Thursday, July 17, 2008

Vol. 2 No. 139

Elliot’s Beach
Turn to last page to see what is hotting up the Besant Nagar sands


Flabs to abs

ERGO Thursday, July 17, 2008

Vanilla Children Place has introduced a new programme called ‘Flabs to abs’ for all those watchful about their waistline. The 45-minute workout will include crunches, pilates, yoga and floor routines to develop curvaceous waistline. For details, call 4553 4145.

3 held in Rs. 40 lakh robbery case
Police have made a breakthrough in the case where three jewellers from Madurai were robbed of Rs. 40 lakh by a seven-member gang on Monday night near Koyambedu. At a press conference held on Wednesday, city police Commissioner R. Sekar said, “Three people have been arrested in connection with the robbery just before they were about to slip into Andhra Pradesh, and the rest of the gang will be nabbed soon.” The arrested were identified as Kumar (26) of Vysarpadi, Michael (29) of Kodungaiyur and Yogeshwaran alias Mani (26) of Madhavaram.

Time to iron out your child’s health problems
Britannia to launch iron supplementing programmes among school children

Man run over by bus
A middle-aged man was run over by an MTC bus while he was attempting to cross the road in Mylapore at 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday. The deceased remains unidentified. According to Adyar Traffic Investigations, the victim met with the accident on Royapettah High Road near V.M. Street in Mylapore. The M21G route bus plying between Parrys and Tambaram knocked the man down, trapping him under the right front wheel of the vehicle. The driver of the bus, Kumar (45), was arrested and booked.

Man jumps from balcony, dies
A 44-year-old man committed suicide by jumping from his fourth-floor apartment on Taylor’s Road on Tuesday night. Police say he had a history of mental illness. Kilpauk police identified the deceased as Karthikeyan, a resident of Millennium Towers, 4th Block, Taylor’s Road, Kilpauk. At around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Karthikeyan had reportedly leaped from his balcony. He was then rushed to hospital, where he died, police added.

ver wondered why so many cereals and infant formulae are fortified with iron? You need it as iron is needed for the production of haemoglobin. Without Red Blood Cells (RBC), oxygen is not delivered to all the cells. And poor haemoglobin level leads to anaemia and poor immunity. Britannia, one of India’s leading biscuit company, as part of its initiative to help combat iron deficiency among children, is launching a mass awareness programme on the importance of iron for children through schools across Tamil Nadu. The programme will start from July-end. At a press conference in the city on Wednesday, Anuradha Narasimhan, category director, Britannia Industries Limited, said that children in the country were


grossly under-nourished. The only way to create awareness among children and parents is through schools. “As part of our programme, we have selected 10 cities in Tamil Nadu where the awareness programmes will be held.” “Our target is to cover all the

schools in these cities and bring nutrition awareness to the school children. This will be done in an interesting story telling manner to internalise the nutrition message,” Anuradha said. Britannia has already launched Tiger Banana and Tiger Glucose biscuits rich in iron content. ■



hey are known as the IT theatre group; meet Rebelz, a bunch of software engineers who like to unwind on stage. They enjoy writing their own scripts and employing histrionics instead of calculating figures all day. Rebelz have been around since 2006 and have put up several theatre productions like Phantom Parody and Let’s Find Love in, which have entertained audiences in Chennai. Now, they are back with yet another play and this time with tales all the way from Arabia. A farcical fairy tale, Once upon a time in Arabia is a humourpacked spoof on the classical Arabian tales of Aladdin and Alibaba. And yes, it has all that magic, splendour and plotting villains. The story revolves around the ancient Arab city of Petra and its

Know it all

When July 26th & 27

Where Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Mylapore

princess Ayesha. The beautiful lady must get married in a week, else the kingdom might fall into the hands of the evil minister. What is in store for the people of Petra and the damsel in distress? Watch to find out. ■

Tickets available at Crossword, Fruitshop, Subway, Gangotree, Honda-TVS Sundaram Showroom, Limelight Parlours, SAE College.

Online booking www.ticketnew.com

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Cooking contest
Sowbaghyavin Samaiyal Thiruvizha, a cookery contest for women, will be held on July 27 at M.L.M. Kalyana Mandapam, Mahalingapuram. Dishes can be prepared at home and brought to the venue. Each entry should carry one item, sweet or savouries. The last date for registration is July 23. Entry is free and all the participants will get surprise gifts. For details, call Twilite Corpos at 98843 31103, 97909 83382.


A victim of the elements

o commemorate 60 years of diplomatic relations between India and Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Deputy High Commssioner, Chennai, Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation and Madras Film Society in association with the Federation of Film Societies of India (Central Office) are organising a Sri Lankan Film Festival. The films will be screened from July 21 to 24 at the South Indian Film Chamber Theatre, 606 Anna Salai. Sakman Maluwa – The Garden will be screened on July 21 at 6.45 p.m. Sudo Sevaneli – Shadows of White, directed by Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne, will be screened on July 22 at 6.30 p.m. Others films include Sooriya Arana (July 23) and Theertha Yathra and Gamperaliya (July 24). For details, call 97910 77106. ■

Star Events, a wing of ETA Star, is organising a series of hot air balloon rides across the city as a part of its brandbuilding exercise. The first such event for the employees of HCL on Tuesday at the ETA Technopark at Navalur fell prey to the elements, after they discovered that the location and the wind speeds were not suitable for flying. (Inset) Imo Chaoba, a qualified pilot who was brought down from Delhi for the event, was a harried man at the non-show.


