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OMAN AIR FLIGHT DELAYED AFTER PILOT REPORTS SICK Oman Air flight number WY236 X travelling from Hyderabad to Muscat was delayed at Shamshabad airport today. The flight, scheduled to take off at 6.55am, was still on the ground at 11am after the pilot reported sick. However, a spokesman from the airline said it was a technical snag. All 150 passengers have been accommodated in a hotel.





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Aditya Sarovar Premiere will be organising Maach Mangsho Misti a special Bengali food festival to celebrate Durga Puja from the October 19 to 28 at the Cascade All day dining Restaurant. The food festival offers a variery of mouth-watering Bengali delicacies.

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

Photo exhibition Alliance Française of Hyderabad invites you to The Upside Down World of Philippe Ramette. Where:Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills, Rd No 3 When: October 22, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 2355 4485

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

In tune with life Jiva — In tune with life, an art exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 120 artists and art talks by experts on the concept of biodiversity is being held. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11.30am to 7pm Contact: 98499 68797 Unspoken harmony A painting exhibition by artist Jaya Baheti titled Unspoken Harmony — a show of art and antiquity is on. Where:Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: Ongoing 11am onwards Contact: (040) 66663 939 Tribute to Mahatma An exhibition depicting the life of the Father of Our Nation Mahatma Gandhi through the drawings of Late

DINING Bengali food festival Hotel Green Park’s multi-cuisine restaurant Once upon a time is hosting a Bengali Food Fest. The food festival is on till October 21. Where:Hotel Greenpark, Begumpet When: Ongoing 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 6651 5151

TASTE OF HYDERABAD: CoP delegates sample Irani chai at a roadside cafe in front of Charminar. Venkateshwara Raju Palala is being held at Salarjung Museum. Where: Salarjung Museum, Afzal Gunj When: Ongoing, 4.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2457 6443 Recent and retrospective A painting exhibition by artist Sudip Roy is being held. Where:Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466

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Multiversal Multiversal a painting exhibition featuring 26 artists from all around the country is being held at Muse Art Gallery. Where: Muse Art Gallery, Tank Bund When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2752 2999 Folds of disguise Folds of disguise, a show of recent works by artist Hetal Chudasama is being held. Where:Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills,

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

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Rannaghor food fest Hotel Ista is hosting a Bengal Food Fest from October 19 to 28. The fest is open for lunch and dinner. Where:Hotel Ista, Gachibowli When: October 19-28 1pm onwards Contact: (040) 4450 8888

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‘I’M A MINISTER, NOT ACCOUNTANT’ “Main bada aadmi hoon, accountant nahi (I’m a big man, not an accountant)” blurts minister for minority welfare Ahmedulla when we quizzed him about the alleged `55-crore scam in the minority finance corporation which the CID is probing now.





The trendsetters have made their presentations at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. We look at the some of the key trends that stood out.



IN CONVERSATION WITH PRINCE CHARMING Actor Nakuul Mehta uses his charms to optimum effect to connect with audiences and get their attention.





Immediately after the completion of CoP-11, the GHMC commissioner will reportedly be cracking the whip against officials whose lackadaisical attitude has brought disrepute to the Corporation.


PRETTY YOUNG THINGS Karan Johar's Student of the Year, set for release this weekend, stars three newcomers Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra. While these newbies are all set to take over Bollywood, there are others in their early 20s who already proved their mettle and found their stronghold. Here’s looking at the most promising young faces in the film industry.



city THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012


LAST YEAR... HERE Making up for lost time


ast year we had reported how students had got back to their academic schedule after a 33 day break due to the Sakala Jannula Samme organised by Telangana activists. While students had admitted to being happy to resume school and college, they were worried about the extra hours they would have to put in due to all the precious time they had lost.

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$430bn is needed to achieve biodiversity conservation targets by 2020, it has been projected according to Jayanti Natrajan.

Main bada admi hoon. It’s unjust to ask me about the scam. Those involved are in custody. Let the probe reveal, I am not an accountant.

Woman’s dreams turn sour Conned by wily agents, a mother of three, wallows in misery and sickness in Saudi Arabia. Mohd SUBHAN


ne more tragic tale and agents’ cunning comes from Saudi Arabia where a poor Hyderabadi woman, who dreamt of earning money for her family was duped, ill-treated and is now awaiting for a way to return home. Sabira Begum, 32, wanted to surprise her family by earning well as a housemaid in Saudi Arabia. She is married and is the mother of three. Recently, she met three agents — Sameena, Khusroo, and Masood — who promised her a good salary as a maid in a rich home. She paid `17,000 and promised to pay an equal amount after earning her first salary. She was taken to Riyadh last month and from there transported to a location 700 kilometres away from the Saudi capital. Once she got there she was placed, along with hundreds of labourers on a construction site. Meanwhile, her husband

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Don’t trust agents who promise lucrative jobs. Sabira Begum, mother of three, learnt things the hard way. She wanted to surprise her family with fat pay cheque by working as a maid in Saudi. But to her shock, the agents hired her as a construction labourer.


Pensioners might get a piece of good news. According to minister for pensions Sunita Laxma Reddy, six lakh more pensions will be granted during the CM’s next Rachabanda.


employers are cruel and there is no consideration for being a Muslim or a woman. She would be one of the hundreds working silently with no labour protection. Her agents, she says, have disappeared and now she is under the control of a contractor. She was promised 1,200 riyals a month to work as a maid and the contractors made her sign some documents. Trapped, hurt and sick, the woman calls her family whenever she gets a chance and has been pleading with Sajid (her husband) to do something. But Sajid told Postnoon that he does not know what to do and whom to approach. Meanwhile, their three children are still awaiting their mother’s return.

Sabira Begum’s children

Mohd Sajid was under the impression that she was going to get a job in Delhi, but when she phoned from the agent’s mobile in Delhi airport he was shocked. He advised her not to go to Saudi where no protection for migrant workers existed. He asked her to return but it was too late and she thought her husband and children would be happy once she started to

earn a good salary. After the initial shock, she was forced to work at the construction site under the blazing sun. With the help of co-workers she called her husband and began crying. She pleaded with him to take her back home, pledging to herself she would never leave her native place again. The couple live in Purani Haveli. According to Sabira, her


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She was taken to Riyadh last month and from there transported to a location 700 kilometres away from the Saudi capital.

ACB raids Kanna Babu’s house, offices F

the City, Vizianagaram and Vijayawada began the raids. The sleuths conducted simultaneous raids on the residence of the MLA, the residence of his daughter and offices of his son in the City and on the properties belonging to the MLA in Yalamanchili and Rambili, ACB DSP N Venkateswara Rao told the media. Documents seized would be sent to the ACB head office in Hyderabad. The ACB officials would have to verify if the documents seized during the raid were the ones listed in the FIR. NSS

Adari Adimurthy of Yalamanchili had filed a case against Kanna Babu in the Special Court for ACB Cases, Visakhapatnam stating that the MLA had amassed assets disproportionate to his income. Admitting the case, the ACB special judge GV Krishnaiah directed the ACB DSP to submit a report on Kanna Babu’s assets by October 11. Following directions from the ACB court to investigate into a complaint of disproportionate assets of the MLA, the ACB teams comprising officers and personnel from

ollowing the information that Yalamanchili MLA Ramanamurthy Raju alias Kanna Babu possessed huge assets disproportionate to his income sources, the ACB sleuths started simultaneous raids on five locations belonging to the Congress MLA in the City, Rambili and Yelamanchili. It may be mentioned here that the ACB, which used to register cases against government officials on corruption charges, has registered a case against an elected representative for the first time. It is learnt that one


He might have quit, but he still gets paid! Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao was the first to quit when he was named by the CBI. But the man continues to receive his salary.

Burglars clean up medical store

Three people hurt in road mishaps

Energy conservation meeting to be held

Four shops burgled at one go at CTC






Though hopeful of conserving biodiversity, no finances. India might be hopeful of resource mobilisation for conservation, but it cannot expect huge finances.


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urglars targeted a medical store in the Red Hills area of Nampally on Tuesday night and cleaned out all electronic equipment including computers and mobile phones. They also looted the cash kept in the premises among other valuable goods. Thieves broke open the shutters and entered the store. Nampally police are investigating.

hree people including a woman were injured in separate road mishaps this morning. At Punjagutta crossing two passengers in an auto were hurt in an accident when a car collided with the auto they were travelling in. In a separate incident, at AR Nagar a private bus hit a pedestrian leaving her with serious injuries.

he first meeting of State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM) is likely to be held during the third week of October with the top officials of major departments like Energy, MA& UD, Agriculture, Industries, Panchayat Raj, PWD, NREDCAP, etc. Key decisions on energy conservation are likely to be taken to explore energy savings.

n a shocking incident four shops were burgled in one go last night. The shops located in Chenoy Trading Centre in Secunderabad area, were burgled all at one go and the burglars decamped with most of the valuables. Police found that the burglars had gained access by unlocking the shutters of all the shops. The police are investigating.

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Pensions to six lakh more in Rachchabanda: Sunita This is in addition to the 75 lakh senior citizens who are currently availing pension from the State government.


tating that the State government has been paying pensions to over 75 lakh senior citizens, minister for pensions, women development and child welfare Sunita Laxma Reddy has disclosed that arrangements were being made to extend pensions to another six lakh people during the chief minister’s ensuing Rachchabanda programme. Addressing the media in the Secretariat on Wednesday, Sunita said that the pension being paid by the Union government was very insufficient and the pension amount being paid by the State government was the highest in the country. She said

Sunita said that the pension being paid by the Union government was very insufficient and the pension by the State was the highest. that a list of new beneficiaries to be paid pension during the next phase of the Rachchabanda programme has already been finalised. She also reminded the media that the State government was sanctioning Pavala Vaddi and interest-free loans to women on time only. NSS

Hospital to raise cancer awareness


asavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute is undertaking various awareness programs this month for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As part of the programmes, the hospital is organising a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Cancer Awareness Program and a Free Cancer Screening Camp. Cancer Awareness Walk will begun from Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute and will proceed up to the KBR Park Junction and return to the hospital at 6.30 am on October 18. City police commissioner Anurag Sharma will flag off the walk. Several Cine stars lead by Nandamuri Balakrishna will participate in the walk. NSS


city THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012


Hyderabadi youth step it up! As City dance studios prepare dandiya enthusiasts, Postnoon finds out that a dandiya class is more an amalgamation of cultures and has little to do with the mythological significance. NIDHI BHUSHAN

and non-Gujaratis, are thrilled about the workshop because it is like a recreational activity for their children. “These days, people of all age groups are willing to learn more about other cultures. For instance, during Ganesh Chaturthi this year, we had organised a workshop on making Ganesha idols out of clay. Many turned up to participate, irrespective of whether they celebrate the festival or not,” says Bagariaa.


part from the nineday fast and various other forms of practising control in terms of alcohol and non-vegetarian food, the Navaratras bring with it a time to rejoice. It is during this Indian festive season that we see groups of people preparing for the colourful dandiya nights. Raas or Dandiya Raas is the traditional folk dance form of Vrindavan, where it is performed depicting scenes of Holi and leela of Lord Krishna and Radha. But, in today’s modern world, it is purely an excuse to get together and have some fun. “We’ve been conducting dance classes to teach dandiya for a decade now,” says Ambika from Rangmanch dance studio. “There is a 25 per cent increase in the number of students who enrol these days as the dance has become more about fun and exposure to different cultures.” “We hardly have any Gujaratis enrolling for the dance class,” quips Sheetal Agarwal, who runs Kalpataru - The Hobby

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Hut with her partner Vandana Badruka. “We’ve been imparting dandiya lessons for almost four years now. The classes were introduced as many were interested in learning more about this dance form. We conduct these classes specifically around

Dussera, mostly 10 days before the Navaratras begin.” While dandiya classes have been a hit among all age groups for quite some time, toddlers are also catching up with the trend today. “We started the concept of holding a dandiya workshop last

year. Because, we garnered such good feedback, we decided to do it every year,” says Purvvi Bagariaa, who is organising the workshop as part of Treasure House on Friday. “Our workshop is designed for children aged five years and above. Their parents, Gujaratis



All set to ‘shake up’ the City

Chennai based-band The Shakey Rays, all set to perform at Hard Rock Cafe tonight, talks about their expectations and the secret behind their name. RAHUL RAMAKRISHNA


t is almost impossible to get a straight answer from this band. Chennai-based “The Shakey Rays” will debut in the City at Hard Rock Cafe today and the band is very eager to play here. In the clipped but cheeky words of the guitarist Dhruva Gautham,”Yes. First show in Hyderabad. Cannot wait to play the loudest show at Ramoji Film City.” While Dhruva Gautham and Vikram Kannan handle guitars, vocals and harmonising, drummer Niranjan Swaminathan plays a crucial role in songwriting. This four piece rock and roll band will feature guest bass player Tiburtius Rubin as a part

Dandiya raas originated as a devotional dance form, which was performed in Goddess Durga’s honour. This dance form actually depicts the staging of a mock-fight between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura, the mighty demonking. Dandiya raas is also referred to as ‘The Sword Dance’. The sticks of the dance are said to represent the sword of Goddess Durga. The origin of these dances can be traced back to the life of Lord Krishna. Today, Dandiya raas is not only an important part of Navaratri in Gujarat but extends itself to other festivals related to harvest as well.

of their tour. One album old, the band says another album is in the offing, soon. “Recording for Tunes From the Big Belly was fun as we roamed around Pondicherry all day and went back to the studios to lay down

the tracks. Only mixing the tracks was a little unsavoury,” says Dhruva. Considering that the band has received appreciation both online and offline, what do they think about independent music

platforms? “I think independent blogs are doing a better job at promoting the artists than mainstream music publications are. The biggies like Rolling Stone and NME need to come out of their cupboards and have a look at what’s really happening,” Dhruva says. “We’re definitely willing to work on music for films if something interesting comes up,” says Vikram. They cannot help but joke that their next album is going to be dance music, nomad music and have a better album cover. While the interview eventually moves into a lot of wisely framed jokes, the band also lets slip the mystery behind its name. “I think we’d had a drink or ten when the name presented itself in bold letters,” says Dhruva.

