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NORA’S TALE Filmmaker Nora Ephron, who died on Tuesday, made you feel good, even if you didn’t want to. She also made you laugh, and at the most inappropriate moments, she would squeeze a tear from your eye. Andrew Josef pays tribute to a P8 fine auteur.








OH! DANNY BOY Spain cruised through to the final of the Euro 2012 after they defeated Portugal 4-2 (on penalties) on Wednesday after the two teams played time out without scoring. The final kick by Cesc Fabrega sealed the game in his side’s favour after Bruno Alves hit the P31 crossbar.


Hyderabad has an estimated 2 lakh children who are visually challenged. For a number that high, there are only three schools — and the State has just eight. FLASH

11 BABUS TRANSFERRED In a massive reshuffle, 11 IAS officers were transferred today. Many of them were district collectors where the by-elections were held recently.

MINISTERS’ SONS IN COP NET FOR ORGY? You heard all about the girls who were brought to the farmhouse of Piglipuram village and the orgy that was planned. But not about the VIPs who were nabbed in the police raid. Postnoon’s inquiries revealed that sons of two Cabinet ministers holding crucial portfolios were part of the 15 men who were found in “high spirits” at the premises. The other men were also from influential families, many of them from big realty businesses. P4

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Hyderabad Library services Library and librarian services offered to members and groups (institutions) at `3,650 per year (per member). It covers study, career, competition, business of research. Welcome to APSET enrolled. Where: Hyderabad library services, Sagar View Complex When: June 9 to July 8, Contact: (040) 2322 2247, 94412 37751

Saturday night Head to Via Milano every Saturday for a musical evening. Megha Girish performs every Saturday providing the great combination of music and food. Where: Via Milano, Jubilee Hills, Rd No 36 When: Ongoing, 8pm onwards Contact: (040) 6455 6677

Album launch Mumbai-based band Blakc will be releasing its sophomore album Mothered land at Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills on June 28. Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: July 28 Contact: (040) 6463 6375

Cheating cheaters Cheating cheaters is a play dealing with two middle-aged sisters,who set off with the idea of impersonating nuns so that they would be able to send their orphaned niece to an art school. The play is being staged by Masquerade Youth Theatre. Where: Nift auditorium, Madhapur When: June 30, 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2311 4537

Monsoon Regatta An exhibition that features works of artists Thota Tharrani, JMS Mani, S Jayaraj, Alphonso Arul Doss and Sowmya Das Gupta is on. Where: Muse Art Gallery, Tank Bund When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2752 2999

Light delight This event offers children to experiment with different types of light. Children can bring along their own light experiments for an interactive show and tell.


Where: Treasure House, Jubilee Hills, Rd No 36 When: July 30, 11.30 am onwards Contact: (040) 2355 0118

Cloth, paper, scissors An exhibition featuring 22 artists in various medias is on display at Iconart Gallery. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills When: Ongoing, 11.30 am onwards Contact: 98499 68797

Dragon festival Have an oriental experience as the Golden Dragon at Taj Banjara presents its Dragon Festival Feast from June 28 onwards. The food festival is open for both lunch and dinner. Where: Golden Dragon, Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills When: June 26 onwards Contact: (040) 6629 3309

Akruthi Vasthra Crafts Council of India is hosting a textile exhibition from July 4 at Kamma Sangham Hall. The exhibition features artistes from across the country. Where: Kamma Sangham Hall, Jubilee Hills When: July4-July 6, 10.30am onwards

Being eunuch Being Eunuch, a play highlighting

the plight and problems of eunuchs in the country will be presented by Nishumbita on July 13. Where: Ravindra Bharathi, Saifabad When: July 13, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 2323 1245

Where: Arts Heaven Art Gallery, Lakdikapul When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: 99495 71031

Chai pakoda

Beginners, a movie by Mike Millis which is based on the, surprises and confusion about love will be screened at Sri Sarathi Studios. Where: Sri Sarathi Studios, Ameerpet When: June 28, 10am-7pm Contact: (040) 23732050

It’s monsoon. We all love to sit by the window as it rains, with a plate of hot pakodas and some chai. Arena at Taj Deccan brings that feeling to you every evening from 3pm-7pm. Where: Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: Ongoing, 3pm to7pm Contact: (040) 6666 393

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Boondhon ka Paigam, a monsoon musical yearly event will be held on July 12 at Hyderabad Marriott and Convention centre. The musical event will feature sufi singer Kavitha Seth and ghazal singer Jaswinder Singh. Where: Hyderabad Marriott and convention centre, Tank Bund When: July 12, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 2752 2999

Creative strokes An exhibition of paintings by artists like Fawad Tamkanat, Kavita Duesker and Sayam Bharath Yadav titled Creative Strokes is being held at Arts Heaven Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on till June 30.

The YMCA Secunderabad is hosting a madhubani painting workshop. The workshop is being felicitated by an artist from Madhubani. A part of the fees earned through the workshop will be used to train underprivileged women. Where: YMCA Secunderabad, West Marredpally When: June 18-June 29 Contact: 98490 07736

Kuchipudi recital A Kuchipudi dance recital by Sindhuja will be presented by Nitya Swara at Lamakaan on July 1. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: July 1, 6.15 pm onwards Contact: 964273 1329

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Wives unite to stop conman DEEPAK DESHPANDE

K Srinivas, a salesman who went about snaring new quarries posing as a TV artiste, is in trouble trying to explain to the police why he videotaped his bedroom scenes. Meanwhile, the first wife has made her appearance before the HRC

CRIME Mohd Subhan


ore skeletons tumble out from the husband’s cupboard! After K Radha, the second wife of K Srinivas, filed a petition against him with the Human Rights Commission for filming their bedroom scenes on the sly and blackmailing her (reported by Postnoon on June 27), his first wife Sarojini came down to the Commission yesterday to tell a bitter tale of sex, lies and videos concerning her husband who since deserted her to go around snaring new victims. Sarojini wanted justice for her 10-year-old daughter and rejected Srinivas’s demand for a divorce. For the sake of her daughter she wants the relationship to continue. Sarojini, 35, from Karimnagar, Edulagattapally

(left) K Srinivas, (Right) Radha and Sarojini outside the Human Rights Commission’s office came to the Commission with her daughter. She told the Commission that she has suffered a lot of mental harassment and physical attacks from her husband whom she alleged has become part of a sex racket. Srinivas is a relative of Sarojini which was one reason for their

marriage. They got married on June 16, 2002 at Edulagattapally. After being together for one year, Srinivas and his mother Rajamma, brother Ravinder and sister L Saroja and her husband L Ramesh ganged up and harassed Sarojini for dowry, she said. After the attack, she had lodged a

dowry case against her husband and in-laws with the Karimnagar1 town police station. It was after that incident that Srinivas disappeared and came to Hyderabad where he worked as a salesman at an electronics store in Ramachandrapuram. But he never kept in touch with his family.

Sarojini, who had to stop and wipe her tears that were welling up talking about the bitter experience said that her husband is a good looking man and, cashing in on this factor, he had many extra marital relations and fleeced unwary women. “I have heard many stories about women with whom he had sex. I have seen many of their pictures, some of them in indecent clothes and even nude. It was clear that he was using them to earn money,” she said. To her knowledge, Srinivas is part of a sex racket and has a hideout, courtesy a well known television artiste. When she learnt that his second wife Radha was approaching the HRC for justice after he videotaped her in the bedroom, Sarojini was not surprised. He would do anything for money, she believes. In another curious development, the first and the second wives came together to the Commission and demanded justice before he does more harm.

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We shut down schools, but create awareness too F

ounded in 1948 and formally registered on July 9, 1949, Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is an all-India student organisation. However, society often considers students organisations as impetuous youths. The ABVP’s recent strident demand for right to education has disturbed the school timetables and therefore has drawn flak. Sudeshna Koka talks to the national executive member, T Rama Krishna, a mathematics PhD student at Osmania University. n What is the agenda of ABVP? We are an education-friendly pro-students organisation. We demand wellmeaning reforms in the education front, which often takes the form of fighting with the government. We also fight against caste discrimination and such issues for the larger interests of the student fraternity. But our bottom-line is to protect students from crass commercialisation of education. n Why do you always resort to bandhs, dharnas and strikes as a form of protest? When there is a serious issue and we want the public to know about it, there is no other way than bandhs. Only when citizens are involved does the issue get noticed. n Parents are worried about the effect of bandhs on their children. No. Very few, mainly the rich, are affected. Most parents are on our side. They want us to fight on their behalf and get results for issues like hike in fees, non availability of text books, heavy capitation fee and other such issues. On a regular

basis, parents come to us with problems and we take up the issue. n Before giving the bandh call, do you look for an alternate method? Sadly, society thinks we are an impulsive bunch. No, we aren’t. In fact, before we give a bandh call, we go to the officials and talk to them. We put forth our problem and when they don’t take action, we take the violent route. Take the cause of the new model schools that are supposed to open this year. But where is the education minister? He is out of the country. For what?


n What about the children? Why disrupt their academic schedules? We are in fact creating awareness. We are counseling them and guiding them about our ideologies and plans. Secondly, we are not doing anything wrong. We give a bandh call only once a while. The bandh call is usually for a big cause. n Principals and educationalists claim that ABVP is against corporate colleges. Is that true? Yes, we are totally against the corporate education system. The way they teach students only helps them get good marks. They can’t think for themselves. There is no freedom and just pressure. They open one college, and under that brand name, they open thousands of other branches, which is not right. They are not delivering anything and yet charging exorbitant amounts as fees.


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Ministers’ sons in cop net for orgy? Mohd Subhan


ou heard all about the girls who were brought to the farm house of Piglipuram village and the orgy that was planned on Friday last. But not about the VIPs who were found in the police raid. A police raid on the farm house had found 20 sex workers and 15 men in an orgy. Postnoon’s inquiries revealed that sons of two cabinet ministers holding crucial portfolios were part of the 15 men who were found in “high spirits” at the premises. Other men were also from influential families, many of them from big realty businesses. In a media meeting the next day, Hayathnagar inspector G Srinivas Kumar, said many “VIPs” were in the meeting but refused to divulge more information or identities. Interestingly, a local journalist had taken mobile pictures of the people present. He had gone in as a part of the party without revealing the names. When Postnoon asked deputy commissioner of police, LB Nagar zone, Nagendra Kumar he said, “Investigation was still going on. Three teams have been formed and more will come out soon,” he said. It is learnt that the Vigilance team has also been asked to probe the case. It was also revealed that the German who was taken into custody, was indeed drunk on the road but was brought into the farmhouse. It is not yet clear if he was indeed a part of the sex party or happened to be near the venue. Police still branded the agent of the sex girls as ‘absconding.’ He was identified as Akthar Mama and he is a Hyderabadi and he was not “traceable” as yet. Sources said Mama is a well known figure among the VIPs. The inspector also said that the farm house belonged to two partners by name KS Reddy and Yousuf Shareef, both Hyderabadis. Shareef is a resident of Himayathnagar and Reddy is now living in the US.

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Spooky quarters go abegging! Two ministerial quarters in Banjara Hills are vacant as they are believed to be haunted and unlucky



cientific temper, did you say? Talk with the enlightened ministers and you would come back frozen to the bone. To them evil powers are still doing good business in the digital era. The two vacant quarters in ministers’ housing complex on Road No 12 Banjara Hills are not allotted as they are not wanted. They are ‘haunted.’ Well, if you don’t believe it, talk with their former occupants. Quarter numbers 23 and 24 had only one occupant each since their construction. While quarter 23 was occupied by former minister in the TDP government and present party MLA Suddala Devaiah, quarter 24

was occupied by TRS senior MLA T Harish Rao for some time when he was a minister for a short period after the 2004 general elections which saw the change of guard in the State. It may sound eerie, but after shifting to these quarters both these leaders experienced hor-

rific developments in their political lives. While Devaiah virtually faced the end of his political career after his name surfaced in a murder case and led to his resignation from his minister’s post, Harish Rao lost his Cabinet berth in the wake of a separate Telangana demand.

Talking to Postnoon on the issue, Suddala Devaiah said that the quarters are definitely illfated. “Aa quarterlo edo shani undi. Andulo digina tarvaatane naa raajakeeya jeevitamlo ibbandulu edurkonna. Naa pratyartulu naa rajakeeya jeevitanni nashanam cheyalani

choosinru murder casenu saakuga choopi (that quarter definitely has something evil in it. It was after shifting into this building, I faced a lot of problems in my political career. My opponents hatched a plan to destroy my career citing the murder case),” he says. Incidentally, he was the first and the last person to stay in quarter no 23. “It was a new quarter then and it looked appealing,” he explained in Telugu. This quarter was recently allotted to newly appointed government whip Perni Nani. But he rejected it and requested the officials to allot him a government quarter located near Raj Bhavan. On the other hand, the quarter no 24 still remains vacant even after seven and half years. Efforts to give it to a worthy occupant has proved futile so far, estate officials say.

and DGP Dinesh ‘I met Jagan as he’s my Government Reddy challenge CAT directions friend and colleague’ T POLITICS meet any inmate. I am ex-officio member of the prison. I can meet an inmate without governmental permission,” he told Postnoon when his reaction was sought on the issue of Sangma’s complaint that he was shooed away while some other leaders were permitted to meet the Kadappa MP. Owaisi further clarified that he met YS Jagan Mohan as he is a friend and a colleague in the Parliament and said that the meeting was long pending. “I wanted to meet YS Jagan Mohan soon after his arrest. But I could not meet him as he was taken into CBI custody. When I got the opportunity I met him,” Owaisi added.

