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Cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines has hit another air-pocket with many airports asking the airline to pay and then fly. P11

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OMC DIRECTOR NABBED BY CBI CBI on Friday took OMC director Rajshekar into custody from Bellary in the illegal mining case. CBI sources said he was arrested for alleged irregularities.

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‘DOUBLE GAME’ HAS TRS FUMING In a twist, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) today served Speaker N Mahohar with a notice for a no-confidence motion against the Kiran Reddy government. TRS leader KT Rama Rao and MLA Harish Rao handed over the notice to the Speaker. The TRS leaders alleged that the Telugu Desam Party led by Chandrababu Naidu was playing a “double game” by not really pushing ahead with the no-confidence motion. The TRS has 12 MLAs in the House.






Dangerous Liaisons Far-removed from the squalor of inner city brothels, the life of an escort seems to assure riches and the dream lifestyle. The reality, however, is far harsher. An increasing number of the City’s female escorts risk their lives at the hands of perverts and violent sex offenders. D Sree Charan wades through the mire of their lives REPORT ON PG 4


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Jagan MLAs in a fix over no-trust vote No-trust motion delayed as TD, TRS interests clash

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he battle between Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and the TDP has put the Congress MLAs staying with YSR Congress leader Jagan Mohan Reddy in a quandary. As the TDP has notified for moving a no-confidence motion against the government and the Kiran challenge to the Desam that the no-trust will be thrown out of the window by the House has made the life of Congress MLAs with Jagan miserable. It’s because when it comes to voting, the Congress will issue a whip and they can neither obey Jagan to vote for no-confidence nor could vote against it. Jagan has directed his supporters to vote against Kiran's government as they have been challenging the TDP to move the motion against Kiran. Jagan sup-

Tight security n Even lunch boxes of Assembly are opened and checked. The bags too are subjected to search.

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E porters are in a piquant situation as they will be the losers either way. Meanwhile, the chief minister is suddenly faced with growing dissidence from within the party. It is learnt that PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana, minister for health DL Ravindra Reddy and minister Shanker Rao have stepped up the strident criticism against the style of functioning of Kiran Reddy. There is also a buzz that Sridhar Babu was not consulted when the Rs1 kg rice was

announced . Both Botsa, and DL Ravindra have put the chief minister in an embarrassing situation during the Cabinet meeting, it is learnt. The chief minister was not prepared for such a situation. But regarding the no-confidence motion the Congress is geared up to face it and win it. This will make Kiran to sit firm in his position till the next elections. The only point of agreement is to defeat the no-confidence motion.

REMEMBERING THE GREATS Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy pays tribute to former CM Marri Chenna Reddy at Indira park today

n Following an alert from Intelligence Bureau the police today were seen shouting ‘be alert, be alert.’ n Media have been given a Lakshman Rekha and they must not cross it. n Security has been tightened in the State Capital at all key buildings in the wake of specific intelligence reports on security threats.


House adjourned sans business


n Be alert is the buzz word for the Winter session.

he lone MLA from YSR Congress Vijayalakshmi, widow of late CM YS Rajashekhara Reddy was not seen in the Assembly for the second day today. It set tongues wagging about what was happening. Rumours are that she is busy trying to deal with the Congress which is haunting her son and YSRC leader Jagan Mohan

ight congress MLAs supporting YSR Congress Jagan Mohan Reddy today met in the Assembly premises and they have decided to meet later in the evening after the sessions. The group of eight is learnt to be on the lookout for unhappy Congress MLAs who could vote with the YSRC in case the no-confidence motion comes to voting. Their evening meeting will give a clear picture, sources said. The Assembly was adjourned twice today by 10am. First it was adjourned as TDP members rushed to the Well and demanded the Speaker to take up the no-confidence motion.

The Speaker adjourned the House immediately and later adjourned the House for about half-an-hour as the members did not co-operate with the Chair and the proceedings were disrupted. The TRS members want resolution on Telangana, while the TDP wants no-confidence motion to be taken up. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, on the other hand, came to the House after attending a meetng at Indira Park in memory of the late chief Minister Marri Chenna Reddy. Meanwhile, the corridors of power today were abuzz with the news of the jailing of senior bureaucrat Y Srilakshmi. The collective opinion is that she was made a scapegoat.


Where is Vijayalakshmi? Reddy. Everybody was looked for the ‘star MLA’ and she was nowhere to be seen. Vijayalakshmi is the lone MLA from YSR Congress even though some Congress MLAs are supporting the YSR party. Vijayamma is now a two-

time MLA from Pulivendula. She had become an MLA for the first time in December 2009 after the Pulivendula seat got vacant due to her husband’s death. She resigned from the seat and also the Congress in December 2010 along with her

son, who had also resigned from the Kadapa Lok Sabha seat and floated YSR Congress Party. She later became its honorary president. But what the leaders are saying is that while Jagan challenges one and all from time to time will she participate in the

he question hour today was done away with. Speaker N Manohar announced that the question-answer session scheduled for this morning be “deemed to have been answered”. Since the question answer session was not taken up due to the hungama created by the TDP and TRS, the time was over and it has be dealtas deemed to be answered. The speaker announced the same soon after the House assembled again at about 11 am after adjourning twice. Later, the Opposition sat in a dharna before the CM office protesting the adjournment.

no confidence motion and the discussion on the same. In the last two years of her stint as an MLA, Vijayalakshmi had never stepped into the Assembly. She came to the Speaker’s chamber on both the occasions along with her son and took the oath as an MLA. But she had never entered the House, let alone participating in the Assembly business.

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City has no room for bachelors From refusing accommodation to singles, demanding to know a person’s caste to even refusing to rent their home on the basis of religious disparity, landlords in the City have a long list of specifications before they rent space to anybody D Sree Charan and Osama Salman


‘To let’ board kindles hope in the loner who treks the lanes and bylanes to find a living space. Within minutes, it is shattered, as the owners bluntly refuse to let out their premises to bachelors. Facing rejection, these bachelors, mostly IT professionals are forced to find alternate places such as hostels, and service apartments, which burn a hole in their pockets as they need to shell out at least Rs 18,000 a month towards rent. The landlords set ground rules, even for unmarried girls, who come to the City for work. Usually the rules are very stringent like timing of coming in and going out, visitors, use of water, etc.

What is worse is that the tenants are asked if they are “vegetarian or non-vegetarian”, which implies whether they belong to a particular caste.

“Before I rented my flat, my landlord asked me a series of questions including what caste I belonged to. Later I was told that I am not allowed to bring any girl into my home and told that I can’t drink inside the flat or come home late. As I had a time crunch, I had to agree,” said a student Sharath Chandra, who is currently looking out for alternate “less stricter” accommodation. Arun K had migrated to Hyderabad two and a half years ago. He stayed in the company accommodation until he had to recently change jobs. “After I changed my job, I had to look for a place to stay near Jubilee Hills. Being a bachelor, my landlord told me some crazy things that I was expected to follow, including not using more than two buckets of water, that I can’t have people staying over more than two

Court notice to ND Tiwari on paternity suit

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued a notice to former Andhra Pradesh governor ND Tiwari on a plea by a 32-year-old man, who claims to be his biological son, against its earlier order that the Congress leader cannot be compelled to give his blood samples for DNA test. Taking note of the plea filed by Rohit Shekhar, a bench of acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued a notice to Tiwari seeking his reply by January 19. Shekhar came in appeal before the division bench against the single judge order, saying, “The single judge failed to satisfactorily deal with the high-handed and dismissive conduct of Tiwari, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.”

“The bench had failed to consider if 85-year-old Tiwari is not compelled to submit his blood sample in compliance with the court’s earlier order, it would be difficult for him (the petitioner) to get justice,” states Shekhar’s petition. “Referring to the court’s remark in its Sep 23 order that Tiwari’s failure in giving his blood sample for DNA test may lead to an adverse inference against him, while deciding the paternity suit,” it said. “The court also failed to appreciate that an adverse inference can never have the same effect as a conclusive scientific determination of paternity,” Shekhar submitted, adding, “With each passing day, the possibility of getting justice is fading out on account of the apprehension of a very critical evidence being lost forever.” In her order, Justice Gita Mittal had ruled: “Tiwari cannot be physically compelled or confined for submitting his blood sample for DNA profiling to implement its December 2010 judgement.” She had also said that his persistent refusal can lead to the presumption that he is Shekhar’s father. The court’s order had come on Tiwari’s plea challenging the December 23, 2010, order of the high court which had asked him to give his blood sample for DNA test.

days. It makes me feel as if I am living in a school’s hostel,” he said. “The general perception of not renting homes to bachelors is that they don’t keep it clean. They assume that they get into fights and inconvenience the neighbours, get friends home, drink and play cards. Sometimes, landlords think that bachelors harass female neighbours. On the other hand, single women will find it much easier,” said Keerthi Mahesh Kumar, a real estate agent for Space Matters Real Estate Agency. The only ‘bachelor-friendly’ areas are Madhapur, Hitech City and Ameerpet, largely due to the young IT crowd that lives here. The central areas, on the other hand, are not welcoming. The problems the youngsters face don’t stop here. The colour of communalism has

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spread, and deeply so. Secularism is merely just a word. If you are of a certain religious community, you aren’t given any accommodation and told directly on the face that you are unwanted. “I was searching for apartments for my family in Shantinagar in Masab Tank. Whatever apartment we liked, we were thoroughly disappointed when we were told that since we don’t belong to their community,” said Mohammed Osman, a businessman in the City. “I have been told many-atimes, and that too on my face that I don’t belong to the landlord’s community and so I can’t stay there. This isn’t just confined only to a particular community. It can happen to anyone anywhere,” said Supreeth G. His search for apartments in Secunderabad is still on.

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here are three ways how these agencies operate. In the first type, the agents really provide girls to the customers. The agent will finalise the deal with the client and then send a girl of his choice to them. After services are provided once the client pays the agreed amount to the girl, who in turn hands it over to the coordinator. Some agencies which work under the guise of escort services are fake which trap innocent customers and dupe them. The third type of agency work under the banner of maid services or escort services. They provide maids and as well as prostitutes.

Escort services are not easy money D Sree Charan


yderabad, Kumar Phone… Are you ready for masti...????? If you have reason, I have real high-profile girls with me. Today, I have a couple of girls and aunties with me. They are unbelieveable. And, another solicitor goes by the name Wet n Wild, while others opt for names like Apples on Heels, Diamond Kuttycats. Thus goes the world of open sex as advertised through the borderless media — Internet. With bewitching girls and beautiful housewives online, it’s raining business for the ‘escort service’ industry in the City. A number of clandestine escort services are operating in the twin cities with an estimated turnover of RS 30 lakh per day. The online sex market in Hyderabad is next only to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, with the average of the Hyderabad business going up considerably in the last 3-4 years. Even as the escort industry is thriving with

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the number of neo-rich and high-income professionals going up of late, it has given birth to unscrupulous ‘service providers’ notorious for cheating the gullible. Search ‘female escort in hyderabad’ on Internet and you will get over 504,000 results, which have over 20,000 active mobile numbers and nearly 3,000 e-mail IDs of agents and coordinators. There are almost 4,000 links which will give you the information about the types of services offered, rates and guide you on how to get a female escort. The columns read just like the matrimonial sites, “fair women, tall, slim.” Those who know the circuit say realtors lead the pack who frequently seek a female escort followed by politicians, businessmen and even policemen. “Over 90 per cent of my clients ask for a ‘very fair girl and preferably a Mumbaikar.’ Some 40 per cent of them ask for an escort who can sing and dance apart from fulfilling their sexual desires,” said Eshan of

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omen organisations and NGOs in the city claim that most of the unidentified bodies of women found in the City outskirts are of escorts killed by clients. These bodies remain unidentified and cases unsolved. Now-a-days to avoid getting caught by the police, clients are taking the girls to their farm houses. Once the job is done, they either pay the girl or kill her. Several such cases go unregistered as the agent won’t lodge a missing complaint with the police fearing his own arrest. “They think as if they have bought her and can make her do as they please. Sometimes they have wild fantasies and indulge in sodomy or make videos of the act. At times they refuse to pay and threaten them. The escort is equally harassed by her agents if they don’t get the money,” said Sandhya, of a City NGO. Most of the housewives from well to do families are lured into the profession under promises of easy money. Once they are in they can’t get out of it for various reasons.

