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Sunrisers Hyderabad make 126/6 against Pune Warriors

Akshath Reddy of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on April 5, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Akshath Reddy of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on April 5, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Debutants Sunrisers Hyderabad made 126 for six in their 20 overs against Pune Warriors in the third match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.
 
Thisara Perera top-scored for the local team with 30, while openers Akshath Reddy (23 and Parthiv Patel (18) were also among the runs.
 
Skipepr Kumara Sangakkara (15), Cameron White (10) and Hanuma Vihari (11) were the other Hyderabad batsmen to get into double figures.
 
For Pune Warriors, Ashok Dinda took two for 29, while Marlon Samuels, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma and Yuvraj Singh picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Sunrisers got off to a good start after Pune Warriors skipper Angelo Mathews put them in to bat first, with Reddy and Patel batting steadily and keeping the runs flowing, especially in singles and twos. Reddy took a four off Bhuvneshwar Kumar through extra cover as the side reached 10/0 in the first two overs.
 
In the next, Patel came forward and despatched Dinda over cover for another four. He then smashed Marlon Samuels for two fours, one a thick edge to the third-man boundary and the second a shot in the same region, as Sunrisers reached 32/0 at the end of five overs.
 
The left-handed Patel fell in the sixth over, bowled by Dinda, who knocked his off-stump back. The Hyderabad team was 34 for one in 5.2 overs at that stage. Sangakkara, the next man in, appeared to be in good nick and hit Dinda for four to deep backward point.
 
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In the next over, he guided a slower one from Mathews to deep backward square leg for another four.
 
Leg-break bowler Rahul Sharma was brought on at this stage, and he conceded just four in his first over. In the next, Reddy smashed Mathews to deep mid-wicket for four.
 
In the next over, Sharma claimed Sangakkara, who stepped out for a big hit and was beaten by the tossed up delivery which turned and uprooted his middle stump.
 
Mathews brought Yuvraj Singh on, and his first over yielded seven runs for Sunrisers. Things had slowed down a bit in the middle, with Sharma conceding just four in his next.
 
Yuvraj kept up the pressure, as the Hyderabad batsmen found it difficult to force the pace. Off the last ball of the 13th over, he got a breakthrough when Reddy charged down, missed the line and saw his leg-stump knocked down. 
Reddy's 27 was made off 30 balls and included two fours.
 
Thisara Perera, the new man in, hit Sharma for two consecutive fours, first through extra cover and then past the bowler. In the next over, Samuels had White caught at deep mid-wicket by Marsh. The batsman had made 10 off 18 balls.
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At the end of the 15th over, Sunrisers were 87 for four and clearly had a problem with the run-rate. Five runs came off Kumar's next over.
 
Perera brightened up things for the local crowd as he struck Samuels for four over mid-wicket and then lifted him over the long-on fence for six.
 
Dinda came back into the attack and soon had Perera, who mistimed a big hit, caught at long-on by Pandey. Perera's 30 came off 18 balls and included a six and three fours. After 18 overs, Sunrisers were on 113 for five.
 
Hanuma Vihari was the next to go, caught at short fine leg by Dinda off Kumar. He made 11 off 12 balls with one four.
 
Ravi Teja (4 not out) and Ashish Reddy (7 not out) managed to add nine, including a four by Reddy off Dinda, in the last over as Sunrisers ended up at 126 for six from their 20 overs.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Akshath Reddy b Yuvraj Singh 27
Parthiv Patel b Dinda 19
Kumar Sangakkara b Sharma 15
Cameron White c Marsh b Samuels 10
Thisara Perera c Pandey b Dinda 30
Hanuma Vihari c Dinda b Kumar 11
Ashish Reddy not out 7
Ravi Teja not out 4
Extras (lb 1, w 2) 3
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 126
Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Patel, 5.2 overs), 2-60 (Sangakkara, 9.5), 3-72 (Reddy, 12.6), 4-83 (White, 14.2), 5-109 (Perera, 17.5), 6-116 (Vihari, 18.5)
Bowling:
Marlon Samuels 4-0-34-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-17-1
Ashok Dinda 4-0-29-2
Angelo Mathews 2-0-16-0
Rohit Sharma 4-0-21-1
Yuvraj Singh 2-0-8-1
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad make 60/2 in first 10 overs against Pune Warriors

Akshath Reddy of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on April 5, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Akshath Reddy of Sunrisers Hyderabad in action against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on April 5, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Debutants Sunrisers Hyderabad made 60 for two in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Pune Warriors in the third match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.

Opener Akshath Reddy (23) and Cameron White (0) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
Sunrisers lost the wickets of opener Parthiv Patel (19, 3x4) in the sixth over and skipper Kumara Sangakkara (15, 2X4) in the 10th over.
 
Sunrisers got off to a good start, with Reddy and Patel batting steadily and keeping the runs flowing, especially in singles and twos. Reddy took a four off Bhuvneshwar Kumar through extra cover as the side reached 10/0 in two overs.
 
In the next, Patel came forward and despatched Dinda over cover for another four. He then smashed Marlon Samuels for two fours, one a thick edge to the third-man boundary and the second a shot in the same region, as Sunrisers reached 32/0 at the end of five overs.
 
The left-handed Patel fell in the sixth over, bowled by Dinda, who knocked his off-stump back. The Hyderabad team was 34 for one in 5.2 overs at that stage. Sangakkara, the next man in, appeared to be in good nick and hit Dinda for four to deep backward point.
 
In the next over, he guided a slower one from Mathews to deep backward square leg for another four.
 
Leg-break bowler Rahul Sharma was brought on at this stage, and he conceded just four in his first over. In the next, Reddy smashed Mathews to deep mid-wicket for four.
 
In the next over, Sharma claimed Sangakkara, who stepped out for a big hit and was beaten by the tossed up delivery which turned and uprooted his middle stump.
 
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Pune Warriors win toss, elect to field against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Pune Warriors captain Angelo Mathew won the toss and asked Sunrisers Hyderabad, making their debut in the tournament, to bat first in the third match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.
 
The teams:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Akshath Reddy, Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Cameron White, Hanuma Vihari, Thisara Perera,  Ravi Teja, Amit Mishra, Ashish Reddy, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma
 
Pune Warriors: Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Ross  Taylor, Yuvraj Singh, Marlon Samuels, Angelo Mathews (captain), Mitchell Marsh, Abhishek Nayar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashok Dinda, Rohit Sharma.
 
