BangaloreBeat Vol. 1, Issue 331 n Thursday n July 28, 2011 No. of pages: 8 n Price: Rs 2 Evening daily 60,000 file tax returns at Mela P 3 Rihanna is woman of the year P8 BSY QUIT: BJP SADANAND GOWDA MAY BE NEXT CM Bangalore Beat bureau New Delhi/Bangalore: The axe fell at last. The three-year reign of corruption and hubris, captained by Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa, ended this morning with the BJP high command, which had notoriously looked the other way while the state was being plundered all these months, asked the present chief minister to step down. Former BJP state president and Chikmagalur- Udupi MP D V Sadanada Gowda has been chosen by the party high command to replace Yeddyurappa. The last hurrah of Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde, who submitted the final report on illegal mining to the government indicting Yeddyurappa, turned out to the be the final blow for the chief minister. The pressure on Yeddyurappa to vacate reached a feverish pitch with the leak of the report. The CM had even gone on a vacation on July 16 to Mauritius to avoid the media glare. The decision to sack Yeddyurapa was taken at the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting that was held at the residence of senior leader L K Advani, who has been for long pressuring other leaders of the high command to sack Yeddyurappa. The meeting, attended by party president Nitin Gadkari, opposition leader in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, national general secretaries Ananth Kumar, Ravishankar Prasad and Arun Jaitley, former party president Rajnath Singh MP Venkaiah Naidu, took the decision unanimously. After the meeting, Ravishankar Prasad said, “The party parliamentary board has taken a unanimous decision to ask Yeddyurappa to tender his resignation. Today, BJP secretary and Karnataka in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan will head to Bangalore and will talk to legislators to seek opinion on the next BJP Legislative Party leader. Rajnath Singh and Jaitley will arrive in Bangalore tomorrow and will oversee the election of the new BJP Legislature Party.” After the meeting, Advani, Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj met Sadanand Gowda and sought his report on the ground situation in the state. The shock from Delhi sent Yeddyurappa into a huddle. He met his close aides at his official residence Krishna. The meeting that started with eight to 10 members had reached around 30 around 12.30 pm. There were nine ministers, a Rajya Sabha member and MLAs at the meeting. Continued on page 4 Weʼre ready to support non‐BJP, non‐Cong man to form govt: HDK Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The JD(S) will support anyone who ventures out to form an alternative government in the state. Arriving in the city from New Delhi, he told media persons at the Bangalore International Airport: “We will not go with the Congress or the BJP to form the government. We will seriously look at all other alternatives.” There is a reason why he made that statement. Outgoing chief minister B S Yeddyurappa is not done with his political game yet. Soon after he landed in the city from New Delhi, he got in touch with JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda and told him that he could part ways from the BJP and form an alternative government. Yeddyurappa told Gowda that he has the support of 78 MLAs and with the support of 26 legislators from the JD(S), they could form a government. Continued on page 4 BSYʼs last‐ditch effort to hold sway in state D L Harish Bangalore Beat bureau Bangalore: Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has agreed to relinquish office only on the condition that he be made as BJP state president. The BJP high command took a serious view of Lokayuktha report on illegal mining that has implicated B S Yeddyurappa as a beneficiary and hence asked him to step down. To save the party and the government the high command Beyond Beat DUTCH TREAT OF ECO‐DESIGNS took the decision to remove Yeddyurappa. For the BJP national leadership this also gives a free hand to fight against corruption and UPA government scams. The high command is also near unanimous to name D V Sadananda Gowda as the new chief minister replacing Yeddyurappa. A formal announcement is expected to be made at the BJLP meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow. If Sandanand Gowda is named the chief minister, Ananth Kumar and company will have an upper hand. To offset this, it is reliably learnt that Yeddyurappa has demanded state party president post. The present incumbent K S Eshwarappa who became state party president last year will hold the office for 3 year term and he is also identified as a supporter of Ananth Kumar. Yeddyurappa’s fear is that Ananth Kumar and Eshwarappa will join hands and give tickets to their favourities in the next elections thus marginalizing his and SPECIAL COURT MUST TRY CASES, LOKAYUKTA REPORT Manjunath Sharma Bangalore Beat Bureau the group of MLAs loyal to him. Well aware of the things to come in the near future, Yeddyurappa has demanded that he be made state BJP president and his loyalists be given tickets in the next elections. Even if Sadananda Gowda becomes the chief minister, this is only a stop gap arrangement for Ananth Kumar to take over next year when the state heads for assembly elections. Continued on page 4 These are environment-friendly designs with utilitarian value. Be it an airplane, bridge, home or a bicycle, they have all be reinvented to leave lesser carbon footprint. The designs or on show at an exhibit at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, says L Raghunanda... Page 5 Bangalore: The Lokayukta has recommended to the government that a special court should be formed to try cases related to illegal mining. The recommendations have been made by Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde in his second report on illegal mining presented to the government yesterday. The offices, bank accounts and mining fields of mining companies should be closed with immediate effect and lakhs of labourers employed by these companies should be rehabilitated, it has suggested. The explosive report said the labourers, who would be the most-affected lot, should be given alternative employment through Jawahar Rozgar Yojana and other government schemes. The labourers who have below poverty line cards and other identification should be rehabilitated. Tahsildars and other top district administration officials should be asked to identify the labourers, it said. Continued on page 3
Thursday, July 28, 2011 Canara Bank Q1 net drops to `726 cr New Delhi: Public sector lender Canara Bank posted 28 percent decline in net profit to Rs 725.8 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, 2011. The lender had posted a net profit of Rs 1,013.3 crore for the corresponding quarter last fiscal, Canara Bank said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).However, total income of the bank increased by 31 percent during the period to Rs 7,707.5 crore from Rs 5,894.8 crore in the corresponding year-ago period. The interest income of the bank rose to Rs 7,180.7 crore during the reporting quarter from Rs 5,160.8 crore in the first quarter of the previous fiscal. Bangalorebased bank's gross non-performing assets (NPAs) rose to 1.67 percent during the quarter ended June 30 from 1.46 percent in the same quarter a year ago. PTI Jaya case posted to August 1 Bangalore: A special court today posted to August 1, hearing of two applications filed by Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa, seeking exemption from personal appearance and that she be allowed to make a written submission in the disproportionate assets case against her. She had also sought provision of video conferencing if both of these were not possible. When the matter came up before Special Court judge B M Mallikarjunaiah, he adjourned hearing to August 1 as arguments by Jayalalithaa’s senior counsel B Kumar on the applications remained inconclusive. Kumar dwelt on the application filed under Section 313 (5) of CrPC, on entitlement of the accused to file a written statement instead of personally appearing in court and answering questions. He submitted that as per a provision introduced under Section 313(5) of CrPC in 2008, which came into effect from December 31, 2009, an accused is entitled to file a written statement and need not appear personally to answer questions under Section 313 of CrPC (power to examine the accused). During the hearing, second accused Sasikala, Jayalalithaa’s close aide and fourth accused Ilavarasi were present. The other application filed by Jayalalithaa under Section 313 (1) of the CrPC, to permit her to depose through video conference will come up for arguments on August 1, once Kumar concludes his application filed under Section 313(5) of CrPC. In all, three applications were filed by the petitioner, including one citing amendment to Section 313 CrPC in 2008, under which personal appearance of the accused may be dispensed with. PTI Chemistry Connect held Bangalore: Oracle Education Foundation organised a one-day event – ‘Chemistry Connect’ – in the city today. Chemistry Connect is a novel initiative of Oracle Education Foundation’s Think Quest to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry. The goals are to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and to generate enthusiasm. Souvenir released Bangalore: A souvenir on the third year anniversary of Swayam Krushi Shakti was released by mayor Sharadamma in the city recently. After releasing the souvenir, she said, “Swayam Krushi Group of companies has been doing a good job in society by providing jobs to hundreds of people.” Swayam Krushi Group general secretary Sadashiva Shenoy said, “We have been helping people be self-reliant. We have supported a lot of people.”Company president M Murali, vice-president N Veerendra Babu and others were present at the third anniversary function. Bangalore Beat Requires Circulation Boys Urgently Candidates with two-wheelers preferred Contact: M : 9900948514 9742918562 HEPATITIS RARELY CAUSES OBVIOUS SYMPTOMS, BUT IT CAN KILL Bangalore: The World Hepatitis Day is marked to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the diseases that it causes. It provides an opportunity to focus on specific actions: • Strengthening prevention, screening and control of viral hepatitis and its related diseases; • Increasing hepatitis B vaccine coverage and integration into national immunisation programmes; and • Coordinating a global response to hepatitis. Hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D and E can cause acute and chronic infection and inflammation of the liver, leading to cirrhosis and liver cancer. These viruses constitute a major global health risk with around 350 million people being chronically infected with hepatitis B and around 170 million people being chronically infected with hepatitis C. The week will see the first UN World Hepatitis Day, called by the international body to raise awareness of the viral disease, largely spread by contaminated water and food, blood, semen and other body fluids. Around one third of the global population, or 2 billion people, have been infected with the liver disease hepatitis which kills about a million people annually. Of the five viruses named A through E, B is the most common and could be transmitted by mothers to infants at birth or in early childhood as well as through contaminated injections or injected drug use. World Health Organisation hepatitis specialist Steven Wiersma said this week: "This is a chronic disease across the whole world, but unfortunately there is very little awareness, even among Toyota to pump in `1,650 cr to hike capacity New Delhi: Japanese car giant Toyota has announced an investment of nearly Rs 1,650 crore to ramp up the production capacity of its Indian operations by one lakh units and for increasing localisation of components by 2014. The company, which is present in India through a joint venture with the Kirloskar Group, will invest Rs 898 crore to expand the production capacity of the two plants by 2013. Another group firm will put in an additional Rs 750 crore to set up aluminum casting and machining lines by 2014. “Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today announced a further increase of its production capacity to 3,10,000 units by 2013. The expansion will come with an investment of Rs 898 crore approximately and generation of new employment opportunities,” the company said in a statement. The production capacity at the first plant will be enhanced from 90,000 units to 1,00,000 units, while the output at the second plant will be increased to 2,10,000 units from 1,20,000 units, it added. TKM is at present expanding the capacity at the two facilities in Bangalore to 2.1 lakh units from 1.5 lakh units by 2012. The first plant will manufacture multi-purpose vehicle Innova and sports utility vehicle Fortuner. The second plant will roll out sedans Etios and Corolla Altis and hatchback Liva, the health policy-makers, of its extent." Most of those carrying hepatitis do not know they have it, they can unknowingly transmit it to others and at any time in their lives it can develop to kill or disable them, the United Nations agency warned. The E virus, transmitted through infected water or food, is a common cause of outbreaks of the disease in developing countries and is increasingly company said. Commenting on development, TKM managing director Hiroshi Nakagawa said: “In line with the growing demand for our vehicles, we have decided to further expand production. The demand for Etios and Etios Liva has been encouraging and we are gearing up to cater to a larger number of customers.” The company had last month launched the small car Liva and it has so far received booking orders for 4,000 units. The sedan Etios was launched in December last year and received a good response from the market, forcing the company to expand its capacity earlier than planned. TKM also said it will increase the localisation of components of the Etios and Liva, with Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts Pvt Ltd (TKAP) planning to install and commission aluminum casting and machining lines by early 2014. “The installation will see an additional investment of Rs 750 crore approximately and generation of new employment opportunities,” it added. The lines are to be installed at TKAP’s new Etios and Liva engine plant, which is scheduled to start operations in the third quarter of 2012. TKAP had earlier announced plans to set up an engine plant and expand its transmissions capacity to cater to demand for the Etios and Liva with a combined investment of Rs 500 crore. 