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TRENDS POST NOON Mulayam trounces Mayawati; BJP surprises by strong performance. Congress sweeps Manipur. Akalis set to retain Punjab. UTTAR PRADESH 402/403 UTTARAKHAND 70/70 PUNJAB 117/117 GOA 27/40 MANIPUR BSP SP BJP CONG+ OTHERS

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INDECISION ADDS TO PATEL’S WOES When 75-year-old Sriramulu Patel opened fire at a thief in his house, little did he foresee the inevitable ordeal. REPORT ON PG 3





MAYAWATI TO RESIGN BY EVENING Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati will submit her resignation to Governor BL Joshi following the rout of her party, BSP, in the Assembly elections.


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rehearsal terms, movement and stage geography. Where: The Actor’s studio, Madhapur When: Ongoing, 7pm to 9pm Contact: 98854 04784

The US Consulate General Hyderabad and Manthan present The new architecture of world politics and who controls it — an interactive session.The discussion is presented by Prof Jeffery W Legro, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia. Where: Saptaparni, Banjara Hills, Rd No 8 When: March 7, 6.15pm onwards

Silk Utsav Madhya Pradesh Khadi & Village Industries Board, Bhopal is hosting an MP Silk Utsav. Head to the exhibition for a variety of exotic & colourful bagh Khadi sarees, Maheshwari sarees, cotton and poly khadi dress material along with products such as pickles made by women from various SHGs. Where: Institute of Engineers, Khairtabad When: Ongoing, 10am Contact: (040) 2339 4969

Dance talk A dance-talk by Céline PradeuKanagasabai, a dancer & choreographer introduces the concept for bharatemporary solo.This coming together of dance and talk aims to make the audience aware of a hybride choreographic creation. It brings together two different schools: contemporary dance and bharatanatyam Where: Birla planetarium, Adarshnagar When: March 6, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 2323 5081

Go Splash Splash lounge is the perfect leisure destination for you to unwind at the poolside. During the evenings, the atmosphere gets romantic with great music, martinis and aperitifs. Where: The Westin, Mindspace Madhapur When: Monday - Friday, 5pm - 10.30pm Weekends, 8am - 10.30pm Contact: (040) 6767 6828

Bengali flavours A Bengali food festival is being held at Firdaus, Taj Krishna. Sample a variety of Bengali delicacies along with your loved ones. Where: Firdaus, Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills, Rd No1 When: Ongoing, 11.30am onwards Contact: (040) 6666 2323

Kalighat Victoria Memorial and London’s Victoria hall and Albert museum present Kalighat, an exhibition of paintings from Kalighat.The exhibition features 100s of paintings by 15 contemporary artists currently working in rural Bengal. Where: Salarjung Museum, Charminar When: Ongoing, 10am Contact: (040) 2452 3211

Weaves Weaves — A Cotton and Silk spectrum is being held. Where: Imperial Gardens, Secunderabad When: Ongoing, 11 am to 9 pm Contact: (040) 3052 2000

Midnight Buffet Midnight hunger pangs? Head to Best Western for it’s midnight buffet where you can enjoy Hyderabadi dum biryani and live dosa with chicken curry every night. Where: Best Western Jubilee Hills, Rd No 36 When: Ongoing, 10.30pm - 2.30am


Art from the heart A child distributing pamphlets at RTC crossroads on Monday. DEEPAK DESHPANDE

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Gallery Space presents Voice and Ventriloquy — a solo show by Subroto Chowdhury. The exhibition is on till March 10. Where: Gallery Space, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11am to 7pm Contact: (040) 6554 1836

Muse Art Gallery presents a charity art show by Anjum Mohammadi (Karachi) for Soul. Where: Muse Gallery, Tank Bund When: Ongoing, 11am Contact: (040) 2752 2999

Kalakriti Art Gallery plays host to Ashok Mullick’s collection of paintings on canvas titled Conversations in Time. Where: Kalakriti Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: Ongoing, 11am Contact: (040) 6656 4466

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A group exhibition of paintings and sculpture by 39 artist from India and abroad is on. Where: State Gallery of Fine Arts, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur When: Ongoing, 11am Contact: (040) 23113 308

Momo Café at the Marriot presents a new A-La-Carte Menu with delicacies such as Thai, Classic Western, Oriental and South Indian. Where: Hyderabad Marriot, Tank Bund When: Ongoing Contact: (040) 2752 2999

Chowrasta Catch the painting exhibition Chowrasta featuring artistes such as Natraj S, Thirumala M Thirupathi, Srinivas Mouni and Subodh Singh. Where: Shrishti Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills, Rd No 15 When: Ongoing, 11am

Acting workshop Samahaara — an acting and dancing workshop is being held. The workshop focusses on a variety of topics such as understanding the basics of stage acting, character analysis, stage and

An art exhibition titled Basically Hyderabadi by artist Syed Rayees Ahmed is on at Arts Heaven, Red Hills. Where: Arts Heaven, Red Hills When: Ongoing, 11.30am The National Handloom Expo 2012 is being held at NTR Stadium, Domulguda. The expo is on till March 12, 2012. Where: NTR Stadium, Domulguda When: Ongoing, 11am onwards

Temple Art An exhibition titled, Temple town is on display at Iconart Art Gallery. The exhibition presents art work by Karunakaran & Satheesh Kanna. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: 98499 6879

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‘Let court judge, not police’ N SHIVA KUMAR

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riramulu Patel, the 75year-old resident of Patel Nagar, had opened fire at a man who was allegedly trying to break into his home in the first week of January. The man, later identified as Thirupathiah, 40, a footloose, sustained two bullet injuries. After being treated at the Gandhi hospital he was arrested and jailed on the complaint of Patel. In the case, Patel remains a complainant and Thirupathiah, the accused. Later, Postnoon’s sustained follow-up of the case evoked a division of opinion among the law keepers and justice. Here, legal luminaries speak of the impropriety of the case where a person fired at another, no matter for self

defense, remains a complainant. Justice M Ranga Reddy, retired High Court judge The police are not the authority to decide whether he (Patel) had fired in self defense or deliberately. The court of law especially, the sessions court will take cognisance of it. Filing a First Information Report on this incident is necessary. If the accused (thief) sustained injuries, a case under section 307 of IPC which is booked for attempt to murder

and 326 of IPC (causing grievous hurt) has to be booked against Sri Ramulu Patel who now remains a complainant. If the accused dies, then a case under 302 of IPC (Punishment for Murder) should be booked against the complainant. Justice Iyaapu Panduranga Rao, former High Court judge A case has to be filed compulsorily in such cases. Once the FIR is registered, the case will be tried in a court of law. The magistrate concerned will

close the case under rules called mistakes of facts. However, the police have to file the case. T Niranjan Reddy, noted criminal lawyer It is a cognisable offence. The police must file a case against the person who opened fire at the thief. Not filing a case is against the law. But who would question this? In this case the thief has to question the act of the police. Otherwise, any civilian can file a writ in a court of law challenging the decision of the police in not filing the case. I think the police have not filed the FIR against Patel because he is a senior citizen and there’s nobody to question the police action. AK Khan, commissioner of Police In such incidents, getting the facts on record is a must. It could be through a separate case or in the same case which is filed against the accused. This can also be done by registering a separate case. Generally, we register a case and later close it by dropping charges based on the facts related to the incident.


CRIME BRIEFS Rowdy-sheeter arrested by Task Force HYDERABAD: Task force, North Zone team, on Monday arrested Mohd Ali Sarwar, a rowdy sheeter of Langerhouse area, from near Pratap Theater and seized a cell phone and a dagger from his possession. Sarwar is involved in two murder cases. He is also allegedly associated with another rowdy sheeter of Banjara Hills, Ahmed Bin Salaam, who was working in Rytu Bazaar and is now working as a driver.

Woman conned; jewellery, cash stolen HYDERABAD: A woman by name Neeraja, 32, who hails from Vishakapatnam has complained to Market Police that she was relieved of her jewellery and cash by a man who promised her work in the City. Neeraja had left her home as she was badly in need of a job. At the Vishakhapatnam railway station a man who introduced himself as P Patahiraman approached her and struck up a conversation with her. He was a glibtongued con artiste who convinced her he could get her a job in Hyderabad. Both came and stayed in a lodge in Secunderabad. He told her to wrap her jewellery in a cloth and keep it safe. When she was went to the bathroom, he bolted with the jewellery and some cash.

Pistol Patel cocks a snook at police


atel gets police notice for cancellation of firearm license following his using it. It has an impact on the firearm licensees in the City. Sriramulu Patel, 75, who had fired from his licensed pistol at a nightly intruder into his house is unfazed by the talk of a case being registered against him. Talking to Postnoon he asked why the police licensed him a firearm if it was not for his self defence. “Let them file a case,” dared Patel, “I’m willing to go to jail. I only tried to save myself. If he (intruder) is injured it is not my fault.” The police had refrained from filing a case against him saying he fired in self defence and the police are convinced of it. But legal experts and judicial luminaries have opined that filing a case while a firearm is used is mandatory and the court could take a lenient view and decide the case. Interestingly, Patel is not unknown to police and troubles. “In 2002 they booked seven cases against me. But all these cases were quashed. Recently, they also booked a cheating case against me under section

420 of IPC.” In a new twist to the incident, the police have issued him with a show cause notice seeking his explanation why his firearm license not be cancelled. “I am ready for anything. Let them do what they want,” he said.

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pparently angry at attempts to keep it out of the way of VIP vehicles, a street dog attacked a policeman on duty and mauled him badly. He is now being treated for several wounds. Constable Salamath Ali Khan was on Monday assigned duty on MG Bridge in Afzalgunj where vehicles of judges and top police officers were to pass. As he was

directing people to keep off the road when the vehicles come, a passing dog strayed on to the road. Khan tried to shoo it away when the dog attacked him. Passersby came to his rescue and he was taken to the hospital. Meanwhile, the people who saved him became worked up and showered profanities on the GHMC which they said was callous to the stray dog problem. They alleged that several kids had been victims of stray dog attacks.

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DP senior leader Motkupalli Narasimhulu has said that it was atrocious that the government had not so far implemented the promises made to Telangana employees at the time of the Sakala Janula Samme. Talking to the media after the Assembly was adjourned, Motkupalli alleged that the CM Kiran Kumar Reddy was behaving in an irresponsible manner with T employees. He has warned the government that T employees would resort to one more strike, if the government continued the same negligent attitude.

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he inordinate delays in completing the Hi-Tech city railway flyover which connects the busy Kukatpally and Miyapur areas to Cyber city has led to a second bout of cost escalation. The total cost of the project has now gone up to `52 crore from the revised figure of `48 crore. When the project began in 2007, the initial cost of the project stood at `24.38 crore. It was slated for completion in August 2008. The bridge is now being

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review meeting of senior officers and heads of departments was held on Monday at Tarnaka HMDA Office. The meeting was chaired by MT Krishna Babu, GHMC commissioner and in-charge metropolitan commissioner, HMDA. The commissioner reviewed the developmental activities and financial aspects. In the planning department review, the commissioner requested the officers to expedite the LRS applications as quickly as possible, so as to encourage the general public to submit applications under the scheme and also for improving the finances of HMDA. The commissioner also advised the officers to take action against Engineering Colleges, that have come up without valid permissions from the HMDA.

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he government has planned to convert 17 Villages as Energy Efficient Villages by installing LED street lights and by supplying CFLs and T5 FTLs to domestic consumers with 90 per cent subsidy (for SC/STs they will provide 100 per cent subsidy) under demonstration projects. The budget demand for grants (Energy), which was moved by IT Minister Ponnala Laxmaiah on behalf of the CM in the Assembly, said that it was proposed to take up LED based street lighting programme in 23 villages. Every year State Energy Conservation Awards are distributed to the best performing industries/organisations in nine sectors during the celebrations of National Energy Conservation Day and Week. The State government was encouraging wind power and solar power projects taking into consideration the huge potential existing in the State. A number of private entrepreneurs are showing interest to invest in wind power sector.

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Strange bedfellow for CPI The bypolls are witnessing strange strategies and combinations


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he bypolls are witnessing strange strategies and combinations. National general secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) AB Bardhan has promised TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad that his party would support the TDP. In just about a couple of days, the party made a volte-face and CPI’s state secretary K Narayana pledged the party’s support to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in some places and the CPM in some other constituencies. It sounds strange. Yet it is true. This has come as a surprise to many politicians. Announcing support to one party in the beginning and later giving support to two other parties in the same election is strangest of decisions. It looks like the CPI is trying strange permutations and combinations, though winning or losing the election is a different

Announcing support to one party in the beginning and later giving support to two other parties in the same election is strangest of decisions.

story altogether. TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao has made a calculated move by enlisting the support of the CPI. As the BJP was contesting against the TRS in Mahbubnagar, KCR thought it fit to strike a balance here using the CPI. The communist parties are already divided on the Telangana issue. Narayana felt that it was not mandatory that the communists should take the same line on contentious issues. While there is a general

feeling in all the constituencies that are going to bypolls that the Congress may not fare well, APCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana exuded confidence that they would win all the seven seats. But he could not explain the equations that would justify his claim. A survey conducted recently for the Chief Minister indicated that the Congress could be restricted to the third place in all the seven seats. But the Congress is giving the third place to the TDP. A majority of the Congress leaders told Postnoon that their party had good chances of victory, but the leaders must work seriously leaving nothing to chance. The CPI is supporting the CPM in Kovur, but felt that it should be contesting from Anantapur, Payakaraopet and another constituency among the 17 that would go to bypolls due to disqualification of YSR Congress legislators. When it comes to Mahbubnagar, the Congress is hoping that the split in vote between the BJP and the TRS would ensure that its candidate emerged the dark horse.


pparently unsure of the outcome of the forthcoming by-elections in the State, the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday reiterated that the Assembly bypoll results would not have a bearing on the State Government. Nor would he accept it as a referendum on the government, he said. “These by-elections (seven constituencies in Telangana and 17 in Andhra-Rayalaseema regions) are being held in some special circumstances. They will not have any impact on the government. And they can’t be treated as a referendum on my government,” he stated. Kiran, however, evaded replies to many other questions on the bypolls. When asked about the Congress’ choice of candidates for the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha from the state, slated for March 30, Kiran said the party high command would take a decision in this regard. With several forces such as Telangana demand, YSRC and party dissidents pulling the electorate different directions, outcome of the poll has become anybody’s guess.

