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Assamese long for lost days of Bihu COMMUNITIES Anubha K Singh


he Assamese population in the City is agog with festive spirits. The community celebrates one of the most important festivals, the Magh Bihu, on Saturday, which is marked by feasting and the jol (a delicacy). “Traditionally the feast is organised in the paddy fields where temporary thatched huts called belaghar are set up. In front of them we light a pyramidshaped bonfire with hay, bamboo and wood called meji. But for the last seven years I’ve been away from home and I miss the traditional fervour of Bihu,” says Rita Chaudhary, a technical writer in the City.

“I miss the fun around the festival and the feast. Bihu is usually a week-long celebration. There are several traditions associated with the Magh Bihu. The festival is also known as Bhogali Bihu. Bhog means food and the name signifies that the stores and granaries in homes are filled with newly harvested crop,” says Rumi Borah, an IT employee in the City. “Although we get a few Assamese delicacies in the City, for those of us who hail from Assam, the authentic taste of food at home

Rumi with her husband; (top right) Rita (L) with a friend.

is irreplaceable,” says Chayanika Bhattacharya, who feels that despite many Assamese living in the City the essence of Magh Bihu is missing. Bihu is not just about food and bonfire, it’s also associated with many sports and games. “During childhood, we used to enjoy buffalo fights, cockfights and bulbuli fights. However, this is now diminishing,” says Chayanika. Traditionally, the Assamese spend the entire night around a bonfire singing folk songs, beating drums and playing games. The next morning people gather around the mejis and throw in pithas (rice cakes) and betel nuts as an offering to the fire god. The assortment of delicacies include komal saul, mudi, akhoi, xandoh, mah kodai, cakes made from date palm, pitha and kalamdani dhanor sira.

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Paresh Rawal’s hilarious latest play “Krishan v/s Kanhaiya is a story about an atheist’s battle with God. Paresh Rawal plays an antique vendor who faces a situation in life where he starts to question the existance of God. Where: Shilpakala Vedika, Madhapur

When: January 13, 8pm Contact: (040) 23112704

Different strokes To witness strokes of various kinds head to Gallery Space. It’s an exhibition presenting paintings and drawings by various artists and will be held at Gallery Space from December 24. Where: Gallery Space, Banjara Hills When: Ongoing, 11am to 7pm Contact: (040) 65541836

Cognac and Cigar The Seasons Bar opens up again as a Cigar and Cognac lounge with a wide selection of cognac, Rare whiskies, single malts and cigars. Where: Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills When: Ongoing, 7pm Contact: (040) 66662323

Visual art An exhibition cum sale of paintings by Hari Srinivas. The Exhibition is on display till 30 January 2012. Where: :VSL Visual Art Gallery, Plot no 100, AP Text Book Colony, Gun Rock Enclave

When: Ongoing


Inorbit Mall, Hitech City

When: Ongoing, 12.30pm Contact: (040) 6460334

New Age innovation ‘New Age Innovation Partnership’ summit will focus on attracting investments into key sectors like education, skill development, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, information technology, tourism and food processing. Where: HICC, Madhapur When: Ongoing, 10am Contact: (040) 66134422

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Martini ‘n music Enjoy the winter evenings with grey goose martinis and crooner Kelly dishing out your favourite numbers. Where: Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills When: Every Evening Contact: (040) 66662323

Have you ever wondered how it feels to eat in the dark? Come and experience this. Pay `499 for a 4-course meal worth `1,000. Where: Dialogue in the Dark,

Contact: 9247175135

Numaish A childhood favourite of every Hyderabadi, The All India Industrial Exhibition is on. Where: Exhibition Grounds, Nampally

When: Ongoing

Food Drama For the biggest buffet in town head to Nautanki Gali. Dinner Buffet @ Rs 388/Where: Nautanki Gali, Madhapur When: Ongoing, 7.30-10.30pm Contact: 7893010000

Controlled freedom Catch a preview of Controlled freedom,

an exhibition of portrait photography that showcases the works of two photographers with contrasting approaches to capturing people — Sucharitha Rao and Lakshmi Prabhala. Where: Alankritha Art Gallery, Kavuri Hills

When: Ongoing, 6.30pm Contact: (040) 23113709

Trayaah An exhibition of paintings by Shrikant W Kohle, HR Devulapalli and PJ Stalin. Each artist brings about a variety of colours, shapes and emotions. Where: Shrishti, Jubilee Hills When: Ongoing, 11am Contact: (040) 2360715

It’s a musical journey featuring various forms such as Folk, Smooth Jazz, the blues, reggae, soft rock & more. Dine leisurely, savour the spirit of your choice or come and just fall in love! Where: Synn Grill & Bar, Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills

When: Every Friday Contact: (040) 66663939

My name is Minnu It is the first solo Art show by actor Kamal Kamaraju on a series of paintings he has done on ‘MINNU’ in 2011. The show will also launch calendars with kamal’s paintings and will be exclusively on sale at the Muse gallery. The proceeds from this show will be donated to CAP Foundation. Where: Marriott hotel & Convention Centre, Tank Bund

When: Ongoing, 6pm Contact: (040) 27522999

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Our mayor’s learning curve TDP to assess crop loss and clauses pertaining to powers and functions of the mayor.

Md Inkeshaf Ahmed


yderabad’s new mayor Mohd Majid Hussain seems to be gung ho about his new role. According to sources, the new mayor who has completed eight days in office is eager to get a hold of the state of affairs of the GHMC. Hussain is reportedly keen to understand the basics of administration and face the challenges lying ahead in terms of delivering services to the over 7 lakh population of the corporation. The mayor, who assumed charge on January 5, has already held review meetings with GHMC commissioner MT Krishna Babu, special commissioner Naveen Mittal, engineer in chief Dhan Singh and all additional commissioners in the last few days. Many top officials in the corporation are saying that the new mayor, being young and enthusiastic, is keen on learning the nuances of administration and welfare programmes. “The mayor is eager to learn things. He is keen to know the status of various ongoing devel-

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CIVIC opment projects within the corporation limits. The mayor has been asking us to complete ongoing projects viz road, storm water drains and street maintenance works, laying of new roads, recarpeting works within the stipulated time and avoid any delays,” said an official of the Engineering wing. However, many officials feel that the mayor is slow in grasping the nuances of administrative matters. According to these officials, the mayor is yet to go through the crucial GHMC Act1955. It may be emphasised that the Act consists of the rules

The first challenge the mayor going to face is the approval of the budget for the next financial year (2012-13). He is holding a special standing committee meeting on January 18. It may be emphasised that the draft budget for this year is pegged at `2900 crores. Sources at the corporation told Postnoon that the subject of finance seems to be an alien language to the new mayor. He is making an effort to understand financial terms like revenue surplus and revenue deficit. The mayor held a review meeting with additional commissioner (Finance) Shiva Parvathi and other officials to find out the salient features of the annual budget. The officials reportedly explained and appraised him of various aspects of the budget. “The subject of finance and annual budget seems to be an alien subject to the mayor. But he is showing a lot of interest in knowing the subject and get a grasp over it,” said one official from the finance department.


DP chief Chandrababu Naidu has directed his party functionaries to tour the State in groups and assess the damage caused to crops due to recent torrential rains. Teams have been formed which will tour the State and


submit a report on crop loss to Naidu on January 17. Party leaders Dasari Balavardhan Rao and Tangirala Prabhakar visited Guntur on Thursday. While Dhoolipalla Narendra Kumar and Jonnakuti Vanita would visit Krishna district on Friday.

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Collection comforts corporation coffers


n Total number of properties — 12 lakhs

Md Inkeshaf Ahmed

n Residential — 11 lakhs


he steps launched by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to collect property tax from the residents are yielding desired results. The corporation has been able to collect `354 crore as property tax till January 6, 2012. Interestingly, the amount collected so far is more than half the target set for the ongoing financial year (FY) 2011–12. The corporation has fixed a target of `700 crore for the current FY. Officials of the finance wing of the corporation are happy with the collections. GHMC Commissioner MT Krishna Babu, after assuming charge last year, put special emphasis on collection of property tax. He held a series of review

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n Commercial — 1 lakh meetings with officials concerned to streamline the process by plugging loopholes in collection of property tax. He fixed area-wise targets for the deputy commissioners and stressed on achieving them. Day-to-day targets have been setup to achieve the FY goals.

Innovative steps Among the various steps that were launched, web hosting of the names of the top-1,000 property tax defaulters served its purpose. One of the property tax defaulters in the list was the titular prince of Hyderabad Prince Mukram Jha Bahadur. He is the grandson of the world-famous

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seventh Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan and is still considered as the eighth Nizam by many residents of the City. Postnoon, in an earlier edition, revealed that the prince was one of the property tax defaulters. “The web hosting of the top 1,000 property tax defaulters’ names and issue of 8 lakh warrants to property owners has yielded results. We will continue this practice in future too,” GHMC additional commissioner (Finance) Shiva Parvathi told Postnoon. Officials of the corporation are expecting to achieve their entire target in the ongoing financial year. The institution of cash awards to residents of the corporation, who pay their tax on time through a lucky draw system has also proven to be an effective medium to encourage prompt payment of the property tax.

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Penniless HMDA desperate HMDA Postnoon News


ndia’s second-largest urban development authority, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), is plagued with problems. The authority, which played a crucial role in auctioning valuable government lands is now searching for other options to generate income owing to various prevailing factors. The Telangana agitation and the slump in the reality sector are main factors to blame. It may be recalled that it takes credit for the construction of prestigious projects like Outer Ring Road (ORR), PVNR Elevated Expressway and all the flyovers in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts. Between the years 2004– 2010, the authority had earned `3,818 crore by auctioning 650 acres of land. Of this amount, the HMDA had paid `2,684 crore to the State government towards resource mobilisation leaving the authority penniless. Attempts by the HMDA to generate income also did not succeed as the realty sector recorded a heavy downfall due to the Telangana agitation since

December 2009. The notifications issued by the authorities for auctioning 4.7 acres of land in the upmarket Nandagiri Hills did not garner the expected response from buyers.

Accounts seized The condition of HMDA is so bad, it could not even pay tax to the IT Department on the income it earned from the land auctions between the years 2004–2010. The IT Department had issued notices to HMDA, which the officials chose to ignore. In November 2009, the IT Department seized HMDA’s bank accounts and filed a case against the authority with the Tribunal. When HMDA approached the State government for help, it immediately set up a three-member committee to look into the issue.

Income source The remaining income generating sources of HMDA are the 4.79 acres in Nandagiri Hills, plots in Miyapur, Nallagandla, Asifnagar and Ramachandrapuram areas. The State government has given the HMDA an extension to Land Regularisation Scheme (LRS). The HMDA officials have decided to increase the existing LRS amount from 14 per cent to 20 per cent of the total land value.

Naidu set for rustic Sankranti A Saye Sekhar


asking in the afterglow of his successful tour to Warangal and Balakrishna’s announcement of his electoral forays, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu is oozing confidence. He invited his in-laws, perhaps for the first time, to his native village Naravaripalle in Chittoor for Sankranti. Naidu and family, Balakrishna and a few other members of the NTR

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Kiran, Botsa, Chiru, in the arena!


oday many cockwarriors will fight to make man rich. This year betting on cock fights is expected to cross `200 crore, reports from coastal Andhra, especially Bhimavaram, say. They carry the names of celebrities in show biz. Most famous of them are Balayya and Chiru. Major betting is on these two names. Another hit pair of names is Kiran and Botsa.

