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f Kim Kardashian and her current beau ever exchange wedding vows, she would like to have the ceremony on an island. The 31-year-old Kim insists her next nuptial will be a simple affair on a beach. We wish! PG 28 WWW.POSTNOON.COM




ravelling through India is as much a culinary journey as it is a physical one. As landscape and language change, the ubiquitous biryani too undergoes a transformation, becoming a true representative of our country’s unity in diversity. PG 15


livia Wilde is on a mission to ensure that women across the world have the same basic facilities that many take for granted. The actress joins Eva Mendes, Diane Lane, and Meg Ryan in the Half the Sky Movement. PG 25

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The ongoing livestock census in AP has found that people have developed a penchant for goats — rare breeds included. REPORT ON PG 4







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Mind and spirit


Alankritha Art Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings titled Mind and spirit by Nandini Das, Palash Paul and Raju Sarkar. The exhibition is on till October 17. Where: Alankritha Art Gallery, Kavuri Hills When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2311 3709

Unspoken harmony A painting exhibition by artist Jaya Baheti titled Unspoken Harmony — a show of art and antiquity is on display at Taj Deccan. Where: Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: October 5 onwards, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 66663 939

Weaves exhibition An exhibition-cum-sale of the finest and designer handloom goods such as sarees and dress materials from 14 handloom weaving states in the country is being held till October 9. Where: Sri Sathya Sai Nigamgamam, Srinagar Colony When: Ongoing, 11am onwards

Arabic food fest The Great Kabab Factory is organising an Arabic Food Festival. Sample a different menu everyday. Where: Great Kebab factory, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing Contact: (040) 2330 2244

In tune with life Jiva-In tune with life, an art exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 120 artists and art talks by experts on the concept of biodiversity is being held. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing 11.30am to 7pm Contact: 98499 68797


Commuters cross the tracks even as an MMTS train approaches, at Arts College Station in the City. sculptures, paintings and prints by 22 artistes. A preview for the exhibition was held at the Gallery on September 28. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11.30am to 7pm Contact: 98499 68797

Recent and retrospective A painting exhibition by artist Sudip Roy is being held at Kalakrithi Art Gallery. Where: Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466

Alter egos, Live Banned and DJ Piyush live. Where: N Convention centre, Hi-tec City When: October 6 3pm onwards

Oktoberfest Taj Krishna is hosting Oktoberfest at its coffee shop, Encounters. The festival offers an array of German delicacies like meatloaf, bockwurst, steckerfishz and beers to satiate your taste buds. Where: Encounters, Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills When: Ongoing, 6pm onwards Contact: (040) 6666 2323

Folk Art

Kidinyaap is an improvised children’s play in Hyderabadi Hindi. The play to be staged at Nift deals with a girl who is kidnapped. Where: Nift, Madhapur When: October 7, 3pm onwards Contact: (040) 2311 4537

Petals exhibition The exhibition being will display the ethnic and contemporary works of new designers along with a jewellery and lifestyle accessories. Where: Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills When: October 12 Contact: (040) 6666 2323

An exhibition of folk paintings by artist Krishna Prasad will be held from September 29-October 15. Where: Earth Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: 98480 22011

Life together

Musical evenings

Painting workshop

Iconart Gallery is hosting Life Together, a group show featuring

Catch Raghu Dixit, Lost Stories, Papon & East India Co., Agam,

A Warli painting workshop is being held at Best Hands India,


Somajiguda. Where: Best Hands India, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda When: Ongoing, 2pm-3pm Contact: 98490 73563

Electrojazz Alliance Française of Hyderabad in association withThe Westin Hyderabad Mindspace is hosting the Fly!Electrojazz concert by French Jazzman, Laurent de Wilde On October 16. Entry to the event is by invitation only. Where: The Westin Mindspace, Madhapur When: October 16, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 23554485 (AFH)

Exclusive inclusive The LGBT community in Hyderabad presents an art exhibition titled ‘Exclusively Inclusive’, on the pluralities of gender and sexuality. The show is curated by Vishal Tondon and is an initiative of Wajood. Where: Anveshi Research Centre for Women’s Studies, Amberpet When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2742 3690

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Man kills brother

20 tolas of gold stolen


man was killed by his brother in a dispute over property on Saturday at Pedamma Nagar in Jubilee Hills. V Nagaraju died on the spot after his brother, V Mahesh, hit him with a lathi. Later, Mahesh surrendered to the police and confessed to his crime. Sources said the brothers had been quarrelling over their property for the past few years.


T throws up fewer CMs But there is hardly any discrimination, say political observers. Inkeshaf Ahmed


nly three of the 16 chief ministers of AP since its formation hailed from Telangana, while the remainder came from Rayalaseema and Seemandhra. Is there discrimination? Not really. The leaders Postnoon contacted to gauge the reasons say the two regions have more seats and greater unity, while Telangana region has only one-third seats and has no great unity among political parties, says Congress secretary Abid Rasool Khan.

FACT SHEET Total number of CMs from Telangana region: 3 Total CMs from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions: 13 Number of CMs from Rayalaseema: 6 Number of CMs from Andhra region: 7 Total CMs since formation of the state of Andhra Pradesh: 16

104 water connections cut


early 20 tolas of gold were stolen from the house of a businessman at Aruna Colony, Tolichowki. The incident happened when Mir Yousuf Ali and his family were at their in-laws’ house. When the family returned, they saw a man leaving their house. When they checked the almirah, they found the gold and cash missing.

Presence of many political parties also contributes to the lack of unity in T region. Another Congress leader P Ramesh cited the backwardness of T region as a reason for not begetting many CMs. “Telangana is a backward region since the colonial period. The other regions had been developed in terms of educational and economy. The backwardness also had its effects on the psychology of T leaders who tend to go for the second position rather than the first.” TDP senior leader and former Union minister K Erranaidu said that prevailing circumstances in Rayalaseema and Andhra regions, leadership qualities and capabilities were the reasons for the regions producing several CMs. He added that when it came to Telangana, it lacked charismatic leaders. “Becoming a CM depends on circumstances and leadership qualities. If a leader, besides heading the party, ensures party victory, then it is but natural that he would become CM,” Erranaidu said. On the other hand, political analysts feel that display of exceptional leadership qualities mainly led to the CM’s post.

he Water Board disconnected 104 connections on Saturday — three cases for illegal use, 16 in the commercial category and the rest, domestic connections under various divisions of HMWSSB. As part of a drive that started on September 24, 272 disconnections have been effected. The arrears from these cases would amount to `1,19,09,025.

Cops torture 16-year-old, mother dies heartbroken

Locals stormed police station and demanded the arrest of the cops who tortured the minor under the pretext of a theft charge. managed to raise `4,500, but it was not sufficient. Thereafter, the policemen allegedly tortured the teen. On hearing about the torture,




yeda Zainab Begum, a 45year-old mother, died heartbroken after the police allegedly tortured her 16-year-old son on a theft charge. Syed Abid, 16, was picked up by the Rajendranagar police on


Thursday. They claimed the teenager had purchased stolen gold from a notorious thief. Abid, a resident of Tadbun area, is a Class X student. His father, Syed Qudrathullah Hussaini, is an auto driver. When his father and elder brother went to the police station, policemen allegedly demanded `50,000 to release the boy. The teen’s father somehow

the boy’s mother suffered a massive heart attack. After she died, the police immediately let go of the teen, but local residents stormed the police station and demanded the arrest of the policemen who tortured him. When contacted, Rajendranagar police inspector S Jayram denied any torture. After police commissioner of Cyberabad Dwaraka Thirumala Rao was approached by the aggrieved family and neighbours, an inquiry has been ordered to find out why a minor was taken into custody and tortured and who are responsible.

Youth arrested for breach of promise

Jilted cousin, got engaged to another girl. Postnoon News


Marriott Hotel recently organised a drive at Khairatabad to get citizens to turn off their engines while idling at traffic signals. DEEPAK DESHPANDE

youth who tinkered with the affections of his cousin with the promise to marry her but later got engaged to another girl is cooling his heels behind bars. Fazal Ur Rahman Khan, 28, was arrested by the Vanatshalipuram police for breaking his engagement with his cousin and forging a relationship with another girl. According to police inspector B Raju, Fazal had been in love with his cousin for the past two years. The family elders consent-

ed to their alliance and sealed the relationship with a formal engagement in July. The girl belongs to an NRI family and she was staying with her brother in UAE for some time. Fazal recently told the girl that his parents are unwilling to go along with the alliance and she should forget him. He said he was going to get engaged to another girl that his family approved of. The girl and her parents, shocked at the behaviour, lodged a complaint with the Vanasthalipuram police, who arrested the youth for breach of vow and cheating.



Census gets City’s goat

Number of pigs and sheep in the City has dropped, shows a livestock census. Md NIZAMUDDIN


ver seen a goat travelling in an Innova? This is one of the rare sights visible near the Regional Animal Husbandry office at Sitarambagh. All kinds of animals, including goats and dogs, are conveyed in luxury vehicles for treatment by their masters to the Government Veterinary Hospital, which lies inside a compound spread over several acres. According to regional deputy directors, the enumeration for ‘19th quinquennial livestock census 2012’ will be completed by October 15. They have seen a surge of 10 to 20 per cent among the number of dogs and goats, apart from buffalo, in the City limits. An unprecedented growth among various breeds of dogs was recorded in Hyderabad district in the last few years. In parts of Old City where preference for dogs is low, the population seemed to be keen to raise goats as their pets and for meat. If keeping an exotic canine breed has become part of lifestyle and a status symbol in urban society, people in some of the localities have made it a fashion to keep a Jamunapuri goat, with its abnormally long ears, as their pets.

SURGE IN NUMBER OF CROSS BREED BUFFALO With ever-increasing demand for milk and milk products, the high yielding cross-breed of buffalo has seen a surge in its population. Mehsana and Murrah are the two breeds that are most common, say enumerators. However, the nondescriptive (desi), low yielding animals have come down in strength. According to 2007 census figure,

Exclusive the cross breed was 20,518, while nondescriptive was only 1,633.

MARGINAL GROWTH OF COWS AND OTHER LIVESTOCK There is only marginal increase in cattle (cows, ox and bulls) in the census figures. The total of cross breed and nondescriptive cattle was 9,216 in 2007. The number of sheep was 2,209, mea-

gre compared to goats, which were 24,715 in number, while poultry accounted for 26,888. The dogs, including pets, numbered 25,682, while only 202 pigs were there in the City. Other animals, including horses, numbered 1,121. While stray dogs have rapidly increased in number, in spite of measures like sterilisation, the number of pigs could be further reduced, suggest the latest figures. From some 1.5 lakh street dogs in 2007, their number is likely to see a 20 per cent increase. Cows are going down in number, say officials. “We have completed 51 per

cent of enumeration. The process of listing would be complete by the second week of this month and would be forwarded for further verification,” said Dr Ramesh, deputy director, Regional Animal Husbandry.

ENUMERATION MODUS OPERANDI With 331 enumerators and 40 supervisors, this enumeration has adopted more scientific methodology than the previous 18 census. Now, several performa have to be filled and signature of the owner has become mandatory. According to officials, it is a

tough task, but enumerators were trained enough to advance the process. The instruction manual points out that the GHMC commissioner was responsible for conducting livestock census with the assistance of the regional joint director (AH). However the onus of responsibility was put on the shoulders of the Animal Husbandry department. “As the GHMC is busy organising CoP, it supported us with needed manpower from USD (Urban Community Development) department,” pointed out Dr Durgaiah, another deputy director.

Charity begins on the internet Fleme Varkey


he spirit of charity is in the air and online too. The eBay India Charity Fest for The Joy of Giving Week is the country’s first online charity festival and is being held from September 26 to October 9. The eBay India Charity Fest is showcasing over 8,000 products from 29 reputed NGOs working towards welfare for women, children, elderly, rural, health, education, employment and many more social causes.

