Mumbai Indians struggle but beat Deccan Chargers by five wickets

Bottom placed Deccan Chargers put up a valiant fight with their bowlers but went down to Mumbai Indians by five wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Chasing a target of 101, Mumbai Indians struggled along for the most part but finally achieved the target with 11 balls to spare after Rohit Sharma top scored with 42.
The win took Mumbai Indians to the third spot in the points table with 10 points from nine matches while Deccan Chargers, who suffered their sixth loss of the season, remained at the bottom of the table with just three points from eight matches.
Deccan Chargers' bowlers put on the most inspiring performance of the season but unfortunately their batsmen had given them too small a total to defend.
South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn (2-10) struck off the very first ball to get rid of his compatriot Richard Levi. Steyn was also adjudged Man of the Match.
Sachin Tendulkar failed to fire as he scored a run-a-ball 14 before edging to Dan Christian at first slip off pacer Veer Pratap Singh. 
Sharma, however, kept Mumbai Indians on track with his measured 48-ball innings. Ambati Rayudu remained unbeaten on 19 to take the team home safely.
Earlier, asked to bat first, Deccan Chargers batsmen struggled on the Wankhede track before being bowled out for 100 in 18.4 overs.
Deccan Chargers found run scoring difficult on the Wankhede track and openers Shikhar Dhawan (29), Parthiv Patel (19) and Jean Paul Duminy (25 not out) were the only three batsmen who could get to double figures.
They were troubled by Sri Lankan speed merchant Lasith Malinga, who was the pick of the Mumbai Indians bowlers, bagging four for 16. 
Mumbai Indans skipper Harbhajan Singh also ended his poor run with the ball, bagging two for 13 from his four overs while New Zealand all-rounder James also picked up two for 18.
Harbhajan was not impressed with the performance of the batsmen. “We did not play any better than Deccan, both teams batted poorly, a different wicket from what we have played at the Wankhede. Not good for T20 cricket. I came today and saw the pitch and said whoa, what to expect here, we never know what to expect from this track ever,” he said  
Deccan Chargers stand-in captain Cameron White said the toss was crucial. “It was an important toss but we did not play too well. One thing you don't want to do is to have Steyn's overs remaining with the game finished,” he said.
Steyn was again dejected. “Would have been happier had we won. I totally disrespected Levi with that celebration after his dismissal, should have my match fee taken off. We could have made 15-20 more runs to make things difficult for the opponent,” he said.
Mumbai Indians next face Pune Warriors while Deccan Chargers take on Super Kings in Chennai.
Deccan Chargers:
Parthiv Patel c Patel b Rudra Pratap 19
Shikhar Dhawan st Karthik b Harbhajan 29
Ishank Jaggi c Patel b Harbhajan 2
Cameron White c Rudra Pratap b Malinga 0
Jean Paul Duminy not out 25
Dan Christian c Sharma b Franklin 5
Bharat Chipli c Harbhajan b Franklin 1
Ashish Reddy c Sharma b Patel 10
Amit Mishra c Franklin b Malinga 1
Dale Steyn c & b Malinga 3
Veer Pratap Singh c Sharma b Malinga 0
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 3) 5
Total (all out in 18.4 overs) 100
Fall of wickets: 1-37 (Patel, 5.3 overs), 2-41 (Jaggi, 7.2), 3-44 (White, 8.1), 4-59 (Dhawan, 11.1), 5-64 (Christian, 12.1), 6-66 (Chipli, 12.6), 7-82 (Reddy, 15.2), 8-90 (Mishra, 16.6), 9-100 (Steyn, 18.3)
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-13-2
Rudra Pratap Singh 3-0-20-1 6.66  
Munaf Patel 4-0-23-1
Lasith Malinga 3.4-0-16-4
James Franklin 3-0-18-2
Robin Peterson 1-0-8-0
Mumbai Indians:
Richard Levi b Steyn 0
Sachin Tendulkar c Christian b Pratap Singh 14
Rohit Sharma c Jaggi b Duminy 42
Dinesh Karthik c Patel b Steyn 2
James Franklin c Patel b Ashish Reddy 13
Ambati Rayudu not out 19
Robin Peterson not out 1
Extras (lb 1, w 9) 10     
Total (for five wickets in 18.1 overs) 101
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Levi, 0.1 overs), 2-31 (Tendulkar, 5.5), 3-45 (Karthik, 8.3), 4-75 (Sharma, 13.6), 5-81 (Franklin, 16.1) 
Dale Steyn 4-0-10-2
Veer Pratap Singh 4-0-28-1
Dan Christian 3-0-14-0
Amit Mishra 4-0-29-0
Ashish Reddy 2.1-0-11-1
Jean Paul Duminy 1-0-8-1
Toss Mumbai Indians, who chose to field
Result: Mumbai Indians won by fuve wickets
Player of the match: Dale Steyn (Deccan Chargers)
Umpires: A.K. Chowdhury and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath

Deccan Chargers beat Pune Warriors for first win in IPL-V

Deccan Chargers logo
Deccan Chargers logo

Deccan Chargers finally got the monkey off their back as they beat Pune Warriors by 19 runs for their maiden win in the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here tonight.

Deccan Chargers were lying at the bottom of the table with one point, that too after rains washed out their last clash against Kolkata Knight Riders. They still remain at the bottom of the league with three points after their first win following five consecutive losses.
The hosts were outclassed in all the departments of the game today as Deccan Chargers churned out a good all-round performance.
For Pune Warriors, the return of their former skipper Yuvraj Singh, as a cheerleader from the dug out, did not bring much luck as their slumped to their second consecutive loss in the IPL. Pune Warriors are now sixth with eight points from nine matches.
Desperately looking for their first win in this edition of the 20-20 tournament, Deccan Chargers, opting to bat first, put up a challenging total of 177 for four in 20 overs after Cameron White top-scored with 78 off 46 balls.
White smashed five sixes and six fours and added an impressive 75 runs for the fourth wicket with Jean Paul Duminy (26 not out). 
Deccan Chargers bowlers then restricted Pune Warriors to 159 for seven in 20 overs. Pacer Ashish Reddy made a memorable IPL debut, bagging two for 32 while South Africa Juan Theron picked two for 37.
Pune Warriors lost wickets at regular intervals and never got a decent partnetship. Robin Uthappa was the top scorer with 29 while Australian all-rounder Steven Smith made 26.
Pune Warriors had to blame themselves for the loss as their batsmen got starts but couldn’t convert them into match-winning scores.
Skipper Sourav Ganguly got a chance at 22 when Jean Paul Duminy dropped a sitter at the point. Ganguly survived three more balls before falling to pacer Manpreet Gony after scoring 23 runs.
Earlier, a strong top-order performance by Deccan Chargers took them to a challenging total. Opening batsman Parthiv Patel gave the 2009 champions a good start with his 18-ball 24 that was studded with three fours and a six.
Shikhar Dhwan (16) and skipper Kumar Sangakkara (12) couldn’t contribute much but it was the crucial 75-run stand between White and Duminy that helped them get to a match-winning total.
Pune Warriors in their next match face Deccan Chargers in the second leg in Cuttack.
Deccan Chargers
Parthiv Patel c Pandey b Kumar 24 
Shikhar Dhawan run out (Pandey/Uthappa) 16
Cameron White c Thomas b Samuels 78 
Kumar Sangakkara b Sharma 12
Jean-Paul Duminy not out 26
Ishank Jaggi not out 10 
Extras: (b 4, lb 5, w 2) 11 
Total: (for four wickets in 20 overs) 177 
Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Dhawan, 3.6 overs), 2-50 (Patel, 5.6), 3-83 (Sangakkara, 11.1), 4-158 (White, 17.3)
Ashish Nehra 4-0-29-0
Alfonso Thomas 4-0-27-0
Marlon Samuels 4-0-39-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-34-1
Rahul Sharma 4-0-39-1 
Pune Warriors:
Manish Pandey b Theron 21
Jesse Ryder c sub (DJ Harris) b Ankit Sharma 7
Sourav Ganguly c sub (DJ Harris) b Gony 23
Robin Uthappa b Ashish Reddy 29
Marlon Samuels c Sangakkara b Ashish Reddy 3
Steven Smith c Duminy b Theron 26
Mithun Manhas not out 22
Alfonso Thomas run out (Patel) 12
Bhuvneshwar Kumar not out 7
Extras: (lb 3, w 5, nb 1) 9
Total: (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 159
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Ryder, 2.3 overs), 2-43 (Pandey, 5.2), 3-73 (Ganguly, 9.5), 4-88 (Uthappa, 13.1), 5-91 (Samuels, 13.6), 6-123 (Smith, 16.5), 7-152 (Thomas, 19.2)
Ankit Sharma 2-0-11-1 
Jean-Paul Duminy 3-0-24-0
Manpreet Gony 4-0-27-1
Juan Theron 4-0-37-2
Amit Mishra 3-0-25-0
Ashish Reddy 4-0-32-2

Deccan Chargers gain first point in IPL-V after rains wash out match against KKR


2009 champions Deccan Chargers on Tuesday bagged their first points in the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as their match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was washed out at the Eden Gardens here tonight due to heavy rains.

