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Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 pays an ode to and celebrates childrens day with 'The natural child', a child art show by artists children . The show is open for public viewing till November 17 from 11.30 am to 7 pm.

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES SHOWS Children of the pyre Children of The Pyre is a compelling compilation of the reallife stories of the lives of seven extraordinary children who make their living out of the dead at Manikarnika, the busiest cremation ground in India. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: November 23, 7pm onwards Contact: 96427 31329

Contact: (040) 2355-4481 Diwali mela Head to Saptaparni for a Diwali Mela. The mela offers beautiful handmade, eco-friendly products for you and gifts for friends, family, children, and homes. Where: Saptaparni, Banjara Hills, Rd No 8 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6666 7707

O womaniya A painting exhibition by Anjani Reddy titled O Womaniya is being held at Muse Art Gallery. Where: Muse Art Gallery, Tank Bund When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2752 2999 Painting exhibition Anuradha Thakur’s exhibition of paintings titled Serene Harmony will be on display upto November 25. Where: Novotel Hyderabad, Airport Hotel, Shamshabad When: Ongoing, 9am onwards Contact: (040) 6625 0000 Puja art work Artworks by Madipadaga Srikanth Anand are being displayed at Balram Art Gallery. The exhibition is on till November 16. Where: Balram Art Gallery, Ashwini Nagar, West Marredpally When: Ongoing, 11am onwards

Festive deals An exclusive handloom exhibition-cum-sale of a variety of traditional saris and dress materials is being held at Lepakshi, Abids till November 12. Where: Lepakshi, Gunfoundry, Abids When: Ongoing, 10 am to 8pm Contact: (040) 2323 5028


Two oceans Two Oceans represents music built on the deep foundations of Carnatic music in dialogue with the basics of western jazz traditions. The concert will be held on November 23. Where: Ravindra Bharati, Saifabad When: November 23, 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2323 1245

Chilli fest Taj Krishna is all set to please the taste buds of all chilli lovers. The chilli festival being held at Spice Junxion. The festival is on for breakfast and lunch till November 15. Where: Taj Banjara, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: Ongoing, 11am and 7pm Contact: (040) 6666 9999

Women on the 6th floor The French movie Les femmes du 6e etage ( women on the 6th floor) will be shown at Alliance Francaise. Where: Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: November 16, 6.30pm

Awadhi food festival Head to the great kebab factory for the Awadhi food festival .The food fest is on till November 15. Where: The Great Kebab Factory, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing Contact: (040) 2330 2244

ART Exile in the wind A painting exhibition by Sisir Sahna is being held at Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills from November 28 to December 8. Where: Kalakrithi Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: November 28 onwards, 11am to 7pm Contact: (040) 66564466

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Over 50 children suffer horrific injuries due to firecrackers as adults continue to turn a blind eye. Even minister for infrastructure Ganta Srinivasa Rao is injured.








Diwali turns sour for 50

Children in focus


ast year we had reported how the State government was seeking suggestions from educationists, parents and academics on how to revamp education in AP. While this was an essential and important move, it didn’t mean that children in the State have it any easier. Why, a lot of them aren’t even in schools and have to work for a living. Happy Children’s Day.

NOVEMBER 14, 2011



pre-cast segments, 322 foundations and 175 piers have been completed so far for the first phase of the Metro Rail project in the City.

Most of the countries I have visited rarely use horns. Even the Asian cities, which are similar to Hyderabad and with similar traffic problems, rarely use horns. M Nooran, researcher See page 7

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


Government not in any danger, it seems. Even with MIM withdrawing support to the Congress government in the State, opposition parties are reluctant to topple it because President’s rule will be imposed.

Minister for infrastructure Ganta Srinivasa Rao, besides some 50 children, suffered burns and injuries during the Diwali revelry.


espite warnings that indiscriminate use of firecrackers would spell disaster, the City ended up with 50 children suffering serious burns. Some are in danger of losing their eyesight. Minister for infrastructure Ganta Srinivasa Rao was bursting crackers in front of his house in Vishakhapatnam when a firework he launched fell right on his foot. He developed a blister on his foot. Rao is under treatment

Cracker casualty Children 50 Woman 1 Minister 1 Property damaged 3 Vehicles burnt 1 Loss `12 lakh

and all his official programmes have been cancelled. Sarojini Devi (SD) government eye hospital at Mehdipatnam and LVP Eye Hospital in Jubilee Hills witnessed heart-rending scenes of wailing parents and suffering children. Scores of children are in intensive care units. A senior ophthalmologist at SD hospital said some 25 children were brought to the hospital last night, 10



Kids spend Children’s Day in hospital. For 50 children, the joy of Diwali has been dampened. They sustained injuries due to fireworks and are being treated. Isn’t it time we celebrate more responsibly?




Of black magic and misplaced faith. A 45-year-old died after he placed his trust in a faith-healer. People should learn to be more sceptical of such practitioners.


Horn not okay please, say residents. Think before you toot your horn next time. Unnecessary honking causes sound pollution, not to mention is annoying.


Metro problems to be sorted out soon. While officials promise that all issues will be ironed out, citizens have little faith in them.

were given primary treatment but the remainder were kept under observation as they had suffered eye injuries. The condition of two children is critical and they are undergoing immediate surgery. In LV Prasad Eye Hospital, 24 children have been put under intensive care. Four of them are in danger of losing their eyesight, hospital sources said. Most suffered damage in their eyes and hands. Emergency operations are to be conducted on four. A parent who was found praying for her son’s eyesight at SD hospital said, “Never will we allow him to touch crackers, if god saves him.” Two more incidents related to crackers have been reported where property has been damaged. The fire brigade officer, Salim Pasha, told Postnoon that the fire brigade received some 30 distress calls last night, all of which were associated with bursting crackers.


et another poor man has become a victim of sorcery. Syed Abbas Ali, 45, was being treated at Osmania Hospital. When his condition did not improve, a friend sug-

Black magic claims another gested that he go to Amil Babu Miyan, a faith healer. Miyan happens to be the caretaker of a dargah. Miyan has reportedly fooled hundreds of people. Ali consented to meet

Miyan. The ‘magician’ visited him at the hospital, made up a story of Shaitan and swore he would banish evil and cure the man. Miyan asked Ali for `5,000 as fee, of which `3,000 was given.

An auspicious day was fixed. Miyan brought materials necessary for the ritual. He gave some papers to Ali’s wife, with instructions that they be burned at home. Though all this was done, Ali died soon after. The death came as a shock to the family members. Miyan is absconding.

Will not resign, says Sambasiva Rao

Two arrested with fake passports

37-year-old sustains burns from crackers

Bull procession taken out in City





enior Congress leader and Party MP, K. Sambasiva Rao said today that he will not withdraw his resignation under any circumstance. The MP was addressing a media gathering after meeting PM Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. The meeting took place in the wake of his public outburst on not getting a berth in recent Union Cabinet expansion.

he police on Monday arrested two persons at Shamshabad airport for having fake passports. During checking by immigration officials, their passports proved to be fake. One person belongs to Punjab and another to Uttar Pradesh. They arrived from Dubai. The arrested persons were handed over to RGIA police station.

Sujatha, a resident of Kawadiguda, suffered burn injuries when she was bursting crackers in front of her home. The 37-year-old was shifted to Osmania Hospital immediately and is undergoing treatment. In another incident, the motorbike of a resident of Dabeerpura was burned when crackers burst over it.

he Sadar (procession of bulls) celebrations began in the City this morning. Sadar is traditionally celebrated the next day after Diwali festival across the City. During the festival, the youth belonging to Yadav families decorate bulls and offer pujas to them, apart from taking out a procession.




Toppling of Kiran govt unlikely Not many are willing to give up their privileges for the pleasure of seeing the Congress government tumble. PK SURENDRAN


espite promptings from various opposition parties, the main opposition party, TDP, is in no hurry to go for a no-confidence motion against the Kiran government in the Winter Session. The reason is clear. In the event of the fall of the Congress government, it would be President’s rule, not another party’s rule in the State. And no party is willing to swap their privileges for President’s rule which, again, is by the Congress. “What is the use?” asked a TDP leader. Following the Majlise-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) withdrawing its outside support, many

were hoping that the TDP would hurriedly come up with a no-confidence notice. The withdrawal of support by MIM, which has seven legislators in the 294-member assembly, will not reduce the government to a minority, but it will infuse a sense of insecurity as party MLAs will be more vulnerable to the predatory tactics of the YSRC and TRS. The ruling party has 152 MLAs, just four more than the 148 required for a simple majority. If the Congress does not go in for giving plumb posts to grumbling MLAs, the party may find it difficult to prevent the magnetic attractions of power and pelf offered by other parties. The main opposition Telugu Desam Party

In the event of the fall of the ruling Congress government, President’s rule would be imposed in AP. (TDP) has 86 members, YSR Congress and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) 17 each, Communist Party of India four, Bharatiya Janata Party three, Communist Party of India-Marxist and Lok Satta one each and others six. Political analysts say allotting spoils of office is the only immediate cure to the temptations offered to Congress MLAs by YSRC. On the other, the TRS could draw some Congress MLAs before the possible mid-term

polls of general elections. While the fall of the Congress government will lead to President’s rule, not many MLAs want this to happen. MIM had supported the government when the TDP moved a no-confidence motion in the Assembly in December last year. As many as 17 legislators of Congress loyal to YSR Congress had supported the motion. While 160 members opposed the motion, 122 supported it. Congress leaders did not appear to be worried about the MIM, as it cannot but support the Congress, they said. “Going over to YSRC is no lasting solution. MIM has to remain with the Congress,” said a confident Congress leader from Rayalaseema.


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Cong T-ministers regroup



Congress T-ministers plan to intensify their demand for a separate state, and may even form a new Telangana front.



he recent announcement of TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao that his party would target the ruling Congress for its betrayal on carving a separate Telangana state is giving sleepless nights to T-Congress leaders. Left red-faced following the statement issued by KCR, these leaders are now planning to take the party high command head on as the last resort. As part of the plan, the T-MPs are gearing up to dash off a letter to party president Sonia Gandhi, appraising her of the strong need to concede a separate Telangana state and prevailing circumstances in the aftermath of TRS president KCR’s action plan to

achieve the separate state. “Yes, we have decided to write a letter to our party president Sonia Gandhi requesting her to immediately carve out a separate Tstate. In our letter, we will tell her how important it is for the party to create a separate state. We will say that if the Congress fails to retain its promise made in 2009, then it would be routed in our region,” Congress MP from Telangana region Ponnam Prabhakar told Postnoon.

ed many suggestions. One of the suggestions was to form a separate outfit to continue our fight. We are seriously mulling over this and will take a final call in the next few days,” a senior T-Congress leader from Warangal district told Postnoon on the condition

of anonymity. Former member of the Congress working committee K Keshava Rao (left) his feelings. “I think the time has come for the party leaders to take a call on their future in the wake of TRS party’s latest action plan,” he summed up.



