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4 confess to killing In a twist at noon today, four people: Anil, Srinivas Prashant, Narender and Hymad have claimed they jointly killed Gowardhan Patola yesterday in connection with a land deal in Uppal valued at `30 crore. Anil was earlier identified as the sole accused.

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n a shocking incident, the Osmania University Police today nabbed a High Court lawyer and a police constable while they were allegedly supplying narcotics to OU students. About 2.5 kilograms of opium, valued at `20 lakh, was found in their possession. Police have also arrested two others.


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Brotherhood prevails during festivities COMMUNITIES Anubha K Singh anubha.k@postnoon.com

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here is no escaping the festive look of the Gurudwaras in the city as they are gearing up for the 346th birthday celebrations of last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji that falls on the 29th of this month. The birth anniversary of their last guru is a huge occasion for all Sikhs and they intend to celebrate the festival according to their beliefs. Set to be celebrated on a grand scale at the Central Gurudwara

Saheb in Gowliguda, the event will see thousands of Sikh families coming together under one roof. The Prabhandak Committee President, S Tirlok Singh, VicePresident Inderpal Singh and General Secretary S Satbir Singh and other committee members said that a mass ‘Nagar Keertan’, (Holy Procession) will be carried out on December 29, at around 4.30 pm from the Gurudwara at Gowliguda and will pass through Gurdwara Guru Singh Sabha, Guru Nanak Marg, Ashok Bazar, Afzalgunj, Siddiamber Bazaar, M J Market, Jambagh, Putlibowli and return back to Gurudwara Sahib in the evening. Arrangements have been done in almost all the important

Gurudwara’s in city. The Gowliguda Gurudwara Saheb is in the last phase of its renovation. The Gurudwara Saheb in Ameerpet has been heavily decorated for the big day. “Sikhs will celebrate their festivals wherever they are. On festive occasions all the Sikh families from a particular area gather at a gurudwara” said, Ranjeet Sethi, one of the member. Thousands of devotees from various parts of the city throng to the Central Gurudwara and the Gurudwara in Ameerpet to participate in the festivities which last for two days. Community conferences and religious functions are also organized. The highlight of the festival is the huge procession. Over 20,000

devotees will take part in it. Guru Granth Sahebji (the revered Holy Scripture of the Sikhs) will be carried on a beautifully adorned vehicle along with ‘Nishaan Sahebans’ (Religious Flags). Following the principles of

their gurus the Sikhs invite people from different communities to participate in their festivities. Every member of the Sikh community whether rich or poor, offer their services to the their holy house.

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Anand Bekwad from Belgaum, a town in Northern Karnataka is primarily a landscape artist who loves to paint vast expanses in high, aerial perspectives. His wonderful spatial compositions are done either in watercolour or mixed media. Where: Hyderabad Marriott Hotel

Kavuri Hills

When: Ongoing, 9 am Contact: (040) 32914057

Spin 2 Win To get a chance to win deals on your bills and drinks everyday head to Novotel Airport and spin the wheel of fortune. Where: Novotel, Shamshabad When: Ongoing, 6 to 10 pm Contact: (040) 66250000

Thats Fab Cotton and silk lovers head to Kammasangam, Ameerpet for Cotton Fab’11. It is an exhibition cum sale of Silk and cotton fabrics. Where: Kamma Sangam, Ameerpet When: Ongoing, 10.30 am to 9 pm Contact: (040) 23743465

Arts & Craft Shilparamam’s annual All India Craft’s Mela is on. Arts and crafts from all over India will be displayed and sold at the venue by the artisans. Where: Shilparamam, Madhapur When: Ongoing, 10 am to 10 pm

Dialogue In The Dark An innovative format to experience and understand the daily life of the visually challenged. Get a tour in complete darkness with visually impaired guides as they lead you through situations such as crossing the road and shopping at a supermarket Where: Inorbit Mall, Madhapur When: Ongoing, 10 am to 8 pm Contact: (040) 64603341/42

Different strokes To witness strokes of various kinds head to Gallery Space. It’s an exhibition presenting paintings and drawings by various artists and will be held at Gallery Space from December 24. Where: Gallery Space, Banjara Hills When: Ongoing, 11 am to 7 pm Contact: (040) 65541836

Synchronicity An exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Seema Kohli titled Synchronicity will be on at Shrishti Art Gallery.

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by Kalanirvana International Art Center in association with World Art Critics and World Art Games. Where: State Gallery of fine arts,

Supporters of Anna Hazare participate in the candle light march, yesterday at People’s Plaza Where: Shrishti, Jubilee Hills When: Ongoing, 11 am to 7 pm Contact: (040) 23607151

Martini ‘n music Enjoy the winter evenings with grey goose martinis with crooner Kelly dishing out your favourite numbers. Where: Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills When: Every Evening Contact: (040) 66662323

Visual art An exhibition cum sale of paintings by Hari Srinivas. The Exhibition is on display till 30 January 2012. Where: :VSL Visual Art Gallery, Plot no 100, AP Text Book Colony, Gun Rock Enclave

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Christmas treat It’s Christmas time, Novotel Hyderabad’s Le Café celebrates the festive season with a gingerbread house. You can view this marvel and buy various Christmas goodies such as cookies and moulded chocolate that are available on site. Come and relish the festive season. Where: Novotel, Hi Tech City When: Ongoing, 11 am to 11 pm Contact: (040) 66824422

Through the frames Frames of India-4 is a photography Exhibition by Photonirvana on Srisailam and Hampi. The event consists of 35 photographers and is the first of it’s kind . The event is organised

Catch the My Tattoos In a Make Believe World Paintings and installations by artist Raghavendra Angali. Where: Iconart , Banjara Hills When: Ongoing, 11 am to 7 pm Contact: 9849968797

Rock quest An exhibition of paintings by Rohini Kumar E will be on display at Beyond Coffee. Where: Beyond Coffee, Jubilee Hills

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Hip Hop For those with who love hip hop , your time has come. It’s hip hop night at Shamrock- the Irish bar. Where: Iconart , Banjara Hills When: December 28, 8pm Contact: (040) 23558837

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Hyper Local SHORT TAKES CM ORDERS AID TO MAYAPATNAM VICTIMS Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed the East Godavari district Collector M. Ravichandra to provide immediate relief and financial assistance to fire victims of Mayapatnam village. Earlier, Pithapuram MLA Vanga Geetha spoke to the Chief Minister and requested him to provide relief to the fire victims. The Chief Minister had asked the district Collector to get the losses of the victims assessed and extend permanent assistance to them. It was estimated that more than 150 houses were gutted in the mishap.

EXHIBITION ON UNITED AP TOMORROW HYDERABAD: The Visalandhra Mahasabha is organizing an ‘exhibition and media workshop’ on ‘United Andhra Pradesh’ on December 29 from 11am to 5pm at Sundarayya Vignana Kendram at Bagh Lingampally. After releasing a poster relating to the exhibition on Tuesday, Mahasabha convener Parakala Prabhakar said that the exhibition would start at 11am. It will showcase history of Telugu unity, socio-economic indicators by region, separatists changing tunes on Telugu unity, why Telugu people should stay united and a photo gallery.

40K TEACHER POSTS TO BE FILLED SOON Minister for secondary education K Parthasarathi has said that a major District Selection Committee (DSC) would be announced within a week. Addressing the media on Tuesday, Parthasarathi said that the State government would fill 30,000 to 40,000 teacher posts in the DSC-2012. He said that they would take a decision on filling posts of junior college lecturers after discussing the issue in the ministers sub-committee. He also made it clear that the jumbling system in the intermediate practical examinations would continue this year.

ROLL BACK POWER HIKE, TDP TELLS GOVT HYDERABAD: TDP has condemned the move to raise power tariff from April 2012 on domestic, commercial and industrial consumers to the extent of Rs. 4950 crores. In a statement here on Tuesday, Dadi Veerabhadra Rao, Opposition leader in the Legislative Council has faulted the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for approving the proposal of Discoms. He said it was atrocious on the part of the government to further burden the people who were already suffering because of high prices of essential commodities by the 80 percent hike in the power tariff.

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62 illegal schools told to close PIC: A SUDHEER REDDY

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ixty-two schools which are not registered with the State education department have been served closure notices. The department has decided to penalise errant managements as per the provisions of the Right to Education Act. The department had conducted raids in these schools following the order of Hyderabad collector Natarajan Gulzar. The raids happened in the wake of many complaints from parents that the managements of several schools were cheating them by

showing registration numbers that are awaiting approval. However, Sheshi Reddy, principal, Gowtham Model School, said only one branch of their

Patolla killer identified CRIME Mohd Subhan

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ithin hours of the daring daylight killing of Patolla Govardhan Reddy, on Tuesday evening, the Sultan Bazar police have made a breakthrough identifying the prime suspect. ACP Sultan Bazar G Someswhar Rao told Postnoon today that the accused is one Anil, aged 30, who was an alleged associate of TDP leader Paritala Ravi in whose murder Patolla was an

accused. Anil lived till recently at the Malakpet MQ Quarters 337 but moved out to Chilka Nagar Uppal recently and is now on the run. Assailants attacked Reddy at Boggulkunta Abids area when he was travelling in auto-rickshaw with swords and other lethal weapons. Patola’s wife Vendiya told thepolice that Anil was a follower of her husband and was also involved in many land dealings with Patola. ACP said the police will issue a sketch of Anil for the public to help the police in locating him.

school is yet to be registered. “We could not accommodate students in our Ameerpet branch and therefore we shifted a few students to our school in

Begumpet which is yet to be approved,” he said. “All other branches are approved. Parents are aware of this and they have no complaints.” Padmaja R, a parent, who said she knew about this, professed her complete faith in the principal and management. “I am sure that before this academic year ends the registration will be completed,” she said. However, several parents of students who study in many other schools who received closure notice like Chaitanya Bharathi Schools and Knowledge School do not know about this development. List of these 62 schools are aviable on http://www.deohyd e r a b a d . c o m / U n Recognised%20Schools%20in%2 0Hyd.pdf.


