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After a long and illustrous history achieving almost mythical proportions, the Ninjas are now a dying breed. How much do you really know about this brave clan?




Congress can twist the tail of the Telangana tiger and yet win most seats. The party will therefore not yield to the T-demand till 2014 polls are over.






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A painting exhibition by Sisir Sarma titled Exile in the wind is being held. The exhibition is on at Alankritha Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10. The show is open for public viewing from 11am to 7pm. everyday till December 8..

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES Convergence Convergence, an exhibition Of Paintings By Ananad Swaroop Manchiraju is being held. Where: Muse Art Gallery, Marriot Convention Centre, Tank Bund When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2752 2999

SHOWS Third eye blind American alternative rock band Third Eye Blind is performing live a Hard Rock Cafe on November 28. Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: November 28, 9pm onwards Contact: (040) 6463 6375

DINING Awadhi food fest Taj Krishna is hosting the Awadhi food festival at Firdaus. Where: Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills, Rd no 1 When: Ongoing, Lunch and dinner Contact: (040) 6666 2323

U never know The play U never know being staged at Lamakaan on December 1 revolves around a teenager Jennings and her journey to heaven. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: December 1, 6.30pm onwards Contact: 96427 31329 The last Christmas The last Christmas is a large-scale production featuring live singing, dancing and acting, is the heartwarming story of Retired Gen Roy who recounts his seven favourite Christmases. Where: RNR auditorium, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: December 8, 9 and 10 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6515 7558 Documentary screening Alliance Française of Hyderabad is hosting Novembre: Le mois du Film Documentaire. Tous au Larzac

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ART Art exhibition An exhibition by artists such as Akbar Mohammad, Basuki Das Gupta, Baskar Rao B, Kandi Narsimlu, Srikant Kohle, Shayamal Mukherjee is being held. Where: Gallery Space, Banjara Hills Rd No 10

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Woman burgles own home Woman’s paramour kept asking her for more and more gold until the only way to keep her husband in the dark about her affair was to fake a break-in at her own house.



t was an inside job, but the husband never dreamed it could be his wife who had masterminded the whole thing. Chilkalguda police have in their custody J Swaroopa and her paramour, Balram Agarwal, for engineering a ‘burglary’ at her home and making away with 20 tolas of gold. A burglary was reported at RTC supervisor J Shivlal’s home in Alla Gadda Bawi in Chilkalguda on November 10. The unwary police went around questioning outside suspects, maid and neighbours, while the real burglars were inside the

house, said crime inspector Khaja Moinuddin. Swaroopa, 36, and Shivlal, 39, have two children. She allegedly developed an extra-marital relationship with Balram, 26, who runs a cloth shop in Chilkalguda. Once they expressed mutual interest, she used to visit the cloth shop frequently, it is said. Balram soon began to come to her home and spend time with her while her husband was away working. While interrogating the suspects, the police learnt that Shivlal’s inability to devote time to her and to the home was the main reason for his wife having an affair. “Shivlal was a workaholic and he reportedly spent a lot of time on duty,” said

Swaroopa. He explained that he had financial difficulties and sought her help. She began giving him cash and gold. Gradually, he asked for more

The fact that the children had not heard anything and that the wife was not unduly upset by the loss alerted the police.

a police officer. Trouble began when Balram decided to take advantage of

gold and a day came when the only way out of it was to create a fake burglary and take away substantial amounts of gold for her paramour. Accordingly, when Shivlal

was on night duty, the duo took away the gold and made it look like an outside job. When her husband came home early in the morning, Swaroopa told him that the house had been burgled. “Since we had some doubts about her statement, we collected her mobile phone call history and found that most of the calls had been made to Balram Agarwal. Also, the children had not heard any unusual noise on the fateful night, nor did the wife appear unduly worried at the loss of such a huge fortune. All this evidence together helped the police crack the case,” Moinuddin said. The police have recovered the gold and `4,000 in cash from the duo.




LAST YEAR... HERE No room for VVIPs in jail


ast year around this time the Chanchalguda prison was struggling to accommodate the several VVIPs who were being arrested for various crimes. Authorities and inmates alike were put to trouble when the prison was filled beyond capacity and most of the recent inmates were ‘big guns’ like Gali Janardhana Reddy and BV Srinivas Reddy.

NOVEMBER 28, 2011

Most city buildings are potential tinder boxes It is obvious that fire safety has taken a back seat in public buildings, thanks to corruption of civic authorities, but it’s something that needs urgent attention of the collective mind.



per day is the paltry sum alloted to each student at the Government Residential School for the Deaf, leaving the children to deal with sub-standard quality food, clothing and amenities.

Our party will not give any assurance on separate T state till the 2014 elections. As per our surveys most people are in favour of a united Andhra Pradesh. Senior Congress leader See page 5



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


It’s hard to trust your own family. Even your wife. RTC employee Shivlal learnt that it’s hard to trust anybody these days when he realised that the burglary in his house was committed by his wife and her paramour.


Grease a few palms for building NOCs. Despite several fire accidents in the City in the past, builders continue to grease palms of officials to get away with lax fire safety procedures.


You can cry yourself hoarse, but T will have to wait. Although a few politicians are agitating for a separate state, the Congress is playing it cool. No Tstate till 2014, they say.


Sometimes bribes don’t really help. Despite passing money under the table, residents were in for a rude shock when the GHMC demolished a few illegal structures.


Who cares about children, especially the deaf ones? The students at Govt Residential School for Deaf are forced to live with sub-standard amenities.




e have all seen fire extinguishers attached to many commercial establishments. But ask the people who work there if they know anything about handling the equipment and you will draw a blank stare. Nobody knows if the extinguishers are working, nobody has seen anyone inspecting them. Worse still, few buildings have a fire escape. No wonder fire mishaps like the one at Manikonda repeats ad nauseum. Sadly, it is only after gory fire accidents such as these occur is one reminded of fire safety measures and NOCs. As a rule, extinguishers need to be serviced at least once a year. If an extinguisher has been used or has lost pressure (the dial is not green), it needs immediate servicing. Every six years, an extinguisher must be taken apart, examined and recharged. Every 12 years, extinguishers must be hydro tested to make sure the bottle is still serviceable and holds pressure. However, when you ask around who is in-charge of fire safety, you get no clear answers. When Postnoon contacted AP Fire Services, GHMC and fire officials it was emerged that nobody owns up responsibility. A fire station manager says, “People talk about fire safety only when there is a mishap. They go back to living in unlicensed buildings. Technically, we are supposed to have a fire service station for every ward or

Fire fighters try to put out a fire that gutted a commercial building in Begumpet earlier this year.

locality with a 1 lakh population. That way Hyderabad is supposed to have 80 fire service stations,” he says. Hyderabad currently has 22 fire stations spread across the City. However, that does not comfort citizens who are now shocked by the recent fire mishap. Assistant fire director of GHMC, Lakshmi Prasad says, “The Manikonda disaster was not under GHMC limits. It was under HMDA limits and a panchayat raj division. According to the Fire Services Act of 1999, buildings above five floors (18mtrs) residential and commercial buildings are supposed to obtain an NOC. Buildings below 18 mtrs do not need to take preemptive NOC.” Does that mean buildings

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below 18 meters are not prone to fire accidents? “No. Indeed they are. But comparatively, those under the 18 meter limit are less prone to hazards,” says Lakshmi Prasad. The fact that emergency fire services could not reach the building in time shows that regulations are always flouted for the sake of saving money. According to retired assistant fire director Pratap Reddy, “It is like a vicious ring in which ultimately it is the occupier who is the loser. Let us take a multi-

storeyed residential building as an example. The builder tries to save the `40 to 50 lakh on additional fire safety and pay off the officials. Norms are not followed but then an NOC is still issued. The department does not care as long as pockets are filled. When incidents such as these occur, the occupier ends up saying ‘I did not know all this’, the builder is to be held responsible.” “Who follows norms anymore? The fire services or the local municipal bodies do not conduct fire safety campaigns or regular checks among commercial buildings anymore. What is the use of having fire extinguishers when people do not know how to operate them?” he questions.

NEWS BRIEFS City police nab Noida hackers

Worried truck driver hangs himself

Reporter injured in road mishap at Shaikpet

Liquor prices to shoot up from today





police team from Hyderabad yesterday arrested two hackers from Noida for allegedly duping several people to the tune of `72 lakh through internet banking. The accused, identified as Jalaludin and Shobit, have confessed to their crimes, officials said. Their location was traced by the police team through electronic surveillance.

44-year-old lorry driver committed suicide by hanging himself at his home recently. P Bhaskar, a resident of Premnagar in Sanathnagar, had taken a loan from some financiers. However, he was unable to repay the amount and was being harassed by the financiers. The Sanathnagar police has registered a case and are investigating.

reporter employed by a local news channel was injured in a road mishap on Monday night at Shaikpet. Mohd Farooq, 39, was riding his motorbike when he collided with a lorry that had applied sudden brakes. He was later shifted to a private hospital. The Golconda police has registered a case against the truck driver.

he State government’s decision to enhance the basic price to be paid to manufacturers will cause liquor prices to shoot up from Wednesday. The hike will be 10 per cent for cheap liquor category, 8 per cent for liquor priced between `700 to `1,000. The hike follows an approval from the CM and the Excise minister.



TDP to let people decide The party has decided to give Assembly a skip and take action directly to people.


No T-break till 2014? Congress can twist the tail of the Telangana tiger and yet win most seats. The party will therefore not yield to the T-demand till 2014 polls are over. INKESHAF AHMED



uoyed by the padayatra’s perceived success, the Telugu Desam Party is taking the battle to the next phase. The party will show, issue by issue, a comparative picture of TDP rule and Congress rule. “Let people decide,” says the think-tank of TDP. Party satraps insist that Chandrababu Naidu’s padayatra, earlier ridiculed by Congress, turned out to be a big success. “Look, every other party is imitating us,” they say. It is true that Naidu’s marathon padayatra, covering the whole State on foot, proved a trailblazer. Now, the YSRC has put Sharmila on the job; CM Kiran Kumar Reddy, after Indirabata, has asked district leaders to undertake mass contact programmes in the areas under their charge. The TRS will soon be making similar mass arousal programmes in view of the elections fast approaching. Leaders say they will initiate debate among people on the core issues affecting them by revealing status documents of 1994 to 2004 period and comparing them with that of the Congress regime from 2004 onwards. Twice a week, they plan to initiate discussions on eight to 10 key issues, including power, irrigation, welfare and other sectors on every alternate day from Monday or Tuesday. Base reports would be prepared by taking the help of experts and they would also interpret the reports while placing them before the public for a meaningful debate, TDP leaders Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy and Kalava Srinivasulu said on Sunday. Party leaders have come to believe that as the Assembly was not used for raising people’s woes, the best way out was to have direct interaction with people. “We lead, others follow,” said Ravula. Naidu believes that the ‘bubble’ of YSRC would be burst soon and he would be the one to prick the balloon.

as the Congress high command really put the contentious issue of a separate Telangana state on the back burner? Has it decided not to take a call on it until the 2014 elections are over? The answers are in the affirmative. Highly-placed Congress sources confided in Postnoon today that the Congress high command had held four surveys in the State to find out how desperate people of the region are for a separate Telangana state. The surveys reportedly found that people have other priorities and the Congress could win major portions of Telangana region despite the T-factor. A senior Congress leader who was associated with this survey said, “Yes, our party will not give any assurance on separate Telangana state till the 2014 elections are over. We conducted four surveys across the T-region recently to find out the intensity of the Telangana sentiment. It was revealed that majority of people, especially those belonging to Greater Hyderabad region, which consists of 24 Assembly and four MP seats, are opposed to division of the State for various reasons. These people are in favour of a united Andhra Pradesh,” he said. The leader, who is a staunch supporter

of separate Telangana state, further revealed that the party was not worried about losing a few seats in strong T-bastions like Karimnagar, Warangal and Nizamabad districts. He added that the party is preparing itself to employ various political strategies to win as many Assembly seats as possible in these districts. Another party leader and MLC also confirmed that the survey had been conducted and said that the party was prepared to face any consequences for not creating the separate T-state.


