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Malala Yousafzai has become an icon in her own right. We take a look at few such youngsters who have fought against all odds and inspired millions.

THEY MOVED THE WORLD

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HYDERABAD’S FIRST COMPACT AFTERNOON NEWSPAPER

STUPID IS AS STUPID SAYS…

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A PARISIAN DREAM

Stoking the fire over rape cases in Haryana, State Congress spokesperson Dharambir Goyat said that 90 per cent of rape cases are consensual sex gone wrong. Yup! We were stunned too.

SONIA’S GAS PROMISE IS ALL HOT AIR The State has no money to subsidise three more cylinders as promised by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, but may offer it to BPL connections.

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With the finale of the big fashion week of the spring/summer 2013 season, Paris hosted the crème de la crème of the fashion world in one long week. Here are some highlights.

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FLASH VICTORIA BECKHAM SHOOTS DOWN FIFTH-CHILD PREGNANCY RUMOURS UK's Telegraph cited a British tabloid report claiming Victoria Beckham was pregnant with her and David Beckham's fifth child. But a rep for the fashion designer shot down the rumours, telling E! News, "To my knowledge, she is not pregnant." Victoria, 38, recently told Glamour magazine she'd “never say never about [having] another baby”.


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city events

MIND AND SPIRIT

Alankritha Art Gallery is hosting Mind and Spirit, an exhibition of paintings by artists Nandini Das, Palash Paul and Raju Sarkar. The exhibition ( October 3 to 17) is on from Monday to Saturday, 11am onwards.

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES When: October 27 onwards, 1.30pm onwards Contact: 94904 40986

ART Silk Mark expo Silk lovers can head to Sri Sathya Sai Nigamagamam for the Silk Mark Expo. The expo is on till October 16. Where:Sri Sathya Sai Nigamagamam, Srinagar Colony When: Ongoing, 11am onwards

Life together Iconart Gallery is hosting Life Together, a group show featuring sculptures, paintings and prints by 22 artistes. A preview was held at the gallery on September 28. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing 11.30am to 7pm Contact: 98499 68797

Photo exhibition French photographer Alliance Française of Hyderabad invites you to The Upside Down World of Philippe Ramette. Where:Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills, Rd No 3 When: October 22, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 2355 4485 In tune with life Jiva — In tune with life, an art exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 120 artists and art talks by experts on the concept of biodiversity is being held. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11.30am to 7pm Contact: 98499 68797 Petals exhibition The exhibition will display ethnic and contemporary works by various new designers along with jewellery and lifestyle accessories.

DECKING UP: An artist paints pots near Tank Bund. Though the CoP has hit the half-way mark, there seems to be DEEPAK DESHPANDE no dampening in spirit of City administration and their beautification drive. Where: Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: October 12, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6666 2323

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Palala is being held at Salarjung Museum till October 31. Where: Salarjung Museum, Afzal Gunj When: October 12, 4.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2457 6443

Exclusively inclusive The exhibition being by the City’s LGBT community deals with the concepts of gender and sexuality. Where: Anveshi Research Centre for Women’s Studies, Amberpet When: Ongoing, 5pm onwards, Contact: (040) 2742 3690

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

Tribute to Mahatma An exhibition depicting the life of Mahatma Gandhi through the drawings of Late Venkateshwara Raju

Unspoken harmony A painting exhibition by artist Jaya Baheti titled Unspoken Harmony — a show of art and antiquity is on.

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Where:Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: Ongoing 11am onwards Contact: (040) 66663 939 Multiversal Multiversal a painting exhibition featuring 26 artists from all around the country is being held. Where: Muse Art Gallery, Tank Bund When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2752 2999

SHOWS Electrojazz Alliance Française is hosting an electrojazz concert by french Jazzman Laurent de Wilde. Where:Westin Mindspace, Madhapur When: October 16, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 67676767

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Dimsum fest Aditya Sarovar Premiere brings to you “STEAMZ,” the Dim-sum Fest at The Oriental Blossom. The food fest is on till October 14. Where: Aditya Sarovar, Gachibowli When: Ongoing, 12.30pm and 7pm Contact: (040) 67696769

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City TRAFFIC Traffic diversions for PM’s visit

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s the International BioDiversity conference (CoP-11) is being held at HICC, Madhapur, with participation of some 10,000 delegates from 193 countries, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to visit Hyderabad on October 16. The Cyberabad police commissioner, in a pressnote, stated that as per the transportation plan during the VVIP visit, it was planned to divert the following routes. Vehicular traffic from Mehdipatnam, Dargah and so on going towards Gachibowli, ICICI, Microsoft, Wipro and so on have to take left turn at Khajaguda Junction for Wipro Junction. Traffic from Gachibowli, ICICI, Microsoft, Wipro and etc, going towards Mehdipatnam, dargah have to take left turn at Wipro Junction for Khajaguda Junction. Traffic

A rehearsal traffic diversion will take place on Friday from 2pm to 4.30pm, to oversee traffic regulation on these routes. from Mehdipatnam, dargah and so on going towards Sherilingampally, HCU, IIIT, Kondapur, Kothaguda, Gachibowli and so on need to take left turn at Khajaguda junction for Nanakramguda, ORR ramp and Gachibowli Junction. Traffic from Sherilingampally, HCU, IIIT, Kondapur, Kothaguda, Gachibowli, and going towards Mehidipatnam, Dharga etc, need to take right turn at Gachibowli junction, ORR for Nanakramguda, OR ramp and Khajaguda junction. Traffic coming from Cyber towers and Inorbit mall, going towards Gachibowli junction need to take diversion at Mind Space rotary towards Ramky towers and Madhapur Traffic Police station. Cyber Towers and Gachibowli flyovers will be closed during the programme. A rehearsal traffic diversion will take place on these routes on Friday from 2pm to 4.30pm, to oversee traffic regulation on these routes. The exercise is to understand the traffic ramifications that would arise, due to the diversion. NSS

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Seduced by love, youth lands in hospital Angry that her parents were forcing her to marry someone else, the girl decided to gang up with her paramour, teach her to-be husband a lesson and had him beaten up. chose Raheem and the marriage was to take place today. The police officer said investigation revealed that the girl was piqued at the authoritarian way her parents fixed her marriage and the youth with whom she wanted to get married too was outraged. It is believed that the two decided

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youth who was to be married today became an unwary victim of a love triangle and is now in bed with multiple injuries he sustained in a guerrilla attack in which his prospective bride too is suspected to have played a role. The case of Raheemuddin Khan, 24, is a curious one. A resident of Phoolbag, Hafiznagar, he is employed in KSA as an airconditioner mechanic. He was engaged to be married today with a girl of Bahadurpura. He came to the City last week for the wedding. On Tuesday, the girl asked him to meet her, so they could get to know each other before marriage. Eager to meet her, Raheem reached the appointed place. But the girl was

He was left bleeding on the road and some passersby informed the Chandrayangutta police. nowhere to be seen. Instead four men pounced on him and thrashed him with clubs and stones. He was left bleeding on the road and some passersby informed the Chandrayangutta police. He was shifted to a hospi-

tal and his family informed. Inspector Srinivas Rao said the youth was an unsuspecting victim of a plot by his to-be wife and her paramour. She was in love with a youth, of whom her parents did not approve. They

to teach the prospective groom a lesson. Raheem and his father lodged a criminal complaint against the girl’s family and broke the engagement. The police have picked up the four suspects involved in the attack.


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POSTNOON EXCLUSIVE

LAST YEAR... HERE

Gas promise just hot air?

Accident-prone city

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ast year, we had reported how latest statistics showed that there was one accident every 75 minutes in the City. Every 288 minutes, a life is snuffed out because of road accidents. The study also revealed that lack of infrastructure and road design was largely at blame. Speeding on internal roads was another major cause. Hyderabad is still considered an accident-prone city.

OCTOBER 12, 2011

NUMEROLOGY

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the open market price of an unsubsidised cooking gas cylinder. The price stood at `746 on September 13 this year, when the Centre restricted subsidy.

If the conservation community and parties feel that... we have learnt how to work together to preserve biodiversity, then we would consider this CoP a success.

The State has no money to subsidise three more cylinders as promised by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, but may opt for backing BPL connections. M ANIL KUMAR

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onia proposes and the State disposes. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s magnanimous announcement that Congress-ruled states would provide subsidy for three more gas cylinders remains an empty promise in AP. The State does not have the money to translate the promise into practice. In the face of widespread ire the UPA government faced in the aftermath of capping subsidy to six cylinders, Sonia said all domestic consumers will get three more subsidised refills and the government will bear the burden. A subsidised LPG cylinder cost `413, while unsubsidised ones cost nearly `1,000 (with delivery and commission). But Postnoon learnt that the State, though desperate to fulfil their leader’s promise, is not in a position to implement it. The State is already incurring `18 crore burden every month by providing `25 subsidy to 1.6 crore domestic gas cylinder users

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since last year. If the promise is implemented, the State would incur a whopping `8,304 crore burden, going by the open market price of gas cylinders which stands at `921 now. The open market price stood at `746 on September 13 when the UPA government decided to restrict the subsidy of gas cylinders to six cylinders. There has been an increase of `175 in less

than a month. The burden incurred for subsidised gas equals the total budgetary allocations of social welfare, women, tribal and backward classes welfare departments for 2012-13. “We are not in a position to provide three more cylinders at subsidised prices. It would put a huge burden on us, which is difficult to bear in the present circumstances,” civil supplies min-

Total gas connections in AP: 1.6 crore Deepam scheme beneficiaries: 39.7 lakh Subsidised price of gas cylinder: `413 Non-subsidised price (in open market): `921

ister D Sridhar Babu told Postnoon. He hastened to add that the State is considering providing this subsidy to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. “Following instructions from party president Sonia Gandhi, we are studying the possibilities of extending the subsidy to these sections,” Babu added. Minister for finance Anam Ramnarayana Reddy said the State was not optimistic about giving the subsidy to general category. Even if the State decides to extend subsidy to BPL families, it will have to incur a loss of `2,060 crores. A meeting to discuss extending subsidy to three more cylinders is to be held today.

SHOW OF FAITH

THINGS WE 5LEARNT TODAY The column that teaches everyone something new about the way the City functions.

Thousands of devotees throng Mahankali temple at Lal Darwaza on Friday. The temple had been shut for two days after burglars broke in and stole ornaments worth lakhs of rupees.

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Power department rules that we should dress in the dark. Citizens have come to terms with power cuts, but the timing rankles. From 6am to 8am, which is when most get ready for work, is when the power department has decided to plunge us into darkness.

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Think before you promise should be the new motto. Sonia Gandhi may have promised to extend subsidy to three more LPG cylinders, but should have checked if the states could afford this.

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Education plays a major role in this politician’s life. DM Vara Prasada Rao isn’t your average minister. He is on his way to getting a PhD, and has no plans to give up his educational pursuits.

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India committed to the issues of biodiversity. Officials said there was no ulterior motive for India hosting CBD and that India was committed to promoting the cause of biodiversity.

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Clear the roads for the Prime Minister! Set out for work early on October 16. The Prime Minister is coming and citizens will have to make way.

PIC: M ANIL KUMAR

NEWS BRIEFS New lokayukta appointed for State

Girl child day celebrated Arogya 2012 Mela in Hyderabad inaugurated

ICET web counselling starts today

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ormer chairman of Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission (APSHRC) Justice Subashan Reddy was appointed the new Lokayukta. Governor ESL Narasimhan administered the oath of office at Raj Bhavan this morning. His appointment follows the retirement of Justice Anand Reddy last Sunday.

he United Nations Day of the Girl Child was celebrated with aplomb in Hyderabad on Wednesday. City-based Society for Integrated Rural Development (SIRD) and Council of Christian Women (CCW) organised these celebrations. The representatives of the NGO also administered a pledge to all the participants.

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nion health minister and AICC AP in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad is in the State today. He is scheduled to inaugurate Arogya-2012 Mela at the exhibition grounds in Nampally. Azad will then go to Gandhi Bhavan and hold discussions on the state of the party in the wake of YSR Congress’s decision to undertake a 3,000km padayatra.

he Integrated Common Entrance Test (ICET)-2012 web counselling to admit students to MBA and MCA courses started this morning across various centers. The counselling is being held to verify the original certificates of the candidates. Candidates will be given scratch cards to choose colleges. The verification process will be on till Octover 17.


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Co P

Hyderabad 2012

Crawling to a solution At the end of the first week of the Hyderabad Conference of Parties-11, progress in discussions is slow and steady but can be considered significant nevertheless. PADMINI C padmini.c@postnoon.com

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hen nearly 6,000 delegates from over 160 countries at the Conference of Parties started discussions on October 8, they opened with 15 different agenda items to be adopted by the end of the 11day summit. Resource mobilisation, review of progress on the ratification of the Nagoya Protocol, ways to implement the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, conserving marine and coastal biodiversity, operations of the convention were among the key topics of discussion. But as the days wore on, it seemed like there would be little consensus with each working group facing parties who were deeply decisive on these issues. In the absence of a consensus, the plenary kept being thrown over for contact groups (a smaller meeting with representatives from all regions), which allowed

The livelihoods press conference at CoP. N SHIVA KUMAR

for faster reactions and responses, dialogues between parties. Contact groups for contentious issues such as resource mobilisation; traditional knowledge and ingenious people, met for the first time on Thursday evening to outline their positions and are likely to continue deliberations over the weekend to reach a consensus. Despite what seems like a catatonic pace of progress, offi-

cials say the meeting is moving swiftly and significant decisions have been made in other areas. Four other items on the agenda are due to be submitted to the plenary for adoption today, at the end of week one, which they say is a rare and progressive step in CoP’s history. L papers on global strategy for plant conservation, biofuels, global taxonomy initiative and incentive measures are likely to

be okayed by the end of the day. “It’s been a number of years since we have seen this at the CoP, which stands as testimony to the willingness of Parties to take the agenda forward. Having said that, we acknowledge there are a number of challenges, and a significant amount of work is ahead for the parties on issues such as resource mobilisation,” a spokesperson for the Secretariat stated. Also on the agenda today are climate change, ecosystem restoration, review of island biodiversity initiative and so forth. No formal negotiations will occur over the weekend before the high level segment of the CoP begins on October 16. However, at the margins of the convention, Rio Pavilion, a collaborative outreach programme with a series of 20 dynamic lectures based upon the 20 Aichi Targets are scheduled to keep the delegates occupied.

