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MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012 HYDERABAD

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THE ASLI HYDERABADI EXPERIENCE Lonely Planet has ranked Hyderabad as the world’s third best city to visit in 2013. With the renovation of heritage sites like Falaknuma Palace and Chowmahallah Palace, it seems that the City is now a coveted destination for global tourists. We take a look at a few City monuments that have stood the test of time.

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HYDERABAD’S FIRST COMPACT AFTERNOON NEWSPAPER M ANIL KUMAR

REPORT ON P6 CHRIS BROWN IS JUST A FRIEND: SCHERZINGER P28

Singer Nicole Scherzinger has opened up about the recent pictures that appeared to show her kissing Chris Brown, insisting they are just friends. Nicole, who is dating British racing driver Lewis Hamilton, was linked to Brown after the images emerged.

RAMPANT STEROID USE THREATENS YOUTH

Lure of lucre is playing havoc with the figure-crazy young generation. Most City medical stores are selling to the youth, steroid-rich enhancers that tend to give a temporary surge of energy but cause incalculable harm afterwards. The tragedy is that nobody checks, nobody cares. Bodybuilders are the main culprits who by ignorance or by design mislead the young with these steroid laced-drugs.

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MOTHERS HAVE TO ‘PAY’ FOR THEIR BABIES?


MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012

city events

DIVINE FEMINITY

An exhibition of 30 artists and their artowrks depicting Goddess Durga is on display. The exhibition titled Divine Feminity, is being held at Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 everyday from 11am to 7pm till November 10.

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2323 1245

SHOWS

DINING

Film workshop A filmmaking workshop and a film appreciation workshop is being held. The workshop is being held on weekends only. When: October 27 onwards, 1.30pm onwards Contact: 94904 40986

Arabic food fest Head to the Great Kebab Factory for an authentic and exotic food fest. Where: Great Kebab factory, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 2330 2244

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 first-serve basis. Where: Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills, Rd No 3 When: November 1, 6.30pm onwards Contact: : (040) 2355 4485

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

ART

Marital blitz Lift Theatre Production from South Africa will present it’s play Marital Blitz at NIFT. Where:Nift, Madhapur When: November 4, 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2311 4537

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

Play time The play Massage starring Rakesh Bedi will be staged at Ravindra Bharati. Where:Ravindra Bharati, Saifabad When: November 2,

Blue and white An exhibition of handcrafted period furniture, exclusive porcelain vases, porcelain dolls and other home interiors is being held till October 31. Where:Arts Heaven Art Gallery, Lakdikapul When: Ongoing, 12pm onwards Contact: 99495 71031

DAILY STRUGGLE: Young boys sell flags at a traffic signal in the City at the SRINIVAS SETTY Khairtabad signal. Commissioner & Spl Officer

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

Photo exhibition Alliance Française of Hyderabad invites you to The Upside Down World of Philippe Ramette, an exhibition of photos.

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AMBULANCES Apollo 23548888, 23607777 Kamineni 24022222 Medwin 23202902, 23204616 Smile Line Dental Hospital 23747979 Red Cross 27627973 Niloufer Hospital 23314095 Gandhi 23320332 AIRLINES

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

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‘Robin Hood’ in cop net Under the guise of working for the welfare of the poor, Shankar Naik raked in several crores by selling ‘government land’ at dirt cheap prices. That is, until the law caught up with him.

Mohd SUBHAN mohd.s@postnoon.com

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hankar Naik, 58, used to be a dogooder initially and vociferously argued for the ‘poor’. He won people’s trust with his pro-poor stance and some community work. However, of late his aim was to get rich and he is now charged with wilfully appropriating a swathe of private land in Adipatla village

of Ibrahimpatnam. He allegedly ‘alloted’ what was purpotedly government land to the poor for a dirt cheap price, in the process raking in `5 crore. However, when the scam came to light he fled the scene, but was recently traced with his alleged conspirators and was arrested. Explaining the sensational issue, ACP Ibrahimpatnam, V Surender Reddy said, in all five people including Naik have been arraigned for what he described an unprecedented case where a large area, admeasuring 11 acres, of private land has been annexed. The ACP said that the strategy was interesting. Naik, as a pro-poor man had been arguing that government land ought to be allotted to the downtrodden at a throwaway price. This was welcomed by all, though none knew what was on his mind. Recently he ganged up with one Rajgopal, Amrutamma, Balaji and one other person, hatching a plot to sell the 11 acre land divided into small plots to peo-

LAW

Treat wives’ deaths in in-laws home as homicide Procedural delays and tagging suicides as mysterious deaths were helping in-laws get away.

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he Mahila Ikya Vedika, at a round table conference on ‘Women and Suicides’ organised at Ravindra Bharathi, here on Sunday, wanted the judiciary to consider women’s suicides in in-laws’ homes as culpable homicide cases instead of mysterious deaths that usually gives a long leeway to in-laws to escape the noose. It has also appealed to the women to be brave and fight the oppressors instead of committing suicide. The Vedika has appealed to the judiciary to set up more number of women helplines, protection cells, counselling centers, fast track family courts in remote villages and mandals where such incidents were being

hushed up. Dr Tripurana Venkata Ratnam, former minister and convenor, Mahila Vedika, believes that marital cases must be solved by the district judges early. The cases registered

under 498-A were taking long time with frequent adjournments. Besides, the police were also taking a couple of years to file charge-sheets in such cases, she bemoaned. She pointed out that even if the victim (house-wife) files a complaint with the police under Section 498-A against the husband and others, ultimately she is forced to withdraw the complaint due to the timeconsuming process. She felt that the complainants as well as the accused were being put to hardship in terms of time, money and patience. She appealed to the judiciary to bring about reforms in the system to prevent procedural delays which compound such problems. NSS

ple at `50,000 to `1 lakh each. It is said nearly 500 people had been drafted and money taken. The land was ‘alloted’ within a matter of an hour with the promise that patta would be given to them soon. However, the owner of the land was alerted and the cat was out of the bag. A case of cheating was registered with the Ibrahimpatnam police and probe began.

Investigations revealed another startling fact. Naik had on his name many other cheating cases registered with Saidabad and other police stations. The police failure to nail him properly had led to this massive cheating, admitted Reddy. It is as yet not known if Naik knew it was a private land or he truly believed that it belonged to the government.


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TRANSPORT

LAST YEAR... HERE

Playing havoc with life

Support for common test

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ast year we had reported how the Lok Satta party State working president DVVS Varma had welcomed the decision to implement NEET (National Engineering and Eligiblity Test for undergraduate admissions. It aims to provide everyone with an equal platform. Time will only tell whether it works out as planned as students prepare for the first ever NEET exam.

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NUMEROLOGY

`38.91

crore is the estimate for the upcoming flyover to connect Gachibowli and Mehdipatnam. The flyover is set to be launched by 2013.The flyover is facing the problem of a temple in its path.

Constant protein supplements will cause extra burden to the kidneys which excretes nitrogenous waste. Overburdening kidneys will lead to its dysfunction. Dr Sunita, nutritionist See page 7

THINGS WE 5LEARNT TODAY The column that teaches everyone something new about the way the City functions.

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Relief for illegal immigrants in the Gulf. The State government has promised to take steps in order to help illegal immigrants return home.

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‘Robin hood’ has a change of heart? A man who was always known to work for the welfare of the poor has now come under the police radar after a land scam was discovered.

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Flyover faces ‘religious obstructions.’ The Gachibowli-Mehdipatnam flyover is expected to be a unique flyover in design, thanks to a temple that comes in between. The flyover will come up by 2013.

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A case of modern name, not so modern facilities. The Modern Maternity Hospital in Petlaburj suffers from managerial apathy and unhygienic conditions.

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Awareness needed to prevent misuse of steroids. Taking cue from the almost perfect physiques of their cine heroes, the youth are taking steroids without understanding its effect.

Riding with a deafening noise is common among young adventurers who get a thrill by illegally modifying vehicles for sound effects. PIC FOR REPRESENTATION ONLY

RAHUL RAMAKRISHNA rahul.r@postnoon.com

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part from violating the law, modified vehicles add to the traffic-noise pollution. The common trend in cars and two-wheelers is to replace the silencers with aftermarket mufflers, for a range of sound effects. While some silencers are removed to enhance engine performance, most of the modified silencers are done plainly for the fancy. While Hyderabad’s markets are yet to catch up to meet the needs of youngsters bent upon modifying their vehicles, most of these aftermarket spare parts like silencers, LED embedded fenders, modified taillights are brought in from Bangalore. Only a few car accessory shops in the Rasoolpura area cater to the demands of the vehicle modifying crowd in the City. “The highest demand is for exhaust chambers, mufflers, resonators. Chrome-plated, Chinese manufactured silencers sell the most although we get a lot of customers asking for aftermarket spare parts from reputed car manufacturers. Sometimes, we help our customers modify their mufflers manually without replacing it with other mufflers available in the market,” says a manager of a car accessory showroom on Minister Road, Begumpet. However, people are unaware of the danger of modifying their vehicles, especially if they try to do it themselves. Numerous websites and blogs have put up instructions and videos as to how to modify a vehicle to get one’s desired sound. “People think that removing the muffler kit and drilling holes in it will make the bike sound

CAMPAIGN cooler. But what they do not know is that the muffler system helps expel corrosive and poisonous gases, apart from lowering the loud noise of combustion and pressure pulses in the vehicle. If a vehicle’s exhaust system develops a leak, the driver will not be able to notice the dangerous emissions and poisonous gases diffusing into the car and its surroundings,” says Bhaskar Rao automotive engineer and design specialist. Further modifications made to enhance the vehicle’s performance are installing a turbocharger or supercharger. “They allow more air to run through the engine, through each cycle by pressurising the air entry in the cylinders. This makes the car run faster and

develop an aggressive pickup. Such modifications should be done with the consent of the car’s manufacturers who will be able to help the person in the right way,” says Bhaskar. It must be noted that all engine modifications lead to improper combustion after due time and produce more exhaust gas and smoke. It is of no surprise that the RTA approved pollution check vehicles lag way behind in properly gauging the vehicular emissions, especially those of modified vehicles (during a pollution check, the date of manufacture and type of vehicle is corroborated with the Bharat Stage emissions of that year. This means, a 1989 manufactured vehicle does not follow the Bharat Stage 4 emission

rules present today, which is where the problem of pollution checking begins.) It must be noted that modifying one’s vehicle is a violation of the Central Motor Vehicles Act. As is the caseusually, the Traffic Police and the RTA play the blame game, although they do admit that there has been no drive against checking vehicle modifications. “The number is low if you consider the total vehicle population in the City. However, in this City most of the rules stay in the rule book as the public is ready to raise a hue and cry if any law enforcement takes place,” says AV Srinivas, admin inspector of the traffic police. The RTA, to date, has not conducted any drive to check for vehicular modifications.

NEWS BRIEFS Boxing Championship from October 30

Gambling den raided in Film Nagar

‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ to be held

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he 59th National Senior Boxing Championships will begin from October 30 in LB Stadium. The event will see 350 boxers from 36 teams, along with 72 coaches taking part in this competition. Ninety ring officials from Indian Boxing Federation will be supervising the event. The CM has allocated `50 lakhs for this event.

gambling den near Film Nagar, Jubilee Hills was raided by the task force team of the City Police. They apprehended eight people from the spot and seized `2.91 lakhs from their possession. G Upender Reddy who earlier worked for Elite Club started organising gambling in his house. The police also seized six mobiles.

s per the directions of the Central Vigilance Commission, the South Central Railway will observe Vigilance Awareness Week from October 29 till November 3. The theme is ‘Transparency in Public Procurement’. The SCR Vigilance Branch will organise several programmes. Employees will be taking an integrity pledge on October 29.

edia professionals from Telangana region will hold ‘Kalam Kavathu’ (Pen March) protesting against the State government for its discriminatory attitude shown at CoP. Professor M Kodandaram, Telangana JAC chairman has extended his support for the march to be conducted on October 30.


