PM condemns bomb blasts in Hyderabad, appeals for calm

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today strongly condemned the bomb blasts in Hyderabad earlier in the evening, in which at least 11 people were killed and 50 others suffered injuries, and said those found guilty of the attacks would not go unpunished.

Expressing shock and grief over the loss of lives in the blasts, Dr Singh appealed to the public to remain calm and maintain peace. He has also directed the Central agencies to extend all possible help to the Andhra Pradesh government in relief operations.
"This is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished," the Prime Minister added. 
Dr Singh has also sanctioned ex-gratia payments from the Prime Minister`s National Relief Fund to the tune of Rs.2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased persons and Rs.50,000 each to those who have suffered serious injuries.

At least 11 killed, 50 injured in twin blasts in Hyderabad


At least 11 people were killed and 50 others suffered injuries in two explosions that rocked the crowded Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad this evening.

The explosions took place near two cinemas -- Konarak and Venkatadhri - in the busy commercial area, sources said.
The first blast occurred near a bus stop in the area around 6.58 pm and the other within five minutes within a radius of about 150 metres.
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told mediapersons that he had learnt about the blasts while he was attending a meeting of the Union Cabinet and had promptly informed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about them.
He said he had talked to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who had visited the scene, and was told the explosives appeared to have been placed on two bikes.
He said eight persons had died in the first incident and three in the second.
Mr Shinde said the Government had received information over the past two days that such attacks could take place anywhere in the country and it had accordingly alerted all the States.
Union Home Secretary R K Singh told mediapersons that the Hyderabad police and Central agencies had launched investigations into the incidents.
He said he had been in touch with the Governor and the Chief Secretary of the state. He said officials from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) branch in Hyderabad had already reached the spot.
Another team led by an NIA inspector-general and the post-blast investigation team of the National Security Guard (NSG) would leave here for Hyderabad tonight, he said.
The scene of the blasts had been cordoned off so as to preserve evidence, Mr Singh said.
Police officials in Hyderabad told mediapersons that details about the casualties were still being collected.
Apart from the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, the state Home Minister and the Director General of Police had rushed to the area.
The injured had been removed to nearby hospitals, including the Osmania Hospital. Television pictures from the scenes showed huge crowds of onlookers. Ambulances were seen rushing the injured to hospital. Police officials and forensic experts were scouring the area for evidence.

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At least 10 killed, 50 injured in twin blasts in Hyderabad


At least ten people were killed and 50 others suffered injuries in two explosions that rocked the crowded Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad this evening.

The explosions took place near two cinemas in the busy commercial area, sources said.
Union Home Secretary R K Singh told mediapersons here that there were two blasts and the police and other agencies were investigating the incidents.
He said he had been in touch with the Governor and the Chief Secretary of the state. He said officials from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) branch in Hyderabad had already reached the spot.
Another team led by an NIA inspector-general and the post-blast investigation team of the National Security Guard (NSG) would leave here for Hyderabad shortly.
The scene of the blasts had been cordoned off so as to preserve evidence, Mr Singh said.
Police officials in Hyderabad told mediapersons that details about the casualties were still being collected.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, the state Home Minister and the Director General of Police had rushed to the area.
The injured had been removed to nearby hospitals, including the Osmania Hospital. Television pictures from the scenes showed huge crowds of onlookers. Ambulances were seen rushing the injured to hospital.
The authorities have sounded an alert in Delhi and other major cities of the country.

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Regional consultation on National Plan of Action for Improving Child Sex Ratio at Hyderabad


Union Minister for Women & Child Development Krishna Tirath will inaugurate the second regional consultation on formulating a national Plan of Action for Improving Child Sex Ratio in the country at Hyderabad tomorrow.

The first consultation was held in New Delhi by the National Mission for Empowerment of Women under the Ministry for Women and Child Development on January 8.
According to an official press release, the issue of declining child sex ratio has emerged as a major cause of concern and is being addressed at the highest level in the country.
Realising the immediate need for identifying actionable points and putting up a national level Action Plan for Improving Child Sex Ratio, a series of national consultations are being held by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. They provide the platform to engage with regional stakeholders to deliberate on the issue, and to understand the regional perspectives. 
The outcomes from the discussions and deliberations will be utilized by the Working Group for drawing up the national-level Action Plan by the Ministry of Women & Child Development.
At the first consultation, the participants including Government officials and experts shared their experiences on various issues like Government initiatives taken at the national, state and district levels, challenges in the implementation of the Pre-conception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) (PC&PNDT) Act, 1994, societal attitude and effectiveness of media in communicating messages to the community. 
Different states and Union Territories such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, and Andhra Pradesh will make presentation on their initiatives in tackling falling child sex ratios, and the associated issues and challenges. In the technical sessions, issues related to policies and programmes, laws and legislations, community participation, and advocacy and social mobilization will be deliberated upon, the release added.

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GMR Highways commissions Hyderabad-Vijayawada, Hungund-Hospet sections


GMR Infrastructure Limited today said it had commenced commercial operations on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada section of National Highway (NH)-9 and the Hungund-Hospet section of NH-13, taking its portfolio of operating highways to eight.

The two new projects are expected to generate revenue in the range of Rs. 75 to 80 lakhs per day for the former and Rs. 18 to 20 lakhs per day for the latter, a press release from the company said.
The Hyderabad – Vijayawada project was awarded through an international competitive bidding by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on a DBFOT basis with a concession period of 25 years including a construction period of 2.5 years.  
The four laning of the 181.5 km stretch has been completed as per requirements and also opened for traffic, the release said.
With the completion of four laning of the section, the distance of 260 km will be covered in less than 5 hours compared to 6 to 8 hours prior to the construction. Six new bypasses are developed around the towns of Narketpally, Nakrekal, Kodad, Akupamula, Sher Mohammed Peta and Navabpet which aid in decongesting the towns.
Other facilities include service roads on urban stretches of Chittyala, Choutapal, and Suryapet, truck lay bys, bus bays with shelters and rest areas for road users.  Also, 24-hour ambulance and emergency support services are provided for road users, the release said.
The project highway is part of the NH-9 connecting Mumbai/Pune in Maharashtra with Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, enroute connecting the two major economic hubs of Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada and Hyderabad.
It is also a vital link, facilitating east-west traffic movement, connecting the Mumbai – Chennai and Chennai – Kolkata segments of  the Golden Quadrilateral.
The Hungund-Hospet highway is part of the NH-13 connecting Sholapur in Maharashtra and Mangalore in Karnataka and provides connectivity between mineral rich and highly industrialized districts of Karnataka and the rest of India . It also links the local industry with Mangalore and Karwar ports for export. 