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Rough ride for women TTEs

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It’s turning out to be a harassment of a different kind with ticket less travellers virtually holding women TTE to ransom. “I will jump of the running train if you book me,” threatened a ticket less middle aged men as a women TTE asked him to produce a ticket. Woman TTEs also face trouble from drunken passengers, anti-social elements and those gambling on the trains. “From the moment I enter a train till the completion of my duty I face at least two such cases and it has become a part of my duty,” says Kavita Reddy, a woman TTE working with South Central Railways. Though the male TTEs also face similar trouble, they manage to pull up the miscreants and handover them to the police at the next station. Women TTEs however have been kind not to file a complaints and this has become an excuse for antisocial elements to create more trouble on the running train. Strangely enough the co-passengers remains mute spectator and don’t come to the support of the women TTEs. Its an open secret that people drink during journeys especially in southern regions. The harassment that a TTE has to endure is of various types. “In a way, dealing with

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Notorious trains n Goutami express n Narsapur express n Shimapuri express n Godavari express n Garib Rath express drunkards who threaten or abuse is somewhat easy when compared to a certain type of sentimental boozers. These emotionally weak people threaten to jump off the moving train when we ask them to show their ticket or to pay a penalty. We have to plead him to stay calm till the next station, and then hand him over to the railway police. They narrate his entire life story (including that he has two wives, who always fight with each other and then he needs more money to take care of his wives) and hardships till the next station arrives,” she said. The most distressing way to spend a train journey is to experience the bad behaviour of other passengers. At times these miscreants bother people and scare children for asking them not to create a nuisance. They pick fights and are usually drunk and disorderly. Owing to

these reasons, most of them turn a blind eye on such antisocial behaviour as they feel that once they confront them, they are stuck with them for the rest of their journey. Despite the presence of Government Railway Police, such behaviour on trains is still rife. “Sometimes the GRP who are supposed to be guarding the train go missing. We can’t question them as guards keep changing from station to station or after a certain distance in the journey. They even turn up in an inebriated condition. Some of the GRP catch hold of passengers chewing gutka, drinking or commuters travelling without a ticket and extort money up to Rs3,000. They don’t spare those who are travelling with emergency tickets issued by TTEs. They accuse them of travelling with fake ticket and swindle money. “Recently I encountered a group of people drinking on the running train. When I reminded them that drinking is banned during travel, one of them cleverly said ‘Madam! Can’t you see we are drinking soft drinks.’ When I retorted and raised my pitch they unleashed a torrent of verbal abuse. Meanwhile, another started saying ‘Why don’t you mind your work? You are supposed to check tickets and now that we have showed ours, you may move onto other carriages,’” she added.




Audience held spellbound at the classical music concert at Chowmahallah Place on Thursday


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Dazed and confused: In pursuit of our dreams T

ake a page out of your life’s book today. Is it legitimate? Or are you aping a journey that is based on the reality or illusion (trust me, it could be either) of another person’s whom you envy or admire? Sometimes we confuse our deepest desires and electric dreams with someone else’s because we can’t really see ourselves being original and unique. We want their fame and glory, their money and power, if possible, their bodies and souls. Take Dirty Picture — it set tongues wagging and hearts


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pounding. People are outraged, seduced, stumped and awed by

the sensuality of the idea. Why are we talking about this? Because Milan Luthria, the director, had the audacity to trust his own journey leaving half of Bollywood to slap their foreheads. “Sheesh! Why didn’t we think of that one?” Originality does not necessarily mean you have to try and fit into your teenage daughter’s clothes just because you are young at heart; it does not permit that you go to work looking like a skunk without make-up and slippers because you think you are cool; and if you are a

man, it does not warrant that you buy a Harley Davidson at 57 out of your retirement fund. English hypnotist and selfimprovement author, Paul McKenna says, “The map is not the territory”. What he means is that we interpret situations based on what we feel and whom we are at that point of time. So how we interpret things affect our state of mind, expressions and behaviours. It keeps us away from being true to our most important dreams and realising our potential. So, if you are feeling ‘old’ or

‘unattractive’ or like a ‘loser’ lately, stop and think. Maybe you are vaulting down the road with someone else’s illustrious and affluent map, without having that person’s originality, intellect, or talent. How can you succeed trying to imitate someone else’s journey? Try to take your own path to success. If you don’t know the path yet, create one. The territory lays ahead – your territory – and you can make up the map as you go along. (The author is a Communication Specialist.)




Lead actors shine


amuthirakani’s latest film Sangharshana is about two friends with a dark past who come to Hyderabad to lead a new life. Sasikumar and Allari Naresh play the lead roles in this film which is a dubbed version of a Tamil film titled Poraali. Sasikumar and Allari Naresh render brilliant performances in their respective roles and there are several instances throughout the film where almost everyone shines in

Movie: Sangharshana Cast: Sasikumar, Allari Naresh, Swati, Vasundhara Director: Samuthirakani terms of acting. Ganja Karuppu’s witty lines are noteworthy in the first half. SR Kathir’s cinematography is top notch and he brings alive both the restlessness of characters as well as the rustic intensity in the flashback scenes.

Music by Sundar C Babu is a let down. The film’s plot gets confusing as it unfolds. After a good hour or so, the twist is revealed and most part of the second half is spent revealing about the protagonists’ past. It’s hard to figure out what the director wants to say and there are too many subplots in the film which drive our attention away from the main theme of the film. Watch it if you must for the lead actors’ performances.

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Brave enough to be Silk Sana Mirza


he essayed the role of a sensuous widow, Krishna, in Ishqiya after which people termed her as ‘the bomb’. “Oh, I have been called many things. Sexy, hot, sensuous! But, then at the same time, people have also called me extremely brave. They said with The Dirty Picture, I have bought grace to sleaze,” she says with a smile. Vidya Balan seems to be conquering all sorts of preconceived notions that prevailed when the actress was just starting her career in Bollywood. She received critical acclaim for her role as Lalita in the movie

Parineeta, after which she was applauded for her roles in Paa and Ishqiya. She can now be spotted in the much hyped and most awaited film The Dirty Picture (TDP) which depicts the rise and fall of a sex siren in the 80’s and 90’s. So, was it easy to play the ultra sensuous role. “I have played different characters in different movies so it was not like I could carry an experience from my previous role. A certain amount of mental preparation went into playing this character. I had to look sleazy yet sexy, voluptuous yet graceful. Playing a character which was inspired by Silk is an honour,” she says. The actress also clears the air about the rumours going around that the film is a biopic

on Silk Smitha. She says, The character in the film is inspired by the real life character but it certainly isn’t about her life at all. The 80’s saw a lot of buxom and doe-eyed heroines like Nylon Nalini, Polyester Padmini, poor Cotton Kamakshi out of which Silk was the one who was most popular. She was a dancing sensation and was quite phenomenal,” she says. Talking about her second time co-star Naseeruddin Shah, she says, “It was unbelievable and I consider it a great honour to have had a chance to act with him again. He is such a versatile actor and a living legend. He plays a promiscuous South-Indian

City fans gather for a ‘Dirty’weekend Inkeshaf Ahmed

HYDERABAD: Amid high expectations and controversy, the much-discussed movie ‘The Dirty Picture’ reportedly based on the life of yesteryear South Indian actress and ‘sex bomb’Silk Smitha was released across the city today. The movie was released following the rejection by AP High Court a petition filed by the brother of Silk Smitha to stay the release. The movie is being screened in 17 theatres in Hyderabad which also include all major multiplexes. At many multiplexes in city, Cinegoers and female fans of Vidya Balan, who essays the lead role, showed enthusiasm to watch the movie on the first day. “ Iam a big fan of Vidya Balan. I came here to watch this movie on the first day itself. The controversy surrounding this movie has doubled my excitement,” says Sanjana Rashmi, a resident of Banjara Hills, who came to Cinemax in Jubilee Hills to catch the first show of the movie. Another movie buff Ravi, a software engi-

neer, who came all the way from Secunderabad to Cinemax has expressed a similar feeling. “ I like Vidya a lot and watching her on the screens first day and first show will give me immense pleasure as it has generated lot of publicity,” he said.

Sambasiva Rao, a young fan of Vidya has been impatiently waiting for the movie to start. “The controversy has raised my appetite,” he admitted. Two female fans Shivani and Shonali share the same view. “I am getting phone calls from many female fans for advance bookings. I think the controversy generated has garnered a huge response from the fans,” Anjali

Cinema manager Satish told Postnoon. Cinema halls like Rama Krishna in Abids are running to packed houses. All the four shows of Dirty Picture have been booked on its first day. In Old City the theatres are expected to receive lukewarm response owing to Friday prayers. “Since it is Friday, we generally don’t have much response here. But we are expecting crowds in the coming days,” A Krishna, manager of Shama Theatre said. Many theatres managements felt that the last minute clearance from the High Court also led to the mix response. “ The movie was initially cancelled due to the controversy. But only at the last minute we received the information that our theatre will be screening the movie,” Kishtaiah, the manager of Kumar Theatre in Kacheguda said.

superstar in the film and he brilliantly portrayed the character in the film. He was so in character that after a while I forgot

who Naseeruddin Shah was,” she laughs, recalling a song sequence. “For the song Ooh la la, we had to dance around pots and this was the first time for both Naseer and I. We never knew we could do such things. It was a wonderful experience.” Probe her a little if TDP will affect her image. “People asked me the same thing after I played Auro’s mother. For me this is just another character. And I am deeply honoured that the directors believe in me and have faith in my acting to offer me such roles,” she offers.



India unveiled nice and full

PM intervenes in dam row NEW DELHI: Stepping in to defuse tensions over the Mullaperiyar Dam issue, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday asked the Union water resources ministry to hold a meeting of officials of contending Kerala and Tamil Nadu soon. Manmohan Singh said this in a letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, in which he also said he looked forward to her cooperation on the Mullaperiyar issue. “I have accordingly advised the ministry of water resources to arrange an early meeting between the officials of the two sides to sort out outstanding issues and allay genuine concerns,” he said in his letter. The PM said he was sure a solution to the dispute over the 115-year-old dam in Kerala can be found through

dialogue. “I am sure that, given goodwill on both sides, an amicable and mutually acceptable solution can be found through a process of dialogue and com-

Land grabbing case against Stalin, son

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Police on Thursday said they have registered a land grab case against former deputy chief minister MK Stalin, his son Udayanidhi Stalin and four others on a complaint. The case has been registered under various sections of the IPC against Stalin, Udayanidhi Stalin, Raja Shankar, Subba Reddy, Ven-

ugopal Reddy and Srinivas for threatening and coercing N Seshadrikumar to sell his house here to the family members of the former deputy chief minister. Police said Srinivas threatened the tenants of Seshadrikumar to vacate the house and forced him to sell the property. The property, measuring around 6,000 sq ft, was registered in the name of Venugopal Reddy, said to be Stalin’s associate, for Rs5.54 crore — less than the market price prevailing in 2010. It is said Stalin wanted the land adjacent to his house for his daughter. According to Seshadrikumar, police refused to accept his complaint against those who threatened him. PTI

munication.” The PM’s letter was in reply to Jayalalithaa’s letter of Nov 29 in which she urged him to advise Kerala to “maintain restraint” on the issue. Manmohan Singh’s letter comes a day before Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is scheduled to meet him with a request for permission to construct a new dam. “I have made a note of the points raised by you and also heard the issues raised by a delegation of ministers from the government of Kerala. I have pointed out to them that the matter is currently before the Supreme Court empowered committee,” he said in the letter. “I believe that nothing should be said or done to create undue alarm among the people,” he added. IANS

AIADMK MPs to submit petition CHENNAI: AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday said her party MPs will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Friday and submit a memorandum pertaining to Kerala government’s stand on Mullaperiyar Dam. She accused the Kerala government of spreading rumours that the Mullaperiyar Dam is unsafe and clamouring for a new dam for political advantage. Referring to the pending case in the apex court and the appointment of an Empowered Committee by the court to study the dam safety, Jayalalithaa alleged: “The Kerala government and the political parties are spreading a fear psychosis.”


