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SUNDAY BRUNCH

Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre, unveils the all new themed Sunday brunch The perfect family Sunday fun-day outing, with soothing live music, excellent beverage selection and great food options.

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES Banjara Hills from November 28 to December 8. Where: Kalakrithi Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: November 28 onwards, 11am to 7pm Contact: (040) 66564466

SHOWS Theatre festival Head to Ravindra Bharati for the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival. Catch Aalbel on November 8, By George on November 9 and Gograhanam on November 10. Tickets can be booked online on Indianstage.in or can be bought from Ofen, Walden, Music World and Sangeet Sagar. Where: Ravindra Bharati, Saifabad When: November 8-10 7pm onwards

Puja art work Artworks by Madipadaga Srikanth Anand are being displayed at Balram Art Gallery. Where: Balram Art Gallery, Ashwini Nagar, West Marredpally When: Ongoing, 11am onwards

Tax-free entertainment Manoranjan Tax Free a comedy in Hindi-English-Hyderabadi based on Chandrashekhar Phansalkar's Marathi play Tax Free will be presented on November 10. Where: Lamkaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 11 When: November 10, 11.30am onwardss Contact: 96427 31329 Play time The comedy play Bade bhai Sahab will be presented at Lamakaan, 7pm onwards on November 8. It is a story about two brothers, Kamta Prasad and the Samta Prasad. The play revolves around a variety of topics such as history and cricket Where: Lamkaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 11 When: November 8,

Divine feminity A painting exhibition with artwork by 30 artists is being held. The exhibition is open for public viewing everyday, 11.30 am onwards till November 10. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11.30am onwardss Contact: 98499 68797 THE STAGE IS MY CANVAS: A young girl performs as a part of the 3-day Children’s Theatre Festival that was being M ANIL KUMAR held at Shilpakalavedika, Madhapur. 7pm onwards Contact: 96427 31329 Gary Lawyer live Catch Gary Lawyer, a popular Indian artistes in the field of western popular music live on September 8. Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: November 8, 9pm onwards Contact: (040) 6463 6375 Two oceans Two Oceans represents music built on the deep foundations of Carnatic music in dialogue with the basics of

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western jazz traditions. The concert will be held on November 23. Where: Ravindra Bharati, Saifabad When: November 23, 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2323 1245 Wind song The concert is a mix of hindustani and carnatic music by popular artistes such as Bombay Jayashri and Ronu Majumdar. Where: Shilpakala Vedika, Madhapur When: November 6, 6.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2311 2704

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ART Spiritual quest A painting exhibition by Padmanabh Bendre titled Spiritual QuestLord Shiva is being held at Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills everyday till November 11.. Where: Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466 Exile in the wind A painting exhibition by Sisir Sahna is being held at Kalakrithi Art Gallery,

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Painting exhibition Anuradha Thakur’s exhibition of paintings titled Serene Harmony will be on display upto November 25. Where: Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel, Shamshabad When: Ongoing, 9am onwards Contact: (040) 6625 0000

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Treasure hunt ends in murder A young businessman was murdered in a forested area of Nanded. Two of the culprits are still absconding. Mohd SUBHAN mohd.s@postnoon.com

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n a dark deed that involves a sorcerer and treasure, a young businessman from the City was murdered in a forested area of Nanded in Maharashtra on October 24. Ghulam Hamid Mohiuddin, say Saidabad police, was enticed by one Ghouse Pasha of Rahmat Nagar a few years back. He won Hamid’s confidence and slowly roped in Ghouse’s uncle Ismail who also happens to be a black magician (aamil). The duo drilled a fake story in Hamid’s mind about a treasure that would make anybody rich beyond avarice. It lay buried underground in a place somewhere in Maharashtra, he was

told. The duo promised Hamid the treasure once it was found. On the basis of this treasure, Ghouse and his uncle (the aamil) are said to have extracted a size-

The duo drilled a fake story in Hamid’s mind about treasure in Maharshtra that would make anybody rich beyond avarice. able sum from Hamid on several occasions. As days passed and realising that there was no move to locate the treasure, the businessman got panicky and started to ask for his money back.

Ghouse, his uncle and his son teamed up a plotted a last journey for Hamid. In the last week of October,

they took him in a car on a treasure hunt. Once they reached Nanded and found an isolated area in a

forest they stopped and said here was the treasure buried. The three took Hamid to a convenient spot and stabbed him to death. To confuse the police, they cut his head and buried it while the body was thrown into the bushes. As Hamid was not traceable for a couple of days, his family members lodged a police complaint. Meanwhile, detection of a headless body was conveyed by the Maharashtra police. Capturing this thread of information, Saidabad police went in search of clues and finally detected the head and recognised that it was Hamid’s body. Police could trap Ghouse while the aamil and his son are absconding. However a hunt is underway to find the duo.


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city THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012 LAST YEAR... HERE Petrol price woes for AP

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ast year, we had reported how the increasing petrol prices had proven to be a cause of concern. People in the State pay the highest amount in terms of petrol taxes. Many ministers have been time and again talking about how Kiran Kumar Reddy needs to act on bringing down these prices which although may cause a revenue loss will help win back the public trust.

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tonnes per day is the average building debris that is collected in the City. Keeping this in mind, a recycling and waste-management plant has been proposed.

It is a great option. But the government is not making enough stations to cater to the need. I find a kilometer long queue when I go to any CNG station. A CNG car owner See page 6

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Absence of CNG stations, troubles car owners. On paper, vehicles-running with the help of CNG fuel have numerous benefits, City vehicles have been left stranded with the scarcity of CNG stations.

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No space for pedestrians on City roads. The GHMC appears to be powerless when it comes to implementing rules. While residents encroach the footpaths, the corporation has failed to take necessary action.

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Is Kiran Kumar Reddy on his way out? Congress party MLA Sashidar’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi has sparked fresh rumours on a change of guard in the State.

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State all set for reforms in energy conservation. The State Government is set to moot for stringent steps in EC measures. All departments have been informed about the same.

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Fake CBI officer finds himself in police net. A fake CBI officer who has 15 cheating cases against him in 15 police stations has been arrested.

WALKING WOES

A case of ‘Ramp’ant violation While residents have been violating GHMC rules with regard to ramps, pedestrians are left in the lurch as footpaths have been encroached. MD NIZAMUDDIN nizamuddin.a@postnoon.com

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inally, we have found out the truth. GHMC has neither power nor the will to ensure the rights of pedestrians because they don’t know what to do with a big question that nobody has answered so far. The question is how will the rights of both — the residents along the roads and pedestrians — be protected? Today, the rights of residents are ‘over protected’ as a GHMC official puts it, but the rights of people to use a footpath is not. In fact, Hyderabad insists citizen drive, not walk, for there is hardly any footpath of considerable stretch that is foot-worthy.

RESIDENTS v/s PEDESTRIANS Rights of the residents demand that every home will put up a gate in front of the house and a board saying ‘no parking before the gate.’ Since houses are close to each other the whole main road is practically dotted CAMPAIGN with gates. This prevents formation of a continuous footpath which ramps are constructed by the alone can assure the walkers privileged in the prime localities. their rights. “We received calls from G Raghu, chief City planner is candid, “We can only remove ministers, while removing some encroachments on the roads to make way for a footpath in under Section 405. But how can Road No10 in Jubilee Hills”, be stop people from making said Raghu.The recent GHMC’s their way towards the main sabre-rattling against ‘ramps roads. Moreover all the roads blocking footpath’ is of little does not have footpaths,” said G consequence. According to some officials, V Raghu, Chief City Planner. About seventy per cent of who sincerely wanted to ramps in the City are construct- address his issue, believe that it ed on the roads. The would be tough task to initiate Corporation has the provision action against the ramps jutting to clear all these ramps on onto the roads. “For a new home roads. But on several occasions we could withhold the occupanthe officials faced hostility, cy certificate but what if the while taking action against the building owner constructs the ramp on road, after getting an rampant practice. Interestingly most of these OC?

DISPLEASURE OF MINISTERS As if all this was not enough, there is pressure from ‘VIPs’ of Jubilee and Banjara hills who ring up and drop a hint of their ‘displeasure’ if the GHMC tries to remove ramps of certain homes. Officials say the best solution was to convene a meeting of the residents welfare associations in the City and hold a brainstorming session. Probably some solution to ensure both footpath and residents’ rights may emerge. “Without the active support of the RWAs, it is not possible to make sure that a particular locality has clear ‘footpaths’. In City this is the biggest prob-

lems, while constructions are carried out. Unless and until the Corporations works with RWAs, it is not possible to ensure that we have good footpaths. It is one of the areas where we are closely working with the GHMC and hope to make some progress”, says Dr Rao Chelikani, founder-president of UFERWAS, an Umbrella of RWAs in City. The traffic police which works in close coordination with GHMC acknowledges that pedestrians are having problems with this. “Wherever we find these violations we update the GHMC. While on some occasions that we ourselves removed ramps”, says an official.

NEWS BRIEFS T-JAC education bandh call ignored

TRS aims for 100 Assembly seats

City gears up for Earth Hour City Challenge

Vijayamma meets cyclone victims

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he T-JAC call for an education bandh in the City went unheeded by most of the denizens. Most schools, barring some intermediate colleges, all educational institutions functioned as per schedule. The bandh call followed death of a BEd student on the Osmania University campus yesterday, apparently for Telangana cause.

he ongoing brainstorming session of the TRS indicated that it will aim for 100 Assembly seats and 10 Lok Sabha seats in the next General Elections. More announcements are likely today when the sessions concluded. TRS leaders have also expressed their opinion that the country may face a midterm elections.

he stake holders of Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) will be submitting data of Global Warming gases by November 12, as part of efforts to get Hyderabad qualified for the challenge.The commissioner GHMC, M T Krishna Babu held a meeting with HMWS&SB, tourism, HPCL, APSRTC, transport and civil supplies department.

SR Congress Party leader YS Vijayamma left for Khammam district this morning to console the families hit by the recent Nilam cyclone. She is scheduled to visit Palair, Waira, Sattupally, Aswaraopeta Mandals during her visit. The YSR Congress will inspect damaged crops in these mandals and hold face-to-face programmes.


