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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012 HYDERABAD

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DON'T TURN OFF THE LIGHTS The floorboards creak and the lights flicker. Mysterious figures stalk the halls. Anguished shrieks and cries can be heard all night long. You may claim not to believe in the supernatural, but are you willing to spend a night in these spooky places?

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HYDERABAD’S FIRST COMPACT AFTERNOON NEWSPAPER

‘OUTSIDERS SCRIPTING OLD CITY FLARE-UPS’

City police chief Anurag Sharma suspects that a gang or gangs from outside are stoking the communal fire. N SHIVA KUMAR

RICHA KARTHI’S BIRYANI

OPTS OUT OF

A day after Hansika confirmed that she’s going to play the lead role in Karthi’s upcoming Tamil film Biryani, Richa Gangopadhyay has clarified why she had to opt out of the project. She was supposed to play the lead role, but the film’s director Venkat Prabhu chose Hansika just before the film was about to go on floor.

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FOCUS NOW SHIFTS TO HYDERABAD

Having achieved some sort of stability after the Union Cabinet expansion where the State got a fair share of berths, the focus of the party organisation is now shifted to strengthening of the APCC and grassroots. The leadership agrees that challenge for Congress in Andhra Pradesh now is to strengthen the party cadres, especially in the wake of political activism by rivals like the TDP and YSR the Congress.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012

city events

PONCHAMPALLY IKAT MELA

Pochampally Handloom Park is organising IKAT Mela 2012 where one can buy a variety of products such as accesories, bed linen and much more from October 31 at YWCA, West Marredpally, Secunderabad. The expo will be on till November 7, 2012.

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES exhibition of photos. Where:Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills, Rd No 3 When: Ongoing, 9am to 6pm onwards Contact: (040) 2355 4485

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

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

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

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 ART IMITATES LIFE: A visitor looks at the cartoons at the Cartoon Utsav-2012, Public Gardens. When: November 2, 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2323 1245

DINING 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 Kashmiri food festival Koshur Saal, a food fest is being held

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at Deccan Pavilion. Sample the distinct flavours of Kashmir. Where:ITC Kakatiya, Begumpet, When: Ongoing, 7pm onwards Contact: (040) 4008 1801

ART 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,

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11am onwards Contact: 80197 62868 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

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

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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

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Airport Director 27903785, 27906001 For Air India Flight Information Toll free (from any network) for IC Flights 18001801407 And for All Flights: 1800227722 Air India has revised its flight timings. For more information call (Toll free) 18001801407, 1800227722 from BSNL/MTNL 04023430334 from other lines and mobile Website; www.airindia.in TOURISM OFFICES AP Tourism, Hyd 23262152/53/54 Sec-bad 27893100 Dept of Tourism 23453110 India Tourism 23261360 AP Tourism information Centre (24x7) 23450444, 23455999 UK VISA OFFICE VFS India Pvt Ltd Building, 8-2-542/A, Sunil Chamber, Road No. 7

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012

City

YESTERDAY’S QUESTION

WILL THE CABINET RESHUFFLE HELP PLACATE T LEADERS? 10% 90%

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WILL AP CABINET RESHUFFLE STRENGTHEN KIRAN’S HAND IN DEALING WITH DISSENT? A)

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City cops strike it rich, haul four gangs POSTNOON NEWS feedback@postnoon.com

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n a major break, the City and Cyberabad police have arrested four different gangs of snatchers and thieves and seized stolen goods worth nearly `20 lakh. This included gold jewellery and 17 stolen bikes. The first major nabbing came from the LB Nagar police. They tracked down two youths, Dinesh Singh, 22, and Mukesh Singh, 21, who have allegedly specialised in snatching. Police recovered 32 tola of gold jewellery and two stolen bikes from them. Both lived at Lalitha Bagh in Uppuguda and are jobless. Police said the duo found snatching a profitable venture. In another case, the City police of Chilkalguda held P Mohit Kumar and his friend

The police commissioner believes the recent communal tension could be the handiwork of an outsider gang and police are stepping up security.

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ity police are vexed at the growing number of communal clashes in the Old City of late. police commissioner Anurag Sharma said a gang or gangs from outside are believed to be behind most of the troubles lately and the police were trying to identify them. “A mischievous gang seems to be active in the City to create panic. Preliminary investigation

throws light that no local persons are interested in kicking up a communal clash. The violence last night in Ziaguda and Sabzimandi is a sequel to the deliberate attempt to disturb communal amity in the City,” he said. Trouble erupted last night in Sabzimandi and Ziaguda after a religious flag was burnt, which is said to be a retaliatory act of a similar incident that happened two days ago. Soon two communities came face to face and violence broke out and arson

took place. Some 10 shops were set ablaze in Ziaguda and two places of worship were attacked. Soon police imposed prohibitory orders. The commissioner told Postnoon that detectives were at work to trace those responsible for the violence and pickets have been set up outside important places of worship. Meanwhile, the commissioner has put on high alert South Zone police and Musheerabad police. Musheerabad had witnessed group clashes recently.

Senior officers are monitoring the situation and investigations. Task Force and Rapid Action Force have also been posted at crucial points to assist the local police. Police believe the key to the current spate of trouble could be the issue that happened at Musheerabad. Detectives in civil dress are also posted to ferret out information on trouble makers, police said. As of now, there is no definite clue to the elements indulging in trouble, but police are hopeful of a breakthrough soon. N SHIVA KUMAR

K Praveen Kumar and recovered 15 allegedly stolen bikes from them. Unlike the Singhs, these two had found bikestealing a far easier crime. In one more case the RGI Shamshabad police arrested D Rajkumar, 24, of Budhwel in Mahbubnagar district and seized one stolen idol and silver ornaments from his possession. He had ‘specialised’ in temple thefts, police said. Another case of arrest involved, Naresh Kumar, 23, and Amjad Khan, 26, of HUDA colony while they were burgling a house.


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TRANSPORT

LAST YEAR... HERE Passion crime capital

Good job cops, but a lot more needs to be done

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ast year we had reported how a youth had stabbed an engineering student when she refused to reciprocte to his feelings. Shortly after, he himself committed suicide by jumping in front of a train. For a state where passion crimes are as common as the traffic on its streets, this incident was just another ‘feather in its cap’.

OCTOBER 30, 2011

While most citizens agree that the traffic cops have done a great deal to make roads safer, they need to do more and not rest on their laurels.

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is the amount allocated for the construction of two community halls — one at Yadagiri Nagar and the other in Yousufguda — at the recent Standing Committee meeting.

I have met the CM and requested him to appoint me as the chairman of BC Commission. I hope that he will respond positively to my request. Dr V Krishnamohan Rao See page 5

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

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Looks like there is no respite for City cops. Just when the cops thought they could take a breather after all the hardwork they put in for the CoP, communal tension in Old City has reared its ugly head.

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They’ve done a good job, but they need to do more. The traffic cops might’ve done a great deal to curb drunk driving, but when it comes to keeping a check on vehicle modification they have a long way to go.

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After Union Cabinet reshuffle, focus is now on AP. Looks like it pays to be in the CM’s good books. After all, he might have a big say in the State Cabinet reshuffle.

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Standing Committee does something concrete. After months of being lackadaisical, the Standing Committee seems to have got its act together as it approved several civic works.

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YSRC continues to be a threat to Cong and TDP. Despite Jagan being in jail, babus from Congress and TDP continue crossing over to the YSRC.

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RAHUL RAMAKRISHNA rahul.r@postnoon.com

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any dangers the wantonly modified vehicles pose to civic life, several commuters, citizens and police officials admit that a lot more is to be done to regulate the City’s unruly traffic. While many have come forward in praise of the traffic police’s many campaigns against drunk driving, tinted windows on vehicles, and free left, the need for carrying the good work forward to check modified vehicles and pollution is emphasised. But the police have their own woes too. Among many problems that cripple the traffic police, the lack of coordination with the RTA is a major one. While officials from the traffic police department admit that better coordination is yet to be achieved, the RTA has lagged behind in raising any sort of campaign against the many traffic issues we face in our times. As admin inspector AV Srinivas says, “The RTA needs to begin rule enforcement strictly and coordinate with the police to help curb traffic issues. Getting a driving license is easier than booking a movie ticket these days, which should say something about the kind of drivers we have on our streets.” The fact that there are businesses in the City that thrive on modifying vehicles is an indication of the blatant rule violation we have in the City. “People generally tend to resist change as a natural habit. In Hyderabad, all rules belong to the rule books and stay in the rule books. I agree that this is a

CAMPAIGN serious issue and it is to be taken up with the higher authorities soon,” said DCP of traffic police MK Singh. Officials from the department agreed that they were short of infrastructure and training to recognise and apprehend vehicles modified beyond their original designs. Citizens and commuters too are in two minds about the entire department. “I deeply respect the traffic department for enforcing the drunk driving campaign and the free left campaign. It has helped make our roads safer. But the department needs to focus on training the bottom ranks of their officers to be more gentle and decent. I also hope that the Intelligent

Citizens also feel that the root cause of rash driving would be solved if the cops played a bigger role during driving license grants. Traffic Management System will help ease our traffic woes,” says Aneesh Kumar, an engineering student. “Perhaps, this department has seen a facelift ever since CV Anand took charge. The department has been active both online and offline and they have made good changes to traffic

policies. But a lot more has to be done, especially the security and policing on the ORR road where so many people have lost their lives,” says Syed Mubbasheer, a High Court advocate. Citizens also feel that the root cause of rash driving in this City would be solved if the police department played a bigger role during driving license grants. “There is so much corruption and malpractice in the RTA that it is of no surprise that everybody has a car or a bike to drive in the City. The police department should look into this urgently as it will help solve a lot of problems,” says Neha Mitra, a call centre employee.

NEWS BRIEFS 4 killed, 18 hurt in City mishap

Mayor of Seoul called on City mayor

Stolen car seized, one held

Security guard electrocuted, dies

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n a tragic accident, four people were killed and 18 others sustained injuries when a vegetableladen van lost its track and turned turtle on Road No 1, Banjara Hills, early this morning. The deceased have been identified as G Narasimhalu, G Pentaiah, G China Kistaiah and M Ranga Reddy, all natives of Pulapally of RR district.

im, Young-bae Mayor of Seongbuk-gu Seoul, Korea along with the delegation has called on Mayor Mohd Majid Hussain on Monday. Mayor of Seoul congratulated Hussain for successfully conducting the Conference of Parties (COP-11) in the City recently. The delegation even presented the “Humanitarian Award” to the mayor.

he police team of LB Nagar arrested B Mallesh, an alleged car thief, and has recovered a stolen car from his possession. The car was stolen a few days ago from Shiva Ganganagar of LB Nagar. The 30year-old Mallesh is a resident of Sainagar in Kushaiguda and is said to be a habitual offender. He had been arrested in the past too.

Sur Bahadur, 43, a Nepali died of electrocution on Monday at Pooja commercial complex situated in Malakpetgunj while he was trying to fill water in a tank on the roof of the complex. When he tried to start the motor he was electrocuted. The Chadarghat police have registered a case against the complex management and are investigating.


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POLITICS

Focus now shifts to Hyderabad Hundreds of hopefuls in the Congress have begun lobbying in the right earnest to corner PCC posts and other nominated posts in the State. member Dr V Krishnamohan Rao. Another Congress leader Pyata Ramesh hoped that the party high command would speed up the process of filling up of nominated posts as its hands are free now. A few days ago, the CM met party high command leaders in Delhi and held discussions with them on filling up of these posts as well.

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aving achieved some sort of stability after the Union Cabinet expansion where AP got a fair share of berths, the focus of the party organisation has now shifted to strengthening of the APCC and grassroots. The leadership agrees that the challenge for Congress in AP now is to strengthen the party cadres, especially in the wake of political activism by rivals like TDP and YSR Congress. The party higher-ups want to resort to a short-cut of filling up the nominated posts that would come to some 10,000 and also fillup the PCC hierarchy, which has been pending since Botsa Satyanarayana was put at the helms. Botsa had made several attempts to get a go ahead from the party high command to reorganise the committee after taking charge, but all his attempts went in vain owing to different reasons. “The reorganisation of

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APCC and 23 district Congress committees are pending since a very long time. Our president tried many times to reconstitute these committees. Many political reasons like continuous by-elections in the State and other reasons delayed the entire process. But, the Union Cabinet expansion has paved the way for the high command to undertake this process,” APCC general secretary G Niranjan told Postnoon on Monday.

