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eidi Klum recently went on an Italian getaway to enjoy the sun, the sand — and possibly a new man? While on the family getaway to Sardinia, the Project Runway host, 39, was spotted getting close to her bodyguard of four years, Martin Kristen, sparking rumours.


ew Zealand were 29 without loss in their second innings at lunch for an overall lead of 41 on the third day of the second and final Test. India were earlier bowled out for 353 in their first innings.

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chance encounter with a friend led her to visit an orphanage in India and now teacher-turned-travel entrepreneur Vicki Aubert is out to spread some smiles in the City. She spoke to us about Cherish Foundation and how citizens can help. PG 10



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HORSEMEN The City’s Polo season kicked-off in style at the Bison Polo Club in Secunderabad with a cracker of a match. The Sport of Kings is enmeshed in the culture of Hyderabad thanks to its pomp and pace. REPORT ON PG 29






World cuisine fest The food festival brings together various speciality cuisines from across the world. The Festival includes a live kitchen where one can see dishes being prepared and plated. tÜÉêÉW=Saffron Soul, Hotel Marigold, Greenlands tÜÉåW Ongoing, 12.30am onwards `çåí~ÅíW (040) 6736 361

Exclusive offering Head to Taj Krishna where Interarts is hosting an exhibition of the finest european art, glass, dinner wear, homeware and artefacts. The exhibiton is on till September 2. tÜÉêÉW==Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 tÜÉåW Ongoing `çåí~ÅíW (040) 6666 2323

Deep in the wood The exhibition displays woodcut art prints by 22 artists.These art works are from the woodcut workshop conducted by Earth Art Gallery. tÜÉêÉW=Earth Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 tÜÉåW September 2 onwards

Satellite City The play is the kaleidoscopic world of a motley bunch of characters and their struggle to make their lives about something. tÜÉêÉW=Ravindra Bharathi, Saifabad tÜÉåW September 2 7.30pm onwards `çåí~ÅíW (040) 2323 1245

A relook at art Jannis—A Relook, recent water colors on Arches paper by Jehangir Jani will be held. tÜÉêÉW=Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 tÜÉåW September 7 onwards, 11am onwards `çåí~ÅíW (040) 66564 466

Jewellery workshop The YMCA of Secunderabad in association with Let’s Create Crafts is organising a jewellery making workshop. The cost of the workshop is `800 for members and `825 for non-members. tÜÉêÉW=YMCA, Secunderabad tÜÉåW September 1-2 10am and 1pm `çåí~ÅíW (040) 2780 1909

Art exhibition An art exhibition by artist Kandukuri Ramesh Babu titled


A boy assists a physically handicapped man in Dhoolpet. Samanyashetram is being held. tÜÉêÉW=Muse Art Gallery, Tank Bund Road tÜÉåW Ongoing, 11am onwards `çåí~ÅíW (040) 2752 2999

Sunyata An exhibition of paintings by Suniyata Khanna will be held. tÜÉêÉW===Alankritha Art Gallery, Residency Inn Kavuri hills tÜÉåW Ongoing, 11am onwards `çåí~ÅíW (040) 2354 0023

Deccani Souls Head to Prasad’s preview theatre on September 2 for the screening of the movie Deccani Souls. tÜÉêÉW=Prasad’s preview theatre, Banjara Hills, Rd No2 tÜÉåW September 2, 7.30pm onwards

Kebab and biryani fest Green Park Hotel presents its kebab and biryani festival at Gardenia. The lavish buffet caters to the Indian palate, with a variety of five vegetarian and five non-vegetarian kebabs to choose from. tÜÉêÉW=Gardenia, GreenPark Hotel, Greenlands tÜÉåW Ongoing,

7.30pm onwards `çåí~ÅíW (040) 6651 5151

Life of others A German film Leben der Anderen (The life of others) directed by Floren Henckel Von Donnersmarck wil be shown on September 21. tÜÉêÉW=Goethe Zentrum, Banjara Hills, Rd No 3 tÜÉåW September 21, 4pm onwards `çåí~ÅíW (040) 2335 0443

Symphony of the seas Head to the Symphony of the Southern Seas at ITC Kakatiya to sample delicacies such as the Njandu Saru — an appetising crab meat soup or Kalumakai Peera — Mussels cooked dry in coconut and garlic. tÜÉêÉW=ITC Kakatiya, Begumpet tÜÉåW Ongoing, 12.30pm onwards and 7.30pm onwards `çåí~ÅíW (040) 4008 1950

Shobana’s Krishna Talented danseuse and actor Shobhana will perform along with her troupe. tÜÉêÉW=Ravindra Bharathi, Saifabad tÜÉåW September 8, 7pm onwards


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Punjabi food festival Head to Taj Deccan for a Punjabi Food festival. The food festival offers a variety of Punjabi delicacies such as saag and makke ki roti and also a variety of festival specials. tÜÉêÉW=Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 tÜÉåW Ongoing `çåí~ÅíW (040) 6666 3939

Bonsai People Muhammad Yunus’ Bonsai People will be shown at Lamakaan, Banjara Hills on September 2. tÜÉêÉW=Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 tÜÉåW September 2 7.30pm onwards `çåí~ÅíW 96427 31329

Tamil Nadu Food festival Courtyard by Marriott is hosting a Tamil Nadu Food Festival with the name ‘Arusuvai Sangamam’ at its all day dinning restaurant MoMo Café from 27 August to 9 September. tÜÉêÉW=Momo Cafe, Courtyard by Marriott, Tank Bund road tÜÉåW Ongoing, 7.30pm onwards `çåí~ÅíW (040) 2752-1250

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Junior docs continue stir


YSR remembered

he junior doctors continued their stir, while demanding clear guidelines on the compulsory rural posting. With the medicos at Kakatiya and Rangareddy hospital joining the doctors of Gandhi Hospital on Friday, the agitation continued for third day. As part of the strike, the doctors have decided to boycott their duties, excluding emergency services

20 tolas of gold stolen



he ruling Congress and Opposition YSRC celebrated the third death anniversary of former CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy. CM Kiran Kumar Reddy, PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana and Union minister Veerappa Moily garlanded his statue at Panjagutta, YSR's family members paid tributes at his tomb at Idupulapaya in Kadapa.

early 20 tolas of gold ornaments were stolen from the house of Mohd Mustafa Ali Muzaffer, a civil contractor, under Charminar police station limits. Muzaffer had gone to Jaipur with his family when the incident took place. The lock was opened with a false key and the criminals locked the door with another lock after the theft.

CCB sleuths to grill City terror suspect Obaid

Robbers loot `11 lakh

The arrest of 12 terror suspects in Karnataka foiled a major conspiracy to unleash violence during Ganesh festival in Hubli.


‘My son’s innocent’


baid is the grandson of the sister of Moulana Naseeruddin, who was in jail in Gujarat for four years over terror charges. He was acquitted. His mother said Obaid had met Moulana and his sons in jail and had morally supported them and that’s why police have targeted him and arrested him under false charges.



baid ur Rahman, who was arrested over suspected links with HUJI and IM, was produced before the magistrate on Saturday night in Bangalore along with other 11 youths. Cases under Sections 120b, 121, 122, 124, 153a, 307 and 379 have been filed against them. Obaid, a BCom drop-out, was arrested by the Central Crime Branch team of Bangalore Police two days ago from Gulshan Iqbal Colony, old city, here. The magistrate at first ordered that they be in judicial remand, but later allowed a petition filed by the CCB officials for custody of the suspects for interrogation. They will remain in police custody for 14

Kauser Sultana and Tahera Khatoon, mother and grandmother of Obaid ur Rahman, who was arrested over suspected links with HUJI and IM, at their home in Gulshan Iqbal Colony, old city. Both claim that Obaid is innocent and has no terror links. days. Mohd Akram, one of the suspects, is an activist of the Popular Front of India and belongs to Nanded. Some of the suspects belong

to Hubli and Bangalore. Following the arrest, the police were able to bust conspiracy to perpetrate terror during the Ganesh festival in Hubli.

“We suspect that they had more plans which we are investigating and need more clarification,” Hubli police officials said. However, Obaid’s mother, Kauser Sultana, refuted allegations that her son had any terrorist links. “My son Obaid ur Rahman is an asthma patient and has been undergoing treatment. He has no links with any terror organization,” she said.

Postnoon news n two robberies that took place on Saturday night, cash and valuables worth `11 lakh was looted from two locations in the City. In the first incident that occurred on Panjagutta flyover, four unidentified persons, on two bikes, robbed nearly `8 lakh from one Gopal — an employee of a steel businessman Shashikanth Agarwal of Banjara Hills. Gopal was travelling from Secunderabad to Ranigunj on a scooter after cash collection when the incident took place. The bikers pushed him from his twowheeler, snatched the money and fled. Detective inspector Banjara Hills, T Ramaswamy, registered a case and suspects that known persons are behind the robbery. In the second incident, four persons barged into the house of PLR Narsimham in Khairtabad Venkatramana Colony. The robbers threatened the family in Telugu and took gold and cash valued at nearly `3 lakh and escaped. Later crime inspector K Sattaiah and CLUES team visited the spot and a case was booked.

Congress gains with SC-ST plan Inkeshaf Ahmed


ushed to a corner for a while after the extension of support to Scheduled Caste (SC) categorisation. by the Opposition TDP, the ruling Congress seems to have succeeded in earning the political mileage with its announcement of an exclusive sub-plan for the SC and ST communities. This has not only reduced the effect of TDP's open support to the controversial SC categorisation issue but also helped the Congress to retain its image among the SCs. A Cabinet sub-committee led by deputy chief minister Damodar Raja Narasimha did a detailed study on the allocation

of funds to SC and ST community from the State's budget and submitted a detailed report with

its recommendations to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy recently.

The CM termed the report as a new chapter in the history of Andhra Pradesh and promised that he would convene a special Assembly session to make the report into a law. Commenting on the report, minister for handlooms and textiles G Prasad Kumar said that it is a slap on the face of the TDP which shed crocodile tears by raising the issue of SC categorisation. He alleged that the TDP did not do anything for the development of SCs during its nine-year rule. "The Telugu Desam wanted to create trouble for our government. But the attempts of the TDP proved futile when we announced making of SC and ST sub-plan into a law,” he said. Kumar added that the

Congress would soon announce its support for the SC community categorisation into four subgroups. Mounting an attack on the Opposition on the occasion, the CM said the Congress had always worked to uplift the SCs, STs and the depressed classes. He reminded that though the sub-plans for SCs and STs are being implemented for a very long time, the fruits of these were not reaching the target group. He expressed confidence that with the new law, the depressed communities would receive their share of funds. The Congress is now planning to take steps on the issue of SC categorisation to consolidate its conventional vote bank in coming days.



‘Stop power freebies’

Free power promotes irresponsible consumption, and unless the government rationalises distribution of this scarce resource, manufacturing will collapse, opine industry leaders. PRUDHVI RAJU K


he growth of the country is directly correlated to its electricity consumption. According to the government, it will take 25-30 years for India to become self-sufficient in its electricity needs, where the energy is produced from different sources that include nuclear energy. However, this is far from reality because of agitations stalling the initiated power projects, said Rajiv Agrawal, Secretary, Indian Captive Power Producers Association. Electricity is a commodity, where the demand will be only increase year after year. If a group of people consume 100 MW this year, the same will need 120MW to 160 MW next year. It is important to understand the need in demand should be driven by productive usage and not by the luxury usage or misusage of resources. For instance, giving free power will reduce its value and there is huge wastage. If a person is a getting free power, he many not really bother to switch off the pump set of the bore well in time, which leads to wastage. On usage of different resources for captive power, he said, the wind energy and hydel power cannot produced in the required location. Even if there is huge availability of wind, there are only few pockets where there is enough wind which to run windmills at a commercially viable scale. There will be heavy transmission costs if one runs these plants in far off location. Micro industries cannot afford diesel generators whereas small industries are using DG sets to fulfil the power needs because of less initial invest-

ments. The unit of power can be produced anywhere between `1316. However, the huge initial investments and returns on it is impeding the industry to use solar power, said Ramesh Datla, chairman, Confederation of Indian Industry, MSME Council. “There are also issues in producing electricity through waste especially in terms of collection, segregation of waste and preventing the pollution during the process. Renewable energy is definitely option but only 2-5 per cent energy needs are expected from these sources,” said Agrawal. Around 30,000 MW is produced through captive power out

Number of power holidays: Power cut for the industry: Grid power cost: Unit prices for Captive power Coal power Solar power DG set of which 50 per cent is through coal (steam) followed by diesel, gas and other renewable energy sources. The government is neither giving coal to produce captive power to be self-dependent nor giving the normal power to run the industry. The government is directing the available

3 (during the week) 4 hours during normal days `5 per unit `1.5-2 `15 per unit `13-16 per unit coal to coal-based plants due to its scarcity, he said. “If we don’t have enough resources for produce power, we have to have save power. The only way out is to rationalise power supply across the country. The government should bring rationing system in place for

non-productive consumption. For instance, government should not let consumer as much power he wants. There should be double or triple of the unit charges if he or she is using it as a luxury and go beyond a point,” he added. The government should start innovative schemes that support industry with initial investments in setting up the captive solar power plants, where in the investments can distributed and can be repaid to the government in 10-15 years. It is high time public should keep the needs and growth of the country in mind before agitating against upcoming power projects, said Datla.

