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SENSEX CRASHES 208 POINTS The Sensex fell by 208 points at the opening, which closed at 15,491, a 25-month low. The plunge also dragged the Bombay Stock Exchange down to a further low and pegged the index to the level of second week of August 2009. P15

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CHARRED REMAINS FOUND AT FIRE SITE Two people were charred to death in a fire that ravaged Rantus Pharmaceuticals on the outskirts of the City at Pashamylaram in Medak district. While initial reports suggested that five people were injured in the fire that occurred around 2.30pm on Sunday, two bodies were found on Monday morning. Family members of stores manager Ravindranath and worker Ram Singh complained to the police that the two did not come home after the fire. The police searched the premises on Monday and found charred remains of the two.

TRAVELLING TO BANGALORE? GOOD LUCK TO YOU! Bangalore international airport has been caught in a fog of woe, resulting in a number of delayed flights and stranded passengers. Delays stretching into hours have upset onward journeys and business deals. And what’s worse, the fog is set to continue. Train or bus, anyone?

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Spirit of Twin Cities


Search for the ultimate ‘Master Chef’ HICC saw an evening of food, fun and music at the Master Chef Accor AP 2011 cookery competition Isha Mukoo


or the past few years our small screen has been dominated by reality shows. Taking a leaf from the same a similiar event was held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre in Novotel. Master Chef Accor AP 2011 was almost like a live two day reality show, where five teams from Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre, Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach and Hotel Mercure took part in the best chef competition. The first day saw the elimination of two teams which was followed by three teams who competed yesterday. The judges for the event were

renowned men in this business, such as Chef Jugesh Arora Culinary Management Consultant, Chef Barnidharan Corporate Chef Griffith Laboratories and Rajesh

Gopalakrishnan Resident manager NHA. The chief guest for the occasion was Marc Robinson who tasted the dishes prepared by the competitors and admired their culinary skills.

The three teams that competed in the finals representing NHC, HICC and Hotel Mercure, showcased their culinary skills in their creative best. From the Rajasthani Ghewar to the Anar ki Phirni to Quail Pulav the spread was a feast to eyes as well as pallets. Mr. Teju Jose, Resident Manager of NHCC and HICC remarked on the occasion saying, “The competition was conceptualized to challenge our staff to be more creative in our cooking and try out new techniques.” After much contemplation and judge’s decision, the first runners were the National Hyderabad convention centre who got rewarded with a cash amount of Rs. 25000, a trophy and a gift hamper. Hotel Mercure stole the show

by winning the competition with a cash prize of Rs. 50000 , a trophy and a gift hamper. Judge Arora who was really impressed the minute detailing of the team throughout the completion shared his views saying, “They provided a complete package nd they took care of even the smallest of things. From starters to the dessert, one could see the precision in their food. They were the underdogs but they managed to prove their calibre even after being the vegetarian hotel and showcasing their best.” he shared. When asked the winning team if they expected to win, the ecstatic team denied it saying, “We were not expecting to win but this is a major encouragement and opportunity”.

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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 to 11.30 pm Contact: (040) 27522567

An Interactive exhibition Via presence by B2FAYS is being presented by Alliance française Hyderabad along with Kalakriti Art gallery. The exhibition was inaugurated on 15th December at 7pm. Where: Kalakriti Art Gallery, Banjara Hills

When: Ongoing, 11am-7pm Contact: (040)66564467

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 exciting Christmas goodies such as Christmas Cookies and moulded chocolate that are available on site. Where: Novotel, Hi Tech City When: Ongoing, 11am-11pm Contact: (040) 66824422

Synchronicity An exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Seema Kohli’s titled Synchronicity will be on at Shrishti Art Gallery. Where: Shrishti Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills Road no 15

When: Ongoing, 11am to 7pm Contact: (040) 23607151

Myriad Reflections

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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, 11am-7pm Contact: (040) 23113709

Day four of the Samhaara Theatre Festival presents Reginald Rose's ‘12 Angry Men’. It is a play in Telugu by the International School of Film and Media. Where: Ravindra Bharathi, Saifabad When: 19th December, 7.30 pm Contact: (040) 2323 1245

Life in the dark Dialogue in the dark is an innovative format to experience and understand the daily life of the visually challenged. You can get a tour in complete darkness with visually impaired guides as they


lead you through various situations such as crossing the road and shopping at a supermarket. Where: Inorbit Mall, Madhapur When: Ongoing, 10am to 8pm Contact: (040) 64603341/42

A night of ghazals and food Haldi offers the perfect idea for a perfect evening. Enjoy live ghazal’s along with authentic Indian dishes at Novotel Shamshabad’s Indian speciality restaurant Haldi. Where: Novotel, Shamshabad When: Ongoing, 8pm-11pm Contact: (040) 66250000

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

Art& Craft Shilparamam’s annual All India Craft’s Mela is on. Arts and crafts from all over India will be displayed and sold at the venue by Where: Shilparamam When: Dec 18, 2011, 7.30 pm

Designer Lifestyle The Society Collection an exhibitioncum-sale Of designer wear, jewellery, home decor, Ggfts & lifestyle accessories is on at Novotel Hyderabad Convention Center , Kondapur. Where: Novotel Convention Center Kondapur When: Ongoing, 10am-8pm Contact: (040) 66824422

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arphones may soothe your mind but they may also claim your life if you wear them while walking or driving on the roads. The City traffic police have noticed that the widespread habit of listening to music has become one of the major causes for the road accidents. Recently City traffic police conducted a special drive against using cellphone while driving, in North District covering 13 police stations, and booked 2,122 drivers for using earphones while driving. Interestingly, of the 2,122 booked, 1,226 were car drivers, 857 are motorcyclists and 38 of them are auto rickshaw drivers. Ironically, many of them who were booked for the same violation are posting their queries on


n Britain about 17 road accidents that occur every day is attributed to people using MP3 players, mobile phones and electronic gadgets while on the move, revealed a survey.

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Hyderabad Traffic Police Facebook page saying “Why can’t we use headphones while driving? Police commented: “Head phones are a form of distraction as they interfere with hearing. A distraction is anything that draws the driver’s attention away from driving towards something within or outside the vehicle, thereby affecting his driving performance.” While pedestrians are posing threat to motorists by walking

along the roads or crossing the roads while listening to music through mobile phones/Mp3 players, motorists are hitting pedestrians while they are walking along the road. Pedestrians are forced to walk on the roads since there are no footpaths in many parts of the City. “Parents now-a-days are allowing their children to carry mobile phones to the schools and such freedom would sometimes le-

“If we notice any motorist using earphones while driving and couldn’t stop them, we alert our men stationed in the next junction to catch them. The violator is booked under Section 184 (A) of MV Act, which attracts a penalty of `500 GVG Ashok Kumar DCP (traffic) ad to disasters. In foreign countries there are proposals to introduce legislation for iPod oblivion. However, we don’t think making it illegal to cross the road using a device is the answer unless it really changes once behaviour,” said DCP (traffic) GVG Ashok Kumar.

engineering student of Methodist Engineering College in Abids was run over by a train while he was walking on the tracks while listening to music through his mobile phone. He failed to hear train coming from behind since he was wearing headphones , said the Government Railway Police. n A few months ago, Mohini Shanti Priya, 23, a software engineer was hit by a train at Fatehnagar while she was crossing the tracks while listening to music from her mobile phone using earphones. n In yet another case J Theresa, 16 died after a train hit her at Sitaphalmandi railway station. Here too she was listening to music and hence couldn’t hear the warnings of other passengers.

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Criminal waste when people starve SPECIAL

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tep foot into Rythu Bazaar in Erragadda and apart from the fresh vegetables sold by vendors, one sees piles of them in the garbage bins. While these vegetables may not be spoilt, it is still disposed off without even giving it a thought that thousands of the people in the City go to sleep hungry. This criminal waste is not restricted just to this vegetable market, the practice to throw away any excess vegetables, sadly, is prevalent in all the major vegetables and fruits market area.

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It is an overwhelming sight when fresh vegetables or vegetables which are on the verge of getting spoilt, end up as garbage. And this is when an estimated 624689 people in Hyderabad live in 104 identified and 24 unidentified slums. What is worse is that the vegetable vendors are in denial. “Why would we throw fresh vegetables? We only throw what is spoilt,” said Krishna Babu, a vendor. Apparently, the sight of fresh vegetables in the garbage bin doesn’t move him much. There are some, however, who are honest enough to agree. “Sometimes, we throw vegetables that are in excess

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oogle ‘orphanages and old-age homes in Hyderabad’ and there are 171 search results. What does this signify? There are as many (and more) who need food and rehabilitation in the City. And while someone is celebrating a wedding, anniversary or any special occasion, they send the unused or leftover food to them. This is a new trend in Hyderabad and possibly the only silver lining to a City that otherwise dumps the excess food into the bins. Srivyal Vayyuri of Spoorthi Foundation, an NGO for children, says the organisation receives up to three calls a month where people offer to drop food over. “It is quite humbling when people do that. This way the children will eat good food and the excess food doesn’t go waste. Having said that, there is a need for more such contributions, especially during weddings as a lot of food is unutilized,” he said. Not many NGOs are fortunate enough to receive such generosity. There is a desperate need for more people to come forward and donate food to NGOs. “In fact, there is also an urgent need for NGOs to step forward and collect food from various sources including homes and distribute it and Hyderabad has no social organizations to do so,” said Anjum Khan, a social worker. Restaurateurs are stepping up in this direction. There might not be as many, but at least they have taken up the initiative. “We have been giving our leftovers to vagabonds since six years. We also collect whatever food is reusable that our customers leave and distribute it to the homeless,” said Syed Agha Hussain, owner, Dine Hill Restaurant. Think of all the hungry you can feed and how much you will be helping them.

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s it the end of the road for Chiranjeevi at the Centre? And if so, will he wait for the Cabinet expansion in the State? Will he be rewarded, or will it be his followers who land berths? Chiranjeevi has to wait for the Delhi nod for his induction and also for seats to contest in the proposed by-election. Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana can assure Chiranjeevi and cajole him from time to time, but the final clearance has to come from the high command. Chiranjeevi needs to have a lot of patience to wait for this. It might take three to six months for all this to happen. On returning from Delhi, Satyanarayana informed Chiranjeevi of the developments in Delhi. After mentioning about the induction of Ajit Singh, Satyanarayana promised a plum post to Chiranjeevi in the near future. While the party position is open, Chiranjeevi will have to wait if he is opting for the Cabinet berth. It is learnt that a former minister with Chiranjeevi, warned him that the Congress party was not taking them seriously. It is learnt that he has advised

Chiranjeevi to demand his pound of flesh by way of seats for the proposed by-elections. Consequently, even before the disqualification drama unfolds, Chiranjeevi has started bargaining for his share of seats. If the speaker disqualifies Congress and PRP rebels, 17 Assembly seats will fall vacant. Chiranjeevi has sought four seats for his loyalists while the Congress has considered only one so far. It looks like Chiranjeevi may cut a sorry figure with regards to seats for the by-polls. Chiranjeevi, it is said, wants seats for K Subbarayudu, G Ramaiah, Thota Trimurthulu and G Srinivas. However, the PCC chief has offered only Rajampet to Chiranjeevi, the former minister told Postnoon. Even after consultations with Satyanarayana, the Chiranjeevi group could not come to any conclusion. The scene is now set to shift to Delhi.

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raja Rajyam Party MLA Shibha Nagi Reddy appeared before the Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly Nadendla Manohar and defended her stand in extending support to YS Jaganmohan Reddy. The Speaker summoned Shobha for an explanation following a complaint by PRP chief Chiranjeevi for defying the party whip during the no-confidence motion against the Kiran Kumar Reddy Government. Shobha is the first legislator from the Jagan camp to be called for an explanation. After meeting the Speaker, the MLA asserted that neither Chiranjeevi, nor PRP whip Vanga Geetha, had any right to seek her disqualification; for, they seized to exist as PRP leaders following their merger with Congress.


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lthough the general strike is over and the chief minister has won the no-confidence motion, files are still not moving in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). The reasons could be genuine, but several individuals and parties who come to the CMO have been complaining that files are held up. If one walks into the chief minister’s chamber and the chambers of the four secretaries, one can see stacks of files on the tables. It has become a common feature. Files are piling up in the offices of CM’s secretaries Binoy Kumar, Jawahar Reddy, Sridhar and Rawat. “The chief minister has instructed all officials in the state secretariat to clear files at the earliest. But it is reported that the CMO itself has a large number of pending files,” said a teacher requesting for transfer. There are genuine reasons though, for some files not being cleared. Around 8,000 files are said to be waiting for clearance the CMO. The secretaries must give their recommendations to the chief minister on certain files. Once the files come to the secretaries, they have to first get the clearance from the chief minister. Around 4,000 files pertain to the ACB and vigilance. Cases against the officials can be dropped only by the chief minister. If they

are dropped, it would appear that they are protecting the corrupt officials. Some of the cases are pending in court. Medical and health, education, transfers and those of teachers are some of the regular files in the CMO. It is reported that the chief minister is not touching the ACB and vigilance files as if he signs them, some officials might lose their jobs. There are pyravikars moving around the CMO in the evenings for getting files cleared in cases of ACB and vigilance for getting some of employees reinstated.

