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Kashmiri’s love this ‘Numaish’ PIC: N SHIVA KUMAR

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n entering the Nampally exhibition ground you will find people bargaining with vendors over prices on various articles. This is the scene at the 72nd All India Industrial Exhibition, popularly known as Numaish. The ambience here is unique. There are many stalls which offer carpets, mats, cushions, bed sheets, pillow covers and other decorative items. Tucked among a series of stalls are special Kashmiri stalls displaying exquisitely embroidered cloth-

selling silk saris, scarves, pashmina shawls, table spread, ethnic bed sheets and lot more. The exhibition boasts of more than 200 such Kashmiri stalls with variety of products. Izaz Ali, owner of Kashmir Handicrafts, hailing from Srinagar calls Hyderabad his sec-

ond home. “Numaish is close to my heart. I used to visit Hyderabad with my grandfather and father in my childhood. The exhibition was started in Public Gardens and since then, the family has been buying a stall year after year. It’s a three-day long train journey to come to the city

of Nizam’s. The hospitality we get from the people of Hyderabad makes our 45 days stay fruitful. Round the year we keep participating in trade fairs throughout India but Hyderabad is close to our hearts because of the response we get here”. “People from all parts of India come here for shopping and for business. But for me, this exhibition is like a winter holiday-cumbusiness trip. When I am in Hyderabad for these two months, I will be away from severe winter cold of Kashmir and at the same time it gives me good business,” said Ahmed Rias a dry fruit vendor from Kashmir Canaud House is the oldest kashmiri stall in the exhibition. Surender Kaul, 65, the owner who has come from Srinagar has made Hyderabad his home. Apart from

The culture of Hyderabad is almost similar to Kashmir I call it as Apna Hyderabad. People here are kind hearted. Surender Kaul, stall owner the stall in Numaish his family has a permanent Kashmiri store at L B Stadium. “Hyderabad is a part of life. The culture of Hyderabad is almost similar to Kashmir. I call it Apna Hyderabad. People here are kind hearted. Now the exhibition is flooded with Kashmiri stalls so now there is much more competition.”

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Childhood memory Kites are a childhood memory of carefree life, of cheery sunny days .They have become a metaphor of soaring freedom, of flights sky-high, towering above the humdrum of life. Artkites are such an expression of festivity and creative vision. Where: Iconart, Banjara Hills When: Ongoing Contact: (040) 32411554

One love One Love is an International exhibition by artists from around the world who aim at promoting humanity and love all over the world. Where: State Gallery Of Fine Arts , When: Ongoing, 11am Contact: (040) 32913922

Different strokes To witness strokes of various kinds head to Gallery Space. It’s an exhibition presenting paintings and drawings by various artists and is being held at Gallery Space from December 24.


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



Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American crime drama film loosely based on the FBI investigation into the real-life murders of three civil rights workers in the US state of Mississippi in 1964. The film focuses on two fictional FBI agents (portrayed by Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe) who investigate the murders. Where: Prasad Labs Preview Theatre, Banjara Hills When: January 17, 6.30pm Contact: (040) 23608015

Where: Gallery Space, Banjara Hills When: Ongoing, 11am to 7pm Contact: (040) 65541836

on ‘Minnu’ in 2011. The show will also launch calendars with Kamal’s paintings and will be exclusively on sale at the Muse gallery. The proceeds from this show will be donated to CAP Foundation. Where: Marriott hotel & Convention Centre, Tank Bund When: Ongoing, 6pm Contact: (040) 27522999

Eat in the dark

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

Have you ever wondered how it feels to eat in the dark? Come and experience this. Pay `499 to enjoy a 4-course meal worth `1,000 at Dialogue in the Dark. Where: Dialogue in the Dark, Inorbit Mall, Hitech City When: Ongoing, 12.30pm Contact: (040) 64603341

Visual art

Controlled freedom

An exhibition cum sale of paintings by Hari Srinivas. The exhibition is on display till January 30 2012. Where: VSL Visual Art Gallery, Plot no 100, AP Text Book Colony, Gun Rock Enclave When: Ongoing Contact: 9247175135

Catch Controlled Freedom, an exhibition of portrait photography that showcases the works of two photographers with contrasting approaches to capturing people — Sucharitha Rao and Lakshmi Prabhala. Where: Alankritha Art Gallery, Kavuri Hills When: Ongoing, 6.30pm Contact: (040) 23113709

Cognac and Cigar

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

My name is Minnu It is the first solo Art show by actor Kamal Kamaraju on a series of paintings he has done

Darshanam Catch the “Darshanam” - (An Ode to the Eye). It’s a classical dance performance by Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant & ensemble live at Taramati Baradari. Where: Taramati Baradari, Ibrahim Bagh When: January 17, 7.30pm Contact: 9848192874

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AP’s miserable failure to secure a slot for its tableau in the coveted national Republic Day Parade 2012 for the third year in a row has put the entire State and its eight crore populace to shame


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ndhra Pradesh has failed to represent in the prestigious Republic Day celebrations for the third time in a row. This is the third successive year that the government has failed miserably even after trying twice in vain. The information department which was responsible for presenting the tableau’s for the State failed to convince authorities as they argued that the State has no new theme to present. Last year, the judges for tableau observed that the theme was focusing on the Telangana and it was not representing the state. The State Government presented four themes which were rejected. Sankranthi was the main theme but the judges did not like it. The in-charge of the programme of the information and public relations department confirmed that they did not get the selection this year also. Even in the second meet held recently the

state officials could not impress upon the Delhi judges. Last year, the theme based on Charminar, Bonalu, Ghusadi dance by tribal’s and Etikoppaka dance from Visakhapatnam were presented, but the judges opined that the theme must represent entire Andhra and not one region

REPUBLIC DAY or city. In 2010, Lambada dance was the theme presented. It was also rejected. In 2009, Annamaya theme was presented. But the judges rejected it as it just signified Rayalseema Region.

Some sources said that more than the theme, the late submission was the reason. Covering their lack of creativity one of the officials said that AP does not have proper lobbying. But the reality is that we lack creativity and freshness in the theme.

hief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is in New Delhi for yet another bid to convince the high command for a Cabinet reshuffle. The PRP of Chiranjeevi is on his shoulders. But, more sticking points are the question of some troublesome ministers and induction of new faces. And, he has to take into consideration the hostility of his rival and APCC chief Botsa Satsyanarayana. Those whom Kiran wants out are: minister for textiles P Shankar Rao, minister for minority welfare Ahmedulla and stamps and minister for health DL Ravindra, it is reported. While Shankar Rao’s criticism of the CM is an open secret, Kiran wants Ahmedulla out so that he can induct Mohammed Jani, MLC from Guntur. In Ravindra Reddy’s place, Kiran wants to induct MLA T Jayaprakash Reddy. The CM has sought an appointment with AICC general secretary in-charge of AP Gulam Nabi Azad and the CM may leave for Delhi on Tuesday evening, sources said. If the CM returns on Wednesday, one can expect changes on Thursday.

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overnor ESL Narasimhan appears busy with two things: the proposed Cabinet expansion and the other is appointment of VCs. The files pertaining to Krishnadevaraya University, Pottisree Ramulu University, Nannaya University are pending with the chief minister’s office. Appointments to Higher Education council are also pending. The chief minister is fully tied up with the cabinet inclusion, expansion or the reshuffle. The files of Acharya Nagarjuna University, JNTU fine arts, College of architecture are still with the Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Raja Narsimha. The Ministers are already being pressurised by professors from various districts for these appointments. Some BC leaders have already represented to the CM and also the Deputy CM for their appointments in the Universities. Sources with Principal Secretary Education, MG Gopal said that the department officials and the Deputy chief minister’s office are flooded with representations from various quarters for the posts in Education Department. One of the relatives of Deputy chief minister in education department is angling for the post of

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` 349/The files of Acharya Nagarjuna University, JNTU fine arts, College of architecture are still with the Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Raja Narsimha. The Ministers are being pressurised by professors from various districts for these appointments. Secretary with AP state of Higher Education council. MG Gopal has received a lot of recommendation letters from various quarters to some of the positions.

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Politicians and police have cheated us, says Telangana students JAC chief Students are made fodder for politicking politicians and their minions, the police, says Krishank Manne who suffered police brutalities and political chicanery. He opens his mind to Postnoon

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am an Osmania University student and not a terrorist or a Maoist,” spat Krishank Manne, OU Students Joint Action Council (JAC) spokesperson. “Whatever demonstration we stage is within the campus, why then target us like criminals?” But, he does not know that the stretch from the NCC gates to the back gate of OU is often considered a battle ground. This battle began in November 2009 in OU and has seen some bloody wars between the students and law enforcers. But, of late it has lost its steam. Q. OU is a prestigious university. How then did it earn such a bloody name for itself? On November 29, 2009 KCR began his fast and we took out a rally. It was all peaceful until Stephen Ravindra, IPS officer, lathi-charged us hitting, each student more than 25 times. That is when we retaliated. They had lathis, teargas and rubber bullets. What did students have? Nothing, except good old stones. We have clear evidence and visuals from media clips that show the police were the first to start. And, to defend ourselves, we resorted to stone pelting. There were days when women constables were not there and yet they would drag girls to the waiting van. Policemen themselves torched our vehicles parked in the campus. On February 14, 2011, when I was examining my bike that had been damaged by the police, a couple of them suddenly came up from behind and beat me up. The police force had also damaged media vehicles and media personnel as well. The home minister accepted their mistake and issued compensation but not once have they enquired or heard out our side of the story. Q. Recently, when a few OU students were watching the movie Aarakshan the police arrested them. Is it true? Yes. We went for the Independence Day celebration even out there we were not allowed. Anywhere we go we were being chased and arrested. Why? Even at the recent Hyderabad 10 K

run, 400 OU students went for the march and were arrested. We did not cause any violence. Seeing us the public started shouting ‘Jai Telangana’, apart from that we did not create any ruckus or resort to any violence. But yet we were arrested. Why? Q. Who was responsible for the damage during the one million march? Around 500 students came marching from the OU campus to the Tank Bund. If we wanted we could have vandalised the whole City but we did not resort to violence. Later, when KCR walked in, the violence started. Students, advocates and general public were there for four hours and nothing happened. However, only once the political force arrived all problems started. This is something that one needs to think about. Q. Why do we see so many joint action committees today? When KCR started his fast, simultaneously many student communities came together and created a JAC for the sake of unity. Students emerging as a political power is what politicians did not want. They wanted students to remain only as pressure groups. Hence to split the power they came up with different joint action committees.