ERGO Thursday, July 17, 2008

MS says Yahoo misrepresents latest offer
Keen to close deal before Yahoo’s annual meeting on Aug 1


An individual who is active in higher learning soon becomes an individual active in higher earning
Michael Gulliver


icrosoft denied that its offer to buyout Yahoo was contingent on the removal of the Internet firm’s top management and the board of directors, it was reported on Tuesday. In a statement issued late Monday, Microsoft said Yahoo misrepresented its latest proposal, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Microsoft also said it never issued a “take it or leave it” ultimatum, as Yahoo had charged, according to the report. The duelling statements illustrate how frayed the relationship between the two companies has become as they struggle to hammer out a deal before Yahoo’s annual meeting on Aug. 1. That’s when shareholders will decide

British musician Pete Doherty performs with his group Babyshambles at the Miles Davis Hall during the 42nd Montreux Jazz Festival on Tuesday in Montreux. The festival runs from July 4 to July 19. AFP PHOTO

the outcome of a proxy battle launched by dissident shareholder Carl Icahn to take control of Yahoo and force a sale to Microsoft. Meanwhile, Icahn has provided a detailed accounting of the deal he intends to close with Microsoft if he is successful, the report said.

Icahn has provided a detailed accounting of the deal he intends to close with Microsoft. Icahn claimed his deal, which amounts to a partial sale of Yahoo, was worth 33 dollars a share

Icahn claimed his deal, which amounts to a partial sale of Yahoo, was worth 33 dollars a share. Microsoft previously offered to buy all of Yahoo for 33 dollars a share but withdrew the offer after Yahoo sought more. Under Icahn’s deal, Yahoo would sell its search business to Microsoft for 7.7 billion dollars. Shareholders would receive 16. 25 dollars a share in a distribution made up of cash and stock, and Yahoo would be left as a standalone company that provides Internet content. ■

India urged to sign internet treaties on copyright
he World Intellectual Organisation (WIPO) has called on India to become a signatory to the two internet treaties which will provide for global protection of the rights of copyright holders, performers and producers of phonograms. The WIPO Copyrights Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, collectively termed as Internet Treaties, were negotiated in 1996 under the auspices of WIPO. But India is yet to sign them. “India has got huge information, film and entertainment industries. For its own benefit, the country must become a signatory to the two treaties. It would ensure a strong protection about the use of creative works on the world wide web not only in that country but also abroad,’’ Director of Copyright Law at WIPO Jorgen Savy Blomqvist told PTI in Geneva. With internet, web piracy is also fast gaining grounds in the world. As Indian products generate big money in that country and in the overseas, signing the treaties would ensure that producers of creative works in India get their fair share of income the products generate abroad, the Director said. ■

Chilean pole dancer Monserrat Morilles (C) smiles before starting to dance surrounded by the subway’s security personnel on Tuesday in Santiago. Monserrat has been entertaining commuters for several days with her erotic performance along Santiago subway stations. AFP PHOTO

12575.80 3816.70





Thursday, July 17, 2008

US $ Pound Euro 100 Yen 43.17 86.46 68.68 41.34

Websites of the day
Keep an eye on this multimedia version of an even sillier You’ve Been Framed: www.skoopy.com The information not good enough to make it on to Wikipedia: www.wikidumper.blogspot.com

Marital woes? Log on to eHarmony.com
Computerized program helps couples communicate better, rekindle romance, and resolve conflicts more compassionately
ried everything but still unsuccessful in making your marriage work? Well, don’t sweat it, for help is at hand, or in this case just two clicks away. A computerized program called eHarmony Marriage has been launched, which seeks to help couples communicate better, rekindle romance, and resolve conflicts more compassionately. According to The Christian Science Monitor, the US site is an offshoot of the Internet matchmaking service, eHarmony.com. Les Parrott, creator of the program with his wife, Leslie, a marriage and family therapist says that the ‘online counselling service’ is perfect for people not quite ready for face-to-face counselling, who want to do something practical to improve their relationship, reports Courier Mail. The counselling session begins with a 40-minute online questionnaire covering everything from finances to housework, trust, family relationships, and spirituality.


Barbie’s new look branded ‘filth’
arbie’s new kinky collection that has the S&M look has come under fire - with protesters dubbing it “filth.” The cute and pretty doll’s image has been transformed with kinky fishnets, motorcycle jacket, black gloves and boots. Makers Mattel say Black Canary Barbie, out in September, is based on a DC comic superhero of the same name, reports The Sun. However, religious group Christian Voice said: “Barbie has always been on the tarty side and this is taking it too far. “A children’s doll in sexually suggestive clothing is irresponsible – it’s filth.” ■


Each partner answers separately. A report is generated outlining their strengths and weaknesses as a couple. For instance: You do really well in communication until you get to the in-laws. From that summary, the computer produces an action plan that includes interactive video exercises, arti-

cles, and resources. Couples pay 150 dollars for the program, which takes six to eight weeks to complete. Women tend to be the first to seek counselling, Parrott says. Men tend to be more oblivious to the problems. ■

Facebook’s redesigned profiles

1 mln iPhones sold in one week
Officials at Apple said they sold around one million of the latest model of iPhone in their first week of sales, which is on a par with what financial analysts were predicting. The original iPhone introduced in June 2007 sold around 270,000 phones in its first days of sales, but popularity steadily grew. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said he was pleased with the results, saying, “iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend. It took 74 days to sell the first one million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world.”

eBay wins trademark case
Retail giant eBay has emerged the victor in a counterfeit case against jewellery maker Tiffany. A U.S. district judge in New York ruled that the company cannot be held liable in the sale of counterfeit good as it’s the brand’s responsibility to ensure that counterfeit goods are not being sold. Tiffany’s said the site did not go far enough in preventing the sale of counterfeit goods. The judge proclaimed that eBay did do enough to address the claims, and no further action was required on behalf of the website. The look of social networking site Facebook hasn’t changed much since its launch, but a number of blogs are posting links that show redesigned pages. The blogs allow users to see the changes about to take place and the new features that can be used. Enthusiasts say the design is a bit convoluted at first, and there are many features that need to be turned on.


