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ennifer Lopez is leaving American Idol, forcing the former #1 show to once again reinvent itself just two seasons after it did so with her and Steven Tyler’s hiring. The news comes a day after Tyler also announced his exit.

essica Biel has been cast as Viper in The Wolverine. Biel will be a woman who, by day works for the corrupt minister of justice. By night, she’s Viper.



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olice have arrested two more suspected culprits from the group that publicly molested and stripped a teenage girl in Assam, even as investigations are on to probe charges by an activist that a TV journalist had instigated the crowd to go after the victim. Meanwhile, it has been reported that the victim was also repeatedly burnt with cigarettes by the mob.

A GAME OF HIGH STEAKS The law-makers’ abode was supposed to be a model for others, but not in Banjara Hills, where a plot demarcated for a park, 20 years ago, is used for anything but its earmarked plan.

iscover the art of making that perfect steak, which is surprisingly not as difficult as it seems. chef Inam Khan of Inam Steak House lets us in on the trade secrets.




ontrary to what the cynics say, there’s more to Monsoon Tourism than just PR propaganda. The most unusual places in the country transform into dream destinations during the rains. Here are a few of our picks. PG 16&17 PG 14




Monsoon mania


Ramoji Film City celebrates the onset of monsoon with eight weeks of fun-filled activities and entertainment with magic of cinema starting from July 1 to August 31. Monsoon Masti is an occasion for the entire family. Where: Ramoji Film City, Hayathnagar When: Ongoing, 9am onwards Contact: (040) 2341 2262

Pochampally mela Head to the Pochampally mela for handmade bed and home linen, dress materials, silk and cotton sarees. Where: Sathya Sai Nigamagamam, Srinagar Colony When: Ongoing, 10am onwards Contact: (040) 2374 1450

Kanchi collection A saree exhibition by Kanchi weavers will be held on July 19 and July 20. Where: Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: July 19 and 20, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6666 3939

Theatre festival The seventh edition of the multitlingual theatre festival -Abhinaya National Theatre Festival will be held from August 16 to August 19. Where: Ravindra Bharati, Saifabad When: August 16 onwards 6.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2323 1245

Parantha festival Haldi at Novotel Airport is hosting a parantha festival titled Parantha Overload. The parantha festival on till August 15, offers a variety of paranthas in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian combinations. Where: Novotel Airport, Shamshabad When: Ongoing, 6.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 6625 0000

Park drama A Hindi play dealing with three men trying to find peace of mind in a park is being presented by Sifar. The play is written by Manav Kaul and directed by Feroz. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: July 22, 5pm onwards Contact: 96427 31329


Stand-up act Head to Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre on July 18 for a fun filled evening with a live standup act by Dan Nainan. Where: Novotel and HICC Complex, Madhapur, Hitec City When: July 18, 8.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 6682 4422

Deep Mela Deepshikha Mahila Club presents annual Deep Mela, an exhibition of garments, dress materials, life-style products, jewelery and much more. The exhibition aims to raise funds for the Kanya Gurukul School. Where: KGR& Viceroy Gardens, Secunderabad When: Ongoing, 10am onwards

Art-de-konj A painting exhibition depicting artist Aiyudha Pooja Kapur’s passion for horses is on display at Muse Art Gallery till July 20. Where: Muse Art Gallery, Tank Bund When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2752 2999

Art works

A painting exhibition featuring the new works of artistes Laxma Goud, Vaikuntam Thota and Ramesh Gorjala is being held. Where: Gallery Space, Banjara Hills When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6554 1836

A double life Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation presents A Double Life: An Evening with Alyque. Catch Mohammad Ali Baig in conversation with Alyque Padamsee. The event will be held on July 15. Where: HICC, Hitec City When: July 15, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 6616 3000

Bikash Bhattacharjee, Ganesh Pyne, Jagdish Swaminathan, K G Subramanyan, Krishen Khanna, Ram Kumar, S H Raza, Tyeb Mehta is being held at Kalakriti Art Gallery. Where: Kalakriti Art Gallery, Banjara Hills When: July 18 onwards, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466

Kuchipudi performance A Kuchipudi dance performance will be presented by Dr. Kamala Reddy and Soumya Rajupet on July 31 at Ravindra Bharathi. Where: Ravindra Bharathi, Saifabad When: July 18, 6.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2323 1245

French film

Scaffold to infinity

The French film Les Demoiselles de Rochefort will be screened at Alliance Francaise. The film deals with the life of two young women. Where: Alliance Francaise, Marredpally When: July 20, 6.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2770 0734

An exhibition of constructivist wooden sculptures by senior sculptor and artist Aekka Yadagiri Rao are being displayed at Iconart Gallery as a part of Scaffold to Infinity. The exhibition will be on till July 29 Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing 11.30am onwards Contact: (040) 98499 68797

Living with the masters An exhibition of paintings by artistes such as Akbar Padamsee,

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Youth run over by train

No one can bowl me out: CM


hief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who was on his way to Indiramma Baata, stopped when he saw youths playing cricket on the Ranpachidavaram junior college grounds. He took up the bat and played some great shots. Bowlers tried in vain to send him out but could not. With a smirk he declared, “No one can bowl me out.”

young graduate from Guntur, K Pratap, who was coming to Hyderabad in order to look for a job, was run over by a train recently while he was crossing the railway tracks in Kacheguda, said the police. Pratap was a science graduate and is believed to have been in search of employement. Pratap’s family has been informed.

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ix persons of a family sustained burn injuries when an LPG gas cylinder burst in a flat in Victory Apartment of Padmarao Nagar this morning. Police said the cylinder burst with a deafening sound and soon fire engulfed the room in which the family members were present. Fire engines were summoned but the home was badly damaged.

Jagan may back Pranab, TRS on a cleft stick ANALYSIS


500 women cops deployed for Bonalu procession Postnoon News


or the first time, some 500 women constables are being posted to ensure smooth conduct of the Bonalu procession tomorrow. City commissioner Anurag Sharma has taken this step on request from the Bonalu organisers. This apart, 1,200 policemen, 30 platoons of AP Special Police, two companies of RAF, two companies of CRPF, 11 ACPs, 30 inspectors and 160 SIs are being assigned for the grand finale of the largest cultural festival of the State, said DCP Akun Sabharwal. Thousands are expected to participate in this final day.

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ith only four days left for the presidential election, it is increasingly becoming clear that the two non-Congress players — the TRS and the TDP — may abstain from voting as they have little choice. The YSRC has almost made up its mind to back the UPA candidate, albeit in a low-key manner, thanks to the efforts of MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and Anakapalle MP Sabbam Hari who have prevailed over the party’s incarcerated chief Jagan Mohan Reddy to vote for Pranab. Jagan has reportedly carped at the double-face of the Congress; on the one hand they lock him up, painting him with a black brush and on the other, secretly plead with him to help it out. However, what assurance

CM’s power faux pas draws fire

or quid pro quo has been arrived at is unknown. As for the TDP, Chandrababu Naidu, already beset with several problems, has not given assurance to either Pranab or Sangma though the latter has personally approached him. “We can be possibly associated with the Congress or the BJP,” said a TDP camp follower. But the party that finds itself on a cleft stick on this issue is the TRS, which had so far been all for the UPA candidate but suddenly finds itself in doubts for two reasons. Political observers of the pink party point out: “The TRS wins on anti-Congress plank till it

achieves Telangana state. And, the high hopes raised by Chidambaram recently stating that the T-State was on anvil was dashed by the recent remarks of Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy that it would be a longish affair. And, its social and intellectual arm, the TJAC, is publicly asking the party to boycott the elections as the Congress was not committing itself on the T issue.” Now, brushing aside KCR’s go-slow theory, TJAC leader Kodandaram has called a ‘million T march’ in Hyderabad on September 30. Moreover, the BJP which had all along been for the TState may gain mileage if the

TRS votes Pranab. Mukherjee is seen as the man who delayed the delivery of Telangana. Party chief Kishan Reddy has made the move to say that only the BJP and NDA can perform the midwifery of Telangana and the Congress is a quack. The TRS therefore has to abstain if the Congress leadership unequivocally declares the formation of the T-State in a definite timeframe. “Whatever, the presidential election has given us some comic relief,” remarked George Mathen, a mid-level executive of a pharmaceutical firm after hearing all the antics of various parties. He perhaps sums it up.

Cheap hooch takes heavy toll on the poor

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his story, as all those reports made of police versions, ought to be taken with a spoonful of salt because the incident has just happened and it would take time for a clear picture to emerge. But it’s a sad saga and a grim reminder of what cheap liquor is doing to poor working-class families in Hyderabad. P Laxmi,32, is a labourer. She is married to P Jangaiah, who too is a labourer, and the couple has three children. On Thursday, the railway police found her body with head severed on the rail-track near

DESPITE OPEN SALE, THE POLICE AND EXCISE OFFICIALS HAVE MISERABLY FAILED TO CURB THE MENACE. Vikarabad in RR district. Two of her kids, aged 6 and 7, are in hospital with injuries allegedly sustained when their mother jumped before a running train along with the kids. According to sub-inspector (railway) Suryanarayana, the woman is said to have been an alcoholic and she had often quarreled with her husband over this.

According to Jangaiah, he too drinks but his wife used to be a heavy drinker and had become an addict. After a bout of quarrel over money on Thursday, she left with two kids to the railway track and made a bid to end all three lives. The surviving children are said to have corroborated this report. However, it remains to be found out if the story was true. But an undeniable fact is that cheap hooch available aplenty in the City and periphery is taking a heavy toll of poor people — both men and women. And, the police and excise officials have miserably failed to curb the menace.

he Opposition ranks are celebrating Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s open admission that the State is unable to meet the electricity demand and people must put up with the long outages. And equally aghast are the Congress leaders. Fearing a backlash, Congress leaders are trying to find ways to minimise the damage. “He should not have admitted the failure of the government so openly. The statement betrays the governmental failure as anything else does,” said MLA A Mohan. The main opposition party TDP came down heavily on the CM for his blatant admission and said that the CM should immediately quit his post for his failure. “The CM has become non-functional. He is least bothered about people’s problems and is more worried about saving his post,” TDP leader Kodela Sivaprasad told Postnoon. On the other hand, YSRC leaders alleged that the government did not take any steps despite having prior information. Party Political Affairs Committee member D Somayajulu said the party would hold State-wide agitation on this issue.



MLA Colony park turned into dump yard, urinal The law-makers’ abode was supposed to be a model for others, but not in Banjara Hills, where a plot demarcated for a park 20 years ago is used for anything but its earmarked plan MD NIZAMUDDIN


Let the festivities of Bonalu get over. Then we shall sort out the issue of the park land in MLA Colony


f a pungent smell and toxic smoke hit you while driving through Banjara Hills, you can be sure you have reached Road Number 12 of MLA colony. Hazy smoke and a nasty stench is its hallmark. This plot, near the Venkateshwara Rao Cooperative Housing Society, was demarcated around two decades ago for a garden. As HMDA and GHMC got busy with other matters, the open plot began to invite grass, pests, garbage and urination. Added to it all, carcasses of dead animals can also be found there. “The park is in my backyard but I am unable to open the kitchen door as stench from some dead animal is overpowering,” laments Mythali Parthasarathi, a resident. “During the day, I see servants from the MLA quarters dump anything and everything there and also urinating. VIPs do not want waste in their homes, you know,” she sneers. Setting fire to the waste seems to be a great pastime for the servants and rag pickers, complain local residents. They do not understand that burning plastics and synthetics generate toxic fumes and diminish oxygen in the air. “Who will

Banjara Hills corporator B Bharati

make them understand,” asks a septuagenarian ex-official. Some time back, the GHMC park plot was bifurcated. The smaller portion (approximately 1,200 sq yards) is being regularly

visited by people who claim to be from the HMDA. Residents feel that there is some underhand scheme is at work to sell the small plot. During the rainy season,

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Telling “I a tale of inspiration and hope

