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State engg, mgmt
college admission
to start from Sun

The Directorate of Technical

Education (DTE) has asked
engineering and management
colleges in the state to begin
admissions from Sunday.
Colleges have been asked to
stay open on the weekend to
make up for the three-week
delay. The academic session
will begin from August. P 5

Delhi 2nd, Mum 4th on

UNs largest city list
The UN has listed Delhi as the
worlds second largest city
with a population of 25 million.
While Tokyo tops the chart
with 38 million, Mumbai (21
million) comes fourth. P 15

Pune blast a terror

strike, says ATS

The Maharashtra ATS has said

Thursdays Pune blast was a
terror attack but it was not
meant to cause serious
casualties. The CM has also
not ruled out a terrorist
organizations hand. P 15

HC: Clinics are not

commercial units

A doctors clinic is not a

commercial establishment,
the Bombay HC has ruled
keeping doctors out of the
purview of the Bombay Shops
and Establishment Act. P 2

Sandhya killing: No
one to claim remains
The remains of Sandhya
Singh, sister of composer duo
Jatin-Lalit, have not been
claimed even over a year after
her murder. Lalit wants her
husband to do the last rites
but the suspended Customs
officer is missing. P 5
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+ 8 PA G E S T I M E S P R O P E R T Y
* The TOI Combo offer and Bombay
Times Supplement are available in Mumbai,
Thane and Raigad districts while Education Times
will be circulated in Mumbai Metro Region only.

Times Classifieds | P 16 & 18





CBDT tells officials to cut down on Rains lash city, but

frivolous appeals against taxpayers skip lakes yet again

Threshold To Approach UNiON 2014-15 THE

Tribunal Raised To `4L BUDGET DAY AFTER

he Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has

issued internal instructions to tax authorities
to cut down on frivolous appeals against favourable orders granted to taxpayers.
The threshold limit for filing an appeal before the Income
Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT)
by the tax department has been

Worst weekly fall for

sensex since Dec 2011

ensex on Friday tanked 348

points to end at 25,024.3 and
log its worst weekly drop since
December 2011 amid
disappointment with the
Budget and debt concerns in
Portugal. Meanwhile, IIP rose
4.7% in May, highest in the last
nine months. P 25

raised. Such appeals can now

not be filed unless the tax effect is Rs 4 lakh (the earlier
threshold was Rs 3 lakh). However, no change has been made
in the threshold for appeals filed by the tax department before

a High Court and subsequently

the Supreme Court. Such appeals can be filed, if the tax effect is Rs 10 lakh and Rs 25 lakh
respectively. In addition, the
CBDT has instructed that merit must be the guiding factor
while filing an appeal with
higher judicial bodiestax tribunals and courts.
The monetary limits so
prescribed (for filing appeals)
are merely a guiding factor.

FULL COVERAGE: P 20, 21, 25, 26

They should not be considered as the only factor in arriving at the decision of going
ahead with the appeal process, states CBDTs instruction. This instruction applies
to income tax appeals filed on
or after July 10.
While CBDT has always signalled that appeals should be
based on merit (even if the tax
effect is beyond the threshold),
it has again stressed the point.
In the past, the tax department
has faced criticism for filing appeals without due application of
mind. The taxpayer often wins
the case after long litigation.
Poor conviction rate, P 26

We cant take a policy decision

based on the problems of a
few individual companies

even as the majority control remained with the government.

Engaging Parivar outfits
was deemed necessary in view of the in-house resistance
that some government schemes had encountered under
the NDA-1 government.
Keeping Sangh happy, P 20

Non-core assets sale, P 26



Re-invest home sale funds

in only 1 house to save tax

ften, especially as families grow, a residential

house is sold and
two adjoining flats are purchased in a distant suburb.
This is quite common in large
Section 54 of the IncomeTax Act provides for capital
gains tax exemption when a
taxpayer sells his residential
house (held for more than
three years) and purchases or
constructs a residential

house within the specified

There have been several
decisions by courts that the
term a residential house
could mean more than a single unit. However, the explanatory memorandum to the
Finance Bill has explicitly
laid down that the benefit of
capital gains tax exemption is
intended only for re-investment in one residential house
in India. The relevant sections of the I-T Act have thus
been amended. P 21

FMs speech heeded Sangh Parivar concerns


New Delhi: Wiser from its experience of the past 10 years

when saffron groups at times
outdid opposition NDA, the government ensured the Sangh
Parivars backing for the Modi
governments first Budget by
safely negotiating political mi-

nefields like retrospective tax,

disinvestment, labour reforms
and FDI limits.
Keen to deny the opposition a provocation to disrupt the
Budget speech while also keeping on the right side of the
Parivar, red button issues like
disinvestment were excluded
from finance minister Arun

Jaitleys speech and crammed

into lengthy annexures.
Sources said the finance
minister took care to frame the
disinvestment in public sector
firms as something that would
give ordinary shareholders an
opportunity to pick up stakes
in firms that are expected to
deliver good and safe returns


New Delhi: The government

is readying a mega Rs 50,000
crore equity fund for the power sector as it looks at 24x7 electricity supply in villages in at
least those states that are ruled by the BJP.
The initial corpus is expected to flow in from state-run banks and power sector FIs such
as Rural Electrification Corporation and Power Finance Corporation.
Simultaneously, the government is also working on an asset reconstruction company
(ARC) for the power sector, along with a separate one for roads, financial services secretary
GS Sandhu said on Friday. These ARCs will take over stalled
power and road projects and
help revive them to ensure that
funds lent by banks do not end
up as bad loans.
Sandhu said the strategy
was to recover funds invested
by banks and also to revive the
projects. He said the fund would be set up through domestic
sources and added that foreign funds were keen to invest
but no decision had been taken yet on the issue. Work is on
to give a final shape to the fund. The initiatives come along
with other steps announced in
the Budget such as an infrastructure fund and special provisions for lending to core sector

Cushion on oil prices exists;

no red alert on monsoon yet


Govt readies
`50,000 crore
equity fund for
power sector

Mumbai: The city may have

recorded heavy showers over
the last couple of days, but in
case you thought the downpour may help Mumbai tide over the water crisis, theres some bad news: the rains continue to skip the catchment areas of major water-supplying
lakes and Mumbaikars may
have to brace for some tough
days ahead.
The average total rainfall
in the catchment areas as on
July 10, 2014, stood at 292.7
mm as compared to 1,330.5
mm during the corresponding period last year. This means Mumbai has just 23 days
of water stock available against six months at this time
last year. If rains continue to
dodge the catchment areas,
the city which is already reeling under a 20% water cut could be hit further with the supply being reduced by an additional 10%. Meanwhile, between 8.30am and 8.30 pm on Frid-

Hemant Shirodkar

Bldg near CR tracks

to be razed today
The BMC will demolish a
three-storey building (in
yellow, above) adjoining
Sandhurst Road station from
Saturday following a
landslide, which hit Central
Railway services on Thursday
and Friday. The demolition
will be done at night, so few
services will be affected. P 2

 Water in reservoirs below

avg storage in 10 years, P 19
ay, Colaba received 37.6mm
rainfall while Santa Cruz witnessed 62mm. P 2

Collegium proposes
U U Lalit as SC judge

New Delhi: The collegium

headed by the Chief Justice
of India has recommended
to the Centre the appointment of senior advocate Uday
Umesh Lalit, a sought after
criminal law practitioner, as
a Supreme Court judge.
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has linked the choice to
Amit Shah, saying Lalit was
the counsel of the ruling party chief in two cases.
Along with Lalit, the collegium has also recommend-

ed the names of three chief

justices of high courts Justices Prafull Chandra Pant,
Abhay Manohar Sapre and R
Banumathito the Centre
for appointment as SC judges, official sources said.
CJI R M Lodha, who has
been advocating appointment of senior lawyers directly
to the SC, had last month recommended appointment of
senior advocates R F Nariman and Gopal Subramanium
as SC judges.
Short of full strength, P 20





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Womans post on harassers goes viral BMC to demolish bldg near

She Hit Driver After
Being Splashed And
Dragged, Threw
Back Muck In Car

Mumbai: A 27-year-old womans online post on how she

taught two men a lesson after
they deliberately splashed
muck on her while passing by
in a car, has gone viral on social media. While most netizens have come out in her support, some have questioned
how she could go to such lim-

its. The woman is also being

trolled and threatened by a
few netizens.
The incident occurred
around 8pm on Wednesday
when the woman was walking
home after work. She had reached Shardashram Vidyamandir in Dadar (West) when
two men arrived in a car.
As the footpath was water-logged, I was forced to
walk on the street. The stretch
was dimly lit but safe. I heard
the Honda City accelerate before it splashed muck on me.
The car swerved just in time
and could have hit me. I
was shocked and fuming, she
told TOI.

Mahesh Benkar

The motorist left without

offering an apology. I have
been robbed at knifepoint and
even groped in the past, but
had remained quiet then.

This time, I decided I wasnt

going to be a coward. I ran after them for nearly 700 metres
or so till the car halted at a traffic signal at Kabutarkhana. I
then went and knocked on the
front door (passenger side).
The motorists co-passenger
opened it and realized I was
the same girl they had harassed. The motorist tried to drive
away, dragging me along as I
had caught hold of his friends
shirt collar by then, she said.
Hearing the commotion,
cops at the junction came up
to check what had happened
and a crowd of bystanders
gathered. I punched the men
but they wouldnt apologize

till the crowd forced them to,

she added. Upset at what she
had to go through and the unwanted drama, the woman
then took off a boot, filled it
with muck and water, and emptied everything into the car.
I did this five to six times
till the seat, gearbox, steering,
backseat and their phone
were soaked in muck. My arm
is sore from being dragged.
But I hope my act prevents the
men from repeating what
they did to me with any other
girl, she added.
Her online post was liked
by nearly 3,000 people and
shared numerous times on
Twitter and Facebook.

Downpour dodges major supplying lakes

Water Stock
Could Last
Just 23 Days

Sanjay Hadkar & Uma Kadam


Rainfall between July 10 and
11, from 8.30am to 8.30am
Santa Cruz

Bhavika Jain
& Richa Pinto TNN


July 11, from 8.30am to 8.30pm

Santa Cruz

Mumbai: Two consecutive days of heavy rainfall that flooded parts of the city and railway
tracks have skipped catchment
areas of water-supplying lakes.
Barring two Mumbai lakes
of Tulsi and Vihar, which gained from Thursday and Fridays
downpour, the four major supplying lakes of Modak Sagar,
Tansa, Upper Vaitarna and Bh-



Rainfall so far this season

Santa Cruz



24-hour forecast: Heavy rainfall



Flights delayed

T delayed flights on Friday,

hough heavy rain in the city

operations were not

suspended as visibility at
Mumbai airport did not fall
below minimum prescribed
levels for safe operations.
Arrivals were mainly
delayed by an average of 20
minutes. Afternoon arrivals
from Goa were delayed by
30-40 minutes. Visibility at the
airport was 1,800-2,000m. TNN

atsa, all of which are located in

Thane district, remained dry.
The BMC data stated till July 10, the six lakes recorded an
average rainfall of 292mm against 1,330mm during the corresponding period of 2013. Currently, water stock in all the six
lakes stands at 87,000 million
litres, which may last 23 days. It
stood at 6.75 lakh million litres
on the same date last year
enough for six months.
Even Vihar and Tulsi are


Lake level
drawable level on July 10,
in metres
2014 (in m)









Water stock in lakes on July

11, 2014 | 87,184 million litres
Water stock in lakes on
the same date in 2013 |
6.75 lakh million litres
Students, vehicles navigate a flooded Parel-Lalbaug stretch on Friday

way short of the average rainfall last year. It has rained

553mm so far in Vihar against
1,396mm during the period last
year. Similarly, Tulsi recorded
607mm against 2,372mm then.
The other four lakes have
barely received 10% of last
years rainfall. Civic officials
blame lack of cloud formation
over the four Thane lakes.
The city is reeling under a
20% water cut, which will be increased further by 10% if rain-

fall continues to be poor.

After a dry spell in June, heavy rains brought a much-needed relief to the city. Total rainfall till the morning of July 11
was 601.6mm at Santa Cruz and
659.3mm at Colaba. Between
8.30am and 8.30pm on July 11,
Colaba received 37.6mm and
Santa Cruz 62mm.
The Indian Meteorological
Department has forecast heavy
rain over the next 24 hours.
Weather bureau officials said a

trough from Gujarat to Kerala

is expected boost rainfall.
There is a low pressure
gradient, which is even better
near Arabian Sea, and Mumbai is expected to get good rainfall in the next 24 hours. The
current cloud cover is something we had not seen in June. As
winds are expected to reach at
60kmph, we have even issued a
fishermens warning in Maharashtra and Goa, from 11am on
July 11 for the next 24 hours,



4.83m 4.95m

said S G Kamble, director, Doppler Weather Radar, the Regional Meteorological Centre,
On Friday, the difference
between minimum and maximum temperatures reduced
further. Colaba and Santa
Cruz recorded maximum temperatures of 26.6 degrees Celsius and 26.8 degrees, respectively, while minimum temperatures were 24.5 degrees and
24.6 degrees.

tracks after CR issues threat

Pics: Anil Shinde and Hemant Shirodkar

Manthan K Mehta &

Bhavika Jain TNN

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai

Municipal Corporations decision to demolish a three-storey
building abutting Sandhurst
Road station late on Saturday
night came after Central Railway (CR) on Friday issued an
ultimatum and threatened to
stop services on the Thanebound slow track. Landslides
had affected train services on
Thursday and Friday after debris had fallen on the tracks.
A CR official said, The
BMC has told us that work will
begin around 11pm, for which
we have decided to hold a block
on the route. The Sunday mega
block too will be planned accordingly, to ensure the demolition is completed in the first
half of the day.
Sixteen out of 28 families
had earlier left the building.
A railway official said they
had imposed a 20kmph speed
restriction on trains using the
line till demolition of the
building. Services on that line

Tracks in Thane were flooded

(above) and CR services were held
up after Thursdays landslide at
Sandhurst Road (left)

were held up for 10 minutes

from 12.50pm to clear debris on
Friday. Services were stopped
for 25 minutes on the track after the landslide at 7.10am on
June 10.
A CR official said, We had
informed civic officials about
the buildings precarious con-

Five of family
injured in
wall collapse
Mumbai: Five members of a
family, including three children, were injured when the
retaining wall of an illegal
school in Nalasopara collapsed on Thursday night following incessant rain.
The wall of the B N Memorial Hindi School in Shirdi Nagar, Nalasopara (E) collapsed
on the tenement in a chawl belonging to Jagdish Mishra, 39.
Mishra along with wife Archana, 35, daughters Varsha,
7, Anshu, 4, and son Ankit, 10,
sustained head, neck and
hand injuries. A neighbour
Abhishek Pathak, 19, was also
The school, run by Harishchandra and Urmila Pal,
had been served a civic notice
two months back. It has over
2,000 students and a junior college. The Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) demolished the wall on Friday.
The wall of an unoccupied
municipal school in Vakola
collapsed and three slab crash
incidents were reported from
Bhendi Bazaar, Andheri and P
DMello Road on Friday. No injuries were reported in these
incidents. TNN

dition in November 2013. We

had planned to undertake
work on the boundary wall, but
this could have damaged the
buildings foundation, which
was already shaky.
CR had to cancel 45 services
due to water-logging at Kurla,
Chembur, Mankhurd, Vikrholi and Mulund.
Trains were 20-25 minutes
late on CR and 10 minutes on
Western Railway.

Police send text

alerts as traffic hit

K K Choudhary

Potholes on the Sion-Panvel highway in Navi Mumbai on Friday

Mumbai: The traffic police

started alerting motorists
with text messages to avoid inconvenience as heavy rainfall
once again hit vehicular movement across the city on Friday.
The texts contain information
on congested routes and
stretches where vehicles have
broken down.
Joint commissioner B K
Upadhyaya said the department had obtained permission from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
to send messages in bulk. He
said nearly 5,000 were sent on
Thursday and 10,000 on Friday.
Heavy traffic was reported
at Juhu Tara Road, Eastern

Freeway, Veera Desai Road, Lilavati junction, near BandraWorli Sea Link, Elphinstone
bridge, Dadar Circle to Lalbaug flyover, 60 Feet Road in
Dharavi, Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road, Aarey check
naka at Goregaon (E), Powai to
Sakinaka, Mahalaxmi station
area and L J Road on Friday.
Snarls were reported on
the Western Express Highway
as potholes developed on the
Dindoshi flyover. Water-logging was reported at S V Road,
near Bhavans college, Gandhi
market, Dadar TT, Hindmata,
Andheri subway, Lower Parel,
P DMello Road, Milind Nagar,
Powai and Juhu Gully. TNN

Running a clinic is not commercial activity: HC

Law On Shops
Not To Apply
To Doctors

Mumbai: A private doctors

clinic is not a commercial establishment, the high court
has held, taking medical
practitioners out of the purview
Bombay Shops and Establishments Act.
A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D
Kode has struck down a 1977
amendment that included the
medical practitioners establishments. The constitutional validity of the section, 2 (7),
was challenged by an Andheri-based gynaecologist, Dr
Shubhada Motwani, prosecuted for not registering her
clinic. The punishment comprised a fine, calculated for
each day of non-registration.
She moved court.
Her lawyer, S C Naidu, ar-


PURPOSE AND SOME CLAUSES The act was drawn up to regulate conditions of work and employment in
shops, commercial establishments, residential hotels, restaurants, eating houses, theatres, other places of
public entertainment and other establishments. It protects the rights of employees. Some provisions are:
h Shops are not allowed to
be opened earlier than 7am
(except those selling milk,
vegetables, fish, etc)

one hour after five hours of


h Shops must close at the

latest by 8.30pm (except
those selling pan, bidis, etc)


h An employee cannot be
required or allowed to work
for more than 9 hours a day
and 48 hours a week

The five Mumbai

districts of the Indian
Medical Association
together have

h He must be allowed an
interval of rest of at least
gued that a medical practitioners clinic cannot fall within
the definition of commercial
establishment as a doctor
provides service to patients,
an activity that cannot be
termed commercial. He argued that the amendment had
included in its ambit legal
practitioners and CAs as
well. Lawyers moved court,
and the HC held, in 1984, that

h Every shop must remain

closed on one day of the
h An employee is entitled to
annual leave with pay
for 21 days for 240
days of work

roughly 10,000 members

h Every
must be clean,
have ventilation,
sufficiently lit and have fire
safety equipment

the amendment was ultra

vires (beyond the powers),
striking down their inclusion
in the definition of commercial establishment. In 2006,
CAs were given relief.
In the Motwani case, the
judges upheld Naidus submission that an SC judgment
of May 2, 1968 (in Dr Devendra Surti vs State of Gujarat),
where it was held that the pri-

vate dispensary of a doctor is

not a commercial establishment, will apply.
Therefore, the amendment incorporating medical
practitioners within the definition of commercial establishment will have to be held
ultra vires and is accordingly
struck down, the HC judges
said, directing that criminal
prosecution initiated against

Motwani is quashed.
The Indian Medical Associations Dr Jayant Lele said
the move is significant and
welcome. Clinics shouldnt
be treated like shops. How
can a general practitioner afford to pay commercial rates
for power and water? he
asked. He said the IMA would
now take up a legal battle to
ensure that doctors clinics
dont have to pay commercial
rates for power and water.
The acts provisions are supposed to guard the interests
of employees. But renewing
registration every year was a
chore for doctors. Moreover,
doctors were harassed if
there was delay in getting the
paperwork done.
Dr Lalit Kapoor of the Association of Medical Consultants said the HCs move
would ensure doctors require
one licence less than before to
set up their practice. We
have been requesting the
BMC to work out single-window clearance for doctors
clinics and nursing homes.
(With inputs from
Malathy Iyer)

Dead sister returns as daughter on same birthday


Mumbai: Ashish Naik has named his five-year-old

daughter after his elder sister, Nandini, who was
among 187 people killed in the July 2006 Mumbai
train blasts, as they share the same birthday (April
25). Nandini, who was 27 and was working with ICICI Bank, was returning home in the evening when
the blast occurred at Borivli station.


We got compensation from the government and
bank, but Nandinis loss will always be there, said
There were seven blasts in 11 minutes between
6.24pm and 6.35pm. TOI contacted several victims
who were severely hurt in the blasts, but many de-

clined to comment as they said

that only they know what they
have been through in the last
eight years. Politicians and the
media only remember us once in a
year, on July 11. We are quite unhappy about this, stated the family member of a grievously injured victim.
MP Kirit Somaiya told TOI, I had met many victims and their families to ensure that they get compensation from the government and the railways.
But those injured have only been compensated for
primary medical treatment and operations, and not
for surgeries over the years.
Somaiya said Allwyn DCunha of Vasai had to
pay for the successive surgeries for injuries on his
right thumb and index finger, amounting to over Rs

Nandini Naik (left), who was killed in the train blast at

Borivli and (above) her younger brother Ashish and his wife
Vishakha with their daughter, who they have named
Nandini too, as they share the same birthday

5 lakh so far. Over 30 grievously hurt people should

also be compensated for successive surgeries, he
In Memoriam: Pic P6



RTI query challenges TV episode

on death faked in 11/7 train blasts


On Show Not On REALITY TV EPISODE | THE bombings was sourced
by RTI activist Anil
reality TV show, in an
PLOT Galgali.
List Of Fatalities Aepisode
He found no
aired earlier this

n RTI query on
the fatalities in
the 2006 Mumbai
train blasts has
discredited a
true story featured on a
popular reality TV show that
depicted the distress of a
man whose girlfriend faked
her death in the blasts.
The episode, aired earlier
this year, showcased the tale
of a young man who told the
show host that his childhood
feigned her death in the train
bombings of July 11, 2006,
that killed 187 and injured
around 900. She placed her
mobile phone next to the body
of a badly burnt female victim, leading the police to misidentify the body. The youth
said the body was cremated
by his fiances family. Two

suicide case
moved to CBI

year, showcased the story

of a young man (now 27) who
said his girlfriend faked her
own death in the Mumbai train
blasts of July 2006. She placed
her mobile phone next to a
badly burnt body of a blast
victim, which misled the police.
He said he discovered her two
year later in Bangalore, where
she was living with a new lover

RTI QUERY | A list of the

match with the girl

mentioned in the TV show


reached by TOI, the young
man featured on the show
denied that that story was
his. I was asked by the TV
channel to act out this story. I
was told it is someone elses
true story, he said

names and addresses of the

187 people killed in the train

spokesperson said the show

is scripted, but inspired from
real-life incidents

years later though, he discovered the girl in Bangalore.

When confronted, she admitted that she wanted to flee
with a new lover to Bangalore
and the blasts provided a good
opportunity to start life
afresh, the youth told the host.
Intrigued by the story on
TV, an RTI activist probed it

further. Anil Galgali procured the list of names and

addresses of the 187 fatalities, but found no match with
the girl mentioned in the TV
show. I went through the entire list, but none of them
matched the profile of what
was shown in the TV show.
The young mans interview

On July 11, 2006, seven blasts
went off in Mumbais local
trains in a span of 11 minutes
(6.24pm to 6.35pm). A total of
187 people were killed and
nearly 900 injured. Many of
the grievously injured are
still undergoing treatment
looked twisted, said Galgali.
When TOI contacted the
youth (now 27) featured in the
show, he said the story was
scripted and that he was never a victim of a cheating fiasco involving the blasts. In
2006, I was an engineering
student, so there is no question of me being engaged

then. I was asked by the TV

channel to act out this story. I
was told it is someone elses
true story, said the man,
who runs an event management company in Delhi.
Questioned why the episode
referred to the account as his
true life, he said: You must
ask the channel that, I have
no idea. I am just an actor.
A spokesperson for the
show told TOI on Thursday:
Our show is scripted, but inspired from real-life incidents. We dramatise the stories of people interviewed
and also put a disclaimer in
this regard. When told the
young man has denied it was
his story, the spokesperson
reiterated that the show was
scripted, but inspired from
real-life events.
Galgali however countered: If the show is inspired by
real-life events, who is this
girl who faked her death? A
clarification is required. The
families and survivors of the
July 2006 train blasts are still
suffering because of that
act of terrorism.

Technician alleges cop harassment

after composer accuses him of theft



Mumbai: Home minister R R

Patil on Thursday transferred
the inquiry in the Charudutta
Deshpande suicide case to the
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Deshpandes family had
written to Patil that the investigation of Tata Steel officers
accused of abetment was deliberately stalled by the
Thane rural police.
Deshpande, a former journalist and a PR executive with
Tata Steel, died on June 28 last
year at his home in Vasai.
An FIR was lodged at the
Vasai police station charging
Prabhat Sharma, deputy corporate communications manager at Tata Steel, and others
with abetment of suicide under Section 306 of the IPC.
The police had not taken
Sharma into custody for interrogation even after the Vasai
sessions court indicated in January that there was prima facie evidence to reject his anticipatory bail application.

Mumbai: A technician has

complained to Mumbai police
commissioner Rakesh Maria
of police harassment after
music composer Lalit Pandit
accused him of stealing a
sound-effects processing machine. He alleged in his written complaint that the D N Nagar police detained him and
his associate, and that an officer ordered his associate to
strip in the police station.
Dhruv Datta (39) and his associate run a company that assembles and repairs audio-visual equipment. Lalit denied
influencing the police against
Datta. And the senior inspector at D N Nagar police station
said he was unaware of any harassment incident.
According to Datta, Lalit
gave him a sound effects processing machine to fix two years
back, which he did and returned a long time ago.
But Lalit alleged that Datta
did not give back the equipment. The machine had emo-



h A technician, Dhruv Datta
(39), has accused D N Nagar
police of harassment after
composer Lalit Pandit
accused him of stealing
sound equipment. Lalit
denies influencing the police
h Datta alleges he and his
associate were called to D N
Nagar police station on July 3;
his associate was taken to a
separate room and asked to
strip. Senior inspector at
the station denies knowledge
of any such incident
h Datta alleges a retired DCP,
Ambadas Pote, asked him to
settle the matter with Lalit.
Pote denies the allegation
tional value for me. I recorded
my hit song Pehla Nasha for
the film Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar on it. Since he did not re-

turn it for two years, I went to

the police. But I gave it to him
on a verbal agreement and I did
not have documents to back
me. So I decided not to file a police case, said Lalit.
Yet, Datta said he was tormented by the police. He alleged the harassment began
last month after he had an argument with Lalit over the repairs of a computer he had lent
to the music composer. He
said the computer developed
snags, to repair which he
sought Rs 18,000. When I
asked for the money, he was
hurt and he raked up an
old issue to harass me, alleged
Datta. Lalit said Datta was
overcharging him for minor
works, so he started hiring other technicians.
On June 28, a plainclothes
crime branch officer arrived at
Dattas studio to check his details, according to Datta. After
that, Datta alleged, a recently

retired deputy police commissioner (crime), Ambadas Pote,

called him and asked him to
settle the matter with Lalit.
Pote denied the allegation.
On July 3, according to Datta, he and his associate were
called to D N Nagar police station. Lalit was in the inspectors cabin with two persons.
The inspector alleged that my
associate stole Lalits machine
two years ago. He asked me to
wait and told my associate to
come along to a torture room.
He then asked my associate to
remove his clothes and belongings. My associate refused,
Datta said.
Ashok Pandit reached the police station after Datta called
him for help. I asked the police
why the two had been detained.
That is when the officer
changed his stand. He said the
two were innocent and were
free to go, said Ashok.

BMC to use social media to spread

its water conservation message

Mumbai: The BMC has planned a mass awareness drive, including use of social media, to
spread the message of water
The BMC had introduced
20% water cuts owing to depleting water stocks. Another 10%
cut may be in the offing if rain

continues to play truant. The

BMC has lined up its media
campaign across print, television, radio and the internet.
It will also put up hoardings
with the message. Civic school
children will be taught the importance of water; essay and
drawing competitions on the
topic will be held.
The BMC will also send out

text messages to 1.35 lakh Mumbaikars. It will use WhatsApp

and upload a short film on water conservation on YouTube.
The message created for
the public includes advisory
like switching from having a
shower to using a bucket to save
water, not shaving with the tap
on, and so on, said a civic official.




42k FYJC seats not in 18 months on, Sandhyas skeletal remains still
students preference lie with police as family doesnt claim them
Competition Is
Only For Top
City Colleges

Mumbai: Even as thousands

of students are yet to be allotted first year junior college
(FYJC) seats after two general
merit lists, over 22% of the total seats have not had any takers in the ongoing online admission process.
Over 2 lakh aspirants
signed up for the online process of admission to 1.9 lakh
seats available in all three
streamsscience, arts and
commercein colleges in the
Mumbai Metropolitan Region
(MMR). According to data
from the office of the deputy director of education, in spite of
the number of applicants outweighing the number of available seats, 42,480 seats across
streams have not had any applicants.
Popular colleges have
more applicants than intake
capacity. On the other hand,
there are colleges where demand is poor. Most of these colleges are outside Mumbais
city limits, said deputy director of education N B Chavan.
At the end of the second merit
list, announced on Wednesday,
7,511 students were yet to be allotted seats.

Applicants | 203,378
Seats | 190,809 (including
31,431 surrendered after
completion of minority quota
Students allotted seats in
first merit list | 176,876
Students allotted seats in
second merit list | 53,602
(betterment option for
34,611, plus fresh
allocations, 18,991)
Students left without
seats after second
merit list | 7,511
Seats with no
takers | 42,480

The high demand for a select few colleges is an unhealthy trend, according to college principals. At times,
students are ready to change
their streams for a particular
college. But the fascination to
get through a college is only
temporary. Even in the best colleges, students do not attend
lectures until they are forced to
do so. There are students who
take risk, cancel admission
and try at our college, said

Engg, management
college admissions
to begin tomorrow
Yogita Rao & Swati Deshpande | TNN

Mumbai: After almost a three-week delay, engineering

and management admissions will finally begin in the state on Sunday. To avoid further delay and to complete
the process before the Supreme Courts July-end
deadline, the Directorate of
Technical Education (DTE)
has asked all colleges to remain open on Sundays and
other public holidays too.
Engineering and MBA/
MMS admissions will begin
from July 13 (see box). As per
the schedule uploaded by the
DTE on Friday, academic sessions at all professional colleges will begin from August
1. The DTE has reduced the
number of centralized admission process (CAP)
rounds from four to three.
While the first two will be for
filling options, the last one
will be a counselling round.
The cut-off date for all types
of admissions for the academic year 2014-15 is August
14, for both engineering and
management institutes.
Also, of the 19 professional colleges which were debarred from taking fresh admissions this year by the All
India Council of technical
Education (AICTE), 16 had


h E-submission & option
form confirmation for
admissions from July 13
h For MBA/MMS, intake
and distribution of seats
will be displayed on July 13
h E-submission and
confirmation of MBA/MMS
option form from July 14
h Engineering/technology
& MBA/MMS institutes will
begin sessions from Aug 1
(For the complete schedule,
visit DTEs website)
moved the HC. On Friday, the
HC said it would pass orders
on the petitions on Monday.
The HC had given the colleges, mostly engineering colleges from Navi Mumbai, ad
interim relief and allowed
them to participate in the admission process.
The final merit list for engineering admissions that
was out on Thursday night
failed to provide relief to aspirants from the CBSE and
the ISC board. State board
students are getting an advantage due to the sheer
number of students applying
from the board, said an engineering college principal.

215 colleges apply

for increasing
intake of students

Mumbai: Over 215 arts, science and commerce colleges

affiliated to Mumbai University have applied for additional student intake capacity. The university, which has
kept a ceiling of 40 seats for
every course, has received
applications from over 40%
of its approximately 500
affiliated colleges in this regard. Among the applicants
are some of the most soughtafter colleges: HR, KC,
Hinduja, Mithibai, Ruia and
Jai Hind.
The decision to allow colleges to increase seats in selffinanced courses by 15% and
traditional courses by 10%
was taken at the universitys
management council meeting on July 7. Eleven colleges
have applied for an increase
in intake in post-graduation
The university had
formed a four-member committee of principals, which
decided on the norms for the
sanction of additional seats.
Colleges that have full-time
principals and approved
staff, are accredited by the
NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation
Council), and have the neces-

Seats in colleges
afliated to Mumbai
University | 1.3 lakh

Afliated colleges | 729

Arts, science and
commerce colleges |
Around 500
Colleges that have
applied for additional
seats | Over 215


Mumbai universitys
management council
members have approved
in principle the creation
of four posts to help in
the better handling of
afliated colleges. The
posts are: joint registrar,
joint director for the board
of college and university
development, joint
controller of examinations
and pro-vice-chancellor
(additional post). TNN
sary infrastructure, will be
given sanction. Colleges will
have to give an undertaking
to the university stating that
they have met the requirements, said Vijay Joshi,
principal, K J Somaiya College, and a panel member.



Deadline extended

he deputy director of
education has extended the
deadline for admission
confirmation to 3pm, Saturday.
Several students could not
make it in time to confirm
admission in colleges allotted
in the second merit list,
following heavy rain on Friday,
said T A Shiware, chairman,
Association of NonGovernment Colleges. So, we
wrote to the deputy director to
extend the deadline by a day.
Until Friday, 19,772 of 53,602
students who made it to the
second merit list were
admitted. TNN

Jyoti Thakur, vice principal,

Jai Hind College, Churchgate.
She said there are approximately 30 applicants per commerce seat and 10 for every science or arts seat at the college.
The popularity of a select
few colleges has kept cut-offs
high even on the second list.
We were contemplating if
there will be a need for more
seats. But seeing the situation,
it is clear that the demand is only for a few colleges. Competition is keeping cut-offs very
high. If there is a need for more
seats at the end of the admission process, we will look into
it, said director of secondary
education Sarjerao Jadhav.

Brother Says Hubby

Should Perform
Her Last Rites,
But He Is Missing

Mumbai: It has been more

than one-and-a-half years
since Navi Mumbai resident
Sandhya Singh was murdered
and her body found in a marshland in Nerul, but her skeletal remains are still lying in the
police headquarters at Crawford Market as neither her
husband not her siblings have
claimed them.
Sandhya (50) was the sister
of yesteryear actors Vijayata
and Sulakshana Pandit and
music composer duo Jatin-Lalit, and wife of Jai Prakash,
suspended customs and central excise commissioner, who
was posted in Indore. Her son,
Raghuveer, has been arrested
for the murder.
While Sandhyas brother
Lalit said that according to
Hindu rituals, the husband
should perform the last rites
hence, they did not claim her
remains, Singh is unavailable to the police. Even her son,
Raghuveer, cant perform the
last rites as he is currently
lodged in Taloja jail.
We carried out the required rituals immediately after her body was found. We
have not made claimed the remains, as Sandhyas husband


DEC 13, 2012 | Sandhya Singh

(50) goes missing from Nerul.

She had left home to go to a
bank to deposit jewellery worth
`20 lakh. But investigations later
reveal that she never visited the bank

JAN 28, 2013 | Two British birdwatchers nd her skull

and other skeletal remains in a marsh in Nerul. DNA

samples prove it to be
Sandhyas remains.
indicate that she had
been killed and her
remains dumped in
the marshes opposite
her housing complex
in Nerul

should perform the last rites,

said Lalit.
The police said that 16 pieces of bones, including those of
the skull and rib, torn clothing,
awig and a rudraksh have been
kept as muddemaal (property) at the police headquarters
as they do not need them anymore. The post-mortem, DNA
analysis and other bone tests
have already been done and the
reports annexed with the
charge sheet. We dont need the
remains. But as nobody has
come forward to claim them,
we have kept them in the safe,
said a crime branch officer.
In most cases, the family of
deceased claims the body as
soon as the tests and investigations are over. Every human
being, even a beggar, deserves a

DEC 16, 2013 | Police arrest

Sandhyas son Raghuveer and
charge him with IPC 302 (murder),
365 (abduction) and 397 (robbery).
However, the entire case is built on
circumstancial evidence
The evidence includes
Raghuveers cellphone location
showing that he and two others
were near the spot where
Sandhyas remains had been found
for a considerable time two days
before they had been discovered.
The police also recover Sandhyas
expensive wristwatch, which
Raghuveer had allegedly sold
to a friends father allegedly after
killing her

funeral after death. The kin

should respect her by cremating her bones, said an officer.
On December 13, 2012,
Sandhya went missing after
she left home to go to a bank
to deposit jewellery. A month
later, two British birdwatchers found her remains in the
marshy land opposite her
housing complex in Nerul.
The investigation was
transferred to Mumbai
crime branch, who learnt
that Raghuveer often fought
with his mother over money
for drugs and had tried to
throttle her in the past.
Also, the mobile phone location analysis showed that
Raghuveer, his girlfriend
and another friend were in
the vicinity of the spot where

JAN 2014 | Police le

chargesheet against Raghuveer
claiming that circumstances
strongly suggest that he had
killed her. Chargesheet also
suggests that Raghuveer may have
taken somebody close to him to
dispose of the body. Her husband,
Jai Prakash, is also under scanner

Sandhyas remains were found

for a considerable period of
time two days after she went
missing. The police said that

Raghuveer was arrested on the

basis of suspicion, circumstances and discrepancies in
his statements.

Two held for

murder of
96-yr-old man
Mumbai: The crime branch
on Friday arrested two people
in connection with the murder of Nagpada resident Hameed Ansari (96) in June.
The police claimed Jameel
Khan and Hamid Nau had
killed him. Cops are on the lookout for two of their associates, Imran Khan and an unidentified tea vendor. Ansari,
who lived alone on the second

floor of Yakub Mansion in
Nagpada, was found tied and
strangled on June 28. Five cell
phones were missing from
Ansaris house. Initially, the
police believed that the killing
was the handiwork of an insider. Based on a specific tipoff, we picked up Khannear
Kurla terminus. During interrogation, he divulged the involvement of Nau and Imran, said senior inspector
Prashant Raje. A cellphone
belonging to Ansari has been
recovered. TNN

Bomb planter
in 2002 blast
Mumbai: The first witness in
the trial in the Vile Parle station, Mulund train and Mumbai Central blasts, which took
place between December 2002
and March 2003, deposed before the Prevention of Terrorism Act court.
The witness identified one
of the accused and suspected
bomb planter Muzzamil Akhtar in court. Defence advocate
Sharif Shaikh completed the
witnesss cross-examination
on Friday. The trial in the case
started this week 11 years after
the attacks.
The witness told the court
that on the day of the Vile Parle
blast on January 27, 2003, he
had along with a friend had
gone to buy vegetables from the
market near the station. He deposed that he saw Akhtar parking the cycle and there was an
altercation about it as the area
was crowded. As the witness
left the market, the bomb went
off killing one person. Akhtar,
a mechanical engineer, was arrested in May 2003. TNN





Munna Mange Memsaab (Drama/

Comedy) 1/2

Cast: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Jordiya Anna

Direction: Shareeph Mansuri Saranawala
Duration: 2 hours 7 minutes
Language: Hindi (U/A)
58888 code: mun


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With great audacity, he proposes marriage to random urban women but his
requests get turned down. However,
there is light at the end of every tunnel. He eventually bumps into a Kat-

rina Kaif-like firang memsaab. Do they

fall in love?
Ample Hindi films with a similar concept have been made before and they
were much better if not remarkable. For
instance, Govinda-Aishwarya Rai starrer Albela (2001) was a light-hearted romcom that made us smile.
While the intentions are noble here,
tacky execution spoils everything.
Forced humour fails to amuse and funny
sounds used as background score do not
compensate for the poor script. The point
that the director intends to make does
not come across either. His attempt at
exposing the shallowness of our society
that prefers good-looking people fails to
Also, performances are forgettable.
The gori mem is the best actor here!
Songs have no relevance to the story.
There is no beauty in this filmliterally and otherwise.
Renuka Vyavahare






Feisty Vidya cracks

Bobby Jasoos!
Vidya steals the show!
z Vidya Balan is a live wire
in Bobby Jasoos, bubbly and
innocent at the same time.
The supporting cast is
equally endearingbut a
detective story needs an
intelligent story which is
sorely missing here. Still,
watch it for the feisty Bobby!

z Vidya Balans acting is

just so goodshes proved
again that she is full-on


z This is a good attempt to

make a different movie on
the unusual subject of
detectives. And Vidyas
performance truly stands
z Bobby Jasoos with
Vidya Balan as lead
is a very special
film! As a detective
drama, Bobby
Jasoos is filled with
delightsand a city
and heroine that
never sleep! I SACHIN

z Its Vidya Balan all the

way! Its difficult to imagine
anyone else carrying off
this role so admirably. But
the movie occasionally
meanders while the music
fails to stir one. I ASHOK

Codes for movies

Munna Mange Memsaab (mun)

The title pretty much sums it up. A

ave and jobless, Munna (Peepli

Lives Omkar Das Manikpuri), a
small-town guy, gets mocked for
being ugly, right from his childhood. His
mother consoles him by leading him on
to believe that he is sundar (good-looking). She also tells him that one day hell
marry a pretty memsaab (by pointing
to a poster of Rani Mukerji).
However, the very next minute, she
explains her interpretation of memsaab
by showing her son another gori mem
(tourist) passing by. Someone like her,
she says. He says, Main aisi hi memsaab
se saadi karunga.
Munna grows up but continues to
nurture his dream of getting married
to a gori mem, just to make his mother
happy. He leaves
his village and
lands up in a city to
fulfil his dream.

Shriram Vernekar

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simpleton runs from pillar to post seeking a gori mem to be his bride.


z Vidya Balan has shown

different shades of her skill
in this movie. Its definitely
a must-watch for her superb
performance. The story is
also quite engaging,
especially post-interval.

z This film will definitely

catch your
attention! Vidya
Balan has acted
superbly. However,
the ending was not
so goodit could
have been more
gripping. But all in
all, Bobby Jasoos is
a good film and a mustwatch. I RAJEEV NARAYAN

The jasoosi wasnt that

z The movie is quite
interestingbut the climax
didnt have a much-needed

hard impact! I TANWIRUL HAQUE

z Bobby Jasoos holds
audience interest till the end
but the climax really failed
to entertain. I TEJA PENUMALLI
z Vidya Balan is certainly a
good actress but here, her
acting is served in extralarge portions, so it is a bit
difficult to digest all at once.

z The movie is a one-time

watch. It becomes quite
clear from the very
beginning what is going to
happen nextbut yes, the
climax was different from
what we expected. I NAVEEN K
z The movie was pretty
underwhelming due to inept
direction and a haywire
script sans a meaningful
finale. Vidya did try her best
but the supporting cast
failed to impress. The ethos
of Hyderabads old city was
captured very well though.