Biodiversity is the only agenda The Indian delegation says conservation, sustainable use and access and benefit sharing of biodiversity are its priorities and is committed to achieving these targets. N SHIVA KUMAR

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peaking to the media on Thursday afternoon, representatives of the Indian government stated that India has no ulterior motives in hosting the Eleventh Conference of Parties but to promote the cause of biodiversity. “If the environment conservation community and the parties are able to feel that there has been progress, that we have added to the trust between parties, learnt better how to work together to preserve biodiversity, then we would consider this CoP a success. We certainly have not hosted the CoP with any ulterior agenda,” said MF Farooqui, special secretary, ministry of environment and forests. The delegation also stated that conservation, sustainable

use and access and benefit sharing of biodiversity are its top priorities and it is seriously committed to achieving these targets. The MoEF estimates that over $2 billion dollars or an approximate `11,000 crores is

currently being spent by India on biodiversity related activities. “Where as we have just about 4.9 per cent of land area of the world, 18 per cent of the world’s population and 8.5 per cent of biodiversity in the

world. But because of the cultural heritage we have and the investment we have made, we consider it important to protect biodiversity,” Farooqui added. Striking a balance between conservation and development, mainstreaming the issue of biodiversity, inter-government cooperation are some of the challenges currently faced by the MoEF. The officials also stated that they acknowledge that “conserving biodiversity is very often a trade off with other elements in our growth path,” and more work needs to be done among inter-ministerial committees to overcome these contradictory agendas. “Many people have asked me what is India’s objective. India’s only objective is to take the biodiversity agenda forward,” concluded Farooqui, making a strong statement on India’s stand.

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Coast to coast

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t was a rather striking side event at the Day Four of CoP11 when the HRD minister for state Daggubati Purandeswari took stage to raise awareness on the sustainable management of coastal and marine biodiversity. The minister whose constituency is the coastal city of Visakhapatnam came to speak alongside the “father of the green revolution,” in India, MS Swaminathan. Highlighting the challenges faced by local communities, she pointed out the lack of equitable access and sharing of resources, the lack of proper implementation of legal

frameworks. “It’s well known that human settlements are highly concentrated on the coastal belt. The South Asian Coast herself is home to 400 million people, a large number of which, are dependent on it for their livelihoods. Therefore there is intensification of not only market demand but also over consumption. Thermal power stations, large scale commercial fishing, oil drills, different land uses are putting severe pressure on our coastal and marine eco-systems. We need to immediately find a fine balance between economy and ecology, and make a coordinated effort towards addressing these challenges,” she said.

There is no serious reason for emulating the IPCC model, as when IPCC was established the climate change issue was a recent realisation, where as there are several international organisations working on biodiversity issues. S Faizi chairman, IBF


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hief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Thursday said his government would provide 3.5 lakh jobs to the youth this year under Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu scheme. Interacting with beneficiaries of the scheme at Balaji Tirupati Rao function hall, the CM said the target was to provide 30 lakh jobs to the youth with the help of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and other industrial organisations. As a first phase, 15 lakh jobs would be provided to youngsters within five years. So far, 60,000 jobs have already been

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provided this year, he added. Stating that `777 crore has been spent for training the beneficiaries of Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu, Kiran said that some 18 lakh applications were pending for job facility under the scheme. About 54 per cent of the State’s population is under 25. The scheme was also being implemented for SCs, STs, BCs and OBCs, he added. The CM said that nine ministers and equal number of IAS officers were working for effective implementation of the scheme. NSS

POLITICS Bangaru gets bail JUICE CENTRE

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ormer BJP president Bangaru Lakshman (72) got relief on Thursday, when the Delhi high court sanctioned him bail on a personal surety of `50,000. Lakshman was caught accepting a bribe of `1 lakh from mediapersons posing as arms dealers, for doing favours during the NDA rule in 2001. He had to quit his post following the expose. He was sentenced to four years’ jail and was fined `1 lakh. Justice AK Pathak granted bail to Lakshman on a personal bond of `50,000 with a surety of the same amount. Besides bail, Lakshman sought immedi-

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eacting to the comment by Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde that he had not discussed the Telangana issue with TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, TRS politburo member Vinod Kumar said that KCR never said he had met Shinde. Vinod said the media has misinterpreted Shinde’s comments. He alleged that the media was resorting to false propaganda on Tissue and said the media role in democracy was to convey the message of agitation to the people. NSS


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oP is grappling with the issue of how to make the world a little better for all creatures to live; and it calls for an inspiring ambience, right? Wrong. The AP government and City fathers believe we must also make the world around messy so that we could correct it! Look at the picture which Postnoon lensman clicked at the HiTec City junction where the gaze of the foreign delegates directly falls enroute to HICC. Under the banner welcoming delegates by none other than the chief minister is a bus shelter which is under shift. And the work has left debris right beside the shelter and on the road. Citizens who had a sneaking respect for being a Hyderabadi cringe at the insensitivity of civic authorities. Couldn’t they finish the work before the conference or wait till it ended? Should we show our muck and slime to the overseas guests who will gladly upload videos of the ‘Hyderabadi mess’? Is it not enough that a delegate got his leg-bone twisted by the sloppy work at CoP the other day? (SS)

COP, A POLITICIAN’S ITCH AND OFFICIAL’S GLITCH The hype generated prior to CoP-11 is dying, but politicians’ curiosity is not fading. All those netas want to take a dekko at the ‘prestigious’ event, if only to

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is making rounds in GHMC. ‘Driver, attender and a person with file are the only three faces’, recognised by babus. (MN)

HI QPQ!

The municipal cadre, which is known for its usage of English does know one Latin phase, ‘quid-pro-quo’ that crept into the dictionary of Telugu media in recent years. How institutionalised is paying-off can be analysed by casual usage of ‘quidpro-quo’ amongst the employees as code word for unethical, but widely accepted behaviour. And, slowly it is also getting into an acronym: QPQ! (MN)

MID-TERM FEVER

stake claim before their kids and others they had been to CoP to discuss grave issues. As it is not possible to get passes the netas are politely told that the security is undertaken by the UN who don’t bother about politicians, as nepotism is Greek to them. And, the local police manning periphery security do not forget to show their ‘power.’ The most arduous task, many delegates say, is going to comfort stations which are a ‘kilometre’ away. A wag said, “Politicians could practise padayatra in HICC campus.” (MN)

DARKNESS IS BLISS

There was a guessing game in media on who will bear the brunt after electricity department provides uninterrupted power supply to CoP for 19 days. But surprising everybody, the electricity department hit everyone including the ‘VIP’ area — Jubilee Hills. From coyly introducing two hours of load-shedding a few months ago, extending to three and then to four, the power people proved their power. But what vexed the Jubilee populace is the time of load-shedding: 6am to 8am; which is when all working

people and students will have to get ready. Each one has to struggle to get daily chores done. The anaemic flame is so feeble that men make nicks while shaving, kids upset toiletries and mothers strike orchestra of vessels in the kitchen. It is an unwritten norm that load shedding time should be rotated but no, it does strike it right to our power people. (PK)

THREE FAMILIAR FACES

With most officials falling prey to the existing system of administration, where ‘files’ fly on the wings of currency, the new adage

Besdies dengue, malaria and viral, there is in the air a new virus born of the political storm of recent time: mid-term poll virus. The advent of it was heralded by Mamata, heightened by FDI, diesel and corruption issues and now making inroads into State politics via Mayavati’s indecision. Will she or won’t she is the Q. If the UPA falls under its own weight the political heavyweight who spent a fortune to get the label of ‘jansevak’ ought to write off part of investment and start investing afresh. (IA) (Contributed by Md Nizamuddin, Srinivas Setty, Inkeshaf Ahmed, and PK Surendran)

KNOW YOUR LEADER

A ‘desi’ warrior for the weak

His thirst for knowledge spurred him on to complete his Masters in Law and then go on to do his PhD from Osmania University. For Vara Prasada Rao, education is important and he helps the poor obtain the same. INKESHAF AHMED ahmed.m@postnoon.com

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hose who know the value of education and who strongly believe in continued education can never give it up at any point of time even if they become cabinet ministers. The Rural Development and NREGS minister of Andhra Pradesh Dokka Manikya Vara Prasada Rao belongs to this group of people. A prominent lawyer and rights activist in Guntur district, Vara Prasad did not give up his academic pursuance even after becoming an MLA and subsequently a minister. After completing his Masters in Law, Prasad enrolled himself as a

PhD student in Osmania University under the guidance of Prof Jaya Kumar five years ago and is eager to complete his doctorate degree very soon. His topic of research is SecularismIndian constitution. But he carries his erudition lightly. Even in dress, he is a symbol of modesty. Rao prefers to wear normal white pants and shirt all the time. If he goes out alone, nobody recognises him as a minister. “I love to dress as normally as others do and I get accepted everywhere,” he smiles through the salt and pepper foliage. Rao started his active political career by becoming an MLA in 2004 from Thatikonda in Guntur district. He is also a

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vociferous fighter of Dalit rights. His name made the headlines as he played a key role in ensuring jail sentence to the accused in the sensational Chundur massacre case. “It was a memorable experience. As a lawyer, I did my bit in bringing justice to the victims and ensuring conviction for the perpetrators of the massacre.” The first time politician in his family Manikya Varaprasada hails from a poor family and he was brought up in Scheduled Castes Colonies (Dalit a Waada). He always cherished the dream of becoming a leader. Many people don’t know that Rao was instrumental in moulding the lives of many poor people including orphans.

One of the orphan boys supported (both socially and financially) by Rao has gone on to become an alumnus of London School of Economics. The boy is now pursuing his PhD. He also was instrumental in making six students doctors. His biggest regret in life is not being able to speak English well. He says English does not submit to him. “I tried many times but it fails.” But he is a voracious reader. He has a collection of 1,500 non-fiction books in his library at home. Whenever a new book is launched in the market, Rao makes sure that he procures a copy. “I personally go to book stores and purchase the books,” he smiles.


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Business

EMIRATES FINED $10mn IN OZ CARTEL CASE

Dubai airline Emirates Friday agreed to pay a fine of Aus$10 million to settle a case brought by Australian regulators who accused it of fixing surcharges for fuel and other prices. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission started proceedings against the carrier in 2009.

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CREDIT CARDS

Discipline and dispute in credit cards NUPUR PAVAN BANG AND ANUJ HETAMSARIA

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wo days after our conversation on credit cards, once again there was a message from Sethu, blinking on my desktop. I put my coffee down with one hand and clicked on the Gtalk tab with the other. Even though taking a credit card is mostly harmless if one is disciplined in its use, Sethu is so suspicious about anything even

PATENTS Ban on Google phone lifted WASHINGTON: A US appeals court Thursday lifted a sales ban on Google-branded Samsung smartphones in a patent fight with Apple, saying there was no evidence sales were driven by features copied from the iPhone. The appeals court in Washington overturned an injunction issued by a judge in California for the Galaxy Nexus phone as part of the lengthy patent case, saying the lower court “abused its discretion.” Judge Lucy Koh issued the injunction June 29, before a landmark jury ruling which found Samsung illegally copied features from Apple’s iconic iPhone. AFP

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remotely modern, that he is difficult to convince. He has more doubts before he applies for a credit card. Sethu: I have heard that some of the shopkeepers charge an additional per cent if the payment for purchases is made by credit card. Is it true? Nicky: While most shop keepers or service providers do not charge anything extra, a few do charge about 2.5 per cent extra if you pay by credit card. Also, some of them may not accept payment through credit card if the bill amount is very small, typically below `250 or

`200. So, the ideal thing is to pay by cash if the shop keeper or the service provider charges an extra fee for payment through credit card. Sethu: Hmmm... what about payments to online stores? Do they charge anything extra? Are they secure? Nicky: Most of them don’t charge anything extra. Sites like flipkart.com, ebay.co.in or irctc.co.in have very secure payment gateways. However, you

Be careful about not signing blank forms, provide correct details, take everything from bankers in writing. have to be very careful with your card details like card number, cvv code, expiry date etc. Anyone who has these details, can make a payment online. It is a good practice to take benefit of services like mobile alerts. This

will help you identify any payment that you have not made. Sethu: All this is fine. But don’t you think that credit card encourages people to buy things they don’t need? Nicky: No. I don’t think so. You cannot blame cards for lack of planning and discipline. Sethu: You are right. But what if there is a dispute regarding either the bill or charges? Nicky: All banks have a well established grievance redress mechanism. Small issues can be settled at the customer care officers level. For others, you may approach the branches, or write to the appellate or ombudsman. However, you too have to be careful about not signing any blank forms, provide correct details, take everything from bankers in writing, keep copies of all documents that you submit, don’t share your card pin or password. Sethu: Thank you Nicky. I feel more comfortable now about applying for a credit card.

Singapore's economy shrank by 1.5 per cent in the third quarter but avoided a technical recession after growth in the previous three months was adjusted upwards. The Ministry of Trade and Industry said the exportdriven city-state was still on track to achieve annual growth of 1.5-2.5 per cent in 2012. "Economic growth in the second quarter was better than expected, resulting in an upward revision of quarter-on-quarter annualised growth," it said.