With the aim to inspire badminton enthusiasts, noted journalist TS Sudhir turns author with his biography on Saina Nehwal

f you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” These words by German author Johann Wolfang Von Goethe sum up what TS Sudhir’s novel aims to do. Sudhir needs no introduction, being a journalist who has made a mark wherever he has been. He forays into writing with Saina Nehwal’s biography. As City girl Saina gets set to represent the country in the upcoming Olympics, Sudhir’s debut book Saina Nehwal: An Inspirational Biography was released on Saturday by badminton champ P Gopichand and VS Radha, IAS, at Landmark in Somajiguda. Talking about the shift from journalism to writing a book, Sudhir says, “I was

waste water from the park seeped into one of the residences, prompting the senior citizens in the area to seek the help of the GHMC. A wall came up later, preventing water. Recently, working with NDTV for 16 years as their editor (south). I took it as a challenge to do something that has a longer gestation period. In TV, we are used to having the product nearly immediately, but a book requires time, and research. It was to challenge myself as a writer.” Speaking about the choice of topic for his first book, Sudhir says, “I have followed all sports carefully, but badminton even more so as there are many players from AP.” Sudhir describes Saina as someone who is hard-working, focused, disciplined and who hates defeat. He N SHIVA KUMAR

the wall collapsed and residents followed up the matter with the authorities. “This shows that the VIP areas like MLA Colony is no different, when it comes to stormwater drains and maintenance,” says Ram Kumar, a senior citizen from the area. Before the wall was repaired, stormwater from the colony would collect in the park and seep into houses nearby. There is still no proper channel for the storm water to recede. According to the residents, neither GHMC nor HMDA officials are solving the issue of the park. The smaller part of the park is also filled with boulders removed from the larger portion. When contacted, local corporator B Bharati said that she would hold a joint meeting of the GHMC and the HMDA to clarify the authority holding rights over the land. “Let the festivities of Bonalu complete. Then we shall sort out the park issue in MLA Colony,” she said. says, “Most people only know about Saina after 2010, but nobody knows what went into making the Saina Nehwal we see today. The book not only talks about Saina but also the status of badminton in our country through her story.” Sudhir talks about how important the support of Saina's parents is. He says, “There is no sport where we have seen success without parental support. But parents need to know how much they should push the child. Saina's mother might have tried to live her unfulfilled dreams through Saina, but she knew how to put it in a positive light. That is what is important.” Talking about his future, Sudhir says, “I will continue writing. I am still doing that through the websites The South Reports and Tenali Rama.” On being asked whose biography he would love to write, Sudhir says, “AR Rehman. But a lot has already been written about him.”




at Pause proudly describes herself as “fat”, can live with euphemisms like “curvy”, “chunky” or “chubby”, but baulks at what she believes are value-laden labels such as “overweight” or “obese”. The US-born academic is a pioneer in the emerging field of fat studies, organising New Zealand’s first conference on the topic at Massey University’s Wellington campus on Thursday and Friday. Fat studies, she explains, is an academic discipline just like history, English or political science, but it examines attitudes towards fat people and challenges the assumption that anyone with a bulging waistline is unhealthy. At the conference, scholars from as far

And the fat of the matter is...

same way the gay community adopted the term “queer”. People now call themselves fat activists and speak of fat pride, refusing to accept what they say is pressure from the multi-billion weight loss industry to strive for a skinny ideal. This explains Pause’s aversion to “overweight”, which she says implies she is above her perfect weight. She says she has not weighed herself for years and last time she did she tipped the scales at about 130 kilograms (237 pounds). Similarly, she says “obesity” is a term “used by the medical community to pathologise fat bodies, making it a disease”. ‘Exploiting insecurities’ Massey University lec-

Fat studies is an academic discipline just like history, English or political science, but it examines attitudes towards fat people and challenges the assumption that anyone with a bulging waistline is unhealthy

We know 95 per cent of people who attempt to lose weight will fail to do so, therefore, there is not a weight-loss industry, what they do is sell solutions to weight anxiety

So when people look at a fat body like mine, it tells them I’m unhealthy and that this is a diseased body. It tells them I don’t ever exercise and eat nothing but junk.

Andrew Dickson, lecturer, Massey University turer Andrew Dickson said the weight-loss industry was built around exploiting the insecurities of fat people. “We know 95 percent of people who attempt to lose weight will fail to do so, therefore, there is not a weight-loss industry, what they do is sell solutions to weight anxiety,” he said. “We’re getting this horrible, obsessive anxiety about weight issues.” Dickson himself said he had never been as stressed as when he reduced his weight from 130 kilograms to 86, obsessively completing endurance runs, dieting constantly and taking prescription medicines to slim down. Now weighing 100 kilograms, Dickson says he is healthy even though conventional weight charts would classify him as obese, still running about 60 kilometres (37 miles) a week and referring to himself as “the fat athlete”. “I don’t do them fast and I’m never going to win... (but) it’s not all about looking like Usain Bolt,” he said.

Cat Pause, pioneer in fat studies afield as the United States and Australia discussed papers such as “Fat hatred and the Left in the time of ‘the obesity epidemic’” and “The role of diagnosis in marginalising corpulence”. “One of the reasons we’re so fearful and hateful of fat is that we believe we can read people’s bodies,” Pause said. “So when people look at a fat body like mine, it tells them I’m unhealthy and that this is a diseased body. It tells them I don’t ever exercise and eat nothing but junk.”Pause said the reality is that some people are just bigger than others and fat studies highlighted the need for society to accept the fact, rather than constantly judging fat people and pushing them to lose weight. One of its first tasks, she said, was to reclaim the word “fat” so it was not used solely as an insult, in much the



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`1.16 crore stolen from ATMs

n a sensational incident, over `1 crore was stolen Saturday from different ATMs of Axis bank in Allahabad, police said. The matter came to light Saturday and it is suspected that a bank employee involved in filling cash at these ATMs is behind the theft. A bank official Saturday lodged a complaint with the Allahabad police that over `1.16 crore had gone missing.


8 pilgrims killed in accident

Man mauled in tiger enclosure



man was mauled and seriously injured by a tiger after he sneaked into the animal’s enclosure at the Tata Steel Zoological Society here, police said today. The man, whose identity is yet to be established, had entered the enclosure of Raghav, the full grown tiger, last night and was found unconscious inside the cage by zoo staff this morning.

ight pilgrims, mostly from Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh, were killed and 42 others injured when the private bus in which they were travelling rolled down a gorge in Himachal Pradesh, police said on Sunday. The pilgrims had returned from Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir, and were on a visit to prominent Hindu shrines of this hill state.

Hanoi invites Delhi into troubled waters


HANOI: Wanting to hold

Students enjoy a splash in rain water after heavy rains in Gorakhpur on Saturday.


on to Indian presence in the resource-rich South China Sea which is witnessing increasing Chinese assertiveness, Vietnam has decided to extend the contract for exploration of hydrocarbons in a crucial oil block in the region to ONGC Videsh Ltd. ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) had earlier indicated to the Vietnamese authorities its plans to terminate operations in the 128 block as it could not begin oil exploration due to hard sea bed and wanted quit for

“techno commercial” reasons. A formal announcement to extend the contract for exploration of hydrocarbons in the block to the overseas arm of ONGC, is going to take place soon, a top government official told a group of visiting Indian journalists. The development came amid rising tension in the South China Sea with US, India and a number of ASEAN countries asking China to resolve the standoff through talks with the concerned countries as per

international law. The standoff in the region intensified earlier this month after China’s state-owned oil firm China National Offshore Oil Corporation called for bids from foreign companies offering exploration of oil in nine blocks in the South China Sea, sparking off protests in Hanoi. Vietnamese authorities and Petro Vietnam with which OVL had struck a deal took up the issue with Indian Government insisting it should not withdraw PTI from the block.


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Vajpayee won’t be summoned by JPC NEW DELHI: With the JPC on 2G scam racing against time to complete its report by December, panel chief PC Chacko has started meeting members to trim down the list of witnesses even as he asserted that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will not be called despite suggestions. “I have ruled out calling Vajpayee and former defence minister George Fernandes as witnesses due to their ill health,” Chacko said. He lamented that the names of Vajpayee and Fernandes cropped up in the list of suggested witnesses prepared by the JPC secretariat. “There were suggestions. I lament that their names were there...there is no question of calling them,” he said. While Vajpayee’s

name was suggested as he had held the telecom portfolio after Jagmohan resigned during the NDA rule, Fernandes had headed a GoM on Telecom in the NDA regime. During one of the meetings, BJP’s Yashwant Sinha had reacted angrily to the inclusion of Vajpayee’s name in the list. Sources said there was general feeling in the committee that ministers, both former and present, were not required to be called before it as sufficient material was available with it to prepare report as per the terms and reference of the JPC. Chacko said he has started meeting members individually to finalise the list of witnesses by seeking to delete names which are “not relevant.” “The committee feels

that there should be no more extension. I am meeting all the 30 members individually to finalise the list of witnesses. Names not essential should be deleted as some names earlier suggested by members could not be relevant today,” he said. He said next week CBDT will depose, followed by CBI and then officials of DoT and finance ministry. “By the time we end with these, I hope to finalise the list,” he said. In reply to a poser, Chacko said “seven or eight” members have given their suggested list of witnesses in writing to the committee while the rest have made oral suggestions. Asked by when he would start writing the draft report, Chacko said he was “not PTI sure about it”.


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7 minor girls raped in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY: A group of gunmen

WASHINGTON: Indian-American

has attacked a juvenile religious retreat outside of the Mexican capital, raping seven underage girls and beating and robbing other residents, officials said. The attack, which occurred last Thursday night, targeted a juvenile prayer camp located at Colibri Park outside Mexico City.

astronaut Sunita Williams, who holds the record of the longest space flight (195 days) for a woman, has taken off on her second space odyssey to the International Space Station. The Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft carries Williams, 46, Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko of Russia and Akihiko Hoshide of Japan.


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Israeli man sets himself afire over leaders’ policies TEL AVIV: A



protester was in hospital in a serious condition after setting himself alight at a march for social justice in Tel Aviv late Saturday, police said. “He left photocopies in the street of a letter that he had read out before setting himself on fire,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP, adding that the man was in his forties. “For us, it’s an attempted suicide,” she said. Witnesses quoted by the news website Ynet also said the man had read out the letter before soaking himself with a flammable liquid and setting fire to himself. “The Israeli state has stolen from me and left me nothing,” said the letter, quoted on Ynet. “I accuse Israel, (Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu and (Finance Minister) Yuval Steinitz for the constant humiliation that the citizens of Israel must endure on a daily basis,” the letter continued. “They take from the poor to give to the rich.”

esidents of the battered Syrian town of Tremseh have described being chased from their homes and hunted down by regime forces after seven hours of shelling during a major assault that left more than 150 people dead last Thursday. The first observers to reach the devastated town on Saturday described widespread scenes of destruction, and many residents appeared to be too traumatised to talk about their ordeal, reported the Guardian. The

massacre in the small farming community of 6,000 to the north-west of Hama is being described as the worst single atrocity of the Syrian uprising. Two eyewitnesses from Tremseh who spoke to the Observer blamed regime forces and the proregime militia, the Shabiha, for the attack, which has seen many of its residents flee and left more than 100 people missing. “We don’t understand why they attacked us,” said a local woman, Umm Khaled. “We haven’t brought harm to the region. All we’ve done

here is hold demonstrations.” Khaled, who had lived in Tremseh – a Sunni Muslim enclave – all her life, said people trying to flee through nearby fields were shot dead as they ran. She claims some of the bodies were taken away by regime forces. Syria’s state news agency on Saturday released a detailed account of what it says took place in Tremseh, blaming the massacre on a “terrorist gang” of 200 to 300 men, which it claimed included foreign Arab fighters.


Fireworks illuminate the night sky near the Eiffel Tower during the annual Bastille Day celebrations on Saturday in Paris.

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SYDNEY: Beaches remained

closed Sunday along Australia’s west coast after a fatal shark attack that has reignited debate over whether great whites should remain a protected species. A surfer was bitten in half in a savage attack on Saturday, the fifth such fatality in the region in less than a year. The man was surfing near Wedge Island, north of Perth, with a friend when he was mauled by the huge shark, said to be up to five metres (16 feet) long, suffering severe and extensive injuries. A man jet-skiing near the surfers said it was a gruesome scene, with “half a torso” all that remained of the victim. Local marine scientists have described Australia’s west coast as the deadliest shark attack zone in the world and Western Australia Fisheries Minister Norman Moore expressed concern at the trend of fatalities. “We have allocated some Aus$14 million extra to get a better understanding of the great white sharks and the reasons why the fatalities are occurring,” he told reporters. “I wonder if research might tell us that there are now much greater number of great whites than ever before, and maybe we should look at whether they should remain a protected species. “This is a very distressing event and to add to the previous four fatalities, it is of great concern to me and to the fisheries department, indeed the government as a whole.”


Obama, Romney up the ante in ad war

5,000 cut off by landslides in Japan

WASHINGTON: The US presidential race grew increasing-

TOKYO: More than 5,000 people were cut off by landslides

ly hostile and bitter Saturday with President Barack Obama releasing an attack ad that blamed Republican rival Mitt Romney for shipping American jobs abroad. Obama, who with a stubborn unemployment rate of 8.2 percent, is fighting historic precedent to keep his job, poured scorn on his White House opponent’s business record, intensifying his recent character assassination of Romney. The 32second ad alleged that Romney, when head of venture capital outfit Bain Capital, had links to companies that chose to lay off US-based workers.

