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inger Cheryl Cole says she is a strong woman now and has moved on from the cheating drama her footballer ex-husband, Ashley Cole, made her go through. “I’m not unlucky in love or anything else. And I’m absolutely not a victim. I’m strong, happy and settled.”

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EVEN VIPs CAN’T HIDE IN THE DARK Operation Black Film will even crack down on govt vehicles, irrespective of VIP status, says DGP.






uch on expected lines, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reshuffled the Cabinet, allowing for induction of new faces and younger blood. In what has been reported as a move heavily influenced by Rahul Gandhi, 22 ministers have been sworn in – 10 of them new faces.



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The fat politician Samahaara Workshop Production’s The Fat Politician is being held at Lamkaan. The multilingual satire based on Alfred Jerry's King Ubu. The play is about a politician and his wife. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: October 28, 7.30pm onwards Contact: 98490 26029

Rannaghor food fest Hotel Ista, Gachibowli is hosting a Bengali Food Fest from October 19 to 28. The fest is open for lunch and dinner. Where: Hotel Ista, Gachibowli When: October 19-28 1pm onwards Contact: (040) 4450 8888

Violin recital A solo violin recital by French musician: Frédéric Pelassy is being held at Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills on November 1. The event is open to all with seats on first-come firstserve basis. Where: Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills, Rd No 3 When: November 1, 6.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2355 4485

Folds of disguise Folds of disguise, a show of recent works by artist Hetal Chudasama is being held at Kalakrithi Art Gallery. Where: Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466

Maach mango mishti Aditya Sarovar, Gachibowli is hosting a Bengali food fest called Maach Mango Mishti. The fest is on till October 28 for both lunch and dinner. Where: Cascade, Aditya Sarovar Premiere, Gachibowli When: Ongoing, Lunch: 12.30pm onwards, Dinner: 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 6769 6769

Spiritual quest A painting exhibition by Padmanabh Bendre titled Spiritual QuestLord Shiva will be held from November 3. The exhibits will be on display from 11am to 7pm. Where: Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: November 3 onwards,


Food being distributed to the patients and their attendants at Niloufer Hospital. 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466

In tune with life Jiva — In tune with life, an art exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 120 artists and art talks by experts on the concept of biodiversity is being held till October 31. Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11.30am to 7pm Contact: 98499 68797

Tribute to Mahatma An exhibition depicting the life of Mahatma Gandhi through the drawings of Late Venkateshwara Raju Palala is being held at Salarjung Museum. Where: Salarjung Museum, Afzal Gunj When: Ongoing, 4.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2457 6443

Photo exhibition Alliance Française of Hyderabad, Banjara Hills invites you to The Upside Down World of Philippe Ramette, an exhibition of photos. Where: Alliance Francaise,

Banjara Hills, Rd No 3 When: Ongoing, 9am to 6pm onwards Contact: (040) 2355 4485


When: Ongoing, 12pm onwards Contact: 99495 71031

Rang spand

A filmmaking workshop and a film appreciation workshop is being held. Where: October 27 onwards, 1.30pm onwards Contact: 94904 40986

A group show of paintings titled Rang Spand is being held. Where: Daira Art Centre, Banjara Hills, Rd No 5 When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: 80197-62868

Spiritual quest

In tune with life

A painting exhibition by Padmanabh Bendre titled Spiritual QuestLord Shiva will be held from November 3. The exhibits will be on display from 11am to 7pm. Where: Kalakrithi Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: November 3 onwards, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 6656 4466

Jiva — In tune with life, is an art exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 120 artists and art talks on the biodiversity Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11.30am to 7pm Contact: 98499 68797

Film workshop

Blue and white An exhibition of handcrafted period furniture, exclusive porcelain vases, porcelain dolls and other exotic home interiors and decor is being held till October 31. Where: Arts Heaven Art Gallery, Lakdikapul

Kashmiri food festival Koshur Saal a food fest is being held at Deccan Pavilion. Sample the distinct flavours of Kashmir. Where: ITC Kakatiya, Begumpet, When: Ongoing, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 4008 1801

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Is Tollywood to blame? Cops and psychologists in the City blame risky road behaviour by youngsters on cinema, but the film fraternity questions the link. FOR REPRESENTATIVE PURPOSES




inema plays a major role in influencing the youth, so much so that fan worship has led today’s youth to mimic their favourite star’s behaviour and attitude. The debate on whether youngsters tend to replicate what they see on celluloid and whether cinema is indirectly responsible for many a gory traffic accident continues to date. While actors and directors deny that it is the movie’s responsibility, behaviour analysts and policemen think otherwise. In Hyderabad, for instance, there have been many cases of youngsters, some the children of prominent citizens, speeding to their death on Outer Ring Road or KBR park road. While the ORR acquired the infamous “death road” tag, Necklace Road enjoys prominence as the favourite of bike race enthusiasts. Often, scores of young bikers flaunt their modified vehicles while driving with absolutely no protection. Which leads us to the root question. Where has the helmet rule disappeared? AV Srinivas, admin inspector of traffic police, explains, “The helmet rule is as old as the Central Motor Vehicles Act, which was formulated during the British Raj. However, in Hyderabad, the (helmet) rule was enforced as a special drive

CAMPAIGN three times — in 1986, 2002 and 2008. All the three times, the rule was taken off because of the immense hue and cry from the public. When politicians themselves promised that the helmet rule was unnecessary, the rule was inevitably shelved.” Does that mean the police has its hands tied when it comes to enforcing rules? “Partly. For example, we cannot give too much importance to prominent personalities caught for drunk

driving or traffic rule breaking in spite of the immense public pressure. We do not have any soft spots for them; the law is equal for everybody. Only 30 per cent of today’s motorists actually wear a helmet. When it comes to today’s youth, I am of the opinion that films do have a major role in influencing their audience and they should be really careful of what they are feeding them,” he said. In 2011, 2,630 accidents were

recorded, of which 1,200 involved two-wheelers and 130 of them were fatal. Post-mortem reports suggest that 76 per cent (98) of these deaths were due to grievous injuries to the head. The film fraternity is not convinced of the link between movies and accidents. Actor Sundeep Kishan says, “90 per cent of all commercial mainstream films have helmets during the shoots and are also shown on screen. Some of them

are regular scenes, like establishing the actor; the helmet covers the face and is therefore not shown. But during heavy duty stunts, helmets and body gear is a must during shoots.” Director Anand Ranga too echoes this sentiment. “I think blaming films is not right. When it comes to safety norms and traffic sense, the audience is very much aware of who the actor is and who the body double is. And yes, during most chase scenes, the actor does wear a helmet.” While there are no solid statistics to prove that films encourage risky road behaviour, behavioural psychologists believe there is a link. Kasinath Iyer, a behavioural psychologist from Bangalore, says, “I have treated sportsmen, bike riders, car drivers and youngsters in the 20-25 age group. Most of them confessed that hitting the pedal on long lonely roads gives them a rush, a feeling that they have felt while watching a really thrilling movie. While the adrenaline rush is known to increase brain activity, I am yet to identify if it leaves a stimulating memory retaining effect, like an addiction. Although I am yet to study the relation, the link does exist.”

‘No exceptions in Operation Black Tape’ Crack down on government vehicles with tinted windows, irrespective of VIP status, is the DGP’s directive. Mohd Subhan


irector general of police Dinesh Reddy has passed on instructions to all police stations to ensure that no government vehicle, irrespective of VIP status, should be allowed to run with black films on window. “Challan each one of them, and if this persists, book a case,” is the directive from the top cop, it is learnt. All senior police officers are advised to comply with the law first so that others cannot point fingers at them. On the third day of Operation Black Tape, the

ALL SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO COMPLY WITH THE ‘NO TINTED WINDOWS’ LAW FIRST SO THAT OTHERS CANNOT POINT FINGERS AT THEM. police issued challans to over 10,000 vehicles. This included 50 vehicles that belonged to various police departments. Additional commissioner of police (traffic) CV Anand took the lead in removing the tinted

film on his car windows. The City’s traffic police has formed two dozen teams which are conducting special drives at different places in the City. Each team is led by a police inspector. Car decor experts accompany the police so that they can remove the tinted tape for a price. On the other side is the awareness campaign. The police have so far distributed seven lakh leaflets that explain why the black tapes are to be removed and the need to follow traffic rules, said ACP Riyazul Haq. (With additional reporting by Rahul Ramakrishna)



‘Powerless 2013 awaits’

Private eyes on Sahara?


ebi plans to hire professional investigating agencies to help it probe matters relating to Sahara group for implementation of a Supreme Court order about refund of money collected from 3 crore investors. The SC on August 31 had directed the two Sahara group firms to refund investors' money worth `24,000 crore within three months with 15 per cent interest.

PM, Advani in HP today


he peak power shortage that India may face this fiscal, as it grapples with acute dearth of coal and gas supplies, is estimated to be 10.6 per cent, says a CEA report. Peak power shortage, defined as shortfall in generation capacity during the time when the electricity consumption at the maximum, will be close to 15,000 MW.


rime Minister Manmohan Singh, BSP chief Mayawati and BJP senior leader LK Advani are all set to hold election rallies for their respective parties in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh today. Manmohan Singh will hold his first election rally in Una town at 2.30pm, flying there soon after oathtaking ceremony of the new Union Cabinet, a Congress leader said.

BATTLE OF NERVES A scene during a clash between the police and protesters in Srinagar on Saturday. PTI

‘Anna to rope in Aamir for stir’

NRI woman held for killing mother-in-law

MUMBAI: Anna Hazare is likely to rope in Bollywood

NEW DELHI: A pregnant Sikh woman in a Northern

actor Aamir Khan for the new phase of his movement, which he plans to launch in January. Hazare would speak to Aamir in this regard after the actor returns from Haj pilgrimage, sources close to the anti-graft crusader told PTI. Aamir's hugely popular TV show Satyamev Jayate had raised public awareness about various social issues and this perhaps has prompted Hazare to think about roping in the star to popularise the subjects he wants to take up, the sources said. Aamir had shared the dais with Hazare during the latter's agitation in Delhi last year.

California city been arrested on charges of killing her mother-in-law who died of "blunt force trauma" to the head. Baljit Kaur, 68, was found dead at her residence in Yuba City on October 24. According to preliminary autopsy results she died of "blunt force trauma" to the head, the police said. The Sutter County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that there is no other suspect of this gruesome murder case. The bizarre incident sent shock waves in Yuba City that has highest concentration of Sikhs in the US. Baljinder, now behind bars, is about six months pregnant and told the police that she is due to deliver somePTI time in January.



