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SI TURNS JEWEL THIEF AT RGI CCTV footage showed an SI of the CISF on baggage clearance duty stealing jewellery from a passenger’s bag on Tuesday. Several complaints of passengers’ pockets being picked or bags being stolen from the airport premises have been reported at RGI.

WAS POLITICS TO BLAME? In the absence of meaningful political intervention, trouble continues to erupt and discontent simmers in Old City. REPORT ON PG 5

FLYING COLOURS On this day in 1606, the Union Jack was created under the reign of King James I and in a couple of centuries it would flutter over an empire on which the sun never sets. Today, we take a look at some of the world’s flags and what they represent. P16&17

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It’s Baisakhi, the festival of colours and vibrancy. Taj Krishna is hosting a Baisakhi special with a variety of Punjabi delicacies. Where: Firdaus, Taj Krishna, Rd No 1 When: April 12, 12pm onwards Contact: (040) 6666-2323

Book launch The book titled Simmering Sands by the author Mr Baqir Shameem will be launched at Oxford Bookstore by Mrs Nilofar Shameem. Where: Oxford Bookstore, The Park, Rajbhavan Road When: March 13, 6pm onwards Contact: 91601 48444

Aagam Live Catch popular band Aagam performing live at Hard Rock Cafe on April 12. Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: March 12, 9pm onwards Contact: (040) 4476 7900

Khaifiyath Qadar Ali Baig Theatre Foundation is hosting a series of events to pay tribute to revered poet and lyricist Kaifi Azmi. Kaifiyath, an evening of poetry recitation featuring Shabana Azmi and Mohammed Ali Baig will be held. Where: HICC, Madhapur When: March 13, 7.30pm onwards

Womanhood A painting exhibition by Priyanka Poogalia is being held at Beyond Coffee. Where: Beyond Coffee, Jubilee Hills, Rd No 36 When: Ongoing, 11 am onwards Contact: (040) 2354 5359

Angkor Wat A painting exhibition based on the Angkor Wat in Columbia is being presented by Kalakrithi Art Gallery and ITC Kakatiya. Where: Hyder Mahal, ITC Kakatiya, Begumpet When: Ongoing, 11am-7pm Contact: (040) 2340 0132

Goan food festival The Momo Cafe at Hyderabad Marriott and Convention Centre is hosting a Goan food festival. Where: Hyderabad Marriott and Convention Centre, Tank Bund When: Ongoing,

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Every Rupee counts Syn at Taj Deccan is offering interesting meal options. The concept behind Calorie for a Rupee is to enjoy a great meal priced according to it’s calorie count. Where: Syn - Asian Bar and Grill, Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: Ongoing, 12 pm to 3.30pm Contact: (040) 6666 3939

Mexican film festival World cinema on your mind? Head to Annapurna Studios Preview Theatre on April 14 for a Mexican fim festival Where: Annapurna Studios Preview Theatre, Banjara Hills, Rd No1 When: March 14, 5.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 4914 1234

Being ’together’ Together, an exhibition of paintings by Shravan Kumar GK will be on display from April 6 onwards. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing Contact: 98499 6879

Hard rock and games The IPL T20 games are on. Head to Hard Rock Cafe to enjoy some matches, great food and interesting drinks all through the IPL season.

Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: Ongoing, 4pm-8pm Contact: (040) 4476 7900

IPL special Truffles Cafe is offering a great way to catch the live telecast of IPL season 5. Head to Truffles Cafe for IPL special mocktails, beverages and starters and various other delights. Where: Truffles Cafe, Jubilee Hills, Rd No 36 When: Ongoing, 8am onwards Contact: (040) 2355 0105

Go Splash Splash lounge is the perfect leisure destination for you to unwind. Where: The Westin, Mindspace, Madhapur When: Monday - Friday, 5pm - 10.30pm Weekends, 8am - 10.30pm Contact: (040) 6767 6828

Crepes and waffles Lover of waffles and crepes? Deli9 is offering a crepe and waffle festival. Taste a variety of waffles such as fruit waffle and the classic waffle or a variety of exotic crepes such as caramel apple. The festival is on from April 7-April 21. Where: Delhi 9, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: Ongoing, 8am to 8pm

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Asian barbeque The Square, Novotel, Madhapur plays host to an Asian barbeque. Sample grilled specialities from around the world — from Lebanese to Japanese. Where: The Square, Novotel, Madhapur When: Every Saturday, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 6682 4422

Pratibimb 2k12 A six day acting workshop from April 12 onwards will be held by Sutradhaar. Where: Sutradhar Casting Agency, Himayathnagar When: April 12 onwards, 9pm onwards Contact: 98480 52541

Hard Kaur live Popular pop singer Hard Kaur will be performing live along with various other cultural events Where: Hitex exhibition Centre, Madhapur When: April 14, 7.30 pm onwards Contact: (040) 2311 2121

Water colours Iconart is hosting Aquarelle as a part of it’s Buy Art initiative. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11.30 am onwards Contact: 98499 6879

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Curfew relaxed, but City still tense

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lady sub-inspector, Renuka alias Priyanka, of Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) was placed under suspension today after the CCTV picked her in the act of stealing gold ornaments from a passenger’s bag. The incident happened on Tuesday and she was suspended today. The SI’s discretion came to light when the airport police had been investigating some complaints of thefts in the airport. It is said that many have of late complained of having their pockets picked or baggage stolen in the airport premises. In the course of the probe, they checked the CCTV footage of a couple of days when the SI’s act came to view. Sub-inspector of CISF Renuka,

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32, was on duty at RGI when a lady passenger who hails from Gujarat had moved her bag for security check. Sub-inspector Renuka started checking and in front of the passenger but she is said to have removed the ornaments after the passenger turned away. Two gold rings and a pair of ear rings were said to have been missing. The passenger knew of the loss only after reaching home.

It is said that the passenger thought it was lost in transit, but did not suspect foul play. However, the RGI police had been inspecting the CCTV footage when the suspicious movement of the SI came to view, officials claimed. The information was conveyed to the deputy inspector general of CISF. Unconfirmed report said she has handed over the ornaments to the authorities.

espite bids by some to create trouble by throwing a piece of meat in a temple premises in Moghulpura Chowk Maidan, the situation remained peaceful during the curfew-relaxation today. However, altercations between S Srinivas, a subinspector of Saidabad police station, and mediapersons covering the situation led to minor fracas. It is alleged that the SI manhandled a cameraman of a local TV channel. Tension prevailed as the mediapersons had a verbal clash with the SI and later the press agitated before the police station demanding action against the SI. Businesses and shops were open since morning today in the riot-affected Saidabad and Madannapet areas. However, police would still go around forcing shops to close shops in some of the non-

curfew areas too after 8pm. Meanwhile, the City police have started to take the bikeburning incidents more seriously. Police vehicles fitted with loudspeakers were seen going around Malleppally, Habeeb Nagar, Shaikhpet, and nearby areas yesterday urging people to keep their two-wheelers inside their compound, not on the road. Bike-burning has proved a new headache for the police as scores of bike-burning cases have happened in the past few months. No fresh untoward incident was reported from the City since last night. Curfew is relaxed from 9am to 5pm today.


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Finally, ‘special ones’ get a voice The attitude towards children with special needs is rapidly changing. Parents no longer have qualms about enrolling them into special schools and the rise in number of such institutions is testimony

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hen Anam Shazia, was enrolled in a special school in Humayun Nagar at the age of 7, her parents were apprehensive. The child had been diagnosed with mild mental retardation and was a challenge to handle. She would relieve herself in the corner of the classroom, eat her lunch as soon as she reached school and would scream loudly if anything went against her will. Today, at the age of 12, Anam is a changed person, and all this was possible due to the hard work and effort put in by her teachers at school. Anam still has a few difficult spells, but she now eats her lunch on time, helps her classmates go to the washroom and is a lot calmer than earlier. So is the case with Mustafa, who was enrolled in the same school at the age of 8. He had been diagnosed with autism and would often remove his clothes and roam around the campus naked. He would also slap and hurt himself. Four years later, his teachers are proud to have him as a student and he has got rid of his previous habits. Unlike earlier, when most parents preferred keeping their mentally challenged children at home, these days parents have realised the importance of enrolling children with mental disabilities into special schools. The fact that there are more special schools coming up in the City is a sign of good things to come. In 2009, there were only 45 special schools in the City. Now, the number has leapfrogged to 220 registered and 220 unregistered special schools. Established in 1977, Hyderabad Special School in

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Sweekar-Upkaar, the first in the City, has seen a drop in student enrolment this year. The reason, says principal Thakur Shobha Rani, is that there are more special schools for people to choose from. “We had an intake of about 130 in 2003, 300 in 2010 and 250 in 2012. There is more choice for parents now,” she said. “This is a great sign as this shows that special people with special needs have a place to be. However, there is a need for more. Fortunately, the attitude of people towards ‘special’ children has changed over the years. They have become more accepting,” said Ayesha Rubina, director of Greens Special School and a special people activist. Statistically, 3 per cent of the Indian population is disabled

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that their child being mentally challenged means he/she is mentally ill. Early intervention is very important. We train special children such that they can be integrated back to the society. While they are here, they develop social and other skills which will help them in the future,” said Shobha. Shobha said that based on the IQ level as well as the level of their disorder, Hyderabad Special School puts them in different sections — ADHD, ADD and slow learners. The teacher-student ratio is as low as 1:8 here. In Greens Special School, the ratio is 1:5. “It is very important to have a low ratio as they need special care from specially trained teachers. Sometimes, they need personal care as well,” added Shobha. These schools have on

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board a physiotherapist, speech therapist, psychologists, and doctors apart from specially trained teachers. “All the special schools that have been setup are purely out of goodwill for society. We don’t make much money out of it. There have been many months where I had to pump in money myself. My school started with one special child and the number has now gone up to 80,” said a selfless Ayesha. When it comes to problems, these schools face plenty. For starters, they don’t get any support from the government. Even regarding the regular board exams, there are no special question papers set for such children. They have to study what regular students study and considering their mental abilities, it can take a serious toll on them. “In our school, we set exam papers according to the IQ level of the children and set different goals for them. This does not happen at the State or national level exams except for Braille for the blind,” pointed out Ayesha, adding that there is also a dearth of special teachers. Old City does not have a single special school in the area, and children have to travel a considerable distance to reach other special schools. There are very few institutes in the City that train teachers how to deal with special children. There is demand, but the supply is minimal. “We have an intake of about 300 for the various courses we offer. But we don’t get more than 200. The regular courses are full, but the distance education seats remain vacant. There is a huge demand for it, but few places offer such courses partly because there is no awareness. We have orientation programmes to create awareness,” said Surekha Singh, assistant director HRD, Thakur Hari Prasad Institute.

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Political checkmate led to city riots In the absence of meaningful political intervention trouble continues to erupt and discontent simmer in the Old City Riot prevention: Citizens speak

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s the Old City smelled of smoke and fire for the past four days, political players, except for occasional statements, are unusually quiet. The general reading is that the leaders are either confounded at the situation or they have much to hide. The political angle to the trouble is the most discussed topic among people directly or indirectly affected by the trouble the City kicked up. Two parties, not always in best of terms, the TRS and the BJP, see in the City communal riots the hands of MIM which rules the civic body. The TRS reason, its leaders professed, is that the MIM is uncomfortable seeing a surge of sentiments for Telangana and the party is dead against Telangana. The TRS leader Nayani Reddy says MIM has been losing grip over the city

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aljan Basha, of TDP, who went around in the company of Paul, a preacher, claiming that during the TDP regime no communal riots happened. What he was doing in the company of a Christian preacher is mystery. Muslims and wanted to regain hold. BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya insists that riots can’t happen in the City without the involvement of MIM.