AIESEC recruitment drive a major draw DEEPAK DESHPANDE

AIESEC conducts 5,500 international exchanges annually. Amy Rose Thomas


flutter of activity was underway on the first day of the AIESEC recruitment drive organised in the City. Students were buzz with excitement as they competed to be part of the world's largest youth-run organisation. The first day of the two day recruitment drive saw more than 650 applications. Spread across

110 countries and present in over 2,100 universities, AIESEC sends students and graduates on 5,500 international exchanges yearly. This is an international platform that enables young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. This explains the popularity of the organisation among the students in the City. Students have to go through a four-step process before getting selected. The

first step is the Raffles round where one's analytical abilities are tested. Next, is the group discussion round in which students have to debate on topics given by the evaluators. Recruiters change the topic of the debate every five minutes and students must cater to this change accordingly. Following group discussion round is the team stimulation session. This is the round that test one's leader-

ship qualities and most of the students get filtered during this step. Last one is the personal interview where each student will come face to face with the recruiters. Archita from Loyola Degree College says, “My friend was part of AIESEC from last year and I saw the changes in her through the year. I want to be part of the organisation to find out what this is all about.”



Militant killed in Kashmir


Man held with fake notes

Coal blocks review tomorrow

ne foreign militant has been killed in the ongoing gunfight between the security forces and the terrorists in Ganderbal district, the police said. The gunfight started on Saturday morning, when troops surrounded the Chattergul forest area. When the militants were challenged, they started firing at the security forces triggering an encounter.



n inter-ministerial group is likely to meet tomorrow to review the status of 58 coal blocks which both public and private firms failed to develop within stipulated time frame. Coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has also directed the officials in the coal ministry to submit a final report on the status of the 54 coal blocks by September 15.

man has been arrested in Guwahati for allegedly smuggling fake Indian currency notes having a face value of `12 lakh. Mohd Hakim Sheikh, a resident of Malda in West Bengal, was arrested on August 30 when he was about to deliver the fake currency in Guwahati, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials said.

Black money: Lack of inputs hits agency


The Central Economic Intelligence Bureau’s requests for information to investigative agencies have got poor response. NEW DELHI: A year after it was mandated to create a database of financial crimes and issue alerts to enforcement agencies about black money, the country’s top economic intelligence organisation CEIB is groping in the dark for want of good intelligence information. Top sources in the finance ministry said the CEIB, in the last six months, has sent a number of reminders to agencies like the I-T department, ED, IB, CBI, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence and others to share with it the “gist/summary” of cases they are developing and probing so that it can prepare a “good and enhanced repository” to combat such crimes. “The various agencies are still not sending the summary of the economic crime cases they investigate or prosecute. The CEIB has made many requests for such information but barring few instances, not much is shared,” a source said. Last year, the government had decided to revamp and review the role and functioning of the Central Economic



Intelligence Bureau (CEIB). A high-level committee constituted in this regard had recommended that all intelligence and enforcement agencies under the finance and home ministries “will share information with the CEIB, which in turn, will be able to provide back-end support, linkages and insights harnessing the power of databases and data analytics to the agencies, and a holistic view of these activities to the Government”. The CEIB, according to sources, is hence unable to accomplish the task of creating a library of financial crime cases and is also not able to issue large-scale advisories related to economic frauds. Earlier this year, the CEIB had also presented its case dur-

ing the Economic Intelligence Council and heads of agencies meeting it had with the finance minister. The review committee that had gone into the restructuring of the CEIB last year, in the wake of the clamour to combat black money, has specifically recommended that the relation between the CEIB and other agencies should be like the ‘hub and spoke’ model in matters of sharing classified financial crime information. “The CEIB has taken up the issue of sharing the gist of cases in various meetings. All the agencies under the umbrella should share the gist of such cases so that black money and financial crime cases are tackled effectively,” a senior official in the ministry said. The report had recommended last year that “in view of the growing complexity and sophistication of economic offences, collaboration across the spectrum of the agencies engaged in enforcement of economic laws ought to be the central tenet of government’s strategy for combating serious economic PTI offences and tax evasion.

Sikh devotees watch a fireworks display over the illuminated Golden Temple in Amritsar. Sikhs are celebrating the 408th anniversary of the installation of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikh religion. AFP/NARINDER NANU

60 Illegal migrants pushed back

India, China to resume exercises

IMPHAL: At least 60 illegal migrant labourers were pushed back by state police while trying to enter Manipur through Jiribam border check post at ManipurAssam border, official sources said today. Police personnel halted several labourers at Jiribam check post

NEW DELHI: India and China are expected to resume their bilateral military exercises from next year and a decision in this regard is likely to be taken during the fiveday visit of Chinese Defence Minister Gen Liang Guanglie. During Gen Liang’s visit which begins today,

yesterday and verified each and every document, the sources said. Sixty labourers who could not speak Manipuri or any tribal dialect and appeared to be Bangladeshi nationals with no valid documents were found at the other side of the check post in Assam, the

sources said adding that they were not allowed to enter Manipur. Official sources said the state government had already informed about the detection of 43 illegal migrant labourers from Bangladesh and Myanmar on August 30 last during combing operations in Imphal.


at the

the two sides will discuss about having more Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) and ways of strengthening their military ties, a senior official of the Defence Ministry said here. Military exercises between the two countries had started in 2007


but were put on hold after a series of hiccups in the defence ties between the two sides. After the denial of visa to the then Northern Army Commander Lt Gen B S Jaswal by the Chinese in 2010, New Delhi froze all bilateral defence exchanges with PTI Beijing.




Car bomb kills 15 in Syria

Bach injured in plane crash SEATTLE: Richard Bach, the author of the 1970s best-selling novella Jonathan Livingston Seagull among other spiritually

DAMASCUS: At least 15 people were killed in Syria Saturday when a booby-trapped car exploded at a restive suburb of Damascus in the evening, Xinhua reported. It was the third car bomb blast hitting the country in a single day. The car went off near a mosque in the Sbaineh suburb, reported state-run SANA news agency, adding that 15 civilians had been killed.

oriented books rooted in themes of flight and self-discovery, was in serious condition Saturday after his homebuilt SeaRay singleengine aircraft clipped power lines Friday at 4.30 pm about three miles west of Friday Harbor Airport, according to sources.


It’s too late to be sorry Thalidomide survivors on Saturday rebuffed an apology by the German company that manufactured the drug, saying it was an insulting response. LONDON: Thalidomide survivors on Saturday rebuffed an apology by the German company that manufactured the drug, saying it was an “insulting” response to the thousands born disabled as a result of its use. In its first apology for the scandal in 50 years, Grunenthal said on Friday it was “very sorry” for its

How do you wrestle with your conscience when the injustice you have perpetrated has destroyed the lives of children and left thousands of thalidomide victims still enduring pain and suffering, without adequate compensation?



Harold Evans Former editor, the Sunday Times

silence towards victims of the drug, which was sold to pregnant women in the 1950s and early 1960s to cure morning sickness. But victims said the apology was too little, too late for the estimated 10,000 children worldwide who were born with defects — including missing limbs — after their mothers took thalidomide. “We feel that a sincere and genuine apology is one which actually admits wrongdoing. The company has not done that and has really insulted the Thalidomiders,” British victim Nick Dobrik told BBC radio. Victims’ charities estimate that there are between 5,000 and 6,000 people still living who were deformed by the drug, which was sold in nearly 50 countries before it was pulled from the market in 1961 amid one of the world’s biggest medical scandals. Thalidomide babies were often born with missing or extremely short arms and legs. Billed as a “wonder drug” to cure everything from morning sickness to insomnia, thalidomide also caused blindness and malformed organs. The countries most affected included Germany, Britain, Japan, Canada and Australia. It was not banned in Canada, Japan and Belgium until 1962. Freddie Astbury, president of the charity Thalidomide UK, said


The dirty facts

INSULT IN STONE Picture taken on Friday shows a memorial dedicated to the victims of the medicament thalidomide (in Germany Contergan) after its unveiling in Stolberg, western Germany (text reads: In Memoriam For the Dead and Surviving Victims of the Contergan Tragedy). Gruenenthal, the German firm that made thalidomide, has issued its first apology in 50 years to the thousands born disabled as a result of the drug’s use, drawing stinging criticism from advocates for some survivors. AFP / HENNING KAISER

Grunenthal needed to “put their money where their mouth is” and compensate victims rather than simply saying sorry. “If they are serious about admitting they are at fault and regret what happened they need to start helping those of us who were affected financially,” said Astbury, who was born without arms and legs after his mother took the drug. Lawyers for Australian survivors described the belated apology as “pathetic”.

“It is too little, too late and riddled with further deceit,” lawyers for Australian victim Lynette Rowe said in a statement. “To suggest that its long silence before today ought to be put down to ‘silent shock’ on its part is insulting nonsense. For 50 years Grunenthal has been engaged in a calculated corporate strategy to avoid the moral, legal and financial consequences of its reckless and negligent actions of the AFP 1950s and 1960s.”



treatment of multiple myeloma by the European Medicines Agency.



the UK.

The UK manufacturer Distillers Biochemicals Ltd (now Diageo) reaches a compensation settlement after a legal battle with the families of those affected.

Thalidomide is made available on a named patient basis.





The anti-morning sickness drug thalidomide is created in Germany by the Grünenthal Group.


Thalidomide is first licensed for use in

An Australian doctor, William McBride, writes to the Lancet medical journal after noticing an increase in the number of deformed babies born at his hospital, all to mothers who had taken thalidomide. The

drug is withdrawn later the same year.

The Sunday Times publishes a frontpage lead under the banner “Our thalidomide children, a cause for national shame”. Eventually, a total of £28m is paid out by Diageo during the 1970s.

A Kenyan boy with no arms or legs is granted a visa to travel to the UK to receive medical treatment after a campaign by the charity Thalidomide UK. A study shows that thalidomide can significantly improve the survival chances of bone-marrow cancer patients. .


The drug is approved for the

The health minister Mike O’Brien makes a formal apology to thalidomide victims, expressing “sincere regret and deep sympathy” on behalf of the government. The inventor of thalidomide, the Grünenthal Group, releases a statement saying it regrets the consequences of the drug.

n Originally given to pregnant women half a century ago to limit morning sickness, thalidomide caused birth defects in thousands of babies, a tragedy for which the German firm that manufactured the drug officially apologised for the first time on Friday. n The sedative drug, made by Chemie Grunenthal and sold between 1957 and 1962, affected at least 10,000 babies in some 40 countries, especially in Germany, Britain, Australia and Canada. Some estimates put the number at nearer 20,000. n Children were born with stunted, twisted or missing limbs because thalidomide binds to, and deactives, a protein known as cereblon which helps forms limbs, research in the journal Science showed in 2010. n In recent years, though, interest in it has revived as a research tool and as a treatment for diseases that attack the immune system.










