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GAIL commences supply of natural gas to Bangalore

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The public sector GAIL (India) Ltd today commenced the supply of natural gas to Bangalore city from its 1000-km Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline.
 
The "gas-in" for Bangalore from the pipeline was done by Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister M Veerappa Moily.
 
A Gas Transmission Agreement was also signed between GAIL and Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) in the presence of Mr Moily, who also laid the foundation stone for the construction of a natural gas pipeline to Chikaballapur.
 
Mr Moily also switched on the supply of gas from the Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline to industries in the state. Gas supplies to Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts for their 6.5 MW power plant also commenced today.
 
The pipeline has been constructed with an investment of Rs 4,500 crore and a design capacity of 16 MMSCMD of natural gas.
 
This is the first time that natural gas is being made available to the people of Karnataka.
 
The pipeline passes through Belgaum, Dharwad, Gadag, Bellary, Devanagere,  Chitradurga, Tumkur, Ramanagaram, Bangalore Rural and Bangalore Urban.
 
It traverses through 18 National Highways, 382 other road crossings, 20 railway crossings, 83 cased crossings and 276 water body crossings, including Asia's largest river crossing in rocky terrain at Ghatprabha. 
 
The project involved laying of 73 km of 18 inch diameter pipeline in the city of Bangalore. With only 25 km stretch passing through Reserve Forest Area, it goes through 11 major river crossings including Zuari, Shastri, Ghad and Ghatprabha.
 
The Gas Transmission Agreement between GAIL and KPCL provides for supply of 2.1 MMSCMD of natural gas from GAIL's Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline to feed KPCL's power plant for 700 MW of power generation at Bidadi. The supplies shall begin within the next 30 months.
 
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Rudra, MK-IV army version of Advanced Light Helicopter, handed over to Army

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd Chairman R K Tyagi handing over Rudra, the advanced light helicopter MK-IV Army Version, to the Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P & S), Lt. Gen. Narendra Singh, during Aero India 2013, in Bangalore on February 8, 2013
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd Chairman R K Tyagi handing over Rudra, the advanced light helicopter MK-IV Army Version, to the Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P & S), Lt. Gen. Narendra Singh, during Aero India 2013, in Bangalore on February 8, 2013

Rudra, the MK-IV version of the Advanced Light Helicopter, was handed over by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Chairman R K Tyagi to Lt Gen Narendra Singh, Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P&S), Indian Army during Aero India 2013 here today.

Mr P Soundara Rajan, Managing Director, HAL said the helicopter is fitted with day and night targeting systems and can carry a mix of weapons (70 rockets, anti-tank missiles, air to air missiles and 20 mm turret gun), providing the required capability to search and destroy any targets.
 
Rudra is designed indigenously at the Rotary Wing Research and Design Centre (RWR & DC) to meet the mission specifications and tested extensively over varied terrains and firing ranges in India. 
 
The Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness has provided Initial Operational Clearance for the project facilitating delivery of helicopters to Indian Armed Forces. 
 
"Rudra is all set to redefine battle tactics in modern day conflicts," an official press release added.
 
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Antony urges industry to develop world-class defence products, technologies in India

 
Aero India 2013 begins today

Defence Minister A K Antony today urged all stakeholders in the defence industry to take advantage of India's revised Defence Procurement Policy of 2010 and develop world-class products and technologies so as make the country a hub in the sub-continent.

Inaugurating the ninth edition of Aero India, billed as the biggest air show in Asia, Mr Antony said the revised procurement policy had provided for more public-private partnerships in view of the immense opportunities available in the aerospace industry.
 
He said Aero India 2013 would provide enormous business opportunities not only to India but also to different regional markets of the world ad hoped it would provide avenues of growth for the Indian aerospace industry.
 
On the occasion, Mr Antony unveiled the Aerospace Policy of the Karnataka state government in the presence of Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar.
 
He also announced that the 10th Aero India would be held here from 18-22 February 2015. 
 
Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ajit Singh described Aero India as a "knowledge platform". He said Indian aviation was one of the fastest growing aviation sectors in the world and called for concentrated efforts by all stakeholders to sustain this momentum.
 
Mr Shettar, Mr R K Mathur,Secretary ,Defence Production and Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, President, FICCI also spoke on the occasion.
 
Those present included Marshal of The Air Force Arjan Singh, Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and DG, DRDO Dr V K Saraswat and Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma.
 