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L&T appoints Thales for systems on Hyderabad Metro Rail


Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today said it had signed an agreement with Thales, India for providing Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) and Integrated Communications and Supervision (ICS) systems for the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project. 

The CBTC advanced signalling and ICS systems will be implemented for the Hyderabad Metro Rail Lines 1, 2 and 3, covering 72 km of rail and comprising 66 stations, a press release from the company said.
“We are delighted to have secured the first CBTC project in India, as this is a landmark contract being the first of its kind in India,” said Mr Eric Lenseigne, Vice President, Thales India.
“To also have been chosen for the supervision systems, already present for 10 years in the country, proving our strength in delivering complete and fully-integrated high-tech solutions for all aspects of urban railway projects. These key contracts reinforce Thales’ strong presence in high potential growth markets.” he said.
The Thales’ advanced signalling solution, SelTrac CBTC, has been chosen for the L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad project. Thales will design, build, deliver and manage the installation of the SelTrac Communications-Based Train Control solution. More than 30 of the world's largest cities' metro systems use Thales SelTrac CBTC, transporting 3 billion passengers each year.
The L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad project will include around 18.5 million sq.ft. of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in the earmarked P&C areas and depots.. This project is expected to trigger robust economic activity in and around the city and will generate substantial employment.
The integrated communications and supervision systems supplied will build on the success of previous supervision projects in India in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Jaipur. Thales will deliver its comprehensive ICS package, composed by Data Transmission, Public Address, Passenger Information Display, Fault Reporting Facilities, Office Automation and Information Technology, CCTV, Access Control and Intrusion Detection, Master Clock, Telephony, Voice Recording and Radio Tetra systems.
The greenfield project will be deployed in six stages and will cover three key corridors: Miyapur to LB Nagar; Jubilee Bus Stand to Falaknuma; and Nagole to Shilparaman. Under the integrated coordination of a central control operations facility, trains will operate automatically, with an attendant on board.
The Hyderabad Metro Rail Project is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project. Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Limited was awarded the project by Government of Andhra Pradesh. L&T incorporated a special purpose vehicle, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited to implement the project on a design, built, finance, operate and transfer basis.

Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose appointed CJ of AP High Court

Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose
Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose

The President has appointed Mr Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, a Judge of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, as the Chief Justice of the same of High Court.

An official press release said the appointment would be with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.
Mr Justice Ghose, 60, obtained his B.Com. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Calcutta and enrolled as an advocate on November 30, 1976. He practised in civil, commercial, constitutional and company matters in the Calcutta High Court from 1976.
He was appointd as a permanent judge of the High Court at Calcutta on July 17, 1997. He has served as Executive Chairan of the West Bengal State Legal Services Authority and the Andaman & Nicobar State Legal Services Authority as well as a member of the Central Authority of National Legal Services Authority.
Mr Justice Ghose was appointed as Acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh with effect from June 25 this year.
He is associated with several associations and institutions, and is the Chancellor of the NALSAR Law University, Hyderabad.

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam joins GVK EMRI as Chairman Emeritus


Former President A P J Abdul Kalam has joined the Governing Board of GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (GVK EMRI), a non-profit organisation that provides integrated emergency response services through the toll-free number 108 in many parts of India, as Chairman Emeritus.

“GVK EMRI 108 is a 'mission of partnership of every human being to remove the pain and give happiness'.  The 108 service should transform into a beautiful life saving mission throughout the nation," Dr Kalam said.
Dr. G V K Reddy, Chairman GVK EMRI said the visionary guidance of Dr. Kalam would help the organization add to its capabilities and become a premier provider of reponse services in all kinds of emergencies – medical, police, fire or disasters.  
GVK EMRI was started in 2005 with its headquarters in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Its services are being provided in public-private partnership (PPP) with the respective State Governments and is free to citizens.
The organisation currently operates over 3700 state-of-theart ambulances in 12 States and 2 Union Territories: Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Assam, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and Daman & Diu, to provide pre-hospital care covering a population of nearly 600 million. 
GVK EMRI attends to an average of 12,500 emergencies per day (over 17 million emergencies attended inception) and cumulatively has saved more than 5,50,000 lives since the launch of the services. It provides direct employment to over 19,000 associates.  

AP High Court sets aside life ban on former cricket captain Azharuddin

Will not take legal action against BCCI: Azharuddin

The Andhra Pradesh High Court today held as "illegal" and "unsustainable" the life ban imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin twelve years ago after he was accused of match-fixing.

The court set aside the ban imposed on Azharuddin, one of most stylish batsmen and amongst the most successful of Indian captains, as a sequel to the episode involving South African star Hansie Cronje, who was also accused of being involved in match-fixing.
A bench consisting of Justices Ashutosh Mohanta and Krishna Mohan Reddy allowed Azharuddin's appeal challenging the order of a local court, which had upheld BCCI's decision.
The ban had followed an inquiry by a three-member BCCI committee which had found him guilty of match-fixing charges.
Azharuddin, 49, now a Congress Member of Parliament (MP) from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, told newspersons in New Delhi that he was ready to work with BCCI for the development of the game.
He said he was happy that his name had been cleared, and made it clear that he was in no mood to pursue legal action or blame anyone for what had happened.
"Whatever had to happen has happened. I don't have any complaints", he said, adding that his conscience had always been clear.
The BCCI, on its part, said it would study the verdict before deciding on a future course of action.
Azharuddin's counsel K Ramakant Reddy had argued before the court that there was no evidence against the cricketer. He also said the BCCI had proceeded against Azharuddin unilaterally and the constitution of the inquiry committee was improper.
He said he had no regrets that his career had ended with 99 Test appearances. "Maybe I was destined to play 99 Tests and that is what the Almighty wanted," he remarked.
Azharuddin said he wanted to focus on the development of his Parliamentary constituency.