T-leaders have sniffed out the survey, sources said. It has shocked them to learn that people are not unduly worried at the delay in creating a new state. People have other worries, like lack of development, lack of agriculture facilities, rising prices and corruption on their mind. MPs are more concerned about the survey results, which are still under wraps. They have begun consultations on how to survive if the T-feeling is feeble. They rode to Parliament on the crest of strong Telangana sentiment.

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Residents admit bribing officials But the same officials came with bulldozers and now they don’t know which way to look. M ANIL KUMAR



e paid between `20,000 and `60,000 bribe per slab to the officials who came for inspection. They assured us that nothing would happen to us,” lamented a resident of Anjaiah Nagar, whose house was among those pulled down by the civic demolition squad the other day. The loss is unendurable for many whose houses were on the condemned list on the first day of demolition. This was the biggest operation of this year by GHMC authorities under the direction of Lokayukta. But the selective enforcement in the down town areas like Anjaiah Nagar and Siddiquenagar has made the GHMC a villain in the eyes of those affected. Several questioned the kind of resistance being put up by the residents, but very few have acknowledged the complexity of the problem. According to the residents, the same people who had ensured that nothing would

The recent demolition at Anjaiah Nagar and Siddiquenagar had residents up in arms against the GHMC.

happen to the buildings came with the bulldozers. “I paid `35,000 per slab to the official and now my house is in ruins. Although my house has been demolished, I shall continue to protest against demolition of others’ houses because they also paid huge sums of money,” says

Ashraf Ayyub, whose house was demolished recently. Last year immediately after MT Krishna Babu took over as GHMC commissioner several ‘illegal buildings’ were demolished in Ayyappa Society. According to the locals, most of these residents paid bribes

CULTURAL EVENT Pt Maniram Sangeet Samaroha from Nov 29


he Pandit Motiram Pandit Maniram Sangeet Samaroha, the annual Indian classical music festival enters its 40th year. The threeday festival is set to commence on November 29 at the CCRT grounds. This year the performances include: Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, Padma Vibhushan Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Padma Shree Pandit Anup Jalota, Shrinivas Joshi (son and disciple of Bharat Ratna Pt Bhimsen Joshi), Ankita Joshi (Disciple of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj) and Krishna Bongane (Disciple of Padma Shree Ustad Rashid Khan), Ranjit Rajwada (Ghazal).

between `5 lakh to `10 lakh for the construction. Despite several complaints from locals about the illegal construction activities in their neighbourhood no official paid heed and suddenly one day bulldozers reached the spot. Residents of Anjaiah Nagar and Siddiquenagar alleged that

the officials from bottom to top had received their cut, but they still came with the bulldozers. According to the order dated 5-9-2012, Lokayukta had ordered the GHMC to take action against 14 unauthorised constructions but the officials identified 36 buildings, 23 of which were demolished on Monday. This is another fact that could not be digested by the locals who demanded immediate suspension of the officials responsible for the discrepancies and demolition. Although the demolition on the second day was halted, owing to the sit-in protest by local MLA and corporator, there is no clarity from officials whether the demolition will resume or not. According to the officials there is an impression that no one will touch a house once it is completed. “This perception should change,” remarked an official. Commissioner MT Krishna Babu blames locals for paying bribes. “There are strict norms for construction of buildings. People should learn that bribing cannot help them,” he points out.


First swap transplant performed

The legendary classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj had begun this Festival in the memory of his father and brother, both Classical Vocalist greats. Some of the finest exponents of Indian Classical music perform at the festival on the invitation of Pandit Jasraj, and he himself performs on November 30 every year, his father’s death anniversary. The highlight of the festival this year is that there will be a Live Webcast of the performances on all three days. For further details please follow the official facebook page



he Nephrology team at Care Hospitals, Hyderabad successfully performed the first kidney swap transplant in Andhra Pradesh on MM Baig and Devidas, who were both suffering from end stage renal disease. MM Baig, 50, with blood group B+ had a prospective donor in his wife Ayesha Baig. However, her blood group is A+. Another patient Devidas, 44, was undergoing dialysis. Although his blood group was A+, his wife’s was B+, making them a mismatch when it came to donation. Despite both the wives willing to donate their kidneys, they were a mismatch for their husbands. That was when the doctors at Care Hospitals decided to swap donors. Once all the legal formalities were completed, a team of doctors at Care Hospitals performed the swap transplant on November 7. Dr Rajsekhar Chakravarthy, director, division of Nephrology, Care Hospitals, Hyderabad said, “Swap Transplant also known as paired donor

at the

The team of doctors that led the transplant along with the patients.

exchange takes place when two kidney recipients essentially “swap” kidneys from willing donors. The cases of Baig and Devidas best enunciate how swap transplants can help expand the donors’ pool in the country. We are happy that the patients and prospective donors agreed and today are well on their way to recovery and leading happy and healthy lives!”







‘Keen on investing in City’ London Mayor Boris Johnson met the Hyderabad mayor and other high-ranking officials at an informal investment forum. N SHIVA KUMAR



ondon Mayor Boris Johnson on Wednesday saw bright scope for investments in Hyderabad’s varied infrastructure projects. At a meeting held at Jubilee Hills this morning, Johnson showed keen interest in the City’s regeneration projects like lake rejuvenation, roads, entertainment and IT infrastructure.

At a meeting held at Jubilee Hills this morning, Mayor Johnson showed keen interest in the City’s regeneration projects like lake rejuvenation, roads, entertainment and IT infrastructure.

advancement in the sunrise industry and overall infrastructure developments. Johnson said that he could see possibilities for partnering in, besides regeneration projects, IT infrastructure, transport, higher education, sports, tourism, financial services, hi-tech-digital areas. Welcoming the London mayor, Majid Hussain said that many international giants have expressed their desire to invest in Hyderabad infrastructural development projects. The HMDA commissioner, Neerabh Kumar, made a representation of Hyderabad development projects for the benefits of the London mayor.

The meeting was convened by the ministry of municipal administration and urban development. City mayor Majid Hussain, minister for infrastructure G Srinivas Rao and minister for municipal and urban development M Mahider Reddy were among those participated at the 40- minute meeting. Only high-level officials were invited for what was essentially an investment forum. The London mayor praised Hyderabad for its



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Man sets self ablaze

The man, who was physically challenged, was upset and disturbed after his wife left home and went to live with her parents.

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physically challenged man died after he allegedly set himself ablaze over a family dispute at a busy square in Karimnagar town, police said on Wednesday. The incident took place Tuesday, police said, adding that the victim has been identified as Rala Narayana aka Maraiah, 32, from Navipet in Nizamabad district. According to police, Narayana had come to Karimnagar to submit an application at the district collectorate

Rala Narayana walked to the busy Telangana Chowk in Karimnagar and set himself on fire, say police officials. for the sanction of a tricycle. On Wednesday, he came to the busy Telangana Chowk in town. He was carrying kerosene in a tin and suddenly set himself

on fire, police said. Those present at the site managed to douse the flames and rushed him to Government Headquarters hospital. According to hospital authorities, Narayana suffered 80 per cent burns. The district authorities were called in to record his dying declaration, in which he said that he was disturbed ever since his wife left his home and went to live with her parents. He later succumbed to his burn injuries. Further investigations are on, police said. PTI






icture this: Worms in meals, no beds to sleep on, no hot water, broken window panes and not a single fire extinguisher. These are the conditions in which the students of the Government Residential School for the Deaf, Malakpet, are forced to live in every day, claims an organisation that has now filed a petition with the State Human Rights Commission. The requests for betterment of this special needs school have fallen on deaf ears. The State government gives a mere `17.20 per day to each student, and this amount must take care of all of the child’s needs like clothing, food and bedding. Every student of Class I to VII is allotted `473 a month; this increases to `535 a month for students in Class VIII to X. This amount is fixed regardless of price hikes, dealing the children a raw deal. The fact that winter is setting in has only made things worse. With no beds, the children sleep on the floor. Broken window panes make it that much harder to bear the cold, considering all they are given is a bedsheet or blanket to shield themselves. The hostel is home to 134 students and none of them get hot water. With no fire extinguishers, there are no safety measures in place for the 144 children who attend the school. There isn’t even a playground here. On November 22, the Andhra Pradesh Balala Hakkula Sangham (APBHS) filed a petition with the Human Rights Commission, claiming that corporal punishment was still prevalent at the school. What is more shocking is that the Sangham claimed that the children were being served stale food, many times with insects and worms in rice and curries. The petitioner, Achyuta Rao, president, APBHS, said the students were forced to take cold water baths in winter. When Postnoon went to get a first-hand view of the condition of the school, a cane kept in a classroom proved the Sangham’s claims of corporal punishment. The staff’s meek excuse was that the cane was used to point out things written on the blackboard. A teacher, K Premila Devi, was aghast at the allegation of worms in the food. “We sit and eat with the students. How it is possible that we don’t know that there are insects in the food?” The school says that on several occasion, it has requested the government to increase the daily funding for each student to `50. “We get only `17.20 per student a day. It is very difficult to maintain this budget. With the current prices, it is impossible for us to provide egg, milk and fruits to each child,” said one staff member. The school says it requires a minimum monthly amount of `1,000 per child. Shockingly, Postnoon also found that the teachers here do not have the training required to teach deaf and dumb children. “All the teachers here have done their B.Ed from the National Institute of Hearing. But we are not up-to-date with the latest developments in the field,” said one teacher. This undoubtedly affects the quality of education at the school — a heavy price paid by the students. When quizzed about the pathetic condition of the school, principal Lacha Goud blamed the government. “For the last four years, the per-day scheme has not changed. We have requested the authorities several times to revise the budget, but we are forced to make do with the paltry sum that has been allocated,” he said. The State Human Rights Commission has taken note of the case and has instructed the collector, Hyderabad, to submit a report on the school by January 21, 2013. Only time will tell if this will finally bring about the much-needed change in the lives of the special needs children, or if this will be another case lost in bureaucracy.



n India, a majority of the teacher training programmes are one-year diploma courses after high school education, run by nongovernmental organisations. There are about six university-level programmes, leading to the B.Ed degree after graduation. The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) is currently making efforts to streamline teacher training programmes in terms of syllabus, infrastructure and staff pattern, to assure the quality of training. The syllabus for university-level programme (B.Ed. - Special Education) has been already standardised by RCI, while the M.Ed syllabus is in the process of standardisation.






Forced to make do with `17.20 a day per student, the management of the Government Residential School for the Deaf lays the blame for its pathetic condition on lax authorities. At the end of the day, it is the children who are forced to pay a heavy price.




Ratan Tata has urged stronger trade ties with Australia, particularly in technology, saying there are major growth opportunities for both countries. He was speaking after receiving an honorary degree from the University of New South Wales.



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antas Airways on Wednesday severed a lucrative marketing deal with Tourism Australia after claiming its boss was leading a consortium trying to unseat the airline’s management and buy out the company. The carrier said it was halting the $52-million deal “due to a potential conflict of interest of the agency’s chairman”, who is former chief Geoff Dixon.

Sunshine beckons Educating people about the benefits holds the key.



he need of the hour and technological growth is pushing solar-based applications in the country. However, there is tremendous need for educating students or potential entrepreneurs about solar industry and its business opportunities. Educating the customer about the benefits is equally important along with proper support system for entrepreneurs will push the growth and demand for the products of this nascent industry. “There is a lot of gap between the power demand and supply. This gap can be a business opportunity for budding entrepreneurs. There are range of off-grid applications that are based on solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies. Be it a LED solar lanterns, solar home lighting system, street lighting, solar security fencing, inverters, bore well pumping and solar community and domestic cooking, solar drying system (agriculture) and water heaters. Usage and innovations around these applications will decrease the usage of grid power and also encourage eco-friendly products,” D Venkat Rao, secretary, Quality Development Society. About the innovations and successful implementation of various appliances, he said, “There are many success stories in the recent years. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam has been successfully using one of the world’s largest solar steam cooking system, comprising 106 roofmounted parabolic concentrators


that generate steam for cooking at least 30,000 meals daily. Society for Energy, Environment and Development (SEED) innovation — solar food processing and dryer, which will create immense benefits in agriculture.

