Thursday, May 5, 2011

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition:5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Missing Adarsh file: CBI arrests 3 after HC rap (171 news)

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition:5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Missing Adarsh file: CBI arrests 3 after HC rap (171 news)


5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Missing Adarsh file: CBI arrests 3 after HC rap

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It took almost three months and a reprimand from the Bombay high court on Thursday to get the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cracking. After being pulled up by the court for not inquiring into a 'crucial' missing file related to Adarsh Society,...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Sharad Pawar’s DB link reinforced via Eon-Panchshil

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Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar's connection with Eon Aviation Private Limited — the firm owned by 2G scam accused Shahid Balwa's DB Realty group — is not limited to travelling with Balwa in an Eon plane. Following Balwa's arrest by the CBI in...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: State’s highest FSI gift will aid Chaityabhoomi

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The National Textiles Corporation (NTC) is likely to get the city's maximum floor space index (FSI) of 6 or 7 for the construction of a five-star hotel and convention centre at Dadar. In return, the NTC will give the state 4 of the 12 acres its India...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: US-Pak tug-of-war over Osama’s wounded wife

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The wife of Osama bin Laden is in a military hospital in Pakistan undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds she sustained in the raid that resulted in the death of the alQaeda leader. Amal Ahmed al-Sadah, who was shot in the leg during the raid, is...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: ANALYSIS

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Yogesh Pawar remembers sitting in Barack Obama's place and the lessons learnt from the White House situation room p3 Francois Gautier wonders why Congress president Sonia Gandhi is so scared of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi p13 Con Coughlin...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: acres

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of land will be given to Chaityabhoomi (final resting place of Dr Ambedkar) free of cost in return for the highest FSI. The hotel, residential quarters for central government employees and viewing deck will be constructed on eight acres of land.

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: FSI

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likely to be granted by state govt for construction of a 5-star hotel and convention centre at Dadar. Existing FSI for city is 1.33.

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: acres

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Area of land owned by NTC at India United Mill 6 at Dadar near Shivaji Park.

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: 2 Camps: Kids pick up skills, disease

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Paediatricians across the city are a worried lot as the number of pneumonia cases being reported at children's hospitals is now similar to that seen in the flu season in November and December. Though there are no studies to point out scientific...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: CBI reconstructs Nitesh firing incident

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A special team from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the Nitesh Rane firing case on Thursday visited the office of his NGO Swabhiman Sanghathana in Khar to reconstruct the incident which purportedly occurred about eight months ago. This...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Robot-assisted surgery is now a reality

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The Asian Heart Institute at Bandra-Kurla Complex is setting up the city's first robotic facility for surgeries. The robot, which will cost around Rs15 crore, will start functioning from August and will be used in both cardiac and non-cardiac...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Two city housewives commit suicide

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Two housewives committed suicide in the city in last two days, one due to dowry harassment, the other owing to depression. On Wednesday, a 22-yearold housewife, Manshi Waghmare, committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence in Goregaon (East)...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Vile Parle sees 2 house break-ins involving Rs9.75L

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Two cases of house break-in have been registered with the Juhu police station on Wednesday. In the first case, burglars broke the main door lock of businessman Bharat Seth's Vile Parle (West) house in the afternoon and made away with ornaments and cash...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Ekta Supreme clarifies

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This refers to the report on Page 8 of DNA dated May 4 headlined 'Builder breaches redevelopment pact, gives smaller flats: Bandra Society'. Shabbir Lokhandwala, an occupant of Nensey Co-operative Housing Society, has misrepresented facts. His...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: 23-yr-old held for cheating Malad businessman

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The Goregaon police have arrested a 23-year-old man for cheating after a Malad-based businessman filed a complaint against him. The complainant, Pinnineeroveera Reddy, 49, said that the accused, Dravin Geera, a resident of Motilal Nagar, Goregaon...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Hunt on to nab Parel house break-in accused

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The Bhoiwada police have launched a hunt for some unidentified accused who broke into the house of one Shekhar Batwara, 54, at Parel on Thursday and fled with cash and valuables worth Rs55,000. The police said that the accused broke the cupboard and...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: HOW TO BEAT PNEUMONIA

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Junk food Children should They should Doctors also

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: BMC drive against illegal hawkers, food stalls

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Carrying out its drive against illegal hawkers and food stalls, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has seized food items, stalls and other goods worth Rs78.65 lakh. The drive that lasted 13 days, from April 18 to 30, has confiscated goods...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Buck up, CR

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Apropos 'Railways not doing enough: Commuters' (May 5), CR has been trying to deter commuters from putting their lives at risk. There is also a list of nearby hospitals

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Shame on Pak

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When Osama was hunted down in the heart of Pakistan, what should have been a matter of acute embarrassment for its government

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Make maths optional

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Apropos 'Students score pass mark but fail exam'

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: The dazzling growth of Chordias Pawar’s DB link reinforced

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The Chordia-Pawar connection dates back to Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar's college days when he was studying at Pune's Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce. Pawar was then a classmate of Panchshil Realty promoter Atul Chordia's father...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Strict norms for hookah joints

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Hookah parlours in the city may be in for a tough time after the Bombay high court on Thursday directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to incorporate the rules and regulations stated under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Learning a lesson in the White House situation room

