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TONY SCOTT COMMITS SUICIDE? Prominent Hollywood film director Tony Scott, whose works included Top Gun, has committed suicide by jumping off a bridge in San Pedro, California, the Los Angeles Times reported late Sunday. Citing unnamed Los Angeles police sources, the newspaper said Scott’s body was pulled out of water near the Vincent Thomas Bridge by police and US Coast Guard personnel.
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CIVIC MEETINGS GO FOR A TOSS AS CITY GROANS The mayor has not kept his date with the general body nor is he attending the standing committee meetings. This is causing a whole host of issues to pile up and remain unaddressed.
CIVIL SOCIETY CONDEMNS ‘ASSAM FALLOUT’ Civil society has expressed concern about the exodus of NE migrants and believe the govt needs to take a stand.
P4 FEMALE EXPENDABLES IN THE OFFING?
REPORT ON P3 In a bizarre incident in Mailwar village of Ranga Reddy district, a man who found out his wife couldn’t live without her lover, convened a meeting of villagers and relatives and willingly gave her away in marriage to her heartthrob. No violence or verbal abuse, just acceptance that marriage sometimes can’t buy love.
Just in time for the release of The Expendables 2, studio bosses have said that an all-female version is in the works. Director Simon West said, “I like the idea of ‘Expendabelles’, with Angelina Jolie and Milla Jovovich.
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A painting exhibition of abstract art by artist Jayanthmanda will be held at Iconart Gallery. A preview for the exhibition was held on August 18 at 6.30pm. The exhibition will be displayed till August 30 from 11.30am onwards, everyday.
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Middle Eastern food fest Head to the Dining Room at Park Hyatt for the Middle Eastern Food Festival. It is open for both lunch and dinner. The food festival will be on till August 20. Where: Park Hyatt, Banjara Hills, Rd No 2 When: Ongoing, 12pm onwards and 6pm onwards Contact: (040) 4949 1200
Invisible lands An exhibition of paintings by Madhuchanda Majumder is being held. Where: Shrishti Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills, When: 11am onwards Contact: (040)2354 0023 Image and imagination A painting exhibition by various artists titled Image and Imagination is being held. Where: Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466
Jash-E-Eid-Ul Fitr Break your fast with ITC Kakatiya’s special Iftar buffet which includes flavoured Sherbets, rich Haleem, malai paya, dum biryani and an assortment of Kebabs. Where: Deccan Pavillion, ITC Kakatiya, Begumpet When: August 10-20, 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2340 0132 Punjabi food festival Head to Taj Deccan for a Punjabi Food festival. The food festival offers a variety of Punjabi delicacies such as saag and makke ki roti. Where: Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: August 24 onwards Contact: (040) 66663939
National Silk Expo The Gramin Hastkala Vikas Samiti is organising the”National Silk Expo” from August 18 to 26. The expo will feature various silk products. Where: Sri Sathya Sai Nigamagamam, Srinagar Colony When: Ongoing, 11am to 9pm Ethical hacking Oakridge International School is organising a 2-day ‘Workshop on ethical hacking and online security’ by ethical hacker and computer security expert, Ankit Fadia. The workshop is open for students and all technology enthusiasts. Where: Oakridge International School, Gachibowli When: August 25 and 26, 7.30pm onwards
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Marriage took place as scripted in the film Kanyadanam, in which the hero marries off his love to another man.
n a hilarious but exemplary instance, a man who found out his wife couldn’t live without her lover, convened a meeting of villagers and relatives and willingly gave her away in marriage to her heartthrob. The event took place at Mailwar village of Ranga Reddy district three days ago. The incident reported is that Anitha, 20, of Mailwar village was married against her wishes to Sri Sailam of Nagaram village in Mahbubnagar two years ago. Anitha is said to have been in love with one Sudershan since four years. However, Anitha’s parents did
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When his wife admitted she would like to live with her lover, the husband arranged a mandap and conducted their marriage. not approve of Sudershan and they got her married to Sri Sailam. After marriage, Sri Sailam took his wife to Yallal where they began their new life. But Anitha and Sudershan managed to meet on a regular basis and Sri Sailam came to know of this recently. Neighbours and villagers are said to have tipped off Sri Sailam about the duo’s meetings in his
absence. Initially, he dismissed it as a rumour but later he thought of checking it himself. The other day, he came home unannounced and caught the two in his bedroom. He raised a hue and cry and summoned the panchayat leaders. In the presence of the village elders, the husband asked his wife with whom she would want to live — him or her lover? She admitted she’d love to live with Sudershan. The husband acted in a large-hearted manner. He organised a mandap then and there, brought in a priest and conducted the marriage ritual in the presence of their parents and friends, who, though initially benumbed with disbelief, cheered the new couple and wished them well.
city MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012 LAST YEAR... HERE Chiru joins Congress
he PRP (Praja Rajyam Party) was launched with much fanfare. Headed by cinestar Chiranjeevi, launched as an anti-Congress party merged with the Congress. The merger meant that PRP cadre convert themselves into Congress loyalists and shift into their ofﬁces. When it comes to politics you never know who will shift their loyalties and when.
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is the expected increase in emissions by vehicles and other greenhouse gases by the year 2050, claims research by the State of the World-2012.
The general body meeting has been postponed for various reasons. First it was the Bonalu festival and then Ramzan. For the meeting a 15-day notice is needed. Singi Reddy, TDP leader See page 5
THINGS WE 5LEARNED TODAY The column that teaches everyone something new about the way the City functions.
SMS limit, a solution to the problem or a problem itself. The SMS limit imposed keeping in mind the current North-East exodus aims to reduce the chaos. But it has become a problem for City students.
Cycles for a better future — healthy and happier. A sign of a developed country is its transport system. More cities are becoming cycle-friendly to ensure a better future.
Citizens suffer as the mayor avoids meetings. Four months have gone by since regular general body meetings have been held. The mayor reportedly has not kept his date with the corporators.
Freedom through education is their motto. Round Table India has built over 2,500 classrooms and believe in empowering through education.
Participating in a marathon can be fun and educative. The Hyderabad Heritage Marathon will take you around the City and allows you to help a cause.
‘Assam fallout’ draws fire from civil society groups Various civil society organisations have expressed concern about the exodus of North-Eastern migrants and believe that the government needs to take a stand. N SHIVA KUMAR
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hile condemning the rumours that caused the exodus of the North Eastern Indians from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and other parts of the country, civic society organisations have termed it as a conspiracy to create hatred in society. Endorsing the recommendations of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), various social organisations have demanded the Centre’s intervention and President’s Rule in Assam. Former member of Parliament, Madhu, terming it as ‘monumental failure’ on the part of the government has demanded that the Manmohan Singh government come out with some concrete measures. “One of the multi-lingual,
Home minister Sabitha Indra Reddy talks to people from the North-East
multi-cultural states of India is being messed up for political gains by communal forces,” observed Madhu. He assured safety and security for the North East residents in the City. “Hyderabad has a history of being open to people from all the regions in India, there is no reason to worry,” he said. Aziz Pasha, another ex-MP, demanded President’s Rule and termed the Assam problem as more in magnitude than that of
Gujarat. “Earlier Adivasis were attacked, now minorities are being forced to leave. Until and unless the Central government intervenes, people will continue to suffer,” he added. According to him, the root cause was the 2007 agreement between Bodo Front and the Central government, which failed to ensure ‘surrendering of arms’. Revolutionary poet Gaddar said that the government has
completely neglected these sections of the society. He said that there were three culprits — Centre, State and fanatics. Khalid Rasool Khan, social activist, pointed out that if the claim that the Muslims living in Assam were Bangladeshis, why the Assam Ganaparisad which came to power on the ‘Bangladeshis issue’ was able to deport only 287 Bangladeshis while in power. He said that most of the Bangla-speaking Muslims have been living there for generations. According to him, this was the fallout of the agreement between the Central government and Bodos, where the government promised Bodos a separate State, if they cross 50 per cent population. “This is exactly what they want to achieve now, not by increasing their numbers, but by decreasing the numbers of others through forced migration and ethnic cleansing,” he said.
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his morning, I received a message from my service provider informing me that they are implementing the new government rule of allowing only 5 SMSes and 5 MMSes per day. Minutes later, I got a message from service provider offering me “Unlimited SMS (both local and national)” for 7 days.’ Messages like these have
been trending social networking sites since the Indian government imposed a limit of 5 SMSes per day. From August 18, 2012, mobile users can send only 5 SMSes per day. This is creating inconvenience for most citizens as they use SMS as a medium to communicate, especially the younger generation. “Not everyone has a smartphone or an android phone. We use SMS as a medium to communicate. Moreover, we have
limited pocket money and we cannot keep calling our friends. This is a very bad decision,” complains Kaushik P, a teenager. Shwetal Rai, a media professional opines, “First the telecom companies give plans with 200 SMSes free and then the government imposes this ban. I mean in a country where freedom of speech and expression are guaranteed, how can you curb means of that same expression?” Indeed this ban was
imposed to solve the Assam crisis but citizens feel that their freedom is being curbed. “ The government seems to do all this in the name of investigation. I think there can be better ways. Restricting the freedom of citizens is poor governance. First the government wanted censorship for social networking sites and now they are restricting SMSes. They could take more effective steps to resolve the crisis,” said Surya Tej, a BITS Hyderabad student.
NEWS BRIEFS Villagers, activists raid Transco station
Youth attacked by eve teasers dies
Group booked for insulting Prophet
Youths thrash provision shop owner over tiff
ith the help of TDP activists, local businessmen and factory workers, gate-crashed into the Transco substation in Rekonda village. They demanded a seven-hour power supply as their businesses and farming activities are affected. The ofﬁcials were surrounded even as the police were trying to appease the agitators.
youth named Imran Ali Khan, 24, a resident of Toli Masjid Karwan, who was attacked by three eve teasers last Monday at Langer House died today. Imran had objected to the eve-teasers troubling a girl. The Langer House police have arrested the trio — Cheenaiah, Jagdish and Mohit and they have been remanded to judicial custody.
he Kamatipura police have booked a case against a group of people belonging to the Ahle Hadees’ mosque at Fateh Darwaja on a charge of using improper language while referring to Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday. Police will begin to investigate the issue after the Ramzan, said the South Zone DCP Akun Sabharwal.
wo youngsters on Sunday beat up a senior citizen who runs a provision store in Moinpura after a tiff with him. Shamshuddin Ghouri has been admitted with injuries after Mohd Akbar Khan and Mohd Ahmed Khan beat him up over a petty issue, the Kamatipura police said. A case has been booked against the duo.
