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Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver, broke the sound barrier during his recent attempt to set a new record for free falling from space. He achieved a speed of almost 833mph during this free fall, which is a new record. He's not alone in this ever-growing list of things that are breaking records for speed.










Five years ago, Veena-Vani, the conjoined twins, made Niloufer Hospital their home. But in another two years, they might be forced to look for a new shelter.





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Folds of disguise— a show of recent works by artist Hetal Chudasama is being held at Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills. The exhibition is being held from 11am till 7pm and will be open for public viewing till October 27.

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Play time Grim Pumpkin Theater presents their production of Vijay Tendulkar's play, Silence! The Court Is In Session. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: October 26, 7.30pm onwards Contact: 98490 26029

Silk Mark Expo Silk lovers can head to Sri Sathya Sai Nigamagamam. The expo is on till October 16. Where:Sri Sathya Sai Nigamagamam, Srinagar Colony When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Photo exhibition French photographer Alliance Française of Hyderabad invites you to The Upside Down World of Philippe Ramette. Where:Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills, Rd No 3 When: October 22, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 2355 4485 In tune with life Jiva — In tune with life, an art exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 120 artists and art talks by experts on the concept of biodiversity is being held. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11.30am to 7pm Contact: 98499 68797 Unspoken harmony A painting exhibition by artist Jaya Baheti titled Unspoken Harmony — a show of art and antiquity is on. Where:Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills,

Film workshop A filmmaking workshop and a film appreciation workshop is being held. The workshops are on weekends. When: October 27 onwards, 1.30pm onwards Contact: 94904 40986

DINING PLAYING DRESS UP: A Rajasthani folk artist helps a CoP delegate wear a pagdi. Rd No 1 When: Ongoing 11am onwards Contact: (040) 66663 939 Tribute to Mahatma An exhibition depicting the life of the Father of Our Nation Mahatma Gandhi through the drawings of Late Venkateshwara Raju Palala is being held at Salarjung Museum till October 31. Where: Salarjung Museum, Afzal Gunj When: Ongoing, 4.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2457 6443

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A throw of dice The silent film A Throw of Dice is being screened. Tuten and Blasen Orchestra will be playing the live background music for the film. Where: Shilpakala Vedika, Madhapur When:October 20, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 2311 2704

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Recent and retrospective A painting exhibition by artist Sudip Roy is being held. Where:Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466 Multiversal Multiversal a painting exhibition featuring 26 artists from all around the country is being held at Muse Art Gallery.. Where: Muse Art Gallery,

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Bengali food festival Hotel Green Park’s multi-cuisine restaurant Once upon a time is hosting a Bengali Food Fest. Where:Hotel Greenpark, Begumpet When: Ongoing 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 6651 5151

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No online enrolment for Cong With its new recruitment drive to kick off on October 18, the Congress has introduced several options for new entrants, including single membership. INKESHAF AHMED

There is no need for us to compete with other political parties or imitate them. We have our own set of systems to organise the membership drive.


he membership drive of the Congress in the State will begin on October 18. The drive is being undertaken after a gap of two years, and has several new options. The Congress is aiming to better its earlier target this time round. During the last membership drive, the party was able to get 33 lakh memberships in the State. Though no formal target has been set for this year, party leaders say the idea is to better the past figures. “We have not set any target. I think there is no need to fix targets for a membership drive when it comes to a party like ours. We will try to enrol as many workers as possible,” Congress senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP Rapolu Anand Bhaskar told Postnoon on Monday.


This year’s membership drive will have a series of new fea-

Abid Rasool Khan APCC general secretary tures. The All India Congress Committee has introduced a tenure of five years for all its members, doing away with the earlier tenure of two years. This means that members who enrol as party activists will be party members for five years. The party has also introduced a

unique barcoded number system on application forms. This method was introduced in order to computerise the data pertaining to members and post it online for ready reference. “The unique barcoded numbering system will allow us to computerise the details of our members and

easily access the information in future,” Anand Bhaskar added.


Unlike other political parties like TDP and BJP which have a system of two kinds of membership — primary and active — the ruling Congress has decided to provide single membership to all party activists irrespective of their social status. Every leader, from a grassroots worker to the chief minister of AP, will have only single membership. Commenting on the system, Congress leader and APCC general secretary Abid Rasool Khan said that this would bring in a sense of equality among all the members unlike the dual system, which would create a sort of feeling that they are not equal to other party leaders. Once the membership drive is over, the entire data of members would be kept in the National Register of Congress Party. The party is also not providing any identity cards to its

party members. According to Khan, the issuance of ID cards would lead to misuse by some party activists. “I think the idea behind not issuing ID cards is to prevent some activists from misusing them. These leaders may use their ID cards to get their work done,” Khan said.


However, the Congress is yet to catch up with the IT revolution and modern methods like online registration. At a time when political parties, like Telugu Desam Party, are actively encouraging party activists to enrol online, the Congress is lagging behind on this front. “There is no need for us to compete with other political parties or imitate them, especially the TDP. We have our own set of systems to organise the membership drive. We will follow it,” Khan asserted. The party has also increased the membership fee from `3 to `5 this year keeping in view of inflation.


Man arrested for temple thefts

The Chhattisgarh resident used to target temples in AP to steal the gold and silver ornaments offered by devotees. Mohd SUBHAN


team from CCS Malkajgiri arrested a 35-year-old resident of Chhattisgarh who was involved in a series of temple burglaries in Hyderabad, Cyberabad and other parts of the State in the past few years. The police expect to recover large amounts of stolen gold jewellery from the accused and investigation is on. The accused, Sahu, was arrested after targeting a jewellery shop in Malkajgiri. He broke in using a gas cutter, but the owner of the shop had taken the gold jewellery away with him. On finding only silver jewellery, Sahu was upset and waited on the footpath for the police. When he was taken into custody,

he confessed his burglaries. Sahu stated that he had been involved in 40-50 temple burglaries in the past eight to 10 years in AP. He reportedly told the investigators: “I was arrested for my involvement in a temple burglary

The accused denied any knowledge of the recent spate of temple thefts, and said he had not targeted any Old City temples. in Vijayawada a few years back. Once I got out of prison, I decided to target only temples and started stealing gold and silver ornaments from the temples.” The police believed that with

the arrest of Sahu, they would get some leads into the recent spate of temple burglaries in the City. However, the accused denied any knowledge of these thefts. According to him, he never

planned to target Old City temples nor was he involved in the burglaries because he knew that people from minority communities might be blamed and this might spark off violence.

When questioned, the Chhattisgarh resident told investigators that he targeted temples in AP because devotees often gifted gold and silver ornaments to temples. In other parts of the country, Sahu said, bronze ornaments are usually given. Sahu is a habitual offender and is addicted to the lottery. Usually, after committing a theft, he would head to Mumbai to sell the jewellery and then use the money to try his luck at the lottery. He confessed that he has property worth nearly `90 lakh in Mumbai. Sahu’s sisters had filed a habeas corpus in the High Court because he had been illegally detained for the past few days. A police officer said that so far, they have discovered that Sahu was involved in burglaries in Banjara Hills, Malkajgiri and Kukatpally.


city TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012 LAST YEAR... HERE Realty unaffected by bandh


ast year we had reported how builders in the City believe that the Telangana agitation had no effect on the demand for property in the State. This statement was made at the property show by the AP Real Estate Association at HITEX. The low footfalls at the exhibition had raised question on whether the agitation was causing a fall in demand for property.

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hectares of forest is under threat in the Central India. If the government implements its programme, then over 14,000 tribals will lose their homes and way of life.

We do have government children’s homes which can take care of them ( VeenaVani), but the two are quite fond of the staff here (Nilofer hospital).


GHMC clueless over cash cow management The GHMC estates department, if handled properly, could make the City’s corporation one of the richest in the country.



mongst the various departments under GHMC, the estates department which deals with property worth crores of rupees continues to remain the most neglected. If properly managed, Hyderabad would be richest amongst all the Corporations of the country. With 272 identified leasable properties, 18 market spaces and hundreds of unidentified properties in various parts of the City, the GHMC can become a sustainable government institution and a role model. But unfortunately, even after expiry of their lease, many businessmen continue to hold properties, while some others pay a

Corporators protest dengue menace



10 years on, no hope still for conjoined twins? The conjoined twins Veena and Vani who have been deserted by their parents still refuse to accept them. They continue to live at the Niloufer hospital. Is there no hope for these young innocent girls?


GHMC estates department left ignored. The estates department which could help fill the coffers of the GHMC is unfortunately not given enough importance.


Congress all set for membership drive. The Congress is all set to begin a new membership drive to attract people to join the party.


Dengue menace in the City continues. The TDP members are conducting protests to criticise the attitude of the government towards the mosquito menace.


City manages to impress foreign delegates. The CoP delegates who have been visiting different areas of the City are impressed with the City and its attractions.

was its close association, with the town planning section. “About 50 per cent of the files continue to remain with the town planing department, as the estate department was controlled by the town planning officials,” recalls the official. The files were relocated several times during the last two decades. Another reason cited is


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meagre fee. Several market spaces like Monda Market remain under the control of the private parties. Hundreds of properties across areas of Old City and prime localities like Jubilee Hills are yet to be identified and delineated. According to officials, one of the reasons for indifference meted out by the department

the low priority given to the estate officials, even if he or she is holding a senior position. The neglect can be measured by the fact that there are only few employees working under the additional commissioner, and several posts are vacant. With two clerical level officials, two attenders and a PA, the IAS official has to manage the thousands of acres of property. Sometimes, it is said, the entire department rests with one old employee, an attender, the only one who knows, which file exists where. “I shall be taking up the issue with the commissioner after the CoP-11. Let us see if the Standing Committee will support us,” says the additional commissioner, GD Priyadarshini.

TDP corporators are protesting against the dengue menace in the City. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is in the City for the CoP-11. POSTNOON NEWS


n a novel protest, the TDPcorporators tied banners at various places, welcoming the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh with an image of a ‘mosquito’. Mosquitoes are said to be the cause of various diseases that have spread in the City like dengue. The TDP satirically has been raising various slogans. Banners with the slogan ”Mosquito-Mosquito kiss the

PM”, written in Telugu have been placed at several of the routes from where ministers and officials will pass. With over 1,800 people suf-

fering from dengue and other diseases, the TDP has blamed the government for its nonchalant attitude. “The officials are only concerned about saving their jobs. They only work for this,” says Singi Reddy Srinivas Reddy, the GHMC floor-leader. “For the PM to understand the grave situation, he should be bitten by a mosquito,” he adds. According to him, the common man who is mentioned in the Congress speeches was suffering. Added to this, there is no

hospital, which is fully equipped to deal with the patients. “The CM should spend one day in Osmania Hospital, then he would understand the problem of common man,” he points out. The corporators have undertaken the protest so that at least now the health minister and other ministers will wake up to the grave situation and initiate action. The TDP hopes to stir the conscience of those who are responsible for handling the situation.

NEWS BRIEFS Four arrested for attack on electrician

MeeSeva, Airtel money services launched

30-year-old commits suicide over rebuke

Telangana Mala Mahanadu leader arrested





police team from Chandrayangutta police station arrested four people for attacking Raheemuddin Khan, an electrician from Hafiz Baba Nagar. The arrested are Imran Khan, Shaik Raifq, Mohd Ali and Syed Feroze. Raheem had come to the City for his marriage on October 12 but the girl was in love with Imran Khan.

inister for information technology and communications Ponnala Lakshmaiah launched the MeeSeva portal and MeeSeva-Airtel Money Services. Users registered with can make transactions through for as many as 12 services. The portal also provides an automated payment gateway.

man, P Sridhar, committed suicide by hanging on Sunday night at his house in Chandragiri Colony under Neredmet police station limits. The victim, 30, used to consume gutka and alcohol. His father had rebuked him in front of his relatives. Humiliated, he took this extreme step. A case has been registered.

elangana Mala Mahanadu president Adaanki dayakar was taken into preventive custody by the police on the eve of PM Manmohan Singh’s visit. He was arrested while protesting along with followers. He was initially sent to the Begumpet Police Station but as protestors are not lodged there, he was shifted to another police station.