We have been on the fore front of the agitation and once a separate Telangana is achieved we students will float a separate party On Dec 23, 2010 they created political joint action committees. This joint action committee has only TRS and very few BJP leaders. No other party is a part of political JAC. Secondly, there are several differences between KCR and Kodandaram who is heading the political JAC. In a democracy power should be vested in all parts of a movement. Ideally, there shouldn’t be one leader. However, here by making small units, we are giving power to one person who, in the name of democracy is creating anarchy. KCR and his sons are creating numerous JACs and are drifting away from the main movement. Today, everybody is working towards their own motives and

interests. I strongly believe that any revolution can be achieved only when there is unity. Q. Why do OU students have a negative image in the society? On media channels there are panel discussions every day, politicians from all party are called but students are always ignored. Be it a negotiation or a discussion, it is only politicians at the forefront. Student leaders are never a part of any of these activities. That’s how we have been projected by the media. The name university itself is very universal in nature. Anyone can enter a university but politicians are misusing this freedom. They are the ones who have turned OU into a battle field. Headlines in the media read, ‘agitation at OU campus.’ They do not investigate who is responsible for this. Today the OU campus and students have a bad name. Because of this we the students are restricted only to the campus gates. We are being treated like terrorists. We are scholars, we do not want to hold stones, we want a mic but the media has not portrayed this image. Q. Why do you think there is a delay in achieving a separate state? I blamed the Congress party

for this delay. They are dragging the issue. And also because of KCR’s double standards. He is contradicting his own statements. He oscillates between strikes and elections. Q. Professor Kodandaram, whom is he supporting? Being an OU professor he supports politicians and not his own students. What morals is he teaching his students by supporting the politicians and not us. One of the primary reasons for the failure of rail roko is him. He stands only at one place and dictates terms. He is using our shoulders to rest his guns and fire. He is not our head but yet, he is dictating terms to us. Q. What’s the January 17 agitation plan? In the past, we have been at the fore front in declaring bandhs, but now we will wait and not blindly agree to whatever the politicians order us to do. We are students we can do anything for a separate state but before all that we need to finish our exams. Both a separate state and our academics are important to us. Nearly 90 per cent of students in OU are from a poor background. We cannot risk our academics. We have international students and the bandh affects them as well. As a student community we realised that bandhs are not needed and we will not support them. This time we want politicians to fall in one line and take up the agitation, something that they have not been doing. Our support is there with them but first our academics will be given priority. We will support all the parties but not any one party. Post exams we will be part of the agitation. Secondly, we will take this movement out of the OU campus. We will spread it all over.

Plan for OU student JAC Krishank says, “There is a civic war happening via various forms. We will make it a mob agitation, we have done this earlier too but this time we have decided to act in a mature manner. Very soon citizens will lash back at politicians, everyone will be on the streets. We are just waiting for the frustration to reach its peak. We may be down but not completely out.” He adds, “We have been on the fore front of the agitation and once a separate Telangana is achieved we will float a separate party.”



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Memoirs of a multifaceted man Einstein once said, 'I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious'. Novelist and screenwriter Christopher Kloeble is a picture of humility as he describes his life and City experience to Postnoon. Indira Atluri

C DGP to hear public grievances from 3 to 4pm The Director General of Police will be available for public to represent their grievances between 3 pm and 4 pm on all working days except in cases of his non-availability in Police Headquarters or due to important meetings. It was also clarified that this timing does not apply to those who are seeking prior appointment to meet the DGP. The public is requested to avail the opportunity to get their grievances redressed.


hristopher Kloeble, noted German author and screenplay writer takes inspiration from even the most mundane objects, people, or even a sentence he reads in a book. In a tete-a-tete with Postnoon, he reveals his passion for writing, and how building words into sentences balances him mentally. “When I was in the US to participate in a writing program, I met an Indian journalist who invited me to come to India — that is what brought me here," he explains his visit to the country. He shares his tryst with writing and tells, "My father Til Erwig was an actor and a screenwriter himself. So he was open to me becoming a writer, and chart my own course of life." Christopher believes that he is lucky being German because of the space that one gives to professions like writing, as compared to many others. "In Germany, the government supports you, and that makes it easier for one to decide to become a writer one fine morning,

and five years later, to do something else," he says. Interestingly, Christopher does not like to plan his stories. He says, "Each day is a new day, and I like to see what comes the next day. I like to study the psychology of people and how they react to different situations." Christopher has also forayed into screenplay writing with the film Inclusion and contributes to the German newspapers Die Zeit and Tageszeitung. This winner of numerous laurels and awards shares his experiences on his first visit to Hyderabad. "I went to a show yesterday where two individuals were competing with each other in dance. It was interesting to me, as in the country I come from, people are more tense — they are conscious of who might be looking at them. And here, I sensed people having a lighter approach towards life. I have also visited the Charminar and seen people from different religions there. Now, I get a better idea of the problems in bringing people together when I see the sheer magnitude of the numbers. However, after coming here

THE FACES OF HYDERABAD Ramachandriah, Corn Seller, Tankbund PIC: SHIVA KUMAR


VISITORS from New Delhi, I see that the city is less polluted and much warmer than the Capital." The author of Among Loners, If someone knocks, and 'The eternal three', is all set to launch his new book Almost Everything Very Fast in March this year, at the Leipzig Book Fair in Germany.

amachandriah has been selling makka butta (maize corn) at Tankbund for the last 10 years and is a familiar face to Hyderabadis who frequent the area. Ramachandriah was a farmer in Mahbubnagar. As drought destroyed his crops and even bore wells failed him, he was forced to bring his family of four daughters and a son to Hyderabad to eke out a living. Since then the family has been living in a rented house in Khairatabad and U.Srinivas Ramachandriah has A city is defined by the become a fixture at people who live and Tankbund. work in it. Here we take a look at the Though he makes human threads that good money on Sundays make up our urban and holidays a sizeable tapestry amount is lost in bribes to traffic police and MCH to let him vend his ware. With great difficulty he got two daughters married and the other three children are in a hostel at Dilsukhnagar. One of his daughters, Sarswati, has taken leave from school and hostel and is helping him. He has a debt of around `4 lakh. So far he could repay about `2 lakh and is hounded by the private financers.

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he City will see some traffic restrictions from tomorrow between 4 am and 12 noon from January 18 to 21 on Necklace Road in view of the police constable recruitment. Traffic coming from VV Statue, Imax and Telugu Talli intending to proceed towards Secunderabad via Jala Vihar, PV Ghat and Sanjeevaiah Park will not be allowed at Necklace Rotary and will be diverted towards Telugu Talli, Ambedkar Statue, Upper Tank Bund, Karbala Maidan. Traffic coming from Nallagutta X Road towards Necklace Rotary via Necklace Road, Sanjeevaiah Park, PV Ghat and Jala Vihar will not be allowed at Nallagutta Bridge and will be diverted towards Karbala Maidan, Upper Tank Bund. Police commissioner A K Khan appealed to the people of Hyderabad to start early and take alternative routes to reach their destination.

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he CBI court sent to Vijay Sai Reddy, the vice-chairman of Jagati Publications Pvt. Ltd., promoted by YS Jaganmohan Reddy, to judicial custody till January 31. Vijay Sai Reddy was named as the accused no. 2 in the disproportionate assets case of jagan. The CBI special court extended the custody. The court posted the hearing on the petition seeking permission to use his laptop in Jail to January 20.

3 of family freeze to death in Guntur GUNTUR: Three senior citizens of same family froze to death due to severe cold in Gudipudi village under Sattenapalli mandal in this district. The deceased were identified as Kantheti Eshwaramma, Kantheti Mabhu and Kantheti Koteswara Rao. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department had on Sunday warned of continuation of cold wave to severe cold wave conditions across the State in the next two days.

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A date with jazz

Ramana Gogula and family


n Monday night, the halls of Taramati Baradari were echoing with the sounds of sweet music. Hyderabad Literary Festival organisers and the Goethe Zentrum Hyderabad presented to the city Triotonos, a world jazz band from Frankfurt, Germany. Triotonos is the merging of good-handmade-music from around the globe.

Amita Desai

Guests at the concert

Monika Hirmer watching the performance

Guests at the engagement party organised by Arun and Sunita Gaggar for her daughter Rupal at Taj Krishna on Monday night.

Devendra Surana, Namrita, Nivriti and Mitali

Forging new bonds

Aditya and Rupal

Kritika, Krithi,Tanvi, Nidhi, Sonal and Chivi


Kushmeet and Neha

Usha Badruka



Ayodhya case accused oppose CBI plea NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani and his colleagues accused in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case have told the Supreme Court that a CBI plea that challenged the quashing of conspiracy charges against them amounted to abuse of process of law. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has challenged an Allahabad High Court order that upheld the quashing of conspiracy charges against them by a Lucknow Special Court (Ayodhya Prakaran). In their common reply, Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Vinay Kathiyar and other accused contended that the filing of the appeal by the CBI was barred by time and was an abuse of the process of law. The apex court bench of Justice HL Dattu and Justice C K Prasad took exception to Additional Solicitor General Vivek Tankha describing the matter as a famous Babri Masjid case and said that “it was neither famous nor infamous but an incident that had happened”.


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The case would come up for final hearing March 27. As senior counsel Ravi Shankar Prasad, appearing for Advani and other BJP leaders, told the court that the matter was barred by time, the court said it would hear the matter. The Allahabad High Court May 20, 2010, upheld the May 4, 2001, order of the special court (Ayodhya Prakaran) dropping the conspiracy charge against the former deputy prime minister and his party colleagues involved in the Ayodhya agitation. The high court had also dismissed the revision petition by the CBI. The CBI challenged before the apex court the high court order that rejected its plea for slapping conspiracy charges against Advani and others. The probe agency moved the apex court after a delay of nine months. Notice to Advani and others on the CBI plea was issued March 4, 2011.Following the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, police had registered two cases. IANS



A worker washes the picture of Congress President Sonia Gandhi outside AICC headquarters in PTI New Delhi after a dozen of Ramdev supporters allegedly threw ink on Sonia Gandhi’s poster.