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is the buy-in Japanese Softbank is eyeing to the US telecom market including takeover of Sprint Nextel.

BRAZIL FIRM STRIKES OIL Brazilian energy giant Petrobras said it struck oil at a well in waters of the Sergipe-Alagoas basin. The new find was made at the BM-SEAL-11 block. The discovery was made at the Farfan well, drilled 109 km off the coast of Aracaju, capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Sergipe, in an area of the Atlantic where the water depth is 2,720 metres. According to Petrobras' statement on Thursday, a 44-meter column of hydrocarbons was found by drilling the Farfan well to a depth of 5,582 metres.

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ADVENTURE TOURISM

Mountain biking picks up speed The growing enthusiasm among Indians for mountain biking has also meant growing business for travel agents and tour operators.Those in the adventure tourism industry in Kullu and Manali say the best time to pedal in the hills, especially in the higher reaches, is from June till snowfall begins in November.

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ycling through the rugged mountain tracks of Himachal Pradesh is on a roll. And this time, the adventurous mountain bikers are not just foreigners. At a nineday, 438-km long mountain biking (MTB) expedition here last week, 62 of the 75 cyclists were Indians — most of them with white collar jobs in big cities. “Initially, Hercules MTB Himachal used to see mostly foreigners. But for the past threefour years, the expedition is getting popular among Indians. A major chunk of them are corporate executives from metros,” said Mohit Sood of the Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion

Association (HASTPA). The club in Shimla had organised the expedition, considered one of toughest in the world, during Sep 29-Oct 6. “The trend to explore nature on a cycle is getting popular among domestic adventure lovers too,” he said. “They now see mountain biking as an adventure holiday for healthy living.” “It is an exercise of the mind and the body,” said Saminder Saluja, a cyclist from Delhi who participated in the expedition. “For the past few years, I have been a regular participant.” The growing enthusiasm among Indians for mountain biking has also meant growing business for travel agents and tour

operators. Those in the adventure tourism industry in Kullu and Manali say the best time to pedal in the hills, especially in the higher reaches, is from June till snowfall begins in November. They also list the best cycling routes. The 475-km Manali-Leh road linking the tourist hill town to Ladakh attracts the most number of cyclists. The route is tough and the pressure on cyclists is extreme since they have to cycle through the cold deserts of Lahaul and Spiti and Ladakh. “The Manali-Leh expedition is for 14 days, including three days of acclimatisation,” said Prithvi Raj Sharma of Magic Mountain, a travel agent in Manali.

MINING Goa begins mining leases survey G

oa Mines and Geology Department is conducting a survey of all mining leases to find out if they encroached upon areas outside their demarcated zones to extract ore, as mentioned by Justice MB Shah Commission in its report. The survey is being conducted with Digital Global Positioning System (DGPS), an instrument that gives an accurate data about the encroachments, said Director of Mines Prasanna Acharya.

The MB Shah panel in its report on illegal mining in Goa had pointed out that there are as many as 100 mining leases that have encroached outside the demarcated areas. However, the miners contested the Google maps saying the Shah Commission has “wrongly” mapped these areas. Acharya said the DGPS survey of first five leases, all of them owned by Sesa Goa Limited, would be completed by October 13. PTI

He said the fee per cyclist ranges between `40,000 and `50,000 depending on the time of booking and the kits sought. For newcomers and families, the hills surrounding Narkanda, 65 km from here, and Kasauli in Solan, around 29 km from here, are the best cycling spots. Hatu Hotel in Narkanda, run by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, provides mountain bikes. The slopes of Jalori Pass (at an altitude of 3,223 metres) in Kullu are one of the finest in the world, says Cycling Federation of India member Rakesh Mohindra. Cyclists can test their endurance, skill and luck on these vertical climbs, he said.

The 320-km Shimla-Rekong Peo-Sumdoh-Kaza route also offers a lot of thrills with mild, tough and extremely rugged slopes. But it is strictly for professionals, riding bikes of titanium carbon fibre priced between `100,000 and `200,000. Andre Deplechin, a 59-yearold cyclist from France and a participant in Hercules MTB Himachal, told IANS that the state’s terrain was marvellous for cycling. “I have been biking across the world for 20 years, but Himachal’s terrain really tests one’s nerves. Some of the stretches are more challenging than Nepal’s,” he said.

Barge owners pulling out of Goa as mining industry crisis deepens U ncertainty over revival of mining activity in Goa in near future is forcing barge operators to scout for new locations outside the state. This is evident from the steady flow of applications the Department of Ports, which is receiving from barge owners seeking NOC to move out of the coastal state. Vessels that used to do brisk business by ferrying ore from jetties to harbours when mining trade flourished in

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the state are now looking for business in states like Maharashtra and Gujarat. Captain of Ports James Braganza said his department received 20 applications so far and expects the number to rise in coming days. With barges berthed at the dockyards waiting for the season to begin, the operators are faced with how to repay whopping `335 crore loan they have borrowed from various banks. PTI


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DEFAMATION CASE: SHEILA TOLD TO APPEAR IN COURT A Delhi court has directed Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to appear in person before it in a defamation case filed by her against city BJP chief Vijender Gupta. The development comes after both failed to come to an out-of-court settlement.

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SHOW OF UNITY

CMO abduction: UP minister resigns The state government had yesterday ordered a high-level inquiry into the alleged abduction.

BJP national president Nitin Gadkari, left, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, centre, and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh during the last day of Sawani Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra, at Pavaghar in Gujarat on Thursday.

POLICY SHIFT

After UK, US reviews Modi ban?

WASHINGTON: Without directly naming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a senior State Department official has said that US will evaluate any visa application based on merits and according to US laws. “As you probably know, we don’t get into questions of visa matters on any particular individual. That said, we of course will evaluate any visa application based on its merits and in accordance with US law, so I don’t have anything further on that specifically,” Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike hammer said. Hammer was responding to a question on Narendra Modi in the aftermath of Britain taking decision to end its decade long policy of no-contact with him, which it took after the communal riots in the Gujarat a decade ago. The British decision to resume its contact with Modi was noted in several major American media outlets. “Being a business-friendly government official in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies can erase a lot of political baggage,” The Washington Post said referring to the UK decision. PTI

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LUCKNOW: Under fire for allegedly abducting the top medical officer of Gonda, UP minister of state for Revenue Vinod Kumar Singh resigned today. “I have sent my resignation to the Chief Minister as I am a devoted worker of SP. I will continue to provide my services to the people of the state and my constituency Gonda as an MLA”, Singh told PTI. Asked as to why he was stepping down , Singh said, “I think some people are trying to malign the image of the party taking my name and I don’t want this to happen”. Asked about his involvement in the abduction of the CMO, Vinod Singh alias Pandit Singh

maintained that he was innocent. The state government had yesterday ordered a high-level inquiry into the alleged abduction of the chief medical officer of Gonda S P Singh. Sources in the government said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP President Mulayam Singh Yadav had taken strong note of the media reports in this regard. According to the reports, the CMO was allegedly abducted by the Minister as he was “unhappy” over the refusal to accommodate his nominees on the list of doctors on contract recruited by the district health department under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). PTI

NEWS BRIEFS Man-eater leopard brought to zoo RAIPUR: A man-eater leopard caught in

Mahasamund district was brought to Raipur’s Nandanvan Zoo to save it from the wrath of villagers, zoo officials said Friday. Zoo superintendent R.C. Dugga told IANS: “An injured leopard was brought to the zoo from Mahasamund for treatment of its injuries.” “The zoo authority has decided to retain the leopard after its recovery,” he said. According to sources, the leopard sneaked into Teka village of Mahasamund district, some 70 km away from state capital Raipur, sometime back. After preying on pets and domestic animals in the village, the beast started attacking human beings and recently dragged away a seven-year-old boy to a nearby hill and killed him. The boy’s deformed body was recovered later. This incident had sparked an outrage among villagers who were looking for the leopard since then. After getting information, the forest officials reached the village and put up a cage with a goat as bait. After hours of wait, the leopard was finally trapped Wednesday evening.

Strike in Kashmir to protest LPG cap SRINAGAR: Normal life was disrupted in Kashmir today due to a strike called by an amalgam of trading bodies seeking an increase in the number of subsidised LPG cylinders in the Valley. Schools, shops and other business establishments were closed due to the strike called by Kashmir Economic Alliance and supported by various organisations including Kashmir High Court Bar Association and Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Association.

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Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney

Obama’s Rottweiler wipes floor with hapless Ryan Vice President Biden and Ryan, nearly 30 years his junior, clashed sharply on Iran, Libya, Afghanistan and top domestic issues including health care, abortion and tax on a combustive evening in Kentucky. DANVILLE, KENTUCKY: Joe Biden rained rhetorical punches on Republican Paul Ryan Thursday in a fiery vice presidential debate, desperate to stem Democratic Party panic after Barack Obama’s lifeless display last week. Vice President Biden and Ryan, nearly 30 years his junior, clashed sharply on Iran, Libya, Afghanistan and top domestic issues including health care, abortion and tax on a combustive evening in Kentucky. Biden also savaged surging Republican nominee Mitt Romney over his remark to rich donors that 47 per cent of Americans were “victims” reliant on government, an attack Obama avoided in his debate loss to Romney. Passionate and adamant, Biden was on a mission to reverse Romney’s polling surge and steady worried Democrats, and drew on his years as a foreign policy expert to repel his well-briefed opponent’s attacks. But his constant quirky smirking and guffaws on a split screen when the earnest Ryan, 42, gave his answers risked distracting millions of television viewers, and could dominate the post-debate fallout. Biden highlighted Obama’s honoured promise to end the war in Iraq, his effort to bring troops home from Afghanistan by 2014 and his decision to make the operation to hunt and kill Osama bin Laden a top priority. Ryan replied with a fierce assault on Obama’s foreign policy and complained that the US

IRAN IS still “a good way away” from acquiring a nuclear weapon, Joe Biden said, insisting the US would stop Tehran before it was too late. “Facts matter. All this loose talk about all they have to do is get to enrich uranium and they have a weapon. Not true. Not true," he said. “If we ever have to take action, unlike when we took office, we’ll have the world behind us. And that matters. That matters."

Biden, Ryan clash on Libya envoy killing JOE BIDEN and Paul Ryan clashed over Iran and the death of the US ambassador to Libya Thursday, as a heated row over foreign affairs consumed early stages of their vice presidential debate. Biden vowed that whatever mistakes were made on security for the torched US consulate in Benghazi will “not be made again," while Ryan slammed the Obama White House for projecting “weakness” abroad. “We will find and bring to justice the men who did this. Whatever mistakes were made, will not be made again," a steely Biden vowed.

Romney asks Billy Graham to pray for him US Vice President Joe Biden (right) and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan depart the stage followAFP/MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL ing their vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, on Thursday.

ambassador to Paris had a Marines detachment while Stevens, in restive Libya, did not. Biden, with typical IrishAmerican blarney, replied: “With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey." Analysis by pundits scored the clash a draw, with Biden apparently doing enough to cheer gloomy Democrats and Ryan avoiding serious errors that could haunt the Republican ticket. AFP

Ryan pics trigger ‘dumbbell’ debate

Obama ‘could not be prouder’ of Biden

As Paul Ryan got pumped up about Thursday’s vice presidential debate, observers were distracted by his pumped-up biceps in photographs of the Republican running mate published hours before he was to square off against Joe Biden. Time magazine posted a series of pictures of the famously fit Ryan, wearing gym clothes and a backward red baseball cap and curling a dumbbell.

US President Barack Obama said Thursday he “could not be prouder” of Joe Biden after his vice president clashed with Republican Paul Ryan in a fiery debate in Kentucky. In an unusual statement delivered under the wing of Air Force One, Obama said he especially appreciated Biden’s strong defence of the middle class in the debate, which crackled with passion and argument.

GOP politician says ‘some girls they rape so easy’ CHICAGO: A lawmaker in the US state of Wisconsin was under fire on Thursday for repeatedly relaying his father’s advice that “some girls, they rape so easy." The controversial comments led Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan — a Wisconsin congressman — to withdraw his endorsement of Roger Rivard just hours before Ryan was set to debate Vice

Iran ‘good way away’ from nuke: Biden

President Joe Biden. It was the second time Ryan has withdrawn an endorsement from a fellow Republican due to offensive rape comments. Missouri congressman Todd Akin drew condemnation for declaring in August that a woman’s body can prevent conception in cases of “legitimate rape” as he tried to explain his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape.

Rivard, a 60-year-old state representative, first made the statement when discussing the case of a local high school student who had been charged with sexual assault for having sex with an underage girl in the school’s band room. The Chetek Alert paper quoted him in December as saying that his father had warned him “some girls rape easy” — meaning that some girls

could decide later that sex wasn’t consensual. He doubled down on the comments in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday, saying that he took his father’s warnings about the dangers of premarital sex seriously. “He also told me one thing, ‘If you do , just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry,'" Rivard told the paper.

US PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Mitt Romney met with Reverend Billy Graham on Thursday and asked the world-renowned evangelist to pray for him in the final weeks of the campaign. “I’ll do all I can to help you," said Graham, 93. Appearing side by side with Graham could provide a major boost for Romney as he courts religious conservatives including Christian evangelicals, who he needs to turn out in large numbers.

Ryan softens abortion stance on rape, incest PAUL RYAN softened his own stance on the issue to match that of Republican flag-bearer Mitt Romney. Ryan has been on record opposing abortion in all circumstances, but in his televised election debate with Biden he said that a Romney administration would support exceptions for cases of rape or incest. Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, has co-sponsored several pieces of anti-abortion legislation, including some that allowed no exceptions for rape or incest and one that controversially tried to redefine the crime of rape.


