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Govt lifts ban Silver lining for India on Day 1 50% rise in heart
on bulk SMSes diseases among
Following no untoward incident after
the verdict on Ayodhya title suit, the
government has decided not to extend
the ban on the services of bulk SMSes
as Aussies begin to dominate Guj school kids
and MMSes imposed till Monday night. TIMES NEWS NETWORK
The ban on bulk SMSes and MMSes,
to check any propaganda post New Delhi: A day after silencing INDIA’S HAUL WEAK LITTLE HEARTS
Ayodhya verdict, was first imposed on
September 22. P 8
a carping world with a spectacu-
lar opening ceremony, India ON MONDAY Heart disease cases detected in school health

2 Soniya Chanu
kicked off its ambitious cam-
Adani may make A$2 bn bid for paign to win 100 medals at this
check-up programme
(women’s 48kg)
Brisbane port: Close on the heels of year’s Commonwealth Games by Year Number
its acquisition of Australia’s Linc Ener- bagging four — two silver and two SILVER Sukhen Dey (men’s 56kg)
gy’s coal assets for A$2.9 billion, Ah- bronze. Sandhyarani Devi Atom 2009-10
medabad-based Adani group has The first medal should have (women’s 48 kg)
emerged as one of the three bidders for been a cause for celebration but
BRONZE V Srinivas Rao (men’s 56kg)
2009-08 4,247
Port of Brisbane with a A$ 2billion offer. the winner, Soniya Chanu, was
inconsolable. Chanu, a hot favou- ALL IN WEIGHTLIFTING 2008-07 3,584
Rabri to contest from two seats: rite to win gold in the women’s
Nominating his wife Rabri Devi from 48kg weightlifting category, was DAY’S STAR: 17-yr-old Nigerian schoolgirl 2007-06 3,571
two Assembly seats, RJD supremo Lalu upstaged by Nigerian schoolgirl Augustina Nwaokolo, who won the Games’
Prasad on Monday released the second Augustine Nwaololo and tearful- first gold in weightlifting (women’s 48 kg)
list of candidates for the third and ly apologised for failing to live up
2006-05 2,935
fourth phase of polls in Bihar. P 9 to expectations. The bronze went MEDALS TALLY
to India’s Sandhya Rani Atom. COUNTRY GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL ferent walls of the heart is an-
Bharat Yagnik | TNN
Religious honour for Justice Sukhen Dey gave India its oth- 1. Australia 4 2 0 6 other most common disor-
Sharma: Religious leaders in er silver in the men’s 56kg weight- 2. Canada 1 0 3 4 der,” says Dr R K Patel,
Ayodhya would felicitate Justice lifting category, with army man 3. S Africa 1 0 1 2 Ahmedabad: In a shocking director of the UN Mehta In-
Dharam Veer Sharma, who was one V Srinivas Rao taking bronze. find, a school health check-up stitute of Cardiology. The in-
4. Malaysia 1 0 0 1
of the judges who pronounced judge- Malaysia’s Ibrahim Amirul won survey reported major heart stitute is the chief referral
ment in the Ayodhya title suit case, a
5. Nigeria 1 0 0 1
the gold to add to the three he won diseases among children be- centre for these kids requir-
member of the Sri Ram Janambhoomi in the 2002 Manchester Games. 7. India 0 2 2 4 low 18 years up by nearly 50 ing surgery.
Trust said. India finished the day at No 7 on GOLDS AT STAKE DON’T MISS per cent compared to the pre-
vious year.
Dr Patel said that increase
in cardiac cases during
Sanjay denied US visa: Actor Sanjay SHERA-RAH | TODAY: 18 SHOOTING Abhinav Bindra and
Over 6,300 school students health check-up programme
Gagan Narang (men’s 10m air
Dutt missed his daughter Trishala’s P 17, 19 & 20 Swimming (5)
rifle pairs; 9am), Tejaswini
across the state were diag- would be largely due to high
graduation ceremony as his application nosed with major heart dis- detection rate and growing
Shooting (4) Sawant and Lajja Gauswami
for visa renewal was rejected by the US the medals tally, some way off its eases in 2009-2010 as part of awareness about these dis-
consulate. declared objective of the second Cycling (3) (women’s 50m rifle 3 position; the extensive school health eases even among the rural
spot. However, there are still Wrestling (3) 12.30pm) check-up programme. This is masses.
Taliban behind attack on Nato plenty of days and events to go. Weightlifting (2) a 49.3 per cent jump from 4,247 Meanwhile, lifestyle dis-
trucks: The Pakistani Taliban claimed Meanwhile, the Australians students found with heart eases experts say more wor-
responsibility on Monday for a pre- wasted no time in showing why Gymnastics (1) India vs Malaysia (5pm) diseases in 2008-2009. rying is alarming trend
dawn attack on tankers carrying fuel to they are the masters of this ball Health authorities say among the urban students
Afghanistan for US and other NATO park as they picked up four of the ed a third swimming gold, while the men also won the weigh-in at the boxing competition was put off by a that more students of pri- who are consuming high calo-
forces, left vulnerable on the side of the eight golds on offer. Stephanie artistic gymnastics team gold — the first time Australia day, almost just ahead of the bouts, after the Australian mary and secondary sections rie junk food and not exercis-
road after Pakistan shut down a border Rice may have stayed away, but have won this event at the Commonwealth Games. team discovered — following a couple of frantic laps are being detected with heart ing enough.
crossing. P 13 the unheralded Alicia Coutts and Meanwhile, it was not all hunky-dory. The and visits to the Village sauna to lose weight — that diseases in government, “In a study conducted
Kylie Palmer rose to the occasion official website received complaints of slow updation of the weighing machines had been calibrated to an addi- semi-government and pri- in 5,000-odd school students
NZ TV host sorry for race slur: New with early gold medals in the results and delayed schedules, while the giant screen tional 1.4 kg. vate schools in Gujarat. The in Ahmedabad, we found that
Zealand broadcaster Paul Henry apol- pool. The Australian men’s at the tennis venue wouldn’t come on, leading to Hawk check-up programme covers 12 per cent students were ei-
ogized after he triggered a race row in- 4x100m freestyle relay team land- Eye decisions being relayed by walkie-talkie. The uOn job at JN stadium, cops fall in love, P 12 over one crore students below ther obese or had diabetes
volving the country’s Indian-origin Gov- 18 years of age. and cholesterol problems.
ernor General Sir Anand Satyanand. While majority of the This is alarming and it means
students who are detected that currently lifestyle dis-
Spot fixing scam accused’s
aide ends life: David le Cluse,
chairman of Croydon Athletic club own-
La Mart boy’s suicide: Principal, 3 teachers held with heart diseases suffer
from congenital problems,
doctors warn that the
eases burden is 15-20 per cent
in 2010, it will jump to over 40
per cent in 2025,” says endo-
ed by Mazhar Majeed, the suspected TIMES NEWS NETWORK Court in 2000 and the government ter he was caned. The 13-year-old’s at the chief metropolitan magist- high-on-junk and low-on-ex- crinologist Dr Banshi Saboo.
middleman between Pakistani has repeatedly said beating kids in suicide shocked the city, setting off rate’s court in the afternoon. ercise lifestyle of the Cardiologist Sameer Dani
cricketers and illegal bookmakers, is Kolkata: In the first arrests of its schools had no place in a teaching a clamour for action against the The cops wanted to book them for new-age students is sowing says eating patterns of stu-
believed to have committed suicide on kind in the country, police in Kol- system focused on reducing stress school which ini- abetting suicide but the court seeds for disorders like dents has completely
Saturday. P 18 kata on Monday picked up the and enhancing analytical skills of tially refused to disallowed that charge for lack of high blood pressure, diabetes changed from healthy roti-
principal of the city’s famous 175- the children. even allow police evidence. and heart attack in early subzi, daal-rice to high-fat,
year-old La Martiniere Boy’s As the government has dithered officers dealing The teachers were booked un- adulthood. high calorie pizza, burgers,
THE TIMES OF INDIA School and three other teachers on enacting a specific law, teachers with the suicide to der Sections 323 and 324 of the IPC “Nearly 60-70 per cent pasta and cheese. “Moreover,
and booked them for handing out have continued to lean on the cane meet teachers. that relate to “voluntarily causing of the students who are unlike the previous genera-
corporal punishment to a student to get the lessons through. But few On Monday, de- hurt” by a dangerous weapon or referred under the school tion, children do not play in
who committed suicide. Sunir- expected premier institutions like Rouvanjit Rawla tectives rounded other means, Section 352 IPC per- health check-up programme schools due to pressure of aca-
mal Chakravarthy and the three La Martiniere for boys to condone up principal Chak- taining to the use of criminal force, have 15 different kinds demics and at home due to
others were later freed on bail by a the practice which came to light af- ravarthy, head of the middle school and Section 23 of the Juvenile Jus- of heart defects from birth. Of lack of space,” he says.
city court. ter Rouvanjit Rawla, a class VIII LG Gunion and two other teachers, tice Act invoked against the acts of these, nearly 35-40
Corporal punishment was de- student, committed suicide at his David Ryan and Partha Datta, be- cruelty by the custodian, in this per cent have defect in the uVS hosp lets girl with
heart defect suffer , P 2
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New Delhi: Jammu and

compared to 563 million (56.3 crore) in 2008 Kashmir, which has a history
Mumbai: Where do Indians travellers go and 527 million (52.7 crore) in 2007”. With of having either retired bu-
when they have the time, money and incli- the young and the middle class getting reaucrats or defence person-
nation to explore their own country? Well, more mobile, the ministry predicts that nel as its governor, may get a
not to Goa; not even to ‘God’s own country’ the domestic market will grow at a healthy politician as head of state as
Kerala. The number one domestic travel clip of 20% in 2010. The tourism ministry the Centre is mulling an op-
destination for Indians, believe it or not, is added, “The top 10 states in terms of num- tion to replace N N Vohra (re-
Andhra Pradesh. ber of domestic tourist visits during 2009 tired IAS officer) with a senior
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Amul’s White Revolution in Bengal

Guj Model Replicated In July 2008, Amul had started set-
ting a milk procurement network in

In Red Bastion Vardhaman. “We had invited farm-

ers from the district to Anand so that
Prashant Rupera | TNN they could see from their own eyes the
co-operative model and how it works.
Vadodara: About two years ago, Kai- On return, the villagers acted as our
ra District Cooperative Milk Pro- brand ambassadors and propagated
ducers Union Limited (KDCMPUL), the movement there.” Poll better known as Amul Dairy, had Within a year, 15 village co-oper-
Yesterday’s Result:Do you think CWG opening ceremony started an experiment to replicate the atives were set up which contributed
showcased Indian culture in proper light? Amul model of co-operatives in People line up in front of an Amul milk 35,000 litre milk. Today, 3,500 farmers
Yes 78% No 22% Can’t say 0%
West Bengal by collecting milk local- collection centre in Vardhaman district of WB in the paddy-belt of Bengal have turn-
ly from a handful of village co-oper- ed milk producers by joining the
Today’s Poll: Has Commonwealth Games overshadowed atives set up on Amul pattern. Now, like Bengal, there was no co-operative Amul movement. Farmers in Bengal
India-Australia Test series? the dairy run by Congressmen in saf- model to help the farmers. The suc- and Anand are paid the same rate —
Vote on or SMS ’Poll’ to 58888
fron-ruled Gujarat is all set to repli- cess of Amul pattern of co-operatives Rs 365 per kg fat — for the milk that
cate the white revolution in the red in Bengal is a true reflection of the they pour daily at their village socie-
WEATHER bastion of West Bengal. impressive cooperative model which ties. Interestingly, brand Amul mar-
Outside Gujarat, West Bengal is has grown by leaps and bounds in Guj- keted by the Gujarat Co-operative
Sunrise: Tuesday: 6.32 am the only state where the Amul model arat over the past six decades,” said Milk Marketing Federation has
Sunset: Tuesday: 6.23 pm
Moonrise: Tuesday: 3.42 am
has been replicated. Now, Amul is Rahul Kumar, managing director of already emerged as market leader in
Max Moonset: Wednesday: 4.26 hoping to set a new mark there as its Amul Dairy. “At present, we collect Kolkata after a keen battle with
37.2 ° C pm milk collection is set to cross one lakh 70,000 litres of milk locally from Mother Dairy and Metro Dairy.
(+ 2) litre per day (LLPD). For this, the 31 milk societies in Vardhaman dis- Against three LLPD supplied by
......................... Forecast: Generally clear sky
Min dairy is fast expanding its network of trict. We have also identified 20 other Mother Dairy and two LLPD supplied
23.4 ° C Relative humidity: Maximum co-operatives in the state. milk societies which will soon be by Metro, Amul sells four LLPD milk
(0) 62% Minimum 40% “Ironically, in a Left-ruled state brought to our fold.” in Kolkata alone.
Times Classifieds | P 6


VS lets girl Male streaker runs amok in NID girls’ hostel Mother Dairy
Cries of the girls
may adopt 45
with heart Ahmedabad: A peaceful Sunday
night turned scary for some girl stu-
dents at National Institute of De-
sign (NID) in the city as a male
apparently forced the
intruder to flee from the
spot, while security
city gardens
Paul John | TNN

defect suffer
streaker ran amok in the corridors guards at the campus Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad
of their hostel. gates were left stupefied Municipal Corporation
The cries raised by the girls ap- (AMC) is planning to sign PPP
parently forced the intruder to flee the flasher was not from the insti- contracts for upgradation, de-
from the spot, while security tute. “Anyone from the institute velopment and maintenance
Radha Sharma | TNN
Varsha guards at the campus gates were would have been instantly identi- of around 45 gardens with
Odedra (L) left stupefied. “When we rushed to fied at the first glance. The offender Mother Dairy. The move
Ahmedabad: Varsha Odedra, 12,
the hostel after getting a call, we must have been a local pervert,” comes after the success of the
a class VII student in Porbandar, was didn’t find the intruder,” said a said a student from the boys’ hostel.
is mostly irritable and tired these initial 55 gardens that were
diagnosed guard at the hostel, adding that a Meanwhile, no inquiry has handed over to Amul. A pro-
days. She returns from school
breathless, even if she has walked with a hole in search conducted after the incident corridor and raised a cry. Hearing rooms.” been initiated into the incident as posal has already been sent to
heart and referred to VS did not yield any results. the commotion, I along with other While the incident left the eye- NID officials denied having re- the dairy which has showed
only a small distance. Varsha was
Narrating the incident, a girl at girls rushed out of our rooms, but witnesses shell-shocked, it was a ceived any complaint. “We are yet interest in maintaining these
diagnosed with a big hole in her Hospital. But, the hospital the hostel said, “It happened couldn’t find anyone. It appeared hot topic on Monday, with many to receive any formal complaint gardens.
heart during a health check-up
programme in her school three
authorities refused to around midnight. My friends were that the streaker had fled by the terming it as a rumour. Students at from the students,” said an official
months back. give a date, saying that shocked to find a naked guy in the time the girls came out of their the NID boys’ hostel claimed that at the campus.
The doctors there advised her hospital’s cath laboratory AMC has sent a
to undergo a surgery immediate- was badly damaged in a proposal to Mother
ly. But blame it on the indifferent
attitude of authorities at a city fire and they were not ‘BJP defiled NIDians get admission Dairy for
upgradation and
hospital, she is still waiting for equipped to offer instant
some medical help. surgery more public maintenance of
Varsha’s father Jethabhai, a
poor farmer in Miyani village,
said she was referred to the VS
During our last visit, hospital au-
thorities told me that the surgery property offer from UCA London the city gardens

Dayananda Meitei | TNN While the fees for the course at UCA cost 18,000 The new PPP terms are dif-
hospital for treatment of her heart
defect but the hospital refused to
give them a date. The hospital au-
cannot be done immediately as
there was an accidental fire in the
department and there was no
than Cong’ Ahmedabad: For the students of photography de-
pounds for the two years, the students of NID will be
paying only 3,000 pounds.
ferent from the earlier con-
tract AMC has with the Amul.
thorities said the cath-laboratory equipment to perform the sur- Ahmedabad: It seems the ruling sign at the National Institute of Design (NID) in the At the moment, four students, who have com- The new terms, include up-
of the hospital was badly damaged gery. We were also told that they BJP has desecrated more public city, horizons of opportunity have opened at the pleted the photography course at NID, have applied gradation and development of
in a fire that broke out recently, would call and inform us in case of property than its Congress coun- University of Creative Arts (UCA) in Farnham, for the admission offered in London. gardens apart from the main-
and they were therefore not any progress and that the restora- terpart. A detailed list of activities London. Four NID students have got admission of- Nikita Dutt from the city who studied in the 2009 tenance activities. “Under the
equipped to offer instant surgery. tion work could take more than a related to the election code of con- fer for the UCA photography course after the uni- batch and completed the course said, “It is a very new contract, Mother Dairy
Here, it’s worth mentioning month’s time,” Jethabhai added. duct has revealed that the BJP has versity opened admissions to the institute. good opportunity for us. We are getting the degree can decide on the landscaping
that the VS Hospital was recently Jethabhai also tried to get his desecrated 26,480 walls in the city While the photography course at UCA is for two design and plants to be plant-
included as a referral centre for daughter’s case referred to the UN when compared to just 9,211 walls years, the students of NID will be allowed to take ad- ed in the gardens, for which
heart surgery for school students Mehta Institute of Cardiology, but by the Congress. “We have white- mission straight into the second year, an advantage CLICKING SUCCESS AMC would extend all the sup-
diagnosed with cardiac disease. with little success. There he was washed poll-related slogans paint- of getting a full-fledged degree in just a year’s time. port. Only maintenance con-
The decision was taken as part of told that the case cannot be trans- ed on public property by either Deepak John Mathew, co-ordinator of photogra- in one year along with a discount in the fees. Study- tracts will not be enticing
the school check-up programme ferred to another hospital. parties,” says a senior official of phy design at NID, said, “The agreement between ing photography in London is a good opportunity as enough for any agency willing
conducted by the state govern- “We have already been late in the Ahmedabad collectorate. NID and UCA happened as we already have collabo- there is a very good international exposure associ- to adopt these gardens. Also
ment. diagnosing the problem. My Apart from this, the officials re- ration with them. So NID and UCA discussed about ated. We will get the opportunity to meet and see the Mother Dairy will be allowed
“The doctors in Porbandar told daughter does not feel well at all moved 2,624 banners out of which exploring further possibilities of widening the ho- works of many well-known international photogra- to erect its booth in only 33
me that Varsha’s condition had and does not even go to school on 1,295 belonged to the BJP and 1,108 rizons for students through an extension of the as- phers and many of them keep coming there.” gardens,” said a senior AMC
deteriorated and she needed to un- many days. As a father, I feel help- to the Congress. In all, 31 hoard- sociation.” Another student Sharan Goel said, “We feel ve- official. Once the deal is final-
dergo a surgery as soon as possi- less to see my daughter suffer. Can ings were removed from the city. Mathew said, “The offer comes as a great advan- ry lucky. They have made the application proce- ized, AMC would have 100 gar-
ble,” said Jethabhai. she not be helped?” he said. Offi- About 4,553 flags were removed tage for the students of the 2008 and 2009 batches as dures very easy for us. We have got the offer letters dens under PPP model for
“We have been coming to Ah- cials at the VS Hospital could not from various walls and streetlight we had one-year diploma course then. The course for admission and we will now be applying for the maintenance purposes out of
medabad for quite some time now. be contacted for comments. poles. TNN has become a two-year course from 2010 onwards.” visa.” a total of 189 gardens.

DPS bus
Technical glitches bring down Children’s colourful tales of
catches fire
helium balloon at Kankaria Bhadresh Gajjar fervour and festivity
Ahmedabad: The helium balloon, which was a
Ahmedabad: A Delhi Public recent attraction at the Kankaria lake, has been Ahmedabad: The sky was lush
School (DPS) bus standing at a grounded because of technical glitches. For the green, and the water below that met
parking lot near Vaishno Devi last two days, engineers and the agency operating the sky in the distant horizon was
temple caught fire on Monday the balloon are trying to solve an electronic prob- also green. When you ask the pain-
afternoon. The bus was empty lem in the circuitry of the machine that pulls the ter, Sagar Parikh, a class 4 student
and nobody was injured, said balloon back to its anchor. of Ahmedabad International
officials. A team of engineers has already left for Alang School why the sky and the water is
According to Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar for the special circuit board, green, he just throws his hands to
Fire and Emergency Services which conked out during one of the rides on Satur- say: “I felt like doing it that way.”
(AFES) officials, they got a day. This striking painting is one
call at 1.45 pm that a bus “The balloon would be up in a day. It’s a simple among the collection of paintings
parked at a pick up point near circuit which we wanted to source from a reliable put up for exhibition at the Contem-
Greenwood Resorts had agent to prevent future glitches. Voltage fluctu- porary Art Gallery from Monday.
caught fire. “The driver was ations in the circuitry caused the electronic cir- Along with Sagar, three other
away whereas the children cuit board problem. We now have better arrange- young students in the age group of 6-
were to be picked up. So, there ments to curb this problem,” says a senior AMC 10 are also showing their works
was nobody in the bus when official. For the last two days, engineers and which, to say the least, bring in
the incident took place. We This balloon goes anywhere between 350 feet the agency operating the balloon are fresher perspectives. They were Visitors at the painting exhibition on Monday
doused the fire after 20 min- and 500 feet above the ground. At least 30 visitors trying to solve an electronic problem in trained under Biren Bhavsar, a
utes of operation,” said an can be accommodated in its basket. freelance artist who pours his heart for technical finesse. people and even a photographer,
AFES official. The project is being launched on a public-pri- the circuitry of the machine that pulls into the paintings of his students. A beautiful Ganesha by Hridasa and when you ask Aadit Kanuga, the
The officials said the rea- vate partnership basis and a 10-year licence has the balloon back to its anchor The collection reflects the every- Joshi is surrounded by chakras on a third grader from Udgam school,
son for the fire was found to be been extended to the private party operating the day world seen through a kid’s eyes, purple haze, minutely created by what he meant, he only finds the
a short circuit. “It is possible helium balloon. ery week. like the festive fervour of Diwali, a strokes from the pointed edge of the question surprising, “but this is
that the engine got heated up The ticket rates have been fixed at Rs 75 for “No one was stranded because of the problem. 10-headed Ravana, or even the Com- brush. A still life by Udit Amin how my exhibition in the gallery
and caught fire. However, the children between the age group of 12 and 18 years Everyday a detailed test drive is conducted with- monwealth Games. brings out oil against a splash of wa- will be”.
exact cause will be ascer- and Rs 100 for adults. Ahmedabad Municipal Cor- out fail to check glitches. The moment we realized But the regularity of events is ter colour to bring the mundane The paintings will be shown at
tained after investigation,” poration (AMC) school board children would be there may be a problem we stopped public en- brilliantly complemented by the fruits to life. An interesting paint- the gallery from 4 pm to 8 pm until
said an official. provided free entry with an entry of 100 pupils ev- tries,” adds the official. striking use of colours and the eye ing depicts a gallery full of admiring October 10.

Man kills wife in fit of rage CBI to challenge bails HC surprised

at state’s
attempts suicide granted in Sohrab case deadline for riot
relief probe
Dharmesh Thakkar had
Ahmedabad: A 36-year-old man killed
his wife after an argument in Khadia
married Hema against the had got bail recently Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court
was surprised at the time limit set by
and later attempted suicide by jumping wishes of their parents 12 TIMES NEWS NETWORK the state government to conduct a de-
into Sabarmati on Sunday night. The years ago. However, four partmental inquiry against employ-
victim was rescued by people staying years later they parted ways. Ahmedabad: CBI will soon move ees allegedly involved in the 2002 riot
on the riverbank near Ellisbridge. Po- against the anticipatory bail granted to relief scam in Godhra district.
lice officials arrested the man on charg-
Three months back, Hema two accused - Ajay Patel and Yashpal The state government is to take 380
es of murder late on Sunday. started pressing for a divorce. Chudasama - in the Sohrabuddin fake days to initiate departmental proceed-
According to Khadia police station But Dharmesh was not ready encounter case. CBI officials have ac- ings against the accused, that include
officials, it was a tragic story of two lov- for it. On Sunday, he tried to cused Patel and Chudasama, chairman taluka development officials, talatis
ers. Some 12 years ago, Dharmesh and director of the ADC Bank respec- and village sarpanchs.
Thakkar alias Dharmendra, a resident talk to her. When she cut him tively, of tampering with evidence and and Dashrath Patel. They have been accused of siphon-
of Kaka Baliya ni Pol near Raipur, fell off, he hit her on the head with trying to turn witnesses in the case. Later, when the Patel brothers had ing off nearly Rs 1.38 crore from the
in love with Hema Thakkar, 35, his an iron rod The duo was granted bail by the Guj- turned witnesses before CBI and given riot rehabilitation package meant for
neighbour. The couple fought with arat High Court recently. The CBI au- statements against Shah, Chudasama victims. Instead of paying the money
their dissenting families and got mar- thorities had then sought permission and Patel had tried to arm-twist the to the affected ones, nearly 125 fam-
ried. with a jeweller at Shivranjani Cross- rod. She collapsed on the spot,” said DH from the Union ministry of law and jus- builders to withdraw their statements.
However, all did not go well with the roads. She finally left Dharmesh’s Desai, inspector of Khadia police sta- tice to challenge the anticipatory bail at This aspect has been revealed in a sting
couple and around four years house four years ago and tion. the Supreme Court. CBI hopes to file its operation carried out by the Patels The bench headed by chief
ago, they parted ways. went to stay with her par- Feeling guilty later, Dharmesh went plea before the SC this week. when they were being brow-beaten by justice S J Mukhopadhaya
“It was basically a socio-eco- ents. The couple tried to iron to Ellisbridge and jumped into the riv- CBI has already secured a warrant to the two Shah supporters.” noticed that, in normal
nomic problem. After the mar- out their differences but er. However, he was spotted instantly arrest them, while Chudasama and Pa- Though, after the arrest of Amit
riage, they kept living in the their interactions mostly and saved by people residing below. He tel are absconding. During the anticipa- Shah on July 25, there has been little de- course, a departmental
same house in the pol and both ended in quarrels. was later taken to Ellisbridge police sta- tory bail hearing before HC, the agency velopment in the case. After Shah’s ar- proceeding is supposed to
the families accepted them. “Three months back, He- tion where he narrated the incident to told the court that it wished to challenge rest and after being grilled by the SC, ad- be completed within three to
Dharmesh, a sharebroker and ma started pressing for di- cops. Hema succumbed to her injuries the order at SC. Sources said: “After ditional DGP Geetha Johri filed a six months, while the state
part-time agent of goods, was vorce but Dharmesh was not at VS Hospital. studying Gujarat HC’s order and CBI’s curative petition at the SC, while Shah
not doing well financially which led to ready. He called for truce but Hema re- “We arrested Thakkar late on Sun- plea, the agency has been granted per- too has filed a petition to recall CBI. has set a deadline of 380
arguments between the couple. Hema jected the proposal. On Sunday, Hema day night based on a complaint by He- mission to file the petition at SC.” Both petitions are pending in the SC. days
asked him to find some alternative entered the pol on her scooter around ma’s brother Amit Thakkar. The couple CBI officials say that these two are CBI superintendent of police Ami-
source of income,” said a police official. 8.15 pm when she was intercepted by did not have any children. Thakkar was key accused in the case since they had tabh Thakur, who is part of the investi- ilies, who were completely untouched
However, Dharmesh could not find Dharmesh. He tried to speak but Hema sent to Sabarmati Central Jail on Mon- worked on behalf of former minister of gation team, is expected to resume his by rioters in 2002, were given compen-
employment. The couple was depend- cut him off and went ahead. Dharmesh day evening after being booked for mur- state for home Amit Shah and had taken duty at Gandhinagar on Tuesday after sation.
ent on Hema’s earnings who worked then hit her on the head with an iron der,” said Desai. a ransom from builders Raman Patel training in Canada. Nearly seven years after the inci-
dent, an NGO named All India Anti-
Corruption & Human Right Council

Two nabbed for vehicle SHALL WE DANCE? Yogesh Chawda

Dummy writers’ case:
filed a PIL complaining about the sys-
tematic pilfering of the funds and de-
manded an inquiry into the case. Up-
thefts in Vejalpur Kapadia, doc get bail
on the high court’s instructions, the
Godhra district collector began an in-
TIMES NEWS NETWORK quiry into the issue and summoned 23
officials for questioning.
Ahmedabad: Two youths, who were stopped and TIMES NEWS NETWORK Ultimately, the liability was fixed
checked by Vejalpur police station officials late on on the Panderwada sarpanch Anil Mo-
Sunday night, were found to be in possession of two Ahmedabad: A city ses- di and Vadodara deputy district devel-
bottles of IMFL. During their investigation, it turned sions judge AC Rao on Mon- opment officer Chandubhai Ninama,
out that the bike they were riding was stolen. day granted bail to trustee of among others. The high court sought
According to Vejalpur police station officials, a HB Kapadia School, Muktak to initiate proceedings against the
team led by inspector JM Bharwad was on patrol near Kapadia and Civil Hospital government officials, and the author-
Malav Talav area late on Sunday night when they doctor Jatin Sanandia who ities set a time frame of 380 days for the
spotted the youths and asked them to stop. “The were arrested last month in same. The bench headed by chief jus-
youths were on their way to deliver the IMFL when connection with the dummy tice S J Mukhopadhaya noticed that,
they were nabbed. Ranjit Parmar, 27, a resident of Ka- writers’ scam. in normal course, a departmental pro-
dambari Society in Jivraj Park, and Kinjal Koriya, 21, The duo had approached ceeding is supposed to be completed
a resident of Navrangpura, were rounded up and the sessions court after they within three to six months.
questioned. During their questioning, they confessed were refused bail by metro- Muktak Kapadia The bench sought to know whether
to having stolen two Honda Activa and six bikes of politan court. Earlier, the there is any problem with the guide-
various make primarily from Vejalpur,” said Bhar- sessions court had also grant- sought to close the investiga- lines issued in 1993 for departmental
wad. ed anticipatory bail to build- tion, but the metropolitan proceedings and directed the govern-
He added that the duo frequently visited VS Hospi- er Praveen Kotak, father of court refused to accept the ment to file an affidavit with a copy of
tal from where around three vehicles were stolen. Of- Harsh Kotak, who had been summary. the guidelines along with its English
ficials have recovered six of the stolen vehicles on caught faking fracture in his Moreover, a PIL was filed version. The hearing will continue on
Monday. “The duo was involved in bootlegging for hand during 2008 board ex- by a Congressman, Manish October 11.
profits. They took to vehicle theft as they used a num- ams along with another stu- Doshi, demanding a thor-
ber of vehicles to avoid getting identified. Kinjal had a dent, Komal Patel. ough probe in the case. On ba-
good career but opted out for the business. He is the While, Kapadia has been sis of this litigation, the high
son of an AMC employee and used to work as a recov- accused of conspiracy in the court directed a fresh inqui-
ery agent for a private bank. He was involved in a case scam, the doctor has been ry and arrests took place in
of scuffle. Parmar too was involved in a case of scuffle. charged with providing a this case.
They struck a chord and started bootlegging,” said a fake medical certificate to However, all those arrest-
police official. Officials said more thefts are likely to one of the two students. ed in this case have been
be solved in subsequent questioning. With Navratri round the corner, a group of professional dancers rehearse their moves at a garden in the city In the case, police had granted bail.