I did not act as emissary

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IMIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has defended his meeting with YSRC chief Jagan Mohan Reddy at the Chanchalguda jail while the presidential hopeful PA Sangma was refused leave to meet the imprisoned leader. Denying it was a favouritism played by the government, Owaisi said he could have met the leader anyway by virtue of being an ex-officio member of the Chanchalguda Central Prison. “I don’t require any permission to

Commenting on the media reports after his meeting with Jagan, Asaduddin Owaisi made it clear that he did not act as an emissary of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi seeking Jagan’s support for UPA’s presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee. “It was purely a media speculation. I did not act as any emissary to UPA chairperson” he said. Commenting further on the reports of change of guard in the State after the presidential elections, Owaisi shot back by saying that he is not privy to other political parties in the State and added that he did not have any knowledge about it. “How do you think I am privy to Congress party’s politics? I don’t know if there would be any change of guard in the State. I don’t have to bother about other political parties and their developments. I am the president of a political party. I will have to bother about my party,” he said.

he State government and the DGP Dinesh Reddy have filed petitions separately challenging the orders of the Central Administrative Tribunal setting aside the appointment of the latter by the former. Senior IPS officer Gautham Kumar had challenged Dinesh Reddy’s appointment as the DGP complaining that his seniority was overlooked. After considering the contention of Gautham Kumar, the CAT has set aside the appointment of Dinesh Reddy and directed the government to take up the appointment of the new DGP afresh. However, the government and the DGP chose to challenge the orders of the CAT. Pained by the government’s decision to ignore the CAT’s directions, Kumar has applied for voluntary retirement from ser-

vice. He wrote a 20-page-letter to the chief secretary, seeking voluntary retirement and explaining the reasons for his decision. The senior officer has said that though courts have faulted the government on the appointment of SSP Yadav, Girish Kumar, Aravinda Rao and Dinesh Reddy as DGPs, the government which is the law enforcing executive authority chose to bypass. Stating that the chief secretary has blindly followed the orders of the CM while promoting Aravinda Rao and Girish Kumar, he said it was strange that the legal department was not consulted. Faulting the government for ignoring CAT’s orders, he said because of the attitude of the government, the morale of the entire police department was adversely affected. NSS

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How about some healthcare?

If it were left to the government, the one lakh plus population of Rasoolpura would have little or no immediate access to medical services. As is always the story, it is NGOs to the rescue N SHIVA KUMAR

Padmini Copparapu


t is a truth universally acknowledged that the public health sector in India is at best, a farce and at worst, a tragedy. When we talk of this negligence, it’s usually the rural India to which we refer, when in fact, it is perhaps the only area of focus towards which the government has been systematically working towards improving albeit with mixed results. What has been commonly ignored and has suffered a consequence meanwhile is the urban poor. Those who are in the vicinity of quality healthcare but are by default, denied access to it. People in slum areas live in deprivation. There is a want for hygiene, nutrition, sanitation, clean water, sewage and waste disposal mechanisms and most of all, health care. Communicable diseases once thought to be under control, such as dengue fever, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, malaria, and pneumonia, are claiming millions of lives each year. Even so, little has been done to improve living conditions or access to health care. This couldn’t be more obvious than in Rasoolpura, where if it was left up to the government, its population would have little or no immediate access to medical services. A report compiled by United Rasoolpura, a community-based

INSIGHT INTO... Rasoolpura organisation, estimates that there are over 200 people suffering from TB in the area, over 5,000 to 6,000 diabetics and cardiac patients, pregnant women and adolescents suffering from anaemia, and a high percentage of newly born babies being born with developmental delays due to lack of nutritional awareness among the mothers. Yet, under the purview of the Secunderabad Cantonment Board, there is no government (or for that matter, a private) hospital in Rasoolpura. Its women and children, aged and the injured all mainly rely on NGOs in the area, private clinics for primary care and the Gandhi hospital for emergencies, secondary and tertiary treatments. After a long prolonged struggle, the SCB finally opened a dispensary here last year, which the locals are immensely thankful for, but say is simply not enough. There are two main issues with the dispensary — it is understaffed and open only from 9am to 2pm, and closed on Sundays and all public holidays. With most of the population here being daily wage labourers, it’s an

insurmountable problem. The waiting room of the dispensary is abound, mostly with waiting mothers and infants. Osman, a 14-year-old stands out. An erstwhile resident of the area, he is here to take his five-year-old cousin, who suffers from a respiratory problem, to the doctor. He shares that he is used to waiting but today he’s tired. “My sister has a hole in her heart. She needs an operation which will cost a lot of money. So, I go to school by day and work at a courier company by night to help my parents pay for it. But for my cousin here, we have to pay only `2 for injections,” he says solemnly. It soon becomes clear, children do benefit most from the dispensary as the only doctor in

the center is a paediatrician. A resident of the area Chaitanya Ramesh usually goes to KIMS to avail treatment. She seconds the theory and reveals it is indeed mostly for their children that they visit it. “Children’s care is good because there’s a paediatrician, but for adults there’s no general physician, no gynaecologist, nobody. They generally refer most of us to the government hospital which has its own problems,” she says, adding, “they should have longer hours, so that parents who go to work can take children there when they return from school. Similarly, they should have medications for diabetics and such, who are many.” It seems that Chaitanya is not alone in her sentiment. Another

resident, P Renuka lives right opposite the dispensary. She is witness to locals who come to the dispensary only to find it closed and go back. “The dispensary does its best. But its for basic ailments and is open only for a few hours. Anyone with serious illnesses is referred to Gandhi hospital. The private clinics around here are unreliable. So they go to private hospitals, even if they have to pay more,” she says. Dr P Satya Sheel, the only doctor in residence, admits his limitations. “We should be in a position to treat patients, not refer them. But with the limited infrastructure here, it’s not possible. Even if we had additional staff, there’s little more that we can do here. We need at least a 10-bed hospital given the requirements,” he states, adding, “the idea for a hospital in Sikh Village, which is nearby, has been approved. That should help.” He also admits that the role of NGOs in filling the void and acknowledges the presence of the private clinics in the area that are largely established unqualified and unlicensed practitioners. “The Pune Cantonment has a method of checks and balances. It requires all medical practitioners in the area to first register with the Cantonment Board before they are allowed to practice in the area. We definitely need something like that here,” he concludes.

FPA does a yeoman’s service in Rasoolpura Rahul Ramakrishna


asool in Urdu means messenger. And, Rasoolpura has a message: keep me clean or your health is in peril. The danger of keeping a ghetto in the neighbourhood is its pernicious effects especially during monsoons. This area used to witness many health problems. But for the zealous efforts of some voluntary organisations, it would have gone mad. One such NGO is the FPA, the Family Planning Association that has been striving for the betterment of mother and child healthcare in the slum. They have been an integral part of the slum for four years, cultivating awareness about nutrition and hygiene among pregnant women and their children. FPA’s work coupled with its agenda of providing good health care have been lapped up by the

underprivileged. Their biggest achievement perhaps is that they have nearly eradicated infant and maternal deaths in the slum. Venkataiah, a worker of the FPA says, “We have been making good progress. We focus on institutional deliveries and immunisation from polio, TB, measles, Hepatitis

B, Tetanus etc.” Such was the intensity of their campaign in the slum for the last four years that they have changed the mentality of the people in the slum. The NGO has also been disseminating awareness on serious issues like malnutrition and STDs. A seven member team

works where the average pregnancy rate is 18 for every 1,000. Venkataih says, “We have ensured that there are no more communicable diseases present in the slum, not counting the 25 HIV positive cases recorded in the entire slum. That apart, we have 20 Anganwadi centres that focus on child health and nutrition.” The Anganwadis are run by teachers who focus on the mother and child relationships during their first five years and ensure that correct nutrition reaches to them through the Integrated Child Development Scheme. The current trend is to go in for a permanent fixture for birth control, like vasectomy and tubectomy. Shailaja, pregnant by seven months, is a regular at the FPA the health camp. She says, “We are very grateful for the NGO to have served us. We are not scared for the health of the child, considering the amount of care they take.”

The FPA also provides skill development programmes such as tailoring and detergent making for women. There are many challenges that they face but it does not deter them. As Venkataih says, “People think that just because it is monsoons and this is a slum, cholera, dengue or chikungunya are bound to break out. That is not always the case. One health problem that continues to bog us consistently is anaemia in children. They are not breastfed and are introduced to packaged foods very early. This causes a vital loss of nutrients. We hope to tackle this soon.” In a slum where government health care has failed in meeting the needs of the people, this NGO with its seven-member team has been able to do a noble deed, bereft of all worthy praise, by conquering the hearts of the poor. Today the situation has vastly improved though it requires constant vigil.



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Turning a blind eye to their rights DEEPAK DESHPANDE

EDUCATION Osama Salman




ustling classrooms, children flipping through text books — at first sight this school in Begumpet looks like any ordinary school. A closer look reveals a different picture. The Devnar School for the Blind is tucked away in a corner of Begumpet in Mayuri Marg. About 500 students study here. Aided by corporates and individuals, the school is free for all the students. Unfortunately, this is also the only English medium school for the visually challenged, as well as one of the three such schools in the City. According to a WHO report, 39 million people in the world are blind. About 90 per cent of the world’s visually challenged live in developing countries. There are a staggering 15 million blind people in India, two million of whom are children. In fact, one out of every three visually challenged people in the world live in India alone. Hyderabad has an estimated 2 lakh children who are visually challenged. For a number that high, there are only three schools — Devnar School for the Blind, Darus Safa School for the Blind for Boys, and Malakpet School for the Blind

for Girls. The number of students studying in these schools is a meagre 740. The State has just eight schools. “Many parents whose children are visually challenged, aren’t aware of how the potential of such children can be tapped. Unfortunately, there aren’t many schools in the City that cater to them. Visually impaired children are focused on what they want. Their IQ is high and the mental capacity is as high as other children. If you expose them to different topics, they can learn well. Education and a job can give them a secure future,” pointed out Lily Egbert, principal, Devnar School. Take for example Zubair and

Amir, who studied at Devnar. Zubair is now a lecturer in Jawaharlal Nehru University, while Amir works as an HR with an MNC. “Visually challenged people are now working successfully and even paying taxes to the government. They can do any job. However, the bigger problem is enrolment. Parents should have the courage to send their children to such schools. There is a lot of demand for blind schools, and NGOs are working towards it. The facilities for the visually challenged should improve. Enrolment and opening schools go hand in hand,” opined Dr A Saibabab Goud, founder and chairman of Devnar.

Teachers in such schools need to complete a B.Ed in Visual Impairment and learn braille (a form of written language for the visually challenged), have immense patience, and love what they do. In Devnar, many teachers are also parents of visually challenged children. The government is doing their bit, or so they claim. “We are opening Kasturba Gandhi School for the Blind and Hearing Impaired in all the districts. It has opened in some of the districts and will soon be open in all as well. The Anganwadi workers and Indira Kranthi Pathakam workers, along with the education department, is roaming door-to-door and counselling the parents,” said Sunitha Laxma Reddy, minister for juvenile welfare. “We are sanctioning free metric and post-metric scholarships to students, as well as providing MP3 players, laptops, apart from training them in computers. The government is also sanctioning grants to NGOs. The Central minister for social justice said that if we can propose a plan by August, he will sanction more grants. We even requested the CM for more sanctions. He suggested inclusive education where mainstream schools can have separate sections for them,” she added. The fact remains that there is an urgent need for more schools that cater to them. As the tag line of the Devnar reads ‘The blind need opportunity not sympathy’.

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Domestic abuse on the rise in Old City JUSTICE Anubha K Singh


e have heard horror stories about women being beaten up, abused sexually, and tormented emotionally by those who are supposed to protect them. Within the four walls of the home, violence against women is a sad reality. Domestic violence is widely prevalent, but has remained invisible as most silently suffer while others go into the denial mode. Despite being a prosperous, hitech city, Hyderabad ranks second in domestic violence cases in AP. Shockingly, of the cases recorded, 60 per cent are registered from the Old City. Various women welfare organisations in the area total up the cases and say there is 30-35 per cent rise in the cases of domestic violence. The number of cases may well be far more than recorded as a large number of such cases go unreported because of a belief that ‘it’s a male prerogative to punish women!’ However, experts and NGOs tend to attribute the increase to an increase in awareness among the

populace. They say that though there is a raising conscience about women’s rights, but social stigma still pulls them back. Moreover, it is still considered a private affair. Society is responsible for domestic violence because people reflect what they imbibed in homes and in the society. “It’s a multifaceted problem,” say veterans. “Most of the cases that come to us are on dowry harassment or problems arising from age-gap between couples. The age gap is more than 10 to 15 years where the girls are not mature enough to handle the never ending demands of their husbands or in-laws and end up getting abused, sexually tortured and beaten up,” said Sultana, member of Shaheen Women Resource and Welfare Association. City-based psychologist Dr Kalpana says, “In India there is a crime against women every three minutes. Domestic violence is a matter of one partner showcasing his/her physical strength and mental insecurity on the other. Domestic violence is not just restricted to the lower class, anyone can be a victim and it’s not a private problem. The victim needs to fight for justice. Unless she herself

decides, no one can help her.” “There is one more drawback. Not many really come out and help. Forget about the general public, in many cases, parents themselves force the girl to stay quiet and to maintain the relationship in the for societal prestige. Women accept violence because social norms work against them and economic dependence prevents women from leaving their marital homes,” she adds. “Every day we register nearly 10 cases from the Old City. The number of harassment cases has been

increasing since 2005 when the Domestic Violence Act was enforced. Whenever a woman comes to us, we first to try to counsel her and if she wants, we register a case,” said Jameela Nishat, chief functionary officer, Shaheen Women Resource and Welfare Association. Social workers say that lack of education and economic dependency are the major causes in the Old City. Many women don’t want to complain for the fear of being thrown out of the home and being rejected by the society.