Devotees facing hardships T

he devotees, who reached Vijaywada to have a darshan of Goddess Durga in connection with the ongoing Navaratri celebrations, are facing severe hardships in the Pandit Nehru Bus Station due to lack of adequate information. Devotees from all parts of the State pouring into the City were being subjected to hardships as there was none to give information about the programmes in the Durga temple atop Indrakeeladri. Even the free buses arranged by the temple authorities for the convenience of the pilgrims were not coming to the bus station. With this, the children, women and senior citizens were also being subjected to hardships. NSS


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ension prevailed when the police foiled T Journalists’ Forum’s rally being taken out from Gun Park to Indira Park in protest against the government’s discrimination towards them on Wednesday. The police arrested T Political JAC chairman Kodandaram, co-chairman Mallepally Laxmaiah and MLA Harishwar Reddy, “Namasthe Telangana” editor Allam Narayana and others. NSS


Corporation officials, who failed to complete works allotted to them within the set deadlines, might be reallocated by the GHMC commissioner. Md NIZAMUDDIN


mmediately after the completion of CoP-11, the GHMC commissioner will be cracking the whip against the officials whose laxity has brought disrepute to the Corporation. Even as the international conference was underway, there was reallocation of duties to the additional commissioners. According to sources, the process of internal transfer would resume on a larger scale as soon as the CoP-11 comes to an end. Those who are competent will be given important responsibilities and those who failed to comply with the directives of the GHMC commissioner and only worked to save their positions will face the music, it is learnt.

Those engineers who failed to complete the tender process within the set deadline may find themselves in trouble. Those engineers who failed to complete the tender process worth several crores within the set deadline may have to go back to their original department from which they had been drafted. And, they will go back with a tag of inefficiency taped to their lapels. “Change is what the GHMC commissioner is considering,” says an official. Streamlining the responsibilities of the additional commissioners would be a priority, he said.

Sanitation, electrical and works and the zonal commissioners and circle levels (deputy municipal commissioners) would be under the scanner. With the prevailing confusion among the public and even inside the GHMC about the responsibilities of the additionalcommissioners, it is believed that two important wings will be allotted to each additional commissioner. There were instances before the CoP11 where officials and engineers failed to turn up even after the commissioner arrived on the spot. “Mason’s are better,” was the comment of the GHMC commissioner while inspecting some works. Little wonder a foreign delegate fell in to a ditch and broke his leg. Accountability is part of the job, he was heard commenting.



TDP flays Dharmana jobless Sharmila’s yatra but gets salary T


he TDP has gone hammer and tongs at YSRC for brazenly comparing Sharmila’s padaytra to Lord Jagannatha’s Rath yatra. “They have denigrated the Lord by comparing a ‘corrupt party’s neta to Lord Jagannatha,” protested TDP politburo member Yanamala Rama Krishnudu. “The YSRC has also insulted the great poet Sri Sri who wrote about the Jagannatha Yatra of the downtrodden in his famous anthology Maha Prasthanam. Her chariot runs not on the wheels of righteousness but on corruption,” he said. Referring to the Biodiversity conference, Yanamala strongly protested against the PM Manmohan Singh giving appointment only to the leaders of his party and denying audience to leaders of other parties. He questioned whether Singh was the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy or for the corruption tainted Congress party. NSS



ormer minister for roads and buildings, Dharmana Prasada Rao, continues to be a minister and gets his salary and perks but


he is jobless at the same time! Dharmana Prasada Rao was the first to quit after his name appeared in the CBI list in the disproportionate assets case. He had willingly given up all his perks associated with his cabinet rank. However, the government continues to pay him as his resignation is not yet accepted by the governor. If his resignation is accepted from the date he put up his quit notice, his salary and other perks remitted to his account will have to be returned to the government.

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ain bada aadmi hoon, accountant nahi,” (I’m a big man, not an accountant) blurts out the minister for minority welfare Ahmedulla when the media quizzed him of the alleged `55 crore scam in the minority finance corporation, which the CID is probing now. The outspoken minister who minces no words when it comes to commenting on his ministry wondered how the hell was he to know what the officials are doing with funds. “It’s unjust to ask me about the scam. Those involved are in custody. Let the probe reveal, I am not an

accountant,” said a visibly moved minister. The five accused in the financial jugglery — Sai Kumar, Venkatramna, Naveen Sagar, B Keshav Rao, and another — are in judicial custody for their complicity in the scam. Ahmedulla, who is a minister for minority welfare for the past two years said this was the first time the minority department was accused of financial bungling. “Are you a minister or a rubber stamp,” queried one media person that brought angry outbursts from the minister. This has evoked reaction from many who wondered if the minister was unaware of financial bungling in his department he should quit.



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‘People are real champions’ At the tail end of the CoP, Wally Menne, a representative of the Global Forest Coalition and a member of the CBD Alliance speaks on the inside story of the CoP meetings. N SHIVA KUMAR

PADMINI C You are a veteran on the CoP scene, how effective is it? I’ve been to several Conference of Parties. But to be honest, in the ten years that I’ve been actively involved, I cannot say that I’ve seen progress. I think the reason is that governments don’t really want to change. If they have to, it means they have to sacrifice economic interests. Because destroying nature goes hand in hand with creating new economic activity. It’s happening in my country, South Africa, where millions of hectares of natural land, on which local communities and indigenous people live, is being planned to be taken away so as to ready them for crops to be used in biofuels. When I look at the mess due to infrastructure development, i’m thinking, what’s happening in India?!

about exploiting it. Natural resources are being used for the benefit of the wealthy (with the help of the governments and international organisations), while the poor are being left with leftovers. It’s the ordinary people who are the real champions of biodiversity. It’s their message that we are trying to represent but is not being heard.

But what about all the talks we’ve been having here on protecting the rights of indigenous people? It’s all talk. What really matters is action on the ground. And there’s little of that. As far as the CoP goes, it’s less about protecting bio-diversity and more

Is there a loss of faith in the CoP? Absolutely. The process is a failure because it does not consider at a governmental level, the rights of the ordinary people. In the 2008 CoP which was at Bonn, the German delegation had industry [Monsanto] people

in it. You tell me, if it’s possible to bring industry people into the delegation, then why not civil society, local communities, indigenous people, environmental organisations and give them the same opportunities. What can the CoP do differently? A lot. For instance, every year there are more conferences and more expensive venues. The reason our world is in trouble today is because we waste so much. There is such an excess of consumption. Look at us here, we are in this high energy/luxury environment which I is unnecessary. Where I come from, we don’t even use air con-

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his time tomorrow, the working groups will have to present the outcomes to the plenary of the deliberations held over the past ten days. Even as the working groups go into overdrive to finish the outstanding items on the agenda, include the sticky issue of resource mobilisation, matters closer home are in focus this morning. The winners of the GoI-UNDP biodiversity awards being heralded as citizen heroes here at the Eleventh Conference of Parties. The awards recognise outstanding practices from community run institutions, local self governance bodies, joint forest management and communities who are the heart of effort to conserve biodiversity.

The awards recognise practices from institutions, local self governance bodies, joint forest management and communities. From over 150 nominations across the country, a panel headed by Prof MS Swaminathan evaluated the submissions. Orissa-based Pir Jahania Jungle Suraksha Samita took home the award in the community stewardship category, Shankarpur Village Gram Panchayat from Maharashtra in the category of decentralised management while Van Uttan Sansthan from Rajasthan won for co-management and finally, the Periyar Tiger Reserve for the protected areas category.

The winners also received a cash prize of `100,000 from environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan. Since the work was undertaken by champions of biodiversity at the grassroots, it was fitting therefore that the Awards were announced at the CoP-11, said UNDP officials. Natarajan welcoming UNDP as a partner, announced that the India Biodiversity Awards will be an annual feature on International Biodiversity Day. “The winners represent innovative approaches that combine the basic needs of livelihoods, well being and dignity while respecting conservation. India has evolved a range of governance models that demonstrate the importance of strategies that create positive opportunities for development,” said Rebeca Grynspan, UN under secretary general.

ditioning. So here are we, people from Africa, Asia, South American stuck in this jail, where we are forced to breathe recycled air with no healthy food. It’s like a concentration camp, with hundreds of guards. We are isolated from the ordinary people. So you don’t even feel like you are in Hyderabad? Not at all. I could be in New York right now. The only real exposure to Hyderabad and India I’ve had is what I’ve seen on the ride back to my hotel and when I went to the People’s biodiversity fair. Even the majority of NGO people from India I’ve spoken to are far removed from the ground. Will you come back for CoP-12? When I look at the biodiversity targets set in 2010, they failed miserable. At this rate, I don’t think the 2020 targets can be achieved either. But it is it’s an incredible platform to meet likeminded people to combat the global threat. When I come here, I can meet my own government people who will never see me in my own country. As an NGO observer representative, I can meet anyone I want here.

‘Don’t expect huge finances’


ndia is hopeful of a consensus on resource mobilisation for biodiversity conservation at the ongoing UN meet but is not expecting huge monetary commitments by participating countries, environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan said on Wednesday. “I am hopeful that the conference will arrive at a final document on resource mobilisation by the end of the conference,” Natarajan said at the CoP-11. Quoting figures from the high level panel on the global assessment of resources for implementing the strategic plan, Natarajan said: “It is projected that $130-430 billion is needed to achieve bio-diversity conservation targets by 2020.” “We are not expecting these resources as the countries have not come with such mandate. What we are looking at it is a political commitment, where countries pledge that they will allocate money for resource mobilisation,” she said. Expressing happiness about willingness of countries to work towards mutual agreed solutions on biodiversity, Natarajan said that there were very few logjams in the deliberations because of difference in perspective. IANS


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He makes math look like child’s play Nischal’s love for the subject led him to develop models to help students understand math better. DEEPAK DESHPANDE



hen Nischal Narayanam had difficulty understanding threedimensional objects in mathematics (most of us would remember that teachers would draw cubes and cuboids and spheres on boards in geometry classes), he asked his mother to get him models for better understanding. His mother scoured the markets, but could not find any. So Nischal made his own models. At the time he was a 9-yearold studying in class V. “Around that time, his father brought home a financial statement of our sugar business — Nischal spotted a mistake in that,” recalls his mother, Dr Padmavati, who spotted something unique in her son. Today Nischal is 17. He is also a Guinness world recordholder for memorising the most number of random objects (225)

Nischal (second from right) has designed Smart Learning Solutions to make math fun.

and the most numbers memorised in a minute (132, that too binary numbers). He is doing his BCom and is a CA student. So when he tells you that it is his mission to convert the fear of math to joy, you may trust him. Reports say that 65 per cent

of students get the shivers when they hear the word ‘math’. But at Nischal’s Smart Learning Solutions, where he is mentor, you can see kids who have been trained to shred fiery mathematical knots to pieces in seconds: 24x56... 1344: pop comes the

answer... no fear whatsoever. One thinks it’s magic. The means are different — either abacus or vedic mathematics. But your fear of the subject is zero. As part of his mission to rid children of mathphobia, Nischal’s Smart Learning

Solutions will conduct math enhancement programmes for students from class I to X during Dussera vacations. With the help of math lab that a younger Nischal developed), trainees conduct sessions in math, vedic mathematics, abacus and chess. Chess? “Many eminent mathematicians played chess well. John Nunn was a mathematician and a grandmaster,” says Lanka Rao, international chess master. “Albert Einstein was a good chess player, too.” Nischal’s methods have ardent fans in many eminent people. One among them is P Ramanachari, the former head of department for maths in Hyderabad Public School, who is now senior trainer in Nischal’s institute. “I was immensely impressed when I first saw their models and their applications,” he says. “I wish we had these much earlier.” In Nischal’s world, math is not scary — there’s no need to mug up — but an absolute joy.





US prosecutors want Rajat Gupta, a former Indian-American director of Goldman Sachs Group, jailed for up to 10 years, but his lawyers suggest he could repay for his "shocking" crimes with community work in rural Rwanda.