ERGO Thursday, July 17, 2008

A potato a day
You have to eat 11 pounds of potatoes to put on one pound of weight. A potato has no more calories than an apple.

US divided on racial lines ahead of Presidential polls

Teenager hijacks bus in Japan to spite parents
A 14-year-old Japanese boy who wanted to cause trouble for his parents was arrested on Wednesday for hijacking a bus at knifepoint on a major highway, police and news reports said. No one was hurt in the incident, which was resolved within an hour after the teenager called police from his mobile telephone. “I was scolded by my parents so I did this to cause them trouble,” the teen told police after his arrest, according to Jiji Press. The boy had run away from home and was wielding two knives. He hijacked the bus, which was carrying about 10 passengers to Tokyo from the central city of Nagoya, police said.


mericans are sharply divided on racial lines heading into the first presidential election in which an African-American will be the major party nominee, a new poll shows. Barack Obama, who is attempting to script history by being the first black President of the United States, leads his Republican rival John McCain among all registered voters by 45 per cent to 39 per cent. However, in a sign of how racially polarised US voters are, Obama draws support from 89 per cent of blacks, compared with 2 per cent for McCain, the latest

However, Americans agree that America is ready to elect a black president, but disagree on almost every other question about race in the poll
New York Times/CBS News poll. Among whites, Obama has 37 per cent of the vote, compared with 46 per cent for McCain, said the poll reflecting the race relations in the country. In a finding that would require the 47-yearold senator to make a major effort to win White voters in the November election, more than 80 per cent of black voters had fa-

vourable opinion of Obama while only 30 per cent Whites had the same feelings for him. Nearly 60 per cent of black respondents said race relations were generally bad, compared with 34 percent of whites. However, black and white Americans agree that America is ready to elect a black president, but disagree on almost every other question about race in the poll. Four in 10 blacks say that there has been no progress in recent years in eliminating racial discrimination; fewer than 2 in 10 whites say the same thing. About one-quarter of white respondents said they thought that too much had been made of racial barriers facing black people, while one-half of black respondents said not enough had been made of racial impediments faced by blacks, the poll found. The survey suggests that even as the nation crosses a racial threshold when it comes to politics- Obama is the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas - many of the racial patterns in society remain unchanged in recent years. The poll showed markedly little change in the racial components of people’s daily lives since 2000, when The Times examined race relations in an extensive series of articles called “How Race Is Lived in America.” ■

Student finds money; 50 people claim they lost it
A university student found 100,000 Taiwan dollars (3,000 US dollars) lying on the ground, prompting about 50 people to claim they had lost it. Hsieh Chiayin found the bag of money on Monday in Taichung in central Taiwan and waited for 10 minutes at the location.When no one came she took the money to a police station. After newspapers reported about the money bag about 50 people phoned the police station. The callers correctly described where they had lost the money because press reports had mentioned it, but when police asked them from which bank they had withdrawn the new bills and asked them to show police their chequebooks to prove they had withdraw 100,000 Taiwan dollars, they all hung up.

Russian cosmonauts complete spacewalk
Russian cosmonauts completed a six-hour spacewalk early on Wednesday and installed an earthquake research equipment on the outer surface of the International Space Station (ISS). During the second routine spacewalk, Cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko also inspected the locating holes of an antenna adapter, which is used for long-distance tracking of the approach of spaceships, Itar-Tass cited the mission control center near Moscow as saying. The third ISS crewmember, NASA astronaut Gregory Chamitoff, remained inside the descent capsule of the Soyuz spaceship during the spacewalk.

Student pours cold water on school reform
A student poured cold water on Chile’s unpopular education reform on Monday – literally. The 14year-old schoolgirl threw a pitcher of cold water in Education Minister Monica Jimenez’s face at an event to discuss reform of a sector that students and teachers complain is underfunded and neglects the poor. “They could have thrown a pitcher, a glass pitcher and I could be in hospital now,” Jimenez told reporters. “I particularly blame the teachers union. If they are inciting acts of violence, they should answer for what happened today."

Thursday, July 17, 2008

This day, that year
It was in July 27, 1920 that ’Main Street,’ the now famous novel, was finished by Sinclair Lewis.

64 kg tumour removed
An Oregon woman who couldn’t shed her weight finally figured out why. She’d had a 64 kg cancerous tumour growing in her stomach for the past 20 years. It took over numerous surgeries to remove the tumour.