Focus Filmmaker Nora Ephron, who died on Tuesday, made you feel good, even if you didn’t want to. She also made you laugh, and at the most inappropriate moments, she would squeeze a tear from your eye. Andrew Josef pays tribute to a fine auteur




here’s a scene in 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle when Meg Ryan’s character Annie Reed tells her friend Becky: “Now that was when people knew how to be in love. They knew it! Time, distance... nothing could separate them because they knew. It was right. It was real. It was....” Becky quickly interjects: “A movie! That’s your problem! You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie.” And that’s the crux of Nora Ephron’s films. You fell in love with them. Even if you were a person who believed that films should be steeped in reality; walking the fine line between gratuitous violence and the need for gore; even if you were the sort who believed Hollywood was the epicentre of cinematic schlock... even then, you’d find your eyes wandering over an Ephron film like a voyeur who knows he’s about to be caught but can’t help himself because of the way the object of his desire makes him feel. Ephron just made you feel good, even if you didn’t want to. She also made you laugh, and at the most inappropriate moments, she would squeeze a tear from your eye. Just one, but it always threatened to be at the vanguard of a more Biblical flood. Men hated Ephron, women loved her, but as humans we just couldn’t get enough of her. Ephron was so much more than just a director and writer who tugged at our heartstrings likes a gloriously mush puppet master. In 1983 she wrote Silkwood, a sublime tale about Karen Silkwood, a nuclear plant worker who was allegedly contaminated and murdered after she exposed safety oversights at the plant she worked in. Silkwood was played by Meryl

Streep in a towering performance, but it was the script that shone like a beacon cutting through the fluff of the early 80s. In 1989 Ephron wrote arguably one of the finest comedies ever to hit screens. At first glance When Harry Met Sally would seem like the stereotypical boy-meets-girl, boy-hatesgirl, boy-loves-girl piece of vacuous story-telling, but it would go on to become a seminal tale of everyday people attempting to come to terms with everyday issues with hilarious results. This was way before TV series like Friends and How I Met Your Mother captured that space and brought it kicking and screaming into the TV domain. The scene from the film where


Meg Ryan (playing Sally) fakes an orgasm at a diner in front of a stunned Billy Crystal (Harry) has become as legendary as any other. When Harry Met Sally marked a watershed moment in romantic comedies, proving that

they could be risqué without being obscene. In 1993 Ephron stormed on to the directorial stage (it wasn’t her first outing as director) with a film that was a reinvention of the classic, An Affair to Remember. Starring Meg Ryan (who was swiftly on her way to becoming the world’s sweetheart) and Tom Hanks it pretended to be nothing more than it was: a heart-warming tale of love in a world where cynicism was the norm, and films had lost that magical ability to make you feel good. Sleepless in Seattle was to pave the way Ephron’s 1998 hit, You’ve Got Mail, which jumped on the e-mail bandwagon so early, it was the only one on the


coach. You’ve Got Mail has slowly receded from memory unlike Sleepless..., but it cemented Ephron’s place in the pantheon of directors who knew more about the secret identity of cinema’s Dr Feelgood than most mortals. In 2009 Ephron’s career reached its zenith when she wrote and directed the film based on chef Julia Childs. Julie & Julia was a masterpiece of storytelling and acting (courtesy Meryl Streep and Amy Adams). It was also the last film Ephron would write or direct before she died from complications arising from acute myeloid leukaemia on Tuesday. Ephron will always be remembered for two films: When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, but she was so much more talented than their sum. For me her best film has always been Michael: The tale of the archangel, Michael who comes down to Earth for one last jaunt before he leaves forever. Played by John Travolta, Michael is an archangel with attitude. Imagine Milton’s Lucifer with a sense of humour and you will understand Michael. Through Michael Ephron channelled the vision that without humour, life is just a series of cataclysms that inevitably end in death. Ephron also understood the magic of the little things, the pieces that hang around the periphery of our existence, often blurred, but almost always quintessential to the tapestry of our life. All her films and screenplays personified this, but it was Ephron herself who epitomised the wonderment of life. In a 2009 interview with the Guardian, she was asked about the one extinct thing she wanted to bring back to life: “In the 60s, there was a store on Eastern Long Island called Besart, after the couple who owned it — Bess and Art. Bess used to make an orange layer cake with orange butter cream frosting, and it was divine. The recipe is lost forever.” Unlike that cake, Ephron will not be lost in the mists of time; her legacy will live on with every peal of laughter and stream of tears. Ephron’s films will always be about filling the emptiness we sometimes feel inside of us, filling the spaces. As Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) writes in an e-mail in You’ve Got Mail: “Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life — well, valuable, but small — and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void.” And good night Ms Ephron.

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News Corp board agrees to split in principle: WSJ NEW YORK: The board of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has agreed in principle to separate its larger entertainment division from struggling publishing businesses, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. An official announcement is expected to come Thursday, said the newspaper, which is one of the units of the global media-entertainment conglomerate. The Journal, quoting an unnamed person familiar with the situation, said the decision was made at a board meeting on Wednesday evening that lasted about 90 minutes. The move comes with Murdoch’s empire under pressure from the phone-hacking scandal in Britain. The carve-out would likely

lead to one unit including 20th Century Fox movie studios, the Fox broadcast network and Fox News Channel, competing more directly against Disney, Time Warner and Comcast, which controls NBC Universal. The company’s publishing assets — including The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, The Times of London and The Australian newspaper, as well as the HarperCollins book publishing house — would be part of a second entity. Some see the move as an effort to “ring fence” the problems stemming from the hacking scandal and give Murdoch a chance to carry out his plan for a full takeover of satellite broadcaster BSkyB, in which News Corp has a 39 percent stake. AFP

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car and 78 per cent people read restaurant reviews before choosing one. If businesses are not online they cannot take the pie of the sale, he said. Digital media helps all business irrespective of size. Hospitality, retail, entertainment, travel, technology, e-commerce, real estate, banking, insurance and automotives are some of the segments who can get yield maximum benefits being online, he said. A large company can use digital media to amplify its offline campaign and create a channel of engagement online. Depending upon the vertical, online media can serve as a platform for online engagement, customer service or customer awareness. For instance, a movie can use this channel to increase the audience awareness and engagement and manage the movie sentiment effectively. A technology and telecom company can use this as a customer service channel, Kalyan added. Analytics help identify the channels (Google Adwords, Banner Ads) which are giving them ROI and can push the campaign further. It can also be used to know which all products the people like by looking at hits to the particular page of the product. It also helps the businesses to know more about the customer(Age group, gender, location, interests), said Bhaskar Anand.



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THUS SPAKE “Immediate emphasis is to manage balance of payment for which all policies should be directed to help institutional flows to India,” Manmohan Singh Prime Minister

ROTTEN APPLE? A labour rights group said on Thursday it had found “deplorable” conditions at Apple suppliers in China, following a probe of several firms that supply the US technology giant. New York-based China Labor Watch said a four-month investigation of suppliers to Apple in southern and eastern China uncovered violations of workers’ rights, including excessive overtime and hazardous work conditions.

Google Nexus is rivals’ nemesis SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Wednesday opened fire on iPad and Kindle Fire with a Nexus tablet designed to showcase the latest Android software and be a window into its online shop for films, music and more. The Nexus 7 tablet computer will be priced at less than half the cost of the market-leading iPad and broadens Google’s arsenal in its battle against Apple,, and Microsoft to be at the heart of Internet Age lifestyles. The seven-inch tablet powered by the latest generation of Android software is being made for Google by Taiwan-based Asus and weighs about as much as a paperback book, according to Android team head Hugo Barra. Nexus tablets were available for order in Australia, Canada, Britain, and the United States at the Google Play store at a price of $199 and would begin shipping in mid-July, Barra said. That is the same price as Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

The tablets come with a $25 coupon for Google Play content — Google’s answer to Amazon and Apple’s iTunes stores for books, music, magazines and other content. Google also introduced an Android-powered Nexus Q device for wirelessly streaming films or music from Google Play to televisions or speakers.

Along with the new hardware, Google said it is beefing up its Google Play store to offer more entertainment. In addition to movie rentals, Google will be offering films for sale. The California-based Internet powerhouse boasted partnerships with major studios such as Disney, Paramount and Sony. Google Play will also be adding digital magazines from Hearst, Conde Nast and other publishers. Nexus 7 weighs 340 grams and has a front-facing camera. Android platform developer Chris Yerga said Nexus 7 is also “a serious gaming device.” Google at the same time said it was releasing a new version of its Android software for mobile devices, called “Jelly Bean,” which “builds on top of Ice Cream Sandwich,” the current iteration of Android. “It makes everything smoother, faster and more fluid,” the Google blog said. AFPK




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Freshwater for Maharashtra tribals H undreds of tribals living in the remote forests of Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district rejoiced when fresh and cool water started gushing out in full force from a tubewell in the parched Nandgaon locality. The tubewell, among four drilled this week out of donations from school and college students, was the brainchild of Manish Dedhwal, a teacher of the BCM High School, Ludhiana. The Nandgaon tubewell is dedicated to the memory of 11year-old Monu Kapoor, who succumbed to leukemia and was denied water in his last few moments as he had lost his lungs. “His mother Rama Kapoor, an English teacher in the BCM High School, was heartbroken as Monu was her only child. She made an instant donation of Rs.51,000 for this project, saying no child should be deprived of water,” Dedhwal told IANS. The newly-drilled tubewell was inaugurated Monday at a solemn prayer ceremony with Monu’s picture garlanded and all

tribals standing in silence. The donor, Rama Kapoor, is expected to visit the place soon, Dedhwal said. Dedhwal, and Jitender Kumar, a student of the Guru Nanak Engineering College, had visited

Yavatmal last December on a field trip after hearing of the large number of farmers’ suicides in the region. “We were shocked to see women and children trudging with vessels on their heads for 8-10

Bihar to bring IT to madrassas PATNA: The Bihar government plans soon to bring information technology (IT) to the state’s madrassas for modern education, Minority Welfare Minister Shahid Ali Khan has said. “It’ll help madrassa students to learn about the benefits of IT in dayto-day life,” Khan said. He said the government would spend Rs.28 crore on the project. Though the union government began the process of modernising madrassas in 1994, the state govern-

ment introduced the process in Bihar in 2002. Officials of the Bihar State Madrasa Education Board said that under the modernisation scheme, courses would be revised to keep it in tune with the curricula of the Bihar School Examination Board and the Central Board of Secondary Education. Some madrassas even encourage students to join the National Cadet Corps (NCC) or the Scouts and Guides.

‘Stall tax on NRI remittances’ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to put on hold the service tax on remittances by non-resident Indians (NRIs).

In his letter to the prime minister on Wednesday, Tharoor pointed out that the decision to impose 12.36 per cent service tax on remittances to India by NRIs with

effect from July 1 has generated tremendous resentment across Kerala. “The imposition of the service tax will adversely affect millions of Keralities, especially those working in low-paid jobs in the Gulf region. This tax of `1,236 for every `10,000 sent home will be an unbearable burden on these ordinary people... and their dependent families at home,” he said. He called for keeping the decision in abeyance pending a more detailed examination of the “adverse implications” of the move. Tharoor argued that this was a shortsighted measure which risked diverting remittances to hawala channels and tempting otherwise law-abiding citizens to indulge in undesirable malpractices. “At a time when the country needs to attract inward remittances and investment, any measure which discourages these should not be contemplated,” he said in the letter.

km for collecting drinking water from wells or polluted water sources in the forests,” Kumar told IANS. They assured the villagers that they would do something for them and returned to Ludhiana.

“We formed the ‘Friends of Vidarbha Club’ in our city and appealed to our students, colleagues and others for donations. People started chipping in as per their capacity and we collected around Rs.200,000, including Rama Kapoor’s generous donation,” Dedhwal said. Armed with the financial resources, last week they travelled over 1,500 km from Ludhiana to Yavatmal and identified four villages in dire need of water. They are: Kundi, Ambazari, Hivara, all falling in the Zari subdistrict and Nandgaon in the Kelapur sub-district. Local contractors were hired to drill tube-wells in each of these parched villages and struck water at average depths of 400 feet, since it is the height of summer and monsoons have eluded the region so far, Kumar said. “Besides, we have installed submersible pumps, electric motors, and connecting pipelines at strategic locations in these tiny hamlets to enable people get ample water daily,” Dedhwal explained.