All see a tactical move in shifting the erstwhile police commissioner AK Khan. “He had a grip over the things but it did not serve the political end,” said a senior citizen in Saidabad. NVVS Prabhakar, an executive member of the Temple Properties Protection Committee in AP said that the local political parties would like to have control over the local masses and in the process the disturbances took place. “The political parties may not

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Stop transferring police officers for political convenience A special police contingent must be kept on alert in Old City. Provocative material of any religion must not be allowed to be displayed. Intelligence, CC cameras, will help curb violence. Controversial religious heads must not be allowed in the sensitive areas. All political parties must be involved during meetings with police for peace and harmony. Religious processions should be discouraged, if possible, banned. A control room exclusively for Old City must be established. Stern action of police is needed. Hold periodic peace meetings and communal harmony measures

have been seen directly involved but those who had control over the people so far but worried at the losing grip have much to gain from the trouble,” he said. “MIM and BJP are equally responsible for the riots and disturbance in the Old City” said MBT leader Amzadulla Khan. He told Postnoon that both these parties want to show their supremacy among their sections of society while the police remained a mute spectator. “As long as the police postings in the Old City are done on political compulsions there will be no law and order,” he said. But sources at the MIM headquarters that declined to be named said that the party had no hand in the riots. “If some lumpen elements kick up a row why the MIM is blamed,” asked a MIM leader. The party is quick to blame VHP leader Praveen Togadia whose presence in the Hanuman Shobhayatra had provoked some Hindu elements. The right wing leaders, however, rubbished it a lie. Shobhayatra had passed off peacefully, they argue.

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hief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy wants to prove a point to the TRS by ensuring a Congress victory in the lone Telangana seat in the upcoming bypolls. He made it clear to the cadres at a meeting in the Camp office the TRS margin should be reduced drastically to ensure there would be no resignations in the name of Telangana. He also wants to take on YSRC chief Jagan Mohan Reddy in his home turf by winning the seats in Kadapa. PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayna who visited the Kadpa region yesterday expressed hope that the party cadres would ensure victory of the Congress candidates. The TDP, though smarting from the drubbing it received in the recent bypolls due to its ambiguity on Telangana, is hopeful of winning some seats this round. TDP chief Chadrababu Naidu, who is already on the campaign trail, has claimed that this time there is a palpable

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he House committee members of the Women Development and Child Welfare Ministry have opined that the State Government has to appoint members of the State Women’s Commission immediately which have been vacant for the last few years. Speaking to the media in the Assembly premises on Wednesday, members of the Committee Nannapaneni Rajakumari and Vanitha have said that the government has to initiate steps to stop the rapes and various atrocities on women. They also said that the courts have to punish the Women who harass women, equally as they punish men with regard women issues. Rajakumari said that the Committee also urged the State Government not to cancel the ration cards, pensions of people based on their political affiliation. The State Government has to establish old age homes in every district head quarter, besides constructing welfare hostels for the girls. She demanded that the State Government order a comprehensive inquiry into the sex scandal of Tara Chowdhary to enable the people to know the facts.

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ormer minister Dr P Shanker Rao has alleged that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and the YSRCP Chief YS Jagana Mohan Reddy were one, and hence the Chief Minister was not countering the criticism of Jagan against the Congress party. Speaking to the media at the CLP office on Wednesday, Shanker Rao made this statement regarding the Chief Minister and Jagan. Shanker Rao urged the high command to direct the State party leaders, who were confusing the vote bank by expressing different views on late Dr YSR, not to speak as they wished. He said that some leaders demanded the removal of Dr YSR’s portraits from the flexes which was not proper for them. He said that the party would be affected by statements of some leaders that Dr YSR were anti-dalit. The same Dr YSR had made those dalit leaders as party whips, ministers and MPs and there were several dalits in Dr YSR’s family, he said. He said that he will not respond on Jagan and Dr YSR’s corrupt practices as the issue was in the court. Shanker Rao questioned those who were speaking about Dr YSR’s corruption as to what they were doing for the last two years and as to why they were speaking about it now.

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Metro rail rakes up water issues

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anger. We are anticipating a lot of opposition from the residents and public representatives if we go ahead with this work," said A Krishna, general manager of the water board.

Critical areas The proposals include shifting of pipelines from critical areas like Habsiguda (a hub for national research institutes like CCMB, IICT and Osmania University), Nagole, NGRI, Tarnaka, Lalaguda

here are some markets where you go not only to shop but also to experience a myriad of colours, faces, smells, moods and also soak in the entire atmosphere. Hyderabad being an old and culturally rich city has many such markets. And Moazam Jahi Market is one. Located near Nampally, Moazam Jahi Market exclusively sells a variety of fresh fruits. Right from seasonal varieties like mangoes, grapes and custard-apples to non-seasonal varieties like bananas, oranges and exotic, imported varieties like lychee, kiwi, and strawberry can be found here. It is guaranteed that the produce is hundred per cent fresh. Fruit vendors, super-markets, hotels, restaurants and juice makers all come to Moazam Jahi Market to buy fruits at wholesale rates. The biggest attraction of this market is Famous Ice-cream, the best and cheapest place in the City for the most delicious ice cream. Almost every Hyderabadi has been here at least once. It is also home to an old muslim sweet shops called Hamidi which makes the famous Ashrafi.

and Uppal cross roads. The water board officials recently shifted water supply pipelines at Uppal to facilitate the construction of the Metro Rail depot at a cost of `70 lakh. Apart from this, the Board has the Herculean task of shifting 400-1,200 diameter pipelines on the busiest stretch of the city — Ameerpet-Miyapur — which would rake up a lot of problems for the board in terms of traffic and water supply.

Adhar Sinha, MD of the water board, conducted an inspection on April 9 of the areas where the Metro Rail want the board to shift pipelines. These areas include Greenlands, Ameerpet, Sanathnagar, Madhuranagar, Yousufguda and Krishna Nagar and held discussions with the water board officials on the feasibility of the task. The board officials are expected to take a final call on the issue in the next few days.

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Indian born, British nobility Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting the Baroness of Windsor and Maidenhead, Shreela Flather SRINIVAS SETTY

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itting at a table in the Taj Falaknuma Palace library, Baroness Shreela Flather even at 78, is still an imposing personality. It seems that she’s been there awhile, patiently fielding the press even if it’s questions she’s answered many, many times during the day. Is this her first time in Hyderabad? How does she like being here? Are the ones that keep coming back. “I was last here in 1956. No, I don’t remember anything of it,” is her standard reply to the first. “I’m not in Hyderabad, I’m in Falaknuma. There is a world of difference. Do I like Falaknuma? Yes, it’s an amazing, amazing place. Hyderabad, well, it could be a little bit cleaner and more tidy,”she quips, cracking up. Instead, she wants to be asked about why she is here. Her friend Faiza Sheik has asked her to be a patron for Soham for Kids, a local school for the underprivileged and so the Baroness is here to see for herself if its worthy of association. Fortunately, the school has passed muster. “I did ask them if they got beaten... they said no,” she says, with a twinkle in her eye. On a more serious note, she adds, “The children there are so happy, cheerful and were very well-behaved, much better than the rich kids who are so

spoilt.” As you hear her speak, it becomes increasingly clear why she came to be the Baroness of Windsor and Maidenhead and a woman that’s established so many firsts — UK’s first ethnic minority woman councilor, its first female Asian mayor and the first Asian to enter the House of Lords. By inheritance of her legacy (her great-grandfather is the noted engineer and philanthropist Sir Ganga Ram), or as a product of her upbringing (she went to a school founded by Sarojini Naidu’s sister, Mrinalini Chattopadyay), she grew up with all the restraint of a jugger-

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naut. No one perhaps ever told her the constraints of her gender. If they did, she didn’t listen. It’s the same unstoppable attitude that’s defined every part of her life. “There were all these times when in council and other meetings, I was alone, by myself, in a room full of men. But I never felt like an outsider. Because I just saw everyone as people and me as just another person. They treated me just like the others. I broke the mould.” says Flather, rating it among her greatest achievements. Indeed. She is an anathema to most politicians and bureaucrats.

Unflappable, honest and selfassured, she speaks her mind even if it means her statements are brutally forthright bordering on the politically incorrect. Statements many of us would second, the purists would frown upon, but only she has the courage to voice. Talking about England she says, “No body is poor in England. Everything there is free, healthcare, education etc. For them to be poor is to have four televisions instead of six.” Describing the same situation in India she says,“The worst part of getting rich in India is that they don’t do anything for anybody. If Ambani sold away that obscene house of his and helped the poor, maybe then he’ll prosper.” Even the President is not spared, “She has bought no glory to India. There are so many deserving women. Why her?,” asks the Baroness, occasionally breaking out to speak in flawless Hindi. At 78, she has just two more goals to achieve. One is echoed in her book Woman: Acceptable Exploitation for Profit, “My dream is to see more women come into their own. More women being employed, hired on merit, and being included in the mainstream economy.” Second, is to write her autobiography. “I specially want to write about my childhood. A way of life that’s almost gone. But it won’t be too long. People don’t like reading long books on other people,” she signs off, before returning to her husband Gary Denis Flather, her sons and grandchildren in Maidenhead.

to releasing its debut album. Their music is a foray into fusion, a seamless integration of the ethos of Carnatic music with the aesthetics of rock. You have to listen to them to know what it means. “That we can make Indian cultural music, contemporary and palatable to today’s generation, that is our draw,” opine the band members sagely.

Their newly found popularity is simply the case of a band whose time has finally come. “In 2007, we were playing on the terraces of our friend’s houses. For most part of 2008 too, it was the same, with the addition of the odd gig. But we kept going. It was only in 2010, with the soaring popularity of acts like Raghu Dixit, that there was suddenly a place for music that

was not classic rock. That’s when we arrived. Last year, we toured like crazy. And this year, we already played at the biggest music festivals — Storm and MAD — and the line-up of gigs looks good too,” grins Harish Sivaramakrishnan aka Vodka, the lead vocalist and spokesperson for Agam. Agam derives from ancient Tamil term which means ‘the inner self’. The band’s line-up features Ganesh on the drums, guitarists Praveen and Suraj, Swamy on the keyboard, bass guitarist Vignesh, percussionist and of course, vocalist and violinist Harish. They are all techies by profession and artistes by passion. They have a simple theory on why the progressive-rock audiences are flocking to their shows “People are opening their minds to new experiences. We recently played a song of ours, essentially a Tyagaraja kriti, on a campus and had students asking for an

encore. Imagine that!” say the enthused band members in wonder. And go on to explain, “Look, it comes down to this. People don’t care about what you play. If you can entertain, you are set.” And now Agam is here to rock ‘n roll. They play later tonight at the Hard Rock Cafe where they are set to honour tradition. “We love playing to the audiences in Hyderabad. Last year, we previewed a brand-new track at HRC here. And so this time too, we might just unveil one of our latest tracks,” shares Harish, conspiratorially. Their self-titled album is slated to release later this year.

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Agam

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Hard Rock Cafe, Hyderabad

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Tonight, 9 pm onwards


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E-nabling better learning Prudhvi Raju K prudhvi.k@postnoon.com

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hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand’, says Confucius. Digital technologies are transforming how students learn. E-learning is engaging the student with beautiful animation videos, visual effects, interactive question and answers and 3D effects. Even the consumer electronics companies want to exploit the growing e-learning market and are launching tablets like Ubislate 7+, HCL MeTab U1 and Micromax FunBook catering to educational needs. HCL and Micromax also started offering learning content on these tabs with various price packages. The content is not limited to these tabs and there are many players like Educomp and iProf are having tie-ups with colleges and individuals offering content at class rooms and home. E-learning is helping the student especially in the post school hours study. The student can revise the chapters and learn at home if he misses some class. It is a value addition and complementary for the school learning. The prime motto of e-learning is to promote self-study by creating

interest in students with various features, said Kanwal Arora, Operations Manager, iProf Learning Solutions. Each lesson doesn’t limit to audio-video lectures but has a story board and narrated as a story to make learning simple and fun. The content is made available and downloaded over the tabs so that the student can study without internet connection. iProf Live is also helping interactivity between students and teachers any time. Students can clear their doubts by talking to faculty through a choice of the internet or phone, he said. The education sector in India

is already suffering from lack of skilled teachers. The quality teaching is also becoming expensive day by day. About 60 crore people in the country are blow the age of 25 years needed education at various levels, e-learning has an important role to play in this scenario. E-learning can replace the content taught at schools through self-study pattern. However, it may not replace the schools in terms of teaching discipline, giving guidance, setting goals and the soft skills, he said. E-learning cannot be limited to schools. It can spread across the

segments and substitute the corporate training to farming (how to farm). The world is moving towards a knowledge society where the key differentiation between any two players would be the knowledge and skills. Any company can transform their knowledge to e-learning content to share within the organisation, said, Ch Subba Raju, CEO, 1midea. For corporates and schools, it is definitely a cost effective mechanism than traditional teaching. There is consistency in the quality of the content. It is scalable and sharable with negligible costs. It is reusable and edited easily when updating is required, he said. Indian e-learning sector can leapfrog with its human resource and technological skills. The quality of the content can be produced at par with the Hollywood sci- fi films and making learning enjoyable, comprehensible and simple just as watching a film. However, it depends on the scale and size of the market in the country. The customer has to appreciate technology and the effectiveness of e-learning in transforming their children’s future. Customer should be willing to pay money as per the value and quality of content, said Raju.