Adding value with tech What started as a personal aid, has become a business with global presence. PRUDHVI RAJU K


ith the growth of the value-added services, many companies have evolved in this ecosystem to enrich user experience for smartphone users, be it typing a text message, writing notes or watching television. KeyPoint Technologies (KPT), founded in 2004, improves text input experience (typing) in smartphones and other devices. It is rightly said necessity is the mother of invention. When Sanjay Patel’s (founder’s) brother lost his arm, instead of despairing, Patel went about creating a solution to overcome this problem. Little did he know that he would stumble upon “input text solution” and start a company, which today is known as KeyPoint Technologies. The company has grown over time and has international presence and user base. The initiative, launched few years back, today enriches the way users interact with their devices.

Sumit Goswami, CEO, KeyPoint Technologies

“A mobile user today has access to smartphones, tablets and other connected devices with plethora of applications installed. Each application requires an interaction with the user to perform the intended action. We enhance the input experience of users and simplify their interaction with devices and apps,” says Sumit Goswami, CEO.

“Adaptxt, a product from the company, is designed to learn and adapt to the user’s writing style and allows to write more with minimal keystrokes. It provides highly accurate and relevant text prediction, errorcorrection and auto-correction inputs by combining the best of artificial intelligence and computing technology. It supports 50-plus language add-ons and 35-plus industry specific addons, which are free to download from Google Play store. “The ‘Learn from Socials’ based personalisation feature provides users a hassle-free typing experience. It understands user’s unique writing style from social profiles like Facebook, Twitter as well as their SMS messages and contacts. “Adaptxt beta version 1.0 for Android tablets allows users to assign a certain text or phrase as a shortcut and enables them to retrieve and text the entire phrase with a simple tap using the ATR shortcuts,” he explains. The company is enriching the user experience and there by adding value to the products

and services of device manufacturers and mobile operators. “A mobile user today is able to communicate in his native language across smartphone devices. Complex legal jargons or lengthy medical terms are no longer difficult to be typed on a smart device, powered by our legal and healthcare dictionary. We enable operators to enhance their messaging and data revenues by simplifying the way user types their messages on SMS editor, IM apps or work and personal email editor,” he says. On growing importance of VAS, he says, ”It is a catalyst for telecom revolution and a major source for inclusive growth. The telecom market is no more simply driven by voice and VAS contributes to more than 12 per cent of the overall operator revenues. A proper ecosystem around VAS can help in financial and social inclusion. The telecom ministry, TRAI and trade bodies like CII and FICCI should recognize VAS as an important sector and provide recognition and all possible support for investment and growth.


Google eyes South film content The company’s team is in talks with filmmakers and producers of the region. HEMANTH KUMAR

Inadequate number of release centres tempt those who are tech-savvy, especially abroad, to download films illegally.


fter collaborating with leading Bollywood studios like Yash Raj Films and Eros International, Google has set its eyes on the South Indian movie market. “I agree that so far we have been mostly concentrating on Bollywood, but over the last few months, we have been in talks with several filmmakers and producers in South to explore different ways to monetize their content on YouTube,” Gautam Anand, director, Content Partnerships, Google-AsiaPacific region, said at the panel discussion on Filmmaking, Managing and Marketing in the

digital era at Media and Entertainment Business conclave in Chennai. Apart from him, Kamal Haasan, Priyadarshan and Santosh Sivan spoke about various opportunities and challenges the industry is facing due to digital revolution in terms of exhibition and marketing. One of the key issues was that of piracy. Answering a

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query on why people download films illegally, Gautam Anand said, “Mostly it’s an issue of access. The Indian diaspora is spread all over the world and most films don’t release in their nearest cinema hall. We are confident that with platforms like YouTube, filmmakers can reach out to newer markets and audience across the globe. Besides, a lot of more people have begun using this medium to showcase their talent. There’s no guarantee that every video posted on YouTube gets good number hits, but if the content is good, there’ll always be an audience.” In fact, a team from Google flew down to Chennai to interact with filmmakers and producers from Tamil film industry

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to discuss about collaboration and monetisation of their content. On the other hand, Kamal Haasan opined that internet is not going to replace cinema halls in near future, although the percentage of revenue generated from theatrical release might come down a bit. “So far, 70% of the film’s revenue is generated in theatre release and the rest comes from different mediums like satellite rights, DVD. That’s likely to change in near future and it’s high time, producers and filmmakers adapt to this change. All said and done, internet will not replace cinema halls completely because it’s a different experience altogether,” he said.


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US online giant eBay said on Wednesday third quarter profits edged up two percent from a year ago to $597 million, driven by gains in mobile shopping and payments. The profit of 55 cents a share excluding special items was a penny ahead of Wall Street expectations. And the ecommerce firm lifted its forecast for the rest of the year. "We had a great third quarter across our company, with Marketplaces and PayPal accelerating customer growth," said John Donahoe, eBay president and chief executive. Revenue for the third quarter increased 15 percent from a year ago to $3.4 billion, eBay said.




is the third quarter loss American Airlines has reported.

BANK IN $118-bn MOP-UP A Spanish financial entity established to take over risky loans, or "bad bank," is to begin operations on November 19 under the name of Sareb, and will take on up to 90 billion euros ($118 billion) in so-called toxic assets, an economy ministry source said on Wednesday. A decree that creates Sareb is to be adopted by the Spanish government on November 16, the source told journalists in Madrid. Establishing the institution was a condition set by the European Union in exchange for aid of up to 100 billion euros to the Spanish banking sector, which was hit hard when a real-estate bubble burst in 2008.


We have agreed to begin negotiations for an agreement on civil nuclear energy cooperation, which will precede actual cooperation. MANMOHAN SINGH PRIME MINISTER

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SC THROWS OUT RAPE CASE AGAINST RAHUL The Supreme Court today dismissed the kidnap and rape case filed against Rahul Gandhi by former SP MLA Kishore Samrite. The SC said the petition lacked even ‘an iota of evidence’ and had done severe damage to the reputation of Rahul and his family. The court also ordered Samrite to pay `5 lakh to Rahul as compensation.



PM ‘grounds’ Khurshid?

Girls perform in a boat during the inaugural ceremony of ‘Jashn-e-Dal’ at Dal Lake in Srinagar on Wednesday. PTI


Naxals kill 2 CRPF men PATNA: Two CRPF troopers were killed and eight others injured, three of them seriously, when Naxalites triggered an IED blast blowing an anti-landmine vehicle in Bihar’s Gaya district today. The incident occurred at 6.20am near Chakarbanda forests in Barha village of the district when the CRPF vehicle was going for an operational duty. While two personnel inside the vehicle were killed on the spot, eight others


SHILLONG: Union law minister Salman Khurshid, who was scheduled to inaugurate India’s first glass mosque here on Thursday, has cancelled his trip due to a meeting of the empowered group of ministers on 2G spectrum on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s advice. Denying that Khurshid was staying away because of the allegations of corruption against him, Union minister of state for water resources Vincent H Pala, who is in Shillong for the programme, said the PM had advised him to attend the EGoM meeting. “Khurshid is not skipping his visit to Shillong because of the allegations against him. The EGoM meeting is crucial and that’s why the prime minister

Congress sources claimed that the PM and Sonia Gandhi wanted him to be in the national capital. advised him to cancel his visit,” Pala said. Congress sources claimed that the prime minister and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi wanted Khurshid to be in the national capital because of the ongoing controversy. “They don’t want him to leave station in the wake of the controversy; leaving station now could seem like running away from the problem,” a Congress leader said on condition of anonymity. IANS


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were injured, officials said. Three troopers were seriously injured in the blast. An IAF helicopter from Ranchi has been rushed to evacuate the causalities. The troopers belong to 159 battalion of the force deployed in the state for antiNaxal operation tasks. It is suspected that Maoists used a huge quantity of explosives to detonate the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). PTI


NEWS BRIEFS Kolkata doctor implants MRI-friendly heart device

Low intensity earthquake hits MP and Chhattisgarh

KOLKATA: Heart patients in eastern India can now undergo life-saving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, thanks to a cardiac implant successfully performed in a private hospital here, a doctor said on Wednesday. The new CRT-D (Cardiac Resynchronization therapy-Defibrillator), is an upgraded heart saving device which do not prevent a patient from undergoing MRI, was implanted for the first time in a patient by doctors at the BM. Birla Heart Research Centre. Many of the older versions, though effective, had a drawback that they were MRI prohibitive.

JABALPUR/RAIPUR: Mild tremors were felt in the bordering districts of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh this morning. No loss of life or property has been reported so far. Mild shocks were experienced at about 8.03am in Sarguja division of Chhattisgarh and Jabalpur-Umaria-Shahdol area of MP. The epicentre of the earthquake, of magnitude 5 on the Richter scale, was about 150 km from Jabalpur division, Raipur Met office director ML Sahu told PTI. A report from Shahdol said the earthquake lasted for nearly 20-30 seconds, forcing people to come out of their houses in Shahdol-Annoppur area. The administration has said there is no need to panic as the state agencies are fully ready to cope with any eventuality.

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Obama pans Romney over ‘binders full of women’ It’ll be a quiet affair

STEPHEN COLLINSON Agence France-Presse ATHENS, OHIO: A clumsy comment by Mitt Romney about compiling binders full of women went viral online Wednesday in a bizarre twist of a possibly decisive election duel for the hearts and minds of female voters. The furor threatened to complicate the Republican candidate’s push for an important segment of the electorate, and offered President Barack Obama a boost as he sought to stem Romney’s recent polling surge ahead of the November 6 election. It was Obama who touched off the skirmish after drawing Romney into a row during the pair’s heated debate Tuesday on Long Island, New York by making a fervent push for female votes. A day later, the president delighted in ridiculing Romney’s comeback that he reviewed “whole binders full of women” when choosing his cabinet as governor of Massachusetts. “We don’t have to order up some binders to find talented, qualified young women, to learn, to teach,” Obama said, before a 14,000-strong crowd, many of them female, under fall foliage at Ohio University in Athens. Romney’s oddball phrase took on a life of its own, trending on Twitter and inspiring a “Binders Full of Women” Facebook page which drew 330,000 “likes.” Someone rustled up a blog — — for fan art mocking the phrase, which some critics said smacked of an antiquated view of females in the

workplace and treated women as a commodity. One picture showed two white binders with the words, “Binder full of women. If found please return to Mitt Romney.” Another featured a shot of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying “No one puts me in a binder, I work for the president.” Vice President Joe Biden also waded into the mockery. “Whoa! The idea that he had to go and ask where a qualified woman was, he just should have come to my



n response to a woman’s question at Tuesday’s debate about unequal pay in US workplaces, Romney recalled how, as Massachusetts governor, he went out of his way to add women to his state cabinet and senior staff.

The best of “binders full of women” memes n “Captain of finance, binder of women” snickered one meme featuring a smiling portrait of the equity-fund tycoon turned politician and Republican White House challenger. n “All My Wives” — a reference to Romney’s Mormon faith which, in the 19th century, preached polygamy. n “Binders full of women? Oh sure, I’ve got hundreds of them,” ran the gag line across a photo of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner standing in a bathrobe amid rows of books in a library. n Yet another meme featured Obama’s secretary of state Hillary Clinton in dark glasses peering at her BlackBerry smartphone and thinking: “Romney still uses binders?” n A grab shot from the video of Beyonce’s 2008 hit “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” -- in which she wore a steel glove — had the pop star telling Romney to “better put three rings on it.”

house. He didn’t need a binder.” Obama and Biden were keen to jump on Romney’s embarrassment, as it offered them an opening to court the women’s vote following several recent polls suggesting their advantage in the socalled gender gap was fraying. The president beat Republican John McCain among women by 13 points in 2008, and in what is shaping up as an even closer election this time, may need an even wider gender gap to be safe. Romney wasted no time courting female voters Wednesday. “This president has failed America’s women,” he told a rally in Virginia. As he crisscrosses the nation, women ask him to bring down unemployment, improve schools and provide their children with better job prospects, Romney said. “That’s what the women of America are concerned about. And the answers are coming from us and not Barack Obama.” Obama’s attacks built on Democratic assaults on Romney earlier this year when he highlighted conservative positions on abortion to court the more radical audience of the Republican Party primary.

WASHINGTON: Win or lose, President Barack Obama will spend election night in his hometown of Chicago and will speak at a smaller venue than the large park where he held his victory speech four years ago, a source said Wednesday. Obama, who is battling Republican Mitt Romney for a second four-year term in the White House, will deliver remarks on November 6 at McCormick Place, Chicago’s convention center, according to the source with knowledge of the matter. Situated on Lake Michigan, McCormick Place was the venue for May’s NATO summit and is located some 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the city’s Grant Park, where Obama addressed a crowd of 240,000 on November 4, 2008. The choice seems to suggest that the Team Obama does not expect a large turnout.

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ock star Bruce Springsteen plans to hit the campaign trail with President Barack Obama Thursday as the White House race heats up in the final three weeks ahead of the election. “President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together,” Springsteen said in a statement distributed by the campaign. “We’re still living through very hard times but justice, equality and real freedom are not always a tide rushing in. They are more often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day. “I believe President Obama feels these days in his bones and has the strength to live them with us and to lead us to a country ‘where no one crowds you and no one goes it alone,’,” he said, quoting his song “Long Walk Home.”



