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Black Swan star Natalie Portman will make an appearance at a campaign rally to show her support for US leader President Barack Obama in Las Vegas. The 31-year-old actor will join political heavyweights Valerie Jarrett and Cecilia Munoz at the America-Nevada Women Vote 2012 Summit, said The Hollywood Reporter.



Supermodel Kate Moss, who already has a nine-year-old daughter, is giving up her wild party lifestyle to start a family with rocker husband Jamie Hince. Moss, who has daughter Lila Grace from her previous relationship, plans to have another baby with Hince, say sources.





Kavadipally village in Hayatnagar, where the 17th Century Dutch coins were found has been catapulted to fame.

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED His one step changed the world as we knew it. The first man on the moon may be no more, but his legacy will live on. The first manned mission to land on the moon, Apollo 11, paved the way for further and modern space exploration.




What do Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore have that Hyderabad doesn’t? Flagship stores by top-notch designers. Every time the City’s fashionistas wanted to pick up an exclusive piece by a well-known designer, they would invariably fly to one of the other metros or make do with what was on offer at one of the multi-designer stores in the City. But not any more.


After making waves in the society with its work, Street Cause, an NGO comprising college students, is spreading its wings. Its new division Street Cause Gold — a collaboration of Street Cause and the rest of the world though is its inception stages — has grown to become a 75-member-strong NGO. Apart from college students, this division of the NGO has corporate employees, independent businessmen and alumni of Street Cause as part of the initiative.




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The YMCA of Secunderabad in association with Let’s create crafts is organising a jewellery making workshop.The workshop will be held on September 1 and 2 from 10am to 1pm. The cost of the workshop is `800 for members and `825 for non-members.

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AROUND THE CITY YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES Rd No 12 When: Ongoing Contact: (040) 2323 1245

DINING World Cuisine fest The food festival brings together various speciality cuisines from across the world. The festival includes a live kitchen where one can see dishes being prepared and plated. In addition to this, a live dessert counter will be open for dinner only. Where: Saffron Soul, Hotel Marigold, Greenlands When: Ongoing, 12.30am onwards Contact: (040) 6736 3611

Image and imagination A painting exhibition by various artists titled Image and Imagination. Where: Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466 Painting exhibitions Two painting exhibitions, dealing with cities and sustainability will be displayed at Vidyaranya High School. Where: Vidyaranya High School, Saifabad When: Ongoing, 10am onwards Contact: (040) 2323 7789

Punjabi food festival Head to Taj Deccan for a Punjabi Food festival. The food festival offers a variety of Punjabi delicacies such as saag and makke ki roti. Where: Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: Ongoing Contact: (040) 6666 3939 Kebab and biryani fest GreenPark Hotel presents its Kebab and Biryani Festival at Gardenia. The lavish buffet caters to the Indian palate, with a variety of 5 veg and 5 non- veg kebabs to choose from. Where: Gardenia, GreenPark Hotel, Greenlands When: Ongoing, 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 6651 5151


Satellite City The play is the kaleidoscopic world of a motley bunch of characters and their struggle to make their lives about something. Where: Ravindra Bharathi, Saifabad When: September 2 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2323 124 A night of the absurd Grim Pumpkin Theatre presents 'A Night of the Absurd. The event is the staging of four ten minute plays by noted American playwright Alex Broun. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: August 30, 7.30pm onwards Contact: 96427 31329

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Baghdad Wedding The play Baghdad Wedding dealing with weddings in Iraq will be presented at Ravindra Bharati. Where: Ravindra Bharati, Saifabad When: August 31, 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2323 1245 Taj Khazana Sale For six days, there will be a special offer on magnificent collection of sarees, western ensembles, pashminas, hand-picked costume jewellery, men’s garments and more. Where: Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills Taj Falaknuma, Falaknuma When: August 20-29, 10am – 9pm Contact: Taj Krishna (040) 6629 3248

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Sunyata An exhibition of paintings by Suniyata Khanna will be held from September 1. A preview will be held at 6pm on September 1. Where: Alankritha Art Gallery, Kavuri hills When: September 1 onwards, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2354 0023

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Coins catapult village to fame The discovery of historical coins in Kavadipally village has made it a hotspot. Mohd SUBHAN AND ANIL KUMAR





find in a rocky crevice and told some close friends. Soon the news spread like wildfire in the village. Elders came to the scene, retrieved the coins and handed them to the deputy collector. Meanwhile, people from nearby villages have started coming to the spot where the coins were found. Now, the rocky spot has become a sort of ‘pilgrim site’ and a lot of people come with the hope of finding themselves one.


Dr Lakshmi Lingam, deputy director, TISS, presents the runner-up prize to the Infosys team at the finals of the Tata Crucible Business Quiz.


Wandering husband given a slap treat A complaint was lodged against an SI for living with another woman despite being married. POSTNOON NEWS


and we can’t hold them.” The young shepherd D Ailayya, who got the coins, is a proud man who has suddenly shot to ‘fame’ after the find. He says he first got one coin in the forested hills of Kavadipally. “I was stunned,” said a beaming Ailayyya. “It was so alluring and shining. I thought there may be more and I searched the whole area and in all I got four,” he smiled recalling the feat. At first Ailayya hid his


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avadipally village in Hayatnagar, Ranga Reddy district, where the 17th Century coins were found on Saturday is agog with excitement. The villagers believe that the idols of the Ramalayam temple of the village, which were stolen some 10-11 years ago have come back transformed as coins, for the coins bear the images of Lord Ram, Sita and Hanuman inscribed on them. There were in all four coins with 1616 markings of the Dutch East India Company. “First we thought God has given us the stolen idols back when we heard that a shepherd got ‘murthy’ (idol),” K Krishna Reddy, sarpanch fo Kavadipally told the Postnoon team today. “Then we found they are coins and we informed the collector because they are antique




his time it was the cop’s turn to receive the ire, not from a criminal, but from his wife. A sub-inspector attached to the Begum Bazaar police station has not only been caught semi-nude, slapped and spit on, but a complaint of cheating in wedlock has been lodged against him by his scorned wife who could not bear his behaviour anymore. The amusing incident

The SI was caught by his wife in his lair in Jillalguda. She slapped him several times calling him names for ‘shamelessly’ living with another woman. where the sub-inspector was caught in his lair in Jillalguda took place on Sunday. She caught him wrapped in a towel and

slapped him several times calling him names for ‘shamelessly’ living with another woman abandoning his legally wedded wife. No one could react as everybody was shocked by the daring act. Later she went to the Meerpet police station and lodged a complaint of harassment, abuse and living apart against her husband. However, his colleagues in uniform are mediating and the case may not be registered. The SI, it is learnt, is lying low, unable to face colleagues and public.


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LAST YEAR... HERE A gambling capital?


ast year we had reported how the City had turned into a gambling capital. Playing cards had become a favourite hobby for various businessmen, politicians, top corporate professional and people from the entertainment industry. Many of them can be seen in their free time at premier clubs indulging in a game of rummy.

AUGUST 27, 2011


8,275 mw

is the estimated gross potential of wind power in the State. The nodal agency for the State, NREDCAP has sanctioned a capacity of 3,643.10 mw to manufacturers and developers.

I personally feel great being a part of this experience which has received much appreciation and criticism. I cannot think of being anything else. Marko, Poets of the fall See page 6



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


Lodge monsoon-related complaints at control rooms. The mayor appealed to citizens to utilise the 24x7 control rooms set up to lodge monsoon-related complaints. He also asked officials to keep people informed about flooding during rains.


Cheating policeman gets a taste of justice. A 'cheating' SI learnt a lesson when his irate wife caught him semi-nude and slapped him several times for 'living with another woman'.


Hyderabad is the new home for national designers. Hyderabad has now joined the fashion radar as many national designers are setting shop here.


Government makes plans to boost hydel power projects. The CM has directed officials to monitor and coordinate the nonconventional energy generation every 15 days.


For AP Secretariat, Pratibha Patil is still the president. Due to delay in sanctions, many chambers in the Secretariat still have Pratibha Patil’s portraits.

Mayor slams engineers over delayed works The mayor held a meeting where he directed engineers to take up works on priority basis even if it meant black-listing erring contractors. Md NIZAMUDDIN


s a measure to ensure that various GHMC works are completed unabated, the mayor Mohd Majid Hussain has asked the engineers to ensure their completion, while ‘black listing’ the contractors failing to meet the deadlines. The mayor sought explanation from the executive engineers for not black listing the contractors who failed to start the work even after the finalisation of tenders in the e-procurement process. Recalling the provision of eprocurement, where the digital key of a contractor could be locked, he wondered why such laxity had crept into the department works when all the officials were technically sound. The mayor held a review meeting of engineering works pertaining to Central Zone, in which K Sivaparvathi, zonal commissioner (Central Zone) and K Suresh Kumar, chief engineer were present. He said that the GHMC has allocated crores of rupees budget provision for the corporators to take up the works in their divisions, unfortunately last year and present year budget has not been utilised and the works are pending. After verification of progress report of the works, he felt annoyed to note that works assigned for the Bonalu festival were still incomplete even after end of Ramzan. The mayor observed that the works which were already sanctioned three months ago were

not being grounded, for which he directed the engineers to recall and to take up the works on priority basis even if it meant black listing erring contractors. In the interest of general population, he has now directed the officials to take up the patch works, including those left incomplete by the R&B department. He has instructed the chief engineer to fix the responsibility on the superintendent engineer for monitoring the works and records that are being maintained by the executive engineers. He found that there were many gaps in the progress reports prepared by the executive engineers and direct-

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ed the superintendent engineer to prepare a proforma for progress reports and bring the details for the next meeting that will be held on September 5.

CONTROL ROOMS Following the forecast of heavy rain falls in the coming days, the Mayor has instructed all the zonal commissioners and deputy commissioners to be more vigilant. He directed all the officers concerned to be available with their cell phones and wireless sets. He instructed them to alert the public staying in low lying areas about the rain forecast and be ready for the worst of the situation. He appealed to the public to utilise the services of control rooms, established by GHMC working 24x7 and lodge their monsoon related complaints to the control room concerned.

NEWS BRIEFS Brazen encroachment of government land

RR district to have eight more bus depots

No more illuminated hoardings in the City

Granite industry hit due to power crisis





n a reflection of a lawless situation prevailing in the realty scene, a group of people guided by a land mafia descended on a 3,000 square yard government land in Azad Chandrasekhar Nagar in Addagutta and began to fence it a couple of days ago. The police refused to register a complaint. The Tehsildar has approached the collector.

angareddy District will be having eight new APSRTC depots by next year. Home minister P Sabitha Indira Reddy announced that she has ordered revenue officials to allot space for the depots. Nadargul, Shamshabad, Shankarpally, Chevella, Sardarnagar, Gandimaisamma and Jawaharnagar will be having new depots.

he mayor has asked advertisers to stop illuminating their hoardings. This measure has been initiated by to minimise power consumption, in view of the prevailing crisis. There are around 3,300 hoardings in GHMC limits. 40 per cent are lit boards. It is planning to conserve 20 – 25 per cent electricity by cutting short unnecessary consump-

he granite industry has been badly hit due to the interruptions in power supply. With the government placing complete power cuts for two days in a week and daily power cut of four hours, the granite industry in Khammam is bearing the brunt. After Singareni collieries, the granite is the most important industry of the district.


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Pratibha Patil, not Pranab is Prez! A month after the country got its new president, Secretariat still has Patil’s pictures.