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By now, most have seen White House situation room pictures of US vicepresident Joe Biden, president Barack Obama, BrigGen Marshall Webb of joint ops command, secretary of state Hillary Clinton and defence secretary Robert Gates being briefed by...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Court: Probe hosp stay of matka queen

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After a similar direction in July 2009, sessions court judge RG Awchat has once again directed the investigation officer from the crime branch to conduct a probe into arrested matka queen Jaya Bhagat's 'unnecessarily' long stay at JJ hospital. From the...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: A Pune plot which tells an uncomfortable tale

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After conducting investigations and file inspections under the Right to Information Act, on April 15 DNA reported on the controversial real estate being jointly developed by Chordiaowned Panchshil Realty and Shahid Balwa's DB Realty on a 19.21-acre...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: CBSE results likely to be declared on May 23

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Central Board of Secondary Education ( CBSE) students might not have to wait long for their results. According to the CBSE website, results of the Class XII examinations conducted in 2011 by the board are likely to be announced on May 23. A total of...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: PAST INCIDENTS

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In Aug 2010, Mangala Ekhande, 55, died due to renal failure a day after being admitted at KEM hospital. Her son Arun attacked resident doctor Tushar Dhakte, 25, who was treating her In the same month, relatives of a patient assaulted Dr Ketan Parihar...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: MUMBAI BEST killing its own staff: Union leader Housing redevpt the ‘best’ way

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Suhas Samant of the BEST Kaamgar Sena claimed that horrible working conditions and economic exploitation are forcing the drivers and conductors-among other ground staff-to commit suicides. In the last four months, claimed Samant, 12 workers-five of...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Bihar cops to reunite boy with family

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Little Sohail has no words to express how he feels just at the thought of getting a hope to return to his family any moment now. Two days after DNA reported his story of betrayal by his own family as well as strangers, his footsteps back to his...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: System to keep eye on rash drivers

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Accidents caused by BEST's buses may reduce in the coming months as the undertaking is in the process of restarting a monitoring system that was stopped a few years ago. This system is expected to deter a section of bus drivers which has made the BEST...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Water cuts from May 9 to 12

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The BMC is going to replace the old pipelines with tunnels and to carry out the work the supply to South Mumbai, South Central Mumbai and parts of western suburbs will be isolated and the concerned area would be affected from May 9 to 12. The major...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Intl award for 8 Zilla Parishad schools

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Eight Zilla Parishad schools in Maharashtra have become the first such institutions to get the International Schools Award (ISA) instated by the British Council. Two schools located in Lonikhand, near Pune and Wavarle, run by the district level...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Their problems

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About 15 years ago, as per a housing loan scheme, half of the interest was being paid by the undertaking. This led to several workers leaving the city and shifting to areas like Nallasopara, Navi Mumbai, Mira Bhayander etc. The unintended consequence...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Doctors want unhealthy food product advertisements banned

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The Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), India's premier cancer treatment centre, has suggested that the government ban television advertisements promoting what has been proved to be unhealthy food. A report prepared by experts from the hospital will soon be...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: MNS: Display Phalke info, or else...

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If the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has its way, the portrait of the father of the Indian film industry will soon be gracing cinema halls across the city. In a diktat issued to theatre owners in Mumbai, the Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Perils of visiting a unisex salon

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In Dubai, where I grew up, the concept of unisex salons can still evoke a few gasps. In a women's parlour, even opening the door to a guy's at the other end can make some women raise their perfectly-plucked eyebrows. And if it's a matter of letting in...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: ‘Wedding’ lands VJTI in trouble

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The engineering college has landed itself in yet another controversy. On Wednesday, Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) activists staged a protest at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) at Matunga after it was reported that the...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Party wants city BJP chief arrested

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Two months after the friendly meeting between MNS chief Raj Thackeray and senior BJP leaders, the cordial relations between the parties seem to have gone sour once again. MNS activists along with Ankita Rane, the girl who filmed a paani-puri vendor...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: ED charge sheet against Ali likely today

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has finally documented all the evidence collected against Hasan Ali Khan and his aide Kashinath Tapuriah. The agency is likely to file a charge sheet on Friday against the two in the money-laundering case in a special...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Criminal who gave cops the slip held

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Anandharasu Chinappa, who managed to escape from the custody of two Tamil Nadu policemen escorting him at Dadar on April 12, was arrested in Pattukkotai town in the southern state's Nagapattinam district on April 28. Inspector Ravindra Dalvi of the...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Bar artist curb: HC lauds cops

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The Bombay high court on Thursday observed that the Mumbai Police was ensuring equal opportunity for all by allowing four female and four male artistes to perform at bars. It added that the restriction on the number of artistes did not violate article...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: THE DEMANDS

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MNCKS has given theatre owners seven days to comply with their demands If they fail to comply, the party will take matters in its own hands It has also asked for Phalke's picture to be screened before the show begins and after the national anthem ends...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: THE CONTROVERSY

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MNVS protested outside VJTI after it was reported that it had rented out its grounds for a wedding and students were forced to vacate hostel room VJTI said its permission was for a corporate function, and a panel had rejected the application for wedding

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: PROBLEM

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A report of the Tata Memorial Hospital says that unhealthy food is the primary cause of obesity among children and the trigger for serious aliments like cancer Obesity is a growing health problem in India