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Dr. Reddy’s appoints G V Prasad as Chairman, Satish Reddy as Vice-Chairman

G V Prasad
G V Prasad

Pharmaceuticals major Dr Reddy's Laboratories today announced that Mr G V Prasad, presently Vice-Chairman and CEO of the company, had been appointed as the new Chairman and CEO of the company with effect from March 30 2013.

He succeeds Dr K Anji Reddy, the founder and chairman of the company, who passed away here on March 15.
 
Dr Reddy's son Satish Reddy has been appointed as Vice-Chairman of the company in addition to his present role of Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective from March 30, a press release from the company said.
 
It said the appointments were made by the company's Board of Directors, based on the recommendations of the Nomination, Governance and  Compensation Committee.
 
All other terms and conditions of their respective appointments like remuneration, tenure and so on, as approved by the shareholders at their General Meetings remain the same, the release added.
 
Mr Prasad is said to be the architect of Dr Reddy's successful global generics and API strategies and has spearheaded its foray into biosimilars and differentiated formulations.
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He serves on the boards of the Indian School of Business, Institute of Life Sciences, Infotech Enterprises, and Acumen Fund. 
 
A chemical engineer from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Mr Prasad additionally holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University, US.
 
Mr Satish Reddy steers two of the company’s core businesses: Pharmaceutical Services & Active Ingredients (PSAI) and Global Generics. He joined Dr. Reddy’s in 1993 as Executive Director and in 1997, went on to become the Managing Director of the company.
 
Mr Reddy received the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Purdue University. He was identified as a “Young Global Leader for 2007” by the World Economic Forum.
 
At present, he is a trustee of Dr. Reddy’s Foundation (DRF), a not-for-profit organization that focuses on creating sustainable livelihood and providing education to under privileged youth.
 
Mr Reddy has a degree in chemical engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad and an M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry from Purdue University.
 
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Dr Reddy's settles claims with Nordion Inc of Canada for $ 22.5 million

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Pharmaceuticals major Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories today said it had settled its claims against Nordion Inc. (formerly MDS Inc.), in a case pending in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, for a cash payment of $ 22.5 million by the Canada-based firm to it.

The settlement was concluded on March 20 with the receipt of the settlement funds by Dr. Reddy’s, a press release from the company said here today.
 
The case was brought by Dr. Reddy’s in April 2009 seeking damages sustained by the company caused by a claimed breach by Nordion (then MDS) of its Laboratory Services Agreement with Dr. Reddy’s.  
 
Nordion, as a contract research organization, provided laboratory services to Dr. Reddy’s, including bio-equivalency studies, to support Dr. Reddy’s regulatory applications for approval of generic drugs, including Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) filed with the United States Food and Drug Administration (the USFDA) for approval to market generic drugs in the United States.
 
The case arose after the USFDA cited MDS with violations of good laboratory practices which caused the USFDA not to accept, without further substantiation, MDS’s laboratory reports performed during the period 2000-2004.
 
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Dr Reddy's Laboratories founder K Anji Reddy passes away

Dr K Anji Reddy
Dr K Anji Reddy

Dr. K. Anji Reddy, founder and chairman of pharmaceuticals major Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., passed away here this evening after battling a lung disorder for the past few months. 

He was admitted to a hospital here about ten days ago and breathed his last around 4.30 pm today, sources said.
 
He was 72. He is survived by his wife Samrajyam, daughter Anuradha and son K Satish Reddy.
 
Driven by a passion to provide innovative new medicines at a price that the common man could afford, Dr Reddy's company became the first pharmaceuticals firm in India to initiate basic drug discovery research in 1993. 
 
A B.Sc graduate from Bombay University with specialization in Pharmaceutical Science and Fine Chemicals, Dr. Reddy obtained his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. Soon after his studies, he served in the state-owned IDPL before he founded his company in 1984.
 
Under his leadership, the company became a pioneer and trendsetter in the Indian pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Reddy also set-up the Institute of Life Sciences at Hyderabad, which is a public-private partnership with the Government of Andhra Pradesh for carrying out cutting edge research in life sciences. 
 
In the last decade, Dr. Reddy was renowned for his outcome-based institutionalized philanthropy that positively impacted the lives of nearly 5 million underprivileged citizens, mainly children and youth.
 
In 1998, Dr. Reddy set up the Naandi Foundation as a public charitable trust. Naandi is probably India's largest rural safe drinking water provider, and gives midday meals to 1.3 million government school-going children and farmers. 
 
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Dr. Reddy took up the cause of safe motherhood and newborn care, thereby reducing maternal and neo-natal care in India. He also spearheaded and founded the Neo Natal Intensive Care and Emergencies called “NICE Foundation”, the only institute for newborns in Asia that also does large scale community outreach programmes, saving a number of lives on a daily basis.
 
Satish Reddy, MD and COO of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, said: “Dr. Reddy touched millions of lives through his contribution to the pharmaceutical industry and his philanthropic efforts. In improving access to affordable, high quality medicines and in innovation, his contributions have been extraordinary. His philanthropic initiatives made a difference in the lives of so many Indians in the areas of livelihood, education, clean drinking water and healthcare. A nation is grateful to a man who paved a way for the delivery of affordable medicines to the masses and made us believe and take pride in innovation as a means to prosperity.”
 
Dr. Reddy served as a Member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade & Industry, Government of India. He was the Chairman of Andhra Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation (APIDC), and President of The Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance. He served as a Board Member of GAIN, Switzerland (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) and also was on the Board of Directors for TB Alliance, New York (Global Alliance for TB Drug Development).I
 
In April 2011, he was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Bhushan. In 2012, CNBC TV18 conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award on him.
 
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Biennial elections to AP Legislative Council on April 13

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The Election Commission will hold biennial elections on April 13 to fill up one vacancy in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from the Hyderabad Local Authorities Constitunency that will arise on May 1 due to the expiry of the term of a sitting member.

The notification for the elections will be issued on March 18 and the last date for making nominations is March 25, an official press release said. The counting of votes will be taken up on April 15, it said.
 
In all, the terms of two members of the council from two Local Authorities' Constituencies are due to expire on March 29 and the terms of another eight members from seven other local authorities on May 1.
 
These include Yellareddigari Sivarami Reddy (Anantapur) and Yalamanchili Venkata Babu Rajendra Prasad (Krishna), whose terms will expire on March 29 and K.Premsagar Rao (Adilabad), China Rajappa Nimmakayala (East Godavari), Rayapati Srinivas (Guntur),  
Thelukutla Gopala Venkata Krishna Reddy (Guntur), Vasireddy Varada Rama Rao (Vizianagaram), Dadi Veerabhadra Rao (Vishakhapatnam), K. Jayachandra Naidu (Chittoor) and M.S. Prabhakar Rao (Hyderabad).
 