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam has been successfully using one of the world’s largest solar steam cooking system. There are also initiatives to promote battery-integrated rickshaws. These are run by partly pedal and partly by battery power that is generated from the solar panels. On the support system to start an industry, Rao said, “There are various schemes that can be availed under the industrial promotional policy and electronic hardware policy for setting up a solar appliance industry. There are also special incentives for women entrepreneurs and additional incentives for SC/ST

entrepreneurs. “Potential entrepreneurs or students interested can also attend a four week subsidised educational program on Solar Power Technologies, that is run by us with the support of ministry of small and medium enterprises. “There are many misconceptions about solar appliances and their effectiveness, which need to be changed with proper informative campaigns by the state government along with the support of NGOs. “States like Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Gujarat are giving various benefits for using solar appliances. For instance, it is mandatory to install a solar water heater for certain buildings in Karnataka and there is a monthly rebate on electricity bills. Such initiatives need to be encouraged in our state to support this growing industry. “The promotion and usage of solar-based appliances, will not only bring cost savings for the customer but also helps to nullify the power scarcity and promotes safer environment,” he said.

Sunil Dutt Bali is ABOA prez

unil Dutt Bali has been elected as president for Associate Banks’ Officers’ Association (ABOA) in the general Meeting of the 8th Triennial Conference held in the City. C Raj Kumar and K Sukumar Hegde were elected as

vice-presidents. Harshavardhan Madabhushi and T Rama Murthy of SBH were elected as General secretary and Treasurer respectively. Pramod Sharma was elected as deputy general secretary. The elections were

conducted for the triennial period of 2012-15 and the New Office Bearers were elected unanimously Harshavardhan urged the newly elected office-bearers to ensure better working conditions and a decent wage revision.

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Combing operations for a tiger, which is on the prowl in some areas in Wayanad district since the last few weeks, are still on but it has been evading capture despite all efforts made by forest officials and the people to trap it, said officials.


Bring PM under Lokpal: Hegde Former Karnataka Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde said that as many prime ministers and judges had been accused of corruption, there is nothing wrong in the Lokpal having jurisdiction over them. NEW DELHI: There is nothing wrong in bringing the Prime Minister under the jurisdiction of Lokpal as like others, he is also a public servant, former Supreme Court judge and erstwhile Karnataka Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde said today. “What is wrong in the Lokpal having jurisdiction over the Prime Minister? Is the Prime Minister not a public servant? Aren’t there cases of corruption against PMs in other countries? In Japan, you find every other year, a Prime Minister is prosecuted. (Former US President Richard) Nixon was prosecuted... What is so great about the PM?” he asked. Noting that the position of the Lokpal was akin to “giving a dog


Woman IAF officer hangs self Court of Inquiry ordered to probe cause of death. JODHPUR: A woman officer in the Indian Air Force allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her official quarters here this morning. Squadron leader Anandita Das, 29, hailing from Kolkata, was posted at the Jodhpur Air Force Station and living in the officers’ quarters with her husband, who is also an IAF officer. “She was found hanging from the ceiling fan in the wee hours today. The body has been shifted to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital for postmortem,” police said. She was a ground duty officer. Defence spokesperson SD Goswami said that a court of inquiry has been ordered in the case. “Police investigation is on and we will extend full cooperation to the police investigation,” he added. PTI

a bad name and kicking it”, he said there have been allegations of corruption against Indian PMs in the past and added that only the President and governors are excluded from being prosecuted and not the PM. “We have had allegations of corruption against two former PMs — Bofors and JMM bribery case. In a democracy, how can a person, merely because he is holding an office, be excluded from prosecution? The Constitution excludes the prosecution of the President and governors in some cases... One can’t apply the same principle on a man who passes executive orders on a daily basis,” he said. Responding to a query as to

how he expects Arvind Kejriwal’s newly-launched Aam Aadmi Party to perform, Hegde raised doubts about its success saying it was not an “easy job”. “My only apprehension is how far a political party will survive because of the very many demands of the political system

these days. It requires a huge amount of money to elect nearly 546 Members of Parliament from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. It is not going to be an easy job. It is a good thing in principle, but in reality, can it succeed?” he asked. On being queried on Kejriwal’s possible expose on corruption in judiciary, Hegde said, “Haven’t we heard of malpractices in judiciary? We have had one SC judge against whom impeachment proceedings had started, but it was not completed. We had one Chief Justice — Dinakaran — against whom impeachment proceedings had been initiated; he resigned, so it came to an end. “We had Soumitra Sen from

Calcutta High Court. Impeachment process started against him (and then) stopped. We have a charge sheet filed against Justice Nirmal Yadav of Punjab High Court. We have 34 judges of the Allahabad High Court who are being investigated by the CBI. So, there is corruption there and therefore, he must be having some material against some judges,” he said. On self-regulation, he said, “We have tried it and it has not succeeded. We have tried it all these years...About the judiciary, everybody said that.. we will selfregulate, we will control, the superior court will look after the subordinate courts...nothing has happened,” he said. PTI

NEWS BRIEFS 4 killed as van overturns

MALDA (WB): Four persons were killed and 40 others injured, 12 of them critically, when their van overturned at Mongalbari on NH 34 in Malda district today. The mishap took place when some residents of Pakuahat’s Mallipara village were returning after a cremation, police said. While one person died on the spot, three others succumbed to injuries in the hospital, they said. The injured have been admitted to Malda Medical College Hospital, they said, adding the condition of 12 of the injured was critical.


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CRPF trooper shoots self

LUCKNOW: A CRPF trooper shot himself dead with his service weapon at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya town, police said Wednesday. N Rajgopalan from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who was positioned in the high security ‘red zone’ of the disputed land in Ayodhya, about 140 km from here, used his AK-47 to kill himself, a police officer said.

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MALDA: Four more children died at the Malda College and Hospital, taking the total number of crib deaths since Saturday last to 27. While three children died this morning, another died last night, hospital sources said today. The cause of the death was malnourishment, underweight, and premature birth, they said, adding they were admitted to the hospital in very critical condition.

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Judiciary refuses to send Mubarak to military hospital Egyptian judiciary has rejected a request made for transfering country’s former president Hosni Mubarak from prison hospital to a military hospital, Xinhua reported.

Servicewomen sue US military over combat ban LOS ANGELES: Four US servicewomen, including two who won Purple Hearts in Afghanistan, sued the Pentagon on Tuesday over its policy barring women from ground combat. Backed by rights watchdog the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), they slammed

the policy as an “injustice to the women ... who continue to put their lives on the line for their country.” In practice women have served in combat roles for years, they said — but US military policy still bans them, resulting in a “brass ceiling” in which women cannot be

promoted because of lack of recognized combat experience. “Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be an Air Force pilot, and I have proven my ability every step of the way,” said Major Mary Jennings Hegar, a rescue helicopter pilot who flew

Medevac missions in Afghanistan. Her aircraft was shot down in 2009 while rescuing three injured soldiers, and she had to fight, returning fire and sustaining shrapnel wounds. She was awarded the Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor. AFP


Diplomatic triumph, cash losses await Palestinians US cut $70 million after Unesco admitted Palestine as member.

UNITED NATIONS: The Palestinian bid for UN recognition on Thursday could bring president Mahmud Abbas new diplomatic weight and tools but also cost his people hundreds of millions of dollars in muchneeded cash. Abbas is assured of triumph at the UN General Assembly when he seeks backing for his bid to go from “observer entity” to “non-member observer state”. The US and Israel will not be able to spoil his big day. Victory will not give the Palestinians a vote at the 193member assembly. But they will be able to join a number of UN agencies and sign treaties for which the UN secretary general is the record keeper. The Palestinians will be able to go to UN conferences open to all states and to vote like other states. The Vatican used its observer status to raise sensitive issues at UN conferences on women and population. The most valuable prize for Abbas, however, could be

A Palestinian boy carries the national flag as he makes his way through the debris of the destroyed Palestine Sports Stadium in Gaza City. AFP

recourse to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The prospect of an ICC prosecutor looking into Israeli actions in Gaza and the occupied West Bank is one of the Israeli government’s major worries from Thursday’s vote, according to diplomats. Abbas wants super-observer status at the UN to boost Palestinian recognition and force Israel back into talks

which have been frozen for more than two years. The United States and Israel say the UN vote will change nothing and that Palestinians must return to talks without conditions. The United States and Israel could also inflict financial damage on the Palestinians — who are suffering from a grave economic crisis — and any UN agency where the Palestinian

Authority gains membership. US law bans financing for any international body which recognizes a Palestinian state. When the Palestinians were voted onto the UN Cultural and Educational Organization (UNESCO) last year, the US administration had to cut more than $70 million in funding. The United States is also the biggest single provider of development funds to the Palestinians. But about $200 million have been blocked by Congress, and the State Department warned this week that it could be difficult to release the money if the UN vote is successful. Israel has not directly threatened sanctions but has warned there will be fallout from the vote. It is contemplating suspending the transfer of tax and customs funds it collects for the Palestinians to “toppling” Abbas’s regime, as a foreign ministry policy paper proposed last week. AFP

NEWS BRIEFS US actor sorry for calling TV show ‘filth’

Court to rule on Strauss- Maldives defends Kahn pimping probe scrapping airport deal

Beauty queen was ‘human shield’

LOS ANGELES: The US actor on Two and a Half Men who called the hit TV series “filth” apologised Tuesday, as he scrambled to keep his job. Angus T Jones voiced remorse a day after a video surfaced on a Christian church’s website, in which he urged viewers not to watch the top-rated comedy show.

LILLE, FRANCE: A French court will today rule on whether to drop pimping charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the last sex crime case against him in France. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers have asked the appeals court to stop a judicial inquiry into claims that he and associates arranged sex parties with prostitutes.

CULIACAN, MEXICO: A 22year-old Mexican beauty queen killed during a gunfight between a suspected drug gang and soldiers appeared to have been used as a human shield, an official said on Tuesday. The soldiers reported that Maria Susana Flores Gamez was holding a weapon when she came out of the gang’s car.

COLOMBO: The Maldives defended its decision to terminate an airport management contract with an Indian firm, saying the deal was dogged by “legal, technical and economic issues”. President Mohamed Waheed’s government gave five days to GMR Group to leave after prematurely ending the 25-year lease.


Tens of thousands have packed Tahrir Square to protest a power grab by Mohamed Morsi, piling pressure on the Islamist president as he faces his most divisive crisis since taking power in June. The huge turnout in the iconic square in the heart of Cairo, as well as in Alexandria and most of Egypt’s 27 provinces on Tuesday, marked the largest mobilisation yet against the president. Protesters enraged by Morsi’s decision to grant himself sweeping powers attacked three regional headquarters belonging to the president’s Muslim Brotherhood movement, a security official said. In Tahrir, protesters who had voted for Morsi in the election joined forces with his die-hard opponents.




is the number of people of working age South Korea’s capital stands to lose over the next 20 years.

GROSSMAN TO STEP DOWN The US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan is stepping down, an official said Tuesday, in yet another shake-up of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, herself set to leave office early next year, had pulled envoy Marc Grossman out of retirement to take on the difficult job shortly after the sudden death of veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke in December 2010.

“When fair conditions for talks are provided, we will welcome [negotiations], but we have not yet observed any fundamental change [in US behaviour].” Ramin Mehmanparast Iran spokesperson




The Third Dimension Yesterday we told you about a nutter who wanted to ‘print’ the first gun, but what is 3D printing, and why has it got tongues wagging and Pirate Bay drooling?