BJP, CPM, RSP and the SP members of the 31-member panel. BJP MP Harin Pathak said: “We have given our dissent note. The draft report appears to be against the sense of Parliament conveyed to Anna Hazare.” The sense of Parliament on having Lokayuktas in States, a citizen’s charter and bringing lower bureaucracy under the Lokpal — among the demands

2 dead, 22 injured in WB police-mob clash KOLKATA,: Two people were killed and 22 people, including 16 policemen, injured as clashes between a mob and security forces over illegal electric connections in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district on Thursday led to police opening fire. “Two people have died. But whether they died in police firing or due to bomb injuries will be known only after post mortem is done,” district superintendent of police LN Meena said. One of the dead was a teenaged school girl. The other victim was a 32-year-old woman.

Sohrabuddin case: SC asks for call details NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Gujarat government to make available to the CBI details of phone calls made between senior police officers and other functionaries of the state during the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh. The direction came from the bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai after counsel Gopal Subramanium, who is assisting the court in the case, told the court that the investigating agency was not provided with the call records of the period when Sohrabuddin Sheikh was abducted and killed in a staged shootout.

Headphones turn fatal for 2 teens

Marine Commandos show their skills ahead of Navy Day in Mumbai on Thursday. PTI

Lokpal panel split on waiver for Group C staff NEW DELHI: In a split decision, the parliamentary panel studying the Lokpal bill Thursday decided to keep around 60 lakh Group C employees — the bottom layer of government employees — out of the anti-graft ombudsman, leading to 10 members submitting a note of dissent on the draft report. Sources said the dissent note has been submitted by the


set forth by Hazare, was conveyed to Hazare by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a letter on August 27. Expressing doubt that the panel would recommend a strong Lokpal, SP member Shailendra Kumar termed the Thursday meeting as “mysterious”. “There was an agreement on most issues, including keeping Group C staff within Lokpal

on Wednesday. What was the need for today’s meeting,” asked Kumar. Group C employees consist of peons, lower-level clerical staff, drivers, cleaners etc. Hazare wanted this group included under the ombudsman ambit, saying these employees interacted most with people and were the face of the bureaucracy. IANS

The GHAZIABAD: widespread habit of listening to music while walking cost two teenagers their lives on Thursday. The cousins, who were walking on a railway track, could not hear the train coming from behind them as they were glued to their headphones, police said. Kuldeep Chauhan, 15, and his cousin Rahul Singh, 17, were students of Dehra Dun Public School (DDPS) in Madhuban area. They had bunked classes on Thursday and wanted to watch a movie. Police said that after leaving their homes, the two were walking on the track on their way to a multiplex, when the Delhi-bound Jan Shatabdi Express hurtled towards them from behind. Not only could they not hear the train’s whistles, they were also oblivious to shouts of the people nearby. Both of them were killed on the spot.

Around the World


Universally fresh

Suu Kyi gives Clinton seal of approval in historic meeting YANGON: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought the blessing on Friday of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi for a US push to reconcile with Myanmar, after Washington offered the regime a fresh start in relations. In a meeting unthinkable little more than a year ago, Clinton began in-depth talks with the Nobel laureate at the crumbling lakeside mansion in Yangon where Suu Kyi spent most of the past two decades as a prisoner in her own home. Clinton greeted the slender but indomitable opposition leader with a kiss on both cheeks as she arrived at her home, while a small crowd of reporters waited outside. The top US diplomat was on the final day of a historic threeday visit to the nation formerly known as Burma in which she offered incremental concessions to the regime, including easing restrictions on foreign assistance. Suu Kyi and Clinton, two of the world’s best-known women, met face-to-face for the first time on Thursday for a private dinner at which the Secretary of State hand-delivered a personal letter from President Barack Obama. The message thanked Suu Kyi for her ‘inspiration’ to people

Aung San Suu Kyi and Hillary Clinton talk prior to meetings at Suu AFP Kyi’s residence in Yangon yesterday around the world and said the United States would stand by her ‘now and always’. The Nobel Peace laureate is widely admired in Washington and her support is politically indispensable there for any move to reconcile with Myanmar. In an unusual move, Clinton dispensed with her aides and dined alone with Suu Kyi on

Thursday at the lakeside residence of the top Yangon-based US diplomat. A US official said they enjoyed local curries and other delicacies which the consulate’s chef believed to be Suu Kyi’s favourites. Clinton briefed Suu Kyi on her talks earlier on Thursday in Myanmar’s remote new showcase capital Naypyidaw, where she gave an upbeat assessment

of President Thein Sein and his desire to shake off decades of military rule. “The United States is prepared to walk the path of reform with you if you choose to keep moving in that direction. And there’s no doubt that direction is the right one for the people,” Clinton told reporters in Naypyidaw. Clinton also delivered a letter from Obama to Thein Sein, offering a ‘new phase’ in ties in return for ‘tangible outcomes’ on political reform. She offered no major concessions but said that the United States would support UNbacked development assistance to Myanmar. She also said the United States would begin talks on resuming work to find the remains of 600 US service people left unaccounted for in World War II, when Asia’s one-time bread-basket was a major battlefield. But Clinton said that Myanmar must do more to warrant a removal of sweeping sanctions. US congressional law, championed by pro-Suu Kyi exiles, requires sanctions and forces Washington to vote against funding to Myanmar at global financial institutions.

Muslim groups spied on by FBI US Rights activists accuse FBI of hiding under cover to invade community’s privacy NEW YORK: The FBI has spied and compiled information on Muslim community groups under the cover of holding outreach meetings with their representatives, a US rights organization said on Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union issued a report saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation had overstepped its authority and was violating the trust of groups that agreed to meet law enforcement officers. The report was based on government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. “The FBI has been illegally using its community outreach programs to secretly collect and store information about activi-

ties... for intelligence purposes,” the ACLU said. According to Michael German, a former FBI agent who works with the ACLU, using such sessions to spy on people

only backfired. “The trust that community outreach efforts aim to create is undermined when the FBI exploits these programs to gather intelligence on the very mem-

bers of the religious and community organizations agents are meeting with,” he said. “The FBI should be honest with community organizations about what information is being collected during meetings and purge any improperly collected information.” However, the FBI denied wrongdoing, saying information gathered by outreach teams was not used for operational matters. The ACLU listed several examples of the alleged practice, including the compiling of notes on opinions, associations and contact details of participants at Ramadan dinners held in 2007 and 2008 during a San Francisco mosque outreach program.


Al-Qaeda holding US hostage LONDON: A US aid worker has been held hostage by AlQaeda, the terror group’s chief Ayman al-Zawahiri stated on Thursday in a video. Warren Weinstein was kidnapped from Pakistan’s Lahore city by armed men, the Guardian reported. Zawahiri said that the White House could secure his release by halting air strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen

Guyana gets ethnic-Indian president Donald GEORGETOWN: Ramotar, the candidate from Guyana’s People’s Progressive Party-Civic, which has led the former British colony since 1992, has won the presidency, electoral authorities said on Thursday. Ramotar, 61, whose party enjoys backing from the country’s ethnic-Indian majority, had been expected to succeed outgoing President Bharrat Jagdeo.

Flying squirrel invades ER RAHWAY: Firefighters were needed stat after a flying squirrel went nuts in a New Jersey hospital’s emergency room. The squirrel kept launching itself from an 8-foothigh wall-mounted lamp into a glass wall after becoming trapped in a trauma room.

Hunter shot by own dog


bird hunter in Utah was shot in the buttocks after his dog stepped on a shotgun laid across the bow of a boat. Box Elder County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Potter says the 46-year-old Brigham City man was duck hunting with a friend 10 miles west of the city when he climbed out of the boat to move decoys. Potter says the man left his 12-gauge shotgun in the boat and the dog stepped on it, causing it to fire.



Matters of saving and spending


Kingfisher hits another air pocket Postnoon News & Agencies

HYDERABAD: Cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines has hit another air-pocket with many airports asking the airline operator to pay and then fly. The GVK-led Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) threatened the airline to clear the dues of Rs. 90 crore or else move to cash and carry mode from Saturday. The airline will have to pay Rs. 60 lakh a day from Saturday, if doesn’t clear the dues. It is learnt that GMR-led Delhi and Hyderabad International Airp-

orts also served notices on the Vijay Mallya’s company to clear its outstanding. The woes of Kingfisher don’t seem to end with this. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) too wanted its Rs. 240 crore coughed up right away. The total debt of the airline is put at Rs. 12,000 crore. Passengers are becoming cautious about booking tickets. An air-ticketing company representative, on the condition of anonymity, told Postnoon that were advising the passengers not to choose Kingfisher to fly, as it’s

crisis could come in the way of their journey. The airline incurred the wrath of Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in November when it cancelled over 80 flights without taking prior approval from the aviation regulator. The airline had, however,

maintained that they had to cancel flights as they were trying to reconfigure their aircrafts. Kingfisher, which needs over Rs 1,000 crore in working capital loans to wriggle out of the financial crisis, knocked the doors of State Bank of India to give Rs. 400 crore. Airlines usually pay monthly charges to the airport operators. But under the cash-n-carry mode, Kingfisher, which operates maximum flights from Mumbai and Delhi, will have to make daily payments. “We are talking to them for

Osama Salman of Postnoon has a tête-à-tête with Mohit Anand, MD, Belkin India (sub-continent). Belkin makes electronics and accessories like USB chargers, laptop coolers, headphones, keyboards and mouse.


Belkin is present in 300 cities and towns and 20,000 retailers in India. It doesn’t have own stores. We want to increase distribution channel.


Belkin beat target became a Rs. 150-crore company in just 3 years. We plan to become a Rs. 1,000-crore company by 2015. Next year itself, we want to touch Rs. 250 crore.


We want to enhance consumer awareness spending Rs 12 crore. We want customers to feel the products and have a great experience.


We have 50-plus service centres. We launched a 24X7 customer support service in Hindi. We are working on other languages.


It is the product that sells. Belkin is also looking at domestic contract manufacturing to avoid delay in import and supply cycles (four weeks) and risks due to rupee fluctuations.


The company launched 10 new products including keyboards and mouse.