PM calls up Andhra Pradesh CM to offer Central help for flood-affected areas

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday called up Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and offered Central help for the flood-affected areas in the state.

Relief material being dropped by a Navy helicopter in the flood affected-area of North and Central Andhra Pradesh after cyclone ‘Neelam’ on November 6, 2012
Relief material being dropped by a Navy helicopter in the flood affected-area of North and Central Andhra Pradesh after cyclone ‘Neelam’ on November 6, 2012

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today called up Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and offered Central help for the flood-affected areas in the state.

Dr Singh directed the Chief Minister to constantly monitor the situation and extend all possible assistance for relief and rehabilitation.
He also extended sympathies to those who had lost members of their families in the floods in Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari and Krishna districts, an official press release said.
Meanwhile, Mr Reddy was due to visit the flood-hit areas of the state today, along with Pradesh Congress Committee chief and Transport Minister Botsa Satyanarayana, Civil Supplied Minister Sridhar Babu, other Ministers and officials.
Yesterday, Mr Reddy had held a detailed two-hour review meeting with 10 Ministers and top officials on the flood situation, relief measures and related issues at the Secretariat in Hyderabad.
The state government has announced an immediate compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh to the families of those killed in the Neelam cyclone and heavy rains.
District Collectors have been authorised to sanction houses and expenses for the reconstruction of the damaged houses under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), which would be ratified later. 
The Chief Minister also decided that compensation will be paid for the loss of animals to a family without any restriction on the numbers. He directed the officials to take up enumeration immediately of the damages to agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, handloom weavers, roads and bridges and so on, which should be pasted in the gram sabha and verified.
As of yesterday, the number of people who died has been put at 24. As many as 1274 houses were damaged and huge tracts of agricultural land inundated.

Yamaha enters Indian scooter segment with Ray

Actress Deepika Padukone, Mr Roy Kurian, NBH, Mr Hiroyuki Yanagi, CEO, Yamaha Motor Company and Mr Hiroyuki Suzuki, MD, India Yamaha Motors at the launch of Yamaha's new scoooter Ray in Hyderabad on September 14, 2012.
Actress Deepika Padukone, Mr Roy Kurian, NBH, Mr Hiroyuki Yanagi, CEO, Yamaha Motor Company and Mr Hiroyuki Suzuki, MD, India Yamaha Motors at the launch of Yamaha's new scoooter Ray in Hyderabad on September 14, 2012.
India Yamaha Motor made its foray into the rapidly growing scooter segment in the country with the launch of the sporty and stylish Ray by actress Deepika Padukone in Hyderabad yesterday.
With this, Yamaha is hoping to achieve a market share of 20 per cent in the scooter segment by 2016, a press release from the company.
It said Yamaha’s decision to enter the scooter segment in India was arrived at by seeing the huge demand that this segment is witnessing in the country, with college students and young working women showing increased affinity to purchasing light weight and highly efficient scooters.
"The new Ray has been designed and engineered to answer the needs of this growing class of young female customers who want a scooter that is stylishly designed, compact, easy to use and have a fresh new appeal," it said.
According to it, Ray offers best in class acceleration, easy handling and maneuverability and good fuel efficiency. It is equipped with an air-cooled 4-stroke 113cc engine with CVT (Continuous variable transmission) that boasts excellent reliability. 
"The engine achieves good fuel economy in the practical-use speed range, a power output characterized by smooth start-up acceleration and quick passing acceleration and more. The body has fresh, innovative styling. It is full of fine touches that women will appreciate, like a seat designed with easy leg reach to the ground and ease of mounting in mind, ample storage space and easy to operate center and side stands," the release said.
Mr. Hiroyuki Yanagi, President and CEO of Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd., said “For the global Yamaha Motor group, India Yamaha Motor holds great importance as a strategic production and sales base. By 2018, our total production capacity in India will reach 2.8 million units. At that point, India will play an extremely important role among Yamaha group, not just in supplying to the Indian domestic market but also in exporting to other markets around the world. We will be working aggressively to transfer our latest technologies to India in the hope of making every contribution we can to the development of India’s two-wheeler industry.”
 Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki, CEO & MD, India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. said, “I am positive that we can get a strong presence soon in the Indian scooter market.  Our dealers in India are dedicated to improving their facilities and services for the scooter sales.  We have expanded our dealer network and specially improved customer care quality for female customers by appointing more female staffs at customer contact points and introducing female customer care programmes.”
 “Secondly, we made an announcement to build a new factory in Chennai. We are planning to start this new factory from 2014 January. With this production capacity expansion, we are targeting to achieve 1 million units sales in 2014. We will expand our total production capacity further in the long term. We are planning to expand our sales to 2 million units in 2016 and 2.8 million units in 2018”, he added.
The release said the company has started a new assembly line for scooters which is run entirely by women employees. This is the first time in India that a company has developed scooters for women assembled by women. The company has also developed a riding training program for female customers. The riding training program is named as Yamaha Female Riding Training program and will be implemented across India.
This model will be manufactured and marketed by Yamaha Motor group company India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. (IYM) and will be available in Plush Pink, Purple Pastel, Shining Blue, Burgundy Bliss, Grey Grandeur and Black Star colors. It will be priced at Rs 46,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Indian motorcycle market has a current annual demand of approximately 13 million units (Yamaha Motor survey, 2011 results) and, with factors like continuous strong consumer spending and population growth, this demand is expected to surpass China’s within 2012 to make India the world’s largest motorcycle market.
Within this market, the scooter category, which accounted for about 11% of total demand at approximately 900,000 units in 2006, has grown rapidly over the last five years to reach about 18% of total demand at roughly 2.4 million units in 2011.
Most recently, the market has seen a cooling down of consumer confidence and more due to factors like the rising price of gasoline and continuing high interest rates on loans. While this has caused a slowing of market growth overall, continued growth in the scooter category is still expected as the growing number of women entering society with a need for personal mobility increases the pool of potential scooter users, the release added.

