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IPL: Hyderabad post 162/8 against Delhi in Eliminator

 
A collective batting effort helped Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) post a fighting 162/8 against Delhi Capitals in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday.
 
Delhi bowlers, too, did a good job to restrict their opponents at a modest total, thanks to Keemo Paul and Ishant Sharma, who bagged three and two wickets, respectively.
 
Put in to bat first, last year's runners-up Hyderabad were off to a decent start as their scorecard read 31 for no loss in the first three overs with opener Martin Guptill (36 off 19) hammering Trent Boult for 15 runs in the third over.
 
However, Ishant drew first blood in the next over, dismissing opener Wriddhiman Saha (8) who holed out to Shreyas Iyer at mid-off.
 
Manish Pandey (30 off 36) then added 25 runs with Guptill to take their side past the 50-run mark. However, the partnership didn't last long as leggie Amit Mishra struck to send back a dangerous-looking Guptill in the seventh over.
 
Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson and Pandey then tried to anchor the innings but their slow stand saw their side placed at 71/2 after 10 overs. The duo added 34 runs before Paul came up with the breakthrough, accounting for the wicket of Pandey. 
 
Ishant then castled Williamson, leaving Hyderabad struggling at 111/4 in 15.5 overs. Vijay Shankar and Mohammad Nabi then chipped in with valuable knocks of 25 and 20, respectively, to take Hyderabad to 147 runs before the former fell in the 19th over. Nabi and Shankar hit some lusty blows towards the end to help Hyderabad post a fighting total.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 162/8 in 20 overs (Martin Guptill 36, Manish Pandey 30; Keemo Paul 3/32) vs Delhi Capitals
 
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Delhi opt to field first vs Hyderabad in Eliminator

Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and opted to field first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday.
 
Both the teams have made one change in their squads as Colin Munro replaced Colin Ingram in the Delhi side while Deepak Hooda replaced Yusuf Pathan in the Hyderabad playing eleven.
 
Playing XI:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (Captain), Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi
 
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult
 
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Can Delhi overcome Hyderabad challenge in Eliminator?

 
Delhi Capitals, who have had a dream run so far in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Eliminator at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, here on Wednesday.
 
In their last encounter, Delhi had secured a comfortable five-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals whereas Hyderabad had to face a four-wicket defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was only after Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) defeat against Mumbai Indians in their final group stage game that the Orange Army could make it to the playoffs. 
 
Delhi have been one of the top sides in this IPL edition. Despite finishing with 18 points from their 14 matches, they could not secure a place in the top two because of their lesser net run-rate in comparison to table-toppers Mumbai and second-placed Chennai Super Kings.
 
The Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi have a strong batting line-up with Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant all amongst the runs. Their bowling also looks settled with Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra leading the attack in the absence of Kagiso Rabada. 
 
Hyderabad, on the other hand, boasts a strong bowling attack with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and the spin duo from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi in their playing XI. However, it is their batting which is their weak link since the departure of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. 
 
The winner of the match will play Chennai at same venue in Qualifier 2 on Friday.
 
Squads
 
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Munro, Ankush Bains, Jagadeesha Suchith, Manjot Kalra, Chris Morris, Jalaj Saxena, Rahul Tewatia, Sandeep Lamichhane, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Billy Stanlake, Ricky Bhui, Shreevats Goswami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, T. Natarajan
 
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Heat wave continues in Telangana, Andhra

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Telangana and Andhra Pradesh remained in the grip of severe heat wave conditions on Monday, with the mercury in some places crossing 45 degree Celsius.
 
Khammam in Telangana was the hottest place in both the states, with a maximum temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius. Nellore in Andhra Pradesh too sizzled at 45 degrees.
 
Nalgonda was the second hottest place in Telangana at 44.8. Most places in Telangana recorded maximum temperature of nearly 44 degrees or more.
 
Hyderabad had the lowest maximum temperature in Telangana at 41.7 degree Celsius, still 2.5 degree above normal.
 
The severe heat wave conditions affected normal life in both the states. Streets were deserted in many places as people preferred to remain indoors, especially in the afternoon, to escape the blazing sun.
 
Andhra Pradesh has recorded high temperature for the last couple of days following cyclone Fani. 
 
Vijayawada was the hottest place on Sunday with a maximum temperature of 47 degree Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
 
Real Time Governance Society (RTGS) of Andhra Pradesh has cautioned people to take all precautions to protect themselves from severe heat wave conditions. It asked people, especially the aged and children, to avoid direct exposure to sun.
 
According to RTGS, 210 'mandals' or revenue blocks were reeling under severe heat wave conditions. These conditions are likely to continue to till May 10.
 
IMD has forecast that severe heat wave conditions will continue in both the Telugu states on Tuesday.
 
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Hetmyer blitz keep SRH's play-off dream uncertain

 
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ended their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 campaign on a winning note, thanks to half-centuries by Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann, which helped the side register a four-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and keep the Orange Army's dream of advancing to the play-offs uncertain.
 
It was the crucial 144-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Hetmyer (75 off 47) and Gurkeerat (65 off 48) which set the platform for a much-needed victory for the hosts.
 
Hetmyer's knock contained four boundaries and six hits into the stands while Gurkeerat's innings was laced with eight fours and a six.
 
For entering the play-offs, Hyderabad will now have to depend on the result of Sunday's contest between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians as both Kolkata and Hyderabad have 12 points each.
 
Chasing a 176-run target, the hosts were off to the worst possible start as they lost opener Parthiv Patel (0) in the very first over with just a run on the board, courtesy Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Things worsened for the home side as Khaleel Ahmed packed back RCB skipper Virat Kohli (16 off 7) while Bhuvneshwar struck again in his second over to send back A. B. de Villers, reducing the hosts to 20/3 in just 2.3 overs.
 