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IMMIGRATION

State to bring immigrants home The government plans to initiate the process of bringing illegal immigrants, who are languishing in jails in the Middle East, back to AP. FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY

INKESHAF AHMED ahmed.m@postnoon.com

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ere’s some good news for the families of AP natives who are languishing in jails in the Middle East. The State government is planning to spend its own money to bring the immigrants back home. According to a rough estimate, thousands of immigrants from districts like Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad and Medak are stranded in the Gulf after being duped by fraudulent agents and middlemen in the name of employment. Many are in prison on charges of illegal entry and stay in countries like Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. Most are the sole breadwinners in their family. Speaking to Postnoon, legislative and NRI affairs minister D Sridhar Babu said that the State government is wait-

In 2008, the State government brought back 1,200 AP immigrants by arranging special flights. ing for these countries to grant amnesty to the illegal immigrants. “What we want is that the respective Gulf countries should declare amnesty for the immigrants from the State. Once they do this, we will initiate the process of bringing them back to Andhra Pradesh,” he said. In a similar attempt in 2008, the ruling Congress government in the State had brought back around 1,200 AP immigrants by arranging special flights from their host countries. According to Babu, the State has started coordinating with Gulf-based Indian government embassies to explore the possibility of securing amnesty for the

immigrants at the earliest. The NRI affairs minister reiterated that the State government is committed to protecting the lives of the AP immigrants. “We will not compromise on the safety of our own people. We will take all the necessary steps to ensure their safe return to the State. We have already done it earlier,” he added.

CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL AGENTS The State is also targeting fake overseas visa consultants and agents who are duping thousands of people by luring them with attractive job offers in Gulf countries and providing fake visas and documents. The minister announced that the State government is cracking down on these illegal agents to prevent the menace of illegal immigration to the Gulf. He appealed to the public to not fall prey to these agents and exercise caution.


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CIVIC

Park land falls prey to thugs Though the space was alloted for a park, anti-social elements are misusing the area, and are even hampering the GHMC’s development work here. DEEPAK DESHPANDE

Md NIZAMUDDIN nizamuddin.a@postnoon.com

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n an instance of utter neglect by the GHMC towards the properties it owns, a piece of land in East Marredpally meant for a park is slowly falling into the hands of thugs. Fearing backlash, the residents have kept mum and do not wish to raise their voices. Worse still, officials

Nearly 2,000 sq yards of land was alloted as park space by the MCH, but only half the space could be transformed into a park. who recently turned their focus on the land are now threatened to stop all kinds of developmental activity at the site. Nearly 2,000 sq yards of land was alloted as park space by the then MCH, but only half the actual space could be transformed into a park named Tagore Home Park. And that too due to the efforts of residents, who fought for it and pursued the matter with the officials. But unfortunately, nearly 900 sq

yards was left untouched for years, providing ample scope for thugs to gauge their fortune. The land has slowly turned into a hub for anti-social elements who while away their time here. The space is also used as a parking spot for educational institutions in the area. Interestingly, a parking fee is also collected though unofficially. The most striking factor that came to light recently was the treatment meted out to one of

the deputy executive engineers of North Zone upon his visit. While the DEE was on duty to fence the area, he was categorically asked to halt all kinds of activity on the plot. The reason cited was a court case the person won against GHMC. However, he was not able to produce any papers to prove his stance. “Let him show papers, we shall stop government intervention,” fumed a resident. It is believed that many such

spaces meant for parks have slowly fallen into the hands of land sharks. One of the reasons is the fact that the Town Planning Wing of the GHMC is too busy providing building permissions. It is this wing that holds all the layout maps and relevant files of government lands. While the Estates Wing is ready to take up the task, the officials of the wing do not have the relevant files. “I shall initiate some serious action, if such

cases comes to me. But what can I do, when files rest with the town planning wing?” asks a senior official in Estates. While the additional commissioner (Parks), Chandramohan Reddy expressed his ignorance about the recent developments in the North Zone, he assured to take action. “I shall be taking up the matter with zonal officials. If possible I will personally visit the place,” he said.

HEALTH

You’ve to pay to get your baby?

Corruption and unhygienic conditions plague the Modern Maternity Hospital in Petlaburj.

M ANIL KUMAR

M NAZIMUDDIN md.nazim@postnoon.com

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he name is Modern Maternity Hospital but the condition of the hospital is pathetic. The Petlaburj Modern Maternity Government Hospital, with a 462-bed capacity, is one of the biggest hospitals boasting of the latest technological equipment and quality services in the City. However, the reality seems different. The hospital suffers from managerial apathy and unhygienic conditions in the premises like rotting garbage strewn around. In fact, don’t be surprised when you see stray dogs sniffing around the kitchen. If questioned, the managers would evince surprise at your ‘insensitivity’ towards the poor animals! If a patient needs a bed it is the attender who steps in and arranges it with the sanitation staff. But be prepared to shell out an amount ranging

from `500 to `1,000. It was also learnt that most of the times patients have to bring tests (medical reports) from other diagnostic centres; it seems to be an understanding between the hospital management and diagnostics centres. Talking to Postnoon, K Ramaiah, an attender, said, “It’s common practice to see security guards demanding money to provide access to the hospital. Greasing palms of security and sanitation staff is the order here.” He says often quarrels and violence take place between irate visitors and the security. V Lakshmi, another attender, alleges, “If a lady gives birth to a boy, the nursing staff demands `1,000 to hand over the baby to the mother, and for girls the rate is `500. If not paid, the babies are kept away till the parents relent.” When contacted, the RMO said that since she had only recently joined she was not in a position to comment on the hospital’s situation.


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TRANSPORT

HEALTH

Suspend CV Anand, says auto association

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elangana Auto Drivers’ Joint Action Committee has demanded that the State government suspend additional City police commissioner (traffic) CV Anand immediately for

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enforcing anti-auto drivers’ programmes in the City. JAC convener Mohd Amanullah Khan demanded that the State government should not allow “sharing autos” to ply on the roads. He wanted the government to withdraw the ‘e-Challan’ system and allot land for auto parking in the City. He alleged that Anand was neglecting to allot auto parking places. He also alleged that Anand has failed to take action against traffic violators but the police were imposing heavy fines on poor auto drivers. He also threatened to launch mass dharna on October 31 at Indira Park if the government failed to take action against CV Anand. NSS

HOME APPLIANCES

Rampant steroid use threatens youth Unbeknown to parents and trainers, youth eager to become like their screen heroes, pop steroid-laced pills without much thought.

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ure of lucre is playing havoc with the figurecrazy young generation. Most City medical stores are selling to the youth, steroidrich enhancers that tend to give a temporary surge of energy but cause incalculable harm afterwards. The tragedy is that nobody checks, nobody cares. Body builders are the main culprits who by ignorance or by design mislead the young with these steroid laced-drugs. A reality check conducted by Postnoon reveals that many anabolic steroids are easily available though they are labelled under schedule H drugs by the Drug Control Administration that prohibits sale without a prescription. These drugs and many similar ones are synthetic androgens with higher anabolic and androgenic activity which lead to renal dysfunction or kidney failure as they raise retention level of nitrogen, calcium, sodium, potassium and phosphate , which in turn lead to weight gain but damn the sieve of the body —kidneys. What is more, they are cheap too. A strip of tablets (10) could be bought for a paltry `2.

Overburdening the kidneys will lead to its dysfunction (renal failure) in which kidneys leak protein through urine and in some cases leads to kidney malfunction. Dr Sunita dietician Steroids are banned worldwide except for medical reasons. The biggest misuse of this was done by athletes. This, along with dope, is a cause of concern for the sports world. One of the many chemists and druggists Postnoon checked with said that most of the young customers are demanding those kind of tablets. “If we refuse, they approach the next shop and get it. Thus, we lose customers,”they say. Another chemist said he was aware of its Schedule H status but many palliatives and sedatives are sold over-the-counter. Some shop owners were either not aware of the harm they

caused or did not care; it was difficult to make which. They however, agree that most of these are used by people frequenting gyms. Dr Sunita, a dietician, Yashoda Hospital, said, “Constant protein supplement will cause extra burden on the kidneys which excretes nitrogenous waste. Overburdening kidneys will lead to its dysfunction (renal failure) in which kidneys leak protein through urine and in some cases leads to malfunction.” Syed Mahboob Ali, a trainer at a gym in Secunderabad said that steroid supplement allows gym trainers to gain confidence of trainees with temporary benefits but it could damage life. “Most of the instructors don't even know that the usage of such drugs or injections lead to incalculable harm,”he said Dr S Ahmed, an orthopaedic at Osmania General Hospital said that women taking regular steroids might end up sterile and also suffer from arthritis. General physicians too warn of ill-effects of steroids such as oedema, hepatic carcinoma, precocious puberty, rashes and obesity. Steroids have medical use, and when properly prescribed, it is essential for treating certain illness but its indiscriminate use is very harmful, they say.


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CIVIC

Toli Chowki to get new flyover The flyover would be unique because it has to accommodate a temple in the middle of the stretch. Md NIZAMUDDIN nizamuddin.a@postnoon.com

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he GHMC is planning a flyover at Toli Chowki by 2013 to tackle the traffic snarls on the Mehdipatnam-Gachibowli stretch. With an estimated cost of `38.91 crore, the project will start soon as several properties have already been acquired on the more than half a kilometer stretch. The temple in the middle of the stretch poses another problem. According to the project engineers, as the radius of the temple is 22m, a minimum of 64m width will be required at the junction to circumvent the structure. This will make the flyover a unique structure in the City. The GHMC has to acquire at least 25 to 30 properties more to start the work, which will be completed in a year or so, depending on the time acquisition would take. “As this also means road widening, we shall be clearing some of the proper-

ties along the 300m stretch on east and west sides,” said one of the project engineers. After Gachibowli transformed into an IT hub in the City,

the Mumbai Highway has seen a manifold increase in the number of vehicles. For motorists coming from the east and southern parts of the City, this road is the best

route to get to Gachibowli. With increased traffic, the Toli Chowki junction, along with other connecting roads from Hakeempet and Seven Tombs road, have

ANALYSIS

CONFERENCE

T appeased in reshuffle Is there more to the recent Union Cabinet rejig than meets the eye?

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here seems to be more to it than meets the eye in AP getting five more berths in the Central Cabinet after Sunday’s major rejig ventured by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ostensibly to rejuvenate the Congress and prepare it for the major electoral battle in 2014. After the reshuffle, the strength of ministers from the State in the Union Cabinet has gone up to 10, the highest representation for any state. Though unflinching loyalty and non-controversial are factors being proclaimed as a yardstick for rewarding the ministerial berths to five new faces from the State, the Congress high command seems to be sending a discreet message that it was not in a hurry to take a final call on the separate Telangana state issue. Some claim the Telangana issue has been compromised in return for the “jackpot” gifted to the State in the form of ministerial berths. AICC chief Sonia Gandhi has played a master stroke to contain the raging Telangana cauldron by ensuring that two MPs from the region — P Balram Naik and Sarve Satya-

become difficult for the traffic police to control. This made the authorities consider the option of constructing a flyover to ensure a smooth ride for motorists going to and from Gachibowli. The proposed project recently got the nod and has been given priority by the higher authorities. However, many of the businesses in the area are not aware of the project, which promises to come up in the short span of a year. “I have seen GHMC officials at Galaxy theatre; they were never here,” says a businessman, Ali Mohiuddin, whose shop is situated at the crossroads. Similar was the response from a businessman from the other side of the road, but he was aware that he would be losing a portion of his building one day. “If it is true, then we will have to lose 20 feet, as was told to us two years ago,” says Aziz of Maharaja sweets. The businessmen seem conflicted about the road widening issue, as it might bring new business but may displace them.

narayana — are inducted in the Union Cabinet. In offering the ministerial posts to the two Telangana MPs belonging to the ST and SC communities respectively, she also silences MPs from the region from protesting or revolting, as they would be seen as anti-backward classes. It will not be out of place to mention here that both Balram Naik and

Sarve Satyanarayana, though they had joined the Telangana agitation with other MPs, had later distanced themselves from the movement and had even attended Parliament while the others boycotted. Thus, the two seem to have been rewarded for remaining neutral on the issue by not crossing swords with the Central leadership of the party. NSS

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two-day Global Conference on Environment and CSR with the theme “Managing Natural Resources & Wastes for Sustainable Environment” will be held in Hyderabad from today. The meet is supported by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, and the Union ministry of corporate affairs. Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee, IAS, director-general and CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, ministry of corporate affairs, and Satrucharla Vijaya Rama Raju, minister for forests, environment, science & technology, will address the conference. The conference will provide guidance based on Best Practices and Experiences for developing and implementing best strategies on the theme, said Kamaleshwar Sharan, president of Greentech Foundation, which is organising the meet. The conference aims to deliver informational and perspective emphasis on environment management and CSR, he added. Some of the topics at the conference include treatment and minimisation of waste water; managing natural resources for sustainable environment in oil industry; pollution prevention and control in petroleum refinery and challenges in CSR implementation. Some 300 environmentalists and CSR professionals from all over India are expected to take part in the meet. NSS


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Business

SINOPEC PROFIT FALLS

Chinese oil giant Sinopec said that third-quarter net profit fell 9.4 per cent from a year earlier. Sinopec reported a net profit of 18.33 billion yuan ($2.9 billion) for the three months ended September 30, down from 20.22 billion yuan in the same period last year.