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ach of the religions finds an expression in the celebrations of its unique festivals. The same holds true for Sikhism as well. However, unlike other religions, the festivals unique to the Sikhs have little to do with the worship of the divine. Instead, they commemorate the milestones in the lives of the 10 gurus of the Sikhs and their teachings. The most important festival of the Sikh Community across the world “Prakash Utsav of Sri Guru Gobind Singhji” birthday celebrations, the 10th and last Sikh Guru and founder of Khalsa Panth, is going to be celebrated on a grand scale in Hyderabad from December 29 to 31 In this context, the Prabhandak Committee of Central Gurudwara SahIb Gowliguda will take out a colourful “Nagar Keertan” at 4pm on December 29 from Central Gurudwara Saheb Gowliguda. On December 31, a grand “Vishaal Deewan” will be held at Gowliguda from 10am to 4.30pm. Over 20,000 devotees will take part in the procession. Guru Granth Sahebji will be carried on a decorated vehicle along with “Nishaan Sahebans’’ (Religious Flags). The Procession will be marked by the rendering of

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‘Shabad Keertans’ by the Jatha Tera Jatha and Keerthani Jathas of men, women and youths. Besides this “Panj Pyaras’’ (five beloved ones) in their traditional attire will be the cynosure of the attraction. The major attraction of the procession will be the display of Gatka, a famous Sikh martial art form. Night Keertan Darbar and Amrit

Sanchar will be held on December 30. As the main Birthday Celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh falls on January 11, 2011 a “Vishaal deewan” will be held at Gowliguda from 10am to 4pm on January 11. The event will be marked by the recitations of Gurbani Keertans (Holy Hymns) by the reputed Ragi Jathas (religious preachers) who are being specially invited from various parts of the country to render shabad keertans. After the culmination of the congregation Guru Ka Langar (free community kitchen) will be served to the devotees.

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ocated in Mangalhat, a stone throw away from Nampally, is the 200-year-old Ram temple — Sitaram Bagh. It is not well known in Hyderabad unlike the Peddamma Guddi or Chilkur Balaji temples but Sitaram Bagh is a unique one of a kind abode of the Gods. It was built in 1833 by a Rajasthani family who were settled in the Nizam state of Hyderabad. The founder of the temple donated funds to the nawab and when the nawab asked him what he wanted in return, the founder requested him to allow building of this temple. Many believe that when Lord Rama was in vanvas, he had stayed in this particular bagh too. Therefore they constructed a tem-

ple dedicated o him. The sixth generation of the founding family still remain its trustee members. A group of 60 brahmin families originally from Tamil Nadu reside on the temple premises and their job is not only to do seva to the Gods but also act as caretakers to the

temple. It has been graded B, Tirupathi being an Grade A temple and has recently been taken under the Endowment Act. Today the Bagh spreads over 25 acres but according to local legends it stretched from Mehdipatnam to Nampally. The main temple of the Bagh is of Ram and it also has holy abodes for Lakshmi, Ganesha, Vardharaja, Hanuman and Shiva. The main gateway of the bagh is almost three stories high and enclosed by huge wooden doors. All the structures are constructed according to North Indian architecture. They look very different from South Indian temples, including the style of the Gopuram. What makes Sitaram Bagh very unique is that it shares a wall with a Masjid. Only in Ayodhya can it be seen where a temple a masjid share a wall. Also Sitaram Bagh has a depiction of the pattabishekham which is very rare. Sitaram Bagh is a beautiful temple but on its way to ruin because of lack of proper funds and also because it has been caught in the ugly political net. Places of history deserve more respect than this.

am not very fond of green leafy vegetables but I keep hearing that they need to be included in the diet on a regular basis. I want to know more about green leafy vegetables. Green leaves contain vitamin A, C, folic acid, riboflavin, thiamine, B carotene, minerals like iron and calcium, a lot of fibre and antioxidants. The carotene in Glyns is converted in the body into vitamin A that prevents blindness. Many types of greens are available and consumed all over the country, the commonly consumed greens are palak, amaranth, fenugreek, and drumstick, mint, gongura etc. Green leafy vegetables are inexpensive and easily available. They contain all important nutrients required for growth and maintenance of health. Hence green leafy vegetables must be consumed by children and pregnant and lactating mothers to get the much needed beta carotene, calcium and iron. Indian diets are more of cereal based and vegetarian diets, including green leafy vegetables in the diet regularly is very important to avoid micronutrient deficiencies. Try to include at least 50gm of green leafy vegetables every day in your diet. Even though green leafy vegetables are a very good source of many micronutrients, care must be taken in the preparation of these leaves, as they contain a lot of mud and soil. Also, to remove the pesticide content proper cleaning of the leaves before preparation is very important. All green leafy vegetables are seasonal and not available in summer months. One can take an extra effort to grow them at home; that is in kitchen gardens. There are various ways to cultivate the home gardens even in cities. Terrace gardens and one square-foot gardens etc are possibilities. Developing kitchen gardens can ensure regular supply of greens and an added advantage of this is that they are free from contamination of chemicals in the form of pesticides. (The writer is the director of Akkshaya Foundation and is a consultant nutritionist at LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad)



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MULLAPERIYAR ROW Chidambaram withdraws remarks NEW DELHI/ THIRUVANANT HAPURAM: Home minister P Chidambaram today withdrew his remarks referring to a by-election in Kerala in the context of the Mullaperiyar dam row which has created a furore in that state. "Like some other speakers, I also made a passing reference to the forthcoming by-election. I take back that remark," he said in a statement after political leaders in Kerala criticised his remarks. “That reference was not necessary and it was not my intention to hurt the feelings of anyone. I continue to believe that the issue must be resolved in a spirit of cooperation and brotherhood between the people of the two states".

People ransack a hooch shop and set it on fire in Burdwan district in West Bengal on Sunday.

Chandy writes to Jayalalithaa THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Sunday wrote to his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa stating that he was willing to issue a joint statement with her urging peace and restraint on the Mullaperiyar dam issue. "This is a situation where we have to urgently provide a sense of protection and confidence to our people. I am sure you will act immediately and firmly to contain the situation. I am willing to issue a joint statement with you and appeal for peace and restraint," Chandy's letter said. He also mentioned several instances of attacks on Keralites in Tamil Nadu arising out of the dispute.

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rime Minister Manmohan Singh has put an end to ambiguity over the government’s policy on how it plans to implement the controversial nuclear power projects by saying the Kudankulam plant will start operations in the next couple of months. The four reactors, built with Russian technology, are slated to provide 4,000MW to the national power grid and cater to both the domestic and industrial consumers. One can’t help but wonder if the newfound panacea for our power woes will go the same way as the mega dams, which Jawaharlal Nehru had touted as “temples of development”. These projects provided electricity and irrigated millions of hectares but also displaced millions of people


Flying start to Ajit Singh NEW DELHI: RLD leader Ajit Singh was on Sunday inducted into the Union Cabinet and given charge of the civil aviation ministry, days after his party joined the ruling UPA ahead of upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh. In the fourth expansion of the council of ministers, the Jat leader from western Uttar Pradesh was the only one to take oath at a brief ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Son of former prime minister Charan Singh, Ajit Singh, 72, is a six-time member of the Lok

Sabha and represents the family bastion Baghpat. His RLD wields considerable influence in western Uttar Pradesh. Ajit Singh's induction came barely a week after his party formally joined the UPA in a move that is expected to strengthen their electoral prospects in agriculturally rich western Uttar Pradesh. The RLD has five MPs in the Lok Sabha. With the RLD, the UPA's strength in the 545-strong lower house goes up from 272 to 277.

After taking oath, Ajit Singh struck an upbeat note, saying the RLD-Congress alliance will provide a "clear-cut alternative" to the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh. "People are fed up with the Mayawati government but there was no clear-cut alternative. The alliance provides the people a clear-cut alternative," he told reporters. He added that the Uttar Pradesh outcome will have a national impact. The Congress admitted the RLD into the ruling alliance to

improve their combined prospects in the coming UP polls where the other three major actors will be BSP, SP and the BJP. An alumnus of the IIT, Kharagpur, and Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ajit Singh was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1986. Ajit Singh has in the past forayed from the Lok Dal, founded by his late father, to Congress. He has also allied with the BJP and Samajwadi Party. The RLD contested the 2009 Lok Sabha battle in alliance with the BJP.

Whose power is it anyway? and drowned vast stretches of pristine forests. Till Fukushima, Japan was the poster boy for champions of “safe, fail-proof” nuclear power and the tsunami nailed all the well-crafted and well-publicised lies. It has come to a point where even breast milk in the nearby precincts have been found contaminated by radiation. If somebody wants to establish a firecracker factory next to your house won’t you want it shifted to some uninhabited area? Won’t you be worried for the safety of your family and that of the neighbourhood even if the top rocket scientist comes and tells you about its safeguards? In a country where operations and safety features of all nuclear facilities are ‘classified’ and details opaque due to ‘national security’ concerns, it is only natural that the threatened population is up in

arms. Visuals of tribal folk near the Jaduguda uranium mines suffer-

ing from unknown diseases, congenital defects in newborns, sterility in young adults, and lung

disease in mine workers, from Anand Patwardhan’s War and Peace (the filmmaker had to go all the way to the Supreme Court to get the censors’ cuts quashed) are enough to make anyone have second thoughts about ‘safe’ nuclear power production. The prime minister’s soft voiced yet razor sharp concluding observation that Kudankulam protests were “overdone” smacks of arrogance and makes a mockery of the idea of democracy. Not surprising for a head of the government who is used to being dictated by a higher power. When the whole world is phasing out nuclear power and replacing it with greener and sustainable technologies, it’s sad that our government is going for it — a policy with single-minded focus of burgeoning the wallets of private players at the cost of health and safety of public.



India unveiled

Cabinet nod to food Bill after Sonia prod NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Sunday approved the draft of the path-breaking National Food Security Bill which seeks to provide subsidised foodgrains to over half of India's 1.2 billion population. The Bill is likely to be presented to Parliament in the next few days and would be referred to the parliamentary standing committee, informed sources said. The bill is the pet project of Congress president Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council. It was a part of the Congress manifesto for the 2009 general elections and seeks to combat widespread hunger in the country. Sources said Sonia had to push the legislation after UPA allies, including agriculture minister Sharad Pawar and renewable energy minister Farooq Abdullah, expressed reservations on the bill during a Cabinet meeting on December 13. They were now all on board, said the sources. They hinted that Thomas was brought in to head the food ministry in place of Pawar in the June 2011 Cabinet reshuffle to push the legislation.



n 75 per cent of rural population and

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50 per cent of urban households to get 7 kg foodgrains per person at `3 per kg for rice, `2 per kg for wheat and Rs1 per kg for coarse grains. n The general category will be provided at least 3kg of foodgrains per person per month at half the minimum selling price. n Rations or cooked meals to children under 14 years of age, destitutes, including women and marginalised persons.

Anna: PM is honest but remote-controlled Prime Minister CHENNAI: Manmohan Singh is an honest man but is "remote controlled", activist Anna Hazare said on Sunday, urging people to start filling the jails from January 1 in support of a strong Lokpal bill. Addressing about 10,000 mainly middle-class crowd at a college ground here, Hazare drew repeated applause as he asked the youth to take the lead in the war on corruption. "From January 1, all jails in the country should be filled," he said, and jocularly added: "You get breakfast and lunch there also!" In later comments to the media in the same premises that drew a lot of applause, he said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Deafening silence


azare, visiting the state for the first time since starting an anti-corruption campaign in April, made no reference to Tamil Nadu politicians who are in the thick of corruption charges

subsidy, currently at Rs63,000 crore, may go up to Rs1.2 lakh crore n Against the current procurement levels of 54 millions tonnes, the requirement may go up to 62 million tonnes. This would also mean additional costs to expand storage facilities. n Bill provides for cost-sharing to pacify the States, which will implement the law.