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Time for all-wheel drive

Out with politicians


can’t understand why the city’s crying over the fact that politicians spend crores of rupees building statues. Politicians have been bleeding this country dry since independence and the only thing that can save us is if we throw them all out and turn governance over to the armed forces. Out with the cheats, in with the generals. Sankalp Kamat, via e-mail


our article on the launch of the new Mercedes Benz B-Class yesterday (A ‘B’ under the bonnet) is eye-opening in the fact that with teh condition of roads in the City fastdeteriorating, in a few years we will all have to buy SUVs or Crossovers. The big car companies will make pots of money too. Ramesh Shastri via e-mail

APOLOGIES IN stone just won’t do

RICHARD BACH, get well soon Richard Bach, the man who showed the world there’s more to life through the story of a gull, had a crash while flying on Saturday and suffered injuries to his head and shoulder. We hope and pray that the man who exhorted us all to fly above the flock gets well soon.

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Say it for pets


hank the stars there are vets in the City (Vet Peeves, September 1) who understand the plight of pets bought by ignorant owners, of whom there are many. It’s high time the veterinary community took a stand against the ill-treatment of domestic animals and took it upon themselves to be their guardians. Good job Dr Dog. Monica Dhawan via e-mail

Technology, the wealth for health


Grünenthal is deeply sorry for the havoc they let loose in the form of Thalidomide — 50 years later. There had been enough warnings that there was something very wrong with their product. But the German drug maker chose to keep quiet, egged on by their greed as their demonic drug caused thousands of babies to be born with defects during the 1950s and 1960s. Now, with abject shamelessness and absence of conscience, the German company has admitted to its mistake, and attempts to do penance by unveiling a memorial statue and releasing a statement that it "regrets" the effects of its drug. This statue is an insult in stone, for will it ease the pain of those mothers and babies who are victims of Thalidomide? While the victims and their kin will continue to live, Grünenthal’s admittance in stone will live, too, sniggering at them silently, humiliating them without uttering a word. Is the memorial Grünenthal’s grand plan to escape compensating the affected thousands? As the company's chief executive, Harald Stock, said, Grünenthal has failed to reach out to the victims and their mothers "from person to person", but it can and must compensate each and every one of them. Platitudes that convey regret and sympathy and apologies in stone won’t do.


From the hip SYED SHOAIB


yderabad-based Apollo Hospitals Group will set up 10 telemedicine clinics abroad. At the ‘3rd International Conference on Transforming Healthcare with Information Technology’ on Friday, Group Chairman Prathap C Reddy said the proposed telemedicine clinics would come up in Ghana, Nigeria, Oman and Abu Dhabi, among others. In the conference, K Ganapathy, president, Telemedicine Society of India, urged the Government of India to allow the private sector into the network of National Knowledge Network (NKN). Telemedicine Programme is an innovative process of synergising benefits of satellite communication technology and information technology with biomedical engineering and medical sciences to deliver health care services to remote, distant and under-served regions of the country. Providing healthcare to India's over one billion population of which about 75 per cent live in villages, is a formidable task. About 75 per cent of the doctors practice in urban areas and 23 per cent in semi-urban areas. This leaves just 2 per cent of qualified doctors, who are attached to about 23,000 primary health and 3,000 community health centres, to attend to 70 per cent of the population living in villages! The Hyderabad conference pointed out that 80 per cent of doctors live in urban areas, while 80 per cent of the population lived in rural areas and the challenge was to bridge this gap using technology. To improve healthcare services in remote parts of the country, the Planning Commission has suggested adopting telemedicine by using

software applications such as Skype in its report on health for the 12th Five-Year plan. According to an article in the Business Standard in April 2012, the Indian telemedicine market is estimated to be $7.5 million and is expected to grow at a rate of around 20 per cent over the next five years. It is estimated that 1.5 lakh people are benefited through telemedicine every year. In March 2012, Saudi Arabia sought the help of Bangalore’s Narayana Hrudayalaya (cardiac hospital) in setting up a telemedicine centre in Riyadh for providing remote healthcare to its citizens in the desert country. In the village of Hari Ke

THE HYDERABAD CONFERENCE POINTED OUT THAT 80 PER CENT OF DOCTORS LIVE IN URBAN AREAS, WHILE 80 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION LIVED IN RURAL AREAS AND THE CHALLENGE WAS TO BRIDGE THIS GAP USING TECHNOLOGY. Kalan, in Punjab, residents who bicycle to a new health clinic started there, can get an appointment with a physician appearing on a large-screen television

beamed over broadband Internet. The clinic, built by a start-up called Healthpoint Services, is one of a network of eight ‘e-health points’ that the for-profit company has built in India as part of a growing effort by entrepreneurs to capitalise on the rapid expansion of cellular and broadband access in the developing parts of the world. Chakrajmal village, in Bijnor district in Uttar Pradesh, got its first doctor in 2008. He was not based in the village, though. The villagers had access to the doctor via a telemedicine project launched by World Health Partners (WHP) to provide health care services to 1,000 villages in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor, Meerut and Muzaffarnagar districts. Gopi Gopalakrishnan, founder-president of WHP, is replicating this model in Bihar. Telemedicine is a crucial element in the development of Africa healthcare services, where like other poor nations the ratios of doctors to patients are abysmal. As all towns and villages are accessible by cars, use of telemedicine saves time and lives. Telemedicine and tele-health have the potential to increase access to care, improve quality of care and decrease costs. For instance, the American Telemedicine Association proposed a legislation that would expand telemedicine and save an estimated $186 million over the next 10 years. Physicians should get more involved in telemedicine, enterprise software expert and former technology company executive Shahid Shah said on his Health IT Guy blog. And they don’t necessarily need expensive equipment to do so. For example, Shah noted, physicians can use widely available web meeting and online video tools to connect with patients in remote areas. Availability, affordability and accessibility of healthcare can be bridged big time with the latest technology. The writer works for Postnoon



Vale to sell iron ore ships


razil’s mining giant Vale has agreed to sell 10 iron ore freighters for $600 million to Turkish-based firm Polaris Shipping. The Brazilian company, the world’s biggest iron ore producer, said on Friday that the transaction would improve cash flow while still maintaining its maritime ore shipping capacity.

Apple files new suit


pple has filed a fresh patent infringement action in the United States against Samsung, alleging that the South Korean company is continuing to steal its technology despite a recent court ruling. The new claim was filed in San Jose, California on Friday and it says that Samsung, is still using its rival’s technology.

Abu Dhabi opens new port


il-rich Abu Dhabi began commercial operations on Saturday at its new Khalifa Port in a multi-billion-dollar project to transfer its main container terminal from the 40-year-old port of Mina Zayed. The new facility has been built on reclaimed land five kilometres off the coast. The first phase of the project, now complete, has cost $7.2 billion.

Slovenian supercar maker hits the road in style O

ut of a little garage in northeastern Slovenia, comes a new supercar — and it is already joining the ranks of the world’s elite, alongside Lamborghini and Ferrari. Only six months after presenting his first prototype at Monaco’s Top Marques event, Aljosa Tusek, 46, has been invited to London’s exclusive Salon Prive car show which runs Wednesday through Friday, and customers from all over the world keep calling him. Far from a sleek assembly line however, his Renovatio T500 saw the light of day in a friend’s garage. A former racer, Tusek designed it in his spare time, building it with the help of about 10 fellow car enthusiasts over several years, while balancing a full-time job as a distributor for an international tyre company. “A moment comes when you decide to stop racing, but you do not want to quit it. Since I could not find a car that would satisfy me the way racing did, I decided to make it myself,” Tusek said while showing off his creation. Using the Slovak K1-Attack racer as a basis, he created a supercar equipped with an Audi V8 FSI engine with 450 horse power, that weighs approximately one tonne and can accelerate from zero to 100 kmph in 3.7 seconds. And the 300,000-euro ($375,000) car — listed as one of the highlights at the Monaco show — has already earned a shining review from the renowned BBC auto show Top Gear, which described it as “massively fast”, “agile” and “quite civilised”. The “newcomer from Slovenia... looks very much at home next to the established exotica from Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini”, it added. A supercar — a fast, powerful or luxurious car — usually costs between 500,000 and 600,000 euros but Tusek consciously kept the price down to sell his first models more easily, to enter

the market and to get his name known.



“Brands like Ferrari have developed strongly, increased their production and market share. That makes it less interesting for extremely wealthy customers. They do own a Ferrari but it is no longer a status symbol, everyone can buy it,” he said. Tushek on the other hand — the company has an added “h” in its name to make it easier for non-Slovenians to pronounce — will produce only a limited number of each model. So far, Tusek has built three cars and sold two of them, but his long-term plans are to speed

THE CAR, EQUIPPED WITH AN AUDI V8 FSI ENGINE WITH 450 HORSE POWER, CAN ACCELERATE FROM ZERO TO 100 KMPH IN 3.7 SECONDS. up production and deliver 10 cars per year. Waiting time should not exceed six months, he says. For that, he will hire 10-15 people, mostly engineers and friends who already helped him produce the first cars, working during their free time while keeping steady jobs. For Tusek too, retreating to the garage has always been a

means to escape daily stress. “I did not start this for the money... I started it with the idea of making the car I would like to drive,” he said. From his early childhood, he raced: first with go-carts, then motorbikes and finally cars, winning various regional races. Now still, he takes his creations very seriously, testing them on the road so that nothing will surprise the future owners. The global crisis does not worry him. “This is the best time to start with a business like this. There will be a way out of recession, because there has to be, and when that happens we will already be a strong company.” Still, if he had the choice, he would live in Monaco, Switzerland or a major capital like Paris or London.


“There you can see that for some there is no crisis at all, there are so many wealthy people,” Tusek said, and admitted to targeting British and French millionaires, to whom he hopes to sell at least three more cars by the end of the year. In the meantime, he is preparing a new supercar, the Forego T700, which will be presented next year and should exceed the Renovatio both in terms of power and price, at twice the cost. “I’m not thinking about the price of the product, I’m thinking about the people who already have many cars,” says Tusek. “We want our cars to be excellent, so that those who have fuel in their veins, like cars and are lucky enough to have sufficient money, see that we offer AFP something different.”




A chance encounter with a friend led her to visit an orphanage in India and now teacher-turnedtravel entrepreneur Vicki Aubert is out to spread some smiles in the City. DEEPAK DESHPANDE

food’s great. (laughs)


What’s your average day like? I don’t have average days. I’m not that disciplined (laughs). A lot of my time is actually spent on my laptop.

How did Hyderabad happen to you?

What about your job do you enjoy the most?

It happened quite by chance. My husband works for a joint venture with TATA aerospace and so I followed him here. I was initially quite apprehensive because it was my first time in Asia, but everybody here has made my stay here so easy. It's been a year and so far it's been wonderful.

I love meeting new people, exploring new cultures, observing relationships in new countries. I love all of it.

You were a teacher for a long time. And then you made the leap into travel, setting up Passport & Go. How did that happen? So, in my junior year at college, I spent some time in Italy and loved it there. Upon graduation, I took my Masters in Languages and went back to Italy. Since my husband and I were already travelling by then, I figured teaching was ideal. But as it got more hectic, I wanted

to do something that you could run out of a laptop. So I did a course in travel and here I am.

Did you ever imagine you’d be here one day, travelling the world? Never. I was born in a small town in Vermont. My father still lives in the house next to the one he was born in. That's how much I thought I’d travel. As a little girl, I remember pointing out a place on the globe with my eyes closed and wishing to go there. But I never thought it’d happen.

You are from Vermont, you have lived in Rome and France and you have travelled quite a lot. But what’s your favourite place to be? Every place is unique. But my heart belongs in Italy. It’s because I have spent a lot of time there, it’s where I met my husband. It’s beautiful, the mountains and the sea. And the

Is there a flip side? People look at the crazy life I have had and think it’s great. And for the most part, it is too. My daughters Stephanie and Ashley speak four languages and can adapt to anywhere. But it’s been a trade-off. Since we’ve been away so long, they are removed from their roots. They didn’t have the childhood I did, surrounded by grandparents and cousins and extended family. That's very sad.

Tell us about the Cherish project that you’re fundraising for. So when I first came to Hyderabad, I met Kelly Johnson, a friend with a

THE CHILDREN (AT CHERISH FOUNDATION) ARE INCREDIBLE. YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE IT IF YOU SAW THEIR HAPPINESS AND THEIR SMILES ABOUT THE TRAUMA THAT THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH. big heart who told us about Cherish Foundation, an orphanage in Uppal that was amazing. So I promised to go sometime. When I finally did, I met these incredible kids and they started called me the “hugging aunty” (laughs). They had a leaking roof, lack of uniforms and a number of needs. That’s when I decided to do something. Thus came the idea of the fundraiser.