LEST WE FORGET: Platform gap mishap victim Monika More and

Mahendra Pitale (R) pay homage to victims on the 8th anniversary
of the 2006 train blasts. Pitale had lost an arm in the terror attack

Rahul issued
summons for
poll remark on
Gandhi killing

The Bhiwandi
court on Friday sent summons to Congress
vice-president Rahul Gandhi for
his alleged remarks linking the RSS to the
Mahatma Gandhi assassination during an election rally.
Bhiwandi first class court
judge S V Swami admitting a
case filed by an RSS functionary on Friday issued summons to Rahul. Through his
speech on March 6, Rahul has
harmed the reputation of our
organization. The remarks
were made with an ulterior
motive, RSS functionary Rajesh Kunte told TOI. His allegation that RSS workers killed Mahatma Gandhi was against the judicial verdict,
he claimed. Advocate Ganesh
Dalghalkar, who is appearing
for Kunte, said, Rahul has
to appear in court on October 7. TNN

Man gets
back wallet
lost on Metro
Mumbai: A commuter who
lost his wallet while commuting on the Metro early
this month got it back in 24
hours due to alacrity on part
of an official.
The wallets owner identity was traced by a Mumbai
Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL)
staffer using a bank debit
card, which was among its
contents. Metro officials returned my wallet within 24
hours, Gaurav Kumar said.
A customer-care officer
of the Mumbai Metro found
the wallet at the Andheri
Metro station and dispatched
it to the lost and found centre.
A search of the wallet did
not reveal any contact details
of the owner. Kumar said
the wallet contained Rs 8,500,
an Aadhaar card and debit
cards of various banks. Since
the Metro service was
launched last month, 65
commuters have got back
their lost valuables. TNN

Yet to unearth
concrete proof
in Preity case

Mumbai: The Marine Drive

police investigating a case of
molestation against industrialist Ness Wadia on Friday
said they would summon him
only after recording the statements of all the witnesses.
In her June 12 complaint,
Actor Preity Zinta had al-

leged that Ness, her former
boyfriend of eight years and
co-owner of IPL franchise
Kings XI Punjab, had humiliated, abused and threatened
her at an IPL match on May 30
at Wankhede stadium. No arrest has yet been made in the
case. We have almost finished examining the CCTV
footage of the Wankhede stadium where the alleged incident took placed. However,

we have not got anything substantial as clinching evidence, said a police officer.
So far, the police have recorded the statements of 12 witnesses (named by Preity), including IPL chief operating
officer (COO) Sundar Raman, BCCI secretary Sanjay
Patel and Kings XI Punjab
COO Fraser Castellino, Danish Merchant and Jai Kannaujia. Investigators have got
replies via email from the two
US nationals, Jene Goodengough and Miller. Most of
the witnesses, whose names
were furnished by Preity, corroborated her story, said a
police officer.
On July 2, Ness tendered a
list of 9 witnesses who were
present at the Garware pavilion. On Friday, the statement
of Farah Oomerbhoy, one of
the nine witnesses cited by
Ness, was recorded.






IIT-B student team sets foot on

Mars in expedition Down Under

Mumbai: Even as the momentum steadily

builds on Indias much-awaited rendevous
with the Red Planet on September 24, seven
students of IIT-Bombay, of different academic disciplines, have turned into astronauts
temporarily, donning space suits and living
and working in a simulated Martian environment in a remote desert in Australia.
The students belong to the Mars Society
of India, which was launched at the Nehru
Centre in 2012. The society is an initiative by
IIT-Bombay and the official Indian chapter of
the US-based Mars Society.
The Martian experience, which kicked
off on July 7, will conclude on July 20. It is a
collaborative exercise by IIT-Bombay, Saber
Astronautics, an Australian organization
dealing in space technology, and Mars Society of Australia. Saber Astronautics is funded
by the Australian government to operate
a joint Australia-India space exploration
The team is at a remote location, Arkaroola, in Australias northern Flinders region. Arkaroola was chosen because it effec-

Extortion case
accused had
framed a bldr

Mumbai: Qasim Qureshi, one

of the three arrested in a Rs 2crore extortion case, had allegedly, in connivance with some
cops, framed builder Rajendra
Chaturvedi in an attempt to
murder incident earlier.
The criminal intelligence
unit (CIU) on Thursday arrested
Mukesh Ghag, Eknath Ghadge
and Qureshi for demanding Rs
15 crore from construction
group Shapoorji Palanji for letting work go on without hassles
at the firms Tardeo project. The
trio has been remanded in police
custody till July 15.
Shapoorji Palanji has undertaken two slum redevelopment
schemes at Tardeo, where 1,700
residents have been rehabilitated. It is yet to provide accommodation to 138 families. Cops said
the accused were eligible for accommodation at the project, but
continued to create hassles despite being provided alternative
accommodation. They misled
other residents, an official said.
The trio, along with a few
residents, would gather at the
site and stop work. They also
contacted the project manager
and threatened to kill him if the
firm failed to agree to their demands. When the manager met
them, the trio sought Rs 15
crore, said an officer. Later,
Waghela started receiving calls
from gangsters. Company officials said a rival builder could
have instigated Qureshi. TNN


The students in a simulated Red Planet

environment at Arkaroola in Australia

tively simulates a Martian environment.

The study includes geology and astrobiology
in a Martian analogue environment.
TOI on Friday spoke to Dhruv Joshi, a
former IIT-Bombay student and the Societys main founder. He was also the prime
mover behind the current Mars project in
Australia with regard to the IIT students.
Joshi explained that the purpose of the

simulation is to validate the performance of

the rover made by the students. Our team is
constantly interacting with scientists and
evaluating the Martian rover designed and
made at IIT-Bombay, he said.
He added that the team is staying on-site;
and since the location is practically a desert,
it gives a true feel of Mars. They are sending
in daily reports ... everything seems to be going smoothly, he said. Commenting on the
teams compatibility to ensure success of the
project, he said seven of them have worked
together in the past and got on well. The Indian chapter of the Societys Facebook page
says that as part of the exercise, the students
had gone on a geology trip through the Mars
Anologous region. The exercise involved
monitoring of an astronauts heartbeat, position logging using GPS and communication coordination with other astronauts.
TOI has accessed the teams Day One diary, which speaks of remarkable geological
areas in Australia spanning almost 1.8 billion years of history.
Another entry says that one of the places
reminded them of the landing site of Nasas
Curiosity rover at Gale Crater on Mars.

EU nations offer solutions to

Mumbais green, power woes

Mumbai: Even as European

Union (EU) experts pitched
their expertise and technologies
on issues ranging from water
management to creating energy
positive buildings, they were
unanimous that vision and governance, not technology, can decide how a city develops.
Carme Gual via, a representative from Barceolona, said her
city today moves around only on
bicycles. Gual via was in Mumbai as part of an EU delegation on
the invitation of an NGO, Mumbai First, to offer insights on
turning Mumbai into an environmentally sustainable city.
Sweden, for instance, has re-

Barcelona | The 1992 Olympics

gave impetus for an

overhaul. The city
pushed introduced
bicycles as primary
transport. It now plans to
convert arterial roads to forests

generate energy that can run

the house and also be sold to
the grid

Amsterdam | Building with

are being designed to

nature is the towns

motto. With largely
reclaimed land mass,
the emphasis is on recycling water and creating room
for rivers and canals

duced its waste to landfill sites

from 62% to 4%. In Belgium,
buildings are being designed to
generate their own energy.
Mumbais glass buildings,
said the Europeans, were energy

inefficient and expensive to

maintain. They were also surprised at the near absence of cycles here. Ex-chief secretary J K
Banthia, said governments need
to interact more with experts.

Germany | Homes

Man slashes lover, kills self

after she raises an alarm
Mumbai: A 32-year-old man, Jitendra Patil,
attacked his married paramour with a cutter
in Kandivli (W) and then slit his own throat
when she raised an alarm. Patil, a labourer,
and the woman were taken to a hospital, where
he was declared dead on arrival.
Patil, a Kandivli resident, and the woman,
his neighbour and mother of two, were in a relationship since five years. On Friday, the two
had a fight at her house. Patil then picked up a
cutter and slashed her all over her body. The
woman started screaming for help, after which neighbours began banging on her door. Unnerved, Patil slit his throat, said an officer. TNN

BMC scraps RTE admissions offline round

T under the Right to Education Act in unaided non-minority schools. It will in-

he BMC has scrapped the offline round for admission to the 25% seats reserved

stead make sure that students who were allotted a seat in the online process are
admitted to schools. The BMC had declared a schedule for offline admissions, which were to be conducted up to July 11. But the decision was revoked after a
meeting with education commissioner S Choklingam. We felt there shouldnt be
an offline round as monitoring and data collection becomes difficult. If there is a
demand, we will work out a way to conduct the admissions, said Choklingam. TNN





Congress-NCP protest against

own govt takes toll on traffic


CM To Discuss
Issue Soon
Vijay Singh & George Mendonca | TNN

Navi Mumbai: The political irony of Congress and

NCP members holding a
massive protest against
their own government to
stop the upcoming toll plaza
on Sion-Panvel road was too
hard to be missed on Friday.
The over 90-minute
blockade of the Sion-Panvel
road in Kharghar and Kamothe was cleared only after chief minister Prithviraj Chavan assured the
protesters that he will discuss and try to resolve the
issue on Saturday morning.
Prashant Thakur, Congress MLA from Panvel,
who has been campaigning
against setting up of the
new toll plazas in Kamothe
and Kharghar, said, I will
be carrying my resignation
letter while meeting the CM
on Saturday, just in case the
toll issue is not resolved.
Earlier, in this battle of
oneupmanship, NCP leader
Ajit Pawar had suggested
that nobody should be
charged toll on the renovated Sion-Panvel road, and
that the City and Industrial
Development Corporation
(Cidco) must pay around
Rs 1,200 crore from its kitty
to the road contractor.
However, with the state
government making no
move to stop setting up of
the toll plazas, over 1,000
protesters sat down on the
main road between Kharghar and Kamothe, completely
blocking traffic on both
When ACP (Panvel division) S Suryavanshi told the
agitating crowd that their
leader Prashant Thakur
will have to be detained for
causing traffic jam on the
highway, the mob turned furious and prevented the police from detaining Thakur.
Eventually, deputy commissioner of police (zone 2)
Sanjay Yenpure had to call
up the chief minister from
his cell phone and make him
try and pacify Thakur.

Pics: K K Choudhary

For over 90

minutes, the
Congress and
NCP agitators
blocked traffic on
both sides of the
Sion-Panvel road

Even women

The CM
promised to
discuss the
issue on

protesters sat
down on the road,
shouting No Toll,
Halla Bol slogan


after DCP Sanjay

Yenpure called
up chief minister
Prithviraj Chavan
from his cell
phone, he made
MLA Prashant
Thakur speak,
thus ending the

Over 300 pro-

testers courted

TRAFFIC STOPPER: The protest by

arrests as the
Congress-NCP workers on Sion-Panvel road road traffic was
caused snarls for 90 minutes on Friday
I will resign as a
Congress MLA if
there is a need to protest
again, as I do not want to
embarrass my government.
It would be better to
protest as a member of the
party and not as MLA

We are totally opposed to the

local people paying toll when they
have to travel through nodes on a
daily basis. Children from Panvel
go to schools and education centres
in Kharghar. Similarly, it is applicable
for people residing in Kalamboli
and Kamothe

Prashant Thakur | PANVEL MLA

Prashant Thakur | PANVEL MLA

This looks like a funny football match between the state government
and its own party members. The common man can easily make out
the drama being played out in the form of toll protests, only so that
they can seek some votes during the coming state assembly polls
Ramesh Agawane, PWD
executive engineer (Kurla
division), said, The contractor of the two new toll
plazas will not stop construction work as PWD has
not received any such notification from the state government. The Congress
leaders are mainly demanding an exemption of toll
charges for vehicles bearing MH-46 and MH-06 registrations for those residing
in Kamothe, Kharghar, Kalamboli and Panvel areas.
Considering that the
state assemble elections are
just three months away, and
the toll issue is firmly in the
CMs court, Saturdays

meeting will be crucial to

see if Chavan eventually
walks the tightrope or ends
up scoring a self goal
against his own Cong-NCP
combine agitation.
The 9+9 lane toll plaza
has been constructed along
the project corridor to collect user fees in an efficient
manner. For Pune-bound
traffic, the toll plaza is located in Kamothe and for the
Mumbai-bound traffic, it is
situated in Kopragaon near
The toll plaza will also
provide commuters the option of monthly passes for
seamless and quick passage.

Work on the
booths will

Navi Mumbai: Sion-Panvel

Tollways Pvt Ltd, the road contractor that funded the SionPanvel road project, said they
would not like to comment on
the protest by the ruling CongNCP combine on Friday, as they
have received no formal directive from the public works department (PWD) or the state government to close down the new
toll booths on the 23-km long
Kharghar-Kamothe stretch.
Gopal Gupta, communication director of the company,
said, Since we have not received any order from the PWD,
the work on the toll plaza will
continue. We are satisfied with
the way we have renovated this
important road with flyovers at
five locations, which gives the
public six lanes of signal-free
travel and another four lanes
with signals. Travelling has now
become smooth from BARC
junction to Kalamboli circle.
When asked if the protest
was a poll plank for the state assembly elections, which are just
three months away, Gupta said,
We dont want to get into political commentary, since we are
working along with the state
government. However, if you
ask the common public, many of
them feel that the toll protest is a
When asked about the suggestion of not collecting toll and,
instead, making Cidco pay the
contractor Rs 1,200 crore, Gupta
said, This is again a hypothetical situation, which we dont
want to comment on. At present,
we are going ahead with the toll
plaza, unless the state government gives us a formal communication to stop it.
Gupta added, If you compare Sion-Panvel road to the elevated Eastern Freeway in Mumbai, the former is much better in
retrospective. In case of any
emergency or mishap, help can
reach the spot quickly. However,
on the freeway, there is very little
space or lane to actually reach
the mishap point. So, the toll is
just a little price to be paid for so
many amenities.



Fund for smart cities boon for Navi Mum


Navi Mumbai: The interest of

several town planning and civic
officials, including those from
the city, was piqued when Arun
Jaitley made provision for
growth and development of
smart cities.
The Smart City Fund may see
a spurt of infrastructure projects
as Navi Mumbai Municipal Cor-



poration (NMMC) and City and

Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) may try to avail of
this provision.
While Cidco officials refused
to immediately comment, one official did say that discussions will
be held once MD Sanjay Bhatia
returns from leave.
Panvel Congress MLA Prashant Thakur, however, was more
forthcoming and said Cidco

should grasp this opportunity, especially when it came to Navi

Mumbai Airport Influence Notified Area (NAINA). NAINA is a
new city for which Cidco is the
planning authority. The town
planning body is also looking to
undertake projects in the southern part of Navi Mumbai. It
should look into the concept of
how to engage in smart city projects. Cidco should also improve

basic amenities such as garbage

disposal, markets and hawker
plots, Thakur said.
The civic body, too, has plans
to use the provision. We qualify
for the budgetary provision. The
smart city concept has to involve
development of IT infrastructure
and stepping up CCTV surveillance. We will initiate projects
that fit the model, said Abasaheb Jarhad, civic commissioner.

Minor fire in train at

Turbhe station

A short-circuit in the second class

minor fire broke out due to a

compartment of Thane-Vashi
Trans-harbour train on Thursday.
When the train pulled into Turbhe
station, smoke came out of a coach.
Panicked commuters jumped to the
platform. The Vashi GRP called the fire
brigade who doused the fire within
five minutes. There was a 10-minute
delay in services on the line. No one
was hurt. TNN





A week on, officials continue blame Low-lying nodes, APMC mkt

game over Vashi stn plaster mishap continue to get waterlogged
George Mendonca | TNN

Navi Mumbai: Instead of taking action to repair the damaged wall in Vashi station
where a plaster collapse injured a security guard last
week, the Vashi Railway Station Commercial Complex
(VRSCCL) and Cidco officials
are shrugging responsibility.
On July 4, 50-year-old Narendra Singh sustained severe
head injuries due to a plaster
collapse when he was standing
in a queue near a ticket counter. Cidcos chief PRO Mohan
Ninawe said the onus of repair
and maintenance works of the
Vashi railway station building
falls on VRSCCL. In case
there is a plaster collapse, then

IGNORED: Part of the station is cordoned off as officials pass buck

the concerned agency is responsible for any mishap.

However, the plaster continues to collapse while the repairing work is been undertaken at the top of the building.

On Wednesday, a hammer that

was being used by the workers
to repair the exterior walls
atop the station building suddenly fell from a height of
about 50 feet. Fortunately, it

Staircase in shaky Uran bldg

crashes, 28 people rescued
Aashish Gharat


Navi Mumbai: The staircase of a two-story building

in Uran collapsed on Thursday after heavy rainfall
lashed the city. As soon as the
collapse occurred, residents
called the fire brigade who
rescued as many as 28 stranded people.
On Thursday night, six
families living on Qadri
Manzils first and second
floors heard a loud crash. A
few looked out to investigate
and found that their staircase had collapsed. They
called out to others to rescue
them but attempts failed.
The residents of the 30-yearold building called the fire
Late in the night, many


residents heard a loud noise.

I, too, rushed to the spot in an
effort to rescue those stranded on the top floor, said a social activist from the area, N
A fire engine arrived soon
after and rescued the families. No one was hurt.

Qadri Manzil residents

have relocated to their
friends and relatives houses
for the time being. There are
plans to renovate the entire
Qadri Manzil is almost
30 years old. There is another
building in Waniali that is
even older. Residents of these
buildings should be careful
during the rains. The residents were lucky that it was
just a staircase collapse,
said Roshan Bhoir who lives
next door to the building.
Civic officials said there
are several old buildings in
the area and residents make
illegal modification that put
strain on the construction. If
they are stopped, several of
these mishaps can be prevented as well.

did not hit any commuter,

averting another fatal accident.
VRSCCLs general manager Hari Das said, The plaster
collapse repair work is not being undertaken by VRSCCL. It
is being done by Cidcos project planning and quality (PP&
Q) department. Ninawe is misleading the people by giving
false statements to the media.
VRSCCL is responsible only
for the maintenance of the internal areas of the railway.
Ninawe added If VRSCCL
authorities claim that it is
PP&Q departments responsibility to maintain the plaster
work at Vashi railway station,
then I will have to confirm it
from the department.

Fake tip to top

cop lands
man in jail
George Mendonca | TNN

Navi Mumbai: A 41-year-old

man, Majid Hussain, was
nabbed from his residence at
Ekbalpore in Kolkata on
Wednesday for providing false
information about a crime in
Navi Mumbai. He was handed
over to the Ekbalpore police.
A week ago, the Hussain
called Navi Mumbai police
commissioner K L Prasad and
identified himself as Ali Khan.
He claimed that narcotics and
US dollars, worth around Rs 3
crore, was being illegally transported in Duronto Express to
CBD Belapur station. He demanded two cops be sent to Kolkata so that they can get more
information about the operation.
However, Prasad got suspicious and directed DCP (crime)
Shrikant Pathak to check the
veracity of the these claims . It
was found that many IPS officers had received similar calls.
Hussain had even duped a senior cop from Mumbais polices anti-narcotics cell of
Rs 25,000 with false information. A crime branch team was
sent to Kolkata to nab him.
However, around 150 locals
came in support of Hussain to
protest against his arrest. But,
the two cops co-ordinated with
the local police team and detained him.

City Subways
Remained Dry

Pics: KK Choudhary, K C Singh


Sameera Kapoor Munshi

& B B Nayak | TNN

Navi Mumbai: Though incessant rains have brought

relief to residents, commuters and motorists had it
tough on Friday with low-lying areas getting flooded in
the city. Panvel, Airoli, Vashi
bus depots were waterlogged, for the better part of
the day. However, drainage
facilities were running
smoothly in subways, other
than the one at Airoli, due to
timely repairs.
The pump, installed at
the Airoli subway, was not
enough to flush out the water
accumulated at its entrance
and exit. However, drainage
arrangement was better
than the previous monsoon.
Last year, the civic authorities received flak from various quarters for shoddy
monsoon repair works.
A bus depot in Airoli, a
low-lying node, had ankledeep water despite the civic
officials making adequte
drainage facilities.
Similarly, a Vashi bus depot was flooded during the
morning. Though officials
were around to monitor
drainage facilities, APMC
market area in Vashi looked
quite run-down with uneven
and potholed roads.
My bike plunged into a
pothole which was invisible
due to knee-deep water.
Somehow, I managed to rescue myself and saved the
grains from getting damaged, said a trader Suresh
Shetty from Ghansoli.
Turbhe MIDC police station was back to being waterlogged, with cops trying
their best to preserve files
and furniture from getting
soaked or spoilt. This was
contrary to the civic bodys
claims of the station area unlikely to be waterlogged this
year. According to the civic
sources, the new RCC gutter
to be placed here was to ensure smooth flow of water.
However, on Friday, the sta-



on July
11 (mm)

Rainfall on
July 10



Water levels at dams (July 11)

h Morbe | 71.34 m
h Hetwane | 71.05 m
July 4 trees were uprooted in


RAINY DAY BLUES: (Top) Potholed stretch on Sion-Panvel road

between Sanpada and Vashi, (above), waterlogging at APMC market

tion premises as well its adjoining areas were submerged. The gutter-laying
work is unlikely to be complete during this monsoon.
Rain water has seeped inside
the station thrice already,
said senior inspector Chandrasen Deshmukh.
The police headquarters
at CBD Belapur was no better, as the parking lot in its
front was inundated. Panvel
bus depot and the adjoining
station areas were worst-hit
by the downpour.
We had carried out premonsoon renovation work at
key spots that are prone to
waterlogging, such as Koparkhairane, Rabale, CBD

and Vashi subways. This ensured there was no major

flooding in the city. Other
subways will be attended to
shortly, said Abasaheb Jarhad, civic chief.
Laying of culverts, widening gutters and installing
state-of-the-art pumps at city
nodes did help prevent waterlogging. Though the city
received its fair share of
rains on Thursday and Friday, residents were relieved
as they could commute without too much of trouble.
Residents found it relatively easy to reach to their
workplaces during the rainy
days. Shivani Gala, a resident of Koparkhairane re-

Vashi, CBD, Nerul, Airoli


NMMT bus



July 11 4
( till 2 pm)

July 10- 10

counted the harrowing time

she faced while commuting
to her work place in Mahape
last year.
Last year, the roads were
completely flooded and it
was a challenge to get an auto
to Mahape. But this year, the
roads are dry with less traffic. I managed to reach my office on time, Gala said.
Navi Mumbai Municipal
incharge Shirish Aradhwad
claimed, so far, the number
of buses breaking down during this monsoon are fewer
than last year.
The numbers are more
or less the same as on any
regular day. Drivers have not
faced many problems,
he added.

FDA to probe
hosp meal with
insects case
George Mendonca | TNN

Navi Mumbai: Abhijit Jayraj

Kadam (25), who was admitted to
the ICU of Terna Sahayadri Speciality Hospital in Nerul, lodged a
police complaint on Wednesday,
alleging that he was served with
meal that was infested with insects.
Senior inspector Sangita
Shinde Alfanso of Nerul police
station said, A sample of the
meal has been collected from the
hospital and sent to Kalina laboratory for chemical analysis. We
will initiate legal action after we
get the results.
The managing director of the
hospital, V G Wagale said, After
the patient complained of the insect-infested food, we found that
only his rice plate had a small
worm and replaced it with a fresh
meal. The meals of the other patients did not have any problem.
As the FDA is now involved, our
management will also conduct an
FDAs assistant commissioner for the civic area, Dilip Sawant
said, I was informed about the
food-poisoning incident and
found that an ICU patient had
complained about the meal. We
then went to the police station and
also sent a FDA inspector to check
the hospital premises. Food samples have been sent to the FDA laboratory at Konkan Bhavan building in Belapur. If FDA norms
have been violated, then the matter will be reported to the FDAs
adjudicator for breach of licensing condition.

Nepali youth stabs

cousin over `15k
Navi Mumbai: A Nepali youth,
Chetra Mahesh Gogari was allegedly stabbed by his cousin Tek
Debak Gogari (22) on Tuesday.
Cops said, the victim is a Belapur resident and owns a Chinese
food stall. Tek had gone to Nepal
but kept his luggage with Chetra.
On Tuesday, when he returned
and checked his hand bag, he
found his Rs 15,000 missing. He
alleged that Chetra had stolen
his money.
A fight ensued and eventually, Tek stabbed Chetra in the
stomach. He was admitted to Dr
D Y Patil hospital in Nerul and
was later shifted to Lokmanya Tilak (Sion) hospital. TNN





Many city residents open doors to Indian dogs Locals flock eateries


Maintenance &
Indira.Rodericks @timesgroup.com

Navi Mumbai: Move over Labradors and Lhasa Apsos, the

Indian dog has taken over and
is becoming a favourite with
many Navi Mumbai residents.
They feel strays are a no-fuss
breed and can adapt to any situation.
Kharghar resident Anand
Siva has two stray dogs in addition to a Labrador and Golden
Retriever. To promote the
adoption of these animals, he
has been organizing camps all
over Navi Mumbai.
I call them the Great Indian Breed and they are the best
dogs one can have. I rescued

Farooq Sayed

The Indian dog is a

dominant village and

street breed

According to research,

they are believed to be

descendants of an early
Chinese immigrant, but
their place of origin is not
yet determined
Their lean build gives
them agility and speed

GIVING THEM A HOME: Navi Mumbai residents Anand Siva

and Manisha Singh (right) have adoped dogs

one from Palm Beach Road.

The other dog, which is blind,
was rescued from Andheri by
one of my friends, he said.
Anand believes giving them a
home, gives them dignity and a
rightful place to live.
Srinivas Sripada adopted
two strays a male and a female puppies two-and-half

Their firm thigh

muscles give them the
right balance to support
their weight and keep

years ago. While growing up,

this Kharghar resident had a
Daschund and an Alsation
who often suffered from a persistent ticks problem. But with
the strays, there are no such issues. For India, this is the best
breed to have. They keep excellent health and, apart from
regular vaccinations, require

them perpetually active,

which is why, even in the
most pampered homes,
one will never find
an overweight
Indian dog
They can

which means
fewer trips to
the vet
Such dogs adapt to
family diets easily and are

very little care, said Sripada.

He added that with pedigree dogs, enormous care
needs to be taken on matters
related to health and food.
With strays, their body is accustomed to all kinds of food,
so its easier, he said.
Belapur resident Sucharitha Shetty, who has adopted

perhaps one of the most

undemanding breeds ever
Their skin needs very

little grooming

ailments like
hip dysplasia
etc, are

Their average
life expectancy is
around 15 years under
good care

seven strays, says it is a misconception that pedigree dogs

are better. Imported breeds
are not quite adaptable to the
Indian climate. Indian breeds
make excellent watchdogs,
have no behavioural problems
and are fiercely loyal and
grateful to you, she said.
Manisha Singh, a resident


Great Dane

`7,500 to

`25,000 to

St. Bernard
`25,000 to `50,000
Pug / Doberman /
Golden Retriever

as Ramzan treats
tingle tastebuds

Pic: Farooq Sayed


`10,000 to `20,000
Golden Retriever /
German Shepherd /
Cocker Spaniel
`10,000 to `25,000

of Nerul, says her stray is happy with the meals fed and, unlike a pedigree, does not require high maintenance.
Why look elsewhere when
you can adopt your own. In
fact, I dont even like calling
them strays. Its better to refer
to them as Indian breeds, she

drive against
rail fare hike
B B Nayak | TNN

Navi Mumbai: The Navi

Mumbai Rail Pravashi Sanghthana (NMRPS) and Nationalist Congress Party
(NCP) launched a signature
campaign against the Central government on Friday,
discontentment of commuters over the
railway fare hike. The campaign was held at various
city stations where angry
commuters made a beeline
to voice their protest.
We are plagued by the
fare hike at this time when
inflation is at its peak. We are
already aggrieved by rise in
prices of commodities. Also
commuting by trains has become a nightmare as facilities are inadequate, said
Ajay Singh, a commuter.
NCP leaders, led by Sandeep Naik and Sanjeev Naik,
had originally planned a rail
roko as they did last week but
later changed their stance to
continue the protest with a
peaceful signature drive.
The resentment among
commuters is clear with so
many people coming to write
their messages. We will send
this to the government, said
Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik,
who spearheaded the campaign at Airoli station.

Noor Masjid | Vashi

APMC Market
Masjid | Vashi
ROLL | `30
CHAAT | `10

Nerul Jama
Masjid | Nerul

Panvel Dargah | Panvel


ROLL | `25

TIKKA | `25

`95 (a kg)

Jama Masjid |

CUTLET | `15

MIX | `15


`15 (per packet)

(Prices as per piece unless otherwise specified)

Indira. Rodericks @timesgroup.com

he citys vibrant
street food culture
came to the fore
crowds surged towards the markets on Friday.
Delicious food is one aspect
of Ramzan that cuts across all
communities in Navi Mumbai.
It isnt difficult to find these
stalls. Make your way to the
closest prominent masjid and
you will find dozens of eateries
selling kebabs, bhajias and
sweetmeats. The best way to
eat them, the stall owners will
tell you, is hot.
A true foodie has plenty to
choose from the commuters
favourite chicken roll, which
costs as little as Rs 30 at some
stalls, to a proper meal involving curries and naan.
A regular stall has an array
of rolls, baida rotis, kebabs,
cutlets and lollipops. There are
also exotic offerings such as
the special sheermal naan and
lamba pav.
Vegetarians have no reason to stay away with spicy red
aloo chaat, turmeric colouredragda, bhajias made of spinach, onion and potato that literally drip with oil, also on each
stall. Not to miss are the colourful faloodas, which work
perfectly after a greasy and
spicy meal.
Ahmed Fayaz sets up his
stall outside Noor Masjid in

Vashi and he will tell you that

the best time to get to the food is
when it has just been laid out.
The stalls open when the fast
ends. It is not just members of
the Muslim community who
visit but patrons from Navi
Mumbai and Thane, too, come
here for a quick bite, he said.
Then, there is 40-something Ansari who has been
running a stall for well over a
decade now.
The number of people
who visit my stall have increased. Usually, people going
home from work take a detour
to my stall. Some even carry
empty lunch boxes to take food
home, he said. He usually
sells out all his wares within an
hour of setting up shop. Ansari, Fayaz and several others,
however, deviate from the normal plate size when selling
their treats.
The style of charging
changes during Ramzan. We
charge per piece not per plate.
It helps those who eat smaller
portions and food isnt wasted, said Shohaib Malik, a restaurant owner near APMC
market. Residents, however,
during this period dont bother
with the prices. The food is
spicy but it complements the
weather. I give up the spoons
and forks, these kebabs are
best eaten with our fingers. My
wife and I go to these stalls regularly during Ramzan, said
Shailesh Jadhav from Vashi.

Citys plan works as

culverts drain water

Navi Mumbai: Construction

of permanent culverts, relaying and widening of gutters
and installing sensor-activated pumps to avert waterlogging at various areas of the
city seems to have paid off.
Even as rains lashed the
city over the past two days,
residents were spared of the
ordeal of wading through
clogged water. Navi Mumbai,
on these two days, received on
an average 55.45ml and
80.12ml rain respectively, but
there were no major waterlogging reported anywhere.
The engineering department had chalked out a list of
areas prone to waterlogging.
Based on last years rainy
season, we had identified 19
spots, where waterlogging occurred frequently during the
monsoon. Constructing permanent culverts was considered to be one of the ideal solutions, as they ensure that
water flows freely into the
drainage channels, said municipal commissioner Abasaheb Jarhad.
While there are some areas in Koparkharine and Bonkode which get waterlogged,
compared to areas like Chedda Nagar in Mumbai, it is far
better. I am only hoping that
the condition remains same
in the days ahead, said Kanak Tiwari, a resident of Koparkhairane.

Based on last years

data, we identified 19
spots, where waterlogging
occurred frequently during
the monsoon. Constructing
permanent culverts was considered to be one of the ideal
solutions, as they ensure that
water flows freely into the
drainage channels
Abasaheb Jarhad|



Sectors 1, 3 and 6 of Belapur and sectors 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 15,

18 of Nerul were considered
to be prone to waterlogging
and in need of culverts.
Also, it was decided to
work on the gutter adjacent to
Turbhe police station and replace the 60-HP storm water
pump with 120 HP at sector 21,
Turbhe. An electronic sensor
pump was also installed at T
junction of sectors 5 and 6 of
Airoli, while a gutter was constructed at sector 2 to prevent
Adequate measures have
been implemented by the department as part of pre-monsoon work to ensure water
does not get accumulated in
any part of the city. Besides
culverts in areas like Koparkhairne, pumps with sensors
have been installed to automatically eject water as and
when it accumulates, said an
official from the civic engineering department.

Two killed, one injured in

mishap on Pen-Khopoli Road
George Mendonca| TNN

Navi Mumbai: Two persons

on a motorcycle were killed after a car hit their bike, which
skid on the road. Then a speeding truck ran over them. The
incident took place on Friday
around 7.15pm along the PenKhopoli Road.


The cars driver, Sachin
Thorat (24), who, too, was seriously injured in the accident,
has been booked.
Subhash Maruti Sawant
(48) and Ganesh Namdev

Rane (45), both farmers and

residents of Khalapur taluka,
were returning from Pen on a
bike. When they reached near
Khirkhindi village, the speeding car rammed into their
bike due to which it skid.
Then the duo was crushed
under the wheels of a speeding truck.
The accused driver has
been admitted to a private
hospital in Mumbai and his
condition is reportedly critical. According to the doctors
at Khalapur Rural Hospital,
Thorat was drunk. His blood
sample has been collected and
sent for chemical analysis.






Pune blast a terror Who owns our cities? Sadly, nobody

attack, says ATS
Delhi Worlds 2nd Largest City, Mumbai 4th: UN Report

CCTV Footage Shows Suspects Blurred Images


Pune/Mumbai: The Maharashtra ATS, which has taken

over the probe into Thursdays
blast near Punes Dagdusheth
Halwai Ganpati temple, on
Friday said the low-intensity
explosion seemed to be part
of a terror attack. CM Prithviraj Chavan too expressed
similar views in Mumbai.
The possibility of the hand
of a terrorist organization in
the incident too cannot be
ruled out, Chavan said.
came a day after Union home
secretary Anil Goswami wondered why a minor blast
should, by default, be treated
as an act of terror.
Five people were injured in
the low-intensity blast, the
first after the Modi government took over. The bomb was
placed on a stolen motorcycle
in the parking area of the Faraskhana and Vishrambaug
police stations, located 200m
from the famous temple. The
motorcycle used was stolen
from Satara, the CM said. It
belongs to a policeman who
had filed a complaint on June
25 that it was stolen.
The ATS team is now working on leads from the CCTV
footage that shows blurred images of the suspects. They
parked it about 15 minutes before the blast, said a senior
police officer. The officer, however, said the footage was not
clear as the quality of CCTVs
is poor. Investigators said
the bomb exploded vertically.
A horizontal blast would
have caused greater damage,
they said.
The police have informed
the Centre that the blast was
not meant to inflict serious casualties. It was possibly an at-

CLOSE SHAVE? Though agencies are not hazarding a guess yet, the
modus operandi points to IMs role in Thursdays blast

Lens on Patna suspects Mrashtra trip

New Delhi: While agencies have as yet not been able to zero in
on any terror outfit for Thursdays Pune blast, a Maharashtra trip
taken by Patna blasts accused Hyder Ali before his arrest is
being closely looked into. Another piece of information being
considered is a web chat interception that spoke of over 24
recruits from Maharashtra trained by IM in 2012. NIA had sent
two separate alerts to the Maharashtra police. The state ATS has
been working on the information for months.
According to sources, while on the run after Patna blasts,
Hyder Ali had camped in Maharashtra briefly. It is suspected
that he must have been in touch with a few radicalized youths
and may have prepared a module. He hasnt revealed details but
it is known that he visited a few places in the state, said an
intelligence official. Sources said the second alert was generated after NIA laid its hands on the minefield of web chats among IM members following the Yasin Bhatkal arrest last year. TNN

tempt to register the presence

of some terrorist organization, the police claimed.
A preliminary examination of the IED showed that
it comprised a nine-volt Duracell battery, an electric detonator and explosive that prime
facie seems to be ammonium
nitrate. It contained no more
than 300 grams of the explosive. The bomb had a digital
timer and was wrapped in
a plastic bag. It was packed
with ball bearings to serve
as shrapnel.
Though the central and
state security agencies are not
hazarding a guess yet on the

identity of the outfit responsible for the blast, the modus

operandi and the bombs
make point to IM.
Though the arrests of its
bigwigs have crippled IM,
agencies feel some remnant
modules may still be at work.
have found that the suspects
had placed the bomb in the motorcycles saddlebag.
However, the vehicles
owner claimed he had not attached a saddlebag to his motorcycle. This has prompted
investigators to focus on automobile spares shops in Pune
as well as in Satara for clues.

New Delhi: We look at urban

centers as a burden, a challenge, not opportunity, even
though thats where the
growth is, PM Narendra Modi said recently, releasing a
book on Indias future development. Calling for an intellectual manthan, Modi said
Indians should move beyond
roads, highways and ports.
New cities will be built where
there are i-ways, not only
The first Modi-Jaitley
Budget incentivized development of 100 smart cities. And
not too soon. A new report by
the UN, launched on Friday,
projected that an additional
2.5 billion people would live in
cities by 2050. At 25 million,
Delhi is already the worlds
second largest city after Tokyo
(38m) ahead of Shanghai
(23m) and Mumbai, Sao Paulo
and Mexico City (21m each).
The UN expects 37% of urban population growth to
come from three countries
by 2050, India is projected to
add 404 million urban dwellers, China 292 million and Nigeria 212 million.
The crucial missing part is
the fact that there are no owners for Indias cities. Cities
generate significant amounts
of revenue, yet they dont have

At 25 million, Delhis
population more than doubled
since 1990, says a UN report
Indian capital is expected
to retain the spot of the
worlds second most populous
city through at least 2030,
when its population is
expected to rise swiftly
to 36 million
Tokyo topped UNs ranking
of the most populous cities
in 2014 with 38 million

the right to demand a proportionate slice of the states revenue. A McKinsey study projects that by 2030 Indian cities
will generate around 70% of
its GDP. For all this, the municipal commissioner of Chennai can call on measly sums
like Rs 10 crore for city development. For urban growth
to be planned and forward
looking, its important to have
predictable and timely resource sharing.
Second, cities are organic
in nature, which means increased civic engagement is
key to their longer term success. Instead of a national
plan panel, Indian cities, especially the bigger ones, should
plan for five years. World Bank
experts point out that cities

Tokyo and New Delhi

were followed by Shanghai
with 23 million, and Mexico
City, Mumbai and Sao Paulo,
each with around 21 million
inhabitants in 2014
that do well, plan ahead.
The World Banks plan to
assist Indias development also devotes more resources to
transforming urban areas:
Well-managed urbanization
can bring innumerable benefits; the strategy will focus
on supporting the efforts of
national, state, and city governments to improve the livability of urban areas, especially secondary cities, while
at the same time working
toward higher agricultural
The mistake will be to look
at urban growth as a migration issue. Urbanization experts say only about a third of
urban population growth is
due to migration. An important third is the result of natu-

ral growth that is, one-third

(and growing) of urban populations are growing up in cities. The last third become urbanites as a result of
reclassification of segments,
like khurd and kalan popular in north India (basically
the extension of city limits).
But even as cities are becoming so large that some of
them, like Delhi, Mumbai and
Kolkata are larger than some
countries, urban analysts
rue their lack of political power, which, they say, is why Indian cities are mere urban agglomerations. When was the
last time you watched a mayoral election, like in New York
or London?
India doesnt actually live
in its villages the 2001 census classified 68% of Indians
as city-dwellers. Research
from the Economist Intelligence Unit predicts that infrastructure spending and expansion of the lower middle
class will buoy GDP growth in
the next few years, achieving
4.5% in 2014 and rising to 5.7%
by 2017.
India, therefore, is in the
midst of a historic transformation. But what kind of cities will they be? Would they
remain the urban squalor of
today, with air quality like
Beijing, or can Indian cities offer a better quality of life?

Chennai club
turns away HC

Chennai: It could go down as

the worst publicity for what is
considered the national attire
in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
On Friday a Madras HC
judge was denied entry into the
Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Club at Chepauk. Reason:
He was wearing a veshti a traditional mens garment similar
to the dhoti.
When Justice D Hariparanthaman alighted from his red
beacon-flashing official car at
the club premises to participate
in a book release function organized by a former HC judge, he
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Bill to legalize PM adviser job tabled

Oppn Kicks Up
Storm But NCP,
BJP See It Through

The Trai Act forbids its

chairpersons from taking
up any position in government
or in private sector after they
finish their tenure with the
regulator. But the resistance
from opponents for
Nripendra Misras
appointment as PMs principal
secretary will not be a
hindrance in the Lok Sabha,
where the BJP
enjoys an absolute
majority of its own


New Delhi: The appointment of former bureaucrat Nripendra Misra as

principal secretary to the Prime
Minister has touched off a political
confrontation, with the government
determined to defeat the political
challenge to Narendra Modis
crucial choice.
The government disregarded the
protests from the Congress, Trinamool Congress and the AAP to introduce the bill brought to replace the ordinance which was promulgated to
neutralize the Telecom Regulatory
Authority of India (Trai) Act which
stood in the way of Misra, a former
chairperson of the regulator, taking
up the coveted post.
Trai Act forbids its chairpersons
from taking up any position in government or in private sector after
they finish their tenure with the
regulator. Resistance from opponents
will not be a hindrance in the Lok Sabha, where the BJP enjoys an absolute
majority of its own.
In the Rajya Sabha, too, where it
does not have the number cushion, it
is hopeful of getting around the opposition with the help of regional parties, like the AIADMK, and even the
Congress ally NCP. Sources in the
government said the NCP conveyed
its support to the government. They
are also hopeful of getting help from
the AIADMK or, considering that
Misra served as principal secretary

On LS site,
RaGa strategy
consultant &
Advani scribe

to Mulayam Singh Yadav when the

Samajwadi boss was UP CM, from the
Samajwadi Party.
Apart from Misras impeccable
credentials, we will be helped also by
the fact that few of the regional parties will like to be part of the Congresss hostility against the government over the appointment of a
bureaucrat. The Congress will be outnumbered and cut a sorry figure,
said a government source.
Telecom minister Ravi Shankar
Prasad dismissed objections to Misras appointment as without any
merit whatsoever. However, the
Congress justified its stand, and was
preparing to drum up support to oppose passage of the bill.
Accusing the BJP of having no regard for rules and norms, Congress
spokesman Abhishek Singhvi alleged that the Modi government was
resorting to ordinance raj for an individual and not for a policy. Singhvi
taunted the BJP, saying pushing of an
ordinance for a person was the governments first major achievement.

Why this great glorious haste,

Singhvi asked.
His colleague Shashi Tharoor
said the party was not against Misra
but objected to the manner in which
he was being appointed. Our concern is a concern of principles, which
is that Trai was set up to be an independent body. The chairman would
not be tempted by any particular prospective future employment, and
therefore conduct himself completely independently, he said.
If you change this, then you are
basically making the Trai chairman
a handmaiden of the government
which goes against the very intent of
the original bill. Therefore we oppose
this bill, he added.
Government sources, however,
said that the ordinance seeks to put
former chairpersons of Trai on the
same footing as heads of other regulators. Heads of other regulatory bodies are allowed to take up employment in the private sector after a
two-year cooling off period.
Before the ordinance was promul-

gated, the Trai Act said, The chairperson or any other member ceasing
to hold office as such, shall (a) be ineligible for further employment under
the central government or any state
government or (b) not accept any
commercial employment for a period
of two years from the date he ceases to
hold such office.
To circumvent this section, the
Modi government promulgated an ordinance amending this section.
The amended section now reads,
The chairperson and the whole-time
members shall not, for a period of two
years from the date on which they
cease to hold office as such, except
with the previous approval of the central government, accept (a) any employment either under the central
government or under any state government; or (b) any appointment in
any company in the business of telecommunication service.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill is to
replace an ordinance issued on May
28 to change the clause in the Trai
Act that prevented Misras appointment. Misra, a 1967-batch IAS officer
of Uttar Pradesh cadre who retired
in 2009, joined the PMO the same
day the ordinance was promulgated
and the bill was being brought to
give his appointment the requisite
legal backing.
Just when Speaker Sumitra Mahajan directed that the bill be
introduced, senior TMC member
Saugata Roy objected, saying it violated the rules of procedures. He said,
The Trai amendment bill is being
brought in just to suit the appointment of a superannuated IAS officer.
Just for this you are taking away all
independence of Trai. AAP MPs too
joined the protest asking government
not to introduce the bill.