It is ‘Rahu kaalam’ It’s advantage YSR Congress Postnoon News




ore than the Assembly proceedings, the MLAs today were busy discussing the results of the five states. They were analysing the initial trends in the lobbies and most of them were hooked on to the TV sets on the Assembly premises for the latest results in UP and other parts of the country. BJP floor leader E Lakshminarayana was being seen congratulated by some MLAs as the BJP was doing well initially. One of the MLAs said it’s ‘Rahu kaalam’

meaning bad time for Rahul Gandhi as the Congress was trailing in UP and Punjab. The Congress members were subdued today in the lobbies as the party was facing a rout in most places. At this rate, can Rahul become the PM was the question. While some of the MLAs from the Congress said it was possible, a few of them said it might not be a reality. Some others said the results at the Centre would have a bearing on the bypoll results and 17 other seats that would go to polls in the future. On the other hand, the Assembly did not witness any activity this morning and the question hour was taken up by the Speaker as per agenda.

allapureddy Prasanna Kumar Reddy, the YSR Congress party’s candidate for the Kovur Assembly bypoll, is all set to win. It is a foregone conclusion by political analysts across the State. But there could be surprises also. The fight is between the YSR Congress and the TDP with Prasanna Kumar Reddy enjoying an edge. The seat has fallen vacant with the disqualification of Prasanna Kumar Reddy, who was elected on the TDP ticket and later switched loyalty to YSR Congress. He represented the constituency in the Assembly since 1993, except during 2004-09. Prasanna Kumar Reddy is confident of his victory again. Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy, the TDP candidate, is facing tough contest from Prasanna Kumar Reddy. While the YSR Congress candidate has already

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launched his campaign, Chandramohan Reddy, an old horse in district politics, has kicked off the campaign with TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu. Chandramohan Reddy is incidentally Prasanna Kumar’s maternal uncle. The Congress candidate Polamreddy Sreenivasulu Reddy appears to be giving a nominal contest in this constituency. The CPM has announced Jonnalagadda Venkamaraju as its candidate just to split the votes. Rumours are rife that the ruling Congress might enter into a behind the scene understanding with TDP and back Chandramohan Reddy to stop YSR Congress’ winning prospects. But Prasanna Kumar Reddy and his father Srinivasulu Reddy have won seven elections from Kovur, six of them on TDP ticket. “Basically, it’s TDP’s stronghold. We will prove it this time by ensuring Somireddy’s victory,” asserted Chandra Babu Naidu.



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No medical aid in City schools EDUCATION Sudeshna Koka


ACB continues raids on excise


n the continuing onslaught against excise personnel, ACB sleuths raided several excise offices in Guntur and Nellore districts. ACB officials have examined computers and records. They are now interrogating Excise CI Sridhar in Kurnool and EAS Sriramulu.

ot too long ago, Nihit Sinha, a second year MBA student from the City’s best business school, died under tragic circumstances due to the negligence of the college. Nihit, who was returning from a dhaba across the road to the campus, was hit by two motorbikes. He suffered a grievous head injury due to the impact. When Nihit was brought to the campus, the in-house doctor and nurse weren’t available. The ambulance stationed on the campus was not even equipped with a basic first aid kit. Even the ambulance driver wasn’t available at that point of time. Nihit was rushed to Olive Hospital in Nanal Nagar where he was declared “brought dead.” Due to the unavailability of a doctor, nurse and ambulance driver on the campus, Nihit succumbed to the injuries. This is not something new in the City. Every year, more than four cases of students dying on the school premises are recorded. Yet, most schools in the City are not equipped with suitable medical facilities. Schools with boarding and dayscholar facilities do not have doctors on call or emergency medicines. Most schools depend on nearby hospitals and doctors. “We do not need a doctor-on-call. Most of our branches are located in prime areas where medical help is easily available,” said Lalitha, faculty, Sir Krishniveni Talent School. Leave aside the medical assistance, a lot of new corporate schools do not even have a sick room, where

a child can rest when taken ill. Parents’ associations, who have, for several years, been fighting for new infrastructure including medical facilities, believe that medical help is a far-fetched dream for schools in Hyderabad. “Schools don’t even have playgrounds, library and other basic facilities. We have been fighting for new infra structure and in that we have medical facilities included. But honestly, the other facilities are of a bigger importance than this,” says Govindarajulu, chairman of AP Parents Associations Coordination Committee. M Somi Reddy, the district educational officer of Hyderabad, says, “This was never an option and nor will it be an

THE FACES OF HYDERABAD Anil, Coffee shop waiter, Jubilee Hills


nil is the kind of person who can truly inspire any one. A native of Adilabad district, he came to Hyderabad in 2007. For the past two years, he has been working as a waiter in coffee shops. Currently, he is working at a eatery called Seven Oven and due to a staff crunch, Anil has been manning the entire place. Not only does he wait on tables but he also makes pastas, pizzas and coffees along with preparing the hookah. In

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short, he has become a jack of all trades. Behind all this is hidden a final year student, who has an aggregate of 80 per cent! Hard to believe? He is also a fantastic dancer and has participated in a dance show called Aata, as a back-up dancer. This is what we call being multi talented. Despite being good at so many things, Anil hopes to pursue a career in hotel management. One day, many years down the line, he wants to own his own coffee shop. Way to go!

option to issue certificates. It’s good if schools have medical assistance, but it’s not really an issue if they do not have one.” However, doctors and parents hold a diametrically opposite view. They strongly recommend schools to appoint doctors-on-call and have monthly check-ups done on children. “It is very important to have a general physician on board, not just during emergencies, but for general checkups too. Each and every school should give importance to their children’s health record. Once a month, a complete regular check should be conducted and for emergencies, a doctor-on-call should be appointed. Parents and schools DEEPAK DESHPANDE

should keep a track of their child’s physical and mental growth,” says Dr Anish Anand, general physician, Apollo Hospital, Jubilee Hills. “When children play, they hurt themselves. In our school, one student gets injured every day. We have a Cantonment hospital nearby so we send our students there. Medical checks are conducted only once a year and this should be changed,” said Padmaja W, Centenary Baptist Church School. Most schools earmark a portion of the fee collected towards medical assistance charges for students and the same ranges between `6,000 and `8, 500. But it’s just a fee sans service.

T leaders averse to Chiru campaign


elangana Congress leaders appear to be objecting to the former Mega Star Chiranjeevi campaigning in the region. Former minister and Khammam district MLA Ramireddy Venkata Reddy has made it clear that he would not campaign if Chiru campaigns in the by-elections in Telangana region. He has warned that he would cancel the Bus Yatra he had proposed, if Chiranjeevi was assigned campaign. Venkata Reddy has said that as Chiranjeevi has taken an antiTelangana decision when he was the PRP chief, his campaigning would only be counter productive for the Congress party. It is learnt that several other Congress leaders had also appealed to the party leadership, not to send Chiranjeevi for election campaign in the region.

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River Musi to regain its lost glory N SHIVA KUMAR


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f all goes well, the Musi river is expected to get a facelift in the near future. This tributary of the Krishna River that has over the ages turned into a cocktail of industrial and domestic effluents is to be rejuvenated as a part of the “Musi River Rejuvenation Project”, an extension of the “Save Musi” program started in 2005 under the union ministry’s guidance. According to the engineer-inchief of GHMC, Dhan Singh, the project was intended to revive the old glory of the river. “As of now, the HMWS and SB are working on intercepting the sewage that is a major problem. We are trying to maintain an equal water level by building rubber dams near Chaderghat. We are also working on a sewage treatment plant (STP) at Attapur area to clear the slush present in the Musi,” he said. The GHMC is working closely in collaboration with the HMWS and SB and has footed a `44- crore proposal for this ambitious project, while the HMWS and SB has tendered for an estimated `300 crore sanction from the union ministry.


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River Musi, for the uninformed, has been one of the oldest tributaries of the Krishna River to flow through Hyderabad. In 1920 and 1927, two dams were built, the Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar to prevent the Musi from flooding. These artificial lakes are a major source of drinking water for the city, even today.

While it is heartening to see the efforts being taken to revive the river, officials acknowledge that it is no easy task. “ Much of the work is delayed due to illegal encroachments along the river bank. Most of these people have come up with “Pattas” claiming to own their share of the river bank. The HMDA has been involved in

Magical notes enthrall

Sriram Parasuram

MUSIC Isha Mukoo


ithout music life would be a mistake.” This saying holds good to a certain extent for most and for Sriram Parasuram who lit up the evening with his musical notes at Saptaparni in Banjara Hills on Monday. It was a treat for music enthu-

An estimated amount of `44 crore has been footed by the GHMC for this project. The HMWS and SB is collaborating closely with the GHMC, and has tendered for an approximate amount of `400 crore for this ambitious project. Under the union ministry’s guidance, the HMDA, HUDA and HMWS and SB are working closely with the GHMC on this project.


siasts when music maestro Sriram Parasuram filled the air with his Hindustani and Carnatic ragas amid the lush green surroundings of the amphitheatre. Sharing a few thoughts with Postnoon on classical music and its presence in society in general and Hyderabad in particular, he said the City was an interesting mix of north and south. “One can see the essence of both cultures mixed into one here. which makes the understating of Hindusatani as well Carnatic

music, or to say classical genre, a bit easier. “Unlike Delhi where it might be difficult for people to understand Carnatic music or in Chennai where it is placed on a higher pedestal, Hyderabad, which has a reputation for being laid back, actually makes it easier for music to evolve as music needs its own time to develop.” With the emerging new trends in the music sector, does this old historical music stand chance to survive? He says, “Classical music has maintained its niche for thousands of years and will continue to do so. Horizons for music have widened for sure, but it has only bridged the gap between the music lovers.” Where would be the classical music after 10 years ? He says, “It has survived for so long and nowadays with media and other factors playing such an important role in bringing it out to light, it will be a heritage that will keep going on. I hope its core remains the same with the changing music scene.” Learning violin from a tender age of four and performing for the first time at eight, this music guru has given more than 3,000 violin solo concerts around the globe and won numerous awards.

trying to evict and acquire both sides of the river bank for this project. However, it is no small task as it is fraught with legal complications. Nevertheless efforts are on, as we are carrying out infrastructural works by laying down sewage lines to divert the sewage flow from the river,” the chief engineer said.



River Musi, for the uninformed, has been one of the oldest tributaries of the Krishna river to flow through Hyderabad. It originates from Anantagiri Hills in Vikarabad and covers a total area of 240 km. Many bridges have been built over the river in the city, namely the “Purana Pul” and “Naya Pul” at Mangalhat and the High Court areas. In 1920 and 1927, two dams were built, the Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar to prevent the Musi from flooding. Artificial lakes like these continue to be a major source of drinking water for the City, even today.

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Memories remain as playground turns into dumping yard DEEPAK DESHPANDE

CIVIC Osama Salman


hat’s supposed to be a playground for children, a walking track for adults, or lung space for families to take some time out ideally, has turned into a dumping ground for commercial buildings. The GHMC park in Erramanzil is leaving the residents unhappy for its lack of maintenance. The only remaining park in the colony, located amidst the old government staff quarters and a stone’s throw away from the Erramanzil government school, has died a slow and painful death. The park has become a dumping ground for debris and building waste. Memories of the park are something Srikala S, a resident of the area, cherishes. But seeing the park deteriorate over the years has left her pained. “Until five years back, my children used to play in the park with their friends. It was a lively park, and although it wasn’t particularly well maintained then, at least people had a park close to home.

Now, it is a park, but only on paper as it can’t be used at all,” she said. Ironically, there was another GHMC park right opposite this park, but a government building

is being constructed on the land. The many plants and trees that once were an integral part of the part have died due to the debris dumped here. The garbage is often incinerated and the smoke

and stench seep into neighbouring homes. Says a teacher at the government school near the park, “After school, children used to run to the park with their sporting

equipment and play there. I used to teach the importance of preserving the environment by taking them to the park. Over the years, the park started worsening. For about two years, I haven’t seen anybody at the park apart from rag-pickers.” There is also an overflowing GHMC community bin by the walls of the park and invariably, the garbage and water spread all over into the park and the stench is unbearable, say residents. “When I walk from my apartment to the main road, I have no choice but to pass by the park. The garbage and debris emit a stench which is hard to ignore. Due to the garbage dumped, mosquitoes breed here which causes problems as well,” said Bharthi Rao, who lives in the apartments that neighbour the park. With added problems of stray dogs, what now remains of the park is a barren land that reveals the apathy of the GHMC towards maintaining greenery in the City. The GHMC officials remained unavailable for comment. The park reflects the emotions of the residents who once used the park—utter disappointment.

City set to catch up with Holi splash IOMASATY

FESTIVAL Anubha K Singh


oli is all about colours and it is this vibrancy that makes Holi very popular. In the recent years Holi in Hyderabad has always been an extravagant affair with many big parties and events organized to being in the festival. In other metros, the Holi season is also about buying new designer clothes, something they wear only for a day to play colours and stand in the crowd. But Hyderabadi’s still seem to prefer putting on old clothes. Is the city festive fashion lagging behind in Hyderabad? Postnoon checks with some of the local designers in City. Ganesh Nallari, a city based fashion designers says, “The trends in fashion differ as per the individual choice. In cities like Mumbai and Delhi wearing old white clothes on Holi is passé,

people over there are more fashion-conscious and Holi is more of socialising as compared to fun for them. Being a designer myself I never preferred buying costly designer clothes for festival like Holi where you are aware of the fact that it will be of no use after

the festival. You can dress up nicely in old clothes too and stand in crowd. So far I have not received any special order for Holi nor do I have any specific collection for Holi but yes if my clients want me to design a special designer wear

for the festival I will definitely not let him or her down and go ahead,” he adds. Sagar Tenali, one more city based fashion designer feels the same “It’s not that the Hyderabadi’s lack fashion sense but yes when it comes to Holi

fashion trends it will take more time. In coming years I am sure Hyderabad will be no less than any metro like Mumbai or Delhi. Times have changed. Earlier we used to celebrate Holi in our home premises and with our friends it was more of fun but now it's more like socialising,” he adds. “If you ask me, there is no harm in wearing a designer cloth even if it gets spoiled on the very day. These days there are many big events organised for Holi celebrations and I would definitely not love to see myself in old clothes in any magazine or any other media coverage. It’s not about designer clothes but it’s about maintaining your image,” he adds. Bollywood had played a major role in creating these trends among the public. Be it Priyanka Chopra in the song Lets Play Holi or Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the movie Action Replay respectively, they have brought a revolution in a dress code for Holi.

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Budget tip TDS may come down for senior citizens


he parliamentary committee on Direct Taxes Code recommended lessening of burden of tax deduction at source (TDS) to non-resident Indians (NRIs) and senior citizens. As of now, 10 per cent of tax is deducted at source on interest income in excess of `10,000 per annum. Senior citizens can, however, submit a special form called Form 15H and to prevent deduction if they have no taxable income.