What was about this home

caught your eye? The children are incredible. You wouldn’t believe it if you saw their happiness and their smiles about the trauma that they have been through. I have been to a few NGOs in the City but they are well established and have administrative offices and everything. Cherish is just a home with 35 children trying

to make the best of what they have. There’s something about it that will change you.

How can people help? Cherish places a strong emphasis on education. What they really need is a vehicle to transport them to school. Right now, they have a tiny minivan which has to make

three trips to get the kids to school. So some end up going really early while some end up going late. We are trying to change this. Anyone willing to help can attend/participate in our event on November 17 at Taj Krishna. Or, if they want to donate, they can get in touch with me at




Hitting the gym and staying fit is no longer a domain of the young. Exercise for health and long life, suggest City fitness experts. ANISHAA KUMAR


alk about fitness and gymming, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? For many of us, it’s fast-paced music, svelte and well dressed youngsters sweating it out. But over the years, the demography of gyms is seeing a change, with new entrants who till recently considered visiting a gym inappropriate for their age. According to the study conducted in people above the age of 75, published in the British Medical Journal, exercise, a social life and quitting smoking can help increase their lifespan by five years for women and six years for men. The study followed over 1,800 people for 18 years. At the end, it was seen that at least half of the respondents survived beyond 90. Kuldep Sethi, director of 360 degrees fitness, says, “As you age, your metabolism decreases, fat content increases and muscle endurance decreases. Because of this, mobility also comes down, as a result of which it becomes difficult to do day-to-day activities. The stress of not being able to move around or having to depend upon someone for basic requirement can add to your woes.” Exercise is said to keep you active, mobile and also mentally alert and happy.

According to Chandrasekhar Reddy, owner, Helios, “Any kind of physical activity in which one is pushing against gravity helps in blood circulation. This increased circulation helps blood reach various organs. Most of the organs in the body are young as the tissues regenerate after a few days. Thus, if blood reaches these tissues, it helps in the process of regeneration. This in turn helps prevent ailments such as arthritis.” Earlier for most people over 50, exercise was restricted to yoga and perhaps walking. But now the elderly have begun visiting gyms. Kuldep says, “The trend is catching up in the City. Earlier, people were not sure about the concept of senior citizens working out in a gym. But now we do see such people in the age group of 50-70 come in.” Highlighting the benefits of gym training, Kuldep says that weight training helps increase muscle endurance and metabolism, while also helping reduce fat. “This makes them less prone to injury and they do not need to depend on others for their activities. If they are in good health, they will also be happier. Instead of visiting a doctor, it’s better they visit a gym.” Many may fear the dangers of handling heavy gym equipment. Chandrasekhar says, “The kind of exercise depends upon the health condition. It is advisable that they take a doctor’s advice on which areas they need to and can work on. We have trainers who will guide them to do exercises that are suitable.”


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Gay photographs on display

India’s changing horizon NEW DELHI: An exhibition, The

LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles

Changing Horizon, will map the journey of Indian landscapes from 17th century with 365 artworks by 150 artists in perhaps the first panorama of the genre, which marked the beginning of modernism in Indian art and paved the way for a fusion of eastern sensibilities with western styles. The exhibition will run at the Delhi Art Gallery.

County Museum (LACM) of Art will present Mapplethorpe’s gay sadomasochistic photographs, including a picture of a finger inserted into a penis, and several scenes of objects being inserted into an anus. LACM’s plan to open this show two weeks before Election Day is highly commendable.

Work on Sabra massacre sold LONDON: The Tate in London is buying a work based on the massacre of Palestinian refugees, sheltering in camps near Beirut in 1982, which has been called the “modern Guernica”. Sabra and Shatila Massacre, 1982-83, is a vast drawing by the Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi. According to the Tate, Azzawi was influenced by a report from the camps by the late French writer and activist Jean Genet.

A vivid voyage

PIETA is not just another art exhibition. With works by major Indian artists like Thota Vaikuntam, Lakshma Goud and Trotsky Maredu on display, the show promises to be an exhilarating journey. Postnoon News


he idea of initiating PIETA started almost a year back when I met Praveen Jagarlamudi, an avid art collector,” says Kaali Sudheer, the founder and curator of Muse Art Gallery.

Jagarlamudi’s collection included works by big names in the art world, like Thota Vaikuntam, Lakshma Goud, Laxman Aelay, Praneet Soi, Anjaneyulu G, Rahul Mukherjee, Prajakta Palav Aher, Balaji Ponna, L Saraswathi, Sumantara Mukherjee, Haribabu Nateesan, Subrata Das, Vikram RV, Trotsky Maredu, Tuhin Kundu, Bomdeb Mondal, Shivrama Chary Y and many more. The long list of major artists in his collection makes it priceless and his collection has some rare pieces as well, says Sudheer, adding, “It would definitely be a visual spectacle to view his collection!” The show, for which a preview was held on September 1, was inaugurated by actress Lakshmi Manchu. As Sudheer says, “Apart from his (the collector’s)

Apart from the collector’s family and friends wanting to see the works displayed, I believe it will set a new trend of display of art by collectors... in a way, it will help art grown in the City

Peredvizhniki ‘The Wanderers’ set up an independent art cooperative to bring the best of Russian art to the people in the provinces.


ften called ‘The Wanderers’ or ‘The Itinerants’, the Peredvizhniki was a group of Russian realist artists who, in protest at academic restrictions, formed an artists' cooperative. The group evolved into the Society for Travelling Art Exhibitions in 1870. A group of 14 students left the Imperial Academy of Art

and, in an attempt to bring art to the people, formed an independent artistic society called Peredvizhniki . In 1870, Peredvizhniki created the ‘Association of Travelling Art Exhibits’ to give a chance to people from provinces to follow the achievements of Russian art, and to teach people to appreciate art. The society maintained independence from state support

and brought the art, which illustrated the contemporary life of the people from Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, to provinces. Peredvizhniki were influenced by the public views of the literary critics Vissarion Belinsky and Nikolai Chernyshevsky, both of whom espoused liberal ideas. Belinsky thought that literature and art should attribute a social and

friends and family wanting to see all the works displayed, I believe the exhibition will set a new trend of display of art by collectors.” Speaking of some of the works on display at the exhibition, Sudheer said, “The works of Praneet Soi, which illustrates trauma in various forms, are what I liked the most. He paints grim pictures using a monochromatic palette of greys. His paintings are flat and sparse and the dark backgrounds frequently


overwhelm the subjects, spelling a troublesome fate in a spectacular manner. Along with the colour scheme, the figures themselves seem to demonstrate great despair, giving the artist’s works an eerie feel.” Another artist whose work impressed Sudheer is Rahul Mukherjee. “The work elevates the hypocrisy prevalent in society. He uses his art to subtly depict the divides between those who consider themselves above the law and those who are more likely to be victimized by it,” said the curator. The idea of an art show by a collector will help artists know that there is an art collector who they can reach out to, says Sudheer. The intention of the show, according to the curator, is to bring more people into art and establish a new dimension in art. “In a way, it will help art grown in the City,” says Sudheer.

moral responsibility. Peredvizhniki portrayed the many-sided aspects of social life, often critical of inequities and injustices. But their art showed not only poverty but also the beauty of the folk way of life; not only suffering but also fortitude and strength of characters. Peredvizhniki condemned the Russian aristocratic orders and autocratic government in their humanistic art. They portrayed the emancipation movement and later used historic art to depict the common people. By the 1890s, the Academy of Arts structure was including Peredvizhniki art in its classes, and the influence of the artists showed in national art schools.



Methane could worsen warming

Isaac is no Katrina: Scientists

Mystery of the shining clouds

LONDON: Swamp gas trapped under

NEW ORLEANS: Having just reached hur-

NEW YORK: Mysterious night-shining

miles of Antarctic ice, a chemical souvenir of that continent’s warmer days, may someday escape to warm the planet again. The researchers suggest that microbes isolated since the ice closed over them, have kept busy digesting organic matter and making methane—a much more effective greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

ricane strength, Hurricane Isaac is poised to make landfall in New Orleans — just hours before the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's Gulf Coast landfall. Though Isaac's timing is drawing inevitable Katrina comparisons, scientists and storm-savvy Gulf residents don't see the hurricane as the second coming of Katrina.

clouds and trails of smoke left by meteors share an intimate link, a new study says. Satellite images collected during the last five years reveal for the first time that water vapor is freezing around nanoscopic bits of meteor smoke, thus seeding the formation of high-altitude noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds.

Robert MacPherson


hen it comes to manoeuvring a towboat in as little as four feet of muddy water, it helps to know the Mississippi River as intimately as Arthur Ward does. “It’s a slow process,” the 72year-old captain of the tricolor Ricky Robinson towboat explained as he delicately shunted green and brown freight barges around the port of Memphis. “You have to go about halfspeed,” he said, “and you have to stay in the center (of the channel) or else you’ll knock off a rudder or pick up a rope.” Drought across much of the United States has seen the mighty Mississippi — a strategic waterway that runs 2,530 miles (4,070 km) from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico — drop to its lowest levels in years. So drastic is the problem that even this past week’s downpours from Hurricane Isaac was unlikely to make much of an impact, officials said. “It could provide a brief respite... but we’re not certain how big a difference it is going to make,” said Donald Mayer, chief of the navigation section for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis. It’s a 180-degree turn from last year, when too much rain swelled the Mississippi, provoking some of the worst floods in a century along the river. “During the 2011 flood, the river was actually roughly three miles wide,” said Mark Manning, a survey boat operator for the US Army Corps of Engineers, which dredges and maintains the river for shipping. “Now... we are probably around 1,500 ft to 2,000 ft (450m to 600m) wide.” With the Mississippi at Memphis about 12 feet below its normal levels, towboat operators say they are feeling the pinch. “It’s hard on our equipment because the water is so shallow, we’re damaging our equipment,” said George Leavell, executive vice-president of Wepfer Marine, which operates the Ricky Robinson and 21 other towboats at eight ports along the Mississippi and two of its tributaries. “We’re having to handle more barges because they can’t load them so deep, and we’ve lost a significant amount of our fleeting area — which is where we park the barges — because the water’s so low.” The last time the Mississippi dropped so low was in 1988, when barge industry losses were estimated at $1 billion. While

Drought hits Mississippi shipping even after hurricane The drought across most of the United States has seen the mighty Mississippi river drop to its lowest levels in years, causing barge traffic to stagnate.

Down the river

n The Mississippi river is the chief river of the largest river system in North America, and is the fourth longest river in the world. n It is 4,070km long, originating in north Minnesota and draining into the Mississippi River Delta at the Gulf of Mexico. n The river borders and cuts through 10 states. n The river has the world’s fourth largest catchment (drainage basin), covering almost 40 per cent of landmass of the continental Unites States.

this year has not yet seen such extremes, it is worryingly close. Twice this month, barges have run aground at Greenville, Mississippi, downriver from Memphis, forcing a halt to navigation and holding up hundreds of other barges making their way up or down the river. Typically, a Mississippi river barge is 200 ft long by 35 ft wide. Fully loaded under normal conditions, it can hold as much product as 70 tractor-trailer highway trucks. But lower water levels mean barges are going out only partially full, to avoid hitting the river bed.