As far nominated posts are concerned, many party leaders and hopefuls have already made the rounds of the State top leaders including Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and PCC president Botsa. Lobbying is in full swing. “I have met the CM and requested him to appoint me as the chairman of BC Commission. I hope that he will respond positively to my request,” said senior party leader and former BC Commission

CIVIC

Mayor, MP, inaugurate several schemes in City

Area visits were conducted wherein schemes such as Mahila Bhavan and sports materials for youngsters were launched. M ANIL KUMAR

Md NIZAMUDDIN nizamuddin.a@postnoon.com

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fter almost 30 years the Ahmednagar division near Banjara Hills wit-

nessed visits by a high profile delegation of MPs, MLAs and government officials in their constituency. They also inaugurated several works. Mayor Mohd Majid Hussain along with MP

Asaduddin Owaisi were welcomed by residents. Accompanying them was MLA Vizarath Rasool Khan. The team toured the division and inaugurated a shoal of schemes including Mahila Bhavan, works (pipelines and roads), distributed gas cylinders (under Deepam scheme), sports materials to the youngsters, checks under urban community development scheme, wheel chairs for handicapped. The most important aspects as part of development was flagging off of the APSRTC buses from the division and opening of a ration shop. Additional commissioners and zonal commissioner, engineer-in-chief, chief engineer, chief city planner, MRO, RDO and executive engineer were also part of the team that toured the area.

On the other hand, many senior party leaders are hoping to get promotions at the AICC level including membership of Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision makes body of the congress party. These leaders include Former PCC president D Srinivas, Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao, and AICC secretary and MLC P Sudhakar Reddy. Rumours are already doing the rounds that D Srinivas may be appointed as AICC general secretary in recognition of his services to the party. Attempts are also being made by

Banda eyeing S’bad again, threatens to quit

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ormer mayor Banda Karthika Reddy, who had unsuccessfully lobbied with her Congress party for the Secunderabad Assembly seat last time, is now lobbying for the same with a veiled threat of joining the YSRC if it is denied to her. Sources said that she would switch her party loyalty to the YSRC as the Congress was not in favour of her. But she would first pressurise the party afresh before crossing over. A keen contest for the seat is likely between her and the incumbent Jayasudha.

the party high command to convince party MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, who resigned from his MP seat after not getting a cabinet berth, by offering him the CWC membership.

POLITICS Reshuffle a joke without removing PM, says TDP POSTNOON NEWS feedback@postnoon.com

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here was no use of the Union Cabinet reshuffle without changing the PM as it was he who was behind all the scams that have taken place in the country in

Rao said promoting those involved in scams like Salman Khurshid was a sign of the Congress arrogance. the recent years, TDP leader, Dadi Veerabhadra Rao said. What the UPA has done has insulted the intelligence of the people, he added. Rao said, promoting those involved in scams like Salman Khurshid was a clear instance of the Congress arrogance and its defiance of public opinion. Rao is sure that the

Congress party would not give Telangana either. “Putting more on ministerial gaddi is no great way to favour the State,” he said. Besides, by not including the leaders who were in the forefront of the two movements the Congress leadership had proved again that it was not ready to make its stand clear on the T issue. On the State government decision to resume land allotted to Lepakshi Knowledge Hub in Ananthapur district, the TDP leader sought to know why so much time was required for it and why lands allotment to Brahmani Steels, Brahmani Airport, Brahmani Infratech, Indu Tech, Kakinada SEZ were yet to be resumed. Meanwhile, another TDP leader Laljan Basha alleged that YSR Congress leader YS Sharmila had hurt the sentiments of Muslims by entering a mosque at Chigicherla village in Ananthapur district.


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GHMC

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Congress members argue that instead of allotting land for religious structures focus should be on providing space for graveyards. Approved n Road widening from Quli Qutub Shah Tombs to Old Bombay Highway – Land Compensation `22,97,923 n Hiring of vehicles (cars) to various officers working in GHMC n Road widening from Tarnaka to Nagole Bridge, Administrative sanction for the payment of land compensation amounting to `54,25,000 n Laying of BT road from Shastripuram bus stop to railway gate at Shastripuram main road, Shivrampally in Rajendranagar `42 lakh n Laying of BT road from NH 9 to Shastripuram in Rajendranagar `41 lakhs. n Construction of Community Hall at Yadagiri Nagar, Vengala Rao Nagar division, `22 lakh n Construction of Community Hall opp Pochamma Temple, Yousufguda division — `26 lakh

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t the meeting of the Standing Committee held on Monday, the members mostly focused on pending relocation of poles after widening of many roads that were leading to accidents and the issue of government lands being allocated to religious structures. Members from Congress pointed out that these poles were causing accidents, particularly during the nights and asked the mayor to immediately focus on the pressing issue. When the issue of land allocation to religious structures came up for discussion, they vehemently opposed the move saying that there were many places of worship, but what citizens lack are graveyards. Instead of providing space for religious structures the

n Development of road from Banjara Hills Road No 2 to Jubilee Hills Road No 5 (Krishna nagar junction) via Annapurna Studio — `720 lakhs n Consultancy for preparation for detailed project report for improvement and modernisation of various lakes / tanks of Hyderabad — `1,25,67,408 n Widening of Road from Moosapet Cheruvu connecting to Railway Line via IDL. Revised estimate worked out to `1517.35 lakhs.

government should give land for burial and cremation. On the issue of occupation of parks and pending court cases, the members from Congress asked as to what the Council was doing. For which the estate

wing was asked to produce related information by the next Standing Committee meeting. The issue of hoardings also brought up, where the issue of delay in induction of committee was also brought to the fore. The other subjects discussed included, relocation of cell towers, the issue of which is also in the courts. The mayor instructed the commissioner, GHMC to hold a meeting with committee members within two weeks’ time with regard to shifting of electrical poles. He also directed the commissioner to hold an enquiry on Srinivas, EE, electrical, South Zone. Action would be initiated based on the report in the next standing committee meeting. Directions were given to AMOH (assitant medical officers of health) to inspect personally the quality of oil, being used by vendors. The engineer-in-chief was asked to produce a list of lakes, which have been proposed by the next meeting.

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remors were felt in several parts of the State on Monday. The earth trembled for about three seconds making the people run out of their homes with panic. The quake was felt in Prakasham, Guntur, Nalgonda, Krishna, Khammam and RR districts. Tremors were also felt in the Krishna river basin area. NSS

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The Care for Lonely event saw a large number of women participants in comparison to its last meet.

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enior women are coming out of the shadows. They too demand a right to choose the type of life and partner. The clear evidence came out at the ‘Care for Lonely Elders’ organised by Thodu Needa on Sunday. The first such meeting held in 2010 had just six women participating, but on Sunday, two years after the organisation came

into being, 30 women participated. “It is revolutionary,” remarked the founder-president NM Rajeshwari. Of the 400 members of Thodu Needa, 120 are elderly women. In two years, the organisation also blazed a trail by helping 40 elders get married. The selection is left to the individuals. The only condition the organisation puts in is that the man and woman seeking to live-in together or get married is that either their spouse should be

deceased or they should be unmarried. The divorcee, another category, must be legally divorced to be eligible. Loneliness is not a disease or something to be ashamed of, Rajeshwari said. Often, seniors live a miserable life as their wards are either settled elsewhere or are busy with their lives and have little time for the parents. The organisation has conducted 16 such get-togethers in two years.

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GUM PAIN: Gum pain mainly is

due to improper maintenance of mouth – improper brushing (insufficient or excessive). Insufficient brushing, where the tartar & plaque removal is not sufficiently done causing plaque accumulation that slowly hardens into calculus and settles and stabilizes on teeth & gums finding its happy home resulting in gum infections. Calculus is nothing but hardened layer of tartar, food debris and huge amounts of bacteria, visible as yellowish or black brown bands covering or bordering the teeth, slowly damaging & eating away the gums. This gum infection shows off as either bleeding / swollen /spongy gums, that are red in colour, loosening of teeth, severe pain in jaws referring to

head & neck, bad breadth or a combination of any of these. Gum problems also affect the general health. Causing gastro intestinal problems & cardiac problems. The bacteria found in gum infections are shown to have affinity the heart muscle & they trigger the heart problems in cardiac patients. Diabetic’s patients always suffer from aggregated gum problems. Diabetics are hyper responsive to even small amounts of tartar & calculus accumulation. There is aggression & regression of gum problems paralleling with the increase & decrease of sugar levels in diabetic patients. These gum problems can be reduced with general scaling, deep cleaning or flap surgeries as the oral condition calls for in the dental office. Also the post treatment maintenance is critical to hold the results from the dental treatments. For some people with irregular teeth arrangement even proper brushing may not be helpful in proper cleaning of teeth For them orthodontic treatment to correct the irregularities can be done to ensure proper cleaning for healthy gums. Excessive brushing causes wearing off of the teeth associated with receding, Gums that leads to exposure of roots of teeth into the oral climate cause sensitivity.”

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POLITICS

Exodus to YSRC continues The Congress and Telugu Desam seem to be losing their base in the State as a number of members move out of their fold to join the YSRC.

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ven as the ruling Congress and the main Opposition Telugu Desam have been trying to apply brakes to the YSR Congress, it seems to be surging ahead like a juggernaut by continuing to attract members from these parties into its fold.

A TDP leader from Chintalapudi also announced his decision to join YSR Congress Both the Congress and TDP seem to be losing their base in West Godavari district as a legislator belonging to the latter decided to join the YSR Congress, a ruling party MLA on Monday too decided to defect to the Jagan bandwagon.

The Congress legislator from Chintalapudi in the district M Rajesh shifted his loyalty by calling on the YSR Congress honorary president YS Vijayalakshmi and apprised her of his desire to quit the ruling party and join her party soon.

He declared that he had become a legislator because of the blessings of late YSR and was able to develop his constituency. It may be mentioned here that TDP legislator from the district Vanitha had already announced her decision to quit the party and join the YSR Congress. Meanwhile, former Telugu Desam MLA from Payakaraopet in Visakhapatnam district Chengala Venkatrao called on Vijayamma and joined the YSR Congress. Meanwhile, the TDP leader from Chintalapudi who contested against Rajesh and lost in the last election also announced his decision to join YSR Congress Party on November 4 at a public meeting in Kovvur to be addressed by Vijayamma. NSS

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INVESTMENT CLIMATE

AP takes top rung in investment The State has climbed to the fourth position when it comes to number of private investments. Till two years back, Andhra Pradesh was at the seventh position. POSTNOON NEWS feedback@postnoon.com States

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his bit of news may warm the hearts of growth buffs. With a share of nearly 8.4 per cent, Andhra Pradesh has raced to the envious fourth position in India when it comes to the share of private investments. This is a jump from the seventh position, two years ago. Gujarat still occupies the topmost position followed by Orissa and Maharashtra. AP is only a few notches down from Maharashtra. Gujarat (12.5 per cent), Orissa (10.7 per cent), Maharashtra (8.9 per cent) and Andhra Pradesh (8.4 per cent), Karnataka (7 per cent) are the only states that continue to draw private investments, says an Assocham study on outstanding investments across the states 2012. “It’s no surprise. AP still proves a better bet for private investment than many others,” says a FAPCCI leader. Besides, with a share of over

`82.9 lakh crore, the private sector accounts for over 59 per cent of the total outstanding investments across India worth over `140 lakh crore as of June 2012. “Flow of the private investments is decided by the attractiveness of investment opportunities as they are mostly driven by profitability considerations,” says Ravindra Sannareddy, chairperson of Assocham Southern Region Council. “Bureaucratic efficiency, infrastructure facilities, and ease of land acquisition influence the flow of private investments,”

said Sannareddy. “Tax concessions, product market conditions and exit policies are effective tools of private investment attraction.” Andhra Pradesh (8.4 per cent) and Karnataka (7.2 per cent) are other states with maximum share in outstanding private sector investments across India. Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Assam have the least share in India’s total private sector investments which is even less than one per cent. (Compiled by PK Surendran)