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Gone are the days of outlets, where people used to queue up. Music stores have been reducing their carpet area and some are shutting shop. PRUDHVI RAJU K prudhvi.k@postnoon.com

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ny technology which creates opportunities for the industry may turn disruptive at times. There is a paradigm shift in media and entertainment industry due to digitisation. Many accolades for it, be it for cutting down production costs or for opening new distribution platforms. On the flip side, digitisation in music industry has not only brought down the music sales but is also deteriorating the music quality. Surprisingly, the MP3 song listener could only hear from 5 per cent of the data from what is recorded at the studio. Audio CDs are better to an extent, where listener would get 15 per cent of the data of what was recorded at the studio. But, the format of audio CDs may soon vanish from the industry after due to growing demand of MP3s in the form of legal and illegal downloads. Gone are the days of physical music outlets, where people used to queue to buy CDs. Many music stores have been

reducing their carpet area and some are closing their outlets. A true music listener is finding it hard to get his favourite audio CD from a nearby store. Sadly, even record labels are also promoting MP3 CDs which can accommodate huge number of songs in a single CD, badly affecting the quality of music. Adding to this, there is also trend of online MP3 store and streaming music culture which would make quality music a distant dream for a listener. “This disruptive trend is spread across different music industries. However, Bollywood or western music lover can get high resolution formats for popular music — DVD Audio, SACD and Vinyl. For a vernacu-

Return on investment from platforms n Audio rights cost for a major star: Up to `1 crore n Audio CD sales: 10 per cent n Mobile caller tunes and ring tones: 50 per cent n Online streaming, YouTube, Radio: 10 percent n Over the time from different platforms: 30 per cent

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lar music lover, getting a high resolution audio is almost impossible as the record labels are not releasing music in any of these formats,” said G Bobby, CEO, The Audio People, Hyderabad. “It is true that quality of music has fallen over years. There are very few genuine music lovers, who buy CDs from the stores. The audio sales are mostly driven by the star cast (hero) and sometimes a combination of a star with a composer. Around three years ago, record labels used to release three lakh copies (audio CDs) for a major star, which has now come to 15,000 copies. For small films, the numbers have fallen to 1,000 CDs, compared to

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10,000 CDs three years ago. Unfortunately, the CD format is being eclipsed by MP3 and online music. At times, it is being difficult to sell 2,000 copies of a decent film audio. “The mobile revenue, which takes 50 per cent of overall revenues in the form of caller tunes and ring tones also have fallen drastically by around 30 per cent over the last year with the aging of mobile caller tune technology. Earlier, there was a trend where people used to regularly change caller tunes or ring tones and showed their interest, but now the interest is withering with the time,” says Madhura Sreedhar, filmmaker and also a founder of leading record company, Madhura Audio. He adds, “However, there is always life for quality and soulful music. A good song will bring lifelong returns for the record label in terms of mobile or radio broadcasting. Growing trend of music streaming will further add to it, where in the more number of times the song is streamed, the better the revenues are for the record company. Over time, the piracy will be eradicated and the trend on legal MP3 downloads from stores will see a huge growth. Any record company with huge catalogue will emerge as a winner in long run with this opportunity.” The online sales have become a ray of hope for the industry to bounce back and make revenues. However, the online music trend is enabling a customer to get carried away with the comfort of downloading rather than buying quality music.

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International auditors will demand Greece carry out a further 150 reforms to its recession-battered economy and suggest holders of Greek debt take a further hit, German newsweekly Spiegel reported. Citing an interim version of the findings of the troika of creditors, Spiegel said Athens would get an extra two years to carry out the reforms in its programme but this delay would cost billions of euros. Greece has completed 60 per cent of the reforms already demanded of it, the report says, according to Spiegel. A further 20 per cent are being debated by the Greek government, while the rest are outstanding. Among the additional reforms demanded are a loosening of the hiring-and-firing laws, changes to the minimum-wage rules and a lifting of certain professional privileges, Spiegel said.

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ALEAP EXHIBITION As part of its objective to connect the manufacturer to consumer, VIPANI, the marketing wing of Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of AP, is organising an exhibition-cum-sale. The 'Product India Exhibition 2012' will be held at Kalinga Function Hall, Road No 12, Banjara Hills from November 2 to November 4.This exhibition aims to promote 100 women entrepreneurs from across AP. "We request women entrepreneurs to contact ALEAP for stall queries. The consumers can avail this opportunity to get products directly from the manufacturers at reasonable prices. Garments, fashion jewellery, handicrafts, food products, jute and paper products and solar equipment will be exhibited,” said Rama Devi, president, ALEAP.

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ANTI-CORRUPTION MOVEMENT

‘I didn’t know Vadra was India’s son-in-law’

Campaigns against graft are hardly new in India — a country where corruption is a part of daily life for everything from getting a driving licence to a house. ABHAYA SRIVASTAVA feedback@postnoon.com

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rvind Kejriwal chuckles as he considers how his all-out assault on corruption has united India’s political elite in outrage. “All politicians are part of a ruling fraternity, there is no opposition in this country,” says Kejriwal in an interview with AFP. “They are all hand-in-glove, they share a nice, cosy relationship behind the curtains.” Campaigns against graft are hardly new in India — a country where corruption is a part of daily life for everything from getting a driving licence to a house. But with his targets ranging from government ministers to senior opposition figures and even the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty, Kejriwal has managed to alarm a cross-section of the ruling class as the media laps up his accusations. And while Kejriwal argues it is up to the people to decide whether to join him in purging the establishment, criticism is growing at his tactics as observers worry about erosion of trust in politicians in the world’s biggest democracy. Kejriwal first came to national prominence last year, serving as the chief lieutenant to veteran anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare during the latter’s 12-day hunger strike. But while Hazare has since stepped away from the national headlines, his protege has soldiered on and now plans to lead his own political party in a general election due to be held in 2014. Speaking at his headquarters on the outskirts of New Delhi, Kejriwal said corruption had eaten into the very core of the

establishment and that he wanted to challenge the sense of helplessness among voters. “We have started a process of cleansing the political system. Let the people decide whether they want to be a part of this new system,” said the 44-year-old who hails from Haryana, the capital’s neighbour. “There was a huge amount of cynicism. Earlier when I met people they said they had lost all hope, that nothing would ever change in this country. But now they say our movement has given them fresh hope.” If Hazare’s campaign tapped into a generalised sense of anger and frustration against poli-

All politicians are part of a ruling fraternity, there is no opposition. They all share a nice, cosy relationship behind the curtains. Arvinf Kejriwal Anti-graft activist

tics as a whole, Kejriwal has captured headlines with his choice of highprofile targets. Salman Khurshid, then law minister and senior member of the ruling Congress, has been accused of misappropriating funds from an NGO that he runs. Nitin Gadkari, president of the main Opposition BJP, is facing an official inquiry over claims about the financing for his business. And even more controversially, Kejriwal has accused Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of India’s most powerful politician Sonia Gandhi, of unfairly benefiting from business deals with a property developer. Prime Minister Manmhohan Singh’s government has been embarrassed by a series of corruption scandals, including over the sale of second-generation (2G) telecoms licences and of coal mining tenders at far below their commercial value. Kejriwal has been accused in some quarters of acting as a judge and jury and acting irresponsibly with his naming and shaming tactics. “If every second day you come up with new allegations, then the

common man gets confused, he starts losing interest,” Sanjay Kumar, a fellow at the New Delhibased Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, told AFP. “It would be better if he follows up one issue for some time before jumping on to another. He seems to be in a hurry.” Khurshid has compared Kejriwal to an ant who is trying to destroy an elephant, referring to the Congress. “This is a pipe-dream that some people have, that if they destroy everything that exists, parties that exist with long years of history in a frenzy of unreasonable and senseless attack, those parties will disappear and the field will be clear for them,” he told the Press Trust of India. But Kejriwal, a

Kejriwal has been accused in some quarters of acting as a judge and jury and acting irresponsibly with his naming and shaming tactics. diminutive and bespectacled former civil servant, says the backlash vindicates his campaign. “These politicians are rattled and baffled, they are desperate,” he said. “When we exposed Vadra, everyone rushed to his defence. Even the Congress rivals stood up to defend him. I thought he was the son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi, I didn’t know he was the son-inlaw of the whole country.” His primary motive, he insists, is not to expose individuals but the entire political system in the country where an “unholy nexus exists between the ruling party

and the opposition”. “We have done our job, the media took it up, everyone is coming forward. We are happy we have started the process.” As he speaks in his cramped offices, his in-tray steadily mounts as assistants bring in requests from

farmers, small businessmen and even corporate firms to take up the anti-corruption cudgels on their behalf. “People were earlier scared to come forward,” said Kejriwal. “At least our movement has given them the courage to speak up.” AFP


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18 FISHERMEN MISSING OFF CHENNAI

Visakhapatnam weather bureau has issued an alert to AP and Tamil Nadu over a depression that has formed in the Bay of Bengal. It has been reported that 18 fishermen have been missing off the coast of Chennai.

FISCAL CONSOLIDATION

FINE-TUNING

Nod for Kelkar panel advice

IAF team trains on Pilatus PC -7 Mk II Basic Trainer Aircraft in Switzerland. These aircraft will be inducted PTI into the IAF in February 2013.

SOCIETY

Australians choose India over US for surrogacy MELBOURNE: Rising number of Australians are turning to India for surrogacy arrangements to fulfil their parenting dreams, according to a new study. India is being seen as a preferred destination for commercial surrogacy, followed by Thailand and the US, according to the study by Surrogacy Australia. The agency had found there were 200 recorded surrogacy births in India to Australian couples so far this year, compared to

Average cost of surrogacy in India is 77,000 Australian dollars, whereas it is more than double in the US. 179 in 2011, 86 in 2010 and 47 in 2009. The research included Australian government statistics, data collected from 14 large overseas

surrogacy agencies and a survey of 217 Australians. The survey of heterosexual and same-sex Australians who had considered or sought out surrogacy found many households were refinancing their homes to afford the thousands of dollars in agency and travel costs. The average cost of surrogacy in India was 77,000 Australian dollar while in the US it cost on average about 176,000 Australian dollar. PTI

NEW DELHI: The government has accepted recommendations of Kelkar Committee on fiscal consolidation and has decided to bring fiscal deficit to 5.3 per cent of the GDP in 2012-13, said Union finance minister P Chidambaram. “I am reviewing Direct Taxes Code, it will be introduced in Parliament,” he said. There will be a meeting on GST on November 8. The government expects current account deficit of $70.3 billion or 3.7 per cent of GDP in 2012-13, he said. “We are confident of raising `30,000 crore from disinvestment in current fiscal,” he added. Meanwhile, PM Manmohan Singh's new team got down to work on Monday with new min-

isters taking charge and old ones relinquishing responsibilities after a mega revamp of the council of ministers that saw 15 new faces and many key ministries changing hands. Jyotiraditya Scindia, who took over as power minister, described his new job as a "daunting" challenge but hoped that he would be able to perform his duties well. Oil minister M Veerappa Moily promised expeditious decision making as he set a target for more than tripling of oil consumption in the country to boost economic growth. He said he would soon bring out a roadmap for bringing consumption up to 6 barrels per person per year from the current level of 1.2 barrels.

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Curfew to be relaxed in Faizabad today

LUCKNOW: The massive fire that broke out in the JK Jute Mill in Kanpur in the early hours of Sunday was doused after a 12hour-long fire fighting operation. Property and material worth crores was gutted, though no one was injured as the mill was closed for a two-day break on account of Eid ul Azha and Sunday. At least 17 fire tenders fought the blaze for 12 hours before putting it out.

LUCKNOW: After four days of near peace, the district administration of Faizabad announced that the ongoing curfew in the district, which had witnessed communal clashes on Wednesday, would be relaxed for four hours between 10 am to 2 pm today. Violent communal clashes occurred as differences cropped up over the route to be taken by processions for the immersion of idols at the end of Durga Puja.