Reshuffle likely to spur Congress-Trinamool feud Actor Amitabh Bachchan drives a car along with son Abhishek Bachchan as daughter-in-law and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan sits with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey in Mumbai AFP on Monday.

Paparazzi dents Preity’s car at Oprah party venue MUMBAI: It was an actionpacked evening for B-town, thanks to a party to welcome international talk show queen Oprah Winfrey here. Preity Zinta, who was on the star-studded guest list too, enjoyed the party, but it turned into a bad experience when her car ended up getting damaged due to paparazzi. “Would have been a perfect evening until the press jumped all over the car n nearly got some1 killed n my car damaged n scratched.. Bachaao! (sic),” she tweeted after coming out of the party. The damage to her car happened while she was on her way back home from the bash, which was organised by socialite Parmeshwar Godrej in honour of

Winfrey, who is on her maiden visit to India. She landed here on Monday. IANS

Would have been a perfect evening until the press jumped over my car n nearly got someone killed n my car damaged

KOLKATA: Nearly eight months into her stint, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday inducted two new ministers and reshuffled of portfolios, triggering shrill protests from alliance partner Congress after secretariat sources revealed that wings of two of its ministers had been clipped. However, no list of ministerial portfolio was made available to the media till late at night. According to secretariat sources, Congress minister of state Manoj Chakraborty who had attacked the chief minister when she asked his party to walk out of the alliance if it so desired, lost his two portfolios parliamentary affairs and small and cottage industries. Chakraborty’s party colleague Abu Hena, the cabinet minister for fisheries and food processing, was divested of the food processing portfolio which went to Trinamool’s Ujjal Biswas who presently is in charge of youth affairs. Both Chakraborty and Hena are from Murshidabad district, a Congress stronghold where Banerjee's bete noire and Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury holds sway. Chowdhury, along with Raiganj MP Deepa Dasmunshi had led the verbal assault on the chief minister during the recent Congress-Trinamool spat over renaming of Indira Bahvan, death of farmers and beating of a college principal by Trinamool activists in Raganj. “This is completely unwarranted and unacceptable to us. We have been sent to the cabinet by the high authorities of our party, by (Congress chief) Sonia Gandhi and not by any Tom, Dick or Harry. There is too much dictatorship, it is high time we moved out of the alliance,” he said. Chakrabarty also said Congress will contest the upcoming Panchayat elections in West Bengal on its own.

Trinamool Congress MLA Arup Biswas seeks blessings of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata PTI Banerjee in Kolkata on Monday. “There is no question of alliance for the Panchayat elections. We will contest on our own”. “I had dared to oppose the government’s move to rename the Indira Bhavan, that’s why I have been meted out this treatment. No matter what I will continue to oppose anything unjust,” said Chakrabarty adding that he will consult his leaders before deciding on accepting whatever the ministry offered to him. IANS

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‘Leaders row increasing violence’ BAGHDAD: While the chances of an all-out sectarian war in Iraq appear slim, violence will remain high and at risk of worsening if the country’s leaders do not end their political standoff, experts say. Iraq has suffered several mass-casualty attacks directly targeting communities or sects in the wake of last month’s US withdrawal and coinciding with a political row that has pitted the Shiite-led government against the main Sunnibacked bloc. But though the threat of civil war is often raised in talks on the country’s future, analysts say an improved Iraqi security force coupled with greater Sunni Arab participation in politics and popular opposition to communal violence make such a scenario unlikely. “This conflict between the leaders will continue,” Mahmud Othman, an independent MP from the autonomous Kurdish region said. “But fortunately, the people are more responsible than the leaders, so I don’t think that’s a real possibility.” “They have failed the test — they cannot rule the country,

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a blast in Bartala in the Nineveh province, north of Baghdad. AFP they do not care about national interests ... In the last year, we have had what was called a partnership government, but really it has been a crisis.” Othman warned that security in Iraq was “much better at this time last year” and that the attacks would carry on if the political row festered. Politics and violence are often seen as linked in Iraq, as insurgents exploit political fissures to exacerbate instability. Shortly after US forces completed their withdrawal on

December 18, authorities charged Vice President Tareq alHashemi, a Sunni Arab, with running a death squad. Hashemi’s Iraqiya bloc has since largely boycotted parliament and cabinet, while he has stayed put in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq that has so far declined to hand him over to Baghdad. In the weeks since the row erupted, Iraq has suffered a spate of violence that has killed more than 200 people, including high-casualty attacks on

December 22, January 5 and January 14. The latter two solely targeted Iraq’s majority Shiite community. Such attacks, which result in mass deaths, pose a greater threat to security than targeted assassinations that insurgents and militias have pursued in the past because of emotions they stir, according to John Drake, a security analyst with private security firm AKE Group. AKE figures indicate the number of attacks in the past six weeks are around 50 percent higher than in the same period a year ago, but Drake cautioned that last year’s figure did not include the Shiite mourning rituals of Arbaeen or the aftermath of the US pullout. The London-based analyst warned: “It’s still a fragile political system. If people have faith in it, then they will engage in it to resolve their grievances and disputes.” “If they feel the politicians are ineffectual or corrupt they will try other methods. The methods that are tried and tested in Iraq are tribal methods, which are incompatible with the state, and violence.” AFP

Pakistan’s National Assembly on Monday evening passed a resolution supporting democracy in the country, which gave a breather to beleaguered Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani against whom the Supreme Court issued a contempt notice for not acting against President Asif Ali Zardari for corruption. The lower house of parliament passed the pro-democracy resolution moved by Awami National Party (ANP) leader Asfandyar Wali, Geo News reported. Gilani congratulated the MPs on passage of the resolution. Gilani told the

house he would appear before the Supreme Court as he was directed to appear personally before it January 19. He said the government wanted no confrontation with any institution, including the judiciary, and that no one should degrade the mandate of the elected government. “We need no certificate to prove our patriotism,” Gilani said, citing sacrifices rendered by leaders of the ruling PPP for the cause of democracy in the country. Gilani offered to resign on Monday after the Supreme Court issued him a contempt notice for not implementing a directive to act against President Asif Ali Zardari for corruption. Zardari, accused of graft, had been granted amnesty under the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), which was issued in 2007 by then president Pervez Musharraf to facilitate the return of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband Zardari. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Monday said that the country would stand by the Supreme Court. IANS

LONDON: Britain has not ruled out military action against Iran because of the country’s “increasingly dangerous” development of nuclear weapons, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said. Hague told Sky News that all options remained on the table and that Britain was not advocating military action but was instead intensifying sanctions in a bid to bring Tehran to the negotiating table.

NATO warship rescues Iranian vessel BRUSSELS: A NATO warship rescued an Iranian-flagged vessel over the weekend just days after the vessel was freed from pirates by another NATO ship, the military alliance stated. According to a NATO statement, the Italian warship ITS Grecale provided help to the Iranian vessel, which reported an engine failure.

A protester runs with a Romanian flag during an anti-presidential rally in Piata Universitatii square Bucharest. AFP

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China gas leak kills 1, injures 30 BEIJING: One person was killed and

People visiting the site of the Republican presidential primary debate, stand in front of a large sand sculpture of Romney, Gingrich and Huntsman. AFP

Huntsman pulls out of presidential race WASHINGTON: JFormer Utah Governor Jon Huntsman has ended his presidential campaign, saying that “negative and personal attacks” have marred the Republican race. Speaking in South Carolina, Mr Huntsman endorsed the candidacy of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Mr Huntsman received just 17% of the vote in the New Hampshire primary despite campaigning there. He has struggled to build momentum in South Carolina, where the conservative vote is traditionally strong. The Palmetto State goes to

the polls on Saturday to pick a candidate for the Republican nomination. The Huntsman campaign had difficulty gaining traction nationally, attracting about 1% to 2% in most opinion polls. As he announced his withdrawal from the race, Mr Huntsman, who pitched himself at his campaign launch as a “civil” candidate who would not play dirty, bemoaned the state of the Republican contest. “This race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative and personal attacks,” he said, calling on the Republican party to unite behind a candidate. BBC

nearly 30 were injured after carbon monoxide gas leaked in a steel company in northeast China late on Monday night, said local authorities. The leakage occurred in Harbin, capital city of Heilongjiang province at around 10 p.m. in Acheng Iron & Steel Co., Ltd., Xinhua quoted a government official as saying.

29 still missing in Italian cruise shipwreck ROME: The number of people missing in the Italian cruise shipwreck near the coast of Tuscany rose to 29, Tgcom24 television reported citing local port authorities.The Costa Concordia liner with over 4,200 passengers on board, ran aground off the Isola del Giglio island late on Friday. Earlier reports said at least 16 people were missing.

Sunset on Monday, over the cruise liner Costa Concordia aground in front of the harbour of Isola del Giglio. AFP

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Upgraded version of Akash by March K Prudhvi Raju


he concept of Aakash concept was designed Prem K Kalra, Director, IIT Jodhpur. They gave the contract to

Datawind, a UK-based company, for integration. Quad Electronics based out of Hyderabad is the sole manufacturer of Aakash for Datawind. As of now, the product is on trial. Certain number of units were given to students to find out how the product is behaving. The product will be fine-tuned Aakash will be made better based on the feedback, said Raminder Singh Soin, Managing Director, QUAD Electronic Solutions. Initially, IIT Jodhpur liked the Aakash. They are looking for a rugged and upgraded product now after the feedback. They do not want Aakash as a brand to fail. They want a better processor for higher speeds and capacitive screen. It doesn’t cost more than $50 even after water resistance is taken in to consideration, he added.