Security firm in trouble over drugs, drinks WASHINGTON: A private security company working for the US government in Afghanistan is in hot water after a video surfaced allegedly showing several of its employees drunk and on drugs, US broadcaster ABC reported Wednesday. The video posted on the website of ABC purportedly taken at an operations center belonging to US defense contractor Jorge Scientific shows men with nude torsos downing vodka shots and wrestling with each other. Another man is shown in a dazed state after shooting up with Ketamine, a strong anesthetic. Contractors working for the US Army are banned from the use of alcohol and drugs.

NARROW ESCAPE An Australian yachtsman was reunited with his family Thursday following a dramatic rescue after a massive wave picked up his boat and rolled it over, hundreds of kilometres off the coast. Glenn Ey, 44, spent days adrift before being spotted by an Air Canada passenger plane.



The winners of the Veolia Environnement wildlife photographer of the year 2012 competition have been announced. The overall winner is the Canadian Paul Nicklen, with his underwater shot of emperor penguins. An exhibition of winning photos opens at the Natural History Museum in London on Friday 19 October, featuring 100 images.

NUMEROLOGY A social assistant talks to a crack addict who was sleeping in the street in the surroundings of Parque Uniao shantytown during an operation to clear out the city’s crack addicts, in Rio de Janeiro, on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO/CHRISTOPHE SIMON


‘Conflict may set region ablaze’ International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warning comes as clashes broke out across the border with Lebanon. MAARET AL-NUMAN, SYRIA: International peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has warned that the Syria conflict risks setting the region “ablaze”, as clashes broke out across the border with Lebanon. Even as Brahimi appeared to be winning support within Syria for a ceasefire, rebels shot down an army helicopter Wednesday while a fierce battle for the Damascus-Aleppo highway raged around the northwestern town of Maaret alNuman.


US talks Syria with Iraq

The UN and Arab League envoy warned of the conflict spreading as he visited neighbouring Lebanon, the latest leg of a Middle East tour aimed at ending more than 19 months of bloodshed. “This crisis cannot remain confined within Syrian territory,” the veteran trouble-shooter told reporters. “Either it is solved, or it gets worse... and sets (the region) ablaze.” His words came just hours before reports of clashes across

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s deputy national security advisor was in Baghdad this week for talks with Iraqi leaders on issues including the spillover from the unrest in Syria, the White House said Wednesday. Dennis McDonough met Monday with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki.

the restive Syria-Lebanon border. A Lebanese security official said armed men in Lebanon used machineguns to shoot into Syrian territory, and the Syrian army responded with rounds fired from tanks and machineguns. “The Syrian army fired shells into Lebanon after unidentified armed men opened fire across the border near the village of Aboudiyeh” in northern Lebanon the official said, adding there were no casualties. AFP

NEWS BRIEFS US, Israel to conduct joint drill aimed at Iran

11 Peruvians killed, 10 injured in mudslide

S. Korea to hold drill against N. Korea threat

US meningitis deaths climb to 19

WASHINGTON: The United States and Israel are set to launch a major military exercise in a show of unity aimed at Iran, despite friction between American and Israeli leaders over how to counter Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. The air defense drills, dubbed “Austere Challenge 2012,” will unfold later this month and last about three weeks.

LIMA: At least 11 Peruvians were killed and 10 more are missing after a mudslide Wednesday slammed into a small village in a mountainous jungle region, officials said. Those killed in the landslide include five children, Ronald Garcia, the provincial mayor, told RPP national radio network.

SEOUL: South Korea said Thursday it would begin next week an annual, large-scale military exercise aimed at countering threats from North Korea at a time of heightened cross-border tensions. The week-long Hoguk exercise beginning October 25 will involve 240,000 army, navy, air force and marine corps personnel.

WASHINGTON: At least 19 people have died in a widening fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a contaminated steroid, US health officials said Wednesday. The flareup has caused 247 cases across 15 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on its website.





people watched the second televised debate between President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney, a survey showed Wednesday.

WAKAMATSU DIES Award-winning Japanese director Koji, whose film career started in pornography and ended in acclaimed independent productions, has died after being hit by a taxi, an aide said Thursday. Wakamatsu was 76, and had only two weeks ago been named Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the region’s biggest film festival in Busan, South Korea, for his contribution to independent cinema. Interviewed by AFP in Busan, the “Caterpillar” director had said he felt his films were undervalued in Japan, “so this is a great honour for me”.

We're all taking part in this solidarity. Let's stop thinking that there's only one country who's going to pay for the others. That's false. François Hollande French President


Comment Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.




erman Melville was not the easiest writer to read, in fact Billy Budd ranks right up there with Joyce’s Finnegans Wake as a literary mire that can only be appreciated years after the words have ceased to cavort around one’s addled brain. Today marks the 161st anniversary of the publishing of Melville’s Moby-Dick, a classic tale of man’s obsession and the tumultuous and fatal road down which it often takes him. We all have our white whale, something that we want, need, or covet. Whether it is a human being, a job, or the realisation of a life-long dream, there is a spout of water travelling by us at all times as we go through life. Obsession can lead to disaster, of that there is no doubt and there are numerous tales to speak of the misfortune of chasing the elusive dream. But there are times when obsession can lead to an absolute truth, a sublime realisation of the nature of things. This may seem to be somewhat of an a priori statement but let’s look at it in posteriori. Einstein’s obsession led to his scientific magic, Beethoven’s obsession led to his musical genius, and while the fictional Ahab’s obsession led to madness and death it also gave him purpose. That’s what obsession does; it gives you a reason to live. And without that many of us are zombies wandering through life’s bylanes trying to put one foot in front of the other. Be obsessive, but to be obsessed with being thus leads to disaster. The writer is the editor of Postnoon.



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HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS Julia Gillard has a history of losing shoes — one resurfaced on e-bay. While laying a wreath on Indira Gandhi memorial she took a tumble and was floored flat on her face. She quickly got up and coolly laughed it off. Now she knows that grass and heels are a big no-no.

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ear readers, I sit here with a heavy heart writing a eulogy for Stethoscope #3, or as he was affectionately known as ‘S3’. S3 and I met about four years ago. I was working at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the time and S3 was hanging out at the medical store trying to pick up girls and playing practical jokes - all though he denies it, we all believe he was responsible for switching the chocolate and stool sample at the Pathology Christmas Party. Due to an unfortunate accident I somehow ended up misplacing my stethoscope and needed one ASAP for work. A doctor showing up to work without his stethoscope is like police showing up to work without his gun or a politician showing up to work not asking “Who can I collect bribes from today?” Not wanting to look like a fool (hold your comments) I went to buy one. Being that I was in a hurry I didn’t have time to hear the other medical equipment in the store warning me not to buy S3. I went in, pick him up, paid and went to work. It was only when

I got to work did I realize what kind of stethoscope S3 was and why the warnings were being issued. But it was too late, I was stuck with a joker. S3 has a crude sense of humor. If he wasn’t busy prank calling people or sending random emails to drug companies about Viagra, he was messing with the patients trying to get you in trouble. Though he was excellent at what he did, that didn’t mean he wouldn’t have fun at his patient’s expense and my dignity. One joke he was

most notorious for was known as the “Boobie Dive”. If he thought I wasn’t paying attention he would start to slide off of my neck and try to make his way into the patient’s shirt and land between her breasts causing both parties to be highly embarrassed. When I caught on to this little prank of his he got more adventurous and decided that while I was listening to a patient’s heart sounds he would jump out from my fingers and dive right between her breast, again causing great deal of

embarrassment and me apologizing profusely for his actions. Though he was known to be a joker, it should not take away that he was a hard worker. Everywhere I went, he went with me, hanging around my neck. Every patient I saw, he saw with me. At times when my appearance lacked to instill confidence in my patients, it was his appearance that reassured them that, yes, this kid was really a doctor and not just the janitor dressed as a doctor to get pick up girls. Six months ago S3 had a bad accident that caused him to rupture his tubing. We were able to save him using surgical tape, however we knew that this was only a temporary fixture and it was only a matter of time. Despite his injury S3 insisted on working, mainly because sitting at home drove him crazy. And on October 17, 2012 S3, while working, came apart. And true to his nature he made sure he left with a bang. The crazy fella decided to come apart while I was listening to a patient’s heart. The patient looked rather concerned when she noticed of S3 in my ears and the other half on her chest. “Your heart sounds good.” I said as I realized that my best friend is no more and that he went out making me look like an ass. Thanks for all the wonderful memories S3.

EDITORIALS Lance owes cancer-sufferers an apology


he fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal has claimed its first innocent victim; the thousands of cancer patients and survivors who relied on Armstrong’s cancer charity Livestrong for hope and help. Lance may believe he’s doing the right thing by stepping down from the charity, but his leaving will leave a gaping hole in the hearts and minds of those who looked up to him as a beacon of strength against the odds. This is what happens when bad people do bad things and good people pay the price. This is the price paid by those who believed in Bernie Madoff as his ponzi scheme soaked up hard-earned pensions and life savings and then sent them up in flames. Lance may try and fluff his way out of this mess but the wounds that he caused will take a long time to heal, for those who are already living their lives under a cloud that may burst at any moment. This is Lance’s major crime, because it harmed thos who did him no harm at all.


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hen we cannot make the truth plain, we may yet say it, subtlely. There’s no better medium for this purpose than art. Rappers in Zimbabwe are doing this. We know it as a country of contractions which has several harrowing, hair-raising tales to tell. Of course politics supply us with this, but the often untold positive side comes out through the numbers of these rappers about the strength of the people of this nation. As a known rapper of this country, Synik, says, “The people are a better story.”

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DOWNTON ABBEY IN GREECE Greek state television has come under fire from the country's main opposition party and critics for editing out a gay kiss on the premiere of the British period drama Downton Abbey.



PRINCE CHARMING Actor Nakuul Mehta uses his charms to optimum effect to connect with audiences and get their attention.

American Horror Story If you thought American Horror Story's Murder House was spooky, just wait until you experience Briarcliff Manor, the insane asylum at the center of the FX drama's second season, aptly subtitled Asylum. But while there are plenty of tangible scares — a vicious serial killer named Bloody Face, a Nazi doctor whose failed experiments roam the woods just beyond the Manor's boundaries and... aliens — it's the psychological terror co-creator Ryan Murphy has added that will send you running for the hills.



e’s the kind of guy any girl would want to take home to meet the parents. The man’s got the looks, an affable personality and the good manners to endear him to just about everyone. No wonder Rajshree Productions chose him to essay the role of Aditya Diwan, the guy with a heart of gold on Pyar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara on Star Plus. Nakuul’s tryst with the entertainment industry began during his college days when director Satish Kaushik spotted and cast him in a leading soft-drink commercial. And like they say, the rest is history. He went on to be the face that’s launched many a product ranging from colas to toothpastes, to motorbikes and even a men’s fairness cream alongside Shahrukh Khan. All this and more while still pursuing a Masters degree in Commerce. Reveals Nakuul, “While I modelled and subsequently started working in theatre, I also did summer internships in the financial markets and a dot-com start-up. Having a strong academic foundation was something that was ingrained whilst I was very young. Yet the dream of doing something in the entertainment industry was always at the back of my head. Without trying too hard, I managed to get some really good work in the advertising space and that gave me the initial encouragement to keep at it.” “My family was absolutely supportive of my dreams and took great pride in the fact that I started working at such a young age. My parents gave me the choice to follow my dreams of working in the entertainment industry or go after the much more conventional academic route of getting a Management education and that is something


Television watching in Japan seems to be a national passion. In fact, this pas-

sion is called “ichioku-sohakuchi-ka” which means “one hundred million people go crazy”.


I value greatly, even today. Nobody in my family is in the entertainment industry.” What Nakuul doesn’t divulge easily about his family is that his great grandfather Mehta Laxmi Lal was the prime minister of Udaipur and he traces his lineage back to Prithvi Raj Chauhan. When prodded on his aristocracy he says in all humility, “It feels great to be part of such a legacy yet I see myself as just another law abiding citizen of my country who has dreams of entertaining and touching people through his work.” And his work speaks for itself indeed. Nakuul has over 60 commercials to his credit,

acted in about 15 plays, worked on a mainstream Bollywood movie (Haal-e-dil), did an independent short film (Avant Garde Pythagoras Sharma) and is now the lead protagonist of Pyar Ka Dard Hai. When quizzed on his diverse range of projects he explains, “I’m not someone who

On acting


elevision as a medium is amazingly big. I am hugely motivated by the reach it gives me to put my work out there for audiences to react to and that is extremely gratifying.”

chooses his medium and then decides to act. These are projects I have been terribly excited about at a certain point of my life and gone ahead and done them with my full potential.” Despite a relatively smooth entry into the entertainment industry, Nakuul, like every artist has had his fair share of highs and lows but says, “The struggle never really gets over. Initially it’s about getting the right break, then you have to prove your mettle, continue to strive to do good work and that cycle never ends. It also keeps you on your toes to continue doing your best.” And we look forward to seeing him better the best.