Delhi cheapest place to park, London most expensive
Australia has some of the most expensive cities in the world for parking as a result of its strong economy and surging currency
elhi is the cheapest city in the world for parking while London has earned the dubious distinction of being the costliest place for the same, a study indicated on Wednesday. In Delhi it costs less than a Pound (Rs 86.4) to park a car per day. The monthly rate for a space in London tops the list at 586 pounds - exactly double midtown New York, according to the first global study of parking charges. Close behind is the West End, where monthly rates for motorists are 568 pounds. Daily parking follows a similar pattern, with the City costing 34 pounds followed by Amsterdam, the West End, Moscow and The Hague. Australia has some of the most


expensive cities in the world for parking as a result of its strong economy and surging currency. Sydney is the third most expensive city on a monthly basis at 387 pounds, while Brisbane and

Perth make the top 10. Regions such as Latin America, Africa and the Middle East are relatively inexpensive but are showing signs of car park inflation which is becoming more

structured. However, global financial centres dominate the list, compiled by Colliers International, a property consultancy. “Whether to park for a day or to

have access to parking any time during the month, the world’s top financial centres are among the most expensive in the world,” the report said. ■

Taiwan twin brothers collaborate to cheat Army

Bon voyage


wo Taiwan twins collaborated to his brother’s barracks posing to cheat the army when one as Huang-hsiang. posed as his brother to serve, a This went on for four months, newspaper said on Wednesday. but Ming-chin began to worry Shen Ming-chin and Shen because ‘Huang-hsiang’ had Huang-hsiang, 23, from Chiayi, deserted the Army once, so arcentral Taiwan, are twin broth- my counsellors talked with him ers. They are described as high- regularly to make sure he did ly identical, except for a small not flee again, and this made difference in their accents and Ming-chin fear that the Army Ming-chin’s inability to fully was suspicious of his ruse. raise his left arm due to a childIn January, Huang-hsiang hood injury. and Ming-chin traded places Ming-chin wanted to join the again. Due to his long absence, Army but failed the physical ex- Huang-hsiang’s behaviour amination, while Huang-hsiang aroused suspicion in an officer, hated military service but was who went to the Huangconscripted, as are all men in hsiang’s home to investigate Taiwan unless rejected and learned of the twin for medical reasons. For four brother. In September 2007, On Tuesday, Shen Huang-hsiang joined months Ming-chin was charged the Army. In January, brothers with document forgery while on leave, Huangcheated and Shen Huang-hsiang hsiang remained at with desertion, the Unithome, and the unem- the Army ed Daily News said. ■ DPA ployed Ming-chin went

Actress Jaya Bachchan with Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan leave to attend Amitabh Bachchan’s ’The Unforgettable Tour’ which begins on July 18, at Sahar Airport in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI PHOTO


ERGO Thursday, July 17, 2008

Spain name Del Bosque as new coach
Former Real Madrid boss Vicente del Bosque was named as the new coach of the Spanish national team to replace Luis Aragones who masterminded the successful Euro 2008 campaign last month. The 57-year-old Del Bosque will take charge of his first match on August 20 when Spain face Austria in a friendly international in Copenhagen. His first competitive game will be a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Bosnia in Murcia on September 6.

Sania crashes out
Sania Mirza’s woeful run of form continued and the Indian ace crashed out of the WTA Bank of the West Classic tournament with a straight-set opening round defeat at the hands of British qualifier Anne Keothavong in Stanford, United States. The world number 33 Sania went down 6-7 (4-7), 1-6 to number 83 Keothavong in a one-hour-twentyminute contest of the tier II USD 600,000 event. Sania, who has been battling injuries and poor form this year, and Keothavong were facing each other for the first time and both the players broke each other once in the opening set before the Brit seized the set in the tie-breaker. If the first set was hardfought, the second set turned out to be exactly the opposite with Sania hardly giving a fight to her lower-ranked opponent. Keothavong broke Sania thrice before racing away with the set and the match to set up a second-round clash with sixth seed Marion Bartoli of France. However, Sania is still in contention in the doubles competition where she will pair up with Russian Anna Chakvetadze. The duo will open their campaign against the Czech pair of Eva Hrdinova and Vladimira Uhlirova.

AC Milan signs

Milan seal 30-million-dollar deal
razilian superstar Ronaldinho agreed to leave Barcelona, where he was deemed surplus to requirements, and sign for AC Milan in a deal reported to be worth US$ 30 million. “AC Milan and FC Barcelona have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ronaldinho,’’ said a Milan statement released on the club’s official website on Tuesday. “Wednesday the player will be in Milan for a medical and to sign the contract which will tie him to Milan until June 30, 2011.” Barcelona and Milan officials held talks in the Catalan capital on Tuesday to thrash out the details of the 28-year-old’s move. The Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Milan will pay Barcelona 18.5 million euros (USD 29.5 million) for the World Cup winner with the figure likely to be increased by performance-related bonuses. The news of the deal was a body-blow to English Premier League side Manchester City who had offered 32 million euros for the two-time world player of the year. Ronaldinho, who was not wanted at the Nou Camp by new Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola following a dip in form last season, scored 70 goals in 145 appearances for the Spanish side.


Bopanna-Qureshi in Indianapolis quarters
Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Qureshi stunned fourth seeds Igor Kunitsyn and Dmitry Tursunov in the opening round to advance to the quarterfinals of Indianapolis Tennis Championships in United States. The un-seeded IndoPakistani pair beat their Russian rivals 2-6, 7-5, 10-6, Bopanna and Qureshi, who finished runners-up in last week’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, will now be up against the AustralianAmerican pair of Ashley Fisher and Tripp Phillips. Fisher and Phillips beat Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Giles Simon in their opening round match of the USD 525,000 hard court event.

Milan happy
Meanwhile, Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti is looking forward to having Ronaldinho in his team as the San Siro giants aim to bounce back from their disappointing 2007/2008 season which saw them finish in fifth place in Serie A and miss-out on Champions League qualification. “The important thing is to have quality players and Ronaldinho is without doubt one of those,” Ancelotti told Gazzetta dello Sport earlier on Tuesday. He added that the team will line-up so as to make best use of the Brazilian and his international teammate Kaka, with the pair playing behind either veteran Italy international striker Filippo Inzaghi or teenage Brazilian sensation Alexander Pato. “We will play with a 4-3-2-1 formation. It’s a model that has worked well for us and brought us great satisfaction. It’s our trademark and it will be again this year, with or without Ronaldinho. Our only objective is to win playing good football. This is Milan,” he added.