CUSTOMER NEEDS Vatsalyam Pet Mart A very friendly and jovial natured man, Mr T P Manoj Kumar, the owner of ‘Vatsalyam Pet Mart’, located opposite Nagaram, Safilguda, had a very interesting story to tell. If both the parents are working, they cannot spend quality time with their kids, this results in pent up anger and frustration along with anxiety, further escalating problems. To avoid that, they should be given some responsibility, and the best way is to get them a pet to take care of. It all began with initialising his son to pet care. To control his hyperactive elder son he bought him a pet dog and it helped control his aggression. Obviously, Manoj’s love for animals took him to the next step and it was to bring to all pet lovers quality service. The 8month-old outlet boasts of clientele from as far as Hitech City, Alwal, Bowenpally, Marredpally. He provides timely and genuine advise on pet care. “Most people have pets for prestige. But one should have a pet only if you are truly passionate, otherwise, please avoid having a pet if you cannot take proper care of one,” says Manoj. This store offers customers a range of products and services. All types of feeds for pets with latest accessories at reasonable rates are available here. Vet, Boarding, Training, Selling facilities (they just introduce the customer with the breeders) are added features. Shweta, who lives nearby says, “I’m taking care of my sisters’ Golden Retriever. The service here is really good; the added advantage is a vet here.” Cautioning the pet lovers, “Exotic pets are an issue here; they need extra care as they are brought from a different environment. Because of this, their immune system is delicate. So avoid exotic pets unless they are acclimatised properly,” Manoj said. For more details contact: Mr T P Manoj Kumar,Ph:8688440899,9246342175.


KTR in trouble for contempt of court

Sircilla MLA KT Rama Rao has landed in trouble for attributing motives to the High Court.


elangana Rashtriya Samithi chief K Chandrasekhara Rao's son and Sircilla MLA KT Rama Rao landed himself in trouble by attributing motives to the High Court. The High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of KT Rama Rao's criticism on its judgment of the Telangana employees housing society dispute against former Telangana NGO leader Swamy Goud. The court has directed KT Rama Rao to give an explanation on his comments on the judgment before October 30. The court has directed him to give reply, explaining his comments. Confirming the notices, he said he would give a satisfacto-

The HC has taken suo moto cognizance of KTR’s criticism on its judgment of the Temployees housing society dispute.

ry reply to the High Court. He said he held the judiciary in high esteem. He said as the matter was before the court, he could not talk more about it. Referring to the statement of the PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana that Congress had mentioned about second SRC (State reorganisation commission) in its election manifesto, KT Rama Rao said that if that was the stand of the ruling party, it would be its death warrant. He has questioned why Pranab and Sri Krishna committees were set up and why the Telangana announcement was made in 2009, if the second SRC was the stand of Congress. NSS

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A world of their own

It’s been more than five years since Veena-Vani, conjoined twins, made Niloufer hospital their home. Not much has changed for them as they turn 10, including the uncertain future. HEMANTH KUMAR


ucked away in the corner of Niloufer Children’s Hospital, the lives of Veena and Vani, the conjoined twins, couldn’t have been more ironic. The two have been living in a small room in the paediatrics surgical ward for the last five years. It might not seem staggering, but the fact that the two are rarely allowed to meet visitors or almost never taken out of the ward puts things into perspective. With no friends from the same age group, the two depend on the doctors, nurses and the aayahs who have been specially appointed to look after the twins. None of this seems strange to the twins. Their happiness is palpable. Yesterday, the twins celebrated their 10th birthday amidst familiar faces. As we cross the general ward, which is forever brimming with anxious parents taking care of their kids, we are ushered into this special ward. Veena and Vani are dressed in identical pink and white frocks and they were visibly tired after

posing for cameras all day. One of the doctors, who was on duty, tells us that both of the twins are quite fond of drawing. She had made it a point to gift them a drawing book and stickers. Veena had just begun drawing a fish, when we entered the room. “Both of them are very intelligent. They can converse in Telugu, Hindi and English,” the doctor says. For the past few years, the doctors have been teaching them, since step-

We are afraid that the twins might get infected if they are taken out and even when we do take them for a walk, once in a while, we have to take a lot of permissions. Duty doctor Niloufer Hospital

ping out of the ward is out of the question. “We are afraid that the twins might get infected if they are taken outside and even when we do take them for a walk, once in a while, we have to take a lot of permissions,” the doctor says. “Everyone came to meet us in the morning. Why are you so late uncle?” Veena asks us. We smile at her and look around for her parents. “They didn’t come,” we are told by the staff. Soon after the twins were born, their par-

ents N Murali and Nagalakshmi, who hail from Beerusettigudem village in Warangal district, had abandoned them. A Malaysian couple, who had read about the twins, came to Andhra Pradesh a few years ago to trace the whereabouts of their parents and convince them to take care of their daughters. Their plea fell on deaf ears and Murali, the twins’ father, told the media that he’s not in a position to take care of the twins as he’s a labourer and

he already has two other daughters to look after. In the past two years, two specialists had come forward to study their case and see if they can be surgically separated. “We don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s no guarantee that they will survive the surgery,” the doctor says. Two years from now, the twins will no longer be allowed to stay in the hospital. “We do have government children’s homes, but the two are quite fond of the staff here. Every now and then, they will take a look at the register and ask why a certain person hasn’t come that day. It’s fun talking to them. They are completely normal,” the doctors says. It’s going to be a difficult road ahead for the twins to cope with a different environment, a few years from now. Until then, their banter, sporadic laughter and smiles continue to echo in the confines of the ward which is their home. “Look uncle,” Veena nudges us to look at her drawing. It’s a magnificent blue fish. More than anything else, the fish looked happy in its world. Much like Veena and Vani.






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PM should make an announcement during visit: Dattatreya.

JP senior leader Bandaru Dattatreya has demanded that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who is in the City today to participate in the ongoing biodiversity’ world conference, to make a clear statement on the Telangana issue, respecting the desire of the people. The former Union minister addressed an open letter to the PM in this regard. He reminded in the letter that then Union home minister P Chidambaram had made an announcement on September 9, 2009 only after the endorsement of the


1,000 youths had committed suicides after the change. The BJP leader said that while the Telangana people were fighting for the a sererate state for the last 55 years, the Congress was deceiving them in the name of committees, commissions, GOs and agreements. He also alleged that the Centre had put commissions’ and committees’ reports in the dustbin even though the Telangana sentiment was very strong now. Dattatreya said that lakhs of people had participated peacefully and expressed their desire. NSS

Congress Working Committee and the PM. But the Centre had deceived the Telangana people by going back on his promise, he said. Dattatreya added that some

Traffic restrictions today H

yderabad City police have imposed traffic restrictions from Begumpet Airport to HICC during the visit of PM Dr Manmohan Singh to Hyderabad today. City police chief Anurag Sharma said that from 12 noon to 5.30pm vehicular traffic will be diverted on this route. The traffic will be diverted at some places and stopped totally at other places, he said. Sharma said the traffic restrictions will be imposed in Rasoolpura, Begumpet Shoppers Stop, Jubilee Hills and Jubilee Hills Checkpost, Banjara Hills Cancer Hospital, Sagar Society areas, NTR Trust Bhavan, Venkatagiri T junction Peddammagudi areas. NSS


Pollution woes for residents Old City is left gasping for breath with the increased pollution levels. M NAZIMUDDIN




he government is trying to make the atmosphere pollution-free but it does not appear to be working as the number of vehicles are increasing. Pollution has always been a major concern. In the City, the problems are worse due to the vehicular traffic and filth on the roads. Old City areas are suffering

due to excessive dust. “My daughters are suffering from allergy due to dust and complain of chest congestion and breathing problems,” said Murtuza Ali, a resident of Mir Alam Mandi. The owner of a road side hotel said, “My hotel which was established 23 years ago had to be shut down due to the dust and unhygienic conditions. Initially, I would sell 1,000 cups of tea per day but

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ity police commissioner Anurag Sharma has said that steps have been taken to prevent illegal slaughtering of sheep and cows on Bakrid festival on October 27. Sharma said that he has received information that animals have been shifted to the City from various districts and States on account of Bakrid. He made it clear that the citizens can use the animals after it has been tested by veterinary doctors. He said

that dropped down to 100. The customers were not entering my hotel due to the dust.

Dr Ranbeer Singh, a Citybased ENT specialist says, “Pollution has many negative effects. Many patients come in with respiratory ailments.” Talking about damage to the eyes, a City-based ophthalmologist says, “One should protect the eyes from dust allergic, pterygium, watering, itching and burning sensation. One should wear sunglasses to protect the eyes.


the tests will be conducted by the veterinary doctors, GHMC and police officials. He said that a joint control room of the three departments would be set up. Sharma directed the personnel of all police stations in the City to keep an eye on illegal meat cutting Pashuvada. He said that stern action would be taken against those involved in illegal meat cutting, transport if the information was passed on to the police. NSS

A Postnoon reader sent us this picture of a worm that was found in a pack of Cadbury Celebrations. The box has a manufacturing date of June 19, 2012 with an expiry date of February 2013. There have been similar cases like this in the past after which the manufacturer had brought about a change in its packaging and manufacturing process.



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The big boys are here

Even as environment ministers and important officials arrive in Hyderabad for the next segment of CoP-11, the key issue of resource mobilisation remains unresolved. N SHIVA KUMAR



oads have been cleared, helipads have been laid out, delegates are readied; it’s time for the Eleventh Conference of Parties in Hyderabad to kick it up a notch. Over the next three days, ministers of environment and highlevel officials from governments all across the world are expected to arrive here. Starting the proceedings today is the prime minister who is expected to address the plenary, along with the Union minister for environment and forests and president of CoP-11, Jayanti Natarajan, and Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will also release a set of commemorative stamps. The high-level segment led by the CoP-11 president will discuss four key issues with fellow ministers, including the ways and means to implement the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity (2011-2020), Biodiversity for Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction, Coastal and Marine

School students check out some of the stalls on environmental issues at the CBD venue.

Biodiversity and Implementation of Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing. Meanwhile, the working groups continue as usual, checking items off their agenda.

In addition to the four issues ready for adoption last week, three more issues, after minor amendments, will reportedly be presented to the plenary, including other marine and coastal

issues, island biodiversity and protected areas. However, the core, and the most contentious, issue of the Conference of Parties in Hyderabad — resource mobilisa-

The two faces of the Indian government Report on the problems caused by coal mining expansion highlights difficult truths. N SHIVA KUMAR



alpavriksh and Greenpeace on Monday released a report at CoP-11 on the environmental damage and human rights violations against tribal and forest communities in the Singrauli forest in MP, caused by the government’s coal mining expansion programme. The report called for a moratorium on coal mining in forested areas. The authors of the report, Countering Coal, spoke to around 500 forest dwellers who face eviction from their homes to make way for proposed coal mines in the region. Amravati, a single mother with six children, says her family has lived in Moher forest for generations. “Before work on the mine began, I would go to the forest to collect produce. Now they have constructed boundaries all around the forest and do

not allow any villager in. They say the forest belongs to the company so you cannot go in there.” An estimated 1.1 million hectares of forest are under threat in central India from 13 coal fields. If the government continues with its expansion plan, then with just one mine in Mahan area, over 14,000 tribals

will lose their homes. The Forest Rights Act is supposed to safeguard the rights of tribals, forest dwellers and their homes. However, Ashish Kothari, founder-member of Kalpavriksh, said, “In its blind pursuit of economic growth, the government is undermining the ecological and livelihood security of hundreds of

millions of people. The Forest Rights Act could provide some safeguards against this, but has not been implemented.” Amnesty International, along with several other organisations, called for the government to protect the human rights of the communities living in the forests. Greenpeace India executive director Samit Aich said, “Today, the Indian government has two faces. The first face is a compassionate and caring one. It is a face that says it supports protecting the biodiversity of the planet. It is the face they are presenting to the international delegates at CoP in Hyderabad. “For the second face, you just have to travel a few hundred miles from Hyderabad to the forests of Singrauli, to see the realities of their policies. It is the mass destruction of the forests, the forced removal of tribal people that is the true face of this government.”

tion for achieving the Aichi Targets, remains unresolved. After intense discussions and deliberations between parties on the issue with no consensus, a contact group of regional representatives was established to find solutions. But even as the special secretary, MoEF Farooqui and executive secretary of the CBD Braulio Dias addressed the media yesterday, assuring that the parties were engaging in discussions in a “spirit of encouragement” and that they were hopeful of a “positive outcome”, talks being held by the contact group on resource mobilisation came to a complete halt, with no party willing to concede an inch. The impasse worsened to such an extent that the contact group was declared closed, at least for the present. Now, it’s believed that India, as president of CoP-11, has to intervene and find mutually agreeable solutions for a majority of the parties if the issue is to move forward. Time is running out for the parties, with their mandate being to arrive at a decision by Friday.