Sunday as more heavy rain and floods were forecast in southwestern Japan, where the death toll from torrential downpours rose to 22. Television footage showed troops loading relief material such as food, water and medical supplies into military helicopters to send them to mountainous areas in Yame, Fukuoka prefecture in northern Kyushu island. Local authorities were separately dispatching rescue helicopters to take patients and elderly villagers to hospital from the isolated area, where at least one person was killed, officials said.



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ongrats upon your completing a year, Postnoon. Not many thought you would, but you did. And it appears you will carry on doing the good work. The best part is that some of the leading papers running here started thinking on your lines and did some similar stuff. Shahina N Vijayanagar Colony


t’s good that KP feels that he would enjoy playing all formats of the game for some more years, as, as the report mentioned, he is the most talented of the English lot. And there have been many occasions on which he showed why is called so. Suresh Krishna Secunderabad

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WHEN CHISORA chewed on Haye’s fist If Dereck Chisora had talked less and practised more he might have done better in his bout with David Haye. The man he ridiculed some months ago as a loser knocked him out in the fifth round. Haye could not have had a better revenge. Haye can now reopen discussions about taking on Vitali Klitschko whom he had been daring for two years to fight him. As for Chisora, he may have an understanding of where he stands. Another outcome of the fight was bitter foes made up.

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It’s been a year and how you have come good! Well-written features, digging out good stories, giving notice to issues that appear trivial yet are serious... it’s been great reading Postnoon. Your campaigns have made a huge impact. The centrespreads are pretty: the one on Muhammad Ali was great. Radhika S Yousufguda



Questions are being raised about the ethics of the journalists of News Live that broke the story of the unfortunate girl getting beaten up and stripped on the streets of Guwahati. The outraged say the journalists on the spot should have interfered and tried to save the girl instead of filming the horrific incident. The truth is they tried their best to save the girl and reason with those beastly men, but the qualifier here is beastly, and one cannot reason with a beast. So they did what they were supposed to do: report what happened. This is a debate that’s been going on for long: should journalists interfere or should they cover when incidents like these take place? But are we not trying to veer from the real issue? A woman was being raped in public, and not one passer-by came to her rescue. That speaks a lot about the rot of degradation in our society. India claims to be nation where women enjoy the status of gods, but the truth is that nothing short of arming them with guns would make them feel safe in a society plagued by beasts gone rabid from pent-up sexual frustration.


Good decision, KP


From the hip SYED SHOAIB


few years back, my father said something, which set me thinking about the boundaries we create for ourselves. On a week when the national media is crying hoarse over the molestation of a minor girl in Guwahati by 16 brutes in full public view and with prompt visual coverage, as a man I am forced to relook at the status of the average woman. At birth, she is predominantly welcome if there is a male child already in the family. A first-born girl is always a sign of tension for the mother, particularly if she is born into a business or `respectable’ family, where continuance is not assured through the female (pray what does that mean?). Protection is inevitable to the welcome or unwelcome girl in society, as her body is more an object of shame. Contours and colours will determine how she is viewed and the way she is viewed will determine her nature of existence (ashamed, proud, confident...). Even the most overtly feminist families will heave a sigh of relief if the girl is carved well at arrival. Otherwise, the struggle for packaging begins, well at birth. And believe me, fairness creams will never run out of business. There are constant comparisons with the `opposite’ gender that begin from high-school level, which become obvious after puberty. Girls are the subservient gender because they ape boys and not because they biologically face tougher and more challenges. For example: Girls want to wear trousers and Tshirts, which in the parlance of psychology is called cross-dressing but boys never wear skirts, even if a small percentage might want to grow their hair into pony-tails. By graduation, half the gender battle is lost as the sacrificial lamb for higher education either due to poverty or affluence, and hence better alliances, is the girl. If she is treated well, it is only because she will soon be leaving

the house and will never be welcome back as the barter price at marriage is high — money, land and gold. The best of fathers will want their wards to be good wives even if they fail as daughters or true sisters. At work, a woman boss is the four letter word you would not want to associate the wrong gender of a dog with and on the roads she is the hesitant rider or driver. Back home, however, all decisions on daily chores made by her are always right. She can earn high or garner fame, but if she lets her husband do any of the homely jobs, she is no longer




the fulcrum that is holding together the family. Then there are other aside like dressing inadequately and inviting trouble, over-dressing and drawing attention, underdressing and causing aversion. Any which way you look at it, the attire of a woman is a twosided debate. Only depends on which side you are, gender immaterial. After a quarter of her existence, she takes pride in shifting from her father’s to her husband’s name, or adding one to the other. After nine months of rigour, she takes pride in attaching her mate’s name to the child, without questioning the need for her name also to be a part of her flesh. Some cultural and religious practices make life difficult for her, more so after childbirth. Crimes and violence against women are proportional to the apparent mental and physical superiority that the male race enjoys in the respective groups. Women’s liberation has in paral-

lel only resulted in more opposition to her moving away from roles traditionally defined by men. Women’s Movement has been unable to garner media support to the extent that economically well-lit lobby groups have been able to. Media itself, like most fields, has fewer women at policy levels. Whether you are a labourer or a film heroine, if you are a woman, you are paid less than half. Statistics, however, say that more than half of the world comprises women. If dowry menace, crimes against women, mental marginalisation and domestic violence are handled, female infanticide can be addressed. Otherwise, only women will continue to think, write and address women’s problems; with an odd exception. As long as we do not wipe out patriarchy from society, any tear we shed towards saving the girl child — unborn or born, will only remain crocodile! The writer works for Postnoon



‘India-EU FTA by end 2012’


ermany expects India to conclude its free trade agreement with the EU by the end of 2012, despite the economic gloom the world over, to send out a strong signal that the two sides mean business, German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner said. He said Germany and India are all set to achieve their target of $24.4 bn bilateral trade by the end of this year.

Hollande warns Peugeot

Spain plan will save $56 bn



rench President Francois Hollande said Saturday that carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen’s plan to cut 8,000 jobs was not acceptable and needed to be renegotiated. “This plan is not acceptable, it must be renegotiated,” Hollande said during a televised interview, adding: “The state will not leave this be.”

pain’s new austerity plan will claw back 56 billion euros ($69 billion) for the state between now and 2014, according to figures published on Saturday by the economy ministry. That figure excluded the effects of a planned energy and environment tax, said the document, which was published on the economy ministry’s website.

Hungary readies for IMF-EU credit talks Geza Molnar


ungary and the IMF will take a new stab at a 15billion-euro credit line deal, starting on Tuesday, following months of delay due to controversial central bank reforms. A delegation of representatives from the IMF and EU is due to arrive in Budapest Tuesday for negotiations until July 25. An earlier effort had ended in late December, when EU and IMF experts had walked out on credit talks with Budapest, citing reforms that they feared would limit the central bank’s independence. The Hungarian government has since — reluctantly — revised its legislation, which received the European Central Bank’s approval in June. However, conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban has already warned the IMF-EU talks could go on for some time, predicting the core issues will only be discussed at the end of the summer. “Those who are expecting quick negotiations will be disappointed,” he told Hir TV television last week. Budapest hopes a 15-billioneuro ($18.2 billion) credit line from the IMF and EU will allow it to borrow on the bond market at better rates than the current ones — on July 13, the yield on 10-year sovereign bonds reached 7.85 per cent. Investors’ confidence in the country dipped as a result of the government’s unorthodox economic policies, including the nationalisation of pension funds and crisis taxes on specific sectors, like telecommunications and banking. Hungary also saw its debt downgraded to “junk” status by all three major credit-rating agencies, prompting bond rates to jump, while the national currency, the forint, grew weaker. Still, Viktor Orban has been reluctant to comply with EU demands, sowing doubts as to his intentions. Economy minister Gyorgy Matolcsy even chose to go on holiday at the exact same time the IMF will be in

town. “The government seems to try to keep the IMF away from Hungary,” the economic research institute GKI observed in a recent analysis. Having to call on the IMF has been an embarrassment for Orban. Upon coming to power in 2010, the prime minister had loudly claimed that Hungary no longer needed any help from the institution, which had narrowly saved it from bankruptcy two years earlier. For now, the state has suffi-


cient reserves — about 10 billion euros, or 10 per cent of GDP — to keep it going until the end of 2013, according to Gergely Tardos, chief economist at Hungary’s OTP bank. “That is why it is not in a hurry to strike a deal with the IMF... We believe the government is just trying to negotiate better terms in the deal,” he told AFP. “But should the international environment worsen, the market could force it to reach a deal very soon,” Tardos warned. In that case, Budapest would have to “quickly accept the IMF’s conditions,” Adam Keszeg of Raiffeisen Bank added. Analysts predict the IMF will demand the abolition of crisis taxes, which have hit mostly foreign-owned companies in the banking, retail, telecom and energy sectors. It could also call for an end to the 16 percent flat income tax, which has created a two-billioneuro hole in Hungary’s budget.

These measures were hotly debated, even prompting threats of court action by the European Commission, which deemed they did not conform with EU rules. Ever-defiant, Orban said Wednesday that he would only accept from the IMF “conditions that will make Hungary a better country.” But this may be just hot air, according to economist Gergely Tardos: “The financing costs coming from the IMF-EU are a lot less (compared to the markets), so it’s in Hungary’s interest to come to a deal,” he said. In any case, observers predict no deal will be made before December. Export-dependent Hungary was hit hard by the global economic downturn, with GDP falling by 1.3 per cent in the first quarter of this year from the last three months of 2011 — in the 27-member EU, only Greece and Portugal did AFP worse.

Sidbi to fund foreign buys MUMBAI: The small units-focused lender Small Industries Development Bank of India (Sidbi) is ready to fund domestic MSMEs to acquire foreign companies, a top official has said. “We will be funding the acquisition value plus the facilitation charges. The money will come from the `600-crore India Opportunity Fund that we have just launched,” Sidbi deputy managing director NK Maini said. The move comes from its successful participation in incubating and propping up start-ups, under which it has also picked up stakes up to 20 per cent. So far, Sidbi has invested `600 crore in 56 companies through its two funds. Out of these 56 companies, Maini said, only seven have failed while nearly a dozen of them are ‘star performers’ (giving 15-20 per cent returns on investment annually). While the lender on an average has invested in the range of `1 to 10 crore from the first fund, with the average exposure being `3 crore, with the second fund it has on an average investment of `10 crore in each of them while the top-end being `40 crore, Maini said. Typically, Sibdi lends at 11.75-13.5 percent, a tad lower than that of commercial banks, Maini said, adding, however, the problem is that out of the `2.5trillion that the sector needs, the annual fund flow from commercial banks is only around `30,000 crore. The Sidbi Amendment Bill, introduced in Parliament in May, is expected to empower the state-lender to take quick action against defaulters and enable speedy disposal PTI of such cases.



The existential dilemma of a dreamer Srinivas Sunderrajan recounts the experience of making his first indie feature film, The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project. Needless to say, its making was as interesting and strange as the film itself films. The list is endless.

HEMANTH KUMAR Tell us about yourself. When did you decide to become a filmmaker? I majored in science and spent a year in IT. And then I did my Bachelors in Mass Media from Mumbai University. When I was in college, I made a short film which won quite a few awards. Honestly, I never planned or decided to become a filmmaker. I just ended up being one.

Whom do you consider as your major influences on your work? I don't have a particular influence as such. I keep watching all kinds of films from different languages. There's so much to learn from so many different filmmakers that it's difficult to pinpoint whose work influenced me the most. Filmmakers like Basu Chatterjee and Saeed Mirza made some fabulous films in the 80s which explored the existential dilemma they were in, Charlie Kauffman's films explored the surreal and meta things in our lives and Wong Kar Wai is a master at creating moods through the audio and visuals in his

Existential dilemma seems to be a common factor in your work so far. Does this topic interest you a lot? We all go through an existential dilemma and I believe we all try to figure out our purpose in life all the time. You can never reach the answer and you begin to look at everything in life from a distance. After a point of time, you begin to question everything and some of the best stories come out during this phase of our lives. Two of my short films Tea Break and Vaapsi have a protagonist who's always in an existential dilemma. Even in The Untitled Karthik Krishnan Project, the protagonist goes through a similar situation. The film is about a guy who wants to make a short film and in the process several strange incidents begin to occur which have a deep impact on his life.

You met Kartik Krishnan and several other people who supported you throughout your journey so far on, which was shut down last year. Did it hurt you since the website played an important role in making of your film? Of course it did. It was the only forum which was dedicated to indie cinema. You could get all the resources and talk to directors

directly. But as it progressed, it wasn’t the same anymore. There are some blogs now like moifightclub and madaboutmoviez which talk about indie cinema; however, most of them are from a certain individual’s point of view.