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Police training to be made uniform across the country

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On the recommendations of the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPRD), the central government has recently decided that selection will be followed by uniformity in police training of constables and sub-inspectors across the country. Top police...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Open IVraises infection risk

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Next time you are hospitalised, please check what kind of IV system is being used. Open infusion systems can cause 10 times more contamination as opposed to the closed infusion system bags, studies indicate. This subject was raised in a presentation...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Civic body to raze illegal abattoirs to benefit Deonar

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to start a drive to raze illegal slaughterhouses in the city so that the Deonar abattoir can be used to its fullest capacity. According to the civic body, the abattoir has an "unutilised...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: AIEEE postponed to May 11

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The All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) has been rescheduled on 11 May, 2011. This is in effect for those candidates who missed the exam due to the AFMC exam in the same centre on 1 May, 2011. According to a press release issued by...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: CM opens flyover, MP wants more

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The Maheshwari UdyanTulpule Chowk flyover was inaugurated on Thursday in the usual chaotic fashion. Meanwhile, member of parliament from South Central Mumbai Eknath Gaikwad made an open demand to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan asking him to build...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Regional writers get Tagore award

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In celebration of Rabindranath Tagore's sesquicentennial (150 years), the Sahitya Akademi and Samsung India felicitated the best literary contributions in eight Indian languages at the second edition of the 'Tagore Literature Awards' held in Mumbai on...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: AI bought equipment at 1000% mkt rate

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Air India may be losing over Rs4.6 crores daily due to the pilot strike, but airline's executive directors have cost them a Rs7 crores by purchasing portable entertainment assistant (PEA) players at inflated rates. Air India directors have purchased...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Land-FSI swap to aid Chaityabhoomi

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"The Chaityabhoomi beautification and expansion project will have a university for social justice named after Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, a Vipassana centre, Bhikkhu Nivas (Buddhist monk residence), a library of his works and accommodation facilities for...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: State quizzed on Russian conversion

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Should a complaint made by a Russian and others about an attack on them at a Zoroastrian religious institution in February 2010 be investigated by an independent agency like Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)? This is a question the Bombay high...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: ‘Power is integral to state’s development’

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NCP president Sharad Pawar on Thursday said power was integral for the overall development of any state whether it is nuclear, thermal, hydro or gas based. While defending the nuclear power project at Jaitapur, he said, "It would be futile to abandon...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: CBI arrests 3 in Adarsh file case

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Roy said that the Crime Branch had interrogated 66 people from Mantralaya, including serving and retired staff and officers, those manning the gates and those responsible for the building's maintenance, and recorded their statements. The mobile phone...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: ‘Not dogs, whales make sonic sounds’

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The expert committee appointed by the Maharashtra State Council of Examinations has concluded that a 'dog' cannot produce infrasonic sounds but a 'whale fish' can, thus allowing a candidate to qualify for the primary shikshan sevak exams. The...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: RS1.5 LAKH

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ficer on special duty at a monthly salary of Rs1.5 lakh and other benefits amounting to Rs2.4 lakh per month. The CVC report says that any procurement project is required to be initiated only after a full analysis of the total cost involved in...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Ranbaxy may pay $1 bn to settle with US FDA

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Shares in Ranbaxy Laboratories fell more than 6% on Thursday on news that India's largest generic drug maker is negotiating with US authorities and could pay a fine of more that $1 billion as the Gurgaonbased company seeks an early removal of an...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Work on four expressways races ahead — on paper

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The transport ministry is nowhere near a position to invite bids for the four proposed expressways. But on paper, work on these projects is continuing at a brisk pace. The four expressways, spanning 1,000 km and envisaging investments worth 16,680...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Bank credit growth shows first signs of a slowdown

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An expected slowdown in credit offtake from banks may well have started, what with interest rates ruling high. In a first sign, total bank credit for the fortnight ended April 22 has fallen 0.95% to 3,919,000.47 crore compared with the previous...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Petronas deal cuts Vedanta’s Cairn stake cost by ¤900 cr

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Vedanta Resources stands to save as much as 900 crore, or $20 million, on its deal to acquire Cairn India. The deal value, earlier pegged at $9.6 billion, has come down to $9.4 billion after the company's subsidiary Sesa Goa picked up 10.4% stake in...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: JSPL plans big sponge iron plant in Bolivia

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Jindal Steel Bolivia, a subsidiary of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL), will build a 2.52 million metric tonne per annum (mmtpa) natural gas-based direct reduced iron (DRI) — sponge iron — plant in the first unit at EL-Mutun, Puerto Suarez, Bolivia,...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Centre to resolve telecom policy issues before Aug

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The government is looking to resolve all policy issues related to telecom sector before August prior to rolling out new norms, communications minister Kapil Sibal said on Thursday. "Before August, we will have issues sorted out in terms of...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Coal ministry to take back five blocks from NTPC

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The country's largest power producer, NTPC, will have to surrender five of its six captive coal blocks as it has failed to achieve the necessary milestones even after five years of allocation. The mines will now be allocated to Coal India Ltd (CIL),...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Food inflation reverses course, falls to 8.53%

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Food inflation fell to 8.53% for the week ended April 23 on the back of fall in prices of pulses, reversing the upward trend seen in the previous fortnight. Food inflation in the previous week was 8.76%. During the week under review, wholesale prices...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: IDBI Bank plans to raise 2,500 cr via bonds