Government to lift power cuts for SSIs HYDERABAD: The FAPSIA and FAPCCI organisations have called off their relay hunger strikes, which they launched in protest against the power holiday imposed on their units, on Monday. The Andhra Pradesh government assured small industries that it would provide uninterrupted power supply. The government has understood the seriousness of the issue and is going to take all the steps to buy regasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG). It would take a burden of `200 crore in making the situation better for next couple of months, according to the government sources.

HYDERABAD: The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) has sought a reduction in direct and indirect taxes and also the corporate tax down to 25 per cent from existing 32 per cent. There should be also tax incentives for the foreign companies that are operating in India. This will facilitate more and more companies coming and operating in India. ICSI wants changes in individual taxation. The government already announced changes in this regard, the individuals do not need to file a tax return up to `5 lakh, unless they are expecting a refund.



Power crunch results in plastic smiles DEEPAK DESHPANDE

K Prudhvi Raju


lastic manufacturing is a highly competitive industry with 4,000 units around the City. There are a lot of new players entering into the market place due to low initial investments, says MV Sudhakar, managing director, Symbio Plast. Symbio Plast, a city-based plastic laboratory disposable manufacturer, is growing at 15 per cent reaching `1.5 crore turnover in 2009-2010 with a net profit of `18 lakh. However, the turnover dipped to `1.1 crore in the 2010-2011fiscal with the fall in net profit to `13 lakh due to the political agitations and frequent power cuts. The company is projecting similar profits this fiscal too due to severe power cuts. “We cannot simply reduce 50 per cent of salaries to the employees, as there was no power most of the days. Every small business is built on human relationships. Employees are part of the company for all these years and have their own families too. The company has to take the burden to pay full salaries irrespective of increase in power holidays,” he said. There is also severe competition from states like Gujarat where there is uninterrupted

MV Sudhakar, managing director, Symbio Plast power supply, less taxation and the availability of polymer at a cheaper cost. They could manufacture and export to the AP market at a similar price of manufacturing product here, he said. There should be constant debt servicing irrespective of cash inflow. All the track record maintained by the company for all these years would go in vain, if the company was unable to pay instalments properly. The banks are already asking numer-

ous questions while providing debts with regard to a negative growth during last fiscal, he said. Corruption and loopholes in taxation is also serious concern for the industry. There are 20 per cent small companies who escape taxes by bribing respective tax officials and offering a same quality product at a cheaper price than Symbio plast. The company, which is genuinely paying taxes for the growth of the country, is at a risk

ICSI wants cut in corporate tax Postnoon News


This revision is benefiting 85 lakh people. New Companies Act draft bill would be introduced and discussed in the second half of the Budget Session, said Naseer Ahmed, president, ICSI. The ICSI has submitted draft paper on National policy of corporate governance to the corporate affairs ministry. We want the world, especially South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region to borrow corporate governance from Indian policy, he said. ICSI is also in favour of FDI in multi brand retail. “There should be FDI in multi-brand retail with certain checks and balances for healthy competition. It will create a win-win situation for all the stakeholders


Naseer Ahmed, president, ICSI

and benefit the industry and society,” he said. The ICSI would be establishing a knowledge centre in Uppal in the City. The 1.3-acre land will be developed in to 1,00,000 lakh sq ft space in four phases with an investment of `10 crore. The centre will facilitate different training courses and will also emerge as a hub for research work in corporate governance. The ICSI has long term plans to develop it into a global corporate governance university after the necessary clearances from the government. The ICSI already paid the money for the land in 2009. The AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) promised the necessary assistance in allotting the land, he said.

of losing customers. The company is also losing major part of incomes by heavy taxation and has to suffer double taxation while promoters taking dividends of the income. Despite all the challenges, Sudhkar said the company aims to grow exponentially in coming years. As more and more competitors entering in the market, there should be constant upgrading of technology which enables in an increase of production and decrease of costs without comprising on the quality and service. The company is investing `1.4 crore on purchase of machine from Italy which would consumer one third of the power of the previous machine. The bank already offered `1 crore without collateral security and `50 lakh for working capital. There are plans to raise another `77 lakh as part of the expansion investments, he said. This helps the company to expand services in other areas like plastic containers for household, agriculture, food packaging, poultry and dairy. The company is aiming for `5 crore turnover for the financial year 2014-2015 and wants to be `100 crore company by 2020. The company is also to expand its employee to 100 members from its existing 40 members with this new facility.

Cloud computing to create over 2 million jobs HYDERABAD: A Microsoft-commissioned study, conducted by IDC, predicts that cloud computing will generate over two million jobs in India by 2015, which means 15 per cent of total jobs created by cloud across the world will be generated only in India. The findings predict that cloud will generate nearly 14 million new jobs worldwide in the same time. More than 50 per cent of these jobs will be generated in the small and medium businesses. More than two million jobs each will be generated in the ‘communications and media’ and manufacturing sectors, followed by banking at over 1.4 million.



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Winds of change for physically challenged

NEW DELHI: Rekha Goyal, 23, lost her sight due to chickenpox when she was just three. But the fighter that she is, she educated herself at one of the best institutions and found employment in a bank. With the help of her post-graduate education, and computer and English language skills learnt at the Venu Institute of Universal Education (VIUE), many visually impaired people like Goyal as well as those with other physical handicaps are successfully defying the stereotype that the physically challenged cannot be employed in regular jobs. “I had decided that I would not be at the mercy of others and knew that the only way I could be selfsufficient was with education,”

Goyal, working as general assistant manager at the Corporation Bank, Bhikaji Cama Place in south Delhi, said. Hailing from Rajasthan, Goyal says the situation could improve further if more employment opportunities were there in both the public and private sectors. Agreed 22-year-old visuallychallenged Varun Mehto, who blamed the lack of will in both the sectors to recognise the inherent talent in many such people. According to the 2001 census, there are around 2.19 crore physically challenged people in the country. “Reservation is not the answer to everything. The government cannot get away just by reserving seats for us. There has

to be a healthy work environment too,” Mehto, the son of a poor school worker in West Bengal who is a computer wizard and aspires to be a software designer, said. Employed at the National Association for the Blind Centre for Blind Women (NABCBW) as a computer teacher, Mehto said if the private and public sectors installed blind-friendly softwares, thousands like him would get jobs easily. “Softwares like JAWS (Jobs Access With Speech) and SuperNova, which basically help us in reading from a computer, cost around `50,000 each for installing in five computers. So nobody is willing to spend the money,” said Mehto. Debasis Das, store manager of the Costa Coffee outlet in south Delhi’s Green Park started in 2006, begs to differ. He points to Costa’s policy to employ at least one differentlyabled person in its outlets. “Here everyone except the manager is either deaf or mute or both. However, their disability is never an obstruction in their excellent work,” said Das. The differently-abled staff, says Das, is trained for a month in collaboration with the Noida Deaf Society — a training school for hearing-impaired people. However, Javed Abidi of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) suggests that the government should give tax incentives to all those private companies which provide services to handicapped people. IANS

Cabbies, maids can learn while they earn

MUMBAI: A couple of years down the line, Mumbai residents may be dealing with cabbies and auto-drivers who are full-fledged graduates. Thanks to an open university, deprived sections of the city’s huge workforce will get a chance to enhance their skills. The Nashik-based Yeshwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) has designed special short-term and long-term courses for working classes like cab and auto drivers, private drivers and even maids to enable them to compete better in the job and money markets. The special preparatory and degree courses shall be inaugurated on Tuesday in Mumbai’s All India Institute of Local Self Government at Andheri by eminent Bollywood actor Kader Khan, according to a YCMOU official. “Given our social objectives, the courses shall be extremely simple but equip the ‘students’ to handle them without disturbing their crucial work schedules as most are the

Bihar to have its first ‘open jail’ PATNA: Some convicts in Bihar will soon get a chance to live with their families, step out for work and lead a life similar to that outside prison, thanks to the State’s first open jail that will begin functioning in May in Buxar district. “It will be the first of its kind in Bihar where convicts would be able to live with their families in an atmosphere conducive to development of their skills and talent so they could make useful contributions to society,” a prison official said. According to Anand Kishore, inspector-general (prisons), over 100 prisoners, mostly convicts serving life terms across the State, who have a few years of imprisonment left and have shown good character during incarceration,

would be chosen for the open jail. Officials in the prison department said convicts, currently lodged in the Bhagalpur Central Jail, Gaya Central Jail, Muzaffarpur Jail and Beur Jail in Patna would be considered for it. Manoj Kumar Sinha, a jail official of the Buxar Central Prison, said that an open jail is being constructed over 42 acres of land. “The State government has constituted a committee headed by the inspector-general (prisons) to prepare a list of convicts who would be allowed to live in the open jail,” he said. According to him, their good conduct, the period already spent by them in jail and other such things would be taken into account before they are trans-


ferred to an open jail. The inmates of an open jail would be allowed to roam around freely during daytime and their attendance would be taken twice, in the morning and night. “Work has been going on in full swing and the jail would be ready by March 31 and the convicts along with their families will start living there by May,” Sinha said. The prisoners would not only be allowed to work inside the jail premises but also go to a workplace within a 5-kilometre radius. The inmates would also be allowed to have a savings account in the nearest bank or post office for depositing their income. An official of the Buxar district administration said about 13 double-storey apartments with two-

sole bread-winners of their families,” said Shrinivas Belsare, YCMOU head of corporate communications. There are an estimated 4,00,000 cabbies in the city. According to Belsare, around 2,00,000 cabbies from Mumbai, are expected to benefit from the new course, enrolment for which starts in June 2012. YCMOU’s format for the experimental course would be unique, using CDs, FM radio programmes and a few books to enable the cabbies to learn while on the go — driving. It is expected to similarly help housemaids, who number around 8,00,000 in the city. Not wanting to burn a hole in the pockets of the ‘students’, the preparatory course will cost `600, with a 50 percent discount for the target category of cabbies and it is equivalent of HSC. This will be followed by a diploma course, advanced diploma and a degree, each costing `1,500, and recognised everywhere,” Belsare explained. IANS room flats on each floor are now getting the final touches to house such inmates. Superintendent of Buxar jail SK Ambastha, who has been assigned the additional charge of the open jail, said the State government had enacted new legislation by the name of ‘Bihar Open Prison Rules2008’ to run this prison. Ambastha said the children of these inmates would be provided free education by the state government as per the norms of the Right to Education Act. Sinha said the open jail would have friendly interiors and the inmates would enjoy amenities like a community hall and a park inside its premises. “A workshop is also planned for imparting vocational training to the inmates,” he said. It will be the country’s 33rd open jail, the first such prison having been set up in Rajasthan in 1963. IANS

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Mace smashes jumbo base UP set for hung house, SP on top, BSP out LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh was headed for a hung verdict on Tuesday with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) set to be voted out and the Samajwadi Party finishing on top of the pack but without the half-way numbers needed to control the 403-member assembly. Unlike in the first hour of vote counting when the BJP seemed to be racing ahead of the BSP, later trends showed that Chief Minister Mayawati's party would finish as the second largest group despite plunging from its 2007 tally of 206 seats. Election Commission sources said the Samajwadi Party, whose performance mirrored exit poll predictions, was leading in 183 of the 384 seats where counting trends were available. Having won only 97 seats five years ago, the Samajwadi Party made gains all across the sprawling State. Party leader Shahid Siddiqui said he expected Governor BL Joshi to call Mulayam Singh Yadav to form the next government and that the party would be able to secure enough support from smaller groups. BJP leaders admitted they were disappointed by the less than impressive showing in Uttar Pradesh where the party may end up falling to the fourth slot — marginally below an equally disappointed Congress. The Congress was stunned, with many of its leaders openly admitting their disappointment — their woes only added by defeats the party faced both in Punjab and Goa. In Uttarakhand, the Congress was in neck and neck race with the BJP. "We are surprised and shocked,"

Congress candidates trailed their rivals in party bastions of Rae Bareli and Amethi. BJP emerges with unexpected show of strength, almost matches Congress tally. However, the saffron party has said it will not support any coalition government.

Congress leader and minister of state for science and technology Ashwani Kumar said. In an unprecedented development, Congress candidates trailed behind their rivals in all five seats in Rae Bareli, represented in the Lok Sabha by party president Sonia Gandhi. It was the same story in Jagdishpur in Amethi, which elected Rahul Gandhi to parliament in 2009. Jagdishpur has been a Congress fortress for years. Law minister Salman Khurshid's wife Louise Khurshid faced a miserable defeat in Farrukhabad. Political pundits said the Samajwadi Party was expected to finish with 175-180 seats, short of the 202 needed to form a government. The BSP could end up with around 100 seats, and the BJP and Congress in the 50-60 seat region. The BJP quickly made it clear it would not back any coalition government in the state. BJP general secretary Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the party realised that its decision to prop Mayawati thrice in the past was "a big mistake". Celebrations erupted outside the Samajwadi Party office in Lucknow, with hundreds of men and women, many donning red caps, dancing to drum beats. Among the major players leading in Uttar Pradesh were Shivpal Singh Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Congress state president Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Swami Prasad Maurya (BSP) and Kalraj Mishra (BJP). IANS

Manipur goes to Congress

Close fight in Uttarakhand

BJP leads in Goa

It’s a SAD song

IMPHAL: Manipur’s ruling Congress

DEHRADUN: It was a close contest

PANAJI: The ruling Congress was

was set for an emphatic return to power as it took the lead in 23 constituencies with trends available for 34 of the 60 assembly seats. The Congress was followed by the Trinamool Congress with three seats. Smaller parties were ahead in the remaining eight seats. In Manipur, the main battle is between the Congress and an alliance of 11 opposition parties.

in Uttarakhand with the latest trends showing that the Congress was leading in 31 of the 70 seats and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 25 seats. Initial trends had suggested a close call between the two parties with the BJP overtaking the Congress midway. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was third with seven seats followed by the Samajwadi Party (SP) with one.

trailing in Goa with victories in just two seats as opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party, which had won seven seats after three hours of counting on Tuesday. The Congress is leading in one other seat, while the BJP is leading in six. Goa Vikas Party (GVP), a regional party, has won two, while one independent has emerged victorious. Goa voted March 3 for a 40-member assembly.

CHANDIGARH: Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance maintained their lead in 65 of 117 seats for which trends were available as votes were counted Tuesday. The Akali Dal was leading in 54 seats while BJP was leading in 11 at 11 am. The Congress recovered partially and was leading in 48 seats. Amarinder Singh, Punjab Congress chief, retained his Patiala seat.

