HC CANCELS YERRA BAIL The AP High Court has cancelled the bail granted to senior IAS officer Yerra Srilakshmi in the Obulapuram Mining Company case. In an order issued on Monday, Justice Nageswara Rao rejected the bail and directed her to surrender before January 6.
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Thirty per cent of Banjara Hills lives in slums. Surrounded by structures housing the affluent, shanties stand surrounded by aspiration. Exploited by politicians as vote banks, the slums have burgeoned into full-fledged communities. Postnoon walks down the filth-strewn alleys to find life on the fringe in full swing TURN TO PG 4
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A well-deserved break Sudeshna Koka firstname.lastname@example.org
t’s been a tough year for teachers across the City what with the unexpected general strike that forced them to forego weekends and other public holidays and put in longer hours to complete the syllabus for their students. But the Christmas break came as a
welcome respite for most of them. With the government having postponed midterm exams and announcing a 10day break, teachers across the City have finally had a chance to put up their feet and relax. “Staying at home and doing nothing is such a good feeling. It’s such a relief to get a break. During Ayesha Fatima the strike period students used to get a break but we had to go to school. I have been at home and been spending quality time with my family. I also used this opportunity to catch up with old friends and all the sit-coms that I had been other-
EDUCATION wise missing,” says Ayesha Fatima, a teacher at Glendale High School. Not having to spend their vacations checking exam papers was the icing on the cake for a few teachers. “For the first time in 16 years I have got holidays with no paper checking involved. It is indeed a vacation without any commitments. I have been spending time with my family and Padamaja finally I got some time to organise a New Year’s party at
my place,” says Padamaja Wathada, who works with Centenary Baptist Church School. For others this was the perfect opportunity to plan a trip out of town leaving behind all cares and worries. “I went to Vizag and Araku Valley for a short but utterly rejuvenating vacation. As a family it’s very important to spend some quality time together and that happens only when we are somewhere far away from work,” believes Swathi K, a teacher with Pallavi Model School. The scene is not as pretty for every teacher in town. Some of them had to declare their own holiday. “I have always looked forward to my winter break. Being a corporate school we don’t get winter holi-
days which is why I took a 10 day break. I used this time to go to Bangalore spending time in my ashram and gaining some good karma,” says Suseetha S, Chaitanya Public School. However, there are a dedicated few who despite Muranali M the break spent their days working from home. “We used these holidays to make a few changes in our school. For instance, we worked on making new charts and modules that will be a great change for our students when they come back from their vacations,” says Muranali M, of Euro school, Bowenpally.
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Classic Mondays It’s time to go retro. Go retro every Monday night as DJ Neil will be playing retro tracks from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s at Bottles and Chimney. Where: Bottles and Chimney, Begumpet When: January 2, 8pm Contact: (040) 27766464
Martini ‘n music Enjoy the winter evenings with grey goose martinis and crooner Kelly dishing out your favourite numbers. Where: Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills When: Every Evening Contact: (040) 66662323
Cognac and Cigar The Seasons Bar opens up again as a Cigar and Cognac lounge with a wide selection of cognac, Rare whiskies, single malts and cigars. Where: Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills
All those who love vintage should head to 10 Downing street for Vintage parties every Monday. Where: 10 Downing Street, Begumpet
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Go DJ Go Commercial at Twister pub as DJ Krishi spins the best commercial tracks this Monday. Where: Twister, Madhapur When: January 2, 8 to 11pm Contact: (040) 65538558
On the House Set the dance floor on fire as DJs Anupam and Rakesh spin the best of hip hop and house at Kibbeh. Where: Kibbeh, Begumpet When: January 2, 8pm Contact: (040) 3043515
Different strokes To witness strokes of various kinds head to Gallery Space. It’s an exhibition presenting paintings and drawings by various artists and will be held at Gallery Space from December 24. Where: Gallery Space, Banjara Hills When: Ongoing, 11am to 7pm Contact: (040) 65541836
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Anand Bekwad from Belgaum, a town in Northern Karnataka, is primarily a landscape artist who loves to paint vast expanses in high, aerial perspectives. His wonderful spatial compositions are done either in watercolour or mixed media. Where: Hyderabad Marriott Hotel
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Cocktail Mondays When: Ongoing, 7pm Contact: (040) 66662323
Visual art An exhibition cum sale of paintings by Hari Srinivas. The Exhibition is on display till 30 January 2012. Where: :VSL Visual Art Gallery, Plot no 100, AP Text Book Colony, Gun Rock Enclave
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Ohri’s Food Court Necklace Road is offering a special Monday buffet. Come in to avail an amazing 4+1 and 2+1 offer on it’s lunch buffet every Monday. Where: Ohri’s, Necklace Road When: January 2, 12 noon to 3.30pm Contact: (040) 64543333
An exhibition of paintings by Rohini Kumar E will be on display The exhibition is on till 7pm. Where: Beyond Coffee, Jubilee
Get Spoilt as DJ Errol enthralls you with the best in Commercial & Hip Hop tunes . Where: Spoil, Banjara Hills When: January 2, 8pm
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Enjoy a variety of amazing cocktails along with the soothing tracks spun by DJs Aneez and Shekhar at F bar.. Where: F Bar Banjara Hills When: January 2, 8pm Contact: (040) 23541777
Numaish A childhood favourite of every Hyderabadi, The All India Industrial Exhibition is on. Where: Exhibition Grounds, Nampally
Food Drama For the biggest buffet in town head to Nautanki Gali. Dinner Buffet @ Rs 388/Where: Nautanki Gali, Madhapur When: Ongoing, 7.30-10.30pm Contact: 7893010000
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On the other side of the tracks Anubha K Singh
anjara Hills may have a largely upmarket image, but nearly 30 per cent of its population lives in slums. The slums in Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Film Nagar and adjacent areas have undergone massive expansion over the last two decades and have now become a common and important feature in every by lane of the area. While the arterial roads of
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these ‘upmarket’ areas are dotted with posh bungalows, villas, high rises and malls, the interiors of these posh areas, the slum pockets, are home to many construction workers and domestic helps. The Sree Ram Nagar slum thrives just behind the independent houses and stores on Road No 12, while the Noor Nagar basti occupies a significant portion of Road No 10. Similarly,
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Devarakonda basti on Road No 5, Nandi Nagar and Venkateshwar Nagar on Road No 14 and Udaya Nagar on Road No 11 are major slums that exist in these areas. “These slums that once comprised of just temporary sheds or a few huts have now been turned into pucca houses. They have now become a major part of these posh localities. Women from these slums work as household maids. These slums have seen massive expansion in the last two decades and
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If initially it was the lure of a job that drew these people to settle in these upmarket neighbourhoods, eventually it was the promise of political parties that attracted them to reside in these pockets. Local politicians and leaders encouraged them to live here with promises of good water and power supply among other facilities — all in exchange for their precious votes. It’s little wonder then that these bastis are now better equipped and thriving with opportunities for newcomers.
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lame it on aberrations by men in khakhi or misconceptions perceived through popular media, going to a police station and registering complaint is not something the public looks forward to. No wonder the Force is looking for a makeover and has taken it up with the CM himself. According to sources close to the DGP, they cops want to adopt a corporate style to endear public. First on the list is an attractive model police station painted with ‘cool’ colours compared to old police stations with yellow, red and with navy blue. The department is building one such station on pilot basis, which would be showcased to the CM soon. Earlier there were public relations officers to deal with people who come to register complaints. But the PRO system failed and the police are still unable to
become people friendly. In order to give a pleasant face to the police station, there would be trained women staff who would welcome and usher complainants and guide them through the process of filing FIRs. These personnel will be conversant in three languages — Telugu, Hindi and English — and will be trained in excellent counselling. Private agencies will be supplying these staff as the department is already understaffed. The CM has given green signal to the proposal .
Kiran woos top leaders with promise of rewards Postnoon News
Another suggestion that is doing rounds is to drop the khakhi uniform. But a majority from the Force opine that khaki was like a synonym to the profession and it would not be wise to do that. Instead, mufti can be adopted as situation requires, many suggested. There is also a proposal to merge the commissionerates of Hyderabad and Cyberabad and cases be taken up under a single window. There will be only one DSP for every constituency. The communication wing is also getting a major boost with addition of new switching server, IP-based Digital EPABX system with 60-party conference facilities in master communication control, to cater to telephone/intercom facility to all the officers and chief office sections. This will be located at the DGP office. More wireless sets and walkie-talkies will also be added.
t looks like Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy is trying to change his mindset for 2012. He has openly assured the leaders that the process of recruitment for nominated posts will begin soon. It is learnt that he would be seeking clearance on this aspect from the Centre as the Cabinet expansion will not take place immediately. Talking to some senior leaders at the Camp Office on New Year’s Eve, the CM said that it was time they reward the loyal workers. It is reported that he wanted to do the Cabinet reshuffle as well as filling up the nominated posts, but that was not happening time and again due to various reasons. He told that them that it will be done at the earliest, may be after Sankranti. The main objective is to strengthen the party from the grassroot level and retain power in the 2014 elections. “I will coordinate with everyone from grassroot-level
workers to the party president” he said. He recommended that the leaders should see that the schemes being implemented by the government reach the targeted groups. The CM told some Telangana leaders that “the Congress has a dedicated force in the State and the new parties will not affect the ruling party.” The CM’s unity exercise began a talk to his colleagues about staying together and was followed by his assurance on the nominated posts. He also advised them to maintain utmost restraint while talking to the media. Talking to Postnoon, some leaders opined that there was a lot of change in the chief ministers attitude’.