Farmers, Mundra Woman robbed of gold chain

Ahmedabad: A woman was robbed of her gold chain in Odhav area of
the city by an unidentified chain snatcher on Sunday. In her complaint

SEZ reach amicable lodged with Odhav police station, Pragati Bhadoria, resident of
Matrubhumi Bungalows in New Naroda, alleged that a motorcycle-borne
miscreant had accosted her near Kalyan Bungalows and had fled from

settlement the spot after snatching her gold necklace worth Rs 34,940 at 2.45 pm on
Sunday. “We’ve registered the case and started the hunt for the
accused,” said an official from Odhav police station. TNN

Ahmedabad: If you thought

economic development was the
only need to be addressed by
corporates to make inroads to
the hearts of rural folks, think
afresh - spiritual requirements
also figure high on their list of
priorities. And, if the compro-
mise that has been worked out
between the Adani Foundation
Villagers of Shiracha
and the Shiracha villagers is had filed a PIL in the
anything to go by, the villagers Gujarat HC claiming
seem to have had their way. that the government
When the Adani-owned
Mundra Port Special Econom- cannot hand over
ic Zone’s (MPSEZ) bid to devel- gaucher land to the
op its SEZ on the gaucher land company without their
of Shiracha was made, the vil-
lagers in Shiracha agreed to
the bid only after the company government for not levying
conceded to their 16-point de- stamp duty on the company.
velopment plan which includ- They raised an objection say-
ed taking care of religious plac- ing the company did not pay 30
es also alongside other per cent extra price for the
progressive activities. grazing land.
Among a host of other de- During the hearing, the
velopment needs, including a court too raised an important
doctor, computers for school, question whether creation of
drainage facilities, clean SEZ can be termed as public de-
drinking water from Narmada velopment at all. At a later
river, three public buildings, stage, however, both the par-
water storage facility and a bus ties began negotiations to settle
stand, the Adani Foundation the dispute in an amicable
was offered the responsibility manner. The foundation prom-
to look after repairing of all ised to spend Rs 22 crore for the
temples at the village, con- development work, and offered
structing roads to its Hanuman facilities for training of youth
temple along with an inn for so that they can be absorbed in
saints in the village. employment.
Besides, the foundation had Besides this, the foundation
to promise a cow-shed, a bird also agreed to consider the de-
house, two crematoriums and mand that villagers from Shi-
various other facilities for the racha should be given priority
temples existing in the village. by the company in offering con-
At the initial stages of devel- tracts like transportation, to
oping the SEZ, the villagers of run canteens and shops.
Shiracha were against the com- The high court was intimat-
pany developing SEZ and put- ed regarding the compromise
ting up industries around the arrived at between the villag-
village. They had filed a PIL in ers and the company. A bench
the Gujarat High Court claim- headed by Chief Justice S J
ing that the government can- Mukhopadhaya observed that
not hand over the gaucher land the court would not dilate on
to the company without their the issue any further, and dis-
consent. posed off the earlier petition
They also blamed the state this week.

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NO. 233 VOL 43

The only minarets which surpass those of Cairo in
beauty of outline or richness of detail are those of the
Rani Sipri mosque. Indeed, that mosque is the most
exquisite gem at Ahmedabad, both in plan and detail


Rot in AMC’s
Not in troubled garden dept

Paul John | TNN in the city. The scam involving
Patel is being investigated for

couple of years back the the one financial year. The in-
Ahmedabad Municipal ventory logs showed that 25
Corporation launched lakh saplings were procured
a tree helpline to stop the at rates ranging from Rs 1 to
green cover from disappear- Rs 15 per sapling over the last
ing. The parks and garden di- one year. After procuring
rector Jignesh Patel took calls them, a large part of the
directly from citizens who re- process was to maintain these
ported felling of trees. saplings by employing con-
Kankaria Reaps Rich Dividends For Being In The initiative, though good,
did not reflect in the green
tractors to water them.
“In fact we realised that
cover. Later the au- the contractors never
Modi’s Constituency, But Some Problems Persist Kankaria lake at dusk
thorites found out
that most of the
made their rounds and
claimed payments for
Graphic: Ayaz Daruwala
gardening activi- the job. Jignesh was
Paul John | TNN the lake’s eastern bank started to de- during monsoon. Flooding near Man- ty to ensure trees careless enough
teriorate due to bad maintenance. inagar Crossroads and Krishnabagh WARDS WORTH TOTAL VOTERS survival rates, re- not to check these

iven the development along Till three years back, Kankaria lake Crossroads has been solved by laying mained only on false entries in the
the Kankaria lakefront, very
few people find faults with this
ward. Residents don’t com-
was considered a pick-up point near a
picnic spot, a bootlegging den near the
zoo and the lake was a suicide hot spot.
a new storm water drains. “We need
more greening along main thorough-
fares. AMC also needs to organise street

50,169 paper and there was
no proper auditing
of the tree planta-
log books,” says a
senior AMC offi-
plain about ‘bijli-sadak-paani’ except Then chief minister Narendra Modi vending in the ward,” says a general VOTERS tion drive. Five To avoid mis-
for sewage seeping into drinking wa- took charge. physician Dr Parimal Desai. months back, AMC management of the
ter during monsoon and parking woes Today, this ward has its own ring Purshottam Panesar, a resident near suspended Patel and some taxpayers money over
near the lake. road, it has a dedicated Best School says, “Parking has become of his subordinates for finan- greening drives, the AMC de-
But there are allegations that BRTS service and sanita- a major issue cial mismanagement. Patel vised a PPP model for main-
Kankaria ward is getting attention only tion workers clean up the in Kankaria. was accused of fudging tender tenance of saplings over two
because it is part of chief minister
Narendra Modi’s assembly con-
area several times a day.
And Kankaria is set to
The BRTS cor-
ridor requires 25,927 24,242 documents, making false en-
tries in watering contractors
consecutive seasons. “The PPP
model will save us Rs 90 lakh
stituency, while neighbouring wards have the city’s first 10- organised parking log books and corruption in in mainatenance and almost
remain largely under-developed. storeyed robotic parking on both sides of the AREAS COVERED plantation drives in the city. Rs 7.5 crore in terms of in-
Dani Limda, for instance, is home as well. Apart from corridor. Why cannot Geeta Mandir Officers like Patel are ventory costs. After the recent
to Chandola lake, a water body at least Modi, the ward is repre- the AMC mark vend- crossroads, bound to take advantage of the episode we are maintaining a
30 per cent bigger than Kankaria lake, sented by AMC standing ing zones along the Majoorgam, Parsi carelessness of the AMC day to day inventory of each
but does not have even half the sparkle. committee chairperson lake?” Agiyari, Anupam which, since its inception had tree that is being planted,”
Or Isanpur, which does not have town Asit Vora. Former Opposition Bridge, Shreedhar never conducted a green audit adds the official.
planning schemes. In Amraiwadi, ille- The lake is now better managed leader in AMC and Apartment, Kankaria
gal construction on gutter lines has led with security and lifeguards. Areas Congress leader Surendra Baxi says, lake, Apsara Cinema,
to overflowing sewage. near Shelat Bhuvan, Balwantrai Hall, “AMC officials and five consecutive Shelat Bhuvan,
Kankaria, in fact, has seen both good Digvijay Apartments, Amar Society, budgets have largely concentrated on Tejendra Apartment,
and bad times. The mid 80s had seen Raj Apartments and Dhor Bazaar area Kankaria because it is Modi’s bastion. Bhairavnath, Meera
its high point with Naginawadi, zoo have been cleared of slums. It seems Modi is beautifying his own Cinema, Best School,
and Balvatika being a major attraction One of the main issues here is constituency, while other areas are Shahealam Darwaza,
for people from across the city. But soon sewage seeping into water supply lines neglected.” Swaminarayan
College, Leeladhar
Hall, Lati Bazar
Kankaria has turned around in the Kankaria ward should be taken
last three years. It is a pleasure up as a test case for other areas ISSUES
going to the lake and the BRTS in the city. It shows how Street vending all along the lake leads to a
has helped popularise Kankaria lake beautification of a common public accumulation of a lot of garbage
among residents of western space can give residents a sense of In chawl areas drinking water often stinks during monsoons
Ahmedabad pride
Encroachments by way of building extensions constrict road space
Dipti Gondaliya | RESIDENT Deval Trivedi | HOUSEWIFE

Congress answer
to ‘CBI’ Bhadresh Gajjar

BJP HQ set to shift

ongress and BJP rebel lead-
ers have coined a new name Bhadresh Gajjar
for the ruling BJP in the Prashant Dayal | TNN
Ahmedabad Municipal Corpora-

tion (AMC). They are called the he Gujarat BJP headquarters is all set
party ‘Builder Janata Party’ (BJP). to change its address. From the con-
This phrase has been coined after stricted alleys of Khanpur, the saffron
13 builders and contractors were brigade is now getting a multi-storeyed of-
given tickets to contest the mu- fice ready at Koba.
nicipal polls. This is probably the The party’s journey in Gujarat began
Congress’ answer to BJP’s expan- from a humble shop alongside the Ellisbridge
sion of the CBI as ‘Congress Bu- police station. In 1980, after Bharatiya Jan
reau of Investigation’. Sangh metamorphosed into BJP, the party
did not even have an office in the state, let
alone political presence. It started opera-
POLL tions from this shop in Ellisbridge shopping
centre in 1981.

CHAURO Times are changing again. The party

has bought a huge plot near Koba in the
name of Kamalam Trust. Within a few
The BJP office in Khanpur

months, a multi-storeyed building is ex- Khadia which was an office owned by Jan
After mask, comes pected to come up. Sangh. Rent was not an issue there. After
In the 80s though, even senior leaders BJP shifted out, Chhaganbhai took over the
T-shirt like Keshubhai Patel and Shankarsinh shop and still today runs his snack business

fter the hugely popular Vaghela (now with the Congress) were al- from the same shop.
masks, come Modi brand lotted miniscule chambers. Right outside A couple of years later, BJP leaders once
of T-shirts. A hit among the shop was a snack again felt the need to
party workers, these are saffron
coloured tees with Modi pictures
stall run by Chhagan
Kalaria who sold gan- ON THE shift. This time the deci-
sion was governed by a
on both sides and a slogan ‘Jeeta
Gujarat’. And we also have the lo-
tus brand of cellphone acces-
thiya even then. “One of
his favourite customers
was former chief minis-
SIDELINES need to be closer to the
new, western reaches of
the city.
sories. In the latest campaign ma- ter Keshubhai,” said a party leader. In 1984 BJP shifted to its current location
terial, the BJP has, apart from the For two years BJP operated from this of- in Khanpur. The party purchased a shop in
traditional caps a mobile case, a fice. Later, it became a compulsion to shift the ground floor of a two-storey complex for
strap and other stuff worn by office. “The rent seemed too high - Rs 1,100 3.5 lakh. In 1986 the first floor residential
ladies. The ladies accessories in- per month. We could not afford it then,” said unit too was purchased in the name of Pan-
clude mangalsutra, brooches and This is perhaps the only place where you will find Sonia Gandhi so close to the saffron lotus - a shop selling election material of both senior party leaders. dit Deen Dayal Trust. BJP coordinates all
purses. the Congress and the BJP The saffron brigade shifted to Golwad in its functions from this office till date.

Cong promises free entry to BJP manifesto quiet on

Kankaria lake, more JNNURM funds city’s 600th birthday bash

ree entry to Kankaria lakefront, no he ‘Swarnim Ahmedabad’ mani- New development plan for the city
conservancy tax for areas without festo released by the BJP for the Each ward to have a modern
Preparing development
drainage and water connections municipal corporation elections, gymnasium
plan till 2030
and property tax penalty to be scaled looked like a rehash of the announce-
down by 50 per cent. These were some of More funds under Jawa- ments made in the Ahmedabad Munic- Newly merged areas to have sport
the promises the Congress made if elect- ipal Corporation (AMC) budgets in the complexes
harlal Nehru National Ur-
ed to power in the Ahmedabad Munici- ban Renewal mission for last two years. Newly merged areas in the western and
pal Corporation (AMC). Gujarat Pradesh city The BJP talked of plans to construct eastern parts to get Narmada water and Japanese trench-less technology to be
Congress Committee chief Siddharth gyms in every ward in the next five drainage facilities used to repair cave-ins
Patel and city president Pankaj Shah Rs 1,000 crore to be al- years, and connect the BRTS to Gand-
25,000 new streetlight poles to be installed 1,000 new buses for AMTS
while releasing the manifesto for the located under JNNURM hinagar, a project that is stuck in the
municipal elections to be held on Sun- for drinking water state urban development department. Sardar Patel Ring Road to have Modernisation of garbage disposal
day, announced that the Congress would But the party chose to keep quiet about streetlights
Using scientific methods to lay drainage lines and plugging leaks Sunday market to be developed along
also not touch the current property tax the prestigious Metro Rail Link project New oxygen parks and urban forests to be Sabarmati River Front Development
structure. to Gandhinagar and Dholera. It also said developed
Improving traffic by studying bottlenecks, constructing flyovers project
Currently tax defaulters are charged nothing about celebrating 600 years of
18 per cent interest which the Congress the foundation of the city, in 2011. 15 new lakes to be developed Gujarat’s history to be showcased in
Apart from the BRTS, AMTS to be improved
plans to bring down to seven per cent. The robotic multilevel parking sys- Complete beautification of Kharicut murals
The focus of the party, if allowed to rule Improving infrastructure in municipal schools tem to be installed near Kankaria, which Canal A 750-bed general hospital 100 urban
the city, would be modernisation, infra- was cleared by the standing committee 20 new overbridges at busy traffic health centres for east part
Providing playground for each zone
structure and providing basic infra- three months back, found mention in
junctions 300 new classrooms in municipal schools
structure to the people living in the back- Setting up libraries in all wards the manifesto.
ward areas. Party leaders like standing commit- manifesto, failed to answer questions on Shah in fact, left the meeting half way
“The central government has given gress leaders told mediapersons. Election for corporators to raise people's issues. tee chairman Asit Vora, Rajya Sabha what was new in the announcement, giv- when asked questions about former jun-
grants worth Rs 5111.10 crore to the city in-charge at AMC, Narhari Amin lam- The Congress if comes to power will once member Surendra Patel, BJP vice pres- en the importance of these elections, af- ior home minister Amit Shah’s sup-
so far, but half the money has been pock- basted the BJP for cutting down on the again start organising boards every Tues- ident Kaushik Patel and city BJP pres- ter several newer areas were incorpo- porters being denied tickets and the
eted by the BJP corporators”, the Con- board meetings. “Boards are the medium day and Friday," he said. ident Rakesh Shah, who released the rated. spate of resignations that followed.

Primary education: Are reforms diluting

Guj cuts a sorry figure our education system?

s a practising educator for 45
years, keenly observing var-
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to NGO FINDINGS ied developments and changes
in school education, I, like most of
Preksha from Singane
Family. CLASS I-II LEARNING LEVELS 2009 STANDARD III-V LEARNING LEVELS the students and parents, have ap-
Selected % of % of children % of children % of children % of % of children % of out-of- prehensions about the changes being
states children who can who can who can read children who can read school girls in brought about by the CBSE.
whocan read recognize read English std 1 text who can do English the age group Despite all its limitations, the tra-
DEAR FIZA Loving letters 1-9 numbers letters subtraction sentences of 11-14 in 2009 ditional school education has stood
Birthday wishes M’rashtra 93.0 93.3 52.1 86.8 73.7 18.5 2.0 the test of time. Majority of our
Dada - Dadi - Mamma -
Daddy, Nihal Chh’garh 90.0 90.0 61.3 73.4 66.8 10.5 4.9 great scientists, technocrats, bu-
Orissa 88.9 87.1 44.2 69.5 64.4 17.4 6.0 reaucrats, doctors, and other pro- ry on the task of comprehensive con-
K’taka 85.7 83.3 45.7 67.6 60.0 19.6 6.1 fessionals, who have carved out a tinuous evaluation quite impar-
W Bengal 84.0 87.2 65.3 66.2 63.8 26.3 7.5 niche for themselves across the tially?
RTN. NITIN Joshi Resp. AP 82.9 85.1 70.6 64.0 46.0 10.3 8.5 globe, are the products of this sys- Since the problems in this coun-
Member, Happy Birth Day, Jharkhand 77.1 77.2 55.9 62.1 63.7 18.2 9.5 tem.President Obama in all the three try are not related to planning, and
Rotary Club A’bad Metro public appearances referred to the programming but to their effective
:9825096305 Gujarat 75.8 75.4 31.8 57.5 51.3 10.6 9.9
might of Indian brains. Though the execution, we need to devise fool
Rajasthan 71.3 71.3 48.7 57.3 41.1 5.0 10.2
CHANGE OF NAME higher education is good in western proof mechanism to implement the
Bihar 71.0 72.2 47.8 55.9 47.5 10.7 10.8 countries, school education is gen- reforms, loop-holes present in pre-
I HAVE change my UP 68.0 66.3 45.6 48.6 35.7 8.9 12.2
name Ritika Kamlesh erally in doldrums. vailing system are plugged, attitude
Bajaj from Tina Dinesh- All-India 78.5 78.7 54.6 64.2 56.3 16.7 6.8 I fear, we, too, are diluting the of our leaders, government officials
JYOTI WISH You kumar Sadhwani. A/201 standard of our education by mak- monitoring school education is
Happy Birthday Papa, Sagun Cassa, Nr Prerna- (against Bihar’s 81.8 per cent). With Pradesh, a Bimaru state, showed a
Alka - Jaydev, Jayu-Vijay, tirth Derasar, Satellite Rajiv Shah | TNN ing exam optional even in class X. changed, basic infrastructure is pro-
Ishu, Janu & Gulu Ahmedabad. just five per cent Gujarat children better score card, with merely 4.6 This is being done to remove undue vided in all schools and talent is
Gandhinagar: In a major embar- able to read English sentences, the per cent children in class I and II burden and stress on the students. drawn to the teaching profession, the
rassment to Gujarat’s much-hyped state’s performance is the worst failing to read letters; 5.6 per cent In fact, these problems are not nec- so- called changes would not just re-
effort to improve quality of educa- among all states. The all-India aver- children failing to read numbers 1-9; essarily due to exam phobia but due main pipe dreams.

Two idiots from

tion through Gunotsav, the latest age is 16.7 per cent. and 29.2 per cent failing to read En- to unhealthy life-style and family Wouldn’t it, then, have been pru-
annual status of education report by Supported by Unicef, Pratham is glish letters. Things were found to environment, but the society wrong- dent to maintain ‘the status quo’ till
the high-profile NGO, Pratham, has associated with the state govern- be better in other backward states ly attributes it to burden of studies we first do something concrete
shown the state faring worse than ment in improving primary levels like Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Uttarak- or exam. about the issues plaguing the school

MICA plan to make most Indian states, including Bihar,

in the learning at the primary level.
Carried out in 2009, the survey
of education. Pratham’s survey for
class I and II found that 24.2 per cent
of children failed to read letters and
hand and Andhra Pradesh.
Despite much-hyped Kanya Ke-
lavani to improve girl child enrol-
A few questions, then, need to be
addressed – If education
is primarily a prepara-
education? Shouldn’t we have gone
for a sample survey to
know the opinion of

education fun found that things were particularly

bad with class III to V in rural Guja-
rat whether it was reading vernacu-
words, while 24.6 per cent were un-
able to recognize numbers 1 to 9.
Moreover, 68.2 per cent children
ment, the survey found that in 2009,
Gujarat was one of the states whose
percentage of out-of-school girls in
tion for life, shouldn’t a
child be prepared for
tough competitions? Is
our students, parents
and teachers before in-
troducing the new sys-
Santana Pathak | TNN tent was an eye-opener,” lar or English text or doing simple could not read English letters. This age group 11 to 14 was higher than 10 15 yrs of age for the first tem? Couldn’t we have
said Sahoo. mathematics. was, however, better than Bihar, per cent. While it was 10.2 per cent in Board exam too early? If waited for a few years
Ahmedabad: Education Taking a cue from there, Children were asked to read where 29 per cent children could not case of Gujarat, other states with we use the phrase ‘Catch to see how ‘Right to
that is fun and practical? both of them started focus- class I text, and 42.7 per cent of them read letters or words and 37.8 per higher out-of-school girls were Ra- them young’ for sports and arts, Education’ and substantial rise in
Learning through films and ing on content generation failed to do it. This was worse than cent could not identify 1-9 numbers. jasthan (12.2 per cent) and Andhra shouldn’t the same be applied for ex- the annual allocation of funds for
digital media? If you are for children to suit to their Bihar’s score card, where 37.9 per But so far as English is concerned, Pradesh (10.8 per cent). ams, too? By making exams an easy school education work in bringing
clueless as to where is this developmental needs in cent children were unable to do it. 52.2 per cent children in Bihar failed Bihar had 17.6 per cent out-of- cake-walk for all, aren’t we under- about the desired changes? And
going to happen and more terms of understanding, cre- Then, 68.9 per cent children in Guja- to identify letters, a performance school girls in 2006, but it came valuing the might of our students? the million-dollar question is-should
importantly, who is going to ativity, and mental as well as rat failed to do simple sums of sub- that is better than Gujarat’s. down to 9.5 per cent in 2009, showing Won’t the new system make the stu- the wise act in haste to repent
make this happen, the psychological de- traction (against Bihar’s 36.3 per Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh an improvement of 11.7 per cent. dents, slow and ‘happy-go-lucky in leisure?
answer is Srujanika, velopment. Films, cent), while 95 per cent children were the other states that perform- Gujarat improved by just 1.5 per ones’ to their studies? And then, can CS Sharma, Director
a project by two stu- animation and could not read sentences in English ed poorer than Gujarat. Madhya cent during the same period. we rely upon all our teachers to car- Sakar English School
dents of the post grad- digital media fea-
uate programme in tured highly in
CLICK-HAPPY IN OLD CITY 700 engg Sabarmati jail to have
communications this attempt of
management and en- content genera-
Bhadresh Gajjar
trepreneurship at tion.
Mudra Institute of The quest for students
Ahmedabad (MICA).
Srujanika started Amit Sahoo
an ideal curricu-
lum has made
them embark on a
protest at GTU phone booth for inmates
with a dream to make 30-day visit to dif- TIMES NEWS NETWORK Prashant Dayal | TNN One booth will be set up
a difference. Nirav ferent states
The facility will be in the Sabarmati jail on Oc-
Khandalia, a Reliance across the coun- Ahmedabad: Around 700 en- Ahmedabad: Come Octo- made available to tober 8. The facility will be
engineer at Bharuch try during Octo- gineering students on Mon- ber 8, and the Sabarmati both convicts and made available to both con-
and Amit Sahoo, a Ta- ber. In each state, day who failed in five or more Central Jail inmates will be victs and under trials. How-
subjects in their first year able to make calls from a tel-
under trials. ever, inmates will only be
ta Consultancy Ser- including Maha-
vices engineer on a rashtra, Rajas- staged a protest at the Guja- ephone booth to be specially However, inmates able to make calls from the
prestigious project to than, Orissa, rat Technological University installed for them. This will will only be able to phone — there won’t be any
Australia got bored Andhra Pradesh (GTU), demanding that they be the first of its kind initia- make calls from the incoming facility. More-
with routine corpo- and north-east- be promoted to the second tive in Gujarat jails. over, prisoners will be al-
rate life almost the ern states, they year. The protest was led by In the past two years,
phone — there lowed to talk for only 5 min-
same time and decid- Nirav Khandalia will visit schools Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi more than 200 mobile won’t be any utes. A total of five booths
ed to leave the tedium both in urban and Parishad. phones were recovered dur- incoming facility are likely to be set up as part
for the job of creating busi- rural areas, exploring the Ironically, in their memo- ing numerous raids con- of the larger plan.
ness ideas. This got them education system, learning randum submitted to the ducted by the crime branch “If this plan works out,
though the admission test at the new methods and tech- GTU, the students of 2008 en- and jail officials. Also, a Hyderabad jail authorities. we may set up phone booths
MICA's entrepreneurship niques of present education. gineering batch from various number of complaints have The proposal has now been in other jails of Gujarat too,”
programme. Based on this, they plan to colleges across the state been lodged at various po- cleared by the state govern- said an official.
They started paying ran- ideate further to find con- stated that had they known lice stations in Ahmedabad ment. In 2009, the crime branch
dom visits to state board tents for teaching to the best that the university was in which complainants have The proposal said that officials had busted a racket
schools in the nearby villag- possible utilization, intro- not ready to promote them af- accused prisoners of making the inmates were anyways which revealed that some
es of their institute at Ghu- ducing films as well as ani- ter their failure, they could threat calls and extortion de- using mobile phones smug- 6,000 STD and ISD calls were
ma and Shela, which opened mation to the children, with have prepared better for mands over the phone. gled in illegally. This made it made by prisoners from in-
their eyes to a huge gap in new concepts which will their exams. It was keeping this in difficult to keep a watch on side the jail; some of them
education system, where help make learning an en- “It is as if, the students are mind that a proposal to set the prisoners. Providing a were even traced to Pakis-
content revolves around thralling experience. taking the university for up a telephone booth was telephone booth will allow tan. The calls were made de-
books and teachers, and the Professor Ashok Ran- granted. They are asking for made a couple of years back jail authorities to keep track spite repeated claims made
rate of drop outs sounds as- chod, director, MICA said, an opportunity for remedial by the then additional DGP of the calls made by them. by the jail authorities that
tounding. “Amit and Nirav have exams which has already Rajan Priyadarshi. Priya- Besides, it will stop the prac- security in jail premises was
“We started showing shown great entrepreneu- been given to them once. The darshi’s proposal was based tice of smuggling mobile upgraded and that they had
children’s films on a rented rial talent for a good cause. It GTU rules stipulate that a on the model adopted by the phones inside the jail. installed new jammers.
projector to the children and is wonderful for MICA to be student is allowed to take re-
asked them to write what at the forefront of such ini- medial exams only once,”

‘Creativity not necessarily

they felt. Their emotional tiatives through the talent of said a senior official from the
connect with the films’ con- its students.” A tourist clicks a labourer involved in road-laying work in the walled city GTU.