US sues Apple, five major publishers Rob Lever

WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department sued Apple and five publishing firms on Wednesday alleging a conspiracy to raise prices and limit competition for e-books, and immediately announced a partial settlement in the case. As the antitrust suit was unveiled, officials said three of the publishers agreed to end the scheme to force retailers such as Amazon to accept a new pricing plan that ended their ability to offer discounts for electronic books. Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster reached a settlement but the case will proceed against Apple and the other two — Macmillan and Penguin Group — “for conspiring to end e-book retailers’ freedom to compete on price,” the Justice Department said. Attorney General Eric Holder said that as a result of the conspiracy, “consumers paid millions of dollars more for some of the most popular titles,” and competition was eliminated. Sharis Pozen, head of the

Justice Department’s antitrust division, said the scheme was aimed at ending a discounting effort by Amazon, which sold most e-books at $9.99 until the new pricing plan was forced on the retail giant. The move almost instantly raised the prices consumers paid for e-books, she said. The settlement “will begin to undo the harm caused by the

companies’ anti-competitive conduct, and will restore price competition so that consumers can pay lower prices for their ebooks,” she added. The suit filed in US District Court in New York said a conspiracy dating back to 2009 involved “schemes to limit Amazon’s ability to discount e-books,” hurting consumers by pushing up prices. Named in the suit with Apple

Google likely next in anti-trust push WASHINGTON: Googly is likely the next major tech target of US and EU trust-busters after the US Justice Department sued Apple on Wednesday for illegally colluding with publishers in the e-book market, legal experts said. Google is understood to be in the sights of regulators in both Europe and the US now. Gary Reback, a Silicon Valley lawyer who was deeply involved in the landmark anti-trust push against Microsoft in the 1990s, said the authorities need to be focused on the search-driven advertising industry that Google dominates rather

than social networking, where Facebook is almost all-powerful. “There are people still entering the market in social networking. You don’t see that in search. Search is the real problem right now. I think the Europeans are going to come down on them hard and I think the Federal Trade Commission and our states will do that as well,” he said. In an industry in which companies can soar to near-monopoly positions in a few years, justice authorities on both sides of the Atlantic will keep pursuing tech giants as they fight to defend their market positions, experts said. AFP

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were CBS Corp.’s Simon & Schuster; Hachette Book Group, part of France’s Lagardere; London-based Pearson’s Penguin Group; Macmillan, a unit of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck; and News Corp. unit HarperCollins. Amazon hailed the settlement and said it would mean lower prices for e-books for its Kindle reader. “This is a big win for Kindle owners, and we look forward to being allowed to lower prices on more Kindle books,” said Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener. Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr declined to comment. But Macmillan chief executive John Sargent said his firm would fight the settlement because the terms “were too onerous” and would allow Amazon “to recover the monopoly position it had been building before our switch to the agency model.” The lawsuit comes amid probes on both sides of the Atlantic over the efforts to limit discounting on electronic books, which had been dominated by Amazon until Apple launched its iPad in 2010. AFP

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THUS SPAKE We are proud that Thai Airways have selected Air India SATS Airport Services as their partner for ground handling services at the Hyderabad International Airport. We look forward to partnering with THAI as an extension to our successful partnership for the handling of their passenger flights,” Willy Ko, CEO, AISATS.

US ECONOMY The US has registered a budget deficit of about $198 billion in March, the second largest monthly budget gap in the current fiscal year, the government said on Wednesday. The figure was lower than the $231.7-billion deficit in February.

SOLAR POWER The French energy group Areva said on Wednesday that it would build the biggest concentrated solar power installation in Asia for Reliance Power of India. Areva Solar is to construct two plants using compact linear fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology that would produce 250 MW of electricity in Rajasthan, a statement said. The project, which has already begun its first phase would represent a reduction of around 557,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually compared with a coal-fired plant, Areva added.


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EU tax unacceptable in climate change talks asserts India NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday said the EU decision to collect billions of dollars every year by unilaterally imposing a carbon tax on flights landing in the Eurozone is a deal breaker for climate change talks. Speaking at an event organ-

ised by The Energy Research Institute (TERI), Environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan said such unilateral measures in the guise of climate change are unacceptable. “For environment ministry it (EU aviation cap) is a deal breaker because you simply

cannot bring this into the climate change and impose such disguised trade measures in the name of climate change,” Natarajan said. She said India has raised the issue in various international fora but the EU is sticking to it.

“I have written a very strong letter to the EU commissioner and raised it at various national and international fora. I believe as far as climate change discussions are concerned, this is unacceptable,” she said. EU’s proposal to cap planetwarming gases under its emis-

sion trading system makes it mandatory for airlines flying into its airspace to buy carbon credits equivalent to the carbon dioxide emitted by their aircraft. India has asked national carriers not to submit emission details to the EU. IANS

Helmet law takes a deadly toll on women Abhaya Srivastava

NEW DELHI: Priya Mahindroo, 25, zips through New Delhi traffic on the back of a motorbike every day to get to work. While the law mandates a helmet for her male driver, as a woman she can legally go without one. Campaigners are becoming increasingly vocal about the consequences of this anomaly which results in dozens of lives lost each year as well as thousands of serious injuries that wreck families and burden hospitals. Others see it as a sad reflec-

tion on patriarchal Indian values; that women are men’s inferiors, their lives simply worth less in a country with a culture of celebrating sons over daughters. For women such as Mahindroo, however, the considerations are mostly aesthetic and unless she is forced to wear a helmet by law, she’ll continue to ride some of the world’s most dangerous streets with her head unprotected. “It ruins my hair,” she told AFP in New Delhi as she arrived for work at her newspaper’s office in the busy central area of the city. “I don’t wear a helmet

because I feel really hot and suffocated inside so I don’t really think about the safety.” India’s federal Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 stated that every person driving or riding a twowheeler had to wear a helmet, but this sparked an uproar from the Sikh community which raised religious objections. Sikh men were later exempted, largely because of the religious demand for them to wear turbans. The Delhi government decided it was impossible to tell a Sikh woman from a non-Sikh and so made helmets optional for all female motorcycle riders. About 133,938 people or 366 a day died on India’s roads in 2010, according to the National Crime Records Bureau, more than any other country. On the streets of New Delhi — where rash and drunk driving is commonplace, as is the sight of a family of four or five squeezed onto a bike — 64 women were killed in accidents involving two-wheelers in 2010 and 50 last year. Many of these victims end up at the capital’s busiest trauma centre, the public-funded AIIMS hospital, where doctor Sanjeev Bhoi is in no doubt about the cost of New Delhi’s law. “Each day there is a new story where you have severe dramatic brain injuries, especially in women and even in children. “It’s stressful to see a young girl with a severe brain injury, someone who is a mother or a daughter of someone,” he added. “Ladies must wear a helmet not just for themselves but also for their families.” For writer Antara Dev Sen, the law reeks of discrimination and is another proof that women are seen as second-class citizens. “In India, women are programmed to neglect themselves,” she told. “To be a good woman you need to ignore yourself. It is also not quite done to talk about your own safety. It comes from the patriarchal values by which we are programmed to live.”

Online survey for house sparrows LAKHIMPUR:

Concerned over the fast decline in the number of house sparrows, the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) in active participation with the Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN) has launched an online survey programme for the little bird. The BNHS is focusing on Uttar Pradesh where people in a very small number have registered their entries on the site so far. The organisation has pinned its hopes on various environmental places like Katarniaghat Foundation, Terai Nature Conservation Society to motivate people about sparrows and to log their information on the survey site, which will be in operation till May 31 next. “Indiscriminate use of chemical fertilisers, urbanisation spree besides several other things are suspected to be major factors behind the sudden disappearance of the sparrows,” Fazlur Rahman, officebearer of Katarniaghat

Foundation said. He said that the survey intend to make an exhaustive database about the status of sparrows through the experiences of common people, who know much more. “The motive behind the unique survey is to collect and share the status and distribution of house sparrows across the nation,” eminent ornithologist and director BNHS Asad Rahmani said. “Once the data is collected, the BNHS will study and analyse the database to reach some decisive factors,” he added. Rahmani said that on the initial page of the site, the visitor would be required to specify her or his name, designation and location and proceed to the next page, where one is expected to fill 11 short queries, specifying the locality in detail where sparrows had been found missing or appearing, their frequency of visits, status of sparrows whether in groups or in limited numbers, about their nesting habits and such other information. PTI


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Maoists free Italian hostage BHUBANESWAR: Maoists today (Thursday) released Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo after keeping him hostage for nearly a month, sources said. He had been kidnapped with another Italian, Claudio Colangelo, from a forested area of Kandhamal district March 14. Incidentally the Maoist leader’s wife denounced the act of abduction of the two Italians on Wednesday. Despite describing her husband Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda as her “friend, philosopher and guide”, wife Subhasree Das alias Mili denounced the act of taking a foreign national hostage and showed willingness to become a mediator. “It is not right to keep anyone hostage for fulfilment of certain demands. One should not

put pressure on the government in this manner. The act will earn a bad name for the state. Foreigners are our guests,” Das, who was released from jail after a court acquitted her from being involved in an encounter in 2003, said. Das, who arrived at her mother-in-law’s house here on Tuesday night, showed willingness to become a mediator in the Italian national Paolo Bosusco’s abduction incident. “I am ready to take steps for release of the foreign national,” she had told reporters. Subhasree, who was freed from jail after about two years, said that Italian hostage crisis was an international issue. “I can bear any pain for the release of the Italian national Paolo Basusco,” she added.

Aarushi case: Nupur Talwar moves SC NEW DELHI: Nupur Talwar, facing arrest in the twin murder case of her daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, today moved the Supreme Court seeking stay on the non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against her by the trial court. A bench of justices AK Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar, however, refused to hear her plea today and said that it would be taken up tomorrow. Nupur is facing arrest as the CBI is looking for her and conducted raids on Wednesday against a non-bailable warrant. PTI

Though Panda had demanded release of seven persons including his wife, for safe release of Bosusco, Das said, “My release from jail had nothing to do with conditions put by the Maoists. As the case against me

had no merit, the court acquitted me”. Das’s husband Sabyasachi alias Sunil, secretary of Odisha State Organising Committee of the CPI(Maoist) had abducted two Italian nationals — Claudio Colongelo and Paolo Baususco — while they were on a trekking mission to Kandhamal district. Asking Maoists to shun violence in order to win hearts of people, Das said the state government should also adopt similar attitude to restore normalcy in tribal pockets. Meanwhile, Panda’s 8-yearold daughter Guddi applealed to her Maoist father to return to the mainstream. “I have got back mummy. But I miss you. Now I want you back too,” the daughter said. AGENCIES

RTE quota for weaker sections valid says Supreme Court NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutional validity of the Right to Education (RTE) that mandates unaided private schools to earmark 25 per cent seats for students from economically and socially weaker sections of society. However, the court made it clear that this reservation would not be applicable to unaided minority institutions.

The apex court bench of Chief Justice SH Kapadia and Justice Swatanter Kumar upheld the constitutional validity of Section 12 1C of the right to education (RTE) act that provides 25 percent reservation for students from weaker sections of society. However, Justice KS Radhakrishnan, in a dissenting judgment, held that the mandate under RTE providing

for reservation of seats was not constitutionally valid, thus none of the unaided schools, be it of majority or minority, could be compelled to earmark 25 per cent seats in their institutions for weaker sections. The court said the judgment will come into force from Thursday itself, but the admissions already made will not be disturbed. IANS

Women take safety issue by the scruff Azera Parveen Rahman

GURGAON: Enough of slogans and silent candlelight marches. Tired of crimes against women and the administration’s attitude, a bunch of women in Gurgaon is about to launch a unique protest this weekend — a ‘girlcott’ of shopping in a place known for its swanky malls and stores. Gurgaon Girlcott, as it is called, was born as an idea on the popular social networking platform Facebook before snowballing into a full-fledged movement and becoming the talk of the town. The movement targets a favourite weekend activity — shopping and splurging. It urges women to hold their purse strings tight during April 13-15, and stay away from shopping malls, stores, salons, restaurants, cabs — basically anywhere that requires them to spend money in Gurgaon. The aim, as is evident, is to hit the private sector hard. This,

hopes Richa Dubey, the brain behind the movement, will pressure private companies to turn the heat on the local administration to ensure better safety for women in Gurgaon. The city of over 1.5 million people that borders the national capital has been in the news for crimes against women.