Cathay Pacific launches direct flight between Hyderabad and Hong Kong


Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific today announced its plans to expand its operations in India with a new four times a week flight to Hyderabad.

The first flight on the route is scheduled to land at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad on December 1 from Hong Kong, a press release from GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) said.
"The launch of this new service will not only strengthen Cathay Pacific’s position as one of the leading air operators in India but also marks a new milestone for GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL)," the release said.
RGIA, India’s first greenfield public-private partnership airport , is equipped with one of the  longest runways in the country and a state-of-the-art passenger terminal with one of its kind cargo infrastructure. RGIA is designed to eventually handle over 40 million passengers and 1 million metric tons of cargo in the years to come, it said.
Mr. Vikram Jaisinghani, CEO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) said, “Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has emerged as an ideal destination for both airlines and passengers and is well equipped to handle the additional traffic. The airport has world class infrastructure including adequate parking bays, hydrant based fuel farm and excellent ground handling facilities for aircraft. For the passengers, provision for required check-in counters, 4 level baggage screening systems, large and swanky retail area and excellent connectivity to the city will ensure that flying out of Hyderabad will be a satisfying experience. 
"Commencement of operations by a world class airline like Cathay Pacific, stands testimony to the superb facilities and immense potential waiting to be tapped at RGIA. This new Cathay flight will play an important role in promoting tourism, as Hyderabad has always been a favourite holiday destination for international tourists as well as offer convenient connections to the vast Chinese hinterland," he added.
GHIAL is a joint venture company promoted by the GMR Group (63%) in partnership with Government of India (13%), Government of Andhra Pradesh (13%) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (11%).  

V V S Laxman announces retirement from international cricket

VVS Laxman calls it quits

In a surprise move, V V S Laxman, one of India's most sylish batsmen, announced his retirement from international cricket with "immediate effect", bringing the curtains down on an illustrious 16-year career.

"I would like to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect," Laxman, 37, told a press conference in Hyderabad, his home town.
"It has been 16 years since I made my debut and I feel it is time to move on," he said.
The announcement came as a bit of a surprise for many because Laxman had been selected to play for India in the two Tests against New Zealand in Hyderabad and Bangalore and it was widely expected that he would choose the match on his home ground for his swan song.
In fact, the Hyderabad Cricket Association requested him at the press conference to defer his decision for some time so that he could play against New Zealand in Hyderabad.
An emtional Laxman said, however, that it was a well-thought out decision and not something made in haste. He said he was basically responding to his inner voice, which told him that the time had come for him to bow out. He said it was a very difficult decision to make, given how much he loved playing cricket and representing the country.
He, however, said he would continue to play for Hyderabad in domestic cricket.
Laxman had not performed too well against Australia, averaging 19.38 in four Tests, and against England earlier last year, where he averaged 22.75.
The Hyderabad star was apparently upset at reports which said his selection for the New Zealand series had blocked the chances for youngsters.
"I have always kept my country's success and need ahead of my personal aspirations. And while I would love contributing to the team's success, especially against England and Australia, I think this is the right to give opportunity to the youngsters in home conditions ahead of international assignments.
"It was a tough decision to take, I have always listened to my inner conscience. I have always done that right through my career. There was a lot of debate in the last four days. I felt this is the right time to move on," he said.
Laxman said he was lucky to have played with some of the finest cricketers who ever turned out for India and many of whom went on to become legends.
"I always tried my best to give to the team while maintaining my dignity. There must have been  times when I may have disappointed my team but it was never for want of efforts on my part," he said.
Born on November 1, 1974, Laxman played 134 Tests since making his debut for India against South Africa in the 1996 home series and made 8781 runs at an average of 45.97. He also played 86 ODIs for India at a batting average of 30.76, including six centuries and 10 half-centuries.
Among his memorable Test innings was the 167 he made against Australia in Sydney in 2000 and his 281, also against Australia, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2001. Six of his 17 Test centuries were made against the Australians.
The right-hand batsman, who gave up a possibe career in medicine to pursue his love of cricket, is particularly noted for his great timing of the ball and his ability to play spin bowling. He is also an occasional off-spin bowler.
Laxman also played for Lancashire in English county cricket. The Government honoured him with the Padma Shri in 2011.

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Airtel's under-16 soccer talent hunt to kick off in Hyderabad on Friday


Airtel Rising Stars (ARS), billed as India's largest under-16 soccer talent hunt, will kick off in Hyderabad tomorrow with more than 1350 footballers registering for the two-day selections to be held at the Gymkhana Grounds at Secunderabad.

ARS is an initiative by telecom services provider Bharti Airtel in association with well-known soccer club Manchester United in the United Kingdom.
It is a rigorous scouting programme that will cover 16 cities across India and choose 12 talented footballers who will get a chance to attend a week-long training camp at Manchester United Soccer Schools.
While in excess of 1000 players registered online for the selection trials through www.facebook.come/airtelsoccer, around 30 schools are expected to send in their best teams of 12 players each through the district football association, a press release from Bharti Airtel said.

Eight victims of Tamil Nadu Express fire identified

The South-Central Railway (SCR) today said the bodies of eight of the 32 passengers killed in the fire in a coach of the New Delhi-Chennai Tamil Nadu Express near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh this morning have been identified so far.