Consumers can choose from a wide variety of handcrafted products ranging from bags to jewellery and home furnishings. The week is not over yet but thanks to generous customers, eBay is thrilled about the great response their fest has garnered. While customers tend to be very picky about what they buy, during the charity fest, it seems the customers have opened their hearts and loosened their purse strings. The feedback received from the participating NGOs was extremely encouraging. A volun-

teer from the Akanksha Foundation said, “We are extremely happy to see such huge sales on eBay. We are exhausted after packaging all the products that need to be shipped out.” Others NGOs, such as Indha Literacy India, Under The Mango Tree and Prapanjam, have also seen a great response. GuideStar India has powered the event and has been a strong support in bringing in new NGOs. Some of the NGOs that are participating are Kirti Social Initiative, The Sparrow's Shelter, Jugaad, National Rural Research

and Development Association. eBay authorities tell us that people have been spending on decor and other knick-knacks. Warli paintings and handicrafts seem to be quite a hit, as do candle holders, potpourri and anything eco-friendly is on top of the buying list. If Postnoon readers would like to recommend that eBay include their favourite NGO in the eBay Charity Fundraising programme, they can send in the name of the NGO and the contact details at



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Hyderabad 2012

Greenpeace slams mining ‘Over 14,000 tribal people in one region alone will lose their homes and livelihoods, with many indigenous communities being forcibly removed.’


he government's mining policy is destroying the country's biodiversity and tiger habitats, an NGO today claimed and sought a relook into the "massive" expansion plan of coal fields in forest areas. Hours before the start of the UN biodiversity conference in Hyderabad, Greenpeace asked the government to "demonstrate leadership" by protecting the rich biodiversity that lies within its own borders. "The government's present policy of increasing coal mining is destroying the environment including the habitat of the endangered Indian tiger. It is also forcing tens of thousands of its own citizens to leave their homes," a Greenpeace statement said. "The Indian government must stop the destruction of vital biodiversity," it said ahead of the UN's 11th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) to be inaugurated by environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan tomorrow, seeking a halt in the "massive expansion plan" of coal fields. A total of 193 parties or delegates are attending the world's most important conference on


protecting the planet's diminishing biodiversity. It will end on October 19. A Greenpeace spokesperson told PTI that it will organise

protests at Hyderabad to "expose" the government's wrong policies which are harming the environment. The NGO said its mapping

study shows that 13 coalfields in the central Indian landscape alone will destroy more than 1.1 million hectares of pristine woodland.

FAO scales down global rice output


nited Nation's body FAO scaled down its global rice production estimate by 7 million tonnes (MT) to 483.5 MT in the current year due to an expected fall in output mainly in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh on account of erratic monsoon rains. "The outlook for global rice production in 2012 has deteriorated significantly over the past four months, passing from FAO's forecast of 490.5 MT in June to the current 483.5 MT (milled basis)," Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in its latest report. The UN agency's 'Crop Prospects and Food Situation' report has also attributed reduced output to low production in Brazil, which is expected to have harvested 11.6 MT of rice (paddy) this year as against an estimated 13.6 MT in 2011. An erratic progress of monsoon resulted in scaling back of output estimates in countries such as

ESTIMATED GLOBAL RICE PRODUCTION WILL GO DOWN BY AT LEAST 7 MILLION TONNES DUE TO AN EXPECTED FALL IN OUTPUT MAINLY IN INDIA, PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH DUE TO ERRATIC MONSOONS. Bangladesh, India, Pakistan. The current forecast of 483.5 MT is barely 1 MT (or 0.2 per cent) more than the 2011 season's outstanding results, with all of the increase stemming from yield gains. On India, the global body on the farm sector said rice production has been impacted by delayed and erratic monsoon. "India's harvest is forecast to be

6 per cent smaller than the 2011 exceptional result, given a much less propitious distribution of the monsoon rains both time and spacewise," it added. FAO has tentatively forecast the 2012 aggregate rice production in India at 98.5 MT (milled basis), which is 6 per cent lower than the level of the previous year. Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has also said rice production during this kharif season is expected to be lower than last year's level due to insufficient rains. The Agriculture Ministry's first advance estimate has pegged rice production in the kharif (summer) season of 2012-13 crop year (JulyJune) at 85.59 MT. India, the world's largest rice grower, had produced a record 91.53 MT in the kharif (summer) season of 2011-12 crop year, while the total production stood at an all time high of 104.32 MT during the year. PTI

"As a consequence of this environmental vandalism, over 14,000 tribal people in one region alone will lose their homes and livelihoods, with many indigenous communities being forcibly removed and placed into so called 'rehabilitation centres' with no way to earn a living," it said. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the highlevel segment of the CoP-11 on October 16. The goal of CBD is bring biodiversity issues into the mainstream at different levels. Throughout the UN Decade on Biodiversity, governments are encouraged to develop, implement and communicate the results of national strategies for implementation of the Strategic PTI Plan for Biodiversity.



UP cancels Kanshi Ram holiday

Isro plans 58 missions NEW DELHI: ISRO plans to launch 58

LUCKNOW: Rivals BSP and the SP were in a confrontation

space missions, including sending spacecraft to moon and Mars, an exclusive satellite to keep a round-theclock watch on the country and deploy 500 transponders in the next five years. The space agency also aims to deploy its own version of the GPS by putting into orbit a constellation of seven satellites.

mode Saturday after the Akhilesh Yadav government cancelled the October 9 public holiday on the death anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram. The SP government late Saturday evening sent a missive to all district magistrates informing them of the cancellation of the public holiday, which had been announced by the Mayawati government in May 2007. The holiday was declared under the Negotiable Instrument Act 1881, making it mandatory for all state government offices and even banks to be closed.

Dabhol plant output down RATNAGIRI: The beleaguered Dabhol power plant is running at less than one-third its capacity as natural gas supplies have dipped despite the government giving it top priority in allocation of fuel. The 1,967 mega-watt station is producing only 630 MW electricity.The plant needs a total of 9.2 million cubic metres of gas per day.

BrahMos test successful

The missile has already been inducted into the Army and Navy, and the Air Force version is in final stage of trial. PANAJI: The Navy today successfully test-fired the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 300 kg, from a warship off the Goa coast. “The cruise missile was test-fired from guided missile frigate INS Teg — the Indian Navy’s latest induction from Russia off the coast of Goa early morning,” sources told PTI. They said the missile performing high-level manoeuvres successfully hit the target ship which was still on fire. The INS Teg, which has been built at the Yantar shipyard in Russia, had fired the missile successfully during pre-induction trials in Russia last year. The two remaining warships of the project namely INS Tarkah and INS Trikand will also be armed with the lethal missile in vertical launch mode. The two-stage missile, the first one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant, has already been inducted into the Army and Navy, and the Air Force version is in final stage of trial, a defence official said.

Insurance cos get tax notice NEW DELHI: The Finance Ministry has issued summons to about a dozen insurance firms seeking documents pertaining to sale of insurance policies and commission paid to their field associates as part of its probe into alleged service tax evasion of over `300 crore by them. Official sources said that firms including Birla Sun Life Insurance, ICICI Prudential, HDFC Life Insurance, MetLife Insurance and Reliance Life Insurance Company among others have been issued summons by Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence.

Militant shot dead in Meghalaya SHILLONG: Security forces have shot dead a Garo National Liberation Army militant in Meghalaya’s South West Garo Hills district in an encounter, the police said today. The slain militant identified as L Sangma was shot dead in an encounter at Salmanpara village with the security forces.A second militant surrendered before them.

When Meghalaya’s approached the house, the militants opened fire forcing the commandos to retaliate killing one of them. Another militant came forward to surrender and the third one escaped unhurt. An AK 47 rifle, about 40 rounds of ammunition, 5 detonators and important documents were recovered from the encounter site, police said. PTI

Chetia handover by December-end NEW DELHI: Top ULFA

While induction of the first version of BrahMos missile system in the Indian Navy commenced from 2005 with INS Rajput, it is now fully operational with two regiments of the Army. The air launch version and the submarine launch version of the missile system are in progress, he said. The Army has so far placed

orders for the BrahMos missile to be deployed by three regiments of the Army and two of them have already been inducted operationally. The MoD has also given a go-ahead to Army to induct a third regiment equipped with the missile system to be deployed in Arunachal Pradesh. PTI

leader Anup Chetia, currently lodged in a jail in Bangladesh, is likely to be handed over to India by the end of this year. This indication was given by Dhaka saying the procedure to repatriate Chetia was underway, a senior government official told PTI. Last week, Bangladesh Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, soon after taking charge of the portfolio, had said his country was

exhausting all legal procedures to hand over Chetia. The repatriation process of ULFA ‘general secretary’, who has served out his imprisonment in Bangladesh, began “several months ago and is yet to be completed”. He was arrested in 1997 and is under detention on completion of his seven-year jail term for cross-border intrusion, carrying fake passports and illegally keeping foreign currencies. PTI

Parents of paramilitary men to get ex-gratia NEW DELHI: In a relief for parents of paramilitary troopers killed during duty, the Union home ministry has made it mandatory for forces to give a portion of the ex-gratia to them apart from the jawan’s spouse. The country’s largest paramilitary force and the mainstay of antiNaxal operations, CRPF, has started the practice of disbursing this ‘risk fund’ amount in such a manner. The home ministry has now asked all the forces to evolve a uniform mechanism in this regard, as till now the ‘next of kin’ of a married trooper, which is the spouse in most cases, used to get the funds in case of death on duty. The step was taken after numerous cases of spouse and parents tussle over the claim on ex-gratia amount were reported in forces like CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF, SSB and NSG.

THE STEP WAS TAKEN AFTER NUMEROUS CASES OF SPOUSE AND PARENTS TUSSLE OVER THE CLAIM ON EX-GRATIA AMOUNT WERE REPORTED IN FORCES. According to the new mechanism devised in the CRPF under its last chief K Vijay Kumar, in case of death in action, of the total `15 lakh ex-gratia, parents will get `4 lakh while the spouse will get `11 lakh. In other causes like accident, the parents will get `4 lakh while the spouse will get `8 lakh. Similarly, on death due to any reason including disease, the troopers’ parents will get `2.5 lakh while the spouse or the next PTI of kin will get ` 5.5 lakh.



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Israel shoots down ‘drone’ The Israeli air force shot down an unarmed, unidentified drone after it entered the country's airspace. JERUSALEM: The Israeli air force shot down an unarmed and unidentified drone on Saturday after it entered the country's airspace from the Mediterranean Sea, an army spokesman reported. “An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was found in the Israeli airspace this morning, and was intercepted by the IAF at approximately 10 am," a source said. Soldiers were searching the area where the drone was downed, in open areas in the northern Negev, to locate and identi-

fy it, the source added. Army radio said that the aircraft was not carrying explosives. It quoted a military spokesman as saying troops responsible for monitoring "acted as they should have done after spotting the drone following its intrusion into Israeli airspace." Lt Col Avital Leibovich told reporters: "This drone was spotted over the Mediterranean in a sector near the Gaza Strip before entering Israeli airspace, where the air force followed AFP it."

An Israeli army helicopter searches for the remains of an unarmed and unidentified drone in the northern Negev on Friday which the Israeli air force shot it down after entering the country's airspace from the Mediterranean Sea.




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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has stashed $181 million into his reelection account to cheer supporters after his limp debate performance, but several polls show movement towards Republican Mitt Romney. Obama's camp Saturday announced its biggest monthly haul of the 2012 race with its September fundraising figures, a day after supporters got another fillip with news that the US unemployment rate

dipped below eight percent. Yet there were signs that Republican Romney's confident debate joust with the president was softening support for Obama in the battlegound states that will decide who will control the White House for the next four years. In Gallup's daily poll, Romney cut the president's lead from 49 to 46 percent, and other national polls and state surveys showed movement to the Republican, who appeared before 6,000 people in AFP Florida on Saturday.



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ow that’s something. I have learned the story of the old man who planted trees for the good of the generations to come, but here is someone who lives such a life. Ten million trees in 30 years! Daripally Ramaiah is on a mission, a mission on which we all should join him. Mohan Thomas Hitech City

EDITORIALS HARROWING Haryana News from Haryana is harrowing to tell the least. On Saturday was reported the tenth case of rape in less than a month. That’s a very serious number which points to many aspects of the state that give cause for concern. A couple of weeks ago, came the chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s assurance to the media that the law and order situation was normal. Reports say when this press conference happened, elsewhere a minor was gang-raped. Last month, we learned of the sad story of a man who committed suicide unable to bear the shame when an MMS clip of daughter being gang-raped by 12 men was circulated. The police, it seems, took action, after the death of the man. His body remains in the morgue, as his wife and daughter refused to claim it till they get justice. Is it not the lackadaisical attitude of the police of that state that makes these demons dare to perpetrate such bestiality? Had the police been more sharp in hunting down these men devoid of feelings remotely human, it would have been a deterrent. But the truth is those who are supposed to protect could care less. They get their pay, over the board and under, and they are happy. Who cares a straw for these unfortunate ones?