At a recent meeting held in Hyderabad, these leaders have also primarily made up their mind to quit the Congress if it fails to create the T-state and look for alternatives to continue their struggle till a separate state is created. These alternatives include joining the TRS party and fighting the next general elections on behalf of the separate state champion or forming their own outfit to continue their agitation. The idea that found more support from different T-Congress leaders was to form a separate Telangana Front to fight the next General Elections scheduled to be held in 2014. “Many leaders have extend-


Building burned down on Diwali night? Tenants allege that the owner burned the building to turn them out. Mohd SUBHAN


nder the cover of Diwali cracker bursting, a building was burned down to turn its tenants out. Some 80 people of 15 families living in an old building at Topkhana in Begum Bazaar now find themselves on the road as the entire structure was reduced to ashes last night, allegedly by the owner of the property. “All we have is the clothes we are wearing,” moaned a victim, who swears that the house owner had set it on fire under the specious plea of crackers

The owner claims that a live rocket hit the first floor, where lamination work was in progress, and it set the building on fire. causing the misery. Known as B building, this old structure had over 15 families who were tenaciously clinging to their tenancy. As the fire spread early in the night, people were all awake and they ran out to safety. No casualties were reported. An eyewitness, D Mahesh,

told Postnoon that the owner and his friend had told some tenants that if they would not vacate, the building would be burned down. The owner pleads that it was none of his handiwork but a live rocket that hit the first floor of the building where lamination work was in progress and it set fire to the building. D Mogalamma, a tenant, said many in the building were given warning by the owner and his men, and this surely was a deliberate fire. “We are regularly paying rent. Why are we targeted?” she asked. Some 20 firemen and fire tenders were pressed into service to contain the fire.





Motorists turn a deaf ear to rising noise pollution Md NIZAMUDDIN

The incessant honking by vehicle drivers in the City is adding to the already growing problems caused by noise pollution.


ound horn please’ ! Most of us oblige to this notion and rarely consider this to be an offence. Not only youngsters, but even the middle-aged avail the option, unmindful of the noise pollution it adds to already bustling City roads. Even the traffic police, which considers this to be an ‘offence’ is unable to muzzle it, given the traffic scenario of a City like Hyderabad. “It is the improper ‘licensing system’ in India that should be blamed for the indiscipline on the road, as the motorists are not educated about ‘civic sense’ and ‘etiquettes’ while getting a license,” said an official. Incidents of more than 80 decibels of noise should be booked under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (199 – Class 2), but the traffic police is reluctant to book offenders. As offence requires ‘proof’, which could not be established easily in case of unnecessary honking. Even the ‘no horn zones’ like hospitals, schools, places of worship and communication centres (radio station, police stations and fire stations) are being ignored. Unnecessary honking becomes a phenomenon, as motorists try to negotiate a traffic situation while being aware of the hindrances ahead. Recent trends in Hyderabad include honking of anxious motorists from behind, even before the timer shows zero and signal turns green. “In USA, as it is an offence, people never use the horn. When we can adopt most of the modern aspects, why not follow their civic sense,” says V



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Lakshmana Reddy, president Janachaitanya Vedika. Even the foreigners who are observing the traffic culture express surprise. According to them, the cities in India are rich in culture and heritage, but honking is one of the aspects ruining this perception. “In most of the countries I have visited, commuters rarely use the horn, as it is an offence. Even the Asian cities, which are similar to Hyderabad and have similar traffic problems, rarely see commuters use a horn,” says M Nooran, a researcher from Iran, studying in India. While unnecessary honking is an ‘insult to a person’ in many a developed as well as developing countries, awakening civic sense is a distance dream for the police officials who are fighting this phenomenon. The traffic police were able to bring down the cases of ‘multi toned’ or ‘multi-tuned’ horns by booking cases. But could not curtail the ‘honking’. According to the traffic officials, unless it is a deep ‘U’ turn or at the junction during the nights or while coming to main road from small lane, it is not necessary to use the horn, if speed limits are followed. “People must learn driving from a good instructor. The ones who uses horn unnecessarily cannot be called a good instructor,” advises a higher official.





Diwali is one of the most awaited festivals of the year. Diyas, colourful fireworks, marigolds on doorsteps, sweets, dry fruit and much more. City denizens celebrated the festival of lights by spending time with their loved ones and basking in the glow of spirituality.




Metro pledges that the public will not suffer But people have little faith in GHMC and the HMDA, and are not sure of the Metro Rail either.



&T Hyderabad which implements the Metro Rail has sought cooperation of the State government and the MA&UD for the right of way clearances like shifting of utilities, pipelines so that the project could be completed in time. Project director MP Naidu said that any delays in the project will impact the entire State. “We need full support and coordination from the State government if we are to speed up the project. It is the problem of clearances that has affected us continuously through the many phases of the rail project,” he said. While that may be the case, 322 foundations, 175 piers and 760 pre-cast segments have been completed so far for the first phase of the project. The project director’s request for utility clearances has touched an old issue that the HMRL have conveniently forgotten. “Shifting pipelines, communication cables is not an easy task. As it is the residents of Sultan Bazaar are up in arms against the entire project. While I believe the Metro Rail is in the interest of the commu-

nity, there is no say on the number of civic problems it will create during its many phases,” says a resident of LB Nagar where the pier foundations and road clearances will take place shortly. Minister Maheedhar Reddy assured the L&T HMRL that utility clearances will be looked into shortly and that the pace of the project is not going

to be affected in anyway. “This was the same problem that the Metro Rail projects in Chennai and Bangalore too faced. But since the State government

has been very liberal with the citizens over its recompensation prices offered, we have not heard many complaints so far.”

Authorities from the HMRL reassured the public that all clearances will be repaired and replaced during the project’s work so as to not affect the public. “We are working closely with the HMDA and the GHMC to ensure that whatever road works, utility clearances we make, are attended to without causing any prob-

lem. We are also looking closely into the problem of relocating religious structures as it is a communally sensitive issue,” said a senior engineer from the HMRL. Residents however are not happy with their assurances. “I have no faith in the GHMC as they have failed to keep their promises. Even now we have water logging and chipped road surfaces despite so many crores of rupees being spent for the City’s beautification. I doubt if the Metro Rail will bring any sudden fresh change in the municipality’s administration,” says C Ramaiah, a resident of Khairtabad.

We need full support and coordination from the State government if we are to speed up the Metro project. It is a problem of clearances . MP Naidu Project director




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The miner sold its Canadian assets to Harry Winston. SYDNEY: The world’s largest miner BHP Billiton on Wednesday said it was exiting the diamond industry, selling its Canadian assets to retailer Harry Winston Diamond Corp for US$500 million. BHP had an 80 per cent stake in the remote EKATI diamond mine, some 200 kilometres (120 miles) south of the Arctic Circle which produces more than three million carats of rough diamonds a year.

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mine’s contribution to northern Canada for many years to come.” Mining analyst Jeff Largey told Dow Jones the price tag was at the bottom end of value estimates. “We never thought it was an asset worth billions of dollars. The price is probably at the lower end of our valuation range,” he said. BHP’s decision followed a review of the diamond business launched last year, with the Anglo-Australian miner deciding that there was limited ability to expand given the scarcity of large deposits worldwide. “Together with the recent sale of our interests in Richards Bay Minerals (mineral sands) and Yeelirrie (uranium), the sale reflects our ongoing pursuit of a simpler business,” BHP chief executive non-ferrous Andrew Mackenzie said. The company sees its future core assets being iron ore, coal, copper, petroleum and potash. Completion of the deal is expected in the first quarter of 2013 and follows BHP last December agreeing to sell its 51 percent interest in the Chidliak diamond exploration project, also in Canada, to Peregrine Diamonds. AFP


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OPPOSING FDI PRIORITY IN PARLIAMENT: CPI-M LEADER Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Basudeb Acharia said Tuesday that opposing FDI in multi-brand retail was the party’s “top priority” in the winter session of parliament. “FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in mutlti-brand retail is top priority,” Acharia, leader of the CPI-M in the Lok Sabha, told IANS.


Bal Thackeray ‘critical’


hiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, who is ailing for sometime, is on continuous oxygen and not eating anything. “Bal Thackeray is not on ventilator, but is on continuous oxygen,” his close source said on Tuesday. He said the 86year-old Sena patriarch, who has been suffering from breathing problems, continues to be under


medical supervision. “His health is not so good. He is not eating anything,” he said. A number of leaders including former President Pratibha Patil have visited Thackeray’s residence over the past few days. Thackeray has been unwell for some time. Last month, he could not attend his party’s annual Dussera rally in Mumbai. PTI


Tea planter killed in Assam GUWAHATI: Suspected cadres of the anti-talk faction of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) Tuesday killed the owner of a tea estate and injured his guard in Assam, police said. Police said that a group of suspected antitalk NDFB cadres fired at the vehicle of Adilur Rahman and his security personnel at Nagada in Sonitpur district near Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. Rahman died on the spot. Nagada is located

Police said that a group of suspected NDFB cadres fired at the vehicle of Adilur Rahman.

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about 20km north of Sootea subdivision in the district. Rahman owned the Mahalaxmi tea estate in the area. “While Rahman died on the spot, one of his security personnel sustained bullet injuries,” said SP Apurba Jiban Baruah.

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Man killed for advising youths to drive safe

SALEM: A man was allegedly beaten to death at Attur in the district by five people who were irked over his advising them to drive safely, police said today. Police said the man was driving

his two-wheeler last night when three people on a motorcycle and two others rode past him with one of the riders standing. He advised them to drive safely and soon after the motorcycle carry-

ing the three people toppled, sending them crashing to the ground. The five accused, who were allegedly in an inebriated state, thrashed the man, who died on the spot, police said. PTI

ATTARI (AMRITSAR): Fifteen Indian fishermen, released from Pakistani jails, have been repatriated through the land transit route of Attari-Wagah border. Officials at Attari border said that all the Indian nationals crossed over late night after the routine beating retreat ceremony. “All the prisoners reached India last night around 10pm. They were

freed from Laandi jail in Karachi and crossed over to India on the basis of Emergency Travel Certificate issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad,” an official said. All the fishermen were arrested by the Pakistani Coast Guards in the Arabian Sea. Pakistan and India arrest dozens of fishermen every year for violating maritime boundaries.