It seemed RCB would suffer another batting collapse but the story turned a different way as Hetmyer and Gurkeerat not only denied the visitors any further inroads but also anchored their innings with some sensible strokeplay.
 
The duo slowly lifted RCB touch the 50-run mark in 6.1 overs before guiding their side to the three-digit mark in 11.5 overs as most of the Hyderabad bowlers looked helpless and struggled to break the partnership.
 
At one stage, it seemed both Hetmyer and Gurkeerat would themselves guide their team home. However, with RCB just 12 runs away from victory off 15 balls, Hyderabad leggie Rashid Khan dismissed the former, who while trying to clear the long-off boundary mistimed a shot to hand a catch to Vijay Shankar.
 
Khaleel then sent back Gurkeerat in the 19th over to bring back his team in the contest and make the one-sided affair look interesting before RCB's lower-order batsman Umesh Yadav smashed Mohammad Nabi for two consecutive boundaries in the final over to help his side cross the line with four balls to spare.
 
For Hyderabad, Khaleel was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/34 while Bhuvneshwar scalped two for 24. 
 
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Earlier, skipper Kane Williamson's brisk unbeaten half-century had propelled Hyderabad to a fighting 175/7.
 
Despite a good start, Hyderabad were at 147/7 in 19 overs before Williamson (70 off 43) clobbered Umesh for 28 runs in the final six balls to help his side reach a challenging total. For the home side, Washington Sundar starred with the ball and picked up three wickets for 20 runs and Navdeep Saini got two wickets for 39 runs.
 
Williamson's knock was laced with five boundaries and four sixes.
 
Asked to bat first, the visitors were off to a flying start as openers Martin Guptill (30 off 23) and Wriddhiman Saha (20 off 11) added 29 runs in the first three overs. The developing partnership, however, didn't last long as Saini's slower delivery was misread by Saha and he ended up giving an easy catch to Umesh at mid-on, leaving his side at 46/1.
 
Hyderabad then lost Guptill and Manish Pandey in quick succession as Sundar accounted for both, leaving the visitors reeling at 61/3 in 7.5 overs. Vijay Shankar (27 off 18) and Williamson then repaired the damages and added 45 runs to take Hyderabad past the three-digit mark.
 
With everything going well for the visitors, Sundar once again came with a breakthrough and packed back Vijay in the 14th over as Hyderabad scorecard read 106/4.
 
Hyderabad then lost Yusuf Pathan (3), Nabi (4) and Rashid (1) in quick succession with the addition of just 33 runs.
 
Williamson not only kept the scoreboard ticking but also hammered Bangalore bowlers at regular intervals before his last over carnage took his side to a fighting total.
 
Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 178/6 in 19.2 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 75, Gurkeerat Singh Mann 65; Khaleel Ahmed 3/37) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 175/7 (Kane Williamson 70 not out, Martin Guptill 30; Washington Sundar 3/24) by 4 wickets
 
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Williamson's unbeaten 70 propels SRH to 175/7 vs RCB

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Skipper Kane Williamson's brisk unbeaten half-century propelled Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to a fighting 175/7 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, here on Saturday.
 
Despite a good start, Hyderabad were at 147/7 in 19 overs before Williamson (70 off 43) clobbered Umesh Yadav for 28 runs in the final six balls to help his side reach a challenging total. For the home side, Washington Sundar starred with the ball and picked up three wickets for 20 runs and Navdeep Saini got two wickets for 39 runs.
 
Williamson's knock was laced with five boundaries and four sixes.
 
Asked to bat first, the visitors were off to a flying start as openers Martin Guptill (30 off 23) and Wriddhiman Saha (20 off 11) added 29 runs in the first three overs. The developing partnership, however, didn't last long as Saini's slower delivery was misread by Saha and he ended up giving an easy catch to Umesh at mid-on, leaving his side at 46/1.
 
Hyderabad then lost Guptill and Manish Pandey in quick succession as Sundar accounted for the wicket of both and the visitors were left reeling at 61/3 in 7.5 overs. Vijay Shankar (27 off 18) and Williamson then repaired the damages and added 45 runs to take Hyderabad past the three-digit mark.
 
With everything going well for the visitors, Sundar once again came with a breakthrough and packed back Vijay in the 14th over as Hyderabad scorecard read 106/4.
 
Once again, Hyderabad lost three wickets of Yusuf Pathan (3), Mohammad Nabi (4) and Rashid Khan (1) in quick succession with the addition of just 33 runs. 
 
However, Williamson only kept the scoreboard ticking but also hammered Bangalore bowlers at regular intervals before his last over carnage took his side to a fighting total.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 175/7 (Kane Williamson 70 not out, Martin Guptill 30; Washington Sundar 3/24) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.
 
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Fire at Chiranjeevi's farmhouse, film sets damaged

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A fire broke out in the farmhouse of Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Friday, damaging part of a film set, police said.
 
The incident occurred near the Gandipet lake. Residents of the area, who noticed the smoke at the farmhouse, alerted the police. 
 
There was nobody on the sets of the film "Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy" at the time of the accident. A part of it was damaged in the fire, police said.
 
"Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy" is a historical war film based on the life of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. Being made in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam, it stars Chiranjeevi, Amitabh Bachchan, Nayanathara, Tamannah and others.
 
The movie is being produced by Chiranjeevi's son and popular actor Ram Charan and directed by Surender Reddy.
 