WHY WE LOVE... Salman Khurshid Salman Khurshid can be really witty sometimes. Rejecting the demand for a probe into the allegations levelled by IAC’s Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan, he dubbed the allegations were”bankrupt ideas of a stillborn party”. Perhaps that he was reacting to the news on sidelines of a literary festival was what that triggered this sort of reaction.

ima Kallingal is a stunning actress. But I think it’s very unfair to compare her to Vidya Balan and the like because the latter works in an industry that has a larger audience. Drawing comparisons between artists is foolish and more so between actors. Surya Krishnamoorthy Via email

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hat man Chris Gayle is one heck of a guy. He has no airs, no pretences and true to the Jamaican way, he wants to have a blast all the time. The bunch of weirdos on the WI board that barred him from playing for so long must be shot. Oppan Gangnam G(a)yle. Rishi Raj Via email

A diva called Devi From the hip SYED SHOAIB


ho is your favourite actress?” is a regular question tossed at a male film addict. Sridevi is in a class of her own — whether in reel or on a hiatus. Despite having watched the likes of Madhubala, Asha Parekh, Meena Kumari, through Madhuri Dixit, Kajol and Divya Bharati (who reminded me of Sridevi) right up to Vidya Balan, Tabu, Kangana Ranaut and Sameera Reddy, there’s an awe and aura this ravishing actress evokes across generations. Sridevi is different. As she celebrates the sweeping reviews of her comeback movie English Vinglish, I remember the diva that remained in my mind (and not memory) during the last 15 years. There are other South-born Bollywood stars charismatic like her — Hema Malini, Rekha, Jaya Pradha… But Sridevi, with her ice maiden image and pervading screen presence is unique. Years ago, when I met her at the inauguration of Vastrabharan, a saree exhibition in Bangalore (inaugurated by Jaya Bachchan this year with reports on her arrogance), I was shocked to listen to her child-like talk not in sync with her facial expressions. Compare this with her perfect lip synchronisation with fluid body language onscreen. Just an hour with her and you are sure that acting is her only forte; she looks uncomfortable otherwise. Compare this with the aesthetics of Hema Malini, warmth of Jaya Pradha, deep husky voice of Rekha, snobbish outlook of Shabana Azmi and intelligence of Karishma Kapoor during press meets and you are bound to admire Sridevi for her sheer jugglery on screen. Sridevi’s French co-star in the acclaimed English Vinglish Mehdi Nebbou says he found her reticence and quietude during shooting, very charming. Says R Balki, the producer of the film, “It was really a curious contradiction, on screen Sridevi was

playing a really talkative woman. But once the camera was turned off, she was really reserved.” In our younger days, mothers of young men would curse Sridevi as ‘mudevi’ (a southern swear word) as their sons wiled away money and time watching their damsel croon on screens from tiny tents to huge halls. And as Kamal Hassan indirectly addressed her ‘paavi’ (another swear word) in the 1982 Tamil hit Vaazhve Maayam song Devi Sridevi, they enjoyed it. As an ardent fan, I condoned when she got a cosmetic nose, reacted confusedly to reports on her secret marriage to Mithun Chakraborthy and condoled when her mother Rajeswari Ayyappan died of a botched up brain surgery in the US. Even during the bad press phase of her husband Boney

Kapoor’s first wife Mona Kapoor’s death due to cancer in March 2012, Sridevi maintained a dignified silence. But when her teenage daughter Jhanavi was being rumoured to get into films, she spoke out. The usually quiet Sridevi clarified how her elder daughter accompanies her regularly to the gym only to maintain herself and how she would wants her children to marry and settle down, rather than get into acting. In the same interview, Sridevi recalled how she was forced into acting at a young age and never quite understood much of the talent appreciation that comes her way. Kandan Karunai (1969), Julie (1975), Moondru Mudichu (1976), Meendum Kokila (1981), Moondram Pirai (1982) and Kshana Kshanam (1991) were done with equal innocence and poise as were Sadma (1983),

Nagina (1986), Mr India (1987), Chandini and Chaal Baaz (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khuda Gawah (1992) and Judaai (1997). When Sridevi’s comeback attempt through a television serial as Malini Iyer in 2007 fell flat, many of her ardent fans were heartbroken. But today, if you want to know what patient fans can do for a screen idol, visualise this. Rajan Naidu, a resident of Andheri East booked an entire theatre for friends and relatives for the star’s latest release. Next August 13, Sridevi will be 50. Despite her pout that is an indication of her introvert nature and difficulty to mingle with others, she looks Khushi (as she has christened her second daughter) and at peace with herself. It is this contentment that reflects in her nearly perfect pearly smile!



Rosneft to spend $18 bn


Cameron to veto EU budget?

ussia’s state oil company Rosneft plans to spend $18 billion on its refinery infrastructure over the next three years, a report said on Saturday after the company’s chief met with investors. The oil company unveiled a $25 billion programme to modernise its Soviet-era refineries, Interfax news agency reported, quoting data given by Rosneft.

Ecuador to appeal ruling



ritish PM David Cameron threatened to veto the EU budget, telling The Sunday Telegraph newspaper he would not stand for “outrageous” attempts to hike it up. As his Conservative Party’s annual conference was about to get underway in Britain’s second city Birmingham, Cameron said he would block the budget if it was not in Britain’s interest.

cuador said Saturday it will appeal a ruling declaring it must pay $1.77 billion to Occidental Petroleum as compensation for canceling a contract with the American oil giant. The ruling was released on Friday by the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, which is a branch of the World Bank.

Do freebies work in selling property? Thanks to the higher base price and proportionately better purchasing power of the clientele, developers can afford to up the ante on the add-on offerings.



he type of marketing strategies that Indian developers employ to sell their products in a tough market may often seem strange to property marketers in other countries. Nevertheless, these marketing strategies are based on a deep understanding of their target clienteles, which are as variegated as the Indian real estate market itself. In India, the aspirational quotient cannot be under-estimated and can often be capitalised upon. Certain add-on offerings — or ‘freebies’ — often appear to have no logical connection to the actual considerations property buyers would have. However, they in fact address well-researched ‘points of attraction’ within their targeted customer base. This dynamic is especially true in the case of the noveau riche class of buyers, but can apply equally to customers coming from established wealth. In India as in most other countries, a plush foreign car is a valid external manifestation of the level of ‘arrivedness’ that a buyer of a luxury home wishes to portray in the first place. Likewise, gold is a highly accepted and coveted asset of appreciation that appeals directly to the Indian senses. Foreign travel still maintains sufficient glamor to attract attention as a valueadded offering packaged into a property deal. Often, such offerings meet with a level of success that foreign market analysts are challenged to explain. This is because they are pertinent to a

FREEBIES WORK IN THE MID-INCOME SEGMENT ONLY IF THEY ACTUALLY ADD VALUE TO THE PROPERTY OR LIGHTEN THE FINANCIAL BURDEN ON THE BUYER. highly individualistic national psyche, and are usually played out at times of the year when the country’s property buying sentiments are at their traditional peak.

Not all of these incentives hit the mark, because not every type of buyer can be tempted with ‘freebies’. The Indian middle-class is a highly price-sensitive one, and the current buzzword in this market segment is ‘correction’. These buyers, who are on the market for homes costing between `35-75 lakh, have an eagle eye on the final bottom line and have been primed for a possible reduction in prices. In fact, such a reduction has been long awaited in the primary cities. Given the high demand for mid-income homes in cities such

as Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Delhi-NCR, whether such a correction will come at all is a big question mark. In most cases, developers have the financial wherewithal to stay firm on their official market prices. They see little sense in marking down their price tags and possibly signalling what, from the buyers’ perspective, is a long overdue correction. The alternative strategy is often to announce incentives. However, because the base pricing of the units in these projects reduces their margins, these incentives tend to be far from extravagant. For instance, a hi-fi sound system or a microwave oven as an inducement to buy a 2 BHK in the suburbs of Mumbai is unlikely to work for a budgetconscious buyer who is more concerned with how much the EMIs will impact the family budget. Freebies only work in the mid-income housing segment if they actually add value to the property or lighten the financial burden on the buyer in some way. Conversely, the marketing tactic of offering lifestyle-oriented freebies is often quite effective when it comes to high-end premium homes. Thanks to the considerably higher base price and the proportionately better purchasing power of the target clientele, developers can afford to raise the ante on the add-on offerings. In cases where there are two or more luxury home projects of more or less equal attractiveness in a single location, these freebies can become very decisive differentiators. High networth buyers evaluating all available options often respond to the cake with better icing, given that they intend to buy one cake or the other anyway. The author is the head (marketing), Jones Lang LaSalle India



New green wave: Biorefining PARIS: Biorefineries and “green chemistry” seem to have a credible future built on a wide range of applications such as cosmetics, plastics and detergents. The rise of the price of oil and increasingly restrictive health legislation covering dangerous products are giving a boost to green refining. Some “green chemistry” factories, a few of which exist in France, break down organic molecules found in wood, grain, and oil seeds, instead of using molecules derived from refined oil. “The regulatory constraints are such that, together with the current cost of oil, it is already interesting for lubricants, resins and paints,” said professor Daniel Thomas, vice president of the IAR competitivity centre. He was referring to the use of vegetable material in the refining process. The European Commission directive known as Reach, which is due to result in a ban or drastic regulation of some chemical products such as phthalates, also opens the way to economically viable options for the use of other molecules derived from vegetable matter, leaders in the field meeting underlined. But this switch towards a chemical industry based on products from agriculture or forestry raises other problems: the use of land for purposes other than producing food could be a factor behind a rise of the prices of grains and vegetable oils and therefore of a large slice of what people eat. These concerns recently put the brakes on the trend in France and possibly even more so throughout Europe concerning the first generation of products using the eatable part of plants. AFP



Ziba Bhagwagar and Roohi Dixit, founders of an all-woman film production house Zero Rules, believe in addressing creativity on their own terms.

Looking at the bigger picture

SUNORY DUTT Zero Rules is an interesting name for a production house… All creative people come to a point when they want to create their own perspective. We had spent a few good years in advertising, working on a gamut of films as assistants to National Award winning director VK Prakash. Then in 2003 we felt the time was right to take that separate flight. We wanted to create our own little eco system and our unique work ethos. We had a similar vision, a great friendship to foster that, and a great desire to be independent woman filmmakers. In order to make your own rules, you have to forget the ones that are so ingrained in you. If you understand that, everything becomes fun, and that’s the novelty of life itself. Two cups of really strong black coffee, and we had a production house called Zero Rules!

What were your families’ reactions on your venture? Everyone, and we mean everyone — our parents, our spouses, our friends, our well wishers were thumbs up all the way. The support matters because everyone pitches in when a production is in process. Being a woman also means having four arms at all points in time. You want fresh flowers at home, you want to counsel your family when required, you have to make sure that the house runs without hitches, car pools are organised, client calls are taken, creativity is flowing, so you are in all four directions all the time. Everyone respects that.

Does being an all-woman production house work in or against your favour?

There are moments when it actually works against us. It is limiting. We become the minority in so many ways, we are an all women production house, and we are an independent one at that, meaning we don’t have a series of directors with different skill sets to execute different kinds of films. Often we are told that it doesn’t make any business sense. We are okay with that so far. Less is more for now. As long as we still get to make our films. There is a small window of the kind of films we do not touch, we are filmmakers, and there is a sense of social responsibility we work by.