According to a press release from SCR, those identified are:
S.No.   Berth No.   Passenger’s name               PNR
1.               2           Shalini                                    2137474837
2.             29           S.Jaswani                             2137475408
3.             34           Palak                                     2600154698
4.             38           Avinash                                 2137475206
5.             46           Raju                                       2337475283
6.                            Maldish Singh                       No. PNR
7.             49           Pallavi                                   2706509410
8.             50           K.V. Ramana                       2706509401
Accoding to the release, the unidentified bodies are kept at the Government Hospital at Nellore. The Railway requested people who have got any of their kin missing in this incident to visit the hospital to help in the identification of the bodies kept there.

Railways cancel some trains after Tamil Nadu Express fire

The South-Central Railways today said several trains had been cancelled or partially cancelled following the fire in a coach of the Tamil Nadu Express, in which at least 32 people ere killed.
1.T.No 66031 SULLURUPETA - NELLORE passenger scheduled to leave SULLURUPETA at 15.45 hrs o­n 30.07.2012 
2.T.No.66032 NELLORE - SULLURUPETA passenger scheduled to leave NELLORE at 17.50 hrs o­n 30.07.2012
3.T.No. 57240 BITRAGUNTA - CHENNAI CENTRAL passenger scheduled to leave BITRAGUNTA at 05.20 hrs o­n 03.07.2012 
4.T.No.57277 GUDUR - VIJAYAWADA passenger scheduled to leave GUDUR at 06.10 hrs o­n 30.07.2012 
5.T.No. 57239 CHENNAI CENTRAL – GUDUR passenger scheduled to leave CHENNAI CENTRAL at 16.00 hrs o­n 30.07.2012 
6.T.No. 57242 VIJAYAWADA- BITRAGUNTA passenger scheduled to leave VIJAYAWADA at 15.15 hrs o­n 30.07.2012 
1.T.No. 66035 CHENNAI CENTRAL -NELLORE passenger which left CHENNAI CENTRAL at 07.45 hrs o­n 30.07.2012 is partially cancelled between VEDAYAPALEM and NELLORE. The train will run back as T.No. 66034 Passenger from VEDAYAPALEM to TIRUPATI
2.T.No.66034 NELLORE - TIRUPATI passenger scheduled to leave NELLORE at 12.30 hrs on 30.07.2012 is partially cancelled between NELLORE and VEDAYAPALEM.
3.T.No.66033 TIRUPATI - NELLORE passenger which left TIRUPATI at 11.25 hrs o­n 30.07.2012 is partially cancelled between GUDUR and NELLORE. The train will run back as T.No.66036 from GUDUR to CHENNAI CENTRAL
4.T.No.66036 NELLORE - CHENNAI CENTRAL passenger scheduled to leave NELLORE at 16.00 hrs o­n 30.07.2012 is partially cancelled between NELLORE and GUDUR.

Newly commissioned Flying Officers

Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne congratulates the newly commissioned Flying Officers and welcomes them into the Indian Air Force during the Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy, Dindigul, Hyderabad on June 30, 2012.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne congratulates the newly commissioned Flying Officers and welcomes them into the Indian Air Force during the Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy, Dindigul, Hyderabad on June 30, 2012
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne congratulates the newly commissioned Flying Officers and welcomes them into the Indian Air Force during the Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy, Dindigul, Hyderabad on June 30, 2012

Actor Ram Charan Teja marries Upasna Kamineni in star-studded ceremony

Ram Charan, Upasana Wedding
Actor Ram Charan Teja, the son of mega star Chiranjeevi, married Upasna Kamineni, the grand-daughter of Apollo Hospitals chairman Pratap C Reddy, at a star-studded ceremony in Hyderabad today.
One of the most anticipated weddings of the year in Hyderabad, the ceremony took plae at the Temple Tre farmhose of the Kamineni family on the outskirts of the city.
The bride, dressed in a Tarun Tahiliani special, followed Ram Charan who walked in a flower decked canopy to a specially designed hall to accompaniment of the traditional nadaswaram.
The high profile wedding was graced by the who is who of politics and tinsel town. Megastars Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth and Sridevi were present, and so were almost all of Tollywood.
Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Telugu Desam leader N Chandrababu Naidu and TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao were the others present.
From the business world, those who turned up included Shivinder Singh of Fortis and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw of Biocon
Telugu news channels telecast the arrivals of VIPs and other details throughout the wedding.
The three-hour ceremony was conducted in traditional Telugu style with priests chanting mantras and the bride and the groom smearing the Jeelakarra Bellam and Madhuparkam, followed by the other rituals, including the tying of the mangalsutra and Saptapadi, the seven steps that the bride and groom took around the fire.
The high profile wedding which began four days ago with ceremonies at Domakonda Fort was interspersed with sangeet, parties and tradition. Chiranjeevi hosted a reception this evening and there will be another one by Ram Charan, 27, for his fans tomorrow.
Upasna, 22, is currently the Vice-President of Apollo Charity and Editor of B Positive, Lifetime WellnessRx International Limited, Apollo Group of Hospitals. 

Upasna Kamineni, Ram Charan Teja visit Domakonda temple before wedding

Anil Kamineni, Ram Charan Teja, Upasna Kamineni and mega star Chiranjeevi after the rituals at the Domakonda temple near Hyderabad on June 12, 2012
Anil Kamineni, Ram Charan Teja, Upasna Kamineni and mega star Chiranjeevi after the rituals at the Domakonda temple near Hyderabad on June 12, 2012

It had all the trappings of tradition and ceremony with a fort as the perfect setting. The

Ram Charan Teja – Upasna Kamineni wedding went into an overdrive with a traditional ceremony at the century-old family fort of the bride at Domakonda in Nizamabad district, about 100 kms north of Hyderabad, yesterday.
The morning at Domakonda started with Upasna, 22, grand-daughter of Apollo Hospitals Chairman Pratap C Reddy, doing her puja with her parents Anil and Shobana Kamineni
at the Kakatiyan era Shiva temple and was soon joined by Ram Charan, 27, and his father, Chiranjeevi. both well-known actors.
That done, Upasna gifted sarees to the women of the village, a tradition that the family has been following for generations. From there, the congregation moved to the fort proper where a small ceremony was followed by a traditional procession, with Upasna walking along with a pathway of sarees till the entrance of the fort and later seeking the blessings at the Pochamma temple. 
Upasna Kamineni walking on 300 sarees amongst the residents of Domakonda village near Hyderabad on June 12, 2012.
Upasna Kamineni walking on 300 sarees amongst the residents of Domakonda village near Hyderabad on June 12, 2012.
The entire population turned up and the village elders took the lead in conducting the various aspects of the ceremony.
The wedding will be held on June 14 at Temple Trees, Moinabad. The same evening megasar Chiranjeevi wil host a reception at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.
The next morning on June 15, will be a day reserved for Ram Charan’s fans to savour and that will be followed by lunch.
Upasna is currently the Vice-President of Apollo Charity and Editor of B Positive, Lifetime WellnessRx International Limited, Apollo Group of Hospitals. 