Every one-inch drop in water level slashes the carrying capacity of a single barge by 17 tons of cargo, says the American Waterways Operators, an inland marine trade association. “A lot of these are grain barges that will be used to haul corn, soybeans and rice,” Leavell said, pointing from the deck of the Ricky Robinson to the row of empty barges parked on the shore. “These grain barges back here,” he added, waving in another direction, “transport high fructose corn syrup. Then we have one right around the bend here that is a cement barge.” Chemicals, petroleum products and coal to fire power stations also travel by barge, so higher shipping costs brought on by the lower river levels can mean higher prices for the end consumer. And this year, the increase comes on top of higher farm commodity prices resulting from the drought’s impact on US grain production, much of which goes down the Mississippi to Asian and other global markets. “Consumers have to be willing to pay the price, and the cost of getting to and from wherever (products) are processed is part of the price,” said economics professor John Gnuschke of the University of Memphis. Wepfer Marine’s Leavell noted the problem was becoming “serious.” “We’ll have to reduce drafts potentially more. The river channel may be able to handle it, but getting the barges in and out of these small ports will be the problem,” he said. AFP



Domino’s 500th outlet

100 sickened by mango illness

Halloween candies launched

WASHINGTON: Federal health officials

NEW DELHI: Domino's Pizza, one of

the market leaders in the organised pizza home delivery segment in India, has now opened its 500th outlet at Rajinder Nagar, Delhi. It is a part of Jubilant FoodWorks Limited (JFL) with a network of 500 Domino's Pizza stores across 110 cities. In the last few years, Domino's Pizza has not only aggressively expanded its footprint.


are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in 16 states and has been associated with salmonella-tainted mangoes. Authorities said they are still probing what caused an outbreak of 103 cases of salmonella Braenderup infections and said they need more time to figure out the problem.

launched a number of new candy varieties and packs for the Halloween 2012. New varieties include — SweeTARTS Skulls & Bones, Spooky Nerds, WONKA Trickster Treats, and Nestlé’s Largest Bag. SweeTARTS Skulls & Bones features a loose-filled bag for decorating, snacking and baking. DEEPAK DESHPANDE

Think beyond spicy curries; there’s so much more to Tamil cuisine, as is obvious at this food festival.

Lasagnas in town




osting a food festival is probably the hottest trend these days. But bringing the Hyderabadi foodie something different is Courtyard by Marriott, with its Tamil Nadu food festival. So what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when one says Tamilian food? I bet it’s the spicy and rich Chettinad food. But there’s so much more to Tamil cuisine than just the tongue-numbing variety. It was to bring this aspect to fore that the chefs at Momo Café decided to host a Tamil food festival. Titled ‘Arusuvai Sangamam’ (meeting of six flavours), it promises you a refreshing gastronomic journey through Tamil Nadu. When sous chef Somu Sundaram explained the idea behind hosting the festival and how they were focussing on different regions like Kongunadu, Cholanadu and Thondainadu, I was sceptical. Who wants to eat Tamil food that doesn’t have spicy meat curries? But was I in for a surprise. Fashioned to reflect true Tamil Nadu gastronomical culture, the meal begins with a welcome drink and a sweet (a bowl of flavourful Panchamrutham). Being a Tamilian myself, I was more than pleased to dig into the delicious concoction of bananas, milk, honey and raisins.

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Gastronomy, the Tamilian way Following this, I was served some deliciously soft navadhanyam adai (dosa made with nine different kinds of grains). But what is Tamilian food without a helping of parota and paya? So we made a beeline for the parota counter to sample the snack served with mixed vegetable kurma, mutta curry (egg curry) and paya (spicy meat broth). I was a bit disappointed by the parotas, which weren’t

flaky enough. The vegetable kurma was a creamy delight. Next, I headed to the counter serving puliyodharai (tamarind flavoured rice), mixed veg poriyal, parappu urundai kulambu (dal dumplings in an onion tomato gravy), urulai kara perattal (spicy potatoes), payuru thiratal (dal). For the non-vegetarians, there was thandu kheema urundai (minced meat and banana stem dumplings), palli paalayam kozhi (chicken curry) and thalapakathu chicken biryani. I loved the crunchy poriyal, parappu urundai kulambu and chicken curry. While the koftas in the thandu kheema urundai were rather good, the gravy was a tad bland. The biryani was a change from the Hyderabadi variety and was appreciated even by my double masala biryani loving husband. I thought the food was very much like what is made in Tamilian

Momo Café, Courtyard by Marriott, On till September 9 For dinner only (6.30pm to 11pm) Meal for 2: Rs1,998 (inclusive of taxes) households. For dessert we had semiya payasam (kheer) and adhirasam. The payasam was warm and good, but could have done with a little less sugar, while the adhirasam was just perfect. All in all, I went home a very happy and satiated Tamilian, who’d successfully proved to her Andhra food-loving husband that there’s a lot more to Tamilian cuisine than just coconut filled gravies and spicy chicken curries.

The place that comes to my mind when I think of lasagna is Deli 9. Lasagna at Deli 9 is one of most delicious I have had and I’ve had it many times ever since I stumbled upon it by chance when I took a bite from my friend’s plate. Each time I am at the restaurant, I am hesitant before taking the first bite, dreading that it wouldn’t taste as good as the last lasagna, but never have I been disappointed. Whenever I try lasagna at a new joint, I unconsciously compare it to the one in Deli 9 and I am still on the search to find a replacement.


Next on my list is 10 Downing Street. This is a pub that is just as famous for the crowd and ladies nights on Wednesdays as for its delicious food. I just needed one shot of the dish to get hooked to it and since this is the first dish that I order for at 10 D, I am too full to try out other dishes on the menu.


Coffee shops are unlikely joints to look for sumptuous lasagnas but Beyond Coffee is an exception. Layer upon layer of soft buttery pasta with the delicious combination of juicy seasoned tomatoes mixed with ground meat perfectly seasoned with softened onions, lamb lasagna is a dish that one must try at Beyond Coffee.



Bharwan Dum Aloo Noor’s Kitchen NOOR JAFRI A simple and easy to make vegetarian dish. Ingredients 1. Medium-sized potatoes - 500 gms

2. Grated cheese & paneer - 2 tbsp 3. Tomatoes chopped - 2 tbsp 4. Chopped onions - 2 tbsp 5. Chilli powder - 1 tsp 6. Dhania powder - 1 tsp 7. Haldi powder - 1/4th tsp 8. Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp

Lovers of the golden brew gathered at Taj Krishna to pay tribute to the most elegant drink of all.

Savour the spirit ARUN KOSHY PHILIP “Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough.” Mark Twain o one could have come up with a better line for the golden brew. And no wonder the American great was quoted while welcoming the guests to the evening of whisky appreciation with Sandeep Arora at Taj Krishna. The gathering at the Grand Ball Room oozed with bonhomie as friends and acquaintances caught up with each other. Eventually, one could hear from every cluster, discussions about what lay in store for those who have appreciated the drink all their lives. “I have been a whiskylover for the last two decades. But I am curious to find out what this ‘appreciation business’ is,” said a prominent businessman, savouring a welcome drink. We didn’t have to stay curious for much longer as we were ushered to the venue and shortly Sandeep was introduced to the audience. The seasoned man of spirits that he is, Sandeep put everyone at ease with his sparkling wit and crystal clear description. The age of the whisky is crucial as it determines the feel, flavour and potency of the drink, he explained.


Clear like water when distilled, whisky acquires its aroma, colour and flavour during the period it is ‘aged’ in casks. As it ages, distinct flavours develop as the drink transforms from mellow to soft to robust by 12 years and achieves the perfect sublime identity at 18 years. The law in Scotland requires a minimum ageing of three years before the whisky can be bottled. Once transferred to a bottle, the ageing stops, Sandeep adds. The first spirit to be appreciated, a 17-year-old Ballantine’s, certified the world’s best blended scotch whisky, was introduced.

Tips from the master n

Right amount of dilution releases the true flavours and too much kills it.


Use ice judiciously for the same reason.


Be liberal in drinking water to pre-empt queasy mornings and hangovers.

“To appreciate a whisky right, one should gently swirl the liquor in the glass for a few seconds before drawing in the aroma. A quick sniff would smell of only the escaping alcohol vapour and would prevent you from identifying the true signature aroma,” said Sandeep. He went on to clarify about the world of single

malts and blended whiskys. A single malt is made from water and malted barley at a single distillery. Single malts are mixed in different proportions to create blended whiskys.

9. Garam masala powder - 1 tsp 10.Whole garam masala - 1 tbsp 11.Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp 12.Butter for basting - 1 tbsp 13.Oil - 2 tbsp 14.Salt & a pinch of chaat masala 15.Chopped coriander, green chillies and lemon wedges for garnishing 16.Capsicum - 1 large.

Procedure 1. Boil water with a pinch of salt, haldi

and whole garam masala. 2. Add potatoes, boil till half done. 3. Remove the skin and scoop out the core, making a hollow. Keep aside. 4. Heat oil in a pan, fry the chopped onions, tomatoes. 5. Add all the masalas,and the scooped out potatoes, mix well. 6. Add cheese, paneer, coriander, chillies.

“Every malt is a discovery of a taste and a journey,” he says as he introduces a 12-year-old Glenlivet to us. It is manufactured by a distillery that was the first legal commercial production in 1823. True to the legacy, one can feel the woody flavour and smoothness. Irish whiskies are a tad different, but equally rich, he says. After being guided through few fine samples, Sandeep introduces another of royal stature — an 18-year-old Chivas Regal. It is blend of 20 rare malts and 85 whiskys and the taste takes you on a journey through its origins, heritage and components. With 200 million cases consumed annually, the highest in the world, it is sure there’s going to be a large following for whisky in India.

7. Stuff the mixture in the potatoes. 8. Cut capsicum, and cover the opening of the potatoes with a toothpick. 9. Arrange the potatoes in a greased plate, sprinkle oil and bake it, occasionally basting with butter. 10.Cut them into halves sprinkle with chat masala, chopped coriander and serve with lemon wedges.

Chef’s note n

This dish can be done in a nonstick pan. It's a tasty dish with rich nutrients and full of carbs.

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1783 — America officially became a free nation, with representatives of the United States, Great Britain, France and Spain signing the Treaty of Paris. Britain formally recognised the independence of its 13 former colonies.

1986 — Desmond Tutu is appointed the archbishop of Cape Town, becoming the first black man to head South Africa's Anglican Church.

September 8 1974 — In a controversial move, US President Gerald Ford pardons his disgraced predecessor, Richard Nixon, for any crimes he may have committed or participated in while in office.

1522 — One of explorer Ferdinand Magellan's ships — the Vittoria — arrives in Spain, thus completing the first successful circumnavigation of the globe.

September 4 1886 — Apache chief Geronimo surrenders to US government troops, the last Indian warrior to do so. It signalled the end of the Indian wars in America, which were fought to protect the lands of the Native Americans.

September 6 1997 — An estimated 2.5 billion people across the globe watch Princess Diana's funeral procession on television, while hundreds of thousands gathered in London to watch her coffin being carried to Westminster Abbey.

September 4

September 9 1976 — Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong dies at the age of 82. Chairman Mao led the Chinese people through a long revolution and ruled the country's communist government since its inception in 1949 till his death.

September 5 1972 — Six members of an Arab terrorist group called Black September walked into the Olympic village in Munich Germany and took nine Israeli athletes hostage. Two Israelis were killed. The plan to rescue the hostages went awry, causing the terrorists to kill all of them the next day.

1972 — US swimmer Mark Spitz wins his seventh Olympic gold, six in the 1972 Games, making him the man with the most Olympic golds in a single Games. His achievement was surpassed only in 2008 by swimmer Michael Phelps.

September 5 1986 — Pan Am Flight 73 was hijacked by four armed men of militant group Abu Nidal. Twenty passengers were killed during the hijacking, 13 of them Indians and the rest from US, Pakistan and Mexico.



An arty evening For art-lovers in the city, Muse Art Gallery was the place to be when PIETA, a Vista of Vivid Art Voyage, an exhibition of the works of 17 artists including Praneet Soi and Rahul Mukherjee, was launched. Spotted were actors RaNa, Lakshmi Manchu and Manoj Manchu.




3 1 Shilpa, Amulya 2 Lakshmi Manchu,

RaNa, Manoj Manchu 3 Sumitha, Deepthi 4 KS. Rama Rao 5 Lavanya


6 Ditya Reddy 7 Pooja 8 Sridevi 9 Gayathri Reddy 10 Rajini 11 Smitha 12 Priyanka



One-stop shop for weddings

The Parinaya Wedding Fair was inaugurated on Saturday by actress Manasa at Sri Satya Sai Nigamagamam in Sri Nagar Colony. The fair offers designer blouses, diamond jewellery, accessories and other wedding-related items under one roof.






Dazzling the city

Sridevi looked every bit the diva when she turned up at PVR for the launch of Telugu trailer of her upcoming movie English Vinglish on Saturday. Priya Anand who also plays a part in the movie was spotted at the do.