Green yatra aims to raise awareness


‘Green Yatra for Biodiversity’ was launched by the Living Planet Foundation on the sidelines of CoP-11 on Sunday. The Green Kumbh Yatra will be an environmental pilgrimage on foot and non-motorised vehicles that will travel 1,125 km through rural areas and culminated at Allahabad, the site of the Maha Kumbh. The Yatra will continue to other parts of India before travelling across countries and will ultimately arrive in South Korea for CoP-12 in 2014. The aim of the tour is to raise awareness on biodiversity. The event was organised in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, DiversEarth, Sacred Natural Sites Initiative, IUCN, WCPA Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas and Vikasa Tarangini.


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he City of Nizams has several attractions to boast of — monuments that are testimony of Hyderabad’s rich culture, the Nizami tehzeeb, mouthwatering delicacies, the IT hub and not to forget the pearl stores that abound here. If anything, the City is a dream for tourists. “Charminar is definitely the star attraction for me in the City. The perfect mix of old world charm and modern technological parks in Hyderabad is impressive. Besides, the people here are very helpful,” smiles Yousuf, a tourist from Oman. Katherine from UK couldn’t agree more. “People here are very friendly, which is not the case in London. But the City is extremely noisy. The last time I visited Bangalore, I couldn’t


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come here, so this time I had to visit the City. Walking around visiting the tombs and other architectural marvels are a pleasure and not to forget the scrumptious biryani,” she says. The only problem, tourists complain about are beggars who constantly hound them. On the whole though, the City seems to have worked its charm on the foreign delegates and tourists.





PORTUGAL GOVT SUBMITS AUSTERITY BUDGET The Portuguese government pushed ahead on Monday with a draft 2013 budget that includes massive tax rises and spending cuts, just two days after mass street protests against further austerity.




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uccess needs time along with hard work and commitment. As a woman entrepreneur, Dipali Mehta entered handloom business with zero investments. In a decade, her business, Dipali Mehta Handlooms, has achieved around `1 crore in revenues. She built a sustainable business model and acted as a bridge between traditional weavers and fashion outlets. Neither her financial success nor accolades and awards limit her passion to do more for the industry. She is also initiating a new project for handloom and khadi exports to USA and France by setting up a chain of international warehouses. Talking about her background and business idea, she says, “I am a fashion designer by profession and shifted to Hyderabad after marriage. I have worked with various fashion retailers like Neerus and Kalanikethan. Later, I got into business and burnt my hands in cloth manufacturing. But, that did not stop me aiming high. “I then got into handloom

market.’ With the growth of business, I outsourced the handloom work for the weavers not only in Andhra Pradesh but also to those from Gujarat and Tamil Nadu,” she says. Dipali has list of top-notch designers, fashion stores and retailors in her client list. She also built a successful model by which women can work from home and can sell her sarees at reasonable returns. “There are around 50 women entrepreneurs, who buy kit of sarees in bulk and sell

business. Traditional weavers were facing a hard time in 19992000. Growth of power looms limited handlooms to premium market. The weavers also did not know what sells in the market in terms of design, texture or style. The idea was to develop unique designs and make the weavers work according to the market needs.” The business started small with almost zero investment. “I started with two weavers and I used to say, ‘I do not have money but I guarantee you the

Yahoo! ‘Googles’ another key executive SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo! on Monday announced it had nabbed another key Google executive, naming Henrique de Castro as CFO. He will report directly to CEO Marissa Mayer, who came from Google in July to help turn around the struggling Internet pioneer. "Henrique is an incredibly accomplished and rigorous

business leader, and I'm personally excited to have him join Yahoo!'s strong leadership team," said Mayer. "His operational experience in Internet advertising and his proven success in structuring and scaling global organizations make him the perfect fit for Yahoo! as we propel the business to its next phase of growth." AFP

Microsoft launches new music service SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft announced Monday it was launching a new music service which offers free streaming for computers and tablets with the Windows operating system to be launched this month. The Xbox Music service will allow users to stream customcreated playlists for free, along with music subscriptions and

downloads, which will be managed in the Internet cloud to enable access on tablets, PCs, phones and television. Microsoft said the new service will be "on par with iTunes," the leading music service from Apple, with a global catalogue of more than 30 million songs.

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them individually. They also offer them at reasonable prices to the masses as there are not much costs involved in retailing,” she explains. The business works with 40 master weavers, who employ numerous individual weavers. “We never stopped them from working for others but requested them not to produce the same designs elsewhere. I never negotiated with them on prices but always paid `10 extra than their market price,” she explains. On future plans, she says, “Even now weavers find it difficult to survive. They are shifting to other fields because of lack of proper income. I am initiating a handloom and khadi project by which there will be direct and indirect employment to 7,000 weavers. This is an export project by which these handlooms are exported to France and USA simultaneously. “There is huge potential in the export handloom industry, which is growing at 15-20 per cent. The project that I am initiating takes 0.25 per cent of the total existing market. We are looking for a seed capital to take the project forward.”

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Population has fallen by 45,000 in 12 months. MADRID: A total of 420,150 people moved out of Spain in the first nine months of this year, including 54,912 Spanish citizens, the National Statistics Institute, or INE, said Monday. The figures show that in the first nine months of this year, 37,539 more people left Spain than during the same period in 2011, that increase being primarily due to the emigration of Spanish citizens. The number of Spaniards emigrating increased by 21.6 per cent, or 54,912 people, surpassing the 45,161 people who left between January and

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September 2011, according to INE estimates. A total of 137,628 more people left Spain than entered the country in the first nine months of 2012. That figure had been positive — meaning that more people were entering the country than leaving — in 2009 and 2010, but in 2011 it turned negative, with 50,090 leaving. Between January 2011 and September 2012, 927,890 people, including 117,523 Spaniards, emigrated from Spain. According to the INE, in the past 12 months, the Spanish population has fallen by 45,245. IANS


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Asian markets rose on Tuesday in response to a strong showing on Wall Street after another round of upbeat data lifted hopes for the US economy. But dealers also remained hesitant ahead of the release this week of Chinese third-quarter growth figures, as evidence accumulates of a slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy. In Japan, telecoms giant Softbank surged by more than 10 per cent, clawing back some of its huge losses in the previous two sessions, after formally announcing it will buy US wireless provider Nextel Sprint for $20 billion.




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CANADA WORKERS UNITE Two unions representing Canada's auto, energy, forestry, media and telecommunications workers merged Monday to form the nation's largest public sector union. Members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) voted in favour of uniting with the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW), whose members had already agreed to the merger in August. Their combined 300,000 members in 22 sectors across Canada marks the single largest merger of two private sector unions in Canadian history.


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JAYA CONFIDENT OF ANOTHER RESOUNDING SUCCESS Slamming the DMK for its "unprecedented scams", AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today exuded confidence that people who unseated the Karunanidhi government would give more resounding success to her party in the future.



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JIND (HARYANA): A six-yearold girl, who was kidnapped from the local Ramlila ground by some unidentified persons, has been found, with the victim's family alleging that she was gang-raped. The girl, a daughter of a labourer, had been missing since Sunday night, and was found abandoned near Devi Lal Chowk yesterday, police said. Police have so far registered a case of kidnapping against unidentified persons, but the girl's family and some persons belonging to their community have alleged that she was gang-raped. They have demanded that a case of rape be registered against the unidentified persons

A medical examination of the girl was conducted by a team of doctors and the report is awaited, official sources said. involved in her kidnapping. They met deputy superintendent of police, Jind, Amrik Singh to press their demand and threatened to start an agitation if their demand was not met within three days. A medical examination of the girl was conducted by a team of doctors and the report is awaited, official sources said. PTI

SYDNEY: The Australian Prime Minister, who is on a three-day visit to India, has made it clear that uranium sales to India will not start quickly, it was reported here. Julia Gillard hosed down any suggestions that uranium sales to India will start quickly, saying that negotiating a safeguard agreement is likely to take one or two years, rather than months, reported Sydney Morning Herald. She is in Delhi to clear the way for negotiations to begin on a safeguards agreement. She said Australia knew how to negotiate a proper agreement to ensure uranium was used for peaceful purposes, the media report quoted the PM as saying. The launch of nuclear negotiations will pave the way for the sealing of a civilian nuclear

deal, and will remove the last stumbling block in accelerating bilateral ties. Gillard said that action had been taken to ensure the welfare of Indian students and the ban on uranium exports to India had been lifted. She had visited India as deputy prime minister and education minister to deal with the

tensions over violence towards Indian students in Melbourne some years ago. Australia is home to 450,000 Indians. The attacks on Indian students in Australia a couple of years ago have not dimmed the appeal of that country as an education destination with the Australian government launching a multi-pronged plan to prevent such attacks. Currently, there are about 36,000 Indian students who are studying in Australia. During her three-day trip that began Monday, Gillard will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during which the prospects of civil nuclear cooperation and intensification of relations in areas like trade and investment, science and technology and education will figure in the discussions. PTI



5 poachers held, AK 56 rifle seized GUWAHATI: Police in Assam's Karbi Anglong district on Monday nabbed five poachers and recovered huge cache of arms, including an AK 56 assault rifle, and ammunition from their possession. A senior police official said the seized arms and ammunition included the AK 56 rifle with 37 rounds of live ammunition, one .303 rifle and seven rounds of live ammunition and a single barrelled muzzle gun. "The recovery of the AK series rifle from the possession of the poachers indicate the involvement of militant outfits in the rhino poaching," said the official while adding that a detailed interrogation of the five will reveal more about the allege nexus between the poachers and militant outfits. Senior officials of the Assam forest department had earlier hinted involvement of the Karbi Anglong based militant outfit Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers after horns of two rhinos were chopped off the alive animals near the Kaziranga National Park last month. At least 42 rhinos have been killed this year IANS

BJP asks Uttarakhand government to focus on development DEHRADUN: Accusing the state government of failing to deliver during the past seven months in office, the BJP in Uttarakhand today threatened to hit the streets if immediate steps were not taken to bring back development on track and improve law and order. "The state government has failed on all fronts in the past seven months. Law and order has hit an all time low with broad daylight heists becoming a regular feature," state BJP general secretary Suresh Joshi said in a statement here.


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4 killed in accident near Manipal GUWAHATI: Four persons of a family were killed and five injured when a car carrying a group of pilgrims from Kerala and a lorry collided near here, police said today. The victims were on their way to Kollur Mookambika temple for the Navaratri festival when the mishap occurred at Thenka Yeramal, near Padubidri, about 30 km away from here yesterday, they said. The injured have been hospitalised.

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Obama’s hopes on line today Barack Obama will seek to summon fresh energy Tuesday to thwart Mitt Romney’s momentum in their crucial second debate. VIRGINIA: With his hopes of a second term under threat, US President Barack Obama will seek to summon fresh energy Tuesday to thwart Mitt Romney’s momentum in their crucial second debate. Republican Romney’s assured performance in the first encounter two weeks ago in Denver, and Obama’s own lifeless showing, dented the president’s polling numbers, leaving the race effectively tied 21 days before the election. Obama has admitted he had a “bad night” in Denver. Another one at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York, would be deeply damaging and significantly increase his chances of suffering the historic stigma of a one-term presidency. Romney must prove that his surprisingly assured showing in Denver was not a fluke and faces a higher bar of expectations, as his aides busily talk up prospects of an Obama comeback in hopes of managing postdebate news coverage. On the eve of the debate, a dramatic intervention from Hillary Clinton, Obama’s former bitter Democratic Party foe, and now his secretary of state, may have defused one of Romney’s most damaging attacks. Clinton said she — and not Obama or Vice President Joe Biden — bore responsibility for any security lapses before the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, which killed US ambassador Chris Stevens. “I take responsibility,” she

Hillary takes blame for Benghazi lapses WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday she takes the blame for any shortcomings in the handling of an attack last month on the United States mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi. “I take responsibility,” she said, according to the news networks CNN and Fox, which interviewed her during a visit to the Peruvian capital Lima. “I’m in charge of the State Department — 60,000 plus people all over the world, 275 posts,” she said, in a brief excerpt of the CNN interview, in which she absolved President Barack Obama from blame. “The president and the vice president certainly wouldn’t be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals,” she said.