CBI arrests Jaganmohan Reddy in disproportionate assets case

Jaganmohan Reddy
Jaganmohan Reddy
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today arrested YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy after grilling him for three days in the disproportionate assets case that it is investigating against him.
His arrest was widely expected after the Andhra Pradesh High Court had rejected his plea for anticipatory bail.
Jaganmohan Reddy, the son of late Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, arrived at the Dilkusha Guest House, the CBI camp office here, at 1030 hours for questioning by the agency officials. The CBI had questioned him for seven hours each on Friday and yesterday. Several of his aides were also questioned in the past three days.
Jaganmohan Reddy, the Lok Sabha member from Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh, is accused of having conspired with his father to give favours to certain companies who then made huge investments in firms owned by him.
The state police have taken elaborate precautions to ensure there is no untoward incident after Jaganmohan Reddy's arrest.
The CBI had filed a chargesheet against Jaganmohan Reddy and 11 others, including individuals and firms, on March 31 this year in the illegal assets case.
The charge sheet was filed in the Court of Special Judge for CBI cases, Hyderabad against Reddy, three private pharmaceutical companies; their Directors/Managing Directors; Jagati Publications, which runs Sakshi newspaer; an infrastructure company; the then Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC), the then Zonal Manager, APIIC and two other persons.
The charge sheet was filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act, it said.
The accused were charged with offences of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating, falsification of documents for the purpose of cheating, using of forged documents as genuine and abuse of official position in allotment of lands at Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Jedcherla and Export Promotion Industrial Park (EPIP), Pashamylaram by APIIC and as quid pro quo investments by the said companies/individuals in a private publications company and an infrastructure company.
Jagan Mohan Reddy was accused of getting investments worth crores of rupees from firms into his own business in return for favours granted to them during the term of his late father, Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, as Chief Minister of the state.
In November 2010, Jaganmohan Reddy resigned as the Congress Lok Sabha member from Kadapa, clearly unhappy with the way the party high command had overlooked his claims to succeed his father, who had died in a helicopter crash on September 2, 2009.
He also resigned from the primary membership of the party while his mother, Ms Vijaylakshmi Reddy, quit as a member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. 
In March last year, he launched his own political party, the YSR Congress Party. 

Deccan Chargers beat Royal Challengers to help CSK move into play-offs

Deccan Chargers logo
Deccan Chargers logo
Deccan Chargers did a big favour to defending champions Chennai Super Kings by knocking out Royal Challengers Bangalore from the Indian Premier league (IPL) with a nine-run win in their last home match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today.
The win took Super Kings into the play-offs as the fourth-placed team despite being tied on 17 points with Royal Challengers. Chennai went ahead on the basis of their better run rate.
In their must-win match, Royal Challangers bowlers did well to restrict Deccan Chargers to 132 for seven in 20 overs. But their famed batting order flopped when it needed to fire and managed only 123 for nine in 20 overs.
With their second consecutive win, Chargers moved out of the bottom spot for the first time in the season and finished eighth ahead of Pune Warriors.
Put in to bat first, it was a late charge by Jean Paul Duminy (74 off 53) that helped Chargers reach a respectable total of 132 for seven in 20 overs.
In return, the Chargers bowlers, led by pace spearhead Dale Steyn, put on a great show to trouble the Royal Challengers. Steyn (3-8) was the Man of the Match while leggie Amit Mishra (2-26) and Ashish Reddy (3-25) did well. 
Skipper Virat Kohli top-scored with 42 while Saurabh Tiwary (30) and Chris Gayle (27) came up with valuable contributions but not enough to take them accross the line.
Earlier, a late charge by Duminy (74 off 53) helped Chargers reach a respectable total, which at one time looked out of sight. The South African's knock was studded with four boundaries and five sixes. It providing some entertainment to the holiday crowd, which was disappointed by the poor show by the top order of the home team.
Duminy was supported well by Parthiv Patel (16 off 21). They added 71 for the fifth wicket to revive the innings after Chargers were left struggling at 51 for four in the 12th over. 
For Royal Challangers, Vinay Kumar was the most successful bowler, picking up three wickets for 22. Zaheer Khan claimed two for 30 while Prashant Parameswaran and Muttiah Muralitharan took a wicket each.
A dejected Kohli said: Kohli: "We could have played better shots, we did not play the right shots on that wicket. We did not get in first. My wicket probably changed the game. We just need to learn from our mistakes and come back stronger next year. The wicket was not that bad to bat on ... you need to have clarity in the mind about what sort of shots to play."
Steyn said it was special to finish an otherwise dismal season with a win.
"I think we've lost games that have been so crucial. To win tonight ... a last over finish, I'm very happy we pulled it off. There were a lot of emotions coming out in that final over. I was up for the challenge today and it paid off," he said.
Deccan Chargers:
Shikhar Dhawan b Khan 5
Akshath Reddy c de Villiers b Vinay Kumar 7
Kumar Sangakkara c Vinay Kumar b Muralitharan 15
Cameron White c Agarwal b Parameswaran 1
Jean Paul Duminy     c sub (Appanna) b Khan 74
Parthiv Patel c Gayle b Vinay Kumar 16
Ashish Reddy b Vinay Kumar 4
Dale Steyn not out 0
Extras (b 1, lb 5, w 4) 10
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 132
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Dhawan, 0.6 overs), 2-19 (Reddy, 3.3), 3-20 (White, 4.2), 4-51 (Sangakkara, 11.1), 5-122 (Duminy, 18.5), 6-132 (Patel, 19.5), 7-132 (Ashish Reddy, 19.6)
Zaheer Khan 4-0-30-2
Vinay Kumar 4-0-22-3
Prasant Parameswaran 3-0-12-1
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-30-1
Harshal Patel 4-0-26-0
Tillekaratne Dilshan 1-0-6-0     
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Chris Gayle b Steyn 27
Tillekaratne Dilshan lbw Steyn 4
Virat Kohli c Gony b Ashish Reddy 42
Saurabh Tiwary c Sangakkara b Pratap Singh 30
AB de Villiers c Duminy b Mishra 4
Mayank Agarwal b Mishra 1
Zaheer Khan b Steyn 0
Vinay Kumar c Duminy b Ashish Reddy 7
Harshal Patel not out 5
Muttiah Muralitharan c Duminy b Ashish Reddy 0
Prashant Parameswaran not out 0
Extras (w 3) 3            
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 123
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Gayle, 2.5 overs), 2-36 (Dilshan, 4.3), 2-40 (Tiwary, retired not out, 5.3), 3-55 (de Villiers, 9.2), 4-57 (Agarwal, 9.5), 5-103 (Kohli, 15.6), 6-104 (Khan, 16.5), 7-111 (Tiwary, 18.1), 8-120 (Vinay Kumar, 19.2), 9-121 (Muralitharan, 19.4)
Dale Steyn 4-0-8-3
Manpreet Gony 4-0-38-0
Veer Pratap Singh 4-0-26-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-26-2
Ashish Reddy 4-0-25-3
Toss: Royal Challengers Bangalore, who chose to field
Result: Deccan Chargers won by nine runs
Player of the match: Dale Steyn (Deccan Chargers)
Umpires: S.Ravi and Simon Taufel (Australia)
TV umpire: Johan Cloete (South Africa)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)