Army of cops on a hunt for scamster bros related to newness in dance’

SD Desai body, its structure and the spirit in it. For
her, she says, space extends up to the hori-

Ahmedabad: If you thought the case

of conman Ashok Jadeja would have
King of deception B
y a remarkable coincidence, in fine zon, which also keeps getting pushed. Up-
arts, performing arts and, to some ex- ward it is up to the sky.
tent, in literature, the mysterious cre- The dancer’s potency comes into play
deterred other small-time fraudsters, TIMES NEWS NETWORK ative process that produces a piece of art is with that perspective. When two dancers’
you are wrong. The latest to follow being looked into. Speaking bodies appear together, a
suit is a brother duo accused of dup- Ahmedabad: You seek his help for a gov- on ‘Creativity in Dance’ at new kind of potency is gener-
ing a number of wannabe cops and ernment job and he promptly gets his mo- Vishwakosh LKK recently, ated. “Our gurus,” she says
government officials. bile phone out to help you by talking to in her characteristically sim- with refreshing candour,
The Gandhinagar police are on a some of the top politicians in Gujarat. ple way, Kumudini Lakhia “related a ‘mudra’ to a limit-
hunt for the two fraudsters — Jaish- Jaishankar Joshi, 37, a resident of Rad- made the process look decep- ed sense like a feather or a
ankar Joshi alias Bapji and Baldev hanpur, has perfected the art of deception. tively simple. ‘matuki’ and sometimes
Joshi — who allegedly duped many Touting himself as a man with enor- She began with a distinc- asked us to dance like some-
people seeking government and po- mous clout and talking to politicians tion between a physical expe- one else did!” “Am I a piece of
lice jobs. Police said the two would while keeping the loudspeaker on are a rience of dance and a spiritu- furniture?” she asks.
charge somewhere between Rs 8 and part of his modus operandi. He has duped al one. If the dancer put She appreciates the
Rs 15 lakh for every job they offered. many people in the past few years, espe- human spirit into dancing, young generations’ ques-
The people, of course, never got any cially in the border districts such as Ba- besides being engaged in it tioning attitude, which ear-
job. The Gandhinagar police have naskantha and Sabarkantha, said a Gand- physically, she is an artist – a lier was discouraged.
lodged a complaint against the broth- hinagar police official investigating the dancer with sensitivity, a The demonstration San-
ers and have also constituted 12 case. “In all the cases, Jaishankar and his thinking mind and individu- jukta and Akash gave with-
teams to track them down. The scam brother have made false promises to the ality. Any kind of newness is out costumes, lights and
came to the fore when Ashish Bhatia, victims to get their money. Once they get not necessarily creative. make-up to an outstanding
chairman of PSI recruitment board the entire amount they disappear,” he There is a trend among pro- piece of Dhrupad singing
of Gujarat and inspector general of Easy access to Circuit House, minister’s said.
“To impress people, he calls them and
fessional dancers today, she
observes, to turn to mytho-
helped understand how a
dancer steers clear of clichés
police, received a tip off about their
operation. bungalow puzzles cops makes them hear his conversation with logical stories to appear mod- and a story and with a feel of
“I immediately wrote a letter to another person, who he says is a top poli- ern. Is that creativity? Cre- Sanjukta performs at the event a sense of space and ‘spiritu-
Ahmedabad: Although Gandhinagar police station officials have got a lead in ativity, to her, entails fresh al’ responsiveness becomes
the deputy inspector general of po- tician or a minister,” said a police investi-
the case, they are still clueless about how Jaishankar managed to get into Cir- insights into the way the medium operates. contemporary and new.
lice, Gandhinagar range, informing gator. He travels in a car that has Consum-
cuit House. “Jaishankar is so good at duping people and impersonating politic- She lightly claps hands on the left, the Preeti Shah echoed the sentiments of a
him about the fraudsters. I was told er Protection Forum, Patan, printed on it.
ians that he may have been able to fool officials managing the Gandhinagar Cir- right and over the head, explains ‘pressure keen audience when in her concluding re-
they were operating from Gandhina- He is so good at his job that he manages to
cuit House. We believe many of his shady deals were struck here,” said a of space’ on the movement, which is felt dif- marks she said such talks followed by dem-
gar,” said Bhatia. It was then that the hold meetings at the Gandhinagar Circuit
Gandhinagar police official. Jaishankar asked Raval to pay a part of Rs 15 lakh at ferently from dancer to dancer. She explains onstration and interaction added to their
local crime branch (LCB) officials of House and even at ministers’ bungalows
the Gandhinagar Circuit House and the remaining at the Udyog Bhavan in Gand- the dancer’s raw material, which is the ‘literacy’.
Gandhinagar started investigating without anybody getting suspicious.
hinagar. “This was done deliberately to win Raval’s confidence,” said a police
the case. They also came across two The scam was busted when Bhavik Ra-
investigator. Sometimes, Jaishankar would also meet people at a minister’s
persons who were victims of the val, a resident of Pethapur, started calling
bungalow in Gandhinagar. “Once, Joshi invited Raval to a minister’s bungalow.
brothers’ fraudulent scheme.
Bhavik Raval of Pethapur, one of
They sat in the lawn of the house while finalising the deal. The attendants at the
bungalow also seemed to know him,” the investigator said. “He had also taken
Jaishankar to get his money back. It was at
this point that Ashish Bhatia got a whiff of Release Ketan Parekh’s passport, asks court
the victims, told the Gandhinagar po- the issue. Later, the Gandhinagar police
Raval to state police headquarters at the Police Bhavan in Gandhinagar. Al-
lice that he was at his cousin Yogesh came across another victim, Rajendra- Ahmedabad: A special CBI court has di- his 20-year-old daughter overseas for treat-
though this time he asked Raval to wait outside while he pretended to meet
Shukla’s petrol pump when Jaishan- sinh Bhati, a resident of Patan. Bhati was rected the investigation agency to release ment. The court’s order came with the con-
some top cops inside,” he added. TNN
kar Joshi alias Bapji approached him promised a Talati’s job by the conman. It the passport of Ketan Parekh, accused in the dition that he will not tamper with evidence
and introduced himself. This hap- was here that the cops found that Joshi’s Madhavpura Mercantile Co-operative or try to influence witnesses.
pened in 2009. asked him to pay Rs 15 lakh as fee. tire sum and was assured of a job. brother Baldev was also involved in the Bank scam, after taking a Rs 25 lakh deposit Parekh had been accused of a bank scam
Jaishankar had claimed that he Convinced by his glib talk, Raval Jaishankar, however, managed to crime. from him. running into crores of rupees. The Supreme
had good contacts and could easily gave Joshi the money. calm him down and promised that he JT Chudasama, police inspector of Additional chief judicial magistrate A Y Court granted him bail on condition of pay-
get people government jobs. Coinci- Soon, physical tests for the PSI ap- would definitely get the job. But little LCB, Gandhinagar said: “We suspect that Dave ordered to release the passport to Pa- ing Rs 380 crore back to the bank within
dentally, Raval had submitted an ap- plicants were conducted, but Raval did he know that he was being fooled the Joshi brothers have cheated many oth- rekh for three months –from September 30 three years. It was revealed in the court that
plication for PSI’s test that very year. failed the test. He immediately called once again. Raval was not allowed to er people. We are hunting for the brothers, to November 30, to visit the US, the UK and Rs 450 crore has already been paid back by
When Raval told Joshi that he wished Jaishankar to ask why he wasn’t giv- appear for the written test since he and are also looking for other people who other European countries. Parekh, while Rs 569 crore is yet to be re-
to join the police force, the latter en clearance when he had paid the en- had not cleared the physical tests. were made victims.” Parekh had sought his passport to take turned. TNN

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NAAC grades for Sachin Sharma | TNN

Vadodara: It is the mother of all poll battles be-

ing fought for Vadodara Municipal Corpora-

lecturers too tion (VMC) and could well be called a clash of

the dabangs of the locality. The two heavy-
weights of Waghodiya Road’s ward 18 – Shai-
lesh Mehta nee Sotta and Harshit Talati nee Go-
Darshana Chaturvedi | TNN teachers’ performance will be as- pi – are battling it out against each other even
sessed and they will be graded accord- as battle cries are getting shrill and high
Vadodara: It’s time teachers in all ingly. “Just like universities are ac- pitched.
colleges and universities in the coun- credited by a committee instituted by And references to Uttar Pradesh (UP) and
try pull up their socks and make the NAAC, teachers too will be assessed. Bihar by Talati contesting from the BJP while
best of the blackboard and chalk. Committee members will take stock referring to the Janta Dal-United (JDU) panel
Teachers, who have been of the entire teaching ca- from which Mehta and son of BJP MLA Madhu
assessing students, may reer and contributions Shrivastava – Dipak Shrivastava – is also con-
soon be graded too. Until made to both university testing, is already raking up a controversy. The
now, it was only the uni- and society,” said Sawant, reason why Talati has whipped up the regional
versities and colleges that who will be attending the sentiment is that Madhu Shrivastava – Talati’s
were accredited by the Na- Bangalore meeting. one-time mentor and now bête noir – belongs to
tional Assessment and Ac- Talking about the pa- UP, while JDU is a party based in Bihar. His
creditation Council rameters that will be as- poll campaign is laced with rhetoric on the UP-
(NAAC), but the body will sessed, Sawant said that re- Bihar connection.
soon start giving grades or search, impact of the Talati himself admits that he is raising the
accreditation to the teach- A D Sawant, VC of research, contribution in issue, but in the same breath clarifies that he
ers as well. University of Rajasthan forming curriculum, con- has nothing against the people from these
The idea was floated by ducting examination and states. “My comments are only on the way the
the vice-chancellor of University of attending international and national panel against me has been behaving in the polls
Rajasthan professor A D Sawant to conferences will be looked into. “The and even otherwise. They have created an at-
NAAC. The idea has struck a chord committee will take into account the mosphere of terror in the area. It is true that
with NAAC and it plans to discuss its overall results of the class, projects Madhubhai is from Urai near Jhansi in UP and
implementation during a meeting in given to students, innovative experi- it is also true that JDU, whose CM in Bihar Nit-
Bangalore on November 30. ments, the teachers’ relationship ish Kumar insulted Gujarat by sending flood
“I had made a presentation to with students as well as the extension aid money back, is a party from Bihar,” Talati
NAAC on the need to start accredita- of their services to the society,” said said. Madhu Shrivastava has also worked
tion of teachers in higher education Sawant. against Talati by fielding his son from JDU.
institutions. They liked the idea and Highlighting the benefits of teach- Mehta called Talati’s UP-Bihar references
will discuss ways to implement the ers’ accreditation, Sawant said that it uncalled for and something that he was using to
same in colleges and universities,” will serve two purposes – that of moti- cover up the sorry state of affairs in the locality.
said Sawant during his visit to the vating teachers to perform and help- “If he has problems against us he can target
city to attend the two-day west zone ing teachers get promotions based on us directly. Why is he referring to certain
vice-chancellor conference hosted by their grades. This will, in a way, cut states? He even put this on banners in the local-
M S University. university politics coming in way of ity. This is a blatant violation of the poll code of
If the idea gets implemented, teachers’ promotions. conduct,” Mehta said.

Ban on bulk SMSes, Nirmohi Akhara open to talks on Ayodhya

MMSes ends Manjari Mishra | TNN

Lucknow: Peace mongers in Ayodhya got a boost on Mon-

the management rights over Ram Lal-
la. The right to take care and offer
prayer and bhog to the deity must vest
channels open to Jagadguru Swaroopa-
nand Saraswati, the head of Jyotirpeeth
and Dwarka Peeth. Ram janmabhoomi
TIMES NEWS NETWORK 29 and subsequently till Octo-
day as head of Nirmohi Akhara, Mahant Bhaskar Das, broke with a ‘bairagi’ (a celibate) and not Nyas Nirman, headed by Janmejay Sha-
ber 4 night.
his silence and signalled willingness to hold talks with the ‘grihastha’ (family man) can lay a ran, Swaroopanand’s close aide who also
New Delhi: The Centre has Sources said the Centre
president of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Prishad (ABAP), Ma- claim to it,’’ the Mahant said. This is- belongs to Ramanuj sect like the Nirmohi
decided not to extend the na- has also decided to withdraw
hant Gyandas. Gyandas, together with Hashim Ansari, the sue, sources said, could emerge as a Akhara, is listed as plaintiff No 20 in suit
tion-wide ban on bulk SMSes paramilitary forces kept on
original plaintiff from the Muslim side in the 60-year-old bone of contention during the peace No 4 filed by the Sunni Central Waqf Board.
and MMSes beyond Monday alert in various parts of the
Ayodhya title suits, is already working on a compromise for- talks. Meanwhile, Mahant Gyandas sounded
night as the country has re- country. The 5,200 paramili-
mula to end the dispute. The two had met on Sunday. Quoting the mahant, Verma said optimistic about coming up with the blue-
mained peace- tary force per-
However, the 81-year-old Bhaskar Das made it amply what Nirmohi Akhara wants is a re- print of the mutually acceptable formula
ful after the NO EXTENSION sonnel sent to
clear that the Nirmohi Akhara, a Hindu militant sect which spectable structure to house the deity. pretty soon. Nirmohi Akhara, he said, is a
verdict of the Uttar Pradesh
now legally holds one-third of the land at the disputed site, Therefore, even a modest temple will part and parcel of the Akhil Bharatiya
Lucknow Bench of the Allaha- are also being withdrawn
has “conditions which need to be taken into account before do very well. “We certainly don’t har- Akhara Parishad and will, therefore, be re-
bad High Court on the Ayod- phase-wise and some of them
any concrete step in the direction is taken”. bour ambitions of setting up a grand ceptive to the peace plan.
hya title suit. are being sent to poll-bound
“The overture made by Mahant Gyandas is a welcome temple formula,’’ he said, adding, “In “Whatever I am doing has blessing of
The ban, to check any Bihar for election duties.
step and I am ready to lend any help to the amicable and fact, 90% Muslims in Ayodhya who the entire Sant Samaj and all 18 akharas. It
propaganda post Ayodhya Besides, the forces kept in
peaceful solution to this issue from whichever quarter it are in touch with Mahant Bhaskar is a serious venture and even as a few scep-
verdict, was first imposed on readiness at 16 places for
comes,” he told TOI. He was at pains to explain that there Das have no objection to our plans. tics dismiss Hashim Ansari, the main
September 22, and was later quick deployment have been
could be other players in the peace bid as well. “Ayodhya has They want peace at any cost.’’ plaintiff in the title suit, as a man of little
extended first till September placed at ease.
a host of peace-loving seers who would love to see the deity Mahant Bhaskar Das, said Verma, consequence, his wish cannot be ignored,’’
housed in a proper temple and Gyandasji happens to be only is also in touch “with the peace-loving Gyandas said.
one among them,” he said. Admitting that Mahant Gyandas and uncomplicated persons like Ma- “Muslims everywhere feel that this dis-
is in touch with Mahant Bhaskar Das, the latter’s lawyer hant Nritya Gopal Das, the president pute needs to be settled out of court now.
and close confidante Ranjit Lal Verma said talks between of Ram janmabhoomi Trust and also ABAP may succeed in putting together and
the two could pave the way for a settlement. “However, the the head of Bada Sthan Devendra Pra- Technically, we can’t touch him. He says sealing such a plan with the blessings of
Nirmohi Akhara will have no compromise on the issue of sadacharya. Then they are keeping it’s an ‘out-of-court settlement’. the sant samaj,” he said.

Concubine eligible for

maintenance? SC to rule
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Mon- a live-in-partner and cited the ruling of a marriage in 1986 was invalid in the eyes of
day decided to examine whether a live-in Californian court in the US which had or- the law. Veluswamy’s lawyer submitted
partner, concubine or a girlfriend is entit- dered similar relief by invoking the doc- that the matrimonial court and the HC had
led to maintenance even though under ex- trine of “palimony.” taken view that Patchaimmal was entitled
isting Indian laws she is not eligible for the “You had spent 14 years with her. She to maintenance under Section 125 Cr PC.
same. lost her youth but you do not want to pay Under the law, an estranged wife, besides,
The apex court passed the direction anything to her. She might not have been aged parents and children of a man are en-
while chiding a man for legally married to you but titled to maintenance from the latter. The
having intimate relation- you have an obligation,” counsel said there was no provision for
ship with a woman for 14 Justice Katju, heading providing maintenance to a woman who is
years but refusing to pay the Bench, told counsel not legally married. “It may be true that
her maintenance on the Harish Kumar T appear- under Section 125 Cr PC she may not be en-
ground that she was not le- ing for D Velusamy. Velu- titled to maintenance but you had spent
gally entitled to it. A Bench samy moved the Su- time with her for 14 years. There was a rul-
of Justices Markandeya preme Court after a ing by a Californian court in the Marwin
Katju and T S Thakur ap- matrimonial court in Ta- Vs Marwin case where the court ordered
pointed senior counsel mil Nadu had ordered that ‘palimony” should be paid even if the
Jayant Bhushan to assist the court on the him to pay an alimony (maintenance) of Rs woman is not legally married,” the Bench
issue and posted the matter for further 500 to D Patchaiammal who insists she said. The apex court pointed out that the
hearing on Wednesday. was married to Velusamy in 1986. term ‘palimony” emanated from the word
The Bench said though Indian laws Counsel for Veluswamy said Patch- “Pals” under which such relationship was
may not permit it yet, there was no reason aiammal’s claim was false as he was al- a sort of contract even if it was an “oral
why such benefit should not be extended to ready married in 1980 and any so-called agreement.” PTI

SC declines bail
to Lt Col Purohit
New Delhi: The Supreme Squad(ATS) to invoke MCO-
Court on Monday declined to CA against them. The High
grant bail to Lieutenant Col- Court had passed the direc-
onel SP Purohit, one of the tion after reversing a judge-
key accused in the case relat- ment of a designated
ing to 2008 Malegaon bomb MCOCA court which had on
blasts which killed seven July 31, 2009, quashed the
people. “It is a grievous of- charges against the duo and
fence. Many people were nine others.
killed. The The ac-
trial is still cused have
on,” the apex MALEGAON BLAST taken the
court said plea that the
when Purohit’s counsel sub- High Court had erred in up-
mitted that the accused was holding MCOCA provision
languishing in jail for the against them and submitted
past two years. that to invoke the Act, there
A Bench of Justices Mar- should be previous history of
kandeya Katju and T S Tha- organised criminal activ-
kur, however, admitted the ities against them. It was
appeal filed by Purohit chal- submitted that they had no
lenging his prosecution un- prior criminal antecedents
der Maharashtra Control of and even in the present bomb
Organised Crime Act (MCO- blast case they were falsely
CA) and agreed to expedite implicated.
the hearing. Seven people were killed
Though co-accused Sadh- in a bomb blast on September
vi Pragya Singh Thakur had 29, 2008, at Malegaon, a com-
filed a similar appeal, it did munally-sensitive textile
not come up for hearing. town in Nasik district Maha-
Both the accused have chal- rashtra. The probe into the
lenged the Bombay High blast had brought into focus
Court’s direction allowing some right-wing Hindu
Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist groups. PTI

Infighting in Bihar Rabri to try luck

Cong intensifies from two seats
Arun Kumar | TNN a Yadava-dominated constitu-
ency. Political observers term

Party Headquarters Remains Locked Patna: Leader of opposition in

Bihar assembly
and former
this as a signal to the communi-
ty that the NDA government is
not inimical to Yadavas.
Navendu Sharma | TNN of tickets. Perhaps seized of the resent- chief minister In 2009 Lok Sabha elections,
ment, Congress leadership in New Delhi Rabri Devi will Lalu himself contested from
Patna: Signs are definitely not good for the has gone slow on announcement of names contest from two Lok Sabha constituencies,
Congress which believed that it was in a re- of candidates even as notification for the two constituen- Pataliputra and Chhapra, and
surgent mode. The widespread protest third phase of polls, to be held on October cies in the ensu- lost Pataliputra to friend-turn-
over the allegedly partisan and slipshod se- 28, was issued by the Election Commission ing polls.This became clear on ed-foe and JD(U)’s Ranjan Pra-
lection of candidates for the Bihar assemb- on Monday. Monday when RJD supremo sad Yadav.
ly polls has come as a bolt from the blue. In the last four days, no new names have Lalu Prasad released the sec- RJD has fielded former
This could cast an ominous shadow on the been announced. The party has so far ond list of 60 party candidates Union minister and Lalu’s
poll prospects of the party. named 120 candidates. for the third and fourth phase trusted lieutenant, Jaiprakash
State Congress spokes- of polls. Rabri will contest from Narain Yadav, against Putul
man, Premchand Mishra Sonepur in Saran district and Devi, widow of independent
said that further party lists Raghopur in Vaishali. MP Digvijay Singh, in the by-
would be announced The move is being seen as poll to Banka parliamentary
“anytime now”. He stated the RJD’s lack of confidence constituency. This despite the
that party symbols had been about her win from Raghopur, fact that Lalu, at the time
distributed among all the which she represents in of Singh’s last rites, had an-
candidates of the first the present assembly. Howev- nounced that RJD would not
phase. er, Lalu defended the decision field candidate against Singh’s
Asked about the party’s to field his wife from two con- widow. W ` e offered our party
campaign plan, he said that stituencies, saying, Ì` t has been ticket to Putul-ji, but she turn-
it would be decided after the done on people’s demand’’.La- ed it down,’’ Lalu said when
return of state Congress lu said party’s sitting MLA asked why he reneged on
chief, Chaudhary Mehboob from Sonepur Ramanuj Prasad his promise.
Ali Qaiser, who had gone to requested Rabri to contest The party has allotted tick-
his constituency Simri Bak- from his constituency. ets to most of the ministers in
htiarpur to file his nomina- “I am sure she will emerge the erstwhile RJD cabinets, in-
tion papers. winner in both the constituen- cluding Awadh Bihari Choud-
The protests are not lim- cies,’’ he added.NDA govern- hary (Siwan), Shivshankar Ya-
POLL TIME: A man looks at an election hoarding in Patna ited to Patna. On Sunday, ment led by JD(U)’s Nitish Ku- dav (Zeeradei), Chandrika Rai
unidentified Congressmen mar during the last five years (Parsa), Shakuni Choudhary
Sadaquat Ashram, the state party head- set ablaze the party office in Purnia. They pumped huge development (Tarapur) and his son Samrat
quarters, remained locked for the third were incensed over a “tainted” RJD leader, funds into Raghopur, said to be Choudhary alias Rakesh.
consecutive day on Monday, which is who has now joined the Congress, manag-
learnt to have hit distribution of publicity ing to corner six of the seven seats in Pur-
and campaign material. This is giving jit- nia district for his men.
ters to the candidates whose electoral for- In Sasaram, party workers, led by for-
tunes will be sealed in the first phase of poll- mer state secretary Mohd Salamat Ansari,
ing to be held on October 21. burnt the effigy of Lok Sabha Speaker and
Irate Congressmen burnt the effigy local party MP, Meira Kumar, on Sunday
of AICC general secretary and in-charge, for fielding her “dewar” from the assembly
Bihar, Mukul Wasnik, on the Sadaquat seat. Reports of protests have also come in
Ashram campus and denounced him for from Vaishali, Samastipur and Saran
his alleged “dubious” role in distribution districts.

Watching China
with caution,
says IAF chief
New Delhi: Observing that In-
dia is watching “with caution”
China’s military moderniza-
Troopers need
tion, IAF chief Air Chief Mar- AFSPA protection
shal P V Naik said on Monday
that anything that impacted The IAF on Monday justified
the nation’s growth was a mat- the need for the Armed
ter of concern. Forces Special Powers Act
“Anything that upsets the (AFSPA), whose removal has
growth of the nation (India) ... is been demanded by the J&K
a matter of concern. It is viewed government, saying “legal
as such and planned for,” the protection” is a must for the
Air Chief said at his annual troops to efficiently perform
press conference here. their tasks. “A soldier fighting
“All neighbours – borrow- anywhere at the request of
ing Chanakya’s quotes – have the government and not
to be watched with caution on voluntarily, must have legal
the impact and growth of our protection, otherwise he
nation. So we watch all neigh- would be left inefficient to
bours, be it the smallest or the complete the job in which
largest, with caution,” he said. either the central or the state
He was responding to a que- government has interest,” Air
ry on what he thought of the Chief Marshal P V Naik said.
military infrastructure devel-
opment of China and also by it
in Tibet. 50% of IAF gear, systems
However, he said, India obsolete: The Indian Air
strongly believed in the sover- Force said that 50% of its
eignty of every neighbour and systems and equipment were
their right to do what they obsolete and steps were
wanted within their country’s being taken to bring down
boundaries. “We are neigh- the obsolescence levels in
bours and we must respect the the next four to five years.
sovereignty of each country.” “The obsolescence
He said the IAF’s modern- percentage is 50%,” Air Chief
ization plans were “capability- Marshal P V Naik said, adding
based and not adversary-spe- “by 2014-15, it would come
cific” and that it was dictated down to 20%.”
by the national aspirations.
“Even Prime Minister Manmo- Asked if the IAF too was
han Singh has said that India’s tweaking its doctrines to match
area of responsibility extends the Army’s new doctrine of pre-
from Hormus Straits to the Ma- paring for a two-front simulta-
lacca Straits and beyond. Yeh neous war with Pakistan and
hoga future mein (It will hap- China, Naik said, “Air Force
pen in the future). We see what prepares for multi-front war. It
capability is required to meet is not single-front or other front
this aspiration and according- or something ... we are prepar-
ly, modernization and procure- ing for multidimensional, mul-
ments are planned,” he added. tifaceted, multi-front war.” PTI

N-liability law stalls

Indo-Japan deal
Indrani Bagchi | TNN However, the real movement
will be in the security field,
New Delhi: A crucial civil nu- where India and Japan will now
clear agreement between India work together in peacekeeping
and Japan will not be ready by and humanitarian missions
the time Prime Minister Man- and disaster relief -- taking for-
mohan Singh arrives in Tokyo ward the 2004 tsunami experi-
later this month. ence.
The two countries will be sit- The India-Japan nuclear
ting down for the second round deal has a lot riding on it. Quite
of nuclear nego- apart from a
tiations starting strong strategic
at the end of this statement, the
week in Delhi. deal will give top
Japan is likely Japanese nucle-
to grill Indian ar companies --
officials on the Hitachi, Mitsub-
new Indian nu- ishi, Toshiba
clear liability and Marubeni --
law and wheth- a foothold in the
er it would deter Indian nuclear
Japanese nucle- energy sector.
ar suppliers. US companies are At least three of these compa-
already raising concerns about nies are tied up with GE, Areva
a provision in the law that and Westinghouse, respective-
makes suppliers liable in case of ly, all of whom have been allot-
a nuclear accident. A second ted nuclear parks in India. How-
clause in the law that leaves ever, sources clarified that even
companies open to be prosecut- if the India-Japan agreement
ed under other Indian laws is al- gets delayed, it will not have any
so giving them the jitters. But effect on these joint ventures ac-
this will be small change com- cessing Japanese technology
pared to the Japanese demand for India’s reactors.
that the agreement should have Japan, overcoming decades
a provision for cessation of nu- of misgivings, had taken a stra-
clear cooperation if India tests tegic view of relations with In-
another nuclear device. Indian dia and in 2008 had supported an
officials will be looking for “cre- NSG waiver for full nuclear
ative” word-play which will ad- commerce with India. Almost
dress concerns on both sides. two years later, it was then for-
The bottomline though is eign minister, Okada, a staunch
that both sides want to get an anti-nuclear activist, who initi-
agreement because the rela- ated the first talks on a civil nu-
tionship, as envisaged by Tokyo clear agreement with India. The
and Delhi, is situated on a big- move was surprising given Ja-
ger canvas. But the PM’s visit pan’s history, but not in the con-
will be a lot more than that. A text of the burgeoning strategic
hard fought economic agree- relationship between the two
ment will be its centrepiece. countries.