The release said that the Chief Electoral Officer, Andhra Pradesh had informed the Election Commission that, out of the nine local authorities, only Hyderabad Local Authorities’ Constituency has the constituent local bodies and their percentage of electors in existence is more than 75%. 
 
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Anantpur Local Authorities’ Constituency has only 1.32% of constituent local bodies in existence and 1.25% electors are in existence. Other Local Authorities’ Constituencies have no electors in existence. 
 
In addition, there are two casual vacancies from Kurnool Local Authorities’ Constituency, which occurred on 18th May, 2012 and Warangal Local Authorities’ Constituency, which occurred on 30th July, 2012.
 
"To conduct election to Legislative Council from Local Authority Constituency, the existence of local body as well as percentage of electors should be more than 75%. The bye-election could not be conducted from these two constituencies for the same reason of non existence of constituent local bodies and electors as well," the release said.
 
"In view of the above facts,  the Commission has decided to hold Biennial Election only from Hyderabad Local Authorities’ Constituency of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council," the release added.
 
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India thrash Australia by an innings and 135 runs, lead series 2-0

 
India beat Australia at second Test in Hyderabad

It took just a session for India to wrap up the proceedings and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a massive innings and 135 runn-win against Australia in the second cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today.

The win came with more than five sessions to spare as the Australian batsmen again displayed their vulnerabilities against spin.
 
With the win, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni surpassed Sourav Ganguly as the most successful Indian Test captain with 21 Test wins. 
 
Resuming the day at 74 for two, Australia always had only slim chances and soon they 
crumbled like a pack of cards against the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin (5/63) and Ravindra Jadeja (3/33). They lost the last eight wickets for 57 runs and were skittled out for 131 in the second innings by lunch on the fourth day. 
 
Australia, who had declared their first innings at 237/9, also became the first team in the history of Test cricket to lose by an innings after declaring their first innings closed.
 
India, who suffered a batting collapse on the third day, got to 503 in the first innings, thanks largely to a 370-run stand between Cheteshwar Pujara (204) and Murali Vijay (167).
 
Pujara, who got his second double Test ton, was adjudged as Man of the Match.
 
India were always in complete control of the match and it was just a matter of time since they were just eight wickets short of an innings win. 
 
Pacer Ishant Sharma got his first wicket of the series as he removed Shane Watson (9) with a harmless delivery. Watson tried to play a length ball down the leg-side but played too fine and Dhoni took a nice diving catch. 
 
Left-arm spinner Jadeja then struck in consecutive overs to get rid of skipper Michael Clarke (16) and Ed Cowan (44) as Australia slumped from 78 for three to 111 for five.
 
Jadeja got rid of Clarke, for the second time in the match, with what can well be described as the ball of the match. Jadeja's delivery drifted onto middle stump and spun back to beat Clarke's forward defensive to crash into off. 
 
The left-arm spinner then removed overnight batsman Cowan as Sehwag took a good catch at first slip after the ball ricocheted off Dhoni's pads. 
 
Jadeja was also excellent on the field and got a direct throw from the cover to get rid of Moises Henriques, who did not trouble the scorers, with the score stranded at 111/6.
 
The last four wickets fell for just 20 runs as Ashwin and Jadeja attacked in tandem to wrap up the tail.
 
Both the teams now travel to Mohali for the third Test from March 14. The fourth and the final Test will be played in Delhi from March 22.
 
At Mohali, the pitch has always helped the seamers but with Australia trailing 0-2, the curators may prepare a rank turner to help India finish off the series.
 
Scoreboard:
Australia (1st innings) 237 for nine declared
India (1st innings) 503
Australia (2nd innings, overnight 74/2)
Ed Cowan c Sehwag b Jadeja 44
David Warner b Ashwin 26
Phillip Hughes b Ashwin 0
Shane Watson c Dhoni b Sharma 9
Michael Clarke b Jadeja 16
Matthew Wade c Sehwag b Ashwin 10
Moises Henriques run out (Jadeja) 0
Glenn Maxwell lbw Ashwin 8
Peter Siddle c Kohli b Jadeja 4
James Pattinson lbw Ashwin 0
Xavier Doherty not out 1
Extras (b 7, lb 6) 13
Total (all out in 67 overs) 131
Fall of wickets: 1-56 (Warner, 19.6 overs), 2-56 (Hughes, 23.3),  3-75 (Watson, 34.6), 4-108 (Clarke, 45.4), 5-111 (Cowan, 47.2), 6-111 (Henriques, 48.1), 7-123 (Maxwell, 54.1), 8-130 (Siddle, 57.6), 9-130 (Wade, 58.1), 10-131 (Pattinson, 66.6)
Bowling
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6-4-7-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 28-12-63-5
Harbhajan Singh 10-7-10-0
Ravindra Jadeja 18-8-33-3
Ishant Sharma 5-2-5-1
 
Match details:
Toss: Australia, who chose to bat
Result: India won by an innings and 135 runs, lead series 2-0
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Marias Erasmus (South Africa)
TV umpire: S. Ravi (India)
Match referee: Chris Broad (England)
 
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India in complete control of Hyderabad Test

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara

India were in firm control of the second cricket Test against Australia despite suffering a batting collapse after a 370-run stand on the third day at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today.

With Australia struggling at 74 for two in the second innings, India, who made 503 in their first innings, lead by 192 runs.
 
At stumps, Ed Cowan was batting on 26 and Shane Watson on nine. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up the wickets of David Warner (26) and Phil Hughes.
 
India started the day on a positive note after Cheteshwar Pujara scored 204, his second double century, and Murali Vijay hit 167 for the 370-run stand for the second wicket. 
 
But things took a sudden turn in the second session as the last seven wickets fell for 110 runs, leaving the hosts with a 266-run first innings lead. Australia had declared their first innings at 237 for nine. 
 
Off-spinner Glenn Maxwell (4-127) finally found some luck, after nearly four sessions of hard work, as he wrecked the middle-order by removing Virat Kohli (34), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (44) and Ravindra Jadeja (10) after dismissing Vijay in the morning. Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty (3-131) wrapped up the tail.
 
Sachin Tendulkar (7) fell in the second over after lunch as he tried to play James Pattinson (2-8) down the leg but found an edge to Matthew Wade. The Australians made a strong appeal for a caught behind and an unsure Marias Erasmus after consulting the third umpire raised his finger. 
 