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HYDERABAD: Model Town Colony Resident Welfare Association is in a celebratory mood these days. It is one of the five colonies the GHMC awarded for the best upkeep and environmental protection. The colony falls under Jahanuma Municipal Division (ward no 45) of the South Zone of the corporation. The division is held by MIM party. “That colony has a green image,” said Batish Khan, joint secretary of the GHMC. “They (the residents of the colony)

have been trying hard to make the living pretty organised with each aspect of good living being taken care of by various committees.” The colony has many committees to look after the different needs of and development activities of the residential colony. The colony was set up in the year 1979 and has a total of 205 plots which consists of around 500 individual and multi-storied buildings. The entire colony is resided by over 500 families. The residents of the colony have been implementing garbage segregation process for the last 30 years. Since its inception, it has been trying to protect the environment. The fact that the colony, which is located in what is considered a backward area, received an award is seen as a matter of pride for many residents. The colony has also set an example by contributing Rs 4.5 lakh for the aid of flood victims of Kurnool districts two years ago. Basith Khan while commenting on their future said that they have plans to make their colony a gated community. They are also planning to install CC cameras across the colony for round the clock surveillance.

Our efforts have finally paid off. We have been striving to give the colony a status that can be emulated by others. The award has given a fillip to our efforts. Our future plan is to develop this colony on a par with any other upclass colony. We want to become a gated community. We will continue to advocate a clean and green environment.

yderabad is truly a unique city as it can boast of heritage architecture from all religions and domains. On the one hand there are classic Old City structures that epitomise Nizam-era architecture such as dargahs, mosques and palaces. On the other hand temples in the twin cities are typical examples of intricate detailing that South Indian temples are famous for. Hyderabad also has a number of churches owing to its large Christian population. The St Mary’s Church in Secunderabad, dedicated to the Virgin Mary has been widely regarded as the most beautiful and inspiring church in the twin cities. The sense of calm that one experiences when they enter the church lifts one to a spiritual plane. It is a structure we ought to be proud of and is renowned throughout the country for its history. Sharing the same compound wall with St Ann’s High School, the church was constructed by the school’s missionaries. The con-

St Mary’s Church struction began in 1840 and was completed by 1850. The humongous tower that impresses with its sheer size was added later. The church was originally built to cater to the spiritual needs of Irish soldiers who were stationed in Hyderabad in the mid 19th century. It was built in gothic architectural style. The latest additions to the church are the Parish House built in 1946 and the magnificent statue of Mother Mary cradling Jesus after his crucifixion. It is a replica of Pieta, the famous stone work of Michelangelo in Rome. The church won the INTACH award for best Heritage Structure in 2007. For many years St Mary’s was a cathedral until St John’s church took over the honour. It is one of the biggest churches in Hyderabad and reflects class and British heritage from every angle. This is the reason why the biggest and the best midnight mass is held here during Christmas.

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Congress in shambles in Greater Hyderabad POLITICS Postnoon News

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t a time when you would expect party leaders to remain united to fight opposition, the Congress party is dealing with its own turmoil. Ministers, MLAs and MPs belonging to party have a difference of opinions, leading to tiffs.

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Chandrasekhar Rao, the TRS chief may be laying low but the party is buoyant. Major political parties agree openly that it is not wise to contest against TRS in Telangana region. Leaders cutting across parties defecting to TRS proved this. With the by-elections round the corner contestants now want to bet on either TRS or YSR Congress. The latest on this count is that YSR Congress is trying to avoid contesting in the Telangana region. If this be true, the TRS will sweep the Telangana region, political observers calculated. A staunch supporter of Jagan said, “The YSR Congress has all the ability to win the elec-

tion, but it is not wise to swim against the tide.” Corruption and credibility have no significance in the elections. Even before the dates are announced for the by-polls the leaders have started talking about TRS and YSR Congress. When it comes to Jagan Mohan Reddy and the YSR family the people have never bothered to take the corruption charges seriously. They just voted them to power. But there are also fears that what happened to TDP should not happen to YSR Congress. It was Chiranjeevi who has made a dent into the TDP vote bank, which resulted in yielding totally to TRS may not be wise, they say. Congress strategy to counter the combined attack is to extol YSR but denounce YSR Congress for engineering defection in the Congress. The TDP, meanwhile, remains on a sticky wicket. But, the party put up a brave front. Warla Ramaiah, a senior leader from TDP says the situation is now conducive to TDP as the Congress has got its own troubles and others are not effective. In Telangana the situation is rather complicated. Even the TRS lost some of its grounds after the Sakala Janula Samme (general strike) that flopped. But they would still sweep the bypolls is the reading.

It may be recalled that minister P Shanker Rao and MP Sarvey Satyanarayana had an ugly spat at a government programme, followed by Shanker’s row with Anjan Kumar Yadav at another event. There are also differences between Jubilee Hills MLA Vishnuwardhan Reddy and minister Nagendar as the latter is representing Khairatabad which was earlier represented by the former’s father P

Janardhan Reddy. Party members also stand divided on the Telangana issue. In fact, second rung leaders have stopped going to the party headquarters to avoid offending anybody. One of the senior leaders, Amos said that there was every need for the Congress leaders in city to be disciplined. After all they have the bypolls and deputy mayor elections to take care of.


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e’s been grabbing eye balls for quite some time now with his aggressive campaign for the Lokpal Bill. He’s threatened to fast unto death, organised peaceful protest marches and mobilised the youth of the country unlike ever before all for one cause – to get a stronger legislation to stamp out corruption. For the third time this year, Anna has begun fasting, but this time it seems to be affecting his health. Yet the response in the City towards his movement has been at best lukewarm. Unlike last time, when the movement got strong support from

Hyderabadis with everybody from senior citizens to the youth participating in the movement, this time round there seem to be very few who are willing to pledge their support for the cause. On day one, there were less than 60 supporters present at Dharna Chowk and today on day 2 only volunteers were seen and no supporters. “Compared to last time the response this time is rather weak” says Krishna K, volunteer with India Against Corruption, Hyderabad chapter. Volunteers of India against corruption quote several reasons for the poor support this time. One of the biggest reasons being that students stayed away from the move-

ment due to ongoing exams. Last time 70 per cent of the supporters were students. “In Hyderabad, it is the students who come out in support of this movement. But this time round since I have exams going on, I cannot join the protest,” says Deepika Kancherla. With JNTU exams ending today and OU’s tomorrow organisers are pinning hopes for a bigger gathering for Thursday’s candle light march that will be held at People’s plaza. Another reason for the poor turnout is that it is the holiday season and most of the IT crowd that had enthusiastically participated in the drive to eradicate corruption last time is now missing in action. “Although last time

I had lent my support to the movement, this time I am in Bengaluru for my vacations,” says Vishal Arya, an IT professional. Lack of awareness is also to blame for this lacklustre participation. Many people claim that they are not even aware of any dharnas taking place this time. “I was not aware about the new series of events. I got to know about them on Tuesday night. Now that I know I will participate in the movement and fight against corruption,” says Sanil Talaulikar, an IT professional. But Kumar Shastri, a volunteer remains hopeful. “We are very disappointed that not many supporters came, but by mid after noon college students may come..” he signs off.

Cops don counselor uniform, Drivers hold cure to city’s Saturday Night Fever mend broken families The city’s winers-and-diners are taking the police Mohd Subhan

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t seems the victims of family feuds especially, martial of the disputes, will finally have relief from fleecing counselling centers which charged exorbitant fee. The deliverance comes from none other than police. The Deputy Commissioner of Police Manish Kumar Sinha, despite his numerous calls on his time, took personal initiative and set up a counselling centre in his office. Sinha said dowry harassment cases had been mounting and there were urgent need to make an effort to see the grievances are redressed. Many women and their relatives who sought police help told Postnoon that the DCP has said he was moved when he received many complaints

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regarding illegal operations of counselling centres in various parts of old City. According to DCP many of these counselling centres overcharge the victims that ranging between Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000. This is illegal, police said. The DCP on Monday solved nearly 125 cases out of 150 cases

related with dowry under section 498-A. Only 25 cases are pending due to some problem. The counselling centre at his office has women police from Ghansi Bazar women police station. “I am very happy to mend two families which were on breaking point today,” said Sinha with a smile.

uddenly, there is a great demand for drivers this New Year’s Eve. Salary is for the asking, no questions posed. But why this mad rush for drivers? Bigwigs and celebs are afraid of CV Anand’s brigade. “Having tasted blood by catching some live big fish recently, they are raring to go for more,” put a wit in a satiric way. So, instead of taking the risk of driving oneself after a few pegs of elixir under the belt, they’d like to engage a driver even at an exorbitant pay. Behind the sudden promotion of driver’s virtue, however, is the shrewd transport companies, grapevine say. But it is welcomed

by 4-wheeler owners who usually drive by themselves for convenience. The police diktat recently to bars/ pus/ restaurants that they would also be held responsible if people are found driving after filled to their gills. For instance, GVS Kumar, working with a private bank in the City said he was planning to celebrate this New Year without restraint. He has decided to hire a driver for that night. Apart from the pay the driver will get a bottle after the work. Rajesh K, a senior executive, too has similar plans. Talking to Postnoon some government drivers at the Secretariat said they were hired for December 31 for huge fee. However, they refused to disclose the amount.


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PARTY FEVER Liquids pub on Tuesday was choc-a-bloc with party goers as they beat the winter chill by dancing the night away. Harry and Neha Rasheed and Sharo Bina

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011

Syria Crisis: Where is the world?

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ngry protesters have confronted visiting Arab League monitors in Syria’s restive city of Homs, demanding international protection. The observers are verifying compliance with an Arab League plan to end the government’s violent crackdown. Tens of thousands protested in Homs as the monitors arrived. The Arab League said the first day was very good. Tanks reportedly withdrew before the monitors arrived but activists say some were simply deployed out of sight. The UN says more than 5,000 people have been killed in protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule since March. Video footage showed residents arguing with the monitors, trying to get them to go further inside Baba Amr to see the victims. The residents in the video shout: “We want international protection” and “Where is the world?” One of the monitors says that he is not authorised to speak. There were reports of continued violence in Homs while the monitors were there. The Local Co-ordination Committees, a network of opposition activists

Syrians in Cairo rally in support of anti-government protesters AFP and the Arab observers delegation inside Syria, said 14 people had been killed in the city on Tuesday. However the head of the monitors was upbeat about the visit. Sudan’s Gen Mustafa Dabi speaking to Reuters said, “Today was very good and all sides were responsive.” He added: “I am returning to Damascus for meetings and I will return tomorrow to Homs. The team is staying in Homs.” However, BBC correspondent

said that the results were mixed at best, and the visit brought home how complex the situation is.Abdul Omar, a spokesman for the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told the BBC he had hoped for better results from the mission and that 10 observers for Homs was never going to be enough. He said tens of thousands of people had come out onto the streets to demonstrate in one dis-

trict of Homs but that the monitors did not go there. Mr Omar said the Syrian government was playing cat-andmouse with the protesters by withdrawing tanks from parts of the city. He called on the Arab League to raise the Syrian situation immediately with the UN Security Council to obtain a meaningful resolution against the government. Eyewitness Abu Rami told the BBC the security forces had changed clothes to appear like normal civilians. Correspondents say there are also reports of another large protest in the city of Hama, with security forces opening fire on demonstrators in the central square. Elsewhere in Syria, the Local Co-ordination Committees said 25 people had been killed, including in Damascus, Deraa and Latakia, and on the border with Lebanon. The Arab League mission, which may rise to 200300 monitors, is to assess an initiative agreed with the Syrian government requiring all armed forces to withdraw from areas of conflict.