The inaugural function was followed by a spectacular aerobatics show that included displays by the Tiger Moth of the 1930s, making its flight appearance after 22 years, Light Combat Aircraft "Tejas" and a performance by the well-known Flying Bulls of Czech Republic.
 
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Antony urges private sector to participate in defence R&D, production

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Defence Minister A K Antony today said urged the private sector to step into the areas of defence research and development (R&D) and production in a big way.

"Industries have several opportunities to participate in major defence acquisition programmes by making use of our offset policies," he said in his address to an international seminar on "Challenges in Design to Deployment of Aerospace Products" here on the eve of the inauguration of Aero India 2013, Asia's largest air show.
 
"If our private industries also invest in R&D, I’m confident that the requirements of our users would be met much earlier than is the case now," he said.
 
Mr Antony said that, at present, R&D efforts in the country were mostly government-funded and by government agencies.
 
He asked all stake holders to have regular deliberations and solve their problems within the initial stages of any project or programme for timely delivery of the products and equipment to the Services. 
 
"Our mantra must be jointness in day-to-day working, if we wish to succeed in reducing the content of the imported weaponry and increase the indigenous content," he said.
 
Defining a "successful design" as one that properly translates the design into an acceptable product, meeting the requirements of the end users, Mr Antony said this is not an easy task and the development and production agencies face several challenges along the way. 
 
Mr Antony said the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is undergoing several flight and ground tests to meet the requirements of the users. The very long gestation period of development in aerospace products introduces elements of additional challenges for all the agencies, he said.
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He said aerospace systems had become highly avionics and software intensive. "Such technologies change at mind boggling pace. It is imperative to ensure that the user requirements are met and the design of these requirements are finalised as early as possible. The product, along with the technologies available on the date, should be released with regular updates to take care of the technological advancements," he said. 
 
Mr Antony complimented the designing and production agencies for overcoming several challenges and giving the country such products as the Tejas, weaponised Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv, Akash Missiles and Brah Mos. 
 
The function was attended among others by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister, Mr V K Saraswat, and Secretary, Defence Production, Mr R K Mathur.
 
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Aircel launches free mobile roaming service

Mobile telephone services provider Aircel today announced the launch of free roaming services across the country, offering one rate for voice, SMS and data in home circles and on roaming on Aircel network.

A press release from the company said here that the step would revolutionize the voice market in the country, 
 
"The product is an industry first, and will redefine the user experience and consumption of voice services in the country. The product does not only do away with roaming charges but also provides attractive voice, SMS and data tariffs," it said.
 
According to the release, "One nation, one rate" will provide the following One-India tariff to Aircel customers:
 
* Voice – Local/National calling at 1paisa/second in home circle as well as on roaming on Aircel network. Incoming calls while on roaming on Aircel network will be free
* SMS – Local and national SMS at Re 1/SMS in home circle as well as while on roaming
* Data – User will be able to carry the home circle rate while on roaming
 
Mr Anupam Vasudev, Chief Marketing Officer, Aircel, said that the step would help Aircel, which had pioneered the data revolution in the country with services such as Pocket Internet, to take a lead in the voice space as well.
 
"We believe that the launch of this product will create a community of Aircel users and will mark the start of an important chapter in India’s telecom growth story," he added.
 
According to the release, Aircel is India's fifth largest and fastest growing GSM mobile service provider and a pan India operator. It won 3G spectrum in 13 circles and BWA spectrum in 8 circles and has successfully launched 3G services in 13 circles.
 
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Prof U R Rao to be inducted into Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington

Prof U R Rao
Prof U R Rao

Prof U R Rao, former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and  Secretary, Department of Space, will be honoured by the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) by inducting him as a member of the prestigious “Satellite Hall of Fame”, Washington.  

Since 1987, the SSPI Hall of Fame has been recognising the invaluable contribution of the visionaries who have transformed life on planet earth for the better through satellite
technology, a press release from ISRO said.
 
Members of the Hall of Fame are recognised pioneers in communications, satellite related aerospace scientific research or development and delivery of applications for business, institutions and government via satellite.
 
As a honoured member of Hall of Fame, Prof  Rao joins over 40 personalities such as Sir Arthur C Clarke, Dr James Van Allen, Dr William Pritchard,  Dr Harold Rosen, Dr Fredric d’Allest,   Dr Takayashi Yoshida,  Dr Peter Jackson and Dr Olof Lundberg.
 