Dhoni and Kohli then joined forces to stabilise the middle-order with their 56-run stand. But Maxwell broke the partnership as Dhoni tried to clear mid-off only to find Doherty, who juggled to take the catch.
 
Jadeja followed soon, this time with Maxwell taking an excellent catch off his own bowling.
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Kohli also gifted his wicket trying to charge Maxwell and found an inside edge to backward short leg, where Ed Cowan took a ripper diving to his left.
 
While Pujara and Vijay added 370 runs, the third highest stand against Australia, the remaining batsmen could add only 133.
 
The 370-run second-wicket stand between Pujara and Vijay was broken by debutant Maxwell. The off-spinner purchased some nice turn and bounce and Vijay offered a simple catch to backward short-leg. 
 
The partnership is now the third highest partnership against Australia. The 382-run stand for the second wicket between England's Len Hutton and Maurice Leyland at the The Oval 1938 remains on top while the 376-run stand for the fifth wicket between Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata 2000-01 is second.
 
Pujara got to his double century in style, charging down to  Maxwell and flicked the ball through mid-on and mid-wicket for four. He punched the air and hugged Tendulkar as the stadium gave a standing ovation to the Rajkot boy.
 
But Pujara could not carry on and in the next over his attempt to hook James Pattinson found Doherty taking a brilliant diving catch at long leg.
 
Scoreboard:
Australia (1st innings) 237
India (1st innings, overnight 311/1)
Murali Vijay c Cowan b Maxwell 167
Virender Sehwag c Wade b Siddle 6
Cheteshwar Pujara c Doherty b Pattinson 204
Sachin Tendulkar c Wade b Pattinson 7
Virat Kohli c Cowan b Maxwell 34
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Doherty b Maxwell 44
Ravindra Jadeja c and b Maxwell 10
Ravichandran Ashwin c Hughes b Doherty 1
Harbhajan Singh c Maxwell b Doherty 0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar st Wade b Doherty 10
Ishant Sharma not out 2
Extras (b 1, lb 13, w 4) 18
Total (all out in 154.1 overs) 503
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Sehwag, 7.6 overs), 2-387 (Vijay, 117.4), 3-393 (Pujara, 120.4), 4-404 (Tendulkar, 124.4), 5-460 (Dhoni, 139.3), 6-484 (Jadeja, 145.3), 7-485 (Ashwin, 146.2), 8-489 (Harbhajan Singh, 148.2), 9-491 (Kohli, 149.5).
Bowling
James Pattinson 29-11-80-2
Peter Siddle 31-6-92-1
Moises Henriques 21-7-45-0
Xavier Doherty 46.1-15-131-3
Glenn Maxwell 26-2-127-4
David Warner 1-0-14-0
 
Australia (2nd innings)
Ed Cowan batting 26
David Warner b Ashwin 26
Phillip Hughes b Ashwin 0
Shane Watson batting 9
Extras (b 7, lb 6) 13
Total (Two wickets in 32 overs) 74
Fall of wickets: 1-56 (Warner, 19.6 overs), 2-56 (Hughes, 23.3)
Bowling
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 6-4-7-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 15-6-42-2
Harbhajan Singh 8-5-10-0
Ravindra Jadeja 3-2-2-0
 
Match details:
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Marias Erasmus (South Africa)
TV umpire: S. Ravi (India)
Match referee: Chris Broad (England)
 
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Indian batting collapse after Pujara, Vijay shine

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara

Indian battting crumbled like a pack of cards in the second session and the hosts were bowled out for 503 in the first innings on the third day of the second cricket Test against  Australia at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today.

Cheteshwar Pujara was the top scorer with 204, his second double century, and Murali Vijay scored 167.
 
India finished with a 266-run first innings lead. Australia had declared their first innings at 237 for nine. 
 
Resuming at 311/1, India scored 89 runs in the first session losing just two wickets. But in the second session things went horribly wrong for them as the last seven wickets fell for 110 runs.
 
After four sessions of hard work there was finally some luck for the Australian bowlers. Off-spinner Glenn Maxwell (4/127) wrecked the middle-order by removing Virat Kohli (34), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (44), Ravindra Jadeja (10) after dismissing Vijay in the morning. Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty (3/131) wrapped up the tail.
 
Earlier, the 370-run second-wicket stand between Pujara and Vijay was ended after the debutant Glenn Maxwell purchased some nice turn and bounce and Vijay offered a simple catch to backward short-leg. 
 
Their partnership is now the third highest partnership against Australia. The 382-un stand for the second wicket between England's Len Hutton and Maurice Leyland at the The Oval in 1938 remains on top while the 376-run stand for the fifth wicket between Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata 2000-01 is second.
 
Pujara got to his double century in style as he came down the wicket to charge Maxwell and flicked the ball through mid-on and mid-wicket for four. He punched the air and hugged Tendulkar as the stadium gave a standing ovation to the Rajkot boy.
 
But Pujara could not carry on and in the next over his to hook James Pattinson found Xavier Doherty taking a brilliant diving catch at long leg.
 
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Pujara's double ton takes India to 400/3

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara struck his second double century as India reached a huge 400 for three in the first innings at lunch on the third day of the second cricket Test against Australia at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today.

Pujara and his overnight partner Murali Vijay (167) were the two wickets that fell in the morning session as India, resuming at 311/1, added 89 runs and stretched their lead to 163 runs.
 
Sachin Tendulkar was batting on 3 and Virat Kohli 4 at the lunch break.
 
The 370-run second-wicket stand between Pujara and Vijay was ended after debutant Glenn Maxwell purchased some nice turn and bounce and Vijay offered a simple catch to backward short-leg. 
 
Their partnership is now the third highest partnership against Australia. The 382-run stand for the second wicket between England's Len Hutton and Maurice Leyland at the The Oval 1938 remains on top while the 376-run stand for the fifth wicket between Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata 2000-01 is second.
 
Pujara got to his double century in style as he came down the wicket to charge Maxwell and flicked the ball through mid-on and mid-wicket for four. He punched the air and hugged Tendulkar as the stadium gave a standing ovation to the Rajkot boy.
 
But Pujara could not carry on and in the next over his attempt to hook James Pattinson found Xavier Doherty taking a brilliant diving catch at long leg.
 
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Pujara, Vijay slam unbeaten centuries to put India in driver's seat

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara

Unbeaten centuries by Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay put India in the driver’s seat against Australia after the second day’s play of the second cricket Teat at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today.