He said, the initial order for Quad Electronics is one lakh units. Out of which, it has manufactured 30,000 units from October. These units are supplied to the Datawind. It is soon going to start manufacturing of upgraded version according to the requirements of Datawind. The upgraded version is on the design stage and may come out in March. Talking about the expansion, Quad Electronics has the infrastructure to support manufacturing up to 5,000 units from its present 700 units a day. It all depends on how fast they arrange the money for the working capital. Talks are going on and hope this will happen soon. If things get late, the demand for the product may go off. “We all should work fast to get the product out at the earliest possible.” The supply chain and finance costs are the biggest problems for electronics manu-

facturing services (EMS) industry in India. Manufacturers are dependent on countries like China and South East Asian countries for the components manufacturing. This is raising the costs to the companies. There is a need to create an ecosystem for manufacturing and supplying of parts. Otherwise, India cannot grow in a bigger way in the EMS industry. The working capital

costs and interest rates are much lower in countries like Taiwan, Korea

and China than the interest rates in India. The companies in India pay four times higher interest rates and have to compete with them on a global scale, Singh added. “India has strong intellectual, human resource. The government has to invest in ‘Research and Development’ to give a lot of support to innovation. Indians are working for global electronics and space companies and proving themselves. A tablet does not cost more than 10 dollars in high volumes if right ecosystem is created. We are trying to indigenous the product and bring down the costs with local LCD and other component manufacturing,” he added. Talking about the Quad Electronics, he said, it is a Rs.100 crore company with 1,000 employees. The growth rate is 20 to 25 per cent year after year. It also manufactures lighting products and computer peripherals for multinational companies and export to Europe and the USA.

HCL’s net jumps 43 pc NEW DELHI: IT company HCL Technologies on Tuesday posted 43.3 per cent jump in net profit to Rs 572.7 crore for the quarter ended on December 31, 2011. The company’s net profit stood at Rs 399.7 crore in the October-December quarter of 2010, HCL Technologies said in a statement. The company follows July-June fiscal year. HCL Tech’s revenues stood at Rs 5,245.2 crore during the reporting quarter, up 34.9 percent from Rs 3,888.4 crore in the same quarter of FY11. “HCL continues to increase its market share both qualitatively and quantitatively by leveraging its multi-service capability …This combined with 18 new transformational deal wins bears testimony to the uniqueness of HCL’s business model in the current environment,” company’s Vice-Chairman and CEO Vineet Nayar said. The board has declared an interim dividend of Rs 2 per equity share of Rs 2 face value. The company’s cash and cashequivalents stood at Rs 601 crore as on 31 December, 2011. “The sequential margin expansion of 150 basis points and EBIT and EPS growth of 42.6 per cent and 29 per cent year-on-year respectively in this quarter is a result of our continued investment in busi-

Sensex bullish ness that has resulted in higher returns for our shareholders,” HCL Tech CFO Anil Chanana said. Going forward, the company remains watchful of the volatile currency movements and will continue with its layered hedging policy, he added. “As the uncertainty around economic environment continues, the world will demand companies to be deeply conscious of the accompanying social sensitivities,” HCL Tech Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Shiv Nadar said. “As economies contract and the job environment remains challenged, we at HCL are com-

mitted to creating local jobs, contributing to the welfare of local communities and pushing the pedal on enterprise philanthropy in continuing cognizance of our social responsibility,” Nadar said. During the quarter, the company added 7,804 (gross) and 2,556 (net) employees, taking its total headcount to 83,076 by the end of 31 December, 2011. HCL signed 18 deals with total contract value exceeding USD 1 billion this quarter. These deals were across sectors like BFSI, Healthcare and Aerospace and include AstraZeneca, BD and CEVA.

MUMBAI: The BSE benchmark Sensex rose by 198 points in early trade on Tuesday on sustained buying by funds and retail investors, buoyed by easing inflation and a firming trend on other Asian bourses. The 30-share BSE index, which gained almost 152 points in the previous two sessions, rallied further by 198.14 points, or 1.22 per cent, to 16,387.50, with all sectoral indices, led by auto and capital goods, trading in the positive zone. The wide-based National Stock Exchange Nifty Index moved up by 61.30 points to 4,935.20 points. Brokers said continued buying by participants triggered by easing inflation which fell to a two-year low of 7.47 per cent in

December and reports of a firming trend on the other Asian bourses following China's fasterthan-expected growth in the fourth quarter, supported the upside in stock prices. In the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose by 0.93 per cent and Japan's Nikkei Index by 0.63 per cent in morning trade on Tuesday. The rupee strengthened by 32 paise to 51.05 per dollar on the Interbank Foreign Exchange market in early trade today, supported by continued foreign fund inflows. The rupee had gained 15 paise to close at nearly one-and-a-half month high of 51.37/38 against the dollar on Monday on the back of late recovery in equities and mild dollar selling.



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Editorials CHINA-LIKE CENSOR will take us backward


ocial networking websites are being pulled up by the Delhi High Court for their non-compliance with orders to remove ‘objectionable’ content that may hurt feelings of religious communities or persons. The court has also warned of a ‘China-like censorship’ if they fail to do so. We have come a long way since the preIndependence British censorship and the Emergency era censorship. Every opinion in public domain is for or against some entity or the other. China is a real life example of an Orwellian 1984 system — where projected image is a far cry from the rot within. Instead of allowing wafer-thin sensitivities to dictate the limits of criticism, we should emulate the model of Scandinavian nations where freedom of expression is paramount. Suppressing criticism doesn’t bode well for a democracy, and China definitely is not the way.

The reluctant believer and faith cast in stone SOUL CURRY Sumaa Tekur


hen Marty accepted the Golden Globe for Best Director for his animated film Hugo, he thanked his wife for telling him: “Why don’t you make a movie that our daughter can watch for a change.” With this win Marty has proven, beyond a shadow of doubt, that the medium does not matter, only the auteur does. We loved him when he made Mean Streets, we adored Raging Bull, we danced in triumph with The Last Waltz, and we were awe-struck by Goodfellas. All we hope is that his Midas touch is eternal.

ts’ the stuff legends are made of — the idea that you wish for something, send that wish out into the cosmos and believe that the universe takes charge to make it happen for you. I spent the last day of 2011 thinking of wishes, legends, stories that live down the generations and, of course, of that string of hope each of us invariably learns to hold on to. We befriend this hope in the most trying of circumstances and draw strength from it to survive the mundane of daily life. Though life is largely made up of the mundane, opportunities to let the faith within us take over are not that common. Amid the restless history and stark beauty I came face to face with in north Karnataka village Hampi, I was struck by how believers had not missed an opportunity to perpetuate a myth. They were taking a chance but losing nothing in the bargain. The place was the Lotus Mahal on a largely cloudy Saturday afternoon, overcrowded with troupes of schoolchildren on, perhaps, their annual picnic from the nearby village. I walked through the temple and palace complexes imagining stories of the kings and queens of the Vijayanagar Empire hiding in the folds of the ruins — behind the carved stone pillars, beneath intricate structures and in the many layers that make up the soul of Hampi. At one corner of this very large complex stood the magnificent Lotus Mahal. I walked around the structure, trying to imagine what the place might have looked like in its heyday – with kings and queens strolling here majestically in their royal silk robes. I lingered for some time and found a corner from where I could get a strategic view of the Mahal. At the corner, I spotted something strange. Small stones (mostly picked up from the ruins) were stacked up in piles of 3 and 4 all over what once might have been a large room. It was not a huge pit and every few inches, stones were piled up. I overheard a gentleman passing by say that the belief is to make a wish, stack up some stones here, and

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The story on Tirupataiah’s fate was indeed heart breaking. It’s a pity that people like him are being pushed towards committing crimes to fend for themselves. Now, I am not sure if one should praise Pistol Patel for shooting at Tirupataiah or take pity on the latter for attempting such crimes out of desperation. I am sure there are thousands like him in Hyderabad who are living on the edge everyday. I feel that we will all be collectively responsible for their fate and unless we, as a society, do something about it, I don’t see how such issues can be solved. HK Shivkumar Mehdipatnam

After failing people’s expectations in almost all departments, the government is now trying to stave off disaster at upcoming byelections by presenting a populist budget. The CM must first get his house in order by stopping the ministers from fighting amongst themselves. All the allegations against each presents a very bad picture before people who want to invest in the State. The CM must also firmly deal with the Telangana agitation so that life of the public is not affected. Ramaiah Hyderabad

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the wish will come true. With me were four friends, of which two decided not to do anything about it. Two other friends made a wish and, in a ritual of sorts, stacked the stones. I wasn’t sure. Here we were, listening to a passerby and taking his word for it. What if it was one big sham? I began wondering: even then, so what if it is? It’s faith that makes it or mars it. We’re only

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using the stones as a physical, outer world expression of our inner belief system. The romance of this idea got a grip on me. I went back, stacked three stones one on top of the other, made a wish and walked away. The fact now, however, is that I cannot remember what I wished for. And that’s probably how faith works best. If it’s meant to be, it will be. On this, I have complete faith.

Prisoners department? I was a bit confused by ‘Prisoners Department’ stall at the numaish, as mentioned in the story on the issue dated 14-12012. Who is it that actually makes all that stuff, the prisoners or the wardens? That too when the name of the department is prominently displayed at the front portion of the stall. You newspapers poke fun at people who make mistakes despite all their best efforts to do a good job. What do you have to same about the confusion you create? Shyam Srinivas Krishnanagar



In the story, A Room of One’s Own dated January7, a quote was wrongly attributed to Sridala Swami. The error is deeply regretted.

nIn the story Made-in-jail is a brand, dated January 14, Andhra Pradesh Prisons Department was mentioned as Andhra Pradesh Prisoners Department. Any misconception due to the error is regretted. It is Postnoon’s policy to correct errors swiftly and fairly



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Too much or too little iron bad for brain

Decoding Alzheimer’s Ranjani Rajendra


ou’ve idolised him all your life. He’s the one who held your hand and taught you to walk, stood by you through thick and thin, attended every sports day and parent teacher meet and soothed every scraped knee. He was the proudest when you graduated and happiest when your pay cheque was fatter than his. But today, your dad

fails to recognise you even as you desperately try to remind him of the days when you were a little girl playing on his knee. The situation is similar for every Alzheimer’s patient’s family. A form of dementia, Alzheimer’s affects a person’s memory, behaviour and cognitive abilities. What’s worse is, it gets worse gradually over time, making it extremely difficult to cope with for both the patient and his/her family. “While the exact causes of Alzheimer’s Disease are not known, there are certain risk factors associated with the condition,” says Dr Amitav Ray, consultant neurosurgeon

at Apollo Hospital, adding, “Alzheimer’s as we know is one of the causes of pre-senile dementia. But it is not a normal part of ageing.”

Risk Factors Alzheimer’s is generally related to age, although it is not a normal part of ageing. Having a family history of AD can also put you at higher risk. There are certain genes like that are linked to AD. “According to some studies, lifestyle habits like smoking, alcohol consumption and failing to stimulate the brain can also be some of the causes of AD,” says Dr Sudhir Kumar, a neurologist.