The induction of Prof Rao into the Satellite Hall of Fame is scheduled to take place on March 19, 2013 at a function to be held in Washington, D.C.
 
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Infosys reports Rs 2369 crore net profit in Q3

Software services provider Infosys Ltd today reported a better than expected Rs 2369 crore net profit after tax for the third quarter of 2012-13 ended December 31, 2012, unchanged from the previous quarter and compared to Rs 2372 crore in the same quarter of the previous year.

In its results for the quarter, the company said revenues had grown 5.7 per cent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) to Rs 10,424 crore in the third quarter. The year-on-year (YoY) growth was 12.1 per cent, it said.
 
This includes revenues from acquisition of Switzerland-based consulting firm Lodestone. 
 
Revenues excluding Lodestone acquisition grew 3.6% over the September quarter to Rs 10,210 crore.
 
Earnings per share (EPS) was Rs 41.47 for the quarter, against Rs 41.46 for the previous quarter, it said.
 
“We have done well in this quarter despite an uncertain environment,” said Mr S. D. Shibulal, Infosys CEO and Managing Director. 
 
“We continue to gain confidence from a strong pipeline of large deals. However, the broader economic environment remains difficult. Even so, we remain cautiously optimistic about the January-March quarter”, he added.
 
“We were able to maintain our margins through efficiency improvements despite increased operating expenses. We remain focused on making the right investments for profitable and sustainable growth in the longer term", Mr Rajiv Bansal, Chief Financial Officer, said.
 
In its outlook for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, the company said it expected revenues to be at least Rs 40,746 crore and EPS to be at least Rs 162.80.
 
The company's liquid assets including cash and cash equivalents, current available-for-sale financial assets, investment in certificates of deposits and government bonds as on December 31, 2012 were Rs 22,501 crore versus Rs 22,570 crore as on September 30, 2012.
 
A press release from the company said it won eight large outsourcing deals amounting to $ 731 million of total contract value. There were 14 new wins for Infosys' products and platforms.
 
The company and its subsidiaries added 53 clients during the quarter. There was a gross addition of 7,499 employees (net addition of 977) for the quarter by Infosys and its subsidiaries. The company and its subsidiaries had 1,55,629 employees as on December 31, 2012.
 
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Cricket: Hafeez, Malik star in Pakistan’s clinical win over India

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Fine half-centuries by skipper Mohammed Hafeez and ex-captain Shoaib Malik helped Pakistan beat India by five wickets and with two balls to spare in the first of their two Twenty20 internationals at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.

Indian pacer Bhuvaneshwar  Kumar (3/9) made a memorable debut by reducing Pakistan to three for 12. But a crucial 106-run stand between Hafeez (61) and Malik (57 not out) helped them achieve the target of 134 with two balls to spare. Hafeez was also adjudged as Man of the Match.
 
A fine display of seam bowling by Kumar, who opened the bowling, removed the Pakistan top-order.  Nasir Jamshed (2) was the first to go, castled by a huge in-swinger.  Kumar picked up Ahmed Shehzad (5) and Umar Akmal in the next over.
 
Kumar produced an excellent delivery to get rid of Umar. Kumar pitched it wide outside the off-stump but it swung back sharply and it hit the top of Umar’s  middle stump.
 
Hafeez and Malik then brought back Pakistan’s innings on track with some clever play. They relied on the singles but did not wait to punish the poor deliveries. Hafeez was the dominant of the two and hit six fours and two sixes during his 44-ball innings.
 
With Pakistan just 16 runs short of a win, Hafeez tried to upper cut a wide delivery from Ishant Sharma (1/23) only to find Kumar at the third man boundary in the 18th over.  Kamran Akmal (1) also fell soon in the next over leaving Pakistan 10 runs to win off the last over.
 
Two former skippers Malik and Shahid Afridi (3 not out)  took the team home safely without any further loss. Malik finished off the game in style with a huge six over the bowler’s head with two balls to spare.  
  
Earlier,  some fine bowling a tight fielding helped Pakistan restrict India to 133 for nine in 20 overs.
 
India openers Gautam Gambhir (43) and Ajinkya Rahane (42) were the notable contributors with their 77-run stand after they were put in by the Pakistan captain.
 
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Pacer Umar Gul was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers bagging three for 21 while spinner Saeed Ajmal bagged two for 25.
 
Pakistan's opening bowlers Sohail Tanveer and the towering debutant Mohammad Irfan (1/25) bowled well to tie down the Indian batsmen as just 37 runs came off the first six overs.
 