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Pakistan frees cuffed Surjeet at Wagah ATTARI: Held in Pakistan on spying charges in the early 1980s, Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh returned home after three decades on Thursday. Smiling and waving to family members, friends and supporters, Surjeet, 69, thanked Pakistani border officials as he walked across the zero line at the international border between both countries. He may have been officially released from jail on Thursday morning but when Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh alighted from the prison van at the Wagah border on the Pakistan side, he was handcuffed and the iron chain was attached to the belt of a Pakistani police officer. The accompanying policemen got down with him but did not open the handcuffs. He had been released from the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore and reached Wagah about an hour later. With a smile on his face,

Surjeet, who had been in captivity for over 30 years, hugged his Pakistani lawyer who was waiting for him here before being taken away for completion of formalities. “I will never return to Pakistan again,” Surjeet, who has a grey flowing beard, told reporters in Punjabi with his head and finger indicating a firm “no” gesture. “I was arrested earlier for spying charges. If I return, the security agencies might suspect that I have come for spying again,” he said. Surjeet said prisoners on both sides of the border should be released by the respective governments. “I was treated well by prison officials and I am thankful to them,” he said. Surjeet, who spent over 30 years in Pakistani jails after being arrested on charges of spying, walked out of jail to a battery of camera crews waiting to interview him. f^kp

NATION AT A GLANCE Illegal mining: Goa to review all files cleared PANAJI: In an effort to weed out illegal mining, Goa government is reviewing all files cleared by the State mines and geology department over a decade. Mines and geology department director Prasanna Acharya, in an affidavit before the Bombay High Court bench at Goa, said he has initiated steps to review all files of the department which were processed during the last 10 years.

Stop harassing Indian fishermen: Jayalalithaa CHENNAI: Observing that Indian fishermen hailing from Tamil Nadu have been traditionally fishing in contentious Katchatheevu, CM Jayalalithaa urged PM Manmohan Singh to ask Colombo to stop its navy from harassing them. Referring to a recent incident, she said fishermen in 45 boats on June 26 were harassed.

Harbans Kaur (L), wife of the Surjit Singh, with her children and grandchildren expressing her happiness over the news of her husband’s release by the Pakistan authorities, at their village in the Firozpur district on Wednesday. PTI

BrahMos 2 missile to be ready by 2017

Pranab Mukherjee files nomination for Prez poll

MOSCOW: The first prototype

strength, UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee today filed his nomination papers for the July 19 Presidential elections in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and a host of leaders. Mukherjee handed over his nomination papers to Vivek Kumar Agnihotri, Rajya Sabha Secretary General and Returning Officer for the

of the hypersonic BrahMos 2 cruise missile capable of flying at speeds of Mach 5-Mach 7 being jointly developed by Russia and India will be ready for flight testing in 2017, an official said. “I think we will need about five years to develop the first fully-functional prototype (of the hypersonic missile). We have already carried out a series of lab tests at the speed of 6.5 Mach,” said Sivathanu Pillai, CEO of the Russian-Indian joint venture Brahmos Aerospace. Pillai said the new missile will be made in three variants — ground-launched, airborne, and sea-launched. He said the

new missiles will be supplied only to India and Russia, without exports to third countries. The BrahMos missile has a range of 290 km and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 300 kg. It can effectively engage targets from an altitude as low as 10 metres and has a top speed of Mach 2.8, which is about three times faster than the US-made subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile. Sea and ground-launched versions have been successfully tested and put into service with the Army and Navy. The flight tests of the airborne version will be completed by the end of 2012. f^kp

NEW DELHI: Amid a show of

Presidential elections. Four sets of nomination papers, signed by as many as 480 MPs and MLAs, including Union Ministers, CMs, Congress Legislature Party leaders and PCC chiefs were submitted by Mukherjee. Convenor of the opposition NDA and JD(U) President Sharad Yadav was the first signatory on one set of nomination papers followed by defence minister AK Antony.

Not enough being done to tackle drought: Experts NEW DELHI: With several states reeling under a drought-like situation as they await the monsoon, experts have pointed out that not enough is being done to deal with the situation arising out of scanty rainfall. Drought management, they say, assumes significance in view of changing weather patterns. “We are not prepared to handle the effects of climate change on agriculture. It is reflected through our man-

agement of drought situation in states like Karnataka, Maharashtra and AP,” agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan said. “As the effects of climate change manifest, there will be unprecedented droughts and some areas will receive more rain...”. For 2012, the Meteorological Department has downgraded the monsoon forecast to 96 per cent from the April forecast of 99 percent. f^kp

Police use water cannons against SFI workers who were protesting over converting unaided schools to aided schools in Kannur. PTI

Minor fire breaks out in train; none injured CHENNAI: A minor fire broke out in the brake van in the Chennai-Alapuzha Express as soon as it left a station early today but no one was injured, railway officials said. They said the station master at Thottipalayam Railway Station between Erode and Tiruppur noticed smoke emerging from the brake van of the train that left around 4 AM and alerted officials.

Indian MPs go to Yale to learn leadership WASHINGTON: Eleven Indian parliamentarians from seven national and regional parties are here for interactions with senior US government officials and thought leaders as part of a leadership programme. Interactions in Washington to understand the US economic and political system are a regular feature of the IndiaYale Parliamentary Leadership Programme.

People stand near the international Indo-Bhutan road which was damaged by flood water in Assam on Wednesday. PTI

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Feel good factor of Facebook WASHINGTON: People love social networks, which is quite obvious from Facebook’s 900 million active users and its reputation as one of the most visited websites, second only to Google. New research finds what people may really “like” about social networking are themselves. “Despite the name ‘social networks’, much user activity on networking sites is self-focused,” said Brittany Gentile, University of Georgia doctoral candidate who looked at the effects of social networks on self-esteem and narcissism. The 526 million people who log on to Facebook every day may be boosting their selfesteem in the process, the journal Computers in Human Behaviour reports. Gentile, along with Keith Campbell, psychology professor at Georgia San Diego State University professor Jean Twenge, asked 151 college students, aged 18 to 22 years, who also completed Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI), as a part of the study, to either edit

their social networking page on MySpace or Facebook or to use Google Maps. Those who edited their MySpace page later scored higher on a measure of narcissism, while those who spent time on their Facebook page scored higher on self-esteem, according to a Georgia statement. “Editing yourself and constructing yourself on these social networking sites, even for a short period of time, seems to have an effect on how you see yourself,” said Campbell, who heads the department of psychology at the Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and co-authored the book “The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement.” “They are feeling better about themselves in both cases,” added Campbell. MySpace reported 25 million users as of June 2012. MySpace users participated in the experiment in 2008, when the site had 115 million active users. Facebook users participated in 2011. On both MySpace and Facebook, students scoring higher in narcissism reported having more friends on the site. “The NPI measures trait narcissism, which is a stable personality trait,” Gentile said. “But spending 15 minutes editing a MySpace page and writing about its meaning was enough to alter self-reports of this trait.”


Austrian President Heinz Fischer visits the French Pernod Ricard owned Yerevan Cognac Factory in AFP/KAREN MINASYAN Yerevan, on Wednesday, during a visit to Armenia.

Girl who died saving Kim portraits feted SEOUL:

website. Han died on June 11 as she tried to save portraits of Kim IlSung and Kim Jong-Il from her flooded home at Sinhung county in the eastern province of South Hamkyong, it said. As she was swallowed up by gushing floodwaters, the girl held the pictures wrapped in plastic sheets above the surface. Rodong praised a system “which nurtures such children”. The Kim dynasty, which has ruled the country since its founding in 1948, is the subject of an all-pervasive personality cult.

North Korea has bestowed a posthumous award on a 14-year-old schoolgirl who drowned in a flash flood while trying to save portraits of the communist dynasty’s late rulers, official media said. Han Hyon-Gyong’s heroism earned her the Kim Jong-Il Youth Honour Award, and her school will be renamed after her, the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Tuesday. Her parents, teacher and four others including Han’s youth league leaders also received awards, said the report seen Wednesday on the paper’s

Bangla Hindu women fight for divorce rights Shafiq Alam

DHAKA: Unlike her Muslim compatriots, Tarulata Rani is unable to inherit anything from her family, cannot divorce and cannot claim maintenance from her absent husband — all because she is a Bangladeshi Hindu. Unlike Bangladeshi Muslims or Hindus in neighbouring India and Nepal, Bangladeshi Hindu women can’t divorce as the legal provisions do not exist and their marriages have not been allowed to be officially registered. “Is it a crime to be born a Hindu girl?” Rani, 22, who was married two years ago, told AFP. “I can’t inherit any property. I can’t divorce my husband and remarry even though he left me for another woman and beat me all the time.” Last month Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved a new law that will introduce official marriage registration for Hindus in Muslim-majority Bangladesh in a move designed to protect the

rights of women like Rani. The legislation, expected to be passed shortly in parliament, has been welcomed by civil rights activists and many Hindu women. But critics say it is a token gesture that does not go far enough amid opposition from the religion’s hardliners, who see it as unnecessary political interference in their cultural traditions. Bangladesh has a secular legal system except in matters related to inheritance, marriage and divorce, when Muslims follow sharia law and Hindus follow laws based on ancient un-codified customs. Under the new law, Hindus — who make up 10 percent of the country’s 152 million population — will be able to register their marriages with local councils or courts for the first time. “At the moment, when a Hindu man walks out on a marriage, the wife can’t sue him for alimony or maintenance because lack of marriage papers make it almost impossible to prove that they were

A Bangladeshi couple perform wedding rituals according to Hindu traditions at the Dhakeshwari Temple in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The couple ran away from home to marry against their parents wishes. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved a new law, in May 2011, that will introduce official marriage registration for Hindus in Muslim-majority Bangladesh in a move designed to protect the rights of women. AFP/AM Ahad married at all,” said lawyer Nina Goswami. “Tens of thousands of Hindu men keep multiple wives, knowing

that they can’t be prosecuted,” added Goswami, who is director of the respected rights group, Ain O Salish Kendra. Goswami, herself a

Hindu, has seen how lack of rights have driven many Hindu women to “unwanted jobs and extreme poverty” after they were dumped by their husbands. However she believes that the government’s new laws are only a token gesture to placate mainstream Hindu women without angering Hindu men, who generally vote for the Awami League, the current ruling party. “Unfortunately, these women don’t exist in the government’s eyes and ears,” she said. “To our politicians, the Hindu community is a big vote-bank, made up of only males.” The government rejects such criticism and says that it is hamstrung by hardline Hindu activists who oppose changes to the law. Law Minister Shafique Ahmed told AFP the new legislation would cut down on polygamy, which is increasing among the Hindu males, and ensure maintenance rights for women whose partners have left them.

Around the World Obama set for historic vote today WASHINGTON: US lawmakers and the Obama administration braced for a divisive and unprecedented Thursday vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress after 11th-hour talks failed to reach a deal. Defying calls from Democrats to scrap or postpone the vote to allow another chance for a negotiated settlement, House Speaker John Boehner insisted that “we’re going to proceed,” setting up a climactic election-year showdown between President Barack Obama’s White House and Republican foes in Congress. “We’ve given them ample opportunity to comply” with congressional requests for the Justice Department to turn over documents linked to botched gun-running Operation Fast and Furious, Boehner said. The vote’s timing ensures an extraordinary day on Capitol Hill Thursday, when all eyes will be on the Supreme Court as it rules on the constitutionality of the health care reform law.



Beyond Borders

EU to mull Mission Euro BRUSSELS: EU leaders debate “a big leap forward” to strengthen their union and save the euro at a two-day summit starting Thursday, but divisions may scuttle efforts to bring the currency back from the brink. European Union heads of state and government gather from 3pm (1300 GMT) as the debt crisis, now in its third year, widened this week. Cyprus and Spain have joined the earlier victims of contagion — Greece, Portugal and Ireland — in requesting aid. With Italy, the eurozone’s third economy, also threatened, the EU is under pressure from world leaders to deliver a convincing plan to prevent a collapse of the single currency, which would have unfathomable global repercussions. The summit “is perhaps the most important since the foundation of the EU” 60 years ago, said the head of the global IFF bank lobby Charles Dallara. “It’s about winning back the trust and confidence of longterm investors,” he told the German weekly, Die Zeit. “I’m afraid they’ll only allow themselves to be convinced by comprehensive solutions.” The 19th summit since 2010, it has, like others before it, been billed the mother-of-

MOSCOW: A 33-year-old entrepreneur from Russia’s Krasnoyarsk city was saved by a gold chain around his neck when it deflected a bullet fired at him. Police said the man was attacked at the entrance to his house. When the man went into his house and was on the first floor, the doors of the elevator opened and a killer came out of it and shot the man twice. IANS

19-year-old suicide bomber held in Russia MOSCOW: A 19-year-old woman

all-summits, a “last chance” for the decade-old euro. Among short-term solutions is an ambitious pact to kickstart growth by injecting 130 billion euros ($163 billion) into floundering economies currently facing record unemployment of 11 percent. For the longer term, leaders will be asked to sign on to a roadmap toward tighter economic and monetary union over the next decade, the first step to a banking union to be agreed by the end of this year. That could satisfy German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s calls for “more Europe, not less Europe”.

Under increasing pressure from her partners in the EU Big Four — France, Germany, Italy and Spain — Merkel warned on the eve of the talks that there were “no quick, no easy” solutions, no “magic formula” to end the crisis. She flew to Paris late Wednesday for talks with President Francois Hollande in an 11th-hour bid to bridge the gap between Europe’s two biggest economies. “Unless France and Germany can soon agree on a grand bargain, disaster may loom,” said analyst Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform. AFP

Baby Jesus glad to lose 15kg burden exican doctors say they have removed a 15kg benign tumour from the body of a two-year-old boy. Jesus Gabriel was born with a benign tumour that grew to cover the right side of his body from his armpit to his hip, the Associated Press reports. At the time of surgery on June 14, the tumour weighed more than Jesus, who weighed just 12kg. Dr Gustavo Hernandez, director of paediatrics at La Raza Medical Centre in Mexico City, said it took surgeons about 10 hours to remove the lump. Jesus, who is from the northern state of Durango, is reportedly recovering well after surgery. Dr Hernandez said that the operation was the first time Mexican doctors have removed a tumour bigger than the person carrying it.

recruited by an extremist group to carry out a suicide bombing in Russia’s Dagestan republic has been arrested in neighbouring Chechnya, officials said. The woman, a resident of KabardinoBalkaria republic, was arrested in Chechen capital Grozny, said a source.