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World WORLD SECURITY

UNSC set to pass resolution for Mali military role UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council is poised to adopt a draft resolution paving the way for military intervention in Mali Friday, French officials said. The resolution seeks a detailed plan within 30 days from West Africa's ECOWAS regional body, the African Union and UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon on an international military intervention in Mali in a bid to oust militants from the country's north. Adoption of the text is anticipated for 1900 GMT Friday, the French mission to the United Nations announced via Twitter. After details for military intervention are submitted, the 15-member Security Council would still have to pass a sec-

ond resolution to greenlight the deployment. That resolution is not expected until late November at the earliest. In March, military putschists seized power in the capital Bamako, ousting President Amadou Toumani Toure, only to see the north and east fall to Tuareg rebels and militias linked to Al-Qaeda. The draft resolution urges the country's transitional authorities and rebel groups "to engage as soon as possible in a credible negotiation process in order to seek a sustainable political solution" to the crisis gripping Mali for months. Adoption of the document does not appear to face any fundamental problems, Security Council diplomats have said in recent days. AFP

UKRAINE TRAINING DOLPHINS FOR NAVAL DUTIES Ukrainian Navy has restarted special training for dolphins and other animals for military duties, including attacking enemy combat swimmers and detecting mines, a military source in the Ukrainian naval port of Sevastopol has revealed. Ten dolphins are now being trained.

SYRIAN CRISIS

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‘87 Assad troops killed’

DAMASCUS: The Syrian army suffered its highest death toll since the start of rebel hostilities with at least 87 soldiers killed on Thursday, an observer group said, amid fears the

civil war could become a broader conflict as tensions with Turkey escalate. It was one of the deadliest days of fighting with at least 210 people killed across the country.

NOT FORGOTTEN

Five months after losing re-election, an unshaven French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy appeared on Thursday at a New York banking conference and reportedly said he looked forward to a "new life." Sarkozy spoke for about 50 minutes at the invitation of Brazil's BTG Pactual bank in Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where tight security kept the event well out of the public eye. Sarkozy has stayed out of the limelight since losing the poll.

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Wednesday with Finland's undersecretary of state fore foreign affairs, Jaakko Laajava. The UN leader also welcomed a commitment from the Arab League to consider the conference "in a serious and constructive manner." Neither Israel nor Iran have said they plan to attend the gathering. Israel and its Western allies worry that Iran's nuclear program masks a drive to develop an atomic bomb. Tehran vehemently denies the charge, saying its activities are aimed for civilian energy and medical purposes only. AFP

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more people are without jobs around the world than before the global financial crisis began, the head of the International Labour Organization said.

UN chief backs Mideast nuclear conference UN leader Ban Ki-moon threw his support on Thursday behind a conference aimed at creating a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, urging all countries in the region to attend it. Finland is ready to host the meeting in Helsinki in midDecember, which Ban hailed as a "unique opportunity for all states of the region to collectively enhance their security," the secretary-general's office said. Ban "urges all states of the region to participate in and contribute to a successful conference," it added after he met

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People lay flowers after a ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Bali attacks, at a memorial dedicated to Australians killed in the attacks, at Coogee Beach in Sydney on Friday. About 200 people were killed in the Bali bombings 10 years ago, when Islamist extremists unleashed terror on partying tourists. AFP/WILLIAM WEST

NEWS BRIEFS Mars rover makes surprising rock find

7 UK Marines held in Afghan murder probe

6.7 magnitude quake strikes off Papua

Mexico pizza delivery man killed for being late

WASHINGTON: A rock analyzed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has a surprising and more varied composition that resembles rare rocks from the bowels of our planet, the US space agency said Thursday. Curiosity, on the Red Planet since August 6, used two instruments to study the footballsized rock.

LONDON: British military police today arrested seven members of the Royal Marines on suspicion of murder in Afghanistan in 2011, the ministry of defence announced. "The incident followed an engagement with an insurgent — there were no civilians involved," said an MoD spokesman. The department refused to comment further.

JAKARTA: A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, with reports of minor damage to some houses on remote islands but no tsunami warning issued. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre website said there was no current warning or advisory in effect.

PUEBLA: A furious client killed a pizza delivery man in Mexico for being 40 minutes late, authorities said Thursday. The victim's body, eyes blindfolded and hands bound, was found Monday, said the public prosecutor's office in Tlaxcala state. He had last been seen on Saturday evening as he left to drop off a late order.

Notorious US pastor Terry Jones said on Thursday he has been barred from entering Canada after an antiIslam video he backs triggered violent protests across the Muslim world. Jones, who sparked deadly demonstrations in the past with plans for a public Koran burning, had been due to speak at a rally in Toronto about "Innocence of Muslims," an Internet film made on US soil that denigrates Islam and its Prophet Mohammed. The Florida pastor said the Canada Border Services Agency had made him go through a secondary inspection, involving questioning and a vehicle search, after he arrived at a border post. The CBSA declined to comment on the matter.

High debt in turn makes it harder to get growth, so it's a very narrow path that needs to be taken. Christine Lagarde IMF chief


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Comment Men think highly of those who rise rapidly in the world; whereas nothing rises quicker than dust, straw, and feathers. Lord Byron Poet

Too wonkish, too polite THE HUMAN CONDITION Dean Williams

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here was a telling Tweet that summed up last night’s debate between US vice-president Joe Biden and Republican veep hopeful Paul Ryan: “Somehow at this debate, Paul Ryan came in third”. Considering it was a twohorse race, it’s an indictment on how Ryan — quite possibly the Republican pick for president in 2016 — came undone against a man 32 years his senior. Ryan was supposed to unleash a torrent of nuanced comments on policy, which would leave the gaffe-prone (or is he?) Biden in his wake. But Biden is more than just a 70-year-old occupying one of the most boring posts in the world. To have lived and worked in US politics (or any politics for that matter) for the best part of 40 years takes a lot more than just luck; it takes shrewd observation; the ability to win over enemies and influence decision-makers; and a smile that can disarm even the most apathetic citizen. All those virtues were on display last night as Biden stepped into the ring like Ali, swagger and all. There was not a glimmer of Frazier or Spinks in Ryan as the wonk inside overcame the man. Biden had to put in a strong performance to compensate for Obama’s disastrous first debate, and he came in with an agenda and stuck to it: destroy Ryan, and in doing so, destroy Romney. A few days ago, Obama claimed he was too polite in his debate, and it seems to be catching with the Republicans too. Don’t take my word for it, here’s a Rupert Murdoch post-debate tweet: “Ryan too polite to interrupt and score points”. ‘Nuff said.

HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS

The UK has found the ‘right balance’ between their trade interests and human rights concerns and is all set to end the ban on Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. Just can’t wait to hear the next British statement expressing outrage at rights abuses by Assad.

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THE ART OF SURVIVAL ANONYMOUS ALIEN

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was watching Brad Pitt’s Killing Them Softly last weekend at a local theater, a most worthwhile sojourn for movie lovers from the rigors of daily life. In the film, whenever a character smoked, a warning message about the dangers of smoking would appear in the lower right corner of the screen. It was rather distracting but ultimately, I was glad to see it. Smoking is a brutal killer, dramatically increasing rates of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease in both smokers and those unfortunate enough to inhale their smoke secondhand, so if an annoying message can spare a few lives, it’s probably worth it. Then, on the way home from watching the film, I noticed — really noticed for the first time — ads all over the city promoting various services at the myriad of hospitals around Hyderabad. One of the signs touted how “cancer had met its match.” Another touted a hospital’s ability to handle traumatic injuries to the head. A third highlighted the amazing new technologies a surgery center offered for cardiovascular disease. Some of the ads were quite compelling, showing happy families gathered together after what I presumed was a successful recovery from some terrible ailment. In fact, a few of the ads

were so seductive it almost made me want to have one of these nightmarish diseases. I could picture myself keeling over from a heart attack, and having a team of the stunningly beautiful nurses pictured in one of the ads coax me back to health. Two words for that: Yum-mee! Or maybe I could have a stroke, lapse into a coma and awaken weeks later to discover a fictitious, glamorous wife and Kodak-ready kids there to care for me. Oooh la la. Then again… maybe not.

Maybe choosing a hospital based on the cleverness, sex appeal or boasts of a highway billboard is not ideal. How about, instead — call me crazy — we force hospitals to advertise their survival rates. It could be a big, bold message, across the right lower corner of the billboard, just like with the anti-smoking messages in Brad’s otherwise wonderful film. Can you picture it? The main ad could read: “Hearts Love Us,” with some voluptuous, beautiful woman in a tight nurs-

ing uniform leaning over some old, smiling geezer who’s just had heart surgery. Then, in the lower right corner of the billboard it could say in huge letters: “Less than 25% of our patients survive heart surgery.” Let’s say the next billboard, a few hundred meters down the street, doesn’t have any voluptuous nurse, or clever tag-line, or movie-star wife as my suggested caretaker. Let’s say, instead, it has only a few words, and NOTHING else, but the words are really big, and say: “We have a 99% survival rate for heart surgery patients.” And let’s imagine, right at that moment, I have a heart attack. Pain radiates from my chest, shooting down my arms and causing me such much agony I can barely speak. But in those moments before I pass into unconsciousness, I weigh the pros and cons of my two options: gorgeous, curvaceous nurse and 75% chance of dying in one hand; presumed nurses from hell but 1% chance of dying in the other. Hmmm. Through gritted teeth, I mumble to my driver, take me to _________ hospital. Which one would you go to? Oh, wait a second. I forgot. Publishing data such as survival rates isn’t required, so it’s not done. In fact, there’s no actual way for consumers of hospital services to compare quality of care from one facility to another. Such a shame. Then again, at least in the care of that voluptuous nurse, I’m going to die happy.

EDITORIALS Don’t mess with me, says Morsi

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gyptian President Mohamed Morsi is making it clear to everyone that his power is people’s mandate and he will not allow anyone to challenge his authority. After ‘retiring’ several powerful high-ranking military officials earlier, he has now sacked prosecutor-general Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud. And with this move, Morsi has pre-empted any internal legal challenge to his decision to free revolutionaries arrested for Tahirir Square protests that brought about the downfall of Mubarak regime. The president’s hands have been strengthened by his decision to retain a wide range of powers Hosni Mubarak had stockpiled. After decades of low-key existence and persecution, the Muslim Brotherhood has started asserting themselves as the flag-bearers of a new Egypt. While the country’ first newsreader with a headscarf may be an indicator of times to come, there is no doubt there will be major policy shifts that wile rile the US and its allies. And Morsi has his way of telling that they will have to live with it.

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epublic presidential candidate Mitt Romney has overtaken Barack Obama, and now the president’s election managers are at a loss trying to explain how the conservative Mormon has managed to outdo the statesman president. For all the credit due to him on killing of Osama, ending Iraq War, pullout from Afghanistan, welfare policies and anti-outsourcing moves, the voters seem to be changing their mind on giving Obama another chance. Could do with some 2008 Obamagic here.

We invite you to write to us comments, suggestions, viewpoint or just about anything to feedback@postnoon.com or #1246, Level 3, Jubilee Casa, Road No 62, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad – 500 033 or even by way of a call on 4067 2222. Editor: Dean Williams


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Music

JAY-Z WITH FRANK OCEAN

After triumphantly wrapping up more than a week of shows in his native Brooklyn, Jay-z is back in the studio with frequent collaborator/Neptune Pharrell Williams and critically adored crooner Frank Ocean.

SING ALONG

Karaoke champions

Conducted for the second time in India, Karaoke World Championship national level winners Faizan Khurshid and Sharavari Deshpande will be representing India in Finland next month. The winners open up about their win and Finland dreams.

Shut down the streets The latest solo album from The New Pornographers frontman, AC Newman was recorded in Woodstock and features Neko Case as a guest vocalist. According to critics Shut Down the Streets is a strange beast and one that will fall victim to that option that destroys the album sequence as we know it: shuffle. Fortunately, the high points are so high that they warrant a listen, even a purchase of the record as a whole.

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Sulaiman Merchant, Raju Singh Faizan Khurshid, Sharavari Deshpande, Mansi Scott and Javed Jafri

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hen you have professional singers in your family then it is a given fact that music is definitely flowing in her blood. So, it came as no surprise for her family and friends, when Sharavari Deshpande was declared to represent India at the Karaoke World Championship in Finland. She performed Christina Aguilera’s version of Tough Lover during the Indian finale. “Everyone in my family sings. My brother Kaushik Deshpande was among the top 10 in the last season of Indian Idol and became quite popular after the season. The only training in music, both of us got while we were young was the informal sessions we had with

our mother when she taught us ghazals and hindi songs. But now, I want formal training in singing before I head to Finland,” she says. She plans to take up music full time in the future and is set to do a masters in Music and Performing Arts from a university abroad. “I am hoping that this win will help me during interviews at different universities I am applying to this year. I really want to take up music as a full time profession,” she says. However, she adds that she doesn’t want to be a playback singer in Bollywood. “I don’t want to lend my voice to someone else and let a heroine move her lips to what I am singing. I want to be the face of my music.”

iTUNES Top 10 songs 1 I KNEW YOU WERE 6DIE YOUNG TROUBLE KE$HA Taylor Swift 7 SOME NIGHTS 2 SKYFALL Fun Adele 8 WE ARE NEVER GET3 GANGNAM STYLE TING BACK TOGETHER Psy Taylor Swift

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5ONE MORE NIGHT Maroon 5

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ressed in white shirt and red pants with a toy gun in his hand, Faizan Khurshid crooned his way through the finals of Karaoke World Championship. Even days after his win at the finale, it is still his oneman act to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is what everyone is raving about. “It is a karaoke competition and I figured that I needed to do something different from the rest to get noticed and that is how the idea of performing an act along with singing the song came about. The act was about the confession that a man makes to his mother about a murder he had committed. At the end of the act, this man commits suicide,” he says. Bohemian Rhapsody will be

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2 UNO! KANYE WEST PRESENTS Green Day GOOD MUSIC 3 PUSH AND SHOVE Various Artists No Doubt 8 AWAY FROM THE WORLD 4 THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE Dave Mathew Band P!nk 9 TORNADO 5 FOOD AND LIQUOR II Little Big Town Lupe Fiasco 10 BATTLE BORN Killers 6 ALBUM TITLE GOES

one of the four songs that he will be performing at the finale in Finland. “I haven’t selected the rest of the three songs yet. But, I am sure I will be performing this number. I don’t stick to a particular genre. I love pop, jazz, blues and also rock music. When I pick songs to sing, I pick those songs that suit my voice,” he adds. My favourite artists include Bruno Mars, John Mayer and Jason Mraz but my favourite is Backstreet Boys. “I don’t care what others say or think, but I still love the Backstreet Boys. My acts are inspired from the band. I love the way they choreograph their songs and their funky make-up which makes their performances all the more entertaining,” he says.