Takeaway - Plug in any electronic device into Belkin surge protector and in case your gadget gets spoiled, Belkin pays its cost up to Rs 1 lakh.

about Rs 90 crore dues. If they don't clear them by December 3, we will be forced to put them on a cash-n-carry mode,” a senior official of Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) told PTI. When contacted, the airline spokesman refused to comment saying “as a matter of policy we do not comment on supplier and partner relationships. However, we would like to reassure all our guests that all our flights will continue to operate as normal as per the revised schedule published on our website.”

Funding for entrepreneurs Postnoon News

HYDERABAD: The Indian School of Business (ISB) announced the launch of Propero, an initiative that provides a platform for start-up and growth stage entrepreneurs from all over India to raise equity or debt financing. The event, scheduled for February 24-25, 2012 on the ISB campus, will provide venture capitalists, angel Investors and bankers access to high quality and scalable business plans from various sectors, according to an ISB release. The venture must be a registered Indian business existing for the last six months as on December 20 and should be innovative and gained some traction. There should be a clear cut offering that is defensible. ISB invites applications from start-up and growth stage entrepreneurs who satisfy the above requirements. Entrepreneurs can pitch for up to Rs 5 crore of equity financing or Rs 1 crore of debt financing. Over 40 leading investors (VCs/ Angels) and banks will participate in the programme. The last date for entrepreneurs to submit their investment profiles is December 20, 2011. The credit guarantee trust for micro, small and medium enterprises of Government of India is the knowledge partner. Investors such as Indian Angels Network, Mumbai Angels, Hyderabad Angels, Helion Ventures, Venture East, SIDBI ventures, Ojas Venture Partners, DFJ, Clear Stone, Indo US Ventures, Nexus ventures, Peepul Capital, Canaan Partners among others had participated. Specifically, in Propero 2012 the investor community is being expanded to also include banks who finance entrepreneurs through credit guarantee funds, apart from the angels and VCs.

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Play Field


A critical look at games and players

Late goal sinks Fulham T

he Cottagers knew victory would secure safe passage from Group K, but they ultimately claimed none as Austrian substitute Marc Janko stabbed home from close range. Damien Duff and Mousa Dembele limped off on a bad evening for the west Londoners, which was compounded by Andrew Johnson’s sending-off in stoppage time. The win was Twente’s first against English opposition

Lucas vows to bounce back Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva has vowed to return stronger from injury

Fulham suffered a last-gasp 1-0 defeat to FC Twente in the Europa League on Thursday

and means Fulham must win their final game at home to Odense to win to be sure of qualification for the last 32. Jol named a strong Fulham line-up for the game as they looked to qualify with a game to spare, with Duff, Johnson, Aaron Hughes and Stephen Kelly all drafted in, although Bryan Ruiz was ineligible. Fulham were forced to alter their flat-looking attack in the 34th minute when Duff was forced off with a knock. Kerim Frei replaced the Republic of Ireland interna-

tional and the visitors soon eked out their first chance, with Johnson thwarted by the onrushing Nikolay Mihaylov. The visitors started the second period brightly and six minutes after the restart Kelly’s cross was headed wide by Johnson under pressure from Peter Wisgerhof. Frei’s cross caused trouble in the Twente box before Luuk de Jong wasted a giltedged chance to break the deadlock as he headed wide from six yards, while Bobby Zamora was unfortunate to

direct a well-worked Danny Murphy free-kick wide in the 71st minute. Fulham pushed forward in numbers as rain began to pour down in a final 10 minutes that saw Dembele limp off, and things got worse for the visitors when neat play from Twente saw Janko turn home Roberto Rosales’ cross. The goal two minutes from time was compounded further by Johnson’s sending-off in stoppage time for a second yellow card after he kicked the ball away. EVENING STANDARD

Jones clinches Stoke progress Kenwyne Jones’ late header secured Stoke a 1-1 draw and the point they needed against Dynamo Kiev


t was a classic game of two halves at the Britannia Stadium, with the visitors dominating the first period and deservedly taking the lead in the 28th minute when Oleksandr Aliyev’s shot was turned into his own net by Matthew Upson. But Stoke rallied after the break and finally found the equaliser nine minutes from time when Jones nodded in Jermaine Pennant’s cross. The night began with a minute’s applause in memory of Gary Speed, and when the


game did start it was Kiev who managed the first decent effort on goal, Aliyev testing Asmir Begovic from 25 yards. Stoke had struggled to get going and their task was made significantly harder in the 28th minute when Kiev deservedly took the lead, although in fortuitous circumstances as Aliyev’s shot from the edge of the box looked to be going wide until the unfortunate Upson got a toe to it and guided it into his own net. In the 38th minute Kiev nearly doubled their lead as

former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko was played in by Aliyev in acres of space on the left of the area but crashed his shot just the wrong side of the post. Stoke needed to improve rapidly in the second half, and they managed their first decent effort on goal in the 52nd minute when Kiev failed to properly clear a free-kick and Wilson Palacios broke the offside trap to get on the end of Rory Delap’s dinked pass but Oleksandr Shovkovskiy manES aged to block.


he Brazil international damaged the anterior crucial ligament in his left knee during Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the Carling Cup quarterfinal at Stamford Bridge. Lucas was carried from the field on a stretcher after a clash with Juan Mata and his — and the club’s — worst fears were confirmed by a scan. The 24-year-old was inundated with messages of goodwill on Twitter and he responded in kind, writing: “Just to confirm that I will be out until the rest of season.” He added: “I am really sad with the news because I was enjoying [it] a lot on the pitch. I am sure I will come back stronger and I will achieve everything that I dream with the LFC shirt. I am sure I’ll never walk alone.” The midfielder’s absence is a huge blow for Liverpool as Lucas had been one of their best performers not only this season but the previous campaign as well. In the last fortnight, in particular, the Brazilian has shown his worth with impressive performances against Chelsea in both the Barclays Premier League and Carling Cup victories and also in the 11 draw at home to Manchester ES City on Sunday.

Play Field


A critical look at games and players

Khawaja, Ponting steady Aus


sman Khawaja and Ricky Ponting steered Australia into a steady position after both the openers fell cheaply in reply to New Zealand’s 295, in which D Vettori scored 96, reports At tea on the second day, Australia were

2 for 91, with Khawaja on 38 and Ponting on 34, and the pair had given Australia a solid platform during a relatively quiet session after six wickets fell in the morning. New Zealand had gone to lunch after debutant D Warner fell for 3 in the second of two overs Australia’s batsmen had to face before the break. Soon after the resumption, the other opener Phillip Hughes was squared up by Chris Martin, where Martin Guptill took a fine catch low down, and Australia were in trouble at 2 for 25.

Advani carves out quarterfinal spot BANGALORE: The jungle law of survival of the fittest prevailed in the IBSF World snooker championship here on Thursday and Indian hope Pankaj Advani demonstrated it best while overcoming an error-prone Craig McGillvray of Scotland 5-3 en route to the quarter-finals. “I am exhausted after playing for the fourth day in a row and I guess, it is the same with others too,” said a visibly relieved Advani who is hoping

India vs WI

Run feast expected at Vizag 2nd ODI


s the tour moves to the YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, the contest between the teams — which seemed rather predictable to begin with — has acquired a more exciting taste following a couple of manic finishes in the lead-up to this game. A draw with the scores level in the third Test and a nail-biting finish in Cuttack, during which Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav provided an insight into the intricacies of human behaviour under pressure, have spiced up a home season characterised by one-sided contests and poor crowds. Visakhapatnam should not worry about poor crowds — it’s only hosted three internationals in six years and it would be an exception if the game doesn’t entertain. A high-scoring venue, teams have gone past 250 in each of the six ODI innings here — twice while chasing successfully. In what could be a battle of the bats at a venue that shot MS Dhoni into the limelight in 2005, the Indian top


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to win his second World snooker title after eight years in front of an adoring home crowd. The 26-year old Advani posted two brilliant breaks of 104 in the third frame and 93 in the sixth while McGillvray, in a catch-up mode all the time, caved in under pressure and had his best moments while making breaks of 70 and 54. In the quarter-finals to be played over 11 frames, Advani meets Belgium’s Peter Bullen. Even as Advani plotted his

way to victory, Australia’s Steve Mifsud was among the biggest casualties as he crashed to a 0-5 defeat to Belgian Kevin van Hove-Speltinckx. Mifsud, who had earlier tamed India’s Yasin Merchant who was playing his last competitive match ahead of retirement 5-4 in a very punishing encounter, had little left in the tank against the Belgian who capitalised fully on the rather uncharacteristic mistakes by his visibly tired opponent. IANS

Anti-corruption body cuts ties with Fifa


corruption watchdog that was advising Fifa after a series of bribery and corruption scandals, has cut its ties with world football's governing body. An official with Transparency International (TI) said two of its key recommendations had been ignored. TI said Fifa paying an expert to oversee major reforms to how it is run would jeopardise his independence. The expert, Mark Pieth, said he would not re-examine old scandals, another recommendation of TI. The move is being viewed by many as a blow to the credibility of Fifa's reform process,

which has been led by its President Sepp Blatter, says BBC sports news correspondent Alex Capstick. Fifa has declined to comment on TI's move. Sylvia Schenk, TI's sports adviser, said Pieth could not remain independent of Fifa if he was being paid by the organisation.

India in hockey semifinal order will not want to fall victim to the “soft dismissals” that their captain Virender Sehwag criticised them for after the Cuttack game. Even more so for the West Indies.

They were troubled by India’s seamers in Cuttack, but are now at a venue where the bowlers’ skills and variations have been of limited value in past games.

JOHANNESBURG: VR Raghunath slammed a golden goal in the last minute of extra-time as India beat Malaysia 5-4 in a thrilling match to advance to the semifinals of the Champions Challenge hockey tournament here on Thursday. Raghunath sent a low shot into the left corner of the goal after a late recovery saw India level 4-4 in regulation period of the quarterfinal encounter.

India will now meet hosts South Africa on Saturday, who prevailed over Japan 3-2 in another quarterfinal. Against Malaysia, the Indian goal had two narrow shaves in suddendeath extra-time when breakaway moves saw strikers F Saari and I Firdaus in one-on-one position with goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, but delayed shots by the home side players allowed PTI India stay in the contest.



Holistic view of mind, body and soul

Life was a beach World Aids Week till HIV struck


Calamine is good for rashes

When her husband was diagnosed HIV positive, Ramadevi had no inkling that she could be at risk too. All this because of lack of awareness Ranjani Rajendra


ife for 19-year-old Ramadevi was idyllic. She was married to a wonderful man with in-laws who thought the world of him, their only son. For Rama, life was a rosy picture filled with the promise of a bright future as she took on her new role as a wife and daughter-in-law. But then tragedy struck when her husband suddenly took ill and tests revealed that he was HIV positive. “Everything was going fine, but soon my husband began falling ill frequently. What really alarmed us was when he had a TB attack. We took him to a private hospital where they conducted a battery of tests to investigate. It was during the course of this that we discovered that my husband was HIV positive. The doctors asked me to get tested gtoo but my results turned up negative,’ says this Guntur resident. All of this was 12 years ago. At the time though there was nobody to counsel them or even inform them that the virus could spread through sexual contact. The couple continued leading a normal marital life, unaware that this was putting Rama’s life at risk as well. While life as a couple didn’t change much for them as a married couple, what changed was the family’s attitude towards them.