From over a hundred ads/campaigns to your credit, which have been the most memorable? The public service campaigns that we do. Even though the money isn’t great and sometimes none at all, it’s just the fact that we can use our talent to contribute in some small way. And the whole crew who work on these campaigns work with

Filmmaking is an extremely exciting, high pressure field. So many experiences, ups and downs, disasters and triumphs happen in a single day on shoot. that feeling so it makes it special. Maybe as a campaign the one for Greenpeace was a memorable experience because we got to interact and direct people that we hold in very high regard. People like Shyam Benegal, Om Puri, Nandita Das, Vinay Pathak etc. Filmmaking is an extremely exciting, high-pressure field. So many experiences, ups and downs, disasters and triumphs happen in a single day on shoot. It’s the relationships that are formed in the process that are important to us. The long working hours, the stress factors,

nights and days and nights again spent in studios make people form strong bonds. We have met some of the most fantastic people while working on numerous of these projects. Musicians, writers, art directors, cinematographers, sound engineers, singers, dubbing artists, editors, spot boys, line producers, assistants and some very good human beings. Everyone has a story to tell; once you get past the fact that everyone is doing his or her job. That is the most fascinating aspect of filmmaking. Our TV commercial for Nutrine won silver at the Chennai Ad Club Awards in 2005. But the greatest reward in our line of work is when a client appreciates the work we’ve done for them and calls us back from their next campaign.

Zero Rules has done campaigns for prestigious organisations like USAID, Unicef, Greenpeace, Apollo Healthcare etc. and tackled some delicate topics like male sterilisation, IUD and aids

awareness among others. As women was it a challenge doing them? Public service films have become somewhat our forte and we like working on them. We feel that in some small way we are raising awareness and therefore a means for change. Maybe being women the organisations believe we will be more sensitive towards these topics and with the people on shoot. So it’s not at all a challenge for us. In fact, we totally enjoy the process.

What’s Zero Rules working on currently? We’re developing our documentary on women empowerment and the lives of women in modern India, and trying to raise funds for it. We’re really excited about this project because it’s close to our hearts being women ourselves as well as the fact that it’s something we are creating on our own. To view Zero Rules’ work visit: zerorulesfilmhouse




At 71, N Krishnamurthy boasts of 52 years of racing experience; meaning, his first visit to a racecourse was as a 19-year-old. The love he has for animals is obvious in the passion with which he speaks about them while sharing his rich knowledge with us. M ANIL KUMAR

Syed Shoaib


rom being the prerogative of rajahs and maharajahs in the 1950s to the addiction of the average citizen with a streak of gambling in them, Indian horseracing has come a long way. Earlier, racing was more of a sport, now it has become very competitive, involving big money. Lakhs of rupees are rolled in a race today, while it used to be in thousands then. Handicap races have given way to races based on categories that comply with international standards. A fat 40 per cent of the winning money has to be given away as tax to the government today. The large figure is leading to black money playing a big role in events at the turf club. “I would say, the horserace industry used to be just 2 per cent of what it has become today,” says the grand man, who at one point in time owned as many as 40 horses. The quality of racehorses in the country has improved over the years because of cross-breed-

ing and improvement it facilities. The weather in India is very conducive for horse breeding. Being a tropical land, animals are not exposed to extreme climatic vagaries. “India is the only country in the world that has 365 race days in a year,” he says, but adds that this very aspect is the bane for their poor performance in international runs.

From the horse’s mouth n India is the only country with 365 race days a year n Jockey Aslam Khader won all 7 of 9 races that he mounted in one day in Bangalore n Carley Umrigar once won a race after the saddle slipped off the horse’s back, again in Bangalore n Horse-floats or lorries are used to transport them across the different centres: Railways no longer offer this service

Fewer race days for the horse means more time in between for muscle and stamina buildup, while more races result in fatigue and lackluster performances. “Only a handful of Indiabred have made it big on the world platform. The last stallion that went to an international event from here was Spotlight after its fine performance at the Mahalaxmi racecourse in

Mumbai in the St Ledger cup. It participated in the Dubai races. And that was almost five years back,” says N Krishnamurthy recalling from a brilliant memory. Owning animals has become a very expensive affair these days, according to him. BTF, short for basic training fee, which has to be paid to train and maintain a horse, has climbed up to `10,000 a month,

His love for animals and birds is unconditional


his journalist expressed to Krishnamurthy his concern over eggs laid by pigeons in his house not being well taken care of. Some pigeons found the almost-unoccupied house a nice place to nest in. Only, they did not bother to build one. They laid their eggs on lofts in the house, resulting in most of the eggs rolling over and crashing onto the floor; many a time, fledglings too met the same fate. Compassion for the birds

was the reason he was putting up with them; the stench of their poop, mind you, can be terrible. In their careless ways of nesting, he saw an excuse in shutting them out of his house. “No you don’t,” tells Krishnamurthy to him. “But shouldn’t they build a nest before laying eggs?” says the journo, not wanting to give up. “Since you haven’t left any hay for them, you build a nest for them,” is the animal lover’s solution.

from `400 earlier. A while ago, he recalls, there used to be a restriction on whipping the horse to urge it on. “That was when Maneka Gandhi made a big thing of it. She termed it cruelty to animals. Now it is a forgotten subject,” he reveals. The lifespan of a horse can be understood best as a ration of an average human being’s life. One year of this handsome creation’s is equal to six years of the cleverest animal’s life. The prime physical strength of a human would be in the age group of 18–30; a horse is at its best in its age of 3–5 years. Even in old age and also death the horse is useful to man. After serving their race term, horses are either sent to a stud farm to sire offspring or given away to the cavalry units of police and army. The best of them are used in polo games. The hide of horses make fine leather, bones are used in sugar factories and as fertiliser. Of all bio-events that horses contribute to, the worst is that of giving away their blood for its vitaminrich property.



A new fair in Istanbul

Dead Gaddafi in triplicate

ISTANBUL: A new modern and contem-

porary art fair is due to open next September in Istanbul in a vast former woollen mill in the centre of the city. ArtInternational Istanbul (VIP preview 14 September, 15-17 September 2013) will take place in the Hasköy Yarn Factory in the central Beyoglu district. The fair will coincide with the Istanbul Biennial next September.

ITALY: Three major artists — Jenny

Saville, Yan Pei-Ming and Luca del Baldo — have chosen the corpse of the deposed Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, as the subject matter for paintings, with Luca del Baldo’s work due to go on show in Italy in December. Rebel forces captured Gaddafi in October last year after months of conflict across Libya.

Guess Jeans to open art space LOS ANGELES: The co-founder of Guess Jeans, Maurice Marciano, is planning to open a contemporary art foundation in Los Angeles. Marciano is said to be working with art adviser Kimberly Chang on plans for a 50,000 sq. ft centre, which will house exhibition spaces, a library and a studio for an artist in residence.

On a different path Thierry Gerard does not shoot with a camera: he paints.



f all the men you hear say that perfection does not bother them much, you may trust Thierry Girard. That “perfect picture” that satisfies rules and conditions you will not find in this French photographer’s array of works. So you may trust him. “Life is worth living because it is not perfect,” he says. At the Alliance Francaise in Banjara Hills, a youngster asked Girard what makes a good picture. “I don’t know,” he said. In a way he might have been saying that you don’t need to know that to click a picture.


hite Mountain art is the body of work created during the 19th century by over four hundred artists who painted landscape scenes of the White Mountains of New Hampshire in order to promote the region and, consequently, sell their works of art. In the early part of the 19th century, artists ventured to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to sketch and paint. Many of the first artists were attracted to the region because of the 1826 tragedy of the Willey family, in which nine people lost their lives in a mudslide. These early works portrayed a dramatic and untamed

One proof of that is making allowances for intrusions, like the corner of a table jutting into the picture from the edge of the frame. Girard does not reset his frames that he sets on the tripod, but admits those disturbances. Each picture of Girard’s has aspects of a painting, an art that he confesses to draw inspiration from immensely. Hence the tripod and he never looks through the view finder when he clicks pictures. He sets the frame and waits for something to happen in the frame and when something interesting happens, he clicks. So he does not shoot pictures: he makes a painting with a click. Girard prefers the field camera to the digital ones. “I use digital for some commitments (I have a Canon 5D), but I still consider that the results are still better with a 6 x 7 or a field cam-


era,” he explains. “But above all, this is the way to take pictures I dislike: too quick, too easy and a bulk of not so good pictures.” Girard is like a traveller, or to be more precise, a seeker. “I seek landscapes that give me something,” he says as he tries to express what he is seeking. “Cleverness.” A little later he says, “Comprehension.” What’s more fascinating about his pictures are the way it’s shot and the story most of them have to tell. After the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, he was commissioned by the French cultural centre in Japan for a photo project. While the rest of the horde focussed on the devastation wreaked by the tsunami, Girard went after signs and symbols of resilience and hope. “The picture of the stone erection on a roadside in Tohoku

with the debris of a boat at one corner of the picture symbolises hope and resurrection for me,” he said. Apart from Japan, Girard’s been to India and China. His journeys are inspired by books. He had the urge to visit China after reading a book by Victor Segalen. Pierre Loti’s book took him to India and Homer’s Odyssey to the Mediterranean. Some have been random as drawing a line on the map of France and journeying through the places that the line touched. Girard’s journey started 30 years ago, when he was fresh out of college. “I thought I should become a writer; then a filmmaker; but it would require a huge set-up; then I picked up photography. In the streets of London I started and have been clicking pictures since.”

Serene and pristine During the first decades of the nineteenth century, artists were drawn to the untouched beauty of north New Hampshire’s natural wonders. mountain wilderness. Dr Robert McGrath describes a Thomas Cole (1801–1848) painting titled Distant View of the Slide that Destroyed the Willey Family thus: “... an array of broken stumps and errant rocks, together with a gathering storm, suggest the wildness of the site while evoking an appropriate ambient of darkness and desolation”. The images stirred

the imagination of Americans, primarily from the large cites of the northeast, who travelled to the White Mountains to view the scenes for themselves. Others soon followed: innkeepers, writers, scientists, and more artists. The White Mountains became a major attraction for tourists from the New England states and beyond. The circula-

tion of paintings and prints depicting the area enabled those who could not visit, because of lack of means, distance, or other circumstance, to appreciate its beauty. In 1827, one of the first artists to sketch in the White Mountains was Thomas Cole, founder of the style of painting that would later be called the Hudson River School.



Carbon tax in Australia

80 polar bears throng village


eft behind by traditional Inupiat hunters, whale remains this year attracted up to 80 bears a day to the village—a record, according to the Alaska Dispatch news site. It is also touted to be a possible side effect of the great Arctic melt. The predators have learned to arrive at North Slope Eskimo communities just before the hunt and whet their appetites by gnawing last year's whale bones.

acing a future as one of the places on Earth most vulnerable to climate change, and one of the nations with the world's highest per capita carbon emissions, Australia has taken steps to change its fate. This week the government issued its first ever carbon emissions permits, a milestone in implementation of a new climate and energy law.

Polar ice update



his week the government issued its first ever carbon emissions permits, a milestone in implementation of a new climate and energy law that is expected to give Australia the world's most comprehensive carbon cap-andtrade system by 2015. The near-record ice melt occurred without the unusual weather conditions that contributed to the extreme melt of 2007.