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The World Health Organisation says effective vaccines had been developed to combat the A and B viruses and could also be used against D. A vaccine for hepatitis E had been developed but was not widely available, while there was none for the C virus. Hepatitis C is caused by the virus HCV. It is spread the same way as hepatitis B, through contact with an infected person's blood, semen, or body fluid. Like hepatitis B, hepatitis C causes swelling of the liver and can cause liver damage that can lead to cancer. Most people who have hepatitis C develop a chronic infection. This may lead to a scarring of the liver, called cirrhosis. Blood banks test all donated blood for hepatitis C, greatly reducing the risk for getting the virus from blood transfusions or blood products. Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by infection with the hepatitis C virus, which is spread when the blood of an infected person enters the body of someone previously not infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said most people become infected by sharing needles or other equipment used to inject drugs, although the agency said people who receive body piercings or tattoos with nonsterile instruments are also at risk of becoming infected with hepatitis C. About 3.2 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C. Vaccination campaigns had scored considerable success in many countries, with about 180 of the WHO's 193 member states now including the B vaccine in infant immunisation programmes. There is a need to recognize hepatitis as a major global health problem in order to advance the cause of its prevention and control. Liver is a vital organ of the human body and plays a major role in detoxification, protein synthesis, production of biochemicals for digestion and metabolism. If the liver gets infected, it impacts the body metabolism rate greatly. Dr. Veerendra S, consultant gastroenterology & hepatology, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore St. Paulʼs English School team wins city round of TCS IT Wiz Cricketer Javagal Srinath and TCS vice-president and head of Bangalore operations Nagaraj Ijari distribute prizes to Arul Prakash & Pratheek I from St. Paul’s English School who won the Bangalore round of TCS IT Wiz, an IT quiz. Bangalore: Arul Prakash & Pratheek I from St. Paul’s English School won the TCS IT Wiz, country’s biggest inter-school IT quiz conducted and organised by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). They emerged from among 1,200 students from 90 schools participating in the program in the city, held at Chowdiah Memorial Hall yesterday. The quiz is being conducted for the 13th year. The winners walked away with the coveted winner’s trophy, along with a Galaxy Tablet each and a digital camera. They were closely followed by Jeydev C S and Pranav k from Frank Anthony’s Public School, who received their trophy along with an iPod Touch. The prizes were distributed by cricketer Javagal Srinath and TCS vice-president and head of Bangalore operations Nagaraj Ijari. “TCS IT Wiz is an excellent platform to introduce information technology to young and inquisitive minds. Quizzing is a powerful teaching and learning tool outside the classroom environment. It is fun, exciting and participatory,” Ijari said. The six finalists who made it to the final round also received travel bags, headphones, portable speakers, USB pen drives, laser pointers, gift pack, dining coupons from leading hotels and more. The audiences of TCS IT Wiz were also rewarded with prizes such as backpacks, pen drives, mini portable speakers, lunch/dinner coupons and t- shirts for their correct answers. Regional rounds of the quiz are being held across 12 cities, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Pune, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Kochi, Lucknow, Delhi and Mumbai. The regional rounds will be followed by national finals in December where two winning teams from the 12 regional rounds will compete for the TCS IT Wiz national champion title. 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Bhaathi (11,2.30,6,9.15PM) Govardhan Theatre (11.30 am, 2.30, 6 , 9 pm) Krishna (KR Puram) (10.30 am, SHRIMATHI (A) 2,5,8PM) Kamakya (10.45 am, 1.45, 5.45, 8.45 pm) Triveni (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Veeresh (10.15 am,1.15 pm) KRISHNA N MARRIAGE STORY (U) Ganesh, Yami Gautham Balaji (Tavarekre) (11 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Ganesh (11 am, 2, 6, 9 pm) Krishna (KR Puram) (10.30 am) Manasa (10.30 am) Maruthi (11.30 am, 2.30 pm, 6.30 pm, 9.30 pm) Nandini (11 am, 2, 5, 8 pm) Sagar (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Siddheshwara (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Srinvasa (Gowdanapalya) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Ullas (5.45, 8.45 pm) Vijayalakshmi (Garudacharpalya) (11 am, 2.30 pm) KIRATAKA (U/A) Vajreshwari (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (4 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (12.50 pm, 6.30 pm) Inox (Malleswaram) (10.15 am, 3.55, 6.40, 9.25 pm) POLICE STORY 3 (U/A) DHAN DHANA DHAN (U) Sudeep Adarsh (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Anupama (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, ENGLISH HINDI SINGHAM (U/A) Ajay Devgan, Kajal Agarwal Apsara (KR Market) (11.30 am, 2.30, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Cauvery (Sankey Town) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Cinepolis (Bannerghatta Road) (10.40 am, 12.45, 1.20, 3.50, 6.35, 9.20, 10 pm) Everest (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Gopalan (Arcade Mall) (10 am, 12.30, 4.50, 7.25, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 12.25, 3.10, 7.10, 9.50 pm) Gopalan (Legacy Mall) (10.15 am, 1, 3.45, 6.30, 10 pm) HMT (Jalahalli) (10.45 am, 4.15, 9.45 pm) Innovative (10.15 am, ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA (U/A) Katrina, Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik, Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin Abhinav (10 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Cauvery (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Cinemax (10 am, 1, 3.30, 4.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Cinepolis (10 am, 11 am, 12.55, 3.30, 4.10, 6.25, 7.05, 9.20 pm) Eshwari (11.15 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm) Everest (Fraser Town) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.15, 9.30 pm) Fun Cinemas (10 am, 12.45, 4, 7, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10.15 am, 1.10, 4.10, 9.45 pm) Gopalan (Legacy Mall) (10 am, 4, 7, 9.15 pm) Gopalan (Mysore Road) (10.15 am, 1.15, 7, 9.50) HMT Cinemas (1.30 pm, 7.15 pm) Innovative Multiplex (11 am, TELUGU KANCHANA MUNI 2 Lawrence Raghavendra, Lakshmi Rai 7.30 pm) Nartaki (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Uma (10.15, 1,4, 7 pm) Upendra, Priyanka Upendra Adarsh (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9 pm) Bharathi (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Eshwari (11.00 am) Inox (Malleswaram) (12.30 pm) Manasa (11.30 am) Mohan (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Nartaki (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Prasanna (10.15 am, 1.15, 4.15, 7.15 pm) Uma (10.15 am, 1, 4, 7 pm) Veerabhadreshwara (10.30 am, 1.30 pm) Vaibhav (11.30 am) BANNA BANNADHA LOKA ANNA BANNADHA LOKA BHUMIKA Bhumika (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30,) Ullas (10.45 am, 1.45 pm) Vishal (11 am, 2.30, 6, 9.15 pm) Yash, Oviya Helen, T S Nagabharana Goverdhan (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Kapali (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Prem Kumar, Sharmila Mandre Banashankari (Hongasandra) (11 am, 2.15, 6.15, 9.15 pm). HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (U/A) Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint “3D” Cinepolis (10.20 am, 11.40, 3, 5.30, 7.40, 10 pm) Fame (Lido) (11.15 am, 1.45, 4.20, 6.55, 9.30 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (9.40 pm) Fun Cinemas (10.30 am, 3.45, 6.30, 9.25 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Bannerghatta Road) (10 am, 5.30, 7.30, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (10 am, 5.20, 7.40, 10 pm) Gopalan (Innovation Mall) (10.20 am, 5, 7.30, 10 pm) Innovative Multiplex (11.15 am, 1.45, 6.45, 9.30pm) Inox (Magrath Road) (10.35 am, 4.10, 6.50, 9.30 pm) Inox (Malleswaram( (0 am, 2.05, 7.20, 9.45 pm) LARRY CROWNE (U/A) Tom Hanks, Julia Robert Fame Lido (12.35 pm, 7.35 pm) PVR Cinemas (10 am, 2.40, 7.20, 10 pm) TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (U/A) Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington- Whiteley “3D” Cinemax (2.15 pm, 7.15, 10 pm) Fame Lido (10.15 am, 3.25, 6.20, 9.15 pm) Fun Cinemas (12.45 pm, 3.50, 6.55, 10 pm pm) Gopalan Cinemas (B’ghatta Road) (10 am, 4.30, 7.15, 10 pm) Gopalan Cinemas (Mysore Road) (11 am, 1.45, 9.30) 12.45, 5, 7.30, 10 pm) Lakshmi (10.15 am, 1.15, 5.15, 8.15 pm) Manasa (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Radhakrishna (11.30 am, 2.45, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Rex (2.15, 7.10 pm) Navarang (10.15 am, 1.15, 4.15, 10 pm) Srinagraja (11 am, 2, 5, 8 pm) Sri Srinivasa (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Tribhuvan (10. 30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Vaibhav (11.30 am, 2.30, 6, 9.30 pm) Varjeshwari (4.30, 7.30 pm) Veeresh (10 pm) Vinayaka (11.15 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) 1.45, 4.30, 7.15, 10 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10 am, 12.25, 3.20, 6.15, 9 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 12, 3, 4.35, 6, 9 pm) MURDER 2 (A) Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez Apsara (11.30 am, 2.15, 5.30, 8.30 pm) Abhinay (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Abhiman (Goripalya) (11 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Anand (3.30 pm, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Fame Forum Value Mall (10.30 am, 2.50, 4, 7, 9.30 pm) Fame Lido (10 am, 2.35, 5, 9.35 pm) Fame (Shankarnag) (2 pm) Fun Cinemas (10.10 am, 4.30, 7.30 pm) HMT Cinemas (Jalahalli) (10.45 am, 9.45 pm) Inox (Jayanagar) (10.30 pm) Inox (JP Nagar) (10 am, 7.30 pm). Chandrodaya (11.30 am, 2.30pm) Murali (Gokula) (11 am, 2.30pm) Movieland (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Renukaprasanna (11 am, 2.30 pm) Radhakrishna (11.30 am, 2.45 pm) Vaishnavi (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Venkateshwara (KR Puram) (6.30 pm, 9.30 pm) NAANNA Vikram, Anushka Anjan (10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm) Chandrodaya (4.30 pm, 7.30 pm) Renukaprasanna (6, 9.15 pm) Rajarajeshwari (11 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Tulasi (Marathahalli) (11.30 am, 2.30, 6.30, 9.30 pm) Tirumala (10 am, 1.45, 5.30, 8.45 pm)