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Argentinian Prez diagnosed with cancer

A file Image of Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner AFP BUENOS AIRES: Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and will undergo surgery on January 4, her spokesman said on Tuesday. Kirchner, who was sworn in for a second four-year term earlier this month, was found to have cancer “on the right lobe of the thyroid gland” during a routine medical examination on December 22. “The illness has been contained,” he emphasized, adding the cancer had not metastasized. Kirchner was expected to spend 72 hours in hospital, and then spend three weeks recovering from the surgery, he said. The Vice-President Amado Boudou will carry out her duties in the meantime.


INDIA VS AUSTRALIA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011

Umesh shows promise, Zak impresses

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FAST AND FURIOUS Ricky Ponting (left) sweeps a ball past MS Dhoni on the first day of the first Test match

Rahul Dravid is bowled by Australian paceman Ben Hilfenhaus

Twelfth Man Babu Kalyanpur

n India surrendered the chance to drive home the advantage with indifferent batting on another glorious morning in Melbourne. They lost seven wickets for 68 runs in the the session. n The Indian batsmen lacked the will to score runs and allowed the bowlers take over. They dawdled at the wicket and the all too familiar collapse was bound to follow. n To their credit, the Australian bowlers struck good lines and Ben Hilfenhaus was found his best form and marked a successful return to Tests with a fivewicket haul. n Australia were reeling at 27 for four at one time but India let them off the hook with Ricky Ponting and Michaell Hussey consolidating. Umesh Yadav again picked up early wickets. n Zaheer Khan proved what a good bowler he is with the old ball by snapping up Ponting and Haddin late in the day. India will have a good chance to win they bat well in the second innings.

Australian paceman James Pattinson (top) appeals for a decision against an Indian batsman on the third day of the first Test match between Australian and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), in Melbourne on Wednesday VVS Laxman (top left ) looks back to see he is caught behind off the bowling of Australian paceman Peter Siddle Ishant Sharma (Left) celebrates bowling Australian captain Michael Clarke

Healy is Segway’s second victim

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t was a first of sorts for Ian Healy, but not for Segway scooter. In a replay of what happened on Tuesday, the Segway scooter claimed Ian Healy as its second victim at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday when it fell and rode over him shortly before the third day of the first Test against India. Healy, working as a commentator for the host broadcaster, stepped off the front of the scooter

after taking a ride around the MCG but it kept going and rode over the top of him. It then went on to chew up the MCG turf before it was brought under control. The funny incident comes in the wake of a crash by the TV sports cameraman Joe Previtera into a helmet on the turf on Tuesday that resulted in an embarrassing spill in front a huge crowd as he was filming the team before play. It’s a bit ironical that the Healy incident happened when Previtera was being interviewed by the host broadcasters on Wednesday. See Page 14 for more


INDIA VS AUSTRALIA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011

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DAY’S PERFORMERS BATSMAN: HUSSEY BOWLING: HILFENHAUS

SCOREBOARD India 1st innings (Day2) G Gambhir c †Haddin b Hilfenhaus 3 V Sehwag b Pattinson 67 R Dravid not out 68 SR Tendulkar b Siddle 73 Ishant Sharma c Haddin b Hilfenhaus 11 VVS Laxman c Haddin b Siddle 2 V Kohli c Haddin b Hilfenhaus 11 MS Dhoni c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 6 R Ashwin c Haddin b Siddle 31 Z Khan b Pattinson 4 U Yadav not out 2 Extras (w 1, nb 3) 4 Total (all out; 94.1 overs) 282 Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Gambhir, 7.5 ov), 2-97 (Sehwag, 28.2 ov), 3-214 (Tendulkar, 64.3 ov), 4-214 (Dravid, 65.2 ov), 5-221 (Laxman, 72.4 ov), 6-238 (Kohli, 79.2 ov), 7-245 (Dhoni, 81.4 ov), 8-254 (Sharma, 87.2 ov), 9-259 (Khan, 88.6 ov), 10-282 (Ashwin, 94.1 ov) BOWLING: JL Pattinson 23-6-55-2, BW Hilfenhaus 26 -5-75-5, PM Siddle 21.1-2-63-3, NM Lyon 17-2-66-0, MEK Hussey 5-0-15-0, DA Warner 2-0-8-0

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ustralia were 179 for 8 to lead India by 230 runs at the close on third day of the first Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday. Mike Hussey was unbeaten on 79 with James Pattinson on three. Senior batsmen Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey were steering Australia out of early trouble against India on the third day of the first Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday. At tea, Ponting was unbeaten on 33 with Hussey on 29 to have Australia at 81 for four, after crashing to 27 for four.

That represented an overall lead of 132 runs after Australia led by 51 runs on the first innings. Paceman Umesh Yadav claimed the first three wickets to have the Australians under threat of missing out on a decent total to defend in the fourth innings. Yadav struck twice in four balls in his fourth over, removing both openers David Warner (5) and first innings top-scorer Ed Cowan (8). Warner was bowled playing on from a loose shot, and Cowan was leg before wicket while padding up. Australia’s woes deepened when

Shaun Marsh dragged a wide Yadav delivery onto his stumps for three and skipper Michael Clarke followed in the next over. Clarke played on and was bowled by Ishant Sharma for one. Ben Hilfenhaus earlier claimed his best wicket haul in Tests to give Australia a handy innings lead as India were dismissed for 282 at lunch. The Tasmanian swing bowler, recalled for his first Test match in almost a year, captured five for 75. India lost seven wickets for 68 off 28.1 overs after they looked in command at 214 for two late on

Tuesday. Australia got off to a flyer when Rahul Dravid was bowled second ball by Hilfenhaus on his overnight score of 68. Hilfenhaus breached the famed defence of “The Wall” and clipped his off-stump just five balls after Tuesday’s last-over dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar for 73 by Peter Siddle. Dravid, second only to Tendulkar as Test cricket’s most prolific-scoring batsman, batted for 187 balls with six boundaries. V.V.S. Laxman took 20 balls to get off the mark and fell for two.

AUSTRALIA IIND INNINGS (DAY 3) DA Warner b Yadav 5 EJM Cowan lbw b Yadav 8 SE Marsh b Yadav 3 RT Ponting c Sehwag b Khan 60 MEK Hussey not out 79 MJ Clarke b Sharma 1 BJ Haddin† c Laxman b Khan 6 PM Siddle c †Dhoni b Yadav 4 NM Lyon lbw b Ashwin 0 JL Pattinson not out 3 Extras: (b 1, lb 2, w 1, nb 2)6 BOWLING: Z Khan 10-1-26-1 U Yadav 11-2-40-3 I Sharma 9-0-36-1 R Ashwin 9.2-0-31-0 V Sehwag 2-0-7-0


Playing Field

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011

The games people play

Bale brace helps Spurs’ surge G areth Bale tore Norwich apart with a brilliant brace as Tottenham moved seven points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City with an easy 2-0 win at Carrow Road. After laying siege to the Norwich goal in the first half, Spurs finally found the opener 10 minutes after the break when Bale picked up Emmanuel Adebayor’s pass to drive under John Ruddy. Bale then latched on to Luka Modric’s pass to sprint 45 yards before lifting the ball over the on-rushing Norwich goalkeeper with a sublime finish to kill off the match 12 minutes later. The performance may have been slightly ropey in the first-half, but the display from Bale highlights just why Spurs are proving that they should be deemed credible title challengers. With Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool all drawing over the past 24 hours, Tottenham had the perfect chance to put themselves within striking distance of the summit. Bale drew saves from Ruddy on two occasions after terrorising Ritchie De Laet with his searing pace. Bale slammed a deflected shot just wide, but he was soon presented with another chance thanks to an error from Russell Martin. The Welshman nicked the ball off the dallying defender and charged through clear at goal but he could only blast over. A superb 50-yard ball from Rafael van der Vaart sent Adebayor free. The striker edged the ball past the on-rushing Ruddy, but he could not recover it to tap home and the ball went out of play. Another Spurs attack came moments later when Bale got on the end of Modric’s through-ball but Ruddy pulled off a good save. William Gallas slipped on the edge of the box, bringing down

Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale leftcelebrates scoring his second goal with his Togolese team mate Emmanuel Adebayor during their match against Norwich City at Carrow Road in Norwich, AFP east England, on Tuesday. Andrew Surman and earning himself a booking as Norwich began the second half with more confidence. Surman picked himself up and curled a low shot that drifted inches wide, with Brad Friedel scrambling for his far post. Spurs took the lead 10 minutes in to the second half. Van der Vaart picked out Adebayor in the box, he held the ball up and fended off three Norwich defenders before squaring to Bale who got the ball out from under his feet to shoot under Ruddy after being left unmarked 12 yards out. Adebayor converted Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s cross soon after but the Togo striker was ruled out for offside. Bale grabbed his sec-

ond of the game to make it 2-0 in the 67th minute. Scott Parker laid the ball to Modric, who sent the Welshman galloping through on a 45-yard dash. Bale kept his composure, dispatching the coolest of chips over an on-rushing Ruddy. Adebayor squared for Modric as Tottenham looked for a third but the Croatian could only muster a weak shot that Ruddy gathered easily. Martin headed wide in injury time as Norwich looked for a consolation, but it never came and Spurs played the rest of the match out comfortably for a vital three points. Gareth Bale tore Norwich apart with a brilliant brace as Tottenham moved seven points behind

Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City with an easy 2-0 win at Carrow Road. After laying siege to the Norwich goal in the first half, Spurs finally found the opener 10 minutes after the break when Bale picked up Emmanuel Adebayor’s pass to drive under John Ruddy. Bale then latched on to Luka Modric’s pass to sprint 45 yards before lifting the ball over the on-rushing Norwich goalkeeper with a sublime finish to kill off the match 12 minutes later. The performance may have been slightly ropey in the first-half, but the display from Bale highlights just why Spurs are proving that they should be deemed credible title challengers. ES