You made the film on a budget of around `40,000. How difficult was it to make the film at such a low budget?

Your films were screened in quite a few film festivals. How has the response been so far?

I never wanted to make a zero budget film and I didn’t have a fixed budget in mind. It’s very difficult to not compromise at some level while making an indie film. The original plan was to shoot the film in 27 days spread over three months, but we ended up shooting for almost a year. Since most of the cast and crew, expect me, had day jobs we could work only on weekends. Getting permissions for various locations was a big hassle. After completing 60 per cent of the film, the building where the protagonist lives collapsed. It was quite frustrating and at one point I wondered what I was doing.

The response has been great so far. Everyone wants to make a good film but there’s always a dilemma whether the audience will understand our perspective. If you are going through a creative process, you begin to hallucinate. When the film was screened at MAMI in Mumbai, people understood the film and the response was similar in New York. Newspapers like Wall Street Journal and New York Times wrote about the film. In fact, the response abroad was better because it was not a typical Bollywood film. Struggle is struggle no matter where you go and I think that’s what clicked with most people who could relate to the film.

Your film sounds almost like an autobiography, after listening to the ordeal you had to go through while making the film. Is that true?

Now that your film is finally releasing in theatres, thanks to PVR Director’s Rare, what would say was your biggest learning experience?

It was supposed to be fiction, except for the part where I meet Kartik Krishnan. However, the problems I had written for Karthik were the same which I was facing while making the film. I could never point out the difference between reality and fiction. I had to change the script to shoot the remaining 40 per cent of the film. I would say 80 per cent of the film is an autobiography.

One thing which I have learnt is that you can never be sure of anything. There’s always a chance that your dream of making a film might collapse if you haven’t gotten all your things in place. Technically, you are paying an actor for his time more than his talent and that’s a precious commodity while making an indie film. You have to compromise somewhere. Nothing will go as per the plan.



Never too old to app!

If you thought only the young generation could look cool with apps on their phones and iPads think again. There are enough apps in the market for senior citizens as well, which help make daily tasks easier SKYPE


n this day and age when people travel great distances for work and education, there is no better app to catch up with your children or grandchildren. Skype is the best app for video chat in the industry right now, and is available for almost all the platforms. It also lets you call mobile phones though you’ll be charged for that. Price: Free Available for iOS and Android


DICTATION hy type uncomfortably on the glass when you can talk? Dragon Dictation has been one of the leading voice recognition applications in the industry and the technology was released for mobile phones earlier this year. In many ways it beats Google’s famed voice recognition. However, it only converts your voice to text and doesn’t act on it like Google voice function or Apple’s Siri. Once it converts your voice to text it lets you copy it for any other use of yours. Price: Free Available for iOS and Android



REMINDER PRO fter a while the number of medicines you have to take on a daily basis starts increasing and at such a time apps such as Med reminder pro come in handy. They are like a reminder application, but they also show extra details about the medicine you’re consuming. Since the app is able to gather information about the medicine it’ll also tell you whether you should eat it before or after food among other details. Available for Android and iOS Price: $2.99


ON {X} his app lets you automate a lot of functions in your phone. It’ll alert you of the weather in the morning automatically turn off WiFi of your device when you leave home. Offer navigation support if you need it. In short, it can do anything you program it to do. This app was developed by Microsoft and it requires a Facebook account to login with. Once you login you can set the kind of reminders and automation you need so you don’t need to worry about smaller things and can concentrate on things that really matter. Price: Free Available for Android


I H EALTH BP3 ow on you don’t need to rush to your doctor to get your blood pressure checked. This iHealth bundle which comes with a dock and the strap to put around your arm will convert your iOS device into a blood pressure monitor. Once you have the kit, all you need to do is tie the strap around your wrists and connect the device to the dock. The app tracks your Systolic/diastolic, heart rate, measure time, and pulse wave graph. Years of data only take up the space of a few songs. Price: $99 Available for iOS devices




Artists under threat in Tunis TUNIS: Artists in Tunis still feel threat-

ened following protests last month by hardline Salafi Islamists against a number of works shown at the Printemps des Arts contemporary art fair. According to media reports, the demonstrators damaged four works on display at the show. Art professionals say that the ministry of culture should do more to safeguard artists.

Sudan relics at flood risk

Beirut ‘rebuilt’ with LEGOs

SUDAN: The Sudanese ministry for

BEIRUT: A street art collective in Beirut has created a number of temporary LEGO-based installations to highlight urban parts which have fallen into disrepair. Dispatch Beirut applied LEGO bricks to fissures in walls and cracks in staircases. The juxtaposition highlights the city’s want of conservation efforts, heritage legislation and urban planning.

antiquities is appealing to the international archaeological community to conduct rescue operations and salvage Sudan’s archaeological heritage, which is at risk of being flooded by dams in areas. It appears that archaeologists will have around three years until flood water from the dam in Upper Atbara is released.

Knowing Klimt

On his 150th birthday, Vienna’s museums offer an intimate look at Gustav Klimt, digging beneath the layers of paint and scratching away at the artist... but not without a good dose of kitsch


ver the past century, Gustav Klimt has gained worldwide recognition even beyond the art world, something Vienna has been keen to exploit with ad campaigns borrowing heavily from his famous golden paintings like “The Kiss”. His work shocked early-1900s Vienna and alternated between opulence and tormented figures. But the 400 postcards and messages that Klimt sent his lifelong friend Emilie Floege — on display at the Leopold Museum — also show a whimsical, laid-back personality. "I wanted to send you a funny card but first I have to get over the... enormous stupidity of mankind. Affectionately, Gustav," he wrote in one note. Pictures of summer holidays show him eternally clad in a shapeless painter's smock, hair dishevelled and a mischievous smile on his lips while stroking a cat. In his cards — he wrote to Emilie up to eight times a day, often inane observations — he described his breakfast or com-

plained of a hangover or a bad cold. Not for nothing is the exhibit titled “Klimt: Up Close and Personal”; the art here takes a backseat to the man. The Wien Museum also used the occasion to examine a “star artist whose curse is that everyone thinks they know him so well.” Proof is the multitude of kitschy souvenirs depicting “The Kiss” or other famous Klimt works on sale in Vienna and elsewhere. Earlier this year, the museum made a call on Facebook for the “worst of the worst” and the result was some 140 objects sent from around the world, including pictures of tattoos, a toilet-seat cover and a bejeweled egg with the two figures from “The Kiss” rotating to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. Alongside this, however, the Wien Museum has also put its entire Klimt collection on show for the first time, including the artist’s death mask, his massive painter’s smock — the last in existence — and some 400 drawings from his

FOR HIS 150TH ANNIVERSARY, VIENNA’S MUSEUMS HAVE BEEN FALLING OVER THEMSELVES TRYING TO TOP EACH OTHER, WITH EVEN THE RESPECTED BELVEDERE — HOME OF “THE KISS” — ORGANISING A “GUSTAV KLIMT AND EMILIE FLOEGE LOOKALIKE CONTEST” beginnings in art school to his last few years. Far from the golden spirals and arabesques of his most famous work, the rough sketches — here a leg, there a shoulder — provide “an insight into Klimt’s development and working methods; a close-up of an artist,” said museum director Wolfgang Kos. For his 150th anniversary, Vienna’s museums have been falling over themselves trying to top each other, with even the

Art of the people Finding beauty in the ordinary


ingei”, or “art of the people”, refers to objects produced by anonymous craftspeople for everyday use by ordinary people. In Japan, these objects include a wide range of forms, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, signboards, lacquer, baskets, paper, toys, and textiles. The word “mingei” was

coined by famed literary and art critic Yanagi Muneyoshi (or Yanagi Soetsu, with family name first) and also means “folk art”. This term was created in reaction to the rapid cultural and economic westernization that was taking place during Yanagi's lifetime. Traditionally, the Japanese never distinguished between “art” and “craft”. Highly skilled people

simply made their living making beautiful and functional things. After the mid 19th century, when Japan was forced to establish more open trade relations with the west, the conceptual separation of art from craft was introduced. In 1916, Yanagi made his first trip to Korea out of a curiosity of Korean crafts. The trip led to the establishment of the Korean Folk Crafts


respected Belvedere — home of “The Kiss” — organising a “Gustav Klimt and Emilie Floege lookalike contest” on the artist’s birthday on Saturday. But those keen to focus on his art are also in luck, with the Secession art gallery bringing visitors right up to Klimt’s famous Beethoven frieze — situated three to five m above ground and usually seen only from below — via a temporary platform. The work behind the massive painting, the layers of gold leaf and paint, are revealed in a video documenting the painstaking restoration work after the piece was severely damaged. Born on July 14, 1862, Klimt was a key figure of Vienna's art scene. Even after his death in 1918, he made headlines when “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,” one of his bestknown works, was at the centre of a dispute over Nazis’ stolen art. With his stamp on umbrellas, magnets and pens, “Klimt is, posthumously, one of Vienna's most effective advertising agencies,” as Wien Museum director Kos puts it. AFP Museum in 1924, and the coining of the term “mingei” by Yanagi, potters Hamada Shoji (1894-1978) and Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966). In 1926, the Folk Art Movement was formally declared by Yanagi Soetsu. Yanagi rescued lowly pots used by commoners in the Edo and Meiji period that were disappearing in rapidly urbanizing Japan. The philosophical pillar of Mingei is “hand-crafted art of ordinary people” [minshu-teki kogei]. Yanagi Soetsu discovered beauty in everyday ordinary and utilitarian objects created by nameless and unknown craftsmen.



Great Pacific garbage patch

Rare sight at the Grand Canyon


hidden camera caught a rare picture of a large black bear roaming near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon last month. The picture was recently released by park officials. It's highly uncommon to see bears around this area because there are only a few natural water sources and it offers only marginal habitat, said Greg Holm, wildlife programme manager at Grand Canyon National Park.

he first wave has arrived. And now more and more tsunami debris is washing ashore on West Coast beaches seemingly every day.From large docks, to a motorcycle, to boat buoys, states like Washington and Oregon are seeing most of the debris. But the hunt for larger masses of debris is underway, not on shore but instead deep into the Pacific.

Why waste time finding organic stores to buy your vegetables when you can grow them yourself? With a little space and a lot of patience, you could enjoy fresh produce at home


Vegetables at your window

Further cuts to CO2


he European Commission on Wednesday proposed further cuts to carbon dioxide, CO2, emissions from new cars and vans by 2020. The proposals move the European Union toward its stated goal of cutting overall greenhouse gas emissions to 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and moving towards decarbonizing the transport sector to minimise climate change.

can be grown in large polythene bags which are open at both ends, plastic containers with holes in the sides, buckets or large steel drums. Soil is probably the most crucial component for a good city farm. According to Dr R T Doshi, who is recognised as one of the pioneers of urban farming in India, one can use biodegradable waste generated at home to enrich the soil for growing plants. He advocates filling the bottom half of the container with biomass like vegetable waste or sugarcane residue. The next quarter of the container should be filled with compost, which is decomposed biomass. You could either buy

Good for you, good for the earth JYOTSNA NAMBIAR


f you are concerned about the quality of food you eat or are fretting about the rising price of vegetables, maybe it's time you started growing your own. But before you pack your bags and set off to buy acres of land in a village somewhere, give it a shot in the comfort of your city home. Urban and peri-urban agriculture involves growing vegetables and herbs in containers or on small plots of land. It is a way of ensuring that the food requirements of urban populations are met. With about 80% of the population living in urban areas, governments and organisations are slowly recognising the importance of urban farming for food security and food safety. While majority of people involved in urban agriculture are the urban poor, more people are now growing plants in their homes and on terraces to ensure that they get fresh organic produce. Growing vegetables and herbs in your home is not a very time-consuming hobby, though it requires a lot of patience. The first thing to do is to identify a suitable spot. You don't need a garden to farm; just a terrace or a balcony or even a window sill that gets plenty of sunlight will do. Though you may be able to grow larger fruit trees only on a large terrace or in a garden, leafy vegetables, herbs and small vegetables will flourish even on window sills. Choose containers that will be large enough to support the fully grown plant. It is not necessary to buy earthen pots. Plants


rowing vegetables at home is not only good for you, but also for the environment. A lot of fuel and energy is required to transport foodstuff from village farms to the cities. By cultivating your own greens, you can cut down your carbon footprint drastically. It is also an effective waste management method — almost all the organic waste generated in your home can be used to enrich the soil for growing plants. Rooftop farms also help control the temperature of the building, thus reducing electricity usage.

compost or make it at home; put cowdung, organic waste and leaves in a plastic bag, sprinkle some water and keep the bag closed for 2-3 weeks. As the third layer, put nursery/garden/regular soil over the compost. Plants like tomatoes, cabbage, brinjal, ladyfinger, green leafy vegetables and herbs like curry leaves, basil and chillies will grow well in the Hyderabad climate. Plant the seeds around 1/2 to 3/4 inch below the surface of the soil. Keep the saplings in the shade and sprinkle water. Use more water as the plants grow larger. Read up on the plant you plan to grow, as each one will have its own requirements. Ensure you have enough time to tend to your plants and monitor their progress. Apart from the satisfaction of having grown your own food, you'll soon be able to enjoy delicious, organic vegetables.