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Govt pushes through

AP reorganization bill

New Delhi: In a first indication

of NDAs numbers in Lok Sabha, the government on Friday
rammed through the Andhra
Pradesh Reorganization (Amendment) Bill amid stiff opposition from the TRS and the BJD
MPs. Though some Congress
MPs did protest, the party could
not distance itself from the Bill
that was crafted by the Manmohan Singh government.
In fact, the Congresss inability to oppose the bill, along
with the support of parties like
YSR Congress and TDP, helped
the government push the bill in

Jkhand minor
gangrape: RS
MPs seek action

New Delhi:Cutting across party lines, members of Rajya Sabha condemned the rape of a
minor Dalit girl in Jharkhand,
allegedly on the diktat of a
village elder. Members requested the government to take
necessary action and inform
the House.
Necessary action will be
initiated in the serious matter
after taking up the issue with
the Prime Minister, minister
for social justice and empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot assured the House.
Raising the issue during zero hour, Prabhat Jha (BJP) said
heads should hang in shame
over the incident, alleging that
an influential village elder issued a diktat for raping the minor girl with the entire village
remaining a mute spectator.
He said the girl was dragged
and raped but none could come
to her rescue while the hapless
father and mother of the victim
had to face much difficulty in
lodging the complaint with local police. I appeal to the government of India to ensure justice to her. This kind of
incidents cannot happen in India... strict action is needed,
Jha said, as members cutting
across party lines shouted
shame, shame.
Leader of the opposition
Ghulam Nabi Azad said the entire police machinery and the
village should be held accountable for the incident.

Lok Sabha. BJD leader Bhartruhari Mahtabs demand for a division on the bill that includes
the transfer of some villages in
Khamman in Telangana to
Andhra Pradesh was ignored
by the Speaker.
The bill, which replaces an
ordinance, was opposed by MPs
on the ground that it was unconstitutional as state legislatures
had not been consulted and
presidential consultations had
not taken place. Lok Sabha
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan,
however, rejected the objections
on the grounds that interpretation of the Constitution was the
job of the Supreme Court.

Bhopal: A Madhya Pradeshbased activist has written to

speaker Sumitra Mahajan asking her to check professions of
BJP leader L K Advani and Congress VP Rahul Gandhi mentioned on the Lok Sabha website and rectify the information
if found wrong.
Advani is shown as journalist and Rahul strategy consultant by profession on the website. When they contested
elections, Advani stated in his
affidavit he was a social worker
by profession and Rahul said he
was a member of parliament,
activist Chandra Shekar Gaur
told TOI.
He said he has also requested the Speaker to ensure
contact details like email id and
official phone number of Prime
Minister Narendra Modi are
provided on the website as he is
also an MP.
If complete details of other
MPs are provided, then why
should Modi be an exception?

Pak SC admits plea

to trace missing
Mumbai youth

Hamid Ansaris parents have also sought the UNs help to find him

trace her son. Fauzia, who is

in Delhi, said she had met exAmritsar: The Pakistan Su- ternal affairs minister Sushpreme Court has admitted a ma Swaraj seeking her help.
Ansari (28), an IT engipetition seeking wherneer, had gone to Kaeabouts of an Indian,
bul on November 4,
who disappeared from
2012 for a job.
the countrys Khyber
Till November 10,
Pakhtunkhwa provhe used to contact me
ince in 2012.
daily but after that thAll Maharashtra
Human Rights Wel- Hamid Ansari ere was no news from
him, she said. After
fare Association filed
the petition to trace Mumbai- checking Ansaris email and
based Hamid Ansari. But no Facebook accounts, it came
Pakistani lawyer has come to light he was in touch with a
forward to appear in the case, few Pakistani friends before
forcing the AMHRWA to crossing over to Pakistan.
Fauzia said it was straseek the UNs help. Ansaris
mother, Fauzia, said this is nge that no lawyer had come
the first good news she has forward to take up the case.
heard since her son went We have now written to the
missing in Pakistan in No- UN to direct Pakistan Huvember 2012. She hoped Pa- man Rights Organization to
kistani authorities would arrange a lawyer, she said.

New Delhi: After having transferred two

political appointees in Raj Bhavans, the
Centre expects others like Kerala governor
Sheila Dikshit to quit on their own and will
wait a while to see if they read the message.
Though the government shifted Gujarat
governor Kamla Beniwal to Mizoram when
she had just a few months of her tenure to
run, the same tactic may not be employed for
other political appointees just yet.
Senior sources said the transfer option
is being held in abeyance for now as the
home ministry feels the governors in the
line of fire might quit on their own even if
they seem to be digging in their heels. The
signal that they are now unwelcome had
been beamed loud and clear and the governors would realize that attempting to hang
on to their offices would be futile.
Mizoram governor Vakkom Purushothaman, who was moved to Nagaland, has resigned, and even though he went public with
his resentment at being shifted, the Centre
hopes other incumbents take the hint. Dikshit had met PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday, in what was termed a courtesy call. The
same day, she sought to use governorship as
a shield in a graft case filed against her.
The former Delhi CM argued in the Delhi high court that an FIR lodged against her
in a case relating to alleged misuse of public
funds for an advertisement campaign ahead
of 2008 assembly polls was illegal as no such
proceedings could be brought against a governor by virtue of Article 361(2) of the Constitution. As the government waits for certain governors appointed by the UPA
regime to step down, it has already prepared
a list of candidates to replace them.

Mizorams Vakkom Purushothaman joins

the list of governors who have quit

Rajnath: Files on Gandhi

assassination safe

New Delhi: The home ministry on Friday told

the Rajya Sabha that it had destroyed no more
than 11,100 files, and not 1.5 lakh files as
alleged, in deference to PM Narendra Modis
instructions asking all government departments to weed out outdated files. None of the files
destroyed related to important historical
events, such as Mahatma Gandhis assassination or Lord Mountbattens return journey to
England, as reported in a section of the media.
In fact, around 52 files and 67 sets of exhibits,
containing 11,186 pages, relating to Mahatma
Gandhis assassination are in safe custody of
National Archives of India, home minister
Rajnath Singh informed the House. TNN







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Reservoirs dry up as monsoon fails Unprepared Gowda

Water Level In Most Dams Lower Than Average Storage In Past 10 Years

New Delhi: Monsoon deficit

has already taken a toll on key
water reservoirs in the country, raising a fear of scarcity if
rains fail to pick up.
Water level of reservoirs
in most parts of the country
has declined to a point that it is
now not only less than the
overall storage position during corresponding period last
year but also less than the average storage of past 10 years.
It emerged in the Central Water Commission (CWC)s latest update on storage status of
85 important reservoirs of the
country as on July 10.
Though the storage position had been declining since
December last year, it had re-

LEFT HIGH AND DRY: The declining storage in 85 key reservoirs will
impact agriculture, drinking water supply & hydro-power generations

mained better (till July 3) as

compared to the corresponding period last year.
Had it been a good monsoon year, the storage position

would have improved by now.

All reservoirs normally start
accumulating water during
June-September with maximum inflow being recorded in

July-August, said an official.

Besides affecting agriculture in certain parts of the
country, the declining storage
of these 85 reservoirs will also
impact drinking water supply
and hydro-power generations.
These reservoirs drive economic activities in surrounding areas. Thirty out of 85 reservoirs, whose storage status
is being monitored regularly
by the CWC, are in south India
followed by 22 in west, 15 in east, 12 in central and 6 in northern region of the country.
The latest update shows
that except for the eastern region, reservoirs in all other regions northern, western,
central and southern recorded less storage than the
corresponding period last

year. There are 14 states, including Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka,
whose reservoirs reported
lesser storage than last year.
Latest bulletin of the commission shows that the live
storage in these reservoirs
was only 24% (36.493 BCM) of
the total storage capacity
(155.046 BCM) as on July 10.
The CWC has shared the data
with the agriculture ministry
for informing the Crop Weather Watch Group for evolving
suitable crop strategies for
farmers in such a scarce situation, said the official. Thirty
seven of these 85 reservoirs
are also used to generate hydro-power with installed capacity of more than 60MW.

Mumbai man I burnt my fingers by ordering

films Ganga aarti MP exam scam probe: Chouhan
with drones, held

Indore: For the first time

since outrage swept the state
over the MPPEB scam, chief
minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan candidly
confessed that he burnt
his fingers by ordering
a probe into the scam.
He was speaking to reporters on Friday after
inaugurating a school here.
My fingers got burnt while performing havan. I am
the one who exposed the scam
and ordered a STF inquiry.


Varanasi: Four crew members of a documentary filmmaking team were arrested

late on Thursday for videographing Ganga aarti at
Dasashwamedh Ghat with
permits that had expired,
while also using two cam-copters for which they did not
have permission.
The arrested crew members, Sandeep and Vipul from
Chandigarh, Satish from Delhi and Shivshankar from
Mumbai, all between 25 and
30 years of age, are being
questioned by the police, and
their equipment including
the drone cameras were
seized. Two Americans and
two Australians working
with them too were questioned but werent detained.
Those arrested spent
Thursday night in a police
lock-up and were produced
in a court on Friday, from
where they were sent into judicial custody. The four were
booked under Section 188 for
shooting for a film without
administrative permission,
a police officer said.
They were caught shooting the Ganga aarti using
drone cameras. Local intelligence unit or LIU personnel
alerted the police on Dasashwamedh ghat, who then arrested them and seized their
cameras including the two
cam-copters, said additional
district magistrate M P

Four people, including the Mumbai

man, were held for filming Ganga
aarti in Varanasi, PM Modis
constituency, with expired permits

Guj IPS officer

may soon be

Singh. During questioning,

the four claimed they were
shooting a documentary film
on life along the ghats for a
private company. They said
they had shot in Allahabad,
Agra, Shimla and Manali for
this documentary. The police,
on questioning, found they
had sought permission for a
general shoot between July
5-7. But they extended their
shoot without necessary permissions in a restricted area, said ADM Singh.
Varanasi as the Prime
Ministers constituency is
considered sensitive. Its fabled Ghats have witnessed
terror attacks in the past, between 2005-10. On February
23, 2005, eight people were
killed in a bomb explosion at
Dasashwamedh Ghat. Serial
blasts at Sankat Mochan temple and Cantonment railway
station rocked the city on
March 7, 2007, while on November 23 the same year serial blasts took place in district
court premises.

Ahmedabad: Suspended
IPS officer Abhay Chudasama, charged in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, is set to make
a comeback to Gujarat police force.
Out on bail, Chudasama, 49, had applied for his
reinstatement. G L Singhal,
an accused IPS officer in the
Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case was recently posted
in state reserve police in
Gandhinagar after he was
granted default bail.
A 1999 batch IPS officer,
Chudasama was arrested
by the CBI on April 27, 2010,
for his alleged involvement
in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case and was lodged in Ahmedabad, Nadiad
and Mumbai prisons. TNN

RTI pleas seeking similar

info will be rejected: CIC

New Delhi: Repeated RTI applications seeking similar information could be grounds
for rejecting it, the Central Information Commission has said.
A citizens has no
right to repeat the same
or similar or slightly altered information request under the RTI Act, 2005,
for which he already got a response, the Commission said.
Information Commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu said
once an RTI application is answered the appellants shall refrain themselves from filing
another RTI application
against the public authority.
This is because ...as once in-

formation is received and held

by them (citizens) or posted in
public domain, such information is deemed to have ceased
to be held by the public authority, he said.
Dismissing the appeals of an RTI applicant Nitesh Tripathi
who was repeatedly
seeking information
which are highly voluminous, Acharyulu said the
first appellate authority (within the department) and Commission may be right and reasonable to consider this as a
ground for rejecting the first
or second appeal, respectively
among other reasons.
Tripathi had filed a number of RTI applications to various authorities in the health

department and hospitals .

The data submitted by authorities showed Tripathi had
filed at least 12 applications every year at directorate of health services, 17 at department
of health and family welfare,
62 to Hedgyan Arogya Sansthan, 200 applications at the rate
of 30-31 applications per day at
Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital, 100 at Acharya Bhikshu
Hospital of which CIC decided
in 16 cases on the same issue
among others. The information commissioner said applications filed by Tripathi are wide-ranging requiring lot of effort by authorities to collect the
voluminous information which is difficult
to be answered
in one go.


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Unfortunately, allegations are

being levelled against me,
Chouhan said while answering queries on allegations by
the Congress.
The CM, who said
through the most difficult phase in his political career, dismissed
him by the Congress
as baseless. I have filed a defamation case against Congress, he said.
The Congress alleged Chouhan and his wife Sadhna Sin-

gh were involved in MPPEB

scam. The party also alleged
that as per an audit carried
out by the Madhya Pradesh
Local Fund Audit office for
2007-08, a difference of about
Rs 4 crore was detected in revenue earned from sales of application forms by MPPEB.
In a direct attack on the
CM, leader of opposition Satyadev Katare had told reporters that CM had tweaked the
Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission rules to appoint his niece, Ritu Chouhan, as a deputy collector.

gets it in both Houses


New Delhi: DV Sadanand Gowda came under fire in Parliament

on Friday with members accusing him of coming unprepared to field questions on the
Rail Budget.
While in Rajya Sabha the opposition said he was unprepared,
opposition members in Lok Sabha objected to the railway minister and his deputy Manoj Sinhas
absence when the Rail Budget
was being discussed.
During question hour in RS,
CPIs D Raja asked the criteria
or formula to fix the fuel adjustment component when railway
fare and freight rates are hiked.
Instead of giving a direct reply,
Gowda kept saying fuel prices
are rising and it was necessary
to hike rates. At this point, Congress Rajeev Shukla got up and
said the minister was unprepared. In an apparent dig at
Gowda, RS vice chairman Ha-

In Rajya Sabha, the opposition said

he was unprepared, while opposition
members in Lok Sabha objected to
the railway minister and his deputy
Manoj Sinhas absence when the Rail
Budget was being discussed
mid Ansari said all MPs and
ministers should come prepared. Gowda had also confused Himachal with Arunachal Pradesh on a question by
Viplove Thakur of Congress.
In LS, Congress Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury pointed out
that Gowda and Sinha were
missing from the House and
told the chair that the government was totally indifferent.
Minister of state for parliamentary affairs Santosh Gangwar
had to then call the ministers.
Chowdury said, I am formally
registering my protest. The
minister concerned is absent ...

it is demeaning the dignity of

the House. This government is
totally indifferent. They are not
at all serious.
Congress K V Thomas, who
was in the chair, ruled that the
government is working on the
principles of collective responsibility and Gowda's cabinet
colleagues were present. Chowdhury said no minister was attached to the railway ministry
and demanded adjournment of
the House till the time ministers were present. Gowda and
his deputy reached LS 10 minutes after lunch and apologized
before order was restored.



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Pay new NREGA wages, says SC


New Delhi: Activists and

NGOs have attacked the budget for its silence on the National Food Security Act, 2013,
pointing out that BJP had
pushed for universal food security when it was in opposition.
This is in sharp contrast
to BJPs election manifesto.
BJP has always held that universal food security is integral to national security. It
had always said that the right
to food does not remain an Act
on paper or a political rhetoric, said Kavita Srivastava,
convenor of Right to Food
K Sunil Prasad

New Delhi: The paltry Rs

353 crore increase on last
years Rs 33,000 crore budget
allocation for implementation of Mahatma Gandhi
National Rural Employment
(MGNREGA) may not fit the
bill as the Supreme Court on
Friday ordered implementation of new wages effective since April 1.

Implementing the
revised wages will
cost exchequer an
additional Rs 1000
cr, almost three
times the increase
in allocation
The UPA government
had on February 13 notified
new wages for states. For Bihar, wages increased by
16.6% to Rs 153 a day while
in Jharkhand it went up by
14.9% to Rs 158. Wages in
Andhra Pradesh, Mizoram,
Nagaland, Sikkim and Trip-


Campaign (RTFC).
The organization said the
budget made an allocation of
Rs 1.15 lakh crore for food subsidy, which though higher
than the food subsidy last
year, was nowhere close to
whats needed to implement
NFSA. The previous government had estimated that Rs
1.32 lakh crore is required for
the food subsidy component of
the NFSA, it added.
RTFC said the decision to
extend the deadline by three
months for implementation
of the law was a violation of
NFSA. Government has arbitrarily given states three to
six months to implement PDS
entitlements without any
mention of food security allowance as mandatory compensation provisioned in the
law, Srivastava said. Annie
Raja, secretary of National
Federation of Indian Women,
said, We ask the NDA government to overcome double
speak and honour its election
pledge for food security.

Warships to be
next month



Fuel price hike brought Car Pool and

cigarette price hike brings Tar Pool.

ura were increased by

Despite the annual increase in wages under
MGNREGA since 2011, it is
lower than minimum wages
in over a dozen states. This
was why Karnataka high
court directed the Centre to
pay MGNREGA wages in accordance with Karnataka
State Minimum Wages Act.
The Centre had appealed

Patel statue a
matter of pride

New Delhi: The government on Friday said it was

proud of contributing towards building a statue of
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,
whose legacy future generations should know about.
With the Union
Budget allocating Rs
200 crore for Patels
statue, being built by
the Gujarat government, at a time when
the government is trying to get over the slowdown
in the economy and deal
with inflation, law minister
Ravi Shankar Prasad justified the governments allocation of funds for the statue, replying to a question on
the issue.
More than Rs 4,000 to Rs

5,000 crore has been spent on

the statue with contributions from different quarters. The Sardar Patel legacy
has to be told to future generations. Should statues only
be restricted to Nehru (Jawaharlal) and Indira Gandhi ... We are very proud of
building a statute of
Sardar Patel, Prasad
said, when asked
whether the government is justified in allocating funds for
the statue at such a
Prasad pointed out that
the government is also
building a war memorial
and a police memorial in the
Capital, which is very necessary for the country, but
has not been made in the last
65 years of Independence.

PM Modi accepts
Obamas US invite


New Delhi: The Navy will commission two indigenously-built

warships, guided-missile destroyer INS Kolkata and antisubmarine warfare corvette INS
Kamorta, next month.
While the Navy has got possession of the 6,800-tonne destroyer, INS Kamorta will be
handed over to the force by
GRSE (Kolkata) on Saturday.
The long-delayed construction of three destroyers, of
which INS Kolkata is the first, is
being undertaken by Mazagon
Docks at a cost of Rs 11,662 crore.
GRSE, in turn, is building four
corvettes for Rs 7,852 crore.
As part of the endeavour to
steadily build a three-dimensional blue-water Navy capable
of taking care of Indias huge
strategic interests in the region
stretching from the Persian Gulf
to the Malacca Strait, there are
42 warships currently on order
in Indian shipyards at a cost of
over Rs 2 lakh crore.

The Modi government has to dig deeper for funds

New Delhi: Defence, climate

change, energy and regional
security are likely to be focus
areas in talks between US
President Barack Obama and
PM Narendra Modi. The PM
is expected to visit Washington in late September.
US-India ties are on a revival. US secretary of state
John Kerry will hold a strategic dialogue with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj on July
31, US defence secretary Chuck Hagel will visit Delhi to
meet defence minister Arun
Jaitley, and a senior level commercial team will be in Mumbai next week.
US deputy secretary of
state William Burns gave the
formal invitation from Oba-

against the HC order in the

SC, but in January, the apex
court refused to stay the HC
order saying payment of
minimum wages was mandatory under law. This
forced the UPA government
to revise the wages under
The revised wages, as
specified in the February 13
notification and effective
from April 1, is estimated to

cost the exchequer an additional Rs 1,000 crore. However, only Rs 353 crore has been
A bench of Justices S J
Mukhopadhaya and S A
Bobde disposed of the Centres appeal saying implementation of the new wage structure as per the February 13
notification had rendered the
petition infructuous. However, it kept open the question
should states pay minimum
wages as provided under the
law while implementing
MGNREGA and said if any
challenge was made to the notification, then the court concerned would decide it on its
own merit uninfluenced by
the Karnataka high court
When the job scheme was
launched in 2006, the minimum wage for agricultural
labourers in each state was
taken as the standard wage
for MGNREGA workers.
However, in 2008, the Centre
decided to revise the MGNREGA wage rate by indexing it to
consumer price index for
agricultural labourers.


How did the Budget affect the value of the govts holdings in
PSUs? TOI looks at how PSU scrips fared between the NDAs last
vote-on-account in 2004 and the rst Budget of the Modi govt
GOI Wealth
On Feb 3, 04
(In Cr)

GOI Wealth
On July 10, 14
(In Cr)












GAIL (India)




Indian Oil












Rashtriya Chem
& Fertilizers




Shipping Corp.
Of India








Coal India

Total *




* The Total figure reflects gain or loss of all listed PSUs except banks

ma to Modi on Friday morning. Speaking to reporters

Burns said, America has
a deep stake in Indias
success, and in Prime Minister Modis success. Its an opportunity to renew our mutual determination to spur
economic growth in both of
our countries. Our trade has
reached nearly $100 billion a
year, but truth is were just
scratching the surface.


Mumbai: Isros mission to

put an Indian in space in an
Indian rocket has got a gravity defying boost in Narendra Modis first Budget.
Allocation for the GSLV
Mark 3 rocket programme
has zoomed from Rs 10 crore
to Rs 171 crore. It is an advanced version of the GSLV
rocket and can put a 4-tonne
satellite in orbit. Whats
more, it will be piloted by Indian astronauts from Sriharikota. Once this takes off,
India no longer needs depend on European space
consortium Arianespace to
carry its Insat satellites.
The amount earmarked
for human space flight has
also gone up from Rs 9.19
crore to Rs 17.05 crore and
the Isro Propulsion Complex in Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu, has been allotted
Rs 100 crore.

New Delhi: The road transport ministry has circulated

a Cabinet note with the proposal to take out battery- operated vehicles with engines
of up to 650 watt from the ambit of Motor Vehicles Act, officials told TOI.
The move comes barely
days after the SC issued a notice to the Centre, asking
whether the law regulating
motor vehicles was applicable to this mode of transport.
Last month, road transport
minister Nitin Gadkari had
promised that the government would amend the Act
so that livelihood of over one
lakh e-rickshaw drivers is


protected and the police

dont harass them.
As per the present norm,
with engines up to 250 watt
are exempted from MV Act
meaning they dont need to
be registered with RTOs.
For now, e-rickshaws face
uncertainty since their de-

Lalit a man of high integrity: Katju

F comments critical of U U Lalits elevation as SC judge stupid

ut the government returned

Subramaniums name to the collegium for reconsideration
citing adverse reports from
the Intelligence Bureau and
the CBI.
The clearance for the appointment of Nariman and
Justices Arun Kumar Mishra
and Adarsh Goel while segregating Subramaniums name
did not go down well with both
the CJI and Subramanium.
In fact, both Nariman and
Subramanium were designated as senior advocates by the
Supreme Court on the same
day nearly 21 years ago on December 15, 1993.
A miffed Subramanium

ormer SC judge Markandey Katju, in his blog, termed

and unfair. He called him a man of high integrity and a

competent lawyer. Katju wrote: He represented Amit Shah and
many criminals in cases. Lalit was a lawyer practising on the
criminal side. Obviously, his clients will often be alleged criminals.
Secondly, professional ethics require that a lawyer cannot refuse
a brief. Thirdly, a lawyer cannot be identified with his client. The
comments against Lalit are highly unfair. TNN

severely criticized the government and the judiciary before

withdrawing his consent for
judgeship and declared that
he would not practise in the
Supreme Court till Justice
Lodhas retirement. The lawyer said he had been discriminated against because he, as
amicus curiae, sought the
prosecution of Amit Shah,


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available for

7 lakh

7 lakh

6 lakh

6 lakh

Source - mbauniverse.com

Rain check for

subsidy bill

New Delhi: The marginal

rise in overall subsidy accounts for the prospect of
poor monsoon and volatility
in global oil prices due to the
Jihadist violence in Iraq. But
beyond the immediate, it signals the intent to rationalize
dole by ensuring more focused delivery for food and
fertilisers as well as gradually moving towards market
pricing for fuels.
The overall subsidy bill
has been pegged at Rs 2.51
lakh crore against Rs 2.46
crore proposed in the UPAs
interim budget presented in
February. Fertiliser subsidy
is up at Rs 72,970 crore for full
fiscal from Rs 67,970 crore in
the interim budget.
Food subsidy has been left
unchanged at Rs 1.15 lakh
crore, including Rs 88,500
crore for implementing the
National Food Security Act,
from the interim budget.
But the biggest indicator
of the governments intent on
subsidy is pruning of fuel
subsidy to Rs 63,426 crore

I stand vindicated,
says Chidambaram


against revised estimate of Rs

85,480 crore in 2013-14.
The higher fertiliser subsidy would take care of the
rising bill as demand goes up
due to poor monsoon and
manufacturing cost increases due to costlier input owing
to higher oil and gas prices.
The fuel subsidy appears
adequate if diesel price is allowed to gradually catch up
with the market and cooking
gas subsidy is pruned by plugging leakages and shaving the
beneficiary list.

Easing FDI
norms to
create jobs

New Delhi: Former finance

minister P Chidambaram
has said he is happy to find
the BJP governments first
Budget validating the figures
presented by him in the interim Budget.
The imprint of UPA governments policies can be
found throughout the Budget
speech and in the Budget documents,
said, adding it is not possible
to come out with a Congress-Mukt Budget. Welcome to the real world... BJP
sought a mandate for Congress-Mukt
friend, Arun Jaitley, would
have realized that it is not possible to have even a CongressMukt Budget, he said.
He said Arun Jaitleys

sign has been certified.

Sources said the Cabinet
note also mentions advisories that can be issued to
states and local authorities
to regulate these vehicles
and norms for drivers, once
the amendment in the Act is
cleared by the Cabinet.
One of them is the provision of allowing only drivers
to own the vehicles, which is
aimed at avoiding a situation
where only a handful of people own a cluster of e-rickshaws. This was the scenario
in Delhi in case of auto-rickshaws until the transport department made it a norm
that new auto-rickshaws
will be registered only when
these are owned by drivers.

Supreme Court still short of full strength of judges

 From P 1



Budget has the imprint of

UPA policies on fiscal consolidation, GST, FDI cap in insurance and social schemes.
I am glad that Arun Jaitley has acknowledged the basic validity of the numbers
presented in the Interim Budget for 2014-15... He has also
maintained tax revenue estimates for Corporation Tax,
Customs and Service Tax,
the former FM said.

Mumbai: With the FM proposing 49% FDI in defence and

insurance, HR experts expect
medium to long-term job creation in these sectors.
The focus is on investments in key areas to revive
the economy and spur job
growth with a priority on execution and implementation of
schemes, Moorthy K Uppaluri, CEO, Randstad India, said.
MSME sector, which has
got a Rs 10,000 crore boost, is
expected to emerge as a key
job creator. Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder & senior
VP, TeamLease, said the proposal to set up 100 smart cities
shall bridge the dilemma of
whether one should take people to jobs or jobs to people.

E-rickshaws: Despite SC Ganga clean-up

query, Gadkari moves on to please Sangh

Burns is on a two-day visit to

India to strengthen bilateral ties


Calcutta Ahmedabad Bangalore Lucknow

Bhattacharya |
Chairman, SBI

Food security
left starving
in Budget,
`353cr Increase In Budget Not Enough To Implement Order Space flight
say activists
soars on
funds boost

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5.8 lakh

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5 crore

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annum basis

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SATURDAY | JULY 12, 2014

now the BJP president, in the

Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. Justice Lodha had
criticized the Centres unilateral decision to segregate
Subramaniums name while
expressing shock over the
way the lawyer went public
with his unpleasant ninepage letter.
The Supreme Court pres-

ently has 27 judges, four less

than the sanctioned strength.
If the government expeditiously clears the appointment of Lalit and Justices
Pant, Sapre and Bhanumati,
the apex court will have full
working strength. But a vacancy will arise when Justice
C K Prasad retires on July 14.
Lalit was designated as se-

nior advocate by the Supreme

Court on April 29, 2004. His
strengths as an advocate were
his thoroughness with the
case, patience in explaining
legal questions and the sober
demeanour in presenting the
case before the bench.
Given the dearth of good
criminal lawyers, politicians
to cine stars facing prosecution had engaged him in different courts. The trust Lalit
enjoyed with the courts saw
the Supreme Court bench
headed by Justice G S Singhvi
tell the CBI to appoint him as
special public prosecutor in
the 2G spectrum scam case.
Justices Pant, Sapre and
Bhanumati are heading the
high courts of Meghalaya,
Gauhati and Jharkhand.


New Delhi: Considering the

resistance of the Sangh Parivar to some of the schemes
initiated by NDA-1, finance
minister Arun Jaitley engaged with representatives
of the Sangh before presenting the Budget on Thursday.
Though seen as long overdue, labour law reforms were
left well alone for another
day because of the sensitivities of BMS, the Sanghs labour outfit.
Susceptible to opposition
politicking, labour reforms
could raise the hackles of the
Sanghs swadeshi and trade
union outfits too.
Seconding Jaitleys caution, Prime Minister Narendra Modi felt the Vodafone
retrospective tax case needed careful handling.
Any move to bail the telecom giant out of its Rs 22,000crore tax liability would attract cries of sellout to big
business. It was felt that despite expectations in business circles that the controversial 2010 amendment
would be done away with, a
promise not to raise fresh liabilities rather than rescinding the clause was considered prudent.
Jaitley, who recused himself from considering the Vodafone file on the grounds
that he once tendered advice
as a lawyer to the firmthough in an unrelated
safeguards rather than scrapping the law.
By Tuesday, barring minor editing, the final draft of
the Budget had taken care of

the Parivars cultural concerns, providing a generous

package for rejuvenating the
Ganga and cleaning the
ghats. Tourist-pilgrim circuits, a promise of rail links
to Char Dham and the Rs 500
crore package for Hindu migrants forced out of Kashmir
were other issues that were
highlighted keeping in mind
the Parivars concerns.
Keeping the saffron clan happy was as important as ensuring that major constituencies like neo-middle class,
big and small farmers and
urban classes who made up
the 17 crore voters who
backed the BJP in the 2014
elections were taken care of.
Lessons were drawn from
the previous NDA experience
where the Sangh felt let down
that some of its agendas that
were much less demanding
than the Ram temple remained unattended. The partial easing of FDI in some
sensitive sectors like defence
was broached with care.
While raising the FDI
limit to 49% would pass, taking it to 74% was a risk. Same
for the insurance sector
where the NDA had backed a
hike in limits, but dug in its
heels when in the opposition.
The Congress-BJP standoff
over insurance had something to do with the animosity between then finance minister P Chidambaram and
BJP leader Yashwant Sinha
who chaired the standing
committee on finance.
Interestingly, while Sinha came around to easing
FDI norms in pension
norms, he remained reluctant on insurance.



GDP ($ billion)


M-Cap ($ billion)
Sources: IMF WEO database, Bloomberg

Investor wealth, as measured

by the BSEs market cap, has
uctuated over the past decade.
In some years, it exceeded Indias
GDP. The last years of UPA saw
market cap take a hit but the
recent rally could change that





Mumbai: As families grow,

a growing trend especially
in metros such as Mumbai
has been to sell a residential
house to buy two adjoining
ats, most likely in a distant
suburb. For such re-investments, taxpayers claim capital gains exemption under
Sec 54 of the Income Tax Act
(ITA). Now, the Finance Bill
has said such re-investment
can be made in only one residential house in India.
Section 54 provides for capital gains tax exemption when
a taxpayer sells his residential house, held for more than
three years, and purchases
or constructs a residential
house within the specied period. Such exemption is available to the extent of reinvestment in the new house.

New excise rule

eases drive for
auto companies

New Delhi: This is one retrospective amendment the auto

industry isnt complaining
about. Soon after FM Arun
Jaitley presented his Budget
on Thursday, the excise department announced that


duty would be charged on the

basis of actual sale price of a
vehicle and not on the original price tag (manufacturing
tag) as has been the case.
government s decision to
amend the Central Excise
Valuation Rules such that
excise is levied on the nal
sale price after factoring in
discounts and not at the cost
of production as had been
interpreted following a Supreme Court order in what is
known as the Fiat case.

The case dates to 1995-96

when cost of a vehicle made
by Fiat Auto was around Rs
4.5 lakh. The company at
the time would sell it at just
over Rs 2 lakh giving a hefty
discount. It paid excise on
the understanding that duty
had to be paid on the price a
customer was charged and
not the original Rs 4.5 lakh.
The excise department questioned this. Following a dispute, Supreme Court ruled
duty had to be paid on the
manufacturing price, including a small prot. As a result, Fiat ended up paying Rs
330 crore as taxes at the time.
Armed with the SC judgment, the excise department
issued notices to auto companies as cars are often sold at
a discount. Protests followed
and a demand rose to amend
the law retrospectively to
avoid further penalties.
Thursdays decision is a
thumbs-up for auto companies. Although the decision
will apply prospectively,
companies are not unhappy.
Industry would have preferred the change with retrospective effect. That said,
the clarication will help
reduce litigation and boost
the manufacturing sector
at a time when it is facing a
slowdown, said Pratik Jain,
partner at KPMG India.

I-T Act changes may

herald fresh trouble
for Sonia & Rahul

New Delhi: Young Indian, a

company in which Congress
president Sonia Gandhi and
her son Rahul hold majority
stake, could be in fresh trouble over its takeover of the
National Herald publication.
The Budget has proposed an
amendment in the Income Tax
Act empowering ofcials to
cancel registration of charitable trusts if the department
is convinced that any income
or property of the trust is applied for personal benet of
specied persons like author
of trust, trustees etc.
The amendment proposed
is in Section 12AA of the I-T
Act and will take effect from
October 1, 2014.
The existing provisions of
section 12AA had limited jurisdiction where the registration could be cancelled only
if the activities of a trust or
institution are found not to
be genuine, or the activities
are not in accordance with
the objects of the trust or institution.
The I-T department has already served notice on Young


Indian and the Associate Journals which earlier owned the

National Herald and other
publications of the trusts. The
Associate Journals was taken
over by another company
called the Young Indian which
was incorporated in 2010 and
in which Sonia Gandhi and
Rahul held majority stake.
BJP leader Subramanian
Swamy had led a case against
Sonia and some others, alleging that they had used party
funds to acquire the properties
of the National Herald.
The National Herald was
established as a nationalist
newspaper by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1938.


invested in two ats bought

from different parties. One
was bought in Devdas Naiks
name, the other jointly with
his wife. The HC held that the
ats were converted into a
single unit, thus capital gains
exemption couldnt be denied.










Houseowners Purchasing Multiple Properties After Sale Of One Lose Benefit

The Finance Bill closes the
debate. It claries that capital
gains tax exemption is for reinvestments in one residential house in India. The ITA
has been amended accordingly. While courts interpreted
the law in favour of taxpayers, the Finance Bill ignored
the taxpayers need to invest
in multiple properties disposing of their existing property
to take care of their growing
families. There seems to be
no rationale for lawmakers
to restrict the investment to
one property, says Sonu Iyer,
partner and leader human
capital tax services at EY.
Despite the amendment,
tax authorities should consider favourable court decisions
where ats purchased can be
construed as a single unit,
says Punit Shah, co-head (tax)
at KPMG.The amendment




Reinvest in 1 home to save tax

There was ambiguity on
whether the term a residential house meant a single
unit or could include more
than one new house. Tax authorities often disputed the
practice of reinvesting in
two ats. Courts took varying
views, including those favouring taxpayers.
The Andhra Pradesh HC,
in the 2012 case of Syed Ali,
held that reinvestment in a
residential house didnt indicate a single house. Benets
were available under Sec 54
for taxpayers who had invested in two adjacent ats bought
from different sellers under
separate sale deeds. Karnataka, Delhi and Bombay HC too
passed similar judgments. On
June 10, Bombay HC in the
case of Devdas Naik again
ruled in favour of taxpayers.
Here, capital gains were re-


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BUDGET 2014 21


is likely to increase litigation

for taxpayers re-investing in
more than one at, if these
are adjoining and joint use
by families can be proven
through a common kitchen or
a passage connecting the two
ats, says a Mumbai CA.
Tribunals have held that
Sec 54 benets cant be denied
if reinvestment is in a new
residential unit overseas. RBI
doesnt permit overseas remittance for purchase of property, so the condition of the
new house being in India may
not have much impact. An
amendment in conditions of
reinvestment in a single house
in India has also been made
in ITAs Sec 54-F. Here, capital
gains exemption on sale of
long-term capital assets (other
than a residential house) is allowed when reinvestment is in
a residential house.


Piyal Bhattacharjee

THE GREAT SAVE: A man reads MONEYFESTOI, the 3-page panorama on saving tax that appeared
in TOIs special Budget Edition on Friday, at Bahrisons bookstore in New Delhis Khan Market






No change in
new pension
scheme tax relief

New Delhi: Investment in

New Pension Scheme (NPS),
it seems, has not been treated
on par with other tax savings
schemes like life insurance
policies, employees provident
fund (EPF), public provident
fund (PPF), and equity-oriented mutual funds and other
such tax saving instruments
under section 80C.
from taxable income under
80C has been increased
from Rs 100,000 to Rs
contribution in NPS
was part of the
overall limit of
Rs 100,000 under
T herefore,
as 80C cap
has been
to Rs 1,50,000,
it was believed
that the limit
on deduction
from taxable
income against i nve s t ment in NPS by employees
will also automatically increased to Rs 1,50,000.
However, that does not
seem to be the case. Director
(tax) with tax consultancy
rm KPMG, Parizad Sirwalla, said the deduction with
respect to employees contribution in NPS is restricted to
Rs 100,000. And, it will not be
over and above the enhanced
cap of Rs 1,50,000 on deductions from taxable income
under section 80C. It will continue to be the part of 80C,
but will have its own cap of
Rs 1,00,000 within 80C limit.
According to the rule under section 80CCD, an indi-


Banks risk
overdraft on
15cr new a/cs

vidual employed by the central government or any other

employer on or after January
1, 2004 are allowed deduction from his taxable income
equal to amount invested in
NPS, subject to certain condition. The rules prescribe
that the amount of deduction
cant be more than 10% of his
gross total income.
Interestingly, the Budget
papers said the limit of deduction
under Section
raised to
s av i n g s.
In view of
proposed in sections
80CCE and 80CCD
of the Act. But, it
seems no amendment in the Act
has been made so
However, such omission would not
make much difference for tax payers as
the limit of Rs 1,50,000 gets
exhausted easily since 80C
not only includes a number
of investment instruments
but also includes the payment of school tuition fees
paid for two children and
repayment of the principle
of a home loan. A person
who earns a salary of Rs
10,00,000 alone can exhaust
the limit of Rs 1,00,000.
His other investments in
instruments like life insurance, children tuition fees,
repayment of home loan
are likely to take his total
savings (from tax savings
instruments) beyond Rs


New Delhi: State-run banks

will offer overdraft facility of
Rs 5,000 with each of the 15
crore accounts proposed to
be opened under the governments new nancial inclusion
initiative. But lenders said the
move was fraught with risk of
fraud and misuse.
Financial services secretary G S Sandhu said each account will have an accident
insurance of Rs 1 lakh and a
RuPay debit card. Starting August 15, Modis government is
targeting to get banks to open
3 crore accounts in urban centres and another 12 crore in rural areas. If this is met, banks
may end up extending overdraft of nearly Rs 75,000 crore
this year to account-holders
with no credit history. Besides,
its possible for an individual
to open accounts across banks
as systems are not linked. So,
benet can be claimed on one
account in, say, SBI in an Aurangabad village and also on
another with PNB in Rewari.
scheme saying banks will follow KYC norms, put in place
checks. Additional secretary
Snehlata Srivastava said bank
accounts come with an overdraft facility of up to Rs 25,000.
The department of nancial services has already budgeted for defaults. A department
note earlier said the scheme
plans a credit guarantee fund
to cover possible defaults in
overdraft accounts.


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Cant take policy decision based Taxmen get teeth

on individual cos: Revenue secy to discipline NGOs
Sidhartha & Surojit Gupta | TNN

charge of the revenue department at the peak of Budget
preparation. Das, a nance
ministry veteran, has since
carved out a strategy to deal
with the challenges of tax collection and keeping a check on
revenue authorities. Excerpts
from an interview:
You have budgeted for a significant jump in service tax collections. Are the tax growth estimates realistic?
Last year, direct tax collections grew by 15% and this
year too we are targeting 15%
growth. So, it is achievable.
On the indirect taxes side, see
it in the context of a series
of measures taken to revive
manufacturing activity and
the economy. A number of
concessions have been given.
Weve tried to address the
issue of inverted duty structure in several sectors and
boost local manufacturing in
metals, food processing and
chemicals and petrochemicals, among others. There are
steps on providing clarity to
taxpayers, and building inves-

Focus of the government,

and the tax department
should be on playing a nonadversarial role and being a
Revenue Secretary
tor condence. The target is
ambitious but achievable. We
expect a lot of buoyancy and
the department will put in
every effort to meet the target.
The tax department, especially
the direct tax wing, has acquired
a reputation of being high-handed. What are you doing to change
that perception?
I dont want to comment on
the perception of the past few
years. Lets look ahead. The
focus of the government, and
the tax department should be
on playing a non-adversarial
role and being a facilitator.
One can be very rm without
being unnecessarily intrusive. At the same time, people
cannot be allowed to get away
without paying taxes.
There is no clarity on retrospective taxation related to Vodafone

in the Budget.
The nance minister was
clear in his Budget speech.
Lets not look at an individual
tax case. The FM addressed
concerns arising out of investor sentiment. He said
although it (retro tax) is sovereign right, government will
be extremely cautious and
judicious in using it. There
are some cases already in the
legal forum; they will reach nality soon. He has also given
a message that a high-level
committee will examine fresh
cases arising out of the transactions prior to 2012 (when
the law was amended retrospectively). Even those before
that will be looked into by the
committee. So, the FM has addressed concerns of investor
both in India and abroad.
But the provision related to the

Vodafone case has not been

We cant take a policy decision based on the problems
of few individual companies.
The policys thrust is to address investor sentiment.
Is a decision on the GST rollout
possible in 2014-15 given the
states want compensation and
the Centre is short on resources?
States complain they have not
been compensated for CST
(phase-out) loss. During the
course of the year, we will
try to nd resources for that.
For GST compensation, the
whole mechanism is under
discussion. We are hoping that
the outstanding issues are resolved in three months or so.
What about the tax on debt funds?
The market reacted adversely.
The 10% tax for debt schemes
was meant to benet retail
unit holders but they accounted for a minuscule percentage. The tax arbitrage
was being used by companies
and high net worth individuals and was having a negative
impact on deposit mobilization by banks. So we sought to
address that concern.


New Delhi: The Union Budget has proposed to empower

senior tax ofcials with more
powers to cancel registration
and withdraw tax exemption
to non-government organizations (NGOs), charitable
institutions and trusts if
they violate rules set for tax
Commissioner of Incometax has been empowered to
cancel registration granted
to trusts or institutions deriving income from property
held under trust under specied circumstances, such
as investing in prohibited
modes and applying income
for the benet of trustees, tax
consultancy KPMG said in a
More powers have been
given to tax authorities such
as (income tax) commissioners to look into activities of
organisations that violate
exemption rules, said Gurvinder Bawa Parmar, senior
manager at KPMG. The registration of an organization
can be cancelled if its funds
use is not in line with tax exemption guidelines.