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Mackie earns point for Hoops J

amie Mackie scored for the second game running to earn QPR a thoroughly deserved 1-1 draw against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium and end a run of three straight defeats. The Scotland winger coolly slotted home a 58th-minute equaliser after Leon Britton’s defensive header had slipped between his own defenders to allow Mackie in on goal. Swansea had led from the 14th minute thanks to a controversial Danny Graham strike. The Welsh side, defeated just once at home this term, slowly found their feet, but Graham controlled Wayne Routledge’s centre before firing low into Paddy Kenny’s left-hand corner, having being given too much time to turn by Fitz Hall and Luke Young. The QPR defenders appealed that Graham had handled as he brought the ball down, with manager Neil Warnock leaving the fourth official in no doubt as to his own view, but the goal stood. Hoops striker Heidar Helguson was guilty of poor finishing as he headed over twice in quick succession from crosses by Young and Joey Barton but the QPR supremacy continued when they controlled the early stages of the second stanza, with Mackie levelling the scores in the 58th minute. Britton’s effort to get his head to Kenny’s goal-kick only managed to split his own defence, and the alert Mackie pounced to race through and calmly guide the ball past Michel Vorm. Graham almost teed up Luke Moore after fine hold-up work in the box, and the former Watford man was then denied what he felt was a clear penalty after being felled as he rolled away from Armand Traore, but referee Lee Probert waved away the appeals. ES

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rsenal were left frustrated as 10-man Wolves battled to a 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners, looking to go back into the top four, were ahead after just eight minutes through Gervinho but Wolves, struggling at the other end of the table, rallied and levelled on 38 minutes through Steven Fletcher. The visitors survived the second half dismissal of midfielder Nenad Milijas as goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey denied the home side time and again. Arsenal took the lead when Thomas Rosicky fed Yossi Benayoun, whose pass split the Wolves defence as Gervinho beat

Arsenal settle for 1-1 draw the offside trap to race clear. The Ivory Coast frontman waited for keeper Hennessey to commit himself, before cutting back inside and then rolling the ball into the net between the two defenders on the line. To their credit, Wolves weathered the storm and then grabbed a leveller eight minutes before the break when Arsenal failed to clear a corner, which Stephen Hunt lobbed back in. His shot was deflected and Fletcher guided a header into the far corner. The Gunners upped the tempo after the

restart, with Robin van Persie clipping a free-kick towards the top corner, only for Hennessey to touch it over at full stretch, while Per Mertesacker’s close-range header was then scrambled clear by the busy Wolves keeper. Referee Stuart Atwell brandished his red card on 75 minutes after a studs-up sliding challenge by Milijas on Mikel Arteta. Van Persie’s shot on the turn was deflected behind as Arsenal laid siege to the Wolves goal, with substitute Andrey Arshavin then clipping the outside of the post.

Arsenal’s Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (left) fights for the ball with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Kevin Doyle during their EPL AFP match at the Emirates Stadium in London on Tuesday.


Playing Field

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011

The games people play

Top trio to warm up for new season

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SNIPPETS REFEREE, THAT DECISION WAS CRIMINAL! FOOTBALL: Twenty Argentinian prisoners on Tuesday received football referee diplomas under a scheme aimed at easing their rehabilitation on their release. The Deportes por Penales programme (Sport for Prison) at La Plata was the brainchild of former international referee Luis Olivetto. "We have always thought sport can help their reintegration into society. This can help them find work when they are free," said provincial politician Alejandro Rodriguez.

SUPERMAXIS RACE NECK-AND-NECK TO HOBART YACHTING: Supermaxi rivals Wild Oats XI and Investec Loyal were on Wednesday locked in a tight battle to the finish of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, with light winds set to test nerves on day three. Race record holder Wild Oats XI, vying for its sixth line honours title, had led the 628 nautical mile race from the start until it was overtaken late Tuesday by Investec Loyal which remained in the lead for most of the night.

ABU DHABI: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer meet in a $250,000 three-day exhibition tournament in the Gulf's winter sun from Thursday, eager to strike early blows ahead of the 2012 season. In the new year, world number one Djokovic will defend three Grand Slam titles and Nadal will look to hang on to his Olympic title and French Open crown, while Federer, despite nearing his 31st birthday, is keen to extend his impressive late run in 2011. Djokovic won three of the four Grand Slams and five Masters this year and assembled a 70-6 winning record. His progress towards the end of the year was slowed by a series of back and shoulder injuries, but the Serb insists he is well rested

as 2012 approaches. "This year's success gives me a reason to believe that I can win again. Why not?" said the Serb, who has been based in Abu Dhabi for the last two weeks. "I think it doesn't make any sense to be anything other than optimistic. I need to believe in my qualities and my abilities and I need to believe that I can repeat the success. "Of course it is going to be an incredibly difficult task to achieve, but you never know, nothing is really impossible." Nadal lost his world number one ranking to Djokovic in 2011 and cut a world-weary figure as the year came to an end, having played 84 matches — more than any of his rivals. But the 25year-old, whose French Open

triumph was his 10th major and sixth at Roland Garros, believes leading Spain to a fifth Davis Cup has helped re-ignite his hopes for 2012. He is also determined to adopt a new approach to his trade. "I tell myself: 'If I do a bit more, I will be nearly back to winning things again.' That is the motivation. Recovering the extra will that makes you give a bit more of yourself," he said. "I have to get back to my cruising altitude, which should be higher. From Indian Wells to Wimbledon and the Olympic Games is where I have to recover my best level." Federer, meanwhile, defied those who believe that having celebrated his 30th birthday in 2011, his best was behind him. The Swiss won his first title in Doha in January before pick-

ing up three more in the home straight in Basel, Paris and a sixth World Tour finals trophy. He will go into 2012, his 13th year on the tour, on the back of a 17-match winning run. "My passion for competition and my love for tennis has a lot to do with it," Federer told The National newspaper here. "I have always said that the minute you decide or think that you cannot improve is the time that you should stop playing. "The good news for me is that I feel like I still have things to learn and parts of my game to improve, so I am excited for the future." The three-day event at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex in Zayed Sports City also features Spain's David Ferrer and France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils.

Dave dethrones king of darts D

ave Chisnall kept his cool to cause a massive upset and knock multiple winner Phil Taylor out of the ladbrokes.com World Championship with a commanding performance at the Alexandra Palace. Chisnall, from St Helens, won the second-round clash in one of the biggest shocks in the sport. Taylor, from Stoke, who has won the PDC title 13 times and also two BDO world championships, looked out of sorts from the opening leg and was brushed aside four sets to one. Chisnall admitted on Sky Sports 1: "I don't know how I did that. I threw well in the game but started getting a bit nervous at the end. When he gave me a chance I took it." Both players missed impor-

Dave Chisnall

tant throws but Chisnall kept his head to win the fifth set with double six after Taylor had missed two shots at double 20. Chisnall added: "He's been missing doubles as well as I did. I've always thought I can beat anybody if I play my game. I thought I could beat him when I came into the championship." Chisnall gave a glimpse of what was to come when he took the first set but Taylor won the next. The next two sets went to Chisnall to set up the chance to cause the upset of the tournament but first he had to hold his nerve. After taking the opening leg of the fifth set Chisnall was pegged back but won the next two legs, including a stuttering finish in the final leg, to win the set 3-1 and put out Taylor. ES

CADEL AND WIFE TO ADOPT ONE-YR-OLD ETHIOPIAN BOY CYCLING: Australia's Tour de France champion Cadel Evans and his Italian wife are adopting a one-year-old Ethiopian boy, a report said Wednesday. Evans had hinted at a child, telling his Twitter followers on Tuesday he was "busy baby sitting". His wife, Chiara Passerini, who had posted an image via Twitter of her holding a small child's hand with the message "We had the most special Christmas of our lives", confirmed the couple had travelled to Ethiopia to adopt a child.

LONDON WON’T BE SIEGE CITY, SAYS OLYMPICS CHIEF COE LONDON: London Olympics chief Sebastian Coe has vowed the British capital will not become a "siege city" in 2012 despite plans to deploy large numbers of weapons and soldiers, in comments published Wednesday. The British government announced this month it would have 13,500 troops on duty for the 2012 Games, more than the 7,000 widely expected. Two navy ships, warplanes and ground-to-air missiles would also be deployed to provide security, it said.


Comment

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011

Fair, free and forthright

Editorials GHMC BUDGET CUT will choke City

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he decision of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to slash its annual budget by almost `400 crore is ironic as the City keeps expanding into the suburbs and in turn the population also increases. Though GHMC officials cite declining sources of revenue as the cause of the budget cut, one can’t help but wonder where all the revenue from the City’s growth is going. Allocation of adequate funds and increasing it in proportion to City’s growth are vital to maintain the infrastructure. Once the civic body starts cutting corners, services and utilities will be affected and public will start feeling the pinch. Moreover, Brand Hyderabad, which has been painstakingly built over the last 15 years, will suffer at a time when major cities are jostling with each other to draw investors. We need good roads, drains, waste disposal systems and efficient mechanisms to redress grievance. Slashing budgets will only make matters worse.