Mexican prez candidate for the National Action Party Josefina Vazquez Mota and and hubby Sergio Ocampo greet supporters.

Madoff brother to plead guilty for fraud NEW YORK: The brother of shamed financier Bernard Madoff will plead guilty to two charges of fraud and faces a 10year jail term, US federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Peter Madoff, who was senior managing director for his brother’s investment scheme, will plead guilty on Friday in a Manhattan court to securities fraud, false declarations.


Before the surgery

GLOBE AT A GLANCE Man’s gold chain saves him from death

Saudi man convicted for Bush home bomb plot CHICAGO: A Saudi national was convicted of plotting attacks on the Texas home of former US president George W. Bush, nuclear plants, hydroelectric dams and other targets, prosecutors said. Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 22, was arrested last year after a chemical supplier became suspicious when he tried to order concentrated phenol, a powerful bomb-making tool.

The director of “La Raza” medical center, pediatric surgeon, Jaime Zaldivar (L), speaks to Jesus Gabriel, next to his mother Maria Estela Fernandez, in Mexico City on Wednesday. AFP/OMAR TORRES

A man takes photos of the smoke from the Waldo Canyon fire in Colarado, US. Over 32,000 people have been evacuated. AFP



Fair, free and forthright

Talk back Trust no one Times have reached a stage where you cannot trust anyone. The news about a man blackmailing his wife threatening to make public videos he took of her without her knowledge is disgusting to say the least. How can people stoop to such levels of indecency is beyond me. A man goes to a woman, woos her, hides the fact that he is married and then blackmails her for money… he should be lynched. Women should be more careful when it comes to meeting new people and relationships. It’s a bad world out there and any sloppiness on their part would result in their losing face in the society, for the society shows no mercy and gives no succor to women who make mistakes. Supriya Reddy Banjara Hills

This can’t go on I am sure student unions are driven by strong convictions, but I must protest against resorting to enforcing bandhs to achieve their demands. I am a private college student and the only way I see a future for myself is by education and then procuring a job. I pay for my studies and I think it is unfair that private colleges like mine are the only ones targeted when bandhs are declared. Your causes are just and the purpose noble, yet please devise some other means of protest to register your anger at the injustice in the field of education. In the last 10 days this is the third bandh. This state of affairs can’t simply go on. Rajeev R Secunderabad

Ground reality Your photo feature Road Reality is excellent. There are hundreds, if not thousands of roads in the city which are in a dilapidated state, hardly travel-worthy. The road that stretches in areas of Begumpet is so badly dug up that I lost balance while riding my bike and was almost run over by a bigger vehicle. In a place where there is scant sense of traffic rules, every time you ride or drive or walk on the street, you are betting on your life. There ‘s no knowing if you are going to back home safe and sound. It’s so infuriating to find nicely done roads a couple of weeks later dug up in the name of checking underground cables. Why can’t it be fixed once the work is done? B Nagaraju Kukatpally

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Such, such are the joys of being your own man But... Seriously Ajay Hotchandani


t’s Wednesday afternoon and I driving home from work when I get a craving for ice cream. Not just any ice cream, but New York Cheesecake ice cream with waffle cone. So, without hesitation, I take a different path home, a path that takes me in the opposite direction of my home, to get ice cream. This is a stark contrast from when I was a kid in school. While coming home from school I would ask my dad or sister to buy me ice

LONG GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN I HAVE TO EAT WHAT SOMEONE TELLS ME TO EAT, EAT WHEN SOMEONE TELLS ME TO EAT, SLEEP WHEN SOMEONE TELLS ME TO SLEEP AND COME HOME WHEN SOMEONE TELLS ME TO COME HOME. cream, because I was craving ice cream. The answer would always be no. It’s not like we had to go out of the way, because the ice cream place was on the way home. But I was a kid who had to go home and eat roti and chicken. Because everyone knows that a 10 year old kid rather eat roti and chicken rather than chocolate ice cream. Long gone are the days where I have to eat what someone tells me to eat, eat when someone tells me to eat, sleep when someone tells me to sleep and come home when someone tells me to come home. My fellow readers of the wonderful city of Hyderabad – home of the largest collection of tiffin, I say if it is 3 PM and you feel like eating chocolate cake with mango chutney then you go right ahead! Looking back I revisit some of the things I weren’t allowed to do as a kid, that I can now do as a grown up kid: n Bed time – before I had to be in bed and asleep by 9PM no questions asked. If my dad came through that door and we were not in bed with the lights off there would be hell to pay. Unless we were studying for



final exams there is no other reason that would be allowed. Now – 9PM! HA! I laugh at 9PM. Sometimes I haven’t even had my dinner at 9PM. In an act of rebellion that has persisted for some time now, the earliest I go to bed is 12AM. n Junk Food – you better have gotten a 100% on an exam, be your birthday or be attending someone’s birthday party to get some good junk food like chocolates, sweets and cake otherwise it just wasn’t going to happen. Today, I think I stocked up enough junk food in my room to give someone diabetes overnight. I am a chocoholic. I do not deny it. There is a good chance I will take off

your slippers and throw it away if you don’t give me a piece of your chocolate. n Video Games – Oh Mario! How I wasted my youth steering you through the underground world fighting giant turtles and rescuing the princess. I was addicted to playing Super Mario Brothers on the original Nintendo gaming system. I’d get home from school (without ice cream), and start playing. I’d play until I got yelled at to go eat chicken and roti. Then I’d go back to play until I got yelled at again to go do homework. I have a permanent indentation on my thumb from pressing the A B buttons on the remote. Today not much has changed except I come home and play Call of Duty 3 online and no one yells at me. It could be 11.30PM and instead of writing my article for Postnoon, so the amazing readers of Hyderabad can enjoy, I’m playing video games. Some people (girls mainly) like to say that boys will be boys and they never grow up. To them I say, be quiet I’m playing video games! There are few things I can do as an adult that I couldn’t do as a kid, but I can’t write about it without getting in trouble with the law.

REVIVING THE ECONOMY: Singh is on the job

Manmohan Singh knows economics. That’s evident from his message to the finance ministry officials. "Reverse the climate of pessimism... revive the animal spirits in the country's economy," the prime minister was quoted as directing finance ministry officials. As far as India is concerned our economy is in doldrums. And Singh is spot on when it comes to identifying what went wrong: problems on the tax front, a subtle mention of the tax plights of Vodafone and anti-avoidance measures taken with foreign investors in mind — foreign governments and global business firms had panned India over these issues. Singh also drew focus on the slump in flow of money to mutual funds and has asked the top echelons of the finance ministry to look into that. There are reports that Singh will handle finance till the next Cabinet reshuffle after which P Chidambaram is expected to take over. But the man we need now for the job of rejuvenating the country’s economy is Singh and he is on it.

HOPE ANNAN’S new plan works


ussia has agreed to back a proposal by UN envoy Kofi Annan for a national unity government to bring about political change in Syria. The government’s aim is to make a neutral background for the transition. It hasn’t been announced: Basher al-Assad won’t be a part of it. Hope the strife is stalled soon.

Telly Tales

Small screen, big idea

Hemanth Kumar


ews is not newsworthy anymore. How many times have we flipped through scores of news channels which believe sensationalism is paramount rather than a thought provoking story? It happens all the time. We live in an age where news breaks first on Twitter before it comes on news channels, majority of which are grappling with allegations of bias and twisting the facts. The integrity of the news industry as a whole is at stake and the question is whom do we trust at this hour. Sorkin’s brand new drama Newsroom, which is being aired on HBO, is about a news division which is trying to pull itself out of the quagmire of ratings and advertising to restore the honour which news channels once had. The opening sequence of Newsroom is a classic piece of Sorkin’s writing. In an open debate, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), a popular news anchor,is questioned why America is the greatest country in the world. Since he’s ridiculed as the “Jay Leno” of the news industry, thanks to his diplomacy, people expect him to give a cliched answer; however, his inner voice tells him to speak the truth. He rips apart the notion that America is the greatest country in the world and goes on to explain why it used to be one a generation ago. What follows is nothing

Making news newsworthy

Aaron Sorkin’s new TV series Newsroom has all the makings of a promising show which delves deep into the behind-thescenes drama at a news channel

John Lithgow played Dr Dick Solomon

Where are they now?

3rd Rock from the Sun

Solomon is the High Commander of a highly trained alien unit, sent to Earth by their leader, The Big Giant Head.Dick works at Pendelton State University as a professor of physics. Dick often uses his class, oddly enough the same throughout all six seasons, to gain a better understanding of humanity by assigning arbitrary essays on which their grade depends. He is now going to be seen in The Lives of Saints which is under production.

A group of aliens are sent to Earth, disguised as a human family, to experience and report life on the third planet from the sun

Kristen Johnston played Sally Solomon Dick’s second in command, was Lt. Sally Solomon, a tough-asnails military commando who was none too thrilled at being forced to assume female form


(and an embarrassingly young and beautiful female at that). Kirsten Johnston was last seen as Holly Franklin in the television series The Exes.


short of a catastrophe back at his news network ACN. When he returns from a three week vacation, most of his staff is gone and his boss tells him that he has hired Mackenzie, whom he used to date three years ago, as his new Executive Producer. McAvoy makes peace with his new EP; however stipulates a clause in her new contract which empowers him to fire her at any moment. Right then, the team learns that there was an explosion in Gulf of Mexico and there’s an environmental disaster soon in offing. Mackenzie’s senior producer Jim Harper (John Gallagher Jr.) gets a tip-off from his sources that the problem could be bigger than it seems. The first episode of Newsroom establishes the fact that Will McAvoy is struggling to keep up the ratings and desperately needs a good team to give his show a boost. Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston), the owner of ACN Network, is keen on having McAvoy and Mackenzie as a team to rebuild the news division. Amidst all this, there’s an issue which might pose a big challenge as the series unfolds. Sorkin has embalmed most of his characters with a tad too much of idealism that it doesn’t really reflect the status quo of news channels. However, we can only guess what one of the brightest writers in the industry has up his sleeve. Newsroom is all about making news newsworthy once again. With Aaron Sorkin at the helm of affairs, we can hope that it’s in good hands.

Joseph GordonLevitt played Harry Solomon Next on the roster was the crew’s crack intelligence officer Tommy Solomon who, even though he’d assumed the form of Dick’s adolescent son, was actually the oldest and smartest member of the team and never wasted an opportunity to imperiously remind his colleagues of that fact. Joseph Gordon Levitt will be seen playing Robert Todd in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, and John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises.

French Stewart played Tommy Solomon Bringing up the rear in every sense was dimwitted, impulsive Harry Solomon who’d come along for the ride to earth “because they had an extra seat.” The team’s mission was to last only a few weeks, but the human emotions that came with their new human bodies holds them back. He will soon be seen in the stage production of Stoneface: The rise and fall and rise of Buster Keaton.


Ranjani Rajendra



Holistic view of mind, body and soul

ow often have you seen a friend have mood swings so bad that she can’t seem to control her emotions or reactions to basic life situations? The most trivial and sometimes mundane things excite her so much that she seems almost hysterical or end up upsetting her to such an extent that she seems depressive? Instead of blaming it on the hormones or laughing it off, it’s time you ensured your friend sought help. If her mood swings are so extreme then she could probably be suffering from Bipolar Disorder, a condition in which a patient goes back and forth between periods of ecstacy and depression. The swing between mania and depression can be very quick. “Bipolar disorder is two poles of an illness. While it is not as common as depression, the incidence of bipolar illness stands at around 5 to 7 per cent in our country,” says Dr Roshan Jain, senior consultant psychiatrist at Apollo Hospital, Banaglore. “Patients experience swings in moods that are often beyond a point of relevance. For instance, they’ll be so happy for the smallest

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Gel combo shows promise as contraceptive

Mood swings are OK, but when they reach extremes, know that it is time to seek help. Bipolar disorder is a very real problem things even if it doesn’t warrant it. And when they hit a low, it could last persistently for two weeks or more.” “The sad thing about bipolar disorder is that what patients are experiencing are both normal reactions. But they experience it in such extremes that they can’t handle it. Often even with treatment, there are high chances of relapses and the ailment can sometimes last a lifetime,” says Dr MS Reddy, a Hyderabadbased psychiatrist who runs Asha Bipolar Clinic.

Symptoms “Patients with bipolar disorder will often find themselves doing things that they regret later, become more promiscuous and generally do things more than what is normally required. They are prone to irritability and have anger management

problems. I often have patients come to me saying that they can’t contain their emotions,” says Dr Jain. Dr Reddy explains that patients may display signs of being hyperactive and over confident and the very next minute seem depressed and dull. The problem affects both men and women, usually between the ages of 15 and 25.

Diagnosis “A structured interview is the best way of determining whether a person is suffering from bipolar disorder, but you also need to rule out other medical conditions like endocrinal problems, drugs abuse, a brain condition like a tumour, epilepsy etc,” says Dr Jain.