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Civic meetings go for a toss Mayor has not kept his date with general body, standing committee meetings; issues pile up. Md NIZAMUDDIN email@example.com
our months have gone by since many corporators have met. “Some have even forgotten how the other looks,” gibed a municipal official. The wide gap between to general body meetings is considered with concern by many City seniors. They say a general body meeting should be held once a month. While representatives of political parties busied themselves with Iftaar parties, the common man continues to curse each time he ventures out. “In such a vast metro the GHMC should hold a monthly general board meeting to take up people’s woes,” says M Manickam, a senior citizen living in Kukatpally. The GHMC has sanctioned about `50 crore for smooth observance of Ramzan but this month was no different from the last when it came to improvement of civic amenities, particularly in the South Zone. Several projects like ‘road widening’ have been long overdue. Some of them
have been pending for more than a year despite clearance from the engineering section. Several of these projects need approval by standing committee members and are to be discussed. One of the reasons pointed out for the lack of meetings is the huge responsibility shouldered by a single person, the mayor, who is also chairman of the standing committee. In the erst-
while MCH (Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad) these were two separate entities. Chairman of the standing committee was the one holding key position for organising meetings and it was mandatory for even the mayor to attend. Now everything rests with the mayor. The TDP blames one and all at the helm for not taking up the public problems and worsening
condition of roads. “The general body meeting has been postponed for various reasons. First it was the Bonalu festival and then Ramzan,” says Singi Reddy Srinivas Reddy, TDP floor leader, adding that corporators should be given 15 days notice before conducting a meeting. According to Reddy, there has been no change in the attitude of authorities even after the
TDP ‘dharna’ protesting the varied omissions and commissions of the GHMC. The standing committee meeting, which was to be held every week, has also not been held for the last six weeks. Mohd Nazeeruddin, AIMIM floor leader, has no idea when the next general body meeting will be held. “The decision to hold a meeting or not rests with the mayor. He might hold one after the festival,” he said. The deputy mayor, G Raj Kumar was too cautious in his response. According to him, the general body meetings are held once in three or four months. “The mayor might hold one after Ramzan,” he said. While the BJP, deputy floor leader, K Sahadev pointed out that being in the Opposition and outnumbered there was no chance for pressing for the general body meeting. “ What can one expect when the standing committee meeting which was suppose to be held each Wednesday fails to get conducted?” he questioned. He said that the former mayor Banda Karthika Reddy held regular standing committee meetings.
Educating children Coalgate stymies 2G is their agenda Spectrum scandal: TDP Congress rule has looted the country and brought the energy surplus AP to an energy-pauper State. PK SURENDRAN firstname.lastname@example.org
roving to be a great strain on the State’s kitty, AP is shelling out `450 crore a month to keep homes lit, reveals the Opposition TDP. “We have come to this sorry pass from being an energy surplus State,” bewailed TDP senior leader Yanamala Rama Krishnudu. The principal secretary of the energy department Mrutyunjay Sahoo says in an internal report that things could turn worse what with no power available for even purchase from other states even at a higher price, TDP spokesman said. The report submitted to the chief minister points out that out
of 9,300 feeders in the State that transmit power to consumers, 4,000 are not getting adequate supply while 2,000 are getting negligible supply affecting 7 hours supply to villages. While the shortage in the State was 17.2
per cent last month, it is expected to go up. Meanwhile, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu while addressing people in Kuppam said the coal scam where CAG had accused `1,86,000 crore will put to shame the 2G scam. Meanwhile, TDP activists burnt an effigy of the central government for the coal scam. The government had issued mining licenses without auction to favour the private parties. “The Congress looted the nation’s wealth, it’s a shame,” said district president Devineni Umamaheswara Rao. The TDP leadership has decided to expose the Congress rule for its corruption. It does not believe that public corruption is no longer an electoral issue.
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ducation is the highest knowledge. Education is the key to tackle most problems in India. Not just government but several organisations are doing their best to provide education to as many children as possible. One such organisation is Round Table India. The volunteers at round table are citizens from different walks of life coming together to work towards building infrastructure for educating the underprivileged. The motto of round table is freedom through education and has built more than 2,500 classrooms across India. “We have always been passionate about eradicating illiteracy from the nation and the organisation strongly believes in the fact that real freedom comes through empowerment, which in turn comes from qual-
ity education,” said Sudhanshu Shah, volunteer. In Andhra Pradesh they have constructed 25 schools. The volunteers also keep a check on the student drop out rates. “We keep a track of their attendance and health records, to keep a check on the schools that we have adopted,” said Dr Siddharth Karan, volunteer. This year the Round Table is hosting its annual event called ‘Wah India’ in “Hyderabad is a heritage city and it will be a great platform to meet more people and lay out a bigger plan for Hyderabad schools,” said Himanshu Gupta, volunteer. “Majority of the funding comes from corporate companies, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and other small and big enterprises.” In the last 13 years we have educated 700,000 children. By 2020 we aim to complete more than 7,000 classrooms,” he added.
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Putting on their best faces India and New Zealand are set to take each other on in the first Test match of the series to be held at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. The teams had their first practice session yesterday. While India will miss the exploits of Laxman, the Kiwis hope to make the best of the given conditions.
HYDERABAD RUN The Heritage Marathon is an opportunity to proclaim our love for our rich past. SYED SHOAIB firstname.lastname@example.org
rom the time Greek messenger Pheidippides ran the distance between Marathon and Athens to announce victory in a war before dropping dead, to now, five weeks before the scheduled Hyderabad Heritage Marathon, marathons have captivated human attention. While Pheidippides feat was fascinating before it ended in tragedy, marathons these days win partic-
ipants medals and appreciation. A romantic angle is increasingly evident these days in marathons, what with them being promoted as tools for charity and awareness drives. With hectic daily routines that primarily expect us to be seated at our desk for long hours, there are a lot of us eager to do our bit, and a marathon seems to provide us that opportunity. The Hyderabad Heritage Marathon is certainly a good opportunity for us to proclaim
A marathon fun session There are a lot of us eager to do our bit for charity, and a marathon seems to provide us that opportunity. our love for our rich past. The route provides chance to educate us of standing proof of our history. Did we even know that our City is home to at least 150 her-
itage structures, making it the largest heritage city in the world? In fact, 150 is the number of such structures the metro rail project will encounter while laying tracks and building stations. All this sounds fine, but let’s accept one thing; for those of us who are not professionally trained to participate in marathons, they are and will be a fun event. For those who still want to give it a serious shot: Start training under professional guidance for a marathon a year
away, for the minimum training period for a marathon is six weeks, nothing less. But that does not mean we cannot participate. We can, for the fun of it, and not to pocket any prize money. Uma Chigurupati, chairperson of Hyderabad 10K Run Foundation, and holder of a Guinness World Record in marathons, says, “Don’t present yourself at the run in new shoes and want to win. Remember that you are having fun more than competing.”
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SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT While the rest of the world has taken to cycling and walking to work, Indians with their love for cars are yet to catch on to this eco-friendly trend.
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joke that shows the modern child’s mentality goes like this: Peeved at the young daughter’s penchant for using her car for the slightest pretext and her disdain for walking, the mother asked her angrily, “What for do you think God had given you two legs?” Pat came the reply, “one for the accelerator and the other for the brake.” The joke must be on an Asian (also Indian) for the young in the world over are going increasingly biking for three reasons: it cuts down carbon emission, reduces fatal accidents, helps in the upkeep of health. When I googled for the most cycle-friendly cities of India the search engine angrily threw up dozens of cities of Europe, the
US, and Asia. It was as if it wanted to box my ear for the lack of knowledge, “Don’t you know, no such city exists in the country you call India?” it wanted to say. Little wonder India is known as the diabetes capital of the world! Today, a developed country’s
Today, emissions from transportation contribute to approximately 80 per cent of the air pollutants. sign is its transport system. If a country’s major cities are crammed with motor vehicles, the country is obviously backward! “This automobile you crave for is the one we used and stopped using. You take up the litter we leave behind and flaunt
it,” said a professor from the US in a lighter vein during a university lecture at Kerala University back in 2002. Emissions from transportation are the fastest growing source of global greenhouse gas emissions, with emissions expected to increase 300 per cent by 2050, according to research by the State of the World-2012 released by Worldwatch Institute this month. Today, emissions from transportation contribute to approximately 80 per cent of the harmful air pollutants that result in 1.3 million premature deaths annually, according to Michael Replogle and Colin Hughes of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). The two authored the fourth chapter, “Moving Toward Sustainable Transport, in Worldwatch’s book State of the World 2012, published in April.
What a thickly populated country like India should do? n Stop ads of high-end cars that tempt the young to live beyond their means n Like ads against tobacco, alcohol publicise advantages of biking/walking n Give incentive for biking to ofﬁce n Highly subsidise bicycles n Make cycle track mandatory (1 cycle track and another for pedestrian) n Make public transport a pleasure to ride (not a problem as we experience in India)
WILL RIO +20 MAKE A DIFFERENCE? The largest financial commitment made at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012 was a pledge by the 8 largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) to commit 500 staff and to dedicate $175 billion for more sustainable transportation in the coming decade. This unprecedented agreement was facilitated by the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), which brings together 68 MDBs, civil society organizations, UN agencies, and research and industry organisations. The demands on transportation infrastructure continue to mount. Without changes in policy, 2 to 3 billion cars will be on the world’s roads by 2050, in
comparison to 800 million cars today, according to the International Energy Agency. Current transportation and land development patterns disadvantage the poor, often forcing them to choose between low incomes in informal-sector employment that is close to affordable housing, or higherpaying jobs that are reachable only if they spend a large share of their income and time commuting. In many cities, the urban poor cannot afford public transportation and end up walking long distances. Additionally, in many places it is unsafe to walk. In Surabaya, Indonesia, for example, 60 per cent of roads have no usable sidewalks. “All of these negative consequences are not inevitable results of urbanisation and development,” said Colin Hughes, global policy director, State of the World 2012 contributing author. “Experience in some cities show that in comparison to a businessas-usual rapid motorisation strategy, sustainable transport strategies can address rising mobility needs that accompany increases in population, employment, and trade at a lower cost, with more job creation and few adverse impacts.”
5 most cycle-friendly cities in Asia n Beijing (China) n Kyoto (Japan) n Kaohsiun (Taiwan) n Singapore n Jeju (South Korea)
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BAHRAINI TEENAGER KILLED IN CLASH WITH POLICE
A 16-year-old protester was killed after what opposition activists in Bahrain said was a “brutal attack” by security forces, but which the Bahrain government described as a defensive response to a petrol bomb attack on police. The opposition says more than 45 people have been killed in protests since June 2011.
So, what about Bahrain?
Though the Arab Spring has brought world media attention to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and most recently Syria, violence against protesters in Bahrain has largely been left out of the spotlight. ALEX PEARLMAN ctivists maintain that the lack of attention has to do with Bahrain’s strong alliance with both the US and Britain, which it maintains as a strong Islamist dictatorship whose Gulf neighbors fear democracy could become contagious. .Bahrain is forgotten now, and it was forgotten when the Arab Spring started, because what is happening in Bahrain is not the result of the regime’s rule only. It is the result of the joint collaboration, interests and political unity of more than one country,” said Lamees Dhaif, a journalist and activist, in an interview with CNN earlier this week. The sentencing of Nabeel Rajab, one of Bahrain’s top human rights activists, to three years in prison for participating in an “illegal gathering” illustrates the level of government repression of burgeoning political dissent. Since the 2011 uprising, the ruling Al Khalifa family of Bahrain has led a systematic crackdown on protests and activism, including using force against protesters and journalists. And the West has kept mostly quiet. “The court’s decision is a dark day for justice in Bahrain that further questions the independence of the judiciary,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International, in a press release from the international rights organization, which has called Rajab a “prisoner of conscience.” Other rights groups have also condemned the three-year sentence, saying it violates Rajab’s right to freedom of expression, and 17 members of the US Congress sent a letter to King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa
Bahraini chairman of the Bahrain Transparency Society Abdulnabi Alekry (right) , Human Rights Activist Yousif Almahfdah (2nd right), Lawer Mohammed Al-Tajer (centre) Adem Rajab, son of human rights activist Nabeel Rajab (2nd left), Lawer Jalilah Al-Sayed (left), hold a press conference in the capital Manama, on Friday. The first minor penal court issued on August 16 an arbitrary verdict against the rights activists Nabeel Rajab, of theree years imprisonment in addition to previous three months imprisonment verdict, on calling for unlicensed gathering. AFP
expressing concern at Rajab’s arrest and prosecution. Dhaif explained, “Bahrain’s allies (Great Britain and the United States) do not want to interfere in what is taking place because Bahrain has been a good ally for them in the region. The Gulf Cooperation Council countries (which besides Bahrain include Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) also cannot allow Bahrain to have more democracy and freedom because it will pressure other countries to do the same, and they do not want that. So, basically Bahrain has not been forgotten ... but, in fact, it had been deliberately wiped out from the media coverage for political reasons.” A recent editorial in The Independent by Fatima Kanji also spoke to these issues, and
went into great detail about just why the friendly diplomatic relationship between the Bahraini
government and the West continues despite testimony in Congress on the atrocities com-
Who is Nabeel Rajab? Nabeel Ahmed Abdulrasool Rajab is a Bahraini human rights activist and an opposition leader. He is president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), a nonprofit non-governmental organisation which works to promote human rights in Bahrain. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East Division, Deputy Secretary General for the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), exchairman of CARAM Asia and president of Gulf Centre for Human Rights. Human Rights
Watch and Reporters Without Borders have stated that he is being targeted by the state for human rights activities.
