Over a 100 years to this day, a Chicago inventor Ives McGaffrey patented his creation — the vacuum cleaner. It was a safe enough invention but history reveals, others of his kind were not half as lucky. They learned the hard way inventions are fickle mistresses. P16&17 Hyderabad’s first compact afternoon newspaper
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FISH MEDICINE FRENZY KILLS ONE A stampede at the venue where the Bathani Goud family was distributing fish medicine resulted in one death and more than 30 people, including teenagers and the elderly, being injured on Friday morning. The controversial event was being held at Rajendernagar, in the Kattedan area.
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BASES LOADED AP Baseball Association held the first-ever Baseball Premier League in Hyderabad at the RRC Grounds, Secunderabad. P6
THE MUSICAL DRIFT India has gone from being a land that once produced some of the best independent musicians to become a nation today in which independent music is almost non-existent. But there is still hope… P15
SANIA-BHUPATHI CLAIM FRENCH MIXED CROWN India’s Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi captured their second mixed doubles Grand Slam title beating Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Santiago Gonzalez 7-6, 6-1 in the French Open final on Thursday. P32
YMCA: 168 AND GOING STRONG
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Spirit of Twin Cities
Library summer camp
A library summer camp for parents and faculty of UG and PG students will be held from May 10 onwards. The camp will provide guidance for faculty and final year PG students for National/State lectureship and scholarship test(NET/APSET) for `3,650. Where: Hyderabad library services, Sagar View Complex When: May 10 - June 10, Contact: (040) 2322 2247, 94412 37751
Contact: 98490 07736, 99595 57183
Theatre workshop Samahaara is hosting special four week summer acting workshops. The workshops will be held for a duration of four weeks in three different parts of the City. Where: Vidyaranya School, The Terrace, The Actor’s Studio When: Ongoing Contact: 83411 20303
Vision of blue gold Vision of blue gold, an exhibition of paintings by Pranay will be on display at Muse Art Gallery.The exhibition is on from June 9. Where: Muse Art Gallery, Lower Tank Bund When: June 9 onwards, 6.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2752 2999
Atif Aslam live Talented Pakistani singer Atif Aslam will perform live at Hitex Exhibition Centre on June 8. Where: Hitex Grounds, Madhapur When: June 8, 5.30am onwards Contact: (040) 2311 2121
Abstract landscapes A painting exhibition by artist Bhaskar Rao B titled A leaflet and a drop will be on display at Iconart Gallery. A preview for the exhibition was held on June 6 and will be on display till June 20. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: 98499 68797
On a look out for traditional prints and crafts? Head to an exhibitional of traditional handicrafts and artistic handlooms of Gujarat which has around 10 tribal craftsmen and 10 other artisans from Gujarat. Where: West Marredpally community grounds, Marredpally When: Ongoing, 10am onwards Contact: (040) 4914 1234
Catch Mehraj performing live at Hard Rock Cafe on June 9. The band is popular for it’s experimental music. Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: June 9, 9pm onwards Contact: (040) 6463 6375
Rock to retro Head to Hard Rock Cafe for it’s rock to retro night. Great music and great food is the perfect combination for a great evening. Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: June 8, 8pm onwards Contact: (040) 6463 6375
YVES V live YVES V will perform live at Cuba Libre. The opening acts for the event will be by DJ Mahesh and MidNight Traffic. Where: Cuba Libre, Banjara Hills, When: June 9. 8.30pm onwards
Contact: (040) 6776 7114
The master of arts
A unique management and entrepreneurial workshop for students of age group 11-17, at ISB Hyderabad from June 4 to June 9. Where: Indian School of Business, Gachibowli When: June 4-June 9, 9am onwards Contact: 98665 61690
Artist Srikanth Babu will display his paintings which consists of buddhist motifs and religious themes. Where: Beyond Coffee, Jubilee Hills, Rd No 36 When: Ongoing, 7am-11pm Contact: (040) 2354 5359
An exhibition and sale of original lithographic prints by artists like Rabindranath Tagore, Eshwar Das Gupta, Somnat Hore, KG Subramanyam and K Laxma Goud called The Master of Arts is on. Where: Arts Heaven Art Gallery, Lakdikapul When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: 99495 71031
Love graffiti? Then this workshop is for you. learn to draw different fonts and give them a 3D effect. Also learn to use spray cans for making graffiti on walls. Where: Treasure House, Jubilee Hills, Rd No 63 When: Ongoing, 10 am onwards Contact: (040) 2355 0118
The YMCA Secunderabad is hosting a madhubani painting workshop. The workshop is being felicitated by an artist from Madhubani. A part of the fees earned through the workshop will be used to train underprivileged women in madhubhani painting. Where: YMCA Secunderabad, West Marredpally When: June 18-June 29
Catch the Cadent Slaves performing live their unique smphonies at Inorbit mall son June 8 from 7.30pm onwards. This event is a part of the Live at Inorbit end. Where: Inorbit mall, Madhapur When: June 8, 7.30pm onwards Iconart Art Gallery as a part of its Buy Art initiative is hosting an exhibition featuring abstract art, sculptures and paintings. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11.30am onwards Contact: 98499 68797
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t’s hard to predict one’s own destiny and it is equally hard to expect what is in store for you in the future. In case of Nupa Parvathi, a tribal woman from the Polvaram Assembly constituency this came true. Parvathi, a State civil service aspirant, became the Congress candidate for the bypolls. Parvathi, who was engrossed in her preparation for the Group-1 exams, was in for a shock when she was offered the party ticket. Left with only two choices — the coveted post of a civil servant or become a politician — Parvathi eventually opted for politics.
tion by the police timely ensured Vijayamma’s safe entry in Warangal district at Geesukonda railway station. “There were over about 20,000 protesters to stop the entry of the YSRC president. But we retrained them successfully,” he said. Vijayamma and her daughter Sharmila will campaign for party candidate K Surekha till evening. N SHIVA KUMAR
the money, Bhawani would quickly pocket gold and other valuables and flee,” said Nageshwar Rao. Bhawani managed to rob nearly half-a-dozen such homes in the last five months. She made money by selling the stolen jewellery. She reportedly used this money to pay off a loan. When her clients realised what she had done, they lodged a complaint. Upon investigating they found clues that led to her. Bhawani confessed and the
police recovered 170 grams of gold ornaments. She was produced in court and is in prison. The police is also inquiring if she has any other criminal record. Bhawani is a native of Visakhapatnam and was living in the City with her husband and son. After her husband’s death, the responsibility of looking after unemployed 25-year-old son , fell on her. Concerned about her son’s vagabond ways, Bhawani took to thievery to support themselves.
From civil service to politics CAMPAIGN
he Joint Action Committee leaders of Telangana made a futile attempt to thwart YSRC working president Vijayamma’s maiden visit as part of the bypoll campaign to the Parakal assembly constituency. Speaking to Postnoon Warangal Urban SP Shyam Sundar informed that timely interven-
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CRIME ho doesn’t love to buy a saree, especially if you get to take your pick right at your doorstep? Everyone. Cashing in on this was P Bhawani, a con artist, who was recently arrested by the Jubilee Hills police. According to the police, Bhawani would visit homes under the pretext of selling sarees and then get away with a loot of gold and other jewellery, some of which was recovered from her possession. According to investigating officer K Nageshwar Rao, the 48year-old accused is a widow and is a resident of Jawahar Nagar basti of Jubilee Hills. Bhawani used to work as a maid, but after her husband’s death was in a severe financial crunch. That is when she decided to earn a better living by selling sarees in areas like Rahmathnagar, Yousufguda, Jubilee Hills, Banjara Hills, etc. However, greed got the better of her and she began stealing from the homes of her clients. Bhawani who had been in the business of selling sarees for the last few months would visit homes of people under the pretext of business. “She took care to go about her job when only the women were present at home. She would lure them by quoting low prices for expensive sarees. When the woman would go inside to bring
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“I did not have any choice but to opt for politics as I had this strong desire to serve the people. I do not regret abandoning my dream, as both posi- Parvathi tions will give me the opportunity to serve,” Parvathi said. As she sets out to carve her political career, Parvathi faces competition from YSRC candidate Tellam Balaraju, a sitting MLA who quit the Congress following his disqualification by the Speaker. Balaraju believes that the welfare programmes launched by former CM YSR for the tribal community will help him retain his seat. “He is my mentor. He
introduced a lot of programmes for the tribals. This will be enough for me to win this seat,” Balaraju told Postnoon. The recent election campaign by YSRC working president YS Vijayamma and her daughter Sharmila seems to have boosted the confidence levels of Balaraju and party activists. Vijayamma kick-started her campaign after Jagan was arrest on May 27. TDP fielded M Srinivasa Rao. The TDP is expecting that the anti-incumbency factor would help it win the seat. Both Congress and TDP are dealing with internal differences among their leaders. The senior leaders from the constituency were disappointed when they didn’t get tickets. They, in turn changed their loyalties to the YSRC. The Polvaram Assembly seat is reserved for the tribal community. This seat has 1.72 lakh voters.
One killed at fish medicine venue Postnoon News
he clamour for the ‘fish prasadam’ turned fatal for one as a stampede broke out at Kattedan this morning. “Gorakh Patil, 45, a businessman from Gorakhpur, Maharashtra, who has been coming to the City for the last 10 years for the medicine, was killed in the stampede at the venue where the Bathani Goud family was distributing the prasadam on Friday morning. The event was at Rajendernagar, Kattedan area,” said S Umamaheshwar Rao, inspector Shivrampally police station. The event, which is usually held at the Nampally Exhibition Grounds, was this time conducted at Kattedan. However, it proved to be a challenge for the followers as the ground is located nearly 10 kilometres away from the City. Thousands of asthma patients from different parts of the country have come to Hyderabad to take the fish medicine. Some of them had reached the City as early as four days back. Nearly 30 people collapsed and some were injured as a result of the stampede. Those who received minor injuries were provided first aid at the venue itself, while those who were more seriously injured where shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. Rajendernagar MLA Prakash Goud and DCP, Shamshabad Zone, G Sudheer Babu visited the venue. They spoke to those present to enquire about the incident. Although the situation was tense, a large number of people came for the prasadam.
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A model worth replicating The Secunderabad success story is an example of what committed officers, responsible corporates and a conscientious civil society can do to combat child labour, if they have the will M ANIL KUMAR
omestic child labour is invisible, dangerous and toughest to identify. No matter how comfortable a child seems working at house, remember that it’s the most vulnerable that a child can be. A child’s best chance is not carrying the books of children of the household. His best chance is going to school. If you know of a child engaged in child labour, call the Childline number — 1098. That’s it. It’s that simple.
ccording to a report of the State Advisory Board on Child Labour, the State has over 9 lakh child labourers as of 2007. While others were still discussing and debating the various approaches to tackle the issue, a comprehensive plan took shape in the offices of the Labour Department. With a multi-prong approach that NGOs have been rooted for since the beginning, it set about with a three point agenda to sweep the streets, one at a time. The persuasion, publicity, motivation model has worked efficiently for them. Today, it’s a matter of pride for the plethora of shops and commercial establishments along the
four main roads (RP Road, MG Road, SD Road and SP Road) of Secunderabad to proudly carry a badge that declares them as an establishment that does not employ child labour. A year since the “Join us in making Secunderabad a child-labour free zone,” first took off in July 2011, the campaign is on all counts, the closest thing to a success story.
Integrated Efforts There is no secret to why the initiative worked so well. One of the first steps of the labour department was to enlist the two most notable NGOs working towards the cause — MV Foundation and Divya Disha. Next, it went on to bring on board various stakeholders like employers, trade unions, the Lions club, FAPCII, UNICEF, the police and the corporates, among others. “We needed to spread awareness that child labour was a social evil, sensitise people about it Therefore the involvement of all these parties was essential. But the main idea was to involve the civil society in the fight against child labour. We made sure the people knew prosecution was the last resort,” says Naresh Kumar, the deputy commissioner of labour and the man who was instrumental in charting the road map of the Secunderabad project. All hands put together were unstoppable. They prosecuted 35 employers,
and saved 40-45 children in the process.
Corporate Association More often that not, government schemes and corporate social responsibility activities of private companies are worlds removed from one another. However, policy makers and strategists have always maintained, that with their tremendous resources and
WHILE OTHERS WERE STILL DISCUSSING AND DEBATING THE VARIOUS APPROACHES, A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TOOK SHAPE IN THE OFFICES OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT. WITH A MULTI-PRONG APPROACH THAT NGOS HAVE ROOTED FOR, IT SET ABOUT WITH A THREE POINT AGENDA TO SWEEP THE STREETS, ONE AT A TIME. potential, the corporate might must be harnessed to support social initiatives. The Secunderabad campaign was a case in point. Heavyweights like Corammandel, ITC, GVK, Nerolac rallied and put their weight behind the campaign, contributing to spreading aware-
ness, generate publicity and also pledge their support. “When we were invited to be a part of the project, we were very interested. We already run a large girl child programme. So we thought that through this campaign we can address the needs of the boys who are often treated as a source of income. As an organisation, not only have we ensured that we are not employing any child labour, we are careful and conscious about who we are doing business with and who they are employing. We think this will have a ripple effect, our satellite companies will also take the same measures and so in our little ways we have contributed to the cause,” shares Arun Leslie, VP of HR at Corammandel.