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Tripura ready to set up border haats

Near-miss involving Indigo plane, chopper at UP airport

JAIPUR: An elderly woman was murdered and her legs chopped off by unidentified miscreants for her silver anklets in Rajasthan’s Dausa district. Narayani Devi, 70, was found dead in her house yesterday with her legs chopped off by culprits who robbed her silver anklets, police said today. “She was staying alone in the house in Shiv colony of Mahua town while her sons were in another village when the incident occurred late” police said.

JAIPUR: Two men were killed and six others injured when two jeeps collided head on in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district, police said. The incident occurred on Mega highway near Dardandu village under Roopangarh police station area, police said. Vikram Singh, 26, was travelling in a marshal jeep while Amin, 30, was in the other jeep. They were declared brought dead in a nearby hospital Parbatsar, police said. The injured are being treated.

AGARTALA: Tripura government is awaiting approval from neighbouring Bangladesh for setting up of two border haats (markets), a minister said today. “We are now waiting for approval of Bangladesh government to set up two border haats. After the neighbouring country’s approval comes, two haats would be constructed at Kasba in Sipahijala district and Srinagar in South Tripura,” minister Jitendra Chowdhury said.

LUCKNOW: In a narrow escape, an Indigo plane from Mumbai with over 180 people on board aborted landing at the airport here after its pilot detected a chopper of UP government in close range, prompting authorities to order an inquiry. The incident was reported last evening as the plane and the chopper were about to land at Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, a senior airport official said here today.





US President Barack Obama today called half-a-dozen world leaders, including his Afghan and Russian counterparts, and expressed his desire to continue close cooperation with them, the White House said.




Allen gets Obama’s support The four-star general has been dragged into the sex scandal that brought down CIA director David Petraeus.

BY MATHIEU RABECHAULT WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama backed the top US commander in Afghanistan on Tuesday after the four-star general was dragged into the sex scandal that brought down CIA director David Petraeus. General John Allen was placed under investiga-

sent to another married woman at the heart of the scandal. According to a senior Pentagon official, the married general denies any sexual liaison with 37-year-old Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, but the “sheer volume” of correspondence could amount to “conduct unbecoming an officer.” Due to face lawmakers this week for a hearing to confirm his promotion to the post of NATO’s supreme commander in Europe, Allen will now return to Kabul and remain in

of General Allen and of his service to his country, as well as the job he has done in Afghanistan,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. “He has faith in

that his affair with 40-yearold military reservist Paula Broadwell, who wrote a fawning biography of the general, would become public. FBI agents stumbled on

charge of allied forces in Afghanistan until the probe is over. “I can tell you that the president thinks very highly

General Allen,” Carney said, adding that the White House had known about the Allen strand to the investigation since Friday. Petraeus resigned last week when it became clear

the liaison after a complaint from Kelley — a close friend of both Petraeus and Allen — who told a federal agent that she had received threatening emails. AFP

Petraeus stars in Call of Duty T he sex scandal that forced the resignation of CIA chief David Petraeus has not stopped him from achieving greatness in the make-believe world of action videogames. An animated version of the fallen US spymaster has a part in what is expected to be the top selling video game of the year — freshly-launched military espionage action title “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.” Petraeus is promoted to US Secretary of Defense in the game, set in a fictional nearfuture, serving under a woman

WASHINGTON: Prosecutors called Tuesday for a US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers to face a full court-martial and even death. But the family of Sergeant Robert Bales insisted he was innocent until proven guilty, calling him “courageous and honorable,” while his lawyer raised questions about the role of alcohol, drugs and stress in the tragedy. Wrapping up their case in the pre-trial hearing, prosecutors lashed the “heinous and despicable” alleged massacre in March, details of which were given during an eight-day hearing at a military base.

‘Kip’ demoted for profligacy

The married general denies any sexual liaison with Jill Kelley, but the “volume” of correspondence could amount to “conduct unbecoming an officer.” tion after FBI agents probing email threats sent by Petraeus’ mistress stumbled upon a vast trove of messages Allen

US soldier may face death for massacre

president who resembles Hillary Clinton. The game, and the role of Petraeus, was created well

before the sex scandal erupted last week around the former four-star US general who headed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” -- the sequel to an earlier Cold War-set episode in the recordselling franchise -- whisks players to a fictional 2025 in which a Nicaraguan militant is plotting to undermine US security. Players following the game’s main storyline will come upon Petraeus taking custody of a terrorist prisoner on a virtual aircraft carrier called the USS Barack Obama. AFP

WASHINGTON: A fourstar general who headed US Africa Command has been demoted amid charges he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on pricey travel, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta demoted General William “Kip” Ward, who was asked to reimburse $82,000 for having inappropriately used Pentagon travel funds, a senior defense official said on condition of anonymity.

Senators on David’s case SAN FRANCISCO: Republican and Democratic senators on Tuesday called for scandal-plagued CIA ex-director David Petraeus to testify about the deadly September 11 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya. “I believe he will (testify). I think he’s a responsible person, and I believe he will come,” Democrat Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said on CNN. AFP

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott Wednesday came under fire for remarks in which he said an indigenous lawmaker was an “urban Aboriginal” and urged the election of an “authentic” one. Abbott, whom Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard recently accused of being a misogynist in a withering attack that went viral, defended his comments, saying it was important that more Aborigines were elected to parliament.



is the number of electoral college seats that Barack Obama won in Florida. Meanwhile, election officials have come under fire for mishandling the ballot.

ACTION IN MALI The African Union has endorsed a plan for military intervention to regain control of Mali’s desert north from Islamist rebels and restore the authority of the state. African nations and the international community have expressed growing concern over the continued occupation of Mali’s north since it could provide a safe haven to Al Qaedalinked extremist groups and criminal gangs. Leaders from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meeting Sunday in Abuja agreed to send 3,300 soldiers to retake north Mali.

If had to spend many years in one of our prisons, I would rather die. I have to improve the system, to fulfill my task. Jose Eduardo Cardozo Brazil’s justice minister was talking about the need for reform in nations prisons.





Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday closed a pivotal ruling Communist Party congress tasked with choosing a new circle of top leaders who will guide the world's most populous nation for a decade.


Grand political theatre China is the world's second-biggest economy, a country of rapidly ascending skyscrapers and keen smartphone buyers, where online debate is ever more outspoken — when the censors allow. But its power structures remain a throwback to the era of Lenin, rooted in the Soviet-backed Communist revolution that brought the ruling party to power in 1949. SEBASTIEN BLANC Agencie France-Presse


arching on stage in regulation dark suits, China's new leaders will soon reveal themselves in a piece of political theatre critics say is increasingly out of step with a fastmodernising society. China is the world's second-biggest economy, a country of rapidly ascending skyscrapers and keen smartphone buyers, where online debate is ever more outspoken — when the censors allow. But its power structures remain a throwback to the era of Lenin, rooted in the Soviet-backed Communist revolution that brought the ruling party to power in 1949. Every five years, following the end of the party congress a new leadership line up chosen in secret backroom negotiations steps out stiffly for China and the world to see. Then they walk off, normally without having said a word. Cynics compare it to a well-dressed police identity parade. It is a pointed juxtaposition with Barack Obama's reelection at the US ballot box last week, after months of public campaigning in the full glare of American and global media attention. Instead China's handover is decided in secret by a handful of power brokers and rubberstamped at the congress, which will this time see Hu Jintao step down as party head to make way for current Vice President Xi Jinping. Pei Minxin, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College in the US, said there were "lots and lots of unanswered questions" about the transition. "I do not believe this advances the cause of democracy," he said. "Let us face it, only 2,200 people will be selecting the Central Committee members." The event is painstakingly choreographed, down to

the smartly-dressed women who waltz through the Great Hall of the People serving the delegates tea. It is replete with Communist jargon — Hu's opening report was entitled: "Firmly march on the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and strive to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects." Taxis in Beijing have reportedly had their windows sealed to prevent passengers throwing out "reactionary propaganda", and ping pong balls banned, apparently for fear they may be scrawled with subversive messages. Since the 18th congress began last Thursday, none of the delegates — who wear nametags emblazoned with a hammer and sickle logo — has made a statement diverging from the official party line. But outside the cavernous auditorium the online reactions of ordinary Chinese are markedly different. The authorities keep a tight rein on the country's social media, deleting posts they disapprove of and censoring search results on controversial topics, but some comments slip through. During the live broadcast of Hu's speech many viewers focused their attention on former president Jiang Zemin, 86, who sat in the middle of the podium, sporting dyed reddish-brown hair. "Tell us grandpa, what play are you in? With your brown-tinted hair are you going to perform Gangnam Style?" said a microblogger named Xiakaimao, referring to the South Korean pop sensation. "This entire process is a classic black-box operation," said Willy Lam, political analyst at Chinese University of Hong Kong. "It's rule of man, not rule of law." A paramilitary policeman stands before the Great Hall of the In the run-up to the congress and the US vote, one People before the closing ceremony of the Communist Party microblog user wrote: "Being American sucks. It's one Congress in Beijing. The week-long Communist Party Congress will end with a transition of power to Vice-President Xi Jinping, who will day before the election and they still don't know who govern for the coming decade amid growing pressure for reform of their next president will be. We knew ours five years the communist regime's iron-clad grip on power. AFP/ ED JONES ago."


Comment But although all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it arises from experience. Immanuel Kant Philosopher

Night of the generals THE HUMAN CONDITION Dean Williams


he General David Petraeus saga has now engulfed General John Allen, who, it is claimed, exchanged ‘flirtatious’ e-mails with Petraeus’s jealous mistress, Jill Kelley. General Allen maintains he did nothing wrong, and the White House is standing by their man. Petraeus, on the other hand, resigned from his post as CIA director once the full extent of dalliances was revealed. Should a man resign for indiscretions that have no bearing on his job? I don’t believe so, unless of course, Petraeus’s pillow talk consisted of revealing to Miss Kelley the real identities of all CIA operatives. The only people Petraeus owes an apology to are his family. He was never elected to his post by the people of America, and hence doesn’t owe them anything. Quitting your post when you have failed the very people who have stood by you through the arc of your career and life means nothing. The pain of your wife and your children transcends the occupational hazards one endures. For them, saying ‘sorry to the nation and your commander in chief’ holds little solace. I’m sure Petraeus will now concentrate on building bridges that have crashed and burned so catastrophically with his family. That he was a good general is never going to be in question; neither is the fact that he is a decent man. Unfortunately humans are born fallible. It is how you deal with those momentary lapses in reason that truly counts. And the saddest part is that family almost always forgives, for better or for worse.

HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS Wives of party-members are prettier than those of non party members, said Liang Wengen, 56, billionaire chairman of the construction equipment maker Sany Group, and a delegate at the China Congress. Join the party: you will have gaadi, bunglah, and sab kuch and a pretty wife, too.




Ajay Hotchandani


ear readers of Postnoon in the wonderful city of Hyderabad. This following was a letter written while I was living in Miami Beach. Given the traffic situation in India I believe some of the following may be applicable to you situation. Please feel free to tailor the letter to your environment and mail it to the proper authorities. To Whom It May Concern: As a resident of Miami Beach I feel it is my duty to bring a serious problem to your attention. A situation that has started several years ago and has festered into a nasty infection that seems to be affecting a vast majority of the patrons of Lincoln Road Mall. An infection, whose primary symptom is “Road Signal Amnesia”. It appears that within that vicinity people develop a sudden case of amnesia and no

longer remember what the “Orange Hand” or “White Man” resemble, or what the green and red lights mean for motorized traffic passing through. These people can easily be identified by the dazed look upon their face and stuttering motion while stranded between the corners of two streets, not sure whether to

retreat to their starting point (which they should have never left in the first place), or make use to the adrenaline surge and run for the border. Whatever they may have chosen to do at

this point is irrelevant because they all have already accomplished one task, annoying the driver, who I might add respected the traffic signal. I don’t want to be like others who just complain but offer no solution to the problem. So to help reduce this epidemic I would like to suggest the following laws be passed and implemented: n Hire guards to stand at each corner and if anyone fails to observe the Orange Hand/ White Man they should be beaten mercilessly with a bamboo stick. They should be beaten to the point where a concussion is induced which will lead to amnesia. The amnesia is essential so as to ensure they cannot recall who conducted the deserved beatings. n Lights! Bright red and green flashing lights placed on the road itself. Just as (fill in latest color craze) is the new black, “looking down while walking across the street” is the new “look both ways before crossing the street”. This way whether looking down or ahead, the pedestrian is given ample warning that there is probably someone racing down the street in their gas guzzling SUV to get

to their tanning appointment and is willing to take you out to get there on time. n For the special few who insist on crossing the street when they shouldn’t while talking on the cell phone and then shooting the driver of the car a look that conveys, “Hey can’t you see I’m cool and on an important phone call with my Colon Cleansing specialist”. Yea those annoying drain on society should be beaten while being yelled at, “CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?” Then they should be made to apply for a permit to reproduce, as it might be in society’s best interest if they did not further sink the average IQ by introducing another person that most likely will not be able to comprehend simple signs. n Since South Florida is a tourist friendly area, we wouldn’t want to do anything too drastic to our tourist to loose that appeal. So for tourists who cross when they shouldn’t, their first offense should be made punishable by letting them in on the secret that Mickey Mouse is not really a giant mouse but rather just a person in a mouse costume. On their second offense, they will have all their digital pictures erased. Final offense means deportation. If you feel more drastic measures are warranted I will fully support your decision. Being the proper authorities, I hope you address this problem before this epidemic becomes a pandemic, affecting all the streets of South Florida. Yours truly, Ajay Hotchandani

EDITORIALS Let’s get cracking for a safe diwali next time


isfortune has no sense of occasion, or discrimination. In yesterday’s spree of blasts, more than 50 children and a minister were injured. It is understandable that it’s diwali, it’s time to have a ‘blast’, but not at the expense of care, caution and concern for ourselves and those around us. The streets reminded one of images from war movies... explosions, blinding light... deafening sounds... not to speak of the shock one should be in if a cracker bursts in close proximity. Most danger is posed by misdirected rockets set alight on the roadside, for they may find their target in hapless pedestrians and motorists, which may set them of course leading to a bigger accident. But the sorry fact is we never learn


despite the figures and the seriousness of the accidents. Ask any of the ‘revellers’ about the danger they pose, and they retort either with “Everyone’s doing it” or “it’s DIWALI”. They do not realise it only takes a ‘bad’ cracker, a rocket that’s off course, a momentary lapse in your attention to turn the festival of joy and light into an occasion of darkness and sadness, blighting every diwali of your life after that cursed moment. Not to mention the horror our pets like dogs go through every time a cracker goes off. With every passing day we are getting closer and closer in terms of space to live... more community living... more apartments... As in the days of yore we are running out of open spaces to indulge in ‘blasts’. But the lights are fine and let’s keep to that. Let’s have a safe diwali next time.

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




Nikki Reed who starred as Rosalie in Twilight was known as a "bad girl" for the 2003 drama Thirteen, which she co-wrote and based off her own life.



Light at the end of tunnel The Twilight Saga has undeniably changed the lives of its lead actors, the author and a studio, which was starving for profit margins. With The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the last film of this incredibly successful franchise set to release this weekend, we take a look at what's next for the most important people attached with the project. Compiled by HEMANTH KUMAR

Kristen Stewart

Robert Pattinson


fter playing supporting roles in Panic Room, Zathura and Into The Wild, Kristen Stewart found herself in unfamiliar territory when she bagged the lead role in Twilight back in 2008. The phenomenal success of the film catapulted her fame to dazzling heights and she became a darling of the paparazzi. The 22 year-old-actress is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood today. In recent times, she was in news for her alleged affair with Rupert Sanders, the director of her film Snow White and the Huntsman, which forced her to issue a public apology to her boyfriend Robert Pattinson. She'll soon be seen in Walter Salles' On the Road and Ben Afflect starrer Focus in which she plays a woman who falls for a veteran con man.


obert Pattinson have millions of girls swoon over him for his portrayal of Edward Cullen, the vampire whose relationship with Bella Swan forms the backbone of the Twilight Saga. The film made him a star overnight and he was even voted one of the most influential stars in Hollywood today. His on-off relationship with Kristen Stewart has been the subject of much media coverage which shows the extent to which the couple have influenced pop culture. Having played the lead role in David Cronenberg Cosmopolis, Pattinson is in talks now to star in The Rover, Queen of the Desert, Mission: Blacklist, Maps To The Stars and Hold On To Me.

Taylor Lautner

Stephenie Meyer


wilight was Taylor Lautner's ticket to stardom. The uber popularity his character in the series led leading publications like GQ, People and Rolling Stone claiming that Taylor is going to be the epitome of pop culture. In the Twilight saga, he plays Jacob Black who's in love with Bella Swan and his tussle with Edward Cullen forms a major conflict in the first two films. He has already been voted as one of the 50 sexiest men in Hollywood and People Magazine named him in the 'Most Amazing Bodies' list. In 2013, he'll be seen in Dennis Dugan's Grown Ups 2 in which he'll share the screen space with Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek


Summit Entertainment


n 2007, when Summit Entertainment bought the rights of The Twilight Saga, it was in deep trouble. Unlike most other studios, it didn't have a franchise which could consistently churn out profits at box office. The success of Twilight in 2008 changed everything for the studio and in the past four years the series has raked in more than $2 billion at box office across the world. In the past few years, the studio has backed films like The Hurt Locker, 50/50, Red and Step Up series, but none of them have been able to match the box office revenues generated from any of the films inTwilight series. In early 2012, Summit Entertainment was acquired by Lions Gate Entertainment for $412.5 million. The studio is now backing numerous projects including Red 2, Warm Bodies and The Tomb that stars Arnond Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

tephenie Meyer's life changed forever soon after her first novel Twilight was published in 2005. The novel's rights were bought by Summit Entertainment studio in 2007 and Meyer co-wrote the screenplay along with Melissa Rosenberg. More than 100 million copies of The Twilight Series have been sold so far and they have been translated into 37 different languages. Meyer is one of the richest authors in the world today and she earns more than $40 million every year. AfterTwilight, one of her other books The Host is being adapted into a film by Andrew Niccol and Meyer herself has produced an indie film titled Austenland, which is based on Shannon Hale's novel.


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SOME SUN Vivanta by Taj recently played host to a bevy of beautiful girls from the Miss Hyderabad competition. The girls were spotted enjoying themselves at the Sunday barbecue brunch. 1 Ankita Sharma 2 Subhashini 3 Natasha 4 Bindu 5 Alice 6 Urvi Roa 5




Styling it well Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna inaugurated the salon B: Blunt on Monday at Banjara Hills. Also seen in the picture is star hair stylist Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar (left) and franchise partner Poojitha Reddy.

The future awaits The students of Panineeya Mahavidyalaya Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre recently celebrated their fourth convocation day with the KV Ramana, advisor for cultural department for the government of Andhra Pradesh. The convocation was followed by the college day celebration with a variety of performances by the college students.




According to a latest study presented an American conference, richer families are more likely to have cleaner homes which could be increasing their children's likelihood of developing peanut allergies.This is because the homes are oversanatised thus reducing immunity of the child.



A close look at molar pregnancies

A molar pregnancy is a rare condition in which the vesicular tissues form a mass instead of a foetus. in the regular ultrasound that is done within a few weeks of the pregnancy itself. It is very rare that the pregnancy may continue undiagnosed. This may occur in partial mole where the radiologist may only catch the foetus.”



molar pregnancy refers to a condition in which a mass grows in the uterus. It is said to occur when the tissue that was supposed to form the foetus develops into an abnormal mass. Until detected, a molar pregnancy gives the symptoms of a regular pregnancy.


Molar pregnancies can be of two types, namely complete and partial. “In complete molar pregnancies, there is no foetus in the uterus but just a mass. When an ultrasound is done the doctor notices that there has been no foetal development. In a partial molar pregnancy, along with the mass a foetus may also be found in the uterus but there will be abnormalities,” says Dr Anuradha.


According to Dr Rupa Reddy, a City-based gynaecologist, “A molar pregnancy occurs due to a chromosomal defect. It is riskier than a regular pregnancy and is a very rare condition.” Dr Anuradha Panda, consultant gynaecologist, Apollo Health City, explains that the chromosomal abnormality may be in either the paternal or maternal chromosome but is more commonly due to the paternal chromosome. This defect causes the vesicular tissue to form a grape fruit shaped mass. The other possible risk factors include age (the chances of occurrence increase once a woman crosses the age of 30), history of molar pregnancy, history of miscarriage and a diet that is low in the vitamin carotene. In certain cases a diet that includes rice may be a cause.


The symptoms of a molar pregnancy are like any regular pregnancy but are a more exaggerated version. Dr Anuradha explains, “Women may notice symptoms after the third month such as spotting, the height of the uterus may be higher than normal, severe vomiting, blood pressure and hyperthyroidism. Generally, the doctor is able to see the abnormality or the missing foetus



Molar pregnancies can be diagnosed with an ultrasound or also by measuring the Beta HCG (a type of hormone) level which is high in molar pregnancies. Once the doctor has detected that the woman has an abnormal pregnancy, a D&C is done. D&C stands for Dilation and Cutterage. It is done for the surgical removal of part of the lining of the uterus and/or contents of the uterus by scraping and scooping.

