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ngland were staring down the barrel at 110 for 7 in their first innings at lunch on the third day of the first cricket Test against India in Ahmedabad. Yesterday India declared at 521. Alastair Cook top-scored for England with 41 while Ashwin and Ojha took three PG 30 wickets apiece.



he death of legendary Kuchipudi dancer Vedantam Satyanarayana Sarma is a great loss to millions who were mesmerised by his performances on stage. Haleem Khan, one of the disciples of Satyanarayana Sarma, tells us more about the dancer who dedicated his life to Kuchipudi.

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Women on the 6th floor The French movie Les femmes du 6e etage (women on the 6th floor) will be shown at Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills. Where: Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: November 22 , 6.30pm Contact: (040) 2355 4481

Exile in the wind A painting exhibition by Sisir Sahna is being held at Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills from November 28 to December 8. Where: Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: November 28 onwards, 11am to 7pm Contact: (040) 6656 4466

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

A man takes a photograph of a dog wearing clothes in Old City, Charminar.


Children of the pyre Children of The Pyre is a compelling compilation of the real-life stories of the lives of seven extraordinary children who make their living out of the dead at Manikarnika, the busiest cremation ground in India. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: November 23 7pm onwards Contact: 96427 31329

Sunday brunch Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre,unveils the all new themed Sunday brunch The perfect family Sunday fun-day outing, with soothing live music, excellent beverage selection and great food options. Where: Hyderabad Marriot and convention centre, Tank Bund When: Every Sunday, 12.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2752 2999

Awadhi food festival Head to the great kebab factory for the Awadhi food festival. The food fest is on till November 19. Where: The Great Kebab Factory, Banjara Hills Rd No 12


When: Ongoing Contact: (040) 2330 2244

Live music Catch the band Dark Project performing live at Hard Rock Cafe. The band plays a blend of alternative and progressive rock. Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: November 22, 9pm onwards Contact: (040) 64636375

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

Musical notes Catch guitarist Baiju Dharmajan perform live at Cuba libre on November 23 and at Radisson Blu, Banjara Hills on November 24. Where: Cuba Libre, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1

When: November 23, 8pm onwards Contact: (040) 6776 7114

Palette scapes An exhibition of paintings on Acrylic on canvas by artist Nupur Kundu is being held at Shrishti Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills. The exhibition will be open for public viewing everyday till November 24. Where: Shrishti Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills, Rd No 15 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2354 0023

O womaniya An exhibition by Anjani Reddy, O Womaniya is being held at Muse Art Gallery. The exhibition is on till November 23. Where: Muse Art Gallery, Tank Bund When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2752 2999

Painting exhibition Anuradha Thakur’s exhibition of paintings titled Serene Harmony will be on display at Novotel, Shamshabad upto November 25.

Where: Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel, Shamshabad When: Ongoing, 9am onwards Contact: (040) 6625 0000

The natural child Iconart Gallery, pays an ode to and celebrates Childrens day with The natural child, a child art show. The exhibition is open for public viewing till November 17. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11.30am onwards Contact: 98499 68797

Expressive art Alankritha Art Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings titled Expressive contemplations by Maredu Ramu, Nirmal Karmakar Nirmala Biluka and Palak Dubey. A preview for the exhibition is being held on November 17 at 6.30pm Where: Alankritha Art Gallery, Kavuri Hills, Jubilee Hills When: 19 November onwards, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2311 3709

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Air Force doctor robbed

Jewellery shop broken into


early two kgs of gold and 70 tolas of silver were stolen from a jewellery shop situated at LB Nagar on Friday night. Some unidentified people entered the shop by making a hole in the wall and stole the gold and silver ornaments from the shop. The police registered a case on Saturday and are investigating.

old ornaments,five diamond rings, a lap top, a cell phone and some cash were stolen from the house of an Air Force Academy doctor Dr Arjeet Mukherjee, who is a resident of Bolaram. The incident took place when he was away at a temple. Some unidentified persons broke into his house. A police complaint has been filed.


Registration for job mela


nline registrations were made mandatory for the Job Mela to be held at Banjara Function Hall, Banjara Hills on November 20. In order to avoid heavy rush at the venue, this decision has been taken by the GHMC. Nearly 2,618 candidates were registered till now, whose applications will be forwarded to employees for preliminary selection.

Thief on shopping spree

A thief bought goods worth thousands of rupees after stealing the credit card of a businessman Sai Kumar. The police are on the lookout and hope to nab him soon. Mohd SUBHAN


ith the help of a stolen credit card, an unidentified person bought goods worth thousands of rupees from Chennai Shopping Mall situated at Patny Circle, Secunderabad and managed to escaped from the City. A police team is on the lookout and a special team has been sent to various places based on information they have

received. The police hope to nab the accused soon. According to information received, industrialist Sai Kumar, a resident of SD Road, Secunderabad was shopping at the Vijayanagar market, a few days ago when he lost his credit card. Meanwhile, an unknown person who stolen his credit card, decided to take advantage of the card. He went to Chennai Shopping Mall where he introduced himself as the brother of Sai Kumar. He bought goods worth `9,999 which included electronics, home needs etc. When the manager of the show-

room informed Sai Kumar that his ‘brother’ had made such a large purchase, Sai Kumar approached the concerned bank which blocked his credit card,

immediately. But, by the time they could do so it was late as the thief had made the purchase and left the store. The thief, then went to another shopping mall in Secunderabad where he picked up goods worth `13,000 rupees. When they swiped his card, it came to be known that the card was blocked. When the thief was informed that the card was blocked, he expressed shock but was unable to provide any satisfactory explanation. The thief managed to escape from the scene. They then informed Sai Kumar about what

WHEN THE THIEF WAS INFORMED THAT THE CARD WAS BLOCKED, HE EXPRESSED SHOCK BUT WAS UNABLE TO PROVIDE ANY SATISFACTORY EXPLANATION. had happened. Sai Kumar then lodged a complaint with the Mahankali Police Station against the thief. The police have begun search for the thief against who they claim to have proof due to CCTV recordings.




After violence on Friday afternoon, calm prevails in the Old City. The situation continues to be tense though the police arrest 65 people for damaging property and creating trouble.

Under control, yet tense

Mohd Subhan

meeting with his team. More CCTV cameras have been placed in sensitive areas of the Old City. The police are taking measures and cases have been booked against MIM corporators, namely Mohd Ghouse, Mohd Mukarram Ali and Mohd Mustafa Ali Muzaffer in the Charminar police station. One case has been booked against Muzaffer and cases have been booked against both corporators, in connection with yesterday’s violence, but so far neither of the three have been arrested. Meanwhile, the police have taken 65 people into custody from different places in Old City for trouble making and damaging property and vehicles. Further investigations are being conducted regarding the incidents.


fter the violence in the Old City on Friday afternoon, the situation is now under control and no untoward incident has been reported since last night. The situation is still tense due to rumours that are being spread among the public. The deputy commissioner of police, South zone, Dr Akun Sabharwal appealed to the public to not believe rumours and to maintain peace and order in the City. “After meeting higher officials, we opened the roads of Old City for public convenience on Saturday morning. We are on alert and precautionary measures have been taken,” he said. The City police commissioner Anurag Sharma held a review

City start-ups set for global battle First-time enthusiasts in Hyderabad will be competing with their globsl peers this weekend. NT Balanarayan


tart-up Weekend global battle kicked off last night in the City with around 50 participants pitching 40 ideas. Out of these, 10 ideas were voted as the best and the attendees formed teams around them. The teams will have to present a workable demo of these products by Sunday night. The event started off with a brief interaction with the members of Hyderabad Angels and a member from Microsoft’s Indian start-up Accelerator. City-based entrepreneurs Santanu Paul of TalentSprint and Abhishek Naik of Gharpay also addressed the audience detailing their startup story and also answered questions. According to the organisers, the number of registrations were less than expected because of exams and holidays. “Generally, there would be around 25-30 more students but this time around there are lot of exams coming up and alot of them are just back from holidays,” C

Chaitanya, one of the organisers said. All the teams have all of Saturday to work on their ideas and they will have to present a working demo. Once presented, these products will be voted on and the winning ideas will be nominated for the global start-up battle. If a Hyderabad-startup wins internationally they’ll win a VIP trip to Rio for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress apart from PR launch packages, legal support, design services and even free web hosting for their

start-ups. “In Bangalore and Delhi you’ll see people present ideas for new apps, but in Hyderabad there are a lot of people who want to get into social entrepreneurship — where they make money while improving the society,” Chaitanya said. The Hyderabad event is also different because not all participants are techies. The youngest was 14-year-old Venkanna Reddy who wanted help from developers at the venue to create an app to help homeless children who beg for survival in Hyderabad.

SELECTED IDEAS Sports social networks

ter through conversations

Since Facebook does not give you the tools to create niche social networks.

Farming United

Cloud HMS This ‘Software as a Service’ aims to remove middlemen in the hotel business.

A crowd-funded website for farms. With this app, the investors can see the prospects of each farm and make investments accordingly. This can thus help reduce the burden on farmers.

Shout out A location-based platform that connects buyers with shop owners for personalised discounts or coupons.

Digital floor


Find your passion

Android and IOS applications that uses GPS to locate under-privileged children. The information can be accessed and used by various NGOs or governmental organisations to help them.

A site where professionals can share their experiences, so students can better understand the professions.

LEBTOP Learning English By Talking On Phone aims to help people understand English bet-

Creating a digital map of all products in a store using NFC tags and bar codes.

Gamifying fitness This app will encourage people to work out regularly.

Sugar Wise Delivering special dietary food for diabetics.


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TDP MLA suspended after meeting Jagan


DP MLA Amaranatha Reddy was suspended by the party, soon after he met YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy in the jail on Friday. Talking to the media after meeting Jagan, the MLA of Palamaneru constituency in Chittoor district said that he would soon meet his supporters and people of his constituency and know their opinion, before joining the YSR Congress. Stating that he was vexed with politics of collusion, he alleged that the TDP leadership was encouraging an alternative leadership against him in his constituency. He said that he felt that it was no longer possible for him to continue in the party. Stating that he had been with the TDP since its inception, he said that he never thought that he would


have to leave it under these circumstances. Amaranatha Reddy has said that the TDP leadership has taken several anti-people decisions and added that this was the reason why he had decided to join the YSR Congress. He said he was thinking of joining the party in deference to the wishes of his constituents. He alleged that the TDP leadership was trying to indulge in mudslinging against him. Soon after the media reported about Amaranatha Reddy’s meeting with Jagan, the TDP immediately announced his suspension from the party. The party stated in a release that he was suspended for anti-party activities. NSS

HC issues orders on power surcharge


he Andhra Pradesh High Court today issued interim orders on the Fuel Surcharge Adjustment (FSA) imposed on the consumers. The HC directed the Discoms not to collect the charges until the petitions before it were cleared. The court issued the orders on the petitions challenging that the FSA being collected by the Discoms in the State was against the rules. NSS

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Muslims help to build shrine


hile violence over the expansion of a Hindu temple near Charminar in Muslim-dominated Hyderabad’s Old City is hogging media attention, in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district, Muslims have been quietly helping Hindus through donations and other means to construct a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, ahead of the Chhath festival.

PM to meet BJP over dinner

Jawan agrees to marry lover



rime Minister Manmohan Singh hosted a dinner Friday for UPA partners to discuss the government’s strategy on FDI head of parliament’s winter session from Nov 22. He has also invited senior BJP leaders to dinner Saturday, sources said. The PM has already met Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati separately over separate dinners to keep them in good humour.

acing arrest on a complaint of cheating by his lover, a CRPF constable who allegedly dumped her after making her pregnant agreed to marry her. Murugan of Attur was in love with his 25-year old neighbour, but went back on his promise to marry her. He had also allegedly threatened to kill the woman, who was seven months pregnant, police said today.

Protests outside Irish embassy over med murder NEW DELHI: About a hundred opposition protesters held a demonstration outside the Irish embassy on Friday over the death of an Indian woman who died after being refused an abortion in the Catholic country. The crowd, carrying posters of the dead 31-year-old dentist Savita Halappanavar and accusing Irish authorities of committing “medical murder”, were prevented by police from getting close to the Irish compound. Elsewhere, the Indian government cranked up the pressure on Dublin over the October 28 death of Halappanavar after local politicians expressed their concern and urged the government to act. Foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said India’s ambassador to Ireland would meet Irish authorities on Friday to seek assurances of a “transparent” probe. “We expect that he will also seek reassurance from the Irish authorities that they will hold an independent, transparent enquiry into the matter,” Akbaruddin told AFP. “He will request that the Irish authorities keep India informed of the progress and outcome of the enquiry,” he said, adding that the envoy would also convey the “concern growing in India” over Halappanavar’s death. The dentist repeatedly asked staff at University Hospital in Galway, west Ireland, to terminate her pregnancy because she was miscarrying, her family said. Doctors allegedly refused her demand, telling her that “this is a Catholic country”.

Will not be rushed by pressure: Irish PM on abortion rights LONDON:

Demonstrators from India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shout slogans against the Irish government for the death of Indian national Savita Halappanavar, who died in Ireland after doctors allegedly refused her an abortion, in front of the Embassy of Ireland in New Delhi on November 16, 2012. AFP

ABORTION IS ILLEGAL IN ROMAN CATHOLICDOMINATED IRELAND EXCEPT WHEN IT IS NECESSARY TO SAVE THE LIFE OF THE MOTHER. Abortion is illegal in Roman Catholic-dominated Ireland except when it is necessary to save the life of the mother. Smriti Irani, president of the women’s wing of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, was among the protesters outside the embassy and she was allowed in as part of a four-person delegation to meet the ambassador. “The Irish ambassador assured us that there could be a possibility of inviting international experts to be part of the

investigation and we told him that Savita’s husband should also be part of it,” Irani said. “The ambassador acknowledged that there is intense pressure (on Ireland) not only from the people of India but globally over Halappanavar’s death,” Irani told reporters amid shouts of “we want justice”. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has described the death as a “tragedy”, while two separate investigations have been announced. Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid expressed regret over her death, saying: “It is extremely sad and unfortunate. Whatever the inquiry does, human loss cannot be compensated.” Indian Communist Party leader Brinda Karat said not treating Halappanavar’s condition as a medical emergency was a “crime”.