Treatment If a patient is diagnosed with bipolar disorder then

experts prescribe mood-stabilising medication to help calm them down. “In case of mania we prescribe antipsychotics and for depression there are anti-depressants. These medications are however to handle immediate problems. The mood stabilising medications are meant to manage future episodes. Patients should also avoid stressors or causative factors to avoid triggering episodes,” explains Dr Reddy. Talk therapy also helps patients with bipolar disorder. “Psychotherapy is often used to help patients by offering them support, care, advice and guidance on the living with the illness. It is used to help them recognise and identify and stressors and steer clear of it. With appropriate care, medication and therapy patients can recover,” says Dr Jain.

WASHINGTON: A hormonal gel combo applied daily to the skin showed promise as a male contraceptive by reducing sperm production, say US scientists. About 89 per cent of men using the new combo of skin gels enriched with testosterone and a new synthetic progestin called Nestorone, reported very low sperm counts. “This is the first time that testosterone and Nestorone have been applied to the skin together to deliver adequate amounts of hormones that suppress sperm production,” said principal investigator Christine Wang, professor at the University of California’s Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute. “Men can use transdermal (skin) gels at home — unlike the usual injections and implants, which must be given in a health care provider’s office,” added Wang, according to a California statement. Prior studies of male contraceptives that combined testosterone and progestin used progestin pills, implants or shots, according to Wang. In men, progestin increases the contraceptive effectiveness of testosterone. Both testosterone and progestin work together to turn off production of reproductive hormones controlling the production of sperm, she said. Wang added that unlike other progestins studied as male contraceptives, Nestorone has no androgenic (male hormone) activity. Androgenic activity may cause sideeffects such as acne and changes in good and bad cholesterol. “The combination of testosterone with Nestorone had few adverse effects,” Wang said. “It warrants further study as a male contraceptive.” Nestorone is an investigational new drug being developed by the Population Council, a non-profit organisation in New York City, which supplied this drug for the study. These findings will be presented Sunday at the Endocrine Society’s 94th annual meeting in Houston, US. IANS


Holistic view of mind, body and soul

Dr Divya T Sudarshan


n recent times I have seen so many commercials on TV and print with dubious looking women propagating washes and creams and deodorants for the nether regions. It’s almost a vagina monologue!! Why does it seem that suddenly we have become conscious of the vagina and it’s odour! Why the distress? We need to understand — healthy vaginas always have a discrete odour at one time or another. Whether this natural smell is neutral or not, it is a matter of personal opinion. Every woman has a particular vaginal smell; it is natural. Even when you notice a recent difference in its smell, it is not necessarily an infection. That change may be linked to a specific moment of your menstrual cycle because the smell of your vagina can vary depending on the time of the cycle. However, if the odour changes and becomes strongly unpleasant (fishy vaginal odour) or is associated with an itch, this change deserves attention because it is perhaps a sign of a serious vaginal infection. Left untreated, this condition may cause not only physiologic problems but also emotional and social problems. Vaginal odour may limit sexual activity in a relationship; the woman feels uncomfortable, and the man becomes a little distant.Many women believe that vaginal odour are the result of a lack of personal hygiene and wash excessively unaware that they worsen the problem. While poor genital hygiene can be a cause, excessive washing is not the solution. The causes of vaginal odour, can be sometimes due to excessive washing, as you strip the natural protective bacteria away! Douching, tight clothes and certain chemicals (scented body washes, antibacterial soap, etc) can cause vaginal infections. Certain contraceptives and foreign body in the vagina can provoke vaginal odour and other major health issues. There are several problems such as a yeast infection, undetected chronic cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted diseases or a discharge what may be causing the odour. These are actually infections or diseases which the smell is a mere symptom of. So, the vaginal odour is actually a warning sign of problems that may be undiagnosed. When the root problem here is dealt with, then the odour will obviously take care of itself. As to whether these much advertised feminine washes are to be used regularly, it is a well known fact that the cosmetic and OTC drug industry feeds on the fears and inadequacies of women. Most so called feminine washes are not needed for regular use. The body’s own naturally present flora and natural alkali balance is very good at keeping fungal and other infections at bay and maintaining the pH balance of the skin.To keep the area clean there is nothing more than soap and water needed unless a woman is specifically medically advised to use it, which your gynaecologist will tell you to. As for smell unless there is an infection it is unlikely that anyone else is ever able to smell any vaginal odour. Again, normal cleaning is good enough. So don’t fall prey to marketing gimmicks. As long as precautions and hygienic standards are followed you don’t need a different wash for every part of the body! (The writer is a gynaecologist and obstetrician practising at Happy Women Clinic. You can write in to her at

Excessive washing isn’t the solution



Coffee may stave off heart failure, says study


esearchers at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston found out that drinking moderate amounts of coffee could in all possibility reducethe likelihood of heart failure by 11 per cent. According to MedPage Today, the investigation looked at five previous studies that had involved nearly 1,50,000 participants. Chief researcher, Murray Mittleman, and his team discovered that those who drank moderate amounts of coffee were less likely to develop heart disease. ABC News reported that they even those who have suffered heart attacks in the past still benefit from drinking coffee. “Since high blood pressure is a risk factor for many types of cardiovascular disease, researchers assumed that coffee would be harmful, said Mittleman, according to ABC News. “But several studies have shown that although there is an increase in blood pressure shortly after consumption, there are health benefits over the longterm.” The strength of the coffee was not taken into consideration during the study. As the study relied on selfreporting, there were other factors that could not be controlled for, such as whether the participants drank caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. The study was published in the journal Circulation Heart Failure. GLOBAL POST




two-piece swimsuit is called a bikini. It comes in two parts covering the bust and the bottom and groin area of the body. There are innumerable variations, styles and cuts of a bikini suit. It is a misconception that only skinny women should go for a bikini style. This style could flatter different shapes and sizes as long as it helps conceal the problem areas of one’s body. “A bikini is more about wearing your confidence than the actual bikini. Hence, always opt for styles that make you feel confident. Certain thumb rules, however, are always applicable. Halter styles are good for support and help women with heavy bust feel comfortable. Halter style bikinis and one-shoulder bikinis are most appropriate for a heavy bust. Flat bust women should choose necklines that help accentuate the curves like halter bandeaus/bikinis and triangular bikinis work best as they provide an illusion of a heavy bust,” suggest Shivan & Narresh. Surabhi Chauhan


his article talks about the variety of swimsuit styles to fashion inside or near pool this season. Be open to new designs, cuts and colours and try the swimsuit, avoid preconceived notions of which would suit your body form. One would be surprised to know how different body shapes look flattering in a particular style and not so flattering in some. Golden swimsuit shopping tips from leading Indian swimwear designers Shivan & Narresh, “Always opt for styles that make you feel confident and liberated about your bodies. Never hide the flaws but ‘shift’ focus intelligently from the flays to your assets.” Here is a look at different styles in swimwear in the market today.



f you thought a onepiece is the most humble design in the swimsuit family, a trikini will change your thinking. Deriving its name from a bikini where the ‘bi’ is for ‘two’ pieces, the ‘trikini’ is technically a one piece but gives the illusion of three triangle cloth shapes held together with strings of fabric to form the suit. This suit makes quite a fashion statement and hence often women wear it even when not on the beach or swimming pool paired with trousers or skirt. Athletic and boyish shaped women could easily carry of a trikini as it is designed to enhance and reveal curves of the body. In the film Dostana Priyanka Chopra famously wore a golden trikini on a Miami beachside.

SOAK UP One of the universal joys of summer is swimming. For those not living near the coast, swimming could be more than just a great workout. Either ways, swimming is also a reason enough to invest in swimwear that is not just comfortable but also stylish and flattering to the body PICS: SHIVAN & NARRESH





one-piece is the most common choice of swimsuit. Most professional swimmers wear one piece as it seems most comfortable and performance driven. Doesn’t mean that it is to be a boring or conventional style. Also called a ‘maillot’ it is inspired from the same basic shape as of the onepiece worn by gymnasts and dancers. Added details to the classical style make for exciting new options. If you like the sporty look, the one piece comes in cross-back style to provide extra support and comfort while swimming. On the contrary, the 1940s retro style suit gives equal support but exudes a very feminine look. Ruching on the waist and princess cut neck details makes a one-piece a fun, girlish option without showing too much skin.


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wimwear designers Shivan & Narresh share their expert knowledge to help pick the right suit. “The generic Indian body type is curvy with a heavier bottom. The boy shorts and tutu style of swimsuits does not work with Indian women, as they make their bottoms look wider and rounder than they actually are,” suggest the designer duo. Match your body type to the basic forms below to know which swimsuit you should opt for.

Pear Shape n n

What: Bottom heavy with a comparable smaller upper half. Wide hips and thighs. To wear: Diagonal cut maillots and styles with darker colours at the bottom. Off shoulder swimsuits. Also opt for styles that are cut higher on thighs and avoid boy short-styled swimsuits.



tankini is a two-piece suit with the support and coverage as ample as that of a one-piece suit. Here the bikini bra top is replaced with a tank style top covering the torso. Young girls prefer this as it is comfortable and convenient to wear on a beach or swimming pool. Some women find this style more comfortable than a maillot due to the separate wearing nature of the bottom and top of the suit. Women with a long upper body should opt for a tankini. Also women who feel they need support on the stomach area can wear a tankini.

The writer is a fashion blogger ( who attempts to bridge the gap between creator and consumer. As a fashion writer, she hopes to promote Indian fashion among Indians and on a global level too.

Apple Shape

Hourglass shape n


What: A curvaceous form with proportionate top and bottom halves. The stomach is smaller as compared to the bust and hips thus forming an hourglass figure. To wear: Any silhouette works for them. Bikinis or one piece suits both will go well with the frame.


Banana shape n


What: An athletic/boyish frame. Resembles a banana shape with less curves and a straight form from top to bottom. To wear: Bikinis, trikinis or two shoulder maillots flatter an athletic frame.


What: Top heavy with a comparable thinner lower half. Bigger on the chest and stomach area. To wear: One shoulder maillots, twin shoulder maillots with deep necklines, preferably with diagonal style lines with contrasting colours.










Boogie wonderland This city loves a good party and the youngsters here are out to prove it. These pretty girls were spotted at Kismet on Tuesday, having a great time. 6


1. Tabby 2. Clara 3. Tanu 4. Eena

5. Sindhi 6. Himani 7. Anitha 8. Ruksar

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Sippin’ with friends DEEPAK DESHPANDE

Sheethi, Aditi, Kitu & Deepali

If you are looking for a place to spend time with your pals, look no further than 10 Downing Street. Here, the fun never sets.

A model walks the ramp on the launch of the Zooni Centre festive designer collection. Zooni Centre also announced a Tata Nano shopping dhamaka draw at their shop in Tolichowki. The draw was announced by the Mayor Majid Hussain on Tuesday. Becky

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The glamour behind the glitz

Allu Arjun, Puri Jagannadh to team up soon?



@Actor_Siddharth Wishing the super talented Divyendu Sharma a very happy married life:) Superb actor! Spectacular friend!


llu Arjun and Puri Jagannadh are going to team up soon, if the rumours in film industry are to be believed. The duo had last teamed up for Desamudhuru back in 2007 and it went on to become a big hit. Their latest film is expected to be a complete entertainer and we hear that Ganesh Babu is keen on producing the film. The film is likely to go on floors by the end of the year after Puri Jagannadh’s Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu hits the screens. Meanwhile, Allu Arjun’s upcoming film Julaayi is expected to hit the screens on July 13. Directed by Trivikram Srinivas, Julaayi is turning out to be a crucial film for Allu Arjun since he hasn’t had a hit for a long time now.

@PriyaWajAnand I think I scare myself silly every time I wake up in the night and hear the sound of my anklets! :s Will try going back to sleep now.. :)

@snehaullalheart I've been sneezing nonstop yesterday morning ... Hmmmm... What the hell is wrong with my nose.

@tashu_02 A very gud morning to all... Rise and shine.... Have a great day guys and keep smiling.. :-)

Ram Charan is back in action Mohankrishna to cast newcomers in his next film


ohankrishna Indraganti, who had directed films like Ashta Chemma and Golconda High School, has finalised the script for his next film which will be produced by KL Damodhar Prasad. Sources tell us that it’s an unusual story for a Telugu film, which is one of the reasons why he took more than a year to work on it. Moreover, the director was pleasantly surprised to see that Damodhar Prasad wanted knowing every single detail of his script. We hear that Indraganti is keen on casting newcomers, the production house issued a casting call which will be open to all the aspiring actors between the age of 2025 till July 7.


am Charan is back in action after almost three weeks of gap. He recently got married to Upasana Kamineni and the duo flew to Italy for their honeymoon. As soon as the couple got back to Hyderabad, Ram Charan began shooting for an ad for one of the brands he’s endorsing. Soon, he’ll join the shooting of the remake of Zanjeer and V V Vinayak’s untitled film. This year, one of his films Racha has already been declared a hit at the box office and his fans can look forward to seeing him in VV Vinayak’s film by the end of the year. Kajal and Amala Paul are playing the lead roles in this untitled film.

@ssrajamouli Bengaluru promotion worked well for Eega. The press was kind enough to give us a wide coverage and the business is extremely good... :)

@sundeepkishan Loved Memu Vayasuki Vachem... Some parts of the film r still haunting me... Shekar Chandra rocks @tanish_tweets gave a stunning performance.

@actor_Nikhil Everyone feels making a good movie is easy... Its only when u start making one then u realise how tough it is to tell a story frame by frame.

@actressanjjanaa Hey lovelies, jus had a very productive day 2day. Bac to shoot for Jagan Nirdoshi in the morning.

Chai Time


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.