Electric car losing charge The fledgling electric car business is in turmoil as predictions about potential sales have proven to be wildly optimistic despite volatile fuel prices and plenty of media hype. Joseph Szczesny


eak consumer demand is hitting both the big automakers like General Motors and Nissan — which have failed to meet sales targets on the plug-in Volt and all-electric Leaf — and smaller start-up firms trying to carve out a piece of a very small niche. “Electric vehicles don’t make any more sense today than they did in 1912,” says Sean McAlinden, an analyst with the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “They take too long to charge, the range is too short and they cost too much.” Electric cars face stiff competition from hybrids and improved fuel efficiency in conventional vehicles as automakers update their fleet to meet tougher government standards. Toyota recently announced plans to drastically scale back the release of

its all-electric eQ and Honda has limited the release of its Fit EV to 1,100 US customers over the next two years. The Chevy Volt — which can switch over to a regular gasoline engine once the battery runs out of juice — is by far the most successful electric car in the United States. After a slow start, Volt sales have tripled this year with help of discounted leases and a decision by California to allow them in fast-moving carpool lanes on the state’s clogged freeways. As fuel prices rise, consumers have been far more attracted to Toyota’s Prius hybrid, which saw sales double this year to 183,340 vehicles. Sales of the all-electric Leaf — which has a maximum range of 73 miles (117 kilometers) — are down 28 per cent to just 5,212 vehicles in the United States this year despite a major marketing push. Nissan — which is preparing to open a new assembly for electric vehicles


in Tennessee — is falling well short of CEO Carlos

Ghosn’s ambitious goal to double Leaf sales for fiscal 2013. Only two years ago, the Boston Consulting Group predicted electric vehicle sales could reach five per cent or roughly 4 million to 5 million vehicles of the industry’s total global sales volume by 2020. Now they are saying electric vehicles might represent just three per cent of total global sales. While the big automakers can cushion their massive investments in electric vehicles with sales of conventional cars, the painfully slow growth and the difficulties in adapting electric technology to the tastes of modern motorists have posed huge challenges for startups. Tesla Motors is falling behind in its efforts to produce a sleek new electric vehicle, the electric vehicle start-up company spawned by Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk acknowledged in a recent regulatory filing. Tesla was able to raise $128 million by selling new

shares of common stock and Fisker Automotive also raised $100 million in new capital last month despite problems with the launch of its extended range electric vehicle, the Karma. Tony Posawatz, Fisker’s third chief executive officer since February, acknowledged the company made mistakes but dismissed a crushing review by Consumer Reports, which described the Karma’s design as flawed. “Customers do like these cars,” said Posawatz, a former GM executive who had been responsible for bringing the Volt to market. Fisker has sold more than 1,000 Karmas, which cost $103,000, since the car went on sale last December. Posawatz also predicted the technology for electric and extended range electric vehicles will catch on. “It took 10 years, but the Prius is the best-selling vehicle in California,” he said at a recent meeting of the Automotive Press Association in Detroit. AFP



Men becoming chocoholics?

Colourful honey

Although much of the marketing has been aimed at women — including the roll-out of girly chocolate bar Crispello by Cadbury — men are increasingly becoming chocoholics, according to Kantar Worldpanel data. The number of times blokes eat chocolate has risen 10.5% year-on-year compared with a 4.5% hike among women, says the study.

Beekeepers in France have seen their honey turn shades of blue and green after bees ate residue from a nearby M&M factory. It was discovered that a biogas plant 2.5 miles away was the main offender. It has been processing waste from a nearby Mars plant which produces the small sweets with red, blue, green, yellow and brown shells.

The Foodist Unplugged, now online Andrew Josef’s food column, The Foodist, now has a new home on Check out his culinary raves and rants as he guides you through the Thai Pavilion, talks about his dish of the week, and one awful disaster. Check it out.

Bake your Christmas cake and eat it too! It’s that time of the year again. Time to put on your chef’s hat and mix your way to the perfect Christmas cake. With pre-Christmas cheer filling the air, the City is gearing up for the cake mixing season. Postnoon News


f you are looking to cook the perfect traditional Christmas cake, then now is the right time to start mixing. Getting the Christmas cake right is not a cake walk and needs patience as one needs to wait for months to get the mix right. The alcohol content that you add to the mix needs the right amount of time to mature and extra rum needs to be added at regular intervals. We bring you the guide to a mouth-watering Yuletide cake.

Ready, steady, mix


To usher in the festive season, an elaborate cake-mixing ceremony was arranged at Novotel Hyderabad Convention centre, where corporate guests, the hotel associates, senior management team and the in-house guests were seen actively taking part.The hotel staff led everyone to the mixing table as it is a tradition at the hotel to welcome the festival season with a fruit soaking ceremony ahead of Christmas. A large vessel was set with candied ginger strips lining the bottom, and huge trays filled with fruit lined the table. Wine, rum and whiskey were flowed freely to soak the fruit in.

CHRISTMAS C AKE RECIPE Ingredients Flour 500gms Sugar 500gms Mixed fruit essence 5ml Eggs 10 Butter 500gms Baking powder 10gms Caramel colour 50ml Ginger juice 15ml Garam masala powder 15gms (Cardamom, cinnamon and cloves, 5 gms each) Mixed dry fruits 1250gms (Cashew nuts 500gms Raisins 350 gms Dates 100gms Walnut 100gms Figs 100gms) Orange peel 50gms Candied ginger 50gms

Rum Brandy

200ml 200ml

keep aside. n Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, Add the mixed fruit essence into the bowl. n Then gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition so the mixture doesn't curdle. n Fold in sieved flour and mix. Add mixed dry fruits, ginger juice, caramel colour, garam


n Chop all the dry fruits. Put the dried fruit and peel in a bowl and mix well with rum and whiskey. Soak them for a month in an airtight container. n Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Sieve the flour with baking powder and

EXPERT ADVICE While mixing dry fruits with liquor, ensure that you wear gloves and avoid mixing them with your hands. Ensure that you don’t add butter, eggs and sugar together in one go. Mix one by one, beating well after each addition. Nagaraj Saudari

Raisins and eggs should be at room temperature. They need to be fresh. One shouldn’t be using old eggs. Fruits and nuts should be rubbed in flour before adding them into the mix. Chef Mandaar The Park

masala powder and mix well. n Pour the cake batter into the greased tin and bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes. n Remove and turn to cool. n Decorate the cake with Christmas decorative items and serve. Nagaraj Saudari Executive Chef, Aditya ParkA Sarovar Portico Hotel



Aditya Sarovar Park and The Park are also getting ready for their respective cake-mixing events. These events are followed by a gala party with dancing and lunch, where the guests catch up with each other. The cake-mixing events at The Park will be held soon and the one at Aditya Sarovar Park is in November.

Things to keep in mind while mixing the cake batter


Before baking, place a tin at the bottom of the oven with two pints of water in it. This will keep the air moist in the oven and will produce a better cake. Use an oven thermometer to check the heat in the oven ever so often during baking.



To test if the cake is done, press the top lightly with your little finger. If it springs back into place the cake is cooked. You could also insert a skewer into the centre and if it comes out clean, it should be cooked. However, the first method using your fin-

ger is more reliable. After baking and when the cake is cool, sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of brandy or other alcohol over the cake. If you don't drink alcohol, use orange juice as a substitute. Store the cake in two layers of greaseproof

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paper, followed by a layer of foil and place it in an airtight container. Store until you are ready to ice the cake. The flavours will develop during storage. Sprinkle some more juice over the cake occasionally during storage if you think it is drying out.




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ravellin g throug h India is as much a culinary journey as it is a physical one. As landscape and language changes, the ubiquitous biryani, that aromatic mixture of meat, spices and rice, too undergoes a transformation, a true representative of our country’s diverse unity.



Biryani, or as it is better known, ‘biriyani’, is everywhere in Chennai. Roadside stalls churn out plates and plates of the spicy delicacy and boy, does it taste good! Though purists may believe that dum cooking and layering the meat and rice is required to make an authentic biryani, the hearty and masala-rich Madras biryani is the perfect Sunday lunch. Apart from the chicken and mutton varieties, which come topped with a boiled egg and served with raita and brinjal curry, the vegetarian biryani is also a fairly good choice.


The other iconic biryani of India, Lucknowi biryani differs from the Hyderabad version in one main way — the meat and the rice are cooked separately and then layered. Though the pukka version has its staunch admirers, many still contend that it is a pulao, not a true biryani. Rich, slightly sweet and aromatic, the Lucknow biryani is known for its delicate flavours and aromatic rice. It is often considered to be India's introduction to this Mughal dish.



Come to think of it, it is just plain rice, a dish savoured by the Mughal emperors as it was by the Nizams in the south. But once the spices are put in, it takes a whole new form. In Delhi, it might seem to some as a pulao. Long-grained rice is cooked separately and the meat pieces separate, so all you have to do is mix the two together to get your flavour right. While some vouch by this, others who have had a taste of the Hyderabadi or the Lucknowi Biryani say otherwise.





Kozhikode ‘biriyani’, also known as the Calicut biryani, or the Thalassery biryani or the Malabar biryani is distinct in the way it’s prepared, as ghee is used in the cooking of rice. Also, nutmeg, mace, cloves, cinnamon, and cashew nuts which are locally grown are used aplenty in the cooking in this delicacy. You also get a slice of pineapple on the side and a boiled egg. Opinions vary, but for people of Kerala, this is ‘the’ biryani.


Mughlai cuisine has developed over the centuries as the nawabi legacy of Nizams of Hyderabad. Biryani is the most popular dish in the Hyderabadi cuisine, which emphasises the use of carefully picked ingredients and cooked to the right degree. The speciality of this biryani, which invariably is cooked with basmati rice, is that pre-cooked meat and rice are steamed together in layers.


The biryani that is available in Bangalore is unique in its own way. For starters, jeera rice is used by most people here and the number of vegetables that go into it would delight any dietician. Carrots, peas, plenty of spice-greens like coriander and mint give you the wholesome meal in just one dish. Finely chopped tomatoes too are added for that tangy taste.

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October 11

1968: Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, is launched into space with astronauts Walter M Schirra, Jr., Donn F Eisele and Walter Cunningham aboard.

October 8

1871: Great Chicago Fire breaks out, killing around 300 people and leaving 100,000 people homeless.

October 12

1492: Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reaches a Bahamian island, his first sighting of the New World.

October 9

1967: Guerilla leader Che Guevara, 39, is assassinated by the Bolivian army. His hands were cut off as proof of his death and his body buried in an unmarked grave.

October 12

1810: Bavarian Crown Prince Louis marries Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen and invites the citizens of Munich to celebrate the event. The festivities gave rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest.

October 10

2004: Actor Christopher Reeve, best known for his roles as Superman, dies of heart failure at the age of 52. He had been paralysed in a horse riding accident and had been confined to a wheelchair till his death nine years later.

October 13

1792: The cornerstone is laid for a presidential residence in Washington DC. The mansion, later called the White House, was first used by President John Adams in 1800.

October 10

1944: 800 gypsy children between the ages of 9 and 14 are gassed to death at Auschwitz, the notorious concentration camp in Poland.

October 14

1964: Civil rights activist Dr Martin Luther King Jr is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in the US. He donated the money to the civil rights movement.



Pre-Christmas cheer Cake mixing season is here again. And ladies made a beeline to Taj where they seen having a gala time mixing dry fruits and alcohol as chefs at the restaurant guided them through.


Hyderbadis turned out in droves at the Pink Ribbon Walk 2012 that was organised today at KBR park. The walk marks the beginning of International Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 1




Fun fiesta The young lot flocked to N-convention for Day 2 of the ‘Kingfisher Premium — The Great Indian Octoberfest’. They were high on energy as they grooved to the music and enjoyed the performances of bands like Eka, Afflatus, Lagori and Old Monk.


1 VVS Laxman 2 Sherry Zaveri 3 Rekha Reddy 4 Keravani 5 Amala Akkineni 6 Raghu Ram 7 Mohan Babu 8 Anurag Sharma 9 Katherine Dhanani 10 Dinaz


The perfect mix Wine, rum and whiskey flowed freely at the cake mixing do organised at The Park. Guests had a perfect afternoon mixing their way to a delicious Christmas cake.


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Krithi Kharbanda set to team up with

Ram K

riti Kharbanda has joined the cast of Bhaskar's upcoming film which is tentatively titled as Ongole Gitta. Ram is playing the lead role in the film. It's the second time that Bhaskar had to replace the film's lead heroine. Initially, Shubha Phutela had to opt out due to health issues which had made it impossible for her to shoot for this film and then the makers roped another actress named Nikita. Now, even she has been replaced and Kriti Kharbanda is going to be Ram's love interest. “I am quite excited about the film and I have already begun shooting for the film. I play a sweet vibrant town girl's role in the film,” Kriti Kharbanda said. The film's latest schedule began recently in Tanuku and major part of the film will be wrapped in the next few weeks. Director Bhaskar, who has been missing in action after Ram Charan starrer Orange, is said to be extremely focused on scoring a success with this film and it's also the first time he is exploring the milieu of areas like Guntur and Tanuku. BVSN Prasad is producing the film and GV Prakash is composing the music.


he theatrical release of Nagarjuna's upcoming film Damarukam has been postponed once again due to post production delays. Srinivasa Reddy has directed the film and Venkat had produced it under the RR Movie Makers banner. Initially, the makers were planning to release the film on October 11; however, the latest buzz is that the film is likely to release on October 19, if all goes well. Nagarjuna and Anushka have played the lead roles in this socio-fantasy film. The film's theatrical trailer has already become a huge hit and the extensive CGI in the film is making waves in the industry. The film is also the biggest budgeted film in Nagarjuna's career so far. Devi Sri Prasad has composed the music.