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lmost everyone has suffered it at some point in their lives. But is it necessary to be in pain? Experts say it isn't and nearly 90% of sufferers can be successfully treated using alternative therapies without medicines and surgery. Some of the common pain conditions are spondylitis (back , neck pain , sciatica , slipped disc ), arthritis of knee joints, migraine headaches, shoulder pain (frozen shoulder ) which are very common among the diabetes patients, fibromyalgia- wide spread pain in joints and muscles etc. Pain is usually caused by erratic lifestyle, irregular dietary habits, eating processed foods, bad posture at work place and home, sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical activity, And not getting exposed to sunlight which is a major source of vitamin D. Pain can afflict even young people as early as 15-16 years to old age. Remedy Medication, either oral or topical application, only gives a temporary relief to the symptoms and causes side effects. However, treatment at a wellbeing clinic can help cure the disorder. Here we combine judi-

ciously, all the alternative therapies mentioned below depending on the individual medical condition. They are all scientifically proven techniques and many clinical studies have been done on the efficacy of the therapies. Acupuncture: Here fine needles are inserted into the skin in order to unblock the meridians (energy channels) and balance the flow of energy through the body. Massage therapy: Massage is where a practitioner applies pressure to the soft tissues of the body in order to relieve tension, improve the circulation, and

reduce or eliminate pain. Therapists are specially trained to treat different types of pain. Yoga therapy: Yoga is about stretching and holding poses in order to balance the mind, body, and spirit; building strength; and stabilizing joints. All the poses mainly focus on spinal cord and back bone there by strengthening and healing the inflamed muscles. Physio therapy: Here the therapist uses electro therapy and assisted exercises to rehabilitate the muscles and other soft tissues. Electro therapy helps in reducing pain, swelling , odema and to remove adhesions . Diet therapy: Complete balanced diet is mandatory. Food rich in micro minerals like dry fruits , boiled eggs, flax seeds white meat like fish, sprouts, salads etc. A detox diet plays a major role in long-term pain management and prevention of relapse of the problem. Dr Ravi Kumar BNYS, Acupuncture ( China). Writer is a Naturopathy Physician – Specializing in pain management and obesity

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LAW AND ORDER

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ndhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) said the police officials involved in fake encounters were suspended in the districts of Bihar and Jharkhand. APCLC State vice-president D Suresh Kumar said that the factfinding committee of APCLC, in coordination with Democratic Rights Organisation visited Jharkhand and Bihar bordering areas of Andhra Pradesh on October 29, 30 and 31. He said that it was found that the police had set up Third Party Committees (TPCs) with former Naxalites. The TPC was targeting the CPI (Maoist) leaders and demolished their houses using bulldozers. In those areas, the police did not even conduct postmortem on the bodies of Naxalites, who were killed in the alleged fake encounters. APCLC Hyderabad City president Jella Lingaiah said that the schools and hospitals in the area were filled with ‘Cobra’ and paramilitary forces. He demanded that they should be evicted from the hospitals and schools. The schools and hospitals should be utilised for education and health services, he demanded. NSS

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POLITICS

Is Kiran on his way out?

With incumbent Kiran Kumar Reddy failing to have reigned in the Telangana and Jaganmohan Reddy issues, rumours are doing the rounds that Sonia Gandhi might be looking for a replacement. INKESHAF AHMED ahmed.m@postnoon.com

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ill the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy be shown the exit door before the general elections despite the senior party leader Vayalar Ravi’s recent assertion that Kiran will lead the party? The high-voltage Congress meeting in Suraj Khund is leaving Kiran Kumar Reddy and his confidants tense. Unconfirmed reports doing the rounds indicate that the party high command is on the lookout for a strong leader to lead the State. Sources point out that the meeting Sashidhar Reddy, party MLA and the son of a powerful former CM, had with party chief Sonia Gandhi assumes impor-

tance as nobody, not even the CM, had got a chance to meet the party leader lately. They say the meeting shows the party was on the lookout for a replacement. Ratings of the current CM is

Reportedly the current CM’s rating is rather low as the threat posed by TRS and YSRC loom large. “Kiran could not blunt the YSRC attack all these days. Every election is distancing the party

from the masses,” said a senior Congress leader who claims to have access to inner sanctum of the power centre. The Congress leaders in the State are increasingly aware that unless the party did something about the Jagan and Telangana issues, the future of Congress is bleak. And, if the future of AP is dark, chances of the party coming into power in Delhi too are slim. The inner circles of Sonia argue that it was high time Kiran impressed upon Jagan that had he kept his counsel and been patient, he’d be CM by now. “Kiran ignored Jagan. It is not the strategy,” the leader says. Sashidhar from Telangana may serve the purpose as he would tackle both the issues of Telangana and Jagan; hence the meeting with Sonia.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Gas trouble in City

There are only eight CNG stations for over 80 lakh users in the City.

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young techie who had gone in for a CNG car for all its attractions has posted a blog advising friends not to opt for it due to lack of CNG stations in City. “It is a great option. But the stupid government is not making enough stations to cater to the demand. I find a kilometre-long queue when I go to Abids or any other five or so stations,” says a dejected car owner, who is now struggling to sell his car. For over 80 lakh people there are only eight CNG stations, though governmental agencies frequently come out with a statement that a

dozen more are coming. “When and where?” everybody asks. Road transport department and auto drivers are crying foul of the shortage of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in Hyderabad. “Half the day is wasted at the pump, the other half I must earn,” laments Ibrahim Ghouse, an auto driver who runs between Jubilee Check Post and Punjagutta. Average waiting period at the pump is between one and three hours, drivers say. Often drivers forego sleep and park their vehicles before stations at night. More then 80 per cent autorikshaw (50,000) drivers in Hyderabad ply hired autos. For them time is of essence and loss of time results in

financial losses. K Raju, who was waiting in queue at the Tadband pump said, “Supervisors take advantage of the shortage and take `5 to `10 extra per vehicle.” Talking to the Postnoon, chairman and MD of APSRTC, AK Khan said, “Considering the environmental and economic benefits of CNG the department plans to introduce 350 buses every year but lack of CNG supply discourage us.” He said the State has 371 CNG buses. He stressed on the need for more CNG filling stations in Hyderabad. While private cars are few and far between autorikshaws are the worst hit. Mohd Yousuf, an auto driver said, “Public doesn’t know our woes. We hire an auto for `300 a day. Fill gas for another `300. Pay bribes worth `50 or `100 to the police. Repairs cost another `100 and also earn enough to feed our families. To top it all off there is a shortage of CNG stations.” Supervisor of a pump B Gajanand said, “If we get adequate CNG supply at the filling station, then autorickshaw drivers need not wait in long queues and suffer. The capacity of the cylinders for a tanker is 320 to 350 kilograms.” He further added, the fuel capacity in an auto is 4kgs whereas mileage per kilogram is 35kms. “So the auto drivers have no option but to make frequent trips to the filling stations.”

CM’S DAMAGE CONTROL

Sniffing the development, the chief minister has begun his own operation to save his chair. He dispatched a delegation of his die-hard supporters to New Delhi to prevent the high command from resorting to a change of guard. A delegation of MLAs led by staunch follower of the CM K Laxma Reddy met party leaders like Vayalar Ravi, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Motilal Vora and requested them not to undertake any change of guard. The delegation heaped praises on the CM and tried to appraise that he is doing well. But the delegation could not succeed in extracting a promise from the high command. The attempt of these leaders to meet party president Sonia Gandhi went in vain.

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Kiran not sincere: Kishan

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JP State president G Kishan Reddy has alleged that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was not sincere in solving the problems of the victims in flood hit areas. Touring in the floodhit areas in the district, Kishan Reddy said the CM’s visit to East Godavari did not benefit the people in any manner. Normalcy has not been

restored yet, he said, adding that the government had failed to fully gear up the official machinery to rescue people in the affected areas. Demanding that PM Dr Manmohan Singh immediately visit the flood-hit areas, the BJP leader said that the “sins” of the rulers are responsible for the fate of farmers in the State. NSS

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Fake ‘CBI officer’ in custody He was caught when he was pulled over for checking. Mohd SUBHAN mohd.s@postnoon.com

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counterfeit ‘CBI’ officer was caught with a stolen car, and it was later revealed that there are at least 15 such cheating cases against him in different police stations in Andhra Pradesh. Young, tall and smart, A Ravi Shankar of Sitaphalmandi crossroads hails from Krishna district. A few days ago he walked into Gandhi Hospital and impressed some doctors by showing them a false CBI identity card. He was on the trail of a case which he would not reveal immediately. And

in this manner he ‘suddenly’ remembered his official car had not come yet but he has an appointment with an important person. He got the car of a doctor who probably wanted to be in the good book of such a high-

profile officer. Ravi was speeding along the highway with the intention to get away fast when, for his illluck, he was caught in a police checking. Policeman who asked for document found the man fumbling for it the suspicion led to questioning of the driver. After a while Ravi gave up. He was arrested and questioned which revealed that two years ago he had duped a family of Kukatpally for `3 lakh and a 5-tola gold chain after spinning tales about a business. Similarly, he has adopted different styles in different places, police say.

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PI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy and State party secretary K Narayana have strongly condemned the CB-CID move to file chargesheet against them in connection with the infamous Basheerbagh firing incident. They said that the police had given permission to them to take out a rally on the fateful day. When the police opened fire on the protesting CPI activists, a police constable had died in the incident by a police bullet, he added. NSS

he State government is set to moot for reforms and stringent steps in EC measures. All energy departments, including distribution and transmission have been notified about effective energy conservation. The State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM), under the government of Andhra Pradesh is all set to implement a comprehensive action plan to achieve substantial energy savings through effective energy conservation and efficiency programmes. The ultimate aim is to provide relief to the power system as well as financial benefit to the electrcitiy consumers in the form of reduction of power bills. The first SECM is going to be chaired by chief secretary Minnie Matthew. The SECM will involve the following key departments: energy, MA&UD, agriculture, industries, panchayat raj, public works department, new and renewable energy development corporation of AP (NREDCAP). The aim of the SECM is the devise sustainable goals with an action plan. Agenda of the highlevel meeting includes review of implementation of energy conservation and energy efficiency

measures in various departments, demand side management,(DSM) measures in agricultural sector, usage of energy saving devices by departments like rural water supply, public health engineering department, energy audit of the energy intense government buildings in a phased manner, implementation of Bachath Lamp Yojana (BLY) scheme by Discoms, energy efficiency in industrial sectors. This high level meeting on conservation of energy will be attended by all member of the SECM including M Sahoo, prin-

cipal secretary of energy, Sam Bob, principal secretary MA & UD, CR Biswal, panchayat raj department, Pradeep Chandra K, industries department, V Nagi Reddy, principal secretary for agricultural department, Vikas Raj - RWS, K Vijayanand, incharge CMD of APTransco, G Anantha Ramu, CMD APCPDCL and M Kamalakar Babu, VC and MD, NREDCAP. The current MD Hiralal Samariya has left for Germany for training and research over Gas Insulated Lines and substation installations in the GHMC area.


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WELFARE

‘RFD to help monitor schemes’ Chief secretary Minnie Mathew announced that the State government has constituted four groups for development of the State like social, primary education, roads and rural and urban development. POSTNOON NEWS feedback@postnoon.com

The State has 7.5 crore white ration cards but the drawback is the absence of a dependable measuring yard to map poverty.

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ontrary to beliefs that Andhra Pradesh lagged behind in implementation of social welfare projects, chief secretary Minnie Mathew said on Wednesday that AP indeed occupied the top place in the country in social audit according to the NREGA. The head of bureaucracy rubbished claims that the State was not serious in executing socially relevant welfare schemes. Minnie said that results frameworks documents (RFD) would help monitor the government welfare and development programs. She said the State government has constituted four groups for development of the State like social, primary education, roads and rural and urban development. These groups would coordi-

nate with the respective departments for implementation of welfare and development programmes in the State, she added. The Union government’s performance management secretary

Prajapati Trivedi said there was no need to introduce new welfare programs and the effective implementation of the existing schemes would give desired results.

He said that 11 States and 80 departments of the Union government have agreed to implement them. He stressed the need to change implementation method of welfare and development programs to benefit the genuine BPL families in the country. Earlier, the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, had expressed his desire to develop a system for maintaining accurate data on socio-economic conditions of the people. Today the lack of data ham-

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pered many governmental initiatives, he said. Kiran, however, admitted that there was no system to correctly assess poverty in the State. The chief minister was inaugurating a two-day workshop on ‘Results-Framework Documents (RFD) — An instrument for improving government performance’ organised by the Performance Management Division (PMD) of the Union Cabinet Secretariat, at Dr Marri Channa Reddy Human Resource Development Institute on Wednesday. The State has 7.5 crore white ration cards but the biggest drawback is the absence of a dependable measuring yard to map poverty. This often led to misuse of the provisions meant for the genuine poor. He hoped RFD would help solve this issue to an extent.

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Recycling plants for Is it farewell time for Krishna Babu? debris being planned Among the list of probable commissioners for GHMC is former commissioner Sameer Sharma, head of excise department.