On the eve of the debate, a dramatic intervention from Hillary Clinton, may have defused one of Romney’s most damaging attacks. said, according to CNN and Fox, which interviewed her during a visit to Peru. Romney and his vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan have

claimed that the Benghazi raid, and the administration’s shifting accounts of it, are symptomatic of an “unraveling” of Obama’s foreign policy. The president was likely to be cross-examined on Libya in Tuesday’s debate, but the statement by Clinton, who has political capital to spend and is very popular, may have given him badly needed room for manoeuvre. Obama has been largely out of sight since Saturday, when he flew to the historic colonial-era city of Williamsburg, Virginia, for an intense debate camp, lent

added importance by his limp 90-minute stumble in Denver. Aides promise a more aggressive and energetic Obama will show up on Tuesday, and have signaled the president will challenge what he calls Romney’s “extreme makeover” of sharply conservative positions to woo moderate swing voters. “Mitt Romney will say and do anything, regardless of whether it’s true, to become president,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Republican Mitt Romney Tuesday, quickly tweeted back, in an apparently orchestrated move, saying he would go home to vote later this month. “I’m following @MichelleObama’s example and voting early, on October 25. If your state has early voting, join me ... —bo,” Obama tweeted. The first couple add their initials to tweets when they, rather than campaign workers have composed them. The Obama campaign released a photo of a smiling Mic-

US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a campaign rally at the Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, on October 15, 2012.

WASHINGTON: Republican Mitt Romney raised more than $170 million in September, aides said Monday — a record for his campaign but shy of President Barack Obama’s $181 million haul for the same period. With the latest fundraising figures, the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) plus state party participants now have more than $191 million cash.

2 officers injured in Michelle’s motorcade CHICAGO: Two officers in First Lady Michelle Obama’s motorcade were injured Monday after their motorcycles collided, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. “The First Lady’s motorcade was leaving the city of Delaware where she was giving a speech,” Lieutenant D.J. Smith told AFP. “They were heading back to Interstate 71 and the airport when two of the motorcycles — one was State Highway Patrol and one was from Genoa township — made contact.” Both officers were taken to hospital for treatment, but the crash was not severe, sources said.

Obama woos kids on TV show; Romney skips WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama wooed Americans not yet old enough to vote Monday in a unique children’s television news special that his rival Mitt Romney opted to avoid. Obama fielded prerecorded questions from under18s on topics as varied as the economy, gun control, gay marriage and heartbreak during the half-hour program titled “Kids Pick the President: The Candidates.”


Michelle boosts Obama’s morale with early vote WASHINGTON: US First Lady Michelle Obama cast an absentee ballot on Monday, twinning a campaign push for early voting with an affectionate morale boost for her husband who was hunkered down at debate camp. “Hey, @BarackObama, I just dropped my absentee ballot in the mail — I couldn’t wait for Election Day! Love you! —mo,” the first lady wrote on Twitter. The president, locked away in a Virginia resort ahead of his debate with

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helle Obama holding her absentee ballot, and she reminded voters in a press release that many states allow early voting of voting by mail. “It means you don’t have to worry about your schedule filling up, or getting sick, or having to work late on Election Day. And more than anything, it means you can act right now to move our country forward,” she said. The Obama campaign is pushing early voting in a bid to build up its margins over Romney in key battleground states.

Pizza chain’s ad campaign backfires WASHINGTON: A US pizza chain has been forced to tweak a “free pizza for life” contest after coming under fire for daring the crowd at a debate to ask Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to reveal their favourite topping. Pizza Hut hoped for free publicity when it promised one large pizza a week for 30 years to anyone who asked the presidential rivals, during Tuesday’s televised debate, whether they prefer sausage or pepperoni on their pizza. But, following criticism, the firm opened the contest to all users of the website of its mock Pizza Party.




Brahimi calls for ceasefire DAMASCUS: International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has called for a ceasefire in Syria during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, as the revolt enters its 20th month with a death toll of more than 33,000. Brahimi made his call on Monday as he shuttled between Syria’s neighbours, which have been bitterly divided by the conflict along the confessional lines that have traditionally riven the Islamic world. He was in Shiite-majority Iraq after talks in Shiite-ruled Iran, closest ally of the minority Alawite-dominated regime of Syrian President Bashar alAssad. Last week, Brahimi visited Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the two Sunni-led states which have been the greatest champions of the Syrian opposition. “Brahimi has appealed to the Iranian authorities to assist in achieving a ceasefire in Syria during the forthcoming Eid alAdha, one of the holiest holidays celebrated by the Muslims around the world,” a statement from the envoy said. Eid al-Adha, which falls at the end of October, marks the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage. “He reiterated the call by UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon for a ceasefire and a halt to the flow of arms to both sides. A ceasefire, he said, would help create an environment that would allow a political process to develop.” But Brahimi denied a claim by Ahmed Ramadan, an official from the main opposition Syrian National Council, that he sought a peacekeeping force. “You’ve read that I have asked for peacekeeping,” he told reporters in Baghdad.

TRAVEL BAN SOUGHT AGAINST S KOREA PREZ SON A South Korean special prosecutor has asked for President Lee MyungBak’s son to be banned from leaving the country while he probes alleged irregularities in a project to build Lee’s retirement home.



Archaeologists and one hopeful relative are anxiously waiting to see if a skeleton dug up from a hole in a car park in the English city of Leicester is the remains of the much-maligned King Richard III. More than five centuries after he was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field by the armies of Henry Tudor, who later became King Henry VII, scientists believe they are close to making an identification.

NUMEROLOGY View of a burning bus, set on fire during a student protest following the breakdown of talks with the state government on a syllabus, in Tiripetio, Michoacan State, west of Mexico, on Monday. Clashes between cops and students of three schools of Michoacan, who were holding a protest, left 176 people arrested and 10 uniformed injured men, according to the state government. AFP PHOTO/ENRIQUE CASTRO


9/11 trial resumes

Pre-hearing of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four Al-Qaeda co-defendants finally got under way on Monday. US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA: Long-delayed efforts to try self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four AlQaeda co-defendants finally got under way Monday with a pre-trial hearing at Guantanamo. Eleven years after the attacks and nine-and-a-half years after his capture in Pakistan, KSM sat on a court bench wearing a white turban, his beard dyed with henna, as

Sheikh Mohammed said that he didn’t think there was any justice in the court during a pre-hearing. victims’ family members looked on from behind a glass screen. KSM is accused of orchestrating the hijacked airliner plot that left 2,976 people dead, while his alleged AlQaeda accomplices are

charged with providing funding and other support for those who crashed the planes. All five defendants face the death penalty if convicted, but their trial by military tribunal at the US naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba is not expected to start for at least another year. “I don’t think there’s any justice in this court,” the 47-year-old Sheikh Mohammed said in Arabic when asked by Judge James Pohl if he understood his rights.

NEWS BRIEFS Chinese naval vessels near Japanese islands

Terms set for Scottish referendum

Karadzic opens defence before UN judges

Israel sets January date for early elections

TOKYO: Chinese naval vessels were in waters near a Japanese island Tuesday, the defence ministry in Tokyo said, as tensions with Beijing remain high over a disputed archipelago. A Japanese aircraft spotted seven Chinese naval ships in waters 49 kilometres (30 miles) south-southeast of Yonaguni island at 7:00 am (2200 GMT), sources said.

EDINBURGH: Britain’s prime minister and Scotland’s first minister have fired the starting gun on a two-year campaign for the hearts and minds of Scottish voters ahead of an independence referendum to be held in 2014. Prime Minister David Cameron and pro-independence First Minister Alex Salmond inked the deal.

THE HAGUE: Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic opens his defence before the United Nations’ Yugoslav war crimes court Tuesday, hoping to convince judges of his innocence in a conflict that claimed 100,000 lives. Karadzic, 67, is charged with masterminding the murder of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys by forces loyal to him.

JERUSALEM: Israel’s parliament voted Tuesday to dissolve itself and hold early elections on January 22, a move championed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu whose coalition is leading in the opinion polls. The dissolution of the Knesset was approved by 100 votes to none in a third reading after a lengthy session in the 120-seat chamber.



is the amount the US administration has won congressional approval for to devote to helping Libya develop a commando force to fight extremist groups, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

A VERY RARE SAINT A Mohawk woman will on Sunday become the first Native American to be canonised a Catholic saint, in a ceremony in the Vatican 300 years after her death, and 1,500 fellow Canadians will be there. Kateri Tekakwitha, known as “Lily of the Mohawks,” was born in 1656 in what is now Auriesville in the US state of New York, but died while serving the church in Kahnawake in what is now Canada’s Quebec province. For centuries she has been a symbol of hope for Native Americans, despite the grim details of her short and painful life.

Scotland voted for a party that wanted a referendum. I believe in showing respect. This is the right outcome for Scotland and for the United Kingdom to give the people the choice. David Cameron British Prime Minister


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he photographs in Mohammad Younis Qanooni's house illustrate just how far he and his colleagues have fallen since they first helped spearhead America's war in Afghanistan. Displayed prominently, the pictures are of friends he fought alongside in the Northern Alliance. Each of them has been assassinated, in most cases by the insurgents' endless supply of suicide bombers. "All those men who were against the Taliban have been physically erased or removed from the scene," he said. This month marks the 11th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. Today there are roughly 100,000 foreign troops in the country, a stark contrast to when Operation Enduring Freedom began. What was known in the West as the Northern Alliance functioned as its proxy army — a collection of militia commanders, warlords and mujahideen fighters who had defeated the Soviets more than a decade earlier. Together, they had already spent years fighting the Taliban regime. Kabul was soon declared liberated, but the ease of this early victory papered over cracks that are now being exposed. The Northern Alliance contained a number of men often hated for the human rights abuses they had committed in the past. This polarized society and undermined American credibility among large sections of the Afghan public. A study has warned that the government “will most probably collapse in a few years” and said the insurgents “are expected to launch an advance” starting next summer. For those who helped the US-led invasion, these are alarming scenarios. GLOBAL POST




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HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS A friend in need is a friend indeed. They were the rivals of rivals four years back. Then Barry made a friend of Hillary Clinton by making her the secretary of state. Now with his re-election hopes on the line, Clinton has taken blame for the failures at Benghazi. This is the age of the blame game, here’s statesmanship for you.

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here is a palpable thrill in Africa at the prospects of a second term for President Obama, even though in his foreign policy, Africa has not been a priority. Apart from visits to Egypt and Ghana, he has done little about the Malian meltdown, HIV-AIDS, education, small arms, rising food insecurity linked to global warming and South Sudan’s increasingly precarious status as it hovers near a new war with the North. Compared to his predecessors, presidents Clinton and Bush, he achieved little. Because Obama’s family roots are in Kenya, many of us Africans feel entitled to a deeper involvement in the affairs of the continent; yet we must remember that Obama is not ours, he doesn’t speak for us, and he doesn’t owe us anything. Obama is an American, although we are pleased to note his Africansounding name. President Obama’s election was “a political earthquake whose tremors felt strongly in Africa,” writes Nil Akuetteh, Africa policy analyst and founder of Democracy and

Conflict Research Institute. Obama’s 2008 victory was stupendous for America, but President George W. Bush is the one who gave strong support for democracy in Africa. We Africans wonder whether the Bush enthusiasm eventually will be matched by Obama, or whether, indeed, Obama will even be able to understand the problems of Africa and push effectively for democracy on the continent? If African governments must adhere to good governance, human rights practices and strive in other ways to become democratic, what policies should the Obama administration pursue to encourage African leaders? Should Obama continue President Bush’s freedom agenda in Africa? How should he handle US/Africa foreign policy? President Bush promoted democracy in Africa with more affirmative persistence than his predecessors. He said that democracy in Africa was his top foreign policy priority. His second inaugural address was devoted to the “freedom agenda.” “All who live in tyranny and hopelessness,” he proclaimed, “can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.”

Implicit in President Bush’s words was a departure from the longstanding US policy of supporting dictators while opposing those with greater democratic credentials. For more than 60 years, especially during the Cold War, US presidents sacrificed democracy and propped up friendly tyrants who claimed to be anti-communist. Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Patrice Lumumba of Congo, and Amilcar Cabral Guinea were considered communist sympathizers while African dictators such as Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Mohammed Said Barre of Somalia, Samuel Doe of Liberia, and Mobutu Sese Seko Congo were supported. Still, the Bush administration did not go far enough. It

remained friendly to notorious African dictators, such as Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Yoweri Museveni in Uganda, Meles Zenawi in Ethiopia, Idriss Deby in Chad, and Muammar Gadhafi in Libya. Even Sudan’s Omar al Bashir, who committed genocide, was spared Washington’s full wrath because he was assisting in Iraq and with the President’s “war on terror.” Alagi Yorro Jallow is the founding managing editor of the banned newspaper, Independent, in the Gambia. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and holds a masters degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School. He is winner of International Press Freedom Award.