Damarukam postponed again?

Nani is thrilled with response for Makkhi S S Rajamouli's Makkhi, the dubbed version of Eega, has got a thumping response from the press after its screening in Mumbai. For the past few days, SS Rajamouli has been meeting several members of the press in Mumbai to promote the film, but he was totally caught offguard when he saw the response for the film during the screening. “Completed the screening of makkhi for press and trade with huge roar and applause. congratulations were unending. i was so overwhelmed that i cudn't speak properly. Just dazed but infinitely happy:) I thank everyone who wished out team from the bottom of my heart. THANK YOU..(sic),” Rajamouli posted on Twitter.

Nani, who was also present at the screening, was absolutely thrilled with the response. Talking to Postnoon, he said, “I had already seen the film 13-14 times in Telugu and Tamil. Moreover, I had my apprehensions about the final output since the quality of dubbing in most of the Telugu films dubbed in Hindi isn't that good. But I must say that Anuj Gurwara and his team have done a fabulous job. I didn't expect much when I went to Mumbai, but the response from the press was stunning. Honestly, I have never seen people clapping and cheering so much even in AP or Tamil Nadu.” The film is slated for release on October 12.



Ajay Devgn confident about success of 'Son of Sardar'


ctor-turned-producer Ajay Devgn, whose upcoming film Son of Sardar will be clashing with Shah Rukh Khan's Jab Tak Hai Jaan, is confident about his film doing well. Both the films are scheduled for release on November 13, coinciding with Diwali. "We are confident about it from beginning. It is an entertaining film. It is a superb film. The pace and the way he(director) has made the film is fabulous... so have confidence," Ajay said. The film, directed by Ashwini Dhir, stars Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla. Its competitor — Jab Tak Hai Jaan — will see filmmaker Yash Chopra's return after a gap of eight years.

B Prithviraj

to focus on B-town projects

uoyed by his comfort with Hindi and Bollwood's relaxed pace, southern star Prithviraj Sukumaran, who will soon be seen in Aiyyaa, is eager to find a firm foothold in Hindi filmland. “I want to go slow with southern movies. I will do one-two films a year. So, that means three months, and the rest of the time I want to give to my new found Bollywood career,” Prithviraj said. The actor, who hails from Kerala, has no particular genre in mind for his next Bollywood project. "I want to work in the genre that defines good cinema. Regardless of what the film is about, it should be a cinema which deserves to be made," he added. The 29-year-old made his debut in 2002 with the Malayalam film Nandanam and entered Tamil cinema with the 2005 release Kana Kandaen. After following strict

deadlines down south, he enjoyed the relaxed pace in Bollywood. "The process of filmmaking is the same, but in the south you always work according to a deadline. The day

Arjun promises 'magical' F1 after-parties H

e has plans to expand his nightclub business in Mumbai and Singapore, but for now, Bollywood actor and businessman Arjun Rampal promises "magical" evenings at his refurbished luxury club LAP for the second Formula One Indian Grand Prix later this month. No traffic woes, no distance worries — Arjun is ready to invite the glitterati to his LAP, at the Samrat Hotel in the capital. "We will create something magical. Ultimately it is about the aesthetics, it is about giving people a good experience, and for me, the most important thing is that whoever comes here, leaves with a smile on their face and feel it was worth it. I don't want them to say, 'Oh! The drive was too long to get in'. We want to get our back-end sorted," Arjun said. For the first F1 event, the official after-parties were held at the Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort in Greater Noida. IANS you announce the muhurat of the film, you announce the release date. So you give yourself a deadline and everything is hurried to meet that. IANS



Akshay wants Twinkle to see Oh My God


ctor Akshay Kumar, who is riding high on the success of his latest production venture Oh My God, is eagerly waiting for his wife Twinkle Khanna to watch the film. “My whole family has seen the play and everybody is a huge fan of it. That is when I decided to buy the rights and make the film. I am waiting for my wife to watch the film,” Akshay told IANS. “I have just been blessed with a daughter, so she is not yet ready to go to the theatres and watch it. I don’t want to make her watch it on a DVD so I am actually waiting for her to get well soon so that she can watch the film soon,” he added. The couple already have a 10-year-old son Aarav. Oh My God is based on a Gujarati play Kanji Virrudh Kanji and has Paresh Rawal in the lead role. The film is not only winning critical acclaim, but is also minting money at the IANS box office.

Bhoot Returns

not a comeback film: Manisha


ctress Manisha Koirala, who will be seen on the silver screen after a long gap in Bhoot Returns, doesn’t like to call it her comeback film. “I can’t really say it’s a comeback. In between, I did a couple of movies, like I did I Am and I finished two films, so I was working,” the 42year-old said Friday in an interview. “Yes, I was media shy, I was staying away from the public life of film industry and stuff like that and I was based out of India as well. So, it was a kind of break but it’s not like I had gone somewhere and now it’s a return of mine,” she added. Bhoot Returns is a sequel to the 2003 film Bhoot. The actress feels filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma definitely knows how to scare the audience. IANS


Subhash Ghai to make more films

ubhash Ghai has an annual bash on October 24, and this time, he will announce not one but four films that his production house, Mukta Arts, will be making in the

near future. Ghai has already begun work on one of his next films and was seen location hunting in London recently. While he was there, he met the Deols, who are on a

start-to-finish shooting schedule of Yamala Pagla Deewana 2. Ghai made good use of the opportunity and narrated a script which will feature all three Deols and they liked the idea.








TV star to play Anna Nicole


movie chronicling the life and death of Anna Nicole Smith is coming together. Private Practice star Agnes Bruckner has been cast as the late Playboy playmate, while Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau will play oil tycoon J Howard Marshall, who married Anna Nicole. The project, titled The Anna Nicole Story, also got a director today: American Psycho writer/director Mary Harron. The TV movie will follow Smith’s rise from a small-town girl in Texas to Guess Jeans model and Playboy star, as well as depict her marriage to the then 89-year-old Marshall. Smith, who was also the star of E!’s first reality series, died in 2007.



livia Wilde is on a mission to ensure that women across the world have the same basic needs met that many take for granted. The actress joins Eva Mendes, America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Meg Ryan and Gabrielle Union in the Half the Sky Movement, which has teamed up with the International Rescue Committee to illuminate issues that affect women globally. On an eye-opening trip to Kenya with Half the Sky last year, Wilde, 28, visited the Shining Hope for Communities organization and their Kibera School for Girls. “This was the most extraordinary school I’ve ever seen,” Wilde tells PEOPLE of Kibera, which provides students with tuition-free education and protection from the dangers of Kenyan slums. “I hope everyone will be as moved as I was and support this amazing organization.”

Justin cheers on Jessica I

t’s nice to see Justin Timberlake coming out to support fiancee Jessica Biel when she’s honoured at a big Hollywood do. What’s better, he makes sure not to steal the spotlight from the Total Recall star. JT avoided the red carpet at Variety’s annual Power of Women luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, where Biel was given Tiffany & Co’s Luminary Award for her work with Charity: Water. Presenter Jennifer Garner said, “I know Jessica to be a true girl’s girl.” In thanking Garner, Jessica said, “You’re one of those magical women who can be everywhere and do everything and make it all look so easy.”





1 Coil of yarn 6 Mexico’s Sierra — 11 Old tale 16 Crusted over 21 Hippie greeting 22 Majestic wader 23 Run — of the law 24 Fab Four member 25 Singers Hall and — 26 Was sincere 27 Hint 28 Sampan owner 29 Individual 30 Scouts unit 32 Flower oil 34 Max — Sydow 36 Pharm watchdog 37 — fu 39 Caught cold 41 Johanna Spyri girl 43 Nook or cranny 45 Scottish landowner 47 Change a bill 49 Garden implement 51 Scales, as a ladder 54 Schmoozes 55 Capricorn 56 Ponytail site 60 Hunters’ shelters 61 Hobby shop wood 62 Gauzy trap 64 Halter 65 Carried, as by wind 66 Watering place 67 Food wrap 68 By — — (barely) 70 Helpful PC key 71 Archaeological layers 73 Superior 74 Rio — (border river) 75 Fraud 77 ‘Sting like — —’ 78 Outwitted 79 Stopped up 80 Heston title role (2 wds) 82 Sand formations 83 Gas made by lightning 84 Went wild (2 wds) 87 Female deer 88 Iffy attempt 89 Mrs Nick Charles 93 AOL notes 94 Kipling poem ‘— Din’ 95 Dinner course 97 This, to Caesar 98 Ship of 1492 99 Ocean, in Mongolian 100 Shade providers 101 Tough fabric 103 Miller or Blyth 104 Puma 106 Kitchen tool 107 Built like bleachers 108 Simple toy (hyph) 110 Popular pets 111 Kind of explorer 112 Flags 113 Decided upon 115 Restful color 116 Get crowned 117 Coffee brewer’s need 120 Was bold enough 122 Reside 124 Boom box letters 128 ‘Wheel of Fortune’

buy (2 wds) 129 Bonfire residue 131 — nova 133 At — — (baffled) 135 Stadium cheer 136 More winsome 138 Rocker — Cooper 140 Firmly entrenched (2 wds) 142 Sluggish by nature 144 Carve a canyon 145 Full of cargo 146 In the company of 147 European capital 148 Soprano counterpart 149 Wield, as authority 150 Currycomb targets 151 Smart-alecky DOWN 1 Wraith 2 Reeves of ‘Speed’ 3 Wolfed down 4 Sherbet ingredient 5 Wren’s abode 6 ‘Just Kids,’ et al 7 Traditional (hyph) 8 Hang loosely 9 Stimpy’s buddy 10 James of the blues 11 Makes plumper

12 Scared 13 Piece of lumber 14 Jean- — Picard 15 Topo map info 16 Stretched to see 17 ‘— — for Alibi’ 18 Tarzan’s weapon 19 ‘Zounds!’ 20 Ladies of Spain 31 Surprise attacks 33 Iota preceder 35 Give an address 38 Senator-astronaut 40 Shaggy blossom 42 Weather map line 44 100 yrs 46 Pampas backdrop 48 Huge crowd 50 Chess piece 51 French clerics 52 Walk through puddles 53 About, datewise 54 Hindu social class 55 Injured at Pamplona 57 Go out with — — 58 Vanity 59 Lop- — bunny 61 Sounded sheepish? 62 Blackberry stems 63 Cut of beef 66 Moon track

67 Deep- — (abandons) 69 Uta — of films 72 Baja fast food choices 73 Peter of ‘Easy Rider’ 74 Library fixture 76 Be deserving of 78 Mushrooms, in botany 79 Pre-1917 despots 81 Soft purple 82 Kuwaiti cash 83 Web-footed animal 84 Compensate 85 PABA part 86 Tot watcher 87 Luau numbers 88 Villain’s smile 90 Chicago airport 91 ‘Today’ forecaster Al 92 Etching fluids 94 Silenced 95 Quick trip 96 Being very thrifty 99 Couples 100 Enameled metal 102 Reddish tint 105 Nose stimuli 106 Campus women 107 Follows 109 World Series mo 111 Now 112 Feels at home

114 Eavesdropper 115 Local merchant 116 Do a brake job 117 Aspect 118 Become acclimated 119 Pretend (2 wds) 121 Stay 123 Kid’s wheels 125 Mike of ‘Wayne’s World’

126 Plants with fronds 127 ‘Ahoy, —!’ 130 Hearty’s companion 132 Rodin sculpture 134 Close kin 137 Tokyo, once 139 Not stringent 141 ‘Pulp Fiction’ name 143 Teachers’ org PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER



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You will clear a major debt with which you will feel relaxed. Children will be reason for increased expenses and also minor tensions. Keep your cool and deal with the situation cautiously.

Financial position is a cause for concern as deficit likely. However, your self-confidence and courage levels are high which will make you act without hesitation and take bold decisions.