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WASHINGTON: Iron plays a vital role in the development of the brain — too little can result in cognitive problems, too much promotes degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide, causing poor cognitive achievement in school-aged children. Now it has been found to affect the brain’s physical structure as well. Paul Thompson, professor of neurology at the University of California Los Angeles, and colleagues measured levels of transferrin, a protein that transports iron throughout the body and brain, in adolescents. Since both a deficiency and an excess of iron can negatively impact brain function, the body’s regulation of iron transport to the brain is crucial, the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports.

The signs usually point at cognitive difficulties and mental function. Some of the early signs of AD include: n Difficulty performing tasks that take some thought, but used to come easily, such as simple calculations, playing complex games (such as bridge), and learning new information or routines n Getting lost on completely familiar routes n Trouble naming familiar objects or recalling names n Finding it difficult to evoke interest to do things that one previously enjoyed, mood swings n Misplacing items n Personality changes and loss of social skills As the AD gets worse so do the symptoms: n Change in sleep patterns n Delusions, depression, agitation n Difficulty doing basic tasks n Difficulty reading or writing n Forgetting events in your own life n Hallucinations, arguments, striking out and violent behaviour n Poor judgment and loss of ability to recognise danger n Avoiding from social contact

When iron levels are low, the liver produces more transferrin for increased iron transport. The researchers wanted to know whether brain structure in healthy adults was also dependent on transferrin levels, according to a California statement. “We found that healthy brain wiring in adults depended on having good iron levels in your teenage years,” said Thompson, member of California’s Lab of Neuro Imaging. “This connection was a lot stronger than we expected, especially as we were looking at people who were young and healthy — none of them would be considered iron-deficient. We also found a connection with a gene that explains why this is so. The gene itself seems to affect brain wiring, which was a big surprise,” he said. Thompson’s findings are based on MRI scans on 615 healthy youngadult twins and siblings, who had an average age of 23. By averaging the subjects’ transferrin levels, which had been assessed repeatedly — at 12, 14 and 16 years of age — the researchers estimated iron availability to the brain during adolescence, Thompson said.



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Stay in touch with news to live longer LONDON: People who stay up-to-date with news and current affairs are more health-conscious and will live longer, says a new study. The study found that people who were most exposed to newspaper, television and the internet had healthier diets than those who were less well informed, the Daily Mail reported. More than 1,000 adults were interviewed in the study. The researchers found that people most exposed to news and mass media consumed a healthier diet, with greater quantities of fruit and fish that reduced the risk of obesity, heart disease and cancer. Past research has often suggested that mass media can have a negative impact on health.


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For instance, TV viewing has been linked to physical inactivity and snacking, the major risk factors for obesity and heart disease. But the latest findings suggest that TV programmes, addressing health issues, can also make people more health conscious. The participants completed a questionnaire on mass media usage, from TV viewing to newspaper and magazine reading and surfing the internet, which was then analysed alongside medical, lifestyle and dietary data. Findings showed people more inquisitive about current affairs had better diets. Scientist Giovanni de Gaetano supported the contribution of mass media in increasing awareness

about health. “Information delivered by mass media may appear fragmented or imprecise, especially when we talk about health and prevention. Our study has however provided data which may turn out to be very useful in a period in which to combat obesity increase, unhealthy dietary habits and diffused laziness we are urged to find new ways to communicate health.” “We should stop being suspicious of mass media. The next step will be to evaluate the single sources of information and to study the changes that the internet is introducing in the way people, mainly the youngest, get informed on health topics.” The study has been published in the International Journal of Public Health. IANS

e all worry about how to keep a check on cholesterol. Listed are some tips to help you eat well and manage your cholesterol. n Spreads and margarines made from canola, sunflower or olive oil and dairy blends are a better bet than butter. n Use reduced, low or no fat milk, yoghurt, custard and desserts, or calcium added non-dairy food and drinks. It’s better to limit your intake of ice cream. n Limit the quantity of processed meats, including sausages, and deli meats, such as salami. n Eat lean meat. Lean meat is meat trimmed of fat and poultry without skin. n Ditch the salt and snack on plain, unsalted nuts and fresh fruits instead. n A variety of salad dressing, mayonnaise and oils made from canola, sunflower, soybean, olive, sesame and peanut oils can be used. n Limit your intake of fatty and sugary foods to once a week. n Incorporate dried peas dried beans, canned beans or lentils into at least two meals a week. n Eat plenty of vegetables n Choose wholegrain breads, cereal, pasta, rice and noodles. n Try to limit foods such as liver, and kidneys and eat up to six eggs every week.

Eat from a red plate to lose weight: Study

Why do we fumble at times in recognising faces?

LONDON: People who eat from a red plate

LONDON: Do you easily recognise every-

or drink from red cups cut their food intake by 40 percent, says a new study. The study carried out by German and Swiss researchers said the colour red may encourage diners to avoid snacking because it is commonly associated with the idea of “danger, prohibition and stop”, the Daily Mail reported. The researchers suggested the governments and food industry could use red packaging on unhealthy foods as a deterrent, and could even use red colour in pubs to prevent people from drinking too much. In the study, 41 male students were asked to drink tea from cups marked with red or blue labels. They drank 44 per cent less from cups with red labels. Another 109 people were given 10 pretzels


each on either a red, blue or white plate. Those with a red plate ate fewer pretzels. The results were published in the journal IANS Appetite.

one you’ve ever met, or do you struggle, even with familiar faces? It is already known that we are better at recognising faces from our own race but researchers have only recently questioned how we assimilate the information we use to recognise people. New research by the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus has shown that when it comes to recognising people, the Malaysian Chinese have adapted their facial recognition techniques to cope with living in a multicultural environment. Chrystalle Tan, doctoral student in psychology at Nottingham-Malaysia, who led the study, said: “The traditional view is that people recognise faces by looking in turn at each eye and then the mouth.” “While Westerners are learning what each

separate part of the face looks like — a strategy that could be useful in populations where hair and eye colour vary dramatically, mainland Chinese use a mixture of both techniques suggesting an increased familiarity with otherrace faces which enhances their recognition abilities,” said Tan.“ The ability to recognise different faces may have social and evolutionary advantages. IANS

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Have you met The Triotonos? When two Germans and two Indians chanced upon each other, they found a common love — music. Indira Atluri


s we walk into the empty open-air stadium in the afternoon, we see the four talented musicians doing the sound check to ensure that their musical presentation remains a memorable experience for the city-folk. Our request for a short interview was promptly accepted by the band, and we began our conversation. It took us no time to realize that their day started with an early morning tour of Hyderabad. There was absolutely no sign of fatigue, and even if there ever was, it was but well camouflaged. They call themselves, The Triotonos and combine the genres of Latin Jazz,

Flamenco and World Music to create a music that is experimental and new-age by definition. Speaking a common language to them is not as important as understanding the grammar of the music that they play. Max Clouth, the guitarist is German, Marc-Inti Männel Saavedra on the bass is half Bolivian and half German, Anup Joshi, the tabla player hails from Pune, and Vaibhav Wavikar, the youngest band member is from Mumbai. As the four musicians share their experiences with us, we realize that their chance encounter was more than just a casual meeting — it was meant to be for the love of music. Marc's foray into music started on the piano at 13, and when he was

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asked to play the base for a band in college, he readily accepted. Max handled his first guitar when he was seven, and by 15, he found himself practicing more often. Anup tutored with Ustad Alla Rakha Khan and then with Zakir Hussain. Vaibhav who iconizes Trilok Gurthu worked with the likes of Dave Weckl and Gregory Hutchinson. Pursuing the last year in an advertising course, Vaibhav displays his modesty when he expresses his belief that he is yet to learn a lot in music. We asked the band on how they co-ordinate their musical gigs living in different parts of the world. There is a thunderous laughter, after which Max tells us, “It is incredible, but all I can say is

that it just happens. There are two periods in the year when we come together. The months of December, January and February are when we work together in India.” Max, who has been living in India for the last two years adds, “Marc and I do a lot of music together, but in India, we need to book a place six months well in advance.” Adds Anup, “The only one missing here is Marc and we are pestering him to come here. And if he does, there will more music than ever.” On how the two German musicians find India, Max opines, “Living in this country for two years has been exciting and challenging to me. There is nothing predictable in the country here, unlike in Germany where

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everything is so organized to the point of becoming boring.” This is the first time that Triotonos is performing in Hyderabad. On their first impression of the city, the four members of the band are all praise. Says, Marc, “The roads are good, and the heritage places we went to are just amazing. We love the city, and are excited about today's evening performance.” Max and Marc teach music when they are not playing it, Anup owns a tabla institute in Pune and Vaibhav enjoys doing his gigs in local pubs when he is not studying. And the four together believe that they speak the most beautiful language of music, that is perhaps not understood by all but definitely experienced.

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Because you are what you wear


Off! Sana Mirza


ack in the 1900s, only beggars were seen bareheaded. Up until World War II, rarely was a man of class and status seen without a hat on his head. The hat was as much a part of his wardrobe as his starched shirts, his leather belts or his silk ties. Hats were given quite a bit of importance with their names rich in character and historical in association like the bowler, or derby, with the rigid shape of an upended bean pot, was given the name after a 19th-century English earl who was known to have popularised the style or the fedora, whose name came from a play, written for Sarah Bernhardt by the French dramatist Victorien Sardou. Then the hat went the way of the dodo with veteran fashion icons swearing that it was President John F. Kennedy who put a full stop to the trend. Whatever the reason may be men’s hats can be a very fash-

ionable accessory for any outfit. Designer Zubin Vakil believes that even though India is a tropical country, the hat culture is far from being popular here. “There is no such thing as dressing culture in India. Wearing a hat is so sophisticated. The vibes that a man who wears a hat exudes is that of him being well-travelled, educated and someone who is well updated in terms of fashion.” “But in India, we make fun of people who wear hats,” he rues. Hat-friendly entertainers like Justin Timberlake, Neo and Usher have helped acquaint youngsters with the idea that hats might be cool, ergo making them a popular accessory. In cold climate, a warm winter hat is a must or a Harris Tweed Ivy cap which makes for a good head gear on a sunny day. With the variety of choices and styles out there, men hats have seen resurgence in recent years. Designer Neelam Ashley believes that not everyone can carry a hat. “Personally I love

Not so much a popular accessory among Indian men but hats spell sophistication, comfort and style for those who know how to wear it

hats. But it depends solely on your structure. Not every man can look good wearing a hat. It should suit his personality and determine his attitude,” says Neelam, adding, “The fedora is a trendsetting icon. The ladies love a well dressed guy in a fedora. Its a nice semicasual hat but its not that easy to pull off either. Men who are tall can pull it off very easily. For anyone shorter, it will just eclipse his height even more.” It is often said that women judge men based on the kind of shoes they wear. While shoes may be coated with mud or even look worn out, hats take over the role of making you look stylish and reasonably smart. Remember: Most women like men in stylish hats which do not bear school mascot logos or carry beer endorsements. Thus, a hat – a real hat – is what counts to be a sure shot winter in your wardrobe this season.