EDITORIALS Drop policies of hatred


ndia has been a peaceful country throughout its existence: history will bear us out on that. People from various lands — some nice, some not so nice — visit us; of course the not so nice ones we thwarted or tried to, the nice ones we embraced. We fought wars, but it must be said we were forced into going to war. And despite all the unpleasantness, we carry on with the tradition of giving shelter to those who need it. A visit to any refugee camp of the hundreds who cross the Wagah border will tell you volumes about India and where they come from. Tales of discrimination, ostracising, persecution, mostly on the basis of religion, will be found in plenty. Since the formation of our nation and our illustrious neighbour, they have been constantly on the job to destroy us, one way or the other. At the launch of a book on Pakistan in the City, the author eulogised Pakistan and extolled on its virtues. The book’s called Pakistan: Indentity and destiny. The fact is if it wants a destiny, it must drop it’s policies of hatred towards India.


Why we love... Yuvraj Singh


uvraj Singh continues to amaze. In the recently concluded World Cup, he showed that he’s back. Now with his double ton of 208 in first class cricket, he has signalled his readiness for a call to the Test squad. Yuvraj may have to do a bit more in fitness, but this guy is full of guts and willpower, which saw him through his time of crisis. Yuvraj till date has never been given given his due when it comes to chances in Tests. Now he has shown he is ready for the series against England.

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




Kingfisher Airlines in a late evening communication informed its pilots and engineers that the crucial meeting that was slated to take place on Monday with UB Group top brass has been now shifted to October 17.


Laughter is the key



Laughter is the most innovative, cost-efficient and time-productive way of keeping stress out of the workplace. Shilpi Sahay Choudhury tells us more.

Larsen and Toubro Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) is a technology, engineering, construction and manufacturing company. It is one of the largest and most respected companies in India's private sector. L&T has an international presence, with a global spread of offices. A thrust on international business has seen overseas earnings grow significantly. It continues to grow its global footprint, with offices and manufacturing facilities in multiple countries.


Green jobs


icture this — 9am the company security guard wishes good morning to not-so-smiling employees who enter the gates, on Monday mornings. The person at the reception desk is busy answering phone calls while office goers coming in greet each other good morning. This is routine but what is missing is a smile on their faces. We are all so lost in the corporate woods that probably the last time we laughed was when we were children. The so called HR Strategy keeps at least the HR folks busy. They keep cracking their heads over best practices, revisiting employee compensation norms, performance indicators or worrying about the E-Sat score every year. ‘Laughter is the best medicine’, they say. Our bodies, however, are playing host to so many other sorts of medicines that there is no place for laughter. In fact, managers should be taught to use humour/ laughter with their teams. Laughter is a big stress buster. Why can’t

Did you know that ...


The average pre-schooler laughs or smiles 400 times a day. Or that the number drops to only 15 times a day by the time people reach age 35.

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People smile only 35 per cent as much as they think they do. Laughter releases endorphins, a chemical 10 times more powerful than the pain-relieving drug morphine, into the body with the same exhilarating effect as doing strenuous exercise.


Every time you have a good hearty laugh, you burn up 3 1/2 calories.


Laughing increases oxygen intake, thereby replenishing and invigorating cells? It also increases the pain threshold, boosts immunity, and relieves stress. Source:

industries experience faster growth than the overall economy. A new study from the Economic Policy Institute has revealed. The study goes beyond a quick look at the typical green job strongholds like renewable energy and examines the effect that green jobs have in all industries by examining an industry’s green intensity.

organisations have a laughter measure in the critical metric? Why can’t teams be given awards for the maximum laughs for the day? Well, we have ideation rooms, conference rooms and cafeteria but why can’t we have laughter corners? To deal with the current amount of stress we have various meditation gurus, power yoga, heal your mind kind of training programmes. So why can’t we have laughter training sessions? Laughter clubs have become synonymous with old and retired people found in parks each morning laughing their heads off. Come to think about it, it will be proactive if HRs starts thinking about working on this laughter medicine. It will not only be doing good to the organisation but it will also go a long way in improving the health of the individual. If it becomes a must-have, the corporate journey which is synonymous with stress will be more enjoyable. Laughter can not only decrease the boardroom temperature, but it can ease decision-

making processes as well. A free and happy mind can work towards better and innovative solutions. Every year or two an employee survey is undertaken to understand the work environment of an organisation to understand the mood of the employee and whether it is a good place to work or not. There are tools, techniques to measure this from various dimensions/ parameters. Whatever be the factors, the laughter quotient should not be forgotten. “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride” is an old saying. My wish is to have a keyboard with a laughter key, which once pressed everyone would start laughing and as I type I notice a ‘sleep’ and a ‘wake-up’ key on the keyboard… What does it mean to the world? A laughometer would be a great invention for the corporate world…wish somebody could invent that! The author is a Principal Learning Architect at The Strategist.


Meredith Boucher, a former Walmart assistant manager in Canada, was awarded $1.49 million after suing for mistreatment in the workplace, the Calgary Herald reported. Boucher said she was the victim of verbal abuse for six months by her store manager in Winsor, Ontario three years ago.

Charles and David Koch are supporting Romney in the upcoming election, but they are persuading their employees to do the same is curious to say the least. Koch Industries subsidiary Georgia Pacific recently sent out a "voter information packet" to its 45,000 employees.


spotlight TAKING STOCK


Watch this stage creation which combines acoustic, electronic music and a video installation, in a savory mix of jazzy and experimental sounds. Laurent de Wilde, the most electro of French jazz pianists and Otisto 23, a sound engineer, master the art of improvisation, and are accompanied on stage by Nico Ticot, virtuoso videographer at Alliance Francaise. Tonight at 7pm.



Actress Simer Motiani launched the festive collection catalogue of Neeli Fashion Stores in Banjara Hills recently.




Dr PM Bhargava releases the book written by Javed Jabbar (R). The book is titled Pakistan : Identity and Destiny. The event was held at the Oxford Bookstore at The Park on Monday.

A different platform Lab coats were exchanged for bridal finery and various other costumes for Pulsation 2012.The fashion show was organised by the Shadan Institute of Medical Sciences & Dr VRK Women’s Medical College. It was a great hit with the medical students and doctors.


Winners of the Garbaraas ni Rumjhat pose with their trophy (L). It is a Garba dance organised by Bina Mehta & Minal Vakharia at the Satya Sai Nigamagamam on Sunday.




A riot of colours

Nikitha Reddy and friends organised a cultural get-together at the Avasa Hotel on Monday. The ladies were all dressed in traditional attire making the event more colourful.




1 Aakanksha 2 Lavnya & sunitha 3 Neha 4 Preethi & Shithal 5 Nikitha 6 Shipra



BURSTS OF SPRINTING BURN 200 CALORIES Short bursts of sprinting, known as “high intensity exercise”, can actually burn 200 calories, much more than jogging or walking for long periods, according to a research. Colorado State University researchers compared the energy expenditure of a group of men on two different days.


Instant Noodles (75g) n Energy: This is nothing but the number of calories per serving. Do remember though that the serving mentioned on the label differs from the actual pack size. n Carbohydrate: Carbs are essential, but not in excess. On an average an individual requires 225-325gm of carbs a day. This comes in the form of sugar, starch etc. Noodles are nothing but all carbs. n Fat: These are saturated and unsaturated fats. Instant foods are usually high in saturated fats. Daily requirement is only 44-78gms.

What lies within

Supermarket shelves are filled with a variety of readyeats. But what might seem like the perfect option for the professional on the go, actually hides dark secrets, camouflaged behind fancy nutrition labels. So do you really know what that label is telling you? Read on…


Soft drink (330ml)

n Energy: A 330ml can has around 143Kcal and not to mention soda which does more harm than good. n Carbohydrates: Though the can might seem to offer a paltry 33gms of carbs, it needs to be noted that this is not your only source of carbohydrates. n Sugars: One can has 33gms of sugar, whereas your daily requirement is only 24gms.

Potato chips (96g) Packed Pulao (250g) n Energy: Though the label says 125Kcal per 100 gms, the pack actually has 312.5Kcal. An average individual’s daily requirement in 1,200Kcal. n Sodium: This is nothing but salt. On an average a person requires about 1tsp of salt per day. Most of this comes from fruits and vegetables. Any added preservative is unnecessary salt intake. n Carbs: One pack of pulao contains approx 62.5gms of carbs, about one third of your daily requirement.

n Energy: A 27gm bar has nearly 99Kcal and if you’re the kind who eats two or three bars, it’s a lot. Not to forget the other food you eat. n Fibre: Though this bar offers you 3gm of dietary fibre, it makes up for only one eighth of your requirement.


Nutrition bars (27g)


Teen BMI

Pressure sores

Teen BMI opens your BMI/Growth dashboard with everything you need to know. Your height and weight, BMI and its relative category, the growth percentiles for your height and weight and a chart at the bottom for instant results! All you need to do is touch any information you see to bring up the right page.

Pressure sores, often known as bedsores or pressure ulcers, are areas of damaged skin and tissue. Pressure sores develop when compression of the skin in one area of the body cuts off the blood supply, usually when someone sits or lies in one position for too long. A pressure sore may initially appear as a red area of skin that doesn’t disappear after a few hours. It may feel tender and become painful and purple in colour.

Considering most people eat fewer fruits and vegetables, this requirement remains unfulfilled. n Maltitol: It is a sugar substitute. The bar has about 4.6gms of maltitol, which is only marginally better than sucrose in terms of calories but is no better for your health.

DID YOU KNOW? Not everyone has perfect vision About one third of the human race has 20-20 vision. Glasses and contact wearers are hardly alone in a world where two thirds of the population have less than perfect vision. The amount of people with perfect vision decreases further as they age.

n Energy: One 96gm pack of potato chips has a whopping 500Kcal, which is about half your daily requirement. n Protein: Though the pack offers a paltry 8gms of protein, an average person weighing 65kilos needs at least 81gm of protein in a day, preferably from pulses and dairy. n Fat: The pack has nearly 34gms of fat, while an average person only needs about 44-78gms of fat. Moreover, chips have high amounts of saturated and Trans fats, which are bad for the heart.

PIONEERS Joseph Murray Joseph Murray was an American plastic surgeon. He is credited for having had performed the first successful kidney transport on humans. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine along with E Donnall in the year 1990 for work on organ and cell transportation. He performed the world’s first successful allograft and in 1962 performed the world’s first cadaveric renal transplant.


health TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012



Smoking may lead to age-related cataract WASHINGTON: Smoking is not only a high risk factor for a wide range of diseases but can also bring on age-related cataract, a leading cause of blindness and vision loss worldwide, says a new finding. “Although cataracts can be removed surgically to restore sight, many people remain blind from cataracts due to inadequate surgical services and high surgery expenses,” said study author Juan Ye from the Institute of Ophthalmology, China. “Identifying modifiable risk factors for cataracts may help establish preventive measures and reduce the financial as well as clinical burden caused by the disease,” said Ye, the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science reports.

A study conducted by scientists in China has concluded that smoking can also be a trigger for age-related cataract.

What is cataract?


cataract is a clouding of the lens that prevents light reaching the back of the eye, making it difficult to see clearly. Most often cataracts develop as people get older, but swift treatment can restore vision. Cataracts may be congenital or due to other reasons such as diabetes, certain drugs, injuries etc.