Industry initiative Indeed. FAPCII, one of the most influential forums in the State was another party to the campaign. Having them on board meant reaching their member base of 3,300 industry members. “Child labour is nothing but future talent being diverted from being highly productive, not allowed by parents or others to learn by sending them to earn. We believe that human talent resides in the youth of the country. Good education and good health of children must be a priority so that they can grow to be
We needed to spread awareness that child labour was a social evil. The main idea was to involve the civil society in the fight against child labour. Naresh Kumar, Dy labour commissioner instrumental in the nation-building process. It was this idea that drove us to be a part of the campaign. Members of the industry and FAPCII all agree that none of our members will engage in child labour and we will do everything to prevent it,” says Rajeshwar Rao, Spokesperson, FAPCII
Committed to the cause The Labour Department’s initiative is an example of what committed officers, responsible corporates and a conscious civil society can do to combat child labour, if they have the will. “Irrespective of how much effort it takes, we work hard on getting medical certificates, because it is the most important thing required to prosecute employers.
Similarly domestic child-labour is a tricky issue as it involves invasion of privacy. So we have taken counter measures. We make sure we have women officers present. Sometimes, we have officers wait from 5am to late in the evenings, conduct a reconnaissance on a house to see if there is any activity of child labour before we enter. We have also come up with initiatives like the mobile educational van for children of construction workers, so they can be streamlined into schools later on. What we need to do further is to establish a strong rehabilitation framework and a child tracking mechanism. As well putting the onus of prosecution on the employer and not the official. With all these things, we want to showcase Secunderabad as a model worth replicating,” says Naresh Kumar.
Challenges ahead All those involved in the Secunderabad campaign are unanimous in that, there’s still a lot more that needs to be done. The four main roads don’t make up all of Secunderabad. But it is a start. That said, the most pivotal challenge is of invisible labour markets, most notably domestic child labour that cannot be rescued without active help from civil society. “Domestic child labour should not be differentiated from hazardous occupations. We have had instances where we rescued a girl child who had been repeatedly bitten by her employer and suffered from a number of knife wounds. The problem is identifying these cases. There’s no way of knowing or rescuing unless they are reported. Most often, they are not,” rues Isidore Phillips, director of NGO and rescue home Divya Disha. Whether anything like this will see the light of day in the City, let alone the State, is a matter that remains to be seen. Let’s hope for the sake of the 9,00,000 children, that it does.
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It’s fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A. What started off as a cloth merchant’s attempt to provide the youth with a means to pursue healthy activities, now is that and much more. On the 168th anniversary of the YMCA, we visit its City chapters DEEPAK DESHPANDE
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here is hardly a day that the basketball court at the Secunderabad YMCA does not see action. There are young kids at one end and older players at the other training rigorously — dunking, passing and dribbling. Several national and State players learned the nuances of the game on this very court. It is only right that it has come to be known over the years as the cradle of basketball in Hyderabad. YMCA units across the world are the fruits of the vision of a cloth merchant who lived in London in the 1800s. George Williams was concerned that young men in London had no way to pursue healthy activities, the only real options existing then being brothels and taverns. And thus took birth the first ever YMCA unit in London on June 6, 1844.
Please do not conclude that basketball is the only sport or activity that was boosted by the efforts of YMCA. “Mir Qazim Ali, the triple national champion in
the 1960s and Arjuna awardee in table tennis, trained at the YMCA unit in Narayanguda. Mulini Reddy, Arjuna awardee in volleyball, also trained here. Dr Jaipal
Delay in monsoons leading to water woes Inkeshaf Ahmed firstname.lastname@example.org
he delay in the arrival of the monsoons seems to be leading to a drinking water crisis in the City. The depleting water levels in the reservoirs, which are the main source of drinking water is the actual reason for this. The twin reservoirs, Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar, the most important sources of drinking water have registered a shocking decrease in levels. In both these reservoirs the water storage capacity fell to 0.726 tmc and 0.515 tmc respectively from the normal levels of 3.900 and 2.967 respectively. Given the rate of depletion HMWS&SB authorities were forced to source water from Krishna Phase 1 (Akkampally project) to meet the existing Fact Sheet of reservoir levels recorded on June 7, 2012
Reservoir Osman Sagar Himayat Sagar Singur Manjira Akampally
Normal Capacity on Storage June 7, 2012 capacity (tmc) (tmc) 3.900 2.967 29.917 1.500 1.499
0.726 0.515 10.445 0.587 0.610
demand of drinking water in the City. The water levels feel by a record level at other reservoirs like Singur, Manjira and Akkampally as well. For instance, in Singur the storage capacity fell from the normal level of 29.917 tmc to 10.445 tmc and in Manjira the water level fell from 1.500 tmc to 0.587 tmc during summer. In Akkampally, it fell from 1.499 tmc to a shocking 0.610. “The increase in day time temperatures and delay in monsoons has led to the decrease in water levels,” Water Board incharge director (technical) D Sundara Rami Reddy said. Especially, in the last one month, when the temperatures hovered between 40’C to 45’C. Sundara Rami Reddy however, asked the residents of the City to not panic as they were trying to meet the water demand. “Though the we have recorded a huge depletion in water levels, Hyderabadis do not need to panic. We have installed special motors at various reservoirs to pump water through gravity,” he said. The board officials have unofficially stopped the supply of drinking water through water tankers at many places especially in peripheral areas of GHMC. This is evident with the fact that the requests of many residents for supply of water tankers are being ignored by the water board. But, the officials maintain that they have not taken any such decision.
Reddy and Sitaram Yechury are products of the UniY programme that focuses on intellectual activities like debates and public speaking at the Narayanguda YMCA,” said Vinay Swaroop, who recently retired as the general secretary of the YMCA. Apart from that YMCA Hyderabad has been at the forefront of relief activities in the communal riots in 1991. “We would take relief materials in trucks to the riot-hit areas and distribute it,” recalled Swaroop. YMCA is short for Young Men’s Christian Association. But the services it renders the society is unbound by religion or caste. “We are proud that here we serve all sections of the society,” said Swaroop. There are several people who have benefitted from the programmes of YMCA. Eugene George, the coach of the AP basketball team, said, “My father passed away when I was very young. I stayed and studied at the
YMCA Secunderabad boys’ hostel. I never had to struggle for anything when I was there. It also helped me pursue the love of my life — basketball. All that I am today is because of YMCA.” It’s been 168 years and two days to be precise since the inception of the London unit. But the strength of William’s vision has not waned; rather it has only gotten stronger.
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ot everybody would have the courage to drive on some of India’s best and worst roads, through 25,000 kilometres and covering every capital in India. Not everyone would have the courage to do the same in 80 days and in a Tata Nano that too when they are above 60 years in age. Meet Thomas Chacko, a 62-year-old Kochi-based car enthusiast, who has accepted the challenge. He started his journey from Mumbai on May 3 and has been on this trip since a month. During his halt in Hyderabad on Thursday, before he heads to Bangalore, Thomas spoke to Postnoon about his journey so far. Being always inclined
towards motor sports, Thomas loves long drives. But only when he compiled the book Ek Swift Bharat Yatra, in which his friend drove around the country, he got inspired to do the same. But he wanted a tougher challenge than to drive cross country in an SUV. “I chose the Tata Nano
because it put India on the auto map. It is one of the only two cars in India that has a rear wheel drive and a rear engine. Besides, it has the highest ground clearance and is perfect for Indian roads,” claimed Thomas. Talking about the toughest roads, he said that the
roads in Arunachal Pradesh are the worst. “People told me that there are a lot of terrorists in the North East and to be careful with them. But the real problem is not them, but the roads. They really are in a pathetic condition. It’s only when you do you know the meaning of ‘bad’ roads!” said Thomas. According to Thomas, the roads in Hyderabad are good and some of the best he has been on. Despite being 62, Thomas truly believes in the phrase — you are as old as you feel. “Age is merely a number. My father-in-law used to drive until he was 85. I never let my age get to me. The only thing I get with it is a concession in train tickets. But I prefer to drive,” he quipped. His next big challenge is to head to Ladakh.
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re you a landlord and have a property to rent out in the posh locality around HITEC City? Do you want to earn some extra bucks on you rent? This is the opportunity knocking at your door. The trend of furnished apartments which took off very well in cities like Bangalore may hit the City soon. Even though, there is demand, the dearth of supply leaving the tenants to compromise with whatever they have or to settle in far locations from their offices. The corporate companies are looking at these kinds of furnished flat services, when they generally bring in management or senior employees for few months for various purposes like setting up a branch in the City. It is hard for them to provide furniture, which is useless once it serves the purpose. Service apartments also turn out to be a costlier option if the tenant stays more than a month. Bachelors who earn reasonably well with the corporates are also keen on these services and do not mind paying extra rent for the furnished services, said R Naveen Kumar, MD, easytolet.in. Locations near HITEC City like Madhapur, Kondapur and Jubilee hills are preferred for renting furnished flats. Tenant can move in to the house without the burden of setting up all these appliances and furniture. Rent varies and depends on the quality and number of appliances and furniture provided. Typically, tenants get appliances like microwave, refrigerator, air conditioners and furniture for almost at 50 per cent extra of the rental value, he said. There is huge business potential for landlords, if they buy a flat for investment purpose and rent it at the right price. It may take around `2 lakh as an initial investment to buy these appliances but he gets the whole investment as rent in less than two years (depending on the investment). The furniture belongs to the landlord and whatever rent he earns after that will be a profit, said Naveen. Hyderabad and Chennai are little conservative markets. It is important to study the market before furnishing a flat. But it is definitely viable option in some localities, For example, the landlord can get a home loan or a home extension loan for `2 lakh,
SPRUCE UP APARTMENTS TO RAKE IN MOOLAH he may pay `2000-3000 as an instalment but he can charge five times more from a tenant. The return on investment is huge in the long run, said Manoj Agarwal, real estate and renting expert. Price is very crucial factor in choosing a furnished apartment. The landlord should reasonably price the house after the calculation of depreciation, investment, instalment of the investment etc. A reasonable price will create a win-win situation and push the business to grow in that area. However, there are many challenges in renting a furnished apartment. The typical duration of tenant stay is shorter in the fully furnished apartment, compared to a semi furnished apartment. It is also important to provide quality and branded furniture as tenants are apprehensions about the quality of furniture provided, said Manoj.
There were also many cases where burglars occupying these houses as tenants lifting the detachable appliances from the house after few days. There is also concern of illegal activities like prostitution happening in these kinds of flats. It is very important for a
landlord to charge deposit in according to the investments, cross checking of whereabouts of tenant, photos and details of the last landlord. There should be proper rental agreement mentioning all the appliances and furniture. It is important to have rental agreement registra-
tion for solving the upcoming problems. Many ignore the registration process keeping the costs in mind but get in to troubles later. It is also important to insure the appliances keeping these burglaries in mind, said Naveen. Semi-furnished flats have become a major trend in the city, where in tenant gets wardrobe, water geyser, kitchen furniture, lights and fans. The tenants are keen in these kinds of apartments and ready to pay 25-30 per cent higher rents, compared to a bare shell flat. It is very easy to rent off such apartments than the ones without furniture. It is high time landlords understand that making few initial investments initially either semi-furnishing or fully furnishing depending on the need will bring long term returns, added Manoj Agarwal.
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Angela Merkel pushed for a stronger European political union amid growing international calls for action as a brutal Spain ratings downgrade heightened the eurozone crisis. Merkel held talks in Berlin with British Prime Minister David Cameron. The two leaders agreed that closer fiscal discipline in the European Union alone was not enough to stem more than two years of turbulence as the clock ticks down for Europe to help stabilise Spain’s banking system. The EU fiscal pact is “necessary but not the only precondition," Merkel said, while Cameron, who has opted out of the pact, called it “important but not sufficient” to fight the crisis. Merkel also said it was “important to stress that we have created instruments for support in the eurozone” and Germany, seen by some EU partners as being inflexible and reluctant to change, backed their use. AFP Fitch Ratings slashed Spain’s sovereign credit rating by three notches, citing ballooning estimates of the cost of a banking crisis, mushrooming debt and a deepening recession. The long-term rating was chopped to BBB from A and left with a negative outlook, said Fitch, swooping as expectations mounted that the EU would have to throw a lifeline to Spanish banks.
