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No: 5
In memory of Dr Asima Kemal and Prof. Dr. Salim W Kemal
Issue No: 296 Published from Hyderabad & New Delhi
Postal Registration Order No HD/1146/2011-13
Hyderabad, Sunday, November 2, 2014
KTR asserts TRS
budget would be
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India cuts gold,
silver value
to ascertain
import duty
New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS): With the prices of
both global and silver declining sharply in the
global markets, India has slashed their import
tariff value to ascertain their import duty, an official statement said Saturday.
The tariff value for gold has been cut to $391
per 10 grams from $401, while that for silver has
been reduced to $551 per kg from $575 per kg.
These tariff values for a host of commodities are
ascertained on a fortnightly basis.
The slash in tariff value on imported gold
has been notified by the Central Board of Excise
and Customs.
The import tariff value is the base price at
which customs duty is levied. It helps to prevent
under-invoicing. Gold price in the Delhi bullion
markets was ruling at around Rs.26,550 per 10
grams and silver at Rs.36,250 per kg Saturday.
MAX : 31 C
MIN : 17 C
6:14 AM
Ct 24 Rs 26,440.00
Silver Price
Per KG Rs 35,732
BSE 27,865.83
NSE Nifty 8,322.20
Forex Rates
Indian Rupees
US Dollar
British Pound 98.27
Qatari Riyal
Saudi Riyal
UAE Dirham
Australian Dollar 54.02
Canadian Dollar 54.46
Chinese Yuan
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Telangana Power Crisis:
CM says Centre �vengeful’
towards state
Contestants at Miss Kut 2014 in Imphal,
Manipur on Saturday. (PTI Photo)
Price: 3.00
Kejriwal seeks PM’s
intervention for SIT
probe into Sikh riots
[email protected]
(PTI): Under fire from the
TDP, ruling neighbouring
Andhra Pradesh and opposition parties over his
of way tackling power crisis in Telangana, its Chief
Minister K Chandrasekhar
Rao today dragged Centre
into the issue accusing it
of adopting a “vengeful attitude” towards his State.
“The Government of India that should ensure implementation of the (AP)
Reorganisation Act has not
been co-operating with the
Telangana government. It
is adopting a vengeful attitude towards us,” a CMO
release quoted Rao as saying.
Rao alleged that Andhra
Pradesh government was
not supplying 54 per cent
of power which is due to
Telangana and is trying to
block power generation at
Srisailam reservoir.
“The previous rulers did
not set up power generating stations in Telangana
and hence we are facing a
crisis now.
Our power woes will
continue for the next two
to three years.
I told people about this
even during the election
campaign,” the TRS chief
On the measures his
government has taken to
overcome the power crisis in Telangana, Rao said
Telangana is currently
purchasing 1000 MW of
power from Chhattisgarh
while new power generating stations are also being
set up to resolve the crisis.
He also appealed to
farmers to cultivate only
irrigated dry crops in the
Wildlife products seized
from poachers to be
burnt Sunday
New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS): A large number
of illegal wildlife products seized from poachers, including those derived from tigers, elephants, leopards, lions and snakes, will be
burnt in the incinerator of Delhi zoo Sunday
in the presence of Environment Minister
Rabi season in view of the
ongoing power crunch.
Rao’s remarks came
against the backdrop of
mounting attack from opposition parties in Telangana over his failure to
handle the power crisis effectively.
Apart from the Telugu
Desam Party, Congress,
BJP and CPI have accused
Rao of doing nothing to
overcome the crisis and
have taken exception to
his attempt to “blame” his
Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu
for the situation.
In a strong rebuttal,
Andhra Pradesh government has said that while
AP generated 5,710 million units (mu) of thermal
power, only 4,941 mu was
used by it and 769 mu were
supplied to Telangana.
Prakash Javadekar. This will be done to highlight the importance of protection of biodiversity, particularly wildlife, and would be an
attempt to deplore the unethical, indiscriminate and mostly unlawful activities of harvest
and trade of wildlife products, the environment ministry said in a statement Saturday.
The illegal wildlife products to be destroyed
by the ministry will also include those derived from deer, mongoose and owls.
Rupee-a-kg rice gets boost;
6 kg to each person in
a family: Etela
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): Minister for Finance and Civil Supplies
Etela Rajendar today said the Government would implement Re 1 a
kg rice in the State in a big way.
Addressing the media at Secretariat here, Etela said they have
removed the condition of giving
only 20 kg per family. “Instead, we
will give six kg rice per each person, irrespective of total number of
persons in a family, in accordance
with a decision taken by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao”.
Etela tried to allay fears that
there are conditions on giving food
security cards in the rural and urban areas. The government would
inquire and give the same cards in
Pink to all eligible poor in the rural
and urban areas, he said. Keeping
the escalating price rise and essential commodities in view, the government has taken this decision.
“We will also give rice to children
studying at hostels and undergoing midday meals scheme, he said.
Etela said the income limit for the
food security card is raised to Rs
1.50 lakh from Rs 60,000 in rural
areas and Rs 2 lakh in urban areas
from Rs 75,000. This will help the
poor get a square meals a day, he
noted. He also denied rumors that
food security cards will be given to
a family living in three rooms, he
said. He also said farmers with 7.5
acres of dry land and 3.5 acres of
wet land will also get these cards.
However, cards will be denied to
those living in big buildings and
owning cars, he added.
Ektawadi Republican Party of India (RPI) workers protest against the killing of
dalits in Ahemdnagar, in Thane, Mumbai on Saturday. (PTI Photo)
14 killed in Himachal as
bus rolls down gorge
Shimla, Nov 1 (IANS):
Fourteen people, including three women and two
children, were killed when a
privately-owned overcrowded mini bus rolled down a
700-metre gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba district
Saturday, police said.
The bus was going to
Himgiri from Chamba
town when it fell into the
gorge near Saru nullah in
Salooni tehsil, some 75 km
from district headquarters
Chamba, Additional Superintendent of Police Kulwant Thakur told IANS over
the phone.
Twelve people were injured in the accident that
in Vizag
agency area
Visakhapatnam, Nov
1 (PTI): The police today
arrested two Maoists,
identified as Gabilangi
Apparao and Chikkudu
Bhaskara Rao, who were
allegedly involved in
several offences including murders, in the Vizag
agency area.
The two were involved
in a total of eight murders,
apart from bomb blasts
and other offences, police
Police were on the lookout for these two accused
for the last four years.
occurred just two kms short
of Himgiri. Police said most
of the injured have been
admitted to the government hospital in Salooni.
Eyewitnesses said the
bus was overcrowded and
the driver probably lost
control over the vehicle
while negotiating a curve.
Locals started rescue operations before the authorities could reach the spot.
Governor Urmila Singh
and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh expressed grief
over the incident.
The chief minister directed the district administration to take all possible
measures to rescue the
survivors and provide them
adequate relief.
The spot of the accident,
about 525 km from the
state capital, is one of the
remotest places in the state.
Most of the dead were
from Chamba district.
Scarcity of public transport and poor frequency
of government-run buses
in this far-flung district is
blamed for overloading of
the vehicles.
Police records say over
800 people die every year
in Himachal Pradesh in
road accidents. Police have
identified 556 accidentprone spots, including 210
on national highways.
Left parties to launch campaign
against communalism,
peoples’ problems
New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS): Six
Left parties Saturday decided to
launch a nationwide joint campaign against communalism and
other problems affecting people’s
lives. After a meeting here, the parties decided to work together as a
pressure block and launch a campaign against communalism.
Apart from the Communist
Party of India -Marxist (CPI-M)
and the Communist Party of India (CPI), the two-hour meeting
was attended by Communist Party
of India-Marxist-Leninist-Liberation, the Socialist Unity Centre
of India-Communist, the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and
Forward Bloc.
The parties decided to conduct a week-long protest cam-
paign from Dec 8-14 in different
parts of the country.
CPI-M general secretary Prakash
Karat told the media that the parties have made a joint call against
the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and aggressive Hinduvta. “This government is backed by
corporates and Hinduvta forces.
For the first time the six left parties
have come together.”
“We have put out a nine-point
charter of demand which includes
the attack on MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) by
the Modi government, its decision
to increase FDI in the insurance
sector, its failure despite election
promises to take firm steps to unearth black money..,” he said.
Split stares at TN Cong, Vasan set to break away
Chennai, Nov 1 (PTI): Toughening his stance against the Congress
high command, former Union
Shipping Minister G K Vasan today
gave ample indications of breaking
away from the party and reviving
the erstwhile Tamil Maanila Congress. “I will announce my next
plan of action on November 3,” he
told reporters here after holding
consultations for the second day
with his supporters, which includ-
ed former MLAs Vellore Gnanasekaran and Vidiyal Sekar.
Raising the “Valamana Tamilagam, Valimayana Bharatham,”
(prosperous Tamil Nadu, vibrant
India) slogan coined during the
founding of Tamil Maanila Congress in 1996 by his father G K
Moopanar, Vasan left none in
doubt about his next plan.
“In Tamil Nadu, the movement
(Congress) can be strengthened
only by invoking the legacy of Kamaraj and Moopanar,” he said in
an obvious reference to the tussle
with the high command over the
issue of membership cards.
He and his supporters like
Gnanadesikan, who quit as TNCC
chief had alleged that the high
command had not allowed them
to use images of Kamaraj and
Moopanar in the cards.
The high command has, how-
ever, denied this.
Describing the situation arising out of the resignations of his
followers Gnanadesikan and treasurer Covai Thangam as “abnormal,” Vasan said even after this, the
AICC’s denial to “allegations” were
“I express with grief the wrong
political approach (done) in the
name of very important leaders of
the party,” he said in a reference to
the high command not towing the
line of his group in the party on issues, including membership cards.
The controversy over images
of Congress icons Kamaraj and
Moopanar on the cards had infuriated party workers, he alleged.
“AICC’s deeds in the past several
years have been against the mood
of the cadres, be it party affairs or
on key issues concerning Tamil
Nadu people,” he said.
Short Takes
Ring roads for 6
districts: Rajaiah
Department is placed in full
additional charge of the post
of Managing Director, State
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): Civil Supplies Corporation,
Deputy Chief Minister Dr T Hyderabad, until further orRajaiah today said that the ders.
government will allocate
funds on priority basis for GHMC wants
roads in the state.
Talking to press persons afflyover work
ter holding a review meeting
of Cabinet Sub Committee completed by
for a feasibility study for the December end
roads in the state, he said that
six ring roads will constructed
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS):
for Mahabubnagar, Nalgon- GHMC Commissioner Soda, Warangal, Khammam, mesh Kumar has directed the
Nalgonda and Karimnagar Engineer-in-Chief to comdistricts. The works related to plete the over delayed Chanroads development will com- drayangutta fly-over project
mence in two weeks and the by this month end.
officials were asked to submit
The Commissioner pointed
a report on estimations, stan- out that exasperating traffic
dards and modalities related congestion near Chandrayto the roads. International angutta fly-over was causing
standards will be maintained inconvenience to the citizens.
for the new roads he said. An- Somesh Kumar, accompaother meeting will be held on nied by senior officials of the
Nov 7, Rajaiah added.
Engineering, Town Planning
and Zonal Commissioner
HC declares
(South) visited ChandrayangMuharram holiday utta, Kandikal Gate and Narqi
Pul Bagh in the old city today.
on Nov 4
The Commissioner inspected
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): the ongoing works and diThe High Court at Hyderabad rected the officials to expedite
today issued a notification the works so as to take up indeclaring holiday on Tues- augurations in the first week
day, November 4, on the oc- of December. He also stated
casion of Muharram festival. that certain local issues have
The High Court stated to be cleared after complepublic holiday will be on tion of the flyover works and
Muharram day in Telangana Uppuguda flyover works will
and Andhra Pradesh States, be taken up on priority, he
according to a notification is- added. The Commissioner
also inspected the newly consued.
structed community hall at
VH faults
Narqi Pul Bagh. Speaking on
the occasion, Somesh Kumar
Ponnala on
said one urban health center
leaders’ switch
would be opened very soon
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): for the convenience of the
Telangana senior Congress citizens.
Local corporator
MP V Hanumantha Rao today
alleged that State party chief Singh,
Ponnala Lakshmaiah had Balasubrahmanyam Reddy,
miserably failed to prevent Zonal Commissioner (Centhe leaders from defecting to tral) N. Ravi Kiran, Additional Commissioner (H&S)
other parties.
Talking to mediapersons Devender Reddy, Chief City
here, Hanumanth Rao criti- Planner and senior officials of
cized the State Congress chief Engineering, Town Planning
for failing to take along all the and HMWS&SB were present.
leaders and activists in the
party. VH found fault with the Stir for power
Congress chief for convening generation
programs without informing
at Srisailam:
him. The party will survive if it
takes along all the leaders for Minister
a program, he added. He also
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS):
attributed the present defec- Education Minister G Jagtion of party leaders to the adish Reddy today said they
ruling TRS to the inefficiency are getting ready to launch
of Lakshmaiah. He sought to another movement for power
know why Ponnala could not production at the Srisailam
stop the leaders from joining project.
other parties. He also pleaded
Talking to mediapersons at
with the party leaders to ab- Mahbubnagar on Saturday,
stain from shifting to other the minister held the TDP and
parties after enjoying posts BJP Governments responsible
and respect.
for the present power crisis in
Telangana State. He said the
Three IAS OffiAP Government at the becers transferred hest of the Centre is defying
AP Bifurcation Act and denyHyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): ing 54 per cent of waters, he
The State Government today alleged. The Centre is delibshifted three IAS officers. The erately delaying to bifurcate
government issued a GO in the officials among the two
this regard. V. Anil Kumar, States of Telangana and AP,
IAS (95), Managing Director, he charged. Lack of adequate
State Civil Supplies Corpora- officials is reflecting on the
tion, Hyderabad is transferred governance, he said.
The Minister also found
and posted as Commissioner,
Commercial Taxes, Hyder- fault with the Centre and AP
abad vice Heeralal Samariya, government for adopting
IAS(85) relieved for Central arm-twisting tactics to hamper their interests of power
He shall also continue to production and use of Krishhold full additional charge na waters. Jagadish Reddy acof the post of Member Sec- cused AP CM N Chandrababu
retary, Telangana State Pol- Naidu of trying to malign the
lution Control Board, Hyder- TRS Government by conspiring against its welfare. The
C. Parthasarathi, IAS (93), TRS will certainly take up anCommissioner, Civil Sup- other movement against the
plies & E.O. Secretary to Centre and AP Governments
Government, Consumer Af- if they failed to mend their
fairs, Food & Civil Supplies ways, he warned.
Indian Horizon, Hyderabad
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Sow alternative crops,
CM sore over power
deadline; to move SC not paddy: CM
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar
Rao today articulated serious
discontent over Krishna Water
Board fixing deadline till November 2 for using 3 TMC of
waters for power production in
Srisailam project. As the deadline ending on November 2 to
produce power at Srisailam,
the Government may think an
alternative to produce power
at Nagarjuna Sagar, it is learnt.
However power production was
stalled for the time-being at
Nagarjuna Sagar to avoid submergence of villages near Pulichintala under the project.
During a high-level review
meeting with Irrigation Minister
T Harish Rao, Irrigation Advisor Vidyasagar Rao and others,
KCR said to have asked them to
move Supreme Court for justice. The CM is believed to have
asked them to take up the issue
seriously with the apex court at
Delhi enabling it to direct the AP
Government to pave an easy way
for power production and release
of waters and power from various
projects. The court directive may
come in favor of Telangana State
as per AP Bifurcation Act, he felt.
It may be noted that Telangana
Government expressed dissatisfaction on Board’s decision for
hampering its interests. The CM
also asked the officials to argue
strongly with sheer discontent
and objections on its verdict
with Krishna Water Management
Board. The CM also blamed the
Centre for not directing the AP
Government to adhere to the
norms of Bifurcation Act that
ensures 54 per cent of waters
from any project, it is learnt. KCR
reportedly came down heavily
on his AP counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu for �influencing’
Krishna Water Board Chief Pandit to dictate terms to Telangana
State on allocation of power and
waters to Telangana State against
the AP Bifurcation Act.
KTR asserts TRS budget would
be �people-centric’
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): The TRS Government was formulating a
people-centric budget aimed at providing the needed benefits and welfare measures during the coming five in the Telangana State.
The Minister for IT and Panchayat Raj, K. Taraka Ramarao disclosed this
while interacting with the media briefly at the State Assembly on Saturday.
He said that the budget was being prepared by the government keeping view
the interests of the people and development of the state which would be
amply reflected during the next five years. Many new welfare schemes have
been planned and incorporated in the budget, he disclosed.
Pointing out that the people of the state have pinned their hopes on the
TRS government for leading a better life, KTR said that the government accordingly was formulating its budget keeping this in view and also the priorities that have to be looked into in the next five years. He regretted that the
opposition parties were indulging in baseless allegations against the government and trying to sow seeds of distrust among the people.
Lashing out at Telugu Desam and Congress leaders for desperately trying
to malign the state government, KTR reminded that if the opposition is hell
bent in hurling stones at them , they too were capable of replying with the
same coin. The TRS and the government was prepared to reply appropriately to any questions and issues being raised by the opposition parties, he
observed and felt that it would be better for the TDP and Congress to talk less
as they have lost the moral right to take up the cause of the farmers.
(NSS): Telangana Chief
Minister K Chandrasekhar
Rao today appealed to the
farmers to go in for alternative crops instead of
paddy due to acute power
shortage in the State.
During a review meeting on Rabi season, power
shortage and growing demand for power at Secretariat here on Saturday,
the Chief Minister flayed
the Centre for adopting
arm-twisting tactics towards Telangana on the
implementation of AP Bifurcation Act and the AP
Government is coming in
the way of power production and supply of rightful share to Telangana.
KCR advised the farming
community to cooperate
with the government as
the State is facing power
crisis. KCR attributed the
present power problem to
the deliberate attempts of
the Andhra Pradesh Government which was per-
sistently violating AP Bifurcation Act. Telangana
is facing power crisis as
the previous governments
failed to set up power
projects in the region.
Alleged that his AP
counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu was hatching conspiracies against
the Telangana State with
regard to power and irrigation waters, KCR said
despite tireless efforts to
tide over the crisis, Chandrababu Naidu was trying his best to stop power
production at Srisailam
project. He said his government was purchasing
power as well as producing the same at Nagarjuna Sagar and Srisailam
projects so that it could
supply it to the farmers
to some extent. As per AP
Bifurcation Act, Telangana State should get 54
per cent of power from
the projects, but that is
not being implemented
by the AP Government,
he deplored. He also said
demand for power in
Telangana increased now
which was not so before
division of the State.
The Chief Minister said
his government was making all-out efforts to purchase 1000 MW additional
power from Chattisgarh
and other available resources to tide over the
power crisis. He assured
that power problems will
not continue after three
years as the government
was committed to produce adequate power
to cater to the State’s
needs, he said. Recalling
that his party had said
during general elections
that Telangana will face
power problem for next
three years, KCR said the
situation will improve in
two years. Keeping these
things in view, the farmers should cooperate with
the government and prefer alternative crops than
the paddy, he pleaded.
Ace badminton player PV Sindhu takes part in a cleanliness drive as part
of Swach Bharat Abhiyan at Lingampally Railway Station in Hyderabad on
Saturday. (PTI Photo)
Power crisis, suicides by farmers in TS
TRS Govt blamed for not seriously pursuing with central
leaders for needed asssitance
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS):
The TRS Government was
squarely held responsible for
not properly and seriously
pursuing with the central
government to get resolved
various issues being faced by
Telangana State.
Speaking to the media the
TTDP leaders Erraballi Dayakar Rao , L. Ramana and others on Saturday lambasted the
TRS leadership and ministers
in failing to interact seriously
with the central ministers and
persuading them to come up
with required assistance to
resolve numerous problems
confronting the state.
The TTDP leaders outburst
against the TRS Government
came in the wake of the charge
by the Telangana Irrigation
Minister T.Harish Rao and others that the central government
was not responding positively
to numerous representations
made by the Telangana Government with regard to В©the
raging power crisis in the state.
It might be mentioned here
that Harish Rao went hammer
and tongs at the Union Energy
Minister Piyush Goel for stating that there was no representation from the Telangana
Government regarding the
state’s power shortage. Also
Harish Rao’s ire seemed to be
over the denial of the Union
Agriculture Minister about
the Telangana Government’s
request for ensuing minimum
support price for the farm produce, especially to come to the
rescue of the cotton growers.
As a matter of fact he said that
there were over 100 representations pending before the
central government regarding
the power crisis and problems
of the farmers. Even the Telangana Chief Minister and Agriculture Minister have taken up
the issue with the central leadership, Harish Rao had stated.
As if counter the claims being made by the TRS ministers,
Dayakar Rao pointed out that
when a delegation of TTDP
legislators and leaders had
called on the Union Ministers
like Nirmala Seetharaman and
others and represented about
the plight of the farmers, especially of the cotton growers
and about the power shortage,
they had all assured to come
to the assistance of the State
Government in a big way to
come out of the problems.
Dayakar Rao said that an assurance was made to the TTDP
delegation by the central leaders to send an official team
to study the hardships being
faced by the farmers including
the cotton growers and provide
the needed assistance. Apart
from ensuring minimum support price for the farm produce,
the central leaders also assured
to ensure that the Cotton Corporation of India would buy the
Beware stalkers she teams are watching
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): Additional C.P. (Crime & SIT) has said
the program of SHE teams was
launched on October 24 with the
aim of curbing eve-teasing in all aspects, in all forms, at all places, providing safety and security to women
in the society, facilitating healthy
environment for women’s mobility thereby building up confidence
in women to fulfill the Telangana
Govt’s commitment of safe and secure Hyderabad City to women.
Since the launch of the program, 100 teams were formed
each consisting of one subinspector, one assistant subinspector/Head Constable, two
police constables and one woman police constable, one of them
carrying a discrete camera with
them. All will have mobile phones
with video recording facility. The
teams are directly monitored by
Addl CP, Crimes, Hyderabad with
the assistance of the DCP, DD,
Addl DCP, DD and one woman
DySP SHE Teams drawn for the
purpose of this specific task.
A Plan of action was chalked out
based on three main factors. They
are: Places like bus stops, railway
stations, colleges, schools, hostels, shopping malls, cinema theatres, parks, crowded areas where
eve-teasing is prevalent. Means of
transport like city buses, MMTS
and sharing autos where eveteasing goes unnoticed. Filming
of girls without their knowledge,
touching girls or women as if he is
boarding the bus, nude comment,
approaching women and asking
for sexual favours.
Modus Operandi followed by
She teams is that the teams move
in civil dress on different timings
and different areas. The main task
is to first identify/observe the eve
teaser/stalker, record his actions,
then catch him before the public.
Publicity is done about the movement of the SHE teams program, its
objective using banners, posters etc.
cotton stocks from the growers.
An assurance was also made
with regard to additional supply of 1000 mw power to the
state, he elaborated.
The TTDP legislator further
stated that the central ministers
had also revealed that while the
AP State Government was constantly sending representations
and reports to secure the central
assistance, the Telangana Government was not acting in the
same manner. He wanted the
TRS Government and Ministers
to take up the issues confronting the state with the central
government constantly and
procure the required assistance
instead of blaming and cribbing
about lack of response.
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Short Takes
Naidu asks farmers to
slash input expenditure &
achieve more production
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): AP Chief
Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu today
exhorted the farmers to cut down input expenditure and increase agriculture production.
Participating “Janmabhoomi-Maa
Vooru” program at Kalvapudi in West
Godavari district, Naidu said his government would ensure plenty of water in the district by completing Polavaram project in three to four years.
Drinking water would be provided
through NTR Sujala Sravanti scheme,
he added. Chandrababu said his government would provide education to
poor children in Adarsh schools. “Children are capable to conquer the world
if they were given standard and good
education”, he felt.
The AP Chief Minister said development works would be taken up in
gram panchyats with a budget of Rs
1,300 crore. He called upon the people
to keep every village clean and every
house should have a toilet. Each gram
panchayat would be granted Rs 10 lakh
to take up sanitation works, he said.
Badly-hit Araku
valley to be
developed: Balayya
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): Tollywood
hero and Hindupur MLA Nandamuri
Balakrishna on Saturday said the Araku valley would be developed to attract
foreign tourists.
Balakrishna, who is in Araku in Visakhapatnam district in connection
with a cinema shoot, garlanded the
statue of his father and former chief
minister late NTR at a local park. Stating that Araku valley suffered heavy
damage during the recent Hudhud
cyclone, he said it would take years to
develop the valley. The valley would
be developed to attract even tourists.
Balakrishna said the TDP government
would extend adequate assistance to
tribals, who lost their coffee crops in
the cyclone. Reminding that the valley
was developed during NTR regime for
shooting of small films, he said now efforts would be made to provide infrastructure for shooting of big films in
the valley.
Former MLC Siveri Soma and other
TDP leaders were present.
