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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012 HYDERABAD

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HAJ ASPIRANTS LOOTED BY AGENT

Nearly 20 men and women from the City who had saved for a year to fulfil their heart’s desire to go on Haj pilgrimage find themselves grounded. They had no inkling till this morning that the agent Sayed Khan of Old City had vanished with all their money (amounting to `25 lakh) and travel documents without a trace. His family, besieged by shrieking victims, is spending sleepless nights praying for his return, sources said.

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HYDERABAD’S FIRST COMPACT AFTERNOON NEWSPAPER

MID-TERM POLLS? The Telugu Desam Party, that had launched a marathon padayatra, is all set to wind up its second leg of the campaign in the Telangana region, fearing a mid-term poll, sources close to the party told Postnoon.

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POSTNOON WISHES ITS READERS HAPPY DUSSERA

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

city events

THE DIVINE FEMINITY

Divine Feminity, a painting exhibition featuring artworks depicting different forms of Durga by 30 artists is being held at Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills from October 23 to November 10. The exhibition is from 11.30am to 7pm.

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES Where: Salarjung Museum, Afzal Gunj When: Ongoing, 4.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2457 6443 Folds of disguise Folds of disguise, a show of recent works by artist Hetal

Kumar, Konda Srinivas, Jagadeesh G, Bholekar Srihari and Jayaprakash V. The Exhibition will be held till October 24. Where:Shilparamam, Crafts Village Madhapur When: Ongoing,

Contact: (040) 2752 2999 Spiritual quest A painting exhibition by Padma-nabh Bendre titled Spiritual Quest-Lord Shiva will be held from November 3. The exhibits will be on display from 11am to 7pm at Kalakrithi Art Gallery. Where:Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: November 3 onwards, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466

SHOWS Musical fiesta Shefali Alvares a jazz/rock vocalist will be performing live at Hard Rock Cafe on October 26. She is a versatile Singer who has also sung for Bollywood. Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: October 26, 8pm onwards Contact: (040) 6463 6375

A SPECIAL PRAYER: Ayudha Pooja (Weapons Worship) was conducted at Central Arms Reserve for Navrathri at Petlaburj on Monday morning. N SHIVA KUMAR When: Omgoing, 9am-6pm onwards Contact: (040) 2355 4485

ART Photo exhibition Alliance Française of Hyderabad invites you to The Upside Down World of Philippe Ramette, an exhibition of photos. Where:Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills, Rd No 3

In tune with life Jiva — In tune with life, an art exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 120 artists and art talks by experts on the concept of biodiversity is being held. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11.30am to 7pm Contact: 98499 68797 Tribute to Mahatma An exhibition depicting the life of Mahatma Gandhi through the drawings of Late Venkateshwara Raju Palala is being held at Salarjung Museum. The exhibition is on till October 31.

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Chudasama is being held at Kalakrithi Art Gallery.. Where:Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466 Prakriti An exhibition of paintings by Bhaskar Rao B, Shravan

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Play time Grim Pumpkin Theater presents their production of Vijay Tendulkar's play, Silence! The Court Is In Session on October 26 at Lamakaan. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: October 26, 7.30pm onwards Contact: 98490 26029

Feline grace Feline Grace Art Show, a painting exhibition by artist D. jayaprakshy is being held at Muse Art Gallery. Where: Muse Art Gallery, Tank Bund When: Ongoing, 11am onwards

Film workshop A filmmaking workshop and a film appreciation workshop is being held. The workshops are being held on weekends only. When: October 27 onwards, 1.30pm onwards

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DINING Navrathra food fest Head to De Taali for the Navrathra food fest. Sample a variety of Navrathra special delicacies. The food fest is on till October 23. Where:De Taali, Begumpet When: Ongoing, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 4020 4001 Rannaghor food fest Hotel Ista, Gachibowli is hosting a Bengali Food Fest. The fest is open for lunch and dinner till October 28. Where:Hotel Ista, Gachibowli When: October 19 to 28 1pm onwards Contact: (040) 4450 8888 Maach mango mishti Aditya Sarovar, Gachibowli is hosting a Bengali food fest called Maach Mango Mishti. The fest is on everyday for both lunch and dinner till October 28. Where: Aditya Sarovar Premiere, Gachibowli When: Ongoing, 12.30pm onwards, Contact: (040) 6769 6769

Beside Meridian School, Banjara Hills34. Working hours are from 8 AM to 1 PM And 2 PM to 3PM. MUSEUMS Salar Jung Museum AP State Museum Nizams Museum

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

City

YESTERDAY’S QUESTION

SHOULD WE GO IN FOR STRICTER POPULATION CONTROL MEASURES? YES (A) NO (B)

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Pilgrims’ progress halted Haj pilgrims from the City found to their horror that their money, passports and travel documents have been swiped.

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early 20 men and women from the City who had saved for a year to fulfil their heart’s desire to go on Haj pilgrimage find themselves grounded. They had no inkling till this morning that the agent Sayed Khan of Old City had vanished with all their money (amounting to `25 lakh) and travel documents without a trace. His family, besieged

by shrieking victims, is spending sleepless nights praying for his return, sources said. According to details, Khan, a resident of Ahmed Colony in Toli Chowki, was running a travel agency at Hussaini Alam for the past few years. In July and August this year, he had taken lakhs of rupees from prospective Haj pilgrims and promised them their flight would leave on October 23 at 5.30am. The unsuspecting pilgrims reached the airport but found to

their horror no such flight was scheduled. The last flight for Haj had left on Saturday. The frantic pilgrims tried to call the agent on his mobile which responded with a reply, “out of reach.” Some others got a message of switched off. Some of the relatives of the victims rushed to his office and found it locked. There was nobody to answer about Khan’s whereabouts. They dashed to his home in Toli Chowki

where his wife and children expressed their helplessness as they too did not know where he was. In fact, they swore they came to know of the scandal only now. Shahzadi Begum, a widow and a resident of Ali Nagar Jahanuma told Postnoon that she had saved for many years for this momentous occasion but now is left devastated. The other prospective pilgrims too were in a similar situation. They are now planning to lodge a criminal complaint.

Bid to smuggle gold in pilgrim’s bag POSTNOON NEWS

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Haj committee functionary is suspected to have used a pilgrim’s bag to smuggle gold but the alert airline security detected it before the passenger boarded the plane to Saudi Arabia on Saturday. The issue, which

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irasam revolutionary writers’ forum, on Monday demanded that the government immediately withdraw all the cases filed against its members of fact-finding committee, which was heading towards Kudamkulam in Tamil Nadu to study the situation where people were agitating against nuclear power plant. Virasam leader Vara Vara Rao alleged that the Tn government was using police force to muzzle voice of the people. NSS

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TODAY’S QUESTION

ARE WE HEADING TOWARDS A MID-TERM POLL?

created a flutter among the security staff and the Haj committee, led to chaos in the Haj House. Checking resulted in the discovery of gold and diamonds wrapped in plastic sachets. The estimated worth is around `5 lakh, officials said. This incident occurred where some 300 Hajjis boarded the

plane. Questioning revealed that the passenger was being used by a suspected Haj committee member, though exact details could not be ferreted out as yet. Postnoon’s repeated efforts to contact Haj committee chairman Syed Khaleeluddin Ahmed proved futile.

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city TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012 LAST YEAR... HERE

TOURISM

Clean up City air

CITY DOMESTIC TOURISM SUFFERS SETBACK

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ast year we had reported how the APSRTC in a bid to do their bit to reduce air pollution in the City had introduced a fleet of CNG buses. The first such bus had been flagged off on this day last year and CNG buses were expected to ply regularly along City routes. Also CNG buses were expected to bring down operation costs by almost 30 per cent.

OCTOBER 23, 2011

NUMEROLOGY

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was the total property tax yielded last year. Despite this, the GHMC has decided to raise the property tax amount this year.

I have been working here since 1998. I understand we are wrong in encroaching space, but we have no alternative. If the govt gives us space, I would move. Syed Hashmi, mechanic See page 6

THINGS WE 5LEARNT TODAY

The inflow of domestic tourists to the City have come down following the numerous political agitations that have rocked Hyderabad for the last two years.

The column that teaches everyone something new about the way the City functions.

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Going to Haj? Get a reliable agent or you’ll be cheated. Enthusiastic Haj pilgrims in the City were in for a rude shock when the agent who had promised to organise their tour fled with their money and travel documents.

Md NIZAMUDDIN nizamuddin.a@ postnoon.com

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NEWS BRIEFS

Political unrest is affecting State’s economy as well. While Hyderabadis might have reconciled to the unrest prevailing here, domestic tourists would rather avoid the City, causing losses to the City’s economy. It might be illegal, but it’s been around for 40 years! The second-hand bike market in Ramkote might be breaking several laws, but for 40 years now the GHMC has turned a blind eye to it.

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GHMC’s coming up with all the wrong solutions. The GHMC would much rather hike the property tax than round up the defaulters and raise revenues.

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City makes presence felt at the Mumbai Film Festival. It’s a prestigious event and the Annapurna International School for Film+Media ensured that it got noticed in the fraternity.

ven though official figures of domestic tourism gives a feel good factor about Hyderabad being in the list of top destinations, the ground reali-

ty seems different. While festival crowds swell, actual domestic tourists are dwindling, they say. The tour operators, who were doing good business until recent months, blame it on the prevalent political instability. However, this stance is not quite

convincing to many for lack of evidence as political turmoil due to the T factor has been subdued this year as compared to last year. According to Hyderabad Metro Rail, the latest figures of domestic tourists’ arrivals in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy

stand at 17,29,987 which is somewhere equal to that of last year. However, the domestic tour operators who experienced some business during the summer, point out that they are making losses owing to reasons like Telangana agitation. “We are paying taxes from our pockets. What else can we say? This has been going on for three-four months,” says Prakash, a tour operator in Secunderabad. The number of domestic tourist visits (DTVs) to Andhra Pradesh was 153.1 lakh last year. With 18 per cent share, it stood second for both number of tourists and share, as per the official figures. Hyderabad is the top destination for tourists visiting from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and West Bengal. But, according to the Hyderabad and Secunderabad Cities Contract Carriage Bus Owner’s Association, there has been a drop in the number of tourists coming to the City. “What keeps us busy is the local population

which engage buses for marriages and parties. Those who are specialised in tourism are experiencing losses,” acknowledges Mauzam Ahmed, general secretary of the association. One of the reasons pointed out by City operators is the political disturbances. The last few months according to them were the ‘worst’. Interestingly, those who are more into international tourism are untouched by the phenomenon. Garuda India Holidays, much of whose focus is on international tourists is doing business as usual. “We are doing good business,” quipped Johnson John, manager, operations, Garuda. However, the AP Tourism Development Corporation claims the success of CoP as an important achievement as part of tourism promotion. "Because of the several hotels engaged for the event, domestic tourists might have postponed their plans. Otherwise there is no big dip in the numbers," said B Srinivas, executive director.

Thieves steal van from under owner’s nose

Police arrest four for running arms racket

Woman killed in hit-and-run incident

Cop whistle-blower finally arrested

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van parked in front of a home was stolen at night. The complaint lodged with the Bowenpally police said one Mohd Shabbir of Mudfort had parked his van before his house but it was stolen by morning. He did not hear anything unusual, leading to speculation that the thief had pushed the vehicle before speeding away.

ahbubnagar police have busted an illegal arms running racket and arrested four people in this connection. The police claimed to have seized a huge cache of weapons and ammunition from their possession. According to the police, the four accused originally hail from Bihar. A case has been booked and investigations are on.

Deviya, 40, a native of Siddipet who was on a visit to the City, was fatally run over by a speeding car while she was out on her morning walk yesterday in the Gandhinagar area. The vehicle, after the mishap, sped away and the police are on the lookout for the vehicle. A case has been booked and investigations are on.

ormer constable, KV Giri Prasad Sarma, who threatened to expose large-scale irregularities in the Police Transport Organisation, was arrested by the City police on Monday. Sarma was dismissed when he had allegedly kidnapped PTO superintendent Lakshminarayana on September 12 and held him hostage at Adarshnagar for a few hours.