Srikanth: Hi professor, sorry I had to leave in the middle of our conversation on futures last week. You told me that futures are contracts that help people hedge their portfolios. Please do tell me how people like me can use futures as a part of our investment portfolio. Prof. Nikki: Futures are very powerful instruments for an investor to manage his risk. But the importance of learning about them before trading in them cannot be overstated because they can also be pretty complex. And even after reading about them, it is best to start small. Srikanth: How would you suggest we start using futures? Prof Nikki: I think the best way would be to start with simple contracts to hedge your position on some stock that is experiencing some volatility. Srikanth: Whoa... That’s a lot of jargon in one sentence... Hedging? And how would you define volatility? Prof Nikki: Ah! Once a student, always a student. I did explain hedging to you last week. As usual, you did not pay attention! Let me explain again. Hedging refers to taking a position (or trade) to offset your initial position. Let me try and make it clearer, if you own a stock (you are long stock) , you stand to gain if the stock price goes up, therefore, by entering a trade where you stand to gain when the stock price goes down, you will offset the initial position. You can do this by entering a futures con-
Facebook opens online hub for social apps SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Thursday began rolling out an App Center for mini-programs that plug offerings such as Pinterest or Draw Something into the leading social network. The App Center feature opened its virtual doors in the United States with 600 programs geared for Web browsers as well as those for Apple and Android smartphones or tablet computers. “The App Center is designed to grow mobile apps that use Facebook whether they’re on iOS, Android or the mobile web," Facebook’s Aaron Brady said when it was announced in May. “From the mobile App Center, users can browse apps that are compatible with their
device, and if a mobile app requires installation, they will be sent to download the app from the App Store or Google Play." App Center mini-programs included workout-tracker Nike+ GPS and a “Ghost Recon Commander” mobile videogame from France-based Ubisoft. Facebook’s Matt Wyndowe promised that recommendations would be personalised to the tastes of each member of the social network based on the likes of friends in the online community. Apps are ranked based on quality, popularity and other metrics. Paid apps are allowed, with Facebook charging users flat fees. AFP
tract to sell (short position) the stock at a certain time and price in future. Volatility is a measure of variation of prices. A more volatile instrument is one which has more drastic price movements. Srikanth: So then we would profit both ways? And what if I do not want to sell my stock?
effort of entering into a futures contract? Prof Nikki: One reason could be that you really like a stock that you own, something that has been a good solid company, pays good dividends etc, but is presently experiencing some trouble. In this case, you do not want to sell yet, but want to pro-
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line of credit has been committed by India to Nigeria for improvement in its power sector.
THUS SPAKE “The middle class created Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and now you want to take him apart. He is what he is... You should be proud of having created him... That’s a lot for one single story, but you have lost it," Salman Khurshid Union law minister
SBI CUTS RATES Prof Nikki: Don’t you wish! Unfortunately no, because whichever way the stock moves, the gains from one position would be offset by losses from the other. And you don’t really have to sell your stock if you don’t want to, you can either close out your position by entering a contract to buy stock (long position) or if the contract allows it, you can settle by paying the equivalent cash value. Srikanth: Hmmm... So if the losses and gains keep cancelling and doesn’t give me additional gains, why should I go through the
tect yourself from a very sharp decline in price… so you lock in a price and wait. Srikanth: That makes sense, I do have a few stocks like that. With the economy in doldrums, the stocks are indeed showing signs of what you call ‘volatility'. Prof Nikki: Yes. But do remember that futures are financial instruments and not magic wands that eliminate risk. Be sure to read up on them in detail, especially about margins before you put your money in them. Srikanth: Sure Prof!
Password breach spreads beyond LinkedIn WASHINGTON: More websites admitted security breaches on Thursday after LinkedIn said some of its members’ passwords were stolen, and experts warned of email scams targeting users of the social network. Security experts were warning customers of the hacked websites to be alert for fake emails which purport to warn about the breach but are in fact attempts to steal personal data, a phenomenon known as “phishing." The US dating website eHarmony and the British-based music site Lastfm.com said their user accounts were also compromised and urged members to change their passwords. “We are currently investigating the leak of some Last.fm user pass-
words,” the website blog said. EHarmony’s Becky Teraoka said that “a small fraction of our user base has been affected” and that “as a precaution, we have reset affected members’ passwords."
State Bank of India has reduced interest rates by 0.25 per cent for its Retail Term Deposits of below `15 lakh and for the term up to 240 days. However, the interest rates for more than 240 days remain unchanged. SBI also did not do any changes for the deposits more than `15 lakh to less than `1 crore.
POLICY SHIFT The US Federal Reserve on Thursday signed off on proposed new regulations to bring US banks in line with the Basel III global standards, aimed at giving banks more crisis-resistant footings. The rules will give bank holding firms and savings and loans firms with at least $500 million in assets until 2019 to meet the new capital rules, which have met resistance from banks.
INDIA CEMENTS Graham Cluley of the British security firm Sophos said data from 1.5 million eHarmony passwords was uploaded to websites, “where hackers were encouraged to join forces to crack them." Cluley also warned users of Lastfm.com to change their passwords. AFP
The shares of India Cements fell by almost 5 per cent after the CBI summoned the company’s managing director N Srinivasan in Jagan Mohan Reddy’s assets case. The stock closed at `76.25 on Thursday fell by almost 5 per cent and touched the intraday low of `72.60 on Friday. The stock is priced at `72.90 at 11am on Friday.
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President can’t come through quota C ome July and there will be a new occupant at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The journey seems more exciting than the destination. Presidential elections have changed. Conventions like a vice president succeeding as president have been broken. India is not a monarchy where succession takes place. The general elections of 2014 will in all probability throw up another fractured mandate. The president will hold the key to government formation. But the political class is subverting the constitution, which provides for the election of the president. The process of election is being replaced by selection, whereby a candidate is chosen by consensus. The election that follows is a formality. This was not what the constitution’s founders intended. They knew that only through elections can the best possible candidate emerge. The constitution lays down fairly simple rules of eligibility to contest the presidential election. Political parties have added factors like religion, gender, caste and region, making the otherwise more deserving ineligible for the post. Thus an unwritten reservation has crept into the office. Many may argue this sort of
symbolism is needed in a country like India. They should bear in mind that the president symbolizes the nation and does not represent any section of society. The fact that he belongs to a particular section can only be incidental. Merit and impartiality should be the only criteria. We should not to be prisoners of symbolism. Symbolism does
not lead to empowerment. Our current president, Pratibha Patil, was chosen for her gender, beating other more deserving candidates. The same media which is criticizing her today was gung ho over her credentials and lauded that a woman occupied the chair. Political parties may not admit publicly but it is actually Vice President Hamid Ansari’s
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Participants of the RSS east region show their skills at the closing ceremony of “Sangh Shiksha Vargh” in Lucknow on Thursday. PTI
minority status which they feel will fetch them electoral dividends. If representation of minorities or other sections of society is the criteria for the highest office, then there are other more neglected communities who might want to be represented. Former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s example is often pointed
out to buttress the claim that a consensus candidate has added to the prestige of the office. What they fail to see is that Abdul Kalam’s identity as a member of a minority community was submerged by his brilliance and integrity. If ever there was a direct election for presidency, he will win hands down on sheer merit. The office of president should not be the preserve of the political class but extend to people of eminence in other fields. An apolitical person will serve better. The president’s role becomes all the more relevant today when a hung parliament is becoming the norm. The nation would certainly benefit if the office is occupied by the likes of Fali Nariman, JS Verma, JM Lyndogh, SY Quraishi or Vinod Rai. They would any day be better than the names being proposed. Instead of a consensus candidate, political parties should let genuine elections take place and elect the most suitable person on merit alone. The candidate elected will reflect the mandate of the parliament and not of any one formation. We do not need Rashtrapati Bhavan to be reserved for a dalit president, tribal president, woman president, other backward class president but a president of India. IANS
Bihar mystery illness toll: 36 and counting PATNA: The deaths of five more children because of a mysterious disease in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and Gaya districts has taken the death toll to 36 in 11 days, officials said on Thursday. The government is yet to identify the cause of the deaths. Angry over the government’s failure to identify the cause of deaths, dozens of people including the parents and relatives of the victims, protested in Muzaffarpur, about 70 km from here. Health minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey and principal secretary (health) Amarjit Sinha denied reports that the children were dying due to suspected encephalitis. “The causes are yet to be ascertained,” Choubey said. Sinha said most deaths were due to excessive heat, dehydration and malnutrition. Till date, 28 children have died in Muzaffarpur and eight in Gaya. Over four dozen children suffering from the mysterious disease have been admitted to hospitals in both districts.
Nearly a dozen are battling for life, said a health official. Some doctors and health officials have reportedly claimed that the children were suffering from symptoms similar to encephalitis. Last year, encephalitis, a mosquito-borne disease, claimed nearly 150 lives in the two districts. IANS
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India enjoys strategic autonomy in ties: Blake WASHINGTON: Despite a strategic engagement that has brought the two countries into closer convergence, the US does not always expect India to toe its line and recognises New Delhi’s strategic autonomy, a top official has said. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake, said in his address to a Washington-based prestigious think-tank that the US and India can together will influence the course of the 21st century. Blake said that the third round of Indo-US Strategic Dialogue is scheduled to be held on June 13, which would be co-chaired by secretary of state Hillary Clinton, and minister of external affairs SM Krishna. Under the Strategic Dialogue, the two governments will have substantive exchanges in more than 20 distinct policy
2 monkeys found dead inside crate WASHINGTON: Two small monkeys were found dead inside a crate of equipment that was shipped to a US refinery from India, a media report said. The remains, which were in a crate of equipment at the BP Whiting Refinery, have been removed for safe disposal. The dead monkeys were discovered while unloading a crate of valves Wednesday afternoon. Plant security was informed and the area was evacuated to investigate the matter, nwitimes.com reported. Scott Dean, BP spokesperson, was quoted as saying that the valves were part of a shipment from India. He said the animals may have been stowaways. He added that the company plans to get in touch with its shipper and equipment supplier about the incident. “Sadly in this age of global transport of goods and materials, sometimes wildlife finds its way into overseas shipments,” Dean said in a statement Thursday. The wooden crate had arrived in Louisiana in June 2011 and it was then shipped to Whiting a few weeks ago.
US military seeks greater engagement WASHINGTON: The United States aspires to have greater engagement with India sitting on an enormously important geostrategic location on the sea lines of communication from the Mideast into Pacific, according to a top US military officer. “We have for some time said that we aspired to a closer relationship and greater engagement with India,” General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told foreign media Thursday. “They sit at an enormously important geostrategic location on the sea lines of communication from the Mideast into Pacific. And they’re the world’s largest democracy,” Dempsey said. “So sure, we have, for as long as I can remember, been
seeking greater engagement with them,” he said. On the other hand, Washington’s relationship with Pakistan was “always surprising” and often “frustrating”, said Dempsey, who has “been working the US-Pakistan relationship in earnest since about 2005.”
areas this year. The Strategic Dialogue, he said, has resulted in greater convergence between the two countries and improved trade and business relationship. Blake, however, acknowledged that America’s strategic dialogue with India is different from others and conceded that the United States does not expect India to toe the American line all the time. “Our strategic engagement with India has brought us into much closer strategic convergence on a range of important issues. We will not always agree and India will maintain its strategic autonomy. “But our broadening consultations, our common values, and the bipartisan support for expanding our relations suggest that we are likely to work ever more closely in the years to come,” Blake said. PTI
NATION AT A GLANCE Technical snag hits Delhi Metro NEW DELHI: A technical snag hit Delhi Metro’s blue line stretch between Dwarka and Noida City Centre stations Friday, leading to massive crowds in trains and metro stations, an official said. “There is some problem in the overhead electrification on the Dwarka stretch. It’s a maintenance issue and we are working on it,” said an official, adding that only trains going towards Dwarka had problems.
Fake bride racket unearthed, 3 arrested JAIPUR : Police arrested the owner of a marriage bureau and two others from Gumanpura area here for allegedly operating a fake bride racket with the motive of looting their ‘husbands’. Bureau owner arranged marriages, the police said, adding that after some time the newly-wed brides used to flee with valuables and cash.
An expert defusing a bomb which was found lying at a road in Danapur on Thursday. PTI
Order promotes ‘balika vadhus’: Thackeray MUMBAI: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Friday expressed concern over a recent Delhi High Court judgement allowing Muslim girls attaining puberty the right to get married. “This is nothing but promoting ‘balika vadhus’ among the Muslims, while the same is illegal among the Hindus,” Thackeray said in an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamna.
Panchayat prez, hubby relieved of `9.1 lakh
‘VIPs must follow US immigration policy’
SALEM: A woman panchayat president and her husband were relieved of `9.1 lakh they had received on a land deal by two persons, police said. Two men who came in a bike approached the woman in the car and said her husband had dropped some currency notes while on his way to work. When she got down to check, the duo grabbed the bag and fled the spot.