In a digital map revelation that Apple could only dream of, Sandy Island in the middle of the Pacific is about as sandy as an Olympic pool in Antarctica. For years Google Earth has shown a dark smudge in the middle of the Pacific, named Sandy Island, but claims never to have been able to see it. The World Coastline database, however, claims it exists. So when marine scientists looking to play Survivor decided to pay the island a visit, they were shocked to find nothing but briny waves where the island should have been. Score one for Google Earth, zilch for smelly human cartographers (who are probably using iMaps).

What is 3D printing? 3D printing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printing is considered distinct from traditional machining techniques (subtractive processes), which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting and drilling. How much does a 3D printer cost? The costs can vary from $3,500 to well over $200,000. But FormLabs’s Form 1 printer will cost $2,499, making it the cheapest 3D printer for personal use. Professional machines usually start from $10,000.

NTSB SLAMS RIM Not that we like to a kick a bloke when he’s down, but in keeping with our engrossing coverage of the demise of RIM, the US’s National Transportation Safety Board has decided to drop its BlackBerries in favour of iPhones. It doesn’t just drop it inasmuch as throws it down and stomps on it. The NTSB says why: “NTSB requires reliable and stable communication capabilities to carry out its primary investigative mission and to ensure employee safety in remote locations.” Ouch!

How much is the 3D printing industry worth? Due to the fact that it’s still relatively nascent, the industry is worth about $1.3 billion. What materials are used by 3D printers? Plastics, glass, metal, polymers, human tissue, wax, edible food, and sand and glue mixes.



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3D bioprinting will allow for the printing of cells placed in predetermined patterns to replicate human tissues, organs, and blood vessels. This may eliminate the need for organ donors. n A scanning device will examine limbs and provide a detailed computer image that can be sculpted. It could also aid in designing and printing artificial limbs with customised coverings. n The cost of making artificial limbs could be reduced to one-tenth of the current cost.




Designing and printing your own 3D objects. n Consumerism will transition from pre-fabrication to personal fabrication.


Edible objects will be created by syringes injected with edible food.


Produces 3D parts and assemblies made from various materials in a single build. n Reduces the need for tooling, machining and handcrafting prototypes. n More efficient designs, design changes and more effective experimentation. n Reduces the need to maintain an inventory of physical moulds.

Our friends at the BBC have reported that a particle accelerator is being built in Jordan and it has the backing of most of the Arab states and Israel too. Iran signed on because they thought the machine would accelerate their nuclear missiles, and by the time they found out it would do no such wondrous thing they were told they couldn’t get their deposit back. Even Cyprus is involved, although they’re doing it for want of anything better to do. The synchrotron will be used by researchers to study everything from viruses to new drugs to novel materials. Pakistan has said that it should also be used for fun stuff, like spinning reformists at very high speeds.


Comment The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.




he political life of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe's most influential leader and the oftproclaimed world's most powerful woman, is a tale of paradoxes, driven by her own enigmatic nature. While angry protesters marching the streets of Athens, Lisbon and Madrid brandish posters of Merkel dressed in Nazi garb, the 58-year-old enjoys a level of domestic popularity unseen by any post-war leader before her. Merkel had to endure the fond but patronising nickname "the girl" bestowed by then chancellor Helmut Kohl, who made her minister for women's issues and later environmental affairs. But in 2000, the frumpy newcomer rose to the head of the CDU when she alone had the courage to tell Kohl to quit as party chairman over a slush fund scandal. Critics say her science background leads her to scrutinise the minutiae and at times dither, which in the crisis has left ailing European partners to twist in the wind. Rivals also find her chameleon-like qualities exasperating. Merkel was a staunch defender of nuclear power until Japan's Fukushima disaster last year, prompting a dizzying about-face that has seen her pledge to phase out all of Germany's nuclear reactors within the next decade. Her policy on aiding debtwracked countries has also seen her erase several previously fixed lines in the sand. Aides say that while she finds some of the most virulent criticism of her unfair, she dismisses it as the price of power.



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BORIS BECKER’S IN TOWN Now before you go correcting HFT about the fact that it’s London Mayor Boris Johnson who’s visiting Hyderabad and not the Teutonic ace, we are merely parroting an allegation that a number of Indian vendors began selling Becker paraphernalia until it was discovered that the only racket Johnson ever created was to do with his hair.

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eath has strange effects on people. Look at what it has done for late Shiv Sena supremo Bal

Thackeray. Eleven days have passed since the demise of the man who was a power to reckon with in Maharashtra politics, and every passing day is seeing more praises being sung for him — an outstanding posthumous achievement for a man who demonstrated to the country, with ruthless efficiency, how to perfect the politics of hate. From mid-1960s, when a nascent Shiv Sena began its vitriolic campaign against nonMaharashtrians, the outfit grew in strength. With the brutal crushing of Leftist trade unions, allegedly with money and muscle backing of industrialists, the Sena assumed the monopoly of violent enforcement — and Bal Thackeray was the guiding light and ideologue. The violent ‘lungi bhagao’ campaign of Shiv Sena targeting South Indians and their establishments unleashed a reign of terror, with the law and order establishment looking the other way.

Political leaders have been trying to outdo each other in showering praises on a man who has made no bones about his admiration for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler ‘for his talent as an artist, orator and a man who was the master of the mob’. He found a lot of aspects common between himself and the German dictator – who, with his lebensraum (living space) call, might have inspired Tahckeray’s Marathi manoos war cry. For a man, whose organisation literally rewrote workers’ rights and fought tooth and nail to destroy the cosmopolitan nature of Bombay (oops... Mumbai), the eulogies reflect the insensitivity of the political class in the name of political correctness and social niceties. There isn’t a major incident of communal trouble in Mumbai that doesn’t have Shiv Sena and Bal Thackeray written all over it. Thackeray’s skill in discovering a communal angle to every incident of consequence was unparalleled. The party mouthpiece Saamana, with regular inputs from Thackeray made sure that there was never any dearth of venom for public consumption. The Sri Krishna Commission too pointed fingers and Thackeray and his outfit for inciting the pogrom against Muslims in the aftermath of the

1993 serial blasts in Mumbai. For unemployed and frustrated Marathi youths who were looking for a punching bag, Bal Thackeray and Shiv Sena provided a platform for unfettered thuggery in the name of a ‘glorious cause’ — not to mention the massive cash inflow through extortion from businesses that weren’t deferential enough. With no arm of the government being able to challenge the might of Shiv Sena in MumbaiThane belt, the outfit assumed the extra-constitutional power of censorship. From literature, art, sports and cinema, there is no area untouched by Sena diktats — forcibly enforced in most cases.

For a political career spanning more than four decades, Bal Thackeray has left behind nothing but a bitter aftertaste — let us not even talk about Raj Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray. The toxic politics that divides people and fills their minds with hatred has done tremendous damage to the social and political fabric of Maharashtra in general and Mumbai in particular. With son and nephew jostling to bear the torch, Mumbai has more pain in store. Let us not allow death to be the pretext for granting sainthood to Bal Thackeray. The writer works for Postnoon.

EDITORIAL No guarantees for right to life, a point proven


man has been killed because he came out and spoke against something that he thought was unjust and barbaric. All he did was marry the woman he loved going against the wishes of their families and then came out and spoke against honour killing on TV. And now he has paid the price with his life. These are modern times and yet there are regions and people that still adhere to barbaric laws, which call for elimination of anything and anyone that would want to change and progress. We come to know the sad story because the couple was on Satyameva Jayathe. His widow, who is nine months pregnant claims that her family is behind the killing and that her husband would have been alive if he had police protection. And how did the police react to the incident? Instead of being ashamed that they failed in their duty to protect and own up and nab the culprits, they dispute what the poor woman has said, saying that the he was killed over a personal feud. Need we look further for reasons for the real social shambles our nation is, why we are uncertain about our hopes of becoming a progressive nation? The fact is that certain regions in our country are not very different from places like Uganda, which is going through a dark age of its own, where homosexuality is a crime, laws against gays and lesbians are deemed a Christmas gift. The irony is that the right to life is barely guaranteed even when the nation celebrates anniversary of its Constitution. Did we hear someone say something about progress?


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Now that the Twilight Saga series is over, the fittest vampire in the pack, Kellan Lutz, has found a new potential franchise to sink his teeth into. Lutz has signed to star in the indie genre film Tatua. Based on an original concept by comic book creators Paul Jenkins and Rob Prior, Tatua is about a man with a rare blood type that allows him to be tattooed with a powerful ink.




Red Dawn

Ang Lee’s latest HEMANTH KUMAR film Life of Pi is one of the rare films in AVATAR Avatar was a gamechanger recent times which in terms of how 3D can be used actually look good to provide an immersive experiin 3D. Ever since ence on a gargantuan scale never seen before on big screen. the groundbreak- James Cameron worked on the for almost eight years during visual effects film ing which he built a new Fusion Like James Cameron, even combined with 3D Camera system to shoot the Martin Scorsese has embraced Avatar overcame several 3D and in an event earlier this in Avatar took the film. issues related to 3D films year, he said, “There is someaudience by storm, including shooting wide action thing that 3D gives to the picshots, fast moving objects and ture that takes you into another filmmakers in shooting from far away, all of land and you stay there and it's limit the effectiveness of a good place to be.” Hollywood made a which 3D imagery. LIFE OF PI beeline to make or Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is an odd convert their films film out among most 3D films till date. Unlike Avatar or Hugo, in 3D, but most of there are hardly any action them were panned sequences and most part of Life of Pi revolves around a young for lack of finesse boy named Pi and a Bengal tiger Richard Parker who are with few stranded in the middle of the exceptions. Here ocean. Ang Lee was convinced that 3D will enable him to creare five films which ate the right effect to depict the made great use of Pacific Ocean and his decision HUGO 3D technology to Martin Scorsese is a staunch felicitate an devotee of old fashioned filmwhich is exactly why immersive experi- making his decision to shoot Hugo in ence for the 3D was a big surprise to his legion of fans. Martin Scorsese audience. takes us through the alleys of Paris so effortlessly that Hugo stands out as one of the most pleasant films to watch in 3D.

has paid off handsomely. Life of Pi is undeniably one of the best 3D films ever.

PROMETHEUS Ridley Scott returned to the realm of outer space exploration, aliens and questioning our purpose in life and he did all this in 3D. Prometheus was one of the most anticipated films this year and while making the film, he even claimed, “ I’ll never work without 3D again.” Ridley Scott’s new found fascination with 3D came

in handy while depicting the enormity of space the film was set in.


Dreamworks Animation upped its ante with How To Train Your Dragon, an 2010 animation film about dragons and Vikings. It was the second 3D film from the stable of Dreamworks Animation and its success spurred more 3D films from the studio. The 3D effect in the film is so good and immersive that for a moment you become a part of the scene.

is an American action war filmdirected by Dan Bradley and written by Jeremy Passmore and Carl Ellsworth, based on the 1984 film of the same name. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The film centers on a group of young people who must defend their hometown from a North Korean invasion.Red Dawn opened in theaters in the United States on November 21, 2012. The film earned $7.4 million in its first two days and finished in seventh place, earning $14.6 million in its first weekend.



The 22nd Annual Gotham Awards took place Monday night, at Cipriani Wall Street and Wes Anderson and his Moonrise Kingdom took home the Best Feature award over films such as Richard Linklater's Bernie.


How To Catch A Monster, the directorial debut of one Ryan Gosling, has bagged itself a new cast member, with Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn coming aboard. He joins Christina Hendricks in the modern-day fairytale, which is set to fuse fantasy and noir into a surreal concoction. Gosling and Mendelsohn star together in Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond The Pines.

Now that someone is actually reporting it, the news sends a shockwave. But Joseph GordonLevitt appears to be a lock to play Batman in Warner Bros.. planned Justice League movie, which continues to take shape. The news comes from HitFix. who says sources have confirmed that the actor absolutely will be appearing in Justice League as the new Batman.




With DJ Rahul, DJ Preet and DJ Abhinav Roy behind the console, ladies are bound to have memorable night at 10 Downing Street. So head to the pub where drinks are on the house for the ladies.