Thursday, July 28, 2011 CITY 3 CITY EVENTS General Department of Higher Education: Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa at the release of the book ‘Study on Perceptions, Aspirations, Expectations and Attitudes of Youth in Karnataka,’ Conference Hall, Room No 334, Vidhana Soudha, 5.30 pm. BMTC SC/ST Employees’ Union: Mayor Sharadamma at the 120th birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar, BMTC Venkatadri Kalyana Mantapa, Kathriguppe, 4.30 pm. Karnataka (India) Section of The International Commission of Jurists: Director, New Acropolis India Ran A Kremer to deliver a lecture on ‘Justice in the eye of Philosophy-Ethics and Moral,’ Karnataka (India) Section of The International Commission of Jurists, opp Court Hall No 36, High Court, 4.45 pm. The Institution of Engineers: Talk on ‘Maintenance of Buildings Against Dampness’ by senior lecturer, East West Institute of Technology R Sridhar, Premises, No 3, Ambedkar Veedhi, 5.30 pm. Cultural Gandhi Smaraka Bhavan: Lecture on ‘Brahmageeta,’ by Dr S Ranganath, Gandhi Smaraka Bhavan, 8th Cross, Malleswaram, 6.30 pm. Sambuddha Publications: Release of the book “Jaathi Paddathi-Ambedkar Gandhi Niluvu” compiled by Mangura Vijaya, Nayana auditorium, Kannada Bhavana, J C Road, 5.30 pm. Religious The Indian Institute of World Culture: Bhakti Sangeetha programme from Sripada Hedge of Dharwad, Indian Institute of World Culture, B P Wadia Road, Basavanagudi, 6 pm. Exhibitions Cultural Connections: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallerie Third Eye, No A-1 Epsilon Office Block, Yemalur Main Road, Yemalur An exhibition of contemporary Indian paintings by Parmesh D Jolad and Sudeep Mukerjee, curated by Jasmine Khanna. Recorder of Life, Beauty and Truth: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tasveer, No 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road, Tasveer presents an exhibition of photographs by TS Satyan, one of India's first photojournalists. Tête-à-tête @ Apparao: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Apparao Galleries, No 82 The Presidency, St Marks Road, Apparao Galleries presents 'Tête-à-tête', an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by eleven artists including Altaf, Anjolie Ela Menon, FN Souza, George K, K Muralidhar, Laxma Goud, Shipra Bhattacharya and Sunil Padwal. A Slice of Life @ Veda: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Veda Art Gallery, Palace View Builidng, Sankey Road, Kumara Park West Veda Art Gallery presents 'A Slice of Life', an exhibition of art work by JMS Mani, Laxman Aelay, Kishan Kappari and Murugesan. Group Show @ Sumukha: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallery Sumukha, No 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden An exhibition of sculptures, etchings, woodcuts and photographs by various artists from different parts of the country. The Taste of a Collector: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gallery Time & Space, No 55, Lavelle Road, An exhibition of artwork from the private collection of Vatsal Poddar, a successful businessman and art enthusiast. Remembering Husain: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kynkyny Art, No 148 Embassy Square, Infantry Road, Kynkyny Art hosts a special exhibition of paintings paying tribute to the legendary MF Husain. Group show @ Renaissance: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Renaissance Gallerie, No 13 Westminster, Cunningham Road, Paintings by Sanjay Sable, Bijoy Basak, Mariyam Minha and Sangeeta. Education SICHREM: South Indian cell for human rights education and monitoring extends free human rights counseling and legal advice for victims of human rights violation, call: 080- 2580407273/25473922/9449816 942 between 3.30pm to 5.30pm (Monday to Friday) Food Kerala Food Festival: Bon- South presents its first Kerala food festival, Kerala cuisine has a lot of varieties from different regions of the State. From the Moplah and the Syrian Christian specialities to the vegetarian delicacies of Namboodiri cuisine. Each of these regional varieties has a distinctive taste and flavour. The cuisine is a delight for food lovers, for both vegetarians and non vegetarians. Available both at lunch and dinner, the Buffet is priced at Rs. 350 plus taxes. BonSouth, No 1 Sampige road, Mantri Square, 3rd Floor next to Oval bar. call: 080 22667377 & for Home delivery 080 22667378. Mama Mia! Introduces the Ice-cream Cakes: which are great for any celebration ditch the regular creamy cake on your next birthday for a delicious frozen icecream cake. Price: Rs 389 for 1 kg and Rs 699 for 2 kg and Rs 59 per slice. Indiranagar Call 4114- 9423, Koramangala. Tel: 93794- 16398, Jyoti Niwas College Road. Koramangala Tel: 40981868. Shopping Crimson's Annual Monsoon Sale: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Crimson Art Gallery, The Hatworks Boulevards, No 32, Cunningham Road, Vasanthnagar Paintings at discount rates, along with an additional offer where patrons get 50% off every second purchase. Sale @ Esprit: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Esprit, No 10 Ananda Bhavan, Vittal Mallya Road, Esprit announces a sale where patrons can avail discounts of up to 50% on apparel and accessories, and a flat 25% off watches. Sale @ French Connection: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. French Connection, Adarsh Opus, Campbell Road, Austin Town Men get a flat 30% off, while women are entitled to discounts up to 50% on all merchandise at French Connection’s end of season sale across all outlets. Van Heusen Sale: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Van Heusen, No 194, Brigade Road, Discounts of up to 40% on all apparel. The sale is on across all outlets. Happiness Sale: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bangalore Central, No 47/48 Victoria Embassy, Residency Road, Bangalore Central announces the Happiness Sale, featuring apparel and accessories at discounts of up to 61 percent. The sale is on across all outlets. Films Screening of 'On the Wings of Dreams': Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bangalore International Centre A TERI Initiative, Teri Complex, 2nd Stage, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur As part of the Bangladeshi Film Festival, the Bangalore International Centre screens On the Wings of Dreams. Eating Out Power Lunch: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. City Bar Karaoke + Grill, UB City, No 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Now be connected even during the quick business lunch. Free wi-fi access while you fill up in the middle of the day. Delectable starters with a variety of veg/ non veg main course options along with draught beer. Weekday Lunch Buffet @ ManU: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. noon to 3 p.m. Manchester United Restaurant Bar, The Manchester United Restaurant and Bar launches a weekday lunch buffet priced at Rs 350 plus taxes right from starters to desserts. Burger-Binging Monsoon Menu @ Mocha: Thursday, July 28th, 2011. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mocha, Lavelle Road, Mocha introduces a special menu for the monsoons. On it are special burgers like the Mexican Burger, the Animal Burger and the Cold Cut and Cheese Burger. Kerala Konnections: 28th, 2011. 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Vembanad, The Paul, No 139/28, Intermediate Ring Road, Domlur Vembanad at The Paul hosts 'Kerala Konnections', a weekday lunch buffet that features coastal dishes like Meen Manga Curry, Kozhi Roast, Thalassari Mutton Curry and Mampazha Pulissery. I‐T dept may take Tax Mela to Mysore More than 60,000 file returns since July 20 L Raghunanda Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The Income Tax Mela 2011 that began on July 20 has received a good response with over 60,000 tax-payers filing their returns, said said Pradeep Kumar, joint commissioner of income tax, to Bangalore Beat. The department is now thinking of taking the mela to Mysore, considering the success it has seen this and last year with a large number of tax payers filing their returns in a short time. But the final decision is yet to be taken, he added. “Considering the crowd that has been pouring in, we expect around 3 lakh people to have filed their returns by the end of the mela on July 31,” he said. There has been an overwhelming response to the mela with the slogan “Smile and File”. Those who had come to file their returns like the facilities provided this year. Anyone with a PAN card and Form 16 could file their returns without any hassle. There has also been ATM facility where tax filers have been able to get instant money, he added. “The first-time tax filers normally come with a kind of fear. But their apprehensions have been put at ease by our staff. We have ensured them that their fears are completely unfounded,” he said. The mela, going on at Gayatri Vihar in Palace Grounds, is onestop shop where all the facilities for tax payers are available. With the department setting up 22 refund counters, 26 non-refund counters and 10 bulk counters, there is no better place than the mela to file the returns, he said. This is the fourth year that the department has enabled e- filing of tax returns. But still the number of people coming to the mela to physically file the tax returns has not come down. Rajesh, a businessman, said, “I wanted to know the nuances of filing the tax returns. That is the reason I came here. Now that I got the information, I don’t need to visit any income tax office from next year to file Thinking about Kannada Dr. Pradeep Kumar P V, Joint commissioner, income tax. my returns.” He said, “Through e-filing, preparing the returns takes five minutes. Each tax payer is given a separate code and an invoice once the e-filing is successful. The information is sent to the tax-payer through e-mail ID.” Sagar Hospital gets cheers Those filing the returns welcomed the idea of Sagar Hospital setting up a free health checkup camp at the mela. “We have provided excellent health check-up facilities, not just within the pandal. We have also stationed a fully equipped ambulance, which is equivalent to an intensive-care unit,” said M Raju, PRO, Sagar Group of Hospitals. “Every day, around 70 people have been taking advantage of the free health checkup. We conduct blood tests, check their BP and make them go through ECG. Not just the elderly, even youngsters have been getting themselves checked,” he added. Thumbs-up from disabled, elderly The elderly and disabled liked the facilities provided at the mela. “The arrangement at the mela is superb. The income tax department officials are cordial and friendly. The treatment for senior citizens like me is highly commendable,” said 85-year-old Dr M Gopalan, Kannada Vatal Paksha leader Vatal Nagaraj, Koodalasangama Math seer Mruthyunjaya Swami and actress Abhinaya take part in a seminar on “Challenges before Kannada and Karnataka”, organised by the Karnataka Culture Academy at Nayana auditorium today. a resident of Shakti Nilaya. “There was a separate counter for the physically challenged like me in the last year’s mela. But still the services are superb. I did not face any problem and we should thank the department officials for the excellent facilities,” said Renukananda, a government employee. “This is wonderful, hassle free way of filing the tax return, the way things have been organised is superb, despite the modification in the forms for filing the returns, and my suggestion for income tax department is to go ahead with present format for filing the return” said M Venkatesh, a software engineer with Wipro. Maj Gen (retd) Prahlad (69) said, “The mela has courteous and disciplined staff. We the citizens must thank the IT department sincerely.” N Karthikeyan, a businessman, said, “The mela is wonderful and well organised. Filing the return was very easy. The staff, especially those at the counter, was courteous and well informed. It all happened quickly.” South zone finals of Karaoke world championship tonight Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The south zonal finals to select participants for the ‘Karaoke World Championship’ are being held in the city today. “There are approximately 15 participants participating in the zonal finals to be held today. These participants are selected from the city trials which were conducted in cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad in the South. Three participants will be selected who will represent south zone for finals in Mumbai on August 6. They will face off with the winners from the other three zones,” Lalit Kewalramani, director of Nash Events and Entertainment, told Bangalore Beat. The event today is being held at Kyra on 100 Feet Road at Indiranagar. “Next year, the event will be launched in a larger format. This Chamola is new HAL director Bangalore: V M Chamola yesterday assumed charge as director, human resources, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Prior to this, he was chief general manager, HR, at Bangalore-headquartered BEML. He had also earlier served as additional general manager, HR, at HAL. “It is challenging, we need to focus on bringing in more transparent and uniform systems,” Chamola said. PTI BBMP south zone revenue office shifted Bangalore: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s south zone’s assistant revenue office at BTM Layout subdivision situated on second cross, fourth main road, LIC Colony, Jayanagar, has been shifted to the BBMP building, first floor, Hosur Road, Madivala (next to Ayappa Swamy Temple), Bangalore-560068. The citizens should contact the new office for their work, said the south zone commissioner in a press release. year, it was conducted across only nine cities across the country in four zones and next year it would be taken to five more cities. At each city the event would be held at different night clubs,” he said Next year. There is no cash prize for the winners