Pasala Krishna Rao
takes over as DirectorOperations of OVL
;SitharamLakshmi ; Krishna—Bachula
Arjunudu ;Guntur—GVS Anjaneyulu
; Prakasam—Damcharla Janardhan
; Nellore—B Ravinchandra Yadav;
Kadapa—M Lingareddy, Kurnool—
Somishetty Venkateshwarlu ; Anantapura—B K Parthsaradhy ;Chittoor- G
Ignoring govt decision,
YSRC observes AP state
formation day
TDP warns TRS against
throwing blame on
opposition parties
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): Charging
the TRS government with failure to
prevent suicides of farmers, TDP official spokesperson Nannuri Narsireddy
today warned the KCR government
not to level baseless allegations against
the neighboring State’s chief minister
with an intention to cover up its inefficiency.
Quoting newspaper reports, Narsireddy said though over 350 farmers committed suicides in Telangana
State so far, the KCR government was
distorting facts and holding the Opposition parties responsible for the
farmers’ suicides. Excoriating the
TRS government, Nannuri said some
12,000 people had sacrificed their lives
for separate Telangana State. But the
TRS, after coming to power, was falsely
claiming only 462 farmers had committed suicides thinking that it can pay
compensation to fewer number of bereaved families.
Criticising Telangana Agriculture
Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, the
TDP leader said the former becoming
Agriculture Minister in the TRS government has become a curse for the
distressed farmers.
Booma surrenders
before SP
Nandyal, Nov.1 (NSS): YSRCP legislator from Nandyal Bhooma Nagireddy surrendered before SP in Nandyal
as he announced earlier. A case was
registered against Bhooma Nagireddy
over the incidents in the Nandyal Municipal Council on Saturday.
On Friday, there were unruly scenes
in the council as the municipal chairperson announced the passing of
resolutions without any debate and
adjournment of the session even while
Bhooma was speaking. Three persons,
including a YSRCP activist, were injured in the melee. There was tension
in Nandyal after a case of attempt to
murder was booked against Bhooma.
To ease the tension among people and
the followers Bhooma Nagireddy decided to surrender.
Police were deployed in huge numbers near Bhuma’s residence. Kurnool
SP reached the spot to control the situation. Many Y.S.R.C.P leaders are rushing to Nandyal to handle the situation.
M.L.A S.V. Mohan Reddy, Izzaya, Mani
Gandhi came to Nandyal while senior
leaders Umareddy Venkateshwarulu,
Vijay Sai Reddy are on their way.
Rajahmundry, Nov 1 (PTI): Pasala
Krishna Rao has taken over as Director-Operations of ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL), an overseas arm of ONGC.
Earlier, Rao served the company Rajahmundry Asset as Executive Director
- Asset Manager, an ONGC release said
here today.
Under his leadership, the Rajahmundry Asset has made a global mark
by selling the Naptha produced in the Protesting TDP leaders
unit’s refinery in the international held at CRO Office
market and the Asset has bagged several awards from statutory and nonHyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): Scores of
statutory bodies, it said.
TDP workers, including leaders, were
Rao joined ONGC in 1982 as assis- taken into custody when they staged a
tant executive engineer (drilling).
dharna in front of the office of the Chief
Rationing Officer (CRO) in SecunderTDP announces
abad alleging that the TRS government
has scrapped thousands of ration
district-wise Ad hoc
cards belonging to poor people in the
name of Food Security Cards.
The dharna was organized under
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): TDP today
announced district-wise Ad-hoc con- the leadership of TDP Greater Hyderveners for carrying out membership abad president and former minister C
drive and party’s organizational elec- Krishna Yadav. Later, TDP leaders subtions in Andhra Pradesh, according to mitted a memorandum to the CRO.
party’s State election committee con- They alleged that the TRS government
totally ignored welfare schemes even
vener K Kalavenkat Rao.
Conveners have been appointed dis- after four months of its rule. TDP leadtrict-wise on the instruction by party ers demanded that the government
president and chief minister Chandra- give ration cards to all eligible families.
The TDP leaders and workers, who
babu Naidu, he stated in a statement
were staging dharna in front of the
District wise conveners are: Sri- CRO office were taken into custody
kakulam — Choudhari Narayanmurthy and were shifted to Gandhinagar po( Babji) ; Viziinagaram- Dwarkapudi lice station. Party leaders L Ramana,
Jagdish ; Visakhapatnam Rural- Gavi- Errabelli Dayakar Rao, M Arvindkumar
reddy rAmanayudu ; Visakhapatnam Goud, Narsareddy and others rushed
Urban—Vasupalli Ganeshkumar, East to the police station and staged a sitGodavari—Parvan Satyanarayanmur- in before it demanding release of arthy (Chittibabu); West Godavari—Tota rested leaders.
YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy being greeted on the party’s
Foundation Day function in Hyderabad on Saturday. (PTI Photo)
Hyderabad, Nov 1 (PTI):
YSR Congress celebrated
state formation day of
Andhra Pradesh at the
party headquarters here
today and criticised the
“foolhardiness” of the TDP
government in “changing
the historic date” without
any valid reason.
“Due respect should be
given to the historic facts...
Andhra Pradesh along
with other states was
formed on November
1 on linguistic basis. I
see no reason as to why
(Chief Minister) Chandrababu Naidu should shift
the date to June 2,” YSRC
president Y S Jaganmohan
Reddy said at a function
to mark Andhra Pradesh’s
state formation day.
“Giving due respect to
the sentiments of Telugu
people we are celebrating
the day as we revere history and the great people
who made the state of
Andhra Pradesh a reality,”
he said.
There have been precedents and history is
very clear that Madhya
Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are observing
November 1 as the state
formation day even as new
states of Chhattisgarh,
Jharkhand and Uttarakhand, respectively, were
carved out of them. The
new states thus emerged
are having their own formation day, he said.
“It is logical for Telangana to observe June 2 as
state formation day as it
was the 29th state formed
on that date while Andhra
Pradesh remains the same,
which has come into being
on November 1. Telangana
was carved out of Andhra
Pradesh is the historic fact
which cannot be denied.
“There is no valid reason
as to why the date should
be changed and TDP’s
CM pays tributes to Alwar
Swamy; to install statue
on library premises
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): City Central Library will be
named after Vattikota Alwar Swamy noted for leading
Library movement to create awareness among people,
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today said.
Paying rich tributes to Alwar Swamy on the occasion of his birth centenary, the Chief Minister recalled his services towards social development. He
said the government would install Alwar Swamy’s
statute on the library premises and one in Cheruvu
Madaram village in Nakirekal mandal of Nalgonda
district as tribute to his unwavering services. KCR
said Alwar Swamy was a multi-faceted personality as
a social worker, litterateur and led library movement.
His “Prajala Manishi” book reflects the feelings and
sorrows of the common man.
The Chief Minister recalled that Alwar Swamy carried books on his head in villages, besides donating
his own books to the City Central Library for posterity. Alleging that previous governments ignored his
services, KCR said his government would publish
through Telugu Akademi on the works and life history of Alwar Swamy and give due recognition to
him. Noted for setting up associations for traders,
rickshaw-pullers and civil liberties, Swamy suffered
a jail term for fighting suppression, the CM recalled.
cabinet decision to change
the date is beyond any reasonable comprehension,”
Reddy said.
should change his mindset and stick to the original
date of state formation or
else we will revert to the
date of November 1 as the
state formation day after
we come to power. The
state has come into being
as a result of many sacrifices and as an integrationist party, we are against the
change of date,” he said.
chaired by the Chief Minister earlier this week,
decided to celebrate June
2 as the state formation
day henceforth, ending speculation in some
quarters that it would
either stick to November
1 or choose June 8, the
day the new government
of (truncated) Andhra
Pradesh took office.
Hyderabad, Nov 1 (PTI): A class VI student was
allegedly beaten up by a woman teacher as he had
worn a dress related to a religious ritual and not the
school uniform, sparking protest in Andhra Pradesh’s
Kurnool district.
Police said that they have registered a case under
various IPC sections, including for hurting religious
feeelings but no arrest has been made so far.
The student at a private school, who was observing
Ayyappa Deeksha, went to the school on October 29
wearing a �mala’ (garland) and attired in black dress,
a traditional robe wore during Ayyappa deeksha.
However, it was objected to by the teacher who
also allegedly passed some objectionable comments,
Kurnool II town police station sub-inspector Babu
Prasad said.
According to the complaint filed by boy’s parents,
the teacher not only beat up the boy but also abused
him and allegedly tried to snatch his mala, the SI
said, adding that she further made the student clean
the school premises.
When the boy narrated the incident to his parents,
they went to school to verify the matter but they were
too allegedly abused by the teacher.
Angered over the incident, scores of people, including some members of right-wing organisations,
staged a protest at the school and also damaged furniture at its office.
Following the complaint, police registered a case
under IPC sections 295 A (deliberate and malicious
acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) and 298
(uttering, words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound
the religious feelings of any person) in this regard.
“No one has been arrested so far and investigation
is on,” Prasad added.
Ali planning to file cheating
case against KCR
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): CLP deputy leader in the
Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir today said he would explore legal options to register a case of cheating against
Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and other TRS leaders for making false promises in their party manifesto.
Addressing the media at the CLP office here on Saturday,
Shabbir Ali said KCR has deliberately cheated the people
of Telangana, especially farmers, by making non-practical promises on supplying power. Instead of eight hours,
the TRS should have promised power supply for three
hours as it was aware that the new State would face shortage of energy due to bifurcation of the State. Therefore,
the TRS is liable to be prosecuted for making false promises and drove several farmers to suicide.
Shabbir slams PM for skipping Indira
Gandhi’s memorial event
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS):
CLP deputy leader in Telangana Legislative Council
Mohammed Ali Shabbir today slammed Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
for skipping the memorial
event held on the occasion
of death anniversary of late
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31.
Addressing the media at
the CLP office here on Saturday, Shabbir Ali said by
not participating in the memorial event of Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister Modi
has set a wrong precedent
and brought disrepute to
the office of Prime Minister. Besides being one of
the longest serving Prime
Ministers, Indira Gandhi
was also conferred “Bharat
Ratna”, the highest civilian
award. “Indira Gandhi lived
SCR to run special trains between Kacheguda
and Kollam & Machilipatnam and Kollam
Hyderabad, Nov.1 (NSS): In order to
clear extra rush of passengers, SCR will
run special trains between Kacheguda and
Kollam & Machilipatnam and Kollam
Special Train Between Kacheguda-Kollam (two services):Train No. 07115 Kacheguda-Kollam Special train will depart
Kacheguda at 10:35 am on November 16,
2014 (Sunday) and arrive Kollam at 05:40
pm on the next day. In the return direction, Tr. No.07116 Kollam-Kacheguda
Special train will depart Kollam at 09:00
pm on November 17, 2014 (Monday) and
arrive Kacheguda at 02:35 am on November 19, 2014 (Wednesday).
Enroute, these special trains will stop at
Sitafalmandi, Malkajgiri,Pagadipalli, Nal-
Protest over beating
of class VI student,
police files case
gonda, Miryalaguda, Piduguralla, Satanepalli,
Guntur, Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala,
ongole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Sri Kalahasti,
Renigunta, Tirupati, Chittoor, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore,
Palakkad, Thirisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town,
Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur and Kayankulam. These special trains will consist of
18 Coaches viz., one AC II Tier, one AC III Tier,
ten Sleeper Class, four General Second Class
and two General Second Class Luggage Cum
Brake Van Coaches. Special Trains Between
Machilipatnam-Kollam (two services): Train
No.07221 Machilipatnam-Kollam Special
Train will depart Machilipatnam at 10:00 am
on November 24, 2014 (Monday) and arrive
Kollam at 11:45 am on the next day.
and died for the country.
She led India to victory in
1971 war with Pakistan, took
the first step to make India a
nuclear power by conducting tests at Pokhran in 1974
and initiated the war against
poverty with her resolve of
�Gharibi Hatao’. She was a
visionary and her contribution to the country could
not be described in words,”
he said. By staying away
from the Indira Gandhi’s
memorial event, Narendra
Modi stooped down to a
mean level of politics.
Ali also wondered over
Modi’s display of love towards Mahatma Gandhi
and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a senior Congress leader.
Stating that celebration of
Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary at a massive scale was
a welcome move, he asked
Modi to also follow the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and
Sardar Patel. While Mahatma’s life was dedicated to
secularism, Sardar Patel had
extreme dislike for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
(RSS) and even banned it in
1948 after its members assassinated Mahatma Gandhi. “If Modi really loves
Sardar Patel and wishes to
follow his ideals, then he
should immediately ban the
RSS,” he demanded.
Referring to Modi’s attempts to rake up the issue
of anti-Sikh riots of 1984,
Ali said the Congress party,
including then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh,
had expressed regret and
even apologised for riots. However, Modi never
spoke about the genocide
of Muslims in 2002.
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TNSTC employees LS speaker visits
suspended for
alleged stealing
Swamy Temple
of articles
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov
Tuticorin(TN), Nov 1 (PTI):
Four employees of the Tamil
Nadu State Transport Corporation workshop at nearby
Srivaikuntam were suspended
today for allegedly stealing articles worth Rs 2.5 lakh.
TNSTC Officials said those
suspended included the Manager of the workshop, an Assistant Engineer, a Technician
and store keeper on a complaint that the articles were
missing from the workshop.
Investigations revealed the
involvement of the four in
the crime they said, adding,
further action would be taken
after getting the final report.
1 (PTI): Lok Sabha Speaker
Sumitra Mahajan today visited the famous Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple here and to
offered her prayers.
Mahajan, who arrived at
the airport here late last night,
was received by Assembly
deputy speaker N Shaktan, N
K Premachandran MP and a
number of other leaders.
The Speaker, who stayed at
the Raj Bhavan, reached the
temple by 8.30 AM and worshipped there, temple officials
said. Mahajan will inaugurate
the President’s Trophy Boat
Race at Ashtamudi Lake in
Kollam district in the afternoon, they said.
Gold worth
Rs 63 lakh seized �Our town, clean
from passenger town’ scheme
Kozhikode, Nov 1 (PTI):
About 2.565 kg of gold worth
Rs 63 lakh was today seized
from a passenger who arrived
at nearby Karipur international airport by an Air India
Express flight from Doha, Air
Customs Intelligence sources
The passenger belonged to
Kozhikode, they said.
On October 30, about 998
gram of gold worth Rs 24.83
lakh was seized from a passenger who arrived by an
Air India Express flight from
Sivakasi, Nov 1 (PTI): The
Sub-Collector of this major fireworks centre, Amar
Kushwaha, today launched
the “Our Town Clean Town”
scheme in the revenue division.
He instructed the Commissioners of Srivilliputhur, Rajapalayam, Sivakasi and Sattur
to begin cleaning programme
in a phased manner and ensure at least two wards are
thoroughly cleaned in each
Sivakasi is home to major
fireworks manufacturers, who
supply crackers to all big cities
during Diwali, New Year and
other festivals.
35 sovereigns gold
recovered from
Rajani Sankaran
woman burglar
Salem, Nov 1 (PTI): A wom- takes over as
an train burglar was arrested
at the railway station here today and 35 sovereigns of gold
jewellery worth Rs nine lakh
and Rs 70,000 in cash seized
from her, police said.
She was later produced before the court and remanded
to 15 days judicial custody.
Beena (35), hailing from
Aluva near Kochi, stole the
jewellery and cash from a
sleeping woman passenger of
Bangalore-Thrissur express
and alighted, railway police
However, the passenger
woke up and raised an alarm
after noticing her hand bag
containing the valuables and
cash was missing.
The railway police gave
chase,nabbed the woman and
recovered the hand bag.
Pugmarks of
Leopard found
near Kodaikanal
Dindigul(TN), Nov 1(PTI):
Pugmarks of a leopard have
been found near Shola falls
area near the popular tourist
hill station of Kodaikanal after
two dogs went missing from a
private bungalow a few days
ago, forest officials said today.
A team of officials led by
Forest ranger Nagiah collected the pugmarks yesterday.
The marks are that of a
leopard which may be roaming in the area, he said. He
had also received complaints
about missing dogs.
Steps would be taken to
fence the border areas of the
forest to prevent entry of wild
animals into residential areas,
he said.
The security guard of the
bungalow was the first to notice the pugmarks and inform
the councillor after he found
the dogs missing from there.
Indian Horizon, Hyderabad
Chennai, Nov 1 (PTI): Senior IAAS officer Rajani Sankaran today took over as
Chairman and Managing Director of Bharatiya Nabhikiya
Vidyut Nigam Ltd (BHAVINI)
RPT as Chairman and Managing Director of Bharatiya
Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd
“As I retired yesterday, our
Director (Finance) Rajani
Sankaran has taken over as
Chairman and Managing Director, Bhavini from today.
It is a temporary posting for
three months till a new head
for the company is finalised,”
former BHAVINI CMD Prabhat Kumar told PTI.
Asked whether she was the
first woman to head a nuclear
establishment, he said, “It is
true. Though she is a bureaucrat, I am sure she has the potential to head the company
until a new head is finalised.”
Longest cake
enters the Limca
Book of Records
Thrissur (Ker), Nov 1 (PTI):
A 600 foot long cake made by
bakers of Kozhikode today
made it to the Limca Book of
Records (LBR) as the longest
cake in the country.
The one and half foot cake,
weighing 3,120 kg, was on
display at the three-day long
Bake Expo 2014 which began
on October 30 at nearby Puzhakkal under the auspices
of the Bakers Association,
Kerala. The cake was designed and baked by a team
led by Kozhikode based baker P Ramesh. The Creative
Head of the LBR, P P Peter
handed over the certificate
of record to Ramesh after
cross-checking details submitted by the team.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Sexual assault of minor girls in schools:
CM warns managements
Bengaluru, Nov 1 (PTI):
Amid public outrage over a
spate of sexual assaults on
minor girls, Chief Minister
Siddaramaiah today warned
managements that permission granted to their schools
would be revoked and criminal cases booked against them
if they violate guidelines for
safety of children.
“Sexual assaults on minor
girls have made the civil society hang its head in shame.
Even beasts don’t behave like
this. It is inhuman and condemnable,” he said, as public anger grew over the latest
sexual assault of a six-year old
girl in the fourth such incident
in as many months in schools
As the recurring incidents
also brought his government
in the line of fire, Siddaramaiah said, “Once the children enter the school, it is the
responsibility of the institution to provide all safety measures to a boy or a girl.”
Addressing the main 59th
“Karnataka Rajyotsava” (state
formation day) function here,
he said police had slapped
criminal charges against the
culprits in minor girls sexual
assault cases in the city.
Goondas Act would be invoked against the culprits and
government had already taken
various steps like amending
laws, forming expert commit-
tees and issuing safety guidelines, to check such incidents
from taking place, Siddaramaiah said.
Government was considering setting up fast-track
courts to ensure speedy trials relating to sexual assault
on minor children, Siddaramaiah said. “Heads of school
managements should join
hands with government to
curb such incidents.”
A teacher was arrested yesterday for the alleged sexual
assault of a 6-year old girl in
a school, which according to
police officials was found to
have violated safety norms.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner had recently issued
CM unfurls tricolour at celebration
of 61st Liberation Day
Puducherry, Nov 1
(PTI): Chief Minister
N.Rangasamy today unfurled the national flag
at Gandhi Thidal here,
marking the celebration
of the 61st Liberation Day
of Puducherry.
He inspected the guard
of honour by Puducherry
Police and took the salute
at the march past presented by various contingents
and also cultural teams.
Earlier addressing members of the public at the
event, he said his government would spare no effort to address the needs
of all sections of people,
particularly the downtrodden and underprivileged.
Educational and health
care services in Puducherry had been on the rise,
he claimed.
Acknowledging the support his government was
getting from the people all
along, Rangasamy urged
them to continue their cooperation to ensure that
more welfare measures
could be evolved and implemented.
On November 1, 1954
Puducherry and the then
merged with the Indian
Union de facto in consonance with the verdict registered at the referendum
n Oct 18 1954 at the border
village of Kizhoor.
Rangasamy said his government had declared Nov
1 would be celebrated every year as Liberation Day
and was glad to see he had
the opportunity to lead
Puducherry to hold the
`grand festival`.
Recalling the services
of freedom fighters and
stalwarts of the liberation
movement in achieving
freedom, he stressed the
need for all to repose faith
in democracy and democratic institutions and nur-
Families of 5 fishermen on
fast to press for release
Rameswaram (TN) Nov 1 (PTI): Families of
five fishermen sentenced to death by a court
in Sri Lanka for alleged drug trafficking today
observed a one-day fast to press government
to take immediate steps to bring them back
home. The families wore black badges at the
venue in this coastal town. Local people, as
also about 3,000 activists of various political
parties joined them at the spot, shouted slogans against the court verdict and urged government to do everything possible to get the
fishermen back.
Leaders of political parties, including Suba
Thangavelan of DMK, Raman Unni (Congress), Arjunan (AIADMK) and Annadurai of
CPI(M) were present at the venue.
The five fishermen, all hailing from Tamil
Nadu, were apprehended in 2011 by the Sri
Lankan Navy on charges of smuggling drugs
in the seas off northern Jaffna’s Delft islet.
On October 30, they were given the death
penalty by a court in Colombo. The five were
among a group of eight sentenced to death
by for alleged involvement in heroin trafficking between India and Sri Lanka in 2011. The
other three are Sri Lankans.
Their arrest had sparked protests in various
parts of Tamil Nadu. A fishermen’s association here had announced they would go on
an indefinite fast till the Indian government
went for an appeal in a higher court against
the death sentence.
IT capital is now
Bangalore, Nov 1 (PTI): Shedding
the colonial name, Bangalore today
became Bengaluru synchronising with
the state formation day --”Karnataka
Rajyotsava”. In tandem, 11 other cities across Karnataka were also rechristened by the state government, casting
away the anglicised names. The new
names have come into force after the
ture virtues of fraternity
and unity.
Speaker V Sabapathy,
Ministers, legislators, freedom fighters and officials
were among those present.
The day was celebrated
simultaneously in the outlying regions of Karaikal,
Mahe and Yanam.
The Chief Minister later
inaugurated a two-day
photo exhibition highlighting the various phases of
liberation movement and
events related to the struggle for liberating Puducherry, on the occasion.
Lauding the initiative of
the Department of Tourism to conduct the exhibition, Rangasamy said
Puducherry had distinguished itself in various
developmental activities,
particularly in promoting
health and education for
the good of the downtrodden and the underprivileged over the years.
guidelines listing the steps to
be taken by schools, including
installing CCTVs, to ensure
safety of girl students.
An eight-year-old girl was
allegedly sexually assaulted by
her 63-year-old teacher inside
her school premises over a period of time. The offence came
to light in early August.
A month before, a six-yearold girl was allegedly raped at
�Vibgyor High’ school premises here which led to street
protests. On demand from
some sections for a separate
North Karnataka state over
its alleged neglect, Siddaramaiah said under no circumstances will the state be allowed to be divided.
Kerala govt dismisses
allegation of corruption
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 1
(PTI): The Kerala government
today dismissed as false allegations of corruption levelled by bar
owners against the State Finance
Minister K M Mani over reopening closed bars and ruled out any
probe into the matter.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy
today said the charges were �totally
baseless’ after the working President of Kerala Bar Owners Association and a bar owner Biju Ramesh
alleged in a section of the media
that Mani had taken Rs one crore
and demanded Rs five crore to reopen 418 closed bars.
“I am very sure that the allegation is totally baseless and so there
is no need for any probe. I am fully
confident about this”, Chandy said.
Chandy termed the charges
against Mani as �unfortunate’ and
said people would not believe this
kind of charge against the minister, whose political life “is an
open book and not behind an iron
He denied the charge of Ramesh that he had raised the issue
�Kiss of Love’ to be held
as scheduled: organisers
Kochi, Nov 1 (PTI): A day
after Kerala High Court refused to intervene, the organisers of controversial
�Kiss of Love’ protest today
said they would go ahead,
even as they were yet to get
permission from the police.
Stressing that it was “not
a kiss fest” but a gathering of like minded people
to raise awareness against
moral policing, they said
they would next focus on
creating awareness about
the deadly AIDS.
�Free Thinkers’, a group
of social networking website Facebook users, is organising the programme tomorrow at the Marine drive
grounds to protest against
moral policing. The organisers expect about 700-1000
people would participate.
“There is no question of
backtracking. The protest
will be held as scheduled
at 5 PM at the venue with
participants holding placards,” Rahul Pasupalan, IT
state government issued a special gazette notification to effect the changes,
giving them the distinct local flavour.
Now Bangalore will be called Bengaluru, Mangalore (Mangaluru), Mysore
(Mysuru), Bellary (Ballari), Belgaum
(Belagavi), Hubli (Hubballi), Tumkur
(Tumakuru), Bijapur (Vijayapura), Chikmagalur (Chikkamagaluru), Gulbarga
(Kalaburagi), Hospet (Hosapete) and
Shimoga (Shivamogga).
In the ninth century, Bangalore was
“Some disgruntled elements
are talking about division in
the name of development.
They should not be given any
importance,” he said.
He said the government
will not tolerate any attempt
to strike at the idea of unified Karnataka for which
several stalwarts in the state
had fought.
The Chief Minister also said
the government is committed
to the all-round development
in the state including Hyderabad-Karnataka region.