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Vladimir Putin wins again in Russia. But did he cheat? An emotional Putin thanked his supporters for voting him back to power. But the question remains — Was there fraud involved in the voting system and how genuine is the ‘administrative resource’?

Khristina Narizhnaya


Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was moved to tears as he accepted his victory in the presidential election on Sunday. At a massive rally held in his honour by supporters on Manezh Square, just outside the Kremlin, Putin praised Russians for their mature political thinking and independence in a vote that observers warned had been tainted by fraud. “It was a test,” he said. “We showed that our people are really capable of differentiating the desire for something new from political provocations that have only one goal — to destroy Russian sovereignty and usurp power.” His voice shook and a tear streamed from his eye. He was so overcome that he even stuttered. “I call for everyone to unite for the interests of our people and our homeland.” “We won,” Putin said, stabbing the air with his index finger. “Glory to Russia!” The crowd, made up of mostly men, cheered, waving flags and

banners. Putin received 64.7 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results, allowing him to win outright and avoid a runoff election. Getting the necessary 50 percent to avoid a runoff would have been impossible without rigging the elections, experts said. About 20 percent of the vote came from what is known as the "administrative resource," said Dmitry Oreshkin, a political analyst and a member of the Presidential Council for Human Rights. Those are either votes from employees of government-funded institutions whose supervisors report to Putin or his subordinates, or assistance with voter fraud, such as stuffing ballots, Oreshkin said. State employees aren’t required by law to vote for Putin. However, some analysts say there was tacit, and sometimes explicit, pressure on government employees to vote for Putin to show their loyalty to the administration. Some schools pressured teachers to vote for Putin, threatening to

fire them if they didn’t, according to media reports. Ivan Grachev, a deputy of the state Duma, or parliament, who is also a member of A Just Russia party, an opposition group that fielded a candidate in the election, said about 15 percent of Putin's votes come from the "administrative resource," the Kommersant newspaper reports. "It would be good for the country to have a runoff, but it won't happen," Grachev told Kommersant on Sunday. Last month, Putin said he would be ready for a runoff election, but that it might destabilise the country. The victory can be seen as a blow to the budding opposition movement, which brought thousands of Russians to the streets in recent months demanding reform. Putin has already served two terms as president, before stepping aside in 2008, in accordance with the Constitution. For the past four years he has been Prime Minister to President Dmitry Medvedev. Pro-Putin rallies were held in

several locations in central Moscow. Nearly 4,00,000 police, many brought in from neighbouring regions, descended on the city streets. Putin’s victory came as no surprise to most. The Prime Minister is still popular, but a December parliamentary election, which observers said was riddled with fraud, led many to worry about vote-tampering on Sunday. Several Russians leaving polling stations in Moscow said they expected Putin to win, even if they didn’t vote for him. Lyubov Gorozhanina, 52, voted for Mikhail Prokhorov, a billionaire challenger, because she said Russia needs something new. But she did not think he had a chance against Putin. “Putin will win,” Gorozhanina said. “I heard that it’s [voting] all a procedure, empty. But I am still hoping that it will mean something.” The presidential election was the most observed in Russia’s history. Video cameras had been installed in nearly 1,00,000 polling locations throughout the country,

and the elections attracted an army of tens of thousands monitors. After the parliamentary elections, Sergei Porkopov, 27, signed up to oversee the presidential elections at a polling station in Northeast Moscow. “I wanted to see for myself whether the elections are fair,” Porkopov said. He said he did not notice any violations in his district by early Sunday afternoon. An initiative to keep an eye on the election monitors came from the government, said Andrei Buzin, head election monitor of independent election watchdog Golos, which is based in Moscow. Voronezh-native Petr Savropov, 26, said after the December 4 parliamentary elections he wanted to see who was telling the truth. “Was it all faked to destabilize the country?” Savropov said. He signed up on Friday to monitor the observers at his polling station in Voronezh, a city in southwestern Russia. Despite the increased monitoring, or perhaps because of it, reports of vote-rigging were widespread. Golos reported about 5,000 election fraud complaints nationwide. The biggest incidence of alleged fraud came from ‘voting carousels,’ or when voters are bussed from polling station to polling station to vote repeatedly with absentee ballots. Four election monitors said they were beaten by police in the municipal building of Zheleznodorzhny, a hard-bitten Moscow suburb with a history of election fraud. The monitors left the Zheleznodorozhny polling station after staff asked them to leave for inappropriate filming and taking photographs, Gildeyev said. Liliya Shibanova, who heads Golos, said she received reports of arrests of observers in Tula, Tver and Nizhny Novgorod After the polls closed, throngs of men carried Russian tri-colour flags through the night streets leading to the Kremlin. They were making their way to Putin’s victory rally in the Manezh Square. Official estimates clock the number of attendees at over 1,00,000. Many of those at the rally were bussed in from neighbouring and faraway regions. GLOBAL POST

Around the World



Beyond Borders

Stains of liberation: UN panel faults Libyan rebels, troops NTC to make arrests only after a working security force is established AFP

TRIPOLI: Forces from both sides of the Libyan uprising are guilty of war crimes, breaches of international human rights laws and crimes against humanity, according to a UN report obtained by GlobalPost, scheduled for release later this week. Both Gaddafi regime forces and revolutionary fighters committed murder, torture, arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, and indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas, the Report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Libya stated. The continuing abuses being carried out by ex-rebel fighters in a ‘climate of impunity’ are deeply concerning, the report added. “The Commission finds that the authorities are failing to hold accountable thuwar [revolutionary forces] who have committed serious violations including unlawful killings and arbitrary arrests,” read an advance copy of the report that will be officially released on March 9. The commission also stated that to their knowledge no investigation has been carried out regarding any offences committed by ex-rebel fighters and no arrests for these crimes have been made. National Transitional Council justice coordinator Jamal Bennor said now is not the time to be putting former rebels on trial.

Romney gains momentum in Ohio: Polls WASHINGTON: Mitt Romney has nudged ahead of his main rival for the Republican presidential nomination in Ohio on the eve of the key primary vote in the Rust Belt state, an opinion poll showed on Monday. A survey by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute gave the former Massachusetts governor 34 per cent support from likely Republican primary voters, while former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum got 31 per cent. While the three-point margin makes the race too close to call, the Quinnipiac pollsters said the survey shows that the momentum is squarely with Romney, who just one week ago trailed Santorum 36 per cent to 29 per cent. AFP

“It may seem we are ignoring these crimes, but this does not mean we have given amnesty to the perpetrators,” Bennor said. While a few cases against former rebels are under investi-

gation in both Benghazi and Tripoli, Bennor said it is difficult to deal with the security committees and rebel groups outside of the bigger cities. There is a public sympathy towards the rebel forces, many of which are

hailed as heroes. Bennor said it is crucial to establish a working security force first and activate government ministries and a new constitution before arrests can be made. “After this these crimes must be investigated and perpetrators brought before the courts,” he said. Meanwhile, the Libyan justice system is still under development after the collapse of the former regime. In its absence, as violations go unpunished, a circle of revenge attacks continues, further complicating the delicate balance of power between the new government and armed militia groups. The UN report urged Libyan authorities to “break with the Gaddafi legacy by enforcing the law equally, investigating all abuses — irrespective of the perpetrator — and ensuring that amnesty processes comport with Libya’s obligations under international law.” While these findings paint a gloomy picture of present day Libya, the commission acknowledged these atrocities must be viewed within the context of the legacy of violence left by the former regime. The new leadership now faces the challenge of rebuilding a country “devoid of independent institutions, a civil society, political parties, and a judiciary able to provide justice and redress.” GLOBALPOST

Assad troops target Rastan DAMASCUS: Syrian forces on Monday bombarded the city of Rastan for a second day running, monitors said, as exUN chief Kofi Annan and other world envoys prepared a diplomatic drive to end the yearlong bloodshed. UN humanitarian chief

Valerie Amos meanwhile said Damascus had finally approved a visit, to take place from Wednesday to Friday, after protests over President Bashar al-Assad's refusal to let her in. And the Red Cross negotiated for a fourth day with Syrian authorities to be allowed to AFP

A protester hits pictures of leaders of Russia, Syria and China with a shoe during a demonstration in Beirut.

deliver aid and evacuate the wounded from the battered Baba Amr rebel district of the city of Homs in central Syria. Rastan, which activists expect to be the next target of a drive by regime forces to expel rebels who have regrouped from Homs, 20 kilometres (12 miles) away, came under renewed shelling, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It said seven civilians, including four children, were killed on Sunday in shelling of the city, which like Homs straddles the main highway linking Damascus to the north. "What's happening in Rastan is exactly what happened in Baba Amr: a siege, artillery fire and rockets," said Hadi Abdullah, an activist in Homs of the Syrian Revolution General Commission. AFP

GLOBE AT A GLANCE Sri Lankan dies trying buried alive record LONDON: A Sri Lankan man has died while trying to set a record for the longest time spent buried alive. Police said Janaka Basnayake, 24, buried himself with the help of family in a 10 feet deep trench sealed with wood and soil. He was buried around 9.30am on Saturday. When he was brought to the surface at 4pm, he was unconscious and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Two Indians dead in Malaysia accident KUALA LUMPUR: Two Indian tourists were killed and 22 injured on Monday after a tour bus skidded and flipped over while returning from the popular resort of Genting Highlands. All the passengers were from Punjab. District police chief said all 24 passengers were Indian tourists.

A woman crosses a flooded street on a tractor on Monday in SaintJans-Cappel, northern France, following heavy rain. AFP

Russia arrests hundreds after Putin triumph MOSCOW: Russian police arrested over 500 people protesting Vladimir Putin's crushing victory in elections that the opposition denounced as illegitimate and international monitors said were skewed. Police arrested 250 people in Moscow and 300 in Saint Petersburg on Monday to break up rallies claiming that the polls the previous day were rigged.

Tropical Storm Irina kills 65 in Madagascar ANTANANARIVO: Tropical Storm Irina has killed at least 65 people in Madagascar, most of them residents of the Ifanadiana district in the southeast of the island, weather authorities said on Monday. Three people were also reported missing, according to the national bureau of natural catastrophes (BNGRC).

Vietnamese Americans protest in front of the White House, condemning communist Vietnam’s crimes against its citizens on Monday. AFP



Fair, free and forthright

The plus, the minus, and the weird

Editorials SPARE ANTARCTICA from human mess


dding credence to the argument that human interference is taking a toll on fragile ecosystems, a team of researchers have found that outer fringes of Antarctica are being colonised by plants and animals involuntarily introduced there by human presence —scientists and tourists. Plants were traced to seeds attached to the clothes and boots and small animals, especially invertebrates, land as stowaways. The pristine continent has taken a battering in the form global warming and increasing human activity in the neighbourhood despite the protection offered by the Antarctic Treaty. Introduction of alien species by human visitors/settlers have wreaked havoc on environment of all continents. Unless there is a global consensus and concerted action, it is only a matter of time before the frozen continent joins the list of man-made disasters.

WHY WE LOVE elections


he public has its own way of sending political pundits and their muchhyped analyses for a toss by their decision at the polling booth. When predicted outcome does not match the real one, politicians and analysts spend hours at news studios trying to diplomatically eat their words. The States wait with bated breath to figure out what genre of politicos they will have to suffer for the next five years. However, the most anticipated will be the freebies promised by all and sundry to lure the disappointed voter.


Hard Talk PK Surendran


was debating with myself the other day if Hyderabad, the eighth city in my career, scores better or worse on collective social behaviour. Unable to make a sure score-board I scrawled on paper what I saw as pluses and minuses and the weird of this Metro. Here it all is. You decide. Pluses: Despite being an orthodox city it surprised the rest of India when it converted itself from socialism to market somewhere in the ‘nineties. It privatised its airport, brought almost all IT giants of the world to its yard, built a new face to add to the decadent old visage. It transformed itself from the ghettos to a digital town so much so that when George W Bush visited India in 2006, Hyderabad happened to be his only other contact city besides Delhi. Hyderabad beat the byte-savvy Bangalore when it came to establish an American consulate. No small feat. The City provides a peaceful social life, discarding its old image as a place of communal tinder box. People in general evince a catholicity that helps its transformation from the shabby old fag image to a world city of cosmopolitan garb.

Minuses Each Hyderabadi behaves as if he were Sultan of the public roads. Despite being a world class city, its road sense remains ‘gawd help us.’ Killing average 40 people on road every month is its fundamental right! Despite creating a 33 crore tones solid wastes a year, it produces zero energy and manure which could have made the City self sufficient in power and manure and clean up the atmosphere. No perceptible move from any quarter to tame official corruption which saps into the vitals of body politics. Devil-may-care attitude toward environ-

Sunday paper

e-waste worries

I really enjoyed reading your Sunday paper. I was especially intrigued by your story titled Of Questions and Answers. It’s really interesting to see that youngsters today are quite willing to spend time seriously pursuing intelligent hobbies like quizzing. As a quizzing enthusiast myself, I think that it is quite an enriching pastime and encourages you to be inquisitive. It also increases your general knowledge helping you face competitive exams with confidence. I hope more people take to it after reading your story. Vishal Pathan, Himayath Nagar

I am writing to you with regards to the story in your paper dated March 5, 2012 on piling e-waste. While the piling of garbage everywhere itself is a concern, that we are not taking the time and effort to even address something as important as e-waste is alarming. This is the same city in which we are intending to hold the convention on bio-diversity. We are not going to have any bio-diversity left in the city if we continue to be so apathetic to our surroundings. The GHMC should stop making empty reassurances and must pay more attention to the problem and take immediate steps to rectify the situation before it gets out of hand. Vijayendra S Gandipet

ment. Air, water and sound pollution go unchecked.

Weird Autorikshaws are a law unto themselves. You can see only in Hyderabad 7-8 people hanging by every protruding part of the tiny vehicle like bats on a dry tree. City does not believes in walking, so no footpath. After all, the walkers do not bring revenue to the government and bribe to the policemen. Only City that has banished the 50 paise coin as a legal tender! Only City that says ‘nay’ to Telangana in private but ‘aye’ to it in public.