at the zonal level, but will be given free vouchers and gifts. Two winners will represent India at three-day event – ‘Karaoke World Championships 2011 World Finals’ in Ireland from September 8-10. This is the first time that India is participating in the championship that sees representation from 40 countries from across the world. India’s first champions will meet singers from around the world. The KWC India Championship started on July 15. Congress memo to Guv to sack BJP government Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: The Congress legal and human rights cell has submitted a memorandum to governor H R Bhardwaj this morning demanding dismissal of BJP government. Members of the legal cell took a jatha from the main gate of Karnataka High Court to Raj Bhavan shouting slogans against chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and BJP government. They said the chief minister is involved in illegal mining which is substantiated by the Lokayuktha report on illegal mining submitted yesterday to the government. Yeddyurappa has no right to Wipro ex‐CIO Laxman Badiga joins Anthelio Bangalore: IT and BPO services provider Anthelio has announced that former Wipro chief information officer Laxman K Badiga has joined the company as the chief operating officer. Anthelio provides BPO and IT solutions for hospitals and other healthcare services. In Wipro Technologies, Badiga managed a wide array of critical operations, facilities creation and management, supply chain management, procurement, information systems and IT infrastructure, travel and mobility and government relations, Anthelio Healthcare Solutions said in a statement. While at Wipro for nearly continue in the office as also some of his cabinet colleagues who were also involved in illegal mining. The BJP government has looted the resources of the state and does not have any moral right to continue in the office, they said. In the memorandum, they have urged the governor to take action against chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and dismiss the government. “We also demand a thorough investigation into the Lokayuktha report on illegal mining, said KPCC legal cell chairman C M Dhananjaya. Hundreds of advocates took part in the jatha protesting against the BJP government. Special court must try cases, Lokayukta report Continued from page 1 Criminal proceedings should be initiated against the officials who have caused loss to the exchequer, said the report, which has named 46 public servants as guilty. The list of fall guys includes those from the panchayat level to members of Parliament. The report also terms over 700 officials guilty. All those linked with mining companies, from officials to the directors, should be blacklisted for illegal mining and all their operations seized immediately. The mining companies have taken loans running into Rs 2,800 crore by mortgaging government lands. The government should take back possession of these tracts. The government can repay the loans taken from banks by auctioning the ore lying in these fields over the internet. The Lokayukta has conducted the investigation by looking into various issues concerning illegal mining, like transport, the sale of ore in the local as well as international market, procedures followed in obtaining mining leases and whether they are from the mining and geology company, or from the secretariat. It has also looked into encroachment of kharab, forest, gomala, patta and fallow lands. The report said agricultural lands have been showed as waste lands and mining has been carried out. It said 25 years ago, there were two licences, and only one was still running at the time of investigation. 15 years ago, 11 licences were allotted. Of them, seven were still valid. Ten years ago, 45 licences were issued. These were given to sub-contracts and the number of licences ballooned to 83. The mining policy violation has been committed in 31 instances, revenue department violation in 43 cases, transport department 8,050, forest law violations cover 40 cases, 61 companies and 189 subjects. Overloading and other illegalities at checkposts run into 1890 cases, it said. In many cases, the local revenue, rural development and panchayat raj and other departments have colluded with mining companies. Some of the areas where the lands have been encroached and worker quarters built by mining companies have been given electricity, roads, and other amenities, it said. In 32 instances, power has been provided under the Bhagyajyothi scheme, which is provided to below poverty line populations. 30 years, Badiga was responsible for initiating a multitude of services, including software services in the US and Europe, large account management, the creation and management of the first vertical services organisation, as well as software product development,it said. “Laxman Badiga’s tremendous experience and capabilities in applying global technology initiatives will be a tremendous asset to Anthelio as we seek to bend the cost curve for hospitals and other healthcare related providers,” Anthelio chairman and CEO Richard S Garnick said. PTI
Thursday, July 28, 2011 NEWS 4 IT questions Raja, others; to come out with report soon: CBDT New Delhi: The income tax department today said it has questioned former telecom minister A Raja and others in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation case and will soon come out with its report. "Our officials are inquiring into 2G spectrum case. They have taken permission from the court. At present it is under investigation. A report will be prepared and action will be taken," Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chairman Prakash Chandra told reporters here. Besides Raja, the Income Tax officials have also questioned several others involved in the case after obtaining permission from a city court. Palike meet Chandra further said that, "This (investigation) is being dealt by different DGs (Directorate Generals)...Chennai and Mumbai. Raja...Balwa..these two I remember..There is one more (person). Chennai people (Income Tax officials) came and interrogated Raja". The Delhi Court had earlier allowed Income Tax officials to question Raja, Swan Telecom Promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka and three top Reliance ADAG officials -- Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surender Pipara --currently in judicial custody. Sources in the department said the questioning of Raja yesterday revolved around the financial details of his family and those transactions for which he was responsible in his personal capacity. PTI Khar prays for Indo‐Pak peace at Nizamuddin Dargah New Delhi: Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar today paid obeisance at the dargah of famous Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya here and prayed for peace between the two countries. Wrapping up her three-day official visit, Khar along with Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and other members of the delegation spent over 30 minutes at the dargah in Nizamuddin in south Delhi. Dressed in a salwar kameez, the 34-year-old Foreign Minister was accorded a traditional welcome by the office bearers of the dargah and was taken to Amir Khusro’s grave where she offered a chadar. Khar, who arrived here on Tuesday for talks with her counterpart S M Krishna, spent a few ʻSack BSYʼ Protest held minutes there before proceeding to the shrine of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya. Since women are not allowed inside the shrine, she touched the chadar with her hand and gave it to other members of the delegation and office bearers who went inside and placed it. Khar, the youngest Pakistani Foreign Minister, then offered prayers at the mosque adjoining the dargah where the priests asked her to pray for “peace between India and Pakistan.” “She prayed for peace between India and Pakistan and also for improvement of ties between the two countries. She was taken around the dargah by our nizamis and finally she also offered namaz,” Diwan Syed Tahir Nizami, one of the office bearers of the dargah, told PTI. He said they also prayed that Khar’s purpose of the visit should be successful and “there should only be love” between the people of India and Pakistan. At the mosque, Khar offered namaz and was presented with a photograph of the Nizamuddin basti by the Dargah authorities. Nizami said prayers were also held for Khar’s “successful tenure” as Foreign Minister of Pakistan and for her future. “Whoever comes to the dargah, they come with a prayer. They say their prayer in their mind. For Khar, we prayed for her successful tenure as Foreign Minister and also for her future,” he said. Members of the Dalit Sangharsha Samiti protest demanding imediate sacking of chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, for his alleged involvement in corruption cases, in Mysore today. Congress party workers led by former MLA M K Somashekhar demand the resignation of chief minister B S Yeddyurappa for his alleged involvement in illegal mining. The workers blocked roads at Mysore this morning. The MLA was later arrested The monthly council meeting of the BBMP being held at the palike office today. No record of meeting referred to by Behura in 2G court: Sibal New Delhi: Indian telecom minister Kapil Sibal today contested the claims of former Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura over a December, 2007 meeting held regarding entry fees for 2G licences, in which he had said the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram and former finance secretary D Subbarao were present. “We have looked into records. The records show that there was no such meeting. Neither Chidambaram (now Union Home Minister) nor Subbarao (now Reserve Bank of India Governor) remember any such meeting,” Sibal said. He said, “It is surprising that the then telecom secretary (Behura), who joined (Department Media industry expo on at Chennai Chennai: The fifth edition of the Cinema Today expo, an exhibition for the cinema, broadcast, media and entertainment industry, is being held at the Chennai Trade Centre in Chennai till July 31. It is the one-of-its-kind show. The highlights of the expo include live demonstrations of latest equipment, workshops, seminars and interactive sessions with participants from all over India and countries like the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Singapore, Japan and China. The Cinema Today exhibition has been supported by industry associations and companies like Anand Cine Service, APRI, Quantel, Gemini Lab, Panasonic, Sony, Real Image, Stereovision, Avid, Sniper, Imaginer, Apple, Fuji Film, Monarch, AGIV, Wacom to name a few has become an important annual event. The expo, organised by the Buysell Interactions Ltd, plays a vital role in taking the industry to the next level by showcasing the latest technology – hi-definition, 3D production and projection and more. India must get their act together to latch on to top rank Nottingham: Stunned by the humiliating defeat at the Lord’s, India will have to quickly get their act together as they go into the second cricket Test against England here tomorrow with a serious threat to their status as the number one team. The demoralised Indians, who lost the first Test by a resounding 196 runs, will have to pull up their socks if they hope to prevent the hosts from dislodging them from the top position. But the injury to pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who may not be fit enough to take the field on the morrow, and the poor form of Harbhajan Singh have handicapped the bowling to a great extent while the form of some of their top order batsmen have compounded their misery. In case Zaheer sits out, either S Sreesanth or Munaf Patel will make it to the team with the Indians preferring to go into the crucial game with three pacers and a spinner on a Trent Bridge track which was expected to help the quick bowlers. While India would be desperate to do whatever it takes to hold on to their numero uno Test status, a series win by a two game margin will see England topple Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men from the pinnacle. The visitors, however, can of Telecom) on January 1, 2008, is referring to a meeting of December 4, 2007, when he had no personal knowledge of the meeting and has not produced any document to support veracity of his submission.” Opposing the framing of charges of corruption and other penal offences against him in the case, Behura told Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge O P Saini Wednesday that Subbarao had decided against revising the entry fee of Rs 1,659 crore for 2G licences and if he is not an accused in this case, he (Behura) too should not have been put on trial. “Subbarao finalised the decision taken in the meeting of December 4, 2007, that the policy Workshop on corporate social responsibility Bangalore Beat Bureau Bangalore: A two-day workshop on the excellence in execution of corporate social responsibility (CSR) was inaugurated by Dr U.D Choubey, Director General Standing Committee on Public Enterprises(SCOPE) this morning. The workshop will look into corporate governance, and integration with