N Korea’s first fast-food eatery North Korea’s first fast-food restaurant has quickly become popular among local residents and foreigners and plans to open branches in the future, a restaurant manager said on Thursday. North Korea opened the Samtaesong restaurant in its capital, Pyongyang, last month. It is the isolated communist nation’s first fast-food restaurant and offers hamburgers, french fries, waffles and draft beer.

Food journal helps a lot

Chocolate taster resigns

Keeping track of how much you eat by writing it down each day, rather than what you eat, is key for weight loss, a new US study suggests.The No. 1 piece of advice would be to keep a food journal to document every morsel that passes your lips and thereby help monitor daily calorie intake, concluded researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

News of Angus Kennedy's seemingly perfect job made headlines around the globe. The 47-year-old resident of Maidstone, UK had served as editor for candy trade publication Kennedy's Confection for nearly 20 years. He was also its primary chocolate taster since 2010. But after ballooning up to 189 pounds, the 5'10" Kennedy had no choice but to resign.

A game of high steaks Ingredients n n n n n n n n n

A juicy piece of tenderloin cut meat Chopped garlic Balsamic vinegar Chili flakes Rosemary Oregano BBQ, Oyster sauce Sea salt Worcestershire sauce




Inam believes that this is the secret to steak-making. He tells us, “Sprinkle some sea salt, crushed peppercorn, finely chopped garlic, balsamic vinegar and some Worcestershire sauce on the steak and marinate it for at least 12-14 hours before you make the steak. I do not prefer using ten-



derizers like pineapple or papaya as they take away the juices, making the steak ‘dry’.



Technically basting is nothing but glazing of the meat. Says Inam, “It is important to coat the meat with oil or other seasonings before putting it on the grill. The one that is most often done is bbq sauce and butter, applied with a brush. But you can get creative and use mustard sauce, thyme peppers, roasted garlic, rosemary, or oyster sauce and cayanne pepper. I believe that there is no standard way to cook — the more creative you are, the better.”



You either use a gas grill, an electric one or a charcoal grill. Inam’s choice is the






charcoal grill, which he believes brings out the best in a steak. He says, “I heat my grill to about 270 to 300 degrees centigrade, and then put my steak onto it. After five minutes, I flip it. And how one wants the steak done is important to know. There is rare, medium to rare and well done.”



Since not all grills work with the same heat, he suggests a simple way to know when your steak is ready to be served. Rare: Press the fleshy part of your palm below the thumb. The softness is similar to how it feels when the steak is rare. You just flip it often. Medium to rare: This is for those who like to eat their meat well done on the outside and yet, tender and pink on the inside. When you make a fist with your hands, and feel the fleshy part of your palm again, it is soft yes,




but a little tougher than before. That is the medium to rare steak. This is usually is done in five minutes on either sides. Well done :- Nothing pink, all cooked. Keep it for a little longer than five minutes and you know it is done.



Inam suggests an assortment of healthy sides to complement the steak. He tells us, “I add boiled and mashed potatoes with milk or fresh cream and sautee them in garlic and oregano. Then there is steamed broccoli, grilled carrots, grilled white onions, or Italian herb rice, which is simple cooked rice sauteed with chopped garlic, onions, parsley, chilli flakes and a mix of dry rosemary and oregano.”

Rent a grill


nam’s Steak House offers a package for those who love the steak life. Rent a grill for `500, buy five to six kilos of charcoal for `25, and marinated steaks for `350 apiece and you are good to go on your picnic.

Weekend parties


or a get-together, away from the city, Inam organises informal and interactive barbecue sessions. The menus are exclusive and the marination definitely not the ordinary. For those who need an experience away from the clichéd dine-in restaurants, Inam’s Steak House is the best alternative.


Discover the art of making that perfect steak, which is surprisingly not as difficult as it seems. Chef Inam Khan of Inam Steak House lets us in on the trade secrets

Healthy eating is the key to well-being SYED SHOAIB


he idealists say, ‘eat to live’, while connoisseurs of food say, ‘live to eat’. If you pride yourself for being the latter, head to Greenland for your daily bread;

and a lot of yummy add-ons to go with it. Don’t get misled by the name though; there’s nothing particularly eco-friendly about the place, but it sure has its competitors go green with envy. The menu is particularly long, be warned, for you can’t rush it through. From Tandoori to Chinese, and from Mughlai to the typically Indian, they serve it all here. Only, don’t forget to tell them to go easy on the oil; wonder why most cooks think

Name Greenland Place Amberpet, Amirpet Meal for two `250 Must-haves Rotis, Chicken tangdi the path to tasty cooking is the oily one. I must say, they serve some of the best rotis in the city here;

gobbling down sizable, wholesome, wheat rotis hot from the oven along with spicy Dam-kamutton, is a gratifying experience. Egg and veg biryani along with the regular Mutton and Chicken biryani adds variety. Add to that Chicken special nahri, Chicken liver fry and mixed vegetable curry and we have the entire spread. Parthasarathi, sitting on the adjacent table acknowledges the mixed vegetable curry. He is

heard calling up the friend who helped him decide on this joint, “Thanks buddy, the food is, like you promised, very tasty,” he says, between mouthfuls. Another customer, Suhail too hails the food, saying he is a regular at this restaurant. “Being a college student in the city and originally from Gooty, I have limited money, but the pricing here suits my budget,” he says settling down at one of the tables in the fast-filling place.



Mahi Khalia Noor’s Kitchen NOOR JAFRI Ingredients

Food-lovers in the city have been raving about the buffet at Seasonal Tastes, so we went to the Westin to find out what all the fuss was about

All you can eat!



s we walk through the gleaming lobby of Westin, the clock strikes eight. From our right, smartlydressed gentlemen come towards us offering assistance. We ask for Seasonal Tastes and they guide us towards it.We sink into the polished wood and leather chairs and take a minute to look around. From where we are sitting, there appears to be rows and rows of food on all sides. And we can’t see where it ends. This is it. This is the veritable cornucopia of gourmet dishes that all the food lovers in the city have been screaming on about from the rooftops. From a brief recon, three things become increasingly apparent. Every course comes in an array of Indian, Oriental and Continental. Two, (the normally sidelined) vegetarians have as many options as their meat eating

counterparts. Three, from the looks of it, so much food and so little time. From the top, let’s start with the starters and salads. Like everything in the buffet, there are a sizeable number of options. But between the wontons, sushi, chat, dimsums and more which lovingly lured us in, it was the Indian kebab platter that won our heart. Traditional as it might be with the usual offerings like hara bhara, vegetable sheek ,paneer tikka and mutton kebabs, it is of the finest quality —succulent, melt-inyour-mouth, delicately flavoured — and to die for. Among the salads, we highly recommend the aubergine and fresh mozzarella and the crabmeat with mango salsa, both of which set our taste buds thrumming. If you have managed to pry yourself away from all the distractions on your way (the bread basket here, a live pasta station there), its onto the main course. Here again you are

truly spoilt for choice. Our top picks include the beautifully done Grilled Beef Bedallion withRoot Vegetable Gratin, the sumptuous Chicken in Black Bean Sauce andthe fiery Andhra kodi curry. For the vegetarians, we strongly recommend their divinely tasty Thai Green Curry and steamed rice,hearty mushroom stroganoff and of course, their (famous) vegetable Biryani and mirchi ka salan. If you are up for more, be assured there’s still a parade of tastefully created dishes like the Hakka Noodles, the Seafood Balchao, Beef Rendang, Kai Korma that are worth your time. Oh, and we are not even done yet. What is a buffet that doesn’t send you into a food coma with its desserts. The chefs at the Seasonal Tastes couldn’t agree more. And voila, so you have a selection fit for the gods. Our picks? Let’s see. There’s the Pistachio mousse, good enough include in your last meal on death row.Not to take away from the exquisite-

Seasonal Tastes

Westin, Raheja Mindspace Dinner: `1,199 +taxes Sundays: `1,799 + taxes ly layered blueberry cheesecake. But oh, the gooey chocolate truffle cake. Did I mention, their spectacular selection of ice-creams(made inhouse!) The dark chocolate (which seemed to come straight from Willy Wonka’s) and coffee (do we need to say more) deserve a shout. The menu changes everyday, so even if you don’t get our picks, we hope you get as lucky we did. And with that, I give you my top three tips to get the best of the buffet: One, starve. Don’t eat for a day or so before you go. Believe me when I say you want to take your appetite to this one. Two, eat like the French or the Italians.Take your time. Treat it as a ten course meal. You’ll need at least three hours to spare if you want to look respectable. Three, be fair and just. To salads and starters, sushi and dimsums, cheese platters and bread baskets, stir frys and pastas, ice creams and souffles,they all deserve an equal chance. Psst: Speaking of, Westin’s executive chef, Steffan Dawson informs us that they have just rolled out the midnight buffet (open 12 -3 am), which’ll include salads and kathi rolls, biryanis, a tawa keema station and more If its anything like the dinner buffet, we say —“go”.

1. Fish - boneless medium-sized pieces - 250 gms 2. Ghee or oil - 4 to 5 tbsp 3. Coconut powder - 2 tsp 4. Sesame seeds (til) - 2 tsp 5. Zeera - 1 tsp 6. Coriander (dhania) - 1 tsp 7. Fenugreek (meethi) seeds - 1/2 tsp 8. Tamarind (imli) pulp - 2 tbsp 9. Red chilli powder - 1 tsp 10. Dry red chillies - 2 to 3 11. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp 12. Onion - 1 medium-sized 13. Turmeric (haldi) powder - 1/4 tsp 14. Salt to taste. 15. Few green chillies 16. Curry leaves.

Procedure 1. Heat a kadhai with half a teaspoon

of oil and roast onion pieces and all the masalas except ginger-garlic paste and tamarind. 2. Make a fine paste of all the masalas. 3. Marinate the fish pieces with the masala paste, ginger-garlic paste and leave it aside for a while. 4. Heat oil in the same kadhai, add few meethi seeds burn them and remove from the oil, it gives a nice burnt flavour. 5. In the same oil add one or two red chillies, curry leaves, and add the marinated fish pieces stir it for a while. 6. Add the tamarind pulp with required quantity of water for the gravy. 7. Simmer it for five minutes, as the fish cooks very fast. 8. Switch off the gas, when it’s cooked. 9. Can be garnished with green chillies and coriander leaves. 10. Serve hot with steaming rice.

Chef’s note n

Mildly sour rich dish, it taste good when cooked in ghee, rich in protein and high in calories.

Contact n Noor’s Kitchen n Mobile: 91-9441282318 n Residence: 91-40-23356947

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July 21 1969 — Space Race: Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission (July 20 in North America).

July 17 1973 — Military coup in Afghanistan; King Mohammad Zahir Shah flees.

July 15 1099 — First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final assault of a difficult siege.

July 16 1439 — Kissing is banned in England (to stop germs from spreading).

July 20 1903 — The Ford Motor Company ships its first car.

July 18 1925 — Adolf Hitler publishes his personal manifesto Mein Kampf.

July 19 1947 — The Prime Minister of the shadow Burmese government, Bogyoke Aung San and 6 of his cabinet and 2 non-cabinet members are assassinated by Galon U Saw.





Soon after sundown DJ Jonathan and DJ Sharon rocked the house at Aqua, The Park on Saturday. The Sundown party had the trendiest of the city’s youngsters making the most of monsoons


La fête Nationale!




The French National day, known commonly as Bastille Day was celebrated with much aplomb and fanfare at Park Hyatt on Saturday



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Gustanee Herve Giorgia Wipprid Aurelie Rudolph






Style Selections Zooni Center launched its festive collection for Ramzan and announced the lucky bumper draw offer of Tata Nano cars

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Bhavishya DJ Sharon Umar, Nitiksha Deepika Himani DJ Naveen, DJ Jay Anjali, Micheal



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Gods walking with me

The joy of making films!!! Enjoying every moment of this journey

Now looking for an off night to go to the cinema and get my #eega fix...thankfully the film will be running for a loooong time! Seen it yet?