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Draft Bill to kill bad schools NEW DELHI: Resorting to corporal punishment in class or forcing students to purchase books, uniforms and other stationery from a particular shop could land one up to three years in jail, according to a draft Bill on curbing unfair practices in schools. The draft 'Prohibition Of Unfair Practices in Schools Bill', 2012 makes it clear that no school shall directly or indirectly demand or accept capitation fee or demand any donation for admission to any class. The draft legislation, which would be presented before the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting here on November 1, also prohibits schools from denying admission or expelling any student if he/she is reported to have any serious diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Schools can neither indulge in any kind of corporal punishment or withhold students to appear in any examination for which they are eligible and desirous of appearing. Besides schools cannot expel any student due to poor academic performance or detain them arbitrarily, the draft says. The proposed legislation comes as complaints were mounting against


the unfair practices of schools. Though the draft Bill has remained silent on the quantum of monetary penalty to be imposed, it states that the imprisonment could extend to three years or fines or both. It said school shall not charge any fee for information brochure, prospectus, admission form or an admission test and provide all such information on its website or notice board. Fee collection during mid-session has also come under the scanner. The provisions of the draft Bill states that any capitation fee or donations collected in contravention of the provisions would be confiscated by an order of appropriate government 'state school education tribunal' or 'national school education tribunal' or a state or national body. According to the draft Bill, no school shall insist for private coaching in the school or outside after the school hours. They also cannot insist for purchase of books, uniform or any other related materials from the school premises or a particular shop. Schools would be penalised for providing false or misleading advertisement. PTI






Jay Sean best male artist

Son-Tinh claims 27 lives

LONDON: Singer Jay Sean walked

MANILA: A powerful tropical storm

away with the trophy of the British Artist of the Decade at the recently held Asian Music Awards. The Indian-origin British singer was also awarded the Best Male artist, however, he was unable to attend the event as he is on tour in Australia, reports

in the Philippines has left 27 people dead, authorities said Saturday. SonTinh has wrecked havoc in three northern provinces. Nine people were missing, the national disaster risk reduction and management council (NDRRMC) said. Of the 27 victims, 15 were killed by drowning.

Sandy fears dampen campaign frenzy in US




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Hurricane Sandy, bearing down on US shores, left its mark on the presidential race Saturday, as President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney scrambled to get their campaigns out of the massive storm's path. Romney canceled appearances in Virginia to head for Ohio ahead of the hurricane's arrival, while Obama moved up his departure to Florida -- one of a handful of states where early voting got underway Saturday. The president is now planning on traveling to the Sunshine state late Sunday for a rally that takes place Monday. Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, canceled a visit to the battleground state of Virginia to allow law enforcement and emergency workers there to prepare for the advancing storm. Sandy, which forecasters said could prove to be the most devastating storm in decades, currently is a category one hurricane, with the potential to bring its heavy rains and gusting winds when it makes landfall sometime next week anywhere from Virginia to New Jersey. Forecasters predict the hurricane will collide with a seasonal "nor'easter," creating a supercharged, cold weather system that could burst

Obama cancels two campaigns WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has canceled two campaign events early next week to monitor developments related to Hurricane Sandy and its expected landfall in the eastern United States, the White House announced late Saturday. WH press secretary Jay Carney added that additional changes to Tuesday's schedule may be announced.

NYT endorses Obama WASHINGTON: The A young child plays on a sand dune before the storm as Hurricane Sandy approaches on October 27, 2012 in Long Beach, New York. As some residents of New York and the area make preparations for bad weather, Sandy is heading up the East Coast and will make a possible first landfall near the Delaware coast. BRUCE BENNETT/GETTY IMAGES/AFP

through the Mid-Atlantic states as far inland as Ohio, in the all important final week before the November 6 election. Romney and Obama are in a down-to-the-wire battle for the White House, in an election which most national

polls have said is too close to call. The outcome of the vote is expected to hinge on a handful of battleground states where the two contenders also, for the most part, are running within a few percentage points of each AFP other in the polls.

New York Times endorsed Barack Obama on Saturday as he seeks a second term in the White House on November 6. The newspaper said it supports Obama as, among other things, he has achieved the most sweeping health care reforms since 1965, prevented another Great Depression and ended the war in Iraq.

Ethnic violence displaces 22,000 in Myanmar: UN

Crackdown on chem plant protest in China

YANGON: More than 22,000 people from mainly Muslim com-

BEIJING: Authorities in east China ordered a security crackdown Sunday after thousands of locals clashed with police during a protest over the construction of a chemical plant. In the latest environmental unrest to erupt in China, police in Ningbo city, Zhejiang province, fired tear gas Saturday night after six days of demonstrations over the project, online reports said. "In recent days some unreasonable activities such as illegal gatherings and rioting have occurred, seriously impairing the normal work and life of the people and severely impacting overall development and stability," a statement on the website of Ningbo's Zhenhai district government said. In an emergency meeting late Saturday local party officials insisted that the chemical plant project had not been formally approved.

munities have been displaced by fresh unrest in western Myanmar that has killed dozens and seen whole neighbourhoods razed, the UN said Sunday. The United Nations chief in Yangon, Ashok Nigam, said government estimates provided early Sunday were that 22,587 people had been displaced and 4,665 houses were set ablaze in a new wave of communal unrest that swept Rakhine state this week. "We have to say that this is a current estimate and we suspect there may be additional numbers," he told AFP, adding that 21,700 of those made homeless were Muslims. "Those 22,000 people are still in the locality where they were, they are not moving. The boat people are separate," he told AFP, referring to thousands of additional displaced people who have surged towards Sittwe.



Serious issues

Lame excuses



here are far more serious issues that require attention than tinted glasses of cars and other vehicles. Minors as young as 12 or 13 driving, speeding, bikers riding on sidewalks and traffic cops ready not to see all this if they get their due without fuss. Blessy Varkey Via email

EDITORIALS DGP SPEAKS, BUT who will listen? DGP Dinesh Reddy’s statement that even government vehicles sporting tinted film would not be spared the long arm of the law comes as a breath of fresh air. But words are one thing, and action another. The traffic police must enforce this law no matter how wealthy or powerful the miscreants are. This is easier said, as many of those who ride the waves of power care two hoots for the police or for the law in general. Expecting junior police officers to lock horns with those who could conceivably destroy their careers is asking a lot, but if we are to level the legal playing field then this must be done. No one must be allowed to believe they are above the law, no matter how many crores they have in the bank or how well-connected their friends are. The DGP’s statements are commendable, but now they must spur the desired action.

DOWN BUT NOT out in Italy No, no, you cannot put away a man like Silvio Berlusconi. It’s been hardly a day since he was sentenced for tax fraud but the former prime minister has declared that he has decided to “stay in the game”, a slight contradiction to his statements some days back that he would retire from public life. But Silvio is determined to not let any citizen go through what he had gone through — being a victim of judicial persecution. Berlusconi already has a plan that would reverse the financial fortunes of Italy and effect changes to the constitution, but has left all and sundry guessing — in what capacity? But need we worry about the capacity of Silvio Berlusconi, a man of voracious appetite and indefatigable vitality?

he reasons that the traffic cops list for not taking action against owners of modified cars are just lame. How much technical knowledge is needed to understand the difference from a car fitted with a fourchannel subwoofer amp and a car without? It’s just silly. Rajeev R. Via email

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The permanent deal


he doublespread on tattoos was interesting. As your headline says it’s not just a work of art, as people do it to record important events in their lives. I wish you had Johnny Depp on the list, for he is one of those who try to express who they are and make permanent records via tattoos. Ray Ravine Via email

When angels fall from blinding heights From the hip SYED SHOAIB


ajat Gupta, Nitin Gadkari, Lance Edward Armstrong, Mohammed Azharuddin... the list is long and diverse. What is common about these seemingly unconnected people across the globe and across time? Rajat Gupta hit the headlines when he was sentenced to two years in prison and a $5-million fine by a US district court judge for feeding inside information about board dealings with a billionaire hedge fund owner, a friend. Gadkari has been in the news, as India Against Corruption has claimed that Gadkari flouted rules to help his own industries instead of helping farmers of Maharashtra. Lance Armstrong, a former professional road racing cyclist was banned for life and disqualified from all his results since August 1998, for using and distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Our own Mohammed Azharuddin was accused of match fixing that brought an ignominious end to a very successful cricketing career. The fact of the matter is that these achievers were the stuff that dreams are made of; those who rose to the pinnacle with hard work, grit and sheer determination. They were the role models one pointed out to one’s children. But all too suddenly one heard the thud of the fall from the heights. All of them seemingly committed frauds that did not look like outright criminality. Rajat was caught after a five-year effort by the federal authorities on a crime that was very difficult to prove; Azharuddin admitted that he was involved in fixing three ODI matches, the USADA report called Lane Armstrong a “serial cheat who led the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that

sport has ever seen”. Wanting to achieve at all costs is perhaps what made these people to do what they did. Both Azharuddin and Rajat Gupta, were very successful in their own right, yet they stepped out to play that extra innings that ultimately led them to their doom. Azharuddin, particularly had the country eating out of his hands. Lance Armstrong was an icon for his story of his battle and win over testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs. For such a patient to bounce back, return to the cycling circuits and win races is nothing short of folklore. It cannot be simple greed for money and name and fame that would have driven these people to breach the rules. More than

committing a breach of rules, it is a breach of trust of the people who looked up to them, the very people who glorified them and made them deities worth adulation. It is the letting down of the people that shocks and enrages the society. Rajat perhaps was caught into obligations of friendship, while Armstrong had to keep up to his image of a strong and winning warrior. These people were special because they had the drive and the courage to push to the outer limits and reach up to the stars. They succeeded even to grasp them in their fists. Such strong drive presupposes a significant amount of self-confidence and self-belief together with a very strong urge to keep reaching

goals. With their eyes focussed only on the top, they do not look down to see the masses of adoring eyes fixed on their climb. It is only them and their goals, so much that the very qualities that brought them to the heights now works against them. Self-confidence becomes arrogance and disregarding the public eyes, they begin to believe that rules are special for them and they do not need to explain to others. Ends justify the means. It is only the climb. They do not think of the fall as it has been so very long ago and so very far. When it does happen they also do not realise the fallout it has caused not to themselves but to those millions whose dreams lie shattered.



Hitachi to buy Horizon


apanese engineering giant Hitachi is set to buy Horizon, a joint venture planning to build nuclear reactors in Britain, in a deal valued at 50 billion yen ($628 million), reports said Saturday. The Japanese firm has nearly finalised an agreement with the firm’s German owners, RWE and E.ON, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper said without citing sources.