The week might have just begun but that didn’t stop party peeps from letting their hair down. It was Ladies Night at Cuba Libre on Tuesday night and girls were seen having a gala time, dancing the night away.



GLAM & GLITTER Damarukam team including lead actors Nagarjuna and Anushka celebrated the success of the movie at Annapurna Studios on Tuesday.

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Ladies were in for a treat when Tollywood star Rana turned radio jockey for an evening at Radio Mirchi.



BURNING CALORIES EASIER WITH MATE? Those who exercise with a friend post better workout time and intensity by as much as 200 per cent. So says a study by Brandon Irwin, assistant professor of kinesiology at the Kansas State University. He and his colleagues tested whether individuals engage in more intense physical activity when alone or while competing against a team mate.



Child safety comes first

Paediatric emergencies can be plenty. But how many parents are equipped to handle them? Unlike adults, children require special care. Read on to know more. ANISHAA KUMAR


PR or cardio pulmonary resuscitation can be done in case the child is unconscious and not breathing and has no pulse. The techniques for CPR in children differ slightly from those in adults hence it is advised that parents should be aware of these techniques and get themselves certified in basic life support.


itika was busy cooking in the kitchen; her children were playing outside when she suddenly heard a loud noise and her 8year-old daughter crying. Her 10-year-old son came running to the kitchen, “Mummy, Kriya fell down, she is bleeding!” Such situations are a common sight in many homes. While keeping an emergency medicine kit at home is important, knowing what to do in emergency situations is also equally important. We take a look at six emergency situations in children and what parents need to do if such a situation arises.


help of antibiotics. If the burns are deep or on a large surface area then one should rush them to the hospital.”


BLEEDS According to Dr Kiran Krishnamurti, paediatrician at Andromeda Centre, “When it comes to cuts, pressure and ice are important. Both measures help contract blood vessels and control bleeding. If the bleeding does not reduce within 10-15 minutes or if it is coming out in large spurts then one should rush to the doctor immediately.” Talking about cuts and bleeding, Dr Mahesh Joshi, group director, emergency medicine, Apollo Hospital, says, “The two main problems that occur are bleeding and risk of infection. One should wash the wound under clean and flowing water. If possible they should elevate the

breathing problems can be due to many reasons such as pneumonia, asthma or foreign body entering the body. Immediate medical attention is necessary.


part and apply compression. They should rush to the hospital immediately if there is an amputation, partial amputation or the bleeding doesn’t stop.”

BURNS Prevention is more important says Dr Joshi. “Burns usually occur during festivals, due to electric current and with hot water. For any kind of burns it is important to soak the wound in


water and not apply ice directly. If the child does not allow you to soak the affected part in water then wrap a clean wet cloth around the wound. It is important to keep the area moist. One should not apply any traditional home remedies such as oil and ghee,” he says. According to Dr Kiran, “One should put cold water on the burn. If it is superficial or in a small area, one should keep the wound clean with the


If a child is choking then the Heimlich manoeuvre can be implemented as it helps initiate cough reflux. Dr Joshi says that in case of choking in children, it is important to call for immediate help as even three minutes without oxygen to the brain can cause irreversible damage. If the child is less than five years of age then back slaps to the child behind the shoulder blades with the head pointed downwards should be done. This may help dislodge the object from the child’s throat. It is still advised to get medical assistance.

BREATHING “Breathing problems can be of two types and require immediate medical attention. The first is the baby turning blue or the baby being inactive or lifeless,” says Dr Kiran. Dr Mahesh says that


Dr Mahesh says, “Symptoms like rashes, itches and breathing difficulties signal an allergy. The first thing one should do is remove the source of the reaction. If the child is having difficulty breathing then immediate attention is advised.” Dr Kiran adds, “Some allergies can cause swelling around the wind pipe. This can cause oedema and occlude the windpipe. The first sign of such an allergy is breathlessness.”

HEAD INJURIES When it comes to internal head injuries, parents should look out for signs such as blurred vision, disorientation, confusion, difficulty in speech etc. These symptoms may be visible immediately or after some time hence it is important to keep the child under watch for 24 hours and visit the doctor. Keeping a basic first aid kit for bleeds and cuts can be of great help. It is important to have bandages and an antiseptic cream or liquid to clean the wounds. If your child is allergic and on some medication keeping that at hand is important. Most importantly one should look at keeping children, especially young ones, away from objects that may harm them and make older children aware of what they should do in emergencies.


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

Human lips have a reddish colour because of the great concentration of tiny capillaries just below the skin. The blood in these capillaries is normally highly oxygenated and therefore quite red. This explains why the lips appear pale when a person is anaemic or has lost a great deal of blood.

Dr Bhaumik is credited with discovering laser eye surgery. He went to UCLA for post doctoral studies. In 1968, he was enlisted by the Northrop Corporate Research Laboratory, where he become the director of the Laser Technology Laboratory and led the team responsible for the development of the excimer laser technology. The application of this class of laser was then patented for Lasik eye surgery.


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Nip and tuck: face fixes for FB and the ‘like’

Youngsters have now opened up to cosmetic procedures to enhance their looks as it not only helps one get the look one dreamt of but also helps increase FB likes! NEW DELHI: For all those who thought botox jabs and nose jobs were only for those getting on in years, here’s news. An increasing number of youngsters are opting for non-surgical treatments to get that dreamed for face and maximise the ‘likes’ on their pictures in networking sites like Facebook. From rhinoplasty, a non-surgical nose job involving an injection, to botox, juvederm and laser treatments, youngsters are opting for them in a big way. Nikita Sharma, 21, who used rhinoplasty to correct the shape of her nose, talks openly about the benefits of her new look. “Flaunting physical attributes have become an integral part of one’s life. Through Facebook one can get so many opportunities like modelling, acting and even marriage proposals. So, if I put up my best picture with a perfect face (on social networking sites), it will do no harm. I am very happy after getting rhinoplasty.” This is a trend confined to not just girls but also boys and they are quite upfront about it. Like Mumbai-based Arpit Sharma, a theatre person, who used botox to get arched eyebrows. “When you act, you need to have a specific expression on your face. After a couple of months, I have a play in which I have to portray a negative character. For that I need that cunning look. So I got my eyebrows lifted with the help of botox and I think it is good, because it does not take much time and you don’t need to pay a hefty amount for that,” he said. This is quite the trend now,

cosmetic dermatologist Vandana Chatrath said. “These days, everyone, especially youngsters, wants to be popular. Most of them are not happy with their features. In order to have an enhanced look, they opt for non-surgical procedures,” Chatrath told IANS. “Girls usually opt for treatments like nose correction, lips enhancement, eyebrow lift and cheek enhancement whereas laser treatments are popular among boys,” she said. Dermatologist Swati Srivastava, VLCC, Mumbai, added that everyone wants “a perfect body and for that they

go for magical and effective treatments like botox.” And the young don’t believe in hiding it. “In some cases, they even upload their photos before and after surgery on social networking sites,” Srivastava said. The treatment varies with age. For instance, those in the 18-25 bracket opt for lip enhancement and chemical peels; those in the 26-35 group endorse treatments that promise a youthful look. The side-effects are few, it doesn’t take time and doesn’t cost too much. “Most of these treatments are lunch-time procedures done with injections; so

it takes not more than 15-20 minutes,” said Srivastava. “The cost depends upon the procedure and the area. Laser starts from `3,000. For nose correction, the cost is `20,000`30,000, whereas for cheek enhancement one has to shell out around `50,000,” said Chatrath. Youngsters look up to popular Bollywood stars and want to ape them. So, there are plenty of takers for Katrina Kaif’s lips and jaw line, Kareena Kapoor’s high cheek bones, and Shilpa Shetty’s hour-glass figure. And boys, want a jaw like Hrithik Roshan’s and abs like Salman Khan. IANS

Active lifestyle helps slow dementia

WASHINGTON: An active lifestyle helps preserve the brain’s grey matter and lowers the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), says a new study. More than 35 million people worldwide are living with dementia, and the numbers are expected to double by 2030, according to the World Health Organisation. “The grey matter volume is a key marker of brain health. Larger grey matter volume means a healthier brain. Shrinking volume is seen in Alzheimer’s disease,” said Cyrus Raji, radiology resident at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Raji and colleagues recently examined how an active lifestyle can influence brain structure. They studied 876 adults of an average age of 78 years, drawn from the multi-site Cardiovascular Health Study. The patients’ conditions ranged from normal cognition to Alzheimer’s dementia, according to an UCLA statement. “We had 20 years of clinical data on this group, including body mass index and lifestyle habits,” Raji said. “We drew our patients from four sites across the country, and we were able to assess energy output in the form of kilocalories per week.” The lifestyle factors examined included recreational sports, gardening and yard work, bicycling, dancing and riding exercise cycle. “The areas of the brain that benefited from an active lifestyle are the ones that consume the most energy and are very sensitive to damage,” Raji added. “What struck me most about the study results is that it is not one but a combination of lifestyle choices and activities that benefit the brain,” Raji said. IANS


Both passivity, hyperactivity can damage knees WASHINGTON: Both high and low levels of physical activities can speed up damage to the knee cartilage among the middleaged, says a new study. Researchers at the University of California — San Francisco (UCSF) previously had found a link between physical activity and cartilage degeneration. But that study focused on one time.

UCSF researchers looked at changes in knee cartilage among a group of middle-aged adults over a four-year period. They used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based T2 relaxation times to track the evolution of early degenerative cartilage changes in the knee, according to an UCSF statement. “T2 relaxation times generat-

ed from MR images allow for analysis of the biochemical and molecular composition of cartilage,” said Wilson Lin, research fellow and medical student at UCSF. Researchers analyzed 205 patients, aged 45 to 60 years. Participants used a questionnaire to record their physical activity. According to the results, partici-

pating frequently in high-impact activities appears linked with more degenerated cartilage and potentially a higher risk for development of osteoarthritis. “Those who had very low levels of activity had accelerated progression of T2 values. This suggests that there may be an optimal level of physical activity to preserve the cartilage.” IANS



Entertainment TAKING THE RISK


Nayak’s audio launch on December 14


he audio of Ram Charan’s next film Nayak is going to be launched on December 14 at Shilpakala Vedika, Hyderabad. Ram Charan, Kajal and Amala Paul have played the lead roles in this mass entertainer. VV Vinayak is directing it and DVV Danayya is producing it. Thaman has scored the music. Nayak is going to hit the screens on January 9, 2013

Rana sweats it out for KVJ R

ana’s upcoming film Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, which is releasing on November 30, is his first action adventure and we hear that he went out of his way to get his scenes right. There are several risky stunts in the film and during the film’s shooting Rana had suffered quite a few injuries while performing the stunts because he insisted that he do all the stunts himself. “As an actor I feel that stunt scenes done without a double are much more real and they exude far more realism in the body language and performance in the shot. It’s risky but I insisted that I don’t need a body double in the film.” Rana says. His decision to take the risk even resulted in third degree burns, but he insisted on completing the shoot after taking some medication. Action choreographer Vijayan and director Krish are praises for the actor’s professionalism and bravado in doing such risky stunts all by himself. The film has Rana, Nayanthara and Milind Gunaji in lead roles and it is set against the backdrop of the illegal mining in Bellary. Mani Sharma has composed the music.

Ongole Gitta nears completion


am, Kriti Kharbanda starrer Ongole Gitta is in the last leg of production. The film has been extensively shot in Guntur and Tanuku and as per the latest reports, it’ll release in January 2013. Currently, the film unit is in Hyderabad to wrap up the the film. Bhaskar is directing this film and GV Prakash is scoring the music.

A new record in NTR’s career


he overseas rights of NTR’s upcoming film Baadshah have been sold for `4.5 crore, which is a new record in NTR’s career. Directed by Sreenu Vaitla, the film has NTR, Kajal, Navdeep and Kelly Dorjee in important roles. Bandla Ganesh is producing the film and it’s slated for release in early summer, 2013.