With an Indian dentist’s tragic death igniting protests over right to abortion in Ireland, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has said he is awaiting a report by an expert group on the issue but will not be rushed into an immediate decision. Kenny said his government would go through the report and indicated it will take its own time in arriving at a decision. Savita Halappanavar, 31, died in an Irish hospital last month after doctors refused to terminate her pregnancy despite telling her that she was miscarrying. Savita died of blood poisoning after spending three days in pain and agony. The case has prompted protests in Ireland and calls for right to choice, and the Prime Minister himself asked to see the report into the investigation in the case. India summoned the Irish Ambassador in New Delhi yesterday to convey its “concern and angst” over the tragic death of Savita and hoped the inquiry instituted into the case would be “independent”. PTI


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Bal critical but stable

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena

supremo Bal Thackeray continues to remain critical but stable after showing further signs of improvement Friday evening, reported Zee news. The improvement in the health condition of the Sena chief also led to normalcy returning to Mumbai and crowds outside his residence Matoshree diminishing. Security, however, continues to remain tight outside Matoshree. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said last evening that “the prayers of millions of his supporters have started working” and Thackeray’s health was gradually improving. “He is like our god. Very soon he shall be able to appear in public for his admirers,” Raut assured. Several party leaders had appealed for calm on Thursday. Bal Thackeray has been under the care of a team of specialists from Lilavati Hospital at his home, Matoshree.

4 die in fresh Assam violence GUWAHATI: Bodoland area in lower Assam witnessed fresh trouble with the killing of four persons by armed assailants in Jiaguri even as police arrested a member of Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District in connection with the killing. The assailants fired randomly on a group of persons at Jiaguri in Kokrajhar police station in which four persons were killed late last night, Inspector General of Police (BTAD) SN Singh told PTI on Saturday. “Monokumar Brahma alias Jalja, a member of BTAD, was arrested early today in connection with the killing,” he said. “Two AK-47 rifles, magazines of AK-47 rifles and 60 rounds of assorted ammunition were seized from his bedroom. He is currently being interrogated,” he said.





Crocodile drags away 7-year-old girl in Oz

UK man in dock over spy work for Russia


British Royal Navy submariner pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to meeting two men he believed were Russian spies to pass on secret codes and details of submarine operations. Petty officer Edward Devenney, 30, from Northern Ireland, contacted a foreign embassy to try to pass the materials to Russia, a judge heard at the Old Bailey, London’s central criminal court. The two people he eventually met with were British secret agents. Devenney admitted one charge of gathering “crypto material”, or programmes used to encrypt secret information.



Spate of violence in Brazil leads to 46 arrests


crocodile attacked a man swimming in a waterhole in a remote part of Australia’s Northern Territory before dragging a seven-year-old girl under. An extensive search was underway Saturday for the girl who was last seen swimming at the natural pool at an outstation about 340 kilometres (210 miles) east of the city of Darwin.The girl was swimming with other children and an adult at the time. “Witnesses have told police that a crocodile attacked the male adult before pulling the girl under water,” Senior Sergeant Shaun Gill said.




he spasm of violence that swept over southern Brazil this week has led to 46 arrests in the state of Santa Catarina, police and media reports said Friday. There were reports of 40 acts of violence in Santa Catarina, which borders Sao Paulo state, among them murders, robberies and attacks on police in various towns and cities, including the state capital of Florianopolos. Assailants set fire to buses and shot up government buildings, as a wave of violence blamed on jail-based gangs exacting revenge against police apparently spread from Sao Paulo, police said.

Hamas HQ hit

Israeli forces targeted more than 85 terror sites, sources said.



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GAZA CITY: Israeli air strikes hit the cabinet headquarters of Gaza’s Hamas government, the group said early Saturday, with eyewitnesses reporting extensive damage to the building. “The cabinet headquarters was targeted with four strikes and the government stresses that it remains committed to its positions and its stand alongside the people,” the Hamas government said in a statement. “The IDF (army) has targeted (Hamas prime minister) Ismail Haniya’s headquarters in Gaza,” an Israeli army spokesman told AFP. “Over the past six hours, the IDF targeted 85 more terror sites,” the military spokesperson’s official Twitter account added. Eyewitnesses and Hamas officials said the headquarters in the Nasser neighbourhood of Gaza City was virtually leveled in the strike. “The headquarters was completely destroyed and neighbouring houses were damaged as a result of the barbaric Israeli bombing,” a Hamas official told AFP. On Friday morning, Haniya and a slew of other top Hamas government officials lined up in front of the building to welcome Egypt’s Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, on a brief soli-

An Israeli soldier aims at Palestinian youth during a protest against the war on Gaza, at the Qalandia checkpoint, in the occupied West Bank, on Friday. Thousands of angry Palestinians rallied across the West Bank, urging Hamas militants to “bomb Tel Aviv” as Israel pursued a relentless air campaign on the Gaza Strip. AFP/ABBAS MOMANI darity trip to the Gaza Strip. The raid on the building came as Israel renewed strikes across Gaza, bombing the headquarters of the Hamas police force in western Gaza City and the government’s internal security headquarters in the north of the city. In the northern Jabalia camp, a strike left at least five people injured from the same family, according a source at

the Kamal Odwan hospital. The string of attacks came after a relative lull in the violence that began on Wednesday with an Israeli strike that killed a senior Hamas commander. Since then, at least 30 Palestinians have been killed, with over 280 wounded, and Gaza militants have fired hundreds of rockets at Israel, killing three people and wounding 16.

Indian-American prof Christie, too, shuns Romney indicted for fraud WASHINGTON: An Indian-American professor at Morgan State University has been indicted by a federal grand jury in an alleged scheme to defraud the National Science Foundation of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding. Manoj Kumar Jha, 45, who oversees the university’s transportation engineering graduate programme allegedly fabricated an elaborate research proposal on behalf of a private company he founded and then applied for funding through the NSF’s Small Business Technology Transfer programme. Jha received $200,000 to conduct the research but instead allegedly made personal mortgage and credit card payments.

WASHINGTON: Following the example of Louisiana’s Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has become the latest Republican to distance himself from the party’s defeated presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Like Jindal, Christie who had endorsed Romney early in the primary process, did not buy the candidate’s argument that President Barack Obama won last week’s election by offering “gifts” to minority voters. Suggesting that Romney was still smarting from defeat, he said on MSNBC Friday: “He’s a good man. He will find his level. And I think it’s still a little raw.”



Act soon

Stop fogging



iolence in the old city, if it does not abate soon may lead to more chaos and more serious issues. The root cause of the issue, which is the row over the temple must be resolved, as that’s the only way a matter as this could be resolved. The government must act quickly. Ahmed Sadiq via email

he fogging story was quite good. I have experienced breathing problems when I have been in the vicinity of ‘fogging’. If it is proven that it has no effect, why must money of taxpayers be wasted upon something that does not work at all and puts people’s health at risk? Suresh Menon via email

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Beautiful game


hat an amazing goal was the one by Ibrahimovic against the English! Can there be a better performance in recent times by the likes of Messi and Ronaldo? That man was on fire. He was pure magic in action. Those four goals show why football is called the beautiful game. Gagan Nair via email

EDITORIALS CLOSE THE Gates of Hell As was expected, the crisis in Gaza has escalated to give serious concerns to the international community. Israel has hinted at ground invasion if Hamas continues with its mission of seeking revenge for the killing of its military head, opening “the gates of hell”. The latest news is that more than 80 terror sites in the Palestinian region have been destroyed by Israeli air force in reply to Hamas’s rocket strikes. They have not ruled out any measure to hit back, and ground operation is right on top of the list of options. All this happens while the Egypt is doing all it call to broker a truce so that a bloodbath may be avoided. The US has reiterated its full support for Israel in its right to self–defence. In all this bickering and taking of sides, the world must not forget the poor civilians living in the area of conflict. In 2008, when Israeli forces paid their neighbours a visit, around 1,417 Palestinian and 13 Israeli lives were claimed in three weeks. To avoid a repeat, Israel and Hamas must be persuaded to keep restraint.

WHY WE LOVE... Cheteshwar Pujara Sometime ago we had been worried about who would replace the Wall. Well, our prayers have been answered. Even Rahul Dravid approves of young Cheteshwar Pujara. His double ton proves that he is the right guy for the Number three slot. Despite his stellar performance, he was not arrogant in the least, but very poised and confident. Slowly we are getting a sneak peek at the batting nucleus of Team India in days to come. Virat Kohli has proved his worth in recent times. The timing of the rise of Pujara has come at the right time.

The wheel of fortune Soul Curry SUMAA TEKUR


t’s hard to tell what Vijay Mallya is thinking these days — harder to gauge how he’s feeling. Merely days after he adamantly said that he wouldn’t be selling his family silver to save his grounded Kingfisher Airlines, he went ahead and did just that. His associates, rivals and friends made clucking sounds and offered sympathies, no matter how they actually felt about the liquor baron’s decision. Some said, a national newspaper reported, that Mallya is very rational and would not have made this move unless it made sound business sense. In the same breath, they also said that Mallya is very passionate about all the businesses he builds — a dichotomy that’s difficult to understand.

British spirits giant Diageo bought 53.4% stake in Vijay Mallya’s United Spirits for over $2 billion. United Spirits is India’s largest liquor company, which has 55% market share. Mallya insisted that the deal was cracked in order to better his liquor business and that it has nothing to do with giving a lifeline to Kingfisher Airlines. The timing of this deal has made everyone believe that it will eventually save Kingfisher Airlines. But only Mallya knows (or maybe even he doesn’t) what will come next. The deal, and people’s reaction to it, brings to light the ebb and flow of the wheel of fortune. Nuggets of wisdom like ‘Nothing lasts forever’, ‘What goes up has to come down’, ‘Change is the only permanent thing in the world’ found new meaning in this context. Karma, apparently had caught up with Mallya. Even the masses that didn’t personally know Mallya felt this to be correct. It somehow rang true with the stereo-


DEAL HAS MADE EVERYONE BELIEVE THAT IT WILL EVENTUALLY SAVE KINGFISHER AIRLINES. BUT ONLY MALLYA KNOWS (OR MAYBE EVEN HE DOESN’T) WHAT WILL COME NEXT. type that all businessmen use crooked ways to become successful; that they put profit above all else and ruthlessly march ahead to amass wealth. So when the hardworking middle classes see them in trouble, they tend to take the righteous position of: “It serves them right”. Mallya was being judged for his action. It was seen as a giving up of sorts. It was seen as nature’s way of ensuring balance. It was seen as the strip-

ping of some of his flamboyance. But we’ll never know what’s on Mallya’s mind. A recent tweet suggested that he’s as vulnerable as any of us; as human as any of us. Except, he deals in billions and we, in hundreds and thousands. The tweet read: “Thanks to the Almighty that Forbes has removed me from the so called Billionaires list. Less jealousy, less frenzy and wrongful attacks.” Almost the same middle class troubles plague him; the intensity may be even more in his case. We may envy someone his flashy car or his billion-dollar house. But like all things — good and bad — that have to come to an end, all this will change, too. This is not to say that Mallya’s not on top of his game. Just the fact that he’s keeping his plans secret goes to suggest that there’s something up his sleeve. He may as well spring a surprise on us like only a good businessman like him can. After all, the wheel of fortune has to keep turning.



Getting there, bit by bit My World SHRADDHA JAHAGIRDAR-SAXENA


ll of us would love to believe that we are invincible. Complete in ourselves. Confident that we can conquer the universe – outside and within. But despite our surface calm and composure, almost all of us have an Achilles heel in our armour. A weakness that we learn to live with, conquer or turn a blind spot to. I don’t know why I have chosen this moment or platform to hold a mirror to myself, but having decided to do so, here it is. On my part, give me a pen – or now a computer mouse – in my hand and words normally tend to flow as easily as Tennyson’s rippling brook. Once I have got the beginning of my piece under control, then as the popular saying goes, there is no looking back. Challenge me to a duel of words and I will happily barge in, giving Don Quixote a run for his money. Tilting at windmills, perhaps, was my occupation in a previous existence. But, ask me to do a simple addition – something I have to do every month while making schedules at work, budgeting my accounts at home – and I find myself doing it a zillion times.


And finally I resort to my old friend, the calculator, or if I am lucky pass on the task to a colleague at work. Numbers – alas – are my weakness even though I managed a respectable 90 per cent plus in my tenth and twelfth board, soon leaving them behind in my academic world to pursue the world of letters with Milton, Shakespeare, Somerset Maugham and so many other masters. Weaknesses – all of us have one or more of our weak points that surface at the most incon-

gruous of moments. For me apart from numbers, my weakness is a fondness for movies and stories that touch my heart. So you will often find me crying at the 17th viewing of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham or the latest blockbuster on the block that has an ample volume of sentiment in it. So, whoever I watch it with quickly slips a tissue or two into my hand just before the touchy moments come in. Creepy crawlies are my other sore point. I cannot look a

lizard in the eye without a quiver of fear going up my spine. After so many years of life and living, I have learned to tolerate them in my home – when the weather heats up a couple of them slide in quietly in the dead of night. To make things easier for me, I tend to name them. So, one is a Lizzie while another is an Izzie. Childhood tricks that still work for me. For, a long while, I was frightened of entering a dark room on my own. I would, when I was growing up, summon my

inhouse domestic help to switch on the light in one. But when I started running my own home, without servants, I quickly memorized all the switches in the rooms. And, with one hand guiding me along the wall let the light on as soon as I could. And today, I still sleep with one night lamp on. And if that is not possible, then the curtains are drawn wide open, to let the star shine in. Somewhere I feel that in facing and recognizing my fears, I have taken a step towards resolving them. Acknowledging that I am human, can make mistakes and learn from them even after a few decades of living. I find it often amusing that there are several individuals who refuse to accept the truth of their ways – believing that they really are invincible, always correct in their choices, quick to blame or seem superior to the rest of the world around them. And then I wonder, is that really true or is that just a façade to cover up their own insecurities, frailties…. As for me, I know that perhaps sometime down the line, if not the next time, I will get my total right, at the very first try! And till then, my ability to laugh at myself keeps me going strong in life. For, after all, as the sages say, Rome was not built in a day. Shraddha JahagirdarSaxena is Executive Editor, VERVE magazine.