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‘Give power to 20L BPL consumers’
he State has urged the Union Ministry of Power to sanction free domestic connections to some 20 lakh eligible BPL consumers. It also requested the Centre to provide electricity to the remaining tribal habitations, SC colonies and weaker section colonies under Rajiv Gandhi Grameena
Vidyuthikarana Yojana (RGGVY) programme. The power utilities have already given connections to over 26 lakh BPL rural households. The Centre has also agreed to the proposal of the State for continuation of funding pattern 90:10 (90% Centre and 10% State funding for the implementation of RGGVY).
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Babu banks on hooch tragedy POLITICS PACKERS & MOVERS
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he death of 18 people who consumed hooch in Mailavaram mandal of Krishna district has given the main Opposition TDP a stick to beat the ruling Congress on the very first day of the new year. The TDP is planning to gain political mileage by highlighting the government’s failure in containing production and distribution of the ‘toxic brew.’ The recent exposure of a liquor syndicate by the Anti Corruption Bureau, issue and the involvement of many Cabinet ministers, ruling party MPs,
MLAs and MLCs in encouraging liquor mafia have added more firepower to the TDP’s arsenal. Since then, party leaders are leaving no stone unturned in attacking the State government. The party leaders have also demanded the resignation of PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana for his alleged role in encouraging the liquor syndicate. “The State government has become insensitive to people’s problem. Neither the CM nor the ministers are worried about public grievances. It’s sad that even after the death of the so many people in the hooch tragedy, the CM did not react on the issue. The government has lost the moral ground to continue in power. It
should immediately step down,” TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu said. The former CM announced that TDP would corner the government on its failure to regulate the consumption of illegal liquor and hooch and also create awareness among pubic about the ill
THE FACES OF HYDERABAD G Undappa, Tea vendor, Jubilee Hills PIC: A SUDHEER REDDY
effects of liquor. “This is a big issue. We will not leave the government. We will highlight its failures,” he said. The hooch tragedy may prove to be a blessing in disguise for Naidu whose Rytu Chaitanya Yatras to reach out to farmers received a lukewarm response. Its timing coinciding with the Telangana agitation also made the leaders unwelcome in many Telangana districts because of its ambiguous stand on separate Telangana. Interestingly, Naidu is scheduled to visit Mylavaram mandal today to console the families of the hooch tragedy victims. The party is also organising dharnas and rasta rokos on the issue.
e’s been making and selling tea since 1993 yet he still has the patience to serve his customers with a cheerful smile and a bit of chitchat. G Undappa makes one of the best cups of tea at his bandi in a corner of Road no 62 in Jubilee Hills. He hails from Medak and came to Hyderabad to earn a livelihood. Over time he has mastered the art of making tea and is now wellAishwarya Yerra known in A city is defined by the Jubilee Hills. people who live and He stocks work in it. Here we his stall with take a look at the human threads that Osmania bismake up our urban cuits, diesel satapestry mosas and big aloo samosas. But his speciality is ginger tea. Today, he is thankful that his college-going son helps him out. A cup of chai at his bandi costs `5 and he makes an average of `300 per day. As for his meagre income, he doesn’t think there is any point complaining.
hief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday made it clear that the ensuing Assembly by-elections in the Telangana region would not be a referendum on the separate State issue and performance of the State and central governments. He hastened to add that the 2014 general elections would alone be a referendum. Speaking to the media, the CM said that the ensuing by-elections in Telangana cannot be taken as a referendum because they were necessitated under unexpected circumstances. He also made it clear that they would go to the people and seek their support with the twin slogans of development and welfare of the people.
Jagan must come back to Cong fold: JC
ongress senior leader and former minister JC Diwakar Reddy has said that Kadapa MP and YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy would have to necessarily come back to the Congress fold, before the 2014 general elections. Talking to the media on Sunday, JC felt that all those who left the Congress would have to come back before the next elections. He welcomed the statement of CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy that he would fill all the nominated posts after the Sankranti festival. He also felt that under Kiran Kumar Reddy, Congress would regain its past glory during the year.
Babu’s tour only for political gain: Rajaiah
ongress MP Rajaiah has alleged that the TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu was touring the Telangana region only for his own political gain. Rajaiah questioned how Naidu could tour Telangana without clearly stating his stand on the burning statehood issue. He said that people of the region would not trust him as he had been cheating them with his two-eyed theory. Rajaiah has cut a cake in his house on the occasion of the New Year and greeted party workers and his supporters. He also spoke to the media.
Hockey player fatally stabbed in Vizag
uring the 2012 New Year Day celebrations, a young hockey player was fatally stabbed in the Kailasapuram Port Grounds in the early hours of Sunday. According to the police, the assailant, victim’s junior player Ratna Kumar, grabbed a knife meant to cut a cake and stabbed Bhaskar Rao in his stomach. The State-level hockey player died on the spot. Earlier, there was a heated argument and a clash between the two after midnight. A grievously injured Bhaskar was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed.
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Campaigns, hard news and spirit of Twin Cities
Final decision on Dy mayor to be out soon Md Inkeshaf Ahmed email@example.com
hief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana are likely to take a final decision on the party’s deputy-mayor candidate for GHMC today. The election for mayor and deputy-mayor’s post is scheduled to be held on January 3. It may be recalled that a few days ago after holding discussions with all the party corpora-
tors, the PCC president constituted a two member committee consisting of senior party leaders K Satyanarayana and DV Satyanarayana to discuss and take the views of every corporator of the party on the deputymayor candidate. During the meeting with the PCC president, all the corporators entrusted the responsibility of electing the deputy mayor candidate to the party high command. On the other hand, the two member committee constituted by the PCC president has been
holding discussions with party corporators since the last few days. During these meetings, many aspirants requested the committee members to propose their name for the deputymayor’s post. The committee is also likely to submit its report to Botsa after the conclusion of the discussions. Hyderabad District collector Natarajan Gulzar, who has been appointed as election officer by the State election commission, will conduct the mayor and deputy mayor elections. The
election had been postponed from December 30, 2011 to January 3, 2012, this month following a request by Congress party MPs. Many corporators in the party are aspiring for the deputy mayor’s post. Among these candidates, the names of party floor leader, Golnaka corporator K Venkatesh, Habsiguda S Harivardhan Reddy, Kukatpally corporator Jalagam Vengal Rao, Hafizpeta corporator Jagadiswar, Goulipura corporator, Ale Jeetendra, Khairatabad corpora-
tor Shaik Shareef and Gunfoundry corporator Madhu Goud are doing the rounds. But according to party sources, the competition seems to be between K Venkatesh and Jagadiswar Goud. While K Venkatesh’s name is being proposed by PCC president, Jagadiswar Goud has the support of cabinet minister and City congress chief Danam Nagender. APCC general secretary Abid Rasool Khans rooting for a minority candidate for the deputy mayor’s post.
Cream of the craft It’s a platform for artisans to showcase their talent while earning a living. On an average Shilpa Ramam sees 15,000 visitors over the weekend, all vying to pick up the best artefacts
MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
Leads Pharma, a reputed pharmaceutical firm in the city, on Sunday, launched some new variants of its brand Invigra. Actor Soumya Bollapragada and comedian Babu Mohan were also seen at the launch.
AN INVIGORATING NIGHT
People gathered on January 1 in Antibes, France to take part in the traditional sea bath in 14-degree water to celebrate the New Year. AFP/SEBASTIEN NOGIER
MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
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LAUGHTER THE BEST MEDICINE Punjab police constables share a light moment as they participate in a yoga laughing therapy session in Jalandhar. PIC: AFP
Anna allays health apprehensions
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives to pay obeisance at Durgiana Temple in Amritsar on Sunday. PTI
Actor Jacqueline Fernandes performs during the New Year celebrations at a hotel in Mumbai. PTI
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MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
Arab League monitors to be withdrawn from Syria? A n advisory body to the Arab League has called for the organisation’s observers to be withdrawn from Syria because of the ongoing crackdown on protests. The speaker of the Arab Parliament said the monitors had to leave “considering the continued killing of innocent civilians by the Syrian regime”. There has been no let-up in the violence since the observers started their work on Tuesday. Their mission is to monitor a peace plan drawn up by the Arab League. The Speaker of the Arab Parliament, Salem al-Diqbassi, said in a statement that the continuing repression “in the presence of Arab monitors has roused the anger of Arab people and negates the purpose of sending a fact-finding mission”. “This is giving the Syrian regime an Arab cover for continuing its inhumane actions under the eyes and ears of the Arab League,” Mr Diqbassi added. The parliament is an 88member advisory committee of delegates from member states. Its recommendations are non-
Medium-range missile testfired by Iran Iranian navy fires a missile in the Strait of Hormuz in Iran AFP
ran has successfully test-fired a medium-range surface-to-air missile during military exercises in the Gulf, the official Irna news agency reports. Iranian naval commander Mahmoud Mousavi was quoted as saying the missile was equipped with the “latest technology” and “intelligent systems”. The test comes a day after he denied earlier state media reports that Iran had test-fired longrange missiles. He said on Saturday missile launches would take place “in the coming days”. Iran’s 10 days of naval exercises began last week and are taking place in international waters to the east of the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
An image from AFP TV shows a Syrian anti-regime protester AFP looking at security forces in the flashpoint city of Homs binding and it operates separately from the league.
‘Nothing frightening’ Correspondents say many demonstrators are becoming frustrated at the league’s inability to stop the violence. About 60 monitors are in the country to verify the implementation of the Arab League plan, which calls for an end to all fighting, the withdrawal of troops from the streets and the release of political prisoners.