Pujara was batting on 162, his fourth Test century, and Vijay came back to form with an unbeaten 129, his second, to take India to 311 for one in the first innings in reply to Australia’s 237 for nine declared. India ended the day with a handsome lead of 74 runs.
 
Resuming at five for no loss, India lost Virender Sehwag (6) early but from then, Pujara and Vijay grew in confidence and were in complete control of their game and have added 294 runs in their unfinished second wicket stand.
 
Pujara struck 25 fours and a six during his 251-ball knock while Vijay hit 17 fours and two sixes in his 288-ball stay.
 
The only wicket to fall went to Peter Siddle, who banged it short and Sehwag got a healthy edge to Matthew Wade. Sehwag now has only one 50-plus score in the last 13 innings and his place in the team is surely in trouble until he comes up with a big knock in the second innings.
 
Otherwise, it was a day of hard work for the Australian bowlers without much success.
 
The way Pujara and Vijay paced their innings was impressive. Having taken an early break, the Australian pacers were bang on target in the morning session. They gave away nothing to the Indian batsmen, who preferred to play a waiting game.
 
Just 49 runs came in the first session, but as the day progressed, Pujara and Vijay prospered and 106 runs came in the second, and 151 in the third.
 
Vijay and Pujara added 37 runs in the first session as India reached 54 for one at lunch. In the second phase, Vijay and Pujara were rewarded for their hard work as the runs started flowing and 106 runs were added without losing any wicket.
 
Australian spin duo debutant Glenn Maxwell and Xavier Doherty hardly troubled the Indian batsmen. Maxwell was introduced in the attack as late as in the 47th over. Doherty did extract some turn but fared poorly like other Australian spinners did in the past.
 
Vijay was the first to get to his half-century hitting a six off Doherty while Pujara got his in style with a cover-drive for four off Maxwell. India reached 160 for one tea and reduced the deficit to 77 runs.
 
In the day’s last session, Pujara and Vijay just toyed with the Australian bowling and the frustration was visible on skipper Michael Clarke’s face.
 
It was a flawless innings by both the batsmen and the only time Australia came close to breaking the partnership was when David Warner made a great attempt with a direct hit to run out Pujara. But the third umpire turned it down.
 
Scoreboard
Australia (1st innings) 237 for nine declared
India (1st innings)
Murali Vijay batting 129
Virender Sehwag c Wade b Siddle 6
Cheteshwar Pujara batting 162
Extras (b 1, lb 11, w 2) 14
Total: (1 wicket in 93 overs) 311
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Sehwag, 7.6 overs)
Bowling
James Pattinson 18-7-56-0
Peter Siddle 19-5-51-1
Moises Henriques 19-7-38-0
Xavier Doherty 26-7-85-0
Glenn Maxwell 10-1-55-0
David Warner 1-0-14-0
 
Match details:
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Marias Erasmus (South Africa)
TV umpire: S. Ravi (India)
Match referee: Chris Broad (England)
 
 
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Vijay, Pujara help India reach 160/1 at tea against Australia

Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay

Unbeaten half-centuries by Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara helped India reach 160 for one in the first innings at tea on the second day of the second cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today.

Vijay and Pujara were both batting on 73 as India refuced the deficit to 77 runs. Australia had declared their first innings at 237 for nine.
 
It was a day of two contrasting sessions for India. In the first session, Vijay and Pujara had to battle it out after Virender Sehwag (6) departed early. The only wicket to fall went to Peter Siddle, who banged it short and the opening batsman got a healthy edge to Matthew Wade.
 
Australian pacers were bang on target in the morning session as they gave away nothing to the Indian batsmen, who played a waiting game.
 
India, resuming at five for no loss, added just 49 runs in the first session. Vijay and Pujara added 37-runs for their unfinished second wicket stand in the first session India had reached 54 for one when lunch was called.
 
In the second phase, Vijay and Pujara were rewarded for their hard work as they added 106 runs without losing any wicket. 
 
Australian spin duo debutant Glenn Maxwell and Xavier Doherty hardly troubled the Indian batsmen. 
 
Vijay was the first to get to his half-century, hitting a six off Doherty while Pujara got his in style with a cover-drive for four off Maxwell.
 
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Australia make India grind hard on second day

Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay

India reached 54 for one in the first innings at lunch on the second day of the second cricket Test against Australia at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today.

Resuming at five for no loss, India could add just 49 runs in the first session losing the wicket of Virender Sehwag (6).
 
Murali Vijay was batting on 29 and Chesteshwar Pujara 15 at the lunch break.
 
Australian pacers were bang on target in the morning session as they gave away nothing to the Indian batsmen, who played a waiting game.
 
Sehwag was the first to go after Peter Siddle banged it short and the opening batsman got a healthy edge to Matthew Wade.
 
Vijay and Pujara added 37 runs for their unfinished second wicket stand before lunch was called.
 
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Clarke shines on an embarrassing day for Australia

Australia captain Michael Clarke
Australia captain Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke struck a captain's knock of 91 as Australia lead by 232 runs after the first day's play of the second cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Saturday.

It was an interesting day of cricket as Clarke made a surprising declaration at 237 for nine and allowed his fast bowlers to go all out against India in the last three overs.
 
Openers Murali Vijay and Virender (4) made sure that India, who are 1-0 up in the four-match series, ended the day at five for no loss.
 
For Australia, however, things went from bad to worse after they won the toss and opted to bat first.
 
They failed to negotiate pace in the morning and an initial burst from pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/53) left them reeling at 58/3. 
 
Clarke and Matthew Wade (62) fought back with their 145-run stand as no wickets fell in the second phase. But the Indian spinners Ravindra Jadeja (3/33) and Harbhajan Singh (2/52) kept chipping away with the wickets in the last session to put Australia on the mat.
 
It was another embarrassing performance by the Australian top-order. Cowan's mark is 31.48 after 25 Test innings, Watson (36.41) has now gone 36 Test innings without a ton and Hughes (34.10) has played two innings of substance at No.3 since his Test recall in December. 
 
It was also the umpteenth time and second consecutive occasion in the series when Clarke rescued Australia with his never-say-die attitude.
 
Clarke and Wade, who is battling a cheek fracture, helped Australia recover from a poor start and put a respectable score on board. If it was debutant Moises Henriques in Chennai, Clarke found an able partner in Wade today.
 
Earlier, David Warner (6) became Kumar's maiden Test wicket after the opening batsman was done in by a ball that came in sharply and he got an inside edge that crashed on to his stumps. 
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Kumar struck again in the next over trapping Ed Cowan (4) lbw.
 