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IDBI Bank is planning to raise 2,500 crore senior and lower Tier 2 bonds. Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the proposed issue. 'AA' indicates very strong credit risk relative to other issuers or issues in the country. The capital adequacy...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Margin fears in IT sector overplayed, say analysts

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Is the Indian information technology (IT) industry at a turning point as far as margins are concerned? It's a scenario that everyone in the sector is visualising due to the rising wage inflation and price competition that could be set off with an...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: ‘Large firms should set up own corporate universities’

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At a time when talent and employability are raging issues, companies have a lot to learn from multinational corporations (MNCs) on developing talent. Rajeev Peshawaria, CEO, ICLIF Leadership & Governance Centre in Malaysia and former chief learning...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Volkswagen gains traction in India

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German car maker Volkswagen is slowly making inroads into the Indian market. While group company Skoda has been unable to taste success with the Fabia hatchback, the VW Polo has managed decent numbers. Then, within a month of the launch, the sales of...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Vedanta EPS disappoints

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India-focused miner Vedanta Resources posted a 29% jump in full-year earnings per share on Thursday against the background of robust commodity demand and record output, but fell short of expectations. The group, however, said it saw continued growth in...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Bharti Wal-Mart to invest $40 m by fiscal-end

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Bharti Wal-Mart will invest over $40 million (around 180 crore) in India by March next year to set up six new 'Best Price Modern Wholesale' stores to expand presence in the country. The company, a 50:50 joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: Tata Housing bags award

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Tata Housing Development Co has won the CNBC Awaaz Crisil Credai Real Estate Award 2011 for integrated sub urban developer at the 11th National Conference of Confederation of Real Estate Developer's Association of India in Singapore. The award was...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: IL&FS Trans order target

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Surface transport infrastructure firm IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd (ITNL) expects fresh orders worth 4,000 crore in FY12, a top official said. The company also sees its net debt increasing by 3,000 crore in the current fiscal year from 5,467...

5/6/2011: FRONT PAGE: PVR multiplex deal

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PVR Ltd, film exhibition company, has sold its seven-screen multiplex at Phoenix Mills, Mumbai for 100 crore to a real estate fund of JM Financial. Under the deal, JM through its advisory Infinite India Investment Management has bought out CR Retail...

5/6/2011: PERSONAL FINANCE: Time to wake up: Days of abundant commodities are over as population, wealth explode

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"So ever heard of this guy called Thomas Robert Malthus," said the boyfriend early morning. "Of course I have. But how have you HR wallahs suddenly become interested in an eighteenth century economist?" I asked. "Oh, I was just doing some general...

5/6/2011: PERSONAL FINANCE: NPS - green signal for private employers?

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It is common knowledge today that the recent budget exercise provided little relief to salaried taxpayers. The only other talking point has been the National Pension Scheme (NPS) related provisions. But NPS has so far received a lukewarm response from...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Asia must stop aping West and reduce consumption

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The path of consumption-fuelled capitalism that has driven development in the West threatens to become a crippling burden for Asia, according to Chandran Nair, founder and chief executive of the Global Institute For Tomorrow (Gift). "My message is...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Facebook and Google considering Skype deals

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Facebook and Google are separately considering a tie-up with Skype after the web video conferencing service delayed its initial public offering, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions told Reuters. Facebook chief executive Mark...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: China population turning-point to spur inflation

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China's census results show the world's second-biggest economy is nearing a demographic watershed that will auger wage rises, higher inflation and relatively lower growth, a prominent government economist said in comments published on Thursday. Ba...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Intel increases transistor speed by building upwards

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Intel announced on Wednesday that it had again found a way to make computer chips that could process information more quickly and with less power in less space. The transistors on computer chips — whether for PC's or smartphones — have been designed...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Glencore IPO fully covered on first day

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Swiss commodity trader Glencore's planned $11 billion listing was fully covered on the first day as investors rushed to take part in the megafloat, two sources close to the deal said on Thursday. Investors have placed orders for all the shares on...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Markets losing faith in Portugal

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One day after agreeing to a $115.5 billion rescue package, Portugal was forced to offer higher interest rates on its debt, spurring fears that, as in Greece and Ireland after their aid deals, financing costs in the country will continue to escalate....

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Cisco departures reflect frustration

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Cisco Systems is undergoing an exodus of executives that investors and former employees say reflects growing dissatisfaction with a management structure that has slowed decision making and fueled market-share losses. Debra Chrapaty, former senior vice...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: ‘Anonymous’ set stage for data theft: Sony

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Sony Corp blamed internet vigilante group Anonymous for indirectly allowing a hacker to gain access to personal data of more than 100 million video game users. The accusation came in a letter to Congress and prompted renewed complaints that the...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: US jobless claims hit 8-month high

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The number of Americans filing for jobless benefits rose to an eight-month high last week and productivity growth slowed in the first quarter, clouding the outlook for an economy that is struggling to gain speed. Initial claims for state unemployment...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Lloyds settles insurance claims

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Lloyds Banking Group Plc, Britain's biggest mortgage lender, set aside £3.2 billion ($5.3 billion) to settle claims that clients were improperly sold loan insurance, breaking ranks with British competitors. Lloyds reported a first quarter net loss of...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Sara Lee evaluates options for bakery unit

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Sara Lee Corp, the food maker planning to break itself up, said it's evaluating "strategic options" for its international bakery and North American refrigerated dough units. The moves will help Sara Lee's two proposed separate businesses, which are...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Figures in 2G report mind boggling: SC

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A Supreme Court (SC) bench that is monitoring the 2G spectrum scam probe by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday said that it's baffled at the number of zeros involved in the scandal. The figures mentioned by the investigating...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: ANALYSIS Francois Gautier Why is Sonia so scared of Modi?