Bottom-placed Deccan Chargers knock Rajasthan Royals out of IPL

2008 champions Rajasthan Royals crashed out of the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) going down by five-wickets to tournament's favourite whipping boys Deccan Chargers at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Friday.

In their must-win match, Rajasthan Royals performed badly after skipper Rahul Dravid opted to bat first. Dravid top scored with 39 as Rajasthan Royals struggled to get 126 for eight in 20 overs, their lowest total of the season.
South Africa pacer Dale Steyn was again the pick of the Deccan Chargers bowlers, bagging two for 16 from his four overs. Veer Pratap Singh (2-31) and Amit Mishra (2-20) did well to stem the flow of runs. Steyn was also adjudged Man of the Match.
Deccan Chargers chased down the target scoring 128 for five with eight balls to spare after Akshath Reddy struck a 35-ball 42 while Shikhar Dhawan (26) and Jean Paul Duminy (24) also contributed well for just their third win in the season from 15 matches and also the first at home.
Rajasthan Royals are lying at the seventh spot with 14 points from 15 matches. With still a match in hand against Mumbai Indians, Royals chances are over as even if they win they will finish with 16 points, not enough to take them through.
A disappointed Dravid said: "I don't think it was the pressure, we did not play good cricket, should have recognised it was a 150-wicket not more. Very disappointed in the dressing room, tough dressing room I have just left. Don't look at stats too much, need to look at our own strengths, it was a bat-first wicket, we did not bat too well. Hope to deliver in front of our fans at home."
Deccan Chargers' skipper Cameron White was happy that the team has finally broken the jinx at home.
"I hope the jinx of losing here is gone, good team effort to win it. We felt we bowled well, the way the track played, we would have batted first too. When you have won only two games in the tournament, there are always nerves, need to come back well against Gayle and co. with some plans," he said.
Steyn said he enjoyed the season a lot but said it would have been better had the team won more. 
"I don't want to discuss too many of my plans (laughs), teams respect me too much sometimes. My job is to run in, bowl fast and strike early, have been used in different situations, got to do job assigned to you," he said.
Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid c Lynn b Gony 39 
Ajinkya Rahane c Dhawan b Steyn 6
Shane Watson b Mishra 13
Stuart Binny b Mishra 7
Owais Shah run out (Patel) 28
Ashok Menaria c Dhawan b Pratap Singh 20 
Johan Botha c & bSteyn 3
Shreevats Goswami b Pratap Singh 3
Ajit Chandila not out 0 
Extras: (b 1, lb 2, w 3, nb 1) 7 
Total: (8 wickets; 20 overs) 126
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Rahane, 1.3 overs), 2-41 (Watson,6.1), 3-54 (Binny, 8.4), 4-73 (Dravid, 11.6), 5-108 (Menaria, 17.2), 6-118(Botha, 18.5), 7-126 (Goswami, 19.5), 8-126 (Shah, 19.6) 
J.P. Duminy 2-0-13-0 
Dale Steyn 4-0-16-2 
Manpreet Gony 4-0-26-1 
Veer Pratap Singh 4-0-31-2
Amit Mishra 4-0-20-2
A Ashish Reddy 2-0-17-0
Deccan Chargers:
Akshath Reddy c Shah b Trivedi 42
Shikhar Dhawan c Chandila b Botha 26 
J.P. Duminy c Shah b Binny 24 
Cameron White c & b Chandila 1
Chris Lynn c Watson b Trivedi 6
Parthiv Patel notout 10
Ashish Reddy not out 10 
Extras: (lb 1, w 8) 9 
Total: (5 wickets; 18.4 overs) 128
Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Dhawan, 8.3 overs), 2-83 (Reddy,11.5), 3-88 (White, 12.5), 4-102 (Lynn,15.5) , 5-118 (Duminy, 17.6) 
Ajit Chandila 4-0-20-1
Shane Watson 2-0-14-0 
Shaun Tait 3.4-0-35-0 
Johan Botha 4-0-30-1
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-20-2 
Stuart Binny 1-0-8-1


Cathay Pacific commences freighter operations from Hyderabad


Cathay Pacific, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, today announced its expansion in India with a new twice-weekly Boeing 747-400F service to Hyderabad. 