Solution I believe in the volatile political situation in the State, the only entity that could make some positive change is the new Mayor. He being young and assured of two years (his

TALK BACK Readers’ views We invite you to write to us comments, suggestions, viewpoint or just about anything to or #1246, Level 3, Jubilee Casa, Road No 62, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad – 500 033 or even by way of a call on 4067 2222

party is monolithic and has zero-dissidence) he can bring salutary changes in the minuses if he wants to. That ‘if’ is paraphrased. He should, (again, ‘if’) set up advisory committees formed of apolitical experts in different fields who have a clean image and are retired. They could do a wonderful job of advising a determined Mayor to bring some positive changes at least on basic needs like health, sanitation, traffic and generating wealth from waste. Even if he lays foundation for these, he would go down in the history as an achiever. Draw inspiration from SR Rao of Surat. Tailend: Our civic reporter Inkeshaf Ahmed contributes: Heard a corporator tempting a party bigwig with an offer of Rs10 Crore if he would be made Mayor! Well, well, if we have six more like him, we’d make a Cash Corporation of Hyderabad and declare him Mayor. Why not? After all, Cash is King, you know!

Tower stunt

An eye-opener

Tower climbing has of late become the way for people to voice their protests or get their demands met. This I think might be the fourth or fifth time some person has climbed a tower or a building to make himself heard. None of them actually have the guts to do it. They create some sensation, gets their pictures in the papers, make do with some false assurances on the part of their employers and then all dies down. Someone should actually follow up and see whether after their tower climbing stunt they are accepted by the employer. Sarthak Sharma Begumpet

The interview on Nandita Das was a nicelywritten article. Most of us know her someone who does artsy films so to say. But reading about her perspective on films was an eye-opener. Firaaq was a commendable film indeed and her commitment towards the industry is also appreciable. The audience needs to understand the value of independent films. A lot of directors are losing hope because of the lack of recognition and coverage for their craft. I hope the industry openly welcomes more and more directors of this genre. Nisha Joshi Kukatpally

At the workplace



Paternity, leave it or take it ? Companies today are increasingly claiming to be gender-neutral, but do their policies reflect it? We ask around Indira Atluri


HR Perspective

aternity leave policies in many multinational companies today are a clear indication of their belief that changing diapers is a woman’s chore, and daddy’s business is to take care of bringing home the bread and butter. When we spoke to professionals from some multinational companies, we found out that men today are as willing to be as great ‘baby-care managers’ as women are. The central government rules clearly stipulate that their employees are entitled to a 15-day paternity leave per year. But for those working in the multinational companies, 15 days of paternity leave is a distant dream. Sharan Ramesh, working in a multinational company in the city, says, “We have five days of paternity

leave, which makes it seven including the weekend.” On whether he believes it is a fair offer, he tells us, “Of course not. I know a lot of my friends who would have loved to see their baby’s first few days in the world. But seven days is too less.” The same is not the case with companies based in America or Europe. The benefits given to and exercised by their employees are radically different. The notion of paternity leave is as important to companies as maternity leave. Satish Ravulapati, who works with an MNC in Hyderabad, headquartered in London, says “Our company gives us 10 days of paternity leave and in London, the employees are entitled to more than two weeks leave. Not only that, the new mother has the option of transfering two weeks of their maternity leave to the father during the second month of the

baby’s birth. So, why is this discrimination, is what I fail to understand.” Whether the new mothers and fathers at all believe that paternity leave is a right or a privilege is not a question at all. It is a concept that one needn’t fight for — it is what one earns for being part of an organisation that advocates a fair share of rights to its employees. “Ten days of leave is just enough for the men to rejoice on the birth of their child. And before they know it they are back in office — that to me is a little strange,” says Sharada Rao, an employee with Microsoft in Hyderabad. Whether the change is bound to happen or not is the big question. Are the employees of any of the city-based firms happy with the paternity leave policies of their company? Till then, it is more diapers for the women, and documents for the men.

Jayanthi Golla, is the executive manager of a mid-sized firm in the city. On whether the paternity leaves are justified, she says, “I do agree that there is not much thought given to the concept of paternity leaves in India. One reason could be that according to tradition, women are responsible for taking care of the children. Now with changing times, men too are as enterprising, but the policies definitely lag in satisfying the employees. I agree that it is time to rework the policies to make them more favourable. “


ODD JOBS Mini Singh


here are those of us whose life’s ambition is to get into IITs and med schools, and there are those whose sights are set on the IIMs. And then there are others. While a majority of the population thinks it is a fabulous career choice to dig their hands into some poor unfortunate soul’s insides (surgeon) or shove their hands into people’s mouths and smell their breath (dentist), or look at people’s itchy, infected skin (dermatologist), or stare at a laptop screen all day long (computer engineer), or breathe fine cement dust as you stand precariously on a semi-constructed

Connect with art ledge (civil engineer). But there are people who do other things for a living. Here’s looking at some of these jobs... Job Title: Curator Snapshot: A museum or gallery curator acquires, cares for, develops, displays and interprets a collection of artefacts or works of art in order to inform, educate and entertain the public. Qualifications: Master’s Degree or Doctorate in art, art history, or archaeology. Job Description: Curators are responsible for choosing and acquiring pieces of art that will be displayed in a museum or an art gallery. They also decide the presentation style of these pieces. In addition to the permanent dis-

play, curators are also responsible for temporary exhibitions. Curators are also in-charge of the safety and security of the collections. Skills needed: People skills: It helps if the curator is flamboyant, since they are the face of the museum. The role includes PR activities, fundraising and interactions with the public. Communication skills: Other aspects of the job include writing, generating content for publicity; this includes being responsible for the website. Negotiation skills: Curators are also responsible for soliciting donations of artwork from collectors and pitching for funding. Also, they convince the museum’s

trustees to part with huge amounts of moolah to acquire artefacts. Extensive knowledge and eye for detail: In-depth knowledge of the artefacts in question as well as an eye for

detail is a must, since curators are required to verify and vouch for the authenticity of each piece. Ultimately, curators are the keepers of culture and history.



Holistic view of mind, body and soul


Act today, for a better tomorrow Medicine is now preventive than just reactive, and with good reason too, given our lifestyles Anishaa Kumar


hen Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus, mentioned that prevention is better than cure, perhaps not many had taken it seriously. But through the ages people have started to become more aware about health issues and how to prevent them. It is now believed that medicine has gone from being reactive to preventive. According to Dr Arshad Punjani, physician and diabetologist, Apollo Hospital, preventive medicine is basically prevention of the onset of the disease. When it comes to medicines is particular, they are still reactive.

Hepatitis B and A can prevent various chronic diseases,” he says. “There are specific professionals known as PSMs who educate people about these health issues as well as organisations like WHO and UN which take up the task of educating people,” mentions Dr Arshad.

Is awareness enough? Dr Sunil mentions that the government has laid out legislations but they are not being followed. Various organisations are working towards awareness. The CSI (AP) too had launched a heart2heart programme to make IT professionals aware about heart disease. But then doctors, media and the

government can be the first point in educating people about these healthy habits but ultimately the process should be personal and move from person to person. For example if a person learns about the benefits of cutting down salt and educate their family and friends. It is a simple, day-today matter.” Dr Arshad says, “Awareness about preventing diseases is growing in India. Although they are aware, the thing lacking is implementation. In western countries people are aware and are also implementing the requirements. This has resulted in a reduction of health related problems like cigarette smoking.”

Preventive medicine is more about education and data collection says Dr Arshad. He explains, “Educative programmes, data collection, vaccinations and environmental modifications form the basis of preventive medicine. These educative programmes are mostly related to chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart attacks as well as diseases spread by mosquitos such as malaria and dengue.” Dr Sunil Kumar, consultant cardiologist and president Cardiological Society of India (AP Chapter) explains, “Preventive medicine is prominent in cardiology. For example risk factors for a heart disease include smoking, obesity, stress and high BP. If these risk factors are tackled, then the incidence or occurrence of heart disease can be reduced or in some cases prevented.” The same applies for various other health issues mentions Dr Sunil. “Hypertension which is the main cause for brain strokes and heart disease. Hypertension can be controlled by reducing salt. This is a classic example of simple measure for dramatic measure. In the field of gastroenterology, vaccination against

n Cut down on salt, excessive

sugar and smoking n Eat fresh fruits, vegetables

and nuts n Exercise regularly n Drink plenty of water n Most importantly smile,

relax and be happy

Decisions! Do we learn from them?


cratching like a scabiesinfested dog, I wonder what happened. I’m bloating up like a balloon, and my skin is as dry as an autumn leaf. To make things more interesting, I am also sprouting acne for the first time in my life and am feeling the blues like never before. Like bad enough to want to put a knife through someone. This is so not me. Just a few weeks ago, I was completely normal and healthy and had no complaints from life (apart from

According to Dr Sunil, people today have the desire to implement healthy measures but economic and socio-economic factors could be a reason behind people not implementing these measures. For example, it is advised that one should have fruits everyday, but the high cost could perhaps prevent people from doing so. Of course, it would not be right to say that people are not trying at all. We can see how the consumption of aerated drinks is going down and people are now shifting to nimbu paani and coconut water. It’s time we take our health into our hands. Live healthy, stay happy!

A healthy lifestyle

Spread the message

Mini Singh


the little health issues now and then, but who doesn’t experience that!) Watching the flakes of dry skin settle on the furniture, I pensively observe my now bleeding scar and wonder if it was the recent hormone therapy that could have caused this cluster of symptoms to descend on me. I call up my doctor to ask if the therapy that she strongly recommended and enthusiastically administered might have anything to do with this new development. She bluntly denies her involvement in what is happening to me. Well, I shrug and continue my now daily ritual of substituting honey and milk for soap during my shower. Then I slather on tons of intensive moisturizer, a chore I despise

more than even cooking. No difference — still dry as a dust. Desperate for a solution, I google my symptoms and spot on, my problems are classic textbook side effects for the therapy I received. Wow! How come I did not google for the side-effects before I gave my doctor the green signal for the invasive horrid therapy! I am too trusting as a person, I reason. Yeah, right... trusting is a polite word for stupid. This logic sums up most of the bad decisions of my life. How come some people consistently take wise and good decisions that take them forward in life, and some people equally consistently take bad decisions that set them back in spite of talent or hard

work? When I think about my decision-taking pattern dating back to my childhood, I realise I am and have always been an impulsive decision-maker. Moving to a different city because I did not like the way the civic authorities had responded to an emergency situation in my city... impulsive decision. Picking up little stray pups and kittens off the road and bringing them into my house where they gleefully shred the leather furniture and snip off phone and laptop chargers... impulsive decision. Bringing home more kittens knowing what they will do... well, impulsive decision. My decisionmaking process usually involves squeezing my eyes shut, taking the decision and then crossing my fingers and fervently hoping that it was the smart thing to do. Not a smart thing to do (duh!), but not so

uncommon either! I’m not the only person who may seem to be smart but takes stupid decisions. Why do otherwise rational people have such flawed decisiontaking patterns? People who take bad decisions are usually emotional people who do not behave rationally because they are relying on their emotions instead of their brain. Some others mess up because they may have self esteem issues that lead them to believe that they are incapable of taking good decisions. A self fulfilling prophecy works to confirm their beliefs. And me — did I learn from my bad decisions? Apparently not, judging from my recent experience with my doctor! My latest decision is to put the knife through my doctor. What do you guys think? Am I getting smarter?



Holistic view of mind, body and soul



Protein pores help us sense hot temperatures WASHINGTON: The winter sun feels welcome, but not so the summer sunburn, thanks to proteins on the surface of nerve cells that enable us to sense different temperatures, new research shows. Scientists have discovered how just a few of these proteins, called ion channels, distinguish perhaps dozens of discrete temperatures from mildly warm to very hot. Ion channels are pores in cell membranes controlling the flow of charged ions,

which turns (nerve cell) neuron signalling on or off — in this case to inform the body of the temperature the neuron senses, the Journal of Biological Chemistry reported. Researchers showed that the building blocks, or subunits, of heat-sensitive ion channels can assemble in many different combinations, yielding new types of channels, each capable of detecting a different temperature. The discovery, in cell cultures, demonstrates for the

first time that only four genes, each encoding one subunit type, can generate dozens of different heat-sensitive channels. “Researchers in the past have assumed that because there are only four genes, there are only four heat-sensitive channels, but now we have shown that there are many more,” said Jie Zheng, associate professor of physiology and membrane biology at the University of California Davis School of Medicine, who led the study.

One of the channels they studied, called TRPV1, reacts to hot temperatures — about 37 degrees Celsius. It is also responsible for the ability to sense spicy foods, such as chili peppers, said a university statement. A second channel, TRPV3, responds to temperatures of about 26 degrees Celsius. It also senses many food flavours such as those found in rosemary, oregano, vanilla and cinnamon that elicit a warm sensation.

Unhealthy habits kiss away happiness LONDON: Teenagers junking a healthy lifestyle for drinks, cigarettes and fast food become morose versions of their healthier, happier cousins and also get involved in risky behaviour. The research, based on a longterm study of 40,000 British households, looked at the responses of 5,000 people aged between 10 and 15 years, about their health-related behaviours and levels of happiness. Researchers from the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, believe the data showed a linkage between smoking, drinking alcohol and taking no exercise with substantially lower happiness scores among teenagers, according to an Essex statement. Booker, study co-author from Essex, said, “What this research shows us is that young people across the social spectrum are failing to eat healthy balanced diets and are starting to consume alcohol at a young age. “This is storing up problems for later life, because we know that

there are clear long-term links between health-related behaviours and well-being in adulthood,” Booker added. The results show that young people who never drank any alcohol were between four and six times more likely to have higher levels of happiness than those who reported any alcohol consumption. Youth who smoked were about five times less likely to have high happiness scores compared to those who never smoked. Higher consumption of fruit and vegetables and lower consumption of crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks were both tied with high happiness. The more hours of sport youth participated in per week the happier they were. Surprisingly, only 11 per cent of those aged 13-15 between years reported consumption of five or more portions of fruit and vegetables daily and even amongst the 10-12-year olds less than a fifth reported eating fruit and vegetables five or more times per day.

