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DECKS CLEARED FOR DAMARUKAM’S RELEASE The suspense over the theatrical release of Nagarjuna-starrer Damarukam has come to an end. All decks have been cleared for the film's worldwide release on November 23.

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HYDERABAD’S FIRST COMPACT AFTERNOON NEWSPAPER DEEPAK DESHPANDE

LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES

The Israel-Palestine conflict is one that dates back to early the 20th century, but the struggle between the Arabs and the Jews is one that has much deeper roots. With the resurgence of violence in the alwaysvolatile region, Postnoon delves into the history of the divided land and attempts to unravel the tangled strands of a long-standing feud.

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At least Manchester City spared themselves another defeat on their way out of the Champions League as they salvaged a point.

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NMDC FoBS OFF

The foot-over-bridge constructed by the NMDC at the busy Masab Tank stretch has no stairs or elevator for pedestrians to use. How then are people to use what was constructed for them?

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012

city events

BOOK LAUNCH

A book reading and book signing ceremony of The Immortals of Meluha (Telugu version) by the author Amish Tripathi; translated by Rama Sundari is being held. Book will be released by Ratna Rao Shekar, Founder & Editor of House Calls. on November 22, 6pm onwards.

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES exhibition by Maredu Ramu, Nirmal Karmakar Nirmala Biluka and Palak Dubey. Where: Alankritha Art Gallery, Kavuri Hills, Jubilee Hills When: Ongoing, Monday-Saturday 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2311 3709

SHOWS Dance performance Catch the world famous dance theatre on wheelchairs at HICC on November 24. Where: HICC, Madhapur, Hitec City When: November 24, 7.30pm onwards Contact: 98480 32103

Painting exhibition Anuradha Thakur’s exhibition of paintings titled Serene Harmony will be on display upto November 25. Where: Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel, Shamshabad When: Ongoing, 9am onwards Contact: (040) 6625 0000

Women on the 6th floor The French movie Les femmes du 6e etage ( women on the 6th floor) will be shown at Alliance Francaise. Where: Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: November 22, 6.30pm Contact: (040) 2355 4481 Children of the pyre Children of The Pyre is a compelling compilation of the real-life stories of the lives of seven extraordinary children who make their living out of the dead at Manikarnika. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: November 23 7pm onwards Contact: 96427 31329 Musical notes Catch guitarist Baiju Dharmajan perform live at Cuba libre on November 23 and at Radisson Blu, Banjara Hills

DINING

STACKED AND READY:TRS activist D. Mohan Gandhi Naik, Warangal staging a dharna for a separate Telangana at Indira Park by shaving half his head and beard N SHIVA KUMAR on November 24. Where: Cuba Libre, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: November 23, 8pm onwards Contact: (040) 6776 7114 Live music Catch the band Dark Project performing live at Hard Rock Cafe on November 22. The band plays a blend of alternative and progressive rock. Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: November 22, 9pm onwards Contact: (040) 6463 6375

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Telugu play A Telugu play Grogahanam will be presented at Lamakaan on November 25. The play deals with the important stages of a women’s life. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: November 25, 7.30pm onwards Contact: 96427 31329 Public speaking workshop A four-day workshop on effective public speaking is being held at Media Junction. The workshop is being facilitated by Ramachandran, a media and PR personality. Where: Media Junction,

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Musheerabad When: November 22-25, 6pm onwards Contact: 98488 42471

ART Palette scapes An exhibition of paintings on Acrylic on canvas by artist Nupur Kundu is being held at Shrishti Art Gallery Where: Shrishti Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills, Rd No 15 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2354 0023

Thanksgiving feast The Dining Room is hosting a thanksgiving lunch and dinner. Where: The Dining Room, Park Hyatt, Banjara Hills Rd No 2 When: November 22, 12pm-3pm , 7pm-11pm Contact: (040) 4949 1200

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Kashmiri Wazwan nights A Kashmiri food fest based on the Wazwan cuisine is being held. Where: The Square, Novotel, Cyberabad When: November 23 onwards, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 66824422

Airport Director 27903785, 27906001 For Air India Flight Information Toll free (from any network) for IC Flights 18001801407 And for All Flights: 1800227722 Air India has revised its flight timings. For more information call (Toll free) 18001801407, 1800227722 from BSNL/MTNL 04023430334 from other lines and mobile Website; www.airindia.in TOURISM OFFICES AP Tourism, Hyd 23262152/53/54 Sec-bad 27893100 Dept of Tourism 23453110 India Tourism 23261360 AP Tourism information Centre (24x7) 23450444, 23455999 UK VISA OFFICE VFS India Pvt Ltd Building, 8-2-542/A, Sunil Chamber, Road No. 7

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NRI attacked in Afzalgunj Engineer arrested for Mohd Abdul Hakeem, who runs a business in Chicago was attacked by a group of four to five men in Afzalgunj. MOHD ABDUL MUJEEB

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n NRI, in the City on holiday was attacked by a gang who stole his mobile phone, bike and cash near the Central Library in Afzalgunj on Tuesday night. Mohd Abdul Hakeem, 47, who runs a business in the US, was going back to his home in Moghalpura after attending a party at a friend’s house in Hitec City. When he reached Afzalgunj Road, his Honda Active bike broke down. A group of some four to five men standing nearby came to Hakeem’s assistance. But instead of helping him out, they began assaulting him.

The incident took place between 11.30pm and 12 midnight. Hakeem lay unconscious for over three hours by the roadside. “The gang attacked Hakeem with knives. They stole his bike, mobile phone and

`5,000 before fleeing from the spot. The victim has sustained injuries to his hands, head and jaw. A case has been lodged and we have begun investigations,” said Inspector A Manoj Kumar of Afzalgunj police station.

he Chilkalguda police have arrested an engineer for sexually harassing and threatening his colleague. B Ankitha, 26, quit her job as a sales executive after being unable to tolerate sexual advancements from her colleague, 30-year-old P Srinivas. Ankitha had a steady job at Veera Infotech Pvt Ltd for three years. Srinivas, a divorcee, worked as a technical engineer in the same office. Over the last three months, his advances towards Ankitha got more and more violent, and on one occasion he even tried to molest her. Unable to take the torture, Ankitha quit her job earlier this

month and lodged a complaint with the management against Srinivas. “A vexed Srinivas then went to her house and started hurling abuses at her. He even threat-

Over the last three months, his advances got more and more violent and he even tried to molest her. ened to commit suicide if Ankitha refused to have sexual intercourse with him,” said sub inspector S Naveen Kumar of Chilkalguda police station. Srinivas has been remanded to judicial custody.


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CRIME

LAST YEAR... HERE ‘Change harassment laws’

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ast year we had reported how peers and doctors were demanding that there should be a change in societal mindset when it comes to a girl being sexually harassed. In most cases it is the girl who apart from the harassment is subjected to living with a tainted image for the rest of her life while it should actually be the tormentor who should face such a situation.

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he City has been left baffled with the series of temple threats that have continued unabated

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THINGS WE 5LEARNT TODAY The column that teaches everyone something new about the way the City functions.

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Raising awareness to tackle growing violence in City. COVA (the Confederation of Voluntary Association ) aims to go to different areas of the City to make people aware about the political reasons behind the disturbance and promote peace.

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Water board to form its own regulatory body? The HMWS&SB has decided to frame its own regulatory authority This was taken after the water tariff saw a sharp rise for the first time in nine years.

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A happy ending for City’s lonely giraffe. After a three year wait, George the lonely giraffe in the City Zoo is finally getting a mate.

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Stringent action needed against sexual harassment. In yet another case, the Chilkaguda police arrested an engineer for sexually harassing and threatening his colleague.

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Temples, the new hotspots for City thieves? Adding to the already growing list, yet another temple theft was reported in the City.

over the last one month. The Durga Maisamma temple in Amberpet Road Number 6 was the latest to be hit by thieves. Late on Tuesday night, some unidentified people broke open the lock of the temple and

made away with the deity’s gold mangalsutra and nose pin. The incident came to light on Wednesday morning. A case has been lodged with the Amberpet police and investigation is underway.

Unidentified people broke open the lock and made away with a mangalsutra and nose pin.

CIVIC

Water board looks to bypass government

is the total number of CNG buses plying in the City. Despite the shortage of CNG, the APSRTC has managed to keep all 110 buses on the road but are doubtful about the future.

Neither the police, military or outside agencies can prevent riots. At best they can control the situation once violence breaks out, but cannot prevent it.

Another temple theft

In order to reduce its dependence on Government representatives of the HMWS&SB has decided to frame its own regulatory authority. RAHUL RAMAKRISHNA rahul.r@postnoon.com

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n a bid to end its continued dependence on the board of directors and representatives from the State government to make regulatory changes, the HMWS&SB has decided to frame its own regulatory authority. This decision was taken after water tariffs were hiked for the first time in nine years. “Despite supplying over 340 MGD of water daily to the GHMC and HMDA limits in Hyderabad, we are still lagging behind financially and are finding it hard to tackle salary hikes, debt clearances and meeting revenue targets,” said J Syamala Rao, MD of HMWS&SB. The HMWS&SB is monitored by a group of directors whose chairman is the CM. The water board has always had an uneasy past as for as revenue is concerned. The board has threatened to discontinue service to the GHMC as it is yet to clear a `1,000 crore bill in expenses. The Administrative Staff

Board supplies 340 MGD water to 7.50 lakh customers — both domestic and nondomestic — from Osmansagar, Himayathsagar reservoirs and Krishna river (phase-I and II). Water board officials are optimistic that the proposal will be accepted soon, and that this move will finally fill the department’s coffers.

College of India (ASCI) has been entrusted with the task of preparing the proposal, and will submit this to the MA&UD, said Rao. “Once the ASCI submits the proposal, we will forward it to the MA&UD department for approval. The State government has to amend the HMWS&SB Act to constitute a water regu-

latory authority,” the HMWS&SB chief said. The Water Board’s decision of constituting a regulatory authority comes in the wake of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission being setup to address the many issues with electricity transmission and distribution bodies in the State. Currently, the Water

INTUC Hyderabad head to participate in conference

Two constables injured in road mishap

Chain snatchers rob two Two theft cases women in the City reported in the City

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NEWS BRIEFS he Public Services International which will be holding its 29th World Congress at Durban, South Africa from November 22 to 30, has invited the president INTUC, Hyderabad District, Adil Shariff to participate. The global trade union federation representing 20 million working women and men from 150 countries.

wo police constables were injured in a road mishap on wednesday at lower Tank Bund. The leaders were on duty at Lower Tank Bund when a speeding auto trolly hit them. They were then shifted to a hospital for treatment. The Gandhinagar police has booked a case against the trolly driver and produced him in front of the court.

wo snatching cases were reported from different parts of the City on Wednesday. The first incident occurred at Champapet where two people on bikes snatched the gold chain of a women P Padmavathy,74. The second incident took place at Kondareddyguda where two men snatched an 8-tola gold chain from a woman.

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wo theft cases were reported from two different places in Bowenpally. In the first incident, a laptop was stolen after breaking the lock of a school of arts.The owner P Nagaraj has lodge a complaint. In the second incident, some unidentified men stole computers from an office. The owner Kishore Reddy has lodge a complaint.


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POLITICS

TDP to woo unhappy leaders The increasing exodus of unhappy party leaders has had the TDP heads worried. They are now going all out to convince the leaders to stay in the party by offering them plum positions if the TDP wins the polls. INKESHAF AHMED ahmed.m@postnoon.com

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hocked at the continuous exodus of leaders from the party especially at a time when its party president is on a marathon Padayatra, the main opposition Telugu Desam initiated steps to put a full stop to it. Since the 2009 assembly elections, a total of 14 TDP MLAs and scores of party leaders left the party and joined parties like YSR Congress and TRS. In the last one month alone four party MLAs have left the party sending shock waves to the party. The top brass of the party have sprung into action to convince the unhappy leader, and fence sitters who have already made up their mind to quit the party by promising them lucrative posts. These posts include giving them MLA tickets or ministerial berths if the party bounced back to power after the next General Elections and nominating them to MLC and various constitutional posts like SC, ST, BC and minorities commission chairpersons’ posts.

The top party leaders like former ministers G Muddu Krishnama Naidu, Dadi Veerabadhra Rao, Mandava

Venkateswara Rao, Tummala Nageswara Rao, Y Ramakrishnudu are reportedly playing an active role in placating

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It is a tricky situation for us. Initially, we thought only a few unhappy leaders would leave the party. But the situation is becoming worse with each day. A senior party leader TDP Many of these leaders are personally meeting the unhappy leaders and putting forth slew of offers which are in store for them if they continued in the party. The strategy of the party leaders seems to yielding desired results albeit temporarily. It is evident in the recent public statement of a young party MLA who said that he would not leave the party at any cost. The party leaders have told Postnoon that the process would continue in coming days as well.