POSSIBLE RISK FACTORS Age. The risk for complete molar pregnancy steadily increases after age 35 A history of molar pregnancy, especially if you've had two or more A history of miscarriage A diet low in carotene. Carotene is a form of vitamin A. Women who don't get enough of this vitamin have a higher rate of complete molar pregnancy. SOURCE: WEBMD


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A keloid is a type of scar that can form where somebody has an injury. Keloids are tough and get larger over time, not going away. They can become as big as 30 centimeters long. They are shaped irregularly, rising high above the skin. It is a result of an overgrowth of granulation tissue (collagen type 3) at the site of a healed skin injury which is then slowly replaced by collagen type 1. Keloids are usually firm, rubbery lesions.


Dr Rupa Reddy explains that after a molar pregnancy and subsequent abortion women will have no problem in getting pregnant again although they are asked to keep a gap of at least three years before they plan to get pregnant again. The Beta HCG levels are also followed. Dr Anuradha says, “Post a molar pregnancy, the Beta HCG levels are followed until they come down to a nondetectable level.”

DID YOU KNOW? The tooth can’t repair itself The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself. If you’ve ever chipped a tooth you know just how sadly true this one is. The outer layer of the tooth is enamel which is not a living tissue. Since it’s not alive, it can’t repair itself, leaving your dentist to do the work instead.

PIONEERS Alejandro Zaffaroni Alejandro Zaffaroni is a serial entrepreneur who received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Rochester in 1949. In 1968, he founded Alza, a portmanteau of his name, to develop medical treatments through controlled drug delivery. He modeled new delivery systems after the processes discovered in endocrinology – where glands deliver very small amounts of hormones but have a tremendous effect.


health WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012



‘Nearly half of Indian men with ED are diabetic’ NEW DELHI: Diabetes is emerging as a leading cause of erectile dysfunction(ED) among Indian men. A recent study says that nearly half of Indian men above the age of 40 years suffering from the condition are diabetic. The study conducted by Alpha One Andrology Group - an association of doctors dealing in sexrelated problems in men took into account nearly 2,500 Indian men suffering from erectile dysfunction. “The analysis revealed that 48 percent of men suffering from erectile dysfunction above the age of 40 are diabetic. Diabetes and erectile dysfunction go hand in hand and the results are alarming as over 50 million

not reported due to stigma attached to it. “The causes of erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes are complex and involve impairments in nerve, blood vessel, and muscle function. Diabetes can damage the blood vessels and nerves that control erection,” said Dhir, Men who have diabetes are thought to develop erectile dysfunction nearly 10 to 15 years earlier than men who do not suffer from the disease. “Diabetes affects multiple organs because it affects the blood vessels and the effects are mediated by decreasing blood flow and oxygen. Erection is a blood based phenomenon and the male organ having small blood

A recent study says that nearly half of Indian men above the age of 40 years suffering from erectile dysfunction are diabetic.

Men who have diabetes are thought to develop erectile dysfunction nearly 10 to 15 years earlier than men who do not. Indians are diabetic,” Anup Dhir, reconstruction surgeon and andrologist, told IANS. According to doctors, India is the diabetes capital of the world and correspondingly exhibits a high incidence of erectile dysfunction but they are

vessels is the first to manifest it,” he said. Furthermore, people with diabetes frequently take medication to lower blood pressure. Common prescription blood pressure medications like some diuretics and beta blockers are known to

cause erectile dysfunction. “These drugs not only affect and often times suppress the central nervous system but can also cause serious damage to the blood vessels, resulting in permanent erectile dysfunction,” CM Batra, endocrinologist with Apollo Hospital, said.

International surveys have shown that 80 per cent of men with diabetes develop erectile dysfunction, compared to only 22-25 percent of the general population. “About 50 per cent of men with diabetes will suffer from erectile dysfunction within 10 years of diagno-

sis,” he said. According to Batra, other primary causes include lifestyle problems like smoking, drinking alcohol, being overweight, taking too little exercise and the other lifestyle factors. “The cause can also be in your medicine cabinet as there are more than 300 medicines including a number of prescription and OTC drugs that can cause erectile dysfunction. While these drugs may treat a disease or condition, in doing so they can affect a man’s hormones, nerves, or blood circulation, resulting in ED or increase its risk,” said Batra. IANS

Neural connection in Type 2 diabetes NEW DELHI: Type 2 diabetes, a lifelong chronic disease, has a neural connection with the human body, according to a study conducted by genomic scientist and clinical partners, an official said Monday. The Indian Diabetes Consortium, a pan-India initiative led by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in collaboration with All India Institute of Medical Science, had conducted a study which brought to light a candidate gene called TMEM163, implicated in this disease. “The gene is a vesicular transporter in nerve terminals,” said the study. “The study established a plausible mechanism of action for TMEM163 through impaired insulin secretion. The work involved 12,535 Indians,” said an official. “The breakthrough represents the triumph of Indian Functional Genomics Capacity, whose nucleation started almost 15 years ago under the CSIR umbrella with an objective to advance understanding towards complex diseases prevalent amongst Indians,” said Samir K. Brahmachari, director general, CSIR. IANS


Can depression be combated with diet?

MELBOURNE: Australian researchers are conducting the world’s first clinical study to determine whether an improved diet can help people suffering from major depression. Scientist Felice Jaka said the researchers will specifically look into whether a Mediterranean and red meat diet can alleviate depressive symptoms.

“Diet quality seems to be related to the risk of depression and anxiety,” Jaka said. “But of course a different question is if you’re already depressed, does improving your diet actually help?” she said. Scientists at Victoria’s Deakin University, St Vincent’s Hospital and Barwon Health are recruiting 200 people in Melbourne

and Geelong to take part. “The Mediterranean diet is very healthy and that’s one that has lots of plant foods and vegetables and fruits, whole grains and fish but our research has indicated that red meat may also be important,” she said. Jaka further said it was unlikely a change of diet would form the primary treatment of

depression. “Anti-depression medications are very helpful to many people and important but for some people they are not effective, so we certainly wouldn’t see this as an either-or,” she said. “We would see this as supporting as any other sort of therapy that people may be on,” she added. PTI





Let the mind games begin... HEMANTH KUMAR


R Murugadoss is back with a bang. His latest film Thuppakki starring Vijay, Kajal and Vidyut is a gripping action entertainer where an army officer has to stop a terrorist organisation from wrecking havoc in Mumbai. Such films have been made in the past as well, but this one is a notch above the rest, thanks to Murugadoss’ smart writing, good casting and a strong technical team. Vijay plays Jagadish, an army officer who’s on a long vacation. He comes to Mumbai to visit his family and pretty soon he’s introduced to Nisha-Kajal Aggarwal. Meanwhile, Vijay finds out that someone is planning a series of bomb blasts in Mumbai and he goes on a manhunt to stop the crisis. Eventually, this leads him to the gang’s leader (Vidyut). The rest of the story is about the mind games which Jagadish and the terrorist gang’s leader play in their attempts to outdo each other. Vijay is fabulous as an army officer. Right from the moment he nabs a terrorist who plants a bomb in the bus, till the point where he comes face to face with the gang’s leader, Vijay is quite frankly the backbone of the film. Kajal is gorgeous in the film

and her scenes with Vijay are some of the most endearing ones in the film. Vidyut is menacing as the chief of the terrorist group and it’s a pity that he didn’t get a bigger role to play in the film. The confrontation scenes between Vijay and Vidyut are a major highlight of the film. After a point, one would tend to think that AR Murugadoss would definitely hit a home run, but there comes the problem. The film’s climax completely falls flat and doesn’t do justice to the incredible hype which is built around the final confrontation between Vijay and Vidyut. Moreover, the placement of songs and romantic sequences right in the middle of a tense drama is a major distraction, but then one can’t complain much about such cinematic liberties. Harris Jayaraj makes up for uninspiring tunes with a phenomenal background score and Santosh Sivan’s cinematography is top notch. His vision of Mumbai and his eye for detail is amazing throughout the film. After 7aam Arivu, AR Murugadoss makes a strong comeback with Thuppakki. It’s an engaging film, despite a runtime of 170 minutes, and completely catches you by surprise at times. Thumbs up for Thuppaki. It’s won’t blow your brains away, but it’s definitely worth watching.

AR Murugadoss’ Thuppakki starring Vijay, Kajal and Vidyut is a smartly packaged action entertainer which is surprisingly riveting all the way till the climax before ending on an underwhelming note.

Ongole Githa’s first look unveiled


he first look of Ram’s upcoming film Ongole Githa was unveiled a couple of days ago. Bhaskar is directing the film and BVSN Prasad is producing it. Kriti Kharbanda is playing Ram’s romantic interest. The film is likely to hit the screens in December this year and the music, composed by GV Prakash, will be unveiled soon.

SVSC’s audio launch on December 13


Movie : Thuppakki Cast : Vijay, Kajal, Vidyut Director : A R Murugadoss Rating :

he audio of Mahesh Babu, Venkatesh starrer Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu is going to launched on December 13, on the eve of Venkatesh’s birthday. Samantha, Anjali, Prakash Raj and Jayasudha are playing important roles. Srikanth Addala is directing the film and Dil Raju is producing it. Mickey J Meyer is composing the music.

Balupu goes on floors


he principal shooting of Ravi Teja, Shruti Haasan starrer Balupu is going to begin from today. Anjali is playing the second lead role opposite Ravi Teja in this mass entertainer. Gopichand Malineni, the director of Don Seenu and Bodyguard, is going to helm the film and Prasad V Potluri is producing it. SS Thaman is composing the music.