Although some tanks have reportedly pulled back, snipers have been visible during demonstrations and rallies. The Local Co-ordination Committees, a network of anti-government groups inside Syria, said at least six people had died in various parts of Syria on Sunday. More than 150 people have been killed since the monitors arrived in the country, according to activists. The UN says puts the number of deaths in the 10month uprising at 5,000.
There has also been criticism of the head of the monitoring team, Sudanese Gen Mustafa alDabi - who is regarded by some as biased towards the Syrian government. On Saturday he appeared to contradict one of his officials who was quoted as saying during a visit to the southern city of Deraa that he and other monitors had seen government snipers “with our own eyes”. Gen Dabi later told the BBC that the observer had made no such claim and was only speaking hypothetically. On Thursday, after a visit to the restive northern city of Homs, Gen Dabi said that “some places looked a bit of a mess but there was nothing frightening”. The general has held a number of senior posts in Sudan, including in the troubled Darfur region. The government of President Bashar al-Assad says it is fighting armed groups and that 2,000 security forces personnel have died. Casualty figures and other information are hard to verify as most foreign media are barred from reporting freely in Syria.
Nasa’s ‘Grail twins’ put in orbit
he US space agency (Nasa) has succeeded in placing two new satellites in orbit around the Moon. Both spacecraft were put in elliptical paths around the lunar body over the weekend after performing braking manoeuvres following their more than 100-day journey from Earth. The identical Grail twins are to map gravity variations across the lunar body in unprecedented detail. This will help scientists refine our theories for how the Moon formed. It will also enable them to test new ideas, such as the provocative suggestion made earlier this year that there were probably two moons in the sky above Earth billions of years ago. “Grail is a journey to the centre of the Moon and it will use exceedingly precise measurements of gravity to reveal what the inside of the Moon is like,” a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researcher said. “This information will be combined with other remarkable observations that have been taken by other satellites before, and together they will enable us to reconstruct the Moon’s early evolution.” The 300kg Grail spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, last September. This weekend, they approached the Moon over the south pole, 25 hours apart. Each satellite in turn fired its main engine to slow it and put it in an elliptical orbit around the lunar sphere. This orbit has a period of 11.5 hours and must now gradually be reduced in size and circularised before any science can begin. A series of further burns on each spacecraft should achieve this goal by March. The twins will then map the small variations
GLOBE AT A GLANCE SOUTH AFRICAN MOTHER SUSPECTED OF KILLING KIDS CAPE TOWN: A 36-year-old pregnant woman in South Africa is being investigated for allegedly murdering three of her children in Western Cape province.The lady, has confessed to have murdered her two-year-old son. But she may be related to the deaths of her other children, Xinhua quoted police as saying. “I can confirm we are looking at the deaths of two or more children,” said the warrant officer
CHINA LAUNCHES FIRST 3D TV CHANNEL BEIJING: China’s first 3D television channel started a trial broadcast on Sunday, officials said.China 3D TV Trial Channel is being jointly operated by China Central Television (CECE) and 5 local TV stations in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Shenzhen. It will be formally launched during the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year starting Jan 23.
A woman carries a dog as she walks at a forest edge after a snowfall in Tula region some 120 km outside Moscow AFP
ARGENTINE GOVERNOR ‘ACCIDENTALLY’ KILLED LONDON: A provincial governor in Argentina has died of a gunshot at home while celebrating the new year with family. According to the police, Carlos Soria, the Rio Negro governor, was with his wife when he got killed around 08.00 GMT, the BBC reported. He had sworn in as a governor just a few weeks ago and had been elected in Rio Negro by a wide margin. Soria’s wife is being questioned by police.
BOOK ON AFGHANISTAN LAUNCHED BY UAE FORCES
in gravity across the lunar surface from an altitude of 55km. These gravity differences are the result of an uneven distribution of mass. All this will have a subtle influence on the pull of gravity sensed by the over-flying spacecraft. The Grail twins will make their measurements by carrying out a carefully calibrated pursuit of each other.As the lead spacecraft flies through the uneven gravity field, it will experience small accelerations or decelerations. The second spacecraft, following some 100200km behind, will detect these disturbances as very slight changes in the separation between the pair - deviations that are not much more than the width of a human red blood cell. Grail is an acronym for Gravity Recovery and Internal Laboratory.
ABU DHABI: The armed forces of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have released a book on its role in providing security, stability and humanitarian aid in war-torn Afghanistan. The 224-page book The Mission: Winds of Goodness that was published in Arabic and English, chronicles the UAE’s participation in the international operation in Afghanistan and its mission to bring stability in the country.
Iranian navy conducts ‘Velayat-90’ naval wargames in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran AFP
MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
Matters of saving and spending
SSIs foresee grim power situation in 2012 too PIC: SHIV KUMAR
V Hanumatha Rao, J Nageswara Rao K Prudhvi Raju
HYDERABAD: “Small scale industries (SSI) are in a deep crisis. It may not be true of all the industries, but surely 80 per cent of them are reeling under difficult times. Our main concern is lack of adequate power supply,” says J Nageswara Rao, secretary, Federation of Andhra Pradesh Small Industries Associations (FAPSIA). “Of the two-day official power cut, authorities, are taking the excuse that one of
them goes as a regular holiday. Thus, the small industries are left with just one day as a power holiday. Manufacturing in small scale industries is an on-going process. We work 365 days and never have weekly holidays. We provide holidays to our workers shift wise. “After our agitation, AP Transco has brought down the power holiday to just one. They promised us that there will be no power holiday at all from 2012, and they will also lift the ‘unofficial’ power cuts in a
phased manner. Apart from a weekly power holiday, the SSIs were slapped with power cuts during peak hours from 6.30pm to 10.30pm every day, he said in an interaction with Postnoon. V Hanumantha Rao, president of FAPSIA, said that the superintending engineers of the industrial estates hinted at power shortage in the coming for the coming months too. Power had to be purchased according to the individual needs of industries. “However, the cost of each unit will be Rs9, which is double the tariff of what we are paying now. We rejected the offer straightaway as industry cannot absorb that burden, he said. Those who could afford power at this prohibitive cost would get uninterrupted supply, lest they would have to manage with just 80 per cent of supply in January and February, 60 per cent in March and April and 70 per cent in May, he disclosed. There was a contradiction in what they said. “We never faced power crisis during the rainy season. I don’t know how many of them will survive and go through this crisis,” he added. Micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector was contributing 40 per cent to India’s overall manufacturing, 60 per cent to overall employment, and 42 per cent to overall exports. It generates 20 employees for an investment of Rs 1 crore. In contrast, the large-scale industries provide work for only two people.
RBI to ease rates
he Reserve Bank of India is likely to begin easing monetary policy to address concerns about economic growth, Governor Duvvuri Subbarao said in a BBC interview, reiterating comments made by the RBI when it kept rates unchanged on December 16, according to a Reuters report. “From here on, we could expect reversal of monetary tightening. But it’s difficult to say when that will take place and in what shape it will roll out,” Subbarao said in an interview published on the BBC website on Monday. The RBI raised its key interest rates 13 times since March 2010, but kept rates on hold on December 16 and sent a strong signal that its next move was likely to be an easing. Subbarao reiterated that growth was likely to be a bigger concern in 2012, although the risk of inflation remained, largely because of a weakening rupee. “It is just that (through) much of 2011, inflation was so high that we had to give higher priority to inflation,” Subbarao said. “But going forward we acknowledged that growth is going to be a concern. “In fact, in the December statement, we said growth is a serious concern, so I think the balance between growth and inflation will shift in 2012,” he said.
Made in India, faked in China: $5-bn loss By Gyanendra Kumar Keshri
NEW DELHI: Chinese manufacturers are increasingly “faking” popular Indian products of consumer goods giants such as Dabur and ITC, undermining the legitimacy of brands and causing losses worth as much as $5 billion annually, officials said. “A lot of counterfeit Dabur products are made in China. We have conducted at least 20 raids in China but no proper action has been taken by the Chinese,” said Ashok Jain, general manager of finance at Dabur India, the country’s fourth largest FMCG firm. He said such fake products manufactured in China with “Made-in-India” tag are supplied across the world, mostly in India and African countries. “It causes huge damage to the brand. Those fake products are obviously not up to our standards and supplied at very low prices,” Jain said. Dabur, which has nearly $4 billion market capitalisation,
operates in key consumer product categories like healthcare, skin care, hair care and oral care. The company’s revenue last fiscal was $910 million. Pradeep Dixit, a senior official of ITC, a $33-billion conglomerate, said the popular FMCG brands of the company were counterfeited by unscrupulous firms and supplied in domestic as well as foreign markets. “Our popular cigarette brand
is faked and supplied widely in the states like Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh,” he said. “China is a big problem everybody is facing,” said S.K. Goel, chairman of the Central Board of Excise and Customs, said. Goel said the big international brands like Nokia, Adidas, Reebok and Nivea were also widely counterfeited in China and supplied in India and other parts of the world.