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Fissures in Cong over ‘mafia don’ comment Congress leaders react to Union tribal welfare minister’s statements on Botsa Satyanarayana and Kiran Kumar Reddy. POSTNOON NEWS feedback@postnoon.com

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ongress leaders from Andhra Pradesh are on the attack against Union tribal welfare minister Kishore Chandra Deo, two days after an 11-page letter purportedly written by him to the Congress Party high command came to light. In the letter, Deo reportedly said that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is “ineffective” and that PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana is a “liquor and mafia don”. Many Congressmen have termed this as “unfortunate” and “far from the truth”. Though the Union minister has publicly

the unhappy party leaders and ensuring that these group does not the cross the fence. A senior party leader involved in this exercise confirmed the news and said that the party was left with no option but to convince the leaders to stay put in the party. He reasoned that if the exodus of leaders continues,the party would get weak in the districts. “It is a tricky situation for us. Initially, we thought only a few unhappy leaders would leave the party. But the situation is becoming worse with each passing day. There is no option left for us but to intervene to check the trend,” he said. N Chandrababu Naidu reportedly directed these leaders to leave no stone unturned in keeping the party flock intact as the exodus of leaders would send wrong message in the public. The modus operandi adopted by these top rung leaders was to take the help of local party leaders in various districts like district party presidents and assembly constituency incharges in executing their objective.

denied writing the letter, the leaders from the State are not ready to buy his argument. Speaking to Postnoon, Reddy’s supporter and APCC general secretary Abid Rasool Khan said that Deo’s comments are not in

the interest of the party. “I disagree with the method Deo used to voice his concern. Both the CM and PCC president are performing their duty as per the expectations of party high command. If he felt that was any wrongdoing, he should have brought it to the notice of the party president. There was no need to leak the letter to the press,” Khan said. Forests minister S Vijayarama Raju echoed this sentiment and said that this will further weaken the party in the State. “There is no truth in the complaint. A section of leaders with vested interests are trying to malign the CM and PCC president’s image,” he said.

Engineer kidnapped from Toli Chowki Mohd SUBHAN mohd.s@postnoon.com

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software engineer working with HCL Taj Siddique was kidnapped by some unidentified people on Wednesday night. The victim

When her husband did not return, Asma got worried. After waiting for nearly five hours she lodged a complaint. was abducted from Al Hasnath Colony, Toli Chowki. Humayun Nagar Inspector G Bhiksham Reddy said that the police has booked a case and has begun its investigations. According to information

available, some unidentified men came to his house at around 7.30pm. After consuming snacks and tea. Some time later, Taj went out with them and told his wife that he would be back in an hour. When her husband did not return, his wife Asma Parveen got worried. After waiting for nearly five hours she went and lodged a complaint that her husband had been kidnapped by unidentified people with the Humayunnagar police. A case was booked and they have begun investigations. On contacting the Asifnagar ACP T Nagaraj Kumar, he expressed doubts and said that more information needs to be collected as known people were involved and that Taj had not gone to work since a few days before the kidnapping.


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city THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012

ANIMAL MATTERS

ZOO REVAMP

Lonely George to wed Georgina soon! After a long wait of nearly three years, authorities at the Nehru Zoological Park were finally able to find a mate for their lone giraffe. PK SURENDRAN surendran.pk@postnoon.com

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inally, George’s long wait for a bride is going to be over soon. George is the lone male giraffe at the Nehru Zoological Park and has been ageing while waiting for a mate for over three years. Zoo authorities had been shopping for a female in different parts of the world in vain. The search only found that other zoos are also in need of a female giraffe. But now Malayasia has offered him a mate. But George is, again, not quite lucky. He has to share the incoming bride (probably named Georgina)

with another male. So what? Seems the thought of George who continues to meditate on the ways of the world in his enclosure. He has seen too many deaths in quick succession of his kin. This one, the only surviving spotted gent of the five brought in from Africa a few years ago is unable to mate and procreate for the lack of a female species in the zoo premises. The 20-ft and 8-year-old George draws great attention of zoo visitors. A giraffe’s lifetime is only 20 years. In this sense he is getting old. He stares boringly at the people who shoot him with camera and comments about his great height. A zoo official, MM Hanifulla

confirmed the arrival of a female giraffe. She will arrive accompanied by her male partner shortly. It has been a hard task, say authorities. Getting female giraffe is becoming a difficult task. But of other animals the predicament is less. They are more easily available. Hanifulla said that the zoo had been successful in replenishing the stock of Cheetahs by securing three of them from the Czech Republic recently in exchange of two lions and five crocodiles. But, getting a giraffe, and that too a female, is no mean task. “The procedure of securing a giraffe is also extremely tedious and long,” he said.

The park’s aim is to be a dynamic one M NAZIMUDDIN md.nazim@postnoon.com

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fter successfully securing a female giraffe from a Malaysian zoo as a mate for lonely giraffe George, authorities of the Nehru Zoological Park are now on the lookout to populate the zoo with different kinds of animals — ones that are not indigenous to India. The park’s aim is to be a dynamic one as far as species of animals is concerned. Deputy curator A Shankaran says that they have been trying for over six years to get a zebra from Africa. “Having different kinds of animals in the zoo gives our visitors a more fulfilling experience. Getting animals from other countries is a difficult process. This is why even after six months we have not been able to bring in a zebra,” he said. But the park did have something to cheer about. In May, 25 years of labour bore fruit when cheetahs were brought in from Czechoslovakia. Not just that, two female ostriches were also brought in for the two male ostriches of the zoo. “We are hopeful that they will breed soon,” said Shankaran. With an eye on bringing in more visitors, the natural history museum at the zoo has also been upgraded. The museum shows in detail the different stages of evolution of the Earth, animals, plants and a complete insight into tigers.

LITTLE GENIUS Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy felicitated Nuthakki Priyanka, under-10 World Chess Champion, in his chamber, at the Secretariat on Wednesday. Also seen in the picture are Lav Agarval, IAS secretary to Government, Dr TRK Rao, IRTS and L Rajgopal, MP Vijaywada.

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LAW AND ORDER

Awareness to help tackle violence With the City vulnerable to violence once again, an organisation is aiming to educate people about the murky nexus between politicians and local goons in their lust for power. M NAZIMUDDIN md.nazim@postnoon.com

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s the City finds itself trapped in the midst of communal conflict, the Confederation of Voluntary Association (COVA) has warned that the violence will not die out till the 2014 General Elections. The agency claims that it is the politicians that have been masterminding the chaos to cash in on votes they hope to obtain through religious divide. Talking to Postnoon, Mazher Hussain — executive director COVA, and member, steering committee planning commis-

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he Confederation of Voluntary Association (COVA) is an active member of Coalition For Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), Voluntary Active Network India (VANI) and Campaign For Electoral Reforms in India (CERI) among others. Through the ‘Saviours of Hyderabad’, COVA felicitates citizens who saved the lives and property during riots in the City.

sion, government of India — said that after holding discussions with senior government and police officials, they found that

the violence is not sporadic, but a deliberate attempt by leaders to create chaos for political mileage. “Neither the police, military or outside agencies can prevent riots in the State. At best they can control the situation once violence breaks out, but cannot prevent it all together,” he said. Hussain said the recent unrest as well as past incidents were aimed at creating communal divide simply to cash in on votes in 2014. “Around 45 localities in Hyderabad and 120 areas around AP have been identified as hot spots of violence and to brace for this, COVA is offering to prepare people to ensure

peace and harmony through its new programme, Hyderabad Peace Collision,” he said. Through this initiative, COVA aims to go to different areas of the City to make people

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aware about the political reasons behind the disturbance and promote peace. The challenge is to bring the largely silent majority out of their homes and on to the streets to motivate and ensure harmony in their neighbourhood. The dedication of its volunteers has borne fruit as around 30 youngsters who were involved in some incidents of violence, have started working for the organisation. COVA is a network of 700 organisations spread across the country, which was set up in response to the early ’90s communal conflict in the Old City.

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Danam raps Kishore Chandra Danam was furious with the Union minister’s letter to Sonia Gandhi that belittled the CM.

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abour minister Danam Nagender has lambasted Union minister Kishore Chandra Deo for writing to Congress president Sonia Gandhi belittling Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and the PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana. Talking to the media here on Wednesday, Danam sarcastically said that everyone in the Congress was vying to become either the chief minister or the PCC chief before the next elections. He said that it would be better if they remembered that the two posts carry crowns of thorns with them. He said that some leaders do not even know where Gandhi Bhavan (State Congress headquarters) was and staff and other leaders at Gandhi Bhavan also would not recognise leaders like Kishore Chandra Deo. He said it was surprising that such people were criticising Kiran Kumar Reddy and Botcha Satyanarayana. He has questioned the Union minister to state who would hold responsi-

bility if the Congress was defeated in the next General Elections. Danam has advised the Union minister that it was improper on his part to make such comments when the party was passing through a difficult phase. He said that leaders like Kishore Chandra Deo confine themselves to Delhi and had no concern for the local people. Stating that it was wrong to mislead the party leadership for selfish ends, Danam said 90 per cent of Congress did not know where Gandhi Bhavan was. NSS


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CIVIC

NMDC’s got unfinished business The foot-over-bridge constructed by the NMDC at the busy Masab Tank stretch has no flight of stairs in sight for pedestrians to use. How then are people to use what was constructed for them? DEEPAK DESHPANDE

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he state of unfinished Foot over Bridges in the City is laughable, because some among them stand out as classic examples of official negligence. A foot over bridge at NMDC Masab Tank has become the punch line of comedy aimed at the GHMC, the reason being the foot over bridge has been constructed, but there are no stairs to it! As funny as it may sound, that is actually how the FoB is right now. Despite the project being undertaken over six months ago it has reached completion, but not quite. Authorities at the GHMC have however the same old chain

Of the total 19 FoBs planned for construction at various parts of the City, only 12 have seen light. of complaints about no coordination between departments. Jayaraj Kennedy, additional commissioner of Advertising wing said, “The contract for finishing the escalator and elevator designed as a part of the FoB was supposed to be finished long back. However, we have leased out another two months time for the project to finish. After which,

we will begin calling tenders for ad-hoardings of 6 feet scale on the FoB.” Officials however are doubtful of the project being completed in the near future. Of the total 19 FoBs planned for construction at various parts of the City, only 12 have seen light. The reason being the many departmental politics within the municipal

body and the low morale of the officers concerned, say departmental heads. Other officials from the advertising and illumination wing admit that if the tender system were followed for completion of projects such as these, the time taken for cost recovery would be small and the project would be finished soon. “It is so easy and streamlined to

work with the tenders system, but the corporation is yet to accept this proposal,” says Jayaraj Kennedy. However, only a few handful of the FoBs stand out as good examples of infrastructure in the city. The one at LV Prasad Eye Institute is a fine example. But the problem is that these fully equipped FoBs are too few in

number. K Prakash Goud, resident of Masab Tank says, “It is difficult for the aged and the physically handicapped to make use of these FoBs. People have given up on expecting them to be finished in time.” There is however a use that the unfinished FoB has found. It has become a landmark for commuters and motorists.

TRANSPORT

APSRTC’s CNG project takes a hit

Due to a shortage of CNG supply in the City and a delay in implementing the project, the APSRTC is yet to introduce more CNG buses, after the first phase of 110 vehicles. M NAZIMUDDIN md.nazim@postnoon.com

The cost of CNG is also lower when compared to diesel or petrol. Vehicles that use CNG emit 80% less harmful gases than gasoline.

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s the population of the City grows, so does the pollution level. To tackle this hazard, 350 CNG buses were introduced in Hyderabad. But this has bought little respite due to a delay in implementing the project and a shortage of Compressed Natural Gas, 30 buses were converted to diesel and only 110 CNG buses ply. “In spite of a severe shortage of CNG, we have managed to

keep all the 110 buses on road. As there is no guarantee of a steady supply in the future, the introduction of more CNG buses has been kept on hold,” said

APSRTC executive director Koteshwar Rao. But can the City afford this delay? Most certainly not, says environmentalist J Prakash

Nimba. “The CNG system should be implemented on high priority basis. Although the government has restricted the entry of heavy vehicles during the day to ease traffic, we are exposed to

harmful levels of diesel at night. This directly causes cancer as even trees can’t help offset the harm. It is critical that the government introduce more CNG vehicles,” he said. CNG is a natural gas which remains clear, is odourless and non-corrosive. It is lighter than air and quickly dissipates if it leaks from gas tanks or storage containers. The cost of CNG is also lower when compared to diesel or petrol. Vehicles that use CNG emit 80 per cent less harmful gases than gasoline vehicles.


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Business

ONLINE US HOLIDAY SALES SEEN GROWING 17%

US online holiday sales are already on the rise, and are expected to grow 17 per cent from last year to $43.4 billion, a forecast said. The report from the research firm comScore showed retail e-commerce spending for the first 18 days of November-December holiday season were up 16 per cent to $10.1bn.