Global edits

Green sheen

The Telegraph (UK)

No change in China


here was something reassuringly conservative about the seven members of the Chinese Communist Party’s Politburo standing committee who were presented to the world in Beijing yesterday. Soberly kitted out in regulation-issue dark blue suits, there was little likelihood that China’s new rulers would go tie-less in order to demonstrate their modernity. In fact, despite their unfeasibly jet black hair, with hardly a hint of grey in sight, their average age is 63 – older than the group of “big bosses” they have replaced. Needless to say, they are all men – although two women are included on the wider 25-member Politburo for the first time since Chairman Mao’s wife was appointed in 1969. Appearances can be deceptive; but in this instance they almost certainly are not. The new elite running the world’s second biggest economy and would-be superpower is just as it seems: cautious, conformist and circumspect. The Chinese Communists have watched with alarm the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Arab Spring and – as was brutally evi-



dent in Tiananmen Square in 1989 – are determined to quash anything that smacks of reformist enthusiasm or democratic ambition. Yet the party’s tentative approach might be its undoing. China has seen a remarkable transformation since Deng Xiaoping unravelled the lunacies of Mao and set the country on the path to rapid industrial expansion and urbanisation. With the economy slowing, however, and corruption rife, more of the same may not be a particularly sensible policy. A decade from now, when the next transition is due to occur, bespoke suits and dyed hair will be less important leadership characteristics than an ability to respond to the political and economic demands of a growing middle class and still impoverished peasantry.



SBH inaugurates auto show

Moody's to review Cyprus


ating firm Moody's said Friday it would review Cyprus for a possible downgrade, citing dragging bailout talks with international lenders on an aid package. Just five weeks after its last ratings cut, Moody's said the review on Cyprus's B3 government bond rating was due to rising liquidity risks for the eurozone country, closely linked to debt-crippled Greece.


he SBH Property and Auto Show was inaugurated at Nampally Exhibition Grounds on Friday. The three-day show will be held till November 18. “This property show is a part of SBH Car and Housing loan mela, which is enabling customers to get various concessions in the car and housing loans,” said Jyoti Ghosh, chief general manager, SBH.

eBay in accused firms list


S authorities sued online retail giant eBay Friday, claiming it was part of a conspiracy with software maker Intuit to refrain from hiring each other's employees to keep salaries under control. The civil antitrust lawsuit said eBay violated antitrust laws in an agreement not to recruit or hire Intuit employees, the Justice Department said.

OF HUMBLE BEGINNINGS He might be the scion of the Videocon empire, but not once did Anirudh Dhoot take it for granted. The now CEO of Videocon Power Division, started off small by managing the manufacturing unit. His interests n Inspiration: Grandfather n Books: Life and Times of GD Birla and Gandhi – His Life and Message for the World. n Favourite Cars: Bentley, Audi and Porsche. n Cuisine: Italian, Thai and Japanese n Films: DDLJ and The Godfather n Hero: Shahrukh Khan n Music: Michael Jackson n Clothes: Giorgio Armani Blazer n Message: Don't be afraid to take risks and make mistakes. To grow and succeed in business you must learn how to have compassion and patience.



hat could be more challenging than handling a global conglomerate? Anirudh Dhoot, an alumnus and management graduate from Cardiff University did not take his position in Videocon (family business) for granted nor did he assume that he would be the natural successor. What he did however, was start small and then grew through learning over a period of time. He not only brought global exposure and education to the workplace, but he also ensured that he never forgot the morals and business strategies that he had learnt from his parents while helping the brand grow. As in most success stories, Anirudh started off small, by taking care of the manufacturing unit. Today, he is not only the CEO of Videocon Power Division but also handles the Sales & Marketing of Videocon Group. He also takes care of the smooth functioning of the overall operations in the company. For Anirudh his aim since childhood was to be a part of the family business. He says, “I was always interested in joining the family business. I started attending monthly review meetings and dealer meets since I was in college.” Although it was the family business, it was not a bed of roses for Anirudh. After he graduated from college at the age of 21 there was a challenging responsibility given to Anirudh. He recalls, “I started taking care of Videocon’s manufacturing unit. It was an opportunity to prove myself. A good manufacturing unit has all the qualities, which enhance economic development, increase productivity and face competition from the global markets.” His first job taught him about the processes involved in managing the plant. He says, “I

started with a strategy to promote innovative steps to enhance manufacturing. I ensured implementation of all intermediate processes required for the production and integration of a product’s component in our system. My core focus was on overall manufacturing process management. Manufacturing concept planning, mixed model line balancing and economics of manufacturing were the main concepts that I learnt during this process.” With time he learnt more about managing a business and

FOR ANIRUDH HIS AIM SINCE CHILDHOOD WAS TO BE A PART OF THE FAMILY BUSINESS. HE STARTED ATTENDING REVIEW MEETINGS SINCE HIS COLLEGE DAYS. his role too got bigger and more influential. He now manages the various divisions of the conglomerate, is a keen observer of competitors in the market and

develops strategies accordingly for the company’s growth. When asked about his business philosophy, he says, “Since my childhood my grandfather, late Nandlalji Dhoot, taught me about business, ethics and humanity. These principles have always been incorporated in the business by my grandfather, father (Venugopal Dhoot) and uncles (Pradeep Kumar Dhoot and Rajkumar Dhoot). So automatically that has become a part of my business philosophy.” Talking about his future plans in the electronics division,

he says, “We will be launching world class products, which will be beyond the competition level. The year 2012 is very important for us. We are in the process of launching new products like Digital TV with bigger screens like 70", 58" Wide, 55”, 46”. This will have digital reception, H.264 decoder, dual core CPU with 450 MHz and 14 bit video processing to give very high quality of picture. We are also launching SMART LED with Android platform and a range of ACs, washing machines, refrigerators and many other products.” On the personal front, Anirudh tries to lead a balanced life. “I never carry work issues home. Once I am back home, I like to spend time with my son who manages to cheer me up always. I also try and plan holidays with my family and spend as much time as I can with them.” Anirudh also loves to keep himself occupied by playing badminton and TT every week. “Trekking and photography also excite me. Besides, I love to read books and especially biographies of legends. Apart from that I am interested in the field of management, strategies and also innovations,” he says.



THE END OF AN ERA The death of legendary Kuchipudi dancer Vedantam Satyanarayana Sarma is a great loss to millions of people who were mesmerised by his performances on stage. Haleem Khan, one of the disciples of Satyanarayana Sarma, tells us more about the dancer who dedicated his life to Kuchipudi. Hemanth Kumar


arlier this year, the demise of Kuchipudi guru and proponent Vempati Chinna Satyam in July came as a big blow to the world of Kuchipudi. Thousands of Kuchipudi dancers and enthusiasts across the world mourned his death. Now, yet another legendary dancer Padma Shri Vedantam Satyanarayana Sarma has passed away, leaving behind a huge void and a glorious legacy. He was 77. For the past few days, he had been battling for his life at a private hospital in Vijayawada. Born on September 9, 1935 in Kuchipudi village in Krishna district, Vedantam Satyanarayana Sarma’s introduction to dance happened at the age of 9. When his initial performances failed to click, it is believed that a yogi told him that his life would change by the time he turned 19. He trained under his elder brother Vedantam Prahlada Sarma. Vedantam Satyanarayana Sarma became fascinated with female impersonation in his stage performances and his portrayal of Satyabhama is unparalleled in Kuchipudi. From 1958 onwards, he hit a purple patch and there was no looking back from there for the next four decades. Having inspired several aspiring Kuchipudi dancers to follow his footsteps, his demise came as a big shock to one of his disciples, Haleem Khan. “He was the master of abhinaya (expression) and I have learnt a lot from him over the years. He was a very warm person and always spoke at length about Kuchipudi every time we met,” Haleem Khan recalls, adding, “Although I didn’t learn Kuchipudi from him, I consider him as

I consider him to be my guru. He is the reason why female impersonation is such an important part of Kuchipudi today. Haleem Khan, Kuchipudi dancer

my guru. He is the reason why female impersonation is such an important part of Kuchipudi today.” Vedantam Satyanarayana Sarma was at his zenith in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Even the film and stage actresses of his era were mesmerised by his portrayal of characters like Satyabhama, Parvati, Mohini, Sasirekha and Gollabhama. People close to him vouch for his dedication and claim that he would stay in character long after wrapping up a performance. In his entire career as a Kuchipudi dancer, there were only two instances when he played a male role and that too, one of the roles was for a film titled Rahasyam. The thespian has been the recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1961 and later, the Government of India honoured him with the prestigious Padma Shri award in 1970. Haleem Khan recounts an encounter with Satyanarayana Sarma back in 2010 which left the latter in complete awe. “I had performed Kuchipudi to the tune of Tanisha’s ghazals and he was absolutely thrilled with this unique blend of music and dance. After my performance, he said, “We never dared to experiment so much back in our time. I am very proud of you.” I was on cloud nine when he said that. During our conversations, he always expressed his concern about the influence of western dance forms and how youngsters today don’t show any interest in learning their own traditional dance form,” Haleem Khan says. He is one of the hundreds of disciples who are mourning the demise of their guru, who popularised a unique aspect of Kuchipudi. Vedanta Satyanarayana Sarma may not be with us anymore, but the expression in his eyes and the sound of his anklets will continue to resonate for as long as Kuchipudi remains.


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Has Firefox lost its fire? Now eight years old, Firefox is struggling in the market. Is this the beginning of the end for the browser? NT BALANARAYAN


an a bunch of people who do not care about money create a browser that people would love to use? Not a lot of people thought that would happen back in 2004, but in the past 8 years Mozilla made a strong statement with Firefox, which is currently used by around 20 per cent of Internet junkies world over. However, as the browser wars shift to mobile phones, Mozilla is left grasping at straws. Though the team working on the browser is committed as always to provide the best browsing experience, the demands and expectations from a browser has changed drastically from what it was in 2004. In 2012, Firefox is like a teenager who used to be a smart kid but is unsure about what it wants to be when it grows up. Should it just continue to be a browser and

keep competing in a three horse race with Google and Internet Explorer or should it disrupt the market and become an operating system in itself ? As of now the strategy seems to be as clinical as a shotgun, with the organisation continuing to focus on no one thing. On one hand they are building browsers for Android, Windows 8, Linux and OSx while also working on a separate Firefox OS. The Firefox OS is built on Linux kernel much like Chrome OS, except it’s made specifically with smartphones in mind. The company also claims that the OS is the first true open source mobile OS. As promising as that idea sounds, the challenge ahead is more difficult that sending rover to Mars. Microsoft has been bleeding dollars for the past year and has barely made a dent in

the mobile market. The marketshare of mobile phones-running Windows Operating System is still in a single digital and in such an environment does Firefox stand a chance? In a blog post announcing its 8th birthday the company states, “We’re proud to say that our mission hasn’t changed, but the Web has” and there lies the biggest problem. The world is no longer hurting the absence of an open source alternative. There is no one force that is crushing the users and in such a market Mozilla’s goal of launching a mobile OS seems like a waste of money. Don’t take my word for it, take a look at some of the big companies that

launched their own mobile operating systems and shut it down soon enough. HP bought Palm and started working on WebOS, again, based on Linux kernel again and decided to shut down the project after the devices failed to make a mark. Samsung on the other hand has Bada OS, which continues to exist, barely so, and the number of Bada devices the company sells is miniscule in comparison to the ones running Android. Even if

Mozilla decided to leave the operating system and concentrate on building browsers for mobile devices it faces a stiff challenge. Mozilla uses a layout engine called Gecko, while most popular mobile browsers as of now — ranging from Safari to Chrome — use WebKit. A layout engine is that part of the browser that interprets the HTML and CSS that makes up a webpage and renders it for your pleasure and most of the mobile websites are designed with WebKit browsers in mind. To the uninitiated, WebKit offers some functionality that does not exist in Gecko yet. So if a user navigates to that web app using Firefox mobile browser, it may not work as intended. The problem does not end there, Apple does not allow any browser that does not use WebKit to run natively in its mobile devices and

tablets. Native apps can use core APIs offered by the operating system and if Mozilla has to create a Firefox for iOS it’ll have to be a half-baked version or a total rewrite, with WebKit at its heart. Neither of those options look good for Mozilla as of now. Eight years back Mozilla helped start the second browser wars, it needs to be seen what

kind of influence and role the company will have in the next couple of years. For in the next two years, the company will either continue to lose market share and be pushed back as an Internet legacy or bounce back and surprise us again. The chances of the latter happening however look rather slim now.



PET NEWS Tentacled Snakes



A much muted Diwali for animals

or the first time in more than a decade, a group of tentacled snakes was born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.The eight baby snakes, which sport little feelers on their noses, were born after four years.

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hanks to increased awareness, Diwali this year was much less painful for animals in the City. Animal casualties this year were much on the lower side. So far, Caring Hands for Animals have found 10 injured birds, six dead birds, four injured dogs and two injured cats only. For lost pets or for adopting a pet, please contact 9701948888 / 9642057881.