Take a shot at the brain game while sipping your cuppa


QUICK CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Budding band's handout 5 It's the same as an F 11 Fox competitor 14 Spooky sign 15 Like a yellow polka dot bikini in a 1961 No. 1 hit 16 Amateur-hour shunner 17 What an entrepreneur hopes his/her business becomes 19 Ad ___ committee 20 Particle in a charged state 21 Consider again 23 Biblical song 26 CEO degree, often 28 Chopping tool 29 All-American dessert 31 Waited for the laughter to die down 33 Verb in a retrospective 34 Opens, in a way 36 Egoists 41 Somber and grave 42 Bell-bottoms bottom 44 Chew out 47 "The danger has passed" 50 Court cry 51 Put before a jury 52 ___ and raves 53 Frozen pizza brand 56 Big part of a dinosaur skeleton 57 Frequently, to Shakespeare 58 What the costliest ticket carries 64 Prompt 65 Part of a cast of thousands 66 Eye part 67 Like an antique 68 Most like Solomon 69 Wicked look DOWN 1 Musical note (Var.) 2 Bird that cannot fly 3 Foster or Tilly of Hollywood 4 "Mourning Becomes Electra" playwright

5 Vingt-___ (casino game) 6 "Just a ___!" ("Hold on!") 7 "___ Ramsey" (Richard Boone series) 8 End of "the end of" 9 ___ to the occasion 10 Bothersome person 11 Plant assailants 12 Third-place medal 13 Ready to fire 18 Vague quantity 22 African ethnic group 23 Boxer's foot? 24 Junk email or canned meat product 25 Site for stained-glass windows 26 North Dakota State Fair city 27 Tarnish or stain 30 Beating of one's heart 31 Talking heads group

32 Self-proclaimed "Greatest" boxer 35 In the wee hours 37 Surgical dressing 38 Bering Sea bird 39 "Big Brother" host Julie 40 An anagram for "east" 43 "___ Dalloway" 44 Postbaroque 45 Check-out limit? 46 Sang loudly (with "out") 48 Burn the midnight oil studying 49 Legitimate 51 Sends a message, in a way 54 Short-billed merganser


55 Prepare to take off 56 Fair and honorable 59 Angry reaction 60 Rustic mothers 61 "Now ___ seen everything!" 62 Formerly known as 63 You may eavesdrop with it PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER

THOUGHT OF THE DAY A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool. – Edward G. BulwerLytton



Your tomorrow today̶Star Power and Tarot THIRUVAIKUMAR

As per Hindu panchang

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The works you undertaken will get completed successfully. Politicians will be in limelight and they are favoured by the high command. Some have bright chances to purchase house.

All your planned assignments will get completed successfully without facing any hurdles. All your wishes will get fulfilled. Professional will see a boom time.

Expect happy events in family expect‑ ed which will keep all members cheer‑ ful. Some will buy immovable asset. Travel undertaken by businessmen for their growth will yield desired results.




You will be benefitted through spouse. Businessmen will be benefitted if they start any new venture in the name of their spouse. Avoid speculative trans‑ actions as time is not favourable.

All the works you undertake will be successful. Held up works will resume and get completed successfully. Dues will be collected successfully. You will clear all the handloans taken.

Health needs to be taken good care. Businessmen might face delays though they will achieve success finally in their works. Major portions of debts will be cleared by you.




All the works you have planned to do will be completed. New efforts will bring you desired results. Enemies will become inactive. Tensions faced will disappear.

For those to whom, marriage got delayed will materialsie now. Love marriages also will be successful after a long time struggle. You will be bene‑ fitted financially through spouse.

Minor misunderstanding between cou‑ ple will come to an end. Avoid third party interference between couple, to lead a happy life. Avoid standing guar‑ antee to anyone.




Medical expenses to father will increase. Eye problems will be there but will get cured soon if necessary treat‑ment is taken. Litigations existed in ancestral property will be resolved.

Happy events to take place at home. Avoid emotional decisions and getting angry frequently. While executing the works, exercise extra caution to avoid disappointments or failures.

Some will get chance to go abroad. Love marriages will be successful in unexpected way. Financial transaction to be undertaken with extra caution. Parents' health needs attention.


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The World – You need to be assertive and hold on to your position of being the person in charge. You can get across the point gently ̶ no force needed.

Four of Pentacles – You may have to spend some anxious moments when results of a crucial event take longer than expected. All will go fine.

The Sun – Scratch the surface just a lit‑ tle and you come across many more issues that need tackling. Itʼs wonʼt be easy. So put on your analytical cap.




Ace of Pentacles – Think of the utility value of something before you invest in it in a big way. Be practical and donʼt think of only the immediate benefits.

Judgment – You are likely to face defeat in something. Donʼt take it to heart. Itʼs as a learning experi‑ ence by noting down how you could have played your cards.

The Star – Parental support determines how you work through the bigger problems of life. Their teachings make you realize the importance of values.




Three of Cups – An illness may set you back by time only. You recover quickly and bounce back better than before. Youʼre able to give full energy to work.

The High Priestess – This is boom time to put all your plans into action. You are in the limelight and your ideas are in demand at the work place.

Two of Pentacles – A crucial balancing act is needed in order to get to the top. You have to be both diplomatic and strong to win over people.




King of Pentacles – A job offer is likely to come your way. Itʼll be exactly what youʼre looking for. But you donʼt want to unsettle yourself from your present state.

Queen of Cups – There is nothing wrong in being aver‑ age and mediocre. Not everyone can be excellent at every‑ thing all the time.

Five of Wands – It is very important that you take a stance on a crucial issue. Sitting on the fence all the time will not show you in good light among peers.

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DID YOU KNOW...? n In 2008, Rohullah Nikpai won Afghanistan’s first-ever Olympic medal with bronze in the men’s 58kg competition.






Sun Hee Lee (born August 3, 1972) made history in 2000 by becoming the first Olympic Taekwondo champion. She beat reigning world champion just to qualify for her nation’s team, but stormed to victory at the Games, taking the 67kg title after defeating Trude Gundersen in the final. After her win, she said: ‘It’s not the strongest who wins in taekwondo; it’s the one who beats the strongest.’

Kyong-Hun Kim: (born July 15, 1975) won the inaugural +80kg Taekwondo event in the 2000 Games. He opened with two crushing 5-0 victories before facing a tough semis opponent in Pascal Gentil. Kim persevered to win 6-2, securing his passage through to the final. Kim’s opponent for the gold was Australian Daniel Trenton. Kim made the most of his height to win 6-2.








n More than 60 million people in 190 countries around the world take part in Taekwondo n On average, it takes three years’ training for athletes to reach the black belt status.

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TRIVIA The uniform A taekwondo student typically wears a uniform (dobok), often white but sometimes black (or other colours), with a belt (dti) tied around the waist. There are at least three major styles of do-bok, with the most obvious differences being in the style of jacket: the cross-over front jacket that resembles traditional Asian clothing, the V-neck jacket (no cross-over) typically worn by WTF practitioners, and the vertical-closing front jacket (no cross-over) typically worn by ITF practitioners. The belt colour and any insignia thereon indicate the student’s rank. In general, the darker the colour, the higher the rank. The school or place where instruction is given is called the do-jang. The grandmaster of the is called a gwan-jang-nim; Master (senior instructor) is called sa-beom-nim while the Instructor is called gyo-san-nim.

TAEKWONDO: Expect plenty of excitement at ExCeL when the Taekwondo competitors take to the court at the 2012 Games. The word Taekwondo translates into English as the way of foot and fist – an accurate description of the principles behind this Korean martial art. Powerful kicks and punches are, literally, the name of the game, which offers tension, drama and plenty of action.

THE LINGO Chung the competitor wearing blue Dobok a competitor’s uniform Hong the competitor wearing red Shi-jak the command to start fighting Gam-jeom a deduction penalty

Field of play Taekwondo contests are fought on a court measuring 8m x 8m.

Taekwondo at Games Taekwondo made its debut

as a demonstration sport at the Seoul 1988 Games, but was not officially added to the Olympic programme until the Sydney 2000 Games.

The basics The object of Taekwondo is to land kicks and punches on the opponent’s scoring zones: one point is awarded for a valid attack to the trunk protector, two for a valid turning kick to the trunk protector, three for a valid kick to the head, and four for a valid turning kick to the head. Each contest is made up of three two-minute rounds. Over their standard white uniform, known as a dobok, competitors wear coloured protective equipment. The competitor wearing blue is referred to as chung, while the competitor in red is hong.

Competition format In each weight category, the competition consists of a single elimination tourna-

ment. The winners of each contest qualify for the next round, with the two finalists going head to head in the gold medal contest. All competitors who lose to one of the finalists at any stage of the competition enter the repechage. The two semifinal losers meet the winners of the two repechage pools; these matches determine the winners of two bronze medals

Officials A referee stays in the combat area, while corner judges sit at each corner of the court. The judges award points for valid kicks and punches that are recorded electronically. Venues: ExCeL



he oldest Korean martial art was an amalgamation of unarmed combat styles developed by the three rival Korean Kingdoms of Goguryeo, Silla, and Baekje, where young men were trained in unarmed combat techniques to develop streng-

th, speed, and survival skills. The most popular of these techniques was subak, with taekkyeon being the most popular of the segments of subak. Those who demonstrated strong natural aptitude were selected as trainees in the new special warrior corps,

called the Hwarang. It was believed that young men with a talent for the liberal arts may have the grace to become competent warriors. These warriors were instructed in academics as well as martial arts, learning philosophy, history, a code of ethics,

and equestrian sports. Their military training included an extensive weapons program involving swordsmanship and archery, both on horseback and on foot, as well as lessons in military tactics and unarmed combat using subak.




LARSON BOOKS ‘12 BERTH OMAHA, NEBRASKA: Unheralded Breeja Larson booked a ticket to London Wednesday with an upset victory over world champion Rebecca Soni in the 100m breaststroke at the US Olympic swimming trials. The 20-year-old student at Texas A&M university, didn’t even start swimming seriously until she was 17, but stamped herself an Olympic contend-er in a stroke with a rich history of prodigies. Larson won in 1min 5.92sec — with the fast-finishing Soni grabbing second place, and an Olympic berth, in 1:05.99. Larson peered at the scoreboard in confusion before the reality of her victory in her first trials appearance sank in. “I looked up on the board and it showed three of us,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh gosh, oh gosh!’” During the race she’d heard the public address announcer saying her name — and said she was hoping that was a good thing. “I heard my name, him shouting, and I thought ‘this one has to be close,’” she said. “Every fiber is burning. You’ve got to make it burn more to keep going.” The one-two finish for Larson and Soni left world record-holder Jessica Hardy out in the cold. With only the top two finishers securing Olympic spots, Hardy settled for third in 1:06.53. Although she won both breaststroke events at the World Championships in

Shanghai last year, Soni said that almost added to prerace nerves. “It’s a different kind of nerves, it kind of turns into an expectation,” said Soni, who won gold in the 200m breast at the Beijing Games and silver in the 100m. “That’s a whole new level of pressure. It’s so much easier, looking back four years ago when nobody knew my name. If you didn’t make it, no big deal. But now if I didn’t make it, it would be, ‘Oh why didn’t you make it? Why didn’t you make it?’ I’m really happy, really relieved. Really happy for Bree also.” Hardy, who qualified for the 2008 Olympics but missed Beijing after testing positive for a banned steroid, is vying for another chance after

I heard my name, him shouting, and I thought ‘this one has to be close. Every fiber is burning. You’ve got to make it burn more to keep going’. Breeja Larson, US Swimmer serving a one-year suspension. A board of arbitrators eventually agreed with her explanation that the banned substance was contained in a tainted supplement and

she hadn’t intended to cheat. Hardy, who has said she battled depression during her fight to clear her name, was philosophical, noting she still has the 50m and 100m freestyle to come. “I’m lucky I still have more races to go,” Hardy said, adding her plan for the 100m freestyle was “just try to stay calm and grateful.” With her Olympic place secure, Larson was looking forward to getting to know some of her famous teammates, like Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Coming into the trials, her coach reminded her she was in Omaha not as a fan but as a swimmer, so she’s been resisting the urge to introduce herself to all and sundry. AFP

Trails heartbreak for swimmer Hoff OMAHA, NEBRASKA: Katie Hoff’s bid to at last strike the gold that eluded her in two Olympics looked dim Wednesday as she failed to advance from the 200m freestyle heats at the US swimming trials. Hoff, 23, had already failed to make the final of the 400m freestyle as she battled an apparent stomach bug on Tuesday. On Wednesday, she couldn’t rebound, saying she felt in her 200m free heat that her stroke lacked its usual “pop”.