Your stock is set pile up. There are chances that enemies gain an upper hand and create trouble; be alert. Businessmen should be careful of partners as misunderstanding is likely.




Financial position looks very strong. Comforts are likely to increase. Your capabilities and approach will be sharp enough to complete all work with perfection. Minor tension likely at home.

All wishes will be fulfilled. Planned work will progress as per expectation and make cheer you. Those awaiting marriage will get good news soon. Ego clashes between couple will end.

Unexpected tension and worries likely. Employees must work hard to earn recognition and avoid ire of superiors. Promising opportunities likely for businessmen; don’t let these chances go.




You will complete all work without giving up even through hurdles and obstructions. Govt-related work will end favourably and without any delay. Court issue might get delayed.

Real-estate deals will be gainful. Kids will do well in studies and make you proud and happy. Businessmen might face minor tension and worries but soon all problems will be resolved.

All hurdles and delays will disappear. Planned work will take place within the stipulated time and make you happy. Efforts for purchase of house, land or vehicle can be initiated now.




Employees will work with perfection and discharge duties in time to the satisfaction of their superior and earn recognition. Your enemies will get irritated to see your growth; ignore them.

Tensions and worries will disappear. Your action, efficiency and approach will be so appropriate that you pluck the success fruit at all cost. All debts will get cleared and you finally relax.

Comforts are likely to increase but you will never forget the foundation from which you have come up. You will adopt the policy of Bhagavad Gita that whatever happens, happens for good.


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Eight of Cups – Spend some time in home maintenance and other housekeeping chores, which you otherwise find extremely boring. Clean up around you.

Eight of Pentacles – Learn a new language or pick up a new hobby that will open up your mind to new cultures and rituals. Keep your mind active all the time.

The High Priestess – You are paranoid about a plan you have made not working. Do not think negative. Sticking to your plan and being confident, works well.




The Magician – While cooking, experiment with the new. Try new sauces or new ingredients and get creative in the kitchen. You will be surprised.

Nine of Cups – You have to bury the hatchet and forget about old circumstances for which you have no use now. Move on and start afresh.

Nine of Wands – Put time and effort in things that are worth it. They should make you look at your surroundings and the people around you differently.




Queen of Swords – If you are feeling lonely and unable to talk to friends about a problem, take up a session with a psychologist. It feels good to talk it out.

Seven of Cups – Do not ignore any aches and pains that are stopping you from functioning normally. Consult a doctor and go through the prescribed tests.

Page of Wands – If there is a racket around you, you tend to become curious. By pretending to be not curious you might be missing out on something important.




Four of Swords – All your senses are very sensitive now. Creativity is heightened and you come up with out-of-the-box ideas and plans. Great time to work on the new.

Three of Pentacles – Do not take any drastic decisions right now. Simply cruise along and make sure you are not doing anything very different.

Ace of Pentacles – For you, the mantra is to work smart. But it will not work unless you also have an open mind to working hard. A combination of both is needed.





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man was granted two wishes by God. He asked for the best drink and the best woman ever. He was given mineral water and Mother Teresa. There are three kinds of men in this world. Some remain single and make wonders happen. Some have girlfriends and see wonders happen. Rest get married and wonder what happened! Wives are magicians. They can change anything into an argument. Why do women live a Better,

Longer & Peaceful Life, as compared to men? A very intelligent student replied: “Because Women don’t have a wife!” “Honey,” said this husband to his wife, “I invited a friend home for supper.” “What? Are you crazy? The house is a mess, I haven’t been shopping, all the dishes are dirty, and I don’t feel like cooking a fancy meal!” “I know all that.” “Then why did you invite a friend for supper?” “Because the poor fool’s thinking about getting married.”

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Anna Kendrick:

Kardashian wants next wedding on island

I lost my hair because of awards stress


f reality star Kim Kardashian and her current beau ever exchange wedding vows, she would like to have the ceremony on an island. The 31-yearold Kim, who is still legally married to basketball player Kris Humphries, insists her next nuptials will be a simple affair on a beach, reports With Humphries, Kardashian had a 72-day marriage, which began with a lavish ceremony that was taped for a reality TV special. She is sure she wants subtle celebrations now. “It had always been my dream to have a big wedding, and when people said that I’d made it over the top for the show, that was just me. I am over the top. But the next time, I want to do it on an island with just my friends and family and that’s it,” she told Tatler magazine. IANS


nna Kendrick has revealed that she found being up for awards in 2010 so stressful that she started losing her hair. The Twilight actress was nominated for several awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe for 2009 movie Up in the Air. Speaking on The Late Show with David Letterman, she said of her nominations: “It was a lot of fun but it was so stressful and I was so terrified, which was weird. I felt like, ungrateful or something. I felt like I shouldn’t be this stressed out. I felt like I was always gonna break out in hives. I managed to suppress that... but journalists would always be saying, ‘Aren’t you having the best time? Isn’t this the best time of your life?’ And logically I knew that it was, but my body was telling me that things were getting crazy and I was, like, losing my hair. I was pretty stressed out. And then on top of it, you’re getting put in these dresses and people are asking you, ‘What are you wearing?’ I just wanna sleep, that’s what I want.” Kendrick’s new film Pitch Perfect has been released in the US and will be in UK cinemas from December 21.

‘Hyderabad is lucky for us’ Amy Rose Thomas


hey are back in Hyderabad and this time, they are armed with an original Telugu number. Three-member, Delhi-based band Eka is famous among the Hyderabadis especially for those moments when they suddenly break into famous Telugu songs in their broken accents. Band members Benny, Hitesh and Lokesh have now gone a step further and composed an original Telugu number. “We have English, Hindi and Telugu mixed in the same song. We used a lot of Google translator and help from friends to get the words right. On the way to the venue, we sang to the taxi guy and he too helped us in pronouncing some of the words,” Benny says. While Hitesh was the lead guitarist with Euphoria, Benny played the keyboards for the same

band. Lokesh who is Hitesh’s cousin, had given up his corporate career to get into music. The new feather in their cap is the ‘best group award’ that they won at Artists Aloud Awards. “It was people’s choice so it was a great feeling to know that a lot of people are listening to our music and loving it,” Hitesh says. They also composed the anthem of the Hyderabad Oktoberfest this time around. “We had played for the Oktoberfest that was held in Bangalore last year. This is the first time that the fest is coming to Hyderabad,” Lokesh says. The band says Hyderabad has been lucky for them and it is the eighth time in the last two years that the band is returning to Hyderabad. “We love the people, the food and the people’s love for music. We realised that since we are doing so many songs in the region, why not compose a Telugu song for them,” Lokesh says.



Three players share lead

Rajapakse fine with Pak tour

Razzaq disappointed




Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge, Sweden’s Jonas Blixt and hometown hero Ryan Moore shared the lead after Saturday’s third round of the US PGA Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Blixt birdied six of the last seven holes, including a 28-foot birdie putt at the 18th, to fire a five-under par 66 while de Jonge birdied four of the last five holes to shoot a 66 and Moore matched them with a bogey-free 65.

he 2009 Lahore terror attack is yet to become even a distant memory but Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has reportedly given his consent to the country's cricket team touring Pakistan again. According to the Express Tribune, the President said that his government was ready to send the team to Pakistan. But made it clear that the final decisio-n rested with the two boards. He said it was up to them to sort out the dates and other intricacies.

he first signs of discontent in the Pakistan team after its ouster from the World Twenty20 have surfaced with experienced allrounder Abdul Razzaq expressing his disappointment at being dropped from the lost semifinal against Sri Lanka. Razzaq, who returned to his hometown Lahore, told the media at the airport that it was the unilateral decision of the captain to not play him although the team management thought differently.

A Gem in India’s crown

Andhra Pradesh’s Teja Pavan is one of 12 selected players from over 800 participants to train for a week in November at the Manchester United Football Club. G. Aparna Sai


pportunity knocks but once on the door, so make the best of the opportunities you get,” is a very popular saying and those who have paid heed to these words of wisdom, have certainly seen positive results. One person who has done the same is Andhra Pradesh’s Teja Pavan who is one among the 12 players selected from over 800 participants for a week long training at the Manchester United football Club, in November. The 16-year-old lad from Guntur is all excited about this chance and does not mince his words in expressing it. “During the selection

trials, I was initially very nervous. But I soon regained my confidence and believed I could do well. I got through the first selections at Hyderabad and for the finals, in Bangalore. From then on, there was no looking back. I am ecstatic about this opportunity to get trained at Man United,” he said. The silent boy that Teja is, he chose not to inform his family members about the selections. He informed them only

after he was among the final 12. “My family is happy for me. I do not know if they would have expected me to get selected or not as I did not inform them about the selections. I told them about the whole deal only after my place was confirmed,” the mid-fielder added. “Now I want to be among the top three footballers from the selected 12 as that would give me the opportunity to train with an Indian Club for a year.” Unlike in many households in our country, Teja was lucky to have parents who supported his passion for sports. His father, who was a power lifter, allowed him to leave his home town and come to Hyderabad, in his endeavor to pursue sports alongside his education. He is a student at the Andhra Pradesh Sports School in

Shamirpet, from 2008, which encourages students to excel in sports as well as studies. Teja’s tryst with the game began six years back when he decided to shift from athletics to football. Since then he has been passionate about the sport and has also played a few tournaments. He dreams of representing the country at the international arena. “It is my dream to representing India. As of now, the sport may not be as popular as cricket in our country but if sponsors come forward, then football can surpass many other games in terms of popularity,” the 12 grader said. Though he nurtures the dream of becoming a footballer, he also has another ambition. “Football is certainly my passion but I would also like to write the Civils exam and do something for the country,” says the footballer before signing off.

Hyderabad Selections

Don Valentino well prepared for Horse Owners Association Trophy HYDERABAD: S.A.Shehzad Abbas ward Don Valentino who has prepared well in the morning trials will be fancied in the A.P Race Horse Owners Association Trophy the feature event of Monday afternoon races here at Malakpet. 1st Race will start at 1-10 P.M.

1st Race: The Everest Plate (about) 2400 Metres, Cat-III. Selections: 1.Deccan Storm 2.Kohinoor Angel 3.Silver Lid 2nd Race: The Charminar Trophy (about) 1600 Metres, Cat-II. Terms: Selections: 1.Golden Rule 2.Royal Shaan 3.Suchiman

3rd Race: The Nalgonda Plate (about) 1400 Metres, Cat-III. Selections: 1.Sweety Girl 2.Cannon Ten 3.Kohinoor Adhira 4th Race: The Hovercraft Plate (Div-I) (about) 1100 Metres, Cat-III. Selections: 1.Exclusive 2.Elenor 3.Cannon Law

5th Race: The Star of Stars Cup (about) 1200 Metres, Cat-III. Selections: 1.Golden Adagio 2.Fopping 3.Travaldo 6th Race:The Hovercraft Plate (Div-II) (bout) 1100 Metres, Cat-III. Selections: 1.Street Magic 2.Greenbay 3.Kohinoor Destiny 7th Race: The A.P.Race Horse

Owners Association Trophy (about) 1600 Metre, Cat-I. Selections: 1.DonValentino 2.Golden Queen 3.Vijay Monarch 8th Race:The Cordon Bleu Plate (about) 1000 Metre, Cat-II. Selections: 1.Garibaldi 2.Elegant Approach 3.Vijay Kiran Days Best: Street Magic



Els predicts great things for leader Grace Branden Grace continued his domination of the Dunhill Championship adding a third-round 69 to move to 20-under par in the $5-million event.