FIIs invest $2.3 bn in India

Family businesses thriving



oreign investors continued to be bullish on Indian equities during October and have infused more than `12,000 crore so far this month. From October 1-25, FIIs were gross buyers of shares worth `47,443 crore. They sold equities amounting to `35,437 crore — translating into net inflow of `2,006 crore — as per data available with SEBI.

otwithstanding the sagging economic situation, family businesses in India are thriving, as 74 per cent of firms have witnessed growth in sales in the last fiscal, says a survey by consultancy firm PwC. PwC calls the family business as a "resilient model" for the 21st century as the structure offers significant advantages and benefits.

M-cap of top 5 plunge `23K cr MUMBAI: Dragged down by ITC and SBI, the combined market capitalisation (m-cap) of top five Sensex companies declined by `23,009 crore last week. The RIL, ONGC, ITC, SBI and Infosys saw dip in their market capitalisation (m-cap), while on the other hand, TCS, CIL, HDFC Bank, NTPC and ICICI Bank's valuation moved up.

The m-cap of ITC plunged `9,074 crore to `2,24,650 crore. ITC had reported 21.27 per cent increase in net profit at `1,836.42 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, 2012. The market value of SBI declined by `5,600 crore to `1,45,831 crore, while ONGC's slipped `3,850 crore to `2,34,890 crore. Infosys lost `3,126 crore to end at `1,33,730 crore. PTI

India, Canada to discuss FTA

EU states ready for budget fight Alain Jean-Robert


ust a month ahead of what promises to be a very difficult summit on the EU’s 2014-20 budget, leaders are trading threats and blandishments, seeking advantage where they can to trim their bill. EU president Herman Van Rompuy asked the 27 member states to be ready to compromise but with Britain and Denmark threatening a veto, that seems a lot to hope for just yet. “I hope we can reach an accord in November,” Van Rompuy said. “For that, we need something without which nothing is possible — a sense of compromise, alongside the political will to find an accord. If there is no willingness, then we will never get there.” In July, the European Commission proposed a budget of $1.33 trillion, up 5 per cent on the 2007-13 package, sparking howls of protest from the seven major contributor states and demands for a cut of 100 billion euros or more. Germany, France and Britain especially insist that with government budgets under pressure from all sides, the EU cannot expect to get away with such a large increase in spending. “We can’t have EU spending going up and up,” British PM David Cameron said at the October 15-16 EU summit, threatening to veto any November accord which failed on that score. Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt took a similar line, saying she would veto a budget which did not give Denmark a 134 million euros rebate. Denmark currently has no rebate on

its EU budget contribution — but the UK does and will jealously guard it, as Cameron has repeatedly stressed. Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Austria have also all negotiated rebates of various kinds, arguing that they are paying much more than other countries into the EU and not getting enough back in return. The European Parliament has got in on the act too. “If Cameron can do it, then so can we,” said Hannes Swoboda, head of the Socialist group in the parliament, which has its own power of veto over the budget. Highlighting the potential for strife, the EU parliament on Tuesday rejected cuts demanded by some member states in the 2013 EU budget, aiming to protect popular programmes against shortfalls which disrupted them in 2012. “To boost growth and jobs, parliament reversed (cuts) ... in areas that MEPs believe are vital to boost the economy, such as research, entrepreneurship and employment measures,” it said. The European Commission set the 2013 budget at 138 billion euros, up 6.8 percent but France, Finland and Germany wanted it cut by 5.0 billion euros while London suggested even more. Tuesday’s vote means the parliament and the European Council, which groups the member states’ political leaders, will now have to take up the 2013 budget again to reconcile their differences. If they cannot do that, then the 2012 budget becomes the basis for next year with an increase capped at around 2 per cent, and the same formula would be applied in 2014 if no accord AFP is reached.

NEW DELHI: In a bid to boost trade and investments, India and Canada will be reviewing the progress of ongoing negotiations for the proposed free trade pact during the week-long visit of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper starting November 4.

Harper would also meet other ministers and officials from the Indian government. India and Canada formally launched negotiations in November, 2010 for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement to boost bilateral trade and investment. PTI


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The search for the face of Hyderabad has come to an end. Emerging as a worthy winner, Panchami Rao Nagarajan from NIFT took the crown home. She opens up about her experience here, her dreams for the future and more.

THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL tion performed? AMY ROSE THOMAS Did you always want to get into modeling? It was my tryst with design that got me interested in modeling. I was overwhelmed when I got through NIFT, which has always been my dream. It was around that time that I shot up in height and I had all my relatives and friends bugging me to try it. I started checking out pictures of models and modeled at the events organised at college. Now, I want to establish myself as a top-notch model and make myself known at the international level too. I plan to focus on modeling and studies for now, I will think about movies later and.

I think I was the most balanced among all of them. I was confident about myself and knew my shortcomings and places where I need to work on. And moreover, I was in a place where I believed that it would happen to me. I was ready to accept the situation and this helped me cope with the stress and perform better at the competition. Everyone was competitive and wanted to get to the top. There were many whom I felt were competition for me.

You didn’t receive any of the sub contest prizes. How did you feel when you didn’t hear your name being called out for any of them? I was expecting a few titles and when I didn’t get any, I was a little disappointed. Those moments were tough, so many questions were going through my mind like if I would make it to the top ten or not. And after my name was called out for the top ten, I focused all my energy on winning the competition.

Were you nervous on the night? Yes, at the beginning I was. We had worked so hard and rehearsed a lot for that night. I was more nervous for others than myself. All of us are young and it was for the first time that each of us was on such a platform. But after the first round went well where we had to sashay down the ramp in sarees, I was confident that we will get through the evening without making many mistakes. As the second round began, I became more confident and was in control of the situation.

Why do you think you won the competition? How well do you think others in the competi-

How supportive were your parents of your decision to compete? I told them after I applied for the competition and they were supportive of my decision from the very start. I didn’t want to miss classes and assignments at college so I was managing both the training and classes simultaneously. I think I could crack the question-and-answer round solely because of my mother’s help. Each day since the training began, I had a session with my mother in the evening when she would ask me five questions. I had to place myself mentally on stage and answer these questions properly. This helped me a lot while facing the judges on

the stage for real.

What was your friends’ reaction when they heard that you won the crown? Who all turned up to cheer for you? When I told my friends that I have been shortlisted and that I will be participating, they asked me not to come back without winning it. Now since the win, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing, they have been asking me to throw a party for them. They were sad because they couldn’t come for the event since most of them are out of station for dussehra holidays. My entire family was at the event. I was particularly moved when my grandfather came.

How was the training procedure like? I feel like I have become a completely different person with the amount of training I received. We had sessions with a dermatologist, dietitian, hair stylist, cat walk specialists among many others. Also, the ramp walk and choreography sessions by Shakir Shaikh were the most helpful for us. Since all of us were new to catwalk, he helped us from the scratch on how to build our own style on stage. Apart from these, we had to attend the gym every single day without fail. Fitness was given the foremost priority at the training. The things that I learnt here will stay with me forever. Luckily for me, the training that I received was enough for winning the crown. But I am all set to work extra hard for South Indian beauty pageant that I will be taking part in. I want to push myself to the limit for that.





Around 230 films were screened at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, which was held from October 18-25. Here’s a list of films that got people talking. HEMANTH KUMAR


here’s nothing better than getting a chance to watch the best of world cinema, if you are a cinephile. This year, films like Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Angel’s Share and Beyond The Hills, which had already created huge buzz when they were screened at prestigious film festivals like Sundance, Cannes, TIFF and Berlin Film festival, were part of the fest in Mumbai. The 14th Mumbai Film Festival left hundreds of cinephiles spoilt for choice with a wide range of films and documentaries from different parts of the globe. Apart from world cinema, the film festival also included a special section on restored classics, tribute to Italian and French cinema.

Considering that one could watch around 35 films on the whole, at the rate of five films per day, it was an impossible task to pick the best. Films like Amour, Beyond the Hills, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Holy Motors, Rust and Bone, Miss Lovely and Ship of Theseus, which were well received in international film festivals drew large number of people at NCPA. Ship of Theseus, directed by Anand Gandhi, was undoubtedly one of the best films screened at Mumbai Film Festival and it received a standing ovation. The film explores questions related to identity, beauty and meaning among other things and the film’s climax is surreal and overwhelming. Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts starrer Rust and Bone was a big hit with the audience and so was Cristian Mungiu’s heartbreaking drama Beyond the Hills, which fiddles with themes like friendship and religion.

However, the star of the fest was Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen who wowed the audience with his stunning performances in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt and Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair. Both these films are likely to make waves at most

ANAND GANDHI MADE A CRACKLING DEBUT WITH SHIP OF THESEUS. REMARKABLY SHOT AND WRITTEN, IT’S A FILM WHICH WILL LEAVE YOU GASPING FOR MORE. of the award ceremonies later this year. Among Indian films which were screened at the film festival, Hansal Mehta’s Shahid made a strong impression. The film is based on the life of lawyer Shahid Azmi who defended several civilians who were

wrongly accused of terrorism. Kamal K M’s I.D, a film about a woman searching for a man’s real identity in the bylanes of Mumbai, received great reviews. While the film festival offered a good mash of films cutting across languages and genres, it was also disappointing to see some of the eagerly awaited films like Beasts of the Southern Wild not living up to the expectations. Emotionally manipulative and slightly over the top, Beasts of the Southern Wild is an overhyped film all the way. Micheal Haneke’s Amour is likely to appeal to serious moviegoers with its eternally depressing tale of an elderly couple, although it’s a strong film if one has the patience to understand the nuances. Leos Carax’s Holy Motors got a mixed response and the audience was sharply divided over the experience of watching such a bizarre film. Perhaps, no other film in the entire film festival was as underwhelm-

ing as Walter Salles’ On The Road, which does no justice to Jack Kerouac’s book of the same name. On the other hand, Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely turned out to be an underwhelming experience, despite an interesting story, set in a world of filmmakers, actors and industrywallahs who thrive on Cgrade films, and a superb act by Nawazuddin Siddique. There were plenty of surprises as well, especially in terms of discovering promising filmmakers from different parts of the globe. Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, Rebecca Thomas’ Electrick Children, Michel Franco’s After Lucia, Mads Matthiesen’s Teddy Bear, James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer, Pablo Larraín’s No, and Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry made for an interesting watch. Most of these films might never make it to the theatres in India, but when all hope is lost, you know exactly where to find these films.



Picasso vandal raises ire A Houston art gallery has raised the ire of the local art community by staging a show of works by a 22-year-old who's been on the run since being charged with spray-painting a Pablo Picasso painting. Despite the uproar, Cueto James Art Gallery owner James Perez expects a full house for Friday's opening of 12 works by Uriel Landeros.

'The Scream' on view at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is presenting a special six-month exhibition of Edvard Munch's "The Scream," which sold for nearly $120 million at auction. The exhibition opens on Wednesday and will run through April 29. It will include a small group of works of the same period. The painting is the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. It was purchased by an anonymous private collector at Sotheby's in May.