Last month, a 25-year-old woman was abducted and then gang-raped in the city when she was returning from work at night. Following this, the Gurgaon administration remarked that women should not work after 8pm — a statement they later retracted due to strong criticism.

This, Dubey said, planted the idea. A communications specialist, she floated a plan last month on Facebook, saying: “Not work after 8pm? Fine. Let’s also not hit the malls, pubs, shopping centres, hire cabs or autos, go to gyms or salons what have you... in short let’s boycott Gurgaon for a few days after 8pm. If enough women in Gurgaon are ‘safe in their homes’ after 8, I would like to see how the economy takes it, especially over a weekend. Make them take responsibility”. With over 300 women and other groups like the Asmita Theatre and ‘Let’s Walk Gurgaon’ supporting it, Dubey said, “The onus of safety of women is not on the women alone. How does it matter what she wears, what time she goes out? It’s time the blame game stopped”. According to police records, there were 21 cases of molestation in 2010 and the figure rose to 24 in 2011. Police say 40 cases of rape were recorded last year and so far this year there have been 10 such cases. IANS

NATION AT A GLANCE Chandy adds 2 ministers amidst controversy THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday added two more ministers to his cabinet, taking the total strength to 21. M Ali, 60, of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), and Anup Jacob, 34, who became a legislator last month after stepping into the shoes of his father, Kerala CongressJacob’s TM Jacob, were sworn in at the Raj Bhavan here. The ministers were administered the oath of office by Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj, who is standing in as Kerala governor. The expansion had been hotly debated here as this was the first time that the IUML gets five ministers.

Harappan relics found in Haryana village CHANDIGARH: Relics believed to be associated with the ancient Harappan civilisation have been dug out from a village in Haryana by archaeological experts from Cambridge and the Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Extensive excavations at the ancient Tida Bud Teela, a mound spread out over 400sq metre area, in Khalsa Bohla village in Karnal district, 160km from here, have led to the relics.

Devotees with pierced bodies make their way to an Amman temple during a festival in Coimbatore on Wednesday.

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GOVERDHAN (UTTAR PRADESH): Goverdhan hill, which Lord Krishna’s devotees consider one of their holiest shrines, is all set for a `500 crore makeover. Mathura district authorities have drawn up an ambitious plan for infrastructure development, road connectivity and beautification of the ‘parikrama marg’ — a 21km path around the Goverdhan hill. District magistrate N Ravi said the Goverdhan plan was likely to be taken up for discussion by the Uttar Pradesh government next week. Environmentalists in the past have highlighted ecological degradation due to uncontrolled mining in the Barsana area.

Kerala schoolgirl’s solo exhibition in Delhi NEW DELHI: She is still within the portals of a school, but when 15-year-old Varsha Renjit from Kerala wields a paintbrush, she can create an incredible tapestry of colours and emotions on the canvas – a fact that has allowed her to brush shoulders with the likes of legend and Padmashree Anjolie Ela Menon. Varsha who has just completed class X is showcasing 40 select paintings in her solo exhibition Raindrops at the Lalit Kala Akademi.


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competition to develop next-generation robots capable of saving lives in disaster zones has been unveiled by the Pentagon’s advanced research laboratory. Darpa says it wants “adaptable robots with the ability to use human tools — from hand tools to vehicles”. It plans to hold a series of emergency response physical challenges. A $2m (£1.3m) prize is being offered to the team with the best technology. The competition begins in October. The agency says it hopes software engineers, video game developers and other experts from fields outside robotics will take part “to increase the diversity of innovative solutions”.

Radiation-resistant Robots have already been deployed into danger zones. After the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown in 2011, Japanese authorities used unmanned vehicles and “first responder” robots developed by the British firm Qintetiq to move heavy debris and measure radiation levels. The US Army has also used robots in Iraq and Afghanistan to clear buildings and check for explosive devices. However, Darpa says more work needs

ines less dependent on human operators. Qinetiq’s talon “first responder” robots were used to map radiation readings in Japan “Robots operated by humans have been used since the World Trade Center disaster, but no completely autonomous robots have been deployed in a real disaster to date,” he said. “Robot autonomy is improving steadily, but often it is easier and more reliable to have a human operate the robot remotely.

War robots to be done to make the machines interact with humans more naturally. “This challenge is going to test supervised autonomy in perception and decision-making, mounted and dismounted mobility, dexterity, strength and endurance in an environment designed for human use but degraded due to disaster,” said Gill Pratt, Darpa’s programme manager. “Adaptability is also essential because we don’t know where the next disaster will strike.”

Autonomous automatons Jeremy Wyatt, reader in robotics at the University of Birmingham, suggested that efforts should focus on making the mach-

Darpa’s last grand challenge — a driverless car race across 241km of desert - spurred on major developments in the field, said Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at The University of Sheffield. However, he expressed concerns about the latest contest.“I am sure that some good spin-offs will come from it,” he said. “But when we look at the tasks more closely and the fact that Darpa is funding the challenge, we need to be realistic about the true intentions. “This is part of the US war machine with the aim of developing robots for the battlefield. While there may be very good civil applications, these machines are clearly moving us toward the automation and industrialisation of warfare.” GLOBALPOST

‘Hillz’ hearts Texts from spoof site S

ince launching last week, the Texts from Hillary site has become hugely popular in American political circles. It is based around a photo of her in dark glasses on a military jet, sending jokey text messages to celebrities and politicians. She invited the two creators to the state department and submitted her own picture captions. The site shows Clinton sending witty one-line responses to her husband, to President Barack Obama, to former Republican

Thanks for the many LOLZ Hillary ‘Hillz’

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vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin and others. In one picture, a lounging Barack Obama asks her what she is up to in a text. “Running the world”, a stern-faced Secretary Clinton responds. Creators Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe, two Washingtonbased communications advisers, went to the state department on Tuesday after Clinton’s staff contacted them to say she found the site hilarious. “We thought it’d be a funny joke for the two of us. When we heard from Secretary Clinton’s staff yesterday, we were both shocked,” said Smith. The secretary of state met them personally and signed a copy of her own Texts from Hillary submission with “Thanks for the many LOLZ Hillary ‘Hillz’”.

Sri Lankan Army soldiers participate in a traditional game during a Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebration in Colombo on Tuesday. The New Year dawns on April 14 and traditional fun and games are organised across the island to celebrate the occasion. AFP PHOTO/ISHARA S KODIKARA

INFIDELITY IN FRANCE: IT’S OKAY TO STRAY T he French have the world’s highest level of tolerance towards infidelity. Unless, of course, it’s women who are cheating. The French have a reputation for tolerance towards extramarital relationships, of course. According to Gleeden.com, the premier “extramarital dating site” — yes, they have those sites now, welcome to the 21st century! — 53 percent of those questioned in France said it was possible to cheat on your partner while still loving them. It was the highest rate for all countries surveyed by Gleeden.

As with food, wine and fashion, it seems the French possess a certain flair when it comes to bed-hopping. French movies are filled with married men and women slipping elegantly between partners with not the slightest hint of marital discord. Everyone seemingly gives a Gallic shrug, smokes a cigarette and moves on. And it’s not just the movies. French presidents through the years have been well-known to have had affairs with women other than their wives. So why is it that in the Anglo-Saxon world such behavior would break a politi-

cian, while in France it’s apparently business as usual? For starters, infidelity is not discouraged by experts in France. Maryse Vaillant, a celebrated French psychologist and author of the book Men, Love, Fidelity, said that wives should welcome their husbands’ extra-marital affairs as a sign of a healthy marriage because a “pact of fidelity is not natural but cultural.” She explained marital infidelity this way: [Most men] don’t do it because they no longer love [their wives], on the contrary. They simply need breathing space. For such men, who are in fact profoundly monoga-

mous, infidelity is almost unavoidable. Our culture isn’t as harsh about infidelity as, say, the Anglo-Saxon countries… It’s different to the US where cheating on your wife is seen as very bad, by the wife, the cheater and the whole community. There, people would rather get divorced and remarry, whereas in France we can imagine someone being married and having relationships at the same time. Unlike divorce-happy Americans, French people prefer to keep families intact by finding a few “moments of adventure” outside their marriage.” GLOBALPOST


Around the World 5-day launch window for North opens PYONGYANG: North Korea’s five-day window to launch a rocket opened today with Asian countries on alert, as Washington told G8 world powers that the communist state was in flagrant violation of a UN ban. The communist state has said it will launch the rocket between today and Monday, most likely between 2200 GMT and 0300 GMT. Kim Jong-Un is now in charge of the poor but nucleararmed country, where food shortages remain endemic, and has cemented his rule with a series of top titles including now chairman of the Central Military Commission. North Korea says the rocket will place a satellite in orbit for peaceful research purposes, promoting the Kim dynasty’s goal for the isolated country to attain the rank of a “powerful and prosperous state” this year. But Western critics see the launch as a thinly veiled ballistic missile test, banned by United Nations resolutions. The United States has suspended a deal agreed just in February to give food aid for North Korea. The North says it has installed the satellite payload and fuelled the 30-metre rocket, but officials in S Korea and Japan said there was no sign that liftoff was about to happen on Thursday morning. “So we believe there is very little possibility of the rocket being launched today, as it said earlier the launch would take place between 7am and noon,” a South Korean government official told. AFP

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Calm before the storm in Syria? AFP

DAMASCUS: A UN-backed deadline for an end to 13 months of bloodshed in Syria that has killed thousands passed today amid doubts about the regime’s compliance with the ceasefire terms. After breaking a commitment to pull back forces from urban areas by Tuesday under an agreement brokered by Kofi Annan, a former UN chief serving as a peace envoy, the regime’s latest promise to abide by the ceasefire lacked credibility, according to Washington. Just hours before the deadline expired at 6am (0300 GMT) today, the regime’s military unleashed a lethal offensive against urban areas, killing 25 civilians on Wednesday, including 10 in the rebel stronghold of Rastan, according to opposition sources. That was the same day that Annan, serving as a peace envoy for the UN and the Arab League, said he received a letter from Syria that promised to “cease all military fighting throughout Syrian territory as of 6am.” But the letter reserved the right “to respond proportionately to any attacks carried out by armed terrorist groups,” a phrase used in the past by President Bashar al-

NEW DELHI: Pakistani doctor Khalil Chishti, 80, has been released from prison after serving 14 months in jail for a 1992 murder in India. He was granted bail by the Supreme Court a day after President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to India. But the court ordered Chisti not to leave India until it had decided on his appeal.

A picture by the Syrian Arab News Agency shows Syrian prez Bashar al-Assad receiving a gift from regional Muslim clerics. Assad’s government to describe opposition forces. US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a telephone call that the UN Security Council, which gave its blessing to Annan’s plan, needed to “take more resolute action” on Syria. “The President and Chancellor shared the concern that the Assad government was not complying with the terms of the agreement negotiated by Kofi Annan and continued to engage in unacceptable brutality against its own people,” a White House statement said.

Police booking photographs released on Wednesday shows George Zimmerman after being taken into custody. AFP the rainy night — was headed home after buying candy at a convenience store. Zimmerman described the teen as “real suspicious,” according to police transcripts.

MANILA: The Philippines deployed a second vessel to tiny islands in the South China Sea on Thursday in a bid to assert its sovereignty in a territorial standoff with China. Authorities said a coast guard boat would join the Philippines’ biggest warship in the morning at Scarborough Shoal, where two Chinese surveillance vessels were protecting a group of Chinese fishermen from being arrested.