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Foreign Total private Private

Private Investm ent % share in India

Total

(%)Share of pvt investment in total investments

Gujarat

94,16,405 9,27,140 1E+07

12.5

1.5E+07

69.5

Odisha

77,53,091 11,36,717 88,89,808 10.7

1.2E+07

74.7

Maharashtra

70,79,192 2,70,925 73,50,116 8.9

1.4E+07

51.1

Andhra Pradesh

62,95,793 6,84,604 69,80,397 8.4

1.2E+07

56.5

Karnataka

54,50,046 5,55,899 60,05,944 7.2

1E+07

57.4

Jharkhand

51,94,695 6,75,900 58,70,595 7.1

7487017

78.4

Tamil Nadu

39,91,506 28,20,41 42,73,547 5.2

9102490

46.9

West Bengal

36,20,190 5,50,380 41,70,570

6214318

67.1

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Haryana

38,03,229 1,63,554 39,66,783 4.8

4578880

86.6

Uttar Pradesh

38,13,687 1,52,250 39,65,937 4.8

5635826

70.4

Madhya Pradesh 37,67,495 45,050 38,12,545 4.6

5833502

65.4

Chhattisgarh

30,23,052 2,02,100 32,25,152 3.9

4461229

72.3

Rajasthan

19,01,758 92,874 19,94,632 2.4

3312587

60.2

Bihar

12,64,288

12,64,438 1.5

2569211

49.2

Punjab

12,36,535

7,371 12,43,906 1.5

2092688

59.4

Kerala

794811

67,650 8,62,461

1

2189429

39.4

Himachal Pradesh

375868

35,000 4,10,868

0.5

836003

49.1

Jammu & Kashmir 239622

2,39,622

0.3

1184022

20.2

2,21,887

0.3

1118462

19.8

62815

0.1

664174

9.5

8E+07

100

1E+08

59.2

Uttarakhand

218437

Assam

62815

India

8E+07

150

3,450 6E+06

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Energy efficient buildings are the future The two-day International Conference on Green Buildings will see leading industry captains, representatives of construction sector and companies around the world presenting the concept of smart energy cities. RAHUL RAMAKRISHNA rahul.r@postnoon.com

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he first day of the International Conference on Green Buildings was inaugurated at the HICC today. Prominent speakers and representatives of various agencies from public and private organisations are participating. The two-day conference will see leading industry captains and representatives of construction sector and companies around the world presenting the smart energy cities, a future concept. Prem C Jain, chairman of the Indian Green Council and Green Building Congress delivered the theme address and welcomed the delegates. Jamshyd N Godrej, chairman of CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre and Marita Ljung, State secretary, ministry of enterprise and energy, Sweden addressed the gathering. B Sam Bob, principal sec-

retary to the government addressed the importance of green buildings. He said the only challenge posed by green buildings is the upfront cost of construction. Sam stressed the need for a collective effort to promote green buildings in times of severe power outages, especially the ongoing power crunch in the State right now.

According to a UN report, by 2030, 68 Indian cities will have more than one million inhabitants, and six megacities. Bob said the green building effort has been seeing an unsteady enthusiasm but it needs a sustained effort. Since it is going to be the future trend, it is better to get prepared. Hyderabad was on par with the

rest of the cities in the world in terms of energy conservation and eco-friendly green building promotion, he said. Various awards were given out to school children for their participation and in the Green I contest. Three architecture students were also awarded for their participation in the architectural design competition. According to the UN report, by 2030 it is predicted that 68 Indian cities will each have more than one million inhabitants, and six megacities, more than ten million each. The rapid growth of cities causes a large number of challenges, including insufficient power supply, unreliable public transportation systems and limited access to adequate medical treatment. As of now, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Sultanpur are among Indian cities that have been seeing some surge in energy efficient green buildings.


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Business

HONDA IN TIE-UP WITH MALAYSIA'S PROTON

The parent of automaker Proton will enter a partnership with Japan's Honda, the companies have said, in the troubled Malaysian car manufacturer's latest stab at revival through a foreign tie-up.

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Clinical precision matters

Clinical research industry has a huge requirement for qualified manpower.

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ny business should stand apart from competitors by doing things better and uniquely without ignoring the value addition it provides to the customer. Anuj Tripathi (right), a post graduate in biotechnology, saw the business opportunity and started a research training institute in 2009. He observed that short-term courses with industry-oriented sylrevenues year on year and trained over 450 students in different clinical research courses. Talking about the idea, he says, “The idea was to bring experts from the industry as trainers and to offer short term courses which act as a bridge to step in to the industry after their graduation. The initial investments were very less as we started the training centre at a small rented property. Over time, we have increased the office space in accordance with the number of enrolments. “Clinical research is an ever

Clini India has seen around 100 per cent growth in revenues year on year and trained over 450 students. labus with high teaching standards can bring value addition to the students. His business initiative, Clini India, a training academy for clinical research and management, has seen around 100 per cent growth in

growing industry. It is a continuous process and does not get affected with the economic factors like recession. Ever pharmaceutical company should go with the trails before launching their medical devices or drugs. It takes almost 12-15 years in developing a medicine. There is a lot of work during this process that is outsourced to IT majors in the country. These companies take care of functions like clinical data management and pharmacovigilance. With this, there is a need and demand for corporate and management skills for

the pharmacy and medical graduates.” On the growth of business, he says, “Effective marketing also played a crucial role in bringing the students to the institute. There is a need for marketing across the platforms moderately in the growing time. There are students who don’t read a newspaper but active online. Word of mouth is also vital in bringing new enrolments. Quality training also helped us to get enrolments through referrals,” he says. The business has expanded to other cities through franchisee model. “It helps you to cut down risk and share revenues. By this model, we can concentrate on growth rather than getting too much into internal operations. The company has its network spread across Kolkata, New Delhi and Lucknow. It will soon start its operations in Bangalore and Mumbai. It is also taking clinical trial assignments from the companies, where the team will do various things like medical writing and regulatory submissions.

TACKLING THE TAXMAN

iPhone software head out in shake-up Craig Federighi were part of a move to better integrate hardware, software, and services. Analysts credit the Apple "ecosystem" of coveted apps, sleek gadgets, and carefully curated services such as iTunes with making the

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple on Monday announced that the executive in-charge of Maps, Siri and other software in its culture-changing iPhones is leaving as part of a shakeup in the upper ranks of the company. Apple chief Tim Cook said the departure of Scott Forstall and enhanced roles of Jon Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and

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AREVA APPEAL REJECTED Czech state-run power group CEZ said Monday it had rejected an appeal by France's Areva against its elimination from a tender to build two new units at its Temelin nuclear plant in the southern Czech Republic. Along with US giant Westinghouse and Russia's Atomstroiexport, Areva placed a bid in July for the contract worth an estimated 200-300 billion koruna (8-12 billion euros, $10.5-15.7 billion). A winner is expected to be announced in late 2013. CEZ ruled Areva out of the tender on October 5. The French state-run company then filed an appeal. According to the Czech daily Lidove noviny, Areva had refused to set a fixed price for the contract and a completion deadline.

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ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS

Battling over guns and apples in poll-bound Himachal Issues in Himachal Pradesh almost always revolve around apples. And this time it looks like the political apple cart in the region might just be upset over the anti-hail gun technology.

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t’s literally a battle over guns in one assembly constituency in Himachal Pradesh. And the guns have to do with the apple crop. A battle has erupted between arch rivals Congress and the BJP over the installation of anti-hail guns by the ruling BJP in the apple heartland of Jubbal-Kotkhai in upper Shimla. The Congress smells a rat in the installation of the guns, whereas BJP is saying these helped save apples worth crores during the flowering and fruit setting season from hailstorms. The state, in 2010, installed three anti-hail guns in Deorighat, Kathasu and Braionghat in Shimla. Horticulture minister Narinder Bragta and Congress’ Rohit Thakur are training their guns at each other, the third time in a row, from this constituency, which is also the state’s apple basket. Both the candidates are also prominent apple growers. “The contract for installing guns was given to a firm with no proprietary experience of its own and it teamed up with a cloud seeding company. It’s a sheer waste of central government

ment this year. The idea was to install 300 guns across the state to adequately cover the entire fruit-growing areas. Bragta blamed the central government for not including hailstorms as a national calamity. The fruit growers are compensated when they are covered under a national calamity. The guns contain cannons

The anti-hail gun technique has been functioning successfully in US, Mexico, Canada and Turkey and European countries. funds,” Thakur said. He said that the damage to the crop was greater in the areas where the guns had been installed. Justifying the guns, Bragta told IANS they are still only at the trial stage. “Initially there were some hiccups in the operation of the cannons. But now, the guns are efficiently quelling hailstorms,”

he said. Bragta said one anti-hail gun would only cover one sq km. “In the past two years, there was no report of damage to the crop in the areas where they were installed. However, the damage was more in those areas not covered by them.” He said a `374 crore proposal to purchase anti-hail guns was submitted to the central govern-

connected to a weather radar. When clouds with potential to release hailstones are formed, the guns send shock waves into the pressure areas, puncturing the clouds and sending down rain rather than hail. The anti-hail gun technique has been functioning successfully in the US, Mexico, Canada and Turkey and European countries.

Observers say the issues in this constituency are almost always about apples. While the BJP is taking credit for increasing farm subsidy on anti-hail nets to `50,000 this year, the Congress claims that it would provide a subsidy of up to 80 per cent. “The bumpy 80-km-long Theog-Kotkhai-Hatkoti-Rohru stretch is also a major issue,” an observer said. The state government allocated the World Bankfunded road widening project, which would serve as a lifeline for Shimla’s apple belt, to Chinese firm Longjian Road and Bridge Company Ltd in 2008. The road was to be completed within 36 months. In August, the government cancelled the contract with the company. Thakur said apple crop worth over `1,000 crore was damaged in the past four years. Bragta admitted to a delay in the project’s execution but blamed the company. Polling for the 68 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh will be held Nov 4. The votes will be counted only on Dec 20 after the Gujarat assembly polls are over.

POLITICS

Krishna’s loss may not be Cong’s gain Krishna is no doubt the tallest Congress leader in the state, and he has a reputation for bringing all sections of the party together. However age is no longer on his side. Worse, the party is bitterly divided on caste lines.

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M Krishna quit as external affairs minister ostensibly because the Congress wants the services of its tallest leader in Karnataka to recapture power in the state in the assembly polls, due early next year. A grand plan, no doubt. The catch, however, is that there are few takers for this spin, even within the Congress unit in Karnataka, which is riven by groupism and differences of caste. If Krishna, who has been replaced by Salman Khurshid as India’s foreign minister, returns to active state politics, it will be the second time in just over four years that he has moved from

centre to state. After being chief minister for five years from 1999, the party was defeated in the 2004 polls; in December that year, he was made Maharashtra governor. In March 2008 he quit as governor to return to state politics, and actively campaigned for the Congress in the assembly polls of May that year. The Congress did not gain much, and the BJP came to power for the first time in the state. There was much hype, though, in 2008 when Krishna reentered Karnataka politics as he was leaving mostly an honorary post of governor, usually reserved for either ageing lead-

ers or trouble-makers for the ruling party at New Delhi. This time, however, if he returns to Karnataka, he will be returning after losing one of the most important portfolios in the Union government. Krishna was the first external affairs minister from Karnataka; the most important central ministry held by leaders from the state in the past had been railways. Krishna is no doubt the tallest Congress leader in the state, and he has a reputation for bringing all sections of the party together. However, at 80 years, age is no longer on his side. Worse, the party is bitterly

divided on caste lines with a powerful group of Lingayat community leaders openly campaigning to remove the present KPCC chief G Parameshwara. Parameshwara is a Dalit but known to be a staunch follower of Krishna, who belongs to the Vokkaliga community. Krishna, meanwhile, has also lost much clout in his home district of Mandya over the years. Given this backdrop, the age factor and the lukewarm response he would get from some sections in the state Congress, Krishna can at best play a minimal role, despite the grand things his party might say. IANS


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DEPRESSION BRINGS HEAVY RAINS IN TN

A deep depression over the Bay of Bengal, which would further intensify into a cyclonic storm, today brought heavy rains in many parts of Tamil Nadu, especially in coastal areas, prompting the government to declare a holiday for schools.