AN ODE TO POWERSTAR'S STAR POWER Baba Sehgal, a self-confessed fan of Pawan Kalyan, talks about the song he composed for the actor, the charisma Pawan Kalyan exudes and what “Pawanism” means to him. HEMANTH KUMAR


conversation with Baba Sehgal is an experience in itself. Although he doesn’t rap as he talks, the sheer energy with which he pours his heart out about everything we ask him, gives a glimpse of his singing career which began almost two decades ago. He confesses that his career is going great guns these days, thanks to some of the recent hits in Telugu and Tamil. “People have begun calling me as Power singer ever since I sang the title track for Pawan Kalyan’s Gabbar Singh. It feels great,” Baba Sehgal says. He’s an ardent admirer of Pawan Kalyan and having sung two hit tracks in Jalsa and Gabbar Singh, Baba Sehgal confesses that Pawan Kalyan’s fans have been very supportive of him. “This is the reason why I thought of composing a song for Pawan

Kalyan. I have named it as ‘Power Song’ and the lyrics are written completely from the perspective of his fans,” he says. As Pawan Kalyan turns 42 today, it’s still an enigma how his star power at box office hasn’t diminished a bit over the years. Having delivered a blockbuster already earlier this year, his upcoming film Cameraman Ganga Tho Ramababu is expected to repeat the success. Ask Baba Sehgal about what he thinks of Pawan Kalyan, he says, “His charisma attracts everyone. He’s very clear about what he wants to do. In the last few weeks, I have interacted with several fans of Pawan Kalyan who told me a lot about his charity works, style and the fact that his fan base is still strong, despite not delivering a hit for 10 years is unbelievable. That’s when I understood the true meaning of ‘Pawanism’. It’s about a set of idelogies, inspired from Pawan Kalyan’s life, which his fans follow. It’s almost like a religion.” So what’s the song going to be like? “We are not trying to glorify Pawan Kalyan. I have kept the lyrics simple and the music will be a mix of Bhangra and South Indian music. This is the first time I have composed the song on an actor and since I like Pawan Kalyan more than any other actor in South, I worked quite hard on the song. I am confident that this is going to be bigger hit than anything I have done before,” Baba Sehgal says adding, “I want people to get goosepimples when they listen to my song.” Amen.



Big B gets conscious in wife’s presence


egastar Amitabh Bachchan, who will be seen with wife Jaya Bachchan in Bhojpuri film Ganga Devi, says there is lot of restriction when his wife is on the sets and he gets conscious in her presence. “When your wife is on the sets with you, then your behaviour also changes, there are lots of restrictions, there is always discipline on the sets or

LARA DUTTA: Chalo Dilli sequel? Not any time soon


ctress Lara Dutta says its too early to talk about the sequel to her debut production Chalo Dilli as the film is still in its scripting phase. She says she will go ahead with the sequel only if the story is better than the original. “There is lot of speculation of the sequel to Chalo Dilli. We’ve got writers working on the story. (But) I would put my name and hard work behind it only if the story comes out really better than the earlier one,” Lara told IANS. “I think sequels are very tricky to do. If you don’t have anything better than the first one, you shouldn't do it,” she added. Chalo Dilli, which released in 2011, marked the former beauty queen’s foray into movie production under her banner Bheegi Basanti Productions. The film featured Lara and Vinay Pathak in lead roles and won critical acclaim. For now, the actress has wrapped up Bejoy Nambiar’s David and is now working on two scripts, which will again be produced by her. “I am busy with my production house Bheegi Basanti. We are right now working on two scripts. One is likely to go on floors in February next year, while the other by the end of next year,” said Lara, who is the mother of seven-month-old Saira, her daughter with tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi. The actress was here Friday night to inaugurate an innovatively designed workplace of US-based travel website. IANS

else when you go back home, the situation goes out of control,” a laughing Amitabh told reporters during the music launch of the film Friday. Amitabh plays a key role in his makeup man-turned-producer Deepak Sawant’s film, which is about reservation for women in elected bodies. He acted earlier in Bhojpuri Ganga and Gangotri, which did well at the box office. Amitabh

says Sawant is like family. “I am glad to be part of the film. When he approached me for this film, I did it without hesitation. I know him for 30 to 35 years.” “He is my make-up man, he takes care of my face and it was my duty to give him something in return. The best part of working with them (Sawant) is that they finish shooting for 30 to 35 scenes in a day so that I don’t have any problem.” IANS

Barfi was like dumb charades for me: Ranbir


ith no dialogues for him in Barfi, actor Ranbir Kapoor said the film was like a game of dumb charades for him. He plays the role of a deaf-mute person in the film. “I enjoyed playing this character. There were no dialogues. I used to go on the set, play dumb charades and come back,” Ranbir said. The actor said that it was very important for him that the audience was able to relate to his character and this was something which he kept in mind while shooting. He said that his director Anurag Basu gave him a lot of freedom. “I was frustrated that I didn’t even say one dialogue. A Hindi film hero wants to have a dialogue or sing songs, but it was a fun experience. But I had a lot of freeIANS dom on the set.”


‘Emraan is my mentor’

sha Gupta has revealed that Emraan Hashmi is her industry “mentor”. The Jannat 2 co-stars appear opposite each other in the upcoming Raaz 3. She told Mumbai Mirror: “I love Emraan. I was really scared of him during Jannat 2, where he used to give his scenes like a piece of cake and I’d just look at him tongue-tied. He is really sweet, quite like my mentor and he has given me a lot of tips.” Gupta has previously said that she is in “awe” of fellow Raaz 3 actress Bipasha Basu. The erotic horror film centres on rivalry between Basu’s fading star and an industry newcomer, played by Gupta. Director Mahesh Bhatt recently claimed that the film reflects the older actress’s real life experiences.



Chitrangada liked original lyrics of Kafirana


yrics of Chitrangada Singh’s item number Kafirana from justreleased Joker has been changed, but the actress says that she liked the original lyrics much better. The lyrics have been changed from “Fakht you” to “Just you” to avoid any controversy. “Personally, I like the original version. I know it’s a bit naughty, but the idea was for it


Aamir Khan on Time cover as India’s ‘first superstar-activist’ A

amir Khan’s hugely successful TV show Satyamev Jayate, that focuses on burning issues facing India and ways of tackling them, has landed him on the cover of Time magazine as India’s “first superstaractivist”. “He’s breaking the Bollywood mould by tackling India’s social evils. Can one actor change a nation?” asks the blurb on the cover of the Asia edition of the issue of the US magazine, which features a close-up of the actor looking intensely into the camera. Tracing the rise of Aamir Khan with the 1988 blockbuster hit Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Time’s Bobby Ghosh noted over the past decade the 47-year-old actor has acted in, directed and produced a string of “movies that artfully straddle the demands of popular cinema and that desire for grace”. “Now, with his groundbreaking TV show Satyamev Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails), he has dispensed with commercial considerations to indulge his conscience,” writes Ghosh. “With it, Khan has taken on the mantle of the country’s first superstaractivist.”

“The show, in equal parts chat and journalism, casts an unblinking spotlight on some of India’s ugliest social problems,”

Now, with his groundbreaking TV show Satyamev Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails), he has dispensed with commercial considerations to indulge his conscience. Time’s Bobby Ghosh

Ghosh says of the show of which Khan is “creator, producer and host, and he has invested it with his star power — and his credibility.” “It’s a ballsy move, and potentially jeopardizes his status as the beloved idol of millions,” writes Ghosh, since the subjects his show tackles “are precisely the sorts of harsh realities from which many of Khan’s fans seek escape in his movies.” “Can a movie star affect the mores of a nation of 1.2 billion?” asks Ghosh and suggests “It might just be possible in India, where a national obsession with cinema, unparalleled in the world, gives popular actors an influence beyond the imagination of Hollywood scriptwriters.” As Khan assesses the impact of his first series, Time suggests, “Whatever Khan chooses to do next in his quest for grace, there’s a good chance it will lift India a little closer to what he — and fellow Indians — would wish their country and society to be." Aamir Khan is the third Indian actor to be featured on the cover of Time magazine. Aishwarya Rai made it to the cover in 2003 and Parveen Babi IANS was featured in 1976.

ockstar actress Nargis Fakhri has signed on as brand ambassador of HCL Infosystems’s computing products. As part of the deal, Nargis has done a photo shoot for the brand. It will be used later. She will endorse HCL’s computing products — ME branded Laptops and Tablets, HCL Desktops and Beanstalk All-InOne’s — across various platforms and will also feature in upcoming multimedia ad campaigns. She is “ecstatic”. “HCL’s gadgets are trendy, very user friendly and absolute value for money products. It is a brand that has a legacy of bringing innovative products keeping in mind the Indian market and I am looking forward to this association with a home grown brand,” Nargis said in a statement. The brand wants to “reach out to newer customers and markets” through their association with Nargis. “Nargis Fakhri’s sophistication, style and cool quotient superbly

Kashmir makes SRK relax after years

not to be offensive. But I like the original better,” she said. Talking about the censor board’s cuts, the actress feels that some of their actions are necessary, others not required. “I think till a limit, censorship is right. There is too much exposure. You think of the kids most of the times, they should not have access to such things. But we push it a bit too much.” IANS

Nargis Fakhri to endorse computing products personifies our brand. The association with Nargis, I am sure will add to our image as a brand that not only spells value for money, but also that offers next generation stylish computing devices,” said Princy Bhatnagar, vice president and head Consumer Computing, HCL Infosystems. IANS


hooting for Yash Chopra’s yet untitled movie in a south Kashmir hill station seems to have helped Shah Rukh Khan unwind from a boring routine of lights and camera. “Slept for 10 hours after a long time. God I feel rested... even my beard seems fresh,” Shah Rukh posted on Twitter. In another post, he wrote: “Phone back on silent... beard dyed... teeth brushed... feel like a million bucks, but if I don’t rush for shoot won’t get my 100 bucks per dium.” “After years of keeping it silent... yesterday I put a ring on my phone. Does it mean now we have a serious relationship?” he IANS tweeted.







Maria Sharapova calls off engagement M

aria Sharapova doesn’t need any advice on how to kill it at the US Open, but the tennis star could possibly use a little help in the love department. During Maria’s post-match news conference at the US Open on Friday, Sharapova confirmed that she and former Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacichave called off their engagement. “It’s been since the end of spring,” Sharapova said. “I was waiting for someone to actually ask me that question.” And although Vujacic reportedly broke the news to the Italian tabloids, Sharapova explains that she has always been a private public figure. “I have never really been the person to announce things. I never announced when we were together or never announced we were engaged. I never have in any of my previous relationships, as well.” She continues, adding that the decision to split from Vujacic was “challenging.” “It was a really nice period of time for both of us, but our career schedules just made it extremely difficult to see each other with the travelling and especially his career move to Turkey. But we have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. I still would love to call him as a friend. We spent really great years together.” Vujacic has been playing for a professional basketball team in Turkey. He and Sharapova dated for nearly three years.

Duff treats fans to pic of baby H

ilary Duff treated fans to yet another adorable picture of her son Luca, this time showing her tiny tyke lounging on a yellow blanket. “Luca!,” the actress tweeted Thursday, along with the Instagram snap of her fivemonth-old little one. Singer-actor Duff recently referred to motherhood as “the most incredible thing,” telling E! News in June, “it softens you so much. I feel like a big mushy ball.” “Whoa I have a cute baby! #crazyinlove,” Duff tweeted on Tuesday.

Bieber and his fake guns


n a photo taken by an actor on the set of Selena Gomez’s upcoming flick Feed the Dog, Justin Bieber was snapped posing with a fake gun and pointing it at the actor’s dad. And Gomez was right there for the photo op, smiling in the pic. After the photos were posted on





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STAR POWER Date 3-9-2012

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Good changes are likely to take place. Income from multiple sources and hence a strong financial position likely. Avoid unwanted discussions and wasting time. Happy events likely at home.

Relatives will extend help and business will improve with it. Avoid mistakes of the past to better your future. Those deprived of children for a long time will be favoured with one soon.

Employees can expect promotion or pay hike. Father's health problem will be over. But you need to take care of your health. Avoid futile attempts to complete important work; plan well.




Chances of minor tension and hurdles. You might also be blamed but soon that will be proved wrong. Blood relatives might criticise your way of proceedings and go against you; be careful.