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One hopes that the people of India are not blind to the utter cynicism of some of its politicians. The way they are efficiently and ruthlessly killing the whole Lokpal movement with the help of deceit and slander is frightening. All the while, Manmohan...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Khandu to be laid to rest today

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Prime minister Manmohan Singh will visit Arunachal Pradesh on Friday to pay his last respects to chief minister Dorjee Khandu, even as the Congress decided that power minister Jarbom Gamlin would be the next CM. "The prime minister will reach Itanagar...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: ‘Kanimozhi may be sent to Tihar’

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New Delhi: The CBI may not seek DMK MP Kanimozhi's custody and she might be sent to Tihar jail under judicial custody, officials said. Kanimozhi is scheduled to appear before a Delhi court on Friday after she was named as co-conspirator in CBI's...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: CBI must quiz Chidambaram: BJP

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New Delhi: The BJP has demanded that the CBI should question home minister P Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum case after certain "facts" came to light during the recently-held PAC meetings. Kicking off the party's nationwide campaign to "expose" the...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Capt fails to keep word to sisters

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Dehra Dun: This is one big promise that Captain Tejender Singh Mamik could not keep. Mamik had promised his three sisters that he would return home on May 8 but met with a fatal crash while accompanying late Arunachal chief minister Dorjee...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: AIEEE: Delhi HC notice to CBSE

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The Delhi high court (HC) on Thursday issued notice to the CBSE and human resource development (HRD) ministry on three petitions of students demanding that all students be allowed to appear in the AIEEE exam that has been rescheduled to May 11. The...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Will body be cut into pieces?

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Itanagar: Monks have been asked to decide if Dorjee Khandu's body would be cut into pieces or consigned to flames. According to age-old practices, the Monpas (Khandu's tribe) dispose off a corpse by chopping it into pieces and then throwing them into...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Gift of property by a Muslim need not be registered: SC

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A gift of immovable property made by a Muslim is valid even if it is not registered under the Transfer of Property Act or the Stamps and Registration Act, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. The apex court said though the TP Act mandates registration...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: ‘Nepal won’t allow anti-India activities on its soil’

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Nepal will not allow its territory to be used against India with which it shares close historical, cultural and economic ties, newly-appointed Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Upendra Yadav said on Thursday. Yadav's remarks follow the Nepal visit of...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Two more arrested in fake pilots’ licence scam

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Two more pilots working with private airlines were arrested on Thursday for obtaining their commercial pilot's licence based on forged marksheets, police said. "Captain Param Prakash and Captain Anirban Sannigrahi were arrested on Thursday for...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Pak, B’desh nationals convicted for espionage

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A Pakistani national and his conduit from Bangladesh, nabbed in 2006 with some sensitive military documents by the Delhi police special Cell, have been convicted by a Delhi court for spying against the country.

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Rajni recuperating, advised rest for couple of days

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Tamil superstar Rajnikant, who was hospitalised for allergic bronchitis, is recuperating well and has been advised rest for a couple of days. This is the second time in a week that he has been hospitalised.

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: AMU V-C orders hostel search to seize firearms

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Amidst allegations of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students stocking firearms in some hostels, its vice-chancellor PK Abdul Azis on Thursday ordered a search to seize any such material.

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Hizb chief: Osama is an ideology

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On the day some foreign media reports suggested that Hizb-ulMujhadeen owned Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad mansion, United Jihad Council (UJC), an umbrella group of militant groups based in PoK, led by Hizb chief Syed Salah-ud-din said Osama was the name...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Post-Osama episode, Pak is in a catch-22 situation: Diplomats

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Pakistan foreign secretary Salman Bashir's statement on Thursday that sovereignty cannot be violated and that the international community should adhere to rules and conventions evoked a bemused response from Indian diplomats and foreign policy wonks....

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Sweet treat for animals to beat the sweat

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New Delhi: Fifty coolers are in place as are special thatched roofs and sprinklers, potatoes have gone off the menu, and melons, cucumbers and mangoes have made their way in. Delhi Zoo's 1,300 inmates, furry, feathery or otherwise, are set to chill out...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: CPI(M) for judicial probe into Purulia case

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The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Thursday attempted once more to extract mileage from the 1985 Purulia arms drop case with West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee writing to prime minister Manmohan Singh that a commission to...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: India tightens security at missions in Afghanistan

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New Delhi: Amid intelligence inputs that its interests in Afghanistan may be targeted by Taliban and other terror groups in the wake of the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, India has tightened security at its missions and other...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Imams should pray for Osama: Geelani

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Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani has emulated Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Mohammad Sayeed and urged all imams to lead the funeral prayers for alQaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Friday. "I appeal to all imams to lead Nimaz-e-Jinaza (funeral...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: ‘Army prepared for any situation’