Good morning people. Shooting in mysore. Early morning. It’s very beautiful here.





Ban Ke Chahat Nazron Se Khat..LikhnaLikhna Tu Hai Jaisa Mujhko Waisa.Pas Mere Main Hoon Hi Nahi Is Duniya Ki

It is freeeezing in Ooty today! But the locations are beautiful :)

HAppy birthday mom . The reason I exist . Love u maa . God bless

Cannot wait for the dark knight rises!! Butterflies oh no sorry bats in my tummy :p

All eyes on E Sekhar Kammula’s LIB

ver since Sekhar Kammula unveiled the first look of his upcoming film Life is Beautiful, there’s only one question which has been on our minds – Can he repeat the magic of Happy Days? This time he’s several newcomers and all of them were selected after an extensive audition process. Abijeet, Sudhakar, Kaushik, Shagun, Zara, Rashmi, Kavya, Naveen, Vijay, Sanjeev and Sriram are playing the lead roles in the film. Already people in the film industry have begun drawing parallels between the actors in this film and those whom Sekhar Kammula introduced in Happy Days. Moreover, Sekhar Kammula’s revelation that Life is Beautiful will have the same feel as that of Happy Days has lent credence to this speculation. The film narrates the story of six youngsters who share their friendships, joys and sorrows as they grow up in this colony. Thota Tharani has built a special set worth `1 crore and most of the film was shot on this set. Mickey J Meyer has composed the music and Vijay C Kumar is the cinematographer. The film’s audio will be unveiled on July 27 and the film is most likely to hit the screens on August 15.

AL Vijay’s film’s first look launched


UKUP set to release on August 2


anchu Manoj, Balakrishna starrer Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara will finally hit the screens on August 2. The film’s post production is in the last stage now and recently when Manoj’s family saw the first copy of the film, they were quite impressed with the final output. “Its official #Vuu Kodathara Vulliki Padathara releasing on Thur, Aug 2nd. It is national holiday, Raksha Bandhan..YIPEE (sic),” Lakshmi Manchu posted on Twitter. The film also stars Deeksha Seth, Lakshmi Manchu, Saikumar, Sonu Sood and Simer Motiani. Sekhar Raja has directed the film and Lakshmi Manchu has produced the film. Bobo Sashi has composed the music. The film is an action entertainer and we hear that it has a supernatural twist in the story. Lakshmi Manchu has pumped in incredible amount of money for this bilingual film which is also being released in Tamil as Varuvan Thalaiavan.

he first look of AL Vijay’s upcoming bilingual film Shivathaandavam was unveiled recently in Hyderabad. Vikram, Jagapathi Babu, Anushka, Amy Jackson and Lakshmi Rai are playing the lead roles in this action entertainer. Talking to the scribes, Jagapathi Babu said, “For the past couple of years, my well wishers had been telling me that I haven’t been doing good films. I believe their wait will come to an end with this film. AL Vijay is a fabulous director to work with and it was a pleasure to work with Vikram.” On the other hand, Vikram said, “I still remember the day when I visited a film set where Jagapathi Babu and Meena were shooting for a film. That was the first time I ever saw a film shooting and I can’t believe that I am sharing the stage with him today. He hasn’t changed a bit in all these years. After Sivaputrudu, this is the first time I am working in a multi-starrer and I must thank Jagapathi Babu for all his support. This is my second film with AL Vijay after Nanna. He’s an extremely hardworking guy and I wish I get a chance to work with him at least once every year.” C Kalyan is producing the Telugu version. GV Prakash has composed the music and Nirav Shah is the cinematographer. The film is going to release in September this year.



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Two people on the plane to Chennai have asked me where I'm going? #facepalm.

Chalo sunday ko bhi kaam pe.lipstick,laali,powder lagaane..yuck!

I guess in News, like Films, the hero takes it all. *tweets like Rajdeep* :p

Typically dignified statement from Gopal Gandhi making it clear he will not be contesting the VP polls. Classy, nipping all chat in the bud.





I found the guitar!!!!!!! Now the bad news. Its in delhi. Fakkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

Prayed at The Bramha Temple in Pushkar this morning. On behalf of you all too. Amazing feeling of peace and hope.:)

So as soon as I get my act together shall post photos from ?#roadtrip? . The near un-motor able roads.Our camp. Sach Pass

Wishing Sunita Williams great journey on her 2nd outing in2 Space. As 12 yr old I wrote in my school mag 'I want 2 b an Astronaut'


hirish Kunder’s directorial venture Joker carries the tagline ‘Being Alien’, similar to the name of Salman Khan’s NGO ‘Being Human’. Director-choreographer and Kunder’s wife Farah Khan clarifies that the tagline for the movie was finalised only after they sought permission from the actor. “It is evident from the trailer that it is a very different film. We have asked Salman and we have actually taken the ‘Being Alien’ caption from ‘Being Human’,” the 47-year-old said. The movie’s narrative revolves around the extraterrestrials, and Farah clarified the use of ‘Being Alien’ has nothing negative about it. “We are not taking a dig at him because the movie is about aliens and crop circles. So we asked him and he thought it was very funny and he said ‘Please use it’,” she added. IANS

Being Alien becomes the tagline for Joker

AB Jr screens Bol Bachchan A

ctor Abhishek Bachchan held a special screening of Bol Bachchan for his Dostana friend John Abraham, and the two couldn’t stop themselves from showing their admiration for each other. The screening was held on Friday. Asked for his reactions on the comedy film, John said: “The movie was good. Genuinely I love comedies, I enjoyed the film so much. Ajay (Devgn) is brilliant, Abhishek is just outstanding and I am so happy seeing him in the film because he really made me laugh.” Abhishek indulged in some ‘dostana’ with John. “He (John) is biased about me. He is my jiggly-poo right... and so I am biased towards him as well. I am very happy he saw the film,” said Abhishek. The duo are excited to be seen together once again in the sequel to their hit.

RK wants to do a sports film H

is body of work boasts of an impressive range of roles — from a romantic saga to a musical to a touching story of a deaf and dumb boy in Barfi!. And now Ranbir Kapoor is also keen on doing a sports-oriented film. “I would love to do a film on football, hockey, boxing, kabaddi or anything as long as it has an interesting story build upon it,” Ranbir said. “A film is only made if there is an engaging story behind it. If you are just making a film for sports without an engaging story, then it doesn’t matter,” he added. The 29-year-old spoke on the sidelines of NDTV’s ‘Marks For Sports 2’ campaign.Ranbir is a sports enthusiast himself, and says it is important to indulge in one kind of sport to remain healthy.” IANS



Elixir will reveal S my sensuous side: Shakira

inger Shakira says her latest fragrance, Elixir, is like a “second skin” and has an exotic feel to it. The 35-year-old said it was important for the scent - her third - to be different from her previous perfumes. “After my first two fragrances, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to develop a fragrance that would express my most sensual and exotic side, and Elixir is the result of that. We worked on the concept of a ‘second skin’, a fragrance that becomes a part of you,” quoted Shakira as saying. IANS

Biel to play Viper in The Wolverine T

hough she was at Comic-Con participating on the panel for the new Total Recall, Jessica Biel didn’t even hint at her likely return to the Marvel movie world, which is odd considering it was the ideal place to share such news. Instead, Following up on the first word from Twitch, Deadline now brings the word that Jessica Biel has been cast as Viper in The Wolverine. Biel will be a woman who, by day, at least, works for the corrupt minister of justice. By night, she’s Viper, the Silver Samurai’s lover and part of a plan to take over the ninja society known as The Hand. It’s a wrinkle in the concept for The Wolverine, especially since it appeared as though director James Mangold was intent on an almost totally Japanese cast to surround Hugh Jackman. She joins a cast that already includes at Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Rila Fukushima and Tao Okamoto. The film marks Biel’s second Marvel movie, though considering the first was Blade Trinity, she could be ready to forget it…Mangold is gearing up to start shooting in Australia and Japan shortly and The Wolverine will be out on July 26 next year.

Fame freaks out Victoria Beckham S

inger-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham finds herself in limelight most of the times but she avoids thinking about fame as it freaks her out. The 38-year-old and her husband David Beckham are a popular couple, and always remain in news. But the former Spice Girl feels uncomfortable with excess interest in her personal life, reports “I think I’d be freaked out if I thought about that too much. Honestly I wake up every morning and pinch myself. I appreciate how lucky I am. I don’t take anything for granted. I have an amazing family and a job I love. It’s all so IANS incredible,” she told a magazine.









ikki Reed is set to debut a jewellery line later this year. The Twilight star is teaming up with celebrity jewellery company to launch her collection ‘Mattlin Era’, named after her paternal grandmother, reports Stylebistro. Reed shared: “Some of my earliest memories are of my mother sitting behind her sewing machine making clothes for my brother and me when we couldn’t afford to buy the cool stuff that was sold in stores. “When I was old enough to help, we would go and buy fun coloured beads to string on elastic and — voila! — I had my first ‘jewellery line’.” The collection is inspired by people who have meant a lot to Reed throughout her life, such as the piece called ‘The Paul’, inspired by her husband Paul McDonald. The couple tied the knot in October 2011 after meeting at the premiere of Red Riding Hood that same year.

Richard D Zanuck dead



ennifer Lopez is leaving American Idol, forcing the former No. 1 show to once again reinvent itself just two seasons after it did so with her and Steven Tyler’s hiring.The news comes a day after the Aerosmith frontman also announced his exit. If Randy Jackson also leaves, the show will begin its 12th season next year with a brand-new judging panel for the first time since its

ichard D Zanuck, the producer of Jaws and Driving Miss Daisy, died on Friday in LA, a spokeswoman for his production company told TheWrap. He was 77. The cause of death was a heart attack.The son of famed 20th Century Fox head Darryl F

Zanuck, he would make his own indelible mark on the movie business by championing a thenunknown director named Steven Spielberg. Their 1975 adaptation of Peter Benchley’s pulpy novel would usher in a new era of summer blockbusters and fundamentally alter the type of movies that the industry made. The DNA of Jaws, which at the time was the highest grossing movie in history, can still be detected in such recent hits like The Avengers and Avatar, cinematic spectacles that entice audiences through a combination of special effects and easily digestible plots.

leaving American Idol J

debut. Lopez announced her exit in an interview on Friday with Ryan Seacrest during his radio show, On the Air. “Something has to give, and that’s, I think, where I am right now,” she said. When Seacrest pressed her on whether the two are still “co-workers,” she said, “I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I have to do, that I’ve put kind of on hold because I love ‘Idol’ so much.”





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13 Hula-dance fetes 14 Mine passage 15 Diarist Anais -16 Proceed with vigor (3 wds.) 17 Squealed 18 "Murphy's War" star 19 Tickled 20 -- tube 27 Blunt-edged swords 31 Rubs dry 34 Unskilled laborer 36 Two-bagger (abbr.) 38 Brief flash 39 Decelerates 41 Jack London venue 43 Goals 44 Physically weak 46 Won -- soup 47 Conceited 48 Kind of accident 49 Yerba -50 Pitch-black 51 Thousands of years 53 -- Hubbard of sci-fi 54 Urgent requests 55 Any 56 Fuzzless peach 57 Ms. Lupino 58 Seattle hrs. 60 Date regularly 61 They have shells

63 Pulls a fast one 65 -- Enlai 66 Lipstick shades 67 Blew the whistle 69 Deal with leftovers 70 Barracks offs. 71 Nope 72 La -- tar pits 74 You, once 75 Twin Cities suburb 76 Radius companion 78 Meets head-on 79 Dweeb 81 TV genie portrayer 82 Jazz genre 83 Calamine target 84 EMT technique 85 "Norma --" 86 Adj. modifier 87 "Dream Lover" singer 88 Clipper ship feature 89 Spades and clubs 91 Haying machine 92 Enjoys, as benefits 93 Troubles, to Hamlet 94 Subzero comment 96 Computerize 98 Spunk 100 Exam choice 101 Preferring charges 102 Most blithe

103 Sighs of relief 104 Headache 105 Involve 106 Airline employees 107 In hock 108 Indiana city 110 Alps locale 111 Ms. Earhart 112 Quit, in poker 113 Buy alternative

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STAR POWER Date 16-7-2012

As per Hindu panchang

THIRUVAIKUMAR 040-27177230 / 9949870449



You need to struggle hard to get admission for your children's higher studies. Politicians are advised not to waste their time in just talking but get into action.

Politicians will march forward by winning over the opposition. Women will fulfill wishes of their parents. Businessmen will increase their turnover.

Businessmen will learn the tactics well and act shrewdly. Students will be successful in getting admission to higher studies as per their wishes. Employees might face with heavy workload.