Search for political Omar, PM

discuss Iconic CWG balloon set for final act
guv is reflective of interlocutors
Rumu Banerjee | TNN
On job at JN Stadium,
shift in govt’s focus
Vishwa Mohan | TNN

Srinagar: J&K CM Omar

New Delhi: If you thought the aero-
stat — one of the highlights of the
opening ceremony on Sunday — was
impressive, get ready for round two.
cops fall in love
New Delhi: A piquant ‘security
The search for a Abdul- The helium balloon, brought to India lapse’ occurred at the Jawaharlal
New Delhi: Though widely ac- political governor is lah on at a cost of Rs 38 crore, will be making Nehru Stadium two days before the
claimed for his administrative Monday its second appearance in the closing opening ceremony. A woman head
accumen, N N Vohra has not reflective of a shift in met PM ceremony. Confirmed Bharat Bala, constable and a male colleague of
been quite visible since the the government’s Manmo- creative consultant and part of the the same rank were found to have
eruption of trouble in the sen- focus — from defence han core cultural committee of the orga- abandoned their posts. A senior
sitive state, something that is Singh in nising committee (OC), “The aerostat officer traced the two to a room
against near gate number 14 of the stadium,
seen as compounding prob- New Del- will be a significant part of the closing
lems for the chief minister, a Pakistan-backed hi and ceremony. We will be using it more ex- where they were stealing a few
political sophomore. terrorists to a political urged tensively.” moments of privacy. While the
The search for a political response to him to The helium balloon, which is one incident “is being probed’’, the two
governor is reflective of a shift hasten of the most expensive props that has cops, it turns out, had fallen for each
in the government’s focus —
grievances driving the the appointment of interloc- been used for a sports event till date, other while on duty at the stadium.
from defence against Pakis- current agitation utors as part of the Centre's 8- was used as a canvas for the various Love apparently bloomed as they
tan-backed terrorists to a polit- point proposal to initiate dia- acts that were conceptualized for the spent long hours at the venue. Both
ical response to grievances logue with all shades of opin- opening ceremony. of them are unmarried. Since
driving the current agitation. he replaced Lt General (retd) S ion in Kashmir to defuse Interestingly, the mirrors that are woman cops were facing a huge
It is felt that the chief minister, K Sinha as the governor in tensions. placed on the balloon’s underbelly problem of finding toilets they could
seen by many as bereft of polit- June 2008. The Centre had issued the were merely used to reflect the lights use near the venue, the man had
ical advice from his senior Na- The Centre is also looking proposal as part of its confi- that were beamed from the field of even made arrangements for his
tional Conference colleagues, for a senior Congress politic- dence building measures af- play. Sources, however, claim the mir- SHINING GLORY friend to use one at a flat in Pragati
can do with the advice from a ian — someone who may not be ter an all-party delegation's rors would be used as more than re- Vihar, a housing complex close to
political governor. in active politics but not quite visit to the state last month. flecting fields during the closing cere- theme of love.” Added Leena Singh, from Scotland were expected to be the stadium. The police
“Even though the governor a ‘has-been’ either — for J&K “I apprised the PM about mony. “There are various segments in part of the Ashima-Leena label, “The here within a few days, so as to per- bureaucracy, meanwhile, has taken
does not have any direct role in to head the group of interlocu- the Kashmir situation be- the closing ceremony, including one brief given to us was simple: the cos- form their own rehearsals. In 2006, In- a dim view of the incident and the
governance, a politician with tors. He may be given the rank sides urging him to appoint on martial arts from various parts of tumes should be a reflection of diverse dia had got a 7-minute segment at the two have been “separated’’ — they
better understanding of repre- of a Cabinet minister. the interlocutors,” said the India. The aerostat will be used more yet unified fabric of India.” Singh’s la- end of the Melbourne Games. are now posted at opposite ends of
sentative politics can be useful Union home minister P CM. Omar said he briefed the extensively in these segments than it bel is designing the costume of two In fact, even as the rest of the OC the stadium, 2km apart from each
for J&K where the general pub- Chidambaram is believed to PM on the steps his govern- was used during the opening ceremo- segments — martial arts and Vande was basking in the successful launch other, sources said.
lic feel quite alienated at the have discussed the issue with ment has taken after holding ny,” said a senior OC official. Mataram. of the Delhi Games 2010 with a spectac- After they were found in the
current juncture,” said a se- Prime Minister Manmohan the unified command meet- And while Bala wouldn't divulge The closing ceremony rehearsals ular opening ceremony, preparations room, a senior officer said the two
nior government source sum- Singh during a one-on-one ing last week. details of the ceremony, he admitted will also see the addition of perform- for the closing ceremony are under- were removed from duty “for
ming up the thinking in the meeting on Monday when The state government de- that there was a more “unique” role ers from Glasgow for the closing cere- way. Sources said rehearsals for the negligence and performing
government. names of some senior Con- cided to release 52 teenagers earmarked for the balloon in the next mony. Similar to what India did in the closing ceremony had in fact, been on- activities not permitted inside the
Vohra was the central in- gress leaders are understood and remove 16 bunkers, instalment. Added Bala, “The open- Melbourne Games 2006, the closing going along with the opening ceremo- stadium premises’’. “If the probe
terlocutor for the state before to have figured. checkpoints from Srinagar, ing ceremony was based on tradition- ceremony here will see Scotland ny rehearsals. T̀
` he performers took it against them hints at improper
as part of the confidence al Indian culture and heritage. The showcase a slice of its offering as a easy today but now the pace of the re- behaviour, they will be suspended,’’
building measures. closing ceremony will be very differ- teaser of the Commonwealth Games hearsals will pick up again,'' said a he added.
“We’ve identified the ent and will be based on the universal 2014. Sources said the performers source.
pickets, bunkers to be re-
moved from the city besides

Tourists dump popular destinations

the process of releasing the

Hemali Chhapia | TNN

Mumbai: While 15.75 crore Indian tourists vis- States that got most domestic tourists
ited AP in 2009, UP and Tamil Nadu received in 2009 (no. of foreign visitors in brackets)
13.48 crore and 11.57 crore visitors respectively.
In distant fourth, fifth and sixth place were Kar- AP 15.75 (7.95) Domestic
nataka (3.27 crore), Rajasthan (2.55 crore) and
UP 13.48 (15.33) tourist
Maharashtra (2.37 crore), respectively. Maha- figures
rashtra’s domestic tourist base has steadily TN 11.57 (23.69) are in
grown, from 1.92 crore in 2007. K’taka 3.27 (2.30) crores;
Interestingly, while most states saw a steady foreigners
increase in tourists, Karnataka saw a huge dip
R’sthan 2.55 (10.73)
in lakhs
— from 3.78 crore in 2007 to 1.28 crore in 2008 — M’rashtra 2.37 (19.99)
but bounced back in 2009. Rajasthan has had a
see-saw ride, going from 2.59 crore to 2.83 crore lakh and Goa 21.27 lakh. Goa bucked the trend by for a holiday and mostly head to Vishakhapat-
and 2.55 crore in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively. not seeing a steady rise in domestic tourists — nam, one of the few cities that has the sea and
These figures contrast starkly with states 22.09 lakh (2007) and 20.2 lakh (2008). hills in close proximity.
known for being popular tourist haunts. Hima- Jayesh Ranjan, tourism secretary of Andhra The third most-visited city is Hyderabad,
chal Pradesh, with attractions like Shimla, Kul- Pradesh, said, “The maximum number of vis- which mostly sees corporate tourists because of
lu and Manali, had just 1.1 crore Indian tourists itors come to bow in front of Lord Balaji in Tiru- the presence of so many Fortune 500 compa-
in 2009. Kashmir had 92.35 lakh, Kerala 77.89 pati, and they are followed by those who come nies”.




Test-tube baby pioneer wins medicine Nobel Ancient Aryan

Winner Robert Edwards's achievements,
the University of Cambridge, Ed-
wards, born in 1925, studied biology
at the University of Wales in Bangor
city found in
Edwards Is An said panel members of the and at Edinburgh University in

English Biologist
Nobel Committee, have
made it possible to treat
infertility, a medical
Scotland, where he received his
PhD in 1955 with a thesis on embryo-
nal development in mice.
He became a staff scientist at the
Trina Ray TNN
condition that plagues National Institute for Medical Re-
more than 10% of couples search in London in 1958 and initi-
Stockholm: This year's Nobel Prize worldwide ated his research on the human fer-
for medicine has been awarded to tilization process. From 1963,
British scientist Robert G Edwards bryonic stem cells research, as the Edwards worked in Cambridge,
for the development of in vitro fertil- technique is used to derive the cells first at its university and later at
ization therapy. from the embryo. While stressing on Bourn Hall Clinic, the worlds first
The announcement was made by the developments, Hugo Lager- IVF Centre, which he founded to-
Goran K Hansson, secretary of the crantz, member of the Nobel Com- gether with Patrick Steptoe.
Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska World’s first IVF baby Louise Brown (2nd R) with her son Cameron (R), her mother Les- mittee, said that IVF babies are as Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson,
Institute in Stockholm on Monday. ley Brown (2nd L) and IVF visionary Robert Edwards healthy as other children. president of the Karolinska Insti-
In vitro fertilization is a technol- Hansson on the other hand tute, also part of the Nobel Assemb-
ogy that allows a woman's egg to be panel members of the Nobel Com- time of intense controversy over hu- stressed that while choosing the No- ly, in a separate press conference
fertilized outside of her body and mittee, have made it possible to man embryo stem cell research, bel laureate, in keeping with the tra- said minutes before the announce-
then returned to her womb for matu- treat infertility, a medical condition which allows for the use of undiffer- dition of the Nobel Prize, the panel ment that the Nobel this year was ex- DESOLATE: The Bronze Age cities were built some 4,000 years ago by
ration and birth of the child. Ap- that plagues more than 10% of cou- entiated embryonic cells in the de- concentrated on the developments tremely well-deserved and like ev- the Aryans in a 400 miles long region of the Russian Steppe
proximately four million children ples worldwide. velopment of treatments and organ that has led to the research and dis- ery year, focused on the discovery
have so far been born using IVF. The Nobel Prize awarded in the transplantation. covery. that fundamentally changes the London: Russian archaeolo- world, there always seemed to
Edwards's achievements, said area of reproduction comes during a IVF is intimately tied to em- Currently professor emeritus at way people look at things. gists have unearthed some an- be this huge missing piece of
cient and virtually unknown the jigsaw puzzle.”
settlements which they be- She said: “We are all told

Netanyahu calls Three die as 20 more Nato

lieve were built by the origi-
nal Aryan race about 4,000
years ago.
that there is this kind of moth-
er tongue, proto-Indo-Europe-
an, from which all the lan-

for ‘restraint’ According to the team

which has discovered 20 of the
guages we know emerge.
“I was very excited to hear

Jerusalem: Israel Prime

Minister Benjamin Neta-
nyahu today asked him min-
ters to exercise “restraint”
in commenting on the deal
offered by the US in which
oil tankers attacked spiral-shaped settlements in
remote part of Russia
steppe in southern Siberia
bordering Kazakhstan, the
buildings date back to the be-
on the archaeological grape-
vine that in exactly the period
I am an expert in, this whole
new Bronze Age civilization
had been discovered on the
isters to exercise “restraint” the Jewish state is required Omer Farooq Khan TNN Sindh and Islamabad. Around ginning of Western civiliza- steppe of southern Siberia.”
amid a media report claim- to limit West Bank settle- 8-10 gunmen shot three men, tion in Europe. The remains of the ancient
ing that he had agreed to a ment for 60 days in return for Islamabad: Three persons probably drivers, and then set The Bronze-age settle- city were explored for the first
deal from the US President promises from the US. were killed and at least 12 in- tankers on fire, said Islamabad ments, the experts said, could time around 20 years ago
in exchange for keeping the “We have no interest in jured when gunmen attacked police chief Kalim Imam. Thir- have been built shortly after shortly after then Soviet offi-
freeze on West Bank settle- causing an uproar. Neither 20 oil tankers near Islamabad teen tankers were burned. the Great Pyramid some 4000 cials relaxed strict laws ban-
ment construction to keep do I have the possibility of de- early Monday. The tankers More than 200 trucks and oil years ago by the original ning non-military aerial pho-
the peace talks on track. “We nying the baseless media re- were carrying fuel to Nato tankers remained stranded at Aryan race whose swastika tography.
are in the midst of sensitive port,” Netanyahu said in an troops in Afghanistan. Nato the border post in Khyber symbol was later adopted by But because of the region
diplomatic contacts with the apparent reference to an Ar- chief expressed regret for the Agency’s Torkham town. the Nazis in the 1930s. is so remote the incredible ci-
US administration in order abic media report claiming death of Pakistani soldiers last After a meeting with Pakis- Historian Bettany ties have remained virtually
to find a solution that will al- that he has agreed to a US of- week. tani foreign minister Shah Hughes, who explored the unknown to the rest of Eu-
low the continuation of the fer to extend freeze. Pakistani Taliban claimed Mehmood Qureshi at Nato desolate part of the Russian rope. They are about the same
talks,” the Israeli prime min- London-based Arabic responsibility for the attack. headquarters in Brussels, Na- steppe for BBC’s ‘Tracking size as several of the city
ister told the cabinet today. daily, Asharq al-Awsat’s re- Tehreek-e-Taliban spokes- Nato oil tankers were targeted outside Islamabad to chief Anders Fogh Rasmus- The Aryans’, said: “Potential- states of ancient Greece, they
Emphasising that Israel port came amid claims that man Azam Tariq called up a sen said, “This incident was ly, this could rival ancient said. The Aryan’s language
has an interest in pushing US President Barack Obama news agency and said, “We drone attacks and attacks by Tariq also claimed respon- unintended. I express my con- Greece in the age of the he- has been identified as the pre-
the peace process forward, had offered the Israeli leader will continue such attacks all foreign forces inside Pakistani sibility for attacks on Nato dolences to the families of the roes. Because I have written a cursor to a number of modern
Netanyahu urged his minis- an incentive package. PTI over the country to avenge territory.” supply trucks and tankers in deceased.’’ lot about the Bronze Age European tongues. AGENCIES

Congo rapes show UN lapses

Luvungi, Democratic Re- with hundreds of other ma- The United Nations’ blue-hel- keepers failing to respond to a
Vague US advisory irks
Europe-bound travellers
public of Congo: Four armed rauding rebels, gang-raping at mets are considered the last village under siege, is similar New York: The US State ministration, embodied
men barged into Anna Mbura- least 200 women. line of defense in eastern Con- to a massacre in Kiwanja in Department travel alert the dilemma for the au-
no’s hut, slapped the children What happened in this re- go, given that the nation’s own 2008, when rebels killed 150 issued on Sunday in re- thorities in the United
and threw them down. They mote, thatched-roof village on army has a long history of people within earshot of a sponse to reports of a States and Europe over
flipped Mrs. Mburano on her July 30 and continued for at abuses, that the police are of- United Nations base. “Congo threat by Al Qaeda was how to publicize a threat.
back, she said, and raped her, least three more days has be- ten invisible or drunk and that is the UN’s crowning failure,” anything but precise. The authorities do not
repeatedly. It did not matter come a searing embarrass- the hills are teeming with re- said Eve Ensler, author of Where is the threat? want to be accused of hid-
that dozens of United Nations ment for the United Nations bels. “The Vagina Monologues,” Europe. What is the tar- ing what they know. Nor
peacekeepers were based just mission in Congo. Despite But many critics contend whose advocacy group, V- get? Subways, railways, do they want to panic the
up the road. Or that Mburano more than 10 years of experi- that nowhere else in the world Day, has been working with aircraft, ships or any public unnecessarily. The
is around 80 years old. “Grand- ence and billions of dollars, the has the United Nations invest- Congolese women for years. “tourist infrastructure.” result in this case seemed
sons!” she yelled. “Get off me!” peacekeeping force still seems ed so much and accomplished She blamed poor manage- The alert’s vagueness, frustrating for some trav-
As soon as they finished, they to be failing at its most elemen- so little. What happened in Lu- ment, bad communication issued after days of discus- elers and counterterror-
moved house to house, along tal task: protecting civilians. vungi, with nearby peace- and racism. NYT NEWS SERVICE sion inside the Obama ad- ism specialists. AGENCIES

Churchill’s speeches on pop charts

London: Winston Churchill the oldest person to make the
whose rousing speeches fea- charts, reports Sky News.
ture in ‘Reach For The Skies’, a ‘Reach for the Skies’ has
hit album by the Central Band soared to No 4 just one week af-
Of The RAF has become the ter its release. Released to coin-
first ever British prime minis- cide with the 70th anniversary
ter to enter the UK pop charts. of the battle, the album features
Born 136 years ago, the man the Central Band of the RAF
who inspired Britain to victory and some of WWII PM’s most
in the Second World War is also rousing speeches. ANI

Mobilising The Other India

■ A T H O U G H T F O R TO DAY ■

The situation in Pakistan can only be solved when

the military has some role.
PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, former Pakistani president
Land has emerged the great Indian fault line of the early 21st century
other natural resources. Clashes of how the two approaches work.

State Of Flux
Sudipto Mundle
over land, the forests that grow on Singur is a classic example of a

ndia has done well from it and the mineral resources that coercive approach that failed.
globalisation. No historic lie beneath it have become almost But in Sanad, where the Nano
Pakistan’s political establishment gets transformation can occur daily fare. From Nandigram and project moved from Singur, you
with only gains and no losses, Singur to the forests of Orissa and have an example of the induce-
itself into a bind again on which more below. But on the Chotanagpur Plateau, from ment approach. Handsome com-
net reckoning, India, like many Karnataka’s illegal mines to the pensation for farmers led to a

he perennially shifting world of Pakistani politics seems to be in even other developing countries, has farmers protesting against an win-win outcome for all. Other
greater flux than usual. First, there was the crisis meeting last week gained. Despite the dire predic- expressway in Noida, land has successful examples include the
between army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Prime Minister Yousaf tions of radical theories of emerged the great Indian fault Mohali international airport in
Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari. Given the multiple problems imperialism, the old Ricardian line of the early 21st century. Punjab, the Cochin international
facing the current Pakistan Peoples Party-led ruling alliance and its rather theory of comparative advan- Ominously, the frequency airport in Kerala and the pro-
lacklustre response to them, the nature of the meeting is not difficult to tage has asserted itself, albeit in and intensity of these clashes are farmer land acquisition policy
guess. Then, more recently, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf claimed a dynamic form. Today, it is the growing across the country. of the Haryana government.
that Pakistan was on the brink of another coup and called for a greater developed world that is haunted Often, though fortunately not Given our inequities, our
constitutional role for the army in the governance of the country. by the spectre of free trade, not always, the ‘law and order’ ma- law needs to be tilted in favour
These developments are different aspects of Islamabad’s ongoing crisis of the developing world. chinery of the state has backed of the weak, with mandatory
credibility. Musharraf may have made a habit of offering unsolicited advice However, the benefits of globalised India in its onslaught and harsh punitive provisions
from his exile in London, but this time it may not be all bluster. Over the globalisation have accrued only on the other India. In a recent against attempts at regulatory
past few weeks, several commentators within Pakistan have also dwelt on the to one part of India: the India of notice to the UP government capture by the strong. It is prom-
possibility of a change at the top. These apprehensions are a telling comment IT parks and financial markets, relating to land acquisition in ising that lawmakers are begin-
on the cyclical nature of Pakistani politics and the all-too-familiar phase it Singur: Globalisation, its gains and its discontents
businessmen and traders, corpo- ning to get their act together on
finds itself in right now. rate leaders and executives and, positioning themselves to repre- simple. Turn the potential losers the land question. The group of
Islamabad’s rather apathetic response yes, also the white-collar workers
If you wish to acquire sent this same constituency in from land acquisition into a sup- ministers reviewing the draft
to the floods that have devastated the in new corporate hubs like Gur- someone’s land, the democratic process. You port base of winners. If you wish Mines and Minerals (Develop-
country is the latest in a long line of politi-
cal missteps. After the solidarity shown
gaon, Whitefields or Rajerhat, make an offer attractive don’t need rocket science to see to acquire someone’s land, don’t ment and Regulation) Bill, 2010
and their blue-collar counter- enough to induce her the underlying arithmetic. This coerce her or try to rip her off. reportedly reached a consensus
by the political establishment to bring back parts in the smart new factories. other India is by far the largest Instead make her an offer attrac- that 26 per cent of annual profits
democracy and the PPP combine’s subse- Let us call this globalised India. to sell. In countries constituency in this country. But tive enough to induce her to sell. must be set aside for displaced
quent rise to power, familiar problems Then there is the other India: with competitive there is more at stake here than In countries with well-developed families. This is quite radical in
have set in. Instead of utilising the opportu-
nity to focus on governance, strengthening
Bharat as we once used to call land markets, this the rise of an individual political and competitive land markets, the Indian context.
it. The India of small farmers, leader. Mobilisation of the other this is how it works. This is also There will be strong resist-
the institutions of democracy and thus of tribals clinging to their disap-
is how it works India within the democratic space the principle adopted by multilat- ance to such initiatives from
offering a genuine, effective alternative pearing forests in Orissa, of is probably the single greatest eral agencies when they support globalised India. But if politi-
to the military, there has been recourse landless Dalits living in the Noida, the Supreme Court des- political challenge of our times. If public projects requiring land ac- cians hold firm, they will success-
to short-term political manoeuvring in a shadow of upper caste atroci- cribed such partisan government politicians of the democratic quisition: the displaced persons fully mobilise the vote banks of
throwback to the past. It is no coincidence ties, of shivering Bihari work- intervention as state-sponsored process fail, then the Maoists must be compensated enough to the other India in the democratic
that the Pakistani economy has nosedived since 2008. ers building roads in the frozen terrorism. The Naxalites thrive gain. Thus, the fault line between be better off after displacement process. Globalised India too will
In contrast, the military has been at the forefront of flood response. In deserts of Ladakh. It is another on such partisan state violence globalised India and the other than before. The coercive ap- eventually come to terms with
popular perception it has, therefore, appeared to uphold its reputation as world, till recently untouched and the sullen anger it generates India also marks the dividing line proach leads to conflict between this new reality of not taking
an effective institution, a foil to civilian authority. By reading the administra- by globalisation. in the other India. It creates the between the politics of violence winners and losers, and some- the other India for granted. Demo-
tion the riot act and demanding the removal of corrupt officials as he is Now, global competition and support base for their violent and the path of non-violence. times every one becomes a loser cracy in India will then have
reported to have done, Kayani has made his willingness to crack the whip insatiable hunger for profits are confrontation with the state. Is there a possible path of as in Singur. In the inducement taken a great leap forward.
abundantly clear. However, he will perhaps be content to remain the power driving globalised India into a Now, with great foresight, peaceful dispute resolution on the approach, everyone becomes a The writer is an emeritus
behind the throne. Given the host of problems spawned by the floods, this is a headlong collision with this other Rahul Gandhi and his mother, question of land? The answer is winner; there are no losers. professor at the National Institute of
bad time for anyone to be the visible face of the government. The army has, in India over the right to land and the leader of the Congress, are yes. The principle is really quite We have examples before us Public Finance & Policy, New Delhi.
any case, already increased its role to the point where it controls defence and
foreign as well as, increasingly, economic policy. What the latest round of
speculation shows up is the political establishment’s contribution to the
country’s seeming inability to consolidate the forces of democracy. In tune with tech-enabled education, a London school outsources maths classes to India
The smarter the better Student-teacher rapport is key
Grand Beginning T
ech-enabled education is a global rooms. Multi-media content for syllabuses
trend. Not only are teaching metho- creates scope for innovation. With inter-
dologies being reworked, techno- active whiteboards – content stored in
logy is helping plug demand-supply mis- them can be viewed online – and facilities
north London school’s decision to
outsource online maths classes to
India is baffling. The teachers’
union in Britain is justifiably concerned
only if a teacher-student rapport exists
and makes education stimulating. In a
classroom, a teacher gets to know the apti-
tude of students and their levels of under-
And now, let sport be in the spotlight matches. A north London school, for like video-conferencing and live broad- about the consequences of the decision. standing and engagement. Technology
instance, has outsourced maths classes to casting, smart classrooms can boost pu- Ideally, shortage of qualified teachers can only support this face-to-face between

week ago, most people would have had an overwhelming sense of relief India, courtesy a felt dearth of teachers pils’ interest in studies like never before. in a particular institution should be the student and the instructor. Online
had the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony just gone off in the subject at home. Thanks to online Some say tech-dependence makes addressed by recruiting more teachers, teaching sessions cannot match or even
without any glitches. But, on Sunday, what 60,000 spectators in the classes arranged by a UK firm, British students inattentive including from compensate for such live interaction,
packed Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and millions of television viewers across students can turn to tutors in India on and impairs basic abroad. But, in this since the teacher can’t communicate with
the globe got was a magnificent collage of lights, colours, sounds and high- condition interactive sessions are booked skills such as speak- case, the policy of or get to know his students personally or
octane razzle-dazzle. Showcasing 5,000 years of Indian culture, on display in advance. Another example is attend to their individual
were drums from 10 different corners of the country, dancers representing cross-border English teaching ■ T I M E S V I E W ■ ■ C O U N T E R V I E W ■ needs to the same extent.
different classical styles, the heritage of yoga, a montage of tribal arts and whereby instructors in, say, Asia Also, increasing use
Ajay Vaishnav
vivid sights from everyday life. A cacophony of rhythm and beats that yet co- are getting to teach students in America. ing and writing. of technology in school
hered, the opening ceremony captured the spirit of a vibrant, diverse country. Via internet, access to quality educa- Surely making tech- the school con- hampers development of skills in a child.
It was a grand showcasing of India as a carnivalesque tropical democracy. tion anywhere in the world becomes a nology an asset cerned points to a Handwriting and vocabulary suffer
There were hiccups in the run-up to the Games. But if the opening ceremony possibility, scoring a goal for choice. rather than a liability flawed assumption most. Gone are the days when students
is any indication, the challenges appear to have been surmounted and the Knowledge acquisition gets truly global- depends on a teach- that technology-ena- used to score extra marks for beautiful
Games look slated to go off smoothly. As many of the visiting foreign athletes ised, broadening the horizons of both stu- er’s skills, inventiveness and sense of bal- bled distance learning can be a substitute handwriting or elocution. Yet another
and dignitaries have affirmed, the facilities provided are world-class. As a dents and instructors. Those forwarding ance. Conventional teaching by and large for classroom teaching. problem arising from excessive use of
spin-off of the Games, sporting standards in the country are bound to improve protectionist or nationalist arguments encourages bookishness and can dull stu- Traditional modes of education can technology is the sedentary lifestyle it
manifold while the national capital will inherit impressive infrastructure against technology’s revolutionising po- dents’ sense of engagement. With access to never become obsolete simply because encourages and its accompanying health
to meet the growing needs of its residents. Delhi has so far played the good tential fail to see that. Equally, proponents classroom audio, video, graphics and 3D technology can never replace a teacher. A risks. Lastly, with increasing incidence
host and people have come together to actively support the unprecedented of pedagogical orthodoxy don’t realise that animation, children can embrace learning classroom serves as an immediate social of cyber crime, there’s a need to be vigi-
security and logistical arrangements. However, the primary task now is to fun is the key to successful teaching. Hap- as a pleasure, not a chore. As time goes on, environment, which is central to any lant about children using the internet. If
stage the Games well, and to keep the focus squarely where it really belongs: pily, in India, educational institutions are tech-savvy will increasingly be demanded quality educational experience. The value such supervision is possible in school,
on sport. If the event promotes people’s participation in an augmented sport- increasingly seeing virtue in smart class- of youth. So, let’s catch them young. of other instructional materials grows that may not always be the case at home.
ing culture, the Commonwealth Games 2010 would have secured its legacy.
Politics As Usual Identity Crisis Twenty Years After
Empire strikes back M ulayam tried to milk
the Ayodhya high
court ruling. Now Tamil
T he BJP has accused
the Congress of “pick-
pocket-like” online identi-
I t symbolised the Cold
War’s end in Europe and
sounded communism’s.
Old habits of the Raj Nadu’s M Karunanidhi’s
old bugbears are on dis-
ty theft. A mystery portal
similar in name to its offi-
death knell. Twenty years
after the reunification of
die hard play. He suggests the ver- cial e-identity has been di-
verting users to the Con-
East and West Germany,
dict is an ‘Aryan’ ploy to the nation is seen as one
Janardhan Roye plant superstition in peo- gress’s website. Since the of the world’s strongest
ple’s minds. How else can latter denies a ‘hand’, are economies and a driving

n a crisp sunny morning, the tricolour was unfurled solemnly at the Lord Ram’s birthplace be the redirected hits some- force of the European
club’s lawn. Men in smart blazers and striped ties took the salute. The pinpointed, while that of one’s wry way of saying Union. Given its histori-
army band rolled out good old martial notes. Independence Day it was emperor Raja Raja Chola I the BJP must overcome its cal experience, Germany
again in the country – celebrated regally in the club. The building circa is a mystery? Netas won post-2004 identity crisis? must now champion the
mid-1800s stood grandly with its abundant Victoriana, vestiges and practices praise for their restraint Or is it a take on the two cause of a vibrant Europe
in place. Anything else, members will tell you, is just not ‘cricket’. following the court ruling. biggies’ similarities, de- that celebrates openness
Such colonial club ambience was once replete with the gentlemen It’s now politics as usual. spite the shadow boxing? and multilateralism.
members’ wish to be away from their female relations. Over the years, the
clubs’ watering holes that carried the sign ‘Women and Children Not Permit- E D I T PAG E ■

ted’ have given ground to the winds of change. Close to a century later, such
signs have become rare and the last all-male bastion is precariously alive
today as the ‘Men’s Bar’.