mitted by Bahrain — and proof that other regimes (Saudi Arabia and the UAE) have sent in surrogate troops at the request of the monarchy. Some of the “issues of mutual concern” could have to do with the US being Bahrain’s largest weapons supplier, to the tune of “$53 million in weapons and other equipment,” according to Kate Gould of Foreign Policy in Focus, who in an April article compared the Western media blackout and diplomatic hypocrisy about Bahrain to the symbiotic relationship between Russia and Syria. Rajab’s sentencing follows the life sentence received by his friend and fellow activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja last year, which also stirred a modicum of attention from the global community. Kanji said that President Obama expressed his concern at the treatment of Alkhawaja, although he didn’t ask for his release. In June, 28 countries issued a joint statement through the UN, which Human Rights Watch called “an important step” because it “put the government of Bahrain on notice.” It’s not clear if the government of Bahrain noticed, and the media blackout in the West has continued.
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
QANTAS CHIEF FORGOES BONUS AND PAY RISE
The embattled chief of Qantas Airways Alan Joyce said on Monday he would forgo any bonus or pay rise, joining a growing list of high-profile top executives at Australian companies who are doing the same.
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he finest universities in the world from Harvard to Stanford are not-forprofit institutions. The high standards of quality can be only maintained when the entrepreneur does not think of return on investment and the institute work on not-for-profit model. Education should have a social obligation and cannot be treated as business. If entrepreneurs want to make profit, there are other allied services like content development, IT work and networking, student housing, publications and online education services. However, the core (institute) should have a social objective rather than returns, said KV Vishnu Raju, chairman, Sri Vishnu Educational Society. “In India, only a trust, society or Section 25 company can start a higher education institute. The entrepreneur should have a long-term vision and a noble cause. The institute can be only self-sustaining in the long
KV Vishnu Raju, chairman, Sri Vishnu Educational Society
run after heavy investments, which may take 10-15 years. It is a mistake to expect immediate reruns. There is also misconception that institutes of higher education generating surplus revenues,” he said. “The quality depends on the vision of the founder which should not be a business-driven model. Many colleges were being started thinking that government will reimburse the tuition fee and students will
BEING STARTED THINKING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL REIMBURSE THE FEE AND STUDENTS WILL ANYHOW JOIN. BUT RECENT TRENDS PROVED IT WRONG. MANY SEATS IN ENGINEERING COLLEGES ARE VACANT. THE STUDENTS ARE NOT GOING TO JOIN UNLESS THE QUALITY IS MAINTAINED. anyhow join. But recent trends proved it wrong. Many convenor quota seats in engineering colleges are vacant. Even with fee reimburse scheme, the students are not going to join unless the quality is maintained. On government steps to improve quality, he said, “ The UGC, AICTE, NAC are taking necessary steps to maintain quality. However, there are exceptions and institutes, which are violating these norms in
terms of maintaining the quality. These institutes should gear up and better themselves in their self-interest. The government is also bringing a new ordinance, wherein it is not just universities and AICTE but the government also has right to inspect these colleges. Things should be getting better with this ordinance. “However, whatever policing the government does, with out changing the culture attitude of management. It is difficult to change the system. There is variance in the quality among the government institutes, which is often the reflection of the vision of management.” When asked why Indian private institutes cannot be in world rankings, he said, “It is not just the quality of teaching that is counted for these rankings but also research and publications. “An average state university in USA has a budget of $600-800 mn, which can be used for holistic growth of university. However, in India, accesses to funds is a big challenge not only for private institutes but also for government institutes.”
Tata-made Sikorsky frame clears tests The flight tests on the first Tatamade S-92 cabin have progressed satisfactorily and the helicopter is now being customised for supply to Lider Aviacao of Brazil. LONDON: The first Sikorsky S-92 - a large, twin-engine helicopter that can be used for both civil and military purposes — with a Made-in-India airframe is now flying in Brazil. Air Vice Marshal (retd) Arvind Walia, Sikorsky's regional executive for
India and South Asia, told India Strategic defence magazine that the Tatas have supplied 15 airframes to the US company, which is fitting them with cockpits, engines, systems and rotors. The completed helicopters are then ready for supply to global customers.
The flight tests on the first Tata-made S-92 cabin have progressed satisfactorily and the helicopter is now being customised for supply to Lider Aviacao of Brazil. Lider charters both aircraft and helicopters for multi-applications. Sikorsky and the Tata group already have a 26:74
partnership joint venture, TARA, which manufactures and supplies about 4,300 components to the Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. in Hyderabad. TASL makes the cabins, fits them with these components and sends them to the Sikorsky facility in USA. IANS
The euro must not become a "breakup factor" that pits northern Europe against crisis-choked nations in the south of the continent, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said on Sunday. "The biggest tragedy for Italy and for Europe would be to see the euro become, because of our failures, a break-up factor which awakens the prejudices of the north against the south, and vice-versa," Monti said. "The risk exists," he said. The EU and eurozone countries are split over how to solve the ﬁnancial crisis convulsing various nations, especially in Europe's south. Monti has previously warned the rest of the eurozone that Italy must be allowed breathing space on the markets to have any chance of pulling away from the debt crisis brink and resisting contagion from other weaker members such as Spain. Italy, eurozone's third largest economy, is wallowing in deep recession.
is the net loss reported by Australia's struggling BlueScope Steel for the 2012 fiscal year, but the company said it was now well-positioned globally for growth.
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
BORDER FIRING CONTINUES, INFILTRATOR KILLED In the latest incident of continuing ceasefire violations at the Indo-Pak border at Jammu, Pakistan Rangers opened fire at Indian posts in Akhnoor Sector. According to reports, an infiltrator who attempted to sneak in was gunned down by the BSF.
HATE CAMPAIGN FALLOUT
Exodus takes Chennai by surprise Will give proof to Pakistan on its nationals’ involvement in online hate campaign, says Shinde. CHENNAI: The sudden exodus of panic-stricken North East people from Tamil Nadu has come as a surprise to the state which has a long standing reputation of being a haven of peace and home to non-natives. The number of people fleeing the state in the backdrop of exodus in cities like Bangalore and Pune following rumours about attacks on them has now come down considerably. But natives and officials are clueless as to how the state has been perceived to be unsafe, that too when there had been no reports of any attack on the North East community. Though Chennai has been the preferred destination for workers and students from North East, of late their presence
Kanda silent on hideout, denies role NEW DELHI/GURGAON: Investigators seized computers from the Gurgaon office of former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda, arrested in connection with the suicide of his former employee Geetika Sharma, even as he remained mum on where he hid for the ten days he managed to evade the police. Police took Kanda, who surrendered yesterday morning, to the office of his defunct airline MDLR and his residence in Gurgaon on Delhi's outskirts and searched the premises. He was questioned by police for the second consecutive day in the presence of his lawyers. Sources said Kanda, who resigned after he was booked in the case, did not provide details about where he was hiding for ten days ignoring summons by police in connection with suicide on Geetika on August five at her Ashok Vihar residence. In her suicide note, she alleged that Kanda and Aruna Chaddha were harassing her. Kanda has said neither he nor his associate are in any way involved in her death. AGENCIES
Stop talk, give proof: Pakistan tells India
North East migrants wait to board train for their native place at Guwahati railway station after they arrived from different parts of the country. PTI
is spreading to other districts as well with the state moving fast on the track of industrialisation with new infrastructure projects
and industrial units in Kancheepuram, Coimbatore and Tiruvallur districts. People from the North Eastern states, ranging
NEWS BRIEFS Kashmiri separatist leaders placed under house arrest SRINAGAR: Authorities on Monday placed all senior Kashmiri separatist leaders under house arrest to maintain law and order during the Eid prayers. Those placed under house arrest include Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabir Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Muhammad Nayeem Khan among others. Authorities have been preventing the separatists from addressing large public gatherings after the summer unrest of 2010 in which 107 people were killed.
Pakistan has denied Indian charges that the SMS and MMS campaigns that have been reported to cause the exodus of people of North East originated in its territory. Pakistan interior minister Rahman Malik said that India has not given any proof regarding the issue and a probe will be initiated only if credible evidence is provided. On Sunday, India had said the hate campaign material targeting people of North East were being propagated from Pakistani websites.
from students to workers in hotels and malls among others, have over the years got along very well with the locals to the
extent that some of them can even converse fluently in Tamil. As the North East people residing in Chennai followed the footsteps of their state-mates in Bangalore, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa stepped in and assured to ensure their safety. “Tamil Nadu has always been peaceful, and my government will ensure that people from all parts of India living in Tamil Nadu do not face any difficulty. I would like to assure them that they need not have any apprehension on this count,” she had assured last week. Police also swung into action and set up a control room and three helplines exclusively for North East people. But no complaint has been received by them so far, police said. PTI
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Youth arrested for rape, MMS blackmail in Ajmer JAIPUR: A 19-year old youth was arrested in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district Sunday for allegedly raping a teenaged girl by blackmailing her on the basis of an MMS that showed her in a compromising position, police said. The accused had circulated the MMS among his friends before being arrested, they added. The officer said that the youth has been booked under Section 376 of IPC for rape and various sections of the Information Technology Act.
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West Bengal hit by coin shortage
chool teacher Nandita was surprised when a teenager manning the cash counter at a coffee shop in a private hospital offered her two bubble gums with a wide smile. "Didi (sister), we have no one-rupee or two-rupee coins. So, would you mind the gums instead of `2?" he asked Nandita, who had bought two cups of cold coffee. Her experience was not something unique or an isolated incident. People across West Bengal, particularly in Kolkata, face an acute shortage of coins of smaller denominations, making even the simplest tasks of buying groceries or commuting a complicated transaction. Tapas Mukherjee of the Barabazar Traders Association said the "huge shortage" of coins was badly affecting the business of about 3.5 million small traders in the state. He said hoarding of small denomination coins might be one reason for the crisis.