“My husband was an only child and was muchloved. But when his family learnt of his health they reacted rather negatively and began avoiding him. This affected his psyche quite a bit. The man who loved going out, now began to stay home for fear of social stigma. After all his own parents had shunned him,” says Rama, now 31-years-old. Unable to bear the stigma, her husband soon passed away, leaving Rama behind to look after their 3year-old son. “His death left me very disturbed. Until then I didn’t

think I could be HIV positive too. But after watching a few television advertisements, I realised how the virus actually spread, and the fact that I probably had it too. I didn’t even have the courage to go get myself tested for HIV. Besides, I kept thinking that I’d die like my husband did and my son would be left all alone,” explains Rama. This continued till a doctor, visiting their town as part of a leprosy and Aids awareness campaign, paid her a visit and convinced her to take the test. “I tested posi-

tive. Thankfully, for me the doctor counselled my and family and me and convinced us that there were a lot of people with HIV who still lead full lives and there was no reason why I couldn’t do the same. I also began attending support group meets and hearing others share their experience also gave me the courage to lead a normal life,” she says. The one thought that kept troubling her was that is she had access to the right information when her husband had been diagnosed with HIV, she could have protected herself. “Now I am actively working towards spreading awareness about HIV. My family is also very supportive of me now, that they have also been made aware and counselled about HIV,” says Rama who now works with an organisation that works towards checking the spread of HIV and offers free testing and counselling to affected people. Rama’s 15-year-old son, however, does not know about his mother’s health. “Thankfully, he didn’t face any trouble at school either because of my being HIV positive. He is now in class X and I would like him to become a doctor. But he has other plans. He wants to become an engineer. Well, whatever pleases him works for me,” she smiles.

Dr Kiran Krishnamurti

My 6 year old tends to get a severe rash on her body every now and then. This has been going on for the last 6-8 months. The rashes appear like reddish patches. On some days the itching is very severe. Why does this happen and is it a lifelong problem? This kind of rash (Urticaria) can be caused by any allergies under the sun including the sun itself. Drugs can cause it as can foods – especially eggs, fish or nuts. Extreme heat and cold can also cause Urticaria and so can pollen grains, fungal spores, plants or even infectious agents. Urticaria is essentially self limiting and if mild, needs no treatment. Severe lesions can be treated with local calamine application and oral anti histanunis. If the rash is accompanied by severe swelling sometimes adrenaline injection or even steroids may be indicated. The writer is a paediatrician practising at Andromeda Centre. You can write in to her at

Burning more sugar drives super athleticism WASHINGTON: Muscle fitness drives super athleticism, especially when their cells efficiently utilise sugar as a fuel source, a study reveals. Conversely, exercising improves the muscle’s ability to take up sugar from the bloodstream and burn it for energy. On the flip side, conditions that reduce physical activity, such as obesity, reduce the muscle’s capacity to burn sugar. A new study from SanfordBurnham Medical Research Institute unravels a mechanism that re-programmes metabolic genes in muscles to boost their capacity to use sugar, the journal Genes & Development reported. “Essentially, these transgenic mice are capable of storing and burning sugars at rates usually only seen in a trained athlete,” said researcher Daniel P Kelly.

Brave New World

Working mums multitask more than daddies Working mothers spend about 10 more hours per week multitasking than do working fathers and have a worse time


ot only are working mothers multitasking more frequently than working fathers, but their multitasking experience is more negative as well, according to a new study in the December issue of the American Sociological Review. “Gender differences in multitasking are not only a matter of quantity but, more importantly, quality,” said Shira Offer, the lead author of the study and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. “Our findings provide support for the popular notion that women are the ultimate multitaskers and suggest that the emotional experience of multitasking is very different for mothers and fathers.” The study found that working mothers spend about 10 more hours per week multitasking than do working fathers, 48.3 hours per week for moms compared to 38.9 for dads. “This suggests that working mothers are doing two activities at once more than twofifths of the time they are awake, while working fathers


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are multitasking more than a third of their waking hours,” said study co-author Barbara Schneider, the John A Hannah Chair and University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. But the authors said an even bigger issue than the time discrepancy is the difference in the way multitasking makes working mothers and fathers feel. “There is a considerable disparity in the quality of the multitasking experience for working moms and dads,” Offer said. “For mothers, multitasking is — on the whole — a negative experience. Only mothers report negative emotions and feeling stressed and conflicted when they multitask at home and in public settings. By contrast, multitasking in these contexts is a positive experience for fathers.” The Offer-Schneider study relies on data from the 500 Family Study, a multi-method investigation of how middleclass families balance family and work experiences. The 500 Family Study collected comprehensive information from 1999 to 2000 on families living in eight urban and suburban communities across the United States. Most parents in the 500 Family Study are highly educated, employed in professional occupations, and work, on average, longer hours and report higher earnings than do middle-class families in other nationally representative samples. Although the 500 Family Study is not a representative sample of families in the United States, it reflects one of the most time pressured segments of the population. The Offer-Schneider study uses a subsample of 368 mothers and 241 fathers in dual-earner families from the 500 Family Study. According to Offer and Schneider, their study shows that at least some of the difference in the way multitasking makes working mothers and fathers feel is related to the types of activities they perform.


Weaker brain links found in



rain differences might help explain psychopaths’ cold, calculated and often antisocial behaviour, and perhaps even point out better ways to treat or prevent the disorder, a study of Wisconsin prison inmates suggests. Compared with a group of 13 non-psychopathic criminals, a group of 14 psychopaths had weaker connections between an area near the front of the brain called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, or vmPFC, and the amygdale, a pair of almond-shaped structures deep in the brain. Earlier studies have hinted that this particular link is important for emotional regulation and aggression. Neuroscientist Michael Koenigs of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and colleagues discovered the weaker connection by taking a mobile brain scanner to a medium-security prison. Psychopaths are overrepresented in prison populations thanks to their lack of empathy and tendency toward antisocial behaviour. After interviewing inmates and scrutinising their disciplinary records to determine whether they were psychopaths, the scientists conducted two kinds of brain scans. The first measured the strength of brain connections called white matter tracts, which are bundles of nerves that serve as information super-

highways that shuttle information between different brain regions. It was those scans that revealed the weaker link between the vmPFC and the amygdale in psychopaths, the team reports in the Journal of Neuroscience. In the second kind of brain scan, the team assessed which brain regions were coordinating their activity while the prisoners were daydreaming. Normally, the vmPFC and right amygdale work in tandem. But in psychopaths this coordination is lower, the team found. Finding a breakdown in vmPFC connections was particularly intriguing to Koenigs. Neurologists have long observed that after

Psychopaths have a weaker connection (green) between a part of the prefrontal cortex (red) and the amygdale (blue)

damage to this area, people can take on personality traits that are reminiscent of a psychopath, including diminished empathy and irresponsible behaviour. The results offer direct evidence that the link between the vmPFC and the amygdale is compro-

Decreased communication between emotional and executive centres may contribute

mised in psychopaths. “This article does a marvellous job of integrating what we know about brain function,” says experimental psychologist Robert Hare of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, who was not involved in the study. “What’s striking is that it’s confirming what clinicians have suspected and discussed and talked about. Now we’re getting down to the real nitty-gritty here.” Hare cautions that identifying what’s different in the brains of psychopaths isn’t the same thing as figuring out the cause of psychopathic behaviour. The weakened connections seen in the Wisconsin study could be a by-product of some other environmental or genetic factor commonly found among psychopaths. “We have a chicken and an egg, in a sense,” he says. “There’s a tendency, certainly among people in the criminal justice system, to take any of these deficits and say, ‘Wow, we have a psychopath who has all these behavioural problems, and now we have this brain anomaly or dysfunction that seems to match, therefore one caused the other.’”

Food & Wine




Shamita Singha Television anchor, VJ, and animal rights enthusiast. Singha is a wine enthusiast-turned-wine taster.

Sparkling wine comes in all shapes and sizes — white, red, pink, dry, sweet, light, rich — however, it is the bubbles and process that differentiates sparkling wine from other table wines


here are three main wine styles, which we encounter in our everyday lives. Still wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines. Sparkling is my personal favourite, as to me it spells celebration, success and sheer happiness. Of course sparkling wine is no longer just a celebratory drink as this bubbly can be popped open any day of the week, even just to unwind. Sparkling wine is the kind of wine where the fermented grape juice goes through a second fermentation process where more yeast is added to the wine and left

to ferment further. Tiny gas bubbles are formed during the second fermentation and that’s your sparkling wine. But not all sparkling wine is champagne. Champagne is a region in France where sparkling wine is made. So only if it comes from Champagne, can it be called by the same name. Sparkling wine made anywhere else in the world, is just simply called that or has other names like Prosecco, a sparkling wine made in Italy. The second fermentation process for the champagne is done in the bottle itself. To the base wine, yeast is added and these


France – Champagne Italy – Asti Spain – Cava Germany and Austria – Sekt

bottles are stored in a cellar for a minimum of 18 months for the base wine to ferment again. Other sparkling wines from around the world like Prosecco follow a different method where the second fermentation takes place in a big tank after which the sparkling wine is bottled. The end result is rich and pleasant where the yeast adds that extra creamy, biscuit-like flavours to the sparkling wine. White and rose sparkling are most famous and popular while some wine makers do red and dessert sparkling wines too. Now you know why we have to burn a hole in our pocket

for any sparkling wine. It’s because of the time and patience that goes into making it. Different labels from around the world will have different terms for you to decipher. Method champenois simply means that this sparkling wine is made traditionally using the champagne technique of the second fermentation in the bottle. But, what we need to know, is that it’s just the method used and it may not be a champagne. Only if the label mentions Champagne, you know it’s from the region itself. Then you have terms like Brut which means ‘dry’ and it is not sweet to taste. Demi Sec means ‘medium dry’ and it has a hint of sweetness in it. Pink champagne or Brut Rose is a sparkling rose wine, which is dry to taste with no sweetness in it. Sparkling wines are generally consumed as an aperitif, a little something to stir your senses and appetite as a before-dinner beverage. It can also be paired with salads, fruit and light starters. Fried finger foods and creamy cheeses can also be accompanied with sparkling wines. So whatever the occasion, no matter what day of the week, this season add a little sparkle to your life! Enjoy!



From mundane to luxury look

MODELLING HAS GOOD MONEY Model and anchor Shonal Rawat first started her career in Kolkata but her resilience soon paid off and she found herself making her way to Mumbai

Taniya Talukdar

8Tell us some interesting facts

about you. People generally think me to be a very sweet person but what they don't know is that I can be stubborn and high-handed when I get angry. I am also very lazy, I can just spend my whole day watching television. I love food and contrary to popular belief that models don't eat, you will see me eating all the time and I have a fascination for sweets and I need to eat one every day. I have been independent for a long time now and don't give in easily to anyone or anything.

8 How many years have you walked the earth? I am 30 years old. 8 Your first stint with the camera?

It started off as a hobby. At that time, I did not have a model figure, but my mother's friend who writes for a Bengali paper asked me to pose for some pictures for the paper. I had no intentions of getting into the profession until this photoshoot happened. I finished the shoot in two hours and I got to wear make-up and good clothes. At that time I was studying for MBBS and had aspirations of becoming a doctor, but then I realised doctors never stop studying!

8What inspired you to become

CANDID THREE 8What’s your sexiest

asset? I think it’s my legs. I have long legs, which I love flaunting. I also have wild, weird hair that people love.

8Your Bollywood aspira-

tions. I never had Bollywood aspirations. Sanjay Leela Bhansali had asked me to play the role of Rani's sister in Black but I refused, as I feel I can't emote on camera in terms of melancholy. I am an anchor now and that’s what I want to concentrate on.

8Advice to upcoming

models. There are so many people out there and everyone wants to be famous. Find out if you are a model, know your true talent. I am primarily a ramp model. Once you decide where your potential lies, it becomes easier. All you need is hard work, patience and perseverance. There are no short cuts.

a model? The paper I had modelled for offered me more assignments and the money I got from it made me fall off the chair. I actually didn't have to ask for pocket money any more, there were incentives and people kept backing me and supporting me. I was also flown down to Delhi for an Italian fashion show by Marc Robinson. Then I participated in the Miss India contest, which gave me the grooming I needed and helped me build contacts.