Chinese manufacturers are also faking drugs, endangering lives of patients. Fake drugs, carrying “Made in India” tags, supplied from China were recently detained in Nigeria and other African countries. KK Vyas, Delhi’s deputy commissioner of police (crime), said emphasised on the need for enhancing punishment for
unscrupulous manufacturers and importers. “Punishment needs to be enhanced. Also there is need that judiciary addresses these issues quickly.” “Counterfeiting is a big menace. It is hurting everybody — consumers, industry and the exchequer,” said Anil Rajput, chairman of the anti-smuggling and anticounterfeiting committee of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Recently, FICCI formed a panel called “FICCI-Cascade” that expands into a committee on antismuggling and counterfeiting activities destroying the economy. Chaired by Rajput, the committee is working closely with the government to curb this menace. According to a report by think tank Indiaforensic Research Foundation, the total loss to the economy annually due to crimes such as counterfeiting, commercial fraud, smuggling, drug trafficking, bank fraud, tax evasion and graft is estimated at Rs22,528 crore. IANS
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yclone Thane has left 46 dead in its wake despite few weeks’ early warning and adequate preparation time for disaster management authorities. National Disaster Management Authority was formed in 2005 in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that killed about 10,000 in India and 2.5 lakh people across the world. Though governments of southern states, especially Tamil Nadu, swung into action and initiated preparations it came short of expectations. During the 2005 floods Jayalalithaa did not hesitate to wade in waist-deep water to supervise relief and rescue operations but the same enthusiasm was conspicuous by its absence this time. Such high casualties despite spending thousands of crores and establishing a behemoth organisation for disaster management is not acceptable. It’s high time the government shook off its lethargic complacence and plug holes in the operations of such mechanisms so that we are better prepared and will have less to regret.
The Brothers Ambani: A truly Indian saga MONEY TALK A Saye Sekhar
he Moon, long since relegated to the background of man’s celestial aspirations seems to be back at the forefront. With Nasa’s Grail twins mapping its gravity and China all set to set-up the first lunar base, our peaceful neighbour has become a happy hunting ground for space scientists all across the globe. At least our cosmic companion can once again feel the gentle tread of human feet in the near future
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The flesh market
The approach of arresting prostitutes and pimps to curb flesh trade is like treating the symptom instead of the disease. Several rackets are able to run posh brothels in residential areas because there is a massive demand which generates supply. We need to move beyond the moralistic approach and understand that the world’s oldest profession cannot be wished away. The government must act to remove the social and economic conditions which force women into this profession. And those are in this line of work willingly should be allowed to continue without harassment. Ramkumar srinivas Padmarao Nagar
The story on flesh trade was extremely shocking. Speaking about women like they were cattle and actually buying and selling them as if they were a commodity is utterly deplorable. And the people who they cater to are the ones whom the citizens are supposed to trust. When the upholders of law themselves are turning a blind eye to these operations, what hope do these girls have? Corrupt police officials are looking to make a quick buck and instead of stopping the trade are resorting to extortion. Shameful indeed. Gayatri Rao Secunderabad
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Sad state of affairs
It is the same story every year. The prime minister has personally assured the country that he will work to ensure that we have a robust economy and an honest and efficient government. However, like all New Year resolutions, this too will never see the light of day. Does not every prime minister give the same hollow assurances? It's like it’s a New Year, so new resolutions, but people don't change, do they? It is shameful that a prime minister has to apologise to a nation for his men being corrupt.
It’s shocking that these many accidents occurred on New Year’s eve despite the precautions that the police announced. It appears they were not actually on the spot. One of the accidents reported involved five people drunk on a bike. It’s hard to believe that these youngsters managed to keep away from the eyes of the cops. I guess the cops took it easy, believing that the recent strick drive against drunk driving may dissuade motorists. But look at what happens when the rules are relaxed. P Arun Kumar Hyderabad
Akhilesh Kumar Begumpet
MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
Holistic view of mind, body and soul
Fertility can be preserved before chemo
Dr P Raghu Ram
Through the ‘smog’ screen Anishaa Kumar email@example.com
e all love a good winter, especially after the hot and sultry summers. The cold and tranquil winter mornings bring about a sense of calm. Early in the morning parks are bustling with city joggers as they enjoy the beauty of their surroundings. But behind the serene imagery is a very common downslide of modernisation known as ‘smog.’
What is Smog? Smog is often confused with fog. In simple terms, smog is a form of air pollution. It occurs when a number of minute air pollutants react with sunlight and heat. Smog is present throughout the year but is at its peak during winters where cold air and any pollutant in the air get trapped below a blanket of warm air resulting in winter smog.
It’s not all hunky dory Winter is a season where a number of infections and illnesses are on the rise. So in such a season what effects does smog have? According to Dr
Pradhyut Waghray, MD, Kunal Institute of Medical Specialities and senior pulmonologist Apollo Hospital, “Smog does not directly cause diseases but can aggravate various chest and respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchial allergies.” Children and elderly people are affected a great deal by smog, he adds. “There are an increasing number of cases of wheezing. Even smokers with allergies can be affected. Many cases of influenza are also seen during this season,” he adds. As a preventive measure many a times it is advised to
avoid exercising in traffic congested areas as well as avoiding walks early in the morning. For those who love early morning walks and wouldn’t like to miss them at any cost, smog need not be a deterrent. “Masks like those used by the traffic police help keep out dust to a great extent. For those with asthma, preventive medication is a must,” mentions Dr Waghray. Asthma patients tend to stop medication if they are feeling alright but they must continue with preventive medication to avoid asthmatic attacks in such a situation.
Dr Lavanya Nutankalva, infectious disease specialist, Apollo Hospital, also agrees that masks can be a good preventive measure. “You can also do breathing exercises and yoga,” she adds. While smog does not cause a specific disease as such, it can aggravate existing respiratory conditions. “Smog doesn’t cause any infectious diseases but we treat people who come in with any allergic blockage,” mentions Dr Lavanya. Since childhood we have time and again been told about how we should work towards cutting down various forms of pollution as it is the cause of various other problems in the long run. Smog is the result of air pollution, which needs to be tackled. Dr Lavanya also believes that preventive measures can be taken but the root cause is pollution which needs to be curtailed, “Go green and try to incorporate measures to cut air pollution in your daily life,” she says. Pollution is the main cause of smog, till high pollution levels persist; smog will continue to affect us. Till then take care, go green and breathe free!
What about contraception during chemotherapy? The contraceptive pill is not routinely recommended for women whose breast cancer is hormone sensitive because of the possible risk of hormonal stimulation of the breast cancer. Although periods may become irregular or stop completely during Chemotherapy, it is still important to use contraception. It is advisable to use a barrier method of contraception during chemotherapy, such as condoms, since chemotherapy drugs affect the whole body and may be in body fluids. One can carry on with usual sex life during your treatment but it is advisable not to get pregnant. Can complimentary therapies help deal with breast cancer? Many people find that complementary therapies can help them cope with the side effects of chemotherapy, even though there may not necessarily be the clinical evidence to back this up or measure the ‘feel good factor’ they can bring. There are many different types of complimentary therapies including relaxation, visualisation, aromatherapy, reflexology, meditation and hypnotherapy. Is it possible to preserve fertility before breast cancer treatment is given? If one wants to look at ways of trying to preserve fertility, it is important to talk to the specialist team and a fertility specialist before treatment begins. This is generally only an option for women under the age of 40 as fertility is declining naturally in women beyond this age. There are a number of possibilities that may be appropriate, although some of these are only in the very early stages of research. (The writer is the director and consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon at KIMS-Ushalakshmi Centre for Breast Diseases, Hyderabad)
MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
Holistic view of mind, body and soul
Black tea is beneficial to health
Conduct a breast exam for a safer tomorrow
B LONDON: While many people prefer being cautious about taking too much tea at home or workplace, researchers now suggest that by taking three cups a day one can slash heart attack’s risk by 60 per cent and dramatically reduce diabetes threat. Researchers believe that the humble cuppa, packed with healthgiving antioxidants, can help prevent the two killer conditions in a triple-pronged attack, the Daily Express reported. The study found that in most cases black tea was found to produce a significant protective association. Regular consumption of tea is claimed to prevent artery-blocking blood clots, control blood pressure and stop arteries from dangerously constricting and inhibiting blood flow. All three conditions can set off a killer heart attack as blood vessels feeding oxygen to heart muscles become blocked.
An extensive review of 40 research papers by Carrie Ruxton and Pamela Mason, and published in the UK Nutrition Bulletin, evaluated a raft of data linking black tea and disease prevention. Ruxton and Mason estimate that people taking three to six cups of tea a day lower their risk of contracting heart disease by 30 to 57 per cent compared with people who never drink it or who drink small amounts. “Given the available evidence to date, regular black tea consumption is linked with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes,” Ruxton said. “Though the amount required to produce such benefits should be the subject of further research, three to six cups of black tea daily appears to contribute to cardiovascular health.”
reast cancer is a growing problem. Awareness and regular check-ups are a must. Frequent self-assessment tests are advised. Here is how you can do a self-assessment. n Standing in front of a mirror one must observe whether the breasts are the correct size, shape and colour. Most women’s breasts are not equal in shape and size so don’t be alarmed. n Changes you should look for a Dimpling, puckering or bulging of the skin. b Change in position of the nipple or an inverted nipple. c Any fluid from the nipples. The fluid could be watery, milky or yellow. In some cases it could also be blood. d A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea. e A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm. n Roll your shoulders and elbows forward to tighten your chest muscles. Look for any change in the contour of your breast. Next one must inspect the outer portions of the breast by clasping your hand behind your head. n Lying down, place a small pillow under the right shoulder. You must use your right hand to feel your breast using a circular motion. It should be done in such a way so as to be able to feel the tissues. While feeling the back tissue one should be able to feel the rib cage. n Place your fingers flat and directly on top of your nipple and gently press. The nipple should move easily. The last set of steps must be done while standing under the shower. n Raise one arm behind the head so as to be able to spread out the breast tissue. n Check for any lumps or thickening in the underarm area. Also check the area above and below the collar bone. In case any changes or some kind of abnormalities are noticed one must visit the doctor. (Compiled by Anishaa Kumar)
Cancer-causing chemical found in peanuts, cooking oil
City life damages sperm count, study shows
BEIJING: Food safety regulators in a Chinese province have detected carcinogenic substance Aflatoxin in peanuts and cooking oil. The chemical was found in the food items in Shenzhen city of Guangdong province. The cancer-causing substance triggered a health scare earlier this week after being found in milk products. Aflatoxin occurs naturally in the environment and is produced by certain types of fungi. It can cause severe liver damage, including cancer. The Shenzhen market supervision bureau said it found up to four times the permitted level of aflatoxin in peanuts sold in three places, and similar levels in
ROME: City life has caused a decrease in the sperm count in young Italian men, says a new study by the Italian Society of Andrology and Sexuality Medicine (SIAMS). By pooling the results of three studies, the Rome-based organisation concluded that more than 33 per cent of men aged between 18 and 20 years suffer from a severe loss of sperm to urban factors like pollution and smoking. The study was financed by the Italian health ministry. City life also promotes a sedentary lifestyle, and obesity also negatively impacts sperm count, the study said. “It’s worth reminding youths because
cooking oil in four restaurants. Food safety officials have recalled cooking oil over fears they may contain excessive levels of aflatoxin. The companies’ storage facilities were shut down and licenses revoked. Their factories were ordered to suspend operations.
they are completely ignorant about the risk to fertility,” it said.