business plan, CSR communication strategies and evaluation of CSR initiatives, selection of the CSR projects, assessment of the project cost, selection of implementation agency, and financial approval procedures, monitoring take heart from the fact that they lost the first Test in five of their seven tours (excluding Bangladesh) in last four years, and yet recovered to avoid a series loss with the exception of once in Sri Lanka in 2008. India came back from behind in Sri Lanka last year, and then against Australia at home and against South Africa, both at home and away. In Durban late last year, India bounced back in style after suffering a heavy defeat against the Proteas at Centurion. And though the past can be a source of inspiration yet it should not be considered a guiding light against a ruthless opposition, who have won 12 of their last 17 Tests while losing just two games. The Indian batting, except for a century by Rahul Dravid (103 not out) in the first innings and resistance put up by VVS Laxman (56) and Suresh Raina (78) in the second innings to save the match, was far from impressive during the opening Test that England won comfortably. Even Sachin Tendulkar, chasing his 100th international century, could make little contribution. In the absence of Zaheer, who sustained a hamstring strain during the Lord’s Test and was unable to bowl after the first day, stood approved and the entry fees (of Rs 1,659 crore fixed in 2001 during NDA’s (National Democratic Alliance) regime) need not be revised,” Behura’s counsel Aman Lekhi said in the court. Behura has been behind mechanism and selecting of evaluating agency. Under the corporate social responsibility code as envisaged by SCOPE, all public enterprises will be asked to allot a part of their profits for social welfare measures such as building of schools, hospitals etc. The one-day workshop seeks to train executives in corporate social responsibility management. Officials from Navaratna companies like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Steel Authority India Limited (SAIL) Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar had to carry a huge workload on their shoulder. Moreover the fact that England could subdue them so overwhelmingly at Lord’s without any major contributions from openers Andrew Strauss and Alistair Cook, as well as Eoin Morgan, would also play on their minds. Going into the second Test, Zaheer’s injury has left the door open for either S Sreesanth or Munaf Patel to come into the side. While Sreesanth has the ability to swing at good pace, Munaf is a steady bowler and can hold one end up. Many experts are inclined to put it beyond Zaheer-less Indian bowling attack to claim 20 England wickets even though conditions at Trent Bridge are hugely inclined in favour of swing bowlers. For one, this England batting line-up is virtually without a tail and, two, there is only as much as the fast bowling duo of Ishant and Praveen can do. Meanwhile, Harbhajan’s form is also a cause of worry. At Lord’s the spinner ended up giving 218 runs for just a wicket. But the Indian management would have a tough task at hands when they sit down to decide who to play in tomorrow’s game, bars for the past six months. “Even the Finance Minister (then P Chidambaram) was also present in the meeting (held on December 4, 2007). If Subbarao, who was part of the Finance Ministry, did commit no wrong, Food inflation at 20‐month low of 7.33% for week ended July 16 New Delhi: Food inflation fell to its lowest level in 20 months at 7.33 percent for the week ended July 16 on the back of cheaper pulses, even as other items grew more expensive. Food inflation, as measured by Wholesale Price Index (WPI), stood at 7.58 percent in the previous week. The decline could also be attributed to the high inflation figure of 18.56 percent for the corresponding year-ago period, a phenomenon dubbed the ‘high base effect’ in economic parlance. The latest figure is the lowest since separate data for food inflation was first released in November, 2009. During the week under review, prices of pulses fell by 8 percent year-on-year. However, prices of other items went up. Onions became more expensive by 22.66 percent and fruits became 13.90 percent dearer on an annual basis. Potatoes became 10.55 percent costlier, while milk was up 9.96 percent. Vegetable prices were up by 7.59 percent year-on-year. Overall, primary articles recorded inflation of 10.49 percent for the week ended July 16, down from 11.13 percent in the previous week. Primary articles have a share of over 20 percent in the WPI. However, inflation of non-food articles went up to 16.05 percent from 15.50 percent are participating in the workshop. Speaking on the occasion Dr U.D Choubey director general, standing committee on pulic enterprises (SCOPE) said “Public sector companies are known for doing the social good, if you don’t do the social good, there is no need for public sector companies,” he said. Prof Chetan V.Baxi, programme director and former director Management Development Institute (MDI), Mr Bhaskar Chatterjee, secretary, Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and U.K Dikshit, director programmes, SCOPE were present on the occasion. 2‐day Kannada meet opens Bangalore Beat Bureau Mysore: District Kannada Sahitya Parishad has organised a workshop on Kannada research at Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies, Manasagangotri this morning. Inaugurating the two-day workshop, Dr M Chidananda Murthy said Kannada needs more prominence and there is an increasing need to include the findings of the research into language development. He said researchers also should update knowledge and spread the information for the in the previous week. Furthermore, fibres became more expensive by over 28 percent and oil seeds were up 13.72 percent. Minerals became dearer by 23.12 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, the index for fuel and power stood at 12.12 percent. . The moderation in food inflation is expected to come as a relief for the government and the Reserve Bank, who have adopted a series of measures for battling inflationary pressure. Headline inflation stood at 9.44 percent in June. The RBI has already hiked interest rates 11 times since March, 2010, to tame demand and curb inflation. In its quarterly review earlier this week, the RBI raised its overall inflation projection for March, 2012, to 7 percent from 6 percent estimated earlier, “in view of the domestic demand-supply balance, global trends in commodity prices and the likely demand scenario.” PTI larger benefit of the society. Prof K N Ganga Nayak, director of Kananda at Manasagangotri, Malahalli Vasantha Kumar, Prof of Kannada along with Distric Kannada Sahitya Parishad president Madikere Gopal, folk scholar Kalegowda Nagawar were present on the occasion. as the only other spinner in the squad, Amit Mishra, also did not have a great warm-up game. The failure of the batting line up, which includes the likes of Gambhir, Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman, is also not going to help the team’s morale. Moreover, with tendulkar recovering from flu and Gambhir suffering from bruised elbow, India can only hope that the two key batsmen get back to full fitness tomorrow. If fit, the team would be banking heavily on Tendulkar to bail it out of trouble, along with Dravid and Laxman. India’s fate would largely depend on the trio’s performance against a potent English attack. Since December 6, 2009 when India became number one Test team, Tendulkar scored 1722 runs from 15 Tests before the Lord’s Test. But against a fiery English pace attack what India need is a strong start from the openers — inexperienced Abhinav Mukund and Gambhir. It is important that India win the toss and put up at least 450 on the board. The pressure on England’s batting could only be exerted with a huge first innings total. But a score of 450 plus is easier said than done for India’s lower half. how come I did,” Behura’s counsel had said. “This is the danger of taking arguments made on behalf of an accused and treating them as evidence and gospel truth,” Sibal said. The Opposition had earlier demanded Indiann Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram’s resignation after former Telecom Minister A Raja had dragged their name into the 2G scam, followed by Behura Wednesday, in the special court hearing the 2G scam. “So taking the submissions of an accused in court are self evident, since he would like to protect himself by any means whatever, even on the basis of non-existent facts,” Sibal said. PTI Alert cop averts train accident Muzaffarnagar: A major train accident was averted when an alert policeman prevented the pedestrians to cross the railway track after he found the level crossing open at Bajheri on Delhi-Ambala section, officials said here today. The incident took place yesterday when the policeman found the level crossing open for the arrival of a Delhi-bound train and immediately prevented the Kawaria pilgrims to cross the track, they said. Meanwhile, the assistant station master of Bamanheri railway station, Sachin Kumar has been suspended for negligence of duty, they said, adding that an inquiry has been ordered into incident. PTI BSY go, says BJP Continued from page 1 Yeddyurappa has now put forth a condition before the high command that he should be made the party president, replacing K S Eshwarappa, who could be moved back to the ministry. Health minister B Sriramulu arrived at Krishna. Simultaneously meetings took place at the residence of tourism minister G Janardhana Reddy near Basaveshwara Circle. There were 13 legislators and two MPs who were part of the meeting. Law and parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Kumar, who had gone to London along with the legislature delegation, headed straight to Krishna from the airport. Last night, Yeddyurappa tried to convince Gadkari about his need to continue as the chief minister. The meeting that started around 11 pm lasted till 2.30 am. The chief minister was accompanied by Eshwarappa and advocate-general Ashok Harnalhalli. Ananth Kumar, Sadanand Gowda, rural development and panachayat raj minister Jagadish Shettar were part of the meeting. Yeddyurappa tried to prove through Harnahalli that the illegal mining report had not indicted him. But they were in no mood to listen. Though Yeddyurappa was told not to convene meetings in Bangalore, he met his close aides and also on arrival at the Bangalore International Airport said he would continue with the cabinet meeting scheduled for today at 3.30 pm. The high command objected to it and asked him to scrap it. The high command was wary that he could take a decision to dissolve the assembly. BJP spokesman C T Ravi in the morning asked all MLAs not to attend any meetings convened by Yeddyurappa and also directed ministers not to take part in the cabinet meeting. The instructions came from the party high command, he said. Eshwarappa, Dharmendra Pradhan, Shettar, Yeddyurappa’s son Vijendra, labour minister B N Bachche Gowda and JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy all arrived in the same flight to the city. Printed and published by B M Arun Kumar vide RNI Registration No. KARENG/2010/33126. Published by SAM Global Media, # 37, 1 Floor, 2nd Main, N. R. Colony, Bangalore - 560 019. Editor: B M Arun Kumar Printed at Lavanya Mudrana, #19, 15th Cross, Thyaarajanagar, Bangalore – 560 028. All rights reserved. Reproduction or translation in any language in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. 