Power crisis: TDP calls it a shame

Yanamala said the CM should push for higher coal and gas allocation for better power generation.



he country got its 13th President on July 25 when Pranab Mukherjee succeeded incumbent Pratibha Devisingh Patil. But the AP Secretariat does not believe it. For it, Pratibha Patil remains President! Most of the ministerial chambers have Patil’s picture still intact. And, a couple of them keep the late YSR’s photo too with the current chief minister and prime minister. Handlooms and textile minister G Prasad Kumar revealed that the portraits of Pratibha Patil are still up in all ministers’ chambers because of delay of the Centre in issuing necessary orders. “Yes it is a fact. My chamber and all other minister’s chambers still have pictures of the former presi-



dent. When the State government receives the order, the portraits will be replaced by present Pranab Mukherjee’s portraits,” Kumar informed. When Postnoon inquired with the authorities of general administration department, they were clueless. One of the officials of the department said that it would take some more time for them to receive orders from the Centre. “We are awaiting orders. Once we receive the orders we will install Pranab Mukherjee’s portraits,” he said.


ower crisis and Opposition stir against it have caught the Kiran government in a bind. A determined Opposition TDP has decided to step up agitation at different levels. As one of the strategies, the Krishna district unit of TDP has lodged a complaint with the District Consumer Forum against the Southern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited (SPDCL), accusing it of not implementing the assurances given by the State government. A team led by Mylavaram MLA and TDP district president Devineni Umamaheswara Rao have filed the complaint in the

Forum. Earlier, MLA Beeda Mastan Rao, along with his followers laid seige to the Sub-station at Vengalarao Nagar in Kavali town on Friday. Meanwhile, the TDP politbu-

reau member Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said TDP would continue its agitations till the supply of electricity was streamlined all over AP. Addressing media at Kakinada the TDP leader accused Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana of focussing more on retaining their power rather than addressing the existing power crisis. Ramakrishnudu said the chief minister must put pressure on the Centre seeking an increased allocation of coal and gas, so that power generation could be improved. He said it was unfortunate that the Congress is in power both in the State and at the Centre are doing little in this regard.


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‘Best experience playing here’ On their third tour of India, Finnish rock band Poets of The Fall speaks to Postnoon about their musical journey.

Signs of Life, Carnival of Rust and now Temple of Thought — they reflect the three main phases of evolution in man’s life.



n the City was Finnish band Poets of the Fall. This being their third tour of India, the Poets spoke to Postnoon about music and their journey as a band so far. About their latest album Temple of Thought, vocalist and band spokesperson Marko Saaresto said, “Temple of Thought is what I consider the end of the trilogy — Signs of Life, Carnival of Rust and now Temple of Thought. It reflects the three main phases of evolution in man’s life. So far, the album has been receiving a great response in India and abroad.” The band made new records with their first single Late Goodbye that won international


acclaim when it was made for a videogame. About their journey so far, Marko explains, “There have been many ups and downs from the beginning. Even though we are three main performers accompanied by three other session and tour musicians, we like to think of everybody as a part of the band. I personally feel great

being a part of this experience which has received much appreciation and criticism. I cannot think of being anything else apart from what I am with the band right now.” The only thing surprising about this band is that all the Poets have decided collectively to let Marko be their spokesper-

son. “They do not interact much and hence I get to do all this,” he says, waving his hands in the general direction of the cameras and news reporters. Their tour in India has already covered Delhi and Pune, where Marko says, “The crowd is terrific and sometimes it’s just crazy. We have always had the

best experiences playing in India.” As to why they named themselves Poets of the Fall was because they stumbled upon the name through many other choices and decided that it had a good ring to it. In Marko’s words, “We felt, all the three of us together, that this is certainly the name we are going to stick to.” And the name certainly has an impact. With the melancholic, theatrical rock label that their music carries off, the name certainly sticks. “We come from Finland where the music scene is very happening. But as a band, we don’t stick either with the metalheads or the pop rock bands. It’s almost like being an oddball,” Marko says. About their plans of hitting the studios for another album, Marko is uncertain. “We love touring and this year’s tours have been great indeed. I do not know about hitting the studios. We have no plan as of now.”


Boost for solar, wind power

C Edu task force to start work


he task force formed by the State government to check the facilities and quality of education imparted in professional colleges will begin its work soon. Deputy CM C Damodar Rajanarasimha held a meeting with the members of the task force and other officials of technical education. An official release quoted him as saying that admissions into the institutions should be made on the basis of merit. Steps would be taken to ensure that the institutions followed the guidelines of AICTE, he asserted. PTI

hief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday directed officials to monitor and coordinate the non-conventional energy generation every 15 days and speed up the process. New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) will be the nodal agency for energy generation in sectors like solar, wind and mini hydel. An escort officer will also help entrepreneurs in speeding up their projects in this field. The chief minister reviewed in detail solar energy and wind energy with ministers, officials of the energy sector, NREDCAP officials, entrepreneurs and associations of wind and solar energy at the Secretariat. Ministers Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Uttam Kumar Reddy, TG Venkatesh, chief secretary Minnie Mathew, principal secretary (energy) M Sahoo, CMD, APTransco Hiralal Samaria, MD of NREDCAP Kamalakar, repre-

CM directs energy officials to speed up the process to encourage non-conventional energy production in the State.

sentatives of wind and solar energy projects, secretary to chief minister, KS Jawahar Reddy attended the meeting. The CM said that the State government will encourage generation of wind and solar

energy in a big way and welcomed entrepreneurs to Andhra Pradesh. He said wind energy has a lot of possibility in all the Rayalaseema areas. He directed the energy officials to sort out all the practical problems in this

regard. He said, “We have to encourage the non-conventional energy, study the incentives given in other states, we have to be competitive and it should be a win-win situation.” He assured the wind energy developers that the tariff issue will be finalised soon and asked the energy department to take it up with the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Committee, which is looking into this issue. Officials informed the CM that the department officials had fruitful discussions with the solar power developers. The solar power developers told Kiran Kumar Reddy that the departments are very cooperative and they have decided to set up solar power plants here. The total estimated gross potential of wind power in the State is 8,275MW and NREDCAP has till date sanctioned a capacity of 3,643.10MW to various wind turbine manufacturers and independent developers. NSS


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‘Ministers part of Jagan scam’ Senior TDP leader questions CM’s support for Dharmana Prasada Rao.



DP senior leader Yerrannaidu has alleged that several ministers of the Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet are partners in the plunder by YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy. Speaking to the media in Hyderabad on Sunday, Yerrannaidu questioned why Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy was supporting the disgraced roads and buildings minister Dharmana Prasada Rao though he was named an accused in the Vanpic scam. He said that it was unfortunate that all other ministers were supporting the tainted Dharmana.Yerran said that the chief minister, who gave the nod for taking minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao to jail, owed an explanation to the public as to why he was hesitating to accept the resignation of Dharmana Prasada Rao. Stating that there was clear evidence that ministers were partners in the scams perpetrated by Jagan, Naidu



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said they all needed to be punished under law. Demanding that the resignation of Dharmana be accepted forthwith, Yerrannaidu has said the State government was not a private company of the Congress party to condone the plunderers. The TDP leader sarcastically remarked that the Congress won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for corruption. He warned the CM that he would also have to stand before the law if he supported corrupt ministers. He said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also owed an explanation to Parliament for the coal scam. NSS


Handicapped demand quotas

Associations ask parties to earmark seats for disabled in local bodies and Assembly.


arious handicapped associations on Sunday demanded that all political parties should earmark seats for disabled persons in local bodies and the Assembly elections in proportion to their population. AP Handicapped Network president M Srinivasulu said that there were 70 lakh handicapped people in the country. The handicapped constituted 10 per cent of the population and formed 2025 per cent of the vote bank. He criticised TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu for saying that he would do his best for the disabled after returning to power. He pointed out that Naidu had done little for the disabled

As per 3 per cent quota, disabled persons should get nine seats in the Legislative Assembly. during his nine-year regime. Handicapped JAC president Ganta Satyanarayana said that as per 3 per cent quota, the disabled should get nine seats in the Legislative Assembly. All parties should announce that they would allocate nine seats to the disabled in the next election, he added. The same quota should be given in the local body elections also. NSS


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City fashion scene gets a leg up Hyderabad now finds itself on the national fashion radar with top designers setting up shop here. RANJANI RAJENDRA


hat do Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore have that Hyderabad doesn’t; at least till now? Flagship stores by top notch designers. Every time one of the City’s fashionistas wanted to pick up an exclusive piece by a well-known designer they would invariably fly to one of the other metros or make do with what was on offer at one of the multi-designer stores in the City. Not that these stores weren’t great, but they just weren’t like visiting a flagship store now, were they? But then with Rocky S opening his store here in partnership, Tarun Tahiliani being the latest to join the bandwagon and Sabyasachi soon setting up his standalone store here as well, Hyderabadi fashion has just gone several steps up. What’s even better is that unlike earlier, designer stores

(multi-designer and exclusive ones) make sure that they stock up the latest designs. “As a store owner, I ensure I have the latest collection. We go to the fashion weeks and make sure we’ve got the designers’ latest collections for our clients at the store,” says Smita Shroff, owner, Elahe, who is soon going to set up Sabyasachi’s store. So what is it that is bringing top-notch fashion designers to the City? “Why not? The City has always had a culture of great luxury and people’s taste for luxury has been kind of ingrained. Besides, we’ve always liked to be at the forefront of things. So Hyderabad seemed like a great choice. “We’ve had some clients from here at our Mumbai store. This is a great time for the City to grow as a fashion market and it’s always nice to join the fray early on. It gives you a chance to learn and create a niche market for yourself. Besides, our clothes

here are well-appreciated. They are after all about their superior finishing,” says Tarun Tahiliani, who recently inaugurated his store in Banjara Hills.

What’s even better is that unlike earlier, designer stores (multidesigner and exclusive ones ) stock up the latest designs. Done up in shades of cream, the store boasts of some of Tarun’s best designs apart from Nawabi inspired jewellery and watches. “Tarun’s association with the City has been a long one. He’s had plenty of Hyderabadi brides and he even had an exposition here last year, which did very well. Most importantly, Hyderabad has the kind of lifestyle to support a store like this,” says Tina Tahiliani, who looks after the business aspect of her

Tarun Tahiliani poses along with models during the launch of his store in Banjara Hills on Thursday. N SHIVA KUMAR

brother’s stores. That Hyderabadi women are very refined and have very elegant tastes when it comes to fashion is something most people in the fashion industry firmly believe in. “There are a lot of women here who have great taste when it comes to fashion, but don’t just fly out every time they want to pick up designer wear. Our store will be perfect for them. Our store is also for the young Hyderabadi girls who are so particular about their drapes and colours. I’m sure my store

There are a lot of women here ( in the City) who have great taste when it comes to fashion, but don’t just fly out every time they want to pick up designer wear. Rocky S along with designer Narendra Kumar and models during the launch of his store.