POWER PLAY

CLASSICAL TOUCH

RBI eases liquidity, but leaves rates unchanged

Russian artistes perform ‘Bolshoi’ ballet in New Delhi on Monday. PTI/ ATUL YADAV

MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday cut a key policy ratio by 25 basis points to release `175 billion into the system for lending, but left policy rates unchanged, hoping this will push growth but also keep inflation under check. The cash reserve ratio, or the money against deposits which commercial banks have to retain in the form of liquid assets such as cash, has been cut to 4.25 per cent from 4.5 per cent at present. All the other policy rates and reserve ratios were, however, kept unchanged.

Bank rate: 9 per cent Repurchase Rate: 8 per cent Reverse Repurchase Rate: 7 per cent Marginal Standing Facility Rate: 9 per cent Cash Reserve Ratio: 4.25 per cent Statutory Liquidity Ratio: 23 per cent

These changes were effected during the second quarter review of the monetary policy for this fiscal conducted by RBI governor

D Subbarao at the central bank’s headquarters at Mint Street in downtown Mumbai. "The persistence of inflationary pressures even as growth has moderated, remains a key challenge. In this respect, India is an exception to the global trend, which underscores the role of domestic structural factors," he said. The market sentiments, accordingly, were hit and the sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange fell to 18,506.83 points, immediately after the policy review, to log an

intra-day loss of 128.99 points, ot 0.69 per cent. A day before the review, the central bank had said in its formal assessment of macro-economic and monetary developments for the July-September quarter, that inflation was likely to persist for some time. It revised upward its projection for inflation based on wholesale prices to 7.7 per cent from the earlier estimate of 7.3 per cent and lowered the forecast of country's economic growth for this fiscal to 5.7 per cent from the 6.5 per cent earlier. IANS

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TECH-UPDATE

MPCC plans link via video conference

NAGPUR: The Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) is gearing up to streamline its functioning well ahead of the Assembly elections in 2014 and planning to link all city and district units via video conference to strengthen its organisational network. “This will be probably first ever experiment by a state level political organisation to reach out to district and taluka level office bearers and have a direct communication with them to strengthen the network and prepare themselves for next big event,” MPCC president Manikrao Thakre said. The network of video conferencing is in progress and about 50 per cent has already been done. About 57 city and 40 district units will be linked which will enable them to speak to state office bearers sitting at one place. Chief minister, his cabinet colleagues and principal office bearers of Congress will speak to party workers and officials of district units right from the party HQ at one time, Thakre said. PTI

Four die in UP accident

LUCKNOW: Four people, including a child, were mowed down on Monday night by a truck in Muzaffarnagar district, police said. The accident happened in the Civil Lines area in Muzaffarnagar, when the speeding truck lost control and hit a car. It then sped away, only to run over five people on the Jansath bridge. Police said four people including a couple, a child and another youngster, were killed on the spot, while another injured woman is admitted at a medical facility in a critical condition. The truck driver was arrested after a long chase, police said.

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Darkness descends on New York

NEW YORK: “Frankenstorm� Sandy sent crippling floods pouring onto New York streets Monday, provoking a power plant explosion, blacking out much of Manhattan and leaving widespread storm devastation. The storm left at least one person dead in America's biggest city, while emergency services staged many rescues of people trapped in their homes and in a hospital which lost power. At least 12 people were killed Monday in the United States and Canada as the megastorm Sandy slammed into the US East Coast, tearing down trees and power lines with hurricanestrength gusts. Local officials in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina reported 10 dead, and Toronto police said a Canadian woman was killed by flying debris. Seawater burst the banks of the East and Hudson rivers, submerging road and subway tunnels. Power was cut to about 500,000 homes across New York City's five boroughs, including 250,000 in Manhattan. Gale force winds pushed over a crane on a skyscraper and tore off the facade of another building. A falling tree killed a man in the Queens borough, firefighters said.

Fire fighters use a saw in an attempt to remove a partially collapsed door due to Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in New York, United States.

(Above) The facade of an apartment building collapsed in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. (Below) Waves crash against a previously damaged pier

before landfall of Sandy in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Storm-driven waves crashed ashore and flooded seafront communities across a swathe of the eastern United States.

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people are killed across six US states in storm-related incidents as Sandy comes crashing ashore. A 13th fatality is confirmed in Canada

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The storm retains hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds of up to 80 miles per hour (130 kilometers per hour).

Death, darkness as NEW YORK: Monster storm Sandy swept a wall of churning sea water and driving rain onto the eastern United States on Monday, flooding the heart of downtown New York and leaving at least 13 dead. Seawater coursed between the iconic skyscrapers of New York's financial district in

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A replica of the HMS Bounty that starred in Hollywood movies sinks in towering waves off North Carolina. The Coast Guard rescues 14-member crew in a dramatic helicopter rescue.

lower Manhattan, flooding subways and road tunnels and shorting out the power grid, plunging hundreds of thousands into darkness. Further south, vast swathes of the eastern seaboard found themselves under water and on inland mountains Sandy's rain-heavy clouds had merged with

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The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq, the world's biggest financial markets, suspend trading for a weather event for the first time since Hurricane Gloria in 1985.

a cold weather front to dump tons of snow on higher ground. The catastrophe completely overshadowed the US election race, forcing a halt to campaigning just eight days before Americans are due to go to the polls to choose between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.

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Disaster estimator Eqecat says damage from Sandy could hit as much as $20billion.


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STORM UPDATES n The centre of Sandy makes landfall along the coast of southern New Jersey near Atlantic City at around 0000 GMT Tuesday.

(Above) Rising water, caused by Hurricane Sandy, rushes into a subterranian parking garage on Monday in the Financial District of New York, United States. Below Monitors above the S&P 100 Stock Index Options (OEX) pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) which would normally be filled with financial news and information are blank on October 29, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Power outage seen on MOnday in Manhattan, New York. Hurricane Sandy, which threatens 50 million people in the Mid-Atlantic area of the United States, is expected to bring days of rain, high winds and possibly heavy snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all New York City bus, subway and commuter rail services as of Sunday evening.

Hurricane Sandy had killed 67 people as it tore through the Caribbean, and reports of more deaths began to arrive after it made landfall at 8:00 pm (0000 GMT) in New Jersey and began to wreak havoc in the United States. Local officials in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland,

West Virginia and North Carolina reported 13 dead in storm related incidents, and Toronto police said a Canadian woman was killed by flying debris. Authorities warned the threat to life and property was "unprecedented" and ordered hundreds of thousands of residents in areas from

A homeless woman packs her belongings under the heavy rain on a street in downtown Washington DC, Monday. AFP/MLADEN ANTONOV

New England to North Carolina to evacuate their homes and seek shelter. Falling trees dragged down power cables, plunging millions of homes into darkness as night fell, while storm warnings cut rail links and marooned tens of thousands of travelers at airports across the region. AFP

N plant in New Jersey put on alert Sandy sinks ship; crew rescued, captain missing WASHINGTON: A nuclear power plant in New Jersey declared an alert Monday from mega-storm Sandy as water passed a minimum level but no safety concerns were reported, the US nuclear regulator said. The Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, in Ocean County just north of the resort of Atlantic City, was already on a scheduled outage as the massive storm made landfall on the Atlantic Coast.

n Heavy snow is reported in parts of West Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina as Sandy merges with the descending cold front from Canada n State-by-state tallies by US media show some six million American households without power n Coastal areas of Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts and Long Island, New York see widespread flooding as television pictures show wooden boats carrying stranded residents to safety

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Frankenstorm hits

n Shortly before landfall, the superstorm technically becomes Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy as it collides with a cold front coming down from Canada

WASHINGTON: Hurricane Sandy sank a tall ship off North Carolina Monday, killing one crew member and leaving the captain missing as 14 others were plucked alive from lifeboats by the US Coast Guard. Claudene Christian, 42, was found "unresponsive" at sea and taken by hospital to hospital amid a dramatic rescue operation in wild Atlantic Ocean swells whipped up by the storm. Her death was later confirmed by the hospital.

n President Barack Obama cuts short election campaigning in Florida and rushes back to Washington to manage storm response n Obama addresses the nation, warning Americans up and down the Eastern Seaboard that Sandy could cause fatalities and urging residents to heed advice from local authorities n Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney cancels all campaign events on Monday and Tuesday as pundits ponder how the storm will influence the White House race just a week before election day n Thousands of flights are cancelled at airports in major cities up and down the coast, causing widespread travel chaos just before Halloween


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Comment No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.

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WHO WILL BE BLOWN AWAY BY SANDY?

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eft widowed and homeless in a country where she is unwanted, Rahima longs only to flee strife-torn Myanmar on a perilous journey made by thousands of other Muslim Rohingya before her. Hundreds of thousands of the stateless people — considered by the UN to be one of the most persecuted minorities on the planet — have left aboard rickety boats in past decades, and there are signs of another exodus looming. “We are like dead people. I want to go to another country. I cannot keep suffering like this,” said Rahima, 55, whose husband and 25-year-old son were killed in Buddhist-Muslim clashes in western Rakhine state in June. “I don’t have enough food. How long can I keep living here?” she asks. A fresh wave of violence has left dozens more dead and displaced about 30,000 people. In the past Bangladesh was the destination of choice, but it has now closed its doors, turning away boatloads of Rohingya who attempted to flee the violence in June. Yet for many Rohingya, the chance of a new life overseas is worth the risk. “There is nothing to do here, so it’s natural to try to find something better,” said Kyaw Hla Aung, a Rohingya community leader in Sittwe. He hopes more of his people will be able to set off as soon as the weather permits. But for the retired lawyer himself, who says he spent 14 years in jail for defending farmers’ rights, the thought of leaving is too heart-wrenching. “How can we abandon all the mosques downtown, how can we abandon our land?” he asks. AFP

HIGH-FLYING THOUGHTS

There’s nothing man can do when nature decides to punish us. As US is being battered by the ‘Frankenstorm’ Sandy here we are being warned about Storm Nilam. Man has been battered before, but we won’t be cowed down. With the means what’s left, we will stand up and start again.

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uper storm Sandy is a bona fide disaster impacting millions of Americans, but as floodwaters surge ashore one week from election day, a discomfiting political question emerges. Which candidate stands to lose the most? President Barack Obama is in office and the man at the helm. He could sink or swim on his handling of the federal response to such a serious crisis that has already claimed 13 US lives and caused millions in damage. Mitt Romney, who aims to unseat Obama on November 6, has shown compassion for victims and has called on supporters to help fellow Americans in need, but with no official role in response operations risks appearing left out. “Right now, with the storm making landfall and affecting as many as 50 million people, the priority has to be on safety and on relief efforts,” a Romney campaign official told AFP late on Monday. “And a lot of campaign decisions have to be made with that in mind.”

The White House offered similar declarations, stressing the “safety and security of Americans” was the top priority and acknowledging that two full days of campaigning could be lost due to the storm. “We have to focus on not the campaign and not the election, but on making sure that all federal resources are both prepositioned and in place to help states and localities respond to the storm,” Obama spokesman Jay Carney said.

“THAT’S OUR FOCUS RIGHT NOW” But there is an election to win and, with virtually everyone agreeing that the presidential race will go down to the wire, neither candidate will want to lose ground on the closing straight. It will take some expert political cunning, however, to determine when and how to dart back out on the campaign trail full time without appearing callous or insensitive to the plight of storm victims. Stumping for votes in Virginia when more than 1,70,000 customers are without power would hardly appear to be a winning strategy, and yet the state is one of the nation’s top three political battlegrounds, along with Florida and Ohio. On Sunday, Obama advisor

Mitt Romney shows Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus (R) and US Senator Rob Portman an iPad with an image of Hurricane Sandy aboard the campaign bus.