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Birds in paradise

If you want to catch a glimpse of feathered beauties, don’t worry about having to go far from the urban jungle. We give you some of the best places to go bird-watching in and around Hyderabad. postnoon News



inter’s just the time to grab your binoculars and spend it catching up with birds. Here’s where you can do it. n Kasu Brahmananda Reddy (KBR) National Park Situated in the heart of the City, the KBR National Park is a secret garden of sorts. One can reconnect with the wild without having to wander too far. The park is home to mammals such as porcupine, Jungle Cat, Small Indian Civet, pangolin, mongoose and the wild boar. With more than 130 species of birds recorded here, one can enjoy a pleasant birding trail. Birds to spot: Peafowl, Purple Sunbird, oriole, Pink-Billed Tickell’s Flowerpecker, Magpie Robin, Black Drongo, Red-vented and White-Browed Bulbuls, Red-vented Spotted Doves and bee-eaters. n ICRISAT campus, Patancheru ICRISAT is spread across a 3,600-acre campus and is one of the richest birding spots around Hyderabad. It contains different types of habitats, such as wetland, grassland, urban garden, farmland, forest area etc., which makes it the ideal place for a variety of bird species. The winters are a great time to see harriers, while you can see as many as 3,000 ducks in March when they stop over during their migration. Birds to spot: Wire-Tailed Swallow, BlueTailed Bee-eater, Yellow-Wattled Lapwing, raptors, bush birds, Purple Heron, Purple Swamp Hen, Black Drongo and WhiteThroated Kingfisher. n Anantagiri Reserve Forest Part of the Araku Valley which is rich in biodiversity, this reserve forest is a wellknown birding spot for those from Hyderabad. Also a good trekking spot, just wandering around the area can be a rewarding escape from the City. Unless you’re terribly unlucky, you’ll return with a long list of woodland birds on your checklist. About 70km from the City, you can either make a day’s trip or stay the night in the nearby Deccan Trails close to the Vikarabad Highway. Birds to spot: White-Throated Ground

Throw in a pair of: n Binoculars/camera (at least 10X) n Sunglasses n Sneakers n A water bottle n A bird identification book, like The Book of Indian Birds by Salim Ali, or Birds of Indian Subcontinent by Krys Kazmierczak Thrush, Indian Pitta, Coppersmith Barbets, Grey Hornbills, treepies, Scaly-Breasted Munias, Common Iora, Red-vented Bulbul, Large-billed Crow, Asian ParadiseFlycatcher, Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis), Common Tailorbird, Purple Sunbird, Purple-rumped Sunbird, White-browed Bulbul, Spotted Dove, waterbirds such as cormorants, coots, egrets, herons and Purple Swamp Hens. n ISB campus, Gachibowli ISB’s 270-acre campus is home to around 70 kinds of birds. You can be sure to come across shrub birds and woodlands birds such as Ashy Prinia, flower peckers and Common Ioras. Water birds such as cormorants, common coots, Purple Swamp Hen can also be spotted. You might also want to check out Birds of ISB by Raghoo Sinha, Raghuram Ananthasayana and Ruchi Sinha. Birds to spot: Oriental Magpie Robin, Plum Headed Parakeet, Purple Sunbird, White-Throat Kingfisher, plumed Prinias, and Silverbills. n Narsapur Reserve Forest Located in the suburbs of Greater Hyderabad, the Narsapur Reserve Forest is a dense forest patch. With a variety of trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses, and a number of lakes, the area supports a range of fauna. It is a great place for small woodland birds, woodpeckers and flycatchers. Birds to spot: Pygmy and Mahratta Woodpeckers, Leafbirds, Spangled Drongos, Indian Pitta, Ground Thrush and ParadiseFlycatcher. Spot River Terns, Cotton Teals and Open-Billed Storks, Great Horned Owls, Brown Fish Owls near water bodies.



potting a bird is just the first step. Make sure you’re patient and make note of a few observations in your notepad. n What did it look like? If you spot the bird, take note of

its colour, size, beak shape, etc. n What’s the songcall like? n What is the habitat? Where did you spot the bird? (canopy, in a shrub, near a water body, on an open

field, etc). n What was its behaviour? What was the bird doing when you spotted it? n When did you see the bird? What month, season and time of the day did you

spot it? n If possible and if you have a good camera, click a picture for your personal record so you can crosscheck it with your field guide or other birders. Use

a tripod if necessary. n If you’re looking for a group of active birdwatchers in town, you can join up with the Birdwatchers Society of Andhra Pradesh (



SHORT READS Title: Sweet Tooth Author: Ian McEwan Publisher: Nan A. Talese Serena Frome is brilliant and young — but her options are few in Cold War days in London. So when she's recruited to the MI5 by a mysterious lover, she dedicates herself completely to a secret mission code-named Sweet Tooth. Sweet Tooth promises to be a sweet read.

Title: The Outpost Author: Jake Tapper Publisher: Little, Brown and Company In 2009, an American combat outpost was attacked by Taliban insurgents, sparking off one of the deadliest battles in Afghanistan for the US. War journalist Jake Tapper brings alive the soldiers, and examines the reasons for the attack.

Title: Flight Behaviour Author: Barbara Kingsolver Publisher: Harper Collins Dellarobia Turnbow was 17 when she got pregnant and had to settle down into unhappy domesticity. A decade later, when she hikes up the hill behind her farmhouse for a tryst with a lover, she discovers a lake of fire. Dellarobia's life is thrown into turmoil.

Title: Brain on Fire Author: Susannah Cahalan Publisher: Free Press When 24-year-old cub reporter Susannah starts suffering from bizarre, debilitating symptoms including paranoia and psychosis, all her friends and family members are flummoxed. Her descent into apparent insanity is discovered to be an autoimmune disease.

Cyber espionage et al

Trojan Horse has an interesting premise backed by well-researched content about cyber security, but the endless stereotyping of people perceived to be anti-American is its biggest drawback. enon throughout the book. The relations between US and Iran are under strain more than ever before and China is perceived as the biggest threat to US. Under such circumstances, such stereotyping doesn’t give Russinovich’s storytelling an edge over countless other works of fiction.



ark Russinovich’s latest book Trojan Horse is set in a world which is more interconnected than ever before thanks to the proliferation of the Internet. Not surprisingly this network and exchange of information is susceptible to malicious attacks from any corner of the globe which is bound to have far reaching consequences. In his earlier novel Zero Day, Mark Russinovich presented a possibility of terrorists using stealthy, time-activated viruses hidden by cleverly-written rootkits to create massive computer malfunctions across US. In Trojan Horse, Mark Russinovich takes this notion of cyber warfare to a global scale and creates a nail-biting thriller about a cyber security expert Jeff Aiken and his partner Daryl Haugen who are on a mission to find the root cause of spread of a new virus. After successfully warding off a cyber attack, which could have paralysed the entire network in

Rollins new novel bites off more than it can chew, but is still an engrossing read. Jyotsna Nambiar


hen a pregnant young American is kidnapped by Somali pirates, a covert operations team, Sigma Force, is sent in. Because this isn't just any young woman. It's the daughter of the president of

US, Jeff Aiken and Daryl Haugen are now a couple and operate Red Zoya Systems LP, a computer security company. One fine day, Aiken is called to London to investigate a new malware attack that leaves almost no trace after altering the content of a document. Jeff Aiken figures out that Iran is involved in the attack but further investigation brings him face to face with a Chinese Colonel Jai Feng, the People's Liberation Army’s computer

warfare chief. As the story unravels, we are told that Jai Feng has found a way to dodge the Stuxnet which had completely paralyzed Iran’s nuclear programme and with the help of his team, Feng is also scheming to insert a Trojan horse into the U.S.’s electric power grid computers. Cyber espionage seems inevitable considering the world wide outrage which an open declaration of war invites and it’s precisely this setting which

makes Trojan Horse an interesting read. There’s a lot of technical mumbo jumbo in the book, but Mark Russinovich takes care to explain the jargon in great detail. Having worked at Microsoft and being considered as a world renowned expert in Cyber Security, the premise and technical angle in Trojan Horse is right up Russinovich’s alley. Despite all these silver linings, the neverending stereotyping of Iranians and Chinese is a glaring phenom-

Twisted strands of intrigue the United States of America. But the pirates seem less interested in her identity as they are in her unborn child. A child who might just be the next step in evolution. And they intend to keep him. As Commander Gray Pierce and his team, assisted by rouge soldier Tucker and his trusty military dog Kane, hurtle through countries to find the president's daughter before it is too late, the reader is treated to layer upon layer of intrigue, fiendishness and conspiracy. A story that extends far into history, and a secret that has its roots in blood and torture. The Knights Templars, secret soci-

eties and fertility clinics all make shadowy appearances, leaving the reader with more questions than answers. Rollins truly knows how to hold his reader's attention. From the opening chapter, where Pierce is aiming to kill the president, through the vari-

Name Bloodline Author James Rollins Pages 460 Publisher Hachette India

Name Trojan Horse Author Mark Russinovich Pages 319 Publisher Pan McMillan

ous twists and turns to the slightly disappointing end, the reader is captive. Though the book is peppered with characters, many have previously appeared in Sigma Force novels and are familiar faces. Rollins treats his women well; the characters are plucky, sensitive and have strong men rooting for them back home. The main problem lies with his treatment of his villains, who come off as one-dimensional caricatures in their single-minded badness. The twisted double helix of DNA on the cover is in reference to the unborn baby's genes, but it could very well be a nod to the plotline itself. Though not a conventional thriller, the complicated, ever-changing and fascinating nature of the book will keep Rollins's fans in thrall.




Among the most prolific authors of our age, the John Grisham of yore returns with an edgy thriller that's as unusual as it is refreshing. Here's why you should read The Racketeer. PADMINI C


f you are hit by a sense of deja vu to see yet another Grisham in the best-seller lists, no, you are not mistaken. The Racketeer is his third book of the year and the 30th of his career spanning two decades. But if Calico Joe was an ode to his love for baseball and Theodore Boone: The Accused, a filler for young adults; The Racketeer is Grisham's return to his natural stronghold — legal thrillers. Already on top of the bestseller lists, The Racketeer is a somewhat unusual departure for Grisham's usual style. If you've read enough of him, you already know the template. Typically, his plots involve the pitting of a lone individual or an underdog, fighting for justice, against an omnipotent adversary. But The Racketeer is the story of an individual wronged by the system who fights not for justice but to circumvent the law in order find revenge. Malcolm Bannister, 43, black, former attorney, is now serving fifth year (of a 10-year sentence)

in a federal prison camp for racketeering. But in his own words, the only crime he is guilty of committing is to have “picked a wrong client.” But no one's listening. Meanwhile as a jailhouse lawyer, Bannister is privy to many secrets. So when a federal judge, and his secretary, are found murdered in a remote wood side cabin with no clues, eyewitnesses or a motive, the F.B.I is left clueless. Further complicating the mystery is the presence of a life-sized safe emptied of its contents, found next to the bodies. Who killed them and why? What was in the safe? Bannister has all the answers and he's only too happy to talk (using Rule no 35 — a get-out-of-jail free card that allows an inmate to walk

Name The Racketeer Author John Grisham Pages 352 Publisher Random House

free if they assist in solving a high-profile crime) in return for walking free, being placed in witness protection, a surgically altered face and identity et all. But unknown to the Feds, getting out of jail is only the first small step in Bannister's ingenious web. Revenge is a dish best served cold and Bannister is going to prove it. It is from this

point that the plot really takes wings. What follows in an almost too-clever series of seemingly unrelated and haphazard twists and turns that eventually come together in a beautifully laid out jigsaw. It's only in the end that the pieces fit and we finally realise what we've been seeing all along.

Other than the delightful caper that it is, Grisham also addresses many serious issues plaguing the criminal justice system in the United States — wrongful convictions. “The real tragedy of the federal criminal system is not the absurdities. It is the ruined and wasted lives.” The number and cost of prisoners. “It costs $40,000 a year to incarcerate an inmate, and 8,000 bucks a year to educate a kid.” Legal loopholes like the Rule 35. Corporate Greed. Among, several others. One of the most prolific writers of our age, Grisham recently remarked in an interview that he wanted to beat Stephen King (who's at 48 novels), before he slows down. If his next ventures are anything like this one, we can't wait.

WHAT’S SELLING Walden’s best in fiction

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n Bankster by Ravi Subramaniam

n Jugaad Innovation by Radjou, Prabhu, Ahuja

n The Racketeer by John Grisham

n Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

n Time Keeper by Mitch Albom n Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi n Govinda by Krishna Udayasankar n Just Married, Please Excuse by Yashodhara Lal

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n The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel

n Free Thinker's Prayer Book by Khushwant Singh

n The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

n October Coup by Mohammed Hyder

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n Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

n Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

n No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer n Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard n Bruce by Peter A. Carlin n Rod by Rod Stewart



WEBSITES OF THE WEEK Homestar Runner: Homestar Runner has been around for a while, but it is still one of the funniest web destinations with a whole host of games and flash cartoons to keep you entertained.

The ‘gift’ of life All About Eve


Lifehacker: A great blog for anyone looking to streamline their life, Lifehacker provides tricks and tips for getting stuff done. Classical music lovers of all different levels of experience and sublety will love this site devoted to the history and ideas of great western music.