Shane Watson, who showed signs of taking the attack to the Indians, became Kumar's third victim after he was foxed by a short-of-a-length delivery that kept low and trapped him in front. Watson struck four fours in his 31-ball 23.
 
Ashwin picked up Phil Hughes (19) with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni taking a good catch behind the stumps.
 
Once again, it was a familiar script. Clarke picked up Australia off the canvas and along with Wade was left to mop up the top-order mess.
 
Both Clarke and Wade got to their half-centuries as Australia reached 187 for four at tea. Australia added 104 runs in the second session after the triple strikes by Kumar. 
 
Clarke appeared headed for his 10th Test ton as captain, only to fall nine agonising runs short after being clean-bowled attempting to slog-sweep Jadeja. The 31-year-old has now amassed 2544 runs from 23 Tests at 70.66 since replacing Ricky Ponting.
 
Scoreboard:
Australia (1st innings)
David Warner b Kumar 6
Ed Cowan lbw Kumar 4
Phil Hughes c Dhoni b Ashwin 19
Shane Watson lbw Kumar 23
Michael Clarke b Jadeja 91
Matthew Wade c Kumar b Harbhajan 62
Moises Henriques b Jadeja 5
Glenn Maxwell c Dhoni b Jadeja 13
Peter Siddle lbw b Harbhajan Singh 0
James Pattinson not out 1
Xavier Doherty not out 0
Extras (b 9, lb 4) 13
Total (Nine wickets declared in 85 overs) 237
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Warner, 2.2 overs), 2-15 (Cowan, 4.2), 3-57 (Watson, 14.6), 4-63 (Hughes, 21.2), 5-208 (Wade, 68.3), 6-217 (Henriques, 73.5), 7-233 (Maxwell, 79.4), 8-236 (Siddle, 82.4), 9-236 (Clarke, 83.1)
Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 15-2-53-3
Ishant Sharma 17-5-45-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 15-6-41-1
Harbhajan Singh 22-2-52-2
Ravindra Jadeja 16-4-33-3
 
India (1st innings)
Murali Vijay batting 0
Virender Sehwag batting 4
Extras (w 1) 1
Total (0 wickets in 3 overs) 5
Bowling
James Pattinson 2-1-1-0
Peter Siddle 1-0-4-0
 
Match details:
Toss: Australia chose to bat
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Marias Erasmus (South Africa)
TV umpire: S. Ravi (India)
Match referee: Chris Broad (England)
 
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Clarke, Wade lead fightback as Australia reach 187/4 at tea

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar

Australia reached 187 for four at tea in the first innings on the first day of the second cricket Test against India at the at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today.

The visitors added 104 runs in the second seesion after triple strikes by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar left them struggling at 83/4 at lunch. 
 
Skipper Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade were batting at 68 and 55, respectively. 
 
Kumar was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he bagged three for 46 while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got one for 41. 
 
David Warner (6) became Kumar's maiden Test wicket after the opening batsman was done in by a ball that came in sharply and he got an inside edge that crashed on to his stumps. 
 
Kumar struck again in the next over trapping Ed Cowan (4) lbw.
 
Shane Watson, who showed signs of taking the attack to the Indians, became Kumar's third victim after he was foxed by a short-of-a-length delivery that kept low and trapped him in front. Watson struck four fours in his 31-ball 23.
 
Ashwin picked up Phil Hughes (19) with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni taking a good catch behind the stumps.
 
Earlier, Clarke won the toss and elected to bat first. The visitors made two changes, with Nathan Lyon and Mtchell Starc making way for Xavier Doherty and Glen Maxwell.
 
Harbhajan Singh retained his place in the Indian team while left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha remained out.
 
India are 1-0 up in the four-match series, having won the first Test at Chennai earlier this week by eight wickets.
 
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Kumar strikes to leave Australia struggling at 83/4 at lunch

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar

Three quick strikes by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar left Australia struggling at 83 for four in the first innings at lunch on the first day of the second cricket Test against India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, here today.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke was batting on 20 and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade on 2.
 
Kumar was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he bagged three for 36 while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got one for 10. 
 
David Warner (6) became Kumar's maiden Test wicket after the opening batsman was done in by a ball that came in sharply and he got an inside edge that crashed on to his stumps. Kumar struck again in the next over trapping Ed Cowan (4) lbw.
 
Shane Watson, who showed signs of taking the attack to the Indians, became Kumar's third victim after he was foxed by a short-of-a-length delivery that kept low and trapped him in front. Watson struck four fours in his 31-ball 23.
 
Ashwin picked up Phil Hughes (19) with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni taking a good catch behind the stumps.
 
Earlier, Clarke won the toss and elected to bat first. The visitors made two changes, with Nathan Lyon and Mtchell Starc making way for Xavier Doherty and Glen Maxwell.
 
Harbhajan Singh retained his place in the Indian team while left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha remained out.
 
India are 1-0 up in the four-match series, having won the first Test at Chennai earlier this week by eight wickets.
 
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India in dilemma about including Harbhajan for Hyderabad Test

File photo of MS Dhoni. UNI PHOTO
File photo of MS Dhoni. UNI PHOTO

Having taken a 1-0 lead in the four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy series, the Indian team is in a great dilemma about whether to persist with Harbhajan Singh or bring back left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha for the second Test against Australia starting here tomorrow.

While Australia are tipped to field an unchanged line-up at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium despite an eight-wicket defeat in Chennai, India have a serious predicament over Harbhajan's place in the side.
 
For Harbhajan, the Chennai Test was a landmark since it was his 100th Test appearance, but the fiesty off-spinner struggled to pick up three wickets in the match. He did no't get the backing of his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who preferred all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja more than the off-spinner. 
 
It was unfortunate for local boy Ojha as he had to sit out of the first Test in Chennai despite being in great form in the last two Test series against England and New Zealand. 
 
Against England, Ojha picked up 20 wickets from four Tests and 13 from the two Tests against New Zealand. 
 
In fact, Ojha picked up six wickets in the last Test here that India won by an innings and 115 runs against the Kiwis. 
 
Though Ravichandran Ashwin was the Man of the Match with 12 wickets, Ojha played a key role and picked up six wickets. The match finished inside four days despite weather playing spoilsport as second day's play was curtailed.
 
But how to accomodate Ojha in the team still remains a tricky task for the team management.  
 
In the batting, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is unlikely to make any changes despite both the openers Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay failing to make an impact in Chennai. 
 