New targets
Having won two Champions League titles, 49year-old Ancelotti said that returning to the pinnacle of the European club game was the team’s priority. “We start the season wanting to improve; being out of the Champions League is hard to take, therefore we will do everything to return there as soon as possible.” ■


Thursday, July 17, 2008

22 DAYS TO GO....

Foul play
In a new twist to the Indian weightlifting selection controversy, Shailaja Pujari’s sister Ambika on Wednesday accused the Sports Ministry of influencing the trials to ensure a Beijing Olympics berth for Monika Devi. Ambika said the IWF’s decision at the selection re-trials at Bangalore on Tuesday was influenced by some “information sent by Ministry’” because of which Shailaja lost the race to Beijing Olympics to L Monika Devi.


f Zheng Jie thought winning two Grand Slam events was tough, she now faces an even tougher job to do – to claim her first ever Olympic title on home soil. Zheng’s latest success at Wimbledon has demonstrated that she is more than a doubles specialist. Recording the best performance by a Chinese player at a grand slam to date, wildcard and 133rd ranked Zheng beat top seed Ana Ivanovic, 15th seed Agnes Szavay and 18th seed Nicole Vaidisova, bowing out to Serena Williams after a second set tiebreak in the semi-finals. The sensational run in particular boosted China’s chances of landing tennis gold at the Games after a largely bleak 18-month run for China’s leading women players. “After the August Olympics I might put more efforts on the singles, but as for the Beijing Games, my focus is still on the doubles,” said Zheng, who just turned 25 on July 5. “Everybody wants more medals, but I think my partner Yan Zi and I appear more hopeful in the women’s doubles and we have been preparing for it for a long time.”

real after the breakthrough of Chinese women largely inspired by Zheng in 2006, but a fragile left ankle ruled Zheng out for much of last season. Deputy director of China’s Tennis Administrative Center Gao Shenyang chose to see the different side of the coin, saying after Zheng’s Wimbledon success that the injury has unexpectedly turned in Zheng’s favuor. “After recovering from the injury, Zheng has matured a lot and played with much clearer mind. For many times against higher ranked players in the tournament, she was just able to play cool,” he saidZheng’s long-time injury in the left ankle aggravated in the French Open in 2007 when she suffered both early exits from the singles and doubles events. Since then, Zheng was rested for more than half a year and applied for protected ranking, part of the Center’s careful plan in build-up to the Beijing Games.

Zheng Jie resurfacing in time for Olympics

Good year so far
Back on court early this year, Zheng was dumped out of top 100 in the world rankings, but her beautiful move and all-court running seemed restored while baseline work looked even more aggressive than before. Zheng, with a protected singles ranking of 60, will play both in singles and doubles. In singles, she will be joined by former world top 20 player Li Na, Yan and Peng Shuai, the first time China clinched all four entries in the event since the sport came back to the Olympic family in 1988. In women’s doubles, Peng and Olympic champion Sun Tiantian also qualified for the 32-team line-up. ■

Injury lay-off
Zheng, who missed most of last year with an ankle injury, is a former Wimbledon and Australian Open doubles champion as well as an Asian Games doubles and singles winner. Before the injury she had won 10 doubles titles with Yan and three singles titles but only added the Sydney doubles title after returning this season. With long-time partner Yan, however, she is still considered the best chance of China retaining the Olympic women’s doubles gold medal won by Sun Tiantian and Li Ting in Athens. Zheng and Yan also had their first taste of the Olympics in Athens, but were sent packing in the quarter-finals. China’s hopes of success in Beijing had seemed


ERGO Thursday, July 17, 2008

School of Rock
All the kids really play their instruments, and the backup singers are real vocalists. Jack Black also played a bit of guitar in the movie but he didn’t do the guitar solos.


fter a self-imposed exile, ABBA’s ultimate sex symbol Agnetha Flatskog finally made a public appearance with her other band members but refused to be clicked with them. Living in one of Stockholm’s rural outlying islands for some years now, the 58-year-old star attended the Swedish film premiere of Mamma Mia! The event was the first time in 21 years since the Abba foursome were seen together in public. While she did link arms with former band member Anni-Frid and the film’s leading lady Meryl Streep, she did not pose with her other bandmates, Benny Andersson or Bjorn Ulvaeus - who also happens to be her former husband. “She refused to do the picture which everyone wanted, which was the four of them together,” The Daily Telegraph quoted a source, as saying. “They do not socialise with each other. They just happened to come to the same premiere. It was nothing they organised themselves,” said Steffan Linde, Agnetha’s spokesman.

Agnetha avoids ABBA bandmates at premiere

It’s not the way it is. I just want to live in peace and quiet,” she said. The past 25 years have been difficult for Agnetha. She was emotionally shattered by the split with Bjorn in 1979. They divorced after having two children, at a time when the band was at the peak of its fame. While Bjorn had a new girlfriend within a week, Agnetha opted for counselling.