8 What will you not leave home without? In our profession, since we are called for meetings any time, I always make sure to be dressed decently and I have with me kohl, mascara and lip gloss always. 8Your wardrobe essentials.

A girl can never pinpoint one thing as an essential and being the shopaholic and shoe lover that I am, I have loads of them in my wardrobe. I do not go by trends, I always get to wear the best from all designers, so I find it smart to invest in shoes as a lot of people


go wrong there. Stilettos are a must-have and I always have a fitted jeans, which I keep updating. I also have nice Indian wear and an LBD that can be stylised.

Pakistan. I have worked with Sudeep Sarkar on Moods condoms ad and also done ads for Dupont and Titan. Right now I am working with Zoom as their in-house anchor.

8Sexiest item in a

8 If not modelling, then what would you have been doing? I would have become a doctor or I might have managed events also. I had my own event-management company in Kolkata. I always have a high when it comes to work and I like to keep pushing, I am not a static person.

woman's wardrobe is... For an Indian woman nothing can be more sexy than a sari. Some actresses have started realising it and for the girl within you, a nice fitted dress for semi-formal occasions is a must.

8 Who is your favourite model and why? I have always admired Jesse Randhawa a lot. She just glides over the ramp in every show. She doesn't miss a thing and people could die to get a body like that. 8Projects that people

can spot you in. I have done a lot of ads and tried to balance money and fame. I have done a Sunsilk ad, which was aired in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and

8Challenges faced in

the modelling industry... I have been very lucky so far. I feel everything just fell into my lap. Of course, I had to have a lot of patience. You can't say that I didn't work hard. Also, I don’t think I gave into fame too easily. I once said no to 25 costume changes but I did full justice to the 8 changes I had to do in a show.

Living Room


A peep into the lives of cityʼs stars and achievers


Savouring the taste of life Indira Atluri


s we are escorted into his office, we realise that Uttam Reddy is a man who a lot of people look up to. It is a recurring scene where people walk in to his office with questions and requests, to which he listens keenly and offers advice that only seem to make the people happy. Few minutes into our chat and we realise that honouring guests is like second nature to Uttam. Uttam is the second of two siblings. He is the brother of Nandini Reddy, the director of the famous movie Ala Modalaindi. Born to Roopa Reddy and Bharat Reddy, Uttam spent most part of his life with his mother. He says, “I lived for 12 years with my grandmother, and then with my mother. My parents were separated, and my mother worked hard to bring us up.” There is a sense of pride in his eyes, when he tells us, “Thirty years ago, my mother owned a chain of ice cream parlours. It was quite amazing to see a single woman work hard in those days, when it was still a taboo being a single mother.” Interestingly, Uttam never wanted to be in the food business, but it was a chance encounter that made him become the name behind Rayalaseema Ruchulu. He tells us, “Four of my friends started Rayalaseema Ruchulu in Masab Tank, a couple of years ago. Then one of them had to leave the business as he was going away to another country, so I pitched in to support them. And before I knew, all my partners had to break out of the business for various reasons. And now, I run the show — and life couldn’t be better!” Uttam is married to Geetanjali Reddy, who is one of the city’s most sought-after wedding planners. Asked about his childhood, Uttam is at first reluctant to talk about it. We wonder why, but soon realise that his childhood was full of naughty experiences. “I was an

absolute brat in school. There were lots of fights with my friends, and of course, that meant taking home a lot of complaints. My sister and I too have had our share of petty fights, but as we grew up, we did not get to meet as often to continue our fights,” he reveals, laughing. Uttam needless to say is very proud of his sister’s success. He tells us, “It is an absolute clean movie, with no vulgarity, and sleaze whatsoever. So it had to be a hit, and I am the happiest brother to see that happen.” On his marriage to Geetanjali, Uttam says, “Geetanjali is a Goan, and ours was an arranged marriage.” This took us by surprise. He then goes on to explain, “My sister Nandini, got my profile registered on a matrimonial website, and started to hunt for prospects for me! And she liked Geetanjali when she saw her profile, and the rest is history. Geetanjali is also very busy with her work, but we managed a vacation to Bali a few months ago — it gave us that much needed break.” He adds, “Geetanjali does a lot of major wedding decors, events and stage planning in the city.” During their free time, the couple enjoys catching up with friends, and listening to old Hindi songs. Uttam also loves to do yoga and go for walks.

The owner of Rayalaseema Ruchulu, Uttam Reddy takes life as it comes. His keen business acumen combined with a relaxed attitude has made his venture into the restaurant sector an instant hit in Hyderabad

A self-made man


ife Geetanjali tells us more about her meeting with Uttam. “Ours was an arranged-comelove marriage. We spoke for almost two months before we met, the day he came to Goa for the first time his flight was delayed for six hours. Ours was a brief courtship and we got engaged in three months and were married in six.” On what makes their relationship tick Geetanjali says, “We are both foodies and love trying dif-

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Integrity Quality Hard work

TASTE OF SUCCESS: Uttam with wife Geetanjali

ferent cuisines. Travelling is another passion we share and we have been to Europe, the Middle East, Bali etc. We also enjoy water sports.” On her husband she says, “Uttam is a very understanding and supportive husband. He has always been there for me. On the work front, I would say that he is calm and composed and rarely does he get flustered over anything and he has excellent organisational skills.” Nandini, Uttam’s sister is busy with her movies currently, but the minute we asked her about her brother, Nandini is all chatty. She tells us, “As I am the elder one, I always bullied him. Thankfully for him, it is not the case anymore. As a kid, I remember him saving up on the monopoly money. He also used to take money from our mother’s purse without her knowing, and relend it to her! Uttam is a self-made man today, and he makes me proud.” She then reveals a secret, “There are also a few sequences in my movie that were inspired by him. Uttam was always worried about getting bald. I incorporated this emotion in a scene where a doctor is telling the hero that it is not really too late, and maybe, there is a cure. The audience is left wondering what illness the hero has, and then suddenly the doctor tells him ‘It’s okay man, it happens to everyone, and hair-fall issues are not as bad as they are projected!’ That particular scene had the audience in splits and Uttam got to know that it was inspired by him, though only much later.”


Ashram features a dialogue between urban experimental electronic music and traditional folk — a blend that has led to the birth of a unique kind of music, which best defines our time Padmini C


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You saw her playing three roles in Game and now Sarah Jane Dias is aiming for more as she makes her debut in Tollywood opposite Pawan Kalyan in Panjaa



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ourteen-time Grammy winner American rapper Kanye West leads the 54th Grammy nomination list with seven nods. Close on the heels are Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars with six nominations each. Lil Wayne and Skrillex each are up for five awards. Drake, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons, Radiohead, Rihanna, and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) have received four nominations each. Producers-songwriters Paul Epworth, Philip Lawrence and Ari

Levine too have won four nods, said a statement on the awards’ website. ‘’This year’s nominations truly reflect an exceptional and talented creative community that embodies some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry in their respective fields,’’ said Neil Portnow, president-CEO of The Recording Academy. The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced on February 12, 2012 at the Staples IANS Center.

Brad Pitt loves having mud fights with children


he Moneyball actor, who is raising six children — Maddox, 10, Pax, eight, Zahara, six, Shiloh, five, and threeyear-old twins Knox and Vivienne — with partner Angelina Jolie, admits their lifestyle can be chaotic but they try to keep things simple with the kids whenever they can, reports

a website. ‘’Angie and I do everything we can to bring normalcy in their lives and recreate the kinds of moments that are special for us. It’s not unusual for the kids to be covered in paint,’’ he said. ‘’We have mud fights. It’s chaos from morning until the lights go out, and sometimes after that,’’ he added. IANS

Gisele Bundchen named greenest celebrity


upermodel Gisele Bundchen has been named the most eco-friendly celebrity at the annual Green awards in London. The Brazilian beauty, currently involved in several environmental campaigns and a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ environment programme, is helping to launch safe water initiatives and anti-foresting movements, reports a website. And her good work was celebrated at the awards ceremony last week when she was honoured as the best green international celebrity. IANS


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Dunst looking for companionship


ctress Kirsten Dunst is desperately looking for a guy to spend the rest of her life with because she is worried about missing out on parenting. The 29-year-old actress admits she always hoped to figure out her life by 30, but she still hasn't found the right guy, reports a website. Dunst, who has dated actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire and rocker Johnny Borrell said, "Until you have a kid, you're just looking for your partner. And guys have a Peter Pan vibe. They're 35 and they act like they're 25. That's what scares me about being in my 30s - not finding someone to have kids with," she said. Dunst turns 30 next IANS April.

Shoe designing, Denise Richards' new love


ctress Denise Richards has turned designer to create a special pair of shoes for socialite Kim Kardashian's fashion website. Kim is the founder of, a styling service offering customers monthly personalised shopping experiences, and the 31-yearold has recruited Richards to share her love for footwear with fans, reports a website. "I'm so excited I designed a shoe for can't wait till it launches," the 40-year-old posted on microIANS blogging site Twitter.

Miranda buys silk boxers for hubby Orlando


upermodel Miranda Kerr says she has bought husband Orlando Bloom a pair of silk boxers to help him get into character in the bedroom. The 28-year-old and the Three Musketeers star have a 10-month-old son, Flynn. "Well he had to get into character so I bought him these silk boxer shorts and it kind of helped," a website quoted Kerr as saying. And when asked what she meant by getting into character, she said: "For, you know, us. I don't want to tell you what he IANS bought me."

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Kourtney pregnant with second child


eality TV star Kourtney Kardashian has announced she is expecting her second child with long-time beau Scott Disick. “Scott and I are so excited to announce that we are expecting our second child and are thrilled to be expanding the love in our family,” a website quoted Kourtney as saying. The American socialite and her boyfriend had welcomed first baby Mason Dash IANS Disick in 2009.


inger Justin Bieber says he wants to spend Christmas with his family. The 17-yearold revealed he doesn’t want expensive gifts, but instead hopes to get some time off to spend with his loved ones in Canada. “For this Christmas, I just want to be with my family. I don’t really have any requests, except for socks and underwear because I just run out of them a lot,” a website quoted Bieber as saying. IANS

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Lively’s new passion, collecting art


ctress Blake Lively says she has been obsessed with collecting art and says she has been a huge fan of paintings ever since her brother Eric encouraged her to start her own collection. “My brother Eric thought it was important

for me to collect art and have an awareness of it at a young age. He took me to an exhibition by Sage Vaughn at a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles and bought me my first piece. That experience ignited a hunger to see more art and collect it, however, I could,” a website quoted Lively,

24, as saying. “I always try to buy things when I travel as a reminder of the trip and time spent in a city. When I was working in New Orleans for four months, I bought a chair and a painting of Audrey Hepburn by local artist Sarah Ashley Longshore,” she added. IANS

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Living in a Varun Sandesh has had a roller coaster ride over the past four years, both in his personal and professional life. The actor opens up about his career in a candid chat

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t’s been four years since Varun Sandesh made his debut in films and considering the types of films he has been part of over the years, one might say that he has done a fine job. “Acting is a dream come true for me and I do agree that it’s been a roller coaster ride but the important part is that I am living in a dream world,” he says. After he got a chance in Sekhar Kammula’s Happy Days he decided to pursue a career in acting rather than going to college. “I do miss that part of life, but I am more than glad that I live a different life here where I get to study life, people and work,” he says with a smile. His American accent is intact when he talks and it’s hard to spot any other emotion on his face except for a perennial smile. “I am a happy-go-lucky guy. There was a time when I hardly cared about anything, but I guess I have matured a little now,” he explains. We ask him if the success or failure of his films bothers him, after all that is what determines the longevity of an actor. “I can’t determine the fate of my films. All I can do is give my 100 per cent while doing the job and leave the rest to the audience to decide,” he replies and adds, “Every day is a new learning experience for me. I believe that success is measured by the effort I put in.” So, doesn’t criticism affect him? “My father is my biggest critic. Compared to what he has to say about my performances, I must say that the critics have been quite friendly,” he chuckles. We remind him that he’s often criticised for his accent while delivering the dialogues but he seems unperturbed. “I think I have improved a lot on that front. In fact, my father saw my new film Priyudu, recently and he told me that my diction has improved a lot and also that it’s my best performance till date,” he confesses.