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The unlikely kingmakers Often overlooked in past elections, Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States. FALLS CHURCH: From the stall where he sells newspapers and scarves in the colors of the former South Vietnam, Tony Nguyen has been watching the tight US presidential election play out before his eyes. Representatives for President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney have been frequent visitors to the Vietnamese restaurants and beauty salons here in Washington’s Virginia suburbs, seeking what could be critical votes in a neck-and-neck race. “If the Vietnamese all vote for one candidate, it could make a very big difference in a close

swift rise from the 32 per cent who voted for fellow Democrat Bill Clinton when he was first elected in 1992. “This is a historic shift. The last time you’ve seen an immigrant group undergo such a major shift was among Jewish voters between the 1920s and 1940s” when they also rallied behind the Democrats, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside. Ramakrishnan is co-author of the National Asian American Survey, a poll of 3,034 adults that found that the community tilted heavily toward the Democrats.

state like Virginia,” Nguyen said over a table of community newspapers with headlines about the November 6 election. Often overlooked in past elections, Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States. They make up around five per cent of the US population but their numbers could surpass winning candidates’ margins of victory in battleground states such as Virginia, Nevada, Florida and Colorado. If trends prevail, Asian Americans will likely boost Obama. He won two-thirds of Asian American votes in 2008, a

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US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters in an overflow area during a rally at Celina Fieldhouse in Celina, Ohio, October 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO/EMMANUEL DUNAND

Stormy times for Obama, Romney WASHINGTON: Hurricane Sandy, bearing a dangerous “October Surprise,” shredded candidates’ endgame plans for next week’s toss-up US election Sunday, in a new test of nerve for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The US President and his Republican foe dumped planned rallies in swing states in the path of the monster storm, upending strategies months in the making designed to eke out every last vote a week from election day. “The storm will throw havoc into the race,” Democratic Virginia Senator Mark Warner told Fox News Sunday as coastal evacuations were ordered amidfears of floods and power cuts. As Sandy’s advance bands soaked Washington, Obama left for Florida to campaign with ex-president Bill Clinton Monday, but postponed events in Virginia, Ohio and Colorado to manage the storm back at the White House. Obama was taking no chances, stressing his concern was with Americans facing impending danger, and implicitly not his own political fate. “Obviously my first priority has to be to make sure that everything is in place for families, and prepared,” Obama told his team in Florida. “That’s going to be putting a little bit more burden on folks in the field, because I’m not going to be able to campaign quite as much in the next couple of days.”

The Tea Party is not over yet

BY MARC-ANTOINE BAUDOUX WOODBRIDGE: The Tea Party has been relatively quiet during the presidential election but supporters of the right-wing movement which burst on to the political scene three years ago say it has not gone away. “They say that the Tea Party is dead because we’re not probably as active out there with rallies,” said Nancy Schiffman, 75, president of the Tea Party

Patriots in Prince William County in the southern state of Virginia. “Initially, when the Tea Party first started back in 2009, the rallies were the only way to express ourselves as a group,” Schiffman said. “Now (people) know who we are,” she said, and the Tea Party movement has become a force to be reckoned with. The loose coalition of conservative groups is unified by sever-

Just two years after Barack Obama’s historic 2008 election, Tea Party candidates enjoyed a wave of success in a 2010 midterm poll to present control of the House of Representatives to GOP.

al key principles: a desire for a radically reduced role for government, lower taxes, an end to deficit spending, and a scrupulous adherence to the US Constitution. Just two years after Democrat Barack Obama’s historic 2008 election, Tea Party candidates enjoyed a wave of success in a 2010 midterm election that handed control of the US House of Representatives to the Republican Party.

Schiffman said her Tea Party branch, which has around 700 members in Prince William County, has been lying low ahead of the November 6 contest for the White House between Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Instead, Schiffman and her husband Yale, 74, have been spending their time focusing on local elections, ballot initiatives within their state and education measures in the schools. AFP


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World 2 die, 25 hurt in Pak blast PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: The police say a bomb has exploded outside the shrine of a Sunni Muslim saint in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least two people. Police officer Zahid Ullah says 25 people were wounded in Sunday’s attack at the shrine of Kaka Sahib in the town of Nowshehra. Representative image. AP He says hundreds of devotees were present there at the time. There was no claim of responsibility but Pakistani militants have been blamed for previous similar attacks. The militants follow a strict Taliban-style version of Islam and they claim visiting shrines is not allowed.

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akistani police are searching for two youths suspected of shooting a teenage activist for girls’ education and the man they believe drove them to the scene, the country’s interior minister said Sunday. “The guys who actually made this assassination attempt, they were two young boys,” Rehman Malik said. But he said they were brought to Malala Yousufzai’s hometown of Swat by Atta Ullah Khan, a 23-year-old man identified by police as their primary suspect. Malik said one of the youths distracted the driver of the car that carried Malala, while the other asked a bystander to identify her.

BRITISH POLICE BUSY WITH PETTY FACEBOOK FIGHTS Policemen in Britain are being required to handle petty squabbles on Facebook, Twitter and other social network sites on daily basis when they could be tackling more serious crimes, the Daily Mail reported. According to officers, they are wasting valuable time and resources tackling internet users directing abuse at each other.

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A Muslim Rohingya woman sits with her children in her temporary shelter at a village in Minpyar in Rakhine state on Monday. Homeless people fled to packed camps or clustered near their charred houses in western Myanmar Sunday, amid ongoing unrest that the UN said displaced 26,500 from mainly Muslim communities. AFP/SOE THAN WIN

SYRIAN CRISIS

Xinjiang militants off to Syria to join ‘jihad’ BEIJING: Some of the hardcore Islamic militants from China’s troubled Xinjiang province, bordering Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), are heading to Syria and linking up with organisations like al-Qaeda to fight against the Syrian government, a media report said today. “Leaders from “East Turkestan” terror organisations have organised for members to head for Syria to participate in their quest for jihad,” state-run Global Times quoted Chinese anti-terrorism authorities as saying. The organisations include the East Turkestan Islamic

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“Leaders from “East Turkestan” terror organisations have organised for members to head for Syria for jihad. Movement (ETIM) and the East Turkestan Education and Solidarity Association (ETESA) that push for “independence” for China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where Uyghur Muslims of Turkic-origin opposed settlements of

Hans. Since May, ETIM and ETESA members have been going to Syria and linking up with organisations like alQaeda to fight against the Syrian government, the report said. “ETIM is being helped by alQaeda and they are collecting funds through drug and gun trafficking, kidnapping and robbery. ETIM selected and recruited separatists, criminals and terrorists who fled from Xinjiang to receive secret terrorism training,” an official from the anti-terrorism said. AGENCIES

NEWS BRIEFS Samoan 8-year-old shoots dead cousin, 5

Egypt’s Copts choose new pope

7 Gaza rockets hit Israel after raid kills militant

China protest city wary of chemical plant victory

WELLINGTON: A five-year-old New Zealand boy was shot dead by his eight-year-old cousin in Samoa as they tussled over a rifle during a hunting trip, it was reported Monday. The Samoa Observer said the the boy was visiting Samoa for a religious festival when his uncle took him and his cousin on a pigeon shooting expedition.

CAIRO: Egypt’s Coptic Christians vote on Monday for a new leader to succeed Pope Shenuda III, who died in March leaving behind a community anxious about its status under an Islamist-led government. The death of Shenuda, who headed the church for four decades, set in motion the process to elect a new patriarch to lead the community.

GAZA CITY, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Seven rockets

NINGBO: Residents of an eastern Chinese city who have been protesting over a new chemical plant reacted warily on Monday to news the project would be halted, with some continuing to demonstrate. Authorities in Ningbo city said late Sunday that work on the 55.9-billion-yuan ($8.9-billion) plant would be called off after protests.

fired from Gaza crashed into southern Israel on Sunday without harming anyone, police said, hours after an Israeli air strike killed a Hamas militant. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP two rockets fell in open areas within the Eshkol district.

Former glam rocker Gary Glitter has been released on bail after being arrested Sunday by police investigating sexual abuse allegations against the late British TV star Jimmy Savile that have plunged the BBC into crisis. The 1970s pop star will appear before officers in mid-December as part of the investigation police have termed “Savile and others”. Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, is the first person arrested in this investigation.

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HOLLANDE TALKS DEBT French President Francois Hollande holds talks on Monday with the heads of the World Bank and other top economic bodies to discuss the eurozone debt crisis and ways to kickstart growth. The meeting will start at 11:00 am (1000 GMT) at the Paris headquarters of the OECD and will be followed by a working lunch and a press conference, the Elysee presidential office said. An official told AFP that Hollande had called the meeting “to discuss international economic issues and economic and social recovery ... to spur growth, jobs and competitiveness”.

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Comment One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

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he Jimmy Savile crisis has already shamed and shaken the foundations of the venerable BBC. It may also cost the New York Times CEO Mark Thompson his job. Thompson was head of the BBC when he shelved the investigative report detailing the late Savile’s sex offences on children during his decades when he worked for the Corporation. But the truth emerged, as it always does, that Savile may have abused nearly 300 children. Yesterday, convicted sex offender Gary Glitter was arrested after police investigating the Savile case, found evidence that could incriminate the fallen rock star. That so many of Britain’s ageing male icons may be involved in a scandalous, systematic, and downright criminal abuse of children in the 60s and 70s has shredded the veil that has kept these incidents hidden for so long, and shocked a nation. In India we far too often look away from incidents of child abuse that often happen in our vicinity. A psychologist once told me that she was often shocked by the number of cases of child sexual abuse that emerge from middleclass homes. Most often the offender is a relative and the event(s) are hushed up by the parents lest they taint the family name. Those who cover up incidents of sexual abuse are as culpable of the horrific crime as those who perpetrate it, and the full weight of the law must be brought to bear on them as well. For too long have we ignored the scream of our children, we must hear them now, or else the Saviles in our midst will go unpunished.

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HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS There can be no words to describe the wonder that is Messi. He just continues to delight the lovers of the most beautiful game. Not only he scored his crossed the 300-goal mark the other day, he displays an unslakable thirst to win. A true inspiration is Leo.

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oday, to know the popular barometer of opinion one has to rummage through the labyrinth of the Net. So, to take a quick uptake of the central reshuffle, I searched the omnipresent god and found out true feelings. The first question I noted was the one by name ‘Bheema’ asked: How come all the scamsters that are in the news belong to the Opposition, especially the BJP? Are all Gandhi caps sanyasis?” Comments vary like this: The same government that acted with alacrity on the Purthi issue of BJP President Nitin Gadkari ran out within no time waving a ‘clean chit to Robert Vadra!’ What a governmental efficiency! This is despite the senior official stamping the land Vadra bought as illegal. Another who goes with a Net name ‘soporific’ says, “to get promoted in Congress cabinet U must do a scam!” What prompted him to say this was the promotion of Salman Khurshid as the external affairs minister. The man who remains to be cleared of the charge of forgery to corner funds meant for physically challenged got a

step up. What else you want to know about the Congress party that says it owns the legacy of Gandhi? A lot many comments, if impartially read by a just leadership of the ruling party, would log out with alarm and go in for a thorough private probe into the acts of many so called Netas whose honest curriculum vitae would shock the uninitiated. The ‘khiladi’ or the initiated would not be shocked. Dear old Shashi Tharoor is back because he kept his Twitter account thoroughly moderated by the ‘khiladis.’ He was an ‘Anadi’ when he held a ministerial berth in the Union Cabinet a couple of years ago. Many Netizens sneer at the ‘youth mantra’ which had been tried and thrown away as false. Earlier it was Rajiv Gandhi who tried the youth mantra and miserably failed and now it is his son Rahul who recites the youth mantra and say youth is the panacea for all ills. Ask Raja who was no less youth than the next one and he will tell you how far the youth is away from the ‘corrupt spectrum.’ Many are the questions and few answers, nay, no answers in fact. Inducting a lot of people from a state (for instance Andhra Pradesh) is again considered a respect for the State. Far from it. That all these Netas labour for themselves is proved

time and again beyond doubt. Making one mantri is not the cure for a region’s backwardness. “Telangana is not going to be fooled by the gimmick,” warns P N Satya, who probably must be a Telangana-ite. Whatever, the truth goes that corruption is not the monopoly of any party. Since this is established beyond doubt, zeroing in a particular party or an individual is selfdefeating. If anything, corruption should be treated a crime against the 30 crore who are still considered submerged. May the ruling UPA have a good sense on this count and act upon before the next general elections. This shutting of eyes to make darkness won’t do.