The RBI, however, claims that the "demand-supply mismatch" is a problem of perception. "Much effort has been made in the last two months to strengthen (coin) distribution channels. Now we are taking steps to see that even this isolated phenomenon does not happen." The official said the RBI had pumped in `1, `2 and `5 coins in Kolkata. The Central bank distributed 1.78 billion coins last fiscal. The country's largest lender, the SBI, echoed the RBI's view. West Bengal's transport operators, however, disagree."A solution to the problem of acute coin shortage is still far away," Bengal Bus Syndicate vice president Dipak Sarkar said. According to Sarkar, even now bus and mini bus operators have to tap the grey market to buy small denomination coins due to inadequate supply. Adjacent to the RBI Kolkata office premises sit scores of men who buy coins and sell them on a premium although selling of coins is illegal. The coins can only be exchanged. Sarkar said `1 coins were being sold at a premium. IANS
Organ donors need to know outcomes of surgery: Court The court's observation came on the plea of a 62-year-old woman awaiting a liver transplant who challenged a hospital's decision not to allow a donor to donate.
rgan donors need to be fully informed about all possible outcomes of a transplant which they are likely to experience after surgery, the Delhi High Court has remarked. Justice Rajiv Shakdher, hearing a case on liver donation, said it would be appropriate if donors were informed about the possible outcomes of such an operation as "in such like cases, lack of informed consent could vitiate the entire process". The court's observation came on the plea of a 62-yearold woman awaiting a liver transplant. She had challenged a hospital's decision not to allow the prospective donor to donate the organ. Urmila Anand from Agra, suffering from chronic liver disease, has been undergoing treatment at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here and was advised to undergo immediate transplant. She had even found a willing donor, Gulab Devi, who has been associated with her family for 30 years. Passing the judgement, the court said the authorisation committee of the hospital where the patient was admitted has to communicate post-operative
changes to the donor. "In matters like this, the donor needs to be fully informed about all possible outcomes of a transplant surgery. It is, therefore, necessary that this aspect of the matter should also be recorded," Justice Shakdher said. "In the video recorded by the authorisation committee
(Indraprastha Apollo Hospital), I did not find that the authorisation committee had informed the donor as to the possible outcome(s) as also the post-operative changes that she is likely to experience upon such a surgery being performed on her," the court said in an order passed last week.
The court also interviewed the prospective donor, Gulab Devi, and concluded that her decision to donate a part of her liver was not an informed decision. It asked the appellate authority â€” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) â€” to tell her about the outcomes of the operation.
DEALING WITH DELUGE
A Indian villager herds animals from flooded homes during a flash flood of the Tawi river on the outskirts of Jammu. While monsoon rains have failed to AFP appear in many regions this year, other places have been inundated.
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
FBI TO PROBE NAKED SWIM OF GOP MAN IN ISRAEL The FBI has investigated an incident that saw at least one Republican congressman swim naked at a drinking party in Israel last year attended by top leadership staff, Politico reported Sunday.
MARTINE FRANCK DIES
Bo’s wife to be jailed for murder Gu had been found guilty and given the death penalty with two years’ reprieve
Tony Scott jumps off bridge, dies LOS ANGELES: Prominent Hollywood film director Tony Scott, whose works included Top Gun, has committed suicide by jumping off a bridge in San Pedro, California, The Los Angeles Times reported late Sunday. Citing unnamed Los Angeles police sources, the newspaper said Scott’s body was pulled out of the water near the Vincent Thomas Bridge by police and US Coast Guard officials. According to the report investigators found a suicide note in his car, which was parked on the bridge. Several witnesses saw Scott climb over a fence on the bridge and jump into the water, the paper said. Besides Top Gun, a blockbuster featuring Tom Cruise, Scott also directed Enemy of the State, Beverly Hills Cop II and Crimson Tide. Known for his trademark red baseball cap, the British-born Scott was the brother of director Ridley Scott, and the two shared producing credits on the CBS dramas The Good Wife and NUMB3RS.
Gu Kailai, wife of the disgraced leader Bo Xilai, in the dock.
HE FEI: A Chinese court on Monday handed Gu Kailai, wife of the disgraced leader Bo Xilai, a suspended death sentence for murdering a British man, a lawyer for the victim’s family said. He Zhengsheng, who represented British businessman Neil Heywood’s family in court, told reporters Gu had been found guilty and given the death penalty with two years’ reprieve — a sentence that is usually commuted to life in prison. Gu confessed during her trial this month in the eastern Chinese city of Hefei to killing 41-year-old Heywood by pouring poison down his throat, saying that he had threatened her son after a business deal went sour. The case brought down her husband Bo, a charismatic but divisive politician, and exposed
deep divisions in the ruling Communist party ahead of a generational handover of power due to start later this year. Bo had been tipped for promotion to the elite group of Communist party leaders that
effectively rules China until the allegations against his wife burst into the open, but is now under investigation for corruption. Zhang Xiaojun, an employee of the Bo family who was charged as an accomplice to the murder, was also found guilty and sentenced to nine years in jail, He said. Britain said it welcomed China’s move to investigate Heywood’s death last November, which was initially attributed to a heart attack, although it did not explicitly comment on the verdict. State news agency Xinhua said even before the hearing began that the evidence against Gu was “irrefutable”, but many analysts and media commentators have expressed doubts that she was given a fair trial. AFP
The fall from grace
s a high-ﬂying international lawyer married to one of China’s most promising politicians and with a son at Harvard, Gu Kailai appeared to have it all. But a life of luxury and inﬂuence is a distant memory for the wife of disgraced leader Bo Xilai, who on Monday was handed a suspended death sentence for murdering a British man. Gu confessed during her trial this month in the eastern Chinese city of Hefei to killing 41-year-old Neil
Heywood by pouring poison down his throat, saying that he had threatened her son after a business deal went sour. The daughter of a renowned general, Gu, like her husband Bo Xilai, is a member of an elite group in Communist China whose family background has given them inﬂuence and privilege not enjoyed by most. But since her detention, a new picture has emerged of an at times volatile woman with a troubled childhood and a reported history of depression.
NEWS BRIEFS Mexico replaces every cop in capital’s airport
French lawmakers vote to cut pay of prez, PM
Pussy Riot members fear for their kids
Norway mass killer to be sentenced on Friday
MEXICO: Mexico’s federal police have replaced all 348 ofﬁcers responsible for security at the capital’s biggest airport after three agents were killed by corrupt colleagues smuggling drugs from Peru. The Ministry of Public Security said the ofﬁcers had been reassigned to different states.
MANILA: Tropical Storm Tembin brought heavy rains, triggering landslides and ﬂashﬂoods in the northern Philippines, just weeks after a series of deadly storms and monsoon rains, the government said on Monday. The storm remained almost stationary off the northern tip of the main Philippine island of Luzon. AFP
MOSCOW: Authorities may seek to take the children of two jailed members of Pussy Riot into care after last week’s conviction of the opposition punk band. Lawyers for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, said both mothers have not seen their children since their arrest ﬁve months ago. AFP
OSLO: An Oslo court is to hand down its verdict Friday against Anders Behring Breivik for his twin attacks last year that left 77 people dead, bringing to a close one of the most spectacular trials in Norway’s history. The rightwing extremist has confessed to the attacks so there is no doubt about his guilt.
Martine Franck, who has died aged 74, was a photographer of great contrasts. She started out by taking pictures in Asia, a continent she revisited for weeks at a time, but she also devoted herself to documenting daily life close to her homes in Paris and the Luberon, Provence. Her work is characterised by a fascination with the little intimacies and interactions in the lives of anonymous poor, marginalised and elderly people.
of cocaine was seized and 12 arrested who were trying to smuggle the drugs into Guatemala, sources in the police department said on Sunday.
‘LEGITIMATE RAPE’ A Republican senatorial candidate triggered a ﬁrestorm of criticism Sunday after he suggested that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy. Explaining his complete opposition to abortions, even in the instance of rape, Representative Todd Akin said pregnancy from rape was rare because of biological reactions to “legitimate rape.” Akin told KTVI television in an interview widely distributed by Democrats, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
We welcome the fact that the Chinese authorities have investigated the death of Neil Heywood, and tried those they identified as responsible. British Embassy in China
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Comment A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. Oscar Wilde Author
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his month, Russia, Georgia and its breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia commemorate the fourth anniversary of the war they fought in 2008. But while the mood has been predictably festive in Moscow and the two provinces that prevailed in that war, there has already been, as Russians say, at least one spoonful of tar in a barrel filled with honey. Earlier this month, anonymous authors posted a “documentary” on YouTube, in which three former high-ranking Russian commanders accuse Russia’s then Commander-inChief Dmitry Medvedev of indecisiveness during the initial stage of the August 2008 war. The documentary not only criticizes Medvedev, but also lauds his mentor and Russia’s current president Vladimir Putin as playing a decisive role in the planning and execution of the war. Of the three generals featured in the documentary, it is ex-Chief of General Staff Yuri Baluyevsky who is most blunt in his assessment of Medvedev’s conduct four years ago. According to Baluyevsky, only after thenPrime Minister Putin called from Beijing and “distributed kicks in the backside,” did Medvedev authorize implementation of an existing contingency plan for responding to use of force by Georgia. Medvedev dismissed the generals’ claims as lies. Indeed, there is strong evidence that Medvedev didn’t stall much, if at all. My guess is that they could have been encouraged to do so as part of a broader effort to contrast a ‘”weak” Medvedev with a strongman Putin. GLOBAL POST
So Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, has been given a suspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. No matter how powerful you are, stories like these prove that what goes around comes around.
THE END OF PRIVACY? HARD TALK
ecently I got an ad message in my mobile. I opened and read it because it was different from the usual fraudulence like, "You have been chosen as person of the year,' or 'join magnetic dating' or 'you have won $ 100 Million' or Fly to Timbuktu and pay later… This one was offering me dirt cheap a foreign ring spy cam or pen spy cam. This would record everything on the sly whoever you want to embarrass. An add-on was the offer to get the spy cam fitted in any part of the body, on the dress and ornaments (Shame prevented me from asking if 'any part' would include the unprintable part). Now we have mobile tracking software. Gone are the days when the wandering man, and sometimes woman, could fool the other party saying he/she is at a far away city attending a conference while he (she) is closeted with the Woh within two kilometres. A suspecting partner can now trace him/her out with the mob-tracking ware and nail the lie. Sometimes I wonder if the old ignorance or innocence were not better than the all-knowing intelligent world today. But it set me thinking at the
'transparent' world we live. You don’t know what is happening to you, really. You are never safe, not in your bedroom, which used to be the most impregnable fort in your private life. Husband is spying on wife, wife on husband, dad on daughter, lover on lover, employer on employee. The Brave New World is going too far. Now people are installing radars and home alarms though hilarious instances are galore when alarms are accidentally activated by an inmate and the household suspects one another. Now there is ADT alarm system without which an intelligent modern home is not complete, they say.
A suspecting partner can now trace him/her out with the mob-tracking ware and nail the lie. It is an electronic warning system (though I fail to understand what use is warning if the inmate is infirm or alone). Home surveillance cameras are aplenty in the market that rotates over homes like defence radars 24x7: cameras, digital video recorder, sensors, monitor and what not. It seems we have ceased to trust one another anymore. The traditional safety modes: a fierce terrier, a rifled Gorkha, patrolling police, night beat
security man, are all passé. And so is the Almighty. It is probable that God has installed a divine surveillance system to escape assault from His demonic creation — man. As paranoia grips, human minds become bleak and blank. And elsewhere, they're busy making android that would think exactly like a human being. And once android sits before you, you can't even lie for it will read your thoughts! Is there any good that would come of all this things? Yes, I see the present civilization crumbles; because the prevailing civility is made of pretension, a make-believe world where you smile when you are seething inside, cry when you are laughing at heart, express love when you're planning to cheat. Ah, yes, one industry that would
become extinct is theatre and cinema because acting would be futile as everybody knows everything else. So, the greatest good, I perceive, will be wiping out deceit. Cheating would be of no avail. Thus, crime of this sort will disappear from law. But, man being man, I'm sure, he will think of something else to deceive, perhaps.