My father is my biggest critic. Compared to what he has to say about my performances, I must say that the critics have been quite friendly. This year, two of his films had released and only one of them, Brahmigadi Katha managed to rake in some money at box office. His new film, Priyudu is yet another love story. “It’s funny because almost every filmmaker who approaches me has a love story in mind. I can’t wait for a dream role, so I end up choosing what I find intriguing. I loved the way Shravan, the director of the film, narrated the story to me. The film is a love story of a guy who believes that love is a waste of time and energy. It’s a treatmentbased film and a complete entertainer,” says Varun. He has already begun shooting for Neelakanta’s upcoming film titled Chammak Challo and another film, which will be directed by Nandyala Ravi will go on floors in January, 2012. “I just want to keep trying to do a better job. These days, I feel quite bored when I am not shooting. My family is my biggest strength and thanks to them, I love my work and life way too much to be bogged down by anything,” says the actor.

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Kajal Aggarwal is the new face of Bru


fter hogging the limelight in recent ads of Lux, Kajal Aggarwal has been chosen as the new brand ambassador of Bru, a leading instant-coffee brand. After Lux, this is the biggest endorsement deal which the actress has signed in recent times. She is going to be the face of the coffee brand for

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Sanchita Padukone in Neelakanta’s film


fter the likes of Pranitha Subhash another Kannada actress Sanchita Padukone is all set to make her debut in Telugu. She has been signed up to play the lead role in Neelakanta’s upcoming film titled Chammak Challo. She had earlier acted in few Kannada and Tamil films including Ravana and Vettaikaran. Varun Sandesh is the lead actor and shoot for the film has already begun. Brahmaji is playing a father’s role for the first time in his career and interestingly Neelakanta is directing a rom-com set in a college.

Journey releasing on Dec 16




the South Indian market along with Tamil actor, Karthi. The duo had acted in Naa Peru Shiva and recently few ads featuring the pair were aired on TV. While Kajal and Karthi have been chosen as brand ambassadors in South, Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra did the honours in rest of the country.

Saravanan’s Journey starring Sharwanand, Jai, Anjali and Ananya is going to release on December 16. The film is a dubbed version of a Tamil film titled Engeyum Eppodhum which was one of the surprise hits of the year. A Murugadoss and Fox Star Studios had produced the Tamil version and Suresh Kondeti is producing the Telugu version. Sathya has composed the music and Velraj is the cinematographer. The Tamil version had raked in about Rs20 crore and it was critically acclaimed as well. Although the film was being planned for release this weekend, Kondeti has decided to postpone the release by a couple of weeks to get more screens.


@RanaDaggubati Announcing my nxt in Telugu: "Krishnam Vandae Jagathgurum"#KVJ with director Krish(Gamyam, Vedam). Official opening for the film on Dec14th.

@LakshmiManchu Two Lesbians Raised A Baby And This Is What They Got via @moveon #LGBT #LGBTQ . So proud of this kid..

@richyricha if you go w a closed mind, then you'll never get 2 appreciate an artist's versatility on screen.Neduvalli in Osthe will indeed be unique!

@Actor_Siddharth Played frisbee in the park with a super talented 'ultimate frisbee' team called Hyderabad Ultimate...addictive! Cheers!

@shazahnpadamsee So in the in the last 5 months the newspapers have linked me with 4 guys. Seriously? I wish i had such an interesting dating life! Hahaha

Chai Time 1400 Naadi Aadajanme 1430 Pavitra 1500 Movie 1800 Sri Shanidevuni Mahimalu 1830 Vasantha Kokila 1900 Chinnari Pelli Kuturu 1930 Anna Chellelu 2000 Pellipandiri 2030 Edureetha 2100 Money Money 2200 CID 2300 Vasantha Kokila 2330 Alajadi 0700 Slot 0730 Maa Punyakshetralu 0800 Ayurvedam 0830 Real City 0900 Movie

1400 Kannavaari Kalalu 1430 Maavichiguru 1500 Jeevitha Chakram 1530 Movie 1800 Jai Shri Krishna 1830 Shraavani Subramaniam 1900 Mandhara 1930 Auto Bharthi 2000 No. 23, Mahalakshmi Nivasam 2030 Mogali Rekulu 2100 Aparanji 2130 Devatha 2200 Mamathala Kovela 2230 Sree Mathi Sree 2300 Gemini Vaarthalu 0700 Gemini Vaarthalu 0730 Subhalagnam - Live 0800 Vendithera 0830 24 Frames 0900 Special Programmes 0930 Movie 1200 Movie

1400 [V] Behind The Sins 1430 [V] D3 Dil Dosti Dance 1500 [V] Humse Hai Life 1530 [V] Trailers 1555 [V] Fresh Songs 1600 [V] Zabardast Hits 1825 [V] Fresh Songs 1830 [V] Humse Hai Life 1900 [V] D3 Dil Dosti Dance 1930 [V] Humse Hai Life 2000 [V] Date My Folks 2100 [V] Behind The Sins 2130 [V] Trailers 2200 [V] Steal UR Girlfriend 2300 [V] D3 Dil Dosti Dance 2330 [V] Humse Hai Life 0700 [V] Trailers 0730 [V] Zabardast Hits 0800 [V] Mind Blasting Mornings 1130 [V] Fresh Songs 1200 [V] Humse Hai Life

‘[V] D3 Dil Dosti Dance’ at 1900 Hrs on CHANNEL [V]

1300 News Now At 1 1330 News Now 1800 6 PM 1830 Live Report 1900 Primetime 1930 The Game 2000 News Now At 8 2030 Live Report 2100 The Newshour 2200 10 PM 2230 E Now 2300 News Now At 11 2330 News Now Overnight 0900 News Now 0930 The Hidden Truth 1000 News Now

‘The Game’ at 1930 Hrs only on TIMES NOW


Telly sitcoms, news and movie listings

1400 Abhishekam 1430 Aadade Aadharam 1500 Antahpuram 1530 Aakasa Ganga 1600 Prema Mandiram 1630 Jagadeeswari 1700 Paduta Teeyaga 1800 Devimahathyam 1830 Puttadi Bomma 1900 Kumkuma Rekha 1930 Manasu Mamata 2000 Chandra Mukhi 2030 Bharyamani 2100 Etv News 2130 Wow - Game Show 2245 Movie 0700 Etv News 0730 Subhamastu 0800 Jeevana Jyothi 0830 Tollywood Time 0900 Movie 1130 Abhiruchi

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 Baghyalakshmi Bumper Offer 2230 Shree 2300 Chitrapuri 2330 Latest Songs 0800 Subhamastu 0830 Bhakti Samacharam 0900 Movie 1230 Mee Inti Vanta 1300 Movie

‘Top 10 At 10’ at 2200 Hrs only on ET NOW 1400 The F And O Show 1430 Closing Trades 1600 Business Day 1730 Your Trades 1800 Rush Hour 1830 Tee Time With Shaili Chopra 1900 Global Business Report 1930 Business Express 2000 Business First 2030 Your Trades 2100 Business Tonight 2200 Top 10 At 10 2230 Et Insight 2300 Et Interview 2330 Your Trades 0700 Starting Up 0730 Et Insight 0800 Tee Time With Shaili Chopra 0830 The Market Makers 0900 Your Trades 0930 Investor's Guide 1000 Talking Technicals

‘Destroyed In Seconds’ at 1930 Hrs on DISCOVERY 1400 Man Vs. Wild 1500 Prehistoric 1600 Dual Survival 1700 Great White Invasion 1800 Killing For A Living 1900 Swamp Brothers 1930 Destroyed In Seconds 2000 Man Vs. Wild 2200 I Shouldn't Be Alive 2300 My Shocking Story 0730 Predators' Prey 0800 A Year In The Wild 0900 Factory Made 0930 Destroyed In Seconds 1000 Man Vs. Wild 1100 Curiosity

1415 Most Shocking 1510 Guinness World Records Smashed 1605 Got To Dance 1700 Top Chef Masters 1800 India's Minute To Win It 1900 Most Shocking 2000 Sony Lifestyle Tv Magazine 2030 Ebuzz 2100 Ghost Hunters 2200 Live To Dance 2300 Breaking The Magician's Code - Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed 0900 Sky Teleshopping 0930 Ebuzz 0955 Sony Lifestyle Tv Magazine 1020 Live To Dance 1210 Wipeout

‘Ghost Hunters’ at 2100 Hrs on AXN

‘Beendh Banuga Ghodi Chadhunga’ at 2100 Hrs on IMAGINE 1400 Haar Jeet 1500 Nach Le Ve With Saroj Khan 1600 Haar Jeet 1700 Dharampatni 1800 Beendh Banuga Ghodi Chadhunga 1830 Sawaare Sabke Sapne – Preeto 1900 Nach Le Ve With Saroj Khan 2000 Dwarkadheesh - Bhagwan Shri Krishn 2030 Sawaare Sabke Sapne – Preeto 2100 Chandragupta Maurya 2200 Baba Aisa Varr Dhoondo 2230 Haar Jeet 2300 Sawaare Sabke Sapne – Preeto

1400 Hamari Saas Leela 1430 Hawan 1500 Veer Shivaji 1530 Uttaran 1600 Phulwa 1630 Parichay - Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka 1700 Sasural Simar Ka 1730 Veer Shivaji 1800 Uttaran 1830 Balika Vadhu 1900 Hawan 1930 Sasural Simar Ka 2000 Balika Vadhu 2030 Veer Shivaji 2100 Phulwa 2130 Parichay - Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka 2200 Uttaran 2230 Bigg Boss 2330 Balika Vadhu

‘Uttaran’ at 2200 Hrs on COLORS

‘Choti Bahu 2’ at 1930 Hrs on ZEE TV 1400 Hitler Didi 1430 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein 1500 Bhagonwali 1530 Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 1600 Pavitra Rishta 1630 Ram Milaye Jodi 1830 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein 1900 Ek Nayi Choti Si Zindagi 1930 Choti Bahu 2 2000 Hitler Didi 2030 Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 2100 Pavitra Rishta 2130 Ram Milaye Jodi 2200 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein 2230 Bhagonwali 2300 Pavitra Rishta

1400 Saas Bina Sasuraal 1430 Bade Achhe Lagte Hai 1500 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 1600 Crime Patrol - Dastak 1630 Crime Patrol - 2 2000 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 2045 Dekha Ek Khwaab 2130 Parvarrish - Kuchh Khatti Kuchh Meethi 2200 CID 2300 Crime Patrol - Dastak 2330 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 0700 Telebrands 0730 Sky Star Advertising 0900 Crime Patrol - 1 1000 Parvarish 1230 Bade Achhe Lagte Hai

‘Dekha Ek Khwaab’ at 2045 Hrs on SONY


‘Navya’ at 2200 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 1800 Mann Ki Awaaz… Pratigya 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 2300 Maryaada ... Lekin Kab Tak?