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Beyond Beat Thursday, July 28, 2011 DUTCH TREAT OF ECO‐DESIGNS Computers replacing dogsʼ place in your life London: Personal computers are fast taking over the place of human beings’ long time best friend, the family dog, a British study has found. Researchers have found just six percent of us believe that “most people rely more on their dog than they do on their PC,” while 67 percent think the opposite to be true. Even 38 percent of dog owners confessed to relying more on their PC than on their dog, although 36 percent disagreed. And 71 percent of 18 to 24- year-old dog owners said they relied more on their computer, Daily Mail reported. According to Paul Allen, editor of Computeractive magazine, which carried out the poll with the Royal Society For The Protection Of Cruelty to Animals, said: “These days you can even take your PC for a walk, provided you have a laptop or tablet. “It’s only a matter of time until the first PC that fetches your slippers.” Researchers talked to 2,000 British adults to find out about the change modern technology has brought to their home life. They found that male dog owners are almost twice as likely as female owners to rely on their computer than a canine companion. Allen said: “With broadband bringing them global news and newspaper sales falling, the family dog even misses out on the pleasure of taking the paper to his owner.” But it’s not all bad news for obedient dogs. “The family PC has given dog owners access to a wealth of resources and information that can help with the long-term care that a dog needs,” Allen said. “From finding the best vets to researching great new walks that all the family can enjoy, the web enables the PC to become a dog’s best friend.” IANS Can you survive a heart attack? It can be predicted Washington: Is it possible to predict whether someone is likely to survive or die suddenly from a heart attack? Yes, says a new study. Researchers found that hypertension, body mass index (BMI), heart rate and additional markers that can be identified by an electrocardiogram (ECG) can differentiate between dying suddenly versus living through a heart attack. “For some people, the first heart attack is more likely to be their last,” said Elsayed Z Soliman, director of the Epidemiological Cardiology Research Centre at Wake Forest Baptist, who led the study. “For these people especially, it is important that we find ways to prevent that first heart attack from ever happening because their chances of living through it are not as good,” Soliman added, reports the journal Heart. “Identifying specific predictors that separate the risk of sudden cardiac death from that of non-fatal or not immediately fatal heart attacks would be the first step to address this problem, which was the basis for our study,” Soliman was quoted as saying in a statement by Wake Forest. Researchers analysed data from two of the largest US cardiovascular studies – the ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) and the CHS (Cardiovascular Health Study) – containing records for more than 18,000 participants. Somewhere between 230,000 and 325,000 people in the US succumb to sudden cardiac death every year, Soliman said. Most of these sudden deaths are caused by coronary heart disease. IANS Bangalore Beat Bureau Art is not for art’s sake, but has utilitarian value too. This is what Dutch designers, who have put up their installations at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, want to convey. The exhibition – Connecting Concepts, which began on July 23 and on till Sunday – focuses on the use of environmentally friendly technologies for sustainable development and living. These prototypes once applied in real life would make living less burdensome on Mother Earth and will protect the environment for future generations. “These designs highlight the relevance of art in everyday living. These are not mere art objects, but are ideas whose time has come. They are designed by artists who have highlighted the utilitarian aspects – be it Flying Lite, Infracore Bridge, Strand Bicycle or Open Living,” said Ed van Hinte, curator of the exhibit on the designs on display. It is the initiative of Premsala, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, Netherlands Architecture Institute and Design Cooperation, Brainport and is part of the Dutch fashion and architecture programme. The exhibition has already gone to Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chennai. It is sponsored by the Netherlands ministry of art and culture in cooperation with the Indian ministry of art and culture. Flying Lite is the prototype designed by Francois Geuskens and Zeger van der Voet from the Delft University of Technology. This is sure to change the way people use airways in the future. Geuskens said, “The prototype will be about 55 percent more fuel efficient than today’s airplanes. It has better aerodynamics, more efficient engines, lighter structure and an improved shape. The most novel feature of the flight is the use of carbon-reinforced polymers for its body that will make the flight far lighter. Passengers on this plane will travel in a cabin shaped like an air mattress that accommodates more number of people. Developing the plane in reality will require another 30 years and will need inputs from various organisations. But it will be a reality sooner or later.” The Infracore Inside makes bridges absolutely environment friendly. They do not get damaged during floods, last very long and can be shifted from one place to another. Designed by Fibercore Europe Ltd, these are bridges of the future. They can be easily mounted onto a truck and transported. 200 such bridges are already in use in the Netherlands. “This bridge has been tested and approved for handling same kind of loads that the traditional bridges can withstand. Its advantages are many. It is 10 times stronger, leaves behind three times lesser carbon footprint as compared to its conventional counterpart and needs no maintenance,” Hinte said. Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is known as the bicycle and car-free city. Strand Bicycle shows how a smart bicycle should be designed. “Any innovation in bicycle should surely happen in Amsterdam. Strand Bicycle has been designed with high-tech materials and carbon fibrereinforced wheels,” said Tjeerd Veenhoven, who has designed the bicycle. “If you look at the composites of the bicycle, they are refined structures. The parts are functionally designed combination of ingredients,” he added. There is a solution for housing too here. Architect and art designer Nanne de Ru has designed a house by squeezing spaces. Hinte said, “All spaces have been designed to certain specifications and regulations. The design makes maximum use of daylight. It has the minimum required floor space sitting atop a basement. One wing contains a garage, and the other two a master bedroom and a guest room respectively. The ground floor has no apparent structural façade with glass panes fitted neatly into hidden frames.” These are environment‐friendly designs with utilitarian value. Be it an airplane, bridge, home or a bicycle, they have all be reinvented to leave lesser carbon footprint. The designs or on show at an exhibit at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, says L Raghunanda The design of futuristic aircraft Flying lite. Strand Bicycle that makes use of most modern materials and technologies. Human brains get smaller with age London: A new study has found that human brains get smaller with age – but, it’s the price people pay for a longer life than their closest relative, the chimpanzee. Researchers at George Washington University found that only humans have brains which progressively shrink with increasing age, and it’s uniquely human as the phenomenon don’t occur in chimpanzees. Loss of neurons over time may be the result of an evolutionary trade-off — a handicap that has to be accepted in exchange for a long lifespan and big brain, say the researchers led by Dr Chet Sherwood. For their study, the researchers carried out magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans of 99 young and old chimpanzees aged 10 to 51. The results were compared with MRI scans of 87 humans over an equivalent age range of 22 to 88, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported. The scans showed a decrease in the volume of all major brain structures over the course of human life. In contrast, ageing chimpanzees showed no significant age-related changes to their brains. Dr Sherwood said: “Humans may be uniquely vulnerable to age-related neurodegeneration, pointing to compromises that have been struck in the evolution of an enlarged brain and an extended lifespan.” Humans are uniquely prone to brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s in later life as well as a general decline in memory and “thinking” skills. In addition to having bigger brains than any other animal, humans are unusually long lived. Physically, humans age more slowly than chimpanzees. By 30, wild chimps have worn teeth, are underweight, frail, weak, and lacking in energy. Yet female chimps remain fertile almost until the end of life. The researchers added: “Although an enlarged brain and extended lifespan have conferred decisive fitness benefits to humans, ultimately these adaptations come at a cost. These factors combine in the later stages of life to beset many of the elderly of our species with the effects of intensified neurodegeneration.” The findings have been published in the ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’ journal. PTI
Thursday, July 28, 2011 NEWS & FEATURES 6 world briefs AP-PTI Models wear creations by Colombian University Students of design during the Colombia Moda fashion show in Medellin, Colombia. Schoolboy kills ex‐girlfriend over freebreakfast bet London: A schoolboy in Britain is facing life sentence for murdering his former girlfriend over a bet for a free breakfast. Sixteen-year-old Joshua Davies was promised a full-cooked breakfast by a friend for carrying out his threat to murder his lover Rebecca Aylward, 15. Davies and Rebecca had already split up but she visited him, hoping they would reconcile. The schoolboy, however, had plotted to give her deadly foxgloves (flowers), drown her in a river or throw her off a cliff. Rebecca even bought new clothes for the ‘date’, being unaware that Davies had been boasting to his friends how easy it would be to kill her, Daily Mail reported. The murder trial heard how their teenage love affair turned into a love-hate relationship and finally culminating in a horrific murder. Davies openly plotted to murder Rebecca by sending chilling text messages to his friends about his plans to do it. In one such text messages to a friend, Davies wrote: “What would you do if I actually did kill her?” The friend replied: “Oh, I would buy you breakfast.’ Two days ahead of carrying out the murder Davies messaged to the friend: “Don’t say anything but you may just owe me a breakfast. Davies lured a cheerful and fun-loving Rebecca into woods where he battered her to death with a rock, the court heard. IANS Ukranian man to live with lions for five weeks! London: A Ukranian man has decided to spend five weeks in lions’ enclosure to watch the cubs being born. Alexander Pylyshenko, 40, decided to move into the cage and live as the lions do after spending years working alongside the beasts. His moving into the lions’ enclosure means that when the lions are fed, he will also be fed through the cage, and will sleep on the floorboards and playing with the big cats for five weeks, Daily Express reported. The Ukrainian zoo owner told the Austrian Times : “One of the lions is pregnant - I plan to see the cubs being born, and spend some time with them but then I will move out.” “The living conditions will be absolutely the same for the lions and me. We will sleep on wooden floorboards and have food given to us through bars. “There will be four webcams planted in the cage. They will provide both experimental integrity and broadcast the ‘reality show’ on the internet”, he stated. Pylyshenko is also a keen artist and will continue his artwork during the experiment, and any paintings created will be sold to raise money for the zoo. IANS 10 kids rescued from Haitian trafficker Santo Domingo: At least 10 children, who were smuggled from Haiti, have been rescued by authorities in the Dominican Republic, a terrestrial border security unit said. According to the Special Terrestrial Border Security Unit (Cesfront), a Haitian citizen had transported the children aged between four and nine who managed to escape after noticing soldiers’ presence in the province of Dajabon bordering Haiti, Xinhua reported. As per the resuced children’s testimony, they came from Haitian capital Port-au- Prince as well as the city of Cabo Haiti. Their parents had entrusted them to a man and a woman who smuggled them to Dominican Republic. The special border unit said the children’s final destination was supposed to be Santiago City where they were headed to earn a living for their traffickers as child beggars on the street along with other Haitian children. IANS Money deposited, 17 Indians await verdict Dubai: The 17 Indians on death row in UAE for killing a Pakistani man were officially pardoned today by the family members of the deceased after an Indian businessman deposited a sum of Rs 40.47 million in a blood money deal. The development brings the possibility of their being released and returned home nearer, with the judge setting a September 12 date for giving a verdict in the case. Dubai-based businessman S P Singh Oberoi deposited the money on behalf of the Indian community as compensation in the Sharjah Appeals Court hearing the case of the 2009 murder. The development came during the 16th hearing of the case, with Rs 40.47 million (3.39 million dirhams) being submitted as the blood money. According to the office of the consulate-general of India here, a representative of the deceased named Ramadan, signed the ‘Tanazul’ or release document which was then accepted by the judge. “The process of a mutually agreeable Fighting fire Australiaʼs biggest eucalyptus treeʼs genome unlocked Melbourne: Scientists claim to have unlocked the genome of Australia’s biggest Eucalyptus tree – the Flooded Gum. The Flooded Gum is one of biggest flowering plants in the world, growing up to 85 metres tall, yet it has a relatively small genome of about 600 million letters of code – about one fifth the length of the human genome. An international team, led by by Prof Zander Myburg at University of Pretoria in South Africa, has, in fact, mapped the genetic code of a specimen of Flooded Gum from Brazil. The team says their research would pave the way for new breeding, biofuel and conservation opportunities. “This