WASHINGTON: The United States is in discussions with various countries to smoothen travel and avoid incidents like the detaining of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, but India is not one of them. And as far as VIPs go, unless they have diplomatic exemption, they would go through the immigration procedures like everyone else. For the process of VIP arrivals, unless they have some type of, say, diplomatic visa or
Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama interacts with a group of followers in Dharamshala on Thursday. PTI
A group village women in a scuffle with Police officials in Panchsheel Nagar district on Tuesday.
exemption, everyone would go through the same type of process. We don’t want it to be seen as a hassle,” said John Wagner, executive director of US customs and border protection’s office of field operations, admissibility and passenger programmes. “It works on a reciprocal basis and some level of agreement on a level of background checks each country will do. So it’s a matter of whether we can
reach agreement with those countries and they’re willing and able to do the types of checks, and we can negotiate a threshold for qualifying our participation in that.” He also asked “people to understand the importance of it, and we are keeping people safe, and we want people to have the confidence that it’s safe and secure to come here, and part of those processes is ensure that.” IANS
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Jabs boost students in test
Indian jailed in Oz for killing wife SYDNEY: An Indian man who strangled his wife then slit her throat at least eight times was jailed for six years in Australia on Thursday, sparking outrage from the victim’s sister. Chamanjot Singh, 24, launched a frenzied attack on his wife in December 2009, first strangling her then cutting her throat repeatedly, the New South Wales Supreme Court heard. He said he “lost it” after his wife verbally abused him and said she loved another man. Singh was found not guilty of murder, after the jury accepted his argument that he was provoked, but convicted of manslaughter with Justice Peter McClellan sentencing him to six years in jail. The judge said Singh had been an immature young man, far from his family in India, and did not have the personal resources to deal with his deteriorating marriage. AFP
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BEIJING: More than 9 million students sat China’s notoriously tough college entrance exams on Thursday, with “high-flyer” rooms, nannies and even intravenous drips among the tools
being employed for success. With just 6.85 million university spots on offer this year, competition for the top institutions is intense, and attempts to cheat are rife — 1,500 people have been arrested on suspicion of selling transmitters and
of the corporate hierarchy, though lower levels gossip the most. “Gossip gets a bad rap,” he added, according to a Georgia Tech statement. Still, another finding was that “negative” gossip, characterised through a natural language text processing analysis, was in fact 2.7 times more prevalent than positive gossip, though a significant portion of the messages were “sentiment-neutral.” The findings, according to Gilbert and doctoral student Tanushree Mitra, represent an important test of anthropological theories about gossip in what can reasonably be called the world’s most popular electronic social medium: email. IANS
($126) more than an ordinary room — are billed as having previously been rented out to someone who scored high points in the exams. Rooms with lucky numbers such as six — which symbolises success in Chinese culture, or eight — which represents wealth — are also favourites. “Every year the house rental market heats up ahead of gaokao (the Chinese name for the exam),” Jin Guangze, a teacher from the Beijing Experimental High School told the China Daily. The exam has also given rise to a new and lucrative industry — the gaokao baomu — or “exam nannies” — who are tasked to look after students during the exam period. “The nannies are well-qualified,” said Jennifer Liu, marketing manager at Coleclub — an agency that provides household help and has offered the service since 2009.
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Big chunk of corporate emails is gossip: study WASHINGTON: The average corporate email user sends 112 emails every day and one out of every seven of those messages can be called “gossip,” says a new study. Eric Gilbert, assistant professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing, US, examined hundreds of thousands of emails from the former Enron Corporation. Gilbert found that — by the definition of “gossip” as messages that contain information about a person or persons not among the recipients — nearly 15 per cent of the emails qualify as office scuttlebutt. What’s more, Gilbert, an expert in social computing, found that gossip is prevalent at all levels
hard-to-detect ear pieces. Parents and students this year are also resorting to some outlandish but legal methods to ensure nothing goes wrong in the two-day exam. Students have reportedly been given pre-exam injections and intravenous drips designed to boost energy levels, while girls have resorted to hormone injections and birth control pills to delay menstruation. “There are situations where girls take pills to delay their periods until after the exams,” a gynaecologist at Beijing’s Chaoyang Hospital, who declined to give his name, told AFP. Some of the more affluent parents have rented houses close to the 7,300 exam venues across the country, while so-called “high-flyer rooms” are being offered in the northern port city of Tianjin, according to the staterun China Daily newspaper. The special hotel rooms — which cost up to 800 yuan
About one hundred female activists, mainly from Fukushima region, stage a die-in protest in front of the prime minister’s residence in Tokyo on Thursday. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda held a meeting later to discuss approval of restarting two nuclear reactors in western Japan. AFP
Threat to weak species due to greedy appetite SYDNEY: The developed world’s insatiable appetite for products like coffee and timber is threatening the survival of one in three vulnerable animal species in poor countries, an Australian study showed on Thursday. Academics at the University of Sydney spent five years tracking the world economy, evaluating over five billion supply chains connecting consumers to over 15,000 commodities produced in 187 countries. They particularly focused on the global trade of goods implicated in biodiversity loss such as coffee, cocoa, and lumber, with the data cross-referenced with a global register of 25,000
vulnerable species. The study, which was published in the scientific journal Nature, concluded that international trade chains can accelerate degradation in locations far removed from where the product is bought. “Until now these relationships have only been poorly understood,” said lead author Manfred Lenzen, from the university’s Integrated Sustainability Analysis group. “Our extraordinary number crunching, which took years of data collection and thousands of hours on a supercomputer to process, lets us see these global supply chains in amazing detail for the first time.”
The study showed that in countries like Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Honduras, 50 to 60 percent of biodiversity loss was linked to exports, mostly to meet demand from richer countries. It cited the example of spider monkeys threatened by habitat loss because of strong demand for coffee and an increase in cocoa plantations in Mexico and Central America. In Papua New Guinea, it said 171 species, like the black-spotted cuscus and eastern long-beaked echidna, were threatened by export industries including timber to a few large trading partners, including Australia. AFP
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Greek Lefts get it from Right
GLOBE AT A GLANCE UN urged to back intervention in Mali
ATHENS: Greece’s election campaign turned ugly on live TV: The spokesman of the extremeright Golden Dawn party, after trading insults of “commie” and “fascist,” lunged at two female left-wing politicians on a mainstream morning talk show, throwing water at one and smacking the other three times across the face. The violent display reminiscent of trash TV, a week-and-ahalf ahead of crucial elections, stunned Greeks as they seek to avoid a catastrophic exit from euro currency. A prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Ilias Kasidiaris whose party alarmed Europe by gaining 21 of Parliament’s 300 seats in Greece’s inconclusive May 6 elections. Golden Dawn, which vehemently denies the neo-Nazi label, has been accused of violent attacks against immigrants in Athens. The party denies involvement in the attacks, insisting it is a nationalist patriotic group. It campaigned on a platform of ridding the country of illegal immigrants and cleaning up crime-ridden neighbourhoods, and advocates planting anti-personnel mines along Greece’s borders to stop migrants from sneaking across. The attack “put on public display what was widely known,” said the radical left-wing Syriza party, whose member Rena
ABIDJAN: African leaders on Thursday called for UN backing for military intervention in northern Mali, currently controlled by feuding armed groups. Participants at a meeting of officials from the African Union, the western African grouping ECOWAS and the UN agreed on the need for the AU to make “a formal request” for UN backing for intervention to re-establish Mali’s territorial integrity.
Singer Bob Welch commits suicide in US LOS ANGELES: Bob Welch, singer and
A TV grab shows Golden Dawn Member of Parliament Ilias Kasidiaris (2ndL) hitting Liana Kanelli, a female MP for the Greek Communist party during a talk show on ANTENA TV station. AFP Dourou was splashed with water on the show. “The true face of this criminal organisation.” Tempers frayed on the daily morning political show on the private Antenna television station during a political debate, to which representatives of all seven parties that won parliamentary seats on May 6 had been invited. Discussion had turned to the country’s natural resources. But it went off on a tangent about political history in Greece, which suffered a vicious civil war between Communists and the right-wing after World War II, and a seven-year military dicta-
torship that ended in 1974. Kasidiaris, his temper wearing thin, shot an insult of “you old Commie” at 58-year-old prominent Communist Party member Liana Kanelli, in return for her branding him a “fascist.” Kasidiaris, 31, who served in the military’s special forces, also took offence at a reference by Dourou to a court case pending against him. It all careened into violence when Dourou said there was a “crisis of democracy when people who will take the country back 500 years have got into the Greek parliament.” Kasidiaris bounded out of his seat and
hurled a glass of water at her, shouting an insult loosely translated as “you circus act.” Talk show host Giorgos Papadakis shouting “no, no, no!” ran over to Kasidiaris, attempting to calm him down. But the Golden Dawn member turned on Kanelli, who had stood up and appeared to throw a newspaper at him. Kasidiaris hit Kanelli three times with hard right-left-right slaps to the sides of her head. Papadakis tried and failed to restrain him. The channel cut to a commercial break, and returned five minutes later without Kasidiaris.
Romney fundraising outpaces Obama As US WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has been on a nationwide fund raising blitz raising millions in the last few days, the latest figures reveal that Mitt Romney, Republican challenger, outraised him in terms of raising money in the month of May. The Obama Campaign said that it raised $60 million in the month of May; the same month Romney and his Republican party raised $76.8 million. Romney campaign and the Republican Party now have $107 million cash on hand. “We are encouraged by the financial support from a broad range of voters,” said Romney Victory National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick. “Our strong fundraising is a sign that Americans are tired of President Obama’s broken promises and want a change of direction in the White House,” said Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. According to the Romney campaign as many as 93 per
cent of all donations received in May were $250 or less — $12 million was raised by donations under $250 in May. Being outpaced by the opponent, the Obama Campaign was quick in seeking more donations from its supporters. “For the first time in this campaign, we got beat in fundraising. The Romney campaign and the Republican Party raised more than $76 million
last month, compared to our $60 million. We knew this moment would come when Romney secured the nomination,” said Jim Messina, campaign manager, Obama for America. Romney had drawn flak from several quarters for his constant reference to his wealth. They were of the opinion that such remarks would alienate poor and middle class voters. PTI
F-16s scramble for Obama aircraft alert LOS ANGELES: Two F-16 fighters were scrambled on Thursday after three small planes violated a flight ban imposed for a fundraising visit by President Barack Obama in California, officials said. The military jets intercepted a Cessna 206 at around 9am and a Cherokee PA 28 about 30 minutes later in airspace over Los Angeles, said North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman
Lieutenant Commander William Lewis. Both planes are singleengine, light aircraft models. “The fighters responded after the aircraft entered a temporary
flight restricted area, and escorted them until they departed the area,” Lewis said in a statement. Earlier in the morning, a Mooney M20 violated the airspace east of Los Angeles, at around 6am and was forced to land. The incidents brought to six the number of aircraft intercepted in California for violating air space restrictions during Obama fundraising visits since the start of this year. IANS
guitarist with Fleetwood Mac was found dead at his US home, police and media reports said. He was 65. Welch, who launched a successful solo career after leaving Fleetwood Mac, had hits like Ebony Eyes and Sentimental Lady,” shot himself in the chest and left a suicide note.
Pakistani firemen try to extinguish a fire at an electronics store that erupted due to a short-circuit in Peshawar on Thursday. AP
Peace plan not implemented in Syria: Annan LOS ANGELES: Kofi Annan, the UNArab League joint special envoy for Syria, has said that his six-point peace plan to end the 16-month crisis had not been implemented, Xinhua reported. The plan is widely backed by the international community and officially accepted by the Syrian government. Annan was speaking Thursday at the UN General Assembly.