Though employees will face hard work and travel, final result will be good; it will cheer them up. Parents will be healthy. Court verdict will be favourable. Old problems will be resolved soon.

An opportunity to clear old debts is on the cards. Blood relatives might face difficulties and mental tension. Those awaiting marriage will hear good news. Businessmen will see growth and profits.




Employees will work with a focus and complete all work but fail to get recognition. Avoid disputes with siblings. Businessmen to face dull trend and stiff competition. Politicians flourish.

Be careful while driving. Artists will get rewarding opportunities and also income will increase beyond expectations. Children will have their wishes fulfilled in their will for higher studies.

Avoid acting in haste while dealing with important work. Postpone new efforts for the time being. Businessmen will see the best phase of their business and profits will soar.




You will achieve success in all challenges undertaken and get appreciation from family members, friends and relatives. Some might go abroad either for job or for higher studies.

You will struggle hard to achieve success and desired results will bring you cheer. Financial position will be satisfactory and there is no need for worry. Be cautious in all your efforts.

Unexpected health problem likely; there is need to take care. Be careful while extending help to relatives as chances are that your name will spoil. Businessmen will face a dull period.





Strength – You’re in for a pleasant surprise today. An old friend may drop in, unannounced, to say hello, or you may bump into someone interesting.

Page of Pentacles – Give advice freely, especially if you’re concerned about this person. Do not hold back thoughts. It’s up to those if they want to use them.

King of Pentacles – Spend some quality me-time today. Sit and mediatate or reflect on your life and its general direction. Whatever you do, do not brood.




The Devil – Your nesting instincts are high. You look for a comfortable place you can make home. You want to be surrounded by things you love.

The Hermit – Travel is on the cards. You may have to take up some trip on your own, without having anyone for company. You meet interesting people on the way.




Nine of Pentacles – In order to cut a good real estate deal, you need to gather more information about the location where you intend to buy property in.

The Empress – There are many conditions in the fine print, which you may be missing out on. Before you sign any important document, read everything carefully.

King of Cups – You are a voracious reader and you have the knack of guessing what the ending may be in a mystery. Does not mean you know life will take you.




Two of Wands – You have laid the foundation for a successful future. You are ready for the challenge. You only have to wait for the right opportunity.

The Emperor – You may encounter some trouble from those who report to you at work. Things are not going to be very smooth when you’re in power.

The Moon – You are flirting on the fringes of where you really want to be. Life has thrown you there and you may have no choice, really.

The High Priest – Listen to some good music and spend time pursuing a favourite hobby. You will be more relaxed and can think clearly.

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For laughs and giggles


lorry-load of tortoises crashed into a trainload of terrapins, What a turtle disaster?!

You see my next-door neighbour worships exhaust pipes, he's a catholic converter.

I said to this train driver ''I want to go to Paris". He said ''Eurostar?'' I said, ''I've been on telly but I'm no Dean Martin''.

A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He slides up to the bar and announces: ''I'm looking for the man who shot my paw.''

Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. But when they lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can't have your kayak and heat it. I've got a friend who's fallen in love with two school bags, he's bisatchel.

I tried water polo but my horse drowned. I'll tell you what I love doing more than anything: trying to pack myself in a small suitcase. I can hardly contain myself.

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her Is Heidi Klum dating bodyguard?

Butler dating Romanian model?


ctor Gerard Butler is reportedly dating Romanian model-actress Madalina Ghenea. The Scottish actor reportedly got smitten by the European beauty when she was hired to help Butler promote a new razor for the Dubai-based Super Max brand this spring, reports The couple was first linked in May, but Ghenea denied the claims at the time, stating, “Gerard is a friend of mine. We are friends and nothing more.” However, reports suggest that the relationship has since developed into something more intimate. The actor’s representative has refused to comment on the new romance IANS reports.


eidi Klum recently went on an Italian getaway to enjoy the sun, the sand — and possibly a new man? While on the family getaway to Sardinia, the Project Runway host, 39, was spotted getting close to her bodyguard of four years, Martin Kristen, sparking rumours that the two are dating.

Not exactly, a friend close to Klum tells PEOPLE. “It’s complicated,” says the friend. “Their relationship is hard to define.” For Klum, who announced she was separating from her husband of seven years singer Seal in January, “this has been a difficult time,” says the pal. “Her inner circle of people she trusts is getting smaller and smaller and he is her No. 1 confidante.” During their Italian vacation, Klum and Kristen weren’t alone. They were seen playing on the beach with Klum’s children — Leni, 8, Henry, 6½, Johan, 5½, and Lou, 2½. Klum’s parents, Erna and Gunther, were also there. Kristen has also been spotted around New York City with Klum as she filmed Project Runway this summer. In terms of finding a new husband, however, Klum has said it’s not a top priority. “I don’t know if I’ll get married again,” Klum told a German publication in July. But she later added: “Although I really enjoyed being married. I’m a dreamer.”

Rihanna eyes role in Scarface remake


inger Rihanna is reportedly keen on bagging a role in the remake of 1983 film Scarface. The 24-year-old wants to play the role of Elvira Hancock, essayed by actress Michelle Pfeiffer in the original movie. “Rihanna loves Scarface. Some of her music videos have been based on Michelle’s character, Elvira,” quoted a source as saying. “She knows all the words and even has her walk perfected,” the source added. The singer made her acting debut with actor Liam Neeson in Battleship earlier this year. She will soon be seen in Evan Goldberg’s End Of The World and is making a debut in voice over with IANS Happy Smekday!



Defence with a bang

Smyth is fastest Paralympian

Penn State lose to Ohio




lade Runner Oscar Pistorius on Saturday began the defence of his three Paralympic sprint titles with a bang, breaking the world record in the T44 200m to qualify for the final. The 25-yearold, who earned his nickname as he runs on carbon fibre prosthetics, stormed round the bend and pushed through to clock 21.30sec, just weeks after becoming the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympics.

reland’s Jason Smyth on Saturday retained his T13 100m title, breaking his own world record in the process to become the fastest Paralympian in history. The 25-yearold, who trains with US sprint star Tyson Gay and is visually impaired, clocked 10.46sec to break the 10.54sec mark he set in Friday’s qualifying heats. Luis Felipe Guttierez of Cuba won silver in 11.02sec, one-hundredth of a second ahead of South African bronze medallist Jonathan Ntutu.

enn State suffered a 24-14 upset loss to Ohio University on Saturday in the Nittany Lions’ first gridiron American football game since the child sex abuse conviction of ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. It was the first game for the storied collegiate American football program since former NFL New England Patriots assistant coach Bill O’Brien took over as coach, replacing iconic Joe Paterno, who died at age 85 last January.

Ellie retains 400m title

Britain’s Ellie Simmonds made doubts about US’s Victoria Arlen’s eligibility immaterial, as she retained her S6 400m freestyle crown by smashing Victoria’s world record. Phil Hazlewood Agence France-Presse

LONDON: Britain’s Ellie Simmonds on Saturday made doubts about Victoria Arlen’s eligibility immaterial on Saturday, as she retained her S6 400m freestyle crown by smashing the US swim queen’s world record. The 17-year-old, a double gold medallist at the Beijing Olympics four years ago at the age of just 13, proved too strong for her rival in the final 50m, pulling away to touch home in a new global best of 5mins 19.17secs. Arlen secured silver in 5:20.18 — more than four seconds inside the 5:24.46 benchmark she set in June — with China’s Song Lingling taking bronze. “I’m so pleased to touch and get a world record and a fivesecond PB. I knew it was going to be so tough leading into it with Victoria being on form and I knew I had to give it my everything and give it my all,” said Simmonds. “That last 50 hurt, it just killed me. I knew that I had no regrets, I just gave it my all but I’m just so pleased. When I touched I had no energy left. It was one of the toughest races

of my life so far.” Arlen, also 17, said she was pleased with the result and said it was a spur for the future. “I couldn’t have asked for more on my first big meet... It’s motivational, she (Simmonds) did amazing, the better person won. I’m very happy for her. Especially with it being her home turf,” she added. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) had earlier freed the American teenager to race after question marks hung over her eligibility in the race. She was declared “non-eligible”

earlier this week due to doubts over her classification. She was re-instated on appeal but still faced the threat of being stripped of the gold medal had she won. But the IPC said in a statement that she will “continue to compete in the S6 class, with a review date set for August 2013”. “Due to the different technicality of stroke required in breaststroke a similar observation in competition will take place in her first SB race,” it added.

Improve car, Alonso tells Ferrari SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM: Championship leader Fernando Alonso qualified sixth for Ferrari on Saturday for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix and then warned Ferrari that they need to improve the car to keep him on top of the title race. The 31-year-old Spaniard said the team should not rely on rivals’ mistakes to retain the lead in the championship. Alonso wound up sixth but will start fifth following Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado’s grid penalty for baulking Nico Hulkenberg. He said: “I think the aim is to improve the car a lot because we know that today, of our rivals, we are ahead because one had gearbox problems, Webber, and another,

Categories one to 10 are allocated to swimmers with a physical disability. The lower the number, the more severe the impairment. The letter indicates the stroke. Arlen was diagnosed with the neurological disorder postinfectious transverse myelitis, which affects the spinal cord, at the age of 12 and was in a vegetative state for two years. Simmonds was born with achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. Another US swimmer facing classification difficulties was Mallory Weggemann, who saw herself moved up a category as she prepared to swim seven events at the Games. She said this week that she had “lost faith” in the system but on Saturday reached the final of the women’s SB7 100m breaststroke. Among the winners on Saturday were Brazil’s Andre Brasil, who picked up his third gold medal of the Games in the men’s S10 100m butterfly, and New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe, who triumphed in the women’s equivalent. Pascoe broke the world record that she set in the heats, two days after doing the same in the S10 200m individual medley.

narrow line we are too slow. So if we want to win the championship we need to be quicker and improve the car. AFP

Postnoon News

HYDERABAD: Suneendra Sports Club-Hyderabad Polo and Riding Club (SSC-HPRC) defeated Agram Riding and Polo Academy-Deccan Polo and Riding Club (ARPA–DPRC) by four goals to two and a half goals in the first match the Bison Trophy for the Polo Season at the Bison Polo Club in Secunderabad on Saturday. Due to the differences in the team handicap, ARPA–DPRC began the match with an advantage of one and a half goals. But this did not detter the players of SSC-HPRC as they hammered goal after goal to see their side sail to safety. Chaitanya of SSC-HPRC scored a goal in the second minute of the first chukkerand also in the seventh minute of the same chukker. In the first minute of the second chukker, SSC-HPRC’s Khadir Siddiqui, scored a goal to put their opponents in a tight spot. But then ARPA–DPRC’s Abdullah hit a superb goal in the second chukker. But all hope was dispelled for ARPA–DPRC when SSCHPRC’s Chaitanya smashed the final goal of the match within the second minute of the final chukker.

Power claims pole position in Baltimore BALTIMORE,

Hamilton, did not make the best of his car today. “And, of course, some circuits are better for some cars and some for others but on that



IndyCar series leader Will Power of Australia won pole position for the Baltimore IndyCar Grand Prix on Saturday, positioning himself for a run at a second straight victory here. By capturing pole with a lap of 1min 17.9750sec on the 2.04mile, 12-turn circuit Power earned one bonus point, padding his lead atop the standings to 37 points over American Ryan Hunter-Reay, who qualified 13th. If Power leaves Baltimore with a lead of 54 points or more over his closest rival, he will clinch his first IndyCar championship. He has been runner-up in the series to Scotland’s Dario Franchitti the past two seasons.

“It’s important to get the pole — it’s another point,” Power said. “It gives us the best potential at the start, and we can control our destiny.” It’s Power’s fifth pole position of the season and his third in a row. He started from pole and finished second in each AFP of the past two races.