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Students Speak Coolest thing about college
College : NIFT
We think the best thing about this college, is that it teaches us how to design clothes and dress others well. It does not have any restriction on what we must or must not wear. We love the fact that we can flaunt our own creations. Also we can play music any time and anywhere in the college, of course, not during a lecture. And something we canâ€™t miss is our huge green campus! Our college is like brimming with energy all 365 days !
Type of College : Fashion Designing
Fashion Trends As design students, our creative juices are flowing all the time and we don't think following a particular style should be the order of the day. However, its, pullovers, boots, scarves for girls. While the boys love their mufflers wrapped stylishly around their neck and waistcoats. Well, both the boys and girls also seem to have fallen in love with either baggy jeans or with tight tops. Formal trousers have also become a popular choice with most of us. Most of us are also huge fans of 'piercings'. You will see that a lot of us sport piercings , be it the ear, lip, eye brow or the tongue. A lot of us, also love to experiment with hair styles and you will see that some of the wackiest styles are in this college!
Coolest hangout on campus The 'center circle' area in college is a popular place to brainstorm and chill out. That apart, we love all our sit-out areas by the pool. Our college is also a favourite as it offers a variety of food at pocket friendly prices.
Coolest hangout outside college NIFTians say that they like experimenting with the small food outlets in and around Madhapur. Apart from that we love the Inorbit Mall.
Things the students wished they could change about their college Our college is extremely strict about attendance. Every student has to have above 75% attendance every year. We feel that this rule must be relaxed as they are times when we get opportunities outside of college which we can never take up.
Songs playing on their iPods
Most of the NIFTians are currently smitten by the Tollywood bug. We absolutely love Telugu songs like Ringa Ringa and many more. Some of the all time favourites are Right Round, Sexy Bitch, and Tonight!
Fashionistas of U
Green is a state of mind
TOMORROW! One of the best institutes for fashion design in India, NIFT Hyderabad has produced some of the most promising names in the fashion industry today. We talk to the students to get a glimpse of their life.
nlike most students, NIFTians are actively involved in not just a thing or two, but in multiple spheres! For starters, the college has a very active Cultural Club which produces over 10 full-scale plays and dance shows every year. And they have the best of auditoriums within their own campus. It also has an environment club that promotes recycling. Since these students conduct a lot of fashion shows, the wastage from every show is collected and recycled. Especially, things like muslin cloth and paper. This college is also very active when it comes to contributing to the society. For instance, this Christmas some of the NIFTians gave money and also worked for the differently- abled individuals. NIFTians are also crusaders of causes like breast cancer & AIDS, where the entire college is found wearing pink and red ribbons respectively. This college believes in working hard and celebrating harder. Students are always searching for an excuse to be celebrating, and guess what, the college lets them do that! They have multiple inter and intra-college competitions and fests in which they are enthusiastic participants. One of their biggest days is the Art to Wear' show â€” a unconventional fashion platform where students exhibit their creations that are made of anything except cloth.
Because you are what you wear
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WARMING I UP 80s STYLE
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What started off as dancewear for ballet dancers is now among the trendiest accessories to sport this winter. So get yourself a pair of leg warmers
n winter, you have cardigans and tweed jackets to protect you from the cold nippy air, scarves to keep your head warm and snug and gloves for the hands, but what about your feet? They are the most neglected part of the body. Just a simple pair of woollen socks will save you from the cold but do they cramp your style ? Fret not. Now here’s a trendy piece of clothing that will definitely up your fashion quotient this winter. Leg warmers, that’s right. These retro cold-weather accessories might seem silly, but they are highly practical for this season's leggings and skinny jeans styles and if you are wearing a short dress or a skirt and want something that will not make you look out of place and yet look stylish, then leg warmers is your best bet. So why not wear them while they're hot? Just try not to wear your leg warmers at the same time you're sporting a pair of arm warmers. This trendy form of socks can be tried out in a variety of options, right from the length, to the colour and even the prints! Originally, leg warmers were made out of wool, but today you have more stylised versions made out of a mix of wool and cotton or wool mixed with synthetic fibre, and more. Fashion designer Aliya Baig tells us how they can be worn best, “I personally believe in experimenting, and leg warmers give you enough and more scope to do that. You could either leave them slouched, or you could wear them till the knee or you could wear them about four inches above your ankle. But it’s important that either you wear a colour that contrasts or compliments what you are wearing or else you could risk looking bizarre.” A student of fashion designing from NIFT, Abhilasha Kapoor, says, “I personally love leg warmers. I remember my grandmother used to make crochet warmers. They look, sleek, intricate and trendy. In fact, I still wear some of her crochet pieces over plain leg warmers to give it a layered and vibrant look. This is one accessory that you can wear absolutely anywhere and whether it’s a business meeting, a round of clubbing or even a visit to a hospital!” Abhilasha prefers to wear it over tights and skin-fit jeans. She says, “Personally, I think it looks best with a skirt and a little skin showing and the warmers starting from below the knee till the heels. They also look smart when worn over the shoes.”
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The glamour behind the glitz
PROMISES GALORE If 2011 was Tollywood's ode to love, the New Year is going to be the year of action. In 2012 there is going to be action not only on the screen but also off it, as several leading actors and directors gear up for showdown at the box office Hemanth Kumar email@example.com
In 2011, a total of 235 films, including 117 original Telugu films and 118 dubbed films released in Andhra Pradesh. It's probably the first time in recent years that there were dubbed releases than straight Telugu films and this phenomenon has become a big concern for a lot of people in the Telugu film industry. The success rate remained in single digits and theaters witnessed a major drop in revenues and audience. Leaving aside the success of few films like Dookudu, Mr Perfect, Kandireega and 100% Love, it's has not been a good year for the industry as it continued to grapple with escalating costs, employee strikes and heavy losses at the box office. However, all that is going to change for both filmmakers and film buffs as there are several big films lined up for release throughout the year. Love stories dominated in 2011 more than any other genre and the success of films like Ala Modalaindi, Mr Perfect and
100% Love is proof enough. Even mass entertainers like Mirapakay and Kandireega had a good dose of love along with action and comedy. In 2012, there's an impressive line-up of films which boast of lots of action, thrills and special effects instead. Almost every big hero and director has at least one or two films lined up for release and most of them have already created a lot of buzz among the audience. Trade pundits are already betting on films like The Businessman, Bodyguard, Nippu, Rachcha, Gabbar Singh, Dammu and Rebel to bring the crowds back to theaters in huge numbers. Apart from this, several actors like Mahesh Babu, Ram Charan Tej, Allu Arjun, Rana Daggubati, Ravi Teja, Siddharth and Ram are making a conscious effort to expand their market. Recently, Rana was signed up for Vetri Maaran's Vaada Chennai, Ravi Teja is playing an important role in Venkat Prabhu's film and Ram Charan Tej is going to star in a Hindi film. Bilingual films are expected to be in vogue in the near future and the box office result of Venkatesh, Mahesh Babu starrer Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu will decide the fate of multi-
starrers. Among the actresses, Kajal, Tamannaah, Samantha, Deeksha Seth and Richa have a lot to look forward to this year. Quite rarely has Tollywood witnessed such activity, where almost every big star and director has plenty of work in hand, in recent years. It remains to be seen whether the audience will lap up all the promising films of 2012, but what is for sure is that there will be a lot more mass entertainers this year. The failure of some of the big films in recent years has come as a wake up call for the film fraternity and everything that could go wrong has gone wrong in 2011, but 2012 is likely to change the fortunes of several people in the industry. For the audience, it means that Telugu films are going to get bigger, glossier and more entertaining. Only the coming few months will tell if films have gotten any better, but as long as the audience get their dose of entertainment who cares whether a film is actually good or not.
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Tarak, Srinu Vaitla’s
on this film and we hear that Srinu Vaitla is once again collaborating with his Dookudu team, Kona Venkat and Gopi Mohan to work on the script for Action. Kajal has been signed up as the lead actress. Ganesh is producing the film and SS Thaman is going to compose the music.a The film will go on floors in March.