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‘Talaash’ one of my most sensitive performances:

Kareena K areena Kapoor played a sex worker in Chameli and does so again for Talaash, a role she describes as amongst her most sensitive and powerful ones. “I play a prostitute, who is kind of an escort. It’s a very deep character. I have hopefully achieved a good performance. It’s by far one of my most sensitive performances, I believe,” Kareena said ahead of the release of Talaash this Friday. Her role in Chameli cannot be compared with what she has portrayed in Talaash, says Kareena, who will be seen sharing the screen with Aamir Khan and Rani Mukerji in the thriller. “ Chameli was totally different. It was very raw. The lingo and the language, body language and the outfit - everything was different. Here from head to toe, the performance, and everything is different,” she said, adding that she signed on the dotted line for Talaash because it allowed her to work with Aamir again. “I don’t look at the project with commercial aspect. I wanted to work with Reema (Kagti) and wanted to work with Aamir again. I loved the role that was offered to me. This is one of the most powerful roles that I have done,” she emphasised. IANS

Low-key publicity for Talaash was deliberate


amir Khan’s forthcoming movie Talaash, releasing Friday, was being under-promoted until last week. Director Reema Kagti says it was deliberate. “We are sandwiched between Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son Of Sardaar on one Friday and Khiladi 786 on the other. All these three are big extravagantly-hyped films. We’ve decided to stay low,” said Kagti. IANS

Changes in Bollywood are here to stay


ilmmaker Karan Johar, who has been a part of Bollywood for 18 years, backs corporatisation of the industry and believes the positive changes it has brought about are “here to stay”. “There has been so much change. The work ethics, the working style, the atmosphere, the system... I think we finally have a sense of corporatisation, a sense of structure and discipline. These things have worked their way to the entertainment business and are here to stay,” Karan said. IANS

Actors always crave for adulation, says Rani


ani Mukerji is disheartened that not many went to see her latest release Aiyyaa and says that actors always crave for adulation. “Appreciation can only come if people watch the film. In case of Aiyyaa probably people didn’t come. It is a very sad situation for me. We actors always crave for adulation,” Rani said. PTI

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didn’t want ‘The Help’ role initially Cee Lo to guest star on Anger Management


ee Lo Green is about to get angry. The Voice coach will be guest starring on an episode of Charlie Sheen’s FX series Anger Management in season two, E! News confirms. The episode, aptly titled Charlie and Cee Lo, will see Cee Lo Green as himself coming to Charlie for help. Green will play “the nicest guy in show business” who is afraid the pressure of the entertainment world will cause him to lash out at people.


ctress Jessica Chastain says she had initially decided not to audition for The Help, which ultimately won her a Golden Globe award for best supporting actress. Chastain says she first wanted to turn down the audition as she didn’t feel like flying crosscountry for a screen test, reports The 35year-old had already met the movie’s casting directors several times for the part of naive housewife Celia Foote when she went to Lousiana to begin shooting indie film Texas Killing Fields. But when she was called back again and asked to fly to Hollywood for another meeting, the actress says she was hardly interested and almost rejected the offer. In an interview to Marie Claire, she said: “It (the auditioning process) had been stretched out for so long, and I thought it was because I wasn’t the right look, you know? I didn’t look like Celia Foote, so I remember there was a moment when I was like, ‘I’m not going to go. They clearly don’t want me for this part. It’s my day off. I shoot all night, so I can’t fly to L.A. and then fly back, I just can’t do it.’ But I was talked into going.”

Scarlett’s secret lover


t’s only been a month since Scarlett Johansson ended things with her beau of one year, Nate Naylor, but the Hitchcock star is already moving on. Johansson, 27, was spotted out on a late night stroll in New York City, with her rumoured-to-be new boyfriend, 30-year-old Frenchman Romain Dauriac. The former editor of French magazine Clark chatted with Johansson as they walked down the street.

Pitt defends Chanel ad


rad Pitt might have raised a few eyebrows – and been the butt of a few jokes – with his Chanel No. 5 ad, but the actor is standing by the spots. Despite the ad’s random and off-the-wall feel, the actor told Access he enjoyed the final product. “I kind of liked it… I respect what they do,” he said of the fashion house. “They do some really quality things.” Brad might be proud of his Chanel ad, but when asked if he could identify the scent, the actor was less confident.


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


enced by the number. Within each collection of cells — called a run — any of the numbers 1 to 9 may be used but, like sudoku, each number may only be used once.Let’s have an example to explain this concept more clearly: In the image above, which shows a section of a kakuro puzzle, you will see the numbers ‘26’ and ‘14’ in the top row. Look at the 14. This means that the total of the three cells underneath must sum to 14. Therefore 9, 4, 1 could be the answer, or perhaps 7, 4, 3 and so

on... So, how do you work out the actual combination? Well, this is done through elimination and cross-referencing. For instance, as you work out the answers for other kakuro clues, this will naturally limit the valid combinations, and hence the answer for this particular run. Note the second cell in row two — it contains two numbers, 30 and 11. The 30 refers to the vertical run underneath the number 30 and the 11 refers to the two cells to the right, horizontally, of the number 11.

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1 ‘March Madness’ org 5 Kid good-naturedly 9 Thai money 13 Poetic peepers 14 Draft rating 15 Direct to a specialist 16 Sound from a Confederate soldier 18 How a persona non grata might be greeted 19 Forgiving and compassionate 20 Doesn’t just glance 21 Have an evening meal 22 Ever so lavish 23 Shout from a therapy patient 28 Puzzle with pictures 29 Make sound 30 Govt product-testing org 33 The wife of Geraint in Arthurian lore 34 Abbot’s junior 36 Radar screen dot 37 Approving answer 38 Good under pressure 39 Barbecue or cranberry 40 What the home team gets during introductions 43 Move forward

46 ___ de vie (clear brandy) 47 Severe shortage 48 Kind of football game party 53 Better qualified 54 Shout from a warrior 55 Dancing Abdul 56 Fencing sword 57 It’s what you once was? 58 Three, in a deck of cards 59 Dakota, once (Abbr) 60 Bit of watermelon waste

DOWN 1 It’s not out of the ordinary 2 First nations tribe 3 ie, eg 4 ‘Be with you in just ___!’ 5 Delighted 6 Gets the better of 7 Move merchandise 8 Holbrook of Hollywood 9 ‘Don’t panic’ 10 Blazing 11 Her face ‘launched a thousand ships’ 12 Secret rendezvous 15 Fraternity hazing, eg

17 Ling and Kudrow 20 Bit of broccoli 22 Cookie with two colours and three layers 23 Fish, to a fish eagle 24 Magritte or Russo 25 Wading bird venerated in Ancient Egypt 26 Kind of puddle or pie 27 Hot dish of Texas 30 Chimney passage 31 Bones of Las Vegas 32 Me-tooer 34 Marsupial’s pocket 35 Thorny flower 36 Shout from Scrooge 38 Iran-___ Affair 39 Oar type 40 Once in a blue moon 41 More orderly 42 Old ankle covering 43 Modify to suit 44 Lift a lawyer’s licence 45 Assessor’s figure 48 Gift wrapper’s need 49 Obtains 50 Stomach discomfort 51 Koala’s hangout 52 Word with ‘bug’ or ‘googly’ 54 Track transaction

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Favourable turning points likely, with which your position will improve considerably. Strained relationship will resume again and progress well. Court case will progress well and verdict will go in your favour. Those abroad will visit their native.


Hurdles will be over and you will be fortunate enough to get all work done successfully as planned. Peaceful situation will prevail at home. Misunderstanding with blood relatives likely. Expenses will increase. Couple share more affection.

All sincere wishes and long-pending dreams will get fulfilled. Held-up construction will resume and get completed without further hurdles. You will clear major debts and relax. Expenses for maternal relations likely. Pilgrimage with family possible.

You will be successful in all undertaken work. Children might put you in an embarrassing situation; handle the situation with a cool mind. Avoid extravagant expenses. Good turning points likely, which will cheer you. Avoid arguments.

Though a favourable time is seen, minor worries and tensions likely to appear and get resolved soon. Accept advice from father as it will prove beneficial, if implemented. Chances of buying a new vehicle by exchanging an old one.

Financial position is not comfortable as income through spouse might stop. Avoid unwanted arguments. Mother's health needs to be taken good care of. You will achieve success in new effort. Employees feel comfortable and happy.

Your influence is set to increase. Family members will give due respect to your advice and accept the same by implementing it. House maintenance expenses will shoot up. Delay in disposal of property will be over; deal will materialise.

Worries and tensions all along will disappear and you will relax. Avoid arguments with father as misunderstanding likely. Electronic gadgets might go out of order and repair costs will increase. Expenses through friends and relatives too likely.

Much-delayed work will happen now and make you happy. Avoid unwanted arguments with father and others. Health of spouse need to be taken care of. Sudden journey likely. Chances of buying valuable electronics gadget like laptop.


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Eight of Pentacles – If you’re into stock market trading, be careful. There will be opportunities to make good money but the trick is to know when to stop.


The High Priestess – Someone you adore – a celebrity or a person of social stature in community – has done something to break your trust recently. The mania dies.



Judgement – You will have to apply reason to understand why a friend went against your wishes. The friend may have acted in your own interest. Find out.


The Moon – You are inspired by television soap operas and short films and want to be part of that creative process. Take to writing. It might give you direction.


The Chariot – Psychology is an interesting and intriguing subject. To map the person’s personality by assuming you know how he thinks may not be right.


Eight of Cups – There are seven deadly sin and you’re introspecting on them now. These are the basis of almost all human conflict. You wonder if you can escape them.


Nine of Cups – Intolerance does not pay. Be patient before you do anything that will upset an entire friends’ circle or group. Do the balancing act.


The Devil – Do not give your opinion unless someone specifically asks for it. You are a very valuable team member at the office. Keep away from politicking.


Ace of Cups – When travelling, pay attention to your luggage. You have a tendency to read or people-watch without keeping an eye on your belongings.



Knight of Swords – Your decisions have a bearing on your family in a big way; bigger than what your partner does. So make your decisions carefully.


cles – If you do not want to be known as a fossil in the office who has become part of the furniture, act now! Think differently; make your work matter.


AQUARIUS: Two of Penta-


All long-pending wishes are likely to get fulfilled. Medical expenses likely; take good care of your health. Expected good news will arrive without fail. Newlyweds can expect their offspring soon. Employees will have a favourable atmosphere.

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Three of Cups – Someone may be caught in the cultural trappings of his past and heritage. That certainly influences his relationships in the present.


Need to be extra careful as time is not favourable due to planetary positions. Avoid adding new friends, which might get you in trouble. Sudden travel likely but for a good cause. Those planning to go abroad will leave as per plan.


Those planning to shift residence will get a suitable house of their choice. Parents' health might be a cause for concern; take care of them well. Your long-time wishes will get fulfilled. With influx of visitors, women will be overburdened.

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Back from the dead

Jim Beaver who plays Bobby Singer on Supernatural talks about the iconic episodes of the past and the return of his character in Season Eight. Q. Do you know how your character might be reintroduced to the show? I know that anything is possible. You know what? We are at the outer edges of what I can say without revealing any spoilers, so I’m going to keep my mouth shut and talk about what a thrill it is to be doing interviews for Supernatural. I keep sucking up to the powers that be on this show to keep me coming back for more. I’ve always been fairly successful at doing that in my career. When will we see Bobby Singer back on the show? I can’t say. Put it this way, I’ll be surprised if we’ve seen the last of Bobby. Q. How much of a challenge is it to keep storylines secret on a show like this? It’s a big challenge because you always have to watch what you’re saying. However, last season I actually had fun keeping the secret that Bobby was coming back as a ghost. I had a lot of fun with that because I went on Twitter and I lied to the universe. I told them all about this great movie I was making, but I wasn’t

actually making it. I posted photos I found on Google images of film crews in the snow and I was delighted to find that there were some people who were actually disappointed that I wasn’t making a movie about the abominable snowman. Q. Which Supernatural storyline was the toughest to keep under wraps? It was very tough to keep secret the fact that Bobby was going to get killed in the first place. I had to keep quiet for a couple of months on that news and I struggled. Q. How much do you know about Season Eight of the show? If I tell you about how much I know, it will tell you a little bit about what I know, so I can’t say anything. Put it this way, on a TV show the hierarchy is often established or symbolised by your number on the call sheet. Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are number one and two on the call sheet. Because of how long I’ve been on the show, I’m number three.