After a detailed study, the wing of solid waste management has invited two companies with expertise for bidding.

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ith the objective of solving the mountains building debris which is generated on an average of 500 tonnes a day, the GHMC’s demolition and waste management wing has proposed a debris recycling plant. Following huge construction activity in City, the disman-

tled buildings’ debris is being dumped everywhere in open lands, making GHMC act tough against the offenders. The GHMC does penalise truck operators who dump these debris but it is proving to be a difficult proposition. Now after a detailed study, the wing of solid waste management has some come with a solution, which has invited two companies for bidding that has

expertise in recycling the debris. The process includes crushing of debris and converting it into ready mix. One Delhi-based company, IL&FS is also bidding against a City-based company. According to the officials, `50 crore would be spent for plant by company, after clinching bid. Land will be allotted in Borabanda or Kukatpally area by the GHMC. A committee with chief engineer, additional commissioner (Health) and additional commissioner (Finance) has been formed to ensure the deal is confirmed. First the technical bids will be called next financial bids will be opened for the bidders.

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t appears that time has come for the GHMC Commissioner, M T Krishna Babu to move. With the government according permission to Krishna Babu to participate in the one-week in service compulsory training programme at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore between November 19 and 23, many a believe that the time has come for him get transferred. While he will be on a training programme, Navin Mittal, special commissioner GHMC

will be the in-charge. For years, sending an official for training or on long leave meansthe end of his/her stint. It is believed that Kirshna Babu will also have to move out though he is known to be reluctant to shift. According to sources, regular communication is going on between the commissioner and the chief secretary, as commissioner wishes to continue with the post. But it appears the decision to transfer him is strong. Among the list of probable commissioners for GHMC is e former commissioner Sameer Sharma, who is currently heading the excise department. But questions are raised whether he would be a welcome again, as the a staff under him, were not the most happy ones.


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Business

QANTAS AXES 400 MORE WORKERS

Australian flag carrier Qantas on Thursday announced the slashing of 400 maintenance jobs as part of a restructure aimed at cutting costs and shifting focus to Asia. Qantas said the cuts would involve 150 staff and 250 contractor.

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ASIAN MARKETS WORRY

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Focus now on 'fiscal cliff'

Kingfisher Airlines loss widens to `754 cr

HONG KONG: Fears the US economy is facing another huge economic crisis spurred a sell-off in Asian markets Thursday as Barack Obama's re-election raised the spectre of another dangerous stand-off in Washington. Investors fear a deeply divided Congress will not be able to reach an agreement to avoid a so-called fiscal cliff.

Company preparing comprehensive plan to restart operations which will be shared with the airline regulator and bankers.

MUMBAI: Country's debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines, grounded for over a month after a violent staff protest and concerns about safety, widened its quarterly loss from a year ago because of a steep decline in revenues. The company said it is preparing a comprehensive plan to restart

operations soon. The airline posted a record net loss of `754 crore ($139.46 million) for the September quarter, compared with a loss of `469 crore a year earlier. Revenues declined 87 per cent to `200 crore from `155 crore a year ago. Kingfisher is preparing a com-

prehensive plan for re-start of operations which will be shared with the airline regulator and bankers, the carrier said in a statement. Kingfisher shares are down 39 per cent this year, closing at `12.8 before the earnings release early on Thursday, a tiny fraction of their alltime peak above `334 in late 2007. On Wednesday, State Bank of India (SBI), the largest lender to ailing Kingfisher Airlines, asked the airline's promoters to bring in a minimum of $1 billion (about `5,400 crore) from any source by monthend for its revival. "We do not put a gun to their head but the more comes in the better because airlines are a very capital intensive business. I think about $1 billion would be a good starting point," SBI chairman Pratip Chaudhuri said. "We have said please attend to the capital needs urgently and we would like to see some tangible progress at least by November 30," he said. Asked what happens after November 30 deadline, Chaudhuri said "there can be no, yes, or no answer." PTI

BOON TO FARMERS

Biofuel jet takes wings

OTTAWA: The world's first flight powered entirely by bio jet fuel has raised hopes for cleaner air travel and upped the prospects of a boon for farmers whose oilseed crops could supplant kerosene. A Dassault Falcon 20 twin engine jet took off from the Canadian capital Ottawa last month to test the new jet fuel, made from 100 per cent oilseed, for engine performance and emissions, aiming to make sky jour-

A Dassault Falcon 20 twin engine jet took off from Ottawa last month to test the new jet fuel, made from 100% oilseed. neys less polluting. Several engineers were on board, monitoring the engines' performance and fuel burn,

making a round trip to Montreal and back in 90 minutes. Two companies — Applied Research Associates and Agrisoma Biosciences — have partnered with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to develop a "sustainable source of renewable energy" for the commercial airline industry. Until now bio-fuel flights have been restricted to a 50 per cent blend with petroleum. AFP

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10 focus In heart of France, Islamic school trains future imams THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012

FIVE DIE IN MOSCOW SHOOTING

Five people died after a Moscow lawyer, spurned by a colleague, went on a drunken shooting rampage at a warehouse here Wednesday morning. "Six people were shot at a warehouse on Chermanskaya Street. Five were killed, one was injured," a police source said. Police say they arrested a suspect, Dmitry Vinogradov, 30, who worked at the company.

The initiative goes back 20 years when the Union of Islamic Organisations in France, which has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, converted a former children’s holiday centre into the institute.

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PAULINE TALAGRAND Agence France-Presse SAINT-LÉGER-DEFOUGERET, FRANCE: Deep in the wooded hills of Burgundy in central France, an unusual institute is training unusual students: aspiring French imams who hope to minister to the country’s large Muslim population. Early in the morning, some 200 students from across the country stream into the European Institute of Human Sciences de Saint-Leger-deFougeret, where they learn to chant the Koran and study Islamic theology and Arabic literature. After seven intensive years of study, only 10 or so graduate each year to lead prayers or preach at mosques. Estimates of France’s Muslim population vary widely, from between 3.5 million and 6.0 million, though there is little hard evidence as to how many are practising. In any event, France’s Muslim community is the largest in Western Europe. Relations between the authorities and Muslims, many of them second- or third-generation immigrants, chiefly from North Africa, have often been tense. Some younger Muslims have been tempted by extremist jihadist views and France has implemented a contentious ban on women wearing full veils. Over the past nine years, various governments have encouraged the professional training of local religious leaders. Interior Minister Manuel Valls recently backed the practice, even if the job of imam is badly paid, if at all, and enjoys no official recognition.

‘EQUIPPED’ WITH KNOWLEDGE

The initiative goes back 20 years when the Union of Islamic Organisations in France, which has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, converted a former children’s holiday centre into the institute. Its stated aim is to train imams equipped “with a solid knowledge of Islam and the socio-cultural realities of Europe.”

The idea was to provide an alternative to the recruitment of foreign imams, who often spoke no French and had little knowledge of French lifestyles. “The training of imams who are products of French society is vital: Today 70 per cent of the faithful don’t speak Arabic,” said the institute’s director Zuhair Mahmood. Initially financed by the Gulf States, the school depends heavily on fees of about 3,400 euros ($4,400) a year — boarding and lodging. “Since I was small I have dreamed of becoming an imam,” said 18-year-old Wahib, who did not want to give his last name, “but seven years is long and there are no grants.” Apart from the rural setting, the atmosphere in the run-down

Being an imam, it isn’t something that happens. It’s a real responsibility. We have to safeguard. When this profession is recognised there may be more vocations. Said student

prefabricated corridors of the institute is like that of any other college. At break time men, often bearded, and women, all of them wearing head scarves, wait for coffee. The women can follow the 20 hours of weekly courses but cannot become imams. Said, who also did not want to give his last name, was born in Morocco and now living in Nice in southern France. He took correspondence courses for two years and left his family to “deepen” his knowledge of Islam. “If I succeed, I become an imam,” he said. “I would love to pass on my knowledge to others and above all fight extremism.” There are about 10 people in his class. They listen to the interpretations of a Koran sura, or chapter, as part of a third year

theology course, which also includes an introduction to French law. They then recite a passage from the Koran. “Being an imam, it isn’t something that happens,” the 33-year-old Said told AFP. “It’s a real responsibility. We have to be safeguards.” “Radicalism is always the result of ignorance,” Said’s theology teacher Larbi Belbachir added. Traditionally, congregations of the faithful choose their imams, who carry out their duties as volunteers or are paid by gifts. Those presiding in large mosques can earn 1,500 euros ($1,950) a month. They are classified as teachers but never as imams. “When this profession is recognised and paid as such,” Said suggested, “perhaps there will be more vocations.”


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DIGVIJAY RIDICULES CLEAN CHIT TO GADKARI Congress leader Digvijay Singh Thursday ridiculed the clean chit given to BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and wrote "Gurumurthy BJP's CAG?" Digvijay Singh on a microblogging site. Gurumurthy had given a clean chit to Gadkari on allegations of wrongdoing in his business dealings.

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POLITICS

Jethamalani disagrees with party on Gadkari

‘Now time for US to ask Pak to lay off’ According to C Christine Fair, Washington must recognise that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons coerce both India and the US. WASHINGTON: As Obama Administration gears itself for its second term, an eminent American expert on South Asian affairs has said that it is time the US declare that Pakistan has no claim on Kashmir and that the decision of the then King to accede is final. Reflecting the changing mood of think-tank and experts in US, the eminent expert in an article in the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine argued that the US should stop seeking to buy Pakistan off with civilian aid or military assistance and make it clear that it will hold Islamabad responsible for any kind of prolifer-

AIRLINE

Passenger turns violent mid-air NEW DELHI: In a mid-air drama, a passenger turned violent on board the Mumbai-Delhi IndiGo flight on Wednesday. The scuffle that ensued created a midair scare and a security alarm, when the man allegedly threatened to bring the plane down and even slapped an air-hostess. The IndiGo flight which took off from Mumbai at 3.15pm, had been airborne for an hour when Mursalin Sheikh, a passenger, got agitated and began to threaten the crew. According to digital media reports, he tried to make a dash for the cockpit when he was restrained with the help of other passengers. The pilot of the aircraft sought permission for a priority landing in Delhi and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) arrested the man at the airport. A case of assault, outraging the modesty of woman and criminal intimidation has been registered against him. IndiGo airline confirmed the incident.

US intervention in the region’s frequent crises has shielded Pakistan from bearing the direct cost of its misadventures. ation of nuclear materials. “The United States must frankly concede that it has subsidised and incentivised Pakistan to adopt this insane path to security,” said C Christine Fair, assistant professor at Georgetown University’s Security

Studies Program in the Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service. “Pakistan’s security managers believe that the US cannot punish Pakistan for its use of terrorism as a policy tool — but this is exactly what the United States must do,” she wrote. According to Fair, Washington must recognise that Pakistan's nuclear weapons coerce both India and the US. US intervention in the region's frequent crises has shielded Pakistan from bearing the direct cost of its misadventures. PTI

NEW DELHI: BJP MP Ram Jethmalani Wednesday disagreed with the party’s core group backing party president Nitin Gadkari over allegations of financial impropriety in his business dealings and said he will continue calling for resignation of people holding important public offices in the course of his fight against corruption. A defaint Jethmalani said the core group’s decision was a betrayal of people and cautioned that the party was losing moral ground and strength in the fight against corruption. However, he added that he did not intend to speak about the “Gadkari affair” anymore. Jethmalani had made a sharp attack against Gadkari Tuesday seeking his resignation. He had also written a letter to party veteran LK Advani saying that the demand had support of three other BJP leaders. BJP’s core committee met last evening and expressed faith in Gadkari’s leadership, who has been facing allegations over alleged financial wrongdoings by investor companies in Purti group, controlled by him. IANS

NEWS BRIEFS CBI officer probing 2G scam dies NEW DELHI: CBI official Suresh Kumar Palsania, who investigated the 2G spectrum scam, died here tonight due to a blood disorder. Palsania, 44, who was termed as one of the bright officers of the agency, passed away at a private hospital in South Delhi. Hailing from Rajasthan, Palsania was a 1996 batch IPS officer of Odhisa cadre and was working with the CBI since 2006. An engineering graduate, Palsania, who was posted as DIG with the CBI, was a recipient of this year's Police Medal for meritorious service.