Dr Radhika Reddy, Dermatologist at National Skin Centre

Have you covered up yet? Ranjani Rajendra


ith the summer sun blazing down, protecting your skin is the order of the day. Apart from tanning of the skin, too much exposure to the sun could also lead to other long term problems. “Sun exposure can lead to short term problems like tans, sun burns, allergies and increased pigmentation. But prolonged exposure can cause long term issues like wrinkles, premature ageing and skin cancer. These can be avoided with skin protection in the form of broad spectrum sunscreens,” says Dr Radhika Reddy, dermatologist at National Skin Centre. In case of tanned skin, there are topical creams available that comprise of Kojic acid, vitamin C, arbutin and licorice that can be used. In case of sun burns, Dr Radhika suggests topical application of steroids (under a doctor’s supervision) and drinking plenty of water. Chemical peels are also known to reduce tanning. “Despite the term chemical, these peels are completely safe and use fruit acids like glycolic acid, vitamin C and lactic acid. Peels also help improve acne, cleanses pores, reduces dead skin and is anti ageing since it stimulates collagen,” she says. However, Dr Radhika advises against too many peels. “Peels should follow the natural cycle of the skin which is four weeks. Those who prefer getting the procedure regularly should wait for four weeks before getting the next one. In case of deep peels you should wait for a minimum of three months before getting the next one done,” she explains. However, following a regular skin care regime works best in maintaining skin health, says Dr Radhika, adding, “You must use a sunscreen every time you step out. Cleanse your face regularly using a face wash that has a pH of 5.5 at least. If the skin is dry then use a good quality moisturiser. Once you’ve crossed the age of 27 it would be a good idea to invest in good anti-ageing products, preferably something that contains retinol.” (You can contact the doctor on 9912985875)






The mock wedding


Gurleen Bagga

A wedding to remember Indian weddings have always been an elaborate affair and so taking this into account the ladies club Se la Vie, hosted an event that had the theme ‘a big fat Indian wedding’. The ladies came dressed in their bridal finery and made the most of the night. The event was held at Taj Krishna on Monday.

Nikitha Reddy & Ashu Gauri


Karishma Sati


Suman & Mohini


Ridhi & Sneha


A musical night That classical music still has takers was proved by the audience that gathered at the Saptaparni amphitheatre in Banjara Hills on Monday. They had come to attend a concert lecture on Hindustani and Carnatic melody structures by Sriram Parasuram, organised by the Ananda Priya foundation.

Anju Jain


Magic Screen


The glamour behind the glitz

Producers bet big on Nithya Menen?


ithya Menen's recent film Ishq has come as a shot in the arm for quite a few producers in the Telugu film industry. While she had already made her mark in Ala Modalaindi early in 2011, the success of Ishq has done a lot of good for her career in Telugu cinema. In a matter of few weeks, two Telugu film producers have bought the Telugu dubbing rights of two Malayalam films starring Nithya Menen in lead roles. Apoorvaragam and Violin are going to be dubbed in Telugu and these films have been titled as 50% Love and Dil Se respectively. Except for Nithya, there's no other crowd puller in both these films. Apart from these two films, Nithya will soon be seen in Srinivas Raga's Okkadine where she's paired up with Nara Rohit. The film was recently shot in Araku and now the team is gearing up to continue shooting in Hyderabad.

The search continues

Mahesh praises Love Failure


fter coming back from the first schedule of Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, Mahesh Babu saw Siddharth's Love Failure and couldn't help praising it. He tweeted, “love failure is 1of the most innovative films i saw in recent times..congrats to sidharth n d entire team for pulling it off.. (sic)” Responding to the tweet, Siddharth said, “Thank you superstar @urstrulyMahesh... your encouragement means the world to the entire Love Failure are truly a class apart bro!”


@Alwayscharan Its soo difficult to be yourself all the time. Ill feel i hav achieved sumthing i wish i could live a week just being myself.

@PriyaWajAnand I had a really really really good time today! Having friends that are crazier than me Is my reason to :) - U?

@LakshmiManchu Cuts, bruises, sprains, scratches and sun burn... Yep, I am shooting for a Maniratnam film :) life is delicious. #kadal



he search for the lead heroine in Mahesh Babu's upcoming film is still on. Sukumar is going to direct the film and Anil Sunkara, Ram Achanta and Gopichand are going to produce the film under the 14 Reels Entertainment banner. While Sukumar is almost on the verge of locking the film's script, casting the heroine is turning out to be a herculean task for the team. In the past, names of model-turned-actors like Angela Jonsson, Akshara Gowda were doing rounds; however, neither of them have been confirmed for the role. A source close to the film unit tells us that the producers and Sukumar are still keen on casting Tamannaah in this film, if she can work out her dates. The film will go on floors in April.


I really wonder what Gods motive nd purpose was when he created the virus which causes common cold?

@shrutihaasan The bitter sweet feeling of the last page of a good book,the last bar of a great song and the last hug of a friend you know is leaving :)


Racha audio launch on March 11 T

he audio of Ram Charan Tej, Tamannaah starrer Racha is going to be launched on March 11.Thousands of fans are expected to attend the audio launch and it'll be held at People's Plaza in Necklace Road. Sampath Nandi has directed the film and NV Prasad, Paras Jain have produced it. Mani Sharma has composed the music. The film has already made a lot of buzz since Ram Charan is doing a mass entertainer after Orange.

Dubbed 4 a scene 2day in both Telugu &Tamil... feels like 2 COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FILMS... dialogues,expressions,modulation... everything changes!

@Actor_Siddharth It’s so important to have a breakout year as an artist... some people go a whole lifetime without it... blown away by Jessica chastain’s 2011!

@actressanjjanaa Love hua ab yeh na pucho yeh kab hua.... hey love hua ... Humko khabar hai yeh kab hua ... Kya aapko khabar hai ??

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@NeilNMukesh Shivering like a leaf ! Had a shoot in rain next to the sea. Ooooo !eeeee!

@bipsluvurself Finished reading Priya Kumar's 'License to Live' just now! Simple read,full of wisdom n wit! Loved it!

@realprietyzinta Went for a 35km cycling trip 2 challenge my body & my mind! It felt great till I got off the bike but now My legs feel like jelly! Bachaao!


Dia stuck in a dressing room


ashion weeks are known for the madness, nervous breakdowns and wardrobe malfunctions. Now to add to the list is ‘getting locked inside dressing rooms’. Actor Dia

Mirza, who was the showstopper for Khusali Kumar, daughter of the late music mogul Gulshan Kumar happened to have got locked in her dressing room moments before she was to go on stage.

Unfortunately for the actor, since the coordinator and the models were busy near the ramp with the show already in progress, there was none to help her. The door, refused to budge and

Anil loves acting Raveena takes in female-centric on hosting, feels nervous films


ctor Anil Kapoor, who has worked in many female-centric films like Beta, Lajja, Judaai and Biwi No. 1, says most actors today do not like being a part of films that revolve around women. “I see leading men are not very happy being part of a woman-oriented film. I think (they are) the best films ever made in our country, including Mother India’ which was a woman-centric film and is remembered till date,” the 52-year-old actor said at the Lavasa Women’s Drive. Anil also says that he is proud of his association with female-centric films. “I have worked in a lot of women-oriented films and I have been very proud and honoured and I had such a great time working in films which were women-oriented. I think leading men should support and encourage women-oriented films,” said Anil, a few days ahead of the International Women’s Day on Thursday. IANS

panic stricken coordinators were seen trying get the show back on the road. Finally after a lot of smashing and banging, the door was prised open and a visibly shocked Dia was ushered to the stage.

Loving shooting for my new film with Neeraj Pandey, he knows what he wants & how he wants it. It's refreshing + gives me a break from improvising :)

@SrBachchan T 674 -Today its 'nature's earlier civilizations it was 'the God's are angry' ! Some regions though, they still relate with latter.

@juniorbachchan AND...... A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to the Indian women's kabaddi team on beating Iran and becoming the WORLD KABADDI CHAMPIONS!!


ctress Raveena Tandon, who has started hosting Isi Ka Naam Zindagi, a chat show that highlights lesser known facts of a celebrity’s life, says trying her hand at something new makes her nervous. “I was nervous about the show as I had never hosted anything before,” the 37-year-old said here at an event. “But there is a comfort level as most of the people I interview are my friends or were my co-stars. But you are bound to be nervous when you are doing something new as it requires a lot of spontaneity and alertness,” she added. “A host has to keep things together and it was tough than judging. But I am enjoying this show as it has a human touch,” she said. IANS

@sonamakapoor A very happy birthday to my darling sister rhea ! She is my support system and my bestfriend! Love u Rhee bee

@DuttaLara Wishing my dearest friend@deannepandayand her best half a very happy Anniv!! God Bless u both with a lifetime of happiness!

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lle Macpherson has ended her two-year relationship with US billionaire Jeff Soffer, it has been reported. The Australian supermodel, who got together with property businessman Soffer in 2010 after splitting from former fiancé Arpad Busson, is believed to have ended the relationship recently. According to the Daily Mail, Soffer's ongoing $594 million (£400 million) legal battle with his company took a severe toll on his relationship with Macpherson. A friend said: "They were dating but it was rather on and off.” It was recently revealed that Busson, the father of Macpherson's two sons, is expecting a child with actor Uma Thurman.

ot only is Katy Perry's tune Part Of Me not about ex Russell Brand, but the singer recently revealed that she was told to lie about it. "Some people that I work with were like 'You should say you wrote it a couple weeks ago,'" Perry said of the her emotional Grammys tune, according to MTV news. "I'm like, 'I'm not a douchebag. I'm going to tell the truth." Perry's lyrics, "You can keep the diamond ring/It don't mean nothing anyway/ In fact, you can keep everything — except for me," seemed to line up perfectly with her December split from husband Russell Brand. “Why is this single appropriate now and it wouldn't have been appropriate in 2010?' It's just so crazy. It seems very serendipitous, but, as un-fun as it sounds, I prepare everything,” Perry continued. “I’m overly prepared and kind of a control freak in the best of ways.”


Chai Time


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



Take a shot at the brain game while sipping your cuppa


QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Grade-schoolsong start 4 Book balancer 7 Georgia fruit 12 Be loose-lipped 14 Cranberry sources 16 Yawner's feeling 17 Maneuverable, as a ship 18 Sty chow 19 "___ of God" (1985 film) 20 Extract metal from ore 22 "Dies ___" (Requiem Mass hymn) 24 Bonnie girl 25 Marsh growth 26 Grandchildren of Japanese immigrant 28 Part of a foot 30 Venue for figure skaters 34 Nickelodeon's "___ the Explorer" 37 Yard sale caveat 39 Uniform material, sometimes 40 "This thing weighs ___!" 41 America's Cup vessel 43 Anytown, USA street 44 "Uncle Tom's Cabin" penner 46 "Here comes trouble!" 47 Played for a sucker 48 Public tributes 50 Missay, as lines 52 Search for food 54 Butcher's byproduct 58 Irritate 61 "I've Got ___ in Kalamazoo" 62 Type of goat 63 Like gymnasts 65 K-6 sch. designation 67 Pinot ___ (red wine) 68 Tennis champion Monica 69 And-bed link 70 "Kemo ___" (Tonto phrase) 71 Bikini Atoll event, briefly 72 Tire pressure letters 73 "___ better to have loved and lost ..." DOWN

1 Immeasurable chasm 2 Point a finger at 3 Felt concern (for) 4 Things used in semi circles? 5 Breakfast offerings 6 Classical mall 7 Black-eyed item 8 Breakfast offerings 9 Karenina or Christie 10 Billiards sticks 11 Angry cat's warning 13 Breakfast offerings 15 Breakfast offerings 21 Coffee-break time, perhaps 23 PC panic button 27 "A mouse!" 29 Small island 31 "Witness" actor Lukas 32 "___ From Muskogee" 33 Hurricane feature 34 It's a smidgen in the

kitchen 35 Preminger or von Bismarck 36 Motel booking 38 German "I" 42 It precedes Fri. 45 ___ trip (self-indulgent activity) 49 Notable time in history 51 Watch pocket 53 Lively dance in duple time 55 Parade component 56 Suspect's need 57 Members of the harp family 58 Alan Alda


sitcom 59 "And that's the thanks ___?" 60 Do an office task 64 "Warm" or "cold" ending 66 "Li'l ol' me?" PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER

THOUGHT OF THE DAY Life just is. You have to flow with it. Give yourself to the moment. Let it happen. – Jerry Brown



Your tomorrow today̶Star Power and Tarot THIRUVAIKUMAR

As per Hindu panchang

FOR 7-3-2012 040-27177230 / 9177596118



Unexpected indirect income keeps you cheerful. A long‑awaited work will hap‑ pen, which too bring good benefits. Employees will see a rapid growth. Pay hike and promotion on the cards.

Employees will be favoured with expected elevation and promotion. They will also get good recognition. Businessmen will earn income propor‑ tionate with the efforts they put in.

Mixed results will be seen today. Need to be extra cautious in financial transactions. Employees will see a favourable atmo‑ sphere at workplace. Businessmen are favoured with signing new agreements.




Businessmen, though work very hard and put in their best efforts, may face a strain in the margins and feel upset. Cou‑ ple will be happy and cordial. Problem by son or daughter will put you in a fix.

Employees may get unexpected transfer to a place of their dislike. However, they will set their mind and suit themselves to that atmosphere. Businessmen might not get boom; business will be normal.

Financially a strong position likely. Help from expected sources will come. Those who are self employed will do very well and remain very cheerful. Artists will get a lot of promising opportunities.




Employees will have to put in hard efforts to achieve expected transfer and pay hike. New customers will be added for businessmen. Women are appreciated and supported at work.

Avoid unwanted discussions. Employe‑ es may not get favourable decisions from management. Businessmen too will have a limited growth. Postpone plans for expansion. Women will worry.

Employees need to work in such a way so as to get the support and favour from their superiors. Businessmen if promoted any venture single handed, can add partners to see prosperity.




Businessmen can get good growth opportunities but they have to make use of the same carefully. Some will be enormously benefitted through their friendship with powerful officials.

Financially a comfortable situation is seen. Fortune income likely for some. Court verdicts will go in your favour. Tensions in the family will disappear and mind will remain peaceful.

Though there might be hurdles, you will manage them and march ahead. New efforts will give desired results and keep you happy. Some will start their own new ventures.


FOR 7-3-2012




The Emperor – A senior in your office is giving you a hard time but you also know how to handle it. Ego clashes will be common. Donʼt take anything seriously.

Seven of Swords – There is conflict and some amount of co‑ mpetition for your position. Donʼt react to anything. Rein in your pride and ever‑ ything falls in place.

The Devil – You want that dress youʼve been eyeing for a long time. Itʼs way out of your budget and you will have to bend over backwards to afford it.




Three of Swords – For ages, your file has been sitting in one corner. Now, when it finally moves, you feel as though everything is happening too soon. Watch your diet.

Five of Wands – Not everything is as hunky dory as it looks on the outside. You may be project‑ ing a certain image to the world outside. But do not lie to yourself.

Six of Pentacles – A close family member, especially a sibling, will give you a hard time. He/she is find‑ ing it difficult to deal with your needs.




Nine of Swords – Youʼre anxious about something and need to work on resolving these issues. Think meditation and spe‑ nding time with lov‑ ed ones.

Four of Swords – Finances are in focus. Money is getting in good shape. Just review all your docu‑ ments and make sure theyʼre all in one place and in order.

Knight of Pentacles – Youʼre all set to move to the topmost rung of the career ladder. The difficult part now it to think ahead and plan your future course of action.