Indian court frees Pak doctor Chisti on bail

The United Nations says that more than 9,000 people have died since March 2011 as Assad’s forces crush the latest in a series of uprisings against authoritarian leaders in the Arab world. UN and US officials have charged that Assad may have carried out crimes against humanity. Susan Rice, the US envoy to the United Nations, said that Assad’s regime has in fact intensified violence since it first committed to Annan’s plan on April 1. “Its commitments therefore have little, if any, credibility ... given that track record,” Rice said. AFP

Martin finally attains justice JACKSONVILLE: Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a neighbourhood watch guard with second-degree murder in the killing of an unarmed US black teenager that sparked nationwide anger amid suspicions it was racially motivated. “Today, we filed an information charging George Zimmerman with murder in the second degree,” Florida state attorney Angela Corey told a press conference. “I can tell you, we did not come to this decision lightly,” she added after a weekslong investigation into the February 26 death of 17-yearold Trayvon Martin, adding that Zimmerman — who is Hispanic — was in custody in Florida. Zimmerman stands accused of fatally shooting Martin inside a gated community in the central town of Sanford, as the teen — wearing a hoodie on

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Martin’s family and supporters say the teenager may have been the victim of racial profiling. But Zimmerman’s supporters say Martin attacked first, breaking Zimmerman’s nose

before knocking him to the ground and repeatedly slamming his head against the sidewalk. They insist Zimmerman fired in self-defense. A controversial Florida law allows the use of deadly force when a person senses a reasonable fear of death or serious injury. A bond hearing has been scheduled for today, Zimmerman’s new defense attorney Mark O’Mara told CNN, adding his client would plead not guilty. Authorities booked Zimmerman into jail at the Polk Correctional Facility at 8.30pm on Wednesday (0030 GMT Thursday) on a second degree murder charge. The case has touched a raw nerve in the US public regarding race and violence — and O’Mara said his client was “concerned about getting a fair trial.” AFP

Peruvian President (C) waves alongside the nine miners (wearing sun glasses) rescued from Cabeza de Negro copper mine on Wednesday.

S Korea’s conservatives win parliamentary poll SEOUL: S Korea’s ruling conservatives have won a parliamentary poll fought mostly on economic issues, with analysts saying voters opted for stability ahead of a presidential election in December. Official results showed the New Frontier Party (NFP) had won 152 seats in the 300-seat National Assembly, 25 more than the centre-left opposition Democratic United Party (DUP).

Chinese students killed in mystery US shooting LOS ANGELES: Two Chinese graduate students were killed on Wednesday in a mystery shooting which could have been a failed carjacking in Los Angeles, police said. The male and female students from the University of Southern California (USC) were shot overnight while sitting in a double-parked BMW in an area southwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Firefighters battle a brush fire in the Meadowlands near Metlife Stadium on Thursday in Carlstadt, New Jersey. AFP


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Fair, free and forthright

Editorials TOO EARLY TO PAT Assad regime

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uns have fallen silent in Syria today as the ceasefire brokered by the UN and Arab League has come into force. The 13-month unrest has so far claimed 9,000 lives, according to UN estimates, hundreds of them in the weeks after the announcement of the truce. However, it is too early to conclude that the Assad regime is on the path of implementing reforms that will eventually pave way for democracy. The geopolitical location of Syria and its influence on the neighbourhood, especially the non-state actors, is important for political stability in the oilrich region. One of the undesired by-products of the muchcelebrated Arab Spring has been the rise of hardline Islamists, including a bolstered Al-Qaeda, in the countries where dictatorships have crumbled — Libya, Yemen and Mali are examples. Assad has a long history of making promises under international pressure and reneging on them once he has streamlines his suppression machinery. The international community must keep up the pressure on the Syrian president to stick to a roadmap to democracy and should not be lulled into complacency by the relative calm.

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Homophobia: The underlying fear

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Loud & Proud Shwetha Pai

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or most of the 21st century, ‘homosexuality’ was treated by the medical community worldwide as a psychiatric disorder. In the past few decades however, it was removed from the diagnostic manual of disorders and the focus slowly shifted to studying the negative reactions to the homosexuals by heterosexuals. The word ‘homophobia’ first appeared in print in 1969 when psychologist George Weinberg used the term to describe heterosexuals’ dread of being in close quarters with homosexuals. The widespread stigmatisation of sex between men or sex between women has been linked to the widespread and dominant ‘patriarchal’ attitude towards sex. Despite the important number of countries repealing laws which discriminate among homosexuals, there are over 80 countries in the world that maintain laws that make homosexuality illegal. However, even in many states within the US, homophobia is widely prevalent. One of the most famous recent cases that depicted this was the Dharun Ravi-Tyler Clementi case in New Jersey, where Dharun Ravi, a freshman at Rutgers University, used a webcam to spy on Tyler, his roommate, having sex with another man. He used social networking sites to invite other people to join in the viewing. When Tyler found out, he was very disturbed and humiliated. He took his own life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. On March 16, Dharun Ravi was found guilty on 15 charges and could now get over 10 years in prison and might also get deported. If Tyler Clementi had not jumped off the bridge, this would have been treated like a prank by a teenager and Dharun Ravi would perhaps have brushed aside the incident and moved on with his life. However, the suicide has raised a lot of questions that require serious thought and investigation. Dharun Ravi has been reduced to a hapless teenager whose prank went wrong and received widespread media coverage. He is shown as a villain in

Interesting read this

Humanity shamed

I really enjoyed reading your weekend editions. I was especially intrigued by your story on Tim, the bartender. The writer had posed the question, “How much do bartenders drink?” which I too have always wondered. I love stories like that, especially about people in the food and hospitality industries. I think Postnoon is the only paper that allots so much space to its food sections. I hope to see many more of these interviews in your paper, which are more interesting than the boring stuff on our corrupt politicians and celebrities. Let’s leave that kind of stories to the socalled regular papers.

The story of baby Afreen and Falak show the levels that man can sink to. Hurting innocents like these babies is cowardice. I fail to understand how being a woman herself she could allow her baby to be hurt in front of her eyes. But then it goes to show the treatment meted out to the feminine gender in general in our country. Till we do not stand up as one against this menace, which will pull down society under its devilish weight, we are set for doom. The sooner we tackle this issue the better. By email Venkatesh Bhardwaj

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newspapers and visual media alike. However, this has taken away the main issue at hand. Awareness campaigns and public meetings are now focused on getting him the worst punishment possible rather than looking at eliminating homophobia from the society. In the Indian community, we do not talk about sexuality let alone homosexuality. Dharun Ravi’s hearings clearly show that he received no sensitisation about homosexuality at home; it was not a topic they ever spoke about. All the sex education he received was through questionable sources like the Internet and his peers. So, it is not surprising that he reacted the way he did. Many who looked at his messages on the social networking site and were curious to know more were equally at fault. While the Tyler Clementi case was receiving media coverage there were many others across the US who committed suicide after being taunted by their peers about their sexuality. There are countless videos online and also forums that talk about helping homosexuals and offering them support, but the reports or pranks and harassment against homosexuals is as prevalent as ever. We need to understand that ‘sexuality’ drives a wedge between the homosexuals and

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heterosexuals. We cease to stop and think that there is more to a person than their sexuality, but this is hard when homosexuals, especially gay men are termed ‘pansies’ because they are more open about their emotions and the lesbians are considered ‘un-ladylike’. When boys reach puberty they realise that they should be tough and not show any outward emotions and when they see this behaviour among others, they want to alienate them for the fear of being seen with them and being termed ‘queer’. In women, it is less apparent because not all lesbians are stereotypical ‘dykes’. On one hand, it helps them deal with their sexuality better but on the other many of them yield to societal pressure and are married off quickly in an attempt to turn them ‘straight’. More and more LGBT people are moving away from the society to form their groups and live in isolation, away from the heteronormative society. This affects families and friends everywhere. Gay communities would not exist if everyone were more inclusive and accepting in the society today. This is possible only when we look at the broader picture and see the fear beneath the phobia. The writer is a Hyderabad-based commentator.

Onus on education

Bridging generations

I fully agree with PA Devi president of AIDWA when she says that the mentality of men in our society has still not changed. The reason for this attitude has got to do with education. Education, for most of us, is a degree. There is a difference between one graduating and actually learning. Learning encompasses more than just the few subjects that are taught in the curriculum. But yes, it does help to educate oneself in a school/ college. Gender bias problems are more prevalent amongst the illiterates. So the focus should be on education. Humaira Bibi Mehdipatnam

I have noticed that Postnoon has been making some really creative centrespreads. I am a big fan of Mr ANR, even though I belong to a different era, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the centrespread dedicated to him on the occasion of him completing 75 years in the film industry. You’ll have selected the very best of his movies and compiled a very interesting and descriptive article on them. He has been accorded the respect due to such a wonderful person. Keep up the good work. Sita Maredpally


Telly Tales

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GLADIATORS IN SUITS What happens when the makers of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice move out of hospital dramas and venture into political thrillers? Watch Scandal to find out Padmini C padmini.c@postnoon.com

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he litmus test of any television series, especially if you watch them online, is if in the first 10 minutes of the show, you are persuaded to set the next episode for download. Scandal just scrapes through the test. So you might go ahead and do it, not because you are utterly captivated, but at least, because the pilot has you convinced that the show could have some potential. When it was announced that Scandal was going to be a drama revolving around the life and work of a professional “crisis manager” and her staff, it didn't garner too much excitement. Was this going to be another House of Lies or the many, many shows of the kind we've seen before? If not, well, what was going to be new about it? Truth be told, not much. Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is a legend in Washington DC. A former communications director of the White House (dedicated to protecting and defending the public images of the nation's elite) she now heads Olivia Pope and Associates. An ordinary law firm? Not. It is as Olivia puts it, a

place where clients walk in seeking help and her team play “the prosecutors and the defense, the judge and jury, media and the public opinion,” all rolled into one. Needless to say Olivia only represents the innocent. But how

Series: CHEERS

BEHIND THE BAR

do they know who is guilty and who is not? Gut. Olivia's gut, to be precise. Which, we are informed numerous times during the show, is never wrong. And none believe it more than her team of associates, the “gladiators in suits,” comprising of the

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situational comedy series which ran on NBC for 11 years from 1981-1993, Cheers was set in the Cheers bar in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals meet to drink,

womanising but dapper lawyer Stephen Finch (Henry Ian Cusick); Olivia's most devotional litigator sidekick Harrison Wright (Columbus Short); the cut-throat investigator Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield), Huck (Guillermo Diaz), the ex CIA hacker; and

Where are they now? relax, chat and have fun. Sam Malone, a former baseball star, is the head of a nice little bar where Norm, Cliff, Dr Frasier and all the

Ted Danson who plays Sam Malone

John Ratzenberger who plays Cliff Klavin

Kelsley Grammer who plays Fraiser Crane

Then: Sam is a former relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball team and an owner and a bartender of Cheers. He is a recovering alcoholic and notorious lothario Now: Danson turned forensics investigator in 2011. The actor joined the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as supervisor DB Russell, filling the shoes formerly filled by Laurence Fishburne. Outside of acting, Danson has directed much of his energies toward philanthropic causes.

Then: Cliff was a postal worker. A chatter-box by nature, Cliff was well known as a storehouse of useless trivia, often of dubious veracity and bearing little relation to the conversation going on at the bar. Now: He is considered Pixar's lucky charm, which is why they never do a film without him having at least one line. He has also has signed up for a guest role in Drop Dead Diva.

Then: Frasier W Crane, MD., Ph.D., APA. is a psychiatrist on Cheers. Then in a spin-off from Cheers he went onto star in the hugely successful show Fraiser, where returns to his hometown of Seattle, Washington, following the end of his marriage and his life in Boston. Now: Grammer is currently shooting the second season of his new dramatic series for the Starz Network, Boss. He portrays Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who is hiding a neurological condition from his staff as he attempts to maintain power.

recently recruited wide-eyed newbie Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes). But let's go back to Olivia for a minute. After all, she does have to carry the show on her shoulders. Coming as it does from Shonda Rhimes (of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice), it’s no surprise the leading lady is an uber efficient over-achiever yet ridden with deep scars and vulnerabilities. So, from talking down Russian mobsters to dictating terms to the President of the United States, there's nothing she can't do. Except, find herself a date, that is. (We can already tell, there's a whole parallel plot emerging right there.) It would probably help if she stopped talking to all the men she met in those highly syncopated sentences as if they were all retards. Just saying. But that's just one. There are a lot many glitches to fix in the show. While it's paced excellently, the dialogues are a bit sketchy, acting mediocre, has much too much emo in the air, can get a wee bit unreal and overall, needs some real substance to beef it up. So give it a shot if you are feeling adventurous, after all, not too many exciting shows on television at the moment anyway. other regular customers spend together a few hours every day, talking about their problems, laughing at each other's flaws, trying to be there when someone else needs them.

Woody Harreleson who plays Woody Boyd Then: Huckleberry Tiberius "Woody" Boyd is a lovable, albeit extremely naive and unsophisticated, character. Woody came to Cheers at the beginning of the fourth season of Cheers in 1985. Now: Currently starring in Lionsgate's blockbuster The Hunger Games, is in negotiations to play the villain in Relativity Media's crime drama Out of the Furnace.