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t all started as Numaish Masnuaat-e-Mulki, with just 50 stalls in the Public Gardens. Over the years it has grown in scope and size to land an all-India status. Today it is the biggest and often cheapest entertainer. No other event in the City draws crowds like Numaish. With Numaish in its 72nd year, old-timers recall how the fair, over the years, has reflected the changing lifestyle of the people. “It is one of the oldest and longest-running exhibitions. Modernisation with all its trappings has not been able to penetrate into its oldworld charm. It’s royal, yet typically Hyderabadi” said, Izaz Ali, owner of Kashmir Handicrafts here. “It’s been 50 years now. Initially my grandfather and father use to manage the stall and now it’s me. There has been tremendous change over the years. Earlier there was no competition as there were few stalls, but now the scenario is different; customers bargain a lot as they have the option of buying from other shops” he adds. S Abdul Rais, owner of Rajasthan Handicrafts Emporium said, “It’s Numaish and Rajasthan Handicrafts Emporium’s 72nd year too. My forefathers use to pitch their stalls here since the Public Garden days. Initially there were only 50 stalls, but now the number is huge. Numaish organisers wanted to popularise local industry and bring manufacturers together on a common platform. Transporting goods from the railway station to Nampally was easier in those days


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Izaz Ali with far less traffic. People used to buy garments, footwear, and household items, but today there is a flood of electronics and other consumer goods.” Recalling earlier years and his father’s words, Abdul adds, “The first Numaish was inaugurated by the 7th Nizam and it lasted for just 10 days. The Nizam continued to patronise Numaish and the following year it went up to 15 days. Seeking to popularise the exhibition, it was extended for a month. In 1946, the exhibition was shifted to its present site by Mirza Ismail.”

However, Manoj Kumar, from Jaipur, who owns Rajasthan Lac Bangle, is of a different opinion. “The exhibition may have grown, but there are many regulars who have dropped out of the exhibition. The ongoing T-agitation is the main reason for dropouts. Every year we had a group of 10 shopkeepers from Jaipur coming to Numaish, but for the last three to four years it’s just five of us.” Now, that’s a fact Numaish is the only event in the world to be organised without a break for 46 days at a stretch.


he Telugu Academy and the Board of Intermediate are at loggerheads over the printing of text books for Intermediate students. With the change in syllabus, there is every need for printing the new text books as per the NCERT standards. The issue was brought to the notice of the Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy. While Telugu Academy has been doing the job since ages, now the Inter Board is planning printing the text books with the help of private corporate printing houses. A source in the Telugu Academy said the officers were trying to divert the Academy work to private parties this time. There is also a change in syllabus for the Inter students keeping the National Entrance tests in mind. So there is a clash of interests between the Telugu Academy and also the Intermediate Board. This has to be sorted out by Minister for Higher Education Damodar Raja Narsimha who is also the Deputy Chief Minister. Telugu Academy has been surviving on the printing orders for Intermediate books as it’s the sole source of revenue. But if it goes into the hands of the Intermediate Board it will be all the more difficult for the Academy to survive. Printing of the English book has already been allocated to a private printer by the officials of the Intermediate Board.


opal Yadav is busy welding metal, his cigarette lying lazily between his lips. One might assume nothing in the world shakes him, not even the sound of hammering coming from right next to him. That is until you notice that his hands are shaking. He wearily says that his nightly drinking causes this. Gopal has been welding for the past 35 years. Years of doing the job have made him immune to the sound or the smell of burnt ozone. His welding torch constantly sparks, but he has no fear of the burns he acquires A city is defined by every day or the nauseating the people who live fumes he inhales. All part of and work in it. Here the job, he says, though he we take a look at agrees his eyesight has been the human threads affected. that make up our His work starts at 9.30am and he shuts shop at 7pm. urban tapestry His two sons run another welding shop. Earning `500 per day he makes around `20,000 per month. This unassuming man has no ambitions of earning more than that.

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Of poise and grace A dancer strikes a pose during a performance at the Sruthi art academy cultural dance festival held at Ravindra Bharati on Thursday.

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Video old, but will act says PC NEW DELHI: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said that the footage of Jarawa tribeswomen being made to dance for tourists was “three to four years” old, and added that the government has asked the Andaman and Nicobar Island authorities to question the tour operator and videographer who shot the clip. Responding to questions on the footage posted by a British newspaper website which showed seminaked Jarawa women dancing for tourists, Chidambaram said whatever happened was violation of norms.

Bird Flu: Meghalaya begins culling SHILLONG: A 13-member rapid response team on Thursday began culling poultry birds at a farm in East Garo Hills district of Meghalaya after the birds tested positive for the deadly H5N1 virus, an official said. “The culling operation started this evening, and we are hopeful to dispose of around 560 birds remaining in the government-run poultry farm at Williamnagar,” said animal husbandry and veterinary director D Lyngwa. The government had sent samples to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal, after more than 3,000 birds died. Recently, Orissa had also reported incidents of bird flu and began culling of poultry birds. IANS

“Now we have got a copy of a video. It appears that particular video was shot, I am not talking about any other video, may be there is more than one...that particular video we have been able to date it to about 3-4 years ago.” Chidambaram said he had instructed the administration to apprehend the tour operator concerned and videographer and interrogate them. The footage had evoked serious reactions from women's rights activists. According to official data, there are 403 members in the tribe who live in a jungle reserve on South Andaman. IANS


Girls dressed as Punjabi folk dancers gesture as they fly kites at a school in Amritsar on Thursday prior to Lohri.


HC warns sites: Censor or face China-like ban

Khurshid to EC: No violation of code of conduct

NEW DELHI: Like in China, Facebook and Google India’s websites can be blocked if they fail to come up with a mechanism to check and remove derogatory contents from their web pages, the Delhi High Court warned on Thursday. “Like China, we will block all such websites,” Justice Suresh Kait said, after Facebook and Google India said that it was impossible to control the derogatory contents uploaded on their websites. Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for Facebook India, said: “It is impossible to control the contents with billions of people accessing the site. A third party who uploads the content is not touched and we are sought to be liable in the case.” “Facebook India is not the controller of, it is which removes the content not me," he added.

NEW DELHI: Law minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said he did not agree with the Election Commission notice that he had violated the model code of conduct by promising 9 per cent reservation to backward Muslims in Uttar Pradesh and will send his reply to the poll panel. Khurshid contended that he had not violated model code as the Justice Rajinder Sachar panel and Justice Ranganath Misra commission have recommended quotas for Muslims. IANS

Mukul Rohtagi, counsel for Google India, said: “Google India is an Indian company and service provider is Google Inc., which is an American company. A person can make complaints to the service provider to remove

derogatory contents not me.” Google in its petition said that it had been appointed as a distributor of Google Inc’s Adwords programme in India on a principal-to-principal basis. “Google has not been

appointed as an agent, partner or franchise of Google Inc. In its capacity as a distributor, the petitioner engages in business development and promotional activities for certain limited products that include Google search, Youtube and Orkut," Rohtagi added. He admitted that some articles were obscene but said the company could not control that. He said: “People like crazy, obscene and defamatory articles, we cannot control people’s mind.” Neeraj Kishan Kaul for Google India said that the company was not liable as someone else posted the derogatory contents. The High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Delhi Police and Vinay Rai who had filed the petition in the trial court against the websites alleging they were hosting obscene and derogatory content. IANS

Hold ‘Jallikattu’, but with precautions: HC CHENNAI: Jallikattu, Tamil Nadu’s traditional bull taming sport held as part of the Pongal festival, can be organised subject to certain safety conditions, the Madras High Court ruled on Thursday. Hearing a batch of petitions for and against the sport, the Madurai Bench of the High Court in an interim order permitted the holding of the event on January 15, 16 and 17 on the condition that a report and video recording of the event would be submitted before it January 20. The bench ordered the government to ensure safety of people and the bulls. The case


A file image of competitors try to tame a bull during "Jallikattu" organised as a part of Pongal.


would be heard next January 23. According to the court, the government should submit a report on the safety measures like putting up of barricades and arranging medical facilities.The Central government and the Animal Welfare Board of India have demanded its ban. The Tamil Nadu government wanted the event to be held claiming that stopping it would result in a law and order problem. A section of people also believe that not holding the event would earn the wrath of the Gods, resulting in drought and other natural calamities in the area. IANS

Sorry Jaya! Tamil magazine editor aplogises CHENNAI: Editor of Tamil biweekly Nakkheeran R Gopal on Thursday expressed regret to the Madras High Court for publishing an article describing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa as a beef eater and agreed to withdraw the article and publish an apology in the forthcoming issue.When the contempt of court petition filed on behalf of Jayalalithaa came up for hearing, a bench directed the magazine to publish an apology on its first page as demanded by the petitioner. IANS

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Partnership summit: Old wine in new bottle

Biz treaty with India is priority

A Saye Sekhar

HYDERABAD: “The Free Trade Agreement with India may take some time. The first step towards that relationship would be bilateral investment treaty. We urged the Obama Administration to take this as a priority. We will follow up not just for India but in the interests of America,” said Senator Mark Warner, Co-Chair, Senator India Caucus talking at a press conference in The Partnership Summit 2012. “We had sessions on information technology, biotechnology, pharmacy and life sciences and see India has a lot of opportunities and growth market in these areas,” he said. The information technology companies like Infosys and Wipro were planning to expand their footprint in America and wanted assurance to get their investments protected. The first move would be bilateral investment treaty. The concerns on outsourcing were less today compared to five years ago. That could be mitigated by Indian companies investing in United States of America. Every politician wanted to create jobs his own place, district and own country. America had to compete with the industries globally. “But if you see the visa issues, that there is legislation to make H1B Visa easier for graduates in Science, Engineering, Maths programmes to extend their stay. This will benefit Indians and create entrepreneurs in America,” he added.

HYDERABAD: Proving the adage – Old wine in a new bottle – right, most agreements entered into with industrial houses by the State government on the first day of Partnership Summit 2012 were the ones which were once shelved. They were ‘recovered’ and dusted again with a view to jacking up the investment figures. Understandably, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy wanted to showcase as the best investment destination, especially when the State passed through severe political turbulence in the last two years. Kiran Kumar Reddy was to a large measure successful in his effort of an image makeover of the State that was battered by numerous crises. While industries minister J Geeta Reddy fumbled in announcing the total investment coming in — perhaps a common slip, the State projected the inflow at Rs5.57 lakh crore. The first day memoranda of understanding (MoU) the government showcased were for Rs 81,000 crore. Chairman of GMR Group signed an MoU for the Rs30,000-crore refinery-cumpetrochemical complex in the Petro Chemical and Petroleum Industrial region (PCPIR), which is projected to generate employment for 2,000 persons. This would be set up by GMR Holdings Pvt Ltd. And the note put out by the State government said another Rs3,000 crore was being invested by the GMR Infrastructure Ltd which would generate 4,000 jobs. The dichotomy is too glaring to be concealed, for an investment of Rs30,000 crore can create only 2,000 jobs and a tenth of it has the potential to provide employment to double the number. Ironically, the GMR Group had earlier shelved this project. The infrastructure major stepped in after ONGC decided to drop out of the project. As soon as the PCPIR project was conceived, ONGC came forward to establish the refinery, but retracted as it found the project ‘unviable’. Only then, the GMR group was roped in. But nothing moved ever after and the company too remained

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, IT Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah and Major Industries Minister J Geeta Reddy met a series of foreign business delegations and explained to them that investment climate in the State was conducive and the government would extend all help.