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is going to do really well here,” explains Tarun. But will this influx of standalone designer stores spell trouble for the multi-designer stores in the City? “I don’t think so. There is space for everybody in the market. For instance, a multidesigner store offers clients variety while on the other hand a standalone store can have plenty of bridal designs unlike a multidesigner one. So one won’t eat into the other’s business, because there’s plenty of scope for both kinds of stores,” believes Smita. Giving credence to this seems to be Kimaya, one of most well known multi-designer stores from Mumbai, which is soon going to open a store in the City. “We have a lot of Hyderabadi clientele, especially from the Reddy community. So we did our studies and realised that the market here looks very promising for us. Setting up a store here is just our way of getting closer to our Hyderabadi clients. Besides, Hyderabadi women are a perfect balance of understated and bling, which is great when it comes to fashion,” says Pradeep Hirani, chairman, Kimaya Fashion Pvt Ltd, who will be inaugurating the store in the first week of September.





He is the link between those seperated by the Cold War game Kim’s Separated Family Union tries to bridge the gap between South and North Korea. Relatives in the North ask us to send anything from rubber to used clothes, but what they want most is medicine for disease, mostly tuberculosis, and food to combat malnutrition. Kim Kyung-Jae Separated Family Union

Sun South Korean Kim Kyung-Jae (L) and Shim Goo-Seob (R) check mails from North Korea in Seoul on July 30,2012. They testify to the success of Kim in reconnecting some of the tens of thousands of family members separated for decades by the world's last Cold War frontier. There are no civilian mail or phone connections across the closely-guarded inter-Korean border, and many do not even know whether loved ones are still alive. AFP/ KIM JAE-HWAN

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n a cramped and tiny office in the South Korean capital, an 80-yearold man displays letters postmarked “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” in pale red ink. The imprints with North Korea’s official name testify to Kim KyungJae’s success in reconnecting some of the tens of thousands of family members separated for decades by the world’s last Cold War frontier. There are no civilian mail or phone connections across the closely guarded inter-Korean border, and

many do not even know whether their loved ones are still alive. Sporadic reunions arranged by the two sides since 2000 have brought together only a fraction of those seeking news, and have been halted because of political tensions. Kim and his colleagues in a ninemember foundation called the Separated Family Union try to bridge the gap, using the postal systems of third countries or brokers. Kim sends about 70 to 80 letters and packages every year to North Koreans at the request of families in the South. It takes roughly 30 days for letters to arrive and another 30

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n 1945, the Soviet Union and the United States agreed on the surrender of Japanese forces in Korea and Soviet troops occupied north of the 38th parallel, while US troops took surrender south of it. This decision by allied armies soon became the basis for the division of Korea by the two superpowers, exacerbated by their inability to agree on the terms of Korean independence. The two Cold War rivals then established governments sympathetic to their own ideologies, leading to Korea's current division into two political entities: North Korea and South Korea. The ensuing conflict between the two nations was largely a proxy war between the US and Russia.

days for a reply to come back. In the case of letters, Kim mails them from Japan, where he is based. But Tokyo restricts the contents of packages to the North to comply with UN sanctions, so those are sent through China. Brokers handle their passage through the Chinese postal system and are also used to track down long-lost family members. For the professional intermediaries who cross the border between China and North Korea, a home town is all that is necessary to discover whether relatives are still alive, and if so, their address. “Most letters don’t contain any secrets or criticism of the (North’s) communist regime because they are all subject to screening,” said Kim, speaking at the foundation’s office in Seoul. But sometimes letters cannot be sent by a public route, in which case Shim Goo-Seob, co-founder of the foundation, takes over and arranges for a broker to make a more unorthodox delivery. The document could be tied to a rock and thrown over a narrow section of the Yalu river border with China, or sneaked through in a container truck. Until a few years ago all postal traffic was one-way, with South Koreans looking for relatives in the North. But now many North Koreans are seeking family mem-

bers across the border through the brokers, Kim said. “The main reason is because they miss them, but partly it’s also because the brokers leak information that South Koreans are rich and can send necessities and money,” he said. “Relatives in the North ask us to send anything from rubber to used clothes, but what they want most is medicine for disease, mostly tuberculosis, and food to combat malnutrition.” Basic household items are also in demand. “Things that we have, like scissors and knives? They don’t have them,” said Kim. Brokers take about 30 percent commission if transferring money, and charge roughly 230,000 won ($203) to deliver a 20-kilo-

gram (44-pound) package through the Chinese post. Despite the high commission and the difficulties, families in the South keep sending packages because they make such a difference in the poverty-stricken North. “They (Northerners) always send letters saying the small efforts and money we’ve put in here has made a big difference there,” said Kim. “Southerners think they know how bad the situation is there, but it’s a whole lot worse than it appears. Things that are trivial to us here can be of great use there.” South Koreans who receive a letter from the North for the first time usually burst into tears out of pity at the plight of their relatives, he said.



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Engineer them to win There is a need to increase campus-industry engagements for students to help them meet the requirements of the dynamic sector. PRUDHVI RAJU K


ndhra Pradesh has more than 700 engineering colleges and is generating around 3 lakh engineers in different streams. Many industry experts say that only 10 per cent of the engineering graduates are employable and some of them even worry that IT industry will move away from the country, if the sector doesn’t provide quality human resource. It is not completely true that the students are not suitable to the industry. If that were the case, many industries like IT would not have boomed in the country. However, the role of educational institute is different from industrial human resource needs. Each industry has its own requirement and it is extremely difficult to tailor make students for all of these industries, said KV Vishnu Raju, chairman, Sri Vishnu Educational Society. The fundamentals are taught at university level either it is in US or in India. The students who develop strong fundamentals can understand and pick up industrial requirements easily at a later time, said Raju. “Technology is changing rapidly especially in industries like IT and electronics. This is necessitating colleges to be in

tuned with the industry and have regular interaction with them. For instance, we have recently started internships for second and third year students in our college. Where in the students work for the industry during their summer holidays and understand the skills required by the industry and will develop them overtime. Such kind of initiatives from the colleges will bridge the gap between what industry wants and what is being provided the curriculum,” he said. Industrialists from different sectors should also venture in to education, which will enable

The students who develop strong fundamentals can grasp industrial requirements easily at a later time. the industrial culture in the colleges. This will create quality and necessary employees for their self needs as well, he said. Talking about faculty, he said, “The quantity in human resource has also come at the cost of its quality. Not only the

private colleges, but also even some of the government colleges do not have sufficient faculties. The faculty are not being produced in proportion to the growing number of engineering students. The country is unable to produce sufficient PhD and even MTech graduates who can teach and train these engineering students. The colleges need more of these people for teaching in engineering colleges.” When asked whether the education system is aimed at overall personality development, Raju said, “Students are going through tremendous pressure in clearing the entrance exams. Most of their childhood, especially from Class VIII to Class XII, spent aimed at these exams. The overall personality development is compromised by not playing games and by not participating in extracurricular activities. The creativity of the child is being killed in the race for these entrance exams. “However, at least in engineering colleges, there is need to bring in humanities courses. For instance, In US or in the UK, the student should do minimum number of non-engineering subjects like history or philosophy,” “Science and arts go hand in hand and will be essential to the overall development of the student,” he adds.


Air India to carry ads on planes NEW DELHI: Flag carrier Air India, reeling under accumulated losses and loans of around `67,520 crore, is planning to carry advertisements on its aircraft to mobilise additional revenue. “We have plans to allow advertisers to put up ads on the aircraft. Ads can be placed on the tail or the hull of the aircraft,” a highly placed source in the national airline told IANS.

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Apple will unveil a new, smaller version of its wildly popular iPad in October after the release of the latest version of its iPhone next month, the All Things Digital website reported Sunday. “That device, which is expected to have a display of less than eight inches, will be uncrated at a second special event, which sources say is currently scheduled for October.” The 10-inch iPad has long dominated the tablet market, but faces a growing challenge from smaller models like Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy.




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SHARP STAKE SALE ON Sharp Corp will keep its Taiwanese partner’s stake in the firm below 10 percent, a report said on Monday, after a huge share price drop at the Japanese electronics giant threw the deal into doubt. Yomiuri Shimbun quoted Sharp’s president Takashi Okuda as saying that an earlier agreed deal to sell almost 10 per cent of the firm to Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision would remain in place. Earlier reports had said the $800 million investment would be renegotiated after Sharp shares tumbled to fourdecade lows this month.


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HUGE ARMS CACHE FOUND IN KASHMIR A huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives has been recovered from a militant hideout in Ramban district. The recoveries included pistols, magazines, rifles of different types, under-barrel grenade launcher (UBGL) with grenades, binoculars and AK-47 ammunition.



Opposition foils PM bid to explain Both Houses adjourned till noon over Opposition din demanding his resignation.

School children dressed up as Mother Teresa pay obeisance on mother’s birth anniversary in Mirzapur on Sunday. PTI


Paswan seeks CBI probe PATNA: LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged removal of uteruses of over 16,000 below poverty line women to swindle them of their health insurance money provided under a central government scheme. Paswan also said that

a delegation of leaders of the opposition parties will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh soon in this connection. “It is a big health scam in Bihar, LJP demands a CBI probe into it. If CBI can probe bungling in a health scheme in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh why can’t it probe the

uterus scam,” Paswan told reporters here. The JDU government was responsible for the scam in which uteruses of poor women were removed at private hospitals to swindle them of their health benefits across Bihar, he said, pitching for an enquiry by the CBI. IANS

NEW DELHI: Both houses of parliament were adjourned Monday as the BJP persisted with its demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over coal block allocation. The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned till 12 noon soon after they met as the BJP raised slogans demanding the prime minister’s resignation. In the Rajya Sabha, members paid tributes to Chowdhary Ram Sevak, a former member, who has passed away. Chairman Hamid Ansari later complimented the Indian cricket team for winning the under-19 World Cup. Soon after he took questions, BJP

members were up on their feet demanding that Manmohan Singh quit over the CAG report on coal block allocation. The chairman urged the members not to interrupt proceedings during the question hour. “I am afraid this is an infringement of the right of members,” he said. As the din continued, he adjourned the house till noon. Similar scenes were witnessed in the Lok Sabha too, forcing Speaker Meira Kumar to adjourn the house till noon. The prime minister is expected to make a statement in parliament on coal block allocation and the government has said that the BJP should allow him to speak. IANS


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NEWS BRIEFS Six killed in UP road accident GNLA chief sent to 14 days LUCKNOW: At least six people were judicial custody killed when a speeding truck hit a tractor trolley in Etah town of Uttar Pradesh late Sunday, police said Monday. The accident took place on the Agra-Bareilly national highway in Etah, when more than 25 people were returning on a tractor from a cremation. Six people died on the spot while 18 were seriously injured, SSP Etah Ajay Mohan Sharma said.

SHILLONG: A Meghalaya court on Sunday remanded outlawed Garo National Liberation Army chief Champion R. Sangma to judicial custody for 14 days, a lawyer said. Sangma, whose outfit is fighting for a separate Garoland, was arrested July 30 near the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya.

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IIT-GN to establish R&D Teenager raped in WB HOWRAH: A teenage girl was centre on archaeology allegedly raped by a youth in Howrah dis-

AHMEDABAD: The Indian Institute of

Technology, Gandhinagar will establish a center for research and development on Archaeology here, with a view to facilitate protection of national heritage. IIT-GN would join hands with other institutes like Pune’s Deccan College and Sharma Centre for Heritage Education.

trict, police said today. The incident took place last night when the class nine student was raped by Sheikh Shahrukh at a desolate place in Krishanrampur village in the district, they said. An FIR has been lodged against the absconding accused while the further probes are on, they added.