Kannada should be made
the supreme language in Karnataka by creating an atmosphere of inevitability of the
language, he said.
professional and short film
maker and Jijo Kuriakose, a
researcher and members of
�Free Thinkers’ a Facebook
group told reporters here.
Yesterday, the organisers
had received a shot in the
arm with the Kerala High
Court refusing to interfere
with the event after the state
government assured action
would be taken in the event
of any illegal activities.
Two petitions seeking to
prohibit the event was disposed by the court recording the government’s submission.
“This is not a kiss fest. It is
a gathering of like minded
people to protest against
moral policing. We are independent thinkers and
this is a gathering of the
Facebook users,” they said,
adding young and old couple, parents and youngsters
were all welcome to participate in the event, which is a
platform to protest against
moral policing.
of some of his cabinet colleagues
demanding bribe during a meeting with him and asserted that no
such meeting had taken place and
that he had also not met the person concerned.
Mani, speaking to reporters
at Pala, his constituency in Kottayam district, also rubbished the
charges as �baseless’ and alleged
they had been levelled with �ulterior motives.’
The Minister said he suspected a
conspiracy to malign him and challenged those who had levelled the
charges to prove it.
The turn of event has political
overtones as Government Chief
Whip and KC-M nominee P C
George had alleged that Chandy
was behind the allegations.
Referring to George’s remark,
Mani said �I do not believe the
Chief Minister is behind the allegations’.
Seizing on the matter, CPIM politburo member M A Baby
termed the charges as very serious and demanded a judicial
probe into the matter.
Liquor costlier in TN
from today
Chennai, Nov 1 (PTI): For the second time
in as many months, the Tamil Nadu government has hiked the prices of liquor sold
through state run TASMAC outlets.
The hike, which came into force from today, varies from Rs eight to Rs 80, Tamil Nadu
State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC)
sources said.
While in the ordinary category, a consumer
would have to pay Rs eight for 180 ml, Rs 16
for 375 ml and Rs 32 for 750 ml, it was Rs 10,
Rs 20 and Rs 40 in the medium category, they
said, adding the prices were Rs 20, Rs 40 and
Rs 80 in the deluxe premium category.
The beginning of a month, weekends and
festivals are days which witness high income
sales through these outlets, TASMAC officials
said. TASMAC had increased the price last
month. The reason behind the hike is reportedly suppliers’ request to the government following an increase in raw material prices.
Sale of liquor in TASMAC outlets continues
to be a major source of income for the government with a whopping Rs 21,641.14 crore
earned as total revenue in 2012-13. However,
this figure was lower than Rs 21,680.67 crore
during 2013-14. During 2011-12 revenue
earned was Rs 18,081.16 crore. According to
the government, revenue from liquor sales
has shown a steady increase, from Rs 3,639.93
crore in 2003-04, touching Rs 18,081.16 crore
in 2011-12.
called Bengaval-uru (city of guards). In
the 12th century, according to another
legend, it became Benda-kaalu-ooru
(town of boiled beans).
According to an apocryphal, 12th
century Hoysala king Veera Ballala II
lost his way during a hunting expedition in a forest. A poor old woman
offered him boiled beans to the tired
king, who with a sense of gratitude
called the place “benda-kaalu-uru”.
Kempegowda, a feudatory ruler under
the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire, was
considered the founder of Bangalore. He
chose Bendakaluru for his capital in early 16th century, which transformed into
Bengaluru and in colonial times, and
during British rule became Bangalore.
The city has in recent decades metamorphosed into the country’s IT capital, earning it the tag the Silicon Valley
of India, as also as Biotech capital,
after its earlier forms as a Pensioner’s
Paradise and Garden City.
Indian Horizon Hyderabad
Sena’s advice to new BJP govt: Don’t
take people for granted
Shiv Sena on Saturday cautioned new Maharashtra
chief minister Devendra
Fadnavis against taking
the people for granted and
asked him to fulfil the expectations of the common
“The new government is
like a newly-wed woman
who initially pleases her
mother-in-law. In this case
the mother-in-law is the
people of Maharashtra.
You cannot take people
for granted. They have the
power to pull your ears
when you err,” an editorial
in Sena mouthpiece �Saamana’ said.
This is the first lesson
the new government will
have to learn, the Sena
said amid signs of a rapprochement between the
saffron parties, who parted
ways on September 25,
just weeks before the assembly polls, which saw
BJP emerging as the single
largest party in the state.
It is true that there is no
magic wand to fulfil promises made (during polls)
but people of Maharashtra
are looking at the new government, the first led by
BJP, with a lot of hope, the
publication said.
“Mantralaya (the state
secretariat) was gutted
during the Congress-NCP
rule but the aspirations
of people had turned into
ashes much before that.
The new chief minister
should ensure that his
work is like the proverbial
Phoenix which rose from
the ashes,” the Sena organ
swearing in ceremony of
the Fadnavis-led Ministry
as grand (it was also attended by corporate bigwigs), the Sena said the
poor, and not the rich or
money bags, should get the
attention of the administration as was the case during Shivaji’s era.“Fadnavis
has said he will emulate
Shivaji Maharaj’s example
while ruling the state.
He should remember
that the real strength of
Shivaji’s Hindavi swarajya
was not the seth and sahukars but the common poor
Sharad Pawar has been
exposed: Samajwadi Party
Pratapgarh Nov 1 (PTI): Attacking Sharad Pawar for offering outside support to BJP
government in Maharashtra,
Samajwadi Party leader Abu
Asim Azmi on Saturday alleged the move was intended
to keep under wraps the NCP
leader’s “corrupt dealings”.
“His (Pawar’s) role has always been suspicious and
now he has been fully exposed before the people,” the
SP leader said.
“With his friendship with
the BJP, he only wants to
keep his corruption under the
wraps,” Azmi alleged.
He was here to take part in
an Urdu award function, said.
The newly-elected MLA
from Mankhurd-Shivajinagar
seat in Maharashtra claimed
that absence of any credible
leader in the Congress in Maharashtra benefited the BJP
in the recent Assembly polls
there. ”Congress had to pay a
price for failing to have an alliance with the Samajwadi Party...Absence of any credible
leader in the Congress benefited the BJP in Maharashtra
Assembly polls,” Asim, who is
president of SP’s Maharashtra
unit, said.
On the Owaisi brothers
of MIM, Asim said that their
“emotional speeches” were
causing lots of damage to
Muslims.“Muslim league is
responsible for partition and
Communal tension in MP’s
Ujjain, prohibitory orders
UJJAIN Nov 1 (PTI): Prohibitory orders against
movement were imposed in some parts of Ujjain city
on Friday night after a report of attack on a religious
place was followed by stone-pelting at the police in
Begumbagh area.
“Ujjain collector Kavindra Kiyawat, a police official
and few other policemen sustained minor injuries in
the stone-pelting,” said inspector general Madhu Kumar on Saturday.
Police had received a complaint that unidentified
people had hurled a petrol bomb at a religious place
of a minority community in Begumbagh.
As the police team reached there and started inquiry, a mob which had gathered on the spot started
throwing stones. Stones were also thrown from roofs
of the houses in the area. Police fired several rounds of
teargas shells and resorted to baton-charging to bring
the situation under control, Kumar said.
After a late night search operation, police arrested
52 persons and orders prohibiting assembly of people
and movement in the areas under the jurisdiction of
Kotwali, Mahakal, Kharakuan and Jiwajiganj police
station were imposed. Kumar said the situation was
today tense but under control, and a large number of
policemen had been deployed in the troubled areas.
the result is that it is now
confined to Kerala only,”
Asim said adding that unless a political party takes
everyone along it cannot
succeed.“No one can succeed
by inciting passions... They
should have good relations
with the majority community,” he said.
On the issue of Ram temple, the SP leader said, “RSS
has called for waiting till 2019
for the Ram Mandir construction.”
“BJP is in majority in Parliament and can try to enact a
law for Ram temple construction... But 85 per cent people
of the country are secular and
would never allow them to
succeed as Constitution does
not allow anyone to work according to their whims,” he
Burdwan blast: �NIA probe should
not hurt any particular community’
Kolkata Nov 1 (PTI): The Bengal
Imams’ Association on Saturday
said that the National Investigation
Agency (NIA) should conduct an
�impartial’ probe into the Burdwan
blasts which must not hurt any particular community.
“We want the NIA to conduct an
impartial investigation so that the
real culprits are punished and not
the innocent ones,” the Association’s Chairman Mohammed Yahiya
told a press conference here.
“The NIA is a national agency and
it should conduct an investigation in
a neutral manner not influenced by
any particular race or community,”
he said.
“We have nothing to say the way
the NIA is investigating into the
Burdwan blasts but we would like
to stress that the probe must not
hurt any particular community,” he
said.Alleging that several Border Security Force (BSF) officials and government officials were involved in
Sunday, November 2, 2014
smuggling militants across the border and helping them setting base
on Indian soil, Yahiya urged that the
NIA must arrest those officials while
probing the matter.
He also alleged that the media has
been �concealing’ facts while reporting the NIA probe.
“We are surprised that the media
is also concealing facts. Everyday
what we are reading is a fabricated
story scripted by the media houses
which has no connection with the
truth... We demand that the media
should come out with the truth and
name the culprits in their inside reports of the NIA probe,” he said.
Yahiya said that the NIA probe
into the links with suspected al
Qaeda and Jama’atul Mujahideen
Bangladesh (JMB) terrorists with the
Simulia Madrasa in the district was
actually a “hidden ploy” to destroy
the Madrasa system here.“Reports
that Madrasas are training militants
will spoil the reputation.
Four children abused in
Goa everyday, says NGO
Goa Nov 1 (PTI): Nearly four children are abused everyday in Goa and most of such offences remain unreported, as per an NGO working against child abuse.
“On an average four children are abused in Goa daily.
As per government statistics, the number of cases are on
the rise,” said Ashwini Verenkar, project director of ElShaddai Charitable trust which runs Panaji based NGO
called SCAN.
The NGO, which has been active in rescuing children
in distress, has found that several cases of abuse go unreported and children are abused mostly by the people
known to them.
Many of these cases are of mental and physical abuse
and emotional neglect, she said.
Based on the data collected from various sources, the
NGO has found that the cases of children being abused
by elderly persons known to them and incest are on the
rise.“Tourism-related paedophilia is also increasing,”
Verenkar said.The NGO has assisted 515 children suffering from abuse in the last half-a-decade and is also working to reform juvenile delinquents, she said.
Thousands of farmers attending the 13th Sugarcane Conference of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana at Jaysingpur village in Kolhapur, Maharashtra on
Saturday. PTI
Nitish, Manjhi cannot
go together: Paswan
PATNA Nov 1 (PTI):
Amid reports of differences between Bihar
chief minister Jitan
Ram Manjhi and his
predecessor Nitish Kumar, LJP on Saturday
accused Kumar of making mockery of a mahadalit chief minister and
said the two could not
go along.
“Dono ek rah par
chalne wale nahin hain
(the two cannot walk
together on one path),”
LJP president Ram Vilas
Paswan told journalists
reacting to reports of
“difference” between
Kejriwal seeks PM’s intervention
for SIT probe into Sikh riots
AamAadmi Party chief ArvindKejriwal on Saturday sought
Prime Minister NarendraModi’s
intervention in setting up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to
probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots
and ensure justice to the victims.
In a letter to Modi, Kejriwal
welcomed Centre’s decision to
give Rs five lakh each to next of
kin of 3,325 victims of the riots
but at the same time asked him
to implement the erstwhile AAP
government’s decision to appoint an SIT to probe the cases.
The former Delhi chief minister said the trauma of losing
near and dear ones cannot be
compensated by money and the
guilty should be punished. “If
four of my family members were
killed, then Rs five lakh cannot
compensate me. Why they are
not ensuring justice? We decided
to form SIT. Why the decision
has not been implemented,”
Kejriwal told. He accused both
Congress and BJP of not ensuring justice to victims of Sikh riots.
“The victims are still hoping
for justice even 30 years after the
riots. The Congress governments
did nothing. BJP government
had come but it also did nothing.
AAP was the only party which ordered setting up of a SIT within
one month of coming to power,”
Kejriwal said. The AAP government had on February 6 recommended to the Lt Governor
setting up of an SIT with a time
frame of one year to submit its
report. The Delhi Cabinet while
approving the modalities had
stated that all those cases which
were closed or shown untraced,
would be reopened, reinvestigated and if the need arises fresh
FIRs will be filed. Subsequently,
the Lt Governor had approved
the proposal but no notification
was issued to set up the probe
panel. The Modi government
has decided to give Rs five lakh
each to the next of kin of 3,325
victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots
that followed the assassination
of the then Prime Minister Indira
Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards
on October 31, 1984.
Of the 3,325 victims, 2,733
were killed in Delhi alone while
rest of the victims were from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya
Pradesh, Maharashtra and other
states. In 2006, the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh
had announced a package of Rs
717 crore which included monetary compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh
to the kin of each killed in the
riots besides financial assistance
to the injured and those who had
lost their property.
and his predecessor.
Paswan accused Nitish Kumar of making
mockery of a mahadalit
chief minister (Manjhi)
by choosing him for the
job on “contract basis”. “If he is so sincere
about the welfare of
dalits and mahadalits,
he should have chosen
a permanent CM and
not one on contract basis,” he said.
Alleging that Kumar
is not allowing Manjhi
to work, Paswan said,
“In violation of practice, Kumar calls meet-
Bharat-Nepal Shiksha Maitri
Karyakram launched
Kathmandu Nov 1 (PTI): In
the line with the announcement made by Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi in
the first week of August, the
“Bharat-Nepal Shiksha Maitri
Karyakram” for Nepalese students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses
in various disciplines in Nepal
was announced here Saturday.
The programme, fully funded by the Indian government,
envisages visits by Nepalese
students to prestigious universities of India in batches of
about 20 each for four to six
weeks, according to the Indian
embassy in Kathmandu.
The programme will provide opportunities to the
young minds to better understand different facets of
life in India and India-Nepal
relations. This, in turn, will
further promote closer ties and
friendly relations between the
peoples of the two South Asian
The embassy announced
that the first batch of students
under the Bharat-Nepal Maitri
Shiksha Karyakram is leaving
for India Saturday itself.The
students are visiting one of the
most prestigious and oldest
universities of India, Calcutta
University, Nov 1-25The first
president of India, Rajendra
Prasad, President of India,
Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari, and President of Nepal,
Ram Baran Yadav, are among
the distinguished alumni of
this renowned university. The
programme will include field
trips to places of historical and
cultural importance in Kolkata, participation in educational
events and interaction with
leading local personalities.
Six People Drown Need to change present education
as Boat Capsizes
system: Rajnath Singh
in Bihar
Police try to detain West Bengal Pradesh Congress President (WBPCC) and
MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and 11 party MLAs after they tried to enter the
violence-hit area of Makra village under Parui PS in Birbhum district of West
Bengal on Saturday. PTI
Patna Nov 1 (PTI): At least six people, including three children, were killed and five
others went missing when a boat capsized in
Bihar’s Jamui district Saturday, police said.
The accident took place in Gahi Dam.
“Six bodies were recovered from the dam
by villagers and five others are missing,” a
police officer said.
According to police, 16 people were on the
boat when it capsized in the dam in Maoist
affected Jamui, about 200 km from here.
Five people swam to safety, the officer
The district administration has sought the
National Disaster Response Force’s help in
the search mission, disaster management
department principal secretary Vayasji said.
Lucknow Nov 1 (PTI):
Terming the present
education system in the
country as a victim of
Macaulay’s conspiracy”,
Union Home Minister
Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that there was
a need to change it and
stressed on use of mother tongue.
“We are tied in a set
pattern and there is
need to come out of it.
This is wrong to think
that all knowledge is
with the western countries.They learnt from
us, but after the entry
ing of legislature party
leaders at his residence
and keeps Manjhi out.
What signal does he
want to give through
such acts”
The LJP chief said
card” by choosing
Manjhi temporarily on
CM chair till next year
Assembly poll had gone
The LJP president
flanked by son and MP
Chirag Paswan said
that party’s foundation
day would be celebrated in all 546 districts
across the country on
November 28. He said
LJP preparation for
Bihar poll would start
from December 13
of Britishers a mentality developed that all
the knowledge was with
the western countries,”
Singh said addressing
the 18th convocation
of Jaipuria Institute of
The former BJP chief
said if the education system introduced by British historian Thomas
was the best, then why
even after 67 years of
Independence not a
single institute of the
country was among
the best 275 universi-
ties and 100 technical
institutes in the world.
Raising the question of
language, Singh said,
“Knowledge of other
languages in necessary,
but where conversing in
mother tongue works,
why should one speak in
“Therefore, our Prime
Minister has decided
that we will converse
in Hindi to the possible
extent. But this doesn’t
mean opposing any other language,” he added.
Advising the students
to free themselves from
the pressure of foreign
language and think in a
free manner, Singh said
that along with education, character building
and following values
were also important.
Referring to the
“Make in India” slogan
given by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, Singh
said that the central government was working
with the target of turning the country into a
manufacturing hub in
the next 10 years. “The
PM has given slogan
of �Make in India’ and
we will turn the country into a manufacturing hub in the next 10
years,” he said.
Indian Horizon Hyderabad
Sunday, November 2, 2014
�EUGEN,’ Prince Aribert called
softly. At the sound of his own name
the young man in the cellar feebly raised
his head and stared up at the grating which
separated him from his two rescuers. But his
features showed no recognition. He gazed in
an aimless, vague, silly manner for a few seconds, his eyes blinking under the glare of the
lantern, and then his head slowly drooped
again on to his chest. He was dressed in a
dark tweed travelling suit, and Racksole observed that one sleeve—the left—was torn
across the upper part of the cuff, and that
there were stains of dirt on the left shoulder. A soiled linen collar, which had lost all
By. shakspeare
Continued from last sunday
“Are you a comedian I” said Olivia. “No,”
replied Viola, “and yet I am not that which
I play,” meaning that she, being a woman,
feigned herself to be a man. And again
she asked Olivia if she were the lady of the
house. Olivia said she was, and then Viola,
having more curiosity to see her rival’s
features than haste to deliver her master’s
message, said, “Good madam, let me see
your face.” With this bold request Olivia
was not averse to comply, for this haughty
beauty, whom the Duke Orsino had loved
o long in vain, at first sight conceived a passion for the supposed page, the humble
Cesario. When Viola asked to see her face
Olivia said, “Haq you any commission from
your lora and master to negotiate with my
face?” And then, forgetting her determination to go veiled for seven long years, she
drew aside her veil, saying, “But I will draw
the curtain and show the picture. Is it not
well done?” Viola replied, “It is beauty truly
mixed; the red and white upon your cheeks
is by Nature’s own cunning hand laid on.
You are the most cruel lady living if you will
lead these graces to the grave and leave the
world no copy.” “Oh, sir,” replied Olivia, “I
will not be so cruel. The world may have
an inventory of my beauty. As, item, two
lips, indifferent red ; item, two grey eyes,
with lids to them; one neck, one chin, and
so forth. Were you sent here to praise me?,’
Viola. replied,
see what you are; you are too proud, but
you are fair. My lord and master loves you.
0, such a love could but be recompensed
though you were crowned the queen of
beauty ; for Orsino loves you with adoration and with tears, with groans that thunder love, and sighs of fire.” “Your lord,” said
Olivia, “knows well my mind. I cannot love
him, yet I doubt not he is virtuous; I know
him to be noble and of high estate, of fresh
and spotless youth. All voices proclaim him
learned, courteous, and valiant; yet I cannot
its starch and was half unbuttoned, partially
encircled the captive’s neck; his brown boots
were unlaced; a cap, a handkerchief, a portion of a watch-chain, and a few gold coins
lay on the floor. Racksole flashed the lantern
into the corners of the cellar, but he could
discover no other furniture except the
chair on which the Hereditary Prince
of Posen sat and a small deal table on
which were a plate and a cup. �Eugen,’
cried Prince Aribert once more, but this
time his forlorn nephew made no response
whatever, and then Aribert added in a low
voice to Racksole: �Perhaps he cannot see us
clearly.’ �But he must surely recognize your
voice,’ said Racksole, in a hard, gloomy tone.
There was a pause, and the two men above
ground looked at each other hesitatingly.
Each knew that they must enter that cellar
and get Prince Eugen out of it, and each was
somehow afraid to take the next step. �Thank
God he is not dead!’ said Aribert. �He may be
worse than dead!’ Racksole replied.
�Come,’ Aribert almost shouted, with a
sudden access of energy—a wild impulse
for action. And, snatching the lantern from
Racksole, he rushed into the dark room
where they had heard the conversation of
Miss Spencer and the lady in the red hat.
For a moment Racksole did not stir from
the threshold of the window. �Come,’ Prince
Aribert repeated, and there was an imperious command in his utterance. �What are
you afraid of?’ �I don’t know,’ said Racksole,
feeling stupid and queer; �I don’t know.’
Then he marched heavily after Prince Aribert into the room. On the mantelpiece
were a couple of candles which had been
blown out, and in a mechanical, unthinking way, Racksole lighted them, and the
two men glanced round the room. It presented no peculiar features: it was just an
ordinary room, rather small, rather mean,
rather shabby, with an ugly wallpaper and
ugly pictures in ugly frames. Thrown over
a chair was a man’s evening-dress jacket.
The door was closed. Prince Aribert turned
the knob, but he could not open it. �It’s
locked,’ he said. �Evidently they know we’re
here.’ �Nonsense,’ said Racksole brusquely;
�how can they know?’ And, taking hold of
the knob, he violently shook the door, and
it opened. �I told you it wasn’t locked,’ he
added, and this small success of opening
the door seemed to steady the man. It was a
curious psychological effect, this terrorizing
(for it amounted to that) of two courageous
full-grown men by the mere apparition of a
helpless creature in a cellar. Gradually they
both recovered from it. The next moment
they were out in the passage which led to
the front door of the house. The front door
stood open. They looked into the street, up
and down, but there was not a soul in sight.
The street, lighted by three gas-lamps only,
seemed strangely sinister and mysterious.
�She has gone, that’s clear,’ said Racksole, meaning the woman with the red hat.
�And Miss Spencer after her, do you think?’
questioned Aribert. �No. She would stay. She
would never dare to leave. Let us find the
cellar steps.’ The cellar steps were happily
not difficult to discover, for in moving a pace
backwards Prince Aribert had a narrow escape of precipitating himself to the bottom
of them. The lantern showed that they were
built on a curve. Silently Racksole resumed
possession of the lantern and went first, the
Prince close behind him. At the foot was a
short passage, and in this passage crouched
the figure of a woman. Her eyes threw back
the rays of the lantern, shining like a cat’s
at midnight. Then, as the men went nearer, they saw that it was Miss Spencer who
barred their way. She seemed half to kneel
on the stone floor, and in one hand she held
what at first appeared to be a dagger, but
which proved to be nothing more romantic
than a rather long bread-knife. �I heard you,
I heard you,’ she exclaimed. �Get back; you
mustn’t come here.’ There was a desperate
and dangerous look on her face, and her
form shook with scarcely controlled passionate energy. �Now see here, Miss Spencer,’ Racksole said calmly, �I guess we’ve had
enough of this fandango. You’d better get up
and clear out, or we’ll just have to drag you
off.’ He went calmly up to her, the lantern in
his hand. Without another word she struck
the knife into his arm, and the lantern fell
extinguished. Racksole gave a cry, rather of
angry surprise than of pain, and retreated
a few steps. In the darkness they could still
perceive the glint of her eyes. �I told you you
mustn’t come here,’ the woman said. �Now
get back.’ Racksole positively laughed. It was
a queer laugh, but he laughed, and he could
not help it. The idea of this woman, this bureau clerk, stopping his progress and that
of Prince Aribert by means of a bread-knife
aroused his sense of humour. He struck a
match, relighted the candle, and faced Miss
Spencer once more. �I’ll do it again,’ she
said, with a note of hard resolve. �Oh, no, you
won’t, my girl,’ said Racksole; and he pulled
out his revolver, cocked it, raised his hand.
�Put down that plaything of yours,’ he said
firmly. �No,’ she answered. �I shall shoot.’
She pressed her lips together. �I shall
shoot,’ he repeated. �One—two—three.’
Bang, bang! He had fired twice, purposely
missing her. Miss Spencer never blenched.
Racksole was tremendously surprised—and
he would have been a thousandfold more
surprised could he have contrasted her behaviour now with her abject terror on the
previous evening when Nella had threatened her. �You’ve got a bit of pluck,’ he said,
�but it won’t help you. Why won’t you let
us pass?’ As a matter of fact, pluck was just
what she had not, really; she had merely
subordinated one terror to another. She was
desperately afraid of Racksole’s revolver,
but she was much more afraid of something
else. �Why won’t you let us pass?’ �I daren’t,’
she said, with a plaintive tremor; �Tom put
me in charge.’That was all. The men could
see tears running down her poor wrinkled
face. Theodore Racksole began to take off
his light overcoat. �I see I must take my coat
off to you,’ he said, and he almost smiled.
Then, with a quick movement, he threw
the coat over Miss Spencer’s head and flew
at her, seizing both her arms, while Prince
Aribert assisted. Her struggles ceased—she
was beaten. �That’s all right,’ said Racksole:
�I could never have used that revolver—to
mean business with it, of course.’ They
carried her, unresisting, upstairs and on to
the upper floor, where they locked her in a
bedroom. She lay in the bed as if exhausted.