Runs, however, started flowing in after Tanveer and Irfan were removed from the attack.
 
Rahane took on the Pakistani attack with a four off Gul and in the same over Gambhir smacked him for a six over the mid-wicket.
 
In the next over, Rahane again slammed Ajmal for a six over over the extra-cover region. Rahane was supremely confident but Gambhir was cautious as his timing was not right.
 
Rahane departed in his attempt to hit out Shahid Afridi (1/26), caught in the deep by Umar Akmal. 
 
Gambhir fell in Afridi's next over, run out and the dismissal trigerred a mini collapse as from 90 for one, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They lost nine wickets for 43 runs.
 
Yuvraj Singh (10) started with a six but failed to carry on while Mahendra Singh Dhoni's (1) poor form with the bat continued.
 
Scoreboard:
India:
Gautam Gambhir run out (Tanvir/Kamran) 43
Ajnkya Rahane c Umar b Afridi 42
Virat Kohli c Kamran b Irfan 9
Yuvraj Singh c Umar b Gul 10
Mahendra Singh Dhoni b Ajmal 1
Suresh Raina b Ajmal 10
Rohit Sharma run out (Malik) 2
Ravindra Jadeja c Kamran b Gul 2
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar not out 6
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Ishant Sharma b Gul 0
Ashok Dinda not out 3
Extras (lb 2, w 3) 5
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 133
Fall of wickets: 1-77 (Rahane, 10.5 overs), 2-90 (Gambhir, 12.4), 3-103 (Kohli, 14.3), 4-108 (Dhoni, 15.1), 5-115 (Yuvraj, 16.2), 6-122 (Raina, 17.3), 7-123 (Rohit, 17.4), 8-124 (Jadeja, 18.1), 9-124 (Ishant, 18.2)
Bowling:
Mohammad Irfan 4-0-25-1
Sohail Tanvir 4-0-22-0
Umar Gul 3-0-21-3
Saeed Ajmal 4-0-25-2
Shahid Afridi 3-0-26-1
Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-12-0
 
Pakistan:
Nasir Jamshed b Kumar 2
Ahmed Shehzad c Dhoni b Kumar 5
Mohammad Hafeez c Kumar b Ishant 61
Umar Akmal b Kumar 0
Shoaib Malik not out 57
Kamran Akmal c Ishant b Dinda 1
Shahid Afridi not out 3
Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 5
Total (for five wickets in 19.4 overs) 134
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Nasir Jamshed, 0.6 overs), 2-11 (Ahmed Shehzad, 2.2), 3-12 (Umar Akmal, 2.6), 4-118 (Mohammad Hafeez, 17.1), 5-123 (Kamran Akmal, 18.5)
Bowling:
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 4-0-9-3
Ashok Dinda 4-0-26-1
Ishant Sharma 4-0-23-1
Virat Kohli 2-0-21-0
Yuvraj Singh 3-0-25-0
Ravindra Jadeja 2.4-0-29-0
 
Toss Pakistan, who chose to field
Series Pakistan led the 2-match series 1-0
Player of the match: Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)
Umpires: S Ravi and C Shamsuddin
TV umpire: VA Kulkarni
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
 
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Cricket: Pakistan restrict India to 133/9

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Some fine bowling and tight fielding helped Pakistan restrict India to 133 for nine in 20 overs in the first of their two Twenty20 internationals at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
 
India openers Gautam Gambhir (43) and Ajinkya Rahane (42) were the notable contributors with their 77-run stand after they were put in by Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez.
 
Pacer Umar Gul was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers bagging three for 21 while spinner Saeed Ajmal bagged two for 25.
 
Pakistan's opening bowlers Sohail Tanveer and the towering debutant Mohammad Irfan (1/25) bowled well to tie down the Indian batsmen as just 37 runs came off the first six overs.
 
Runs, however, started flowing in after Tanveer and Irfan were removed from the attack.
 
Rahane took on the Pakistani attack with a four off Gul and in the same over Gambhir smacked him for a six over the mid-wicket.
 
In the next over, Rahane again slammed Ajmal for a six over over the extra-cover region. Rahane was supremely confident but Gambhir was cautious as his timing was not right.
 
Rahane departed in his attempt to hit out Shahid Afridi (1/26), caught in the deep by Umar Akmal. 
 
Gambhir fell in Afridi's next over, run out and the dismissal triggered a mini collapse as from 90 for one, India kept losing wickets at regular intervals. They lost nine wickets for 43 runs.
 