“I felt better today,” said Hoff, whose time of 2:00.68 was the 20th-fastest of the morning. “I was actually able to eat today, but I just didn’t have it. They told me I had a stomach virus, but I don’t want to make excuses. It just wasn’t there.” Hoff is entered in one more event, the 800m freestyle which starts with heats on Saturday. But she acknowledged that was a longshot. “Realistically, it’s not in the cards,” she said of the likelihood of gaining a Olympic berth with a first- or second-place finish in the 800. AFP

Bhupathi blasts India chiefs over Olympic row LONDON: Mahesh Bhupathi on Wednesday slammed India’s tennis chiefs for putting top female player Sania Mirza in an “unbelievable position” in the country’s bitter Olympic selection row. Bhupathi, who said the situation could not have got any uglier, denied he was manipulating other players against his former doubles partner Leander Paes, as Mirza said she was being humiliated by being used as “bait” to pacify Paes. Bhupathi and his current partner Rohan Bopanna both said they would not play with the higherranked Paes at the London 2012 Games for a range of personal and professional reasons. Mirza, who earlier this month won the French Open mixed doubles with Bhupathi, then lashed out at the All India Tennis Association (AITA) in a letter about her treatment. Indian media reported Paes made being paired with Mirza in the Olympic mixed a pre-condition for playing with a lower-ranked player in the men’s. AFP

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Phelps eases into fly semis at US trials NEBRASKA: Michael Phelps eased into the semis of the 200m butterfly at the US Olympic swimming trials on Wednesday with his 200m free finals showdown with Ryan Lochte looming in the evening. The defending Olympic Champion won his heat in 1:57.75, matching Thomas Luchsinger for the third-fastest time of the morning behind Bobby Bollier (1:56.69) and Tyler Clary (1:57.23). AFP

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Van Marwijk resigns as Netherlands coach



Portugal legend Eusebio sits out Euro semi

Bert van Marwijk has stepped down as Netherlands coach after his team's first round elimination from the European football championships, the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) announced on Wednesday. A statement on the KNVB's website said: "On the initiative of Bert van Marwijk, the KNVB and Bert van Marwijk decided on Wednesday to end the coach's contract.”

Portugal legend Eusebio on Wednesday sat out the country's Euro 2012 semi-final against Spain after returning from the tournament with high blood pressure, his doctors said. The 70-year-old "is always a bit nervous when he goes to Benfica and Portugal matches... so he needs to stay calm at the moment", said spokesman Joao Paulo Gama.

Italy hope to add to German finals woes the ingredients to go all the way. “But we will study them closely and work on the few weak points they have.” Italy needed a penalty shootout to beat England 4-2 in Sunday’s quarter-final in Kiev with the Azzurri failing to hit the net in normal play despite 68 percent ball possession and 35 shots compared to England’s nine.

Rolls Reus set to fly Frederic Happe

GDANSK, POLAND: He’s already been dubbed Germany’s “Rolls Reus” by the German and British media, and attacking midfielder Marco Reus (L) is ready to outpace Italy as the countries face off in what should be a classic semi-final at Euro 2012 on Thursday. Reus has caught the eye here not least with his goal on his first start in the competition in the 4-2 quarter-final win over Greece and the 23-year-old Borussia Dortmund-bound star is clearly hell bent on making his presence felt against the Azzurri. With his spiky, blond haircut and ear-ring, Reus is part of the new crop of rising German stars who have achieved pin-up status back in Germany, his industrious showings persuading champions Dortmund to snap him up from Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Germany v Italy earlier encounters Germany: W7 D9 L14 (including friendlies) Italy: W14 D9 L7 (including friendlies) 04 Jul 2006: Germany v Italy 0-2 World Cup semi-final 19 Jun 1996: Italy v Germany 0-0 European Championship group stage 10 Jun 1988: West Germany v Italy 1-1 European Championship group stage 11 Jul 1982: Italy v West Germany 3-1 World Cup final 14 Jun 1978: West Germany v Italy 0-0 World Cup group stage 17 Jun 1970: West Germany v Italy 3-4 World Cup semi-final 31 May 1962: West Germany v Italy 0-0 World Cup group stage. Quick, technically gifted and with a nose for goal, Reus is very much in the mould of a player much appreciated by coach

Joachim Loew, who had no qualms about pitching him in to face the Greeks just seven Ryland James months after he made his international bow. WARSAW: Italy coach Cesare His rise to prominence gives Prandelli (in pic) will be looking a team brimming with youthful for his side to extend their proud enthusiasm and skill yet anothrecord of never losing to er option to add to an abunGermany in a major finals when dance of midfield possibilities they meet in Thursday’s Euro alongside the likes of Mesut 2012 semi-final in Warsaw. Oezil and Thomas Germany — Mueller. who are seeking Germany vs Italy His dribbling their first trophy and passing game since lifting the 12.15am (Friday) had the Greeks Euro ‘96 title — will Neo Prime running helterbe by contrast hopskelter as the ing to end that run Germans imposed themselves in what is their eighth meeting at in their last eight game and his either a World Cup or a European ferocious shot for the fourth championship finals. goal capped an impressive “There is no such thing as an showing. invincible side,” said Prandelli. Whether Loew will send him “Germany has that sense of into battle from the outset knowing what they need to do. against the wily Italians is not at “They are also physically all certain — but Reus says he strong and have players who have will take his chance if offered tasted international success at him. club level, so they are a side with

We won’t change style for Germany, says De Rossi Barnaby Chesterman

WARSAW: Daniele De Rossi says Italy will put their faith in their own style of play when they tackle the favoured Germans at the National Stadium here on Thursday in their Euro 2012 semifinal. Italy hold the Indian sign over their opponents having never lost to Germany in seven competitive matches. But Germany came into this tournament as the second favourites behind Spain and have shown in 15 straight victories in competitive games that they are formidable opponents for anyone. Even so, De Rossi says it would be futile for Italy to try to adapt their style on a one-off occasion. Prandelli has said the Italians will have to be daring in order to beat Germany, who are on a 15match winning run in competitive matches since losing to Spain at the last World Cup. Germany’s forwards shone in Friday’s 4-2 quarter-final win.




Alves hits the bar as Spain go through

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DONETSK, UKRAINE: Spain reached their third consecutive major tournament final after overcoming neighbours Portugal 4-2 on penalties in the first Euro 2012 semi-final in Donetsk on Wednesday. After an attritional game finished 0-0 following extra time at Donbass Arena, Cesc Fabregas swept home the winning spot-kick to put Spain in the final. Xabi Alonso and Joao Moutinho both saw their opening penalties saved, but Portugal blinked first when Zenit SaintPetersburg centre-back Bruno Alves slammed his side’s fourth penalty against the crossbar. Fabregas stepped up and, just as he had done in the penalty shootout win over Italy in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals, the Barcelona man held his nerve, steering the ball into the bottom-left corner to send Portugal home. “We are so happy to have reached another final. I don’t know if that has ever been done in history,” Fabregas told Spanish television channel Telecinco, his voice cracking with emotion. “They told me I was going to take the second kick, but I said: ‘No, I want to take the fifth one.’” Reigning world and European champions Spain, who are bid-

Spain subs changed game, says Del Bosque


pain coach Vicente del Bosque hailed the impact of his three substitutes after seeing his side edge Portugal 4-2 on penalties to reach the Euro 2012 final. The defending champions had laboured to break down the Portuguese defence but the second-half introductions of Cesc Fabregas, Jesus Navas and Pedro Rodriguez gave Spain extra vim and they finished extra time on top. There were no goals in the 120 minutes at Donbass Arena on Wednesday, but Spain held their nerve in the ensuing shootout, with Fabregas netting the decisive penalty to send La Roja into Sunday’s final in Kiev. Del Bosque’s substitutions were a key feature of Spain’s World Cup success in South Africa two years ago, with Fabregas and Navas both coming on to good effect in the 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in the final. Against Portugal, the three replacements gave Spain greater dynamism in the final third and Del Bosque drew attention to their contribution.

Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas scores the all-important goal past Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio during the penalty shootout of the Euro 2012 football championships semi-final match on Wednesday at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. AFP/ PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU ding to become the first team in history to win three major competitions in a row, will face either Italy or Germany in Sunday’s final in Kiev. “We were stronger in extra time, but overall it was a fairly even contest,” said Spain coach Vicente del Bosque. “It was tough. We took a while to get into our stride. The Portuguese were very well organised. Germany and Italy are equally strong.” It was a deeply disappointing end to the tournament for Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who had threatened to fire his side into only their second major final but who did not even get a chance to have his say in the

Ronaldo rendered helpless bystander


ortuguese’s Cristiano Ronaldo will have to wait another two years to see if he will grace a major final for only the second time after Spain edged his side 4-2 on penalties in their Euro 2012 semifinal here on Wednesday. However, many will question what happened in the penalty shootout as he stood like a spare part — a disconsolate one at that — as Cesc Fabregas put away the winning penalty leaving him as Portugal’s fifth penalty taker superfluous to proceedings.

Even more strangely, both centrebacks had preceded their captain to the penalty spot, though Bruno Alves’s first attempt was cut off in its prime as Nani ran up and told him to go back. Alves was eventually to go fourth and miss opening the way for Fabregas to squeeze his winner over the line. Portuguese coach Paulo Bento, though, was unrepentant about marking Ronaldo down in fifth. “If it had been 4-4 and he had taken the last penalty, we’d be talking in a different way. It’s about strategy and we’d defined that before.” AFP

shoot-out. “If I had to choose a way of losing, I wouldn’t choose this,” said Portug-al coach Paulo Bento. “But you have to lose some way. Spain are a great team and we can leave the pitch with our heads held high.” A surprise inclusion in Spain’s starting line-up, Alvaro Negredo was at the source of the game’s first chance, with Alvaro Arbeloa side-footing over after the Sevilla striker was crowded out in the Portuguese area. Portugal’s match-winner against both the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, Ronaldo was a spectator in the first 10 minutes, but gradually his influence grew. After fluffing a free-kick into

the base of the wall from a tight angle on the left, he lashed a halfvolley high over the crossbar from the edge of the area and then drilled a left-shot narrowly wide of the right-hand post. As in the quarter-final win against France, Spain struggled to find holes in their opponent’s defence, and it was a surprise to see Alonso club a long ball forward in the 29th minute. It produced a sight of goal, however, with Andres Iniesta bending a shot narrowly over the bar after Negredo had chased down Alonso’s pass, held off Fabio Coentrao, and worked the ball back to the edge of the area.

I have no regrets: Bento


ortugal coach Paulo Bento said he had no regrets after seeing his side lose 4-2 on penalties to defending champions Spain in the Euro 2012 semi-finals. After the game finished goalless following extra time, Bruno Alves sent Portugal’s fourth spot-kick against the bar and Spain substitute Cesc Fabregas stepped up to sweep Spain into the final at their Iberian rivals’ expense. The sequence of events meant that Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo did not even have an opportunity to take a penalty, but Bento said he did not regret electing to put the Real Madrid star in the fifth penaltytaker slot. AFP

Playing Field


The games people play

India A lose 1st one-dayer ST GEORGE’S (GRENADA): Set a target of 191 in their allotted 50 overs by India A in the first of their three-match OneDay series, West Indies A scampered home in the last over at the National Stadium here on Wednesday. JL Carter topscored for the hosts with 39 runs, while V Permaul and NO Miller held their nerves in the end with unbeaten 22 and 12 runs respectively. AB Dinda scalped three wickets and B Kumar and RG Sharma took two apiece for the visitors. Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane (in pic), who had a poor ‘Test’ series regained some form to top-score with 58 while Shikhar Dhawan made 30. After their departure, only Manoj Tiwari and Jalaj Saxena

Women seeds tumble at All England Club

RESULTS Dave James

LONDON: Women’s top seed Maria Sharapova was leading Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova when bad light halted play on Court One. The Russian was 7-6 (7/3), 3-1 in her second round match. Sharapova had recovered from 5-2 down to take the first set in a tie-break. The bottom half of the women’s draw opened up with fifth-seeded US Open champion Samantha Stosur and seventh-seeded Caroline Wozniacki both knocked out. Stosur had not been past the third round in nine

previous visits to the All England Club and that miserable sequence was extended with a 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 defeat against world number 72 Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands. “This year I hated the grass a little bit less than in previous years,” said Stosur, whose defeat meant that there are no Australian men or women in the third round for the first time since 1939. “I still love playing at Wimbledon, but obviously it hasn’t been my best tournament.” Tamira Paszek saved two match points to send Wozniacki crashing out.

Men: 2nd round Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-4, 64, 6-4 Nicolas Almagro (ESP x12) bt Guillaume Rufin (FRA) 62, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 Roger Federer (SUI x3) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA) 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 Janko Tipsarevic (SRB x8) bt Ryan Sweeting (USA) 5-7, 75, 6-4, 6-2 Women: 2nd round Vera Zvonareva (RUS x12) bt Silvia Soler (ESP) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x3) bt Elena Vesnina (RUS) 6-2, 6-1 Sorana Cirstea (ROM) bt Li Na (CHN x11) 6-3, 6-4 Arantxa Rus (NED) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS x5) 6-2, 0-6, 6-4

got into the 20s. Veerasammy Permaul, who returned to lead West Indies A after missing the two-match twenty20 series, was the most successful bowler, claiming four wickets for 28 runs, while Jason Holder (2/30) and Jonathan Carter (2/41) bowled well with the new ball.

Brief score: India A: 190 all out in 49.5 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 58, Shikhar Dhawan 30, Manoj Tiwary 26, Jalaj Saxena 22; Veerasammy Permaul 4/28, Jason Holder 2/30, Jonathan Carter 2/41). West Indies A: 193 for 8 in 49.3 overs (JL Carter 39, AB Fudadin 26, AB Dinda 3/45, B Kumar 2/14, RG Sharma 2/32). IANS/CMC


Ashes on Aussie minds LONDON: England and Australia play the first of a fivematch one-day international (ODI) series at Lord’s here on Friday but the tourists are already looking to their return trip for next year’s Ashes. Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has played in two Ashes Test series defeats and is desperate to emerge victorious. “After being involved in two Ashes losses now, it is a burning desire inside me to be a part of a successful Ashes series,” Watson said. AFP

Postnoon E-Paper for 28 June 2012  

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Postnoon E-Paper for 28 June 2012  

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