�Now for my poor Eugen,’ said Prince Aribert. �Don’t you think we’d better search the
house first?’ Racksole suggested; �it will be
safer to know just how we stand. We can’t
afford any ambushes or things of that kind,
you know.’ The Prince agreed, and they
searched the house from top to bottom, but
found no one. Then, having locked the front
door and the french window of the sittingroom, they proceeded again to the cellar.
Here a new obstacle confronted them. The
cellar door was, of course, locked; there was
no sign of a key, and it appeared to be a heavy
door. They were compelled to return to the
bedroom where Miss Spencer was incarcerated, in order to demand the key of the cellar
from her. She still lay without movement on
the bed. �Tom’s got it,’ she replied, faintly,
to their question: �Tom’s got it, I swear to
you. He took it for safety.’ �Then how do you
feed your prisoner?’ Racksole asked sharply.
�Through the grating,’ she answered.
Both men shuddered. They felt she was
speaking the truth. For the third time they
went to the cellar door. In vain Racksole
thrust himself against it; he could do no
more than shake it. �Let’s try both together,’ said Prince Aribert. �Now!’ There was a
crack. �Again,’ said Prince Aribert. There was
another crack, and then the upper hinge
gave way. The rest was easy. Over the wreck
of the door they entered Prince Eugen’s
prison.The captive still sat on his chair. The
terrific noise and bustle of breaking down
the door seemed not to have aroused him
from his lethargy, but when Prince Aribert
spoke to him in German he looked at his
uncle. �Will you not come with us, Eugen?’
said Prince Aribert; �you needn’t stay here
any longer, you know.’ �Leave me alone,’
was the strange reply; �leave me alone. What
do you want?’ �We are here to get you out
of this scrape,’ said Aribert gently. Racksole
stood aside. �Who is that fellow?’ said Eugen sharply. �That is my friend Mr Racksole,
an Englishman—or rather, I should say, an
American—to whom we owe a great deal.
Come and have supper, Eugen.’
�I won’t,’ answered Eugen doggedly. �I’m
waiting here for her. You didn’t think anyone had kept me here, did you, against my
will? I tell you I’m waiting for her. She said
she’d come.’ �Who is she?’ Aribert asked, humouring him. �She! Why, you know! I forgot,
of course, you don’t know. You mustn’t ask.
Don’t pry, Uncle Aribert. She was wearing a red hat.’ �I’ll take you to her, my dear
Eugen.’ Prince Aribert put his hands on the
other’s shoulder, but Eugen shook him off
violently, stood up, and then sat down again.
Aribert looked at Racksole, and they both
looked at Prince Eugen. The latter’s face was
flushed, and Racksole observed that the left
pupil was more dilated than the right. The
man started, muttered odd, fragmentary
scraps of sentences, now grumbling, now
whining. �His mind is unhinged,’ Racksole
whispered in English. �Hush!’ said Prince
Aribert. �He understands English.’ But
Prince Eugen took no notice.
love him; he might have taken his answer
long ago.” “If I did love you as my master
does,” said Viola, “I would make me a willow cabin at your gates and call upon your
name. I would write complaining sonnets
on Olivia, and sing them in the dead of the
night; your name should sound among the
hills, and I would make Echo, the babbling
gossip of the air, cry out Olivia. 0 you should
not rest between the elements of earth and
air but you should pity me.”
“You might do much,” said Olivia; “what
is your parentage?” Viola replied, “Above
my fortunes, yet my state is well. I am a
gentleman.” Olivia now reluctantly dismissed Viola, saying “Go to your master
and tell him I cannot love him. Let him
send no more, unless perchance you come
again to tell me how he takes it.” And Viola
departed, bidding the lady farewell by the
name of Fair Cruelty. When she was gone
Olivia repeated the words, Above my fortunes, yet my Vette is well. I am a gentleman. And she said aloud, “ will be sworn
he is; his tongue, his face, his limbs, action,
and spirit plainly show he is a gentleman.”
And then she wished Cesario was the duke,
and, perceiving the fast hold he had taken
on her affections, she blamed herself or her
sudden love ; but the gentle blame which
people lay upon their own faults has no
deep root : and presently the noble Lady Olivia so far forgot the inequality between her
fortunes and those of this seeming page, as
well as the maidenly reserve (which is the
chief ornament of a lady’s character), that
she resolved to court the love of young Cesario, and sent a servant after him with a
diamond ring, under the pretence that he
had left it with her as a present from Orsino.
She hoped, by thus artfully making Cesario
(9C4) a present of the ring, she should give
him some intimation of her design; and
truly it did make Viola suspect, for, know-
ing that Orsino had sent no ring by her, she
began to recollect that Olivia’s looks and
manner were expressive of admiration, and
she presently guessed her master’s mistress
had fallen in love with her. “Alas !” said she,
“the poor lady might as well love a dream.
Disguise I see is wicked, for it has caused
Olivia to breathe as fruitless sighs for me as
I do for Orsino.
Viola returned to Orsino’s palace and related to her lord the ill success of the negotiation, repeating the command of Olivia,
that the duke should trouble her no more.
Yet still the duke persisted in hoping that
the gentle Cesario would in time be able
to persuade her to show some pity, and
therefore he bade him he should go to her
again the next day. In the meantime, to pass
away the tedious intervals, he commanded
a song which he loved to be sung and he
said, “My good Cesario, when I heard that
song last night, me thought it did relieve my
passion much. Mark it, Cesario, it is old and
plain. The spinsters and the knitters, when
they sit in the sun, and the young maids
that weave their thread with bone, chant
this song. It is silly, yet I love it, for it tells of
the innocence of love in the old times.”
SONG. Como away, come away, Death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid Fly away,
fly away, breath, I am slain by a fair cruel
maid. My shroud of white stuck all with
yew, 0 prepare it, My part of death no one
so true did share it. Not a flower, not a
flower sweet, On my black coffin let there
be strewn ! Not a friend, not a friend greet
My poor corpse where my bones shall be
thrown. A thousand thousand sighs to save,
lay me 0 where Sad true lover never find
my grave, to weep there. Viola did not fail
to mark the words of the old song, which in
such true simplicity described the pangs of
un-requited love, and she bore testimony
in her countenance of feeling what the song
expressed. Her sad looks were observed by
Orsino, who said to her, “My life upon it,
Cesario, though you are so young, your eye
hath looked upon some face that it loves ;
has it not, boy ? “ “A little, with your leave,”
replied Viola. “And what kind of woman,
and of what age is she ?” said Orsino. “Of
your age, and of your complexion, my lord,”
said Viola, which made the duke smile to
hear this fair young boy loved a woman so
much older than himself, and of a man’s
dark complexion; but Viola secretly meant
Orsino, and not a woman like him.
When Viola made her second visit to Olivia she found no difficulty in gaining access
to her. Servants soon discover when their
ladies delight to converse with hand-some
young messengers; and the instant Viola
arrived the gates were thrown wide open,
and the duke’s page was shown into Olivia’s
apartment with great respect; and when Viola told Olivia that she was come once more
to plead in her lord’s behalf, this lady said,
“I desire you never to speak of him again;
but if you would undertake another suit, I
had rather hear you solicit than music from
the spheres.” This was pretty plain speaking
; but Olivia soon explained herself still more
plainly, and openly confessed her love ; and
when she saw displeasure with perplexity
expressed on Viola’s face, she said, “0 what
a deal of scorn looks beautiful in the contempt and anger of his lip ! Cesario, by the
roses of the spring, by maidhood honour,
and by truth, I love you so, that, in spite of
your *pride, I have neither wit no reason to
conceal my passion.” But in vain the lady
wooed. Viola hastened from her presence,
threatening never more to come to plead
Orsino’s love; and all the reply she made to
Glivia’s fond solicitations was a declaration
of a resolution never to love any woman. No
sooner had Viola left the lady than a claim
was made upon her valour. A gentleman, a
rejected suitor of Olivia, who had learned
how that lady had favoured the duke’s messenger, challenged him to fight a duel. What
should poor Viola do, who, though she carried a man like outside, had a true woman’s
heart, and feared to look on her own sword!
When she saw her formidable Lival advancing towards her with his sword drawn,
she began to think of confessing that she
was a woman ; but she was relieved at once
from her terror, and the shame of such
a discovery, by a stranger that was passing by, who made up to them, and as if he
had been long known to her, and were her
dearest friend, said to her opponent, “If
this young gentleman has done offence,
I will take the fault on me ; and if you offend him, I will for his sake defy you.” Before Viola had time to thank him for his
protection, or to inquire the reason of his
kind interference her new friend met with
an enemy where his bravery was no use to
him; for the officers of justice coming up in
that instant, apprehended the stranger in
the duke’s name to answer for an offence
he had committed some years before; and
he said to Viola, “This comes with seeking
you.” And then be asked her for a purse,
saying, “Now my necessity makes me ask
for my purse, and it grieves me much more
for what I cannot do for you than for what
befalls myself. You stand amazed, but be
of comfort.” His words did indeed amaze
Viola, and she protested she knew him not,
nor had ever received a purse from him; but
for the kindness he had just shown her, she
offered him a small sum of money, being
nearly the whole she possessed. And now
the stranger spoke severe things, charging her with ingratitude and unkindness.
He said, “This youth, whom you see here, I
snatched from the jaws of death, and for his
sake alone I came to Illyria, and have fallen
into this danger.”
Indian Horizon Hyderabad
The Final Night
Ali Sardar J’afri 1912
Chairs, tables, lamps,
chandeliers, clinking of
glasses, bottles hiding
laughter and song
in their long necks.
Colour of wine,
appearing in the glasses,
staining them red.
The blood of Korea
in the eyes of Yankee
officers, bodies of young
men chopped up
on plates; mothers’ breasts
in the claws of sharp forks,
babies under American
knives, barbecued on bomb
fires; the wine of tears, the
song of screams.
This is the final night,
the last round, the final
drink. Look, out there,
outside the window,
the young Korean night
burns like gunpowder! In
the air, like lightning,
the warcries
of Seoul’s raiders!
This Blood
Ali Sardar J’afri 1912
What will you do with
this blood
warm as a kiss,
red as a rose,
smile of an infant, prayer on an
old man's lips, blackness of seductive eyes, pink of soft hands,
song of the lyre, tune of a poet's
heartstring, love's promise.
This blood is not an infidel, nor an
atheist, nor a Muslim.
The melody of the Vedas and the
Gita, harmony of the holy book,
this, the first compelling word
of the book of life, the very first
canto of desire;
the soul of the Bible, the heart of
the Torah. The thirst of knives
cannot be quenched with this
flame. What will you do with
this blood?
so young, so warm, so red.
Sunday November 2, 2014
ITHERTO I had always been driven
by people who at least knew how to
drive ; but in this place I was to get
my experience of all the different kinds of
bad and ignorant driving to which we horses are subjected ; for I was a "job horse,"
and was let out to all sorts of people who
wished to hire me ; and as I was good-tempered and gentle, I think I was oftener let
out to the ignorant drivers than some of the
other horses, because I could be depended
upon. It would take a long time to tell of all
the different styles in which I was driven,
but I will mention a few of them. First,
there were the tight-rein drivers--men who
seemed to think that all depended on holding the reins as hard as they could, never
relaxing the pull on the horse's mouth, or
giving him the least liberty of movement.
They are always talking about "keeping the
horse well in hand," and "holding a horse
up," just as if a horse was not made to
hold himself up. Some poor, broken-down
horses, whose mouths
have been made hard and insensible by
just such drivers as these, may, perhaps,
find some support in it ; but for a horse who
can depend upon its own legs, and who has
a tender mouth, and is easily guided, it is
not only tormenting, but it is stupid. Then
there are the loose-rein drivers, who let the
reins lie easily on our backs, and their own
hand rest lazily on their knees. Of course,
such gentle-men have no control over a
horse if anything happens suddenly.
If a horse shies, or starts, or stumbles,
they are nowhere and cannot help the horse
or themselves, till the mischief is done. Of
course, for myself, I had no objection to it,
as I was not in the habit either of starting
or stumbling, and had only been used to
depend on my driver for guidance and encouragement ; still, one likes to feel the rein
a little in going downhill, and likes to know
that one's driver is not gone to sleep. Besides, a slovenly way of driving gets a horse
into bad, and often lazy habits ; and when
he changes hands, he has to be whipped out
of them, with more or less pain and trouble.
IDDLVY-POM the tailor was very
happy. The 1 King had given him a
beautiful gold pencil with his name
on, because the little tailor had made him
a splendid red party suit. 'Look!' TiddleyPorn said to everyone he met. 'Look! See my
beautiful golden pencil! The King 0-aye it to
me!' Tiddley-Pom's wife was very pleased.
She took a good look at the pencil and said,
'Now, Tiddley-Porn, you just be careful with
this pencil. You know how careless you
are with your things—always putting them
down here, there, and everywhere, and never being able to find them again. Just choose
a safe place for your pencil, and keep it there
when you are not using it.'
'In my pocket?' said Tiddley-Pom. 'No,'
said his wife. 'That's a silly place, because
your pockets always have holes. 'You
should mend them,' said Tiddley-Pom. 'I
do,' said Mrs. Tiddley-Porn, 'but you will
keep putting your scissors into them, Tiddley-Porn, and the points make holes.' 'I'll
keep my pencil on the mantelpiece,' said
Tiddley-Pom. 'No,' said his wife. 'It might
roll off there.' 'Well,' said the tailor. 'I'll tie
it on a bit of string and tie the string to a
button on my coat! What do you think of
that, wife?' 'No good at all,' said Mrs. Tiddley-Pom. 'You are always taking your coat
off—aid you forget
where you leave it, so your pencil would
be gone too! Do you know, Tiddley-Pom,
that I found your coat on the roof the other
day. Now how did it get there?' 'It must have
been left there when I went up to watd the
sweep's brush coming out of the chimney!'
said the tailor going red. 'Oh, wife! I ki-Now
such a good place! I'll keep my pencil behind my ear—like this!' He stuck the lovely
gold pencil behind his ear, and it stayed
there nicely, because Tiddley-Porn had
great big pointed ears, and only the tip of
the pencil could be seen sticking out. 'That's
quite a good place,' said his wife. 'Now I'm
going out shopping, Tiddley. So get on with
your work whilst I'm gone.' Off she went.
Tiddley-Pom settled down to his sewing
Squire Gordon always kept us to our best
paces, and our best man-ners. He said that
spoiling a horse, and letting him get into
bad habits, was just as cruel as spoiling
a child, and both had to suffer for it afterwards. Besides, these drivers are often careless altogether, and will attend to anything
else rather than their horses. I went out in
the phaeton one day with one of them ; he
had a lady, and two children behind.
He flopped the reins about as we started,
and of course gave mc several unmeaning
cuts with the whip, though I was fairly off.
There had been a good deal of road-mending going on, and even where the stones
were not freshly laid down there were a
great many loose ones about. My driver was
laughing and joking with the lady and the
children, and talking about the country to
the right and the left ; but he never thought
it worthwhile to keep an eye on his horse, or
to drive on the smoothest parts of the road ;
and so it easily hap-pened that I got a stone
in one of my forefeet. Now, if Mr. Gordon, or
very happily. He whistled as he worked, and
a good many of his friends came and chatted with him at the open window. One of
them was old Dame Tubby, who had been
away a week with her sister. 'I hear the King
gave you a beautiful gold pencil, TiddleyPotn,' she said. 'Will you show it to me?'
'Oh, haven't you seen it?' said the tailor. 'I'll
love to show it to you.' He put his hands into
his pocket to get the pencil. It wasn't there.
'Funny!' said Tiddley-Pom. 'I usually keep
my pencil there. Wait a minute. I may have
put it on the mantelpiece.' He ran to the
mantelpiece. No pencil there either. Tiddley-Pom scratched his head and thought.
'It must be somewhere about!' he said. 'I
had it about half an hour ago.' 'Perhaps it
has been stolen,' said Dame Tubby. 'A valuable pencil like that might easily be stolen,
you know. A witch or a gnome would be
pleased to have it!' 'Oohl' said Tiddley-Pom
in alarm. `So they might. Oh, Dame Tubby,
Snippy the gnome came in this morning—
and Witch Toddles—and the Yellow Witch
too—and Higgle the gnome as well! Do
you suppose any of them took it?' 'Well, I
shouldn't think so,' said Dame Tubby.
'They are all friends of yours, aren't they?
I'll tell you what to do, Tiddley-Pom. I've
got a spell at home for robbers. I'll go and
get it. Wait a minute. We'll soon get back
your pencil!' Dame Tubby ran off. On the
way home she told everyone about TiddleyPom's lost pencil, and how she was getting
a spell to find the robber. So, before she had
got back to the shop again, about twenty
gnomes, goblins, witches, fairies, and pixies
had arrived at Tiddley-Pom's, all anxious to
hear the latest news of the wonderful pencil.
Dame Tubby came back, most important.
In her hand she carried a little box. 'Look,
Tiddley-Porn,' she said. 'There's a yellow
powder in here. Blow it into the air, and call
upon it to find the one who has the pencil.'
'But how shall I know who has it?' asked
Tiddley-Po tn. 'Oh, you must choose something that the spell makes them do,' said
Dame Tubby, excited. 'Tell the spell to start
John, or, in fact, any good driver had been
there, he would have seen that something
was wrong before I had gone three paces.
Or even if it had been dark, a practised
hand would have felt by the rein that there
was something wrong in the step, and they
would have got down and picked out the
stone. But this man went on laughing and
talking, whilst at every step the stone became more firmly wedged between my shoe
and the frog of my foot. The stone was sharp
on the inside and round on the outside,
which, as everyone knows, is the most dangerous kind that a horse can pick up ; at the
same time cutting his foot, and making him
most liable to stumble and fall. Whether the
man was partly blind or only very careless, I
can't say; but he drove me with that
stone in my foot for a good half-mile before he saw anything. By that time I was going so lame with the pain that at last he saw it
and called out, "Well, here's a go ! Why, they
have sent us out with a lame horse ! What
a shame ! He then chucked the reins and
flipped about with the whip, saying, "Now,
then, it's no use playing the old soldier with
me ; there's the journey to go and it's no
use turning lame and lazy." Just at this time
a farmer came riding up on a brown cob ;
he lifted his hat and pulled up. " I beg your
pardon, sir," he said, " but I think there is
something the matter with your horse, he
goes very much as if he had a stone in his
shoe. If you will allow me I will look at his
feet ; these loose scattered stones are confounded dangerous things for the horses."
" He's a hired horse," said my driver ; "I
don't know what's the matter with him, but
it's a great shame to send out a lame beast
like this." The farmer dismounted and, slipping his rein over his arm, at once took up
my near foot. "Bless me, there's a stone !
Lame ! I should think so ! At first he tried to
dislodge it with his hand, but as it was now
very tightly wedged, he drew a stone-pick
out of his pocket, and very carefully, and
with some trouble, got it out.
Then holding it up, he said, "There, that's
the stone your horse had picked up ; it is a
wonder he did not fall down and break his
knees into the bargain ! "Well, to be sure I"
said my driver, "that is a queer thing ! I never
knew that horses picked up stones before."
" Didn't you ? "said the farmer, rather contemp-tuously. "But they do, though, and
the best of them will do it, and can't help
it sometimes on such roads as these. And if
you don't want to lame your horse you must
look sharp and get them out quickly.
This foot is very much bruised," he said,
setting it gently down and patting me. "If
I might advise, sir, you had better drive
him gently for a while ; the foot is a good
deal hurt, and the lameness will not go
off directly." Then mounting his cob and
raising his hat to the lady, he trotted off.
When he was gone my driver began to flop
the reins about, and whip the harness, by
which I under-stood that I was to go on,
which of course I did, glad that the stone
was gone, but still in a good deal of pain.
This was the sort of experience we job
horses often came in for.
them braying like a donkey—or standing on
their head—or galloping like a horse! Then
as soon as the spell begins to work, we'll see
which of us is doing that, and we'll find the
pencil on him!' 'Ooh!' said Tiddley-Pom,
'it's a powerful spell. I know what I'll do. I'll
tell it to make the robber quack like a duck
and hop on one foot all the ,way down the
street. Then we shall soon find the one who
has my beautiful gold pencil.' Tiddley-Pom
took the box, and opened the lid. He blew
the powder up into the air, crying, 'Spell,
spell, find the one who has my pencil! Make
him quack like a duck and hop all the waw
down the street!' The powder flew up into
the air with a queer crackling noise and disappeared. Every one stood still and looked
at everyone else. Who was the thief? Nobody moved—and then, suddenly, a most
peculiar thing happened! Tiddley-Pom began to quack! You should have heard him!
'Quarck, quarck, quarck!' he said, opening and shutting his mouth like a beak.
'Quarck, quarck, quarck, quarck!' And then
he put up one leg and began to hop solemn-
ly to the door—and out of it—and down the
street! All the time he quarcked very loudly; it did sound so funny! 'Quarck, quarck,
quarck, quarck, quarck, quarck, quarckl'
Every one stared in amazement.
The spell must have gone wrong! Down
the street hopped Tiddley-Porn—and
whom should he meet at the corner but
his wife, coming back from her shopping!
When she saw Tiddley-Pom hopping along,
quacking for all he was worth, she nearly
fell over! `Tiddley-Poml What is the meaning of this?' she cried. 'Quarck, quarck!'
said Tiddley. 'Don't quarck, quarck at me!'
said Mrs. Tiddley-Porn angrily. 'What are
you behaving in this foolish manner for?'
'Quarck, quarck, quarck, quarck!' said
Tiddley, and went on hopping. His wife
took hold of him and shook him angrily.
'Quarck, quarck,' said Tiddley sadly, and
then as his wife shook him again, something flew out from behind his ear and fell
on the ground! It was his pencil! He had
put it behind his ear for safety, you remember—and had forgotten all about it!
When spilt on dust, it will sear the
earth's womb.
The heavens will withhold their
rain of blessings.
No seedling will ever throw up
shOots, no buds sprout nor flowers perfume.
This blood, the fragrance of lips,
the light in our eyes.
This blood, the colour of cheeks,
the heart's solace,
the sun that shines on Mount
Faran, the vision on Sinai.
Flame of the True Word,
the burning of restless spirits.
ORE than a score of men stood where the bridge had
been, and more were arriving on the run with every
passing moment. They stood and stared at disaster.
Great columns of smoke rose from three different parts of the
redwood forest on the south side of the Chicapoo River. Great
flames leaped up from time to time to tint those columns of
smoke with pink and red. The men from the syndicate camp
included all classes of lumber-camp society. There were the
lowly swampers, the four- and two-up drivers, flat-heads,
scalers, skidway men, and sawers as well as the few professional fire fighters who were always kept on duty. The men
had saws and axes, swabs and pails—everything, in fact, with
which to fight a fire. And there they stood, unable to do anything but watch. The crowd had increased to more than half
a hundred. Some of those men, as tough and hard-bitten as
they were, had frank tears in their eyes as they stood watching fine timber eaten up by flames while they were powerless to fight. It was not a silent crowd. Everyone seemed to
be shouting. Some shouted curses at the river that blocked
them. Others cried out imprecations at the fire, at the bridge
that had disappeared, at their fellow men, and at everything
in general. There were a dozen suggesting for crossing the
river. Two men waded in with ropes about their waists. After
dropping into water that was over their heads, they cried in
panic to be hauled back to shore. Some-one suggested trying to go around the river. Some-one else shouted the information that it would be a fifty-mile trip. Then a clatter of
hoofbeats caught everyone's attention. They turned to see
a big horse brought to a skidding halt. Gene Autry leaped to
the ground with a coil of rope clutched in one hand. "Make
way," he cried. The men fell back as Gene rushed toward the
stump that had anchored the bridge. He dropped a noose,
then twirled it overhead as he ran. Ten feet from the stump
his arm shot forward. The noose went up and out, with a trail
of rope behind it. It settled over the stump and Gene pulled
the rope taut. Turning, he shouted, "Come here, Champ !"
Obediently the big horse trotted forward. A hundred questions rose from the crowd. "What's he goin' to do?" "Who is
he?" "Where did he come from?" Gene's voice rang out to
top all others. "Listen to me," he shouted. "I'm going to try
to take a line across that water." Someone shouted, "It can't
be done." Someone else cried, "You'll drown. We tried it."
Again Gene Autry shouted for attention. "If I can get across,"
he yelled, "I'll tie my rope to the other side. Then you can all
grab the rope and pull yourselves across the river." Had there
been time for the placing of bets, the odds would have been
a thousand to one against Gene's success. But the men who
would have given these odds didn't know two things. They
didn't know the man was Gene Autry and they didn't know
the big horse was Champ. Gene was in the saddle with the
end of the rope tied to the pommel. "Come on, Champ," he
cried. "It's up to you, big fellow." Champ plunged into the
churning water and sank below the surface. His head came
up. Gene, straddling the courageous beast, shouted words of
encouragement, while the horse fought the rapids. Horse and
rider were at first swept a few yards downstream. Then Gene
pulled Champ's head around to face obliquely upstream.