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Nigel Akkara was a hardened criminal who had resisted all attempts at rehabilitation — till a renowned dancer visited the jail and began a therapy session. Today he is an actor and an inspiration.


e was a hardened criminal who had resisted all attempts at rehabilitation — till a renowned dancer visited the Presidency Jail here and began a therapy session. Today, he has even appeared opposite awardwinning actress Rituparna Sengupta in Muktodhara, a film loosely based on his life and transformation. Nigel Akkara, 34, was initially reluctant, but dancer Alokananda Ray and then IG (prisons) BD Sharma convinced him to be part of the activity, under a government-sponsored

move to reform prison inmates through cultural engagement. Ray decided to stage the dance-drama “Valmiki Pratibha” by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The actors were selected from among jailbirds, and Nigel played the lead role of dacoit Ratnakar who transforms into sage Valmiki. That play transformed Nigel. It also helped in opening new avenues for him following his release from prison in 2009 after serving a nine-year term. “I was mesmerised by the acceptance that I got after ‘Valmiki Pratibha’. Sometimes,


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looking at my past, I have wondered whether I really deserve such love and affection,” says Nigel, who now owns a cleaning and security agency and employs several former jailmates. With “Valmiki Pratibha” becoming a rage, Nigel’s acting skills and his real-life transformation became more commonly known. “After ‘Valmiki Pratibha’, a lot of people came to know me. After I was released, I wanted to do something on my own. But though people took pity on me and asked for cleaning services, they didn’t trust me. They remained suspicious,” he says. He was determined that fellow jailbirds should not suffer a similar fate after release. “After lot of hard work I had set up my small company where most of the employees are former convicts. I want them to lead a normal life,” he says. Nigel’s big break came when he got the chance to play the lead role opposite Sengupta in Muktodhara. “The film is not completely autobiographical; there is a good bit of fiction mixed in. But the biggest thing I got after acting in the movie was acceptance and recognition as a

Apart from employing former jailmates in his business, Nigel also runs a home for children of prisoners. new person,” says Nigel, who was paid `2.5 lakh for the movie. Although Nigel’s macho looks and acting skills have won him a following and he now has directors knocking on his doors with offers, he does not want his silver screen success to go to his head. “In the last few days I have received several offers that I have turned down. I want to keep acting as a side profession. My main aim is to establish my own busi-

ness. That way I can provide more former convicts with opportunities to lead normal lives,” he says. Muktodhara has completed over three weeks at the box office. It has received rave reviews and is minting money. Nigel, who wants to work with renowned directors such as Rituparano Ghosh and Srijit Mukherji, seeks to change the meaning of “freedom” for jail convicts. “Freedom should always come with peace of mind,” he says. Apart from employing former jailmates in his business, Nigel also runs a home for children of prisoners to provide them a good education. Almost all the children in the home study in renowned Englishmedium schools. However, he has now decided to close down the home and transfer them to various boarding schools as residents near the home have become aware of the identity of the students and are keeping them at arm’s length. “I thank society for giving me a second chance. I personally feel that someone who comes out of prison deserves a second chance. You can’t punish a person for the same sin twice,” Nigel told. IANS.


About 19,320 children went missing between 2009 January and August 15, 2012. NEW DELHI: Twelve children disappear in Delhi every day, with missing girls outnumbering boys. A total of 3,171 children 1,652 girls and 1,519 boys — went missing in the capital this year till August 15 and police are yet to trace 985 of them, according to official statistics. But police say the rate of missing children has come down marginally this year compared to last year. According to statistics, on an average 14 children went missing in a day in 2011, while it has come down to 12 in 2012. Last year, a total of 5,111 — 2,665 girls and 2,446 boys — went missing out of which 981 are yet to be located.

The last two years have seen the number of missing girls surpassing boys. The number of untraced girls has also been on the higher side. “No specific reason can be attributed to this,” a police official said. He said children, who were traced cited various reasons for their disappearance, including being misguided by people, maltreatment by parents, pressure of studies, unsound mind, going on own will, elopement and human trafficking. According to figures, a total of 19,320 children went missing between 2009 January and August 15, 2012, out of which 3,305 are yet to be traced. PTI

Tourists watch a sunset after monsoon rains in Shimla. The monsoon rains across the country have been more than 20 per cent below average, sparking fears of drought among farmers who remember vividly the AFP failure of 2009, when India suffered its worst drought in nearly four decades.



ALIEN ENCOUNTER MAY NOT BE HAPPY ONE: NOBEL LAUREATE It is probably unwise for human beings to be telling aliens where we are, Nobel laureate Brian P. Schmidt has said. “I think it is probably not the smartest thing to tell the aliens where we are, as any encounter with aliens may not be a happy one,” Xinhua quoted Schmidt as saying at the 28th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union.


For Tea Party movement Issac is a sign of change Tropical Storm Isaac is being portrayed as a symbol of big changes ahead after November’s election, when GOP vows to reclaim the White House. TAMPA: The Republican National Convention here will be shortened one day by bad weather, but activists from the conservative Tea Party movement heralded advancing Tropical Storm Isaac as a timely symbol of big changes ahead after November’s election, when they vow to reclaim the White House. “We are looking at a hurricane here in Florida,” said Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party founder and conservative member of the House of Representatives, late Sunday to a rally Christian conservatives and Tea Party faithful on the margins of the convention. “We’re looking at a political hurricane,” she said in a speech electrifying her supporters. “We’re looking at a spiritual hurricane,” she said, further whipping up the crowd. The Tea Party — a powerful faction Republican faction responsible in large part for the return of the House of Representatives to Republican control in 2010 — is to play a relatively small role at this week’s convention, which has been curtailed from a four-day gathering to just three here in the Gulf Coast city of Tampa. But they made a show of force at the afternoon and evening of rallies and prayer meetings Sunday at a local mega-church — an event meant to rouse the support of this most conservative of the Republican party’s faithful.



Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Monday appeared in the Supreme Court to face a show-cause notice for failing to implement the order to write to the Swiss authorities to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. Ashraf waved before stepping inside the court building. The SC had issued the notice Aug 8. The order said it was unfortunate that the prime minister had failed to implement the court’s directives.



people, mostly civilians have been killed in Syria since antigovernment protests broke out in March 2011. The opposition puts the death toll at more than 20,000.

Activists demonstrate through downtown on Sunday in St Petersburg, Florida. The demonstration was being held on the eve of the start of the Republican’s nominating convention which will hold its first session on August 28. The convention was scheduled to start on August 27 but was pushed back one day as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens to hit the Tampa area. TOM PENNINGTON/GETTY IMAGES/AFP

“It’s time for each of us to show up and suit up and stand up,” Bachmann exhorted the crowd, to thunderous applause. The meeting here, several miles away from the official Republican convention events downtown, provided a needed outlet for conservatives who have always been lukewarm toward former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who this week will formally named the party’s presidential nominee. The pre-convention gathering at The River at Tampa Bay

Church, which was billed as a “unity rally,” gave conservatives a chance to celebrate their considerable clout in the Republican party after scarcely three years’ existence. At a different forum earlier Sunday however, another Tea Party favorite was in a far less conciliatory mood. Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a perennial presidential contender, including his failed bid earlier this year, led a rally of devoted followers Sunday, in sounding almost defiant as he exhorted his followers to contin-

ue to press for greater change from within the party. Paul, 77, who is leaving Congress at the end of this year, was not given a speaking role at this year’s convention, despite being one of the Republicans’ most prominent figures. “Believe me, we will get in the tent because we will become the tent eventually,” he said. With the energy that we have, it seems to me they would be begging and pleading for us to come into the party,” he said at a rally in a separate venue that preceded Tea Party rally.

NEWS BRIEFS Libyan interior minister quits over criticism

Israeli missile kills militant in Egypt

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Two members of Pussy Riot flee Russia

TRIPOLI: Libyan Interior Minister Fawzi Abdelali resigned Sunday after being attacked for the performance of the security forces during a surge of violence, Al-Jazeera TV reported. The country’s security forces were criticised for double car bombings that killed two people on the day Muslims celebrated the feast of Eid-ul-Fitr a week ago.

CAIRO: A motorcycle-borne militant was killed in Egypt by a missile launched from an Israeli plane, Xinhua reported. The militant — Ibrahim Nasser, a Bedouin — was hit while he was riding a motorbike in Rafah area, 15 km from the Egypt-Israel border. The man was arrested a few days ago by the Egyptian army and released later.

MOSCOW: A man has died of anthrax in Russia’s Siberia region after being infected when he handled the carcass of a sick cow, RIA Novosti reported on Monday. The incident took place in Druzhba village in southern Siberia’s Altai region, said a spokesman for the region’s emergency service.

MOSCOW: Two members of female punk group Pussy Riot have fled Russia, while 12 women are still in the country, the group said in its Twitter account. “Two of our members have left the country because of being sought (by police). They are recruiting foreign feminists for new protest actions,” the group said.

TOUR TURNS SOUR A French tourist was in an Australian hospital Monday with burns after a fellow traveller allegedly set fire to his fancy dress costume which was made of toilet paper. New South Wales police said the incident occurred at a party at a backpacker hostel on Sydney’s northern beaches on Saturday night in which the Frenchman had reportedly wrapped his body in the white paper to look like a mummy. “It is alleged that another man at the party lit the paper which caused the 31-yearold’s costume to fully catch on fire,” they said in a statement..

But the attacks that have come have been so misguided, have been so far off target, have been so dishonest, that they surprised me. Mitt Romney US President


Comment The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils. William Shakespeare Writer

Assad regime brings own cameras


or its latest brutal assault, the Assad regime brought in its own cameras to document the full horror, lest any Syrians or their supporters abroad doubt the lengths it will go to keep the ruling family in power. “I don’t know if I have enough words to describe what I’m seeing,” said Micheline Azaz, a young female reporter for Syria’s only private TV channel, Al Dunia, which is majority owned by President Bashar alAssad’s first cousin. “But this is what they believe in,” she added. Behind her, the first ghoulish video image materializes: an elderly man, slumped in the driver’s seat of a blue delivery van which has skidded off the road, its windows shot through, the camera swinging in to focus on streams of blood. The reporter Azaz said that residents here “committed criminal acts and [were] killed in the name of freedom.” The television report also accused these “terrorists” and “mercenaries” of responsibility for what appears to be the single worst atrocity of the 17month uprising: the killing of between 300 and 600 people, most of them civilians, in a fourday assault on the opposition stronghold of Daraya, located five miles southwest of Damascus.But those piles of dead bodies, twisted into inhuman shapes, buried beneath bright blankets, charred beyond recognition, and slumped in the streets and doorways were not killed by the rebels of the Free Syrian Army, survivors told GlobalPost. They were killed by the forces of Maher al-Assad, the president’s brother. GLOBAL POST


The Republican Convention may have been shortened by a day, thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac, yet the Tea Party movement seems bucked up by it and portrays it to be a sign of the change that shall follow once they take over the White House. Hope they survive the storm to execute their plan.




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have often wondered if it’s a believer or an atheist who is better for Earth. And, with the amassed wisdom of several decades, I now declare it is, of course, the non believer — be it an agonistic or an atheist. Because at least he will not come after you with a hatchet like the believer does. Therefore, I watch with alarm that atheism or non-belief has been declining in the developing countries, mainly because of the fall of communism. Conversely, unbelief has been growing in the First World but, but not enough to counter the rapid growth of believers in the countries that we call the Third World. Since the ‘60s atheists have been declining in world population. A study by Britannica says atheists are now 2.4 per cent of the global populace. It was some 10 per cent in the ‘50s. Agnostics (who believe the world is beyond the limited sensory realm of man but believes there’s a spirit) and those who are indifferent to religion are also somewhat on the decline. They are now 11.5 per cent from 20 per cent.