The government has

planned several amendments
to give more teeth to the taxmen in the Finance Bill 2014,
which was moved in Parliament on Thursday.
The move to tighten the
norms comes in the backdrop
of an Intelligence Bureau report that claimed protests
against development projects
fuelled by certain foreignfunded NGOs had caused a
presumptive loss of 2%-3% to
Indias economic growth.
There have been moves
to closely scrutinize the ow
of foreign funds to NGOs.
The government has also
asked for a sensitisation programme to be initiated for
NGOs to conform to foreign
currency regulations.

Cushion on oil prices, no monsoon worry yet

Sidhartha & Surojit Gupta | TNN

Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram says the Budget has clear

road map on repairing government
nances. In an interview to TOI
he speaks about the likely impact
of the Iraq crisis and a poor monsoon on the Budget calculations:
Have you factored in the Iraq crisis in
your budget calculations?
What you have to look at is the long
term prognosis of the problem. Oil
experts say as of today there is no
danger of any disruption in crude
supply. If you see Brent, prices
have come down in the last two
days. From that perspective, we

dont think there is anything you

need to factor today.
Also, the rupee is on a stronger
wicket than it was at the time of
the interim budget. If the
rupee strengthens further, which is what most
experts believe, our import bill will go down.
I think at the moment
the balance is positive.
The calculation is crude
at $110 a barrel at Rs 60
or Rs 61 to a
dollar. So that
exists already.
What about the
poor monsoon?

The monsoon has been picking up

in July if you look at the all India
average. Therefore, there is no red
alert as yet. The nance minister
has said we have adequate
stocks of food grains and
whenever required resort to open market operations. This means
there is clear understanding and a strategy
that the shortages in the

there is any fall in production on

account of decient rainfall
will not be allowed to persist.
There is a view that the government
has not done enough to reform
The Expenditure Reforms Commission is not a long term thing
because of two reasons. The
speech very clearly states that the
report will be submitted in the
current nancial year.
There are clear indications in
the budget where the nance minister has said subsidies will be rationalised to make them more targeted, including a new urea policy.
So going forward in the year, you
could see some kind of movement

on further reform of the subsidy

What about food subsidies?
There is a huge cushion there.
From Rs 80,000 crore last year we
have now provided for Rs 115,000
crore. There is now a three-month
extension in the roll out of the
Food Security Act so six or seven
months would have been gone.
What we are looking at is ve
months and that too under the assumption that every state will out
the programme at the same time.
In a country of our size it does not
happen because different states
have different capacities. We may
nd that Rs 115,000 crore, perhaps,
has been over-prescribed.



German Model,
Brazilian Yodel

A Modi lookalike is riding a wave to

breach Dilma Rousseffs goalpost

ts a case straight out of Ripleys Believe It or Not. Reports

are filtering in of Brazilians who are happy about their
worst defeat in football history. Its not that they love the
jogo bonito any less than their neighbours. Its just that this
defeat worsens the odds of Dilma Rousseff returning as president in the next elections.
Brazilians want to see the back of Dilma for several of the
same reasons that many Indian voters wanted to see the back
of UPA corruption, wasteful government spending, growth
slowdown and high inflation. They even have a Modi lookalike
waiting in the wings! He talks about trimming ministries,
rebuilding investors confidence, giving taxpayers a much
better bang for their buck. Sounds familiar?
While her wannabe nemesis Aecio Neves resembles Indias
new PM, Dilma herself is looking increasingly like Delhis
old CM. As Sheilaji tried to pass the buck for everything
from mehengai to CWG swindles, Dilma wants to disclaim all
the infamies of the World Cup while garnering its glories.
But shes going to find it
hard to get away with this.
She has been booed during
matches. Even Sheila didnt
enjoy this honour during
CWG, where it was claimed by
Suresh Kalmadi instead.
Other than Modi, its also
Angela Merkel that marketminded Brazilians look at
enviously. Actually the Germans walkover has revived
stereotypical comparisons of Latin American vs European
temperaments. Germanys coach said the passionate Brazilians were full of emotions; his team countered with discipline and concentration. Not for nothing is he nicknamed
Jogi. Calmness he considers a big strength even if its a boring
virtue not unlike Europes queen of austerity Merkel.
Even the respective oracles of both countries underline the
unsoundness of the Brazilian model and the sturdiness of the
German model. While Paul the octopus who happened to be
German made predictions that were spot on in South Africa,
the turtle from Brazil proved quite fallible this World Cup.
Brazils meltdown was the culmination of a long, slow decline. Instead of tightening its act, the team fed upon a gluttonous mythology of greatness. It thought it would get to victory
on autopilot not unlike how UPA assumed that 9% growth
was its by birthright. By contrast, the German team (like its
chancellor) kept a tough and businesslike hand at the helm.
The Brazilian team came on field wearing Neymar hats,
its skipper clutching a Neymar shirt. Overdependence on
one striker like Congresss on one family met its logical
unhealthy end. Wonder what Rahul Gandhi made of that. He
must have stayed up to watch the match, as TV cameras
caught him catnapping in Parliament.
The message to Modi is clear a lonely dinner during his
stopover in Berlin, on way to Brics summit in Brazil. Merkel
has ditched him for her team.

Come Together
And Compete
Gautam Adhikari

We will know on Sunday which nation will capture

the Cup to become champion of the world. Will it be
Germany? Or will it be Argentina? Whoever wins, an
absorbing theme of contesting trends has emerged
from this football tournament. Its been a contest
between teams at one end that rely crucially on one
outstanding player and, on the other, teams that have
several good players but base their strategies on brilliantly cooperative teamwork. The two finalist nations exemplify the contrast.
Argentina is all Messi. He is the teams superstar, the sun around
which the teams fortunes and strategies revolve. Germany is a
galaxy of star players who no doubt compete among themselves as
individuals when playing for their respective clubs but who evolve
into a single mesmerising mechanism when playing for the nation.
Which system works best for success depends on chance and circumstance. I suspect, however, that a singular genius of a leader may
be less consistently effective for a team than an efficient machine of a
system secured by cooperative teamwork. Its not to say Argentina
cant win. It clearly can and might again on Sunday. Its that the
breathtaking German teamwork offers better long-term odds.
Lets explore the issue in fields wider than soccer. The current issue of The Atlantic magazine examines how genius happens with
articles on the neuroscience and behaviour patterns of creativity. Its
cover features Paul McCartney and John Lennon. An essay on the two
Beatles by Joshua Shenk asks: How do we explain creativity?
The two were individually brilliant. They had extraordinary
musical sense, lyrical creativity and soaring ambition. But they
were different from each other. The works of genius that flowed from
their partnership came out of cooperation in contrasting styles as
well as intense friendly competition. Shenk calls it co-opetition.
John seemed to live in chaos; Paul was meticulous and organised.
They embodied order and disorder. The ancient Greeks, writes
Shenk, gave form to these two sides of human nature in Apollo, who
stood for the rational and the selfdisciplined, and Dionysius, who
represented the spontaneous and
the emotional. Friedrich Nietzsche
proposed that the interaction of the
Apollonian and the Dionysian was the chief foundation of creative
work and modern creativity research confirms his insight.
John and Paul were not two persons when it came to their creativity. They formed a single entity called Lennon-McCartney. As
solo musicians they later produced fine works separately. But their
genius lay in their phase of competitive cooperation.
What if we advance the argument to the world stage, to nations,
which after all are big teams at play? To make nations work with
optimal efficiency, should we follow a dominant leader? Or should
we strive to build a team that competes as well as cooperates within
and without? Like in soccer, it depends on circumstances.
In the history of modern nation states strong leaders, some charismatic, others plain brutal, have led in authoritarian style, sometimes
to durable success but more often to grinding failure. Look at Germany.
Adolf Hitler was a charismatic personality who led a defeated, floundering nation to recovered pride and success. That success, however,
was short-lived and had disastrous outcomes for the world.
Germany today is a story of remarkable achievement built on a
foundation of quiet cooperation and painstaking teamwork, as well
as internal competition, all within a liberal democratic framework.
Germany has effectively re-emerged as the leader of Europe and is
one of the leading nations of the world.
In the case of India, we saw in the 1970s an attempt by a dominant,
charismatic leader to drive the nation towards glorious success. It didnt
work. The nation is too complex for a single point of leadership. Its a
team of diverse ethnic, religious and linguistic groups playing together
under the broad guidelines of a liberal democratic Constitution. Each
group, or sub-nation, must be allowed its space and opportunity to compete. At the same time, the central leadership must provide a framework
to create numerous channels for cooperation among the playing states.
Like the singular entity of Lennon-McCartney, India must
remain a partnership of different entities coming together in a
spirit of competitive cooperation. It needs a Messi less than it
needs a coach who would weld a team working in co-opetition.






Modis Too Safe Budget

Why risk avoidance on economic reform is the biggest risk that India faces
Chetan Bhagat

However, if you are still reading, it is imperative every Indian

understands what is going on with
our finances, and what can be done
to make our lives better. The budget
is a blueprint of how the government will earn and spend its money.
In terms of numbers, the Centre earns around Rs 12 lakh crore a
year. For simplicitys sake, imagine the government to be a person
called Gopi who earns Rs 12 lakh
a year. Gopis salary has risen
well, it is up from around Rs 9 lakh
annually three years ago. However,
Gopi always spends a lot more
than he earns. Three years back
he used to spend Rs 14 lakh a year.
Today he spends Rs 18 lakh a year.
Every year, to fund this deficit,
he borrows and prints money. This

our media and entire financial industry
over the budget is
year they hype the
occasion, as if a life-altering
event will occur when the finance
minister opens his bag of tricks
and makes some announcements.
Most Indians do not understand budget technicalities. Still,
given the hype, many tune in on
the actual day if only to see two
things what is cheaper, and do i
save any taxes? The answer every
year is no, you dont save much
and no, your taxes dont come
down much either. Apart from
this, Indians have fun reading
announcements like how many
more IITs will open, or if there
will be a big statue somewhere.
For the politician, the budget
is a chance to score political
points. It is a chance to tell people
how generous the government
is, and how concerned they are
about the welfare of the less fortunate. Of course, it is the peoples
money in the first place that the
government collects and spends.
However, it does sound wonderful to announce, We will spend
thousands of crores for women
and education.
A population too naive to figure out what the budget is about
will never get the budget they need
to truly progress. Working out
what the budget is about? That
sounds terribly boring. Better we
talk about the statue isnt it?

The pro-development,
pro-youth, pro-growth
sarkar presented a budget
that was more status
quoist than revolutionary.
It raises some existential
questions. Is it so scary
even for a government
in absolute majority
to change things in India,
for fear of negative
political fallout?
creates two major problems. One, it
reduces the value of money, causing constant high inflation. Two, it
increases interest rates for everyone else, making it expensive for
business to borrow and prevents

Go on, do something spectacular, make Indias day

them from investing much.

Inflation, often the top issue
for citizens, cannot be solved until
this income vs expense gap is narrowed. To do this the government
has to make more money and/or
reduce expenses. Sadly, there is
little wiggle room on expenses.
Subsidies and defence, even
though expensive, are too sensitive to touch. Interest payments
based on previous borrowings
cant be reduced. These items are
the bulk of expenses.
There is thus only one way to
fix Indias inflation and growth
woes. It is to improve business
and consumer sentiment. The
solutions have been prescribed
everywhere whether they are
simpler taxes, easier regulations
or the government stepping back
from smothering business.
The coalition-hobbled, cor-

ruption-tainted UPA, people

thought, was in an unfixable policy paralysis. However in what
was a surprise to many even the
current government didnt announce measures that would dramatically improve business sentiment, at least in this budget.
The pro-development, probusiness, pro-youth, pro-growth
sarkar also presented a budget
that was more status quoist than
revolutionary. It raises some existential questions. Is it so scary even
for a government in absolute majority to change things in India, for
fear of negative political fallout?
Do Indians reward politicians
who do not rock the boat? Do we
citizens actually feel the budget is
handout time, and not the time to
truly fix what is wrong?
We must fix our finances. What
is needed is a sure, solid sign of

support for broad business activity (not to be confused with government-business nexus). A low,
simple and uniform GST will help.
Reducing or perhaps even eliminating capital gains tax will make
India a good investment destination. A few SEZs, which have laws
as free and modern as the financial centres of the world, will
help. For instance, it would be a
wonderful gift to Seemandhra if
we allowed them to make one of
their cities the next Singapore.
Also, the government can
divest and liquidate dead assets
more. For instance, why does the
government sit on so much land,
especially when it is in a neardebt trap? Does the government
really need to run each and every
train in India?
The current budget did not
answer all this to the extent required. The short time period
since the government took over
may be cited as a reason. However,
it would be good to know a date
after which we can consider the
government settled in and open
to judgment.
One only hopes the desire for
control, hesitation to rock the
boat and insecurity about political
fallouts dont prevent the government from performing to its full
potential. In fact, radical but good
decisions the government takes
will find tremendous support in
traditional and social media.
The two-month-old government
is playing its game too safe.
Today, not taking risks is the
biggest risk. Go on, do something
spectacular. India is waiting.
The writer is an acclaimed novelist.

Netherlands football manager Louis van Gaal speaks out against World Cup third place playoff

Its for pride and ranking

utch football manager Louis van them a chance to reaffirm

Gaal is entitled to his opinion their status as a football powwhen he says that the third place erhouse. Meanwhile, Brazil
playoff match in the ongoing Fifa World suffered a 7-1 thrashing in
Cup should never be played. However, their semi-final against Gerthat would not make him right. Its un- many. The playoff gives them
derstandable that the Dutch feel dis- an opportunity to redeem
heartened after failing to make it to the themselves in their home
final of the marquee tournament. But World Cup.
this is precisely why they should look forAdd to this the fact that
ward to the playoff with Brazil. Should
they win, it would be a wonderful way to T I M E S V I E W
cap an impressive campaign where the
likes of Arjen Robben and Robin van
Persie have produced several moments the third place playoff result
of brilliance.
affects Fifa rankings. In the
A World Cup third place playoff is past it has also determined individual
anything but dead rubber. True, its awards such as the World Cups Golden
played between teams who have lost the Boot. In 2010 Germanys Thomas Muller
semi-finals and failed to achieve their won the award because he had an extra
primary objective of winning the coveted game to play. Plus, the playoff could also
tournament. However, ranking third in be an opportunity for those players who
the World Cup is no mean task. This is have been waiting on their team benches
especially pertinent for both the Nether- to finally make a World Cup appearance.
lands and Brazil. The Dutch were denied a For a debutant, this would make an enorspot in the final through a penalty shoot- mous difference to his resume. Van Gaal
out against Argentina. The playoff gives should understand that.

Fifa must scrap it for good

f the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is one big blockbuster,

the playoff for third position is only as good as a skittish
teen movie. After the Dutch
team played excellent and entertaining football through to
the semi-finals, which they lost
by a whisker, Holland coach
Louis van Gaal has said rightly

times rough soccer throughout the tournament and failed to live up to its formidable
reputation of being a squad of skilful players, were to defeat Holland on July 12, it
would be a great injustice to the Dutch who
would have one day less to recover from
their gruelling semi-final match. It would
be a match the Netherlands doesnt want
and the Brazilians cannot stomach.
In the semi-final between Brazil and Germany fans of the host country made
C O U N T E R V I E W no secret of their emotions, which
means they will not turn out in large
numbers to watch the very team they
that the July 12 match between shamed yet again. This also means that halfhis team and hosts Brazil is empty stands will not fetch Fifa big gains
pointless. He could just as well have called from ticket sales. Usually, playoffs for a
it a farce. If you were a player on the losing World Cup third place have no intensity as
team in a semi-final, the last thing you would neither team cares about it, especially bewant to do is play another match which is cause they have already psychologically exitbasically a glorified friendly. Teams which ed from the tournament. There is no point
compete in the World Cup aim for top position, pitting two teams who have seen their dream
not for relegation to third or fourth position.
of winning the World Cup shattered. There
Of the four teams that played the two really is no achievement or pride in being
semi-finals, Brazils performance was the the best loser. The match for third rank is
poorest. Indeed, if the Selecao Brasiliera, against the principle of the World Cup since
which played scrappy, clumsy and often all games, except this, are competitive.

Invisible Modinomics

Prosecute Village Headman

nlike the rail budget or

previous Union budgets finance minister Arun
Jaitleys day in Lok Sabha
when he read out this years
Union Budget on Thursday
went through without serious disruption. But the
price paid may have been
heavy: Jaitley hardly departed from the populist
premises of the previous
UPA government. Modinomics may be a popular
term going round but has
yet to make a show.

he Jharkhand police
must take immediate
steps to prosecute the caste
headman who allegedly
sanctioned the rape of a 10year-old girl in Bokaro district on July 7. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha government of chief minister
Hemant Soren needs to
take strong steps to ensure
that panchayats and community heads are deterred
from imposing shocking
punishments such as retaliatory rape.


Guru Purnima

Pranav Khullar

together, each the friend of the other, on the

same treeone eats the sweet fruit of the tree
he Mundaka Upanishad opens with the and the other simply looks on. The first bird is
searching question of Saunaka to his Guru: the jivatma, the finite self, eating and thereby
Reverend Sir, what is that, knowing experiencing both pleasure and pain, part of
which, everything becomes known? Touched the inexorable cycle of desire and karma. The
by the sincerity of his disciple-seeker, Angiras observer bird is the real Self witness to the
tells him that experiential knowledge of the turbulence alongside, quietly nudging us back
Brahmn, with the guidance of a realised guru to the real-reality, as we tumble along in our
alone can open the finite mind to its own cos- search for the elusive musk fragrance.
mic expanse.
Fourfold measure
Expanding on this notion of realisation,
Angiras lays down the process for disciplinAngiras draws a distinction between acquired ing and purifying the finite Self, a fourfold
knowledge intellectually grasped or ritualis- measure which the great sage saw as cardinal
tically gathered and intuitive form of knowl- to the spiritual quest: first and foremost was
edge, the spiritual experience itself, beyond the Truth, by which was meant a measure which
web of the mind. He goes on to differwas universally good. Second was tapa
entiate between the transitory charor austerities or tapas to focus on
acter of the materialistic path and its
something higher than outward disfleeting benefits, and the permanent
tractions. Third was wisdom which
nature of the path of renunciation
could be seen as a measure of discriwhich the sage saw as a prerequimination. The last was chastity
site to attain real happiness. This
which Angiras felt was necessary
distinction between dharma and
to transform the dross of the basic
jnana lies at the very heart of the
instincts in man, though he held it
Mundaka Upanishad.
up only as a prerequisite for sanyas.
Angiras then declares Satyameva
Spider and web
Jayate Truth alone triumphs,
In three evocative similes, Guru
Angiras posits the intricate relationship the cardinal principle of Truth, to be practised
between the universe and Self: As a spider as a striving towards perfection, where the
throws afar its web and gathers in as well, as finite Self would expand and merge into a uniplants sprout on earth, as hair grows on the versal consciousness.
human body, so does the universe emerge Layers of ignorance
from the imperishable Self. The cause-effect
Angiras expounds his concept of jnana in
similes point to the underlying origin of all the central word of the Upanishad itself munprojected things which, though they are real daka, which etymologically refers to a person
from our time-space continuum, are also finite who has shaved the hair off his head. In the
and limited in nature.
larger sense, Guru Angiras meant that munda,
the shaving off, symbolises the shaving off
Metaphysical rhapsody
This leads to a metaphysical rhapsody of the layers of ignorance which cover us all,
about the all-encompassing nature of Virat, to enable us to see ourselves as one with the
the Absolute, and Angiras draws another universal Self. Post your comments at speakingfamous allegorical parallel. Two birds living tree.in

Guru is not the goal. Guru

is like a boat for crossing
the river. It is important to
have a good boat and it is
very dangerous to have a
boat that is leaking. The
boat brings you across the
river. When the river is
crossed the boat is no
longer necessary.
Swami Rama

The guru is the means of

realisation; he imparts
knowledge as teacher.
Swami Vivekananda

Lend a helping hand to

those in grief and thus
light lamps of kindness
and compassion.
Mata Amritanandamayi

To cultivate the mood of

surrender you need a guru.
Bhakti Charu Swami

The guru reveals this

truth and encourages you
to progress towards it.
However, you must have
the yearning, the seeking
intelligence and a feeling
of surrender.
Sathya Sai Baba

Shave Off Your Ignorance

World War II Still On?

emocracies do not go to
war against each other.
But democratic allies do
wage spy wars against each
other. After persistent exposures of American spying
on Germany, the Germans
have hit back. The NSA
eavesdropped on Angela
Merkel and two German citizens were caught working
for the CIA. Berlin has expelled its resident CIA station chief. Could someone tell them World War II
is over?


Budget a rehash of UPA

This is with reference to the editorial An Incremental Budget (July 11). A realistic assessment shows that it was a laboured please-all
budget. It was completely lacking in originality
and read almost like a rehash of previous
Congress-led UPA budgets. Finance minister
Arun Jaitley has been forced to pull off a balancing act between conflicting interests owing to
inescapable political and financial constraints.
The fact that no one was bitterly disappointed
or overly elated with the budget is evidence
enough. Clearly, this is just an average sort of
budget as it is bereft of any new ideas to control
the rising prices or to give primacy to healthcare, education and rural development.


Jaitley did what he could

This is with reference to the article Long Walk

To Achhe Din (July 11) by Dharmakirti Joshi. No
budget can please one and all. It will have its
pluses and minuses. Positives of this budget are
concessions to income tax payers and continuation of many of the UPA schemes, pruning of
which would have created turmoil. The large
target for disinvestment should be appreciated.
Setting up of 100 smart cities is a fabulous idea
which will have a multiplier effect on various
industries. The biggest challenge will be meeting tax collection targets and achieving deficit
targets. But this is the best the finance minister
could have done in the short time at his disposal.
He had to maintain a balance between keeping
aam admi and corporate groups happy, while
keeping a weather eye cocked on his partys
prospects in coming state elections. He did
this with aplomb. Hopefully, he will clear the
bottlenecks in implementing infrastructure
projects and give a boost to the economy.

Bal Govind, NOIDA

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Signs of HIV found in baby thought to be cured

Lucas museum







Blow To Hopes That Early Treatment May Reverse Permanent Infection



GEORGE THE CURATOR: Celebrating narrative arts

eorge Lucas latest endeavour a museum

dedicated to the power of visual narrative
titled the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has
critics unimpressed. Criticizing Lucas, Deanna
Isaacs argued in the Chicago Reader that 20thcentury merchandising magnates Marshall Field,
John G Shedd, and Max Adler promoted a higher
standard of museum by resisting the urge to,
say, exhibit Sears-Roebeck catalogs and Frango
mints. Discreet, anonymous philanthropy is a
distant memory of a less crass era, she
lamented, notes Katie Kilkenny at The Atlantic.
But Kilkenny believes that critics are mistaken.
In truth, though, the museum may be Lucass
best original idea since A New Hope, she says.

Tesla funds Tesla

lon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla Motors

received a tweet asking for a donation to the
Tesla Museum the brainchild of Oatmeal artist
Matthew Inman. Musk obviously a fan of Nikola
Tesla responded in style. The billionaire founder
of Tesla Motors had called Inman personally to
pledge $1 million to the museum and build a Tesla
supercharger station in the parking lot, writes Dan
Kedmey at Time Magazine. Nikola Teslas birthday
was on Thursday, and this was a fitting birthday
present to the scientist, geek and internet icon.

Painful politicians

new study tells us something that we may

have always suspected that politicians will
be the death of us. True, its US specific, but it
seems applicable everywhere. According to the
study conducted by the Robert Johnson
Foundation, Americans cited hearing about what
the government or politicians are doing as the
most frequent daily stressor on their lives, and at
a substantially higher rate than the usual
annoyances like commuting, chores and general
schedule-juggling. Writes The Washington Posts
Christopher Ingraham, (Politicians) also stressing
everyone out with the astonishing breadth and
depth of their incompetence. And since high
stress is linked to shorter life expectancy, they are
also literally killing us with their incompetence.

You can read Curator every Tuesday, Thursday,

Saturday and Sunday

London: A four-year-old girl who

had emerged as the beacon of
hope for the global fight against
AIDS when she was cured of HIV
after being born to an infected
mother has now been found with
detectable levels of HIV.
The child known as the Mississippi baby, who was put on antiretroviral therapy (ART) within
30 hours of birth and was cured
last year by halting the formation
of hard-to-treat viral reservoirs
dormant cells responsible for
reigniting the infection in most
HIV patients within weeks of
stopping the therapy has now
been found to have been re-infected after more than two years of not
taking ART.
Certainly, this is a disappointing turn of events for this young
child, the medical staff involved

SETBACK: Dr Deborah Persaud, an

associate professor at Johns Hopkins
Childrens Center, was the lead
author of a 2013 report about a baby
in Mississippi who was thought to
have been cured of HIV

in the childs care, and the HIV/

AIDS research community, said
NIAID director Anthony S Fauci.
Scientifically, this development
reminds us that we still have
much more to learn about the intricacies of HIV infection and

where the virus hides in the body.

A routine clinical care visit
earlier this month has revealed
that the child has detectable HIV
levels in the blood (16,750 copies/
mL). Repeat viral load blood testing performed 72 hours later confirmed this finding (10,564 copies/
mL of virus). Additionally, the
child had decreased levels of
CD4+ T-cells, a key component of a
normal immune system, and the
presence of HIV antibodies signals of an actively replicating
pool of virus in the body.
The child was again started on
ART. Genetic sequencing of the
virus indicated that the childs
HIV infection was the same strain
acquired from the mother.
The child continues to receive
medical care, treatment and monitoring from Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical

Pot clubs: Is Barcelona

the new Amsterdam?
Suzanne Daley

Barcelona: On a recent evening, two

vacationing German college students, armed with addresses they had
gotten off the internet, were trying to
get into one of Barcelonas new marijuana clubs. They were not members.
But no matter. They quickly found a
club near the citys central boulevard,
La Rambla, that was willing to ignore
the rules, helping them choose from a
dozen strains of marijuana for sale in
plastic bins before letting them settle
into the cushy lounge area to light up.
Forty-five minutes later, they were
back on the street, smiling. It was very nice, said one of the students, who
had researched cannabis clubs before
choosing Barcelona as a holiday destination. We will go back tomorrow.
The number of cannabis clubs
that have opened in Barcelona recently has some experts saying this city
will soon challenge Amsterdam as
the go-to destination for vacationers
who want to get high in peace.
Even as Amsterdam has wrestled
with drug tourism in recent years, reducing the number of coffee shops
where it is legal to buy and smoke
marijuana and hashish, about 300
new cannabis clubs have opened in
Barcelona and the surrounding Catalan region, a result, at least in part, of
enterprising Spaniards looking for

Roy Morsch/Corbis


new ways to earn a living, experts say.

It is not that Barcelona officials
have given their blessing to this new
phenomenon. The clubs are operating under decades-old Spanish laws
that allow anyone to grow and smoke
marijuana in private or to band together with others to form a cannabis
club, as long as it is a nonprofit organization for members only, something
like a chess or a cooking club.
But in the last three years, new
clubs have opened, maily in tourist areas like La Rambla, in many cases circumventing the spirit, if not the letter, of the law. While some clubs
refuse walk-in customers like the
German students, many of them offer
membership (about 20) over the internet or by phone. NYT NEWS SERVICE

Center who has been involved in

the childs care since birth.
Researchers say they will now
work to better understand what
enabled the child to remain off
treatment for more than two years
without detectable virus or measurable immunologic response
and what might be done to extend
the period of sustained HIV remission in the absence of ART.
The fact that this child was able
to remain off antiretroviral treatment for two years and maintain
quiescent virus for that length of
time is unprecedented, said Deborah Persaud, professor of infectious diseases at the John Hopkins Childrens Center in
Baltimore and one of the two pediatric HIV experts involved in the
ongoing analysis of the case.
Typically, when treatment is
stopped, HIV levels rebound within weeks, not years.

Rise in temp
may up risk of
kidney stones

London: For the first time, increase in daily temperatures

has been found to rocket the
number of patients seeking
treatment for kidney stones.
A research team has found
a link between hot days and
kidney stones in 60,000 patients in several US cities
with varying climates. We
found that as daily temperatures rise, there is a rapid increase in the probability of
patients presenting over the
next 20 days with kidney
stones, said study leader
Gregory E Tasian from The
Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
The team analysed medical records of over 60,000
adults and children with kidney stones between 2005 and
2011 in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, LA and Philadelphia. As
mean daily temperatures rose
above 10C, the risk of kidney
stone increased in all the cities except LA. The delay between high daily temperatures and kidney stone
presentation was short, peaking within three days of exposure to hot days.

HIV exploding among

gay men, warns WHO
Geneva: HIV infections are rising among gay men in many
parts of the world, the WHO
warned on Friday, urging all
men who have sex with men to
take antiretroviral drugs to prevent infection.
We are seeing exploding epidemics, warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads WHOs HIV department. Infection rates are
rising again among men who
have sex with men the group at
the epicentre of AIDS pandemic
when it first emerged 33 years
ago, he told reporters in Geneva.
While images of skeletal men
dying of AIDS in the 1980s
pushed the world to act, a
younger generation that has
grown up among new treatments

that make it possible to live with

HIV are less focused on the disease, he suggested. Today, this
group is 19 times more likely
than the general population to be
infected by HIV, Hirnschall said.
In Bangkok for instance, the
incidence of HIV among men
who have sex with men stands at
5.7%, compared to less than 1%
for the overall population, he
said. In its new recommendations for combatting the HIV/
AIDS pandemic, published today, the UN health agency therefore for the first time strongly
recommends men who have
sex with men consider taking
antiretroviral medicines as an
additional method of preventing
HIV infection. AFP

Massive tourist projects

threaten Grand Canyon

Bruno Cossa/SOPA/Corbis

Tim Walker

t is one of the most spectacular landscapes on

Earth, unchanged by any
force but nature for millions
of years. But now the celebrated view across the
Grand Canyon is in danger of
being interrupted by a manmade aberration.
Officials have expressed
alarm at two development
projects, both in the late planning stages, which park superintendent Dave Uberuaga
recently described to the Los
Angeles Times as serious
threats to the future of the
Grand Canyon National Park.
When you have that size and
scope of potential development that close to the park, it
will impact our visitor experience, he said.
The more visible construction, known as the Grand
Canyon Escalade, would be a
420-acre hotel, restaurant and
retail complex on Navajo Indian land neighbouring the
park, with a cable-car gondola
carrying visitors to a raised
walkway and cafe at the canyon floor, where the Colora-


do and Little Colorado rivers

meet. R Lamar Whitmer of
developers Confluence Partners insisted the Escalade,
which he hopes will open in
May 2018, would cause a minimal intrusion on the vista.
But Dave Nimkin of the National Parks Conservation
Association called the plans
an unmitigated disaster.
A major development is also being planned to expand
the tiny, Canyon-adjacent

town of Tusayan by 2,200

homes and three million
square feet of commercial
space, quadrupling the communitys water consumption
as the US Southwest struggles
through its worst drought on
record. Martha Hahn, the
parks chief of resource
management, said the Stilo
Development Groups proposals could have a catastrophic
effect on delicate local ecosystems. THE INDEPENDENT




Hafiz Saeed
seminar in
Lahore HC
Lahore: Just days after his organization
was declared
a terror outfit by the US,
Jamaat-udDawa chief
Hafiz Saeed,
who orchestrated
2008 Mumbai
terror attacks, addressed a
seminar at the Lahore high
court spewing venom against
India and America.
This is the second time
that Saeed, who is the founder
of banned terror organization LeT, has addressed lawyers and others within the
court premises this year. In
May, Saeed, who roams
around freely in Pakistan despite being a designated terrorist, was invited as chief
guest at the Lahore High
Court Bar Association, one of
the premier bar associations
in Pakistan. At that time, the
decision was opposed by a section of the lawyers.
Saeed addressed the seminar at the Lahore HC building
organized by the Pakistan
Justice Party, Tightening its
noose around the LeT, the US
had last month added its affiliates, including the JuD to its
list of designated terror organizations. PTI



Rockets fired from Kurdish forces seize 2 oilfields in Iraq

Lebanon hit Israel

Jewish State Retaliates As Gaza War Widens

Beirut/Jerusalem: Rockets
were fired at northern Israel
from Lebanon on Friday and
Israels army responded
with artillery fire, Lebanese
and Israeli military authorities said.
Southern Lebanon is a
stronghold of Hezbollah, a
Shia Muslim group that battled Israel seven years ago,
but there are also Palestinian
groups in the same area. In
the past, militants linked to
al-Qaida have claimed such
attacks. The rockets were
fired from the Marjayoun
Hasbaya area towards occupied Palestinian territories,
a statement from Lebanons
army said, referring to Israel.
The projectiles were launched in the hours before dawn.
Lebanese security forces
arrested a man suspected of
firing the rockets, the national news agency said later in
the day. He was Lebanese and
a member of fundamentalist groups, the report said.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said a lone rocket launched from either Lebanon
or Syria landed in Israels north. The army responded
with artillery fire, she said. Israel shot back 25 shells, the
Lebanese army said. REUTERS


BALL OF FIRE: An early morning Israeli air strike rocks Rafah in

southern Gaza Strip on Friday

Hamas threatens to Gaza toll hits 100 as

hit Tel Aviv airport truce efforts waver

amass armed wing

said on Friday it intends to
fire rockets from the Gaza
Strip at Tel Avivs Ben-Gurion
international airport. The
armed wing of the Hamas movement has decided to respond to the Israeli aggression,
and we warn you against carrying out flights to Ben-Gurion
airport as it also hosts a military air base, said a
statement by the Islamist
groups Izz el-Deen al-Qassam
Brigades. REUTERS

sraels bombardment of
Gaza claimed its 100th Palestinian life on Friday. US President Barack Obama called
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to offer help in resolving the
crisis. The US remains prepared to facilitate a cessation of
hostilities, including a return
to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement, the White House said. But Egypt, which has
played a key role in previous
mediations, said its efforts
were falling on deaf ears. AFP

Data wipe cant kill nude selfies on phones

James Vincent

ecurity researchers have

warned that the factory reset function on Android
handsets fails to delete data after
retrieving more than a thousand
photos of men and women in
various stages of undress from
second-hand phones.
The study conducted by Avast used advanced data retrieval


techniques to recover data from

20 second-hand smartphones purchased from eBay. More than
40,000 photos were recovered including more than 250 selfies of
what appear to be the previous
owners manhood. The researchers were able to identify the
previous owners of four of the 20
handsets. Avast say that the problem stems from the method of data deletion used by the handsets,

with the factory reset option only deleting the directory that points to the location of the data
rather than the data itself.
Google defended the OS, telling technology site Ars Technica
that the researchers must have
been using older Android devices and that their findings did
not reflect the security protections in Android versions that
are used by 85% of users. This

statistic suggests that Android

users running version 4.0 and later should be safe using built-in
data wipe functions, although
Google also recommends enabling encryption on their smartphones an option available under Settings and then Security.
Users can even load dummy
data onto their phone following a
factory reset before putting up
the device for sale. THE INDEPENDENT

Baghdad: Kurdish peshmerga forces took control of production facilities at two

northern Iraqi oilfields on
Friday, replacing Arab workers with Kurdish personnel.
The national oil ministry
in Baghdad condemned the
takeover at the Kirkuk and
Bai Hassan fields and called
on the Kurds to withdraw immediately to avoid dire consequences. The move came a
month after Kurdish forces
took control of the nearby city
of Kirkuk, following the withdrawal of Iraqi armed forces
in the face of a lightning assault by Islamic State militants, who have seized large
parts of north and west Iraq.
The violence has also escalated political tension between PM Nouri al-Maliki

UK fights for
Britons killed
in Guj riots

London: Britain has asked India to speed up action against the

killers of three Britons murdered during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat.
Foreign secretary William
Hague made the request while
raising British concerns about
the delay in justice for the three
during his recently-concluded
India visit. The foreign secretary raised this case during his
call on foreign minister Sushma
Swaraj, the appropriate person
to raise consular issues with,
said a foreign office spokesperson, adding that Swaraj took
note of the concerns.
British brothers Saeed and
Shakil Dawood were killed with
their friend, Mohammed Aswat.
The trio of Gujarati origin was
visiting the state as tourists when killed. The remains of the
three are yet to be returned even
after 12 years. Six men were initially charged with the murders.
But they were released on bail.


SURGING AHEAD: An elite unit of women Kurdish Peshmerga fighters

train in Sulaimaniyah, 260km northeast of Baghdad

and Kurdish leaders, who

have pulled out of Malikis

Shia-led government.
The ministry of oil con-

firms that peshmerga armed

forces together with some civilians entered crude oil production stations in the fields
of Kirkuk and Bai Hassan on
Friday morning and expelled
workers, a ministry spokesman said. The ministry
warns the Kurdistan region
strongly about the danger of
such irresponsible behaviour
which is considered a violation of the constitution and
national wealth.
...We appeal to rational
Kurds about the need to understand the danger of such
attitude and to ask the
people responsible for this
disorderly behaviour to withdraw immediately from these
sites in order to avoid dire
consequences, the spokesman said. REUTERS


30 Ukrainian
troops killed in
missile attack

rebel attack with Grad missiles on a Ukrainian post at

Zelenopillya in Luhansk region on
Friday may have killed as many as
30 soldiers and border guards
and final casualties may even be
higher, an interior ministry official said. If the casualty figures
are confirmed, this would amount
to the deadliest rebel attack on
government forces since the Ukrainian military ended a unilateral
ceasefire on June 30.

China jails 32 in Xinjiang for

terror videos: China sen-

tenced 32 people in its western

Xinjiang region to prison terms
for downloading or sending
violent terror videos, state
media said, as authorities crackdown on people they say are Islamists and separatists behind recent attacks.

Japans sobbing politician resigns: A Japanese politician who

was seen sobbing over dubious

QUICK BITE: US President Barack Obama at a barbecue joint during

a visit to Austin, Texas, on Thursday. He jumped the queue at the
eatery so that he could order takeout for his official travel party and
paid for the two people who were ahead of him at the counter
spending in a video that went viral resigned on Friday. The local
legislative assembly accepted
the resignation of Ryutaro Nonomura, but also decided to pursue criminal charges against him.

Overloaded China school

bus crashes, 11 killed: At least

11 people, including eight kindergarten children, have been

killed after an overloaded minivan fell into a pond in a mountainous area in the city of Xiangtan in
Hunan province.

Bids for dress made from

colourful rubber bands:

The loom band craze is reaching

new heights as eBay bids for a
dress made out of the colourful
bands reach 153,900.
Made to fit girls aged between
four and six, the dress appears to
have been weaved from hundreds
of rubber loops by hand.

4 rhinos killed in Kenyas

worst poaching attack: Two

armed gangs killed four rhinos for

their horns in Kenya this week in
possibly the worst rhino poaching
incident in the country in
more than 25 years.



The run on Banco Espirito

Santo has spooked global
Espirito Santo, led by Ricardo Salgado (right)
The troubles stem from funds raised by the banks parent Espirito
The yields on Portugals 10-year bonds
markets, raising questions over delayed interest payments last week. Its stock Santo Intl and valuation of its assets. An audit ordered by the
have risen, and contagion has spread
the Eurozone banking union
plunged 17%, leading to suspension of trading central bank unearthed serious financial troubles & irregularities
to Greek, Spanish and Italian debt

MSD seeks to
settle patent
row with

GAAR, Portugal fears spook
May, highest
mkts, sensex dives 348 pts since Oct 12


Mumbai: Seeking to end the

long-winding patent battle on a
widely prescribed diabetes
drug, Januvia (sitagliptin), multinational company Merck
(MSD) has sought a settlement
with generic maker Glenmark.
Last year, US-based Mercks subsidiary in India had dragged
Glenmark to court, seeking a
stop on the sale of a more affordable version of its blockbuster
diabetes drug Januvia, joining
the list of MNCs engaged in turf
wars with generic companies in
the country.
The MNC had earlier sought
an injunction barring Glenmark from marketing the generic version of its diabetes drug.
Glenmark priced its diabetes
drug last year around 30%
cheaper than Mercks Januvia,
where the savings to patients
could be nearly Rs 5,000 a year.
MSDs move to seek a resolution to the dispute on its
drugs, Januvia and Janumet,
has surprised many.
Sources told TOI that Merck
sought mediation as a route for
an amicable settlement, while
both companies were agreeable
to it to end the long litigation
process. This becomes the second case heading for a settlement after the big-ticket RocheCipla patent battle on cancer
drug erlotinib (Tarceva), where
the Delhi high court recently
asked the companies to engage
in mediation.
Mercks Januvia and Janumet together are over Rs 200crore brands, making them one
of the fastest growing drugs,
and are ranked No. 2 in the oral
diabetics market.
Many patent fights between
innovator companies and generic makers which end up as
settlements may not necessarily be beneficial to patients and
competition, and in fact, can be
detrimental to public interest,
says Leena Menghaney, lawyer
with international humanitarian agency MSF.


Mumbai: The BSE sensex

fell 348 points on Friday, its
biggest post-Budget slide in
six years and the largest
weekly loss since December
2011, on the back of profitbooking amid reiteration
from the government that
GAAR (general anti-avoidance rules) will be applicable
from April 1, 2015. Market observers had expected the implementation of GAAR to be
postponed beyond 2016. The
index has lost 3.6% this week.
Weak global cues over
concerns about the health of
Portugals top listed bank also contributed to the negative
sentiment in the market, just
a day after finance minister




Change (POINTS)

Mar 3, 2008




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Mar 19, 2012




Mar 1, 2013



Jul 7, 2009



Mar 2, 2010



Mar 1, 2011



Arun Jaitley presented his

maiden Budget. Investor
wealth, as measured by BSEs
market capitalization, fell by
Rs 1.7 lakh crore.
The sensex fell 1.4% to
25,024, its biggest post-budget
fall since 2008 when the UPAIs hugely populist Budget
had spooked markets. The

Change (%)

sensex had plunged 900

points or 5% on March 3, 2008
when markets opened after
the Budget.
After rollercoaster trading on Budget day, the markets on Friday opened marginally in the green but gave
up all gains due to profitbooking. In the second half,

the markets went deeper into

the red after the government
said that GAAR will be applicable from April 1, 2015.
The concerns on the
health of the Portugals top
listed bank kept the Bank Nifty under pressure. Investors
selectively bought defensive
stocks including IT, pharmaceuticals and FMCG and sold
old-economy stocks, said
Alex Mathews, head, research,
Geojit BNP Paribas Financial
Services. The IT and healthcare index were up by 1.4%
and 1.1% respectively.
The Nifty ended at 7,460
points, down around 108
points or 1.4%. The overall
market breadth was negative
as only 714 stocks advanced
while 2,213 stocks declined.

Bond yields spike Energy, diet drinks

on MF tax change face higher excise

Mumbai: The finance ministers proposal to remove the

tax anomaly relating to debt
mutual funds and other debtcompeting fixed income instruments like fixed deposits
(FDs) and bonds had an unwanted consequence in the
government bond market on
Friday. Bond dealers said after it was clear that very soon
fixed maturity plans (FMPs)
and short-term bond funds
will be taxed at 33% level and
that the long-term capital
gain advantages will accrue
only after three years of holding, fund houses sold government securities (G-secs) in
early trade.
As a result, bond prices
fell and the benchmark 10year gilt yield jumped to
8.84% per annum level, the
highest since Narendra Modi

came to power on May 26.

Under the changed circumstances, once the Budget
proposals are made into a law,
investors who stay invested
in FMPs and short-term bond
funds for less than three years
will pay tax at their applicable income tax rate, while indexation for long-term capital gains will accrue only

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after holding period goes beyond three years.
Bond players said, this
was a temporary phenomenon and by the time the
governments scheduled auction of G-secs worth Rs 15,000
crore ended, the bond market
had settled down.
At close, the benchmark
yield was at 8.77%, barely
changed from its Thursday
close after the Budget.