Business confidence bolstered I ndustry leaders are happy because the Government could organise an event of this scale at a time the State is dragging its feet on all fronts.A senior functionary of the CII’s SME division said even if 10-15 per cent of the projected Rs. 5.50 lakh crore investment came in, this summit would have served its purpose. Another former president of the CII’s AP chapter said that Rs. 1 lakh crore would surely come as an

investment, as it was promised by the domestic companies. While the country’s industry biggies gave a slip to the summit, the Government tried to put up a brave front. The Chief Minister stayed on at Hyderabad International Convention Centre and went on meeting foreign industrial delegates one after the other. Industries Commissioner Karikal Valaven told Postnoon that

the Government was confident of roping in the proposed investments. “Unlike other States, we have not gone round them to ivest. They came. So I am sure, they will invest.” Jay Galla sounded more optimistic than anybody else when he said the business environment and investment climate were given a boost in the troubled times. The summit, indeed, rekindled the activity.

As and when we get the fuel linkage, we will go ahead. If the government offers land and fuel-linkage, we will enter into a power purchase agreement. Or else, they can be merchant plants

cold on the project after the world economies crumbled owing to recession. When it comes to GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd, vice-chairman GV Sanjay Reddy said that the projects for which his company would be signing MoUs were not new. They were in the pipeline for quite some time. They were kept in cold-storage due to non-availability of resources. Now that the company itself owned a coal mine in Australia, he hoped that the 2,400 MW power project could come up. The company also contemplated expansion of Jegurupadu and Gautami power plants, each by 400MW. Due to shortage of gas supply from the KG D-6 wells of Reliance Industries, the infrastructure major set the expansion

plans aside in May 2011. He told Postnoon that there was no timeline for these projects. “As and when we get the fuel linkage, we will go ahead. If the government offers land and fuellinkage, we will enter into a power purchase agreement. Or else, they can be merchant plants,” said Reddy. The BR Shetty Group signed an MoU for Rs30,000 crore petroleum refinery in PCPIR in Visakhapatnam. However, the details of financials are not made public. The Yash Birla group, which has been contemplating the investments for quite some time, will implement the projects only if the land is made available to them and hassle-free clearances were accorded. Yash Birla himself confirmed this to Postnoon.

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Dhoni, Team India


ndian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni dropped a bombshell when he casually mentioned during a press meeting that he was considering retirement from Test format by 2013 to ensure he can be there for the 2015 World Cup. No one’s fooled when the 30-year-old skipper announced this as the team has been performing dismally in tours outside the sub-continent where they have to face real pace and bounce. When the captain himself is sulking like a child after receiving flak from different quarters, it exposes how low the team morale is. Starring before adulating crowds on ‘dead’ domestic pitches may have boosted personal records but performing on the green wickets abroad is a different ball game altogether. Captain Cool needs to do some serious pep talk and get his squad to buck up and deliver rather than attempting these lame tactics to divert attention from the glaring failures.

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t is best to be vigilant ourselves, more so when the uniformed law enforcer cannot be trusted with our security. While the police can get away citing poor staff to area ratio, disregard for the law stemming out of inefficiency of the cops cannot be ignored. To apprehend law breakers and try and punish them effectively brings down crime rate. When this does not happen, miscreants get encouraged. The common man is left with no alternative but to do a Sriramulu Patel.

y the time my extended family members finish reading this column, they’ll think I’m the snootiest brat the family’s ever given birth to. And I don’t deny that I perhaps am. I believe family functions are the biggest torture in social situations I’ve ever had to endure — sometimes in the name of a pooja, at other times in the name of weddings and wedding anniversaries, birthdays, naming ceremonies and deaths. I confess that I’ve considered many a time to down a tequila shot or two before attending these dos. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a closet depressive maniac who detests all social situations. Far from it. I have a healthy social life and a large inner and outer circle of friends who make my days more than meaningful. About extended family members, I’m not sure I can say the same. Take, for example, an 82-year-old uncle who believes in the idea of open criticism. Just that the criticism is so open and so loud that it borders on the abusive and sometimes even crosses that line. If he doesn’t get his soup hot, he yells at the bearers. If he doesn’t get a good dinner seat, he yells at the hosts. If he thinks the pundit didn’t do a good job of reciting the mantras, he yells at the poor man in the saffron robes. A few weeks back he yelled at me. Reason? I didn’t answer his phone call. I tried to explain that I was driving. He said: “I don’t care what you were doing. How dare you not answer the phone when I call!” I had become the centre of attention and those around us were staring at me. I’ve been avoiding the uncle at all social events because one never knows when he’s going to break into a tirade of abuses. He doesn’t mean bad, mom says. But when she starts to speak of his good heart, I turn up the volume on the car stereo. For some time, I pause to wonder why. Is this behaviour an outward manifestation of his desire to hold on to the heyday when he controlled businesses and had a busy life? Or is it coming from possessiveness for the once-jointnow-broken-down family? Maybe it’s both, and also his conviction that he continues to wield that kind of power on us. Isn’t this the story of pretty much every family unit, where the baton is passed on to the next generation but the

Good front page

Faces of Hyderabad

I really liked the front page of yesterday's Postnoon. The headline amused as well as intrigued me to know what the story is all about. Several friends of mine also like the display elements on your paper. Also, the knowledge central page that had youth talking was very interesting; it shows across the mind set and makes the readers aware of the responsible youth that we have in our society, only, hope it is also seen and not just a talk. Aditya Thapa Marredpally

First of all I must appreciate you and your team for bringing out such a fine product. Postnoon has the potential to be the mirror of Hyderabad and catch the pulse of the youngsters. However, I have a suggestion. 'The Faces of Hyderabad' is a brilliant initiative and it'll be good if the content of this section, along with the picture, is expanded. Also, a regular column on Travel will be great. Priya R Banjara Hills

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seniors hold on to something more? And then I begin to think if family gatherings would be as interesting if not for these sideshows. One word – boring. Along with free advice and pearls of wisdom, my relatives also provide free entertainment. It’s for me to keep my eyes and ears open, watch and observe how people trip over them-

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selves to outdo each other, have a good laugh and go home. From some relationships, there’s just no escape. Sometimes we become the pain and at other times, they. But there’s one predictable thing — that there’s never a dull moment at any family gathering. This temperamental uncle, though, I’m going to continue to avoid.

Too much is too bad

Service before self

Mahatma Gandhi must be turning in his grave at the news of a foreigner pointing at corruption in the land in which he preached honesty. The fact that Henrik Thome is an atheist is all the more telling for I always believed that fear of God induced righteousness. I did realise, though, that religion in our country is practiced sometimes at fanatical levels. Too much of anything does not auger well for it — religion being no exception. Now I have another reason to want it toned it down. SN Venkatesh Kukatpally Housing Board

Service rendered by Ravikant Ojha and Srikanth Reddy comes as a whiff of fresh air in a world where one gets to see mostly self-centred activities. To feed the needy in a hospital is yeomen service worth the praise that your newspaper has brought it. May their, and your, tribes increase. Your readers would like to read about more such people, which could act as a motivator to others. We have enough resources to weed out poverty from our country if we put our heart into it. Mamta Reddy Srinagar Colony

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Holistic view of mind, body and soul


Ranjani Rajendra


ow many times have you dealt with a churning tummy accompanied by nausea and a heavy head after a food fest or when you’ve popped a tablet on an empty stomach? You put it down to an upset stomach and reach out for that glass of nimbu paani. But hold on, your symptoms signal acidity and not an upset stomach. And that nimbu paani will only do more harm than good.

What is acidity? The stomach has gastric glands which secrete acids to help digest the food we eat. Usually the acid levels in the body are controlled, but if for some reason the levels of these acids increase, then it can cause acidity. Sometimes when we consume hard to digest foods, the stomach secretes more acids to digest it. Continuous secretion of more acids can cause acidity. “Sometimes a bacterial infection is also responsible for that burning sensation in the stomach, the most common type of bacteria being H.Pylori,” says Dr Sundeep Lakhtakia, consultant gastroenterologist at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology. Usually people who’ve had a heavy meal may also have a burning sensation in their upper


Swelling in the neck is common

Dr Kiran Krishnamurti

abdomen or chest. Often popping medicines on an empty stomach or frequently taking painkillers can also cause acidity. Long gaps between meals are also said to cause acidity, which is why experts stress on the need to eat frequent small meals.

Symptoms Often when you may find that you wake up with a heavy head and an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach. These are some common symptoms of acidity. Other symptoms include: n Heartburn — burning pain in your stomach n Throat dryness n Unbearable stomach pain n Coughing n Feeling hungry frequently n Hours after a meal Chest pain n Constant pain in the upper abdomen n Prolonged heartburn n Nausea

What you can do A prolonged acidity problem can sometimes give rise to stomach ulcers too. So a few steps can help you battle acidity effectively. “Simple things like taking medications only after eating something can help curb acidity. If you’re taking a long course of painkillers or aspirin then you must consult with your doctor about taking a preventive acid suppressing medicine to protect your stomach,” says Dr Sundeep, adding, “Avoid eating fried stuff, spicy foods and always eat within limit. Nicotine, alcohol and citrus foods should be kept at bay when you have acidity.” Dr Sundeep adds that it is important to eat in moderation and frequently to keep the gastric acid levels within normal limits. “Sometimes the acid can trickle into the mouth and give rise to a recurrent cough or sore throat,” he says. He goes on to add, “Apart from eating in moderation, you must also take care not to lie down immediately after a meal. Besides, drinking herbal tea, coconut water or a glass of cold milk can help neutralise the acid, thereby cutting down acidity.” So the next time you feel that burning sensation in the stomach or chest, do reach out for a glass of cold milk and not nimbu paani. And yes, steering clear of oily and spicy food for a while will help too.