Champ's powerful legs pumped in the deep water. He could
just about hold his position in the current. Most of the energy
went into fighting against the current itself to avoid being
swept downstream. But the space between the horse and the
shore became wider and wider. The men on the bank were
silent. They watched, frozen to speechlessness by the valiant
battle of the horse against the fury of the Chicapoo. The fires
in the forest were, for the moment, forgotten. Now Champ
was in midstream where the cur-rent was strongest. He went
beneath the surface, taking Gene Autry under with him.
When the heads of the man and the horse reappeared, they
were several feet downstream. Gene leaned forward, his lips
inches from Champ's ears. "We'll make it, Champ," he said.
The views expressed in these columns are the writers’ own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Indian Horizon or its management.-Editor
Indian Horizon Hyderabad
Quitting Ganderbal:
Omar’s decision stumps
all, angers many
hief Minister Omar Abdullah’s decision to quit family political bastion
Ganderbal has come as a bolt from
the blue -- both for his die-hard supporters
as well as his detractors. The regional National Conference (NC) Friday announced
that Omar would not seek re-election from
Ganderbal constituency but contest the
Sonawar and Beerwah seats, one in Srinagar district and the other in the Badgam
district of the Valley. But Omar can only
prove the political wisdom of his decision
to quit Ganderbal by winning both or at
least one of the two seats he has chosen
away from the traditional family constituency. There is no denying the fact that the
NC has been severely jolted by the Abdullah family scion leaving his lair.
Omar took to Twitter over his decision: “Having decided two years ago that I
wouldn’t seek re-election from Ganderbal I
have continued to work for the constituency and will always do so”. Commenting on
his decision to fight from two seats, Omar
said: “So when PM candidates do it we
take it as a sign of weakness too or are we
conspicuously silent at that time?” Since
1975 when his grandfather and NC founder
Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah returned to
mainstream politics, the Sheikh stood from
Ganderbal to enter the state assembly.
He again fought from Ganderbal in 1977
and won. This family tradition was followed by Omar’s father Farooq Abdullah
who fought from Ganderbal in 1983, 1987
and 1996, winning thrice in a row. Omar
was fielded by the NC in 2002, but lost to
PDP’s Qazi Muhammad Afzal, a defeat
Omar avenged in 2008 by defeating the
Qazi from Ganderbal to become the chief
minister of the state.
The NC rank and file in Ganderbal are
unhappy that Omar decided to leave the
constituency to Sheikh Ashfaq Jabbar who
had fought against him on a Congress ticket in the 2008 assembly election. “It is not
done. How can you leave Ganderbal after
39 years without even fighting?”, wondered
a senior NC leader from there who did not
want to be named. Another NC leader, who
is a member of the party’s parliamentary
board, told IANS: “Omar Sahib was adamant on not contesting from Ganderbal.
He said he would rather not contest the assembly polls at all if the party forced him to
stand from Ganderbal.”
It needs to be analysed whether Omar’s
decision to quit Ganderbal has been
prompted by reports that the dice was
heavily loaded against him there or he decided to do so for other reasons. “...he once
said only voters enlisted in a constituency
should seek election from there. Omar is
not a voter in Beerwah while he is a voter
in Sonawar,” said a senior Peoples Democratic Party leader. People in Ganderbal,
however, look at it differently.
“He promised he would construct a
home here and live among us after he came
to seek votes during the 2008 elections. He
won and never thought of that promise.
“For getting an ordinary attestation from
our MLA we had to move from pillar to post
because of the CM’s engagements and the
security around him. Yes, he did developmental works here, but trying to justify
his decision by thinking we have been ungrateful is stretching things too far”, said
Abdul Hamid Sheikh 64, a voter in Ganderbal whose family has been die hard supporters of the Abdullahs. Others say even if
Omar did not trust the voters of Ganderbal
he should have stuck on. Muzaffar Ahmad,
42, another voter in Ganderbal, said: “He
could have fought from some other place
also...but abdicating Ganderbal is like the
lion cub running away from his den.” “You
have to go down as a man even if you think
the dice is loaded against you. It was a bad
decision politically that makes Ganderbal
anybody’s game now,” he added.
Sunday November 2, 2014
Gujarat riots will continue to haunt Modi
wo Indian newspapers are trying
their best to normalise relations
with Pakistan through bilateral talks
and people-to-people contact. The Times
of India and Pakistan’s Jang jointly run a
concerted Aman Ki Asha or Hope for Peace
campaign to bring South Asian nuclear
neighbours closer. Indian Express, on the
other hand, regularly publishes pieces by
Pakistani commentator Khalid Ahmad
whose insightful writings advocate peace
at any cost. He articulates the desire of
liberal and secular sections in both nations that want India and Pakistan to live
as brothers and not as enemies.
Last week, Indian Express took a step
further ahead. It hosted Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, executive editor of Geo TV
and strategic affairs specialist, at Idea Exchange Programme, a roundtable where
Express editors pick the brain of a knowledgeable guest. The conversation, often
animated, is recorded and printed for
readers to enjoy at leisure.
Mir and Express evidently got along like
a house on fire. Express believes in what it
calls “journalism of courage”. It has also
coined a catchy slogan: �Others cover —
we uncover’. Mir too has enviable credentials. He has interviewed Osama Bin Laden
thrice, including a post-9/11 meeting,
and Mullah Omar besides several other
Al Qaida and Taliban leaders. Naturally,
Express editors wanted to hear inside sto-
ries of his rendezvous with the big boys of
global jihad. And Mir the raconteur didn’t
disappoint them. But it was while recalling
his numerous trysts with Maulana Asim
Umar, who was publicly appointed chief of
Al Qaida’s south Asia chapter on September 4 this year, that Mir dropped a bombshell by revealing that Umar is an Indian
Muslim and that too from Gujarat!
Mir deserves India’s collective gratitude for putting Umar’s nationality and
ethnicity in the public domain. Maybe
India’s security establishment was aware
of Umar’s background long before Mir unveiled it. But ordinary Indians, which includes journalists and commentators like
me, first heard of Umar in 2013 when he
circulated a video exhorting Indian Muslims to sign up. Then came the September 4 announcement appointing him Al
Qaida’s regional chief. But we have never
known that he is an Indian from the state
of Gujarat — known the world over for the
gruesome massacre of Muslims by Hindu
extremists, backed by the administration
then headed by Narendra Modi, now India’s Prime Minister.
Mir disclosed that he first met Umar in
Afghanistan in 2005 — three years after the
pre-meditated, state-sponsored violence
against Muslims shook Gujarat. While
all forms of terrorism must be unequivocally condemned, Mir’s revelation begs the
question: Did Gujarat’s anti-Muslim pogrom that Modi presided over push Umar
into Al Qaida’s arms? Did the Hindu rightIndian state nexus compel Umar to cross
over and pick up the gun to settle scores?
Some may say these questions are hypothetical, but civil society, particularly
Express, must search for answers to these
troubling posers in the public interest,
even if they appear to be conjectural.
My questions are legitimate because
Indian security officials say that the country’s homegrown jihadist outfit, Indian
Mujahideen (IM) — accused of triggering explosions 18 times in 14 cities, killing
hundreds since 2005 — has operational
links with Al Qaida and the Taliban anyway. In a chargesheet filed against IM
operatives in a terror case in 2013, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officially
recorded that IM “was formed in 2003 after
ultra radicalised Muslim youth segregated
from the Student Islamic Movement of India due to communal mobilisation caused
by factors like the riots in Gujarat in 2002
after the Godhra train-burning incident
and the Babri Masjid demolition”.
In the light of NIA’s candid admission in
court, it is imperative to find out whether
Umar did a stint with IM before fleeing
India to join Al Qaida, where his stars are
clearly on the rise.
Unfortunately, the Gujarat riots will cast
their shadow on Modi’s present job every
now and then until he is acquitted by the
apex court. He is still under a cloud. Criminal cases filed against Modi or his Man
Friday Amit Shah are far from over. So the
prime minister’s past is bound to be raked
up whenever critical new information like
Umar’s Gujarati origin surfaces. It does not
give me any pleasure talking about India’s
prime minister and a wanted Al Qaida
ideologue in the same breath, or wondering aloud whether the high-profile fugitive
is a byproduct of the barbaric violence that
Muslims were subjected to 12 years ago.
But the Indian prime minister himself is
not interested in a make-over. He is pretty
cool with his profile as a divisive figure. He
may dangle the carrot of �development’
or �corruption-free’ governance, but his
main objective still is to polarise Hindus
and Muslims for political gain. There is no
other explanation for Modi’s call for a 10year moratorium on Hindu-Muslim strife
in his Independence Day address, which is
a cause for concern.
Moratorium means a temporary or
time-bound suspension. Modi could have
declared that he would ensure HinduMuslim riots never erupt again. But that
is obviously not his goal. All that he wants
is a temporary halt — just a comma, not
a full stop. The duration of the cap — 10
years — is in sync with Modi’s persistent
appeal to voters to give him two terms in
power. So are we to conclude that Modi
wants peace only during his rule? And
that he may engineer communal riots
when he is in the opposition!
Mamata's hold on power becomes precarious
he security risk posed by the illegal immigrants from
Bangladesh has always been known, but few had anticipated that the virtually unchecked flow of aliens
over the years would enable a Bangladeshi terrorist group
to establish a base in West Bengal with the objective of
assassinating the prime minister and leader of the opposition in Dhaka. What is more disconcerting is that their
sinister plot would have remained unknown for a much
longer period but for the accidental explosion of a bomb
in a house in Burdwan district where these were being
manufactured. It is this fortuitous breakthrough for the
security forces which persuaded the National Investigating Agency (NIA) to muscle its way into probing the conspiracy against the wishes of the state government. The
latter had been reluctant to allow the Delhi-based NIA to
start its inquiries on the ground that it militated against
the country's federal structure.
It was on this plea that West Bengal and several other
states, including Gujarat, had stalled the setting up of a
National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) a few years
ago. What the latest events have shown, however, is that
such sensitiveness about federalism is inadvisable at a
time when Islamist terror has become a grave threat in the
sub-continent and elsewhere.
The Mamata Banerjee government's initial objection to
the NIA's intervention in the Burdwan case has,however,
been ascribed less to any concern about the erosion of the
state's rights than about a desire to pose as a champion
of the minorities. The chief minister apparently felt that
a wide-ranging probe into the activities of the Jamaat-ulMujahideen of Bangladesh, which will include raids on
a number of madrasas or seminaries for Muslims, may
alienate a section of the community, which constitutes a
crucial 30 percent of the state's population.
Her attitude has given a handle to the Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) to reiterate with great fervour its old allegations
of minority appeasement against "secular" parties. The
fact that the Jamaat infiltrators are believed to have been
entering West Bengal from 2007 onwards, when the leftists were in power, shows that there is little to choose between Communist and non-Communist secularists. The
BJP has now gone to the extent of accusing the Trinamool
Congress of terrorist connections. It is a case of overreaction, of course, but there is little doubt that the latest developments have dealt yet another, and possibly the most
damaging, blow to Mamata Banerjee's reputation, especially where the middle class is concerned. It goes without
saying that she is now facing the most serious crisis of her
career. Till now she had been seen as someone who had
failed to graduate to be a responsible administrator from
her earlier street-fighting avatar as a rabble-rouser. Her
image had also been dented by the lawlessness of the Trinamool cadres, many of whom have switched over to the
ruling dispensation from the leftist parties.
The chit fund scam, which also has a Bangladeshi connection, is another damaging factor for her along with the
dismal state of West Bengal's economy. Notwithstanding
her attempts to woo investors by visiting Mumbai to meet
Mukesh Ambani and other industrialists, and travelling to
Singapore in search of foreign capital, few in the corporate
sector have shown any inclination to invest in West Bengal. It isn't only the cadre raj which has dissuaded them
but also the memories of how Mamata Banerjee hounded
the Tatas out of Singur where they were setting up their
first Nano factory. It is the widespread disillusionment
with her regime which enabled the BJP to raise its vote
share from six percent in 2009 to 16.8 in the general election - an unprecedented hike for a party which had little
presence in the state all these years. The party even secured a slender lead in the assembly segment from where
Mamata Banerjee usually contests.
In the context of the Burdwan episode, however, the
disenchantment with her cannot but increase because of
the surprisingly casual manner in which she initially treated the terrorist activity considering that about 100 of the
Jamaat members are believed to have entered West Bengal and to have travelled to and fro between the state and
Bangladesh at will.
If the police had been tardy about these infiltrations, it
is apparently because they were not sure how vigorously
they should pursue the aliens in view of the ruling party's
sensitivities about the minorities. While the nervousness
of those in the lower levels is understandable, such an attitude reflects poorly on officers in the all-India services.
It can be recalled in this context how Mamata Banerjee
had scuttled the Teesta river waters treaty with Bangladesh when Manmohan Singh was prime minister. Given
the cross-border ramifications of the latest developments,
however, her carelessness about the threats to a friendly
neighbouring country cannot but be electorally hurtful. It
is noteworthy that only three years after her assumption
of power, the conqueror of what was once considered an
impregnable bastion of the Left has been reduced to being
a person whose hold on power is becoming precarious.
Do the Owaisi brothers have a pan India potential?
he two successes of the Majlis-eIttehadul Muslimeen (MIM) of Hyderabad in assembly elections in
Maharashtra may not affect government
formation in Mumbai but reverberations will be felt in the nation's politics
for a long time.
Victories in Aurangabad and Byculla
were awesome, of course, for a first time
entrant. Equally impressive was the fact
that the MIM felt emboldened to field 24
candidates. Of these, three came second
and seven stood third. In the last election, the BJP and Shiv Sena had won seven of these seats. The MIM entry in the
contest demolished the Congress and the
BJP and Shiv Sena picked up 14 seats.
The Congress taunt is: Look, you
helped the BJP-Shiv Sena. That this calculated risk was taken by Muslims shows
how irredeemably low the Congress has
sunk in the community's esteem. Time
was when the BJP, under Atal Bihari Vajpayee's leadership, would have been
embraced by a community desperate to
discard the Congress habit.
But the Narendra Modi establishment
has been indifferent to the Muslims. It
does not wish to come in the way of party
president Amit Shah's tactic of polarizing votes by targeting them. This method of building Hindu nationalism will
remain in play so long as voters are required to be polarized in elections from
state to state. Even as unlikely a state for
communal politics as Tamil Nadu has
not been spared the effort. An obscure
terrorist module has been located in this
state to fuel the polarizing game.
The minorities are determined not
to vote for the Congress or Nationalist
Congress Party (NCP) and are increasingly averse to the Samajwadi party (SP)
and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also.
The BJP is equally resolute in building
Hindu nationalism by targeting them.
So, which way must the Muslims turn?
There is nothing on the horizon which
can threaten the BJP by an infusion of
the Muslim vote. But the Muslim can
be targeted for greater Hindu consolidation. At their wit's end, Muslims are
unlikely to dream up grand strategies
for the future. In a daze, they will stand
still and acquiesce in the politics of the
ghetto. In this mood, the bold rhetoric
of the Owaisi brothers will captivate
them. Over the past decade the national
mood has been determined by whatever choices the 24X7 channels make for
highlighting on their prime time shows.
These choices differ vastly from the fare
available to the Urdu newspaper readership. Asaduddin Owaisi and Akbaruddin Owaisi are frontpage material
for this audience, of course. But even
though the mainstream media ignored
them, their lethal speeches have been
carried extensively on the social media.
Two parallel tectonic plates are moving.
They may clash. One of the factors behind the Samajwadi Party's rout in the
2014 Lok Sabha election were a barrage
of deadly speeches by Asaduddin Owaisi
carried on the social media after he was
stopped from addressing a rally in Azamgarh Feb 1, 2014. The MIM had taken
the Akhilesh Yadav government to task
for a spate of communal riots in Uttar Pradesh during the build up to the
general election. He accused the SP as
equal partners with the BJP in profiting
from communal politics. While the BJP
sought Hindu consolidation, said Owaisi, the SP tacitly encouraged an atmosphere of insecurity so that the Muslim
voters turn to SP for protection.
Returning from the Dhule riots, 150 km
from Aurangabad in January 2013, I was
surprised to hear Akbaruddin Owaisi's
speeches being played by young men
on their mobile phones at a wayside tea
stall. Owaisi brothers, it seemed, were
like pop stars among Muslim youth.
The substance of Akbaruddin Owaisi's speeches do cross red lines and are
intemperate. Asaduddin is more composed. But together the two brothers
represent an explosive style of oratory
which went out of fashion since the days
of the Parsee theatre.
In a mixed crowd their combative
style could lead to violence. But they
maintain their infectious tempo from
behind the fortification of their Hyderabad ghetto. The social networks carry
their oratory far and wide. And now,
encouraged by the market, the Owaisis
are planning to open offices in Uttar
Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. Who
knows, the potential for a dangerous
politics may be developing, with the
MIM orators knitting together hopeless
Muslim ghettos, rather like a series of
Bantustans, ensuring Muslim exclusion
and, for that reason, explosive.
The views expressed in these columns are the writers’ own and do not reflect the views of Indian Horizon or its management.-Editor
Indian Horizon Hyderabad
Circus tiger kills girl in China
Beijing, Nov 1 (IANS) A circus tiger killed a girl in China’s southwestern Chongqing Municipality Friday, according to the theme
The eight-year-old girl was attacked by the tiger when she
slipped into a closed animal training site of a circus in Leheledu
Amusement Park while visiting with her relatives Friday night, Xinhua reported.The girl died in the hospital after serious injuries.
The circus has been hired by the Leheledu Amusement Park
for performances. A spokesman for the park said an initial agreement on settling the incident with the victim’s family has been
reached and vowed to beef up security measures.
20 militants killed in
Pakistan clash
Islamabad, Nov 1 (IANS) At least 20 militants and four security
personnel were killed Saturday in a clash in Pakistan’s federally
administered Orakzai Agency, an official said.
Three security personnel were also injured during the clash in
Shirin Dara area, Dawn online reported. The firefight lasted several hours, it said.
Saturday’s clash comes as the army is engaged in an offensive
against local and foreign militants in North Waziristan and Khyber.
Orakzai Agency is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous
tribal regions in the area, where Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaedalinked militants are said to have a strong presence.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Branson shocked as Virgin
spaceship crash kills pilot
Los Angeles, Nov 1 (AFP)
Virgin’s pioneering tourist- carrying spacecraft has
crashed on a test flight in
California, killing a pilot
and scattering debris across
the desert -- and raising
questions about the programme’s future.
But Virgin chief Richard Branson, while voicing
shock at yesterday’s accident involving Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, vowed
to push forward towards the
dream of space flight for the
paying public.
“We’ve always known
that the road to space is extremely difficult -- and that
every new transportation
system has to deal with bad
days early in their history,”
he said.
“Space is hard -- but
worth it. We will persevere
and move forward together,”
This three image combo photo shows the Virgin Galactic
SpaceShipTwo rocket separating from the carrier aircraft, left,
prior to it exploding in the air, right, during a test flight on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The Virgin Galactic rocket that exploded
during a test flight, killed a pilot aboard and seriously injured
another while scattering wreckage in Southern California’s Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said. AP/PTI
he added in a statement issued as he refueled en route
for Mojave.Television images showed the wreckage of
SpaceShipTwo, a test vehicle
that flies to the edge of space,
amid brush east of Mojave, a
few hours’ drive northeast of
Los Angeles.The incident is
the second disaster involving
a US spacecraft this week,
after an unmanned Orbital
Sciences rocket carrying
supplies to the International
Space Station exploded after
launch on Tuesday.
It is also a huge blow to
British tycoon Branson’s
Australia wildfires kill firefighter,
raze two homes
Sydney Nov 1 (PTI): A firefighter has been killed and at least
two homes have been destroyed by Australian spring wildfires,
officials said on Saturday.
The 38-year-old volunteer firefighter was severely burned Friday while battling a blaze on a farm near the town of Nantawarra
in South Australia state, state Country Fire Service chief officer
Greg Nettleton said. The fire was later contained.
At least two homes were razed by wildfires today on the outskirts of the town of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains west of
Sydney, in New South Wales state, state Rural Fire Service Inspector Ben Shepherd said.
The service’s deputy commissioner, Bob Rogers, said firefighters had battled to protect homes in Katoomba from flames
fanned by winds of 80 kilometres per hour.
“There’ll be a lot of work to clean up this fire in days to come,”
Rogers told Nine Network television news. The winds had
dropped off and the danger posed by the fire had decreased, although the blaze remained out of control, Shepherd said, adding
that the damage was being assessed.
Robbers targeting Indian
Americans in New Jersey
New York, Nov 1 (IANS) Robbers are targeting the homes of
Indian Americans in New Jersey post-Diwali, a media report
said Saturday.
In the latest such incident, the house of Rajesh Singh at
Netherwood Circle in Middlesex County was targeted by three
masked men Thursday.
“They just came into the house, tied us up and took away
whatever we had,” Pix11.com quoted Singh as saying.
Police are in search of the three masked men who robbed
Singh and his family at gunpoint.The Netherwood Circle incident followed those in South Plainfield and Old Bridge and is
the fourth one after Diwali. All the cases involved Indian American victims.
Nine killed in Afghanistan
suicide bombing
Kabul, Nov 1 (IANS) Nine security personnel were killed while
20 civilians were injured in a suicide car bombing in the eastern
Afghan province of Lowgar Saturday, the provincial government spokesman said.
“One militant set off an explosives-laden vehicle at an Afghan
Local Police (ALP) security checkpoint at around 12 noon. As a
result six ALP personnel and three Afghan army soldiers were
killed and 20 civilians, including six children, sustained injuries,” spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish told Xinhua.
The blast also damaged a mosque and several houses nearby,
the source said, adding the injured were shifted to a district hospital in the province , the capital of which is Pul-e-Alam, 60 km
south of Kabul.
The ALP, or community police, was established in 2010 to
protect villages and districts around country where army and
police have limited presence.
Endangered vampire-like deer
sighted in Afghanistan
Kabul, Nov 1 (IANS) Strange deer with vampire-like fangs
have been spotted more than 60 years after the last confirmed
sighting in the rugged forested slopes of northeast Afghanistan.
Known as the Kashmir musk deer - one of the seven similar
species found in Asia - the last scientific sighting in Afghanistan
was believed to have been made by a Danish survey team traversing the region in 1948.
However, recent surveys led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), confirmed the presence of the endangered species
in the Nooristan province.
The survey team recorded five sightings, including a solitary
male in the same area on three occasions, one female with a
young one, and one solitary female, which may have been the
same individual without her young one.All sightings were in
steep rocky outcrops interspersed with alpine meadows and
scattered dense high bushes of juniper and rhododendron.
long-held dream of offering the first passenger space
flights, which have been
snapped up by Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities.
The Virgin chief is due in
Mojave, where the California
Highway Patrol confirmed
that one pilot had died and
another was seriously injured and taken to hospital.
The spaceship had been
carried aloft on a bigger
aircraft known as WhiteKnightTwo and then released
for a test of its rocket engine
above the Mojave desert, the
latest in a series of tests.
Stuart Witt, head of the
Mojave Air and Space Port,
said WhiteKnightTwo took
off at 9:20 am (local time),
and released SpaceShipTwo
at an altitude of 45,000 feet
(13,700 metres) at 10:10 am,
after 50 minutes of flight.
Two minutes later, Witt
said it became clear as he
watched from the space port
that something had gone
wrong, even though there
was nothing obvious visually
from the ground.
Another Burkina
Faso army officer
seizes power
Ouagadougou, Nov 1 (IANS) Burkina Faso’s
senior military officer Isaac Zida, who was in
command of the presidential guard, Saturday
announced he has seized power as head of state
during the interim period.
“I now assume... the responsibilities of head
of the transition and of head of state to assure
the continuation of the state” and a “smooth
democratic transition”, Xinhua cited Col. Zida
as saying in a statement aired by a local television station.
Zida said an interim body would be established in order to restore constitutional order.
He also ordered the closure of borders and
announced the invalidation of a statement
made Friday by the country’s army chief Nabere Honore Traore stating he has assumed power
as head of state on a transitional basis.Traore’s
declaration was rejected by demonstrators and
sparked waves of protests Friday.On Thursday,
hundreds of thousands of people turned out in
the streets of the capital to prevent members of
parliament from voting to amend the constitution, a move that would have allowed 63-yearold President Blaise Compaore to compete for
another term of presidency.
1,273 people killed
in Iraq violence in
October: UN
Pakistani tribal families, who fled from neighboring Khyber tribal region due to fighting between security forces and militants, wait for registration at an office on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. The Pakistani army is now regularly targeting militants’ hideouts in Khyber, since fighters fled there from neighboring
North Waziristan tribal region where it has been conducting a months-long operation.
The offensive has also driven thousands of local tribesmen to leave their areas and head
for safety in the main northwestern city of Peshawar.AP/PTI
Power outage across Bangladesh
as national grid collapses
Dhaka, Nov 1 (IANS)
Power outages Saturday
hit several places in Bangladesh, including the
capital Dhaka, due to the
collapse of the national
Reports of power cuts
were coming in from several other places including Narayanganj, Rangpur, Sirajganj and Sylhet
Saturday.Power and En-
ergy Minister Nasrul Hamid told bdnews24.com:
“The national grid has
collapsed. We are working on it. Power is back
in some places already.