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Sonakshi likely to dub for ‘Rise of the Guardians’


ollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha is likely to be roped in to lend her voice to the Hindi version of Hollywood animation film Rise of the Guardians. DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians will release in India around Christmas. It is set in the backdrop of five guardian angels coming together to save the world. IANS

Hrithik’s dedication leaves Vivek impressed


ctor Vivek Oberoi is highly impressed by his Krrish 3 co-star Hrithik Roshan as the latter did not stop shooting even after his hand got bruised during a scene. “So impressed with Hrithik. Even with a profusely bleeding cut in the hand, he kept shooting with absolute dedication! Hats off! Inspiring,” Vivek posted on Twitter. IANS

Bazmee awaits Salman’s dates for ‘No Entry’ sequel


ctress Vidya Balan is eagerly waiting to do a romantic film with a good script, and she is open to working with any actor. “I love romance. I am just waiting for someone to approach me with a good

romantic story, but nothing exciting has come my way so far,” she says. Meanwhile, her real life romance with producer Siddharth Roy Kapur is rocking. It was reported she would marry him by 2012-end, but the actress said: “I also heard about that

rumour. I definitely want to be married someday. It is not far ahead but I am not sure when that would happen,” she says. On the big screen, Vidya will soon be seen in comic thriller Ghanchakkar opposite Emraan Hashmi and Kahaani 2. IANS


ilmmaker Anees Bazmee, who is gearing up for the sequel to No Entry, says he is waiting to get actor Salman Khan’s date for the movie, which is likely to go on floors in 2013. “No Entry Mein Entry is my priority right now. I am waiting to get Salman Khan’s date for this film. The film will, in all probability, go on floors in early 2013,” Bazmee said. IANS

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‘Divorce from Tom Cruise was a shock to my system’

Chris Hemsworth goes to Candy Store


hris Hemsworth’s acting career has never gone as well as it’s going right now and he is certainly taking advantage by taking on as many projects as he can find. The Wrap reports that Hemsworth is getting set to team up with yet another Academy Award-winning filmmaker: Stephen Gaghan. The Aussie star is now attached to play a part in Candy Store.

Kit Harington is eyeing Pompeii


it Harington, known to you and yours as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, is negotiating to star in Pompeii. The film, from Paul WS Anderson (Resident Evil, Alien vs. Predator, and, hello, Mortal Kombat!), will tack a love story onto the 79 A.D.set adventure, Titanic-style.


icole Kidman’s marriage to Tom Cruise may have ended in divorce, but the Oscar winner can’t help but fondly recall when the two met and eventually got hitched in 1990. “I was totally smitten — I fell madly, passionately in love,” Kidman says. “I was reeling over Tom. I would have gone to the ends of the earth for him.” But the 45-yearold actress admits that, in hindsight, she “was so impulsive and naïve” and notes that all the attention she and Cruise received as a couple made them feel a bit isolated. Nicole Kidman channels Grace Kelly for new biopic “We were in a bubble, just the two of us,” Kidman says. “We

became very dependent on one another.” And when they finally did call it quits in 2000, she reveals, “It took me a very long time to heal. It was a shock to the system.” Fast-forward to today, where Kidman is now married to country star Keith Urban. Nicole Kidman “gets down and dirty” with Zac Efron in The Paperboy “He is a wonderful, caring man and he makes me feel secure,” she says of her husband, with whom she has two daughters. “We don’t ever like to be separated.” Kidman is also hard at work shooting Grace of Monaco, in which she plays Princess Grace Kelly. When it’s brought up in the interview, that, like Kelly, she is a fashion icon, Kidman insists, “Oh, no I’m not! I love fashion, but I don’t think I’m fashionable — and I mean, not in my private life... at home I dress for comfort. After all, I am the mother of two small children.”

Arrow targets Seth Gabel to play big bad ‘Vertigo’


his is sure to make fanboys and girls everywhere dizzy with excitement: Fringe alum Seth Gabel is joining Arrow as a “scary and nightmarish” super-villain modeled after the DC Comics character Vertigo, TVLine has learned exclusively. As we reported earlier this month, The CW hit’s version of Vertigo will be vastly different from the Vlatavan count in the comics.


Chai Time KAKURO

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


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‘14’ in the top row. Look at the 14. This means that the total of the three cells underneath must sum to 14. Therefore 9, 4, 1 could be the answer, or perhaps 7, 4, 3 and so on... So, how do you work out the actual combination? Well, this is done through elimination and cross-referencing. For instance, as you work out the answers for other kakuro clues, this will naturally limit the valid combinations, and hence the answer for this particular run. Note the second cell in row two — it contains two numbers, 30 and 11. The 30 refers to the vertical run underneath the number 30 and the 11 refers to the two cells to the right, horizontally, of the number 11.

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You have to act with patience to achieve your goals. Avoid arguments at work place andbe cordial with colleagues. Works need to be planned properly and drive away the laziness in you. Avoid luxurious expenses.

Good turning point likely with the progress of new efforts undertaken.Marriage delayed for those can expect a good news soon. Some Govt. officials are likely to get favourable transfer to their choice place.


Self confidence and boldness levels will be at their high. You will take bold decisions and implenet the same to get expected results. Businessmen are advised to sign any new contracts after thorough study.

You are capable enough to meet all the challenges faced. Financial position will be very comfortable.Even enemies will become friends. Children will make you feel proud and happy. Some have bright chances to go abroad.

Be careful while you are driving as there are chances of getting hurt. Act wisely to avoid problems which are faced because of bad planetary situation. Some might be forced to resign their job and search for a new one.

Employees feel happy as their superiors will support them well. Some will be happy to get their expected transfer and pay hike.Businessmen will be successful in purchasing the machinery which they wanted to buy for improving business.

Due to your abundant knowledge and rich experience you will achieve without making much of a boasting.You will march ahead smashing the hurdles in front of you. Helps will be received without fail from all the expected sources.

Tensions, wanderings and expenses likely which will make you upset. But you will act with courage ,take bold decisions and come out wisely.Those who wrote certifying exam in interviews for jobs will be successful.

Couple are advised to be in good harmony as chances of misunderstanding likely. Couple deprived of child since long time will get a favourable news. Avoid using mobile while driving as minor accident likely.

Held up works will resume now and get completed faster which will make you cheerful. Professionals and businessmen will be cheerful as they have a very good time that whatever they touch will be successful.

With your calculated and planned efforts only ,difficulties can be driven away. Employees need to work with patience and avoid negligence at workplace so that they will earn a good name with the management.

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Nine of Wands - This is a time to improve your general knowledge and get into intellectual discussions.


Four of Swords - You may be a fan of following the rituals because they give you a sense of stability.


Two of Wands You need to play the game that others expect you to play. Life can be simple if your needs are simple.


Problem created by relatives will come to an end. Delayed marriage talks will resume and end favourably. Happy events to take place at home. Tensions existed at work place will come to an end for employees.

Eight of Pentacles - Not everything will go as per your plan. So don’t be upset that your ideas did not work out.



Seven of Cups - Material possessions will take up your attention. Do work paying property tax, organizing your inheritance, etc., today.d

Nine of Cups - It may be practical to distance yourself from an issue that you feel emotionally strong about.



Ace of Pentacles - There are aspirational needs that need fulfilling just so you can feel more confident about yourself.

The Hermit - A surprise is in store. It’s not so much about the gift but the timing and the surprise element that makes you feel so wonderful.


Eight of Cups - Most people get to eat the dessert last. You may be getting to eat it first. While at it, know that you need to burn it.


Five of Pentacles - Eating the wrong foods could be very detrimental to your health plan despite exercising right.





The Fool - This is the beginning of a very fruitful journey in your life. Don’t ignore an idea that pops up. It may turn into something big very soon.


The High Priestess - There is puzzlement and fear about something which you’re not very familiar with.






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Bridget Jones' to return with baby in third book


he perpetually weight and romance-obsessed Brit "everywoman," Bridget Jones, will return to both page and screen. Author Helen Fielding will reportedly publish a third "Bridget Jones" novel in fall of 2013. A subsequent third film is also in the works. The new installment is titled Bridget Jones' Baby.



Husband inspires Nikki Reed


ctress Nikki Reed says her husband Paul McDonald inspires everything she does, including her new jewellery collection Mattlin Era. "I think it's very obvious that since I've been with Paul great things have happened for me. He is so supportive and encouraging and his energy alone is inspiring," quoted Reed as saying. IANS

Cameron Diaz set for the Other Woman


t appears Cameron Diaz will be getting into devious plotting mode for a future comedy. She’s now attached to star in The Other Woman. Written by Melissa Stack, the script finds a woman (most likely Diaz) discovering that she’s actually the third person in a love triangle. But instead of the usual recriminations, she decides to team up with the wronged wife to dish out a little vengeance on the cheating husband.


wyneth Paltrow wants to have dinner with you — for a price, that is. The Iron Man 3 star has volunteered her time as part of CFDA and Vogue's new initiative, Fashion for Sandy Relief that raises funds for those affected by the massive hurricane. And in their first attempt to get you to loosen your fashionable purse strings in the name of charity, the partners are opening up the bidding for fabulous auction items like dinner with Paltrow and Mario Batali at Not a Paltrow fan? There are plenty of other enticing auction items with high-profile

style-setters. Perhaps a half-day modeling lesson with Coco Rocha will get you smizing as you perfect your pose in front of the camera? Or maybe you want a front row seat to a fashion show next to none other than Vogue's Anna Wintour? Starting bids are pretty pricey — the minimum bid to rub elbows with Wintour starts at $10,000 — but what's more fabulous than helping others in need? New items are added to on a daily basis, so make sure to head back to check out the latest celeb prize or, you know, to see if someone has outbid your $10,000 attempt to hang with Wintour.





Baazigar, Havok impress

Baazigar, Havok, Excluisve, Great Warrior, Benita and Da Xia impressed when the horses excercised here this morning. Sand Track 800 Metres: Havok (rb) 55, 600/41 Impressed. Dark Avanger (ImranKhan) 1-1, 600/46 Easy. 2y.Mull Of Kintyre/Serious Trouble (rb) 2y.Jamie (rb) 1-0, 600/45 Theymoved together. 2y.True Haven (rb) 11, 600/45 Easy. EinEinEin (rb) 1-3.5, 600/48 Easy. Winniong Tactics (app) 11, 600/45 Easy. Komo Komo Komo (rb)56, 600/41.5 Pleased. Art Connoisseur (rb) 1-2, 600/46 Easy. Strides Of glory (rb) 2y.Golden Flash (N.Rawal) 59, 600/45 Former finished in front. Days Of Thunder (N.Rawal) 59, 600/42.5 Moved well.