My son is a month old and doing quite well otherwise. But a week ago we noticed a small swelling on he right side of his neck. It seems to be quite painless but for some reason since the time we have noticed this swelling we also feel that he is keeping his head tilted to one side. I have tried massaging his neck 3-4 times a day but nothing seems to be helping him. Please advise. This is not an uncommon occurrence. Most probably what your son has is called a ‘sternomastoid swelling’. The exact cause of this condition is not clearly known but it is often associated with breach and forceps deliveries. Sometimes babies with this condition may also have hip problems which need to be looked into. An ultrasound of the neck will help to confirm the diagnosis. Massage does not help much. What you need to do is stretch the affected neck muscle by gently moving the child’s head away from the side of the swelling. This should be done at least 6-8 times a day. (The writer is a paediatrician practising at Andromeda Centre. You can write in to her at

Know your genes to live hale and hearty


nowing genes structure in the body can help prevent several chronic and lifestyle diseases, claims a Kochi-based organisation which is launching the “first of its kind” genetic testing service in India. To be launched in collaboration with an Australian company, Gene Care is a personalised health care and medical service that offers genetic testing for patients, thus providing an interface between chronic diseases, genes and lifestyle. “Saliva sample will be taken from people enrolling for the service and within four week time, a detailed gene analysis providing details of diseases they are prone to will be given,” said A Sreekumar, chairman and managing director, Wellness Solutions. IANS



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Ragi is a good source of calcium

Dr Suneetha Sapur

Upsetting bio-clocks causes brain to degenerate WASHINGTON: Upsetting circadian rhythms, the bio-clocks found in animals and humans, can cause brain degeneration, loss of motor function and premature death. Until this finding, it wasn’t clear which came first — whether the disruption of biological clock mechanisms was the cause or the result of neurodegeneration. The biological clock, in humans and animals, is a complex genetic mechanism tuned

to the 24-hour day and regular cycles of light, dark and sleep. It influences a wide range of biological processes — from fertility to hormone production, feeding patterns, DNA repair, sleep, stress reactions, even the effectiveness of medications. “In these experiments, we showed through both environmental and genetic approaches that disrupting the biological clock accelerated these health problems,” said Kuntol Rakshit, an Oregon State University grad-

uate fellow, the journal Neurobiology of Disease reports. “There’s a great deal of interest right now in studies on circadian rhythms, as we learn more about the range of problems that can result when they are disrupted,” Rakshit said. “Ultimately, we hope this research will be taken from the laboratory to the bedside.” These studies were done with fruit flies, but Oregon scientists said previous research has indicated there are close

parallels between them and humans, according to an Oregon statement. Some of the genes regulating circadian rhythms in flies are so important that they have been preserved through millions of years of separate evolution and still do the same thing in humans. In humans, researchers have found strong correlations between disrupted clock mechanisms, aging, and neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease. IANS

Please suggest a few foods that are rich in calcium and nutrients as my child does not eat most nutritious food? Most of the time the child prefers certain foods and refuses others like milk. It is more or less a complete food, and the best source of calcium. It is difficult to get most kids to have plain milk. Hence try and give kids milk in different forms, with attractive appearance and flavours. You can give them either hot or cold milk to suit the consumption moments and moods, eg warm malt shakes, breakfast cereal with milk, fruit custard, puddings etc. n Cheese/paneer: is a good source of calcium. It is easy to incorporate it in many dishes for kids like, sandwiches, veggie sub, and chapati rolls. n Curd: many children may prefer to eat curd than drink milk. n Ragi: among cereals ragi is a good source of calcium. Ragi/flour with its appearance and bland flavour is difficult for kids to accept but can be mixed with other cereals like in rotis, malted ragi, ragi halwa etc. n Green leafy vegetables: children don’t like these but they are the best sources of micronutrients. You could try giving kids mint parathas, powdered or pasted forms of leafy vegetables can be used in curries instead of adding them directly. n Egg: veggie scrambled, French toasts and cheesy omelets can be interesting ways of providing calcium and many important nutrients for kids growth and development. (The writer is the director Akkshaya Foundation and a consultant nutritionist at LV Prasad Eye Institute)

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ealthy eating basically involves balance, variety and moderation. The top tips to healthy eating while still not missing out on your favourite food. n Nutrient-rich food It is important to eat a variety of foods with a variety of nutrients. Daily food should include bread and whole grain products, meat, poultry, fish and food with proteins. n Whole grains, fruit and vegetables Enjoy plenty of whole grain, fruits

and vegetables. Six-11 servings from the rice, cereal and pasta group, 2-4 servings of fruit and 35 servings of vegetables are advised. n A healthy weight Excessive fat can result in high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, cancer and other illnesses. Being too thin also has its illeffects such as osteoporosis, menstrual irregularities and certain other health problems. Regular exercise is also recommended. n Moderate portions

Eating reasonable portions helps one eat a variety of food without worrying about eating unhealthy. n Regular meals Skipping meals does not help. It could actually have a negative effect and result in over-eating. n Reduce, don’t eliminate For those who love food which could be high in fat, sugar or salt, it is not necessary to eliminate it from your diet, just reduce the intake. Low-fat versions of your favourite food are also available. n Make necessary changes but gradually

Don’t revamp your diet overnight. Sudden changes in diet may not help. n Balance your food choices In case you are eating food which is high in certain ingredients, balance it out by eating other foods which are low in it. n No food is good or bad Food cannot be classified as good and bad. Do not feel guilty of eating food which is high in fat, but instead balance it out with something low in fat. n Understand your diet Before drastically reducing the intake of something understand your diet, what is in excess and what is missing and balance it out. Source:

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Nalini Gangadharan is the name behind CAP Foundation, a non-profit organisation that strives to empower youth with a range of academic, vocational and occupational opportunities. She believes that learning itself needs a different approach. Today she shares with us her beliefs and aspirations


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alini Gangadharan found her life’s calling way back in school itself. A field trip to a flood relief centre became so ingrained in her psyche that she knew right away what she had to do with her life. With liberal parents, and years later, an equally liberal husband, there was no stopping Nalini. The atmosphere in her office is reflective of her persona — energetic, powerful and confident. She says, “When you are able to negotiate your spaces, there is so much you can achieve. Unfortunately, though people today are more assertive, the girl child is still not the priority. There are not too many choices that a girl has. If she is not interested in studies, the only option people think they have is to get her married. Even in the rural setup, in case of economic or societal pressure, the first casualty is the girl. We are striving to change that.” Nalini is optimistic about women’s position in society today. “It feels good to see that women have naturally found their space in various fields, be it in public service, armed forces, aviation or medical science.” But that said, Nalini feels that there’s a flip-side to it too. She says, “Women today are so target-oriented and result-oriented that there is little time to give to the family. Though many may consider me to be conservative, I believe that the man may be the head of the family, but the woman is the heart of the family. She can don the role of a professional, and at the same time, be a great contributor to the needs of the family. I see that balance dwindling today — relationships are so fragile, they don't seem to

withstand the test of time.” Nalini strongly believes in the harmonious alliance of a husband and wife in achieving professional and domestic goals. “I have seen my own parents, and the way they chal-

lenged and faced obstacles together, to raise a family. I also look up to the great MS Subbalakshmi, who shared a beautiful relationship with her husband. Her ability to co-ordinate her own space made her

THE CV Name: Nalini Gangadharan First Job: Seva Samajam, home for destitute boys Last book read: Indomitable spirit by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Last movie seen: 3 Idiots Motto in life: Have no regrets.

what she became and was able to spread the warmth of her voice to the world. This is what I call success,” she says with a hint of pride in her voice. Nalini is married to KR Gangadharan, and is the mother of two daughters, Poornima, a trained interior designer and Pavithra a student at ISB, Hyderabad. She recalls, “I was a bohemian by nature and did not believe that I am the sort who fits into the popular definition of a married woman. All that changed when I saw the man that would later become my husband.” Nalini’s organisation, the CAP Foundation has brought back the smiles to many livelihoods and has been spinning success stories in 12 states across the country.

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y subject of interest is the independent and modern working woman of the great cities of this country, who creates the annual reports in office as dexterously as she designs annual budgets at home. It is perhaps not the most egalitarian of societies we live in today, but really, is there something like an utopian setup in society? Of course not. And isn't that what makes for a dynamic world? Hell, yes! This little column is my tribute to all these independent women who have been able to find their little space in the ever-demanding urban world. It is a salute to those who, despite the demands of the daily life, are able to find peace, albeit for a few minutes over a cup of coffee before embarking on the ‘journey of life’. It is a recognition of her strength to monitor her fragile sensitivities in a world that claims to be built on equality, but one that doesn’t refrain from baring their claws. We are not ready to accept the ‘given’ anymore and we have the gusto to realise dreams that sound surreal to the rest, and display the otherwise invisible ‘taken’ signboard only when we have found the right man, and not because society said so. We are those that are secretly looked up to, admired by many, and yes, envied by a few. We live life to the fullest, know our ‘boundaries’ and yet dream to the fullest. We do realise that it is not a perfect world, but also know that in chasing that ever-elusive perfection, we do not want to lose out on the present. Unlike many, who haven’t been able to break free from the shackles set by society, we are the lucky few who have managed to create our own space — spaces that despite unspoken societal pressures, allow us to write and rewrite our own life’s stories, one at a time. And the best part about this? We are growing in numbers, one at a time.



Because you are what you wear




Everyone knows her, envies her and wants to be her. She is after all, Kate Moss, the ultimate fashion icon. This Monday, she turns 38. The word ‘obsessed’ is an understatement to describe the following that this fashionista has. Postnoon summarises her journey into the world of modelling, right from her first shot to her tryst with controversies and her achievements


ate certainly has a very interesting personal life, the reason why tabloids are obsessed with her. From 1994 to 1998 she had a stormy affair with Johnny Depp. She dated a host of other celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Daniel Craig and Spacehog guitarist Antony Langdon. Out of them, her onoff relationship with Pete Doherty was the most famous one, his heroin addiction and hell-rasing habits creating a furore. In 2008 she started a relationship with Jamie Hince, lead guitarist of The Kills, and married him in 2011. She has a daughter, Lila Grace Moss, 9, with Jefferson Hack.


espite her much-publicised relationship with drugs, Kate managed to keep one thing intact — her fashion sense. Fashion critics always marvelled at how amazing Moss looked, dressed in hot pants and Nancy Sinatra boots, even while she was allegedly high. And others could not help but wonder how despite her abusing her body so, her body remained so beautiful? She never leaves the house in sweatpants and is always dressed to the T. Well, for one thing, in the fashion industry image is everything and Kate Moss is a beautiful image by herself.



arah Doukas is the person who the world should thank for discovering this talented model. At the age 14, in 1988 Moss was discovered by the founder of Storm Model Management, at JFK Airport in New York City, after a holiday in the Bahamas. Moss’s career began when Corinne Day shot black-and-white photographs of her, styled by Melanie Ward, for British magazine The Face when she was 16, in a photo shoot titled The 3rd Summer of Love. But her actual claim to fame came in 1992 that created the ‘waif’ look when she featured in Calvin Klein campaigns with Mark Wahlberg, pioneering the ‘heroin chic’.



ndeed, Moss’s marriage to all things bad has been the making and breaking of her. Moss was for a time known as the anti-supermodel because of her waif-like figure as opposed to the curves of reigning models like Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Elle Macpherson and Claudia Schiffer. Her looks sparked off a debate on eating disorders and brought to the fore a new trend of size zero in fashion. It earned her a lot criticism from all quarters, but she decided to stick to her ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’ motto. This soon became the ‘inspiration’ for millions of anorexics and bulimia sufferers worldwide.



ashing on her keen sense of style, Kate collaborated with Topshop in 2007 and launched her own line of clothing. In 2010 she signed a deal with Longchamp to design handbags for them.


rom anti-supermodel it became Cocaine Kate. On September 15, 2005, the UK’s Daily Mirror published grainy camera-phone stills of supermodel Kate Moss perched on a leather couch in a London recording studio, allegedly chopping and snorting multiple lines of cocaine with the quick sureness of a practiced user. Out came the claws and down went the supermodel, she lost all her major endorsements with partners like Burberry, Chanel and H&M. Moss’s downfall also brought to light the rampant use of drugs in the modelling world and she became its poster girl.



he might be controversy’s favourite child but that does not deter her from being somebody’s muse. She’s been immortalised in bronze, painted in oils and photographed all over the world. But Moss has also been paid the kind of compliment normally reserved for Egyptian queens and mythological goddesses. She has been sculpted in gold. Artist Marc Quinn is the man behind this creation. Entitled Siren, the 50kg (110lb) hollow statue was made by the artist who described Moss as “the ideal beauty of the moment”.