The CW Network has ordered Cycle 20 of America's Next Top Model. In Cycle 20, for the first time, male models will be added to the group of contestants competing for the title of America's Next Top Model, and will move into the models' house alongside the women. Also viewers will continue to vote for their favourite models though social media.

Former participants of reality show Bigg Boss, Pooja Bedi and Sky Walker (Aakashdeep Sehgal) will soon be seen on another reality television series. The two hit it off really well after the previous season of Bigg Boss came to an end. They have even been spotted going on vaccations together. So what new show is going to snag this couple?





Contemporary carnatic rock band Agam from Bangalore will be performing live at Hard Rock Cafe tonight from 9pm.








Maruti Car dealer Varun Motors unveiled ALTO’s new form ‘ALTO 800’. The new car sports a fresh look, is roomier and is over 15 per cent more fuel efficient.


Tollywood actor Rana Daggubati launched the new WWF initiative for Tiger Conservation at HICC on Wednesday. Minister Jayanthi Natarajan was also present at the do.


1 Sakshi 2 Sushila Bokadia 3 Bhavana 4 Ajitha Reddy 5 Monali 5 Nakshatra 7 Varsha 8 Rachika, Nikki

Ladies were in for a treat at Taj Krishna where an exhibition and sale was organised by Akriti. Designer Neeta Lulla inaugurated the do.




Shashi Nahata, Neeta Lulla 10 Isitha 11 Shamvitha 10



Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, brand ambassador of Ulysee Nardin, launched Yuvraj-II collection at Meena Jewellers store, Basheerbagh on Wednesday.




BLING ALERT Jewellery brand Kirtilals announced a line up of lucky draw contests through with customers can win prizes including diamond necklace and prize holiday package worth `1,20,000. The winners will be selected during the end of scheme period.


CELEBRATING STYLE Aanchal designer store was launched in style at Banjara Hills on Wednesday. Guests turned up in their glamorous best while models showcased the newest creations. 1 Karishma 2 Proiti 3 Trushna

4 Sirisha, Aanchal & Rajini





SKIPPING BREAKFAST COULD MAKE YOU FATTER Those who skip breakfast to lose weight not only eat more for lunch, they also crave fatty and sugary foods, researchers say. Over time, this could lead to slimmers piling on the pounds, despite their best intentions, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.



Hypertension in

PREGNANCY A potentially life-threatening condition, preeclampsia or high blood pressure during pregnancy can be managed with a little care. RANJANI RAJENDRA


hen Lata learnt she was pregnant she was thrilled. Her husband and she’d been trying to conceive for years unsuccessfully, but now as she neared her 35th birthday, her dream had finally come true. For the most, her pregnancy was a smooth sailing. Fortunately, even her morning sickness was not too bad and the pregnancy glow really suited her. But one day as she approached her third trimester, she noticed that she had some swelling in her limbs and her face. While a bit of swelling was alright during pregnancy, her’s seemed abnormal. Also she began putting on massive amounts of weight within a short period of time, not to forget the headaches and nausea. Unsettled by these developments, she approached her doctor, who diagnosed her with preeclampsia or high blood pressure during pregnancy. Typically, preeclampsia is considered high risk and extreme caution needs to be taken by the expectant mother. “While it is hard to pinpoint a reason for this maternal hypertension, it is often associated with family history. Other risk factors like obesity, multiple pregnancy, late pregnancy, smoking etc are associated

with the condition,” says Dr Rupa Reddy, a gynaecologist and obstetrician. Symptoms of preeclampsia include, abnormal swelling of the hands and leg and face, decreased urine output, nausea, sudden weight gain, high blood pressure and decreased platelet count. Needless to say, the condition is considered high risk as it puts both mother and child at risk. “When it comes to the foetus, its growth could be compromised

Typically, preeclampsia is considered high risk and extreme caution needs to be taken by the expectant mother. due to irregular blood supply. The mother herself might be at risk as she may suffer convulsions or bleeding disorders. Besides, during pregnancy medications have to be administered carefully as they tend to affect the unborn child as well,” says Dr Rupa. In case a woman develops preeclampsia, tests are done to check how well her blood clots and also to monitor the baby’s growth. Generally, the only way to cure preeclampsia is by delivering the baby. “If the preeclapsia is mild, the woman can be treated as an outpatient with some medications. However, if it is moderate or

severe, we advise that the patient gets herself admitted for constant monitoring and so help can be at hand in case of any emergency,” says Dr Rupa. “Once doctors are convinced that the baby can survive outside the mother’s womb, we advise having the baby delivered before term, in a bid to save both the mother and child. In case, the condition is turning life threatening and as doctors we feel that this poses a risk to the mother’s life, we suggest delivering the baby regardless of it’s survival chances outside the womb. But this is usually done in extreme cases and only if the mother is at risk and is unable to carry the pregnancy to term,” explains Dr Rupa. For the most part women with preeclampsia are advised to be on bed rest, drink plenty of water, reduce salt intake and take medications prescribed to lower blood pressure.





Heart Murmurs

Llyod Covoner

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The heart makes a sequence of sounds as the blood is pumped through its chambers, and the heart valves open and close. Murmurs are abnormal sounds that can be heard. Murmurs are said to be very common during childhood and the vast majority are not a sign of disease or anything to worry about. It is said that 30 per cent children have murmurs. A heart murmur may be the most common sign of heart disease.

Noise can make the pupil dialate


Even small noises cause the pupils to dilate. It is believed that this is why surgeons, watchmakers and others who perform operations are bothered by uninvited noise. The sound causes their pupils to change focus and blur vision, making it hard to do their job.

Lloyd Hillyard Conover is the inventor of Tetracycline. For this invention, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Covoner was the first to make an antibiotic by chemically modifying a naturally produced drug. Tetracycline is a broad-spectrum polyketide antibiotic for use against many bacterial infections. It is a protein synthesis inhibitor. It is commonly used to treat acne today.


health THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012



Obese boys likely to end up impotent men Scientists observed a 50 per cent reduction in testosterone in a recent paediatric study. Worse still, the males were young and not diabetic.

WASHINGTON: Obese young men between 14 and 20 years of age have only half the testosterone levels of their leaner counterparts, and a high likelihood of infertility as adults, found a team of US researchers led by Indian-origin professor Paresh Dandona. Researchers from University at Buffalo, New York, reported as early as 2004 that low testosterone levels, or hypogonadism, was found in obese, type-2 diabetic adult males. The finding from the university’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences was confirmed in 2010 in more than 2,000 obese men, both diabetic and non-diabetic. “We were surprised to observe a 50 per cent reduction in testosterone in this (latest) paediatric study because these obese males were young and were not diabetic,” Dandona, professor of medicine at Buffalo and head, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, who led the study, was quoted as saying by the journal Clinical Endocrinology. “The implications of our findings are, frankly, horrendous because these boys are potentially impotent and infertile. The message is a grim one with massive epidemiological implications,” Dandona said, according to a Buffalo statement. The small study included 25 obese and 25 lean males. Concentrations of total and free testosterone and estradiol, an estrogen hormone, were measured in morning fasting blood samples.

The results need to be confirmed with a larger number of subjects, Dandona says. “These findings demonstrate that the effect of obesity is powerful, even in the young, and that lifestyle and nutritional intake starting in childhood have major repercussions throughout all stages of life,” he said. In addition to the reproductive consequences, the absence or low levels of testosterone that were found also will increase the tendency toward abdominal fat and

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Genetic factors Physical inactivity Medications Dietary factors Stress

reduced muscle, leading to insulin resistance, which contributes to diabetes. “The good news is that we know that testosterone levels do return to normal in obese adult males who undergo gastric bypass surgery,” Dandona said. “It’s possible that levels also will return to normal through weight loss as a result of lifestyle change, although this needs to be confirmed by larger studies,” he said. The researchers now intend to study whether or not weight loss accomplished either through lifestyle changes or through pharmacological intervention will restore testosterone levels in obese teen males. IANS

Arthritis and dental health may be linked

SYDNEY: Rheumatoid arthritis patients are more likely to suffer tooth loss due to periodontal disease, which manifests as sore and inflamed gums which weaken the bone and tissues supporting the teeth. Rheumatoid arthritis causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue in the joints, leading to inflammation and loss of bone and cartilage. This results

in a painful condition which impacts normal joint function. “Not only did the gum disease influence joint tissues, but arthritis also influenced tissues in the mouth,” said doctoral candidate Melissa Cantley, who worked with colleagues at the University of Adelaide. “The relationship between these two common diseases is very complex and we can now use this model to further our understanding,” said Melissa, whose doctoral supervisors are David Haynes, associate professor and Bartold Mark, professor, at Adelaide. The research also found signs of bone loss in the joints of mice with gum disease alone and bone loss in the jaws of mice with arthritis alone, according to an Adelaide statement. Clinical studies are underway to determine if treatment of periodontitis can help reduce the symptoms tied to arthritis. Cantley is one of 12 early-career scientists who are using this knowledge to investigate whether treating mouth conditions could help relieve arthritis.






S Rajamouli's upcoming film starring Prabhas is going to be a crackerjack, if the latest buzz in the industry is to be believed. Recently, Rajamouli had revealed that the film is going to be made in Telugu and Hindi and also added that it's going to be a folklore. This puts several rumours doing rounds for the past few weeks that the ace director is planning a period film with Prabhas. Rumour has it that a huge set is being erected in an area spanning 25 acres and over 100 horses have been booked for the film. This untitled film marks the debut of Prabhas in Bollywood. The decision to make the film in Hindi comes shortly after Rajamouli received rave reviews for his recent film Makkhi. Several Bollywood producers had approached Rajamouli; however, he hasn't taken a decision about it yet. Meanwhile, this untitled Rajamouli-Prabhas' film is expected to go on floors shortly. Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni, who had earlier collaborated with Rajamouli for Maryada Ramanna, are going to produce this big budget film. MM Keeravani is going to score the music.


GEARS UP FOR RAJAMOULI'S FILM Dhenikaina Ready to release big in Kerala


ishnu Manchu, Hansika starrer Dhenikana Ready is going to release in almost 140 screens in Karnataka and Kerala later this month. In Kerala alone, the film's Malayalam version titled Endhenum Ready, will release in 70 theatres. Recently, Mohan Lal, appreciated Vishnu and he reportedly told him that the film will do well in Kerala as well.

Iddharammailatho launched


uri Jagannadh's upcoming film Iddharammailatho was launched yesterday morning. Allu Arjun, Amala Paul and Richa Gangopadhyay are going to play the lead roles in this romantic entertainer. Devi Sri Prasad is going to compose the music. Most part of the film is going to be shot abroad.

Shruti to join Balupu's team in November


hruti Haasan is all set to start shooting for her upcoming Telugu film Balupu in November. She's playing Ravi Teja's romantic interest in this action entertainer. Gopichand Malineni is going to direct the film and Prasad V Potluri is going to producing it. Currently, Shruti Haasan is shooting for the Hindi remake of Nuvvuvasthanante Nenuvaddhantana.




BRAD PITT made his debut as the first male face of Chanel's iconic No.5 fragrance, in an advertisement campaign. The video is part of a $10 million advertising campaign for which Pitt was paid $7 million, according to Women's Wear Daily.

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Graphic Prints


raphic prints are a fairly new fashion for Indian designers to dabble into. For spring summer 2013, collections used digital prints in a way to spell out their collection theme more literally. Like in the case of Ashish N Soni whose prints were of red blood cells, glucose, and vitamins. The collection itself was inspired by ‘microbiology’. The print helped the designs be transformed from his signature best to something completely new and what was unexpected from the designer. Designer duo Hemant and Nandita continued their style of using graphic images onto garments. A sportswear inspired line was made unique with x-ray print of flowers in blue, pink and black on white canvas garments. At Alpana and Neeraj, the inspiration was snow and ice and interpreting the complex geometric shape of a snowflake onto the garments in form of embroidery, shape and prints. The prints specifically resembled the geometric shapes of an iceberg. Kolkata based duo Dev R Nil used print to define their newly coined logo for the brand. This logo is a heart formed with adjoining of two thumbprints. The theme of the collection was based on a Dev R Nil girl lost in a maze looking for love. The maze was depicted with use of honeycomb patterns and love was shown with use of the heart print both of which were used on the garments in a layered manner.

Color white


trend that was prevalent abroad as well, the showcase of statement looks in the shade of white. A pure tone in which the clean-cut lines and shapes of a garment are the frontrunners. Designer Rahul Mishra opened the show with a line of dresses in organic white khadi inspired by the traditional Kerala mundu. The linen shaped the bodice carefully and the lines were defined by the gold on the hemline. Alternative designer Kallol Datta showcased a predominantly white collection with hints of black. Even though each garment was made with the same cotton fabric and colour, yet was distinct in the way it was stitched. Titled Grotesque Nonsense he left the brief to just that. But if I were to interpret the choice of colour palette it seemed to resemble that of x-ray photographs of bones, limbs and fetuses, which were noticed literally as the prints. A fan of the red-carpet dressing Gauri and Nainika also produced a white and black collection inspired by Cecil Beaton’s creations in My Fair Lady. Designer Vaishali S took the bow in a white cotton sari. Her collection was made from similar fabrics and colour of white. Deconstruction of traditional Indian garments like sari, suits were modeled in long dresses, skirts and blouses.