The last straw
It was when ABBA’s great, deeply bitter song ‘The Winner Takes It All’ was written and she had to find the emotional strength to sing: ‘Tell me does she kiss/Like I used to kiss you?’ While the band did try to return to the studio in 1982, they realised that, with both couples now divorced (Benny and Anni-Frid split in 1981), it was no longer any fun being Abba. Now, Agnetha admits that she found the closing years miserable. Terrified of flying, after being caught in a storm on a private jet, she hasn’t taken a flight in more than 20 years till date and is terrified when she knows her family are flying. In fact, she also found the Abba fans alarming and would have terrible daydreams in which they set upon her and consumed her alive. Above all, she is plagued by guilt at being away from her children, Linda and Christian, when they were so young.

Garbo the second
Today, Agnetha hates to acknowledge her part in pop history and is known as ‘Garbo the second’ in Sweden. Being reclusive in nature, she said that this nickname actually infuriates her. “They spread that I am hiding, that I am the new Greta Garbo.


American actress Maggie Gyllenhaal opened up about her family, especially her brother actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal revealed that her brother, often seen in the company of girlfriend Reese Witherspoon and her children, was a natural when it came to handling children. “He’s great with kids - it comes naturally to him,” People magazine quoted Maggie as saying in the August issue of Marie Claire, “He really has that touch,” she said. The knowledge of his magic touch with kids is something his sister has seen first hand, with her daughter, Ramona, turning two in October. “I’ve spent all my time learning how to be a mother and make a home with a child,” she tells the magazine, out July 15.

Bollywood, guv’nor?
Sylvester Stallone is trying his best to convince his long time buddy Arnold Schwarzenegger to appear alongside him in a Bollywood flick. Impressed with the enormous popularity Bollywood has gained around the globe, the Rambo star is reportedly all set to do a cameo in an Indian film called Incredible Love, which revolves around the tale of an Indian stuntman struggling to make it big in Hollywood. “Sylvester is excited about doing a Bollywood movie. He knows the industry is huge,” Daily Express quoted a source close to Stallone’s mom, as saying. The buzz is that Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California, is solely focussing on politics at present, as the state requires his attention. Thus his role in the film is quite uncertain, though Sly still seems hopeful that his pal would enact in the movie alongside him.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Suttapazham to hit screens on July 18
Actor Mohan who churned out romantic film hits is back. This time he won’t be spotted with the same genre, but with a thriller and a murder mystery. Suttapazham features Mohan in the lead role, as the owner of a holiday beach resort. The film will release across theatres on July 18.

ate actor Heath Ledger’s family was spotted attending the premiere of his movie The Dark Knight in New York on July 14. Attending the show was Kim Ledger and his wife Ines, Heath’s stepmother, who bypassed the red carpet and ducked into the theatre to watch his late son play The Joker in the latest Batman film. Heath’s mother Sally Bell and her husband, and Heath’s older sister, Kate were also present at the premiere. At the end of the show, his father Kim was asked how it felt to attend, and he responded with the thumbs-up, and also told reporters it was “very good.” Heath Ledger’s co-stars, meanwhile, used the occasion to pay tribute to him. “Working with Heath was fantastic. He steals the movie and I’m quite happy to say that. He’s a hell of a talent and created a joker that’s very iconic and one that will become a classic portrayal of the ages,” People magazine quoted Christian Bale, 34, as saying.

Cine City


Rambha! Oh! Oh!

Rambha’s fans have some good news in store. The actor, who took a brief break from tinsel town, is back to woo her fans. She plays the lead actress in Vidiyum Varai Kaathiru, which also has Prakash Raj in the lead. Talking about her re-entry Rambha says, though many directors and producers have approached her she was waiting for a good script to make a comeback. Producers of this film are planning to release the film in Telugu and Tamil.

New kids on the block
Director Kalaprabhu’s Sakkarakatti isn’t just a flick that has newcomers starting new ventures in tinsel town, but a lot more. We hear that Soundarya Rajinikanth is sure to stun everyone with her computer generated works. A.R. Rahman’s music is topping charts. Let’s hope the film proves lucky for newcomers Santhanu Bhagyaraj and Eshitha Sharma, too.


Good neighbours


he pregnant Good Will Hunting actress Minnie Driver has expressed gratitude to the surfers who drove the paparazzi away from her when she was relaxing at a beach in Malibu. Photographers who wanted to pick exclusive snapshots abruptly targeted the actress who was relaxing in peace along with fellow actor Colin Farell and his little son, but thankfully was rescued by the fuming surfers. “We were chased off the beach by these paparazzi and then my local community and my lovely friends and neigh-

bours took serious umbrage at the fact that their community had been so disrupted by these people, who were just total piranhas,” Contactmusic quoted Driver, as saying. “Colin has a little son and I’m pregnant, so it was just sort of disgusting and wrong. It wasn’t a happy experience of taking lovely pictures; it was rabid and weird,” she added.



ERGO Thursday, July 17, 2008

Knighted Khan
According to tv.com, Shah Rukh studied in St. Columba’s school in New Delhi, where he was awarded the ’Sword of Honor’, the best student award.


Star Movies – 9 pm Aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast talking witness from police custody.However forces trying to stop them from making it.

Zee Studio

Star World – 10 pm Jennifer goes to Melinda’s store to sell some belongings that came from her deceased parent’s house.


16 Blocks

Signs – 8-15 pm
Mel Gibson plays a former priest who lost his faith after his wife was killed in a freak car accident. Six months later, he discovers a gigantic crop circle in his yard, similar events happen all over the world.

Ghost Whisperer

Main Aisa Hi Hoon – 9-30 pm Main Aisa Hi Hoon is the compelling story of Neel, a mentally challenged father raising his daughter Gungun, with the help of friends after her disturbed mother Maya, abandons them..