SOLAR ENERGY

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Internet control debate

WASHINGTON: Google has jumped into the debate over a UN telecom gathering set to review regulations affecting the Internet, claiming it is “the wrong place” to make decisions about the future of the Web. In a posting on its “take action” blog this week, Google said the December gathering of the UN’s International Telecommunications Union comes amid “a growing backlash on Internet freedom.”

Easy on your pocket, and environment Nothing can replace a hot shower, but why let this burden your electricity bill? When it comes to being economical and green, solar water heaters far outdo electrical heaters.

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inter is here — a season for, if nothing else, nice long hot showers. But spare a thought this year to how much that soothing shower hurts your wallet. For a buyer, there is a range of electric and solar water heaters available in the market in different capacities. While buying a new heater, one must keep in mind the budget and usage, as a hasty decision may push you in to unnecessary spending thanks to a plum electricity bill. “Electric water heaters are between `500 (immersion model) to `7,500 depending on the capacity and brand. These heaters may be easy on the wallet in the short run, but one would end up paying an extra monthly electrical bill of around `200 per person (for a single shower at a unit price of `6). If a

Although, the solar water heater doesn’t require monthly spending, the cost of maintenance `1,000 must be incurred every 3 years. family consists of at least five people, this cost rises to more than `1,000 per month for a lifetime,” says P Rama Krishna Naidu, proprietor, Silicon Solar Systems. What discourages many from opting for solar water heaters is the initial one-time cost. “Solar heaters are in the range of `16,000 (100 litre) and `28,000 (200 litre), after 30 per cent government subsidy. A 200 litre capacity water heater is apt for a family of six. Once you install a solar heater you don’t have to worry about a strain on your bills. And it is eco-friendly,” Naidu adds. If there is heavy usage, the pay-

back period or return on the investment (ROI) is fast. There is also an option of connecting the solar water system to the kitchen and additional toilets based on capacity. For instance, if one buys two electric water heaters for two bathrooms, it would cost `15,000. However, a 200 litre capacity solar water heater for two bathrooms can be got for an additional `12,000. Although this amount may seem heavy, one can get the RoI of the extra spending within a year of regular use. The payback may take up to two years with usage during winters and rainy seasons. The complete ROI can be achieved in less than five years without any price comparison. Although, the solar water heater doesn’t require any monthly spending, the cost of maintenance and cleaning of around `1,000 must be incurred every three years. The average life span of these heaters is around 20-25 years, depending on the quality of water. Talking about the space requirements, Naidu says, “A typical solar water heater needs a space of threesquare meters on the rooftop in a non-shadow area. They generate hot water with the variance of 3-5 degrees even in the early hours of a cold winter day, if the water is unused the previous night.” There is increased awareness on solar water heaters among the general public who also want to take an eco-turn. Naidu says that there have also been instances where residents of a group of flats have come together to install large capacity solar water heaters which takes care of the needs of all the homes. “Before buying a solar water heater, ensure you look for MNRE and BIS certification. The brand, reliability and industry experience are also important,” cautions Naidu.

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TALIBAN SUICIDE ATTACK KILLS TWO IN KABUL

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a NATO base in Kabul's heavily-fortified diplomatic district on Wednesday, killing two Afghan security guards and wounding two government officials, police said. The Taliban, leading an insurgency against USled troops and the Afghan government, claimed responsibility.

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Man's best friend takes on Afghanistan's enemy EMAL HAIDARY Agence France-Presse KABUL: As NATO forces gear up to withdraw, Afghans are preparing to counter one of their deadliest enemies using man's best friend: dogs. At the Mine Detection and Dogs Centre (MDC) a few kilometres from Kabul's presidential palace, it looks like chaos with dogs yelping and crashing playfully into each other in their playground. A dog handler throws balls and around a dozen puppies streak off in hot pursuit. The dogs catch the balls and proudly fetch them. But it is not a game — it is the first step in an 18-month training programme that will transform the dogs into highly skilled mine detectors. They will then help to save lives in a country where thousands of people have been killed by old landmines and IEDs used by Taliban. “Using dogs in Afghanistan, which is one of the most heavily-mined countries in the world, is a very efficient way to detect mines," MDC's training manager Abdul Jabar Baser told AFP. "Dogs can find mines faster than humans. Dogs can also find explosives around 13 centimetres (five inches) deep in soil. They can find plastic land mines that cannot be discovered by metal detectors." The centre has around 200 dogs, some of them opera-

tional, some under training. Breeding also takes place at the centre. "The dogs can learn anything you teach them," Baser said. It is not only old mines left after three decades of war that take a toll, roadside bombs used by the Taliban remain one the biggest killers in Afghanistan. The militants use as bombs unused artillery shells, explosives in containers such as pressure cookers and devices made from the common fertilizer, ammonium nitrate. "The mines are made in different countries such as Pakistan, Italy, Russia, China and Iran. There are also NATO's unexploded ordnance that we collect," Baser said. The US-led NATO force has more than 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, but combat soldiers will withdraw by the end of 2014 and hand responsibility for security to Afghan forces. According to a recent UN report, in the first six months of 2012, 1,145 Afghan civilians were killed and around 2,000 were wounded, mostly by roadside bombs. Women and children accounted for about 30 per cent of this year's casualties. NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says

This photo taken on September 13 shows an Afghan deminer working AFP PHOTO with a dog on the outskirts of Kabul.

around 1,800 IED attacks were executed between July and September alone. "The mines and IEDs still hit between 20 and 30 people daily in different parts of the country," MDC's operations manager Shah Wali Ayubi said. "There are still a lot of insecure areas where our teams cannot go... we only clear the abandoned IEDs in some parts of the country. We can only have access

to those areas after the fighting ends there," he said. There are more than a dozen organisations and contractors and around 13,000 deminers working to eliminate forgotten mines in Afghanistan. The MDC also uses heavy machinery and human deminers but dogs are treasured for their powerful sense of smell, and dog teams can clear an area six times faster than humans. "The best thing about this dog is that he can clear the minefield. Those mines which cannot be identified by machines, the dogs can smell them and find them," trainer Nabiullah said while working with his dog. The centre, which also trains

dogs for the police and army, mostly uses German shepherds and Belgian malinois dogs. "In northern parts of the country there are old mines, but in southern parts of the country there are more IEDs and newly planted mines," Baser said. At the centre, the dogs are trained to walk and search for explosives in straight lines. When the dog finds the explosives, it sits, looks at its handler and waits until given the command to return. The proud dog then gets a ball as a reward and plays while the deminer team marks the spot and removes or detonates the mine. "We test them every morning, we trust them 100 per cent whenever they work. If a dog doesn't work well during training, then we don't use that dog that day but replace it with another one," deminer Mohammad Daud said. Deminer dogs can work an average of eight years before they retire, when they are sometimes given away as pets. Funded by international partners, the dog handlers and demining teams are all Afghans. Since 1989, when the Soviets withdrew after a 10year occupation, nearly 700,000 mines and more than 15 million explosive left-overs from decades of war have been destroyed, according to United Nations figures.


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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012

nation ETCHED IN MEMORIES

Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik gives final a touch up on his sand sculpture of Ajmal Kasab following news of his execution at Talasari AFP PHOTO beach in Orissa on November 21.

DEFENCE India to test ballistic missile interceptor BHUBANESWAR: India is preparing to test a ballistic missile interceptor from a defence base in Odisha Friday, an official said. The indigenous Advanced Air Defence (AAD) endo-atmospheric interceptor missile would be fired from Wheeler Island off the coast near Dhamra in Bhadrak district and kill an incoming ballistic missile to be launched from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore. “The test is likely to be conducted during the morning hour. It is a developmental trial,” a defence scientist involved in the exercise told IANS. India is developing the interceptors which have been successfully tested several times in the past, to provide air-shield against attacks. The preparations are underway for the launch at both the sites. Senior defence scientists, including VK Saraswat, DRDO chief, have already arrived to oversee the launch. IANS

ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY, UN CHIEF ASKS NATIONS As India executed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called upon nations to abolish the death penalty. Ban welcomes a record vote by a General Assembly committee in favour of the call for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty.

Winter session begins, Parliament adjourned NEW DELHI: The government was willing to discuss all issues in parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Thursday as he sought the cooperation of all parties for the smooth functioning of the winter session. Expressing the hope that members of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha would "come together and address the issues and challenges that we face as a nation", Manmohan Singh said: "We are ready to discuss all issues on the floor of the both houses." Addressing reporters outside parliament ahead of the beginning of the winter session, he appealed for smooth functioning of parliament and said: "We all have an obligation, both in opposition as well as in the government to work together to enable our parliamentary democracy of

NEWS BRIEFS 13 killed as bus collides with truck in Churu JAIPUR: Thirteen people were killed and 39 others injured when their bus collided with a truck in Churu district in the wee hours today. The bus was on its way to Karanpur town from Jaipur when the incident occurred near Sardarshahar, SP, Churu, Omprakash said. Seven out of the 39 injured are in a critical condition and have been referred to hospitals in Sikar and Bikaner.

No-confidence motion against UPA govt NEW DELHI: The Trinamool Congress, a former ally of Congress, on Thursday moved a no-confidence motion against the UPA government for its decision to allow the FDI in the retail sector. According to reports, Trinamool Congress MPs have given a notice to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for bringing a no-confidence motion against the UPA government son after the House convened for the Winter Session. The TMC move comes even as the Shiv Sena has pressed for the adjournment of Parliament as a mark of respect to departed party chief Bal Thackeray. Mamata Banerjee’s party had earlier said that it would table the no-confidence motion just before the sitting on the first day of the session of the House.

which we are genuinely proud to grapple with the formidable challenges faced by our country." There was, he added, the need "to increase investments in infrastructure and social service like health and education to accelerate the tempo of social economic growth". However, soon after the Parliament session began unruly scenes were witnessed with opposition members calling for a debate and voting on UPA government’s decision to allow FDI in the retail sector. The Parliament was then adjourned until noon. The winter session ends Dec 20. With a shorter time-frame of 16 working days and a heavy agenda of 35 bills the government hopes it would be able to pass important bills, especially economic reforms.

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World THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012

ARE YOU LISTENIN’, PUTIN?

MALAYSIA

Frank and furious

A Russian beauty pageant contestant sparked controversy by launching a scathing broadside at her home nation during a competition, calling it a ‘beggar’.

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he window pane bearing an image said to resemble the Virgin Mary has been moved from a Malaysian hospital to a church after attracting crowds of devotees, the hospital owner said Tuesday. For the past two weeks, hundreds of Catholics have gathered to pray at the Sime Darby Medical Centre just outside the capital Kuala Lumpur, describing the shape spotted on a seventh-floor window there as a miracle. Pictures of the window have gone viral on Facebook, drawing worshippers from as far away as Singapore. The throngs outside the hospital have said they could also see an adult Jesus Christ portrayed on a window two panes away from the purported image of the Virgin Mary. Both windows were handed over on Tuesday to the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in the port town of Klang west of the capital.

er honest outburst about the state of her nation will find resonance with millions, but she might piss off the most powerful man in Russia: Vladmir Putin A Russian beauty pageant contestant sparked controversy by launching a scathing broadside at her home nation during a competition, calling it a 'beggar'. Astonishing Natalia Pereverzeva was competing in the Miss Earth competition, an event similar to Miss Universe and other pageants but with a twist - competitors are expected to be both gorgeous and environmentally aware. When Natalia, 24, was asked a question about what makes her proud of her country, she initially used glowing, if slightly odd, words about her homeland, according to Radio Free Europe. She said: 'My Russia, it is bright, warm, patched, but it is so pleasant to slumber under it on a winter evening when the storm rages outside. 'My Russia, it is a kind cow with very big eyes, funny horns and always chewing its mouth oh, what sweet milk she gives! Oh, how it smells -- meadow herbs and the sun.' But then she suddenly and angrily rails against widespread corruption in the troubled nation. 'But my Russia -- it is also my poor, long-suffering country, mercilessly torn to pieces by

Russia -- it is a winner which has overthrown fascism but bought the victory at the expense of lives of millions of people. How, tell me, how and why does nationalism prosper in this country? 'My dear, poor Russia.' But she also spoke of her hope for the future and made an passionate call for her countrymen to turn from superfluous consumerist wants and help the country 'blossom'. 'Only we can improve the situation. We must learn to express ourselves and to show our best quality traits.

Natalia said that Russia “is also my poor, long-suffering country, mercilessly torn to pieces by greedy, dishonest, unbelieving people”.

greedy, dishonest, unbelieving people,' she said. 'My Russia, it is a great artery, from which the 'chosen' few people draining away its wealth. My Russia is a beggar.

HORSING AROUND

'My Russia cannot help her elderly and orphans. From it, bleeding, like from a sinking ship, engineers, doctors, teachers are fleeing, because they have nothing to live on. 'My

'We should try not to live only as consumers, but to develop ourselves, read books, listen to interesting music and be interested in scientific achievements. 'When we seriously begin to take care of our country, it will blossom and shine brightly.' Natalia's verbal assault caused much debate in Russia, with newspaper columnists arguing for and against her standpoint.