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OBAMA RE-ELECTED

Second coming

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012

Obama girds up to scale the ‘cliff’ Obama is on the job of bridging the gap with Republican leaders to avoid a catastrophic ‘fiscal cliff’ that could hurl the fragile American economy back into recession. WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama returned to the White House on Wednesday emboldened by his stunning reelection and challenging his Republican opponents to work with him to avert a looming fiscal crisis. The liberal euphoria that greeted Obama’s landmark election defeat of Mitt Romney was short-lived as he immediately set about the daunting task of end-

We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. Barack Obama US President ing the partisan gridlock of a bitterly divided US Congress. Before leaving Chicago, Obama was already on the phone trying to bridge the gap with Republican leaders to avoid a catastrophic “fiscal cliff” that could plunge the fragile American economy back into recession. A combination of dramatic spending cuts and tax increases will take effect on January 1 without a deal on reducing the bal-

looning budget deficit, with Democrats and Republicans in Congress locked in a who-blinksfirst stand-off. Obama called congressional leaders, sending out an overt message that his priority was to try to break the deadlock in the lame-duck session of Congress that precedes his January 21 inauguration ceremony. He spoke to Republican House Speaker John Boehner and also telephoned the minority Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, as well as top Democrats. “The president reiterated his commitment to finding bipartisan solutions to reduce our deficit in a balanced way, cut taxes for middle class families and small businesses and create jobs,” a White House official said. Obama believes that by returning him to the Oval Office, American voters signaled to Washington that both parties must set aside partisan interests and put the economy first, the official said. But Boehner offered little during a Wednesday press conference in which his opening gambit was an unpalatable short-term fix to the “fiscal cliff” that the president has repeatedly opposed. Obama arrived back at the White House at 2355 GMT following his unexpectedly decisive victory, claiming almost all the states he won in his historic 2008 electoral college landslide. A campaign official said on the flight that election night returns unfolded very close to what the Obama team had expected though there was surprise at how quickly US television networks called the race.

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n 31 December, a raft of temporary tax cuts is due to expire, just as huge spending cuts are introduced. The US will be staring over the fiscal cliff. Individuals and companies will be hit simultaneously with tax rises and reductions in government contracts, benefits and support. Some $607bn (£380bn) of cuts and tax rises are planned, including reductions in the defence budget, the end of an employee tax holiday, changes to Medicare allowances and higher personal taxes. The lower paid will lose some child and income credits. The origins of the crisis The roots of the current crisis date back to 2001, when President George W Bush's administration was trying to pass a programme of tax cuts worth $1.7bn. Failure to secure the required majority in Congress, meant the measures were pushed through under a rule that would result in the tax cuts expiring in 2011. In 2008, when Barack Obama was elected, a deal was struck with Congress to extend the deadline. The consequences Analysts have painted a grim picture of the consequences for the world's largest economy, with some warning that the impact could push the eurozone debt crisis into the shade. Source: BBC

Other tasks Iran Freed from the constraints of a lengthy election campaign, US President Barack Obama now has another shot at pressing Iran through diplomacy to scale back its nuclear programme, analysts say.

Climate change US President Barack Obama has hinted he will make another push to fight climate change after cruising to a new term, but his room for maneuver will be limited even with a new focus after megastorm Sandy.

BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE

US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Mali and Shasa borad Air Force One at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Wednesday. AFP/JEWEL SAMAD

76 women elected to Congress WASHINGTON: One of America’s most male-dominated clubs is about to become a little less so, after historic election gains that will see the largest number of women ever seated in the US Congress. As a result of Tuesday’s vote, women — beginning with the new legislative session in January — will hold 20 seats in the Senate, about one-fifth of the US legislative chamber. In the House, there will be a

record high of 76 women — 56 Democrats and 20 Republicans — according to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), which maps the progress of women in elected office. In one of the most visible displays of women’s increasing political muscle, voters in the northeastern state of New Hampshire will send an allwoman delegation to the next Congress. The state also elected a

As a result of Tuesday’s vote, women — beginning with the new legislative session in January — will hold 20 seats in the Senate, about onefifth of the US legislative chamber.

female governor. Patty Murray, a longtime Democratic senator who was in charge of her party’s efforts to win the greatest possible number of Senate seats, said gender played no small part in the election result. The outcome was a result of “a real awakening among women about what was happening in the Republican party,” said the senator from Washington state, who is also chairwoman of

the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “That is an issue that the Republican party has to look at,” Murray told MSNBC television. Tuesday’s national election saw Barack Obama re-elected as US president. But one-third of the US Senate and all seats in the lower chamber, the House of Representatives, were also being contested.


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World SHAKEN

Guatemala quake kills 48, leaves 23 missing SAN MARCOS, GUATEMALA: A 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked southwestern Guatemala on Wednesday, killing 48 people and injuring another 150 while more were missing as homes crumbled. The earthquake also rattled nerves in neighboring Mexico and El Salvador, sparking a tsunami alert on the Salvadoran coast and evacuations from offices, homes and schools as far north as Mexico City. “We have to lament the death of 48 people, a figure that could rise because we still have 23 missing people,” President Otto Perez said. He said 39 of the victims were in San Marcos department, located at the border with Mexico and some 250 kilometers west of Guatemala City. The nine others were in two other regions that are also majority Maya. In the village of San Cristobal Cucho, an entire family of 10 died when their home was buried in rocks and earth that slid from a hill after the earthquake, Mayor Pedro Cardona said. “The whole village is in mourning because an entire family was taken by God’s nature,” he told local television. “What can we do?” The bodies of a couple, their six children ages four to 15 and two other family members still on the street into the night, awaiting to be put in coffins. Some 16,000 people were affected by the earthquake, Perez said. Several towns lacked drinking water or electricity in the country’s most violent earthquake since 1976, when almost 23,000 people perished. AFP

S KOREA ACTIVISTS FLOAT CONDOMS INTO N KOREA Several dozen South Korean activists launched balloons carrying antiPyongyang leaflets, condoms and sanitary pads across the border with North Korea on Thursday. The launch went ahead despite a recent threat from Pyongyang of military strikes against similar propaganda exercises.

CRACKING THE WHIP

Must curtail graft to save party: Hu Chinese President delivers his starkest warning yet at the Communist Party Congress.

ANOINTING NEW RULERS n The main task for delegates will be to select a new Central Committee that is made up of 200 people. n The Central Committee appoints a Politburo of 25 members and the powerful Central Military Commission, which controls the nation s armed forces.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) assists former president Jiang Zemin at the 18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing on Thursday AFP

BEIJING: China’s president Thursday warned the Communist Party faces “collapse” if it fails to clean up corruption and called for an economic revamp as he opened a congress to inaugurate a new slate of leaders. The week-long party congress will end with a transition of power to Vice President Xi Jinping, who will govern for the coming decade amid growing pressure for reform of the communist regime’s iron-clad grip on power. The party’s outgoing general-secretary, President Hu Jintao, delivered his starkest warning yet about fighting rampant corruption following a top-level murder and graft scandal involving former regional boss Bo Xilai. “If we fail to handle this issue well, it could prove fatal to the party and even cause the

collapse of the party and the fall of the state,” Hu told more than 2,200 delegates inside Beijing’s cavernous Great Hall of the People. At the congress, which is held every five years, Hu

If we fail to handle this issue (corruption) well, then it could prove fatal to the party and even cause the collapse of the party and the fall of the state. Hu Jintao Chinese President

n The Committee will also appoint the elite Politburo Standing Committee, China’s highest decision-making body, comprising seven to nine members who will be chosen from within the Politburo. n The congress is widely expected to appoint Vice President Xi Jinping as the new general secretary. Xi would then replace Hu as president next March.

also positioned the world’s second-largest economy for a more assertive role as he insisted China should be a “maritime power” that “resolutely” protects its interests. Heading into the 18th party congress, China has been skirmishing with Japan and other Asian neighbours over a slew of territorial disputes, and flexing its growing military muscles to the disquiet of the United States. “We must continue to make both active and prudent efforts to carry out reform of the political structure and make the people’s democracy more extensive, fuller in scope and sounder in practice,” Hu also said. AFP

NEWS BRIEFS Pak Rangers HQ attacked, 1 dead

Former Libyan leader grilled over murder

Railway commuters stranded in Paris

Briton, New Zealander stuck on stricken yacht

ISLAMABAD: A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into the headquarters of the Pakistan Rangers, a paramilitary force, in Karachi today, killing at least one person and injuring 14 others, police and witnesses said. The attacker rammed the truck into the gate of the Pakistan Rangers office in North Nazimabad area of Karachi.

BENGHAZI: A Libyan military court has ordered prosecutors to interrogate former transitional leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil over the murder of Gen Abdel Fatah Yunes, who had commanded rebel forces last year. The court ordered that National Transitional Council ex-chairman, a political body representing rebels, be questioned over the killing of Yunes.

PARIS: Tens of thousands of commuters and travellers on international trains were stranded for several hours in Paris on Wednesday after a series of incidents disrupted rail traffic from the capital’s Gare du Nord station. Long-distance Eurostar and Thalys trains were running late for about an hour.

WELLINGTON: Three rescue vessels were scrambling to reach a stricken yacht which rolled over in heavy seas off Tonga, injuring its two crew members, New Zealand maritime authorities said on Thursday. The yacht Windigo righted itself on Wednesday but was taking on water and could sink.

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HONOUR FOR SPY PRINCESS

A bronze bust of Indian-origin British ‘spy princess’ Noor Inayat Khan, who worked in France during World War II before being tortured and shot by the Germans, is being unveiled today in Gordon Square Gardens here, near the house where she lived as a child. It is said to be the first such memorial in Britain dedicated to a Muslim and the first in honour of an Asian woman. Khan, posthumously awarded the George Cross for her work in France.

NUMEROLOGY

$23

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is the auction record set for an oil painting titled ‘Studie fur improvisation 8’ by Russian avant-garde artist Wassily Kandinsky at Christie’s auction house in Manhattan.

REFUGEE CRISIS MOUNTS Hundreds of Syrians are streaming into makeshift refugee camps on the Turkish border every day, fleeing for their lives as the government escalates air raids on northwestern towns and villages. Volunteer aid workers are struggling to cope with the humanitarian crisis as warplanes and helicopter gunships try to reverse significant rebel gains made in Idlib province in the war to bring down President Bashar al-Assad. But some refugees say they would rather return home and risk death than eke out a miserable existence under canvas as winter sets in.

The government must explain its policies on handling the ethnic conflict in Rakhine. The concerns of both the Buddhists and Rohingya should be addressed. Aung San Suu Kyi Myanmar oppn leader


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Comment Do you know what it means to come home at night to a woman who'll give you a little love, a little affection, a little tenderness? It means you're in the wrong house.