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emakes have always been an integral part of Venkatesh’s 26 year old career. The good part about such films is that he makes almost any story his own and delivers endearing performances. Right from Chanti to the recent Adavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule,the actor has been riding high on his ability to evoke sympathy from the audience for the characters he portrays on screen. His latest film Bodyguard is no different. Directed by Gopichand Malineni, the film is a faithful remake of the original Malayalam version of the same name. Trisha is Venkatesh’s co-star in the film and it’s her third film with the actor after Adavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule and Namo Venkatesha. Venkatesh stars as Venkatadri, a bodyguard by profession. His uncle sends him to Varadarajula Naidu (Prakash Raj) under the pretext that there’s a threat to Varadarajula Naidu’s life.Venkatadri considers Naidu as his saviour and immediately goes on the mission. Keerthi (Trisha), daughter of Varadarajula Naidu and Swathi (Saloni) are thick friends and study together in the same college. When Varadarajula Naidu realises Keerthi’s life has been threatened, he appoints Venkatadri as her bodyguard. The rest of the story is about what happens next when Venkatadri ends up studying in Keerthi's college. Unlike most other remakes in his career, Venkatesh lets Trisha hog the limelight for most part of the film. He dazzles in a couple of action sequences and tickles the funny bone quite a few times in the first half of the film where most part of the story happens in a college. There’s even a scene where Venkatesh and Ali dress up like women to enter a women’s hostel in search of an anonymous caller. Moments like these make sure that the film has enough humour before both Venkatesh and Trisha tug hearts in the second half of the movie. In the film, Keerthi poses as an anonymous caller and distracts Venkatadri so that he loosens up a bit. At one point of time, Keerthi realises that Venkatadri has immense respect for her and falls for him. Venkatadri never finds out who the anonymous caller is until the very end and that twist is sure to take the viewers by surprise, if this is the first time they are watching the film. Bodyguard isn’t the kind of film which would make you think or melt your hearts, but it has a bit of everything to keep you glued to your seats. On the other side, the love story between Venkatadri and Keerthi drags on a tad bit too long; however, a well etched climax saves the day. Both Venkatesh and Trisha deliver good performances and the duo share great on-screen chemistry especially in the songs. Saloni, who plays a crucial role in the film, is good and it’s a pity that we don’t get to see her more often. Prakash Raj, Subbaraju, Ali and Pragathi Rajkumar do justice to their roles. Gopichand Malineni does a decent job in terms of remaking a successful film. The performances are natural and Gopichand handles the emotional scenes quite well. Thaman’s music is good and a few songs are quite melodious. Kona Venkat’s dialogues are noteworthy. Bodyguard makes for a good watch if you haven’t seen the other versions. More than the plot, it’s the performances of the lead cast which manage to hold the film together. Few things never get boring and Venkatesh’s performance is among them. Don’t besurprised if you see the person next to you wiping his or her tears in the middle ofthe film.



VENKATESH, TRISHA STEAL HEARTS, AGAIN! Movie: Bodyguard Cast: Venkatesh, Trisha, Saloni Director: Gopichand Malineni Rating:

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demands `2.5 crores?

@pnavdeep26 The greatest question ever!! Which no one has been able to answer!! ...... Is..... “what does a woman want?? “


ver since Nayanthara hinted that Sri Rama Rajyam will be the end of her acting career, there seems to be renewed interest among producers to sign her up for their films. Recently, at an event, she was the cynosure of all eyes and several leading film personalities like S P Balasubramaniam and Dasari Narayana Rao praised her performances as Sita in Bapu’s Sri Rama Rajyam. Few days after the event, when a top producer approached Nayanthara to convince her to play the lead role in a film, the actress reportedly demanded a remuneration of Rs 2.5 crores, much to the producer’s shock. The highest remuneration for actresses in South doesn’t usually exceed Rs 1.5 crores. So, this has led to the speculation that demanding an exorbitant amount was Nayanthara’s way of saying no to the offer. It remains to be seen if she’ll reconsider her stance of giving up her acting career in near future.

@shraddhadas43 Watching another highly recommended film tonight! Udaan

@shrutihaasan Super day at work! Now unwinding before I head to Chennai! Super busy days coming up! Exciting!


Nippu’s audio Vettai to be dubbed launch delayed in Telugu A

fter two Sankranthi releases Businessman and Bodyguard made waves lastweekend, all eyes are now on Ravi Teja’s upcoming film Nippu. Lastyear, Ravi Teja starrer Mirapakay was a huge hit and this year, he has teamed up for the first time with Gunasekhar for an action entertainer titled Nippu. Deeksha Seth is his co-star. The film’s shooting was completed within four months and currently a song is being canned on the lead pair. We hear that the film’s audio will be released on January 19, after a long delay. S S Thaman, the music director of the film, is quite excited about this film and it’s his fifth film with Ravi Teja after Kick, Anjaneyulu, Mirapakay and Veera. The film is going to hit the screens on February 2.



ingusamy’s recent Tamil film Vettai is soon going to be dubbed in Telugu. Arya, Madhavan, Sameera Reddy and Amala Paul have played lead roles in this mass entertainer which released in Tamil Nadu on January 14. Lingusamy’s earlier film Aawara, starring Karthi and

Tamannaah was a hit in Telugu and with a promising star cast, his latest film Vettai might do good business in Telugu as well. UTV Motion Pictures which produced the Tamil version is reportedly so happy with the film that plans are being made to remake Vettai in Hindi as well.

I thank u all for making Business man the biggest hit ever and am very happy to inform u that Ranbir Kapoor is seeing the film.

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I’ll let my work do the talking: Akshaye


kshaye Khanna is a man of few words and lets his work do the talking. “No matter how good an actor you are, if you don’t have strong content, you can’t do anything. And even if you are a very bad actor and if you have solid content, you will manage to do something. That’s the

point,” said Akshaye, who has been in the industry for the past 15 years. The actor, who started off as a main stream actor with Himalay Putra in 1997, has proved his versatility with films like Taal, Dil Chahta Hai and Gandhi My Father. Many of his films didn’t do well at the box office, but the actor is unper-

turbed and believes in picking up only those films with strong content. He doesn’t sign too many films so, what keeps him busy? “Normal things. I sleep a lot. I am a great sleeper. I can sleep for 13 to 14 hours and that keeps me busy. I also love to do gardening,” he said. “I don’t like to go to parties...I am not that kind of a person. I don’t enjoy partying. I would rather be at home, watch TV, read a book,” says Akshaye. The 36-year-old is ready for his first release of the year, “Gali Gali Chor Hai”, which is about corruption and the plot revolves around a common man stuck in a rut. “It sounds depressing, but it’s a hilarious film,” he said. “In the film, I am the person who is trying to get out but can’t. My character keeps paying, paying, and paying and he reaches a point where he has to sell his house. Wife leaves him. He is destroyed totally.” The film is said to be inspired by 1994 Laadla.

Farhan finds awards fair T

he awards season has started and with it returns the debate whether they are genuine or rigged. Actor-director Farhan Akhtar believes attending an award function is a proof that you do believe in their authenticity.

“When you attend awards every year, it is proof enough that you do believe in the people who are in the jury or the audience. So I attend with the belief that it is a fair system. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have attended,” the 38-yearold said at an event here.

Farhan’s directorial venture Don 2: The King is Back and his sister Zoya’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara are in the fray for the Filmare Best Film award. Farhan produced both Don 2 as well as Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. -IANS

My kids are also my competitors: Shah Rukh Khan


hah Rukh Khan has bagged two awards at the Screen awards recently and the superstar is happy not only for himself but also for his kids who he says are also his competitors. “It feels nice to win awards. There is a sense of competition with my kids because they win prizes for racing, taekwondo, riding etc. So I’ll go home and show my kids that even I have won two awards,” the 46-yearold actor said here at the awards function. He bagged popular choice best actor for Don 2: The King Is Back and best jodi award for his pairing with Priyanka Chopra. Meanwhile, Shah Rukh had two releases this year and both

the films — Ra. One and Don 2 — crossed the Rs.100 crore-mark at the box office.He says he does not work for money and added: “I understand the rupees and crores less and you understand it even lesser. Please don’t ask me questions on crores and stuff like that. I have been working hard for 20 years and only work to make the public happy. “Hopefully, this year too I’ll work with the same motive and not count numbers. Telephones have numbers and not actors, producers.” SRK is currently working in Yash Chopra’s next untitled film with Katrina Kaif. He is also co-producing Student Of the Year with his long time friend Karan Johar.

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Akshay comes out in support of Dhoni


ctor Akshay Kumar, coming out in support of Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the India captain received criticism over his bad performance in the Australia series, said everyone has to face good and bad phases in life. “Dhoni, don’t worry, true lovers of Indian cricket are


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behind you in every step of the way man. Everyone’s gotta hit Rock Bottom, it’s the only way one can storm it back to the Top... just think about the series, day by day, dear friend. Everything else comes later dude... (sic),” the 44-year-old posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. “Everyone let’s back the Boyz we love so much, come on, none of us are perfect at our jobs everyday of the month, it’s support they need not criticism. Do what you can Boyz, India’s waiting for you & always with you,” he further posted. India lost the third test against Australia by an innings and 37 runs in Perth Sunday and before that they faced a whitewash in England last year. The bad performance on the field has upset the cricket fans and others who are blaming Dhoni’s laid-back attitude for the losses.