TAILEND It is as yet private but you can have it. A senior police officer of a southern state was informed of a corruption of a panchayat member who misappropriated Rs 2 lakh. The police officer chided the man who suggested action against the member by the ACB. Do you want to defame the panchayat? (It also happens to be his village) he asked his colleague who suggested ACB operation. “Let him do at least 20 Crore scam, man. Which media will take up a release saying ACB trapped a member for Rs 2 lakh bribery? It’s chicken feed.” Times have changed. Do you think the officer was wrong?

EDITORIALS The great grand reshuffle It’s payback time

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here can be nothing better than a cabinet reshuffle to divert the attention of the nation in times when the ruling front is riled with piles of allegations of mismanagement and corruption. The cabinet reshuffle that was effected on Sunday was nothing short of an eye wash. This was sorely needed by the UPA, for day after day emerge fresh allegations of corruption and other failures. And this sort of diversion is needed as the UPA need to turn a fresh leaf if it is to remain hopeful of its chances in the 2014 general elections. They say the sunny side of the whole event was the inclusion of more youth in the running of key wings of the government. This is also very important, as it has been the Congress’s perennial curse to fight criticism that the youth never get to properly participate in anything important and have to while away time till the veterans retire. Once again Rahul Gandhi has kept away from the Cabinet but made sure the young brigade got their due. But the fact of the matter is that if you don’t act against scamsters and forgers of signatures, all of this hue and cry amounts to nothing.

READERS’ VIEWS

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t would seem petty talking of revenge in sport. But as England is set to land today for the Test series in India, on the minds of Dhoni and co, there will be one word: revenge. Last year, the world cup honeymoon had ended very abruptly after our boys were served a royal 0-4 drubbing in the Test series in England. They were yet to recover when another one followed in the same proportion, but the venue had shifted to Australia. Well, the English will arrive shortly, the stage’s set: it’s payback time.

We invite you to write to us comments, suggestions, viewpoint or just about anything to feedback@postnoon.com or #1246, Level 3, Jubilee Casa, Road No 62, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad – 500 033 or even by way of a call on 4067 2222. Editor: Dean Williams


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campus

STAR PERFORMANCE

Mika Singh will be performing live in the City at People’s Plaza, Necklace Road on November 10 from 6pm to 9.30pm.

TENSION-FREE WORLD

CBIT

Steering clear of the race There are many parents out there who prefer schools that follow the Waldorf system of education to mainstream ones. We take a look at this system and find out what makes it click with young parents. AMY ROSE THOMAS amyrose.t@postnoon.com

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hile parents all over the world are pushing their children into the ultimate rat race — to become an engineer or a doctor — cognitive psychologist Karthi Subbaraman’s son lives in a world without exams and is learning life skills at his own pace. Karthi is not alone in her decision. There are other parents who have enrolled their children in Waldorf schools, thus opting for a tension-free life for their kids. Children with a more artistic bend of mind are often sidelined in traditional schools, but in a Waldorf school, the child is encouraged to study that subject, thus allowing the child to explore his or her talent.

Karthi, who moved to Hyderabad specifically for her child’s education, says, “I did a lot of research before narrowing on a Waldorf school. In the future, I want my child to be in a profession where his passion lies. I don’t want him to be a part of the rat race but if he grows up wanting to be an engineer, I would not stop him. Moreover, in a Waldorf school, a teacher is like a second mother for the child. She would be part of the faculty for seven years. And with 19-20 students in a class, she would be able to give the required individual attention to the child.” Critics of the system are of the opinion that students who are part of the Waldorf system of education find it difficult to cope when they enter the real world after Class X. A passout from one such school, who requested

Critics of the system are of the opinion that students find it difficult to cope when they enter the real world after Class X. anonymity, says, “Till my tenth class, everything was hunky dory. It was after passing out that I started to face trouble while preparing for the engineering entrance and my studies. When compared to students from other schools, I was illequipped to cope with the stress since I was not used to it,” she says. However, this system is a welcome change, especially in India where you are classified as a failure if you are not good at math or science. Most of the

times, those who take up professions other than engineering and medicine are those who have had their fights at home and had their share of tumultuous time convincing their ambitious parents. Very often, they realise their true calling after getting a degree in engineering or medicine. “The education system that persists in the country is hopeless. I used to despise studies just because I was not good at maths and physics and that was considered a cardinal sin at school. This in spite of me doing well in other subjects. I ended up with a job that pays as much as an IT professional and I am doing something that I love. So I am in favour of any system that encourages kids to take up other professions rather than the obvious two,” says media professional Kripa Saxena.

Applications open Applications are now open for the academic year 2012-2013 for MCA and MBA courses in Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology (CBIT). Application forms can be downloaded from www. cbit.ac.in. Filled-in applications along with non-refundable registration fee of `500 need to be submitted before October 30 by 4pm.

COLLEGE OF THE WEEK

JMC

Jesus and Mary College (JMC) is a girls college affiliated to the University of Delhi located in New Delhi. It awards bachelors degrees in commerce, arts and mathematics and offers honors degree in the following subjects: Sociology, political science, Hindi, English, economics, psychology, math and commerce. It is located in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

TRENDING...

Collegians have taken a fancy to Draw Something, an addictive social drawing game that is now available free for Apple iOS and Android devices. You have to draw something and send it across to your friends and they get points if they guess what you drew correctly.

Wikipedia has always been the most popular site among collegians. When it comes to apps too, it has taken over all the rest. The Wikipedia site has been redesigned to snugly fit your iPhone — it’s great for a quick reference to facts and facilitates information on the go.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012

spotlight

THE MAGIC OF THE 80’s

DJ Shafi will be spinning the best of classic and retro mixes at Firangi Paani tonight. So, put on your dancing shoes and head to the pub for a night of fun.

FUN & GLAMOUR

A treat for fashionistas

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A wine and cheese event was organised at Radisson Blu where accessories of luxury fashion brands like Emporio Armani, Bottega Veneta, Jimmy Choo, Paul Smith and others were showcased.

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In a bid to spark a culture of free thinking in the City, TedxCharminar was organised by Tedx in partnership with Broadridge Financial Solutions. The theme of TedxCharminar was Look Closely and had authors Gurucharan Das and Anita Nair, academician V Raghunathan, historian Narendra Luther, journalist Hussain Zaidi, painter prodigy Vilas Nayak and others attending the event.

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The winners for Bajaj Electronics Dussehra Bumper Draw was announced on Sunday. Each of the winner was awarded a Hyundai EON Car. Actress Sri Reddy was present at the do.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012

health

DRUG HELPS BALDING MEN REGROW HAIR: STUDY A new research shows how the FDA-approved glaucoma drug, bimatoprost, causes human hair to regrow. It's been commercially available as a way to lengthen eyelashes, but the new findings are the first to show that it can actually grow human hair from the scalp.

LABEL WATCH

Before you reach out for that packaged diet food product stop and think. It might not be as healthy as you assume. We speak to experts.

Diet food? Not yet RANJANI RAJENDRA

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or Rahul downing more than a couple of cans of cola in a day was normal. Munching on a couple of bags of chips in between was not uncommon either. But the day he realised his jeans had begun to get tighter and his friends had begun sniggering about his expanding waistline, he decided to switch to diet products instead. So his next trip to the supermarket involved picking up cans of diet colas and baked chips that were supposed to be ‘fat free’. However, the thought of substituting them for healthier options like fruits and other such snacks never occurred to him. While all seemed fine for a while, soon Rahul began experiencing health complications. The high sodium levels in those ‘fat-free’ chips had done nothing much for his expanding waistline and the artificial sweeteners in his beloved soda were beginning to leave tell-tale signs on his health. Kidney trouble turned out to be his biggest challenge, much to his surprise. Turned out, those ‘diet’ products were not such a healthy choice after all. “Although companies market their products as being healthy and the perfect choice for consumers, they are not so. For instance, most of these diet colas and sugar-free sweets use artificial sweeteners which can have

Commercially produced baked chips are reportedly made with dried potatoes. So the ingredients are not even fresh. harmful effects on one’s health in the long run,” says M Gayatri, nutritionist at Apollo Hospital, Hyderguda. She goes on to add that diet colas and most sugar free sweets that use artificial sweeteners might be alright if consumed once in a while. “The problem really arises when they are consumed frequently. Most IT professionals and students seem to snack on these products a lot these days. In the long-run though they affect your heart and also give rise to renal problems, since the artificial sweeten-

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er used in these products is bad for the kidney,” says Gayatri. Even the supposedly ‘fatfree’ baked chips are not such a healthy option after all. “These are just marketing gimmicks by the companies producing these products. Baked chips that have been commercially produced contain high levels of sodium and also have trans-fats. These are facts that are downplayed by the companies selling these products and the unsuspecting consumer happily munches away on them. In reality, they are just as bad as regular chips,” she explains. Incidentally, home-cooked baked products might be a healthier choice, since they are made using fresh ingredients. Baked chips that have been produced commercially are reportedly made with dried potatoes. So the ingredients are not even fresh. In case the potatoes are dried using very high heat, then it could lead to the formation of carcinogens. Also these products often use ingredients like sugar and corn sugar (high fructose corn syrup), but not really mentioned on the labels. This means that though the consumer is getting less of the unhealthy oils used to fry chips, they are getting ingredients that are as bad. So, are you sure you want to reach out for that diet product?

HOUSECALL

Monumental

Ocular Histoplasmosis

Monumental is a fitness app for children. The app lets your child choose a monument to climb like the Eiffel Tower or Pyramid of Giza and expands on the adventure based on how many steps they climb in real life. With smartphone motion-sensor technology, it keeps track of your childs activity.

Histoplasmosis is an infection with the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum. It's a common problem in the USA, particularly in a region now known as the 'Histo belt', which includes Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia, where as many as 90 per cent of the population have had the infection. Most people with these spots are totally unaware of their presence unless the central vision is affected.

DID YOU KNOW? By 60 most people begin to snore By 60 years of age, 60percent of men and 40percent of women will snore. Normal snores average around 60 decibels, the noise level of normal speech, intense snores can reach more than 80 decibels, the approximate level caused by a jackhammer breaking up concrete.

PIONEERS Sir John Charnley Sir John Charnley was a British orthopaedic surgeon. He pioneered the hip replacement operation. He also demonstrated the fundamental importance of bony compression in operations to fuse joints, in particular the knee, ankle and shoulder. John Charnley also influenced generations of orthopaedic surgeons by his textbook on conservative fracture treatment published in 1950.


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TECHNOLOGY

‘Virtual smoking apps can promote smoking in teens’ According to a new study, virtual smoking apps may be a way for tobacco companies to reach new, younger customers. WASHINGTON: With the help of dozens of free mobile applications, teenagers can virtually light up and smoke away, say Australian researchers and warn it can encourage the real thing. According to a new study led by Nasser BinDhim at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health in Sydney, these apps may be a way for tobacco companies to reach new, younger customers. “These apps could also easily attract teens and children due to their highquality graphics and availability under the ‘Game’ and

‘Entertainment’ categories in the app stores,” say the study’s authors. According to the study, prosmoking apps that show that smoking is ‘cool’ in a cartoon game, and provide a chance to explore the available cigarette brands and even simulate the smoking experience with highquality, free apps “could potentially increase teens’ risk of smoking initiation”. The authors searched the Apple App store and Android Market, using the keywords “smoke,” “cigarette,” “cigar,” “smoking” and “tobacco,” and they identified 107 apps that they believe encourage smoking.Most of the apps were free,

Growing pains I recently realised that my 13 year old daughter is a kleptomaniac. It came as a shock to be called up by a store owner and told me. We provide her with everything and there is no need for her to shoplift. Tell me how to deal with this. Teens often find themselves in embarrassing and difficult situations because of the risky behaviours during their teen years. When a child reaches puberty, along with the physi-

107 apps available in market Researchers in Sydney, Australia scoured app stores for pro-smoking content; they discovered 107 English-language apps offering information about tobacco products and where to buy them, images of cigarettes and their labels, or virtual smoking simulators. Some are touted as “games” or other “entertainment,” and all are readily available to children.