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rowds stayed up throughout the night in Kogelo, a small village in western Kenya nestled in the hills about 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the blue waters of Lake Victoria, until the results showed Obama had won. "The reason why he has won is because God has given it to him," said Sarah Obama, 90 this year and the third wife of the paternal grandfather of the president, who has said he regards her as a grandmother. "Secondly, he has got the knowledge to love all people, he doesn't have the knowledge of division, that is why he has won," she added, speaking in the Luo language to reporters on the lawn outside the family home. Weary from an all-night vigil but happy at the win, people cheered to welcome her — known popularly as "Mama Sarah" — and in support of the victory. "It was tough this time, nothing like last time," said 35year old Calvin Odinga, a chemist. "But we were so happy Obama made it." In Nairobi, Prime Minister Railda Odinga praised a win he said would "reignite faith worldwide, but especially in Africa, in the restorative capacity of democracy to deliver change and discard entrenched divisions." President Mwai Kibaki offered his own congratulations in a statement to Obama. "Kenya, as always is proud of our association with you," he said.For Obama's grandmother, the re-election was more important than his win four years ago. "He came back a second time, and he won," she said. But she also sought to quell the disappointment of many Kenyans who had hoped for a visit from the president during his first term. AFP

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Henny Youngman Comedian

Mama Sarah’s prayers heard

HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS As China prepares for the historic power transition from President Hu Jintao to Xi Jinping, one person may sigh in relief. After the Beijing Olympics, Boris Johnson had some problem explaining ‘who’ he was meeting to get the Olympic flag from to one of his aides.

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et us take a step back in time, say 33 years ago. At the time my uncle (mom’s youngest brother) was getting married in India, and my mom was in Belize pregnant with me. Due to the delicacy of the pregnancy my mother was unable to travel to the wedding. Fastforward to 2005 – My cousin’s wedding. During the wedding I was joking around, and I’d like to emphasize the ‘joking around’ part when the following conversation occurred. My cousin’s wife and I were talking about when I was going to get married. Seriously, just cause it’s a wedding doesn’t mean marriage has to be the topic of discussion. But NOOOO! she wanted to talk about when I was going to get married. So I did what I always do when confronted with this topic, I changed the topic. That was proving more difficult than I thought. I even asked about her shoes and where she got it. SHOES! That didn’t work. Multiple attempts later I was still being cornered about this topic, until I had a genius idea (or at least it seemed like it then). I pulled the old “karma” routine.

“I can’t get married until you get pregnant”, I said smugly as I knew I just concocted a hell of an excuse. If you are Indian you can’t argue with the concept of karma or else karma will bite you in the arse, or kick you in the jamoons. With a puzzled look on her face I realized I better explain quickly before she dismisses the idea and I’m now forced to ask about her shoes again. “You see since my mom wasn’t able to make it to her brother’s wedding cause she was pregnant with me, karma states that now you have to be pregnant in order for me to get married so you both can make it to my wedding to make up for what happened before.” Believe me I was willing to try anything, even speaking on behalf of karma without authorization. “That is such a dumb excuse!” she said, which was expected.

She questions most of my ideas and comments about which orifice I extracted it from. Seeing it was a losing battle on her end, we came to a compromise. If she gets pregnant I have nine months from the time I am informed of it to get married OR If I get engaged, she has to be pregnant by the time my wedding rolls around. Like I said, at the time it seemed like a good idea, what part of it was a good idea, I don’t know. However it did manage to get her off the topic. June 2010 – The phone call I was didn’t expect. “I hope you’re ready to get married”, she said barely containing her laughter. “Huh, what?” I replied, cause I really had no idea what she was talking about. Reminding me of the bet she said “I’m pregnant!” to which I replied “I’M

#&^%$@!” Hysterical laughing followed on her end as I stumbled to find the words to get my way out of the bet or at least buy more time. I was finishing up residency and everyone knows you don’t have a social life during residency. She didn’t want to hear that excuse. In fact, if I recall correctly, she didn’t want to hear any excuses. Present day – The baby boy is now 14 months old and I’m not married. I’m now subjected to taunts and name calling. Every chance I get I plead my case but she isn’t having any of it. Then, thanks to her husband, I caught a break. As a lawyer, he pointed out a loop hole that I could exploit, I mean, use to my advantage. What was not taken into consideration was that when my mom was pregnant with me I was her second child, not first like he is, which means karma will only come around to collect when the scenario is similar enough, she has to be pregnant with her second child for the bet to kick into effect. Not realizing he gave me a way out he put himself in trouble as he will have to quickly father another child in order for her to collect on the bet. I’m open to suggestions on how to get out of my contract with her. As much as I enjoy talking to my cousin and his wife, every time they call I think twice about answering.

EDITORIALS Appoint an interim chief There’s a storm coming

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eaders and cadres of the right-wing party, the BJP, seem to be vertically divided over the current issue of the party president Nitin Gadkari. While some leaders especially Sushma Swaraj is batting for Gadkari (with no convincing reason) the party patriarch LK Advani and ideologue Ram Jethmalani are on the opposite camp. It does not do credit to a ‘party with a difference’ to toe the infamous lines of the Congress, which goes out to protect those with serious corruption charges against them. The BJP should have kept Gadkari away till he was proved innocent rather than putting the onus of proving him guilty on the court and the public. Advani’s hunch that the party has suffered a dent in its public image should have been taken care of. It is not Sushma alone who decides the larger issue of party image. In many states reports indicate that the cadres of the party want Gadkari kept off and someone like Arun Jaitley with cleaner image allowed to lead at least as interim president. The party is well advised to follow it rather than depending on certain leaders.

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e’s back in the White House with a cracker of a victory. The party’s over and Barack Obama has a Himalayan task ahead. On December 31 ends the raft of temporary tax cuts in the US introduced by George Bush and the nation now in throes of celebration will be hit with tax rises and reductions in government contracts, benefits and support. The effects will be global, as experts warn the situation could trigger something worse than the Euro crisis and reverse the global economic recovery. In 2008, a miracle happened. This is the time for another.

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The beautiful Roshni Chopra who entertained viewers with her performance as an anchor and actor, is now a proud mother of a baby boy.

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Hain. For viewers wondering if there’s a tangent between the real life and reel life characters, Tarana expounds, “Neha is a housewife, Tarana has been a career woman always; Neha is a mother of four, Tarana is still pampered by her mother and has no kids. Neha can be very insecure and jealous, Tarana is very secure and non jealous to a fault. Besides that we’re very similar. We have to be considering the part was written for me.” She’s also done supporting roles in Pyaar ke Side Effects, Laga Chunari Mein Daag, Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic, Karthik Calling Karthik and most recently Jodi Breakers. When quizzed on her ability to multitask between being a film and television actor, professional dancer, emcee, RJ and show anchor, Tarana replies matter-of-factly, “I love them all, and have never been able to choose one over the other. In fact I don’t think it’s odd to do so many things as they’re all related to being a performer. If I were a banker, stockbroker, doctor and carpenter then that would be odd.” Touché!

arana Raja fell in love with showbiz pretty early. At the age of three actually, when she danced as a "Little Wonder" to Dekho Maine Dekha Hai Yeh Ek Sapna in a film dance company. She’s enjoyed centre stage ever since. The spring in her step extended into the radio studio when Tarana discovered the medium right after college: “I started with a one-minute news capsule on 107.1 with Radio Midday. I soon got my own show to host on weekends. When private FM came into play in 2002, I had a ready spot with GO92.5FM which later became 94.3 Radio One.” She went on to rule the airwaves and became the familiar voice Mumbaikars loved waking up to with her breakfast show Good Morning Mumbai, which she co-hosted with fellow RJ, Jaggu for seven years. Looking back on those years, Tarana reminisces, “It was the best time of my life. Even today if I were offered another radio show, I’d take it up in a heartbeat.” She has also dubbed for Hollywood films like 300, Eragon and the animated feature Quest for Camelot. When not mesmerising audiences with her voice and quick wit, Tarana concurrently quite kept in step with the beat. She’s a trained kathak dancer who perfected her art over 12 years from the age of five, and also pursued contemporary dance at 16 when she worked as an instructor and performer at The Shiamak Davar Institute for the Performing Arts and for more than eight years as a member of The Shiamak Davar Dance Company. Tarana quit dancing professionally for good in 2004 when it “all got too much. I still love both forms of It was the dance, but I wouldn’t want best time of to dance professionally again. That phase of my life my life. Even is over. It’s great when today if I were you’re a teenager but now I don’t have the time or the offered another knees to dance 12 hours a radio show, I’d day anymore.” Instead, she has others take it up dancing to her tune as she in a heartessays the role of Neha Shergill, a super mum to beat. four kids and a loving confiTarana Raja dant to her husband Vikram, tv actor on Sony TV’s Bade Ache Lagte

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Regis Philbin will host the 40th International Emmy Awards Gala, which recognizes excellence in television produced outside of the United States. The November 19 ceremony will include special Founders Awards being handed out to two masters of American television, actor-director Alan Alda and writer-producer Norman Lear.


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LADIES GALORE

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NEW TOOL DEVELOPED TO DIAGNOSE CANCER CELLS A new tool known as MS-Chip can instantly tell cancerous cells from normal cells by having them go through microscopic barriers, say researchers. The flexible cancerous cells can navigate through the tool's microscopic holes easily. But the rigid benign cells have trouble squeezing through them.

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As much as you love animals, you’re allergic to them. Modern medicine has just the answer, but will you go ahead and let yourself be injected several times to get rid of that allergy? RANJANI RAJENDRA

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arah always loved having pets around. For the 10-year-old becoming a vet was a dream she’d been nurturing ever since she was introduced to her first pet. Unfortunately though, hanging out around animals almost always left her feeling ill. A check with her doctor revealed that Sarah was allergic to animals. Considering she wanted to become a vet when she grew up, this health issue posed a problem, a hurdle she was willing to cross at all costs. What ensued was a long-drawn treatment process to help desensitise her body to the allergens. At the end of the process, she’d borne 14 painful injections and several tests to determine that she would finally be able to be

around animals. “People can be allergic to certain animals, specially cat and dog dander (fur). An allergy arises when the body begins to produce antibodies to fight what it considers to be a foreign body, leading a person to fall ill when exposed to the allergen,” says Dr Sathavahana Chowdary, ENT and allergy specialist at Apollo Hospital, Jubilee Hills. “When a person presents with similar symptoms every time he/she is exposed to an allergen, they can get

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themselves tested to check what it is that their body is sensitive to,” he adds. “Most healthcare set ups offer allergy profiling to help determine what the allergy is. The patient is tested for 60 to 85 substances to help zero in on what is the allergen for him/her. If the patient is indeed allergic to something, in this case to a pet, then we can work on desensitising the patient to the allergen to prevent future flare ups,” explains Dr Gautam Ghosh, ENT specialist at Apollo Clinic, Kondapur. The tests for allergy profiling include skin prick testing, blood test and also the Elisa test (it is also used to test for the HIV virus). “There are medications that can be prescribed to suppress the symptoms. But the next time the patient is exposed to

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the allergen, they are bound to have problems. This is where immunotherapy steps in, if the patient opts for it,” says Dr Chowdary. “To desensitise the patient we inject small amounts of the allergen that is irritating the patient to help them develop a resistance to it. This is usually injected in micrograms, over a period of time. The amount of time it takes for desensitisation depends on the patient. We normally bring down the allergen injections from Faridabad. Monthly injections for nine to 10 months should usually help. After this we test the patient again to check if he/she is still allergic to the substance,” says Dr Ghosh, adding, “however, seasonal changes can aggravate allergies as well.” So an allergy does not really have to bring your life to a halt. But the question remains will you take all those injections to get rid of it?

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DOCTOR’S CORNER

Don’t stress over it

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If you’ve been trying to get pregnant with no success, then it’s probably about time you took a long, hard look at what you’ve been wrong and rectify it. Half our time with infertility patients is to just give them the courage, and to give them confidence that good things will happen.