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Tollywood has always left audiences spoilt for choice during Sankranti, when some of the biggest stars vie for box-office supremacy. We take a look at the biggest mid-January hits from the past 10 years Mirapakay (2011) This Ravi Teja, Richa and Deeksha Seth starrer competed with four other films in 2011 and emerged as the winner. Directed by Harish Shankar, the film had Ravi Teja as an undercover cop who joins a college for an operation. A laugh riot with adequate action and romance, the film had all the right ingredients to hook the audience throughout the film. Thaman's music also worked a lot in favour of the film.


Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005)

Desamuduru (2007)

Siddharth and Trisha made waves at the box-office in 2005 with Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, which released on the same day as Naa Alludu. Loosely inspired from Maine Pyar Kiya, Prabhu Deva made his debut as a director with this film and it even won the Filmfare Award for Best Film that year. All the songs were chartbusters and there were instances of people watching the film at least five times to watch Siddharth and Trisha's dazzling onscreen chemistry.

Allu Arjun showed off his six-pack for the first time in Desamuduru, which inspired a lot more actors in the film industry to follow suit. Puri Jagannadh, who was on a high after the success of Pokiri, directed the film and Hansika made her debut in Telugu cinema in this action drama. It still remains as one of the biggest hits ever in Allu Arjun's career.

Varsham (2004) Two years after making his debut, Prabhas turned out to be a heartthrob with this film, which was directed by Shoban. It was also Trisha's first big-ticket film in Telugu and her performance got her rave reviews. Devi Sri Prasad's music was an instant chartbuster and the rest, as they say, is history.

Okkadu (2003) Okkadu turned out to be an instant classic when it released in January 2003. After a string of flops, both Mahesh Babu and Gunasekhar made a comeback in style and how! Bhumika's restrained performance, Prakash Raj's villainy, dialogues and screenplay were almost perfect. The film is still rated among the best Telugu films made in the past 10 years and it's not without a reason.

Arundhati (2009) The film that catapulted Anushka's fame to the zenith, Arundhati shattered several box office records in 2009 before Magadheera released. The film proved to be the box-office king and raked in a share of close to `35 crore. Considering that only Anushka and Sonu Sood played lead roles in the film, it was nothing short of a miracle. It swept the Nandi Awards that year and Anushka won every possible award for her power-packed performance. The film once again provided a glimmer of hope for women-centric films.

Lakshmi (2006) Venkatesh, Nayanthara and Charmee starrer Lakshmi was a box-office winner in January 2006. After a long time, Venkatesh was seen in an action-packed film and it worked quite well with the audience. Apart from Lakshmi, another film named Devadasu went on to be a huge hit after a slow start. Ram and Ileana made their debut in this film directed by YVS Chowdary and it didn't take too long for both Ram and Ileana to establish themselves as bankable stars in the Telugu film industry.

Adhurs (2010) Adhurs starring Tarak, Nayanthara and Sheela in lead roles released amidst high drama in 2010. Telangana Rashtra Samithi had threatened to stop the screening of the film in several districts across Telangana; however, that didn't stop the film from becoming one of the top grossers of 2010. VV Vinayak and Tarak had teamed up after six years and Tarak played a dual role in the film much to the delight of his fans.

Krishna (2008)

Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu (2002) Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu starring Tarun and Aarthi Agarwal beat other biggies like Naga and Takkari Donga in January, 2002 much to the surprise of trade analysts. The film had the right mix of romance, comedy and family drama and Tarun scored a hit after two years of Nuvve Kavali's release.

The film resurrected Ravi Teja and VV Vinayak's careers when both of them were going through a brief slump. It was the first time Ravi Teja and Vinayak had teamed up for a film. Ravi Teja and Brahmanandam's combination clicked so well that the audience couldn't stop raving about the comedy and Trisha's presence helped the film to become a huge hit.

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amantha Ruth Prabhu has reportedly bagged the lead role in Mani Ratnam’s upcoming film Pookadai, although there’s no official confirmation yet. For the past few weeks, several names have been doing the rounds for this role including Thulasi and Akshara Haasan. It’s a giant leap forward for Samantha’s acting career, especially in Tamil as most of her Tamil films have tanked at the box-office. After a long time, Mani Ratnam is making a film set in a rural background. Pookadai is set to take off in a fishing village in Kanyakumari district towards the end of this month and most part of the film will be shot in the monsoon season later this year. Karthik’s son Gautham is playing the lead role in the film and Lakshmi Manchu is going to play an important role. Meanwhile, Samantha also has Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, Gautham Menon’s upcoming trilingual film, an untitled Siddharth’s film and a couple of more Telugu films in her kitty.

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Rushi’s first look launched


he first look of Arvind Krishna, Supriya Shailja starrer Rushi was launched recently in Hyderabad. Ramesh Prasad is producing a film after 20 years on the Prasad Productions Private Ltd banner and Raj Madiraju has directed the film. Arvind Krishna plays a doctor in the film, which is inspired from a poem written by C Narayana Reddy. After playing the lead role in It’s My Love


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Story, Arvind Krishna is quite confident about Rushi’s success. “It’s a sensible film with a lot of heart. I wasn’t the first choice for the lead role; however, when I auditioned for the role, Ramesh Prasad was mighty impressed with my performance,” Arvind Krishna said. Sreekar Prasad is the editor and Don-Chandran and Snigdha have composed the music. The film is going to release in February.

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hinmayi Ghatrazu, who made her onscreen debut in Praveen Sattaru’s LBW (Life Before Wedding), will soon be seen in Lovely. Directed by B Jaya, the film has Aadi, Shanvi and Rajendra Prasad in lead roles. Chinmayi is playing the second lead role in the film, which explores the relationship between a father and her daughter. “My character is pretty loud and I’ll be speaking in a Telangana accent in the film,” Chinmayi said. She’s dubbing her dialogues on her own for the first time.The actress had taken a long break post LBW as none of the roles she was offered excited her. “I was also writing a couple of scripts, but it’s too early to talk about them,” she said.

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Action-packed life Model-turned-actor Shaurya Chauhan’s struggle is finally paying off as she now joins Hrithik in the second installment of Krissh Taniya Talukdar


haurya is keeping a pretty tight schedule as she shuffles between promoting her film Sadda Adda, which releases today and trains for Krissh 2. Talking about her role in Sadda Adda, the former Kingfisher calendar girl says, “I play the role of a spoilt, rich Delhi girl called Shreya Gujral who has an adventurous streak. She is a strong-headed girl who doesn’t need anyone’s shoulders to cry on. If she loves somebody, then she doesn’t really like to shares their problems.” But Shaurya is quick to clarify that there are no similarities between the character and her in real life. “There would be no fun in that case in doing the role!” she exclaims, going on to add, “In real life, if I am in love with somebody, I would love to share everything with that person and I will always be there for him. It was difficult for me to do the role because if it wasn’t balanced, it would turn into a negative character.” While Shaurya didn’t really relate to the other aspects of the character, she did relate to the adventurous part of it. “I too, have an adventurous streak and I like to ride bikes and drive cars,” says Shaurya. It was perhaps this adventurous streak that got her the role in Krissh 2 where she has to perform a lot of stunts we hear. Though Shaurya remains tight-lipped about her role in the action-

hero film, on prodding she did share some interesting information. “I play a negative role in Krissh 2 and it will be perhaps the best anybody has seen of me on screen. Rakesh Roshan has given me a great opportunity and he

will be the first director to use my talent to its full potential. There is a lot of action in the film and I have been training for four hours every day, which will go on till I finish shooting for the film. My schedule is quite hectic right now but this is a once-in-alifetime opportunity for me and I want to do full justice to it. Rakesh Roshan has shown so much confidence in me, I don’t want to let him down,” explains the leggy beauty. We wanted to know if Hrithik has trained Shaurya for the film but apparently Hrithik is now busy taking care of his injuries and is training by himself. “I am training with a well-qualified fitness expert every day,” Shaurya

informs us. The Rajput beauty who did her schooling at Hyderabad considers herself a true Hyderabadi. “I have always loved this city and it gives me great pleasure when I see people from here making it big,” says Shaurya. The journey till here wasn’t an easy one; she has had her share of struggles. “I started off as a model in Hyderabad with just `500 and I still remember how much I had to struggle. Then I went to Bengaluru and Mumbai. It was a great experience and then Kingsfisher happened, after which I got into theatre,” reminisces Shaurya. The actor then makes an honest confession, “You should see my earlier films, I was pathetic at acting, but my passion to learn kept me going. Now I have improved a lot and have been signed up for Krissh 2. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this successful franchise?” she questions, and adds, “Everyone has their share of struggles and when the time is right you get your due. My experiences have made me who I am and today I am getting my due. There is nothing that one can’t achieve.” But there is one thing that the actress is unhappy about, she says, “I am from here but I haven’t done a Telugu film as yet. They go to Mumbai and get girls to come and work here, but also I understand they have their own requirements. But I am open to doing Telugu films and I would really like to work opposite the likes of Mahesh Babu and Ravi Teja.”

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Deepika, Priyadarshan bury the hatchet


ctress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Priyadarshan had a noisy fallout five years ago when she opted out of his project Pirates, but the two have patched up now and have agreed to work together. Priyadarshan was keen to launch Deepika but she chose to make her debut with Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om. After that Priyadarshan stayed away from Deepika until 2008 when Shah Rukh Khan used his clout to persuade Deepika to perform an item song in Priyadarshan’s Billu, which SRK’s Red Chillies Entertainment had produced. Now it’s time for the director and actor to finally work together. “We broke the ice during the song in Billu Barber. Now I’ve a role just right for her,” said Priyadarshan. He has had no releases in

2011, but is ready to make up for the lost year with as many as four films this year. Of these, the ‘family comedy’ which he will direct in July has him specially kicked. Not only is he working with Abhishek Bachchan for the first time, he has also reached out to Deepika for the female lead opposite the actor. It’s a double delight for Priyadarshan since he has never worked with both the actors.” IANS


Preeti back to fulltime acting with Yeh Hai Mumbai


reeti Jhangiani, who turned producer with Sahi Dhande Galat Bande, in which she was seen as a news reporter, is ready for her full-fledged acting comeback with Yeh Hai Mumbai. Preeti, 31, who made her Bollywood debut with Mohabbatein, is looking forward to the acting assignment. “Preeti is very excited about this film, as it is a heroine oriented film and she has a very interesting role in the film,” said a source close to the actor who is married to Parvin Dabas and took a break after the birth of her son. Half the schedule of the movie, produced under the banner of SAM productions, is already complete, and the rest is being shot and should be done soon. Written and directed by Sneh Tull, the film is said to be inspired by a real life Bollywood character. Preeti has thus been working extra hard and rehearsing to get into the skin of the character. Other actors in the film include Neeraj Vora, Meghna Patel and Bijendra Kala. IANS