Siddharth has his plate full in 2012 S
iddharth has his plate full in 2012 with as many as five films in his kitty. Currently, he’s acting in Love Failure, Chashme Budoor and he has been approached to play the role of Srinivasa Ramanujam in Roger Spottiswoode’s The First Class Man.Deepa Mehta’s Winds of Change, the film adaptation of Midnight’s Children, where he played an important role is going to release later this year. Apart from this, he is starring in Nandini Reddy’s upcoming film which will go on floors at the end of this month. Now, he has signed another film titled Sukumarudu to be directed by Ashok,who recently made Pilla Zamindar. More details about this film will be announced soon.
Nippu postponed to February 2?
avi Teja’s upcoming film Nippu has been postponed to February 2, if the latest from the grapevine is to be believed. Directed by Gunasekhar, Nippu was supposed to release on January 13. However, there’s still some post
FILM TITLED ACTION rinu Vaitla is on a roll these days. After working with Nagarjuna, Venkatesh and Mahesh Babu in recent years, he’s all set to team up with Tarak for an upcoming film titled Action and it comes with a tagline With Entertainment. After the success of Dookudu, expectations are sky high
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production left to be done and even the audio hasn’t been released yet. The buzz is that the film’s music might be launched at the end of this week. YVS Chowdary is producing the film. Thaman is composing the music.
@richyricha Back in Kolkata to wrap the first schedule of my Bengali film :). Hope everyone had a nice New Year’s. Start workin on those resolutions!
@Amala_ams My New Years Resolution – Remember to put 2012 on my paper instead of ‘2011 or 2010.’
@LakshmiManchu A treat will be coming your way today. Hang in there. Will post with a picture soon.
@themohanbabu This Generation can b the change & bring in the change. All the very best 2 my younger friends. Dream and care to achieve. God Bless us all.
@sundeepkishan “@shilparathnam: I’m going to make a resolution I can keep. Like resolving to give cotton candy to all unicorns I meet this year.”
@vennelakishore Happy New Year...will do my bit of contribution through movies to make this year as entertaining as possible!
@sayalibhagat It is the start of the new year and I am doing what I love doing-Travelling...once again mullah.
@geneliad Happy new year tweet hearts, may this year bring u all that the last year didnt n even more… make the most out of it.
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The glamour behind the glitz
Kolaveri Di success proves power of online medium: Shadow Band
@ajaydevgn Having a relaxed new year! Hoping the year ahead will be as good. Wish u guys the same. Cheers!
@priyankachopra Big lesson learnt last year! All we can do is give it the best we have and enjoy the ride..Waqt se pehle aur kismat se zyaada kuch nahi milta.
he success of the Tamil-English number Kolaveri di even before its official launch has proved the power of online social networking platforms. Members of music group Shadow Band feel the online medium has given a window to new talent and can be a stepping stone to a career in Bollywood. The two-member band comprises Rajan Adlakha, an architect, and Vineet Malhotra, a TV anchor. The former schoolmates came together at a reunion in 2009 and shared thoughts on music, following which they decided to try their hand at composing. The band was formed in February 2010 and their music has found online fans. “As far as social networking sites are concerned, we would not be where we are today without them. Bollywood is very compact when it comes to giving importance or exposure to young talent because in today’s time, no one wants to take a chance,” Malhotra said. “Everyone wants to follow a safe bet
and mint money. This attitude has only led to talented musicians being ignored. But we are confident we will penetrate that space (Bollywood). It’s only a matter of time,” he added. Of late, live bands and the concept of posting music online has caught the fancy of many newcomers in order to reach a global audience. So has it become any easier to carve a niche in the music industry? “Not exactly. Live bands perform from time to time at various places, but the recognition is still slow to come. Internet helps your cause to a certain extent but the real action lies in the core of media promotion. Carving a niche is not really that easy, but if it was, why would anyone do it?” said Adlakha. However, collaborating with TV actor Rajev Paul could prove to be stepping stone to tinsel town for the band. “Rajev and I went to the same gym in Mumbai while I was working as a TV presenter for Neo. He had written some poetry that was posted
on a social website and I decided to adopt a few of them and turn them into songs. Rajev, being a TV actor, brings a new dimension to the music we offer. Before venturing into pop, we were all out electronica and this association helped us in realising that we could do more and this gets us closer to Bollywood,” said Malhotra. If given a chance in Bollywood, the musicians “wish to create tunes that are fresher and newer in their feel”. “Music has gone stale in Hindi cinema today. We hope to change that and bring in a new dimension to everything we compose,” added Adlakha. About the growth of alternate music in India, Adlakha said: “Music is India is rich and historically relevant. It’s a part of our culture and upbringing, but experimentation and creative expression are still waiting their turn. It is prevalent to some extent but just like alternate cinema alternate music has to fight its battles,” he said. Their yet-to-be-titled album will release in January 2012.
Dilip Kumar wishes fans pleasant 2012
eteran actor Dilip Kumar has wished his fans a wonderful New Year and at also remembered his wife, Saira Banu’s mother on her birth anniversary. “I am wishing all of you a wonderful start to 2012 and pray that the year gives us pleasant times and many, many reasons to smile and feel on top of the world each day of the year,” Dilip Kumar wrote on his blog thedilipkumar.mouthshut.com. The 89-year-old thespian went down memory lane remembering Saira Banu’s mother as the epitome of beauty and grace. “Personally, it is not just the beginning of a new year for me. It is replete with beautiful memories. It is Saira’s mother Naseem Banuji’s (Appaji) birthday and my thoughts turn to her and the way she made a difference to our lives,” he wrote. “My thoughts turn right now to
Appaji and the quiet, unobtrusive way she made sure I was living the life that even a king would have envied. She was the epitome of beauty, grace and refinement and it reflected in her speech and manners. “Appaji always made January 1 special not for herself but for all of us by giving us a lovely day with some gorgeous surprises. Appaji, brought me and Saira together in marriage in 1966. She taught Saira to be the caring, unselfish and understanding wife she is and I would credit it to Appaji that Saira evolved over the years into a strong, gracious woman with the will to bring my own family closer to me. “Saira and I have accepted the will of God and learned to live without her but not a day passes without our thoughts recapturing her contribution to the strength of our marriage and love for each other. Appaji, we love you,” he posted. IANS
Taking my 1st day of the year slowly as the rest of the year is gonna be really hectic. Looking forward to a year of good satisfying work.
@SrBachchan T 610 - Quake in Japan earlier today.. 7.0 magnitude.. Now quake in NewZealand... 5.0 magnitude ... the Gods be disturbed and upset!!
@udaychopra I think of tomorrow as Schrodingers cat, it exists and yet it doesn’t both at the same time. So the bottom line, No New Year’s resolutions.
@iamsrk Reading Dave Barry look at the world..lol. My lil girl team riding atvs & shrieking like only girls can, breaking the still of the night.
@bomanirani Even mom is behaving like she partied hard. The house is like a 5.1 surround snore fest!
@deespeak The New Year brings a sense of newness with it. All that brought love in our lives let’s take that forward for all else start anew :)
The glamour behind the glitz
Zoe’s vintage pieces lost in transit F
ashion stylist and reality TV star Rachel Zoe has lost a suitcase full of designer vintage clothes while flying to Gustavia, capital of the Caribbean island of St. Barts. The 40-year-old, who launched her own label earlier this year, found that her trunk full of treasured vintage clothing was lost while she flew to the luxurious holiday destination with American Airlines. Among the mislaid items was reportedly a vintage Tom Ford for Gucci leather jacket, as well as a number of Missoni beach kaftans, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “Rachel jetted from Los Angeles to Miami just before the Christmas holiday, and her suitcase with all of her most loved pieces has been missing ever since,” a source told the New York Post newspaper. Zoe has a list of celebrity clients including Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway and Eva Mendes.
ctor Brad Pitt says that the most important thing to consider in a movie project is longevity. The 48-year-old believes it doesn’t matter if a film doesn’t win top awards, as the key to a good project is one that lasts longer. “Filmmaking is about longevity. Is it a quality picture? A quality story? Is there something original about it? The thing we miss the most is the degree of difficulty, like in The Tree Of Life,” contactmusic.com quoted Pitt as saying. “Just to aim for something like that — I think there’s a quiet victory in the degree of difficulty there beyond what’s going to be in the record books as the best picture of the year. Films that I’ve loved doing like Jesse James and The Tree of Life, they’re ‘fine wine’ pictures — they’ll age well. They’ve got legs,” he added. IANS
Filmmaking is about longevity: Brad Pitt
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inger Kelly Clarkson, who won American Idol in 2002 believes TV talent shows encourage new talent. “There’s no money in music now, so if an artist comes in and they don’t hit it right away then that’s it. So, there’s not really artist development in that,” contactmusic.com quoted her as saying. “But with talent shows, whether it be XFactor, American Idol or Pop Idol or The Voice, you’re learning from the judges, and the mentors and yourself every week, so I think it’s just another form of artist development, in a contemporary way,” she said. IANS
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The glamour behind the glitz
Gomez gave first salary to pay rent
inger-actress Selena Gomez admits she had handed over her first salary to her family to pay their living expenses. Gomez’s family had moved from their native Texas to Los Angeles to support her blossoming showbiz career. “I think my first pay cheque went into living in Los Angeles because we had to move from Texas, so I think we just had to pay for it,” dailystar.co.uk quoted her as saying. IANS
Beyonce pregnancy: Is she ready to give birth? M
ove over, Suri Cruise and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. The world is focused on the offspring of another celebrity couple in 2012. Numerous websites have been speculating about the impending birth of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s first child. According to Media Take Out, an unnamed “Celebrity VIP” has booked half of the labor suite at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York. Could the If I Were a Boy singer be prepping a special delivery for 2012? Some believe that the superstar couple’s offspring has already arrived. Britain’s Mirror newspaper reports that Twitter has been abuzz that Beyonce has already given birth to a baby girl named Tiana-May Carter. Beyonce revealed her pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards in August. She later announced that she’s due in February.