DR DIVYA T SUDARSHAN Dear doc, I have been trying to get pregnant, and am now tired, angry and frustrated. What am i doing wrong? I can completely understand, as half of our infertility patients sound like you. Sometimes it can kill a doctor’s confidence when you see the shine go out of a patient’s eyes. But there is no surefire solution, and if there were, believe me every gynaecologist worth her salt would be killing for it. Pregnancy is the last frontier, we all do what we can, and then hope. So let’s just go over what pregnancy means. P IS FOR PATIENCE It requires tremendous amount of forbearance and stability to take the medication, go through the investigation, invest time and money and emotion and then wait in suspended animation. Half our time with infertility patients is to just give them the courage to carry on, and to give them the confidence that good things will happen soon enough. And when they suggest newer medicines/tests and procedures, it is in the hope for success! R IS FOR REGULARITY Studies show us that women ovulate 8-10 times in a 12 cycle year. So if your cycles are irregular you ovulate less, thus reducing pregnancy chances. Another factor is most irregular cycles have some underlying cause like PCOD, hypothyroidism, obesity etc. So sort that out, and babies will happen! E IS FOR ENTHUSIASM It is very easy to lose steam and get depressed, stop taking medications, or feel let down by the monthly cycle. Which one actually does NOT want to see. It is the ones who stay cheerful and positive and bash on regardless, taking disappointments on the chin and still plod on with medications who show results. It was the last straw that

broke the camel’s back. But the 99 straws before that definitely helped! G IS FOR GOD “Ab sab bhagwan ke hath mein hai.” Though it may sound like a tacky film dialogue, it is the truth. Some things can’t be rushed. No matter how advanced our treatments for infertility have become, no one can predict implantation and a sure shot pregnancy except god! N IS FOR NUTRITION Nutrition usually shows great benefits. Well nourished women who are not anaemic, eat fruits and veggies and are fit tend to get pregnant easily. But most young women in india are anaemic, lack calcium, eat rubbish for meals and never take prenatal supplements. All big no nos if you want a baby! A IS FOR ACTIVITY Science, studies and common sense support the fact that couples who are busy doing things, are physically fit and mentally agile get pregnant faster. Also active means taking steps to find a solution if you are not getting pregnant, like seeing a doctor and getting investigated. A lot of couples waste precious years just waiting for divine intervention as far as babies are concerned. N IS FOR NIGHTLY FUN It may seem obvious and downright crude, but there is only one natural way of making babies. Whenever I see it’s only the woman who is going crazy trying to conceive while her man wriggles out of getting to

bed due to work, things never go anywhere! Our busy lives and careers have taken the fun out of sex, and like one patient used to say, “I thought I had left time-tables behind in school. But timed intercourse is nuts!” C IS FOR COUPLE It’s never just one partner who makes things happen. I usually see success when both are invested in making things happen — not just in bed, but in their togetherness, support and general thought process. I usually see the couples who come together for their treatments get better results than just the lonely woman. There are no clinical trials on this (maybe there should be), it is my viewpoint. Y IS FOR YOUTH The younger you are the better your chances, (it’s not

called the biological clock for nothing) and no matter what people say, the magic number is ONE YEAR. If you have been trying to get pregnant for one year with no results it is time to meet your doctor. Pregnancy is not a goal. It is the journey. So sitting around waiting for a pregnancy to happen is the wrong way of going about it. Be active, get a job, a hobby, and commit yourself to living. And sure enough, your child will come into a happy world. The writer is a gynaecologist and obstetrician practising at Happy Women Clinic. You can write in to her at happywomenclinic@gmail.com

Multivitamins don’t lower heart risk WASHINGTON: The intake of daily multivitamins does not lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in men, says a new finding. “The findings from our large clinical trial do not support the use of a common daily multivitamin supplement for the sole purpose of preventing cardiovascular disease in men,” said Howard D Sesso, associate epidemiologist in Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). “The decision to take a daily multivitamin should be made in consultation with one’s doctor and consideration given to an individual’s nutritional status and other potential effects of multivitamins,” said Sesso, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported. Researchers enrolled nearly 15,000 men over 50 years and followed them for more than 10 years. The men were randomly assigned to take either a multivitamin or a placebo (sugar pills) daily which ensured that both treatment groups were identical with respect to risk factors for cardiovascular disease. They self-reported episodes of heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular disease, and a panel of physicians reviewed and confirmed their events with medical records. Researchers then compared the group that took the multivitamin with the group that took the placebo and found no significant impact on risk of heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular mortality. These findings were presented at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2012. IANS


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Entertainment CINE BYTES

Shruti Haasan signs a new film

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hruti Haasan will soon be seen in Nikhil Advani’s upcoming action thriller titled D Day. She’s playing the role of a muslim girl and Arjun Rampal, the film’s lead actor, is portraying the role of a RAW agent. The film is currently being shot in Ahmedabad. It’s the fourth Hindi film in Shruti Haasan’s career.

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uri Jagannadh has roped in newcomer Katherine Teresa to play one of the lead roles in Iddarammayilatho. Names of Taapsee and Richa were attached with the project, but Katherine had the last laugh. Allu Arjun and Amala Paula are playing the other two lead roles.

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nushka has finally given her nod to Gunasekhar’s upcoming magnum opus Rudrama Devi. The film is based on the life of Rani Rudrama Devi, who was one of the prominent rulers from Kakatiya Dynasty. Rudramadevi is being touted as India’s first historical stereoscopic film which will be shot in 3D. In the past, Anushka had played the lead role in Arundhati in which her regal avatar as Jejamma was highly appreciated and in Rudrama Devi she’ll be playing the role of a highly revered queen who is well known for her valour. Gunasekhar had approached Anushka few months ago to play the lead role in his film; however, the actress hadn’t signed the film for a long time since she was caught up with other commitments. Now that Gunasekhar has found his lead heroine, he announced the film couple of days ago and its crew boasts of some illustrious names like Ilayaraja, Thota Tharani, Jayanan Vincent and Kamal Kannan who’ll be handling the music, art direction, cinematography and VFX respectively. More details about the film will be announced soon.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Be mild with the mild, shrewd with the crafty, confiding to the honest, rough to the ruffian, and a thunderbolt to the liar. But in all this, never be unmindful of your own dignity. John Brown

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SUDOKU 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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CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Ups and downs likely but do not worry as soon the situation will stabilise. Those planning to change their residence will get a suitable option. Competition in business will reduce. Employees will travel a lot Artists will have a good time.

STRIP TEASE AGNES

Expenses over vehicle likely. Before getting into any important work, think, analyse and take appropriate decision for there are chances of problems. Legal issues might make you travel a lot. Employees will be happy with changes at work.

You look cheerful as tensions and worries will be over. Happy events to take place at home. Efforts to change the house might get delayed. Friends in powerful position will help you. Employees will have a favourable trend at workplace.

You will be active and cheerful. Children will understand and co-operate with you. Those trying for a job will receive good news. Avoid hasty decisions in purchasing land. Some have a bright chance to go abroad. New efforts will be successful.

All long-pending wishes will get fulfilled. You will undertake a jolly trip with family members and close friends. Good news regarding son's job will cheer you. Travel and tension of employees come to an end. Financial situation will become strong.

All thoughts will take a shape and get implemented successfully. Good news of your daughter's pregnancy will make you happy. Though employees are overburdened, they will get good sops. Businessmen will add new customers to their list.

Travel and worries likely. However, do not worry as the situation will change soon. Important decision regarding ancestral property will be taken. You will fulfill long-time wishes of your children. Sister's marriage might be finalised.

Barring a few minor disappointments, a very cheerful day. You will purchase new household electronic gadgets which will make your spouse happy. Pregnant women need to be careful. Expenses might increase due to blood relatives’ visits.

Mixed effects will be seen. Litigation in ancestral property will be over. Those abroad will be back in their native place. Employees will have their longterm expectations fulfilled. Expected transfer will be sanctioned. Business will thrive.

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ARIES:

GEMINI:

Four of Pentacles – You have done some good work but may need to promote yourself in a good way. Campaign for a good cause and you will get supporters.

LEO:

The Hierophant – You have all the answers and the options before you. The decision has to be made. The ball is in your court. Do not delay acting on it.

LIBRA:

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE

Two of Pentacles – Finances are in focus. You find new ways to make money. This may be a freelance gig you’ve always wanted to try out.

SAGITTARIUS:

Judgement – Don’t be in a hurry to reveal too much information. Keep people guessing and let them decide when to ask about it. Focus on spiritual health.

TAURUS:

Five of Swords There are too many people trying to get a piece of the pie and it bothers you that you cannot even bail out now. Don’t let your guard down.

CANCER:

Five of Pentacles – Value your friends, family and other close relationships. They will support you unconditionally. Stay with them and heed their advice.

VIRGO:

Two of Swords – Work-life balance is suffering because you are unable to cut off from work at the allotted time. You need to make a better effort at this.

SCORPIO:

King of Pentacles – There are some hidden enemies conspiring against you. It comes as a shock to you but for the moment don’t let your guard down.

CAPRICORN:

Nine of Wands – You want to be left alone. But make sure you don’t get lonely. Stop worrying about what people think. Only you know your struggles.

SOLUTIONS

PISCES:

Seven of Cups – A five-year-plan will make things crystal clear. You will know where you’re headed and what kind of decisions to make in order to get closer to goals.

NUMBER GAME

Swords – You’re tired of running around. You wish you were a little younger so you had time on your side. You’re doing the best you can.

SCRABBLE

AQUARIUS: Seven of

POOCH CAFE

Unexpected fortune opportunity likely. Newlyweds can get ready to welcome their offspring. Mother's health may be a cause for concern. Employees might face some dissatisfaction. Be cordial with colleagues to avoid major problems.

for 9-11-2012

Knight of Wands You’re feeling youthful, adventurous and ready to take on the world with your new and creative ideas. Romance is in the air. An old flame returns.

NON SEQUITUR

Travel, tensions and expenses likely but they will only be shortlived. Expenses for daughter will increase. Income through maternal relatives likely. Those staying abroad will visit their native place. Litigations in ancestral property will be over.

SUDUKO

Newlyweds can be cheerful as their offspring is to arrive soon. Drastic changes and upgrading of your status is certain. Expenses and wandering will be more due to influx of close relatives. Good news regarding son's job will cheer you.

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MORE TELEVISION

MILA KUNIS PRODUCING 70S SHOW FOR THE CW

CINE BYTES

Lindsay was lying about her Porsche accident

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wo car incidents and a jewellery heist ago, Lindsay Lohan told police officers that she was not driving the rental Porsche that rear-ended an eighteenwheeler on the Pacific Coast Highway last June. Witnesses disagreed, the cops decided Lohan was lying, and five months later TMZ reports that Lindsay will be charged for the crime.

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ila Kunis is getting into the producer game. The CW has picked up a 1970sset woman’s lib drama from the actress, who isn’t expected to have an on-screen role. The project is titled Meridian Hills, and here’s the official pitch: “Set in a boozy Midwest country club circa 1972, when the push for the Equal Rights Amendment was just beginning, a young, newly married woman joins the Junior League, discovering an eclectic group of other young women who become unlikely allies in her quest to change the system.” Kunis will serve as an executive producer on the project. Recently named Esquire‘s “Sexiest Woman Alive,” the actress recently starred in the big-screen hit Ted. If greenlit, Meridian Hills would mark The CW’s second flashback drama — the first is the upcoming Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries, which is set during the 1980s. The CW is also developing some highconcept projects like a Los Angeles-set Alice in Wonderland, and fresh takes on Wonder Woman and Sleepy Hollow.