Number three on the call sheet is often the last to find out anything. Let’s just say that this situation is not inconsistent with that. Q. What was the fan reaction to the iconic Season Seven episode where Bobby asked Sam and Dean to burn his flask? I haven’t heard too much of a reaction to that scene, apart from the fact that a lot of people were unhappy that it happened. There were also comments about the fact that the camera panned around to show Castiel watching with great interest. The fan base was really amazing in terms of how they dealt with Bobby’s demise. For the most part, they seemed unhappy that it happened. Q. In effect, you had to shoot two farewell scenes with Bobby. Which was the more emotional scene to shoot? The first one, during Death’s Door, was more emotional for me. When we shot

the burning of the flask, the thing that was foremost in our minds was not catching fire because that was a real bullet forge where we were shooting. They cut the dialogue that explained where we were burning the flask, but you can hear it on the gag reel. It was so hot in there. I didn’t have to stand as close to the heat as the others – but we were all about to catch fire, so it wasn’t emotional; we were just trying not to burn to death. Q. It’s been hinted that angels will feature heavily in Season Eight. Would you like to see Bobby return as an angel? I think that would be a great idea. Short of Castiel or somebody else bringing Bobby back to life; that would be a very interesting direction for the character. That’s definitely a possibility, and it’s a clever possibility – but again I can’t comment. There are no spoilers from me.

Nick on Mariah’s Christmas gift


ick Cannon has admitted that he feels pressured to buy his wife Mariah Carey an incredible Christmas gift. The America's Got Talent host joked to Life & Style that it's not easy to find the right present for a woman as wealthy as Carey. "It has to be more of a thoughtful thing; I have to put some thought into it," he explained. "It will be something small... It probably won't be a monetary thing."

Kerr’s twitter account hacked


upermodel Miranda Kerr always has an effortless glow, but it's not because she's pregnant with baby No. 2. Instead, the stunning Victoria Secret star is the latest celeb to fall victim to a Twitter hacking scandal. Luckily, she caught wind of the rumour, and set the record straight: "Someone hacked my account," she wrote.

Gaga praises LiLo


ady GaGa has praised Lindsay Lohan for her role as Elizabeth Taylor in Liz & Dick. Lohan failed to impress most critics with her portrayal of the legendary actress in the Lifetime biopic. However, GaGa defended her performance."@lindsaylohan you did a beautiful job on Liz & Dick, Let no one bring u down, Liz didnt, they always try to knock the greats down a few pegs," GaGa tweeted.





‘Golf war’ players win case

4 players had launched a legal action after they were fined and barred from Asian Tour events. TALEK HARRIS Agence France-Presse SINGAPORE: Four professional golfers forced the Asian Tour to pay back fines and legal costs and let them play on the rival OneAsia circuit after winning a lengthy court battle on Tuesday. The players — Australia’s Terry Pilkadaris and Matthew Griffin, Manila-based Dutchman Guido van der Valk and Malaysia’s Anis Hassan — emerged victorious after a yearlong restraint of trade case at the Singapore High Court. “The judge declared that all of those rules which allowed the

Major titles still top Tiger Woods’ wish list REBECCA BRYAN Agence France-Presse THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA: Tiger Woods, buoyed by a return to form in 2012, is hoping 2013 will yield the one thing that in his opinion makes a season great: a major golf title. “Any time you get a chance to be part of history and put your name on the biggest trophies in our sport, it’s a great year,” said Woods, who owns

14 major titles but hasn’t triumphed in one of the game’s four premier events since 2008. Woods spoke on Tuesday at Sherwood Country Club, where he’s preparing to defend his title in the World Challenge

invitational that he hosts for the benefit of his charitable foundation. He birdied the final two holes to defeat compatriot Zach Johnson by one stroke here last year and end a global victory drought, and then went on to win three PGA titles in 2012. “I’m very excited because last year at this point in time I was still not quite where I wanted to be physically,” Woods said.

Asian Tour to prohibit its players from playing on other tournaments... were restraint of trade and therefore null and void,” their lawyer, Christopher Anand Daniel, told AFP. He added the players may also be able to claim for damages as compensation for potential earnings while they were forced to sit out events. The case highlighted a major point of contention between the Asian Tour and OneAsia, whose launch in 2009 sparked what has been called the region’s “golf war”. Pilkadaris said he was “delighted” with the ruling.



Karthikeyan joint lead in Commonwealth Chess

S Sujatha of Chittoor district jumps to secure the second prize in the long jump event at the AP State Level PYKKA Rural Athletics Meet at the GMC Balayogi Stadium in the City on Tuesday.

CHENNAI: Former Asian junior champion P Karthikeyan (right) defeated fellow Indian Grandmaster SP Sethuraman to move into the joint lead with 6.5 points after the seventh round of the Apollo Engineering College Commonwealth Chess Championships here on Tuesday. Grandmaster Ahmed Adly of Egypt defeated giant-killer Ram S Krishnan in the second board to be in joint lead with Karthikeyan with 6.5 points. They were followed by top seed Sergei Tiviakov (The Netherlands), Oleksienko Mikhailo (Ukraine), Alexander Fominyh (Rus), M R Venkatesh, M R Lalith

Babu, M Shyam Sundar, K Rathnakaran, G Akash, Kathmale Sameer (all India) at six points. While the top board game between Lalith Babu and Sergei Tiviakov was a relatively quiet draw, in the upset of the day, Chennai based International Master P Karthikeyan brought down Grandmaster SP Sethuraman. The Slav game saw Sethuraman sacrificing a pawn and going for the initiative. Karthikeyan gave his rook for bishop and kept his chances going. Sethurman pressed for the win and missed out on tactics as white’s queen, knight and bishop battery decided the issue in favour of Karthikeyan. PTI

HYDERABAD TRACK WORK HYDERABAD: Pavan, Odalis, Snow Bird, Over Taker, Queens Craft and Drayton impressed when horses were exercised at the Malakpet racecourse in the City this morning. Sand track 800 metres Ashwa Shakti (Ravinder Singh) 56, 600/41.5 Pleased. Transition (Dileep) 2y. Colorful Trip (Anil) 57, 600/42 Former finished in front. Major Luck (K Alam) 1-1, 600/45 Easy. Friendly Equation (rb) 1-0, 600/45 Easy. Smashing Beauty (app) 58, 600/43 Moved well. Winning Tactics (app) 57.5, 600/44 Moved well. Golden Jewel (rb) 2y. Kohinoor Thunder (Ajit Kumar) 58, 600/44 Former finished 5

Pavan Odalis impresses lengths in front. Arudra (app) 58, 600/43 Moved well. All The Fun (app) 2y. Ice Barrier (Anil) 58, 600/44 Former finished in front. Dark Avanger (Kiran Naidu) 1-2.5, 600/46.5 Easy. Maharadhi (app) 57, 600/43 Moved well. Sun Bird (Sreekant) 54.5, 600/41.5 Pleased. Bang On Target (S Nayak) 1-3, 600/46 Easy. Hurricane Dancer (Kiran Naidu) 1-1, 600/45 Easy. Sand track 1000 metres 2y. Magical Spell (Togrolu) Silver

Lid (app) 1-14, 800/57.5, 600/42 They moved together. Snow Bird (Anil) 1-12, 800/55.5, 600/42 Pleased. Over Taker (Chary) 111, 800/56, 600/42 Moved well. Royal Shaan (Chary) True Scholar (rb) 1-14, 800/58, 600/44 Former finished in front. Odalis (Ravinder Singh) Bharatanatyam (app) 1-13, 800/56, 600/41.5 Former finished in front. Vijays Winner (rb) 1-18, 800/1-2, 600/46 Easy. Genius Empress (Mukesh) 1-15, 800/59, 600/43.5 Moved well. Blazing Asian (Kiran

Naidu) 1-17, 800/1-1, 600/45 Easy. Bernabeu (app) 1-17, 800/1-1.5,600/46 Easy. Sand track 1200 metres Rose Queen (app) 1-32.5, 1000/1-16, 800/1-0, 600/45 moved well. Monsoon inner race grass 800 metres Cannon Ace (rb) 54, 600/41 Easy. Monsoon inner race grass 1000 metres Kohinoor King (app) 1-16, 800/1-0, 600/43 Easy. Monsoon inner race grass 1200

metres Pavan (app)2y. Fearless Moments (Mukesh) 1-20, 1000/1-4, 800/49, 600/36 Former impressed while finishing 3 lengths in front latter also note. Silver Arnage (rb) Baba’s Gift (Chary) 1-21.5,1000/1-5.5, 800/52, 600/39 Former finished in front. Lady Of Grace (app) Three Double Eight (Mukesh) 118.5, 1000/1-4.5, 800/50, 600/37.5 Former finished in front. 2y. Blitz (Deep Shanker) In Reality (app) 1-26,1000/1-11.5,800/56.5, 600/41.5 They moved together. Salvadore (rb) Star Wish (Ajit Kumar) 127, 1000/1-9, 800/54.5,600/40 They finished together.





Russian court frees convicted fighter


Rasul Mirzayev hit 19-year-old Ivan Agafonov in August 2011 after an argument outside a Moscow night club. MARIA ANTONOVA MOSCOW: A Russian court on Tuesday freed a mixed martial arts champion from the Northern Caucasus after convicting him of involuntary manslaughter for killing a teenager, in a case that roused nationalist protests. Rasul Mirzayev, a 26-yearold fighter from the mainly Muslim region of Dagestan, hit 19-year-old Ivan Agafonov in August 2011 after an argument outside a Moscow night club. Although Agafonov seemed only slightly injured immediately after, he fell into a coma and died within a few days. Mirzayev was an undefeated Russian champion in the featherweight category of mixed martial arts -- an often bloody mixture of wrestling and boxing hugely popular in Russia -- at the time of his arrest. The long-running case was seen by Russia’s nationalists as skewed by the investigation in favour of the Dagestani man after his charge was changed from murder to the lighter involuntary manslaughter, with some experts arguing that Agafonov died because of hitting his head on the pavement. In a Moscow court on

Turner shines as 76ers hold Mavs

Philadelphia held Mayo, the Mavericks’ leading scorer to 11 points on four-for-20 shooting. PHILADELPHIA: Evan Turner scored 22 points and the Philadelphia 76ers turned back a late rally by Dallas to post a 100-98 NBA victory over the Mavericks on Tuesday.

Tuesday, judge Andrei Fedin found Mirzayev guilty and sentenced him to two years of restrictions to his freedom in his home town Kizlyar, but not prison. The judge ordering him released after taking into account his year-long stay in jail pending the trial, and his family situation. “Shame!” some people in the audience yelled as the judge said Mirzayev was to be freed immediately. “The scum is being let go!” another person yelled. “The

SPORTS BRIEFS Chicken salad floors world champion Klitschko BERLIN: A chicken salad has managed to do what none of his opponents has recently achieved in the boxing ring -- to floor world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. The 36-year-old heavyweight champion was laid low for several days last week after eating a chicken salad in a Hamburg restaurant in the fashionable St Pauli district, reported German daily Bild. Having been taken ill after an evening meal, Klitschko had to call an ambulance during the night and was put on a drip by an emergency doctor. The IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight title holder, who lives in Hamburg, was part of a group of four who were all sick after eating the same food at the

same restaurant. Klitschko, who defended his titles against Mariusz Wach in Hamburg on November 10, was back on his feet two days after the illness and attended an event in his native Ukraine.

life of a Russian costs nothing here!” Amid some commotion outside the courthouse, police detained nationalist leader Dmitry Dyomushkin, he said on Moscow Echo radio, calling the case “political”. Other commentators questioned why causing someone’s death qualifies as a lesser crime than dancing in a church, referring to the two-year prison sentence imposed in August against members of female punk band Pussy Riot.