H‑Factor

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Holistic view of mind, body and soul

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It’s a vicious whirlpool Getting into drugs might be easy but getting rid of the addiction is a nightmare Suvarna Bhambure suvarna.b@postnoon.com

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o one wants to do drugs of their own free will. Once entangled in the web of drugs you lose everything that was ever close to you — your family, friends and people you love. Getting rid of the habit is harder than you think and very few people are successfully able to kick the habit. This is the true story of a Prateek (name changed on request) who also managed to make up his mind to get out of this maze. “I started using drugs recreationally with friends and never thought I would get addicted. But at the back of my mind I knew I was not doing the right thing. It was for this reason that I hid my new habit from my parents. But it was not easy to hide things from my parents, I went to the extent of using eye drops to clear my bloodshot eyes. As time went by I started using chemical drugs like ecstasy, LSD, MDMA mushrooms, cocaine, heroin etc. The deeper I got into the mire, the harder it got to hide my habit from my folks. I used drugs every single day till I reached the point where I could not do without them for even a minute. By then I didn’t care about anything else. Initially, I used my pocket money to buy drugs and if I ran out of money I asked my parents for more. Over time, I learnt the trick of saving some money so I could try new drugs and eventually got a job to fund my addiction. Life for me revolved around heroin. Six years since I first began using drugs, I finally reached the stage where I realised I need help and I had to reach out to someone. That’s when I spoke to my parents and told them about my addiction. Needless to say they were shocked. But fortunately for me, they have been extremely supportive right from the start. My parents have in every way given me the best even after they learnt of my addiction. It didn’t matter to them that I was an addict, they just wanted the best for me and went all out to help me. This addiction did affect a lot of my relationships as I started to isolate myself and didn’t talk to anyone. This was not just because I didn’t want to lead an active social life anymore, but also because I was using drugs almost through out the day.

Keep good hygiene to beat that itch

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Even controlling my temper wasn’t an issue for me when I had access to the drugs I wanted. It was when I didn’t get what I wanted that I flew into a rage. Breaking away from the habit was not easy. The entire time that I was in rehab, I had to stay away from my home and folks. But considering I had spent more time away from home when I was using drugs, this was negligible. The hardest was when I had to try and withdraw from heroin. It was horrible and I didn’t want to go through it. Although medication does help to a certain extent, I had to rough it out as well. Just knowing what I was doing was not taking me far made me want to stop. But I am sure I can do a lot better than this.

Through the course of all of this I didn’t have much faith in the way narcotics anonymous (NA) works and was pretty upset about the whole thing. I knew I was going to go home and begin using drugs again. I personally consider it a cult, but then again there are a lot of others who have benefitted from it. Personally, I have found better therapy than NA and I have been able to stay away from drugs for a short period, and things are not easy. The motivating factor still remains the same. What people need to realise though is that the will and strength to kick the habits needs to come from within the addict himself. The addict has to be willing to stop using drugs. Forcing or pressurising him defi-

nitely does not help. According to me, the only thing that can help an addict take steps towards recovery is to make him/her understand that living a clean life is much better. Simply forcing or coercing an addict is of no help. What an addict requires is trust — trust from the people close to him. What people need to understand however, is that not all the people who use drugs are bad. It is the drugs that make them act out of character. More importantly, drug abuse is not restricted to any particular class or community. It can grip anybody, anywhere. For the most part, what we need to focus on is spreading the message about the harmful effects of drugs amongst youngsters.

This is embarrassing, but I have very itchy breasts. Is it something to worry about? What can I do to get rid of the itch? Breast itching is more likely to affect both breasts simultaneously. Usually, it is not serious and will pass with a change of clothing, after bathing or after the onset of menstruation. Sometimes, though things may not be so simple. Like a breast fungus, due to constant dampness, tight clothing usually near the underarms/ and underside of breast. Breast itching is seen in breast feeding mothers, due to the stretching of the breast, and drying out of the skin. It can be seen with dermatitis (skin allergic rash) and after exposure to the sun, due to sunburn. Certain perfumes and drugs may also cause itching and should be avoided. Word of caution, any itching associated with a stained nipple discharge, or lump or pain is definitely something to meet your doctor about. If your beast itching is not due to any serious cause and is intermittent and infrequent, then take note of factors that tend to trigger the itching. Try to wear bras made of light fabrics with good ventilation, avoid tight fitting bras or lingerie. Always practice good hygiene — regular bathing with washing around and under the breasts is important. Dry your breasts thoroughly after bathing and avoid strongly scented creams and perfumes. Use a good moisturiser or almond oil on the breast and don’t fall prey to the guys selling creams for enlarging breasts either. They don’t work, the only thing that gets bigger is the salesman’s bank account! (The writer is a gynaecologist and obstetrician practising at Happy Women Clinic. You can write in to her at happywomenclinic@gmail.com)


H‑Factor

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Holistic view of mind, body and soul

Herbal compound triggers kidney failure, cancer WASHINGTON: Aristolochic acid (AA), a plant compound used in herbal remedies since ancient times, is among the leading causes of kidney failure and upper urinary tract cancer (UUC). In a study of 151 UUC patients in Taiwan, Arthur Grollman, professor of pharmacological sciences, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and a team of scientists, concluded that exposure to AA is a primary contributor to UUC in Taiwan, where its incidence is stated to be the highest in the world. This finding holds broad implications for global public health, as individuals treated with herbal preparations available worldwide that contain Aristolochia are at significant risk of developing chronic kidney disease or UUC, the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science reports. “We believe our latest research highlights the importance of a long-overlooked disease that affects many individuals in Taiwan, and, by extension, in China and other countries worldwide, where Aristolochia herbal remedies traditionally have been used for medicinal purposes,” says Grollman. Aristolochic acid is recognized by the US health depart-

of aristolochic acid nephropathy (AAN) and UUC were subsequently reported worldwide. Most recently, Grollman and colleagues proved AA to be the causative agent of endemic nephropathy in the Balkans, solving a 50-year-old medical mystery that pointed to the ingestion of Aristolochia clematitis, or birthwort, con-

tained in wheat. Using their previous work in the Balkans as a guide, Grollman and colleagues looked toward other areas where Aristolochia might be consumed and in which there was a high incidence of kidney disease and UUC. Taiwan appeared to demonstrate exactly that connection. IANS

Text messages can soothe stressed souls WASHINGTON: Text messaging is often rapped for promoting reckless driving, but it could be good for people who feel stressed out, isolated or alone. Adrian Aguilera, professor of social welfare, University of California, Berkeley, and clinical psychologist, said his patients report feeling more connected and cared for when they receive text messages asking them to track their moods, reflect on positive interactions, etc. “When I was in a difficult situation and I received a message, I felt much better. I felt

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ment as a powerful nephrotoxin and human carcinogen linked with chronic kidney disease and UUC, according to a Stony Brook statement. The dual toxicities and target tissues were originally revealed when a group of healthy Belgian women developed renal failure and UUC after ingesting Aristolochia herbs to lose weight. Other cases

cared for and supported. My mood even improved,” reported one Spanish-speaking patient in Aguilera’s cognitive behaviour therapy group, the journal, Professional

Psychology: Research and Practice reports. The project began in 2010 when Aguilera developed a customised Short Message Service (SMS) intervention programme, with the help of his California colleague Ricardo Munoz, according to a California statement. Aguilera’s patients were sent automated text messages prompting them to think and reply about their moods and responses to positive and negative daily interactions. “We are harnessing a tech-

nology that people use in their everyday lives to improve mental health in low-income, under-served communities,” said Aguilera. Aguilera came up with the texting idea when he realised that many of his patients had difficulty applying the skills they learned in therapy to their daily lives, possibly because of the many stressors they routinely faced. They could not afford laptops, electronic tablets or smart phones, but most had a basic cellular phone and a prepaid monthly plan. IANS

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dry itchy scalp and the pet peeve for many — dandruff can really be a spoiler when it comes perfect hairstyle and also can be very distracting. Here are some simple home remedies to drive away that dandruff: n Mix two tablespoons of vinegar with six tablespoons of water and apply the mixture to the affected area using cotton balls. The next day wash your hair (shampoo) and then rinse it with a mixture of vinegar and water. Follow this weekly for three months. n Two teaspoons of lemon juice can be mixed with two teaspoons of vinegar and the mixture can then be applied to the scalp. Using an egg shampoo wash your hair. Another easy method is to rub lime juice onto your scalp and then wash it in the regular manner. n For this remedy, first wash your hair. After this, beat two eggs and to this add two tablespoons of water. Massage this mixture onto your scalp and leave it for half an hour. After 10 minutes wash your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. n Soak fenugreek seeds in water and leave this mixture overnight. In the morning, grind it into a paste and apply it to your scalp. After half an hour you can wash your hair. n For this home remedy you could use warm coconut oil or castor oil. Massage it into your scalp in a gentle circular motion. Shampoo your hair the next day. n Apply a mixture of olive oil and almond oil on your scalp. After approximately five minutes wash it off with shampoo. This procedure can be done once a week. n Rosemary leaves should be soaked overnight in a litre of boiled water. In the morning, strain it and add two teaspoons of vinegar. Shampoo your hair and then apply this mixture to your scalp. n A teaspoon of apple juice should be added to three tablespoons of water and then apply it. Source: http://www.home-remediesfor-you.com/health-tips/dandruffhome-remedies.html


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oday we take a look at the events in fashion world this week. We begin our journey with the creative genius Pierre Cardin, the man whose Space Age garments catapulted him to the limelight in the mid-1950s. He was in Beijing on April 1 to attend Palais Lumiere - the City of Light, his fashion show at the Water Cube. Then we head over to Moscow where Valentin Yudashkin's minimalistic fall-winter collection opened the new season of Volvo Fashion Week on

April 4. The fashion designer diluted the business style of the evening clothes with necklines and glittery details. April 4 also saw Kyrgyz designers Aigerim Kaiypova and Bermet Uzakbayeva display their collections at the Fashion Week in Bishkek. After all the buzz about fashion weeks world over we shift our gaze to our neighbouring country Pakistan. Islamabad fashion week was both experimental and fun. VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO

Models at the fashion week in Bishkek

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Models at the Islamabad Fashion Week


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

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QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Mailing label word 5 Sheet music symbol 9 Conductors' platforms 14 Word with ‘dynamic’ or ‘space’ 15 Fun thing on a string 16 ‘Kiss the chef’ garment 17 Mr Trebek? 19 Microscopic 20 Pro Football Hall of Fame setting 21 Sister of Venus 23 Bar at Fort Knox 24 Romantic flower 25 Society-ball focus, for short 28 Arabian Peninsula port 29 ‘Wide’ partner 30 In a wryly humorous way 33 Candle holder, perhaps 34 Down in the dumps 35 1996 also-ran 39 Outdated communications 40 Join the student body 41 Fossil fuel 42 It gets into hot water 43 Part of MOMA 44 A little lower? 48 Capp and Capone 49 Annapolis sch for midshipmen 51 Hometown-related 52 Didn't hit, in blackjack 55 Safe havens 56 Platinum, for example 58 Sugary cereal scams? 60 Public face 61 Falco of ‘The Sopranos’ 62 Ancient alphabetic character 63 Kind of cup 64 Wheelchair access 65 ‘___ Flux’ (Charlize Theron movie) DOWN 1 Sheet of connective tissue 2 Send back to a lower court 3 Vitamin C source

4 ‘When it rains, it pours’ salt brand 5 Primary color in printing 6 ‘I'm giggling audibly,’ in email 7 Blight on the landscape 8 Sly animals 9 Uptown cracker topper 10 Break the seal on 11 Be phobic about a bagel topping? 12 Charged particle 13 ‘___ port in a storm’ 18 Playpen occupant 22 Beef, but not pork 24 Croupier's tool 26 Otherwise 27 Parting words 29 Scapegoat 31 Make into a ball 32 Mispickel or cinnabar, eg 33 Popular soft-drink flavor 35 Alpha follower

36 Turow book 37 What trumpet players pay every April? 38 Driver's license info 39 ___ Bora (Afghan region) 41 George Bernard Shaw comedy 44 Iran-___ affair 45 Pile up, as interest 46 Hispanic American, eg 47 Like the locks of Goldilocks 50 Passover meal 51 ___ an egg (fail publicly) 53 Tribe in the

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first ‘Survivor’ 54 To the sheltered side 55 Move a foot? 56 Start for ‘day’ or ‘term’ 57 Brit record label 59 Tire support

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. – Bruce Lee


Chai Time STAR POWER

THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012

Your tomorrow today̶Star Power and Tarot THIRUVAIKUMAR

As per Hindu panchang

FOR 13-4-2012

thiruvaikumar@yahoo.co.in 040-27177230 / 9177596118

TAURUS

GEMINI

Father's health will be alright. Employ‑ ees will get good support from their superiors and also favours. Politicians will get importance. Their suggestions will be well received by the public.