Bollywood Top 10 1. BADLA NAZARA 6. CHALLA

English Vinglish Jab Tak Hai Jaan

2. PHIR LE AAYA DIL 7. WHAT TO DO Barfi! Aiyyaa

3. GUSTAKH DIL 8. JIYA RE English Vinglish Jab Tak Hai Jaan

4.AASHIYAN 9.DREAMUM WAKEUBarfi! PAM 5 NAVRAI MAJHI Aiyyaa English Vinglish 10. SAANS Jab Tak Hai Jaan

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is the number of awards singer Kanye West won at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards. Kanye snagged Producer of the Year, the Made You Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style) and the Perfect Combo Award for Mercy, along with his G.O.O.D. Music crew. The multiplatinum hitmaker took home another three awards for his work with Jay-Z as part of the Throne.

TRENDING...

Celebrating 50 years of The Rolling Stones, Zebra Gallery has announced that it will bring rock & roll to the heart of London in an exhibition of recently discovered, unseen and rare photographs. A stunning exhibition of contrasting narratives from the most creative year of The Rolling Stones history has been brought to London by Zebra gallery.

Christina Aguilera will put on a 'really fun' performance for her fans at the American Music Awards.The pop songstress will release her new album Lotus just days before gracing the stage at the AMAs next month. Christina has been generating headlines for her racy Lotus album cover, in which her hair covers her breasts and her naked body rises out of petals.


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spotlight ALL IN A DAY’S WORK

A FUN-FILLED NIGHT

Phoenix band is performing at Aqua. So head to the restaurant and chill by the pool side while enjoying live music by the band.

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After a gruelling day of conferences and decisionmaking,COP 11 delegates were seen enjoying a cultural treat that was put up for them at HICC on Thursday night.

US actor Richard Gere and Malayalam actor Mammootty with his wife were spotted at the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

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health RESEARCH

BERLIN: Ladies, want to know the secret to getting a man tell the truth? Give him some testosterone gel! The male hormone, testosterone, stands for aggression and posturing and boosts libido and muscles, however, scientists claim its high levels make men less likely to lie and cheat. Researchers led by Dr Armin Falk, economist from the University of Bonn demonstrated that the male sex hormone surprisingly also fosters social behaviour. In the study, subjects who received testosterone clearly lied less frequently than individuals who had only got a placebo. “Testosterone has always been said to promote aggressive and risky behaviour and posturing,” said Dr Bernd Weber, a neuro-scientist at the University of Bonn. “The disadvantage of many studies is, however, that they only correlate their subjects’ testosterone level with their behaviour,” said lead author Dr Matthias Wibral. “For testosterone does not only influence behaviour; behaviour, in turn, also influences hormone levels,” said Wibral in a statement. Scientists recruited a total of 91 healthy men for a behavioural experiment, 46 among them were treated with testosterone by applying it to the skin in gel form. Researchers checked whether the blood testosterone levels were indeed higher in these subjects than in the placebo group. The other 45 test subjects only received a placebo gel. This was followed by the behavioural experiments. The test subjects played a simple game of dice in separate booths. The higher their scores, the higher the amounts of money they received as a reward. “These experiments were designed such that the test subjects were able to lie,” said Weber. Scientists were able to determine later whether the various test subjects had cheated or not. Researchers compared the results from the testosterone group to those from the control group. “This showed that the test subjects with the higher testosterone levels had clearly lied less frequently than untreated test subjects,” researchers said. The study findings are published in the journal PLoS ONE.

DIGITAL BOOM MEANS BOOM IN POOR EYESIGHT With increasing access to computers, smart phones, 3D television, ipads and numerous other gadgets, childhood myopia has become a huge risk for urban children, say experts. Optometrists say playing video games for long hours can cause headaches, blurry vision and discomfort in the eye.

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‘Testosterone levels influence behaviour’ According to a latest study at the University of Bonn, men with a higher testosterone level were less likely to lie and cheat.

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Brain and nerves

Whooping cough

Right-handed live longer

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Having a ready reckoner on various health topics can be of great help. Brain and Nerves is one such mobile app that provides you with information on ailments effecting the brain and the nerves. This free app is available for both iPhone and iPad users.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a contagious bacterial infection of the lungs caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. It is also known as the ‘100 day cough’. It’s spread from person to person through the air in tiny droplets of fluid when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks. Infection can occur at any age, but it’s more common in children especially those under five years of age.

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than lefthanded people do. This doesn’t have a genetic basis, but is largely due to the fact that a majority of the machines and tools are designed for those who are right handed, making them somewhat dangerous for lefties to use and resulting in accidents.

Sir Nicholas Harold Lloyd Ridley was an English ophthalmologist who pioneered artificial intraocular lens transplant surgery for cataract patients. An intraocular lens is used to treat myopia. Ridley went on to develop comprehensive programs for cataract surgery with intraocular implants and pioneered this treatment in the face of prolonged strong opposition from the medical community.


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PATHBREAKING

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Cell reprogramming: Much promise, many hurdles Regenerative medicine may just have gotten a new boost with researchers discovering that an adult cell can be turned back into an infant stem cell. MARIETTE LE ROUX AFP PARIS: Research in reprogrammed cells, which on Monday earned the 2012 Nobel Prize, has been hailed as a new dawn for regenerative medicine but remains troubled by several clouds. Britain’s John Gurdon and Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka were honoured with the world’s paramount award in medicine for induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). They discovered that a mature, adult cell can be turned back to an infant, versatile state called a stem cell. First theorised in the late 19th century, stem cells are touted as a source of replacement tissue. The first human trials were launched in 2010, and progress has been dogged by the contested use of stem cells taken from early-stage embryos, where the most adaptable, or pluripotent, cells are found. Created by Yamanaka in 2006, iPSCs ease the moral row as they derive from adult cells and not embryos, said University of Oxford ethics professor Julian Savulescu. Ordinary skin cells can be used as the starting material. “Many people objected to the creation of embryos for research, describing it as cannabalising human beings,” he said. Last year, Europe’s top court banned patents of stem cells when their extraction caused the destruction of a human embryo — a decision lamented by scientists but hailed by Catholic bishops.

After many years in the lab, stem cells are now cautiously being tested on humans. In 2010, US biotech firm ACT began the first stem cell trial in the world on patients with retinal disease that causes blindness. Last year, US doctors gave 16 heart attack victims an infusion of cardiac stem cells, restoring vitality in heart muscle and blood-pumping ability.

In Sweden, a 36-year-old man was given an artificial windpipe, which used a synthetic “scaffold” covered with his own stem cells. But none of these and other small-scale stem cell trials involve iPSCs. Researchers freely admit that this fledgling technology has many unknowns — and all must be resolved before tests can proceed on humans.

One early shock was that, among lab mice, iPSCs developed into tumours, a problem traced to a reprogramming gene and the retroviruses used to generate the cells. To create an iPSC, “we have to genetically modify [the adult cell] by introducing at least three different genes,” said Paul Fairchild, director of the Oxford Stem Cell Institute. “It is that process of genetic modification which can risk transforming the cell, and making it cancerous. That is where the safety concerns lie.” One argument in favour of iPSCs is that because they are derived from one’s own DNA, they will be accepted by the immune defences as friends and thus be spared from attack. But last year a study found that certain kinds of iPSCs may be rejected by the immune system. “The assumption that cells derived from iPSCs are totally immune-tolerant has to be reevaluated before considering human trials,” warned Yang Xu, a professor of biology at the University of California at San Diego. In February, a team led by Joseph Ecker of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California found that the transformation from adult cell to stem cell can be incomplete. DNA errors pop up in an area of the genome called the epigenome, which is the switching system that turns genes on or off and determines their level of activity. “Lots of people are working on getting over the roadblocks,” said Fairchild, adding, with optimism: “It is only a matter of time.”

Annoying people can slow down your brain LONDON: Here is why you should avoid people who annoy you! Scientists have discovered that being in the company of annoying people slows the rate at which the mind processes movement. Whether you like someone or not can affect how your brain processes their actions, according to new research from the University of Southern California. Most of the time, watching someone else move causes a ‘mirroring’ effect. However, being around someone you don’t like can send this process awry. Previous research has shown that race or physical similarity can influence brain processes, and we tend to have more empathy for people who look more like us. Researchers split Jewish men into two groups — half were presented as neo-Nazis, with the aim of making them disliked, the others were presented as likable and open-minded. When the men viewed someone they disliked, the part of their brain that was otherwise activated in ‘mirroring’ — the right ventral premotor cortex had a different pattern of activity for the disliked individuals compared to the likeable ones. The difference was only spotted when the annoying person was actually present. PTI

SPERM DONORS

Now, a black market for sperm in China BEIJING: There is a thriving black market in China — for sperm. With the country’s only 11 sperm banks unable to meet the needs of childless couples, many donors are pitching in with sperm for sale. Yu Hua and her husband, a couple from Shanxi province who want to have a child, have zeroed in on Huang who is a pro-

fessional black market sperm donor. Huang confidently says that a couple “could choose to have me either inject my sperm into the wife’s body or through direct sexual intercourse”. Global Times said that Yu Hua and her husband have signed an agreement to let Huang donate his sperm, joining a growing number of Chinese couples who

resort to the black market. There are only 11 sperm banks in China, and they face a shortage of sperm donors, said Jiang Xiang-long, director of the Jiangxi Province Human Sperm Bank. Yu Hua was on the Shanxi Human Sperm Bank’s waiting list for one year without success. “The centre told us that we have to wait for 15 months, after

I have done all the medical checkups. I’m already 32,” Yu Hua told the state-run daily. Huang injects the sperm himself and no doctors are involved. The health ministry said that a sperm bank is the only place to get sperm legally. “This kind of deal to sell or offer sperm is not protected by Chinese law,” an official said. IANS


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012

Entertainment

CMGR GETS U/A CERTIFICATE Pawan Kalyan, Tamannaah starrer Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu has been given a U/A certficiate without any cuts. Puri Jagannadh has directed the film and it’ll hit the screens on October 18.

SURIYA AND KAJAL HOPE FOR A BIG HIT

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here's a lot riding on KV Anand's upcoming film Brothers starring Suriya and Kajal. It's KV Anand's first film after scoring a huge hit last year with Rangam and ever since KV Anand revealed that the film is inspired from a story on Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins, all eyes are on Suriya. The duo had earlier teamed up for a film named Ayan few years ago which dealt with the story of a con who always manages to evade the customs department and smuggle precious diamonds. In Brothers, Suriya will be seen with a conjoined twin; however, that's the not the sole subplot in this action adventure. KV Anand insists that there's a social message in the film and that he has tried his best to present a realistic story within the framework of a commercial film.“Suriya shot for more than 150 days and he was patient enough to do retakes every time I requested him to do so. I have never seen anyone who is as committed as he is. Even after he dubbed for the film, he reshot few portions of the film to get everything right,” KV Anand said at a recent press conference. This is Kajal's biggest film in Tamil and the actress has already got a huge compliment from both KV Anand and Suriya. Kajal for being very intelligent and sharp at grasping what she was expected to do. The film is being released on a huge scale and Bellamkonda Suresh, who bought the dubbing rights for a bomb, is hoping that the film will work wonders at the box office before two other big Telugu films arrive in the cinemas next week. The big question is will KV Anand manage to revive the magic of Rangam at the box office?

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aapsee has joined the cast of her upcoming film Shadow in Malaysia. Venkatesh is playing the lead role in this action entertainer and most part of the film is going to be wrapped up in this schedule. Meher Ramesh is directing the film. Shadow is expected to release in January, 2013.

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irector Neelakanta is coming up with a romantic entertainer for the first time in his career. The film titled Chammak Challo stars Varun Sandesh, Sanchita Padukone and Catherine Teresa in lead roles. The film is the in post production stage, and will release later this year.

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he principal shooting of Vishnu Manchu, Hansika starrer Dhenikaina Ready was wrapped up yesterday. G Nageshwara Reddy has directed the film and Vishnu has produced the film. As a part of the movie's promotion, the film's trailer was launched last night in Hyderabad.

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alli has a penchant to make extremely feminine, floral and romantic clothes for his Spring-summer collections. This season, he chose a more muted path and put forth a sexy, yet slightly androgynous look. The show opened with a model in a tailored grey suit and that set the tone of the collection. Great pieces to wear for work or evening with lace, embroidered details peeking through the classic silhouettes. The closing looks came closer to home base with sheer skirts and red tone coats, and dresses.

VALENTINO HONOUR

THE FRENCH love Valentino, a fact certified on Wednesday evening when the designer received the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres medal, given by Aurélie Filippetti, France’s minister of culture and communications.