Lokpal may get green signal in today’s meet NEW DELHI: The Union cabinet is expected to meet today evening to consider the muchawaited Lokpal Bill that is likely to bring the prime minister as well as Group C government employees in its purview with some conditions. Informed sources said the amended Bill is likely to be brought to the Lok Sabha on Tuesday and the government will make an effort to pass the legislation in the Winter Session that concludes on Thursday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday held consultations with finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, home minister P Chidambaram, law minister Salman Khurshid and minister of state for personnel V Narayanasamy — who had fine tuned the bill. Sources said the prime minister is expected to scrutinse the Bill before it is placed for cabinet approval. Sources said the government is expected to agree to demand of Team Anna and the Opposition for inclusion of prime minister in the Lokpal but with some riders. They said there may not be blanket inclusion of Group C employees and the process is

expected to be guided by proper procedures. The Citizen's Charter is likely to have an "organic link" to the Lokpal, they added. The sources said the government does not appear keen to place the CBI under the Lokpal. "There has to be synergy between various institutions of government," a cabinet minister said. The government, however, is mulling an independent "directorate of prosecution", carving it out from the CBI. The legislation may also provide for 50 per cent reservation to Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), minorities and women. IANS


"From January 1, all jails in the country should be filled. You get breakfast and lunch there also!" was a "good" and "honest" man but was "remote controlled". He did not say by whom. Hazare spoke for the first five minutes in Hindi. But when the crowds became restive, organisers first translated what he had already spoken and then provided a line-by-line translation in Tamil. "I know that there is no Lokayukta in Tamil Nadu," he said. However, he urged the youth to get married and have a small family and not follow his example of being a bachelor. "It is not easy to lead a life like mine. One has to be ready to tolerate insults," he said. IANS


Hema Malini, centre, performs Bharatnatyam along with her daughters Esha Deol, right, and Ahana Deol at the Goonj festival in Silli, near Ranchi on Sunday. PIC: PTI

Around the World


Beyond Borders

10 dead and 441 wounded as Egypt clashes continue T roops and protesters are clashing for the third straight day in Cairo, pelting each other with rocks in skirmishes near parliament in the heart of the Egyptian capital. At least 10 protesters have been killed and 441 wounded in the three days of violence which began when one of several hundred peaceful protesters staging a sit-in outside the cabinet offices was detained and beaten by troops. The protesters are demanding that the nation’s ruling military immediately step down. Sunday’s clashes took place as unofficial results from a second round of voting in parliamentary elections showed the continued dominance of Islamist parties at the polls. The third and final round of voting is slated for next month. On Saturday, troops pulled women across the pavement by their hair, knocking off their headscarves. Young activists

Egyptian protesters throw stones during clashes with riot police in central Cairo AFP were kicked in the head until they lay motionless in Tahrir Square, Cairo. Unfazed by TV cameras catching every move, Egypt’s military took a dramatically heavier hand to crush protests against its rule. The most sustained crackdown yet is possibly a sign that the generals who took power

after Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February are confident that the Egyptian public is on its side after two rounds of parliamentary elections, and that Islamist parties winning the vote will stay out of the fight while prodemocracy protesters become more isolated. Still, the generals risk turning more Egyptians against them,

especially from outrage over the abuse of women. Photos and video posted online showed troops pulling up the shirt of one woman protester in a conservative headscarf, leaving her halfnaked as they dragged her in the street. “Do they think this is manly?” Toqa Nosseir, a 19-yearold student, said of the attacks on women. “Where is the dignity? No one can approve or accept what is happening here,” she said. “The military council wants to silence all criticism. They want to hold on power .I will not accept this humiliation just for the sake of stability.” Nearby in Tahrir, protesters held up newspapers with the image of the half-stripped woman on the front page to passing cars, shouting sarcastically: “This is the army that is protecting us.” “Are you not ashamed?” leading reform figure and Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei posted on Twitter.

50 missing after Russia oil rig capsizes off Sakhalin


t least four people have died and about 50 are missing after an oil drilling rig sank in freezing seas in the Russian far east. The Kolskaya rig was being towed some 200km (125 miles) off Sakhalin island when it capsized in a fierce storm. Fourteen people have been rescued alive but it is feared the rig overturned before the rest of the 67 people on board could escape on to life rafts.Rescue efforts have been hampered by poor weather conditions. Helicopters and a plane helped scour the area amid high winds and waves of up

An undated picture released by Arktimor Neftegaz Razvedka shows the Kolskaya oil rig. which overturned AFP

to 12ft (4m) but the search was halted as night fell. “According to reports from the scene of the rescue operation, the Kolskaya platform has sunk completely,” the regional head of the emergencies ministry, Taimuraz Kasayev, told a news briefing. The accident took place in temperatures of -17C at around 14:00 local time (0200 GMT) in the Sea of Okhotsk. This happened as the rig was being towed from the eastern peninsula of Kamchatka to Sakhalin by an icebreaker and a tug. An investigation has been launched to decide on any violation of safety regulations.

Post-storm, Philippines faces mass burials


mass burial has been organised in the Philippines for scores of people killed by flash floods on the southern island of Mindanao. Health officials in the city of Iligan say unclaimed bodies are being buried after being marked for possible future identification. Coastal communities were devastated early on Saturday in flash floods triggered by a tropical storm. More than 650 people were killed and another 800 people are still missing. Damaged roads are hampering efforts to reach survivors in remote villages. Officials in Iligan said they were preparing to bury unclaimed bodies in a mass

Residents work next to destroyed houses at a village in Cagayan de Oro City on the southern island of Mindanao AFP grave as early as Monday because of their advanced state of decomposition.

The ports of Iligan and nearby Cagayan de Oro bore the brunt of the flooding. Health

officer Liddy Villarin said the body bags would be marked for possible exhumation. “We will put markings on the cadaver bags which will give the physical features of each body before they put them in the mass grave,” she said. Disaster management chief Benito Ramos said funeral parlours had been overwhelmed by the catastrophe. Speaking to AFP news agency: “I’m out here retrieving bodies that are starting to rise to the surface.” The Philippine Red Cross said its staff had confirmed 652 people dead and another 808 were listed as missing.


GLOBE AT A GLANCE EU TO ASK BRITAIN FOR 30.9-BILLION RESCUE BOOST LONDON: European Union ministers will ask Britain to contribute 30.9 billion euros towards an International Monetary Fund (IMF) package which is aimed at rescuing the single currency, the Daily Telegraph reported on Monday. Britain will be asked for the cash injection, equivalent to $40.3 billion, when European finance ministers hold talks over the 200-billioneuro fund later Monday, an EU official told the Telegraph.

ZARDARI RETURNS TO PAKISTAN FROM DUBAI ISLAMABAD: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in the port city of Karachi late on Sunday night having spent two weeks in Dubai for medical treatment, Geo News reported. He will resume his political activities from today, the report added. The president, who was accompanied by his daughter Asifa, arrived in a special plane that landed at PAF base Masror.

People light candles in tribute to late former Czech president Havel. AFP

NO OBJECTION IF TALIBAN OPENS OFFICE: MINISTER KABUL: Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister Zalmai Rasoul has said the government will not object to the Taliban opening an office in the country or abroad for conducting negotiations on bringing peace to the country. “Our priority is that such an office should be inside Afghanistan or in another Islamic country preferably Saudi Arabia or Turkey,” Rasoul told reporters here on Sunday.

NEW YORK WOMAN SET ALIGHT IN HER LIFT NEW YORK: New York police have arrested a man for murder and arson after he allegedly doused a woman with fuel and set her alight in the lift at her flats. CCTV images captured a man entering the lift, wearing surgical gloves, a protective mask on the top of his head and spraying an accelerant over her. Police said Jerome Isaac had surrendered and implicated himself in the attack.

People gather together on the first anniversary of the popular Tunisian AFP uprising



Behind the news

Son and heir

Kim Jong-il dies; world holds it breath

Jung Ha-Won

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died aged 69 of a heart attack, state media announced Monday, plunging the impoverished but nucleararmed nation into uncertainty amid a second dynastic succession. The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the leader "passed away from a great mental and physical strain" at 23.30 GMT Friday, while on a train for one of his "field guidance" tours. It urged people to follow his youngest son and heir apparent

Japan on alert TOKYO: Japan called an emergency security meeting Monday to formulate its reaction to news of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il. Minutes after the noon broadcast by Pyongyang's official media, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda cancelled a speech and rushed back to his office where he held a meeting of senior ministers. He said he had ordered Tokyo officials to beef up intelligence gathering on North Korea, to work closely with the United States, China and South Korea, and to prepare for further unexpected developments.

Kim Jong-un, who is aged in his late 20s and until last year had no public profile. "All party members, military men and the public should faithfully follow the leadership of comrade Kim Jong-un and protect and further strengthen the unified front of the party, military and the public," said the news agency and a weeping black-clad TV announcer. KCNA said Kim died of a "severe myocardial infarction along with a heart attack". It said an autopsy was performed Sunday. The leader suffered a stroke in August 2008 which left him with impaired movement in his left arm and leg. His funeral will be held on

S KOREA SHARES TUMBLE SEOUL: South Korean shares tumbled 4.87 per cent soon after the announcement that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il had died. The benchmark KOSPI fell 89.36 points to 1,750.60 minutes after the news before edging back up slightly.

The President [Obama] has been notified and we are in close touch with our allies in South Korea and Japan White House spokesman Jay Carney


December 28 in Pyongyang but no foreign delegations will be invited, KCNA said. A period of national mourning was declared from December 17 to 29. South Korea placed all troops on emergency alert after the shock news, the South's Yonhap news agency reported. It summoned a meeting of the National Security Council and President Lee Myung-Bak cancelled all his schedules. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said it had increased monitoring along the border along with US forces in the country but no unusual activity had been observed. KCNA, quoting a statement from the national funeral committee headed by Jong-un, said Kim Jong-il’s body would lie in state in Kumsusan palace where his father's embalmed body is on display. It said mourners would be allowed to visit the body from December 20 to 27.


he young man tipped to be North Korea's next leader and propel the Kim dynasty into a third generation is even more of an enigma than his mercurial father Kim Jong-Il, who has died at the age of 69. North Korean state media on Monday urged people to follow Kim's youngest son and heir apparent Kim Jong-Unn (above), aged in his late 20s, after announcing that his father had died on Saturday, plunging the country into confusion. Kim Jong-Un's life is shrouded in mystery, but in recent years he has been pushed to the forefront as his father apparently speeded up plans for a second dynastic succession after suffering a stroke in August 2008. In a memoir, Kenji Fujimoto, a former Japanese sushi chef for Kim Jong-Il, described the Swisseducated Jong-Un as a "chip off the old block, a spitting image of his father in terms of face, body shape and personality".

Playboy and delusional tyrant Simon Martin

SEOUL: Belying his caricature image as an eccentric playboy, Kim Jong-Il was a politically skilled and ruthless ruler who kept North Korea's brutal regime in place despite famine and economic decline. Kim, who died on Saturday of a heart attack aged 69, perpetuated his power using propaganda, prison camps, an all-pervading personality cult inherited from his father and a massive army. He defied widespread predictions of regime collapse as the communist state's command economy wilted under its own contradictions and Soviet aid dried up in the early 1990s. In the mid- to late-1990s Kim presided over a famine that by some estimates killed one million — but he still found resources to continue a nuclear weapons programme culminating in tests in October 2006 and May 2009. Severe food shortages contin-

ue. The UN children's fund estimates one-third of children are stunted by malnutrition. The regime faces increasing pressure from sanctions over its nuclear and missile programmes and the parlous state of the economy. But the late leader's state of health accelerated a perilous succession. Kim suffered a stroke in August 2008. Some reports say he also suffered from kidney failure which required dialysis, diabetes and high blood pressure. More worryingly, analysts said his decision-making had become increasingly erratic — because of the stroke's after-effects, or because he was trying to bolster the credentials of his youngest son Jong-Un as eventual successor. Kim Jong-Il inherited power from his father Kim Il-Sung, the 100th anniversary of whose birth comes next year in another flashpoint date that has US and South Korean analysts watching on ner-

vously. According to hagiographic official accounts, Kim Jong-Il was born on February 16, 1942 at

Mount Paekdu, a sacred site to Koreans. Independent experts say his birthplace was actually a guerrilla camp in Russia, from where his father was fighting Japanese forces who had colonised the Korean peninsula.Some put his birth year as 1941. After graduating in 1964 from university, Kim began his climb through the ranks of the ruling Workers' Party. He was officially designated successor in 1980 but did not formally take power until three years after the 1994 death of his father. Visitors or escapees portrayed Kim as a cognac-guzzling playboy, with an appetite for foreign films, fine dining and women. He was said to have a collection of 20,000 Hollywood movies, and engineered the kidnap in 1978 of a South Korean film director and his girlfriend. But the playboy image obscured his dark past.