Money from expected source will come. Purchase or change of a house will pro‑ ve to be good in the near future. Those married recently can expect their off‑ spring. Children's adamancy will go.

Sudden unexpected but bold decisions will yield desirable results. Unexpected financial fortune likely. Be careful while driving as minor accidents likely. Pregnant women need to be careful.

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

Debts will be under control. Court case will go in your favour. Son will get a job in a reputed MNC. Daughter's marriage will be finalised with a good match. Politicians will meet senior leaders.

Those trying for a job will get favour‑ able reply. Some will buy a house as per their taste. Businessmen will be happy to see profits more than expectations. Old customers and staff will come back.

Expenses through blood relatives might make you upset. Some will get honorary posts. Friendship of VIPs will materialise. Some have bright chances to buy a house or vehicle.

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

Businessmen might take up new agen‑ cies. Old dues will get collected as per expectations. You will have an open talk with friends and relatives. New efforts may be postponed for a while.

Speculative deals will bring decent gai‑ ns. Avoid spending for the sake of pres‑ tige. Businessmen might change their place of business. Profits are set to in‑ crease. Employees might be upset.

Court verdicts will go in your favour. Ancestral property will be yours. Enmi‑ ty with blood relatives will be over. Poli‑ ticians will get closer to high command. Govt work will end favourably.

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Employees will earn the confidence of superiors. Expected money will come. You will clear a major portion of an old debt. Those trying for new job will be favoured with good opportunities.

Politicians are advised not to criticise co‑politicians. Though faced with tough competitions, businessmen will face them and still make a good profit. Influence is set to increase.

Home and family will be in a happy atmosphere as good events to take place and also due to influx of visitors. Problems in ancestral property will end. Politicians' influence will increase.

SUMAA TEKUR

FOR 13-4-2012

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ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

The Empress – This is the card of love, romance and fertility. Women looking to get pregnant have a good chance now. Those in love will have a great phase.

The Hermit – This is a metaphor for the lonely person in sear‑ ch of the light. You are that person today. Youʼre in the quest for deeper meaning to your existence.

Queen of Wands – You want to be left a‑ lone and wish to spe‑ nd time thinking and planning your next phase of life. Your family and friends will understand.

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

Two of Cups – A sur‑ prise Sunday brunch or an impromptu plan to meet for coffee can do wonders to your relationship. Keep the passion alive.

Seven of Wands – Youʼre feeling tired and need to rest. Us‑ e the end of the year to look back, review your decisions and plan ahead for the months to come.

Three of Wands – Success is imminent. All your plans are working out fine and your patience in the last few weeks is paying off. Donʼt be in a hurry.

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

Temperance – Be patient about your work situation. Thin‑ gs will improve soon. Youʼre getting anx‑ ious about the sacri‑ fices youʼve made in order to get here.

King of Wands – Youʼre feeling cre‑ ative and in control. Bosses love you for your professionalism and peers like your attitude. Great going!

The Hanged Man – Spiritual awareness is in focus. You may be in the mood to achieve greater understanding of spirituality and lifeʼs philosophies.

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

For Better or for Worse Stone soup

Eight of Wands – This is a lucky phase when all your plans work out beautifully. You feel wonderful about your current status, personal and professional.

Ace of Swords – Believe in yourself and your ideas. Faith takes you half the way to your destina‑ tion. You can go the other half way with hard work.

Six of Swords – Your foreign friends will be influencing the decisions you make in the immedi‑ ate future. You get a bigger and better world view.

SOLUTIONS

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Number game

Suduko

Scrabble

Ink pen

COMICS

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ARIES

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Yani has talent, trophies, but

Where’s the dough? Nobody has ever dominated professional golf quite like Taiwan’s Yani Tseng, but she has struggled to attract the big-ticket sponsors that circle the sport’s largely affluent demographic

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ince turning pro back in 2008, the affable 23-year-old from the outskirts of Taipei has won more majors than future Hall of Famers Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh combined. Now, if she could only work out how to get paid like those guys. Despite breaking every record known to golf — most of which were held by Woods — and being arguably the most productive athlete in all of sports over the past two years, Tseng has struggled to attract the big-ticket sponsors that circle the sport’s largely affluent demographic. According to Forbes, Tseng didn’t even crack the Top 10 of the world’s highest paid female athletes in 2011. That distinction went to tennis player, fashionista, pinup girl and world No.7 Maria Sharapova, who raked in $25 million for the year. Sharapova, who hasn't won a Grand Slam final since 2008, counts Nike, Evian, Sony Ericsson and Tiffany among her stable of sponsors. The statuesque Russian star combines runway model looks and social-media savvy to build her brand globally. Over 6.8 million Facebook users have signed up to her fan page. The laidback Tseng, who has won three of the six elite Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour events this year and finished one stroke back in the rest, has about 60,000 fans on her page. She also earned about $3.2 million in 2011,

The richest females on the sports circuit 1) Maria Sharapova Tennis 2) Caroline Wozniacki Tennis 3) Danica Patrick Auto racing 4) Venus Williams Tennis 5) Kim Clijsters Tennis 6) Serena Williams Tennis 7) Kim Yu-Na Figure skating 8) Li Na Tennis 9) Ana Ivanovic Tennis 10) Paula Creamer Golf

$25mn $12.5mn $12mn $11.5mn $11mn $10.5mn $10mn $8mn $6mn $5.5mn

almost all of which came from prize money winnings. So, why doesn't Tseng get more attention? Where is her flock of "Linsane" fans? Gender and race undeniably play major roles in determining endorsement payouts. Forbes, which factors in salaries, prize money, appearance fees, licensing income and endorsement deals in its estimates wrote that the “ten highest paid women made $113 million,” while the Top 10

DWARF BEDS ROO TART

SPORTY AFFAIRS

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TELLY dwarf told last night how he bedded the hooker who scored with Wayne Rooney and Mario Balotelli for free, reports the Daily Star. And Josh Bennett, who starred in cult Channel 4 reality show Seven Dwarves, cut call girl Jennifer Thompson down to size by revealing she was a flop between the sheets. The 4ft 5in actor claimed the £1,200-a-night escort, whose string of sports star conquests include the rival Manchester United and City strikers, “wasn’t the best” in bed. Though they had sex three times in his hotel room Josh said: “She’s not as wild as you’d think. Sleeping with Jenny was a big challenge but more than a little disappointing. She didn’t have any sex toys or kinky outfits.” “It wasn’t the worst sex I’ve ever had, but it wasn’t the best,” Bennett said.

male athletes made a combined $449 million in 2011. Jackie Shao, a professor of sports management at Taipei’s aAletheia University, is blunt about the fact that attractiveness plays a role in landing a sponsor. “Unfortunately sex appeal is always an issue in sport sponsorships. Ideally her look should not be relevant to her endorsement chances, but …,” she said. It doesn't help Tseng’s cause that Asian golfers have found increasing success on the women’s tour over the past few years. In 2011, nine of the world’s top 20 were from ChinaTaiwan, South Korea or Japan. “You look at a guy like Jeremy Lin. He’s Asian American and not Asian. He’s a mediocre starter on a mediocre team. But the world goes nuts. He could make $20 million in endorsements in his sleep. But that’s because he’s such a rarity: an Asian guy holding his own in the NBA,” said Asia media analyst Chang Guo-hua, who admits to be ‘Linsane’.

THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND

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uess who's helping out the former two time world supermiddleweight champion Carl Froch to get into shape for his bout with IBF king Lucian Bute on May 26? Rachael Cordingley, his fiancee. He revealed: “I train with the missus. We go cycling and do circuit work at the gym in the house. “We do the odd run together but she can’t really keep up so she cycles and I run. “I get her to cycle past me at full pelt and then I start my 100-metre sprint. “I try and stay with her and I usually can, but she goes fast!” the Sun quoted him as saying.

CHANTELLE SHOWS BABY BUMP

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REGNANT Chantelle Houghton reveals her baby bump — and says she fears giving birth could kill her, reported the Sun. The former glamour girl looked radiant in nothing but a sheet to cover up. But the 28-year-old, who is expecting her first child with English fighter Alex Reid discovered she has a heart condition that leaves her terrified for her health and that of her baby. Chantelle has been diagnosed with Supraventricular Tachycardia — which can cause her heart to beat at 250 beats a minute rather than the average 80. Chantelle is considering having a Caesarean to take the stress off her heart.


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METRE

We thought we had a chance when Shah was batting. Malinga made a difference with his [Shah’s] wicket. We needed to bat on. We were under the pump a little bit. Rahul Dravid, RR Captain

Ajinkya Rahane (RR) 138 runs

Munaf Patel (MI) 10 wickets

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Kieron Pollard (MI)

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The highest team total this IPL season. Mumbai Indians is the team which reached this total when they played Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday.

P W L T PT NR MI 4 3 1 0 6 0.361 PWI 2 2 0 0 4 1.250 DD 3 2 1 0 4 -0.82 RR 3 2 1 0 4 0.433 KKR 3 1 2 0 2 0.206 CSK 3 1 2 0 2 0.040 RCB 2 1 1 0 2 -0.55 KXIP 2 0 2 0 0 -1.325 DC 2 0 2 0 0 -1.95 P-played; W-win; L-lost; T-tie; NR-net run rate; PT-points

Ajinkya Rahane (RR)

BEST BOWLER

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efending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai today. Both the sides had disappointing outings in their previous matches. While Chennai lost their game to Delhi Daredevils by eight wickets, the Royal Challengers were defeated by Kolkata Knight Riders by a margin of 42 runs on the same night. Although both the teams boast of note-worthy names, yet their dismal performance in their respective previous matches do not seem to have the same tale to narrate. Chennai seemed to have erred on all counts – asked to bat on a wet field, they failed to get past 110, an innings which included four runouts. To add insult to injury, the CSK bowlers were hammered all over the field by Sehwag and co. RCB faced a near similar demoli-

Ravindra Jadeja (CSK)

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tion act. Batting first, KKR posted a defendable 165. In their bid to chase this total, the Challengers fell flat on their face. Demolition man, Chris Gayle was dismissed for a paltry two while India's Virat Kohli's innings came to halt when on six. Though not upto the mark, it would be unfair to claim that the teams have under-performed. One cannot forget the match between CSK and Deccan Chargers where the former annhilated the

CSK VS RCB AT 4 PM ON SET MAX Bulls and won the match by a massive 74 runs. 'Million dollar baby', Ravindra Jadeja not only shone with the bat but also left a mark with his bowling having scored 48 of 29 balls and scalping 5 for 16. RCB too had a field day when they took on DD and beat them by 20 runs with AB de Villiers hitting an unbeaten 64. While both the teams would be eyeing a win, it will be a must win match for CSK, keeping in mind the number of matches they have played.

MI 197/6 IN 20 OVERS (KIERON POLLARD 64, AMIT SINGH 2/29) BEAT RR 170 IN 19.4 OVERS (OWAIS SHAH 76, MUNAF PATEL 4/28).