Source: http://www.healthline.com and some — but not all — included an agerestriction that said, “Tap OK to confirm

that you are 17 or over.” The Washington-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit organisation that advocates for the reduction of tobacco use, found the study “alarming”. “It is deeply troubling that such a powerful and rapidly expanding marketing tool, one that reaches kids easily and costeffectively, is being used to promote smoking,” said Matthew Myers, the organisation’s president. Myers said the study should prompt action to prevent smartphone apps from becoming a new means of marketing cigarettes to kids. IANS

OBESITY

‘Overeating? Defective taste buds is the reason’ LONDON: Defective taste buds prompt obese children to gorge on larger portions of food, which actually blunts their ability to distinguish the tastes of bitter, sweet, salty, sour and savoury. They compensate for the lack of taste by gorging on more food to derive the same pleasure. Although obese and normal children had the same ability to taste sweetness, the ability of the former to taste the other four types were lower. The study, from the Charite University Hospital in Berlin, Germany, looked at 94 normal weight and 99 obese children aged between six and 18 years who were in good health and not taking any medications known to affect taste and smell, the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood reports. The taste sensitivity of every child was tested using 22 “taste strips” placed on the tongue, to include each of the five taste sensations, at four different levels of intensity, plus two blank strips. They were then asked to sum up all five taste sensations at the four different intensities out of a score of 20. Girls and older children were better at picking out the right tastes. Overall, the children were best able to differentiate between sweet and salty, but found it hardest to distinguish between salty and sour, and between salty and savoury. Obese children found it significantly more difficult to identify different taste sensations, scoring an average of 12.6 compared with an average of just over 14 clocked by children of normal weight. While both obese and normal weight children correctly identified all the differing levels of sweetness, obese kids rated three out of the four intensity levels lower than kids of normal weight. IANS

Dr Diana Monteiro

‘MY 13-YEAR-OLD IS A KLEPTOMANIAC’ cal changes come emotional and cognitive changes. A part of the cognitive and emotional change includes a penchant for risk taking and a feeling of superiority and infallibility. Thus, a teen might engage in shoplifting, recreational drug use etc. Experimentation and trying new things are a part of the teenage years and often this

leads to trouble for them. Kleptomania is a disorder where a person cannot control his/her impulse to steal and gets pleasure from stealing objects of trivial value. The person feels an urge to steal and cannot control the urge which only passes after the person steals an object. Many teens who shoplift are not dealing with a disorder like

Kleptomania; instead they engage in shoplifting to feel the thrill or because of wanting nice things or peer pressure. If you find out that your teen has shoplifted, have a serious talk with them about it. Make them return the object they have stolen or if they have been caught, make them apologise. Making them undergo additional penalties like losing

their privileges for a while or grounding them. For most teens, getting caught is embarrassment enough to stop engaging in the behaviour. However, if your teen continues, then seeking professional help is a good idea. The writer is a counselling psychologist at the Hyderabad Academy of Psychology. You can write to her at askdrdiana@gmail.com


MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012

Entertainment

LAKSHMI MANCHU IS ELATED Lakshmi Manchu is elated that her dream project Gundello Godari has been making all the right buzz. The audio of the film’s Tamil version Maranthen Mannithen was launched yesterday in Chennai.

CINE BYTES Lucky to release on Nov 1

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rikanth, Meghana Raj starrer Lucky is gearing up for release on November 1. The film revolves around the life of a woman who wants to marry a guy who doesn’t believe in love. Hari has directed the film. After this, Srikanth will soon be seen in Devaraya and Shatruvu.

STAR IN THE MAKING

Yamaho Yama’s audio launched

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airam Shankar, Parvati Melton, Sanjjanaa starrer Yamaho Yama’s audio was launched recently at Shilpa Kala Vedika. Directed by Y Jitender, the film is a socio fantasy with a difference. Yama and Chitragupta visit America and hell breaks loose.

HANSIKA

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ansika Motwani’s rise to fame, especially in Tamil cinema, remains an enigma. She had made her debut in Tamil opposite Dhanush in Maapillai which released in 2011 and since then she managed to bag big projects like Engeyum Kadhal, Velayudham and Oru Kal Oru Kannadi. The actress who turned 21 a couple of months ago, is one of the most sought-after actresses in Tamil today and she has as many as seven films lined up for release over the next few months. Within a week after her recent Telugu film Dhenikaina Ready turned out to be a hit, Hansika confirmed that she has signed two more Tamil films including Sundar C’s Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru and Venkat Prabhu’s Biryani. In the former film, she’s teaming up with Siddharth for the second time after Oh My Friend and in Biryani, she’ll be romancing Karthi. In fact, Richa Gangopadhyay was the first choice, but she was replaced with Hansika just days before the principal shooting begins. Both these films are likely to be dubbed in Telugu when they are ready for release in 2013. Apart from these two films, Hansika is also part of Ishq’s Tamil remake, Settai, Vettai Mannan, Vaalu, Singham 2 which are currently at different stages of production.

Sumanth signs a new film

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umanth is going to team up with director Chandra Siddhartha for a film titled Emo Gurram Egaravacchu. The duo had earlier worked together in Madhumasam. MM Keeravani is going to compose the music and SS Kanchi has written the story and screenplay. Madan is producing the film.

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FLASHBACK

JOHN ABRAHAM

CALLS PANKAJ UDHAS HIS MENTOR

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ctor-producer John Abraham looks up to ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas as his mentor and credits him for his success. The actor had appeared in the music video of Udhas’ song Chupke chupke during the struggling days of his career and ever since calls the singer his mentor. “I look at sir (Pankaj Udhas) as a mentor because when I came into this industry as a model, the first person who graciously accepted me in his music video was sir,” the 40-year-old said recently. “With Chupke chupke he is the one man who is more than responsible for my success,” John added. Heaping praise on Udhas, John said, “I just told him that his voice still sounds so beautiful, it’s amazing and it’s really an honour to be here.” IANS

With Chupke chupke he is the one man who is more than responsible for my success. John Abraham

CINE BYTES

Priyanka finds a fan in Enrique Iglesias

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riyanka Chopra has found a fan in international pop star Enrique Iglesias. During his recent concert in Bangalore, when asked about which Bollywood actress caught his attention, he replied: “I would say Priyanka Chopra. I got to meet her and also managed to see a few of her movies. I loved them! She is great and simply unbelievable.” IANS

Soha bonds with new sister-in-law

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ctress Soha Ali Khan had fun spending time with sister-in-law Kareena Kapoor during the last two weeks. “She is very sweet. I have actually spent a lot of time with her in the last two weeks,” Soha said. “Even at the marriage, we had great fun. It was a small affair as you all know, only close acquaintances,” the 34-year-old added. IANS

Work keeps SRK away from Eid festivities

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ork commitments kept superstar Shah Rukh Khan away from celebrating Eid-UlAzha with his family on Saturday. The actor spent the day at a launch in New Delhi. However, he didn't forget to wish those present at the event a “Happy Eid”. The actor missed Eid-ul-Fitr earlier, as he was shooting for the last leg of his new film Jab Tak Hai Jaan. IANS


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PERSONAL TOUCHES

CINE BYTES

Day-Lewis took a year to prepare for Lincoln role

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aniel Day-Lewis, who is famous for meticulously researching his characters, asked director Steven Spielberg for a year’s time to portray Abraham Lincoln on screen. Day-Lewis likes to stay in character during the entire shooting period. Spielberg said that though he did not want to delay the film, he is glad that he agreed. PTI

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inger Justin Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel were coy about their engagement and kept mum about their wedding before it happened, but now the newlyweds have revealed that they started planning their

spectacular nuptials right after they became engaged. “Justin told me that since the day he proposed on top of a mountain in Big Sky Montana, the two of them have been planning this incredible wedding,” said PEOPLE senior

writer Jennifer Garcia, who interviewed the couple for the magazine’s cover story. “The most important thing to them, they wanted it to be personal,” says Garcia. Timberlake, 31, and Biel, 30, fulfilled that desire and had

a wedding loaded with small personal touches in Italy. Biel used pearls from her grandmother’s wedding day tiara on her veil, and Timberlake serenaded his bride with a song written just for the occasion.

ctress Halle Berry was forced to move out of her Hollywood home after a gardener found a colony of black widow spiders under a lawn chair in her pool area. The Oscar-winning star says she freaked out when she realised the poisonous spiders were living beneath a chair she used every other day, and left the house until they were destroyed. IANS

Jessica Simpson wants wedding in Italy

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inger Jessica Simpson wants to marry Eric Johnson in Italy. The 32-year-old is reportedly trying to follow in the footsteps of Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake. “They were planning a Hawaiian wedding before they had their baby but Jessica is toying with having it in Italy. But she hasn’t committed yet,” contactmusic.com quoted a source as saying. IANS


MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012

Chai Time

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

As a man sow, shall he reap. and I know that talk is cheap. But the heat of the battle is as sweet as the victory. Bob Marley

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

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1 Baseball card deals 6 Kernel-covered core 9 Fasten the diaper again 14 Cook-off dish 15 “2001” computer 16 Like ewe? 17 Came to the rescue 18 “What was ___ think?” 19 Plumber’s concerns 20 Where lessons are elementary 23 Tightrope-walker’s backup 24 Generation separator 25 Nighttime streakers? 27 Of impressive height 32 CD-___ (computer inserts) 33 “Do no harm” org. 34 Breakfast, lunch and dinner 36 They’re pocketed in delis 39 Eliminates from (with “of”) 41 Supply with merchandise 43 Western timber wolf 44 Undercover operation 46 Missouri River city 48 Like most carbon-dating specimens 49 Drug dealer’s nemesis 51 Stationary sculptures 53 Wetter and mushier 56 Popular male doll 57 Litter member 58 Doesn’t let on 64 Battery terminal 66 Barely passing grade 67 Decorative Japanese gateway 68 Clean energetically 69 Author Fleming 70 Make scholarly corrections to 71 Declares cards in pinochle 72 Table leftover 73 Classy furniture?

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Chai Time MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012 Thiruvaikumar

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Businessmen are advised not to trust their partners blindly. Be careful while discussing any important expansion project with them. Better to postpone new efforts for time being. Employees need to work with a focus and complete the work.

STRIP TEASE AGNES

Difference with parents likely. Avoid magnifying the issues and adjust with them to avoid any major problems. Though you are likely to face a lot of troubles, you have the courage and self confidence with which to face the same.

Commission agents, Realtors and Franchisees will have a good time and reap rich rewards. Comforts are likely to increase. Your spouse will be more cheerful. Misunderstanding with blood relatives will be over.

Govt. sops likely for the businessmen. Financially a strong position likely. Misunder-standing with mother will be over. Property through mother will come by. Those planning to change their residence will get their own choice.

With your sincere and planned hard work, you are going to reach dizzy heights in your profession or business. Held up works will resume and gain momentum. You will be upset with the higher expenses done to get the vehicles repaired.

Money through share market likely.Dues to you, not received since long time will now be received and surprise you. Favour from Govt. likely and works will get completed without any delay. Friendship circle will expand.

You can take bold decisions which will definitely yield expected results as the time is very much favourable. You will help others to achieve success. Some will purchase a house by availing a loan. Marriage talks will progress well.

You will take bold decisions as your self confidence will be very high. Major success in all the well planned works are certain. Allergy, urinary infection likely, take care. Businessmen are advised to pay dues to government in time.

Though marriage talks will progress well, finalisation might get delayed ,but need not worry as it is good to wait for a couple of days.Those searching for job in abroad or out of state, may not be successful immediately.

TAROT READ

Sumaa Tekur

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ARIES:

GEMINI:

Ace of Cups – Take up a hobby like cooking or gardening. It will make you feel good about your free time instead of wasting time in front of the idiot box.

LEO:

Two of Pentacles – Be careful while mentioning an old flame in front of your partner. It may lead to some misunderstanding and unnecessary fights. You can avoid it.

LIBRA:

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE

Five of Cups – Autorickshaw rides are getting more and more difficult considering the increasing fare. If you have a brush with an errant driver, report him.

SAGITTARIUS:

Queen of Wands – Some reports of sacking in your office will get you all worked up. Speak to a senior to ensure that you’re not in the firing line.

TAURUS:

Eight of Wands – Your determination is your biggest strength. No matter how many doubts you have in mind, do not falter on your path to success.

CANCER:

Knight of Wands – You have a brush with authority. They may have something in mind for you but you have other plans. Negotiate your deals well.