Wacky World


Fun and frolic in a flat world


Hotel builds huge edible X’mas cake


he hut, at the five-star Four Points hotel in the eastern province of Lianyungang, features host edible festive decorations including stockings, reindeer and Santa Claus figures. Hotel staff estimated that the structure cost 30,000 Yuan (£3,000) to create, using 250kg of flour, 300 bottles of honey, 50kg of sugar and a large amount of cream and chocolate. A spokesperson commented: “It took more than 30 staff 20 days.” The Chinese hotel is not the only one which has been creative with its festive decorations this year. The Kahler Grand Hotel in Rochester, Minnesota, recently unveiled a giant gingerbread house in its lobby in a bid to provide

Christmas cheer to its guests. According to reports the house is 16 foot high and contains more than 4,000lb of edible gingerbread.Another US hotel, the Harbor Beach Marriott Fort Lauderdale, Florida, bypassed gingerbread in favour of chocolate for its own festive scene. The wintry work of art, which features snowmen and Christmas trees, was made out of more than 600lb of chocolate.

Now it’s ‘Digital Art’, artist uses iPad to create portraits L ong-gone are the days when painting was strictly done with specialised tools, like brushes, on canvases. Nowadays artists use anything from remotecontrolled toy cars to Molotov cocktails to express their talents. So it should come to know surprise Kyle Lambert uses just one finger and the Apple iPad to create detailed celebrity portraits. Kyle Lambert is a young English artist who specialises in portraits rendered using an iPad tablet and an $8 app, called Brushes. He only uses one finger as the brush, but judging by the detailed outcome, you’d think he has a whole set of professional tools and paints. Lambert starts out by sketching the basic facial proportions, drawing simple lines where

the mouth, nose and eyes should be, making sure he gets the shape of the sitter’s head just right. It looks like the kind of sketch even I could do, but he says it’s the

most important part of making a portrait, because it serves as the framework for the entire piece After the initial sketch, he moves on to sketching the facial features, making sure he achieves a satisfying likeliness to the sitter, because modifications to the face will be difficult to make after this point. Then he adds tone to his sketch using the black paintbrush tool with various levels of opacity, before introducing highlights to the face, using the white paintbrush. Colours are added only in the final stages of the process, and blend with the black and white underneath. It’s amazing the level of detail he can achieve, starting from scratch, but it’s also proof of how far technology has come in recent years.


Obedience classes for kittens

n Australian vet is offering one-to-one obedience classes for cats. Nicole Hoskin claims she can train kittens to sit, stay and fetch. One of her most challenging students so far has been a 10week-old hearing-impaired kitten called Buzz. The youngster needs to learn hand commands because he is unlikely to ever respond to vocal commands. Dr Hoskin said: “He’s been

dumped and is going to be harder to re-home so I’ve had to teach him to pay attention to me. “Already he's sitting on command and high-fiving with one paw and he can high-10 with both paws over his head.” Originally, Dr Hoskin offered a service similar to puppy obedience classes but the project failed."If you get more than one cat in a room, the claws come out,” she said.

Croatian man creates his own ‘bright Christmas story’ Z latko Salaj, a 67-year-old Croatian, has created a Christmas Story for himself. Not a story to tell, but one to show the world. His Christmas Story is actually his home, which he decks up in lights and colours every year around the holidays. The former telecommunications engineer owns a country estate in Grabovinca, located in central Croatia. The entire estate is decorated at this time of year. Thousands of visitors come by to view the spectacle created by Salaj and his family. When he started this practice in 2002, Salaj

had a modest 70,000 light bulbs that were put up on all the shrubs and trees across his 17-acre estate. When people asked him how many he would put up the next year, his reply was a 100,000. In this way, the lights and decorations kept growing in number. This year, the number has upped to 1.2 million Christmas lights. Not just ordinary ones, he has lights shaped like Santa Claus and reindeer. The festive spirit of his decorations is contagious and attracts children and adults alike from all

over the region. Salaj says that he was not always able to afford such extravagances. In fact, when he was a child, his family was poor. As a grown up, he spent many years working abroad, in the Middle East and Africa. When he returned home, he felt the need for such a project and began to work on the Christmas Story Preparing for the event starts three months prior to Christmas, and it takes them an equal amount of time to dismantle everything.

Playing Field


The games people play

Silva puts City on top D

avid Silva sent Manchester City back to the top of the Barclays Premier League with the only goal in a 1-0 win over Arsenal. The Spaniard slid in his sixth goal of the season after 53 minutes at the Etihad Stadium to finally give City reward for some brilliant attacking play. Yet Arsenal, although perhaps lucky not to have Alex Song sent off, threatened on a number of occasions and Joe Hart saved well from Thomas Vermaelen late on. Gervinho had Arsenal’s first serious opportunity but Hart saved well. Mario Balotelli almost gave City the lead with an opportunistic acrobatic shot but Wojciech Szczesny reacted quickly. City caught Arsenal on the counter-attack to take the lead seven minutes after the

restart. Samir Nasri found Balotelli in space down the left and the Italian charged forward to cut inside and shoot. Szczesny parried but Sergio Aguero reacted quickly to head across goal for Silva to slide in and score. It was a lead which was almost wiped out within a minute as Theo Walcott forced Hart to tip over from 18 yards. Robin van Persie thought he had equalised when he deftly chipped Hart three minutes later but the flag was raised for offside and Pablo Zabaleta almost made it 2-0 when he seized on a poor pass from Laurent Koscielny but drove against the post with Szczesny beaten. Arsenal pressed until the end with Vermaelen forcing Hart to make a brilliant save with a well-struck shot following a short free-kick. ES




Manchester City’s David Silva (R) celebrates with Sergio Aguero after scoring the opening goal in their match against Arsenal.

iverpool boss Kenny Dalglish celebrated his first league win as a manager at Villa Park as goals from Craig Bellamy and Martin Skrtel ensured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Alex McLeish’s side. Bellamy and Skrtel struck inside the first 15 minutes to seal the Reds’ fifth away win in the Barclays Premier League this season. But the star of the show was striker Luis Suarez who tormented the Aston Villa defence and was twice denied by the woodwork. Former Villa winger Stewart Downing was booed by the home fans after his £20million summer move but he and Bellamy caused problems down both flanks.


Rooney, Carrick shine in Man U win

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (L) heads the ball past Queens Park Rangers’ Luke Young (2n L) to score the opening goal during their Premiership match at Loftus AFP Road in London on Sunday.


anchester United threw down the gauntlet to Manchester City by reclaiming top spot in the Barclays Premier League with a comfortable 2-0 win at QPR. Wayne Rooney scored his

15th goal of the season after just 52 seconds and the champions missed a succession of chances before Michael Carrick’s first top-flight goal for almost two years all but sealed the points. United could easily have


scored six against a QPR side who twice went close themselves through Heidar Helguson and also saw substitute DJ Campbell miss the easiest of volleys. It took the visitors 52 seconds to strike. Rooney nod-

ded the ball out to Antonio Valencia before bursting into the box and stooping to head home the winger’s cross. Only a block from Danny Gabbidon prevented Danny Welbeck making it 2-0 minutes later, while Welbeck was wrongly flagged offside after steering in what he thought was United’s second goal before Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Valencia all ought to have scored in the space of three minutes just before the half-hour. QPR almost made United pay for their wastefulness when David De Gea saved Helguson’s low strike with his leg, while Jay Bothroyd was close with a skidding shot from 20 yards. The away side held their one-goal lead through to the interval, and United continued to look more likely to score the game’s second goal after the break. In the 56th minute Joey Barton gifted the ball to Carrick, who was allowed to carry it 30 yards before drilling beyond Radek Cerny. ES



etr Cech has admitted he should have stopped Wigan’s equaliser in Chelsea’s costly 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium. The Blues were headed for victory in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game before Cech fumbled Hugo Rodallega’s 88thminute shot, allowing Jordi Gomez to snatch a share of the spoils. The draw saw Chelsea fail to follow up Monday night’s vital win over Manchester City with another three points. Goalkeeper Cech told his official website, “At the moment of the shot I didn’t see the ball at all.” He added: “One of my team-mates ran across my viewpoint, I lost the ball from my view and it bounced off me.”

NARROW WIN FOR SPURS Tottenham moved in to third place in the Barclays Premier League after returning to winning ways with a narrow 1-0 victory over Sunderland at White Hart Lane. Harry Redknapp’s men failed to test Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood in a dull first half, but they sprung to life on the hour and took the lead through substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko’s fierce drive. Sunderland would have taken something from the game had it not been for Spurs stopper Brad Friedel, who saved well from Sebastian Larsson and Kieran Richardson while Luka Modric missed a gilt-edged chance to make it 2-0 at the other end, blazing over an open goal deep inside the second period.

Playing Field


The games people play

CANBERRA: Fresh spell of rain forced players indoors after the visiting Indians had reached 51/1 from 16 overs on the first day of their three-day practice match against Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI on Monday. The Indians lost Virender Sehwag (12) after the opener guided Peter George into gully wherein Alex Doolan picked up a smart low catch. Gautam Gambhir (24) and Ajinkya Rahane (15) held firm at the two ends though the former has more than one moment of discomfort against a decent home attack of Doug Bollinger and George. Gambhir played and missed quite a few times and once was even rapped painfully on his fingers by fast bowler Jason Behrendorff which needed treatment from the dressing room. It is India’s last practice game before the opening Test against Australia from December 26 and was scheduled to start 1100 hrs (local time) but a soggy outfield following overnight rain delayed the proceedings until after the lunch.




Indians 52/1 (17.0) against CA Chairman Indians won the toss and elected to bat Match stopped - Rain Played at Manuka Oval, Canberra India first innings G Gambir not out 24 V Sehwag c Doolan b George 12 AM Rahane not out 15 Total (1 wicket) 52 Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Sehwag) Bowling DE Bollinger: 4-1-14-0 PR George: 7-1-28-1 JP Behrendorff: 5-1-8-0 JK Lalor: 1-0-1-0

A player in action in the ADP India cricket tournament final.

Viru out, rain in

KYPTONITES WIN ADP TOURNEY HYDERABAD: Kyptonites beat Hawks by 63 runs in the final of the ADP India’s Cricket Tournament. The five-week tourney started off on 19th November 2011 at St Johns Cricket Academy, Hyderabad. The fourth edition of the event comprised 67 matches in which 74 teams participated.

IBS Hyderabad are Aaveg 2.0 champs BS Hyderabad became champions at Aaveg 2.0, sports meet of business schools, held on the IBS


Hyderabad campus. IBS Mumbai stood runners-up. On Sunday, IBS Hyderabad swept both finals in the men’s

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Tennis IBS Hyderabad defeated NICMAR Volleyball IBS Hyderabad defeated IBS Bangalore (3 straight sets). Football IBS Hyderabad defeated Manage (8-0). Basketball (men) IBS Hyderabad defeated IBS Mumbai (49-25). Basketball (women) IBS Hyderabad defeated IBS Mumbai. Squash ISB defeated IBS Hyderabad. Badminton (women) IBS Mumbai defeated IBS Hyderabad. Badminton (men) IBS Hyderabad defeated IBS Mumbai (3-2). Throwball IBS Hyderabad defeated IBS Mumbai (11-6, 11-2, 7-0). Table tennis (women) IBS Hyderabad defeated IBS Mumbai. Table tennis (men) IBS Hyderabad defeated ISB (3 straight sets). Counter strike IBS Hyderabad defeated IIPM (25-5).

WILLSTROP TRIUMPHS, TO BE NEW WORLD NO 1 NEW DELHI: England’s James Willstrop defeated long-time rival Gregory Gaultier of France to win his maiden Punj Lloyd PSA Squash Masters here Sunday after a final that saw a marathon first set and the runner-up retiring in the fourth set. Willstrop was leading 19-21, 11-8, 11-4, 6-1 when Gaultier complained of pain in his left leg and eventually decided against playing. The triumph here rounded-off a great year for the Englishman, who ended the season with three back-to-back titles and will become the World No.1 for the first time in his career when the new rankings come out in January.

PATRIOTS PUT A HALT TO TEBOW TRAIN LOS ANGELES: Quarterback Tom Brady’s Patriots rallied to score 27 unanswered points as New England defeated the Denver Broncos 41-23 to clinch a post-season berth. New England captured their ninth AFC East title in the past 11 years and snapped the Broncos’ superb win streak of six straight games. Brady completed 23 of 34 passes for 320 yards with two touchdown passes to help the Patriots rebound from a 17-6 deficit early on. Brady also ran for a touchdown. “We knew it was going to a 60-minute game,” Brady said. “I thought we played well for 60 minutes for the first time this season.”