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POLITICS

Untold miseries of T-ministers

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he Telangana Joint Action Committee's call to boycott the ruling Congress leaders during Dussera is giving sleepless nights to TCongress MLAs and ministers. Ministers, particularly, have become a worried lot. They are facing a lot of pressure from the party's second-rung leaders and grass root cadres on the separate Telangana issue. Besides, the continuous demand from T-JAC leaders that the T-ministers should mount pressure on their party high command to ensure that the separate state becomes a reality is also multiplying worries of the ministers. To ward off the trouble to an extent, a few T-ministers met with party AP incharge and Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday morn-

ing. Major and minor irrigation minister P Sudarshan Reddy and civil supplies minister D Sridhar Babu, panchayat raj minister K Jana Reddy and BC welfare minister B Saraiah apprised Azad about the problems that were being caused due to the inordinate delay in announcing the decision of a separate state. “Our only concern is that we are facing lot of pressure from our supporters in our Assembly constituencies. They are constantly telling us of their inability to mingle with people because of the party’s attitude on a separate Telangana. We want our party high command to immediately make its stand clear on Telangana. This would not only help us keep our heads high but also allow us to meet our people,” BC welfare minister B Saraiah told Postnoon. Information technology and communications

T-ministers are a worried lot due to pressure from grassroot cadres.

minister P Laxmaiah hoped that the Congress leadership would take a favourable decision on the issue of a separate Telangana. “Emotion on a T-State is very strong. Our party high command has taken cognisance of these emotions and the problems being faced by us. The Telangana people will soon hear the good news on formation of a separate Tstate,” he said.

‘I CHALLENGE SEEMANDHRA LEADERS’

Another senior leader of the party and former BC commission member V Krishna Mohan Rao criticised the attitude of the party for causing confusion among the people of

the region. He doubted that the party high command was still under the influence of Seemandhra leaders, who he says have become an obstacle in the formation of a separate Tstate. “I am challenging all seemandhra leaders whether they can ensure the victory of Congress without forming Telangana. But we will ensure our party’s victory if the Te l a n g a n a state is created,” he said. He said that the confusion created by the high command is weakening the party in T-region and warned that the Congress would be reduced to a nought if it continues dilly dallying on the Telangana issue.


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TRAFFIC

COMPUTERS

Bike-street throttles Koti traffic

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he used bike market in King Koti, Ramkote areas, touted to be Asia’s largest second-hand bike market is increasingly becoming a traffic block, thanks to the inability of the GHMC and traffic police to restructure business spaces and traffic as per modern needs. The four-decade-old used bike market has been a source of employment for over 1,500 workers who work, repair, modify and sell the bikes to clients who come from far and wide. The problem today is that most of these shops have encroached upon the footpaths to showcase

their vehicles. The ever rising vehicle population and the presence of schools in and around the area add to the woes of the travelling public. While many sympathise with those who depend on the market as a source of economy and employment, it is, nonetheless, proving a problem. The Hyderabad traffic police seem to have given up on solving this problem. ACP A Narsing Rao of the Sultan Bazaar police station says, “The GHMC has never raised this issue with us. The department has never bothered to check on the footpath encroachments nor address this issue with us, despite the market being

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While the used bike market has over the years become popular among clients and has also acted as a source of income for many, lack of planning has resulted in traffic gridlocks in the area.

HEALTH/ CLINIC

OF THE 400 SECOND HAND BIKE DEALERS THAT ARE PRESENT IN THE CITY, MORE THAN 160 ARE LOCATED IN THE RAMKOTE-KING KOTI STRETCH. around for 40 years in the City. How are we to take any action if the civic body continues to turn a blind eye to it?” The police officer is not wrong. None of the standing committee meetings have ever addressed this issue so far. Corporator MP Sriram Chander of the Sultan Bazaar circle says, “The problem with this area is that the entire market stretch is divided between three municipalities — Himayath Nagar, Barkatpura and Sultan Bazaar. Despite being under the watch of three cor-

porators, this issue has never been raised in the standing committee or with the commissioner.” The corporator’s stance reflects the GHMC’s apathy to civic problems in the City. Other second-hand bike markets have come up aping the Koti’s example . Syed Hashmi, a bike repair mechanic says, “I have been working here since my father set up the shop in 1998. I too understand that we are in the wrong, encroaching on the footpaths or taking up the motor-space of the roads. But what are we to do? We do not have an alternative. If the government is willing to provide us space, I will gladly move.” Added to this is the presence of schools in the area. Autos carrying children jam the roads during the mornings and the evenings resulting in absolute chaos. Of the

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CIVIC

GHMC punishing honest tax payers The civic body is all set to make a slew of fresh property tax hike, while it fails to extract several hundred crores owed by big commercial establishments and residential owners. Md NIZAMUDDIN nizamuddin.a@ postnoon.com

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he GHMC’s ongoing deliberations on a possible hike in the property tax to net `1,000 crore revenue has given rise to a new debate on whether a fresh dose of tax is avoidable by plugging the loopholes. Those who oppose the hike point out that if holes are mended, the corporation could very well collect `1,500 crore without thrusting additional burden on the paying public. With the 13 lakh properties of different kinds in the City, around 10 lakh are residential and the remainder comes under the commercial category. During the last year, the GHMC was able to generate `500 crore and by March-end this year, the revenue yielded totalled `641 crore against the budgeted `653 crore. Instead of tweaking the current mechanism, the GHMC aims at achieving the target by hiking the property tax. The hike would affect honest tax payers, while it will reward those resorting

to short-cuts like undervaluing their properties and obtaining court stay orders. According to officials, there are more than 30 per cent defaulters in the GHMC limits. Some of the big hotels, business establishments and corporate hospitals, most of which are located in Banjara Hills, have run up defaults of huge amounts. Tax evasion and ‘under-valuation’ are some of the biggest loopholes being exploited by unscrupulous owners. Getting court stay orders is another major stumbling block. Asked if the Corporation could not have filed a common caveat in the court to discourage exparte stay orders, officials expressed ignorance of the provisions. Rather, an official offered a queer reasoning: “Everyone has the right to defend if he is not satisfied with the government decision. We cannot compel them.” The Opposition TDP is ‘opposing’ the move unconditionally. TDP floor leader Singireddy Srinivas Reddy said, “We oppose the hike as it will raise the burden on the common man who is already crushed under inflation.

We oppose the hike as it will raise the burden on the common man who is already crushed under inflation. Instead of raising the tax, the GHMC should plug loopholes. Singireddy Srinivas Reddy TDP floor leader

Instead of increasing the property tax, the GHMC should look into the options where several discrepancies can be cleared.” Officials who are upset with the working style of the GHMC point out that there could be close to 80 per cent ‘under-valuation’ and the hike would only open more doors for more corruption. “It will not help the corporation but the valuation officers and deputy commissions to fill their pockets,” points out an official on the condition of anonymity.

LAXITY AND ILLOGICAL DECISIONS The GHMC failed to show its mettle in cases of cheque bouncing for property tax amounting close to `70 lakh. Another fact that may raise eyebrows is the penalty waiver clause provided by the government at the end of the financial year 2011-12. The waiver had cost the corporation a substantial amount that would otherwise have helped cross the annual targeted revenue of `700 crore. Residents feel that the long-term government policies, hiking taxes on

one hand and providing a waiver on the other, has made a huge dent in their income. “It’s the failure of the government’s policy, adopted at each level at most of the institutions. The common man will continue to suffer due to this mismanagement. If people pay their taxes on time, there would be less scope for officials to reinforce the tax structure,” says Syed Badsha, assistant general secretary, United – Federation of Resident Welfare Associations. However, officials don’t seem interested in rectifying the loopholes in the system. When asked about the cases of cheques bouncing, additional commissioner (finance) K Ashok Reddy shrugs off the problem, citing this to be the most common aspect in government organisations. “Cheques bounce and every department faces this problem. We keep sending notices,” he says. About the government’s penalty waiver last year, the official describes it as ‘policy’ adopted by the government. “Last year, it was adopted by the government, this year they may not,” the official added.

Mind your business, TDP tells T-JAC

Telangana is not anybody’s property and Naidu has as much right to campaign as any other leader in the State, says an MLA. POSTNOON NEWS feedback@postnoon.com

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DP leader Gone Hanmanth Rao warned the TJAC to refrain from meaningless attacks on the TDP padayatra. “Telangana is not your ancestral property,” he told T-JAC leader Prof Kodandaram on Monday. His warning came after the T-protagonists’ demand that the TDP should make its stand clear on Telangana before undertaking padayatra in the region. The TRS and T-JAC are set to block Chandrababu Naidu’s marathon padayatra in the region. However, police intervened and prevented a

clash yesterday. Rao said that Kodandaram was barking up the wrong tree. “He should instead question Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president

T-leaders said the TDP should make clear its stand on Telangana before undertaking a padayatra there. K Chandrasekhar Rao and Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh as to why they delayed delivering Telangana. What has Naidu to do with

Telangana formation?” he asked. The senior TDP leader said the T-JAC should ask KCR what happened to his promise of the Telangana’s birth by Dussera, Rao suggested. He termed the antiTDP stance of the TRS illogical and unwarranted. The TDP leader further said that his party president had made the stand amply clear in his letter to the Union government. “Naidu committed himself to the stand taken during the 2009 Mahanadu and it is stated clearly in the letter to the PM. Naidu made it clear on Monday he had no objection to the formation of Telangana,” he said.


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FILM FESTIVAL

Spotted: AISFM at Mumbai Film Mart Officials from the City-based Annapurna International School for Film+Media and Annapurna Studios interacted with plenty of delegates at the ongoing Mumbai Film Festival about facilities at the studio and the film school. Postnoon gets a low down. HEMANTH KUMAR hemanth.k@postnoon.com

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umbai Film Mart, a part of the ongoing Mumbai Film Festival, was created last year to build a platform to connect buyers, distributors and studios to explore different business ventures related to film making and distribution. Amongst the various booths set up to interact with delegates, it was a pleasant surprise to see Annapurna Studios reaching out to more people. For a film school and a leading studio in Hyderabad, the Mumbai Film Mart provides a great platform to reach out to a wider audience. “I must have interacted with at least 100 delegates, mostly independent filmmakers, to show them the facilities that Annapurna

Cutting production costs was a priority for filmmakers. Facilities at Annapurna Studios is a draw.

Most of the people who come here were interested in content selling or buying. Some were also looking for funding their projects.

the people who came here were interested in content selling or buying. Some were also looking for funding their projects,” he says, adding, “a lot of filmmakers wanted to come down to Hyderabad to shoot their films and after they came to know about the film related programmes and facilities at Annapurna Film School, most of the delegates were unhappy that they don’t have such a school in Mumbai. This is a good step forward in our endeavour to reach out to more people.”

Sharan AISFM representative

Studios has to offer and we also got quite a few inquiries about the film school,” says Sharan, a representative from AISFM as we got talking at the Mumbai Film Mart. There are plenty of opportunities to explore for both parties. “Most of

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Cutting production costs was clearly a priority for filmmakers and the facilities at Annapurna Studios was a big draw for the delegates. “We have tried to convince them to also look at post production in Annapurna Studios. A lot of people tend to ignore the fact that post production and DI is an expensive process,” Sharan adds. So did they see any new opportunities to explore in future? “Yes. We had several screenwriters-turned-directors who were looking for venture capitalists to fund projects. So far, Annapurna Studios hasn’t gone big on that front, but looking at the kind of response we’ve had, our board will look into this prospect of funding good projects in near future,” Sharan says.

POWER

Poll threat halts TDP yatra Efforts on to ensure Fearing the possibility of a mid-term poll, Naidu is contemplating calling off the second phase of his padayatra, scheduled for June-Sept next year.

INKESHAF AHMED ahmed.m@postnoon.com

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hreat of a mid-term elections is becoming real, it seems. The TDP, that had launched a marathon padayatra is all set to wind up its second leg of the campaign, fearing a midterm poll, sources close to the party told Postnoon today. The TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu planned to cover 16 of the 23 districts of AP including seven of Telangana by January next. The remaining seven districts including three in Telangana were to be covered by September 2013. However, the

plan now is to suspend the padayatra after the first leg for three reasons: budget session in February, local body elections and political uncertainty. “Yes, we are yet to decide on the second phase. Initially, we had decided to undertake the second phase during the next monsoon (June-September). “But, we may not able to hold it as we are expecting drastic political changes in the State. The threat of a mid-term election is also looming large,” TDP senior leader E Peddi Reddy said. Another senior leader of the party and MLA Jaipal Yadav also

said that the party is yet to chalk out the schedule of the second leg of the yatra. “We don’t know what will happen with the second phase. As of now, the entire party machinery has put its focus on the ongoing padayatra to make it a huge success,” he said. It may be emphasised here that when the decision to undertake the padayatra was made by the party president, it was decided to cover all 23 districts of the State in a phased manner. According to this plan, a total 16 districts were chosen to be covered in the first leg of the yatra and seven districts in the second phase.