Buttering up God is not enough: Hrithik A

ctor Hrithik Roshan, whose Agneepath is coming out next week, believes that seeking divine intervention before a big release is important, but insists that this alone is not enough to make a film successful. “Before the release of my father’s films, I go to Shirdi. I have been to Vaishno Devi once or twice. But I have realised that buttering up god on just one day is not enough. It is important to make an honest effort every single day of your life and that itself is enough to please the gods,” the 38-year-old actor said at a function here. Agneepath is slated to release Jan 26 and stars Sanjay Dutt and Priyanka Chopra. IANS


‘Har Pal’

hooting Har Pal with Shiney Ahuja may not have been an experience worth cherishing for Preity Zinta. But the actress, who had apparently vowed to stay away from all things Shiney, has now decided to promote their film together. Confirming this, Shiney says: “We’re looking at May or June for release because before that Preity is busy with the IPL (Indian Premier League).” “As far as I’m concerned, there was never any problem with Preity. She’s a lovely person. When I was

going through my legal stress, she had sent across a message of support. I’ve finished my dubbing for ‘Har Pal’ and so has she. We will now work towards releasing the film. It’s an important film for both of us, and for director Jahnu Barua,” he added. Shiney’s got into trouble after his maid filed a complaint saying he raped her. The actor was arrested on June 15, 2009, after preliminary medical tests on the girl confirmed sexual assault. Shiney refuses to accept that the makers of his stalled

set for summer release



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films were playing the wait-andwatch game. “I don’t think my personal problems affect my work. People won’t watch Ghost or Har Pal because they feel sympathetic towards me. Neither will they stay away because they dislike me,” he said. Remind him that leading ladies invariably had a problem working with him and Shiney said: “I was and I continue to be a professional on the sets. The problem, as you describe it, was never from my side. I got along with all my leading ladies from Chitrangada Singh to Sushmita Sen to Preity and Kangna Ranaut. “In fact, Kangna has gone on record after my troubles to say she would gladly work with me again. So I don’t know who were the leading ladies who had a problem with me. I was always fully focused on that stretch of time between ‘action’ and ‘cut’. And I still am.” Shiney, 37, has truly put the stress of conviction and incarceration behind him for now. - IANS

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I’m not right as a Bond girl: Naomie Harris A

ctress Naomie Harris, who plays field agent Eve in upcoming James Bond movie Skyfall”, initially thought that she is not right for the part. “To be honest, I don’t think I’d be very good at such a role. What drew me to this was the opportunity to play a new kind of Bond Girl,” Harris, 35, was quoted as saying.

A film on Osama’s death by Bigelow?


long with Australian actor Joel Edgerton, American film director Kathryn Bigelow is working on a film on Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s death, says megastar Amitabh Bachchan. The 69-year-old played a perfect host to filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Edgerton who visited him Sunday. “Evening visit by Joel Edgerton, colleague in The Great Gatsby

doing film on killing of Osama, directed by (Kathryn) Bigelow of ‘Hurt Locker’,” Bachchan posted on Twitter. “Errrmmm... a clarification in case you have read me wrong... that’s Joel doing film on Osama with Bigelow ... not me (sic)!,” he added. The actor got the chance to work with Edgerton in director Baz Luhrman’s latest production The Great Gatsby.

Angelina Jolie to be part of Almodovar’s film


ctress Angelina Jolie managed to get a promise from Spanish director Pedro Almodovar during an event in Los Angeles for directors competing for the Golden Globe for best foreign language film that he would include her in one of his future projects. Jolie interrupted an interview she was doing at the entrance of Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre to ask Almodovar, who was arriving, for a role in one of his future films. “When are you going to give me a part? Someday?” Jolie asked the director of Hable con ella (2002). “Don’t worry, you’re young,” a surprised Almodovar replied. “But you promise that someday?” Jolie said. “Yes, absolutely. This is a commitment in front of the cameras,” Almodovar said, reminding the actress that they met in Los Angeles when she had just finished Girl, Interrupted (1999) and he had released Todo sobre mi madre (1999). Jolie and Almodovar won Oscars for those films, with the American actress garnering the Academy Award for Best

Supporting Actress and the Spanish director winning the Oscar for best foreign film. “I love her,” Almodovar said later, adding that he was working on a project set in New York that could be filmed in the US in English if “the right script” can be found.

“In 2012, there’s a need to have female characters who are equal to that. Otherwise it would be totally imbalanced and no one would care about the relationships Bond has. I love the way it’s developed in that way. Those Bond Girls in the sixties and seventies might have been good back then, but they wouldn’t be seen as very PC now,” she added.


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Happy Birthday Jim Carrey! This is an actor who can make you cry as easily as he can make you laugh. In the 33 years that Jim Carrey has worked in Hollywood, he has had over 47 movies to his credit. Today, as he turns 49, we take a look at some of his best works

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


arrey played the role of Joel Barish who is a meek, responsible guy, often shocked and frustrated with his girlfriend’s behaviour . Quite unlike Carrey, right? Even in his more serious films like The Truman Show, there is a bit of Ace Ventura seeping through but his antics in the film were quite mild in comparison to his other films. This was one film that established him as a versatile actor.

The Truman Show his film was clearly Jim Carrey's first bid to break away from the comic tag and be considered as a serious actor. As much credit goes to the script which was nothing short of splendid, Carrey's performance was both understated and effective. Towards the end, it is he who provides most of the emotional pay-off.


A Series of Unfortunate Events


n this film he played the role of Count Olaf, an outrageously diabolical actor and master of disguise who is determined to swindle the Baudelaire orphans out of their fortune. A megalomaniac who we intended to hate but liked him nonetheless. It’s impossible to visualize any other actor pulling off what Carrey managed to do in the film.

Ace Ventura


his was Jim Carrey's first leading movie which went on to prove that he is man's best friend for laughs. It was a non-stop romp of comedy pratfalls, one-liners and of course Carrey's priceless facial expressions. For two hours you will forget about the world and its problems, while you laugh uncontrollably at Ace Ventura and his antics.

The Mask


eleased in 1994, the film was directed by Chuck Russell and it instantly catapulted Jim Carrey’s popularity among youth and children to greater heights. Jim Carrey stars as Stanely Ipkiss, a clerk in a bank who acquires superpowers when he wears a mask. His antics and dazzling special effects were a huge hit with the audience. Mixing quirkiness with astounding body language, Jim Carrey’s performance in the film was epic to say the least. The popularity of the film spawned a sequel with a different star cast; however it was a miserable failure at box-office.


Chai Time


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



Take a shot at the brain game while sipping your cuppa


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DOWN 1 Agree out of court 2 "___ My God to Thee" 3 Bearish 4 Takes the bait 5 Budding prospect? 6 Waldorf salad ingredient 7 "Everybody lift together!" 8 " ___ la Douce" 9 African antelope 10 1/192 qt. 11 "The Phantom Menace" title part 12 Playing a part from 13 More than acquiesces 21 How many like their beer 22 Apprehend 27 Amounts of laughter 29 Diamond or ruby 30 Front closing?

31 Where you might drop off a child 32 ___-Kettering Institute 33 Start of many Brazilian city names 35 When depositions are taken 36 Awkward to carry 37 Tel. book figures 38 Furniture mover's aid 39 Basketball stat 43 FF opposite 44 Gung-ho 45 Having wings 46 Go back on a deal 47 Better honed 49 Set of princi-


ples 50 "... but to no ___" 53 Part of Q.E.D. 54 Glow 55 Thorny bloom 57 ___ Cruces, N.M. PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER

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Lots of prosperous opportunities to knock your door. Derive maximum benefits from them lies in your hands. You will gain importance in International level. Your stock is set to pile up.

People of high esteem will back you strongly. Comforts will increase. Deficit financial situation will improve to a comfortable situation. You will involve in social services and earn good name.

Financial inflow will increase. Happy events to take place at home. Troubles created by relatives and other jealous persons will be over. Major debts will get cleared.





The World – Your wishes are all coming true soon. You need to stay positive and think of all the wishes that you truly want for your life.

Five of Swords – Avoid conflict situa‑ tions. Even if you try to explain your point of view, those around you may not see your perspective. Be patient.

Queen of Swords – You are likely to feel lonely today. You miss the company of friends and people you like. Keep busy by doing things you enjoy.




Nine of Swords – You havenʼt been sleeping well and itʼs showing on your health. Check your sleep pattern and bring necessary changes to your rest time.

The Sun – Youʼre cheerful and feeling upbeat. Youʼre hum‑ ming a tune all day and have everything in control. Enjoy the day, and also spread the good cheer.

Three of Wands – There are times when, after the wait, ev‑ erything seems like itʼs going by too fast. Itʼs ironic because youʼve waited all this while for things to move.




The Devil – Youʼre tempted to indulge! You want to go out and have a good time when you should actually be working towards meet‑ ing a deadline. Make a wise choice!

The High Priestess – Your intuition is over‑powering and itʼs taking you places. You have no option but to go with the flow. Give in, and itʼll all be fine.

Justice – Youʼre in a position of power and at a time when the present is setting right many things from the past. Donʼt keep very high expec‑ tations. Just be.




Seven of Cups – Money is in focus. Youʼve managed your finances well and have accounted for everything smartly. A windfall will give you even better ideas.

The Star – Thereʼs a ray of hope amidst all these clouds and thatʼs what you should be holding on to. Even if plans go awry, keep the faith and march ahead.

Ten of Wands – Youʼre taking on too much, and you have very high expectations of your en‑ vironment. People will not behave the way you want them to always.

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Peterhansel wins 10th Dakar title I was starting to doubt myself, to think I was growing too old for this, that I’d lost it or that I wasn’t made for South America... and in the end everything turned out fine! Stephane Peterhansel

France’s driver Stephane Peterhansel (C) sprays champagn on his team on the podium to celebrate their victory in the 2012 Dakar Rally car category in Lima, Peru,

LIMA: There was double French delight on the Dakar Rally on Sunday as Stephane Peterhansel won an unprecedented 10th title by winning the cars section and Cyril Despres wrapped up a

tight motorbikes category. Peterhansel, driving a Mini, was previously a three-time car winner and six-time motorcycle champion of the gruelling rally but it was his first victory in the race since it moved to South America in 2009. The Frenchman, who went into the final stage with a 43minute lead over closest rival Nani Roma of Spain, finished 10th on the 29km special, 3:12 off

American Robby Gordon’s pace. Peterhansel covered the 8,400km-long rally, of which more than half were timed specials, between Mar Del Plata in Argentina and Lima in 38hr 54min 46sec, with team-mate Roma at 41:56, and South African Toyota driver Ginel De Villiers at 1.13:25. “When you think of how hard it is to win a Dakar, it’s incredible that I’ve been able to win 10 of


them,” said Peterhansel. “It’s been a long time, I’ve been waiting for five years to win again! To take the victory in South America is a huge relief, it ranks among my best triumphs. “Moreover, the race was very close during the first week and there was always a lot of pressure.” The Frenchman added: “I don’t know what I could do to go one better! Beating this record is going to be difficult... for the others!