Chavez’s days are numbered: Zoellick WASHINGTON: The days of cancerstricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are “numbered,” and without his support the leftist regimes in Cuba and Nicaragua will struggle, outgoing World Bank chief Robert Zoellick said Thursday. “The democrats of Latin America — left, center, and right — should be preparing,” he added.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and Afghan President Hamid Karzai during a ceremony in Beijing on Friday. AFP
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Fair, free and forthright
Talk back Address basic needs This is one topic I was always sensitive about and hope to bring a change in. Being a teenager I know what it feels like not to get what you want in childhood, let alone not being able to get basic needs like food, shelter and clothing. When twenty per cent children in India get to study in international schools, a big percentage doesn’t get even basic elementary schooling. Bare necessities of life, of which education is one, have been snatched from under their feet. It is the collective responsibility of the society to ensure that this evil is set right. Malathi Vaidya Vengalrao Nagar
Minister turns saviour It was a bold move by politician K Paradhasarathi of bringing back to their country Indian pilgrims stranded in an alien land. His commendable stance focused more on getting the pilgrims back rather than making inflammatory speeches that could have sparked a communal riot in the city. Politicians of the likes of him are a ray of hope in our country, where politicians are so greedy for power and would devastate the entire state for power. They should focus on the welfare on the country more than defaming the people in power. Rachel David East Marredpally
Fix it in time A policeman is always placed at an accident spot to ensure that no such incidents repeat there; how nice it would be had he been placed there before the accident. Apropos your article on unsafe electrical connections, I see that what you have done is exactly that... indicating to a danger and forewarning us. It is for the authorities concerned to show concern for the safety of the public and make necessary arrangements to ensure that no untoward incident occurs. Even after this warning if we do not wake up then God alone can save us! Laxmi Balaji Somajiguda
Thanks for the chart Let me begin by thanking you for the Euro wallchart on Thursday’s edition. Now I shall be able to keep track of every match without mixing up the scores. Also, let me congratulate you for the excellent Euro and Olympic coverage on the sports pages. It’s a shame other papers have not been doing much. Of course, it’s hard for those who are stuck with the gentlemen’s game. Dawood Ismail Hyderabad
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tats on sexual abuse of children are indeed hard to come by in India, but from my own conversations, I believe it’s widespread. The story is most frequently something like this: A trusted relative or friend is put in a situation where they have private (and often repeated) access to a child. The child doesn’t understand what is happening, doesn’t know if it is wrong or right plus years of deferential behaviour toward adults stops them from standing up for themselves even if they do sense something is wrong. The few kids who do report the abuse are often ignored or even punished by parents who choose denial over the protection of their offspring because of social stigmas that help nobody and hurt the innocent. Some parents even blame their kids for the abuse. The abuse can last one time, for weeks, even for years. It can happen to boys and girls, as young as babies and as old as teens. The result is devastating. Depression, suicide rates and sexual dysfunction all rise markedly in adults who were sexually abused as children. Many find it difficult or impossible to have a healthy sexual relationship for the rest of their lives. All of the above begs two questions: how do you protect your own kids, and what do those who were abused do to heal themselves. As to the first... protecting your kids from sexual abuse... there is only one solution here: frank, repeated talks. Tell your kids what parts of their bodies are ‘private parts’ and explain to them that nobody has the right to touch those parts except their parents dealing with an illness or a doctor under the supervision of a parent. And tell them what to do if someone breaks the rule: to scream, to say “NO”, and to run away. Tell them that if they are touched it’s not their fault (abuse victims frequently feel tremendous guilt over the abuse, and feel they contributed to it happening somehow); and that they must come to you and tell you about it if it ever happens. Tell them that even if the
offender says bad things will happen to the child or the child’s parents if the child tells about the abuse, that it’s a lie — and that what will really happen is that the bad person who committed the abuse will never be able to hurt them or any other child again. Tell your kids all of this. Tell them repeatedly, even if it’s hard, even if it makes you uncomfortable. They need to be prepared for the moment they are put in a terrible situation, if it happens, so that they can handle it. Do this, commit yourself to this, and you take a giant step towards reducing the chance that your child will ever be sexually abused. Now, what to do about those who have already been sexually abused? There are four major things that can help abuse victims. First, justice. When the abuser is thrown in jail for their atrocities it tells the abuse victim in no uncertain terms that what happened to them was a criminal act, and that helps the victim get over any guilt they have and start the healing process. So if you are in the life of an abuse victim, call the police, get the abuser arrested and protect other kids from more abuse. Second, if someone in your family has been sexually abused, try to get the family to
REACTION TO NRI OFFENDER’S PRESENCE smacks of self-righteousness
he British royals have found themselves in a spot over the presence of an NRI sex offender at Royal barge during the diamond jubilee celebrations. Harbinder Singh Rana was once a criminal and served his sentence, but ever since has spent his life as a reformed man. The greatest barrier to rehabilitation of criminals is the stigma they face from the society. When someone has been convicted of an offence and served the sentence, the score is even. He/she should be allowed to start a new chapter in their life. The outcry over his presence smacks of self-righteousness and hypocrisy. Elected leaders travel around the world cutting deals with dictators who have killed thousands of people. The democracy-suppressing monarchs are courted by Western leaders, who otherwise go to war for liberating the oppressed — when it suits their business interests. For political correctness, Singh might not be the best candidate for photo ops, but he definitely is an example of one choosing the right path.
talk openly about it. Let the victim know the abuse was not their fault; that you are there for them; and that they are loved and protected by the family now. Third, help the abuse victim get into counselling. This is crucial. Speaking with a counsellor over months or years about the abuse helps the victim process the pain and guilt of the abuse, and this in turn helps them heal. Finally, try to find a group of abuse victims who meet and talk about their abuse, and how they are handling it. Frequently, for the abuse victim, listening to other victims is cathartic, mostly because they realise they are not alone but also because they realise that they can heal from the terrible pain they suffered. OR… Stick with the old option. Let the stigmas about talking about sexuality and sexual abuse stay fixed in place. Don’t talk to your kids about protecting themselves, and increase the odds that they are abused. They’re your kids. It’s your choice. A foreigner’s observations on living, working, surviving and thriving in India.
FADE TO BLACK The unsung heroes
f the name Bob Welch fails to conjure images of Fleetwood Mac then don’t beat yourself up over it. Welch, one of the founding members of the iconic band (although he only played with them for three years), died this week and spent most of his post-Mac days living in its shadow. Like Brian Jones, Syd Barrett and Peter Frampton, Welch has become a footnote in the annals of music history. It is sad, but we once did love their way.
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country that boasts of an unparalleled history of rich, diverse and extensive indigenous forms of music can only talk of a present that is defamed by the lack of creative credibility and widespread plagiarism . It is difficult to blame anyone, is it the makers fault that they are not producing good music or does the fault lie with the audience who are not demanding good music. Even in conflict both the maker and the genuine-listener have conveniently turned towards the west. One for the so called ‘inspiration’ and the other for musical solace as an alternative for the confused state of the Indian music scene. Aishwarya Sarda, a student has a similar opinion. “I genuinely prefer songs with deep meaning rather than just cheesy lyrics with copied western music. Today Indian music has lost its sheen in the name of pointless fusion. The simplicity seems to have faded away.” In the midst of all this, there is always a ray of
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hope. It is sometimes called the new-wave or new-generation in Art and when it comes to the Indian music scene the flagbearers of this movement have been a few musicians such as Indian Ocean, Parikrama, Avial etc as bands and Amit Trivedi , Shantanu Moitra, Sneha Khanwalkar etc. as music composers for Bollywood . In a country like India with distinctly diverse cultures, a particular genre or category of music cannot exclusively be associated with the whole of the nation. Hence, the only vague definition that could be given to its music is ‘fusion’ and in recent times the one artiste who has managed to take this genre to the next level in India is Sneha Khanwalkar . She has shown her talent as a musician in a few of her film scores in which the music has always been in-sync with the narrative and also popular among the masses.“Her method of working is very unique and rather unheard of. To capture the essence and tone of a particular place she would actually pack her bags and venture into that region and get in contact with the local musicians of that region and work along with them and capture
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tones and mannerisms of their music,” says Ch. Ching Len Thoiba, a student and musician at SRM college, Chennai. This is very evident in Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye in which she gave a genuine Punjabi-folk feel to the music and in Gangs of Wasseypur she has come up with a brilliant fusion of the rustic Bihari tone and contemporary music . In a promotional interview for Gangs Of Wasseypur she said, “I had spent two years in the making of the soundtrack, the music is experimental so give it a patient ear”. Her passion and effort on this album is now bearing fruits as most of the tracks are faring well with the audience. In 2012 Sneha extended the creative possibilities of this method and came up with the idea of a show with MTV India called Soundtrippin which became a huge hit, and struck a chord with the audience. The final product is just amazing, it reflects the very core identity and essence of that place with of course the ‘contemporary-fusion’ musical touch that is Sneha Khanwalkar’s trademark.
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1. Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen 2. All Around the World Justin Bieber 3.Somebody That I Used to
India has gone from being a land that once produced some of the best independent musicians to become a nation today in which independent music is almost non-existent. But there is still hope…
The musical drift
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Holistic view of mind, body and soul
‘Stress may retard brain development in children’
Travelling makes you sick? Your family vacation has been ruined by your falling sick with bouts of nausea, headache and dizziness. Familiar? This could be motion sickness Anishaa Kumar firstname.lastname@example.org
rom serene hill stations to the pristine beaches exploring different parts of the country or the world, learning about different cultures and places with families or all alone — we all love to travel. But a journey filled with nausea, headaches and dizziness is something you wouldn’t want to experience. Many people suffer from such a condition commonly known as motion sickness or travel sickness. This is quite a common condition that is usually experienced when people travel by bus, trains and even aeroplanes. According to Dr Pramati Reddy, senior physician, Apollo Hospital, “Motion sickness occurs when there is an imbalance between what your ear perceives and what you see. When such an imbalance occurs it sends signals to the brain that may result in nausea, vomiting, dizziness and tiredness. These imbalances occur when you are trav-
elling or there are sudden movements.” Many people often complain of symptoms of motion sickness before they are about to embark on a journey. According to Dr Pramati, “This is just psychological. Unless there is a movement, there can be no symptoms of motion sickness. This could just be a recollection of what happened when the person has travelled earlier.”
Prevention Many medicines and home remedies are available to tackle motion sickness:
There are various medicines available that are approved and proven to tackle motion sickness. Dr Pramati says, “Metoclopramide and Meclizine are often prescribed to people who suffer from motion sickness. These medications can be taken before the person embarks on a journey or even after the symptoms of motion sickness are seen. Another option that is seen are patches. But these too can be done only on the prescription and advise of a medical practi-
tioner. The effect of these medications can be felt only after 15-20 minutes of taking the medication.”
n Sickness bands
A unique addition to the various means to prevent motion sickness are the latest motion sickness bands. These bands or bracelets stimulate acupressure points on the wrist. They are said to be a good way to prevent nausea associated with motion sickness although it is not scientifically proven. They are said to make use of magnets to control nausea.
n Ginger and peppermint Ginger and peppermint are natural home remedies that are said to help combat symptoms of nausea. Dr Pramati says, “Ginger and ginger ale is said to be a good way to control the nausea. Chewing something light or gum can also be helpful.”
n Avoid food that can cause nausea Avoid having any kind of food that can cause nausea such as alcohol and cigarettes.
Oily and heavy food before travelling should be avoided. It is also said that dairy products and food which is salty is also advised against. Dr Pramati says that juices and sweets should be avoided before or during a journey.
n Focus in the front
Whether you are travelling by flight or by a car, it is generally advised to sit in the front. Looking towards the horizon and not reading is also suggested to prevent symptoms of motion sickness. Taking a nap is also a good way to combat motion sickness. According to Dr Pramati, “Looking out of the window, basically looking in a horizontal direction helps.”
Treatment So you have taken your medication, had a light meal yet the motion sickness sets in. In such a situation Dr Pramati says, “Fresh air helps as well as stopping for breaks between your journey. Also drink plenty of water. If you are carrying the medication you can take a tablet too.” The most important aspect is to relax, sit back and keep yourself calm.
WASHINGTON: Stress may retard brain development in children, altering the growth of a specific part and the abilities tied to it, researchers say. “There has been a lot of work on animals linking both acute and chronic stress to changes in a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in complex cognitive abilities like holding on to important information for quick recall and use,” says study coauthor Jamie Hanson of WisconsinMadison, US. “We have now found similar associations in humans. More exposure to stress is related to more issues with certain kinds of cognitive processes,” adds Hanson, the Journal of Neuroscience reports. Children who had experienced more intense and lasting stressful events posted lower scores on tests of what researchers refer to as spatial working memory. They had more trouble navigating tests of shortterm memory such as finding a token in a series of boxes, according to the study, a Wisconsin statement says. Brain scans revealed that the anterior cingulate, a portion of the prefrontal cortex believed to play key roles in spatial working memory, takes up less space in children with greater exposure to very stressful situations. “These are subtle differences, but related to important cognitive abilities,” says Hanson. But these may not be irreversible differences. “We’re not trying to argue that stress permanently scars your brain. We don’t know if and how it is that stress affects the brain,” says Hanson, a psychology graduate student at Wisconsin-Madison. “We only have a snapshot — one MRI scan of each subject — and at this point we don’t understand whether this is just a delay in development or a lasting difference,” Hanson adds. “It could be that, because the brains is very plastic, very able to change, that children who have experienced a great deal of stress catch up in these areas,” says Hanson. Researchers determined stress levels through interviews with children aged nine to 14 years and their parents. IANS
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Holistic view of mind, body and soul
CHILDHOOD CANCER survivors face future risks due to radiation
There’s a lesson to be learnt
Researchers found that 24 per cent of women treated with chest radiation for any childhood cancer are more likely to develop breast cancer by the age of 50 Alexander Besant
new study has found childhood cancer survivors treated with radiation in the chest are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer in the future. Researchers at the Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center in New York found that 24 per cent of women treated with chest radiation for any childhood cancer develop breast cancer by age 50. MedPage Today reported that researchers looked at 1300 cancer survivors 26 years after they were cured and found that 175 of them had developed breast cancer around the age of 40. The study also found that women diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma as children, a cancer treated with heavy doses of chest radiation, had a 30 per cent chance of developing breast cancer. The average risk for an American woman who did not have a childhood cancer developing breast cancer by age 50 is four
percent, reported the Associated Press. The study found that even girls who were treated with low doses of radiation were still at a significant risk for breast cancer in the future. USA Today reported that about 60,000 women in the United States have had chest radiation as children and that 12,500 children are diagnosed with cancer every year.