The team performed the analysis using 12 cohorts and eight case-control studies from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America to compare the prevalence of age-related cataract in individuals who smoked cigarettes to those who have never smoked. Cohort is a group of subjects who have shared a particular event together during a particular time span. Further subgroup analyses were performed based on the subjects’ status as a past or current smoker and the three subtypes of age-related cataract, according to a Institute of Opthalmology statement. The results showed that every individual who ever smoked cigarettes was linked with higher risk of age-related cataract, with a higher risk of incidence in current smokers. In the subgroup analysis, former and current smokers showed a positive association with two of the subtypes: nuclear cataract, when the clouding is in the central nucleus of the eye, and subscapular cataract, when the clouding is in the rear of the lens capsule. The analysis found no association between smoking and cortical cataract, in which the cloudiness affects the cortex of the lens. IANS

Treatment may reverse fatal lung disease LONDON: Researchers have found an antibody treatment that may not only stop pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) but also reverses the condition in mice and rats. High pressure in the blood vessels supplying the lungs is a devastating condition that affects adults. It is caused by changes in the cells lining the arteries that take blood from the heart to the lungs. Vascular remodelling causes the walls of the vessels to become stiff and thickened making it harder for blood to flow through them, which in turn worsens blood pressure, the Journal of Experimental Medicine reports. This increased pressure places significant strain on the right side of the heart, which can lead to fatal heart failure if left untreated. PAH often affects young people, and more commonly women. Current treatments target the constriction of the arteries, but fail to reverse the underlying vascular remodelling. The researchers demonstrated that a protein called TRAIL worsened the progression in animal models, but blocking TRAIL with an antibody improved the disease. “This research opens up a new insight into the mechanisms of PAH and suggests that TRAIL is critical to this process,” said Allan Lawrie from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Cardiovascular Science, who led the study. “If we can interrupt this process by blocking the TRAIL pathway, we have the potential to stop the disease in its tracks and even reverse the damage done. “These data, from animal models, provide validation and we are now pursuing a route to develop human antibodies as a potential new treatment, though this is likely to be several years,” said Lawrie. IANS


Dietary fibre’s cancer-fighting role uncovered SYDNEY: Dietary fibre not only protects our intestines but also insulates it from cancer by transporting antioxidants to the large intestine, says new research. Fibre binds up to 80 per cent of cancerinhibiting antioxidant polyphenols in fruit and vegetables, thereby protecting the

antioxidants from early digestion, the study found. Anneline Padayachee at the University of Queensland and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation found that fibre acts as an antioxidant trafficker by safely transporting antioxidant nutrients

to the colon where they provide protection. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals, molecules produced when your body breaks down food. They can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other dis-

eases. “Cells in fruits and vegetables are ‘opened’ allowing nutrients to be released when they are juiced, pureed or chewed,” Padayachee said. This finding also has implications for fresh juice lovers who are throwing out antioxidants along with the fibre-rich pulp they discard. IANS





S Rajamouli's recent blockbuster Eega has already received rave reviews for breaking new grounds in terms of visual effects. The film boasts of an unprecedented 2200 VFX shots and more than 85% of the visual effects in the film were done by Makuta VFX, a Hyderabad-based company founded by Pete Draper, Adel Adili and RC Kamalakannan. While Indian viewers and the media have gone gaga over the film and its visual effects, the film has now captured the attention of a prominent US-based software company —Autodesk, which makes cutting edge software products like Maya, 3ds Max, Mudbox, Softimage among many other things for the media and entertainment industry. For the first time ever, the company has featured an article on how visual effects were used in an Indian film and it chose Eega as its case study. Despite

CINE BYTES being the largest film industry in the world, animation and VFX in Indian films are rarely chosen as case studies which makes this development a giant leap for Makuta VFX. Talking about this development, Pete Draper, cofounder and CTO of Makuta VFX, said, “It's a testimony to the kind of work we are doing at Makuta VFX. I am glad that a prominent company like Autodesk has recognised our efforts.”

Autodesk has release a two page case study on the film explaining how Makuta VFX overcame several challenges while working on the special effects of the film. The case study is likely to open more doors for Makuta VFX in the near future and Pete Draper concurs, “I hope so too and it speaks volumes about the kind of work going on here.” The film starring Nani, Samantha and Sudeep released recently in Hindi and it has been hailed as one of the best films of the year.

Gundello Godari's audio launch on October 17


he audio of Gundello Godari is going to be launched in a grand way on October 17. Lakshmi Manchu, Taapsee, Aadhi and Sundeep Kishan have played the lead roles in this film set in the backdrop of the 1986 floods which wrecked havoc in Godavari region. Kumar Nagendra is directing the film and Ilayaraja has composed the music.

Vishnu goes all guns blazing


anchu Vishnu is leaving no stoned unturned to promote his upcoming film Dhenikaina Ready. Recently, he invited Kannada actors Ambarish and Sudeep to celebrate the audio's success in Bangalore and yesterday, in Cochin, he convinced Mohan Lal to launch the audio of Endhenum Ready, the film's Malayalam version. Hansika is his co-star and G Nageshwara Reddy has directed the film.

Brothers trimmed by 25 mins


Eega becomes a case study

V Anand's recent film Brothers starring Suriya and Kajal has been trimmed by almost 25 minutes after the director received negative feedback about the film's runtime. The film took a good opening at the box office in the opening weekend. Bellamkonda Suresh had distributed the film in Andhra Pradesh.


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ollywood couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s pre-wedding party Sunday at her Bandra residence was kept a private affair with the terrace venue covered to prevent the media from getting a peek. Many Bollywood celebrities were spotted at the party including Neetu Singh, Babita, Sanjay Kapoor, Manish Malhotra, Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu among others. While a source says it’s a sangeet ceremony, designer Manish Malhotra said: “It’s just a fun party.” Kareena was said to be wearing a traditional orange lehenga with a golden blouse. The marriage, to be reportedly be held Tuesday, is planned as a quiet affair with only immediate family members from both sides being present.

My films aren’t experiments: Ranbir


e played a rockstar in one, and a deaf and mute man in another, but actor Ranbir Kapoor says he does not like these movies being termed experimental. “The films that I do or am willing to do are not experiments, they are very special and entertaining films for me. I am not trying to do any experiments,” the 30-year-old said. IANS

No acting for a year: Shilpa Shetty


ctress Shilpa Shetty is not planning to return to acting for at least another year as she is busy taking care of her son Viaan. “Having a baby is a full time time job so there is no time for, you know, acting. I am doing endorsements because that happens at my time. I feel for acting, it will take me almost one year,” she said. IANS

Subhash Ghai’s new film titled ‘Kaanchi’


ubhash Ghai has locked Kaanchi as the title of his next directorial, a musical thriller with a love story, which is set to go on floors soon and release on August 15, 2013. The movie has a new star cast, headed by Rishi Kapoor, who will play the villain, said a statement. Other cast and credits are in the process of being finalised. IANS

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aris Hilton has reportedly been booked to perform at an upcoming event in India. Hilton will DJ at an upcoming Indian Fashion Week event in Goa this November, organisers confirmed to a newspaper. Hilton has dabbled in music in the past, making her debut as a solo artist with the track Stars Are Blind

and a self-titled debut album in 2006. More recently, she collaborated with Manufactured Superstars on the track Drunk Text, but it was swiftly pulled from YouTube with little explanation other than violation of a copyright claim. Hilton made her debut as a DJ this summer during a music festival

in Brazil. The 31-year-old recently came under fire after comments she made regarding gay men and AIDS were recorded clandestinely during a taxi ride. Hilton has since apologised for the comments, and a spokesperson for the socialite claimed that a portion of the conversation was leaked out of context.

CINE BYTES Cyrus, Hemsworth get matching tattoos

Cole blames Coyle for Girls Aloud split

Kim faces scarcity of clothes


ctor Liam Hemsworth and girlfriend Miley Cyrus have got themselves matching tattoos. The pair got inked with a quote from former US president Theodore Roosevelt, with Hemsworth showing off the new tats with a photo posted onto his Instagram. IANS


ocialite Kim Kardashian has repeated her leather skirt thrice in a week ever since her boyfriend, singer Kanye West, has revamped her wardrobe. In a recent episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the singer was seen throwing away most of her clothes. Post the show, Kardashian has been repeating her dress. IANS


inger Cheryl Cole has blamed fellow Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle for disbanding the group for wanted to launch her solo singing career. In her upcoming autobiography "Cheryl: My Story" the singer says the entire band was expecting it from Coyle but were taken aback by the revelation.


Chai Time


A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go but where they ought to be. Rosalynn Carter




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




1 Mexican’s nap 7 Run ___ (go wild) 11 Hole puncher 14 Word with ‘beauty’ or ‘pizza’ 15 Scourge 16 Paranormal showman Geller 17 Goat with a fuzzy coat 18 Several bits 19 Actress Ruby 20 Being sociable in a restaurant, eg 23 ‘Been there, done that’ feeling 26 Employ 27 Give the slip to 28 Camera accessory 31 Baby’s first word, perhaps 34 Motorists’ group 35 Et ___ (Latin for ‘and others’) 37 Printed-material measure 41 What playing hooky involves 44 Tenth First Family 45 Throaty attention getter 46 Not his or hers 47 Broadway musical hit 49 Do cartooning 51 Stew vegetable 54 Boat maneuverer 56 Black gemstone 57 Open ocean 62 Stately shade tree 63 Roller derby track’s shape 64 Inflexible teachings 68 Drops out of a tree? 69 International defense grp 70 ‘Take five,’ in army parlance 71 Scrabble 1-pointer 72 Nibble like a beaver 73 Four-time Oscar nominee Mason


1 Masseuse employer 2 ‘Atonement’ author McEwan 3 Physics unit

4 Exemplars of laziness 5 One-third of a WWII movie title 6 ___ League (Middle Eastern group) 7 Cannes clergymen 8 Chaos 9 Aware of 10 Detain 11 Video’s partner 12 Some songbirds 13 Feudal vassal 21 Fictional gentleman burglar Arsene 22 Diagrams made to scale 23 Dynamite time? 24 Like a bad roof 25 ‘For want of ___ the shoe ...’ 29 ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ director Frank 30 ‘He’s making ___ and checking it twice’ 32 Woody the director 33 City known for its Heat 36 A leader no matter how you look at it 38 From Tibet, for example 39 Oil magnate J Paul 40 British earldom 42 Hard nut to crack 43 Bracelet bauble 48 ‘Moonlight ___’ (Beethoven) 50 Adjunct for ‘war’ or ‘gossip’ 51 Beyond chubby 52 Caffeine-rich nuts 53 Posteriors 55 Having the look of love 58 Half a doorbell sound 59 ‘Terrible’ czar 60 First husband? 61 Wee bit 65 Joad and Kettle 66 Volcanic residue 67 Caspian, for one

Chai Time TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012 Thiruvaikumar

STAR POWER for 17-10-2012


As per Hindu panchang thiruvaikumar@yahoo. co. in, 040-27177230 / 9177596118













Though faced with lot of difficulties, you won't give up. You will struggle hard and register success at all costs. Employees though faced with work burden will be able to manage and discharge their duties successfully. Promotion on the cards.


Increased medical expenses likely, which will upset you. Employees will be favoured with a choice transfer and promotion or new responsibilities, which will keep them satisfied. Businessmen will see a gradual growth in their trade.

Misunderstanding between couples likely; avoid such a situation. Avoid new methods in business for now. Tension due to children likely. Money due to you might get delayed. Export/ import businessmen shouldn’t start new deals for a while.

Ego clashes between couples likely. One of them adjusting will be the solution to avoid bigger problems. You will tackle debt issues with your sweet talk. Influx of close relatives will bring cheer to the family. Turning point likely in a court case.

Your administrative abilities will increase. By praising you, no one can influence you and will remain firm in the decision you have taken. You will remain peaceful as all work undertaken get completed successfully. A tight financial situation likely.

Avoid unwanted new efforts. Delayed marriage talks will resume now and progress towards finalisation. Friendship with powerful persons likely; this will prove beneficial in future. Be careful while dealing with women. Never be in a hurry.

You will get all work done successfully with the help of colleagues and close friends. You will be active and cheerful. Speculative investments will be gainful. You look ambitious but are advised to take decisions only after enough analysis.

Though employees might face obstacles, minor tensions and confusions, they will be able to manage and come out of the problems. Tensions and differences in the family will disappear. Harmony will exist in the family and a trip is possible.

Happy events to take place in a line at home. Mother's health needs to be taken good care of. Businessmen will be in a comfortable position. Those doing joint business might change their partners. Persons of other region will help you.


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Four of Pentacles – There is no ideal situation when it comes to partnerships. You have to make some compromises and tread the middle path sometimes.


King of Wands – You’re on the lookout for enlightenment. You want to feel more in control of your inner peace. This is possible if you let go and welcome positive energy.



Six of Pentacles – You’re searching high and low for something you’ve misplaced. It is bothering you too much. You will find it in the most unlikely of places.


The Devil – Someone is thrusting too many ideas at you. You want to be left alone and want to take some time out. But is it a good idea now?


Page of Cups – Do not break a promise, no matter how difficult it might be to keep it. You may have to go out of you way to work things out.


Death – You tend to constantly worry about becoming fat. There are things that you need to do. Do these and stop worrying. There’s little in your own control.


Nine of Swords – Your mind is filled with doubts and apprehensions. Do not worry about the future. It’s more important that you clean your mind of garbage.


Seven of Swords – You feel sandwiched between two groups. You know which side you want to be on but you worry about what people might think.


Knight of Pentacles – Make optimum use of all the resources at your disposal. If you need to reach out to colleagues and get their support, do so.



Ten of Pentacles – There is a curse that you need to deal with. You may not know how or why exactly you are caught in the middle of this but you are.