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Mumbai in IPL playoffs after Super Over win vs SRH

 
In yet another nail-biting clash of the Indian Premier League (IPL), three-time champions Mumbai Indians held their nerves to become the third team to qualify for the playoffs after defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Super Over at the Wankhede Stadium here on Thursday.
 
It was Manish Pandey's 'never give up' effort which helped Hyderabad, who were chasing a 163-run target, tie the score and take the contest to a Super Over. However, Hyderabad could only manage eight runs before Mumbai overhauled the target with ease and three balls to spare.
 
Earlier, Pandey's (71 unbeaten off 47) last-ball six denied Mumbai a thrilling win as his fighting knock along with Mohammed Nabi's valuable (31 off 20) effort helped Hyderabad level the score in the stipulated 20 overs.
 
Pandey, whose scintillating knock was laced with eight boundaries and couple of sixes, kept his side in the hunt as he kept one end intact despite Mumbai jolting the visitors at regular intervals in the first 15 overs.
 
Chasing the 163-run target, Hyderabad openers Wriddhiman Saha (25 off 15) and Martin Guptill (15 off 11) handed a fine start as the visitors raced away to 30 runs in the first three overs. Jasprit Bumrah came with the first breakthrough for Mumbai, sending back Saha in the fourth over.
 
Just when the hosts added another 17 runs, Bumrah struck again to account for the other Hyderabad opener in the sixth over, leaving them at 57/2. Krunal Pandya was then successful in making further inroads in the visiting batting line-up as he claimed Kane Williamson (3 off 7) soon, which reduced Hyderabad to 65/3.
 
Krunal struck again to dismiss Vijay Shankar (12) while his brother Hardik Pandya also joined the party, sending back Abhishek Sharma (2) cheaply, which left the visitors reeling at 105/5 in 14.3 overs.
 
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Despite the blows, Pandey kept his wicket safe and was later involved in a crucial 49-run partnership with Nabi. The duo not only prevented Mumbai from making any further onslaughts but also helped their side touch the 150-run mark in 19.3 overs.
 
Just when it seemed the duo would easily drive their side home, Hardik came with a twist in the tale as he sent back a good-looking Nabi with two balls left.
 
With eight needed of the final two deliveries, Pandey took a couple in the second last delivery before slamming Hardik for a maximum at long-on to keep the contest alive.
 
For Mumbai, Bumrah, Hardik and Krunal scalped couple of wickets each.
 
Earlier, opting to bat first, Mumbai rode opener Quinton de Kock's valiant knock of 69 (unbeaten) off 58 balls to post 162/5.
 
Despite getting little support from the other end, de Kock kept his cool and helped the three-time champions reach a respectable total. The opener's knock contained six boundaries and two hits into the stands.
 
Mumbai were off to a decent but cautious start with the scoreboard reading 26/0 in the initial three overs. While Rohit Sharma (24 off 18) clobbered Hyderabad bowlers, de Kock played second fiddle to the Mumbai captain.
 
Khaleel drew first blood for his side and sent back a dangerous looking Rohit in the sixth over, leaving Mumbai at 36/1. The Mumbai skipper played an overambitious pull shot on a delivery that bounced a bit more and popped up in the air only to be caught by Nabi at mid-on.
 
Incoming batsman Suryakumar Yadav (23 off 17) and de Kock then tried to repair the early damage, adding 54 runs for the second wicket. Just when the home side was approaching the three-digit mark, Khaleel struck again to break the partnership. He cut short Suryakumar's stay in the middle, reducing Mumbai to 90/2 in 11.2 overs.
 
Nabi spelled further trouble for Mumbai and just after the addition of a run, he packed back Evin Lewis (1 off 6) in the 13th over.
 
Hardik then played a quick 10-ball 18, with the help of a four and a six. But the Mumbai all-rounder failed to spend much time in the middle as Bhuvneshwar Kumar applied brakes on his innings in the 16th over, with Mumbai placed at 119/4.
 
Kieron Pollard (10 off 9) and de Kock then shared a short 32-run partnership for the fifth wicket, helping their side cross the 150-run mark in 18.5 overs. Pollard was dismissed in the final over by Khaleel before Krunal Pandya chipped in with an unbeaten 9 off three balls as Mumbai reached a fighting total.
 
For the visitors, Khaleel bagged three wickets for 42 runs and Bhuvneshwar and Nabi got one wicket each.
 
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 162/5 (Quinton de Kock 69, Rohit Sharma 24; Khaleel Ahmed 3/42) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 162/6 (Manish Pandey 71 not out, Mohammad Nabi 31; Hardik Pandya 2/20) in Super Over.
 
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IPL: Quinton de Kock's 69 helps Mumbai post 162/5 vs Hyderabad

 
Mumbai Indians rode opener Quinton de Kock's valiant knock of 69 (unbeaten) off 58 balls to post 162/5 in 20 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their return fixture of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium, here on Thursday.
 
Despite getting little support from the other end, de Kock kept his cool and helped the three-time champions reach a respectable total. The opener's knock contained six boundaries and two hits into the stands.
 
Opting to bat, Mumbai were off to a decent but cautious start with scoreboard reading 26/0 in the initial three overs. While Rohit Sharma (24 off 18) clobbered Hyderabad bowlers, de Kock played second fiddle to the Mumbai captain.
 
Khaleel Ahmed drew first blood for his side and sent back a dangerous looking Rohit in the sixth over, leaving Mumbai at 36/1. The Mumbai skipper played an overambitious pull-shot on a delivery that bounced a bit more and popped up in the air only to be caught by Mohammed Nabi at mid-on.
 