Helena Bonham Carter receives Queen’s honour
elena Bonham Carter may not have nabbed an Oscar in 2011, but the Academy Award-nominated actress will be bringing home an honour of a different sort in 2012, courtesy the Queen. The King’s Speech star, who portrayed Queen Elizabeth in the Oscar-winning biopic (and went on to receive an Oscar nomination for the role herself), was awarded with a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, published Saturday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
How to Play Kakuro Kakuro is a popular game similar to sudoku in some ways. But is also suitably different. The key question: “How do you play Kakuro?”, well here are the rules of kakuro. The answer: The kakuro grid, unlike in sudoku, can be of any size. It has rows and columns, and dark cells like in a crossword. And, just like in a crossword, some of the dark cells will contain numbers. Some cells will contain two numbers. However, in a crossword the numbers reference clues. In a kakuro, the numbers are all you get! They denote the total of the digits in the row or column referenced by the number. Within each collection of cells - called a run - any of the numbers 1 to 9 may be used but, like sudoku, each number may only be used once. Let’s have an example to explain this concept more clearly: In the image above, which shows a section of a kakuro puzzle, you will see the numbers ‘26’ and ‘14’ in the top row. Look at the 14. This means that the total of the three cells underneath must sum to 14. Therefore 9, 4, 1 could be the answer, or perhaps 7, 4, 3 and so on... So, how do you work out the actual combination? Well, this is done through elimination and cross-referencing. For instance, as you work out the answers for other kakuro clues, this will naturally limit the valid combinations, and hence the answer for this particular run. Note the second cell in row two - it contains two numbers, 30 and 11. The 30 refers to the vertical run underneath the number 30 and the 11 refers to the two cells to the right, horizontally, of the number 11.
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Take a shot at the brain game while sipping your cuppa
QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 "Ali ___ and the 40 Thieves" 5 Architectural column support 10 Afternoon snooze 13 Forcibly lay claim to 15 Calm, as fears 16 "Metric" start 17 Favorable count for the batter 19 Stanley Cup org. 20 Bettor's aid 21 "Which came first?" choice 22 "... the ___ shall inherit the Earth" 23 Actresses Mendes and Longoria 25 Indonesian island crossed by the equator 27 Had a bone to pick? 30 Pittsburgh-to-Boston dir. 31 A.D. word 32 Cheese choice 34 Non-stinging insect 39 Forum robe 40 Stephen King has set many of his novels here 41 ___-O ("Old MacDonald" refrain) 42 Hair color 44 Football Hall of Famer Michael 45 "Jeopardy!" contestants, collectively 46 "Is it soup ___?" 48 Perry Mason's creator's monogram 49 Straightens 52 "Born Free" beast 54 Forks over the dough 55 "___ the Walrus" (Beatles song) 57 "Piglet's Big Movie" character 61 Orchestra locale 62 Numbers of convenience? 64 Noted victim of temptation 65 Harmoniously 66 Corleone who broke Michael's heart 67 "___ and Stimpy" (Nickelodeon cartoon) 68 Biplane part 69 Calcutta misters
DOWN 1 "No ifs, ands, or ___" 2 Covered with cinders 3 Chestnut coats 4 Sharp, narrow mountain ridge 5 ___ Ysidro, Calif. 6 Ye-Shoppe go-between 7 Drain problems 8 English or French 9 Visually assess 10 Like some clock-watchers' workdays 11 Son of Jacob 12 Beer Barrel dance 14 "Pet" sources of irritation 18 "___ for All Seasons" (1966 film) 22 Way in which to be 24 Auto type 26 JKL followers 27 "The Thin Man" canine 28 What Noah counted by? 29 Common blow-up size
33 Buffalo hockey team 35 Free, as of a pest 36 In the twinkling of ___ (immediately) 37 Aloha garlands 38 Middle name of 43Down 40 Most temperamental 43 Vietnam Veterans Memorial architect Maya ___ 44 "... we have to fear is fear ___" (F.D.R.) 47 "... waitin' for the Robert ___" 49 Word with "class" or "crust" 50 Easily duped 51 Enjoy the taste of 53 Australia's
___ Rock 56 Cafe handout 58 Walkie-talkie message ending 59 Prepared in advance, in product names 60 Grandson of Adam 62 Swedish airline 63 Tennis court divider PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER
THOUGHT OF THE DAY Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. – Albert Einstein
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Your ambitions will become a reality if proper efforts are initiated. You will perform well in all work you undertake. You will handle ﬁnancial problems. Avoid being emotional.
Children will be focussed in their career development. Businessmen may sign contracts for joint venture with foreign partners. Foreign business trips too likely.
Plan ﬁnances carefully. Businessmen can initiate efforts for extra income by expan‑ sion or making fresh investments. Relationship between couples will be cordial. Friends will be of great help.
Politiciansʼ inﬂuence will scale new heights. New job likely. Businessmen will adopt new techniques to increase the income and to attract new customers. Employees will get support from superiors.
Your will power and self conﬁdence levels look excellent. Finances, as expected, will come by and make you comfortable. Cold war likely between couples. Try to adjust and be happy.
New efforts will bear fruits as expected. VIP friends will extend their full support. Businessmen need to praise staff and get the work done. Persons of other region will help you.
Government sops likely. Contracts will be signed with biggest corporates suc‑ cessfully by businessmen. Employees by their hardwork will gain importance at workplace.
Unexpected help from surprise sources will come by. Real estate deals will end with decent gains. Indirect opposition likely. Businessmen might feel a sluggish trend. Employees may be overburdened.
Chances of marriage for your daughter. Beneﬁts through friends and relatives likely. Travel will be beneﬁcial. You will understand the true colours of close circle.
Expectations will frutify. Some will reno‑ vate their house. Neighbours and rela‑ tives will be cordial. Be careful while driving. Chances journey not ruled out. Businessmen need to be careful.
Certain issues will make you to struggle hard to get them done. Government‑related works will end smoothly. People who neglected you will start giving importance to you.
Couples will be more affectionate. Debt issues will be under control. Litigation in the property issues will be over. Avoid trusting anyone blindly to share your secrets.
Four of Cups – A job offer will take you by surprise. Just when youʼre about to decide, a counter offer takes you by a bigger sur‑ prise.
Seven of Wands – Youʼre tired and exhausted with being in the rat race. At the end, youʼre only a rat, you tell yourself. Take the plunge.
Four of Pentacles – The money ﬂow is good and itʼs giving you the conﬁdence to do the unknown and go into unfamil‑ iar territory. Get adventurous.
King of Cups – Youʼre getting too emotional and this may not be the best time to show your emotions to the world. Guard against bad decisions.
Temperance – Be patient and work out a plan based on how much time you can devote to a project. Jumping the gun is a sure way of wreck‑ ing it.
The Fool – Youʼre in the mood to explore new tastes, new ﬂavours – in every‑ thing, including cul‑ ture, food, travel and books. Do the new, is your new motto.
Two of Swords – Youʼre taking the ext‑ reme step in every situation and thatʼs not a good thing. There is a middle path and youʼre not a wimp if you took it.
Five of Wands – Someone is plotting against you. They donʼt want you to do well and you may be too blind to this fact. Be more shrewd and aware.
Six of Wands – Good luck will bring many new things your way. A new job offer, a for‑ eign trip, a relation‑ ship are just some things that fall in your lap.
King of Swords – Donʼt act in panic. Your intellect is at its peak and your bosses want to utilise your knowledge. You sho‑ uld ask for the right remuneration.
The Empress – Love is in the air. Singles will meet someone attrac‑ tive at a public place. Those committed will ﬁnd love again in their partners.
The Moon – Mood swings are possible. Donʼt let this affect your relationships, especially with family. Guard against mak‑ ing hasty decisions.
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MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
The games people play
RIDERâ€™S DEATH MARS START OF DAKAR RALLY Patrick Filleux
SANTA ROSA DE LA PAMPA: The death of Argentinian rider Jorge Martinez Boero overshadowed the first day of the Dakar Rally on Sunday during which Russia's Leonid Novitzkiy lead the cars section and Chilean Francisco Lopez the motorbikes. The 38-year-old Boero, making his second appearance on the gruelling rally, suffered a heart attack after being seriously injured in a fall from his Beta bike two kilometres from the end of the stage between Mar del Plata and Santa Rosa de la Pampa in the west of Argentina. Organisers said that Boero received medical attention within five minutes of the crash and was airlifted by helicopter, but died on his way to hospital. Boero, they said, "was the victim of a fall at kilometre 55 of the special of the first stage between Mar del Plata and Santa Rosa". "The rider suffered a cardiac arrest following his fall and was attended five minutes after the accident by the medical staff, who reached the place of the incident by helicopter. "Despite their best efforts, the doctors were unable to resuscitate the pilot, who died while he was being taken to hospital. "The organisers of the rally offer their heartfelt condolences
The 38-year-old Boero, making his second appearance on the rally, suffered a heart attack after being seriously injured in a fall from his Beta bike two kilometres from the end of the stage. to his family and loved ones." Boero was the son of a former Argentinian racing champion of the same name who died in 2004. His only previous Dakar Rally appearance last year ended when he crashed into a ravine during stage six in Chile and had to wait eight hours before being rescued. Boero's death was the 21st of a competitor during a Dakar
Rally, organised 29 times in Africa from 1979 before moving to South America in 2009. In total, 59 people have died during the rally, including more than 20 spectators. "It's a real tragedy. He's a boy that we knew well," said race director Etienne Lavigne. "There's a lot of emotion at the camp tonight. It will be tough to start tomorrow. But it's the biggest tribute we could give him. The competition continues." During the day's racing Mini got off to a flying start with Novitzkiy clocking 32min 12sec over the 57km special to finish 5sec ahead of Poland's Krzysztof Holowczyc with France's former champion Stephane Peterhansel 9sec off the pace - both also in Minis. Defending champion Nasser Al-Attiyah however struggled home 9min 50sec behind Novitzhiy after his Hummer ran into mechanical problems. "We will see, but this does not look good ... whatever happens, this is not a good way to start the Dakar!" said the Qatari. Aprilia rider Lopez timed 32min 37sec coming in 14sec ahead of defending motorbike champion Marc Coma of Spain on a KTM and 27sec in front of Argentinian Javier Pizzolito, riding a Honda.