WHY WE LOVE Segway

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hen Segway launched its superbly futuristic twowheeled people carrier we clamoured for more; talking about how it was going to change traffic forever. But who thought it would have amazing comedic value. Just ask camerman Joe Previtera, whose Segway hilariously collided with Brad Haddin’s helmet on the second day of the first IndaAustralia Test. Joe, thankfully, escaped injury, but his ego’s probably sporting a nasty bruise. Check out http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=kDXMZdZG3Bc

Is KCR brain-dead? TRS chief KCR’s threat to renew Telangana agitation shows the arrogance of a petty politician, whose plans of emerging the undisputed leader of Telangana was rejected by the public who got tired of his 45-day general strike and the miseries it brought. Not only did the agitation fail, it also caused industrial production loss of thousands of crores and created the tag of ‘hostile and unstable’ for future investors. Lakhs of students lost precious academic days and hundreds of crores public property was destroyed. Is KCR so dumb that he can hold a state and its population to ransom for his petty ambitions? Prasad R Uppal

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Crowdsourcing the year’s best books Literary Speaking DAVID SEXTON

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f you want to be fancy, you could call it "crowdsourcing" — a term invented by Jeff Howe in a 2006 Wired magazine article for the process of allocating tasks usually performed by individuals to a group of people, thus calling upon communal intelligence. I've always thought of it more as "composting down", making something consistent and salubrious out of disparate waste matter. Whichever term you prefer, it is a fact that Books of the Year choices are best weighed en masse, rather than credited individually. Dr Johnson generously allowed that a man is not under oath in lapidary inscriptions. Reviewers feel just the same when invited to choose their books of the year. That's why so many freely testify to old friendships and longstanding loyalties of one sort or another. That's how so many reviewers, including such bastions of probity as AS Byatt and the Archbishop of Canterbury, manage to make their "choice" several times over for the year: some of them divertingly different, some stoutly the same. No embarrassment need be felt, for these selections are not to be understood as any kind of eternal testament. Many are little more than a stamp-saving literary Christmas card — or not even that, just a cheery little wave across a crowded room. Nevertheless, the wisdom of crowds prevails. Taken together, books of the year choices do reliably reveal the most highly rated titles, so here, by way of a last-minute yearender shopping list, is a conspectus. In fiction, the clear winner was Alan Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child, chosen some 16 times in the newspapers and magazines I've contrived to collate, followed by Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad, named more than a dozen times. Edward St Aubyn's At Last and Ali Smith's

There but for the were cited more than half a dozen times each, followed not too far behind by Julian Barnes's Man Booker winner, The Sense of an Ending. Barnes himself courteously nominated the St Aubyn and the Hollinghurst as among the home-grown fiction he has most admired. In the more varied field of non-fiction, the winner with 10 votes was Claire Tomalin's Charles Dickens: A Life, followed by Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. After that, All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945 by Max Hastings was most often chosen, with multiple mentions also for

Power tariff hike will hurt

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The power tariff hike beginning from April will hurt the common man already suffering from skyrocketing fuel prices and food inflation. Since the hike comes at the peak of summer when fans and air conditioners will be used the most, it will burn a hole in the pockets of consumers. Instead of going for hike after hike, the power companies should focus on reducing transmission losses, power thefts and recovering dues from major defaulters. Jeeva Shankar Abids

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Craig Brown's One on One and Nicola Shulman's Graven with Diamonds — impressive, given her subject (Sir Thomas Wyatt). If crowdsourcing is not for you, books of the year choices also yield individual recommendations, from contributors not merrily playing the game, that are so convincing as to be obviously worth heeding. Following up on these, I have already read and greatly enjoyed Thin Paths: Journeys in and around an Italian Mountain Village by Julia Blackburn and The Vagabond's Breakfast by Richard Gwynn. As it happens, these last were chosen by several individuals; sometimes one is all it takes, though.

JNTU exams

How much longer?

JNTU’s decision to notify the students only a day before important exams were to held shows scant regard for the students. That too, without even giving a proper reason for the cancellation. At a time when educational institutions are rushing to finish portions and complete academic cycles affected by the agitation for Telangana. The university’s decision to implement an optional holiday has ruined the plans of students, especially those palnning to prepare for other exams. NTU should seek inputs from the stakeholders before taking any such decision. Vamsi Srinivas Adarsh Nagar

Once again Sachin Tendulkar missed the chance to create that record of records. He seemed so much in form but then got out at 73. The way he batted made one feel he was not much bothered about the excitement about the 100th ton. He played as if it were just another match. Some of the shots that he played — especially the six he hit off Siddle over the slip cordon and the thirdman boundary — showed why he is the most loved, feared, revered batsman in the world. I hope he clinches the elusive record soon. Mathai Varkey Hyderabad


Business

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011

Matters of saving and spending

MSMEs badly hit in 2011 NEW DELHI: Small is beautiful! So goes the adage. But 2011 was anything but beautiful for India’s 26 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). MSME entrepreneurs faced several challenges throughout the year, with the situation worsening as the months went by. High interest rates, rising cost of raw materials and labour remained the key input challenges. Demand compression and tough competition, both in domestic and foreign markets, confronted the units as they ventured out to market their produce. The trade deficit of $12.6 billion between India and China during the April to July period, added to their woes. “Rising competition from Chinese imports was a cause of concern. The sector faced a lot of heat because of cheap imports from China. Besides, the slowdown in Europe and Western countries also posed a challenge and threat,” HP Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director of National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) said PTI. Kumar said Indian MSMEs are at a disadvantage when it comes to interest costs. “We were unable to compete with other Asian economies. The high bor-

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rowing cost of 13-15 per cent affected our competitiveness, compared to other nations where it was 6-8 per cent.” As the going gets tough, there is widespread sickness among MSMEs. According to government data, as many as 91,400 micro and small units had shut operations as of March, 2011. Of these, about 13,000 were added in the fiscal 2010-11. The reasons for closure were financial non-viability due to changing business environment, lack of demand, obsolete technology, non-availability of raw material, infrastructural constraints, inadequate and delayed credit and managerial deficien-

cies. The government did chip in to ameliorate the situation, but it will be quite some time before the impact filters through. On the policy front, the Cabinet approved the Public Procurement Policy for MSMEs. Under the policy, a minimum share of 20 per cent of total purchases of Central ministries/ departments/PSUs has been reserved for micro and small enterprises. Within the 20 per cent share of annual procurement from MSEs, 4 per cent of government procurements has been reserved for MSEs owned by SCs/STs. Of 2.6 crore MSME units, around 1.18 lakh enterprises are

registered by persons belonging to Scheduled Castes and 44,840 units owned by those from Scheduled Tribes. The decline in export growth was witnessed in segments like readymade garments, leather, machine tools, light engineering and gems and jewellery. On the domestic front, automobiles and electronics took a hit due to the high cost of raw materials and high interest rates. “Interest costs went up by 50 per cent. MSMEs were badly affected because of demand constraints,” VK Agarwal, President, Federation of Indian Small and Medium Enterprises said. To address the situation arising from the global crisis, emanating particularly from European markets, the government announced a 2 per cent interest subsidy on rupee export and allowed for credit in handicrafts and hand looms industries. The government made efforts to address the issue of a lack of financial resources, which acts as a deterrent in the growth of MSME units. Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) gave the nod to BSE and National Stock Exchange to open a dedicated exchange for small and medium units. PTI

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CII expresses concern over power tariff hike

Jay Galla, HYDERABAD: Chairman, CII (Andhra Pradesh) expressed concern over the proposed 10 per cent hike of power charges for commercial and industrial users. The increase from present level Rs4.24 to Rs5.34 per unit will lead to increase in the cost of production and make business less competitive. The government justified the power tariff hike by citing the increasing power revenue deficit. However, Galla said, government could have reduced the power subsidies and introduced better expenditure management instead. The timing of proposed power hike for the industry will send a wrong signal for the prospective investors, especially at the time when an international event like partnership summit slated for January. The government can streamline the open access system for industry; he suggested and urged the government not to levy cross subsidy charges.

Govt has to create conducive environment PIC: N SHIVA KUMAR

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HYDERABAD: “Power-intensive industries such as manufacturing are badly affected with the power crisis. Small information technology (IT) firms and IT enabled business (ITES) are also affected in the service sector. Not only the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), all the industry associations have taken up the power crisis issues with the government. There is an assurance from the government to reduce the power cuts. But, nothing has happened so far,” said Ramesh Datla, Chairman, CII Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Council. In an interaction on the performance of MSMEs in the State in 2011, he says that officially, there is a two-day power cut to the industries. “However, if we count with unofficial interruptions, the power cut is for almost three days.” A unit of electricity costs Rs4. But, if the industry is run with a generator, it costs Rs15 a unit. This is almost four times the actual cost. Moreover, micro and small

Ramesh Datla companies cannot afford even a generator. They are shutting down during the day and working only when there is power supply during the nights and stretching themselves. This is a serious issue and will affect the Sate and its growth. “A government which offers quality power alone can aspire to the growth,” he said. The rising interest rates are also a concern for the industries. Indian industries try to grow on

debts. Therefore, increase in interest rates would affect the profits of the MSEMs. Government is offering discount of around 3 per cent for the industries who avail a loan of less than Rs10 lakh. This limit has to be increased to benefit more industries. There is a need of single window clearance, he points out. The government has implemented the industry bodies’ request to some extent and there

is some progress in this area. But, more has to be done, he says. Talking about schemes, Datla said there is no doubt that state and central governments are offering a lot of schemes to MSMEs. However, there are difficulties in implementing and availing these schemes. Companies need to put in alot of time and effort in getting these schemes. The government has to offer these schemes in easily implementable way for their effective use. The growth rate of the industry would be slow in the first two quarters of the next year as these impact will continue and there are elections in some States and industry may see some growth only after third quarter. The market has become highly competitive and margins have come down drastically. Input costs and interest rate have gone up with the inflation but the output is decreased. The sustenance has become a critical issue for the businesses. Government has to create conducive environment with adequate power, lower interest rates and offer practical schemes, he asserted.