Deccan Chargers, who have suffered five consecutive losses in the tournament, finally got a point but still remained at the bottom of the table in the ninth spot. Knight Riders are second on the points table behind Delhi Daredevils.
The match was called off at around 10.30 pm even without the toss having taken place after the heavy downpour flooded the Eden Gardens.
It started with a drizzle but it soon gathered strength and turned torrential with strong winds causing a makeshift wooden structure for security personnel to collapse as well. Three people suffered slight injuries.
Knight Riders next face Royal Challengers at home while Deccan Chargers fly to Pune to take on Pune Warriors.

Pietersen grinds Deccan Chargers as Daredevils win convincingly

Kevin Pietersen hammered his maiden century in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as Delhi Daredevils registered a convincing five-wicket win over Deccan Chargers at the Ferozeshah Kotla here today.

With the win, Daredevils moved to the top of the table with eight points from five matches while Deccan Chargers, the 2009 champions, remained at the bottom with no points even after four matches.
Pietersen survived three lives to score a match-winning 103 as Daredevils, chasing a target of 158, made 162 for five in 20 overs with five balls to spare. Pietersen was chosen Man of the Match.
Deccan Chargers, who are yet to taste a win in the season so far, raised hopes with a disciplined performance by their batsmen after skipper Kumar Sangakkara opted to bat.
Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan struck 44 while Partiv Patel made 45 to guide Deccan Chargers to a competitive 157 for eight in 20 overs.
Delhi Daredevils' young left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem again triggered a middle-order collapse with his three for 16 while South African fast bowler Morne Morkel got three for 23.
While chasing, Pietersen took apart the Deccan Chargers bowling with his 64-ball knock that was studded with nine sixes and six fours.
Daredevils lost openers Naman Ojha (1) and Virender Sehwag (7) early. Deccan Chargers pacer Veer Pratap Singh made a memorable debut in the IPL striking in the very first over to get rid of Ojha while in-form South African fast bowler Dale Steyn (2-19) dismissed Sehwag.
Steyn again remained the best bowler for the Chargers as he also removed Mahela Jayawardene (6) but didn’t get much support from the other end.
Pietersen then played a memorable innings that took the match away from the grasp of the Deccan Chargers. The Englishman got support from New Zealand captain Ross Taylor (13) and Yogesh Nagar (23 not out).
With Taylor, Pietersen added 42 runs for the fourth wicket. He shared a 49-run stand with Irfan Pathan, during which the Indian all-rounder contributed just five runs.
Pietersen and Nagar added 48-runs for the unfinished sixth wicket stand that took the Daredevils home safely. Pietersen struck the winning runs in style, hitting Ankit Sharma for a flat six over his head that also brought up his century.
Daredevils in their next match face Pune Warriors at home Saturday while Deccan Chargers take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Cuttack.
Deccan Chargers:
Kumar Sangakkara c Nagar b Morkel 1
Shikhar Dhawan lbw Nadeem 44
Parthiv Patel c Jayawardene b Nadeem 45
Dan Christian c Nadeem b Yadav 19
Jean Paul Duminy c Sehwag b Nadeem 4
Bharat Chipli not out 25
Avishek Jhunjhunwala c Ojha b Morkel 4         
Dale Steyn c Sehwag b Morkel 2
Amit Mishra run out (Pietersen/Ojha) 6
Ankit Sharma not out 1
Extras   (w 5, nb 1) 6                                                
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs)   157
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Sangakkara, 2.2 overs), 2-81 (Dhawan, 9.1), 3-106 (Patel, 11.6), 4-113 (Duminy, 13.4), 5-125 (Christian, 16.1), 6-132 (Jhunjhunwala, 17.2), 7-134 (Steyn, 17.5), 8-156 (Mishra, 19.5)
Irfan Pathan 4-0-27-0
Kevin Pietersen            2-0-16-0
Morne Morkel 4-0-23-3
Ajit Agarkar 3-0-42-0
Umesh Yadav 3-0-33-1
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-16-3
Delhi Daredevils:
Naman Ojha c Duminy b Pratap Singh 1
Virender Sehwag c Christian b Steyn 7
Kevin Pietersen not out 103
Mahela Jayawardene c Sangakkara b Christian 6
Ross Taylor run out (Dhawan) 13
Irfan Pathan c Patel b Steyn 5
Yogesh Nagar not out 23
Extras (w 4) 4
Total (for five wickets in 19.1 overs) 162
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Ojha, 0.5 overs), 2-15 (Sehwag, 3.2), 3-23 (Jayawardene, 4.3), 4-65 (Taylor, 9.4), 5-114 (Pathan, 14.4) 
Veer Pratap Singh 4-0-31-1
Dale Steyn 4-0-19-2
Dan Christian 4-0-35-1
Jean Paul Duminy 3-0-33-0
Amit Mishra 2-0-26-0
Ankit Sharma 2.1-0-18-0
Toss: Deccan Chargers, who chose to bat
Result: Delhi Daredevils won by five wickets
Player of the match: Kevin Pietersen
Umpires: Billy Bowden (New Zealand) and Shavir Tarapore
TV umpire: V.A. Kulkarni
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