Nipping cancer in the bud The Pink Letter campaign that is aimed at stirring conversation about breast cancer among women is doing the rounds on social networking sites.We take a look.


omney claims Obama won because of his 'gifts' to women, especially offering free contraceptives which would 'appeal to college-going women'. Across the Atlantic Ocean, an Indian-born woman died of septicaemia in Ireland after doctors refused to abort her dying foetus because it still had a heartbeat. Pro-life, they call themselves. 'Unborn babies have the right to live' is their war cry. They conveniently overlook the fact that it is a living, breathing, fully-formed person who is carrying this unborn child. That her life might be in danger due to the pregnancy. That this child may have been forced upon her through rape. That she might be too young, unprepared or incapable of taking care of the child. But no. The fate of a yet-to-be-realised ideal is more important than an already living person. Abortion is not an easy choice in any case. It's not something that women do without thought. It's painful, it's dangerous and it can permanently harm the woman's body. But sometimes, abortion is the only way out. And at these times, is it not important that the woman have a say in what her body undergoes? What's interesting is that pro-lifers are often anti-contraception as well. So even if you didn't want an unplanned pregnancy, you're not allowed to use contraception to prevent it. Romney calls free contraceptives a 'gift'. It brings to mind Gloria Steinem's essay 'If men could menstruate'. Oh Romney, if you and your fellow men could get pregnant, you would not be so eager to dismiss contraception as a 'gift'. No, no, then contraceptives would be a right, sanctioned by God. Men would carry emergency pills in their wallets. And abortion? All men should be allowed to decide if they want children or not. Imagine having to give up your beer-drinking sessions with your buddies for nine months! Of course men should have a choice. It's depressing that we still are discussing these issues in the 21st century. Surely there are more important worries to address. Figure out how to solve poverty, hunger and war, and leave women to deal with their own bodies.




ctober, which is the national breast cancer month might be officially over, but that hasn’t stopped the spread of The Pink Letter campaign on social networking sites. Facebook and Twitter is abuzz with users sending The Pink Letter to their mothers, sisters, wife and friends. Truth be told, there are many women out there who are still unaware about the right technique of Breast Self Examination and any kind of publicity the campaign receives is not enough. The Pink Letter is a public service initiative launched with the aim of stirring conversations about breast cancer (and its prevention) with women. Despite hearing stories of other women who suffer from the disease, it always comes as a shock when one of our own is affected. This is where The Pink Letter comes to the rescue. The letter teaches women the right technique of Breast Self Examination and emphasises on the need of early detection. It also gives an overview of a Mammography and its importance. One of those who shared the Pink Letter with her loved ones, Gloria Peter says, “I came across this initiative through Facebook and this got me reading about the disease. None in my family have had a history with cancer so I was unaware about the symptoms. The self breast examination that the pink letter advocates will take only a minute and if done once a month can help in detecting cancer at the early stages. This examination ensures that you don’t need to lose your loved ones to breast cancer. I have shared the letter with my mother and she in turn has spread the word to our maid too,” she says. According to Dr Minhaj Nasirabadi, women are shy and embarrassed as they have to show their breast to the doctor and so they refrain from visiting a doctor. By the time, they muster enough courage to get to the doctor, it becomes too late. “I meet many women each day who are making their first visit to the hospital but are already in their stage 4 or stage 5 of the cancer. These women are too embarrassed about their bodies and most times, it is the firm belief that they wouldn’t be affected by the disease that pulls them back. Pink Letter campaign will surely help women in doing the breast examination themselves. It’s essential that this message is spread across the all strata of women since it is the women of lower economic class who are most embarrassed to consult an outsider when she has problems,” he says.





Friday night visitors at the Pool Lawns, Taj Deccan were in for a treat as they watched a play titled FourSome, directed by Divya Palat. The night was one of fun and laughter. 1

Partying in style These pretty ladies were spotted at Bottles & Chimney on Friday, enjoying the Ladies Night at the pub. 2


1 Shilpa


4 Archana

2 Elena

5 Ameer

3 Bharathi

6 Nazma 3




1 Monika, Rosy 2 Apoorva 3 Sonia 4 Shanti, Swathi, Rashmi 4


Actor Chiranjeevi, who was recently appointed minister of state with independent charge for the ministry of tourism in the Union cabinet reshuffle, visited Film Nagar Divasannidanam with his wife Surekha.


The smiles on the faces of the children at Sneha Kunj Children’s Home, KPHB had to be seen to be believed.On Friday, the 93.5 Red FM team along with actors Taapsee and Gautham interacted with the children as part of Spread a Smile initiative by Red FM.





battle about the ideal height would appear to be raging in men's and women's genes. Gert Stulp, PhD candidate at the University of Groningen, has shown that this conflict is leading to a difference in reproductive success between men and women of varying height. His research has been published in the journal Biology Letters.



am 18. I have recently begun dating. I am finding it very difficult to express my feelings to my boyfriend and as a result he thinks I am not interested in him. He is very understanding but my aloofness hurts him sometimes. I don’t want my behaviour to be the cause of a break up. Please advise.

Dear worried kid, Well, at 18 you should be thinking of a whole lot of different things. But love can happen anywhere. So in answer to your dilemma I would say, try and get over your inhibitions which are troubling you and when you feel the wall is coming back up, make a conscious decision to drop it. Make sure your boyfriend understands you are making an effort and when you fumble he will be there to help you.

Those cheating hearts Jyotsna Nambiar


IA chief David Petraeus recently stepped down from his post after his affair with writer Paula Broadwell came to light, bringing an ignominious end to a stellar career. Apart from the jokes about the head of one of the largest spy agencies not even being able to keep his affair a secret, the question on everybody's mind is — why would such a respected man risk everything just for a fling? Adultery, infidelity, cheating — call it what you like — the phenomenon is condemned almost universally, and is prevalent everywhere. The excuses for infidelity vary, but the argument always boils down to one main point — man is not meant to be monogamous. Dr Minhaz Nasirabadi, a consultant psychiatrist at Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad, said, “Man formed social norms and moved into society. But biology does not conform to that. For males, it is not usual to mate with a single female. The biolog-

ical need is to spread their genes through as many partners as possible.” Women, on the other hand, are less likely to stray, says the doctor. “Women look for stability and security. This is not so much biological but according to what society dictates. Hence, they have less tendency to cheat,” said Dr Nasirabadi. That isn't to say that women don't commit adultery. Twilight fans were outraged when Kirsten Stewart's affair with director Rupert Sanders surfaced. Meg Ryan, Madonna, Whoopi Goldberg have all been accused of cheating on their partners. However, while there are women in the limelight who cheat, there are seldom reports of women in power who stray. A study published in Psychological Science last year indicated that power, not gender, determines infidelity. With power comes confidence, and the amount of confidence is the strongest link between power and adultery. Then how is it that we seldom hear of women in power being caught in an affair? One reason, of course, is that

there aren't enough women in

Time and time again, cheating leaders and celebrities provide grist for our gossip mills. But the real question is, why risk it all for a little fling?

power. Another is that their reputation is more irrevocably damaged by even a whiff of scandal, unlike for men, where the affair soon blows over as a minor indiscretion. Even the publishers of the study echo the sentiment. “'There has been a lot of research in the past that indicates that gender is the strongest predictor of infidelity, but none of these studies have been done on powerful women,” Joris Lammers, of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, said in a news release. “As more and more women are in greater positions of power and are considered equal to men, then familiar assumptions about their behaviour may also change. This may lead to increased negative behaviour among women that in the past have been more common among men,” he said. But why risk it all, even if the biological need is strong? Dr Nasirabadi said, “Powerful men also have greater opportunities to cheat. They think they can get away with the affair. The ones

Powerful men have greater opportunities to cheat. They think they can get away with the affair. Most believe that their affair will never see light of day. Dr Minhaz Nasirabadi, Psychiatrist we hear about are the ones who get caught. Most believe that either their affair will never see light of day, or that it will not affect them.” The other reason is more primal, according to him. “A recent survey showed that when people are in love, their frontal lobe is hypofunctional. The frontal lobe deals with right and wrong, and when it doesn't work properly, people make wrong decisions,” he said. The old adage of love being blind is true even for adultery, it seems.



Samar to be dubbed in Telugu


ishal, Trisha starrer Samar is all set to be dubbed in Telugu. Thiru is directing the film and Thandra Ramesh is producing the Tamil version. So far, 95% of the film has been completed. The film has been under production for a long time now and we hear that the film is being made with a budget of `45 crore which makes it the biggest film in Vishal’s career. Sunaina, JD Chakravarthy and Manoj Bajpai are also part of this action entertainer. Srinivas Damera has bought the distribution rights of the film’s Telugu version. Talking about the film, Srinivas said, “The film has been extensively shot in Ooty, China, Malaysia and Bangkok. We are confident that this film will surpass Vishal’s earlier hits like Pandhem Kodi and Pogaru.” The film’s audio is expected to be unveiled later this month. Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed the music. Meanwhile, Trisha, who was last seen in Dhammu, hasn’t signed a Telugu film for over a year now whereas in Tamil, she has Boologam and Endrendrum Punnagai in her kitty.


appreciates Thuppakki


ajinikanth’s magnanimity needs no introduction and he is always in limelight even when he’s not busy with his films. Few weeks ago, when he saw a preview of Gundello Godari, he couldn’t stop raving about the film. Now, the latest film which has caught his attention is Vijay, Kajal starrer Thuppakki. Apparently, he liked it so much that he saw the film twice before calling up director AR Murugadoss. “Our thalaivar

RAJINI sir called me.. and said "I have seen the film twice now. Fantastic job and a brilliant film" :-) :-) Super Happy...!(sic),”

AR Murugadoss posted on Twitter. Thuppakki is doing remarkably well at the box office in Tamil Nadu and even in Andhra Pradesh it has got a positive response. With no new films releasing this weekend, Thuppakki is expected to rake in more moolah all across Andhra Pradesh. Santosh Sivan’s cinematography, AR Murugadoss’ fascinating screenplay and Vijay’s acting have received good reviews.

pins hopes on Sarocharu


avi Teja’s upcoming film Sarocharu will be his fourth attempt this year to hit the purple patch in his career. None of his previous films this year including Nippu, Daruvu and Devudu Chesina Manushulu clicked at the box office which makes Sarocharu all the more important for Ravi Teja. Not too long ago, he seemed to have found the Midas touch with films like Kick, Anjaneyulu, Shambo Shiva Shambo and Don Seenu doing considerably well at the box office. Couple of those films might not have worked at the box office, but they did impress Ravi Teja’s fans. However, it all turned topsy

turvy in 2011. Starting from RGV’s Dongala Mutha and to DCM earlier this year, nothing seemed to go right for the actor. Now, he’s once again teaming up with Parasuram, who had earlier directed Anjaneyulu. Kajal Aggarwal and Richa Gangopadhyay are playing the lead roles in this romantic entertainer. Priyanka Dutt is producing the film under the Three Angels Studio Pvt Ltd banner. Devi Sri Prasad has composed the music and Vijay K Chakravarthi is the cinematographer. Buzz is that the film will hit the screens in late December and Ravi Teja will be hoping to end the year on a positive note.



NAWAZUDDIN finds new role tough


ersatile actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui may have done challenging roles, but says his most difficult role has been in Mountain Man, a biopic on the life of Dashrath Manjhi from Bihar. If he won international acclaim for his work in Gangs of Wasseypur and Miss Lovely, Nawazuddin was equally appreciated back home for his work in thriller Kahaani. Mountain Man is being directed by Ketan Mehta and Nawazuddin said, "My role in Mountain Man is one of my toughest roles that I have played so far. It's not easy at all. It's a journey of a man Dashrath Manjhi. It's a very interesting film, which also has a wonderful love story." IANS

Real actors don't have a set image A

ctor Yashpal Sharma feels that real actors are versatile and never get trapped in any image. Seen in movies like Lagaan, Rowdy Rathore and Ata Pata Lapata, the 42-year-old also feels that actors should not confine themselves to any particular genre. “I did not confine myself to a particular genre or did not do only positive or comic roles. I am not worried about any image like Naseeruddin Shah, Irrfan Khan, and Manoj Bajpayee who are real actors and don't have a particular image. We are theatre actors and we do all kinds roles,” Yashpal said. “If an actor gets busy in making an image, his acting will be lost somewhere,” he added. An alumni of National School Of Drama, Yashpal feels energised after doing a play and says that the experience has taught him to avoid miniscule roles in movies. “Theatre is my food and I get energy from it. I recently finished a play in Delhi and it has refreshed me so much that now I don't want to do any small role in a movie,” he said and added that he will now be selective and “this is what theatre does to you.” He will soon be seen in Myoho, which means karma of cause and effect. The movie is divided in two parts where the characters do their karma in one and reap its effects in the second. IANS

SONAKSHI always turns to parents for advice B

eing a star kid has its own perks. Actress Sonakshi Sinha says she always turns to her parents —Shatrughan and Poonam Sinha —for advice when it comes to her career decisions. "I always take guidance from my parents. It's a combined decision. They have been in the industry for 30 to 35 years, which is not a joke," Sonakshi said. "The kind of experience which they have, I don't think I will be able to have all of that anytime soon. So I always like to take their opinion," she added. After Son of Sardaar, which released November 13, Sonakshi is now looking forward to the release of her Dabangg 2, which is the sequel to 2010 blockbuster Dabangg. Featuring Salman Khan, it will hit the screens on December 21. IANS







Demi, Ashton to continue charity

Palm Springs Fest to honour Helen Hunt T

he Palm Springs International Film Festival, gearing up for its 24th edition, will honor Helen Hunt with their Spotlight Award at its awards gala on January 5. The festival runs January 3-14 and always puts the spotlight on awards contenders. According to fest chairman Harold Matzner, “A consummate actress, director, producer and screenwriter, Hunt’s talents are myriad.” He also singles “the sensitivity and grace” of her performance in “The Sessions.”


he Demi and Ashton (DNA) Foundation is getting revamped under a new name roughly one year after the split of its founders, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. The DNA Foundation was established in 2010, and brought awareness of child sex trafficking to the forefront of the mainstream media through the Real Men Don’t Buy Girls campaign. Us Weekly reports that the couple will continue their joint work on the charity that will now be called Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children. “For the past three years we have focused our work broadly on combating child sex trafficking. It has become crystal clear in our efforts that technology plays an increasingly large role in this crime and in the sexual exploitation of children overall,” Moore, 50, and Kutcher, 34, said in a joint statement.


‘offered to star in Liz & Dick for free’

indsay Lohan offered to star in the upcoming television drama Liz & Dick for free, it has been reported. The actress plays Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor in the new biopic, set to air on the Lifetime network later this month. WENN reports that Lohan was so keen to be a part of the project when she first heard of it, she told producers she could do without pay as long as she got the role. At a screening of Liz & Dick in Los Angeles on Wednesday (November 14), Lohan told reporters: “I didn’t get the project at first. I started calling and harassing agents... because I felt people were hesitant [to cast me], which I understood. “I actually said, ‘I’ll just do it for free’. My agent was like, ‘No, no, no, don’t say that’.” Previews of Lohan and co-star Grant Bowler have been released, depicting the young starlet in Taylor’s trademark diamonds. Larry A Thompson, producer of the film, has said that critics will be surprised by Lohan’s performance. Liz & Dick is scheduled to premiere on Lifetime on Sunday, November 25.