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Nagrota (J&K): Army on Thursday said its troops are prepared to meet any cross-border infiltration attempts and unrest in the summer period in Jammu and Kashmir. "We are thoroughly prepared for summer season (in the Kashmir Valley)," General Officer...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Engaging SPOs is like outsourcing duty: SC

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New Delhi: The deployment of armed tribals as Special Police Officers (SPOs) to counter Maoists was like outsourcing the constitutional duty of the state, the Supreme Court said on Thursday and disapproved of the policy virtually aimed at dividing the...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Campaign for fifth phase of WB poll ends

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Kolkata: The high-voltage campaign for the May 7 fifth phase election to 38 constituencies in the Maoist-hit districts of West Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia and parts of Burdwan ended on Thursday. An electorate of 74,17,723 will chose their...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: CEASEFIRE & VIOLATIONS

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India and Pak declared ceasefire on all the borders with Pak in J&K in 2003 There have been 110 ceasefire violations by Pak on LoC and IB since 2006 to June 2009 3 incidents took place in 2006, 21 in 2007 and 77 in 2008 & 9 violations till June 2009...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: HEROIC DEED

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Razdan the first wheelchair-bound general of the army was wounded in the spinal cord during a gun battle with militants in J&K in 1990's For this heroic effort government had awarded him the Kirti Chakra, the country's second highest peace-time...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY

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The reputation of the Pakistani army, the most powerful and privileged force in Pakistan, has been severely undermined by the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden, raising profound questions about its credibility from people at home and from benefactors...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: There is light at the end of the tunnel. It isn’t an incoming train

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bin Laden's gruesome career, the president had spoken publicly of his desire to begin withdrawing US troops later this year. The operation's success will surely stiffen his resolve to follow his political instincts and bring forward the deadline for...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Change is the only constant in raid story

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Washington: President Obama decided on Wednesday not to release graphic photographs of Osama bin Laden's corpse, as new details emerged about the raid on Bin Laden's fortified compound that differed from the administration's initial account of the...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: From Tora Bora to Abbottabad, Laden outwitted the military

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Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is believed to have shifted to his Bilal Town hideout in the garrison town of Kakul, close to the Pakistan Military Academy in the Abbottabad district way back in January 2006. According to sources in Islamabad, Laden...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: ANALYSIS Con Coughlin

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other hand, are more concerned about the spiralling cost of America's continued involvement in Afghanistan. (And they should know, after the mind-boggling $1 trillion they ineptly squandered on Iraq.) Current US expenditure there is running at $100...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: PAKISTAN’S VERSION OF OPERATION OSAMA

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Pak foreign secretary, Salman Bashir said that it was only when one of the US helicopters crashed near Osama's compound that Pak suspicions were roused After five to 10 minutes, Pakistan apparently confirmed the helicopter was foreign, not least...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: O

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sama bin Laden has only just been consigned to his watery grave in the Arabian Sea, but already politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are debating how best they can exploit any peace dividend from his demise. In both London and Washington, it is...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Diplomats fight over fate of Osama’s wife

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Al-Sadah's passport -found in bin Laden's compound — showed that she is from Yemen If Yemen refuses to grant the Americans permission to speak to her, it could prevent the US authorities from obtaining crucial information about bin Laden and the...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Army leaves Deraa, city still sieged

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Syria said on Thursday that army units have begun to leave Deraa, the heart of an uprising against president Bashar al-Assad, but residents described a city still under siege. Soldiers also raided homes across the country. Activists and residents said...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Flower admits he was in talks with BCCI

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London: Andy Flower revealed on Thursday that he had been in discussions about the possibility of succeeding Gary Kirsten as coach of India before committing his future to England. DNA had reported on its edition dated April 4 that the BCCI would...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: I’m sure MS, Duncan will set realistic goals and achieve them

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been humbled by the good wishes of everyone. Are you aware that you have become the most sought-after coach in the world? I don't think too much about that, I'm grateful for the opportunity and I'm humbled by the support of the Indian people. How has...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Andre Botha retires

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Ireland all-rounder Andre Botha announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. The 35-year-old, who played in two World Cups and made 141 appearances for Ireland, has been struggling with injury. "I have given this matter serious and...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: CSA reinstates president

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Cricket South Africa have reinstated ousted president Mtutuzeli Nyoka and are to order an independent investigation into their finances after a public spat over bonuses. Nyoka was fired following a feud with the organisation's chief executive, Gerald...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: WI bowl out Pak for 139

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West Indies bowled Pakistan out for 139 inside 42 overs in their fifth and final ODI in Georgetown on Thursday. Pakistan, winners of the first three games for the series victory, were undone on by fast bowlers Ravi Rampaul, who took 4-45, and captain...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Hodson appointed MCC prez

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Phillip Hodson, a Yorkshire businessman and former Cambridge cricketer, was appointed as the next president of the Marylebone Cricket Club on Wednesday for a one-year term that starts on October 1. Hodson will become only the fourth MCC President to...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Big money for Big Bash?

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Cricket Australia has admitted that it would take some time to make the Big Bash Twenty20 league a money spinner until its new TV rights deal is struck. CA's current media rights deal with Channel Nine and Foxtel does not expire until 2013 and Fox...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Chanderpaul for Tests?