Australian captain Michael Clarke hopes that words of wisdom from Shane Warne will help his frontline spinner Nathan Lyon to bounce back.
 
Lyon, who took the key wickets of Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Virender Sehwag, came under some harsh treatment, conceding 215 runs in the hosts' first innings alone.
 
After the Chennai Test, Lyon had a word with Warne, who is a part of the commentary team. 
 
"Lyon had a really good chat to Warney and we spent a bit of time, the three of us together," Clarke said. 
 
"If you can't learn from guys who have been here before and experienced it you will never learn. He's been fine. He's working hard every day to try and get better. On grounds in India it's very easy to go for a lot more runs because they're smaller and have fast outfields."
 
Spinners will come into effect right from the day one if Clarke's read of the pitch prepared in Hyderabad is any indication. 
 
"Like Chennai, I haven't seen a wicket like that in Australia. I don't think this wicket will be any tougher than Chennai, that was a really tough wicket so I think we have seen the toughest of conditions.
 
"(But) the wicket will certainly deteriorate as the Test goes on, so it's a positive for our fast bowlers that there will be a little bit up and down. But spin from day one will play a huge part in this Test."
 
Selectors were leaning towards sticking by the bowling attack from five days ago, meaning left-arm quick Mitchell Starc would edge out Mitchell Johnson and remain in the XI alongside James Pattinson and Peter Siddle.
 
Pattinson's devastation of the Indian top order in Chennai left selectors with no option but to keep him in the side despite the fact he is returning from a rib injury here. 
 
"He just has to execute his skills in whatever situations he faces. He managed to do that in the Australian summer (against India) and he managed to do that in Chennai but there are three more Test matches to go so we'll wait and see.
 
"I think what Patto did really well was we bowled him in shorter spells so he could use his speed through the air. You have to hit the wicket really hard here. If you just put the ball there you get nothing out of the conditions, even if the ball is reverse swinging.
 
"He ran in hard, hit the wicket really hard and he got more out of the pitch, and more out of the ball than Sidds and Starcy. We've certainly spoken about that," said Clarke.
 
Australia (likely): Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (captain), Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Moises Henriques, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon.
 
India (likely): Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.
 
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Biennial election to AP Legislative Council by MLAs to be held on March 21

Biennial elections to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council will be held on March 21 to fill 10 vacancies that will arise on the retirement of ten members elected by members of the state legislative assembly.

The ten members, whose terms of office will end on March 29, are Cherupally Seetha Ramulu, Jalli Wilson, Laxmi Durgesh Prasad Kandula, S. Indrasain Reddy, Bharathi Dhiravat, P. Yadagiri, Sidda Raghava Rao, Ibrahim Bin Abdullah Masquati, Ponguleti Sudhakar Reddy and Pulla Padmavathi.
 
A press release from the Election Commission said the notification for the elections will be issued on March 4 and the last date for making nominations will be March 11.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up after polling hours, at 5 pm, on March 21, it added.
 
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PM visits scene of Hyderabad blasts, meets injured in hospitals

 
I share the grief and sorrow of the people of Hyderabad: PM

Three days after twin bomb blasts rocked the crowded commercial area of Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad and left 16 people killed and 117 others injured, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the scene of the attacks and also met several of the injured in hospitals in the city.

Dr Singh spent about 10 minutes at the scene of the two blasts, which occurred within a few minutes and 150 metres of each other, and enquired about the devastation caused by them.
 
He drove first to near Konarak theatre, the scene of the first blast, and then walked across to near Venkatadri theatre, where the second explosion took place.
 
Later, he visited the Yashoda Hospital at Malakpet and the Omni Hospital at Kothapet and met the injured and enquired about the treatment being given to them. He assured them that the Government would take all possible measures to provide relief to them.
 
Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and several State ministers accompanied Dr Singh on the visit. He later met them for some time to discuss the incident and its fall-out.
 
The Prime Minister told them that a mechanism had to be found to provide jobs to those grievously hurt and disabled in the blasts.
 
"I express condolence for the families of the bereaved and wish speedy recovery for the injured," he said.
 
He also expressed happiness that the people of Hyderabad had refused to be provoked by the horrific incident.
 
"I am here to stand in solidarity with the people of the city. We should maintain peace and calm," he said.
 
"The staff will take all possible care of your son," Dr Singh told the mother of one of the injured at Omni hospital.
 
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"We will provide all possible medical help to you and others," he said to another injured.
 
"I am here to share your pain and grief. We will take care of you," he told an injured woman in Yashoda hospital.
 
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who had visited the scene of the blasts on February 22, told Parliament later that day that preliminary investigations had revealed that the blasts were caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) placed on bicycles.
 
Dilsukhnagar, in east Hyderabad, is an education and commercial hub, with scores of coaching institutions and some of the victims were students.
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had, on the day of the attack, strongly condemned the blasts and said those found guilty of the attacks would not go unpunished.
 
"This is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished," the Prime Minister had added. 
 
Dr Singh had 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.
 
The Andhra Pradesh government has offered to meet the entire expenses of medical treatment of those injured in the blasts. The State government has also announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 6 lakh to the next-of-kin of those killed in the blasts and between Rs 50,000 and Rs 100,000 for those who suffered injuries.
 
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Hyderabad blasts: 16 killed, 117 hurt; Shinde says perpetrators will be punished

At least 16 people were killed and 117 others have suffered injuries in the twin bomb blasts that ripped through the crowded Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad within minutes of each other on Thursday evening.

 
UPA Govt committed to combat terror: Shinde on Hyderabad blasts
At least 16 people were killed and 117 others have suffered injuries in the twin bomb blasts that ripped through the crowded Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad within minutes of each other yesterday evening.
 
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who visited the scene of the attacks early this morning, told Parliament that four of the injured were in a critical state.
 
He said the Government is committed to combat such cowardly terror attacks and it would  make all possible efforts to apprehend the perpetrators and masterminds behind the blasts and ensure that they are punished as per the law
 
In identical statements to both Houses of Parliament, Mr Shinde said the first blast occurred at 6.58 pm at a local bus stop and the second near a canteen at 7.01 pm. The two spots are within 150 metres of each other.
 
"Preliminary investigations reveal that the IEDs (improvised explosive devices) were placed on bicycles causing explosions at both the places," he said.
 
He said the Andhra Pradesh government had immediately deployed emergency medical response teams along with 25 ambulances to take the injured to the hospital. 
 
The State Police and a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) branch office at Hyderabad immediately reached the place of occurrence and cordoned off the area and collected evidence. State forensic teams were also pressed into service to collect the evidence from the crime scene, he said.
 