For South Asia it means a lot. Believers tend to fall prey to religious bigotry which we see today in Pakistan and many other Islamic countries. Believers also are easily bamboozled by a

wily priesthood. In India much of the social discrimination and community crimes are associated with religious beliefs (like Sati) and are justified by the priesthood. While, not surprisingly, India does not have data of believers and non-believers (it never had data on anything, anyway), it is believed by Rationalists Associations that the country has less than two per cent population who publicly admit to be nonbelievers. Many atheists are coy, too. For instance, AK Antony is an atheist but he would never admit it in public for fear of reprisals from the majority — the believers. Atheist Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru could do little for India while he infused a bit of enthusiasm for ‘scientific temper’ in social life. But the Communists had this advantage of professing atheism publicly but now they are so compelled to allow believers a big say just for the vote bank. For example, in Kerala, which gave Communists the first toe-hold in free India, the Communists changed their tactics four decades ago asking the cadres to intrude into temple management so that they could hold a sway over them. But their strategy worked only with Hindu temples.


A pleasant surprise is in the developed West. The number of atheists is rising, though not phenomenally. The First World will probably become a larger part of the world’s total population, so atheism may be headed towards a long term recovery.

Greg Paul, an independent researcher, wrote in the Washington Post last September: “The future of American faith is grim as the nation undergoes the secularization process that has already pretty much wrecked the churches in the rest of the West. So what will happen to American society as it too becomes as non-theistic as, say, Canada? My next essay will show how the loss of religion is not the big social/moral deal many make it out to be.”


According to a 2005 Eurostat Eurobarometer poll, France topped the list of atheists with 30 per cent, followed by Czech and Belgium with 33 and 27 per cent respectively. Several studies proved Sweden to be the most atheist nation in the world

(agnostics included). Leaders say secularism flourishes when people become non-believers. Which in other word translates into this: a non-believer tends to be more humane than the religious, whether you like it or not.


“I do not understand how any woman on the face of the planet can call herself religious with the knowledge that these atrocities are being committed to women in the name of religion,” Kelly Quantrill, an astronomy enthusiast of South America, wrote in her blog, Waxing Apocalyptic. She wants all women to be either agnostics or atheists. You say man will subdue you? Well, how and for how long. Nature has chosen female over male for survival of the species, doesn’t it? Man is dispensable syringe but woman is essential drug, got it? The writer works for Postnoon.

EDITORIALS Stop this land mafia Nato may have to delay exit


he brazen way realty mafia tried to encroach on 3000 square yard of government land in Azad Chandrasekhar Nagar in Addagutta in the City the other day reveals naked corruption and the inability of the police and other authorities to check it. More serious is the news that the local police inspector tried to shoo away the Tehsildar’s complaint. In any set up that respects law, the inspector should have been summarily dismissed from service because his refusal to accept the complaint from a revenue authority is indicative of his complicity in the matter, as the Tehsildar pointed out. That the government don’t mark its property is one reason for this kind of incidents. Loss of government land is a serious matter. It’s a tragedy, as it amounts to denying the young generation its right to development. Already the city is bereft of any space for recreation and sports. The government must immediately take action against the police inspector and the goondas that came to appropriate the land, or else recurrence of such incidents cannot be contained.



s Nato contemplates an exit plan from Afghanistan, grim news of the beheading of 17 civilains, the killing of 10 Afghan soldiers and two NATO troopers may perhaps be sign it is not yet time for foreign forces to leave. The beheading which included two women happened at a village in southern region which is plagued by Taliban insurgency. The recent spate of killings may be taken as a sign of the Taliban making plans to come back strong.

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A TASTE OF FAILURE A panel discussion on Tast of Failure will be organised at Center for Organization Development, COD, Madhapur, Hyderabad from 4 pm to 7 pm.



Gold brightens the path Street Cause Gold is a collaboration of college students as well as corporate employees who are determined on doing their bit for the betterment of society AMY ROSE THOMAS


fter making waves in the society with its work, Street Cause an NGO comprising of college students is spreading its wings. Its new division Street Cause Gold came into force in May and now is a 75 member-strong group. Apart from college students, this division of the NGO has corporate employees, independent businessmen and alumni of Street Cause as part of the group. One of the founding members of the NGO, Anup Kumar Thati who owns a construction company says, “There are many restrictions collegians have to face while working for Street Cause. A student who is in their fourth year cannot be officially part of the Street Cause activities and since it is a student-based NGO, there is no question of being part of it after college. I am an alumnus of CBIT and while at the college, I was part of one event that they had organised. We had visited HIV positive patients in ARK home at Sainikpuri and spent the day with them. It was an amazing experience to spent time with the kids at the home. Since then, while doing my masters, I was in touch with the Street Cause members and given them advices and help. There are many collegians who want to work for the underprivileged for a longer time and through college it is an impossible task. Street Cause Gold is the answer we came up with.


Shodha 2k12 National level technical fest conducted by the students of mechanical engineering Shodha 2k12 is around the corner at Sree Chaitanya College of Engineering, Karimnagar. Poster presentations, paper presentations, short movie premieres, technical quiz, DJ wars and face painting are some of the programmes that will be organised at the college premises as part of the event.


St Francis

We had around 400 applications and after four rounds of tedious selection procedure we selected 75 for being part of the organisation.” Since its inception in May, the first event they organised was a cricket tournament to raise money. The project head of the Cricket tournament and a student of St Mary’s College, Aditya Dhangadia says, “Eighteen teams took part in the tournament including college students, corporate employees and school children. The registration for each

“We are awaiting permission from the collector to begin building a shelter for the Model Cluster School with the money.” was `200 and we raised around `35,000. We are awaiting permission from the collector to begin building a shelter for the Model Cluster School, Nampally with the money. Since they do not have a shelter, kids have their afternoon

meals under the hot sun. Apart from this school, we have identified 6 other schools and a few orphanages that needs development.” Nikita Agarwal who was part of a few events of Street Cause during her college days and is now part of Street Cause Gold. “I had taken part in Street Cause’s few events while I was in CBIT. Now, as part of Street Cause Gold, I took part in the cricket tournament. We meet up in the weekends and holidays for Street Cause Gold,” Nikita says.

In a bid to check the spread of rumours which led to exodus of northeastern people from different states, government banned bulk smses and limited it to 20 per day till August 31. Youngsters voice their opinions about the same.

Calling to keep in touch

Whatsapp saves the day

Ban keeps my gf away

It was difficult at the beginning when the limit was five. I am messaging person and do not like calling much. But, I had to call a lot of people during this time. But now it is much more easier since the limit is being increased to 20.

This ban did not affect me much thanks to whatsapp and Facebook messenger available on the phone. And moreover these applications are free. However, this is only for those who have internet on their phone. Others are having a tough time dealing with this.

This is an ineffective way adopted by the government to stop the North-eastern crisis. Thank god for BBM and whats app but the whole world doesn’t know about it. Twenty messages a day keeps my girlfriend away and socialising becomes a problem.

Paul Mohan, IMT

Meenakshi Thakur, CBIT

Shubh Patodi, Manipal University

The college, a Catholic Minority Institution was founded in 1959 by the Sisters of Charity for the empowerment of women through a value — based holistic education. The UGC conferred Autonomy on the college in the year 1988. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has reaccredited the college at the ‘ A’ Level in February 2006.


Bata’s belly shoes has become a must-have for every girl this monsoon season. Affordable and fashionable, these shoes come in different colours like pink, red, green, orange and grey. These shoes can be paired with t shirts, kurtas and dresses.

When it comes to fashion, boys are not far behind. Boys in colleges are experimenting with their looks and are opting for skinny jeans giving competition to their counterparts. Unlike the ladies, they are preferring black and grey coloured jeans and not red, pink and bottle green.




Groove to music as DJ Rahul spin the best of classic rock tunes at 10 Downing Street tonight.


DESTINATION FOR COMFORT Bollywood actress Bruna Abdulla played perfect guest at the launch of Cache Elite, a lifestyle outlet at Park Square, Banjara Hills.



The concept of One Card was launched by former captain of Indian cricket team Saurav Ganguly in a fun-filled evening. IT Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah was also present at the event. Actress Namitha was seen performing at the do.


Golkonda Resorts & Spa announced the launch of the first Angsana Spa in Hyderabad. The launch event was attended by key socialites and corporate guests.


Baby Sanskruti Mudhalkar made her Kuchipudi dance arangetram at Ravindra Bharathi on Sunday.



HUMAN LUNGS CAN SWEEP OUT INTRUDERS Human lungs rely on sticky mucus to expel foreign matter, including toxic and infectious agents during a cold or an allergy that causes a running nose and a wet cough, says a study. The study helps to explain how human airways clear such mucus out of the lungs.


Intoxicated by your daily cuppa

Many of us cannot think of a day without our heady cup of coffee. But excess caffeine may result in a caffeine overdose which leads to intoxication.



nough is enough, that’s your fourth cup of coffee in the last two hours,” exclaimed Ritika’s friends as she walked back to her desk with her hot espresso just the way she liked itstrong, no milk and no sugar. Whenever her friends mentioned that it’s not good for her, Ritika always laughed it off. For the last few weeks she had

been feeling slightly irritable and restless. After weeks of ignoring the problem she finally visited her doctor.

WHAT IS CAFFEINE? Caffeine chemically is a compound that acts as a stimulant as well as a diuretic. While small doses of the compound are fine, excessive amounts can be a cause of concern. People usually associate caffeine only with coffee. According to Dr Roshan Jain, senior consultant psychiatrist, Apollo Hospital, Bangalore, caffeine can also be found in soft drinks, tea and chocolates. Caffeine content in coffee is higher .”

CAFFEINE INTOXICATION Caffeine intoxication is one of the various caf-

Caffeine content in food Food Instant coffee (250ml cup) Brewed Coffee (250ml cup) Black coffee (one serving)


caffeine content 60 (12-169)a mg 80 (40-110)a mg 107 (25-214)b


Food caffeine content Tea (250ml cup) 27 (9-51)a Milk Chocolate (60 gms) 5-15 mg Soft Drinks (350 ml can) 40-49mg Source:


feine-related psychiatric disorders. This includes caffeine-induced anxiety disorder, caffeine intoxication, caffeine-induced sleep disorders and caffeine-induced disorders (NOS). It is said that around 300mg of caffeine (approximately three regular cups of coffee) is the maximum amount of coffee one can consume. According to Dr Jain, “Caffeine intoxication is caused by excess amounts of caffeine. People drink coffee as it stimulates the mind and keeps them alert. It also helps people distress. When a person has excess amounts of coffee the alert mind crosses a threshold resulting in symptoms such as a feeling of restlessness, nervousness, anxiety, will have a problem sleeping as the mind is awake and people who are predisposed to anxiety attacks will notice that their condition accelerates.” Talking about the symptoms, Dr Jain explains that clinically if patients come with symptoms such as a racing heartbeat, nervousness, restlessness, palpitations and insomnia doctors look at the possible stimulant responsible for this. People who consume

excessive caffeine also feel the urge to urinate frequently. There are three common stimulants – alcohol, nicotine and caffeine. The other possible problems include headaches, rambling speech and thought, gastrointestinal problems, depression etc.