Miley Cyrus planning three weddings

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iley Cyrus apparently has plans for three wedding receptions, according to her father Billy Ray Cyrus. The former Hannah Montana is engaged to Liam Hemsworth. While the couple have not not divulged when they plan to wed, Billy Ray recently revealed to Us Weekly that they have big plans for their nuptials.

Taylor Lautner avoids Kristen Stewart scandal question

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aylor Lautner has chosen to avoid discussing his Breaking Dawn - Part 2 co-star Kristen Stewart's recent cheating scandal. The 20-year-old actor plays Jacob Black in the Twilight saga, opposite Stewart and her longtime Lautner dodged questions about the scandal in an upcoming issue of Cosmopolitan, saying of Stewart: "Kristen is fantastic at everything she does. I'm always proud of her."


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PALESTINE

BRIEFS

Daredevil Gazans run free

My success is due to hard work and discipline: Saina

‘He’s like Spiderman!’ says an onlooker as Jakhbir runs up a wall.

SARA HUSSEIN KHAN YUNIS, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Mohammed Jakhbir leans back, braces himself, and then leaps off the roof of a Khan Yunis hospital building, flipping backwards before landing on the next roof over. He whoops with delight at performing the dangerous feat, his favourite of the moves he practises with his team — the first parkour group in the Gaza

Strip. Parkour, also known as free running, is an extreme sport that involves getting around or over urban obstacles as quickly as possible, using a combination of running, jumping, and gymnastic moves including rolls and vaults. Practitioners leap from roof-to-roof, run up the side of buildings until they flip backwards, vault over park benches, or cartwheel along walls. In Gaza, it’s still a novelty,

and as Jakhbir and four members of his 12-man crew demonstrate their skills in the grounds of the southern city’s Nasser hospital, a

crowd of patients and doctors look on, some filming with their cell phones. “He’s like Spiderman!” says one onlooker as 23-year-old Jakhbir runs up a wall, seemingly defying gravity as he scales the facade. As the crowd grows, the team decides to move to a quieter spot. Their practice sessions are occasionally interrupted when onlookers call the police to complain, and they prefer to avoid having to make a run for it. “When we first started practising, we could do it anywhere. But gradually we found people would complain and the police would come. It became a game, we’d practise until they arrived and then run away,” Jakhbir laughs. He’s been practising parkour for seven years, ever since his friend Abdullah showed him a documentary called “Jump London”. It instantly appealed to them, and they started to learn more about the sport online. “We would watch clips and try to imitate the moves that we saw. Gradually we started to make our own clips,” he says. “Now sometimes people even request that we make clips to show them certain moves. It’s been a long journey for us, seven years, but now we have a real team.”

HYDERABAD TRACK WORK

Bloody Mary, San Ramon impress Bloody Mary, San Ramon Hard Kingdom, Vijays Jet, Betty Prior, Sun Strikes and Walnut Creek caught the eye when the horses were exercised at Malakpet here this morning. HYDERABAD:

Sand track 800 metres Dream Deal (Christopher) 55, 600/40.5 Urged. Ice Rain (Anil) 2y. Over Look (Dileep) 58.5, 600/44 Former finished in front. Betty Prior (Christopher) 56, 600/43.5 Moved well. Disco Flash (app) 1-3, 600/47 Easy. Golden Star (rb) 2y. Lucy Diamond (rb) 55, 600/40 Former finished in front. Hamilton (Dileep) 2y. Pink Band (Anil) 57.5, 600/43.5 Former finished a length in front. Rebut (Ali Khan) 56, 600/40 Moved attractively. Vijays Jyoti (Joshi) 58, 600/44 Moved freely. Maximum Response (rb) 1-2, 600/46.5 Easy. Lake King (AK Pawar) 58, 600/44 Un-extened. Brianna (rb) 57.5, 600/43 Urged. Star Striker (Dileep) 59, 600/43.5 Moved freely. Cannon Aim (N Rawal) Midnight Beauty (rb) 1-0, 600/43 Former finished in front. Airborne Magic (rb) 58, 600/43.5 Moved well. Ziglar (rb)

1400/600 in 1-1 Easy. Silver Island (rb) 58.5, 600/43 Moved freely. Golden Palace (rb) 1400/600 in 1-2 Easy. Tillcowscomehome (rb) 1-2, 600/47 Easy. Tadbeer (Deep Shanker) 1-2.5, 600/46 Easy. Bernabeu (rb) 58, 600/43 Pushed. Amrapal (rb) 1-1.5, 600/46 Easy. Incredible India (Kiran Naidu) 59.5, 600/46 Handy. Sand track 1000 metres Hard Kingdom (Christopher) 1-10, 800/53, 600/41 Impressed. 2y. Ikhtyar/Confluence (Harinder Singh) 2y. Ray Of Hope (Dep Shanker) 1-16.5, 800/1-0, 600/45 They moved together. Key Note (Imran Khan) 1-11, 800/56, 600/41 Moved well. See My Style (Culhane) 1-15, 800/1-0, 600/46 Moved freely. Jaden Gil (Christopher) 1-12, 800/55.5, 600/42.5 Pleased. Girnar (Ali Khan) 1-12.5, 800/58.5, 600/44

Easy. Play The Music (app) 2y. Winds Of Victory (Joshi) 1-12, 800/56.5, 600/44 They moved together. The Challenge (Chary) 112, 800/55, 600/43 Moved well. Sun Strikes (rb) Walnut Creek (app) 110, 800/54.5, 600/42 They finished together. Royal Revive (Kiran Naidu) 1-14.5, 1000/400 in 57 Eased. Mystical Knight (app) 2y. Glory Of Dancer/Sonatina (Joshi) 1-13, 800/57, 600/43 Former finished a length in front. Splendid Act (app) 1-11.5, 800/55, 600/40.5 Pushed in the last part. Pantita (Mukesh) 1-17, 800/1-1, 600/47 Easy. Sand track 1200 metres Surya Lakshmi (Ravinder Singh) 128.5, 1000/1-13, 800/55, 600/41.5 Pleased. Alexander Square (Imran Khan) Majestic Rock (rb) 1-26, 1000/1-11, 800/58, 600/44 Former easily finished 3 lengths in front.

Exclusive (Christopher) El Paso (rb) 1-27.5, 1000/1-13, 800/57.5, 600/43.5 Former finished a length in front. Anacostia (rb) 1-28, 1000/1-11.5, 800/56.5, 600/43.5 Pleased. San Ramon (Christopher) 1-26, 1000/1-9, 800/56, 600/43 Impressed. Wunderbar (Christopher) 1-27.5, 1000/1-10 800/55, 600/42 Pushed. Enrapture (Ravinder Singh) 2y. Captain Nemo (Imran Khan) 1-30, 1000/1-13.5, 800/58.5, 600/44 They moved together. Sand track 1400 metres Vijays Jet (Culhane) 1-46.5, 1200/127.5, 1000/1-13, 800/58, 600/44 Moved on the bit. Nasheeta (Imran Khan) 1-48, 1200/1-31.5, 11000/115, 800/59, 600/43.5 Moved freely. Bloody Mary (rb) 1-43.5, 1200/127.5, 1000/1-12.5, 800/58.5, 600/45 Moved well.

HYDERABAD: Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal today said that it is sheer hard work and discipline that has helped her to reach where she is today. Asked to name two things that makes here special, Saina said “hard work and discipline” enabled her to emerge as a top-ranking badminton player. The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is still some time away but Saina feels that her victory in Denmark augers well for her.

RANJI TROPHY Laxman to lead Hyderabad against MP HYDERABAD: VVS Laxman will lead Hyderabad in its Ranji Trophy Group `A’ League match to be played against Madhya Pradesh here from November 9 to 12. Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) today announced a 14-member team for the four-day match. The team: VVS Laxman (Captain), DB Ravi Teja, P Akshath Reddy, N Arjun Yadav, Hanuman Vihari, Abhinav Kumar, Ibraheem Khaleel, A Lalith Mohan, Vishal Sharma, Ahmed Quadri, Anwar Khan, MA Khader, P Kaneshkk Naidu and Ashish Reddy. Sunil Joshi is the chief coach of the team. PTI

LEAGUE CRICKET Khammam gets the better of Nalgonda A 2 & 3 Two Days Leagues Championships 2012-13 Team Speed 231 (Anirudh Reddy 78, Abhinav Reddy 43, Suresh 40, Syed Muzzamil 3 for 64, MAR Arshad 3 for 84, Maqbool Baig 3 for 28) vs CCOB 106 for 3 (Shaik Mohammed 47) Inter Districts Under 16 League cum Knockout One-Day Tournament played at Suryapet, Nalgonda Dist Khammam Dist 125 (M Kiran Kumar 36, Shaik Fayaz 5 for 25) Bt Nalgonda 105 (Shaik Sajeed 38, P Mahesh 6 for 25) Adilabad 42 (Abrar Shaik 3 for 13, Mir Imran 4 for 16 ) lost to Mahabubnagar 44 for no loss Nizamabad 203 (Ramesh109, Madhu 3 for 45, Harshavardhan 3 for 26) bt Medak 70 (Aniket Reddy 5 for 11, Lalith Reddy 3 for 22)


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ATP TOUR FINALS

CYCLING

Berdych on ‘song’, in semis Czech fifth seed defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 LONDON: Tomas Berdych remains in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals after the Czech fifth seed defeated France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday. Berdych, who lost his opening Group A fixture against Andy Murray, now has to beat world number one Novak Djokovic on Friday to book his place in the last four of the prestigious season-ending event. The former Wimbledon finalist's victory also means Djokovic isn't certain to qualify yet even though the Serb maintained his 100 percent record with a win over Murray earlier on Wednesday. Tsonga isn't definitely eliminated but he would need to beat Murray in straight sets and hope Berdych loses by the same margin against Djokovic to advance. "It was important to win and now I'm looking forward to the next match," Berdych said. "I tried to just focus on myself and remind myself I had won the

Wiggins in hospital after hit by car

Results from Day 3 (x denotes seeding) Singles — Group A Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Andy Murray (GBR x3) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 Tomas Berdych (CZE x5) bt JoWilfried Tsonga (FRA x7) 7-5, 36, 6-1 Doubles — Group B Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna (IND/IND x5) bt Robert Lindstedt/Horia Tecau (SWE/ROM x4) 6-3, 5-7, 10/5 Jonathan Marray/Frederik Nielsen (GBR/DEN x8) bt Max Mirnyi/Daniel Nestor (BLR/CAN x2) 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 12/10

recent matches between us. "I was a bit surprised with the score in the final set but not how hard I had to work for it. I played well and finished it well." Berdych had beaten Tsonga

in both of their meetings this year, including the final of the Stockholm Open, and the 27year-old was a deserved winner again after a blistering finish. Tsonga hasn't defeated a top-

eight ranked player this year and once again the flamboyant Frenchman was too inconsistent on the big points. Berdych had a chance to take control of the first set when he earned three break points in the seventh game, but Tsonga saved all three with a series of booming serves and powerful forehands. AFP

Djoker-Murray rivalry ripens LONDON: Novak Djokovic (right) believes his rivalry with Andy Murray is developing into one of the sport's all-time great matchups after the world number one edged their latest dramatic encounter at the ATP Tour Finals. Djokovic and Murray pushed each other to the limits on Wednesday in a bruising match which could have gone either way before the Serb eventually prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and 34 minutes at London's O2 Arena. It was the latest in a growing list of memorable meetings between the two 25year-olds, who have been on-court rivals and off-court friends since first meeting at an Under-12s tournament in the south of France. In 2012 alone they have clashed seven times, with Djokovic starting the year with victory in the Australian Open semi-finals and Murray getting his revenge with an Olympic last four win and then, even more

significantly, a five-set triumph over the Serb to win his first Grand Slam title at the US Open. And with Roger Federer approaching the end of his career and Rafael Nadal hampered by knee problems, there is every chance that

Djokovic's clashes with world number three Murray will prove the sport's most significant occasions for the rest of the decade. "It was another great match and another great performance from both of us," Djokovic said after his 10th victory in 17 meetings with Murray. I didn't expect anything other than a tight match that went to the wire. "I don't think I played bad in the first set. It was him playing really well, serving extremely well. "He could have easily been sitting here as a winner. But that's something that you expect when you're playing at such a high level. "We have a great rivalry that hopefully will develop even more in the future." Djokovic admits his matches against Murray carry even more emotional meaning for both players because they have spent so long chasing the same dream of being the world's best.

