 Cashews or

filberts 53 Tiny Greek letter? 54 Hall-of-famer Musial 58 Groundbrea king discovery 59 Little fox 60 Silly start? PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER

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Date 18-12-2011

TAROT Libra Eight of Swords

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Colour bonanza B

lenders’ Pride Fashion Week Day 2 was full of colour and swirls of fabric. Miss India Universe 2010, Vasuki Sunkavalli was a showstopper for one of the designers. Those who showcased their collection on Friday were Aliya and Ridhi, Mumbai; Lawman Pg3; Mebaz, Hyderabad and Julie Vergese, Chennai. The event is on till Sunday.

ALL PLAY AND NO WORK The V, an Ascendas IT Park, celebrated its annual sporting extravaganza Healthy Lifestyle & Sports Meet. The event, which kicked off on December 12 ended on Friday. The sports meet is a popular platform for IT professionals. It gives them a break from work and is a stress-buster.

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