Fair, free and forthright

Editorials It’s gonna be a hot Arab Summer


n the last one year, several dictators of West Asia founds themselves disgraced and deposed and in some cases, executed. These giants fell to the combined onslaught of public resentment, effectively spread by social networking sites, and liberal support from Western countries. The Arab Spring, as it came to be popularly known, removed the dictators but left a power vacuum in a region with little credible alternatives to replace the fallen despots. Egypt, where the popular protests combined with military support forced Mubarak to abdicate, is bleeding again with Islamists on the verge of grabbing power and angry youths battling it out with riot police and the Army in the streets. One bitter lesson that keeps repeating in the history of mankind is that when an established structure is demolished without a credible substitute only chaos and suffering will follow. We can only hope the shoots of Arab Spring don’t wither in the political heat.

WHY WE LOVE... Václav Havel


n Disturbing the Peace, Václav Havel wrote: “There's always something suspect about an intellectual on the winning side”, and to many of his countrymen, Havel’s rise to the Czechoslovakian presidency reeked of suspicion. Havel was a better dissident than a president. And though he presided over the breakup of his country, his heart always rang true. In politics, he was a man out of his element, but no one could ever fault his spirit and courage.

Working women The article Supermums face HR Kryptonite has brought out an issue, which is deliberately ignored by most employers. Working mothers, from top executives to corporation sweepers, are at the receiving end of flawed policies, which show little sensitivity to their demanding schedules. An HR executive’s take on the need to establish good rapport to avail special benefits smacks of arrogance. The company policy-makers must understand that these concessions are not charity handouts but essential measures to keep the employees motivated and ensuring quality output. Kudos to Postnoon for the candid story. – Taran Reddy


Is State’s silence a weakness or virtue? Out of the 113 SEZs, barely 30 are functional in the State Money talks A Saye Sekhar


xcept for signing a $150-million deal on November 26 with Cals Refineries Ltd, whose shares are trading at a petty 25 paise per scrip on the Bombay Stock Exchange, Kuwait-based Al Qebla Al Watya is no Caltex or Shell to bear a popular label on itself. A search through for this name doesn’t throw the company website in the first page of results. And, the Kiran Kumar Reddy-led Congress Government in the State made a grandiose announcement of its signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with this firm for the establishment of a $2-billion oil refinery in Visakhapatnam as part of the Petro Chemical and Petroleum Industrial Region (PCPIR). The MoU was signed by the representatives of Al Qebla Al Watya with the officials of the State Government on December 15 in the presence of Kiran Kumar Reddy and his Cabinet colleagues Vatti Vasanatha Kumar, Erasu Prathap Reddy, Pasupuleti Balaraju and J Geeta Reddy. Next day, former Secretary to Government of India EAS Sarma wrote to the Government raising doubts about the credibility and popularity of the company. It’s not too long since the Government signed an MoU with Amerind Petroleum Private Ltd for the setting up of a refinery near Visakhapatnam at an estimated cost of `12,000 crore. The environment groups under the aegis of Sarma cried foul over this deal too. The promoters ensured that they signed the agreement in the presence of the chief minister on November 17. Media too, cried hoarse on the possibility of realising the Amerind Petroleum refinery, as the promoters claimed that they would dismantle an existing

Caution on metro rail The Comment page column on Metro rail is a welcome reminder and a wake-up call for Hyderabadis. We have lost most of our lakes and green cover in the process of becoming an IT hub. While progress has created jobs, it has also destroyed elements that were inseparable from the real Hyderabad. If we rush through the Metro without scrutiny, we will end up destroying the building blocks that make this city one of the most preferred work destinations. – Humaira Ali

unit in Newark in New Jersey (USA) and cart it to India. The Government, on its part, remained tight lipped. How should the silence be understood? Is it weakness or virtue? As if to recall the age-old adage that history repeats itself, several such memoranda of understanding were signed in its initial euphoria during the regime of YS Rajasekhara Reddy. The Fab City MoU under the auspices of Jun Min, considered guru in the semi-conductor industry, his representative Vinod Agarwal of SemIndia, remained a blot on the industrial character of the State. The Government eventually seized the 1,200 acres given to SemIndia in a phased manner. The list of projects that remained nonstarters elongated with the Odyssey Science City in Anantapur district with an investment of $25 billion in a whopping 65,000 acres, the $1.60-billion Nizampatnam port development by Skoda Export, the upstart Special Economic Zones (SEZ), Brahmani Steels (`20,000-crore investment, spread in 10,700 acres in Kadapa district), VadarevuNizampatnam Port and Industrial Corridor (VANPIC) with an estimated `2,500-crore ini-

TALK BACK Alcoholism worrisome The opinion piece on alcoholism in India is a well-balanced article. It feels good when someone approaches the subject with objectivity and refuses to sing the regular moralist tune on alcoholism. Mindless bans are not only ineffective but also tend to drive people to dangerous hooch and help smugglers. An open-minded approach, which places importance on awareness rather than judgmental views, will be more effective in controlling alcoholism. State governments should learn from their mistakes while framing their policies. – Anirudh Krishna

tial investment in more than 10,000 acres, promises made at partnerships summits in the last one decade are fresh in the minds of people. The State signed an MoU with Springfield Land Corporation and Macquarie Bank from Australia and Singapore's Juron International Group and Semb Corp Industries for the Odyssey Science City. Nothing came out of it, and the State’s credibility took a drubbing. A few hotels benefitted through hospitality charges and liveries cost, though. Out of the 113 SEZs, barely 30 are functional in the State. Struck by a brainwave, Kiran Kumar Reddy announced that he cleared proposals for 30 industrial units `25,000 crore on a single day, barely within six months of assuming office as the chief minister. This grandiose announcement came on February 11 this year. What lays bare the shallowness of all these tall claims is the fact that existing industries are reeling under six-to-eight-hour power cuts a day. Some industries had to plead with the State Government for lifting of ‘power holidays’. Who is the government trying to fool?

Don’t taunt the cops It is wrong to pick up rows with cops when they advise, or warn us to ensure our safety. Walking on railway tracks with earphones plugged in one’s ears is indeed a sure means of inviting danger. It is unclear whether the death of the boy who was walking on the tracks was an accident or suicide. But warnings like the ones issued by the Hyderabad city traffic police on Facebook should be taken in the proper way. There’s no point in ruing something of which one was clearly warned. Forewarned – Venkatesh Bharadwaj is forearmed.

Child labour shameful

It is sad and shameful that for all the development and progress we boast of, we are still tolerating or encouraging child labour. When officials file reports of ‘zero cases’ it sounds incredibly stupid as there is not one district in the state that does not have children working in eateries or as domestic helps. We are also equally responsible for the plight of these children as we have no qualms in going to such places or employing child labourers. The public should take an active role and ensure that officials perform their duties diligently. – Venkatesh Bharadwaj



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rose, and the northeastern growing region is producing ever more of it, according to Thierry Gasco, cellar master at Pommery. “More and more wine lovers, including men, have accepted rose in its own right,” said Gasco. For 26 years Francois Domi has run the cellars at BillecartSalmon, a 19th-century champagne producer which sells 1.5 to two million bottles, 60 percent of them exported, and whose rose has secured a global reputation. On a tour of the house cellars in Mareuil-sur-Ay, Domi explained why in his view rose champagne has an advan-

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EPERNAY: Do you take your champagne brut or rose? Around the world the French sparkling wine is still the ultimate festive drink, but these days it often comes in shades of golden pink to pomegranate. First seen as a quirky variation on classic white bubbly — even dismissed as a “woman’s drink” — rose champagne has grown into far more than a fad, with a market share that has been rising steadily for 10 years. All of France’s top champagne houses have started offering








Living the dream tage over white: “It adds colour to the table — and it softens the image of champagne, it makes it more genial.” Rose accounts for less than a third of production at BillecartSalmon, made from the three main grapes of the champagne region: chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. Wine producers are banned by European Union law from mixing red and white wines to produce rose, which has to be made by the traditional method of leaving crushed red grape skins to soak with their juice. Champagne is the exception:

here rose is made by mixing in red wine, less than 10 percent in the case of Billecart-Salmon. Domi doses the red wine until he achieves just the right colour and aroma, nothing too tannic, the aim being a champagne with a slight hint of dried fruit and strawberry. — ‘Getting more fruit from the grape’ — A handful of champenois winegrowers — a tiny minority — choose to make their rose by steeping grape skins in juice, known as the “saignee” method from the French word for bleeding.









Serving sparkling wine


Remove the foil covering the cork, and untwist the bottom of the wire cage; remove the cage, keeping one hand over the cork


With one hand, grasp the cork; you can use a towel or oven mitt to cushion your hand; with the other hand, grasp the base of the bottle


The result, says Domi, is a wine with “more power, where the aromas are more pronounced, more striking.” Billecart-Salmon, whose rose champagne is seen by sommeliers as one of the best, prefers to put the accent on “subtlety, delicacy” — but the bleeding method has its fervent advocates. One of them is Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy, whose nearby vineyard produces 120,000 bottles per year, 20 percent of them rose, against a regional average of eight to 10 percent. “A ‘saignee’ rose, in terms of taste, is a world apart,” he said. Made 100-percent from pinot noir grape, his deep-coloured rose aims for something “scrumptious, explosive, with notes of red berry.” “When it’s young, a rose has to have punch,” said the 40something winegrower — who believes the bleeding method enables him to get “more of the fruit” from the grape. “What bothers me with blended roses is that many are — to the taste — near-identical to white champagnes. “And when you mix white with red, you never achieve perfect unity. The touch of tannic red lacks harmony with the white”. But he admits his method sometimes catches tasters off guard. “Either they love it, or they hate it — especially if they expect a rose that tastes either like white, or very light.” Recently Geoffroy started experimenting with a new type of rose altogether, with just 2,000 bottles produced so far. It is obtained by macerating light-skinned chardonnay and dark-skinned pinot noir grapes together, instead of macerating each grape separately then dosing the mix — the standard method for almost all champagne and wine production. “No one had tried it before,” Geoffroy smiled. The result? A floral, mineral wine with hints of exotic fruit.

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n a period in which the fashion fraternity found itself playing epic guessing games over the identity of the designer chosen to create the future Queen's wedding garb and who would be John Galliano's successor at Dior, it was the jumper, the lovely, straightforward jumper, that provided light relief. You know where you are with a jumper, you see. It's a garment everyone understands, one you pull over your head in the morning without stopping to think. Offering unlimited access to a new, laid-back way of dressing that requires no lengthy styling sessions in front of the bedroom mirror, the year's sweater revival began back in January — on January 22, to be precise. The nights were long, the days dark (perfect jumper weather), and Sarah Lund, stoic star of Danish drama The Killing, made her first appearance on our screens. A regular wearer of boxy Fair Isle jumpers in a host of shades and pallets, Lund, played by Sofie Gråbøl, became this year's most talked-about heroine and, as a result, the chief ambassador of this year's biggest knitwear trend. On the autumn/winter catwalks, with Lund at the forefront of designers' minds, the jumper was reborn. While in previous years jumpers and sweaters had received little attention from designers, who felt them too unremarkable to put into a ready-to-wear collection, this was a season in which knitwear, in both unfussy and experimental forms, came into its own. At Jil Sander, a simple yet beautifully made series of intar-

Among other, less earth-shattering events such as the painful demise of Europe's economy and a little publicised royal wedding, 2011 will be remembered as the year in which the jumper got its mojo back TREND SPOTTING

sia knit sweaters was the order of the season. At Céline, imagining the interiors of luxury cars, Phoebe Philo unveiled a geometric-print sweater inspired by the Seventies. Now, as we enter the festive period, a time in which jumpers in all shapes and forms have always been in favour, we turn to Christmas jumpers. The sort that Sarah Lund would be really proud of. No longer considered a novelty purchase, the Christmas jumper — be it detailed with reindeers or snowflakes — is a favourite with stylish Londoners. And this year, thanks to Lund and her followers, there are more jumpers around than ever before. Fair Isle knits remain a firm favourite with both men and women and are readily available on the high street. Gap, Banana Republic and Topshop have a vast selection of the style, which was named after the Scottish island on which the technique was developed, while more upmarket brands such as Moncler and Aubin & Wills also have substantial ranges. For those seeking something that screams Christmas, a sweater detailed with prancing reindeer and jolly teddy bears is a popular option. London-based illustration studio Lazy Oaf has a broad selection of sweaters bearing snowy motifs, while Stella McCartney's polar-bear knit is certain to go down well with fashion- forward Frozen Planet fans. Whatever your silly season sweater of choice, be sure to team your Christmas jumper with a low-key pair of jeans or tights, and remember: it's not just for Christmas. EVENING STANDARD





IIPM is among the best-known management colleges in the city. As students train to become corporate professionals, they also work towards developing a social consciousness. Shiba Minai talks to these IIPMians to find out more about what's in and what's not!