Incoming batsman Suryakumar Yadav (23 off 17) and de Kock then tried to repair the early damage, adding 54 runs for the second wicket. Just when the home side were approaching the three-digit mark, Khaleel struck again to break the partnership. He cut short Suryakumar's stay in the middle, reducing Mumbai to 90/2 in 11.2 overs.
 
Nabi spelled further trouble for Mumbai and just after the addition of a run, he packed back Evin Lewis (1 off 6) in the 13th over.
 
Hardik Pandya then played a quick 10-ball 18, with the help of a four and a six. But the Mumbai all-rounder failed to spend much time in the middle as Bhuvneshwar Kumar applied the brakes on his innings in the 16th over, with Mumbai placed at 119/4.
 
Kieron Pollard (10 off 9) and de Kock then shared a short 32-run partneship for the fifth wicket, helping their side cross the 150-run mark in 18.5 overs. Pollard was dismissed in the final over by Khaleel before Krunal Pandya chipped in with an unbeaten 9 off three balls as Mumbai reached a fighting total.
 
For the visitors, Khaleel bagged three wickets for 42 runs and Bhuvneshwar and Nabi got one wicket each.
 
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 162/5 (Quinton de Kock 69, Rohit Sharma 24; Khaleel Ahmed 3/42) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.
 
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IPL: Mumbai win toss, opt to bat against Hyderabad

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Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their return fixture of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium, here on Thursday.
 
While the hosts has kept the team unchanged, the visitors made two changes in their team as Martin Guptill and Basil Thampi came in for David Warner and Sandeep Sharma.
 
Playing XI:
 
Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Rohit Sharma (Captain), Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Barinder Sran, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (Captain), Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed and Basil Thampi
 
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Unseasonal rains damage iconic Charminar

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Charminar, the symbol of Hyderabad, has suffered damage as a piece of lime stucco work on one of its minarets fell down following unseasonal rains, officials said on Thursday.
 
A portion of the stucco work detached from the granite slab on the minaret facing Mecca Masjid side and fell off late on Wednesday, sending panic among the people around the monument.
 
Police cordoned off the area where the debris fell. A large number of onlookers gathered near the monument.
 
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had undertaken restoration work on the monument some time ago. While the incidents of lime plasters peeling off are not new, the latest damage raised new concerns about the safety of the iconic structure.
 
Charminar was built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth king of the Qutb Shahi dynasty.
 
The 428-year-old edifice, stands at a staggering 160 feet from ground level. It has four minarets after which it is named.
 
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Telangana Board to involve another agency in re-verification

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Under flak from all quarters for the goof-up in Intermediate examinations, the Telangana Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) on Wednesday decided to involve another independent information technology agency in re-verification and result processing of nearly 3.5 lakh students who failed to obtain pass marks.
 
Besides Globarena Technologies, which is being blamed for the massive bungling, another independent agency will be involved in the work.
 
BIE Secretary D. Ashok announced that the responsibility to select an independent agency was entrusted to Telangana State Technological Services (TSTS).
 
The decision assumed significance in view of the allegations by the opposition parties that the state government gave the contract to Globarena Technologies as the company had links with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president and former IT minister K. T. Rama Rao. They also alleged that the government was trying to shield the company.
 
Rama Rao, who is son of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, on Wednesday dismissed the allegations by the opposition parties. He alleged that they were playing with the lives of the students.
 
Stating that the IT department has nothing to with the BIE, Rama Rao said the opposition parties were doing cheap politics over the issue. "Will somebody give Rs 10,000 crore bribe for a Rs 4 crore contract?" he asked, referring to allegations by a Congress leader.
 
Over 9 lakh students had appeared in Intermediate 1st Year and 2nd Year (11th and 12th standard) in February-March. The results were declared on April 18, which triggered an uproar among students who alleged large-scale discrepancies in valuation of papers and processing of the results.
 
More than 20 students committed suicide in the last two weeks over the failure in the examination. Massive protests by the students, parents and opposition parties forced the government to order free re-verification of answer sheets of all students who failed to obtain pass marks.
 
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Three-time MP, Jana Sena candidate S P Y Reddy is dead

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Three-time Lok Sabha member S. P. Y. Reddy, who sought re-election for a fourth consecutive term from Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh, passed away on Tuesday, his family said. He was 69.
 
The industrialist, who contested as a Jana Sena candidate in the April 11 polls, breathed his last at a private hospital in Hyderabad. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
 
Reddy was suffering from heart- and kidney-related ailments and was admitted to the hospital on April 3. He took ill during the election campaign and was since undergoing treatment.
 
Reddy, who founded Nandi group of companies in 1984, began his political career with the BJP but lost the 1991 Lok Sabha polls from Nandyal. In 1999, he also contested unsuccessfully for the Assembly.
 
He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004 on a Congress party ticket. He retained the seat in 2009. He was re-elected for the third time in 2014 as a candidate of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) but subsequently defected to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
 
As TDP denied him a ticket, he quit the party to join Jana Sena and at the last minute filed his nomination from Nandyal.
 
Jana Sena party chief Pawan Kalyan, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu and YSRCP leader Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy have condoled the death of S. P. Y. Reddy.
 
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Warner signs off in style as SRH beat KXIP by 45 runs

 
David Warner notched up his eighth half-century of the season to help Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by 45 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium here on Monday.
 
Warner, who is the tournament's highest scorer, smashed a typically belligerent 81 off 56 balls. His innings was laced with seven fours and two sixes in his last game for Sunrisers as he has to leave for Australia to take part in their World Cup preparations.
 
The home team posted 212/6 after being asked to bat first.
 