Yuvraj Singh (10) started with a six but failed to carry on while Mahendra Singh Dhoni's (1) poor form with the bat continued.
 
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Cricket: Pakistan opt to field against India

Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez won the toss and elected to field against India in the first of the two Twenty20 internationals at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium here Tuesday.

Pace-bowling all-rounder Bhuvaneshwar Kumar will make his debut for India in the match..
 
India: Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda
 
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan
 
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It will be difficult to replace Tendulkar: Dhoni

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Admitting that the team will sincerely miss Sachin Tendulkar, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said here today that the batting maestro's absence will be hard to fill.
 
Dhoni said he has learnt a lot from Tendulkar.
 
“I learnt a lot from him whenever I got a chance to bat in the ODI (one-day international) format. I think his contribution is immense and it will be difficult to replace him,” Dhoni said on the eve of the first Twenty20 against Pakistan.
 
“We will also be very disappointed not to see Sachin score his 50th century and 100th half-century in the ODIs, as he had retired with a world record of 49 hundreds and 96 fifties,” Dhoni told reporters here at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
 
Dhoni said Tendulkar taught the players to be humble in life.
 
“All these things helped me personally. It is good that Sachin is still playing in one of the formats (Tests) as there is plenty for youngsters to learn from him,” Dhoni said.
 
Dhoni said the team respects Tendulkar's decision to retire ahead of the high-voltage series
 
“It was his personal decision and we respect it,” Dhoni said.
 
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India-Pakistan set for an exciting Christmas Day Twenty20 clash

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Bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan are all set to resume with the first Twenty20 international between the two neighbours at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here tomorrow.

Security has been beefed up for the Christmas Day match that will see the two arch-rivals clash in a bilateral series for the first time since 2007. 
 
Sporting ties between the two countries were snapped after the November 26, 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai by Pakistani terrorists.
 
The last time the two teams clashed on home soil was last year during the World Cup semi-final that India won.
 
India also won the last encounter between the two countries in the World Twenty20 held this year in Sri Lanka. 
 
Such has been the hype surrounding the series that the first match has been sold out.
 
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez admitted that his team is not here just to play cricket but win hearts as well.
 
"We have come here not only to play cricket but also to win your hearts," he said.
 
Pakistan's coach Dav Whatmore can't wait to experience the thrill of being a part of a high-voltage series between the two countries.
 
He said the series comprising two T20Is and three One Day Internationals will be "special."
 
"Well this is a special set of games for us. This is my first experience of a Pakistan-India series, a five-game series. We have played India of course in ICC events but this is my first time (in a bilateral series). I am looking forward to it personally," Whatmore said.
 
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Both the teams heavily rely on spin but dew may make the difference. Pakistan's top spinner Saeed Ajmal has proved himself as a match-winner in the shortest version of the game while leg-spinner Shahid Afridi's leg-spin can also prove a threat for the hosts.
 
India will also rely on the spin of Yuvraj Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to go in with the three spinners and Piyush Chawla may play.
 
Yuvraj made a stunning comeback after being dropped from the Test team following a poor show against England. The batting will revolve around Dhoni, Yuvraj and Suresh Raina. 
 
Dhoni also feels that toss will be the key in the series. "Winning the toss will be crucial because dew may have an impact. If you see both the sides, they are quite same. Their ability to play spinners is quite same. I think it will be nice couple of games," he said.
 
Pakistan all-rounder Sohail Tanveer, who was the highest wicket-taker in the inaugural season of the IPL, said his team's pacers will try to take the burden of spinners. 
 
"Against England in Abu Dhabi, the fast bowlers contributed to the efforts of the spinners. Even here, we will try to lighten the load on the spinners," said Tanvir.
 
The second Twenty20 will be played in Ahmedabad (Dec 28) and it will be followed by three ODIs in Chennai (Dec 30), Kolkata (Jan 3) and Delhi (Jan 6).
 
The teams:
 
India: M S Dhoni (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Parvinder Awana, Piyush Chawla, Ambati Rayudu.
 
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Asad Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Ahmed Shehzad.
 
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Dell launches 16 electronics recycling collection points across India

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Technology major Dell today said it had launched 16 electronics recycling collection points for consumers across 13 cities in the country as part of its commitment to encourage and enable free and responsible ways of disposing of old equipment.