JUMBO ART

The talented Karishma Karishma the elephant uses a tiny paintbrush gripped in its trunk to create colourful canvases.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C), accompanied by senior army officers, riding a horse as he inspects the training ground of a horse riding company under Korean People's Army (KPA) Unit 534 at undisclosed place in North Korea. AFP

zoo has appointed an unusual artist-in-residence: a five tonne Asian elephant. Karishma uses a tiny paintbrush gripped in its trunk to create colourful canvases at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, reports the Daily Mail. Now one of the 14-year-old female's artworks is going up for sale on eBay to raise money for conservation projects. Staff at Whipsnade say Karishma's artworks are 'pretty

amazing, if a little abstract', and fans obviously agree as bidding has already reached £100 on the auction site. AGENCIES


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012

World EXPEDITION

PAK ATTACKS

Oz experts ‘undiscover’ Sandy Island SYDNEY: A South Pacific island identified on Google Earth and world maps does not exist, according to Australian scientists who went searching for the mystery landmass during a geological expedition. The sizeable phantom island in the Coral Sea is shown as Sandy Island on Google Earth and Google maps, supposedly midway between Australia and New Caledonia. The Times Atlas of the World appears to identify it as Sable Island and according to Dr Maria Seton the weather maps used by the Southern Surveyor, an Australian maritime research vessel, also say it is there. But when the Southern Surveyor, which was tasked with identifying fragments of the Australian continental crust submerged in the Coral Sea, steamed to where it was supposed to be, it was nowhere to be found. “We wanted to check it out because the navigation charts on board the ship showed a water depth of 1,400 metres in that area — very deep,” Seton, from the University of Sydney, said. “It’s on Google Earth and other maps so we went to check and there was no island. We’re really puzzled. It’s quite bizarre. “How did it find its way onto the maps? We just don’t know, but we plan to follow up and find out.” AFP

ANTI-WHALING ACTIVITIES PLANNED Anti-whaling activists said Thursday there would be demonstrations in Tokyo and eight other cities around the world this weekend against Japan’s hunt. Protesters are expected to gather in the Japanese capital to call for an end to the annual state-sponsored whaling mission to the Southern Ocean.

HE WASN’T LONELY REALLY

28 killed as Pak set for D8 meet

Suicide bomber strikes, killing 28 as Islamic leaders gather for a rare summit in Islamabad. ISLAMABAD: A suicide bomber struck a night-time Shiite march in Pakistan, in the bloodiest attack of a day of violence that left at least 28 people dead as Islamic leaders gathered for a rare summit in Islamabad. Police in the garrison city of Rawalpindi near the capital said the attack on the procession of minority Shiite Muslims killed at least 16 people, after the suicide bomber blew himself up when he was stopped for a security check.

QUITO: When Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island giant tortoise, died in June in the Galapagos, the world mourned the demise of a species. A report on Wednesday, however, says that George was not lonely after all. There are at least 17 tortoises on the Galapagos Islands that have similar genetic traits to George, including some that may be from his same genus, the Galapagos National Park said in a statement. George’s June 24 death “does not represent the end of the Chelonoidis abingdonii species.”

NUMEROLOGY

$126k

Pakistani Taliban behind blast

is the amount for which the gun used by the brother of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly was auctioned off at Melbourne. This gun was used in the gang’s last stand against police in 1880.

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akistani Taliban claim attacks on Shiites in Karachi, Rawalpindi, their spokesman said.

Police used lamps and torches to work through the night, bagging evidence at the scene after the Shiite procession as part of observations for Muharram was hit en route to a mosque. The holy month is a magnet for sectarian attacks. As well as the 16 people killed, rescue service spokesman Waqas Rehman told AFP that another 32 people were wounded including nine children. Rawalpindi is adjacent to Islamabad, where thousands of extra police and paramilitary forces have been mobilised for the Developing 8 (D8) summit starting later on Thursday.

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Bangladesh Egypt Indonesia Iran Malaysia Nigeria Turkey Pakistan

Iran and Turkey are among the countries joining the summit of mainly Muslim nations which is meant to promote trade and investment. But

Israel’s latest offensive in Gaza is set to loom large, even if a truce is now in effect. The ceasefire was agreed in a deal between Israel and Palestinian group Hamas that was announced in Egypt on the eighth day of violence in and around Gaza that has killed at least 160 people. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi had been slated to join the Islamabad talks but state TV in Egypt said he would now stay home to monitor the truce. AFP

NEWS BRIEFS Sarkozy to appear in illegal funds case

Ex-bank head gets jail in Brazil scandal

Catalans vote in angry battle for nationhood

Australia denies refugee policy failure

PARIS: Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was due to appear before an examining magistrate in Bordeaux on Thursday to respond to charges that his 2007 electoral campaign was financed with funds secured illegally from France’s richest woman. Sarkozy is suspected of taking financial advantage of L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

BRASILIA: The former head of a state-run bank and four others were handed prison sentences on Wednesday for their role in a votebuying scheme. Henrique Pizzolato, the former head of Banco Brasil, and the four others were sentenced to between five and 12 years prison by the Brazil’s Supreme Court.

MADRID: After a campaign poisoned by accusations of dirty tricks and by warnings of economic catastrophe, Catalonia votes on Sunday in an election that could end up redrawing the map of Spain. Artur Mas, president of the northeastern region, is promising a referendum on self-determination if the vote goes his way.

SYDNEY: Australia denied on Thursday that its policies to combat people-smuggling have failed as a decision to release asylumseekers into the community with little help or support was blasted as “a new low”. Canberra is struggling with a record influx of asylum-seekers that is overwhelming its offshore camps.

Police were investigating a racist abuse against a French woman on a Melbourne bus that was caught on camera and went viral on YouTube. The woman and a group of friends were returning from a day at the beach when one of them began singing in her native tongue, which promoted an angry reaction from some passengers on the packed bus. One aggressively demanded she “speak English or die” and then threatened to cut her breasts off. Another man pushing a pram joined in, shouting: “I’ll f***ing boxcutter (knife) you right now, dog.”

All the talk is only about cuts. No one is discussing the quality of investments, it’s all cut, cut, cut. Jose Manuel Barroso EU Chief executive before EU leaders were to start a two-day talk to agree a trillion-euro budget that has bitterly divided the unions.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012

Comment

HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS

Good Job Mr Morsi. There were many doubts as to what sort of a president you would make. But by your latest successful efforts to bring peace between Israel and Palestine, you have proven yourself as an able man.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.

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POKER? POKER? I BARELY EVEN KNOW HER! BUT SERIOUSLY

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ordan is in for turbulent times and more protests unless the government makes good a pledge to implement much-needed political and economic reform, analysts warned. But they stressed that there is no fear of a regime collapse, despite calls by youth protesters angry at fuel hikes last week for King Abdullah II to go. "We are living a real, dangerous and deep political and economic crisis," said Mohammad Abu Rumman, analyst at the University of Jordan's Centre for Strategic Studies. "The country has managed to overcome the first wave of unusual protests but the reasons, motivations and conditions of the crisis are still around us, fed by mounting political tension, poverty and unemployment." Violent rioting, protests and vandalism broke out nationwide last week after the government raised fuel prices by up to 53 per cent, with thousands of demonstrators making unprecedented calls for the king to leave. The unrest has killed a man and wounded 71, while dozens have been arrested and more than 100 have been charged with "anti-regime incitement, rioting and illegal gathering." Although the Islamists took part in the demonstrations, they steered clear from joining other protesters in calling for the king to go. The Muslim Brotherhood insists that it does not seek Abdullah's ouster. They are demanding instead that he cancel price hikes, implement more reforms, and postpone a snap general election called for January 23, which Islamists have vowed to boycott. AFP

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ow I don’t want to come across as sexist in this article; hence I am stating this at the beginning: I am not sexist. In the past gambling was seen as something only men did, and it was considered unlady-like to be seen gambling, especially that too in a room filled with men, whisky and smoke. But times have changed and in some countries people don’t even think twice about the presence of a woman in a gambling establishment. Saturday night is my poker night. It’s the one night I can escape from reality and hang out in a room of my peers (and a couple of snakes) and just sit back and have a good time. Our behavior is dictated by our surroundings, at least for those of us who consider ourselves civilized and mannered. So if you are at a wedding and not completely drunk you will most likely behave yourself and refrain from basically being a complete idiot, or at least have your actions interpreted that way. But if you are at a poker table on a Saturday night with a bunch of guys, you have some

leeway to let your inner primal animal loose. Topics of conversation around the table include, of course, gambling, women, partying the night before, sports, poker, who is a thieving bastard, how bad your luck is, alcohol and last but not least dirty jokes. Now this might seem like the typical scene portrayed on television about the happenings around a poker table, and for the most part it is accurate. If one guy decides to screw with another guy through verbal banter, not only is it funny, it is encouraged. There are two particular players, one in his mid 20’s and the other in his mid 70’s that go back and forth as though they are having a lovers’ quarrel, and because of the reaction around the table, they take it to another level. One guy will even go so far as to swear relentlessly at him while still congratulating him when he wins a hand. So what does my not being a sexist and playing poker have to do with this article? As much as I don’t mind having girl(s) sit at the same table, at times it changes the dynamics of the group and ruins my entertainment. The dirty jokes aren’t dirty anymore. No one is really calling anyone else names. We pretty much have to behave ourselves. I spend 163 hours a week behaving myself, I’d like five

As much as I don’t mind having girls sit at the same table, at times it changes the dynamics and ruins my entertainment. Dirty jokes aren’t dirty anymore. hours to play poker and not have to worry about who is around to hear one guy tell another guy that he saw him with someone who wasn’t his wife. Just like women don’t really want us around when they do girly things, I think we should be extended the same

courtesy. Here is a good clean poker joke: A doctor answers his phone at home on a Friday night. His colleague says, “We need a fourth player for poker.” The doctor replied, “Hold on. I’ll be there ASAP.” As he was grabbing his coat and keys, his wife asked, “Is it serious?” “It sure is,” he said. “There are already three other doctors there!” The real funny part is that another doctor friend of mine has already done this… .and it worked! Now for a little risqué joke: Q: What are a man's three favourite games? A. Checker, chess, and poker (if you didn't get it say it quickly to yourself).

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ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has been achieved, thanks to the relentless efforts of Egypt. But it’s too early to be assured that it will hold. Israel radio said a few rockets were fired into Israeli territory, but elicited no response, which if true is very comforting and commendable. The world has lost count of the number of times both nations and many other have tried to bring peace to this inferno of a region, all of which did not last long or were not adhered to. Years have passed, people at helm who pursued peace have changed, but the region remains highly volatile, and unpredictable, prone to chaos with the least of provoca-

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tion. The quarrel of the parties concerned goes back to two thousand years. And the Arabs seem still miffed that their land was taken from them and the way Israel has occupied more and more land over the years was like pouring fuel into the fire of hatred. We would not know if the high and mighty who thought they might be securing the safety of Jews persecuted all over the world, by carving out a nation for them, foresaw the consequences. And now there’s an inch gained in the efforts to peace. The high and mighty then are the high and mighty now. They must be fair and just and unprejudiced. They must take this moment seriously and broker lasting peace between Israel and Palestine. They owe it to them and the world.

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


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CHAD IN THE WALKING DEAD

Chad Coleman of The Wire has been cast as Tyreese in The Walking Dead. In the comic books, Tyreese serves as a strong second in command to Rick after Shane's death.

NOT JUST A SPECTATOR

THE HAPPY WANDERER

CLASSIC TV

Intrepid traveller Anita Kapoor takes viewers on an enchanting journey through Asia. SUNORY DUTT feedback@postnoon.com

The greatest challenge while filming anywhere is in ensuring you are doing justice to the stories you’re bringing to life on screen.