VIRGO:

Strength – Track a courier and ensure it reaches its destination. If you forget about it, it may lead to trouble later on. Make a list or set a reminder on your phone.

SCORPIO:

The World – Find ways to kill boredom, especially if you are uncomfortable with it. You tend to get too carried away with the need to do something useful.

CAPRICORN:

Seven of Wands – Elect a leader in your team to avoid confusion with planning and delegating work. There will be opportunities to ease the situation.

SOLUTIONS

PISCES:

The Tower – You are hung up about saving what you believe to be an institution. Don’t get too overwhelmed with the expectations of society.

NUMBER GAME

Pentacles – While awarding contracts, keep in mind that all agencies will have some pros and cons. You cannot find everything best in one client.

SCRABBLE

AQUARIUS: Nine of

POOCH CAFE

Wandering, higher expenses and tension ar inevitable. Be cool and get the works done with patience and without taking any hurried and emotional decisions. Good news about daughter's pregnancy will bring cheer to you.

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The Moon – Aim for variety rather than doing things the old-fashioned way. You may have to deal with the uncertainty of whether the new method works or not.

NON SEQUITUR

Financially a very comfortable or strong position likely. Professionals will see a boom time. Businessmen will have a brisk business activity and profit is likely to soar beyond expectation. Business travels will fetch good result.

SUDUKO

Those in rented house might face trouble through landlord. Keep your cool as any controversial stand might force you to search for a new residence. Employees might be having continuous work load. Practice of yoga will help.

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PURELY PLATONIC

CINE BYTES

CHRIS BROWN

is just a friend: S C H E R Z I N G E R

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inger Nicole Scherzinger has opened up about the recent pictures that appeared to show her kissing Chris Brown, insisting they are just friends. The 34-year-old, who is dating British racing driver Lewis Hamilton, was linked to Brown after images emerged of them talking together at a nightclub in Los Angeles last month. The pictures showed the R&B singer leaning in to kiss Scherzinger on the cheek. However, she is adamant that their relationship is purely platonic. “You are always going to have people saying something or having a picture. But it is complete dross (garbage) if you and your partner know what the truth is,” thesun.co.uk quoted Scherzinger as saying. “Chris Brown and I are definitely just mates — I have known him since he was younger than 16. We were just talking. Even my mum said, ‘I saw a picture of you’,” she added. IANS

‘Will make MI movies as long as people want’

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om Cruise says he is planning to film Mission: Impossible 5. The 50-year-old actor, who has also had a hand in producing the spy franchise, said that he will continue to make the movies as long as people want to see them, reported Digital Spy. “I started MI hoping I could make many of them. It's a character that I can grow with,” he said. PTI

Kelly Brook defends burlesque role

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ctress Kelly Brook has come out in defence of her decision to strip for a risque revue show, insisting that burlesque is an art form. “I don't need to be in a strip show and that isn’t what burlesque is about. It’s an art form which has been around for more than 170 years..,”thesun.co.uk quoted the Piranha 3D actress as saying. IANS

I’ve never done heroin, says Kate Moss

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ormer supermodel Kate Moss, who was nicknamed ‘heroin chic’ in the 90s, has denied ever using the drug in her new autobiography Kate: The Kate Moss Book. Moss says she did not defend herself publicly until now because she never cared about what people thought of her. "If I was anorexic or if I was on heroin, maybe I would have been a bit more 'oh dear!” says Moss. PTI


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NEW ZEALAND IN SRI LANKA

Kiwis must man-up TWELFTH MAN

Babu Kalyanpur

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wo teams, whose fortunes have nosedived a bit, will take on each other to gain respectability. Sri Lanka will bank on home advantage and hopefully spinning conditions to get the better of New Zealand. With many of the top guns also in action around this period, this series may get sidelined. But it has a lot of significance in terms of balancing the cricket ladder. A stronger Sri Lanka will be good for cricket. If New Zealand play up to their potential then the bigger teams will face some challenge. Both teams have unique problems which need to be sorted out. Sri Lanka’s major issue is that they do not have a settled team. The selectors get sadistic pleasure in chopping and changing the side. This has led to a very insecure middle order and an unsure bowling line-up. So if the top heavy batting order of Tilakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Mahela Jayawardene fails, then the team is often in doldrums. These three ageing stars won’t be there for long. And a new crop may be there but hasn’t emerged Sri Lanka does have many youngsters who could step into the big players’ shoes. But they

haven’t earned a long run in the team due to the weird thinking of the selectors. Upul Taranga had been such a fine player a few years ago. He was a real dasher and showed enough talent to play for a long time. But a few failures led to his sacking. Now he is back, a more dour player with the flair for stroke play rarely showing up. The selectors should have stuck to him. By not doing that, they have destroyed the confidence and ability of the man. Dinesh Chandimal is another good player in the making. It is hoped he is not cast away after a few failures. Ajantha Mendis should be brought back and persisted with in the future. He is a unique bowler as his recent performances in the T20 World Cup showed. He is a type of bowler who may leak runs one day or grab loads of wickets on another. But he is a match-winner and the selectors would have got that into their thick heads by now. Angelo Mathews has been named the T20 captain. He must learn to concentrate to play to his full potential. He is the next star of Sri Lankan cricket. The selectors would also do well if they recall Nuwan Kulasekara to the team. He is underrated but has the ability to bowl line and length and pick up wickets. New Zealand are in a mess at the moment. They seem to make too many mistakes at key moments. The constant shunning of Jesse Ryder is also dent-

New Zealand are in a mess at the moment. They seem to make too many mistakes at key moments.

ing their chances. It will not be easy to tame the wild Jesse. So instead of wasting him at his peak, New Zealand must fasttrack him into the side and help the repeated offender. The middle-order seems brittle. There are players with potential but they do not perform. Spin will be a big factor once again after the India debacle. Using the feet will be of prime importance. Brendan McCullum will have to lead the way along with skipper Ross Taylor. They are most capable players of slow bowling in the team. The New Zealand batsmen must not forget that they

have a bat in hand to score runs and not just block. This attitude cost them the series against the West Indies and India. Hopefully they have learnt their lesson. With no Daniel Vettori, New Zealand will have to bank on their fast men to do the job. And they should not make the mistake of dropping Tim Southee who uses the conditions well. Most of the New Zealand team were in Sri Lanka recently for T20 World Cup which would mean they are familiar with the conditions. It is now a matter of getting their act together.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TWENTY20 FINAL

Sixers lift Champions League Sydney Sixers overwhelm Highveld Lions by 10 wickets with 45 balls to spare. JOHANNESBURG: Michael Lumb struck an unbeaten 82 as Sydney Sixers overwhelmed Highveld Lions by 10 wickets with 45 balls to spare Sunday in the Champions League Twenty20 final at the Wanderers.

South Africa-born Lumb and Brad Haddin (38 not out) were deceptively cautious for a few overs before giving an exhibition of 20-over batting at its best to reach 124-0 in 12.3 overs after the Lions made a

paltry 121 off 20 overs. Lumb enjoyed a moment of luck — dropped by Gulam Bodi at the boundary when on 17 — but made the most of it to slam eight fours and five sixes and win the golden bat award for highest scorer in the tournament. The over after Lumb was dropped, skipper Haddin has his lucky escape at the boundary with the fielding culprit this time being Dwaine Pretorius, and from then on it was a question of how quickly Sixers would wrap up the victory. Fittingly, it was a four from Lumb that brought the rout to an end, leaving the Sydney

franchise $2.5 million richer while Lions skipper Alviro Petersen collected a $1.3 million cheque. Lions slumped to 9-4 as Sixers surprisingly started with spinners rather than pace men and had middleorder Jean Symes (51) to thank for reaching 121 before a sellout 25,000 crowd. Haddin, whose 43-Test career is likely to come to a halt on Monday with Matthew Wade named wicketkeeper for a November home series against South Africa, said using spinners up front was a gamble that paid off. “Twenty20 cricket is all about going with your gut feel,” he said.

LOCAL CRICKET ALL-INDIA WOMEN’S UNDER-19 ONE DAY SUPER LEAGUE Group A AT RGICS MPCA elected to bat and scored 170 for 8 in 50 overs Neha Badwaik 26 (49b, 4x2) Kalpana Yadav 38 (105, 4x3) Pooja Choudhary 28 (62b, 4x2) Smirti Mandhana 2 for 40 Devika Vaidya 3 for 27 Sheetal Mosulgi 2 for 33 Beat Maharashtra 101 all out in 33.1 Over’s Shivali Shinde 24 (21b, 4x3) Sheetal Mosulgi 33 (58b, 4x3) Preeti Yadav 2 for 27 Pooja Vastrakar 2 for 9 Result: MPCA won by 69 runs Points: MPCA +5 (with bonus) Maharashtra -1 At HMWS&SB Bengal put in to bat scored 155 for 9 in 50 overs Arithi Mukherjee 23 (39b, 4x2) AB Jana 28 (93b, 4x2) PA Roy 28 (53, 4x1, 6x1) Beauti Mondal 21 no (19b, 4x4) C Jhansi Lakshmi 2 for 27 N Lavnya 3 for 31 Beat Andhra 96 all out in 39.2 overs S Meghana 28 (68b, 4x2) Anjali Sarvani 22 (27b, 4x2) Saika Ishaque 6 for 25 (103-25-6) Result: Bengal won by 59 runs Points: Bengal +5 (with bonus) Andhra -1 Group B AT GYMKHANA Assam elected to bat and scored 146 all out in 49.2 overs Ritu Dhruv 26 (61b, 4x0) Sabitri Urang 43 (60b 4x0) S Sowmya 3 for 38 Rachna Kumar 2 for 22 Praneetha Reddy 2 for 26 Lost to Hyderabad 147 for 5 in 38.4 overs Sneh Morey 98 (116b, 4x14) Praneesha 26 (84b, 4x 1) Anitha Lodhi 2 for 37 Ritu Dhruv 2 for 21 Result: Hyd won by 5 wkts Points: Hyderabad +5 (with bonus) Assam -1 AT NFC Uttar Pradesh elected to bat and scored 122 all out in 49.2 overs Chaya Singh 21 (56b, 4x4) Shefali Sharma 26 (26b, 4x3) Gyathri Agarwal 33 (48b, 4x5) Lost to Mumbai 126 for 1 in 25.2 Overs HV Borwankar 25 (28b 4x3) Sarika Koli 60no (85b 4x10) Mugdha Joshi 36no (41b, 4x4) Result: Mumbai won by 9 wkts Points: Mumbai +5 (with bonus) Uttar Pradesh -1


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FORMULA 1

The ‘perfect’ three Horner warned against complacency as he looks forward to the final three races of the season.

NBA PREVIEW

NBA to feel Heat The NBA opens its 67th season on Tuesday. JIM SLATER Agencie France-Presse WASHINGTON: LeBron James had yet to claim an NBA championship when he arrived in Miami two years ago, boldly predicting multiple title runs with Heat teammates Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Now, as the NBA prepares to open its 67th season on Tuesday, "King" James is coming off a crowning achievement, having won his first NBA title with the Heat last June and then guiding the US Olympic team to London gold in August. Now the Heat look to repeat and James, whose spectacular high-leaping skills have made him the NBA's most

dynamic playmaker since Michael Jordan won six titles with Chicago in the 1990s, vows to back up his boasts and prove he is no one-hit wonder. "I've accomplished a lot of goals but I'm still not satisfied with what I've done so far," James said. "We can be better than we were this past season. We have the potential to be a lot better. That is scary." The Heat have added 37year-old guard Ray Allen, the all-time NBA leader in 3-point shots who must face his former Boston teammates when they visit for Tuesday's opener, and veteran forward Rashard Lewis to a championship roster. "You can feel the excitement," Wade said. "You can see the difference."