CBI files chargesheet against Jagan, others in illegal assets case

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday filed a charge sheet against Kadapa Lok Sabha member and YSR Congress President Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and 11 others, including individuals and firms, in an illegal assets case.

Jaganmohan Reddy
Jaganmohan Reddy

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed a charge sheet against Kadapa Lok Sabha member and YSR Congress President Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and 11 others, including individuals and firms, in an 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, a press release from the agency said.
The charge sheet was filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act, it said.
The accused have been 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 has been 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.

IPL: Deccan Chargers sign Emirates as team sponsor

Venkat Reddy (COO, Deccan Chargers), Darren Lehman (Coach), Gayatri Reddy (co-owner), Orhan Abbas (Vice President India and Nepal - Emirates) and Cameron White (Vice-Captain - Deccan Chargers) at a press conference to announce Emirates as the team's Principal Sponsor in Hyderabad on March 28, 2012.
Venkat Reddy (COO, Deccan Chargers), Darren Lehman (Coach), Gayatri Reddy (co-owner), Orhan Abbas (Vice President India and Nepal - Emirates) and Cameron White (Vice-Captain - Deccan Chargers) at a press conference to announce Emirates as the team's Principal Sponsor in Hyderabad on March 28, 2012.

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Deccan Chargers today announced that Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, would be the team's sponsor for the next three seasons of the popular cricket tournament.

Emirates will be supporting the Hyderabad-based team for an initial period of three years and will be with them for their opening IPL match against the Chennai Superkings in Visakhapatnam.
IPL season five, featuring nine teams, is due to begin on April 4 and end on May 27.
Gayatri Reddy, co-owner of the Deccan Chargers, and Venkatram Reddy, COO, Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ Vice President India and Nepal were amongst those present at the announcement.
“We are proud to have a leading global brand like Emirates as our team Sponsor for the next three seasons of the IPL,” said Gayatri Reddy. “We are confident this association with Emirates will be fruitful. With an exciting new squad and sponsor, we look forward to the tournament and repeating our winning performance in DLF IPL 2012.”
“We are honoured to be joining forces with the Deccan Chargers and partnering with the team for the next three IPL campaigns,” said Abbas. “India is a vital market for Emirates and we recognise the huge role it has played in our development, from the employees who make up almost 25% our workforce to the millions of Indian passengers who book with us every year.
“Through this sponsorship we have the chance to connect with the people who we connect to 122 destinations and show our ongoing commitment to a nation which Emirates has been serving since we began operating in 1985,” he said. “It is also a tremendous opportunity for us to further strengthen our support of a sport which the people of India follow with renowned passion.”
The Deccan Chargers – whose home games will be played at Visakhapatnam, Cuttack and Hyderabad - will feature players such as Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, who will captain the side, South African stars J P Duminy and Dale Steyn, as well as Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel.
Today's press conference was also attended by vice-captain Cameron White, head coach Darren Lehmann and their fellow Australian Daniel Harris, as well as Indian stars Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra and Manpreet Gony.
As Team Sponsor, Emirates will enjoy a range of rights and entitlements to display their official logo on platforms that include the team’s apparel, in stadia branding, for premium hospitality and match tickets, official merchandise and access to the Deccan Chargers players.
Deccan Chargers is a unit of Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited, which publishes the English newspaper Deccan Chronicle. The team had won the 2009 edition of the tournament, which was played in South Africa and were semi-finalists in 2010.
Emirates is also the ICC Official Partner, a status which gives it the sponsorship rights to all ICC major tournaments, including the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and ICC World Twenty20, which in 2012 will be staged in Sri Lanka. It also sponsors the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, ICC Under-19 World Cup, ICC Intercontinental Cup and the ICC Women’s World Cup.
In partnership with the ICC, Emirates sponsors the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Referees.