The writer

is a fashion blogger (www.lovestruckcow. who attempts to bridge the gap between creator and consumer. As a fashion writer, she hopes to promote Indian fashion among Indians and on a global level too.

Gauri and Nainika

Hemant and Nandita

Rahul Mishra

The trendsetters have made their presentations at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. We look at the some of the key trends that stood out.


LOUIS VUITTON'S GEOMETRIC TRAVEL MARC JACOBS looked for inspiration just around the corner in his latest collection for Louis Vuitton, stimulated by a once bitterly controversial '80s work of public art located five minutes walk from the luxury brand's Paris headquarters.


Tropical fashion


Wendell Rodricks

My Village by Rimzim Dadu

Nachiket Barve


Modernizing the sari Ranna Gill


he hundred-year-old garment sari has seen many tweaks in its life most of which did not survive due to its poor conceptualisation. This time, the designers might have cracked the code and given options of designer saris that are a little different from six-yard-long fabric garment. Designer Arjun Saluja who is known for making menswear for womenswear and womenswear for menswear gave the sari a completely new twist. The bottom of the sari was a cleverly selfdraped, wide-legged trouser with front pleats that was paired with a shirtblouse. The free flowing pallu of the sari modified itself into a narrowing piece of fabric with constrained movement neatly placed onto the shoulder and hand. This sari is not to be worn like the traditional one and neither would a traditional one replace it. Goan designer Wendell Rodricks took a more minimal route to show his version of the sari. A barely there blouse or bikini top worn with a pleated skimming skirt and a sheer stole to resemble the pallu of the sari. This is definitely the one to wear for a resort season or paired as an alternative to a swimsuit-covering kaftan. Payal Pratap Singh paired her Kutch, Gujarat handloom saris with the traditional kedia jackets as blouses. A blast of colours, this was a collection for the Indian woman who is looking for a change in traditional wear yet wanting to wear traditional — a good reason to modify the sari.

Rishta by Arjun Saluja

Pero by Aneeth Arora

n acountry that boasts of handspun fabrics and natural dyes and heritage in fashion, it is surprising to see this as a newly recognised trend on the runways. Designers like Aneeth Arora for Pero have made a name to utilise this skill of hand artistry and giving a more natural and organic look to the fabrics. The models are styled to wear her garments in a nonchalant organic manner like how you and I would wear the same garments paired with a classic pair of blue jeans and rolled up sleeves. She has successfully formed an identity, which connotes natural, organic and lovable fashion. It was clear that ‘organic’ trend was a winning trend when futuristic designer Rimzim Dadu took onto patterns of flowers. A fairly softer take by the designer who is known to use metal coil and wiring as fabrics in her collections. While many designers use floral motifs and linen for summer time, it was Divyam Mehta’s easy laid-back look that gave a significant direction to how we should dress next Indian summer. His idea is that fabric should resemble second skin — moving, shaping and draping the body shape rather than the other way around. What could be more organic than that?

ndian fashion week loves to showcase for summer season. It could be because our culture supports wearing bright, clashing colours in the sun. The glimmering tones sparkle on television, during festivals, on the streets and during wedding seasons. We are not the ones to shy away from colour and this is also noticed as a popular trend on the runway. Designer Ranna Gill showed neon green, peach, yellow, blue and fuchsia tones on long dresses, jumpsuits and skirts. Designer Malini Ramani whose signature is the tribal-bohemian look also opted for neon pink dhoti pants, small dresses and fringed boleros. Designer Nachiket Barve and Gaurav Gupta also added an extra boost of colour in their collections having send a bold, fearless woman to fight the summer heat.

Entertainment THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012


Entertainment THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012



Chai Time


All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to do? 3. What may I hope? Immanuel Kant




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




1 Taunting remark 5 Wax eloquent 10 Short-billed merganser 14 “Woe is me!” 15 Golden-touch king 16 Oft-slung food 17 Escape 19 Bohemian 20 PETA peeve 21 Expressions of repugnance 22 Golden Fleece carrier 23 Australia’s national bird 24 Daisy ___ of Dogpatch 25 Lionhearted 28 Discharge, as from the RAF 30 Pinch pennies 32 Carnival locale 33 Vehicle to take a pass on? 35 Holster’s location 36 Drummer’s responsibility 37 Gets outta Dodge 40 New Mexico tourist town 42 “Mighty” fine home for a squirrel? 43 Unneeded command for chowhounds 44 A third of some plays 45 Dominant theme 47 It might be wild at a poker table 51 Does a second version 53 One may trip on it 55 Twin of Bert Bobbsey 56 Barkeep records 57 Apiece 58 Lichtenstein’s field 59 This shelter is for the birds 60 Peel out 63 Singles 64 Grammarian’s topic 65 Helm position 66 Was for several people? 67 Fix some loose stitching 68 “Present”


1 Speared with a fish hook 2 Make lighter or brighter 3 Distilled liquid used as an aftershave 4 Winter hrs. in Florida 5 Last Greek letter 6 Entrepreneur’s dream 7 Commotions of Shakespearean proportions? 8 Chinese “way” 9 More than intuition 10 Puppeteer Lewis 11 “Dennis the Menace” girl 12 Baltic Sea republic 13 One of the five W’s 18 Scrooge’s word 22 High peak 25 Eight on a sundial 26 Abundant 27 One learning to walk 29 Kimono ties 31 Uniform material 34 Quivered 36 Chomp down on 37 Big trouble, so to speak 38 Makes lace 39 Hindu monk (Var.) 40 Road crew supply 41 Fingernail polish remover ingredient 45 Post-wedding title 46 Projecting rim on a pipe 48 Lacking the resources 49 It’s more than a job 50 Main course 52 Morbidly adipose 54 Alternative to a nail 57 Historic periods of note 59 Bull’s beloved 60 Hitchhiking seed 61 Employ 62 Scrooge’s shout

Chai Time THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012 Thiruvaikumar

STAR POWER for 19-10-2012


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Though marriage talks will progress well, finalisation might get delayed , but need not worry as it is good to wait for sometime. Those searching for job in abroad or out of state, may not be successful immediately.


Daughter or son's marriage will be finalised and will be performed in a grand manner. Those in search of job will be successful in getting a promising opportunity. Unexpected financial opportunity likely; debts will be cleared.

Mental depression and minor worries likely.However you will be able to achieve in the works undertaken with a different approach and achieve your goals. Your harsh approach and arguments at workplace might bring you trouble.

Couple are advised not to magnify mistakes of each other so as to avoid unwanted rift between both. Court case which was delayed will end in your favour. Employees might be entrusted with additional responsibilities.

Money from expected sources will be received in parts only, which will make you upset as deficit situation will continue to remain. Businessmen might be faced with certain disappointments but need not worry.

Thought there might be a deficit financial situation to perform your daughter's marriage, the same will be managed with your wise decision and help from an unexpected source which will make you relaxed.

Those who were hospitalised due to critical illness will improve well and come out of the same. Health will become fine. Money from expected source will be delayed and you are likely to do more travelling.

Those upset because of a delay in their marriage finalisation will soon receive a good news. Those trying for a loan will be successful. With new less interest loan,old debts will be cleared, which will make you feel relaxed.

Court case with regard to ancestral property will be decided in your favour. Expected good news will arrive which will make you very much happy. Businessmen will be more cheerful as they enjoy the best phase of their trade.


Sumaa Tekur



Six of Swords – Your right as an individual may be questioned today. You feel left out and want to be part of the larger group and be treated as important.


The Hanged Man – A tyre puncture may delay things for you today. Watch out for pending tasks and if it is the last day to complete it, may as well get it done.



The Hierophant – A train journey revives a lot of pleasant memories. You think of your childhood and the simpler times you spent with family.


Page of Swords – Someone is sending you a text message as a reminder about an important issue. Do not ignore it. Act on it as soon as possible.


King of Pentacles – You have been spending a lot of time trying to decide on an important investment issue. Listen to family members and take their opinion.


Three of Cups – Watch the parliament proceedings to figure out how politicians evade issues and postpone decision-making. Maybe you need a lesson or two.


The Star – Toss a coin to decide on something that’s actually taking up a lot of time but does not deserve all that attention. Either way, it will be in your favour.


The Empress – A male member of your team at the work place will come to your rescue and help you with a project. You may be stuck. This person bails you out.


Queen of Pentacles – Just do the minimum work you’re supposed to before logging out for the holiday season. Take time out to relax and enjoy free time.



Five of Pentacles – Don’t be too rash in your decisions. Take your time to consider all the options before you take a final call. Let time decide.


Justice – Enjoy the rain, sun and the many different seasons. No point craving sunshine during winter and cool breeze in the heat of summer.




Businessmen will progress well in an unexpected speed and income will be beyond expectations.All your long pending wishes will get fulfilled. All the new efforts can be implemented now as the time is very much favourable.

for 19-10-2012

Knight of Cups – You are in a philosophical frame of mind today. There is a transience to your actions and thoughts. Let the day pass without major decisions.


You will be able to achieve in all the works planned properly with your right approach. Deficit financial situation will improve. You will feel happy and proud with the improvement in the career of your children.


Minor tension and confusion inevitable. But you will be able to manage and come out successfully. Financial position might not be comfortable and you might be upset as there will be a delay in implementing your wishes.

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Entertainment THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012



om Cruise is currently eyeing Our Name Is Adam, a sci-fi film from Mary Parent, a producer behind Guillermo del Toro's forthcoming Pacific Rim as well as Darren Aronofsky's now-filming Noah. No word on the plot, but Cruise just filmed Oblivion and All You Need Is Kill — both involving aliens — back-to-back, so it's clear he's working through this divorce with sci-fi. And let’s get one thing clear: Cruise is offered everything in Hollywood, even a few rom coms where the lead character is clearly supposed to be a college graduate. He’s also got a typically loaded plate of projects already in development, including the Magnificent Seven remake, a new Van Helsing and another outing for Ethan Hunt and the Mission: Impossible team. So a loose attachment like this one means nothing just yet.

CINE BYTES Halle Berry wants to leave the country


alle Berry is eager to marry Olivier Martinez, but for now, another matter is taking precedence— relocating the family, likely overseas, to shield her daughter from the spotlight. "I'm not sure where I am going to be living in the next few months, so I have to get that settled first," the actress, 46, tells InStyle.

Jackman debuts Gangnam Style


t seems no one can escape Psy's Gangnam Style trend, as Hugh Jackman was snapped doing the famous dance with its originator on Monday. "Had a great time with RealHughJackman," Psy tweeted on Tuesday along with a photo of the actor and singer in mid dance, wearing Wolverine claws. "Slicing gangnam style!" tweeted Jackman.

Dunst dons mature look for period film


ctress Kirsten Dunst was spotted wearing a grown up style and look for period film Two Faces Of January, while filming. The thriller is about a con artist, his wife and a stranger who are forced to flee their country after they're caught up in a murder scandal.






Central reach final

HYDERABAD: Bhuvneshwar Kumar played the innings of his first-class career as Central Zone made it to the Duleep Trophy final for the second successive year as they beat North Zone by virtue of 18-run first innings lead. Central Zone scored 469 in reply to North’s 451 riding on an astonishing 127-run 10th wicket partnership between Bhuvneshwar who hit a careerbest 128 and Rituraj who chipped in with 39. The match as contest was over when Bhuvneshwar scored two runs off Ishant Sharma to give his team an all-important lead. It was after Rituraj had hit another Delhi speedster Parvinder Awana for two bound-

Dinda stars for East

VISAKHAPATNAM: Bengal speedster Ashok Dinda’s hostile spell of fast bowling helped defending champions East Zone reach the final of the Duleep Trophy for the second successive time after beating South by virtue of 23-run first innings lead. After East were bowled out for 215 in their second innings, South needed 239 runs in 51 overs (including mandatory overs) in order to win the match but in the end just about managed to avert outright defeat.

aries to level the scores. Bhuvneshwar hit 13 fours and three sixes in his innings. “It was one of the best innings of my first-class career.

I am happy that I have been able to win it for my team,” Bhuvneshwar told PTI during an interaction after the match. For the record, North made 187 for four in the second innings as opener Rahul Dewan made 80. Yuvraj Singh didn’t come out to bat during the 52 overs. Central were given a target of 170 runs but after 13 overs, the two captains decided to call off the proceedings. Brief Scores: North Zone 451 & 187/4 (R Dewan 80)vs Central Zone 469 in 154.1 overs (Bhuvneshwar Kumar 128, Mahesh Rawat 71, Mohammed Kaif 64, Rituraj Singh 39 no, R. Dhawan 3/66) & 39/1. (Central in final by virtue of 1st innings lead).