So, I have decided there is only one way to beat this technodriven transparency. Be carefree, don’t give a damn who spy you or what they find out. When everyone else is naked clothes carry no meaning and nakedness would be natural and the clothed artificial. As society becomes open and truthful, nobody accuses anybody of deceit. Happy days!!!
EDITORIALS Modern only in name
ome nations are only modern in name. Pakistan is one of them. An 11-year-old Christian girl faces death penalty after being accused of burning the Holy Quran. Rifta Masih was arrested on Thursday, after complaints against her prompted angry demonstrations. Asif Ali Zardari, the president, has ordered an investigation into the case. It has been reported that angry neighbours beat her up, and her family fearing more reprisals, has ﬂed. Police denies that the girl was beaten up, but admits the girl has Down Syndrome. The average IQ of young adults with Down syndrome is around 50 and this girl is just 11 years old. Another horrifying aspect of the case is that it has not been conﬁrmed if she did burn anything at all. A man who claims to have seen her carrying something could not conﬁrm anything for sure. The consequence of the incident: 900 christians who have been living in the area for two decades have been asked to shift. Truly, Pakistan lives up to Jinnah’s dreams.
Assad for divine intervention
s Basher al-Assad showing signs of simmering down? Or is it just an eyewash to fox the world into believing that everything is all right by making a public appearance at a Damascus mosque on Eid along with his prime minister and foreign minister. The absence of vice-president Farouq al-Shara was conspicuous, fuelling rumours that he has defected. With major pillars of his bastion abandoning him, it is expected that he seeks divine help on Eid.
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HERITAGE MARATHON The Hyderabad Heritage Marathon (half and full marathon) will take place on September 23, which promises to take runners through the heritage sites of the City. Last date for registration is September 21.
Celebrating science Students of the science department of St Francis College came together to prove that science is fun through their intercollegiate fest, Constellation 2012.
Charity music concert A charity music concert will be organised by Indian Youth Climate Network at Gokaraju Rangaraju Institute of Engineering and Technology early next month to raise funds for the NGO’s ongoing 2012-13 projects and spread awareness about climate change among youngsters in the country. Many celebrities are expected to grace the occasion.
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n science, spectrum denotes the rainbow of colours in visible light seen when separated by a prism. In Hyderabad, Spectrum stands for the science department of St Francis College For Women, which explores all aspects of science in the annual fest, Constellation. This year, Constellation ’12 saw a large turnout of students from various colleges in and around Hyderabad. More than 1,500 students from across the CIty attended the festival. The main USP of the event is that it was a blend of both technical and cultural events. Students who organised the fest believe that the gravity of scientific principles can only be understood and appreciated
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when it is explained in an energizing and enjoyable manner. Hence, the students put in great effort and came up with some wacky events like science tambola, treasure hunt and aqua world. “We have a science department called Spectrum which, through its innovative activities, makes science interesting and fun. Indeed science can be fun and to break the myth that it is boring, we hold an intercollegiate fest,” said Lakshmi S, a student. This year being declared as the year of science, students dedicated this edition of the fest to mathematics. All the events had a blend of math and science. The chief guest of the event was Professor Shankar, department of mathematics, Osmania University. Talking to Postnoon,
STUDENTS WHO ORGANISED THE FEST BELIEVE THAT SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES CAN ONLY BE UNDERSTOOD WHEN EXPLAINED IN AN ENJOYABLE MANNER. Professor Shankar said, “This is one junction where students from various fields can meet and unite. This is a great platform to exchange and come up with new ideas.” What is amazing is that the event was organised in a mere two months. Unlike the last few years, students didn’t have to face any problems due to political unrest in the City this time. However, arranging for funds was indeed a great challenge. “We did have several challenges to face but
finance was the most difficult roadblock. Until the day before the fest, we were not sure about the money,” said Sneha C, one of the volunteers. Constellation ’12 saw every student from the college’s science department participating. Students felt that this is a great opportunity to grow and understand the corporate world. “I had no idea how media functions but now I have some idea. I have a better understanding of the field. If not for Constellation, I would never have learnt,” said Vineetha E, another student. Professor Nirmala, HOD, Zoology department said the peaceful condition in the State ensured the success of the event. “This year, the City was peaceful so we could do a lot more and reach out to a larger audience. As faculty we give guidance, but students are the main players.”
Cricketer VVS Laxman's sudden decision to retire with immediate effect has shocked one and all. What do youngsters in the city have to say about the same?
It is the right decision
Great loss for India
This move is justified
With all respect to VVS Laxman, I think he made the right decision. He was not performing well since a very long time and its always better to retire at the right time rather than waiting for the board to kick them out of the team.
Laxman retiring is a great loss for the Indian test team with Dravid also not being there. I am not sure if the younger team members would be able to manage the team without the seniors' help. I never thought that Laxman would retire this soon.
Laxman had to retire someday to make place for new players. So, I think this move is justified. And personally I would love to see some new faces in Indian cricket team not the same old ones.
Kashyap Chawda, CMR College of Engineering
Nachiketa Sharma, National Institute of Technology
Rahul Bhatia, Indian Institute of Technology
Villa Marie Villa Marie Intermediate, Degree and Post Graduate College started as a modest intermediate junior college at Somajiguda. Since then, it has expanded into a degree college with an affiliation to Osmania University offering BA, BCom and BSc in various subjects and later offering Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Computer Applications.
Monochrome is boring, so bring on the colours! Painting your nails in different shades is the latest trend on Hyderabad's campuses, so ditch your pale pinks and blood reds and show people your true colours. Shades of green, black and blue are in vogue. Nail art is also hot, as are neon shades, a blast from the '90s.
Big bags have been around for the longest time, but they’re making a major comeback in Hyderabad colleges. With enough space for books and all your accessories, this season is all about large handbags. Pick up trendy yet cheap ones at General Bazaar, Koti, Abids and Sindhi Colony for a fashionable year.
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
Head to Spoil if you want groove to the latest Bollywood tracks. DJs Manish and Anil will be spinning the latest chartbusters throughout the night.
1 Jasmine, Shaya, Karan, Ambika 2 Asmita Marwa, Jasmine, Marwesh 3 Dean, Deepa 4 Chakru Shindi 5 Asjita,Rahul 6 Nirvang, Monika 7 Virshankh, Manisha 8 Sonal, Rishi 9 Amrit 10 Gokul 11 Anand Kabra 12 Deepa Nath 13 Munsif Moula 14 Aditya, Nishan 15 Shipra 16 Vivek, Swathi 16 Sharan, Satu 16 Arvind Chenji
A SIZZLING NIGHT
The grand ďŹ nale of the Indian Fashion Street organised at The Park was an event to remember. Models sashayed down the ramp draped in collections designed by Neelam, Varsha Patwari, Sagar Tenali, Gunjan Rahul and others. Actress Archana Vedha walked the ramp for designer Varsha Patwari.
The Sunday brunch kickstarted at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel with much fanfare. The glitterati turned up at the do dressed up in their stylish best. Spotted were Anand Kabra, Asmita Marwa, Shipra and others. 9
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HARMLESS BUG MAKES YOU SUICIDAL New research adds to the growing work linking an infection caused by the Toxoplasma gondii to suicide attempts, according to Michigan State University’s Lena Brundin. About 10-20 per cent of people in the Us have T. gondii in their bodies, but in most it was thought to lie dormant.
Taken for granted? Working on a computer for 12 to 14 hours each day might all be fine. But it can take a toll on your eyes. Blink before your vision blurs. RANJANI RAJENDRA
ou know that gritty, dry, burning feeling you have at the end of a long day at work? It’s called Computer Vision Syndrome. And no, it is not some fancy lifestyle disorder that you can laugh about. It is a very real issue plaguing most people who spend long hours in front of a computer these days. While the symptoms may disappear once the eyes relax, it can have some long term repercussions that are definitely not too pleasant. Working long hours in front of a computer and then switching to TV watching in our spare time is inevitable. But there’s a price to pay for
all these lifestyle habits. “We normally blink around 10-15 times per minute involuntarily. This is to keep our eyes moist and glistening. When we are working long hours on the computer, due to concentration on the screen, the blink rate falls. The eyes get dry as a result and we develop eye strain, burning sensation and reflex watering. This controls the situation for a few hours and again the cycle repeats. This is what is known as Computer Vision Syndrome,” says Dr Manoj Mathur, senior consultant, glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology, Brij Netralaya Eye Clinic. “Use of contact lenses aggravates this problem,” he says. These days doctors
do notice an increase in the number of cases of eye problems emerging as a result of prolonged computer usage. “Long term use of computers result in spasm of small muscles of the eye which can lead to blurry vision and increase in myopia (minus power). We call this pseudomyopia,” he says, adding, “there is also a higher
incidence of Glaucoma in people who work on computers for long hours. However, it is not yet scientifically proved.” While avoiding using computers is not feasible, what medical experts do advise is taking frequent breaks and allowing the eye to relax before resuming work. “We should deliberately move our gaze away from the computer screen every few minutes. Just look in all directions, move your neck side to side and up and down for a few seconds and again can start your normal work,” Dr Mathur explains. “Also ensure that the monitor of your workstation should be at a lower level than the eye. This helps in maintaining the eye in a downward gaze, which helps in keeping it half open and reduce the effects of dry eye,” he explains. While there are several lubricants available in the
market to help refresh the eyes, they are prescription drugs and should be used under a doctor’s supervision.
Eye exercises for you n
Sit erect in a comfortable position. Slowly move your eyes up and down, as far as you can, without moving the head or neck. Repeat 10 times. Repeat with side to side movements.
Look up to the position in the middle of your eyebrows. Hold for a few seconds and then move your gaze downwards, towards your nose.
Move your eyes slowly and effortlessly round in circles, alternating between clockwise and anti-clockwise motions. Repeat five times.
Hold your finger under the tip of your nose. Then start moving it away, without raising it, until you have fixed it at the closest possible distance where you can see it clearly. Then raise your eyes a little and look at a distant point on the horizon. Repeat five times.
Close your eyes as tightly as you possibly can. Hold this contraction for three seconds, and then let go quickly. This exercise causes a deep relaxation of the eye muscles.
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Epiglottitis refers to an acute infection of the epiglottis, which is a ﬂap of the cartilage in the throat at the entrance to the larynx. Epiglottitis is caused by a bacteria called haemophilus inﬂuenzae type B. The bacteria causes the epiglottis to swell thereby blocking the passage of air into the lungs. This could be fatal. Epiglottitis tends to occur in children aged between two and seven years old, and is rarely seen in adults.
DID YOU KNOW?
Breast feeding triggers bone loss
It is said that breastfeeding may trigger bone loss in those areas that are more prone to fractures. But new mothers need not fret and should breast feed their child. As far as the lost bone is concerned it is replaced with new bone within two years of having a baby.
Realdo Colombo was an Italian professor of anatomy and a surgeon. Colombo made several important advances in anatomy including the discovery of the pulmonary circuit. Colombo also discovered that the main action of the heart was contraction, rather than dilation as had previously been thought. Columbo published his only piece of work shortly before his death in 1559 titled De Re Anatomica.
health MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
CONTRACEPTIVE FOR MEN
FOOD FOR HEALTH
Dark chocolate lowers BP?