SUNRISE TAIWAN CHAMPIONSHIP

GORDON HOWARD Agencie France-Presse NEW DELHI: Red Bull need three "perfect" race weekends to ensure a third straight drivers' and constructors' world championship double after Sebastian Vettel's victory in India, says team chief Christian Horner. Germany's Vettel, winner of the title in 2010 and 2011, cruised to his fourth consecutive victory on Sunday, leading the Indian Grand Prix from start to finish in a dominant display. The 26th win of his career gives Vettel a 13-point lead over his nearest challenger, Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, who finished second at the Buddh

International Circuit after starting fifth on the grid. Red Bull enjoy a healthy 91point lead in the constructors' championship over Ferrari. But speaking after Vettel's consummate triumph in the heat and dust of New Delhi, Horner warned against complacency as he looked forward to the final three races of the season in Abu Dhabi, the United States and Brazil. "We certainly cannot afford to be complacent because Fernando Alonso keeps turning up," said Horner, after Vettel and his Red Bull team-mate Australian Mark Webber sandwiched the Spanish driver in second place. "He [Alonso] drove a strong

race today and it was a shame we couldn't keep Mark [Webber] ahead of him, as he had a KERS issue from lap 20. "We have got a great lead now in the constructors' championship, but it is only 13 points in the drivers'.... We have managed to eke out a gap and, considering where we came from four races ago, it is impressive. "But we have to keep that momentum going. It is the first time Seb has won four races in succession and it was an incredible performance from him this weekend. "With 75 points available from three races, it is going to be crucial for us to have perfect weekends now."

MotoGP

Lorenzo feels ‘liberated’

Lorenzo clinched the world championship after rival Dani Pedrosa crashed on the second lap of the Australian MotoGP. ROBERT SMITH Agencie France-Presse PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA: New world MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo says he feels liberated after winning a season-long battle with the powerful Repsol Honda team to claim his second premier class title. Lorenzo clinched the world championship after rival Dani Pedrosa crashed on the second lap of Sunday's Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island, ending

a chance to catch his fellow Spaniard in the final two races of the season. Casey Stoner powered away to win his sixth straight Australian MotoGP, with Lorenzo coming home in second place to claim the main title.

The Spanish Yamaha rider only had to avoid a mistake to carry off the victory after Stoner's Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa crashed out. Lorenzo led Pedrosa by 23 points going into the penultimate Phillip Island round and just needed to finish three points more than his compatriot to seal the world title ahead of the final race in Valencia on November 11. He said this season's title had been more of a challenge than his first MotoGP championship two years ago.

Pettersen claims back-to-back wins

The world number seven fired a threeunder-par 69 in her final round. TAOYUAN, TAIWAN: Norway's Suzann Pettersen lifted her second trophy in as many weeks Sunday after a three-shot victory at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. The world number seven braved strong winds and fired three-under-par 69 in her final round to snatch the win from South Korea's Park In-Bee, who had led by two overnight but had to settle for second. "It is a great win for me especially coming back from

behind in tough conditions like today," Pettersen told reporters. "I really tried to stick to my own game plan, sticking to my own bubble. I played my own game, tried not to kind of do stupid mistakes, errors that would cost me too much." Yani Tseng, the world number one and Taiwanese home favourite, finished third as she extended a winless streak which stretches back to March. Pettersen erased two early birdies with bogeys on seven and nine, but she picked up three shots in her last seven holes as Park stumbled to a 74 at the par-72 Sunrise Golf and Country Club in northern Taiwan. "Last week in Korea I felt I had to scramble to win in playoff. This week I was really playing well and I felt I deserve the victory. Winning last week gave me a lot of confidence," she said. Pettersen also won last week's KEB-HanaBank Championship in South Korea, where she beat Scotland's Catriona Matthew in a play-off. Tseng's final round of 71 left her four shots behind the leader.


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WORLD SERIES BASEBALL

Frisco Giants walk tall It was the second title in three seasons for the Giants, who beat Texas in the 2010 World Series, and the club’s seventh all-time World Series crown. JIM SLATER Agencie France-Presse DETROIT, MICHIGAN: The San Francisco Giants captured the 108th World Series by beating Detroit 4-3 in 10 innings Sunday to complete a fourgame sweep of Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven championship final. Ryan Theriot scored the game-winning run for the Giants by hitting a single to right field, advancing to second base on Brandon Crawford’s sacrifice bunt and racing home on a two-out single by Marco Scutaro. Giants relief ace Sergio Romo entered in the bottom half of the 10th and struck out leadoff hitter Austin Jackson, pinch hitter Don Kelly and Tiger slugger Miguel Cabrera to complete the triumph and touch off a celebration. It was the second title in three seasons for the Giants, who beat Texas in the 2010 World Series, and the club’s seventh all-time World Series crown. The first five came before the team moved from New York to San Francisco in 1958. San Francisco became the 21st team to capture the throne in a sweep and kept the Tigers searching for their first World Series crown since 1984. The Giants were often on the brink of elimination in the playoffs, winning the last three games of their first post-season

series against Cincinnati then taking the last three against St. Louis to oust the 2011 World Series winners. A cold and windy night turned damp when rain arrived in the fifth inning and the pitching skill that had dominated the previous two games began to wither. With San Francisco trailing for the first time in the World Series, Buster Posey blasted an off-speed offering from Detroit pitcher Max Scherzer into the left-field stands for a two-run

The Giants became the 21st team to capture the throne in a sweep. The Tigers are still seeking their first crown since 1984. homer that gave the Giants a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning. Scutaro had led off the sixth with an infield single down the third base line and Posey made it pay off with his blast just

inside the foul pole to put Detroit behind once more. But Delmon Young answered for the Tigers in the home half of the sixth by smashing the first pitch he saw from Giants starter Matt Cain into the right-field stands for a solo homer to equalize at 3-3. Detroit second baseman Omar Infante suffered a broken left hand when he was hit by a fastball from Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla in the ninth inning and was pulled in favor of reserve Danny Worth.

VALENCIA OPEN

Ferrer has home fans thrilled Ferrer made it six wins from seven season finals. MADRID: Spaniard David Ferrer gave the home fans something to cheer Sunday when he lifted the Valencia Open title for the third time after a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win over Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov to bag his sixth crown of the year. Ferrer, who hails from nearby Alicante on Spain’s east coast and who also had runs to the semi-finals of Roland Garros and the US Open, made it six wins from seven season finals, although 21st-ranked Dolgopolov made him work. “It’s always very difficult to play at home. I knew it would be more difficult to win the title again. He’s a very talented opponent. I played aggressively and it went well for me,” said Ferrer, the 2008 and 2010 champion in Valencia. “I want to dedicate the victory to Juan Carlos Ferrero (the former world number one who played his last tournament) on his farewell. He has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and as a player.” A break in the fourth game set Ferrer on his way in the opening set, finished off with a service game to love. But Dolgopolov pocketed a swift break as he raced 3-0 clear in the second set and maintained his advantage to level the contest. In a tight decider, Dolgopolov had two break chances but Ferrer dug in as he finally converted for a 4-3 lead.

WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Serena tops cracking comeback The victory came at the end of a spectacular year where she won Wimbledon, Olympic and US Open titles. RICHARD EATON Agencie France-Presse ISTANBUL: Serena Williams completed her sensational 2012 comeback by easing to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Maria Sharapova for a third WTA Championships title on Sunday. The 31-year-old’s victory came at the end of a spectacular year in which she also collected the Wimbledon, Olympic and US Open titles. “Now I have won I can be honest — I really wanted to win this title, and I put pressure on

myself (to do so),” said Williams, whose career head-to-head record over Sharapova now stands at 10-2. “I wanted it so bad, I didn’t want to say it. I had such a good year, it really was important to me to win, and this title in particular. “Maria played really well and she’s improved so much, which is amazing for a player of her stature and calibre. But I played solid, and in the last game of the match I played really well.” Williams, who has battled back to the top of her game after

battling injury and a life-threatening illness, said 2012 was just as good as 2002 and 2003 when she completed the “Serena Slam” of all four Grand Slams. “It’s awesome. To come back after being in the hospital, I feel so happy whether I win or lose,” said the American veteran. French Open champion Sharapova praised Williams, a player she hasn’t beaten for over eight years. “She had another great serving day against me — I don’t think I even had a break point,” said the Russian.


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GANGULY CALLS TIME ON GLITTERING CAREER

India's record-breaking former cricket captain Sourav Ganguly is finally calling time on his career after deciding not to play in next year's IPL competition.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE REVIEW

Chelsea rages over referee’s ‘language’ LONDON: Chelsea have filed a complaint over “inappropriate language”, reportedly racial in nature, allegedly used by referee Mark Clattenburg during their stormy 3-2 loss to Manchester United on Sunday. Clattenburg sent off Chelsea pair Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres in the second half at Stamford Bridge, and the Premier League leaders subsequently accused him of speaking out of turn to two of their players.

Clattenburg sent off Chelsea pair Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres in the second half at Stamford Bridge. “We have lodged a complaint to the Premier League match delegate with regards to inappropriate language used by the referee and directed at two of our players in two separate incidents in today’s match,” said a Chelsea spokesman. “The match delegate will pass the complaint to the Football Association. We will make no further comment at this time.” A spokesman for the Professional Game Match Officials’ Board, the body which represents referees said it was “aware of the allegations and they are being treated with the utmost seriousness.

SUPERCLASICO

United down Blues in tense game As the dust settled, both United and champions City were only a point behind Chelsea. TOM WILLIAMS Agencie France-Presse LONDON: Manchester United closed to within a point of leaders Chelsea with a dramatic 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge on Sunday at the end of a day packed with controversy in the Premier League. Javier Hernandez scored a 75th-minute winner for United, after Chelsea had fought back from two goals down to equalise and then seen both Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres sent off. Torres saw red after being shown a second yellow card for diving following a challenge by United centre-back Jonny Evans, while Hernandez’s winner was allowed to stand despite the Mexican being in an offside position. “We’ve never got breaks down here and had some terrible decisions against us in the last few years, but today we have got a little break for the goal — Chicharito may have been offside,” said United coach Alex Ferguson. “The decision the referee has to make is whether the striker [Torres] has chosen to go down. He was through on

goal — I don’t know why he has gone down. I think it’s his own fault.” The drama followed an incident-packed 2-2 draw between Everton and Liverpool, in which Luis Suarez had an injury-time winner disallowed after earlier mocking Everton coach David Moyes for labelling him a diver. As the dust settled, both United and champions Manchester City were only a

point behind previously unbeaten Chelsea, while Tottenham Hotspur had moved up to fourth after winning 2-1 at Southampton. Earlier, Moyes had the last laugh as his side came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Liverpool in a gripping Merseyside derby. The point initially took Everton into fourth place, but they were bumped down to fifth when Spurs won 2-1 at St Mary’s.

Real keep up the pressure

Ronaldo and Higuain scored to keep Real on the trail of rampaging Barcelona.

MADRID: Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice as Real Madrid cruised to a 5-0 victory at Mallorca on Sunday to keep up the pressure at the top of La Liga. Jose Callejon got the fifth as Real remained in fourth position, a point behind Malaga in third, and eight behind leaders Barcelona,

who crushed Rayo Vallecano 5-0 on Saturday, and secondplaced Atletico Madrid. Ronaldo has now scored in eight consecutive games for Madrid — 14 goals in total and 11 in the league. Meanwhile, Radamel Falcao scored to make it 10 in the league for him, as Atletico Madrid beat Osasuna 3-1 to stay level on points with Barca. Atletico responded well to Barca piling on the pres-

Derby of Derbies ends all-square Boca Juniors versus River Plate ends 2-2. BUENOS AIRES: Argentina’s Superclasico derby of derbies between bitter rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate ended all square in a 2-2 draw on Sunday Leonardo Ponzio’s early freekick, which left keeper Agustin Orion groping at thin air, put River, promoted last season a year after their first ever relegation stunned fans across the nation, into an opening minute lead.

Leonardo Ponzio’s early freekick put River Plate, promoted last season, into an opening minute lead.

LA LIGA

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sure at the top with a 5-0 romp at Rayo Vallecano twenty-four hours earlier. They were always the better side in the Vicente Calderon, recording a 12th consecutive victory in all competitions. Getafe won 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao and there were home wins for Zaragoza and Levante. Juan Rodriguez and Alvaro Vazquez, with a scissor kick, got a goal in each

half for Getafe in Bilbao against an out of sorts Athletic, for who Mikel San Jose got a last minute reply. The result leaves the Basque side just one point above the relegation zone in 16th position, while Getafe comfortably move into eighth on 13 points. Levante beat Granada 3-1 to go sixth with two goals from ex-Newcastle player Obafemi Martins and a Pedro Rios strike.

And things looked even better for Matias Almeyda’s men when Uruguayan Rodrigo Mora made it 2-0 midway through the second half. But another Uruguayan, Santiago Silva, reduced the arrears with a 75th-minute penalty before Walter Erviti rescued a point in the first minute of stoppage time. The point left Boca in fifth place, three points ahead of their Buenos Aires rivals and Almeyda was disappointed.


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