Six of Swords – A for‑ eign trip is in the off‑ ing. Your bosses are mighty pleased with you and this may be a way of giving you a perk. You meet inter‑ esting people.

Ten of Cups – Every‑ thingʼs going well, es‑ pecially on the family front. Distance makes the heart grow fonder. Youʼre getting closer to your family mem‑ bers during this time.

Queen of Wands – There is some cre‑ ative thought process that needs tackling. You may not be thi‑ nking of what is ex‑ pected of you. Think if you want success.

For Better or for Worse Stone soup



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1400 Kannavaari Kalalu 1430 Maavichiguru 1500 Sumangali 1530 Movie 1800 Jai Shri Krishna 1830 Shraavani Subramaniam 1900 Mandhara 1930 Auto Bharthi 2000 Swathi 2030 Mogali Rekulu 2100 Aparanji 2130 Devatha 2200 Mamathala Kovela 2230 Heartlo Battery 2300 Gemini Vaarthalu 0800 Gemini Talkies 0830 Movie 1130 Aha Emi Ruchi 1200 Jeevitha Chakram 1230 Maa Inti Aada Paduchu 1300 Chittemmaa 1330 Gorintaku

1400 [V] Vignettes 1430 [V] D3 Dil Dosti Dance 1500 [V] Humse Hai Life 1530 [V] Trailers 1600 Love Kiya To Darna Kya 1700 [V] Zabardast Hits 1800 [V] Fresh Songs 1830 [V] Humse Hai Life 1900 [V] D3 Dil Dosti Dance 1930 [V] Humse Hai Life 2000 [V] Steal UR Girlfriend 2100 [V] Vignettes 2130 [V] Trailers 2155 [V] Fresh Songs 2200 [V] Dare 2 Date 2300 [V] Humse Hai Life 2330 [V] D3 Dil Dosti Dance 0700 [V] Trailers 0730 [V] Zabardast Hits 0800 [V] Mind Blasting Mornings 1100 [V] Fresh Songs 1200 [V] D3 Dil Dosti Dance

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

1300 News Now At1 1330 News Now 1800 6 Pm 1830 Live Report 1900 Primetime 1930 The Game 2000 News Now At 8 2030 Live Report 2100 The Newshour 2200 The Newshour - Plus 2230 E Now 2300 News Now At 11 0800 The Morning News 0900 News Now 1200 Live Report 1230 News Now

‘The Game’ at 1930 Hrs only on TIMES NOW


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1400 Abhishekam 1430 Aadade Aadharam 1500 Antahpuram 1530 Aakasa Ganga 1600 Prema Mandiram 1630 Jagadeeswari 1700 Super 1800 Devimahathyam 1830 Puttadi Bomma 1900 Kumkuma Rekha 1930 Manasu Mamata 2000 Chandra Mukhi 2030 Bharyamani 2100 Etv News 2130 Ali 369 2245 Movie 0800 Subhamastu 0830 Jeevanajyothi 0900 Movie 1130 Abhiruchi 1230 Star Mahila

1400 Nagani 1430 Movie 1800 Meera 1830 Kalavari Kodallu 1900 Chinna Kodalu 1930 Pasupukunkuma 2000 Muddu Bidda 2030 Radha Kalyanam 2100 Kanyadanam 2130 Comedy Club 2230 Shree 2300 Bindass 2330 Latest Songs 0800 Gopuram 0830 Bhakti Samacharam 0900 Sri Raghavendra Vybhavam 0930 Mahadevi 1000 Bindass 1030 Baghyalakshmi Bumper Offer 1130 Jeevana Vignanam 1200 Mee Inti Vanta

‘Business Tonight’ at 2100 Hrs only on ET NOW 1400 The F And O Show 1430 Closing Trades 1530 Tomorrow's Trades 1600 Business Day 1730 Markets Tomorrow 1800 Rush Hour 1830 Brand Equity Special 1900 Global Business Report 1930 Business Express 2000 Business First 2030 Markets Tomorrow 2100 Business Tonight 2200 Top 10 At10 2230 Leaders Of Tomorrow 2300 Starting Up 0900 First Trades 1000 Hot Stocks 1100 Buy Now Sell Now - The Stock Game 1130 Buy Now Sell Now 1200 Market Sense 1300 Business Day 1330 Markets Now

‘Tattoo Hunter’ at 2300 Hrs on DISCOVERY 1400 Dino World 1600 Swamp Brothers 1630 Factory Made 1700 My Naked Secret 1800 Wild Discovery 1900 I Almost Got Away With It? 2000 Deception With Keith Barry 2100 Man Vs Wild 2200 Dual Survival 2300 Tattoo Hunter 1000 Man Vs Wild 1100 Wildlife 1200 Dual Survival

1310 Movie - Hotel For Dogs 1510 Wipeout 1605 The Challenger Muaythai 1700 Supernatural 1800 Chuck 1900 Wipeout 2000 Supernatural 2100 Minute To Win It 2200 Fear Factor 2300 Top 20 Countdown 0700 Infomercial/30 Min 0730 Sky Teleshopping 0830 Infomercial/30 Min 0900 Sky Teleshopping 0930 Whacked Out Sports 1000 Dating In The Dark 1100 Minute To Win It 1200 Got To Dance 1310 Movie - The Tuxedo

‘The Tuxedo’ at 1310 Hrs on AXN

‘Baba Aisa Varr Dhoondo’ at 2200 Hrs on IMAGINE 1400 Haar Jeet 1430 Jamuna Paar 1500 Baba Aisa Varr Dhoondo 1600 Mi Aaji Aur Saheb 1630 Jamuna Paar 1700 Mi Aaji Aur Saheb 1730 Sawaare Sabke Sapne – Preeto 1800 Jamuna Paar 1830 Mi Aaji Aur Saheb 1900 Haar Jeet 1930 Gyaan Guru 2000 Dwarkadheesh - Bhagwan Shri Krishn 2030 Sawaare Sabke Sapne – Preeto 2100 Jamuna Paar 2130 Mi Aaji Aur Saheb 2200 Baba Aisa Varr Dhoondo 2230 Haar Jeet 2300 Jamuna Paar

1400 Parichay 1430 Balika Vadhu 1500 Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha 1530 Uttaran 1600 Phulwa 1630 Parichay 1700 Sasural Simar Ka 1730 Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha 1800 Uttaran 1830 Balika Vadhu 1900 Hawan 1930 Sasural Simar Ka 2000 Balika Vadhu 2030 Veer Shivaji 2100 Phulwa 2130 Parichay 2200 Uttaran 2230 Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha 2300 Na Aana Is Des Laado

‘Parichay’ at 2130 Hrs on COLORS

‘Bhagonwali’ at 2230 Hrs on ZEE TV 1400 Hitler Didi 1430 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein 1500 Afsar Bitiya 1530 Chhoti Bahu 2 1600 Pavitra Rishta 1630 Afsar Bitiya 1800 Hitler Didi 1830 Punarvivah 1900 Afsar Bitiya 1930 Chhoti Bahu 2 2000 Hitler Didi 2030 Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 2100 Pavitra Rishta 2130 Ram Milaye Jodi 2200 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein 2230 Punarvivah 2300 Afsar Bitiya 1000 Chhoti Bahu 2

1400 Saas Bina Sasuraal 1430 Bade Achhe Lagte Hai 1500 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 1530 Crime Patrol - 4 1730 Crime Patrol - 3 1800 Saas Bina Sasuraal 1830 Bade Achhe Lagte Hai 1900 Crime Patrol - 2 1930 Shubh Vivah 2000 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 2030 Dekha Ek Khwaab 2100 Saas Bina Sasuraal 2130 Parvarrish - Kuchh Khatti Kuchh Meethi 2200 Kyaa Hua Tera Vaada 2230 Bade Achhe Lagte Hai 2300 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 2330 Crime Patrol - Dastak 0900 Kahani Comedy Circus Ki 1030 CID 1200 Shubh Vivah 1230 Dekha Ek Khwaab

‘Kuch Toh Log Kahenge’ at 2000 Hrs on SONY


‘I P K K N D’ at 2000 Hrs on STAR PLUS 1400 Sajda Tere Pyaar Mein 1500 Navya 1530 Diya Aur Bati Hum 1600 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behnaa Hai 1630 Sasuraal Genda Phool 1700 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 1730 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 1800 Navya 1830 Ruk Jana Nahin 1900 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 1930 Sasuraal Genda Phool 2000 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 2030 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behnaa Hai 2100 Diya Aur Bati Hum 2130 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 2200 Sajda Tere Pyaar Mein 2230 Mann Ki Awaaz… Pratigya 2300 Maryaada ... Lekin Kab Tak?


1420 The Matrix Revolutions 1650 House Of Wax 1900 17 Again 2100 Mortal Kombat 2305 The Midnight Meat Train 0755 Exit Wounds 0950 Inkheart 1155 House Of Wax

1415 Transporter 3 1630 Cop Out 1845 Enter The Dragon 2100 Kull The Conqueror 2305 The Mummy 0800 Shutter Island 1045 Accepted 1240 The Mummy

Yeh Rishta Kya Shubh Vivaah Kehlata Hai Storyline - Amrit and his Storyline - Naitik visits Nikhil to discuss his divorce with Rashmi, will Naitik be able to resolve the problem? ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ at 2130 Hrs on STAR PLUS

family went to Saxena House to meet the girl for Amrit. Chachi misunderstands Saroj to be Karuna, and suggests Kaushalya to pick Saroj. ‘Shubh Vivaah’ at 1930 Hrs on SONY ‘Kull The Conqueror’ at 2100 Hrs on WB

1400 My Kitchen Rules 1500 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 1530 America's Funniest Home Videos 1600 My Wife And Kids 1630 The Big Bang Theory 1700 Rookie Blue 1800 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 1900 Outsourced 1930 The Big Bang Theory 2000 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 2030 America's Funniest Home Videos 2100 My Kitchen Rules 2200 Rookie Blue 2300 Outsourced 2330 My Wife And Kids 0900 America's Funniest Home Videos 1000 Outsourced 1030 My Wife And Kids 1100 My Kitchen Rules

‘My Wife And Kids’ at 2330 Hrs on ZEE CAFE

‘The Shield’ at 2200 Hrs on STAR WORLD 1400 Supernatural 1500 Pan Am 1600 The Big Bang Theory 1630 The Simpsons 1700 Dexter 1800 Supernatural 1900 Desperate Housewives 2000 Two And A Half Men 2030 The Simpsons 2100 Supernatural 2200 Person Of Interest 2300 The Big Bang Theory 2330 Two And A Half Men 0700 Person Of Interest 0800 Las Vegas 0900 Pan Am 1000 Person Of Interest 1100 Desperate Housewives 1200 Two And A Half Men 1230 The Simpsons 1300 The Big Bang Theory 1330 Friends

1400 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah 1430 R. K. Laxman Ki Duniya 1500 Lapataganj 1530 F.I.R 1600 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah 1630 I Luv My India 1700 Gutur Gu 1730 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah 1900 R. K. Laxman Ki Duniya 1930 Lapataganj 2000 I Luv My India 2030 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah 2100 Chidiyaghar 2130 R. K. Laxman Ki Duniya 2200 Lapataganj 2230 F.I.R 2300 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah 2330 Chidiyaghar 0900 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah 0945 Gutur Gu 1030 I Luv My India

‘Lapataganj’ at 2200 Hrs on SAB TV

1430 Storm Chasers 1530 Discovery Science Classics 1630 Toughest Military Jobs 1730 Weapon Masters 1930 Machines 2000 Oddities 2030 Heavy Metal Taskforce 2130 Mythbusters 2230 Futureweapons 2330 Industrial Revelations 1030 Faces Of Earth 1130 Storm Chasers 1330 Machines

‘Jerry Springer’ at 2200 Hrs on BIG CBS PRIME

‘Style Strip’ at 2000 Hrs on ZOOM 1230 Movie 1600 Letz Go! 1700 Telly Talk 1730 Star Bonanza 1800 Letz Go! 1900 Planet Bollywood News 1930 Link'd 2000 Style Strip 2030 Letz Go! 2100 Zabar 10 2130 Link'd 2200 B - Tonite 2230 Page 3 2300 Bollywood Bonanza 0700 Fresh Mornings 0800 Red Carpet 0805 Fresh Mornings 1100 Your Likes 1200 Planet Bollywood News 1230 Silver Screen

‘Oddities’ at 2130 Hrs on DISCOVERY SCIENCE

1400 Frasier 1430 Jerry Springer 1530 Big Wheels 1600 Galileo Extreme 1700 Survivor 1800 Entertainment Tonight 1830 Galileo Extreme 1930 Frasier 2000 Entertainment Tonight 2030 Galileo Extreme 2100 Hawaii 5.0 2200 Jerry Springer 2300 Survivor 0700 Big Wheels 0730 Aspire 0800 Galileo Extreme 0900 Survivor 1000 Bellator 1100 Jerry Springer 1200 Big Wheels 1230 Entertainment Tonight 1300 Galileo Extreme

Playing Field


The games people play


Djokovic to defend crown INDIAN WELLS: World No 1 Novak Djokovic and fourthranked Caroline Wozniacki will defend their titles at the $11 million Indian Wells ATP and WTA hardcourt event that begins on Wednesday. The record prize purse for ATPWTA events outside majors includes $1 million for both the men’s and women’s singles champion. Women’s main draw matches begin on Wednesday. The men open Thursday. High seeds have first-round byes. Serbian star Djokovic captured Indian Wells as part of a stunning 2011 start of 41 match wins in a row. Djokovic began 2012 by winning the Australian Open crown but he lost to Britain’s Andy Murray in last week’s Dubai Open semi-finals. “Last year was amazing, definitely the best year of my career,” Djokovic said. “If you ask me if I can repeat it, I don’t know. It’s going to be very, very hard obviously. It’s a new year for me. I look forward to Indian Wells. Events coming up are really important and I need to get ready.” Djokovic, a five-time Grand Slam champion who could claim his fourth Slam title in a row by winning the French Open in June, beat Spanish World No 2 Rafael Nadal in the 2011 Indian Wells final and also took the trophy in 2008. Nadal, the 2007 and 2009 Indian Wells champion, will

threaten again, as will three-time Indian Wells winner Roger Federer, the Swiss legend who has won 33 of his past 35 matches and five titles, and Murray. World No 3 Federer, who has won a record 16 Grand Slam titles, beat World No 4 Murray in last week’s Dubai Open final and hopes to bring that momentum to the California desert.