Politicians are advised to focus on the development of their constituency. Those involved in romance can feel relaxed, as they will be successful.

Never share your personal matters with any others. Avoid unwanted arguments and harsh words. Politicians will get a chance to discuss with seniors their proposed welfare schemes.

Businessmen will be fortune enough to sign contracts with well reputed organisations for which VIP friends will help them. Employees will feel happy, as all their demands will be accepted.




Women are advised not to get into romance issues for the time being. Businessmen will announce new and innovative schemes to attract new customers.

Women will get good support from their parents for their new plans. Businessmen will act shrewdly and introduce new schemes which will help enormously to increase their business.

Wanderings will be more due to unexpected travel. Politicians need to struggle to fulfill their promises given to public. Parents will be happy as suggestions given by you will help them.




Women are advised to keep away from people with wrong intentions. Businessmen will achieve profit beyond their expectations. Employees will be entrusted with new responsibilities.

Court verdict will go in your favour. Tensions and confusion existed will disappear. Children's attitude will change and their adamancy will come down.

Women who are in search of new job will be favoured with one soon. Businessmen are advised to identify the black-sheep in their staff who leak business secrets.





King of Swords – You may find that your family members are being over-protective of you, looking after you at all times. This makes you want your own space.

Strength – This is a good time for real estate deals. A property, especially residence, bought at this time is likely to bring good luck.

Four of Cups – Information given to you through some unreliable sources could be misleading. Do not go with major decisions based on what you hear.




Knight of Pentacles – You may face some technical connectivity issues, like the internet connection giving up or your phone’s network issues.

Queen of Cups – You focus more on the long term and tend to ignore the short term factors that could affect your immediate dayto-day living.

Death – You are put in a strange situation where you begin to analyse the dynamics of family ties. It may all be new to you, as you’re seeing them differently.




Knight of Cups – You end up playing a crucial role in the life of a person who is not a friend nor related to you. Be sensitive to the needs of others.

The Moon – You are stuck in a demandsupply equation, where decisions have to be made based on your instincts apart from the market realities.

Two of Cups – Singles are likely to meet an interesting person from the opposite sex and get into a long-term relationship. Marriage is also a possibility.




Five of Swords – Some clash and conflict will take you off guard because you did not expect it. Put up paintings of happy pictures in the bedroom.

Ace of Pentacles – A surprise job offer will fall in your lap. You realize that you get more than you asked for. Now, maintain this job.

For Better or for Worse Stone soup

Queen of Swords – You must get into the habit of making donations or any charity in cash or kind. Build this into your annual investment plan.

Marital bliss


Ink pen


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TAROT READ Date 16-7-2012

priest and a nun were lost in a snowstorm. After a while, they came upon a small cabin. Being exhausted, they prepared to go to sleep. There was a stack of blankets in the corner and a sleeping bag on the floor but only one bed. Being a gentleman, the priest said, "Sister, you sleep on the bed. I'll sleep on the floor in the sleeping bag." Just as he got zipped up in the bag and was beginning to fall asleep, the nun said, "Father, I'm cold." He unzipped the sleeping bag, got up, got a blanket and put it on her. Once again, he got into the sleeping bag, zipped it

up and started to drift off to sleep when the nun once again said, "Father, I'm still very cold." He unzipped the bag, got up again, put another blanket on her and got into his sleeping bag once again. Just as his eyes closed, she said, "Father, I'm sooooo cold." This time, he remained there and said, "Sister, we're out here in the wilderness where no one will ever know what happened. Let's pretend we're married."The nun purred, "That's fine by me." To which the priest yelled back, "Get up and get your own stupid blanket!"

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DID YOU KNOW...? n The “six metres club”consists of pole vaulters who have reached at least 6 metres 19 ft 8¼ in.

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n Volzing is a method of holding or pushing the bar back onto the pegs while jumping over a height. This takes considerable skill, although it is now against the rules and counted as a miss. The technique is named after U.S. Olympian Dave Volz, who made an art form of the practice and surprised many by making the U.S. Olympic team in 1992. n The only woman to exceed 5m is Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva, who reached that height in 2005 and who has in total broken the women’s world-record 27 times, culminating in her current world record of 5.06 metres obtained in 2009 at Letzigrund in Zurich.

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LEGENDS OF THE SPORT Yelena Isinbayeva (born June 3, 1982) is a Russian pole vaulter. She won the Olympic gold medal twice — once in 2004 and the second, four years later. She is a five-time World Champion and the current world record holder in the event. She has been a major champion on nine occasions. As a result of her accomplishments, she is widely considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time


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The medals are for all the athletic events at the 2008 Games

MEDAL EVENTS August 6 Women’s Pole Vault August 11 Men’s Pole Vault

Sergey Bubka (born December 4, 1963) is a retired Ukrainian pole vaulter. Repeatedly voted the world’s best athlete, he represented the Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991. Bubka won 6 consecutive IAAF World Championships, an Olympics gold (1988) and broke the world record for men’s pole vaulting 35 times (17 outdoor and 18 indoor records). He was the first to clear 6.0 metres and the only to clear 6.10m.

OVER THE BAR POLE VAULT: In the Pole Vault, athletes take a run up and use a pole to propel themselves over the bar. The pole can be any length or diameter, but must be smooth. Athletes plant the end of the pole into a box at the base of the landing area, and use their speed, momentum and the bend of the pole to get themselves over. The bar must stay on its supports. Athletes may begin jumping at any height or may pass, at their own discretion. If they fail three consecutive jumps, at any height or combination of heights, they are eliminated. Once each height has been completed or passed, the bar is raised, and the next set of jumps begins


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Athletes start with a qualifying round. Jumping in turn, each athlete attempts to achieve the qualifying height. If they fail at three jumps in a row, they are eliminated. After a successful jump, they receive three more attempts to achieve the next height. Once all jumps have been completed, all athletes who have achieved the qualifying height go through to the final. If fewer than 12 athletes achieve the qualifying standard, the best 12 ath-

THE LINGO Bar The crosspiece of wood, metal or plastic which high jumpers and polevaulters must clear. Countback it is a process used to determine the winner if two high jumpers or pole vaulters reach equal heights, based upon reviewing which athlete failed least in his or her jumps at that height or in the whole competition.

letes go through. In the final, as in qualifying, athletes are eliminated if they fail at three attempts in a row. The athlete who completes the highest jump is the winner. At the end of the competition, any ties are broken in favour of the athlete with fewest failures at the final height. If still tied, the athlete with the fewest total failures wins, and if still tied after that the tie stands, other than for first place, which is normally resolved by a jump-off.



To achieve the maximum possible height, every aspect of the jump must be perfect, including the run-up. Athletes take great care in working out the exact position they start from, ensuring it suits their stride pattern and provides them with the best possible take-off.



The brush of a trailing leg or foot can dislodge the bar and ruin an otherwise perfect jump.



oles were used as a practical means of passing over natural obstacles in marshy places such as provinces of Friesland in The Netherlands, along the North Sea, and the great level of the Fens across Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Lincoln-

shire and Norfolk. Artificial draining of these marshes created a network of open drains or canals intersecting each other. To cross these without getting wet, while avoiding tedious roundabout journeys over bridges, a stack of jumping poles was kept at every

house and used for vaulting over the canals. Venetian gondoliers have traditionally used punting poles for moving to the shore from their boat. Distance pole vaulting competitions continue to be held annually in the lowlands around the North Sea. These far-

jumping competitions are not based on height. One of the earliest pole vaulting competitions where height was measured took place at the Ulverston Football and Cricket Club, Cumbria in 1843. Modern competitions began around 1850 in Germany.

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YELENA ON A HIGH MOSCOW: Russia’s pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva is confident of soaring to new heights at the Olympics after suffering a series of setbacks in the last three seasons. Isinbayeva heads to London boosted by gold in the 2012 World Indoor Championships and happy she has regained her fighting spirit after the 2009-2011 seasons were blighted by the rare but bitter taste of defeat. Reunited with her childhood coach Yevgeny Trofimov — a man who she affectionately calls her second father — Isinbayeva believes she has recovered the form that made her unbeatable up to 2008. “I can say that I’ve regained that joyful feeling being in flight over the bar,” the double Olympic champion said. “Now I just love everything that I’m doing and I really appreciate every minute which I spend in training and competition.” Accustomed to being the unchallenged queen of her event, Isinbayeva failed to record a height in a tear-stained 2009 World Championships in Berlin, came fourth in the 2010 world indoors and just sixth in the 2011 Worlds in Daegu, South Korea. But Isinbayeva said that she was not afraid of the competition at the Olympics, saying if she comes into the Games in top form nobody can stop her.

Flexi hopes to get third-time lucky for 200m Games gold

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“If I manage to keep my form and avoid injuries there’ll be no rival for me in London except myself,” she said. The 30-year-old Volgograd-born pole vaulter added that the recent winter athletics season confirmed that she and coach Trofimov have chosen the right way to prepare for the Olympics. “I managed to earn a perfect record this winter winning all five tournaments where I competed and set a new indoor world record. It’s a very good result for the winter season,” she said. “I believe it’s a clear sign that together with my coach we’ve chosen the right direction and I’m really happy that our joint work

I can say that I’ve regained that joyful feeling being in flight over the bar. Now I just love everything that I’m doing. Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian pole vaulter paid off.” Isinbayeva started her sporting career as gymnast in Volgograd but she had to change sports at the age of 15 because she was considered too tall to be competitive in gymnastics. Isinbayeva, who holds both the world outdoor record of 5.06m and indoor

mark of 5.01m, also said that she almost restored her technique of the 2005-06 period which she and her coach considered to be the best in her career. “I’m really close to it. Now my technique is completely different and much closer to perfection than what I was showing in those five years,” she said. “Now I’m not just jumping over the bar but flying over it again. And I hope I’ll be able to fly really high.” Isinbayeva, who parted her ways with her first coach Trofimov in 2005 to join Vitaly Petrov, the coach of legendary Sergei Bubka, said that the move was a mistake as it ended a complete fiasco at consecutive AFP major events.

Sanya seeks 200m, 400m double LONDON: Sanya RichardsRoss is taking aim at a 200-400 double at the London Games, promising that her best is yet to come after leading 400m qualifiers at the US Olympic track and field trials. Reigning world champion Richards-Ross won the US crown in 49.28 seconds, what had been this year’s worldbest time until Russia’s Antonina Krivoshapka ran 49.16 on July 5, and served notice she is a threat for the gold. “I’m starting to get my race rhythm down,”

Richards-Ross said. “It’s just a matter of time before I believe I will drop a really great time.” “I feel like the best is yet to come.” Richards-Ross booked the second part of her double bid with a third-place 200m finish behind Allyson Felix, 200m runner-up at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, and world 100m champion Carmelita Jeter — both trying a 100-200 London double. “I wanted to be part of this team in two events,” Richards-Ross said. “They didn’t make it easy for me but I’m glad I made it.” AFP

ix ran the sixth-fastest women’s 200m ever clocked, the fastest in the world for 14 years, and promptly put the impressive achievement into sobering perspective. “It’s extremely special,” she said. “But the job is not done. It’s all about London.” For the American sprinter, the Olympics represent a chance to finally claim an elusive individual gold medal after taking 200m silver at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. “It’s all about the 200 and whatever puts me in the best position to go for a gold medal in the 200,” Felix said. Reigning 200 world champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica won the 2004 and 2008 Olympic 200m titles, but runner-up efforts have not left Felix bitter. “I still love the Olympics,” she said. “The way it has worked out I’ve just been flat outrun at the Olympics. It still excites me. It’s still my dream to get it done and I think it’s very possible.” Felix surged to victory in the 200 final at the US Olympic track and field trials in 21.69 seconds, leaving a world-class field racing for second as she set a personal best with a flying AFP start and a fantastic finish.

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Humbled Merritt seeks to repeat 400m act LONDON: LaShawn Merritt has struggled back from a doping ban disgrace and his humbling excuse why he should not be called a dope cheat to become a favourite to defend 400m gold at the Games. The American won the chance to compete at London by taking the title at last month’s US Olympic trials. “It was not a perfect race,” Merritt said. “If it takes 43 seconds to win in London, I’m AFP willing to go there.”