Pentacles – Go for a long drive and enjoy the time to think and spend quality time with your loved ones. You will return refreshed.


AQUARIUS: Seven of


Your wholehearted, hard and sincere efforts can make you successful in all work undertaken. Avoid interfering in anyone's personal issues. Improve your self-confidence and take bold decisions so that you will surely taste success.

for 17-10-2012

The Chariot – There will be a situation when you have to haggle for an important seat. Do what’s within your means. Do not stretch yourself. It may not be worth it.


Financial position will improve for better. Marriage talks will resume and progress well to end favourably. Politicians will meet senior party men and discuss critical issues. Women will be happy as their romance issue will go there way.


Health will be fine. Your hard work and sincere efforts will not go waste bringing in desired results. A strong financial position likely. Happy events to take place at home. Be careful in food habits as there are chances of stomach disorder.

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Entertainment TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012



writing songs for 'The Great Gatsby'



ady Gaga and Prince have both reportedly approached the Moulin Rouge director about contributing to the soundtrack for the upcoming F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation — at least that’s according to cast member Adelaide Clemens ("Silent Hill: Revelation 3D"), who seems to have spilled the beans in a recent interview with the Playlist. "They have some new music that's going to be added to the film... Some pretty huge artists have approached Baz and are writing songs for the film, and I don't think Warner Bros are going to turn down Prince and Lady Gaga knocking down your door," said Clemens — who plays the supporting role of Myrtle Wilson's (Isla Fisher) sister Catherine in the film — before adding, "I don't know if I'm allowed to say that." Well, probably not, but thanks just the same. So will this be a collaborative track between Mother Monster and the reclusive Purple One? In theory it certainly seems like a good fit, but Clemens had the good sense not to reveal any further details. Prince, of course, scored big time with his original contributions to Tim Burton's Batman soundtrack back in the late '80s, with his Batdance topping out at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. More recently, his Song of the Heart from the 2006 animated hit Happy Feet netted him a Golden Globe Award. As for Gaga, this would serve as her first original film soundtrack contribution. If all pans out, this won't be the first instance of modern songs invading a Luhrmann period piece — his 2001 Best Picture nominee Moulin Rouge featured cover versions of several popular pop tunes including Madonna's Material Girl and Like a Virgin, Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit and The Police's Roxanne. Originally slated for an Oscar-friendly December 25 release, The Great Gatsby was recently pushed back to May 10, 2013.

Susan was assaulted as a young actress


usan Sarandon opened up about being assaulted in her early acting years. "It was not successful — for either of us," Sarandon told Elle. "I just went into a room, and a guy practically threw me on the desk. It was my early days in New York, and it was really disgusting. It wasn't like I gave it a second thought, it was so badly done,” she says.

Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer split


ore than 20 years after the couple met playing lovers in the 1990 movie The Crossing, Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer may not have their Hollywood happy ending after all. The couple's apparent split comes after rumors of a rocky romance swirled over the summer. IANS

Leona Lewis would prefer you envision 'We Found Love' as her song


ngland's Leona Lewis would like you to imagine an alternate life where all your We Found Love — soundtracked memories feature her rather than Rihanna. Lewis apparently recorded the vocal take for DJ Calvin Harris originally. "It was the same version and production but mine’s better," she says.






Vijay’s Champ impresses

Yuvraj Singh’s second first-class double-century — 208 off 241 deliveries — put North Zone in a commanding position.

HYDERABAD: Vijay’s Champ, Handsome Hunk, Vijay Kiran, Ashleen State and Hidden Power impressed when the horses exercised here this morning.





North ahead HYDERABAD: Yuvraj Singh carried on from where he left yesterday as he completed a well-deserved double century to put North in a comfortable position at stumps on the second day of their Duleep Trophy semi-final against Central Zone here today. Undefeated on 133 overnight, Yuvraj scored a magnificent 208 off only 243 balls with the help of 33 boundaries and three huge sixes as North managed a commendable 451 in 119.2 overs. Central then crawled to 146 for five in 58 overs when stumps were drawn. They still need 306 runs to get an allimportant first innings lead which now looks highly unlike-

ly. It was another day which was dominated by Yuvraj’s blade as he added 75 runs to his overnight score and in the process scored 58 of those runs in boundaries. He added 13 more fours to his 20 hits and another big six to the couple he hit off Murali Kartik yesterday. However, the lower middleorder of the North Zone couldn’t provide him a lot of support as he was the only player who attacked the Central bowling. Yuvraj was finally removed by India discard Murali Kartik who caught the batsman off his own bowling. The Central openers Tanmay Srivastava and Vineet Saxena sedately added 64 runs

in 30-odd overs but their defensive approach only increased the pressure on the team. While Srivastava was runout after making 23 off 89 balls, Saxena’s painstaking innings of 33 made off 115 balls ended when Amit Mishra got him caught by Yuvraj. However, it was Delhi speedster Parvinder Awana who did the crucial job of removing the in-form Rajasthan duo of Ashok Menaria and Robin Bist. Brief Scores: North Zone 451 all out in 119.2 overs (Yuvraj Singh 208, Shikhar Dhawan 121, M Kartik 4/120, P Kumar 4/92). Central Zone 146/5 (V Saxena 33, Parvinder Awana 2/29). PTI

SPORTS BRIEFS Andhra women win South Zone U-19 tournament

VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh today emergedchampion in the South Zone U-19 women’s cricket tournament, while Hyderabad was declared runners-up. Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad secured 22 points each after the end of the tournament, but the former was declared champion due to its better net run rate. Six teams AP, Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa - par-

ticipated in the tournament hosted by Andhra Cricket Association (ACA). G Gangaraju, Secretary, ACA, announced a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh to the winner. Individual prizes were also awarded. These included Best batswomen Sneha Torvi ((Hyderabad), best bowler Jhansi Lakshmi (AP), best wicketkeeper R Kalpana (AP) and woman of the tournament Praneesha V Gorentla (Hyderabad).

Cricket coaching HYDERABAD: Prime Sports Academy will conduct a special Catch Them Young Cricket Coaching Camp during Dassera vacation from October 18 at Wesley Co-Ed High School, Secunderbad. Coaching will be imparted to cricketers in the age group 12-16 years. For further details, call 8977676223

Naughty Gal (Trainer) 1-0, 600/45 Moved freely. Ice rain (Anil) 57.5, 600/43.5 Moved well. Ice Lolly (Kuldeep Singh) Ice Hill (S Nayak) 1-3, 600/47 Moved freely. Heart N Soul (Ajit Kumar) 59, 600/43 Urged. Handsome Hunk (Dileep) 55.5, 600/42 Pleased. Ann Arbor (S Nayak) Ponte Verdi (Kuldeep Singh) 57, 600/41.5 Former finished a length in front. Allendale (rb) 1400/600 in 1-2 Easy. Samsonite (M Mark) 58, 600/43.5 Moved freely. Shadow in the Mist (rb) 1-2.5, 600/47 Handy. Golden Jewel (rb) 58, 600/44 Urged. Ice Mountain (Dileep) 1-1.5, 600/44 Unextended. Dazzling Princess (app) 59, 600/44 Easy. Ashleen State (app) 57, 600/43 Moved well. Hidden Power (app) 57, 600/44 Slightly pushed. Incredible India (rb) 58, 600/44 Moved well. Garcia Marquez (Kuldeep Singh) 1-0, 600/45 Easy Merry Maid (S Nayak) 12.5, 600/46.5 Easy.

Cricket coaching Prime Sports Academy will conduct a special Catch Them Young Cricket Coaching Camp during Dassera vacation from October 18 at Wesley Co-Ed High School, Secunderbad. Coaching will be imparted to cricketers in the age group 12-16 years. For further details, call 8977676223

SAND TRACK 1000 METRES Mr Glorious (M Mark) 1-15.5, 800/1-0, 600/44 Moved freely. Khali’s Gold (M Mark) Striking Gold (app) 1-15, 800/58, 600/42 Former finished two lengths in front. Valentine (Chary) 1-18.5, 800/1-3, 600/48 Easy. Vijay Kiran (rb) 1-12.5, 800/56.5, 600/44 Moved on the bit. Odalis (Ravinder Singh) 1-11, 800/55, 600/42 Pleased. Ziv (Nitin Singh) Pakat Pakat Pakat (rb) 118, 800/1-2, 600/47 Moved together.

SAND TRACK 1400 METRES Vijay’s Champ (Ravinder Singh) 1-43,1200/1-27, 1000/1-10.5, 800/55, 600/41.5 Pleased.

SAND TRACK 1600 METRES Kohinoor Angel (Ajit Kumar) 25, 1600/600 in 1-12.5. Urged.


Springsteen’s daughter saddles up ASTOLFO CAGNACCI Agencie France-Presse PARIS: “There’s nothing I am as passionate about as equestrianism,” says Jessica Springsteen, whose talent for showjumping is marking her out as more than “just” the daughter of rock legend Bruce Springsteen. The younger Springsteen took part in a weekend international show-jumping competition (CSI) at Saint-Lo in western France, giving her new purchase, Vindicat W, its competition debut two months after the 10year-old gelding, then ridden by Peter Charles, helped Britain to a first Olympic team show-jumping gold medal since 1952. Springsteen, whose father shot to fame with working class anthems such as “Born to Run” and “Born in the USA”, inherited her love of horses from her mother, singer-songwriter Patti Scialfa, who was at Saint-Lo to watch.

“We moved to a farm in New Jersey and it’s there that I first started to ride horses, first for pleasure then competitively,” explained the 20-year-old, who was a reserve for the US team at the London Games. “I had a few problems with my first pony. He often made me fall and preferred to graze,” she added.


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Marinko shocks Haase Australian Marinko Matosevic produced a shock on Monday as he defeated Robin Haase 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

VIENNA: Australian Marinko Matosevic produced the shock of the first day of the ATP Austrian Open here on Monday as he beat Dutch sixth seed Robin Haase 16, 6-3, 6-2. Matosevic’s world ranking of 55 is the best of his career and the 27-year-old Aussie showed he means to hold onto it in his victory featuring five aces and four breaks of serve in 97 minutes. Gilles Muller of Luxembourg staged a fightback to overcome Belgium’s Steve Darcis 6-7 (3/7),

6-4, 6-3 with the winner firing down 16 aces but needing almost two and a half hours to advance. Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, the top seed, is making a re-appearance after a month out with a left wrist injury, last playing in a Davis Cup semi-final loss to the Czech Republic in Buenos Aires. The Argentine is fighting this week for one of three remaining spots at the World Tour Finals which wrap up the season from November 5 in London.

Del Potro lost the Vienna final last year to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and will hope to go a step further this week to help his cause. The provisional number seven in the London field is expected to duel with number nine rival Janko Tipsarevic, also in with a chance and seeded two here. Spain’s David Ferrer on Monday claimed the fifth place behind Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and the injured Rafael Nadal. AFP

KREMLIN CUP Lucie Safarova advanced past Gasparyan and into the 2nd round.