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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, voucher from VENKEY’S VEG Restaurant, Nampally horizontally, of the number 11.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. – Gertrude Stein

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QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Do as the cookbook instructs 5 Gabbana's partner in fashion 10 Word with ‘kidding’ or ‘married’ 14 Not on time 15 Suggestion box contents 16 Capital of Norway 17 Car wheel shaft 18 Biological group 19 Transport, as freight 20 Ornery farm animal 22 Heavenly being 23 Suffix for ‘velvet’ 24 Affliction 26 Expel from law practice 30 Inclined to sulk 31 Furrier John Jacob 32 Pronoun for two 33 Chanel of fashion 37 Be loose-lipped 38 Bogus 40 Arabian Peninsula port 41 Romanian's neighbor 42 Water at 31 degrees 43 Developed ability 44 Vertical reference line on a graph 46 Not in secret 47 Hid away 50 If you're human, you'll do it 51 They create carbon monoxide 52 Popular stuffed animal

58 Coalition 59 Hagar's wife, in comics 60 Roof border 61 Canadien's milieu 62 American of Japanese heritage 63 Droughtscourged 64 Simians 65 Outboard motor's locale 66 Use the delete key, eg DOWN 1 Thick piece of concrete 2 What planes do after landing 3 ‘___ all come out

in the wash’ 4 Not walk a straight line 5 Word with ‘clam’ or ‘gold’ 6 ‘___ a Grecian Urn’ (Keats poem) 7 Horne who started at the Cotton Club 8 Guarded 9 A snaky letter? 10 Bread made with cornmeal 11 Strunk & White subject 12 Swings around 13 Charges on the road 21 52 Sundays 22 High, in music 25 Angler's attachment

26 Applies in light strokes 27 Tropical vacation spot 28 Part of a constellation 29 Anklets worn with poodle






skirts 30 Gondola pushers 34 Norse god of war 35 Room in the big house 36 Sole 38 Idee-___ (obsession) 39 Proof provider 43 Surprisingly agile 45 Gasps of delight 46 Install, as a minister 47 Native-born Israeli 48 Flower from Holland 49 Send a note of apology 50 Border neatener 53 ‘Do it, or ___!’ 54 Gentleman caller 55 Deserve 56 Like many rooters 57 ‘That was what I meant after all’ command 59 Word on one of two matching towels










Five of Swords

Nine of Pentacles

Queen of Swords

Three of Wands

Knight of Cups



ork – There may be some imbalances at the work place, in terms of the number of hours you’re working or the expectations and resources at your disposal. Talk to your boss. Romance – Growth is indicated in a relationship where you and your partner decide to take it a notch higher. Health – If your exercise routine has not been giving you any results, it could be that your body is fatigued and needs a change. Do a different routine. Money – There’s nothing to worry about money. If you have taken a home loan or any such high-interest-guzzling loan, think of ways to reduce the interest outflow. Tarot message – You are unique and should not compare to others.


ork – Beware of coming across as too snooty and difficult to approach. This may prevent your further growth within the company. Romance – Legal issues between partners need to be sorted out. Singles should go out and meet potential partners. Health – Discuss your health issues openly with your doctor. It may seem like an insignificant problem to you but your doctor will recognise trouble if there is. Money – No point accusing your tax advisor if you haven’t done your homework and checked on where your money is going. Be careful. Tarot message – Communication is very important. Be frank and honest with people who matter and it will make a difference.


ork – Many new challenges are going to come your way. It’s up to you whether to step up and show what you can do, or reject them and stay where you are. Romance – Feelings of positivity can wipe out that irritation you feel rising up towards your loved one. It may be because of spending too much time together. Health – You need to pause and take a break if your body is feeling fatigued. It is sending you a signal that a break is in order. Money – Do some thorough background research before you decide to invest in a new fund. Err on the side of caution. Tarot message – You can get a better deal with your current situation if you remain patient.



ork –Streamline your work processes so that you can produce better quality work. By thinking of new ways to do the same old thing will take up time. Romance – A travel plan to reignite the passion between you and your partner is a good idea. Choose a location which you both will find things to discover. Health – A change may be needed in your diet or exercise to make the most of your current situation. Continue to meditate and release mental stress. Money – Money matters need attention. Pool all your resources together and think of ways to maximise what you have. Tarot message – This is not the time to be aggressive. Get practical and do the best under your present circumstances.

ork – Creativity will rid you of boredom at the work place. Think of new ways to do the same old job and you won’t feel stuck in a rut. Romance – If you have made some promises, it’s important you keep them. Maintaining this trust, at any cost, is the foundation of a strong relationship. Health – Go for a regular health checkup. You may be in for a few surprises but nothing that cannot be handled well. Consult a good doctor. Money – Knowing about a scheme first is one thing, acting on it fast is another. Being there first will give you an advantage. Tarot message – It’s not easy to think out of the box. But it is essential to keep you motivated.




Six of Swords

Page of Pentacles


ork – You may be blocked access to something important. Look at it this way. It also means, you are expected to concentrate on fewer jobs. Romance – You need to up the romance quotient in your life and for that you need to renew and refresh your attitude. Make way for the new. Health – Stomach upset or sore throat or something minor will be an irritant. Treat it immediately. It is also a sign that you should diet. Money – Shifting money around is not a good idea now. Don’t shake up something which is stable just to bring some change. Tarot message – Get adventurous but within limits. It should not upset your life in such a way that you need to start over.

ork – Good time to look at new avenues and opportunities. This is an ocean with a world of new chances. Look at the right places. Romance – An overseas trip will get you in touch with interesting members of the opposite sex. Enjoy the interactions and the new ideas. Health – Your mind needs relaxation. Take a break and get out of the city for a few days. Leave your phone behind if that would help. Money – There are ways to keep track of your expenses only if you have the will to cut down and save for tomorrow. Get pen and paper and take note. Tarot message – Be open to new ideas and exploration. There are many different sides to a story.


Sagittarius Ten of Wands


ork –Hard work and perseverance are required at the moment. It also means that you need to stick to a formula you know for sure works. Romance – Before sealing the deal on an important relationship, review your pros and cons. Ensure you know very well what you’re getting into. Health – A family doctor may be annoying but he/she is also the one with the knowledge of your family history. Be patient and go with the familiar. Money – There is no dearth of anything for your needs. But don’t get greedy and maximise what you have. Tarot message – Sharing is an important part of the spiritual growing process. Learn to share thoughts and ideas, even though they will be exposed to criticism.


Date 18-11-2012


Three of Swords



ork – Watch out for matters of etiquette and the expected rules and regulations in a business environment. To grow, you need to follow theses. Romance – You have the urge to stay home and spend time doing homely things. Take time off and just relax at home with no plans. Health – Nagging health issues may crop up if you haven’t taken care of them already. Home remedies and alternative therapies work best. Money – Not a best time to move money around when you are unsure of where you’ll be next or what your next career move will be. Tarot message – What you sow, you will reap. But that should not stop you from following your gut feel.

ork – You may not be entirely happy with the results of a project, which you worked very hard on. Let it go and move on. Romance – Singles may be tempted to get into an unconventional relationship. Stay away and don’t yield to temptation. Health – Stop popping pills, no matter how good it makes you feel. You need to get a proper medical checkup and go by the book. Money – Finances are in good shape. Be practical and don’t get too adventurous with investments. Stick to long-term, traditional ones. Tarot message – This is not a great time for matters of the heart. You feel restless. Wait it out and don’t jump to take action unless you’ve very sure.

ork – It helps if you have a consensual attitude while working in large teams. Take the team members into confidence before launching plans. Romance – Your romantic life may be getting to theatric for your liking. Being a more practical person, you like to stick to reality. But let your partner enjoy this time. Health – When the rhythm of your daily routine is meddled with too many times, it leads to stress. Get back into the familiar and do things you enjoy to de-stress. Money – There may be some missing links in the balance sheet and it’s important you figure it out. Tarot message – Be empathetic and open to other people’s points of view. Team work is important.


Pisces Three of Cups


ork – Stop worrying. What’s the worst that could happen? You lose out on one project? Let it go and move on to the next thing. Romance – A third person may be knowingly or unknowingly interfering with your romance. Tell that person off. There’s never an easy way to do it. Health – The heat may be getting to you. Keep your body cool with fruits, juices and plenty of water. Avoid heat-inducing foods. Money – The falling rupee against the dollar has you a bit worried. You want to save on your foreign trip but also want to have a good time. Plan! Tarot message – This is a relatively easy time with no major changes. You need to cruise along.

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6. In which country would you most likely encounter a Mariachi band? 7. What is the name of Pip’s love interest in The Great Expectations? 8. Which dog is historically associated with the fire service?

9. How old is Prince Charles? 10. Does a pescatarian eat or avoid eating fish? 11. Where would you find a gudgeon pin? 12. Which is the longest running motorcycle model still in production? 13.What does a wrangler do?


Washington’s were wooden) 3. What is the name of Alexander the Great’s horse? 4. Earthworms are hermaphrodites. True or False. 5. When would you experience a hypnic jerk?

1.Both famously went nude in the public 2. False teeth 3.Bucephalus 4.True 5. When you are about to fall asleep 6.Mexico 7 Estella 8.Dalmatian 9. 64 10. Eat 11. In a car engine 12. Royal Enfield Bullet 13. Manges horses and other livestock

1. According to legend what did the inventor Archimedes have in common with a respectable Lady Godiva? 2. Sometime during the seventh century BC the Etruscans made the first what? (it is said that George





He is former American military officer who served as the director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) until his resignaiton. An extramarital affair with writer Paula Broadwell led to his resignation this month. The alleged affair was reportedly discovered in the course of an FBI investigation. He relinquished command of U.S. and Nato forces in Afghanistan and retired from the U.S. Army to command of CIA. Who is he?

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Which country will the Indian team be clashing against at the pre-quarter match of the WSF Women's World Squash Championship that is set in Nimes, France?


Where is the India Internationl Trade Fair being held?

Answers: 1 Great Indian Hornbill 2 Oriental Magpie Robin 3.Pied Wheatear 4. Pelican




with Santosh Ghule


What should you do as a reflection of your teaching?

Answer for 40:

In which city did the Army conduct a flag march?


Sugarcane farmers from which state are on an extended farmer's agitation?

WHO AM I? I am the son of communist veteran Xi Zhongxun. Recently I was in the news for being appointed as the president-inwaiting for world's second biggest economy. Who am I?

Answer : Xi Jinping

India is among the list of top five countries for the most number of sufferers for which disease according to World Health Organisation?



1. World Anti Tobacco Day 2. World Father’s Day 3. National Girl Child Day of India 4. International Womens' Day 5. UN Day 6. Earth Day 7. International Holocaust Remembrance Day 8. World laughter Day 9. World Hello Day 10. World AIDS Day


1. Diabetes 2. The Netherlands 3. New Delhi 4. Maharashtra 5. Kokrajhar




Atwal tied third at PGA Tour

Saina retains third rank

Brooksville (Florida): Indian golfer Arjun Atwal moved within one round of making the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School after he turned in a creditable four-under 68 in the third round of the second stage to be tied third here. Atwal, who carded a 67 and 70 in the first two rounds is, now 11-under and lying tied third with one more round to go.

NEW DELHI: London Olympics

Another death rocks Macau MACAU: A Hong Kong racing driver

bronze medallist, Saina Nehwal has retained her third place in the latest world badminton rankings announced today. Saina had won the Denmark Open Super Series Premier title last month before losing to Japan's Minatsu Mitani recently in the final of the French Open Super Series.

died after his touring car slammed into a barrier and burst into flames on Friday in the second death in two days to rock the iconic Macau Grand Prix. Organisers gave no details about the accident which killed Phillip Yau, 40, but footage screened on television showed his Chevrolet Cruze crashing at high speed and catching fire.