Jack of all trades, also master of interviews
Gobinath has learnt to juggle several hats but stands out for his casual interviews. Tharini Viswanath puts him on the interviewee chair for a change
Radio City fan’s morning would probably begin at 7 a.m. with a taste of Good Morning Chennai. Though Gobinath has made a name for himself in the fields of journalism and a talk show host on television and radio, he is best known for his interviews of Kollywood celebrities, ranging from top directors to playback singers. When asked about it, Gobinath says with an easy smile that he has, in his experience, interviewed everyone from actors to the Prime Minister. On air, it helps that he does not tread dangerous waters by asking controversial questions. He admits he does his own research, asking celebrities what his listeners want to know. According to him, the mark of a good interviewer is to make the interviewee speak comfortably without being guarded or constantly worried about what they are saying. Despite having been a part of the media for so long, Gopinath says that he cannot choose between TV and radio as they are completely different. “Both have different attitudes,” he says, “and


they can’t be compared.” The television covers a wider angle and addresses a large audience. When people watch TV, the idea is that all of them must feel that they are being addressed. The radio, on the other hand, addresses the individual. “A person driving somewhere alone with the radio on

What is in your pocket right now? Visiting cards, my purse and I had a pen till sometime back… The book you’re currently reading Che Guevara Life’s motto Rest when you’re tired … not when you still have energy to go all out. In your DVD collection Sachin, Veyil, Varsham 16, Mouna Ragam, Children of Heaven and lots of Vadivelu comedy The lyrics of a song you know by heart Ammavai Vanangadha Uyir illayae, most of the new songs… Kangal Erandal to begin with.

must feel that I’m sitting next to him, talking only to them.” He likes both, he adds, as they are a mode of communication, enabling him to meet a lot of people. Being a people’s person comes in handy, especially in a job involving constant interaction like this one. Managing both calls and the music at the same time can be quite a challenge, he admits. Around twenty people call at the same time especially during the City Panchayat hour, where the listeners get a chance to voice their opinions on an issue or even offer a solution. The RJ has to talk to them all and then put them on air based after listening to what they have to say. This needs to be timed exactly as the RJ is expected to be on air, usually with the caller, once the music track finishes. Being an RJ may not be as easy as it looks, but it certainly makes life a little less stressful for the people tuning in. Gobinath, I figure, has the toughest job of all … he has to not only wake his listeners up but also promise them a good day! ■



Thursday, July 17, 2008

Dead rat dinner
A Wisconsin woman has been accused of placing a dead rat in her food - and then trying to sue the restaurant she was eating at. The woman threatened to alert the media unless the restaurant paid her US$ 500,000. She now faces criminal charges.


Hi Mohan Babu, Have a great and blessed year ahead. Warm and hearty wishes from your friends.
With love Pinky and Sarah Allsec Technologies

BenQ’s Joybook

Dear Anija, yful and Wish you a jo hday! birt very happy Love,
a & Sri Poorni, Anith gies Ltd lo Infosys Techno r Sholinganallo

The BenQ S41 Joybook was awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2007. BenQ S41 model features a 14.1 inch widescreen display and a fast response time of 16ms.BenQ S41 Joybook is equipped with a built-in 1.3 megapixel QEye webcam, an internal microphone with noise suppression, echo cancellation functions and cinema-class audio performance. Price: Rs. 47,000/-

Dear Amma, Iniya pirantha naal vazhtukal...Salgirah Mubarak.
Kartick, VIdya, Dinesh

Sale at Shagun
Hello Sarwa, ad to We are so gl friend like have a appy you. Sarwa H . Birthday
ana, Hari, From: Naray and Sashi, Kiran Friends, s, Chennai Aspire System

Time to start ticking
The World of Titan, Nungambakkam calls all those creative minds to design a print advertisement of their choice for Titan’s trendy brand Fast Track watches. Contact 28211705/64543660 Email: fasttrackads.titan@gmail.com

Shagun has got a wide range of collections and now they offer sale upto 40% off on sarees, Salwars, kurthies and dress materials. Their specialty in Bridal Collections is pure chiffons, georgette, Crepe silk. Kundan, Meenakari, Mothi Aare, Zardhosi, Resaham, Benarasi & Antique. Where: Shagun Boutique No.37, TTK road (Opp. to Music Academy) Chennai When: July 17 – July 20 Contact: 28110046

Hello gang, Send your greetings to sticky@goergo.in, with the word ‘greeting’ and the preferred date of the publication in the subject line. Example: “Greeting: July20”. This will help us organise the column. Also, those who want to dedicate greetings, please send your full name, company name and contact number for verification.
Cheers, Team Ergo It is believed that in her last breath Mumtaz secured a promise from Shah Jahan that he would construct the most beautiful monument in the her memory Shah Jahan fell in love with the beautiful Arjumand Bano Begum and married her, making her his third wife. Arjumand Bano Begum christened by Shah Jahan as Mumtaz Mahal, meaning the "chosen one".

Ustad Ahmad Lahori is believed to be the architect of Taj Mahal.

The area around the Taj Mahal is a pollution free zone, so no diesel or petrol driven vehicles are allowed.

It is believed 35 million rupees were spent to build the Taj. Shah Jahan wanted to build another Taj Mahal…one with black marble!


ERGO Thursday, July 17, 2008

Charging into the pool
A Scottish family were about to enjoy their swimming pool for the first time when a bull charged into the water. The pool had just been filled with a thousand gallons of water, and had to be immediately drained so that the bull could be tranquillised and pulled out.