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arah Burton’s collection for Alexander McQueen got another stellar review by bringing forth what the brand is most appreciated for while maintaining her individual style. Models walked in accentuated hip cinched waists, elegant hemlines and dramatic hats. Rich embroidery and honeycomb patterns were consistent throughout. The closing looks comprised of larger than life floral skirts with caged bustier on top to balance the element of the feminine — soft and restrained.

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esigner Marc Jacobs’ collection for Louis Vuitton had met with much success and it gave him the tag of one of the most significant designers in the industry. The handbags, shoes, hats, coats, dresses he designs for the brand become the musthaves for the season. This collection was a reminiscent of the 60s with the short dresses, and beehive hairdos. The graphic prints and shapes in check pattern were the dominant factor. The handbags followed the same pattern in black and white or yellow and white checks.

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ntwerp designer Dries Van Noten displayed a grunge collection with checks, and plaid patterns. But this was grunge, how it would be shown in Paris Fashion Week. Easy separates of buttoned-down shirts, t-shirts, skirts and trousers layered together. The colour tone and embroidery sparkled in light and made the models seem extremely laidback and cool. The detailing on the embroidered skirts and jackets was impeccable and will definitely make it to the most coveted pieces list from the Spring summer collections.

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arl Lagerfeld’s visions and sets for Chanel keep getting bigger and better. The Chanel Spring-Summer 2013 set up comprised of a working windmill past which the models breezed through wearing easy to wear separates and dresses. Celebrating the signature black paired with stark white, this Chanel collection had a certain easiness about it. The blouses and jackets hung loose on the bodice and the skirts were roomy. Luxury was redefined with use of large pearls for detailing on the surface and as buttons.


AUSTRALIA BOUND

WHILE NUMEROUS designers are making the trek to Asia these days to host events in cities like Beijing and Hong Kong, far fewer are heading further south to Australia. Two exceptions are Diane von Furstenberg and Roberto Cavalli, who are both heading down under later this month.

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iccardo Tisci’s women are strong and have a pure vision of beauty. Simple designs that are not so simple to design. Tisci’s colour palette was clean and stuck to the one tone per look. The hair and make-up was natural and the jewellery was as simple as a gold metal choker. The inspiration was the 60s silhouette and reminiscent of the nun’s dressing. Exclamations in forms of defined ruffles on the hemline of sleeves and skirts. Sheer serene white and skin tone fabrics were used to make dresses and long blouses.

With the closing of the big fashion week of spring summer 2013 season, Paris hosted the crème de la crème of the fashion world in one long week. Here are some highlights. Stella McCartney

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he designer who had a busy year designing the Olympics uniforms for the host country Great Britain put together a collection with the right elements of sportswear and ready-to-wear. Models wore slouchy jackets, blouses with straight leg trousers or calf length skirts. The role model of cool, Stella McCartney fans have plenty of options to wear next summer which will last them for many more seasons to follow. The eveningwear was equally comfortable to wear. Loose hanging dresses with oblong embroidery of panels of fabric that moved and formed an elegant shape with the body.

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iu Miu has been known to give the most adored heels or handbags of the season. For Spring – Summer, the Miu Miu girl has gotten a more sophisticated and grown up appeal. She wears below the knee skirts and fox fur stoles. The blouses are button down with a variation in textures. Perhaps the best noted looks were in denim used in a manner that made denim seem elegant and eveningwear appropriate. The mysterious look with muted tones, this collection will be favoured by the classic yet originality seeking audience.

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ll eyes were on Christian Dior since the appointment of minimalistic designer Raf Simons as director of the famed couture house. This collection was the best of what Simons is recognised for – clean, path breaking, and elegant dressing. The show opened with a simple black suit with black pumps. Coat dresses, blouses that updated Monsieur Dior’s flair for luxurious feminine styles to 2013. The classic handbag ‘Lady Dior’ was introduced in an all-new avatar in soft colours and prints. The Dior fan has a completely new look to acquire without foregoing her loyalty.

ndian designer Manish Arora bought a taste of home country to Paris with Indian influences silhouettes and jewelled details. Models walked wearing metallic tone tunics and trousers with embellishments inspired by the gold traditional Indian jewellery. The jewellery itself was done by Indian brand Amrapali with impressions of animal heads done in minakari style. Post last season, where the silhouettes and inspirations were much more Parisian, this season was all about showing India the way he sees it. Kurta over skinny pants and skirts is something that the world will look at India for next season, thanks to collections like his.


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THOUGHT OF THE DAY

While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years. Abraham Lincoln

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

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PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER

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1 Twenty giver, often 4 Mini monkey 8 Too big for one’s breeches? 13 Honey maker 14 Altered completely 15 Close watch 16 Hotel and motel relative 17 Madison Square Garden, eg 18 Durable dark wood 19 Uninvited guests 22 Demean 23 ‘___ the ramparts...’ 24 Ho ___ Minh City 27 Abuse 31 Written code 33 Accessory with a muumuu 34 Hamilton foe 36 Farm-machinery mogul John 37 Overtime periods 41 In a frigid manner 43 ___-inflammatory 44 That guy’s 47 Hamilton or his foe, famously 49 ‘60 Minutes’ rival 52 Commercials 53 Stockbroker’s offering 55 Miniseries opener? 56 Certain slacks 60 Embankment 63 Key ___, Fla 64 Summa ___ laude 65 Maxi or mini 66 Biblical song 67 Abbr on a toothpaste box 68 What the Grim Reaper represents 69 Part of a convoy 70 ___ Aviv

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1 Second First Lady 2 Like a well-grounded argument 3 Mind-sets

4 Alaska, before 1959 (Abbr) 5 Brain-picker’s pursuit 6 Anchovy containers 7 ‘My Own Private ___’ (Van Sant film) 8 Reverse, as a veto 9 Lobstereaters’ protection 10 Cooperation roadblock 11 ___ City (Las Vegas) 12 Bridge authority Culbertson 14 NASCAR participant 20 Suffix used in a tall tale 21 Common Market inits, once 24 Fictional critter known for its grin 25 Feminine pronoun 26 Feeling of fury 28 Flow back, as a tide 29 Invisible ambience 30 Gallup poll revelation 32 ___ capita 35 ‘Tat-tat’ preceder 38 Not well 39 They’re between the incisors and the premolars 40 Young beaver 41 ‘Sweet as Apple Cider’ girl of song 42 Cow’s mouthful 45 Be a buttinsky 46 Earthquake-related 48 Get ___ of (discard) 50 Kind of bath salts 51 ‘Well, ___-di-dah!’ 54 Insect’s sense organs 56 Smart-alecky 57 Use a surgical light beam 58 Baby buggy in Hyde Park 59 Rough-skinned tangelo 60 ‘60s trip starter, initially 61 Barely manage (with ‘out’) 62 By way of


Chai Time FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012 Thiruvaikumar

STAR POWER for 13-10-2012

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ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Tensions and apprehensions will disappear and you will be clear in your direction now and proceed nonstop. Loans will get sanctioned. Some are forced to change their residence. Avoid financial assistance to anyone as they are sure to default.

STRIP TEASE AGNES

Though you face lots of hurdles and opposition, you are bold enough to proceed towards your goals and achieve them. Renovation of ancestral property will be undertaken. Vehicle might trouble, for which you need to spend a lot of money.

Financial situation will improve considerably, which will let you relax. New opportunities and important responsibilities come searching for you. Sleepless nights and indirect opposition likely but do not worry as the situation will improve soon.

New and innovative thoughts will come to your mind, which if implemented will yield good results. Children, with their adventurous ways will make you proud. Benefits likely through blood relatives and close friends. Businessmen learn new tricks.

An important and big plan will be implemented successfully. Written-off dues will come to your utter surprise. Spouse will act as per your expectation and all your long-pending wishes will get fulfilled. Children will do well in their studies.

Your talk and actions will be filled with confidence and you achieve planned goals. Spouse will be more supportive in all your new efforts, which will keep you cheerful. You plan for your children's future and start suitable money-earning work.

You will realise your strengths and weaknesses and take actions accordingly. Some will pay an advance for the purchase of a new asset. Debt problem will be brought under control. Pilgrimage likely. Increased expenses possible.

You will not change your policies and actions for anyone under any circumstance. You also tackle challenging situations cautiously and achieve success. You are courageous and take up challenging tasks. You sell an old plot for a good price.

Planned work will get completed successfully. Financial position will improve for the better. Tension and health problem likely; take care. Govt-related work might get delayed. Keep expenses under control since a financial crisis is possible.

TAROT READ

Sumaa Tekur

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ARIES:

GEMINI:

King of Pentacles – Stop to conduct an evaluation of your accomplishments and failures. See where you went wrong and what you need to do to get back up.

LEO:

Three of Cups – There is some amount of certainty in the direction you’re headed. Whichever path you choose, success is certain. Family support will empower you.

LIBRA:

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE

The Star – You need a break from the city and wish to go away to a quieter place that runs on village time. A slower pace will make you reflect on your life.

SAGITTARIUS:

The Empress – Stop if you find yourself muttering about things that are inane and have no use in future. Try to be as coherent as possible in interactions.

TAURUS:

Knight of Cups – By deciding to not show your emotions, you come across as someone with a heart made of stone. This is certainly not true. Change your tack.

CANCER:

Six of Swords – You’re teaming up with someone with very different value sets. It’s like chalk and cheese working together. It makes work life more interesting.

VIRGO:

The Hanged Man – You tend to get spiritual at this time of year. Another year is slowly drawing to a close and you’re already wondering how you fared this year.

SCORPIO:

The Hierophant – Every job comes with a caveat. Deal with it and move on. There will be times when you wonder if you could do better. Maybe you could.

CAPRICORN:

Page of Swords – You have a very special gift of knowing the future. It’s highly intuitive knowledge that comes from nowhere in particular. Use this well.

SOLUTIONS

PISCES:

Justice – It’s a toss between two predictable choices before you. You’re well aware of the consequences of both. Why delay decision? One is not better than the other.

NUMBER GAME

Pentacles – This is the dawn of a new time in your life. Things are going to change and you may not be happy with all the changes. Just go with it.

SCRABBLE

AQUARIUS: Queen of

POOCH CAFE

Though opposition will be out to get you, you act with courage and win. Real-estate deals will end with decent gains. As important and unavoidable expenses will increase, saving will not be possible. Avoid disputes and controversial stands.

for 13-10-2012

Judgement – Your computer may need a thorough cleaning. Run the debug programmes and clean up the system so you’re sure of it when you open new files.

NON SEQUITUR

You will make important decisions with confidence and courage, which will yield good results. Comforts are likely to improve with purchase of new vehicle and house. Some have a bright chance to go abroad on a promising job.

SUDUKO

Some have a bright chance to start construction of their house. Self-confidence and willpower will be at their highest levels, which will ensure that you achieve even in very challenging tasks. Govt sops likely for businessmen.

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Entertainment FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012

BLOGGING IS PERSONAL

I will never write an autobiography: Amitabh Bachchan

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s one of India's most high-profile celebrities, he has been the proverbial goldfish in the glass bowl for decades and is also an inveterate blogger. But no autobiographies for Amitabh Bachchan, who says firmly that some pockets of his life are off limits to the outside world and the blog is not a means to document his life. Amitabh, who turned 70 Thursday, guards his privacy fiercely and says his blog is "just an interaction with people who are followers". "I don't write it (blog) because I want to document my life. I have never done that. All that I put on my blog is not necessarily all that I wish to share,"

Amitabh said. "There are certain things that I don't to share. There are certain remarks, opinions, which I think are personal and should remain so; I don't comment on that. It's just an interaction with people who are followers and who affectionately want to converse with me. It's not done with an idea to document my life," he added. Amitabh has been living the celeb life for four decades. He rose to dazzling stardom in the 1970s with hits like Zanjeer, Sholay and Deewar, then saw his health and career decline after an accident during the shooting of Coolie in 1982. In the 1990s, he tried to resurrect it with damp squibs like Lal Badshah and Sooryavansham. His tryst with the small screen as the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati helped him embark on another glorious journey, making him one of Bollywood's most enduring stars. Despite all this and much more, the man himself feels "there is nothing to document". "Secondly, if there is any documentation that needs to be done, it needs to be done in a much more professional organisation... than to do it myself. I don't know how to write an autobiography. "I will never be able to write one and I will never write one because I personally don't feel there is anything worth writing," said Amitabh, who never misses his date with his blog. His father Harivansh Rai Bachchan penned his autobiography, why can't he? "I am happy that my father wrote his autobiography and therefore I am able to gain whatever I could from his works, what happened prior to my existence and for a certain portion of my life when I did exist. But, other than that, the media has got more material than I have. Even though it may not have justifiable information, through this medium (blog) I am able to correct if there is any mistake or if there is a wrong representation," he said. IANS

CINE BYTES

Alia has a crush on Ranbir Kapoor!