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eeping in view the severe shortage of power due to inadequate fuel, the State government is making all-out efforts to ensure seven-hour power supply to the farm sector and to minimise the inconvenience to the other categories of consumers by purchasing

additional power from outside and also encouraging renewable energy sources apart from enhancing the generating capacity by adopting shortterm and long-term measures. M Sahoo, principal secretary (energy), said the State government is expected to get considerable additional capacity of Transmission corridor of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. by the end of 2013. At present, 1,000 MW transmission corridor facility was available between Southern and Northern, Eastern, Western (new) grid and shared by the other southern States. NSS


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

Business

TOYOTA CUTS OUTPUT TARGET

Toyota Motor is cutting its target of producing more than 10 million vehicles this year after suffering a sales drop in key market China amid strained Sino-Japanese ties, a report said on Tuesday.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Learning is never over PRUDHVI RAJU K prudhvi.k@postnoon.com

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ive as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever,” said Mahatma. Learning and constanly updating oneself with the knowledge is the key to success. Sandhya Volety does not know anything about the subject when she started Wonders, an interior and

Wonders has grown 30-40 per cent year-on-year in revenues. exterior designing business. Her creativity brought her the first opportunity but passion towards the subject and desire to learn made the business to grow over time. Wonders has grown 30-40 per cent year-on-year in revenues and started serving not only clients in the City but aslo in Mumbai. About her educational background, she says, “I am a graduate in life sciences. My journey towards professionalism included a variety of jobs from school

teacher to a centre head for SSI computer institute. However, it was always my dream to start something on my own. There was also a burning desire to create employment as it is not only a source of living for one person but supports the entire family,” Sandhya had her first assignment by chance during a coffee with her friend. “I visualised and drew the interior design for my friend’s clinic during our conversation. She liked the idea instantly and hired me,” she says. However, Sandhya did not get herself satisfied with her creativity and approval of the first project. She has sharpened her creativity by various methods of learning as she did not have theoretical knowledge. “I collected books, purchased magazines, attended seminars and exhibitions all across India that dealt with designing and space enrichment. Interaction with professionals in the same line helped me to understand the challenges and learn techniques,” she explains. The learning process has been continuing throughout the career. “The first few years of my

For her, success is about being passionate of the work one does and being committed to it.

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Yahoo! profit surges above $3 billion SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo! on Monday reported that its quarterly profit rocketed above $3 billion, fueled by the sale of part of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Alibaba last month announced that it bought back billions of dollars worth of stock from Yahoo! in a step toward independence from the US Internet pioneer. The California company’s revenue from display advertising was little changed from the same quarter last year but Yahoo! reported its income from ads served up with online search results was up 11 percent. The earnings topped Wall Street expectations and Yahoo! shares climbed nearly three percent to $16.20 in after-market trading on the Nasdaq. AFP

business were smooth sailing and I experienced natural growth. I have decided to do a management course to take the business to the next level. I was selected by ISB for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program which helped structure my business better and also to increase my networking. Interacting with other women entrepreneurs during the program helped to increase the knowledge base. “In April 2010, I was selected by the Fortune /US State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Program in USA. This is a high-touch program drawing on the knowledge and expertise of America’s most accomplished leaders to empower aspiring women professionals. This helped to me enhance the exposure and interact

with famous personalities like Condoleezza Rice, Cherie Blair and Lloyd Blankfein,” she says. Sandhya did not limit the knowledge she gained to herself but started an initiative to pass it to the other women, who do not have access to management education. Wonders has initiated Anuva in 2010, a forum for knowledge sharing for women entrepreneurs from fields like beauty shops, boutiques, food courts, tailoring and embroidery. To create interest and awareness on enhanced lifestyle and modern living, Wonders initiated Ativa in 2008. The event is conducted exclusively for women in district towns, where the entrepreneurs can display their products in exhibitions, which act as marketing and sales tool for these businesses.


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nation

BLUE AND WHITE JAIPUR IN KOLKATA FOR MAMATA The pink city of Jaipur has been recreated in blue in a puja pandal in south Kolkata where Goddess Durga also wears a sari of a matching colour. The colour of the pandal, lights and even the facade of most of the houses on the road leading to the pandal are in blue and white, the favourite colours of Mamata Banerjee.

HC SENDS MINOR BRIDE TO NARI NIKETAN

PEOPLE’S LEADER

NEW DELHI: A minor girl, who married her boyfriend after eloping with him, has been sent by the Delhi High Court to a women's shelter till she attains majority to ensure that she is able to exercise her right to repudiate her marriage, in case she wishes so. Citing an earlier judgement, the bench refused the minor girl's custody to

her husband saying she was a minor — only 15 years 10 months old and she would attain majority after two years. "Keeping in view the earlier judgement, this court is of the opinion that to keep alive the petitioner No.1's (girl) option of repudiating the marriage, she should not be allowed to reside in the house of petitioner No 2(husband)," PTI the court said.

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2 armymen killed in ‘friendly fire’ Rifles set up a vehicle check post at Chattergam chowk, 20 kms from here, in Chadoora area of Budgam following information about movement of militants through the area, the sources said. A team of 35 Rashtriya

SUNIL GANGOPADHYAY PASSES AWAY

Eminent litterateur and Sahitya Akademi president Sunil Gangopadhyay died at his South Kolkata residence in the early hours today following a massive heart attack. He was 78. Gangopadhyay's body will be kept in a mortuary till his son arrives from Boston for performing the last rites, family sources said. A prolific writer and winner of several awards, Gangopadhyay was the founder editor of Krittibas, a seminal poetry magazine that became a platform for a new generation of poets experimenting with many new forms. Author of over 200 books, Gangopadhyay excelled in different genres but declared poetry to be his "first love". His Neera series of poems are popular. Gangopadhyay also excelled in short story, novels, travelogues and children's fiction. He had won the Sahitya Akademi Award (1985), Ananda Puraskar (1989) and the Hindu Literary Prize(2011). After serving five years as the Vice President, he was elected the President of the Sahitya Akademi on February 20, 2008. He used the pen-names of Nil Lohit, Sanatan Pathak and Nil Upadhyay. Gangopadhyay is survived by wife and son. PTI

22 test positive for dengue in Erode

Congress president Sonia Gandhi waves to the crowd during an election rally in Mandi on Monday.

SRINAGAR: Two army personnel were killed and another was injured as an army team fired at another mistaking it to be militants in central Kashmir's Budgam district today, official sources said. Troops of 53 Rashtriya

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Rifles men travelling in a civillian vehicle did not stop at the check point, giving rise to suspicion among the troops at the check post, who opened fire. Sepoy Ghulam Rasool Sheikh, Naik Setien Tao of

25 Rashtriya Rifles and Territorial Army driver Abdul Rauf were wounded and admitted to the 92 Base Hospital at Badamibagh Army headquarters where Sheikh and Rauf succumbed, the sources said. PTI

ERODE: A total of 22 persons of the 109 people hospitalised with fever have tested positive for dengue in the district so far, officials said. Of these, four are children, they said. Officials said there are enough medicines in stock to treat affected patients. Further the Elisa test would be introduced today in the Government Headquarters Hospital,

they said. Forty five health department officials have also been going around the villages and attending to fever cases, they said.

NEWS BRIEFS Bar Vastanvi from entering Gujarat: BJP

Two children killed in Ranchi grenade blast

Two minors killed in Delhi wall collapse

DK district president, 2 others held for protest

16 power engineers suspended in UP

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat's ruling BJP has lodged a complaint with the EC seeking to bar ousted VC of Darul -Ul-loom Deoband Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi from entering the state following his allegedly provocative utterances against the CM. Vastanvi was removed from the post for praising Modi's development policy.

RANCHI: Two children were killed on Monday in a grenade explosion after they picked up the shell presuming it to be junk metal in Jharkhand, police said. According to police, the children found an unexploded grenade while picking waste at Silwar Firing Range of the Border Security Force in Hazaribagh district, around 110 km from Ranchi.

NEW DELHI: Two minor girls were killed and a woman and her daughter injured after a wall of a structure belonging to the Delhi flood control department collapsed here, police said on Monday. Monika, 4, and her neighbour Munni, 5, died after the wall collapsed early morning in east Delhi near Ganga Vihar.

SALEM: The Dravida Kazhagam district president Sakthivel and two other party functionaries have been arrested for protesting against conduct of 'Ayudha pooja' at a government engineering college, police said. They were among a group of 10 DK workers who protested against the ritual and shouted slogans in front of the college.

LUCKNOW: Taking a serious view of the persisting grim power situation in the state, the UP government on Monday suspended 16 engineers of the power department. The decision was taken at a highlevel meeting in which CM Akhilesh Yadav reviewed the performance of the department. The engineers were suspended with immediate effect.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

Race to the white house

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Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney

Quotes of the night GOLDEN OLDIES Obama: Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s. FREEDOM, NOT DICTATORSHIP Romney: You said that on occasion America had dictated to other nations. Mr President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators. OBAMA’S ‘APOLOGY TOUR’ Obama: Nothing Governor Romney just said is true, starting with this notion of me apologising. This has been probably the biggest whopper that’s been told during the course of this campaign. THE TOUR Obama: And when I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take donors, I didn’t attend fundraisers, I went to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum. BE AFRAID Romney: I look at what’s happening around the world and I see Iran four years closer to a bomb. I see the Middle East with a rising tide of violence, chaos, tumult. I see jihadists continuing to spread. MANHUNT Obama: I said, if I got bin Laden in our sights, I would take that shot. You said we shouldn’t move heaven and earth to get one man, and you said we should ask Pakistan for permission. And if we had asked Pakistan for permission, we would not have gotten it. And it was worth moving heaven and earth to get him. GEOGRAPHICALLY CHALLENGED Romney: Syria is Iran’s only ally in the Arab world. It’s their route to the sea. ` Moderator: What do you believe is the greatest future threat to the national security of this country? Obama: Well, I think it will continue to be terrorist networks. We have to remain vigilant. But with respect to China, China’s both an adversary but also a potential partner.

Obama pummels Romney over foreign policy Dismisses Republican’s ‘wrong and reckless’ leadership in the final debate. BOCA RATON, FLORIDA: Barack Obama pummeled Mitt Romney as being “all over the map” on foreign policy, dismissing his “wrong and reckless” leadership in a heated final debate of a knife-edge White House race. With just two weeks until polling day, Obama has unexpectedly found himself running neckand-neck with his once unfancied challenger, and Monday’s faceoff on world affairs was the last chance to land a decisive blow. “I know you haven’t been in a position to actually execute foreign policy, but every time you’ve offered an opinion, you’ve been wrong,” Obama told his foe, coming out swinging in the debate in Boca Raton. Republican challenger Romney played it safe, avoiding any catastrophic error that would have undermined his claims to be commander-in-chief, but was often on the defensive, apart from when lam-

basting Obama over the struggling economy. “Attacking me is not an agenda,” the former Massachusetts governor said, and renewed charges that Obama had mounted “apology tours” abroad, prompting the presi-

“I know you haven’t been in a position to actually execute foreign policy, but every time you’ve offered an opinion, you’ve been wrong.” “I look at what’s happening around the world and I see Iran four years closer to a bomb. I see the Middle East with a rising tide of violence, chaos, tumult. I see jihadists continuing to spread.”

dent to accuse him of telling a “whopper”. Obama had the best lines of the night and sharply cross-examined Romney on his approach to Syria, Iran

and trade rows with China, accusing him “airbrushing history” by dumping conservative positions. An instant poll by CBS News found that Obama won the debate by 53 per cent, after a clash that appeared to polish his leadership credentials and saw him showing the pas-

sion missing in his disastrous first debate. But foreign policy is seen as unlikely to decide the election, with voters pre-occupied by the sluggish economy, and it will take several days to gauge whether the clash had any impact in the tied up polls. AFP

US children give Obama landslide win In a poll conducted on a children’s current affairs show, 65 per cent said they favour the incumbent president over Romney. WASHINGTON: The youngsters of the United States have voted, the results are in — and it’s a landslide victory for Barack Obama. Sixty-five per cent picked the incumbent president, and 35 per cent his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, in a bellwether online poll conducted by children’s current affairs show “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee”. The outcome will raise eyebrows because, for five out of the six previous US presidential elections, the viewers of “Nick News” have correctly picked the

winner weeks before the vote. In grown-up surveys, Obama and Romney have been running neck and neck. “Obama won big,” said “Nick News” anchor Ellerbee, who doubted that Romney’s failure to join Obama in a “Nick News” election special a week ago on the Nickelodean cable channel might have swayed the outcome. “In 2004, when John Kerry refused to participate in the show, the kids still elected Kerry,” who went on to suffer defeat at the hands of George W Bush, she told AFP.