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ou’d think Delhi, Mumbai, Manila, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur would have been done and dusted as popular haunts on the tourist circuit. But before ennui sets in, Anita Kapoor adds a new dimension to these metropolises as she takes the path less travelled in Go Asia minus the stereotypes of Asian exotica. What you get instead are insights into these cities from the inside out through the eyes of local provocateurs who are changing up their cities in big and small ways. And Anita goes all out to bring you that experience even if it includes hanging out in the by-lanes of old Delhi to spend time with famed set designer Aradhana Seth, meeting members of the Delhi band Advaita, zipping over Neemrana Fort to get a bird’s-eye view or taking an early morning bicycle ride through the streets of old Mumbai to appreciate its Victorian architecture. Shares Anita, “The greatest challenge while filming anywhere is in ensuring you are doing justice to the stories you’re bringing to life on screen. It helps that I absolutely enjoy spending time in different countries, talking to its people, eating their food, and understanding their way of life. It’s important to tell authentic stories that appeal to everyone: that’s what makes them fun to watch. The opportunities to travel are immense these days;

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whether one decides to live it up, or budget it down. Go Asia is a collection of ideas and opportunities to delve into Asian cities as a participant — not just a spectator.” And as someone who’s willingly participated in many such

experiences, Anita recounts learning to dance the pasodoble from one of Manila’s foremost experts and then performing that very evening in front of a crowd of the cities biggest ballroom dancing enthusiasts. Meeting Thailand’s only west-

ern trained opera singer and singing in the same park where the Bangkok siege had taken place during the cities riots: “Surreal, contradictory, exciting. That is how I see Asia.” Filming the show came with its own share of surprises as Anita recollects, “I fell off my bike in Mumbai — which is a rather scary aspect seeing as the morning traffic was just making its presence felt. I practiced the pasodoble opener in Manila several times and still used the wrong hand in the finale. I think these make for great moments.” A media person based in Singapore, Anita used to be the editor of a high-profile lifestyle magazine before she won the Discovery Channel search for a Singapore host. A couple of years later she was offered her first series and switched completely from print to electronic media and has never looked back since. Asked if she misses writing Anita says, “Writing will always be with me. I do miss it sometimes, but there are plenty of avenues for word release!” She’s successfully hosted Lonely Planet Stressbuster, Can you Serve Season 2, Exotic Escapades and AXN’s first luxury lifestyle reality series Ultimate Escape among others. She’s also a much sought-after emcee for corporate and lifestyle events in Singapore and around the region. If you’re wondering where Anita’s gung-ho attitude and joie de vivre for all her projects stem from, she offers, “I am an optimistic realist?” Watch Go Asia with Anita Kapoor, TLC at 9pm on Fridays.

Party of Five Five siblings are left to fend their own way in the world when their parents are killed by a drunk driver. The series revolves around the struggles of the children raising each other and life in general. In 1996 it was the surprise winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama, making it one of the lowest rated shows ever to win the award. The show launched the careers of cast members Neve Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt, who both starred in their own box-office hit slasher films, Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, respectively, while also appearing on the series.

DID YOU KNOW...

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is the number of years ABC series waited before Modern Family won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. The Wonder Years of ABC series had won the Emmy 22 years back.

TRENDING...

Fox is developing a sitcom, The Happy Tree, based around the legalisation of marijuana. The show, from former Entourage and How To Make It In America executive producers Rob Weiss, Mark Wahlberg, and Steve Levinson, centers on a young corporate attorney who relocates to Venice Beach, Calif. and finds himself the voice for the “legalise it” movement.

Starz has cancelled its original drama Boss after two seasons due to mediocre ratings. However, there's talk that the network might give the show closure with a two-hour movie, according to Deadline Hollywood. Season 2 was outperformed by Season 1 and the show never became the breakout hit Starz hoped it would.


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CUBA LIBRE NITE

It is Cuban house and salsa night this Thursday, as DJ Shekar will be playing the best of the latest mixes from his collection to get the crowd grooving to his beats. Be there, the fun begins from 8.30pm.

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MORE ABOUT THE RUN

Katherine Dhanani, US Consulate General addressed the media during the press conference on the 10K Run which is going to be held from November 25.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012

health

GENE KEEPS FAT PEOPLE HAPPIER THAN SKINNY ONES A specific gene could explain why fat people are happier than their thinner counterparts, says a new research from McMaster University, Canada. Scientists have linked the "fat gene" with the "happy gene". "Strictly" star Lisa Riley has recently said she is a "big, really happy girl who is lucky enough to be confident in her own skin".

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Night terrors bothering you?

Many are known to awaken suddenly in the middle of the night screaming and shouting due to night terrors. This may in turn affect their day-to-day life. ANISHAA KUMAR

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iya’s 10-year-old daughter had woken up in the night screaming and shouting. She was inconsolable. On the first night Riya ignored it thinking that it was just another nightmare that was troubling her daughter but then it happened again. Riya’s daughter was suffering from night terrors which differs from the regular nightmares. According to Dr Kalyan Chakravarthy, psychiatrist, Mediciti, “There are two main stages of the sleep cycle- from the REM sleep phase to the NonREM Sleep phase. When this transition does not take place properly it causes night terrors (also known as pava nocturnal). Rapid eye movement sleep (REM

sleep) refers to the normal stage which is characterised by rapid and random movement of the eyes. REM is classified into two categories: tonic and phasic. On the other hand, in Non REM there is usually little or no eye movement during this stage. Dreaming is rare during NREM sleep.

NIGHT TERRORS AND NIGHTMARES Dr Kalyan Chakravarty says, “Nightmares are not nasty or acute. The person tends to remember the nightmare the next time. On the other hand when it comes to night terrors, the person or child is agitated and has a sudden outburst. They do not remember the terror the next day. In case of night terrors it is usually the people around them who notice rather than the person who is

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experiencing the night terror. They may observe that the person wakes up startled, shouting loudly and cannot be consoled.” Talking about handling the situation Dr Kalyan mentions that while comforting the person who is experiencing night terrors the consoler must remember that during night terrors the skin sensitivity is the highest so only slight soothing must be provided as touching them with too much force may actually aggravate the problem. The night terrors make the person groggy during the daytime.

CAUSES There could be various causes for night terrors. Dr Kalyan says, “Night terrors could be due to

genetic reasons. When it occurs in adults it could because of depression, stress, anxiety, depression or even middle insomnia. In children, it is generally due to the developing brain hence they usually outgrow the problem.”

OCCURRENCE Dr Kalyan mentions that they are more common among children. Around two in 100 children are affected by night terrors while when it comes to adults it is around 1 in 100.

REM and NREM

TREATMENT Dr Kalyan says, “If the incidents are occurring once a week or even once or twice a week it could be a cause for concern. The problem needs treatments if is disturbs the patients family and affects the patients professional or academic life. Treatment involves sleep modification therapy in which they help make the patient relaxed before they go to sleep, stress relieveing techniques and also medicines which help reduce the REM time.

Sleep is prompted by natural cycles of activity in the brain and consists of two basic states: rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, which consists of Stages 1 through 4. During sleep, the body cycles between non-REM and REM sleep. Typically, people begin the sleep cycle with a period of non-REM sleep followed by a very short period of REM sleep. REM sleep occurs in four stages while NREM sleep occurs 90 minutes after the REM sleep. The duration may differ from person to person. The percentage of REM sleep is highest during infancy and early childhood. During adolescence and young adulthood, the percentage of REM sleep declines.

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Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx. It causes hoarse voice or the complete loss of the voice because of irritation to the vocal folds (vocal cords). Dysphonia is the medical term for a vocal disorder, of which laryngitis is one cause. Laryngitis is categorized as acute if it lasts less than a few days. Otherwise it is categorized as chronic, and may last over 3 weeks. The chronic form occurs mostly in middle age.

DID YOU KNOW? 300mn cells die every minute Three hundred million cells die in the human body every minute. While that sounds like a lot, it’s really just a small fraction of the cells that are in the human body. Estimates have placed the total number of cells in the body at 10-50 trillion so you can afford to lose a few hundred million.

PIONEERS Dean Kamen Dean Kamen was an undergraduate student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute when he invented the first portable infusion pump. This device was the precursor of the insulin pump and revolutionized medication delivery for a variety of conditions including chemotherapy and others. Dean formed his first company called AutoSyringe and continued to further develop multiple uses for his portable infusion pump.


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RESEARCH

STUDY

Sweat glands help heal wounds According to a Michigan Health System Research, sweat glands not only help the body cool down but also play a key role in providing cells for recovering skin wounds.

WASHINGTON: Don’t be too surprised if the glands that make you sweat could also help heal skin wounds, such as scrapes, burns and ulcers, says a new study. Human skin is rich with millions of sweat glands that help the body cool down after a trip to the gym or on a warm day. They also play a key role in providing cells for recovering skin wounds, according to a University of Michigan Health System research. “Skin ulcers — including those caused by diabetes or bed sores — and other non-healing wounds remain a tremendous burden on health services and communities around the world,” said ILaure Rittie, research assistant professor of dermatology at Michigan Medical School, who led the study. “Treating chronic wounds costs tens of billions of dollars annually in the US alone, and this price tag just keeps rising. Something isn’t working,” Rittie was quoted as saying in the American Journal of Pathology. Now, Michigan researchers believe they have discovered one of the body’s most powerful secret weapons in healing. “By identifying a key process of wound closure, we can examine drug therapies with a new tar-

get in mind: sweat glands, which are very under-studied,” Rittie said, according to a Michigan statement. Previous understanding of wound closure was that new skin cells originate from hair follicles and from intact skin at the edge of the wound. The Michigan findings demonstrate that cells arise from beneath the wound, and suggest that human sweat glands also store an important reservoir of adult stem cells that can quickly be recruited to aid wound healing. “It may be surprising that it’s taken until now to discover the sweat glands’ vital role in wound repair. But there’s a good reason why these specific glands are under-studied sweat glands are unique to humans and absent in the body skin of laboratory animals that are commonly used for wound healing research,” added Rittie. IANS

Dance to lift spirits and overcome stress: Study STOCKHOLM: Dancing helps girls overcome low spirits, stress, fatigues and headaches, besides contributing to their mental health and self esteem, says a study. According to the study, dancing also brings greater poise and capacity to deal with daily problems. Anna Duberg, physical therapist at Orebro University Hospital and a doctoral candidate at Orebro University, Sweden, conducted the study. The study included 112 Swedish girls aged between 13 to 19 years. On multiple occasions, these girls had gone to see the school nurse for symptoms such as anxiety and depression, fatigue, headaches, and back, neck, and shoulder pain, according to an Orebro statement. In the study, 59 of the girls were randomized to a group that regularly danced together two days a week and 53 girls to a control group where the girls did not change their living habits. The results indicated that the girls in the dance group, despite all the challenges entailed by being a teenage girl, increased their self-esteem compared with the control group. The positive effect persisted at follow-ups four and eight months after the dance training ended. Ninety one percent of the girls in the dance group felt that the dance study had been a positive experience. In the long run this may also lead to a more healthy lifestyle. IANS


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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012

Entertainment NO MORE DELAYS

DECKS CLEARED FOR

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he suspense over the theatrical release of Nagarjuna, Anushka starrer Damarukam has come to an end. All decks have been cleared for the film's worldwide release on November 23. Initially, the film was supposed to release on October 19 and since then it has been postponed on two occasions. Much to everyone's dismay and surprise, the confusion over the film's release prevailed till the last minute. RR Venkat, the producer of the film, even issued a public apology for the inconvenience caused to the audience. For the past couple of weeks, stalwarts like Dasari Narayana Rao and Alankar Prasad had been working closely with Venkat to make sure that the film releases soon. Talking to the media, Nagarjuna said, "There have been several issues which hampered Damarukam's theatrical release and it has taught me to be more patient than ever before and show restraint. I am also very grateful to Dasari Narayana Rao, Alankar Prasad, my fans and other well wishers for their support." Srinivas Reddy has directed this socio fantasy film. Devi Sri Prasad has composed the music.

CINE BYTES Siddharth's film titled Jabardasth?

Samantha to romance NTR

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iddharth's upcoming film in Nandini Reddy's direction has been reportedly titled as Jabardasth. Bellamkonda Suresh is producing the film and reports suggest that he had recently registered this title. Samantha is playing the lead role opposite Siddharth. The film is likely to release in early 2013.

amantha has been roped in to play the lead role in NTR's upcoming film to be directed by Harish Shankar. Samantha previously acted with NTR in Brindavanam. The second female lead is yet to be confirmed. Dil Raju is going to produce this film and Thaman is scoring the music.

Manoj teams up with DKR's director

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anchu Manoj, who was last seen in Uu Kodathara Ulikki Padathara, has finally signed his next project and it'll be directed by G Nageshwara Reddy. He had recently directed Dhenikaina Ready, which turned out to be the biggest hit in Vishnu Manchu's career. More details about this film will be announced soon.


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fashion

LOUIS VUITTON HIRES NEW CEO

JORDI CONSTANS has officially replaced Yves Carcelle as CEO at Louis Vuitton. The Spanish businessman joined the French fashion house last year and was always slated to take over from his predecessor at the end of 2012, after spending 12 months familiarising himself with the brand.

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OF PÉRO Aneeth Arora, the founder of Péro, tailors perfectly for a modern gypsy. We take a tour of her workplace and home.


RALPH LAUREN LAUNCHES VINTAGE VENTURE

RALPH LAUREN has unveiled a new vintage line. RL Vintage features pieces hand-picked from the brand's extensive archives and launched with its own e-commerce site, to allow customers to shop - or enquire about - the pieces online.