1427 Ocean's Eleven 1647 Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past 1851 Blade II 2100 Deep Blue Sea 2309 Tekken 0807 Friends 0837 Good Morning, Miami 0907 Friends 0937 New Adventures Of Old Christine 1007 Troy 1317 Tekken

Nach Le Ve With CID Saroj Khan Storyline - Cops will come

1425 Cop Out 1640 Bridget Jones - The Edge Of Reason 1855 Octopus 2100 Final Destination 3 2300 Turistas 0850 An American Tail Fievel Goes West 1025 The Ant Bully

1400 $H*! My Dad Says 1430 The Big Bang Theory 1500 The Real Housewives Of New Jersey 1600 The Event 1700 $H*! My Dad Says 1730 The Big Bang Theory 1800 E News 1900 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2000 $H*! My Dad Says 2030 America's Funniest Home Videos 2100 The Real Housewives Of New Jersey 2200 The Event 2300 $H*! My Dad Says 2330 The Big Bang Theory 0800 The Event 1000 My Wife And Kids 1100 Less Than Perfect 1200 Parks And Recreation 1300 Slot 1330 Just For Laughs

‘The Real Housewives Of New Jersey’ at 2100 Hrs on ZEE CAFE

Storyline - Watch Malaika Arora Khan sizzle the small screen as she makes an appearance as a guest celebrity judge on the weekly finale of Nach Le Ve with Saroj Khan.

across to a mysterious murder case where actor & director Abraham (played by Imran Hashmi) is shooting for his film ‘The Dirty Picture’ when a stunt goes horribly wrong.

‘ Nach Le Ve With Saroj Khan’ at 1900 Hrs on IMAGINE

‘CID’ at 2200 Hrs on SONY

‘The Big Bang Theory’ at 2300 Hrs on STAR WORLD 1400 Masterchef USA 1500 Extreme Trail 1600 The Big Bang Theory 1630 Home Improvement 1700 The Sheild 1800 Masterchef USA 1900 Love2 Hate U 2000 Rules Of Engagement 2030 The Simpsons 2100 Masterchef USA 2200 The Sheild 2300 The Big Bang Theory 2330 Home Improvement 0700 Dexter 0800 The Sheild 1000 Terra Nova 1100 Love2 Hate U 1200 The Big Bang Theory 1300 Home Improvement

1400 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 1430 Chidiya Ghar 1500 R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya 1530 Lapataganj 1600 FIR 1630 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 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 0800 Teleshopping 0900 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma

‘Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma’ at 2030 Hrs on SAB

‘Deewana Mastana’ at 1400 Hrs on ZOOM 1400 Movie - Deewana Mastana 1730 Star Bonanza 1800 Letz Go! 1900 Planet Bollywood News 1930 The Zoom Review Show 2000 Royal Stag Make It Large Series 2030 Letz Go! 2100 Next Door Diva 2200 B - Tonite 2230 Style Strip 2300 Bollywood Bonanza 0700 Letz Go! 0800 Red Carpet 0805 20 - 20 Songs 0825 Letz Go! 1000 20 - 20 Songs 1021 Letz Go! 1100 Zoom Box 1200 Garma Garam 1230 Bollywood Big Story 1300 Zabar 10 1330 Telly Talk

‘Final Destination 3’ at 2100 Hrs on HBO

1400 Weird Connections 1430 The Undetectables 1530 Discovery Science Presents 1630 Surviving Disaster 1730 Frontline Battle Machines With Mike Brewer 1830 Weapon Masters 1930 100 Greatest Discoveries 2030 Exodus Earth 2130 Some Assembly Required 2230 Mission Demolition 2330 The New Inventors 0700 How It's Made 0730 100 Greatest Discoveries 0830 Discovery Science Classics 0930 Mission Demolition 1030 Exodus Earth 1130 Some Assembly Required 1230 What You Can't See

‘The New Inventors’ at 2330 Hrs on DISCOVERY SCIENCE

‘CSI - Miami’ at 2300 Hrs on BIG CBS PRIME 1430 Jerry Springer 1530 Aspire 1600 Survivor 1700 Bellator 1800 Galileo Extreme 1900 The Defenders 2000 Entertainment Tonight 2030 How To Be A Gentleman 2100 Big Wheels 2130 Aspire 2200 Lucha Libre 2300 CSI - Miami 0700 Galileo Extreme 0800 CSI - Crime Scene Investigation 0900 CSI - Miami 1000 The Defenders 1100 How To Be A Gentleman 1130 Big Wheels 1200 Galileo Extreme

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 “The Simpsons” cartoonist Groening 5 Send-up 10 Stand the test of time 14 Farm unit 15 ’96 presidential candidate Alexander 16 Soothing plant gel 17 Photographer’s favorite dessert? 19 Homey rooms 20 “___ Haw” 21 Marina feature 22 Most demure 24 Jobs for musicians 25 Person with a big white hat 26 Bebe’s “Frasier” and “Cheers” role 29 Ingenious devices 33 Illogical 34 Coffee nickname 35 ___ of the above 36 Fake coin 37 __ stone (unchangeable) 38 Egg on 39 French papa 40 Ready an orange 41 Annoy 42 George Lucas movie 44 More difficult 45 Rules out 46 Belfry residents 47 Come up after a dive 50 Kind of package 51 Wall-bracket shape 54 Enthusiastic review 55 Umpire’s favorite dessert? 58 Brainchild 59 Greek letters 60 Dirty bathtub’s trait 61 Pocket protector wearer, in stereotypes 62 Watering hole items 63 Big diamonds DOWN 1 Jet speed unit

2 Aerobics class reminder 3 “But only God can make a ___” (Kilmer) 4 Tiger’s platform 5 Santa’s ride 6 Walks the floor 7 Sharif or Bradley 8 “Mighty” fine home for a squirrel? 9 Undergrad 10 Manicurist’s favorite dessert? 11 Aweather’s opposite 12 Your brothers, to your father 13 Kind of pilot 18 Bitter ill will 23 Adjustable dress feature 24 Ms. Rogers’ favorite dessert? 25 Type of servant or engineer 26 Speech impediments

27 Cove 28 Writer ___ Ingalls Wilder 29 Airport areas 30 Sounded like a pigeon 31 Ne’er-do-well 32 Jewish feast 34 Greetings for the villain 37 Barbecue shack snack 41 Mater’s partner 43 Droll one 44 Bother 46 Cartoon elephant 47 Land of leprechauns 48 ___-toorder (custom) 49 “Be it ___ so humble ·” 50 Baby-faced


51 Grandiose 52 “Walk the ___” (2005 biopic) 53 Betty Grable’s were insured 56 Agricultural tool 57 Garment with underwire PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER

THOUGHT OF THE DAY Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic. – Anais Nin



Your tomorrow today̶Star Power and Tarot THIRUVAIKUMAR

Date 3-12-2011

ARIES 040-27177230 / 9177596118

March 20 – April 18 Businessmen will fight the hurdles and succeed finally. Profits are expected to soar with adoption of new techniques. Employees' work load to increase. Avoid getting upset and keep working.


April 19 – May 19 Blood relatives will have an open mind and discuss issues with you frankly. Avoid hesitation; reciprocate and de‑ mand their help if needed. Employees to face ego problem with superiors.





June 21 – July 21

July 22 – August 21

May 20 – June 20

Employees will succeed in identifying the trouble creators and fixing them. Business‑ men will see a boom period. Avoid getting irritated at minor issues. Acidity and spinal cord problems likely; take immediate cate.

Avoid negligence in govt jobs. As Rahu is not favourable, you will have anger and te‑ nsion. Adopt a slow and steady policy. New products will be introduced by business‑ men. Employees will get useful advises.

Businessmen will add new customers. Em‑ ployees may have to do more work as su‑ periors will entrust them with it. Pain in the ear and sleeplessness likely. You will be disgusted if things don't work your way.



October 23 – November 20

SAGITTARIUS November 21 – Dec 20

Be careful while talking as Rahu is not favourable. Dental and eye problems lik‑ ely; take care. Govt work might get dela‑ yed. Businessmen will understand and learn certain tactics in running the trade.

Due to Rahu‑Sun combination in your Rasi, chances of medical expenses due to father and tiredness likely. Unseen travel on the cards. Businessmen will cater to needs of customers because of which profits go up.

Though govt jobs get delayed, they will end favourably. Some will change the lawyer to fight legal cases. Businessmen will follow new techniques and increase profits. Employees will work hard.




January 20 – February 18 Father will extend his support to yo‑ ur plans. Though financial inflow is good, expenses too, will be more. Wa‑ nderings will increase. You will iden‑ tify one who leaks business secrets.




The Lovers – Decision time! Where do you want to take this rela‑ tionship? You canʼt be a fence‑sitter forever. Make a decision and leave the rest to fate.

The Magician – Your instincts are guiding you in the right direction. Learn to trust your gut feel and go with it no matter how off‑key it may sound.

Ten of Cups – Family time today. Your fam‑ ily needs attention and youʼre discover‑ ing the joys of spend‑ ing time with loved ones. Pause all other activities for today.




Page of Swords – Youʼre feeling adven‑ turous and are in the mood to try out some‑ thing new. Share this time with loved ones. Youʼll enjoy the time even more.

Four of Cups – A job offer makes it diffi‑ cult for you to decide between the familiar and jumping into the unknown. Weigh pros and cons carefully.

Five of Wands – This is a day of contradic‑ tions. Not everything is as straight as it appears. Donʼt get into conflict situa‑ tions with anyone. Keep a low profile.




Six of Pentacles – Finances are in focus. You need to manage your money better. Help is at hand. You need to ask for it and youʼll get the right advice.

Five of Pentacles – This card stands for misery and some form of loss. Keep a positive outlook and donʼt give up on your own beliefs. Yet, stay practical.

Seven of Wands – Secrecy is indicated. At work, colleagues or seniors may be keep‑ ing from you some very crucial informa‑ tion. Just donʼt take anything at face value.




February 19 – March 19

Happy events turn your house into a che‑ erful mode. Due to Saturn, chances of fear and confusions possible. Employees will see a cordial situation with superiors. Th‑ ey will even share their secrets with you.

For Better or for Worse Stone soup

Seven of Cups – Material possessions are your focus. You want to secure your‑ self, financially, and are actively working towards it. All goals will be achieved.

Two of Wands – It feels as though time is going very slowly. This is a waiting time period for you and youʼre not used to it. Keep busy and wait it out.

The Devil – Youʼre tempted to go down the not‑so‑desirable road despite many warnings by those ar‑ ound. Donʼt yield to temptation. Take care of your reputation.



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Dec 21 – January 19 Be alert while driving. Chances of rift with blood relatives. Tension and un‑ expected blames too, possible because of them. Employees need to struggle hard for completing their work.


August 22 – September21

Be cautious while expressing your opinions as chances that you will be misunderstood. Businessmen will face competition bravely and succeed. Employees will be entrusted with new and responsible assignments.

September 22 – October 22



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On the Couch Style Spa in collaboration with Italian furniture maker Cheteau d'Ax opened a showroom at Jubilee Hills on Thursday.


Relationship committed Upasna and Ram Charan Tej got engaged at Temple Trees on Thursday. The who’s who of the city blessed the couple.


Minimum Medicine Dr Biswaroop Roy Choudary launches his book Heal without Pill at the Reliance Timeout SVM on Thursday.


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