Chasing 213 for victory, K L Rahul staged a lone battle for Kings XI with a brilliant 56-ball 79 (4x4, 5x6) but the  other batsmen failed to deliver around him as they limped to 167/8 in 20 overs.
 
Rahul and Mayank Agarwal (27) shared a 60-run stand for the second wicket after Chris Gayle (4) departed early.
 
But once Agarwal holed out to Vijay Shankar at cow corner off Rashid Khan (3/21), Kings XI did not have any good partnership going before debutant P Simran Singh (16) joined hands with Rahul for a 53-run association, which was too late in the end.
 
It took a brilliant catch from skipper Kane Williamson to remove World Cup bound Rahul off Khaleel Ahmed (3/40) towards the end of a spectacular innings which lasted 95 minutes.
 
Courtesy the result, Sunrisers moved to 12 points from 12 matches while Kings XI remained on 10 points from 12 outings.
 
Earlier, Warner was removed by Ashwin in the 16th over but the damage was already done by then with Manish Pandey (36; 25b; 3x4; 1x6), Wriddhiman Saha (28; 13b; 3x4; 1x6) and Mohammad Nabi (20; 10b; 2x6) contributing to the total.
 
For the visitors, Ashwin (2/30) was the pick of the bowlers as Mujeeb Ur Rahman, returning to the team, was taken for 66 runs in his four overs, including one in which the Afghanistan spinner leaked 26 runs, the most expensive spell of bowling this IPL.
 
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After Warner was dismissed, Kings XI reined in their rivals a bit with a flurry of wickets but still could not stop Sunrisers from crossing the 200-run mark. Sunrisers could manage just 17 runs in the last two overs, losing three wickets.
 
It was a dream start for the orange army as they raced to 53/0 in four overs, and then 77/0 after Powerplay, both scores the fastest this season.
 
Warner and Saha shared a 76-run opening wicket stand before the India Test wicketkeeper under-edged a delivery by M. Ashwin to Simran Singh behind the stumps.
 
Pandey and Warner continued the carnage, combining for an 82-run stand for the second wicket.
 
Just when it looked like they would post a score well past 200, R. Ashwin snared two wickets in the 16th over, first removing Pandey and then accounting for Warner.
 
While Pandey was taken at short fine leg by Mohammed Shami, Warner was taken at point by Mujeeb after Ashwin came round the wicket.
 
Williamson scored a quickfire 7-ball 14 but could not continue in the same vein as Kings XI managed to do some damage control with Shami taking two wickets, including Williamson's, in the 19th over and Arshdeep Singh getting the back of Rashid Khan (1) in the last over.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 212/6 (David Warner 81; Manish Pandey 36; R Ashwin 2/30; Mohammed Shami 2/36) beat Kings XI Punjab 167/8 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 79; Rashid Khan 3/21; Khaleel Ahmed 3/40).
 
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Warner smashes 81 as SRH post 212/6 against KXIP

 
David Warner notched up his eighth half-century of the season to end his Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign this season in style as Sunrisers Hyderabad posted 212/6 in their 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab in a key match here on Monday.
 
Warner, who is by far the tournament's highest scorer, smashed a typically belligerent 81 off 56 balls, his innings laced with seven fours and two sixes.
 
Warner, who will leave for Australia to be part of their World Cup camp, was removed by Kings XI skipper R. Ashwin in the 16th over but the damage was already done by then with Manish Pandey (36; 25b; 3x4; 1x6), Wriddhiman Saha (28; 13b; 3x4; 1x6) and Mohammad Nabi (20; 10b; 2x6) contributing to the total.
 
For the visitors, Ashwin (2/30) was the pick of the bowlers as Mujeeb Ur Rahman, returning to the team, was taken for 66 runs in his four overs, including one in which the Afghanistan spinner leaked 26 runs, the most expensive spell of bowling this IPL.
 
Since Warner was dismissed, Kings XI reined in a bit with a flurry of wickets but still could not stop Sunrisers from crossing the 200-run mark. Sunrisers could manage just 17 runs in the last two overs, losing three wickets.
 
It was a dream start for the orange army as they raced to 53/0 in four overs, and then 77/0 after Powerplay, both scores the fastest this season.
 
Warner and Saha shared a 76-run opening wicket stand before the India Test wicketkeeper under-edged a delivery by M. Ashwin to Simran Singh behind the stumps.
 
Pandey and Warner continued the carnage, combining for a 82-run stand for the second wicket. Just when it looked like they would post a score well past 200, R. Ashwin snared two wickets in the 16th over, first removing Pandey and then accounting for Warner.
 
While Pandey was taken at short fine-leg by Mohammed Shami, Warner was taken at point by Mujeeb after Ashwin came round the wicket.
 
Skipper Kane Williamson scored a quickfire 7-ball 14 but could not continue in the same vein as Kings XI managed to do some damage control with Shami taking two wickets, including Williamson's, in the 19th over and Arshdeep Singh getting the back of Rashid Khan (1) in the last over.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad: 212/6 (David Warner 81, Manish Pandey 36; R Ashwin 2/30, Mohammed Shami 2/36)
 
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SRH, Kings XI will look to return to winning ways in Hyderabad

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After facing defeats in their previous encounters, both Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will look to turn back to winning ways when they face each other at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, here on Monday.
 
Hyderabad had to face a crushing seven-wicket defeat in their last encounter against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Defending 161 on Saturday, SRH bowlers struggled to get breakthroughs as Royals easily reached the target with five balls to spare and theoretically kept their chances alive of making it to the play-offs. 
 