THE STUDY FOUND THAT EVEN GIRLS WHO WERE TREATED WITH LOW DOSES OF RADIATION WERE STILL AT A SIGNIFICANT RISK. Researchers said that screening for breast cancer in those who had childhood cancers may have to begin earlier. Already, children receive much smaller doses of radiation today than two or three decades ago. The study was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago. GLOBAL POST
Life expectancy gap narrows between races Stacey Leasca
he life expectancy gap between African-Americans and whites in the US has hit an all-time low. The report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is based on data on US deaths between 2003 and 2008. "For the most part, blacks are making small but important gains in terms of life expectancy," Sam Harper of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and lead author of the report, told Reuters. Harper and his colleagues found the shift in
death rates appears to be because fewer African Americans are dying of AIDS and heart disease. On the other hand, whites are statistically dying earlier from unintentional injuries mainly poisonings, including prescription drug overdoses, Reuters reported. While the gap has gotten smaller, that doesn't mean it is equal. The LA Times noted a black baby boy born today can expect to live 5.4 fewer years, on average, than his white counterpart, and a black baby girl will die 3.7 years earlier, on average, than her white counterpart. "Understanding the
causes of black-white differences in mortality has important consequences for interventions to reduce health inequalities," Harper said. Similar life expectancy gains were found among women, WebMD reported. Life expectancy rates increased from 80.3 to 81.2 years for non-Hispanic white women and 75.7 to 77.5 years for African-American women. "There's still quite a large gap in life expectancy for men and women, and that gap is still much larger than we would like it to be," Harper told Reuters. GLOBAL POST
The life expectancy gap between African-Americans and whites in the US has hit an all-time low
Gym Diaries Sudeshna Koka
’ve always been a people’s person and love making friends. It doesn’t take me too long to chat up somebody and create a lasting friendship. However, despite three months of gymming I still haven’t made any friends there — apart from my colleague, who is also my gym buddy. Sometimes I wonder why for a girl, who has 1,079 friends on Facebook and one friend in each street, is it so difficult to make friends. Why do I find it hard to venture out of my comfort zone? Sometimes when I see someone walking in or someone working out next to me I’m torn between whether I should strike a conversation or should I just be. Now after four months, I have four acquaintances at the gym. No, I still don’t know what their names are or what they do. All I know is we share the same room to work out and it’s manners to exchange smiles. I remember one night when I went to bed crying as to why was I such a different person in the gym. Why do I act like one of those snobbish girls? Despite all this there is one thing that I have learnt, that is, even without talking too much we can sometimes learn a lot from people around. One such person is my instructor. Who has not just taught me my exercises but also how to perceive various situations. For instance, I’ve been pampered by friends and relatives. Even a small scratch is a big deal. But at the gym, I’ve hurt myself so many times, but all he does is smiles and tells me it’s not much. It makes me wonder if I’ve been paying too much attention to trivial details and if I am indeed capable of much more. Another day a girl who trains rigorously every day admitted that she was nervous about an exercise. He simply smiled at her and told her that it’s the nervousness that would bring out the best in her. How poignant! I’d never thought of things that way. Looking back I realised it’s so true. Each time I was scared the outcome was good — be it be my exams or filing my first article. (The writer is determined to fight the flab. Readers can inspire her at email@example.com)
Because you are what you wear
Raghavendra Rathore(R), a design by him (L)
The bandhgala is a truly Indian style statement that is being accepted world over as a perfect formal wear attire for fashionable men
The Indian Prince’s jacket Surabhi Chauhan firstname.lastname@example.org
ne of the biggest contributions from India towards fashion is in my opinion is the classic menswear style of a bandhgala. A bandhgala jacket is the one with a Nehru collar and is also called a Jodhpur suit when worn with matching trousers. The bandhgala jacket is more of a made-to-measure necessity as compared to a ready-to-wear western formal suit, as it fits the wearer like a glove from the neck down to the waist. The armholes are accordingly stitched so the
jacket fits well on the chest while at the same time allows free movement of arms. It is a skill that select Indian tailors have learnt over the years. The Jodhpur bandhgala jacket was invented in Jodhpur over a century ago. It is a short jacket with front button closing, high collar and ends at the hips just like a suit or a tuxedo does. The Jodhpur suit especially is a great option for formal events for men. PM Manmohan Singh wore one for the state dinner with President Obama in USA. Trendsetters ‘The Beatles’ wore matching bandhgalas for their famous Shea Stadium concert in America that marked the beginning of ‘Beatlemania’ to the world. International menswear pioneer labels like
Canali and Ermenegildo Zegna have openly adopted similar styles for their global customers. It is a style statement that automatically reflects luxury due to its custom tailored necessity. Many Indian bridegrooms may not opt for a ‘blingy’ sherwani, but instead go for a clean-cut bandhgala Jodhpur suit to shine on their special day. One of the designers to keep the traditions alive is designer Raghavendra Rathore whose Jodhpuri jackets are handmade by local skilled artisans taking over 23 hours in meticulous tailoring. Born and brought up in the rich heritage city of Jodhpur, he grew up respecting the value of traditional silhouettes. After his education in America’s top
fashion school Parsons in New York, he started his own label from India. “The logical growth of brand Raghavendra Rathore has been more of an emotional experience rather than getting entangled in the trendy and volatile fashion systems here. For my brand connects with the soul, bringing about a fusion of the heritage of old world, with a contemporary twist,” explains Rathore. Some high profile names who own a Rathore bandhgala are Saif Ali khan, Navin Jindal, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Shekhar Gupta, Sanjay Kapur, Vikram Chandra and Abhiskeh Manu Singhvi. A well-stitched bandhgala is the easiest way to look regal and prince like in any formal setting. But the buck doesn’t
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A model wears a Nehru collar polo shirt from www.shersingh.com. Below: A bandhgala from Anita Dongre’s AD Man collection. Left: Actor Sanjay Suri wore an Anita Dongre jacket to Cannes
stop there. Online fashion brand www.shersingh.com has originated the Nehru collar polo shirt for a casual option for the dapper city men. A mixture of classic with new, the Shersingh Nehru collared polo has the branding of a Hindi numeric “1947” appliqué in the front and black thread embroidered ‘India’ on the back. This style truly highlights how the bandhgala could be a versatile style to be adapted with the casual or formal wardrobe of Indian gentlemen. Blending in its historical relevance with the modern consumers demands, the brand believes it to be more than just a shirt, but their pride. Last month at the Cannes
Film Festival (also known as the most stylish red carpet event of the year), actor Sanjay Suri opted for a pure linen handcrafted Jodhpuri suit at the Incredible India Party in France. Designed by Anita Dongre under her menswear label AD Man, the designer says the bandhgala is the right choice for men to wear on a red carpet: “The bandhgala looks regal and supremely elegant. It looks good on almost everyone. It is Indian and formal enough for the red carpet and can be worn in different lengths and different bottoms. The bandhgala is a great alternative to the suit or tuxedo for formal events.” But does the bandhgala have to potential to match the popularity shared that by the
tuxedo in the west or a formal suit? “The Jodhpuri Bandhgala jacket has been worn in Jodhpur for over a century by families from a lineage of rich heritage and traditions. The versatility of the outfit and the readaptation of the old style with the slick looking bandhgala that we meticulously customise to individual clients make it quite special. I believe strongly in this product and want to make the bandhgala India’s ambassador of heritage overseas with its versatility and growing acceptability as a staple part of any man’s wardrobe, be it New Delhi or New York, Mumbai or London,” says Rathore.
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Sparkle and shine
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The ladies sizzled and grooved to the peppy numbers played by the DJ at Bottles and Chimney on Thursday night. 6
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A model wears jewellery at the announcement of the Fifth Hyderabad Jewellery, Pearl and Gem Fair. The fair will be held from June 24 at Hitex. The event is sponsored by UBM India.
Meet the stars Ram and Tamannah, the stars of Endhukante Premanta interact with their fans at a function organised by Airtel.
Bonding with the fans Actors Azim Rizvi and Faith participated in the launch of a deco card at Darpan Furnishings Showroom, Abids. It was also a promotion of their film Qasam se Qasam se . DEEPAK DESHPANDE
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Ram teams up with Vijay Milton
ijay Milton, the cinematographer of Balaji Shaktivel’s critically acclaimed films like Kaadhal and Vezhakku Enn 18/9, is going to direct a film in Telugu. He is going to team up with Ram for this film and we hear that Sravanthi Ravi Kishore is going to produce the film. Ram is currently shooting for Bommarillu Bhaskar’s film and he’s also teaming up with Santosh Srinivas, who had earlier directed Kandireega, for yet another mass entertainer. Vijay Milton, Ram’s film is expected to go on floors in December this year. The film is currently in the pre-production stage. Post the success of Kandireega last year, Ram has been signing his projects carefully. His new film Endhukante Premanta, directed by A Karunakaran, released in theatres today and the film’s Tamil version is expected to release three weeks later in Tamil Nadu.
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The glamour behind the glitz
Srikanth, Meghana in a romantic entertainer
rikanth is signing films back to back these days. After Devaraya, Shirdi Sai, All the Best and NSR Prasad’s upcoming film, he has signed yet another film titled Lucky. Meghana is playing the lead role in the film. Hari is going to make his debut as a director with this film and V Srinivasa Reddy, who had produced films like Bachi, Aaropranam, Pavithraprema and Krishna Babu, is going to produce this film. Sai Karthik is composing the music. The film will be officially launched on June 13 and it’s going to hit the screens in October.
Sandeep on a comeback trail M
usic director Sandeep is on a comeback trail in Tollywood. Having worked for Vandemataram Srinivas, MM Sree Lekha and Radha Krishna, he went on to compose music for films like Nee Thodu Kavali, Veedi Veedi Gummadi Pandu and Graduate. “I scored music for Mona Lisa which was a huge hit in Kannada,” Sandeep says. Last year, he composed the background score for Dhada since Devi Sri Prasad was busy with other projects. His tryst with composing jingles was quite fruitful. “Earlier this year, I composed the jingle for Colgate Maxx Fresh which featured Allu Arjun. I had to come up with 10 different tunes and finally one got selected. Pradeep
@ssrajamouli After being in and out of ICU for 2 months mom is finally discharged. Thanks to the doctors and nursing staff of sunshine hospitals. They took care of her like their own mother.
@PriyaWajAnand Thursday outing with the grandparents. Darshan at the Sai Mandir & dinner at The Rajasthani Dhaba! They are my reason to :)... What’s Urs?
@ramsayz Just did some super fun interviews with Tamannaah... laughing throughout!!Don’t miss any of em... UNLESS ure in d theatre watching #EP!!
@tashu_02 If I wana b aloof thn I can look straight n enjoy the scenic beauty... n just by turning left I can enjoy company of my team ;-) (c both pics)
@shraddhadas43 Sarkar, who directed the ad, appreciated my work. I have also composed a jingle for Coke,” Sandeep says. His upcoming projects include Oh My Love and an untitled film starring Varun Sandesh. “I hope I continue to get good work in the Telugu film industry. I feel, this is where I truly belong,” he says.
Mahurath of d telugu version of my 3d Dracula film on 9th jun at Annapurna studios, here is d invite!
@RGVzoomin Only thing u can ever learn form a mistake is that u dint realize it was a mistake until u did it and hence u will continue 2 make mistakes forever.
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How to play Kakuro Kakuro is a popular game similar to sudoku in some ways. But is also suitably different. The key question: ‘How do you play kakuro?’, well here are the rules of kakuro. The answer: The kakuro grid, unlike in sudoku, can be of any size. It has rows and columns, and dark cells like in a crossword. And, just like in a crossword, some of the dark cells will contain numbers. Some cells will contain two numbers. However, in a crossword the numbers reference clues. In a kakuro, the numbers are all you get! They denote the total of the digits in the row or column referenced by the number. Within each collection of cells — called a run — any of the numbers 1 to 9 may be used but, like sudoku, each number may only be used once. Let’s have an example to explain this concept more clearly: In the image above, which shows a section of a kakuro puzzle, you will see the numbers ‘26’ and ‘14’ in the top row. Look at the 14. This means that the total of the three cells underneath must sum to 14. Therefore 9, 4, 1 could be the answer, or perhaps 7, 4, 3 and so on... So, how do you work out the actual combination? Well, this is done through elimination and cross-referencing. For instance, as you work out the answers for other kakuro clues, this will naturally limit the valid combinations, and hence the answer for this particular run. Note the second cell in row two — it contains two numbers, 30 and 11. The 30 refers to the vertical run underneath the number 30 and the 11 refers to the two cells to the right, horizontally, of the number 11.
