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Chattisgarh Assembly elections: Second phase of polling on Tuesday

Polling will be held in 72 of the 90 constituencies in Chhattisgarh on Wednesday in the second phase of the elections to the State Legislative Assembly amidst elaborate security arrangements.

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Polling will be held in 72 of the 90 constituencies in Chhattisgarh tomorrow in the second phase of the elections to the State Legislative Assembly amidst elaborate security arrangements.
 
In the first phase of polling held on November 11, a record 75 per cent of the electorate had come out to vote in 18 constituencies in the Naxalite-affected Bastar and Rajnandgaon regions.
 
A total of 1,39,75,472 voters, including 68,30,179 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in tomorrow's polling.
 
As many as 843 candidates, including 75 women, are in the fray in the 72 constituencies going to the polls tomorrow.
 
Nine of the constituencies are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 17 for Scheduld Tribes.
 
Raipur City (South) has the maximum number of candidates at 38, while Saraipali has the lowest number of contestants at five.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been ruling the State for the past ten years, and Chief Minister Raman Singh is seeking a third consecutive term.
 
The BJP, the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are contesting all 72 seats, while the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the CPI (Marxist) have fielded candidates in four constituencies each and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in 12. There are also 607 others and independents in the fray.
 
The Election Commission has set up 18015 polling stations for tomorrow's polling.
 
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EC issues notice to Narendra Modi for "khooni panja" remark

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The Election Commission today issued a notice to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for his "khooni panja" remark against the Congress during a recent election rally in Chhattisgarh.
 
The Commission gave Mr Modi time until 5 pm of November 16 to show cause as to why action should not be taken against him for violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
 
The Commission said it had received a complaint from the Congress against his remarks during an election meeting held on November 7 at Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon.
 
In his speech, Mr Modi noted that the Congress had ruled Chhattisgarh in the initial years after the formation of the state and asked the crowd if they wanted that "khooni panja" again, in a reference to the Congress election symbol of "hand".
 
He went on to ask the audience if they wanted to entrust the state to the "hands" that had destroyed its social fabric.
 
Mr Modi said that people of the state had the foresight to to elect BJP leader Raman Singh and save the state from such "cruel hands".
 
"Do not make any mistake, by mistake also do not vote for the 'khooni panja' in Chhattisgarh again," he added.
 
"...it has been, prima facie, observed that by making the aforesaid statements, you have violated the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct..", the notice added.
 
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Tenure of Additional Judges of Chhattisgarh High Court extended

 
The tenure of Chattisgarh High Court Additional Judges Prashant Kumar Mishra and Manindra Mohan Shrivastava has been extended from December 10, 2013 for a period of two more years.
 
An official press release said here today that the President had issued a notification to this effect.
 
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India declares itself free from bird flu

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India has declared itself free from Notifiable Avian Influenza (H5N1), commonly called bird flu, and notified it to World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), an official statement said here today.
 
India had notified outbreak of Avian Influenza (H5N1) at Poultry Production Unit, College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Anjora, Durg and Government Poultry Farm, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh on 5th August, 2013. 
 
The release said the control measures adopted in the outbreak were stamping out of entire poultry population including destruction of eggs, feed, litters and other infected materials in the radius of 1 k.m. around the outbreak location, restriction on movement of poultry, disinfection and cleaning up of infected premises and subsequently issuing of the Post Operation Surveillance Plan (POSP). The POSP was issued on 12th August, 2013. 
 
"Even though India is free from bird flu, regular surveillance is to be continued throughout the country especially in the vulnerable areas bordering infected countries and in areas visited by migratory birds," the statement added.
 
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Chhattisgarh Assembly elections: 67% voting in first phase of polling

 
Chhattisgarh polls commences amidst security
About 67 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in 18 constituencies that went to the polls today in the first phase of the elections to the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, mainly in Naxalite-infested areas.
 
Today's voting will decide the fate of 143 candidates, including 10 women.
 
Voting will be held in the remaining 72 constituencies of the state assembly in the second phase of polling on November 19.
 
Chhattisgarh is among the five states where assembly elections are being held just months before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
 
The other four states will have one-day polling: Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
The term of the assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014.
 
Counting of votes in all the states will be taken up on December 8 and all the results are expected to be out by that evening.
 
Barring stray cases, today's polling was by and large peaceful, with no major untoward incident reported from anywhere, official sources said.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ruling Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years and the Congress is making a strong bid to wrest power in the state. Chief Minister Raman Singh, who has led his party to handsome victories in the last two elections, is aiming at a hat-trick this time.
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In all, 29,33,200 electors, including 14,78,659 women, were eligible to cast their votes in the 18 constituencies that went to the polls today.
 
Rajnandgaon and Jagdalpur had the maximum number of candidates at 14 each, while Konta has the least at 4.
 
The BJP, the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had fielded candidates for all 18 seats, while the Communist Party of India (CPI) fought in eight, the CPI (Marxist) in one, and the Nationalist Congess Party (NCP) in two. There were 78 independents and others in the fray.
 
The Election Commission had set up 4074 polling stations for today's voting where a total of 4142 electronic voting machines (EVMs) were used.
 
The elections are taking place less than six months after the deadly Naxalite attack on May 25 on a convoy of Congress leaders in the Sukma district of the state, in which about 30 people were killed.
 
Those killed included several of the top leaders of the Congress in the state, including then state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel, Mahendra Karma, who had launched the Salwa Judum movement against Naxalites, MLA Uday Mudliyar and former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla, who succumbed to his injuries several days later at a Gurgaon hospital.
 
Dr Raman Singh and three of his ministers as well as relatives of the victims of that attack were among the candidates in today's polling in 12 constituencies in Bastar division and six in Rajnandgaon district.
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The polling, which began at 7 am, ended at 3 pm in Bastar and one constituency in Rajnandgaon. In other places, polling was from 8 am to 5 pm.
 
The Chief Minister contested from Rajnandgaon constituency, where his main rival was Ms Alka Mudliyar, wife of slain MLA Uday Mudliyar.
 
Ms Devati Karma, wife of Mahendra Karma, was the Congress nominee for the Dantewada ST seat.
 
Tribal Welfare Minister Kedar Kashyap contested again from Narayanpur, where his rival was Chandan Kashyap of the Congress.
 
Sports Minister Lata Usendi contested from Kondagaon, while Forest Minister sought re-election from Antagarh.
 
The constituencies that went to the polls today are: Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Mohla-Manpur (in Rajnandgaon),  Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker (Uttar Bastar Kanker), Keshkal, Kondagaon, Narayanpur (Kondagaon), Bastar, Jagdalpur, Chitrakot (Bastar) (Jagdalpur), Dantewada (Dakshin Bastar Dantewada), Bijapur (Bijapur), Konta (Sukma).
 
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Chhattisgarh assembly polls: 18 constituencies vote in first phase

Polling began on Monday morning amidst elaborate security arrangements in 18 of the 72 constituencies in the Chattisgarh Legislative Assembly, mainly in Naxalite-infested areas, to decide the fate of 143 candidates, including 10 women.

 
Chhattisgarh polls commences amidst security
Polling began this morning amidst elaborate security arrangements in 18 of the 90 constituencies in the Chattisgarh Legislative Assembly, mainly in Naxalite-infested areas, to decide the fate of 143 candidates, including 10 women.
 
Voting will be held in the remaining 72 constituencies of the state assembly in the second phase of polling on November 19.
 
Chhattisgarh is among the five states where assembly elections are being held just months before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
 
The other four states will have one-day polling: Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi on December 4.
 
The term of the assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014.
 
Counting of votes in all the states will be taken up on December 8 and all the results are expected to be out by that evening.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ruling Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years and the Congress is making a strong bid to wrest power in the state. Chief Minister Raman Singh, who has led his party to handsome victories in the last two elections, is aiming at a hat-trick this time.
 
In all, 29,33,200 electors, including 14,78,659 women, are eligible to cast their votes in the 18 constituencies that went to the polls today.
 
Rajnandgaon and Jagdalpur have the maximum number of candidates at 14 each, while Konta has the least at 4.
 
The BJP, the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have fielded candidates for all 18 seats, while the Communist Party of India (CPI) is fighting in eight, the CPI (Marxist) in one, and the Nationalist Congess Party in two. There are 78 independents and others in the fray.
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The Election Commission has set up 4074 polling stations for today's voting where a total of 4142 electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used.
 
The elections are taking place less than six months after the deadly Naxalite attack on May 25 on a convoy of Congress leaders in the Sukma district of the state, in which about 30 people were killed.
 
Those killed included several of the top leaders of the Congress in the state, including then state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel, Mahendra Karma, who had launched the Salwa Judum movement against Naxalites, MLA Uday Mudliyar and former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla, who succumbed to his injuries several days later at a Gurgaon hospital.
 
Dr Raman Singh and three of his ministers as well as relatives of the victims of that attack are among the candidates in today's polling in 12 constituencies in Bastar division and six in Rajnandgaon district.
 
The polling, which began at 7 am, will end at 3 pm in Bastar and one constituency in Rajnandgaon. In other places, polling is from 8 am to 5 pm.
 
The Chief Minister is contesting from Rajnandgaon constituency, where his main rival is Ms Alka Mudliyar, wife of slain MLA Uday Mudliyar.
 
Ms Devati Karma, wife of Mahendra Karma, is the Congress nominee for the Dantewada ST seat.
 
Tribal Welfare Minister Kedar Kashyap is contesting again from Narayanpur, where his rival is Chandan Kashyap of the Congress.
 
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Sports Minister Lata Usendi is fighting from Kondagaon, while Forest Minister is seeking re-election from Antagarh.
 
The constituencies that went to the polls today are: Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Mohla-Manpur (in Rajnandgaon),  Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker (Uttar Bastar Kanker), Keshkal, Kondagaon, Narayanpur (Kondagaon), Bastar, Jagdalpur, Chitrakot (Bastar) (Jagdalpur), Dantewada (Dakshin Bastar Dantewada), Bijapur (Bijapur), Konta (Sukma).
 
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Congress releases first list of 17 candidates for Chhattisgarh assembly elections

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The Congress has released a first list of candidates for 17 of the 18 assembly constituencies in Chhattisgarh which will go to the polls in the first phase on November 11.
 
The list includes Umesh Patel, Alka Mudliyar and Devti Karma, members of the families of Congress leaders Nandkumar Patel, Vijay Mudliyar and Mahendra Korma who were killed  by Naxalites in an ambush on May 25 this year.
 
Umesh Patel, son of Mr Patel, who was Pradesh Congress Committee chief, has been fielded from Kharsia. Alka Mudliyar, wife of Mr Mudliyar, a former MLA, has been nominated frm Rajnandgaon, which is currently represented by Chief Minister Raman Singh of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Devti Karma, the wife of late Mahendra Karma, a former state Home Minister and one of the founders of the Salwa Judum movement, is the party's candidate from the Dantewada-ST constituency.
 
The following is the list of candidates released by the party's headquarters here:
 
KHARSIA: UMESH PATEL
KHAIRAGARH: GIRVAR JANGHEL
RAJNANDGAON: ALKA MUDLIYAR
DONGARGAON: DALESHWAR SAHU
MOHLA-MANPUR - ST: TEZ KUNWAR NETAM
ANTAGARH - ST: MANTURAM PAWAR
BHANUPRATAP PUR - ST: MANOJ SINGH MANDAVI
KANKER - ST: SHANKAR LAL DHRUWA
KESHKAL - ST: SANT NETAM
KONDAGAON - ST: MOHAN MARKAM
NARAYANPUR - ST: CHANDAN KASHYAP
BASTAR - ST: LAKHESHWAR BAGHEL
JAGDALPUR: SHAMU KASHYAP
CHITRAKOT - ST: DEEPAK BAIJ
DANTEWADA - ST: DEVTI KARMA
BIJAPUR - ST: VIKRAM MANDAVI
KONTA - ST: KAWASI LAKHMA
 
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Avantha synchronizes 1st 600 MW unit in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh

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Avantha Power & Infrastructure Limited (APIL) today announced the  synchronization of its first unit of 600 MW in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh through its wholly-owned subsidiary Korba West Power Company Limited (KWPCL). 
 
With this synchronization, the generation capacity of APIL, a part of the Avantha Group, stands at 626.19 MW, a press release from the company.
 
APIL began construction of the plant in August 2010 and successfully executed the project in 38 months. The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has supplied the boiler, turbine and generator (BTG) equipments. 
 
APIL has another 1,860 MW under various stages of construction and an additional 1,320 MW under planning, the release said.
 
Mr. Gautam Thapar- Founder and Chairman of the Avantha Group, stated, “With this milestone, APIL progresses towards our vision of achieving a market position based on solid execution, growth and accomplishment. I am confident that APIL will continue to deliver the best possible results for all stakeholders, today and in the future.”
 
APIL’s subsidiary KWPCL signed the Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) with South Eastern Coal Limited (SECL) in August 2013 for feeding the plant with uninterrupted coal supply. 
 
APIL’s Chief Operating Officer K N Neelkant said: "This marks the commencement of a new phase for APIL and our presence in the IPP segment. The synchronization of our first 600 MW unit in Chhattisgarh reflects our commitment to contribute towards India’s growing energy demand.  We are aggressively progressing with our plans of adding to the installed capacity.”
 
Apart from synchronisation of Unit 1 of 600 MW and Unit 2 of 600 MW under construction through KWPCL in Chattisgarh, APIL has a second thermal power plant of 1260 MW under various stages of construction at Seoni, near Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh through its project Jhabua Power Limited (JPL). 
 
APIL has a plant at Malanpur, Madhya Pradesh with an installed capacity of 26 MW. APIL will have a total installed capacity of 3806 MW once all the projects commence commercial operations.
 
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Assembly elections to be held in five states between Nov 11 and Dec 4

Elections will be held to the legislative assembly of Chattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while there will be single-phase polling for the assemblies in Madhya Pradesh on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi and Mizoram on December 4.


 
Election Commission announces poll schedule for 5 states
Elections will be held to the legislative assembly of Chattisgarh in two phases on November 11 and 19, while there will be single-phase polling to the assemblies in Madhya Pradesh on November 25, Rajasthan on December 1 and Delhi and Mizoram on December 4.
 
The schedule for the crucial elections, which come just months ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections, were announced at a press conference here today by Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath and Election Commissioners H S Brahma and Nasim Zaidi.
 
Mr Sampath said 18 constituencies in Chhattisgarh, mainly in Naxalite-infested areas, will go to the polls on November 11 and the remaining 72 on November 19.
 
The term of the Assembly is due to expire on January 4, 2014 in Chhattisgarh, December 12 this year in Madhya Pradesh, December 15 in Mizoram, December 31 in Rajasthan and December 17 in Delhi.
 
The Commission has also decided to hold bye-elections in Surat West Assembly constituency of Gujarat and Yercaud constituency of Tamil Nadu Assembly on December 4.
 
Counting of votes in all the States will be taken up on December 8 and all the results are expected to be out by that evening.
 
The Election Commission normally tries to hold elections to legislative assemblies of states whose terms expire around the same time, together.
 
The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 10 years, while the Congress had wrested Rajasthan from it in the last elections. In Delhi, the Congress has been in power for the past 15 years.
 
The Chhattisgarh Assembly has 90 seats (including 10 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 29 for Scheduled Tribes). The number of seats is 230 in Madhya Pradesh (35 SC,  47 ST), 40 in Mizoram (39 ST), 200 in Rajasthan (34 SC, 25 ST) and 70 in Delhi (12 SC).
 
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Mr Sampath said the electoral rolls of all existing Assembly Constituencies in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Delhi on the basis of the electoral rolls revised with reference to 1.1.2013 as the qualifying date and have been finally published on 12.09.2013, 24.07.2013, 16.08.2013, 06.09.2013 and 09.09.2013, respectively. 
 
The number of electors in these States, as on date, are: Chhattisgarh - 1,67,96174, Madhya Pradesh - 4,64,57724, Mizoram - 6,86305, Rajasthan - 4,06,08056 and Delhi- 1,15,07113.
 
Mr Sampath said photo electoral rolls will be used during the elections. According to him, the photo percentages in photo electoral rolls were Chhattisgarh - 99.43%, Madhya Pradesh - 100%, Mizoram - 100%, Rajasthan -  99.27% and Delhi - 100%.
 
The Election Commission will set up 21, 418 polling stations in Chhattisgarh, 53,986 in Madhya Pradesh, 1126 in Mizoram, 45,334 in Rajasthan, and 11,763 in Delhi.
 
Mr Sampath said that, as per the judgement of the Supreme Court of September 27, there will be a button for "None of the Above" option on all electronic voting machines (EVMs), below the name of the last candidate.
 
Electors who do not want to vote for any of the candidates in the fray in their constituency can exercise the NOTA option now.
 
"The Commission is taking steps to bring this to the knowledge of voters and all other stakeholders and to train all field level officials including the polling personnel about the NOTA option," he said.
 
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He said that all critical events in the electoral process, including filing of nominations, allotment of symbols, preparation and storage of EVMs, important public meetings, processions, polling, counting of votes and so on, would be videographed.
 
He said Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and State Armed Police (SAP) drawn from other states would be deployed during the elections. They will be used generally for safeguarding the polling stations and for providing security to the electors and polling personnel at the polling stations on the poll day. 
 
Besides, these forces will be used for securing the strong rooms where the EVMs are stored and for securing the counting centers and for other purposes, as required, he said.
 
As in the past, the Commission will deploy General Observers in adequate number to ensure the smooth conduct of elections.
 
The Model Code of Conduct has come into effect immediately in all the five states. In particular, the Commission drew attention to the provision that “there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes. Mosques, Churches, Temples or other places of worship shall not be used as forum for election propaganda.”
 
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PM says Indian firms developing advanced ultra supercritical technology for power plants

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday that the public sector giants NPTC and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, along with the Indira Gandhi Centre for Nuclear Research, had begun work on developing Advanced Ultra Supercritical Technology for the power sector in India.

Adequate power supply essential for speedy growth: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the public sector giants NPTC and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), along with the Indira Gandhi Centre for Nuclear Research, had begun work on developing Advanced Ultra Supercritical Technology for the power sector in India.
 
Speaking after dedicating NTPC's Sipat Thermal Power Plant in Chhattisgarh to the nation, he said supercritical power plants helped to not only lower the cost of power generation but also reduced adverse impact of such projects on the environment.
 
He said that, in the 13th Five Year Plan period, thermal plants based on only super critical technologies would be set up in the country.
 
He said several well-known foreign manufacturers had shown interest in setting up facilities for manufacturing supercritical power equipment in India, and the Government had made it clear to them that they would have to transfer technology to their Indian partners.
 
Apart from dedicating the new Rajiv Gandhi Sipat Super Thermal Power Station to the nation, Dr Singh also laid the foundation stone of NTPC's Lara Super Thermal Power Project situated in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh district.
 
He said that the 2980 MW coal-based Sipat power station would not only cater to the needs of Chhattisgarh but also adjoining states like Madhya Pradesh and even Jammu & Kashmir.
 
Dr Singh said India had added a record 55,000 MW in power generation capacity in the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2007-12), more than double the capacity added in the 10th Plan period. He said the Government had set a target of adding 118,000 MW of new generation capacity in the ongoing 12th Plan period.
 
Built at an estimated cost of Rs 13,000 crore, NTPC has for the first time used the super critical technology in the Sipat plant. 
 
The Ministry of Power is now taking steps to encourage indigenous manufacturing of super critical technology. This is being done by inviting bulk tendering for manufacture of supercritical units. The 800 MW units of Lara thermal plant will be set up with the help of this process. 
 
Dr Singh also stressed the need to improve transmission and distribution systems and to protect the environment.
 
He pointed out that power was crucial for the rapid development of the country and no sector of the economy -- agriculture, industry or services -- could grow without adequate electricity.
 
He said the Sipat and Lara projects would not only meet the electricity needs of Chhattisgarh but also bring in additional income for the state government which can be used for development activities. 
 
Minister of State for Power Jyotiraditya Scindia said that Chattisgarh was poised to become the country's electricity hub with the Government planning to invest Rs 62,000 crore in the power sector in the state.
 
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Justice Pritinker Diwaker appointed Judge in Chhattisgarh High Court

 
The President has appointed Mr Justice Pritinker Diwaker, Additional Judge of the High Court of Chhattisgarh, as Judge of that High Court.
 
The appointment will be with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office, an official press release added.
 
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NTPC subsidiary signs deal with Kerala SEB for supply of power

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NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN), a wholly owned subsidiary of the public sector NTPC Limited, has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) for supply of 300 MW Round the Clock (RTC) power for a period of three years starting from March 1, 2014.
 
The PPA was signed by Mr N.K.Sharma, CEO, NVVN and Mr D. Dinesh, CE, Commercial, KSEB in the presence of Mr Aryadan Muhammed, Minister for Power and Transport, Government of Kerala in Thiruvanthapuram yesterday. 
 
An official press release said the PPA envisages supply of over seven billion units of power sourced by NVVN from Chhattisgarh during this contract period. 
 
The contract was bagged by NVVN through a competitive bidding process conducted by KSEB, it added.
 
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President, PM condole passing away of Vidya Charan Shukla

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President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today condoled the passing away of senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla, who succumbed this afternoon to the grievous injuries he suffered in an ambush by Maoists in Chattisgarh on May 25.
 
In his condolence message to Mr Shukla's wife, Ms Sarla Shukla, Mr Mukherjee said the veteran leader had entered Parliament at a very young age and represented undivided Madhya Pradesh in the Lok Sabha for long years.
 
"He served as Minister of State under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from 1967 to 1977 including as Minister of State with Independent Charge of Information and Broadcasting. He also served as Cabinet Minister under Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao during 1991-96 in charge of Parliamentary Affairs and Irrigation," he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee said Mr Shukla, a veteran Parliamentarian, able administrator and an outstanding statesman, had made valuable contribution to the growth of the nation in various capacities. The nation will remember his contributions and his pursuit of excellence in public life, he said.
 
"I had a long personal association with Shri Shukla. In his death, I have lost a friend and the nation an eminent public figure," he said.
 
Dr Singh said Mr Shukla was a veteran Congressman whose political career spanned several decades. 
 
"During his long career he served our people and the country with great distinction, as a Parliamentarian and a Cabinet Minister in the Central Government. He was one of the most influential leaders that undivided Madhya Pradesh produced in post independence India," he said.
 
"In Vidya Charan ji`s demise I have lost a very dear colleague, the Congress party a committed member and the country a staunch nationalist. I am particularly pained that he lost his life in a brutal attack by Left-wing extremists. His passing away only strengthens our resolve to fight the menace of Left-wing extremism with firmness," he added.
 
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Congress leader V C Shukla dies of injuries suffered in May 25 Naxal attack

Veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister V C Shukla, who had suffered grievous injuries in the May 25 ambush by Naxalites on a convoy of vehicles carrying Congress leaders and workers in Chhattisgarh, died in a hospital at Gurgaon, near Delhi, on Tuesday afternoon.

Cong Leader VC Shukla injured in Chhattisgarh Naxal attack dies
 
Veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister V C Shukla, who had suffered grievous injuries in the May 25 ambush by Naxalites on a convoy of vehicles carrying Congress leaders and workers in Chhattisgarh, died in a hospital at Gurgaon near here this afternoon.
 
Sources said Mr Shukla, who had been air-lifted to the Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon in a critical condition a day after the attack, passed away around 2.30 pm today despite the best efforts by a team of doctors.
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was among those who extended his condolences on the passing away of the 83-year-old leader.
 
"Mr V C Shukla is no more. He died this afternoon," Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told newspersons in Delhi.
 
He said the Union Home Secretary was in touch with the Chhattisgarh government in connection with arrangements for the funeral, which would be conducted in accordance with Mr Shukla's family's wishes.
 
In all, 26 persons, mostly leaders and workers of the Congress party, some security persons and innocent villagers, lost their lives in the ambush by the Naxalites on a convoy of about 25 vehicles carrying them back from a political rally.
 
The ambush took place at Jiram Ghati in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh and was one of the deadliest attacks by Naxalites.
 
Those killed in the attack included Chhattisgarh Congress chief Nandkumr Patel, his son, senior Congress leader and former state minister Mahendra Karma, who had launched the Salwa Judum movement against Naxalites, and Congress MLA Uday Mudaliar.
 
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Mr Shukla was among the 30-odd people who suffered injuries in the incident. He was admitted to the Medanta hospital for treatment of multiple gunshot injuries in the chest and abdomen.
 
Hospital sources said Mr Shukla had been operated upon after he was brought there but remained in a critical condition. "Despite the best efforts of the doctors treating him, he succumbed to his injuries," they said.
 
The ambush took place as the convoy of vehicles carrying the Congress leaders, returning from a rally organised as part of the party's Parivartan Yatra, was passing through the Darbha valley, about 350 km from Raipur.
 
The Naxalites triggered a powerful blast as the third vehicle of the convoy passed the area and then opened fire indiscriminately. Some reports said the ambush was staged by about 150 people.
 
Born on August 2, 1929 at Raipur, Mr Shukla took his B.A. from Morris College in Nagpur in 1951. His father, Pandit Ravishankar Shukla, was a lawyer, freedom fighter, veteran Congressman, Premier of the Central Provinces and the first Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.
 
Mr Shukla was chosen by the Congress as its candidate for the 1957 Lok Sabha elections from the Mahasamund constituency and won with a huge majority to become one of the youngest members of Parliament at that time.
 
He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha nine times in the years that followed. Mrs Indira Gandhi, who became the Prime Minister in 1966, made him a Minister for the first time. In a long career, he handled many portfolios.
 
He served as Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and then as Deputy Minister for Home Affairs before being made Minister of State for Home in 1969. He also served as Minister of State for Finance, Defence Production and Planning.
 
Mrs Gandhi made him Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting with independent charge during the Emergency years 1975-77. In the early 1980s, he served as Cabinet Minister for Civil Supplies and Cooperation. He also had stints as Minister for External Affairs and Minister for Water Resources.
 
Mr Shukla was also closely associated with sports and had served as President of the All India Chess Federation, the Badminton Association of India, the All India Council of Sports and the Indian Olympic Association. 
 
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All-party meeting condemns Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chairing an all-party meeting on Naxal violence, in New Delhi on June 10, 2013. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde are also seen.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chairing an all-party meeting on Naxal violence, in New Delhi on June 10, 2013. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde are also seen.
An all-party meeting convened convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today strongly condemned the May 25 killing of Congress leaders and workers by the CPI (Maoist) at Jiram Ghati in Bastar district of Chhattisgar and made it clear that the Indian state could not, and would not, accept the pernicious Maoist doctrine.
 
"The CPI (Maoist) must give up the path of violence and destruction. On this, there can be no compromise," a unanimous resolution adopted by the meeting said.
 
Twenty-six persons, mostly leaders and workers of the Congress party, some security persons and innocent villagers, lost their lives in the ambush by the Naxalites on a convoy of vehicles carrying them back from a political rally.
 
"We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and sincerely hope that the injured will recover soon," the resolution said.
 
The resolution said the CPI (Maoist) is an unlawful organisation which has  indulged in senseless acts of violence targeting security persons, alleged police informers, small business persons and government servants. 
 
"The attack on 25.5.2013 was a pre-meditated attack on political workers with the intent to intimidate and overawe all political workers in that region and to thwart the political mobilisation of the people. It was an attack on democracy, freedom, and free speech and expression. Nothing can be more dangerous to our Republic than the insurgency of the CPI(Maoist) in the pursuit of its misguided goal of overthrowing Parliamentary democracy and the Constitution of India through violent means," it said.
 
"All the parties at this meeting will be resolute in the defence of the Constitution and Parliamentary democracy. There is enough room in Parliamentary democracy for dissent and differences of opinion, for redressal of grievances, and for advocacy of the cause of the poor and the downtrodden. We appeal to the youth of the affected States to abjure violence and pursue their goals through legitimate and democratic means. We assure them that the Governments will be sensitive to their concerns and redress any sense of alienation and the injustices of the past. We will make every effort to accelerate development, social inclusion and economic empowerment," it said.
 
The resolution said the State Governments as well as the Central Government should adopt the two-pronged strategy of sustained operations to clear the areas of Maoist influence and pursue the objectives of effective governance and rapid development. 
 
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"We urge them to use all legitimate means to defend the security of the country and its institutions and quell armed insurgency and violence. We also urge the State Governments to draw upon their own resources as well as the resources provided by the Central Government to re-establish the rule of law and accelerate development activities in the affected States. 
 
"We resolve that we shall remain united and we shall speak in one voice and act with a sense of unified purpose and will," the resolution added.
 
Earlier, in his opening remarks at the meeting, Dr Singh said there was an urgency to the need to effectively deal with the Naxalite menace.
 
"Even as we take all measures that are needed to permanently root out this menace, we must immediately ensure that Naxalite violence is held in check and attacks like the one in Chhattisgarh do not recur," he said.
 
Dr Singh said the ideology of the Naxalites is well known - adoption of violent means with a total disregard for human life to weaken and overthrow the democratically elected governments in our country. 
 
"For many years now, they have been resorting to brutal and inhuman attacks causing serious loss of lives and injury to security personnel, political functionaries and innocent people. But I believe that the Chhattisgarh attack marks the first time that they have targeted the top leadership of a political party in a systematic manner. The strength and robustness of the democratic forces in our country would suffer if the space for political activity gets restricted because of fear or terror. Therefore, it would not be wrong to say that the Chhattisgarh attack is a frontal assault on the democratic foundations of our nation," he said.
 
He said State Governments, and especially the Chhattisgarh Government, must work to ensure that conditions become more conducive to political activity in Naxalite affected areas. The Central government is committed to supporting the States fully in this task, he said.
 
Dr Singh said the Government had been following a two-pronged strategy to deal with the challenge of Left-wing extremism - sustained and proactive operations against Maoist extremists and addressing development and governance issues in Left-wing extremist-affected areas. 
 
"We believe that there is a need to further fine tune and strengthen this strategy. We have already started work in this direction. I would not like to take your time to give details of the steps that we are taking or planning to take, but would only reaffirm that our government will not be found wanting in this regard," he said.
 
"Our Government looks forward to benefiting from your immense wisdom, knowledge and experience to meet a grave challenge that our country faces today," he added.
 
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Mukherjee, Ansari expess shock over Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh

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President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President M Hamid Ansari today expressed shock over yesterday's ambush by Naxalites on a convoy of vehicles carrying Congress leaders and workers, in which 27 people were killed.
 
Those killed in the attack included state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel, senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma, who had launched the Salwa Judum movement against Naxalites and Congress MLA Uday Mudaliar.
 
Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla was among those who suffered injuries in the incident, one of the deadliest Naxalite attacks in the state.
 
"I condemn this incident in the strongest of terms and would like to reiterate that violence has no place whatsoever in our democratic polity," Mr Mukherjee said in a statement.
 
"The nation will neither be overawed nor intimidated by such action. I call upon concerned authorities to do their utmost to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. The safety and security of our citizens should be ensured at all times.
 
"I express my deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the incident and offer my prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured in the incident," he said.
 
Mr Ansari also condemned the attack, which also left 32 people injured.
 
"There is no place in civilized societies for such senseless and barbaric acts. All forms of extremism and violence have to be fought and eliminated from our midst," he said.
 
"I convey my heartfelt condolences to those who have lost their loved ones and wish the injured a speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with them in this difficult hour. May the Almighty give them courage and fortitude to bear with this tragedy," he added.
 
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Chhattisgarh Naxal attack: PM says Govt. will bring perpetrators to justice

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday asserted that the Government would pursue the perpetrators of yesterday's Naxalite attack on a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh, in which 27 people were killed and 32 others injured, with urgency and bring them to justice.

 
Maoist attack: PM, Sonia reach Raipur to assess situation
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asserted that the Government would pursue the perpetrators of yesterday evening's Naxalite attack on a convoy of Congress leaders in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, in which 27 people were killed and 32 others injured, with urgency and bring them to justice.
 
Those killed in the ambush included state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel, senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma, who had launched the Salwa Judum movement against Naxalites and Congress MLA Uday Mudaliar.
 
Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla was among those who suffered injuries in the incident, one of the deadliest Naxalite attacks in the state.
 
The bullet-riddled bodies of Mr Patel and nine others were found at the scene of the ambush this morning, while the bodies of the 17 others had been recovered yesterday evening.
 
Dr Singh, who extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the incident and visited some of hose injured in a hospital in Raipur, the state capital, along with ruling United Progressive Alliance chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, said such incidents would not weaken the country's resolve to fight violence with firmness.
 
The Prime Minister and Ms Gandhi wished speedy recovery to all those who were injured in the attack.
 
Mr Shukla, 84, was flown to the capital this morning and admitted in the Medanta Hospital at Gurgaon, near here, for treatment of gunshot injuries. A spokesman for the hospital said Mr Shukla was being treated by a multi-disciplinary team of doctors and that his condition was critical.
 
Dr Singh asked the State administration to provide the best medical treatment to the injured. 
 
He announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakhs from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to the families of those who had lost their lives and an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to each of those injured. 
 
The Prime Minister also reviewed the security situation in Chhattisgarh with Chief Minister Raman Singh and officials of the state government. He offered all possible help to the state in dealing with the situation. 
 
"Those who commit such dastardly crimes are working against the interests of peace and development in the area," he said.
 
"Our leaders, Nandkumar Patel, Mahendra Karma, Uday Mudaliar have sacrificed their lives. However, our country will never bow down before Naxalism," Singh told party workers at Congress Bhavan in Raipur.
 
"Congress has a history of sacrifices made by its leaders. We have faced challenges. This attack is a challenge for us but we have to move forward," he said.
 
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had reached Raipur late late night and met some of the injured in hospita.
 
Mr Gandhi, Union Minister Charan Das Mahant, Rajya Sabha members Motilal Vora and Mohsina Kidwai and other senior party leaders were present at Congress Bhavan.
 
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The bodies of Mr Patel and the others were found in the thick forests of the Jiram valley in Bastar area, about a kilometre from the spot where the Naxalites had staged the ambush around 5.30 pm yesterday.
 
Mr Patel and his son had been reported missing after the incident yesterday and it was believed that they had been kidnapped by the rebels. 
 
Those killed in the attack included some security personnel attached to the Congress leaders in the convoy.
 
The reports said the ambush took place as the convoy of vehicles carrying the Congress leaders, returning from a rally organised as part of the party's Parivartan Yatra, was passing through the Darbha valley, about 350 km from Raipur.
 
The Naxalites triggered a powerful blast as the third vehicle of the convoy passed the area and then opened fire indiscriminately. Some reports said the ambush was staged by about 150 people.
 
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Chhattisgarh: Naxals kill two Congress leaders, injure several others in ambush

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In one of the deadliest attacks by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh, Mahendra Karma, the founder of the Salwa Judum movement, and a Congress MLA were killed in am ambush this evening in Sukma district of the state.
 
Mr Nand Kumar Patel, the state Congress chief, and his son were reported missing after the incident and believed to have been kidnapped by the Naxalites.
 
Former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla was among those who suffered serious injures in the attack on a convoy of cars in which the Congress leaders were travelling as part of their "Parivartan Yatra".
 
Several other people, including security personnel, were killed in the ambush, reports reaching here said.
 
Television pictures from the scene showed Mr Shukla, sitting slumped on the road, leaning against a car with blood on his kurta, while some security personnel and party workers were attending to him.
 
Several other people, who had suffered injuries, could be seen being moving around and getting into vehicles to be taken to hospitals. At the hospital, doctors and para-medical personnel were seen attending to the injured.
 
Chief Minister Raman Singh held an emergency meeting at his residence tonight to take stock of the situation.
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh talked to Dr Raman Singh over the telephone and offered him all help from the Centre in rescue and relief operations.
 
He condemned the attack  as a "dastardly and anti-democratic act".
 
Congress President Sonia Gandhi met the Prime Minister to discuss the situation and later told journalists that the attack was "despicable". 
 
She said it was said that innoncent people, who were engaged in political activities, had been attacked in this manner.
 
Ms Gandhi said the authorities had been able to move Mr Shukla to a hospital and there were reports that he would be shifted to Raipur at the first opportunity.
 
She said that, apart from Mr Karma, Mr Uday Mudaliar, a Congress MLA, had also died in the attack.
 
Former Chattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi and other Congress leaders complained to mediapersons that the state government had failed to provide adequate security for the "yatra". 
 
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CBI arrests cardiologist in Bhilai in bribery case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a cardiologist of Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital & Research Centre at Bhilai in Chhattisgarh for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 10,000 from the son of a patient.

The hospital is managed by the Bhilai Steel Plant under the public sector Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).
 
A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said a case was registered against the cardiologist on the complaint of the patient's son that he had demanded the bribe for referring his father, a retired employee of the Bhilai Steel Plant, to hospitals in Chennai or Delhi for cardiac treatment.
 
A trap was laid and the accused was allegedly caught red handed while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs.10,000 from the complainant, it said.
 
The release said that, during searches, gold biscuits, jewellery and amounts in the form of fixed deposits and savings bank deposits were recovered, besides immovable properties at Bhilai, Jodhpur and Bhopal.
 
The arrested accused was produced before the Court of Special Judge, CBI, Raipur and remanded to judicial custody till May 10.
 
Further investigation is in progress, the release added.
 
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Delhi Daredevils crush Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets

David Warner of Delhi Daredevils in action during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Raipur on May 1, 2013. Photo by Deepak Malik-IPL-SPORTZPICS
David Warner of Delhi Daredevils in action during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Raipur on May 1, 2013. Photo by Deepak Malik-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Powered by a superb unbeaten 62 by David Warner, Delhi Daredevils crushed defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by seven wickets in the 44th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here tonight.

Opting to bat first, Knight Riders were restricted to 136 for seven in their 20 overs and Delhi Daredevils then made 137 for three with 13 balls remaining.
 
Warner's 62 came off 41 balls and included five fours and three sixes. Unmukt Chand provided him able support with a well-made 37 off 39 balls that included four fours.
 
Opener Virender Sehwag contributed 17 and Ben Rohrer remained unbeaten on 14.
 
Sehwag and skipper Mahela Jayawardene put on 23 in their opening partnership before Delhi Daredevils lost two quick wickets. Sehwag left in the fourth over, caught by Yusuf Pathan off Jacques Kallis. In the next over, Jayawardene (5) also left, caught by Kallis off Laxmipathy Balaji with the total at 27.
 
But after that, Warner and Chand took the game away from the Knight Riders with a 95-run stand for the third wicket that took them to 122 in the 17th over, before the Delhi lad was finally out, caught by Balaji off Brett Lee.
 
Warner and Rohrer then ensured that there were no further hiccups as they rattled off the remaining required runs without much ado.
 
For KKR, Lee, Kallis and Balaji picked up a wicket each.
 
Earlier, Rajat Bhatia topscored for KKR with an unbeaten 26, while Sumit Narwal made 23 and Yusuf Pathan contributed 20. Lee remained unbeaten with 16.
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Electing to bat first, the defending champions got into trouble right away when skipper Gautam Gambhir (0) was run out without facing a single ball, off the second delivery of the innings. 
 
Manvinder Bisla (4), the other opener, was bowled by Umesh Yadav when the total was 16 in the third over.
 
Pathan and Jacques Kallis (12) added 21 runs for the third wicket before the former was caught by Irfan Pathan off Morne Morkel in the sixth over.
 
Wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals as Eoin Morgan (10) and Kallis left in quick succession to made it 50 for five in the ninth over.
 
Debabrata Das (18) and Bhatia added 34 for the sixth wicket before the former departed in the 16th over. Bhaia then put on 30 for the seventh wicket with Narwal before the latter was finally out in the last over.
 
For Delhi, Umesh Yadav got two for 36, while Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Morkel and Shahbaz Nadeem picked up a wicket each.
 
Scoreboard:
Kolkata Knight Riders
Manvinder Bisla b Yadav 4
Gautam Gambhir run out (Pathan) 0
Yusuf Pathan c Pathan b Morkel 20
Jacques Kallis c Rohrer b Pathan 12
Eoin Morgan c Yadav b Nadeem 10
Debabrata Das c Jadhav b Nehra 18
Rajat Bhatia not out 26
Sumit Narwal c Chand b Yadav 23
Brett Lee not out 16
Extras (lb 2, w 5) 7
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Gambhir, 0.2 overs), 2-16 (Bisla, 2.2), 3-37 (Pathan, 5.5), 4-48 (Morgan, 7.4), 5-50 (Kallis, 8.3), 6-84 (Das, 15.2), 7-114 (Narwal, 18.2)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-0-16-1
Ashish Nehra 4-0-37-1
Umesh Yadav 4-0-36-2
Morne Morkel 4-0-22-1
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-1-23-1
 
Delhi Daredevils
Mahela Jayawardene c Kallis b Balaji 5
Virender Sehwag c Pathan b Kallis 17
Unmukt Chand c Balaji b Lee 37
David Warner not out 62
Ben Rohrer not out 14
Extras (lb 1, w 1) 2
Total (for three wickets in 17.5 overs) 137
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Sehwag, 3.4 overs), 2-27 (Jayawardene, 4.1), 3-122 (Chand, 16.5)
Bowling:
Brett Lee 4-0-26-1
Lakshmipathy Balaji 4-0-35-1
Jacques Kallis 3-0-29-1
Sunil Narine 4-0-14-0
Rajat Bhatia 2-0-21-0
Yusuf Pathan 0.5-0-11-0
 
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Kolkata Knight Riders make 136/7 against Delhi Daredevils

Rajat Bhatia of Kolkata Knight Riders in action during their match against Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League at Raipur on May 1, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rajat Bhatia of Kolkata Knight Riders in action during their match against Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League at Raipur on May 1, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were restricted to 136 for seven in their 20 overs by Delhi Daredevils in the 44th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here tonight.

Rajat Bhatia topscored for KKR with an unbeaten 26, while Sumit Narwal made 23 and Yusuf Pathan contributed 20. Brett Lee remained unbeaten with 16.
 
Opting to bat first, the defending champions got into trouble right away when skipper Gautam Gambhir (0) was run out without facing a single ball, off the second delivery of the innings. 
 
Manvinder Bisla (4), the other opener, was bowled by Umesh Yadav when the total was 16 in the third over.
 
Pathan and Jacques Kallis (12) added 21 runs for the third wicket before the former was caught by Irfan Pathan off Morne Morkel in the sixth over.
 
Wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals as Eoin Morgan (10) and Kallis left in quick succession to made it 50 for five in the ninth over.
 
Debabrata Das (18) and Bhatia added 34 for the sixth wicket before the former departed in the 16th over. Bhaia then put on 30 for the seventh wicket with Narwal before the latter was finally out in the last over.
 
For Delhi, Umesh Yadav got two for 36, while Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Morkel and Shahbaz Nadeem picked up a wicket each.
 
Scoreboard:
Kolkata Knight Riders
Manvinder Bisla b Yadav 4
Gautam Gambhir run out (Pathan) 0
Yusuf Pathan c Pathan b Morkel 20
Jacques Kallis c Rohrer b Pathan 12
Eoin Morgan c Yadav b Nadeem 10
Debabrata Das c Jadhav b Nehra 18
Rajat Bhatia not out 26
Sumit Narwal c Chand b Yadav 23
Brett Lee not out 16
Extras (lb 2, w 5) 7
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Gambhir, 0.2 overs), 2-16 (Bisla, 2.2), 3-37 (Pathan, 5.5), 4-48 (Morgan, 7.4), 5-50 (Kallis, 8.3), 6-84 (Das, 15.2), 7-114 (Narwal, 18.2)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-0-16-1
Ashish Nehra 4-0-37-1
Umesh Yadav 4-0-36-2
Morne Morkel 4-0-22-1
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-1-23-1
 
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Two Additional Judges of Chhattisgarh High Court get extension

Two Additional Judges of the Chhattisgarh High Court -- Mr Ghulam Minhajuddin and Mr Radhe Shyam Sharma -- have been given an extension, an official press release said here today.

According to it, the President has issued fresh notifications with regard to their appointment with effect from May 10, 2013.
 
As per the notification, Mr Minhajuddin will continue as Additional Judge till July 11, 2013. In the case of Mr Sharma, the appointment will continue till November 24, 2013, it added.
 
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Two Naxalites killed in encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh

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Two suspected Naxalites were killed in an encounter with troops of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the State Police near Kachora vilalge in Chhote Donger police station area in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh today.

A spokesman for the CRPF said that, based on a specific intelligence input, a joint special operation was carried out in the area from 0030 hours today by troops of 39 Battalion of the CRPF, 201 CoBRA and Stat Police.
 
At about 0530 hours, when the troops reached near Kachora village, a fierece encounter took place between the Naxalites and the security forces, he said.
 
According to him, the encounter lasted for nearly 20 minutes. When the firing stopped and the area was searched, two bodies of suspected Naxalites, in unform, were recovered from the site of the encounter.
 
The security forces also seized four guns, three hand grenades, four country-made hand grenades, four improvised explosive devices (IEDs), one Ak 47 magazine, one SLR magazine, 19 rounds of AK 47 ammunition and seven rounds of SLR ammunition, he said.
 
"The presence of more Naxal groups in the area in large number has been reported. Troops are searching the area," the spokesman added.
 
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Delhi Daredevils beat Pune Warriors by 15 runs

David Warner of Delhi Daredevils pulls a delivery to the boundary during their match in the Indian Premier League against Pune Warriors India at Raipur on April 28, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
David Warner of Delhi Daredevils pulls a delivery to the boundary during their match in the Indian Premier League against Pune Warriors India at Raipur on April 28, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Delhi Daredevils defeated Pune Warriors by 15 runs in the 39th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur tonight.
 
Put in to bat first, Delhi made a competitive 164 for five from their 20 overs, powered by a superb unbeaten 51 by David Warner, a performance that got him the Man of the Match award.
 
They then restricted Pune Warriors to 149 for four wickets in their allotted 20 overs to register only their second win in nine outings in this season of the tournament so far and move up to the 8th position in the nine-team table.
 
Pune Warriors, who also have only two wins from their nine engagements so far, have swapped places with Delhi and sunk to the bottom of the table because of a lower net run rate.
 
After today's matches, two-time winners Chennai Super Kings are at the top of the table, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors.
 
Chasing 165 for a win, Pune Warriors got off to a good start with Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch putting on 76 for the first wicket in 10.1 overs. The duo played cleverly and always kept Pune's chase on track.
 
Uthappa was the fist to go, caught by Unmukt Chand off Irfan Pathan after he had made 37 off 33 balls with four fours.
 
In the same over, Pathan got rid of Finch also, caught behind by Kedar Jadhav. He too made 37 off 33 balls with five fours. 
 
The double strikes by Pathan reduced Pune from 76/0 to 78/2.
 
Yuvraj Singh (31) and Luke Wright (19) tried to repair the innings with their 50-run stand for the third wicket but the required run rate was mounting. Wright left in the 18th over, caught by Warner off Umesh Yadav. In the same over, the bowler also dismissed Yuvraj, caught by Ben Rohrer
 
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Yuvraj Singh made 31 off 24 balls with the help of four fours, while Wright conributed 19 with three boundaries.
 
Pune Warriors needed 35 from the last two overs, and though Steven Smith did go for some big hits, the target was a little too far. Smith remained unbeaten with 17 with two fours and a six. 
 
For Delhi, Pathan and Yadav took two wickets apiece.
 
Earlier, Daredevils lost skipper Mahela Jayawardene (12) in the fifth over, caught by Luke Wright off Ashok Dinda, with their total at 20. 
 
Opener Virender Sehwag and Unmukt Chand (17, 2x4) added 48 for the second wicket before the former left, caught behind by Robin Uthappa, again off Dinda. Sehwag made 28 off 26 balls with two sixes and two fours.
 
Chand followed him to the pavilion two balls later, in the next over, caught behind by Uthappa off Rahul Sharma to make it 68 for three in the 11th over. 
 
Warner and Ben Rohrer took the score to 96 before the latter departed in the 14th over, becoming Uthappa's third victim off the bowling of Abhishek Nayar.
 
That brought Kedar Jadhav to the middle and he and Warner added 63 for the fifth wicket. Jadhav was caught by Manhas to become Dinda's third victim in the 20th over. His 25 came off 19 balls and included two fours.
 
Warner's unbeaten 52 was made off just 25 balls and included four sixes and four fours.
 
For Pune Warriors, while Dinda took 3 for 31, Sharma and Nayar picked up a wicket each.
 
Scoreboard:
Delhi Daredevils
Mahela Jayawardene c Wright b Dinda 12
Virender Sehwag c Uthappa b Dinda 28
Unmukt Chand c Uthappa b Sharma 17
David Warner not out 51
Ben Rohrer c Uthappa b Nayar 13
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Kedar Jadhav c Manhas b Dinda 25
Irfan Pathan not out 4
Extras (lb 2, w 12) 14
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 164
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Jayawardene, 4.1 overs), 2-68 (Sehwag, 9.6), 3-68 (Chand, 10.2), 4-96 (Rohrer, 13.5), 5-159 (Jadhav, 19.4)
Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-30-0
Kane Richardson 4-0-38-0
Ashok Dinda 4-0-31-3
Rahul Sharma 3-0-23-1
Luke Wright 1-0-16-0
Yuvraj Singh 2-0-9-0
Abhishek Nayar 2-0-15-1
 
Pune Warriors:
Robin Uthappa c Chand b Pathan 37
Aaaron Finch c Jadhav b Pathan 37
Yuvraj Singh c Rohrer b Yadav 31
Luke Wright c Warner b Yadav 19
Steve Smith not out 17
Mithun Manhas not out 2
Extras (lb 3, w 3) 6
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 149
Fall of wickets: 1-76 (Uthappa, 10.2 overs), 2-78 (Finch, 10.6), 3-128 (Wright, 17.3), 4-130 (Yuvraj Singh, 17.6)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-1-29-2
Umesh Yadav 4-0-24-2
Morne Morkel 4-0-36-0
Ashish Nehra 4-0-27-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-30-0
 
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Delhi Daredevils make 164/5 against Pune Warriors

David Warner of Delhi Daredevils pulls a delivery to the boundary during their match in the Indian Premier League against Pune Warriors India at Raipur on April 28, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
David Warner of Delhi Daredevils pulls a delivery to the boundary during their match in the Indian Premier League against Pune Warriors India at Raipur on April 28, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
David Warner scored a superb unbeaten 51 to steer Delhi Daredevils to 164 for five against Pune Warriors in the 39th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here tonight.
 
Put in to bat first, Daredevils lost skipper Mahela Jayawardene (12) in the fifth over, caught by Luke Wright off Ashok Dinda, with the total at 20. 
 
Opener Virender Sehwag and Unmukt Chand (17, 2x4) added 48 for the second wicket before the former left, caught behind by Robin Uthappa, again off Dinda. Sehwag made 28 off 26 balls with two sixes and two fours.
 
Chand followed him to the pavilion two balls later, in the next over, caught behind by Uthappa off Rahul Sharma to make it 68 for three in the 11th over. 
 
Warner and Ben Rohrer took the score to 96 before the latter departed in the 14th over, becoming Uthappa's third victim off the bowling of Abhishek Nayar.
 
That brought Kedar Jadhav to the middle and he and Warner added 63 for the fifth wicket. Jadhav was caught by Manhas to become Dinda's third victim in the 20th over. His 25 came off 19 balls and included two fours.
 
Warner's unbeaten 51 was made off just 25 balls and included four sixes and four fours.
 
For Pune Warriors, while Dinda took 3 for 31, Sharma and Nayar picked up a wicket each.
 
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