Punjab, on the other hand, also faced defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their previous encounter in Bengaluru. Chasing a massive 203-run target last Wednesday, the R. Ashwin-led side managed to score 185/7 in their 20 overs, thus losing the match by 17 runs.
 
Both the teams have 10 points with Kings XI standing below the SRH owing to lower run rate. And they would be hoping to get two crucial points and move upwards in the points table. 
 
Squads
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Williamson (c), Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma 
 
Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Andrew Tye, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Agnivesh Ayachi, Darshan Nalkande, Varun Chakravarthy, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh, Harpreet Brar 
 
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IPL: All-round effort guides Rajasthan to 7-wicket win over Hyderabad

 
A good bowling effort followed by some valuable top-order contribution with the bat helped Rajasthan Royals seal a comfortable seven-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Saturday.
 
Ajinkya Rahane (39), Liam Livingstone (44 off 26) and Sanju Samson (48 unbeaten off 32) contributed effectively while Steven Smith also chipped in with 22 runs to help their side cross the line with five balls to spare.
 
For Hyderabad, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan and Khaleel Ahmed picked a wicket each.
 
Chasing a modest 161-run target, Rajasthan openers Rahane and Livingstone took their side to a great start as they added 40 runs in the first five overs before their valiant effort saw their team touching the 50-run mark in the next four deliveirs.
 
With everything going Rajasthan's way, Rashid brought some respite for his side as his leg-break turned away from off to take an inside edge of Livingstone, which was smartly picked by stumper Wriddhiman Saha, leaving Hyderabad at 78/1 in 9.1 overs.
 
Rahane also departed soon as Shakib sent him back in the 12th over, reducing the home side to 93/2.
 
However, Samson and skipper Smith denied the visitors any further inroads into the Rajasthan camp, adding a crucial 55 runs for the third wicket to propel their side close to the 150-run mark.
 
Khaleel sent back Smith in the 17th over. But it was too late by then as the home side was just 13 runs away from tasting victory with seven wickets in hand and 20 balls left.
 
Samson and Ashton Turner (3 unbeaten off 7) then comfortably performed the last rites to register a victory with ease for their side, helping Rajasthan move a place above in the points table to be at the sixth spot and keep their play-offs hopes alive.
 
Earlier, some disciplined bowling by Rajasthan had helped them restrict Hyderabad to 160/8 in their 20 overs.
 
Despite a valiant 75-run stand between opener David Warner (37 off 32) and Manish Pandey (61 off 36), no other Hyderabad batsman could rise to the occasion as Rajasthan bowlers jolted visitors at regular intervals after the duo's departure.
 
Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron and Oshane Thomas picked two wickets each for the home side.
 
Put to bat, Hyderabad openers Kane Williamson (13 off 14) and Warner started cautiously adding 27 runs in the initial three overs. Two runs later, Gopal came up with the first blow as he clean bowled Williamson in the fourth over.
 
The Hyderabad skipper's fall saw Manish joining hands with Warner in the middle and the duo perfectly repaired the early damage, steering their side to the 50-run mark in 5.5 overs. Both the batters continued to attack the hosts' bowlers and kept the scoreboard ticking as the visitors touched the three-digit mark in 11.3 overs.
 
Thomas came with a much-needed breakthrough in the 13th over as he packed back the well-set Warner, leaving Hyderabad at 103/2. Warner's fall saw the visiting team's middle-order collapse and they lost five wickets with the addition of just 34 runs in quick succession.
 
After Warner, Manish also departed soon and Vijay Shankar (8), Shakib Al Hasan (9), Deepak Hooda (0) and Wriddhiman Saha (5) failed to click, leaving Hyderabad at 137/7. Unbeaten Rashid Khan chipped in with 17 runs off eight balls down the order, one four and one six, as visitors reached a respectable total.
 
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 161/3 in 19.1 overs (Sanju Samson 48 not out; Liam Livingstone 44; Shakib Al Hasan 1/26) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 160/8 in 20 overs (Manish Pandey 61; David Warner 36; Jaydev Unadkat 2/26) by 7 wickets.
 
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IPL: Rajasthan restricts Hyderabad at 160/8

 
Some disciplined bowling by Rajasthan Royals helped them restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad at 160/8 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Saturday.
 
Despite a valiant 75-run stand between opener David Warner (37 off 32) and Manish Pandey (61 off 36), no other Hyderabad batsman could rise to the occasion as Rajasthan bowlers jolted the visitors at regular intervals after the duo's departure.
 
Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron and Oshane Thomas picked two wickets each for the home side.
 
Put in to bat first, Hyderabad openers Kane Williamson (13 off 14) and Warner started cautiously adding 27 runs in the initial three overs. Two runs later, Gopal came with the first blow as he clean bowled Williamson in the fourth over.
 
The Hyderabad skipper's fall saw Manish joining hands with Warner in the middle and the duo perfectly repaired the early damage, steering their side to 50-run mark in 5.5 overs. Both the batters continued to attack hosts' bowlers and kept the scoreboard ticking as visitors touched the three-digit mark in 11.3 overs.
 
Thomas came with a much-needed breakthrough in the 13th over as he packed back a good-looking Warner, leaving Hyderabad at 103/2. Warner's fall saw the visiting team's middle-order collapse and they lost five wickets with the addition of just 34 runs in quick succession.
 
After Warner, Manish also departed soon and Vijay Shankar (8), Shakib Al Hasan (9), Deepak Hooda (0) and Wriddhiman Saha (5) failed to click, leaving Hyderabad at 137/7. Unbeaten Rashid Khan chipped in with 17 runs off eight balls down the order, one four and one six, as visitors reached a respectable total.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 130/8 in 20 overs (Manish Pandey 61, David Warner 36; Jaydev Unadkat 2/26) vs Rajasthan Royals.
 