It might take an hour (to
restore power supply).”
West Zone Power Grid
Company’s executive engineer in Comilla, Arifur
Rahman, said the blackout occurred around
Quake Jolts
A strong earthquake jolted the
11.30 a.m. Saturday due
to a glitch in the national
grid at Bheramara Upazila’s Sholodagh.
Meanwhile, the entire
Rajshahi division is experiencing a power cut.
Power Development
Board’s (PDB) Rajshahi
Division Chief Engineer
A.M. Masud Faroque
said: “The power transmission line connecting
southeastern Pacific on Saturday, about 544 kilometers
(338 miles) south-southeast
of Chile’s Easter Island, the
US Geological Survey said.
quake, which hit at 3:59 am
local time (10:59 GMT), registered at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
It did not immediately spark
Presidential Campaign Gets
Under Way in Tunisia
TUNIS Nov 1 (PTI): Campaigning opened on Saturday
for a presidential election in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab
Spring, with secularist Beji Caid
Essebsi seen as the frontrunner
after his party won milestone
parliamentary polls.
Essebsi, 87, leads a field of 27
candidates in the November 23
vote, after Nidaa Tounes came
out on top in last Sunday’s legislative election, beating the
previously dominant moderate
Islamist movement Ennahda.
Tunisians hope both elections
will provide much-sought stability nearly four years after the
revolution that drove longtime
dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali
from power in 2011.Presidential
candidates include the incumbent, Moncef Marzouki, woman
magistrate Kalthoum Kannou
and also former Ben Ali ministers.If no candidate secures an
absolute majority on November
23, a second round of voting will
take place in late December.It
will be the first time Tunisians
have voted freely for their head
of state.Between independence
from France in 1956 and the
revolution, Tunisia had just two
presidents -- the “father of independence” Habib Bourguiba
and Ben Ali who overthrew him
in a 1987 coup.
Baghdad, Nov 1 (IANS) A total of 1,273
Iraqis were killed and 2,010 others were
injured in terrorist attacks and violence in
October in Iraq, according to a statement
issued Saturday by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
The statement said that 856 civilians,
including 139 policemen, and 417 Iraqi security forces personnel were killed, while
1,490 civilians, including 172 policemen,
were wounded. An additional 520 security
members were wounded in terrorist and
violent acts during 31 days of the month,
Xinhua reported citing the statement said.
The UNAMI excluded the casualties in
Anbar province where fierce clashes flared
Bangladesh and India
has snapped causing
power outage across the
country. Repair works
are going on.”Chittagong
PDB Senior Public Relations Assistant Director
Md. Moniruzzaman said
production at the power
plants in Chittagong has
stopped after the national grid failure. “The local
power plants are operating but since there is no
way to store electricity
the plants have been shut
down,” he added.
a tsunami warning, according
to the Hawaii-based Pacific
Tsunami Warning Center.Chile
is one of the most seismically
active countries in the world,
and is located in the so-called
Ring of Fire area of the Pacific
Ocean basin.
Last month, a 7.2-magnitude
quake struck some 570 kilometers south of Easter Island.
up after Iraqi police dismantled an antigovernment protest site outside Ramadi in
late December last year.However, the statement added that the “UNAMI has also received, without being able to verify, reports
of large numbers of casualties along with
unknown numbers of persons who died
from secondary effects of violence after
having fled their homes due to exposure to
the elements, lack of water, food, medicines
and healthcare”.Iraq’s capital Baghdad was
the worst affected province, with 1,362 civilian casualties (379 killed, 983 injured). The
capital was followed by the provinces of
Salahudin, Diyala, Nineveh, Babil, Kirkuk
and Karbala.UN envoy and UNAMI chief
Nickolay Mladenov voiced deep outrage
about the worsening violence that targeted
all Iraqi factions by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, including those whose bodies
were discovered in mass graves in western
13 killed in Libya clashes
Tripoli, Nov 1 (IANS/EFE)
At least 13 people were killed
in violent clashes between
Islamist militias and Libyan
security forces in the struggle
to control Benghazi city.
Rtd Libyan general Khalifa
Haftar Friday launched a
military operation against
the Majlis al-Shura, Thowar
Benghazi and Ansar al-Sharia militias in a bid to regain
control of the city.
A security official in Benghazi told Efe that fighting
continues in the al-Sabri,
Gar Younis and al-Selmani
districts of Benghazi.
The official said Majlis
al-Shura forces tried to surround positions defended
by Haftar loyalists but were
driven off by air strikes by
pilots who have sided with
the general.The source added that Haftar was joined by
armed youths from differ-
ent parts of the country and
managed to gain control of
al-Majuri district in central
Meanwhile, the situation
seemed stable in Kikla, south
of Tripoli, although some
shells have fallen on the city,
a security source said.
The source added that Fajr
Libya militia, which is trying
to wrest control of Kikla from
Haftar’s troops, deployed
its fighters along two of the
roads leading into the city’s
eastern quarter.A medical
source inside the city told Efe
that 10 seriously injured people were admitted to Kikla
hospital for treatment.
The United Nations special
envoy to Libya, Bernardino
Leon of Spain, recently called
for the parties involved in the
Libyan conflict to open a political dialogue and avoid further military escalation.
Boko Haram leader says kidnapped
girls married off
Lagos, Nov 1 (IANS)
The leader of the Nigerian Boko Haram
insurgents, Abubakar
Shekau, has in a new
video said the over
200 abducted schoolgirls have been married to members of
the group.
The video, released
Friday, came to alter
the general expectations from Nigerians
that the girls might
be released Friday
following improved
negotiations with the
terrorists somewhere
in the Chad Republic.
The girls were abducted from Chibok town
in Borno state on the
night April 14-15.
A Xinhua reporter
who watched the
video in the country’s
northeastern city of
Maiduguri, said the
Boko Haram leader
also disowned Danladi Adamu, the man
who claimed to be the
scribe of the sect.
Shekau as saying that
there was no ceasefire
deal with the Nigerian
Last month, Nigeria’s defence chief Alex
that an agreement
had been reached
with the Boko Haram
insurgents to end the
hostilities and release
the school girls who
were earlier abducted
by the terror group.
Badeh said he issued a
directive to the members of the armed
forces to comply with
the ceasefire agreement, and that the
Boko Haram, which
seeks to enshrine the
Islamic Sharia law in
the Nigerian constitution, had also assured
that the school girls
and all other people
in their captivity were
alive and well.
Nigeria, Africa’s
most populous country, is currently grappling with security
challenges, including
the insurgency of
Boko Haram.
Gold, silver recover
on scattered buying
New Delhi: After two days of losses, gold prices recovered by Rs 50
to Rs 26,550 per 10 gm in the national capital on Saturday on buying
at prevailing levels by jewellers and retailers even as metal remained
weak overseas. Silver followed suit and gained Rs 100 to Rs 36,250 per
kg on scattered enquiries from industrial units. Traders said revival
of buying by ornament makers and retailers at existing levels, mainly
supported the upside in gold prices. They said, however, a weakening trend overseas, capped the gains on the domestic markets here.
In Delhi, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity recovered by Rs 50 each
to Rs 26,550 and Rs 26,350 per 10 grams, respectively, after losing Rs
1,000 in the previous two days. Globally, gold fell by 2.3 per cent to
USD 1,171.60 an ounce in New York on Friday as strengthening dollar
eroded demand. Sovereigns, however, remained under pressure and
fell by another Rs 100 to Rs 23,800 per piece of eight grams. Silver ready
traded Rs 100 higher at Rs 36,250 per kg and weekly-based delivery
rose by Rs 220 to Rs 35,800 per kg. On the other hand, silver coins held
steady at Rs 61,000 for buying and Rs 62,000 for selling of 100 pieces. .
Ministries told to
expedite budgetary process:
Agriculture Minister
New Delhi Nov 1 (PTI): In a bid to tackle delay in implementation
of crucial projects, all ministries have been asked to initiate the budgetary process much in advance so that funds can be released soon
after the Budget is passed. “After the Budget is passed, normally it
takes 5-6 months to get the allocated funds released. In a recent cabinet meeting, all ministries have been told to start the necessary work
in advance for the next Budget,” Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan
said at the 41st foundation day of the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB). This was conveyed to all ministers informally
after a recent cabinet meeting, he said. “We have been told in our Department to start the process now so that funds for crucial schemes
are released within 15 days after the Budget is passed in February,”
he said on the sidelines of the event when asked to elaborate on the
issue. The timely release of allocated funds is crucial for the successful implementation of various schemes, he added.
The Finance Ministry has already initiated the Budgetary exercise
for the 2015-16 fiscal by seeking inputs from various Ministries and
Departments. The ministries have been asked to submit revised estimates of expenditure for 2014-15 and demand for grants for the next
financial year beginning April 1, 2015. The Budget, which contains
revised estimates for the current financial year and estimates for the
next fiscal, is presented on the last working day of February by the
Finance Minister in the Lok Sabha. This would be the second Budget
of the Modi government.
Experts to decide
route of power
transportation to B’desh
Agartala Oct 1 (PTI): A meeting of technical experts from India and
Bangladesh would be held here on November 3 for drawing the radial
inter connection line for transportation of power to Bangladesh. Stating this Tripura State Electricity Corporation Ltd (TSECL) Chairman
and Managing Director S K Roy said today 100 mw power from the
726 mw thermal power project at Palatana in Gomati district would
be transported to Bangladesh. While it was decided by the two countries that the power would be transported from Suryamaninagar
power sub-station here to Comilla district of Bangladesh, the meeting would decide about the route of transportation, he told reporters.
The newly constructed Suryamaninagar sub-station in West Tripura
district was erected with installed capacities for international power
trading, Roy said adding the cost of transportation of power would
be borne by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited. Meanwhile,
ONGC sent natural gas to Palatana project during the day for power
generation by the plant’s second unit, which is expected to become
operational in the current year, V P Mahawar, General Manager of
ONGC-Tripura Asset said. The plant now generates 363 mg watt power, he added. Shriram City Union Q2 Net up 8.66% Chennai: Shriram
City Union Finance has reported a 8.66 per cent increase in second
quarter net profits at Rs 138 crore. The city-based company, which is
the retail lending division of the Shriram Group, had reported Rs 127
crore during the corresponding period of previous year.
Mumbai, Nov 1 (PTI) Stocks:
Riding high on a slew of positive developments on domestic and global fronts, the shares
galloped in the just-concluded
week with the key benchmark
indices scaling never seen before levels. Both the S&P BSE
benchmark Sensex and CNX
Nifty conquered new historic
peaks in post-Diwali week on
persistent buying on hopes of
more reform measures from
the Narendra Modi Government. There were also expectations of better growth in the
second half of the current fiscal besides heavy buying by
foreign funds.
Strong global rally after Japan unexpectedly expanded its
monetary stimulus programme
and US economy grew at a
robust pace also boosted the
domestic market sentiment.
Investors cheered the Modi
Government’s move to ease
FDI rules in construction sector and the US Federal Reserve
decision to stick to low interest
rate regime. Brokers said fresh
dose of capital inflows, healthy
corporate earnings and rating
agency Moody’s favourable report on rating profile of India
also boosted buying as investors bought shares across-theboard. The Sensex resumed
strong at 26,959.57 and continued to move upwards to
settle at a new historic high of
27,894.32 before concluding
the week at 27,865.83, showing
a robust rise of 1,014.78 points,
or 3.78 per cent, over the last
week. The 30-share index has
gained a staggering 1,757.30
points, or 6.73, per cent, in the
two weeks.
The 50-issue CNX Nifty of
NSE also flared up by 307.65
points, or 3.84 per cent, to finish at 8,322.20 after hitting a
fresh lifetime high of 8,330.75.
“Much-needed reforms from
the new Government, strong
Q2 performance by India Inc,
Fed’s low interest rate regime
combined with Bank of Japan’s
sudden stimulus announce-
Indian Horizon Hyderabad
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Festive season fails to cheer car
makers, Oct sales subdued
New Delhi Nov 1 (PTI):
Festival season failed to
bring cheer to car makers,
as major players including
Maruti Suzuki India, Hyundai and Mahindra failed
to register significant sales
growth during the month,
which otherwise has been
one of the best periods for
vehicle sales in the country.
While Maruti Suzuki and
Hyundai posted marginal
rise in sales during October,
others including utility vehicle major Mahindra & Mahindra, Toyota Kirloskar and
Ford registered decline in
sales as compared to same
period of previous year as
sentiments remained subdued. Honda Cars India
was the exception posting
18.8 per cent rise in October
The country’s largest car
maker Maruti Suzuki said
its domestic sales during the
month stood at 97,069 units,
up 1 per cent from 96,062
units in October last year.
The company said sales
during the month, which
sees major festivals, were
impacted due to less number of working days during
the month.
“Owing to festivals and
state elections, during October 2014 Maruti Suzuki
had 19 working days. This
limited the availability of
vehicles during the month.
In October 2013 Maruti Suzuki had 24 working days,”
the company said. Exports
were also affected during
the month as shipment of
around 1,000 units to Algeria and Egypt was rescheduled to November 2014 due
to cyclonic conditions in
Gujarat area, it added.
The company’s sales in
Jet fuel prices
slashed by 7.3%
New Delhi Nov 1 (PTI): Jet fuel (ATF)
rates were on Saturday cut by a steep 7.3
per cent, the fourth straight reduction
in prices since August on back of falling international oil rates. The price of
aviation turbine fuel (ATF), or jet fuel, at
Delhi was cut by Rs 4,987.7 per kilolitre,
or 7.3 per cent, to Rs 62,537.93 per kl, oil
companies announced today.
This is the fourth reduction in jet fuel
rates since August. Rates were cut by almost 3 per cent or Rs 2,077.62 per kl on
October 1. Declining international oil
prices have made imports cheaper, resulting in price reduction. In Mumbai,
jet fuel will cost Rs 64,414.98 per kl from
today as against Rs 69,610.50 per kl previously. The rates vary because of differences in local sales tax or VAT. Jet fuel
constitutes over 40 per cent of an airline’s
operating costs and the price cut will ease
the financial burden of cash-strapped
carriers. No immediate comment was
available from airlines on the impact
of the price cut on passenger fares. The
three fuel retailers -- IOC, Hindustan
Petroleum Corp and Bharat Petroleum
Corp -- revise jet fuel and non-subsidised
LPG prices on the first of every month,
based on the average international prices
in the preceding month.
On Friday, oil companies had cut petrol price by Rs 2.41 a litre and diesel by
Rs 2.25 per litre. The sixth reduction in
price since August has meant that petrol costs Rs 64.25 a litre in Delhi, Rs 9.36
per litre less than what it cost in July. The
second reduction in diesel rates in one
month has led to price coming down to
Rs 55.60 a litre.
J P Morgan found hackers through
breach of corporate event website
New York Nov 1 (PTI): J P Morgan
Chase & Co learned about hackers who
stole the bank`s contact information
for 76 million households and 7 million
small businesses through a corporate
event that it sponsors, the Wall Street
Journal reported, citing people familiar
with the matter.
According to the report, the bank
discovered that the intruders had used
some of the same offshore servers to
hack both the bank and the website of
the J P Morgan Corporate Challenge.
It was not clear when the bank might
have discovered the problem had the
hackers not used the same I.P. addresses to launch cyberattacks on both
the bank and the Corporate Challenge
race websites, WSJ reported, citing
people briefed on the matter. The Corporate Challenge website, operated by
Simmco Data Systems, was later taken
offline after the hacking of the site was
discovered, WSJ reported.
According to the report, the website
has been restored by the bank ahead of
upcoming races in Shanghai and Singapore, but has moved the payments to a
Chase website. Officials at J P Morgan
Chase were not available for comment.
The hackers had originally gained access to the bank`s network by compromising the computer an employee with
special privileges used both.
Bourses have blast
post-Diwali too; Sensex,
Nifty hit new peak
ment gave the markets a huge
boost,” said Hiren Dhakan,
Associate Fund Manager, Bonanza Portfolio. . Sentiment
also got a leg up after the US
released forecast-beating economic growth data on Thursday. The world’s biggest economy grew at a healthy 3.5 per
cent in the September quarter.
Continued fall in global crude
oil prices and renewed buying
by foreign funds fuelled the
spectacular rally. “Fed’s statement (on keeping interest rates
low) injected confidence in the
markets. This, combined with
strong earnings performance
by index stocks, took markets beyond all their previous
highs,” said Rakesh Goyal, Senior Vice-President, Bonanza
Portfolio. Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) and FIIs bought
shares net Rs 3,953.96 crore
during the week, as per the SEBI’s record, including the provisional figure of October 31. ent
in the September quarter.
Continued fall in global
crude oil prices and renewed
buying by foreign funds fuelled
the spectacular rally. “Fed’s
statement (on keeping interest
rates low) injected confidence
in the markets. This, combined with strong earnings
performance by index stocks,
took markets beyond all their
previous highs,” said Rakesh
Goyal, Senior Vice-President,
Bonanza Portfolio.
Twenty-seven scrips out of
the 30-share Sensex pack finished higher, while only three
ended lower. Major gainers
were Gail India (10.10 pct),
Hindalco (9.27 pct), HDFC
(7.19 pct), Tata Steel (6.61 pct),
BHEL (6.54 pct), Tata Power
(6.47 pct), Infosys (6.45 pct),
Cipla (6.15 pct), Larsen (6.11
pct), TCS (5.64 pct), Maruti
(5.48 pct), Reliance Ind (4.85
pct), Coal India (4.71 pct), SCI
(4.62 pct) , Sun Pharma (4.37
pct), Dr Reddy’s Lab (4.21 pct),
Axis Bank (3.52 pct), ICICI
Bank (3.12 pct) and Bajaj Auto
(2.70 pct).
Among the few laggards, Bharti Airtel
fell by 3.10 pct, HUL
2.60 pct and Hero
MotoCorp lost 1.80
pct. Among the S&P
BSE sectoral indices, IT rose by 5.37
pct followed by CG
5.18 pct, Metal 4.80
pct, Realty 4.35 pct,
Power 4.01 pct, Teck
3.86 pct, Bankex 3.43
pct, Oil&gas 3.35 pct,
HC 3.11 pct and Auto
gained 3.07 pct. Small
and and mid-cap indices also rose by 2.52
pct and 1.67 per cent
respectively on sustained buying from
retail investors. The
total turnover at BSE
and NSE zoomed to
Rs 15,192.70 crore and
Rs 85,382.17 crore respectively from the last
weekend’s levels of Rs
9,788.78 crore and Rs
48,944.94 crore. .
the compact segment comprising Swift, Estilo, Celerio, Ritz and Dzire declined
by 3.5 per cent to 37,083
units in October this year as
against 38,410 units during
the same period last year.
The recently launched
however, received good
response in the market
with the company selling
6,345 units in October.Rival
Hyundai Motor India Ltd
(HMIL) sold 38,010 units
last month in the domestic market as compared
to 36,002 units in October
2013, up 5.57 per cent.
HMIL Senior Vice President (Sales and Marketing) Rakesh Srivastava said
there was increase in sales
in additional and replacement buyers segment with
demand led by new models
like Elite i20, Xcent, coupled
with festival buying.
“We anticipate that this
positive momentum would
build up further with increase in sales of entry buyers if there is strong promise
of improvement in economic and macro factors in rural
and urban markets.
Juncker’s new EU
Commission takes office
Brussels Nov 1 (PTI): The new
European Commission led by
EU veteran Jean-Claude Juncker
formally took office on Saturday,
promising to “get down to work”
as Europe faces a host of political
and economic challenges. The
agenda is heavy, with Juncker
making it his first task to launch
a 300 billion euro ($380 billion)
investment plan by Christmas
to kickstart a faltering economy
plagued by stubborn, near-record unemployment.
The Ukraine crisis meanwhile shows no sign of easing,
the European Union is locked
in difficult talks on a massive
and controversial trade deal
with Washington and Britain`s
future in the bloc is uncertain.
“Now it`s time to roll up the
sleeves and get down to work.
Europe`s challenges cannot
wait,” Juncker said in a statement Saturday. “As of today,
my team and I will work hard to
deliver Europe the new start we
have promised.
A first test comes Sunday
when pro-Russian rebels plan
elections in the areas they
control in eastern Ukraine in
defiance of the EU which says
they are illegal, will not be recognised and undermine fragile
peace efforts. The Commission,
the EU`s executive arm, wields
huge powers from the massive
headquarters in central Brussels, drawing up the legislative
proposals needed to put the
member states` decisions into
effect. Its 23,500 strong staff
also submit myriad proposals
across the whole agenda, be it
on the economy or environment for member state leaders
to consider when they meet in
the European Council.Juncker
is no stranger to the halls of
power in Brussels. He served for
19 years as Luxembourg prime
minister and was head of the
eurozone group of finance ministers during the darkest days of
the debt crisis when the single
currency seemed on the brink
of collapse.
A famously dry sense of humour, an ability to get things
done, to find the common
ground where none seemed to
exist and a convivial approach
to life all served him well during the many long nights of
the crisis. Juncker succeeds
Portugal`s Jose Manuel Barroso
who served 10 years, during
which time the EU expanded
from 15 to 28 members and the
Commission gained unprecedented powers in economic
policy, including the right to
vet eurozone member state
budgets. The parlous state of
the economy, however, with
growth struggling and new jobs
in short supply, has taken the
gloss off the European dream
for many and eurosceptic parties made significant gains in
May elections.
Indian Horizon Hyderabad
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Ton-up Rahul puts South in
sight of victory
New Delhi Nov 1 (PTI):
The Duleep Trophy final
between South Zone and
Central Zone at the Feroz
Shah Kotla Stadium has
been truly kaleidoscopic.
When Robin Bist made an
unbeaten 112 to help Central set a competitive target
of 301 for South on Saturday, it looked like they were
in full control but then KL
Rahul (121* off 132 balls)
racked up his second ton
in the game to change the
picture drastically in the
afternoon and evening sessions, bringing his team
within 117 runs of victory
with nine wickets in hand
at the close of play on day
four. This is an important
match not only because it
is a final, it’s also because it
present a few fringe players
with an opportunity to push
themselves higher up in the
pecking order of national
selection, and while someone like Naman Ojha failed
to live up to expectations,
Rahul and Bist did their reputation a lot of good.
Starting the day at 214 for 4,
Central had lost three quick
wickets in the first hour of
play and it appeared South
will take little time to wrap
up Central’s innings. Bist
though had other plans and
with the help of an unlikely
ally in Ali Murtaza (50), he
helped the team reach 403.
However, South openers
Rahul and Robin Uthappa
combined for 96 runs to put
their team back in the driver’s seat. Yet another shift
in the match. Rahul started
off with three boundaries
off one Ishwar Pandey over,
all sweetly timed. Things
were different for Uthappa
who had trouble dealing
with Pankaj Singh. Encouraged, the Rajasthan medium
pacer tried to rattle Rahul,
first bowling a bouncer and
then following it up with a
rising delivery but his tactic
didn’t work as on the second
occasion Rahul disdainfully
pulled him for a four. The
22-year-old reached his fifty
off just 54 balls with a six off
Murtaza and also competed
his 2000 runs in first-class
cricket. His century came
off 103 balls with the help
of 11 boundaries and four
sixes. Rahul kept his aggressive approach even after the
Federer’s number
one hopes take a
hit in Paris defeat
PARIS Nov 1 (PTI):
Roger Federer’s hopes
of knocking Novak
Djokovic off the top of
the ATP world rankings before the end
of the year took a hit
when he lost to bigserving Canadian Milos Raonic in the Paris
Masters quarterfinals
on Friday. The Swiss second
seed was beaten 7-6(5), 7-5
and Djokovic later saw off
Britain’s Andy Murray 7-5, 6-2
to advance to the semifinals
of a tournament he won last
year. Federer had narrowed
the points gap on Djokovic
in recent weeks but defeat in
Bercy halted his charge, while
Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Raonic completed the line-up
for the season-ending ATP
World Tour Finals which will
be played in London from November 9-16.
All is not lost for Federer,
however, as the Swiss is able
to boost his points tally in
the Davis Cup final against
France. “Milos played well.
As I said, I always thought
it was going to get solved in
London,” Federer, who beat
Raonic in the Wimbledon
semifinal this year, told a
news conference. “Whether I am number one at the
end of this year or one or
two weeks later next year, it
doesn’t really matter. Novak
seems to be fit, anyway.”
Seventh seed Raonic, who
qualified for London after Nishikori beat Spanish fourth
seed Ferrer 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 to
become the first Asian singles
player to qualify for the seasonending showpiece, served 21
aces to beat Federer for the first
time in seven attempts. Raonic
will face Tomas Berdych in the
departure of Uthappa for
30 and with Baba Aparajith
(30) added an unbeaten 88
to take his team to 184 for 1.
Prior to Rahul, it was Bist’s
show. He had failed to build
on a good start in the first
innings getting out for 79 to
an innocuous delivery but
today he was not going to
fritter away another good
start. When Murtaza joined
Bist in the middle, the Raj-
asthan batsman was on 43
with the scoreboard reading
260 for 7. In the next hour or
so, things improved for Central a great deal. While Murtaza chanced his arm, Bist
took calculated risks. Bist
smashed a six off Aparajith
in the 83rd over to reach his
fify. He hit a six and a four off
the same bowler one over
later and followed it up with
two boundaries.