More than 521,000 votes were cast over the past week, Ellerbee said, a significant reduction in turnout “because Nickelodeon fixed it this time so you couldn’t vote more than once”. And while there was no way to guarantee that everyone who voted was under the legal voting age of 18, “it’s safe to say the majority are kids”, based on anecdotal evidence from previous years, she said. Launched 21 years ago, “Nick News” is the longest-running children’s news programme in television history.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

World

S KOREA IRKED BY JAPAN INDIFFERENCE TO ‘GANGNAM STYLE’ While South Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style” has taken the world by storm, it has largely fallen flat in Japan — an anomaly viewed with grave suspicion by some in the singer’s home country. Korean K-pop music is huge in Japan, but for one reason or another Japanese music fans have remained relatively immune to the seductive powers of Psy.

MYANMAR

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FOOT IN MOUTH AGAIN

Violence breaks out afresh; 3 killed

YANGON: Three people have been killed in a fresh outbreak of communal violence between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhists in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, a local official said Tuesday. “We got the information that three people, an ethnic Rakhine man and two Muslim women, were killed at

Pandeinkone village during yesterday’s (Monday’s) clashes,” Hla Thein, Rakhine State chief justice told AFP. Hundreds of homes were also torched in the clashes that affected two neighbouring villages, he said, adding: “The two villages were very close. More than 300 houses were burnt down.”

Dozens were killed in Buddhist-Muslim clashes in June and tens of thousands displaced, prompting rights groups to warn of a humanitarian crisis. More than 50,000 Muslims and up to 10,000 Buddhists are thought to be displaced across Rakhine state, where people from both communities were

forced to flee as mobs torched entire villages in June’s flareup. The stateless Rohingya have long been considered by the United Nations to be one of the most persecuted minorities on the planet. they face tight restrictions on their movements and limited access to employment, education and public services.

TAIWAN

FREE AT LAST Indian techie to be freed from Pak jail

12 die, 60 hurt in fire accident The incident occurred at a hospital in southern Taiwan on Tuesday.

Firemen tending to rescued patients outside the Sinying Hospital following a fire, near the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan. AFP/TAINAN FIRE DEPARTMENT

TAIPEI: At least 12 people were killed and 60 injured when a blaze tore through a hospital in southern Taiwan on Tuesday, health authorities said. The fire started in the early hours in a nursing facility housing mainly bed-bound senior patients in Tainan city and more than 100 patients were evacuated during the incident, a local health official said. An earlier estimate by an official had placed the number of injured at

72 but this was revised down in a health department statement. The cause of all the deaths was believed to be smoke inhalation while the injured were rushed to a dozen hospitals for treatment, the official said. It was the worst hospital fire in recent years and the cause of the fire is under investigation, she said. A fire official told reporters that the blaze possibly started in a storage room on the second floor of the

five-floor building, part of the public Sinying Hospital. Television footage showed the burnt-out second floor and bed- and wheelchair-bound patients being carried out to the hospital’s lawn. Relatives of the patients rushed to the hospital seeking their whereabouts as health minister Chiu Wenta assured the public that the authorities will identify the patients as soon as possible, according to TVBS cable news channel.

A jobless IT engineer from Mumbai who boarded the Samjhauta Express, the peace train between India and Pakistan, in 2005 during a bout of depression will be released from a Lahore jail Oct 25, a Maharashtra legislator said Monday. Bhavesh Parmar, a resident of Vile Parle suburb in northwest Mumbai, went missing in 2005 after he lost his father to cancer and was himself sacked from job. When his mother found that he was in a jail in Lahore in Pakistan, she sought help from legislator Krishna Hegde.

NEWS BRIEFS Mexico digs up relative to identify drug lord

Army, gunmen exchange BBC chief to be grilled fire in Lebanon over Savile scandal

Ukraine heads to polls without jailed Tymoshenko

PACHUCA: Mexican authorities exhumed a relative of drug kingpin Heriberto Lazcano on Monday and took DNA samples from the corpse to remove any doubt they had killed the Zetas leader. Lazcano is believed to have been killed at a baseball field in the northern state of Coahuila on October 7, but gunmen stole his body from a funeral home.

BEIRUT: Lebanese troops deployed in Sunni areas of the capital as more sectarian violence erupted, stoking fresh fears after a top security official was killed in a bombing blamed on Syria. The army said it was determined to restore order, but the northern port of Tripoli was also shaken by fighting between partisans and opponents.

KIEV: Ukrainians vote Sunday in parliamentary elections overshadowed by the absence of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and marked by EU worries over the fate of democracy in the ex-Soviet state. The ballot will be Ukraine’s first national vote since Viktor Yanukovych beat the 2004 Orange Revolution mastermind.

LONDON: The BBC’s chief faces a grilling from legislators Tuesday, a day after one of his editors — who had dropped an investigation into sex abuse claims against a top BBC star — stepped aside. General George Entwhistle will appear before a parliamentary committee to answer questions about the scandal about the late Jimmy Savile.

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott apologised Tuesday after saying the government was inexperienced when it comes to having babies, a comment seen as a dig at childless Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Abbott, recently savaged by Gillard as sexist and a misogynist, made the remark when referring to cuts in a baby bonus scheme announced as part of the government’s mid-year budget review.

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people were killed and as many injured Monday afternoon in a Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, after a passenger bus plunged over a cliff, Xinhua reported.

PAUL KURTZ DIES Paul Kurtz, American sceptic, founder of modern secular-humanist movement and philosopher, passed away on 20 October 2012. He was 86 years old. He was Honorary Associate of Rationalist International and also Honorary Associate of Rationalist Association (formerly RPA) of UK. In 1999, Kurtz received International Humanist Award by the IHEU, and in 2000 he received International Rationalist Award by the Rationalist International. He authored 50 books and nearly 800 articles. His books have been translated into over 60 languages.

“The whales and penguins can’t speak for themselves, so it’s up to us to defend them. Let’s change negotiators’ minds with a massive wave of public pressure. Leonardo DiCaprio Actor


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

Comment It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.

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hancellor Angela Merkel’s promise to her conservative coalition partner, the Christian Social Union, or CSU, to enact a childcare subsidy for keeping toddlers out of public daycare, will take more women out of Germany’s workforce. It is an antediluvian measure when the European Union is proposing quotas for women in the boardroom, and will not help Germany in its quest to boost its birthrate. For two years in a row, Forbes Magazine has crowned Merkel the most powerful woman in the world. Rightly so: She has steered her country away from recessionary waves that have swept across much of Europe and the United States. Today, the fate of the EU rests in the hands of this former physicist who grew up behind the Iron Curtain. She is a role model for women who aspire to reach the pinnacle of international politics, but her own government is on course to set back women in Germany’s workforce. Such a development will ultimately hurt the economic powerhouse of Europe. The proposed Betreuungsgeld, or childcare subsidy, will not solve Germany’s birth rate problem. Instead, it will simply compound the tenuous foothold mothers have in the workplace in a country that already has a gender pay gap of nearly 20 per cent. Germany’s GDP has remained relatively robust in comparison to anemic growth in other parts of Europe, but its total fertility rate is the opposite. At approximately 1.4 per cent, Germany’s fertility rate is on par with Greece in falling below the norm where two children per female is the replacement rate for a population. GLOBAL POST

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OBAMA, ROMNEY MISS THE POINT ON LIBYA THE THIRD EYE

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Will Merkel plan backfire?

HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS The teaser of Iron Man 3 is out. The 17-second video tells us not much but what ever is in it promises excitement. Apart from the fact that Iron man’s got a different suit with more gold in it, what’s even more exciting is the baddie Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley. Like Batman, has Iron Man met his match?

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ic support to the NATO operation that enabled Libyan rebels overthrow dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya finds itself at the

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n Monday night, the presidential candidates will undoubtedly continue to debate the administration’s handling of the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and its significance for American policy towards the Middle East. Unfortunately, they are likely to continue to ignore the most important question posed by the September 11 murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American officials by an Islamic militia that may be connected to an Al Qaeda affiliate, namely: “How is it that one year after the US provided essential military and diplomat-

mercy of hundreds of lawless militias and without a functioning state?” The answer is that although their declared objective was to protect civilian areas under

threat of attack from Gaddafi’s forces, the US and its allies actually promoted relatively rapid and violent regime change — then left the country in the hands of a fledgling rebel political leadership with tenuous control over decentralized fighters. In framing its policies, the Obama administration appears to have paid little attention to Libyan history or political realities. Libya was only 60 years old and had weak national institutions. It had no history of democratic elections or political participation, strong regional and tribal tensions, a historical basis for an Islamic movement, and was increasingly awash with weapons. In this context, the situation in Libya today was utterly predictable. Where were the Republicans on this issue? During Congressional debates in June 2011, they posed no effective challenge to administration policy. They accepted at face value President Obama’s March 28 assurance to the nation that

“broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake” — even though it was by then obvious this was not at all the case. After expressing concerns about nonstrategic “humanitarian” intervention, fiscal consequences and evasion of legal requirements for congressional participation, they did nothing to limit funding for the president’s policy. Nor did Gov. Romney’s fragmentary statements during that period offer any coherent alternative. Yet there was a reasonable alternative, versions of which were put forward by the African Union (spearheaded by South Africa) and the Brussels-based International Crisis Group. Basically, the parties to the conflict would have agreed to: a cease-fire to be monitored by a UN peacekeeping force, political negotiations to establish democratic institutions, and a transitional government that would include representatives of the former rebels and those on the government side without blood on their hands. The linchpin would be a firm understanding that Gaddafi would leave power as part of this package. Stephen R. Weissman, former staff director for the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Africa, is author of “A Culture of Deference: Congress’s Failure of Leadership in Foreign Policy.”

EDITORIALS Tumultuous times for the UPA

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he cumuli of mid-term polls are gathering over the horizon with Mamata Banerjee leading from the front a rebel threat to dislodge the UPA government. Skeletons tumbling one after another from the UPA cupboard also are indicating to uncertain political times ahead. Indications to this are available with the hurried preparations of political parties in AP. The TDP, for instance, eager to make a serious bid for power next elections, are trying to wind up Chandrababu Naidu’s marathon yatra to start preparations. That no party wants a mid-term election is the only guarantee that the UPA will survive somehow, albeit hurt and maimed. No doubt, the ruling dispensation at the Centre has lost much of its moral right to continue as reports emerge of massive bungling. If the situation leads to a snap poll, only the Congress is to be blamed, and nobody else. It is sad that the ruling party has not seen the writing on the wall and should have gone into fire-fighting rather than shadow-boxing the Opposition.

READERS’ VIEWS

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ell, Barack Obama seems to have nailed it again this time. He maintained the momentum from the second debate and contributed the best quotes. Obama was completely on the offence saying that his opponent’s policies were incoherent. Romney was not at all like the man who was in the first and the second debate... perhaps he knew were he stood when it comes to talking foreign policy with a man like Obama. Now it’s all down to the American people.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

workplace One-day getaways

CO-WORKERS HELP TO QUIT SMOKING

A cessation programme for smoking co-workers providing financial incentives to the team collectively in return for success of the programme helped the smokers to quit smoking and remain abstinent for 12 months. This data was presented at the 11th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held in California.

TOURIST’S DELIGHTS

KNOW YOUR COMPANY

With Dussehra holiday around the corner, there couldn't be a more perfect time to take a break from the maddening crowd. We bring you a list of blissful holiday destinations that are just a drive away.

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f you are a spiritual person then don’t think twice before heading to Srisailam where you can spend the day leisurely visiting the temple and then exploring the surroundings. Situated in Nallamala Hills of Kurnool district, Srisailam is about 212 km south of Hyderabad. While you are there, you can also visit Akka Mahadevi caves, Srisailam dam, Srisailam Sanctuary and Mallela Theertham.

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t takes about three hours to cover the 90 km drive from Hyderabad to reach the 'Ooty of Andhra Pradesh'— Ananthagiri Hills. Ananthagiri is a good trekking destination, especially for first-time trekkers. The Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Temple — which was built by the Nizam Nawabs 400 years ago — is one of the prime attractions on the Ananthagiri Hills. The ideal thing to do is visit this temple first and then proceed to trekking. A good way to wrap up the trip is by visiting the picturesque Nagasamudram Lake.