‘I cried under my helmet’ BERLIN: "Yes, I cried under my helmet," Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel has admitted to German daily Bild on Tuesday, two days after winning the world title for the third season in a row in Brazil. "And fortunately the radio was broken so you didn't have to hear me cry like in 2010," he said, referring to the oft repeated moment, on German TV, from two years ago when he cried openly into the microphone after his first world title. At 25, Vettel is the youngest driver in history to achieve the hat-trick of world crowns.

Mavericks kept it interesting, cutting a 100-93 deficit with less than two minutes to play to 100-98 thanks to Carter. Thaddeus Young added 20 points and Jrue Holiday had 18 along with seven assists for the 76ers, who engineered a 10-0 scoring run midway through the fourth quarter to break an 81-81 tie. But the Mavericks kept it interesting, cutting a 100-93 deficit with less than two minutes to play to 100-98 thanks to

a three-pointer and a driving layup by Vince Carter. The Mavericks had a chance to tie it when O.J. Mayo was fouled in the lane with 2.5 seconds remaining. After Mayo missed the first shot from the foul line, he intentionally missed the second to give Dallas’s Jae Crowder a last chance off the rebound, but Crowder’s shot failed to drop as time expired. Philadelphia held Mayo, the Mavericks’ leading scorer averaging more than 21 points per game, to 11 points on fourfor-20 shooting. Chris Kaman led the Mavericks with 20 points and Shawn Marion had 17 in the defeat, which was the Mavericks’ second straight and their seventh in their last 10 contests. Former Sixer Elton Brand scored a season-best 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

Decosse’s three world gold medals stolen

PARIS: France’s Olympic judo champion Lucie Decosse’s three world gold medals have been stolen in a burglary at her home outside Paris, police confirmed on Tuesday. The 31-year-old judoka’s home at Thiais, in the southern suburbs of the French capital, was broken into while she was attending the national championships in Montpellier as a spectator between November 23 and 25. The burglars “stole three

world championship medals, a computer and a bracelet”, police said. “Strangely, the thieves didn’t take much apart from my three world gold medals,” Decosse told French sports daily l’Equipe. “It’s not the end of the world but it’s annoying. These rewards have very strong memories for me. Luckily I had my Olympic medal with me. If they had taken that one...”. Decosse finally landed the only major title to elude her when she claimed Olympic gold in the women’s under70kg at the London Games last August, to add to her three world titles and four European crowns.





Fight on for top spot

Complicating matters are several forced changes as the competitive nature of the first two Tests takes a heavy toll and just a three-day break. SCOTT COGHLAN Agence France-Presse PERTH: South Africa and Australia will both be forced to call on fringe players when the number one ranking in Test cricket goes on the line in the final Test starting Friday in Perth. After a tame draw in the series opener in Brisbane, South Africa’s batting heroics in Adelaide, led by a defiant unbeaten century from debutant Faf du Plessis, ensured the second Test also ended all-square despite a tense and dramatic last day. And it means both sides will tread the WACA ground with the chance to end the series as the top team in Test cricket. A win for South Africa, or a draw, would see the Proteas retain their position atop the rankings, while an Australian victory would put them back in the number one spot they last held more than three years ago. South Africa are likely to be without all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who played a crucial role in saving the Adelaide Test with the bat and exacerbated a hamstring injury. But skipper Graeme Smith is leaving the

ing the Proteas at the Wanderers last November, but has 190 wickets in 47 Tests. He also boasts a superb record at his adopted home ground, with 30 Test wickets at 18.13 in four WACA matches. “Hilfy and Sids have had a really heavy workload of bowling a hell of a lot in the last cou-

Graeme Smith

Michael Clarke

door open. “He is definitely not going to bowl but he could play as a batter,” said Smith. Australia go into the Test without young quick James Pattinson, ruled out for the rest of the summer with a side injury. Pattinson joined fellow paceman Pat Cummins (back) on the long-term sidelines and there is concern that experienced fast bowlers Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus will struggle in Perth after their final day

exertions in Adelaide. The Australia selectors have added three fast bowlers to a 14man squad for the final Test. Uncapped pair Josh Hazlewood and John Hastings, who have both represented Australia in limited overs cricket, come in along with forgotten quick Mitchell Johnson, while Mitchell Starc, 12th man in the first two Tests, looks to win promotion. Left-arm Johnson, the ICC Player of the Year in 2009, has not played Test cricket since fac-


Gavaskar okay with same squad for 3rd Test

A win for South Africa, or a draw, would see the Proteas retain their position atop the rankings. ple of weeks in both Test matches,” Clarke said. “I think we need to see how the boys pull up. “He (Johnson) has been bowling really well in Shield cricket and in conditions he loves in Perth, where he’s had a lot of success. They’re all very handy fast bowlers to be taking to Perth.” All-rounder Shane Watson returns from injury at Rob Quiney’s expense, while former captain Ricky Ponting retains his berth.


Sri Lanka 244 in reply to Kiwi's 412 COLOMBO: Sri Lanka were bowled out for 244 in their first innings in reply to New Zealand's 412 on the fourth day of the second and final Test at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Wednesday. Thilan Samaraweera topscored for Sri Lanka with 76, while paceman Tim Southee bagged five wickets for New Zealand. Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0 following their 10-wicket victory in the opening Test in Galle.

Scoreboard New Zealand 1st innings 412 (K Williamson 135, R Taylor 142, D Flynn 53, R Herath 6-103) Sri Lanka 1st innings (overnight2256): T Paranavitana c van Wyk b Southee 40 T Dilshan b Southee


K Sangakkara c Boult b Southee


M Jayawardene c Williamson b Boult 4 A Mathews c Guptill b Southee


T Samaraweera c Guptill b Boult


P Jayawardene c Williamson b Patel 12 S Randiv lbw b Boult


N Kulasekara c Taylor b Southee


R Herath c Williamson b Boult


S Eranga not out


Extras (lb3, nb3, w1) Total (94 overs)

7 244


Though Tendulkar has been out of form for a long time and has scored just 153 runs at an average of 15.3 in his last 10 innings. MUMBAI: Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar today backed the national selectors for not making changes to the Test squad in the wake of the crushing defeat against England in the Mumbai match, saying it was not required at this stage. The national selection committee persisted with the same squad for the Kolkata Test. Only Bengal pace-man Ashok Dinda (right) was drafted in the squad in place of injured Umesh Yadav. “There are quite a few youngsters who are knocking the doors. India could have tried a few youngsters if they were 20 up in the series. We can’t make

wholesale changes, it creates uncertainty...” Gavaskar told. “We have to look at the situations also. The selection committees are not keen to experiment or inject young blood. That has been the trend in the last couple of years and it has not changed.” Gavaskar said the biggest bane of India is complacency. “Complacency has been the bane of Indian cricket. For decades it has been there, even when I used to play. It has always let us down. When the opposition is 160 for 5 or six, we tend to relax and then the wicket-keeper with tail-enders have added 200 runs,” he added. PTI

Bindra critical of IOA election wrangling NEW DELHI: Beijing Olympics gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra (above) today criticised the country’s sports administrators for pushing the athletes’ interest in the background in the bitter campaign ahead of the controversy-marred IOA elections. Bindra, who was taking part in an event in Munich, said he

was shocked when some people told him that India could be disaffiliated by the IOC if the IOA elections are held under the government’s ‘Sports Code’. “I did not know much what’s happening in India. But I was shocked to be told by somebody that India could be disaffiliated by the IOC,” he added. PTI




European football’s governing body are considering scrapping the Europa League in favour of extending the Champions League, UEFA president Michel Platini told Wednesday’s edition of the daily Ouest-France.



Redknapp debut gets point Harry Redknapp’s first match as Queens Park Rangers manager saw the basement club collect a point in a goal-less draw away to Sunderland. JULIAN GUYER Agence France-Presse LONDON: Harry Redknapp’s first match as Queens Park Rangers manager saw the Premier League saw the club secure a point after they drew 0– 0 with Sunderland on Tuesday. It was QPR’s first point since they drew 1-1 with Reading on November 4 but the result meant the west London club, who last week sacked Mark Hughes as their manager, remained bottom of the table. But in the day’s other topflight match Aston Villa moved out of the bottom three after

Benteke seals Villa victory over Reading

Wednesday fixtures n (1945GMT unless otherwise stated) n Chelsea v Fulham n Everton v Arsenal n Manchester United v West Ham (2000GMT) n Southampton v Norwich n Stoke v Newcastle n Swansea v West Brom n Tottenham v Liverpool n Wigan v Manchester City (2000GMT)

Sunderland’s Beninese midfielder Stephane Sessegnon (R) vies with Queens Park Rangers’ French defender Armand Traore (L) during their match at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, England, on Tuesday. AFP/ G STUART

Christian Benteke’s goal 10 minutes from time secured a 1-0 win at home to fellow strugglers Reading. Victory moved Villa two points clear of the relegation zone, with QPR eight from safety. “We worked hard and we

deserved a point tonight,” said Redknapp, whom QPR’s Malaysian owner Tony Fernandes hopes can repeat the rescue missions that helped both Portsmouth and Tottenham stay in the Premier League after poor starts to topflight campaigns.

“We defended well and denied them chances,” Redknapp, also told Sky Sports. “I feel more optimistic tonight than on Saturday (when QPR lost 3-1 to Manchester United). “I saw enough tonight to think we can go on a small run and keep ourselves in the pack.”

BIRMINGHAM, UK: Christian Benteke (above) proved a more than able stand-in for record signing Darren Bent by scoring the winner that saw Aston Villa beat Reading 1-0 on Tuesday. Victory, only their third in the league this season, lifted Villa out of the bottom three while Reading remained in the relegation zone. It also helped Villa manager Paul Lambert justify his decision to leave Bent out of his squad entirely for the second successive match. However, it was not until 10 minutes from time that Belgium international Benteke ended a run of a four-games without a goal by heading in a corner from Ashley Westwood. Villa dominated possession and chances, with Benteke testing Reading’s keeper Adam Federici early on with a low shot.

Chelsea ‘regret’ racism row Last week the FA said there was ‘no case to answer’ over allegations Clattenburg said ‘shut up you monkey’ to the Nigeria midfielder during a match. JULIAN GUYER Agence France-Presse LONDON: Chelsea expressed Tuesday their “regrets” over the way they complained of racist abuse by referee Mark Clattenburg (left). The European champions, in a joint statement with referees’ body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) and the Premier League, admitted they should have “given more consideration” before making their allegation public. Last week the Football Association (FA) decided to take no disciplinary action whatsoev-

er against Clattenburg following an investigation into Chelsea’s allegation he used “inappropriate language” against midfielder John Obi Mikel. That followed an earlier decision by police to end their enquiries into the incident due to a lack of evidence. Chelsea said on Tuesday they “would welcome Clattenburg back to Stamford Bridge in the future and PGMOL would have no issue in appointing him to a Chelsea FC match going forward”. The London club also said it regretted the “intense media scrutiny” Clattenburg had faced as a result of their allegations.

Clarke expects action over Lukaku ‘abuse’ LONDON: West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke said Tuesday he expected “appropriate action” after police opened an investigation into allegations striker Romelu Lukaku was racially abused at Sunderland. Police announced they were looking into a complaint after a Sunderland supporter was pictured apparently making a monkey gesture towards the Belgium international after he scored a penalty in his

side’s 4-2 victory at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. A spokesman said: “Police are carrying out enquiries after a report of racist abuse was received at the Sunderland v West Brom match on Saturday. “A report was received at 10.10pm on Saturday.” Baggies boss Clarke was critical earlier in the day of the behaviour of fans of his former club West Ham during the match at Tottenham.

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