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It’s tough to convince me, says Shweta s Prerna of Kasautii Zindagii Kay, TV actress Shweta Tiwari played so many shades of a woman’s personality that she now finds it hard to accept most roles offered to her. “I did so much in ‘Kasautii...’, and played so many shades of a woman in that one show, that when someone offers me a role, I feel I have already done it in ‘Kasautii...’. So it is very difficult to convince me for a role,” says Shweta. However, the 31-year-old admits it was an instant decision to give a nod to Sony’s Parvarish


in which she plays a simple mother. “When I got the script, and read it, I was ready to do the show. It is such a simple, true-to-life story, and I am sure this show will be a trendsetter,” she said. Shweta earlier featured in fiction shows like Jaane Kya Baat Hui and Naaginn, as well as reality shows like Nach Baliye 2 and Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao. She even participated in Bigg Boss 4, and went on to become the first woman participant to win the show. The actress, who is also active in the Bhojpuri film industry, is also keeping herself busy on the movie front.IANS

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Jane Lynch pokes fun at Kim Kardashian and Kutcher


ane Lynch has poked fun at Kim Kardashian and Ashton Kutcher in a segment for the 2012 People’s Choice Awards. The Glee star made an appearance at the awards show in a pre-recorded segment about what it is like to be a seating coordinator. “Give me Pattinson, Lautner with a Stewart split,” Lynch said in character as Sue Sylvester, demonstrating her seating abilities. The actress was then asked by her interviewer about whether she feels a seating arrangement “in her gut”. “I think it’s a little lower than that,” she answered. “I feel it in my loins.” Lynch then directed a man in a hazmat suit to

Pitt, Jolie meet Obama at the White House P

resident Barack Obama might be powerful and well-known, but the White House got some Hollywood star power on Wednesday: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stopped by for a chat with the chief executive. The actors were spotted in the Oval Office by photographers waiting outside for the president to take off for a trip to Chicago. The White House confirmed Pitt and Jolie were in town to screen Jolie’s movie about Bosnian

war crimes at the Holocaust museum. They dropped by so the president could talk with Jolie about her work on preventing mass atrocities and combating sexual violence against women. Pitt was seen sporting a cane, which he’s been using following a skiing injury. It’s not the first time Obama’s met with one of the pair. In 2009 the president met with Pitt to discuss his working rebuilding New Orleans’ Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina.

clean up where the Jersey Shore cast had been seated. “If you could go back in time and change one seat arrangement, what would it be?” Lynch’s interviewer asked. “Abraham Lincoln,” she responded. The actress then suggested that her interviewer try his hand at co-ordinating a seating arrangement. He elected to put the newly single Kim Kardashian and Ashton Kutcher together. “You’ve just created another doomed Hollywood marriage,” Lynch told him. She concluded the segment by suggesting that she is the most important person in Hollywood. “I tell Johnny Depp where to sit, he doesn’t tell me,” she declared.


Magic Screen


The glamour behind the glitz


Beyonce’s delivery sparks health probe B

eyonce Knowles has apparently birthed a controversy along with a daughter. Lenox Hill Hospital, the New York facility where Knowles gave birth to her first child Blue Ivy Carter over the weekend, is being investigated by the New York State department of health following complaints by other patients that they were mistreated by security staff, the New York Daily News

reports. Earlier this week, multiple outlets reported that patients were complaining about being prevented from seeing their newborns in the hospital’s neonatal unit by security guards who refused to give them access to the unit during Knowles’ hospital stay with her husband, rapper/mogul Jay-Z. TMZ even reported that some of new mothers were consider-

ing filing a lawsuit at the hospital, after allegedly being ‘neglected’ by hospital staff, while some mothers were seen arguing with ‘extremely rude’ private security.

Bob Dylan to perform at Critics Choice Awards


he Golden Globes have Nicole Kidman, the SAG Awards booked Natalie Portman, and the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards one-upped them all by announcing that Bob Dylan will perform as part of a special tribute to Martin Scorsese. Many of the upcoming awards shows have announced participants this week, with the biggest news being the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Wednesday announcement that Dylan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Olivia Harrison (the widow of George Harrison) will be involved in the presentation of the Critics’ Choice Music Film Award to Scorsese.

Isabelle Fuhrman in talks for Shyamalan’s next


unger Games actor Isabelle Fuhrman is in negotiations to co-star alongside Will Smith in M Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi film After Earth, TheWrap has confirmed. Also, the Columbia movie has a new name. It was previously titled 1000 A.E. If Fuhrman’s deal is finalised, she would play a friend of the central character, a young boy played by Smith’s son, Jaden Smith. In the movie, the boy navigates an abandoned Earth 1,000 years in the future to save himself and his estranged father (Will Smith) after their ship crashes. After Earth is currently in preproduction. Shooting is to begin in March, and a theatrical release date of June 7, 2013, is targeted.

Chai Time


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.



Take a shot at the brain game while sipping your cuppa


QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Longest possible sentence 5 Fungus-to-be 10 Bottoms of columns 14 Ballpark figures? 15 Unlike an ort 16 Aussie gemstone 17 Insolent talk 18 "Oho!" and such 19 Fiddling Roman 20 Demolition compound 21 Kind of artist 23 Periods of duty at sea 25 Finish ahead of 26 Hardly macho 28 ___ different tune (changed one's mind) 30 "You can say that ____!" 31 Distinctive historical period 32 Cross-referencing word, in crosswords 35 Cuckoo, in Cancun 36 Danish bread? 37 It may be rigged 38 Relic in the first Indiana Jones movie 39 Subtly sarcastic 40 They work in beds 41 Wooden shingle 42 Second cousin? 43 Legally prohibit 45 Thanked the audience, in a way 46 Place to exercise a passing fancy? 49 Rubber ducky's spot 52 Where Zeno lectured 53 Mimicking 54 Fish-eating raptor 55 Univ. instructor 56 Chocolate-yielding tree 57 Racetrack pace, sometimes 58 Connecticut Ivy League school 59 Funeral sound 60 ___ for (chooses) DOWN 1 "... ___ any man should

boast" (Ephesians 2:9) 2 Islamic nation 3 Path for a rapidly rising exec 4 Dangerous road shape 5 Protected from danger 6 Home to Notre Dame 7 Involving the ear 8 Need a bath desperately 9 Fix firmly 10 Beethoven piece 11 Turn topsy-turvy 12 Bette's "All About Eve" role 13 Gin flavorer 21 Agatha Christie's "The Mysterious Mr. ____" 22 Jackman of film 24 Stew or miscellany 26 Posh party 27 Transylvanian lab assistant 28 Fine china brand

29 Second-to-none rating 31 Ponch portrayer of TV 32 Where a cop might take aim at you 33 Make, as an income 34 Formerly, in olden days 36 Hitchhiker's load 37 Nonspecific amount 39 Nursery rhyme residence 40 Hockey great Gordie 41 Fighter-plane action 42 Golden Horde member 43 Old paperboy's cry 44 Thread buy 45 Commonplace


46 See at a distance 47 Airplane wing measure 48 Grown-up nits 50 Hospital ward 51 Pari-mutuel transactions 54 Cause of a power trip


THOUGHT OF THE DAY Murphy's Law of Combat: Never forget that your weapon was manufactured by the lowest bidder. – Anonymous



Your tomorrow today̶Star Power and Tarot

Date 14-1-2012


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Businessmen will have smooth trans‑ actions. However, avoid new efforts and selling products on credit. Farm‑ ers can be sure of a bumper harvest. Politicians will be in limelight.

Businessmen will achieve their goals with unrelenting hard work. Transact‑ ions and profits are set to increase. Farmers have to spend for fertilisers and cattle. Debts will upset them.

Politicians need to act with extra cauti‑ on. Be careful while communicating wi‑ th high command and make sure that your points are taken as per your inter‑ pretation. Artists will get contracts.




Artists will be successful in their chal‑ lenging opportunities. Income will so‑ ar with signing of new contracts with reputed production enterprises. Poli‑ ticians will come out of difficulties.

Farmers will reap a bumper harvest but with a lot of struggle. Influence of politi‑ cians set to raise. Enemies will be inac‑ tive. Good news from distance is on the cards. Artists will face competition.

Businessmen will see a boom trend. By adopting novel techniques they will gain. Partners too, will extend their support. Farmers will have a bumper harvest by selling their produce for a good price.




Though businessmen will see smooth transactions, they need to be more re‑ sponsible and alert; as there are chan‑ ces of indirect opposition, postpone new efforts and fresh investments.

Businessmen will get their long pend‑ ing dues. But deal with those products only which are in high demand, else chances of facing loss likely. Farmers will get loan from bank as expected.

Farmers will see good profits during this season. But unexpected problems likely. Be careful and a good control over the expenses is a must. All work of politicians will be successful.




Businessmen will see a favourable trend and transactions will end suc‑ cessfully. They may think of getting a loan from bank for diversifying; they can go ahead. Hurdles will be over.

Businessmen need to maintain cordiali‑ ty with partners. Small investments m‑ ay be contemplated towards growth in the business. Farmers will have a favo‑ urable time since water is abundant.

Employees need to be cordial with all. They have to work hard to earn a good name. However, they will be re‑ warded well as per their hard work. Businessmen will earn good profits.





The Chariot – Travel is on the cards. You may be moving to another city for a new job. Youʼre excited because you think youʼve landed your dream job.

Queen of Cups – Listen to your heart. It has important thi‑ ngs to tell you. The‑ re are times when you feel isolated and out of tune with the world around you.

The Wheel of Fortune – Nothing lasts forever. The appearance of this card is an indication that you need to take life lightly and look ahead, not back.




Page of Cups – Youʼre in a vulnerable posi‑ tion and may feel like youʼre being taken for a ride. You may not be able to help it. Your experience is limited.

Eight of Wands – This is the card of good fortune. You need to be prepared when this good luck strikes. It may change the course of your life.

Nine of Cups – Your deepest wish is about to come true. But this card also comes with the warning: Be careful what you wish for.




Five of Swords – Con‑ flict, power struggle, confusion and misun‑ derstandings may take your attention away from the job at hand. Stay practical in this difficult time.

Judgment – A new job offer or an offer of a new project wit‑ hin the same compa‑ ny will set you think‑ ing. Youʼre wondering if the extra hours at work will be worth it.

Queen of Swords – Youʼre feeling lonely and quite left out from the group. Itʼs because you have grown and those around you havenʼt, to the same extent.




Six of Swords – Overseas connections are indicated. Itʼs pos‑ sible that youʼve met someone interesting from a foreign coun‑ try recently. It will lead to something.

Seven of Wands – Thereʼs secrecy and mystery around you. People are hiding crucial information from you, and this might put you in a lot of trouble.

The Fool – Youʼre ready to plunge into a totally unfamiliar situation. Itʼs like starting all over aga‑ in. How it works out will depend on your attitude.