Students with a cause


he students of IIPM has taken upon themselves to support a cause. IIPM Hyderabad has a team called SACK — Students against corruption and kickbacks. The SACK team consists of 25 students and their faculty Syed Mohsin Ali, who strongly believe in the cause. These students divide themselves into multiple groups and give an hour-long presentation on the repercussions of corruption. They also give tips on how the student community (the future of the country) at their respective levels, can contribute to the eradication of corruption from our country. These IIPMians are sup-

Students Speak Coolest thing about the college

corporate professionals!

Some of the faculty is working professionals who teach part time. So their lecturers give them a lot to learn because they have hands-on exposure as management students. Students also love the flexibility and independence given to them. They also love the corporate culture and all of them already feel like

Fashion Trend of the college The students of this college are always ready to hit a conference or give a presentation in their business formals. There are some days when they are allowed to wear business casuals. Their dress code however, doesn't stop them from looking stylish, they add that zing to their attire — by using scarves, stoles and stylish ties.

Coolest hangouts on campus For a lot of them, the cafeteria in

What’s on Songs on your iPod today? Kolaveri Di seems to be a rage even with this college. Oh la la la from Dirty Picture and Thag le from Ricky Behl vs Ladies. Povai Povia from Dookudu.

the lower ground is the best place to hangout. They also have their special attachment with the college’s patio.

ambience and some of them admit that the cosy corners are good to cuddle up with their special ‘someone.’

Which is the coolest hangout outside the college?

What would the students want to change about the college?

Students of this college truly believe in studying hard and partying harder! These management students seem to be having quite a fine taste dining as most of them love Fusion 9. This college also has a large number of hookah lovers, who frequent Hitlers Den in Ashoka Metropolitan. Their favourite watering-hole seems to be Rain. They love the music and the

We wish we were allowed to let our hair down and wear casuals on most days. Also, any new initiative takes long to be approved as it has to be okayed by the central team in Delhi. These smart management students also have the solution. They think the local management should have more decision making ability!

portive of the Lokpal bill and have been advocating the same. They also have an active page on FB that is posted with activities and continues to create awareness. These students have visited more than 50 colleges in the city and have reached out to over 10,000 students. Some of the colleges they have been to are Sri Chaitanya Junior College, CBIT, St Ann’s, Badruka College of Commerce and Arts, VVIT, Vasavi Engineering College, Avanthi and Degree College located in all parts of the twin cities and many more in the outskirts of the city.

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SALMAN KHAN: He should be titled ‘Hit Khan’. If Bollywood’s knight in shining armour bailed the industry out in 2009 and 2010, he boosted the boxoffice business this year too, with Bodyguard and Ready. In both, neither the content was premium, nor were the performances superlative, but what helped the actor stand out were the big bucks his films yielded at the box-office, strengthening his position as a bankable star.



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AAMIR KHAN: What one missed in Salman Khan’s films was prominently present in Aamir Khan-starrer Dhobi Ghat. Aamir wowed his fans as a lonely painter in the directorial debut of his wife Kiran Rao, who deftly handled a bouquet of stories, travelling across various sections of society in the lanes and by-lanes of Mumbai. The actor had just one release, that too, consciously designed for niche audiences, but everyone eulogised it, saying, “Wow! What a performance! What an actor!” If that were not enough, Aamir was admired for daring to produce adult comedy Delhi Belly and the film’s success further strengthened his image in volatile Bollywood.




RANBIR KAPOOR: If his great grandfather, grandfather and parents are admired and respected for their cinematic genius, Ranbir Kapoor has proved that he is a true torch-bearer of the Kapoor khandan. The youngster excelled in his only release Rockstar, which was marred by a bad script. His role required a range of emotions and he stood out in every scene and kept the audiences hooked.

The Top 10 actors of 2011

SHAH RUKH KHAN: Romance is his forte! But this time Shah Rukh Khan donned the garb of a superhero in RA.One to woo his fans. Though the film was not appreciated much for its content, his fans liked him as a geek scientist and as a superhero. He also earned praise for the use of technology, innovative marketing and promotional techniques to promote his product.

AMITABH BACHCHAN: Retirement? No way, says Big B. Instead he is grabbing central roles at the age of 69 and this year too he came out with two films Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap and Aarakshan — as different as chalk and cheese. If the former saw him as a flamboyant underworld don, the latter featured him as a college principal fighting for the rights of students. In terms of business, neither were money spinners, but as far as acting is concerned, Amitabh is Amitabh. He was terrific in both the roles and critics gave him a thumbs up.


MADHAVAN: An NRI, who belongs to a middle-class family, returns home to find himself a wife. He encounters a drunken girl, who is not interested in marrying him. But her spirit is such that he falls head over heels in love with her and it becomes heartbreaking for him to let her go with some other guy. That was Tanu weds Manu for you. Madhavan not only suited the role, but he revelled in it, earning plaudits from both critics and fans.

From he-man to funny man, from flamboyant to sombre, Bollywood’s top-notch actors have shone on the silver screen in various avatars and also kept the cash registers ringing. We list the top 10 actors of the year FARHAN AKHTAR: When there is a huge star cast, it is not easy to make an impression. But Farhan Akhtar did that in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which also starred Abhay Deol and Hrithik Roshan. The art of acting is all about sensitivity, emotions, feelings and Farhan got them all right.


ABHAY DEOL: He emerged as the dark horse. Be it a doomed lover in Dev D or a smart thief in Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye, he has effortlessly carried his roles in the past. He continued his winning streak as a confused lover in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

HRITHIK ROSHAN: Usually seen in over-the-top roles, Hrithik Roshan for the first time did a role that was slightly offbeat and closer to reality. If Kites didn’t allow him to fly high, his performance in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara helped him unleash his potential as an actor.



SAIF ALI KHAN: This Khan showed his sparks in Omkara and after that he embarked on a journey that showed his versatility. This year he had just one release in Aarakshan, which was not a super hit, but the film’s box-office performance didn’t overshadow Saif’s work. Critics felt he scored very highly in sincerity, subtlety and sheer screen presence as a Dalit boy in the movie, highlighting the reservation issue. IANS

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Big B misses carefree life M

egastar Amitabh Bachchan misses the unrestrained and carefree days of his youth when he used to go for frequent 'chaat' sessions and drives with friends after bunking college without worrying about anything. "The excursions with mother to the Bengali Market for the most delicious chaat in the world and the sweet meats. The parathe wali gali in Chandni Chowk, the mad drives during college hours with our gang of class bunkers to the excavations and the ruins beyond Qutub Minar and Tughlakabad," the 69-yearold, who did his graduation from

Uday dines with Olivia Wilde, Jason Bateman B

ollywood actor Uday Chopra enjoyed an 'awesome' dinner with Hollywood stars Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde as they shot for his Hollywood production venture The Longest Weekend in the US. "Just had dinner with all the producers and director of The Longest Week as well as @batemanjason and @oliviawilde a w e some-

ness all around," Uday wrote on microblogging site Twitter. The Longest Week is the production venture of YRF Entertainment, the Hollywood wing of Yash Raj Films. The shooting for the movie began last month in New York City. Written and directed by Peter Glanz, it stars Bateman, Wilde, and Billy Crudup. IANS

Delhi University's Kirorimal College, posted. "The winter sun in the afternoon, the fire place by the night, ghost stories over new year and just the coming together of family and friends wrapped around in warm blankets by the burning embers!" The actor feels such adventure "is gone now". "Such adventure, such simplicity, such trust ‌ all gone now. We slept at night with our doors and windows open, the gates never shut, even when we were out in the lawn or on the roof top, for those were the regions that were the coolest. No security, no guards, just a carefree life ‌.," Big B wrote on his blog bigb. "And now just before I have come up to write to you, each door checked and double checked, each window closed, locks and security personnel alerted, Shanouk (his pet dog) in vantage post, phones and alarms by the side, incessant noise on the streets of traffic and people." IANS



@udaychopra It is only to outrun the cheetah that the deer increases its speed. To be better,we all need a strong opponent. Treat ur enemy with respect!

@SrBachchan 594 -Oh dear me lots of things to say .. just back from BigStar Entertainment Awards and .. they gave me 2.

@rampalarjun Sad day today lost my beautiful dog Demi this morning, an emptiness in our hearts will miss her too much. May her soul rest in peace.

@iamsrk Had too much fun at ritesh and genelia party...they r wonderful hosts. We should do the dancing once again my friends...lov u both.

@RGVzoomin A truly genuine artiste will only have loneliness for company..Nana patekar

@NeilNMukesh The power of silence based on pure feelings & selfless love can help bring peace to any situation.

@vivek_oberoi Back from Goa after celebrating dad's bday n right onto the sets of my new movie Kismat Love Paisa.

@DuttaLara Day of role reversal! Off to see the husband shooting for a change! :-). This is going to be fun!! :-D

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Ellen pays $12 million for Brad Pitt’s Malibu pad E llen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are on the move again — and settling down Brad Pitt-style! The talk show host and her gal have purchased the Malibu home of Brad and Angelina Jolie’s for a paltry $12 million. The four-bedroom, four-bath, 4,000 square foot beachfront abode is a snug ‘downsize’ from their $49 million dollar 15,000 square foot home that’s been featured in

Is Avengers vs X-men the new superhero flick?


f you’re a comic-book fan, then you greeted the news of an Avengers-XMen crossover title with geekish glee. If you’re the suspicious sort, then you greeted the news with suspicion — the suspicion that Marvel is aiming for yet another all-star, big-screen team-up. Crazy talk? Consider two things: One, as the upcoming Avengers movie demonstrates, Marvel is not a company adverse to all-star, bigscreen team-ups. Two, the promo picture for the Avengers-XMen comic, formally titled Avengers vs X-Men, features a Hawkeye who looks a lot more like the new Jeremy Renner version than the traditional, mask-wearing version. Put ‘em both together, and is it really, truly crazy talk to ask if Marvel’s laying the groundwork for an

Avengers vs X-Men multiplex extravaganza? A Marvel rep didn’t respond to an email seeking comment. Jim Littler, co-founder of, meanwhile, didn’t dismiss Conspiracy Corner’s inquiry or its inquiring mind. Well, not immediately anyway. “Marvel is indeed leveraging their comics to tie into the movies, which they see as they natural evolution of the industry,” Littler said in an email. “But Fox is still the franchise owner of the X-Men movies.” And, yes, Disney is still the franchise owner of The Avengers movies. While rival studios work together occasionally — see: Donald Duck and Daffy Duck sharing the stage in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? — the key word is occasionally. With Fox actively working X-Men angles, and Disney just beginning with The Avengers, “I believe it is still wishful thinking at this point,” Littler concluded of an all-star, big-screen team-up. Whether Avengers lives up to expectations remains to be seen.

Architectural Digest. Pitt, who purchased the house after his split with Hollywood’s hottest woman Jennifer Aniston, originally listed the house for

$13.5 million. Ellen and Portia’s new pad overlooks the ocean, complete with private beach access, a pool and tennis court — can’t complain about that!


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Selena cancels concerts S

elena Gomez has pulled the plug on two holiday-themed concerts scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Her rep claims a ‘family emergency’ is the reason why Selena cancelled the tour. However, a source close to the situation says that Gomez’s mother, Mandy, suffered a miscarriage on Friday. Gomez announced on Twitter late last month that her mom and stepdad, Brian Teefey, were expecting their first child together. The Wizards of Waverly Place starlet was set to perform on Saturday at the B96 Jingle Bash 2011 at the Allstate Arena outside of Chicago and on Sunday at 106.1 KISS FM’s Jingle Bell Bash at the WaMu Theater in Seattle. The entire Seattle show has now been postponed, because OneRepublic also had to cancel with frontman Ryan Tedder ordered by doctors to go on vocal rest. Selena was in the audience at Power 106’s Cali Christmas 2011 concert in Los Angeles on Friday night when she learned of her mother’s tragic news. Gomez immediately left the show and headed home. She is scheduled to perform during MTV’s live New Year’s Eve special hosted by her pal Demi Lovato and Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey.