"These collection points will be located at the existing Dell Carry-In Service (CIS) centres to encourage the responsible disposal and recycling of any brand, through a Dell-approved environmental partner. Each centre will house electronics collection bins that consumers can use to drop-off their non-working electronics," a press release from the company said.
 
The release said the collection points were an extension of Dell's global free recycling programme that aims to provide free and easy recycling for consumers, keep environmentally sensitive materials out of landfills, enable materials to be recycled or reused, and help conserve natural resources.
 
Mr A. Prem Ananth, Take Back Compliance Manager, Dell India said, "Dell has been working towards providing multiple hassle-free options for disposing electronics responsibly and keeping them out of our landfills. Our newest recycling locations will now provide even more free and convenient options for consumers to recycle any brand of computer or associated peripheral device."
 
The collection points are located in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and Noida, with two collection points each in Pune, Mumbai and Kolkata. 
 
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Banking decision sciences company iCreate Software raises Rs 50 crores

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Banking decision sciences company iCreate Software today said it had raised Rs 50 crore in Series B round of funding, with the investment being led by Sequoia Capital.

IDG Ventures India, the Series A investors, also participated in the Series B round. As part of this investment, Gautam Mago from Sequoia Capital India Advisors will join the company's board, a press release from iCreate said.
 
The release said the funding is expected to help iCreate grow its market potential exponentially by expanding its product portfolio, entering newer markets and deploying flexible engagement models to deliver superior banking decision enablement solutions. 
 
According to the release, iCreate’s banking software products power over 20 leading banks across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, such as HDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank, Bank of America, Gulf Investment Corporation, Capitec Bank, BankMandiri, SAIB Egypt and East West Bank.
 
Mr Shailendra Singh, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital India Advisors said, “iCreate has been delivering compelling value to the global banking sector with their banking BI and analytics products. In a very short period of time, they have built up an admirable roster of clients by delivering vital, actionable business intelligence to banks. We are excited to partner with the iCreate leadership team to help build a valuable global software product company coming from India.”
 
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Mr T C Meenakshisundaram, founder and MD, IDG Ventures India added, “I am delighted to welcome aboard our new partners Sequoia Capital. IDG Ventures India has been an investor in iCreate since 2010, and believe in its ability to help banks become agile in their decision making to manage the increasing volatility in business. The years ahead will be a defining phase for iCreate and I look forward to work with the expanded leadership team."
 
Mr Vivek Subramanyam, CEO, iCreate said, “I am extremely happy to welcome aboard Sequoia Capital.Our endeavours to ‘define the bar’ of innovative solutions in the banking decision sciences space just got a valuable partner. I am confident that Sequoia’s experienced team will provide a fresh perspective in our journey to become a category leader in global banking decision sciences."
 
Mr Anup Pai, Founder & COO, iCreate added, “iCreate’s domain-focussed innovations have been redefining the way the banking sector manages information. Shaking hands with a global leader like Sequoia Capital will help us launch the build efforts for newer products and expanding our portfolio. This new thrust will certainly catapult our growth and help us serve the banking fraternity better."
 
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Yeddyurappa launches new party; several BJP MLAs, MLAs present at event

 
Yeddyurappa launches KJP
Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa formally launched his Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) here today, nine days after he snapped his four-decade-old link with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a bitter and emotional parting of ways.
 
In a massive show of strength, Mr Yeddyurappa, 70, staged a huge rally at Haveri, where he took over as the president of his new party in the presence of thousands of supporters, including 13 sitting members of the state legislative assembly.
 
Talking to journalists before the rally, Mr Yeddyurappa said the BJP government in Karnataka was able to continue in office only because of the support of his followers and dared the BJP leadership to dissolve the assembly and seek a fresh mandate from the people.
 
Referring to the disciplinary action taken by the BJP leadership against an MP and a state Minister loyal to him, he said the party should, instead of "dilly-dallying" and taking "selective action", should go back to the people for a fresh vote.
 
He said such actions only served to help him increase his support base in the state.
 
The BJP had, yesterday, suspened Mr G.S. Basavaraj, its Member of Parliament from Karnataka, from the primary membership of the party for alleged "anti-party activities, which include his public pronouncements against the party in general and party leaders in particulars."
 
Mr Yeddyurappa had led the BJP to power in a southern state for the first time more than four years ago. The BJP said the launch of the new party would not affect it in any way.
 
"The BJP will return to power in the state in the next elections", which are six months away, BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told newspapers in Delhi.
 