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IPL: Rajasthan ask Hyderabad to bat first

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Rajasthan Royals' skipper Steve Smith won the toss and opted to field first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Saturday.
 
While Liam Livingston and Ashton Turner came in for Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer in the Rajasthan team, Kane Williamson, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul replaced Jonny Bairstow, Yusuf Pathan and Sandeep Sharma in the Hyderabad playing eleven.
 
Playing XI:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Kane Williamson (Captain), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Steven Smith (Captain), Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
 
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7-year-old survives on water for five days in bathroom

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A seven-year-old girl survived for five days on water after falling into the bathroom of her neighbour's house while playing, police said.
 
The startling incident took place in Makhtal town in Narayanpet district of Telangana, about 160 km from Hyderabad.
 
The house owner was shocked to see the girl lying in his bathroom after he returned home on Thursday from a tour. With no food for five days and surviving only on the water available in the bathroom, the girl had turned very weak and was in a state of shock.
 
The police investigation revealed that Kuravakacheri Akhila, a class II student, accidentally fell onto the bathroom of a house while playing on the terrace of an adjacent building on April 20. As the roof had an opening fitted with plastic net, she fell through into the bathroom but sustained no injuries as a rope with clothes on it took the impact.
 
The bathroom was bolted from outside and as the inmate was away, her cries for help went unanswered. Police said there was nobody in the adjacent house who could hear her cries.
 
Her parents Suresh and Mahadevamma lodged a missing complaint the next day after their search yielded no result. According to sub-inspector of police B. Ashok Kumar, the parents suspected she went missing from a local fair.
 
The police had formed a team and alerted police in adjacent districts and Hyderabad but found no clue.
 
It was on Wednesday that, the owner of the house returned from Hyderabad, where his family lives. Venkatesh, a teacher, said he was shocked to see the girl lying in bathroom. He alerted the neighbours, who identified her as the daughter of tenants behind their house.
 
Akhila, who was not even able to speak, was rushed to a local hospital, where she was administered saline.
 
Though schools have summer holidays, Venkatesh had returned to attend a marriage in the town.
 
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NHRC notice to Telangana over student suicides

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notice to Telangana government, seeking a detailed report on the goof-ups by the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) resulting in failure of about three lakh students and suicide by 18.
 
Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report that 18 students have committed suicide during the last one week over failure in the Intermediate examinations, the Commission has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, Government of Telangana calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks, including action taken against the guilty and relief, if any, provided to the aggrieved families.
 
The panel took note of media reports that large-scale discrepancies by BIE has have triggered furore in the State. About three lakh students reportedly failed in the exams and the students and parents were staging protests.
 
"It has been observed that the contents of the news reports, if true, raise the issues of serious lapses on the part of the authorities amounting to violation of human rights. A thorough probe into the matter is required not only to punish the guilty but to ensure that such incidents do not recur," the Commission said.
 
According to the media reports, hundreds of students have failed to get even pass marks. The State Education Ministry, the Board and the government initially dismissed the allegations, but later gave in to the growing protests. The aggrieved students have also approached the High Court.
 
The role of a private company, which was given the contract for processing the results, has come under the scanner. This work was being done earlier by the Centre for Good Governance which is a government agency. The Hyderabad-based private firm Globarena Technologies, who executed the work, was reportedly not competent enough to take up the job. 
 
The firm has, however, contended that it is capable of handling the task and that it had executed the contract systematically.
 
"As mentioned in the news report, around 10 lakh students took the class 12 exam in February 2018 and nearly 3.5 have failed, making it a gigantic task for the board to conduct supplementary exams for such a large number of students. The time is also running out for the students who have to appear in the entrance exams like in EAMCET, NEET and JEE etc," the Commission noted.
 
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IPL: Chennai opt to field first against Mumbai

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Chennai Super Kings stand-in skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and opted to field first against Mumbai Indians in their return fixture of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Friday.
 
Chennai has made three changes in their team as M S Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Faf du Plessis have been replaced by Mitchell Santner, Dhruv Shorey and Murali Vijay.
 
On the other hand, Evin Lewis and Anukul Roy, who is making his IPL debut, came in for Ben Cutting and Mayank Markande in the Mumbai playing eleven.
 
Playing XI:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Murli Vijay, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina (Captain), Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu (wicket-keeper), Dhruv Shorey, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
 
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
 
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Telangana orders re-verification for failed students

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday ordered free re-verification of answer sheets of all the intermediate students who failed in the examinations.
 
The decision came amid a row over the goof-ups by the Telangana Board of Intermediate Education (TIBE) in declaring results, which allegedly led to suicide of 10 students since last week and triggered protests by parents and opposition parties.
 
With two more students ending their lives and protests continuing on Wednesday, the Chief Minister reviewed the situation with senior officials.
 
In case of students who passed but prefer re-verification and re-counting, it would be done as per the prevailing norms and regulations, the Chief Minister said.
 
KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, asked officials to expedite the re-verification and re-counting process and complete that as early as possible. It should be followed by advanced supplementary examinations to prevent loss of the academic year, he added.
 
Education Secretary B. Janardhan Reddy has been entrusted with the responsibility of competing the process. The Chief Minister also instructed officials to evolve a strategy for smooth conduct of examinations and evaluation.
 
Expressing shock over suicides of 'a few' students who failed in the intermediate examination, he said it was 'most unfortunate'. He appealed to students not to resort to suicide as failing in intermediate examinations did not mean the end of life.
 