Mummy conservation The Penn Museum is unwrapping the mystery of mummy conservation, giving the public an unusual close-up of researchers' efforts to preserve relics from ancient Egypt. Human and animal mummies, as well as an intricately inscribed coffin, are among the items undergoing treatment and repair at the Philadelphia institution's newly installed Artifact Lab.

DANGER IS AT PLAY Guns in Art an art exhibition that was organised at Radisson Blu in the City. It’s aim is to spread awareness on the responsible use of firearms.


wning a gun and handling it is no easy business it comes with a lot of responsibilities as lives are at stake once you get it home. You are responsible for your gun if it discharges and you and not anyone else will be blamed for the bullet. Training, equipment and mindset of the person in question will ensure that you get to enjoy the freedom of using the gun and passing it on to the next generation of shooters. In a unique awareness drive of sorts, an art exhibition to create awareness among the licensed gun holders to use their firearms responsibly was organised at Radisson Blu this week. One of the messages that the exhibition depicts through the works is not to mix alcohol with guns. Both the ingredients make a dangerous mix. One cannot blame the gun after the damage has been done since it is just a machine. Artists who participated in the show included Prof RC Sharma, Kamal Kamaraju, Yougandhar Tammareddy, Pranati Kahnna, Narayana Douluri and Nikhil Bamrajpet. The charity partner for the event was Heal a Child foundation.

Perfect expression of taste The Rococo style was highly dominated by the feminine taste and influence.



hroughout the 18th century in France, a new wealthy and influential middle-class was beginning to rise, even though the royalty and nobility continued to be patrons of the arts. Upon the death of Louis XIV and the abandonment of Versailles, the Paris high society became the purveyors of style. This style, primarily used in interior decoration, came to be called Rococo. The term Rococo was derived from the French word "rocaille", which means pebbles and refers to the stones and shells use to decorate the interiors of caves. Therefore, shell forms became the principal motif in Rococo. The

society women competed for the best and most elaborate decorations for their houses. Hence the Rococo style was highly dominated by the feminine taste and influence. Francois Boucher was the 18th century painter and engraver whose works are regarded as the perfect expression of French taste in the Rococo period. Trained by his father who was a lace designer, Boucher won fame with his sensuous and light-hearted mythological paintings and landscapes. He executed important works for both the Queen of France and Mme. de Pompadour, Louis XV's mistress, who was considered the most powerful woman in France at


the time. Characterised by elegant and refined yet playful subject matters, Boucher's style became the epitome of the court of Louis XV. His style consisted of delicate colours and gentle forms painted within a frivolous subject matter. His works typically utilised delightful and decorative designs to illustrate graceful stories with Arcadian shepherds, goddesses and cupids playing against a pink and blue sky. These works mirrored the frolicsome, artificial and ornamented decadence of the French aristocracy of the time. The Rococo is sometimes considered a final phase of the Baroque period.



Monitor rivers for triclosan

Oldest primate was rodentlike


he world’s oldest known primate had upward mobility, according to new research. For decades, a few teeth and jaw fragments were the only clues available about a mouse-size creature called Purgatorius, which lived some 65 million years ago. Now paleontologists have identified ankle bones and the wide range of motion in the joints suggests that the animal was a nimble tree climber.

ver heard of triclosan? As an antibacterial and antifungal agent, it is used in everything from toothpaste, to soaps, socks and trash bags. While the US Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the European Union all regulate triclosan, the chemical is not monitored and often gets absorbed into sewage sludge after wastewater treatment.


A lethally hot Earth


xtinctions during the early Triassic period left Earth a virtual wasteland, largely because life literally couldn’t take the heat, a new study suggests. Between 247 to 252 million years ago, Earth was reeling from a mass extinction called the endPermian event. The die-off had wiped out most life on Earth, including most land plants. The planet was baking, and life at the Equator struggled to survive.

China shows its green side As economic giant China ploughs ahead with modernisation and industrialisation, small-scale farmers and producers are creating pockets of resistance by going back to their roots.

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hina has made incredible steps forward but we’re paying the price in terms of our health and are losing traditional ways of farming and eating,” Zhou Jinzhang told AFP at the world’s biggest food fair in Turin in northern Italy. Zhang founded a non-profit association, The Farmers’ Friend, in 2004, amid the towering skyscrapers and bustling streets of the industrial city Liuzhou, in order to protect the use of local meats, cooking methods and ingredients. “It’s all about speed and convenience: with all the chemicals in farming and additives in food such as glutamate, many dishes have lost their flavour,” said Jinzhang, who began by setting up a network of environmentally-aware farmers. In 2007, the Farmers’ Friend took a gamble and opened its first restaurant using ingredients from local, organic producers: “people said we were mad, that we were too ambitious, trying to create a utopia — or living in the past.” When he began fighting to preserve Chinese traditions and promote healthy food Jinzhang had not even heard of Slow Food — the movement founded in Italy to fight fast food — but grabbed the chance to show off his project in Turin. Among the foodstuffs under threat of disappearing are black and red rice — highly popular in ancient China — and a rare type of flour from the south. Jinzhang’s speciality, on offer to the thousands of international visitors at the fair, is an ancient tea recipe made with leaves from the Guangxi region and infused with sun-dried steamed rice, fried with meat and spring onions. Nearby, 53-year-old Zhang Zimin sits quietly amid the bustle, as crowds of youth and school children hop from stall to stall, snapping up food samples. Zhang used to work for China’s largest food processing and manufacturing company, COFCO, but gave it all up 12

years ago to become a farmer, moving out of Beijing to set up the country’s first organic farm, “God’s Grace Garden”. “From 1990 to 1993, Chinese culture and society underwent great changes — and with the change came Coca Cola facto-

ries, chemically-treated fruits, vegetables and animal foods, and an overwhelming use of pesticides,” she said. “I began getting sick, I couldn’t sleep and knew I had to change my way of life. I had no experience of how to farm, I just

It’s all about speed and convenience: with all the chemicals in farming and additives in food such as glutamate, many dishes have lost their flavour Zhou Jinzhang started by myself and learnt along the way,” said Zhang, whose family remained living in the city. Like Jinzhang, Zhang said people thought she was crazy at first, but the idea caught on and she has many supporters who help on the farm when they can. “If people don’t change their ways, it will be a catastrophe for humanity. In China, we’re destroying our heritage, we’ll reach the point where we have no more fresh food, only mass produced, chemically-altered

products,” she said. Zhang said she started the farm partly to see if it was still possible to go back to traditional methods, and partly to spread the Slow Food philosophy. “The downside of the economic boom is that farmers are badly treated. No one wants to be a farmer anymore, and no one bothers to educate young people about food. We’ve forgotten how to connect with the land — but we have to relearn.” While Zhang and Jinzhang may have begun their missions to promote clean, wholesome food alone, their message finds fertile ground among growing numbers of protesters worried about the health fallout from the industrial boom. “We want people to know that China is not just a country gone mad with modernity, there are people like us promoting Slow Food values, and we will carry on doing so. This is a mission for life,” Jinzhang said.



Starbucks leads online It’s been clear for some time that fast food companies have embraced social media, and now an infographic created for the conference Foodservice Social Media Universe confirms it.Starbucks emerges as the clear victor in the social media landscape, coming out leagues ahead of companies like McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway and Taco Bell.



hat’s the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says Kashmiri pulao? A greasy oily rice dish topped with raisins and fruits? You couldn’t be more wrong! Contrary to popular belief, Kashmiri food is far from being sweet; it boasts of dishes that are bursting with flavour and yet are light on the palate. And when the chef is Suman Kaul, a Kashmiri Pandit herself, you can be assured that you will get nothing but authentic Kashmiri fare. The chef, who began her career with ITC Maurya in Delhi, moved to Hyderabad soon after with her family and has made it her home ever since. But this is the first time that the hotel has decided to host a Kashmiri food festival at ITC Kakatiya, to give the City of Nawabs a taste of a slice of ‘paradise’. Known for its South Indian food, Deccan Pavilion decided to break away from its regular fare to host Koshur Saal, a Kashmiri food festival that is on till November 4. We began our meal with a cup of delicious kahwa, the traditional Kashmiri green tea with crushed almonds. A refreshing change from the Irani chai you get in Hyderabad, the kahwa is typically had with the Kashmiri kulcha, a crispy bun-like mildly spiced bread that perfectly compliments the sweet tea. We then proceeded to sample what every Kashmiri food lover will

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£1bn sales for Diageo

Months after McDonald’s was accused of violating child online privacy laws in a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, the fast food giant deleted social networking features from some of its online games for kids, reports The Washington Post.That function enabled users to email ecards, links and photos to friends and family.

A thirst for “affordable” luxuries, in the shape of expensive cocktails in the trendiest bars, has helped global drinks giant Diageo record more than £1 billion in sales of its high-end liquor in the past year, despite the economic situation. The company has now said it plans to step up its expansion in the cocktails sector by taking on new partners to sell its booze.

Experience the real taste of paradise

The Kashmiri food festival at ITC Kakatiya goes beyond the usual suspects and tantalises the tastebuds.

swear by — mutton roganjosh. Quite a change from the version dished out at restaurants here, this dish was full of flavour, minus the heaviness of an onion gravy. Predominantly made with tomatoes, Kashmiri spices and tender lamb meat, the roganjosh went beautifully with steamed rice. Incidentally, Kashmiri cuisine is devoid of onion and garlic, which imparts a rather unique flavour to the food and celebrates the delicate flavours of the core ingredient. The chicken yakhni had a refreshing tang to it thanks to the yoghurt-based gravy that it had been slow cooked in for hours. But the show-stealer for me had to be the gogji rajmah. It was unlike any other rajmah dish I’ve ever sampled. This one had the goodness of turnips and kidney beans, infused with delicate Kashmiri spices and with an ever-so-light sweet tinge to it. The chaman kaliya, paneer cooked in milk and spices, was mildly flavoured and went





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Gogji Rajmah Ingredients: 500gm kidney beans; 200 gm turnip; 2tbsp mustard oil; 2tbsp ghee; 5gm royal cumin; 5-7 cloves; 1tbsp asafoetida water; 1tbsp kashmiri red chilli powder; 1/2tsp dry ginger powder; 1tsp fennel powder; turmeric powder; sugar and salt to taste. Wash and soak the rajmah for a few hours and then boil till tender. Heat some oil in a pan and fry the cut turnip till golden brown and set aside. In the pan add the masalas and cook. Add the cooked rajmah and turnip and add fennel powder, dry ginger powder and ghee and stir. Add 250ml water and cook till thick. well with the naan. For dessert, we were served shufta, which is dry fruits simmered in honey and with hints of saffron. Although it might sound like a heavy-duty combination, when served in the right quantity, it can be the perfect way to round off your meal. Needless to say, the dishes were rather light on the palate and didn’t leave you with that uncomfortably heavy feeling that often happens after a rich meal. So if you want to sample some authentic Kashmiri cuisine, this is your chance.