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ctress Alia Bhatt confesses she has a huge crush on actor Ranbir Kapoor. "I have always loved Ranbir and I love him even more after Barfi!. He is my biggest crush and he will always remain my biggest crush," the 19-yearold said. Asked which Khan would she like to work with from Bollywood's popular Khans, Alia said: "These three are such big stars, how can I choose one? I want to work with all three.” IANS

'Barfi!' keeps Ranbir, Priyanka away from Big B bash

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aya Bachchan organised a mega bash on Wednesday to ring in her husband, 70th birthday. But actors Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra will not be attending the big bash. Both the actors are rooting for their film Barfi! at the ongoing Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). IANS

Esha Gupta turns muse for designer Ritu Kumar

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odel-turned actress Esha Gupta, who walked as a showstopper for designer Ritu Kumar at the grand finale of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) spring-summer 2013, says that it's great to be back on ramp from where she started her journey. Dressed in black and gold asymmetrical lehengas, Esha says that the designer was the one who gave her the initial breaks in modelling so she couldn't say no. IANS


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HYDERABAD RACE CARD WIN AND ENJOY FOR RJK RANGA RAO MEMORIAL CUP HYDERABAD: L.V.R.Deshmukh trained Win And Enjoy who was not fully stretched in her last run and finished close 5th in race No 161, will be fancied in The Raja R.J.K.Ranga Rao Memorial Cup the feature event of Saturday races here at

1ST RACE:THE PRINCE REGENT PLATE (ABOUT) 1400 METRES, CAT-III. A handicap for horses, 3 year olds and upward, rated upto 50. 2-15 P.M. 1 Saravagnya 60 (A.Sharma) Ajit Kumar (8) 2 Racing Queen 59.5 (Deshmukh) P S Chouhan (5) 3 Prince of Arabia 57.5 (L.D’Silva) AImran Khan (1) 4 Indian Hurriane 54.5 (L.D’Silva) Kuldeep Singh (6) 5 Bold Reason 53.5 (Prasad Raju) P Sai Kumar (2) 6 Mystic Deer 53.5 (Satyanarayana) G Sai Vamshi (7) 7 Swift Arrow 53 (Satyanarayana) Khurshad Alam (4) 8 Rajkumar(Ex.Dstaan) 52 ((Netto) Deep Shanker (3)

Selections: 1 Racing Queen 2 Prince Of Arabia 3 Saravagnya

2ND RACE:THE TOP MOST PLATE (DIV-I (ABOUT) 1400 METRES,CAT-III. A handicap for horses, 3 year olds and upward, rated upto 25. 2-45 P.M. 1 Amber Flame 60 (Satyanarayana) Khurshad Alam (4) 2 Montego Bay 60 (Prasad Raju) P Sai Kumar (2) 3 Salvadore 60 (A.Vastalya) N Rawal (3) 4 Stolen Date 60 (Netto) S Sreekant (5) 5 Maximum Response 59 (Deshmukh) A Joshi (1) 6 Amber Rose 57.5 (Shamsuddin) M Aalikhan (9) 7 Foudre Rouge 57.5 (Prasad Raju) Laxman (11) 8 Zenas 57 (SSF Hassan) M Mark (5) 9 Nano Tribute 54.5 (A.Vastalya) Ajit Kumar (6) 10 Golden Star 54 (Srinivas) A Ramana (10) 11 Dartos The Muscle 50.5 (Silvester) A K Pawar (8)

Selections: 1 Stolen Date 2 Maximum Response 3 Salvadore

3RD RACE:THE CANDY MAN PLATE (ABOUT) 2000 METRES,CAT-II. A handicap for horses, 3 year olds and upweard, rarted upto 75. 3-15 P.M. 1 Westminister 60 (A.Vastalya) Ajit Kumar (4) 2 Front Line 58 (Laxman Singh) Harinder Singh (1) 3 Nano Storm 57.5 (A.Vastalya) N Rawal (2) 4 Laurel Canyon 51 (L.D’Silva) P S Chouhan (5) 5.Shades Of Victory 50.5 (A.Sharma) G Sai Vamshi (3) Selections: 1 Westminister 2.Nano Storm

4TH RACE:THE RAJA R.J.K.RANGA RAO MEMORIAL CUP (ABOUT) 1400 METRES,CAT-II. A handicap for horses, 3 year olds and upward, rated upto 75. 45 P.M. 1 Rajkumari 61.5 (Netto) B Shinde 2 The Leader 61.5 (S.Abbas) S Nayak 3 Bloody Mary 54 (L.D’Silva) Kuldeep Singh 4 Precisely That 53.5 (Netto) S Sreekant 5 Prince Paladin 53.5 (Shamsuddin) Deep Shanker 6 Shatakshi 52.5 (Silvester) Ravindr Singh 7 Win And Enjoy 51 (Deshmukh) P S Chouhan 8 Euphonic 50.5 (Netto) N Rawal 9 Dark Avanger 50 (S.Abbas) Ch K Chary

Vizag to host Duleep match VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Cricket Association will be hosting Duleep Trophy match between South Zone and North Zone from October 14 to 17 at YSR ACA-VDCA stadium in Visakhapatnam, according to a press note. Both the teams will arrive in Visakshapatnam on October 12, it said.

3(7) (5) (6) (4) (9) (8) (1) (11) (2)

10 Sea Runner 49.5 (L.D’silva) A K Pawar (10) 11 Russian Rhytham 49 (Satyanarayana) Khurshad Alam (3) Selections: 1 Win And Enjoy 2 Rajkumari 3 the Leader

5TH RACE:THE P.ANTONY MEMORIAL PLATE (ABOUT) 1000 METRES,CAT-III. 4-15 P.M. 1 Flowers of Music 61.5 (Srinivas) A Ramana (2) 2 True Diamond 61.5 (Satyanarayana) Khurshad Alam (1) 3 Chayanandan 61 (Srinagesh) Deep Shanker (4) 4 Phenomenal Speed 61 (Z.Shaikh) A K Pawar (5) 5 Part Time Lover 57.5 (Satheesh) K Anil (6) 6 Friendly Equation 56.5 (shasuddin) M F Alikhan (10) 7 Royal Swod 54 (sriniva) Ravinder Singh (9) 8 Smashing Beauty 52 (Kassam) Ch K chary (7) 9 Valley Crossing 50 (Srinagesh) Nitin Singh (8) 10 Maid For Love 49.5 (Silvester) Ajit Kumar (3) Selections: 1.Chayahnandan 2.True Diamond 3.Part Time Lover

6TH RACE:THE CAMINO CUP (ABOUT) 1600 METRES,CAT-III. A handicap for horses, 3 year olds and upward, rated upto 50 445 P.M. 1 SpanishConquest 60.5 (Deshmukh) P S Chouhan (2) 2 Custodian 58 (Satheesh) K Anil (10) 3 Okai Okai Okai 57.5 (Narayan Rao) G Sai Vamshi (6) 4 Big Boss 57 (L.D’Silva) A K Pawar (1) 5 Dakshayani 56 (A.Sharma) Ajit Kumar (7) 6 The Challenge 55.5 (S.Abbas) Ravinder Singh (5) 7 True Friend 55 (Kassam) M Mark (4) 8 Allendale 51.5 (L.D’Silva) Kuldeep Singh (8) 9 Bernabeu 50 (Silvester) Nitin Singh (9) 10 August Kranti 49 (Laxman Singh) Hariner Singh (3) Selections: 1 The Challenge 2 True Friend 3 August Kranti

7TH RACE:THE TOP MOST PLATE (DIV-II) (ABOUT) 1400 METRES, CAT-III. A handicap for horses, 3 year olds and upward, rated upto 25. 515 P.M. 1 Art Ace 60 (L.D’Silva) A ImranKhan (7) 2 Girnar 60 (Satyanarayana) Khurshad Alam (4) 3 High On Life 60 (A.Vastalya) Ajit Kumar (2) 4 Juliet 59 (Satheesh) K Anil (10) 5 Deccan Queen 58.5 (Prasad Raju) N Rawal (1) 6 Max Baby 58 (SSF Hassan) M Mark (3) 7 Prayer Call 57 (Srinivas) A Ramana (8) 8 India One 54.5 (Habibullah) A K Pawar (5) 9 Inspiring Tunes 54 (Silvester) G Sai Vamshi (9) 10 Hard Hit 52 (Srinagesh) Nitin Singh (6) Selections: 1.Art Ace 2.Girnar 3.Juliet Days Best: Westminister Jackpot Race Nos: 3,4,5,6, & 7 1sy Treble Race Nos: 2,3 & 4 2nd Treble Race Nos: 5,6 & 7 False Rails are Up.

Baig (Vijay Hanuman), Bowling trials on Sunday at Gymkhana Grounds Rahil Akshit Agarwal (Budding Star),

HYDERABAD: The following players have been selected to attend the bowling trials at 8 am at the Gymkhana Grounds on October 14. All players to report to the Director, HCAE. Players: T Shiva Prasad (Team Speed), Mir Omer Khan (HBCC), Ramesh (Crown), E. Mahesh Kumar Goud (Sultanshahi), Prince Ojha (MCC), S. Ravi Prashanth (Oxford Bl-ues), M. Thirumallesh (Mega City), Md Zeeshan Ali (Nizam College), Devi Prasad (Sporting XI), Sai Prasad Reddy (Khalsa), M. Shashidhar Rao (Jai

Bhagwathi), Ganapathi Hemanth (Jai Bhagwathi), Parvez Khan (Cambridge XI), Naveen Chary (Kosaraju), Md Khaleed (Saleemnagar), Amir (Ours), Anuraag Vittal (Crown), Yash Puri (MCC), Chintala Satish (Visaka), Ahmed Aksari (Saleemnagar), Avinash Kumar Singh (Zinda), Biswas Misra (Vijay Hanuman), M.A. Sattar (Ours), Meher Prasad (Sultanshahi), Mir Ubaid Ali (Char-minar), S. Naveen Kumar (Gouds XI), B. Sujay Devara-jan (Jai Bhagwathi), Manish Parasher (Budding Star), V. Raja Venkatesh (MCC),

Meher K (Budding Star), R. Vignesh (Crown), Syed Jaleel (Mega City), Abhishek Kumar (Nizam), Afzal Biyabani (Cambridge XI), Krishna Charit (Kosaraju), K. Nagraj Yadav (Gouds XI), M.A. Wasim (Budding Star), Sai Santosh (Hyd Titans), Tanay Thyagrajan (Cambridge XI), M. Yashwa-nth Reddy (Continental), M. RadhaKrishna (SA Amberpe-t), Pratyush Reddy (Sporting XI), Sunny Patsa Surapaneni (HBCC), C.H. Rakesh Kumar (Sai Satya), Sandeep Chowdhury (Balaji Colts), M. Rohit (Visaka).

SNIPPETS League Cricket A divison three-days Day 3 India Cements 258 and 191 (Chaitanya Reddy 69, Akash Bhandari 5/63) lost to Deccan Chronicle 520/9 (Habeeb Ahmed 129, C.V. Milind 31, Bhargav 5/94) A 2-3 two-days Sai Satya 420/7 (C.H. Rakesh Kumar 115, T.B. Chaitanya 51, Chandrasekhar 135 n.o.) vs Oxford Blues CCOB 472/8 (M. Maqbool Baig 134, Shaik Mohammed 191, Shahbaaz Khan 64, M.A. Javeed 5/185) vs Syndicate Bank. Charminar CC 384 (Fiazan Alam Khan 97, Banu 41, Venu 3/40) bt Raju CC 302 (G Mahavir Singh 87, Venu 65, Aired 31, Ahmed 4/55, Banu 3/42).

Vihari to lead Hyderabad squad HYDEARABAD: G.H. Vihar is stet to captian the Hyderabad under -19 team which will participate in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy to be held in Bangalore from 22 October. All the selected players are to report at Gymkhana Grounds on October 12 at 6.30 am Squad: G.H. Vihari (Captain), Rohit Rayudu, Tanmay Agarwal, Yathin Reddy, Abhishek Ashok, Vamshivardhan Reddy, Charan Sai Teja, Shadaab Tumbi, C.V. Milind, Yash Puri, K.S.K. Chaitanya, 12 Rahul Singh, Rajat Ramesh, Chandrasekhar, Chaitanya Krishna.

Probables list for Hyderabad U-19 HYDERABAD: The Following Players have been selected as probables for Hyderabad U-19 tournaments. Probables: Bhargav Rayudu, Chaitanya Reddy, Arun Deva, G.H. Vihari, Anirudh, Rohit Rayudu, Tarun Yadav, Tanmay Agarwal, G. Shashidhar Reddy, Yathin Reddy, Saleem Pasha, Abhishek Ashok, Maneesh, Vamshivardhan Reddy, Tanay Thyagarajan, Charan Sai Teja, Nikhil Deep, Shadaab Tumbi, Krishna Charit, C.V. Milind, Viddhanth, Yash Puri, Yashwanth Reddy, K.S.K. Chaitanya Reddy, Pratyush Reddy, Rahul Singh, Roshan Raghuram, Rajat Ramesh, Maazuddin, Chandrasekhar, Vishal Jude Phillips, Chaitanya Krishna, Shravan, Vikram Naik (Nizamabad), Akarsh Kulkarni, Srikanth (Karimnagar), Mallikarjun, Balakrishna(Khammam), Vaibhav, Rakesh Goud(Adilabad), Mir Jaweed Ali, Praneeth Reddy, Lohit

Parth Jhala to captain Hyderabad ‘A’ HYDERABAD: Parth Jhala has been named the captain for the Hyderabad ‘A’ side for the match against Assam in Col CK Nayudu Trophy Plate Group “B” from October 19 to 22. Squad: Parth Jhala (Captain), B, Sandeep, Benjamin Thomas, Vishal Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Mohanty, L. Naveen, K. Sumanth (wk), Ravi Kiran, Ashish Reddy, Rajendra, Akash Bhandari, K. Sabarish, V.E. Sandeep Rajan, Praneeth Kumar.

Chess selection trails from Monday HYDERABAD: Hyderabad Chess Academy is organising selection trials for the 2nd Vizag GM International Chess Championship (from AP) on October 15 and 16 at the Hyderabad Chess Academy, Chikkadpally. Interested players can register before 14th October at Hyderabad Chess Academy. For further information, contact Anand Naik 92479 79886 or visit www.apchess.org.