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Britney Spears engaged! B ritney Spears and Jason Trawick, the soon-to-be newlyweds were gracious enough to show the camera some love while celebrating Trawick’s 40th birthday at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas (and a pretty nice photo op for the ring, too. Even if it’s not that subtle). Looking pretty good, don’t you think? “Still glowing! About to jump on a plane to Planet Hollywood in Vegas. Throwing a Bday Party for Jason at Chateau Night Club. So fun. Xxoo,” Britney tweeted on Friday, and soon afterward we found out that they’d also be celebrating their engagement! So what were the two lovebirds up to as they celebrated the two momentous occasions? We hear Spears and Trawick were hand-in-hand and kissing throughout the night, as they canoodled at Sugar Factory’s Chocolate Lounge prior to heading to Chateau Nightclub.

The couple and 30 of their closest friends and family members dined on salmon and various pizzas for dinner, along with chocolate pizza, cupcakes, gumdrops and other candies for dessert. And then it was time to party. Inside of the hot spot, the Hold it Against Me crooner surprised her newly cemented fiancé with a two-tier black and white birthday cake, with ‘Happy Birthday Jason’ displayed on the red-velvet dessert (Trawick’s fave cake flavour). And post-cake and birthday fanfare, Spears, Trawick and their entourage danced until late in the evening. “Tonight was one of the most magical nights of my life,” the bride-to-be tweeted early Saturday morning. “Such an amazing time with my new fiancé and our closest friends and family. #Blessed.” The couple is just too adorable and we couldn’t be happier for them!

From dance to diapers F

ollowing his Dancing With the Stars win, JR Martinez is getting ready to take on his next challenge: Fatherhood! The Iraq vet and his longtime girlfriend, Diana Gonzalez-Jones, are expecting their first child next spring, say sources. And they already know the sex of the baby! “We found out just last week it’s a girl and we are over the moon,” Martinez told the mag. “Diana has a little baby bump now and it’s the cutest thing ever. With the holidays coming up, this is the biggest and best gift we could get.” “2011 has been full of a lot of surprises and opportunities and ultimately, a lot of blessings,” Martinez went on. “Diana and I

were just asking ourselves, ‘How is 2012 going to top 2011?’ Well, we have our answer!” The couple met when Martinez nabbed a role on All My Children in 2008 and remained friends until they became romantically involved last year.

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Changing T notes of the music industry

After ruling the roost for several decades, audio companies are struggling to cope with the new wave of music consumption

he Telugu music industry has undergone a massive change over the past few years and today, some of the leading audio companies are struggling to cope with the new wave of how people listen to music. There was a time when people would queue up to buy the audio cassettes of eagerly-awaited films. But now, physical sales continue to drop enormously and audio piracy seems unstoppable. The onset of digital era has posed a lot more challenges to audio companies and it’s only in the past two years that they are embracing the change. “This is a transition period and slowly audio companies are trying to understand the paradigm shift in music consumption. There was a lot of confusion till last year about the revenues. Finally, the audio companies and film producers have realised that the revenue from audio sales has dropped considerably and because of this, the prices being quoted for audio copyrights have also decreased,” says filmmaker Madhura Sreedhar who also owns a leading audio company called Madhura Audio. “Companies can survive only if they have a huge catalogue of films and only then they can think of recovering the investment over a period of time. Otherwise, it’s very tough for new companies to survive in the market,” he says. In 2009, the audio of SS Rajamouli’s Magadheera was a huge hit and one of the songs, Panchadhara Bomma set a new record in terms of caller tune downloads and the audio company reportedly recovered the entire investment on the film from that one song alone. No other song in the past two years has been able to match its success. This year Jagadananda Karaka from Sri Rama Rajyam and Endhuko Emo from Rangam are reportedly two of the biggest hits. To compensate for the losses from the physical sales, audio

Top songs of 2011 Endhuko Emo (Rangam) Jagadananda Karaka (Sri Rama Rajyam) Nee Dookudu (Dookudu) Infatuation (100% Love)


companies are increasingly looking at Internet and mobile markets to reach out to the audience. More than 85 per cent of the revenue comes from digital sales, especially from Value Added Services (VAS) like caller tunes and ring tones. After an audio company acquires the copyrights, they approach a third-party service provider, who negotiates with all the mobile service providers to enlist the songs as caller tunes and ring tones. Apart from the mobile service providers, audio companies get a good share of revenue from radio stations and event managers every time they play a song. Several websites like and have sprung up, which let the users to stream songs directly on their websites and they end up paying royalty to the audio companies proportional to the number of times a song is streamed. “The success of a film is very important to sustain the audience’s interest in the songs post the release of a film. Sometimes, we don’t even recover the investment on the audio if the film doesn’t work,” Madhura Sreedhar says. Although the future looks bleak for audio companies, they are slowly trying to explore other avenues to generate revenue and going digital is definitely on the cards. “In future, most of the audio companies will start their own websites enabling digital sales, downloads and streaming of songs,” he predicts.

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is in a fix P

ost the success of 100% Love, Tamannaah was one of the most soughtafter actresses in the Telugu film industry. Soon, she signed up three films, Rachcha, Endhukante Premanta and Rebel, which are being shot simultaneously. Now, the actress is in a fix over allotting dates for all these films. Recently, Sravanthi Ravi Kishore, the producer of Endhukante Premanta,

approached the Producers’ Council and complained that Tamannaah hasn’t been allotting dates for his film. Finally the committee has asked the producers of these films to plan their schedules according to the availability of Tamannaah’s dates. She’s more likely to complete shooting for Rachcha soon and then juggle the dates between the other two films in the coming few days.


Swimming and cardio. Yeah. Love my workout mornings. What are u doing today to love urself?


Shankar’s 3 Rascals to release on Jan 26


hankar’s upcoming Tamil film Nanban, the official remake of Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots, is going to hit screens in January. Vijay, Jiiva and Sriram are playing the lead roles and Ileana is reprising Kareena Kapoor’s role in this film. The film is being dubbed in Telugu as 3 Rascals and Dil Raju is distributing the film across Andhra Pradesh. Although, the Tamil version is releasing on January 14 in Tamil Nadu, the Telugu version has been postponed to January 26 to avoid a clash with other biggies which are releasing in mid-January. Harris Jayaraj has composed the music for this film. 3 Rascals is the first ever remake in Shankar’s decade and a half career and it’s his first film since Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai starrer Robo, which released in 2010.

Mahesh Babu’s Eckhart Tolle connection


ahesh Babu is on a new high both personally and professionally these days. But a few years ago, his career was going nowhere. After Pokiri, he had to wait for almost five years to make a strong comeback. Several things happened during those years and most important among them was him spending a lot of time with his son Gautham and reading several self help books which brought more balance to his life. One of those selfhelp books was Eckhart Tolle’s bestselling book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, which apparently is his favourite book. The success of Dookudu has eased the burden off his shoulders of delivering a blockbuster and now with Puri Jagannadh’s The Business Man making the right buzz, he seems to be in the comfort zone.

Just finished rehearsing for CCL performance. Exhausted but excited. Wish me luck n love.

@PriyaWajAnand Things are going to get a whole lot interesting now that my sister Nithya is here! How was ur weekend ladies & gents?

@prakashraaj In a world where you have the right to be anything... JUST BE YOURSELF. Cheersss !!!!

@sneha_ullal Food,coke,cold climate,peace all around,Rnb music,playing carrom,conversations n all ur wishes and blessings pouring in..what more do I want.

@pnavdeep26 Walkin d ramp at d blenders fashion week tonight for Vasuki's NGO for child rights! ‘OYE’ open your eyes:)small contribution for big cause:)

@Actor_Siddharth People who tweet while watching a film are the antithesis to a good audience...what are we becoming? roger ebert shares this view! Sad days!

@shrutihaasan Had such a fun time walking for nishka! the collection is so fun!!adore you hyderabad thanks for all your love:):)xoxo

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1400 Abhishekam 1430 Aadade Aadharam 1500 Antahpuram 1530 Aakasa Ganga 1600 Prema Mandiram 1630 Jagadeeswari 1700 Adhire Adurs 1800 Devimahathyam 1830 Puttadi Bomma 1900 Kumkuma Rekha 1930 Manasu Mamata 2000 Chandra Mukhi 2030 Bharyamani 2100 Etv News 2130 Paduta Teeyaga 2245 Movie 0800 Jeevana Jyothi 0830 Tollywood Time 0900 Movie 1130 Abhiruchi 1230 Star Mahila

1400 Ardhangi 1430 Movie 1800 Veera Naari Jhansi Laxmi Bhai 1830 Kalavari Kodallu 1900 Chinna Kodalu 1930 Pasupukunkuma 2000 Muddu Bidda 2030 Radha Kalyanam 2100 Kanyadanam 2130 Chittam Chittam Prayaschittam 2230 Shree 2300 Bindas 2330 Latest Superhit Songs 0800 Gopuram 0830 Bhakti Samacharam 0900 Sri Raghavendra Vybhavam 0930 Ayurveda Jeevana Vignanam 1000 Zee 70 Mm A.C

‘Business Tonight’ at 2100 Hrs only on ET NOW 1400 The F And O Show 1430 Closing Trades 1530 Tomorrow's Trades 1600 Business Day 1730 Markets Tomorrow 1800 Rush Hour 1900 Global Business Report 1930 Business Express 2000 Business First 2030 Markets Tomorrow 2100 Business Tonight 2200 Top 10 At 10 2230 Investor's Guide 2300 Zigwheels 0900 First Trades 1000 Hot Stocks 1100 Buy Now Sell Now - The Stock Game 1130 Buy Now Sell Now 1200 Market Sense 1300 Business Day 1330 Markets Now

‘Curiosity’ at 2000 Hrs on DISCOVERY 1400 Man Vs. Wild 1500 Man, Woman, Wild 1600 Dual Survival 1700 Human Body - Pushing The Limits 1800 Killing For A Living 1900 Swamp Brothers 1930 Destroyed In Seconds 2000 Curiosity 2100 Man Vs. Wild 2200 Swords - Life On The Line 2300 My Shocking Story 0900 Factory Made 0930 Destroyed In Seconds 1000 Time Warp

1415 Csi - Crime Scene Investigation 1505 Sony Lifestyle Tv Magazine 1535 Ebuzz 1605 Chef Academy 1700 Top Chef Masters 1800 Criss Angel Mindfreak 1900 India's Minute To Win It 2000 Sports Crash 2100 Minute To Win It 2200 Wipeout 2300 Criss Angel Mindfreak 0700 Infomercial/30 Min 0725 Sky Teleshopping 0840 Infomercial/30 Min 0905 Sky Teleshopping 0930 Whacked Out Sports 0955 Infomercial/5 Min 1000 Whacked Out Sports 1030 India's Minute To Win It 1130 Sports Crash

‘India's Minute To Win It’ at 1900 Hrs on AXN

‘Haar Jeet’ at 2230 Hrs on IMAGINE 1400 Haar Jeet 1430 Dharampatni 1500 Nach Le Ve With Saroj Khan 1600 Haar Jeet 1630 Dwarkadheesh 1700 Dharampatni 1800 Beendh Banuga Ghodi Chadhunga 1830 Sawaare Sabke Sapne 1900 Nach Le Ve With Saroj Khan 2000 Dwarkadheesh 2030 Sawaare Sabke Sapne 2100 Beendh Banuga Ghodi Chadhunga 2130 Dharampatni 2200 Baba Aisa Varr Dhoondo 2230 Haar Jeet 2300 Dharampatni

1400 Hamari Saas Leela 1430 Hawan 1500 Veer Shivaji 1530 Uttaran 1600 Phulwa 1700 Sasural Simar Ka 1800 Uttaran 1830 Balika Vadhu 1900 Hawan 1930 Sasural Simar Ka 2000 Balika Vadhu - Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte 2030 Veer Shivaji 2100 Phulwa 2130 Parichay - Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka 2200 Uttaran 2230 Bigg Boss 2330 Balika Vadhu - Kacchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte

‘Sasural Simar Ka’ at 1930 Hrs on COLORS

‘Choti Bahu 2’ at 1930 Hrs on ZEE TV 1400 Hitler Didi 1430 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein 1500 Bhagonwali 1530 Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 1600 Pavitra Rishta 1630 Shobha Somnath Ki 1730 Preet Se Bandhi Yeh Dori 1800 Hitler Didi 1830 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein 1900 Afsar Bitiya 1930 Choti Bahu 2000 Hitler Didi 2030 Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 2100 Pavitra Rishta 2130 Preet Se Bandhi Yeh Dori 2200 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein 2230 Bhagonwali