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he Manjeera Dam is 50kms away from Hyderabad and boasts of a dam as well as a bird sanctuary, in addition to crocodiles and marsh muggers. If the weather is conducive, it’s a beautiful place to enjoy the beauty of nature. Singoor Dam is about 70km from the city. It is a tiring ride but worth the trouble. In fact, if you start early on you can touch both these dams before the day ends.

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BHUVANAGIRI FORT

f you’re willing to use the Dussehra holiday to your advantage and get away from the traffic in the city, a visit to the Bhuvanagiri Fort might be the ideal way. Located 48kms from Hyderabad, the fort in Bhongir or Bhuvanagiri was built on an isolated monolithic rock by western Chalukya ruler Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI and was thus named after him as Tribhuvanagiri. A moat that encircles the fort, a vast underground chamber, trap doors, an armoury, stables, ponds, wells etc., make for a fascinating viewing.

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agarjuna Sagar, located at a distance of 150 km from Hyderabad, is one of the most prominent Buddhist centers. Known in ancient days as Vijayapuri, Nagarjunasagar takes its present name from Nagarjuna, one of the most revered Buddhist monks. Nagarjuna Sagar Dam is the world's largest masonry dam at the time of its construction, which is built across Krishna River at Nagarjuna Sagar in Guntur district and Nalgonda district.

Sexual harassment and the objectification of women still plagues the workplace in Britain's top professions, a leading human rights lawyer has warned.Baroness Helena Kennedy, who hosts the Women of the Year Lunch said sexism was still a problem in British society and that women were under pressure not to challenge colleagues who sexually harassed them for fear of damaging their career prospects

The Tata-controlled Indian Hotels revived their plans to hop onto the luxurious Orient Express Hotels (OEH) chain and roped in CEO of Montezemolo Partners, Matteo di Montezemolo, 35 for a consortium, a move that most say, is predominantly to win over critics and pacify hostile sentiments. They made an $1.86billion unsolicited offer. This association could break a five-yearold logjam.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

spotlight CITY BUZZ

SRINIVAS SETTY

CLASSIC ROCK

Enjoy tunes from an era when music was the only religion and rock ruled. The likes of Doors, Floyd, Led Zepp, Dire straits and more. Head to 10 Downing Street for your dose of music. The celebration starts tonight from 8.30pm onwards .

JUST THE RIGHT MIX

Fitness expert Dinaz Vervatvala tries her hand at cake making at the cake mixing event held at the Golkonda Hotel on Monday.

IN THE LIMELIGHT

The International Audio Visual Week is being celebrated in the City in a big way. An AV campaign was launched on Monday and the function was inaugurated by Nadendla Manohar, speaker, AP Legislative Assembly, MLA Venkat Ram Reddy and former MP Kambampati Ram Mohan Rao.

HAPPY TUNES

The music launch of Okkadine, a Telugu film starring Nara Rohit and Nithya Menen was held at the Shilpakala Vedika recently. Superstar Balakrishna unveiled the album.Okkadine is directed by Srinivas Raga and produced by CV Reddy. Also spotted at the event were Krishnam Raju and Nagababu among others.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

health

NEW TECHNIQUE TO HELP BUST STRESS, IMPROVE SLEEP Tension Tamer, a simple and brief technique to reduce stress, can help improve sleep quality and decrease fatigue, say researchers. Researchers from Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre, Maryland, attempted to determine the effect of stress reduction technique on improvement of sleep parameters in a heart health programme.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

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Importance of physiotherapy While timely treatment is important for those suffering from breast cancer, post-surgery physiotherapy is equally important and should not be avoided. ANISHAA KUMAR

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open to physiotherapy.These exercises need to be done regularly for better improvement. They are usually and may need to be done a few times a day. It is a continuous process. They are simple exercises such as rotational

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reatment is important but post-surgery care is also equally important. You need to take care,” explained Meera’s Doctor. Meera had just undergone a mastectomy and had been shattered by the breast cancer diagnosis and the subsequent surgery. In despair, she didn’t want to do anything. But physiotherapy is an important part of post-surgery rehabilitation in breast cancer. Various studies have proven that early physiotherapy, which includes shoulder exercises and massage, can help prevent lymphoedema in mastectomy and axillary dissection patients. According to Dr Niti Raizada Narang, consultant medical haem-oncologist, Fortis hospital and Vikram Hospital, Bangalore, “After a mastectomy or post-axillary dissection, in which lymph nodes are removed, physiotherapy is advised. Post these surgeries, the lymph nodes of the arm get deranged. There is a tendency of lymph congestion known as lymphoedema. Shoulder exercises help prevent this condition. The second reason is that post-surgery the patient is advised bed rest. However, there is a chance of the patient developing deep vein thrombosis, infections etc.” As the patient may not be able to exercise on her own, she requires assistance such as physiotherapy to prevent infections and other medical problems. According to a study, physiotherapy includes manual lymph drainage, massage of the scar tissue, and shoulder exercises by a physiotherapist. The educational strategy included materials about the lymphatic system and advice on how to avoid injury and prevent infection. Post-surgery physiotherapy has many benefits such as helping to improve the patient’s movements, prevent long-term arm and shoulder problems and lymphoedema. Swelling is a common symptom of lymphoedema. Dr Niti says, “Removal of the lymph nodes prevents normal lymphatic drainage. This results in a swelling in the shoulders making them disproportionate. This swelling may be permanent and may cause disfiguration as well.” Usually when one refers to physiotherapy people are hesitant as it involves committing time towards it and regular visits to a physiotherapist. However, Dr Niti says, “People now understand the process and are more

ANEWS PP-LYBRIEFS YOURSELF

What is lymphoedema Lymphoedema is a chronic (long-term) condition that causes swelling in the body's tissue. This can lead to pain and a loss of mobility. Lymphoedema usually affects the arms or legs, although in some cases there may be swelling in the: n chest n head n genitals Lymphoedema is caused by damage or disruption to the lymphatic system. One function of the lymphatic system is to drain excess fluid from tissues. If the lymphatic system is disrupted or damaged, it can lose this ability and the excess fluid will cause the tissue to swell. It is estimated that 1 in every 10,000 people are affected by primary lymphoedema. Source: www.NHS.uk

exercises or climbing. These exercises can be done anywhere, even at work. The job of the doctor and physiotherapist is to explain how the exercises need to be done. There is a lot of information and study material available everywhere about these exercises and even YouTube videos to help a patient learn more.” Physiotherapy is usually advised for 6-8 weeks after surgery. Dr Niti explains, “Post-surgery they are immediately referred to a physiotherapist. The physiotherapy begins as soon as the patient’s wound begins to heal or once the patient regains enough energy. It is a part of the treatment process.”

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Hypothyroidism is a state in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. Iodine deficiency is often cited as a cause of hypothyroidism worldwide but it can be caused by many other factors. It can result from a lack of a thyroid gland or from iodine-131 treatment, and can also be associated with increased stress. Severe hypothyroidism in infants can result in cretinism.

DID YOU KNOW? Nails don’t grow after death Nails and hair do not continue to grow after we die. They do appear longer when we die, however, as the skin dehydrates and pulls back from the nail beds and scalp. The human body begins to dehydrate after a person dies. This makes it appear as though the nails and hair are growing.

PIONEERS W Grey Walter W Grey Walter was an American-born British neurophysiologist and robotician. He visited the lab of Hans Berger, who invented the EEG machine, for measuring electrical activity in the brain. Walter produced his own versions of Berger's machine with improved capabilities. In the 1930s Walter made a number of discoveries using his EEG machines. He developed the first brain topography machine based on EEG.


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RESEARCH

Survival reflex sparks male perception bias: study Humans are predisposed to assume that a hazy silhoutte of a stranger in a dark alley is bound to be that of a man and feel threatened. PARIS: You glimpse a stranger standing in the street. The light is hazy and the person’s face and clothing are indistinct. Who is it? Chances are you will think it is a man — and the reason for this is a survival reflex, according to an unusual study published on Wednesday. Psychologists at the University of California at Los Angeles delved into our quest for visual clues when we assess other people. They asked male and female students to look at 21 human silhouettes, all of them the same height, but with a progressively changing waist-to-hip ratio. The figures began with an obviously female “hourglass” figure and, after incremental changes, ended with an obviously male “hunk” figure. The volunteers were asked to say whether each of the 21 silhouettes was male or female, the idea being to identify the point where they saw a shift in gender. What was striking, said researcher Kerri Johnson, was a preference for the volunteers to deem a shape to be a man whenever it was ambiguous — or could readily have been taken for a woman. “I was surprised by the size of the effect. It was a much stronger effect than I ever imagined,” Johnson said in a phone interview. In the natural world, the demarcation between a woman’s shape and man’s shape comes when the ratio of the waist and hip circumferences is 0.8. But the volunteers, on average, placed the boundary at 0.68. In other words, an identifiable female shape for them was close to the idealised curves of a pinup. Johnson’s team carried out three further studies, using a slightly different methods to see whether their approach had been skewed, and found that the bias in favour of men was unchanged. Are these errors in perception? Not so, said Johnson, who believes it to be an ancestral survival mechanism.

A man is likelier than a woman to be a bigger physical threat and our default perception is to prepare for risk: it’s better to be safe than sorry. “We suspect that this might be for a self-protective reason,” she said. “If you are walking down a dark alley at night, a woman poses no great physical threat to you in general,

but if you encounter an unknown man, he’s more likely to have a physical formidability that could pose some risks.” Johnson conceded that there could be cultural or ethnic factors which influence judgement but argued that the same kind of bias would prevail anywhere. “I think it’s entirely likely that if we were to test this in different populations we would probably have the same basic effect, the same pattern of judgement, although the strength of the judgement might vary,” she said. The findings show how gender stereotypes can be reinforced, sometimes dangerously so, said the study. A woman could struggle if she has a body shape that is perceived as masculine and thus unattractive. “Consistent with other research, this is likely to produce preferences for extreme body shapes, particularly for women,” said the study. The paper appears in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. AFP

EXERCISE

No exercise? Vibrate to keep prediabetes away WASHINGTON: Whole-body vibration may keep prediabetes in adolescents at bay, significantly reducing inflammation, average blood glucose levels and symptoms such as frequent urination, researchers report. Prediabetes is the state in which some but not all of the diagnostic criteria for diabetes are met. It is often described as the “gray area” between normal blood sugar and diabetic levels. In mice that mimic over-eating adolescents headed toward diabetes, 20 minutes of daily vibration for eight weeks restored a healthy balance of key

pro- and anti-inflammatory mediators, said Jack C Yu, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. It was better than prescription drugs at reducing levels of hemoglobin A1c, the most accurate indicator of average blood glucose levels, according to a Georgia statement. Vibration mimics the motion bones experience during exercise when muscles are doing the work. The slight bending and unbending of bone triggers remodelling so it can stay strong. IANS

STUDY High-carb diets tend to raise Alzheimer’s risk LONDON: Seniors gorging on a carb rich diet are four times more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment — an early warning of Alzheimer’s disease, shows a new research. The research from the prestigious Mayo Clinic in America has found that risks are similar with a diet high in sugar. On the other hand, proteins and fats appear to offer some protection — people who consumed plenty of them are less likely to suffer cognitive decline. Not everyone with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) develops Alzheimer’s disease, but many do, said Rosebud Roberts, professor of epidemiology at the Mayo

Clinic, who led the study. High-carb diets may play a role in the development of beta amyloid plaques, proteins found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s, the Daily Mail reported. MCI is defined as memory loss apparent to the individual and those around them, but with an absence of other dementia symptoms such as changes in personality and mood. IANS


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

Entertainment HOPING FOR THE BEST

Vishnu Manchu

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t's been four years since Srinu Vaitla's Dhee released and that still remains the biggest hit in Vishnu Manchu's career. His upcoming film Dhenikaina Ready, which is slated for release on October 24, is already carrying good reports in the industry. No wonder, Vishnu is confident of delivering a hit this time at the box office. The film is about a young man who would do anything for his mother to achieve his goal. The action comedy is a remake of Udhayapuram Sultan, a Malayalam film which released over a decade ago. In a recent interview, Vishnu confessed that some of his earlier films might not have impressed the audience, but Dhenikaina Ready is going to be his best film till date. Four writers — Kona Venkat, Gopi Mohan, BVS Ravi and Marudhuri Raja have worked on the script and the dialogues and apparently, everyone who has seen the film so far has assured Vishnu that he has a winner in hand. The film's Malayalam version is going to release in Kerala on October 26 and to reach out to a wider audience, Vishnu decided to add subtitles to the film. "This will be my ticket to stardom," Vishnu said. He has also produced the film under the 24 Frames Factory banner. Chakri and Yuvan Shankar Raja have composed the music. G Nageshwara Reddy has directed it.