LONDON: Tour de France champion and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins was in hospital on Wednesday after being hit by a car while riding his bike near his family home in Lancashire, north-west England, police said. However, a police spokesman said the British cycling star's injuries were "not thought to be lifethreatening". Wiggins, 32, was thrown off his bike when hit by a car believed to have pulled out of a petrol station before colliding with him. Wiggins is known to often go for training rides on rural roads in the area. The accident happened at approximately 6:00 pm (1800 GMT) in Wrightington Lancashire, near Wiggins's family home in Eccleston and took place just months after he called for drivers and cyclists to "co-exist" following a fatal accident near London's Olympic Park. The driver of the car that hit Wiggins, a local woman, was said to be unhurt. A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "Police were called to the scene of a road traffic accident at Crow Orchard Road in Wrightington at about 6:00 pm this evening. AFP

BRIEFS Lewis eyes honour at Ochoa Invitational GUADALAJARA, MEXICO: Stacy Lewis will

be trying to become the first American since 1994 to wrap up LPGA Player of the Year honours when the Lorena Ochoa Invitational tees off on Thursday. Lewis can clinch the points-based award with a finish of eighth or better in the tournament, in which host

Lorena Ochoa will be making her first LPGA Tour start since 2010. Lewis has 214 points, 58 more than South Korean Inbee Park, with two more tournaments remaining this season. Lewis put herself on the brink of claiming the award with a victory in the Mizuno Classic last week. The last US golfer named the LPGA Player

of the Year was Beth Daniel in 1994. "Beth Daniel ... told me that she would love for me to win that award so they can stop talking about her," Lewis said. Mexico's Ochoa, who has been focusing on raising a family and other interests since her retirement, had a stranglehold on Player of the Year from 2006-2009.

Disney offers last chance to secure 2013 cards LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA: England's Gary

Christian is among the players battling to secure his PGA Tour card for next year as the 2012 season wraps up at Walt Disney World Resort. The $4.7 million tournament on Disney's Magnolia and Palm courses is the final event of the tour's Fall Series, and the battle will be on to

see who finishes in the top 125 on the money list to earn full playing privileges for next season. Christian, a US tour rookie this year at the age of 41, insisted he welcomed the test. "It's kind of nice to get to that stage now where you have to perform," Christian said Wednesday. "This is it.

You've got one more chance, and do good or you go home." "I think it makes a man of you -- if I come through this and get into that top 125," he said. "Then I think going forward, you use that as something very positive to fall on where you have one opportunity to perform and you did."


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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Celtic shock for Barcelona

Just as they had done in the Nou Camp two weeks ago, Celtic took the lead against the run of play when Victor Wanyama headed them ahead in the 21st minute. ALISTAIR WATSON Agence France-Presse

Results of matches played on Wednesday

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND: Celtic sent shockwaves around Europe as they produced a stunning 2-1 Group G win over Barcelona at Parkhead on Wednesday to end the Catalan giants’ 100 per cent record in this season’s competition. Barcelona, who have made a record breaking start to their domestic campaign and hadn’t previously lost in the group stages for over three years, dominated possession but lacked a cutting edge in front of goal with Lionel Messi hitting the crossbar and Alexis Sanchez heading against the post in the first half. Fraser Forster produced heroics in the Celtic goal to deny Barcelona with the keeper superbly stopping further efforts from Alexis and Messi after the break. Celtic’s chances were few and far between but they increased their lead in the 83rd minute when teenager Tony Watt, on as a substitute, scored a breakaway goal just 11 minutes into his Champions League debut. Messi gave Barca hope in stoppage time when he pulled one back but the Hoops held on

Group E n Juventus (ITA) 4 Vs Nordsjaelland (DEN) 0 n Chelsea (ENG) 3 Vs Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 2 Group F n Valencia (ESP) 4 Vs BATE Borisov (BLR) 2 n Bayern Munich (GER) 6 Vs Lille (FRA) 1 Group G n Benfica (POR) 2 Vs Spartak Moscow (RUS) 0 n Celtic (SCO) 2 Vs Barcelona (ESP) 1 Group H n Cluj (ROM) 1 Vs Galatasaray (TUR) n Braga (POR) 1 Vs Manchester United (ENG) 3

Barcelona’s Argentinan striker Lionel Messi scores against Celtic in Glasgow on Wednesday.

for a famous win the day after the club celebrated its 125th birthday to leave coach Neil Lennon a happy man. “It is one of the proudest

nights of my career,” the Celtic manager said. “It was just a monumental effort from all these players tonight. I wanted them to do themselves justice and they

AFP/ IAN MACNICOL

have even surpassed that. They have just beaten the best team in the world and, on the anniversary of the club, it is a very special occasion.”

Moses gives Chelsea new life LONDON: A 94th-minute winner by substitute Victor Moses gave Chelsea a dramatic 3-2 win at home to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday that reinvigorated their Champions League title defence. The champions looked set for a damaging draw that would have them left them at risk of a group-stage exit until Moses rose to meet Juan Mata’s corner deep into stoppage time and register his first ever goal in the competition. Chelsea had led twice, only for Shakhtar to reply on both occasions through Willian, as the Ukrainian champions threatened to inflict more misery on Roberto Di Matteo’s side after their 2-1 win in Ukraine two weeks ago. However, Moses’ goal enabled Chelsea to draw level with Shakhtar on seven points in Group E, giving them a onepoint advantage over thirdplaced Juventus ahead of what looks set to be a decisive show-

Chelsea’s Nigerian player Victor Moses (bottom) is mobbed by teammates after he scored the winning goal against Shakhtar Donetsk at Stamford Bridge in London on Wednesday. AFP/ ADRIAN DENNIS

down in Turin on November 20. “We’ve got a crucial three points. It was crucial for us to win this tough home game,” Di Matteo told Sky Sports. “They are a very good side. Now it’s probably going to go down to the last kick of the last

game in this group. “The spirit that my group showed again to keep going to the end — we knew we had to score at the end, and we did so.” Fernando Torres received the golden boot for finishing as top scorer at Euro 2012 before

kick-off at Stamford Bridge and after an early miskick in front of goal, he put Chelsea ahead in fortuitous circumstances in the sixth minute. Yaroslav Rakitskiy’s backpass obliged Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov to rush his clearance and Torres capitalised by charging down the kick to send the ball bouncing into the net. Torres tested Pyatov after skipping past Rakitskiy but Shakhtar drew level within four minutes, with Fernandinho jinking to the byline on the right before cutting the ball back for Willian to score. Generous defending from both teams made for an open first half, with Chelsea particularly guilty of conceding possession tamely. Shakhtar looked dangerous whenever they went forward — testimony to the fact John Terry was on the Chelsea bench — but another gaffe from their goalkeeper allowed them to reclaim the lead in the 40th minute. AFP

Barcelona counterpart Tito Vilanova praised Celtic in defeat. “Congratulations to Celtic and their fans. The credit is theirs,” Vilanova said. “It was an amazing show. If we had scored first it would have been a more open match. We hit the post twice but their goalkeeper did very well.” Celtic thus gained revenge for their stoppage time 2-1 defeat in the Nou Camp.

Man United in knockout stage BRAGA, PORTUGAL: English giants Manchester United became the third side to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League this season after a come from behind 3-1 win over Portuguese opponents Braga. All the United goals came in the second-half through substitute Robin van Persie, a penalty from Wayne Rooney and Mexican star Javier Hernandez after Alan had given the hosts the lead early in the second-half from the penalty spot.

FORCED BREAK

The clash at Braga restarted after a 10 minute enforced break when the floodlights went out just over ten minutes into the second half. The players were led off the pitch in darkness after a generator broke down with Braga leading United 1-0. However, the problem was soon resolved.


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MOTORCYCLING GREAT BIAGGI RETIRES Italian motorcycling great Max Biaggi announced his retirement from the sport Wednesday. Biaggi, a former world champion in the 250cc category, went on to finish runner-up in both the 500c and MotoGp categories before turning his talents to the world Superbike series.

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Mahi, Nagarjuna revving it up With a renewed gusto, the team that includes MS Dhoni and Nagarjuna looks to widen its horizons in the fields of Sportbike and Supersport and put the nation on the global map. MUMBAI: After shaking up the Supersport FIM World Championship this season with a podium finish, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Superbike Championship Team, today unveiled its new name, new look and new riders. In what can be termed as one of the most significant developments in the history of the sport in India, it announced the signing up of 3time world champion Kenan Sofouglu and fourth placed Fabien Foret. The name of the team has been changed from MSD R-N Racing Team India to Mahi Racing Team India. The logo of the team also underwent a facelift.

(from left) Fabien Foret, Florian Marino, Arun Pandey, MS Dhoni, Kenan Sofuoglu and Dan Linfoot pose with a bike at Mumbai on Wednesday.

The team rechristened itself as Mahi Racing Team India. It was earlier called MSD R-N Rcing Team India. The new look was unveiled in Mumbai by the Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni at a glittering function attended by the cream of the cricket, social, corporate, film and glam world. During the event, the superbikes were unveiled and put on display for the first time in India. The riders and the team were also introduced to the guests during the course of the event. Debuting in the 600cc class as India’s first FIM World Superbike Championship Team, Mahi Racing Team had entered mid-way into the season in June 2012. “We were targeting midtable finishes to form a base for the next year. But the team put up a sterling performance and created history by pulling off a podium finish after just five rounds. Our rider Dan Linfoot finished a remarkable third at Magny Cours, France. Our crew did an outstanding job by setting up the team within such a short time,” said Arun

Highlights

Pandey, chairman and managing director of the team. Bolstered by the performance of the team in the just-concluded

season, and the signing up of champion riders, Mahi Racing will be aiming for the championship when they compete in their first full season at the 2013 World Superbike Championship in the Supersport category. With the Buddh International Circuit debuting on the FIM Superbike World Championship calendar in March 2013, backed by a superlative performance of the Indian team, the popularity of motorsport in Asia is expected to rise. The new season also will mark the occasion of Mahi

Racing Team becoming the Factory Team of Kawasaki. The riders will be testing the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R during the official winter testing season. With the new sign-ins, the Mahi Racing Team riders will comprise of Kenan Sofouglu, Fabien Foret, Dan Linfoot and Fabian Marino. “A very exciting season lies ahead of us. Year 2013 will be a landmark year in the history of Indian motorsport. We expect this season to trigger a shift in the popularity of the sport towards India,” added Pandey.

n changes name from MSD R-N

Racing Team India to Mahi Racing Team India n becomes the full Factory Team

of Kawasaki n signs up world champion

Kenan Sofouglu; former world champion Fabien Foret n new riders join Dan Linfoot and

Florian Marino n unveils and places the super-

bike on display for the first time in India n Mahi Racing to aim for the title

in the 2013 season


Postnoon E-Paper for 08 November 2012