SHAH, A DISAPPOINTED MAN AFP/PUNIT PARANJPE

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KXIP have all fingers crossed K

ings XI Punjab captained by Adam Gilchrist, will hope that the team can witness a change in fortunes when they again play Pune Warriors India today in Mohali. Having lost both their previous games, KXIP are just a rung above the Deccan Chargers in the points table while PWI are comfortably placed at the second position. These two teams clashed against each other in their previous tie on Sunday. While Pune drew first blood, it remains to be seen if KXIP can manage to quench their thirst

for revenge or surrender meekly. Skipper Sourav Ganguly would hope that PWI continues to carry forward their present form. With all the players chipping in, Pune have little to worry about unlike in the case of KXIP, a team which has failed to fire their arsenal on all counts this season. One match swinging KXIP’s way could help them see a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. But KXIP need not hit the panic button just at the moment since it ain’t Judgment day as yet. AS

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ajasthan Royals batsman Owais Shah was disappointed with the way he got out to Lasith Malinga and said he made a mistake by not playing out the Mumbai Indians pace spearhead. "I think I made a mistake by not playing out Lasith Malinga who is dangerous. I didn't have to, perhaps, try to play some shots against him, should have stuck around, seen Malinga off and, maybe, attack the other bowlers," Shah said after his side's 27-run defeat at the Wankhede Stadium last night. "Lasith Malinga is a very good bowler and bowled well. He has a very lethal yorker. I made a mistake and I am quite happy to put my hand up and say next time I would try and not make the mistake," admitted the England batsman who hit 76 off 42 balls. Shah looked to have taken the fight into the enemy camp with his fine counter-attack after his side was down two for seven, in partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (40) before he was yorked by Malinga off the first ball of the 15th over with the Royals 64 runs short of the stiff target of 198. The Pakistan-born Shah's dismissal helped MI stage a fightback, which finally ended in the Royals' first defeat in three games. PTI

PLAYER OF THE DAY KIERON POLLARD: The Mumbai Indians all-rounder showed what mettle he was exactly made of when MI clashed with Rajasthan Royals yesterday. Coming at a time when the Mumbai team was struggling at 67 for 2, the 24year-old player walloped the RR bowlers to score a quick-fire 64 of 33 balls to help his side post a formidable total of 197 from 20 overs. This blistering innings of his saw him hit four sixes and six fours. He them went on to bowl brilliantly and bring about a downfall in RR’s batting line-up to end with figures of four for 44, three of which were taken in the 18th over. The West Indian player was well-supported by teammate Munaf Patel who also scalped four wickets giving away a just 28 runs from 3.4 overs.


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NATIONAL SPORT ‘Abandon self interest’ Cricket officials in India have been urged by Lawrence Booth, new editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, to abandon the "self interest of the few" and concentrate instead upon improving their team's Test results. India is cricket financial's powerhouse, with the passionate following for the sport making its broadcast and commercial rights the most valuable in the game.

Cricket

India have ended up with a special gift: the clout to shape an entire sport. Some boards would struggle to survive without an Indian visit. Lawrence Booth Wisden Almanac editor

Dempo down Churchill Australian cricketers celebrate their victory at the end of the final day of the first-of-three Test matches between Australia and West Indies at the Kensington Oval stadium in Bridgetown on Wednesday. Australia defeated West Indies by 3 wickets. AFP/JEWEL SAMAD BRIDGETOWN: Australia drew first blood here on Wednesday beating the West Indies by three wickets in a thrilling finish to the first Test. Ben Hilfenhaus hit the final run of the 192 run target with the light fading fast to give the tourists victory after the hosts had fought back to keep the game in the balance. A half-century from Shane Watson and a rapid 32 from Mike Hussey were the key contributions as the visitors got home in the gloom. Fittingly, Man of the Match, Ryan Harris was with Hilfenhaus at the crease at the

Oz win thriller end. “I actually said to Mike Hussey before tea that I’d love to be out there at the end of a Test match and hit the winning runs. I didn’t do that but I was out there. It was a good feeling. That was one of the hardest Test matches I’ve played in my short career. To win a game like that after they batted for two days it’s pretty amazing.” It was clear that the defeat

had hurt the West Indian skipper Darren Sammy. “We dominated a top side with some good players and the way I heard them celebrating on the balcony means a lot to me,” he said. During the morning the West Indies had added 77 more runs to their overnight total of 71-5 to set a relatively tough target of 192. Carlton Baugh was key to

the West Indies reaching a competitive total. It was not easy for the Aussies too, as they were five wickets down when they needed 52 more to win. With the light fading Hussey and Wade moved the score along as quickly as possible but both fell to Roach. A couple of scampered singles from Harris and Hilfenhaus saw Australia home.

The show will go on: Bernie

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he Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead on 22 April despite widespread fears over public safety, reported the Guardian. Formula One’s disgruntled teams will be told the news in what is expected to be a heated meeting in Shanghai on Saturday, the Guardian can reveal. Jean Todt, the president of

the sport’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), will address the dozen team principals and use Bahrain government and police information, as well as statements from various embassies, to argue that the situation has improved, despite recent reports of ongoing pro-

democracy protests and violence as the race weekend approaches. The commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone will speak to the team officials on the eve of the Chinese Grand Prix and attempt to reassure them, as well as reminding them of their contractual commitments.

Football Dempo Sports Club scored a

4-2 win over Churchill Brothers to take one more step forward in their march towards winning the I-League football championship for the fifth time. Dempo, who led 1-1 in the first half, scored through Clifford Miranda (37th), Ranty Martins (50th), Koko Sakibo (63rd) and substitute Rowilson Rodrigues (85th). Roberto Silva scored a brace to reduce the margin for Churchill Brothers.

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With their win against, Dempo extended their lead over their nearest rivals Mohun Bagan and Pune FC by seven points in the ILeague. Churchill Brothers remained on 41 points from 23 matches. Dempo are leading in the race for title who are aiming for their fifth title.

Bankruptcy case dismissed The London High Court on Wednesday dismissed the bankruptcy order against former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi, his legal counsel said. Modi was declared bankrupt in a London court over unpaid bills of £65,000 pounds (`53 lakh approx) to the Page Group, a private security firm, for services provided in 2010. An ex-parte order was obtained by the Page Group.

Modi row


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The games people play

Wolves gunned down

WORLD SPORT Knicks boost playoff hopes Basketball The New York Knicks beat

Milwaukee Bucks 111-107, boosting their NBA post-season hopes. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 32 points. Tyson Chandler added 19 and J.R. Smith delivered the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:04 to play. The Knicks improved to 30-28, and moved two games ahead of Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with eight games remaining.

WOLVERHAMPTON: , England, April 12, 2012 (AFP) - Arsene Wenger paid tribute to Robin van Persie after the Arsenal striker equalled Ian Wright's Premier League record for scoring against the most teams in a 38-game season. Van Persie's early penalty in Wednesday's 3-0 win at Wolves meant he has now scored against 17 of Arenal's 19 league opponents this season, having only failed to find the net against Fulham and Manchester City, Only Gunners great Wright has previously managed such a feat, with Sunderland and Manchester United the only sides the former England international failed to net against. Andy Cole and Alan Shearer have also managed to score against 17 separate teams in a league campaign, but when the Premier League comprised of 22 teams. "To achieve this in the modern game is remarkable, I would like to congratulate him. You only have 19 teams to score against so for your

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“ Arsenal's Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun (2nd L) celebrates after scoring their third goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, central England. AFP/BEN STANSALL striker to have scored against 17 teams is something sensational," Wenger said. "He could have beaten it if he had scored against Manchester City on Sunday but he hit the post twice."

Van Persie's penalty arrived after Sebastien Bassong had been red carded for a professional foul on Theo Walcott, who added a second just two minutes later before Yossi Benayoun round-

ed off the win in the second half. It was a ninth win from their last 10 in the league for Wenger's side, who strengthened their hopes of qualifying outright for next season's UEFA Champions League.

It’s over, admits Mancini MANCHESTER: Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, insisted on Wednesday his team cannot win the Premier League title because of Manchester United's superior team spirit. In a bizarre post-match press conference, following City's emphatic 4-0 victory over West Brom at Eastlands which brought his team to within five points of the leaders with five games remaining, Mancini refused to accept his club can overhaul the defending champions. "United is a fantastic team and I don't think they can lose five points," said Mancini. "For us it's important we finish this season well. For us, it has been the best season since 1968, for us that's important. "Always I will fight, every day. Also my team but now I think it's

too late. It's not mind games. United have a fantastic spirit, we don't have the same spirit. For this reason, it's very difficult. "I spoke with my players before the game and said it's important we finish this season well because it is the best season since '68 when Manchester City won the championship. We need to do our best until the end. "It's important we play very well like we did for 28 games." Mancini challenged his side to complete home and away victories over United when the two Manchester rivals collide at Eastlands on April 30. "For us it's also important to beat United here so we have beaten them two times this season. The guys will do their best because we are professional. We had a good season, we want to finish well," he said. AFP

I don't really care about what other teams are doing because it's all about how we're playing and how we go into the playoffs. Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks player

Lakers sink Spurs The Los Angeles Lakers did not need superstar Kobe Bryant to beat the San Antonio Spurs 98-84 on Wednesday in the first of three games between the Western Conference rivals in 10 days. Metta World Peace — the player formerly known as Ron Artest — scored 25 points and Andrew Bynum added 16 points and an astonishing 30 rebounds as Bryant missed his third straight game with a sore left shin.

Football

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s league goal tally (one more than Lionel Messi) after he scored a hat-trick for his team Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid in La Liga. Rono’s form inspired Real a 4-1 derby win and restored their four-point cushion on Barcelona

Lopez wins Houston debut Feliciano Lopez, ranked 15th in

Tennis the world, won his Houston

debut on Wednesday, beating Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Tour US Men's Clay Court Championship. Lopez, seeded third, belted 13 aces past Italy's Lorenzi to secure the victory in one hour and 56 minutes. Lopez is seeking to win back-to-back matches for just the second time this year. He reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open, where he lost to Rafael Nadal.


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Rono hat-trick keeps Real on title course

Wigan Athletic's defender Antolin Alcaraz (right) vies with Manchester United's Tom Cleverley (2nd R) and Danny Welbeck (L). AFP/ANDREW YATES

Fergie Wigs out as United crash

LONDON: Struggling Wigan breathed life into the Premier League title race with a stunning 1-0 upset of Manchester United on Wednesday as Manchester City romped to a 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Just days after United looked to have assured themselves of a 20th league crown by opening up an eight-point lead over City, Shaun Maloney’s 50th-minute winner for Wigan suggested the title race may yet have more twists in store. City’s emphatic win over West Brom at Eastlands reduced United’s lead at the top to five points with five games remaining, meaning Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have little margin for error in their remaining fixtures. United — who must travel to City on April 30 — looked sluggish throughout as Wigan claimed a precious three points that lifted them out of the relegation zone at the expense of Bolton. United were fortunate not to fall behind after Wigan appeared to have taken the lead through Victor Moses midway through the first half, only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul on United goalkeeper David de Gea. But United were not so

It’s important to win our home games now. We’ll improve from this performance, I’m sure of that. Sir Alex Ferguson Man Utd manager fortunate on 50 minutes when Wigan took the lead with a magical strike from Maloney, curling a superb shot beyond De Gea after a clever short corner routine. United’s manager believes his team’s home form will be key in deciding whether they can secure a 20th title. The champions’ lead could be reduced to two points when City travel to Norwich on Saturday, 24 hours before United enter-

tain Aston Villa at Old Trafford. United also host Everton and Swansea before the end of the season and must travel to City in the third last game of the season. After seeing his team’s eight-match winning run ended at the DW Stadium Ferguson thinks those home dates will be key in closing out the title. “It’s been a great run and put us in a position where we can win the league,” Ferguson said. “We were well behind City a couple of months ago, they were 5/1 on and ahead on goal difference and points, so we have to take some credit for getting back in the race. “It’s important to win our home games now. We’ll improve from this performance, I’m sure of that. “We wish our lead was better but considering where we were a couple of months ago we have to accept that somewhere along the line you will drop points. I said that weeks ago. We pointed it out to the players that Wigan were under-rated and in a false position. They were outstanding at Chelsea and dominated at Liverpool so we were under no illusions what a difficult game it was going to be.”

MADRID: A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick fired Real Madrid to a 4-1 derby win at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday to restore their four-point cushion on Barcelona at the top of the Primera Liga. Ronaldo opened after 25 minutes with Gustavo Falcao getting the equaliser for Atletico after 55 minutes before the Portuguese star wrapped up his hattrick to make it 40 league goals for the season, one more than Lionel Messi. Jose Callejon got the other goal for La Liga leaders. Barcelona had moved to within a point of Real on Tuesday after a 4-0 win over Getafe, with six games now left including a meet-

ing between the top two on April 21. “After Barca’s win there was a bit of pressure, but we’re happy with that and we have to look to win the rest of our games,” said Ronaldo. The game started off at a fast pace with both teams keen to attack from the off and it was Atletico, looking for their first derby win since 1999, who enjoyed the better early chances. Brazilian playmaker Diego supplied Falcao whose shot was parried away by Iker Casillas in the Real goal on nine minutes and ten minutes later the Colombian was millimetres from connecting at close range to a Gabi Fernandez free-kick.


Postnoon E-Paper for 12 April 2012