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SHANGHAI MASTERS

PAST HAUNTS PRESENT

Easy for Djokovic, Federer struggles JOHN WEAVER Agencie France-Presse SHANGHAI: Roger Federer survived a huge scare Thursday to reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals and guarantee a record 300th week as world number one as Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray showed ominous form. The Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion came into the match against compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka with an enviable 11-1 head-to-head record but struggled to impose himself and was forced to dig deep before winning 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0. In a gripping contest lasting nearly two hours, Wawrinka missed a golden chance when he failed to make the most of a break point opportunity at 4-4 in the second set that, if taken, would have left him serving for the match. “I consider myself a little lucky. I never stopped believing, pushed till the end, then got off to a good start in the third set. Basically that was it,” said Federer, bidding to win a record 22nd Masters crown. Earlier, Serbian second seed Djokovic (right), looking to wrestle the world number one ranking

NZ confirms Mike Tyson visa ban

3rd round results (x denotes seeding) Tomas Berdych (CZE x4) bt Sam Querrey (USA) 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x5) bt Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-2, 7-6 (7/2)

WELLINGTON: The New Zealand government on Friday blocked former heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson (above) from entering the country for a second time in as many weeks. A visa allowing Tyson to attend a charity event in November was cancelled earlier this month after the show’s sponsor, the Life Education Trust, withdrew its support for the visit. Another charitable group, the Manukau Urban Maori Authority, then backed Tyson and lodged a second application. But Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson said Friday that the bid had been unsuccessful. Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison in 1992 for raping an 18-year-old woman. Under NZ law anyone sentenced to more than five years in jail is denied a visa, although this can be waived in certain circumstances. Australia this week granted Tyson a visa but warned him he must behave while in the country on a speaking tour. AFP

Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 6-3 Andy Murray (GBR x3) bt Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-2, 6-2 Radek Stepanek (CZE) bt John Isner (USA x8) 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 Marin Cilic (CRO x10) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Roger Federer (SUI x1) bt Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x13) 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0

from Federer, barely broke sweat against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, wrapping up a straightforward 63, 6-3 victory in front of enthusiastic fans. In-form Djokovic, fresh from his third China Open title in Beijing on Sunday, struck 12 aces and took advantage of some below-par serving by the lefthanded Lopez, breaking him three times. “I’m not very wellknown around the Tour for big serving,” said Djokovic, 25. “But so far in this tournament it has been working very well for me.”

ON TOP OF THE WORLD

300 weeks at No 1 for amazing Fedex SHANGHAI: Swiss legend Roger Federer (right) has consistently ripped up the record books during his glittering career but his latest landmark — 300 weeks at number one — is one of his proudest achievements. The 31-year-old was forced to dig deep to reach his triple century, coming back from the

It’s obviously an amazing number. I never thought of something like this when I was a little kid, that’s for sure.

brink of defeat to beat Davis Cup team-mate Stanislas Wawrinka on Thursday to make the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters. For a long time it appeared that Federer, overtaken by younger rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, would never return to top spot — leaving him agonisingly short of Pete Sampras’s record of total weeks at number one. Used to regularly picking up Grand Slam wins, Federer went nine majors without a title, fuelling speculation he was a fading force. But his Wimbledon triumph this year pulled him level with the American great on a record seven titles at the All England Club and catapulted him back to the top of the rankings. A week

later he overtook Sampras’s mark of 286 weeks. “It’s obviously an amazing number. I never thought of something like this when I was a little kid, that’s for sure,” said a relieved Federer after his narrow escape against Wawrinka. “I was just hoping one day my dream was going to come true to play on the regular tour, play Wimbledon, maybe become world number one at some stage. “So here I am at 300 weeks. It’s pretty incredible. Probably one of my biggest accomplishments. I’m very proud of that record, no doubt about it.” Federer first became world No one in February 2004. For a record 237 consecutive weeks, until August 2008, he was top dog, dominating the sport with seemingly effortless grace. JW/ AFP


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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012

FORMULA ONE

Lewis sets pace in SK YEONGAM, SOUTH KOREA: Briton Lewis Hamilton fired a warning shot to world championship leader Fernando Alonso on Friday, clocking the fastest time in the first practice at the Korean Grand Prix. The McLaren man, who is fourth in the drivers' standings, forty-two points behind the Ferrari of Alonso, was 0.302 sec-

Korean Grand Prix free practice one results 1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 1:39.148, 2. Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1:39.450, 3. Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull 1:39.575, 4. Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari 1:39.854, 5. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1:40.088, 6. Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes 1:40.221, 7. Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1:40.396, 8. Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1:40.422, 9. Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India 1:40.440, 10. Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren 1:40.480,

SECURITY CONCERN Pak not getting to play at home unfair: Misbah KARACHI: Starved of international cricket on home turf, Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq said it is unfair to deprive his team of a chance to compete in front of its own due to the lingering security concerns of international sides. "We are a big Test-playing country and it is not fair for us as well as for the other Test-playing countries and world cricket that we are not getting to stage international cricket," said Misbah. "It is the responsibility of the cricket boards and their respective governments to come out with policies and ensure how teams can visit Pakistan in the future," he told the Gulf News newspaper. PTI

McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives during the first practice session of the Formula One Korean Grand Prix at the Korean Circuit in Yeongam on Friday. AFP/PHILIPPE LOPEZ

onds faster than the Spaniard, who was second quickest under cool but sunny conditions. Hamilton, who will quit McLaren for Mercedes next season, badly needs a win on Sunday to stay in the championship hunt. Sebastian Vettel, second in the overall standings going into

the race in Korea, was fifthfastest, 0.940 seconds off Hamilton's time of one minute 39.148 seconds. Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber registered the third fastest time of the session, followed by Alonso's Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa. The Mercedes of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg

came home with the sixth and seventh best times respectively at a sparse Korea International Circuit in Yeongam. Much-maligned Frenchman Romain Grosjean, who incurred the wrath of the Australian Webber last week in Japan after they collided, clocked the eightfastest time. AFP

CLT20 2012

Stallions restore some pride

JOHANNESBURG: Sialkot Stallions will go back home with some pride as they pipped Hampshire by six wickets in their inconsequential Pool 1 qualifying match of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament, here on Thursday. It was a dead rubber since both the teams have already been eliminated. Auckland Aces had qualified for the main draw from Pool 1 after defeating both Hampshire and Sialkot in the earlier matches. Stallions did a good job by restricting Hampshire to 143 for eight after electing to bowl and then overcame a poor start to overhaul the target with five balls to spare. Left-handed batsman Haris

Sialkot Stallions’ Haris Sohall celebrates after winning the CLT20 match againist Hampshire. AFP

Sohail played a vital unbeaten knock of 63 runs and raised a 96run match-winning partnership with skipper Shoaib Malik for the fourth wicket in Stallions' win. The Pakistan domestic T20 champions were playing in the CLT20 tournament first the time but could not qualify for the main competition. It was Glenn Maxwell's quick-fire 42 off 29 balls and his 56-run partnership with Shahid Afiridi (14) that had lifted the English County team to a decent total from a miserable 66 for four in 11 overs. Hampshire bowlers raised hopes of win by getting three quick wickets, reducing the rivals to 28 for three in seven overs but Malik and Sohail responded to the SOS call well.

Horner eyes 'biggest victory' YEONGAM, SOUTH KOREA: Red Bull boss Chri-stian Hor-ner says that title success this year would be the team's "biggest victory" in Formula One, calling the current campaign the toughest in years. The Austrianowned outfit is chasing a third constructors' title on the bounce, as is Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship. Horner believes that the way Red Bull have fought back this season after an indifferent start would make a hat-trick of titles all the sweeter. They top the constructors' standings from perennial rivals McLaren. "I think it would be our biggest victory in many respects because it doesn't get easier," Horner was quoted as saying by the Autosport website. "2010 was a phenomenal achievement and the realisation of having achieved it, while in 2011 we defended the title better than we won it. "This year with the regulation changes we achieved over the winter there has been a real challenge, so whoever wins this championship is going to be very deserving because it has been one of the toughest years in recent F1 history." Red Bull, who made their debut in 2005, and Vettel dominated the last two seasons. They have not had it all their own way this year, but still lead the constructors' championship by 41 points with five races to go, starting with the Korean Grand Prix on Sunday. AFP

SPORTS BRIEFS Kumble lands top ICC job

Sri Lanka suspends umpires

Series against WI cancelled

PCB appoints observer

COLOMBO: Former Indian captain Anil

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Cricket's umpires

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board has

KARACHI: The PCB has appointed an Observer to report on the performance of match officials, teams and ground staff during the ongoing President's Trophy tournament. For the first time, the board has appointed the regional coaches on its payroll to work as independent observers during the tournament. "My job is to basically independently observe the conditions of the ground and pitch, the behaviour and attitude of teams, performances of players and how umpires and referees discharge their duties," Tauseef Ahmed said.

Kumble was on Thursday appointed head of the influential 'cricket committee' of the International Cricket Council (ICC), replacing West Indian legend Clive Lloyd. Kumble, 41, is the world's third-highest wicket-taker in Tests with 619 scalps. He also took 337 one-day international wickets. "The ICC Board agreed unanimously to appoint former Indian captain Anil Kumble as the new chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee," the governing body said in a statement. AFP

committee has decided to suspend the three local umpires caught in a TV sting, which alleged that they were willing to fix Twenty20 matches. "We have decided to suspend them until the conclusion of the inquiry probing the allegations," ARM Aroos, the head of the SLC's umpires committee, said. The decision comes a day after the ICC suspended the six umpires, which also included Pakistani and Bangladeshi umpires, pending the completion of an inquiry against them. PTI

decided to cancel its 'A' team's series against the West Indies after the Caribbean side refused to tour Pakistan due to of security concerns and offered to play in the United Arab Emirates. According to reliable sources in the board, the West Indies A team was due to play in Pakistan as part of a reciprocal tour. But the West Indians recently informed the PCB that they would not send their team to play in Pakistan due to security concerns and instead offered to play the series at any neutral venue.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012

sports

SCALE OF ARMSTRONG EVIDENCE SHOCKS WIGGINS Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins admits he has been shocked by the mountain of evidence against Lance Armstrong. Wiggins insists he was suspicious about Armstrong after persistent rumours of drug use, but even so, the deluge of evidence against the American came as a surprise.

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What next for Armstrong?

How Armstrong managed to evade detection will also dog the sport of cycling, which has sought to improve its image after a series of damaging drug scandals. PHIL HAZLEWOOD Agencie France-Presse PARIS: A damning report placing Lance Armstrong at the heart of the biggest doping programme in sporting history has raised questions about what happens next, with the seven-time Tour de France winner’s career and reputation in tatters. Potentially central to the implications of the US AntiDoping Agency (USADA) report, published on Wednesday, could be a section in the 202page document entitled ‘Perjury and Other Fraudulent Conduct to Obstruct Legal or Judicial Processes’. In it, the organisation docu-

File photo of Lance Armstrong as he undergoes the traditional medical check-up on July 1, 2004. AFP

ments what it says were Armstrong’s “false statements under oath... and subject to penalties of perjury” in legal proceedings in the United States and France concerning accusations of doping violations. They include statements made denying any links to Michele Ferrari, the former team doctor of the Gewiss-Ballan team, who has been implicated in the possession, trafficking and administration of banned substances and assisting doping. Armstrong denied being encouraged by Ferrari to take performance-enhancing drugs, using banned substances in his career or seeing teammates do so.

Cancer charity faces doping fallout The impact of doping allegations levelled at Lance Armstrong does not end on the cycling circuit.

ARTHUR MACMILLAN Agencie France-Presse WASHINGTON: The fallout of Lance Armstrong’s drug abuse encircles Livestrong, the charity he founded after recovering from cancer. Launched in 2003 as an online resource for cancer survivors, the charity achieved global brand recognition a year later by adopting a yellow wristband as its hallmark (above), a concept Armstrong jointly developed with his sponsor Nike. The rubber bracelets quickly became a fashion accessory — more than 80 million have been sold — and spawned a wave of imitations in different colors from other charities. Livestrong’s branding, however, had special resonance — the man who

inspired them had years earlier beaten cancer and even more remarkably gone on to win the Tour de France, and its hallowed yellow jersey, multiple times. But, with the cyclist’s reputation now languishing in sport’s doldrums and up against merciless scrutiny in the court of public opinion, experts say the charity he inspired faces a choice: speak up or stay silent? “Lance Armstrong has gone from being Livestrong’s biggest asset to being their biggest liability,” said Sol Levine, a director at Qorvis Communications, a Washington-based public relations firm. “They have to take care not to have him as their frontman, but it would also be a mistake to actively dissociate themselves.” Livestrong evolved from The Lance Armstrong Foundation — which by name alone was more closely associated with the cyclist — though the two organisations are widely seen as synonymous. In the last nine years, however, Livestrong has developed its own spirit: Armstrong’s image and story do not feature on its website home page though it is found elsewhere on the site. The charity’s prominent messages concern upcoming events and detail where people’s donations are spent.

Six ex-Armstrong teammates suspended

Australia chief calls for doping amnesty

PARIS: Six former teammates of Lance Armstrong have been suspended for six months by the US Anti-doping Agency (USADA) after they all admitted doping. Five Americans — Levi Leipheimer, 38 (of the Omega Pharma-Quickstep team), Christian Vande Velde, 36, David Zabriskie, 33, and Tom Danielson, 34, (all of Garmin-Sharp), George Hincapie, 39, (BMC) — and one Canadian, 36year-old Michael Barry (Sky) all received six-month bans which will run from September 1 this year. They were suspended after admitting to blood transfusions and taking substances including the banned blood-booster EPO.

SYDNEY: The head of Cycling Australia on Friday called for a doping amnesty following the farreaching Lance Armstrong drugs scandal. CA president Klaus Mueller has backed an amnesty despite the Union Cycliste Internationale, the world governing body, last month ruling out such a step for riders who took performance-enhancing drugs during their careers. The US Anti-Doping Agency has accused seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong of being at the centre of a widespread doping conspiracy with 11 of the Texan’s former team-mates testifying against him.

Postnoon E-Paper for 12 October 2012  

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