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H‑Factor

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011

Holistic view of mind, body and soul

POPPING MULTI VITAMINS DOESN’T HELP

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opping multi-vitamin pills doesn’t seem to confer any real health benefits, according to a new study. A team led by Nancy University researchers in France tracked 8,112 volunteers who took either a placebo or one containing vitamin C, vitamin E, betacarotene, selenium and zinc, daily for over six years. The study, one of the most exhaustive to date, suggests that millions may be throwing their money away without deriving any real benefits. They were just as likely to develop cancer or heart disease as those who took an identical-looking dummy pill. It found that pills containing vitamin E, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, selenium and zinc increased the risk of malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, four-fold, the Daily Mail reports. Many users fall into the category of healthy adults who believe the pills will act to insure them against deadly illnesses, said Catherine Collins, chief dietician at St George’s Hospital in London. “But they are wasting their money. This was a large study following people up for a long period of time assessing everything from their mobility and blood pressure to whether they were happy or felt pain,” she added. It also discovered that women on a daily multi-vitamin pill increased their risk of breast cancer by up to 20 percent. While the evidence that vitamins can do harm is still limited, the latest study seems to confirm that many people are at the very least taking them unnecessarily. IANS

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What can youngsters do to prevent heart problems? A heart attack occurs when a clot blocks the flow of blood through a coronary artery, starving the heart of oxygen and damaging the heart muscle. If not treated immediately, heart attacks can be fatal or cause long-term damage to the heart and body. Because heart attacks are so serious, accounting for the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States and now in India too, prevention is key. Through appropriate lifestyle changes and medication, patients at risk can work with their doctors to help drastically reduce their risk for a first heart attack. And surprising findings show that younger adults may benefit from preventive therapies more than we might expect. A recent study presented at the American Heart Association’s annual conference found that younger men and women are much less likely to use preventive therapies, yet may be at higher risk for a first heart attack than realised. (The concluding part to this column will appear next week. The writer is a senior consultant cardiologist practising at Care Hospitals, Hyderabad)

Heart diseases set to fall in India: Doctor NEW DELHI: There is good news on the health front. A leading cardiologist says incidents of heart disease in India are set to plateau in seven to eight years and then fall due to greater awareness about a healthy lifestyle and more effective drugs. “People are cutting down on salt intake, a development that is sure to bring down now rampant cases of high blood pressure,” Vinay Sanghi, from the

Fortis Escorts Hospital, told IANS. “More patient friendly medication with few side effects is also now available,” he said. “People also understand the necessity of exercising every day. All these factors should cut down the number of those who face the risk of heart ailment,” said Sanghi. Heart disease is considered a sign of prosperity, mostly accruing to those who lead a sedentary lifestyle, devoid of even giving minimal exercise to their body. Heart diseases have now

become the number one killer in India, replacing communicable diseases from that slot. A quarter of those who get heart attacks are in the 25-69 age group. Increasingly, heart ailments are killing Indians both in urban and rural areas, although the fatalities are more in cities and towns. “The cycle of heart disease has started. The number should plateau in seven to eight years, from which point it will start to decline,” Sanghi said. For now, the number of heart

diseases was “rising alarmingly”. The total number of cases was more than in the developed world. “Heart diseases occur mostly in Tier I and II cities. New cases are very high — for now. The good news is people are realising the need to maintain healthy lifestyle, keep away from salty snacks and fast food, go for more physical activity, and take a morning walk. There is increasing awareness. “More than anything else, it is this self-realisation that will help India in the long run.”


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Despite the fat pay cheques and the biggest designers on speed dial, stars end up making poor fashion choices. The red carpet is like a dock, where you are captured in your best and worst dressed moments. Take a look at who needs a second word with their stylist

RIHANNA With her sense of fashion inspired from Barbie, Rihanna is another such celeb who loves to experiment. But it’s worth mentioning that the fluffy, seethrough number that she wore to the Grammys was NOT a sexy-MrsSanta-Claus costume.

SALMA HAYEK Someone as beautiful as Salma Hayek doesn't need to be overly dressed. But, we don't know what she was thinking with this one. From the shoes, to the bag, to the breastplate, this is just too much of a gold thing.

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ANGELINA JOLIE AND BRAD PITT It’s a given that Brangelina are a glamourous couple but they can be so consistently boring with the same outfits over and over again. Add colour, not kids.

This hip-hop sensation raised the bar this year for almost everything. She toured with Britney Spears, collaborated with David Guetta, and saw her album Pink Friday climb to the top of the Billboard chart, all the while dressed like a deranged Barbie doll. If Minaj's fashion choices were part of a calculated ploy to make her famous...we fell for it.

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TYRA BANKS Having been a part of the fashion industry for two decades now, one would assume that Tyra Banks would have learned a thing or two about style. Yet the former supermodel and America's Next Top Model host spent 2011 pouring her statuesque frame into skin-tight jumpsuits at every opportunity.

One would think that Twilda Swinton with her classy taste in choosing her films would have a classier wardrobe but she appeared to have thrown on a bathrobe over a pair of slacks. Unexciting clothes on an unexciting person.

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Frank Lucas (American Gangster) gangster rises from a sidekick and strong man to the top, only to be pulled down by his slowly mounting excesses. Frank Lucas is a smart, sophisticated, hard-working, and complicated man. His icy behaviour and devotion to his family is what makes him stand out. This Harlem hoodlum smuggles heroin into the country by hiding it in the bodies of US soldiers killed during battle in Vietnam. When he spots a chance to make an entrance into the all-white world of crime when his boss is killed, he removes the middlemen and buys his drugs directly from the producers in Thailand. He soon works his way up the ladder by selling drugs of superior quality and at a lower price than his competitors, thus making enemies. His business ethics is simple, which is to eliminate anyone who comes in the way of his rise. His personal life is however in shambles and a deal gone wrong lands him in the slammer, However, this is not your typical gangster. Once in jail, he turns an informer and busts a lot of drug cartels in the city. Denzel Washington plays the role of real life notorious drug dealer, Frank Lucas . He plays the bad guy but the skill with which he carried out the role is thrilling and admirable. American Gangster was one of Denzel’s best performances.

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The action genre that has always had wide fan following. Gangs and mobsters have been all-time favourites with movie-makers as well as audiences. Now as the chase to catch the most elusive Don begins, we take a look at some of the mob bosses who have captivated audiences over the ages

KINGS OF MEAN STREET Michael Corleone (The Godfather series) f anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone, these were the words of the youngest son of Don Vito Corleone. The one who soon rose to take control of the Italian mafia’s most dreaded family. Michael was the family hero, the most respectable son of the Don, who had the highest hopes for Michael in the “legitimate world.” But when his father was shot, Michael could not keep himself from getting mixed-up in the family business. Inevitably, he took over. Michael was kind yet cruel, powerful yet weak. He was a masterful, strategic thinker spurred by vengeance. All his life he worked to make his family legitimate but failed. His was a lost cause. Anything he attempted to salvage ended in disaster, he lost his marriage, lost his daughter, lost all of his brothers, tried to escape that life, could not find redemption, and in the end, he died alone. The character was brilliantly essayed by Al Pacino.

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Al Capone (The Untouchables) l Capone is absolutely menacing and larger-than-life character in The Untouchables. Robert De Niro captures the ruthlessness that indelibly marked Capone’s infamy forever in the annals of criminal history. A role that is arguably the one of the best in cinematic history. A despicable and hardened criminal Capone ruled Chicago with absolute power. No one could touch him. No one could stop him, until Eliot Ness and a small force of men swore they’d bring him down. Capone was a ruthless bootlegger but he has his own take on his business: “People are gonna drink! You know that, I know that, we all know that, and all I do is act on that. And all this talk of bootlegging — what is bootlegging? On a boat, it’s bootlegging. On Lake Shore Drive, it’s hospitality. I’m a businessman!” Indeed, a shrewd businessman who has no qualms in battering his own men with a baseball bat. Money seemed to be his only ally and he spent it lavishly. Whether it was for the purpose of getting someone killed or for bribing the jury.

Tony Montana (Scarface) ony Montana, a Cuban refugee came to Miami in 1980 as a result of the Mariel Boatlift, and became a drug cartel kingpin during the cocaine boom of the 1980s. His greed led to his ultimate downfall. In Miami he worked for drug lord Robert Loggia and soon rose to the top of Florida’s crime chain, appropriating Loggia’s cokehead mistress in the process. Tony’s lust for power could never be sated. His mantra in life can be summed up in these lines: “In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the woman.” His animalistic personality, and his devil-may-care attitude is what makes Tony, one to remember. A suave Al Pacino as Tony Montana only upped the thrill factor.

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Tommy DeVito (Goodfellas) robber with a scary temper. A psychopath to say the least. Tommy was one gangster that no one would want to mess with. He was brash and would get easily ticked off. He was moody and would not hesitate to kill anybody. He used to murder people just because he wanted to randomly test his newly acquired firearm and would not mind using humans as target practice. Tommy constantly mouthed profanity and was prone to sudden violent outbursts. There is love and loyalty stirring beneath the surface but it is unable to exist as a result of his obsession with power and status. Tommy DeVito is still one of the most obscene, violent, twisted characters ever imagined. Joe Pesci is the one who played the unforgettable role of Tommy De Vito. Pesci refused to let Tommy be a one-shaded character but instead brought out multiple facets to this dreaded gangster.

Don Vito Corleone (The Godfather series) o other character in history is perhaps as iconic as that of Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather. He was the head of the Corleone family, one of the leading crime syndicates in New York city. Rarely does one see any emotion on his face. His movements are subtle yet effective enough to display without much effort just how much power and respect he commanded. He was an ambitious Sicilian immigrant who built an empire purely based on his personal code of honour. He was ruthless at times but at the same time he was not exactly encouraging of vicious crimes by gangs and so sought to control crime in New York by either consuming or eliminating rival gangs. His clout was so overwhelming that friends and associates soon took to calling him The Godfather. A title that breathes power and respect. Marlon Brando who is undoubtedly one of the best actors in Hollywood essayed this role with great panache. He is at his finest when he is advising his son Michael as to how his enemies will move around him.

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Agneepath: Next year comes another age-old cult, Agneepath in which Amitabh Bachchan’s gained glory as the inimitable Vijay Deenanath Chauhan. Now in the much-anticipated remake, by Karan Johar you have Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt playing the historical characters. Having roped in veterans like Rishi kapoor, there are bound to be new additions and twists to the original. Interestingly, Mithun Chakravarti’s much-appreciated role from the original seems to be absent from the remake. Already, the movie’s soundtrack is making the rounds, particularly its item song Chikni Chameli sizzling the screens. Here’s hoping the remake will do better at the box office than the lukewarm response its predecessor got.

Players: There have been unofficial remakes of tons of Hollywood flicks , which are more often than not dubbed as borrowed inspiration. Finally Bollywood has decided to give credit and it starts with Players which will kick-start the year of remakes. The movie is said to be the official remake of the english blockbuster of 1969, The Italian Job, credited to be one of the best British movies by Peter Collinson. Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol directed by the duo Abbas Mastan. The movie boasts of locales like New Zealand and North Pole and of course the heist sequence apart from our cool dudes and babes doing the regular dance and song sequences.