CHARTING THE RALLY
RESULTS AFTER FIRST STAGE (57KM) ; MAR DEL PLATA TO SANTA ROSE DE LA PAMPA CARS: 1. Leonid Novitzkiy (RUS) Mini 32min 12sec, 2. Krzysztof Holowczyc (POL) Mini at 5sec, 3. Stephane Peterhansel (FRA) Mini 9. MOTOS 1. Francisco Lopez (CHI) Aprilia 32:37, 2. Marc Coma (ESP) KTM 14, 3. Javier Pizzolito (ARG) Honda 27
INDIA VS AUSTRALIA
MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
SCG special A picture of the special cap made to celebrate the 100th Test Match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Players from Australia and India plus the umpires will be presented with the cap during the second cricket Test at the SCG on January 3. Only Lord’s and the MCG have hosted more Tests.
Australia, India, the SCG: four years ago, these three elements combined to create one of the most controversial Tests in recent history. The match was mired
Oz will sweep series: McGrath SYDNEY: Pace legend Glenn McGrath foresees Australia whitewashing India 4-0 in the ongoing Test series as he feels the home team’s pace bowling attack, especially the young James Pattinson, gives it a decisive edge over the visitors. “Yesterday, I said 3-0 but I stuffed up because I thought there were only three Tests. But definitely 4-0 now,” said McGrath at the SCG where he was promoting McGrath Foundation for breast cancer. “The way the guys have played at the moment I’ve been very impressed. I think a team builds itself around a bowling attack and you look at the bowling attack the team has at the moment. “It will give the rest of the guys a lot of confidence so I’m very confident, as confident as I’ve been in years that this team is something special and expecting big things from them too,”
he added. McGrath had words of praise for pace bowling sensation James Pattinson. “I’ve been very impressed to look at James, the way he comes on to bowl. He’s big, he’s strong and he’s nice and tall. “He has a good action, he bowls in great areas and got good pace and a great attitude. I’ve really enjoyed watching him bowl and getting stuck into the Indian batsmen,” he said.
Pattinson was man of the match at the MCG for his seven wickets and unbeaten knocks of 18 and 37 in two innings. Above all, he breathed fire and bowled with aggression at the Indians. “Definitely, it’s all about attitude and we’re fast bowlers at the end of the day. You don’t bowl half volleys and skip around the park smiling at batsmen, do you?” said McGrath. “I wish I could bowl that quick and it’s been a great start for his career to have a couple of five-wicket hauls under the belt. The confidence has got to be up. “I think he’s got a huge future. I wish I started my career as well as James has so I’m expecting huge things from him definitely.” The great fast bowler, who took 563 wickets during his career of 124 Tests, said Australia would do no harm if they opt to play four fast bowlers in this Test.
‘The mongrel’s back’ A
ustralian media welcomed the return of the “killer instinct” after their wildly inconsistent team surprisingly humbled India’s distinguished batting order to win the first Test in Melbourne. Australia, condemned as the “lowest of the low” after this month’s shock defeat to New Zealand, had “rediscovered their mongrel”, or fighting spirit, in fiery paceman James Pattinson, The Sydney Morning Herald said. “James Pattinson could not
have channelled Dennis Lillee more convincingly without growing whiskers and wearing his shirt unbuttoned to the waist,” Chloe Saltau wrote, in reference to the iconic fast bowler of the 1970s and 1980s. Not only rejuvenated by new talent such as Pattinson, the team also benefited from the direction of skipper Michael Clarke, experts said. After a year of turmoil and change, the Australians had finally indicated they could be on track to regaining their dominance.
in umpiring blunders, a racism allegation, excessive appealing and ugly behaviour all round. But there’s no doubt that the Test was thrilling, despite its fin-
ishing late on the fifth day. The fans will hope for a similarly tight finale this time too, albeit without the argybargy and ill feeling between the two teams.
Stats bode well for Indian bats Virender Sehwag
CG stats suggest that Indian batsmen are ste to do really well. Sachin Tendulkar’s Test record at the venue is outstanding. In four Sydney Tests, he has made 148*, 45, 4, 241*, 60*, 154* and 12. VVS Laxman’s Sydney efforts are on the same lines: 7, 167, 178, 109, 20. But they and their colleagues will need to show significant improvements after last week if they are to level the series.
MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
The games people play
Chest out lads! Now, go get ’em Twelfth Man Babu Kalyanpur
he tale of the grass will certainly continue when India take on Australia in Sydney. The SCG of late has been known to help the fast men at the start and the spinners later on. The curator has promised that the wicket will help both the batsmen and the bowlers equally. Both teams will be hoping to put the other in to exploit the first day conditions, as their opening bowlers showed good form in Melbourne. Australia may opt to go in with four fast bowlers as Ryan Harris is back in the side after injury. Harris has been an important member of the Australian side since his debut. He has the ability to take wickets regularly and always bowls a tight line and length. The only problem for Australia will be if they bowl last and the wicket offers some help. This will be compounded as only skipper Michael Clarke and David Warner offer spin options. With hardly a break between
the two Tests, India will have to put Melbourne behind them and recall that they are among the top Test teams in the world. No more excuses now. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the team must rise above themselves. They must remember that this Australian attack is new and, as New Zealand showed at Hobart, can wilt under pressure. This could be the Test in which Sachin Tendulkar finally gets to that historic hundred. The wait has been too long. He has scored heavily here and if India do bat second, he will probably get ideal conditions to reach that landmark. His form in Melbourne was excellent and he has again found the ability to score fast. And add a little prayer that he does not slow down near the lunch, or tea breaks which has often proved fatal. Now with Zaheer Khan bowling almost near his best, India’s support bowlers Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma must tighten up. No more four balls every over. The aim should be to build up pressure and play on the patience of Australia’s stroke makers like David Warner and Clarke who are playing on their home ground. If India stick to the basics, they have great chance to level
the series, barring the usual sting in the tail. India may well ponder the inclusion of the in-form Rohit Sharma instead of Viral Kohli. Sharma has yet to debut and it could be a major risk to take with so much at stake in the series. It would also be unfair to Kohli to be dropped without a proper trial. Australia will start confidently this time. The victory in Melbourne proved that their players can apply themselves when it matters. Clarke has this ability to try the unorthodox when the game goes smoothly for the opposition. He is not afraid to use parttimers to break a partnership and has succeeded often. He is always aggressive and his field positioning has improved over a period of time. These factors will once again be crucial in Sydney during the middle period at the SCG, India will be praying that Dhoni gets a decent run in the middle with the bat. He is a confidence player and one good knock will reflect on his captaincy. And if he attacks the tail with no freebies around, there will be no threat from them. India’s mantra should be aggression in this Test. No more drooping shoulders and half smiles. Just chest out and go get them.
MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
The games people play
FULL STEAM AHEAD HOPMAN CUP
Giants secure playoff berth
li Manning sparked the New York Giants over Dallas 31-14 on Sunday to claim a National Football League playoff berth while Denver and Cincinnati both qualified for post-season play despite defeats. On the final day of the NFL regular season, Manning completed 24-of-33 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Giants to victory in a head-to-head showdown for the NFC East division title. New England, Baltimore and San Francisco won to secure first-round playoff byes while impressive passing efforts by Green Bay’s Matt Flynn and Drew Brees of New Orleans sparked flashy triumphs.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic hits a return against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria during their women’s singles session 3 match on day three of the Hopman Cup Tennis Tournament in Perth on January 2, 2012. Kvitova won the match 6-4, 6-2.
Heat score record win MIAMI: Chris Bosh scored 24
points and Dwyane Wade added 22 to power the unbeaten Miami Heat over Charlotte 129-90 on Sunday, the Heat producing the biggest singlegame point total in the season’s first week. LeBron James, who proposed to girlfriend Savannah Brinson the night before, finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Heat, which lost to Dallas in last year’s NBA Finals.
Mario Chalmers and rookie Norris Cole each added 16 points for Miami, which matched Oklahoma City for the NBA’s best record this season at 5-0, the best start to a season in Heat franchise history. Miami surged ahead 33-15 after the first quarter, matched the third-largest blowout victory in Heat history and inflcited the second-most lopsided defeat in Bobcats history. Byron Mullens sank two free throws with six seconds
remaining to avoid making it the worst loss in the team’s history. One night after missing an uncontested layup to equalize in the last seconds, Italy’s Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points to lead the Denver Nuggets over the Los Angeles Lakers 99-90 on Sunday. Ty Lawson added 17 points and 10 assists while Brazil’s Nene contributed 13 for the Nuggets, who improved to 3-2 while the Lakers fell to 3-3.