Researchers find compound that makes male mice reversibly infertile — and could spell good news for humans FAINE GREENWOOD ver dreamed of a male birth control pill, a magical drug that would help relieve women from the responsibility of contraceptive pills, and help relieve men of the general unpleasantness of condoms? The study, published in the Cell science journal, found that a small molecule known as JQ1 made mice reversibly infertile by targeting a protein that is known as BRDT. JQ1 inhibits the production of BRDT, and the mice began producing fewer, weaker sperm. Once the mice went off the drug, they were as fertile as ever.
Scientists come one step closer to male birth control pill
"This compound produces a rapid and reversible decrease in sperm count and motility with profound effects on fertility," lead study author James Bradner of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute told Science Day. Clinical trials still need to take place before we can even begin thinking about using this wonder-drug on people, but it's an encouraging step. Even better news: this latest discovery isn't the only promising lead on a male contraceptive pill. In May, Scottish scientists isolated a gene needed for sperm development — a development that could also
lead to a drug that rendered sperm ineffective without messing about with the men's testosterone levels. Why don't we have a male birth control pill yet, anyway? According to a report in LiveScience.com, it's partially because male sperm is a much "higher production system" than the female egg — males can produce a remarkable 1,000 sperm a second, while females only produce one egg a month. Further, clinical trials for a drug people would likely have to take every day must by necessity be exhaustive — a high hurdle to jump for a new drug, says Scientific American.
And then, there's the testosterone problem — which the JQ1 discovery may solve. Fiddling with male testosterone levels does diminish sperm count, but it can also affect sex drive and have other unpleasant side effects (as women who must take female contraceptive pills containing estrogen can tell you from the other side of the aisle) — and it doesn't always work. As about half of pregnancies in the USA are unplanned, according to this Guttmacher Institute study, a contraceptive pill that works for both genders could have remarkable positive effects on society. GLOBAL POST
hocolate lovers have another reason to smile. A new review of research now suggests that consuming dark chocolate or cocoa powder every day is linked with slightly lowered blood pressure, the Huffington Post reported. According to Reuters, the research group looked at 20 different trials that included 856 people. The trials each lasted different lengths and participants consumed varying amounts of flavanols. Karin Ried, of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine in Australia, said in a statement, "Although we don't yet have evidence for any sustained decrease in blood pressure, the small reduction we saw over the short term might complement other treatment options and might contribute to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease." Ried told MSN, the reason chocolate may have so many health benefits is because, "cocoa contains flavanols, which are responsible for the formation of nitric oxide in the body, and nitric oxide causes blood vessel walls to relax and open wider, thereby reducing blood pressure." This isn't the first time that chocolate has been herald as a health food. Earlier this year, Global Post had reported the details of another study that suggested eating 100 grams of dark chocolate everyday would help those who are at risk for heart attacks and strokes. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) even believes in the benefits of chocolate. Last month Global Post reported that the EFSA ruled that cocoa powder and dark chocolate can help people improve blood circulation— a claim made by Barry Callebaut, the world's largest maker of chocolate products. GLOBAL POST
y child has the habit of holding a key near her mouth while sleeping. While many of my cousins children have the habit of holding onto items like handkerchiefs and toys while sleeping, I found this strange.I have tried to take it away but she cries and refuses to sleep. Why should I do to? Kids use objects like pillows, soft toys, soft clothing as security objects to help them feel
Dr Diana Monteiro
Don’t worry if your child uses a security object comforted and often to transition from one phase to another. Children face anxieties when they begin to realise that they are separate individuals from their parents. This is eased by the comfort that a known object brings to them and thus young child will often have a particular toy or blanket that they hold dear to them. This typically starts at the age of 6
months to 1 year and is normal to continue for a few years typically till toddlerhood. Children tend to grow out of such objects. It is okay for child to have a transitional object to help their emotional development and there is no need to worry. If a child is having difficulty letting go after an appropriate age, then working with your child to use the object for
occasions, give your child more time with you and let them slowly disengage from the object. This will normally happen as the child ages. It is typical for a child to choose a soft cuddly thing as a transition object. However, if your child chooses an unusual object like a key, it is okay as long as the key does not harm them (like have sharp edges or
being easily swallowed). Children with no developmental delays or behavioural problems will develop normally. As long as it is just as a security object, there is no concern. The writer is a counselling psychologist at the Hyderabad Academy of Psychology. You can write to her at email@example.com
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
YVM’S LAST SCHEDULE IN CHENNAI The last schedule of Nani, Samantha starrer Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu began recently in Kalpakkan, near Chennai. Gautham Menon is directing this eagerly awaited romantic film.
SHANKAR’S UPCOMING MOVIE
Basanti is not a relaunch of anyone
haitanya Dantuluri, who had made his directorial debut with Baanam, is teaming up with Brahmanandam’s son Gautham for a new ﬁlm titled Basanti. Amidst rumours that the ﬁlm is a relaunch for Gautham, Chaitanya tweeted, “Even a Spider-Man or a Batman needs a re-boot. Basanti is not a re-launch for any-one, but a re-boot for everyone.”
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Ayesha Shiva joins Twist’s cast
yesha Shiva, who played a small role in Businessman, has bagged a big role in Shashi Sudigala’s upcoming ﬁlm Twist. She’s going to play one of the lead roles in the ﬁlm alongside Sumanth, Varun Sandesh and Regina Cassandra. The ﬁlm’s shooting is expected to begin next month in Bangkok.
Intinta Annamayya soon in offing
Raghavendra Rao and Yalamanchali Saibabu, the producer of Sri Rama Rajyam, are teaming up for a new ﬁlm based on Annamayya. The ﬁlm, titled Intinta Annamayya, will be launched on Dusshera and Revanth, son of Yalamanchali Saibabu, is making his debut as an actor. Ananya has been conﬁrmed to play one of the two heroines in this ﬁlm which is set in a contemporary time frame.
Entertainment MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
NO MORE INSECURITIES
Sonu Nigam gets choosy
'David' is incredible: Neil Nitin Mukesh Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh is working on Bejoy Nambiar's David and says he is in love with the script and his look in the ﬁlm. “The progress on Bejoy Nambiar's David is incredible. Every passing day makes me feel more proud that I am working on this ﬁlm. Shooting set and atmosphere is great," tweeted the 30year-old. IANS
opular singer Sonu Nigam, who has sung several hit tracks in Bollywood, says he has become choosy with the kind of songs he wants to sing and doesn’t like giving voice to every other song. “For the last five years, I have controlled myself completely and I think one should work with only such people where there is bonding and good work,” said Sonu, who has recently sung the title track of Shirish Kunder’s Joker. "So I do good work with good people who gel with me. I have simplified my life a bit too and put aside the kind of insecurity I had in the initial phase of struggle in my career. Now I live a good, peaceful and secured life,” he added. Sonu ventured into playback singing when he was 19 and since then, he has given hit songs like Sandese aate hain, Suraj hua maddham, Kal ho naa ho and Main hoon na, among others. The current scenario has double-meaning songs gaining lot of popularity, but Sonu insists that the trend is not new. “Even I have sung such (double meaning) songs but that was in the initial phase of my struggle. That time there was no channel, no music album to move on. You had to get anything to sing and move on, so I had to opt for playback singing. So I have struggled a lot,” said Sonu. “That time, I sang the songs that I don’t sing now. Like I sang Tera paon bhaari ho gaya. I sang it because I felt that will be a hit and when it was a hit, I got an opportunity to sing on stage,” Sonu said. IANS
No sequel planned for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’
espite the ending of Salman Khan-starrer ﬁlm Ek Tha Tiger leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move. "We have not thought of a sequel for Ek Tha Tiger," director Kabir Khan said. Even the producers have denied making a sequel. "With its success, it would be the obvious conclusion. But there are no such plans as of now.” PTI
TV was a compromise for me: Samir Soni
ctor Samir Soni, who has been part of hit TV shows such as Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin and now Parichay, says his television stint began as a compromise. “I started my career wanting to be a ﬁlm actor. But I am very comfortable and happy being part of the small screen. TV started as a compromise for me. It was a logical decision,” the 43-yearold actor said. PTI
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Entertainment MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
Entertainment MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
AHEAD OF OPRAH INTERVIEW
meeting Chris Brown in secret?
Female Expendables in the offing?
ust in time for the release of The Expendables 2, studio bosses have said that an all-female version is in the works. Producer Adi Shankar’s banner is reportedly already in talks with actresses in the action genre. Director Simon West said, “I like the idea of ‘Expenda-belles’, with Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich. Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis would be great.” PTI
&B star Rihanna has reportedly had another secret meeting with her ex-boyfriend, rapper Chris Brown. Brown, who was convicted of assaulting the singer three years ago, is said to have visited her house in Los Angeles this week ahead of her interview with TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, reported Sun Online. “They are getting on really well at the moment and spent time catching up and relaxing. He’s watched clips of her interview with Oprah and seems to be touched,” a source said. A section of the interview shows Rihanna in tears over the assault. “It was humiliating. It was a confusing space to be in, because as angry as I was, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help, and who’s going to help him?”she said in the interview. The 24-year-old singer ended her relationship with the rapper in February 2009 after he physically assaulted her. PTI
College years weren’t easy: Emma Watson
arry Potter” star Emma Watson said that her initial years at university weren’t easy because she could not spend a lot of time with a solid group of friends. The 22-year-old began her studies at Brown University in 2009 and found the American establishment tough. She said her success makes it difﬁcult for her to go out in public unnoticed. PTI
Lady Gaga goes on gluten-free diet
op star Lady Gaga has switched to a gluten-free diet as she begins the latest leg of her ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour in Soﬁa, Bulgaria. The 26-year-old has opted to go on a new diet to make sure she is in the best shape for the gruelling tour, reported Contactmusic. “Gaga has decided to go on a major body blitz and cut out all gluten and wheat from her diet,” a source said. PTI
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. Francis Bacon
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.
PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER
1 With little slack 5 Alternative to a chairlift 9 "Prelude to ___" (Meg Ryan film) 14 Resort city north of Lake Tahoe 15 100-meter, for one 16 "Give ___ - don't pollute!" 17 "While" lead-in 18 Sandy hue 19 Big name in Thanksgiving parades 20 Congratulate, in a way 23 Judge of the Simpson trial 24 Ending for "verb" or "malt" 25 Persons full of self-importance 29 Certain stopping point 31 Wolf describer 33 Big Hollywood talent agency 34 Accompaniment for a fife 36 Small land mass in the water 39 Like grapefruit on the tongue 42 Like a saint's head 43 "To err is ___" 44 Jumbo deer 45 Brouhahas 47 Abate 51 Gunshot evidence 54 Pot pie veggie 56 Frequent visitor to The Beatles' sessions 57 Cute shallow-water creature 60 Art prop 63 Ambassador's skill 64 It's deserted in fantasies 65 Like a popular YouTube video 66 At any point 67 Annoy via sweetness 68 Dickinson or Post 69 Not at all difficult 70 Vats for frats?