Aircraft sales company K-Air announces sale of three aircraft at India Aviation 2012

Aircraft sales and leasing company K-Air today said it had sold a business jet and two helicopters at the recent India Aviation 2012 show in Hyderabad.
The company said in  a press release that it had sold a pre-owned seven-seater Learjet 60XR to a non-resident Indian (NRI) in the Middle East. 
The two helicopters sold were a four-seater Bell 206 Jet Ranger to Millar Western in Canada and a five-seater Bell 407 Helicopter to the Prayag group.
These sales take the total number of aircraft sold to 17 in financial year 2011-12. In all, transactions worth $ 70 million had been achieved, it said.
The release said K-Air has the largest inventory of pre-owned helicopters, turboprops and business jets for sale in India. It is based in Kochi, Kerala and has representative offices around the world.
The company specializes in helping customers buy, sell and lease new and pre-owned jets/turbo-prop/ helicopters. Apart from assessing the client’s requirement and negotiating for the selected aircraft, they help oversee all other pre- and post-sale formalities, ranging from pre-buy inspection, legal documentation, DGCA formalities, customization and ferrying aircraft to desired base.
K-Air also undertakes selective aircraft management, thereby enabling turnkey projects for its customers.
"Customers no longer feel that owning a plane is a luxury but see it more as a necessity to save time and enhance productivity. A 40-hour "on the road" time can be slashed to 18-20 hours by owning an aircraft. We also saw a marked increase in the number of corporates asking us to advise and negotiate for new planes with manufacturers," Ronnie Roshan, Director – Jet Sales, K-Air, said.
"We’ve received a very good response at the air show and hope to close on the enquiries received," he added.

Tech Mahindra, Mahindra Satyam to merge to create top-tier global player


The Boards of Directors of Tech Mahindra Limited and Satyam Computer Services Limited, now known as Mahindra Satyam, met separately today and approved a proposal to merge the two companies along with certain of their wholly-owned subsidiaries.

A press release from the two companies said the exchange ratio recommended by the valuers and approved by both the boards is 2 shares of Tech Mahindra (face value of Rs. 10 each), for every 17 shares of Mahindra Satyam (face value of Rs. 2 each).
On a pro-forma basis, the Mahindra Group will own 26.3% in the combined entity, British Telecom will own 12.8%, 10.4% will be held as treasury stock, 34.4% to be held by the public shareholders of Mahindra Satyam and the balance 16.1% will be held by the public shareholders of Tech Mahindra.

Eight children killed, 16 rescued afer school bus plunges into canal in Andhra Pradesh


At least eight children drowned and 16 were rescued after a school bus plunged into a canal in the Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh today.

District Collector Siddharth Jain told NetIndian over the telephone that rescue teams had also managed to retrieve the bus from the canal near Tungaram Vagu in Chandrugona mandal.
He said he had ordered an inquiry by a magistrate into the incident and made it clear that no one found negligent would be spared.
The bus belonged to the L V Reddy School in the district, and was said to be carrying about 24 students when the mishap occurred, about 120 kmfrom the district headquarters.
Jain said officials from the district collectorate, police, fire services and the education department rushed to the spot and organised relief efforts.
He said the authorities were pumping out water from the canal to make sure that all the children in the bus had been accounted for.
In Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy expressed shock and anguish over the accident. He asked the district collector to render all the required medical assistance to those injured and all possible assistance to the families of those killed in the accident.
He termed the incident as most unfortunate and asked the collector to inquire into it and submit a detailed report. 

Ajit Singh says Govt. committed to development of aviation sector


Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh today said the Government was committed to the development of the aviation sector, despite the challenges of rising fuel costs, fierce competition and infrastructure bottlenecks and listed the several initiatives which had been taken in setting up a new regulatory framework.
Inaugurating the third edition of India Aviation, the international exhibition and conference on aviation, in Hyderabad this morning, Singh said the Government was planning to bring in Indian Navigation System Master Plan, which includes significant investment in modernization of Communication Navigation Surveillance (CNS), Air Traffic Managements and Meteorological Equipment, Enhancing Manpower and Training Infrastructure and harmonization with global initiatives and regional air navigation plans.
India’s GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation system (GAGAN), developed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) with the support of Indian Space Research Organization, was also likely to be rolled out by next year.