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Take a shot at the brain game while sipping your cuppa
QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 ‘Star Wars’ creator George 6 Cause to lose face 11 ‘Paper or plastic?’ item 14 A Muse 15 ‘Aladdin’ spirit 16 Abbr at LAX 17 Diagonally 19 A river runs to it 20 ‘Bye-bye,’ in Bologna 21 ___ one's loins 22 Yale student 23 Good name for a gemologist? 25 A choir may stand on it 27 Stratford-on-___ (Shakespeare's birthplace) 28 Big name in antacids 30 Offer one's knowledge 32 ‘Air’ or ‘canto’ opener 33 53rd St landmark 35 Paragons of slipperiness 36 Easy-maintenance hairstyles 39 It can keep you regular 41 ‘___ Ado About Nothing’ 42 Weep, and then some 45 Shoe part for Astaire or Glover 47 Sustain once again 49 Actor's ambition 50 Shrub that may be poisonous 53 Coin in circulation since 2002 54 ‘Honest ___’ (President Lincoln) 55 Dried and withered 56 Touch up against 58 Sun-Tue connector 59 Chicago ballplayer's interviewer? 63 Betting pool 64 ‘What goes up must come down,’ eg 65 Soothing balm 66 Sound of air escaping 67 One who's done for 68 Slumber DOWN 1 Albanian monetary unit
2 William Tell's canton 3 Heckler's shout 4 Hun head honcho 5 High-protein bean (var) 6 ‘A long time ___ in a galaxy ...’ 7 Frozen floaters 8 ‘It's the Hard-Knock Life’ musical 9 Jagged mountain chain 10 Cattle cluster 11 Bother to no end 12 Bad way to operate your business 13 Mischievous girl 18 Chicken ___ bleu 23 Symbol of royal power 24 ‘The Raven’ poet 26 ‘As God ___ witness ...’ 27 Relatives of blvds 29 Words before ‘roll’ or ‘budget’ 31 Territory of India
34 Place to get your greens? 36 ___ de foie gras 37 Psychic radiance 38 Polar sight 39 Cuts and scrapes, to tots 40 Bends 42 Sink, as a derelict ship 43 ‘... ___ flag was still there’ 44 Term of endearment, for a frat boy 45 Bindlestiffs 46 Not genuine 48 Affecting the brain and spinal cord 51 Opposite of rural 52 Combine, as
traffic lanes 55 Heroin, informally 57 Word with ‘straw’ or ‘trail’ 60 Bard's ‘always’ 61 Woman who raised Cain 62 One push-up PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER
THOUGHT OF THE DAY Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. – Henry Ford
Chai Time STAR POWER
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Some govt ofﬁcials are lucky to get a tr‑ ansfer to their desired destination. Good turing point likely in your new efforts. Financial position likely to improve. Marriage talks will end favourably.
Unexpected expenses likely for house and vehicles. Children may not be co‑ operating well with you. Some employ‑ ees will be planning to change their job. Pregnant women need to be careful.
Financial position will be very tight. Avoid implementing new ideas and efforts. Some govt ofﬁcials might be sent on forced leave or punishment transfer. Partners may not co‑operate.
Good opportunities to come your way, utilising which is in your hands. You will see a growth; a strong ﬁnancial position likely. Unexpected fortune likely. Marriage of child will be ﬁxed.
Avoid unwanted arguments and contro‑ versial stands. Financial situation will upset you. Professional and commis‑ sion agents will earn attractively. Moth‑ er's health will be a cause for concern.
You will face any type of hardship and come out successfully. New efforts will give you desired results but there will be a delay. Misunder‑ standing with blood relatives likely.
Though income will be on expected lines, expenses too will haunt you and your plans to save will not materia‑ lise right now. Hurdles keep coming, but you will mange the situation well.
You will be geared enough to comple‑ te all work undertaken in a speedy way and without facing any hurdle. Elders and powerful friends will sup‑ port you very well in your efforts.
Money from expected sources may not come. Some are forced to change their residence. Children will create tension which will upset you. Postpone new efforts that you were planning.
You have a very comfortable ﬁnancial position. Be careful while driving; min‑ or accident likely. Some will plan to sell their assets. Desired results likely in new efforts but with some delay.
Businessmen will face a revolt from partners. Couples will face health problems needing care. Some employ‑ ees on deputation might be forced to stay away from their family.
Businessmen are advised not to beli‑ eve partners very much and be on a self‑protection mode. Financially too the situation looks critical. Specu‑ lative deals will not bring gains.
The World – Share your thoughts with someone close. Even if he/she doesnʼt understand, the pro‑ cess of sharing itself will do you a world of good.
The Hierophant – Extra effort will be needed in order to make a plan work. Think things through carefully and spend more time planning than executing.
Three of Wands – You make be looking at a problem from the macro perspective. But to resolve it, you may need to dip into it completely. Dive in and get involved.
Six of Cups – Fusion is the ﬂavor of the seas‑ on. It brings two diffe‑ rent things together a‑ nd it also makes room for new learning about other cultures. Keep an open mind to it.
A competitor may be making things difﬁ‑ cult for you, espe‑ cially at the work place. You need to be wary of this per‑ son. Play your cards close to your chest.
Nine of Cups – A comparison with another person may irritate you. You want to be one of a kind and be known for special qualities and not be compared.
For Better or for Worse Stone soup
Queen of Cups – The‑ re are many different emotional colours you go through quite a few today. The waning moon may be making you a little moody and irrational.
Three of Swords – You make a special connect with a per‑ son whom you thought was not of your kind at all. But youʼre in for many surprises today.
Three of Cups – Yo‑ uʼre prepared to take the ladder to success. Your promotion will give you a new status and you bask in it for some time. Work gets done with supervision.
Two of Pentacles – By respecting processes you endorse the sys‑ tem you work within, no matter how much you despise its struc‑ ture. Come to terms with the system.
Four of Cups – Change is on the horizon. You may not have expected it. You feel nervous about making any change but you are forced to take action.
Four of Pentacles – Someone is coming in the way of your plans, not allowing you prosper. There is a chance that you have harmed this person in the past.
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DID YOU KNOW...? n The United States has won five of the eight Olympic gold medals awarded since the sport’s introduction at the Atlanta 1996 Games. n The first beach volleyball circuit began in the 1950s with hundreds of athletes playing on beaches in California.
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Beach Volleyball came of age on the beaches of Santa Monica, California, during the 1920s. Over the last three decades, the sport has moved far beyond its roots and is now played all over the world. Teams of two will serve, bump and spike their way towards gold at the ‘12 Games. The Beach Volleyball court is 16m long and 8m wide and has a sandy surface. It is divided into two halves by a net that is 2.43m high for the men’s game, and 2.24m high for the women’s.
BV at Games Beach Volleyball made its Olympic debut at Atlanta 1996. Since then it has become one of the most popular spectator sports at the Games. The London 2012 competition will be held at a special temporary arena on Horse Guards Parade, just steps from Trafalgar Square. It will be covered in 3,000 tonnes of sand. Beach Volleyball is similar to the indoor game but with two main differences. The court is covered in sand and situated outdoors, and the game is played by teams of two, instead of six. The sport
Ricardo Santos (born January 6, 1975 ) Nicknamed ‘The Wall’ due to his net skills, Ricardo Santos has won more medals than anyone else in men’s Beach Volleyball, marking him out as a true star. The Brazilian won an Olympic silver at Sydney 2000, where Santos partnered Ze Marco de Melo. Santos then teamed up with Emanuel Rego and the duo won the gold medal at Athens 2004.
Natalie Cook (born January19, 1975) started playing professional beach volleyball in 1994. Cook first competed in a Games in 1996, where she paired with Kerri Pottharst. They won the bronze medal. In 2000, they pair took home the gold medal at Sydney. They were both subsequently included in the International Volleyball Federation’s team of the decade.
Field of play
LEGENDS OF THE SPORT
SPIKES IN THE SAND
DAYS TO GO
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Uniform controversy In 1999, the FIVB standardized uniforms, with the swimsuit becoming the uniform both for men and women. This drew the ire of some athletes. According to the rul-es, female players have the option of playing in a one-piece uniform. A player’s equipment consists of shorts or a bathing suit. A jersey or tank-top is optional except when specified in tournament regulations. Most prefer the bikini. Natalie Cook confirmed FIVB’s claims, stating the uniforms are practical for a sport played on sand during the heat, but Denise Johns claimed it was intended to be “sexy” and draw attention.
ocated on the Prime Minister’s doorstep in central London, Horse Guards Parade provides an iconic location for the London 2012 Beach Volleyball competition. Dating back to 1745, the parade ground takes its name from the soldiers
THE LINGO Spike: to smash the ball overarm into the opponent’s court. Block: preventing the attacking ball from coming over the net by forming a wall of hands at the net. Dig: a defensive passing shot from close to the ground, usually following an opposition spike Setter: the player who sets the ball for the attacker, usually on the second of the team’s three permitted shots
ranked teams advance. The four remaining third-ranked teams play a two-match lucky loser round; the two winning teams in the lucky loser round then qualify. The winners of the semis head for the gold. All matches are the best of three sets, with 21 points needed to win a set.
is played with a ball made of synthetic leather. The object is to land the ball in the rival’s half of the court. Each team is allowed three touches of the ball before it must cross over the net to the opposition.
Competition format At London 2012, both the men’s and women’s Beach Volleyball events begin with a preliminary phase. A total of 16 teams from this phase qualify for the knockouts – the top two teams from each pool and the best two third-
Officials Two referees oversee each game. One sits on an elevated chair at the side of the court and the second on the other side. They are assisted by scorers and line judges
HORSE GUARDS PARADE who provided protection for the monarch since the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. It lies at the heart of London’s ceremonial life and still hosts the Trooping of the Colour event that takes place on the Queen’s official birthday each year. A tempo-
rary arena is being constructed for the 2012 Games. A total of 5,000
tonnes of sand is being brought in from a quarry in Godstone, Surrey, to create the capital’s very own ‘beach’. Installation of the arena and spectator seating will be carried out in late June, following the Trooping the Colour.
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DAYS TO GO
BOLT PIPS ASAFA POWELL Luke Phillips
South Korea keep their volleyball hopes alive TOKYO: South Korea
OSLO: Usain Bolt will travel back to Jamaica for Olympic trials on the back of a nail-biting victory over compatriot Asafa Powell in the 100m at the Oslo Diamond League meet on Thursday. The 25-year-old reigning double Olympic sprint champion left it late in the race to reel in Powell, the former world record holder. Teeth gritted and long legs pumping, Bolt screamed through the finish line in 9.79 seconds, Powell notching up his 77th sub10sec 100m in 9.85sec but also left wondering what he has to do to improve on his 11-1 losing record against Bolt. “I really enjoyed it!” beamed Bolt. “My execution was alright. I’m going home now to top things up. “I’ll look to go fast and look forward to the trials.” The race was delayed after Briton Mark LewisFrancis false started in lane one. But Bolt kept his nerve to produce a reasonable start, but was left trailing Powell over the first 60 metres. It was then that Bolt pushed his huge frame through his drive phase and claimed the victory. The performance followed his 9.76sec outing in Rome last week in warmer
weather, which came after a minor blip, albeit a winning one, of 10.04sec in a cold and blustery Ostrava. As introductions were made on the stadium big screen, Bolt danced and generally acted up for the benefit of a capacity crowd at the Bislett Stadium. When the screams and whistles died down, Bolt, wearing bright white spikes and loose blue singlet and shorts, settled in his blocks after crossing himself, looking skywards and winking as the television zoomed in and his picture was broadcast on the big stadium screen. The Jamaican revolutionised sprinting, and indeed athletics, four years
I really enjoyed it! My execution was alright. I’m going home now to top things up. I’ll look to go fast and look forward to the trials. Usain Bolt, Sprint King ago in Beijing, setting world records when winning the 100 and 200m titles, and also starring in a recordbreaking Jamaican quartet
in the 4x100m relay. He left the Chinese capital as one of the most recognisable figures in world sport, unbelievably going on to beat both his individual sprint marks with new times (9.58 and 19.19sec) in the Berlin worlds in 2009. Bolt lost his world 100m title in Daegu, South Korea, last July to compatriot Yohann Blake after sensationally false starting in the final. But with track and field set to again take centre stage at this summer’s London Olympics, the world’s largest sporting event, Bolt will now head back to Jamaica for trials and a serious eye on what he can do in the British capital.
Pearson dominates the Diamond O S L O : Australian Sally P e a r s o n equalled her own world leading time of 12.49 seconds in a dominant display over the 100m hurdles at the Diamond League meet here on Thursday. The world champion overcame a false start by British heptathlete Jessica Ennis to power home 0.07sec ahead of American Kristi Castlin, with US-born Briton Tiffany Porter taking third (12.70). The performance bode well for Pearson, who had a
season to remember last year, winning all but one of her 11 races, producing seven of the quickest 11 performances and claiming world gold in the fourth fastest time ever run. The 25-year-old Australian 100m hurdler was rewarded with the IAAF accolade of female athlete of the year, which carries with it a cheque for $100,000. What remains for Pearson now is the shot at the long-standing 100m hurdles record of 12.21sec, set by Bulgarian Yordanka Donkova way back in 1998.
kept their chances of reaching the London Olympics alive on Thursday by defeating China at the men’s volleyball qualifying tournament. The Koreans, who would have missed the chance unless they won at least two sets, squeezed out a close 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 14-25, 1513 victory over their Asian rivals. The winners of the tournament and the best-placed Asian team among the rest in the eight-team round robin competition will qualify for the Olympics. In the rankings among the Asian teams, South Korea have six points against 11 for Iran and nine for Australia. China and Japan have eight points. Earlier in the day, Iran whipped Venezuela 25-16, 25-16, 2520, while leaders Serbia beat Puerto Rico 25-19, 25-17, 25-18 for a fifth straight win to move within reach of next month’s Games. In the last match of the day, Japan also managed to keep their hopes alive when they rallied to a 25-22, 25-23, 25-12 victory over Australia.