A team of NIA lead by an Inspector General and a Post Blast Investigative Team (PBIT) of the National Security Guard (NSG) were sent from Delhi at 9.30 pm yesterday by a special plane and they reached Hyderabad by 11.30 pm.
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Mr Shinde said two cases had been registered at Saroor Nagar Police Station, Cyberabad and Malkpet Police Station, Hyderabad City. The NIA will investigate the case in conjunction with Andhra Pradesh Police, he said.
 
The Minister said he was accompanied on the trip to Hyderabad by the Union Home Secretary and the Director General of the NSG. He said he had reviewed the situation with Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, the state Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, the Commissioner of Police of Hyderabad and other senior officers.
 
He said he had visited the scene of the blasts and later visited the hospitals where the injured are undergoing treatment. "The situation is under control," he said.
 
"I extend my heartfelt condolences for the bereaved families who lost their near and dear ones in the blasts. The Government is committed to combat such cowardly terror attack and it 
shall make all possible efforts to apprehend the perpetrators and masterminds behind the blasts and ensure that they are punished as per the law
 
Dilsukhnagar, in east Hyderabad, is an education and commercial hub, with scores of coaching institutions and some of the victims were said to be students.
 
The injured are being treated in the Osmania hospital, the Omni hospital and Yashoda hospital nearby.
 
Mr Shinde said the Andhra Pradesh government had set up an investigation team to probe the blasts. He had said yesterday that the Centre 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 and some cities. He, however, refused to blame anybody at this stage for failing to prevent the blasts.
 
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Asked about the information the Home Ministry had received about the possibility of such blasts, Mr Shinde said this morning in Hyderabad that it was not specific intelligence.
 
He also said it was too early to fix responsibility for the blasts on any particular organization, saying that investigations were still on. 
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has strongly condemned the blasts 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.
 
Mr Shinde said the Andhra Pradesh government had offered to meet the entire expenses of medical treatment of those injured in the blasts. The State government has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 6 lakh to the next-of-kin of those killed in the blasts and between Rs 50,000 and Rs 100,000 for those who suffered injuries.
 
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US condemns Hyderabad blasts, backs India in fight against terrorism

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The United States has condemned yesterday's twin blasts in Hyderabad in which at least 14 people were killed and another 119 suffered injuries and expressed its support for India in the fight against terrorism.

"We condemn the cowardly attack in Hyderabad, India in the strongest possible terms, and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected and to the people of India," US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said at her daily briefing on Thursday.
 
She noted that Secretary of State John Kerry was due to meet Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai later yesterday when he would convey his sympathies in person and affirm US support for India during this difficult time.
 
"The United States stands with India in combating the scourge of terrorism, and we are also prepared to offer any and all assistance that Indian authorities may need," she said.
 
Ms Nuland said the US did not have any information about who was behind the atacks and the Indian authorities were still investigating all angles.
 
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Death toll in Hyderabad blasts rises to 14, Shinde visits scene of attacks

At least 14 people were killed and 119 others suffered injuries in the twin bomb blasts that ripped through the crowded Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad within minutes of each other on Thursday evening.

 
Hyderabad blasts: Shinde visits site, hospitals

At least 14 people were killed and 119 others suffered injuries in the twin bomb blasts that ripped through the crowded Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad within minutes of each other yesterday evening.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde who flew into the city early this morning, visited the scene of the blasts, which occurred within a radius of about 150 metres, and later met the injured in hospitals.
 
He told newspersons later that six of the injured were in a critical condition.
 
Mr Shinde was accompanied on the visit to the scene of the blasts by Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, State Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy, Director General of Police Dinesh Reddy and other senior officials.
 
The first explosion took place around 6.58 pm in front of Anand Tiffin Centre near the Konarak cinema hall in the area, and the second a few minutes later close to a foot overbridge near the Venkatadri theatre. The explosives were placed on two bicycles.
 
Dilsukhnagar, in east Hyderabad, is an education and commercial hub, with scores of coaching institutions and many of the victims were said to be young officegoers and students.
 
The injured are being treated in the Osmania hospital, the Omni hospital and Yashoda hospital nearby.
 
Mr Shinde said the Andhra Pradesh government had set up an investigation team to probe the blasts. He had said yesterday that the Centre 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 and some cities. He, however, refused to blame anybody at this stage for failing to prevent the blasts.
 
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Asked about the information the Home Ministry had received about the possibility of such blasts, Mr Shinde said this morning that it was not specific intelligence.
 
He also said it was too early to fix responsibility for the blasts on any particular organization, saying that investigations were still on. 
 
The Home Minister declined to say anything more on the blasts because Parliament is in session and he would have to first make a statement there.
 
Union Home Secretary R K Singh told mediapersons last night that the Hyderabad police and Central agencies had launched investigations into the incidents. He said the fact that there were two blasts indicated that it was a terrorist attack.
 
Apart from officials from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) branch in Hyderabad, another NIA team led by an inspector-general and the post-blast investigation team of the National Security Guard (NSG) had joined the investigations.
 
Police sources said the blasts appeared to have been caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has strongly condemned the blasts 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.
 
Mr Shinde said the Andhra Pradesh government had offered to meet the entire expenses of medical treatment of those injured in the blasts. The State government has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 6 lakh to the next-of-kin of those killed in the blasts and between Rs 50,000 and Rs 100,000 for those who suffered injuries.
 
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At least 11 killed, 78 injured in twin blasts in Hyderabad

Terror struck Hyderabad again on Thursday evening as two explosions rocked the crowded Dilsukhnagar area of the city within minutes of each other, killing at least 11 people and injuring another 78.

 
Twin blasts rock Hyderabad, 11 feared dead

Terror struck Hyderabad again this evening as two explosions rocked the crowded Dilsukhnagar area of the city within minutes of each other, killing at least 11 people and injuring another 78.

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 a few 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. He said the death toll could rise further as more information became available.
 
Mr Shinde, who had initially put the number of injured at around 50, appeared before journalists again around 10 pm to say that the number had gone up to 78.
 
He 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 and some cities. He, however, refused to blame anybody at this stage for failing to prevent the blasts.
 
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He also said it was too early to fix responsibility for the blasts on any particular organization, saying that investigations were still on.
 
Mr Shinde indicated that he might leave for Hyderabad later in the night.
 
Union Home Secretary R K Singh told mediapersons that the Hyderabad police and Central agencies had launched investigations into the incidents. He said the fact that there were two blasts indicated that it was a terrorist attack.
 
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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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.
 
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