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here are many moments in fashion that get me excited. Most are revolved around meeting people who are deeply absorbed in creation and passionate about their craft. Speaking of craft and passion, Péro is a young brand that has made a name for itself because of their clear ideology and design directions. “At péro we believe in the organic evolution of design through experimenting

with traditional techniques and locally available skills.” reads the SpringSummer 2013 note. The clothes are an amalgamation of different skill sets mostly form India, taking design inspirations from what is seen on the streets and villages. This is about the day I spent with the founder and creative head of Péro — Aneeth Arora. A graduate of NID Ahmedabad and NIFT Mumbai. More than a fashion designer Aneeth is also an anthropologist in my opinion. Her knowledge of the local crafts and Indian cultural references make you want to live in her world and soak in the vast education. The first time I came to know more about the brand was when I was covering the British Council Awards where Aneeth was awarded 2011's Young Creative Fashion Entrepreneur. Her designs are creative and make a viable business model that gives steady income to local artisans and women who work from home in their villages. Here is a feature done in collaboration with photographer Zacharie Rabehi who has travelled in remote locations within India to shoot humankind. Though he has not shot “fashion” before, his portrait images of the Gujarati and Rajasthani people made it clear that

The writer is a fashion blogger (www.lovestruckcow.blogs pot.com) who attempts to bridge the gap between creator and consumer. As a fashion writer, she hopes to promote Indian fashion among Indians and on a global level too. the patterns, textures and organic fabrics of Péro by Aneeth Arora would be captured well by him. These photographs are shot by Zacharie at Aneeth's home and work place. The literal meaning of ‘Péro’ is ‘to wear’ in Marwari. The garments seen on the hanger or on the runway models entice you to wear them yourself. Her style is easy and tailored perfectly for the modern gypsy. Well ‘gypsy’ only because you like to collect things from the past and pick up different items from the places you visit. Because you want your clothes to reflect an idea which is more than something ‘shiny and tight’. Péro clothes are far from costumey or tribal. The techniques are handpicked and put together in a way that could be worn in Europe (and most are) or to a religious place in India. This is one name that will only grow bigger and make us prouder to be Indian.

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Chai Time

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

I am not dying, not anymore than any of us are at any moment. We run, hopefully as fast as we can, and then everyone must stop. We can only choose how we handle the race. Hugh Elliott

KAKURO

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 refer-

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enced 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.

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1 Underworld bosses 6 ‘New Girl’ girl 10 News source that covered Sputnik 14 In the know 15 Part of the eyeball 16 Home of the city Bountiful 17 ‘If I ___ betting man ...’ 18 It may change your perspective 19 ‘Arrivederci ___’ 20 Make bad news easier to hear 23 Blood system letters 25 Grammy category 26 Elaborate parties 27 Former heavyweight champ Lewis 29 Faint with ecstasy 32 ‘Encore!’ 33 ‘___ further review ...’ 34 Lamb’s sound 37 Prepare for lean times 41 San Francisco-to-Salt Lake City dir 42 Yogi had a hand in it 43 ‘___ Frutti’ 44 Clipper’s three 46 Bird seen far out to sea 47 Quaker in a grove 50 No-win situation

51 Food morsel 52 Increase one’s offer, as in negotiations 57 ‘___! The Herald Angels Sing’ 58 Beautiful and graceful girl 59 Moral standards 62 ‘Will there be anything ___?’ 63 Present-day Persia 64 Second part of assembly instructions, perhaps 65 ‘... and ___ the twain shall meet’ 66 Handle hardship 67 Rowdydows

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1 Cornfield cry 2 Reverence plus fear 3 Ecclesiastic’s dwelling 4 Stacked cookie 5 Beach property locale 6 Sweet, syrupy drink 7 What avengers seek to get 8 Delivered 9 Kimono closer 10 It’ll wind up on your head 11 Ringlike coral island 12 South Pacific island nation 13 Artie and George Bernard

21 Something levied 22 Kind of trip that’s all in your head 23 Sporting wings 24 Start 28 Govt medical agency 29 Catches sight of 30 Refuses to 31 Hydrogen’s number 33 Intensive care ___ 34 Pledged to be married 35 Make modifications to 36 Inclined 38 Letters on an ambulance 39 Most high-priced 40 Word of protest 44 Less likely to put up a fight 45 Grasshopper’s neighbor in a fable 46 It’s often a la mode 47 White as a sheet 48 Low-lying wetland 49 In itself 50 Biblical possessive 53 Bigger-than-life story 54 Fiddling Roman 55 Device to catch mice 56 Sgt Snorkel’s fourlegged friend 60 Wall St debut 61 It has an eye on the tube


Chai Time THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012 Thiruvaikumar

STAR POWER for 23-11-2012

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ARIES

TAURUS

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CANCER

LEO

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LIBRA

SCORPIO

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CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Avoid unwanted arguments and controversial stand at workplace. Don't work without a proper plan and never get confused. Don't be harsh with blood relatives. Businessmen advised to handle important assignments on their own.

STRIP TEASE AGNES

Self-confidence and courage levels will increase. If you focus on your efforts sincerely, benefits will increase. Unexpected transfer likely for employees, which should be accepted without any hesitation as it will be extremely beneficial.

Hurdles in the way of performing happy events will be over. Couples need to maintain cordiality and avoid third party interference in personal issues. Be happy to spend for good events. Be careful while driving as minor a accident is likely.

Employees need to discharge their duties without negligence and quickly. You have to work steadily and peacefully. Happy atmosphere will prevail at home. To achieve their goals, businessmen need to work relentlessly and with proper planning.

Ups and downs both will be felt. Do not worry as this will not last long. Be careful of your enemies and take decisions that will not harm you in anyway. Businessmen might face tough competition but they need to face it wisely.

Anger and emotional decisions need to be postponed. Employees advised to be cordial with colleagues. Businessmen advised to defer fresh investment to avoid losses. Govt officials will gain importance at office, and also pay hike likely.

Good effects to increase, which cheer you. Employees will get recognition along with monetary benefits. Tensions in the family will be over and you will feel relaxed. Parents' health may be a cause for concern; take good care of them.

Expected transfer and pay hike on cards for employees. Tensions and worries faced at workplace will disappear. Avoid interfering in anyone's personal issues. Some have a bright chance to buy a house or land. Losses of businessmen will stem.

Unexpected transfer and promotion on cards for some, which can be accepted without a second thought. Never share official secrets with anyone. Take care health of your spouse. Plan properly and go ahead in business deals to succeed.

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ARIES:

GEMINI:

Ace of Pentacles – No matter what you think of the setup, you will have no choice but to respect hierarchy. May as well accept it than try to fight it.

LEO:

Eight of Cups – Sometimes, it’s best not to react to anything. Sit there like a stone and watch the happenings around you in mute silence.

LIBRA:

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The High Priestess – You will be thrown into a new job, which may not be your domain. It will be difficult to cope but you will learn along the way.

SAGITTARIUS:

Judgement – One bad time is coming to an end. You are in the process of shutting down those memories and creating new ones with a new set of people.

TAURUS:

Seven of Swords – Meditate. Spend some time everyday in silence. You will find the answers you’re looking for without having to work too hard to get to it.

CANCER:

Two of Wands – There is a beast in all of us. Unpleasant circumstances will make you bring out the beast in you. Be careful of hurting people in the bargain.

VIRGO:

Eight of Pentacles – An enemy is back to haunt you. He/she will declare war and you will have no choice but to fight. Don’t think; just do what dharma expects.

SCORPIO:

Nine of Cups – This is a good time to go shopping. You will find what you’re looking for. This is also a time to shop for others and give gifts.

CAPRICORN:

King of Pentacles – It’s very important to not mix people and emotions in your head. One group of people may be for work; another for entertainment.

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PISCES:

The Chariot – You’re confident about the future despite the ups and downs you’ve recently experienced. However, work hard and don’t be over-confident.

NUMBER GAME

– There is a technique to keeping people on your side and doing what’s necessary to keep them on your side. You need to learn the ropes.

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AQUARIUS: Three of Cups

POOCH CAFE

Bad effects are about to go and good effects will start. Employees will gain importance at office. Misunderstanding between spouses will be over and both will be affectionate with one another. Businessmen should not give up due to minor failures.

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The Lovers – Stop bingeing on junk food. Chips, cola, oily foods are all slowing you down. Focus on your health. Take up an exercise routine you will enjoy.

NON SEQUITUR

You will feel happy with the good support extended by your spouse. Employees will get the expected promotion and pay hike but they need to work hard to retain these. Govt officials are expected to be careful and avoid hasty decisions.

SUDUKO

As your approach is accepted to everyone, you will be cheerful and get support of all family members, relatives and wellwishers. But avoid unwanted discussion with anyone at workplace. Take care of spouse as health problem is likely.

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Entertainment THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012 CINE BYTES DiCaprio caught kissing cougar costar

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he newly single Hollywood heartthrob was snapped smooching on his much older costar Joanna Lumley, on the New York set of their movie The Wolf of Wall Street and this was done when cameras weren't rolling?! The film revolves around a New York stockbroker who refuses to cooperate in a large securities-fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street.

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aranormal Activity 5 will be released late next year, Paramount Pictures has confirmed. The fifth instalment in the horror series will debut in cinemas on October 15, 2013. Paranormal Activity follows a family which has been haunted by a demon for many years. The first movie was released in 2009.

MAY THE BEST WOMAN WIN

Will CHASTAIN steal the

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emember last year when Jessica Chastain was everywhere? It wasn't by design. After being discovered by Al Pacino some years ago during an audition, the actress made her way into the business. She was cast by Pacino in Wilde Salome and landed roles in a slew of other films that all just happened to drop at once. So 2011 became her big coming out...to the tune of an Oscar nomination for her work in The Help and various precursor wins for her performances in that film, Take Shelter and The Tree of Life. Well, she arguably deserved to win the Oscar over her Help co-star Octavia Spencer last year, but we all figured we'd see her again. A talent like this doesn't just fade away. But who knew it would bubble up again so soon? While Sony has been busy keeping a lid on most of the details of Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, right down to the specificity of the role Chastain would play in the film, the Best Actress race has been slowly congealing into a big bid for Chastain's fellow young ingenue Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook.

Stewart in Twilight not in Skyfall

'Paranormal Activity 5' release date set

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ould Kristen Stewart be the next Bond babe? Nope. At least, not if the decision's up to Skyfall star Daniel Craig. The Breaking Dawn actress recently confessed that she would love play a Bond girl, and when Craig was asked what he thought of K.Stew's 007 dreams. "No," Craig answers with disgust. "She's in Twilight." Ouch. A little harsh, Bond!


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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012

ANTI-DOPING

Dettori handed out temporary ban PARIS: Frankie Dettori (left) was on Wednesday temporarily banned from riding in France "based on medical grounds" following his positive drugs test, French racing's ruling body announced. The suspension follows Tuesday's medical commission hearing at France Galop's headquarters in Paris into Dettori's positive test for an as yet unconfirmed banned substance when he was riding at Longchamp on September 16. Dettori's case is now

being reviewed by France Galop's disciplinary stewards who will decide what if any further action to take in early December. A France Galop statement confirmed: "Following yesterday's examination of the file and after having duly notified the jockey Lanfranco Dettori of its decision, the Medical Committee has temporarily suspended the said jockey from riding in races in France, based on medical grounds." The stewards' verdict on

what if any action to take against the legendary rider will be delivered "within the next fortnight... in accordance with the Rules of Racing," the statement reported. Dettori, who is probably racing's most recognisable face, had already been tested six times in England this year, but France Galop insisted that, contrary to some reports, he had not been targeted after they had received a tip-off. They said five jockeys were tested at the Prix de

l'Arc de Triomphe trials meeting on September 16, two urine tests and three breath tests. The 41-year-old Italian, whose lawyer has said that the substance involved was not "performance enhancing", could escape without any further punishment or, if the substance was at the top end of their prohibited list like cocaine, face a maximum six-month worldwide ban. He did not attend Tuesday's hearing, but gave evidence via a conference call. AFP

HYDERABAD TRACK WORK

Kohinoor Wish in rousing form HYDERABAD: Kohinoor Wish and Vijays Champ are well prepared and could be the horses to follow in their races at the Malakpet racecourse in the City.

SAND TRACK 800 METRES

Sea Runner (AK Pawar) 58,, 600/41.5 Pushed. 2y. Princes Cruise (Imran Khan) 56.5, 600/42 Moved well. Over Shadow (Imran Khan) 57,600/42 Slightly pushed. Sheer Genius (rb) 57, 600/42 Pleased. Cherry Hill (rb) Lake King (app) 58, 600/44 Former finished in front. Laurel Canyon (AK Pawar) 58,600/44 moved well. Itsy Bitsy (app) 1-2, 600/47 Easy. Garcia Marquez (rb) El Paso (S Nayak) 55, 600/41 Former finished in front. Custodian (app) 57, 600/42 Moved well. Daniella (rb) Winning Shot (Imran Khan) 57, 600/44 They finished together. Rajkumari (Imran Khan) 1-3, 600/48 Easy. Jabal Qara (app) 57,600/43.5 Has come to hand. Kohinoor Wish (rb) 55, 600/40 Pleased. Ashwa Shakti (TM Togrolu) 1-3, 600/46.5 Easy. Blazing Asian (Kiran Naidu) 11.5, 600/46 Easy.

Pawar) 1-30, 1000/1-14, 800/57, 600/43 They finished together.