Hold A Mirror To Yourself MAILBOX
The trend is not something that the snobbish archaic remnant of the Raj, Sporting Spirit Girish Deshpande Similarly, when we try to see our heart in MY TIMES MY VOICE
Colonel Blimp, a cartoon character created by Sir David Low, would approve the mirror, our nurtured mind convinces us
The game is not about Wrong precedent
of. After taking off a long time ago, the old Colonel still turns up mysteriously, ost of us invariably take a look at that we are the most considerate and compas-
becoming somebody, it's ourselves in the mirror at least once sionate of all. In reality, however, we may With reference to the article ‘The Muddle
unexpectedly at odd times and places – indicating that old practices are hard
about becoming nobody. a day. The mirror diligently and be sympathetic in some cases but not truly Path’ (Oct 2) by Dileep Padgaonkar, the Luck-
to shake off.
Ram Dass
On a recent morning, in the sylvan settings of the club taking breakfast, i without being judgemental, reflects what is empathetic to all. All these projections that now bench of the Allahabad high court has

noticed a ‘bearer’ chasing away crows from the trees. Time was not too long and what is not. We accept what it tells us distort the true reflection are created by ego. set a disturbing precedent with its verdict in
When a gifted team dedi-
ago when a ‘native’ employee was assigned this job on a full-time basis as at without much complaint. We then try to In meditation sessions, we reflect on the the Ayodhya dispute. People expected an
cates itself to unselfish
a golf club Calcutta. ‘Chokra-boys’ with catapults scared away crows on better, in whatever way possible, that which clouded state of heart and mind and when we objective verdict based on scientific facts
trust and combines ins-
branches of trees to prevent them from mucking up the outdoor dining experi- is possible to change for the better and simply see the pollution, it means we have made a rather than on religious beliefs or political
tinct with boldness and
ence. In addition to ‘crow-boy’, there was a ‘dog boy’. The latter’s accept the rest as given. We take pride in good beginning. Then there is scope for expediency. But the court chose to ignore
effort, it is ready to climb.
duty was to take the memsahib and the sahib’s pet for a walk, as Patanjali what we have in terms of form, beauty and cleaning the mind. With sustained medita- the archaeological evidence that a medieval
they demolished scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausages, ✥ appearance and try not to dwell too much on tive reflection, we are able to observe the mosque existed there. In that sense, the court
blackened tomatoes, toast, and pots of Darjeeling. Champions aren't made what we lack outwardly. We may also resolve mind and heart more and more closely and lost the historic opportunity to ensure rule of
Beyond the clubs, Colonel Blimp’s presence haunted in gyms. Champions are and work towards those areas that need to reach a stage where we are able to see them in law. One hopes that the Supreme Court will
many a British plantation and tea estate. After a hard day’s made from something be improved. We step out of the house, with their clear state, free of pollution. At last, review the judgement and approach it in an
work in the tropical sun, life became easy once the solar hat they have deep inside this ‘approved’ confidence, and are we come face-to-face with our true objective manner. Nonetheless, the political
was hung up. Managers, after a brisk round of tennis, returned to their them: A desire, a dream, ready to take on the world. nature. This whole self-cleansing class should resist from making sweeping
spacious bungalows and had a ‘native’ attendant to take care of their ‘per- a vision. They have Let’s say we are able to hold the experience takes us on the path to statements to push their electoral agenda.
sonal needs’. First it was a welcome glass of chilled lemonade. As the to have late minute mirror to reflect our mind and heart. lasting bliss. Muhammad Ziyaullah Khan, VIA E-MAIL
‘brown master’ sat down with the refreshing drink, Boy Friday took off the stamina, they have to be Chances are that most of us don’t
make the effort, not so much because
Anger, greed, ignorance of our
true nature, jealousy, pride, desire,
Questioning corruption
Dunlop Volley and gently eased the soggy tube socks, both imported from a little faster, they have With reference to the Jugular Vein ‘Ghoos
London. Minutes later, when the water was mixed to the right temper- to have the skill and the we may not know how to do so, but habitual tendencies, mental for-
story’ (Oct 1) by Jug Suraiya, the malaise of
ature, the master was led in for a relaxing hot bath. Soon after the ablution, will. But the will must be more perhaps because we may not THE mations and perceptions can
corruption is symptomatic of the society we
his bath-towel was taken off and replaced by a bathrobe. Evening clothes stronger than the skill. approve of the kind of reflection prove to be toxic and so need
we might get to see. It may be too ■ SPEAKING ■ to be phased out. Destructive
live in. Often, we readily bypass established
lay spread on the bed and before master jumped into them, the attendant Muhammad Ali
procedures and systems by paying bribes.
ensured the feet and toes were suitably dried and dusted with foot powder. ✥ much for our ego state to accept. It thoughts and actions are not
This cushy manager’s life, right from Munnar to the north-east, became First of all, our young men is never easy to get ourselves to
TREE worth retaining; they only bring
Few can say with conviction that they have
always had zero tolerance for corruption.
history only in recent times. must be strong. Religion accept what we don’t like to see in us, especially harm and suffering. Since the very purpose
will come afterwards. Be Many of us would instead admit that graft
Some months ago i checked into an outsized room in a sailing club in that which we cannot actually ‘see’. of life is happiness, all these negative tenden-
strong, my young friends; has been tolerated only under exceptional
Mumbai. After a shower, i breezily stepped out into the bedroom with nothing Imagine a plump person standing in front cies must go!
that is my advice to you. circumstances and not as a general rule. This
on but an upbeat rendition of That's the Way (I Like It) on my lips and damp- of the mirror. The person would try to see At the onset of the festive season let us
You will be nearer to hea- shows that the degree and form of corruption
ness behind the ears. To my horror i found, standing outside the door, a grin- himself from those angles that are more flat- spare some time and effort towards cleansing
ven through football than may vary, but not the fact of its existence. It is
ning toothless old uniformed gent, holding up a bath-towel. After covering tering to him. When we attempt this through of the heart and mind.
through study of Gita. commendable that the writer has the grace
myself up hurriedly and regaining some poise, i learnt that he was a ‘bearer’ a session of meditating in calm abiding, May Buddha nature be yours!
Swami Vivekananda to admit it. Self-introspection is necessary
who had let himself in with a spare room-key, and that he would organise where we are only watching our mind, we will The writer is a Pune-based Dharma practitioner.
✥ in all. Let’s begin the fight against corruption
meals, do up the bedroom and attend to other personal ‘needs’. Still reeling initially try and see our reflected mind from
I found out that if you by posing tough questions to ourselves.
from the shock, i politely told him that i’d ring for him when required. As i led only those angles which our ego state or nur-
are going to win games, Sanjay Dev, VIA E-MAIL
him to the door, his face took on a puzzled look, and i noticed he kept throwing tured mind will encourage us to see. For
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Adani may make A$2 bn bid for Brisbane port SKS sacks chief exec
and MD Gurumani
say the group may put in a ate infrastructure — ports,
Gautam Adani-led railway and development of
A$2 billion bid for the port
Ahmedabad: Close on the which is being offered for a
Adani group has mines — Down Under over
heels of its acquisition of Aus- 99-year lease under a land- emerged as one of the the next five years.
tralia’s Linc Energy’s coal as- lord-style model. Adani three bidders for Port The group is also plans to
sets for A$2.9 billion, Ahme-
dabad-based Adani group has
group, which manages In-
dia’s largest private sector
of Brisbane that is
being privatised by
develop a coal terminal with
a capacity of 30-60 MMTPA in
Queensland. Mundra Port
MR Rao To Replace Him; Stocks Take a Hit
emerged as one of the three port in Mundra is looking at
bidders for Port of Brisbane Australia to invest in coal the Queensland and SEZ Ltd, a group subsidi- TIMES NEWS NETWORK
that is being privatised by the
Queensland government.
mines and related infrastruc-
ture in Australia.
government ary is close to signing a deal to
develop Dudgeon Point ter- Mumbai: Micro-finance Major Move In Micro Field
An Adani group spokes- In August, Adani Mining coal tenement in Queen- group is India’s largest im- minal, which is located near major SKS Microfinance on ● Gurumani had joined SKS in December 2008 from Barclays
person confirmed the devel- Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Adani sland, the largest in Austra- porter of coal. the existing coal terminals of Monday said it has sacked
● M R Rao, deputy CEO SKS, will replace him
opment but declined to Energy Ltd, inked licence lia with resources of 7.8 bil- The company plans to in- Hay Point and Dalrymple Suresh Gurumani from the
lion tonne of coal. Adani vest about A$6 billion to cre- Bay Coal Terminal. post of managing director ● Gurumani has also worked with Indiabulls
give details. Industry sources agreement for Linc’s Galilee
and chief executive officer, group and Standard Chartered Bank
but did not cite any reason ● The SKS stock on the BSE ended nearly

RIL’s crude
Index funds shine in Sept surge
for this drastic step that 6% lower at `1,277, with the intra-day
came within three months of
the company’s hugely suc- low at `1,235

output drops cessful IPO. Gurumani, who

had joined SKS in December numbers are in great shape,” of the company’s IPO is even

by over 31% Mid-Caps Turn Laggards, Equity Funds Yet To Scale ’08 Peaks 2008 from Barclays, was re-
placed by MR Rao, who was
chief financial officer Dilli
Raj said over a conference
more significant,” said a top
official at a finance compa-
the company’s deputy CEO, call. ny. “Also, SKS mentioning
New Delhi: Reliance In- Coimbatore: The markets (relative) out-performance of The discount in valuations with immediate effect. On his part, Gurumani, the acceptance of resigna-
dustries has seen crude oil may be on a roll but most diver- mid-caps vis-a-vis large caps between mid-caps and nifty As a reaction to the com- who had steered the compa- tion of a company director
production falling by more sified equity mutual funds has come down in the past 3-4 has come down from 40-50% to pany’s sudden decision, the ny through its successful and termination of its CEO
than 31% from its MA oil- (MFs) are struggling to catch months.” around 15% now, say market SKS stock on the BSE ended IPO in which about Rs 1,650 in the same notice shows
field in the predominantly up with the sudden spurt. Only While Sensex and Nifty observers. “It is on the lower nearly 6% lower at Rs 1,277, crore was raised, told TOI that the company is well
gas-rich KG-D6 block off the index-based funds and bank- gained 11.3% and 11.6%, re- side compared to historical av- with the intra-day low at Rs that he was seeking legal ad- aware the steps it is taking,”
east coast. “The reservoir is ing-focused MFs have man- spectively in September, the erages,” an observer says. 1,235. In August, SKS be- vice and declined further the official mentioned.
not performing as per its aged to post decent returns in BSE mid-cap and small-cap in- Large cap stocks and funds came the first micro-finance comment related to his ter- SKS was set up by Vik-
predictions,” a source in September. Out of the 300-odd dices moved up by 6% and 7.1% would do well as long as there is company in the country to mination from the company. ram Akula, a former McKin-
know of the development diversified equity funds, only respectively. The BSE-100 in- liquidity, say industry offi- list its shares on the bourses. Before joining SKS, Guru- sey consultant, in 1988 as a
said. “Production has drop- one has managed to beat key dex increased 9.8%. cials. The broader market and In the IPO, the company and mani worked with Barclays, non-profit organisation but
ped from about 32,000 bar- indices such as Sensex and Nif- “It is not a broad-based ral- indices would catch up after a some of its original share- Indiabulls group and Stan- converted the same into a
rels per day achieved in ty. But four index-based funds ly and it’s very difficult to beat brief pause, they say. holders had offered its dard Chartered Bank. full-fledged company in
May to around 22,000 bpd have made it to the top-10 list for the 33-month period that the indices when money Incidentally, a vast majori- shares to the public at Rs 985. While an SKS notice to 2005. Infosys founder NR Na-
currently.” giving double digit returns for saw the markets fall after hit- moves into a very few large cap ty of equity funds are yet to re- After the decision to ter- BSE said its board of direc- rayana Murthy, billionaire
A company spokesper- the month. ting a peak before staging a re- stocks,” says Mahesh Patil, trace the peaks scaled in Janu- minate Gurumani’s associ- tors have terminated Guru- investor George Soros and
son declined to comment on Many small and mid-cap covery. head (equities, domestic as- ary 2008. More than 110 out of ation was taken by the SKS mani’s contract with the top venture capitalist Vinod
the issue. Currently six funds — which gave stellar re- “The (September) rally was sets), Birla Sun Life MF. the 220-odd diversified equity board, the MFI said it did not company, in the same notice Khosla are among its high-
wells are on production in turns during the post-election sharp and concentrated. Mid- “The portfolios (of funds) MFs that have more than 33- replace the MD & CEO be- the company said that the re- profile investors. Market
MA field in the eastern off- rally in 2009 — have turned lag- caps (stocks) have undergone a were not positioned for such a month record are still in the cause of any financial irreg- signation by Ashish Lak- players, however, also point-
shore block. RIL, which gards now. Many funds from correction,” says Gopal Agra- fast rally,” says Sankaran Na- red. Only 13 funds managed to ularity, something that the hanpal, a director of the com- ed out that a number of its
commenced commercial oil the category are still in the bot- wal, head, equities, Mirae As- ren, CIO, equities, ICICI Pru- post double digit returns dur- market had started talking pany, has been accepted. main promoters, including
production from MA field tom of the performance chart set Global Investments. “The dential MF. ing the period, data shows. about as soon as the decision “The sacking of a CEO of a Akula, have been selling
in September 2008, had in was made public. “It is not an company is a very signifi- SKS shares for some time
its field development plan issue of any financial irregu- cant thing, and that too hap- now, including through its

Global eco to withstand BP dashes larity as you could see our pening within a few months initial public offer.
...plans to
raise $1 bn ONGC’s
RIL has approached banks
to help it raise at least $1
billion from a bond sale,
US slowdown: Experts Vietnam Dishman scraps mfg
according to three people
with direct knowledge of
the matter. The energy
explorer may use the W
all Street econo-
mists are reviving a
bet that the global
plans in Saudi Arabia
money for acquisitions, economy will withstand the Chitra Unnithan | TNN
one of the people said, US slowdown. Just three New Delhi: Dashing flagship
asking not to be identified years since America began explorer ONGC’s hopes of Ahmedabad: Dishman
The company now
as the matter is dragging the world into its widening ownership in Viet- Pharmaceuticals and Chem- plans to manufacture
private. BLOOMBERG deepest recession in seven nam’s biggest gas-to-power icals has scrapped its plans the range of hospital
decades, Goldman Sachs project, UK major BP (former- of manufacturing a range of and home-care
envisaged a plateau oil out- Group Inc, Credit Suisse ly British Petroleum) on Mon- hospital and home-care dis-
put of 34,041 bpd in the sec- Holdings USA Inc and BofA day said it is having second infectants under Dishman disinfectants at its
ond year of production and Merrill Lynch Global Re- thoughts on exiting the Nam Arabia, the company’s 50:50 Bavla plant
28,684 bpd in the third year. search are forecasting that Con Son project and may joint-venture with Saudi
So far, the maximum pro- this time will be different. transfer the stake to an affil- Arabia-based Takamal. The ceived a soft loan of $9 mil- ties of hospital disinfectants
duction level of about 32,000 Goldman Sachs predicts iate company such as Russia- company now plans to man- lion for 15 years from Saudi including six brands of
bpd was achieved for few worldwide growth will slow based TNK-BP. ufacture the product at its Industrial Development home-care products under
days only during May 2010; 0.2 percentage point to 4.6% in CHANGING TIMES “We have made no deci- Bavla plant. Fund (SIDF) for the disinfec- the FMCG category. We are
thereafter, oil production 2011, even as expansion in the sion (on exiting from Vietnam Likely to be launched in tant manufacturing project. expecting Rs 25-30 crore
has declined gradually.Be- US falls to 1.8% from 2.6%. economist Olivier Blanchard ated for a second consecutive project)...We may think of January 2011, the marketing The Rs 1,000-crore com- sales in the first year of the
sides crude oil, the MA oil- Underpinning their anal- predicted “positive but low month in September, and in- transferring the interest to an of the product will be done by pany will make 20 different product launch,” Vyas add-
field produces 7-8 million ysis is the view that interna- growth in advanced coun- dustrial production in India affiliate company,” BP’s new the company in India. types of formulated products ed.
standard cubic meters per tional reliance on US trade tries,” while developing na- jumped 13.8% in July from a CEO Robert Dudley, here on a “We have abandoned the for hospitals, domestic use The company plans to ex-
day of natural gas. This out- has diminished and is too tions expand at a “very high” year earlier, more than twice familiarisation tour, said af- idea of manufacturing disin- and industrial disinfection. pand production capacity of
put together with Dhirub- small to spread the lingering rate. He will release revised the June pace. ter a dinner hosted by oil min- fectants under the Saudi JV These include disinfectants its pharma special economic
hai-1 and 3 gas fields, take effects of America’s housing forecasts on October 6. “It seems that recent eco- ister Murli Deora. Asked due to high costs. We have for surgical instrumenta- zone (SEZ) in Bavla. “We cer-
natural gas production bust. Providing the US pain ‘Partially Decoupled’ nomic data help to confirm whether that affiliate could be now decided to manufacture tion, hand and body wash tainly plan to expand pro-
from the KG-D6 block to doesn’t roil financial markets “The world has already the story of emerging-mar- TNK-BP, Dudley said, “That it here and market in Saudi sanitisers and antiseptics, duction capacity at our SEZ.
around 60 mmscmd. as it did in the credit crisis, become partially decoupled,” kets’ outperformance,” said is an affiliate company and through Dishman Arabia,” pre and post-operative sur- Our total investment in the
Even D1 and D3 fields Goldman Sachs expects a Nobel laureate Joseph Sti- David Lubin, chief economist that is a possibility.” said Janmejay Vyas, manag- gical scrubs and antimicro- SEZ for two years is R 200
have seen a two-year delay weakening dollar, higher glitz, a professor at New for emerging markets at Citi- BP had in July said it ing director, Dishman bial washes. crore. By 2012-13, we plan to
in reaching plateau output bond yields outside the US York’s Columbia University, group Inc in London. The gap wanted to sell its equity in group. “We have invested Rs 25 double our production ca-
of 80 mmscmd. The fields and stronger emerging-mar- said in a September 20 inter- in growth rates between the Nam Con Son as part of efforts Dishman Arabia had re- crore for launching 14 varie- pacity,” Vyas added.
are now estimated to hit the ket equities. view in Zurich. He will speak developing and advanced to raise funds for meeting lia-
peak production towards “So long as it doesn’t turn at an IMF event this week. worlds is widening, he said. bilities arising from its oil

Sanofi launches hostile

end of 2012. The source said to flu, the world can with- Sixteen months after the Emerging economies will ac- well leak in the Gulf of Mexi-
that RIL has been forced to stand a cold from the US,” world’s largest economy count for about 60% of global co. ONGC’s overseas invest-
cut output at MA oilfields Ethan Harris, head of devel- emerged from recession, the expansion this year and next, ment arm, ONGC Videsh Ltd,
because of sudden rise in oped-markets economic re- US recovery is losing momen- up from 25% a decade ago, ac- is BP’s 45% partner in the pro-

$18.5 b bid for Genzyme

water and gas production search in New York at BofA tum, with declining factory cording to his estimates. ject and wanted to scoop up
from the wells meant to pro- Merrill Lynch, said. He pre- orders, a slowdown in pend- The main reason for the di- the UK major’s equity stake.
duce crude oil. Increase in dicts the US will expand 1.8% ing home sales and rising un- vergence is “direct transmis- That acquisition would
gas production means the next year, compared with employment, according to the sion from a US slowdown to have given ONGC Videsh
reservoir’s natural pres- 3.9% globally. That may pro- median forecasts of econo- other economies through ex- ownership in a $565-million

sure, which helps push oil vide comfort for some of the mists in Bloomberg News ports is just not large enough pipeline that feeds gas from anofi-Aventis SA began
up to shore, is dropping. If
gas comes out too quickly,
central bankers and finance
ministers from 187 nations
surveys. Their predictions
don’t include another con-
to spread a US demand prob-
lem globally,” Goldman
the acreage to a 720-MW pow-
er plant. BP has 35% stake in Battle For Pills Pie
an $18.5 billion hostile
takeover offer for Gen-
crude oil cannot be pro- flocking to Washington for traction, with growth esti- Sachs economists Dominic the acreage and 32% stake in zyme Corp after the US bio- Industry experts said the move
duced. RIL, he said, has in- annual meetings of the Inter- mated at 2.7% this year. Wilson and Stacy Carlson the pipeline. The pipeline and technology company spurned was logical, though Sanofi might
formed DGH that it will not national Monetary Fund and Emerging markets are wrote in a September 22 re- the power plant are part of the Sanofi’s $69-a-share bid as too have to pay more to win the day
recklessly produce oil at the World Bank around October showing more strength. Man- port entitled “If the US sneez- $1.3-billion composite Nam low and refused to negotiate.
cost of reservoir. AGENCIES 8-10. Last month, IMF chief ufacturing in China acceler- es.” BLOOMBERG Con Son project. Sanofi, France’s largest The move comes a month after
drugmaker, started a tender Genzyme rebuffed an approach
offer to acquire all outstand- from Sanofi-Aventis

Super-rich investors buy gold by tonne

ing shares of Genzyme for $69 Sanofi wants to buy Genzyme to
each, the Paris-based compa- boost its drug portfolio as sales of
ny said in a statement on older medicines decline
Monday. The offer expires on
December 10. Sanofi has also spoken to
Geneva: World’s wealthiest to be used for trading purpos- cious metal had become a sta- “We believe the offer will Genzyme shareholders who own
people have responded to eco-
nomic worries by buying bars
Hold Is Gold es, to respond to short-term
over-bought or over-sold sig-
ple of investors’ portfolios, de-
spite questions about
be successful,” Sanofi CEO
Chris Viehbacher said dur-
more than 50% of the group, and
they supported Sanofi’s initiative to
of gold, sometimes by the ● Top banks recommend their clients to nals.” whether it makes for a smart ing a conference call with re- buy the company
tonne, and moving assets out hold 7-10% of their assets in gold Billionaire financier Ge- long-term investment. porters. While Sanofi is still
of the financial system, bank- ● George Soros and Warren Buffett, orge Soros, echoing com- “If you talk to ultra-high open to talks with Genzyme, every turn” all of Sanofi’s ef- vulnerable to a takeover. In-
ers catering to the very rich however, say gold is the “ultimate bubble” ments from investment guru net worth individuals that Viehbacher sees “no particu- forts to negotiate, Viehbach- vestor activists Carl Icahn
said on Monday. Warren Buffett, last month level of uncertainty has never lar reason to bid more.” Sano- er said. A meeting between and Ralph Whitworth of Rela-
1350 ● International gold prices have
Fears of a double-dip described gold as the “ulti- been higher in the last two, fi is a “patient and disciplined Viehbacher and Genzyme tional Investors LLC gained
downturn had boosted appe-
1300 appreciated by 31% in the mate bubble” because it is three, four years,” he said. “If buyer,” Viehbacher said. chief executive officer Henri control of board seats this
tite for physical bullion as
1250 last 12 months costly to dig up and has no real they ask me ‘is inflation going Investors who own more Termeer on September 20 year at Genzyme, the world’s
well as mining company value except its market price. up or are we entering a defla- than 50% of Genzyme indicat- proved “unproductive,” and largest maker of medicines
shares and exchange-traded But a rising price for the pre- tionary cycle?’, I don’t know. ed in meetings with Vieh- the two CEOs haven’t spoken for genetic diseases.
funds, UBS executive Josef 1100 1005.60 1316.25 cious metal has in itself gener- But obviously nobody bacher that they were willing since, Viehbacher said on The deal would be the big-
Stadler told a banking sum- 1050 Oct 05, ‘09 Oct 04, ‘10 ated more and more demand knows.” to sell their shares at “a rea- Monday. gest hostile takeover offer in
mit in Geneva. “They don’t 1000 from investors looking for a Samir Raslan, Citigroup’s sonable price,” the 50-year- “If they can’t get through the drug industry since the
only buy ETFs or futures, way to hedge themselves regional head for central, old executive said at a confer- Genzyme’s management, transaction that created Sa-
they buy physical gold,” said Monday, near the record level ment officer for Asia is also against a fresh recession. eastern and northern Europe, ence on September 15. Con- they’d be silly not to approach nofi-Aventis in 2004, accord-
Stadler, who runs the Swiss reached last week. recommending that wealthy Gold bears no yield and is un- Africa and Turkey, said cli- versations also “revealed the shareholders directly,” ing to Bloomberg data.
bank’s services for clients In a sign of uncertain investors park some of their competitive in an environ- ents were not going over- that those shareholders were Phil Nadeau, an analyst at Sanofi-Synthelabo ac-
with assets of at least $50 mil- times, some clients go fur- assets in gold as a defensive ment of rising interest rates. board on gold. frustrated with Genzyme’s Cowen & Co in New York, said quired Aventis for $64 billion
lion to invest. ther. “We had a clear example stance following a string of The uneasy outlook for infla- “I wouldn’t say that clients persistent refusal to have in a September 30 interview. after raising its bid once. Cer-
UBS is recommending top- of a couple buying over a lacklustre US data and amid tion, hard currencies and are over-investing. It is part of meaningful discussions re- Nadeau has an ‘outperform’ ezyme — Genzyme’s best-sell-
tier clients to hold 7-10% of tonne of gold and carrying it concerns about currency global growth has triggered a an asset allocation but it is not garding Sanofi-Aventis’ pro- rating on Genzyme. ing medicine, with $793 mil-
their assets in precious met- to another place,” Stadler weakness. “I see gold as an in- five-fold increase in a physi- something that they are de- posal,” he said. Genzyme’s stock sank as lion in sales last year — is a
als like gold, which is on said. At today’s prices, that surance,” Van Anantha-Na- cal gold fund launched by Pic- ciding all of a sudden,” he Genzyme, based in Cam- much as 43% from its 2008 mass-produced version of a
course for its tenth consecu- shipment would be worth geswaran said. “I recommend tet one year ago, the Swiss pri- said. And not all bankers are bridge, Massachusetts, re- high after manufacturing human enzyme missing in pa-
tive yearly gain and traded at about $42 million. 10% as minimum in portfolios vate bank said. recommending exposure to jected the original offer as too glitches led to product short- tients with inherited illness
around $1,317 an ounce on Julius Baer’s chief invest- and anything more than that UBS’ Stadler said the pre- gold. REUTERS low and has since “blocked at ages, leaving the company Gaucher disease. BLOOMBERG
Sachin (Tendulkar) is my
favourite. In fact I take a
lot of inspiration from
him. ”
— Roland Schoemann



Pix: TOI, Getty Images, AFP

She suffers from reflex sympathetic A 17-year-old Nigerian schoolgirl, Indian gymnast Rohit Jaiswal got injured
Security concerns forced England's double Australian Nick D’Arcy, 23, aka ‘bad boy of Indian hopes of a medal in squash sufered
dystrophy (RSD). But that didn’t stop Augustina Nwaokolo, pulled off the on Monday during the men’s artistic
Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington to swimming’ did his reputation no good on a blow when leading player Dipika Pallikal,
archer Danielle Brown, 22, from becoming biggest surprise on the opening day by gymnastic. Jaiswal, who was already
wake up at 4 am so that she could be in Monday. The World No. 2, who had 19, was ruled out of the singles owing to a
the first English Paralympian to compete snatching the 48kg weightlifting gold with carrying an injury, hurt his leg during a
time for her event at 8.30 am. It clearly finished second to Michael Phelps at the mild fever. She is hopeful of recovering in
at an able-bodied Games on Monday. She a new Games record. Her effort left the tumble on his first apparatus floor
didn’t go down well with her, as she had to Pan Pacifics, failed to even qualifiy for the time for the doubles event, though, where
finished 14th in individual compound local favourite in tears exercise and had to be stretchered out
settle for a bronze in the 200m freestyle 200m butterfly final she and Joshna Chinappa are favourites