The BCCI has slammed a damage claim worth 250 crore on
WICB (West Indies Cricket Board)
following their team’s withdrawal
midway through the India tour
and threatened to take legal action
if the board didn’t respond within
15 days. West Indies, who were
scheduled to play five ODIs, one
Twenty20 and three Tests, abandoned the tour on the conclusion
of the fourth ODI at Dharamsala
after the dispute between their
players and the West Indies Player’s Association (WIPA) came into
the limelight.
The BCCI had apparently suffered a loss close to 400 crore due
to the cancellation. According to
ESPNcricinfo, the Indian board
has addressed a four-page letter
to Dave Cameron, WICB president in which secretary Sanjay
Patel had mentioned that legal
action will be taken in order to
compensate the loss provided
there is no acknowledgment of
the letter. “Pending resolutions of
all disputes the BCCI suspends all
bilateral cricketing relations with
the WICB,” read Patel’s letter. The
BCCI secretary also mentioned
that the board was aware of the
seriousness of the matter as soon
as West Indies skipper Dwayne
Bravo announced that the players
would take extreme actions if the
new �payment structure’ was not
It has also been reported that
the Windies players were not
even ready to participate in the
Dharamsala ODI and that it was
only on the request of some BCCI
officials that they agreed to take
the field. “The BCCI is faced with
huge revenue losses, a loss of
reputation and is at risk of losing
valuable commercial partners,”
Patel wrote. “The consequences of
cancellation of a committed home
Tour during the biggest.
Asiad medalists treated like
pariahs at �home of athletics’
NEW DELHI: The National Athletics championships is returning to
the Capital after a decade, but due
to a strange decision taken by government officials, some of the top
athletes who have won medals at the
Commonwealth and Asian Games
will be forced to compete outside
the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, in its
warm-up arena. This is like asking
the Ranji Trophy cricketers to play at
the Ferozeshah Kotla nets and not on
the main square, which will be used
for some other sports competition.
The stadium, which got a huge facelift for the 2010 Games, is the home
of Indian athletics but the stadium’s
administrators - Sports Authority of
India employees - have decided that
the Indian Super League (ISL) match
between the Delhi Dynamos and FC
Goa, scheduled to be held on November 13, is more important than the
throwing events scheduled to be held
between November 2-5. The officials
feel that the throwing events - discus,
shot put, javelin and hammer throw
- could damage the turf as well the
draining system put in place for the
football tournament. They insist that
the track events can be allowed inside the stadium but the throwers will
have to compete outside. An angry
Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has
sent a strong letter of protest to SAI.
“...We have been informed verbally by SAI office that the cage for
the throw events cannot be installed
in the main arena as apparently SAI
has made commitment to the Indian
Soccer League despite the fact the
JN Stadium was constructed primarily for holding athletics competitions
and training at a cost of almost Rs
1,000cr to the state exchequer during the Commonwealth Games Delhi
2010,” AFI secretary general CK Valson wrote in a letter to SAI DG on October 28, a copy of which is with TOI.
Sources in the AFI told TOI that the
federation officials are livid over the
development. “The national championship is being held in Delhi after
10 years. How can SAI ask the throwers to compete outside the stadium?
“Track and field athletes won 13 medals, the highest for the Indian contingent, at the Incheon Asian Games and
BCCI demands multi-million
dollar settlement from WICB
Bridgetown (Barbados): The
West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) will have to cough up
nearly $42 million in order to
stave off a lawsuit from the
Board Of Control For Cricket In
India (BCCI), stemming from
the abandoned tour of India last
month. Indian authorities Friday
told the WICB that its losses as a
result of the abandoned one-day
and Test tour had been estimated at $41.97 million, and gave the
regional board 15 days in which
to come up with a plan of compensation, reports CMC.
The BCCI had announced two
weeks ago it would seek compensation from the WICB for losses
sustained as a result of the cancelled tour, and followed through
with formal correspondence to
the Antigua-based organisation
Friday. Media rights make up the
bulk of the losses with the BCCI
estimating them at just over $35
million, while ticket sales account for around $2 million and
the title sponsorship from Micromax estimated at $1.6 million. The BCCI has also factored
in losses in kit sponsorship from
Nike, team sponsorship, in-stadia
BCCI imposes claim
worth 250 cr on WICB
sponsorship and stadium concessionaires, in the compensation
package. “The BCCI calls upon
the WICB to formally inform the
BCCI, in writing, of the steps it
intends to take to compensate the
BCCI towards the losses quantified above as well as those losses
yet to be quantified by the BCCI
in relation to the cancelled WICB
tour,” said the letter, signed by
BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel.
“In the event the BCCI does
not receive such a proposal in acceptable terms, within a period
of 15 days from receipt of this letter, please note that the BCCI has
peremptorily instructed its attorneys to initiate steps for recovery
of the losses by filing appropriate legal proceedings against the
WICB in the appropriate Indian
court and you may treat this notice as a formal demand in that
regard.” Imran Khan, the WICB’s
manager, confirmed the WICB
had received the BCCI letter but
opted not to comment further.
In detailing its losses, the BCCI
said the cancelled tour had resulted in “adverse financial
ramifications” and accused the
WICB of having “complete disregard” for legal commitments.
“The consequences on the BCCI
of not delivering a scheduled
home tour to its members, sponsors, broadcasters and the fans
are multi-fold and crippling,” the
BCCI letter said.
“The BCCI is faced with huge
revenue losses, a loss of reputation and is at risk of losing valuable commercial partners. The
consequences of cancellation of
a committed home tour during
the biggest festival season. “Diwali in India is a monumental
disaster for the BCCI. It is during this season that our partners derive the most value from
their rights. Our broadcaster
had committed to its advertisers
during this season and on account of your actions, is facing a
severe crisis the effects of which
are felt by the BCCI. “The BCCI
holds the WICB responsible and
liable for all such consequences
and intends to enforce its rights
to seek compensation from the
WICB to the fullest extent permissible in law.” Noting the
figures outlined were “tentative
and constitutes an approximation of the losses that BCCI is
able to quantify at this time”,
the Indian board said any other
losses would be communicated
to the WICB at a later date.
now they want athletes like Seema
Punia, Manju Bala, Annu Rani — all
Asiad medallists — to perform outside the main arena! This is not acceptable,” fumed an AFI official. AFI
sources said that the ISL’s turf expert
was ready to help them out by getting
the football turf ready in time for the
November 13 match but SAI has to
first agree to that. Stadium administrator Shiv Sharma, when contacted,
said that the warm-up area should be
good enough to conduct the throwing
events. “They (ISL) have taken over
the stadium since April 27, so we can’t
have the throwing events in the main
competition area. But the warm-up
area is quite good with all facilities.
AFI should not have any problem in
holding the throwing events there,”
Sharma told TOI. In a related development, AFI officials have also expressed concern over the availability
of facilities at the stadium.
Bundesliga preview: Bayern
Munich vs Borussia Dortmund
Berlin Nov 1 (PTI):
Germany international
Kevin Grosskreutz insists
Borussia Dortmund can
bounce back from their
Bundesliga nightmare -starting with Saturday`s
clash at league leaders
Bayern Munich. “We will
show again what we can
do. And we want to start
in Munich,” said Grosskreutz.
Bayern host Dortmund with the
teams having shared the last four
league titles between them, but
Borussia have been rocked by four
straight league defeats -- their worst
sequence of Bundesliga results in 15
years. Just two wins in their opening nine league games leaves last
season`s runners-up languishing in
15th place in the table, a staggering 14
points behind league leaders Bayern.
But Dortmund have won three
of their last four league matches at
Bayern and Munich captain Philipp
Lahm insists Jurgen Klopp`s side are
still a “threat”. To up the ante, Dortmund will have the worst start to a
Bundesliga season in the club`s history confirmed by a fifth consecutive
defeat on Saturday. Bayern hope to
include Dutch winger Arjen Robben
after he missed the last two matches
with a leg injury, while Dortmund
are set to name Japanese midfielder
Shinji Kagawa who has a 100 percent
record in his four matches against
Munich. Dortmund-Bayern clashes
have been dubbed Germany`s `Klassiker` in recent years, but Borussia
coach Klopp is currently in the biggest crisis of his six-year reign. He
has refused to make any bold declarations ahead of the Munich clash,
even though Dortmund trounced
last season`s champions 3-0 on their
last visit to the Bavarian capital in
April when Pep Guardiola`s side had
already won the title. “We`re not entitled to anything at the moment, but
we will try everything,” said Klopp.
There is bad blood between Bayern
chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
and Dortmund with the Bavarian giants reported to be interested in signing Dortmund`s Germany winger
Marco Reus. Bayern have signed both
World Cup winner Mario Goetze .
Indian Horizon, Hyderabad
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Indian Horizon
Katrina Kaif beats Deepika Padukone in
Ranbir Kapoor's wife test
Ranbir and Katrina are all set to make their much talked relationship official
Katrina Kaif has finally managed to
carve a special place in Ranbir Kapoor’s
heart. And it clearly wasn’t a cakewalk
for Kat to stay with a Casanova like
Ranboo, which was quite evident with
the reports about trouble in their relationship. However, all that seems to be
a thing of the past as the duo is plan-
ning to go public very soon. And it looks
like the Jab Tak Hai Jaan actor has also
managed to impress her alleged boyfriend’s mommy Neetu Kapoor, who
has given a green signal to this much
talked about relationship.As you will already know, Ranbir is soon moving out
of his parent’s bungalow to live alone
and his ladylove has been helping him
with setting up the new place. The duo,
who have always kept mum about their
affair are planning to make it official
and go public at Ranbir’s house-warming party, we hear. With everything going perfect in Ranbir-Kat relationship,
we wouldn’t be surprised if they also
announce the date of their marriage
(sometime in 2015?).
But amidst all this, we cannot forget
that Katrina has outdone her arch rival
and her beau’s ex-lover Deepika Padukone in Ranbir’s �wife test’. Dippy and
the Kapoor lad surely looked good together, but this relationship couldn’t last
longer. Even the Rockstar actor’s mommy was not ready to accept Ms Padukone as her daughter-in-law. In fact it
was said that it was Kapoor’s mom who
was responsible for their much hyped
and talked about break-up.
So, going by the way Kat’s bonding
with Ms Kapoor wethinks she outdid
Dippy in Ranbir’s mommy’s acid test to
become the Kapoor bahu. And with all
the aashirwaad and pyaar from mumma we just can’t wait for the couple to
go public with their relationship, right
Abhishek Bachchan Announces Launch of
NBA Online Store
B-town's Newest Aquatic
Creatures, Sid & Shraddha
While Shraddha Kapoor is a
trained diver in real life, Sidharth Malhotra is a die-hard
water baby and looks forward
to becoming a certified scuba
diver soon. On hearing that he
would be required to go underwater with Shraddha in Mauritius for the 'Galliyan' song
from 'Ek Villain', he took rigorous lessons in Mumbai before
'taking the plunge'.
So engrossed did the young
stars get that they remained
underwater for nearly seven
hours and took just a few
breaks. It took that long before
director Mohit Suri decided
that he was satisfied with the
shot. Once the exhausted actors surfaced, they called it a
cylinders were connected to
them. They were, instead, followed by French divers with
oxygen supplies. The underwater scene has turned into a
stunning romantic moment in
the 'Galliyan' track, which releases this week.
Here's welcoming B-town's
newest aquatic creatures!
Ekta Kapoor to launch desi version of Punk'd
Ashton Kutcher's claim to fame
in Hollywood was his comedy
show 'Punk'd' which had hidden cameras that captured the
celebrities' reaction to the different practical jokes being played
on them. Ekta Kapoor plans to
launch one of its kind shows in
association with the popular
youth channel MTV.
Also, playing the prankster
cum host will be Siddharth
Gupta and Siddharth Bhardwaj
in this show titled MTV Jhand
which will run for a time span of
five weeks. Confirming the same,
Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion
Pictures stated that the format
has been changed to suit the requirements of the Indian audience. He also revealed that they
have already shot a few episodes
with Bollywood stars like Nargis
Fakhri, Varun Dhawan, Siddhanth Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor,
Anu Malik and Ekta Kapoor.
This will be a part of the promotions for Ekta's film Kuku Mathur
Ki Jhand Ho Gayi which will star
Siddharth Gupta, Simran Kaur
Mundi, Brijendra Kala and Siddharth Bhardwaj in prominent
Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan, a sports enthusiast, Tuesday
announced the launch of the first
official online store of the National
Basketball Association (NBA) at an
event here.
The online store -- NBAStore.in,
has been launched by NBA in association with e-commerce platform
Jabong. It is an attempt to bring a
wide assortment of NBA merchandise closer to Indian fans and it will
also include the first ever NBA products for women in the country.
The collection of approximately
200 NBA products will include shorts,
jerseys and t-shirts for men and
women and these will be priced between Rs.1,400 and Rs.14,000.
The announcement comes amidst
rapid growth of the NBA's fanbase in India. This season, a record 14 games per week are televised on
SONY SIX, up from six last season and viewership has grown manifold. "Passion for basketball and the
NBA is growing rapidly in India and the increasing demand for NBA merchandise makes this the perfect time to launch a dedicated e-commerce destination," NBA India managing director Yannick Colaco, said in a statement. NBAStore.in will offer oncourt products and fan gear from adidas, women's and
men's fan gear from Levelwear, NBA socks from New Horizon, official NBA basketballs from Spalding
and basketball footwear from adidas, Reebok, Nike and Brand Jordan. Additional exclusive products
will be added each season. Fans who purchase the merchandise will have a chance to win authentic
autographed NBA jerseys as well as tickets to NBA regular season games, NBA All-Star and The Finals.
This marks NBA's fifth international online store since 2012.
in Kushan
Kushan Nandy ,the very shy son of media magnate Pritish Nandy is all set to direct another film a
decade after he directed the thriller 88 Antop Hill.
The political thriller which stars Nawazuddin
Siddiqui, Chitrangda Singh and Bangla superstar
Prosenjit in the lead would be shot in Jharkhand
during the monsoon this year.
The film is to be shot in the interiors of Bengal
and Jharkhand. Now that Chitrangda has custody
of her son, his well being and upkeep would be
the career mom's primary concern.
A long-standing friend of the actress who wishes to go unnamed says, `There are lots of unresolved issues after her marriage.Chitrangda has
got custody of their only son. So far whenever
Chitrangda was in Mumbai to pursue her acting
career her son was left in the care of her husband
and his family in Delhi. With the changed equa-
Akki's Upcomming Movie Lands In Trouble
tions there is bound to be considerable changes
in Chitrangda's lifestyle.`
Friends say she now plans to shift permanently
to Mumbai. Kushan Nandy's untitled film to be
shot extensively in Jharkhand and Bengal would
be the first film Chitrangda would plunge into after the changed circumstance in her life.
Not much is known about Kushan's film except
that it's a political thriller.Nawaz and Chitrangda
are paired opposite one another while Prosenjit
plays a politician.
The film begins shooting in July.
`Kushan's film requires extensive shooting outdoors in Jharkhand .We are sure Chitrangda will
find a way to deal with whatever the personal and
professional situation in her life,` says a source
close to the film.
The unit of Neeraj Pandey's tentatively titled film `Baby`,
starring Akshay Kumar, landed in trouble here after they allegedly failed to pay dues of Rs. 2.5 million (in Nepali currency) to a Nepali film management company.
"We have not detained any one. We have called both the
parties to reach an understanding," Abhi Narayan Kafle,
Deputy Superintendent of Nepal Police at Gaushal Beat,
told IANS.
"The Nepali side seized the shooting material claiming
the Indian side failed to pay some due amount, so we have
brought both the parties to the police station. We are trying
to find a common ground," added Kafle.
Aksahy left the city Wednesday after completing the
shooting in various locations in Kathmandu.
Ram Krishna Pokhrel, chairman of the film management
company Ice-fall Adventure Pvt Ltd, seized the shooting
materials after the unit reached Tribhuvan International
Airport to fly to Turkey via India without clearing his dues.
Ice-fall claimed that expenses on the shoot were around
Rs.9.5 million and they had received only Rs.7 million.
The Indian film unit sought the Nepal police's help.
The film unit claimed they missed the 7 a.m. flight Thursday and it has resulted in more financial loss for them. They
told the police that they made an arrangement where they
were leaving one of their team members in the city to clear
the dues, but Ice-fall rejected their proposal.
After failing to catch the flight, we have lost another Rs.5
million (Indian currency), the Indian team told police.
The two parties didn't reach any understanding till evening.
The film revolves around two smugglers who dupe people
in Mumbai and start a new business in Kathmandu. Pandey
shot in posh locations around the city.
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Indian Horizon
Women’s Issues
& Kidworld
The Food-Filled Experience
of Digesting Delhi
By Michael Swamy
For one to enjoy a trip
to the capital of our country, three things are of utmost importance – a love
for history, a good driver
and a sturdy stomach.
While I had the first two
– I love walking around
old monuments and capturing their timelessness
with my camera, and I
had Hukam Chand ji with
me – the third one was
missing. But two weeks of
roaming around through
the streets of Delhi, and
I can digest almost anything!
For me, any visit to
Delhi without a stop at
Nirula’s is incomplete,
so that’s where I go first.
I was at the famous Connaught Place which is a
maze of restaurants, eateries and convenience
stores. After downing
a milkshake and a few
marshmallows, I headed
straight to Wenger’s, another favourite of mine.
Apart from the pastries,
the chicken sandwiches
there are to die for, as
are the chocolate �japs’.
But the japs aren’t always available; depends
on your luck. I even got a
peek inside the Wenger’s
kitchen and I must say, it
really is wonderful.
My next stop was the
Oriental Fruit Mart where
I had the most amazing
cold coffee after a long,
long time. Hukam ji also
took me to this little stall
selling vada-sambar. At
first, I was hesitant to taste
anything there (looking at
the cook’s clothes), but
the food turned out to be
surprisingly tasty. In fact,
we went to the same stall
again a few days later on
my insistence!
The next day, I went
Chowk. This time I was
with a few friends and they
totally freaked out over
the golgappas in Dariba!
We sampled papad ka
paratha, aloo paratha and
khoya paratha in the famous Paranthe wali Galli.
Although we were bursting at the seams, we managed to make some space
for the fruit kuliyas, aloo
chaat and kanji vadas.
Of course, all that eating had to have some effect and it did! Without
going into details, all I
can tell you is that the
greedy foodie in me was
back in the same area a
couple of days later, my
appetite having returned
with a vengeance. I then
tasted the rest of the Delhi
fare - Nalli Nihari, Paaya,
lassi (in tall, clay kulhads),
jalebis and �imartis’ and
Nargisi Kofta.
Courtesy: idiva.com
Seal Your Love with Platinum
This timeless heart-shaped ruby and diamond ring epitomises
your undying love and commitment for each other. A perfect gift to
conncet with your soulmate, don’t you think?
A beautiful heart-shaped pendant and earring
set are sure to impress your lady this Valentine’s
Day. This brilliant creation is a symbol of true
love, affection and commitment. We love!
And what else could be more
romantic than pure and rare
platinum jewellery that symbolises true love? For centuries,
lovers have chosen platinum
as an everlasting expression of
their love. This naturally-white,
never-fading precious metal,
encompasses the deep emotions
around a couple’s enduring love
for each other. So make platinum an ideal gift to express love
on Valentine’s Day.
Even celebrities today
are choosing platinum as an
everlasting expression of their
love. Take cue from Hollywood
couple Cash Warren and Jessica Alba who chose platinum
she’s the best person to tell you
about raising your child from her
own experiences. On Mother’s
Day, we asked people what they
learnt from their mothers about
raising a child.
Strike a balance
Says international make-up
artist Ishika Taneja, “One of the
most important lessons I’ve learnt
from my mother is how to strike a
balance between my professional
and personal life. Her rigorous
work ethic has always inspired
me to put my best foot forward.
She wakes up very early and starts
working by 8.30 am, which continues till 7 o’clock in the evening.
Nevertheless, she makes time to
catch up and unwind with her
friends and family. We always
Planning to treat
your sweetie to a
romantic dinner on
Valentine’s Day? Surprise her with these
pretty matt finish
Platinum Love Bands
once the champagne
is served.
How to Cope with an
Unplanned Pregnancy
Our mothers raised us in times when child counselling, parenting classes, self-help books on raising
kids and terms like work-life balance weren’t part of a mom’s vocabulary. Busy though they were,
they managed to be �supermoms’ even then, without having heard of the term.
find time for a chat at the end of
the day, and in those moments
we’re best friends. I hope to do
the same with my kids.”
Learn to let go
Says artist Revati Singh Sharma, “The most important thing
I’ve imbibed from my mom is the
ability to let go. All mothers worry; it’s in our nature to do so, but
our children have to lead their
lives, make their own mistakes,
learn (or sometimes not) from
those mistakes and move on.”
Children have to discover their
own strengths and weaknesses,
likes and dislikes. They have to
know for themselves what inspires them and who makes
them better people. When life
knocks them down, they have to
learn to stand up and not give up.
Says Sharma, “I know no matter
what happens and what I tell my
mother, she will never judge me.
I will always have her unconditional love and trust.”
Be a smart cook
Recalls Taneja, “Whenever
I had to eat things that I didn’t
particularly relish, my mom
would invent recipes and cook
my meals such, that they would
take care of both my nutritional
needs and culinary preferences.
Now, I can give my children
proper nutrition and a healthy
start to their lives. It’s fun to involve children in cooking from
an early age too. It’s also a great
way to bond.”
Every girl wants to feel like a princess! So why not make her
feel like one this Valentine’s Day? Gift her this heart-shaped blue
sapphire platinum ring, which symbolises trust, commitment and
honesty. True blue, indeed!
engagement rings to seal their
bond. And so did our very own
desi couple Ayushmann Khurrana and Tahira who opted for
platinum to celebrate their commitment to each other.
As we inch closer to Valentine’s Day, here are some gifting
options in platinum to make her
day extra special. Make her fall
in love with you all over again
with this exquisitely-crafted
platinum chain pendant and
earrings. As the symbol of true
love through the ages, this beautiful piece of platinum jewellery
is bound to make a perfect gift
for your loved one.
Courtesy: Idiva.com
Want Parenting Advice?
Ask Your Mom
Life is different today. It’s
faster, busier, noisier and more
cluttered with to-do tasks, tiring
commutes, and office duties for
young mothers to reckon with.
Even if you’ve taken time off
to bring up your baby, you still
have your child’s PTA meetings,
school projects, extracurricular
activities, your own social life,
in-laws, the extended family,
and a mountain of household
chores to deal with.
Our advice is, use the wealth
of experience from your own
mom. There’s nothing better than conventional wisdom
when it comes to raising your
kids. And who can help you
better than your own mother?
She knows you inside out. And
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3 Things mom said that still
hold true...
1. There is no material substitute for quality time: It’s understandable that you can’t
devote as much time to your
child as your mother did
to you on a daily basis. Yet,
making up for it with toys,
presents and pocket money
is not the wisest thing to do.
Try to spend at least an hour
a day with your kid alone,
without the distractions of
television and technology.
Just being around while he
or she indulges in some unstructured play is enough to
let them know you care.
2. Ghar ka khana is best: Homecooked food is healthier, less
spicy and less oily than takeout meals. Research has proven that kids who eat such food
grow up with fewer health
problems and low risk of obesity. Also, the family that eats
together stays together. After
all, the dinner table is where
the entire family converses
and bonds every day.
3. All work and no play make
for a dull child: Instead of
trying to raise a high achiever
through myriad classes and
tuitions, let your child enjoy
the simple pleasures of fresh
air and team games. Let them
play outdoors a few hours after school every day.
Courtesy: Healthmeup.com
Lakshmi Prabhu was tired. She had
a three-month-old child who took up all
of her time and sleep. She was breastfeeding and friends had told her that,
that was as good a contraceptive as any.
“My baby was 12 weeks old,” says the
sales professional. “I was breastfeeding
her and my doctor said I was unlikely
to get my period. Despite not getting
my period, I conceived. I did not even
realise it for two months because I was
not looking for signs of pregnancy.”
Lakshmi’s first daughter was a year old
when she had the second one.
Bangalore-based gynaecologist Dr
Rajani Nayak says, “Nature allows natural spacing of pregnancy to some extent.
Prolactin, the hormone that works to
make milk, also inhibits the release of
reproductive hormones. But the way
it works depends on many factors and
cannot be taken as a foolproof method
of contraception.”
When’s your period?
Rajani explains how Lakshmi’s second pregnancy, through rare, came to
be. The first six months after pregnancy
are normally considered safe because
mothers are still exclusively nursing
their babies. This keeps the levels of
prolactin high and lowers the chances of
conceiving. But when the frequency of
nursing reduces, levels of prolactin also
decrease and you become fertile again.
“The chances of you getting your period
at this time are low, but not impossible,”
says Dr Nayak. “You start ovulating any
time after three months of delivering
your child and you may not know it has
happened. You are likely to get your first
period a fortnight after you have ovulated. You could easily get pregnant in
that time. Also, if you are supplementing
the baby’s feed with other food, levels of
prolactin will not be that high.”