John Sarkar & Sidhartha | TNN

New Delhi: Finance minister

Arun Jaitley has taken the fizz
out of the Indian beverage industry. While his Budget proposal of raising the excise duty
on aerated drinks with added
sugar initially appeared to
have targeted only carbonated
sugary drinks such as Coke
and Pepsi, the fine print in the
Finance Bill seems to suggest
that it will also apply to energy
and sports drinks and other flavoured drinks with sugar or
In the firing line are many
brands including Gatorade,
Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, Appy Fizz, Blue, Red Bull and
Tzinga. While Coca-Cola India and PepsiCo India executives refused to comment on
individual brands in their
portfolio, an industry expert,
who did not wish to be named,

acknowledged that the 5%

hike in excise duty will have a
deep-reaching impact on the
beverage industry.
Jaitleys proposal did not
go down well with beverage
companies as well. Tarun Arora, GM (India Business), Danone Waters, the company
that markets the fruit flavoured sweetened water
Blue, said: We are disap-

pointed by this move of additional tax levied in a challenging market environment.
Tax practitioners said it
will be the language in the Finance Bill, which will finally
prevail. Once the final bill is
passed, they might discover
that more brands will come
under the axe, said Sumit
Lunker, partner (indirect
tax), BDO India LLP.


New Delhi: The countrys

industrial output rose 4.7%
in May on the back of a robust performance by the
manufacturing and electricity sectors, bringing relief
for the Narendra Modi government, which has vowed
to revive the economy. In
May 2013, industrial output
declined 2.5%.
This is the second consecutive month of expan-

three-month moving average of IP growth has improved to 2.5% in May, from

0.3% in April. Assuming no
major disappointment in
June, the average IP growth
in April-June should be considerably higher than the
outturn of the previous two
quarters, Deutsche Bank
said in a report.
This should in turn help
improve the industrial sectors contribution to overall
GDP for the April-June


Mining Manufacturing Electricity

May 2013
May 2014




Industrial Growth




May, 2013










Jan, 2014



Figures In %

sion after output contracted

0.5% in March. The performance in May is the highest
since October 2012.
The Modi administration unveiled its Budget for
2014-15 with plans to revive
the manufacturing sector
and the overall economy.
The government has undertaken a series of measures to script a turnaround,
including easier approvals
and clearing the approvals
process. Sluggish industrial
growth has hurt overall economic expansion, which
slowed to below 5% for two
successive years. The government expects growth in
the current fiscal year in the
5.4% to 5.9% range.
With todays data, the

quarter, after having subtracted from growth in the

previous two quarters, the
report said. The manufacturing sector rose an annual
4.8% in May compared to a
decline of 3.2% in the same
month last year, while the
electricity sector grew 6.3%
compared to a growth of
6.2% in May 2013.
The capital goods sector,
a key barometer for economic activity, rose 4.5% year-onyear in May compared to a
decline of 3.7% in May 2013.
Consumer goods and durables sectors showed some
signs of a pick-up in growth.
The consumer goods sector
grew an annual 4.5% compared to a decline of 3.7% in
the year-ago period.

Infy beats
despite fall
in Q1 profit

Bangalore: Infosys revenue

rose moderately in the quarter
ended June, but at the cost of
profit, which took a hit partially
on account of salary increases.
Net profit declined by 1%, to $482
million, over the preceding
March quarter. Revenue grew
2%, to $2.1 billion, over the previous quarter. Compared to the
year ago period, revenue was up
7.1%, tracking the full-year revenue guidance of 7-9%.
The numbers were better
than the estimates of brokerage houses, resulting in the
companys share price rising
by 1% on a day when the broader market fell steeply. It also
helped raise the share prices of
other leading IT companies, including TCS, Wipro and HCL
Infosys said it was maintaining the full-year revenue guidance of 7-9% that it had issued in
April. The guidance is lower
than the 11.5% it did last year
and the 13-15% that IT industry
body Nasscom expects the industry to grow by this fiscal. Infosys CEO S D Shibulal, who retires at the end of this month,
said the demand and pricing environments were stable.
Some negative trends continue. The employee attrition
rate rose to the highest ever level of 19.5% in the quarter. It was
already an all-time high of
18.7% in the March quarter.
Employee attrition rates are
worrisome and we are implementing various initiatives to
retain good talent, said the
companys COO Pravin Rao.
Shibulal said the company
listened hard to employees
and found that they were more
interested in a predictable salary and career growth than in the
level of the annual increment.
The operating margin is
25.1% in the June quarter, compared to 25.5% in the March
quarter. The fall is partially on
account of the salary increment effective April.






Sennheiser PX95

Asus Zenfone 5 (A501CG)


Spice Smart Pulse M-9010

he PX95 weighs 71g and comes with a durable,

flexible, over-the-head, steel band and adjustable ear
cups that make this headset a comfortable fit.
Additionally, Sennheisers improved earpad foam and
fabric mesh is said to enhance acoustics. So if youre
looking for a pair of supra-aural cans, then the PX95
with a sound pressure level (SPL) of 114dB and frequency
range of 15Hz to 27,000Hz is definitely worth a listen.

he Zenfone 5 will appeal to the mobile photographer in you. Its

8MP snapper can take selfies automatically, you get image
stabilization for blur-free videos and stills, while PixelMaster a
proprietary tech captures clear shots even in low-light. This dual
SIM, Android handset also boasts of a 5-inch, scratch-resistant, HD
touchscreen thats powered by a dual-core Intel Atom processor.
Available in five colours, this smartphone is rated to give you up to 18
hours of battery life on a single charge.



he M-9010 doesnt need to play second fiddle to another

device. It is a full-fledged mobile phone with room for
two SIMs that can be used to make calls, send/receive text
messages, access the internet and play music. But if you must,
you can pair the Pulse with your existing Android handset via
Bluetooth. In this mode, you can to use it to receive notifications,
view call logs and remotely control the camera. Ah yes, you can
also pick up changeable wrist bands in red, blue and green.

`9,999 (8GB, 1GB RAM), `12,999 (16GB, 2GB RAM)


In this second instalment of this two-part series, Ashutosh Desai and Savio DSouza tell you about the...



he Moto G is not the smartest looking handset, but

it is solidly built, complete with a toughened
Gorilla Glass screen as well as a nano coating over its
electronics that makes it water resistant.
The device boasts of good 3D graphics in gaming; is
equipped to handle Full HD video playback; and multitasking between apps pose no problem. Its display is
sharp and is capable of vibrant colours and crisp fonts.
The microphone on the handset works well when recording videos, and audio quality is clear at both ends of a
phone call. Its speaker output is sufficiently loud, and
sound quality for music playback is good enough for you
to dump your existing MP3 player.
And finally, the Moto Gs 2070mAh battery promises
fantastic battery life. With only phone calls and messaging, it lasted us for two days on a single charge and on
a 3G network, with FM radio, a fair amount of gaming,
e-mailing, and web browsing, the Moto G goes on for 18
hours to a day.
The only drawbacks to
the device are the absence
of an expandable memory
slot, and a sub par camera
with output thats good only
for sharing on the web and
phone messaging. Still, if
youre looking for a good,
honest handset, you cant
go wrong with this one.

Specs: 4.5-inch (1280x720px)

touchscreen | 1.2GHz quadcore processor | 1GB RAM |
16GB (internal) | 5MP rear
cam, 1.3MP front cam | Dual
SIM | Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS |
2070mAh battery | Android 4.4
(Kit Kat)

RATING: 7/10 `13,999


BlackBerry Z3 | `15,999 | 6.5/10
Motorola Moto E | `6,999 | 6/10
Sony Xperia E1 Dual | `9,490 | 5.5/10
Nokia Lumia 630 Dual | `11,500 | 6/10
Gionee Elife E3 | `14,999 | 6.5/10


he Oppo Joy is a budget device that works well if youre looking

for an entry-level smartphone for basic web access, social
networking, some personal entertainment and occasional
productivity work.
It comes with useful apps and enhancements for backup, cloud
storage, document editing, call recording, and more. It also supports
most popular multimedia formats by default, so you dont need to
install a third-party player. In spite of its customizations, the phone
delivers a lag-free performance, and ekes out over a days work on a
single charge of its battery.
Now, while its 4-inch screen makes the Oppo
Joy easier to manage for folk with small hands, its
lower-than-average display resolution makes
images look soft. Also, both its cameras are belowaverage performers: snapshots appear fuzzy and
are plagued with grain. Apart from these
shortcomings, you still have a capable budget
Android handset.

Specs: 4-inch (800x480px) touchscreen | 1.3GHz

dual-core processor | 512MB RAM | 4GB (internal),
microSD up to 32GB (external) | 3MP rear cam, 0.3MP
front cam | Dual SIM | Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS |
1700mAh battery | Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)


he L90 Dual boasts of some nifty features: you can lock (and unlock) the touchscreen by using a tapping pattern, take full-page
screen captures in its browser, and every time you connect a
microUSB cable or a earphone jack, a context menu displays
appropriate applications to run. Interestingly, it also comes with a
Guest Mode that lets you share your phone with family and friends
without giving them full access to your data and apps. You can even
control your TV, DVD player, using the infrared port on the L90 Dual.
The one biggest drawback of the L90, however, is its under-par
display. Though the device plays Full HD videos
without a stutter, its low-res screen makes visuals look grainy. Also, the device gives you slightly less than a days worth of service on a single
charge, but this is not exactly a deal breaker.
That said, the L90 Duals versatility for
personal entertainment and productivity and
sturdy build should appeal to those who like to
mix business with pleasure.

Specs: 4.7-inch (960x540px) touchscreen | 1.2GHz

quad-core processor | 1GB RAM | 8MP rear cam,
VGA front cam | 8GB (internal), microSD up to 32GB
(external) | Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, Infrared |
2540mAh battery | Android 4.4 (Kit Kat)

RATING: 5.5/10 `8,500

RATING: 6/10 `19,000


he Wammy Neo is one of the first mid-range handsets from local

OEMs to hit the market with an octa-core processor. What differentiates this device from other similar smartphones is its scratch-resistant HD touchscreen, coupled with a water-resistant coating on
its exterior as well as its internal circuitry.
Performance-wise, the Wammy Neo blazes through Full HD movies, intensive 3D games and is also a smooth
multi-tasker. Its loudspeaker and cameras,
however, are its drawbacks. The former
sounds rather soft, while its shooters capture images that are web-worthy, but appear
smudgy when viewed at actual size.
That said, in our tests, the Neo survived
submersion in water and proved to be a good
low-priced gaming handset that even plays
Full HD videos, provided youre willing to
use a headset for sound.

Specs: 5-inch (1280x720px) touchscreen |

1.7GHz octa-core processor | 2GB RAM | 8GB
(internal), microSD up to 64GB (external) |
13MP rear cam, 5MP front cam | Dual SIM |
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS | 2200mAh battery |
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

What the ratings mean: Below 5: The product is poor and doesnt offer
the experience it promises | 5 and 6: The product works as advertised
| 7: The product is good; will not disappoint the buyer | 8: The product
is very good; super value for money | 9: The product is exceptional |
10: Youre kidding, right?


he E7 Mini is for those who want to buy a premium-looking

phone without breaking the bank. Its slick looks are matched
with a high-res display thats capable of crisp images and text.
Atop the display, you get a 13MP rotating camera, which doubles
as a front shooter: just twist the snapper around rotating it
automatically launches the camera app. The resulting images are
sharp and pretty good for a smartphone in this price range.
The E7s customized user interface includes essential software
for productivity (KingSoft Office), utilities
(flashlight, call recording, etc) and entertainment apps with full support for popular media
formats, making it quite the all-rounder.
The device easily handles tasks such as
high-def videos and 3D games, while its nonremovable battery allows for over a days worth
of work and play. The only drawbacks to the E7
Mini are the lack of storage expansion and its
scratch-prone display. If these arent of major
concern, then its well worth your money.

Specs: 4.7-inch (1280x720px) touchscreen | 1.7GHz

octa-core processor | 1GB RAM | 16GB (internal) |
13MP front/rear cam | Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS |
2200mAh | Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

RATING: 6/10 `11,990

RATING: 7/10 `18,999


buyers guide

m looking for quality stereo speakers (without

any sub woofer because I dont have the space)
to use along with my PC. The pair should cost
under `10,000; will mostly be used when I browse
the web and for some movie watching and light
music; output should be enough to fill a mediumsized room.
Mihir Chedda, Rishi Bajwa
Rohan Chulani, Praveen Fernandes
our budget is more than adequate to buy some
very good stereo speakers, and you can have
your pick from the following models
For pure sound: The Bose Companion 2 (`8,500) is the speaker you
should buy if youre in the market for
fantastic audio quality, complete with
noticeable bass. Notably, this pair
promises clean sound thats without
distortion even at high volumes. On
the downside, you can only connect
these to your machine via a 3.5mm
audio jack.
For connectivity options: The Logitech Z600
(`5,550) is a good-looking pair that can be connected to your PC in multiple ways. It can take
input from the 3.5mm jack or via the USB port on
your computer. And more importantly, it can also
connect up to three devices wirelessly via Bluetooth, allowing
you to switch between multiple
sources without any hassle. Additionally, these speakers come
with flat, tangle-free cables.
Sound wise, you get clean audio
even at high volumes.
Alternatively, you can look at the JBL Jembe BT
(`4,000) that can connect via a 3.5mm jack, and
even supports wireless connectivity via Bluetooth.
The Jembe is capable of sound thats surprisingly
full for speakers of its size. Though, they are prone
to some cracking at very high volumes. That said,
these JBLs are a good mix of connectivity, sound
quality, size and budget pricing.
With a built-in equalizer: The
Creative GigaWorks T20 (`7,500) is
a model that comes with equalizer
knobs on the right speaker that let
you adjust the bass and treble output
according to your tastes. The T20,
which only supports connectivity via
a 3.5mm jack, is capable of sound
that can fill a medium-sized room,
though it is prone to some distortion
at higher levels. Savio DSouza

Cant decide which gizmo is right for you? Looking for buying
suggestions? Write in to techtonic@timesgroup.com

For more tech stories, visit toitech.com

The Day After: Budgets Stress On Indian Control In Insurance Stumps Overseas Partners | More Options For Retirement Savings
The FM has presented a
comprehensive Budget
which addresses some key
reforms with a welcome focus
on physical and social
infra. This should put
in place the drivers
for long-term growth

This Budget
signals the
intention to boost
growth. I welcome
the higher public
expenditure outlay, its
likely to fuel demand

FM has given the focus on kick-starting the

investment cycle. I expect to see increased
inow of foreign investment, an uptick in
manufacturing & greater activity in capital
markets. But execution holds the key
It is a
well-balanced Budget
that brings a sense
of positivity. Sectors
like manufacturing,
agriculture, education,
healthcare should get
the required thrust

The Budget is positive,

directional & aspirational
but lacks bolder reforms. We
welcome the intent to establish
more biotech clusters but most
of the moves are broad
intentions. Frankly, I
expected more from
Mr Jaitley

Insurance FDI rider worries foreign cos


Mumbai: The finance ministers decision to channel foreign direct investment into insurance through the Foreign
Investment Promotion Board
(FIPB) is causing concern
among existing joint ventures
where management power
vests with the foreign partner.
The fear is that existing agreements between partners
might fall through as the companies now have to be under
Indian control.
In many insurance joint
ventures, the foreign partners
have invested much more than
their share of equity in exchange for management con-

Mumbai: There is something

to cheer in the Budget for the
mutual fund industry, which
has been hit by the doubling of
long-term capital gains tax and
trebling of holding period in
fixed income schemes.
The Budget has stated that
there would be uniform tax
treatment for pension fund and
MF-linked retirement plan.
This has effectively opened up
the pension space for MFs. Only UTI and Franklin Templeton have retirement schemes,
which are eligible for tax
benefits. The UTI Retirement
Benefit Pension Fund and
Franklin India Pension Fund
were launched in the mid-90s.
Templetons pension fund was
originally launched by Kothari
Pioneer MF.
Both are balanced funds
with an equity exposure of
around 40% and have generated annual returns of 10.8-

12.9% since their launch,

beating the average annual
inflation during the period.
This has opened up the
retirement investment space
for MFs. It can become a 401(k)
(of India), said A Balasubramanian, CEO, Birla Sun Life
MF. The 401(k) plan is a defined contribution pension
account in the US.
Once the guidelines are
made clear, we would be filing
with the CBDT for a retirement
plan, said a senior official
with a leading fund house. The
Central Board of Direct Taxes
(CBDT) has to give approval for
pension products, he said.
Though the New Pension
Scheme (NPS) was launched
about a decade ago, it hasnt
gained traction among average investors because of the
long tenure and the lack of distribution network. The opening up of the space to MFs is expected to bring more investors
into pension schemes.


proposals in greater depth

than, say, the finance department of IRDA. Also, it will give
an opportunity to rectify short

comings in the earlier 26% FDI

cases already cleared. But the
flip side is that it is reintroduction of some kind of licencepermit Raj considering the
fact that FIPB is largely populated by civil servants, said
K K Srinivasan, former member, IRDA.
Insurance companies fear
that clearances might become
subjective, like in airlines. Also,
they worry that the government may ask them to reveal all
the agreements between the
partners which have been private until now.
Foreign direct investment
in the insurance sector has
been proposed to be increased
to 49% with full Indian man-

agement and control under the

FIPB route. This may not exactly be in line with industry expectations, but the attempt to
provide funds to the capital-intensive industry needs to be acknowledged, said Anish
Thacker, partner (tax & regulatory services), EY. He said the
industry would have to wait for
the policy to be announced to
understand what the government means by full Indian
According to Srinivasan,
instead of a one-percentage
(49%)-fits-all approach, differentiated percentages would be
abetter with higher stake for reinsurance where the business
is multinational.

Service tax on clinical Tax dept lost 35%

trials may hurt R&D cases at tribunal

MFs to get a slice T

of retirement pie

trol and the power to appoint

chief executives. The belief
among the partners was that
the multinational would increase stake as soon as the government relaxed FDI guidelines. While the higher FDI has
brought cheer, the words full
Indian management and control in the Budget speech and
the decision to subject investments to FIPB scrutiny has set
the cat among the pigeons.
What is curious is that,
while all along FDI in insurance companies has been under the automatic route, it is
now moved to the FIBP route.
There are some positives here.
Being a multi-faceted body,
FIPB can perhaps look at FDI

he Budget has withdrawn the service tax

exemption on testing
of newly developed drugs on
human subjects, serving a
dampener on domestic pharma companies.
However, in a move which
may benefit a few patients,
life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs
and diagnostic kits supplied
under National AIDS Control
Programme (NACP), funded
by Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
TB and Malaria (GFATM),
will be exempt from customs
and excise levies.
The withdrawal of service tax exemption extended
to clinical research will bur-

den the companies, says Ranjit Shahani, VC and MD Novartis, which will increase
drug development costs.
Though there is not much
research on new drugs being
conducted in the country,
companies like Biocon,
Glenmark and Dr Reddys
may be impacted.

It is extremely negative
for the pharma industry.
Clinical trials are one part of
R&D and the expenses,
which will definitely go up
after this move, depending
upon the molecule being
tested, Dr Reddys chairman and Indian Pharmaceu-

tical Alliance president Satish Reddy told TOI.

Habil Khorakiwala, founder chairman and group
CEO, Wockhardt, said Innovation in R&D is very important for pharma. This measure gives a wrong signal for
research and innovation.
However, Sujay Shetty,
leader pharma, PwC India,
feels After the government
put restrictions on clinical
trials, most companies have
shifted research to overseas
sites for faster approvals so
the announcement will not
create much of a ripple. In
any case, multinational drug
companies are not conducting many clinical trials in
the country.

Pay much more for tax appeal


New Delhi: Filing an appeal

against a customs, excise or service tax order passed by a lower
authority will now require you
to shell out at least 7.5% of the
amount demanded by the department, with the amount rising to 10% for a second-stage appeal. The new provisions are

part of the Finance Bill and

have come in for criticism.
This is a draconian provision as in most cases the demands confirmed by lower authorities arent sustainable
and are set aside by higher authorities/tribunal in appeals.
These clauses will have to pass
the test of judicial scrutiny of
Supreme Court, said R S

Sharma, an advocate and an

indirect tax expert. He pointed to a similar provision introduced in the Punjab VAT Act,
which has been stayed by SC.
A tax head with a leading
consulting firm said the provision only empowered tax
authorities to raise frivolous
demands and might lead to increase in litigation.

in 2011-12


he Public Accounts
Committee (PAC) in its
report tabled in both
houses of the Parliament
last August, pointed out that
a high volume of court decisions go against the tax department. In 2011-12, 35% of
decisions given by ITAT
went against the tax department. The corresponding
figure was 38% for high
courts and 33% for the SC.
The regular process of
appeals in tax dispute involves three judicial layers
the first appeal level is at
the ITAT, then a high court
can be approached if the issue involves a substantial
question of law and finally
the Supreme Court.
The tax effect, as defined
in the CBDTs internal instruction, means the difference between the tax on the
total income assessed by the
tax department and the tax
that would have been
charged if the total income
of the taxpayer was reduced
by the income relating to disputed issues.
However, to safeguard

the interests of the tax department, certain caveats

have been built into the instructions.
For instance, just because on a particular disputed issue, the tax department
has not appealed as the
monetary threshold of
the tax effect is low, it
does not preclude it from filing an appeal on the same
issue for another tax payer
(where the tax effect limit
is beyond the prescribed
Similarly, it can proceed
with filing an appeal against
the same taxpayer, on the
same issue, in a subsequent
year if the tax effect exceeds
the monetary limit.
Further, the instructions
on not filing an appeal if the
tax effect is below the prescribed monetary limit will
not apply in certain instances. These instances include
where the constitutional validity of a tax provision is
CBDTs circular has been
held illegal or even when the
audit objection has been accepted by the tax department.

Banks told to
sell non-core
assets to
raise funds

New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has taken a series

of measures, including efforts to
improve coal supply, to unclog
the power sector. Explaining the
decision to set up separate asset
(ARCs) for power and roads, financial services secretary G S
Sandhu said the two sectors
need specialized attention and
the existing ARCs did not have
the capacity to deal with the power or roads sector projects.
The sharp economic slowdown and regulatory issues
have taken a toll on projects
and have piled up bad loans of
banks, he said.
The financial services secretary also said apart from diluting stake in public sector
banks, the government has
asked the lenders to set up special purpose vehicles to monetize their real estate and by selling other non-core assets. We
are confident that we will raise
a good amount by hiving off
non-core assets, Sandhu said,
adding that banks have been
asked to draw up their strategy.
He also said if there was any
gap left after this, the government could step in with funds
from the Budget.
Banks have a lot of real estate...the SPV can raise money
and that money can come in the
form of equity into these
banks, Sandhu said.
The first off the block to set
up an SPV would be Bank of India which has already approached the RBI for permission
to launch such an entity. Staterun banks will require additional equity of Rs 2.4 lakh crore by
2019. The government plans to
raise the capital from all possible
sources, including the sale of
shares, largely through the retail segment. Sandhu said the
government was willing to reduce its stake to 51%. Which
banks will go first, that we have
to work out. We have asked all
the banks to submit their capital
requirement plans. They have
given their proposal and we are
giving them final touches. The
schedule will be worked out
soon, he said.


I thank God for

helping me,
because if that
blow had been a few
inches lower on my
back, I would have
risked being paralysed






3 R D - P L AC E P L AYO F F


For Brazil, A Shot At

Redemption; For Holland,
A Match They Would
Rather Not Play
Neymar wants Barca mate
Messi to lift the cup
Neymar wants Barcelona
teammate Lionel Messi to
win the final against
Germany. Messis history in
the sport is important, he has
won a lot of trophies and Ill be cheering
for him, Neymar said. Hes won almost
everything and I think he deserves to be
champion. He is a friend, I wish him
luck. The striker added he always
wanted Argentina to get to the final
because Brazil would be there but it
never worked out like that.

Result can hurt stocks

Argentina and Germany face off in the

final and research shows investors in
both countries should be alert to
potential drops on their stock markets
the day after in case of defeat. With
markets driven by psychology as well
as economic fundamentals, defeat can
depress trading sentiment. Alex
Edmans, a professor at London
Business School, said defeats in the
World Cup have generally resulted in
declines greater than the world market.

Scolari must be replaced

Brazil great Zico says
coach Luiz Felipe
Scolari must be
replaced if his country
is to move past its
performance. We should thank him
(Scolari) and thank (assistant coach
Carlos Alberto) Parriera too. But we
need to choose new people with new
thoughts about how to play the
Brazilian way, Zico said.

FIFA exec flees arrest

An executive from the World Cups
hospitality services firm escaped out
the back door of his plush Rio de
Janeiro hotel Thursday to avoid arrest
on charges of illegally selling tickets,
triggering a police manhunt. Raymond
Whelan, a British director of FIFA
partner company Match Services, fled
the luxurious Copacabana Palace Hotel
after a judge ordered him and 10 other
suspects to be held in detention.

Bundchen to carry trophy

FIFA confirmed that former
Spain international Carles
Puyol and supermodel
Gisele Bundchen and will
carry the World Cup to the
Maracana, which will then be
handed over to the champions on Sunday.

26,000 security for final

Some 26,000 police and soldiers will
provide security on Sunday for the final,
Brazilian justice minister said Thursday.
The federal government in Rio said that it
is the number originally planned and that
force has not been increased despite a
flood of Argentines heading to Rio.

Luiz offered for free

Brazil vice-captain David
Luiz has reportedly
been offered for free
on UKs online
vouchering website
Wowcher after his sides
humiliating semifinal defeat. The site
has offered the bargain to end all
bargains by cutting down Luizs 50
million pounds fee to absolute zero.

Rio de Janeiro: In the battle between Louis and Luiz,

an otherwise irrelevant football fixture has assumed a
strange but different meaning for the teams involved.
It is called the Losers Final, but for the losing semifinalists, Brazil and the Netherlands, Saturdays thirdplace playoff game in Brasilia becomes one where damaged reputations can be repaired and hurt egos soothed.
Still, all this is just humbug for the hurting Dutch.
This match should never be played, Ive been saying
that for 10 years, thundered the Netherlands coach
Louis van Gaal after his team had been bundled out by
Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the semifinal in Sao Paulo. In charge of his last match as the
Dutch coach before he takes up the job at Manchester
United in the coming season, this consolation prize is
not what he was looking for as a farewell.
There is only one award that counts and that is becoming world champions. The worst thing is that there
is a chance you are going to lose twice in a row, and in
a tournament in which you have played so well, you go
home as a loser. This has got nothing to do whatsoever
with sport not in my view, he said, mincing no words.
His opposite number, Luiz Felipe Scolari, may share
the same view in private but at the moment he will
clutch at even this Brasilia straw after what he
and his team were made
to go through in their
semifinal against GerSiddharth
many in Belo Horizinte.
Scolari will be forever be
known as the Brazil manager under whom the Selecao
plunged to its worst-ever defeat in its football history.
I know my career will be marked by this defeat, he
said after the 7-1 mauling, but still offered a forwardlooking approach when he said, We have an obligation to move on, thinking about the next goal, which in
this case is the match for third place in Brasilia.
Up until then, nobody had given the third-place match
any thought, but Scolari saw that as an opening for a
belated shot at redemption. I know its a much smaller dream than what we all wanted but we have to honour the shirt of the national team, he said, attempting to sound sage-like about the freefall of his team.
Brazil had played before the Argentina-Netherlands
semifinal a day earlier, and immediately the wily Scolari had caused a tizzy, briefly deflecting from the larger issue of the 7-1 humiliation and having the uncomfortable glare of the spotlight away from him. The irrepressible Brazilian fan suddenly saw another final
looming with their bitter, old rivals Argentina in the
event of Leo Messi and mates failing against the Dutch.
All of Brazils eyes were firmly trained on Argentina,
and Scolari could breathe easy.
Later, a triumphant Argentine coach Alejandro
Sabella was even asked in jest whether he was relieved to avoid a meeting with Brazil in the real final.
Was he scared? Sabella broke into a rare smile, and
nodded that it would have been a disaster for Argentina
had they been forced to play the Third Place game.
That final would have been very tough for us, he
said, but was clever to bring the real issue back into
the frame that Argentina and not Brazil were going to the Maracana on Sunday.

Brazils Luis Gustavo trains in

Teresopolis on Friday

Recent third-place
play-off winners

GUNNING FOR BRONZE: The Netherlands striker Robin van Persie leads the team during their practice session in Teresopolis



The 1998
World Cup
saw more
goals than any
other tournament. So far, there
have been 167 in 2014


There have been

fewer red cards
in the
tournament than
any other edition since 1986 (8)

Brasilia: Neymar became

emotional when talking
Thursday about the injury
that ruled him out of the
World Cup, saying that if the
knee to his back had been
slightly more to one side he
could be in a wheelchair
right now. The Brazil striker
cried as he recalled the injury,
saying God blessed him and
prevented a more serious injury. Neymar had to stop talking for several seconds, lowering his head and putting a
hand in front of his eyes.
Its difficult to talk about
a move that (happened) in
such an important moment
of my career, he said.
Neymar fractured his
third vertebra when defend-

Neymar struggles to control

his emotions during a media
interaction on Thursday

We vowed not to
insult Brazil: Mueller

Clash for 3rd place is

Such collapse can
meaningless: Van Gaal happen to anyone

Germanys players agreed at half-time

during their 7-1 World Cup semifinal win
over Brazil to refrain from showboating
to avoid humiliating the hosts, forward
Thomas Mueller said on Friday.
Germany took a 5-0 lead at the break in
Tuesdays match in Belo Horizonte and
Mueller said the players, not the
coaches, decided they would not pile on
the agony in the second half. With the
score the way it was, we said we should
avoid being arrogant and to refrain from
humiliating the opponent, he said,
adding that they urged everyone to
avoid fancy passes or trick shots on
goal or any nonsense like that. But
thats something obvious, he said. Yes,
there was this agreement and it came
from the players themselves.
Substitute Andre Schuerrle scored twice
in the second half which made for the
final tally with Brazils Oscar scoring a
consolation goal.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has

criticized his sides upcoming match
against Brazil for the third-place as
meaningless and nothing whatsoever
to do with sports. The Dutchman said
that he has been saying this for 10
years, but added that they would have
to play that match anyway, Sport24
reported. Van Gaal said that there were
a number of things that he did not like
about the match, but the one that really
grated with him is that a team faces the
possibility of going home off back-toback losses after doing so well and
making the last four of a World Cup. The
Manchester United manager added that
the worst thing he believes is that
chances are that one loses twice in a
row, adding that a tournament where a
team has played so marvelously well
and then it goes home as a loser just
because they could possibly lose the
last two matches.

Have you overcome the

shocking defeat?

No, and I can speak for a lot

of people in Brazil. This will
take a lot of time for us to digest. I was in the commentary
box and couldnt believe what
was happening on the pitch
that night. Unbelievable!
What lessons does Brazil take
from this humiliation?

It is too early to discuss that.

We need to look into everything and come up with solutions for a better future.
And then Klose broke your

record of 15 goals. Your


zema, James Rodrigues, Arjen Robben or Robin van Persie. All of them were
good and showed their

First of all, congratulations to Miroslav

Klose! He deserves
all the credit for
having scored 16
What are your overall
World Cup goals.
thoughts about the
tournament. A success
for Brazil?
record against EXCLUSIVE
Yes, we have seen
Ghana, I had INTERVIEW
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Cup! Everyone who
through RONALDO
has come from
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around the world
dont have a problem with celebrated football and the
someone breaking my record. culture of Brazil. Further, we
saw a lot of good football,
great games. We Brazilians
Who have been your favourite
are very happy then, as we
strikers in this edition?
There were a lot of good had our difficulties before the
strikers at the tournament tournament.
who scored a lot of good
goals, though some of you But will the problems be forwould nowadays not call gotten after the Cup is over or
them out-and-out strikers like will the pressing social issues
us in our time. I would name remain a topic in the country?
Neymar, Lionel Messi, The problems remain. And
Thomas Mller, Karim Ben- we as a nation need to solve

Second half sub

Ramires had more
shots than Bernard,
Willian, Hulk and
Fred put together (3) against

Robin Van
Persie is yet to
score a goal in
the knockout
stages in his WC

Neymar thankful hes not in a wheelchair

Germanys 7-1 thrashing of five-time

champion Brazil has left no doubt
among Argentinas players about the
challenge they face in the World Cup
final on Sunday. Striker Sergio Aguero
says he and his Argentine teammates
obviously took notice of the rout.
Germany is a great team. What
happened to Brazil could happen to any
team, he said. But, Aguero added, the
Germans also have reason to be
concerned, knowing that we have
players who can create danger up front,
were in the final for a reason. After
injuring his left thigh in Argentinas last
group-stage match against Nigeria, the
Manchester City striker was sidelined
for two knockout games before going on
as a substitute in the semifinal
Wednesday against the Netherlands. He
failed to have an impact in the attack
but scored the third penalty in
Argentinas 4-2 shootout win.

It will take us long to digest the defeat

onaldo, the 37-year-old

former Brazilian striker, is widely hailed as
one of the best footballers of
all time. The two-time World
Cup winner was displaced as
the highest goal scorer by Miroslav Klose in a match which
also saw Brazil suffer their
worst-ever defeat. Excerpts:


Of the
12 goals in the
meet have
come after half-time.

2010: Germany 3-2 Uruguay

2006: Germany 3-1 Portugal
2002: Turkey 3-2 South Korea
1998: Croatia 2-1 Netherlands
1994: Sweden 4-0 Bulgaria
1990: Italy 2-1 England
1986: France 4-2 Belgium
1982: Poland 3-2 France

them but again important for

us was that we were good
hosts and no untoward incidents happened as feared by
many before the tournament.
Did you see anything new tactically being used by the

What I liked was the attacking intent of a lot of nations.

There wasnt this typical
wait-and-watch approach but
teams played with the aim of
scoring early and even more
as matches progressed. This
is what the fans want to see
goals, goals and even more
goals, and not 0-0 draws.
Brazil could have done with a
striker of your class at this
tournament. Surely you would
have liked to have played your
home World Cup?

If I was 10 to 12 years younger

and a lot more kilos lighter
than now, surely I would have
played for the Selecao in 2014.

But these are things which

you really cant influence,
and up to the quarterfinals it
was an unbelievable tournament for the players who had
this once in a life-time opportunity of a home World
Cup, which I had the pleasure of experiencing from the
outside. Now after this heavy
semifinal defeat, things do
look a little different.

er Juan Camilo Zuniga hit

him from behind in a challenge late in the quarterfinal
match against Colombia.
If it had been 2 centimeters to the center..., he said,
struggling to stay composed.
I could be in a wheelchair.
The 22-year-old striker
complained about Zunigas
challenge, although he said the
Colombian called to apologize.
I dont know if he was trying
to hurt me, but if you understand football you know that
it was not a normal challenge,
Neymar said.
I cant protect myself
when Im not facing the play.
The only thing that can protect me from someone coming
from behind are the rules. I

couldnt protect myself and I

ended getting hurt.
Neymar said the injury led
to the worst week of his life,
one that culminated in his
absence with Brazils 7-1
thrashing by Germany. He
said he didnt know how to explain what happened, and that
it would be unfair for this
group to be remembered by
that result alone. It would

have been all right to lose, but

not like this. It was unbelievable, Neymar said. I dont
have words to explain what
happened. He said the loss
was part of football, and he
thought Brazil had potential
to win the next World Cup.
We cant lower our
heads, he said. It will hurt
for a long time, but better
days will come. AP



Mascherano: The
daring Little Chief

Siddharth Saxena

Rio de Janeiro: When they

interpret Javier Mascherano, cartoonists in Argentina
usually depict him as a Red Indian poncho, feathered
headgear, tomahawk and all
leaping unafraid into battle. It is not to portray him as
foolhardy, plunging headlong
into the fray without thought
or plan, but in homage to
courage that the Argentinian
midfielder usually exhibits on
the field. Hes called El Jefecito
or The Little Chief, and the
idea is based on the popular
Argentine comic character of
Patoruzu a solitary, simple-minded but fearless Indian warrior whose tales of adventure have regaled Argentinians since the 1920s.
As Argentina stand on the
threshold of a much-awaited
date with history, Mascherano
has now begun to be seen as
footballs Che Guevara, sitting
within the iconic image of the
legendary revolutionary
beret in place, locks of hair flying in the wind and the eyes

with that faraway look. The legend too reads an apt MasChe.
The Little Chief has now
grown up; he is ready to lead
the revolution of footballs New
World but from the back.
It is often said that when a
defensive midfielder is noticed
during a game, then his team
is not doing well. For a defensive screen to have played well,
you must not remember he was
on the field at all. For years now,
Javier Mascherano has only
been noticed when he dejectedly picks up a booking for a
well-timed tackle that went
bone-crunchingly wrong, or
picking up the ball from the net,
when, as Barcelona central defender for two seasons now, the
fortress has been breached.
Else, he has played entire campaigns for club and country, untiring and undefeated.

But this was set to change.

Mascherano was to fight
and win the war with invisibility on the football field.
It happened in Sao Paulo on
Wednesday. For a myopic
world, historically accustomed
to regarding just the exploits
of the goal-scorer, Mascherano forced them to see how lonely, misunderstood and thankless the job of the defensive
midfielder can be,
And in doing so, he also
showed why hes Argentinas
most important player if they
have deservedly staked claim
to be in the final alongside Germany. While Messi has been
the main catalyst in the middle and up front, it is the vital
mopping up job at the back that
Mascherano has dutifully carried out. If Argentina have conceded only twice in six games
here, it has had a lot to do with
his reading of the game.
As he threw himself all
over the park against the
Dutch, repulsing their speedy
runs from the centre and
down the flanks, he once
again gave evidence of his
huge worth. He would lunge
into what would appear as a
clattering clearance and a
sure booking, but if you
looked carefully, it would be
an exquisite piece of skill.
Then he would immediately
be up and back to marshalling
the forces. The late, late tackle to deny Arjen Robbens
goal-bound move would probably be the moment that
shaped Argentinas journey in
Brazil here. He blacked out after a clash with Georginio Wijnaldum, but groggily carried
on and immediately asked for
the ball on his return.
Mascherano is a symbol,
an emblem, said manager Alejandro Sabella later. This
World Cup means a lot to him.
He is the only person in Argentina who has two Olympic
gold medals. He needs this
World Cup as badly. We all know
about him whenever one of
his coaches goes to another
club, he wants to take Mascherano with him, added Sabella.
Mascheranos worth can be
gauged by the fact that he has
been playing as central defender not his specialized position with considerable success for nearly two seasons now.



The Dutch succeeded in

restricting Lionel Messi,
the worlds best player,
into a cameo role.
Ron Vlaar and Nigel de
Jong frustrated the
Argentina captain all
night long, so much so
that he failed to take
even one shot at the
goal in 120 minutes.
Germany coach
Joachim Loew wouldnt
have missed noticing
that. Germany may well
opt for Sami Khedira
and Philip Lahm to do
the same, while calling
on the likes of Bastian
Schweinsteiger, Toni
Kroos and Mesut Ozil to
chip in.

They are just one step away from

ultimate glory. TOI examines the 9
factors that will determine if
Germany become the first European
nation to win on Latin American soil
or if Argentinas Messi can cross the
last hurdle towards greatness

Midfield general Javier Mascherano, and not
Lionel Messi, looks increasingly like the man on
whom Argentinas fate will depend. He was
outstanding against the Dutch, snatching balls,
creating and controlling the game and making
life-saving tackles. Until he took a nasty knock
on the head and became dazed. Mascherano
will have four days to sufficiently recover from
any ill-effects of the bang on his skull, and the
hopes of his nation will rest upon him.

Angel di Maria had an excellent
season with Real Madrid. As it
happens so often, he lost his
mojo in World Cup. Given the
struggles of Ezequiel Lavezzi
and his replacement
Enzo Perez though, Di
Marias return would
be a huge boon for
Sabellas side if he
recovers from a
thigh strain on
Sunday. As seen
against Algeria,
Germany are
vulnerable to
lightning quick




Germany have won every game where they scored first. This
has been a recurring pattern and Loews men would love to
wrap things up pretty
early on Sunday.
Germany were on the
scoresheet within the
first 15 minutes against
Portugal, France, and
Brazil. Except against
Belgium, Argentina have
been slow starters so
far, scoring late winners
in the group stage and
finding a last-gasp
extra-time decider
against Switzerland.

The Stones hitman

an has
emerged as a sort
rt of
evil musical twin
brother of Paul the
Octopus at this
World Cup. Jagger
has backed four
teams so far in the
tournament and all of them
(England, Italy, Portugal and Brazil)
were dumped out in
unceremoniously. The Jagger curse
has gotten so severe that Brazilians
have taken to calling him Pe Frio,
which translates literally as Cold
Feet, a Brazilian term for a jinx.

coach Joachim Loew copped
huge criticism when he put captain
Philipp Lahm in midfield instead of his
usual right-back slot. After consecutive
unconvincing shows against the USA,
Ghana and Algeria in the group stage,
Loew finally restored Lahm to his
rightful place and settled for Khedirari
Schweinsteiger-Kroos in the midfield.
The trio is now the pivot upon which
Germanys resilience is built. Having
seen the demolition job against Brazil,
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella will
know that not allowing Germanys
middle to dictate the game will hold the
key to their success.



The previous encounter between these two sides ranks as one

of the worst matches to have ever graced a final. A 12-year-old
Miroslav Klose is one of the few
players who would have a vivid
memory of the game where
Lothar Matthauss Germans
were crowned champions after
1-0 ill-tempered win over Diego
Maradonas Argentina. Messi
was a mere toddler. Gotze,
thankfully, wasnt even born.

Argentine fans have made matches feel like home

games for Lionel Messis side in Brazil. Brazils
bitterest rivals have travelled in
droves but it will be the
Germans who will have the
Maracana behind them on
Sunday. The breakout of
Brazilian cheer for
Germany in their
hammering of the
hosts was an
indicator that
the countrys
200 million
fans will be
whites and
hoping for
the first
on Latin
American soil.

Not only did Germany play their semifinal a day early,
by half-time they were 5-0 up against Brazil. They
clearly didnt need to stretch too much after the
break. The likes of Matts Hummels, Miroslav
Klose, and Sami Khedira all got a nice mid-match
rest after being substituted. Argentina emerged
from their attritional display against the Dutch
as sore, beaten, and tired as a result of a war,
according to their boss Alejandro Sabella. Add the
dose of emotional exhaustion of a penalty shoot-out,
and Germany look clear favourites.

Daily Telegraph

Maracana will
explode with joy
Former Spain
skipper and
one of highest
scorers for the


World Cup final pitting

the best football-playing
nation at the moment
against the footballer of this
generation! As I expected, it
did not turn out to be another
all-European final. But it cannot get bigger than this. Maracana will explode with joy!
While I did sense a German
win against Brazil, a catastrophe of such magnitude was obviously difficult to foresee. Even
the Germans were shocked.
There was no doubt that without Neymar, there would be no
sting in the home attack. That
there was a collective brain
freeze for about 19 minutes in
the absence of suspended captain Thiago Silva is the nightmare Scolari and his makeshift
defence will have to live with.
It was unimaginable.
We saw some weak defending in this tournament by
Brazil before that game. What
we didnt know was that such
sloppiness could be punished
with such precision. Germany
built moves and snatched
those balls, got men in good
positions to create pressure

and showed clinical finishing

after reaching the danger
zone. There was a warning in
that performance and Argentina should be a worried
lot in this repeat of the 1986
and 1990 finals.
Brazil chose to counter the
most prepared team with emotions. That cant win you a
World Cup semifinal, no matter where the match is played.
There was no resistance at the
core, marking was terrible
and inside the box, the defenders were clueless as the
Germans played passes at
will. It was a disaster waiting
to take place. In football, it
happens. Spain played a bad
second half against the
Netherlands and were punished 1-5. That said, the fivetime champions will take
some time to come to terms
with this 1-7 humiliation.
The second semifinal saw
a tactical game involving two
teams busy cancelling each
other out in the midfield. The
match was not exciting enough
because Messi and Robben
were under strict vigil. It was
a mind game between Van
Gaal and Sabella. They chose
to play safe and the players executed the plan by blunting the
attacking elements in each other. It looked uninteresting but
thats what you do sometimes,
especially after watching carnage a day earlier.