I Have Let
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Down, Says COUNTRY
Australia 4 2 0
Silver Winner Canada
S Africa
Biswajyoti Brahma | TNN
Malaysia 1 0 0 1
Nigeria 1 0 0 1
New Delhi: She had just won England 0 3 1 4
India’s first medal at the XIX India 0 2 2 4
Commonwealth Games, but
Soniya Chanu was incon- Wales 0 1 0 1
solable. Her silver in the 48kg Scotland 0 0 1 1
weightlifting competition lift- Total 8 8 8 24
ed spirits of many but for
Soniya, the greater test was
holding back tears. Ultimate-
God was not with me or luck has
ly, she let go. not supported me today. I have
There were no tears in the missed the gold and I am
men’s 56kg later when Sukhen disappointed. I am really sad did
Dey lifted 252kg (Snatch: 112 + not live up to the expectations of people
Clean-Jerk: 140) to give India its
second silver in lifting. V Srini- —Sonia Chanu, 48KG LIFTER ENDED UP WITH A SILVER
vas Rao (248kg, 107+141) earned
bronze, while Malaysia’s Amir- OTHER INDIAN STARS IN FRAY TODAY
● 100m Breaststroke Men: Puneet Rana, Agnishwar
ul Ibrahim took gold with a lift
Jayaprakash, Sandeep Sejwal● 50m Butterfly Men: Arjun
of 257 kg (116+141).
Muralidharan, Virdhawal Khade
It was such a different tale
earlier in the women’s 48kg. ARCHERY
India’s best bet in weightlift-
ing knew that she was done in ● Recurve Individual Women: Dola Banerjee, Deepika Kumari,
by her own demons. “I have let Bombayala Devi Laishram. ● Recurve Individual Men : Rahul
MAKING WAVES: South African Chad Le Clos, 18, struck gold in the 200m butterfly race at the S P Mukherjee Swimming Complex on Monday. The competition was blown Banerjee, Tarundeep Rai, Jayanta Talukdar ● Compound
everyone down,” Soniya said, wide as world No. 2 Nick D’Arcy failed to qualify. The 18-year-old clocked 1:56.48, which was a new Games record
tears streaming down her face. Individual Women : Bheigyabati Chanu, Jhano Hansdah,
“I am feeling very bad that I Gagandeep Kaur ● Compound Individual Men: Ritul Chatterjee,
Jignas Chittibomma, Chinna Raju Srither

Flag-snatching Aussies are Coutts above

could not win the gold. I feel
God was not on my side today. BOXING
I was quite unlucky.”
Soniya — a 30-year-old in- ● Lightflyweight (49kg) Men: Amandeep Singh ● Light

chief angers Pak the rest, India finish 6th

spector with the UP Police — Welterweight (64kg) Men: Manoj Kumar
started favourite in the 48kg.
But she faltered in the snatch CYCLING
event, where she faulted in two ● Individual Pursuit Men: Sombir 500m Time Trial Women:
out of three of her attempts. Biswajyoti Brahma | TNN Moushumi Bora | TNN years after suffering from a hind the champions did not Chabungbam Rameshwori Devi, Mahitha Mohan, Kumari Rejani
Two more failed attempts in and not the athlete, should car- bowel problem. “I’ve had a matter. “We were not swim- Vijaya ● 1000m Time Trial Men: Bikram Singh Okram, Amrit
clean and jerk ensured that the New Delhi: Upset after their ry the flag,” said Mahmood af- New Delhi: The Indian hard time and had just come ming against any of the teams. Singh 40km Points Race Men: Rajendra Kumar Bishnoi, Atul
gold went to Nigerian school- chef-de-mission snatched the ter the day’s weightlifting 4x100m relay team entered the back to training so I didn’t We were just trying to better Kumar Singh, Satbir Singh
girl Augustina Nkem Nwaoko- flag from the designated lifter event at the Nehru stadium, mixed zone with their heads expect to beat Emily at all,” our morning performance,
lo. The Std XII student from during the opening ceremo- where his team’s Abdullah nodding to the resounding ap- she said later. and we succeeded. India have HOCKEY
Lagos was making her first ap- ny, Pakistan’s weightlifting Ghafoor finished fourth in plause of the volunteers. Af- While Coutts was the sur- qualified for the final for the
● India vs Malaysia, 8.30 p.m.
pearance in an international team came close to pulling men’s 56 kg. “Ghafoor could ter creating history by reach- prise package, 20-year-old first time and we should all cel-
event. Her dream debut came out of the games. not concentrate due to this in- ing the final, the quartet of Kylie Palmer, who had won ebrate,” he added. NETBALL
with a new Games record in Shuja-ud-Din Malik, gold cident. This is still playing on Virdhawal Khade, Anshul gold with her Oz teammates The Indians who made it
the 48kg category. The bronze winner at the 2006 Common- our minds,” said Mahmood, Kothari, Arjun Jayaprakash in 4x200m free relay in the 2008 to the semis — Badrinath ● Women (Group A) Australia vs India
was won by India’s Sandhya wealth Games, was picked for who was flanked by a couple and Aaron D’Souza improved Olympics, was the face of the Melkote (men’s 50m back-
Rani Devi Atom. flag-bearing honours during of lifters, including Malik. a second on their morning day as she won the 200m free. stroke) and Shubha Chit- SHOOTING
She did not admit it, but the march past on Sunday at The incident has led to a mark while finishing sixth, With her chubby cheeks glow- taranjan (women’s 50m but- ● WPairs 25m pistol (women): Rahi Sarnobat, Anisa Sayyed
Soniya probably got bogged the Nehru stadium. But un- massive outcry in Pakistan ahead of Northern Ireland ing in the stadium lights, terfly) — finished 12th and ● Pairs 50m pistol (men): Deepak Sharma, Omkar Singh
down by the burden of expec- expectedly, as the Pakistani with Prime Minister Yousuf and Singapore. As the hosts Palmer swayed to the tune of 16th respectively. ● Pairs 50m Rifle 3 Positions (women): Lajjakumari Gauswami
tations. “Two failed attempts athletes and officials pre- were setting a new yardstick Chad Guy Dertland Le
in snatch happened due to pared to enter the arena, chef- IT’S OFFICIAL for their efforts, it was Aus-
Clos won the gold for South SQUASH
technical reasons,” her coach de-mission Muhammad Ali tralia who ruled the pool on Africa in the men’s 200m but- ● Men’s Singles: Saurav Ghosal ● Women’s Singles: Joshna
Harnam Singh, who was quite Shah literally snatched the Raza Gilani even ordering an the opening day of competi- terfly, an event in which Aus- Chinappa
disappointed with the per- flag and led the contingent in. inquiry. News agencies re- tion with three gold medals Men At Work’s Down Under as tralian bad boy Nicholas D’Ar-
formance of his “sureshot gold “It’s a huge embarass- ported that Gilani took “seri- out of five. she stood beside Wales’ Jazz cy failed to qualify for. “It’s TABLE TENNIS
medallist”, said later. “Win- ment. Humiliating even. We ous notice of the unpleasant Emily Seebohm’s her- Carlin and England superstar pretty tough. I’ve worked hard
● Women: Mouma Das, Poulomi Ghatak ● Men: Achanta Sharath
ning the gold medal was well decided to pull out but even- incident” involving the Pak- culean attempt to emulate Rebecca Adlington, who for this,” said the favourite,
Kamal, Soumyadeep Roy, Subhajit Saha
within her range,” he added. tually stayed back only after istani contingent at the Game. Michael Phelps at the less in- picked up a bronze in the event who was thrown out of Aus-
Soniya, whose best is 179kg talking to Pakistan Olympic Gilani asked sports minis- tense CWG was doomed to fail- she calls her ‘weakest.’ tralia’s 2008 Olympic and 2009 TENNIS
(100 kg in clean and jerk and Association (POA) president ter Ijaz Jakhrani to “inquire ure. After being tipped to take Australia’s hat-trick came World Championships teams
● Singles (Men 1st round): Somdev Devvarman vs Devin Mullings
79 kg in snatch), lifted 73 kg in Syed Arif Hassan,” their into the incident and submit up Stephanie Rice’s mantle in in the 4x100m men’s relay as over an altercation with a
(Bah) ● Doubles (Men 1st round): Mahesh Bhupathi/ Leander Paes
snatch in her first and only weightlifting manager a report to him urgently”. He the 200m individual medley, they nudged their great rivals teammate. “It’s a big interna-
vs Dineshkanthan /Jayawickreme (SL)
valid lift and another 94 in Rashid Mahmood told TOI. said action will “be taken she finished more than a sec- England into second place. tional event so it hurts.”
clean and jerk for a combined Hasan said Malik had been against any official (or) indi- ond short of her relatively un- The small Indian population, Canada’s Ryan Cochrane, WEIGHTLIFTING
total of 167. The Nigerian lift- given the honour due to his vidual found responsible for heralded teammate Alicia of course, had its eyes only on meanwhile, won the presti-
ed 77 in snatch and 98 in clean achievements at the Mel- the unpleasant incident”. Coutts, who set a Common- the Indian team. “It’s a very gious 400m freestyle, 0.11 secs ● 62kg (men): Omkar Shekhar Otari, Rustam Sarang; 53kg
jerk for a total of 175. The sev- bourne Games. “Aisam-ul-Haq Chef-de-mission Shah, wealth record. big deal,” said Khade, who ahead of Australian Ryan (women): Swati Singh
enten-year-old Nkem set a Qureshi is another top player who’s the sports minister in It was a pleasant surprise swam the final lap. Finishing Napoleon, who overcame a WRESTLING
Games record in snatch, clean in the contingent. But he did- Sindh province, said that it for Coutts, who had been op- more than 6 secs behind fifth- drug ban and a bout of Delhi
and jerk as well as total cate- n’t have any problem in yield- happened because of some erated upon twice in two placed Scotland or 13 secs be- belly, to walk out with a smile. ● 60 kg (men): Ravinder Singh; 96 kg Men: Anil Kumar
gories. The previous records ing the role to Malik. It’s pos- misunderstanding. “It was a
were in India’s Kunjarani sible that the chef-de-mission minor incident and has been

Hunters in real life, shooters at the Games

Devi’s name. mistakenly thought that he, sorted out,” he told TOI.
“I am happy for breaking AFP

so many records. I believed I

could do it,” said Nkem, whose
only failure came when she Biju Babu Cyriac | TNN
went for 100kg in her third and
final attempt in clean and jerk. New Delhi: Hunting birds is
gushed about his dawn-to-
dusk adventure. “There is a
ODD COUPLE hunt till he turns 12,” said
McBride, who hails from
six months due to the cold
weather. “For hunting we use
Unlike Soniya, Sandhya their passion and powdering daily allocation of eight ducks geese, grouse and pheasants. Saskatchcwan province. Ac- a Beretta gun which costs
Rani was quite elated about her clay birds their challenge now. and eight geese and you stop We also go for deer, moose, elk cording to Caswell, whose work around $1,500 but in sport I use
achievement. She had reasons Jason Hughes Caswell and once you finish your quota,” and big horn sheep but we can’t involves fine-tuning allocations a Perazzi prized at $9,500. But
too. “I had lost hopes of win- Richard McBride, who form explained Caswell, whose per- hunt protected species like for hunting, there are nearly with little support from the gov-
ning a medal after the snatch the Canadian team in men’s sonal best score of 118/125 swan and polar bear,” said 20,000 licensed waterfowl ernment it is difficult to moti-
event, but made a good come- skeet event, are both licensed came at the world champi- Caswell, whose favourite are hunters in Canada. “Around vate ourselves,” said Caswell.
back later to finish on the podi- hunters. Caswell hails from onships in Munich in August. the preparations from elk meat. half of our 14-member shoot- The shooters arrived here
um,” she said. Sandhya lifted the Alberta province, regard- Caswell, a PhD, was intro- McBride, 43, competing in ing contingent have got a hunt- on Sunday night. “We missed
70kg in snatch, 95kg in clean ed as one of the finest in the duced to hunting by his dad, his first Commonwealth ing background,” he said. the opening ceremony but we
and jerk for a total of 165kg. Her world for hunting. who is now a qualified shoot- Games, is also an accomplished Tough challenge: Both saw it on TV,” they said. “Af-
total was equal to that of Zaira “Last weekend I was out ing referee. “I started hunting hunter and his favourite dish shooters said it is tough to con- ter all the concern we had
Zakaria of South Africa, but Pakistani athletes led by flagbearer and delegation Chef de hunting for geese,” Caswell, at the age of 10 when I went is prepared from the grouse tinue with their sport with lit- coming into the Games we are
the Indian was awarded the mission Mohammad Ali Shah take part in the opening who works as a biologist with with my dad. Among the wa- meat. “Now I also take my 10- tle or no support from the gov- happy with the facilities at the
bronze on lesser bodyweight. ceremony in New Delhi on Sunday the Canadian government, terfowls, we hunt for ducks, year-old son along but he can’t ernment as the season lasts just Village,” said McBride.

Ab tak pachhpan
Deep Kumar

Gujaratis managing Indian

cricket team’s health
Mohali: It is accepted that Gujaratis can manage

All Eyes On Tendulkar As India Score

money well. Now they are managing the health of
the Indian cricket team as well. Concerned about
the growing injuries among Indian players, the
BCCI has hired Vadodara boy Amit Shah as the
second physio of the national team.
The team already has Nitin Patel, another
55/4 Chasing Australia’s 216 With 6
Barodian, as its physio but in the wake of injuries,
Patel is finding it difficult to singularly attend the
individuals with injuries as well as the other
Wkts In Hand On The Final Day
members in general. Aritra Mukhopadhyay TNN Besides cutting and driving Ish- the visitors slumped to 100 for 3
Shah worked as a physio with the Indian ant and Zaheer with ease, Wat- at lunch with Ishant’s second
Premier League (IPL) side Kolkata Knight Riders Mohali: Given the hostile spell son reached forward on a bent spell reading 2-1-8-3.
(KKR) during the third edition. "Amit Shah has of Ishant Sharma just at the knee and fetched anything with India began the run chase on
joined Team India as its second physio. He and stroke of lunch, Zaheer Khan’s air from outside off and swung it a disastrous note with Bowden
Nitin Patel will now work together," PTI quoted mesmerizing reverse swing, high over long on as spin was in- adjudging Gambhir lbw off Hil-
BCCI sources saying. which polished the Aussie tail troduced early into the innings. fenhaus after a big inside edge.
Shah was sent an SOS and he has joined the and Kiwi umpire Billy Bowden’s With Simon Katich and Watson SCOREBOARD
team in Mohali and was particularly taking care of howler, when he adjudged Gau- adding 87 runs for the first wick- Australia 1st Innings: 428
VVS Laxman who didn't field in the Australian tam Gambhir lbw when there et, Dhoni threw the ball to Ishant India 1st Innings: 405
second innings due to back spasms. However, was a big inside edge, Day 4 of the in the 19th over. What followed Australia 2nd Innings: Shane Watson b
according to team sources, Laxman is much first Test at PCA Stadium had all was sheer drama. Sharma 56, Simon Katich c Dhoni b
better now and will be fit enough to bat on ingredients of a perfect thriller. Watson (56; 59b, 7x4, 1x6) Ojha 37, Ricky Ponting c Raina b Shar-
Tuesday on the final day of the Test match. As Ben Hilfenhaus forced an tried to pull a short and wide ma 4, Michael Clarke c Dhoni b Shar-
Deep Kumar edge off Suresh Raina (0; 3b) to ball only to drag it on to his ma 4, Mike Hussey lbw Harbhajan 28,
Marcus North at wide third slip, stumps. Ricky Ponting opened Marcus North c (sub) b Harbhajan 10,
India, reeling at 55/4 while chas- his account with a crisp bounda- Tim Paine c (sub) b Ojha 9, Mitchell
ing 216 for victory, ensured the Johnson c Dhoni b Zaheer 3, Natan
battle would culminate in a dra- 1ST TEST, MOHALI Hauritz b Zaheer 9, Ben Hilfenhaus b
matic final day. With Sachin Zaheer 6, Doug Bollinger not out 5.
Tendulkar still at the crease and ry but failed to keep down the Extras (12b,4lb,5nb): 21. Total (all out
MS Dhoni to come, Aussies will fifth delivery and gave an easy in 60.5 overs): 192. Fall of wickets: 1-
consider the job half done. catch to Raina at backward 87, 2-91, 3-96, 4-138, 5-154, 6-165, 7-
As many as 14 wickets fell on square-leg. In the next delivery, 165, 8-170, 9-183. Bowling: Zaheer
Monday, eight of them in the fi- Michael Clarke holed out to Khan 11.5-1-43-3; Ishant Sharma 9-
nal session, which has played a short mid-wicket as the thin 2-34-3 (5nb); Harbhajan Singh 23-7-
crucial role since the Test began crowd screamed with joy. But 40-2; Pragyan Ojha 17-1-59-2.
on Friday. However, it wasn’t as umpire Billy Bowden had his India 2nd Innings: Gautam Gambhir
if the wicket suddenly got worse. doubt, thinking it might be a no lbw b Hilfenhaus 0, Virender Sehwag
Rather, as bright sunshine dried ball and asked the batsman to c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 17, Rahul Dravid
up all the moisture, the pitch wait as he went upstairs. It was a c Paine b Bollinger 13, Sachin Tendul-
TAKE TWO: Rajkot lad and Saurashtra’s Run looked more like the traditional no ball. Clarke returned to bat kar not out 10, Suresh Raina c North b
Machine Cheteshwar Pujara celebrated his first Mohali track where the bowlers amidst much confusion. In his Hilfenhaus 0, Zaheer Khan not out 5.
walk to the park in India colours taking two did a splendid job and the bat- next over, Ishant made one rise Extras (4b, 6w): 10. Total (for 4 wkts
catches as India bundled Australia for 192 in the smen just failed to apply them- awkwardly from the rough and in 17 overs): 55. Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2- Sachin Tendulkar was
second innings. First he caught Marcus North off selves. The way Shane Watson as Clarke (4) shut his eyes and 31, 3-48, 4-48. Bowling: Ben Hilfen- batting on 10 at the close
Harbhajan Singh and then gobbled up Tim Paine went after the Indian bowlers in tried to avoid contact, the ball haus 7-2-22-3, Doug Bollinger 4-0- of play on the fourth day
off Pragyan Ojha during the fourth day’s play in the morning, no one expected kissed his gloves and ballooned 17-1, Mitchell Johnson 5-1-11-0,
the first Test in Mohali on Monday such a theatrical turn around. to MS Dhoni. From 87 for no loss, Nathan Hauritz 1-0-1-0

Yuvi’s double puts Mumbai in trouble Pak spot-fixing scandal claims life
Wasim Jaffter’s Men Set An Improbable 782 For Victory Chairman Of Majeed’s Club David LeCluse Found Dead;
Ravi Lakhwani | TNN At the start of the day, Yuvraj re-
Could Be Suicide, Say Media Reports
ceived good support from Abhinav Mu- London: Cricket’s spot-fixing Croydon Athletic’s former close to an investigator in the
Jaipur: Rest of India (RoI) skipper Yuv- kund (63; 100b, 8x4), both adding 146 for scandal may have indirectly manager, Tim O’Shea, told the International Cricket Coun-
raj Singh served the Indian selectors a the second wicket. After Mukund’s dis- claimed its first fatality. David UK’s Times newspaper: “He cil’s Anti-Corruption and Se-
timely reminder with a whirlwind dou- missal, he joined forces with Badrinath le Cluse, chairman of Croydon was veryPTI upset at the allega- curity Unit told TOI: “The ICC
ble century against Mumbai on Day Four (61; 102b, 7x4, 1x6) to produce 149 runs in Athletic club owned by Maz- tions and about the club get- believes it has clinching evi-
of the Irani Trophy on Monday. just 27 overs. Powar dismissed both Mu- har Majeed, the suspected ting involved. It probably hit dence against the Pakistani
The 28-year-old, who is out the squad kund and Badrinath to finish with 2-75 middleman between Pakista- him harder than most because cricketers.” He added the play-
facing Australia in two-Test series, hit from 14 overs. Virat Kohli remained un- ni cricketers and illegal book- of his personal friendship with ers concerned had been previ-
unbeaten 204 off just 194 balls (28x4, 5x6) beaten at 29 when RoI eventually de- makers, is believed to have Majeed.” ously warned about their ac-
and declared the innings soon after at clared at tea, leaving their bowlers with committed suicide on Satur- Video footage made public tivities, but had ignored such
387-3, leaving Mumbai an insurmount- four sessions to dismiss Mumbai. day. Le Cluse, 44, probably by the British Sunday tabloid notice.
able target of 782. Mumbai closed the day Defending his timing of the declara- shot himself in a garage near News of the World showed un- The ICC move is a disci-
at 79-0. Skipper Wasim Jaffer was unbea- tion, Yuvraj said: “Getting twenty wick- his home in Sutton, Surrey. dercover reporters paying Ma- plinary action against Butt,
ets on this surface is always going to be Majeed was arrested in Au- jeed $150,000 for fixing the de- Asif and Amir, and a provi-
IRANI TROPHY Yuvraj Singh sends a reminder to the selectors
hard, so we batted on. The wicket is very
flat and let’s see how is goes on Tuesday.”
gust following charges that he
and Pakistani cricketers Sal-
Mazhar Majeed with the money in livery of no-balls, as he had
claimed he would during the
sional suspension is still in
force against them. All three,
a TV grab
ten on 46 and giving him company at the with an unbeaten 204 against Mumbai man Butt, Mohammad Asif passage of play. The latter was though, have appealed against
other end was Ajinkya Rahane on 21. SCOREBOARD and Mohammad Amir were devastated when the lower di- seen with bundles of cash on a the accusation.
Regular opener Sushant Marathe retired Iqbal Abdulla, Romesh Powar and Rohit Rest of India 1st innings: 668 involved in deliberately bowl- vision football got entangled in coffee table in front of him. There is, however, doubt
Mumbai 1st innings: 274
hurt on eight after an Umesh Yadav de- Sharma at the receiving end of some mas- ing no-balls in exchange for the scam. Scotland Yard said of Le whether Scotland Yard will be
Rest of India 2nd innings (overnight 45-1): A Mu-
livery hit him on the wrists. Mumbai sive sixes. He reached the magical figure kund c Rahane b Powar 63, Yuvraj no 204, S Badri- money in a Test match against The club’s website starkly Cluse’s death: “A 44-year-old able to successfully prosecute
would still back themselves to last the fi- with a ferocious sweep to the mid-wicket nath b Powar 61, V Kohli no 29. Extras (b-3, lb-8, w-1, England here at Lord’s. stated: “Croydon Athletic are man suffered what is believed the concerned cricketers on a
nal day, with the pitch showing little boundary off Rohit. nb-5) 17. Total (for 3 wkts decl in 71 overs) 387. Fall of While Majeed was released deeply shocked and saddened to have been a gunshot wound criminal offence on the
signs of wear and tear. The trophy, how- Pacers weren’t spared either. In fact, wickets: 1-21, 20167, 3-316. Bowling: Kulkarni 14-1- on bail by Scotland Yard, he by the sudden tragic death of to the head. He was pro- grounds that a bookmaker in
ever, is out of their grasp with RoI hold- the left-hander set the tone with some 79-1, Malvi 11-0-41-0, Powar 14-0-75-2, Agarkar 5- was re-arrested by revenue their chairman, David le nounced dead at the scene. The the UK may not have been de-
ing the first-innings lead. powerful drives down the ground off the 0-32-0, Abdulla 11-1-58-0, Rohit 9-0-53-0, Nayar 4- and customs for allegedly Cluse, on Saturday. Our circumstances of his death are frauded.
Yuvraj’s second first-class double, fast bowlers in the first session. Dhawal 0-18-0, Khanvilkar 3-0-20-0. laundering money. The charg- thoughts and prayers are with being treated as unexplained. The Yard, though, has sub-
Mumbai 2nd innings: W Jaffer batting 46, S Marathe
which may still prove to be inconsequen- Kulkarni and Usman Malvi seemed clue- es included using Croydon David’s wife and children, and Inquiries are ongoing.” A post- mitted a preliminary report to
retired hurt 8, A Rahane batting 21. Extras (b-2, nb-2)
tial as far as the possibility of an outright less as RoI cantered at over five runs per 4. Total (for no loss in 29 overs) 79. Bowling: Mithun Athletic club as a front. Le we would ask everyone to re- mortem examination will be the Crown Prosecution Ser-
victory is considered, saw him taking a over. Yuvraj reached his hundred with a 5-1-15-0, Unadkat 4-1-6-0, Ashwin 6-2-9-0, Yadav Cluse, who was married with spect their privacy at this dev- held. vice in the UK to consider pro-
special liking to Mumbai spinners with pull off Kulkarni in just 121 balls. 6-0-25-0, Chawla 7-1-20-0, Yuvraj 1-0-2-0. two children, was reportedly astating time for them.” Meanwhile, a police officer ceeding in the matter.

Rakesh shares 3-way tie for top spot in U-9 chess

Ahmedabad: Top seed and highest lowed with half a point margin by as lege ground and posted 148 all out in 40 could only reach 187 all out.
FIDE Elo 1804 rated player of the cham- many as five players with 4.5 points overs. Kevin and Akshar Patel were the
pionship, Rakesh Kumar Jena of Orissa each. Similarly in the Girls category, best performers with the bat scoring 28 Loyola drub AIS
is sharing 3-way tie with FIDE Master the top slot is being shared by Orissa’s and 19 runs respectively. In reply Vaib- Ahmedabad: St Xavier’s Loyola
Mitrabha Guha and Rathanvel V S with Bidhar Rutumbara (FIDE Ratings 1612 hav CC were bowled out for 98 in 27 scored a comfortable 3-0 win ove Ahme-
a full score of five points from five Elo) and Woman Chess Master Tarini overs. dabad International School in their
games in the 24th National Under-9 Goyal (FIDE 1582) of Chhatisgadh with At the MG Science College ground match of the under-18 competition of
(Boys & Girls) Chess Champion- LIC of India took on Shakuntal CC. LIC the Br Bou Football tournament at St
ship-2010 being played at the Nirman LOCAL SPORT batted first and scored 139 for 8 in their Xavier’s Loyola ground on Monday.
High School in Ahmedabad on Monday. 40 overs after Hardik Prajapati and Ta- Geet Vaz opened the scoring in the first
On the top board, Rakesh had defeated a full score of five points from an equal run Gaja scored 39 and 27 not out respec- half as Siddharth Keshkani and Ajay-
Ayush Pandey (FIDE 1691) of Uttar Pra- number of the games. tively. After the break Shakuntal CC raj Chauhan added goals in the second
desh with advantageous white pieces. eased past the target in 27.5 overs as period. St Xavier’s Gandhinagar
While, on 2nd board, the game between Gautam CC, Shanti CC record wins Shakuntal won by 4 wickets. thrashed Terf School 7-0 which includ-
Aryan Chopra of Delhi and Arvind M of Ahmedabad: Gautam CC, Shakuntal At the Gujarat College B ground ed hat-tricks by Rahul Patel and Nisarg
Tamil Nadu ended in a draw. CC and Shanti CC all recorded wins in Bhakt Vallabh Dhola School (BVDS) Patel. Krushnapal Zala added one goal.
To stay in top place, Mitrabha had their matches of the Indian Bank (mi- took on Shanti CC. Shanti CC set a mas- Zydus School pipped New Tulip School
defeated Rudraksh Parida of Orissa, nor) Cup on Monday. sive 229 for 7 in their 30 overs. Chirag 1-0 via Ashwin Padmanabhan’s goal to
while Rathanvel had beaten Iniyan P Gautam CC batted first against Desai smashed a 101 runs while CHintal secure the right to play DPS in the next
(TN). The trio leaders are closely fol- Vaibhav CC at the LM Pharmacy Col- Shah added 27 runs. In reply BVDS round. TNN