For Better or for Worse Stone soup



Number game



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1400 Kannavaari Kalalu 1430 Maavichiguru 1500 Sumangali 1530 Movie - Andamaina Abaddam 1800 Jai Shri Krishna 1830 Shraavani Subramaniam 1900 Mandhara 1930 Auto Bharthi 2000 No. 23, Mahalakshmi Nivasam 2030 Mogali Rekulu 2100 Aparanji 2130 Celebrity Cricket League Telugu Warriors Vs Mumbai Heroes, LIVE 0700 Gemini Vaarthalu 0730 Subhalagnam - Live 0800 Gemini Talkies 0830 Special Programmes 0930 Movie 1130 Adhi Matter 1200 Movie

1400 [V] Vignettes 1430 [V] D3 Dil Dosti Dance 1500 [V] Humse Hai Life 1530 [V] Trailers 1600 [V] Zabardast Hits 1800 [V] Fresh Songs 1830 [V] Humse Hai Life 1900 [V] D3 Dil Dosti Dance 1930 [V] Humse Hai Life 2000 [V] Steal Ur Girlfriend 2100 [V] Behind The Sins 2130 [V] Trailers 2155 [V] Fresh Songs 2200 Love Kiya To Darna Kya 2300 [V] Humse Hai Life 2330 [V] D3 Dil Dosti Dance 0700 [V] Trailers 0730 [V] Zabardast Hits 0800 [V] Mind Blasting Mornings 1100 [V] Fresh Songs 1200 [V] Humse Hai Life

‘[V] D3 Dil Dosti Dance’ at 1900 Hrs on CHANNEL [V]

1300 News Now At 1 1330 News Now 1800 6 PM 1830 Live Report 1900 Primetime 1930 The Game 2000 News Now At 8 2030 Live Report 2100 The Newshour 2200 10 PM 2230 E Now 2300 News Now At 11 2330 News Now Overnight 0900 News Now 0930 The Hidden Truth 1000 News Now

‘The Newshour’ at 2100 Hrs only on TIMES NOW


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1400 Ardhangi 1430 Movie 1800 Veera Naari Jhansi Laxmi Bhai 1830 Kalavari Kodallu 1900 Chinna Kodalu 1930 Pasupukunkuma 2000 Muddu Bidda 2030 Radha Kalyanam 2100 Kanyadanam 2130 Baghyalakshmi Bumper Offer 2230 Shree 2300 Chitrapuri 2330 Latest Songs 0800 Subhamastu 0830 Bhakti Samacharam 0900 Movie 1230 Mee Inti Vanta 1300 Movie

‘Top 10 At 10’ at 2200 Hrs only on ET NOW 1400 The F And O Show 1430 Closing Trades 1600 Business Day 1730 Your Trades 1800 Rush Hour 1830 Tee Time With Shaili Chopra 1900 Global Business Report 1930 Business Express 2000 Business First 2030 Your Trades 2100 Business Tonight 2200 Top 10 At 10 2230 Et Insight 2300 Et Interview 2330 Your Trades 0700 Starting Up 0730 Et Insight 0800 Tee Time With Shaili Chopra 0830 The Market Makers 0900 Your Trades 0930 Investor's Guide 1000 Talking Technicals

1415 CSI - Crime Scene Investigation 1510 Wipeout 2 1605 Flipping Out 1700 The Voice 1800 Reaper 1900 Nz Smashes Guinness World Records 2000 Whacked Out Sports 2030 E Buzz 2100 Minute To Win It 2200 Movie - Paycheck 0900 Sky Teleshopping 0930 E Buzz 0955 Whacked Out Sports 1020 Reaper 1200 Minute To Win It

‘Paycheck’ at 2200 Hrs on AXN

1400 Haar Jeet 1500 Baba Aisa Varr Dhoondo 1600 Haar Jeet 1700 Dharampatni 1730 Sawaare Sabke Sapne – Preeto 1800 Beendh Banuga Ghodi Chadhunga 1830 Baba Aisa Varr Dhoondo 1900 Haar Jeet 1930 Mahima Shani Dev Ki 2000 Dwarkadheesh - Bhagwan Shri Krishn 2030 Sawaare Sabke Sapne – Preeto 2100 Chandragupta Maurya 2200 Baba Aisa Varr Dhoondo 2230 Haar Jeet 2300 Beendh Banuga Ghodi Chadhunga

‘Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha’ at 2230 Hrs on COLORS

‘M K K P B’ at 2200 Hrs on ZEE TV 1400 Hitler Didi 1430 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein 1500 Afsar Bitiya 1530 Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 1600 Pavitra Rishta 1630 Club Repeat 1800 Hitler Didi 1830 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein 1900 Afsar Bitiya 1930 Choti Bahu 2 2000 Hitler Didi 2030 Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli 2100 Pavitra Rishta 2130 Ram Milaye Jodi 2200 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein 2230 Bhagonwali 2300 Afsar Bitiya

1400 Saas Bina Sasuraal 1430 Bade Achhe Lagte Hai 1500 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 1600 Crime Patrol - 3 2000 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 2045 Dekha Ek Khwaab 2130 Parvarrish - Kuchh Khatti Kuchh Meethi 2200 CID 2300 Crime Patrol - Dastak 2330 Kuch Toh Log Kahenge 0700 Telebrands 0730 Sky Star Advertising 0900 Dekha Ek Khwaab 1230 Bade Achhe Lagte Hai

‘Parvarrish - Kuchh Khatti Kuchh Meethi’ at 2130 Hrs on SONY

‘Saath Nibhaana Saathiya’ at 1900 Hrs on STAR PLUS 1400 Sapnon Se Bharey Naina 1500 Survivor India - Exclusive 1600 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behnaa Hai 1630 Sasuraal Genda Phool 1700 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 1730 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 1800 Survivor India - Exclusive 1830 Ruk Jana Nahin 1900 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 1930 Sasuraal Genda Phool 2000 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 2030 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behnaa Hai 2100 Diya Aur Bati Hum 2130 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 2200 Navya 2230 Mann Ki Awaaz… Pratigya 2300 Maryaada ... Lekin Kab Tak?


1350 Contact 1650 The Time Machine 1840 Set It Off 2100 Torque 2240 The Dark Knight 0800 Friends 0830 Good Morning, Miami 0900 Friends 0930 Unaccompanied Minors 1115 The Dark Knight

1350 Gamer 1540 Batman & Robin 1820 Rocky 2100 The Maiden Heist 2255 Final Destination 2 0800 Stormworld - Follow The Bouncing Ball 0830 Stormworld - Escape From New Arkoddia 0900 That's What I Am 1115 Final Destination 2

1400 Scrubs 1430 $H*! My Dad Says 1500 In Plain Sight 1600 Parenthood 1700 Scrubs 1730 $H*! My Dad Says 1800 E News 1900 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2000 Scrubs 2030 America's Funniest Home Videos 2100 Critic’s Choice Awards Zee Studio Simulcast 2300 Scrubs 2330 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 0800 Parenthood 1000 My Wife And Kids 1100 Less Than Perfect 1200 Better With You 1300 Slot 1330 Just For Laughs

‘Man Woman Wild’ at 2200 Hrs on DISCOVERY 1400 I Should'nt Be Alive 1600 Swords 1700 Discovery Showcase 1800 Wild Discovery 1900 Man Woman Wild 2000 Man Vs Wild 2200 Swords 2300 Desire & Pleasure Decoded 1100 Curiosity 1200 I Should'nt Be Alive 1300 Wild Discovery

‘Haar Jeet’ at 2230 Hrs on IMAGINE

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‘Scrubs’ at 2000 Hrs on ZEE CAFE

Veer Shivaji


Storyline - Its Shiva's first attempt at conquering any fort, and this fort is Torna where Chetan Hansraj enters as Inaayat Khan, fort Torna's Killedar and comes face to face with Shivaji.

Storyline - Cops will come across to a mysterious handbag which has a blood stained knife & tissues in it. Forensics department reveals that the blood belongs to 3 different people.

‘Veer Shivaji’ at 2030 Hrs on COLORS

‘CID’ at 2200 Hrs on SONY

‘Two And A Half Men’ at 2000 Hrs on STAR WORLD 1400 Supernatural 1500 Achievers' Club 1600 The Big Bang Theory 1630 The Simpsons 1700 The Shield 1800 Supernatural 1900 Love2 Hate U 2000 Two And A Half Men 2030 The Simpsons 2100 Supernatural 2200 The Shield 2300 The Big Bang Theory 2330 Two And A Half Men 0700 Dexter 0800 The Shield 1000 Combat Hospital 1100 Friends 1200 The Big Bang Theory

‘The Maiden Heist’ at 2100 Hrs on HBO

1400 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 1430 R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya 1500 Lapataganj 1530 Fir 1600 Chidiya Ghar 1630 Gutar Gu 1700 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 1830 R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya 1900 Chidiya Ghar 1930 Lapataganj 2000 Chintu Chinky Aur Ek Badi Si Love Story 2030 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 2100 Chidiya Ghar 2130 R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya 2200 Lapataganj 2230 Fir 2300 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 2330 Chidiya Ghar 0800 Teleshopping 0830 Religious Programmes 0900 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma

‘Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma’ at 2030 Hrs on SAB

‘Race’ at 1400 Hrs on ZOOM 1400 Movie - Race 1730 Star Bonanza 1800 Letz Go! 1900 Planet Bollywood News 1930 The Zoom Review Show 2000 Let's Design 4 2030 Letz Go! 2100 Telly Talk 2130 The Zoom Review Show 2200 B - Tonite 2230 Link'd 2300 Bollywood Bonanza 0700 Letz Go! 0800 Red Carpet 0805 Letz Go! 1100 Zoom Box 1200 Garma Garam 1230 Bollywood Big Story 1300 Zabar 10 1330 Telly Talk

1400 Megascience 1430 What You Can't See 1530 Discovery Science Classics 1630 The Indestructibles 1700 Million 2 One 1730 Top Sniper 1830 Best Of Discovery Science 1930 How The Universe Works 2030 The Indestructibles 2100 Deconstructed 2130 Some Assembly Required 2230 Weaponology 2330 Industrial Revelations 1030 The Indestructibles 1100 Million 2 One 1130 What You Can't See 1230 Best Of Discovery Science 1330 How The Universe Works

‘How To Be A Gentleman’ at 2030 Hrs on BIG CBS PRIME

‘Weaponology’ at 2230 Hrs on DISCOVERY SCIENCE

1430 Jerry Springer 1530 Aspire 1600 Survivor 1700 Bellator 1800 Galileo Extreme 1900 Defenders 2000 Entertainment Tonight 2030 How To Be A Gentleman 2100 Aspire 2130 Big Wheels 2200 Lucha Libre 2300 Movie 0700 Galileo Extreme 0800 Survivor 1000 Defenders 1100 How To Be A Gentleman 1130 Big Wheels 1200 Galileo Extreme 1300 Movie

Playing Field


The games people play

Federer, Nadal in same-half Robert Smith

MELBOURNE: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are in the same half of a grand slam for the first time in seven years after the draw made Friday for next week's Australian Open in Melbourne. Defending champion Novak Djokovic has world number four Andy Murray in the top half of the men's singles draw, while Nadal and Federer, second and third ranked respectively, were placed for the bottom half. It is the first time since the 2005 French Open that 16-time grand slam champion Federer and 10-time major winner Nadal have been pitted in the same half of a grand slam draw. The draw means that if they progress, the quartet will meet in the last four with Djokovic and Murray on collision course and Federer and Nadal eyeing a semi-final clash. Djokovic, who won three of the four grand slams and five Masters titles in a remarkable 2011, begins his Australian Open title defence against Italy's Paolo Lorenzi. "I didn't play in any lead-up tournaments (to the Open) because I played a lot of matches in 2011 and I felt that I didn't have to perform in the first week of the season," Djokovic said at the draw. "I feel comfortable with preparing for an extra week ... I hope it works. "I arrived last Wednesday, for

January 16 – January 29

Women’s draw throws up crackers Robert Smith

MELBOURNE: World number one Caroline Wozniacki could face French Open champion Li Na in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open following Friday's draw for the season-opening grand slam. The Danish top seed, whose world ranking is under threat from Petra Kvitova, also has defending champion Kim Clijsters, third seed Victoria Azarenka and the dangerous Agnieszka Radwanska in her top half of the women's singles draw. Wimbledon champion Kvitova, will face tough opponents as she targets Open glory. Thirteen-time grand slam champion Serena Williams, US Open champion Samantha Stosur and three-time major winner Maria Sharapova all share the Czech lefthander's bottom half of the draw.

the last five-six years I haven't arrived in Melbourne this early so I think I have enough time to prepare for the conditions." Last year's Australian Open final triumph over Murray was the first of seven straight tournament wins for Djokovic in a 41-match winning streak that was finally ended by Federer in the semi-finals of the French Open. "I was playing the best tennis of my life, especially in the opening six months of last season and one of the strongest moments was in Australia last year," Djokovic said. "I lost only one set in the tournament and I played incredible especially in the later rounds of the event, that's something that gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year." Nadal and Federer will start against qualifiers, while twotime finalist Murray, bidding to become Britain's first male major winner since Fred Perry in 1936, takes on American Ryan Harrison. If they progress, Djokovic could face Spanish fifth seed David Ferrer in the quarter-finals while Murray may meet 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the French sixth seed. Federer, a four-time Australian Open champion, could play American eighth seed Mardy Fish in the quarters, while Nadal, who won in Melbourne in 2009, is drawn to face Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych. The Australian Open starts on Monday.