Ajit Singh to open India Aviation Show at Hyderabad on Wednesday


Leading aircraft manufacturers, aviation business leaders, top government officials, airport operators, regulators, technology providers and multilateral agencies are among those slated to the attend the third edition of India Aviation Show which will get underway in Hyderabad tomorrow.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh will inaugurate the five-day event, which has grown into a premier international exhibition and conference on civil aviation that will showcase the growth opportunities in the Indian aviation sector.

The show, which has at its theme "India: The Emerging Aviation Hub", will see, among other things, the first ever display of the Boeing 737 "Dreamliner" in India. Russia's aerospace organisation Irkut will also be participating in the exhibition for the first time.


CBI registers case against bank officials in Hyderabad for graft


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had registered a case of cheating and corruption against some bank officials in Hyderabad as well as officials of a Secunderabad-based private firm and others.

A press release from the agency said the officials of the private company had allegedly, in connivance with the bank officials, fraudulently got an undue amount of Rs 7.98 crore from the bank as interest subsidy.
The Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) of Ministry of Textiles provides for an interest subsidy of 5% against the interest paid by a company on the loan taken to upgrade textile machinery.
Searches were conducted at nine places in Hyderabad and Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh in this regard. During searches, incriminating documents and evidence have been seized by CBI team, the release said, adding that further investigation was in progress.

CCI nod for upgradation of railway infrastructure in twin cities of Hyderabad, Secunderabad

The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) today approved the upgradation of railway infrastructure for introduction of multi-modal transport system (Phase - II) in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh.
The upgradation will be able to serve the habited areas of the rapidly expanding twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, an official press release said.
The total expenditure involved will be Rs.632.68 crore. Two-thirds of this , Rs.421.79 crore, will be borne by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. One-third of the cost will be funded from the gross budgetary support of Indian Railways. 
The project will be completed in three years during 12th Plan period (2012-17), an official press release added.

Delhi, Mumbai airports ranked 2nd, 3rd by ACI in 25-40 million passenger category


The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi has been ranked second in the world and Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport third in the 25-40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) category in the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) awards given by the Airports Council International (ACI) for 2011.

Seoul's Incheon airport has topped the category, while Kuala Lumpur and Shenzhen airports were ranked fourth and fifth.
The Delhi airport had been placed fourth in 2010.
In the 5-15 million passenger category, Hyderabad airport was placed third, behind Nagoya and Cancun. Hainan Meilan and Wuhan airports were in the fourth and fifth spots in this category.
IGIA has moved up from an ASQ score of 3.02 in 2007 and a rank outside the top 100 to a score of 4.72 and 6th rank across all categories in 2011.
The airport now boasts of an annual passenger capacity of over 60 million, including the state of the art Terminal-3 (T3) which can handle 34 million passengers.
A press release from Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said 35 million passengers passed through IGIA in 2011,. including 10 million international passengers (both records in Indian aviation). The airport also handled over 600,000 tonnes of cargo and over 300,000 aircraft movements in 2011 CY.
ACI is the only global trade representative of airports. The 580 members operate 1650 airports in 179 countries and territories. It is a non-profit organisation whose prime purpose is to represent the interests of airports and to promote professional excellence in airport management and operations.
The annual ASQ awards recognize and reward the best airports in the world according to ACI's ASQ passenger satisfaction survey. Since its creation in 2006, the ASQ Survey has become the world's leading airport passenger satisfaction benchmark with over 200 airports participating.
The ASQ Awards are the only global airport rankings to be based on a measure of the passengers' satisfaction taken while the passenger is still at the gate. In 2011, over 350,000 passengers were interviewed prior to boarding their flight and asked to rate their satisfaction with the airport that day. To be eligible for the annual ASQ awards, an airport must have participated in the ASQ Survey every month of the year.
Incheon airport was chosen the Best Airport Worldwide for the seventh consecutive year in the awards announced today.
Singapore Changi Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, and Nagoya Ch?bu Centrair International Airport earned the second, third, fourth and fifth spots, respectively --- all in Asia.
In Best Airport by Size, top honours went to Guayaquil (2-5m), Nagoya (5-15m), Seoul Gimpo
(15-25m), Seoul Incheon (25-40m), and Singapore (over 40m).
In Best Airport by Region, Cancun, Cape Town, Dubai, Malta, Ottawa, and Seoul Incheon, came out on top. The ASQ Awards also recognized Best Airport by Region with Fewer than 2 Million Passengers: Keflavik, Mazatlan, Quebec City, and Upington. 
Best Improvement went to Chongqing, Dubai, East London, Guayaquil, Montreal, and Palma de Mallorca. 