No one remembers
the runners-up

yard is always a chalhomas Mueller,

lenge and we did quite
the Germany
well. However, our
striker in race
job is not done yet.
for the Golden Boot
award with five goals
so far in Brazil, gets
A final against Arready to meet Argentina whom you
gentina in Sun- EXCLUSIVE
had beaten in the
days final. The
last two editions.
striker says Ger- INTERVIEW
That makes the
many are well-set
task more difficult
to lift footballs ulsince they will be
timate prize.
more eager to
make it count in the most important match of the World
Cup. And if they can win it, noYou must be excited about
body will remember what we
your first final?
We all are. Germany did did in the previous two tournot reach the final of a World naments. In fact, the final is
Cup since 2002. Twelve years such a match where if you lose,
is quite long for Germany, not people will not remember what
to be in another final. We we did in the previous match,
reached the semifinals of
the last two editions but
were eliminated there. So,
we all were quite anxious to
reach the summit this time.
And we are glad we did it.


Argentina skipper Lionel Messi
during a training session ahead of
Sundays final against Germany

Fifa fines Argentina

for snubbing media

Messi is absolutely Hummels returns

exhausted, says dad to training

Arg Prez to miss

final due to illness

Rio de Janeiro: Fifa has fined

the Argentine Football
Association $340,000 for failing
to bring players to pre-match
news conferences .
The Fifa Disciplinary
Committee said Thursday that
Argentina, who play in the final
against Germany on Sunday,
had breached the
competitions media and
marketing regulations. The
rules require teams to bring at
least one player along with the
coach to official news
conferences held one day in
advance of each match. Only
coach Alejandro Sabella
appeared for Argentina at the
last four such news
conferences. Fifa said the
purpose of the regulations is to
allow media, and ultimately
fans, to have an opportunity to
follow a teams preparations.

London: Argentina talisman

Lionel Messi is completely
exhausted, his father Jorge has
said ahead of Sundays final
showdown against Germany at
the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
The diminutive Argentina
captain, who started off with a
bang scoring four goals and
bagging four Man-of-theMatch awards in group stages,
has been relatively off-colour in
the quarterfinal clash against
Belgium and the semifinal
encounter against the
Hailed among the all-time
greats and potentially the
standout player in finals, Messi
has increasingly become less
effective as the Albiceleste
campaign approaches the final
hurdle. He is exhausted and
feels as if his legs weigh 100
kilos each, his father said.

Buenos Aires: Thousands of

Argentine fans are expected to
attend Sundays final but
President Cristina Kirchner will
not be among them as she is sick
with throat trouble.
Kirchner disclosed the news
Thursday in a letter to Brazilian
President Dilma Rousseff.
The letter said Kirchner will meet
Saturday with visiting Russian
President Vladimir Putin and
attend a summit of emerging
powers next week in Brasilia.
But she will miss the final Sunday
in Rio of the worlds premiere
sporting tournament, to which
she had been invited by Rousseff.
Kirchner said in the letter that for
a week she had been fighting
pharyngolaryngitis. Kirchner also
said that on Monday she has to
travel to southern Argentina to be
with her grandson Nestor Ivan on
his first birthday.

Santo Andre: Germany defender

Mats Hummels trained with his
teammates after undergoing
treatment for a knee injury and
the extra day of rest before
Sundays final is a clear
assistant coach
Hansi Flick said.
Hummels is
suffering from
tendonitis and
asked to be taken off
at half-time during Germanys
semifinal against Brazil on
All the players will be able to
train, whether its on an
exercise bike or on the pitch
whichever they prefer, Flick
told a news conference at
Germanys team base.
Its up to each individual to
decide what they want to do in
training, added Flick.

And how you did it! Beating

Brazil 7-1!

Well, we were confident

in putting our best foot forward and it happened so.
Brazil is a great nation with
probably the richest football history and they were
playing at home. We prepared ourselves in the best
way possible and we were
able to do exactly what we
were looking for. The goals
came at the right moment for
us. With each goal, they tried
to come back hard but we held
our nerves.

Though Brazil were handicapped by the absence of their

two best players...

Neymars absence was really unfortunate. Nobody could

anticipate it. He was really
playing well. We all want him
back on the field as soon as possible. Thiago Silva was not
available due to suspension.
Both the incidents went
against them. But to play
against the hosts in their back-

too! Its always a nothing-butwin match and, again, we are

preparing ourselves in the best
way possible.
You already have 10 goals from
the first two editions.

It is always satisfying to
score goals and contribute to
the teams cause. At the same
time, it is not only about scoring goals, its all about winning for the nation. Yes, it
gives me immense pleasure
whenever I score, especially
in the World Cup. If anybody
would have said that I would
score five and receive the Golden Boot in South Africa, I
would not have believed it. PMG



Kounteya.Sinha @timesgroup.com

Luis Suarez

The Chilean has joined the English
club on a long term contract for an
apparent sum of 35m pounds.
Sanchez who made over 100
appearance for Barca, has cored 43
goals in three seasons

left on his contract.

Suarez himself released a statement for his Liverpool fans and said,
It is with a heavy heart that I leave
Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club
and with the city. But most of all I
have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported
me and we, as a family, will never forget it. We will always be Liverpool
The Liverpool No. 7 added, I



Arjen Robben (The Netherlands): One of the

sides impact players, Robben who wore the
captains armband during their seminal match
was one of two Holland players who managed
to convert penalties against Argentina. With his
speedy runs, the winger played a huge role in
helping The Netherlands defy pundits who had
written off the side before the start of the event.
With three goals, Robben has been one of the
bright spots in the Dutch side and will look to
retain the momentum against Brazil in the
third-place playoff match.




167 31.6






solo runs into area, as

opposed to Messis 31


Distance covered by

Factoid: Robben, who is playing in his third

World Cup, survived a cancer scare in 2004.
Then a 20-year-old rising star for Chelsea,
doctors discovered a lump in his left testicle
that had to be surgically removed. Following
the surgery, doctors gave him a clean bill
of health.





The Afro-haired Brazilian may have
had a terrible game against
Germany, but French club PSG did
think he was worth 50m for the
defender who scored a stunning free
kick in Brazil's 2-1 win over Colombia


The 19-year-old, who was in
Croatias provisional World Cup
squad, is a dynamic young talent and
has played for his countrys U-21
team. Chelsea signed the Croatian
midfielder for an undisclosed fee.

hope you can all understand why I

have made this decision. This club
did all they could to get me to stay,
but playing and living in Spain,
where my wife's family lives, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe
now the timing is right. I wish Brendan Rodgers and the team well for
the future. The club is in great hands
and I'm sure will be successful again
next season. I am very proud I have
played my part in helping to return
Liverpool to the elite of the Premier
League and in particular back into

the Champions League.

Liverpool manager Brendan
Rodgers said, Luis is a very special
talent. It is with great reluctance and
following lengthy discussions we
have eventually agreed to his wishes to move to Spain for new experiences and challenges.
Suarez is known for his antics on
the field and has often found himself
in the middle of controversies. In
June 2014, he was banned for four
months and nine international
matches for biting Italy defender Gior-


The Spaniard may have dived to earn
Spain's opening goal in the World
Cup but his talent is far beyond that
little act of cheating. He scored 27
times for title-winning Atletico
Madrid last season.

gio Chiellini. In April 2013, he received

a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. In December 2011, he was given an eightmatch suspension and fined 40,000
for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra. In November 2010,
he was handed a seven-match ban for
biting PSV Eindhoven's Otman
Bakkal on the shoulder while playing for Ajax.
However, no one can deny can the
Uruguyan has a Midas touch when
he is on the field.


Balotellis big kiss to haters
triggers another controversy
Italy striker Mario Balotelli has stoked more
controversy by publishing a picture of himself
on Instagram pointing a gun at the camera
with the message a big kiss to all the haters.
The AC Milan player quickly removed the
photo but his latest gaffe will do him no
favours in Italy where he has been a frequent
target of racial abuse and has come under
huge criticism for his displays in the
disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil.
The 23-year-old's poor performance in the
1-0 defeat by Uruguay that sent Italy home,
during which he was booked after kneeing
Alvaro Pereira in the back of the head and
substituted at halftime, particularly angered
the fans. A string of previous antics, which
have included throwing a dart at a youth team
player at his former club Manchester City in
2011, have also put Balotelli's position at Milan
in question. Last heard, AC Milan werent too
pleased by their stars latest antics.

Maradona sings song mocking

Brazils humiliating 7-1 loss



Liverpool Grab
Barcas Offer,
Release Suarez

London: Luis Suarez,

who set the Barclays Premier
League on fire in 2013-14 for Liverpool, finishing as the top scorer with
31 goals and scooping a plethora of
individual awards including the
golden boot, will move to Barcelona.
After months of negotiation, LFC
reached an agreement with the Spanish giants for a 75 million transfer.
The Uruguayan, who has been
banned from all football activity
for four months for biting Giorgio
Chiellini during his countrys World
Cup match against Italy will now undergo a medical in Spain next week
before the transfer - a five-year deal.
Liverpool said, Luis Suarez will
be leaving the club after a transfer
agreement was reached with FC
Barcelona. We would like to thank
Luis for his contribution and the role
he played in helping bring Champions League football back to Anfield.
A statement from FC Barcelona
confirmed the Uruguayan will be
travelling to Barcelona next week for
a medical, to sign his five-year contract and to be officially presented to
the fans as an FC Barcelona player.
They added, Surez will wear the
No. 9 shirt at the Camp Nou.
Suarez - last seasons winner of
the PFA and Football Writers Player of the Year awards - signed for
Liverpool from Ajax in 2011 for
22.7 million, and had four years

Germany are good,

but not unbeatable

Video footage posted on Brazilian news portals

shows Argentina legend Diego Maradona
enthusiastically singing a chant mocking
Brazils humiliating 1-7 loss to Germany in the
semifinals. The video images posted on Friday
by the websites of the O Globo and Folha de S
Paulo newspapers show Maradona inside the
World Cups International Broadcast Centre in
Rio de Janeiro celebrating Brazils loss with the
staff of an Argentine television network.
Maradona celebrated the result with an
adaptation of a song sung by Argentina fans in
Brazil. The song that uses the tune of Bad
Moon Rising begins with Brasil, decime que se
siente (Brazil, tell me how it feels), but
Maradona changed this to Brasil, decime que
se sieteSpanish for seven. Maradona is
commenting on World Cup games for
Venezuelan television network Telesur.

Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano has

revealed that he suffered an eye-watering
injury as he tore his anus while making his
crucial, last-ditch tackle in their semis win over
the Netherlands. Mascherano said that he
sustained a torn anus while making a matchsaving tackle on Netherlands ace striker Arjen
Robben late, before Argentina went on to reach
the final on penalties. The midfielder was seen
bent over in pain after making the sliding
challenge and he confessed the reason why he
did so in a post-match interview.
The former Liverpool and West Ham United
player Mascherano said that he was in so much
pain because he tore his 'arse' on that move.

STOP OR ILL SHOOT: Striker Mario Balotelli

strikes an infamous pose on the social
media which hasnt left anyone amused
The 1986 World Cup winner has checked
himself into the same hotel as the Albiceleste
squad in Rio's beachside neighbourhood of
Barra da Tijuca. His presence is understood to
have irked some members of Argentina's
Football Association with president Julio
Grondona, with whom Maradona has a longrunning feud, accused the former Barcelona
and Napoli forward of bringing bad luck to the
team during their group match against Iran in
Belo Horizonte. "Maradona is a curse,"
Grondona wrote after the match on Twitter.

Robben left Mascherano with

a pain in the a***

Record sums are likely to be wagered in Britain

on Sunday's World Cup final between Germany
and Argentina, bookmakers said on Friday,
illustrating soccer's growing value to the
betting industry. About 40 million pounds ($68
million) could be staked on the game in the UK,
beating the figure gambled on the 2012
Champions League final between Chelsea and
Bayern Munich, said Ladbrokes, Britain's
second-largest bookmaker. Market leader
William Hill has already beaten its own 200
million pound target for betting on this
summer's World Cup despite England's early
exit from the tournament in Brazil. The total is
double that achieved by William Hill during the
previous tournament in 2010 and shows the
growth in soccer betting among younger
gamblers who have grown up on a diet of live
televised matches.

Kolkata fans perform yagna

for Argentina's victory

Argentine legend, seen as a

curse, checks in team hotel
Argentina team will be accompanied by legend
Diego Maradona as they prepare for the final
against Germany at the Maracana stadium.

Bookmakers forecast record

betting in Britain on final

DIRTY TACKLE: Javier Mascherano trying to

stop the Netherlands Arjen Robben

As Argentina gear up to take on Germany,

fans in Kolkata of the Latin American nation
performed religious rituals and lit the
sacrificial fire (yagna) for the team's victory
at the Maracana stadium. A group of
Argentine supporters performed the yagna at
Babughat on the banks of the Ganga river to
the accompaniment of dhak (drums).
Adorning the site with photographs of
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, the fans
sported the number ten jersey of the genius
striker and worshiped the 'Brazuka' ball being
used in the tournament.

eter Shilton was easily

the greatest goalkeeper
England could have had,
after Gordon Banks. The
safe as bank goaltender
was part of the national
team from 1970 to 1990, overseeing a whole generation of
players. Shilton, part of the
Sony Six expert panel, spoke
to the TOI. Excerpts.

Brazilians should have gone

down and slowed down the
game, they would have got time
to regroup after they conceded two goals. It would have given them time to think.
Does it surprise that Germany
have upped the preparations to
great levels, studying decades
of culture changes that the rival
country has gone through?

Germany have always prepared meticulously. Thats why

they are one of the top nations.
Have you seen anything more
They dont get excited when
bizarre than Brazil losing 7-1 in
they win games, they dont get
the semifinal of a World Cup?
too despondent when they
It shocked everyone. It
lose. They also have
looked like a practice
some great players
match. Completely
who play as a unit.
unbelievable that it
But, they are not unwas the semifinal of
beatable. They had a
the World Cup. The
poor game against the
first goal was the start
and it was a poor
goal to leave
came out and
Mueller completeINTERVIEW played like a sweeply unmarked was
PETER SHILTON er. Argentina can
probably beat them.
there they stopped
playing as a defensive unit.
David Luiz went from hero to England have had a terrible
zero. He lost his discipline. He record in shoot-out but you
was doing all the wrong things. were not involved in too many?
I was, against Germany, in
Italia 90 and I faced four penalFrom the first game, Brazil
ties. It was my first time, so was
looked a touch overconfident
I dont think they were it for England. I went the right
overconfident, obviously they direction all four times but Ger-

had the crowd behind them.

They, of course, missed Thiago Silva against Germany. It
is hard to describe what they
went through. It was 20 minutes of madness. Germany
were clinical and they punished Brazil for bad defending.
Marcello could have prevented the second goal by just stepping up and putting the German in the off side position.
But he didnt and Germany
scored two and quickly conceded three more.
Did they miss a player like Dunga in the centre of midfield?

Brazil definitely lacked a

leader. Though I dont like
cheating, I thought one of the

mans were hitting the penalties

to the corners. We missed two
when Stuart Pearces shot was
saved and Chris Waddle hit over.
After that of course, England,
got worse. But our under-17
team won the Euro title in penalties. Maybe they are learning.
What does Diego Maradonas
hand of god goal mean to you 28
years later. Are you haunted by it?

It was no fault of mine but

I am always asked this question. People cheat all the time
but he cheated and never even
admitted it. No, admitting it
wont make his crime any lesser. He punched the ball past
me, I wish I could have landed one on his face instead!

Did Vlaars penalty

cross the goal line?

dding a twist to the semifinal between Argentina and

Netherlands, it has emerged that Dutchman Ron Vlaars
penalty came within millimetres of crossing the line during
the shootout on Wednesday. The match was won by Lionel Messis team via penalties.
The Holland defenders penalty was initially saved by Argentinas Sergio Romero but in some videos available online,
it appears to have
touched the goalline
after a taking a vicious spin.
wheeled away in celebration, the main
broadcast feed cut to
scenes of Dutch despair. But alternative
footage online shows
Vlaars shot is blocked by Romero
the ball rolling towards goal spawning questions over whether his effort crossed
the line or stopped millimetres short, according to a report in
the Guardian.
The Aston Villa defender can be seen gesturing to the referee, Cuneyt Cakir, who refused to entertain his plea. And there
was also a question mark over whether the ball touched Vlaars
shoulder after bouncing. According to FIFA rules, the referee
must wait for the ball to complete its path but Cakir did not
make any attempt to check whether it had indeed crossed the
line, presumably because GoalControl technology would have
detected it for him. AGENCIES

Germany vs Argentina: Can Messi be clean-cut version of Maradona?

Both went into World Cups
rated the best player on the
planet. But one Argentina
legend was dogged by scandal
off the pitch as he carried his
side to triumph over the
Germans in 1986 while the
other is still clean as a whistle
Sam Wallace

n the build-up to the 1986 World Cup

finals, Diego Maradona, it emerged
years later, had been preoccupied with
the unborn child his child that his lover
Cristiana Sinagra was carrying. In his
seminal biography of Maradona, The
Hand of God, Jimmy Burns describes
Sinagra as perhaps the only woman
Maradona had ever truly loved and it
would be fair to say that the footballer has
known quite a few over the years.
At the Argentina training camp in
Mexico that summer, Maradona was informed in a phone call from his brotherin-law that Sinagra would no longer stay
quiet and that she was preparing to publicise Maradonas refusal to accept responsibility for his child. Maradona
emerged from the conversation shell-

shocked, Burns wrote, and he wandered

among his teammates for the next two
days looking drawn and tense.
Women, drugs, alleged links with the
Camorra, the Neopolitan mafia, and an
illegitimate child with his mistress: such
was the backdrop to arguably the greatest individual performance of all time at
a World Cup finals. At least Lionel Messi,
the man whose chief leisure pursuits appear to be walking his dogs and an afternoon siesta, has none of that on his mind
as he approaches Sundays 2014 World Cup
final against Germany.
Messi and Maradona, the two maestros at No 10, are the obvious comparisons
when it comes to the finals of 1986 and
1990 between Argentina and West Germany and Sundays rematch. But flicking
back through the pages of history, those
two games have dimensions far beyond
Sundays game. They were chiefly about
Maradona, his triumph in 1986 and the
beginning of his decline in 1990, but they
also represented key moments in the history of both nations.
For Argentina in 1986 there was the
reassertion of nationhood post-Falklands
War, especially in the quarterfinal
against England and Maradonas two famous goals. Then in 1990 West Germany
emerged triumphant three months before their countrys post-Cold War reunification.


Diego Maradona holds the trophy aloft after Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 in the
1986 final at the Atzeca Stadium in Mexico. (Right) Messi walks to the training arena as
Argentina get ready to take on Germany in the final on Sunday

The first final, which Argentina won

3-2 after a great German comeback, was
the better game, albeit without the crowning goal that many expected from
Maradona. The second was a desperately
dry encounter settled by Andreas
Brehmes late penalty for Germany. When

Maradona wept at the end of the 1990 final, sympathy and affection for the great
man of 1980s football was ebbing.
Before the 1986 finals, Maradona, then
just 25, had been installed as captain by
Carlos Bilardo in place of his nemesis
Daniel Passarella. The older Passarella

had captained the 1978 World Cup winning team and was an uncompromising
dictatorial figure who despised
Maradonas disregard for team rules. Bilardo indulged Maradona, who, Burns
wrote, was permitted to bring his own
trainer and masseur to Mexico and was
not even expected to observe the rule that
all players had to be in bed by midnight.
In 2011, the then new Argentina coach
Alejandro Sabella went to Barcelona to
tell Messi and his teammate Javier
Mascherano that he wanted the latter to
give up the captaincy for the teams No
10. Such is the regard in which Mascherano holds Messi, as do all the Argentina
players, that it was Mascherano who made
the phone call days later to tell Sabella
that Messi had decided that, yes, he would
like the captaincy.
Argentinas victory in the final over
West Germany on 29 June, 1986, was arguably one of the less remarkable finals
performance from Maradona. He had
scored against Italy in the group stages,
and twice against England in the second
round and Belgium in the semi-final. In
the final it was Maradonas 84th-minute
pass, with the score at 2-2, that set Jorge
Burruchaga free for the winner.
Maradona was man-marked by Lothar
Matthaus, so neither player, each the star
of his respective side, was able to shine
his brightest.

The West Germany team of 1986 tends

to be forgotten in its own nations illustrious football history, principally because
it was overtaken by the victorious 1990
side and also because, having reached
eight finals, the Germans are spoiled for
choice. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge scored
the second of his teams two goals but he
was not fit throughout the tournament.
In 1990, it was an unloveable Argentina team that came to Italy to defend their
title by any means necessary. They had
two players sent off in the final. Argentina already had four players suspended for
the final. The 1990 group of German players, as with the boys of 1966 in England,
have been venerated all the more as the
years have passed without a fourth World
Cup victory for the newly unified country. Matthaus is a nightly guest on a Brazilian TV World Cup discussion show, alongside Passarella on a panel of former World
Cup-winning captains that includes Carlos Alberto and Fabio Cannavaro. The consensus in Germany is that Matthaus four
divorces mean that he has to take work
wherever he can.
For Messi, and this superb generation of German footballers, Sunday is
the day on which they will claim their
own stake in history. But 24 years on
from the last finals between these two
countries, the back story is not nearly
as engrossing.


Larwood still a
Nottingham hero
Sumit. Mukherjee@timesgroup.com

Nottingham: An opinion
poll conducted here at the beginning of the new millennium placed 1932-33 Ashes hero Harold Larwood tenth in a
list of famous Nottinghamians. The list, headed by
Willam Booth, the moving
spirit behind Salvation Army, also includes, among others, Romantic poet Lord Byron,
controversial novelist DH
Lawrence and folk hero Robin Hood.
Locals here are enamoured by the legend of Robin
Hood, an outlaw who lived in
nearby Sherwood forest with
his band of merry men and
robbed the rich to help the
poor. The legend of Robin
Hood has grown bigger with
passage of time, even though
there is no conclusive evidence to prove that such a
character actually walked
on Planet Earth.
There was no Robin
Hood-like quality about Larwood, who was first hailed as
a national hero and later
painted a villain for following his captains command
loyally and efficiently.
Old-timers here in Notts
County feel that Larwood, a
coal miners son, could never
fathom the politics behind
Locals here have a lot of
respect and admiration for
Larwood for his refusal to
apologise for Bodyline bowling in the 1932-33 Ashes series in Australia. Larwood
saw himself as a soldier who
had merely followed skipper
Douglas Jardines instructions. So he saw no reason to
apologise. He felt terribly let
down by everyone around
him, says Peter WynneThomas, the chief librarian
and archivist at the Nottinghamshire County Cricket
Club (NCC).




Getty Images/Sumit Mukherjee



Stand Keeps
Visitors At Bay

Sumit Mukherjee@timesgroup.com

Nottingham: You see him in the

commentary box with headphones on, talking on how Moeen
Ali should bowl on a lifeless Trent
Bridge track, and you wonder
whether the scoreline would have
been what it is had Graeme
Swann been out there, spinning
the ball like a top and challenging
Indian batsmen to have a go. The
England off-spinner spoke about
his career, injury and new role
during an exclusive interview
with TOI.
Following are excerpts:

Sumit Mukherjee @timesgroup.com

Nottingham: Young Joe

Root and local lad Stuart
Broad pulled England out of
a hole with a rollicking 78run eight-wicket stand before the former joined forces
with James Anderson to
plunder another 54 runs in
an unfinished last wicket
partnership that allowed the
home team to end Day 3 on a
healthy 352/9.
Root, who played the
sheet anchors role to perfection, was unbeaten on 78

(Top) Harold Larwood; Larwoods
last pair of bowling shoes that his
grandson donated to the
Nottinghamshire CCC library

According to WynneThomas, NCCC members

were aghast at the shabby
treatment meted out to Larwood and they took on the establishment and were briefly
swept to victory at the hustings. But the old regime was
soon back and a frustrated
Larwood moved to Blackpool
where he sold sweetmeat before old foe Jack Fingleton
persuaded him to move with
his family to Sydney in 1950.
He died there in 1995 at the
ripe old age of 90.
Nottinghamshire hasnt
forgotten its hero, even
though Larwoods children
and grandchildren now live
in Australia.
A wonderfully crafted
statue of Larwood (in his final delivery stride) stands
proudly in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, the town closest to his
Nuncargate house that has
long been sold.

while Anderson, having defied Indian bowlers for over

an hour was unconquered on
23 even as England trailed India by 105 runs on the first innings.
On a day of fluctuating
fortunes, the hosts won the
first session on Friday
through a solid batting display by their overnight duo
of Sam Robson (59) and Gary
Balance (71) only to collapse
sensationally to 205/7 at Tea.
Broad spanked nine
boundaries, making 47 off
just 42 balls to help England
avert the potential embarrassment of following on.
But with Root digging in
deep and getting good support from the tail, Indias
hopes of carving out a hefty
first innings lead evaporated
under the hot afternoon sun.
The home team lost both
Robson and Ballance to Ishant after lunch.
Robson will consider
himself a touch unlucky to
be ruled out leg-before wicket after the Hot Spot picked
up a faint edge onto pads, but

Wish I was out

there bowling

Have you got used to life in

the commentary box?

Not really, but I am now

watching more cricket than I did
in my playing days. I am beginning to appreciate the game more,
too. It gives me mixed feelings,
though, to see my mates going
through ups and downs.

Ishant Sharma
Sharma celebrates
after Ian
Ian Bells
Bells dismissal
dismissal at
Trent Bridge on Friday;
(Below) Root
Root acknowledges
cheers after
after completing
his half century
half century

Do you not miss the action?

I didnt miss it one bit till the

Tests came around. I just love Test
cricket. I felt I could have been out
there bowling. I enjoyed bowling
in Tests. Will never get over that

India 1st Innings: 457
England 1st Innings (o/n: 43-1): A Cook b Shami 5, S Robson lbw b
Ishant 59, G Ballance lbw b Ishant 71, I Bell c Dhoni b Ishant 25,
J Root batting 78, M Ali c Dhawan b Shami 14, M Prior c Dhoni b
Bhuvneshwar 5, B Stokes c Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar 0, S Broad lbw b
Bhuvneshwar 47, L Plunkett b Bhuvneshwar 7, J Anderson batting 23;
Extras (b-2, lb-4, w-2, nb-10) 18; Total (For 9 wkts in 106 overs) 352;
FOW: 1-9, 2-134, 3-154, 4-172, 5-197, 6-202, 7-202, 8-280, 9-29;
Bowling: Bhuvneshwar 25-8-61-4, Shami 24-3-98-2, Ishant
27-3-109-3, Jadeja 24-4-56-0, Binny 6-0-22-0

slow motion replays clearly

suggested daylight between
the two objects.
Twenty balls later, when
Ballance was struck in front
of his stumps, the only doubt
in umpire Ben Oxenfords
mind was whether Ishant
had delivered legally.
It proved to be a false
alarm and Ishant was rewarded yet again when the
experienced Ian Bell (25),
while shaping to cut a short
ball, only managed to dab it
to MS Dhoni behind the
stumps as England, who

were 131/1 at lunch were reduced to 172/4. Moeen Ali

(14) did himself no favour by
taking his eyes off an intended bouncer from Mohammad
The bearded all-rounder
only managed to glove the
ball to slip where Shikhar
Dhawan held the looping offering.
Bhuvneshwar, who had
bowled tightly in his earlier
spells but without success, finally got lucky as umpire Kumar Dharamasena upheld
Dhonis appeal for caught be-

Having been part of the England side for years, have

you been able to keep your
emotions in check?

hind against Matt Prior

when the batsman appeared
to have made no contact with
the ball and Ben Stokess ungainly poke at an innocuous
Bhuvi delivery landed up in
Dhonis gloves to leave England a touch vulnerable at
the Tea break.
Bhuvi picked up two
more after the break but with
the last three wickets adding
150 runs 147 coming in the
final session England have
reasons to believe they are

Let me be honest. When

James Anderson got out to the
last ball of the match against Sri
Lanka after having defied them
for so long, I was gutted. I just
wanted to be there with my
mates. It was hard to take.

So whats preventing you

from returning, or staging a

Iwould, if they gave me a new

elbow. The medical advice is that
it is gone. I cant spin the ball with
this one. And I would be quite useless if I am not able to spin it.

How hard has it been to reconcile to the fact that you

would be playing no more?

It was tough giving up something that I have not only enjoyed

doing but was also good at. But
then, when I look back, I reckon I

Between my first
(December 11,
2008, Chennai) and last day
(December 17, 2013, Perth)
in Test cricket, no bowler in
the world claimed more
wickets (255 in 60 Tests)
than me. Not a bad record
for someone who didnt
have a doosra
Graeme Swann
was lucky to have played for England which was my dream. I
have also had a chance to live this
dream for six years.

Are you happy with what you


Former England pacer Jonathan Agnew, with whom I am

sharing the microphone, told me
that between my first (December
11, 2008, Chennai) and last day
(December 17, 2013, Perth) in Test
cricket, no bowler in the world
claimed more wickets (255 in 60
Tests) than me. Not a bad record
for someone who didnt have a

Did you pride yourself in

sticking to classical off-spin
rather than developing more
fashionable variations?

Basically, I stuck to my
strengths which was spinning the
ball hard. That was my only weapon. The more I spun the ball and
tossed it up above the batsmens
eye line and got it to dip, the more
chances I had to claiming their
wickets. Once I got into my
rhythm, I back myself to get wickets.




Trentin claims seventh stage

Nancy, France: Italian Matteo Trentin
won the seventh stage of
the Tour de France on Friday to pile the agony on Peter Sagan. OPQS rider
Trentin beat the Slovak by
barely an inch in a thrilling sprint finish at the end of the 234.5km
stage from Epernay to Nancy. Frenchman Tony Gallopin finished third while
race leader leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy came home safely in the front peloton
to keep hold of the yellow jersey.

Schumacher getting better: The wife of

Michael Schumacher believes the former

Formula One champ is getting better after emerging from his coma and being
moved to a Swiss hospital last month, she
told a German magazine. Its getting better, slowly certainly, but in any case its
improving, she said.

has cleared the 224 athletes from 14 sporting disciplines, including seven para-athletes, at government cost, along with a
contingent of 90 officials, coaches and
support staff.


In a major development Pakistans Supreme Court reinstated Najam Sethi as

chairman of the countrys cricket board
on Friday, a day after he was removed
from the post. The decision comes just 24
hours after the government axed Sethi as
Board (PCB) chairman and appointed
interim head and called a new election in
30 days.

India to send 224 athletes in Glasgow

Commonwealth Games: India will field

a strong 224 member contingent, its second largest ever, in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games to be held from July 23
to August 3, with athletics forming the
biggest squad of 41. The sports ministry

Court reinstates Sethi as PCB chief:






A poor surface
for Test cricket
Harsha Bhogle

LIKE going to a French restaurant

being served
rajma chawal,
or like going to
a film festival
and seeing a
Karan Johar
film, Indias cricketers have
come to England expecting
seam and swing and have
found a brown sleeping beauty awaiting them. This pitch
in Nottingham could have
been in Nagpur and the only
difference would have been
the accent used to describe its
placidity, its heartlessness towards bowlers.
It is not an English pitch as
we knew it and so confers no
home advantage. It might
seem an odd thing to say for an
Indian broadcaster in England but I dont mind home
advantage. The beauty and
the lingering charm of Test
cricket lies in encountering
different, even alien, conditions and overcoming. An
away win is special because it
means you have triumphed
over an opponent on his turf.
Murali Vijay would have

spent time during the IPL

talking to Kevin Pietersen
about playing the moving
ball, about adjusting to swing,
about playing late, about
handling green tinges on
cricket pitches, about batting
in heavy overhead conditions Instead he walked out
to bat on a hot, cloudless
morning in Nottingham

by the occasional conquest of

a hillock.
From the point of view of a
though, this has been a poor
surface. Cricket isnt just
about one team versus another but one skill against another equal skill. When quality
fast bowlers allow a 111-run
last wicket partnership, it

where the new ball refused to

deviate from its path. Indeed,
it only swung enough once it
was old and was going the other way. He might have been at
Nevertheless, it was a wonderful innings and showed
that residing within him is a
batsman who can make a T20
hundred and a six-hour
hundred. Vijay must now
make this a career changing
innings, he must use the confidence generated here to climb
another peak not follow it up

speaks about the resilience of

the tail-enders but also about
the odds stacked against bowlers. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
and Mohd Shami looked composed, Bhuvaneshwar looked
a batsman, but the fact that
they were largely untroubled
points to a greater issue.
Hopefully, like with the Sri
Lanka Tests here, there will
be a good finish but if this series has to be memorable, it
needs livelier surfaces even if
it means they help the home
side a bit more. TCM

Vijay has set positive

tone for the series
K Srikkanth

to Murali Vijay for the Herculean effort
his. As
stated in my
column, the batting unit has
to click if India need to
prosper and the think tank
could not have envisaged a
better start. As an opener
Vijay had a pivotal role and
he did that to perfection. To
put your natural game
away and put your head
down and concentrate hard
for the teams cause was
An openers role is varied. As someone who
opened for the country I am
aware it is not the easiest
task. The dressing room is
lifted and the spirit soars
when an opener does well.
In more ways than one, Vijay has set a positive tone
for the series, one that the
team sorely lacked during
the last visit in 2011.
Vijays journey as a Test
opener has seen a steady
rise. The seeds of growth
were sown during the fighting 97 in Durban. The big

runs might have deserted

Vijay in New Zealand but
he did the team a favour by
occupying the crease for
considerable lengths of
time. Vijay looks a complete batsman now and
looks to have filled a major


Good start for

Kapoor, Jeev
The Indian trio of Shiv Kapur
(69), Jeev Milkha Singh (70) and
Gaganjeet Bhullar (75) began
their final attempt at qualifying
for the British Open with mixed
results at the Aberdeen Asset
Management Scottish Open late
on Thursday. Kapur was lying
tied 13th, while Jeev was tied
24th but Bhullar was lying way
back in 138th place needing a
great second round to survive
the cut.

Chandhok 13th: E dams-

Renaults Sebastien Buemi set

the fastest time of pre-season
testing at Donington Park with a
lap of 1:31.083s to finish twotenths clear at the top for the
second day in succession. Mahindra Racings Bruno Senna
and Karun Chandhok clocked
the 10th and 13th fastest time in
the session on Thursday.

It is no coincidence that
all great Test sides had an
enviable opening pair. Indias ascendency to the top
in Tests was largely due to
the impetus provided by
the Sehwag-Gambhir symphony at the top. And just
before them Australia were
impregnable, thanks to the
heroics of Hayden and Langer dominating attacks for

Honey Singh buys kabaddi

team: Star rapper Yo Yo Honey

Singh is the latest celebrity after actor Akshay Kumar to buy a

team in the World Kabbadi
League which is scheduled to be
held in five different countries
from August to December this
year. I like action-based sports
and kabbadi is my favourite,
Singh told reporters in New
Delhi on Friday.

LeBron returns to Cleveland

New York: LeBron James is

returning to
years after he
left his home
state to join
the Miami Heat, he announced on Friday.
The NBAs biggest star
made the announcement in
a first-person essay published in Sports Illustrated, in
stark contrast to his televised decision four years
ago, for which he was heavi-

ly criticized.
During his time in Miami, James led a star-studded
Heat team to two NBA championships and four Eastern
Conference titles but Sports

Illustrated' s banner headline Im Coming Home explained his decision to go
back to Cleveland.
Before anyone ever
cared where I would play
basketball, I was a kid from
Northeast Ohio. Its where I
walked. Its where I ran. Its

where I cried. Its where I

bled. It holds a special place
in my heart. People there
have seen me grow up,
James wrote.
James, a 10-time NBA
All-Star who was drafted
first overall by Cleveland in
2003, has averaged 27.5
points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9
assists per game in 11 NBA
seasons. The Heat, Phoenix
Suns, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers had also expressed interest in signing

SC bench to hear Gavaskars plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday did not take up for hearing
some issues raised by veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, who was
appointed as an interim president of BCCI for managing IPL 7 as one
of the recently-appointed judges had appeared for a party as a
lawyer. Gavaskar issued a statement to categorically deny media
reports that he had approached the court seeking compensation from
the BCCI for discharging his duty as as Board President for IPL. PTI

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Kumar turns
TV producer



Abhay Singh



ever spoken a word about

Aditya Chopra. Despite
being insinuated of being a homebreaker, she maintained an elegant
silence. While the media and her
fans assumed that she was keeping
mum as she was either guilty or did
not want to share her personal life,
in reality, she was only protecting
people around her so that they
would not have to be answerable for
her relationship at a point in time
when the relationship itself was
evolving and growing. The most
shocking revelation of her interview was the fact that she, in fact,
started dating Aditya Chopra only
three years back, post his divorce.
And that to me is a mark of a woman
with substance, who not only protected her near and dear ones, but
silently lived by her truth taking the
blessings of both, her own and Adis
parents. Rani opens up for the very
first time in her life about the man
she fell in love with and who today is

Rani Mukerji

her husband. Excerpts:

Why did you duck the question of

ani Mukerji, 36, has never Adi for the past so many years?
Being an actor, I understand that
for my fans, reading about my personal life makes for an interesting
read, but I too am like any other
regular girl who wants to protect
her life not because she wants to
hide it, but because I didnt want to
put my parents, who I am very close
to, through the turmoil of talking
about their daughters life. I had
decided that I would talk when I get
married as then you can talk with
that much more confidence. But all
this time I was neither hiding nor
was I ashamed, but I needed to
guard my personal life as there
were too many people involved.
Also, you need your relationship to
grow so you cant talk about it when
it is in a nascent stage. I couldnt
convince people about the fact that
what they thought was happening
from a decade was not true. I had to
live with my truth and wait till I
could speak.


Pooja Hegde chosen to play the lead with

Hrithik in Ashutosh Gowarikers Mohenjo Daro
wont help participants

ver since Ashutosh

announced that Hrithik
Roshan would be a part of his
next directorial venture
Mohenjo Daro, the obvious
question on everyones mind
was who would be his actress.
We have now exclusively
learnt that the beautiful Pooja
Hegde has been chosen to play
the lead in this love story set
against the backdrop of the
Indus Valley Civilisation.
Ashutosh said, I am extremely happy to have found Pooja.
Apart from the fact that she
looked lovely with Hrithik,
she is a natural actress who is
fresh as well as endearing
with a lot of poise. I am looking forward to starting shoot
early October.




...says director Vijay Krishna

Acharya, whos set to judge
the TV show Cinestars Ki Khoj
Vijay Krishna

ts the prospect of meeting
new talent and being a part
of the audition process that
prompted Bollywood director
Vijay Krishna Acharya aka
Victor to be a judge on the talent
hunt show, Cinestars Ki Khoj. I
am uncomfortable judging people, as we members of the film
fraternity are judged more
than anybody else. I come from

theatre and I like the audition

process. What prompted me to
accept this offer was that it presented an opportunity to meet
people and guide them, he says.
About the initiative, Victor
says, We are expecting to
produce 12 fine actors from this
show. I hope that it becomes
successful. I dont have a ready
script, but I would love to sign
up a few of them. However, I
want to give a cautionary note

that it takes a while to become

a star. Dont pressurise them
to become overnight stars,
because true talent takes time to
shine, he says.
What is he looking for in the
contestants? It irritates me to
see people aping superstars. Just
be yourself and bring something
of your own to the table.
Another misconception is that
showering judges with praises
will get you through. Many peo-

ple want to be a part of this

industry only because of its
glamour. What they have to
understand is that it takes hard
work to make it big. Imitation
and bootlicking wont get you
through, says Victor, who has
directed one of Bollywoods
biggest hits.
Cera Indias Best Cinestars Ki
Khoj, powered by Glam Up, airs
every Saturday-Sunday at 9 pm,
on Zee TV.







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Whats taking the stars to Ghatkopar?

Vidya Balan
at the mall

Alia and Varun

during their films

ctors Vidya Balan, Alia Bhatt and Varun

Dhawan were promoting their respective films
at R-City Mall in Ghatkopar last weekend. While
Vidya surprised the customers, she also took a stroll of
the shopping arena post her interaction with them. Alia
and Varun, on the other hand, enthralled the crowd
with their dance act. They also spent a long time clicking selfies with their fans. Said T Anupam (CEO, Malls
Runwal Group), We wanted our customers to experience glamour. Being a mall with over 500 fashion
brands and the highest footfalls in the central suburbs,
R-City has been a hub for stars to woo the audiences.




Courtesy: Filmfare, Pic: Abhay Singh

I started seeing him at a point

when I was not working with him
as dating your producer was not
my cup of tea. My last three films
in the past three years No One
Killed Jessica, Talaash and
Aiyyaa were not with him as the


Why did you not speak all these

years against so many stories
painting you virtually as the
The sources of those stories
whom I dont want to name were
obviously people with agenda,
but today I have the wishes and
blessings of so many people
around Adi and my family due to
my not speaking even once. Just
because Adi was divorced doesnt
take away from the fact that he
also deserves to have a happy life.
I knew all along that even though
my name was getting maligned,
everybody around me was protected. And today, my marriage
with Adi is a testimony to the fact
that all that they wrote was rubbish. I am a believer in karma
and know that I will never be able
to live with myself if I have
harmed anyone intentionally and
that is also a quality that Adi
loves about me. He respects me
tenfold as I never felt the need to
explain myself when people were
maligning my name left right and


How long have you known Adi?

I first met Adi socially when I was
doing Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,
through Karan. Though Adi tells
me that after my first film Raja Ki
Aayegi Baaraat, he has a very
vivid memory of seeing me in
Sampan restaurant, where much
as he had expected, I did not walk
up to him to say a hi even though
DDLJ had already released and
he was already Aditya Chopra.
Since actresses would usually
walk up and introduce themselves to him, he found it strange.
And you will be surprised that he
was also instrumental in me getting Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as he
saw my first film and told Karan
Johar, I think you should take
this girl as she will be the next big
star. So its quite an uncanny
thing that even without being a
part of my life, he has been a part
of my life since the beginning. He
calls a spade a spade and when
anyone seeks advice from him, he
will never mince words. He has
been a strong influence in my
career too. At a time when I was
going through a low in my career
and he wanted to sign me for
Mujhse Dosti Karoge, he had told
me, You are not doing the right
films and you should make yourself exclusive and do films that
you believe in as an actor. I started refusing films and did
Saathiya, Chalte Chalte, Hum
Tum and Black post that.