He said the recent developments were unfortunate, but they would not affect the BJP in any way.
 
The appearance of several MLAs and MLCs at the rally has put the BJP in a spot, because it had vowed to act against any of its leaders who participated in today's event. 
 
Mr Yeddyurappa, who was Chief Minister for 38 months, had been asked by the BJP leadership to quit afer he was indicted by the state Lokayukta in an alleged miniming scam.
 
He claims he had been assured that he would be made the Chief Minister again after he got relief from the court in the mining scam case and that the party leadership did not honour their promise. "They deceived me," he said on November 30, when he quit the party finally.
 
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Justice Arun Mishra appointed Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court

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The President has appointed Mr Justice Arun Mishra, Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court, as the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court.

An official press release said the appointment would be with effect from the date he assumed charge of his new office.
 
Mr Justice Mishra, 57, graduated in sience and then obtained a Master's degree in Arts and a degree in Law.
 
He practised from 1978 to October 1999 in constitutional, civil, industrial, criminal and service matters in the Bench of High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Gwalior. He worked as part time Lecturer in Law during 1986 to 1993 and was a Member of Faculty of Law of Jiwaji University, Gwalior from 1991 to 1996.
 
He was chairman of General Council of National Law School of India University at Bangalore from 15.05.1998 to 24.10.1999.
 
He was appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh on October 25, 1999 and Permanent Judge on October 24, 2001.
 
He was transferred to Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur and took oath there on 12.09.2010. He became Acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court on 1.11.2010 and became the Chief Justice of Rajasthan on 26.11.2010.
 
The President has also appointed Mr Justice N. K. Balakrishnan, Mr Justice V. Chitambaresh and Mr Justice A. M. Shaffique, Additional Judges of the High Court of Kerala, as Judges of that High Court with effect from the date they assume charge of their office. 
 
Mr Justice Arvind Kumar, Additional Judge of the High Court of Karnataka, has been appointed as a Judge of that High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office, the release added.
 
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Former Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa quits BJP, to launch new party on Dec 9

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Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in a southern state more than four years ago, snapped his four-decade-old link with the party in a bitter and emotional parting of ways today.

Mr Yeddyurappa, 70, made his exit from the party six months before elections to the state legislative assembly are due in Karnataka.
 
His voice choking with emotion at one stage, Mr Yeddyurappa told journalists that he would launch his own outfit, the Karnataka Janata Party, on December 7.
 
He said he had sent a letter of resignation from the primary membership of the party to BJP president Nitin Gadkari. He later met Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah and submitted his resignation from the House.
 
Mr Yeddyurappa, who was Chief Minister for 38 months, had been asked by the BJP leadership to quit afer he was indicted by the state Lokayukta in an alleged miniming scam.
 
He said he had been forced to take the decision to resign from the party, which he had built in the state. He blamed two state leaders for pushing him to take the extreme decision.
 
While he did not name anyone, it is generally believed that he was referring to H N Ananth Kumar and state BJP president K S Eshwarappa. His relations with senior BJP leader L K Advani were also said to be strained.
 
"Today, with great pain and a heavy heart, I am beginning a new phase in my political life," Mr Yeddyurappa said.
 
There is no immediate threat to the Jagdish Shettar governmet in the state, with Mr Yeddyurappa asking his suppporters among the MLAs and Ministers not to resign. He said his party would cooperate with the government and allow it to complete its term.
 
Mr Yeddyurappa claims he had been assured that he would be made the Chief Minister again after he got relief from the court in the mining scam case and that the party leadership did not honour their promise. "They deceived me," he said.
 
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Crompton Greaves to set up plant in Bangalore to make intelligent electronic devices

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Crompton Greaves (CG), a part of the $ 4 billion Avantha Group, is setting up a greenfield plant in the Jigani Industrial Area of Bangalore, which will be operational by this year-end and make intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) for the control and monitoring of power systems.

The plant, which will help bolster India's Smart Grid initiative, will also assemble control and relay panels using these IEDs, complying with the latest sub-station automation standard - IEC 61850.
 
A press release from CG said that, as India's power network becomes complex and the demand for energy increases, the country needs to accelerate the deployment of Smart Grid technolgies. 
 
"Offering unprecedented control and efficiency in power supply, a Smart Grid could go a long way in protecting consumers from the kind of outage Northern India experienced recently. India needs to improve its power generation and transmission, which can be enabled by investing in these innovative grid control technologies. As of now. pilot projects for Smart Grid technologies are being carried out in several cities, including Bangalore," it said.
 