NOTED ON 21/11/2012. SAND TRACK 800 METRES

Nano Storm (Ajit Kumar) Pluto Queen (app) 1-15, 800/57, 60/43 Former finished in front. Fastest Finger (Ravinder Singh) Play the Music (App) 1-12, 800/55, 600/42 Former finished in front. Super Duper (TM Togrolu) 1-12, 800/57, 600/43 Moved well. Vijays Champ (Ravinder Singh) 1-7, 800/53, 600/39 Impressed.

Merry Maid (Chary) 58, 600/43, pushed. Silver Crown (Vevek), Jaden Gil (K Alam) 58, 600/44, They moved freely. Montego Bay (Sai Kumar) Arabian Dancer (N.Rawal) 57, 600/42, They finsihed together. Crimson Look (K Alam) Noble Honour (Vevek) 1-0, 600/45, latter pushed and finished together. Pantita (rb) 58, 600/44. Easy Prayer Call (rb) 58, 600/43, pushed. Star Prospect (Sai Kumar) Bold Attack (N Rawal) 57.5, 600/42.5, They moved together. Original Gladiator (app) Major Luck (Vevek) 1-2, 600/46.5. They finished togethter. El Paso (S.Nayak) 1-2.5, 600/47. Easy. Sea Runner (rb), 2y. Magical Punch (S Nayak) 1-2.5,600/47. They moved freely. 2y. Kohinoor Punch (Ajit) 58, 600/44, Urged. 2y. Ciel Blu (Ravinder Singh) Metaforce (rb) 1-2, 600/46.5, They moved freely. Hurricane Dancer (Kiran Naidu) 58, 600/44 Moved freely. Winning Tactics (app) 57.5, 600/42 Moved well. 2y. Chocolate Greedy (rb), 2y. Desert Radiance (app) 1-2.5, 600/47. Garcia Marquez (rb) 1200 to 400/1-1 easy.

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SAND TRACK 1000 METRES

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Green Bay (S Nayak) Perfect (AK

Da Xia (Ajit) 1-9, 800/54, 600/40

Moved attractively. 2y. Musical Note (Ravinder Singh) 1-15, 800/57.5,600/42.5 Moved well. Lumiere Blanche (Trainer) 1-15, 800/58, 600/43 Moved on the bit.Mystical Knight (app) 1-13.5, 800/57, 600/43.5 Easy. Proof (rb) 1-9,800/55.5, 600/41 Pleased. Spanish Conquest (app), 2y. Vijays Triumph(Ravinder Singh) 1-13.5, 800/59.5, 600/45 They finished together.TwentyfivePips (rb) 113.5, 800/58, 600/43 Moved freely. Glorious View (Vevek)Hard Kingdom (M Mark) 1-17, 800/1-1.5, 600/45 They finished together. Jabal Qura (AM.Tograllu) 58.5, 600/42.5 Slightly pushed. Great Warrior (Culhane) 1-18, 1000 to 400/45 Easy.

SAND TRACK 1200 METRES Aerosmith (N Rawal) 1-28, 1000/1-13, 800/57.5, 600/42.5 Retains form.

SAND TRACK 1600 METRES:

Kohinoor Angel (app) 2-2, 1600 to 400/1-27, un-extended. Monsoon Race grass 1000 metres Imaan (rb) 1-15, 800/59, 600/44 Moved freely. Monsoon Race grass 1200 metres 2y. Vijays Victory (Harinder Singh), Sheikhs Emperor (Deep Shanker) 1-32, 1000/1-14, 800/58, 600/43 Theymoved freely. Kianoosh (Culhane) 1-23, 1000/1-8, 800/54, 600/39

Pleased. Silver Arnage (Anil) Bold Brigade (Chary) 1-21, 1000/1-5, 800/50, 600/37 Former finished infront. Euphonic (rb) Lioness Heart (Imran Khan) 1-18, 1000/1-4, 800/51, 600/38 They moved together. Zenas (app) 1-22, 1000/1-7, 800/53, 600/40 Retains form. Pavan (app) 2y. Amazon Princess (Imran Khan) 1-23, 1000/1-6, 800/50, 600/37 Latter moved well and finished together . Classic Emerald (S.Nayak) Ice Hill (Kuldeep Singh) 1-27, 1000/1-9.5, 800/53.5, 600/41They Moved freely. Wunderbar (app) 1-25, 1000/1-8, 800/53, 600/39 Urged. True Haven (Anil) Marquise (RavinderSingh) 1-25, 1000/1-7, 800/52, 600/38 Former finished in front. 2y. Tricks Of Gold (Ajit) Palace Affairs (app) 1-26.5, 1000/1-10, 800/55, 600/41 They finished together.

MONSOON RACE GRASS 1400 METRES

Stylish Chieftan (Culhane) Oscar Royal (Harinder Singh) 1-35, 1200/1-21, 1000/1-8, 800/53, 600/40 They moved well. Gate Practice Monsoon Race grass 1200 metres Ice Rain (app) 2y. Flamboyant Star (Anil) 2y. Think Twice (Dileep) 1-25, 1000/1-9, 800/55, 600/42.5They jumped out well and finished inthe same order. Dark Avenger (Imran Khan)2y. Skylight

Express (Chary) 2y. Spirited (Ravinder Singh) 1-20, 1000/15, 800/51, 600/38 They jumped out well. Royal Craft (app)2y. Twinklingofaneye (Anil), Sushen (app)2y. Fairy Emperor (M.Mark)Nano Splendour (Harinder Singh) 1-19, 1000/1-5, 800/50.5, 600/39 They jumped out well.Chitrangada (app) 1-19.5, 1000/1-5, 800/50, 600/37 Jumped out well. Drayton (Imran Khan) 2y. Coral Springs (Kuldeep Singh) Beau Ideal (app)2y. Queen Of The Stars (S.Nayak) 1-21, 1000/1-6, 800/52, 600/38 Thye jumped out well and finished in that order. Wolverton (Vevek) Betty Prior (Harinder Singh)2y. Staying The Best (N Rawal) Bacradi Time (app)2y. Hymn/Naaina (Sai Kumar)2y. Rock Heights (B Shanker) 1-20, 1000/1-5, 800/52, 600/38 They took a level jump. Handsome Hawk (Ravinder Singh) 2y. Shear Luck (Sai Vamshi) 2y. Cold Smile (Anil) 2y. Advisor (Dileep) 1-20, 1000/1-6, 800/51, 600/37 They jumped out well.Moment Of Roses (Kiran Naidu) Smashing Beauty (app) Chetak (Harinder) Baba's Gift (S Nayak) Benita (Deep shanker)2y. Roma Rouge (AK Pawar) 1-19, 1000/15, 800/50, 600/38 Jumped well. 2y. Rainbow In The Sky (Vevek) 2y. Midnight In Paris (M Mark), 2y. Field Smasher (Sai Vamshi) 2y. Greek Star (rb)2y. Carnal Flower (K Alam) 1-19, 1000/1-5, 800/50, 600/38 Good jump.


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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012

FORMULA 1

Vettel, Alonso eye triple title Sebastian Vettel will seek to become the youngest triple champion in Formula One history in this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix and prevent Alonso to overhaul his 13-point deficit and take his own third title.

GORDON HOWARD

Fernando Alonso

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actfile on Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who is in a duel with Sebastian Vettel for the drivers’ world title in the season-closing Brazilian Grand Prix here on Sunday: FERNANDO ALONSO n Nationality: Spanish n Date of birth: July 29, 1981 (31) n Place of birth: Oviedo, Spain n Residence: Oviedo n Height: 1.71m n Weight: 64kg n Marital status: Divorced n Hobbies: football, cycling, swimming n Website: www.fernandoalonso.com n First GP start: Australia 2001 n Best world championship position: 1st (2005, 2006) n First win: Hungary 2003 n Latest win: Germany 2012 n GP entries: 197 n Pole positions: 22 n GP podiums: 85 n GP wins: 30 n GP points: 1346 n F1 career: Minardi (2001), Renault (2002, test driver), Renault (2003-2006), McLaren (2007), Renault (2008-2009), Ferrari (since 2010)

SAO PAULO: After helping his Red Bull team claim a stunning third consecutive constructors’ world championship in Texas last weekend, defending drivers’ champion Sebastian Vettel will seek, once again, to become the youngest triple champion in Formula One history in this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix. In his 101st race, the 25-yearold German has a clear goal — to finish in the top four and thereby make it impossible for his only rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari to overhaul his 13 points deficit and take his own third title. On paper, for Vettel, it sounds simple enough after a sequence of results that recently saw him reel off four straight wins before finishing third in Abu Dhabi, after starting in the pit lane, and then second in Austin last Sunday. But he knows that Alonso, 31, and Ferrari will do all they possibly can, within the rules, to seize the Spaniard’s first title triumph since he joined the team. He will be aware, too, of the threat from both McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in the season finale. Hamilton, in particular, has made it clear he wants to mark the 20th and final race of the year and of his career with McLaren on a high note as he races in their colours for the 110th time before transferring to Mercedes next year. “Brazil has been the scene of some epic races for me during my time at McLaren and, for many reasons, this weekend will be a very big race for me,” said

Vettel knows that Alonso, 31, and Ferrari will do all they possibly can to seize the Spaniard’s first title triumph with Ferrari. Hamilton, 27. “As my final race behind the wheel of a McLaren, I vow to the whole team that I’ll give it my all on every single lap.” The Briton will know he has the team behind him again, for the last time, as they want to end the season on a high with both drivers on the podium if possible. That will make life difficult for Vettel and Red Bull whose frailties were exposed last

How the 2012 world title will be won

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ow Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso can win the 2012 title at the season-closing Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday. VETTEL WINS THE TITLE IF: n He finishes in the top four n He finishes fifth, sixth or seventh and Alonso doesn’t win n He finishes eighth or ninth and Alonso is third or lower n He finishes 10th or worse and Alonso is not on the podium ALONSO WINS THE TITLE IF: n He wins and Vettel is fifth or lower n He is second and Vettel eighth or lower n He is third and Vettel is 10th or lower

Sunday when Mark Webber had to retire with alternator failure, the team’s third in races. In response, the team are planning to run with updated parts and to attack throughout the weekend. Even if the weekend turns into a battle for survival in the rain, as forecast, Red Bull have declared they will not be taking a cautious approach. Team chief Christian Horner said they know no other approach than racing to win. “We just have to approach the next race as we have the previous 19,” he said. “We have to go there, attack the weekend, and get the best out of ourselves; the car, the strategy, the drivers, and reliability. Anything can happen, as we have seen this season, but it is good to be going there with a lead, and we go there determined to close the job off.” Alonso and Ferrari, who demonstrated their pragmatism in Texas by deliberately sacrificing Brazilian Felipe Massa’s grid position for the benefit of Alonso, by breaking the seal on his gearbox, are equally focussed on raising their performance for what promises to be an exciting end to a long season. Team chief Stefano Domenicali said: “Pragmatically speaking, we know that the result has to be better. We have to be in front of Sebastian and we need some drivers in the middle, without thinking of the worstcase scenario. And this is the approach that we have to have. We know that it’s not easy because he’s driving very well and has a very quick car, but that doesn’t change what we have to do.”

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actfile on Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who is seeking to become Formula One’s youngest triple champion in the seasonclosing Brazilian Grand Prix here on Sunday: SEBASTIAN VETTEL n Nationality: German n Date of birth: July 3, 1987 (25 years old) n Place of birth: Heppenheim, Germany n Residence: Thurgovia, Switzerland n Height: 1.76m n Weight: 62kg n Marital status: single n Hobbies: mountain biking, snowboarding n Website: http://www.sebastianvettel.de/ n First GP start: United States 2007 n Best world championship position: 1st (2010, 2011) n First win: Italy 2008 n Latest win: India 2012 n GP entries: 100 n Pole positions: 36 n GP podiums: 46 n GP wins: 26 n GP points: 1046 n F1 career: BMW Sauber (2006May 2007 test driver, June-July 2007 driver), Toro Rosso (August 2007-2008), Red Bull (since 2009)

Hami, Massa will remember their duel

SAO PAULO: Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa have more reason than most to revel in the unique atmosphere of Interlagos this weekend and stir up memories of their dramatic duel for glory in arguably the most thrilling championship climax of modern times. Like Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso on Sunday, both had a chance to win the 2008 title, Briton Hamilton in his

second season with McLaren and Massa for Ferrari in front of his own passionate Brazilian fans. At the finish, Massa crossed the line as victor amid emotional scenes with his team and family breaking into tears of joy. But they could

not be certain that he had taken the title because Hamilton, needing to finish fifth, was mounting a bold last-lap charge in the gloomy conditions. Rain was falling as he went into the last section of the final lap, nearly half

a minute after Massa had crossed the line, but more drama unfolded as Hamilton managed to catch and pass German Timo Glock, driving for Toyota, and take fifth place within a few hundred metres of the flag. His fifth-placed finish enabled him to win the title, beating the luckless Massa by a single point. AFP


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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2012

SOUTH AFRICA IN AUSTRALIA

Warner, Clarke smash tons It was a rousing fightback by Australia after they lost three wickets in the morning session as South Africa suffered two injuries.