2012: A YEAR OF REMAKES After churning out all types of movies in the past decade or so, it seems that Bollywood is fresh out of ideas. Be prepared, 2012 is going to be the year in which the industry is going to see film-makers attempting to recreate the tried-and-tested formulae of age-old hits... Isha Mukoo Isha.m@postnoon.com

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hat is the magic formula that makes a remake work? Is it the actors, or is it the script? Or both. No one can say because there Bol Bachchan: Another movie to look forward to is an all time favourite from the yesteryears. Yes folks, the remake of original masterpiece Golmaal by Hrishikesh Mukherji is here. After making comedy sequels with the same name, Rohit Shetty is finally coming up with official remake of the real flick. The original characters essayed by Utpal Dutt and Amol Palekar will now be played by Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan. Whether the remake will match up to the expectations set by the original or not, is something that remains to be seen.

are no rules. Indian cinema has never shied away from taking creative inspiration. Some remakes in the past have turned out to be chartbusters while some vanished without a trace. We give you an update on what awaits you in the year ahead

Ekk Deewana Tha: A remake of the Tamil movie Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa by Gautam Menon, next year one can see a hindi remake of the same movie. The film has already been remade in Telugu as Ye Maya Chesave this year. The Tamil version actors Simbhu and Trisha will be replaced by Prateik and Amy Jackson in the Bollywood remake. Chasme Buddoor: Now this is a movie whose remake rights had been brought long before anyone even agreed to do the movie. But eventually the comedy king David Dhawan decided to take up the project. The character played by Farooq Sheikh in the original will be reprised by Pakistani actor-singer Ali Zafar and the female lead played by Deepti Naval back then will now be essayed by an actor from the South — Tapsee. The movie will also see stars like Juhi Chawla, Rishi Kapoor, Anupam Kher and Siddharth.


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ollywood actress Bipasha Basu, all set to make her Hollywood debut with Singularity, feels there is no hierarchy in Hollywood unlike the Indian film industry. “The idea is to love films and to create films and that we are doing here and they are doing there. I have got my recognition here. So my loyalty stays here,” Bipasha told reporters. “The experience is wonderful there and there is no system of hierarchy like what exists in the Indian film industry,” the actress said when asked about the major differences that she noticed after working in Hollywood and Bollywood. Bipasha would make her Hollywood debut with Singularity which is scheduled to release in 2012. The film also stars Hollywood superstar Josh Hartnett. When asked about her chemistry with Hartnett, Bipasha said”Josh is a wonderful actor, really good looking guy. I think everybody has a crush on him when we see his films. Even I did but I had to let my crush moment go, once I started filming as it was a very intense film.” Singularity is an epic romance time travel adventure film set against the backdrop of the first Anglo-Maratha war across two time periods and continents. It revolves around four characters — a British officer in colonial India, an Indian woman, a presentday American marine biologist and his wife. IANS

Kolkata police ‘humming’ Kolaveri to rein in errant bikers

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mitten by the national rage Kolaveri Di sung by south Indian film star Dhanush, the Kolkata traffic police is literally humming ‘Why this herogiri di?’ these days, urging errant bikers to wear helmets. In a novel idea to promote safe riding, the Kolkata police have put up signboards with the slogan ‘Why this herogiri di?’ across the streets in the city. “During the year-end, bikers while enjoying themselves often do not wear helmets and ride rashly. So we came up with this catchy line to attract the attention of errant riders,” police commissioner RK Pachnanda said. “We want them to be happy but at the same time they must follow the safety rules,” he added. The sign boards show two riders on a bike without helmets. Above them is written ‘Why this herogiri, herogiri, herogiri di?’ and below is the request to wear helmets. Dhanush and composer of the song, Aniruddh, performed the phenomenal song in Kolkata on Christmas day amid thousands of screaming and cheering fans. IANS

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@rampalarjun Shot for #love2hateu with @RGVzoomin good show, now on route to shoot with Sudhir Mishra, an all night shift. Omg how I hate night shifts.

@sonakshisinha Half an hr break between shots. Tryin to cover up for the lack of tweets :p rehearsed song wit Prabhu sir for RR yesterday - mindblasted.

@RGVzoomin Annas peoples excuses on the low turn out in mumbai sound so similar to how film makers give excuses when their films get a low turn out.

@udaychopra I’m off to a quiet dinner with Voldemort...that’s what I call my brother (The one who shall not be named).

@bipsluvurself Off to the press conf for #Players in Bengaluru! Ate a yum meal of chicken stew, meen moilee n appams! Am a happy girl now:)

@SrBachchan T 604 - A 100 years of our National Anthem .. sing along and you cannot but feel the tears swell up with deep emotion .. amazing it happens.

@iamsrk Late nite work...had fun shooting with old friends..Shaad Ali & Kashyap...now to eat & sleep...packed day tomorrow before I join kids.

@AnupamPkher One does’t need to be brave to speak the truth. One needs conviction. Remember when you are telling the truth, you don’t have to remember it.:)


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aria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger have come together for another major occasion since the journalist filed for divorce from her husband in July. A source close to the family tells a magazine that the two spent Christmas together with their children at their home in Brentwood, Calif., and they “had a really nice time” over the holiday. According to the source, they also attended the Los Angeles Lakers’ season opener game at the Staples Center in the afternoon. Spending time together, however, isn’t unprecedented for the two. Since their split, Shriver, 56, was by her ex’s side on his 64th birthday in July.

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t was a merry Christmas indeed for Matthew McConaughey. The actor rang in the holidays by putting a ring on the finger of longtime girlfriend Camila Alves. McConaughey, 42, who opened up about his relationship with the Brazilian model, 28, in 2007, announced his engagement on his WhoSay account. “Just asked camila to marry me,” he wrote in a post accompanying a snapshot of the couple sharing a smooch in front of the Christmas tree. “Merry Christmas.” The couple have two children together —Levi, 3, and Vida, who turns 2 in January — and McConaughey told People in 2008 that Alves was the woman he wanted to start a family with. “I always wanted to be a father,” he said. “It just took the right woman and the right time to make it happen.” The actor previously gushed to People, “[Alves] is the love of my life. Everything is right.”

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n image of what looked like a leaked People magazine cover touting Taylor Lautner as being ‘Out & Proud’ hit the web on Monday, December 26. But, the cover, which was dated January 7, 2012, was revealed as a fake. That didn’t stop the fake, which features a solo Lautner, touting the ‘Exclusive’ story, from creating buzz on the Internet though. “Tired of rumours, the Twilight star opens up about his decision to finally come out. But, a spokesperson for People magazine immediately rubbished it and told a magazine that the story was “absolutely fake.”


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The glamour behind the glitz

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011

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Everyone is talking about Annie, the 10-year-old girl who played the role of Mallamma in Rajanna. We find out more about this child artiste who might very well be one of the finest actresses of the future

A Powerhouse of Talent Hemanth Kumar hemanth.k@postnoon.com

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011

The glamour behind the glitz

Journey is in cruise mode S

uresh Kondeti, who produced the Telugu version of M Saravanan’s Engeyum Eppodhum, is laughing all the way to the bank. The film starring Sharwanand, Jai, Anjali and Ananya in lead roles was released in Telugu as Journey. Just two days after the film was released, Suresh Kondeti decided to add 35 more screens to cater to the growing demand of the film.Soon, it became clear that the film was doing extremely well

at the box-office. Yesterday, several directors like Srinu Vaitla, B Gopal, Gunna Ganagraju praised both the performances of the cast and the director. Suresh Kondeti said, “Journey is one of the biggest hits among dubbed films this year. AR Murugadoss had said that the Tamil version had collected four times more than what its production cost and I am proud to say that the Telugu version has collected eight times more than its production cost.”

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T-TOWN TWEETIES

@actressanjjanaa Casanova,king n commisioner are also on final stages of shooting wil wrap up wid both d shoots in jan n soon d release wil happen in Jan,Feb .

@sneha_ullal Couldn't party with Mr Bodyguard today..feel bad abt it but there is always next year.

Richa signs a Bengali film

@Amala_ams I wish I could record my dreams and watch them later.

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icha Gangopadhyay is all set to foray into the Bengali film industry. After making her debut in Telugu and Tamil cinema, she has signed up for a Bengali film which is reportedly a remake of SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster film Vikramarkudu. Rajib is directing the film and it stars Prosenjit Chatterjee and Richa in lead roles. Most of the film is being shot in Kolkata, Hyderabad and Karnataka. Confirming the news, Richa said that luckily she could adjust the dates for this film at the last minute. Since Bengali is her mother tongue, the actor is all the more excited that she’s acting opposite one of the most popular actors in Bengali cinema. Meanwhile, Richa is also shooting for Prabhas, Koratala Siva’s upcoming Telugu film. It’s been a good year so far for Richa who’s basking in the glory of all the accolades being showered on her for her performance in Selvaraghavan’s Mayakkam Enna.

@Actor_Siddharth Mobile phones on a film set!! Trying to weed them out of mine for years to no avail :( Hope my luck changes next year. #thingsiwantin2012 No 6.

@tashu_02 Yay....its gud to be bk in India... Missed everything abt this place n people....gonna relax in Delhi today.... :-).

@shrutihaasan And now begins my epic new years break and my first official break of the year!woohoo:) happy new year fun begins!

TARAKA

RATNA

pins hopes on Nandeeswarudu

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araka Ratna is set to make a comeback after a gap of two years. His upcoming film Nandeeswarudu, which is going to release on December 29, is said to be inspired from a Kannada film Deadly Soma. Srinivas Yarajala has directed the film and Sheena Shahabadi is the lead actress. The film narrates the story

of a student who takes a violent path to protect an old woman and her family. Taraka Ratna was last seen in Ravi Babu’s Amaravati for which he bagged a Nandi Award and after that he was completely off the radar. Earlier this year, he had signed another film titled Prajapathi and there’s buzz that he might do another film with Srinivas Yarajala.

@ssrajamouli I have received more praises for Rajanna than my own films, and the accolades are still pouring in. Thanks a lot everyone.

@SindhuraGadde Good view, good music, good food, good friends... What more can you ask for?