HRT team up for sale HRT, who have yet to claim a point in its 3 seasons, is up for sale. PARIS: Spanish Formula One team HRT, who have yet to garner a point in its three seasons in Formula One is up for sale, its owners, Thesan Capital, said. "The current owners of HRT Formula 1 Team, TC II S.a.rl., would like to confirm that they are currently in talks with a number of groups interested in buying the team," according to a statement on the team website "HRT Formula 1 Team's current management hopes to conclude the sale in the upcoming weeks," it

added. Thesan Capital bought the team in July 2011 and moved its base to Madrid but the team has not made an immediate impact, given a limited budget and Cosworth engines that have proved less efficient than those of their rivals. The investment company said it hoped to build on the progress it had made in 2012 and the new owner would be made known in the coming weeks. Team officials added: "We're very proud of the work done by the entire team and of the excellent sporting

RANJI TROPHY Saxena ton helps MP earn 3 points

Sand Track 1000 Metres: Bharatanatyam (rb) 1-12.5, 800/58, 600/44 Pushed. Ruffiano (rb) 1-13, 800/56.5, 600/43 Moved well. Garibaldi (Kuldeep Singh) OceanSide (M.mark) 114, 800/57.5, 600/42 They moved together. Da Xia (Ajit Kumar) Westminister (N.Rawal) 112.5,800/57, 600/42 Former finished in front. Sand Track 1200 Metres: Ponte Verdi (Kuldeep Singh) Prince Of Arabia (AK Pawar) 1-27.5, 1000/1-12, 800/57.5,600/43 They impressed. El Paso (Kuldeep Singh) Garcia marquez (rb) 1-28, 1000/1-11.5,800/57, 600/44 They moved well. GoldenJewel (Ajit Kumar) 1-28, 1000/1-11, 800/56, 600/42 Pleased. Sand Trazck 1400 Metres: Smrithiman (app) 1-46.5,1200/1-32, 1000/1-15.5, 800/1-1, 600/46 Pushed. Sand Track 1600 Metres: Iapetus (Ravinder Singh) 2-4.5, 1400/1-45.5, 1200/1-31.5, 1000/1-17, 800/1-2, 600/48 Easy. MonsoonRace Grass 800 Metres: Stylish Chieftan (rb) 2y.Natalia (deep Shanker) 2y.Whats Up (HarinderSingh) 55.5, 600/43 Former finished infront. Zenas (app) 56, 600/40 Moved freely. Bold Brigade (rb) Silver Arnage (rb) 54, 600/40 they moved together.r Shatakshi (rb) 2y The Da Vinci Code (rb) 59, 600/45 They moved freely.



t was an exciting finish to the group B league stage matches when two of the most favoured teams lost their games. The Deccan stallions lost to HCCL by a huge margin. HCCL was led by Qutub Alam who scored 61 off just 27 balls. Also top seed Pete Transformers were beaten by Zonah Developers. Three teams finished with three wins each. Brief Scores: Deccan Rangers bt Cigniti technologies by 2 wickets — Ajay 4 overs 18/3, Krishakanth Sharma 65(39) HCCL bt Deccan Stallions by 100 runs - Qutub Alam 61(27), Ali Khan 44(41), Bilal Azam 4 overs 30/3 Zonah bt Pete Transformers by 6 wickets - Niteesh Reddy 58(64), Hasan Azam 52(41), Akshay Gupta 42(43)

evolution achieved but the time has come for the team to continue growing with new financial backing. We're convinced that the sporting potential of the team is huge and that the presence of new investors can give it a big boost." HRT's drivers this year are Spain's Pedro de la Rosa and India's Narain Karthikeyan while they have a Chinese test driver Ma Qinghua. According to British magazine Autosport, Middle Eastern investors are among the potential candidates for a buy-out.

COL CK NAYUDU TROPHY Parth to lead Hyd ‘A’ HYDERABAD: Parth Jhala is set to lead Hyderabad ‘A’ in the All India Col. C K Nayudu Trophy Match against Andhra Cricket Association ‘A’ Team to be played in Visakapatnam from Novemeber 17 to 20. Squad: Parth Jhala (captain), K. Sumanth, Naveen Kumar, Benjamin Thomas, Praneet Kumar, V.E. Sandeep Rajan, A.C. Mohanty, Paramveer Singh, Sarvesh Kumar, Ravi Kiran, Mehdi Hasan, A. Rajendra, Rahul Singh, Tanmay Agarwal, C.V. Milind.

HYDERABAD TEAM VVS retained skipper

HYDERABAD: VVS Laxman has been named the skipper of the Hyderabad team which will play against Saurashtra in the All India Ranji Trophy Group ‘A’ League Match in Hyderabad from November 17 to 20 Squad: V.V.S. Laxman (captain), D.B. Ravi Teja, P. Akshath Reddy, N. Arjun Yadav, B. Sandeep, G.H. Vihari, Ahmed Quadri, Ibrahim Khaleel, P. Kaneshk Naidu, Anwar Ahmed Khan, M.A. Khader, A. Ashish Reddy, Vishal Sharma, A. Lalith Mohan, Akash Bhandari.

HYDERABAD: Jalaj Saxena's patient century helped Madhya Pradesh walk away with three points from their drawn Group A Ranji Trophy encounter against Hyderabad, here today. If skipper Devendra Bundela's ton (142) yesterday stabilised Madhya Pradesh's innings, Saxena's effort on the fourth and final day of the match powered them past Hyderabad's firstinnings total of 341. Madhya Pradesh declared their innings after scoring 431 for eight in 191 overs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Saxena found the fence 15 times during his knock of 142 that came off 332 balls and consumed 405 minutes. Starting the day at 265 for five with overnight centurion Bundela who was unbeaten on 106 and Saxena, batting on 61, Madhya Pradesh lost the former after he added 36 runs to his score, which also ended a 204-run partnership for the sixth wicket. But by the time Vishal Sharma had Bundela caught off his own bowling, Madhya Pradesh had taken the crucial first-innings lead. Bundela's knock included 12 fours and two sixes. He faced 437 balls and spent 582 minutes in the middle. For the home side, there were two wickets apiece for Hanuma Vihari, Mohammed Khader and Pagaladala Naidu. Hyderabad got a point from the match under the new BCCI rules. Brief Scores: Hyderabad: 341 & 8 for no loss drew with MP 431/8 decl. PTI Brief Scores At Delhi: Odisha 143 & 269 lsot to Delhi 331 & 82/0. At Mohali: Bengal 326 & 226 lost to Punjab 579. At Pune: Maharashtra 764 /6 decl drew with Uttar Pradesh 669/6. At Anantapur: Tripura 260 & 170/4 drew with Andhra 436/8 decl. At Porvorim: J&K 338 & 95/6 drew with Goa 406/6. At Naduan: Services 312 & 314/4 drew with HP 544/6 decl. At Surat: Gujarat: 600/9 decl drew with Saurashtra 716/3. At Vadodara: Vidarbha 264 & 218/4 drew with Baroda 514/7. At Chennai: Chennai 538/4 decl drew with Karnataka 562/6. At Jamshedpur: Assam: 179 & 207 bt Jharkhand 174 & 159.





Spin: The key to victory TWELFTH MAN

Babu Kalyanpur


pin must have its say when India take on England at home in a four-Test series beginning on Thursday. It worked against New Zealand early on in the season. And it should work again against England who have a poor record in the Sub-continent of late. India must be given credit for not providing England with practise against spin bowlers in the warm-up matches. Whatever the disgruntled English media or players say, this is modern day, professional cricket. India, or for that matter, any other team do not ask the English to provide seaming wickets to get familiar with the pitches. So former England captain Michael Vaughn and current skipper Alistair Cook can like it or lump it. Anyway, this could provide the perennial moaners with a good reason if they do lose the series. Now that India have gone through with such pains to get pre-series advantage, they will have to deliver. Hopefully the groundsmen will make favourable wickets. And if such is the case, India’s spinners must bowl slower through the air to make full use of the conditions. Ravichandran Ashwin will be pivotal to India’s mission. He is in cracking form and has started the season magnificently. Pragyan Ojha did a good supporting role in the New Zealand series. He should get the nod if India play only two spinners. This may well be the case as both Yuvraj Singh and Virendra Sehwag can be good back-up bowlers. But the temptation to use Harbhajan Singh may be strong. Coming back after a one year hiatus, Harbhajan will be raring to go. And hopefully, Harbhajan has learnt his lesson and changed his line from the usual middle and leg to off

stump. India’s main worry lies with the batting. The big scores have been drying up. The openers, Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have been in poor touch. Sachin Tendulkar has not fired so far. Gladly he went back to the roots and played a Ranji Trophy match for Mumbai and scored a brilliant hundred. This should stand in good stead for him.

Yuvraj is back. The fairly-tale comeback may put additional pressure on him.

The selectors must give him a good run this time. He has such talent that, given more confidence, he can seal the now vexed No 6 slot. Cheteshwar Pujara has started the season brilliantly. But now he will come across far better bowlers than the Kiwis attack. If he controls his impulse to hook everything, he will answer India’s problems. Virat Kohli is the man of the moment. His batting has improved in leaps and bounds. India can safely depend on him. The return of Kevin Pietersen after an ego battle has lifted England’s hopes. He is the sort of batsman who can attack anybody anywhere. If he keeps up his good form, then India will face a few problems. The best thing about Pietersen’s batting is that he uses his feet against the spinners and lofts them quite often. The other England batsmen must follow his lead. However, from time immemorial, there have been very few England batsmen who take that option. Even if they are shy on shimming down the wicket, they must at least use the sweep shot regularly like the great Alan Knott did in the 70s. And they must be aggressive. This series could be a turning point for England’s Battle against Spin. Classy players like Cook, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott can do it if they let their feet do the talking. England have the advantage of having one of the best spinners in world in Graeme Swann. He is set to be back with the squad after flying home for an emergency. Swann’s biggest advantage is that he is slower through the air and gets prodigious spin if the wicket helps him. He will be a big threat. He has Monty Panesar and Samit Patil for support England’s injury-ridden pace attack should be fit by the start of the First Test. James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steve Finn make a good combination with the in-form Tim Bresnan ready to support. Batting will be the key to this series. With both sides facing issues on this front, the team which thinks on its feet and uses it well will emerge the winner.