David Axelrod had worried publicly that the storm would dampen turnout in the early voting so vital to the president’s hopes in states like Virginia. “Obviously we want unfettered access to the polls because we believe that the more people come out, the better we’re going to do,” a blunt Axelrod said. Historically, a large election turnout has generally favored Democrats. But trouble looms for conservatives in Virginia’s rural southwest, where residents were in for a major snowstorm that could keep many in the largely Republican region away from the polls.

Another place the storm could directly affect the vote is Philadelphia, the Democratic bastion in left-leaning Pennsylvania. Nearly 400,000 people were without power in and around the city on Monday night. Democrats need Philadelphians to vote in large numbers; if they stay home it presents an opportunity for Romney to snatch a vital state. The storm also offered opportunity, albeit on a political knife-edge, for Obama, allowing him to pose as a cool, effective leader, marshaling government resources at a moment when citizens most need them. AFP

EDITORIALS Show them the way Who’ll bell the cat?

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ecently there was some disturbing news about the alarming attrition rates in the CRPF and the BSF. However, now the CRPF has taken up a programme that sets an example for many institutions to follow. Nearly 400 girls from tribal areas in Jharkhand are being imparted training by the CRPF through the civil outreach programme in self-defence, nursing, housekeeping and computers. And not just that, similar programmes have been started in other parts of the country that are strife, too. Well, there’s nothing new about it, one may say. Efforts have been made and are being made at all fronts for the upliftment of women. Yet, the sad truth is we are eons away from reaching where all is fine and fair. Caught in the crossfire between the naxals and the government forces, these girls did not have much scope for hope... in any way. Not only that the programme will be an excellent diversion for their minds and hearts drained of hope, this will broaden their horizon, provide new vistas that will inspire them and give them choices and empower them to make a choice. That’s what’s needed — not tall speeches.

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oo much exposure and no implication seems the latest trend on the national scene. While whistle blowers are doing a good job the ruling UPA appears decided to rubbish all and adopt the attitude of the ostrich. In this scenario the most vexed are the common people who while paying higher and higher taxes are unable to decide who is right. The reentry of Gandhian Anna Hazare is bound to kick up more muck in the already slimy scene but, pray, who will bell the cat?

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workplace

NEWS CORP INTO PENGUIN?

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has expressed interest in buying book publisher Penguin Group, potentially undermining merger discussions between Penguin and Random House, people familiar with the situation said.

MAKING WORK FUN

Classic Icebreakers

You know it’s time to arrange a fun team building activity when there are newcomers and they have to acclimatise to the group. Here are some fun team-building exercises that can help lift spirits at the workplace GO KARTING

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owling is the most enjoyable team-building game. It is highly competitive so you can encourage bonding among the colleagues if you get them as a group to compete against another group. Once your team is designated, choose topics of discussion to help them bond throughout the season. There are many bowling alleys that you can visit in the City including the ones at SVM Mall, Xtreme Sports Bar and the like.

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ho can forget the “Bazinga” moment when Sheldon from Big Bang Theory sacrifices himself and thus inspires his friends to avenge his hit in the paintball competition. Follow the lovable nerdy scientists and go for a paintball game with your colleagues for a team building exercise. L'l Champs and Crossfire Paintball are the places in the City you can go for a game of paintball.

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hoosing the correct location and the right team building activity is no child’s play. An offsite or a team building exercise can be easily related to a “make it or break it” scenario where a poorly chosen activity can ruin the purpose of the pro-

gramme and will result in wasting time and energy of the employees rather than benefiting the organisation. If done right, the exercise has many benefits including improving communication, boosting morale, motivation, learning effective strategies, improving productivity, and many others. We bring you the top four fun team building exercises.

is the amount CEOs anticipate making in 2013, a 10% increase from the $314,000 average expected compensation this year. Actual average compensation in 2011 was $301,000. This was the result from a new survey by ExpertCEO.

WORK CULTURE

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rustrated at work? You can vent all your frustrations out by zapping your colleagues at your next team building exercise. Laser tag as a team building activity will help reduce stress and foster bonding and team spirit among them. Go the Barney Stinson way and get the employees out for a game of laser tag as “playing laser tag is awesome”. Book a slot at SVM Mall, where laser tag has been recently introduced, and zapp your colleagues and take a hit at the boss too.

Because you’re most likely in a cubicle or other open office area, you inevitably will overhear others’ conversations. Maybe you’ll hear something about a project you’re involved with and you believe you have something to contribute. Yes, if you go over and join the conversation, you could provide valuable insight. However, you might also be viewed as a busybody.

If you’re an attendee to a meeting be on time. If you can’t make a meeting or you’re going to be late, let someone know. Don’t arrive late and ask for a recap. Doing so wastes everyone else’s time. To start meetings late to accommodate latecomers is unfair to those who showed up on time and only encourages more lateness in the future.


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KARAOKE BEATS

And they are back with a bang! Tuesday Night Karaoke with KJ Zaid is here to kick start the week for you. 1+1 all night long. Come sing your heart out to some of the best collection in town.

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CHANGING FASHION Fashion Yatra is one of the biggest exhibitions of its kind, showcasing designer garments, jewellery and lifestyle products from all over the India. Kamini Saraf the organiser of the event believes in fashion for a cause. The City’s socialites however were not shy of loosening their purse strings for a cause.

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A LIGHT MIX

Actor Tamannaah ditched the glycerine and glitter for an apron on Monday. She was the chief guest at the cake mixing event held at Taj Banjara.

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A BETTER CHANCE

John Wright, Brand Ambassador of the Southern Institute of Technology and former coach of the Indian National Cricket team (R) announced additional scholarships for the John Wright Scholarships at SIT, New Zealand. The John Wright Scholarships are an exclusive opportunity for aspiring Indian students to live, learn and work in New Zealand.


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health

SIMPLE MECHANISM COULD TREAT ALLERGIES A discovery based on a synthetic molecule could pave the way for quick-acting remedies for a host of acute allergic reactions. Researchers from Stanford University and University of Bern found that a new synthetic molecule named DARPin E2-79, disarms IgE antibody, instrumental in triggering acute allergies.

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Sleep to stay healthy

Eating well and adequate exercise are not the only prerequisites to a healthy and long life. Recent studies have spoken about how lack of sleep can actually be a cause of death. You know you are sleep deprived if:

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ishika had the job of her dreams. A popular highprofile PR executive she was in the best phase of her career. Just like many people of her age she followed the motto of work hard and party harder. But soon she started to feel fatigued and developed various health ailments. Rishika in the initial 25-years-of her life had always prided in the fact that she ate well and exercised adequately. What was the reason for the sudden deterioration in her health? Rishika approached her doctor searching for answers. “Like healthy food and exercise, sleep is equally important,” explained her doctor. According to studies, 90 per cent of the cases, people suffering from sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss also suffers from another health condition.

may not be because of a medical condition but lifestyle related such as long work hours and regular late night parties. Students also prior to exams tend to spend longer hours in the night studying. “Night shift disorder occurs in people who work in shifts, the fluctuating levels of melatonine (hormone) can affect them. Another common cause is Jet lag due to international travel,” says Dr Ahmed.

CAUSES OF SLEEPLESSESS

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“When a patient comes to us complaining about lack of sleep one looks at the various causes. It could be anxiety or stress, related

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to some disease such as lung disease, sleep apnea, asthma or gastric problems such as acidity.” Sometimes the lack of sleep

HOUSECALL

MapMyRide

Impetigo

The mobile app uses the built-in GPS technology of your phone to track your outdoor fitness activities and helps you achieve your health and fitness goals. Step out your front door, hit the road or trail, and this app will effortlessly record metrics including duration, distance, pace, speed and elevation.

Impetigo is a very contagious bacterial skin infection. It is most common in preschool children. People who play closecontact sports like rugby and American football are also at risk. Impetigo is not very common in adults. Impetigo can also be called school sores. Impetigo is caused by streptococcus (strep) or staphylococcus (staph) bacteria. Methicillin-resistant staph aureus (MRSA) is becoming a common cause.

The lack of sleep can have many effects on a person. Dr Ahmed says, “The first possible problem one may come across is effect on one’s day-time work. Their performance, thinking and judgement will be affected. Depression may also be a concern. Lack of sleep may actually cause a small problem to increase or aggravate such as diabetes and hypertension.” A person’s social behaviour and appearance may

DID YOU KNOW? Baby’s head is 1/4 its length A baby’s head is onequarter of its total length, but by age 25 will only be one-eighth of its total length. As it turns out, our adorably oversized baby heads won’t change size as drastically as the rest of our body. The legs and torso will lengthen, but the head won’t get much longer.

be affected and thus the way people look at you will also change. Lack of sleep may also be a concern when one is driving or in a job that requires driving. Falling asleep behind the wheel or lack of concentration while driving is a cause of many accidents. Various studies have attributed the lack of sleep to be a factor for other problems such as obesity, irregular heart rhythm, heart ailments and stroke. Lack of sleep need not be the direct cause unless when it comes to ailments such as sleep apnea. Dr Ahmed explains, “People with sleep apnea tend to be obese and may develop blood pressure more than someone who does not have sleep apnea.”

SLEEP REQUIREMENTS Keeping our fast-paced lives in mind one needs to adjust our activities to get a minimum amount of sleep. Dr Ahmed says, “New borns (0-2 months) may sleep for 12-18 hours, pregnant woman for eight plus hours, adults may sleep for seven hours and school children (5-10 years) may sleep for eight hours. The amount of sleep a person needs depends on the age and daily activity. According to a recent study, a person who sleeps for six to seven hours everyday lives the longest.” If a person is unable sleep for a few days to a week it is acute insomnia and if they do not sleep for a month or more it is chronic. If a person is unable to sleep for a long time it is important they visit a doctor.

PIONEERS James Black Sir James Whyte Black was a Scottish doctor and pharmacologist. Black established the physiology department at the University of Glasgow, where he became interested in the effects of adrenaline on the human heart. He went to work for ICI Pharmaceuticals in 1958 and, while there, developed propranolol, a beta blocker used for the treatment of heart disease. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988.


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STUDY

RESEARCH Pancreatic cancer, many diseases rolled into one

Toronto-based researchers have found that the influenza vaccine could be an important treatment for maintaining heart health.

Vaccine may cut heart disease risk TORONTO: Getting a flu shot can cut risk of heart disease by 50 per cent and cardiac deaths by 40 per cent, a new study has claimed. Toronto-based researchers found that the influenza vaccine could be an important treatment for maintaining heart health and warding off cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks. Dr Jacob Udell, a cardiologist at Women’s College Hospital and the University of Toronto, and colleagues looked at published clinical trials on this subject, dating back to the 1960s. “For those who had the flu shot, there was a pretty strong risk reduction,” Udell said. The flu vaccine provided an approximate 50 per cent reduction in the risk of a major cardiac event (heart attack, stroke, or cardiac death) compared with placebo after one year of follow-up. A similar trend was seen for the flu vaccine reducing death from any cause (approximately 40 per cent). The influenza vaccine reduced cardiovascular events and cardiovascular death in people with or without heart disease. The combined studies examined a total of 3,227 patients, with an almost equal split between patients with and without established heart disease. Half of the participants were randomly assigned to receive flu vaccine and those that did not typically received a placebo vaccine. Udell said these results provide support for current guideline recommendations for influenza vaccination of individuals with a prior heart attack, but for a different reason than simply reducing flu risk. Although it was encouraging to

SYDNEY: Pancreatic cancer, which tops mortality rates of all cancers, with Apple's founder Steve Jobs being its most famous victim, is many diseases rolled into one, says new research. A large-scale analysis done by the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), University of Queensland, defines the complexity of underlying mutations responsible for pancreatic cancers in more than 100 patients. The analysis, Australia's contribution to the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC), brings together the world's leading scientists to identify the genetic drivers behind 50 different cancer types, the journal Naturetoday reported. "We found over 2,000 mutated genes in total, ranging from the KRAS gene, which was mutated in about 90 per cent of samples, to hundreds of gene mutations that were only present in one or two per cent of tumours," said professor at the IMB, Sean Grimmond, according to an IMB statement. Pancreatic cancer is one of the few for which survival has not improved substantially over the past 40 years. Andrew Biankin, professor at Garvan Institute of Medical Research, along with Grimmond, led an international team of more than 100 researchers who sequenced the genomes of 100 pancreatic tumours and compared them to normal tissue to determine the genetic changes that lead to this cancer. "In this study, we found a set of genes, the axon guidance pathway, that is frequently damaged in pancreatic cancer patients and is associated with a potentially poorer outcome for those patients. It is a new marker of pancreatic cancer that can be used to direct prognoses and treatments," said Biankin. IANS

see a reduction in non-fatal cardiac events, Udell said a large, lengthier multi-national study would comprehensively demonstrate the vaccine's effectiveness to reduce fatal cardiac events and save lives. “The use of the vaccine is still much too low, less than 50 per cent of the general population; it's even poorly used among health care workers. Imagine if this vaccine could also be a proven way to prevent heart disease,” Udell said in a statement. The study was presented at the 2012 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. PTI

EXPERIMENTS

Progress in fixing a source of genetic disease PARIS: Scientists on Wednesday reported that, in pioneering experiments on human eggs, they had replaced a genetic mechanism blamed for crippling diseases. The laboratory breakthrough could one day lead to human trials to avert so-called mitochondrial disorders, they said.

Other experts praised the work but sounded caution. Described in the journal Nature, the research aims at sidestepping genetic defects handed down by the maternal line through cellular mechanisms known as mitochondria. These are tiny structures that convert fats and sugars to ener-

gy for the cell. They only carry a few dozen genes, or about 0.1 per cent of the DNA code, and are separate from the nucleus of the cell which contains the remainder. However, when mitochondrial genes carry a defect, the impact can be huge. Eye disorders, cardiac malfunction, dia-

betes, gastrointestinal and muscular diseases and even kinds of dementia can result. A team led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, said they had reached a milestone in yearslong research to replace faulty mitochondria. AFP


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Entertainment CHANGE OF ROLES

Richa opts out of Karthi’s Biryani

CINE BYTES

Chammak Challo’s trailer launched

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he trailer of Neelakanta’s upcoming film Chammak Challo was launched yesterday in Prasad Labs. Varun Sandesh is playing the lead role and Sanchita Padukone, Katherine Tresa are making their debut with this film. It’s the first time Neelakanta is dabbling with a triangular love story.

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day after Hansika confirmed that she’s going to play the lead role in Karthi’s upcoming Tamil film Biryani, Richa Gangopadhyay has clarified why she had to opt out of the project. She was supposed to play the lead role, but the film’s director Venkat Prabhu chose Hansika just before the film is about to go on floors. Talking about the development, Richa said, “I opted out of Biryani due to changes in the role and the script. Thanks to Venkat Prabhu sir for accepting my decision. Hope I get to work with him in the future. All the best to Team Biryani.” Last year, she started her career in Tamil cinema with a bang with films like Selvaraghavan’s Mayakkam Enna and Dharani’s Osthe. After that she was offered the lead role in Prem Sai’s Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum which is being produced by Gautham Menon; however, she didn’t take up the role. Currently, she has four Telugu films in pipeline including Prabhas starrer Mirchi, Allu Arjun’s Iddarammayilatho, Nagarjuna’s Bhai and Ravi Teja’s Sir Vacharu.

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Entertainment TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012 ‘Tughlaq’ is a dream role for any actor: Yashpal o one is happier than actor N Yashpal Sharma who billed the character of Tughlaq from the Delhi Sultanate dynasty as a "dream role for any actor." "At first when they called me, I said no. But, when I later read the play with consciousness, I was hooked. I couldn't stop. And, for me playing this is a lifetime experience, more than my film or TV career and I'm very proud of it.”

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dnan Sami who roped in big names like Rani Mukerji and Govinda for his music videos, says, "I always believe that you may have the most amazing line-up of artist to be part of your project but at the end of the day it is the content of your project that has to is great,” Sami told IANS.

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NEW INNINGS

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wo weeks ahead of its US debut, Skyfall scored an impressive $77.7 million from 25 foreign markets this weekend. In most territories, the 23rd James Bond flick improved significantly on Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, which went on to earn $427 million and $418 million, respectively. In UK, Skyfall opened with an estimated $32.4 million.

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CLEARING DOUBTS

YOKO ONO DIDN’T BREAK UP THE BEATLES: PAUL McCARTNEY

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eatles legend Paul McCartney says that bandmate John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono didn’t break up the band. In an interview, McCartney, 70, denied the popular wisdom that Lennon’s relationship with Ono was the catalyst that led to the band’s break-up, The Guardian reported. While McCartney said that he had found Ono sitting in on Beatles recording sessions difficult he also said, “She certainly didn’t break the group up, the group was breaking up.” He also went as far as to praise her influence on Lennon’s solo career. “I don’t think he would have written ‘Imagine’ without Yoko, so I don’t think you can blame her for anything. When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things, so she showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him. “So it was time for John to leave, he was definitely going to leave one way or another,” he added. McCartney placed more blame for the group’s demise on Allen Klein, the businessman, who succeeded former manager Brian Epstein in 1967. PTI


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Chai Time

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. Oscar Wilde

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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 Casper, for one 6 Forbidden perfume? 10 Modeling medium 14 Agree to more issues 15 Month on the Hebrew calendar 16 Like a yellow banana 17 One reason for a 38-Across 19 Small handfuls 20 Title for an orchestra conductor 21 Capable of being shaped or bent 23 Dot-___ (Internet startups) 25 ___ of passage 26 Movie based on a Broadway musical 32 Retract, as a statement 33 Al Jazeera viewer, typically 34 Is stricken with 37 Thing on a list 38 Polar outerwear 40 Pickling herb 41 Craggy prominence 42 One-person performances 43 Bulgaria”s capital 44 Miss America venue, once 47 Ivory partner 50 ___ monster (large lizard) 51 Retirement savings 54 Kitchen add-on 59 Official stamp 60 Thanksgiving symbol 62 Arm-twist 63 Debussy”s “Clair de ___” 64 Made a mistake 65 Once-over giver 66 Pre-1917 ruler 67 Ancient alphabetic characters

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TAURUS

GEMINI

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Govt. works might get delayed. Take proper advise about the court case from your advocate and take appropriate action. Health problem likely,take proper care.Solution to long pending problems will be found.

STRIP TEASE AGNES

Court verdict will go in your favour. Businessmen will get sops from the Govt. Blood relatives will extend their support and co-operation. Unmarried women are advised to keep away from love affairs.

Your social status is set to increase. Your problems, tensions and worries will be over. Some have bright chance to go abroad. Employees will be given additional responsibilities. They will face hurdles, but they will succeed.

Politicians are expected to be neutral without joining any group politics. Marriage talks will progress well and favourable decision will be taken soon. Businessmen will adopt new and innovative techniques and earn good profits.

Politicians will be closely monitored by the high command, hence advised to be careful in the activities undertaken. Helps will come through to solve major debts from friends and well wishers. Businessmen will get profitable deals.

Though inflow of money is good, expenses will spoil your mood. Politicians will get good support from co partymen. Your new suggestions and advises are welcomed by everyone and get implemented.

Your interest in religious activities will increase. Visa which has been delayed since long will be received now. VIP friends will get introduced. You will get an opportunity to meet your old friends and close relatives in a get together.

Blood relatives will extend their full support. You will get expected price for the plot which you own and hence sell the same to buy a new house. You will clear major portion of your old debts. Businessmen will make profits.

Old problems might resurface again and put you under tension. Need not worry but act swiftly so that you will be able to solve the same.Financial position will be strong.You might sell one of your assets to save another one.

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ARIES:

GEMINI:

Three of Swords – You stick to the commandments and don’t want to do anything to upset your chances of being seen as a perfect companion.

LEO:

Queen of Swords – Women who are expecting will start getting anxious about the baby that’s coming soon. Talk to your partner about your fears.

LIBRA:

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE

Three of Pentacles – Exercise caution with new investments and what you do with money you have recently come into. Check the credibility of schemes.

SAGITTARIUS:

Ten of Swords – Someone from your past is remembering you and is making you think of the good old times when life was so much more simpler.

TAURUS:

Temperance – You will tend to believe reports about a person. But check for yourself before you take a decision based on these reports.

CANCER:

Ace of Wands – Don’t take any and every advice that people hand out to you. You need to do the job of a gatekeeper in order to protect your emotions.

VIRGO:

Page of Wands – Spare the rod and spoil the child? Not your style. But being too much of a control freak means that you stop enjoying life.

SCORPIO:

The Sun – You may have to put in some extra work in order to get something you really want. Don’t be afraid of hard work. It has never killed anyone.

CAPRICORN:

Queen of Cups – There are shooting stars that are believed to fulfil your wishes. If you believe it to be true, it must be true. Faith can move mountains.

SOLUTIONS

PISCES:

The Magician – Use the weekend to plan your future. Spend some time alone to work things out and start afresh. Plan keeping in mind your limitations.

NUMBER GAME

– You’re getting carried away with the ‘type’ of person someone is made out to be. You’re therefore hesitating to interact with this person. Think again!

SCRABBLE

AQUARIUS: Ace of Swords

POOCH CAFE

Good turning point likely in court case. Businessmen will work hard and get good result. Friendship circle is likely to increase.Employees might face opposition at work place. Do your duty without hesitation.

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Four of Wands – Good deeds beget good deeds; positive action will, in turn, attract positive action. People around you will respect your goodwill.

NON SEQUITUR

Inevitable expenses are likely to increase.Govt. works will end favourably and without delay. Sudden turning point likely which will yield good results. You will perform sister's marriage in a grand manner. Assets through father will come by.

SUDUKO

Politicians are advised not to take controversial decisions against high command. Litigations in ancestral property likely. Spouse might be faced with menopause problems, take good care. Avoid anger.

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Entertainment TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012 CINE BYTES Zooey reprises World Series National anthem Gig

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ew Girl star Zooey Deschanel lent her vocal chops to Game 3 of the 2012 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers, singing the national anthem. More of a diplomat, the star tweeted prior to the game: "I am rooting for BOTH teams!!! Go #Tigers! Go #Giants! Can't wait for the game!"

Will Smith raps 'Fresh Prince' theme

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ill Smith performed an impromptu set at actress Gabrielle Union's birthday party. The actor backed up by producer and beatboxer Doug E Fresh, took to the microphone at the Miami event for snippets of Summertime and the theme to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

THE MAGIC OF NUMBERS

Bieber gets inked

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ustin Bieber may be wise beyond his years. The pop star posted a photo on Instagram of a fresh owl tattoo on his forearm along with the caption, "Befo the paps get me." Rapper Drake also has an afďŹ nity for the nocturnal bird, getting a tattoo on his shoulder blade and using it as a mascot for his OVO (October's Very Own) brand.

'Argo' climbs to top of US box office A

rgo has climbed one place to top the US box office this weekend. The Ben Affleck-directed thriller knocked previous chart-topper Paranormal Activity 4 off the summit after grossing $12.35m. The horror sequel dropped to number four, earning $8.67m in its second week on release. Multi-layered drama epic Cloud Atlas made its debut at number three with $9.4m, narrowly beaten out by Hotel Transylvania, which jumped two places from last week's number four position and grossed $9.5m. Other debuts this week come from Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, which entered at number five with $8m, and teen comedy Fun Size, which grossed $4.06m to slip in at number ten. The Liam Neeson-starring action film Taken 2 dropped three places to number six, while Kevin James's Here Comes the Boom remains steady at number seven. Finally, supernatural horror Sinister also fell to number eight, from its previous position of six, and Alex Cross plummeted four places to number nine.