FRIGHT DELIGHTS Mutton Pasinda Flattened lamb pieces, cooked in spicy masalas.

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The spooky time of the year is here again. Jazz up your Halloween meal with creepy cocktails, spooky treats and frightening cookies. We bring you some ghoulish ideas to spice up your monster bash this Halloween.


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Spider Lollypops These spiders are gross, yet adorable, with their creepy eyes and legs. But overcome your revulsion for creepy crawlies and pop one in. To make the ghoulish treats, mix cream cheese, cheese and dip thoroughly and form into balls. Add bacon bits, scallions, spices as per your taste and use edible paint to give that creepy finish. Tiny straws can be used as legs. Your spider zombies are ready!


Pumpkin punch Halloween is the time for creepy carved pumpkin, so why not start with some pumpkin punch? Mix rum, apple cider, ginger ale and pumpkin juice together. Serve in a hollowed-out pumpkin with floating pumpkin chunks.

1. Boneless mutton 500 gms 2. Thick curd 100 gms 3. Crispy golden fried onions 2 medium-sized 4. Onion paste made from 1 mediumsized boiled onion 5. Ginger garlic paste 2 tsp 6. Roasted poppy seeds 1 tbsp 7. Coriander powder 1 tbsp 8. Red chilli powder 1 tsp (or as per taste) 9. Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp 10. Haldi powder 1/2 tsp 11. Salt to taste 12. Oil 2 tbsp 13. Green coriander leaves for garnishing

Eyeball Starters A tray of eyeballs staring up at your guests is a must have for a frightening Halloween meal. For all their gory appearance, these eyeballs are easy to make. Boil the eggs. Slice them vertically and scoop out the yolks into a bowl. Dip a toothpick in red food colouring and draw veins on the eggs. Mix mayonnaise, mustard and salt with the yolks and add green food colouring. Scoop the green mixture into the eggs. Add a sliced black olive in the middle of each egg on top of the green mixture.

Ghostly desserts Scare your guests and later ignite their appetites with this delicious vanilla cake. This can easily make for a perfect centrepiece on the table for your Halloween meal. With ghosts popping up from the cake, guests will find it more cute than scary. For the ghosts, form 2-inch high cones from white fondant; attach to the cake with additional vanilla icing. Roll a 1/2-inch cube of fondant into a 6inch circle. Drape over cone. Tint a small amount of fondant black. Form three small dots; attach to ghosts’ faces.

Graveyard brownies Graveyard brownies — chocolate brownies with RIP headstones and a white ghost popping up — make for a special spooky treat for the guests.

1. Wash, clean and cut the lamb pieces into medium-sized triangular or square pieces. 2. Hammer them lightly with a food hammer. 3. Marinate with ginger garlic paste, fried crushed onions, salt, half of the garam masala powder and curd. 4. Make a paste of boiled onions, coriander powder and poppy seeds. 5. Heat oil in a pan, add the marinated lamb pieces. 6. Let the mutton cook for some time. Add to this the ground masalas, chilli powder, haldi powder and little salt. 7. Cover the pan and let it cook on a slow fire, till the mutton is tender and the masalas are dried to a thick consistency. 8. When the oil separates from the gravy, switch off the gas, sprinkle half a tea spoon of garam masala, fresh coriander leaves. 9. Serve hot.


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October 29 October 30 October 30 October 31 Nov 1 1956: Israeli armed forces push into Egypt toward the Suez Canal, initiating the Suez Crisis.

1938: Orson Welles causes panic with his radio dramatisation of a Martian invasion of Earth based on HG Wells’ novel War of the Worlds.

1974: Muhammad Ali becomes the heavyweight champion of the world for the second time with the “Rumble in the Jungle” match.

1984: Indira Gandhi, the prime minister of India, is assassinated in New Delhi by two of her own bodyguards.

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, one of Michelangelo's finest works, is opened to the public for the first time.

October 31

1926: Harry Houdini, the most celebrated magician and escape artist of the 20th century, dies of peritonitis in a US hospital.

Nov 2

Nov 3

1917: Foreign secretary Arthur James Balfour writes a letter expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

1941: The order to bomb Pearl Harbour is given.

Nov 3

1957: The Soviet Union launches the first animal into space — a dog name Laika — aboard Sputnik 2 spacecraft.

Nov 4

1948: US-born writer TS Eliot wins the Nobel Prize in literature for his profound effect on the direction of modern poetry.

Nov 4

1922: British archaeologist Howard Carter and his team discover the entrance to the tomb of King Tutankhamen in Egypt.



DANCE TILL YOU DROP DJ G of Kilogram, who will be spinning for the official Sean Paul pre parties, was behind the console at the sundown session at Kismet. Music had the party peeps in a frenzy and they were seen having a blast.








1 Sukaruta, Sahitya

8 Rupa

2 Lukassr, Mariana 3 Micha, Surabhi

9 Sangeetha 10 Deepika

4 Jennifer, Carrie 5 Priyanka 6 Seema 7 Anjali 3


Music mania


11 Shilpa 12 DJ Kilogram 13 Sonia 14 Sindhu




The music launch of Sairam Sankar and Srihari's new film Yamaho saw actors and those behind the music of the movie turning up at the do. The event was organised at Shilpakala Vedika.


20 Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu to release on December 14


ani, Samantha starrer Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu is expected to hit the screens on December 14. The film was supposed to release a couple of months ago, but the production was delayed due to Samantha's

Tamannaah to romance NTR again?


TR and Tamannaah, who were last seen together in Oosaravelli, might soon team up for Harish Shankar's upcoming film. The untitled film was launched recently and already SS Thaman has begun composing the music. The film is expected to go on floors shortly after NTR gets a break from Baadshah's shooting since he's going to change his look all over again. Buzz is that there are going to be two heroines in the film and Harish Shankar is currently in talks with Tamannaah for the lead role. It still remains to be seen if Tamannaah will sign the dotted line since she's busy shooting for Himmatwala and she has reportedly signed two more Hindi films including Heropanti and the remake of Tagore.

long absence. The film's principal shooting has already been wrapped up and Gautham Menon will soon begin the film's publicity campaign. There's a buzz that the makers are planning to introduce the film's music on LP records, as an ode to Ilayaraja's vintage music in the film. The songs have already become a big hit. It's the third time Samantha is teaming up with Gautham

Menon after Ye Maya Chesave and Ekk Deewana Tha. Interestingly, Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu in which Samantha is playing one of the lead roles is going to release a week after Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasu's release. The winter is just around the corner and so is romance in Gautham Menon's trademark style, along with Ilayaraja's soulful music.

Bad Boy joins the Sankranthi race K arthi, Anushka starrer Bad Boy, the Telugu version of Alex Pandian, has joined the Sankranthi box office race. Already, Ram Charan's Nayak, Prabhas' Mirchi and Venkatesh's Shadow are targetting the same slot. Sources say that it's going to be an uphill task

for the makers of Bad Boy to secure good number of screens during Sankranthi. Bellamkonda Suresh is producing the Telugu version. Suraj has directed the film and it's being touted as a complete mass entertainer. Devi Sri Prasad is composing the music.



Kamal Hassan was in awe of Yash Chopra


ash Chopra's sudden demise has left veteran actor Kamal Haasan, who met the filmmaker weeks before he passed away, shocked. "And then I hear he's gone!" said the actor, shocked beyond words. "This is no way to go. We met frequently. I met him for the last time three weeks ago. He was as enthusiastic as ever, though self admittedly he was feeling weak. I asked him why. His eyes twinkled like a child and he said, 'When you reach 32 you can't have the same energy level as when you are 19'. We laughed heartily at that one," Haasan added. Kamal Haasan was in awe of Yash Chopra's ever enthusiastic nature and simplicity. IANS

Patang wins South Asian Rising Star awards I

ndian-American writer/director Prashant Bhargava and producer Jaideep Punjabi have won the South Asian Rising Star Film Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for the feature film Patang (The Kite). The two received the awards at a ceremony here. The jury consisted of Indian film critic Rajeev Masand, India Abroad editor Arthur Pais, singer/songwriter and Goldspot frontman Siddhartha Khosla, American actress and musician Janina Gavankar and American actor Maulik Pancholy. Patang is one of the most critically celebrated Indian films of the year. Patang had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and its North American premiere in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film has gone on to

The strange case of item songs T

he item song brigade in Bollywood seems to show no signs of ebbing. What Munni and Sheila set off was then continued by Chamak Challo and the likes. But our leading ladies seem to be liking the extra adulation that comes their way and many are even doing item numbers for movies they are not even acting in. Salman Khan sure knows how to grab eyeballs. In Dabangg, if it was Munni stealing the thunder, Dabangg 2 will see Kareena Kapoor Khan swaying to Fevicol. The actress will begin shooting for the song on November 5.

play at 30 film festivals worldwide and won numerous accolades including Best Feature Narrative at the Hawaii International Film Festival, Best World Narrative at the Indy Film Festival, Special Jury Award and the Best Feature Narrative at the Dc Apa Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Osian's Film Festival (New Delhi).




Sanjeeda plays Surpanakha in ‘Ram Leela’ S




ackky Bhagnani found it difficult to break people’s notion that being a producer’s son, he would have got everything easily. And the situation became worse after his first film Kal Kissne Dekha didn’t do well at the box office. “If my first film would have done well, no one would have questioned me about being a star kid. Maybe I didn’t choose the right film, Jackky, who is the son of renowned Bollywood producer Vashu Bhagnani said. “If you are a producer’s son you are never given that benefit of doubt of being new. I had to be good from my first film,” he added. Jackky made his Bollywood debut with Kal Kissne Dekha in 2009 and later did Remo D’Souza’s F.A.L.T.U in 2011, which was critically acclaimed.

anjeeda Sheikh, one of the prettiest faces on small screen, has been roped in to play evil Surpanakha in Ram Leela. The actress will be seen opposite Lord Rama played by Rajneesh Duggal, through a dance number choreographed by Remo D’Souza. “I consider my role to be very interesting and challenging because I have never played such a character before. Also, a unique concept such as Ram Leela has never been seen before on Indian television — it’s a different experience altogether,” Sanjeeda said in a statement. “I’ll be seen in an exciting dance performance more than the typical negative characters usually seen on Indian television. As Surpanakha is extremely attracted to Ram, she tries to lure him away from Sita.” “There is nothing vulgar about the act and has been beautifully choreographed by Remo D’Souza keeping in mind that we have a family audience,” she added. “Ram Leela” is aired every Sunday on Life Ok.