Kiwis take control After restricting India to 353, 12 short of their first innings score of 365, thanks to Tim Southee’s career-best 7 for 64, New Zealand reinforced their position in the second innings. Syed Shoaib

India vs New Zealand 2nd test NZ 1st innings 365/All out India 1st innings G Gambhir b Southee


V Sehwag c Flynn b Bracewell


CA Pujara c Boult b Southee


SR Tendulkar b Bracewell


V Kohli lbw b Southee


SK Raina c †van Wyk b Southee


MS Dhoni*† lbw b Southee


R Ashwin not out


Z Khan c †van Wyk b Southee


PP Ojha c †van Wyk b Southee


UT Yadav b Boult


Extras (b 11, lb 2, w 1, nb 5)


Total (10 wickets)


Fall of wicks:1-5, 2-27, 3-67, 4-80, 5179, 6-301, 7-312, 8-320, 9-320, 10-353 Bowling


TA Boult

23.5 2


90 1


TG Southee

24 6

64 7

DAJ Bracewell

20 4

91 2

JEC Franklin

10 4

17 0

JS Patel

19 5

78 0

While Ashwin is proving to be more than capable of handling the responsibility of the Indian spin attack, his batting it is that is demanding more respect. An opportunity of a longer stint at the crease, by way of skipper MS Dhoni lowering himself in the batting order may well prove to be useful for India. A genuine allrounder makes a lot of difference to the outcome of a match. And it is this missed opportunity that made the difference in the morning of the third day’s play. The end result was that New Zealand managed a lead, even if slender, over India in the first innings. That meant that the tourist’s bowler Tim Southee with a career-best 7 for 64 became the hero of the day. From a healthy overnight score of 283 for five, India could only manage to add 70 runs to be all out for 353, 12 runs shy of the New Zealand first innings total of 365.


BANGALORE: New Zealand batsmen kept the good work done by their bowlers going with sensible batting in the second innings of the second cricket Test match being played here, having scored 29 runs without losing a wicket. If Virat Kohli doesn’t stop surprising us, R Ashwin is turning out to be a match-winner in his own right — excelling with both ball and bat. Everybody might want to believe in horses for courses; Kohli is out to disprove that. He has made this point with outstanding performance in all three versions of cricket. That India is in safe hands with the retirement of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, the mainstay of Indian Text cricket in the last decade or so, there is no more doubt about, thanks to the Delhi and Royal Challengers Bangalore lad, Virat Kohli.

McIlroy in lead, Woods, Oosthuizen close in NORTON: World No. 1 Rory

McIlroy fired a second straight 65 on Saturday for a slim halfway lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship with Louis Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods heading the chasing pack. Northern Ireland's McIlroy had a 12-under total of 130 after two rounds on the par-71 TPC Boston layout. South Africa's Oosthuizen, was one shot back after a 65 for 131 and 14-time major champion Woods carded a 68 for 132, where he was joined compatriot Ryan Moore, who also carded a 68. McIlroy's round included an eagle on the revamped par-five 18th -- his ninth hole of the day -where he stuck his approach shot eight feet (two meters) from the pin. He had two bogeys on his inward nine, finding the water at

Rory McIlroy hits a shot during the Deutsche Bank Championship on GETTY IMAGES/AFP Saturday.

the par-five second for a six and also bogeying the par-three third. But he bounced back with birdies at four and five. "Everything seemed to work pretty well out there," McIlroy said. "I felt like I drove the ball a bit better today and hit more fairways, which gave me some more opportunities to make birdies. "And I was putting well enough to take a few of those," he added. "Yeah, pleased with where I am and looking forward to the weekend." Overnight leader Seung-Yul Noh of South Korea had an even par 71 that included an eagle and a double-bogey and was in a group of five players on 133 that also included South Africa's 2011 Masters champion Charl AFP Schwartzel (65).

League Cricket A DIVISION THREE DAY Day 3 Hyd Bottling 174(Prithvi Reddy 51(109b,5x4,2x6),Nishan t Yadav 33,Deepchand 5 for 26) drew with Falakhnuma 175 for 7 (Siddhu 60(49b,4x6),Sai Jyothi 50(71b,2x4,2x6) ) A2 AND 3 DIVISONS TWO DAYS Day 2 Crown 275 bt Mega City 203 (Charan 47,Akshay 33,K Enosh Krupakar 50,Vignesh 5 for 24) Vijay Hanuman 273 bt Sultanshahi 228 (Vamshi Raghava 43,E Mahesh Kumar Goud 30,Mehar Prasad 77,Rahil Baig 4 for 69,B Mishra 3 for 62) Brothers XI 181 bt Nizam College 124 (Md Vasiuddin 4 for 45, Md Sajjad Ali 5 for 46)

Clarke takes blame for loss against Pak Shahid Hashmi

Agence France-Presse

ABU DHABI: Australia skipper Michael Clarke admitted on Saturday that he had been wrong in choosing to bat first against Pakistan in the second one-day international between the two teams in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Pakistan thumped Australia by seven wickets to level the three-match series at 1-1, leaving the propspect of an intriguing third match in Sharjah on Monday. Australia won the first match by four wickets in Sharjah. Clarke said that electing to bat first after winning the toss had backfired. "We trained here and there was nowhere near that much dew, so it was certainly a surprise for all of us once we

walked out to field," Clarke said. "So it was the wrong decision after winning the toss to bat first." Sparked by a resolute 61 from Michael Hussey, Australia posted a score of 248-9 in their 50 overs withr Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal taking four wickets for 32 runs.



Federer romps, Murray struggles in sweatshop US Open results (x indicates seeding) Women — 3rd round n





Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x2) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB x30) 6-3, 7-5 Serena Williams (USA x4) bt Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 64, 6-0 Angelique Kerber (GER x6) bt Olga Govortsova (BLR) 61, 6-2 Sara Errani (ITA x10) bt Olga Puchkova (RUS) 6-1, 6-1 Ana Ivanovic (SRB x12) bt Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2

Master blaster Raonic ready for Murray Fireball-serving Milos Raonic (above), who blasted 29 aces on Saturday in becoming the first Canadian in 24 years to reach the fourth round of the US Open, is ready to send Andy Murray packing.

Men — 3rd round n


Dave James

NEW YORK: Five-time champion Roger Federer (above) defied 32-degree heat and crushing humidity to reach the US Open last 16 Saturday as potential semi-final rival Andy Murray almost wilted in the New York sweatshop.

Top seed Federer, bidding to be the first six-time winner in 87 years, defeated Spanish 25th seed Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a shade over two hours to make the last 16 for the 12th successive year. The Swiss next faces either American 23rd seed Mardy Fish or Gilles Simon, the French 16th

seed. In stark contrast, thirdseeded Murray, the 2008 US Open runner-up to Federer, needed almost four hours to clinch a 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-6 (7/4) victory over 30th-seeded Spanish lefthander Feliciano Lopez. Olympic champion Murray will next face 15th-seeded Milos Raonic in the next round.




Nicolas Almagro (ESP x11) bt Jack Sock (USA) 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 Marin Cilic (CRO x12) bt Kei Nishikori (JPN x17) 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3 Roger Federer (SUI x1) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP x25) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 Andy Murray (GBR x3) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP x30) 76 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4) Tomas Berdych (CZE x6) bt Sam Querrey (USA x27) 6-7 (8/6), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

Serena into last 16, levels sister Venus Three-time champion Serena Williams (above) went level with Venus on 61 US Open career wins when she coasted into the fourth round on Saturday. Williams defeated Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-0.

Clijsters bids fans farewell Vows it is final goodbye after mixed doubles loss in US Open. NEW YORK: Belgium’s Kim Clijsters (left) bid what she vows will be a second and final farewell to her tennisplaying career on Saturday with a mixed doubles loss at the US Open. Clijsters and American Bob Bryan were defeated by Brazilian Bruno Soares and Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 3-6, 12-10 in a secondround match on the Grandstand stadium. “It was an honour to be part of this lifestyle and this sport. I started when I was four and had so many dreams

I have won many beautiful things and have so many friendships but now I have a new chapter with my family. come true,” said Clijsters. “But life goes on. Tonight was one of the reasons why I wanted to play mixed doubles. Tennis will always be a part of my life and I will

always follow it. Clijsters, who won three US Open singles titles, said earlier this year that this would be her final season and the US Open her farewell event. She was ousted from the singles tournament in the second round by Britain’s Laura Robson and in her first women’s doubles match alongside compatriot Kirsten Flipkens. Her final shot as a tennis player was a netted forehand which gave Soares and AFP Makarova the victory.

I hope Nadal plays this year, says Federer Roger Federer wants to see injury-hit Rafael Nadal (above) back playing this year despite fears that his great Spanish rival is likely to miss the Davis Cup semi-final and even write off the rest of 2012.



City too strong for QPR Goals from Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez at Eastlands continued City’s unbeaten start to their title defence. Ian Whittell


We have one problem at the moment, when we have a chance to score we don’t score and after this the game can change.

champions Manchester City helped Italian manager Roberto Mancini enjoy his 100th Premier League match in charge with a 31 win at home to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. Goals from Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez at Eastlands continued City’s unbeaten start to their title defence. With Jose Mourinho, manager of City’s Champions League opponents Real Madrid, watching from the stands, the hosts did concede an equaliser to Bobby Zamora in the second half, rekindling memories of the last time the clubs faced each other. Four months on from that last extraordinary meeting between the sides, in which

Roberto Mancini, Man City manager

City’s 3-2 victory on the concluding day of last season brought them their first English title in 44 years, Mancini’s men took the

lead after 15 minutes. Following a prolonged spell of City pressure, David Silva’s right-wing corner was met at the

AVB still to earn his Spurs A late equaliser from Robert Snodgrass gave Norwich a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane. LONDON: Tottenham manager Andre VillasBoas (right) admits his side are suffering from early-season anxiety problems following a third Premier League game without a win. A late equaliser from Robert Snodgrass gave Norwich a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday and left VillasBoas still waiting for his first win as Spurs boss. Spurs looked set to celebrate their first three points under the former Chelsea manager, who replaced the sacked Harry Redknapp in the close-season, when new signing Mousa Dembele came off the bench to mark his debut with a 68th-minute strike. But Snodgrass levelled with five minutes remaining and Tottenham, who had lost at Newcastle on the opening day and were held 1-1 at home to West Bromwich Albion last week, were booed off on the final whistle. “It was a different game to last week but a goal conceded in more or less the same way,” Villas-

Boas said. “It is disappointing for us to suffer again in the dying moments of the game. “When things happen like this we have to work on our concentration and our sharpness to make sure these situations don’t happen again. “It is a pity that we have worked during the week to try to solve it. But it hasn’t been enough so we will continue to pursue it. We were not as sharp as last week. There was a lot of anxiety but there was a good response.”

English Premier League results Manchester City 3 (Y Toure 16, Dzeko 61, Tevez 90) QPR 1 (Zamora 59) n Swansea 2 (Routledge 45, Michu 66) Sunderland 2 (Fletcher 40, 45) n Tottenham 1 (Dembele 68) Norwich 1 (Snodgrass 85) n West Brom 2 (Long 65, McAuley 82) Everton 0 n West Ham 3 (Nolan 1, Reid 29, Taylor 41) Fulham 0 n Wigan 2 (Maloney 5-pen, Di Santo 49) Stoke 2 (Walters 40-pen, Crouch 76) Playing Sunday n Liverpool v Arsenal (1230GMT), Newcastle v Aston Villa (1500GMT), Southampton v Manchester United (1500GMT) n

far post by Tevez whose firsttime volley rebounded against Zamora with the unmarked Yaya Toure handily-place to slot the ball in from 10 yards out. It was an impressive opening from a City side which did not include any of their five transfer deadline day signings -0 Javi Garcia, Matija Nastasic, Maicon, Scott Sinclair and Richard

Carroll out of Eng squad LONDON: West

Ham striker Andy Carroll has been ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine after suffering a hamstring injury during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Fulham. Carroll made a strong debut for the Hammers, but his first appearance at Upton Park was marred when he limped off midway through the second half.

Wright — in their starting lineup. Indeed, City were so dominant QPR’s only relief came when another of the home team’s recent signings, midfielder Jack Rodwell hit a ridiculous back-pass which almost bounced into his own goal from half-way. Robert Green subsequently saved well from Silva and the Spanish international forward should have done better when he took Aleksandar Kolarov’s superb cross-field pass in his stride but waited to shoot and saw his effort charged down by Fabio da Silva. Still, given the manner of City’s victory in last season’s corresponding fixture, the fact it took Mancini’s team just three minutes to regain the lead was no surprise. There was still plenty of City possession before the final whistle.

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