You talked about your low period

three years back. Who was your
emotional anchor?
I guess at that time it was important for me to hold myself together and come out of it. When you
are down, God always says that
you have to pick yourself up and
only when you help yourself can I
help you and that stuck to me. No
matter how difficult my time is, I
will never show it as I am very
strong and I feel that it will make
me weak the day I start talking
about it. I was my own emotional
anchor. Though, through my
worst, Adi has been there
throughout with me like the Rock
of Gibraltar. He would tell me,
We are blessed and our problems
are nothing when you compare
them with those of others. And
he would help me laugh it out.

Rani Mukerji
friendly much before that. Its
strange that he and me bonded at
a time and started seeing each
other when both of us were going
through a low and that is what
also made our relationship so special. He was just out of his
divorce and I think he was in no
mind to see someone.

Were you romantically inclined

towards him before his divorce?
I could never look at Adi romanti-

How long did you see each other cally while working with him, as
he is such a working personality
before getting married?
that with him all you ever speak
We saw each other for the last
three years though we were very

is work. But, I guess, he liked me

in a way that I was different than

the rest and so he would speak to

me a little more than the others.
While Adi and I knew each other
for a long time, it is surreal in a
way that due to the rumours
doing the rounds that we were
seeing each other, we actually
started seeing each other. So, in a
way, the universe around us is
responsible in bringing us together by insinuating us. Luckily,
since both of us are not media
friendly, we did not get appalled
by the rumours. So, contrary to
all rumours, I started seeing him
only when he was out of his
divorce and was not my producer.

What made you fall in love with

There have been certain criteria
in my heart and mind just like
every girl has that I want to have
a man like this. And I think everything that I had thought, Adi is
completely that which I discovered through knowing him and
now post marriage. He and I
think alike. He loves and respects
his parents. My entire world is
also my parents. He is not a negative soul and will never harm
anybody. He is a person who is
always thinking for the good of
people and will always see the
goodness in people. Its important

that when you are in love, you

also respect the person. My
respect for him has only grown
seeing him in the way he conducts himself. He is a self-respecting person, is an achiever and is
intelligent. Even though I too am
bright, he is even brighter. In the
industry I started off when I was
17 and I have seen all kinds of
people. So for me, to respect a person is a very difficult thing. I
always wanted to fall in love with
a person whom I respect. And Adi
is one such person. And my
respect for him was my biggest
clincher. While we are both sensitive, I am probably more emotional than him as a person. He is a
great human being and it gives
me great satisfaction to know that
I fell in love with a person who is
a better human being than I am.
For me that is of utmost
importance in my life and I
always prayed to fall in love with
a man who was a good human
being. I have too much love,
respect and fondness for people
who are good. And as a human
being, you can grow when you
have a partner who is good. With
Adi I have grown as a person. He
is the Shiva in my life and with
him I have become much calmer.
Like they say in Bengali, to calm
the Shakti you need Shiv and he
is my Shiv. Just like Shiv, he is
calm, composed and is a one
woman man who loves me as
much as Shiva loved Parvati.
And, of course, I am the Parvati
in his life who cant see beyond
him. My parents are too thrilled
to have him as their son-in-law as
only he can control and love me
the way he does. I love the fact
that he really respects my
parents and takes so much care of
them. And that is also a quality
he loves about me, seeing the
way I am with my parents. I feel
that too triggered some emotions
in him about me. The only
difference between us is that
while he is emotional for
particular people, I am emotional
for the whole world. With me, you
have to give love to get love. He
likes the quality that I am so
unabashed. When I met him I discovered myself and when he met
me, he discovered himself, which
is very important in a relationship. We both love films, food and
travel. Every girl wonders who
will be that man in her life. I am
in that very happy space at the
moment as when I look back at
my life and my space with Adi, I
feel that God has really been very
kind to me.

Between the two of you, who

shared your feelings first?
Of course he said it. I would like
it the traditional way. On my first
date, Adi came home and asked
me out in front of my parents. For
me, nothing could have been
more beautiful than that.


(2D) (U/A) 1/2
(3D) (U/A) 1/2
SOUTH MUMBAI Big Cinemas Marine Lines
11.35 am Inox Nariman Point 3.45 pm PVR
Lower Parel 12.35, 6.45 pm WESTERN
SUBURBS Big Cinemas Andheri (E) 2.15
pm PVR Andheri (W) 3.30 pm Cinemax
Malad (W) 10.45 pm Cinemax Versova
(Gold Class) 5.30 pm Inox Kandivali (W)
11.35 am Inox Malad (W) 9.30 am, 6.45 pm
Movietime Goregaon 11.30 am, 5, 10.45 pm
PVR Goregaon (E) 12.50, 10.25 pm PVR
Juhu 7.30 pm CENTRAL SUBURBS Balaji
Movieplex Kopar Khairane 3 pm Big
Cinemas Ghatkopar 2.10, 10.30 pm Big
Cinemas Kharghar 11.40 am Big Cinemas
Mulund 3.45 pm Big Cinemas Vashi 5 pm
Cinepolis Bhandup(W) 8.15 pm Inox
Eastern Express Highway 11.45 am Inox
Vashi 1.05, 7 pm PVR Kurla - Premiere 4
DUTY (U/A) 1/2
SOUTH MUMBAI Big Cinemas Marine Lines
6.50 pm WESTERN SUBURBS Big Cinemas
Goregaon 3.15, 6.30 pm Movietime
Goregaon 12.30 pm CENTRAL SUBURBS
Big Cinemas Ghatkopar 11.55 am
SOUTH MUMBAI Big Cinemas Wadala 4.15
pm Big Cinemas Marine Lines 4.10, 10 pm
Inox Nariman Point 1.05 pm PVR Lower
Parel 9.50 am, 4.15 pm WESTERN SUBURBS 24 Karat Jogeshwari 11.45 am, 4.30
pm Big Cinemas Andheri (E) 4.20 pm Big
Cinemas Goregaon 1, 7 pm Cinemax Malad
(W) 11:45 AM Cinemax Versova (Gold
Class) 3.15 pm Fun Fiesta Nalasopara 5 pm
Inox Dahisar (E) 1.05 pm Inox Kandivali
(W) 2.50 pm Inox Malad (W) 2.20, 7.35 pm
Maxus Cinemas Bhayander 10.30 am, 1,
8.50, 11.15 pm Maxus Cinemas Borivali
(W) 11 am, 5.20 pm Maxus Cinemas Saki
Naka 1.15, 6.45 pm Movietime Goregaon
10 am, 3.35, 6, 8.30, 11 pm PVR Andheri(W)
12.45, 9.45 pm PVR Goregaon (E) 12 noon,
11.15 pm
Balaji Movieplex Kopar Khairane 12.45,
5.45, 11.15 pm Big Cinemas Ambarnath
(W) 3.30 pm Big Cinemas Ghatkopar 11.30
am, 3.35 pm Big Cinemas Kanjurmarg 2.15
pm Big Cinemas Kharghar 4.30 pm Big
Cinemas Mulund 4.40 pm Big Cinemas
Vashi 1.25 pm CinemaStar Thane 6.10 pm
Cinemax Ghatkopar 11.50 am Cinemax
Sion 8.50 am, 8.25 pm Cinemax Thane
(Eternity Mall) 4.45 pm Cinepolis
Bhandup(W) 12.30, 7.15 pm Fun Cinemas
Chembur 3 pm Inox Eastern Express
Highway 8.55 am, 4.25 pm Inox
Ghatkopar(E) 3.55 pm Inox Kalyan (E)
12.01, 10.35 pm Inox Kharghar 2 pm Inox
Vashi 10.25 am, 4.20 pm PVR Kurla Premiere 1.15, 10.45 pm PVR Mulund 9.40
am, 4.05, 10.15 pm
SOUTH MUMBAI Big Cinemas Marine Lines
10.25 am, 1.35, 7.20 pm Big Cinemas
Wadala 11 am, 1, 7.20 pm Chitra Cinema
Dadar (E) 3.15, 6.30 pm Deepak Lower
Parel 1.30 pm Gold Digital Cinema Dadar
(E) New 10 am, 4, 9.45 pm Inox Dadar (W)
1.10, 7.15 pm Inox Nariman Point 12.51,
7.31 pm Mukta A2 Cinema Lalbaugh 9.15,
11.30 am, 2.45, 5, 10.30 pm Premiere
Cinema Dadar (E) 12.30, 9.30 pm Premier

Gold Dongri 5.30, 8.15 pm PVR Lower Parel

9.30 am, 12.45, 4, 7.15, 10.30 pm Roxy
Cinema Charni Road 2.45, 8 pm WESTERN
SUBURBS 24 Karat Jogeshwari 12 noon, 3,
5, 6, 7, 9, 10 pm Bahar Cinema Vile Parle (E)
1.30, 4.30, 7.30 pm Big Cinemas Andheri
(E) 10 am, 1.15, 4.30, 7.45 pm Big Cinemas
Goregaon 10.45 am, 12 noon, 2, 3.15, 5.15,
6.30, 8.30, 9.45 pm Cinemax Andheri (E) 1,
7.10 pm
Cinemax Bandra(E) 1, 7.10 pm Cinemax
Goregaon (W) 9.30 am, 1, 3.40, 7.10, 9.50
pm Cinemax Kandivali (E) 9.30 am, 12.40,
3.50, 7, 10.10 pm Cinemax Kandivali (W) 1,
7.10 pm Cinemax Malad (W) 9.15 am, 3.40,
6.50, 10 pm Cinemax Mira Road 10.50 am,
2, 8.10 pm Cinemax Versova (Regular) 10
am, 1.15, 4.30, 7.45, 11 pm Dattani Digiplex
Vasai (W) 10 am, 1, 4, 7, 10 pm Fun
Cinemas Andheri (W) 1.30, 7.20 pm Fun
Fiesta Nalasopara 10 am, 1, 4, 7, 10 pm
Globus Cinema Bandra (W) 8 pm Gold
Digital Borivali (E) 10 am, 4, 7 pm Inox
Dahisar (E) 9:15 AM, 12.30, 3.45, 7, 10.15
pm Inox Kandivali(E) 1.10, 7.15 pm Inox
Kandivali(W) 9.15 am, 12.30, 3.45, 7, 10.15
pm Inox Malad (W) 9.35 am, 12.45, 3.55,
7.05, 10.15 pm Maxus Bhayander 2.45, 5,
6, 8.15 pm Maxus Borivali (W) 9.20 am,
1.30, 4.20, 7.10, 10.10 pm Maxus Cinemas
Saki Naka 10 am, 1, 4.05, 7.10 pm
Movietime Dahisar (E) 10.30 am, 7.30 pm
Movietime Goregaon 10.30 am, 1.30, 4.30,
7.30, 10.30 pm Movietime Malad 1.30, 7, 10
pm PVR Andheri (W) 9.45 am, 3.45, 6.50,
10.15 pm PVR Goregaon (E) 9.30 am, 12.45,
4, 7.15, 10.30 pm PVR Juhu 12.45, 6.45 pm
PVR Kandivali (W) 12.30, 6.45 pm Sun City
Vile Parle 11.30 am, 2.15, 5, 7.45, 10.30 pm
Woodland Virar (W) 12.15, 3.15, 6.15, 9.15
Khandeshwar 10.30 am, 12.30, 3.30, 6.30,
9.30 pm Balaji Movieplex Kopar Khairane
9.45 am, 12.45, 3.45, 8.15, 10, 11 pm Big
Cinemas Ambarnath (W) 10 am, 12.30,
3.30, 6.30, 8.30, 9.45 pm Big Cinemas
Ghatkopar 10.25 am, 12.25, 4.10, 7.20,
10.30 pm Big Cinemas Kanjurmarg 9.40
am, 12.45, 3.55, 7.05, 10.15 pm Big
Cinemas Kharghar 10.15 am, 1, 4.10, 7.20,
10.30 pm Big Cinemas Mulund 11.20 am,
1.30, 5.05, 7.20, 10.30 pm Big Cinemas
Vashi 10 am, 1.05, 4.10, 7.20, 10.30 pm
CinemaStar Thane 9, 10 am, 12.05, 3.10,
6.15, 9.20, 10.25 pm Cinemax Ghatkopar
9.30 am, 3.25, 6.35, 9.45 pm Cinemax
Kalyan 10.20 am, 12.30, 3.40, 6.50, 10 pm
Cinemax Sion 10, 11.15 am, 1.10, 2.05,
4.20, 5.15, 7.30, 10.40 pm Cinemax Thane
(Eternity Mall) 9.30, 11.05 am, 12.40, 3.50,
5.05, 7, 10.10 pm
Cinemax Thane (Wonder Mall) 9.15 am,
12.25, 2.10, 3.35, 6.45, 8.10, 9.55 pm
Cinemax Vashi 1, 4.10, 7.20 pm Cinepolis
Bhandup (W) 9.20, 10.20 am, 12.25, 1.25,
3.35, 6.40, 9.45, 10.25 pm Cineraj Cinema
Panvel 1, 7 pm Fun Cinemas Chembur 9.30
am, 12.30, 3.35, 6.40, 8.10, 9.45 pm Gold
Digital Thane (W) 10 am, 4, 7 pm Inox
Eastern Express Highway 9.30 am, 12.35,
3.50, 7.05, 10.20 pm Inox Ghatkopar (E)
9.15 am, 12.30, 3.45, 7, 10.15 pm Inox
Kalyan (E) 9.30 am, 12.45, 4, 7.15, 10.30 pm
Inox Kharghar 9.15 am, 12.20, 3.30, 6.45,
10 pm Inox Vashi 9.20 am, 12.30, 3.40,
6.50, 10 pm K Sera Sera Kurla 10 am,
12.45, 3.40, 8.50 pm PVR Kurla - Premiere
9.30 am, 12.45, 4, 7.15, 10.30 pm
PVR Mulund 9.30 am, 12.45, 4, 7.15, 9.35,
10.30 pm SM5 Multiplex Kalyan (W) 9,
10.30 am, 12 noon, 1.30, 2.05, 3, 4.30, 6.30,
7.30, 9, 9.45, 10.30 pm
There can be some last minute changes
made by theatres in their show timings

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at 1930 Hrs
0800 National Programme of
Music: Hindustani Classical Santoor By Tarun
0830 Nirmal Bharat
0900 Documentary On A Group of
0930 Khudbudh
1000 Galli Galli Sim Sim
1030 Manthan
1100 Chandamama
1130 Bombay Talkies
1200 Nadiyaan Gaati Hain
1230 Janani
1300 Chhupaun Kaise Laga
Chunari Me Daag: Curtain
1330 Saat Vachan Saat Phere
1400 Air Hostess
1500 Meri Baat
1730 Pet Care
1800 Swasth Bharat
1830 Rajdhani Samachar
1845 TV Report
1900 Main Kucch Bhi Kar Sakti
1930 Saraswatichandra
2000 Grass Roots to Global
2030 Bharat Ki Shaan: Let's
2130 Film: Rascals

Tauba Tun Nasooh

at 2030 Hrs
1200 Shab Ghazeeda
1230 Minar
1300 Khabrein
1305 Firangee
1330 Current Affair
1400 Mushaira
1600 Rang - E - Sukhan
1630 Taron Ki Sair
1700 Khabrein
1730 Nannha Masiha
1800 Sargarmiyan
1830 Junoon - E - Ghazal
1900 Neno Ki Nemat
1930 Khabrein
1935 Neelma
2000 Imtehan - E - Wafa
2030 Tauba Tun Nasooh
2100 Imroz
2200 Mushaira

Dharti Barse: Bharat

Mein Sufi Parampara
at 1830 Hrs
1200 Hindi English Bhai Bhai
1230 Nirmala Deshpande
1300 Naadbhed
1400 Forts of India: Orchha
1430 Show Case - An interView
With Hrishikesh Mukherjee
1500 Theatre Around The World
1530 Bharatnatyam Dance By
Nartaki Natarajan
1600 Hum Aisey Kyun Hain
1630 Chandni Chowk
1700 Aastha Ka Prateek: Shri
Kedar Nath Dham
1730 Jo Hai Jaisa Kyun Hai Vaisa
1800 Sanshodhan
1830 Dharti Barse :Bharat Mein
Sufi Parampara
1900 Best of Indian Cinema Pairon Talle - Soul of Sand
2100 Naad Bhed
2200 Forts of India
2230 Meri Kahani Meri Zubani:
Mirza Ghalib
2300 Theatre Around The World
2330 Shree Radha Kathak Dance
Ballet By Smt. Uma Sharma

Ek Veer Ki Ardaas Veera at 2230 Hrs

1230 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
1300 Yeh Hai Mohabbatein
1330 Mahbharat
1400 Ek Hasina Thi
1430 Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon
1500 Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha
Meetha Pyara Pyara
1530 Suhaani Si Ek Ladki
1600 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya
1630 Ek Hasina Tha
1700 Ek Veer Ki Ardaas - Veera
1730 Yeh Hai Mohabbatein
1800 Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon
1830 Suhaani Si Ek Ladki
1900 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya
1930 Saraswati Chandra
2000 Ek Hasina Thi
2030 Mahabharat
2100 Diya Aur Bati Hum
2130 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
2200 Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha
Meetha Pyara Pyara
2230 Ek Veer Ki Ardaas - Veera
2300 Ye Hain Mohabattein


Ghar Jamai
at 1800 Hrs
Akbar Birbal
Monsoon Magic
Chote Birbal
Ghar Jamai
Monsoon Magic
Film: Raja Bhaiya

Zindagi Ki Hakiqat Se
Aamna Samna
at 1930 Hrs
0830 Masala Mix
1020 Dekhtey Raho
1230 Film: Masti Express
1600 Masala Mix
1745 Comedy
1930 Zindagi Ki Hakiqat Se
Aamna Samna
2100 Masala Mix
2230 Dekhte Raho

Supercop Vs
Supervillains... shapath
at 2100 Hrs
2100 Supercops Vs
2230 Savdhaan India

Aunn Zara
at 2055 Hrs
0825 Aunn Zara
0920 Kitne Girhain Baaki Hain
1015 Zindagi Gulzar Hai
1110 Aunn Zara
1205 Kitne Girhain Baaki Hain
1300 Kaash Main Teri Beti Na
1330 Aunn Zara
1425 Zindagi Gulzar Hai
1520 Kaash Main Teri Beti Na
1550 Aunn Zara
1645 Kitne Girhain Baaki Hain
1740 Zindagi Gulzar Hai
1835 Aunn Zara
1930 Kaash Main Teri Beti Na
2000 Zindagi Gulzar Hai
2055 Aunn Zara
2145 Kaash Main Teri Beti Na
2215 Kitne Girhain Baaki Hain
2310 Zindagi Gulzar Hai

at 2100 Hrs
0900 Sab Khelo Sab Jeetto
1000 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah
1500 Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai
1730 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah
2000 Sab Khelo Sab Jeetto
2100 FIR
2200 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah

0730 Gustakh Dil

0800 Supercops Vs
Supervillains... Shapath
1000 Tumhari Paakhi
1230 Savdhaan India
1700 Supercops Vs
Supervillains... Shapath
2000 The Adventures of

How Do They Do It
at 2200 Hrs
1000 Super Sunday Nights
1100 Superhuman
1130 Destroyed In Seconds
1200 Ice Cold Gold
1400 History Of The World
1500 Deadly Dilemmas
1530 What Happened Next
1600 Man Vs Wild
1700 Factory Made
1730 What Happened Next
1800 Dual Survival
1900 Food Factory
1930 Destroyed In Seconds
2000 Man Vs Wild
2100 72 Hours
2200 How Do They Do It
2300 Medical Anomalies

Sally Bollywood
at 1400 Hrs
1000 Akbar And Birbal
1200 Sally Bollywood
1300 Little Krishna
1400 Sally Bollywood
1600 The Adventures of Tenali
1700 Mister Maker
1900 Little Krishna
2100 Akbar And Birbal
2200 The Adventures of Tenali
2300 Sally Bollywood

1400 Bollywood Bang Bang

1600 Boom Box
2000 Solid Hits
2100 Awaaz De Kahaan Hai

1430 Italian Food Safari

1700 Style And The City
1800 Kitchen Nightmares USA
1900 Food Safari
1930 From Spain With Love
2000 Masterchef UK
2030 Twist of Taste - Coastal
2100 Eat Street
2130 Street Food Around The
2200 Clifton Shores
2230 This Is Brazil
2300 Best of The Best
2330 Latin Angels

Galaxy of Stars
at 2000 Hrs
1000 Modern Marvels
1100 Lost Magic Decoded
1300 Auction Kings
1330 Pawn Stars
1400 101 Things That
Changed The World
1500 Aliens Mystery Continues
Hangar 1: The UFO Files
1600 Hidden Cities Extreme
1630 Surviving Jungle
1730 Modern Marvels
1830 Pawn Stars
1900 Auction kings
1930 Vice
2000 Galaxy of Stars
2100 Dynamo Magician
2200 Pawn Stars
2230 Auction Kings
2300 Dangerous Persuasions

Designer Anarkali
at 1100 Hrs
1000 Home & Kitchen Special
1030 Health & Beauty Special
1100 Designer Anarkali
1200 Home Appliances Special
1245 Food Special
1315 Jewellery Special
1445 Designer Anarkali
1545 Mobile Special
1600 Home & Kitchen Special
1630 Apparels Special
1730 Health & Beauty Special
1815 Mobile Special
1900 Home & Kitchen Special
2000 Electronics Special
2100 Jewellery Special
2130 Mobile Special

zoOmit Playlist
at 0830 Hrs
0800 zoOmbastic
0830 zoOmit Playlist
1100 Your Likes
1200 Planet Bollywood News
1300 Telly Talk
1330 Bollywood Big Story
1400 Film: Cheeni Kum
1730 zoOmit Playlist
1900 Planet Bollywood News
1930 Page 3
2000 Ek Villain - Ek Dastaan
2030 Telly Talk
2100 Malaysian Palm Oil Fun
Food Lifestyle
2130 zoOmbastic
2200 Planet Bollywood News

Catch Mirchi Top 20

On radiomirchi.com
0700 Hi Mumbai Saath Jeeturaaj
1100 Dheemi Local Sang
1400 Dheemi Local With Neha
1700 Sunset Samosa With Suren
And Meera
2100 Club Mirchi With Jeeturaaj


2000 Ek Tha Soldier
2245 Shootout At Lokhandwala

Fool's Gold
at 2100 Hrs
0750 Alvin And The Chipmunks
0945 Aquamarine
1150 Series: Friends
1215 Series: Friends
1240 Series: Friends
1305 Series: Friends
1330 Series: Friends
1355 Series: Friends
1420 Series: Friends
1445 Series: Friends
1510 Series: Friends With Better
1540 Did You Hear About The
1745 How Do You Know
2000 Series: Better Off Ted
2030 Series: Two Broke Girls
2100 Fool's Gold
2305 Series: Friends With Better
2335 A Walk To Remember

1200 Business
1230 Property Guide
1300 Business Saturday
1330 Buy Now Sell Now
1400 Business Saturday
1430 Brand Equity
1500 The Market
Makers Budget
1530 Investor's Guide Budget
1600 Altran
1630 Power of Shunya Challenge For Zero
1700 Business Saturday
1730 HSBC Wealth
Master Class
1800 Leaders of
1830 Lufthansa Runway
To Success
1900 Business
1930 CNFC News
2000 Superbrands
2030 Macroscope
2100 Cracking The Tax
2130 The Politics of
2200 Investor's Guide Budget
2230 Your Trades
2300 All About Stocks
2330 Budget 2014:The
Global View

The Last Airbender

at 2100 Hrs
0745 The FIFA 2006
World Cup Film:
The Grand Finale
1005 The Longest Yard
1225 Enter The Dragon
1430 Blade II
1630 The Day The
Earth Stood Still
1835 The Social
2100 The Last
2245 Independence

0930 Amazing Indians

1000 News Now
1030 Times Drive
1100 News Now
1530 The Foodie
1600 News Now
1630 Trrain Awards
1700 News Now
1730 The Newsbreakers
1800 News Now
1830 Awards
1900 News Now
1930 Amazing Indians
2000 Total Recall
2100 9 PM
2130 Politics First
2200 News Now
2230 Reckitt Benckiser
2300 News Now Overnight
2330 Total Recall

Casino Royale
at 2100 Hrs
0600 Dark Tide
0726 The Mexican
1004 The Smurfs 2
1224 Kung Fu
1430 Rocky
1657 Welcome To
The Jungle
1920 Piranha
2100 Casino

at 2000 Hrs
0630 The Adventures of Tintin
0847 Love Aaj Kal
1129 Salaakhen
1434 No 1 Businessman
1716 Magic Robot
2000 Zanjeer

Jamie & Jimmy's Food
Fight Club at 2000 Hrs
0700 Epic
0800 Planet Food
0900 Flavours
1000 Celebrity Chefs
1600 Epic
1700 Namaste Yoga
1900 Fun Taiwan All
2000 Jamie & Jimmy's
Food Fight Club
2100 Hairy Biker's
2200 Cake Boss
2230 Rachel Allen's
Easy Meals
2300 Gypsy Sisters

Clifton Shores
at 2200 Hrs
0930 Food Safari
1000 Style And The City
1100 Twist of Taste - Coastal
1330 Eat Street
1400 This Is Brazil

Whose Line Is It
Anyway at 2130 Hrs
0800 Anger
1000 Citizen Khan
1100 AFHV
1200 Wipeout
1300 Brooklyn Nine Nine
1500 Wipeout
1600 Suits
2130 Whose Line Is It
2200 Saturday Night
2300 Brooklyn Nine

Boom Box
at 1600 Hrs
0700 Morning Masala
1200 Bajao

Revenge of The Fallen
at 2100 Hrs
0600 What Women Want
0813 Outlander
1024 Aeonflux
1211 War of The Worlds
1425 The Hunger
1709 Congo
1918 Stuart Little
2100 Transformers:
Revenge of The

at 2000 Hrs
0645 Junoon
0900 Main Krishna Hoon
1140 Khiladiyon Ke Khiladi
1440 Ghar Ho To Aisa
1725 Rascals
2000 Yaariyan

Shootout At
Lokhandwala at 2245 Hrs
0835 Auzaar
1120 Qayamat
1410 Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge
1705 Daag - The Fire

Main Hoon Khataranak

at 2000 Hrs
0800 Dhoom
1100 Aamdani Atthanni
1500 Tere Naal Love Ho
1800 Stuart Little 2
2000 Main Hoon

Halla Bol
at 2100 Hrs
0730 Aao Wish Karein
1200 Shradhanjali
1500 Jai Bharat
1800 Baadshah
2100 Halla Bol

at 2000 Hrs
0800 Mardon Wali
1145 Dadagiri
1600 Janam Kundali
2000 Aakrosh

at 1130 Hrs
0700 Indian
1130 Race
1630 Inkaar
2030 Saugandh


8 Skincare myths debunked

time of the year is a complete
no-no. Even on a cloudy day, the
UV rays of the sun are at its
prime and if you go without a
sunscreen, you will surely get




Age spots or sun spots as pop-




You may have heard this way too

many times, but washing your face
constantly throughout the day does
not aid in reducing acne. In fact, it
strips your skin of essential oil and
makes your skin extremely dry and
parched and susceptible to acne.
Restrict to washing your face only
twice or thrice in a day.


It is believed that if you have oily

skin, scrubbing your face twice or
thrice in a week will reduce the excess
sebum. But this is not true. In fact,
scrubbing your face more often might
end up bruising your skin and in turn
cause blemishes or pimples.


Most women believe that acne

mostly happens to women in their
teens and early 20s. However, acne
has nothing to do with age. Not
everyone outgrows it with age.
Instead it reduces when you alter
your lifestyle and have the right
kind of food that cleanses and
detoxifies your system from within.


4 DO



Just because it is raining heavily, does

not mean that you dont require a sunscreen. Going without it even at this

ularly known, can occur at

any age. The freckle-like spots
on the skin are not really age
spots, but happen when your
skin has been exposed to the
harmful UV rays of the sun.
The sun-induced discolouration can be only treated by
skin treatments that are done
by dermatologists.


It is a popular belief among

women that applying too
much make-up can cause acne
and pigmentation. Though
applying a product that does
not suit the skin does lead to
breakouts, but thats not too
often. However, you must


choose a product that suits
your skin type. Also, look for
products that have noncomedegnic or non-acnegenic written on it.



It is said that if you have dry

skin, drinking more water will
bring moisture to your skin.
However, drinking water has
nothing to do with dry skin.
Surely, it does help your face
glow and clears toxins from
your system but it does not necessarily bring moisture to your
skin. When you have more
water, it cleanses your system
from within, thereby making
your skin less prone to any skinrelated problems.

It is believed that only expensive brands and products go a

long way in keeping your
skin healthy and free from
any skin-related problems.
But the fact is that they
almost do the same job that
probably a less expensive
product would do.
It is actually your lifestyle
choice and the kind of food
on an everyday basis that
keeps your system healthy
from within.



Connect adjacent dots with vertical
or horizontal lines, creating a single
loop (Fig A).
Crossovers or branches are not
allowed (As shown by dotted lines in
Fig B).
Numbers in the puzzle indicate the
number of lines that should surround
it, while empty cells may be
surrounded by any number of lines.
You cant draw lines around
Each puzzle has just one unique solution.



Note: A digit cannot

appear more than
once in any particular
digit combination. For
instance in the example, we cannot have
the combination of
8+4+8 for 20.
The numbers in the
coloured squares refer
to the sums of the digits that you must fill
into the empty spaces
directly below or to
the right of the blue
square containing the
number. For instance,
in the given example,
the 2 boxes below 12
must contain 2 digits
that add up to 12,
whereas for 20, the 3
boxes placed horizontally next to it must
add up to 20. No
zeroes are used here,
only the digits one
through nine.

Level: Easy

erbs are known

to have several
benefits. One of
them, Lavender, is said
to aid sleep. Put a few
drops of this on your
pillow each night.
Lavender also helps
reduce anxiety, deal
with stress and mood
swings and calms the
nerves. But thats not
all; heres how other
herbs help you
Did you know cilantro
can help improve bone
Basil has anti-bacterial properties.
It is also anti-inflammatory and
cures mouth ulcers. Basil leaves are
boiled with water and this is sipped
to cure a sore throat.
Herbs such as sage and chamomile

(Fig A)

Not allowed
(Fig B)

How to begin: Example

(Fig A) - Begin with the
zero next to 3. Since no
lines can be drawn around
zero, mark crosses around
it, as shown. Now there is
a cross in one space
around 3. So we know the
three lines of 3 can only be
drawn in the remaining
three spaces. Next, these
lines can only be extended
in one direction each.
Continue, using the same
Hints: Keep eliminating
possibilities by marking
crosses in spaces
between dots where a
line isnt possible, i.e., if
you have already
completed required lines
or where a line extension
may create a branch or
cause a deadend (Fig B)

Level: Easy


Can smelling herbs help you sleep better?




Fill in the grid so that every horizontal row, every vertical

column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1-9, without
repeating the numbers in the same row, column or box.You
cant change the digits already given in the grid. Every
puzzle has one solution.

Fabrice Lerouge/Onoky/Corbis

are also calming and

sleep-inducing and are
best enjoyed in a cup of
hot tea before bedtime.
Parsley is a power
house of anti-oxidants, minerals and
vitamins, which regulate blood-cholesterol
levels and prevents
Aromatic mint has
menthol as well as
vitamin A.
Light green-coloured
thyme is packed with
potassium (controls blood pressure),
calcium and iron as well as manganese and selenium.
Apart from imparting flavour to
food, lemongrass herb also has antifinal properties and its stems are
said to have folic acid content.


HEALTH CAPSULE Michael A. Petti, M.D.


By Brian and Greg Walker



By Guy and Brad Gilchrist



Todays Ratings:
10-average 11-good 13-outstanding



How many words of four or more

letters can you make from the
letters shown in todays puzzle ?
In making a word, each letter
may be used once only. Each
word must contain the central
letter. There should be at least
one seven letter word. Plurals,
foreign words and proper names
are not allowed. British English
Dictionary is used as reference.




A six-digit number represented by ABCDEF (each letter

represents a different number) can be multiplied by 2,
3, 4, 5, and 6 and yet no new digits appear in the
result. As a matter of fact, all the digits are rotated.
What is the number?



Tea is said to have been
discovered in 2737 BC by a
Chinese emperor when some
tea leaves accidentally blew
into a pot of boiling water. The
tea bag was introduced in 1908
by Thomas Sullivan of New

Rearrange the letters in the four word jumbles, one letter to each square/circle, to make four ordinary words

Now arrange the letters in the circles to form
the answer to the riddle or to fill in the missing
word as indicated

Knowledge dwells in heads replete with

thoughts of other men; ____ in minds attentive to their own. (6)




SMS joke of the day


Q: Why did the chicken

cross the road?
A: To show everyone he
wasnt chicken!

awed, draw, drew, RAWHIDE, wade,
ward, ware, wear, weird, wide, wider,
wire, wired

By Charles M. Schulz


ARIES March 20 - April 18 The

extensively. Watch your health and
Sun ruler of our inner nature and
include a well-planned regime of
Mercury is bright in third house
disciplined exercise and diet.
which favours writing, other
LIBRA September 22 - October
forms of communication, and
22 Your assertive energy is in total
travel. There may be an actual
sync with your ego, giving you the
change. Disappointment can
upper hand in any situation. Keep
harden you into a cynic and a
in shape and you enjoy playing
sports and games. You can be
TAURUS April 19 - May 19 You
rather stubborn and resistant to
may break from usual duties.
imposed changes. SCORPIO
Your intuitions are reliable and
October 23 - November 20 You
ou should avoid cribbing about life. Be happy with
should be trusted. You can
may get easily bored and can
what you have.
become unhappy without even Tip: Your lucky colours are orange and grey. Your become frustrated by things
realising that your surroundings lucky gems are amethysts.
moving too slowly. You are
share your birthday with: Parvin Dabas, Evelyn interested in whats new and
may be responsible for your You
despondency. GEMINI May 20 fashionable. With your strong
June 20 The Sun is in your sign
constitution you can usually
so your focus is on lifestyle, romance, inspires you to do new.
overcome your problems. Your sunny
children and creative ventures. You LEO July 22 - August 21 If you are disposition inspires the affection of
may suffer from vindictive jealousy and single, there may be romance in store your friends and admirers.
can be quite manipulative in pursuit of for you. You really have little faith in SAGITTARIUS November 21your goals. You can learn to use power yourself. Emotional, physical, and December 20 There shall be a broad
to help and inspire others. Promote psychological pleasure comes to you sweep of interest in cultural,
from beauty in all its forms. You aspire intellectual and religious matters.
peace and harmony around you.
CANCER June 21 - July 21 You may to positions of power and authority.
Attention to detail and method will
be affected by the plans of travel. You VIRGO August 22 - September 21 determine the effectiveness of what
can use your flexible mind to better Keys to your success are a strong will
yourself in surprising ways. The fiery and the ability to get to the bottom of
energy of Mars shines out and as you things. Extend your high level
are enthusiastic; it also attracts and diplomacy. You may be travelling

Words: Stock, radio, musket, wedded
Answer: Knowledge dwells in heads
replete with thoughts of other men;
wisdom in minds attentive to their own.


By Fred Wagner

Sweetie pie


142857 (The first 6 digits of 1/7)

2 x 142857 = 285714
3 x 142857 = 428571
4 x 142857 = 571428
5 x 142857 = 714285
6 x 142857 = 857142



you do but it will also be important to

transform what you are doing in tune
with creative or spiritual imperatives.
CAPRICORN December 21 - January 19 Today you will absolutely love to
work. Creativity is favoured. Graciously
accept praise for your achievements.
Today, you are very much in demand.
You may become quite critical with self
as well as circumstances.
AQUARIUS January 20 - February 18
Dont get riled about issues or
obstacles. The intense feeling
continues today also. You are kind and
generous with friends, with whom you
develop an unspoken rapport. You
need to be fair and even-handed
otherwise you may have difficulty in
making decisions. PISCES February
19 - March 19 Tensions may erupt.
Keep your eyes open and try not to
miss out anything big. Self-control is
important today. You are reluctant to
face confrontations. You have a
tendency to exaggerate which may
cause trouble in your relationships.
Dont get distracted by trivial matters.


Kirsten Dunst has
been roped in as the
Interestingly, the actress is
known to experiment with
her hairdos in many of her
movies from reddish
tones to bright blondes to
even a wilder, unruly look.
As the brands very first
spokesperson, she will be
the face of three key launches in 2014. First of these is
Wild Stylers by Tecni.art, a
professional hair styling
line that can help you
grunge look with a sexy, tousled hairstyle.
From red carpets to ramp
walks, the messy chic hairdo has been all the rage
this season. Keeping this in
comprises a range of four
styling products including
two sprays, a gel and a
paste that can make your
hair look wild and dishevelled while retaining its
soft feel.
The actress said, The
brand is strongly connected
to fashion and I admire its
commitment to innovation,
constantly creating new professional services and products to achieve the most ontrend styles. It empowers
hairdressers to transform

Kirsten Dunst in a
messy chic hairdo

Your guide to messy chic hairdo

Crepage De Chignon: Mineral powder fixing spray for
volume and matte finish
Next Day Hair: Micro-propelled texturising powder for
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Scruff Me: Dishevelling gele for a texturised look
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Layer these
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each other
for a wild


and reveal the beauty in

each woman all over
the world. It makes me
proud to be a part of this
stunning project.
This month, the brand
13 Tecni.art Styling fundamentals. This styling range,
that puts on-the-ramp looks
been revamped with a
stylish and professional
new look.

An apple a day
boosts sexual
pleasure in women
new study reportedly
has linked daily apple
use with an enhanced
sexual function in healthy
polyphenols and antioxidants
that can stimulate blood flow to
the genitals leading to better
arousal. To reach this conclusion, researchers analysed 731
healthy Italian women aged



18 to 43.
Researchers found that
women who had one-two apple
daily had better lubrication
and overall sexual function.
According to the study, apples
contain phloridzin, a common
phytoestrogen, that is structurally similar to estradiol a
female sex hormone linked
with arousing sexuality. IANS




Some of the greatest footballer stories of our time

A lowdown of rags-to-riches stories that unfolded on the soccer field


heir very presence on the
grounds evokes frenzy and
adulation thats unmatched by
any celebrity from any other field.
From Pele to Messi, or Maradona to
Neymar, these football players have
achieved a cult status. But can you
imagine any of these names living in
tiny houses with dripping roofs? Or
for that matter, playing on makeshift
fields while harbouring dreams of
making it big in the sporting arena?
One look at the football legends and
youll find that they have more than
just their success stories in common
between them. They also share a history of grit, grime and determination
that helped them carve a place in
history. Heres looking at some of
these players...

Had it not been for Tevezs

passion and drive for football,
he wouldve have been entangled in the vicious cycle of
drugs and violence exactly
the kind of neighbourhood he
grew up in. In true sportsman
style, Tevez often talks openly about his childhood struggles and rise to fame, He doesnt shy away from acknowledging the scar on his face
that he got from an accident as a kid.


He may be known as the most

expensive player in contemporary
football, courtesy his move from
Manchester United to Real Madrid
but the Portuguese player is no
stranger to adversity.
rose from extremely humble
beginnings to become a legend in
his own right. To his ever-increasing list of merits is a three-time
title of FIFAs player of the year
apart, from player of the decade,
which was awarded to him by a
noted website.


Proof that no amount of adversity can

ever dampen the spirits of a strong heart
or eclipse a success is the legend himself
Diego Maradona. Maradona grew up
sharing a one-room house with his seven
siblings in the small town of Villa Fiorito
in Argentina. Uneducated and povertystruck, Maradona has to his name an
astonishing 258 nets. He also owns the title
of being one of the most controversial
players because of his infamous Hand of
God goal against England. The statement
has gone down as possibly the most
controversial moment in the
history of world football.


Ronaldo de Assis Moreira endearingly

referred to as Ronaldinho by fans and
critics alike, started out as just another
kid with a passion for football. Born in
a relatively poor neighbourhood, he
struggled tremendously to survive. But
one of footballs greatest strikers of all
time and a three-time esteemed playerof-the-year award holder refused to lose
heart and we all know what
happened next!


Like Maradona, Edison Arantes do

Nascimento, better known as Pele,
grew up in a situation of hopeless
poverty. Legend has it that his
first football was not really a
proper football, but a sock
that was stuffed with newspaper! Born to a footballer
father, who struggled hard to
make ends meet, Pele did
not have any soccer
ambitions as a child.
In fact, he even worked
as a shoe polisher at the
age of seven. His dramatic rise as a star
footballer with a
notable 77 goals
to his name,
Pele will be
through time
one of
footballers of his

Born and raised in the notorious streets of

Born and raised in the notorious streets of Brazil,

Brazil, Rivaldo
Rivaldo was
was an
extremely thin
thin child
child who
who lost
lost his
his teeth
teeth and
and weight
weight as
as a
a result
result of
of malmalnourishment. He
He lost
lost his
his father
father in
in an
an accident
accident at
at a
a young
young age
age and
and sold
snacks outside
outside his
his school
school to
to make
make some
some money.
money. Despite
his difficult
Despite his
upbringing, no
no amount
amount of
of adversity
adversity stopped
stopped this
this talented
talented boy
boy from
chasing his
his dreams
dreams and
and making
making it
it big,
big, the
the rest
rest as
as they
they say,
say, is
is history.

Not exactly a poor boy making it big story, but

Messis journey to being one of the worlds finest
players, is worth a mention. At 11, he was diagnosed with a growth conditioned that wouldve
severely left him crippled for life had a certain FC
Barcelona not stepped in at the right time. The
club paid for his treatment giving the world one of
its most strikingly popular and talented players.

Happily unhitched World Cup hotties


NEYMAR (Brazil)
Brazilian footballer Neymar Jrs
relationship status has had
football fans keeping a close
watch on what he is up to.
Neymar who was on a
roll this World Cup,
(until an injury during
the quarter-final match
against Colombia ruled him out
of the tournament) became every
lensmans favourite thanks to his
candid pics with supermodel GF
Gabriella Lenzi, not
to mention the
b i r d s
(leading to
fans speculating on
his relationship status).

Will they, wont they? There are a lot of speculations on these hot
footballers who appear to be happy with their GFs without saying I Do
This oomphilicious pair needs no
introduction. Spanish defender
Pique and Colombian singer
Shakira, who have a 16-monthold son Milan, are yet to decide
whether to take their relationship to the next level
because reportedly, the
Colombian sex symbol is
not keen on marriage.



The two lovebirds, whove

been dating each other for
more than two years, are
yet to take a decision on
walking down the aisle.
With the news of the
Argentine model, known
for her killer looks
and hot bod, not
being sure of how
serious she is
Lavezzi doing the
relationship status is always
filled with suspense.
Argentine forward is reportedly very keen
to commit.

This German hottie has grabbed eyeballs

during his outings with his GF, 24-year-old
model-singer Ann-Kathrin Brommel. The
billion Euro question now is, while teammate Thomas Mueller is happily hitched,
will Gotze tie the knot in the near future
with the curvaceous Ann who flashbulbs
seem to adore?


This power couple enjoys a massive fan
following in Spain. And
the arrival of their
bundle of joy, has
only made the
couple hot n
happening parents. Now, all
eyes are set on
proverbial I Do.