According to a statement from the Chief Minister's office, of the 9.74 lakh students who appeared for the intermediate examinations, 3.28 lakh failed. "Some students and their parents are of the opinion that during the process of addition of marks, mistakes took place resulting in less marks than expected and hence they failed," it said.
 
KCR also asked officials to examine whether the responsibility of conducting examinations be entrusted to an autonomous body. "It has to be examined whether the responsibility of conducting examinations could be entrusted to an autonomous body. The best practices in other states and other countries are to be studied for implementing in our state," he said.
 
"The government faces problems every time intermediate examinations and EAMCET are conducted. The government, students and their parents face trouble every time. This needs to be avoided," KCR said. 
 
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Two more deaths take Telangana student suicide toll to 10

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Two more intermediate students in Telangana on Wednesday committed suicide, taking the number to 10 since the results were declared last week, even as protests continued over the Telangana Board of Intermediate Education (TBIE) goof-ups.
 
Depressed over failure in examinations, Chakali Raju hanged himself in his house in Chinna Shakarampet village of the Medak district. Another student Malothu Naveen of the Warangal Rural district ended his life by jumping before a train.
 
With these two suicides, the number of students who ended their lives increased to 10 since April 18 when the TBIE declared results for intermediate first and second year (11th and 12th standard) examinations.
 
Those who have committed suicide include 17-year-old Dharma Ram, nephew of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Rajya Sabha member C. M. Ramesh.
 
The opposition parties have claimed that 18 students have committed suicide and blamed the TBIE for it.
 
While admitting lapses in declaring results, the authorities have denied that the suicides were related to this. They said efforts were being made to address the students' grievances. 
 
Education Minister Jagdish Reddy alleged that the opposition parties were trying to politicise the issue.
 
The TBIE bungling has come under criticism from all quarters as it shocked many students and their parents. Many students who had passed the first year with distinction failed in the second year. In a rude shock for them, they were awarded zero, one or two marks in each subject.
 
Meanwhile, protests by the student groups continued for third day over the TBIE fiasco. 
 
Activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) tried to lay siege to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao's residence. Police arrested dozens of protesters who were raising slogans against the government and demanding action against those responsible for goof-ups.
 
Students groups also staged protest at the TIBE office. Senior Congress leader V. Hanumantha Rao was arrested when he reached there to show solidarity with protesting students and parents.
 
About 900,000 students had appeared in the intermediate examinations in February-March. The pass percentage was just above 60.
 
The Telangana High Court on Tuesday heard a petition filed by an NGO fighting for children's rights, seeking free re-valuation of all answer sheets. It asked the government to inform it by next week about the time required for re-valuation of answer sheets of students who have failed in the examinations.
 
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Watson takes CSK to top of table with win over SRH

 
Shane Watson smashed a belligerent 96 as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) zoomed back to the top of the table with a commanding six-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Watson, who took 53 balls and hit nine fours and six sixes, missed out on a fifth IPL hundred as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/18) got his wicket.
 
But riding his devastating knock, CSK made light of a 176-run target after skipper M. S. Dhoni asked Sunrisers to bat first. CSK scored 176/4 in 19.5 overs.
 
For the visitors, Manish Pandey (83 off 49 balls, not out) and David Warner (57; 45 balls, 4x3, 6x2) struck half centuries.
 
CSK lost Faf du Plessis (1) early but that mattered little as Watson roared back to form on a day star spinner Rashid Khan (1/44) had an off-day.
 
The former Australia opener forged a 77-run stand for the second wicket with Suresh Raina (38) and then shared an 80-run stand with Ambati Rayudu (21) to guide his team to a win after two losses with one ball to spare.
 
Once Watson was out, caught behind trying to hook Sunrisers skipper Bhuvneshwar, the run-flow ebbed with CSK managing just seven runs off the last two overs hitting no boundaries.
 
In the last over, the defending champions needed nine. Kedar Jadhav (11 not out) hit Sandeep Sharma for a six despite Pandey's brilliant effort on the boundary to save it but then Rayudu was out with one run needed off two balls.
 
Dwayne Bravo (0 not out) came to crease but did not face a ball as Jadhav completed the formalities.
 
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Earlier, Pandey remained unbeaten on 83 with the help of seven fours and three sixes but could not lead his team to an imposing total as Sunrisers managed only 51 runs in the last six overs after Warner's dismissal. Sunrisers managed 175/3 in 20 overs.
 
Warner cracked his seventh fifty this season as the dashing southpaw combined with Pandey for a 115-run stand for the second wicket which formed the bedrock of Sunrisers' innings.
 
For CSK, Harbhajan Singh was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/39 in four overs.
 
The visitors lost Jonny Bairstow (0) -- playing his last IPL game -- early, as the England stumper-batsman was out caught behind trying to cut Harbhajan.
 
From there on, Warner and Pandey paced their innings perfectly as Sunrisers raced to 91/1 at the halfway stage.
 
Harbhajan removed Warner in the 14th over with a slower one which the veteran Australian failed to read and came down the track only for Dhoni to effect a brilliant stumping.
 
Vijay Shankar (26; 20b, 4x2, 6x1) then joined hands with Pandey for a 47-run partnership before holing out to Ravidra Jadeja at deep midwicket off Deepak Chahar.
 
Shankar never really got going and after he was removed, Yusuf Pathan (5 not out) also could not up the ante.
 
Brief scores - 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 175/3 (Manish Pandey 83, not out; David Warner 57; Harbhajan Singh 2/39) vs Chennai Super Kings: 176/4 (Shane Watson 96; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/18)
 
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