is one the biggest boosts to forest research in Australia that we have ever had,” team member Prof Bill Foley at the Australian National University said. He added: “Eucalyptus grandis is only the second forest tree to have its full genome mapped. It is an important tree in forests along the east coast of New South Wales and Queensland and a valuable fibre resource worldwide. It is also being considered for biofuel programs both here and overseas.” “This mapping is the first step to understanding the variety seen in Eucalyptus, allowing us to select the optimum trees for future environments.” PTI Tracking bird calls to monitor climate change Sydney: Automated acoustic sensors are helping dramatically slash the time and cost of following bird calls to monitor the effects of climate change. Until recently, ecologists wanting to identify the presence or absence of wildlife have had to spend days in isolated regions, tracking bird calls in all kinds of weather. A Queensland University of Technology team, working with its Institute for Sustainable Resources, developed automated acoustic sensors, placed in the bush to record environmental sounds which are then transmitted to an online digital library. But ecologists still faced the prospect of sifting through many hours of recordings and isolating bird calls from other sounds like wind and rain – until now, according to a Queensland understanding led by the Indian community, in particular, S P Singh Oberoi, reached a closure today. The Hon’ble Judge Abdullah Al Shamsi has now convened the court on September 12, 2011 Zinc lozenge, the sweet pill, for common cold? London: Zinc lozenges have shown promise in treating common cold by shortening its duration by 40 percent. Interest in zinc lozenges was spurred by the example of a young girl in the early eighties who made her common cold go by dissolving a zinc tablet in her mouth instead of swallowing it. Since then over a dozen studies have been carried out to find out whether zinc lozenges are effective, but the results of those studies have diverged. Harri Hemila of the University of Helsinki, Finland, carried out a meta-analysis of all the placebo-controlled trials examining their effect on common cold infections, reports the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal. Of the 13 trial comparisons identified, five used a total daily zinc dose of less than 75 mg and release. “The software filters through the audio and isolates the parts where it to deliver a judgement in this matter,” a statement from the consulate-general said. “Today’s developments in the Sharjah Appeals Court were the most significant since April 2010 when the appeal process was initiated by the Government of India-appointed defence lawyers,” it said. Oberoi had said he had already submitted a portion of this money at a previous hearing. “We first persuaded the victim’s family through Ramadan into accepting compensation, which was critical to this case,” he said. . “Once that agreement was reached, we just had to arrange for the remaining amount of money to be produced in court,” Oberoi said. In March last year, the 17 Indians were found guilty of beating Pakistani national Misri Khan to death. The 17 men held – 16 from Punjab and one from Haryana – would still have to serve time in jail, but a lawyer said they may be released soon as they have already spent more than 26 months in prison. PTI Firefighters prepare to reposition their ladder truck during their attack of a huge fire at a plastics manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California. According to fire officials, the 1:15 pm blaze started in the storage yard housing hundreds of plastic containers used for shipping agricultural products. Tags to see how infections spread London: Participants at a scientific conclave were asked to wear a radio tag for two days to track the pattern of their movements and interactions – to see how infection spreads. A French-Italian team, including researchers from CNRS, Inserm and others, wanted to collect this data to see how infection spreads within a population. Accordingly, 500 physicists and epidemiologists (who study patterns of health, infection) at the conclave wore radio tags, according to a CNRS statement. They were able to communicate through very low intensity waves – 1,000 times weaker than a mobile phone – between one and two metres, when scientists met. The processed data helped researchers model the dynamic of uniformly those five comparisons found no effect of zinc. Three trials used zinc acetate in daily doses of over 75 mg, with the average indicating a 42 percent reduction in the duration of colds. Five trials used zinc salts other than acetate in daily doses of can identify potential species amid the cacophony,” said Queensland doctoral researcher Jason Wimmer. AP-PTI contacts which simulated how infection spread and, in the long term, how a better response during an epidemic could be organised. IANS Indian gets $10,000 Cʼwealth scholarship Toronto: Canada’s Carleton University, which has become the prime institution in forging educational and research exchanges with India, has awarded its $10,000 Commonwealth Scholarship to an Anna University researcher. Under the grant, researcher Selladurai Madhiyan will travel to Canada to work with Carleton’s P R Sundararajan in his work on temperature-tolerant polymers, the Ottawa-based university said Wednesday. Sundararajan’s pioneering polymer research holds major applications in the aerospace and microelectronic circuits industries. The polymers he is developing with his students could one day be used as membranes, filters or cushion materials in high-temperature environments, the university said. Chennai-based Anna University has an on-going research partnership with Carleton University. Sundararajan, who himself comes from India, has helped four students from Anna University secure scholarships to leverage their capabilities to promote research at the top Canadian university. Sundararajan said, “The partnership with Anna University provides hands-on training that will have real-world benefits. We have a lot to gain in terms of highly qualified professionals if these students settle in Canada after their graduation.’’ The Commonwealth Scholarship is part of the new thrust that the India-Canada relationship in education and research has received after the signing a higher education accord by the two countries last year during PM Manmohan Singh’s visit here. Telling real whisky from the fake London: Scientists have devised a faster way of telling real Scotch whisky from the fake, a method that could enhance the technology used to tackle the trade in illicit whisky that causes huge revenue losses and threatens brand reputations. Researchers from the University of Strathclyde, Britain, analysed samples of blended whisky with the help of mid-infrared spectrometry. The levels of ethanol and colourant led them to identify correctly the genuine and counterfeit samples, over 75 mg, with the average indicating a 20 percent decrease in the duration of colds, according to a Helsinki statement. In several studies, zinc lozenges caused adverse effects, such as bad taste, but there is no evidence that zinc lozenges might cause long term harm. Furthermore, in the most recent trial on zinc acetate lozenges, there were no significant differences between the zinc and placebo groups in the occurrence of adverse effects although the daily dose of zinc was 92 mg. Hemila concluded that since a large proportion of trial participants have remained without adverse effects, zinc lozenges might be useful for them as a treatment option for the common cold. IANS “People are much better at identifying species than computers, so we leave the final analysis up to the human brain. We post the audio segments online and ask the birdwatching community to have a go at telling us what they are.” Early trials have had fantastic results. Roughly twice as many species have been detected using this approach than traditional surveys with people in the field. In one recent experiment, while trained observers were able to detect 35 bird species using traditional bird survey methods, the acoustic sensors and software employed by Wimmer picked up 61 birds in the same area. “We can record the data using inexpensive MP3 recorders or we can upload it via the 3G network,” Wimmer said. IANS Make right to water a law, says UN chief United Nations: UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon has called on all member states to integrate the right to water and sanitation into their body of laws, Xinhua reported Thursday. Ban’s statement came as he addressed the UN General Assembly during a plenary meeting on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation. “Many of your governments have already included the rights to water and sanitation in your constitutions and your domestic legislation,” Ban said. “Those governments that have yet to do so should follow suit without delay.” He said that a lack of water and sanitation is widespread and often devastating around the globe. “At any one time, close to half of all people in developing countries are suffering from health problems caused by poor water and sanitation,” he said. “Together unclean water and poor sanitation are the world’s second biggest killers of children.” Ban said that it is important to remember that although water according to a Strathclyde statement. Microbesʼ tricks to kill other bugs may help fight disease Ban Ki-moon has been established in some settings as a “right,” this does not mean that it is supposed to be free. “Rather, it means that water and sanitation services should be affordable and available for all, and that states must do everything in their power to make this happen,” he explained. The current drought and resulting humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, Ban noted, serves as a reminder of the importance of water to the very survival of human beings. IANS 40 Americans in Somali terror group: US senator Washington: US senator Peter King has said over 40 Americans recruited by Somali terror group Al Shabab, have gone to fight in Somalia, and could return to attack US homeland, Xinhua reported. King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, made the statement at a hearing he conducted on radicalisation. The lawmaker said Al Shabab is linked with al-Qaida, and “they’re training together, working together and the threat is that they would be coming back to attack the United States,” said King. IANS “The whisky industry has tools (that)...involve labbased analysis, which isn’t always the most convenient system if a sample needs to be identified quickly,” said David Littlejohn who led the research at Strathclyde. “There’s a growing need for methods that can provide simpler and faster identification and we have developed a method which could be adapted for devices to use on site,” he said. IANS London: Microbes too employ underhand methods to kill off other bugs, rivals and competitors, and this ability could some day be used to target diseasecausing germs, say scientists. P aeruginosa, for instance, the bug that infects the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients, deploys a toxin delivery machine to breach competitors’ cell walls and make them burst like an overfilled water balloon. The bug relies on an inbuilt needle-like puncturing device called the type VI secretion system (T6SS), to do this tricky job, the journal Nature reports. “Competition among bacteria is brutal and fierce,” says study author Alistair Russell, National Science Foundation fellow at the lab of Joseph Mougous, assistant professor of microbiology, University of Washington, who led the study. “By killing off competitors, P aeruginosa widens its territory. Moreover, the better able it is to outlast other bacteria in the environment, the better chance it has of coming in contact with, and colonizing, people,” said Russell. The study also confirms previous observations of the evolutionary similarity between the T6SS needlelike delivery mechanism and bacteriophage – viruses that infect bacteria. Russell explained: “We might be able to take helpful bacteria, give them this system genetically, and increase their ability to clear out professional pathogens - those bacteria that make their living causing disease.” IANS