WITHDRAWAL As there is no specific treatment per se, cutting down one’s consumption of caffeine is important. Many people may experience withdrawal symptoms. Dr Roshan says, “These may be physical and psychological symptoms. Physical symptoms could imply feeling restless or very tired and in terms of psychological symptoms it could include an urge for coffee as they associate caffeine with relaxation and similar activities. These symptoms are overcome over time. One could start taking a healthy alternative instead. Slowly they will not feel the need for excessive caffeine.” According to Dr Jain, caffeine disorders are common in people who have desk jobs, IT professionals and students as it helps them work or study long hours.





Brain feels no pain

James Lind

HealthVault is a Microsoft-branded application that is meant to be a repository for users to store theirs and their family's health information in a single, reliable place. Users can get rid of the notebook and store their family's medical record numbers, track prescriptions and notate any allergies or chronic conditions.

Gangrene is the death of tissue in part of the body. It happens when a body part loses its blood supply. This may happen from injury, an infection, or other causes. You have a higher risk for gangrene if you have; a serious injury, blood vessel disease, diabetes, suppressed immune system (for example, from HIV or chemotherapy) or surgery. The symptoms depend on the location and cause of the gangrene.

The brain itself cannot feel pain. While the brain might be the pain centre when you cut your finger or burn yourself, the brain does not have pain receptors. The brain is surrounded by loads of tissues, nerves and blood vessels that are receptive to pain and can give a pounding headache.

James Lind was a Scottish physician. He was a pioneer of naval hygiene in the Royal Navy. By conducting the first ever clinical trial, he developed the theory that citrus fruits cured scurvy. He argued for the benefits of better ventilation aboard naval ships, the improved cleanliness of sailors' bodies, clothing and bedding, and below-deck fumigation. He also proposed that fresh water could be obtained by distilling sea water.


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Job stress doubles diabetes risk in women

Drink green tea, kick the butt, says study A new study cites how researchers used custom-developed cigarettes with components of green tea as filters in a bid to treat addiction to smoking.


rink green tea to get over the nicotine urge, say Chinese researchers . A recent study titled ‘A Revolutionary Approach for the Cessation of Smoking’, published in Science China Life Sciences, a peer-reviewed openaccess journal, cites how researchers used custom-developed cigarettes with components of green tea as filters in a bid to treat addiction to smoking. Phinse Philip, a lecturer in the Community Oncology Division of the Malabar Cancer Centre, said pharmacotherapy such as nicotine replacement therapy had generally been found effective in getting smokers to give up the habit. “A majority of users smoke as it purportedly gives them some form of relaxation. The oral intake of the amino acid LTheanine, uniquely found in green tea, is known to have anti-stress effects and acts as a relaxing agent. The study conducted in China shows that green tea may be an alternative to quit this addictive habit,” Phillip said. Even though there has been a nationwide ban on smoking in public since 2008, it continues to be rampant in public places in Kerala, including bus stops and cinema halls. Around 21.9 per cent of Kerala’s population is addicted to smoking and in the process, makes itself vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases such as cancer, heart ailments and osteoporosis. Thomas Varughese, head of

surgical oncology and reconstructive surgery at Kochi’s Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre, said drinking green tea after quitting smoking completely could contribute to reversing the possibility of lung cancer. “Green tea, which is rich in antioxidants, can help in restoring the oxidant/antioxidant imbalance among those who have quit tobacco-use completely, both smoking and smokeless, provided they have used it long enough to cover the impact of the period of use,”

Growing pains My 15 year old daughter is prone to crying. At times I find her breaking into tears for no reason and when I ask her why she admits she doesn't know. I am worried that she bottles up her feelings and this upsets her. Parents of teens have the hardest time because this is an age when a teen is going through multiple changes in their life. From their thinking changing towards more self-centered and egotistical bends, their emo-

Green tea, which is rich in antioxidants, can help in restoring the oxidant imbalance among those who have quit tobacco. thomas Varughese, Head of surgical oncology

said Varughese. He also pointed out that smokers typically have low levels of vital nutrients like Vitamins C and E, zinc, calcium, folate and the Omega-3 essential fatty acid which are vital for the human body’s immune system and proper metabolic activity. “Consumption of green tea can boost the body’s immune system by fighting free radicals and can reduce the risk from damage caused by toxins in cigarette smoke,” Varughese added. IANS

OTTAWA: Work stress doubles the risk of developing diabetes for women who have little or no control over what they do on the job, according to a new study. The same is not true for men. “Men and women react differently to workplace stress,” Peter Smith, lead author of the nine-year study by researchers at the Institute for Work and Health and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, told AFP. Smith suggested that women under stress may be “more likely to turn to foods with higher fat and sugar content than men,” as one possible explanation for the results. The primary reasons outlined in the study for the increased risk for women are the disruptions of neuroendocrine and immune system functioning and increased or prolonged cortisol and sympathetic hormone release in reaction to stress; and changes in diet and energy expenditure, possibly as coping mechanisms. The researchers followed 7,443 women working in Canada’s Ontario province with no previous diagnoses for diabetes. Their results, published this week in the journal of Occupational Medicine, showed that 19 per cent of cases of diabetes in women are due to low job control. AFP

Dr Diana Monteiro

Teach your teen to understand new experiences tional development is also taking place by leaps and bounds. In addition, social peer pressure on them mounts and they are also in the throes of physical, sexual and moral development. As they turn into adults, all these developmental stages will be completed. Thus, teens often don’t know why they are feeling what they are feeling. For adolescent girls, the number of psychological

changes they experience can make them feel overwhelmed. They begin to experience a wider range of emotions, without the full ability to understand them (since understanding comes with experience). This means that teenagers will feel everything at a more intense level than before. In addition, since it’s the first time they are experiencing some of these feelings (eg. First crush,

failure at school, etc) the feelings seem more real and powerful than they should to the adults around them. ‘Act then think’ is often what they follow since their brain development pushes for risk taking adventurous acts. To help a teen, it is important to help the teen understand that what they are experiencing is normal. Offer them comfort and support and let them express their emotions without asking for

an explanation of why they are feeling that way, if they don’t know the answer themselves. Talk with them about how to manage their emotions. Let them know that this time will pass and if it feels like things are not normal, then seek professional help. The writer is a counselling psychologist at the Hyderabad Academy of Psychology. You can write to her at




Stalin-Hansika starrer Ok Ok will be releasing in Andhra Pradesh on August 31. Harris Jayaraj has composed music for this Tamil movie.

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Dookudu set for Malayalam release


ahesh Babu-Samantha starrer Dookudu released in September 2011 with the largest worldwide opening for a Telugu film. It became a sensation at the BO and a record-breaking hit. Now, the Sreenu Vaitla film is being dubbed in Malayalam and is expected to release soon. Thaman has scored the music for this film.

The chosen one


fter the enormous success of Eega, ace director Rajamouli is now back to the grind, and word is that he has supposedly chosen Prabhas for his next project. The yet-tobe-named big-budget production is likely to commence shooting once the script is finished. But the buzz is it will be a highoctane action adventure.

Anushka moved to tears


ecently, while shooting in Chennai for Alex Pandian Anushka was the proverbial damsel in distress. No, it was not for a role that she was playing. The shooting schedule was disrupted when FEFSI objected to Anuskha using a non-union make-up woman. A heated argument ensued moving her to tears. Only when she was forced to relent did the shoot commence.


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hiney Ahuja is calmer and introspective after his unforeseen tryst behind the bars — and that’s because the actor strongly believes in learning from all experiences, bitter or sweet. The one positive thing in his tough phase, he says, has been the growth in the warmth of the industry members and his fans towards him. One would think his fraternity and fans would have become averse to his popularity, especially after he was hounded by accusations of rape, but Shiney says “there’s a lot of warmth and love”. “Irrespective of what has been sometimes reported or said, whenever I have gone amongst people, their reactions have been pretty much the same that was earlier. Now, in fact, there is a relationship that they feel they have with me,” Shiney said in a candid interview. “There is so much of warmth and love. They (fans) keep saying they are waiting for me to come back in another great film and are looking forward to another great performance. These are the kind of things I get to hear,” he added. Shiney was arrested in June 2009 following charges of rape, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation levelled by his maid, charges that he denied.


— only he is more careful about choosing the right words. The actor is now working towards resurrecting his Bollywood career. And he says his friends in the film industry have been extremely supportive to help him regain his stand. “The perception is very different for people who know you as a person. For them, you are a person and not a product. So people who know me, they believe in me; so that’s the reason there is no change in their perception at all. In fact, now there is much more warmth which wasn’t there earlier,” the 38 year-old said. “I feel I am very fortunate because I have some good friends like Sudhir Mishra and Anurag Basu from the film industry who have encouraged me in the past as well. I hope I

There is so much of warmth and love. They (fans) keep saying they are waiting for me to come back in another film and are looking forward to another great performance. These are the things I hear Shiney Ahuja Actor

He spent nearly five months behind bars. In March 30, 2011, he was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment by a Mumbai fast-track court, but he challenged the sentence in the Bombay High Court. He is currently on bail and facing each day with a smile. His confidence seems a tad dented, but he doesn't shy away from the media

can continue to give in my best,” he added. Whatever the obstacles in life may be, it is important to learn the best out of them, believes the actor, who tasted success with films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Khoya Khoya Chand, Gangster and Life... In A Metro. “I think there are incidents or accidents that happen in everybody’s life in some or the other way. Otherwise also sometimes things happen which are not in our control, but what we take out of that experience is definitely in our control,” he said. “So my constant search and my constant endeavour in the entire phase of my life is to take something more than what I have given to this particular experience or time,” he added. Last seen in Ghost, Shiney is now looking forward to the release of Har Pal and Ek Accident. “I have been reading a lot of scripts lately. And just keeping myself on toes just to decide what I want to take up next,” he added. IANS

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Natalie Portman to campaign for Obama B

lack Swan star Natalie Portman will make an appearance at a campaign rally to show her support for US leader President Barack Obama in Las Vegas. The 31-year-old actress will join political heavyweights Valerie Jarrett and Cecilia Munoz at the America-Nevada Women Vote 2012 Summit, said The Hollywood Reporter. Announcing her participation, Portman said "President Obama fights for women every day, and I am proud to stand with him on behalf of women and girls across the country. “The president has proven that he is a strong advocate for women and a defender of the issues that are important to women and their families, from affordable health care to fair pay and quality public education.” PTI

CINE BYTES Halle Berry in no mood to forgive Downey Jr


alle Berry is still waiting for him to send flowers to apologise for accidentally breaking her arm while filming Gothika. She still avoids him around Hollywood. "It was an accident, I'm sorry if she's still upset. I did everything I had to do to keep my side of the street clean. I wish her the best," he said. PTI

Anna Faris welcomes a baby boy


he actress gave birth to son Jack on Saturday, her rep confirms to People. "Anna Faris and Chris Pratt are happy to announce the birth of their beautiful baby boy Jack," the rep said.