Vijays Pride could land 1000 Guineas Vijays Pride from the yard of LVR Deshmukh’s and winner of the Fillies Trial Stakes here in the Monsoon Races will be fancied in The Deccan Bookmakers Golconda 1000 Guineas (Grade II), the first classic of Hyderabad Winter Races 2012-13 to be run at the Malakpet racecourse in the City on Sunday. 1st Race: The Meak Plate (about) 2000 metres, Cat-III A handicap for 3-year-olds and upward horses, rated up to 50, 12-45pm 1 Bharatanatyam 62 (Silvester) R Singh 4 2 Racing Tycoon 59 (Laxman S) PA Culhane 2 3 Vijays Winner 57 (Deshmukh) PSChouhan 3 4 Fashionista 54 (KV Srinivas) A Ramana 6 5 Silver Lid 52 (Deshmukh) M Mark 5 6 Superb 52 (A Sharma) Ajit Kumar 1 Selections: 1 Vijays Winner 2 Racing Tycoon 3 Fashionista 2nd Race: The Rishi Konda Cup (Div-II) (about) 1400 metres, Cat-III. A handicap for 3-year-olds and upward horses, rated up to 50, 1-15pm 1 True Friend 61.5 (Hassan) PS Chouhan 7 2 Fighting Fit 60.5 (Fayaz) Kuldeep Singh 6 3 Maharadhi 56.5 (Silvester) AK Pawar 3 4 Carson Troy 55 (N Rao) G Sai Vamshi 5 5 Bold Reason 53 (Prasad R) P Sai Kumar 4 6 All The Fun 52.5 (Satheesh) B Sreekant 2 7 See My Style 52 (Laxman S) Deep Shanker 1 8 Allianz Arena 50.5 (S’narayan) Vivek 8 9 Salvadore 49 (Vatsalya) Ajit Kumar 9 Selections: 1 True Friend 2 Fighting Fit 3 See My Style 3rd Race: The Vegavathi Platge (Div-II) (about) 1200 metre, Cat-II A handicap for 3-year-olds and upward horses, rated up to 75. 1-45pm 1 Handsome Hunk 60 (Satheesh) B Sreekant 6 2 Rustic Gal 58 (Netto) A Imran Khan 8 3 Kohinoor Fighter 57 (Vatsalya) Ajit Kumar 1 4 Vijays Best 56.5 (Deshmukh) PS Chouhan 3 5 Elegant Approach 55.5 (Prasad R) N Rawal 9 6 Street Magic 55.5 (S’narayan) Vivek 5 7 True Scholar 55 (Kassam) Deep Shanker 7 8 So Super 54.5 (S Abbas) Ch K Chary 11 9 Attenborough 54 (Fayaz) AK Pawar 2 10 Royal Turn 53.5 (KV Srinivas) A Ramana 4 11 Star Value 53.5 (S Abbas) R Singh 10 Selections: 1 Rustic Gal 2 Vijays Best 3 Handsome Hunk 4th Race: The Ardent Knight Plate (about) 1200 metres, Cat-II Terms for 2-year-olds horses only, 2-15pm 1 Ahorsewithnoname 55 (ASharma) R Singh 2 2 Golconda King 55 (Prasad R) N Rawal 5 3 Kohinoor Thunder 55 (A Vatsalya) Ajit Kumar 3

4 Staminoized 55 (KV Srinivas) A Ramana 5 Amicable Advisory 53.5 (Fayaz) M Mark 6 Ice Barrier 53.5 Satheesh) B Sreekant 7 Pink Band 53.5 (Satheesh) K Anil 8 Snow Fall 53.5 (S Abbas) Ch K Chary Selections: 1 Snow Falls 2 Staminoized 3 Ice Barrier

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5th Race: The original Vel V Balasubramani Memorial Cup (about) 1100 metres, Cat-III. A handicap for horses 5-years and upward, rated up to 50, 245pm 1 Chayanandan 61.5 (Srinagesh) Deep Shanker 6 2 Rich And Famous 61.5 (Satheesh) B Dileep 5 3 Sun Bird 61.5 (Netto) S John 8 4 Winning Strides 61.5 (Sequeria) MMark 7 5 Queen Of Habashe 61 (Hassan) J Vikas 9 6 Kathakali 60.5 (A Sharma) R Singh 11 7 Victorous Sally 59.5 (Kassam H Singh 12 8 Palace Affairs 57.5 (Vatsalya) Ajit Kumar 1 9 Buck Knife 55.5 (Vatsalya) P Sai Kumar 4 10 Tillcowscomehome 54.5 (Sivlester) AK Pawar 3 11 Art Connoisseur 52.5 (Fayaz) K Anil 2 12 Over Taker 49 (Kassam) Ch K Chary 10 Selections: 1 Winning Strides 2 Rich And Famous 3 Queen Of Habashe 6th Race: The Rishi Konda Cup (div-I) (about) 1400 metres, Cat-III. A handicap for horses 3-years-old and upward, rated up to 50. 3-15pm 1 Prince Of Arabia 61.5 (D’Silva) Kuldeep Singh 2 2 Winjoy 61.5 (Deshmukh) P Chouhan 6 3 Kohinoor Vikrant 60 (Vatsalya) Ajit Kumar 7 4 Striking Gold 58 (Prasad R) M Mark 5 5 Rocking Racer 54 (Laxman S) Deep Shanker 8 6 KomoKomo Komo 53.5 (Sequeria) K Anil 10 7 Energetic Lass 52 (A Sharma) R Singh 3 8 Silver Cuise 52 (Netto) FF Da Silva 4 9 Fortunate 51 (Prasad R) P Sai Kumar 9 10 Tabdeer 4 (H’ibulla) AK Pawar 1 Selections: 1 Prince Of Arabia 2 Winjoy 3 Rocking Racer 7th Race: The Chief Justice Of AP Trophy (about) 1100 metres, Cat-I A handicap for horses 3-years-old and upward, 3-45pm 1 Kohinoor Mystic 60 (Vastalya) Ajit Kumar 2 Vijays Conquer 60 (Laxman S) PA Culhane 3 Days Of Thunder 57 (Prasad R) Imran Khan

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4 Guiding Light 57 (N Rao) Sai Vamshi 6 5 Windsor Manor 57 (S’narayan) S John 9 6 Anacostia 54 (D’Silva) PS Chouhan 5 7 Aphrodisiac 51.5 (S Abbas) B Shanker 1 8 DonValentino 51.5 (S Abbas) Kiran Naidu 4 9 Indian Epic 51 (Prasad R) N Rawal 7 Selections: 1 Windsor Manor 2 Anacostia 3 Guiding Light 8th Race: The Deccan Bookmakers Golconda 1000 Guineas (Grade II) (about) 1600 metres. Terms for Indian Fillies 3-year-old only (Foaled In 2009), 415pm 1 Capital Attraction 57 (S Kolse) S John 4 2 Centrestage 57 (Shroff) P Trevor 5 3 Exclusive 57 (D’Silva) K Singh 8 4 Racing Queen 57 (Deshmukh) PA Culhane 3 5 Strides Of Glory 57 (Prasad R) N Rawal 1 6 Ultimate Desire 57 (Dhariwal) FF Da Silva 6 7 Vijays Pride 57 (Deshmukh) PS Chouhan 2 8 Win And Enjoy 57 (Deshmukh) R Singh 7 9 Attribute 57 (I A Sait) withdrawn Selections: 1 Vijays Pride 2 Capital Attraction 3 Ultimate Desire 9th Race: The Vegavathi Plate (Div-I) (about) 1200 metres, Cat-II A handicap for horses 3-year-old- and upward, rated up to 75, 4-45pm 1 OasisVision 61 (Deshmukh) PS Chouhan 10 2 Snow Bird 55 (Satheesh) B Sreeknat 9 3 Sun STrikes 53.5 (D’Silva) M Mark 8 4 Elenor 51.5 (Netto) Sai Vamshi 7 5 GoldenJewel 51.5 (Vastalya) P Trevor 2 6 Sheridan 51 (Fayaz) AK Pawar 6 7 Aarohan 50 (Prasad R) P Sai Kumar 11 8 Cannon Ten 50 (Prasad R) N Rawal 3 9 Tico Tico 50 (S Abbas) Ch K Chary 4 10 Kohinoor Destiny 49.5 (Vastalya) Ajit Kumar 5 11 Confidential 49 (Kassam) J Vikas 1 Selections: 1 Oasis Vision 2 Snow Bird 3 Elenor Days Best: Vijays Winner Jackpot Race Nos: 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9 1st Treble Race Nos: 1, 2 & 3 2nd Treble Race Nos: 4, 5 & 6 3rd Treble Race Nos: 7, 8 & 9 Tanala Pool will operate on all races where there are five or more starters. No false rails.

Desert Bloom catches the eye HYDERABAD: Desert Bloom, Precisely That, Lioness Heart, Bound For Glory and Combined Force impressed when horses were exercised this morning on the sand track at the Malakpet racecourse.


TRACK 800 METRES Paying Guest (Anil) Lavish Gift (app) 57.5, 600/44 They

moved together. Combined Force (M Mark) 57.5, 600/43.5 moved well. Young Power (rb) 1-2, 600/47 Easy. Ray Of Hope (Harinder Singh) Vijays Splendour (Deep Shanker) 1-2, 600/47 They moved freely. Eloquence (rb) 58, 600/43 Moved well. Baazigar (rb) 1-2, 600/46 Easy. Vijaysjyoti (R Singh) 59, 600/45 Easy. Star Wish

(Ravinder Sigh) 58, 600/44 Moved freely. Zero Tolerance (rb) 1-1, 600/45 Easy. Precisely That (R Singh) 57, 600/43 Pleased. Sushen (M Mark) Khalis Gold (app) 59, 600/44 Former finished in front.


TRACK 1000 METRES Desert Bloom (R Singh) 114, 800/59, 600/44 Easy.

Iaepetus (R Singh) 1-16, 800/1-0, 600/44 Moved well. Lady Luck (Sreekant) Over Shadow (Imran Khan) 1-16, 800/1-0, 600/45 Former finished in front. Rajkumari (Imran Khan) 1-18, 800/1-1, 600/47 Easy. Kallu Mama (R Singh) Strategic Command (app) 1-17, 800/1-0, 600/47 Former started four lengths behind and finished abreast.

LEAGUE CRICKET Injured Laxman out of Ranji match HYDERABAD: Hyderabad is hit by bad news on the eve of their crucial four-day Ranji match against Saurashtra being played at the RGIC stadium from today (Saturday). Its batting mainstay VVS Laxman who scored a century in the last outing is ruled out of this match due to an injury. HCA Inter School Coca Cola Under-16 Semi-finals Nizambad 156 for 9 (Md Wajiduddin 30, Sheik Majid 35, Vineeth Reddy 3 for 21) Lost to Cal PS 157 for 5 (Syed Ali Hyder 36, Bharath Raj 41no)



Spinners rock England Today, Ojha picked up two wickets while Ashwin and Umesh shared two more as England were 110/7 at lunch. AHMEDABAD: India pushed England to the brink of follow on by reducing the visitors to 110 for seven at lunch on the third day of the first cricket Test here today. Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha picked up two wickets off successive balls while Ravichandran Ashwin and medium pacer Umesh Yadav shared the other two wickets to leave the tourists 411 runs short of the hosts' massive first innings total of 521 for 8 declared. Ojha, who took one wicket in England's overnight 41 for 3, packed off a nervous-looking Kevin Pietersen (17) and a clueless Ian Bell (0) at the same score of 69 while Ashwin broke

through the stubborn defense of rival skipper Alastair Cook with a big off break 11 runs later. Umesh Yadav, not given the ball till the 48th over, struck in his first over late in the second hour of play by trapping Samit Patel (10) as the batsman attempted to turn to leg. Umpire Aleem Dar, who did not uphold a very confident leg before appeal against the same batsman off Ashwin earlier, this time raised his finger. At the break, Matt Prior, lucky to be dropped by Zaheer Khan in the deep off Ashwin on 4, was not out with 20 after a stay of 43 minutes in which he struck four boundaries along with Tim Bresnan. The visitors needed to score

So near, yet far to go DHAKA, Spinner Sohag Gazi took six wickets on debut but the home team lost both openers in pursuit of a 245-run target that left the result of the first Test against the West Indies wide open on Saturday. He finished with 6-74 in an impressive bowling display to fold the West Indian second innings on 244, giving Bangladesh a gettable target to win in a possible 78 overs on the fifth and final day. Bangladesh went to lunch at 45-2, with Shahriar Nafees unbeaten on 19 and Naeem Islam yet to get off the mark as the Tigers needed another 200 runs in the tension-packed last two sessions at Shere Bangla stadium. Openers Tamim Iqbal (five) and Junaid Siddique (20) were the men dismissed as Bangladesh seek what would be their second home win -- or fourth ever.

Brief Scores


Bangladesh’s Sohag Gazi (L) celebrates with Mushfiqur Rahim after dismissing West Indies’ Veerasammy Permaul. AFP/MUNIR UZ ZAMAN for 16. He then took two wickets in one over to record his maiden five wicket haul in his debut Test, cleaning up Ravi Rampaul (five) and Tino Best (nought) off AFP successive deliveries.


41 9 2 0 17 0 10 20 0 11 110

Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-29 (Anderson, 14.4 ov), 3-30 (Trott, 15.3 ov), 4-69 (Pietersen, 32.3 ov), 5-69 (Bell, 32.4 ov), 6-80 (Cook, 39.4 ov), 7-97 (Patel, 47.6 ov) Bowling: R Ashwin Z Khan PP Ojha Yuvraj Singh UT Yadav

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R 44 7 30 12 6

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New Zealand win toss against SL, elect to bat GALLE, SRI LANKA: New Zealand captain Ross Taylor elected to bat after winning the toss against Sri Lanka in the opening Test in Galle on Saturday. Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne made his Test debut. Earlier, Sri Lanka suffered a big blow when in-form opener Tillakaratne Dilshan was ruled out of the opening Test after failing to recover from a

West Indies 527-4 dec and 273 (C. Gayle19, K. Powell 110, D. Bravo 76, M. Samuels 1, D. Ramdin 5, D. Sammy 16, V. Permaul 10, S. Narine 22 n.o., R. Rampaul 5, Gazi 6/74, Rubel 2/53, Shakib 2/56) vs Bangladesh 556 and 45/2 (Tamim Iqbal 5, Junaid Siddique 20, Shahriar Nafees 19 n.o., Rampaul 1/18, Best 1/4). The home team were set up by off-spinner Gazi who recorded the best figures by a Bangladeshi bowler on debut. The West Indies resumed at 244-6 with their main hopes resting on Darren Sammy but Gazi was in superb bowling form as he trapped the tourists' captain lbw in the second over of the day

212 runs to avoid the follow on with vice-captain Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann yet to come in to bat. England had, by lunch, got past their lowest ever total of 102 made in India, in 1981 in Mumbai. For India, Ojha and Ashwin had three wickets each in their bag while conceding 30 and 44 runs respectively while Yadav had 1 for 6 in 3 overs after being brought on to bowl belatedly. From the first over, England's overnight batsmen Cook and Pietersen faced an all-spin attack with Ojha and Ashwin pressed in from either end by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Scroreboard India vs English 1st Test India 1st innings 521/8 decl. England 1st innings (overnight score 41/3) A Cook c Sehwag b Ashwin N Compton b Ashwin J Anderson c Gambhir b Ojha IJL Trott c Pujara b Ashwin KP Pietersen b Ojha I Bell c Tendulkar b Ojha SR Patel lbw b Yadav M Prior not out T Bresnan not out Extras: (b 5, lb 6) Total: (7 wickets)

back injury. Dilshan, who also missed the last two matches of the recent one-day series against the tourists, was replaced by uncapped opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne, 24. "Probably he (Dilshan) can manage while batting but onthe-field movements are still giving him problems, I guess," Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene said on the eve of the Test.