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul is likely to be named in the West Indies Test squad by the national cricket board (WICB) for the series against Pakistan, starting next week. Although there has been no official announcement on the national Test squad yet, media...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Mohsin to continue

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Pakistan chief selector Mohsin Khan has withdrawn his threat to quit over claims his player selections were ignored for the two-Test series against West Indies. He met with PCB chairman Ejaz Butt in Lahore on Thursday and said 'now there's no issue at...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: SPORT 18 Riders blow it away

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Kochi: Eoin Morgan's half-century went in vain as Kochi Tuskers Kerala produced a clinical bowling display to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 17 runs on Thursday. KKR paid the price for a poor final over bowled by Brett Lee that cost them 22 runs with...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: We can still make it to playoffs, says Uthappa

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Pune Warriors India slumped to their seventh straight defeat after losing to Mumbai Indians by 21 runs at the DY Patil Stadium on Wednesday. Their key batsman, Robin Uthappa, said that half the plot was lost when Alfonso Thomas gave away 27 runs in the...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: Sehwag leads from the front

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Hyderabad: Virender Sehwag smacked a brilliant century to help Delhi Daredevils record an excellent victory in a mustwin game against Deccan Chargers on Thursday. The Delhi side now have eight points from 10 games. Deccan, on the other hand, stay on...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: High-scoring game on cards

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On Friday, Bangalore cricket buffs can buckle up for a highscoring game considering the two teams locking horns at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium have formidable top order line-ups. The Royal Challengers Bangalore may be riding high on Chris Gayle's...

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: WATCH OUT FOR

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Head to Head: P: 6, KXIP: 3, RCB: 3

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: TOP 5 BATSMEN

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9 351 100* 58.50 10 320 80* 65.40 35.55 113.59 125.28 109.58 1/2 0/3 0/3

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: TOP 5 BOWLERS

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9.70 16.50 14.00

5/6/2011: BACKSTAGE: POINTS TABLE

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Mumbai Indians Knight Riders Super Kings Rajasthan Royals Kochi Tuskers Royal Challengers Deccan Chargers Delhi Daredevils Kings XI Punjab Pune Warriors 9 10 9 10 10 8 9 9 7 9 7 6 6 5 5 4 3 3 3 2 2 4 3 4 5 3 6 6 4 7 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 14 12 12 11 10 9...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Listless India made to pay the price

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Ipoh: India paid the price of a listless show in defence as they squandered a two-goal advantage and went down 2-3 to South Korea to begin their Azlan Shah campaign on a losing note here on Thursday. The two-time defending champions were leading 2-0...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Badami completes double

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Kabil Badami defeated Rahul Sachdev 3-1 in the final of the MHC-Maharashtra State Maharashtra state junior snooker selection tournament hosted by Malabar Hill Club here on Thursday. Badami thus completed a double, following his junior billiards victory...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Pro snooker comes to India

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In what can be termed as a defining moment for cue sports in India, the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) has accepted the world body's offer of hosting one leg of the World Ranking Professional Snooker in February-March next year. This...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Pugilists head to Australia

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A three-member Indian boxing team, led by Vijender Singh, will travel to Darwin, Australia, for the Arafura Games. Akhil Kumar and Ajay are the other members, along with Jagdeep Hooda as the coach. Vijender, the world No 1 in middleweight, will trade...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Sania-Elena bow out

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Madrid: Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina of Russia ran out of steam, losing in the quarterfinals of the women's doubles event at the Madrid Masters tennis tournament. SaniaElena lost Czech Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 5-7 5-7 in a...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Results

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New Zealand 2 (Andrew Hayward 59, Hugo Inglis 63) lost to Pakistan 4 (Mohd Rizwan Sr 3, Syed Kashif Shah 24, Haseem Khan 51, Mohd Umar Bhutta 61) India 2 (Diwakar Ram 20', Danish Mujtaba 27') lost to South Korea 3 (Cho Suk-Hoon 31', Yoon Sung-Hoon 41',...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Kamal to lead challenge

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Sharath Kamal will spearhead the Indian challenge in the World Table Tennis Championships at Rotterdam from May 8. Besides Kamal, Amalraj Anthony, Soumyadeep Roy, Abhishek Ravichandran and Subhajit Saha are in the men's team. Shamini Kumaresan,...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Haryana win gold

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Haryana shooting team won the gold medal in the 54th National Shooting Championship (Big Bore) in the civilian category held at CRPF Academy Kadarpur, Gurgaon. The Haryana team consisted of Naveen Jindal (550 points), Rajiv Malik (570 points) and Ashok...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Thorpe set for Nov return

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Ian Thorpe was on track to make a return to competitive swimming in November, his coach said on Thursday. Thorpe, 28, was a guest at last week's Royal wedding in London looking trim and taut after slimming down to under 100kg (220 pounds) for the first...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Negi suffers a setback

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GM Parimarjan Negi suffered a setback losing to his Chinese counterpart Bu Xiangzhi in the third round of the Asian Individual Chess Championship in Mashad, Iran. Krishnan Sasikiran, P Harikrishna and four others are now on the heels of the leader with...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Polo Cup from June 17

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A blend of rookies and veteran drivers will be seen when the second season of Polo Cup kick starts next month. In all, 20 drivers will participate in this one-make touring car series, when it will be flagged-off on June 17 at the Kari Motor Speedway in...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Real appeal UEFA decision

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Real Madrid have appealed against UEFA's decision to reject their protests over the behaviour of Barcelona players and the sendingoff of midfielder Pepe in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal last week

5/6/2011: SPORT: Tevez may miss FA Cup final

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Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez must prove he is fit enough to face Tottenham Hotspur next Tuesday or risk missing the FA Cup final against Stoke City on May 14, manager Roberto Mancini said on Thursday.