Pattinson, Perry on a date?


inger Katy Perry, was spotted enjoying dinner with actor Robert Pattinson, whose ex, Kristen Stewart recently cheated on him. He cried on her shoulder and now it seems he has returned the favour, which also fuelled rumours that a romance is on the cards. IANS


Chai Time


If I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence. Either that or a scented candle. David Nicholls




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




1 Standing ovation, eg 6 Slender-bodied stinger 10 ‘Wal’ follower 14 ‘Johnny B ___’ (Chuck Berry hit) 15 No longer in love with 16 Company whose cars stay indoors 17 Author anonymously 19 Chevy of yore 20 1,000,000,000 years 21 Angry cat's warning 22 Green chalcedony 24 Brits call it afters 26 Vital thing 27 Ask overpersonally 28 Almighty 31 Debaters' positions 34 Comfy and cosy 35 Three-toed bird 37 Lacrimal droplet 38 What this puzzle's theme words aim to do 39 Complain incessantly 40 Leg hider in fashion 41 Kind of signal 42 ‘The Creation’ composer Franz Joseph 43 Hidden hazard 45 Bad-mouth, slangily 46 Lament loudly 47 One in a boxing ring 51 Commotion 54 Pageant entrant's wear 55 ‘La mer’ contents 56 What a spooked horse may do 57 They may involve harassing dissenters 60 Chutzpah, in the extreme 61 On the quiet side, nautically 62 ‘Black’ item 63 ___ out a living (barely scraped by) 64 Toe-stubbers' cries 65 ‘Bopper’ lead-in


1 Encouraged (with ‘on’) 2 Alaskan town 3 ‘Crazy’ birds 4 Television plugs 5 Restricting leashes 6 Baddest of the bad 7 ‘We Try Harder’ rental company 8 Several reps, in the weight room 9 Be close-minded 10 Halloween novelty tune 11 At the apex 12 Paris' ___ Gauche 13 Former absolute ruler 18 Lean and supple 23 Hibachi residue 25 Medium's contact 26 Opposite of celebrate 28 Knot in a tree 29 ‘___ there, matey!’ 30 ‘15 men on a ___ man's chest ...’ 31 ‘Fast cash’ site 32 Least varying tide 33 Public transportation choice 34 Henley Regatta craft 36 Massachusetts cape 38 Access between floors 42 Part of a drum kit operated by a foot pedal 44 Govt branch that oversees airlines 45 What everyone brings to a potluck dinner 47 Stands up to 48 English 101 subject 49 All gone, as food 50 Benched too long 51 Advocate forcefully 52 ‘Dante's ___’ (1997) 53 Abnormal breathing sound 54 Slow-cooker concoction 58 Geneva-based UN org 59 ‘___ only as directed’

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You will your abilities in a better way. You will also be appreciated by all for your perfect action. Your new plans will work as desired and produce expected results. Expenses towards children's needs will increase. They will perform well in all they do.

Your way of tackling issues will be appreciated by everyone. Respect in the social circle will improve considerably. However, there will be minor tensions and blames; be careful and alert. Some persons jealous of your growth, try to create trouble.

Enemies will become inactive gradually. Debts and medical expenses likely to upset you. Hurdles in performing marriages will be over.Those trying for a govt job will get one. Employees have to travel a lot to get complete work.


Wasteful expenditure will be more but uncontrollable. Also, there will be disappointments through blood relatives and friends; try to act slowly but steadily. You might be forced to make new debts; ensure that you avail from known sources.

Though employees might not face any obstacles, minor tensions and confusions likely. But they will be able to manage and come out of such problems. Tension and differences in the family will disappear. Harmony will prevail in family.

Minor misunderstanding regarding sharing of ancestral property with father likely; try to exercise patience and get things done properly to avoid major problems. Chances of cold war with relatives. Try not to forget those who help.

Avoid spending more for boasting or prestige. You will identify those who are not loyal to you but pretend to be so. Businessmen are advised to take vital decisions carefully, as a wrong decision taken will cause huge losses in future.

Your enemies will be upset with your attack. Some have a bright chance to get a govt job. Unexpected financial opportunities likely. Work burden will be more for employees but a comfortable financial position likely; still keep expenses in control.

Unwanted worries, obstructions and unexpected expenses likely. You have to adopt a slow-and-steady policy to win over the situation. Don't give up as you might face defeat but march ahead till your goals are achieved.


Sumaa Tekur



Six of Pentacles – Someone is cooking up a cock and bull story and you are ending up buying into it. Distance yourself from the story and look at the big picture.


Page of Pentacles – Planning is key. Whether it’s about a Monday morning presentation or a Friday evening movie and dinner, unless you plan, it won’t go too well.



The Emperor – You have the ability to make it really big and shake the world of work in your field. Remain focused and do what you instinctively feel is right.


The High Priest – You need to steer clear of pointing fingers at someone and being arrogant and rude. This is definitely not the time to do that.


Eight of Swords – When travelling, make sure you keep everything you need within reach. A book, sunglasses, sandals, sun screen, etc. Be comfortable.


If you want to avoid getting caught in the web of deceit and ill plan, then make plans on your own. Do your research and convince yourself of the best action.


Eight of Cups – When you crowd thoughts too much with unnecessary things, you will not be able to think clearly — like how a road needs to be free of parked cars.


Ace of Swords – A job offer is likely to come your way. You feel positive about this offer. But before you accept it, run a background check on the employers.


Page of Swords – Your public speaking abilities are put to the test. You will end up having to speak to a large group about the work you do.



Six of Cups – You are in the mood to sack someone from your personal life. You expected a lot from this person and he/she may not be delivering.


Temptation is the mother of all evil. You are in a place where you’re tempted to be lenient with yourself. Watch out for the ill effects of this.


AQUARIUS: The Devil –


Unexpected turning point likely, which will be a base for the future. Financial inflow will be good, hence a comfortable position likely. Promotion or pay hike on cards for employees. To complete all work successfully with involvement.

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Three of Cups – You are hardworking, and like an ant, you slowly and steadily put your work together and move forward in the right direction. It will pay off.


You will have mixed effects. You need to struggle a lot and put in more efforts to get work completed. Comforts are set to increase. Medical expenses likely as a family member might fall sick. Friendship circle likely to expand.


Unexpected but good turning point likely, which will cheer you. Financial situation will be very comfortable and relax you. Happy events to take place at home. Your influence is set to increase and support of friends and relatives make you happy.

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Entertainment MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2012



Moss plans another baby S

upermodel Kate Moss, who already has a nine-year-old daughter, is giving up her wild party lifestyle to start a family with rocker husband Jamie Hince. Moss, who has daughter Lila Grace from her previous relationship, plans to have another baby with Hince, say sources. “Kate has made no secret among her circle that she’d love to have a baby with Jamie,” quoted a friend as saying. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the prospect of another child is a massive motivation for her to clean up her act. She eats like a horse now, too, while back in her catwalk days she could easily forget to have lunch and dinner,” the friend said. Moss wed Hince in July 2011, and the couple lives in London’s Highgate area.

Bradley Cooper is not in A Star Is Born


radley Cooper has rubbished reports that he will romance singer-actress Beyonce Knowles in the remake of A Star Is Born. “Me in A Star is Born? I have no idea what you’re talking about. It is an interesting idea. Clint (Eastwood) is one of our best directors. Everyone wants to work with him,” The Hangover star told Chicago Sun-Times.

Ford, Wayne dubbed top action heroes


arrison Ford, Matt Damon and John Wayne are some of the Hollywood stars who have been listed among the industry’s all-time top action heroes. CBS This Morning asked film critics David Edelstein from New York magazine and Lisa Rosman to give their picks. It prompted thinking about some of Hollywood's alltime best tough guys.

Kanye West makes Kim change wardrobe


apper Kanye West has made girlfriend Kim Kardashian throw away most of her clothes and bought her a whole new wardrobe as he wanted her to have a new image. Kayne reportedly told Kim on her reality show, “You are getting on best dressed lists now. You’re stepping into this territory. You look amazing — it’s a new Kim.” PTI






Ko becomes youngest LPGA champion

Lawrie wins at Gleneagles

South Korean-born Ko finished the 72 holes on 13-under-par 275 at the Vancouver Golf Club course to beat Park Inbee by three shots.


is also the first since JoAnne Carner captured the Burdine’s Invitational in 1969. Ko is 16 months younger than Lexi Thompson, who held the previous age record at 16 years, eight months. Thompson set the mark when she won the Navistar Classic last year. Ko was born 11 days after Tiger Woods won his first Masters in 1997. She finished five strokes ahead of South Koreans Choi Na-yeon, Shin Ji-yai and Chella Choi, who finished in a tie for third place at eight-under 280.

VANCOUVER: New Zealand’s Lydia Ko (right) became the youngest champion in the history of the LPGA Tour on Sunday by firing a five-under-par 67 to capture the Canadian Women’s Open by three strokes. South Korean-born Ko finished the 72 holes on 13-underpar 275 at the Vancouver Golf Club course to beat Park Inbee by three shots. “I just came to make the cut and play the best,” said Ko, 15. “I won and I’m going to get the trophy, and it’s amazing.” The fifth amateur winner, Ko


Nick Watney wins The Barclays Watney finished at 10-under 274 to claim the title by three strokes, as overnight leader Sergio Garcia faded with a four-over par 75. FARMINGDALE: New York: American Nick Watney triumphed in The Barclays tournament on Sunday, closing with a two-under 69 to capture the opening event in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Watney, who began the final round two shots back, finished at 10-under 274 to claim the title by three strokes at the Bethpage course, as overnight leader Sergio Garcia faded with a fourover par 75 into a tie for third.

“I’ve been working hard,” said Watney. “I’m very pleased how I drove the ball down the stretch. Any time you win it’s great for your confidence. I’m so thrilled and very proud of this week.” The win moves Watney into first place in the PGA Tour’s playoff points race with three more FedEx Cup events to play. Like Watney, Brandt Snedeker is trying to land a spot on the US Ryder Cup team. He

shot a one-under 70 and took second at seven-under par. Third-round leader Garcia, aiming for back-to-back tournament wins, shared third with defending champ Dustin Johnson. Tiger Woods had a day he would like to forget. Woods, who lost his PGA Tour playoffs points race lead, posted a fiveover 76 and finished in a tie for 38th, stumbling down the stretch to shoot 40.

Brett Rumford secured his best finish in two years shooting a 68 for second place. FATIHA BETSCHER leneagles, Scotland: Scotland’s Paul Lawrie celebrated official confirmation of his return to the European Ryder Cup team with a resounding four-shot victory in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles on Sunday. Lawrie, 43, shot a final round 68 for a 16-under par total of 272 in his second Tour victory this year and the eighth of his career. Australia’s Brett Rumford secured his best finish in two years shooting a 68 for second place on 12-under par on the PGA Centenary course at

Lawrie, 43, shot a final round 68 for a 16under par in his second Tour victory this year and the eighth of his career. Gleneagles. Holland’s Maarten Lafeber (69), France’s Romain Wattel (72) and Sweden’s Fredrik Anderssen-Hed (65) shared third place on 11-under par. Lawrie was delivering a further boost to Jose Maria Olazabal’s European team as this success came on the back of wins this month by fellow Ryder Cup team members Rory McIlroy in the PGA Championship and Sergio Garcia in Wyndham. Lawrie made his Ryder Cup debut and 13 years on he will travel with Olazabal’s team.


ATP players mull Oz Open boycott The move would be more about boosting payouts to those who exit in early rounds and the struggle of players outside the world’s top 60 or so to make ends meet. NEW YORK: ATP Tour players are considering a boycott of next January’s Australian Open in a bid to gain a higher percentage of Grand Slam event revenues for themselves, the Sunday Times of London reported. The move would be less about the top prize earners as much as it would be about boosting payouts to those who exit in early rounds and the struggle of players outside the world’s top 60 or so

to make ends meet. Players pay much of their own expenses and travel. Those without well-paying sponsorship deals must still make a global trek to sustain their careers. An ATP players meeting, including ATP players council president Roger Federer (left), was staged Friday in New York ahead of Monday’s start of the US Open.