B.S.Arunsri of Hexaware Technologies, Ambattur clicked this photo at Karaiyar Dam near Papanasam on her Sony Ericsson W580i mobile. Hobbies include music, singing, cooking, reading novels and clicking pictures.

So you think you would make a terrific photographer but never really had the platform? Mail us your best work and we’ll publish it in this space, with credit. E-mail: clickpick@goergo.in

Editor: Karthik Subramanian

Sr Dy Chief Designer: J.A. Prem Kumar Dy Chief Designer: R. Ravi Kannan Illustrator: R. Venugopal Technical Support: V.R. Vasudevan, K.G. Gurumurthy N. Ravichandran, E. Baskar Head of Advertising: Sriya Narayanan

Head of Circulation: RA. Babu Vijay

859/860, Anna Salai, Chennai - 600 002 mail your feedback to feedback@goergo.in

Call our Advertisement Manager at 2857 6695.
email: ads@goergo.in Website: www.goergo.in

Printed and Published by S. Karthik on behalf of KASTURI & SONS LTD., at Plot B-6 & B-7, CMDA Industrial Complex, Maraimalai Nagar, Chengleput Taluk, Kancheepuram Dist., Pin: 603209 & at Kasturi Buildings, 859 & 860, Anna Salai, Chennai-600002. Editor: S. Karthik (Editor responsible for selection of news under the PRB Act). RNI No. TNENG/2007/24553

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Word’s worth
"Yisel" (Yiss-ul) an obsolete word meaning ’a hostage.’

Shattered love letter fixed
A widower has spent 15 years piecing back together the love letters he wrote for his late wife. The letters were torn into tiny pieces after the man’s wife found someone reading them, and she then stuffed them into a pillow. The letters dated from the 1940s and 50s.

Ganesha finds you under some sort of tension related to work. On the personal front, your relations with beloved may remain bit stretched. Ganesha advises you to try and sort out personal problems so that you can remain tension free.

Health may be the cause of concern today however, luck is supporting you at work. You may not be in a good mood and it is not even advisable to push yourself hard for the work today. Lovers are likely to remain in good mood. A mixed day for you.



It is time to expect rewards of past efforts. Work may become bit demanding causing anxiety but the rewards will be satisfactory. In relationship matters, you could be forgiving. You may also be affectionate and enjoy intimacy with the partner.

Ganesha finds you concerned about public image. At a smaller scale, you can be worried about how others will look at your actions. Your partner will play the role of ’stress reliever’. In short you are likely to be at ease at the end of the day.

LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20
You may have a tight schedule today but you may be able to handle the day well. If there is an unexpected change in your schedule you may not be able to accept it – or may get upset. Avoid misunderstandings in love relationships.




Luckily you are likely to learn new things concerning your work. . Your practical nature will be very helpful today. If you propose someone, answers could be positive. If already in love or if married, you may be enjoying the fragrance of love today.

Ganesha finds you thinking seriously about domestic matters. At the same time, you may be least bothered about work. You can be bit tricky with people around you. You may demand attention from beloved. If you don’t get it not be disheartened.

Meetings arranged today may go well so if you have not planned one go ahead and do it. You may be active physically and mentally. You may seek truths of matters, specifically to philosophical quests. You may remain expressive with your beloved.

At the beginning of the day, you may not feel energetic. Day is unfavourable for taking decisions. Ganesha advises you not to expect much from others. Despite this, Ganesha feels that you may be favoured by your life partner/beloved one.

Today, you may feel very energetic. Creative ideas may be shimmering on the back of your mind. It is a good day to plan next month’s activities. You may keep your personal life aside. Still, emotional attachment with beloved may remain stable.


You may try to read something new. You may prefer isolation at work. In other words, you require some time and space. You do not seem to be much interested in ’emotional interactions’ with your beloved one. Ensure that no one is hurt.

Ganesha finds you becoming surprisingly practical today. You will be attentive enough at work place. A right day to take firm decisions. Ganesha finds you much involved in the relationship but you may need to put in more efforts to woo your beau.
Predictions by Bhavesh N. Pattni

16 !

ERGO Thursday, July 17, 2008

Science up in flames
A Scottish scientist who thought it would be a good idea to rid his garden of weeds with a mini-blow torch ended up incinerating his neighbour’s garden.

Beach volleyball comes to Elliot’s Beach

lliot’s Beach is bracing up for the first ever beach volleyball tournament in India starting from Thursday. Sixty teams from 21 countries are competing for the top honours and hosts India have fielded 11 teams for the meet. With a total prize money of $40,000, the four-day-long event is being organised by the Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) under the aegis of International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). “This tournament is going to be a fantastic opportunity to popularise the game in the country and also a good chance to attract more sponsors. It will also bring great opportunity for the Indian teams, who will get some international experience,” Yaniv Noyman, FIVB’s technical supervisor for the tournament, said. Beach volleyball was introduced as an Olympic sport during the 1996 Atlanta Games and till date Brazil, the USA and Australia are the only countries to have won gold medals. ■


Man spent $1,000 a week on beer?
An Australian man convicted of his seventh drink-driving charge was spending about A$1,000 ($972) a week on beer – enough to buy more than 2,500 small bottles a month, a newspaper said Tuesday. The heartbroken construction worker began drowning his sorrows after breaking up with his partner five years ago, the Northern Territory News said, quoting his defense lawyer as telling a court in Australia’s remote, tropical north. The magistrate declined to jail the father of four, Michael Leary, noting he had quit drinking since his latest arrest, but he banned Leary from buying or even holding a beer for 12 months. ■


Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful