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IPL: Kevin Pietersen to join SunRisers Hyderabad squad

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Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisee Sunrisers Hyderabad today said that Kevin Pietersen, who does not feature in England's plans for the home summer due to a "massive issue of trust", would joinn the team early in the evening of May 15 in Hyderabad.
 
The star South African-born batsman was bought by SunRisers in this year’s auction but was allowed to return home to England to play county cricket at his request.  
 
He will return to India to provide additional firepower to the Orange Army’s top order as it bids to seal a top-four berth. He will be available for selection for SunRisers Hyderabad’s last home game against Mumbai Indians on Sunday, a press release from the team said.
 
SunRisers Hyderabad are currently placed third on the table, with 14 points and have won four of their last five matches.
 
"Pietersen himself is in fine form, having scored a triple-century for county side Surrey only days ago. His return will strengthen SunRisers Hyderabad’s already formidable batting line-up led by captain David Warner, currently the leading run-scorer in the IPL," the release said.
 
“Kevin Pietersen will be joining us on the 15th of May in India. SRH picked Kevin at this year’s auction and he will be available to take part in the remainder of our campaign this season,” said K. Shanmugam, CEO, SunRisers Hyderabad.   
 
"It is great news that KP will be joining us earlier than planned. To add a world-class batsman to our squad at the business end of the tournament is a huge bonus, we look forward to welcoming him to our squad," said Tom Moody, the team's head coach.
 
Pietersen, or KP as he is known, made his IPL debut in 2009 and has played 32 games so far, scoring 928 runs at a strike rate of 136.07. 
 
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SpiceJet to operate additional flight on Delhi-Hyderabad sector

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Low-cost carrier SpiceJet today said it would operate an additional flight on alternative days between Delhi and Hyderabad during the peak summer period.
 
With this new flight, the frequency of service for the summer will increase from 10 to 14 flights weekly to Hyderabad from Delhi, a press release from the airline said.
 
The additional flight is being introduced for a limited period from May 15 to May 31, primarily to cater to the demand during the peak season. Bookings for these flights are now open, it said.
 
SpiceJet will be deploying 186 seater Boeing 737 aircraft for the same, the release added.
 
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Sunrisers survive Miller blitz to beat KXIP by five runs

 
Things not clicking this year: David Miller
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) survived a late blitz by David Miller, who slammed an unbeaten 89 off just 44 balls, to beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by five runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.
 
Millier, coming in at number five, hit two fours and nine sixes in his breathtaking knock, and very nearly pulled it off for KXIP, who have been languishing at the bottom of the eight-team league for most of the current edition of the tournament.
 
He hit two sixes and a four off the first four balls of pace bowler Ishant Sharma's last over, which meant that KXIP needed twelve from the last two balls. He missed the fifth ball, but hit the last one again out of the ground for another six.
 
Sunrisers owed their victory once again to skipper David Warner, who has been in great form this season. Opening the innings, he made 81 off 52 balls with the help of six fours and five sixes to help his side post a challenging 185 for five from their 20 overs. 
 
In response, KXIP ended up with 180 for seven from their allotted overs to register their tenth loss in 12 outings.
 
SRH, on the other hand, moved back into the top four, placed fourth with seven wins and five losses from their 12 matches so far.
 
Warner opted to bat first after winning the toss and gave SRH a good start, putting on 56 for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (24) in 6.1 overs. He built on this further, adding 65 for the second wicket with Moises Henriques (28).
 
Of the other batsmen, Eoin Morgan contributed 17 while Lokesh Rahul remained unbeaten with 17.
 
For KXIP, Beuran Hendricks took two for 40, while Gurkeerat Singh and Glenn Maxwell picked up one each.
 
Chasing 186 for a win, KXIP began well, with openers Murali Vijay (24) and Manan Vohra (20) puting on 42 for the first wicket. But then they lost the wickets of the two openers as well as Maxwell (11), Wridhiman Saha (5), skipper George Bailey (6) and Gurkeerat Singh (3) to be reduced to 99 for six by the start of the 15th over. At that stage, they still needed 87 for a win from 35 balls.
 
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Miller and Axar Patel (15) took up the challenge as they added 59 for the seventh wicket off 29 balls. Patel fell off the last ball of the 19th over and KXIP were left with the task of getting 28 from the last six balls. That Miller very nearly got them would provide an idea of how completely he was in command, as well as underline the fact that the KXIP middle order had not quite played its part earlier.
 
Henriques picked up three for 16 from his four overs, while left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma got two for 13 from two overs. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Trent Boult took one apiece.
 
During his innings today, Warner became the first batsmen in this season of IPL to cross the 500-run mark. He also became the second batsmen, after Dhawan, to cross the 1000-run mark for Sunrisers.
 
Scoreboard
Sunrisers Hyderabad (20 overs maximum)
DA Warner c Gurkeerat Singh b Hendricks 81
S Dhawan st Saha b Maxwell 24
MC Henriques c Anureet Singh b Gurkeerat Singh 28
EJG Morgan c Vohra b Hendricks 17
NV Ojha run out (Bailey) 2
KL Rahul not out 17
KV Sharma not out 11
Extras (b 1, w 3, nb 1) 5
Total (5 wickets; 20 overs) 185
Did not bat: Bipul Sharma, B Kumar, TA Boult, I Sharma
Fall of wickets 1-56 (Dhawan, 6.1 ov), 2-121 (Henriques, 13.4 ov), 3-140 (Morgan, 15.2 ov), 4-157 (Warner, 17.1 ov), 5-157 (Ojha, 17.2 ov)
Bowling
Sandeep Sharma 4 0 33 0
Anureet Singh 4 0 37 0
BE Hendricks 4 0 40 2
Gurkeerat Singh 3 0 27 1
GJ Maxwell 3 0 28 1
AR Patel 2 0 19 0
 
Kings XI Punjab (target: 186 runs from 20 overs)
M Vijay c Dhawan b Bipul Sharma 24
M Vohra c Kumar b Bipul Sharma 20
WP Saha c Rahul b Henriques 5
GJ Maxwell c Ojha b Boult 11
DA Miller not out 89
GJ Bailey c Warner b Henriques 6
Gurkeerat Singh c Morgan b Henriques 3
AR Patel c Ojha b Kumar 15
BE Hendricks not out 0
Extras (lb 3, w 4) 7
Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 180
Did not bat: Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma
Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Vijay, 4.5 ov), 2-47 (Vohra, 6.1 ov), 3-60 (Maxwell, 7.3 ov), 4-65 (Saha, 8.6 ov), 5-81 (Bailey, 12.3 ov), 6-99 (Gurkeerat Singh, 14.1 ov), 7-158 (Patel, 18.6 ov)
Bowling
B Kumar 4 0 34 1
TA Boult 4 0 45 1
I Sharma 4 0 49 0
Bipul Sharma 2 0 13 2
MC Henriques 4 0 16 3
KV Sharma 2 0 20 0
 
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17-year-old dies of injuries in "friendly" fist fight in Hyderabad

 
Youth dies during friendly fist fight in Hyderabad
 
 
A Class 12 student died of injuries suffered during a "friendly" fist fight with another youth at Mirpet here on May 3 after their friends placed bets on them, police said.
 
The incident, which was recorded by one of the other youths on his mobile phone, turned tragic when the student, identifid as Nabeel Ahmed, collapsed suddenly after being punched repeatedly on his temple, chest and abdomen.
 
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) V Satyanarayana told journalists that the friends rushed Nabeel to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
 
He said that the boys then managed to convince his mother that Nabeel had died in a motorcycle accident.
 
Nabeel's father, who works in the Gulf, rushed home and felt something was wrong. He talked to his son's friends and they gave him conflicting versions of what had happened.
 
Following this, the father of the boy filed a complaint with the police, which has registered a case of suspicious death.
 
The police have recovered the video recording of the incident from the mobile phones of one of the youths present on the scene and are now investigating the matter further.
 
The body of the boy will be exhumed and an autopsy conducted, sources said, adding that the case could be converted to one of murder after the findings of the post-mortem examination.
 
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Sunrisers move into last four with six-run win over Delhi Daredevils

 
Moises Henriques slammed an unbeaten 74 to help Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) beat a spirited Delhi Daredevils (DD) by six runs and move into the top four of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here tonight.
 
A fiery 63 not out by Kedar Jadhav -- his second half-century in the IPL-- and a feisty 50 by opener Quinton de Kock brought DD to within striking distance of the target, and a feisty 50 earlier by Q but they could not sustain the momentum in the end.
 
Opting to bat first, SRH posted a respectable 163 for four from their allotted 20 overs and then managed to restrict the Daredevils to 157 for four.
 
SRH got off to a reasonably good start as openers Shikhar Dhawan (13) and skipper David Warne (17) put on 29 for the first wicket in 3.5 overs. But they lost both openers within the space of three balls to be quickly reduced to 31 for two before Henriques and Eoin Morgan (22) added 33 for the third wicket.
 
Henriques and Karn Sharma (16) added 35 for the fourth wicket to further stabilise the innings. After that, Henriques and Ravi Bopara (17 not out) added 64 in their unfinished partnership for the fifth wicket to enable SRH to post a challenging target for their rivals.
 
Henriques' 74 not out came off 46 deliveries and included one four and five sixes.
 
For the Daredevils, Nathan Coulter-Nile took two for 25, while Zaheer Khan and Jayant Yadav picked up one apiece.
 
Chasing 164 for a win, Delhi lost opener Shreyas Iyer (0) in the third over with the score at 13 but de Kock and skipper Jean Paul Duminy (12) stabilised the innings with a 47-run stand for the second wicket.
 
But then they were in trouble as they lost de Kock, Yuvraj Singh (2) and Duminy in quick succession to be reduced to 66 for four. de Kock's 50 came off 31 balls and included nine fours and a six.
 
That brought Jadhav and Saurabh Tiwary (26 not out) together and they added 91 in their unbroken partnership for the fifth wicket and brought their side pretty close to a win, but fell short by six runs in the end. 
 
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Sunrisers have to thank leg-spinner Karn Sharma, who picked up two for 12 from three overs, and pace bowlers Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who kept the flow of runs in check in the last three overs -- when the Daredevils were still on course -- for their narrow win.
 
Jadav struck eight fours and two sixes in his 34-ball essay, while Tiwary hit two fours and a six during his 25-ball stay at the wicket.
 
With today's win, SRH moved up to the fourth spot on the table, displacing Mumbai Indians, with six wins and five losses from their 11 matches so far. Delhi Daredevils, who have only four wins from 12 outings thus far, are placed seventh in the eight-team league. Along with eighth-placed Kings XI Punjab, they now have no chance of making it to the last four for the play-offs.
 
Scoreboard
Sunrisers Hyderabad (20 overs maximum)
S Dhawan c Morkel b Khan 13
DA Warner c Tiwary b Coulter-Nile 17
MC Henriques not out 74
EJG Morgan c Coulter-Nile b Yadav 22
KV Sharma c Yadav b Coulter-Nile 16
RS Bopara not out     17
Extras (lb 1, w 3) 4
Total (4 wickets; 20 overs)  163
Did not bat: NV Ojha, Parvez Rasool, P Kumar, B Kumar, I Sharma
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Dhawan, 3.5 ov), 2-31 (Warner, 4.1 ov), 3-64 (Morgan, 10.4 ov), 4-99 (KV Sharma, 14.6 ov)
Bowling
J Yadav  4 0 19 1
Z Khan  4 0 33 1
NM Coulter-Nile  4 0 25
JP Duminy  2 0 16 0
A Mishra  3 0 34 0
JA Morkel  3 0 35 0
 
Delhi Daredevils (target: 164 runs from 20 overs)
Q de Kock st Ojha b KV Sharma 50
SS Iyer c & b B Kumar 0
JP Duminy b KV Sharma 12
Yuvraj Singh c KV Sharma b Parvez Rasool 2
KM Jadhav not out   63
SS Tiwary not out   26
Extras (lb 3, w 1) 4
Total (4 wickets; 20 overs)  157
Did not bat: JA Morkel, J Yadav, NM Coulter-Nile, A Mishra, Z Khan
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Iyer, 2.4 ov), 2-60 (de Kock, 8.2 ov), 3-65 (Yuvraj Singh, 9.6 ov), 4-66 (Duminy, 10.2 ov)
Bowling
B Kumar  4 0 20 1
I Sharma  4 0 39 0
Parvez Rasool  4 0 20 1
P Kumar  2 0 34 0
MC Henriques 2 0 14 0
KV Sharma 3 0 12 2
RS Bopara 1 0 15 0
 
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Sunrisers edge past Rajasthan Royals by 7 runs in high-scoring affair

 
Eoin Morgan slammed 63 off 28 balls to help Sunrisers Hyderabad edge out Rajasthan Royals by seven runs in a high-scoring match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Brabourne Stadium here this evening.
 
Asked to bat first, Sunrisers posted a challenging 201 for four in their allotted 20 overs, powered by Morgan's brilliant knock as well as a superb 54 by opener Shikhar Dhawan.
 
Chasing 202 for a win, the Royals came pretty close at 194 for seven, riding on opener Steve Smith's 68 and unbeaten 34 by Chris Morris, batting at number nine. James Faulkner made 30 and Sanju Samson contributed 21.
 
Rajasthan Royals, however, continued to be in the second spot on the table, with six wins, four losses and two no-results from their 12 outings so far.
 
Sunrisers are in the fifth spot in the eight-team league, with five wins and five losses from their ten matches thus far.
 
Sunrisers got off to a brisk start, with openers Dhawan and skipper David Warner (24) putting on 48 for the first wicket in 4.3 overs. After Warner's departure, Dhawan added 41 for the second wicket  wth Moises Henriques (20). 
 
Dhawan fell at 127 in the 15th over. His 54 came off 35 balls and included six fours and two sixes.
 
Morgan and Ravi Bopara (17 not out) added 53 for the fourth wicket to consolidate the innings further. Morgan's 63 came off just 28 balls and was studded with four fours and five sixes.
 
Shane Watson took two wickets for 36, while Faulkner and Pravin Tambe picked up one apiece.
 
The Royals got off to a dismal start, losing Ajinkya Rahane (8) off the last ba of the fist over, caught behind by Naman Ojha off Bhuvaneshwar Kumar after striking him for two fours. 
 
Watson (12), Karun Nair (4) and Deepak Hooda (8) did not stay very long as the Royals were struggling at 77 for four after 11 overs.
 
Smith and Faulkner (30) managed to shore up the innings by adding 44 for the fifth wicket before the former departed in the 15th over. Smith's 68 was made off 40 bals and included nine fours and two sixes.
 
Faulkner and Samson kept the scoreboard moving. The former left at 145 and Samson at 157, both in the 18th over.
 
Towards the end, Morris and Stuart Binny (3 not out) added 37 in an unfinished partnership for the eighth wicket, but they fell short as the overs ra out. Morris made his 34 off just 11 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes.
 
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar took three for 44, while Ishant Sharma, Karan Sharma, Henriques and Bopara got one each.
 
Scoreboard
  Sunrisers Hyderabad (20 overs maximum)
S Dhawan b Faulkner 54
DA Warner c Samson b Watson 24
MC Henriques b Tambe 20
EJG Morgan c Smith b Watson 63
RS Bopara not out 17
NV Ojha not out              8
Extras (lb 5, w 10) 15
  Total (4 wickets; 20 overs) 201
Did not bat: GH Vihari, KV Sharma, P Kumar, B Kumar, I Sharma
Fall of wickets: 1-48 (Warner, 4.3 ov), 2-89 (Henriques, 10.3 ov), 3-127 (Dhawan, 14.2 ov), 4-180 (Morgan, 17.4 ov)
  Bowling
  DJ Hooda 3 0 34 0
  CH Morris 4 0 38 0
  DS Kulkarni 2 0 19 0
SR Watson 3 0 36 2
JP Faulkner 4 0 37 1
PV Tambe 4 0 32 1
 
  Rajasthan Royals (target: 202 runs from 20 overs)
AM Rahane c Ojha b B Kumar 8
SR Watson c P Kumar b I Sharma 12
SPD Smith b Bopara 68
KK Nair c †Ojha b Henriques 4
DJ Hooda c B Kumar b KV Sharma 7
JP Faulkner c Bopara b B Kumar          30
SV Samson† b B Kumar 21
STR Binny not out          3
CH Morris not out   34
Extras (lb 6, w 1) 7
  Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 194
Did not bat: DS Kulkarni, PV Tambe
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Rahane, 0.6 ov), 2-30 (Watson, 3.6 ov), 3-45 (Nair, 7.3 ov), 4-77 (Hooda, 10.6 ov), 5-121 (Smith, 14.2 ov), 6-145 (Faulkner, 17.1 ov), 7-157 (Samson, 17.4 ov)
  Bowling
B Kumar 4 0 44 3
  P Kumar 4 0 40 0
I Sharma 3 0 25 1
KV Sharma 3 0 28 1
MC Henriques 3 0 29 1
RS Bopara 3 0 22 1
 
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Justice Dilip Bhosale to perform duties of Chief Justice of Telengana, AP HC

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The President has appointed Mr Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale, senior-most Judge of High Court of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of that High Court.
 
An official press release said the appointment would be with effect from today consequent upon the retirement of Mr Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, Chief Justice of that High Court. 
 
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KKR outclass Sunrisers Hyderabad by 35 runs

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Riding on a superb performance by their bowlers and steady batting by their top order batsmen, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) outclassed Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 35 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the EdenGardens here tonight.
 
Put in to bat first, KKR made a respectable 167 for seven from their 20 overs and then restricted SRH to 132 for nine in their allotted overs.
 
Skipper Gautam Gambhir (31) and Robin Uthappa (30) gave the hosts a good start, putting on 57 for the first wicket. After the departure of Gambhir, Gambhir, who struck five fours in 23-ball essay, Uthappa and Manish Pandey (33) took the score to 81 before the former left. Uthappa hit three fours in his 27-ball knock.
 
Andre Russell (1) faced only three balls before he left at 86. Pandey, who was the topscorer at 33, made off 26 balls with one four and two sixes, made his exit at 105, followed by Ryan ten Doeschate at 111.
 
Yusuf Pathan helped to shore up the innings with an unbeaten 30 and take them to a respectable total of 167 for seven.
 
For SRH, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar took two for 42 and Karn Sharma two for 29.
 
Chasing 168 for a win, SRH ran into Umesh Yadav, who removed skipper David Warner (4) off the third ball of the innings and Naman Ojha, who departed three balls later.
 
Shikhar Dhawan (15), the other opener, held on for some time but he, too, made his exit at 29.
 
Moises Henriques, who topscored in the match with a fighting 41, made off 33 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes, and Eoin Morgan (5) took the total to 55.
 
But then on, it was a steady procession back to the pavilion, and soon SRH were tottering at 69 for six. Only Karn Sharma, coming in at number eight, offered some resistance as he made 32 off 20 balls with the help of three sixes.
 
Towards the end, Praveen Kumar made 12 and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar remained unbeaten on 11, but the required runs were beyond their reach.
 
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Yadav, who was chosen Man of the Match, took two for 34 and Brad Hogg picked up two for 17. Yadav's twin-strike in the first over so unsettled SRH that they never quite recovered, and Hogg and Piyush Chawla kept the visitors under check in the middle overs.
 
KKR are now placed third on the table with five wins, four losses and one no-result from 10 matches, while SRH are in the sixth place in the eight-team league with four wins and five losses in their nine matches thus far.
 
Scoreboard
Kolkata Knight Riders (20 overs maximum)
RV Uthappa c Warner b Sharma 30
G Gambhir c Morgan b Sharma 31
MK Pandey run out (Bipul Sharma/Ojha) 33
AD Russell c Morgan b Bipul Sharma 1
RN ten Doeschate lbw b Henriques 8
YK Pathan not out 30
J Botha b B Kumar 12
SA Yadav c Henriques b B Kumar 6
PP Chawla not out 9
Extras (lb 6, w 1) 7
Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 167
Did not bat: GB Hogg, UT Yadav
Fall of wickets: 1-57 (Gambhir, 6.2 ov), 2-81 (Uthappa, 10.6 ov), 3-86 (Russell, 11.6 ov), 4-105 (Pandey, 13.5 ov), 5-111 (ten Doeschate, 14.6 ov), 6-139 (Botha, 17.3 ov), 7-145 (SA Yadav, 17.6 ov)
Bowling
B Kumar 4 0 42 2
DW Steyn 4 0 37 0
P Kumar 1 0 10 0
MC Henriques 3 0 20
KV Sharma 4 0 29 2
Bipul Sharma 4 0 23 1
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad (target: 168 runs from 20 overs)
DA Warner b UT Yadav 4
S Dhawan c Pandey b Hogg 15
NV Ojha b UT Yadav 0
MC Henriques c Pandey b Hogg 41
EJG Morgan run out (Gambhir/ten Doeschate) 5
GH Vihari st Uthappa b Chawla 6
Bipul Sharma run out (ten Doeschate/Uthappa) 1
KV Sharma c SA Yadav b Botha 32
P Kumar c UT Yadav b Russell 12
B Kumar not out 11
DW Steyn not out 1
Extras (w 4) 4
Total (9 wickets; 20 overs) 132
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Warner, 0.3 ov), 2-6 (Ojha, 0.6 ov), 3-29 (Dhawan, 4.5 ov), 4-55 (Morgan, 8.1 ov), 5-68 (Vihari, 11.4 ov), 6-69 (Bipul Sharma, 11.6 ov), 7-81 (Henriques, 14.1 ov), 8-117 (Sharma, 17.5 ov), 9-131 (P Kumar, 19.4 ov)
Bowling
UT Yadav 4 0 34 2
AD Russell 2 0 10 1
J Botha 4 0 32 1
GB Hogg 4 0 17 2
YK Pathan 1 0 19 0
PP Chawla 4 0 16 1
RN ten Doeschate 1 0 4 0
 
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Warner slams 28-ball 61 to lead Sunrisers to 22-run win over CSK

 
Skipper David Warner led from the front with a brilliant 61 off just 28 balls as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) outplayed Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 22 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.
 
Asked to bat first, the hosts, powered by an 86-run partnership for the first wicket between Warner and Shikhar Dhawan (37), posted a challening 192 for seven from their 20 overs.
 
Eoin Morgan made an unbeaten 32 while Naman Ojha contributed a useful 20 to help boost the SRH tally.
 
Chasing 193 for a win, CSK ended up with 170 for six as Hyderabad bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Moises Henriques picked up two wickets apiece.
 
However, CSK continued to remain at the top of the table with six wins and three losses from their nine matches so far, while SRH are in fifth place with four wins and four losses from eight matches.
 
Warner and Dhawan provided SRH with a brisk start, putting on 86 runs in 8.1 overs before the skipper made his exit. His 61 included eleven fours and a six.
 
Dhawan and Henriques (19) took the side to 107 before the latter left to make it 107 for two after 10 overs. Dhawan was out three overs later at 131. Morgan, who hit one four and a six, kept the scoreboard moving in the company of Ojha, Ashish Reddy (6), Hanuma Vihari (8), and Karn Sharma (4) in the later stages to help Sunrisers post an imposing total.
 
For CSK, Dwayne Bavo was the most successful bowler with three for 25 from his four overs.
 
CSK suffered an early setback in the chase, losing Brendon McCullum (12) in the second over at 14. Dwayne Smith (21) and Suresh Raina (23) took the score to 48 before the former left in the sixth over. Raina did not last very long, making his exit in the eighth over with the total at 68.
 
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Faf du Plessis, who topscored with 33, stablised the innings with a 46-run stand for the fourth wicket in the company of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (20). du Plessis' dismissal in the 13th over proved to be decisive. Dhoni's exit off the next ball only made matters worse for the visitors.
 
Pawan Negi made 15 and Bravo (25 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (14 not out) were then involved in an unbroken 29-run partnership for the seventh wicket, but their efforts were not enough to bridge the gap.
 
Scoreboard
Sunrisers Hyderabad (20 overs maximum)
DA Warner c Smith b Raina 61
S Dhawan run out (Jadeja/Dhoni) 37
MC Henriques st Dhoni b Negi 19
EJG Morgan not out        32
NV Ojha† b Nehra 20
A Ashish Reddy c Dhoni b Bravo 6
GH Vihari c sub (B Aparajith) b Bravo 8
KV Sharma c Jadeja b Bravo 4
Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 5
Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 192
Did not bat: B Kumar, P Kumar, TA Boult
Fall of wickets: 1-86 (Warner, 8.1 ov), 2-107 (Henriques, 9.6 ov), 3-131 (Dhawan, 12.6 ov), 4-156 (Ojha, 16.1 ov), 5-163 (Ashish Reddy, 17.2 ov), 6-188 (Vihari, 19.4 ov), 7-192 (Sharma, 19.6 ov)
Bowling
MM Sharma 4 0 58 0
A Nehra 4 0 31 1
RG More 2 0 28 0
SK Raina 4 0 29 1
DJ Bravo 4 0 25 3
P Negi 2 0 20 1
 
Chennai Super Kings (target: 193 runs from 20 overs)
DR Smith c Vihari b Henriques  21
BB McCullum b B Kumar 12
SK Raina c Morgan b Henriques 23
F du Plessis run out (Ashish Reddy) 33
MS Dhoni b Ashish Reddy 20
P Negi b B Kumar 15
DJ Bravo not out              25
RA Jadeja not out 14
Extras (lb 3, w 4) 7
Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 170
Did not bat: MM Sharma, A Nehra, RG More
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (McCullum, 1.5 ov), 2-48 (Smith, 5.1 ov), 3-68 (Raina, 7.4 ov), 4-114 (du Plessis, 12.4 ov), 5-114 (Dhoni, 12.5 ov), 6-141 (Negi, 16.3 ov)
Bowling
TA Boult 4 0 44 0
B Kumar 4 1 32 2
P Kumar 4 0 33 0
MC Henriques 4 0 20 2
KV Sharma 2 0 19 0
A Ashish Reddy 2 0 19 1
 
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Boult scalps 3/19, Warner hits 58 to help Sunrisers beat KXIP by 20 runs

 
Trent Boult took three for 19 and skipper David Warner hit a half-century to help Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) defend a total of 150 for six and beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 20 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.
 
Asked to bat first, Sunrisers' Warner made 58 and Moises Henriques 30 as they posted a modest total. Naman Ojha contributed 28 and Ashish Reddy remained unbeaten on 22 towars the end.
 
For KXIP, Mitchell Johnson and Axar Patel took two wickets apiece.
 
Chasing 151 for a win, KXIP's top order failed to get going and they were soon struggling at 72 for five.
 
Wridhiman Saha, who topscored for them with 42, and Patel (17) tried to fight back with a 44-run partnership for the sixth wicket, but that was clearly not enough. Patel and Saha left in the 18th over and the batsmen who followed could add only seven more runs in the remaining two overs.
 
Apart from Boult, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took two for 23, while Praveen Kumar, Karan Sharma and Henriques took one each.
 
SRH are now placed fifth on the table with three wins from seven matches, while KXIP have been pushed to the bottom of the eight-team league with just two wins from their seven outings so far. KXIP have lost all their four home matches till now.
 
Sunrisers began on a dismal note, losing opener Shikhar Dhawan (1) in the second over with just 10 on the board.
 
Warner and Hanuma Vihari (9) took the score to 56 before the latter left in the sixth over. Twenty runs later, Warner also made his exit in the 10th over. Henriques and Ojha added 45 for the fouth wicket. After Ojha's departure in the 17th over, there was a steady procession back to the pavilion, though Reddy managed to boost their total with his unbeaten 22 off just eight balls that included a four and two sixes.
 
Warners's well-made and timely 58 came off 41 balls and included ten fours and a six.
 
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KXIP began their chase on a slow note and were in all kinds of trouble before soon. They lost opener Manan Vohra (5) with the total at 10 in the third over and Shaun Marsh (1) in the next over.
 
Opener Murali Vijay (12) and captain George Bailey (22) tried to put the team back on track with a 32-run partnership for the third wicket before the latter fell in the eighth over In the next, at 53, Vijay also made his exit. David Miller (15) and Saha tried to keep their heads above water as they added 19 for the fifth wicket and then Saha and Patel came together to take the side to 116.
 
After Saha and Patel left, there was little that the remaining batting could do for SRH.
 
Scoreboard
Sunrisers Hyderabad (20 overs maximum)
DA Warner c Miller b Patel 58
S Dhawan c Vijay b Johnson 1
GH Vihari c Vohra b Anureet Singh 9
MC Henriques b Sandeep Sharma 30
NV Ojha c Miller b Patel 28
RS Bopara c Saha b Johnson 0
A Ashish Reddy not out 22
KV Sharma not out 1
Extras (lb 1) 1
Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 150
Did not bat: P. Kumar, B Kumar, TA Boult
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Dhawan, 1.5 ov), 2-56 (Vihari, 5.6 ov), 3-76 (Warner, 9.5 ov), 4-121 (Ojha, 16.4 ov), 5-123 (Bopara, 17.2 ov), 6-136 (Henriques, 19.2 ov)
Bowling
Sandeep Sharma 4 1 35 1
MG Johnson 4 0 39 2
Anureet Singh 4 0 27 1
M Vijay 3 0 16 0
AR Patel 4 0 25 2
R Dhawan 1 0 7 0
 
Kings XI Punjab (target: 151 runs from 20 overs)
M Vijay run out (Vihari/Ojha) 12
M Vohra b Boult 5
SE Marsh b B Kumar 1
GJ Bailey c Sharma b Henriques 22
DA Miller c Boult b Sharma 15
WP Saha c P Kumar b Boult 42
AR Patel b Boult 17
R Dhawan lbw b B Kumar 4
MG Johnson not out 4
Anureet Singh c Warner b P Kumar 0
Sandeep Sharma not out 1
Extras (lb 2, w 5) 7
Total (9 wickets; 20 overs) 130
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Vohra, 2.2 ov), 2-13 (Marsh, 3.1 ov), 3-45 (Bailey, 7.3 ov), 4-53 (Vijay, 8.2 ov), 5-72 (Miller, 12.2 ov), 6-116 (Patel, 17.1 ov), 7-123 (Saha, 17.6 ov), 8-126 (Dhawan, 18.5 ov), 9-127 (Anureet Singh, 19.3 ov)
Bowling
TA Boult 4 0 19 3
B Kumar 4 0 23 2
P Kumar 4 0 34 1
KV Sharma 4 0 22 1
MC Henriques 4 0 30 1
 
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Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs for second win

 
Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs to register their second win in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here this evening.
 
Opting to bat first, MI found themselves restricted to just 157 for eight from their 20 overs, thanks to some good work by pace bowlers Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (3/26), Praveen Kumar (2/35) and Dale Steyn (2/38).
 
Their innings was propped up by a half-century by opener Lendl Simmons (51) and 33 by Kieron Pollard. Skipper Rohit Sharma contributed an unbeaten 24. Simmons, who hit six fours and a six in his 51, put on 42 for the first wicket with Parthiv Patel (17).
 
Simmons and Sharma added 51 runs for the third wicket to take their side to 100.
 
Chasing 158 for a win, Sunrisers began well with openers Shikhar Dhawan (42) and skipper David Warner (9) putting on 45 for the first wicket in five overs.
 
But then they suffered some quick reverses, and were struggling at 68 for three in the ninth over. Lokesh Rahul (25) and Ravi Bopara (23) added 36 for the fourth wicket, but once the two left to make it 126 for five in the 18th over, the fight had gone out of the visitors. They ended up with 137 for eight.
 
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Lasith Malinga took four for 23 from his four overs, including three in the penultimate over, and Mitchell McClenaghan got three for 20 to help the hosts to what was only their second win in seven outings.
 
The domination of the Mumbai bowlers can be gauged from the fact that they did not concede a single boundary between the seventh and 12th overs, giving away only 29 runs.
 
Mumbai Indians, however, continue to languish at the bottom of the eight-team league, while Sunrisers are in the fifth position with two wins from six matches so far.
 
Scoreboard
Mumbai Indians (20 overs maximum)
LMP Simmons b Steyn 51
PA Patel c Vihari b Steyn 17
UBT Chand c Dhawan b P Kumar
RG Sharma c B Kumar b Sharma 24
KA Pollard b B Kumar 33
AT Rayudu c Boult b B Kumar 7
Harbhajan Singh c B Kumar b P Kumar 0
J Suchith not out 9
R Vinay Kumar c Ojha b B Kumar 0
MJ McClenaghan not out 1
Extras (lb 1, w 9) 10
Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 157
Did not bat: SL Malinga
Fall of wickets 1-42 (Patel, 5.4 ov), 2-49 (Chand, 6.6 ov), 3-100 (Simmons, 12.3 ov), 4-108 (Sharma, 13.5 ov), 5-126 (Rayudu, 16.4 ov), 6-128 (Harbhajan Singh, 17.3 ov), 7-149 (Pollard, 19.1 ov), 8-149 (Vinay Kumar, 19.2 ov)
Bowling
TA Boult 4 0 27 0
B Kumar 4 0 26 3
DW Steyn 4 0 38 2
P Kumar 4 0 35 2
KV Sharma 4 0 30 1
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad (target: 158 runs from 20 overs)
S Dhawan c Malinga b McClenaghan 42
DA Warner c Rayudu b Malinga 9
KL Rahul c Rayudu b McClenaghan 25
NV Ojha c Pollard b Suchith 9
RS Bopara c sub (HH Pandya) b McClenaghan 23
GH Vihari c Patel b Malinga 16
KV Sharma not out 2
P Kumar b Malinga 0
DW Steyn c Pollard b Malinga 0
B Kumar not out 6
Extras (lb 2, w 2, nb 1) 5
Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 137
Did not bat: TA Boult
Fall of wickets: 1-45 (Warner, 4.6 ov), 2-52 (Dhawan, 5.6 ov), 3-68 (Ojha, 8.4 ov), 4-104 (Rahul, 14.5 ov), 5-126 (Bopara, 17.4 ov), 6-127 (Vihari, 18.1 ov), 7-127 (P Kumar, 18.3 ov), 8-127 (Steyn, 18.4 ov)
Bowling
Harbhajan Singh 4 0 36 0
MJ McClenaghan 4 0 20 3
SL Malinga 4 1 23 4
J Suchith 4 0 25 1
R Vinay Kumar 4 0 31
 
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Sunrisers beat KKR by 16 runs in rain-truncated match

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH) got the better of defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 16 runs in a rain-truncated match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here this evening.
 
Asked to bat first, the home team made 176 for four from their 20 overs, thanks in the main to skipper David Warner, who made 91 off 55 balls with nine fours and four sixes.
 
He and Shikhar Dhawan (54) put on 130 for the opening wicket, but the rest of the batsmen failed to build on that, adding just 46 runs in the 5.2 overs remaining after Warner's departure.
 
Set a target of 118 in 12 overs, using the Duckworth-Lewis method, KKR could make only 101 for four, hemmed in as they were by some superb bowling by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Praveen Kumar, who used yorkers to good effect.
 
Opener Robin Uthappa scored 34, Manish Pandey made an unbeaten 33 and Andre Russel contributed 19 but captain Gautam Gambhir (4) and Yusuf Pathan (6) failed to get going today.
 
KKR did appear to be in command during the early stages of the chase, managing to reach 80 in 8.4 overs, but the Kumars then came up with their stuff to swing the game the other way.
 
The defending champions now have three wins from five matches so far in the tournament while Sunrisers have two wins from their five outings.
 
Scoreboard
Sunrisers Hyderabad (20 overs maximum)
S Dhawan c Botha b Russell    54
DA Warner c Uthappa b Morkel   91
RS Bopara c Botha b Morkel     2
NV Ojha b UT Yadav      18
MC Henriques not out     7
KL Rahul  not out           0
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 1, nb 1)       4
Total (4 wickets; 20 overs)     176
Did not bat: KV Sharma, Bipul Sharma, P Kumar, B Kumar, DW Steyn
Fall of wickets: 1-130 (Warner, 14.2 ov), 2-143 (Bopara, 16.1 ov), 3-162 (Dhawan, 18.3 ov), 4-170 (Ojha, 19.2 ov)
Bowling
J Botha 4 0 26 0
M Morkel 4 0 31 2
SP Narine 4 0 38 0
YK Pathan 2 0 18 0
UT Yadav 4 0 40 1
PP Chawla 1 0 15 0
AD Russell 1 0 6 1
 
Kolkata Knight Riders (target: 118 runs from 12 overs)
RV Uthappa c P Kumar b Henriques 34
G Gambhir b P Kumar 4
MK Pandey not out 33
AD Russell c Steyn b Bopara 19
YK Pathan c Sharma b B Kumar 6
SA Yadav  not out    2
Extras (w 3)           3
Total (4 wickets; 12 overs) 101
Did not bat: J Botha, PP Chawla, SP Narine, M Morkel, UT Yadav
Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Gambhir, 3.4 ov), 2-49 (Uthappa, 5.5 ov), 3-80 (Russell, 8.5 ov), 4-94 (Pathan, 11.2 ov)
Bowling
DW Steyn 3 0 24 0
B Kumar 3 0 24 1
P Kumar 2 0 18 1
KV Sharma 1 0 5 0
MC Henriques 1 0 9
Bipul Sharma 1 0 14 0
RS Bopara 1 0 7 1
 
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Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets in close contest

 
Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH) by six wickets in a closely contested affair in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.
 
For Rajasthan, it was their fourth straight win in as many outings in this edition of the tournament, while Sunrisers have lost two of their three matches so far.
 
Asked to bat first, Sunrisers found themselves restricted to 127 for five in their allotted twenty overs, thanks mainly to some controlled bowling by Praveen Tambe, who gave away only 21 runs from his four overs and grabbed two wickets.
 
Eoin Morgan topscored for SH with 27, while Naman Ojha contributed 25 and skipper and opener David Warner made 21  Ravi Bopara remained unbeaten on 23 and Ashish Reddy on 13 in their unbroken 31-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
 
Set a target of 128 for a win, Rajasthan Royals got off to a comfortable start with openers Ajinkya Rahane (62) and Sanju Samson (26) putting on 64 for the first wicet at the rate of a run a ball. Samson left in the 11th over and captain Steve Smith (13) in the 14th over, when the total was 84.
 
Karun Nair (1) made his exit a little later, at 91 in the 15th over and when Rahane left at 118, the visitors needed 10 runs from eight balls.
 
But Stuart Binny (16 not out) and James Faulkner (6 not out) ensured there were no further hiccups, though it was only a last-ball four by Faulkner off Praveen Kumar that took them to victory.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad (20 overs maximum)
DA Warner run out (Rahane) 21
S Dhawan c Samson b Kulkarni 10
KL Rahul lbw b Kulkarni 2
NV Ojha b Tambe 25
EJG Morgan lbw b Tambe 27
RS Bopara not out            23
A Ashish Reddy  not out 13
Extras (b 1, w 4, nb 1) 6
Total (5 wickets; 20 overs) 127
Did not bat: KV Sharma, P Kumar, B Kumar, TA Boult
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Dhawan, 3.6 ov), 2-35 (Warner, 4.6 ov), 3-35 (Rahul, 5.1 ov), 4-87 (Ojha, 14.1 ov), 5-96 (Morgan, 16.3 ov)
Bowling
TG Southee 4 0 30 0
CH Morris 3 0 23 0
 DJ Hooda 2 0 11 0
DS Kulkarni 3 1 9 2
 JP Faulkner 2 0 20 0
 STR Binny 2 0 12 0
PV Tambe 4 0 21 2
 
Rajasthan Royals (target: 128 runs from 20 overs)
AM Rahane b Boult 62
SV Samson c Ojha b Bopara 26
SPD Smith c Warner b Sharma 13
KK Nair c & b Bopara 1
STR Binny not out 16
JP Faulkner not out 6
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 4)  7
Total (4 wickets; 20 overs) 131
Did not bat: DJ Hooda, CH Morris, TG Southee, DS Kulkarni, PV Tambe
Fall of wickets 1-64 (Samson, 10.2 ov), 2-84 (Smith, 13.2 ov), 3-91 (Nair, 14.4 ov), 4-118 (Rahane, 18.4 ov)
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 B Kumar            4 0 25 0
TA Boult            4 0 31 1
 P Kumar            4 0 30 0
KV Sharma       3 0 19 1
RS Bopara            4 0 18 2
A Ashish Reddy 1 0 5 0
 
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Warner, Dhawan, Rahul shine as Sunrisers crush RCB by 8 wickets


 
Powered by a superb 57 by skipper David Warner and an unbeaten 50 by his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, Sunrisers Hyderabad outclassed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.
 
Put in to bat first, RCB were all out for 166 in 19.5 overs, with A B de Villiers making 46 and captain Virat Kohli 41.
 
Chasing 167 for a win, Sunrisers cruised to 172 for two in 17.2 overs, winning with 16 balls to spare without facing any difficulties at all.
 
Lokesh Rahul also shone this evening, striking one six and four fours in his 28-ball 44 not out for Sunrisers.
 
RCB had beaten defending champions by three wickets in their first outing in the tournament on April 11, while Sunrisers had lost by 45 runs to Chennai Super Kings in their first match on the same day.
 
Warner and Dhawan got the Sunrisers off to a breezy start in the chase, putting on 82 for the first wicket.
 
Warner struck six fours and four sixes in his 27-ball knock, while Dhawan's 42-ball 50 included four fours and two sixes.
 
Kane Williamson did not last very long, making just 5. Dhawan found an able ally in Rahul and the two steered the visitors past the victory post -- their first win of the season -- without any fuss. Lokesh hit one six and four fours in his unbeaten 44.
 
RCB were at one stage comfortably placed at 93 for two in the 12th over, with Kohli on 41 after he and Chris Gayle (21) had given the side a decent start by putting on 43 for the first wicket.
 
But Ravi Bopara struck twice, with the last two balls of that over, to remove Kohli and Mandeep Singh (0) with the total at 93.
 
The home team never recovered from those twin blows and the rest of the batting just caved in for the addition of just 73 more runs. On the flat wicket here, their 166 was never going to be an easy total to defend.
 
Scoreboard
Royal Challengers Bangalore (20 overs maximum)
CH Gayle c Ashish Reddy b P Kumar 21
V Kohli b Bopara 41
KD Karthik c Williamson b Sharma 9
AB de Villiers c Dhawan b Boult 46
Mandeep Singh c Warner b Bopara 0
DJG Sammy b Ashish Reddy 6
SA Abbott c Sharma b Boult 14
HV Patel c Williamson b Boult 2
AN Ahmed b B Kumar 4
VR Aaron b B Kumar 6
YS Chahal not out 1 1
Extras (lb 4, w 12) 16
Total (all out; 19.5 overs) 166 (8.36 runs per over)
Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Gayle, 5.3 ov), 2-77 (Karthik, 10.1 ov), 3-93 (Kohli, 11.5 ov), 4-93 (Mandeep Singh, 11.6 ov), 5-125 (Sammy, 15.6 ov), 6-152 (de Villiers, 18.2 ov), 7-152 (Abbott, 18.3 ov), 8-155 (Patel, 18.5 ov), 9-165 (Aaron, 19.3 ov), 10-166 (Ahmed, 19.5 ov)
Bowling
TA Boult 4 0 36 3
B Kumar 3.5 0 30 2
P Kumar 4 0 34 1
RS Bopara 3 0 31 2
KV Sharma 4 0 20 1
A Ashish Reddy 1 0 11
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad (target: 167 runs from 20 overs)
DA Warner lbw b Chahal 57
S Dhawan not out   50
KS Williamson st Karthik b Chahal 5
KL Rahul not out 44
Extras (lb 5, w 9, nb 2) 16
Total (2 wickets; 17.2 overs) 172
Did not bat: NV Ojha, RS Bopara, A Ashish Reddy, KV Sharma, P Kumar, B Kumar, TA Boult
Fall of wickets: 1-82 (Warner, 7.5 ov), 2-94 (Williamson, 9.5 ov)
Bowling
SA Abbott 2 0 21 0
HV Patel 2 0 23 0
VR Aaron 3.2 0 36 0
AN Ahmed 4 0 41 0
DJG Sammy 2 0 18 0
YS Chahal 4 0 28 2
 
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IPL: Powered by McCullum's 100, CSK beat Sunrisers by 45 runs

 
Powered by an unbeaten 100 by opener Brendon McCullum and a scintillating 53 off just 29 balls by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 45 runs in the fourth match of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here this evening.
 
Opting to bat first, CSK posted an imposing 209 for four in their allotted 20 overs.
 
Chasing 210 for a win, Sunrisers could manage only 164 for six form their 20 overs, including 53 by opener and captain David Warner.
 
CSK had managed an exciting one-run victory over Delhi Daredevils in their first outing in the tournament two days ago at the same venue.
 
McCullum and Smith (27) gave the home team a superb start with a 75-run partnership for the first wicket.
 
The Super Kings had the benefit of some partnerships, with McCullum adding 60 for the second wicket with Suresh Raina (14) and then 63 for the third wicket with Dhoni.
 
While McCcullum hit nine sixes and seven fours in his unbeaten 100, made off 56 balls, Dhoni hit four sixes and four fours. 
 
Three of the four Chennai wickets that fell today were run-outs, with Trent Boult picking up one for 34 from his four overs.
 
Sunrisers began their chase reasonably well with Warner and Shikhar Dhawan (26) putting on 30 for the first wicket. Lokesh Rahul (5) did not last long but Warner and Naman Ojha (15) added 45 for the third wicket.
 
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Ravi Bopara (22) and Kane Williamson (26 not out) kept the scoreboard moving, but their efforts were not enough and Sunrisers never really got going.
 
For Chennai, Mohit Sharma picked up two for 36 and Dwayne Bravo two for 25.
 
McCullum and Dhoni, coming in at number four, were clearly the stars of the day as they set the stands on fire with shots to all corners. When the two were together, it was Dhoni who dominated the strike, destroying the Hyderabad attack in devastating fashion.
 
When Dhoni left in the last over, McCullum had just four balls left to get to his 100. Ravindra Jadeja, the striker, got run out off the first of them, but managed to turn the strike over.
 
McCullum reached 99 with a six and a four off the next two balls from Boult. A single off the last ball got him to the coveted mark and brought the stadium to its feet.
 
Scoreboard
Chennai Super Kings (20 overs maximum)
DR Smith run out (Boult) 27
BB McCullum not out 100
SK Raina run out (Rahul) 14
MS Dhoni c Warner b Boult 53
RA Jadeja run out (Boult) 0
DJ Bravo not out 0
Extras (lb 7, w 4, nb 4) 15
Total (4 wickets; 20 overs) 209
Did not bat: F du Plessis, R Ashwin, MM Sharma, IC Pandey, A Nehra
Fall of wickets: 1-75 (Smith, 8.1 ov), 2-135 (Raina, 13.3 ov), 3-198 (Dhoni, 19.2 ov), 4-198 (Jadeja, 19.3 ov)
Bowling
B Kumar         4 0 31 0
TA Boult       4 0 34 1
I Sharma     3 0 46 0
KV Sharma         4 0 51 0
RS Bopara   4 0 29 0
Parvez Rasool 1 0 11 0
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad (target: 210 runs from 20 overs)
DA Warner c Smith b Pandey 53
S Dhawan c Jadeja b Sharma 26
KL Rahul b Sharma 5
NV Ojha c Sharma b Ashwin 15
RS Bopara b Bravo 22
KS Williamson not out 26
KV Sharma c Raina b Bravo 4
Parvez Rasool not out 2
Extras (lb 7, w 4) 11
Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 164
Did not bat: B Kumar, I Sharma, TA Boult
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Dhawan, 3.4 ov), 2-46 (Rahul, 5.6 ov), 3-91 (Ojha, 11.3 ov), 4-114 (Warner, 14.5 ov), 5-136 (Bopara, 16.4 ov), 6-150 (KV Sharma, 18.6 ov)
Bowling
A Nehra          4 0 31 0
MM Sharma 4 0 36 2
IC Pandey          3 0 26 1
R Ashwin     4 0 22 1
DJ Bravo     4 0 25 2
RA Jadeja   1 0 17 0
 
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Satyam fraud: Ramalinga Raju, brother, eight others get seven years in jail

 
Satyam case: Raju gets seven years in jail
A court here today convicted and sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment Satyam Computer Services Ltd (SCSL) founder-Chairman B Ramalinga Raju and his brother and then SCSL Managing Director B Rama Raju in the biggest case of corporate fraud in the country.
 
In all, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM), Hyderabad today convicted 10 accused persons -- Mr Ramalinga Raju, Mr Rama Raju, Mr Vadlamani Srinivas, then CFO, SCSL; Mr  S.Gopalakrishnan, then Auditor, PricewaterhouseCooper; Mr Talluri Srinivas, then Auditor, PricewaterhouseCooper; Mr B. Suryanarayana Raju, then Director, SRSR Advisory Services Ltd.; Mr. G.Ramakrishna, then Vice President (Finance), SCSL; Mr. D. Venkatapati Raju, then Senior Manager (Finance), SCSL; Mr C. Srisailam, then Assistant Manager (Finance), SCSL and Mr. V.S.Prabhakar Gupta, then Global Head, Internal Audit, SCSL in the case.
 
Apart from the Raju brothers, the other eight persons were sentenced to undergo seven years of rigorous imprisonment with fine ranging from Rs. 26 lakhs to Rs 31 lakhs.
 
Mr Ramalinga Raju had been released from the Chanculguda Central Jail here on November 5, 2011 after the Supreme Court granted them bail after he had spent 32 months in jail.
 
He was arrested in January 2009 after he admitted to inflating the financial accounts of Satyam Computer Services, then India's fourth-largest software services provider. He was charged in 2010 on seven counts including forgery, criminal conspiracy and falsification of accounts.
 
He was briefly granted bail in 2010 by the Andhra Pradesh High Court. But the Supreme Court cancelled it in October 2010 after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a petition in the apex court against the order of the High Court.
 
Satyam had plunged into a crisis when Mr Ramalinga Raju resigned on January 7, 2009 after disclosing that profits had been overstated for years and that $ 1 billion of cash and bank balances on the company's books did not exist.
 
The government, in the days that followed, removed the directors of the company and appointed six new directors to look after Satyam's operations. One of the new directors, former NASSCOM president Kiran Karnik, was on February 6, 2009 named as the chairman of the company.
 
In mid-April of that year, Satyam's new Board of Directors, appointed by the Government, selected Venturbay Consultants Private Limited, a subsidiary controlled by outsourcer Tech Mahindra Limited, as the highest bidder to acquire a controlling stake in the company. Tech Mahindra paid Rs 1756 crore to acquire 31 per cent of Satyam at a price of Rs 58 per share and later made an open offer to acquire another 20 per cent of the shares of the company. 
 
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The company was later, in June 2009 rebranded as Mahindra Satyam. In June 2013, Tech Mahindra and Mahindra Satyam completed the process of merger of the two companies.
 
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had, on February 19, 2009, registered a case against Mr Ramalinga Raju and others on the request of the Andhra Pradesh government and further orders of the Government of India.
 
The agency said its investigation proved that the accounts of SCSL were fudged for over a decade and there was a hole to the tune of approximately Rs. 5040 crores in the balance sheet as in September 2008. The institutional investors lost about  Rs 1611crores, there was a mark to market loss of more than Rs 14,000 crores, it said.
 
The CBI said the accused fudged the accounts, overstated the profits and revenues, suppressed the liabilities and availed bank loans to the tune of about Rs. 1220 crores based on forged Board Resolutions. The accused had wrongly projected a false growth of around 25% every quarter, projected a current account balance of Rs 1841 crores as against Rs 128 crores, wrongly reflected fixed deposits of Rs. 3,319 crores as against Rs. 11 crores. FD interest of Rs 375 crore was as against actuals of mere Rs. 7 lakh, it said.
 
According to the CBI, Mr Ramalinga Raju, Mr Rama Raju and Mr Srinivas had perpetrated the fraud for over a decade before it  came to light in 2009. It said employees like Mr Ramakrishna, Mr Venkatapathi Raju and Mr Srisailam had actively assisted the Rajus, while the statutory auditors and the internal auditor had knowingly failed to point out the fraud and actively connived with the brothers in suppressing the fraud.
 
It said the third brother, Mr Suryanarayana Raju, had assisted the other two in offloading the shares during the fraud period and in circulating the proceeds of the crime.
 
Following the verdict, the Rajus and the others were taken into custody by the CBI and later taken to the Cherlapally Central Prison here.
 
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TN announces compensation for those killed in encounter with AP police

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As questions continued to be raised over the gunning down of 20 alleged red sander smugglers by the Andhra Pradesh Police in an encounter in the Chittoor district of the state yesterday, the Tamil Nadu government today announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the next-of-kin of those from the state killed in the incident.
 
According to various sources, 12 of the 20 killed were labourers from the Tamil Nadu and the incident is turning into a feud between the two neighbouring states. 
 
Andhra Pradesh police officials said the policemen had opened fire in self-defence after they came under attack by the smugglers and labourers engaged by them in the Seshachalam forest.
 
The encounters took place at two spots within a kilometre of each other in Chandragiri mandal of Chittoor district, about 500 km from state capital Hyderabad, between 5 am and 6 am yesterday.
 
The police and personnel of the forest department had launched a joint operation in the area on Monday night after receiving inputs that a gang of smugglers had entered the forests and started felling trees.
 
The officials said that more than a hundred smugglers and labourers hired by them had attacked the police with sickles, axes, stones and other sharp-edged weapons.
 
According to the sources, 11 men were killed in the encounter at Pacchinodu Banda and nine near Etagunta.
 
Chittoor District Collector Siddharth Jain has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, official sources said.
 
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam wrote to his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Nara Chandrababu Naidu yesterday, expressing his distress over the incident.
 
"Many of these persons are reportedly from Tiruvannamalai and
Vellore districts of Tamil Nadu. While it is possible that these persons may have been engaged in illegal activities, the occurrence of such high casualties in the operation raises concerns whether the Task Force personnel acted with adequate restraint. Even if the persons had been engaged in illicit tree cutting, efforts could have been made to apprehend them rather than take such drastic action and cause such high casualties," he said.
 
Mr Panneerselvam urged Mr Naidu to order a credible and speedy inquiry into the matter so that the facts are established and responsibility fixed for possible human rights violations.
 
"In case of any human rights violations, it is essential that action is taken against those who caused the deaths and appropriate compensation is paid to the families of the victims," he said.
 
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also issued notices in this regard to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police (DGP) of Andhra Pradesh, taking suo motu cognizance of media reports about the incident.
 
"According to the media reports, the incident took place at Etagunta and Vacchinodu Banda hamlets, in the deep forest in Chandragiri Mandal. From the media reports, it appears that police and forest officials opened fire as the smugglers attacked them with stones, axes and knives," a press release from NHRC said.
 
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"The matter was immediately brought to the notice of NHRC Member Mr. Justice D. Murugesan who is camping in Thiruvananthapuram in connection with the camp sitting of the Commission. He observed that the incident involved a serious violation of human rights of the individuals and the opening of firing cannot be justified on the ground of self defence since it resulted in the loss of lives of 20 persons.
 
"Accordingly, notices have been issued to the Chief Secretary and the DGP of Andhra Pradesh calling for report explaining the act of police and forest officials within two weeks. The matter shall be taken up for hearing in the Camp Sitting of the Commission to be held at Hyderabad on 23rd April, 2015," the release said.
 
The Commission also noted that the incident has taken place at a time when a similar incident was reported from the bordering districts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in the month of December, 2014 wherein Andhra Pradesh forest officials were seen physically torturing and assaulting a man in a naked position and reports are awaited from concerned authorities and the issue is under consideration of the Commission.
 
The gunning down of the 20 men has also attracted sharp criticism from human rights organisations.
 
Amnesty International India said the killings must be investigated in a swift, thorough, and independent manner and, if they are found to be unlawful, those responsible should be brought to justice.
 
“There must be a criminal investigation to determine whether the police used excessive force, and whether the killings amount to ‘fake encounters’, or staged extrajudicial executions”, said Abhirr VP, Senior Campaigner at Amnesty International India. 
 
“In many cases the so-called smugglers are poor woodcutters employed by organized gangs,” said Abhirr. “The curbing of red sandalwood smuggling must not be used as an excuse to ignore human rights.”
 
Red sander (scientific name: Pterocarpus santalinus), also known as red sandalwood, has been placed by the IUCN in its Red List for being an endangered species. It is restricted to be southern parts of the Eastern Ghats in India.
 
Occurring in dry deciduous forest, the tree is commercially valuable for its timber and for the extraction of dye, medicine and cosmetics. It is valued for the rich red colour of its wood, which is not aromatic, unlike the Santalum Sandalwood trees that grow natively in South India.
 
Red sander is a light-demanding small tree, growing to 8 metres in height with a trunk 50–150 cm diameter. It is fast-growing when young, reaching 5 metres tall in three years, even on degraded soils. 
 
Furniture made from red sander is expensive and it has been one of the most prized woods for millenia. It is particlarly valued in China, where it is called zitan, and most of the smuggled wood ends up in that country.
 
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AP police gun down 20 people in action against red sander smugglers

At least 20 people were gunned down by the police in two separate encounters in the early hours of Tuesday during action against red sander smugglers in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

 
20 red sander smugglers illed in Chittoor encounter
At least 20 people were gunned down by the police in two separate encounters in the early hours of today during action against red sander smugglers in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
 
Police officials said the policemen opened fire in self-defence after they came under attack by the smugglers in Seshachalam forest in two places within a kilometre of each other in Chandragiri mandal of Chittoor, about 500 km from Hyderabad, between 5 am and 6 am today.
 
The police and personnel of the forest department had launched a joint operation in the area last night after receiving inputs that a gang of smugglers had entered the forests and started felling trees.
 
The officials said that more than a hundred smugglers and labourers hired by them had attacked the police with sickles, axes, stones and other sharp-edged weapons.
 
According to the sources, 11 men were killed in the encounter at Pacchinodu Banda and nine near Etagunta.
 
The police and forest officials have launched a combing operation in the area to track the remaining smugglers and labourers who had escaped into the forest.
 
Efforts were being made to identify those who died in the firing, but many of them are believed to be labourers from neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
 
Meanwhile, Chittoor District Collector Siddharth Jain has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, official sources said.
 
Some policemen and forest personnel suffered injuries in the encounters, but details were not immediately available, they said.
 
Today's firing has come as the latest episode in a series of clashes between red sanders smugglers and the police. In December 2013, two forest officials were killed and three injured in an attack by the smugglers in the Seshachalam forest.
 
Following that, the state police set up a special task force to deal with the problem. Three smugglers were killed in May last year. Hundreds of smugglers have been arrested and more than 2000 tonnes of red sander seized.
 
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Red sander (scientific name: Pterocarpus santalinus), also known as red sandalwood, has been placed by the IUCN in its Red List for being an endangered species. It is restricted to be southern parts of the Eastern Ghats in India.
 
Occurring in dry deciduous forest, the tree is commercially valuable for its timber and for the extraction of dye, medicine and cosmetics. It is valued for the rich red colour of its wood, which is not aromatic, unlike the Santalum Sandalwood trees that grow natively in South India.
 
Red sander is a light-demanding small tree, growing to 8 metres in height with a trunk 50–150 cm diameter. It is fast-growing when young, reaching 5 metres tall in three years, even on degraded soils. 
 
Furniture made from red sander is expensive and it has been one of the prized woods for millenia. It is particlarly valued in China, where it is called zitan, and most of the smuggled wood ends up in that country.
 
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Two killed, three injured in mishap on GAIL's Vizag-Secunderabad LPG pipeline

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Two persons died and three others suffered injuries in an accident that occurred during routine maintenance on public sector gas major GAIL India's Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) pipeline at Suryapet, about 140 km from here, in Telangana today.
 
A press release from GAIL said the deceased included a GAIL employee and a contract employee.
 
The three injured persons included a GAIL employee and two contract employees.They have been rushed to Hyderabad and are being provided the best medical facilities, it said.
 
There was no loss to public property as a result of the mishap, the release said.
 
"The fatalities and injuries happened due to mechanical impact during normal pipeline pigging and cleaning operation. There was no fire or explosion in the incident. The operations were being carried out by TDW India, which is a 100 percent subsidiary of TDW, USA," the release added.
 
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Fire breaks out in RGTIL pipeline In Telangana, no injuries or loss of life

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A fire broke out today in a section of a pipeline of Reliance Gas Transportation Infrstructure Limited (RGTIL), a part of energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), at Maddikunta near Sadasivapet in Medak district in Telangana due to a gas leak.
 
A press release from RGTIL said there there was no loss of life or injury to anyone, adding that the fire had been brought under control. The location of the fire was earlier mentioned as being near Zaheerabad, also in Medak district.
 
The leak occurred in the Main Line Valve (MLV) 14.  "Our experts immediately reached the War Room as well as the site of fire," it said.
 
"The fire has been controlled by safely evacuating and cordoning off that section of pipeline. After an internal investigation, normal gas flow to the downstream customers will be resumed," it said.
 
"Reduction or interruption of gas flow to the downstream customers is expected to last for a period of about 24 to 48 hours. All concerned authorities and affected customers have been informed," the release added.
 
RGTIL is engaged in the busines of natural gas transmissin and distribution.
 
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Renowned film producer Daggubati Ramanaidu passes away

File photo of D Ramanaidu.
File photo of D Ramanaidu.
Well-known film producer Daggubati Ramanaidu, who had been honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, in 2009, passed away at a hospital here today after a prolonged illness.
 