Tennis Australia confident SYDNEY: Tennis Australia said on Monday it was confident players would not boycott the Australian Open over a pay disagreement, but it was taking the threat seriously. The Sunday Times of London reported ATP Tour players were considering a boycott of January’s Australian Open in a bid to gain a higher percentage of Grand Slam event revenues for themselves.





India colts, seniors reap well-deserved rewards TWELFTH MAN

Babu Kalyanpur


t was a Super Sunday for India in the playing fields of Hyderabad and Townsville, Australia. The touring New Zealand side were spun into a defeat while the Under-19 team retained the World Cup. There is a lot of significance behind both these victories. For the senior men, this win was important after the string of defeats in the last 10 Tests. It also got them off to a perfect start in the new season with tougher teams in the offing in the next few months. Refreshingly, India turned in the screw when required and won comfortably. They won the big points by being relentless. Too often in the past, India let go

The touring Kiwi side were spun into a defeat while the Under-19 team retained the World Cup the initiative through bad bowling or fielding. And removing the lower order was always a major problem. Despite the constant threat of rain, India clinched the match with a day to spare. The spinners were simply outstanding, with the Hyderabad wicket offering them bounce. Ravinchandran Ashwin must have been a bit nervous with the recall of Harbhajan Singh to the Twenty-20 squad. His bowling seemed to have lost a bit of zing after a good start. But his match-winning 12 for 85 has put all doubts to rest. Cheteshwar Pujara grabbed his chance and played an important knock at the crucial No 3 position. What made his innings special was the temperament he displayed. He batted with patience, was technically sound and willing to play a big innings. His backfoot play was excellent and this will help his batting abroad. Suresh Raina disappointed again. But he deserves a longer run. Too many Indian players have been cast by the wayside due to

lack of opportunities. Good batsmen like Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh spring to the mind. In this regard, it is hoped that Yuvraj, if fit, is also fast-tracked into the Test side this season. He deserves an uninterrupted run to cement a place. New Zealand need to do a lot of soul-searching. They have not learnt their lessons after the humiliation in the West Indies. Their inability to play spin was cruelly exposed. Their static approach to batting while under pressure proved their downfall. Only Brendon McCullum and Kane Wiliamson applied themselves and showed how spin can be played. But their contributions were insignificant as the rest, bar James Franklin in the first innings, were just swept away. Flight is key armoury for a spinner. Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha used this weapon to good effect while claiming 18 of the 20 wickets that fell. And it was flight which played a big part for India’s Under-19 side. Their two spinners, Baba Aparajith and Harmeet Singh, clever varied their flight to confuse the opposition. India did not start off well. The batting did not fire until the semi-finals. However, the bowling efforts were stupendous. The pace attack of Sandeep Sharma and Ravikant Singh was outstanding. They showed admirable line, length and swing. India went into the final as underdogs. Their opponents, Australia, had done superbly throughout the tournament. But India turned it on at the right moment. They got early wickets before letting the initiative slip. The target of 225 was a stiff one. Losing four wickets for 97 in the run chase was disheartening. But captain Unmukt Chand scored an inspiring century to guide India through. Chand, like his predecessor Virat Kohli, has shown a lot of potential. So have Aparajith and Harmeet. They are now ready for higher things. The selectors must take notice and ease them into the next level as soon as possible. India’s cricket is undergoing a change. The time is right for new blood to be infused. Chand, Aparajith and Harmeet, if neglected, may pick up bad habits and stunt their own growth. Develop them now and India’s future will be in good hands.

The Test match between India and New Zealand at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium had its share of spectacular moments. Our photographer captured some of the finest moments in the match.





We’ll rectify mistakes and come back strong HYDERABAD: Bamboozled by the spinners, New Zealand suffered a crushing defeat in the first Test but skipper Ross Taylor (right) said they would rectify the mistakes and comeback strong in the second Test. “I guess any time you are bowled out for 160 both times, you have got to be disappointed. We have three to four days to rectify that. Obviously spin is an area we need to work on and come back harder and stronger in Bangalore,” Taylor said after their heavy defeat against India, here today. Taylor said more than anything they need to be strong mentally while negotiating spinners. “Come Bangalore, we need to be as positive as possible, clear the mind, trust our defence, but also find a way of scoring runs as well. It’s about rotating the strike, finding your single options. We are not big players of using our feet, so we need to create lengths in different ways. In the next game, I am sure we will do that. “Obviously a little bit of technique but I think most of it is probably in the mind. Trusting your defence and trusting your attacking shots. When you get bogged down, it puts a lot of pressure on you and there was a lot of pressure going out there,” he said. Taylor praised the Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha, who shared 18 wickets between them. “Ashwin bowled very well. Not only Aswhin, Ojha bowled very well and they bowled well in tandem. They put a lot of pressure on us, bowled in very good areas. “I guess when you enforce a follow on and have got a big total, you can have a lot of men around the bat and Dhoni did that. They bowled in the areas for long enough and reaped the

rewards.” Taylor was optimistic of drawing the series by winning the Bangalore Test, starting Friday. “We can still draw the series. That’s the good thing about a two-Test series. I thought Kane Williamson and Brendon applied themselves really well for a long period of time and showed that it can be done,” he said. Without DRS, New Zealand had to cope with Brendon McCullum’s dismissal when umpire Steve Davis overlooked a bat-pad decision. But Taylor was not critical of the poor umpiring decision. “That’s just cricket. Brendon didn’t mean to get out. Obviously no DRS. The umpires are human and make mistakes. It’s a part and parcel of cricket. “Obviously different parts of the world have different rules in different sports. It’s part and parcel coming to this part of the world.”

HCA to refund 5th day tickets


he Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) would be refunding the money for the tickets which were bought for the fifth Day, i.e. August 27 of the first Test match between India and New Zealand scheduled to be held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Uppal. This is being done as the match concluded on the fourth day i.e. August 26.

All those who purchased the tickets should surrender the tickets at the designated eseva centres for the refund. Those who bought the tickets online at, can receive the amount online itself. The refunding process will start from today, i.e. August 27 till August 31. Any request after these dates shall not be entertained.



JAPAN WINS LLWS TITLE Noriatsu Osaka went four-for-four with three homers and four RBI as Japan routed Goodlettsville, Tennessee 12-2 to claim the 2012 Little League World Series championship.




Real shocked by Getafe The result leaves the champions five points behind fierce rivals Barcelona after only two games of the new Spanish season. TIM HANLON MADRID: La Liga champions Real Madrid crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at derby rivals Getafe on Sunday to leave them five points behind fierce rivals Barcelona after only two games of the new season. Madrid’s sluggish start has seen them held 1-1 at home to Valencia in the league followed by a 3-2 defeat by Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg, before this latest slip-up. Gonzalo Higuain put Madrid ahead after 26 minutes but their weakness in the air returned to haunt them as Juan Valera headed Getafe level after 52 minutes. Madrid pressed forward looking for the winner but instead they were caught out at the back, with Abdelaziz Barrada scoring a 74th-minute winner. “It was a deserved win for Getafe but they didn’t do anything special and we were very poor,” said Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. “It was an unacceptable performance and I don’t feel frustrated about the result because it was totally deserved.” Mourinho’s side will now look to get their season back on track in the second leg of the Super Cup on Thursday against

Barca, who beat Real Sociedad 2-1 earlier on Sunday. After a scrappy opening at Getafe, Madrid began to assert themselves and Mesut Ozil was guilty of a glaring miss in the 15th minute when he hit the bar with the goal gaping after a neat combination with Cristiano Ronaldo. Higuain had been picked ahead of Karim Benzema and he gave the visitors the lead from Angel Di Maria’s pass, using his strength to round the goalkeeper and slot the ball home. After the break, Getafe came out looking to attack and got their reward thanks to poor marking from Madrid, with the unmarked Valera heading in from a free-kick. The visitors pushed forward looking to regain the lead but instead Getafe struck again, with

Adrian Colunga going past Raul Albiol and setting up Barrada to score. Earlier, Lionel Messi struck a late brace to give Barcelona a victory over 10man Osasuna that took them to the top of the table on goal difference over Rayo Vallecano. “This is a difficult stadium to come to and Osasuna were on top form but we still had good chances,” said Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, who was sent from the dug-out for dissent midway through the second half. “I told the linesman that there was a free-kick and I was told not to complain,” he explained. “Now we know what to expect from this referee.” Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes prevented Osasuna from taking the lead inside

the first minute as he palmed away a close-range effort from Alvaro Cejudo, who had easily skipped past Gerard Pique. The Catalans began to find openings, with Andres Iniesta firing over and Cristian Tello hitting the post from 25 yards, but it was Osasuna who snatched the lead on the break.

Spanish Liga results on Sunday Osasuna 1 (Llorente 17) Barcelona 2 (Messi 76, 80) Getafe 2 (Valera 53, Barrada 75) Real Madrid 1 (Higuain 27) Granada 1 (Mikel Rico 36) Sevilla 1 (Negredo 44) Valencia 3 (Soldado 11, 28, Feghouli 41) Deportivo La Coruna 3 (Aguilar 38, 59, Pizzi 76pen)

Roland Lamah sent a deep cross from the left wing that found Joseba Llorente -- on loan from Real Sociedad -- and he squeezed the ball in at the far post. The late game between Valencia and Deportivo La Coruna proved to be a thrilling affair, with visitors Depor rallying from 3-1 down at half-time to secure a 3-3 draw. Elsewhere, Sevilla drew 1-1 at Granada.


Skrtel goes from zero to hero Martin Skrtel scored a brilliant goal and then delivered a horrific back pass to Pepe Reina that allowed Carlos Tevez to draw Man City level. IAN WHITTELL LIVERPOOL: Martin Skrtel, scorer of Liverpool’s opening goal, gifted Premier League champions Manchester City their second equaliser, and a point, in an absorbing 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday. The Liverpool defender had performed superbly until the 80th minute when, under pressure from Edin Dzeko, he inexplicably played the ball back directly to Carlos Tevez (right), who rounded Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina and slotted

in his 100th goal in English football to share the points. But the consolation for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, still searching for his first league victory since taking charge of the Reds, was that this was a much improved display following last week’s 3-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion. Anfield had an air of the big occasion about it for Rodgers’s home league bow, not least of all because the manager handed a full debut to teenage winger Raheem Stering.

Wenger believes in life after Persie Van Persie scored 37 goals last term but left to join Manchester United in a reported £24 million move. IAN BAKER STOKE-ON-TRENT: Arsene Wenger (above) insists Arsenal will find a way to replace Robin van Persie despite being held to a second straight goalless draw, by Stoke, at the start of the Premier League season. Star striker van Persie scored 37 goals in all competitions last term but left to join top-flight rivals Manchester United in a reported £24 million move.

Wenger saw his side struggle in the attacking third of the field against a determined Stoke at the Britannia. Wenger saw his side struggle in the attacking third of the field against a determined Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday but remains confident that Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Gervinho, supported by attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla, will eventually all come good. “The understanding was missing,” said Wenger. “One month ago Cazorla and Podolski did not know each other. There is work to be done. There is potential but something is missing. “I am very positive about my team. We haven’t scored but we played against two units that defended very well. If you want to convince we’ve lost an exceptional player you are wasting your time.”

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