India Floors
Sanjay Sekhri

International INDIA HAS The XIX
It even managed
Media With ARRIVED: to start on time, Commonwealth
Games crawled up off
Dazzling Opening SPECTACULAR to the very the canvas last night
London/Melbourne: “India has CEREMONY OPENS second, proving with a display of
there are some pageantry and
arrived”—this summed up the
international media comments
COMMONWEALTH deadlines that technical wizardry
that, finally, projected
on the dazzling opening cere- GAMES Games the image India craved
mony of the Commonwealth
Games in New Delhi on Sunday.
organisers are on to two billion
Newspapers in two major Com- capable of television sets around
No collapsing scenery or the world.
monwealth countries, Australia
and Great Britain, used terms
malfunctioning sound system. meeting THE DAILY MAIL
No fluffed lines, botched THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
like ‘An ancient land opens its
choreography or missed cues
heart to the world’, ‘India opens India put on its best face
doors to the world at opening cer-
and not a single stray dog in AN ANCIENT LAND on Sunday night and
emony’ and ‘India sweeps aside
sight. The preparations for the OPENS ITS HEART TO pulled off a brilliant
Games shame’ to describe the
XIXth Commonwealth Games THE WORLD opening ceremony that
two-hour cultural extravaganza was extraordinary in its
unmitigated disaster but India
that unfolded at the Jawahar Lal ambition and execution.
certainly knows how to put on The most colourful, beautiful It was everything the
Nehru Stadium on Sunday night.
a show and well-organised games I
People across Britain watched organisers had promised
the ceremony live on BBC and THE DAILY TELEGRAPH have ever been part of and more - an energetic
were all praise for it with NRI in- IRENE VAN DYK, NEW ZEALAND celebration of all India
dustrialist Lord Swraj Paul sum- FLAG BEARER has been and all it
ming up the public reaction by
After weeks intends to be
stating, “India has done itself dominated by reports India has won the THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
proud. It was a great show.”
of corruption and first unofficial gold
chaos, the new medal of the Commonwealth
‘The Guardian’ newspaper AND CULTURAL PRIDE SHOWED ITS team uniform spectacular start
said it was a moment of national SPELLBOUNDING: The splendour of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony held the world captive
pride for India, which had drawn
flak for the troubled build-up to
the Games. “‘India has arrived’:
spectacular ceremony opens Com-
monwealth Games,” read the
Dola re Dola for Oz favourite in
Feather touch: Saina, Kiwis clip
newspaper’s headline. “Concerns
cycling India’s wings
of recent weeks forgotten as daz-
zling event launches games amid
atmosphere of national pride and
men and women PTI
New Delhi: Australia will be-
gin as firm favourites to re- Chetan show class Mohammad Amin-ul Islam | TNN
celebrations,” it said. Nilesh Bhattacharya | TNN assert their supremacy in cy-
“At exactly two minutes past cling as the competition gets un- M Ratnakar | TNN Anand walked off the court and the men’s doubles pair New Delhi: Mouma Das drew
seven tonight, a huge inflatable New Delhi: Indian archers der way at the Indira Gandhi after giving Kenya’s Munga of Rupesh Kumar and the biggest applause from the
blimp rose slowly and smoothly expectedly emerged fron- sports complex on Tuesday. New Delhi: It all went Victor Odera a 21-7, 21-13 Sanave Thomas made short 300-odd spectators at the show
into the hot air above Delhi’s trunners in both individual Finishing as the No. 1 team along expected lines. Nei- whacking. work of Munga Victor court of the table tennis hall at
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to the and team events of the Re- at the recent World Track ther were there surprises The other Indians fol- Odera and Ruto Patrick Ki- the Yamuna Sports Complex on
sound of hundreds of traditional curve category, but their dom- championships in Denmark, nor pulsating contests as lowed suit. Saina Nehwal bet, beating them 21-5, 21-5. Monday. The former national
drums, pipes and conch shells, and ination at the Yamuna Sports Australia will look to better its the badminton mixed team dismissed the challenge of There was no respite for champion was in her elements
the cheers of 65,000 people. “This Complex on Monday didn’t tally of 11 gold medals at the event got off to a dour start Joseph Mercy Mwethya in Kenya even though Aparna as she spanked her Kiwi oppo-
was the moment that 1.2 billion quite follow the script. THREE STAR: Dola Banerjee Melbourne Games. at the Siri Fort Stadium just 11 minutes 21-11, 21-4 Balan replaced first choice nent Yang Sun 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-
people - there are few in India who The men’s and women’s (left), L Bombayala Devi In close pursuit will be Eng- here on Monday. PTI Jwala Gutta to pair up with 9 in a closely-fought game. But
were still unaware of the event - teams got off to perfect starts (centre) and Deepika Kumari land, New Zealand, England and Ashwini Ponnappa. despite Mouma’s win, India
had been waiting for,” it added.
‘The Daily Telegraph’ mar-
and earned top positions in the
ranking round. A smaller field There was a little concern
Canada for the 18 gold medals
on offer. Even though many star
WELL BEGUN RESULTS (mixed team event):
couldn’t stop strong contenders
New Zealand and went down 3-
velled at how smoothly the cer- in the individual events, cyclists have decided to give the India and fancied Preliminary rounds: 2 in the second round match.
emony was conducted after all
the organisational goof-ups that
ARCHERY where an expected 1-2-3 fin-
ish in the rankings could not
event a skip, young riders from
these nations are ready to leave
teams like Malaysia and
England, handed a ruth-
Group D: India 5 bt Kenya 0
(Chetan Anand bt Munga Vic-
The Indians began the day
with a confident 3-0 rout of Sri
marred its run-up. “No collaps- in the team events meant the be achieved in both the men their mark on the Games. less badminton hammer- tor Odera 21-7, 21-13; Saina Ne- Lanka but by evening they got
ing scenery or malfunctioning eves — comprising Dola Baner- and the women’s events. Hosts India, who enter the ing to minnows, Kenya, hwal bt Joseph Mercy the taste of the ‘Chinese cui-
sound system. No fluffed lines, jee (658), Deepika Kumari (662) Rahul (679) and Jayanta competition after a long gap of Isle of Man and Falkland Mwethya 21-11, 21-4; Sanave sine’ courtesy the New Zealan-
botched choreography or missed and L Bombayala Devi (624) — (676) lived up to their billing 32 years, has fielded a 24-mem- Islands respectively. All Thomas/Rupesh Kumar bt Vic-
cues and not a single stray dog
in sight. The preparations for
got a bye to the semifinals af-
ter aggregating 1944 points
but Tarundeep finished 13th
(647), spoiling the hosts’ open-
ber team but their chances mak-
ing it to the podium look
three scorelines spoke of
a 5-0 rout. Furthermore,
tor/Ruto Patrick Kibet 21-5,
21-5; Ashwini
the XIXth Commonwealth while the men’s trio of Jayan- ing day party somewhat. On bleak.India last participated at none of the players from Ponnappa/Aparna Balan bt ders who won 3-0 against Ghana
Games may have been an un- ta Talukdar (676), Rahul Baner- the distaff, Deepika and Dola the at Games in 1978. “Against three winning countries Mercy/Anitah Bushuru 21-8, in their first match.
mitigated disaster but India cer- jee (679) and Tarundeep Rai managed the top two positions the nations that we are compet- dropped a single game. 21-6; V Diju/Jwala Gutta bt In what can be termed as a
tainly knows how to put on a (662) made the quarters cut. with 662 and 658 points but ing (Australia, New Zealand, UK) A rousing applause Fredrick Chomba/Anna Njam- difficult outing against the Ki-
show,” it said. The eves will next take on Bombayala slipped to ninth. it will be against the odds if we from the crowd greeted bi 21-8, 21-5). wis’ Chinese origin players, the
“A dazzling, colourful, high- the winners between Malaysia India’s chief coach Limba win a medal. They will probably Chetan Anand when he Group A: Malaysia 5 bt Isle of Indian team, winners of bronze
octane opening ceremony that and Singapore while the Ram, however, was confident win all. But then I have never stepped in to open pro- Mann 0; Australia 5 bt Sey- medal at Melbourne in 2006, just
was part Bollywood, part cultural men’s team, will be up against that it would be a different looked at it at that way,” said In- ceedings for India. But even DOMINATING STUFF: chelles 0; Nigeria bt Isle of Man couldn’t hold to their nerve af-
extravaganza,” it added. PTI either Sri Lanka or Scotland. story from Tuesday. dian coach Graham Seers. TNN before the din died down, Saina Nehwal 5-0. ter Mouma gave them a deserv-
ing 2-1 lead. Mouma’s victory
came after Madhurika S Patkar

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Joshna in third lost the second game to experi-

enced Karen Li 4-11, 4-11, 4-11.

everybody? Delhi 4 1 round

Thereafter, the home team
lost the plot as well as both the
reverse singles to their superi-
fans go missing Leslie Xavier | TNN or opponents. Shamini Ku-
maresan, who also had a great
New Delhi All across New Del- New Delhi: Joshna Chinappa game when she won the open-
hi, brightly-coloured posters was the lone Indian survivor in ing singles against Annie Yang
plead ‘Come out and play’, but on the women’s draw after the sec- 11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, went down
Monday this teeming city opted ond round of the squash compe- to Li. The bespectacled Patkar
to stay home instead as a wave tition at the Commonwealth will surely forget this tie in a
of indifference greeted the Games here on Monday. Joshna, hurry as she lost both her games,
Games. The opening day wit- the 15th seed, was stretched a lit- going down to Annie 6-11, 13-11,
nessed matches played out at
eerily empty venues, a worrying 2 tle by Malaysia’s Sharon Wee be-
fore winning 11-1, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4
13-15, 9-11 in the deciding fifth
match as the Kiwis celebrated.
sight for besieged organisers hop- and is now faces another In the men’s section, de-
ing that Sunday’s widely-ap- Malaysian and Mission Impossi- fending champions India played
plauded opening ceremony had 1) Though archer Deepika ble. Waiting for her is in Round without their star player
Kumari is showing her nails
finally laid to rest the problem-
plagued build-up.
“Australia 76 Spectators 58”
dipped in tricolours, there
was no nailbiting finish on
3 Three is world No.1 Nicol David,
who had earlier made short work
of Sri Lankan Damindha Udan-
Sharath Kamal but still man-
aged to beat Vanuatu 3-0. They
face Guyana in their next round
gloated the headline in the on- the first day of tennis gawe 11-2, 11-4, 11-2. match on Tuesday.
line edition of the Sydney Morn- competition. Meanwhile, world champi-
ing Herald after the opening
match of the netball competition 2) India’s Somdev
SQUASH ons Singapore led by their star
Feng Tianwei recorded an iden-
at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex Devvarman watches The day started with a setback tical 3-0 win over minnows
which can hold 4,500 people. teammate Rohan Bopanna for the Indians when 14th seed Guernsey.
Despite the withering cyni- beat Uganda’s Buyinza Dipika Pallikal pulled out of the
cism, fans and officials were con- Robert 6-1, 6-4. singles event with fever. Surbhi
vinced the situation will improve Mishra replaced her in the main
as the 11-day event progresses.
Manoj Harjani, 47, a garment fac-
3) Archers prepare to hit
the bull’s eys
draw but lost in the second round
to Stephanie Edmison of Canada.
‘Love’ theme
tory manager from Delhi, took
his two teenage daughters to 4)Shuttler Jwala Gutta, too,
Anaka Alankamony and An-
wesh Reddy also lost their second- for closing
watch the men’s gymnastics team had no problems as she round matches tamely, leaving
event at the 14,400-seater Indira
Gandhi Complex. The majority
and partner V Diju swept
asideKenyan pair Fredrick
Joshna to carry the Indian fight.
The Indians and the seeded play-
of the few spectators which were Chomba/Anna Njambi 21-8, ers had received a bye into the sec- New Delhi: After a spectacu-
present tended to be accredited 21-5 as India blanked their ond round. Indian men had a more lar opening of the Common-
volunteers or teammates. AFP weak opponents 5-0 satisfying day with Saurav Ghos- wealth Games Ceremony, cre-
al, Siddharth Suchde and Harinder ative director Bharat Bala prom-
Pal Sandhu storming past their ises an equally memorable

It’s an un-Holly start for India’s gals against Scots

first-round opponents with ease. farewell to the Games with per-
Sandeep Jhangra, the fourth In- formances that incorporates
dian in the fray, fell by the wayside. love and fond memories of In-
Ghosal will take on Lyall Pat- dia which athletes and visitors
equalise via Jasjeet Kaur nervous start,” said coach terson of Scotland in the second can take away with them. “We
Hockey Team Handa. An abortive penalty
corner and scores of missed
Sandeep Somesh. “We creat-
ed chances in the second half
round while Suchde has a tough
nut to crack in seventh seed
have a lot to offer. While the
opening ceremony was based
Settles For chances that the game was
dotted with towards the final
but didn’t score. I am disap-
pointed with the result.”
Aussie Cameron Pilley later on
Monday evening. Harinder will
on traditional Indian culture
and heritage, the closing cere-
A 1-1 Draw quarter only highlighted
what India do best: the miss
Pool A: India (Jasjeet Kaur Handa
take on Aussie eighth seed Stew-
art Boswell.
mony will be an entirely dif-
ferent show based on the uni-
V Narayan Swamy | TNN and rue rigmarole. 45th) drew with Scotland 1 (Hol- versal theme of love,” Bharat
Holly Cram put Scotland ly Cram 3rd). South Africa 12 (Co- HOW THE INDIANS FARED Bala said.
New Delhi: A draw isn’t the ahead in the third minute etzee P 2nd, 10th, 26th, 63rd, Lesle- Men’s Rd 1: Siddharth Suchde bt Bala, who included 1000
best way to boost one’s morale with a close-range stunner ann George 39th, Jennifer Wilson Michael Hopkins (JEY) 11-6, 11-5, 11- drummers from different re-
but silver medalists India had that found the far corner 42nd, 47th, Dirkie Chamberlain 4; Saurav Ghosal bt Ian Rukunya (UGA) gions of the country, various folk
no choice but to settle for one even as goalkeeper Dipika 43rd, 68th, 70th, Kathleen Taylor 11-1, 11-4, 11-0; Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) dancers, yoga, and other tradi-
after a diffident performance Murthy stood clueless. Jas- 44th, Farah Fredericks 62nd). bt Sandeep Jangra 11-7, 11-9, 11-4; tional Indian themes, has lined
against Scotland in the open- jeet’s equaliser was equally Pool B: Malaysia 3 (Norbaini Harinder Pal Sandhu bt Shopon Per- up an equally spectacular clos-
ing Pool A women’s hockey impressive — perhaps the Hashim 18th, 56th, Norfaraha vez (BAN) 11-3, 11-1, 11-2. ing show that includes martial
match on Monday. best move of the match — Hashim 49th pc) bt Canada 2 (Di- Women’s Rd 2: Joshna Chinappa bt art forms from across India. “At
Scotland had everything when she, put in possession ana Roemer 56th, Anna Kozniuk Sharon Wee (MAS) 11-1, 11-4, 8-11, 11- the closing ceremony, the mood
going for them in the first by Ritu Rani, weaved past the 59th); New Zealand 5 (Katie Glynn 4; Alana Miller (CAN) bt Anwesha Red- will be different. The idea is that
half in terms of ascendancy, defence before unleashing a 18th, Gemma Flynn 37th, Anna dy 11-3, 11-6, 11-7; Stephanie Edmison athletes would be leaving for
ball possession and a lone backhander from the top of India’s Poonam Rani (right) moves past Scotland’s Robertson Ailsa during preliminary round Thorpe 51st, 59th, Clarissa Eshuis (CAN) bt Surbhi Misra 11-2, 11-7, 12- their homes and we want them
goal but a quick resurgence the circle. of women's hockey at Commonwealth Games at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New 68th) bt Wales 1 (Abigail Wels- 10; Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Anaka to carry something good for their
after the breather saw India “We were done in by a Delhi on Monday. ford 33rd). Alankamony 11-7, 11-4, 11-3. families,” Bala said. PTI

TODAY’S ARCHERY (81kg) Preliminaries Super Island - Preliminary Round - Pool B 16:00-17:23 Women’s 50m Butterfly

MENU 09:00-12:10 Women’s Recurve -

Individual eliminations; Men’s
Heavyweight (Over 91kg)
Cycling - Track
17:00-18:30 - Australia vs India -
Preliminary Round - Pool A
final - GOLD; Men’s 50m Backstroke
final - GOLD; Women’s 50m
Breaststroke final - GOLD; Men’s 50m
Recurve - Individual eliminations Men’s 4,000m Individual Pursuit - SQUASH Butterfly semi-finals; Men’s 100m
14:00-17:10; Women’s Compound - Qualifying; Women’s 500m Time Trial 13:00-16:00 Men’s Singles - Plate Breaststroke semi-finals; Women’s
Individual Eliminations; Men’s - GOLD Men’s 1,000m Time Trial - Round of 16 Men’s Singles - Round of 100m Freestyle semi-finals; Men’s
Compound - Individual Eliminations GOLD; Men’s 4,000m Individual 16 Women’s Singles - Plate Round of 200m Freestyle final - GOLD Woman’s
Pursuit - GOLD 16 Women’s Singles - Round of 16 100m Backstroke semi-finals
BADMINTON 18:00-19:00 17:00-20:00 Men’s Singles - Plate
09:00-13:00 Mixed Team Event - Pool Men’s 40km Points Race (2 heats of Pool B) 18:30-20:00 South Africa Vs Round of 16 Men’s Singles - Round of 17:00-22:00 Mixed Doubles - TENNIS
Games 15km) if required - GOLD Scotland (Women Pool A) 20:30-22:00 16 Women’s Singles - Plate Round of Quarterfinal; Women’s Singles - First 10:00-15:00 Mixed Doubles -
14:00-18:00; Mixed Team Event - Pool India Vs Malaysia (Men Pool A) 16 Women’s Singles - Round of 16 Round; Women’s Doubles - First Quarterfinal; Women’s Singles - First
Games GYMNMASTICS Round; Men’s Singles - First Round Round; Men’s Doubles - First Round;
19:00-23:00; Mixed Team Event - Pool 13:30-15:30 LAWN BOWLS SHOOTING Men’s Singles - First Round
Games Women’s Artistic Team Competition 9:00-12:00 Men’s Triples - Round 3 09:00-10:45 Men’s SB 10m Air Rifle
16:30-18:30 Women’s Pairs - Round 3 (Pairs) - GOLD WEIGHTLIFTING
BOXING Women’s Artistic Team Competition 12:30-15:30 Men’s Pairs - Round 2 09:00-11:00 Men’s PI 50m Pistol 14:00-16:30 Men’s 62kg Category -
13:00-17:00 final - GOLD Women’s Triples - Round 2 (Pairs) - GOLD GOLD
Preliminaries Lightflyweight (49kg); 16:00-19:00 Men’s Pairs - Round 3 09:00-12:00 Women’s PI 25m Pistol 18:30-21:00 Women’s 53kg Category -
Preliminaries Bantamweight (56kg); HOCKEY Women’s Triples - Round 3 (Pairs) - GOLD GOLD
Preliminaries Light Welterweight 8:30-10:00 England Vs Wales (Women 19:30-22:30 Men’s Triples - Round 4 12:30-14:45 Women’s SB 50m Rifle 3
(64kg); Preliminaries Middleweight Pool B) 9:30-11:00 New Zealand Vs Women’s Pairs - Round 4 Positions (Pairs) - GOLD WRESTLING
(75kg); Preliminaries Heavyweight Trinidad & Tobago (Men Pool B) (Pitch 09:00-13:00 Men’s Greco Roman -
(91kg) 2) 10:30-12:00 Pakistan Vs Scotland NETBALL SWIMMING 60kg, 74kg, 96kg - Eliminations Men’s
18:30-22:30 (Men Pool A) 13:30-15:00 Australia Vs 09:30-11:00 - South Africa vs England - 08:30-10:15 Men’s 50m Butterfly TABLE TENNIS Greco Roman - 55kg, 66kg, 84kg,
Preliminaries Flyweight (52kg) Trinidad & Tobago (Women Pool A) Preliminary Round - Pool B heats; Women’s 100m Backstroke 9:30-14:30 Women’s Team Event - 120kg - Final entries
Preliminaries Lightweight (60kg) 14:30-16:00 Canada Vs South Africa 11:30-13:00 - Jamaica vs Malawi - heats; Men’s 100m Breaststroke Round 3; Men’s Team Event Round 3 16:30-19:30 Men’s Greco Roman -
Preliminaries Welterweight (69kg) (Men Pool B) (Pitch 2) 15:30-17:00 Preliminary Round - Pool A heats; Women’s 100m Freestyle 16:00-21:00 Women’s Team Event - 60kg, 74kg, 96kg - Repechage, Finals -
Preliminaries Light Heavyweight New Zealand Vs Malaysia (Women 15:00-16:30 - New Zealand vs Cook heats; Men’s 200m Freestyle heats Round 4; Men’s Team Event - Round 4 GOLD

Shooters to begin gold quest

Where has Shera
S hera—the mascot of the 19th
Commonwealth Games -was PTI

missing from the gala opening

ceremony here on Sunday. People
All Eyes On Sushil & Co. seek top finish
crowding the Jawaharlal Nehru
stadium waited eagerly for Shera,
the smiling tiger who is the face of
Bindra And Leslie Xavier | TNN
Sanjeev Rastogi
the Games. But Shera was nowhere
to be seen during the three-hour
Narang New Delhi: Sushil Kumar’s
The remaining four weight
divisions of GR will be held
ceremony. Spectators, especially Vinay Nayudu | TNN growing status as a star was on Wednesday with Rajinder
children, were disappointed. “It reiterated in the roar of thou- Kumar (55kg) and Sunil Ku-
was ridiculous that Shera was not New Delhi: India’s big gold- sands at the Jawaharlal Nehru mar (66kg) expected to
at the opening ceremony. The medal hopes begin on Tues- Stadium when the world shine for the hosts.
ceremony was good but Shera day when the marksmen and champion handed over the India’s big haul
would have added to it,” said women take centrestage at Queen’s Baton to Britan’s from the mat will come
Priyanshu Singh, a Class V student the Dr Karni Singh Range in prince Charles during the in the freestyle events,
from east Delhi. Tughlaqabad. Incidentally, opening ceremony on Sunday. which will be held on the
it will be Olympic gold The wrestling event of the last two days of the cham-
medallist Abhinav Bindra Games here, which begins on pionship. Though stiff op-
Oz swimmers hit by and Gagan Narang — who Tuesday, will mostly be about position will come from
has qualified for the London Sushil as he enters the ring Canada, Nigeria and Eng-
‘Delhi belly’ Olympics and also has a for the first time after his land, the Indians, led by Sushil,
Australian swimmers Robert World championships world championship tri- are expected to produce a gold
Hurley and Ryan Napoleon suffered bronze under his belt — aim- umph in Moscow last rush.
were hit by the ‘Delhi-belly’ bug ing first up in the 10m air ri- month. The fans, howev- Former Asian champ Yo-
after eating at the Commonwealth fle (pairs) event. er, will have to wait till geshwar Dutt (60kg), known for
Games village but were able to next Sunday for their hero his relentless single-leg take-
recover in time to compete on
Monday morning in 400m freestyle
PREVIEW as the 66kg freestyle bouts will
be held on the final day of the
down, is an overwhelming
favourite in his division while
event. Hurley, who was one of the Anuj Kumar (84kg) is expected
favourites for the gold in the 400m
freestyle, failed to qualify for the
Bindra was in an upbeat
mood, saying, ‘‘It is indeed
BENCH STRENGTH to convert his silver medal (from
the 2002 Manchester Games) to
final, while Napoleon surged home a happy occasion to be com- Gagan narang gold at home. Anil Kumar (55kg)
in a time of 3.51.06 to qualify third peting at the CWG at home. wrestling competitions. is the other surprise package
fastest. The two ate together at the We will surely be at our best Even after four top MEDAL GUARANTEED: while the rest of the group is
casual dining area at the Games and we’ll give our best.’’ He wrestlers were dropped from Sushil Kumar also expected to be on the podi-
village last night and were hit by looked relaxed like the oth- Gauswami Lajjakumari. most successful athlete at The good part is our men the CWG squad after doping um.
stomach upsets hours later, the ers as they went about aim- In the 25 metre pistol CWG ever. The attempt will and women are eagerly wait- violations, the hosts are ex-
Herald Sun reported. Hurley said ing and firing at the ranges event for women, it will be be his first of the eight cat- ing to perform,’’ he said. pected to win medals in almost ON THE MAT CWG debut for women
they ate meat Bolognese pasta, on Monday morning. Pune’s Anisa Sayyed and egories that he’s entered in. India’s other big guns all divisions. Their replace- Women’s wrestling, which
and by about 2 a.m. thought, Also on show will be In- Kolhapur’s Sarnobat Rani Given his track record of — including Ronjan Sod- ments are strong contenders World Stars: Carol Huynh is making its debut at the
“we’re in trouble”. The two dia’s bright future prospect representing India. Anisa four medals each in the last hi, Manavjit Singh Sand- too, which shows the depth of (Can, 48kg women’S FS), Games, will have Doha Asian
swimmers share a room, which Tejaswini Sawant from Kol- won two gold at the Com- three Games, Delhi might hu, Samaresh Jung and talent India has on the mat. Oheneva Akuffo (Can, 72kg Games bronze medallist Alka
made the problem even worse. hapur. Basking in the glory monwealth championships turn out to be no different. also Anuraj Singh and On Tuesday, bouts will be women’s FS). Tomar (59kg), Babita Kumari
“Eating that meal wasn’t a good of her gold medal triumph held earlier this year. The Deepak Shar ma and Seema Tomar get into ac- held in the Greco-Roman style Home hopes: Sushil Kumar (51kg) and Geeta (55kg) leading
move. By 2am we were both crook. at the World championships contest will also see Pak- Omkar Singh will form the tion from Wednesday. for the 60kg, 74kg and 96kg cat- (66kg FS), Yogeshwar Dutt the charge for the hosts. Alka,
It was like a relay, we were passing in Munich just two months istan’s lone female athlete pair for India. Those in the trap, double egories — and India have a (60kg FS), Anuj Kumar (84kg though, will have to content
the baton, although it was really ago, she is now looking to Tazeem Akhtar Abbasi in India’s shooting coach trap and skeet events strong presence in all three. FS), Anil Kumar (55kg FS), with Canada’s double world
the toilet paper,” Hurley said on add to her Commonwealth the fray. Sunny Thomas seemed hap- could be seen enjoying as Three times Commonwealth Rajinder Kumar (55kg GR), medallist Oheneva Akuffo.
Monday. Hurley, who has been tally. Sawant had won two In the men’s 50m pistol py with preparations. ‘‘Giv- smiles flashed and jokes championships champion Sunil Kumar (66kg GR), Nirmala Devi (48kg) is also a
battling a mystery virus since the gold in the 10m air rifle at (pairs) event, all eyes will en the good training and sup- were shared. Ravinder Singh will be firm Ravinder Singh (60kg GR), medal prospect but the pres-
Pan Pacific championship, said his the Melbourne Games in be on England’s legendary port that we’ve had, things India awaits its biggest favourite to take gold in the Babita Kumari (Women’s ence of Olympic champion Car-
existing illness combined with the 2006, but on Tuesday she will shooter Michael Gault. The look good. We are also in haul from shooting, and 36 60kg; the stocky wrestler, 51kg), Alka Tomar (59kg) ol Huynh of Canada has made
food poisoning had knocked him be in action in the 50m rifle 56-year-old needs only four good form but we do need to gold medals are up for grabs known for his suplex moves the chances of gold from the di-
around. 3 positions (pairs) event with more medals to become the be wary of the competition. for men and women. and lifts is currently in peak vision very bleak.