5/6/2011: SPORT: Indian archers dissapoint

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Indian recurve archers produced a disappointing show in the individual elimination round with most of them falling at the opening round and none reaching the medal round on the second day of the World Cup (Stage I) in Croatia.

5/6/2011: SPORT: 3 picked for Celtic training

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The Mahindra Youth Football Challenge concluded in Bangalore on Wednesday with three players — Jayanto Mondal, Bilash Harijan and Mani Maran — getting picked to train with the Glasgow's Celtic FC for ten days in mid-August.

5/6/2011: SPORT: Blanc caught in race row

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The future of Laurent Blanc as France coach was said to be hanging in the balance on Thursday amid the fallout from the race row that has rocked French football.

5/6/2011: SPORT: Saina powers into quarters of Malaysia GP

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Brushing aside the disappointment of a first round loss at the India Open last week, Saina Nehwal entered the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Open GP Gold at Alor Setar on Thursday. The quarterfinal match-up will be interesting, for she runs into her...

5/6/2011: SPORT: 20

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ed 25 points and 10 assists and seemed to be moving well enough on a twisted left ankle sustained in the previous game. Results (best-of-seven): Chicago 86 bt Atlanta 73 (Series tied 1-1); Dallas 93 bt LA Lakers 81 (Dallas lead 2-0)

5/6/2011: SPORT: ASK ABHI-ASH

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registering yourself on a matrimonial site. Of late, there's been about a 35 to 40 per cent rise in the number of people coming to register for their marriage," he informs. Gurleen Manchanda, wedding planner, is already busy organising several...

5/6/2011: SPORT: ‘I’m extremely anxious’

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Film-maker Amole Gupte's love for kids and their concerns was evident in Taare Zammen Pe, for which he had penned the script. And in his soon to release Stanley ka Dabba, which is a leaf out of his own school days, 40 years back, he talks about...

5/6/2011: SPORT: TATLER

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A ctor Sonakshi Sinha may be in the news for her alleged tiffs with other heroines but khabru says that the young gal actually has a very witty sense of humour. In fact, it is her constant jokes that keep her from losing her cool while on the sets....

5/6/2011: SPORT: There

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Jessica Alba I've sneezed 20 times in a row... Argh I hate allergies soooo much.

5/6/2011: SPORT: Oops, he did it again!

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There is perhaps an uncanny connection between Ishq Bector and controversies. As if meeting the censor board's wrath wasn't enough, the hip hopper singer's title track from the album Sali Bitch has invited much fury from colleagues and other...

5/6/2011: SPORT: COVER 2 COVER

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The singer's association with music maestro AR Rahman is a known fact. And Singh says that the association has "never taken a pause". "After Jai ho there was Raavan. There is no question of planning to sing with him. He will call me when he has a song...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Godfather prequel novel in works

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A prequel to the late Mario Puzo's best-selling novel The Godfather is headed for bookstores in June 2012, publishers Grand Central Publishing said on Wednesday. Called The Family Corleone, the book will be written by author Ed Falco and is based on an...

5/6/2011: SPORT: ENTERTAINMENT 6 ‘ALL KHAN’S ARE UNIQUE’

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Kareena Kapoor Shah Rukh Khan Saif Ali Khan Aamir Khan While most actresses only hope to work with the topmost actors in Bollywood, Kareena Kapoor's doing it already. This year alone, the actor has five films in hand, with the five Khans of the...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Cinematically charged!

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It all started in 2009 with an idea. That idea snowballed into Kashish 2010 — a fourday affair that presented queer films on one platform. It was also the first mainstream Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) film festival in India. Now in its...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Live

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Oxford Bookstore, Mumbai and Noretakes organise Summer Camp 2011. Call 66364477.

5/6/2011: SPORT: Play

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Violin-Piano Duo Recital Monday, at Experimental Theatre, NCPA, 7 pm onwards. Call 66223737.

5/6/2011: SPORT: RACY STUFF

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Nikhil and Gauri Dwivedi arrived for the premiere of a Hollywood movie starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, but kept largely to themselves. Sameera Reddy dressed in red was seen with an older female companion, while Sonu Sood chatted with Manjari...

5/6/2011: SPORT: Transcending barriers

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Nitin Desai hosted the premiere of his latest Marathi movie for which Bollywood celebs walked the red carpet before entering the screening. Mugdha Godse, who was on her own, came late and went up to offer Nitin her good wishes. Riteish Deshmukh was...

5/6/2011: SPORT: KAPOOR CAPER

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Kapo or id Shah RIDE : BIKE R'S YOUTH POWER: Ranveer Singh, Karan Johar, Anushka Sharma UNITED WE STAND: Kunal Khemu and Soha Ali Khan LANGUID LADY: Sonal Chauhan Shahid Kapoor zoomed in for Ranbir Kapoor's party on his bike. Sporting a tee and...

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