This makes Cathay Pacific the first airline to offer air cargo services linking Hyderabad with Asia, South Pacific & West coast of North & Latin Americas. 
The first flight to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here is scheduled to land at 2010 hrs. today and will depart to Hong Kong at 2140 hrs.
The launch of this new cargo service will not only strengthen Cathay Pacific’s position as one of the biggest air cargo operators in India but also mark a new milestone for the GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL).

Gurkeerat stars in a last-ball win for Kings XI over Deccan Chargers

Little-known Gurkeerat Singh starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 29 off 12 balls as Kings XI registered a thrilling four-wicket win over Deccan Chargers here tonight and gave  themselves a chance to book a play-off berth in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Gurkeerat hit a four off the last ball as Kings XI, chasing a huge target of 191, scored 194 for for six in 20 overs. Skipper David Hussey top scored and remained unbeaten on 65.
With the win, Kings XI Punjab remained seventh with 14 points from 13 matches and have to win their remaining three matches.
2009 champions Deccan Chargers suffered their fifth consecutive loss in the season and remained at the bottom of the table with just five points from 14 matches.
Tournament's favourite whipping boys Deccan Chargers' bowling failed again despite a great batting effort by their batsmen. Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan top scored with 71 while Cameron White remained unbeaten on 67 as Deccan Chargers made 190 for four in 20 overs.
While chasing, Kings XI lost opening batsman Nitin Saini (3) in the third over and Shaun Marsh (11) in the fifth to slump to 26 for two. Mandeep Singh (28) and Azhar Mahmood (31) brought the innings back on track with their 30-run stand.
Mahmood was also involved in a crucial 44-run stand with Hussey that helped Kings XI increase their run rate. Mahmood departed after he was stumped by Parthiv Patel off Amith Mishra.
Hussey then joined forces with Siddharth Chitnis (11) for a 41-run stand for the fifth wicket. But fast bowler Dale Steyn struck twice in the 17th over to remove Chitnis and Piyush Chawla (8) that left Kings XI needing 41 runs to win in the last 18 balls.
Local boy Gurkeerat, 21, then played the most memorable innings of his life that gave Kings XI a sensational win.
In the 18th over, Hussey picked up a slower delivery from compatriot Dan Christian for a six over mid-wicket and Gurkeerat hit the pacer for a straight four as 17 runs came off the over and perhaps raised hopes of a win for the hosts.
Kings XI needed 24 off the last 12 and Gurkeerat hit Steyn for a four in the last ball of the penultimate over to bring down the equation to 16 for six.
In the last over bowled by Manpreet Singh Gony, Hussey hit the pacer for a two and a single in the first two balls that brought Gurkeerat on strike.
What followed was a blitzkrieg as Gurkeerat  a six, four and two to bring the scores on level. And with just one run needed off the last ball, Gurkeerat hooked Gony for a four to fine leg to trigger wild celebrations in the stand.
Deccan Chargers:
Shikhar Dhawan  c Awana b Kumar 71
Parthiv Patel c Gurkeerat b Azhar 18
Kumar Sangakkara c Azhar b Awana 1
Cameron White not out 67
Dan Christian c Harris b Azhar 24
Ashish Reddy not out 0
Extras (lb 6, w 2, nb 1) 9
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 190
Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Patel, 5.6 overs), 2-49 (Sangakkara, 6.6), 3-145 (Dhawan, 16.6), 4-189 (Christian, 19.5)  
Praveen Kumar 4-0-31-1
David Hussey 1-0-14-0
Ryan Harris 4-0-32-0
Parvinder Awana 4-0-41-1
Azhar Mahmood 4-0-39-2
Piyush Chawla 3-0-27-0
Kings XI Punjab:
Nitin Saini c Sangakkara b Christian 3
Mandeep Singh c Christian b Gony 28
Shaun Marsh c Sangakkara b Christian 11
Azhar Mahmood  st †Patel b Mishra 31
David Hussey not out 65
Siddharth Chitnis c Patel b Steyn 11
Piyush Chawla c White b Steyn 8
Gurkeerat Singh not out 29
Extras (lb 6, w 2) 8
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 194
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Saini, 2.2 overs), 2-26 (Marsh, 4.4), 3-56 (Mandeep, 7.2), 4-100 (Azhar, 12.2), 5-141 (Chitnis, 16.1), 6-149 (Chawla, 16.4)  
Dale Steyn 4-0-26-2
T.P.Sudhindra 4-0-47-0
Dan Christian 4-0-31-2
Avishek Jhunjhunwala 1-0-13-0
Manpreet Gony 4-0-40-1
Amit Mishra 3-0-31-1
Toss: Deccan Chargers, who chose to bat
Result: Kings XI won by four wickets
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire: S.S. Shamsuddin
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)

Kings XI score thrilling four-wicket win over Deccan Chargers

Bottom-placed Deccan Chargers ended up on the losing side yet again, despite a good batting display, by going down to Kings XI Punjab by four wickets in a thrilling encounter in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here tonight.
Opting to bat first, the Chargers amassed 190/4 for four from their 20 overs and then saw the match literally slip through their hands as Kings XI scored 19 runs in the last over to emerge victors.
Kings XI needed 82 runs off the last six overs and it seemed a difficult task. They still needed 16 runs from the last over, bowled by Manpreet Gony. David Hussey took three of the first two balls, which brought Gurkeerat Singh on strike. The first ball, Gurkeerat Singh sent for a six over deep mid-wicket and then followed it up with a four wide of sweeper cover.
Two runs off the next ball brought the two teams on par at 190 and Gurkeerat Singh then hooked the last delivery, a short one to the body, to the fine leg fence for another four.
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