High on victory F

Argentinian rider Alejandro Patronelli (left), winner of the 2012 Dakar Rally quad category, and his brother Marcos Patronelli (right) second, celebrate on the podium in Lima on January 15, 2011. AFP

“This race is stressful, exciting and fascinating, and it’s also very rewarding at the end. Now I’m going to party with the entire team and then we’ll see.” Peterhansel added: “My finest victory will always be my first win in the motorcycle category, but this one has something special to it. “I was starting to doubt myself, to think I was growing too old for this, that I’d lost it or that I wasn’t made for South America... and in the end everything turned out fine! “But I still have a blue bandana from my motorcycling period. I didn’t tell anyone, but I kept it in my pocket throughout the entire rally. It’s the story of the comeback of the blue bandana.” “I’ve done 90 or 85 rallies throughout my life, and this one was the one where I had to fight the hardest. Today will leave its mark on me.”

rance’s Cyril Despres won the Dakar Rally moto category beating Marc Coma of Spain and Helder Rodrigues of Portugal. After the gruelling race, Despres said: “Today we won and it’s simply fantastic, this is without a shadow of a doubt the toughest Dakar I’ve ever raced in. It was difficult physically, but even more psychologically. Challenging yourself every morning and fighting on the course takes its toll on your mind. “It’s not like a 42-kilometer marathon; here, you have to earn your place every morning. All victories are beautiful, but this one is special because it came down to the wire and was decided at the last minute. This was an unimaginable scenario, with the leaders separated by mere seconds. I’ve done 90 or 85 rallies throughout my life, and this one was the one where I had to fight the hardest. Today will leave its mark on me.”

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SHARAPOVA CRUSHES DULKO January 16 – January 29

MELBOURNE: Former champion Maria Sharapova demolished Argentina’s Gisela Dulko 6-0, 6-1 in less than an hour in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday. Sharapova, who won the title in 2008, was at her ruthless best as she overpowered the Argentine in stifling conditions on the Hisense Arena. It was an impressive display by Sharapova against a player who was once ranked as high as 26 in the world. The Russian fourth seed also showed no signs of a left ankle injury that forced her to withdraw from the Brisbane International two weeks ago.

Sharapova claimed the first set in just 25 minutes and didn’t lose a game until 2-0 in the second set, when her serve temporarily deserted her. But she quickly recovered to break straight back and run away with the match. Dulko had no answer to the power of Sharapova’s ground strokes, her forehand particularly damaging throughout the 58minute encounter. Sharapova smashed 14 winners past Dulko and forced the Argentine into 22 errors over the two sets. “I knew I had a tough opponent today,” a delighted Sharapova said afterwards. “I focused on every point and took her time away — she’s a player who loves time on the ball.” Sharapova has a relatively easy passage into the third round with her next opponent US qualifier Jamie Hampton.

Oz tourism sector pins hope on Li MELBOURNE: Grand slam champion Li Na has boosted Chinese tourism to Australia and could help double the number of visitors in the next five years, a report said on Tuesday. The “Li factor” was behind a 30 percent rise in Australian Open ticket sales in China after the Wuhan native reached last year’s final and went on to win the French Open, the Herald Sun said. “About 53 million Chinese left their country on a holiday last year,” Tourism and Transport Forum

boss John Lee told the newspaper. “Of those, 500,000 came to Australia. That number could double in five years, helped by the Li factor.” The 29-year-old Li became Asia’s first grand slam finalist in Melbourne last year, when she lost to Belgian Kim Clijsters, and won over many fans with her jokes and charisma. Li’s French Open win catapulted her to superstardom in China, where her popularity is rated alongside that of basketball’s Yao Ming. Lee said he hoped she would win in Melbourne “for the free publicity it would give Australia”. “The Chinese fans are not only visiting Melbourne and its surrounds,” he said. “They will visit Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru. “She’s made a successful start to 2012, and if that continues Li could be more valuable to Australian tourism than Oprah.” Australia, whose tourism industry has hit trouble after a boom in the 1990s, arranged for US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey to visit last year to highlight the country’s attractions on her widely watched programme.


TALK ON COURT You beauty! Comeback Casey wins Aussie wildcard Casey Dellacqua returned to the court from the commentators’ box after a string of injuries, and beat Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski 6-3, 6-2. The 26-yearold also studied beauty therapy during her time away from the game and appeared in Melbourne with newly dyed hair — meaning nobody recognised her in the players’ lounge. “No, which is good,” she said, when asked about it.

Azarenka gets Chinese boost Belarusian Victoria Azarenka revealed her win over Chinese star Li Na in the final of last week’s Sydney International had given her profile an unexpected boost. Speaking after her 6-1, 6-0 win over Englishwoman Heather Watson on Monday, Azarenka said she was now being recognised by at least one section of the community. “After beating Li Na a lot of Chinese people have started to recognise me.”

Fed turns Internet explorer Roger Federer had so little idea about his first-round opponent, Alexander Kudryavtsev, that he had to ask fellow players and scour the Internet for tips. “I heard a few things and there was a few things on the Internet I was trying to see. I think I saw him playing in a grasscourt tournament, I was just trying to make sure he was the same guy — and he was!”

JOKER WALTZES INTO ROUND 2 Defending champion and top seed Novak Djokovic cruised into the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday with the loss of just two games against Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi. Djokovic had few problems in winning 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 and will next play Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo. Djokovic broke Lorenzi’s service nine times in wrapping up his opening match.

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Oz to retain Shaun Marsh SYDNEY: Australia named an unchanged squad Tuesday for the fourth Test against India in Adelaide, maintaining faith in struggling number three Shaun Marsh. The Australians are chasing a 4-0 series thrashing of India and are expected to make one change to their starting 11 with spinner Nathan Lyon likely to return at the expense of young paceman Mitchell Starc. The injury-plagued Marsh held his spot despite failing to fire in the series, which the Australians lead 3-0 after their innings and 37 runs victory in Perth on Sunday. Coach Mickey Arthur backed Marsh to come good in Adelaide, and said he saw enough in the lefthander's brief innings in Perth to suggest he had turned the corner. "The stars have aligned for us the whole series, except for in the number three position," he said. "I saw signs of him coming back, I saw signs of his movements being a lot crisper, his weight transferral was a lot bet-

England win toss, elect to bat

ter, he looked really good at a point. "Hopefully Adelaide is the catalyst for him." Marsh, rushed back into the Australian team for the series after being sidelined by a back problem, made 11 in the home team's only innings at Perth. That was his best score of the series and he has just 14 runs at 3.50. Chairman of selectors John Inverarity said winning the third Test in under three days meant there was no need to rest any of the fast bowlers, but indicated Lyon would return regardless. "A spin bowler has always been a priority in Test matches at Adelaide Oval and it is very likely that Nathan Lyon will replace one of the other bowlers in the final 11 for the fourth Test," he said. Australian squad: David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc.


SNIPPETS Make sheep shearing Olympic sport: Kiwi WELLINGTON: The New Zealand Farmers Federation has called for sheep shearing to become an Olympic sport, hailing top wool-clippers as world-class athletes. With the World Shearing Championships set to be held in the North Island town of Masterton in March, federation spokeswoman Jeanette Maxwell said shearing was now a bona fide sport that deserved international recognition. "Surely, time has come to elevate shearing’s sporting status to the ultimate world stage?" she said in a statement. "One way would be to make shearing a demonstration sport at a Commonwealth Games, if not, the Olympics itself."

Enduro champ Ahola succumbs to injuries HELSINKI: Mika Ahola, five-time and reigning Enduro world champion, died at the weekend in a Barcelona hospital, the sport's governing body in Finland said Monday, amid reports the 37-year-old had died of injuries suffered during training. "According to information received by the Finnish Motor Sport Association, Enduro world champion Mika Ahola has passed away," read the brief statement posted on the group's website late Monday, providing no further details. Finnish public broadcaster YLE however reported the 37-years-old had died Sunday evening in Barcelona, Spain.

Woods, Romo team up

DUBAI: England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan on Tuesday in the first of three Tests to be played in Dubai. Pakistan entered the match with two spinners in Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman, but England did not include left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, instead playing a third paceman, Chris Tremlett. Pakistan: Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Taufiq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman. England: Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, James Anderson.

Maradona cured, to return to coaching DUBAI: Former Argentinian football leg-

LOS ANGELES: Tiger Woods will make his US debut at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with National Football League star Tony Romo as his playing partner, American broadcaster ESPN reported on Monday. Woods and Romo will play alongside each other as a two-man team for the four-day tournament which begins on February 9, ESPN said according to one of its sources. It will be the first time in a decade Woods has competed at the Pebble Beach tournament. In 2000, Woods posted one of the

most memorable victories of his career, winning the US Open at Pebble Beach by a dominant 15 shots. Also that same year, Woods rallied from a seven-shot deficit in the final round to win the Pebble Beach pro-am. Woods and Romo have played a pro-am before, back in 2009 when they teamed together at the AT&T National in Washington, D.C. Romo, the star quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, played at Pebble Beach last year alongside partner John Daly of the US.

end Diego Maradona will return to coaching at Al-Wasl club after he was successfully treated for kidney stones at a Dubai hospital, the club said Monday. "Maradona is well and in good health. He will rest for one day (Tuesday) before supervising the training on Wednesday," said the statement by Al-Wasl. The 51year-old began feeling pain after the club's match on Saturday and was later admitted to hospital. "Maradona has insisted on watching on video the game between Sharjah and Bani Yas that took place yesterday (Sunday) in preparation for the coming game between Al-Wasl and Sharjah" scheduled for January 23, said the statement.

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City go past Wigan

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko (right) celebrates scoring against Wigan Athletic during their English Premier League football match at The DW Stadium in Wigan.

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