1 Timid by nature
2 Add bubbles to 3 Remove a clog from 4 "The Wizard of Oz" dog 5 Allowable weights 6 "The Dating Game" contestant 7 220-by-198-foot plot, e.g. 8 Hot rye sandwich 9 Transmission repair franchise 10 Army uniform material 11 Beijing 2008 org. 12 Chinese restaurant sauce 13 Elm, Main, Bourbon et al. 21 Mark up, as a score 22 Discrimination against senior citizens 26 Search, as the horizon 27 "Beverage crystals" since 1957 28 Unhappy 30 "The Simpsons" bus driver 32 Big name in lawn care products 35 Smear over 37 "Hogan's Heroes" milieu 38 "Come here often?" e.g. 39 Barn bundle 40 Breeds 41 Favorable omens 42 "And I Love ___" (Beatles hit) 46 Creditor 48 Muss up, as someone's hair 49 Put a snake in a drain 50 Slammers 52 Absolutely perfect 53 Dilly-___ 55 Contest hopeful 58 Volcanologist's study 59 Clark or Butkus 60 The night before Christmas, e.g. 61 Align the crosshairs 62 What many a male Indian is called
Chai Time MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012 Thiruvaikumar
STAR POWER for 21-8-2012
As per Hindu panchang firstname.lastname@example.org, 040-27177230 / 9177596118
Avoid arguments with elders and experienced professionals. Never make major investments by believing new and inexperienced persons.Political personalities are advised not to involve in illegal activities to get proper growth.
Children health might be a cause for concern. Need to pay good attention. Govt. officials and politicians are advised to maintain a low profile. Businessmen will be able to reduce their expenses with which margins will improve.
Employees will get their expected transfer and promotion by working sincerely and putting proper efforts. Happy events to take place in line at home. Good opportunities to come your way which are to be made use of properly.
QUICK CROSSWORD FRED BASSET
Happy events to take place in a line at home. Mother's health needs to be taken good care of. Businessmen will be in a comfortable position.Those doing joint business might change their partners. You will get help when you need it.
Keep family issues within you and never share with outsiders or expect their interference to solve the issues. Taking shortcut routes seem to be profitable but your name and reputation will get spoiled and hence advised to avoid.
Employees need to discharge their important duties on their own without entrusting them to their colleagues or any others.Happy atmosphere will prevail at home. Avoid talking harsh with anyone. Give due respect to parent's advise.
Children will do well in their line of involvement which will keep you happy. Keeping aside your anger and criticism against family members will keep the house in a happy atmosphere. Businessmen will see their profits grow.
Proper planning and execution of works will bring you good name and recognition. Children's health needs attention. Plan new investments only after thorough analysis and avoid any illegal route. Don’t drink and drive.
Hurdles faced in the way of performing good events will disappear with your good and sincere efforts.Though money flow is good and keep increasing, expenses too will compete which will make you upset. Avoid people of bad character.
Queen of Swords - You may be feeling lonely and yearn for some company. But being the intellect, you’re too choosy about who you want to spend time with.
Ten of Wands - If you’re a manager at work or home, learn to delegate responsibilities. Even that is a lot of work. You cannot do it all by yourself.
Queen of Wands Your siblings or close relatives may need your help with something. Don’t ignore them. It will determine how your relationship will go in future.
Four of Cups - A job offer makes it difficult for you to decide between the familiar and jumping into the unknown. Weigh pros and cons carefully.
The High Priest - Use your intuition to guide you into making decisions. It may be a difficult decision time. But listen to your heart.
Page of Swords - You’re feeling adventurous and are in the mood to try out something new. Share this time with loved ones. You’ll enjoy the time even more.
The Devil - You’re tempted to go all the way when it comes to the money. Hold back, especially when it comes to big ticket investments, like real estate.
Six of Cups You’re missing home (the things that remind you of your childhood or the best years of your life). You want to get out of this situation.
The Hermit - You may be hurting yourself by being too stubborn about the kind of people you hang out with. Keep an open mind.
Knight of Swords - There is increased interaction with members of the opposite sex. You begin to savvy them better: so alter some of the stereotypes you held.
- You have to do the juggling act and it might seem overwhelming at the moment. Take a deep breath and work to a plan. You can manage well.
AQUARIUS: Two of Swords
Marriage talks will progress well and finalise favourably. Influence of Govt. officials and politicians to increase considerably.Some have bright chance to buy house or vehicle. Adjusting and flexibility shown by you will get results.
Nine of Wands Learn to balance the various aspects of life and avoid tilting towards only one school of thought/one way of living.
FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE
Avoid interference of third person in the family issues. Your stock is set to pile up. Spouse and children will be co-operative and make you happy. Businessmen will have a steady growth and profits too will improve gradually.
Real estate deals will bring good gains.But study the parent documents carefully before getting into the deals. Spouse and children health needs attention. Businessmen will be successful, but at the same time avoid major investment.
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Entertainment MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
PUSSY RIOT DEBACLE
Madonna disgusted by the sentencing
inger Madonna made her first public comments regarding the sentencing of Russian punk band Pussy Riot at a Zurich concert of her 2012 MDNA tour. The Grammy winner spoke of her outrage about the case several times during the performance, saying that she was “angry” over the news. She even stopped the show twice to formally address the issue again. Pussy Riot received a two-year jail term on Friday on charges of hooliganism. Madonna said at the concert, “You must know by now I am truly upset, devastated and disgusted [sic] by the sentencing of Pussy Riot. I am dedicating the rest of my life to fighting all kinds of discrimination, and I truly believe I can do that through my music and with these people around me and my art. God gave all of us a gift, right? And we can each fight this in our own way, yes?” The singer later led the crowd at Letzigrund Station in a chant of “Free Pussy Riot!”
Nicki Minaj cancels her shows at V festival
apper Nicki Minaj “regretfully cancelled” her shows at the V festival in England, scheduled for this weekend. The singer’s representative told The Hollywood Reporter that the reason for the cancellation was “strained vocal cords”. The potential American Idol judge apparently pushed herself too far when she performed on the Today Show recently.
Jay Leno takes pay cut to spare jobs
he Tonight Show is laying off 20 staffers, and host Jay Leno has agreed to take a pay cut to save as many jobs as possible, a source told The Wrap. The late-night television show has slipped in the ratings since the exit of host Conan O’Brien and the reinstatement of Jay Leno as its host in 2010.
Taylor Swift dating Kennedy scion
inger Taylor Swift has made public her romance with Conor Kennedy, son of Robert F Kennedy Jr. The new couple were caught locking lips during a date in a seaside town of Hyannisport, Massachusetts, reported Aceshowbiz. Swift, 22, and Conor, 18, sparked dating rumours in late July when the lovebirds were seen getting cozy at his family’s compound in the Cape. PTI
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
SOUTH AFRICA’S TOUR OF ENGLAND
England in trouble after Philander’s double strike JULIAN GUYER LONDON: Vernon Philander rocked England with a double strike late on the fourth day as South Africa cemented their grip on the third Test at Lord’s on Sunday. The seamer removed both England openers during a dramatic spell of two wickets for one run in 10 balls. At stumps England were 16 for two, needing a further 330 runs in a minimum of 90 overs on Monday’s final day to reach what would be a new record victory total of 346. The most England have ever made in the fourth innings to win a Test is the 332 for seven they posted against Australia at Melbourne back in 1928/29. Jonathan Trott was six not out and Ian Bell four not out at the close. The Proteas, 1-0 up in threematch series, will replace England as the world’s number one Test side if they avoid defeat on Monday. Hashim Amla, whose 121 was the cornerstone of South Africa’s second innings 351, said England faced a tough task. “We’re 1-0 up, England have to make the play,” Amla said. “The wicket itself is good to bat but in the last innings there is thing called pressure.”
South Africa’s Vernon Philander celebrates the wicket of England’s Matt Prior during the third day of the third Test cricket against England at Lord’s cricket ground in London on Sunday. AFP/GLYN KIRK
But England fast bowler Steven Finn, who finished with innings figures of four for 74 for a match haul of eight for 149 on his Middlesex home ground, insisted his side could upset the
odds. “As a team we’ve enjoyed breaking records and defying people’s beliefs about us. We really do believe in the dressing room we can win this game.”
Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar presents a BMW car to shuttler Saina Nehwal on behalf of V. Chamundeswarnath, President of the Hyderabad District Badminton Association, for winning the bronze medal at the recently SRINIVAS SETTY concluded London Olympic Games, in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Finn added: “The two guys who are in have performed fantastically well for England. I think it’s a very good pitch. When the ball is old and the sun is out, the wicket is a very good
one to bat on and people can make themselves difficult to get out.” Philander, with just his second ball Sunday, had Alastair Cook lbw for three. And he then dismissed Cook’s fellow left-hander Andrew Strauss when the England captain, playing his 100th Test and on his Lord’s home ground, shouldered arms to an inswinger and was plumb lbw for one. England, without Kevin Pietersen after they dropped the star batsman for this match despite his 149 in the drawn second Test at Headingley because of text messages he’d sent to South African players allegedly containing criticisms of Strauss, were six for two at that stage. Amla, whose South African record 311 not out at The Oval propelled the tourists to victory in the first Test, resumed on 57 not out and didn’t score a boundary in Sunday’s morning session as he advanced to 94. But after the interval Amla, who on Saturday survived a tough chance on two when wicket-keeper Matt Prior dropped him down the legside, late cut medium-pacer Trott for the ninth boundary of his innings to complete his 16th Test century and fourth against England off 182 balls. AFP
Maharashtra thrash Hyderabad M aharashtra thrashed Hyderabad by 83 runs in the All India Bucchi Babu invitational tournament on Saturday. Maharashtra’s Kedar Jadhav hammered 103 to help his side post a formidable total of 281. Lalith Mohan was the pick of Hyderabad bowlers scalping 4 for 82. In reply, Hyderabad were bowled out for 198. Ibrahim Khaleel top-scored with 50 runs. Satyajit Bacchav tormented the opponents taking 5 wickets for 42 runs. Selected Results Maharashtra 281 (Prayag Bhati 10, Kedar Jadhav 103, Chirag Khurana 27, Ankeet Bawane 15,
Sangram Attitkar 11, Rohet Motwani 37, Deepak Shilamkar 19, Shrikant Mundhe 34, Akshay Darekar 10, Satyajit Bacchav 1) Hyderabad Bowling: M.P. Arjun 1/17, Ravi Kiran 1/26, Lalith Mohan 4/82, Akash Bhandari 1/59, Ahmed Quadri 2/56. Hyderabad Innings 198: (Naveen Kumar 21, D.B. Ravi Teja 14, Benajmin Thomas 34, B. Sandeep 12, Ahmed Quaadri16, Ibrahim Khaleel 50, Aashish Reddy 2, Akash Bhandari 4, M.P Arjun 23, A. Lalith Mohan 13 (n.o.), Ravi Kiran 0) Maharashtra Bowling: Akshay Darekar 2/54, Satyajit Bacchav 5/42, Chirag Khurana 1/28, Deepak Shilamkar 1/29.
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
NEW ZEALAND IN INDIA
M ANIL KUMAR
The two-Test series against New Zealand marks the time that the Wall and the Artist will not be there to prop up the middle-order. The retirement of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman means that the young order faces the Big Test – shine, swim or sink.
Test sans the Wall and Artist Twelfth Man Babu Kalyanpur
ndia begin a new chapter in their cricketing history at Hyderabad on Thursday.