Sidhuji should follow rules


V actress Sayantani Ghosh says she has a lot of respect for her Bigg Boss inmate Navjot Singh Sidhu, but feels the former cricketer has to understand the rule of the game and follow them for the sake of other participants. “Sidhuji has his own views and principles and all of us respect him a lot for that. He has indeed brought a lot of positivity in the house, but he needs to understand the rules of the game, as the end result is not always good,” Sayantani said after getting evicted from the Bigg Boss house on Friday. In previous episodes, Sidhu refused to nominate contestants for eviction, as he felt it would be like insulting them. He sometimes even compromised on the rules of the show or the tasks given to him, eventually leaving IANS everybody in a fix at the end.








ollywood star George Clooney’s new girlfriend Stacy Keibler says she has no interest in a wedding ring or babies anytime soon. The 33-year-old former WWE star, who has been dating the Hollywood heartthrob for more than a year, said she is in no rush to settle down, reported Sun online. “That is not on my radar at all. I’m definitely the girl who doesn’t talk about that kind of stuff. I’m not really interested in thinking about marriage or kids at all,” she said. Clooney, 51, meanwhile is tight-lipped about their relationship and had said earlier that “she can do whatever she wants”. The actor split from previous lover Elisabetta Canalis after she spoke about her hope for marriage. PTI

Usher U pays $12,000 for a puppy

sher paid a whopping $12,000 for a female goldendoodle puppy on Thursday at the Pencils of Promise Gala in New York City. “All in the name of feline fun!(sic),” Usher tweeted. “It took me 2 years but I outbid everyone this year to bring Poppy home to Ush” “Poppy (????) Raymond is what I’m think of namin’ her...,” he added. “however there are two gregarious 3 and 4 year olds that will have the last say...and the responsibility that comes wit her.”

J-Lo has fun with Casper


ennifer Lopez and Casper Smart marked their first anniversary yesterday, helpfully clearing up any lingering questions as to when the pop star and her back-up dancer actually started dating. “ @BEAUcasperSMART BEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Today is OUR’s!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful smile with me everyday! #SpecialDay #LOVE!” Lopez tweetedSmart, whose real first name is Beau, yesterday morning. Replied Smart: “Happy 1 yr. anniversary to the most Gorgeous, Kind, Sweet, Funny, Beautiful Lil Bear in the world.... Love Bear #October25”





1 “The Pink Panther” actor 6 Cellar, briefly 10 Body check 15 Sing falsetto 20 Bakery come-on 21 Slender candle 22 Ms. Zellweger 23 Chicago airport 24 In a stack 25 Leave-taking 26 Quaking -27 Aladdin’s servant 28 Skin tighteners 30 Crampon user 32 Not fully awake yet 33 Upriver spawner 35 Glasnost letters 36 -- a hike! 39 Jo’s sister 40 Say more 41 Freud, to himself 42 Gym org. 46 “Exodus” name 47 Vexed 48 Keep -- on 51 Blast furnace fuels 53 Desperado’s piece 54 Walked unsteadily 56 Rocker -- Quatro 57 Pal 59 Drew a bead on 61 -- Shire of “The Godfather” 62 Butler of fiction 63 Disposes of 64 Debutante’s bow 65 Approve 67 Go slowly 68 Kids card game 69 NBA officials 72 Grounded bird 73 Background 76 Kind of split 80 Totality 81 Scrape aftermath 82 Common contraction 83 -- Spunkmeyer 85 U.A.R. member 86 Debacle 88 Deck hands 92 Cloister dweller 93 Wharf 94 Your, old-style 95 Fl y, to a spider 96 Antique washer part 99 Suit coat features 102 Bandy words 103 “Ulysses” author 104 Links champ Sam -108 Please greatly 109 Brick bakers 110 Mother lodes 111 “Tao” author (hyph.) 112 Angkor -113 Loafer insert 115 Hive dwellers 116 On the -- vive 117 San Francisco hill 118 Compact -120 Unisex wear 121 Grey Cup sports org. 123 NATO turf 124 Hebrew letters 125 Large lot 127 Magna -129 Weird 131 Florid writing

(2 wds.) 135 Single-humped camels 140 Video-game pioneer 141 Hawk’s lair 142 Caesar’s tongue 143 “Masterpiece Theatre” host 144 Lustrous fabric 145 Recital offerings 146 Hymn finales 147 Gain admission 148 The ones here 149 Brisling 150 -- dixit 151 “The Cloister and the Hearth” novelist DOWN 1 Vine valley 2 Late spring flower 3 Battery word 4 Surface 5 Rock bottom 6 No-goodnik (2 wds.) 7 Like a hedgehog 8 Face 9 Roof support 10 Falsely incriminated 11 Peddled again 12 Suggestions

13 Visible 14 Frankfort locale 15 Nirvana seekers 16 Short story writer 17 Copenhagen native 18 Toledo’s lake 19 Sly look 21 Earmarked 29 Steve Roper’s pal 31 Tennis star Arthur -34 Graduate degs. 36 Sour-tasting 37 General vicinity 38 Canal to the Baltic 41 Charged particles 43 The brass, for short 44 Poolroom supply 45 Gibb or Rooney 47 Signify 48 Before Wed. 49 Montezuma subject 50 Drill attachment 51 Ancient manuscript 52 Condo luxuries 55 Stretches the truth 56 Backyard plantings 57 Volcano feature 58 Swell, as a river 60 Taconite yield 62 Oblong tomato 64 Raising 2 to 8 66 Phony ducks

67 Diplomat 69 U.K. fliers 70 New Haven student 71 Gulf st. 74 Edmonton pucksters 75 Snake-oil buys 77 Japanese volcano 78 The Big Apple 79 Indiana Jones quest 81 Move laboriously 84 Fix a piano 87 Copy edit canceler 89 Try for a job 90 Cyrus’ realm, today 91 Vowed 93 Early James Bond foe (2 wds.) 97 Whiskey grains 98 -- Morales of “La Bamba” 99 X-rated 100 Jai -101 Reassures Rover 102 Trig function 103 Diner coffee 105 Vulcan’s forge 106 Black Sea arm 107 Copies a cassette 109 Ice-hockey gear 111 Put out bait 114 To be, to Henri 115 Lunch counter order

116 Chess pieces 119 Kin of pedal pushers 121 Bungalow 122 Least restricted 123 Weasel, in winter 124 -- Power of old films 126 Patsy of C&W 127 Kitchen gadget 128 Dwight beat him 129 Sheepfolds

130 Indy cager 131 Time gone by 132 Bryce Canyon locale 133 Tempo 134 Enlist again (hyph.) 136 Turnpike exit 137 Modicum 138 Was very thrifty 139 Shriveled from heat PREVIOUS PUZZLE ANSWER



STAR POWER Date 29-10-2012

As per Hindu panchang

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Some have bright chance to go abroad. Though there will be minor hurdles, you will act tough and succeed over them. Happy events to take place at home.

You can convince anyone with your approach and achieve your goals.Children will behave as per your expectations and make you happy. Home and car loans will get passed.

Court verdict will go in your favour. Long pending important works will get completed now. Enemies will be inactive. Blood relatives will extend their help and support.




Avoid luxurious expenses and control the expenses to have trouble free days. Very important assignments should not be entrusted to anyone and be done by yourself.

You will be bold enough to take important decisions which will yield desired result. Wandering and more expenses likely. Your influence will increase. Ego clashes likely between couple.

Those planning to go abroad will get their visa without much efforts. Court verdict will be favourable. Health will be fine.Your looks will be attractive. Job hunters will get favourable news.




Financially a comfortable position likely. You will be successful in the challenges that are undertaken. You will purchase a new house in exchange of the ancestral property.

You will give more importance to your spouse with which the life will be smooth. You will handle the hardworks easily as time is favourable. You may worry about your health needlessly.

Tensions and worries existed will disappear.Health problem faced by children will be over.Litigations existed in ancestral property will be resolved. Good news through spouse likely.




New efforts will bring desired results. Misunderstanding between couples will be over. Financially a strong position likely. You may meet very influential peope shortly.

Even the toughest jobs can be done without much efforts. Health is fine and you will be more attractive.Unexpected tension likely, but will be over soon. Marriage talks will progress well.

Minor accidents, unwanted tensions and blames against you are more likely. Try to keep cool and tackle them cautiously. Separated couples are likely to come together again.





King of Wands – Keep your ego in check. There is no other problem with the way things are working except your unwillingness to accept a situation.

Nine of Swords – Before signing contracts, read the fine print. Be absolutely sure of what you’re getting into. This is fruitful phase, materially.

Six of Pentacles – There is a correlation with a current situation and how it pans out with the rest of the people involved. Stick to what you believe is right.




The Devil – Travel to foreign countries likely. It is a great learning experience. You get to meet different people and the experience will leave you thinking.

Knight of Pentacles – You tend to quibble about even the best things: like the food in the best restaurant or the pace of the story in a great movie.




Seven of Pentacles – Take a break. Go to some place where there’s a possibility of communicating with nature. A forest retreat should be good.

Ten of Pentacles – It will take about fourfix days for your mood to get back to normal. You’re feeling a bit out of sorts. Don’t worry; it’s a passing phase.

Five of Swords – Focus on the results instead of who’s doing what job. You need to realign your priorities to make them more practical. Think out of the box.




King of Swords – Revelations are about to be made. You had thought of someone as angelic. That person is actually doing something you couldn’t imagine.

The Lovers – Life is no grand affair that is celebrated at all times. There will be weak moments, too. How you deal with it depends on your perspective.

Seven of Swords – Your social conditioning can be held responsible for the way you’re thinking about a situation now. Don’t blame yourself.





TAROT READ Date 29-10-2012

Eight of Swords – Those with serious health problems should consider surgery. Do take a second opinion before you make a move.

Secrets behind a happy married life


nce X asked Y, "What is the secret behind your happy married life?" Y said, "You should share responsibilities with due love and respect to each other. Then absolutely there will be no problems." X asked, "Can you explain?" Y said, "In my house, I take decisions on bigger issues while my wife decides on smaller issues. We do not interfere in each other's decisions." "Give me some examples." Y said, "Smaller issues like which car we should buy, how much amount to save, when to

visit home town, which Sofa, air conditioner, refrigerator to buy, monthly expenses, whether to keep a maid or not etc are decided by my wife. I just agree to it" X asked, "Then what is your role?" Y said, "My decisions are only for very big issues. Like whether America should attack Iraq, whether Britain should lift sanction over Zimbabwe, whether to widen African economy, whether Sachin Tendulkar should retire etc. Do you know one thing, my wife NEVER objects to any of these".