Avoid parties and dinners KARACHI: Pakistan's former captain and most capped player, Inzamam-ul-Haq has advised the national team players to avoid accepting invitations to private dinners and parties while touring India next month for the One-day series. "Whenever Pakistan goes to India there are always a lot of private invitations for dinners, parties and receptions. Players are offered good money to attend these events," Inzamam said.

"My advice to the players is avoid these private parties and dinners and just focus on cricket because it is an important series for us," he said. Inzamam said Pakistan have a very good opportunity to beat India. "But for that the players will have to really focus on cricket only. touring India is always a great experience for Pakistani players and there are distractions but the players must concentrate on the series and on winning it."

Kapil rejects ICC’s idea of day-night Tests NEW DELHI: Former India

Saurashtra’s Bhushan Chauhan (42 not out) in action during their Ranji Trophy match against Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi Uppal Stadium on Saturday. Taking first strike, Saurashtra were 99/3 at lunch. DEEPAK DESHPANDE

captain Kapil Dev today outrightly rejected ICC's idea of having Day-Night Test matches in near future. "Playing cricket in white clothes has its own essence. I don't think playing day-night Test matches is a solution," India's first World Cup winning captain observed. However the legendary allrounder feels that bringing in cheerleaders or singers or

actors to perform in order to attract big crowd for the promotion of Test cricket can be tried out. "If promotion means allowing a singer to perform during breaks in Test match or bringing in cheerleaders, be it. Test cricket is the ultimate test of a cricketer and the game of cricket. The cricket board should find a way to promote the Test cricket," the former PTI captain stated.



Vettel tops free practice Vettel who was fastest in the morning free practice session ahead of Hamilton of McLaren, was quickest again in the afternoon ahead of team-mate Webber.

AUSTIN: Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel shrugged off technical problems as he dominated Friday’s opening day of practice ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix for his Red Bull team as he bids to clinch a third successive title. Vettel, who was fastest in the morning free practice session ahead of Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, was quickest again in the afternoon ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber as the champion team stamped their authority on the action. The 25-year-old German clocked a best lap of one minute and 37.718 seconds to top the times in the second session to outpace Webber by seven-tenths of a second despite missing much of the afternoon running due to a water leak. “It reduced the running time, but it was not too much of a worry,” he said. “And there is a day ahead for practice so I am sure we are ok. We are in the right place now.” He added: “We got into the rhythm really quickly. This afternoon we had a bit of a problem and did not run as

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing during the first practice session for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday in Austin, Texas. AFP/TIMOTHY A. CLARY much as we would have liked to, but nevertheless we had two good runs — so we are well prepared for tomorrow.” Although Vettel was fastest in both sessions, he said he believed the opening day’s action could end up being entirely irrelevant by time Sunday arrives.

“On Friday, you need to be careful and the fact it is so slippery can make a big difference,” he said. “I think there were one or two surprises today - and we will see what happens tomorrow. The track will constantly improve. It is important that we are among

Czech tied with Spain on Day 1 Jan Flemr

PRAGUE: Nov 16, 2012 (AFP) The Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych beat Spain’s Nicolas Almagro in a four-hour five-setter here on Friday to tie the Davis Cup final at 1-1 after day one and keep Czech hopes alive. Berdych, the world number six and the Czech number one, beat 11th-ranked Almagro on the hardcourt of Prague’s O2 Arena 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 in three hours and 58 minutes. In the first rubber of the day, world number five David Ferrer put holders Spain 1-0 ahead after beating 37th-ranked Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 58 minutes. “We are one-all, we have opened the chance for Sunday, no matter what happens tomorrow. That’s a good step for us,”

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic reacts after defeating Nicolas Almagro of Spain during their Davis Cup final match on Friday. AFP/MICHAL CIZEK Berdych said after the epic rubber. “I had more faith in myself today, that I’ll make it, and that helped me get through the game,” he added.

In Saturday’s doubles, Berdych and Stepanek will take on ATP Tour Finals winners Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, and Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil said both would be “100-percent ready. I’m ready to leave everything on the court, there’s nothing to save energy for as this is the last event of the year,” said Berdych. “We’ll do our best to win the point tomorrow, and then let Sunday decide.” In a game of fast-serving 27-year-olds, Berdych took the first set against Almagro with a single break but Almagro retaliated in the same way in the second. A nervous exchange with the umpire and a verdict in Almagro’s favour early into the third set turned the home crowd of more than 14,000 people against the Spaniard. AFP

Hong Kong Open on defensive after Rory exit HONG KONG: Organisers of the $2 million UBS Hong Kong Open have moved to defend the tournament after it lost its main drawcard, the world number one and defending champion Rory McIlroy. He failed to make the cut after his second round on Friday. Despite that and rain forecast for Saturday, organisers of the co-sanctioned European Tour and Asian Tour event said they expected a good weekend of action. “Like us, he was obviously disappointed that he could not find his very best on the course this week,” an offi-

cial statement said. “But it certainly was not for want of trying and his absence for the last two rounds in no way detracts from what promises to be another exciting weekend.” After McIlroy, the highest-ranked player in Hong Kong is the American Matt Kuchar, who is 17th in the world. He was in tied 20th at the halfway stage. Crowds at Hong Kong Golf Club are marginally up on last year, according to official figures. AFP

the guys at the top, and we’ll try and improve the car and go from there.” Vettel’s only remaining title rival, two-time former champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, was third fastest ahead of Hamilton and his McLaren team-mate and fellow-Briton Jenson Button. Alonso’s Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa was sixth in the second session run on the ‘green’ new Circuit of the Americas 25 kms outside downtown Austin ahead of German Nico Rosberg of Mercedes. Bruno Senna of Williams was eighth fastest ahead of Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber and retirement-bound Michael Schumacher in his Mercedes. Webber was fastest for most of the afternoon before Vettel’s re-emergence late in the session to trim the fastest time of the day as they both proved they have the pace to enjoy Formula One’s return to America for the first time in five years. Earlier, Vettel topped the times in the opening session AFP almost too easily.

Stunned by Vettel speed: Hami AUSTIN: Lewis Hamilton admitted he was surprised by the pace of defending champion Sebastian Vettel in Friday’s opening free practice sessions ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix. Vettel deposed Hamilton with a late time 1.418 seconds quicker than the second-placed McLaren driver in practice one and then topped practice two by 0.757 seconds despite losing an hour of running to a water leak. “I don’t know where he got that time from, but that’s very quick. I don’t know whether or not we have that pace, but we’re going to go into tomorrow and make some changes — and we can definitely improve our car. We tested something there that wasn’t so good. Hopefully we can go back to what we had in P1 and then it will be better tomorrow,” Hmailton said. AFP

Miyazato seizes LPGA lead NAPLES: Japan’s Ai Miyazato collected nine birdies in an eight-under par 64 on Friday to take a one-shot lead midway through the LPGA tour’s seasonending Titleholders tournament. Miyazato, seeking a third victory this season, had just one blemish on her card, a bogey at the par-five second hole. She more than atoned, with five birdies on the front nine and four more on the back at TwinEagles for a 10-under total of 134 after two rounds. “I was just really calm out there all day long and I did really good on the greens,” Miyazato said. “My game is really in good shape but I still have a couple more days so hopefully I can keep it going.” She was one shot in front of South Korean Na Yeon Choi, the US Women’s Open champion who carded a 68 for 135.

South Korea’s Sun Young Yoo, part of a trio sharing the first-round lead, thought whe was two shots adrift after a 70 but was assessed a one-shot penalty for an improper drop. That gave Yoo a one-under 71 and put her in a tie for third on 137 alongside France’s Karine Icher (70), American Brittany Lincicome (69) and overnight coleader Suzann Pettersen of Norway (71). Yoo was penalized for failing to hold her arm at shoulder height when she took her drop, and ended up with a triple-bogey eight at the hole. “This is one of those rules you don’t like to apply a penalty to,” rules official Janet Lindsay told the Golf Channel. “You don’t see the player gaining an advantage, but it definitely was a breach of the rule and that is a AFP one-stroke penalty.”

Stenson on top in SA Open second round EKURHULENI: It was a Swedish affair at the SA Open at the 72-par Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate on Friday with Henrik Stenson leading as lightning interrupted play early. Magnus A Carlsson finished second with an unconfirmed nine-under-par 135 and is tied with Thursday’s leader Merrick Bremner, currently nine under par having played 32 holes. Stenson was pleased after sinking three consecutive birdies from holes 15 to 17, having teed off on the 10th. “I made a little bit of a trembling start. I

made five pars — nothing great the first couple of holes. That kind of jump started my day, those three birdies.” Still recovering from jet lag after his airplane only arrived in South Africa on Tuesday, he nevertheless birdied two more on the first and third to have fiveunder par after 12 holes. “I went to bed at midnight last night, and woke up at 1:40 am, so I guess the body thought it was a bit of an afternoon kip,” he laughed. “I slept another couple of hours, so I don’t know what time of day it is, really.” AFP



Arsenal, Spurs warn violent fans With passions likely to run high again in Saturday’s lunch-time fixture, the two clubs have warned their fans to be on their best behaviour. “All fans should be aware that breaches of stadium regulations — including anti-social behaviour — will not be tolerated," read a statement published on the websites of both clubs on Friday. “Arsenal and Tottenham do not tolerate discrimination of any sort, whether it

rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have released a joint statement warning supporters to behave during Saturday’s derby at the Emirates Stadium. Last season’s encounter at White Hart Lane witnessed unsavoury scenes, with Tottenham’s former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger both subjected to offensive chants by supporters.

Australia still hoping for Beckham deal

LONDON: Chelsea captain John Terry (above) will be sidelined for about three weeks after injuring his knee against Liverpool last weekend, Blues coach Roberto Di Matteo revealed on Friday. The former England defender had to be stretchered off after Liverpool striker Luis Suarez landed awkwardly on him during the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. But scans revealed the damage was not as bad as feared. “With JT, we’re looking at approximately three weeks," Di Matteo said. “Fortunately, it’s not as bad as we first thought. It’s an MCL (medial cruciate ligament) strain." Chelsea visit Di Matteo’s former club West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday. As well as the trip to The Hawthorns, Terry is likely to miss the forthcoming league games against Manchester City, Fulham and West Ham United. A three-week period of unavailability would also prevent him from playing a part in Chelsea’s remaining Champions League Group E fixtures, including Tuesday’s crucial match at Juventus. He risks missing out on Chelsea’s participation in the Club World Cup in Japan as well, with the London club expected to leave for the tournament on December 9.

Qatar Airways lands on Barça shirts MADRID: Barcelona announced on Friday that they will put Qatar Airways on their shirts, displaying a purely corporate advertisement for the first time under a 170-

million-euro ($210-million) deal approved last year. Qatar Airways will feature on the Barca shirts for the 2013-2014 season, the Catalan club said. The air-

line will replace the Qatar Foundation, which currently features on the front of the Barcelona jersey with the United Nation’s children’s fund UNICEF displayed on the back. AFP

Liverpool media chief quits after blogger row LONDON: Liverpool’s director of com-

biggest names in football could join the ALeague for a guest stint from January. The FFA said the 37-year-old has been in talks with Australian teams over a 10game loan spell in the fledgling domestic competition. Gallop, who recently took over as FFA chief executive, said there was no need for A-League clubs to be disheartened by the denials. He said a similar situation arose earlier this year when Italian World Cup winner Alessandro Del Piero’s management tried to hose down speculation linking him to Sydney FC. “As we all know, that came to be," Gallop told local radio. “So let’s just see how this one plays out. It’s certainly an exciting proposition no one would deny that." Gallop said there had been definite contact but the FFA would have preferred for negotiations with Beckham to have been done behind closed doors. “At the mere mention of Beckham’s name, it did leak out and there’s been a mushroom of interest," he said. “There would have to be a fair few hoops that would have to be jumped through and getting a deal with one of the clubs is the first step. “There’s definitely been some contact made and let’s just see where it gets to." Gallop said A-League clubs needed to take the initiative with negotiations. “I think the connection points now are going to be between the A-League clubs that are interested and Beckham’s management, so we’ll just have to let that dialogue happen," he said. “But the timing is pretty good in terms of him being able to come in on a guest stint from the middle of January for 10 games. I think it’s a bit of a wait-and-see AFP situation."


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Terry out for ‘three weeks', says Di Matteo

said Saturday it had not given up hope that David Beckham (below) will still play in Australia’s A-League this season, despite denials from the former England captain’s representatives. Beckham’s management team on Friday played down talk of a potential move to Australia after Football Federation Australia said that the star player wanted to join an A-League club. FFA chief executive David Gallop said there was still a chance that one of the


SYDNEY: Australia’s football federation

be on the pitch or in the stands. Both clubs are actively encouraging all fans to focus on getting behind their team and enjoying what promises to be a great match on Saturday. “It is common policy and normal ground rules at football stadia in the UK and elsewhere in Europe that flags of an overtly religious/sectarian/political nature will not be permitted and may be confiscated — please respect this request," AFP wrote the club.

munications left his post on Friday, a month after claims emerged that he threatened a blogger who had been writing about the club on Twitter. Former journalist Jen Chang, who had only been in the post for six months, was accused by Liverpool supporter Sean Cummins of threatening him during a meeting between the two. Cummins said Chang had accused him of having a mole in the club.

I nearly signed Ibrahimovic, admits Wenger LONDON: Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has revealed that he almost signed a teenage Zlatan Ibrahimovic (above), scorer of all four goals in Sweden’s 4-2 friendly win over England on Wednesday. Ibrahimovic was shown around Arsenal’s training facilities when he was 16 but Wenger said the London club were unable to conclude a deal for him. “He came here to visit the training ground," Wenger said.



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