A division three-days n EMCC 166 vs Hyderabad Bottling 389/3 (Rohan Yadav 157 n.o., Nishant Yadav 71, Prithvi Reddy 82) A2-A3 two-days n Ours 310 (Veda 53, Abdul Rahman 66, Mansoor 53, Arshad 4/40) vs HBCC. n Gouds XI 415/9 (K. Sai Nath 102, D. Sai Akshay Raj 61, Kaleem Khan 5/87) vs Zinda. n Raju CC 150 (VenuMadhav 57, Melwin John 6/29) vs National CC 154/4 (Virender Naik 57). HCA Coca Cola inter school U16 n Genious Citizen High School 33 (Sai Teja 7/14) lost to Gowtham Model School 35 for no loss. n DAV Public School 124 (M. Pratyush 5/13)lost to St Joseph High School 125 for no loss (A. Sai Pranay 97 n.o.). n Bhavans SA College B 308/8 (Sai

P. Ganesh Sandeep 78) bt Cresecent M English School 217 (Suchit Naidu 55, S. Anuteja 6/43). n Johnson Grammer School 257 (Syed Ali 70, K Tarun 74) bt Srichandra Junior College 68 (K .Tarun 4/29, Syed Adil 5/9). n Jubilee Hills Public School 268 (G.Bhargav 87) Bt Nalgonda district 222 (P. Ganesh 110, M. Shalavritha 5/35). A4-A11 one-day n Mayur CC 194/4 (Shantan Reddy 106 n.o.) lost to Hyderabad Panthers 195/7 (Saketh Reddy 75).


Oasis Vision will be fancied

HYDERABAD: L.V.R.Deshmukh trained Oasis Vision who won convincingly in his last run can win In the Trainer P.Pratap Reddy Memorial Cup the feature event of Friday afternoon races here at Malakpet. 1st Race: The Trainer P.Pratap Reddy Memorial Cup (about) 1200 Metres, Cat-II. A handicap for horses, 3 year olds and upward, rated upto 75. 1-15 P.M. 1 Twentyfive Pips 60 (Srinagesh) Laxmikant (1) 2 Oasis Vision 56.5 (Deshmukh) P S Chouhan (6) 3 Odalis 56 (Silvester) Ajit Kumar (3) 4 Sweet Candy 51.5 (Satheesh) A K Pawar (5) 5 Askioz 49 (N Rao) G Sai Vamshi (4) 6 Silver Liner 49 (Fayaz) Kuldeep Singh (2) Selections: 1.Oasis Vision 2.Twentyfive Pips 3.Silver Liner

2nd Race: The Accomplish Plate (Div-II) (about)1100 Metres,Cat-III. A handicap for horses, 3 year olds and upward, rated upto 50. 1-45 P.M. 1 Secret Angel 61.5 (Lasman S) P A Culhane (5) 2 Green Bay 59.5 (D’Silva) A K Pawar (2) 3 Kohinoor Destiny 59 (Vatsalya) Ajit Kumar (7) 4 Camacho Speed 55 (Prasad R) N Rawal (4) 5 Classic Emerald 55 (D’Silva) S Nayak (10) 6 Pacific Star 53.5 (S Abbas) P S Chopuhan (9) 7 Silver Island 52.5 (S’narayan) MF Alikhan (1) 8 Sprint Saloni 52 (Netto) S Sreeekant (3) 9 Lady Of Grace 51.5 (Z.Shaikh) Nitin Singh (8) 10 In Reality 50 (Netto) Uday Kiran (6) Selections: 1.Secret Angel 2Classic Emerald 3.Pacific Star 3rd Race: The Bhagat Singh Plate (Div-II(about) 1100 Metres, Cat-III. A handicap for horses, 3 year olds and upward, ratged upto 25. 2-15 P.M 1 Cannon Aim 61 (Prasad R) N Rawal (4) 2 Majestic Rock 61 (Prasad R) S Sreekant(`10) 3 Red Magic 61 (Habibulla) AK Pawar (9) 4 Ziv 61 (Srinagesh) NitinSingh (5) 5 Maid For Love 60.5 (Srinagesh) Ajit Kumar (7) 6 Castle Rock 59.5 (Kassam) B.Shinde (6) 7 Royal Bird 57 (Srinivas) P Sai Kumar (1) 8 Amber Rose 56.5 (S’shuddin) M F Alikhan (8) 9 Inspiring Tunes 55 (Silvester) G Sai Vamshi (11) 10 New Dawn 51 (Satheesh) K Anil (2) 11 White Wind 49 (Srinagesh) Laxmikant (3) Selections: 1 CannonAim 2 Red Magic 3.Ziv 4th Race: The Bhagat Singh Plate (Div-I) (about)1100 Metres, Cat-III. A handicap for horses, 3 year olds and upward, rated upto 25. 2-45 P.M.

1 Anagalekha 61 (A Sharma) Ravinder Singh (1) 2 Dazzling Princess 61 (Fayaz) harinder Singh (2) 3 Icelandic 61 (S’narayan) Kuldeep Singh (8) 4 Khalis Gold 61 (Hassan) B Shinde (10) 5 Merry Maid 61 (Srinagesh) S Nayak (7) 6 So Be It 61 (Satheesh) B Dileep (6) 7 Amrapal 59 (Netto) G Sai Vamshi (5) 8 Deccan Queen 57 (Prasad R) Laxman (3) 9 Queen Major 57 (S.Abbas) Ch K Chary (4) 10 Pussy Galore 55.5 (Habibullah) N Rawal (9) 11 Hard Hit 53 (Srinagesh) Nitin Singh (11) Selections: 1 Dazzling Princess 2 Khalis Gold 3 Anangalekha 5th Race: The Elite Zone Plate (about) 1200 Metres,Cat-III. A handicap for horses, 4 year olds and upward, rated upto 50. 3-15 P.M. 1 Ann Arbor 61.5 (D’Silva) Kuldep Singh (1) 2 Ektto Ektto Ektto 61.5 (Sequeria) B Dileep (15) 3 Miss Watermelon 61.5 (Deshmukh) PS chouhan (4) 4 Ponte Verdi 61.5 (D’Silva) S Nayak (13) 5 Yours Truly 59.5 (Habibullah) A K Pawar (12) 6 Homely Helo 58 (Laxman S) PA Culhane (8) 7 Kohinoor Pride 58 (Vatsalya) Ajit Kumar (6) 8 Striking Gold 58 (Prasad R) M Mark (9) 9 Ice Rain 56.5 (Satheesh) K Anil (7) 10 Golden Adagio 55.5 (Prasad R) P Sai Kumar (5) 11 Tripple Eight 54 (Z.Shaikh) Laxman (3) 12 Off Break 53.5 (Vatsalya) Ravinder Singh (10) 13 Eloquence 52 (Netto) S Sreekant (2) 14 Cypress Way 50.5 (Vatsalya) N Rawal (11) 15 Sugar Deal 50.5 (Hassan) Ch K Chary (14) Selections: 1 Ann Arbor 2 Ektto Ektto Ektto 3 Miss Water Melon

6th Race: The Mystical Cup (about)2200 Metres,Cat-III. A handicap for horses, 3 year olds and upward, rated upto 50. 3-45 P.M. 1 Ice Mountain 62 (Satheesh) K Anil (3) 2 Great Warrior 61.5 (Laxman S) P A Culhane (10) 3 Kohinoor Angel 61 (Vatsalya) N Rawal (7) 4 Sheikhs Emperor 61 (Laxman S) Harinder Singh (9) 5 Vijays Champ 60.5 (Deshmukh) P S Chouhan (6) 6 Fashionista 53.5 (Srinivas) A Ramana (8) 7 Superb 51.5 (A Sharma) Ch K chary (1) 8 Allendale 51 (D’Silva) Kuldeep singh (4) 9 Enigma 51 (Sequeria) Laxmikant (5) 10 Heart N Soul 50.5 (Vatsalya) Ajit Kumar (2) Selections: 1 Vijays Champ 2 Kohinoor Angel 3 Great Warrior 7th Race: The Blue Ice Plate (Div-I) (about)1000 Metres,Cat-II.

A handicap for horses, 5 year olds and upward, rated upto 75. 4-15 P.M. 1 Drayton 61.5 (Netto) S Sreekant (5) 2 Kings Cruise 59.5 (Netto) B Shinde (3) 3 Kohinoor Supreme 56.5 (Vatsalya)N Rawal (2) 4 Sun Strikes 56 (D’Silva) Kuldeep Singh (6) 5 Fine Racer 55.5 (Prasad R) A K Pawar (1) 6 Ashleen State 53 (Deshmukh) Ravinde rSingh (9) 7 Pluto Queen 52.5 (Vatsalya) Laxman (4) 8 Tico Tico 52.5 (S.Abbas) Ch K chary (8) 9 Divine Ganges 49 (Srinivas) Harinder Singh (7) Selections: 1 Kohinoor Supreme 2 Fine Racer 3 Drayton 8th Race:The Accomplish Plate (Div-I (about)1100 Metres,Cat-III. A handicap for horses, 3 year olds and upward, rated upto 50. 4-45 P.M. 1 CannonLaw 61.5 (Prasad R) N Rawal (2) 2 Mr Glorious 60 (Hassan) Harinder wsingh (8) 3 Prince Prashant 59.5 (D’Silva) P Sai Kumar (5) 4 Transition 56.5 (Satheesh) B Dileep (3) 5 Sheridan 56 (Fayaz) Ravinder Singh (10) 6 Kohinoor Revanta 55.5 (A.Sharma) Ajit Kumar (4) 7 Indian Hurricane 53 (D’Silva) Kuldeep Singh (7) 8 Allainz Arena 52 (S’narayan) P S Chouhna (6) 9 Pranavi 52 (Netto) S Sreekant (9) 10 Shadow In The Mist 52 (Hassan) M F Alikhan (1) Selections: 1 Allainz Arena 2 Prince Prashant 3 Cannon Law 9th Race: The Blue Ice Plate (Div-II) (about)1000 Metres,Cat-II. A handicap forhorses, 5 year olds and upwar, rated upto 75. 5-15 P.M. 1 Corvette 60 (Sequeria) B Dileep (5) 2 Samsonite 59.5 (Hassan) Harinder singh (9) 3 Dream Deal 58 (S’narayan) M F Alikhan (7) 4 Rio Grande 57.5 (D’Silva) Kuldeep Singh (1) 5 Ziglar 54 (Vatsalya) Ajit Kumar (4) 6 Star Propsect 53.5 (Prasad R) P Sai Kumar (2) 7 Kohinoor King 52 (Vatsalya) Ravinder Singh (8) 8 Rich And Famous 50.5 (Satheesh) K Anil (6) 9 Sun Bird 49.5 (Netto) A K Pawar (3) Selections: 1 Corvette 2.Star Prospect 3.Dream Deal Days Best:Oasis Vision 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 No False Rails:





Del Potro wins opener Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro defeated German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (8/6) in a match featuring 59 aces and no breaks of serve. VIENNA: Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro marked his return to tennis after a month-long injury absence on Wednesday with a three-hour victory over German qualifier Daniel Brands to reach the Austrian Open third round. The Argentine defeated Brands 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (8/6) in a match featuring 59 aces and no breaks of serve. The match point — Del Potro’s second — was decided by the Hawk-Eye electronic system. “If I’d known I’d have to start with a three-hour win, I would have stayed home,” joked the 2011 finalist, who was playing for the first time since suffering a wrist injury in September’s Davis Cup semifinals. “We both served so well, it was a really tough match,” added Del Potro, who kept alive

Melzer suffers fiveyear Vienna low

his hopes of booking a place in the eight-man World Tour Finals next month in London which wrap up the ATP season. Meanwhile, Two-time champion Juergen Melzer suffered his earliest Vienna defeat in five

years as the fourth seed went out in the second round, losing to Gilles Muller, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4) while Dominic Thiem defeated Slovak Lukas Lacko 76 (7/3), 6-3 to keep home hopes alive. AFP


Bartoli sees Istanbul hopes slip away

MOSCOW: Marion Bartoli saw her slender hopes of sneaking into the season-ending WTA Championships by the back door suffer another setback on Wednesday when she was sent crashing out of the $1.5 million

Kremlin Cup. The second seeded Bartoli slumped to a 6-3, 6-0 second round loss to Swedish world nunber 46 Sofia Arvidsson who recorded her fifth win over Geneva resident Bartoli in their seventh head-to-head meeting. Bartoli, who is 10th in the rankings, was hoping to leapfrog Australia’s Samantha Stosur, the world number nine and top seed in Moscow, in the race to be the first alternate for the eightwoman WTA Championship in Istanbul next week. “Today my body just refused to execute what my mind was telling it to do,” Bartoli said.