1400 Saas Bina Sasuraal 1430 Bade Achhe Lagte Hai 1500 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 1600 CID 1800 Saas Bina Sasuraal 1830 Bade Achhe Lagte Hai 1900 Crime Patrol - Dastak 2000 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 2045 Dekha Ek Khwaab 2130 Parvarrish - Kuchh Khatti Kuchh Meethi 2200 Saas Bina Sasuraal 2230 Bade Achhe Lagte Hai 2300 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 0730 Sky Star Advertising 0900 Adaalat 1000 Crime Patrol - 1 1200 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 1245 Dekha Ek Khwaab 1330 Parvarrish - Kuchh Khatti Kuchh Meethi

‘Bade Achhe Lagte Hai’ at 2230 Hrs on SONY


‘Diya Aur Bati Hum’ at 2100 Hrs on STAR PLUS 1400 Sapnon Se Bharey Naina 1500 Navya 1530 Diya Aur Bati Hum 1600 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behnaa Hai 1630 Sasuraal Genda Phool 1700 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 1730 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 1830 Ruk Jaana Nahi 1900 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 1930 Sasuraal Genda Phool 2000 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 2030 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behnaa Hai 2100 Diya Aur Bati Hum 2130 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 2200 Navya 2230 Mann Ki Awaaz… Pratigya


1450 Rush Hour 2 1635 Blade II 1840 Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle Oflife 2100 The Matrix Revolutions 2341 Romeo Must Die 0740 Friends 0810 Good Morning, Miami 0840 Training Day 1055 Observe And Report 1230 The Matrix Revolutions

1345 Thunderbirds 1550 The Bodyguard 1840 Arthur 3 - The War Of The Two Worlds 2100 The Lost Future 2300 Ong Bak 3 - The Final Warrior 0700 The Untouchables 0940 Arthur 3 1155 All I Want For Christmas

1400 Scrubs 1430 Better With You 1500 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 1600 Body Of Proof 1700 Scrubs 1730 Better With You 1800 E News 1900 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2000 Scrubs 2030 America's Funniest Home Videos 2100 Khloe And Lamar 2200 Body Of Proof 2300 Scrubs 2330 Better With You 0800 Khloe And Lamar 0900 Body Of Proof 1000 Scrubs 1030 Just For Laughs 1100 Khloe And Lamar 1200 Body Of Proof 1330 America's Funniest Home Videos

‘Khloe And Lamar’ at 2100 Hrs on ZEE CAFE


Afsar Bitiya

Storyline - Baapji decides to leave the ashram after he says that his family and his devotees are equal for him. After listening to this, Atharva feels bad.

Storyline - It’s the day of Krishna’s interview. She has been studying day and night for this interview. Her father Vidyapati always encourages Krishna for her studies and her dream of becoming a Block Development Officer.

‘Hawan’ at 1900 Hrs on COLORS

‘The Sheild’ at 2200 Hrs on STAR WORLD 1400 Masterchef USA 1500 Necessary Roughness 1600 The Big Bang Theory 1630 The Simpsons 1700 The Shield 1800 Masterchef USA 1900 Love2 Hate U 2000 Two And A Half Men 2030 The Simpsons 2100 Masterchef USA 2200 The Shield 2300 The Big Bang Theory 2330 Home Improvement 0700 The Big Bang Theory 0730 Home Improvement 0800 Two And A Half Men 0830 The Simpsons 0900 Masterchef USA 1000 The Shield 1100 Love2 Hate U 1200 Terra Nova 1300 The Big Bang Theory 1330 Friends

‘Afsar Bitiya’ at 1900 Hrs on ZEE TV

1400 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 1430 Chidiya Ghar 1500 R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya 1530 Lapataganj 1600 FIR 1700 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 1830 R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya 1900 Chidiya Ghar 1930 Don't Worry Chachu!!! 2000 Chintu Chinky Aur Ek Badi Si Love Story 2030 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 2100 Chidiya Ghar 2130 R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya 2200 Lapataganj 2230 FIR 2300 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 2330 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 0700 Religious Programmes 0800 Teleshopping 0830 Religious Programmes 0900 FIR 1200 Chidiya Ghar

‘Chidiya Ghar’ at 2100 Hrs on SAB

‘Silsilay’ at 1400 Hrs on ZOOM 1400 Movie - Silsilay 1730 Star Bonanza 1800 Letz Go! 1900 Planet Bollywood News 1930 Link'D 2000 Telly Talk 2030 Letz Go! 2100 Safi Zoom Anchor Hunt 2011 2130 Link'D 2200 B - Tonite 2230 Business Of Bollywood 2300 Bollywood Bonanza 0700 Fresh Mornings 0800 Red Carpet 0805 20 - 20 Songs 0825 Fresh Mornings 1000 20 - 20 Songs 1021 Fresh Mornings 1100 Zoom Box 1200 Garma Garam 1300 Planet Bollywood News 1330 Page 3

‘The Lost Future’ at 2100 Hrs on HBO

1400 Junkies 1430 Mummy Autopsy 1530 Sci Fi Science 1600 Innovation Nation 1630 Mythbusters 1730 Machines! 1800 Industrial Junkie 1830 Best Of Discovery Science 1930 What's That About? 2030 Bone Detectives 2130 Download - The True Story Of The Internet 2230 G.I. Factory 2330 The New Inventors 0700 How It's Made 0730 What's That About? 0830 Mummy Autopsy 0930 G.I. Factory 1030 Bone Detectives 1130 Download - The True Story Of The Internet 1330 Connections 3

‘Download - The True Story Of The Internet’ at 2130 Hrs on DISCOVERY SCIENCE

‘The Defenders’ at 2100 Hrs on BIG CBS PRIME 1430 Jerry Springer 1530 Aspire 1600 Survivor 1700 Bellator 1800 Galileo Extreme 1900 The Defenders 2000 Entertainment Tonight 2030 Galileo Extreme 2100 The Defenders 2200 Jerry Springer 2300 CSI - Crime Scene Investigation 0700 Aspire 0730 Big Wheels 0800 Galileo Extreme 0900 CSI - Crime Scene Investigation 1000 Bellator 1100 Jerry Springer 1200 Aspire 1230 Entertainment Tonight 1300 Galileo Extreme 1330 The Defenders

Chai Time


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.



Take a shot at the brain game while sipping your cuppa


QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Boardwalk refreshments 5 Attack a la Norman Bates 9 "Don't tread on me," e.g. 14 ___ Blanc 15 "Safe!" or "Out!" 16 Atom with a negative charge 17 It's terrifying if it won't open 19 ___ B. DeMille 20 Star of France 21 "Drat!" is a mild one 23 Adjective for a fox 24 Three-dimensional manmade scene 26 Ship's backbone 28 NYC time frame 29 Bring on the decorator 31 Cheap cigar 35 John Milton classic 37 Uses a straw 40 "I wouldn't touch that with a ___-foot pole!" 41 Buddhist monk 42 Gymnastics equipment 47 Earhart, who flew solo across the Atlantic 48 Big name in buildingblock toys 49 One way to stand 52 Chess action 54 Throw away (with "of") 56 Airport-shuttle vehicle 59 "I'm ready for another customer" 61 Sainted Mother 62 Napoleon, for a time 64 Leeches, e.g. 66 "Nine o'clock and ____ well" 67 The E in QED 68 Kind of shaft 69 Major industrial center near Manchester 70 Kent's girl Lois 71 Play parts DOWN 1 Obstruct 2 Raccoon relatives 3 Implant

4 Word with "case" or "step" 5 Conniving sort 6 T, in Greece 7 Range above tenor 8 Dreary 9 Bushwhacker's tool 10 ___-two punch 11 Involuntary contractions 12 "Double, double ___ and trouble ..." 13 "If I ___ Had a Brain" 18 Barton or Bow 22 Thomas Hardy heroine 25 "... ___ which will live in infamy" (F.D.R.) 27 Loafs about 30 Digby of "The Life of Riley" 32 "Can you ___ little faster?" 33 Doctrine 34 Metal core?

35 Sacred song 36 Comfy place to have breakfast 37 Aromatherapy setting 38 "___ ... I Said" (Neil Diamond song) 39 Vent opening? 43 Part of the pride 44 Wash 45 Cause to be excited or roused 46 Popular Valentine's Day gift 49 Type of justice 50 Give the OK 51 Needles 53 Kick out 55 ___ donna 56 Meat department


purchase 57 Support shaft 58 White or Blue in Egypt 60 "American Pie" actress Reid 63 Part of a jack-in-thebox 65 Took off on foot PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER

THOUGHT OF THE DAY Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph: A beginning, a struggle, and a victory. – Mahatma Gandhi



Your tomorrow today̶Star Power and Tarot THIRUVAIKUMAR

Date 20-12-2011

ARIES 040-27177230 / 9177596118

March 20 – April 18 Financially sound position likely. Busi‑ nessmen profit by signing prosperous agreements and those who avoided th‑ em earlier will come back on their own; they contemplate fresh investments.


April 19 – May 19 Mother's health may be a cause for con‑ cern; take care of her. Spend time with family members, especially mother so as to keep them all happy. Tensions will reduce but financial situation grim.





June 21 – July 21

July 22 – August 21

May 20 – June 20

Some good news is in the offing, which will bring cheer to you. Your expectations will get fulfilled. Efforts for getting a job will be fruitful for fresh graduates. You have to speak with extreme caution.

Your self‑confidence is set to increase. You will fulfill wishes of your children. Speculative deals can bring good gains provided you make a calculated effort. Some have chances to buy a house.

Your written‑off old dues get collected to your surprise. Fortune windfall gains are in the offing; make use of the good opportu‑ nity that comes your way. Employees are to be entrusted with new responsibilities.



SAGITTARIUS November 21 – Dec 20

October 23 – November 20

You have to keep putting continued ef ‑ forts to achieve your goals. Certain use‑ ful work done by you in the past will yield good results now. Good time to contemplate fresh investments.

Your advises and suggestions will get importance and be followed by all. Your expectations will get fulfilled without any hurdle. Opportunities will come your way and it is left to you to make use of them.

Avoid sharing confidential matters with anyone as, indirect enemies have a tar‑ get to defame you. You have to show your willpower and fight hurdles that come in your way to fulfill expectations.




January 20 – February 18 Avoid postponing any work as you may end up with problems. If needed spend extra hours to get planned wo‑ rk done in time. Those in love will be happy as the bond is strengthening.




Two of Swords – Youʼll need to do the juggling act and it might be quite a both‑ er. Donʼt worry about it too much. The feel‑ ings of restlessness will eventually go.

The Empress – This is the card of love, romance and fertili‑ ty. Women looking to get pregnant have a good chance now. Those in love will have a great phase.

Page of Swords – You just know how to cut through the clutter and get to the heart of the mat‑ ter. There are clouds of confusion but not for long.




Seven of Pentacles – Learn a new skill. Pick up an interesting hobby that will keep you company when youʼre alone. There are many new things to learn.

– Five of Wands – Someone may be plotting against you. But how it goes will depend on how you react to it. You feel terrible about being left out.

– The Magician – Use your intuition to guide you to the rig‑ ht decisions. Youʼre feeling great about this time and the positive attitude will take you a long way.




Five of Swords – There are too many people trying to get a piece of the pie and it bothers you that you cannot even bail out right now. Donʼt let your guard down.

Eight of Swords – You feel restless and on the edge. You havenʼt been sleep‑ ing well and itʼs sho‑ wing on your health. Take time off and rest well.

The Moon – Pay attention to what your mother is saying. She may seem con‑ fused and may not be making sense. But there are subtle mes‑ sages that help you.




Ten of Swords – This is the time to start over. The bad phase is officially over. Itʼs up to you to acknow‑ ledge it and move ahead to brighter days.

Eight of Wands – Good luck is coming your way. Career matters look up and youʼre doing extremely well in the balancing act this all demands.

King of Pentacles – Finances will sta‑ bilise. You need to stop worrying. Get a pen and paper and chart out the right course of action at this time.

February 19 – March 19

Avoid being emotional and unwanted risks. Before taking vital decisions, consult family members and your well‑ wishers. Avoid getting into disputes and controversial approach.

For Better or for Worse Stone soup



Number game



Ink pen


Fred Basset

Dec 21 – January 19 Avoid wasteful expenditure and monitor your finances carefully to strike a bal‑ anced situation. New opportunities are to be executed with a focussed appro‑ ach. Consider growth‑oriented projects.


August 22 – September21

You will spend time with family and friends. A good day to enjoy worldly pleasures. Fin‑ ancial deals need to be done with extra cau‑ tion, be it speculation or investing in fresh projects. Creativity might occupy your mind.

September 22 – October 22



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Melodious evening Audience engrossed in the recital by Ranjani Sivakumar as part of the Tarang musical concert held at Saptaparni in Banjara Hills on Sunday

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