Thursday, July 28, 2011 B ollywood superstar Salman Khan has agreed to be a part of Hema Malini’s directorial venture “Tell Me O Khuda”. “Salman Khan has been very gracious to be a part of my film ‘Tell Me O Khuda’. What an adorable person!!!!” the veteran actress said the star in her post on Twitter. The film is said to be Hema’s attempt to re-launch her daughter Esha Deol. It tracks the story of a girl’s passionate quest to know her origins. The film also stars Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Arjan Bajwa and Chandan Roy Sanyal. Hilton, Lohan friends again! LIFESTYLE 7 SALMAN IN HEMA MALINIʼS ʻTELL ME O KHUDAʼ ʻHorrible Bossesʼ sequel planned D irector Seth Gordon is planning to make a sequel to Jennifer Aniston starrer “Horrible Bosses”. The movie has grossed $82.6 million on the domestic box office since its July 8 release and now Gordon is planning to reunite the cast with a sequel, reports usmagazine.com. “We’re talking about it,” Gordon told USA Today. In the original film, Aniston played a sexually aggressive dentist who harasses one of her male employees played by Charlie Day. Schwarzeneggerʼs son released from hospital A ctor and former California governor Arnol Schwarzenegger’teenaged son Christopher, who met with an accident on July 17, has been released from hospital. “Blessed to be able to take Christopher out of the hospital. What a feeling of relief knowing that he’s going to be fine,” Christopher’s mom Maria Shriver confirmed on her Twitter account. Femalefirst.co.uk reports that Arnold also took to his twitter page to thank the medical staff who treated his son. “I knew Christopher couldn’t be stopped! Big thanks to all the doctors, nurses & staff at UCLA that helped him recover,” he posted. Paola Turbay plays a witch in ʻTrue Bloodʼ ctress Paola Turbay has joined the cast of “True ABlood”, a popular US television series, in the role of Antonia, a 17th century witch. In the HBO fantasy series about vampires and werewolves and their passionate love lives, Turbay plays “a role very different from me, although sometimes at home they call me a witch”, she laughingly remarked during a telephone interview with EFE from Los Angeles. However, she added that the role is “a challenge because of its complexity and depth”. Antonia is a victim of the Inquisition, a spirit who is not at peace and who now arrives to complicate the lives of the protagonists, a telepath played by Anna Paquin and a vampire portrayed by Stephen Moyer. Turbay, who was born in Houston to Colombian parents, was crowned Miss Colombia in 1991 and the next year was a Miss Universe finalist. After finishing her studies in psychology, she focused on her modeling and show business television news anchor careers. Her work as an actress began in 2002 with a role in the soap opera “Las noches de Luciana”, while her official entry into the English-language market came in 2007 with the acclaimed TV series “Cane”. Although it only ran for a year, it made a very good impression on critics and producers. S ocialite Paris Hilton and troubled actress Lindsay Lohan have reportedly rekindled their friendship. The two met at Malibu beach house this weekend, and if the reports are to be believed, Hilton is thrilled to have finally buried her differences with Lohan. “Paris is very excited. She loved seeing her again,” contactmusic.com quoted a source as saying. “Everyone was so surprised when Lindsay walked in and we thought they didn’t get along. But they immediately gave each other a big hug.” They have had a turbulent relationship for over five years. Lohan branded Hilton “mean” after she poked fun at the actress’ arrest over the theft of a necklace from an upmarket boutique. A ctress Thandie Newton will soon make her debut in a West End production of political thriller “Death and the Maiden”. The “Crash” star will make her big stage debut as Paulina, a former political prisoner traumatised by a captor she never saw, who sets out to seek revenge years later, reports express.co.uk. The show, a revival of Ariel Dorfman’s 1990 play, will be directed by Jeremy Herrin and begin previews at the Comedy theatre Oct 13. S ocialite Kim Kardashian admits it’s hard work to maintain her stunning figure and keep a strict watch on what she eats. The 30-year-old says her love for food means she has to work out very regularly to stop her from gaining weight, which isn’t always easy, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “I love to eat, but I also love to work out, so hopefully they cancel each other out. If I need to get in shape for a photo shoot or to get back into my bikini, I cut back on processed foods and carbs for two weeks,” she said. “It’s hard because I really love food and have a really sweet tooth. My weakness is ice cream and frozen yoghurt,” she added. Thandie Newton to make stage debut Kim Kardashian works hard to maintain figure
Thursday, July 28, 2011 LIFESTYLE 8 I f all goes well, Amitabh Bachchan will soon be seen in a Rajasthani movie and the megastar admits he will have to make an extra effort to learn the language. “In between all this trying to make efforts on taking up the offer of Komal Nahata for his Rajasthani film that he had proposed somedays ago,” Big B posted on his blog Bigb.bigadda.com. “Language, is where I shall have to work most seriously - the Rajasthani language! Will make effort. Lets see!!” he added. Komal Nahata is a trade analyst and he has also starred in the 2010 comedy “Tees Maar Khan”. Till date, the 68-year-old Bachchan has done just one regional film and that too a cameo in Malayalam movie “Kandahar”. S inger Beyonce Knowles thinks Lady Gaga is the best pop star in the world. “I love Gaga. I mean, if she didn’t perform and she wasn’t a singer, just as a human being I love her to death. But on top of it, she is the most talented pop star right now, and I’m so happy for her,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted her as saying. “It’s just really inspiring to see someone who just creates their own destiny and comes up with their own looks and writes their own songs and choreography and is in control and is not contrived,” she added. Beyonce had collaborated with Gaga last year for “Telephone”. “If you took away every bit of costume and she just sat in front of a piano, she would still tear it down. She’s just that talented, and she deserves it all. And I’m just happy to work with her. I love her,” she said. Big B may feature in Rajasthani movie S inger Rihanna has been named woman of the year by Italian Vogue magazine. Rihanna was honoured for her charity work, pop success and her ability to tackle adversity in personal life, including troubled relationships with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown and drug addict father Ronald Fenty. “Independent, energetic, the young Robyn Rihanna Fenty (only 23) is our woman of the year, and not just by virtue of numbers and figures but also, and foremost, for her kind and fighting spirit,” contactmusic.com quoted a spokesperson from the magazine as saying. “The same spirit that brought her from Barbados to the top of the music charts achieving a career which she has forged and mastered completely by herself (whose last move was to become the new ambassador for Armani),” it said. “Rihanna is the undisputed best contender to the role of queen of pop. Her career has always been based on the cunning use of sexiness and provocation. “She has managed to cultivate her career despite the many tragedies affecting her private life: from her father’s addiction to crack ... to the violence caused to her in 2009 by her then-boyfriend, Chris,” the spokesperson added. Rihanna had first graced the cover of the fashion magazine in September 2009. S Rihanna named woman of the year anjay Dutt is still getting plum roles after three decades in Bollywood and a life dotted with controversies. He is happy with his professional graph but says that the film industry is no longer the family it used to be and that the changing attitudes of people upset him. “A lot of changes have taken place in the industry and I sometimes feel very sad with most of them. When we were introduced to the industry, there used to be competition among actors, but there used to more respect,” Sanjay, who made his acting debut with “Rocky” in 1981, told IANS in an interview. “There used to be more togetherness. The film industry used to be a family. Now that is not the case. It has become a dirty game now. I’m not a part of that game, I do my own stuff, but I have noticed that and it is very sad,” added the actor who has so far worked in more than 130 movies. The 51-year-old, who has a pair of twins with wife Manyata, does not follow the so-called camp system and believes in working with all. “I’m not here to mend things or break things. I consider every actor my brother. I still consider this industry my family. I don’t believe in camps and all that. Shah Rukh (Khan) gave me respect, so I will respect him too. Similarly Salman (Khan) gave me respect, so I respect him. All are my brothers and I don’t believe in anything else,” he said. Sanjay shot for a cameo appearance for Shah Rukh’s ambitious home production “Ra.One” and he has teamed up with Salman to co-host the fifth season of “Bigg Boss”. The actor, whose life has seen many personal problems, tries to stay out of the rat race and industry-related controversies. He was convicted for illegal possession of arms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts. He has never been very media-savvy. Even in today’s age when promoting films and being in the spotlight is considered integral to a film’s promotion, the actor of films like “Naam”, “Sadak”, “Khal Nayak”, “Vaastav” and “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S” rarely indulges in promotional work. When asked why, Sanjay, popularly called Sanju Baba, replied: “There is no reason. I think it’s just that I’m very lazy. Also, I feel that a film speaks for itself. But it’s quite confusing because it is important to inform the audiences also and create curiosity around the film. I think I just need to stop being lazy now.” Looks like he is willing to change. Sanjay is taking part in the promotion of his forthcoming release film “Chatur Singh – Two Star”, based on the novel “Chalaak Jasoos”. Air hostess warns Cheryl against Ashley A flight attendant who claimed to have a fling with footballer Ashley Cole has written to his former wife, singer Cheryl Cole, telling her “you deserve better” than him. Ashley and Cheryl were married in 2006. Two years later, there were reports of Ashley having affairs with othe women. The couple divorced in 2010. Now, they could be getting back again. In the letter published in Reveal magazine, air hostess Kerry Meades tells Cheryl, 28, that “she (Cheryl) deserves better” and that she feels “awful because he has let you down again”. Meades said she slept with the Chelsea striker just days before Ashley flew home to celebrate Cheryl’s 28th birthday, where the former couple were seen kissing and canoodling, fuelling speculation they would get back together. Film industry has become a dirty game now: Sanjay Dutt Meandes, who claims to have met Cheryl on several flights in the past, said she first slept with Ashley back in 2005 before meeting up with him last month while he was on a holiday in Los Angeles. N ineteen-year-old Akhina Mooken has been crowned as Miss India-Canada 2011. The Toronto-area girl defeated 15 contenders from across Canada to win the crown at the 21st annual Miss India-Canada Pageant here. Actress Lisa Ray, who was the guest of honour at this year’s event, was presented with the Special Achievement Award for her contribution to cinema. Toronto-born Ray, who has just recovered from a cancer of white blood cells, thanked the organizers for the award. One of the major cultural events of the A ctor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar says he has been asked to join the advisory panel of the Trinamool Congress’ youth wing to give suggestions on cultural activities and clarified that he’ll not be involved in any in hardcore political activities. “The Media has reported that I have joined the Trinamool Congress Youth Wing. The truth is that I have been asked to be a member on an advisory board for cultural activities, in my capacity as an actor/filmmaker,” Farhan wrote on his Twitter page. “This is in my understanding, to be an apolitical board. I hope this will clear my stand on this decision once and for all,” he wrote. West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress has formed a youth wing to be led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee. The youth wing has decided to conduct a membership drive across the country while roping in personalities like Farhan, tennis star Leander Paes and tech evangalist Sam Pitroda as advisors. No politics, only advisor on cultural affairs: Farhan Toronto girl is Miss India‐Canada, Lisa Ray honoured Indo-Canadian community across Canada, the annual beauty pageant draws a huge response as it features high-voltage musical performances, songs, catwalks and quizzing of the contestants. Many of the past winners, including Kamal Sidhu, Ruby Bhatia and Gita Bali , went on to make a name for themselves in Bollywood, music and television. During more than four hours which involves cocktails, dinner, dances and music, contestants were first put through three segments of the pageant - Indian Dress, Evening Gown, and Talent. They were then shortlisted to five. After I love Gaga, sheʼs most talented: Beyonce intervals of music and dance, the five finalists were put though the final questionand-answer session. Nineteen-year-old Akhina Mooken, who was finally crowned Miss India-Canada, will have a free trip to India, apart from various awards. Bestowing the crown on her, event organizer Sanjay Agnihotri said Mooken will work with with various social organizations in Canada and India. Started by the late Punjabi businessman Kush Agnihotri, the Miss India-Canada pageant is the biggest and oldest Indian beauty show in North America.