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Aaron Cook row: World body intervenes LONDON: The row over European taekwondo champion Aaron Cook’s failure to be selected for the British Olympic team escalated when the sport’s global governing body announced a review into the issue. “We are disappointed by the way in which British Taekwondo’s selection process has been conducted and it is clear that lack of rationale has caused confusion,” said WTF secretary general Jean-Marie Ayer in a statement.
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Party kicks off at Euro 2012 fanzone
The rocky road to Warsaw
Poland kicked off its Euro 2012 football festivities on Thursday with the launch of the Warsaw fanzone, less than 24 hours before the whistle blows on the opening match between Greece and Poland. Thousands of Warsaw residents and fans from abroad crammed in to listen to live music and show some football cheer ahead of the 16-nation tournament hosted by Poland and Ukraine in June.
Euro 2012 kicks off Friday in Poland and Ukraine, just over five years since European football's governing body UEFA made the surprise choice of naming the two east European countries as joint hosts. But from concerns about the completion of key infrastructure to political upheaval and homeland security issues, the long build-up to the first major football tournament behind the former Iron Curtain has been far from smooth.
Czech striker Baros fit to kick-start opener PRAGUE: Veteran Czech strik-
Hurdles overcome, players set to leap WARSAW: Poland take on Greece in the opening match of Euro 2012 in Warsaw on Friday, with organisers hoping talk will switch to events on the pitch, after a turbulent build-up of political strife and infrastructure concerns. Franciszek Smuda’s side play the showpiece opener of the 16team tournament in front of a 50,000-capacity crowd at the newly-built National Stadium after an opening ceremony promising to mix sport and culture, heritage and innovation. The first Group A match at 1600 GMT, plus the second
between Russia and the Czech Republic in the western city of Wroclaw at 1845 GMT, are the first of 31 games in eight venues in the two eastern European nations.
Poland vs Greece 9.30pm (Friday) Neo Prime Holders and world champions Spain and beaten Euro 2008 finalists Germany are overwhelming favourites to play each other again in the final match in
the Olympic Stadium in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on July 1. Euro 2012 is the first time that European football’s most prestigious international tournament has been held behind the former Iron Curtain and UEFA governing body president Michel Platini admits it has been a rocky road. “It’s often said that the most difficult births lead to the most beautiful babies,” he told AFP in an interview in March, amid concern about delays in key transport and infrastructure projects plus spiralling costs, particularly in Ukraine. AFP
er Milan Baros is fit to face Russia in Friday’s Euro 2012 opener after recovering from a thigh injury, Czech media said Thursday, citing the team doctor. The 30-year-old Galatasaray striker, who limped off the training pitch on Tuesday with doctors fearing a thigh abductor rupture, managed a full training session on Thursday evening without any problems. “He did not complain and he’s got the green light. The treatment will continue, but it looks very well. It’s up to the coach now,” the Czech team’s chief doctor Petr Krejci told the CTK news agency. Baros, who has scored 41 goals in 89 games for the national team, was top scorer at
Euro 2004 when the Czechs reached the semi-finals. He won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, but his form has slumped since then, with the player featuring as often on the gossip pages as the sports pages.
Czech vs Russia 12.15am (Saturday) Neo Sports Still, he is the first-choice striker for Czech coach Michal Bilek at the tournament cohosted by Poland and Ukraine. Runners-up in 1996, the Czechs will play all three Group A games in the southern Polish city of Wroclaw near the Czech border. AFP
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Hart to emulate heroes
WARSAW: Locked behind the Iron Curtain just
two decades ago, Poland and Ukraine will roll out the welcome fans from across the globe when the Euro 2012 football championships kicks off Friday in Warsaw. While the decision by European football’s governing body UEFA to hold its first-ever top tournament in the ex-communist bloc is showcasing the hosts, political rancour and concern over fan safety are casting a shadow. On the eve of the opening match between Poland and Greece, Britain said it will not be sending any ministers to the Euro 2012 groupstage games due to concerns about “selective justice” in Ukraine’s treatment of its former premier Yulia Tymoshenko. Anger is also running high elsewhere in the 27-member European Union over the jailing of the opposition icon for seven years on abuse-of-power charges she vehemently denies.
KRAKOW: If England are to confound the gloomy pre-tournament predictions of an early flight home from Euro 2012, it is likely that Joe Hart will have something to do with it. After only 18 caps, the 25-year-old Manchester City goalkeeper has emerged as something of a talismanic figure for England since establishing himself in the No.1 jersey following the 2010 World Cup. The 6ft 5in shot-stopper has only tasted defeat once while on England duty, and has yet to be on the losing side for England in a competitive match. His impressive displays for club and country have seen him anointed as the heir apparent to a proud English goalkeeping tradition that has produced the likes of Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton and David Seaman. However while Hart’s natural confidence shields him from the demons of self-doubt that can afflict so many goalkeepers, he believes he still has plenty to prove before he can mentioned in the same breath as Banks and company. “Comparisons are easily made,” Hart says. “But when you break it down I’ve got an awful long way to go before I get close to them. “I’m on my own journey as a goalkeeper. I’ve got 18 caps and I want to improve on that at every opportunity, which is first and foremost on Monday against France, and being the rock that England need.” Hart is hopeful however
UEFA confirm fan protest but deny racism KRAKOW: A small group of protesters targeted that he can play a decisive role in an England campaign which has been destabilised by a chaotic build-up which included the suspension of Wayne Rooney and the resignation of manager Fabio Capello before a raft of late injuries decimated the squad. “Anything that’s ever been won, or when (a team) has gone far who shouldn’t have done, has been to do with how the goalkeeper’s performed or how the back four have performed,” Hart said.
“But it’s a team effort. You can’t get anywhere with just one player playing well; you need quality all over the field.” Growing up, Hart’s heroes were Seaman and Manchester United and Denmark legend Peter Schmeichel. Banks, and his iconic save against Pele in the 1970 World Cup, also feature in his mental scrapbook. “I’m not going to lie and say I’ve seen a great deal (of Banks). The coverage wasn’t then what it was today.” AFP
Ribery calls for calm ahead of tie Colin Droniou
DONETSK: French playmaker Franck Ribery says he and his team-mates are going to approach their opening Euro 2012 clash with old foes England calmly and not overdo their preparations. The 29-year-old Bayern Munich star who is competing at his fourth major finals - said there was no point planning their strategy to Monday’s game to such an extent they felt they had already played the game by the time kick-off arrived. “We have some players who play in England and they know the English players well,” said Ribery. “On Wednesday, I watched their friendly match against Belgium (a 1-0 win last Saturday) while having a massage. “They defend really well and play on the counter attack. Up front they have either Andy Carroll or Danny Welbeck, who are two vastly different players.
Poland, Ukraine ready to welcome crowds
France’s Franck Ribery is pictured in a medical engine at the training center in Kircha on Thursday. AFP/FRANCK FIFE “One (Welbeck) is more at ease on the ball, who likes to dribble and the other (Carroll) is more robust and physical. “We will certainly do our homework on them. There are still a few days to go but we are going to approach this match
calmly. There is no point in playing the game before it has even taken place as that would place unwanted pressure on us.” Ribery, who came to the fore when he was at Marseille from 2005-07 after an unspectacular early career, accepted that he was now one of the senior players and a lot more responsibility fell on him. He has not always been appreciated by French crowds and been booed on several occasions - his role in the 2010 World Cup debacle did not boost his popularity and neither did revelations about the supposedly happy family man having sex with a prostitute. However, he feels a page has been turned since he scored his first goal for the national side in almost three years against Iceland in a warm-up match last month. “It is true that everyone was waiting for this goal and it has done me an enormous amount of good,” the Frenchman said. AFP
the Dutch team’s training ground in the southern Polish city of Krakow, a senior UEFA official confirmed on Thursday, but denied the demonstrations were racist. Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf had said that a handful of the 25,000 fans who turned up to watch the Oranje train had made monkey noises at the side’s black players during the warm-up. UEFA, which has a zero tolerance policy on racism at football grounds, said it had spoken to the Dutch squad and they said they had not seen or heard anything of a racist nature, the official told AFP. But the official confirmed that some Polish supporters were unhappy at European football’s governing body for not making Krakow one of the four Polish host cities for the tournament and made themselves heard.
Bielk says he has faith in the Czech team WROCLAW: Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek insisted on Thursday he did not think he side are the weakest link in Group A at the Euros as they prepare to open up against Russia. “I think Group A is very finely-poised,” Bilek told reporters. “And I don’t think we are the weakest team in the group — we have a good team and you will see that tomorrow (Friday).” “Our ambition is to get out of the group which would be a great success for us. We’re really looking forward to getting out there,” said Bilek. He added veteran star Milan Baros was a doubt with a thigh injury but “we will take a decision at the last moment. But all the other players are operational.”The top scorer at Euro 2004 when the Czechs reached the semi-finals - limped off the training pitch with the injury on Tuesday, with doctors fearing he had pulled a muscle.
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The games people play
Sharapova is guarded against surprise finalist Allan Kelly
PARIS: It will be power and star-
Sania-Bhupathi claim French mixed crown PARIS: India’s Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi captured their second mixed doubles Grand Slam title beating Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Santiago Gonzalez 7-6, 6-1 in the French Open final here on Thursday. The seventh seeds recovered from a dodgy start to get the over the line against the PolishMexican duo. It was Sania-Bhupathi’s maiden triumph at the Roland Garros and second major crown after the pair won the Australian Open in 2009. While the victory gave Bhupathi his eighth mixed dou-
His unique mixed doubles record
ndia’s Mahesh Bhupathi has the unique record of winning seven of his eight Grand Slam mixed doubles titles with seven different partners and in straight sets. The only partner who has the distinction of winning twice with Bhupathi is compatriot Sania Mirza. Bhupathi and Sania won the Australian Open on hard court in 2009.
bles Grand Slam title, it was the second trophy for his Hyderabadi partner. Bhupathi, who turned 38 on Thursday, has now won all four Grand Slams twice in the category with first one coming here in 1997 when he partnered Rika Hiraki of Japan. He also has four doubles titles to his name. “A Grand Slam title has come after a long time. The first one since I have become a father. It will always be special,” said Bhupathi referring to his first Grand Slam win since Melbourne in 2009. IANS
LeBron leads Heat past Celtics BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: LeBron James scored 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to power the Miami Heat over Boston 98-79 on Thursday and force a one-game showdown to decide which team advances to the NBA Finals. With the Heat facing elimination, NBA Most Valuable Player James unleashed one of the greatest performances of his career on the Celtics, who were routed on their home court when they had a chance to take the series with a victory. Instead, the Heat evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final at 3-3 to force a deciding game on Saturday in Miami. The winner will face the Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder in the
NBA Finals starting Tuesday. “We had to win this game,” James said. “It’s a good win for us. It’s a one-game series now. The game is in our building. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”
James kept alive his hopes of capturing his first NBA title, his main goal when he departed the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010 to join fellow superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. The Heat reached last year’s NBA Finals in the first season for James in Miami, but lost to the Dallas Mavericks. James scored 30 first-half points on 12-of-14 shooting to lead Miami to a 55-42 half-time lead. The Celtics made runs at the Heat in the third and fourth quarters but could not produce nearly enough points to threaten the visitors. “I just wanted to try to lead my team the best way I could,” James said. “I was glad I could be there for them and we could force a game seven.” AFP
appeal against guile and honest endeavour on Saturday when Maria Sharapova takes on Sara Errani for the French Open title in Paris. Second-seeded Russian Sharapova won through to the Championship match with a 6-3, 6-3 win over fourth seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, while 21st seed Errani of Italy ousted Australian sixth seed Samantha Stosur 7-5, 1-6, 6-3. The stakes could hardly be higher for Sharapova, who is already assured of regaining the world number one spot she last held in 2008 before a shoulder injury nearly wrecked her career. The 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open champion, will become
ERRANI, WHO WAS NOT RATED AMONG THE FAVOURITES FOR THE TITLE COMING INTO PARIS DESPITE WINNING THREE CLAYCOURT BUILD-UP TOURNAMENTS, WILL BE PLAYING IN HER FIRST GRAND SLAM FINAL. just the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam if she takes Saturday’s final, her first at Roland Garros. Errani, who was not rated among the favourites for the title coming into Paris despite winning three claycourt build-up tournaments, will be playing in her first Grand Slam final. A win would make the 21st
seed just the second Italian woman to win the French Open title after Francesca Schiavone. Sharapova will start as a strong favourite and if she can reproduce the kind of form she showed against Wimbledon champion Kvitova, Errani could struggle to counter her power. Sharapova at an imposing 1.88m will tower over her opponent who is 24cm smaller. The Russian is the biggest-earner in women’s sport and a global superstar. Errani, prior to this Roland Garros, was a relative unknown, who seemed destined to a life in the middle ranks of the WTA tour. But both have in common that in the last few weeks they have been the dominant figures in the claycourt season. Sharapova won two of the biggest buildup tournaments, while Errani won three lesser titles in Acapulco, Barcelona and Budapest. AFP