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INTER INSTITUTION SEMI FINALS State Bank of India bt Life Insurance Corporation - 3-0 POSTAL bt PORT (VSP) - 3-0 CADET GIRLS QUARTER FINALS : S Mahitha (VJA) bt N Anjali (GSM) - 3-0 Tanmayee (YMCA) bt G Ayushi (GSM) - 3-0 Sassya (AWA) bt Meghana (ACE) - 3-0 Laasya (AWA) bt R Kajol (VJA) - 3-0


Hari Krishna (GSM) bt Harsh Lahoti - 4-1 Ali Mohd (SPSTTA) bt Piyush Agarwal - 4-1 Jishnu Vakaria (GSM) bt Arsh Agarwal - 4-1 A Jagadish (AWA) bt Rohan - 4-0 Purna (SPSTTA) bt M Anurag - 4-0 YOUTH GIRLS PRE QUARTER FINALS

KVV Vaishali (ATP) bt Sasya (AWA) - 4-1 SK Saira Banu (VJA) bt G Praneetha (YMCA) - 4-1 Sailu Basha (VJA) bt M Harshitha (AWA) - 4-0 M Monica (GSM) bt Lasssya (AWA) - 4-0 Anusha Reddy (VJA) bt CH Praneetha (VJA) - 4-2 Nikhat Banu (GSM) bt Nikitha Navya (YMCA) - 4-0 Naina (LBS) bt Bhakti Dave (GSM) - 4-1 A Sreeja (GDTTA) bt Naga Sravani (ACE) - 4-1 CADET BOYS PRE QUARTER FINALS

Md Ali bt Akash Vardhan (VJA) - 3-2 Agha Hussain (SPSTTA) bt Varun Shankar - 3-2 Divesh (YMCA) bt Ruthvik (YMCA) - 3-2 B Vathsin (BVR) bt Ayush (GSM) - 4-0 B Vishnu (GDTTA) bt Advaith (AWA) - 3-1 D Najeeb (VZG) bt D Eshwar (VSP) - 3-0 Adarsh Vardhan (VJA) bt Amaan (SPSTTA) - 3-2 P Sai Surya bt Neel Doshi (SPSTTA) - 3-0 JUNIOR GIRLS PRE QUARTER FINALS

KVV Vaishali (ATP) bt Nikitha Navya (YMCA) - 4-0 M Mounika (GSM) bt Naga Sravani (ACE) - 4-1 Sailu Basha (VJA) bt Bhakti Doshi (SPSTTA) - 4-1 M Harshita (AWA) bt Laasya (AWA) - 4-1 SK Saira Banu (VJA) bt Sassya (AWA) - 4-0

Saina Nehwal was felicitated by Yuji Tadeta, managing director, Indo Nissin Foods ltd. before her departure for the London Olympics.

Results of the Billiards World Cup selection trials



Varuni Jaiswal (GSM) bt S Mahitha (VJA) - 3-0 A Sreeja (GDTTA) bt TR Samveda (Don Bosco) - 3-0 KVV Vaishali (ATP) bt Tanmayee (YMCA) - 3-0 Sailu Basha (VJA) bt G Sai Bhavani (NAL) - 3-0 Naina (LBS) bt Laasya (AWA) - 3-1 Naga Shravani (ACE) bt Anusha Reddy (VJA) - 3-0 Sassya (AWA) bt Rashmika (SPSTTA) - 3-0





Varuni Jaiswal (GSM) bt Anusha Reddy (VJA) - 4-0 Naina (LBS) bt Bhakti Dave (GSM) - 4-0 Sreeja (GDTTA) bt Kratika (SPSTTA) - 4-0



Devendra Joshi bt V. Subramaniam 501-355 (Highest break: Devendra-100) K. Venkatesham bt Alok Kumar 502-285 (Highest break: Alok Kumar-209) B. Bhaskat bt Arun Agarwal 500-285 Dhruv Sitwala bt Siddharth Parik 501316 (Highest break: Siddharth Parik-121) Alok Kumar bt V. Subramaniam 502-267 Siddhart Parik bt






Devendra Joshi 501-386 Arun Agarwal bt K. Venkatesham 501-361 (Highest break: K. Venkateshan-118) Siddhath Parik bt V. Subramaniam 500-159 K. Venkatesham bt B. Bhaskar 500-486 (Highest Break: B. Bhaskar-138) Dhruv Sitwala bt B. Bhaskar 500-400 (Highest Break: Dhruv Sitwala-263) Devendra Joshi bt Arun Agarwal 500-183








Dhruv Sitwal bt Alok Kumar 500-419 B. Bhaskar bt V. Subramaniam 502-189 (Highest Break: B. Bhaskar-150) Dhruv Sitwal bt K. Venkatesham 500-193 V. Subramaniam bt K. Venkatesham 500-499 Alok Kumar bt Siddharth Parik 500-420 Devendra Joshi bt B. Bhaskar 500-109 Dhruv Sitwal bt Arun Agarwal 500-256 (Highest break: Dhruv-283)

74th Brilliant trophy chess selected results Juniors n n n n n

Ranjana reddy lost to PSD Rahul Srikanth bt Haritha Harshavardhan bt Muralikrishna Sai Pranav lost to Ajay Reddy Benny joseph bt Sri mukhi

Open Category n n n n n

M.Y Raju bt Mubashir Satyanarayanaraju lost to Ramakrishna Varun beat Ramana Rao Vijaykanth beat Mallesh Yadav Manas Khadke bt J.R.C Prasad



Haye floors Chisora in ultimate grudge match Nick Parkinson

Taylor ton too little for Kiwis

LONDON: David Haye settled


his grudge showdown with Dereck Chisora with an exciting fifth round stoppage of his British heavyweight rival in front of over 30,000 supporters at Upton Park on Saturday. Former world heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Haye twice floored Chisora with left hooks in the fifth round and when his rival was deposited on the canvas for a second time, the fight was stopped by referee Luis Pabon. Haye improved to 25 wins — 24 by stoppage — and two defeats while Chisora suffered his fourth defeat in his 19th fight, and his fourth setback in his last five bouts. Haye captured the minor World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) International heavyweight titles for winning this controversial clash that boxing authorities tried to ban. After settling a festering feud that began with a public punchup earlier this year, the pair hugged and made up after the end of their explosive encounter. Haye hopes the impressive display will increase calls for him to face World Boxing Council (WBC) title-holder Vitali Klitschko. “I’ve sent out a very scary message. I’ll be surprised if Vitali Klitschko wants to fight me after that. He will no doubt try to fight some chump and then retire to be a politician,” said Haye.

Zealand skipper Ross Taylor smashed a fine century but it was not enough to prevent West Indies wrapping up the one-day series with a 24-run win in Saturday’s fourth match. Taylor made 110 off 115 balls. It was an innings which included six boundaries and five sixes for his sixth oneday century. But as his team chased a 267 target, he was outshone by West Indies seamer Tino Best who marked his recall to the team with 4-46, a performance which included the wickets of Taylor and the dangerous Jacob Oram. Earlier, Kieron Pollard hit a patient half-century as West Indies recovered from 105-5 to make 264 all out. Pollard top-scored with 56, Marlon Samuels made 46 while the recalled Devon Thomas hit a useful 37. Victory gave West Indies an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series which concludes with the fifth and final match at Warner Park on Monday. “It’s a good feeling indeed,” said West Indies skipper Darren Sammy. “The good thing for us today was that the lower order came through. New Zealand improved as the series went on, but it was good to see we kept our AFP cool.”

Dereck Chisora (C) falls to the canvas after David Haye (R) lands a final punch that ended the WBO International and WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship fight at the West Ham stadium on Saturday. AFP/LEON NEAL

Garcia stops Khan in the fourth LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: WBC champ Danny Garcia added the WBA light welterweight belt to his collection with a stunning fourth-round upset of Britain’s Amir Khan in a unification title fight on Saturday. American Garcia knocked Khan down three times with the end coming with

32 seconds left in the fourth round when referee Kenny Bayless stopped the bout. Garcia, who already had the WBC title, now has 24 wins and no losses. Garcia, of Philadelphia, kept his perfect record intact by surviving the first two rounds before using a perfectly-timed

left hook late in the third round that caught Khan flush on the right ear. He managed to get up from the third-round knockdown and barely finished the round but he never fully recovered from that devastating left hook to the side AFP of the head.

Troy leads ahead of final round SILVIS, ILLINOIS: Troy Matteson fired a five-under par 66 on Saturday for a three-shot lead at the John Deere Classic over three-time defending champion Steve Stricker. Matteson had a 54-hole total of 18-under 195. Stricker was on 198 after a 66 that included seven birdies — including four in a row from the 14th. “Those were four nice birdies in a row, which I really

needed,” said Stricker, who fell five adrift of Matteson at one point. Although he finished with a bogey at 18, Stricker kept himself in contention to achieve the rare feat of winning the same tournament four times in a row. “I have a good time here. Obviously, a lot of good vibes going around here having won the last three years,” said Stricker, who is attempting to

join Young Tom Morris, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen and Tiger Woods as players who have won the same tournament four straight times. Woods has accomplished the feat twice. Zach Johnson posted shot 66 for 199, sharing third place with Brian Harman (69). Australia’s John Senden carded a four-under 67 that featured an eagle at the par-five second hole and two birdies with no

bogeys to lead a group on 13under 200. He was joined by Billy Hurley, who carded a 64, and J.J. Henry, who signed for a 69. A two-putt birdie at the par-five second hole got Matteson going, and he backed it up with a ninefoot birdie putt at the third. He added birdies at six and 10 before his first bogey of the day at the 11th, where he drove AFP into the trees.



Serena thrashes Sorana, enters final


seeded and defending champ Serena Williams destroyed Sorana Cirstea 6-1, 6-2 in one hour on Saturday to reach her second straight final at the WTA hardcourt tournament at Stanford. The first all-American final on US soil since 2004 will feature top seed Williams against Californian Coco Vandeweghe, a lucky loser from qualifying who defeated fifth seed Yanina Wickmayer 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to reach the first WTA final of her career. Vandeweghe got into the main draw after a withdrawal and made the most of her opportunity, beating former world number one Jelena Jankovic in the second round. Williams had a poor first serve percentage of 37 percent but did not waste time in crushing Cirstea to

reach her second final in a week after winning Wimbledon seven days ago. The Romanian was saddled with 31 unforced errors and got only one break point chance against Williams. The 30-year-old Williams is poised to join sister Venus on 43 career trophies if she can win another title against her 120thranked opponent. Williams played this week fighting jet-lag after flying over directly from Wimbledon eight time zones away. “This week was weird,” said the 14-time grand slam champion. “I felt like I wasn’t there for about half of it, but here it is, Sunday and another final.” Williams finished on her second match point after Cirstea saved a first winning chance a game earlier.

‘Transparent’ Wiggins told to take it easy

Justin Davis

LE CAP D’AGDE, FRANCE: A day after professing his desire for total transparency, Bradley Wiggins said he has been advised against going all out to prove he is not a drugs cheat. Wiggins has been leading the Tour de France since teammate Chris Froome cruised past defending yellow jersey champion Cadel Evans to win stage seven at the end of the steep climb to La Planche Des Belles Filles in the Vosges. A week later, and after having faced much scrutiny as the leader of the world’s biggest bike race, Wiggins looks primed to become Britain’s first Tour de France champion. But a day after asking “what more can I do?” to prove his current success is

down to bread and water, Wiggins said he had been advised against making the results of his blood passport programme public. All professional cyclists must sign up to the programme run by the International Cycling Union (UCI), whose aim is to catch cheats by detecting fluctuations in tell-tale key parameters in blood taken at regular intervals. Wiggins believes publishing results would cause confusion and, for him, be a “no-win” situation. “I did it in 2009 and people said I was doped, so I think whatever you do with the passport thing, I think it’s a no-win situation,” Wiggins said at the end of the 13th stage Saturday. In 2009, Wiggins claimed his best result ever on the race when he finished fourth riding for Garmin, a team who regularly profess their commitment to drugsfree sport. Now at Sky, Wiggins says he has been advised against a repeat by “doctors in the team”. “They’ve said to me that the blood passport isn’t sort of clear cut doping or not doping. There’s so many variables in it. “So if I was to do that, to certain people scrutinising it, they would say ‘it’s either too stable or it’s too up and down’. “I’ve been strongly advised against it, but it’s something I’d like to do ... because I’ve got nothing to hide so I don’t see why it shouldn’t be out there.” Sky’s domination in the race has prompted some commentators to compare them to the dominant US Postal team once headed by Lance Armstrong, the seventime champion who faces serious doping charges in the United States. In some sections of the French press, Sky have even been dubbed ‘UK Postal’. Wiggins was also asked about reported doubts on his performance from former Irish professional Paul Kimmage, now an award-winning journalist known for his staunch anti-doping stance.

Isner to play Hewitt for title NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND: Defending champion John Isner will take on Lleyton Hewitt Sunday in the final of the ATP Hall of Fame Championships. Isner fired 11 aces in a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 victory over sixth-seeded compatriot Ryan Harrison, while Hewitt reached his first ATP final in more than two years with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory over 2009 Newport champion Rajeev Ram.

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