Kindergarten teacher Manjula
Ramappa too got pregnant when her
child was a year old. “Nobody told me
that once you start feeding your child
other food or supplement the feed
with formula, this wouldn’t work. I was
not prepared for the result.” Dr Nayak
believes it’s better to get an intrauterine
device fixed early on, but pills are a bad
idea, as they can have side-effects.
Courtesy: Healthmeup.com
Indian Horizon
Women’s issue & Kidworld
Angel Therapy for Weight Loss
Many a time, weight gain is an
emotional and psychological issue.
We use weight as a protective barrier against our own feelings such as
anger and unforgiveness that we do
not know how to handle and sometimes our barrier increases around
certain people or in certain situations too. For instance, an attractive woman who is betrayed in love
might decide subconsciously to get
fat so as to become unattractive and
avoid heartbreak altogether. The
weight gain is her way of feeling
“safeguarded” against heartache. In
such cases, no matter what we do
to lose weight, nothing will help. I
know it sounds twisted but it is true
as it is self-sabotage. Of course, this
doesn’t serve anyone.
Weight gain is a manifestation
of stress and pent up feelings that
are unhealthy for us. The body converts these feelings into fat. So as
the feelings are released, the weight
will also dissolve. In simpler cases,
weight management is a matter of
the proportion of exercise and diet.
Angels are messengers of God.
They are one with God, not separate. They are beings of pure light
and love and have no ego so they
love each and every one of us unconditionally. We think of angels
as glowing people with bright white
wings and white light is the essence
of the angels. Every person has at
least two guardian angels without
exception and everybody can connect with their guardian angels for
changes and miracles in all areas
of their lives, including weight loss.
They have the best solutions for us
but they need our permission before they can intervene and bring
us miracles and changes. No task or
problem is too big or too small for
the angels. All of us can work with
them simultaneously.
The angels have solutions and
guidance for us but we can access
their wisdom only by asking for their
help. Talk to your angels like you
would talk to your best friend and
they will make their signs and answers
known to you repeatedly through
voices, songs, messages, thoughts,
ideas, knowingness, intuition, visuals, visions, etc. Say this prayer: My
dear guardian angels, please make
your presence known to me in ways
I will easily understand. The angels
will keep sending you signs and messages that will catch your attention
till you trust in their presence and
existence completely. There is nothing to be afraid of. Angels help us feel
safe, loved and peaceful.
Angels will help you with weight
loss because that will bring you
peace. Angels are here to make life
peaceful for you. Angels will help
you get to the root cause of your
weight issue. Step-by-step they will
guide you once you reach out for
help. They will send you messages
repeatedly through different media
till you take action so there is no
need to worry about missing their
guidance. The angels are gentle yet
persistent coaches.
Here are some ways in which
you can connect with the angels or
ask for their help. Do not tell them
how to solve the problem as the angels know best!
“Dear angels, I know you hear
me. I ask you now to help me
to get to the main cause of my
weight issue and help me heal
it from the inside out. Give me
courage and guide me all the
way. Thank you.”
“Dear angels, please help me
make healthy food and drink
choices today that serve my
health, energy, and nutritional
needs. Please dissolve any
unhealthy cravings I may have
and replace them with cravings
for healthy fruits and veggies.
Thank you.” This is great to
eliminate food cravings and
junk food. The angels might
urge you to give up coffee, soda,
and other drinks with caffeine,
meat, processed foods, and
alcohol and also help you deal
with withdrawal symptoms.
“Dear angels, please help me
choose an exercise programme
that is fun for me and helps me
attain my ideal weight. Also,
protect me from any injury as I
exercise. Thank you.”
“Dear angels, please motivate me
to go for a walk/jog/cycling/
gym and make it an enjoyable
experience. Thank you.”
“Dear angels, clearly guide me
regarding the changes I need to
make in my mindset, my lifestyle, and in my diet to attain
my perfect weight. Thank you.”
“Dear angels, please help me let
go of smoking for good. Thank
“Dear angels, I am bored right
now and in a bad mood; make
life fun. Thank you!”
You can express gratitude to the
angels or make a list of desires you
wish to manifest or what you would
like to happen during the day. Start
with a list of five everyday and at the
end of the day, see and be thankful
for what has been accomplished.
As you say these prayers, notice what happens afterwards or
any idea or action plan you might
receive in your mind or feelings in
your heart. Sometimes, the changes
will happen right away, sometimes
it will be a longer process where
you need to take action too. Make a
diary and write your angel prayers
and results there. That way you will
notice a theme and gauge the progress you have made.
You can even write a letter to
the angels expressing all your frustration and pent up feelings about
your weight issue and then burn it
and flush it. That will bring you a
lot of relief. Do not censor. Express
your authentic feelings. Once that
tension is out of the way, the solution will be better in sight.
Imagine you are surrounded by
a big ball of white light at all times.
This is the light and love of the angels protecting you. Do this every
two hours. Say: “Angels please surround me in your big ball of love,
light, and joy. Thank you.”
Your guardian angels are always by your side. We have other
angels too who come and go as we
go through changes in life. You can
have mental conversations with
them all the time, even when you
are exercising. You will never walk
alone and you are never alone because the angels are right by your
side, through thick and thin. The
angels are not serious and boring.
Talk to them informally. They will
never judge so say what you want to
them. Your negativity will harm you
and other people but it does not
harm them. In fact, angels can erase
your stress and negativity and fill
you with joy, peace and love. They
are fun, loving, and humourous. As
you take one step towards them,
they take four steps towards you. I
wish you a superb and miraculous
journey with the angels!
Courtesy: healthiswealth.com
She brought the roof down How to Enjoy the Experience
As heritage homes make way for highrises across the city, one
woman tells the story of how she chose to renovate the dilapidated
roof of her family home rather than break it all down.
All around us in Chennai, I see
priceless old homes and charming
bungalows demolished to make
way for skyscrapers and apartment
complexes that look like beehives.
When you renovate an old house
instead of tearing it down, you keep
memories intact and let bygone
building styles thrive. To demolish
or renovate is a million dollar question, but costs apart, renovating is
a rare pleasure that allows one’s
imagination wide scope.
I took up the challenge with my
old family home. The old Burma
teak raftered ceiling had sprung a
hundred leaks, the walls were flaking, and the walls had cracks. My
family was impatient — demolition
it is, they said. On the other hand,
we had the coolness of a lime-andbrick building, gleaming red-oxide
floors, and fresh air and sunlight
coming in from large windows.
I was reluctant to let it all go in
return for steel and glass. I finally
decided the solution was to remove
the old roof and put in a new one,
while keeping the old home intact.
I decided to consult the
Structural Engineering Dept of
IIT, Madras, for an expert opinion.
Off I went, unknown and unheralded, to meet the right person,
who it turned out was one Professor Devdas Menon. The professor
studied my house plans, saw the
building, and said that the roof
should be removed gently, brick by
brick. The pillars in the walls were
strong, he said, and new concrete
beams could be put in place before
putting on a new RCC roof. These
beams would take, and disperse
the load, giving my building new
strength and life.
He also advised me to use a
particular grade of cement that’s
used for bridges. Further, Prof.
Menon designed the new roof,
explaining the details to my builder
and instructing him to come and
see him whenever he had a doubt
during the building process. One
of his able students was deputed to
check on the work and report back
of Setting Up Your Home
By Roheena Nagpal
With that thought in mind, let’s
admit that there are many factors
we must address when doing up a
home. It’s not just what we want
in them, but also a whole world of
other things that deserves equal
attention. Some of them being:
The opinion of our friends,
colleagues at work and
extended family.
The functionality demanded
by ageing parents.
The juggle between our aspirations and functionality.
But, it’s not the amount of
money we plan to spend on our
homes that makes us nervous. It’s
the many dilemmas and amplified
scepticism and incertitude.
to him regularly.
For Prof. Menon, it was an
intellectual and professional challenge. Under his guidance, we went
to work. “I’m taking the roof off,” I
said to a couple of friends, and was
faced with such a look of shock that
I decided to keep quiet about it
from then on. We located the right
mason, an old hand at dismantling
masonry. I moved downstairs,
surrounded by a million packed
possessions. I dropped out of the
social scene, cocooned in my roofless house, the open skies shut
meticulously by the workers each
evening with tied-down tarpaulin
sheets. Gradually, the rafters were
removed and stored in the garage.
We had a flurry of buyers for the
lovely old wood. “Not now,” we
said, having plenty of use for it.
One month later, the day dawned
when the new roof would be cast.
The road gang arrived, and all was
noise and loud chatter. About six
hours later, the roof had been poured
in place. The hive of activity of the
past month came to a lull for the next
20 days. The roof had to be given
time to set before de-shuttering
could be done. Finally, the workers
came back to work and the new roof
was a reality. Getting the right engineer, who is not only experienced
but who has a positive attitude, is
the key to any building. Combined
with reasonably good labour, we can
definitely build a dream home. A
lot of common sense and plenty of
patience also play a vital part.
Courtesy: ideallady.com
The making of a home encompasses a profusion of decisions to
be made which make the process
very demanding. We must always
keep in mind that having these
emotions is natural; so try not
complaining and don’t let any
negativity set in.
Now that we’re sedate with
these ideas, let’s learn how to
enjoy the experience of setting
up a home. We’ve always talked
about colours and combinations,
textures and materials. There are
also some very important factors
that we must keep in mind, and
that is its, people. Our homes also
must help enhance our personalities and hone our talents. It should
be plain enjoyable.
If someone loves music like
playing the drums, make place
for it at home, on the other hand
if a member in interested in art,
the home must lend a hand to
enhance the talent.
If you love natural herbs, and
wish to use them in your recipes,
ensure you have potted plants
with the herbs you desire outside
your kitchen window. Believe me
they don’t need the amount of
space you may have imagined.
Your home must represent you
and you must make the decisions
with confidence and pleasure. Enjoy building your home your way!
Courtesy: Homedecore.com
Indian Horizon
Women’s issue & Kidworld
Butter palak chicken
Chocolate Marble Cake
About this recipe: “This is a
cake with wonderful flavours,
thanks to mocha and peanut
butter! “
Serves : 12
200g unsalted butter
150g chunky or smooth
peanut butter
100g caster sugar
125g light brown sugar
4 large eggs
250g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
100ml milk
100g chocolate chips,
chopped smaller
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 heaped tablespoon of
Camp coffee essence
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
For the Glaze (optional)
2 tablespoons of apricot
2 tablespoons of water
Prep:20min › Cook:50min ›
Ready in:1hr10min
Preheat oven to 180 degrees
C. Slightly grease and flour a
25cm /10” cake tin.
Combine butter, peanut
butter and both types of sugar
in a mixing bowl. Beat until light
and creamy, about 3-5 minutes
on low. Add eggs one at a time,
beating well after each addition.
Sift together the flour, baking
powder and salt.
Gradually fold the sifted flour
and milk, alternately, into the
egg mixture, stirring well after
each addition.
Divide mixture into two
equal portions. Add chocolate
chips to one portion; mix. Blend
the coffee granules, essence and
cocoa together and mix lightly
until the ingredients are wellblended to get a mocha-flavour
- add this to the other portion.
Put a ladleful of choc-chip
batter into the prepared tin, top
this with a ladleful of mochaflavoured batter and alternate
the two steps until both portions
are used up.
To get a marble effect, draw
a wooden skewer through the
batter, taking care not to touch
the bottom of the tin. Lightly
shake the tin to get rid of any air
bubbles. Bake in a preheated
oven for 25 mins. Then turn the
oven temp down to 160 degrees
C. Continue cooking for another
25 minutes.
To test the cake, touch it
lightly with the fingertips. If it is
cooked through, the cake should
spring back immediately when
touched. Cool the cake in the
mould for 5 to 10 minutes before
turning it out onto a wire rack.
To prepare the glaze, combine apricot jam and water in a
small saucepan. Heat gently to
melt the jam, stirring continuously. Brush cake with glaze.
Leave to cool before serving.
Courtesy: allrecipes.com
About this recipe: “This dish is a
little different from the traditional butter chicken. You can add an extra spicy
kick to this by adding green chillies.”
Serves : 4
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon whole garam masala
4 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
2 medium-sized onions (sliced)
2 medium-sized tomatoes
1 teaspoon dhaniya powder
pepper to taste
salt to taste
1 bunch spinach leaves
1 full chicken (medium cut
pieces) - skinned and washed
Prep:10min › Cook:3hr20min ›
Ready in:3hr30min
Melt butter in a pan and add
the garam masala to it. Add in onion,
garlic, spinach, tomatoes, dhaniya
powder, pepper and salt. Mix well and
sautГ© until the tomatoes soften.
Add the chicken pieces to the
pan. Cook on medium heat until
chicken is done. Serve with a dollop of
butter and enjoy with chapaati or naan.
Add water for extra curry.
Courtesy: allrecipes.com
Rajasthani Lasun ki chutney
Chickpea and Potato Stew
Makes 6 servings, 1 1/4 cups each
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 large onions (coarsely chopped) (4 cups)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 teaspoon cumin seed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Curry powder to taste
1 pound new potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 19-ounce can chickpeas (rinsed)
1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes, preferably fire-roasted
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 cup low-fat or fat-free plain Greek yogurt (optional)
Step 1: Chop all your veggies. Heat oil in a Dutch oven (or a large pot) over medium heat.
Step 2: Add onions to the pot and cook, stirring often, until fragrant and beginning to brown, for 5 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook,
stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add cumin seed, ground cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom and cayenne; cook, stirring, until
fragrant, 30 to 60 seconds. Add potatoes, water and salt; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add chickpeas and tomatoes; stir
to combine.
Step 3: Bring the stew to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally and adding 1/2 cup water, if
needed, until the potatoes are tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Stir in cilantro. It’s ready to be served!
Courtesy: healthmeup.com
About this recipe: “If you are a garlic lover, this chutney can accompany
anything. Sometimes I eat it with plain
chapatti or paratha and that tastes
great too.”
Serves : 4
8 garlic cloves
1/4 inch ginger root
4-6 red chillies
1 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon mango powder
1 small tomato – optional
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon oil
Prep:20min › Cook:5min › Ready
Soak the chilies in water for about
15 minutes. Mix all the ingredients in a
blender. Heat the oil in a pan; pour the
blended mix (paste )into it. Cook it for
5 min.
Courtesy: allrecipes.com
Veg Daliya Upma
How to Prevent Food
From Sticking
This recipe is a favourite Indian breakfast dish. Veg Daliya Upma’s filling is high in fibre and rich in magnesium. It keeps you satiated for a longer time by making you feel fuller. This healthy snack
also helps you avoid frequent undesirable munching which can give
rise to hypertension, among other unhealthy repercussions.
Serves : 4
Broken wheat (dalia) : 2 cups
Onions (chopped): 1 medium-sized
Green chilies: 1-2
Ginger (Grated): 1 teaspoon
Green peas: ВЅ cup
Carrots (diced) : ВЅ cup
Mustard seeds:1 tsp
Oil:2 1/2 tsp
Chopped coriander for garnish
• Clean and wash the broken wheat thoroughly.
• Drain and keep aside.
• Heat the oil in a pressure cooker. Add the mustard seeds.
• When they splutter, add the onions, green chilli and ginger
and sautГ© till the onions turn translucent.
• Add the green peas, carrots, broken wheat and salt and sauté
for 3- 4 minutes.
• Add 4 cups of water and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
• Garnish with the coriander and serve hot.
Courtesy: healthmeup.com
Love the sear of a stainless skillet but
not the way peppers can start to meld to
the bottom midway through cooking? A
little more oil should help. But don’t just
pour it over the top of the food or you’ll
end up with a greasy, soggy mess. Instead, use a metal spatula to loosen the
vegetables or meat and push them to one
side of the skillet. Then tilt the pan so the
empty area is over the heat. Add the oil
to the empty area (1 or 2 tablespoons
should do it) and let it get hot before
moving the food back. The heated oil on
the hot pan will create a slick, nonstick
surface, guaranteeing a surefire sautГ©.
Indian Horizon
Women’s issues & Kids world
Breast milk compound
may prevent deadly
preemie infection
When little Georgia Cullen was born four months
early last February, she weighed less than two pounds.
Her doctors supplemented her mother Julie’s breast
milk with formula to help her grow, and she did. But last
March, Georgia developed a dangerous and potentially deadly intestinal infection. “Her stomach started to
swell up,” says her father, Jim Cullen, of Erie, Pa. She was
flown by helicopter to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
“To have your daughter born early is scary. She was doing so well up to that point, so it was even scarier.”
Georgia pulled through, but lost much of her intestine to the infection. Now the surgeon who operated
on her thinks he’s helped find a compound in human
breast milk that may prevent that complication.
Her condition, called necrotizing enterocolitis, is
an immune system overreaction that kills thousands
of premature babies every year. “Breast milk for many
years has been known to protect against this disease,”
says Dr. David Hackam, who treated Georgia.
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC for short) affects
about 25,000 babies a year in the United States, according to the American Pediatric Surgical Association. The
risk goes way up for babies born weighing less than
three pounds, 1,500 grams. Anywhere between 20 percent and 30 percent of them die, according to a 2009
study in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.
Courtesy: today.com
How much is enough? Help your kids get a good night’s sleep
Poor sleep in kids has been linked to a raft of problems later in life, including obesity, learning
difficulties, and the risk of mental illnesses such as anxiety disorders and depression.
A study in the April issue of the
Journal of Sleep Research found that
kids who didn’t get enough deep sleep
had more behavior problems which
continued to be an issue a year later.
Kids who got good sleep were more
adaptable than those who did not.
It’s not as if the message is being
lost on parents. An article in the Wall
Street Journal noted an increase in the
number of kids showing up for overnight studies in sleep clinics.
With so much at risk, parents may
be wondering when they should toddle
the toddler off to a specialist. TODAY
took a closer look at the issue with Dr.
Lisa Thornton, an assistant professor
in the departments of pediatrics and
surgery at the University of Chicago’s
Pritzker School of Medicine and medical director of pediatric and adolescent
rehabilitation at KidsRehab, a joint program between and LaRabida Children’s
Hospital, and Schwab Rehabilitation
While most kids have occasional
problems sleeping, you might want
to take a closer look if “your child has
things like night terrors, sleep walking,
or excessive snoring,” Thornton said on
TODAY. “Those can be signs of a real
problem, a sleep disorder that needs to
be managed medically.”
The occasional bout of snoring isn’t
an issue, Thornton said. But, if you can
hear your child snoring a room away, it
could be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition in which your child will periodically stop breathing.
The lack of oxygen during those
moments is what jolts kids (and adults)
awake in the middle of the night. “You
wake up and try to breath again and
you never get into that nice deep sleep
that you’re supposed to get into,”
Thornton said. “And that leads to
excessive daytime sleepiness. Even if
they’re in bed all night they wake up
Thornton listed signs indicating
that a child might have serious sleep
Loud snoring and sleep
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Falling asleep at inappropriate times
Behavioral problems
Moodiness, anxiety
Thornton reminds parents that
children need a lot more sleep than
adults do.
“Children sleep a lot, especially babies,” she said. “Babies sleep between
14 and 16 hours a day, including naps.
So they may seem to be awake a lot
but they just awaken frequently. And
that’s normal. In preschoolers you want
about 12 to 14 hours of total sleep a
day. And once they’re in school 10 to 12
hours a day is what kids really need to
be fresh and aware and not cranky.”
How can we help our kids get the
sleep they need? Thornton suggested a
few tips.
A cool, dark room is best
Very little stimulation
Quiet in the house if possible
Make bedtime a habit/routine
Give time to let your child’s brain
calm down
Allow time for your child to sleep
And remember, Thornton said, that
it can take time for a kid to fall asleep.
“Some people think you’re supposed
to get in bed and fall asleep in five
minutes,” she added. “It takes about
20 minutes of just relaxation to fall
If you follow all the good sleep rules
and “your child still seems to be having
daytime sleepiness, crankiness, trouble
paying attention, bad behavior problems, those are things to discuss with
your physician to see if they might be
linked with sleep,” Thornton said.
And if you do decide to take your
child to the pediatrician, “a good thing
to do [ahead of time] is to keep a sleep
log,” Thornton said. “Measure when
does the child actually sleep and when
are they awake. That will give us a really
good clue as to whether this is a problem with sleeping or something else.”
Courtesy: today.com
Detecting and Dealing With Eczema
When your baby has itchy, scaly
skin that makes her scratch all day
and night, you want to do whatever
you can to ease her discomfort.
Fortunately, several effective
eczema treatments can lead to a
happier baby.
Bathe Often
Most pediatric dermatologists
suggest giving you baby a bath
every day if she has eczema. Baths
add moisture to dry skin and get rid
of surface bacteria that can cause
skin infections.
“It can be fun for baby, and
it’s good for bonding with the
parents,” says Amy S. Paller, MD,
professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg
School of Medicine in Chicago.
“It’s a wonderful way to get hydration into the skin.”
Use fragrance-free, mild soaps
or soap-less cleansers intended for
sensitive skin. Bathe your baby for
five to 10 minutes, pat her dry to
retain some moisture on her skin,
then apply moisturizer.
Moisturize Regularly
To soothe dryness and itching, smooth moisturizer on your
baby’s skin at least twice a day.
Dry skin can make eczema worse
and bring out more inflammation, says Lawrence F. Eichenfield,
MD, professor of pediatrics and
dermatology at the University of
California, San Diego. Moisturizing
often helps break what he calls “the
itch-scratch cycle.”
Thick, moisturizing creams
and ointments work better on your
baby’s skin than lotions, which
have more water. If your doctor has
prescribed anti-itch cream, apply it
before the moisturizer.
You may want to switch moisturizers depending on the season.
Petroleum-based ointments are
ideal for cold-weather months but
too thick for summertime. A lighter
cream is better in warm weather.
Skip �Natural’
Organic and natural baby products are popular, but most have
herbs and plant-based products
that can cause reactions in babies
with sensitive skin.
“People think about organic
products as being healthy,” says
Nanette Silverberg, MD, director of
pediatric dermatology at St. Luke’sRoosevelt Hospital Center in New
York City. “But most kids are going
to be sensitive to some extract,
fragrance or flowers.” Her advice?
“Ask your doctor for a product line
that’s been tested in children and is
well-proven for sensitivities.”
Consider Diluted Bleach Baths
Silverberg suggests diluted
bleach baths for babies over 6
months who have moderate or
severe eczema. They’re especially
helpful if your baby has crusting
on the skin. Bleach helps remove
staph bacteria -- a known eczema
trigger -- without resorting to antibiotics. Talk to your pediatrician
before giving your baby a bleach
bath. Use 1 teaspoon of bleach per
1 gallon of water or Вј cup per full
Sounds harsh? It’s just like
taking your child into a swimming
pool with chlorine, Silverberg says.
And your baby may have fewer
flare-ups and less discomfort as a
result, she says.
Squelch Scratching
You can put anti-scratching
mittens on a young baby’s hands to
stop her from scratching. But that
doesn’t work well on older babies
and toddlers. To reduce irritation,
keep your child’s fingernails cut
short and filed with an emery board,
so they’re not sharp. If you notice
your child scratching more than
usual, take her to the doctor, who
can prescribe anti-itch medicine.
Courtesy: webmd.com
Why it may be OK to spit-clean your baby’s binkie
If you suck your child’s pacifier
clean, there’s no need to be embarrassed. You may actually be helping
your kids avoid eczema and asthma,
Swedish researchers say. “It was surprising that the effect was so strong,”
says pediatric allergist Dr. Bill Hesselmar of Queen Silvia Children’s
Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden,
lead author of the study published
Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
Of 136 infants who used a pacifier in their first six months, 65 had
parents who reported sucking the
pacifier to clean it. In those children, both eczema and asthma were
strongly reduced when they were
examined at 18 months of age. At
36 months of age, the protective effect remained for eczema but not for
The study didn’t indicate how
mom and dad’s saliva was protective or whether it was filtering out
germs, but spit-cleaning the binkie
had no effect on respiratory illness
-- meaning babies aren’t more likely
to get cold or flu viruses from their
parents sucking on the paci. “Transmission of colds/virus infections are
common in a household because
of “close contact”, independent of
if the parent’s suck on their child’s
pacifier or not,” Hesselmar says.
When parents clean a pacifier
with saliva, they’re introducing gut
microflora, the microscopic organisms -- mostly bacteria -- that live
in the digestive tract. “We know that
if infants have diverse microflora in
the gut, then children will have less
allergy and less eczema,” says Hesselmar. “When parents suck on the
pacifier, they are transferring microflora to the child.”
Scientists hypothesize that those
tiny organisms help prevent allergy,
eczema and asthma by stimulating
an infant’s developing immune system. “The most exciting result was
the eczema,” says Christine Johnson,
chair of the public health department at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital. “I’m a bit more skeptical about
the asthma findings because asthma
is hard to measure before a child is
five or six years old.” Michelle Berman, mom of three girls under age 7,
says her oldest daughter, who never
used a pacifier, had serious eczema
until age 5. The two younger girls
both used pacifiers and had little
trouble with the allergic condition.
Courtesy: today.com