VIENNA: Two-time champion Jurgen Melzer suffered his earliest defeat in five years at the Austrian Open as the fourth seed went out in the second round, losing to Gilles Muller, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4). The result at the Stadthalle was a huge disappointment for the newly-married 31-year-old, his ranking down to 37 after a number of injuries including a hip problem. Melzer admitted at the start of the week that he was going into the European indoor season with a loss of form, but remained encouraged by his recent Beijing quarter-final run. AFP


Hewitt enters quarter-finals STOCKHOLM: Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt reached his first quarter-final since July when he defeated eighth-seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen 7-6 (7/2), 2-6, 6-4 at the Stockholm Open on Wednesday. Hewitt dropped serve six times, but capitalised on three of his four break points in the decisive set to improve to a 5-0 record against Nieminen. The 31-year-old last made the quarter-finals on his way to the Newport championship match in July where he was runner-up to John Isner. Nieminen was looking to reach the Stockholm quarterfinals for a seventh straight year and eighth time overall. He was a finalist in 2001, 2006 and 2011.


Sponsors flee Lance as he quits Livestrong CHARLES BOISSEAU Agence France-Presse AUSTIN, TEXAS: Sponsors stampeded away from endorsement deals with doping-disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong (right), who also stepped down on Wednesday as chairman of the Livestrong anti-cancer charity he founded. Armstrong was issued a life ban and stripped of seven Tour de France titles in August by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which last week revealed 1,000 pages of evidence against him, including

testimony from 11 former teammates.Sponsors to pull their support included sportswear maker Nike, 24-Hour Fitness

health clubs, brewers AnheuserBusch, Honey Stinger products and Trek bicycles. “Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him,” Nike’s statement said. Anheuser-Busch InBev, which used Armstrong in beer advertisements, said they would not renew a sponsorship deal with Armstrong when their current three-year endorsement contract ends in December.

SPORTS BRIEFS Beauty queen for golf tourney

Wolff marks first test

Tseng looks to end SK slump

Pedrosa to trim Lorenzo’s lead

JAKARTA: The winner of Miss Indonesia

LONDON: Susie Wolff became the latest

SEOUL: World number one Yani Tseng will

KUALA LUMPUR: Dani Pedrosa will attempt to snatch his third victory in a row at the Malaysian GP this weekend as he battles Yamaha ace Jorge Lorenzo for his first ever MotoGP crown. With just three rounds remaining this season, including Sepang, Pedrosa trails Lorenzo by 28 points following his impressive win in Japan as the Honda rider picks up crucial points for the title bid. Nonetheless, Lorenzo’s lead effectively means he can be assured of the title by finishing at least third in the last three races regardless of what Pedrosa secures.

2012 Ines Putri Tjiptadi will replace crown and gown with golf clubs and caddie to compete in the Ladies Indonesia Open, which tees-off in Jakarta on Thursday. She is also a leading amateur golfer, winning the ladies Singapore amateur championship in 2010 and securing gold and silver medals in 2004 in Indonesia’s national championships. She has been paired in the opening round with Australian star Stacey Keating and Nontaya Srisawang from Thailand. AFP

woman to drive a Formula One car on Wednesday, but admitted that stricken Maria de Villota was in her thoughts as she tried to show that the sport should not be an all-male domain. Marussia test driver De Villota lost her right eye and suffered serious head and facial injuries during a crash in England in July which ended her racing career. Wolff, a development driver for the Williams F1 team, admitted that the accident had been on her mind during her first day behind the wheel at Silverstone. AFP

look to turn around a recent slump in form when she defends her LPGA title in South Korea this week against a pack of Koreans eager to perform before their home crowd. The Taiwanese fired a 14-under 202 in the three-round event in 2011, edging Choi Na-Yeon by a stroke and denying her a hat-trick of straight wins in the event. The LPGA KEB-HanaBank tournament in Incheon, just west of Seoul, has proved fertile ground for local golfers, with South Koreans winning seven of the past 10 events.





KKR eliminated from CLT20 Kolkata Knight Riders were today knocked out of the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 after their must-win match against Perth Scorchers was called off due to incessant rain. DURBAN: IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders were today knocked out of the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 after their must-win match against Perth Scorchers was called off due to incessant rain here. The Knight Riders needed to win this match at any cost, having suffered reverses in their first two outings against Delhi Daredevils and Auckland Aces, but luck deserted Gautam

Score card Perth Scorchers S Marsh lbw b Kallis 38 H Gibbs c Iqbal Abdulla b Lee 0 S Katich not out 43 M Marsh not out 5 Extras: (LB-1, W-4) 5 TOTAL: (for 2 wickets in 14 overs) 91 Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-73 Bowling: B Lee 2-0-11-1 Y Pathan 4-0-29-0 SP Narine 2-0-9-0 J Kallis 3-0-24-1 L Balaji 3-0-17-0

Gambhir and his men on their most important day. In the process, they became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament proper. A downpour followed by continues drizzle ensured the game ended 14 overs into the


Crowe blames touring for cancer

WELLINGTON: Martin Crowe on Thursday blamed illnesses picked up touring during a 13year international cricket career for his diagnosis with the cancer lymphoma. Crowe said his cancer was “very treatable” and he would battle it with the same determination he displayed during his playing days. “My mindset and fierce focus has kicked in just like it did when approaching a long innings in a Test match,” he said in a statement. “I will focus on the important things in front of me, and nothing else.” The 50-year-old said he

believed his immune system had been weakened by illness while on the road with the Black Caps, leaving him vulnerable to the cancer, which he said was grade two follicular lymphoma. “In the past, on travels during my cricket career, suffering salmonella and glandular fever has compromised me,” he said. “The result of a weakened immune system over the last two decades is basically why I have become exposed to this sort of disease. Crowe, who scored a record 17 centuries for New Zealand in his 77-Test career and is regarded as the country’s greatest batsman, said he had been buoyed by expressions of support since he went public with his diagnosis. “I am overwhelmed by the support and concern by so many around the world and wish to say a massive thanks... it has enabled me to come to terms with the shock from my recent lymphoma diagnosis faster.” AFP

Scorchers innings -- they were 91 for two at that stage. The Australian outfit was asked to bat first after the coin landed in Gambhir’s favour at the Kingsmead. Pace spearhead Brett Lee vindicated Gambhir’s decision,

removing the experienced Herschelle Gibbs in the very first over of the match. The South African got impatient a tad too early as he tried to loft one over the infield only to be caught by Iqbal Abdulla at covers. After the early blow, Shaun Marsh and Simon Katich added 70 runs for the second wicket to put Scorchers in a much better position. Not only did they keep the scoreboard ticking by taking the singles and twos, the duo also managed to find the boundaries on a fairly regularly basis till Marsh was trapped in front by Jacques Kallis. Kallis fired one in the block hole, Marsh missed it prompting the Knights to go up in appeal, which proved to be successful. Marsh hit three fours and a six but gobbled up 40 balls to score his runs. Katich was unbeaten on 43 off 32 balls while Mitchell Marsh was giving him company on five when play was halted. PTI

Titans thrash Auckland

DURBAN: Titans produced a clinical all-round display to post a crushing 59-run victory over Auckland Aces in their Group A Champions League Twenty20 match here on Wednesday. Opener Jacques Rudolph led the Titans innings, blasting a brisk 56-ball 63 to help them post a challenging 172 for four after Auckland won the toss and decided to field at Kingsmead. The Titans then returned to bowl out Auckland for 113 in 18.1 overs to inch towards a semifinal berth. They will next take on Kolkata Knight Riders at Cape Town on Sunday. Auckland were 58 for six in 8.3 overs but a 45-run partnership between Andre Adams (30) and Micheal Bates (14) delayed the inevitable. For Titans, Ethy Mbhalati and Alfonso Thomas took three wickets each giving away 26 and 18 runs respectively, while Cornelius de Villiers, Eden Link and RE van der Merwe grabbed one apiece. PTI

FIXING WOES ICC fighting a ‘war’ on corruption LONDON: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is fighting a “war” against corruption which even includes educating groundsmen as well as players and officials, its chief executive said on Wednesday. “It is a war we are fighting,” David Richardson said at the launch in London of the final ICC Champions Trophy. “Our anti-corruption unit have their work cut out to make sure players are kept away from temptation. “It’s everybody now, unfortunately. Everybody is suscep-

tible — curators, groundsmen — our corruption unit is very aware of what it needs to do.” Six umpires were provisionally suspended last week after an Indian TV sting alleged they were open to bribery, while five Indian cricketers were also suspended during this year’s Indian Premier League over allegations no-balls could be arranged to order. Other tournaments including T20 leagues in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have also been tainted by scandal. The Champ-

ions Trophy, which pitches the top eight one-day nations together, is being scrapped to make way in the international calendar for a new World Test Championship from 2017. “This tournament is part of the current rights cycle, as we call it,” Richardson said. “Somewhere in the middle the strategy was changed as far as ICC events are concerned. We have three vibrant formats of the game and it makes sense to hold one major event for each format. AFP

PERKS FOR SELF Suspended Gerald guilty of graft JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s suspended cricket boss Gerald Majola was on Wednesday found guilty of wrongfully receiving bonuses linked to international tournaments staged in 2009, officials said. Cricket South Africa (CSA) spokesman Michael OwenSmith confirmed to AFP that Majola had been found guilty

by an independent probe panel, but did not give details. An independent news agency Eye Witness News said the suspended chief executive was found guilty of all nine charges laid against him and linked to the 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) and ICC Champions Trophy staged in South Africa. He will know his fate on Friday. “He shall be invited tomor-

row (Thursday) to make representations on an appropriate sanction and thereafter a sanction will be given on Friday afternoon,” CSA lawyer Nicholas Preston said. Majola is accused of accepting 1.7 million rands ($198,000, 151,000 euros) in bonuses that were not approved by the CSA board. AFP




Mario Balotelli’s agent says Manchester City contacted him to apologise for their perceived criticism of the controversial striker. It was widely reported in Britain at the weekend that Balotelli had been warned he must set a better example with his behaviour on and off the pitch.



England held by Poland England still lead Group H by one point from Montenegro.

JONATHAN FOWLER Agencie France-Presse WARSAW: England were held to a 1-1 draw by Poland on Wednesday in a Group H qualifier that went ahead a day late after Tuesday’s scheduled match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. Wayne Rooney put England up fifteen minutes from halftime, heading in a corner from captain Steven Gerrard for his 30th international goal. Poland’s answer came in the 70th minute, thanks to Torino defender Kamil Glik, courtesy

Rooney put England up 15 minutes from half-time, heading in a corner from Steven Gerrard for his 30th international goal. of another header from a corner. “It wasn’t one of our best performances,” admitted England manager Roy Hodgson (above), whose side still lead Group H by one point from Montenegro. “As far as we’re concerned,

the extra day, the extra stay, the sogginess of the pitch obviously didn’t work in our favour. It’s the same for both teams of course,” he said. “I think sometimes in games, you’ve just got to be satisfied that you come away with something out of the game. I don’t think it’s going to be easy for teams to come here and beat Poland.” Poland coach Waldemar Fornalik lauded his team and fans who returned having seen Tuesday’s planned encounter postponed by a deluge, an hour after the planned kick-off. “The atmosphere in the stadium was great, the support was massive,” he said. “We did what we’re supposed to do. We wanted to play a good game. I don’t think England played a bad game, actually.” But Gerrard admitted it had not been one of his team’s best nights. “It’s a decent point but we are disappointed,” he said. Despite adding to his goal tally, Rooney was also downbeat. “We weren’t at our best but we dug in and got a draw. We know we can play better but this is a difficult place to come so it is a decent point,” he said. England goalkeeper Joe Hart took responsibility for the goal.


Serbia to face the music

The Serbian Football Federation denied that any racist abuse was hurled at England’s players. LONDON: Serbia and England will face disciplinary action over their stormy European Under21 match which sparked claims of racism and ended with players, fans and coaches embroiled in ugly scuffles, UEFA said Wednesday. England won the match 1-0 in Krusevac on Tuesday for a 2-0 aggregate triumph but English defender Danny Rose was sent off for kicking the ball away in response to what he claimed was monkey

English defender Danny Rose was sent off for his response to what he claimed was monkey chanting. chanting and physical provocation. The Serbian Football Federation denied that any racist abuse was hurled at England’s players and slammed Rose for “vulgar” behaviour.

UEFA said the cases will be discussed on November 22. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron earlier led calls for UEFA to take a tough line against Serbia. The British leader wanted “tough sanctions” against Serbian football if racism is proven, his official spokesman told reporters. But the FSS hit back at allegations of racism. “The Serbian FF resolutely rejects and denies that there was any racist incident.”

Signs of a French renaissance? Under the tutelage of coach Didier Deschamps a rejuvenated and France dominated their more fancied opponents. MARTYN WOOD Agencie France-Presse PARIS: Much-maligned after their feeble exit from Euro 2012, France served a warning to their detractors with a creditable 1-1 draw against world champions Spain in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier. The French press had forecast a sizeable defeat in Madrid but were quick to praise the result, with Le Parisien declaring: “This is how we like you”, hours after calling for its readers to “Pray for them”. “Delightful” was the word used to describe the display by sports daily L’Equipe. Only time will tell whether October 16, 2012 is the catalyst

Only time will tell whether October 16, 2012 is the catalyst for an upturn in fortunes for the French national team. for an upturn in fortunes for the French national team, but Deschamps can use it as a reference point. “I am happy for the players because this allows them to cement their good spirits and rewards their efforts,” said Deschamps. The return fixture, which will be played at Stade de France next March.

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