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GOLF

Fan frenzy engulfs Woods, McIlroy ZHENGZHOU, CHINA: Rory McIlroy beat Tiger Woods by a single shot on Monday in a big-money 18-hole showdown between the world's top two before a frenzied Chinese audience whose enthusiasm literally knew no bounds. Crowd etiquette crumbled as the golfers played out their "Duel at Jinsha Lake" for a prize pot reportedly worth $2 million. Fans jumped the ropes, stole balls and clogged up the fairways to get a better vantage for photographs. McIlroy and Woods had both flown in late Sunday for the one-day event after playing elsewhere — McIlroy having come second at the BMW Masters in Shanghai, and Woods finishing fourth at the CIMB Classic in sweltering Malaysia. But the players had any tiredness quickly extinguished by a surreal and lavish opening ceremony in Zhengzhou, in China's inland east. They were greeted by drum majorettes, fireworks and speeches from local dignitaries before clanging a ceremonial Chinese gong and having their handprints and autographs immortalised in clay. McIlroy carded a five under par 67 on the 7,039yard, par-72 layout at the Jinsha Lake Golf Club, and world number two Woods registered a 68. AFP

DOPING SCANDAL

LEAGUE CRICKET

Steven de Jongh leaves Team Sky Steven de Jongh stepped down as Sky’s sporting director after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs. LONDON: Steven de Jongh (right) has stepped down from his role as Team Sky’s sporting director after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs during his career, the British team announced on Monday. “Steven de Jongh has left Team Sky following three seasons as sports director,” read a statement from Team Sky. “After the team reaffirmed its position on anti-doping, Steven disclosed that he had taken a banned substance earlier in his career as a professional rider.” De Jongh, 38, wrote in a letter published on www.cyclingweekly.co.uk that his decision to dope was an individual one not soemthing imposed on him by ambitious team chiefs. “I’ve been shocked by the stories and rumours of organised doping programmes because I’ve simply never seen anything like that. “My experience was very different. My doping was done by me, and nobody ever forced me. Of course, I always knew it was wrong and was scared of the risks I was taking. And I will always regret what I did. “I took EPO on a few occasions from 1998 to 2000. It was very easy to get hold of and I knew it couldn’t be detected. “With the steps we’ve been

taking in cycling there is a better chance than ever to compete in a clean sport.” De Jongh, who enjoyed modest success as a rider before retiring in 2009, is the third staff member to leave the team after Sky announced a zero-tolerance stance on doping in the aftermath of the Lance Armstrong scandal. Senior sports director Sean Yates announced his retirement from professional cycling on Sunday, while American Bobby Julich left the squad last

week after admitting that he took banned blood-booster EPO during his racing career. Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford said: “There’s no doubt about Steven’s work with us or his approach. He’s been a highly valued sports director and colleague over three seasons. Steven deserves our respect for the courage he’s shown in being honest about the past and it’s right that we do our best to support him. He has our best wishes for the next step in his career.” AFP

HYDERABAD TRACK WORK

True Scholar, Odalis catch the eye

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad: True Scholar, Silver Island, Lavish Gift and Odalis caught the eye when the horses were excercised here this morning. Sand Track 800 Metres: Confidential (rb) Victorous Sally (rb) 58, 600/42.5 Former finished in front. Aoura Aoura Aoura (rb) 2y.Zorro The Legend (rb) 58.5, 600/44 Latter moved well and finished together. Rohini Star (app) 1-0, 600/47 Easy. Manipulator (Dileep) 1-0, 600/45 Easy. Guiding Light (rb) 58.5, 600/44 Moved on the bit. Tillcowscomehome (rb) 58, 600/44 Urged. La Buena (rb) Shatakshi (rb) 1-1, 600/45 They

finished together. Odalis (Alikhan) Bharatanatyam (rb) 57, 600/43 Former superior. Stylish Chieftan (rb) Homely Helo (rb) 13, 600/47 They were easy. 2y.Kohinoor Thunder (Ravinder Singh) 1-1, 600/45 Easy. 2y.Lavish Gift (Anil) Ice Rain (app) 59, 600/44 Former finished in front. Komo Komo Komo (rb) 13, 600/47 Easy. Rob Roy (rb) 1-3, 600/47 Easy. Craven Cottage (rb) 1-2.5, 600/46 Easy. Daniella (Deep Shanker) 1-3.5, 600/48 Moved freely. Silver Island (rb) 55, 600/41.5 Impressed. Merry Maid (rb) Classic Crown (B.Shinde) 11.5, 600/46 They moved together. Sand Track 1000 Metres:

Sugar Deal (rb) 2y.Mr.Mellon/Stupendous (M.Mark) 1-14, 800/1-0, 600/46 They moved together. Molla (rb) Dakshayani (rb) 1-16.5, 800/59, 600/45 Former finished in front. Brianna (rb) 2y.Senure/Karinae (rb) 1-16.5, 800/1-2.5, 600/47.5 Former finished a length in front. Maharadhi (rb) Arudra (rb) 1-15, 800/1-0, 600/46 A fit pair. Novaya Zemlya (rb) 1-11.5, 800/57, 600/44 Pushed. Kohinoor Angel (rb) 1600/600 in1-12.5, Eased. Okai Okai Okai (rb) 1-13.5, 800/58.5, 600/45 Moved well. Sand Track 1200 Metres: 2y.Princess Cruise (Imran Khan) 2y.Most Impressive (Sreekant) 133, 1000/1-16.5, 800/1-0,

600/44.5 Former finished well in front. True Scholar (rb) 1-27, 1000/1-10.5, 800/56, 600/42 Pleased. Royal Craft (rb) 1-34, 1200/600 in 44 Easy. Noted on 29/10/2012. Sand Track 800 Metres: Killer Instinct (rb) 1-0, 600/44 Moved well. Regal Groom (rb) 12, 600/46 Easy. Original Gladiator (app) Noble Honour (app) 1-3, 600/47 They moved freely. 2y.Kohinoor Thunder (Ravinder Singh) 1-3, 600/47 Easy. Noted on 28/10/2012. Sand Track 800 Metres: Bold Brigade (rb Over Taker (rb) 59, 600/44 Former finished in front.

HCA inter-school Coca Cola U-16 Quarter-finals KV Bolarum 120 (Praneeth Raj 6/31) lost to St Andrews High School 121/3 (Mohul Bhowmick 44). Bhavans Junior College “A” 282/5 (M.K. Sai Sandeep Naidu 110, B. Rahul 100) lost to Wesley Junior College “A” 286/7 (Christy Victor 112, C.H. Rakesh Kumar 58 n.o.). HPS B 329/2 (Sai Charan 153 n.o., Sandeep Goud 111 n.o.) bt Gowtham M S 168 (Raja 100). Cal P S 399 for 2 (G. Vinith Reddy 126, Bharath Raj 199) bt Mahbub C HS 35 (Abhinav Kumar 5/23, Satwik 4/3). HPS R 218 (M. Abhirath Reddy 74) lost to Nizamabad 221/7 (Wajeed 82). Bhavans “B” 143 (Azmath Khan 5/20) lost to Boys Town 145 for no loss (Yudish Surpanani 76 n.o., Abdul Khaled Qureshi 58 n.o.). All India Women’s U-19 one-day Super League Group A MPCA 168/8 (Sneh Rana 4/27) bt Punjab 148 all out(Taniya Bhatiya 54, Preeti Yadav 4/26). Maharashtra 149 (Smriti Mandana 61, S.R. Mosalgi 20, K. Joythi 2/13, G. Chandra Lekha 3/35, L. Lavanya 2/28) lost to 152/3 (C.H. Jhansi Lakshmi 42, N. Anusha 43 n.o., K. Anjali Sarvani 22 n.o., Devika Vaidya 2/34). Group B Hyderabad 98 all out (Sneha Morey 20, Humaira Kazi 2/9, Sarika Koli 2/9) lost to Mumbai 99/8 (Sarika Koli 26, Mugdha Joshi 24, Praneesha 3/15, Arundhati Reddy 2/10). UPCA 99 all out (Shaya Singh 28, Harleen Kaur Deol 4/17, Susmita Negi 2/19) bt HPCA 81 all out (Deepti Sharma 3/16,).

Bowlers for under-16 camp HYDERABAD: The following bowlers have been selected to undergo coaching at the Hyderabad Cricket Academy of Excellence (HCAE). All the selected players are to report to the chief coach of HCAE at 6.30am from November 1. Selected Players: A Varun Goud, R. John Abraham, Ankit Singh Mallik, Rishab Kishore, Ashish Srivastav, Omer Khan, B. Pritam Krishna, S. Osama, C.H. Mandeep, S. Prashanth Raj, E Sree Charan, S Yudish, Hriday Vikas Billa, Sachin Tandle, Karan Kannan, Shivam Varshnev, Kranthi Vinay Kumar, Syed Ahmad Shajeel, Manish Parashar, Syed Mohd. Rayyan, Melbinto, T.D.N. Chaitanya, Mickil Jaiswal, Vijander Singh Bhakuni, Mohammed Abrara, Roshan Jain, Mohd Abdul Faraz, Rishab Singh, N. Vamshi Krishna, Rahul, N.V. Nitish Koundinya, Satwik, P. Abhishek Raj, G. Sanjay Raj, R. Abhinav Dayanand.


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RETIRING RIGHT

Dada finally bids farewell

Indian cricket’s Dada, Sourav Ganguly finally bade farewell to all competitive cricket, at the age of 40. The good thing about Ganguly is that he timed all his exits very well. TWELFTH MAN

Babu Kalyanpur

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he Master of the off-drive once again got his timing right.

Sourav Ganguly finally bade farewell to all competitive cricket, at the age of 40. The good thing about Ganguly is that he timed his exits very well. He quit Test cricket at 36 with his cricketing powers still good. He did not wait to be to be shown the door. And Ganguly knows best. He had to wait nearly four years after his first international match, where he scored just three against the West Indies, before earning a recall. This always rankled with him. He was supposedly dropped for being ‘arrogant and aloof’. That was a reputation which he carried right from his school playing days. Coming from an affluent background, Ganguly had an air about him. But this attitude helped to add a new dimension to India cricket. Ganguly played an important role in changing the attitude of Indian cricketers. India were always taken for granted by many of the teams because of their timid behaviour. The humbleness of cricketers were often exploited by sledging and abuse. After taking over as captain,

Ganguly instilled aggression in his players. Thankfully he had a bunch of youngsters who willingly adopted the no-nonsense attitude. India were playing better under him and they wanted to show their toughness. The purists and the media frowned on him. His shirt waving incident in England after the team clinched the Natwest Trophy in 2002. But what Ganguly did was to

repeat what England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff did in India. Once again it was partiality on part of the critics to single out Ganguly. Indian cricket had had enough. The aggro reflected on the performances. India were becoming a force to reckon with. He often got into hot water with the authorities. His constant battles with former coach Greg Chappell are well-documented. But nothing can take away

Ganguly’s contribution as one of India’s most successful captain and batsman. His 7212 runs in 113 Tests at average 42.17 and and 11363 41,02 runs in 311 one-dayers bear testimony to his prowess as a batsman. Inspired by David Gower, Ganguly had the same grace as the England batsman. His off-side drives were a joy to behold and he often pierced gap with precision. Ganguly had his ups and

downs in Test cricket but he always came back strongly. Just before his retirement in 2008, Ganguly struck a rich vein of form, particulary in 2007. His early Test career was marked by a weakness against the short ball which exploited by the opposition. But he worked on it and towards the end of career had got over it. But one-day cricket was his forte. He formed a great opening partnership with Sachin Tendulkar and both put up some exciting and fast scoring partnerships. Ganguly always destroyed spinners in the one-dayers. He would often dance down the pitch and hit the ball straight for sixes. He wasn’t among the best judge of a run and was somewhat of a specialist in run outs. Ganguly wasn’t renowned for his athleticism either. That aside, his skills extended to decent slow medium bowling which were useful on many occasions. He was also a good catcher. Ganguly has now become a TV commentator and a good one at that. So where does Ganguly stand in terms of Indian cricket? His batting certainly contributed in India climbing up the cricket rankings. But he will always be known as a top class captain. Many may question his astuteness but results back up his credentials. The single-most factor which Ganguly did was he converted a bunch of gentleman cricketers into ‘No more Mr Nice Guys’.