ADELAIDE: David Warner bludgeoned a quickfire century and Michael Clarke (right) also reached three figures on Thursday as Australia went after the South African bowlers in the second Test in Adelaide. Warner smashed 119 off just 112 balls, while skipper Clarke backed up his unbeaten doublecentury in Brisbane with another unconquered knock to leave Australia in command after winning the toss. At tea, Australia were 280 for four with Clarke unconquered on 104 and Mike Hussey not out 34. The home side added a blistering 178 runs off just 26 overs in the middle session. Warner was in belligerent mood after lunch, smashing spinners Imran Tahir and Faf du Plessis and racing to his third Test century off 93 balls, reaching his hundred with a six and a four off successive Tahir deliveries. The diminutive left-hander smashed a Tahir full toss over the deep midwicket ropes in the first over after lunch and two overs later heaved Du Plessis’s first ball in Test cricket over the square leg boundary for six.

Scoreboard at tea Australia 1st Innings D Warner c Smith b Morkel 119 E Cowan c and b Kallis

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Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Cowan), 2-44 (Quiney), 3-55 (Ponting), 4210 (Warner) To bat: Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus Bowling: Steyn 14-1-50-0, Morkel 14-3-81-2, Kallis 33-119-2, Kleinveldt 103-1-48-0 (4nb), Tahir 8-0-68-0 (2nb), Du Plessis 1-0-11-0

But Warner perished on 119 when he attempted to glide Morne Morkel through the slips, only to edge to Graeme Smith at first slip to end a pulsating knock. Warner crashed four sixes and 16 boundaries and put on a 155-runs with Clarke in 24.2 overs.

It was Clarke’s fourth century of the year as he continued to dominate the South African bowlers after his unbeaten 259 in the drawn first Brisbane Test. He survived two referrals and at tea had faced 121 balls with 20 boundaries. Ed Cowan was caught and

bowled for 10 off Jacques Kallis’s third ball with an attempted yorker which struck him on the boot and spooned up off the bat for a dolly return catch. Rob Quiney, who kept his place when Shane Watson failed to recover from a calf injury, went for an eight-ball duck when Morne Morkel enticed him to edge to Graeme Smith at first slip. Ricky Ponting’s woes continued when he was bowled third ball for just four, playing inside Kallis. The former Test skipper was out for a five-ball duck in Brisbane for his third duck in four Test innings against the Proteas, and it was little better in Adelaide for Ponting, who stumbled and lost his footing. South Africa’s joy at their early successes was tempered by a hamstring injury that forced Kallis from the field after he had taken 2-19. Star paceman Vernon Philander was withdrawn from the team with a back problem before the start of play, making way for Rory Kleinveldt. AFP

BCCI AWARDS

Gavaskar gets Lifetime award Sachin Tendulkar was feted for his incredible achiement of scoring 100 international hundreds in Tests and ODIs combined. MUMBAI: Former India captain and legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar (right) was today conferred with BCCI’s prestigious Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award while Tendulkar and Virat Kohli were also awarded for their achievements in international the arena during past season. Kohli won the ‘Polly Umrigar Award’ for the being the best Indian cricketer of the 2011-12 season in international cricket. With it, Kohli had his name added to other stars who have received this honour previously including Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. He was presented with a glittering trophy and a cheque of Rs5 lakh. VVS Laxman, who retired before the start of the home rubber against New Zealand in August was also felicitated for his stupendous achievement in international cricket for past

List of award winners Col CK Nayudu Lifetime achievement award: Sunil Gavaskar - Rs 25 lakh 100 int’l centuries: Sachin Tendulkar Polly Umrigar award: Virat Kohli; Rs 5 lakh Lala Amarnath award (Best allrounder in the Ranji Trophy): Stuart Binny (KSCA); Rs2.5 lakh Best all-rounder Limited overs: Laxmi Ratan Shukla (CAB); Rs2.5 lakh. Madhavrao Scindia Trophy (Highest Run getter in Ranji Trophy): Robin Bist; Rs2.5 lakh Highest wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy: Ashoke Dinda (CAB); Rs2.5 lakh. MA Chidambaram Trophy, Best U-16 cricketer of 2011-12: Mohd Saif (UPCA); Rs50,000. MA Chidambaram Trophy, Best

under-19 cricketer: Vijay Zol (Maharashtra CA); Rs50,000. MA Chidambaram Trophy, Best under-22 cricketer: Satyam Choudhary (MPCA); Rs50,000 MA Chidambaram trophy, Best woman cricketer (Sr): Anagha Deshpande (Maharashtra CA); Rs50,000 Best umpire in domestic cricket: S Ravi; Trophy and cheque for Rs50,000.

decade and half. The prolific batsman was also adjudged as ICC’s ‘ODI Cricketer of the Year’ earlier. “I am happy to receive the award in front of so many cricketers whom I have watched and got inspired by. I hope I can continue in the same way this season,” said the Delhi batsman after receiving his award. Earlier, after receiving his award, Tendulkar thanked Gavaskar calling him his inspiration for taking up the game. “We grew up watching you. Thanks for inspiring me to play cricket. All I wanted to do was to follow your footsteps,” said Tendulkar addressing Gavaskar. “I was 12 or so and was disappointed as I did not get the ‘Best Junior Cricketer’ award. I got a letter from Mr Gavaskar saying if you go through that list there is one person who did not get that award and he (Gavaskar) had not done badly in Tests.” PTI

WI IN BANGLADESH

West Indies struggle in second Test KHULNA, BANGLADESH: West Indies were 62-2 at lunch on the second day of the second Test on Thursday in reply to Bangladesh’s first innings total of 387. Darren Bravo was unbeaten on 11 with Marlon Samuels not out 12. Bangladesh were bowled out for 387 in their first innings with number 10 batsman Abul Hasan the last man out for a stunning 113. Hasan and Mahmudullah (76) pair added 184 runs for the ninth wicket — just 11 runs short of the world record set by South Africa’s Mark Boucher and Pat Symcox against Pakistan in Johannesburg in 1998. Fidel Edwards was the pick of the bowlers, taking six wickets for 90 runs. The West Indies lead the twoTest series 1-0.

ASHES

2013-14 dates unveiled SYDNEY: England will play five Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals in their 2013-14 Ashes campaign in Australia, Cricket Australia said on Thursday. The Test series begins at Brisbane’s Gabba ground on November 21-25 and finishes in Sydney from January 3-7 in 2014. The other Test matches will take place in Adelaide (December 5-9), Perth (December 13-17) and Melbourne (December 26-30). A schedule of five ODIs and three T20 internationals to complement the Tests will be confirmed in the New Year, officials said. “We are delighted to be able to confirm the Ashes fixtures so far in advance of the series,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said. “It means fans will be able to plan their trips around the country to follow all the action. “I am sure there will be a lot of fans from the UK who will want to make the trip over and we look forward to hosting them here.” AFP


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UEFA DISCIPLINARY RAP FOR ‘UNSPORTING’ ADRIANO UEFA on Wednesday opened disciplinary proceedings against Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano after he scored a controversial goal in Tuesday’s Champions League game at Danish side Nordsjaelland. The Brazilian faces charges for “violation of the principles of conduct”.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Real send City packing

At least Manchester City spared themselves another defeat on their way out of the Champions League as they salvaged a point. TOM WILLIAMS Agencie France-Presse MANCHESTER, UK: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho marked his 100th Champions League game with a 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Wednesday that sent his side into the last 16 at City’s expense. City had to win to stand any chance of going through, so although Sergio Aguero’s 73rdminute penalty cancelled out Karim Benzema’s early opener, the hosts went out in the group phase for a second successive season. Madrid had Alvaro Arbeloa sent off, but with eight points — three less than Group D leaders Borussia Dortmund — they cannot be caught by either Ajax or City, who had not lost in their 19 previous European home games. “This Champions League is worse than last season,” said City coach Roberto Mancini. “We have only three points after five games. We did some mistakes also, because this group was very difficult and we started the group with a (3-2)

Champions League last 16 qualifiers PARIS: The 13 teams to have qualified to date for the Champions League last 16 after Wednesday’s penultimate round of group matches: AC Milan, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Malaga, Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain, Porto, Real Madrid, Schalke 04, Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia

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Wilshere fires Arsenal into last 16 Jack Wilshere had gone 725 days without a goal, since he netted against Aston Villa in November 2010. STEVE GRIFFITHS Agencie France-Presse

Manchester City’s Argentinean forward Sergio Aguero scores a penalty during their UEFA Champions League match against Real Madrid at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Wednesday. AFP/ PAUL ELLIS

defeat against Madrid in Madrid when we were 2-1 up with four minutes to go. “Everything was complicated after that result. Real Madrid and Borussia deserved to go through, because they played better than us.” The English champions trail Ajax by a point and therefore must win at Dortmund in their final group fixture and hope the Dutch side lose in Madrid if they are to secure the consolation prize of a Europa League berth. Mourinho, the youngest coach to reach the 100-match milestone, is now a step closer to delivering an elusive 10th European Cup to the Spanish champions, who have already fallen eight points off the pace in La Liga. “With the players at their (City’s) disposal, it’s amazing they’ve been eliminated in the group stage two years running,”

Results on Wednesday Group A FC Porto 3 (Lucho 20, Moutinho 67, S Varela 85) Dinamo Zagreb 0 Dynamo Kiev 0 Paris Saint Germain 2 (Lavezzi 45, 52) Group B Arsenal 2 (Wilshere 49, Podolski 63) Montpellier 0 Schalke 04 1 (Fuchs 77) Olympiakos 0 Group C Zenit St Petersburg (RUS) 2 (Danny 49, Faizulin 86) Malaga (ESP) 2 (Buonanotte 8, Fernandez 9) Anderlecht 1 (De Sutter 78) AC Milan 3 (Stephan El Shaarawy 47, Mexes 71, Pato 90+1) Group D Manchester City 1 (Aguero 73pen) Real Madrid 1 (Benzema 10) Ajax 1 (Hoesen 86) Dortmund 4 (Reuss 8, Goetze 36, Lewandowski 41, 67)

said Mourinho. “They put us under pressure, then there was the penalty and the sending off. City had all their attacking options, and we had just 10 men, but we held on, we resisted and we managed to control the game.” Mancini elected to deploy a three-man defence at the Etihad Stadium, but the home side’s defenders did not seem comfortable with the system and Madrid were quick to profit. In the 10th minute, Angel di Maria was given space to cross from the right and his centre found the unmarked Benzema, who cantered in behind Maicon to beat Joe Hart on the volley from close range. With Maicon and Pablo Zabaleta on the pitch, the right side of City’s defence should have been secure, but Cristiano Ronaldo found plenty of room there.

BRIEFS Mexes magic helps Milan into Last 16

Dortmund pole-axe Ajax to reach last sixteen

PSG see off Dynamo to seal knockout phase

Fuchs strike propels Schalke into next round

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: An acrobatic bicycle kick from France international Philippe Mexes helped AC Milan qualify for the Champions League last 16 with a 3-1 defeat of ten-man Anderlecht here on Wednesday. With Group C winners Malaga held 2-2 at Zenit St Petersburg earlier, both sides were desperate for all three points.

AMSTERDAM: Borussia Dortmund booked their place in the Champions League’s last 16 with some clinical finishing and impressive counter-attacking football on Wednesday as they hammered Ajax 4-1 in Amsterdam. Dortmund needed just a point to go through, but the German champions had victory wrapped up with three goals.

KIEV: “Crisis” club Paris SaintGermain clinched a place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday after beating Dynamo Kiev 2-0 in the Ukrainian capital. Ezequiel Lavezzi struck in both halves to give PSG a fourth win from five matches in Group A and consign Dynamo to a spot in the Europa League.

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY: Schalke 04 booked

their place in the Champions League’s last 16 on Wednesday as a late strike from defender Christian Fuchs sealed their 1-0 home win over Olympiakos. Victory puts Schalke into the knock-out phase, but they will need to beat Montpellier away in a fortnight.

LONDON: Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere (below) fired the Gunners into the last 16 of the Champions League as his first goal for two years inspired a 2-0 win over Montpellier on Wednesday. The England international got back on the scoresheet with a cool finish early in the second half against the French champions and Lukas Podolski’s stunning volley soon after sealed a vital victory at the Emirates Stadium. With Schalke beating third placed Olympiakos in the night’s other Group B fixture, Wilshere and Podolski’s heroics put Arsenal into the knockout stages

of Europe’s elite club competition for the 13th successive season. Arsene Wenger’s side remain second in the group, one point behind Schalke, but crucially they have avoided the prospect of a qualification shoot-out with Olympiakos in their last group fixture in Athens on December 4. Wilshere ran to embrace Arsenal’s physio after scoring and he said: “My fitness will come. I’ve never been injured before so I can’t tell you how long it will take. “The first half was hard. We were sloppy, we gave ball away and weren’t ourselves.”


Postnoon E-Paper for 22 November 2012