Mahindra Satyam to acquire strategic stake in Dion Global Solutions

Consulting and IT services provider Mahindra Satyam will acquire a strategic stake in Dion Global Solutions, a specialist provider of software products and solutions for capital markets globally, the two companies announced today.

A press release from Dion said the two companies had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard.
Under the agreement, Mahindra Satyam has agreed to acquire a significant minority stake by way of fresh issue of equity shares. The new equity shares will be priced at in accordance with the applicable regulations of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
The transaction will be subject to regulatory and board approvals and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, the release said.
"Dion has a portfolio of cutting-edge solutions and services for global capital markets covering portfolio management, trading, settlement, risk management, analytics, treasury and research services, and services more than 660 clients in 62 countries. The proceeds from the investment under consideration will be utilised by Dion to further enhance its offerings and its geographic reach," it said.
"We are extremely impressed by Dion's products and solutions, its ability to truly partner with its clients, and most of all, its top-class management team. We are convinced that in time to come, Dion will become one of the foremost software solutions providers to capital markets globally and are keen on participating in Dion's promising future," C P Gurnani, CEO, Mahindra Satyam said,
Ralph J Horne, Managing Director & Global CEO of Dion said: "We are delighted to have Mahindra Satyam as a strategic investor in our company. Working with such an esteemed partner and combining the unique skills from both companies will allow us to co-operate on developing new innovative business focused solutions for all tiers of the financial services industry, including many of our common clients. This alliance will help us further expand our solutions capabilities and make inroads to newer markets." 

Second runway at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport inaugurated


The second runway at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad, was inauguraed today, making it the first greenfield airport in the region with two runways.

A spokesperson for GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), the operator of RGIA, said the new parallel runway, designated as Rwy 09L/27R, is 3707 metres long and is Code-E aircraft (A340/B747) compliant.  
He said GHIAL had obtained necessary clearances for the runay from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
With the introduction of the new runway, RGIA can continue flight operations uninterupptedly during its regular main runway maintenance every Tuesday between 1330-1530 hrs. 
"Airport maintenance is a mandatory requirement for airports around the world. With the second runway being operational, continuity of flight operations on Tuesdays will enhance airside efficiency largely, thus making passenger transit through RGIA convenient," the spokesperson added.

CBI files charge sheet against 7 persons, 5 firms in Emaar land scam


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed a charge sheet against seven persons, including Andhra Pradesh Principal Secretary (Home) and senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer B P Acharya, and five companies in the case of alleged irregularities in an upscale township project in Hyderabad.

The charge sheet was filed before the Special Judge for CBI Cases, Hyderabad, under various sections of the India Penal Code relating to criminal conspiracy, cheating and criminal breach of trust as well as sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Besides Acharya, others named in the charge sheet are Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) executive officer L V Subramanyam, who was the then Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC), then Secretary (Industries) K V Rao, since retired, and four private individuals, Koneru Rajendra Prasad, Srikant Joshi, Madhu Koneru and T Ranga Rao.

CBI arrests Andhra Pradesh Home Secretary B P Acharya in Emaar case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested B P Acharya, the Principal Secretary (Home) of Andhra Pradesh and a senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, in a case related to real estate developer Emaar.
Acharya, who belongs to the 1983 batch of the IAS, was the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) between 2005 and 2009, when the alleged scam took place.
The case is related to alleged irregularities, including in the matter of land transfer and sale of apartments and villas, in the execution of an upscale township project developed by Emaar and APIIC.

Five judges appointed to Andhra Pradesh High Court

The President has appointed Justices Nadimpalli Rama Linga Nageswara Rao, Ponnuru Durga Prasad, Kallakuri Girija Shankar, Nyshadham Ravi Shankar, and Vegi Suri Appa Rao, Additional Judges, as Judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
An official press release said here today that the appointments, in that order of seniority, would be with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices.
The President has also appointed Babu Mathew P. Joseph and Ambazhavelil Velayudhan Pillai Ramakrishna Pillai to be Additional Judges of the Kerala High Court, in that order of seniority, for a period of two years with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective office.
The President has also appointed Dharam Chand Chaudhary as an Additional Judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court for a period of two years with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office, the release added.