Dhenikaina Ready CINE BYTES Okkadine’s audio launched

An unusual love story

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he audio of Nara Rohit, Nithya Menen starrer Okkadine was launched recently in Hyderabad. Balakrishna, who was the chief guest of the event, praised Nithya and even said that she's an asset to the industry. Srinivas Raga has directed this action entertainer. Karthik has composed the music. Okkadine is likely to release in November.

rahmanandam's son Gautham will soon be seen in Chaitanya Dantuluri's upcoming film. The latter had earlier directed Baanam. The film is said to be a love story between a kite and a flight, which gives a subtle hint about the characteriszation of its lead pair. The film's title is going to be announced on October 24.

KVJ to release on Nov 9

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ana, Nayanthara starrer Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum is expected to hit the screens on November 9. Krish has directed this action entertainer which is set in the backdrop of mining mafia. Saibaba Jagarlamudi and Y Rajeev Reddy have produced the film. Mani Sharma has composed the music and it seems like the film's trailer is already a big hit.


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POSTNOON GOES TO THE MOVIES

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

with Hemanth Kumar in Mumbai

Memoirs of an artist

Simply bizarre

An alluring film about a sculptor's dream to create a masterpiece and what happens when he comes across the perfect muse.

Leos Carax's Holy Motors is a weird film and leaves so much to our interpretation that it's difficult to reach to a logical conclusion.

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oly Motors will probably remain as one of the most challenging and puzzling films to have released in a long time. Leos Carax, who directed the film, almost leaves no hints to decipher the message the film tries to convey and it gets very frustrating. The film trails Oscar's (Denis Lavant) life in a day as he travels across Paris in his limousine. We are told that he's a former actor and everyday, as he travels in the limousine that is equipped with costumes and props, he gets a set of assignments which he must accomplish. The first one requires him to pose as a beggar in a busy street, another

F Movie: The Hunt (Jagten)

The Hunt is about a teacher who has been wrongly accused of paedophilia and the mass hysteria that ensues after that.

Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg Rating:

ernando Trueba's The Artist and the Model, set in 1943 in France, narrates the story of a famous sculptor Marc Cros (Jean Rochefort) who's struggling to create a masterpiece. One fine day, he comes across a girl named Merce (Aida Folch) in the town. Merce tells him that she has escaped from a concentration camp and she has no idea where she's going. Cros offers her a job as a model to pose for him which begins an interesting relationship between the two. We are told that Marc Cros is interested in trying to recreate the balance which is seen all around us. He's especially fond of a sketch drawn by Rembrandt which he believes is a masterMovie: The Artist And the Model (El Artista y la modelo)

Movie: Holy Motors

It's a film which reinforces our love for cinema and great storytelling.

Cast: Denis Lavant, Édith Scob Directed by: Leos Carax Rating:

Cast: Jean Rochefort, Aida Folch, Claudia Cardinale Directed by: Fernando Trueba Rating:

A GRIPPING FILM

one as an actor performing acrobatics and simulated sex on a sound stage and there's even one where he is a filthy, eccentric man who must kidnap a model (Eva Green) and take her to a cemetery. And there are more such acts... One way of looking at the film is that Oscar leads parallel lives, something similar to what he used to do while he was acting in films. There no way of explaining some of the events in the film without suspending our belief in reality. The film would have been unbearable, if not for Denis Lavant who captivates our attention. Having said that, it's tough to understand what could have inspired Leos Carax to come up with such a bizarre film.

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homas Vinterberg's The Hunt is one of the finest films of the year and it's not without reason. The film is nothing short of a masterpiece considering how Vinterberg takes a familiar subject and still comes up with a gut wrenching drama. The film stars Mads Mikkelsen, who plays Lucas, a teacher in a local school, a lonely divorcee. He's a well respected man in the local community and he yearns to meet his son Marcus, who now lives with his mother. Klara (Annika Wedderkopp), the daughter of Theo (Thomas Bo Larsen), who's a close friend of Lucas. Klara bonds with Lucas over long walks and she takes an instant liking for him. One day, in the school, Klara kisses Lucas on

the lips and she's dejected when Lucas tells her that she should do that only with her parents. In a stunning revelation, Klara informs the school's principal Grethe that she's victim of sexual abuse and Lucas is the culprit. The rest of the story is about the far reaching consequences which Lucas must face and the impact it has on his life. The film's biggest success lies in its terrific performances and the screenplay. There's not even a single scene in the film which seems unnecessary and the pace at which the drama unfolds completely hooks you. In one particular scene, after Lucas is accused of paedophilia, he goes to a grocery store and he's told that he's not welcome there anymore. When he insists that he just wants to buy some pork chops, he's lit-

erally thrown out of the store. There's an undertone of tension and anger throughout the film and this particular scene leaves a lump in the throat. Mads Mikkelsen, best known for his role in Casino Royale, delivers a knock out performance in The Hunt. The subtle nuances in his expressions as he faces humiliation and the rage that comes after being tormented by the local community deserve an applause. It's a performance so real that makes you sympathise with him instantly. Annika Wedderkopp is wonderful as Klara and so is Thomas Bo Larsen as Theo. Charlotte Bruus Christensen's cinematography is top notch. The Hunt is a harrowing film and it's bound to leave a strong impact on our minds. Three cheers for Vinterberg.

piece. Merce tries her best to live up to his expectations and one fine day, Marc Cros miraculously finds the exact expression on Merce's face which he has been dreaming about. The film is alluring in terms of how well it treats its characters. They talk about art and life post WWII. The conversations between Rochefort and Aida form most part of the film. It's a simple tale, remarkably shot in black and white by Daniel Vilar and well written. Fernando treats the nudity in the film with so much heart that there's no lust anywhere in the film. The Artist and the Model is a fine film about people who have lived through tough times and the solace they find in each other far away from the chaos.


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Entertainment TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

HALLOWEEN-STYLE CELEBRATIONS

KATY PERRY’S EARLY

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aty Perry can start celebrating early if she wants to! The pop singer jumpstarted her birthday festivities this weekend by throwing a massive costume party in Los Angeles at the famous Magic Castle. Perry, who turns 28 on Thursday, dressed as a sultry vampire alongside her date for the night John Mayer who was a vampire hunter (clever), and even looked to have gone full-out with his costume by reportedly wearing a prosthetic nose and chin. Guests included Kristen Stewart, popular House music DJ Skrillex, songwriter Diane Warren and America’s Next Top Model’s Johnny Wujek, according to Us Weekly. David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris—who tweeted a photo from the event—also celebrated with the Wide Awake songbird. “Thank you @KatyPerry for having @DavidBurtka and me at your frightfully fun B’day Bash at the @MagicCastle last night,” NPH wrote. Earlier this week, Katy joined Mayer’s family and close friends to celebrate his 35th birthday at Freemans restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Thank you @KatyPerry for having @DavidBurtka and me at your frightfully fun B’day Bash at the @MagicCastle last night. Neil Patrick Harris

CINE BYTES Too sweet!

‘Mad’ about it

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op diva Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon have a candy room in their house and the America’s Got Talent host likes to spend most of his time there. The couple, who have 18month-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, created the room with photo booths and tubs full of their favourite treats.

ctress Christina Hendricks says she would love to film a Mad Men reunion set in the eighties after the final series airs in 2014. The 37-year-old, who plays busty temptress Joan Holloway in the film, said there would not be too many shenanigans because the characters will be getting on a bit.

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ctor Liam Hemsworth was left with a twisted knee while shooting for an action sequence in forthcoming film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. However, the 22-year-old gave his best shot without stopping. “I twisted my knee. I try to just fight through it. There’s so many people around waiting for you to do your thing.”


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

Chai Time KAKURO

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

All the great writers root their characters in true human behaviour. Ben Kingsley

How to play kakuro Kakuro is a popular game similar to sudoku in some ways. But is also suitably different. The key question: ‘How do you play kakuro?’, well here are the rules of kakuro. The answer: The kakuro grid, unlike in sudoku, can be of any size. It has rows and columns, and dark cells like in a crossword. And, just like in a crossword, some of the dark cells will contain numbers. Some cells will contain two numbers. However, in a crossword the numbers reference clues. In a kakuro, the numbers are all you get! They denote the total of the digits in the row or column referenced by the number. Within each collection of cells — called a run — any of the numbers 1 to 9 may be used but, like sudoku, each number may only be used once. Let’s have an

example to explain this concept more clearly: In the image above, which shows a section of a kakuro puzzle, you will see the numbers ‘26’ and ‘14’ in the top row. Look at the 14. This means that the total of the three cells underneath must sum to 14. Therefore 9, 4, 1 could be the answer, or perhaps 7, 4, 3 and so on... So, how do you work out the actual combination? Well, this is done through elimination and cross-referencing. For instance, as you work out the answers for other kakuro clues, this will naturally limit the valid combinations, and hence the answer for this particular run. Note the second cell in row two — it contains two numbers, 30 and 11. The 30 refers to the vertical run underneath the number 30 and the 11 refers to the two cells to the right, horizontally, of the number 11.

SUDOKU

PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER

SCRIBBLING PAD

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1 Place for a lark 7 Squish 11 Air traffic control agcy. 14 White fur 15 Wait for the start of a drag race 16 Move back, as a tide 17 Creating a ruckus 19 Veep before Al 20 Cliquish group 21 Pear-shaped instrument of old 22 Follow, as advice 25 One in a congregation 27 Dinosaur trapper 28 Give in to gravity 30 Brown in the sun 31 Metals in rocks 33 Coat with plaster 36 Man of Steel portrayer 40 Be unacquainted with 43 Beast of Borden? 44 Skyrocket 45 Winter Olympics sled 46 Mythical bird 48 “___ all in the wrist” 50 Hustler’s need 51 Kind of drip 56 Perfume compound

58 Delivery org. 59 A striking arrangement 61 Lead-in for Bravo 62 December 31 66 Bard’s “always” 67 Snack machine inserts, often 68 Group of fish 69 Before, in verse 70 “Star ___” (Lucas film) 71 How something may be veiled

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1 Debussy’s “La ___” 2 Notable time in history 3 “___ seeing things?” 4 “Saturday Night Fever” dance genre 5 Some Big Mac ingredients 6 Exited 7 Film introduction? 8 “Robin ___” (old ballad) 9 Most devious 10 Female lobster 11 Not going to take it anymore 12 Slack off 13 Dogpatch denizen 18 Trinkets 21 In a straight line of descent

22 Make restitution 23 “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” e.g. 24 Trade allowances 26 Hippocratic Oath word 29 “And now, without further ___ ...” 32 Steers clear of, as an issue 34 Mysterious saucer 35 Touchy subject? 37 Drawn-out substance 38 Undefined 39 Arabian aristocrat (Var.) 41 Advertising sign gas 42 Table scrap 47 Chain of connected ideas 49 Look for something 51 Blender setting 52 Wickerwork willow 53 Mushroom-to-be 54 Lumberman at work, say 55 Vast chasm 57 Japanese fish dish 60 One of the four directions 62 “This second!” 63 Untold millennia 64 Remote abbreviation 65 “Tarzan” star Ron

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STAR POWER for 24-10-2012

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As per Hindu panchang thiruvaikumar@yahoo.co.in, 040-27177230 / 9177596118

ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Sudden finalisation of marriage proposal likely for some. Interview attended by those who are in search new job, will be successful to get a job. Some of you will get honorary post in social organization.

Held up works will resume and end favourably. Businessmen will sign promising contracts with the help of their close friends and well wishers. VIP friends will help you to achieve your goals. Employees will feel cheerful.

TAROT READ

You will be disappointed for not getting proper recognition for your calibre and skills. Employees might face the ire of superiors and co-workers. Your confidence of getting promotion and pay hike may not materialise.

Good turning point likely. Your self confidence and boldness levels will be at their high. Favourable results likely in your new and innovative efforts. Financial situation will be more than satisfactory. Children might put you under tension.

Boldness and self confidence levels will be at their highest ever. Be in good harmony with close relatives, friends and well wishers which will be helpful anytime in the future. Father will be prosperous in his new venture.

Businessmen will plan fresh investments which will benefit them in long run and increase profits. Comforts are set to increase. Employees will see a favourable atmosphere. Marriage talks will progress well and end favourably.

Good effects will keep you in cheerful mode. You will act swiftly without magnifying the confusions that exist. Plans to purchase new immovable asset need to be postponed. Blood relatives and friends will extend their help.