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Cracking finals on offer Peter Hutchison

BEIJING: Novak Djokovic (above) brushed aside Florian Mayer in the China Open on Saturday to set up a final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (below), as Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka made it to the last two of the women’s event. The world number two Serb furthered his aim of finishing the year top of the ATP rankings with a simple straight-sets victory, maintaining his unbeaten record at the Beijing tournament that stretches back three years. Top-seed Djokovic defeated the 29thranked Mayer of Germany 6-1, 6-4 with the help of seven aces. The 25-year-old, second to Roger Federer in the rankings, has won the China Open on the two occasions he has entered — in 2009 and 2010 — and will aim to make it three out of three on Sunday. “There are no secrets between us,” Djokovic said of Tsonga. Djokovic leads Tsonga 7-5 in head-toheads, and has won all three of their meetings this year. “We have played a lot of important matches on the big stage. He’s a very powerful player, big serve, big forehand, and if that works, he can win against anybody on any surface,” he added. Tsonga marched into the final when Spain’s Feliciano Lopez retired during the second set of their match. The world number seven thrashed Lopez 6-1 in the first set and was 4-1 up in the second when the Spaniard called it a day, citing an injury to his wrist.

ing British Open champion Ernie Els predicts compatriot Branden Grace (right), and leader by four shots in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, to one day join him in capturing golf ’s oldest Major. Grace heads to the final round, and the chance of securing the $800,000 first prize four clear of Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen, who carded a 68 to move to 16-under par. US Ryder Cup player Dustin Johnson recorded a 67 on the Old Course at St Andrews to move to sixunder par and tied in 43rd place with Ryder Cup winner Martin Kaymer who added a 69 also at St. Andrews. Another European Ryder Cup team member, Sweden’s Peter Hanson, carded a 69 for a five under par tally but missing the five under par cut-off mark was teammate Paul Lawrie (68) at three under par. “Today, was just a joke,” said the Scot. Also missing the cut was defending champion Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland who signed for a third round 72 for a twounder par tally. Grace set the European Tour alight earlier this year in winning three events in 11 appearances and arrived in Scotland after having captured a Sunshine Tour last week in Fancourt. His third round at Carnoustie was a mix of six


HAVE BEEN SO AMAZING, ELS HAD NO HESITATION IN DECLARING HE COULD WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP WHICH ELS WON IN 2002 AND AGAIN THIS YEAR. birdies, one bogey and a 15th hole double bogey. And Grace’s efforts this year have been so amazing, Els had no hesitation in

declaring he could win the Open Championship which Els won in 2002 and again this year at Royal Lytham and St Annes. “His game is so good Branden could well enough win an Open Championship,” said Els. The current World No 49-ranked Grace is a graduate from the Ernie Els Foundation which the fourtime Major winner established in 1999 to help assist talented South African golfers compete more around the world. Els got his first real sight of Grace’s golfing

prowess in capturing the 2007 South African Open at Port Elizabeth where Grace finished the leading amateur. “Branden has always been a quality player, and he’s really come on now,” said Els. “So he’s a world contender now; wherever he plays, he’s got a chance to win now. “He was in my Foundation, so whenever I have the opportunity, I will go down there, especially in December, we do clinics and I’ll hang with the guys and so forth.


The 14th Maruti Suzuki Raid-deHimalaya was flagged off in Shimla today. Participants will traverse 1,800km of rugged terrain over the 6-day rally.



World Twenty20 set for rousing finale

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene (2L) and West Indies captain Darren Sammy (L) stand beside Australia women’s captain Jodie Fields (2R) and England women’s Charlotte Edwards as they pose for photographers with their respective T20 Cricket World Cup trophies on Friday. AFP/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

Kuldip Lal Agence France-Presse

COLOMBO: Clinical Sri Lanka will test their skills against the flamboyant West Indies when both sides battle for their maiden World T20 title in a mouth-watering final while Australia take on England in the eve’s finalof the same tournament in

Colombo on Sunday. A sell-out crowd of 35,000 at the Premadasa stadium will offer boisterous support as Mahela Jayawardene’s home team attempt to reverse fortunes after losing three finals in major meets since 2007. Standing in the way will be the destructive West Indies batting led by opener Chris

WI aim to ruin SL party COLOMBO: West Indies captain Darren Sammy promised a well-contested World Twenty20 final against hosts Sri Lanka on Sunday, saying his team had peaked at the right time. “We are determined to spoil the Sri Lankan party,” Sammy told a media conference on Saturday. “The two best teams are in the final and if Sri Lanka are strong, we too have peaked in time.” Besides their 11 rivals on the field, the Caribbean stars will also face a sell-out crowd of 35,000 at the Premadasa stadium rooting for Sri Lanka’s first major title since they won the 50-over World Cup in 1996. The final is being billed as a battle between the big hitters of the West Indies led by Chris Gayle and the formidable bowling attack of Sri Lanka, but Sammy said there was more to his team than just Gayle. “We have Gayle to give us a good start,” Sammy said. “If he gets going it is great, but we have enough resources in the bank if he does not give the start we need.” Gayle crushed Australia in Friday’s semi-final with an

Gayle, who crushed Australia in Friday’s semi-final with a scintillating 75 of 41 balls. The West Indies recorded their biggest T20 victory when they beat the Aussies by 74 runs after posting the highest total in this edition of 205-4. Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels made light of the

slow pitch that was regarded as unsuited to aggressive batting, helping themselves to 55 runs in the final three overs. Sri Lanka defeated the West Indies by nine wickets in a practice game before the tournament and again by the same margin in the Super Eights, but Gayle was confident of ruining the hosts’ party on Sunday. “We’re definitely going to rock against Sri Lanka,” the Jamaican left-hander said. “We know what to expect — the atmosphere, the noise and everything else. “We are definitely going to win this trophy here. I just feel confident about it. We are up against world class players in the Sri Lanka team, but it’s going to be good fun.” Australia’s bamboozled captain George Bailey offered Sri Lanka good, if obvious, advice on how to beat the West Indies — get Gayle early. “If Sri Lanka can get Gayle out for under 20, they will win. But if they don’t, the West Indies will prove too strong,” said Bailey. “With the West Indies attack, you can chase down 160. I am sitting on the fence a bit. But the two best teams got into the final.”

Pak attack changed me: Taufel Shahid Hashmi Agence France-Presse

COLOMBO: Umpire Simon Taufel, who retires after Sunday’s World Twenty20 final, said a terror attack that killed eight people including the driver of his bus in 2009 had left a profound impact on both cricket and him as a person. The machinegun and grenade attack, which wounded seven Sri Lankan players on their way to play a Test in Lahore’s Gaddafi stadium, shocked the cricketing world and brought an end to foreign tours of Pakistan. “It (the incident) did change me personally and did change cricket. I think my family is happy seeing me sitting here. It was a difficult telephone call which I had with my wife that day.” Taufel, 41, is set to bow out after officiating the final of the World Twenty20 between Sri Lanka and the West Indies here on Sunday, following an illustrious career that saw him adjudged best umpire from 2004 to 2008. The Australian stood in 74 Tests and 174 one-day internationals since his debut in 1999. The elite-panel umpire said the March 2009 attacks increased the security level in international cricket, but hoped that the sport would return to Pakistan soon.

Final not about Gayle COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s cap-

unbeaten 75 off 41 balls even on the slow pitch that was considered unfavourable for big shots. Sammy was confident of the West Indies, champions in the first two 50-over World Cups in 1975 and 1979, winning a major title for the first time since the Champions Trophy triumph in 2004. “When we take the field on Sunday, everyone will be looking to perform their best because this is going to be a memorable occasion and a victory will mean a lot for fans back home,” he said. Sammy said the spinfriendly conditions at the Premadasa stadium that are expected to favour the hosts, AFP did not worry him.

tain Mahela Jayawardene insists the World Twenty20 final against the West Indies on Sunday will not hinge on just Chris Gayle’s flamboyant batting. The left-hander lifted the West Indies past Australia in Friday’s semi-final with an unbeaten 75 off 41 balls, making him the danger man for Sri Lanka’s title hopes. But Jayawardene, aiming to break his team’s losing sequence in three finals in major events, played down Gayle’s importance in the match, saying his team never planned for just one individual. “We have never gone after individuals,” Jayawardene told a media conference on Saturday. “Gayle is just another player in a very good West Indies side. But we plan and analyse for a team, not individuals. “The West Indies obviously had a ball with the bat against Australia. But its a new game on Sunday and everything will depend on how we execute our plans. “Its a great challenge to have as a team.”

Jayawardene scoffed at Gayle’s remarks that the West Indies were going to ruin Sri Lanka’s party by winning the title. “I can’t make out if the pressure is on us or him,” the Sri Lankan captain said. “If he has said something like that, the

pressure must be more on him. Let him deal with it.” Sri Lanka, looking for their first major title since the 1996 triumph in the 50-over World Cup, lost two successive finals of the same tournament in 2007 and 2011 and were also beaten in the World Twenty20 in 2009. AFP



Arsenal starting to click Darren Witcoop

LONDON: Arsene Wenger

West Ham United’s English striker Andy Carroll jumps to win a header during their match against Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground, London on Saturday. Arsenal won the game 3-1. AFP/ GLYN KIRK

believes Arsenal are starting to hit their stride as his new-look side provided fresh evidence they will be in contention for the Premier League title at the end of the season. Arsenal, who last won silverware in 2005, came from behind to record a 3-1 win at London rivals West Ham on Saturday and move into fifth place in the Premier League. It was the perfect response following the setback of losing for the first time this season, against Chelsea last weekend, and Arsenal are showing signs of moving on following the traumatic pre-season sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United. The Gunners go into the international break on the coattails of the early season pacesetters after substitute Theo Walcott and newboys Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla all got on the scoresheet at Upton Park. France forward Giroud, who arrived from Montpellier in a £12 million move in pre-season, broke his league duck with the

Cole faces Chelsea rap over tweet Jon West

LONDON: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo confirmed disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Ashley Cole following the abusive comment he made about the Football Association on Twitter. England defender Cole played all 90 minutes of Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which extended their lead at

the top of the English Premier League table to four points. Cole had used his Twitter account to make a critical comment about the FA, whose three-man panel had released a 63-page statement on Friday outlining why Chelsea captain John Terry had been banned for four games and fined £220,000 for racially abusing QPR defender Ferdinand. The report, suggested the evidence produced by both Chelsea players had been untruthful.

City win upstages row

Ian Whittell MANCHESTER, UK: Manchester City

attempted to downplay talk of another rift with their controversial forward Mario Balotelli (above) after the Premier League champions produced their best form of the season in a 3-0 victory over Sunderland. Goals from Aleksandar Kolarov, Sergio Aguero, who replaced Balotelli

after 55 minutes, and James Milner were accompanied by City’s first clean sheet of the campaign. But the game was overshadowed somewhat by the behaviour of Balotelli who sauntered off the field and stormed directly down the tunnel to the City dressing room after being substituted. City coach David Platt refused to be drawn on a subject over which the club has become increasingly sensitive. “I don’t know,” said Platt when asked why Balotelli had walked down the tunnel instead of taking his place on the City bench. Platt responded in identical fashion when asked if it was normal procedure for a player to walk down the tunnel rather than watch the rest of the match. And Platt confirmed that Balotelli’s removal from the game was a purely tactical decision and not one enforced by injury to the Italian, who has yet to score in the league this season. City manager Roberto Mancini unconvincingly claimed that he was happy with Balotelli’s performance.

ARSENAL, WHO LAST WON SILVERWARE IN 2005, CAME FROM BEHIND TO RECORD A 3-1 WIN AT LONDON RIVALS WEST HAM ON SATURDAY AND MOVE INTO FIFTH PLACE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE. equaliser to cancel out Mohamed Diame’s opener for West Ham. Walcott, who has been at loggerheads with Wenger over his desire to shift from the wing to a central striker position, caught the eye with a cool 77th-minute finish before Spanish midfielder Cazorla completed the win. “It was an important test that we came through. It was a good test for our mentality as well to come back and win this game,” Wenger said. “It moves us up the table with the international break coming up. It’s important we responded well after our defeat against Chelsea.

“We knew a draw wouldn’t be good enough for us and we got what we wanted. I couldn’t have asked for more.” Wenger was quick to praise the goalscoring trio’s impact and said: “With Theo he is confident now in front of goal that he will score. He scored an important one when the game was 50-50. “He has an outstanding attitude and I don’t rule anyone out. I believe in him. I do see his position (as a striker) as a his long-term position. “Olivier nearly scored against Olympiakos in our Champions League game. He provides a physical presence. “That goal will help him adapt. That’s what you want from players. Cazorla was a delight again to watch. He was very influential. It’s fantastic to watch him play.” Arsenal, who lost Keiran Gibbs to a thigh problem that is set to rule him out of the England squad, will know they rode their luck to get back to winning ways. West Ham scored against the run of play through Diame before Giroud’s timely first league goal.

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