The two-Test series against New Zealand marks the first time that the Wall and the Artist will not be there to prop up the middle-order. The retirement of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman means that the new young order faces the Big Test – shine, swim or sink. Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina and Subramaniam Badrinath and Ajinkya Rahane will have to do it on their own without the comfort of knowing that a Dravid or a Laxman will be there to guide them. And New Zealand must
never be underestimated. They have the habit of playing at their best against the top teams. Back in 2010 when they last toured India, the Kiwis bounced back well after a heavy defeat in the first Test and managed to draw the next two. This series will be important to both teams as they seek to win back their reputations. New Zealand let themselves down badly in the West Indies due to a mental block rather than the quality of the opposition. Firstly, none of their batsmen could capitalise on good starts. Secondly, there were long periods of non-scoring which bogged them down considerably. Spin will be there to haunt them again. And conditions will be more conducive to this type of bowling. Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor will be the key play-
ers for New Zealand. Both played well last time with McCullum in particular scoring big runs. They looked in decent nick in the West Indies but must capitalise on the starts they made there. So must Martin Guptill. He has now learned to buckle down and play according to the needs of the team and has all the makings of a top-class opener. If he converts those fifities into hundreds, then he has it made. Kane Williamson is one of the best young players in the New Zealand team. But he had a tough tour to the West Indies, being burdened with the captaincy in the shorter version and the consistent poor results of his team. Williamson, in fact, made his mark in India during the last tour with a magnificent innings of 131 in the third Test at
Hyderabad. Spin troubled him in the West Indies but he starts using his feet again, he will be back in the runs for certain. New Zealand have a good pace bowling unit led once again by the wily Chris Martin. Tim Southee got better as the West Indies tour went along and should make the cut along with the improving Trent Boult. Injured Daniel Vettori will be missed. However, Jeetan Patel, who had never established himself, gets once more chance. India’s new season has gone according to script. The one-day success in Sri Lanka has vaulted them to second position on the table. Two of their leading players, Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir, struck form in Sri Lanka and this will help India feel secure. Sachin Tendulkar comes back after a long break and
Sale of tickets
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hopefully with a bigger appetite for runs. Zaheer Khan is also back in form which is good news. It will be interesting to see if India give leg spinner Piyush Chawla a chance. A win against New Zealand is a must. India’s mission this season should be to climb up from the middle of the ladder first.
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
Federer beats Djoker to cement number1 The Swiss will take a healthy points lead of nearly 900 into the US Open, where number two Djokovic is defending the title, starting on August 27. SCOTT WILLIAMS CINCINNATI: Roger Federer (right) tightened his grip on the world number one ranking after a crushing 6-0, 7-6 (9/7) defeat of Novak Djokovic to win a sixth title this season at the Cincinnati Masters. The Swiss will take a healthy points lead of nearly 900 into the US Open, where number two Djokovic is defending the title, starting on August 27. ATP calculations show that the 31-year-old Federer will maintain the top spot through the end of the season’s last Grand Slam. He begins his record 292nd week atop the table on Monday flushed with his fifth career title in Cincinnati from as many finals. The Swiss top seed got through a perfect week without losing serve to capture his 76th career trophy.
WYNDHAM Garcia leads through rain GREENSBORO: North Carolina: Spain’s Sergio Garcia had the lead at 15-under through four holes Sunday when the fourth round of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship was suspended for the day because of rain showers. Organisers halted the round after a lengthy weather delay at the Sedgefield Country Club that lasted two hours and 20 minutes. Tour officials will bring them back to the course at 1300 GMT Monday to finish the final round.
It was also his 16th win in 28 meetings against world number two Djokovic and it means he will go into New York as the clear favourite having become the first man to win five titles at the Cincinnati event. The Swiss described his effort as “another amazing week”. “I’ve had a magical summer (seventh Wimbledon title, London Olympic silver medal). I feel good about New York - but I’m going to savour this one for a bit. “I’ve been able to win five. It’s obviously incredible because I remember the first few here I struggled. “Now looking back it’s just unbelievable. Plus this was probably the best week ever here in Cincinnati for me never dropping my serve and beating Novak in the final. This was very sweet. No doubt about it.”
Li Na curbs Kerber to win Masters CINCINNATI: China’s Li Na earned her ﬁrst title since winning the French Open 15 months ago, beating Germany’s Angelique Kerber 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 to claim the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters on Sunday. The 30-year-old Li rallied from a crushing ﬁrst-set loss with some superb serving as she won 80 percent of her ﬁrst-serve points in a dominating third set. This was her ﬁrst tournament under new coach Carlos Rodriguez, who only came on board midweek. Li ended her ﬁght-back victory with six breaks of Kerber’s serve from 21 chances, with the fatigued Kerber starting to feel the effects of a leg injury. The Chinese player said she was inspired by Roger Federer’s win earlier in the men’s ﬁnal. “I wanted to do the same,” she said. “I was feeling OK on court. I wanted to win this title because this year, I got in the ﬁnal three times but I never won one title. I was really hungry for the title.” Li also paid tribute to her new mentor in her victory speech: “Carlos you are the best.” She needed 100 minutes to oust Kerber and her victory means she will maintain her current ninth world ranking. Kerber “was playing unbelievable in the ﬁrst set. I was trying to play ﬂat, but she had no mistakes,” Li said. The Chinese number one was playing her second ﬁnal in as many weeks.
INDIANAPOLIS MOTO GP
Pedrosa cruises to victory
The 26-year-old rider claimed his 17th career Moto GP win while Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo stayed on top of the world championship standings. INDIANAPOLIS: Pole sitter Dani Pedrosa (right) cruised to victory in Sunday’s Indianapolis MotoGP, finishing nearly 11 seconds ahead of fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo. Pedrosa, on a Honda, completed the 28-lap course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 49min 39.631sec, 10.823sec ahead of Yahama’s Lorenzo. The 26-year-old claimed his 17th career Moto GP win while Lorenzo stayed on top of the world championship standings. Yamaha’s Italian rider
Pedrosa last won here in 2010 and it was his first win from pole since the 2010 San Marino Grand Prix. Andrea Dovizioso finished third, 17.310sec behind Pedrosa. “Early in the race I tried to open it up,” said Pedrosa, who
took the lead from American Ben Spies with 25 laps to go. “It was a good weekend, I think. The bike was working well.
“We were sliding all the way around the racetrack, but with a good feeling. I had good pace today. At the beginning, the race was tough because the pace was very high. So I had to keep concentration.” Pedrosa last won here in 2010 and it was his first win from pole position since the 2010 San Marino Grand Prix. “I hope I can continue like this to the end of the year,” he said. Last year’s winner Casey Stoner of Australia finished fourth at 19.803.
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
JAPAN’S MIYAZATO WINS SAFEWAY CLASSIC Japan’s Mika Miyazato claimed her first LPGA Tour title by winning the Safeway Classic on Sunday with a closing two-under 70 to beat Inbee Park and Brittany Lincicome by two shots.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Man City fights back City started their Premier League title defence in the same way they won the crown last season as Mancini’s men recovered from 2-1 down to win. IAN WHITTELL MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is sweating on the fitness of Sergio Aguero (pictured right on the ground) after the Argentina striker suffered a nasty knee injury in the champions’ dramatic 3-2 win over Southampton. City started their Premier League title defence in the same way they won the crown last season as Mancini’s men recovered from 2-1 down to win in a frantic encounter at Eastlands. But the victory, which bore more than a passing resemblance to that epic 3-2 triumph against QPR on the final day of last season, was marred by the injury to Aguero, who twisted his knee following a fair challenge from Southampton defender Nathanial Clyne early in the contest. Aguero was stretchered off the field and taken to hospital for scans on the injury amid fears of ligament damage, with results expected to take up to 48 hours. With only 10 days remaining in the transfer window, Mancini admitted that his final activities in the market could well be dictated by the results of those tests.
English Premier League results on Sunday n Manchester City 3 (Tevez 40, Dzeko 72, Nasri 80) Southampton 2 (Lambert 59, Davis 68) n Wigan 0 Chelsea 2 (Ivanovic 2, Lampard 7-pen)
“We don’t know at the moment, we need to wait maybe two days to get the scans,” said Mancini. “We hope it’s not serious, but at this stage I don’t know. “The knee is always dangerous and the injury was so strange. I am worried, yes, but we don’t know yet. “At the moment, we can say nothing. This can happen in every game, it is clear that you can be lucky through the year, but today it is a problem. “If it is a serious injury, we will probably change our plans. Maybe he is out for a week, or three or four weeks, or after the international break.” Mancini had been keen on trying to sign Robin van Persie before the Arsenal forward chose City’s title rivals Manchester United. Now the Italian will turn his attention to a list of attacking targets including Swansea’s Scott Sinclair, Edinson Cavani at Napoli and Fernando Llorente of Athletic Bilbao. Mancini confirmed one piece of business that is close to completion is the potential sale of winger Adam Johnson to Sunderland or Tottenham Hotspurs or, possibly, on loan to Everton.
Barça back with a 5-star bang The victory at Camp Nou came after champions Real Madrid started their title defence with a 1-1 draw at home to Valencia. DERMOT LEDWITH MADRID: Barcelona thrashed Real Sociedad 5-1 on Sunday with two goals from Lionel Messi and one each for Carles Puyol, Pedro Rodriguez and David Villa (right), in his first game back after eight months out with injury. The victory at Camp Nou came after champions Real Madrid started their title defence with a 1-1 draw at home to Valencia. Barca’s La Liga opener under new coach Tito Vilanova saw them 4-1 ahead by half-time with Messi in sparkling form.
Real Madrid’s title defence got off to a stuttering start when they dropped two crucial home points in a 1-1 draw with Valencia on a hot Sunday night in the Spanish capital. Gonzalo Higuain put Real ahead on nine minutes before Jonas Goncalves equalised just before the interval for a plucky Valencia side. “I expected more from my team, last season when we drew 0-0 the best player for Valencia was Guaita and today it has been Alves. We did not play a great game but we did enough to win,” said Jose Mourinho.
Spanish league results on Sunday n Real Madrid 1 (Higuain 10) Valencia 1 (Jonas 42) n Athletic Bilbao 3 (De Marcos 47, Dominguez 67, 76) Real Betis 5 (Ruben Castro 7, Molina 26, 86, Etxebarria Urkiaga 31, Pozuelo 80) n Barcelona 5 (Puyol 4, Messi 11, 16, Pedro 41, Villa 84) Real Sociedad 1 (Castro 9) n Levante 1 (Nabil El Zhar 5) Atletico Madrid 1 (Turan 22)
PSG can’t keep the lights on Paris Saint Germain struggled to a 0-0 draw at Ajaccio in a poor start to the season. PARIS: Paris Saint Germain struggled to a 0-0 draw at Ajaccio on Sunday with the bigspending French club’s poor start to the season perfectly illustrated by a floodlight failure in injury time. PSG had been held 2-2 by Lorient in their season-opener last weekend and despite the presence of Jeremy Menez, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore, back from suspension, they were unable to find a way through the Ajaccio defence. It was all too much for coach Carlo Ancelotti.
The result left PSG on two points and in mid-table with testing encounters against Bordeaux and Lille coming up. Without injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and with defender Thiago Silva also missing, the former Chelsea boss was sent to the stands for kicking out at a water bottle, his anger fired by the sending-off of Lavezzi on the hour mark. The result left PSG on two points and in mid-table with testing encounters against Bordeaux and Lille coming up. “It’s a disappointment because we have the quality. We didn’t concede any goals but we didn’t create many chances either,” said Ancelotti. “We must work more. Physically, perhaps, we are not 100 percent but with Ibrahimovic and Thiago Motta, we will improve the team’s quality.” Marseille made it two wins in two games to go joint top as the former European champions put a little more distance between them and their dismal 10th-place finish last season. Inspired by unpredictable striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, Marseille defeated Sochaux 2-0 at the Stade Velodrome to go level on six points with leaders Lyon, but in second place on goal difference.