Take your own decisions and execute the works on your own to avoid disappointment. Joyful trip with your family likely. Investments made in the past will appreciate handsomely. Important plans held up in the past will resume now.

New efforts to be planned well so that they get implemented successfully. Never allow laziness to dominate you so that you can progress well. Your approach need to be soft and sweet to retain the happy atmosphere at home.

Hurdles existed in the planned works will be over. Success will be achieved as per the expectations. Professionals, especially lawyers will have a boom time. House construction will start as the loan applied will be sanctioned.

Financially a very comfortable or strong position likely. Professionals will see a boom time. Businessmen will have a brisk business activity and profit is likely to soar beyond expectation. Business travels will fetch good result.

for 24-10-2012

Sumaa Tekur

tarotreadhyd@gmail.com

ARIES:

Five of Cups – You need to polish your tone and choice of words when communicating in a large group.

GEMINI:

The World – You cannot dwell too much on which group you have to belong to. You cannot avoid being labeled.

LEO:

Queen of Wands – Do not fear that you will fail. If you think too much about it, it may lead you to failure. Think positive.

LIBRA:

Health problems will be over. Friends and well wishers will extend their help and support. Tensions through mother and maternal relatives likely. Expenses too will increase but you need to solve the issues with a calm approach.

Seven of Wands – Free advice has little value. It can also be a pain. When you pay for the same advice, it has a lot of value.

TAURUS:

SAGITTARIUS:

Knight of Swords – Bake a pie; arrange flowers and clean and dust your home. This will make you feel good.

Nine of Pentacles – If you’re feeling low, just think of all the wonderful things life has in store. You are but a dot in this large galaxy.

CANCER:

AQUARIUS: The

Two of Swords – There may be some running around at government offices to get a job done. Do not lose your patience.

Tower – There are many mysteries to solve. You will never know all that you really wish to. Learn to live with the suspense.

VIRGO:

Ten of Cups – You are amused by a lad, who will uncannily give you a different world view. You tend to not take it seriously. But think.

CAPRICORN:

Three of Wands – Don’t get caught up with sentiments and emotions. In a cold and unemotional world, they have no meaning.

SOLUTIONS

SCRABBLE

NUMBER GAME SUDUKO

PISCES:

King of Cups – You are trying to escape your destiny and it is pulling you back into the same situation repeatedly. Stay put, meditate on your life.

SCORPIO:

The Emperor – If you are a shareholder in a reputed company, take stock of the situation and conduct a routine review.

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PEARLS BEFORE SWINE

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Entertainment TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

FATHER’S RESPONSIBILITIES

Lindsay’s

team wanted an intervention? L

indsay Lohan's entire management team was allegedly in favour of the recent intervention staged by her father Michael Lohan. The Mean Girls star's estranged father held the intervention on Friday (October 19), bringing law enforcement officials with him. Since then, the incident has escalated into a family feud, as both Dina and Lindsay Lohan have refuted the claims that the actress has had a drug relapse. TMZ reports that new emails reveal that Michael Lohan did not orchestrate the intervention on his own, but had help from his daughter's own management team, including her lawyers. In the emails, written between September 23 and October 18, Michael Lohan discusses the planned intervention with Lindsay's manager, entertainment lawyer and criminal defence lawyer. He wrote that he had been told that Lindsay was taking pills and drinking bottles of vodka daily, adding: "I have seen the empty bottles and even cocaine in her room at Chateau [Marmont]." He then pleaded: "I am asking you to PLEASE PLEASE find a way to get her to LA toward the end of the first week of October or the beginning of the second so we can do an intervention and FINALLY end this madness! (sic)". Lohan's management team eventually agreed, deciding Michael Lohan should confront his daughter first before the rest joined him.

I am asking you to PLEASE PLEASE find a way to get her to LA toward the end of the first week of October or the beginning of the second so we can do an intervention and FINALLY end this madness! (sic) Michael Lohan Lindsay’s dad

CINE BYTES Silva is a nuanced villain

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avier Bardem has said that his Bond villain Raoul Silva is a complex character. Bardem told The Sun that the movie has a "powerful and complex story" at its heart. "The script was everything you could expect in James Bond films, and in addition it was a powerful and complex story," he explained. "Sam had changed the whole dynamic of the baddie role, so Silva is not just a villain in the usual and obvious way.

'Paranormal Activity 5' set for Halloween 2013 release

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aramount is set to continue the Paranormal Activity franchise with a new installment. The studio has planned for a Halloween 2013 release date for the fifth installment, reports Deadline. Paranormal Activity 4 was just released on October 19, topping the US box office.

SNL parodies Chanel ad

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rom Chanel ... to Taco Bell? Brad Pitt is now hawking everything from Mexican food to canine contraceptives — in a series of Saturday Night Live parodies. Taran Killam got into character as the company's first-ever male spokesman. "I'm sorry - is there really no script? 'Cause I've been talking to myself for like two hours straight and I'm starting to sound insane," he joked.


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

LEAGUE CRICKET

Hyderabad thrash Assam in CK Nayudu Trophy Col CK Nayudu Cup Day 4 Assam 181 & 132 lost to Hyderabad 449 (Samik Das 33 n.o., Vishal Sharma 6/51, Akash Bhandari 2/27. Inter State U-19 Women’s oneday Group A Andhra 136/9 (Chandra Lekha 22, Raavi Kalpana 46, Jaspreet 2/10, Sunita Rani 2/27, Sneh Rana 2/19, Juhi Jain 2/29) bt Punjab 66 (Sneh Rana 23, Jhansi Lakshmi 2/15).

Match between Bengal and Maharashtra was abandoned without a single ball being bowled. Group B Himachal Pradesh 126 (Devakala Thakur 43, Renuka Singh 22, S.K. Rachana 5/29, Praneesha 3/22) bt Hyderabad 120 (Soumiya 32 n.o., Praseesha 21, Renuka Singh 3/16, Herleen 3/16). Assam 88 (Sapna Choudhary 32, Manasi Bhuri 5/16, Manashree Gavande 3/10) bt Mumbai 86 (Mugdha Joshi 21, Archana Dutta 3/13).

HCA Coca Cola inter-school U-16 St-Johns Junior College ‘A’ 228/8 (Ajay Patwari 35, Krishna Chartih 63, Raj Thakur 32, Maneesh 58, Girish Goud 30 n.o., Gabrial 3/39) bt Balaji Memorial High School 43 (Krishna Chartih 8/23). All Saints ‘B’ 162 (Vikas 83, D.G.J. Chaitanya 5/33) lost to Cal Public School 168/1 (D.G.J. Chaitanya 97 n.o., Syed Ali Hyder 40 n.o.). Pallavi Model School 90 (Rahul Singh 4/25) lost to KV Boloram 94/2 (Rahul Singh 30 n.o., T. Mandhata 30 n.o.).

St-Mary’s Junior College Yusufguda 372/1 (Anurag Vittal 150 n.o., A Jaysuriya 54, Nitesh Reddy 125 n.o.) bt Model Mission High School 81(Mir Omer Khan 4/14, Jayasuriya 3/20). Vigyan Vidhyala 89 (Deepak 5/17, Aditya 4/20) lost to Sri Gayatri Academy Habsiguda 92/1 (C.H. Deepak 55 n.o.). Mahesh Vidhya Bhava 358/5 (Shanthan Reddy 118, Sanjay 95, Chandan Sahani 56, Chandan 4/71) bt St-Joseph 126 (Akash PG 40, Govind Sharma 6/25).

COL CK NAYUDU TROPHY

Karimnagar 228/7 (Siddharth Reddy 43, Srinath Reddy 56, P. Vishal 35 n.o.) bt P Obul Reddy Public School 218/9 (Sameer 65, Mayur Jhawar 56, Hari Hara 3/51).

HYDERABAD: Vijays Pride, Fastest Finger and Kallu Mama worked well when the horsdes exercise here this morning. Sand Track 800 Metres Handsome Hunk (app) 57, 600/42 Moved well. The Best Man (Dileep) 58, 600/43 Urged. Arriviste (app) 1-0, 600/46 Easy. Spanish Conquest (app) 2y.Fastest Finger (Joshi) 58, 600/43 They moved together. 2y.Staying The Best (N.Rawal) Aerosmith (rb) 1-3, 600/46 Former moved well and finished together. 2y.Sedgefield/Broken Silence (rb) The Himalayas (rb) 1-2, 600/46.5 Former finished a length in front. Oscar Royal (app) 1-2, 600/46 Easy.

HYDERABAD: Parth Jhala has been named the captain of the Hyderabad “A” side which will play against Jharkhand in the Col CK Nayudu Trophy (Plate Group B) from 26-29 October. The following are the players who have selected in the Hyderabad “A” side. The Squad: Parth Jhala (Captain), N. Naveen, K. Sumanth (wicket keeper), B. Sandeep, Benjamin Thomas, V.E. Sandeep Rajan, Ashish Reddy, K. Sabarish, Lalith Mohan, Mehdi Hasan, Vishal Sharma, Akash Bhandari, C.H. Mohanty, M. Ravi Kiran, Habeeb Ahmed.

WORLD MATCH PLAY

2013 edition of Match Play moved to Bulgaria the Gary Player designed Thracian Cliffs Course overlooking the Black Sea from May 16-19. The Volvo Match Play which assembles some of the top players in the world, who qualify on merit, was held at The European’s Tour’s Wentworth headquarters outside of London until 2009 when it was moved to southern Spain. Past winners include Arnold Palmer, who won the inaugural tournament in 1964, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman. Over the last three years, the field has been extended to 24 players

St Andrews High School 221/7 (Sampath 43, Sarang 38) lost to Bhavans 224/9 (Vignesh 33, Junaid Ali 3/50, Vijayendra Singh 3/27).

HYDERABAD TRACK WORK Vijays Pride, Kallu Mama impress

Parth Jhala to lead Hyderabad ‘A’

PARIS: Next year’s edition of the Volvo World Match Play Championship will be held for the first time in Bulgaria, the Swedish car company announced on Monday. It will be the first time the European PGA Tour’s prestige event will have been held in eastern Europe in what Volvo described as reflecting “the true global nature and growing global appeal of golf”. The move from Spain, where the Match Play championship has been held for the last three years, is part of a plan to rotate the tournament between a few host destinations. The tournament will be held at

Sairam Model High School 234/4 (Pavan 94 n.o., Das 68, Rishik 3/50) bt Gitanjali Devashala 120 (Rishik 41, Das 3/20, Prashanth 3/20, Pavan 3/14).

divided into eight groups of three players to be played out on the Thursday and Friday with 16 players progressing to Saturday’s knockout stage with the semi-finals and final held on the Sunday. This year’s championship final saw Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts defeat Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell in the final. Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, in announcing his government’s support said: “This is a real coup for Bulgaria being chosen to host such a prestigious international tournament with a rich heritage and sporting traditions. AFP

Sand Track 1000 Metres: Naughty Gal (Trainer) Joel (Harinder Singh) 113, 800/1-0, 600/45 They finished together. Audacious (rb) 1-14, 800/58.5, 600/45 Moved freely. Racing Tycoon (app) 1-18800/1-3, 600/47 Easy. Kianoosh (Harinder Singh) 1-16, 800/59, 600/44 Moved well. August Kranti (Harinder Singh) Lumier Blanche (Trainer) 1-15, 800/59, 600/44 They moved together. Play The Music (app) 2y.Kallu Mama (Joshi) 1-15, 800/59, 600/44 They moved together. Sand Track 1200 Metres: Vijays Pride (Joshi01-26.5, 1000/1-11, 800/54.5, 600/40.5 Impressed. Dauntless (Ramana) 1-35, 1200/400 in 1-1 Easy. Enrapture (rb) 1-33.5, 1000/1-18, 800/1-3, 600/47.5 Easy. Noted on Monday: 22/10/2012. Mock Race: 1200 Metres: Key Note (Harinder Singh) Kohinoor Fighter (Ajit Kumar) Alexander Square (Sai Vamshi) Benita (Alikhan) Wunderbar (A.K.Pawar) Daniella (B.Shinde) 1-15, 1000/1-4, 800/50, 600/37 Wunderabar slowly off and Daniella planted. Noted on Sunday 21/10/2012. Sand Track 800 Metres: 2y.Carnival Dancer/Integra (laxmikant) 1-1, 600/46 Easy. 2y.Staminoizd (A.Ramana) 2y.Lucifer Sam/Lyrical Bid (rb) 1-1, 600/45 They moved together. Power Planet (Alikhan) 1-0, 600/44 Moved well.