Indian boxers look

to deliver KO

Indian boxers Vijender Singh (right)

and Dinesh hone their skills at the
Games Village in New Delhi

New Delhi: World No. 1 Vijender

Singh (75kg) and defending cham-
pion Akhil Kumar would be the cen-
tre of attraction when Indian box-
ers step into the ring aiming to fetch
at least half a dozen medals against
a formidable field comprising Eng-
land and Africa in the Common-
wealth Games here on Tuesday.
Just two Indian boxers would be
in action on the opening day with
Commonwealth champion Aman-
deep Singh taking on Peter Warui
of Kenya in the light fly weight 49kg
In the light welterweight 64kg
division, former Asian bronze
medallist Manoj Kumar will be up
against Daniel Lassayo of Sierra
Leone in the afternoon session at
the Talkatora Stadium.
Olympic and World Champi-
onship bronze medallist Vijender
has got a bye in the opening round
and would be seen in action only on
October 8 against Dick Ombaka of
Kenya. For all their success in the
past two years, Indian boxers have
managed just two gold medals —
Akhil (2006) and Mohammad Ali Qa-
mar (2002) — in the Commonwealth
Games record books but the sport
has not been the same ever since Vi-
jender clinched the historic
Olympic bronze in Beijing. AGENCIES
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Farah has no
Amrita Mulchandani l TNN trauma of having to wait for other things. Some actors are
the star to arrive on the sets. of the opinion that there

one are the days when “Using a body double should be a genuine reason
stunt doubles and involves lot of money. Body why an actor should opt for
body doubles used to doubles are not expensive but this alternative. “I don’t quite
act as substitutes for lead ac- the entire process adds more like the idea of a body double
tors in Bollywood movies. Cut money to the budget of the but recently I had to use one
to the world of television. show. The actor for whom the because I fell sick. But I am
Now body doubles, owing to body double is used either also thankful to the dupli-

time for SRK!

the leading actors’ busy comes early or late after the cates as they make our life
schedule, seem to have be- scene is shot. But the money better during difficult times,”
come sought after in telly- spent behind the location, says actor, Ratan Rajput.
land. lights and other people Some industry personnel
In fact, the television indus- involved is substantial,” says feel that body doubles should
try has a number of ‘dupli- producer, Sunil Bora. be used only during the times
cates’ who come to the rescue While actors seem to be of emergency. As Sukesh
of busy television superstars availing body doubles as a Motwani, fiction head of a
For the first time, she’s not choreographing an SRK film as ready substitutes. A few ac- means to squeeze in time for leading entertainment chan-
tors like Aasiya Kazi from
Prithwish Ganguly I TNN From making SRK workout to sport a Bandini, Ratan Rajput from

six pack and go shirtless on screen to Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi

or the first time ever, film- the more aesthetic song and dance se- Kijo, Roshni Parekh from Ek
maker Farah Khan is not quences of Paheli, Farah has experi- Chutki Aasman, Shubhangi
choreographing a Shah mented, innovated and gone larger in Atre from Do Hanso Ka Jo-
Rukh Khan produced movie and her approach to make a song for Shah daa, Amrapali Dubey from
this has got tongues wagging. It Rukh. But unfortunately for Ra.1, it Rehna Hai Teri Palkon Ki
has been repeatedly said that the seems like Farah’s name will not appear Chhaon Mein and Ronit Roy
once best friends Farah and SRK in the credit list. from Bandini are said to be

have gone separate ways and that According to a source, “The benefit of using body doubles in order to
she has been heavily bonding doubt in this situation is that Farah make sure that the show goes
with Salman Khan, an industry does have an alibi. She has been slog- on in their absence.
rival of SRK after their bitter fall ging her life out for Tees Maar Khan. Does body double make
out at Katrina Kaif ’s birthday a She is also a mother to three and so au- things simpler for actors?
couple of years back. tomatically can’t devote so much time “Television actors are very
Though close friends of as she used to earlier. Moreover, the post busy these days. Sometimes
Farah say that time production of her movie will also take a we have three units and we
constraints have
not allowed her to
lot of her time and then she will get into can’t cope up with all in a sin- With popular actors unable to devote
publicity designs and promotions. How- gle one day. That’s when body
do SRK’s Ra.1 as she is ever, the other side of the coin is that doubles become useful. The more time to their shows, using body
mighty busy with her Farah has always worked like a ma- work pressure gets reduced
own movie Tees Maar chine. When she was choreographing to some extent and it makes doubles has become a fad in the world
Khan, many others in for 10 films a year, she always had that life a tad easy when we are
the industry say that extra time for SRK. She did a song for juggling with multiple tasks. of television these days. AT probes...
everything’s still not Salman’s Dabangg (Munni Badnaam Moreover, it helps the show’s
fine between the two. Hui) despite her Tees Maar Khan sched- continuity,” says actor nel, says, “Body
For ten years, ule. Farah’s absence is indeed raising a Aasiya Kazi doubles are not the
every movie that lot of eyebrows and people are bound to who acts in the most ideal replace-
Shah Rukh pro- draw conclusions that all is not well de- show Bandini. ment for a miss-
duced, Farah had spite what both of them have to say From a pro- ing artist. Of
been the choreogra- about each other at press events.” ducer’s point of course, they come
pher, including We also hear that SRK might be get- view, a body handy during the
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hin- ting a Hollywood choreographer for double can times of emer-
dustani, Asoka, Ra.1. When contacted, Farah chose to reduce gency. It is just a
Chalte Chalte, Main remain silent. SRK could not be con- t h e technical device
Hoon Na, Kaal, Paheli tacted for a comment. and used only
and Om Shanti Om.
once in 15
scenes. They
WHAT’S THE STORY? Shah Rukh Khan and Farah Khan. are just shot for
To SRK, sms SRK to 55558, toll-free from your Airtel (Clockwise)
Ronit Roy, 10-15 seconds.
phone, and get free updates, photos and videos But as a broad-
Ratan Rajput
and Aasiya Kazi caster we don’t

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body doubles.”
Does using
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image? “I feel using
duplicates destroys

the entire image
an actor

ecently, there were re- because in the end
...says Anysha Panesar, the ‘surprise’ winner of the ports that David Beck-
ham’s lawyers had
it is the perform-
ance that suffers. In
beauty pageant, America’s Perfect Teen sued a prostitute and a UK
publication for slander. Now,
the entire
process the co-
Divya Pal I TNN listen to everybody and get upset about it. the prostitute Irma Nici has actor too faces
Just because I’m being projected in a cer- countersued David Beckham d i f f i c u l t y. ”

ndian-origin teen Anysha Panesar be- tain way, I won’t feel insecure. On the con- for breaking the U.S. Constitu- However, Sukesh
longs to the village of Llangan in the trary, the entire journey has helped me tion by hampering her free argues, “It doesn’t
Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, has won a grow stronger mentally. speech — just days after the spoil the image of
coveted beauty contest in the United After your win, are you expected to behave sport superstar’s lawyer an actor as only the
States, and would like to give Bollywood a in a certain way? served her with a $25 million back is shown to the
try! She loved Bride And Prejudice, but is- At the moment, I’m being watched by writ for claiming the pair slept viewer.”
n’t aware of the concept of NRI grooms – everybody. It’ll be crucial for me to watch together. Nici hit headlines Does using body
read on. what I say, how I dress up and where I go. around the world last week doubles amount to
How does it feel being America’s Perfect For, I’m a role model and an icon to people. when she sensationally al- deceiving the telly
Teen? But, I wouldn’t call myself a celebrity. leged Beckham had paid for viewer? “Not quite,”
It is quite weird. Everything has been hap- Do you agree with the idea of being a skin- her services on two occasions says Ratan, adding fur-
pening at such a fast pace. But I’m really ny model? in 2007. Beckham immediate- ther, “If the reason is
happy with what I have won – modelling ly launched legal action genuine, then it is
I wouldn’t like to be a skinny and famished
contracts, cash prize, scholarship to the against Nici and the publica- okay. But if actors are
model because it will be sending out a
Connecticut School of Broadcasting and tion, which published the sto- using it just to mint
wrong message to youngsters. Honestly, it
an opportunity to walk the ramp in Winter ry and his legal team handed more money then it is
doesn’t really matter what size you are, as
Park Fashion week. If everything goes her papers in New York. The not acceptable,” says
long as you are comfortable with the way
well, I might also get my own show, which writ accuses the former pros- Ratan.
you are. David Beckham
would help me branch out to other nations titute of causing him “great amrita.mulchandani@
What was the experience of going back to and (above) the mental anguish” with allega-
and explain to people what beauty pag- your school (Howells School, Cardiff) post prostitute Irma
eants can help one achieve. tions that he hired her.
the win?
How did the idea of entering the competi- Someone did tell me, ‘After poet Charlotte

Shekhar’s dream cast to

tion strike you? Church, you are the best thing to have hap-
I had gone to America on holiday and par- pened to Howells.’ Many of my schoolmat-
ticipated in Miss Teen Galaxy Internation- es have been texting me. But I’d like to keep
al, which I couldn’t win; I was the first ru- my pageant and school life separate. But it
nner up. And that was when I thought of feels great that they all have been taking
participating in America’s Perfect Teen.

save water
pride in my achievement.
Honestly, it was the scholarship to be trai- Is Bollywood the next big thing? Filmmaker wants Penelope Cruz, Cate
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ned as a TV broadcaster that lured me to

the contest. Since I have a holiday home in
Could be! But I want to watch more Indian
movies to prepare. I haven’t been able to
Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf and Julie Christie for
the US, I was eligible to enter the contest.
Has it been difficult dealing with harsh com-
watch many Indian flicks. But I really liked his global water conservation project
Aishwarya’s Bride And Prejudice. I
ments from parents of other contestants thought it was fantastic, even though I’m TNN Paani, Shekhar has been deeply huge philanthropic side to them
(people objected her participation, given th- not aware of the concept of NRI grooms. disturbed by the state of affairs and they won’t hesitate to take
at she’s not from the US)? Slumdog... was impressive and Freida Pin-

cclaimed filmmaker that will be in the near future if the word forward.” Shekhar,
People are free to have their opinion. to was great. She is a big name here, and Shekhar Kapur, who we do not save water from today. however, is not open to com-
Frankly, I think it is not really important to more popular than Aishwarya. is making a film ti- It has been said that when the ment and is reportedly
tled Paani that is to have taps dry out, people who will saving his words
Hrithik Roshan in it, is have control over water will rule for a big an-
launching a global cause the world and those who don’t nouncement com-
that will see him rope will try several means, including ing soon. PG
in several interna- resorting to violence, to get it.
tional stars to We hear Shekhar’s film too is fu-
champion the turistic about the events and
cause of water water wars that will follow
c o n s e r vat i o n . as a result of lack of wa-
Shekhar has ter.”
spoken to sev- The insider adds,
eral Holly- “Penelope is very keen to
wood heavy- work with Shekhar on a
weights like film and they both share a
C a t e good equation. Cate and
Blanchett, Shekhar are close
hot bod friends especially after
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Penelope they worked together

Cruz, Shia in Elizabeth. Others
LaBeouf and like Shia and Julie have
Julie Christie in a also worked with
bid to rope them for Shekhar (New York I
his cause. Some of them Love You) and they
have confirmed to are extremely fond
Shekhar that they in their of him. So, talking
own little way will take to them on a per-
the message to conserve sonal level about
water forward. IN THE RUNNING: (From left)
THE WORLD AT his cause is not too
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A source close to Shekhar Shekhar Kapur, Penelope Cruz,

MY FEET: Anysha difficult for
and the project reveals, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie
Panesar Shekhar. All these
“While researching for and Cate Blanchett
actors also have a

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‘My hobby has now Lucky to Gandhi for thought!

Pics: Mayur Bhatt

become my profession’
Kamlesh Surve
be loved!
Choreographer Bosco
expression at
its best

Says television actress thanks God for his Mom

Nimisha Vakharia in an A section of the audience
exclusive interview with


A moment
Ahmedabad Times… from the
work! So, doing good comedy gives me the ut-
most satisfaction.”
While she is a known face today in the telly
world, not many know that this talented ac- TNN Gandhi-Khan Abdul
tress was a school teacher and has taught for a Gaffar Khan’. It seemed

good eight years. “I loved teaching too! Just heatre seems to only befitting to evoke
like acting, where I get to interact with so have come a full Gandhi and explore the
many creative people, being a teacher gives circle on contemporary issues of
you the chance to interact with children. I am Gandhi Jayanti when strife in the world with-
MUMS THE WORD: Bosco the students of a city- in the context of the
not the kind of person who can sit in front of a
computer everyday and do a nine to five job. based school per- writings of

am sure it’s not easy for
However, I didn’t really want to continue teach- any man to point out one formed a ten-minute Rabindranath Tagore,
ing after marriage and my husband was very woman who’s made a installation play at Amit Ambalal Mahatma Gandhi and
supportive about pursuing acting. I am a very huge difference in his life, Natrani. The play was his closest political ally
family-oriented person and as soon as I reach it’s always many! I am no dif- based on the writings of Abdul Gaffar Khan. Through
home, all my tiredness vanishes into thin air! ferent and like most men, it’s Rabindranath Tagore and was strong evocative word pictures
For me, my hobby has become my profession not surprising for me to ad- directed by theatre artiste and and audio-visual elements, the
and when that happens, you never really feel mit that one of them is mom. director Parnab Mukherjee. It actor took the audiences
stressed.” In fact, our moms shape and influ- was later followed by solo piece through a tale of the great polit-
Ask her whether there is a dearth of good ence our life and our outlook to- by Parnab, based on the play ical and spiritual Pashtun leader
writers as far as Gujarati theatre is concerned wards life to a great extent ‘Imagine no possessions- Abdul Gaffar Khan and left them
and she says, “May be there is, but it’s not fair whether we admit to it or not. Memories of the Frontier with more than food for thought!
to blame writers either because audiences I can’t say that my mom has al-
NEW aren’t really ready to accept something differ- ways been happy with the choices

Kinshuk engaged...
INNINGS: ent on stage as and when it is tried out.” Given I have made in my life profession-
Nimisha that Nitin Vakharia, her husband, is an actor ally, but the reason why I choose to
Vakharia too (they played the on-screen couple in Baa attribute all my success to her to-
Bahu Aur Baby as well), do they discuss work day is because whether she liked
at home? “Oh yes! We are each other’s biggest my choices or not, she’s always
Soumitra Das | TNN critics! But I hardly get to hear a word of stood by me. She has always been
praise from him for my performances,” she my pillar of strength through
But wants to keep it a secret like his buddy Angad Hasija!
e it the superb vampish act as Kokila in laughs. my ups and downs and I
Teen Bahuraniyan or the memorable While most people are very vocal about the love her and respect her
portrayal of Charubala Bhayani in the

lack of good content on television, Nimisha more with each passing ctor Kinshuk he is single! We wonder
much acclaimed Baa Bahu Aur Baby, Nimisha prefers to toe a slightly different line and says, day. Mahajan, who why! Is it because of the
Vakharia has always done quality work which “Each and every show on the small screen has I must say that I have is currently do- fear of losing out on his
has left a lasting impression in the minds of its own audience. Otherwise, why would the also been lucky to have ing Chaand Chupa female fan following? If
the audience. And things have only got bigger channels air them? I don’t believe in demean- some wonderful Baadal Mein, has been that’s the case, it’s indeed
and better for this accomplished actress, who ing any show because as someone from the fra- women in my life as keeping his love life hilarious because on tele-
has done a lot of theatre too. And she has a re- ternity, I know how much of hard work goes sisters, friends, girl- under wraps. Kinshuk vision it doesn’t really
freshing take on doing comedy, as she says, “If into the making of one.” friends! They all have has always main- matter whether an actor
I am able to make someone laugh in today’s Well, this is one actress who believes in brought a lot of positiv- tained that he is single is single, dating or even
world, where people lead stressful lives, I be- speaking her mind. ity in my life and I feel despite having a girl- married. Maybe Kinshuk
lieve spreading a smile as good as doing social blessed... friend. She’s not from has got influenced by his
the industry and one colleague from Bidaai
has never seen her at Angad Hasija, who kept

What’s with the Khoda pahad,

telly parties
events. But the two
are getting married
soon, we hear. Re-
or his marriage a secret for
a very long time! What’s
wrong with these guys? It
seems like they are taking

dark lipstick, Binny? nikla chooha cently there was a roka

too that took place. But
Kinshuk would still SECRETIVE! Kinshuk Mahajan
their fame a bit too seri-
ously. Honestly,
women are not bothered

like to maintain that and (inset) Angad Hasija we would like to tell them.

inny Sharma, the
girl who bagged the
lead role in Sangini,

he fourth sea-
after participating in Dance son of Bigg WHAT I WATCH ON TV IS MOVIE
India Dance, needs a quick Boss may
change in her makeup. The Hunar

‘My own
have Salman Khan, Halli
simple salwaar kameezes but the final list of
are fine, but what’s with the contestants has
gaudy red lip colour, girl? turned out to be
One ends up focussing only

show and
quite dull. The chan-
on her lips as soon as she nel did try to tap a
makes an appearance on the number of contro-
screen. The actress’ makeup versial people, but it
person probably thinks that

seems like, except
her full lips are her best fea- Veena Mallik (who’s
ture, but this isn’t working also almost forgotten
at all. We suggest Binny now!), they all turned
tones down on the lipstick down the offer. Of
and make-up and focuses on course each time
the role. they approached a ... says TV actress Hunar Halli
potential contestant,
NEW HUES: word got out adding y all-time favourite reality show is Bigg
to the hype. But pub-
licity of any and
every kind doesn’t al-
ways help. The hype
M Boss because I like the idea of staying in
the house with a bunch of people who
I have never met. Some might be cute, some
might be weird, but it’s fun. I try and catch
had raised the audi- up on my own show 12/24 Karol Bagh. I
ences expectations closely observe my scenes and see how
perfect time for wandering.
and they were ex- best I can improve. I tend to pay attention
Go off purpose. See places you're pecting a dhamaka to minor things like how my saree was
not particularly interested in. list of inmates which draped or how the make-up looked in the
Tip for the year: All light shades has not happened particular scene or even the colour combi-
ANUPAM V KAPIL will be best for you, and diamonds and they are left say- nation. I generally don’t like watching fic-
CONTROVERSIAL: ing ‘khoda pahad
are good for you. tion shows much. I’d rather watch movies on
Veena Mallik nikla chooha!’
★ Kate Winslet
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Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20): You’ll be ready to

take advantage of the unexpected op-
portunities that comes your way today.
You are likely to be in a playful mood. It
is time you take your mind totally off
ance between generosity and a realistic
assessment of your finances.
Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22): This day will be
excellent for forging ahead at work. You
have to make some progress, but it
actor Richa
Chadda in a


your own creative projects and start in-
teracting with other people more. Some-
should be two steps forward and one
step back. You will get back your lost tete-e-tete
one close to you is anxious for your com-
confidence. You might face some finan-
cial problems. with AT...
Taurus (Apr 21 - May 21): Much hard Sagittarius (Nov 23 - Dec 21): Something
work needs to be done before you can is getting under your skin but you too
achieve your goals. There is a chance Roshni Mukherjee I TNN It was just a matter of time till the actor screenspace with him? “I am not bothered start canning the shots from “November in
know that the issue won’t be resolved
that you will be able to repair rifts and today. You need to find ways to resolve was all set for another brush with Anurag with such stuff. I gel well with one and all Wasseypur, Dhanbad.”
Kashyap, years later. “I got a call from his of- and I believe, he is a good man. At least, Richa will also be seen in Ajay Behl’s as-

clear up misunderstandings. You are difficult matters. A close friend emember Richa Chadda? The dusky
likely to reap some well-deserved re- will fill you with positivity and make you siren had won acclaim for her Dolly fice asking me to come over and read the that’s the buzz about him in the industry,” yet-untitled project, which deals with real
wards. There’ll be a lot of opportunities see the bright side. They may also per- act in Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! She is script of Gangs Of Wasseypur. Can you be- confides Richa. If all goes well, the unit will life stories around Delhi. “My character is
for you to have fun. suade you to turn your back on what has back on the big screen. And this time lieve it, Anurag sir had remembered me very textured, layered and complex. I play a
Gemini (May 22 - Jun 21): The day is like- failed in the past. Romance and social around, she intends to woo with her current from my Dev.D auditions? They had wanted woman trapped in an unhappy marriage
ly to start on a rather momentous life, all feature prominently in your life. screen outing. me for a small part,” fills in Richa. with someone much older than her. The plot
change. You have a secret source of in- Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 20): Take on a For a newcomer, Richa has her head firm- The length of the role not being an issue revolves around the crimes that exist in the
ner energy and magic. Certain things new interest and stick with it. Your de- ly on her shoulders and agrees that the gap with her, she readily agreed to meet AK. “A lower middle-class rungs of the society,”
make your friends smile and feel good. termination and focus enable you to between her first and next might be a tad few days after the meeting, he asked me if I adds Richa, who will also be doing a play
All manners of irritations and difficulties work hard to overcome the problems would be interested in doing the lead role. penned by a famous Bollywood director and
long but she is “okay with it”. The actor ex-
cause obstructions. produced by someone’s awkwardness. plains, “I was clear about doing good roles. Imagine my surprise when I bagged the writer. “The music for the same will be com-
Cancer (Jun 22 - Jul 23): Romantically Misunderstandings could arise out of the
Which is why I had turned down lucrative part without having to audition for it! I was posed by someone of international repute.
you’re likely to hit a period of boredom. blue. Such situations involve opening up
offers too. My current release is an honest choked with emotions,” Richa reveals, That is all I can tell as of now,” Richa signs
Pay attention to the small details now, it new life paths that will bring happiness
will get you huge rewards soon. You and success. endeavour, a good exercise in acting and adding, “I am thankful to Anurag sir for be- off on a confident note.
seem determined to clear obstacles from hence, I took it up. But at the same time, I lieving in me. Fact is, I would work with a
Aquarius (Jan 21 - Feb 19): Hard work
your way.You just want to create a warm put in with a view to an ultimate goal don’t have my hopes pinned on it.” gifted director like him on anything.”
and loving environment around you. now stands a very good chance of bring- Ask her the reason and Richa elucidates, The actor, who plays an angry, violent
Leo (Jul 24 - Aug 23): Careful attention to ing you rich success. Arguments and an “I had a lot of expectations from “OLLO”, woman, Najma, in this film, dealing with
detail, and staying focused on unsettled working environment may cre- but it did not get a good opening. Blame it on the existing coal mafia in Jharkhand,
the matter in hand, will win the day. You ate an uncomfortable situation. Take ad- the 26/11 terror attack. Sadly, the two coin- will be paired opposite another fire-
may not recognise that there are hidden vantage of all opportunities. Patience will cided.” But having put the past well behind brand actor Manoj Bajpayee. “It is
advantages for yourself. Tie up the loose be rewarded today. her, Richa is geared up for a “good” start, or the story of one particular fami-
ends in preparation for the next stage in Pisces(Feb 20 - Mar 20): There could be if we might say, a great new innings. The ac- ly and I am the matriarch of
your life. You could suddenly find the an- an explosive argument today, watch out. tor has been roped in by Anurag Kashyap to this family. Interestingly,
swer to a longstanding problem. It is a good day to get on with all the lit- play the lead in his next, titled Gangs Of my character starts when
Virgo (Aug 24 - Sep 23): The changes tle jobs that sometimes pile up. Patience Wasseypur. An excited Richa confirms the she is 20 and ends when
that you’ll witness will revolve around is strong point for the day. You’re facing news, adding, ‘I had first met Anurag and she is 50. The film,
cash matters; a new job or career is one a number of challenges right now. Fresh which is supposed to
Kalki at the Goa Film Festival premiere of
possible reason. You’re unhappy when opportunities will come your way. Trust
OLLO. I was touched when he praised my be of four-and-a-half
your best intentions are misunderstood. your instinct now.
You are at the start of a period of change. performance in the film.” hours, will be re-
Friends will be helpful now. I ncidentally, not many know that Richa leased in two parts.
2010 ZODIAC GUIDE had auditioned for Chanda’s role in Dev.D. As far as Manoj Baj-
Libra (Sep 24 - Oct 23): You can see a BEJAN
significant boost in your cash reserves, “It was the fourth-ever audition in my life. I payee is concerned, I
although you’ll be tempted to splurge Available now was shortlisted along with Kalki and a few have always admired
money. It’s as if you have embarked on SMS “WHB” to 58888 others. But somehow, the role finally went him.”
an adventure, full of risk but also glow- to Kalki. I was disappointed as OLLO had So, would she be Richa Chadda
ing with opportunity.You can strike a bal- still not happened then,” reveals Richa. jittery sharing Manoj Jadhav

Rajni’s looking for Tanushree’s constantly

After Kareena, numbers experimenting
it’s Ash I
n a short career span of five years

here is noth-
ing Ra- Tanushree Dutta has experi-
jnikanth mented in a variety of roles. She
can’t do. But be- says she has done roles ranging from
lieve us the that of a seductress in Chocolate to a
Tamil super- victim in Apartment and scaring the
star doesn’t daylights out of people in Rokk. Now
have the she is doing a children’s fantasy film

his Diwali is going to be — Rama, The Saviour. And if you ask
a photo finish between numbers of
any of the Tanu dear why she is so willing to ex-
two Bollywood girls periment, she talks of her growth as
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Bollywood stars
except that of his an actress. Really?
and Kareena Kapoor.
Both Bebo and Ash are favourite Amitabh
Bachchan. Rajni is (Contributed by Meena Iyer and
clashing at the box office Prithwish Ganguly)
with their respective coming to Mumbai to-
films Golmaal-3 and Ac- day and he is having a
tion Replayy. Also, special screening of his film
while Bebo has done a for the Bollywood tribe. And
Shakira style hip shake before he arrives, he has sent
in G-3, in the song Zor a couple of his men to get
Ka Jhatka from Action the number of Bollywood
Replayy, Ash has dance heavyweights like Hrithik
movements that ap- Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Ajay
parently resemble Devgn, Shah Rukh Khan
those of the interna- and a few others. We hear
tional pop icon Bey- Rajni wants to personally EXPERIMENTAL:
once Knowles. Those invite the Bollywood Bad- Tanushree Dutta
who’ve seen the shahs and Begums for his
gaana say Aish- private screening. THE PERSONAL TOUCH: Rajnikanth
warya’s look is also
reminiscent of Bey-
once. Of course,

India in
Ash’s fans say that
she moves better
than Beyonce! But
Ash doesn’t believe in all
these comparisons. She’s
happy to just do her work and
flies Tina 20 days!
move on.


to Dubai jab, Bengal and many other Indian
states and came back completely re-
Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
To Aishwarya, sms ASH to 55558,
toll-free from your Airtel phone, and
get free updates, photos and videos
for dinner juvenated. Raju couldn’t hide his
grin because he just loved the inter-
actions he had with the people

t was date night for Ak- GOING PLACES: Rajkumar Hirani across the country. The first thing
shay Kumar and we Raju did on his return to Mumbai
heard that the Khiladi was catch a screening of the Rishi

ajkumar Hirani is direct-
took his wife Twinkle Khan- ing an ad for a popular Kapoor-Neetu Singh movie Do

Aarti gains weight na for a quick vacation to

Dubai. Of course, they didn’t
leave their son Aarav behind.
With the shoot of Tees Maar
brand and he’s ecstatic be-
cause he travelled all over India in
just 20 days. Raju went from Leh to
Kanyakumari. Bollywood’s most
Dooni Chaar. He was accompanied
by his wife Manjeet and son. Inci-
dentally, Raju is expected to work
with Ranbir Kapoor in 2012, say

arti Chhabria is playing a Khan over, Akki has got a sought after director visited Pun- sources.
very different role in Dus chance to spend quality time
Tola as compared to all the with his family. Akki will
characters she has essayed to
date. The sassy actor will not be
seen in her sexy skin sporting her
spend a week in the Middle
East and has planned a can-
dle-light dinner for Twinkle
Rihanna getting
curves but has shed all her glamour
and has even become fat for her
role in the movie. “Aarti por-
trays a small town girl ob-
and some exciting water
sports sessions with his son.
sessed with gold who plays

ihanna’s boyfriend, baseball player
the love interest of a jew- Matt Kemp, is said to be preparing to
eller (played by Manoj Ba- propose after less than a year together.
jpai). In order to look the The Umbrella singer’s friends say the sports-
part she was asked by man is now ready to pop the question. Ac-
the production house to cording to a source, “They are in love. Seeing
put on five kilos so that her them interact, it’s definitely possible he could
toned bodied look would not be propose, but it’d have to be a long engage-
evident and she would look more ment, because they’re both so focused on
robust like the average girl from a their careers.” A close friend of Rihanna
small town does,” says a source. The claims she is completely smitten with Matt.
actor confirms, “It was a wonderful “He centres her, as he has a more normal life.
experience for me to play a char- He allows her space, but they text and talk all
acter like this as I have never had the time. And they really have fun like kids
a chance to essay the role of a when they're together. They like to laugh and
village girl. In order to put be silly,” said the friend. Rihanna has previ-
on those extra kilos I put myself ously admitted she loves spending time with
on a self-imposed rice and fish her boyfriend. “I’m so happy. I feel really com-
curry diet which was a little diffi- fortable, and it’s so easy,” she said. LOVING HER MAN: Rihanna
cult as I am not a rice eater at all. How-
ever, it was well worth it and I would love many such
opportunities in the future where I can get into the
skin of the character. It was tough to put on the
weight in the first place but even tougher to lose it all
and get back to my original size so I could get into all
my skinny jeans and fitted corsets.”
CAPERS: Akshay
Nicole’s special fans
Chhabria Kumar and Twinkle ultry singer Nicole Scherzinger has said that she has a special group of fans
that made her feel extra special when they created a flag dedicated to her. The
Don’t Cha singer, who was the lead singer of girl band, Pussycat Dolls, said a
group of Portuguese fans who follow her around the world, designed their own flag in

WORLD RAP JLo’s tribute to her. “I have these fans from Portugal and a couple of times they have travelled
around the world to follow me, and one time they brought this Portuguese flag. They
make me feel so special when they are holding up a huge flag of their country with my

tough act face and name on it. It's like I've got my own country! Well, I have my own flag at
least,” says Nicole with a smile.

ewly appointed judge on American Idol, LOVING THE
Jennifer Lopez thinks she will be the ATTENTION:
new tough judge on the hit reality Nicole
singing show. The singer/ actress has joined the Scherzinger
judging panel along with Aerosmith frontman
Steve Tyler and insists she hasn't been going
easy on the pop hopefuls since the auditions be-
gan. Describing her judging style as ‘tough, easy
and fair,’ she said, “I really want to put them
through the wringer in the sense that I don't
want to let anybody really great go because
they're nervous or whatever and not get to see
what they could’ve been. We’re working with
them a little more than maybe you’ve seen in the
past. We give them more of a chance,” she said.

UK cops sell
stolen knickers
C ash-squeezed police
forces are selling off
secondhand pants and bras
in a bid to boost their cof-
fers. Weeks before forces
expect to be hit by budget
cuts, many have taken to
GETTING punting stolen and lost
SERIOUS: items. They are sold on the
Jennifer Bumblebee police auction
Lopez site if the rightful owners
cannot be found in three
months. Among the items
up for grabs are 10 pairs of
knickers and bras from
Avon and Somerset Con-
stabulary. A disclaimer at
the site reads,“These goods
being auctioned are sec-
ond-hand, unless stated

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