SOUTH AFRICA’S TOUR OF AUSTRALIA

Proteas pace pack best ever: Donald

South Africa bowling coach Allan Donald called his country’s current pace attack the best he has ever seen. SYDNEY: South Africa bowling coach Allan Donald Tuesday called his country’s current pace attack the best he has seen, as they fine-tune ahead of a three Test series against Australia. Donald in his prime was one of the best fast bowlers ever seen in Test cricket, ripping through opposition batsmen with partner Shaun Pollock, but even he admitted the current crop was a league above. “I would have to say that, yes,” Donald told reporters. “I’m not just saying that, because I was part of an attack with Shaun Pollock and myself

and a few others, and I say that humbly and respectfully, I think this is as good as it gets.” South Africa jetted into Australia Sunday aiming to consolidate their position as the number one Test team, which they earned in August with a series triumph in England. Much pre-series media attention has centred on the quality of the South African pace attack, led by Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, and how Australia’s top order will deal with them. Donald, who terrorised opposition batsmen in the 1990s,

said the South African bowlers’ greatest asset was their ability to work as a group. “They’ve been bowling together for quite some time,” he said. “Momentum’s been built over the past couple of years, consistency in selection and it’s nice to have a group of guys that know what they’re about.” Australian coach Mickey Arthur, himself a South African, acknowledged earlier this month that his top order batsmen face a “baptism of fire”. “It’s going to be about the batters,” Arthur said of the

series. “It is going to be about which top six can adapt better, which top six is going to be more consistent over the three Test series. I think both top sixes are in for a real baptism of fire.” Australia head to the first Test in Brisbane next week with Ed Cowan opening the innings alongside big-hitting David Warner. They will be followed to the crease by Shane Watson and then 165-Test veteran Ricky Ponting, who is in fine touch, scoring 350 runs at an average of 125.00 in his last three first-class games.


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FORMULA ONE

BOXING

Stefano: Red Bull is faster

Ferrari team chief Stefano Domenicali admitted that Fernando Alonso does not have the fastest car as he urged a push for victory in the final 3 races. GORDON HOWARD Agence France-Presse NEW DELHI: Ferrari team chief Stefano Domenicali admitted that title-chasing Spaniard Fernando Alonso does not have the fastest car as he urged a concerted push for victory in the season’s final three Formula One races. Speaking after Sebastian Vettel’s fourth consecutive win in Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix Domenicali said there was no point “crying about Red Bull’s car” and that Ferrari had to play to their strengths to close the 13point gap in the drivers’ standings. “It is clear at the moment that Red Bull has a better car,” said Domenicali. “But what can we say? We cannot cry. We need to work hard. Full stop. “By saying that they are stronger, we don’t have to change the approach we keep inhouse. I have said to my team, ‘listen, in 1982 at the World Cup of football, our team (Italy) was not the strongest, but we won the title’. “We have the luxury of having Fernando with us, who is the number one driver, so it is some-

thing we will do and fight up until the end.” Two-time world champion Alonso, bidding to stop Germany’s Vettel, 25, becoming the youngest triple champion in the sport’s history, has declared he remains “100 per cent convinced” that he will win the title. Asked about the optimism shown by Alonso, who finished second in India, Domenicali said:

“I am always optimistic. In life it doesn’t change to be negative, it doesn’t give you points. If you have the right approach with the guys, we can maximise what we have. This is what I have told my people. When you are fighting you have to be brave to use the things you have in the best way you can. There are also the others who are fighting, and we have to respect them. But their life will

DIFFICULT SCHEDULE

PARIS: Andy Murray predicted scheduling trouble for future late-season ATP events once the World Tour Finals leave London after 2013, with the new compacted annual calendar likely to force some hard choices among players. He spoke before his secondround start at the Paris Masters, a week after leaving organisers in Basel, Switzerland, high and dry by withdrawing with a back injury from that event. Now Paris Bercy and tournament director Guy Forget is paying the price as well with the injury absence of world number one Roger Federer, which leaves Novak Djokovic on course to top the year-end rankings for the second straight year. Djokovic lost the ranking to the Swiss after 53

weeks when Federer won the Wimbledon title. But the ATP said that Federer ended any chance of a return to the year-end top spot as he lost the weekend Basel final to Juan Del Potro and then withdrew from Paris with niggling injuries. Djokovic started the year by defending his Australian Open title and boasts a circuit-leading

SYDNEY: Former All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams on Tuesday said his heavyweight boxing bout against South African Francois Botha was in doubt after picking up an injury playing rugby in Japan. Williams, who in August quit the world champion New Zealand team to take up a club contract in Japan, injured his pectoral muscle playing for the Panasonic Wild Knights on Saturday. He arrived in Sydney on Tuesday to prepare for the Botha fight next month but said he needed to have scans on the injury before deciding whether he went ahead with the bout. “At the moment, it (the fight) is a little bit in doubt,” Williams told Fox Sports at Sydney airport. AFP

ANGER ISSUES

Murray blames tight calendar for pullouts SCOTT WILLIAMS Agence France-Presse

not be easy until the end.” Domenicali avoided making any claims about the potential of the team’s forthcoming upgrades for their car for the final three races. He said all that mattered was what happened on the track. “If I say something it doesn’t change what we can do,” he said. “What I say to my people is try to do the best and we see if what we can do is enough.”

Williams in doubt about Botha bout

70-11 match record going into Paris. With the race for the final two spots in the year-end event going down to the wire in Paris before Monday’s start of the eight-man wrap-up, injury retirements figure in the equation as well. In Valencia a week ago, London contenders Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic both quit first-round matches in pain. Murray said that with the London season-ender starting next Monday without a gap between the end of Paris and the first round-robin match in the British capital, players are unlikely to be willing to risk playing three weeks in succession. That was not the case until this year, when the ATP squeezed an extra two weeks of play out of the calendar, yielding an ending on November 12.

Tomic brawls with bud

SYDNEY: Police were called to break up a fight between tennis player Bernard Tomic and a male friend after a night of partying, reports said on Tuesday. Queensland state police said they attended a disturbance at Surfers Paradise, on the Gold Coast, early Monday morning but no arrests were made or charges laid. “We spoke to a couple of males and that was it,” a police spokesman told AFP. According to the Gold

Coast Bulletin, police “separated the two men before the tennis ace turned on officers”. “He reminded police of ‘who he was’ and accused officers of running a hate campaign against him,” the newspaper said. Tomic, who has not won a match since the second round in Bangkok more than a month ago, is no stranger to controversy, with a case related to alleged traffic offences due before a Queensland court in coming days. AFP


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GAVASKAR FEARS FOR 'VULNERABLE' INDIA

Sunil Gavaskar says England's "final frontier" could prove to be just a small hurdle as they bid for a first Test series win against "vulnerable" India in almost three decades. Gavaskar said India were going into the series with a "wobbly" batting line-up and a weak-looking pace attack.

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Chelsea, Man U brace for reunion Alex Ferguson has wished Lee Mason "good luck" in Wednesday's tie between Man U and Chelsea, just three days after their fiery Stamford Bridge clash ended in controversy.

MIKE MCGRATH Agence France-Presse LONDON: Alex Ferguson has wished referee Lee Mason "good luck" in Wednesday's tie between Manchester United and Chelsea, just three days after their fiery Stamford Bridge clash ended in controversy. The fall-out from United's thrilling victory on Sunday is set to continue beyond Wednesday's game, when the Premier League's top two will meet for the second time in a week. Roberto Di Matteo's side have accused referee Mark Clattenburg of using "inappropriate language" towards their players during Chelsea's 3-2 defeat, prompting the Football Association to launch an investigation. The Metropolitan Police are also looking at how a steward was injured as United celebrated Javier Hernandez's controversial 75th-minute winner. "Good luck to the referee,"

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Oscar (2nd L) vies with Manchester United's English midfielder Tom Cleverley (L) during their previous encounter on Sunday. AFP/ADRIAN DENNIS

SERIE A

Juventus take on Bologna

Juventus's Arturo Vidal of Chile celebrates after scoring during the Italian Serie A match on Sunday at Massimino Stadium in Catania. AFP

JUSTIN DAVIS Agence France-Presse MILAN: Juventus will aim to make it 49 matches unbeaten when they host Bologna on Wednesday, while followers of Serie A will hope there is no repeat of the refereeing contro-

versies which marred some weekend matches. Juventus were beneficiaries of at least one wrong refereeing decision Sunday, defeating Catania 1-0 to maintain a three-point lead over Napoli despite their hosts having a valid goal disallowed for an inexistent offside.

Catania have not been the only team complaining of inconsistency, but since then the focus has been on Juve. Juventus director general Beppe Marotta on Monday was forced to "categorically reject" all notions of a conspiracy revolving round the Old Lady of Turin. However it is only now that Italy's most titled Serie A club is finding redemption, several years after a 'calciopoli' matchfixing scandal saw Juventus stripped of two league titles (2005 and 2006). Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti, who was ordered off the bench on Sunday, later complained that protests from the Juve bench had forced the match referee to change his mind and disallow the goal. Claims that the linesman in charge was a fan of Juve have since been made, and denied, however the events have raised questions over the professionalism of officials in one of the world's top leagues.

said Ferguson when asked if he had a message for Mason. All eyes will be on the man with the whistle after Clattenburg dismissed Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres on Sunday before allowing Hernandez's goal to stand despite the United striker appearing to be offside. It is expected to be another hot-blooded clash, although both teams will make changes to their starting line-ups. United winger Nani insists he is in "perfect condition" as he prepares to make a rare start this season, amid speculation surrounding his long-term future at Old Trafford. The Portugal winger, 25, was once again an unused substitute in the win over Chelsea but should be part of a muchchanged side returning to London for this fourth-round tie. Nani cast doubt over his future last week following the club's Champions League victory over Braga when he respond-

ed to questions about his future by saying: "God only knows what awaits me." He will nonetheless hope to start against Chelsea, having seen both Antonio Valencia and the fit-again Ashley Young selected ahead of him on Sunday. "I am in perfect condition," said Nani. "I am physically good and feeling confident. I am the same Nani as always." United manager Ferguson admitted he would "change some players" ahead of the return to Chelsea. Hernandez, Ryan Giggs, Anderson, Paul Scholes and Danny Welbeck could feature, while centre-back Scott Wootton, Belgian defender Marnick Vermijl, Michael Keane and Nick Powell are also in contention. Chelsea will also make changes, although some of Di Matteo's adjustments will be forced as Ivanovic, Torres and John Terry are banned and Frank Lampard is recovering from a calf injury.

AFC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Ulsan Hyundai wary of new Asian heartbreak SEOUL: Ulsan Hyundai will take nothing for granted in Wednesday's AFC Champions League semi-final return leg, despite a handy lead over Bunyodkor, after a bitter exit the last time they were in this position. After last week's 3-1 win in Tashkent, the South Korean side are favourites to reach their first Asian club final and set up a showdown with one of two teams from Saudi Arabia's Jeddah — two-time winners Al Ittihad, or Al Ahli. While Ulsan haven't won in six K-League games, they are on a seven-match hot streak in Asian competition and in line to become the fourth Korean club in four years to reach the Champions League final. Last week they came back from a goal down against Uzbek champions Bunyodkor at Jar Stadium, thanks to goals by Brazilian forward Rafinha and South Korean internationals Kim Shin-Wook and Lee

Keun-Ho. But Kim Ho-Gon's team are unlikely to take things easy in front of their home fans after their heartbreak of 2006, when they beat Jeonbuk Motors 3-2 away but were trounced 4-1 at home by their K-League rivals in the second leg. The current team is very different from the squad of 2006 with defensive midfielder Kim Young-Sam the only survivor of that campaign. While the 2006 team was largely inspired by the mercurial Lee Chun-Soo, the current side have numerous threats with the pace of wingers Lee Keun-Ho and Kim SeungYoung, the fine-finishing Rafinha and giant forward Kim Shin-Wook. Rafinha has been a revelation since joining Ulsan from Japanese side Gamba Osaka, scoring four in their last three Champions League games including two in the 4-0 quarter-final win over Al Hilal. AFP


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