Peterhansel consolidates

AREQUIPA: Stephane Peterhansel of France consolidated his overall lead in the car section of the Dakar Rally on Thursday with victory in the 11th stage of the gruelling race, between Arica, Chile, and the Peruvian town of Arequipa. Mini driver Peterhansel, who is bidding for a 10th win in the Dakar after having already won six times in the motorbikes and three times in the cars, clocked 3hr 56min 53sec over the 598km stage, which featured a 478km timed run. Spanish driver Nani Roma came in second in his Mini at 3:44, with Portugal's Ricardo Leal Dos Santos, also in a Mini, 8:56 behind Peterhansel's pace. "There wasn't much visibility, even opening the road, because the wind blew the dust up making it difficult to see," said Peterhansel, who stretched his lead in the overall standings from Roma to 22:49. "There's around twenty minutes between Nani and me now, with two big stages of dunes to come. We'll have to play it safe. It's always been like that. Each time I've won the car race, I always had a team-mate hot on my heels:

Masuoka, Alphand. There's always been this sort of pressure to handle." There was drama in the motorbike section as France's Cyril Despres claimed his fourth stage win to extend his overall lead on Spain's defending champion Marc Coma. Despres - whose relations with KTM team-mate Coma deteriorated after stewards halved the Frenchman's huge deficit on Monday's stage - added more than two minutes to his advantage on the Spaniard to 2min 22sec in the overall standings. "It was a tough day, all in all! An important development might be if someone moves in between Marc and me. Tomorrow will be complicated, but anything can happen on the Dakar," said Despres. It was also the French rider's 30th stage victory on the Dakar. He finished the 534km special 1min 39sec ahead of another KTM rider Gerard Farres Guell of Spain.

AP lift trophy, and make history too Andhra Pradesh beat Hyderabad to win the trophy. Andhra Pradesh batted first. Hyderabad came on strong by taking a couple of early wickets. But last year’s champs could not capitalise on the bowling performance Rajesh Ravindran


any a time the involvement of politicians in sport and its organisation has drawn flak. But if you were at LB stadium for the final of the 4th VHR U-19 T20 National cricket tourney, you may change your opinion. The event was touted as being national, but in reality it was international. It had teams from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Malaysia taking part. And V Hanumantha Rao, MP, the chairman of the Cricket Federation of India, and the event’s chief patron, saw to it that it was an international affair. There were cheerleaders

gyrating when wickets fell or boundaries were hit. And there were fireworks — before and

after the prize distribution ceremony. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, however, could

not make it to the prize distribution. But there were no complaints: the dazzling fireworks and sizzling cheerleaders obliged and all present forgot the weariness of the wait. If the event was an international affair, the final was a state affair. Andhra Pradesh beat Hyderabad to win the trophy. Andhra Pradesh batted first. Hyderabad came on strong by taking a couple of early wickets. But last year’s champs could not capitalise, as Mallikarjun’s 63 and Syed Ali’s 48 helped AP put on 150 for five. But the luck that favoured Hyderabad captain Arun Deva deserted him when his team went

in to bat. AP succeeded in taking wickets at regular intervals and finally bundled Hyderabad out for 130 and took the title. AP’s victory was spectacular: “We had only six players who were experienced,” said AP’s captain, Rajat Choudhary. “The rest were picked especially for this tourney through selection trials.” And Rajat has an interesting story to tell: this was his first tourney after a seven-month hiatus. And under his leadership, AP won the title without losing a single match in the event — the stuff of champions. And they rewrote history, too: no team that has batted first at the LB stadium and won. They did.


No reprieve for India bats, fans

Twelfth Man



Indian batsman Rahul Dravid loses his bails to a Siddle delivery, while (below) Virender Sehwag is caught behind for naught off fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus. AFP

Babu Kalyanpur

n India were left to taste the greenish wicket at Perth

first with Australia putting them in to bat. This gave Australia the advantage at the start of the Test itself. n Michael Clarke seemed to touch gold again as

India’s top order, as is their wont, were back in the dressing room for a comfortable lunch instead of sweating for it. n The wicket, despite the greenish look, was not

alarming to bat on. It offered bounce and swing but India’s batsmen did not apply themselves. n Both teams opted for four pace bowlers. Australia’s

fast men used the wicket intelligently and picked up four wickets before lunch itself. Ryan Harris, on his return, was the pick. n Virendra Sehwag was once again thought out.

Rahul Dravid’s wall-like approach lasted only 35 balls before he was castled yet another time. Sachin Tendulkar played some stunning straight drives before being trapped leg before. What was needed was some sort of partnership. That was not forthcoming.

Sachin Tendulkar is trapped LBW by Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris on Day 1 of the third cricket Test match against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy today (Friday). AFP




SCOREBOARD India 1st innings

Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris is congratulated by teamates after taking the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar trapped LBW on Day 1 of the third Test in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Series at the WACA ground in Perth on Friday. AFP PHOTO/TONY ASHBY

Kohli, Laxman stem rot PERTH: India limped to 124-4 on the opening morning of Friday of the third Test after Australia sent them in to bat on a lively Perth pitch, with Sachin Tendulkar again out cheaply. Tendulkar’s quest for an elusive 100th international 100 was back on hold as the tourists, trailing 2-0 in the four-Test series, struggled to lunch in a match they must win to have any hope of


retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. At the time of going to press, Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 42 and VVS Laxman was on 22. Tendulkar again looked the best of the Indian batsmen on the unpredictable pitch, producing two elegant straight drives to the boundary in his first over. However, he was deceived by a delivery from recalled paceman

Day’s attendance

Ryan Harris that nipped back and was trapped leg before wicket for 15 as India slumped to 59 for three. Tendulkar has been stranded on 99 Test and one-day international centuries since scoring 111 against South Africa in the World Cup in March. India’s predicament worsened moments later when opener Gautam Gambhir was caught


India run rate

behind off swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus for 31. It took just 20 balls for Australia to make their first breakthrough after captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bowl on a grassy wicket. Opener Virender Sehwag’s wretched series continued when he was caught in the slips by Ricky Ponting off Hilfenhaus for a duck. Sehwag, the subject of

Gambhir c†Haddin b Hilfenhaus 31 V Sehwag c Ponting b Hilfenhaus 0 R Dravid b Siddle 9 SR Tendulkar lbw b Harris 15 VVS Laxman not out 22 V Kohli not out 42 Extras: (b 2, lb 2, w 1) 5 Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-32, 3-59, 4-63 TOTAL 124/4 BOWLING: RJ Harris 14.5-4-26-1 BW Hilfenhaus 15-5-29-2 MA Starc 10-2-36-0 PM Siddle 8-2-29-1

rumours of a rift with captain MS Dhoni, lasted just four balls and the 33-year-old has only 108 runs in five innings in the series at 21.60. Both teams decided to go into the WACA Test with four-man pace attacks. AFP


Playing Field


The games people play

Gerrard to Stoke Red surge Graham Chase

LIVERPOOL: Steven Gerrard will hope to round off a fine week when Liverpool entertain Stoke at Anfield as they try to maintain their pursuit of a European place. Gerrard scored the winning goal in Liverpool’s 1-0 League Cup semi-final first-leg win at Premier League leaders Manchester City on Wednesday. And then the England midfielder, 31, followed that up by signing a long-term deal that will keep him at the club for the rest of his career before he undertakes an ambassadorial role at Anfield. The Reds go into the weekend in sixth place and have attracted criticism for the performances of expensive new signings Andy

Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing. Liverpool — who have not won any silverware since the FA Cup in 2006 — must, given the

league title looks beyond them, either win the League Cup or the FA Cup to avoid their trophy drought stretching into next season, which would be their longest

Tevez’s Milan move breaks down MANCHESTER: Carlos Tevez’s proposed move to Milan has collapsed, leaving the on-strike Argentina forward facing an increasingly uncertain future and the Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, with even less chance of persuading the club’s owners to relax the spending restrictions they have imposed during the January transfer window. After several weeks of protracted talks Milan have pulled out of the negotiations after accepting that City were unwilling to budge when it came to wanting a permanent transfer. Milan had proposed a loan arrangement and a delegation from San Siro, led by the chief executive, Adriano Galliani, and the club’s lawyer, Lorenzo Cantamessa, made one last attempt to persuade City to relax that position during a meeting in London on Thursday. City’s acting chief executive,

John MacBeath, and the football administrator, Brian Marwood, made it clear that the club’s owners in Abu Dhabi were not going to change their mind and the talks broke up with Galliani saying he

would not return with a counterproposal. Milan were always struggling to raise the £20m-£25m transfer fee and the decision of Alexandre Pato to stay in Italy and turn down a move to Paris St-Germain has been a significant factor. Tevez, whose strike at City has lasted two months, is in a state of limbo after making it clear he is unwilling to return to Manchester if a new buyer cannot be found. Internazionale and Juventus have also been monitoring his position but Milan represented Tevez’s best hope and the player’s advisers regard the ¬latest development as a significant setback. The list of clubs with enough money to entertain the idea of taking him on was never particularly long but has now receded to the point that he will have to wait until the summer market unless something dramatically changes between Milan and City.

spell without honours since a barren run from 1966 to 1973. But Gerrard, who missed most of last year through injury, maintains he would not have signed a new contract with the club if he did not believe the Reds were going in the right direction. Midfielder Jay Spearing is doubtful for the game against the Potters after limping out of the City victory with a hamstring problem. But other than Lucas Leiva, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has no other fitness concerns ahead of the weekend. Stoke have caused the Reds plenty of problems at the Britannia Stadium in recent years but have not won at Anfield since 1959.


postnoon E-paper for 13 January 2012  

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