He was 78. The funeral will be held tomorrow.
 
Ramanaidu had been battling prostate cancer for the past few months and breathed his last this afternoon.
 
During a long and illustrious career, Ramanaidu produced about 150 films in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and other languages under his banner, Suresh Productions, now headed by his elder son, D. Suresh. Popular actor D. Venkatesh is also his son. Upcoming actor Rana Daggubati is his grandson. 
 
Ramanaidu's death was announced by Venkatesh, who came out of their residence to say that his father had died at 2.30 pm. He said the body would be kept at Ramanaidu Studios here tomorrow morning before the funeral.
 
Ramanaidu was a doyen of the film industry and had introduced several actors, directors, music directors and technicians through his production house. He also holds the world record for producing the highest number of films. He had made guest appearances in some of his films.
 
The government had honoured him with the Padma Bhushan, the country's third highest civilian honour, in 2012.
 
Some of his successful films include Prem Nagar, Mundadugu, Soggadu, Jeevana Tarangalu, Devatha, Sangharshana, Prathidwani, Aha Na Pellanta, Prema, Indrudu Chandrudu. His latest film was Gopala Gopala, starring Venkatesh and Pawan Kalyan. His Hindi movies include Tohfa, Insaf Ki Awaz and Prem Qaidi.
 
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor E S L Narasimhan condoled the passing away of Ramanaidu, saying it had created a vacuum in the country's film industry.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said Ramanaidu had been instrumental in getting the Telugu film industry to relocate to Hyderabad from Chennai.
 
"He was a great man who worked hard to churn out several blockbusters in Telugu cinema industry. His contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema is immeasurable. He was also a great philanthropist," Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said.
 
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Ramanaidu had dabbled for some time in politics and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bapatla constituency in Andhra Pradesh in 1999 as a candidate of the Telugu Desam Party. He failed, however, in his bid to get re-elected in 2004.
 
Born on June 6, 1936 in an agricultural family, Ramanaidu was always interested in activities like theatre, and became a partner in a film production agency. During this period, he came in contact with well-known actors of the time, including Akkineni Nageshwara Rao.
 
He played some minor roles in films and, in between, worked in the tobacco industry and later in the brickmaking business. 
 
He produced his first film, Anuragam, under the banner of Anuroopa, a production company set up by one of his relatives.
 
He went on to set up Suresh Productions with some of his friends and produced Raamudu Bheemudu in 1964, which turned out to be a big hit and he never looked back.
 
In 1988 he set up Ramanaidu Studios, with all kinds of facilities to enable people to walk in with a script and walk out with the final copy of their film, ready for release.
 
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University of Hyderabad wins Visitor's Award for Best University among Central Universities

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The University of Hyderabad has won the Visitor's Award for 2015 for the Best University among Central Universities in the country.
 
The award will be presented by President Pranab Mukherjee along with awards in the categories of Innovation and Research at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on February 4.
 
The function will coincide with the third Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities scheduled to be  held on February 4-5, an official press release said.
 
The President is the Visitor of all Central Universities in the country.
 
The Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ will be given to Prof. Vijay K. Chaudhary and Dr. Amita Gupta of University of Delhi who have invented ‘TB Confirm’, a rapid diagnostic test for Tuberculosis.
 
The Visitor’s Award for ‘Research’ will be presented to Cosmology and Astrophysics Research Group, Centre for Theoretical Physics, Jamia Millia Islamia for path breaking research carried out in the field of Astrophysics and Cosmology.
 
The ‘Best University’ will receive a citation and a trophy while winners of Visitors’ Award for ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ will receive a citation and cash award of Rs. 100,000.
 
Mr Mukherjee had announced the institution of these awards at the Vice Chancellors’ Conference last year with the aim of promoting healthy competition amongst Central Universities and motivating them to adopt best practices from across the world.    
 
For selecting the winners, online applications were invited from all Central Universities for each category. A Selection Committee comprising Ms Omita Paul, Secretary to the President as Chairperson and Secretary, Department of Higher Education, MHRD; Secretary, Department of Science & Technology; Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC); Chairperson and Vice Chairpersons of National Innovation Foundation; Director-General,  Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and Director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi as members chose the winners of the awards.
 
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Justice Lingala Narasimha Reddy appointed Chief Justice of Patna High Court

Justice Lingala Narasimha Reddy
Justice Lingala Narasimha Reddy
The President has appointed Mr Justice Lingala Narasimha Reddy, Judge, High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the State of Telangana and the State of Andhra Pradesh, to be the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court.
 
An official press release said the appointment would be with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office. 
 
Mr Justice Reddy, 61, who has already taken up his new assignment on January 2, completed his B. Sc. degree in the C K M College, Warangal before obtaining a Bachelor's as well as Master's degree in Law from the Osmania University in Hyderabad.
 
He was enrolled with the Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh in February 1979. He served as the Senior Central Government Standing Counsel for the Government of India in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh for some time. 
 
He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court on September 10, 2001 and as a permanent judge on July 31, 2002.
 
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Mukherjee condoles passing away of former Union Minister G. Venkataswamy

 
Congress leader G Venkatswamy passes away after prolonged illness
President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the passing away of former Union Minister and senior Congress leader G Venkataswamy, who died in a hospital in Hyderabad yesterday after a brief illness at the age of 85.
 
In a condolence message to Mr Venkataswamy's son G Vivekanand, a former Congress MP, Mr Mukherjee described the former Minister as a senior Congress leader, veteran Parliamentarian and an able administrator who served the nation in different capacities.
 
"He served with distinction as a member of the Union Council of Ministers. In his death, we have lost an eminent leader who always worked for the upliftment of the underprivileged and marginalized sections of society," he said.
 
Popularly known as "Kaka", Mr Venkataswamy had been ailing for some time and was undergoing treatment at the hospital. He is survived by two sons and three daughters. His second son G Vinod is a former Minister in the state government.
 
Born on October 5, 1929, Mr Venkataswamy was elected twice to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1957-62 and 1978-84. He was a Minister in the Andhra Pradesh Government during 1978-82.
 
He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1969 and was re-elected six times in 1971, 1977, 1989, 1991, 1996 and 2004.
 
In the 1970s, he served as Union Deputy Minister for Labour and Rehabilitation and later of Supply and Rehabilitation. In 1991, he served as Union Minister of State for Rural Development and later of Textiles.
 
He was made Cabinet Minister in 1991 and assigned charge of Textiles and later of Labour.
 
He was elected deputy leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party (Lok Sabha) in 2004.
 
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Tech Mahindra to acquire Lightbridge Communications Corporation

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IT services major Tech Mahindra Ltd., a part of the Mahindra Group, has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire network services provider Lightbridge Communications Corporation (LCC) for an enterprise value of approximately $240 million.
 
The transaction, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the last quarter of Tech Mahindra’s 2015 fiscal year, a press release from the company said yesterday.
 
Headquartered at McLean, Virginia in the United States, LCC is one of the world’s largest independent global providers of network engineering services to the telecommunications industry, with more than 5,000 employees in over 50 countries, the release said.
 
With annual revenues of more than $400 million, LCC has built 350 networks and designed more than 350,000 cell sites for over 400 customers worldwide.  The acquisition positions Tech Mahindra as the pre-eminent partner for network services globally, it said.
 
The company said that, with this acquisition, it would also be addressing a rapidly growing market opportunity as telecommunications companies and enterprises accelerate the network upgrade cycle. 
 
"With networks increasingly becoming all IP-based and virtual, software will play a key role in managing the networks of the future. Tech Mahindra’s deep software skills, in combination with LCC’s world-class network engineering capabilities, will further differentiate Tech Mahindra’s offerings to both our Communications and Enterprise customers," it said.
 
"The acquisition of LCC will strongly augment the systematic investments that Tech Mahindra has been making in its network services business over the last few years. Tech Mahindra’s network consulting, integration and operations services in conjunction with LCC’s network engineering and field services will enable the company to offer a full range of network services to both communications service providers as well as to the ecosystem of partners who cater to the communications sector," it said.
 
Vineet Nayyar, Executive Vice Chairman, Tech Mahindra said, “This partnership is another significant step towards the globalization of Tech Mahindra as we welcome a diverse workforce of over 5,000 network professionals across five continents and more than 50 countries. We expect network services to be a major growth engine for our organization.”
 
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CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra, said, “This acquisition is a defining moment for Tech Mahindra and the network services sector. We will now be the largest and most comprehensive provider of technology services to Communications Service Providers. Our 25 years of rich experience in delivering technology solutions to enterprises and communications service providers globally will be significantly strengthened by this acquisition. ”
 
“Over three decades, LCC has grown to become the largest independent provider of wireless engineering services. Bringing LCC into Tech Mahindra will create the industry’s largest network engineering, deployment, and managed services organization,” said Kenneth Young, CEO of LCC. “Having Tech Mahindra’s breadth of services to provide advanced managed network services coupled with its size and scale, will help us increase the performance of our customers’ ever-evolving networks,” he added.
 
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