“It’s nice to win a tournament outdoors now,” Federer said. “That gives me hope that I can carry it over to Indian Wells and Miami.” Murray hopes slower courts at US events in March at Indian Wells and Miami will give him an edge. “Conditions over in Indian Wells and Miami are going to be very, very different,” Murray said. “Much slower courts, which hope-

Tony Thompson calls out Klitschko for July title bout Tony LOS ANGELES: Thompson has already been stopped by Wladimir Klitschko once in his career, but the American heavyweight is talking tough ahead of a mandatory title bout rematch with the Ukrainian star in July. “I’m ready,” Thompson said. “I’m looking forward to becoming the heavyweight champion of the world.” Klitschko improved to 57-3 with his 50th career knockout Saturday, stopping Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck in the fifth round at Dusseldorf, Germany, to retain the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association titles. “I wasn’t really impressed with either performance. It was an infomercial at best,” Thompson said. “Mormeck is a tough cruiserweight but he’s not an impressive opponent for the heavyweight champion of the world.”

Wladimir Klitschko Thompson, 36-2 with 24 knockouts, is the mandatory IBF challenger and set to face Klitschko by mid-July. The 40year-old US southpaw felt Klitschko snubbed him by men-

tioning other potential rivals to his throne without a nod his way. “It was interesting that it seemed that Wladimir mentioned everyone in the division but me,” Thompson said. “I knew my shot was next, and I’m doing everything to solely focus on beating him. “I just want to fight. It doesn’t matter to me where it takes place. If he wants to come over here, great. If he wants to fight in Germany that’s great too.” Klitschko stopped Thompson in the 11th round in 2008 at Hamburg, ending Thompson’s 27-fight win streak over an eightyear span. Since then, Thompson has won five fights in a row, none of them going the distance. Klitschko’s brother Vitali owns the World Boxing Council heavyweight throne and the siblings have said they will never fight each either, leaving a lacklustre set of rivals to challenge their reign. AFP

fully will suit my game a little bit better.” Denmark’s Wozniacki has lost her World No 1 ranking and defends full points at Indian Wells, but is more concerned about form than jumping back up the list and said she does not feel extra pressure defending the crown. “Everyone has things to defend or not to defend. It’s just

about playing,” she said. “You will have more points at some tournaments, a little bit less at some, so it evens out in the end.” Venus and Serena Williams will be absent as usual. They have skipped Indian Wells since 2001, when fans booed the US sisters after an injured Venus pulled out of a scheduled final against Serena with tendinitis. Four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters of Belgium will miss the event with a left ankle injury suffered at the Australian Open. Reigning Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus was forced out of last year’s Indian Wells quarter-final against Wozniacki with an injury and the World No 1 withdrew from last month’s Dubai Open. “Health is the most important thing,” Azarenka said. “If I’m healthy I can produce good tennis.” World No 2 Maria Sharapova, a three-time Grand Slam champion coming off a runner-up effort at the Australian Open, won the 2006 Indian Wells title and reached last year’s semi-finals before falling to Wozniacki. Other contenders include reigning Wimbledon champion and World No 3 Petra Kvitova, a Czech left-hander; sixth-ranked reigning US Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia and China’s eighth-ranked Li Na, the 2011 French Open winner.

Record for keeps for Gade Richard Eaton

BIRMINGHAM: Peter Gade, the former world number one from Denmark, will complete a record which is never likely to be broken when he plays his last AllEngland Open starting at Britain’s national indoor arena on Wednesday. After competing at the highest level for 17 years and winning the All-England more than a decade ago, the fourth-seeded Gade remains a leading contender — a remarkable achievement given the increasing speed of the modern game. When the 35-year-old retires soon after the Olympic Games at London in August, he will have been by far the longest lasting top level men’s singles player the professional game has ever seen. The slim, light-footed mover from Copenhagen would love to end on a high, but he is in the same quarter as Lee Chong Wei, the top-seeded defending AllEngland champion from Malaysia.

“The first part of my job is done,” Gade said, having qualified nice and early for the Olympics. “So I have had three weeks where I’ve been able just to work towards the All-England “I have had time to get a feeling of what is good and bad (in my game). Hopefully it will bring a good All-England. I take that as of high importance.” However his draw is tough right through. His first round is against Rajiv Ouseph, the former top 20 player from England, who took him to three games at the Copenhagen Masters in December and who will this time have plenty crowd support. Gade could then face Boonsak Ponsana, the former world number four from Thailand, with a possible quarter-final against the eighth-seeded Lee Hyun-Il, a former world number one from Korea. To survive all this, he may need all his enduring resilience. Asked how he had managed to maintain that for so long, Gade said, “It has been a matter of life style.”

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Tiger books Palmer event as final Masters check ORLANDO: Tiger Woods, a 14-time major winner chasing the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, will play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his traditional final tuneup for next month’s Masters. Woods announced on his website on Monday that he has committed to the US PGA Tour event at Bay Hill on March 22–25. Woods will seek his seventh victory at Bay Hill, having won PGA events there in 2000-2003, 2008 and 2009. Woods typically takes the week off before the Masters and is expected to skip the Houston Open once again in order to prepare for the year’s first major championship, to be staged April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club. Number 16 Woods has not won a tour-level title since his infamous sex scandal, although he did capture last

Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls passes the ball over Collison #2 of the Indiana Pacers at the United Center on Monda. AFP

League-best Bulls stretch win streak CHICAGO: Britain’s Luol Deng scored 20 points while Derrick Rose and John Lucas each added 13 to power host Chicago over Indiana 92-72 on Monday and stretch the Bulls’ NBA win streak to seven games. The Bulls improved their NBA-best record to 32-8 while snapping Indiana’s six-game win streak. The Pacers fell to 23-13, seven games off Chicago’s pace in the Central division. Chicago’s Joakim Noah grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds while Rose contributed a game-

high nine assists for the Bulls. Indiana’s Paul George scored a game-high 21 points while George Hill added 17 in a losing cause. The Bulls did not gain any ground in the quest for the NBA’s best overall record, however. The Oklahoma City Thunder, the Western Conference leaders with the NBA’s second-best record, improved to 30-8 with a 95-91 home victory over reigning NBA champion Dallas. Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and Kevin Durant added 22. AFP

December’s World Challenge, a charity event for his foundation featuring top talent. But Woods has started the season well, sharing third at Abu Dhabi in January and 15th in his US season debut at Pebble Beach before finishing level for 17th at the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship in Arizona. On Sunday, Woods fired a sizzling final-round 62 — the lowest final-round score of his PGA career — and shared second at the Honda Classic behind Rory McIlroy, whose victory boosted him to World No 1 status for the first time. “From what I saw of Tiger playing with him in that final round on Sunday, it looked like the old Tiger,” said Ernie Els. “He never missed a shot or made a bad swing all day.” Woods sent McIlroy, a 22year-old Northern Ireland

prodigy, a congratulatory note on his claiming the top spot. “Congrats to @mcilroyrory on getting to no 1,” Woods posted on his Twitter account, adding, “Thanks to PB fans for all the love this week.” After his 62, Woods said the round was a culmination of intense work, particularly on his putting, a former trademark which had been lacklustre in his comeback from injury and scandal. “It was just building,” Woods said. “I was putting the pieces each and every day. I wasn’t that far off.” Woods will play for the third week in a row starting this Thursday at the WGC event at Doral, where he won PGA titles in 2004, 2005 and 2007. Woods has also won this WGC event five times when it was played on other courses. AFP

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FIFA team due in Brazil to assess World Cup work Anella Reta

SAO PAULO: A FIFA team was due in Brazil on Tuesday to monitor progress in building stadiums and infrastructure projects for the 2014 World Cup amid a blazing row triggered by criticism of the lagging

preparations. Some 40 experts from football's world governing body and Brazil's Local Organizing Committee were to inspect work on arenas in six of 12 cities that will stage World Cup games: Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Cuiaba, Manaus and Natal. They will look at the operational planning for the stadiums, including "transportation, security and orientations of the public,"

according to LOC's stadium operations manager Tiago Paes. Their weeklong visit comes amid a sharp exchange of words between FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and Brazilian government officials. It all began Friday when Valcke suggested that the Brazilian organisers of the 2014 World Cup needed a "kick up the backside." "I don't understand why things are not moving. The stadiums are not on schedule any more and why are a lot of things late?" he asked. "I am sorry to say but things are not working in Brazil," he added. "You have to push yourself, kick your arse and just deliver this World Cup and that is what we will do." Valcke also suggested the priority in Brazil was to win the tournament rather than organise a good World Cup. Brazil reacted with outrage,

with Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo announcing Saturday that his country would boycott Valcke as a FIFA spokesman. Rebelo was set to send a letter to FIFA President Joseph Blatter to ask for a new negotiator, a spokesman told AFP. On Monday, Marco Aurelio Garcia, a top adviser to President Dilma Rousseff, blasted Valcke as a shameless "loudmouth" and reiterated that he would not longer be acceptable as an interlocutor between FIFA and Brazil. Despite Brazil's hostile reactions, Valcke said he planned to go ahead with a March 12 return trip to the country to supervise preparations for the 2013 Confederations Cup and the World Cup a year later. The Confederations Cup, which will serve as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup, is scheduled to be held from June

15 to 30, 2013, with games scheduled in Rio, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza. Two other cities, Recife and Salvador, are still awaiting final approval from FIFA and Brazil's LOC depending on progress in the preparations. Held every four years, the Confederations Cup brings together the title winners from each of the world's six confederations, in addition to reigning world champions Spain and hosts Brazil.

Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo speaks about the preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2014 at a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. AFP PHOTO/YASUYOSHI CHIBA

Chelsea players must do their duty: Di Matteo LONDON: The Chelsea players may have seen the back of Andre Villas-Boas but his replacement as manager — albeit in a caretaker capacity — Roberto Di Matteo told them on Monday they owed it to the club fans and themselves to rescue their season. The 41-year-old Swiss-born former Italian international — a former Chelsea player who scored for them in their 1997 FA Cup win — faces his first challenge in Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth round replay against second tier side Birmingham. “We have to focus on the next

game, which is against Birmingham,” he told the club’s TV channel. We have to try to win the next game, which is how we are going to be from now until the end of the season — we are going to focus on game by game. “Our duty now is to look forward and to try to get the results that we need in the league (they are three ponts adrift of Arsenal who occupy the final Champions League place), the

Champions League (they trail Napoli 3-1 with their Last 16 second leg match at home next week) and in the FA Cup to have a good season.” Di Matteo — who enjoyed some success when he managed West Brom guiding them back to the Premier League only to be sacked last season when they hit a poor run of form — admitted that not all the measures introduced by Villas-Boas would be dispensed.

Struggle to rebuild Roman ruins is on Steve Griffiths

LONDON: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich looks set to target top bosses like Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho as he searches for a permanent successor to Andre Villas-Boas, but some of his former managers have warned the Russian's hands-on approach makes it an impossible job. Abramovich is searching for his eighth manager in five years after sacking Villas-Boas just 257 days

into his turbulent reign at Stamford Bridge. Former Chelsea midfielder Roberto Di Matteo will take charge until the end of the season, but Barcelona chief Guardiola and Real Madrid boss Mourinho are believed to the leading names on Abramovich's wanted list. Abramovich is certain to try to tempt one of those managerial giants with the promise of a hefty salary and substantial transfer warchest.

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Arsenal ready for Milan mission Rob Woollard

LONDON: The sparkling form of Robin van Persie has given Arsenal the faintest hope of “making the impossible possible” as they attempt to overturn a four-goal deficit against AC Milan on Tuesday. Arsenal head into the return leg of their Champions League second round tie with the odds — and the record books — stacked firmly against them. In the 57-year history of UEFA competition, only three teams have ever done what Arsenal must

It (the win) keeps the confidence high and we are on a good run now. It puts us in good condition to make the impossible possible on Tuesday. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger do to avoid elimination on Tuesday following their resounding 4-0 defeat to the Serie A leaders in the San Siro last month. In the aftermath of that traumatic reverse, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger himself admitted that his team were effectively out of the competition. Yet the mood in north London has brightened in the weeks since following an extraordinary 5-2 demolition of Tottenham in the north London derby and

Arsenal’s Dutch striker Robin Van Persie (L) and English striker Theo Walcott (R) jog together on Monday during a training session in preparation for the forthcoming UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match against AC Milan. AFP/GLYN KIRK Saturday’s smash-and-grab 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield. The key contributor to both of those wins was club captain van Persie, the Dutch international who is enjoying the best season of his career. Van Persie’s two goals in Saturday’s win over Liverpool — including a sublime injury-time winner — took his tally to 31 in all competitions and gives Arsenal precious momentum heading into Tuesday.

“It (the win) keeps the confidence high and we are on a good run now,” Wenger said after Saturday’s win. “It puts us in good condition to make the impossible possible on Tuesday night.” “ ... when you see the ball landing at the feet of Van Persie you know he can deliver a special goal.” “You can never afford to lose a player of that quality. In every game he comes up with something special.”

Barça focus on retaining League crown

Real Madrid’s teammates in a huddle as they celebrate victory on Sunday. AFP Tim Hanlon

MADRID: With Real Madrid crushing virtually all before them and holding a ten-point lead over Barcelona in Spain the Champions League has assumed greater importance for the Catalan side, who are on course to reach the quarter-finals.

Barca entertain Bayer Leverkusen at the Nou Camp on Wednesday holding a 3-1 lead from the first leg. Jose Mourinho has converted Real into a formidable force in his second season in Madrid and they have now won 20 out of 21 games domestically with the only defeat coming against Barca at the Bernabeu. The reigning Champions League and La Liga winners have failed to show the same consistency dropping too many points away from home but they know that in a one-off match they are still capable of beating anybody. “It is going to be very tough for us to win the league but now we must concentrate on Bayer Leverkusen. It has been a difficult season for us with so many injuries which has meant that we have not been able to play at 100 per cent but little by little we have been improving, said Adriano. The Brazilian utility player has been involved more than expected recently.

The problem for Wenger however is that Arsenal’s defence remains vulnerable, and only the woodwork and the form of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny prevented Liverpool from taking an unassailable lead in a game they dominated. Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri meanwhile has cautioned his team against viewing the tie as a formality. Milan are well versed in the dangers of complacency, having

seen a 4-1 first leg lead overturned against Deportivo La Coruna in the 2004 quarter-finals, as well as losing the 2005 final to Liverpool after leading 3-0. “I wish to underline that we have not qualified yet,” said Allegri, who will be without Alexandre Pato, Clarence Seedorf and Alessandro Nesta for Tuesday. Ominously for Arsenal, Milan warmed up for Tuesday’s game with a 4-0 thrashing of Palermo at the weekend.

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