GAIL signs MoU with AP Govt for LNG terminal, FSRU

Mr. J Wason, CEO GAIL Gas, signing an agreement in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Major Industries Minister J. Geeta Reddy for an LNG terminal in the state on January 12, 2012.
Mr. J Wason, CEO GAIL Gas, signing an agreement in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Major Industries Minister J. Geeta Reddy for an LNG terminal in the state on January 12, 2012.
GAIL Gas Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of gas major GAIL (India) Limited, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Andhra Pradesh for setting up a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) along the state's expansive sea coast.
The MoU was signed here yesterday by J Wason, CEO, GAIL Gas Limited and S. Bhattacharya, Principal Secretary (Investment and Infrastructure), AP government, at the Partnership Summit 2012 organised by the state government and CII.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Major Industries Minister J Geeta Reddy were amongst those present on the occasion.

Janardhana Reddy's judicial custody extended till Jan 25


A CBI Special Court today extended the judicial custody of former Karnataka Minister Gali Janardhana Reddy, his brother-in-law and Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) Managing Director B V Srinivas Reddy and two others accused in the illegal mining case till January 25.

The Reddys, who are currently lodged in Chanchalaguda Jail here, and another accused ex-Director of AP Mines and Geology Department V D Rajagopal, were produced before the court which extended the remand.
The Reddys were arrested from Bellary in Karnataka by CBI on September 5 last year for their alleged involvement in the case.

GMR adds 384 MW to Andhra Pradesh power grid

The first unit of GMR Rajahmundry Energy Limited’s combined cycle power plant at Vemagiri in Andhra Pradesh was synchronized last week, adding 384 MW capacity to the state power grid.
A press release from GMR said the group was setting up the 2x384 MW capacity Combined Cycle power plant, adjacent to its existing plant located at Vemagiri. The first unit has been commissioned in a record time of 24 months. The second unit is expected to be commissioned by February, 2012.
This GMR project was identified as a XI Plan project and accordingly was shortlisted for gas allocation by the Government of India. It is expected that gas will be made available to this project shortly, the release added.

IT raids at Telugu actor Mahesh Babu's residence

Income Tax Department officials conducted raids at the residence of leading Telugu film actor Mahesh Babu here this evening.

The IT officials, who swooped down on the actor's residence, were verifying his income statements.
Mahesh Babu, who is the son of yesteryear matinee idol Krishna, was shooting for a film when he was informed about the raids. He rushed home, sources said.
Media reports said Mahesh Babu was the highest paid actor in the Telugu film industry.

TI expands capacity for 2-wheeler automotive chains by 20%

TI Diamond Chains (TIDC), a  unit of Tube Investments of India Ltd (TII), part of the Murugappa Group, has expanded the production facility at its Hyderabad unit for two-wheeler automotive chains by 20 per cent.
A press release from the company said here today that it had invested Rs 30 crore on the facility.
“This facility has been set up with the state-of-the-art equipment to be run with the best in class practices. This would enable TI to meet the growing demand from its auto customers, with much higher levels of quality and reliability," Mr M M Murugappan, Vice-Chairman of the Murugappa Group, said.

CBI files charge sheet in Obulapuram illegal mining case


The Central Bureau of Investigation today filed a charge sheet in the Court of Special Judge for CBI cases, Hyderabad in the illegal mining case against the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by former Karnataka Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy.
Besides Mr Reddy, the charge sheet named his brother-in-law B V Srinivasa Reddy, the managing director of OMC, former Andhra Pradesh Director of Mines and Geology V D Rajagopal and the Bellary-based company, a CBI press release said.
They have been accused of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, forgery and criminal misconduct under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
According to the charge sheet, Mr Janardhan Reddy and Mr Srinivasa Reddy entered into a criminal conspiracy with the Andhra Pradesh government officials and got mining leases allotted to the company. It said they indulged in illegal mining activities amounting to lakhs of tonnes of iron ore.
The CBI said it had used satellite imageries and advanced surveying methods to establish the aspect of illegal mining. It had also used forensic accounting techniques to analyse computer hard disks, laptops, mobile phones with the help of data retrieval techniques.
As collection of evidence with regard to certain allegations in respect of the then Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Government of Andhra Pradesh are in progress, her name has not been included in the charge sheet, a CBI press release said. The then Assistant Director, Mines & Geology, Ananthapur is now no more, it said.
The Reddys were arrested on September 5 from Bellary in Karnataka and are currently in judicial custody. They are lodged in the Chanchalguda Central Prison in Hyderabad.
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