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sports TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

ARMSTRONG DOPING CONTROVERSY

Titles stripped, ban confirmed Lance was stripped off his 7 Tour de France titles, leaving a void in the sport’s history. JUSTIN DAVIS Agence France-Presse \ GENEVA: Lance Armstrong’s epic fall concluded on Monday with the loss of seven Tour de France titles, leaving cycling with a void in its record book and grasping for a way to move past a drug-tainted era. “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling... He deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), said in Geneva as he

called the scandal “the biggest crisis” the sport had faced. In a highly anticipated announcement, seen by some as a key marker of the UCI’s determination to battle doping in the sport, the UCI backed the US Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to erase Armstrong’s entire career since August 1, 1998. It was the final blow to Armstrong’s increasingly fragile reputation as the cancer survivor who beat incredible odds to win cycling’s premier race

SWISS INDOORS

inevitable step. “WADA is encouraged that the UCI feels it can use this case as a catalyst to thoroughly clean up its sport and remove any remaining vestiges of the doping programmes that have clearly damaged cycling over the last decade,” WADA president John Fahey said in a statement. USADA chief Travis Tygart said cycling must seize this moment to end a code of silence that allowed doping to flourish.

SPORTS BRIEFS

Fedex opens 6th title bid with win

BASEL, SWITZERLAND: Roger Federer began his bid for a sixth title at the Swiss Indoors by beating substitute opponent Benjamin Becker 7-5, 6-3 on

every year from 1999-2005. Although Armstrong himself had gone to ground on Monday, a change on his Twitter profile hinted he had accepted his fate. He is also now banned from elite competition as a drug cheat. But for his changed Twitter profile, Armstrong had no comment as the World AntiDoping Agency, cycling federations, race organisers and former riders broadly welcomed the UCI decision as an

Federal agents crucial in uncovering doping GENEVA: As world cycling chiefs look to a future after Lance Armstrong, one man was singled out for special praise by the International Cycling Union (UCI): special agent Jeff Novitzky. Novitzky was already known in the world of sport for an investigation into Marion Jones. Novitzky’s evidence on the athletics star would unveil an elaborate doping programme run by the BALCO laboratory, and it proved likewise with Armstrong. When Novitzky was asked to invetigate claims that Armstrong’s US Postal team had used millions of dollars of public money on a systematic doping programme, he went at it with the same gusto. He racked up thousands of air miles interviewing dozens of people who frequented Lance. AFP

Monday to reach the second round. The German ranked 83rd, had replaced injured Frenchman Jeremy Chardy as the first opponent for the Swiss home hero and world number one. Federer, who has won five of the last six editions at the St Jakobshalle where he got his start in tennis as a ballboy at the tournament almost two decades ago, needed to work to get past the persistent Becker, whom he beat in their last two meetings, the last in 2010. AFP

UCI approached before date with destiny GENEVA: Lance Armstrong failed in a bid to find out in advance whether he would be banned for life and lose all of his major victories, according to world cycling chief Pat McQuaid. The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced last Friday they would be making an announcement regarding Armstrong on Monday, and immediately its president, UCI chief Pat McQuaid, received a surprise message. “He (Armstrong) heard we were having a press conference and he sent me an sms,” he said on Monday follwing the UCI’s “landmark” announcement. “I rang him and told him, ‘I’m having a press conference on Monday and we’re announcing our result’. He asked me what that would be and I said, ‘I can’t say, we’re still working on it this weekend’.” AFP

SHOCKING REVELATION

All doped during Lance era: Fahey

SYDNEY: World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey said Tuesday that “everybody doped” in cycling during the Lance Armstrong era and the sport’s administrators at the time should take some responsbility. The US rider’s epic fall concluded Monday with the loss of seven Tour de France titles, leaving the sport grasping for a way to move past a drug-tainted past. The International Cycling Union (UCI) supported the findings of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which branded Armstrong the central figure in a sophisticated, systematic doping scheme. Fahey said those in charge at the time must bear some responsibility.

Tour wins evaporate from Twitter profile LOS ANGELES: Lance Armstrong, stripped of seven Tour de France titles and cast into cycling oblivion on Monday, apparently acknowledged the decision on Twitter. The phrase “7time Tour de France winner” evaporated from Armstrong’s profile on his @lancearmstrong feed on the social networking site, hours after the International Cycling Union said it would back the far-reaching doping “There was a period of time in which the culture of cycling was that everybody doped. There is no doubt about that. The administrators have to take some

responsibility for that,” the Australian told ABC radio. “Is that period gone? That’s something which I think the jury is out on and I think UCI are

charges against him. Now Armstrong’s profile describes him as: “Raising my 5 kids. Fighting Cancer. Swim, bike, run and golf whenever I can.” It’s a change from the “Father of 5 amazing kids, 7-time Tour de France winner, full time cancer fighter, part time triathlete” formerly posted. It was the only immediate comment from Armstrong on the UCI decision that completed an epic fall from grace. AFP meeting this Friday to consider a number of aspects, including what their response must be, going forward.” Pressed on whether he meant

everyone — literally — in that era used drugs, Fahey replied: “The evidence that was given by those riders who are teammates of Lance Armstrong, one after the other, they said the same thing -- that you could not compete unless you were doping.” In all, 26 people — including 11 former teammates — told USADA that Armstrong and his team used and trafficked in banned drugs and also used blood transfusions, and that Armstrong pressured others to do so. In a separate interview with Australia’s Fox Sports, Fahey said cycling would only regain credibility when the senior officials on watch during the “debacle” were removed. AFP


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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TWENTY20

MI end campaign winless DURBAN: Mumbai Indians’ disastrous campaign in the Champions League Twenty20 came to an end with their third defeat in four matches as they meekly surrendered to Sydney Sixers by 12 runs at Kingsmead, here on Monday. Chasing a modest target of 137, Mumbai frittered away a good platform provided by openers Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith as they ended on 124 for eight in their stipulated 20 overs. Tendulkar and Smith added 52 runs for the opening stand in 8.2 overs but the middle

order failed miserably as the Big Bash champions clawed their way back into the match. Mumbai Indians gained a lucky entry as the fourth IPL team in this tournament but their entire campaign was a nightmarish one as they failed to perform as a unit in high-pressure situations, thus ending on a winless note. Unlike Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings, who played with a no-holds barred approach after being eliminated, the Mumbai Indians could not shrug off the rustiness that was

Mumbai Indians’ Dinesh Karthik eyes the ball on Monday during their CLT20 match against Sydney Sixers in Durban. AFP/STR

FORGERY CASE Ijaz remains on bail until next hearing

their companion for the entire duration of the tournament. Australia’s gen-next pacers, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins along with talented all-rounder Moises Henriques shared bulk of the spoils between them. PTI

BACK TO NORMALCY

Pak ready for internationals

LAHORE: Former Pakistan Test batsman Ijaz Ahmed, charged in a forgery case, has been allowed by a local court to remain on bail until the next date of hearing on November 10. Judicial magistrate, Imtiaz Ahmed didn’t issue any arrest warrants after several hearings of the case, which dates back to March 2009 when Ijaz was first arrested in the forgery case. Two local businessmen had filed a police complaint in 2009 against Ijaz that he issued them forged cheques of around Rs 10 million for a property deal. Ijaz, 44, spent nearly six weeks in jail until May, 2009 but the court later accepted his plea to be allowed bail. The former hard hitting batsman said he would be appealing the decision. “I will appeal through my lawyer and try to get my name cleared in this case, which is a false one to defame me,” he said. Ijaz, who played 60 Tests and 250 One-day Internationals, remains employed with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at its National Cricket Academy in Lahore. He has also served as fielding coach of the national team until recently. PTI

THE FINAL CALL

‘Can’t say when I’ll retire finally’

SYDNEY: Australian cricket legend Shane Warne Tuesday said he could not say when he would finally retire, as he prepares to captain a domestic Twenty20 team five years after leaving the international scene. The 43-year-old leg-spinner announced his retirement in 2007, only to return as captain and coach of the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for four years, winning the inaugural tournament in 2008. Warne appeared to bring down the curtain on his stellar, two-decade cricket career at the IPL in May 2011, but went on to join the Australian Twenty20 team Melbourne Stars for the Big Bash League’s inaugural season the same year and has continued playing with them. “I have to never say ‘never’ because in 2007 I said I’d never play

Brief Scores Sydney Sixers 136/7 (Michael Lumb 28, Nic Maddinson 27, Steven Smith 41, Nathan McCullum not out 20, Munaf Patel 2/17, Lasith Malinga 2/36, Thisara Perera 1/22, Harbhajan Singh 1/22) bt Mumbai Indians 124/8 (Dwayne Smith 26, Sachin Tendulkar 22, Dinesh Karthik 18, Harbhajan Singh not out 22, Mitchell Starc 2/32, Cummins 2/16, Moises Henriques 2/29).

cricket again,” Warne told reporters in Melbourne. “But 18 months later the IPL came up, so that was something that interested me, to captain/coach and do it the way I always thought it should be done.” Warne, who remains Australia’s highest ever wicket-taker with 708 Test scalps in his kitty, said each time he thought he might have played for the last time, another competition came along that sparked his interest. “I do love cricket, I’m passionate about the game and if I can help Australian cricket in any way, shape or form then I will,” he said. Warne returned to training on Tuesday ahead of the BBL, which will kick off on December 7 when the Melbourne Stars play the Melbourne Renegades. AFP

KARACHI: Players from the visiting International World XI Monday said overseas teams should return to tour Pakistan soon, after two Twenty20s against an all-star home side passed off successfully at the weekend. The exhibition games were the first appearances by high-profile foreign players in Pakistan since deadly militant attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009 led to the suspension of international matches in the troubled country. The visitors’ captain Sanath Jayasuriya (above) of Sri Lanka said international cricket should return to Pakistan. “After these two matches I hope people will believe that Pakistan is a safe country for cricket,” he told reporters on his departure. “We had two great days with good crowds coming and I am sure that with more efforts international cricket will return to Pakistan.” Security was tight as capacity crowds of 32,000 packed into Karachi’s National Stadium — evidence, if it were needed, of the Pakistani public’s desperation to see top level cricket at home. Jayasuriya, the dashing left-hander who was instrumental in Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup win, said he felt sad for the deprived people of Pakistan. AFP

Pakistan postpone Zimbabwe tour KARACHI: Pakistan postponed their tour to Zimbabwe to next year as the dates clashed with a limited over series with India. “We have written to Zimbabwe cricket board for putting off the tour to next year as the dates were clashing with our tour to India,” a Pakistan Cricket Board official told AFP. Pakistan were due to tour Zimbabwe for two Tests, three one-day and two T20 matches from early December but it will now take place sometime next year. India have invited Pakistan for a three one-day and two Twenty20 match series starting from December 25 — the first bilateral series between the two countries since 2007. India had stalled all bilateral cricket with Pakistan in the wake of November 2008 attacks on its commercial hub Mumbai which killed 166 people. AFP


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012

sports CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

No room for error for City

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: Manchester City visit Ajax on Wednesday knowing that they can afford no further setbacks if they are to avoid a painful repeat of last season’s Champions League group-phase exit. Dealt another fiendish draw, City find themselves in third place in Group D after two matches, five points behind leaders Real Madrid and three points adrift of Borussia Dortmund. Both games to date have left the English champions in rueful mood. The opening 3-2 loss in Madrid came courtesy of a 90th-minute winner from Cristiano Ronaldo, while City needed a last-minute Mario Balotelli penalty to snatch a 1-1 draw at home to an enterprising Dortmund side three weeks ago. AFP

LOEW ADMITS MISTAKES IN SWEDEN DRAW Germany coach Joachim Loew has admitted making mistakes during his team's 4-4 draw with Sweden in the World Cup qualifier after the they threw away a four-goal lead. Germany were 4-0 up with more than an hour played before the hosts' defence folded in the final 30 minutes.

Wenger wants Arsenal response after shock loss

LONDON: Arsene Wenger has called on his Arsenal stars to deliver an immediate response to their shock defeat against Norwich when Schalke visit the Emirates Stadium in the Champions League on Wednesday. Wenger’s

team are now 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after losing to previously winless Norwich for the first time in 20 years on Saturday. An error from Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone presented Grant Holt with

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the goal that condemned the Gunners to their second league defeat of the season and Wenger’s grumpy mood after the match reflected his frustration at a lacklustre performance. Arsenal will need a much improved display to see off German side Schalke and maintain their 100 percent. AFP


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