Safarova on a song MOSCOW: Czech eighth seed Lucie Safarova advanced past Russia’s wild card Margarita Gasparyan and into the second round of the Kremlin Cup here on Monday. On the opening day of the joint WTA and ATP $1.5-million tournament the left-hander beat the 18-year-ol0d home favourite 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in two hours two minutes. Moscow-born Gasparyan started confidently, taking a 3-1 lead with an early break but Safarova than moved up a gear to win five consecutive games for a one-set lead in 38 minutes. The opponents traded breaks early in the second and held serve until the 10th game when Gasparyan, 227th in the world, broke again to level at one set all after one hour 27 minutes on court. In the deciding set Safarova, a semi-finalist here last year, was in complete command, breaking her rival’s serve twice before serving out the match at love. “I met her for the first time and I didn’t know whom I was playing against while she was serving very well and took the lead,” Safarova said. “But I kept on fighting and won the first set. I was a bit down in the second allowing her to level but I caught my tennis right away at the beginning of the third to take the set and the match. I’m happy to win tonight.” Safarova will now meet compatriot Klara Zakopalova,

who ousted Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-3, 6-3. The 21-year-old Pole, Urszula Radwanska, beat 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy, unseeded here, 6-3, 6-1 to record her second win over the 32-year-old veteran in as many meetings. Schiavone, the 2009 Kremlin Cup champion, started with an immediate break but Radwanska broke back twice to grab a 1-0 lead in 41 minutes. In the second set Radwanska, who is still seeking her maiden title here, underlined her domination by breaking Schiavone’s serve on three more occasions to set up a meeting with third seed Dane Caroline Wozniacki. In ATP action sixth seed Denis Istomin battled back from a set down to beat Germany’s Bjorn Phau 5-7, 7-5, 6-1. In the match for a place in the quarter-finals Istomin will meet Czech Lukas Rosol, who beat Spaniard Daniel GimenoTraver on the hardcourts of Moscow’s Olympic indoor arena in straight tiebreaks. AFP


Ferrari denies Vettel Link

SEOUL: Motor racing Ferrari have played down claims that Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel will be joining the team in 2014 by insisting they have no desire “to have two roosters in the same henhouse”, according to The Guardian. According to the BBC the world champion has already signed a deal with Ferrari that is dependent on results next season. However, Red Bull issued a flat denial that Vettel would be leaving stating that the report was factually inaccurate. Ferrari are expected to renew Felipe Massa’s contract for next year in the forthcoming few days. Ferrari’s website, in reference to queries about the chances of Vettel and Red Bull designer Adrian Newey joining the team, quoted the chairman, Luca di Montezemolo. “Today the problem is not with drivers. 2013 is still to come but I don’t want to have two

Nico to drive for Suber BERLIN: Force India’s German Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg will drive for Sauber next season, it was reported here on Monday. The 25-year-old — who started his F1 career with Williams in 2010 — has according to ‘Auto, Motor und Sport’ magazine already signed a contract with the Swiss team replacing McLaren-bound Sergio Perez. However his agent Timo Gans would not confirm the news to SID, a subsidiary of AFP. “I can neither confirm or deny the news,” he said. “The drivers contracts are normally announced by the teams themselves, so therefore I don’t want to pre-empt any such announcement.” The news came the day after the South Korean Grand Prix where Hulkenberg finished sixth to leave him 12th in the drivers standings on 45 points. AFP

roosters in the same henhouse, rather two drivers who race for Ferrari and not for themselves,” he said. “I don’t want problems and rivalries, which we didn’t have between [Michael] Schumacher and [Eddie] Irvine, between Schumacher and [Rubens] Barrichello, between [Fernando] Alonso and Massa or Massa and Schumi or Massa and [Kimi] Raikkonen. As for Newey, I can say that he is very good at his job but we also managed to win eight constructors’ titles in the last 13 championships without him: I have huge faith in our own engineers.” Certainly Ferrari’s recent history has been based around a definite No1 and No2 driver set-up, strongest when Schumacher was at his pomp and dominating the sport, while Alonso is currently firmly established as the team leader.

Sebastian Vettel of Germany lifts the trophy and a bottle of champagne after winning the Korean GP onSunday. AFP/ROSLAN RAHMAN


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KKR in trouble after defeat

KKR’s chances of making the semifinals of the CLT20 tournament suffered a major blow as they slumped to their second successive defeat. CAPE TOWN: Kolkata Knight Riders’ chances of making the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament suffered a major blow as they slumped to their second successive defeat after losing to Auckland Aces by seven wickets in a Group A match, here tonight. Auckland rode high on veteran Azhar Mahmood’s superb allround show as they knocked off a modest target of 138 runs with 14 balls to spare. Mahmood, who was instrumental in restricting KKR to 137 for six with brilliant figures of 3 for 16, also produced an unbeaten knock of 51 runs, which turned out to be crucial in the final outcome of the match at the New Wanderers stadium. KKR captain Gautam Gambhir’s decision to induct Shakib Al Hasan at the expense of seasoned Brett Lee backfired badly as the reigning IPL champions missed out a genuine paceman on a pitch that was assisting the faster bowlers. Apart from Mahmood, Lou Vincent (30), Martin Guptill (25) and Anaru Kitchen (24) also came up with useful contributions.

Jacques Kallis (2nd R) of the Kolkata Knight Riders walks during the CLT20 match against Auckland Aces at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Monday. AFP/ROGER SEDRES

Brendon McCullum topscored for the Knight Riders with a 35-ball 40, which was laced with two sixes and three fours. But the Knight Riders could not build partnerships and lost wickets in regular intervals.

SPORTS BRIEFS Crowe diagnosed with cancer WELLINGTON: Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has been diagnosed with cancer, leaving his family “in shock”, his manager has revealed. Crowe, 50, was still coming to terms with the news he had the cancer lymphoma, his manager Louise Henderson said. “The family is still in shock and obviously dealing with the understanding that life as they know it for the unforeseeable future is different,” she said. Henderson did not provide details of how advanced Crowe’s illness was, saying the family had requested privacy. AFP

BCB to probe corruption allegations NEW DELHI: Bangladesh Cricket Board has constituted a three-member committee to investigate into the allegations of fixing T20 matches by umpires as claimed by a television sting operation, a report said today. According to Cricinfo, the BCB has formed a committee comprising its directors Sirajuddin Mohammad Alamgir and Mahmood Jamal, and its head of anti-corruption and security Mesbahuddin Serniabat to probe into the “corrupt conduct by umpires under its jurisdiction”. PTI

Australia honours Tendulkar


ustralian Prime Minister Julian Gillard has announced that Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar will be conferred with the membership of the Order of Australia, reported The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry to recognise Australian citizens and others for achievement or for meritorious service. Sachin will be awarded an (AM), which is one of the six grades in the Order of Australia. The batsman, who is currently playing in the CLT20 for Mumbai Indians in South Africa, was nominated as the Member of Rajya Sabha earlier this year.

Mahmood made inroads into the KKR’s middle-order with his twin strike in the 10th over as he dismissed Jacques Kallis (0) and Manoj Tiwary (0) in successive deliveries to dent the Knight Riders innings, who after the

early loss of Gautam Gambhir had tried to recover well. Mahmood, in his second spell, removed dangerman McCullum to add to the misery of KKR, who came into this match after being crushed by


Kolkata Knight Riders: Manvinder Bisla c Kitchen b Hira 38 Gautam Gambhir c Guptill b Bates 5 McCullum c Hopkins b Mahmood 40 Kallis c Vincent b Mahmood 0 Manoj Tiwary c & b Mahmood 0 S Al Hasan c de Grandhomme b Mills 15 Yusuf Pathan not out 22 Rajat Bhatia not out 9 Extras (lb 4 w 3 nb 1) 8 Total (for 6 wickets in 20 overs) 137 Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-72, 3-72, 472, 5-98, 6-108 Bowling: Kyle Mills 4-0-23-1, Michael Bates 4-0-33-1, Andre Adams 4-0-310, Ronnie Hira 4-0-30-1, Azhar Mahmood 4-1-16-3. Auckland Aces M Guptill c Narine b Balaji 25 Lou Vincent c Tiwary b Narine 30 Azhar Mahmood not out 51 Anaru Kitchen lbw b Narine 24 Colin de Grandhomme not out 9 Extras 0 Total (for 3 wickets in 17.4 overs) 139 Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-76, 3-117 Bowling: Lakshmipathy Balaji 4-038-1, Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-34-0, Sunil Narine 4-0-24-2, Jacques Kallis 3-017-0,Pradeep Sangwan 2.4-0-26-0.

Delhi Daredevils by 52 runs in their opening tournament fixture on Saturday. Mahmood was ably supported by Kyle Mills, Michael Bates and Ronnie Hira, who picked up a wicket apiece. PTI


‘Baptism of fire’

Batsmen will face a “baptism of fire” in South Africa’s upcoming tour Down Under as the two best pace line-ups face off, according to Mickey Arthur. SYDNEY: Top order batsmen will face a “baptism of fire” in South Africa’s upcoming tour Down Under as the world’s two best pace line-ups face off, Australian coach Mickey Arthur said Tuesday. Australia are hoping to reclaim cricket’s world number one ranking over a packed Test schedule in the year ahead, starting with the first of three against top-ranked South Africa in Brisbane on November 9. “It’s going to be about the batters,” Arthur said of the series. “It is going to be about which top six can adapt better, which top six is going to be more consistent over the three Test series. I think both top sixes are in for a real baptism of fire.” Arthur said the ability of the Australian batsmen to hold off South Africa’s bowling line up,

which includes pacemen Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, was an opportunity to prove themselves. On Australia’s side, selector John Inverarity said there could be as many as five pace bowlers in the squad for the first Test at the Gabba, with James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and

Mitchell Starc all in the mix. “We’re just delighted that we’ve got the pace bowling on tap that we have,” Inverarity said. The toughest choice for Australian selectors will be that of wicket-keeper and whether to name the more experienced Brad Haddin over Matthew Wade. “We are aware of all the factors; I mean the fact that Matthew is 24 and rising and Brad turns 35 about now,” Inverarity said. “Obviously Matthew is more for the future, but we’re very focused on who deserves and who will be best against South Africa.” Cricket Australia also defended its decision to withdraw Shane Watson midway through the Twenty20 Champions League in South Africa to have the all-rounder fresh and rested for the upcoming Test campaign at home. AFP




The Asian Football Confederation apologised on Monday for racist remarks it made about the United Arab Emirates national team, referring to them as "sand monkeys", a statement on the AFC website said. “The AFC apologises for an editorial mistake on the AFC's official website," it stated.



Germany to battle Sweden Germany face their toughest 2014 World Cup qualifying opponent in Berlin today and their midfielder Marco Reus has his task cut out. RYLAND JAMES Agencie France-Presse BERLIN: Marco Reus is set to make only his 13th international appearance against Sweden in Tuesday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier, but the attacking midfielder has already been dubbed Germany’s Mr Indispensable. His recent form has relegated Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski to the bench and team manager Oliver Bierhoff has admitted Reus is one of the few players they cannot afford to do without ahead of the match at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. “It’s amazing how he always keeps going forward and attacking,” Bierhoff said of the tattooed Borussia Dortmund star who has already scored six goals in ten appearances this season for his new club. “He is currently some way ahead of his competitors. “His speed and quality is impressive. We can’t replace him like for like.” The reason why the 23-yearold has relegated Podolski to the bench was self-evident last Friday as the quality of his two goals in the 6-1 drubbing of Ireland in Dublin spoke for themselves. With 104 international appearances, Podolski has been impressive at Arsenal since his

Germany’s Marco Reus (R) kicks the ball past Ireland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (C) and Ireland´s defender John O’Shea during their FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying match on Friday in Dublin. AFP/ PATRIK STOLLARZ

move from Cologne at the end of last season with four goals in nine games for the Gunners, but Reus has made Germany’s leftwing berth his own. Podolski is not the only senior German player to have thrown a few envious looks Reus’ way. “His shooting technique is outstanding,” said veteran strik-

er Miroslav Klose, no stranger to hitting the net himself having scored his 65th international goal last Friday on his 125th appearance. “If I could shoot like him, I would have had a few more goals.” Even former Germany captain and television pundit Oliver Kahn, never one known to gush,


Real coach happy to take flak

MADRID: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho (above) said Monday he was happy to take flak if it means he has managed to motivate his players rather than sit back and enjoy cordial relations with them. "As a coach I prefer to draw criticism for my aggressive style in a press confer-


ence because I try to play on the hurt pride of my players rather than to be politically correct and continue to lose," said Mourinho, who is determined to knock leaders Barcelona off their perch in La Liga but also deliver European glory. Real have made a slow start to the league campaign and fine themselves eight points adrift of Barca after two early defeats. But he feels that their last-gasp Champions League pool win over Manchester City and a draw at the Nou Camp has indicated that things are looking up. "We are still eight points off the pace but the team came out stronger." Mourinho did not refer to injury-hit Coentrao of Portugal, who is out for a month after suffering a groin injury. AFP

was eager to wax lyrical about Reus’ form. “We need to go a long way back to remind ourselves of such a talent in Germany,” said Kahn by way of explaining why Dortmund paid Moenchengladbach 17 million euros for Reus. “He is very fast, he is always dangerous in the area and he is a very intelligent player.”

Liverpool to stay at Anfield LIVERPOOL: Liverpool on Monday announced they were staying at Anfield instead of moving to a new ground, after city authorities announced plans to regenerate the area around their historic home. The club’s managing director Ian Ayre described the move as a “major step forward” for both Liverpool and local residents, after years of wrangling about whether they should move from the stadium that has been their home since 1892. And he insisted a multimillion redevelopment of Anfield will enhance the club’s transfer market spending power and not diminish it. Redevelopment of the Main Stand and Anfield Road end is likely to cost an estimated £150million and while nothing has been forthcoming as yet on how this money will be procured Ayre said it would not impact on football matters. “As we’ve said, the right solution is the right economic solution,” Ayre told “More so from it detracting from our spending in the transfer market, the whole point of doing this is to actually increase our revenues. AFP

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