Pietersen can star in India, says Swann

We are prepared for tough challenge: Prior

England sweat on Finn fitness

LONDON: Graeme Swann has backed the “polarising” figure of Kevin Pietersen to have a major role in what he believes can be a successful England Test side in India. Star batsman Pietersen is set to make his return to the Test arena in Ahmedabad on Thursday after missing the climax of England’s home series against his native South Africa having been dropped for sending “provocative texts” to Proteas players. But with then England captain Andrew Strauss having since retired, Pietersen has been welcomed back into a top-order that would otherwise be short on experience not to mention talent. Pietersen, in an England team now captained by Alastair Cook, showed his class with a typically aggressive 110 against Haryana in the tourists’ final warm-up match. And Swann said there was no reason why the team, who lost their world number one ranking to South Africa in England earlier this year, would struggle to be united on the field as they go in search of a first Test series win in India since 1984/85. “Of course we can be a unit again,” Swann told online magazine Wisden EXTRA. AFP

AHMEDABAD: Two days before the commencement of what is billed as the ‘revenge series’ for India, England wicket-keeper Matt Prior today said that the tourists are well prepared for the tough challenge of taming the hosts. “We have given ourselves the best chance, we have prepared as well as we can. It’s now down to performing on the pitch. It’s a tough challenge for all of us,” he said ahead of the opening Test commencing at the Motera here on November 15.”We have been able to play a lot of cricket on these types of wickets. We are now ready after getting used to the heat, the spinning tracks, the traffic. We are going into the Test match feeling fully prepared,” he declared. It has been 28 years since any team from Old Blighty had come and bearded India in its own den and Prior said England are well aware of the history. “It’s always a very challenging place to come and play. India know their conditions fantastically well as we do whenwe play in England where we are brought up playing the swinging ball and we play it pretty well. Likewise these guys are brought up playing the spinning ball and they play it pretty well,” he said. PTI

AHMEDABAD: England sweated on the fitness of their injured fast bowler Steven Finn ahead of their opening Test match against India at the Motera Stadium here from November 15 to 19. The The 6-foot-7-inch pacer did not bowl in the practice session of the team for the second day running today after raising hopes of recovering from his leg injury two days ago. The Middlesex player bowled five overs at the nets on the final day of the tourists’ last warm-up game on Sunday at the outer ground of the Motera Stadium against Haryana. He did not bowl at all yesterday and this morning. The 23-yar-old bowler had limped off with a right thigh muscle strain after bowling only four overs in the tourists’ opening warm-up game against India ‘A’ played at the Brabourne Stadium from October 30November 1. Stuart Meaker, another young fast bowler, has been flown in as a cover for Finn and also played in the four-day game, but he will go back home once the latter recovers from his injury. AFP





Djokovic sinks Federer

STEVE GRIFFITHS Agence France-Presse

LONDON: Novak Djokovic produced a masterful display to end Roger Federer’s reign as ATP Tour Finals champion as the world number one swept to a 7-6 (8/6), 7-5 victory in the final on Monday. Djokovic underlined why he will finish as the world’s top ranked player for the second successive year as the Serb withstood an early barrage from Federer in both sets before overwhelming the six-time

Tour Finals winner in an epic encounter lasting two hours and 14 minutes at London’s O2 Arena. The 25-year-old’s brilliant display clinched his second triumph at the prestigious season-ending event and his first since 2008 when he won the title in Shanghai. After winning the Australian Open in January and then falling short in the following three Grand Slams — he lost in the finals of the French and US Opens — this was the perfect way to end any debate about Djokovic’s right to be regard-

ed as the world’s best. “It’s always a privilege and a challenge to play Roger,” Djokovic said. “I want to thank my team, I couldn’t have done it without you. I love you!” For Federer, bidding for a hattrick of Tour Finals titles, there was only frustration as he failed to take advantage of some dominant spells. The 17-time Grand Slam champion is the most successful player in the history of the event, having won more titles and recorded more match wins than anyone else.

UBS HONG KONG OPEN McIlroy vows no let-up in tournament

ONE FOR THE DAD Novak dedicates title to sick father

HONG KONG: Rory McIlroy begins the defence of his UBS Hong Kong Open crown on Thursday fresh from topping the European money list, vowing there will be no let-up as he seeks to end his season with a flourish. Rory sealed the Race to Dubai at the weekend courtesy of third place at the Singapore Open, becoming only the second man after Englishman Luke Donald to win both the European Tour and PGA Tour money titles in the same year. During a fine season the Northern Irishman has also won his second Major at the PGA

LONDON: Novak Djokovic dedicated his ATP Tour Finals title to his sick father after the world number one produced one of his greatest performances to defeat Roger Federer 7-6 (8/6), 7-5 in the final on Monday. Djokovic has been playing with a heavy heart over the last week at London’s O2 Arena as his father Srdjan battles to recover from a blood disorder that struck suddenly a few weeks ago. Despite the pain of knowing his dad was seriously ill at home in Serbia, Djokovic managed to focus on his game

Championship in August and just weeks later was part of the European Ryder Cup team that snatched a dramatic victory at Medinah. “Hong Kong has always been a place I’ve enjoyed coming to,” said the world number one. “It’s always got a great buzz, a great atmosphere, and there is just something about Fanling and the Hong Kong Golf Club that I really enjoy. This will be extra special after wrapping up The Race to Dubai last week in Singapore, and I can’t wait to tee up as the defending champion this week.” AFP


at the Tour Finals and stormed through the tournament with five consecutive victories to take the season-ending title for the second time. But, after beating Federer to cap another fine year, the 25-year-old Serb was quick to pay tribute to Srdjan, who is gradually improving after being in a critical condition, and revealed he would take the trophy home to show his father this week. “It was a fantastic year, where I’ve had to face a lot of difficulties off the court, especially coming into this tournament,” Djokovic said.

Dettori tests positive at Longchamp — faces inquiry

Chanderpaul, Powell anchor West Indies innings

First Test betweem South Africa, Australia ends in a draw

LONDON: Frankie Dettori, one of the outstanding jockeys of his generation, failed a drugs test when riding at Longchamp in France in September, his lawyer announced on Tuesday. The legendary Italian rider’s positive result will be the subject of a hearing conducted by France Galop, French racing’s governing body, in Paris next week. Dettori’s solicitor, Christopher Stewart-Moore, in a statement to the British Press Association, reported: “On behalf of Frankie Dettori I can confirm that, as a consequence of a positive test at Longchamp on September 16, 2012, he will be the subject of an inquiry by the Medical Committee of France Galop next week. “In compliance with, and out of respect for, the regulations of France Galop, he will not be commenting further until the France Galop procedures have been completed.” No details of the substance in question were forthcoming with France Galop telling AFP they would be making no comment “for the time being”. The 41-year-old Dettori had four rides at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe trials meeting on September 16.

DHAKA: The ever-reliable Shivnarine Chanderpaul and opener Kieran Powell hit stubborn hundreds to give the West Indies a commanding start in the first Test in Dhaka on Tuesday. Chanderpaul remained unbeaten on 123 for his 26th Test century while Powell notched 117 for his second to help the West Indies to an imposing 361-4 at close on the opening day after Darren Sammy won the toss and opted to bat. The 38-year-old, who joined Powell at the stroke of lunch on 106-3, not only played a calm knock but also guided his young colleague to reverse Bangladesh’s early advantage on a slow turning Shere Bangla stadium pitch. Chanderpaul, ranked fifth in the world, added an invaluable 125 runs for the fourth wicket with Powell before strengthening the West Indies position during an unbroken 130-run partnership with Denesh Ramdin who was 52 not out at close. Bangladesh had looked good in the first hour when debutant off-spinner Sohag Gazi, opening the attack with the new ball, dismissed Chris Gayle (24) and Darren Bravo (14) before paceman Shahadat Hossain knocked Marlon Samuels for 16. AFP

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA: South Africa staved off Australia’s push for an unlikely victory to bat out for a draw in the first Gabba Test on Tuesday, though the home team could take heart from having the better of the encounter. The top-ranked South Africans lost five wickets and effectively were six down with injured JP Duminy unable to bat, but the Australians frustrated by calls going against them could not make further inroads. At the close after trailing by 115 runs on the first innings, South Africa were 166 for five with AB de Villiers not out 29 and Vernon Philander not out one. The draw ensured that Australia retained their unbeaten record at the Brisbane ground which stretches back to the West Indies’ victory in 1988. The teams head to Adelaide for next week’s second match of the three-Test series all square, but with Australia shading the opening match and having the world’s best team under pressure on the final day of their showdown. “At the end of the day there’s no result in this Test match,” Australia skipper Michael Clarke said. AFP





Joachim Loew will field a patched-up side against Holland in Wednesday’s friendly, but the Germany coach insists his team will stay true to their attack ideals against the Oranje..


Roy defends his young boys STOCKHOLM: England coach Roy Hodgson has revealed he will hand international debuts to Steven Caulker, Leon Osman and Raheem Sterling in Wednesday’s friendly against Sweden in Stockholm.

Everton midfielder Osman has been called up for the first time, while Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Steven Caulker and Liverpool winger Sterling have received call-ups before but are yet to make their debuts.

Hodgson revealed on Tuesday that Caulker will partner Chelsea’s Gary Cahill at centre-back, with Osman selected alongside captain Steven Gerrard — who will win his 100th cap — and Manchester

England coach, Hodgson, will hand debuts to three youngsters. United’s Tom Cleverley in midfield. Sterling, 17, will form a three-man attack alongside Manchester United pair Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young at the new Friends Arena. Five other players are in line

to win their first England caps — Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross, Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand, Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson and Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.

ITALY vs FRANCE Italian veterans rested, as France clash looms

CLATTENBURG ROW British Police drop Clattenburg inquiry

Italy and France are expected to give opportunities to under-21 stars.

The separate FA enquiry, however, is continuing.

EMMANUEL BARRANGUET MILAN: Paris SaintGermain’s Marco Verratti will take the starting place of midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo for Italy’s friendly against France on Wednesday, coach Cesare Prandelli said. With Italy and France in strong positions in their respective World Cup 2014 qualifying groups, both sides are expected to give opportunities to under-21 stars. Joining Verratti in midfield is Lazio’s

Antonio Candreva, who scored a ferocious freekick for Lazio in their 3-2 win over Roma in the Rome derby on Sunday. Gianluigi Buffon will also make way for PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu. Prandelli also confirmed that Mario Balotelli, 22, will start up front alongside AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy, who has just turned 20, with Candreva on the right of the Manchester City striker.


Pele undergoes hip surgery SAO PAULO: Legendary Brazilian footballer Pele underwent a successful hip operation in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the three-time World Cup winner told the Globo Esporte website. “Everything went well, it was a very simple operation. He will probably leave tomorrow [Wednesday],” said Pele’s spokesman, Jose Fornos. He also added that “The King”, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, had been complaining of hip pain for a while. The 72-year-old had been admitted to the Albert Einstein hospital, which did not publish any more information at the request of Pele’s family. “Pele is in hospital here, but we are not able to provide any more details, as per the request of the family,” a press officer for the medical centre told AFP.

JULIAN GUYER LONDON: British police said they had no plans to continue enquiries into a complaint regarding alleged racist comments by referee Mark Clattenburg towards a Chelsea player because no victim had come forward. The Society of Black Lawyers reported Clattenburg to London’s Metropolitan Police after Chelsea complained to the FA the referee used a term understood to have been interpreted as racist

towards John Obi Mikel during the 3-2 Premier League defeat by Manchester United on October 28. While the separate FA enquiry is continuing, a police statement said, from their perspective, “the matter cannot currently be investigated”. “An investigation was launched into alleged comments made during a football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on 28 October 2012,” the statement said.

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