Win some muscle, lose some weight Soak in the rides at this theme park

onstrained by the fast pace of his work

schedule, 36-year-old media and entertainment professional Ram I
approached Talwalkars Transform in a bid to
lose weight and strengthen his core muscles.
Understanding his fitness needs, the team
strategically mapped out a regime focussed
initially on burning fat followed by a workout
conducive to building muscle. Within three
months, he witnessed definite loss of fat,
which automatically translates into sharper
muscle definition. He says, Due to paucity of
time, I found the 20 minutes, once-a-week feature attractive, which prompted to me sign up
initially. The results have been good and that
has motivated me to keep going. I have made
small sustainable changes and paced myself
into a new healthy lifestyle. My stamina has
increased and I feel a lot better about myself.
Talwalkars introduces Transform, Indias
first ever scientific weight management program, which combines the toning benefits of
cutting-edge EMS technology and the goodness of nutritious food. Its nutritional plan
provides a natural and healthy way to lose
weight. Unlike many diet programmes, it recommends six meals a day ensuring that one
never feels hungry. The programme also
comes with packets that provide for three of
the six meals, making it convenient for one to
follow. These meals taste great and offer normal food as against diet food like poha and
upma for breakfast, pulao and pasta for meals.

The plan also offers cookies, milkshakes,

desserts, etc and seamlessly blends into your
lifestyle, even while you are travelling.
Says Bina Ashar, obesity expert and business head, Talwalkars Transform Studios,
Striking a balance between eating patterns
and exercise is the most difficult part of
weightloss. Transform easily helps
you to strike this balance. An easy healthy
eating pattern is
planned to help you
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You can visit a studio or opt for home
based training.
Call: 022 66553636.
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Ram I working out at the Talwalkars Transform studio



Green kiwifruit is rich in fibre, which is

a natural aid to digestion. In addition,
kiwifruit has a natural laxative property since it contains a soluble enzyme
called actinidin. Actinidin helps in the
digestion of proteins thereby relieving
the feeling of bloating.

avent we all heard

stories about people,
who were advised to
spell their name differently
or wear a certain stone so
that something goes in their


Even though Green and SunGold

Kiwifruit are delightfully sweet, they
are relatively low in calories. The
caloric value of SunGold and Green is
just 57 kcal per 100 gram. It is a guiltfree indulgence, which wont tip the


GI is the effect of carbohydrates on

sugar levels. Zespri Green and SunGold
Kiwifruit has a relatively low glycemic
index of just around 39 and 38, which
makes it a healthy option for people
with conditions such as type I & II
Diabetes and insulin resistance.

day with your family

and friends.
Adds Kapil Bagla,
CEO, Adlabs, We have
created an international
standard theme park in
India so that people can
spend quality time with their
loved ones without having to travel
overseas. We strongly believe people need entertainment options in India and these numbers
prove our belief. You can reach Imagica by bus or
car from Mumbai or Pune. There are also local
trains from Mumbai that take you till Khopoli,
where a free shuttle arranged by Imagica takes
you to the park every day at 10 am.
Call: (022) 4213 0405.

Decoding the Hard work and positive

number game energy lead to success

Bite into a healthy

and tasty kiwifruit

espris delicious, healthy and

nutrient-dense kiwifruit from
the lush orchards of New
Zealand is now available in Mumbai.
The SunGold kiwifruit, a new variant
launched in India, has a sweet, uniquely tropical taste with a succulent, silky
and juicy texture, making it a favourite
among children as well as adults. For
those who prefer tangy, theres the timeless Green Kiwifruit, which has a tangy
and full-flavoured taste. Whether you
have it as a delicious snack or use it as
an exotic addition to your dishes, this
versatile fruit is a must-have in your
fruit bowl. Here are some benefits...

dlabs Imagica is currently celebrating the milestone of having one million visitors since its launch last
year. Apart from international standard
indoor and outdoor rides and attractions, it
has introduced Masti ki Baarish, which
offers varied fun experiences this monsoon.
Tantalise your taste buds with unlimited
Indian street food at the Street Food Fest, find
hidden treasures with Mogambo during the
Treasure Hunt or take up the Bladder Burst challenge at The Imagica Capital at a special monsoon
price of ` 950 onwards.
Pooja Shetty Deora of Adlabs said, Masti ki
Baarish is all about creating an atmosphere for an
amazing family time during this monsoon season.
For all those who love rains and even those who
dont, the theme park has something that will
make them move out of their homes. This offer
will make you sing, dance, eat and have an eventful


If you think citrus fruits were your only

source of vitamin C, you are in for surprise. One kiwifruit has twice the vita-


r Ashit Jalui, who has a

Masters in Astronomy from
USA and is the founder of
Zodiac Power products, met Akshay
Kumar a while ago. With Akshays
latest movie raking in the moolah at
the box office, Dr Jalui congratulates
him and wishes him good luck for
his future releases. After getting positive feeback for the Zodiac Power
Ring, Dr Jalui has launched a nonwearable, sophisticated and compact
product called Zodiac Power Card.
This card can be kept in your wallet
or purse and emits positive vibes and

favour? Astro-numerologist
Bhavikk Sangghvi says, The
science of numerology has
been existing for centuries
but its only in the last few
years that Indians are fascinated by it and are discovering it. The craving for what
the future holds in store,
combined with our ever
increasing desires, pushes
numerology in the hope that
it may somehow influence
their destiny.
With its easy-to-follow and
practical approach, numerology is a powerful occult science wherein it is observed
that if your name and your
date of birth vibrate on an
auspicious number it
brings along love, good luck,
happiness etc. What follows
next is wearing a particular
gemstone advised by me,
adds Bhavikk.
Call: +91 9820275535.

Dr Ashit Jalui
and Akshay
energy. Made of Panchadhattu an alloy
of five precious metals, these cards are
made scientifically by combining ancient
scriptures and modern astrology. Each
product takes more than 15 days to be
made since it is made by hand and produced as per a chart, keeping in mind each
zodiac sun signs different metal composition, melting time and temperature.
Benefits of the card include helping the
user build strong relationships, enhance
their confidence, willpower and concentration and bring them peace of mind, luck
and prosperity.
Call: 022-66688247, 8080513322, 28846344.

An ideal stopover for business meetings


min C of an orange. It is extremely

high in vitamin C, which
enhances your vitality, increases
immunity and alleviates sluggishness.


Choose from two options the

original green kiwifruit for a refreshing
tanginess and SunGold for a sweet taste.


For women who are trying to conceive

or are pregnant, kiwifruit is a great
addition to your prescribed folic acid

Radisson Blu Plaza




The cost of one kilogram of imported

apples is roughly `250, which makes it
roughly five apples at the rate of `50
each. On the other hand, the cost of
Zespri Green and SunGold Kiwifruit is
`40 and `30 per piece, making this nutritional powerhouse value for money.
Zespri Kiwifruit is available at all
major retailers across India. For free
home delivery, call +91 9619669677.
Follow Zespri Kiwifruit India
on Facebook.

f youve got business in the capital, the

Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi is less than a 10minute drive from the Indira Gandhi
International Airport and the domestic airport.
It lies on National Highway 8 and a 15-minute
drive from the hotel will take you to the business hub of Gurgaon, while its just 30 minutes
from Connaught Place.
However, it isnt the hotels convenient location that makes it so popular with business travellers. Featuring 35 Business Class rooms out of
a total 261, guests get amenities like access to
the Plaza Lounge, complimentary evening
drinks and canaps and upgraded in-room facilities. Those in the Business Class rooms will
also get a two-hour, one time use of a meeting
room. The hotels Presidential Suite is a lap of
luxury with two bedrooms, a study room, a living cum dining room along with a private garden overlooking the pool.
Besides our rooms, we also have great meeting and conference facilities for business travellers with high-definition projectors, sound
and light systems, says Vishvapreet Singh
Cheema, General Manager, Radisson Blu Plaza
The hotel also has plenty of leisure options.
The many dining options in the hotel include
The Great Kabab Factory serving kababs and
bread; NYC, featuring an interactive kitchen
and a menu serving world cuisine; the elegant
Savannah Bar, which serves mouthwatering

appetisers and a fine collection of liquors,

wines and spirits; the Thai restaurant Neung
Roi, critically acclaimed and well appreciated
by guests for its menu inspired by four distinct
culinary traditions of Thailand.
Those in need of some pampering will enjoy
the expansive R The Spa, adds Cheema.
Boasting of a three-level complex with 20,000 sq.
ft., it offers Asian and European therapies. The
hotel also has a pool and a state-of-the-art gym.
Where: Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi, National
Highway-8, Mahipalpur, Near I.G.I Airport,
New Delhi - 110037.
E-mail: reservations@radissondel.com
Call: 011- 26779191.

Tuck into Cantonese delicacies Summer love lasts five years


ichelin-starred Hakkasan has

just turned three and introduced its anniversary special
set lunch menu. Cyclical in nature, the
menu has been specially designed with
focus on quality and variety. It will keep
changing every week of the month and
will repeat itself for the next month. An
appetising four course menu with the
essence of traditional fresh ingredients
and modern twists awaits you. The
menu comprises a great selection of
authentic Cantonese delicacies divided
into small eats, mains, rice and noodles

and desserts to choose from.

The idea behind launching the lunch
menu at Hakkasan along with an a la
carte menu was to let our guests enjoy
lunch at a nominal price. The set lunch
menu is priced at `1,200 plus taxes,
which is lucrative, approachable and
affordable for our existing and new
clientele. Bandra being a key suburban
food destination, we wanted to cater to
the discerning guests and offer our services to them, said Jaideep Gupta, VP
Operations, Hakkasan and Yauatcha.
Accompanied with dishes like

Chicken and Prawn Shui Mai, Steamed

Indian Salmon in Black Bean Sauce to
Mock Meat Ho Fun Noodles and Three
Chocolate Bavarois with Coconut and
Lemon Sorbet, the restaurant along with
its impeccable service, promises to offer a
delightful experience to its guests.
Where: Hakkasan, Krystal, 206,
Waterfield Road, Bandra.
Timings: All days from 12:30 pm
to 3:30 pm.
Call: 022 2644 444.

Mango Roll

UK study has revealed that the

relationship of couples who
meet during summer holidays
last at least five years. The research
by a holiday price comparison site has
found that holiday romances are now


lasting longer than ever. It was established that, of the 2,000 couples that
have been together for at least five
years polled by the travel comparison
experts, nearly six in 10 met during a
holiday in the sunshine. The survey
also revealed that Brits tend to be on
their most passionate behaviour
when the temperature rises, with
46% admitting to having shared
their first kiss while on a summer
holiday and more than two-thirds
confessed to locking lips with their
companion more when abroad. The
most popular kissing spots included
the beach, hotel pool, airport, nightclub and the sea.
Dating experts said that everyone
feels more optimistic, happier and
relaxed on summer holidays and
when beautiful settings combine
with that mood, it creates the perfect
frame for romance. Due to the internet and text messages, distance no
longer is a barrier to keep new couples apart, so that provides more
chances for a summer romance to
last longer than ever now.


Drinking less
keeps your
heart healthy

educing the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed,

even for light-to-moderate
drinkers, may promote cardiovascular
health, says a new study. Researchers
found that individuals who carry a
specific gene which leads to lower
alcohol consumption over time have,
on average, superior cardiovascular
health records. It now appeared that
any exposure to alcohol had a negative
impact upon heart health. For some
time, studies suggested that only
heavy drinking was detrimental to
cardiovascular health, and that light
consumption may be beneficial.
However, this new study, which used
an investigative approach revealed
that reduced consumption of alcohol,
even for light-to-moderate drinkers,
may lead to improved cardiovascular





But first, let me take a selfie

Are you paying the right

price for your diamonds?
Heres how to tell...

The art of taking selfies has become an obsession, we

give you a rundown of this trend


The classic selfie: This is
basically a selfie of your face in
a pretty, self-flattering angle.
Put up some good make up, let
your hair loose and voila! You
have the classic selfie.

inding that perfect solitaire is no easy task. Unlike gold, for which you
know the daily price almost to the fourth decimal point, with solitaires
you may find yourself quite clueless. The various different parameters
can seem mind-boggling and most jewellers take advantage of a customers
lack of knowledge. One of Indias leading online jewellers, CaratLane.com,
gives customers expert tips to keep them well-informed of solitaire trends.
A diamonds price is decided primarily by its specifications of cut, colour,
clarity, carat weight, polish, symmetry and fluorescence. Another equally
important aspect is certification. Our example uses 1.00 Carat diamonds and
prices mentioned are as on July 11 on CaratLane.com.

The mirror selfie: Another

popular selfie is the mirror selfie, just stand in front of a mirror
and pose in a way that doesnt
obscure your face and youll
have the perfect mirror selfie.
The petfie: Selfies with
ones furry companion have
taken over and how. Everyone
likes to see a cute, cuddly pet by
ones side, right?


Cut, polish and symmetry specifications are used to judge the brilliance and
sparkle of a diamond. Keeping all other parameters the same, a diamond
with excellent grades across all three is likely to be 50%-60% more expensive
than a diamond with a lower grade cut, polish and symmetry.

The drunk selfie: Apart

from the usual selfies, theres
that one selfie that we never
remember taking, with embarrassing poses and grins.

For a 1.00 carat diamond with G colour and VS1 clarity






The bathroom selfie: This

is a popular one among the
girls. Just strike a pose in front
of that big bathroom mirror and
BAM! You have your bathroom

Colour is the measure of colourlessness in a diamond. Nearly colourless
(classified as F Grade) diamonds will cost significantly less (15%-30%) than
colourless diamonds (D Grade). However, the difference is not even visible to
an experts naked eye.

For a 1.00 carat diamond with VS1 clarity and excellent cut, polish and symmetry
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Clarity is the measure of flawlessness in a diamond. Most diamonds have

inclusions natural imperfections invisible to the naked eye. A flawless (IF
grade) diamond is likely to be twice as expensive as a similar diamond with
minor inclusions.

For a 1.00 carat diamond with G colour and excellent cut, polish and symmetry






Fluorescence is the light a diamond emits when examined under UV light. Light to medium fluorescence in
diamonds is not noticeable, whereas strong fluorescence can give diamonds a hazy appearance. A diamond with very strong fluorescence can be up to 20%
cheaper than a diamond with no fluorescence.

For a 1.00 carat diamond with G colour, VS1 clarity and excellent
cut, polish and symmetry
Medium Strong
Very strong


aking pictures of the scenic mountains, the chirping birds, beautiful

rivers and trees roofing overhead is
almost pass, its all about flaunting ones
self to the fullest now. After being chosen as
the buzzword of the year last year, selfies
seem to have taken the Internet world by
storm. Of late, the selfie has become creative
with a slew of clever selfies taking over. You
cant stay away from this viral fever for long.
The latest to join the bandwagon could
possibly be the petfie! After welfie, which is
a workout selfie and helfie which is a picture
of ones hair, these selfies are flooding the
social networking arena and how!
So what is the sudden obession with displaying an array of pictures in self-flattering
angles, complete with filters and captions
that seem to be taking over the social media
arena? Says psychiatrist Padma Rewari,
Everyone loves a pretty picture of ones
own face, and the onslaught of selfies on the
internet is simply testimony to that fact. Its
fast becoming a fad.
Over the last year the selfie has metamor-


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like GIA, HRD and IGI, which follow stringent
guidelines. Also ask for a certificate number to
verify the same online.
At Caratlane.com, one can consult an
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fits your budget. Apart from the massive savings, transparency is another
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phosed, it is now a versatile way of displaying your assets in all their glory. Im an
ardent social media person and Ive noticed
just about all online platforms flooded with
people strutting their best poses and smiles.
Theres the extremely popular face selfie, followed by the dressing room selfie, the mirror
selfie is a given, the couple selfie, the
duckface selfie, they are all quite a rage,
says Himanshu Sharma, an avid social
media lover. We have grown to almost naturally demonstrate our daily lives on the
social media.

The workout selfie: So

were at the gym and looking
toned and fit, lets click a picture and put it up for the world
to see, shall we?
The duckface selfie: This
one has to happen if youre
your friend. It is also called the
pout selfie.
The hair selfie: Known as
the helfie, this is an important
sub-genre of the selfie, which
prominently features ones pretty, long tresses.

In a day and age when promoting yourself on every possible
platform has become the new fascination, the fever was bound to hit
B-town celebs sooner or later too. Actress Prachi Desai says, Zorro
is an addiction, but he is very snooty and not very easy to please. He
loves posing for pictures and thats so adorable. He totally knows
how to floor you with his super good looks. The likes of Sonam
Kapoor, Minissha Lamba and Shruti Hasan among others could be
seen striking a pose with their pets as well.


Potter fans revisit their
childhood with a surprise
addition from JK Rowling
about the wizard
appearing at the Quidditch
World Cup finals
Kashika.Saxena @timesgroup.com
uesday was a magical day for Potterheads across the muggle world.
After years of waiting to hear another story about the boy who lived
and writing a ton of fan fiction to fill that
void the fans wish was finally granted. On Pottermore a website famous
for interactively retelling the Harry Potter series Rowling has been writing as
gossip correspondent Rita Skeeter, whos
reporting the ongoing Quidditch World
Cup. On Tuesday, Rita spotted Harry, and
several other characters from the books,
at the tournaments finals, and wrote an
article titled Dumbledores Army Reunites At Quidditch World Cup Final. Not
surprisingly, once the article got released, the website crashed, rabid fans
started hyperventilating on online, and
some proactive journalist immediately
asked Daniel Radcliffe if there were any


Visual: Pottermore.com

A still from one

of the Harry
Potter films
hopes of a return to the films franchise
(there werent, sorry, Potter fans).
In the article, which should be taken
with a generous pinch of salt since its
been written by Rita, whose journalistic
ethics have always been questionable,
Rowling reveals some interesting details.
Firstly, the boy wizards not a boy anymore. Hes 34! And if thats not enough to
remind the fans who grew up with him
that theyre getting older, Rita also noticed
a couple of threads of silver in the famous Aurors black hair. Even more worrisome was Harry sporting a nasty cut
over his right cheekbone. Does it mean
tragedys about to befall the wizarding
world? Or has Ginny cursed Harry? Because, yes, their marriage is in trouble, or
at least it seems that way to Rita.
Ron, whos balding a little, has quit his
job at the Ministry of Magic to work
with George, while Hermiones kicking
the glass ceilings a** in the ministry. Rita

also writes about Neville Longbottom,

Luna Lovegood and the Weasley family.
Oh, and Rita also spots Harrys godson
Teddy Lupin snogging Victoire, Bill and
Fleurs daughter.
This might be the first time Rowling
has written anything about Harry, Ron
and Hermione since the seventh book
came out, but its not the first time shes
divulged information about what the trios
been up to. In February, after she made
the much-discussed comment about wishing that Hermione had ended up with Harry, wed reported that Pamela Ingleton, an
academic who has written about Rowlings habit of revealing more about her
stories after their publication, had told an
international newspaper that (Rowling)
is still constantly intervening in the
process of understanding and reading
these characters and these stories She
wants to exert her control. She wants to
be the one we depend on for information,

The Quidditch
World Cup
schedule that
has been
posted online
so that, readers become reliant on her authority. Could this be yet another way of
doing that, or is there some other motive
behind this update? International media

is already speculating if this article is, in

fact, Rowlings attack on tabloid
journalism, against which shes spoken
publicly on numerous occasions. Sen-

tences like Does Hermione Granger prove

that a witch really can have it all? (No
look at her hair) are being quoted as proof
of this.









Thinkstock Photos/ Getty Images


recent study has revealed that teen dating is

taking a violent turn as one in every six youngsters reports an act of physical violence. A survey carried out by the University of Michigan Medical
School of more than 4,000 adolescent patients, ageing
14-20 seeking emergency care, indicated that dating
violence was common and affected both genders.
The study found out that those suffering from
depression, or a history of using drugs or alcohol, had
a higher likelihood to act as the aggressor. The studys
lead author Vijay Singh said that it was important to
consider both genders when trying to identify teen
dating violence issues, especially when there were
other conditions that they may be trying to assess in
the health care setting. He added that this data
reminded them that teen relationships were not
immune to violence and should encourage healthcare
providers to ask adolescent patients about these
important issues, and this could help them understand whom to target for screening or refer to for
development programs that could help them.


Pics: Thinkstock

The rise in obesity among teens has led to
high blood sugar levels. Heres an expert guide to
preventing this lifestyle disease
ill about a decade ago, diabetes
was known to affect only
adults in their mid-30s.
However, with changing lifestyles, it
has become one of the most common
lifestyle diseases affecting teenagers,
between the age group of 12 to 18.
Known as juvenile diabetes as it
occurs in children right from the age
of 10, it is a growing concern among
urban parents today, says lifestyle
nutrition consultant, Tripti Gupta,
adding, Ten per cent cases of children and teenagers who are consulting me for obesity, sports nutrition,
nutritional deficiencies, stunted
growth and lack of stamina are also
suffering from diabetes, which is getting increasingly common.
According to bariatric physician
and obesity consultant Dr Kiran
Rukadikar, research has shown that
nearly one in four urban Indian
teenagers aged 12-18 years is on the
verge of developing diabetes. Heres
an expert guide to help you and your
kid cope with this lifestyle disease:


Obesity remains one of the main
causes of this disease. While diabetes
are of two kinds Type I and Type
II more teens are prone to develop
the former, which is insulin dependent. But with bulging bellies in
teenagers, the Type-2 diabetes (which
was common only in adults) is now
common in children and adolescents
as well, says Dr Rukadikar.
Adds Gupta, Hereditary, hormonal imbalances and poor lifestyle are
the leading causes of diabetes in
young age. Lack of physical activity,
over consumption of junk and
processed food and imbalanced nutrition cause fluctuation in the hormonal levels of growing children. As a
result, the insulin levels go into an
imbalance causing diabetes mellitus
and other related diseases.


According to weight management
expert Dr Amrapali Patil, PCOD
(Polycystic Ovarian Disease), which is
on the rise among girls can also lead to
weight gain, increasing the risks of
getting diabetes. In those suffering
from PCOD, other than the ovaries
having cavernous fluid filled sacs,
there is a co-existing insulin resistance and propensity towards developing full blown diabetes, cautions
Dr Patil.


Unlike other diseases, this lifestyle disease is not easy to detect, especially at
a young age. A teenager might not
show any outward symptoms. His/her
diabetes gets detected accidentally
during blood tests or when a physician
suspects diabetes and gets such lab
tests done, says Dr Patil.
Adds Gupta, Its difficult for a parent to suspect diabetes for their child,
but its important to watch out for
symptoms like polyuria (frequent urination), polyphagia (excessive eating),
polydipsia (excessive thirst), mood
swings and irritability, itching of the
genitals and sudden weight loss.
Moreover, make it a habit to get a biannual full body check up for your kid,
as soon as he/she enters the teens.


While diabetes is not a fatal disease,
it is long term and can lead to a host
of other problems where diabetic
teens are more prone to heart ailments, high cholesterol, stroke, heart
attack and a constant fatigue.
Moreover, it can take a mental toll on
your kid. Once diagnosed, a child is
more likely to be depressed, feel isolated and even embarrassed about
this medical situation,
worrying that their
mates and friends
might reject them/or
exclude them from
the group, says Dr
Patil. In such a scenario, it is important
for parents to first

help their kid accept the problem and

be supportive instead of blaming
Make your kid understand that
diabetes is not the end in life, and that
it can be controlled by lifestyle modification, says Dr Rukadikar. If your
child is genetically predisposed to
diabetes, make sure that his/her
friends know about this issue and
they are aware of the symptoms of
low sugar. Ensure that your child
drinks plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.
Avoid risks by discouraging body
piercings and tattoos. If these are
indulged in, add foods like flax seeds,
onion, garlic, methi, bitter gourd etc
to your teens diet, says Dr Patil.


Kids tend to follow their parents. So,
its important to change the lifestyle
habits of the entire family. Says
Gupta, The first thing every parent
needs to incorporate is enough activity and healthy eating habits among
their kids. If your kid is very fond of
junk food, ensure that he/she has it
only once-a-week. Incorporate enough
fibre and omega-3 in your kids diet.
This maintains the fat balance, which
in turn controls the hormonal balance in an individual. Green leafy
vegetables, fruits, nuts, cows milk
and healthy proteins should be a large
part of the meal. Due to its high estrogen properties, soya can be given in
Drinking healthy cows milk is another key factor for growing kids.

Watch out for

these symptoms
Drinking a lot of water and being

very thirsty
Frequent urination
Losing weight without trying to

lose weight
Having sores or wounds which are

slow and difficult to heal

Having itchy, dry skin
Having blurry eyesight
Feeling very tired and hungry
Tingling sensation in feet
Dark, thick or velvety rash on

the neck

Things parents
must ensure to do
Inculcate a habit of eating smaller

portions among your kids; it

should be based on the calorie
Include more vegetables
and fruits, low fat dairy
products, fish and
poultry in your kids
Make physical activity
compulsory for your kid.
You can set an example by
exercising yourself.
Reduce stress and parental
Encourage healthy sleeping
Avoid giving high calorie foods
like sweets to your kid as a way
of showing love and affection.
Monitor your kids health by
encouraging half yearly and
yearly hospital visits. Monitor
Monitoring vital organs like eyes,
kidneys etc on a regular basis
is a must.

Control your kids sugar

If your kid is diagnosed with high
blood sugar, avoid any extra
sugar in their diet. While
adults often opt for sugar-free
foods, they are a strict no-no
for kids, say experts.
Flavour the food with
lime juice and black salt.
Include curds, paneer
and fresh fruit in the
diet. Honey, dates, jaggery and brown sugar
are eventually high in
sugar content, so do not
use them as
for white


sugar. You can satisfy your childs

sugar cravings by giving black
raisins. While it may be
impossible to restrict
your teenager totally
from a birthday cake
or an occasional cola,
help him/her balance by indulging in
sport or substantial physical activity, says Gupta.

Include fresh fruits and fresh fruit juice in your kids diet

of a delayed speech, it might

be advisable to wait for ht
him to be able to communicate and express himself. He
might feel intimidated and it
might slow down his develPrincipal, R N Podar School (CBSE) opment process. Unless, of
course, you can find a small
Avnita answers questions relating
safe childcare/play group
to parenting
that suits your childs needs.
Remember speech development is a mixture of nature
I have a three-year-old son who has not yet
started speaking. However, doctor says that and nurture. A lot depends on the
he has no major problem. I am confused environment. Is he adequately stimuwhether I should enroll him in a play group lated? Are there opportunities for
or wait till he starts talking properly. I am communication exchange and particnot sure if he will be able to cope with other ipation? What kind of feedback does
children who can speak and Im worried he he get? You can follow these tips:
will get demotivated and bullied by them. Spend time communicating with
your son. Talk, sing, encourage imiPlease help
Prasanna tation of sounds and gestures. Read
You have not specified at what level of to your son. Use everyday situations
speech development is your child and to reinforce his speech and language.
how grave is the situation. If the doc- Point out objects, ask questions,
tor says there is no major problem, it acknowledge his responses, dont use
may be a part of a general develop- baby talk. There are many apps for
mental delay. However, you could get speech enhancement which you can
another opinion and re-confirm the download. Play a more proactive role
same. As far as social interaction is in getting your child to communicate
concerned, since he is showing signs in a a safe, nurturing environment

Avnita Bir

Once a
is now

before you put him in a new strange

place among new faces.
My 12-year-old daughter is studying in
Class VII, ICSE Board. I am thinking to shift
her to CBSE Board from next year. Also, she
wants to pursue science stream after 10th.
She is good at acedemics and scores 85%
to 90%. Would you be able to highlight the
advantages of shifting from CBSE to ICSE
Board? Will it be helpful to her in future, if
she wants to study Class XI and Class XII
from CBSE Board?
Charmie Patel
Both ICSE and CBSE boards are
national boards and are almost at par
except for the slight difference in
focus. What is more critical however
is the school she is studying in and
the approach it follows. It is possible
to switch between the two boards,
especially for your child who is good
and conscientious. The switch from
ICSE to CBSE board can happen at
any stage, though the practice is
more prevalent in Class 11 because
the CBSE board is more geared for
competitive exams for professional
courses after Class 12.
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Prathamesh Bandekar

FIR to have
live audience


ith FIR undergoing a format change,

the channel will present special
one-hour episodes tonight and
tomorrow. The team will be seen trying to
solve two cases one involving a fraud
Thapad Baba and the other, a missing
dog. From next weekend, the show
will take on a new avatar it will
also be aired for an hour with the
inclusion of a live, interactive audience on the set. Aamir Ali, who plays
Bajrang Pandey, says, I believe the new
format will make our show funnier, as we
will be responding to a live audience. The
special episodes will act as a teaser of
what lies ahead.
FIR airs Saturday and Sunday at 9 pm
on SAB TV.

Kavita Kaushik

Coldplays magic

fter producing films like OMG Oh My
God! and F*UGLY, Bollywood actor
Akshay Kumar has now turned his
attention on the small screen. Akshays production house, which is co-owned by a former
programming head of a channel, will soon
launch the show, Jamai Raja. Featuring
Achint Kaur, Nia Sharma and Ravi Dubey, its
said to be a family drama.


Sunil Gutthi Grover

returns as Kapils


ony Music is giving international music a boost in

India with an array of artists. The song Magic from
Coldplays highly anticipated album, Ghost Stories, has
turned out to be a hit here. It continues to be on the charts and
has achieved double platinum status within six weeks of its
release. Grammy award nominee Ed Sheerans sophomore
album X saw one of the
major openings overall in
2014, and his number Sing
has become a club hit.
Canadian band Magic!s
new single Rude has charted
in over 35 countries. Pitbull
has been riding the FIFA
wave with his song We Are
One (Ole Ola). The song, featuring an acoustic guitar and
The cover of their
an upbeat rhythm, has
album, Ghost Stories
become a match anthem.
David Guetta is back in the
news with his single, Lovers On The Sun, which features vocals
from rising star Sam Martin. Love ballad All Of Me by John
Legend is still riding high on sales and streaming charts.

heir on-screen characters
were so scheming and vindictive that the viewers loved to
hate them. But suddenly, Sanchi of
Balika Vadhu and Aditya Jagannath
of Main Naa Bhoolungi have lost
their bite. So much so, that the audience is finding it tough to digest their
Lets look at Sanchi first. The character, who started off as an arrogant,
obsessive girl, has now been reduced
to a meek bahu. She does not utter a
word even after her brother-in-law
verbally abuses and molests her. So,
where is the fiery Sanchi, who tried to
commit suicide and challenged the
formidable Dadi Sa, when she could
not get the love of her life? Has she
become too submissive to even raise
her voice against such a terrible
Roop Durgapal, who plays Sanchi,


Vikas Manaktala

e had earlier reported about Sunil Grover aka

Gutthis return to Kapil Sharmas comedy show,
Comedy Nights With Kapil. The actor, who was to
commence the shoot last month, left the set on the day of
the shoot, due to contractual issues. However, the actor
recently signed the contract and shot his first episode yesterday. Sunil has returned to the show as Kapils father-inlaw. So, will he stick to playing Sumona Chakrabortys
father? Its something that remains to be worked upon.
He will be seen as Kapils wife Sumonas father in the first
episode. We are expecting him to play various characters
like before, says a source. Despite repeated attempts,
Sunil couldnt be reached for a comment.

Sunil Grover

When baddies lose their bite


Akshay Kumar

says, The character has undergone a

drastic transformation. She has
changed into a simple, weak homemaker. I can understand that the
viewers are surprised.
In the second instance, Aditya
Jagannath (Vikas Manaktala) was so
vicious that he threw his wife
Samaira down a cliff. But he is now
getting conned by Samaira, who
returns in a new, modern avatar.
According to sources, the actor will
clean washrooms, sweep the floor and
do all kinds of domestic chores when
Samaira becomes his boss. Explains
Vikas, I understand that the antagonist has suddenly changed, but this
transformation is not permanent.
You have to wait and watch.
Many characters have had a
change of heart on the small screen.
Rashami Desai (Uttaran) and
Surekha Sikri (Balika Vadhu) are
two other examples of negative characters suddenly turning positive.





BRITNEYS comedy with Sacha Can your dog inherit
your fortune?

ritney Spears auto-tune-free
version of her song Alien was
leaked online, drawing flak
from fans. Producer William Orbit
confirmed the leak on a social networking site and revealed that the 32year-old artiste was just warming
up in the clip and it was not supposed
to be shared with millions of listeners,
a UK daily reported.
The British composer also defended
the Baby, One More Time star, stating
that hes heard all manners of
sounds emitted during warm-ups
and whoever leaked the clip must have
done so in a spirit of unkindness.
However, it could in no way detract
from the fact that Britney is magnificent, he said. ANI


panish actress
Penelope Cruz
is in negotiations to join Sacha
Baron Cohen for the
comedy film, Grimsby.
Louis Leterrier is
directing the comedy,
which will be shot in
the UK. The films
story revolves around
a James Bond kind of
character, played by
Mark Strong, who is
forced to hide in his
hometown and team
up with his English
brother, played by
Baron Cohen. Cruz
will reportedly play a
philanthropic corporate leader with a dubious
Production is set to
start sometime this
summer. Cruz was
recently seen in The

A still from Entertainment



Britney Spears. Find out more

about the track leak, using Alive

Zoe and Eva

hide baby bump

Sharon Stone
says she is
open to dating

Mendes and
Zoe Saldana, both of
whom are rumoured
to be pregnant, are
trying hard to hide
their baby bump.
rumour took shape
after she was spotted
wearing fitted workout gear which clung
to her protruding
belly. Later, for a proEva Mendes
motional event of a
film, Zoe appeared in a loose dress that
seemed odd considering the actress is
known to flaunt her curves.
Eva is also leaving no stone
unturned to hide the fact that shes
pregnant with Ryan Goslings child.
The actress, while leaving a parking
lot, hid the baby bump, using a bag,
scarves and anything else nearby to
block the shot, reported a newspaper.

A still from Marley & Me

Paris quits junk food

ocialite Paris Hilton has given up junk food. Thanks
to it, she has lost weight and feels much better about
herself. Hilton was always fond of cheeseburgers
and French fries, but six months ago, the 33-year-old star
decided to give up on fast food to lead a healthier lifestyle.
I lost about five pounds just from staying away from the
drive-throughs. I can feel the difference, especially when Im
in a bathing suit. I used to eat that way, but I decided to
change things this year. Now, I dont do that. There are times
when I will stop at a (junk food stall), but I will maybe get a
turkey burger or something healthier instead of a cheeseburger and fries. I am more careful now, a website quoted
Hilton as saying. The hotel heiress also shared that she has
added new habits to her routine. I also like regular juices. I
get a lot more vitamins these days, more fruits too, more vegetables, more protein, more salads, she added.

Zoe Saldana


Therapy makes Nicole

a better person

inger Nicole Scherzinger has credited

therapy and seeking spiritual guidance
with helping her grow as a person. She
admitted to a British daily that shes had a lot
of different therapy and believes its a muchneeded release for her stresses. She explained,
Ive had psychiatrists, life coaches, my pastor.
Its good to get it out, get your thoughts in line
and become aware of our patterns, our bad
habits. Once youre aware, you can grow and
move forward and not make the same stupid
mistakes. If you dont get it out, those demons
will just sit inside you and infest. It seals off
your life. You want to be a better person, you
want to grow. You want to have a better life, to
have purpose and not be afraid to go after your
dreams and to be the best....



haron Stone, 56, has revealed that

shes open to dating. The Basic
Instinct actress revealed the fact in
response during a recent interview to a
British newspaper. I am available for dating, said the actress, who has a 14-year-old
son Roan from her six-year marriage to journalist Phil Bronstein. She even raises two
adopted sons Laird, nine, and Quinn,
Stone also spoke about her participation
in a non-profit campaign that allows celebrities to auction off their wardrobe with the
proceeds going directly to charities. I went
into my closet and gave two-thirds of my
wardrobe, my really good stuff, to fund this
peace movement in the Middle-East. We
have amazing people participating in this,
and its just so exciting, Sharon said.


ames Cameron will plan a

global campaign with wife
Suzy Amis Cameron in order
to recommend that people include
more plant-based foods in their diet.
According to a UK daily, the couple
suggested that if implemented on a
global scale, the diet would dramatically cut carbon emissions and
improve overall health. Suzy said
that right now, they were at the genesis of creating the project and collecting the science behind it so they

were both steeped in the research

and the data. She further added that
one simple thing that everyone can
do is to reduce or stop eating animal
products because all of the biodiversity is being lost either to grow
grains to feed the animals or for
grazing. About a pound of meat
equals one acre of the rainforest,
she said. The couple reportedly cut
meat and dairy from their diet
overnight over two years ago for
health reasons.

iley Cyrus is secretly dating her

Bangerz album producer Mike Will
Made-It for the past nine months,
according to reports. A source close to the
Wrecking Ball singer told a magazine that everybody in her circle knew that Cyrus and Will had
been together this whole time.
Another insider said that the duo had become
pretty serious and the music producer had even
won over Cyrus mom, Tish Cyrus. A source
close to Cyrus said that ever since she began the
Bangerz tour, the singer had made it a point to
meet up with Will and the couple made sure to
talk and text all day, every day, despite not
always being in the same city.

Try a plant-based diet: Cameron


dog has no use for fancy cars, big

homes, or designer clothes. A water
log stick will do just fine. A dog doesnt
care if you are rich or poor, clever or dull,
smart or dumb. Give him your heart and hell
give you his. This heart-warming quote from
Marley & Me must reduce you to tears.
However, there are exceptions. While dogs
may not want your wealth, they can definitely
inherit it, if you insist.
For instance, auto recycling millionaire
Ron Sturgeon has apparently hired a social
media consultant for his pampered dogs! Such
is his unconditional love for the pets that he
may leave his $75 million fortune to the
pooches and not his family.
In Entertainment too, Akshay Kumar will
be seen competing with a dog to inherit his
fathers fortune. On knowing that his father
has left his property to his faithful pet,
Entertainment, Akshays obvious plan is to
get rid of the dog, but a sudden turn of events
changes the course of the story.


Mike Will Made-It



ennis star Novak Djokovic tied

the knot with his longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic in a posh outdoor religious ceremony, which was held
near the Montenegro islet Sveti Stefan
A source close to the family said that
the couples nuptials at the Adriatic
resort, which was followed by a banquet,
was graced by the presence of their families and close friends.
Guests who attended the ceremony
included Maria Sharapova, Djokovics
coach Marjan Vajda and his wife, as well
as his Serbian fellow tennis players
Viktor Troicki, Nenad Zimonjic and
Janko Tipsarevic.
The 27-year-old World no. 1 player and
Ristic, who are also expecting their first
child due to be born late 2014, had reportedly secured the venue by making nearby
beaches off-limits and having officers
dressed as civilians parole the area, in
addition to putting a ban at bringing camera or phones at the ceremony.
The Serbian star, who recently
claimed his 2nd Wimbledon title, had
earlier told the media that he might
take a break from the sport as his main
focus would now be towards his wife
and family.

Novak Djokovic
with Jelena
Ristic; (below)
The Adriatic
resort where
they got married




Tejas Kudtarkar

Kat took
Neetu out
to dinner



aving enjoyed lending his voice to a song in Kick, Salman

Khan is now taking keen interest in singing. When the
actor was asked about the singing skills of other stars, he
praised Sanjay Dutt. Sanju is a good singer. He also plays bongo,
tabla and harmonium, he said. And what about his other friend,
Aamir Khan? Aamir ne toh gaana bola tha, gaaya nahi, said
Salman, in his characteristic humour.

Salman Khan
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Rohan Shrestha

Arjun is
scared of
ceiling fans
Katrina Kaif
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atrina Kaif recently

took her boyfriend
Ranbir Kapoors mother, Neetu Singh for dinner to a
fancy South Mumbai restaurant. Guests at the hotel say
they also spotted Ranbir and
Ayan Mukerji at the same table.
Its nice to know that Neetu is
bonding well with Kat because
they are the two most important women in RK Jrs life.

Puja starts work

on her next

Puja Gupta

ccording to reports,
Puja Gupta, Femina
Miss India Universe
2007, who was last seen in Go
Goa Gone, has bagged the lead
in Snafu that also has Abhay
Deol in a negative role. The
actress, who was holidaying in
New York, cut short her trip to
return to Mumbai and start
work on the project. She said, I
play a middle-class girl, who
comes to work with Abhay and
faces the challenges of the corporate world.

Arjun Kapoor

e have all heard of people

having phobia of water or
heights. But Arjun Kapoor
has a rather odd phobia apparently, the actor has an unexplained
fear of ceiling fans. And it is for this
very reason that Arjun supposedly
doesnt have a single ceiling fan in
his house.

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Sink your teeth into a sumptuous

iftari menu in Navi Mumbai
or Muslims, the holy month of Ramzan is a time to fast
and pray. However, this is also the time when one can
indulge in sumptuous delicacies when the fast is broken
daily with an evening meal. Called Iftar, the iftari spread is
something to look forward to, especially on the streets of Vashi
and Nerul. The Noor Masjid street in Vashi and the Jama
Masjid street in Nerul have some unique specialities that one
can savour. These stalls open up at 4.30 in the evening everyday
during the holy month and stay open till 11.30 pm, unlike the
ones in South Mumbai that are open all night until sehri. Here
are some specialities that one can relish in this month:


Made by coating rotis with
eggs and fried to crispy perfection on a tawa, its a must-have.
The baida rotis here are
stuffed with chicken and mutton and then coated with layers of egg. This is one of the
must try dishes on this street. Another popular snack available at these stalls are the Arabic style kheema pav. Earlier
kheema would be stuffed inside the locally baked pavs, but
local bakeries of late are using Arabic styled round pavs freshly baked for the dish. Once can enjoy them at nothing more
than ` 25/piece.


These are not like your regular
samosas. The mouth-watering
samosas available at the Noor
Masjid street are stuffed with
mince meat. These sumptuous
mutton samosas are served
with green chutney. Another
item that cannot be missed are
the rolls available in variants like egg, chicken and mutton.
They are extremely filling and start from as low as ` 25.


One of the things that you must
never miss from the iftari menu
at one of the the Noor Masjid
stall is Khiri, also popularly
known as Phirni. Served in
matkas (clay pots), this dessert is
best enjoyed when chilled and is
generously filled with a variety of rich dry fruits. Another
speciality that is a must-try are the juicy malpuas. Made with
rawa (semolina), flour, sugar, eggs and yeast, its deep fried in
ghee, dipped in sugar syrup and served with a generous top-

ping of rabdi and a host of finely

chopped dry fruits like cashewnuts,
pistachios, almonds and figs. Khiri is
available at ` 45/ matka, while
malpuas are priced at ` 40/piece.


The stalls near Noor Masjid in Vashi
as well as Jama Masjid in Nerul are


Pics: Farooq Sayed


lined up with piping hot kebabs and

tikkas. They come in variants like reshmi, hariyali, pudina, tikka, etc. They are
served with spicy green chutney.
Moreover, you can also find chicken
and mutton cutlets out here.
An iftari outing is never complete
without a dum biryani its available as chicken and mutton biryanis.
The highlight at the Jama Masjid
street is the haleem, which is a mix
of gosht (beef), ghee and gehoon
(cracked wheat) cooked for 12 hours
over firewood and is served with a topping of fried onions, mint leaves, finely-cut green chillies and lime juice. It
is available at `40/plate.









Mandvache Magari Challay Kay




Mandvache Magari Challay Kay: Watch this Koli play for
its comic timing and one of the funniest wedding plots.
This play is a comedy of sorts about a wedding and its
venue, and is based on the various characters and members of the family, Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium, Vashi, July
13, 4.30 pm.
Moruchi Mavshi: Three friends staying together as paying
guests, two of them are in love with two beautiful girls in
the neighbourhood. One of their aunts is coming for a visit,
so Moru and Bhaiya call their girlfriends to give her company but at the last minute the visit is cancelled and the
third roommate becomes Moru's aunt. Comic chaos
ensues when Bhaiya's uncle and the girls' uncle fall for the
aunt, and then the real aunt turns up, Vishnudas Bhave
Auditorium, Vashi, July 13, 8.30 pm.













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