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1415 Csi - Crime Scene Investigation 1510 India's Minute To Win It 1605 Launch My Line 1700 Live To Dance 1800 Criss Angel Mindfreak 1900 India's Minute To Win It 2000 Sports Crash 2100 Minute To Win It 2200 Falling Skies 2300 Criss Angel Mindfreak 0815 Sky Teleshopping 0840 Infomercial/30 Min 0930 Whacked Out Sports 0955 Infomercial/5 Min 1000 Whacked Out Sports 1025 Infomercial/5 Min 1030 Falling Skies 1130 Sports Crash 1225 Live To Dance 1320 Minute To Win It

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‘Parenthood’ at 2200 Hrs on ZEE CAFE

Afsar Bitiya Storyline - Back at Vidya’s house groom’s father Satyanarayan expresses his desire for dowry and when Saraswati tries to talk to him he gets angry and threatens to leave. ‘Afsar Bitiya’ at 1900 Hrs on ZEE TV

‘Supernatural’ at 2100 Hrs on STAR WORLD 1400 Supernatural 1500 The Dewarists 1600 The Big Bang Theory 1630 The Simpsons 1700 The Sheild 1800 Supernatural 1900 Love2 Hate U 2000 Two And A Half Men 2030 The Simpsons 2100 Supernatural 2200 The Sheild 2300 The Big Bang Theory 2330 Two And A Half Men 0700 Supernatural 0800 Las Vegas 0900 Supernatural 1000 The Sheild 1100 Love2 Hate U 1200 Two And A Half Men 1230 The Simpsons 1300 The Big Bang Theory 1330 Friends

Saas Bina Sasural Storyline - Chaturvedi family will be seen happy about the fact that Ved has finally accepted his love for Nitika. Ved will propose to Nitika but she will refuse. ‘Saas Bina Sasural‘ at 2200 Hrs on SONY ‘Green Zone’ at 2100 Hrs HBO

1400 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 1430 Chidiya Ghar 1500 R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya 1530 Lapataganj 1600 FIR 1630 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 1700 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 1830 R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya 1900 Chidiya Ghar 1930 Don't Worry Chachu !!! 2000 Chintu Chinky Aur Ek Badi Si Love Story 2030 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 2100 Chidiya Ghar 2130 R.K. Laxman Ki Duniya 2200 Lapataganj 2230 FIR 2300 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma 2330 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 0900 Don't Worry Chachu !!! 0930 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo 1000 Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma

‘Lapataganj’ at 2200 Hrs on SAB

‘Dhoondte Reh Jaoge’ at 1400 Hrs on ZOOM 1400 Movie - Dhoondte Reh Jaoge 1730 Star Bonanza 1800 Letz Go! 1900 Planet Bollywood News 1930 Link'D 2000 Zabar 10 2030 My Playlist 2130 Shine On With Gitanjali 2200 B - Tonite 2230 Style Strip 2300 Bollywood Bonanza 0700 Fresh Mornings 0800 Red Carpet 0805 20 - 20 Songs 0825 Fresh Mornings 1000 20 - 20 Songs 1021 Fresh Mornings 1100 Zoom Box 1200 Garma Garam 1300 Planet Bollywood News 1330 Zabar 10

1430 Eco- Tech 1530 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman 1630 Science Of The Movies 1730 Massive Machines 1800 Massive Speed 1830 Best Of Discovery Science 1930 Connections 3 2030 Megascience 2130 Food Detectives 2200 Sci Fi Science 2230 The Greatest Ever 2330 The New Inventors 0700 How It's Made 0730 Connections 3 0830 Against The Elements 0930 Industrial Revelations Best Of British Engineering 1030 Megascience 1130 Food Detectives 1200 Deconstructed 1330 100 Greatest Discoveries

‘Food Detectives’ at 2130 Hrs on DISCOVERY SCIENCE

‘Survivor’ at 2100 Hrs on BIG CBS PRIME 1430 Jerry Springer 1530 Aspire 1600 Survivor 1700 Bellator 1800 Galileo Extreme 1900 The Defenders 2000 Entertainment Tonight 2030 Galileo Extreme 2100 Survivor 2200 Jerry Springer 2300 The Defenders 0700 Aspire 0730 Big Wheels 0800 Galileo Extreme 0900 CSI - New York 1000 Bellator 1100 Jerry Springer 1200 Aspire 1230 Entertainment Tonight 1300 Galileo Extreme 1330 The Defenders


Chai Time

KAKURO

How to Play Kakuro Kakuro is a popular game similar to sudoku in some ways. But is also suitably different. The key question: “How do you play Kakuro?”, well here are the rules of kakuro. The answer: The kakuro grid, unlike in sudoku, can be of any size. It has rows and columns, and dark cells like in a crossword. And, just like in a crossword, some of the dark cells will contain numbers. Some cells will contain two numbers. However, in a crossword the numbers reference clues. In a kakuro, the numbers are all you get! They denote the total of the digits in the row or column 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.

SCRIBBLING PAD

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011

Take a shot at the brain game while sipping your cuppa

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QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 ___ vu 5 Canter, for one 9 Ballesteros, with driver 13 Met highlight 14 Like '70s fashions, now 15 Quartet with one out sick? 16 He robs travelers 18 Genesis forecast 19 Slackens 20 Lex Luthor, to Superman 22 Ripening agent 24 Female rabbit 25 Places to get screwdrivers 28 "Norma ___" (Sally Field film) 30 ___ Sketch (classic drawing toy) 34 Edible submarines 36 ___ Schwarz (toy store) 38 Ethan or Joel, "Fargo" makers 39 Neither right-wing nor left-wing 42 S-shaped molding 43 Start of a Musketeer credo 44 Album cover 45 Address south of the border 47 "___ Rosenkavalier" (Strauss opera) 49 "Not ___ eye in the house" 50 ___ Plaines, Ill. 52 Stitched 54 Psychologist's prescription, perhaps 58 Atlantic swimmer 63 Indonesian island 64 Romantic parking place 66 Serb or Croat 67 Respond to the rooster 68 Ostrichlike birds 69 Brazil-born soccer legend 70 Duo in a score 71 Recedes to the sea DOWN 1 "James and the Giant Peach" author

2 One of the Great Lakes 3 Lively dances 4 Sounds coming from a doctor's office 5 Old Faithful, for one 6 24 hr. banker 7 Tehran locale 8 Got in shape (with "up") 9 Part of a rapper's reputation 10 Epochs 11 Eight, in old Rome 12 Eternities 14 Pealed 17 Sneaky one 21 A real stooge 23 Sweepstakes 25 Yellowish brown shade 26 Elizabeth of cosmetics fame 27 Where rich cowboys shop? 29 Take in nourishment 31 Dove or pigeon, or

times 32 Difficult to lift 33 Shorthand for a burglary: B ___ 34 Med. insurance groups 35 "Under the ___" ("The Little Mermaid" song) 37 Sounds of understanding 40 Ancient 41 African antelopes 46 Stephen of "The Crying Game" 48 Playtime at school 51 Bug-hittingthe-windshield sound 53 Donned 54 Cookbook abbr. 55 Fit as a fid-

SUDOKU

dle 56 Israeli airline 57 Yesteryear 59 Beat a hasty retreat 60 Foot in a poem 61 Deliberate slight 62 Myra the pianist 65 Diesel of Hollywood PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER

THOUGHT OF THE DAY The world is indeed a mixture of truth and makebelieve. Discard the make-believe and take the truth. – Ramakrishna Paramahamsa


Chai Time STAR POWER

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011

Your tomorrow today̶Star Power and Tarot

Date 29-12-2011

THIRUVAIKUMAR

As per Hindu panchang

thiruvaikumar@yahoo.co.in 040-27177230 / 9177596118

TAURUS

GEMINI

Businessmen need to improve quality of their products to get goodwill of the cus‑ tomers.Partners need to discuss the ways and means in detail and take necessary action to achieve the same.

Artists will get promising opportunities. Success is yours as you take enough care in executing all the works with plan and involvement. Students will score expect‑ ed marks.

Politicians might face obstacles in the planned works but finally they will succeed. High command will reward you with plum post. You will gain upper hand against ene‑ mies. Artists will get new opportunities.

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

Farmers will enjoy a bumper harvest. Financial situation will become strong. All the efforts undertaken by businessmen will be successful. Women will be appreciated by spouse. Happy events will take place.

Students will be very active. Their memory will increase which will get them high marks and earn top place in class. Businessmen will decide to make fresh investments . Women may buy jewellery.

Artists will get the desired results and good response to their new efforts. Farmers will earn good profits. Women will be happy as financial situation is com‑ fortable. Students need to concentrate well.

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

Artists may face tough challenges ahead. Understand the pulse of public and take steps accordingly. Students will be appreciated by teachers for their good efforts but they need to work hard .

Farmers can expect bumper harvest. Improve irrigational facilities to ensure the same. Politicians need to be cautious Be alert else serious action likely. Women need to avoid arguments.

Farmers will see increased profits.You will take necessary actions to safeguard your future.Politicians will work extremely well and earn a good name. Even enemies extend their support to you.

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Artists will see favourable turn of events. Women will not be cordial with spouse. Be careful as health problems too likely. Students need to concentrate in studies. Be careful with friends and expenditure.

Religious thoughts will occupy your mind. Hurdles possible for businessmen in their way. Adopt slow and steady policy. Students will score less marks if they do not concentrate.

Farmers need to put in their hard efforts to see good income. Also chances of difficulties in getting the old dues collected. Artists will sign new contracts. Co‑artists also will extend their help.

SUMAA TEKUR

tarotreadhyd@gmail.com

ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

King of Cups – Youʼre deliberately being put in a position where you need to make some tough decisions. You cannot escape the situation.

Temperance – Travel is on the car‑ ds. Spend time with loved ones before you set out on long trips. If travel plans go awry because of fog, be patient.

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

Page of Cups – Some conflict is possible with a person who is eyeing your position at work. Just remember to keep your dignity intact at all times.

Knight of Cups – Love is in the air. Youʼre likely to deepen a commit‑ ment with someone youʼve been seeing and want to start the new year with them.

Queen of Wands – Youʼre too comfort‑ able in the world youʼve created for yourself, and just donʼt want to get out of it. Meet new peo‑ ple.

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

Three of Pentacles – Youʼre in the mood for a lot of laughter and love. You find ev‑ en not‑so‑funny joked laugh‑out‑loud funny. Enjoy the time and spread the cheer!

Death – This is not physical death but an indication of changes that will make you look at life with a brand new perspec‑ tive. You see every‑ thing differently.

Seven of Cups – Material comfort is your focus at the mo‑ ment and youʼve al‑ most achieved what you planned to. You feel un‑emotional about your path.

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

The Star – There may be clouds of confu‑ sion but there is a crystal clear silver lin‑ ing that is showing you the way; that is giving you the confi‑ dence to not stop.

Ten of Wands – Donʼt believe everything you see or read. Exe‑ rcise restraint when asked for your opin‑ ion about something. Be skeptical and mea‑ sure your words.

Ace of Pentacles – Probe an opportuni‑ ty fully before you commit to anything. Those in the field of communication and research will get a new job offer.

Four of Wands – Expect to wade in troubled waters and find a suitable solu‑ tion to remove the troubles. Difficult time, but you have been chosen.

For Better or for Worse Stone soup

SOLUTIONS

Boggle CHEF ACTOR PILOT TAILOR BROKER TEACHER

Number game

Suduko

Scrabble

Ink pen

COMICS

Fred Basset

ARIES

TAROT READ

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