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Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart still have trust issues?


ollywood couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart reportedly still have trust issues, even though they have reconciled after the cheating scandal. “There’s still healing to do and trust issue but Kristen will do whatever it takes. Robert never stopped loving her, so took her back," a source said. While the two have been busy doing separate promotional duty for the last film of the vampire series Breaking Dawn Part 2, their much-anticipated red-carpet reunion is set to take place at the film’s November 12 premiere.



inger Cheryl Cole says she is a strong woman now and has moved on from the cheating drama her footballer ex-hus-

band made her go through. “I’m not unlucky in love or anything else. And I’m absolutely not a victim. I’m strong, happy and settled — and I

really don’t give a s**t any more," Glamour magazine quoted her as saying. The 29-year-old, who parted ways with Ashley in 2010

after he was caught cheating on her, is now dating dancer Tre Holloway and says starting a relationship with a new man was tough for her.

“It takes a long time after you’ve been with someone as long as I was (with Ashley) not to feel like you’re cheating on IANS them," Cheryl said.

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Thunder trade Harden


he Oklahoma City Thunder shipped guard James Harden to the Houston Rockets on Saturday in exchange for guards Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb along with undisclosed draft selections. The Western Conference champion Thunder will also send guard Daequan Cook, forward Lazar Hayward and center Cole Aldrich to the Rockets in the deal, which followed failed talks between Harden and Oklahoma City on a contract extension.

Rasheed criticises ‘giving up’

Osmond surprises in Canada



ustralian coach Roger Rasheed, the former mentor of Lleyton Hewitt, blasted the also-rans of men’s tennis on Saturday, accusing players of giving up on chasing the sport’s big four. Rasheed, who has just become the coach of French world number seven Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, insisted that Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are regarded as virtually untouchable by the chasing pack.

aetlyn Osmond capped a sparkling Grand Prix debut with a surprise triumph Saturday at Skate Canada. “Not used to it, but definitely could get used to it,” Osmond said of thrilled reaction from the home crowd after her free skate to “Carmen” gave her a winning total of 176.45 points. Japan’s Akiko Suzuki led the way in the deciding free skate with a score of 120.04. It was enough to move her into second overall on 175.16 points.

Marquez seals Moto2 world title


Spain’s Marc Marquez crowned his elevation to next season’s MotoGP by claiming the Moto2 world championship in the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island on Sunday. The brilliant 19-year-old finished third behind winner and compatriot Pol Espargaro but it was enough to ensure he clinched the world title one race before the final Moto2 GP, at Valencia on November 11. In July it was announced that the Suter rider would replace retiring Australian two-time world champion Casey Stoner in the champion Repsol Honda team for the 2013 MotoGP season. Marquez is one of the fast-rising moto stars and two years ago won the 125cc world championship before finishing second behind German Stefan Bradl in last year’s Moto2 world championship. Marquez only needed to finish 14th or better in Australia to claim this season’s Moto2 world crown and narrowly failed to pip Australian Anthony West across the finish line in a thrilling dice for second place behind Espargaro. Marquez holds a 39-point lead over Espargaro heading into the final race of the season in Valencia with a maximum of 25 points available. He led early here but was content to stay out of trouble as Espargaro went on to win the Phillip Island Moto2 GP by almost 17 seconds from West Espargaro claimed his fourth win of the season after starting off from pole for the seventh time this year.

Vazquez retained his International Boxing Federation lightweight world title on Saturday with a split-decision victory over fellow Mexican Marvin Quintero. Vazquez, a Guadalajara native who trains in southern California, effectively stayed out of the way of Quintero, a southpaw who had the advantage in power but couldn’t pin down the crafty champion. Judge Tom Schreck awarded the bout to Vazquez 116-112 and Don Trella

KUALA LUMPUR: Tiger Woods birdied five of his first nine holes to come roaring back into the contention in the CIMB Classic’s final round on Sunday. The 14-time Major winner, trailing by five shots overnight, started with three straight birdies and added two more on six and seven in an astonishing half-round. He picked up another shot on the parfour 10th to be 17-under for the tournament at Malaysia’s par-71 Mines Resort and Golf Club, two strokes back from joint leaders Chris Kirk and Bo Van Pelt as play continAFP ued.

Rupesh wins 2nd world title LEEDS: Rupesh Shah became only the fifth Suter rider Marc Marquez of Spain powers through Siberia corner during qualifying for the Moto2 class at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island on Saturday. AFP/PAUL CROCK

Results of the Australian Motorcycle GP (Moto2)

Nakasuga to replace injured Spies in Spain

1. Pol Espargaro (ESP/Kalex) 39min 26.486sec, 2. Anthony West (AUS / Speed Up) at 16.811sec, 3. Marc Marquez (ESP/Suter) 16.837, 4. Scott Redding (GBR/Kalex) 16.957, 5. Dominique Aegerter (SUI/Suter) 26.018, 6. Johann Zarco (FRA/Motobi) 26.028, 7. Simone Corsi (ITA/FTR) 26.091, 8. Esteve Rabat (ESP/Kalex) 26.372.

PHILLIP ISLAND: Japanese test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga will replace the injured Ben Spies for the final round of the MotoGP Championship in Valencia next month, Yamaha Factory Racing said on Sunday. Nakasuga finished in sixth place while substituting for injured Yamaha Factory rider Jorge Lorenzo at last year’s Valencia Grand Prix. AFP

Vazquez retains title with split-decision win VERONA, NEW YORK: Miguel

Woods makes charge at CIMB Classic

saw it 118-110 for the champion, while Don Ackerman scored it 115-113 for Quintero. Vazquez improved to 32-3 with 13 knockouts. Quintero fell to 25-4 with 21 knockouts. He looked strong in the middle rounds, but Vazquez then answered his corner’s call to engage the challenger and appeared to come out on top in their exchanges. For Vazquez it was his 11th victory in a row since 2008 -- when he suffered the second of two defeats to unbeaten

Mexican light middleweight Saul Alvarez. His only other defeat was in 2007 at the hands of unbeaten Tim Bradley, who stunned Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao in a controversial decision in June to claim a portion of the world welterweight throne. Quintero, who had won nine of his past 10 bouts coming in, was in his first world title fight. His ninth-round TKO of Filipino southpaw Al Sabaupan in April had made him the mandatory challenger.

Indian cueist to lift the world title twice after he beat Australia’s Matthew Bolton 6-2 in the final of the World Billiards (point frame) here. Starting by winning the lag, he won the first game comfortably but in the next game, Bolton levelled the match 1-1 at the Northern Snooker Centre here. Fifth game was the turning point in this match where Bolton missed cannon on 148 and Rupesh settled the score 3-2 in his favour. In the next game, Rupesh made unfinished break to advance the lead and was cruising along comfortably till the closing moments of the eighth game in which he missed the match winning red-pot. Bolton made a break of 83 points and went out of position on a score of 105. Rupesh played safe even as Bolton attempted a long red pot. The Australian further attempted short jenny but ended upgiving a chance of pot to Rupesh which the Indian converted into his match winning shot. Rupesh had earlier defeated big guns like Mike Russell (in quarterfinal), Peter Gilchrist (in semifinal). Meanwhile, former world champion Pankaj Advani knocked out his compatriot Dhruv Sitwala in the semifinal to enter the final of World Billiards (time format) against defending champion Mike Russell. Pankaj made a good start in the first session and with the help of three breaks of 167, 205 and 257, he built a lead of 600 points by the session break. Dhruv couldn’t do anything except an attempted century break that ended on 86 when he lost position. In the second session, Pankaj kept enhancing his lead using small breaks of 52, 71, 69 and 71. Dhruv had nothing much to do despite having breaks of 57, 52, 52, 56, 96, 56, 57 and 91. Finally Advani won the match by 514 points. PTI



Nothing to be taken for granted Vettel insisted he cannot take victory for granted in Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix after claiming pole position on Saturday.

NEW DELHI: Sebastian Vettel insisted he cannot take victory for granted in Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix after claiming pole position in another Red Bull front row lockout on Saturday. The 25-year-old German who is bidding to become the youngest treble champion in F1 history said he felt happy to be at the front of the field, but knew plenty of hard work lay ahead. He said: “Tomorrow is the race. Today is qualifying. There are no points scored today. “It’s going to be a long race and what sort of race it is, we are going to find out. That is why we are looking forward to it. I am happy to be in the position we are, but we go from there tomorrow.” Vettel secured the 35th pole of his career after making an error under braking on his first flying lap in Q£. He said: “I had to abort the lap and focus on the second attempt, which was fine. I was happy, braking a bit early for Turn 4. All in all a very good session for us, the car was fan-

Organisers vow ‘dogproof’ race NEW DELHI: India’s Formula One organisers have vowed to ensure stray dogs stay off the track on Sunday, in an effort to avoid repeating last year’s embarrassing incident when a canine intruded the circuit. “Canine entry points to the circuit have been identified and blocked,” Askari Zaidi, spokesman for the Jaypee Group, told AFP at the state-of-the-art track. “The fencing around the circuit has now got two layers. The track is completely dog-proof,” he added. The intrusion by the stray dog during the first practice round at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in Greater Noida last year caused much embarrassment to the organisers of the world-class event.

Sharapova, Serena ease into final

tastic. “The support we had from Milton Keynes and the factory was incredible and a big thank you to the guys there. We took another step forward. “Today is a good result for us, but tomorrow is the main exercise. The McLarens were very quick on long runs and the Ferrari strategy could be a surprise, so we will see what happens.” Vettel reiterated that he would not worry about nearest title rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari during the races, but concentrate on his own job. “We have to focus on the start tomorrow and focus on ourselves. What the others are doing we cannot influence,” he said. “Fernando could have been a second quicker today than anyone and there is nothing we could have done other than mind our business and get the fastest lap we can. “It is a long race tomorrow, there are a lot of things AFP that can happen.”

Red Bull-Renault driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany gestures on taking the pole position at The Buddh International circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi on Saturday ahead of the Formula One Indian Grand Prix 2012. The Formula One Indian Grand Prix 2012 takes place on Sunday. AFP/PUNIT PARANJPE

Fedex aims for No. 6 Federer looks for Paris title match

Richard Eaton

ISTANBUL: Maria Sharapova set up a blockbuster WTA Championships final against Serena Williams on Saturday with a crushing 6-4, 6-2 win over world number one Victoria Azarenka. Olympic, Wimbledon and US Open champion Williams had earlier eased into Sunday’s title match with a 6-2, 6-1 success against an exhausted Agnieszka Radwanska in a repeat of this summer’s All England Club final. “I have lost to Victoria a few times so I was happy to get the chance to play against her,” said Sharapova. “Against the world number one, you have to run down every ball. She’s number one for a reason so I had to be ready for every shot. “It will be a difficult match against Serena. She’s been on fire, she’s the one to beat.” Not many people expected Sharapova to complete a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open on her least favoured clay court surface in June. And after losing four times

SHARAPOVA SET UP A BLOCKBUSTER WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL AGAINST SERENA WILLIAMS WITH A CRUSHING WIN OVER VICTORIA AZARENKA out of five to Azarenka this year, a semi-final win indoors in Istanbul did not seem likely either. But the Russian designed sensibly bold tactics to frustrate the heavy-hitting Belarusian, stuck to them bravely, and executed them excellently. Sharapova took the ball early as much as possible, denied Azarenka time and room to dominate, took risks with fierce drives to force openings, and resolutely punished most of the short returns. Altogther she clobbered 30 clean winners on a slow surface. Azarenka, who had secured the year-end top ranking with her win over Li Na, was unexpectedly subdued — perhaps hindered by a strained right thigh which she grasped several times.

Scott Williams

BASEL, SWITZERLAND: Roger Federer will on Sunday bid for his sixth trophy from seven editions of his home Swiss Indoors after defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 6-4 in Saturday’s semi-finals. The world number one will line up for the seventh time this season against Argentine dangerman Juan Martin del Potro, who reached his second final in succession with a 6-2, 62 victory over Frenchman Richard Gasquet. Federer has won all six 2012

encounters with Del Potro, whose best previous Basel performance was a 2008 semi-final. Top seed Federer’s win over Mathieu, a fellow over-30 player, saw the home star send down 10 aces without facing a break point in just under 90 minutes. “I’m very happy to be in this final again,” said Basel native Federer, who leads the ATP with six trophies this season and is fighting to finish the year as number one. I’ve been serving really well. A lot of things have gone my way this week, it’s been good so far.”

PARIS: Roger Federer will bid to back up his title from a year ago when he heads the field at the final event of the regular ATP season, the Paris Masters, starting on Monday. He stormed to victory at the Bercy Arena a year ago against John Isner in the final, beating Juan Martin del Potro in the quarters and putting out Rafael Nadal in the semis. Federer is focussing on another end of season sprint, but one without a pause as the eight-man World Tour Finals begins in London a day after the Paris final. That scheduling wrinkle may come back to haunt the ATP as the organisation shortens the 2012 season by a fortnight, eliminating the rest and preparation week before the round-robin end-of-season classic.



Hope to change fortunes Schedule of England’s tour of India:

England, under captain Cook, will strive to win their first Test series in India in 27 years against a home team desperate to make amends for last year’s 4-0 drubbing. Kuldip Lal

NEW DELHI: England jet into Mumbai on Monday under new captain Alastair Cook, striving to win their first Test series in India in 27 years against a home team desperate to make amends for last year’s 4-0 drubbing. The four-Test series, starting in Ahmedabad on November 15, will be further spiced up by Kevin Pietersen’s return to the England fold after his exile and hints that Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar is on the brink of retirement. The series gives the home side an opportunity to make amends for the humiliating 4-0

whitewash in England last year that saw them dethroned as the number one Test side — and their replacement by England. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team then suffered another 4-0 defeat in Australia, capping a miserable six-month period that took the shine off India’s 50-over World Cup triumph in 2011. But with the series against England followed by four Tests against Australia in FebruaryMarch, India, ranked fifth in the world, will look to take advantage of familiar conditions to haul themselves back up the rankings. Dhoni has urged groundsmen to prepare wickets that suit

spin bowling and selectors refused to pick a spinner for England’s three-day opener in Mumbai from Tuesday, denying the tourists early exposure to the turning ball. “When we go to England, we get wickets that help the seamers and in Australia you get tracks with bounce,” said Dhoni. “In the subcontinent, spin is what matters and we should stick to that.” England last won a Test series in India under David Gower in 1985 and lost their number one status to South Africa in August. Pietersen, who has hit more

Chilly reception in store at Dharamshala

Ben Sheppard

DHARAMSHALA: England’s “Barmy Army” of cricket fans pride themselves on enduring any hardship to follow their team, but snow in the stands is one problem they do not normally face on a tour of India. Set in the foothills of the

Himalayas, Dharamshala will host its first international match when India play England on January 27 in a 50-over match that a diehard band of travelling supporters are expected to attend. With a backdrop of soaring mountains and a culture based around Tibetan spiritual leader

the Dalai Lama, the fixture will be a unique experience for the most seasoned supporter or player — as long as they pack enough jerseys. England have their first practice game of the India tour on Tuesday in Mumbai before four Test matches and two Twenty20 games, followed by a break at home for Christmas and then back for five one-day internationals. The game in Dharamshala was originally scheduled as a day-night fixture, but has been changed to start at 9:00am to avoid a bone-chilling evening under floodlights. “I am slightly worried about the snow,” admitted retired colonel H.S. Manhas, the ground’s general manager, who reports that temperatures can plunge to two degrees Celsius at night in late January. “But I think everyone will have a good time. We have excellent facilities for players, and also for all fans from local young people to corporate clients who can hire boxes and eat fine food.”

than 7,000 Test runs at a shade under 50, smashed a brilliant 144 in England’s last Test on Indian soil in 2008 and knows the conditions well as a player for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. And the 32-year-old will be keen to impress after he was dropped in August for sending text messages to touring South Africa players that contained criticism of then skipper Andrew Strauss. Numerous meetings with England team bosses and players eventually saw him added at the last minute to the Indian tour party and Cook said Pietersen

Test and Twenty20 series: Oct 29 : Arrival in Mumbai Oct 30-Nov 1: Three-day Tour match, Mumbai Nov 3-5 : Three-day Tour match, Mumbai Nov 8-11 : Four-day Tour match, Ahmedabad Nov 15-19 : First Test, Ahmedabad Nov 23-27 : Second Test, Mumbai Dec 5-9 : Third Test, Kolkata Dec 13-17 : Fourth Test, Nagpur Dec 20 : First T20, Pune Dec 22 : Second T20, Mumbai. Dec 23 : Return to England One-day series: Jan 3 : Arrival in New Delhi Jan 6 : Tour match, New Delhi Jan 8 : Tour match, New Delhi Jan 11 : First ODI, Rajkot Jan 15 : Second ODI, Kochi Jan 19 : Third ODI, Ranchi Jan 23 : Fourth ODI, Mohali Jan 27 : Fifth ODI, Dharamshala

was “contrite” over his actions and would be welcomed back into the squad. India, who began their home season by winning both Tests against lowly New Zealand in August and September before being ousted in the second round of the World T20, are facing a future without Tendulkar.

SA head for Oz JOHANNESBURG: South Africa fly to Australia Sunday aiming to consolidate the position of No 1 Test team earned mid-year with a series triumph in England. The Proteas won an eventful three-Test showdown 2-0 with then England skipper Andrew Strauss retiring after the series and Kevin Pietersen being temporarily banned for texting messages critical of his team-mates to South Africans. Many of the triumphant South Africans were furious at the Pietersen drama, believing it diluted the media attention they deserved, and they became even angrier when the England batting star alleged he was set up by unnamed Proteas. But South Africa skipper Graeme Smith says any lingering thoughts of England and Pietersen must be packed away as Tests in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth loom with the first starting on November 9 at the Gabba. “We knew tours to England and Australia were coming this year and both

were going to be tough,” Smith said as the squad completed preparations for the trip down under. “The first hurdle has been overcome and, obviously, we would like to do the same in Australia. We know we have got a quality team that has proved its ability to win away from home. “I believe we have earned the right to go there with the mantle of being the No 1 Test team through the way we have played this year,” added the South Africa opening batsman. Coach Gary Kirsten, who took over his native country after guiding India to victory in the World Cup last year, said the build-up for Australia was much the same as for AFP England.



City, Arsenal back to winning ways Defending champions City moved to second place and closed to within a point of Chelsea.

Tom Williams

LONDON: Manchester City and Arsenal bounced back from damaging Champions League defeats to return to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday, although both sides were made to toil. City put their 3-1 loss at Ajax behind them with a 1-0 success at home to Swansea City in the Premier League’s longest-ever game, while Arsenal celebrated Jack Wilshere’s return from a 17month lay-off by edging bottom club Queens Park Rangers by the same scoreline. Defending champions City moved up to second place and closed to within a point of leaders Chelsea, who host thirdplace Manchester United on Sunday, while Arsenal climbed to fourth. It took City 38 minutes to register a shot on target against Swansea in a lacklustre first half at Eastlands. Gael Clichy was allowed to carry the ball infield before finding Carlos Tevez,

and the Argentine sent a shot dipping into the bottom-left corner to end a personal run of eight games without a goal. At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal were made to wait until the 84th minute before Mikel Arteta’s (above) goal took them past QPR and enabled them to snap a two-game losing streak. “We played quite well but lacked a little bit of the confidence you miss when you have lost two games,” said Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, whose side had lost to Norwich and Schalke in their previous two outings. Fulham climbed to sixth after sharing six goals with Reading in an extraordinary 3-3 draw at the Madejski Stadium. Elsewhere, a superb volley by Ivan Ramis set Wigan Athletic on their way to a 2-1 win at home to West Ham United, while Stoke City and Sunderland drew 0-0 at the Britannia Stadium. Earlier, Norwich held Aston Villa to a 1-1 draw that left the Midlands club one place above the relegation zone.


Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers breaks his bat after a hit against Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning during Game Three of the Major League Baseball World Series. San Francisco pitched a 2-0 shutout over Detroit to put the Giants 3-0 and on the brink of a title sweep. No team has ever captured the World Series after losing the first three games. CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/GETTY IMAGES/AFP

Messi smashes 300 mark Messi’s goals were the 300th and 301st of his career, a total in only 419 matches. Dermot Ledwith

MADRID: Lionel Messi (right) smashed through the 300-goal mark with a brace as Barcelona crushed Rayo Vallecano 5-0 in Madrid on Saturday to go three points clear at the top of La Liga. David Villa, Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas got the other goals to put the pressure back onto second-placed Atletico Madrid who entertain Osasuna on Sunday. Messi’s goals were the 300th and 301st of his career, a total made up of 270 for Barca and 31 for Argentina in only 419 matches. They also took him to 13 in the league this sea-

son and 73 in all competitions in 2012. That’s just two behind Pele’s 75 for Santos and Brazil in 1959, and only 12 shy of Gerd Mueller’s all-time best calendar year record of 85 goals for Bayern Munich and West Germany in 1972. Earlier in-form Malaga were held to a 0-0 draw at struggling Espanyol. Betis move into fourth on 16 points after a 1-0 home win over Valencia thanks to an early Salva Sevilla goal. Deportivo La Coruna earned a much needed point with a 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo in the Galician derby to bring to an end a run of four defeats.

Postnoon E-Paper for 28 October 2012  

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