The release said the new plant would be the base for manufacturing in India the entire range of Protection, Control and Communication products from CG's Automation Business Unit. 
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"With the acquisition of ZIV complete, CG gets access to ZIV's Smart Grid technologies, including expertise in grid automation. ZIV complements CG's offering for grid automation, enhancing its differentiated offering in its core business," it said.
 
Mr Laurent Demortier, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, CG, said, "The ZIV acquisition positions and accelerates CG as a strong player in the promising Smart Grid segment. CG is commited to contribute to the development of India's first Smart Grid project in Puduchery in association with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL). The project's advance metering infrastructure will ensure that consumers get the advantages of efficient power supply."
 
Covering 4050 sq mtrs, the plant will employ 30 people in its first year of operations. With demand in the Indian market picking up substantially, the plant will first cater to the Indian market. It will gear up to meet demand in nearby geographies and further extend its market reach in the years to come.
 
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Ashish Lele, Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Amit Chaudhury among winners of Infosys Prize 2012

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Scientist Ashish Lele, historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam, writer Amit Chaudhuri and mathematician Manjul Bhargava are among the seven winners of the Infosys Prize 2012 for their outstanding research contributions.

The other winners of the coveted prize, given in six categories, are cellular biologist Satyajit Mayor, scientist Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh and economic theorist Arunava Sen.
 
Dr Lele is a scientist at the National Chemical Laboratories in Pune, while Prof Subrahmanyam is Distinguished Professor of History and Navin & Pratima Doshi Endowed Chair in Pre-Modern Indian History, University of California at Los Angeles, United States.
 
Prof Chaudhuri is Professor of Contemporary Literature, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom, while Dr Mayor is Professor of Cellular Organization and Signaling at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.
 
Prof Bhargava is Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University, Princeton, US, Dr Ajayaghosh is Senior Scientist at National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Thiruvananthapuram, and Prof Sen is Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi.
 
The Prize is given in six categories: Engineering & Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences. Now in its fourth year, it ranks among the highest monetary awards in India that recognizes scientific research.
 
Infosys Science Foundation introduced a new category of Humanities earlier this year to expand the scope of the prize which has traditionally acknowledged research in the physical, biological and social sciences, as well as mathematics, engineering and computer sciences. 
 
Two winners were announced in this category for their contributions in the fields of History and Literary Studies.
 
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“The Humanities as a cluster of subjects - Literary Studies, Philosophy, History, Art, and Legal Theory - complement the traditional sciences and have an important role in broadening human lives, like science has. Having a prize in Humanities will add incentive for younger people in the country to pursue these subjects. I am delighted that the Infosys Science Foundation is moving in this direction," Prof. Amartya Sen, jury chair for the Humanities category, said.
 
The seven winners of the Infosys Prize 2012 were informed of their selection earlier today by the trustees and jury chairs who evaluated their work along with panel members comprising of eminent scientists and professors from around the world. 
 
The jury chairs of the six categories are: Prof. Amartya Sen, Humanities; Dr. Kaushik Basu, Social Sciences; Prof. Shrinivas Kulkarni, Physical Sciences; Prof. Pradeep K. Khosla, Engineering & Computer Science; Prof. Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan, Mathematical Sciences; and Prof. Inder Verma, Life Sciences.
 
The prize for each category includes a gold medallion, a citation certificate, and prize money of Rs. 50 lakhs.
 
Mr. S. Gopalakrishnan, Executive Co-Chairman, Infosys, and President of the Board of Trustees, Infosys Science Foundation, said: “Scientific advances are important drivers of healthy economies. The ability to create, distribute, and use knowledge is a major source of competitive advantage, wealth creation, and quality-of-life improvements. We hope the winners will serve as role-models to motivate young Indians choose vocations in scientific research and increase innovative work and discovery being done in the country today.”
 
Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys, and Trustee, Infosys Science Foundation, said: It is our aim to promote ground-breaking research, while encouraging young minds in India to explore the sciences. The Infosys Prize is a step in this direction and will inspire many more Indians to achieve these important goals.”
 
The award ceremony for the Infosys Prize 2012 will be held on January 3, 2013 in New Delhi, where Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director General of the World Health Organization, will felicitate the winners.
 
In its efforts to elevate the prestige of scientific research in the country, the Infosys Science Foundation is lending a special focus to the development of Mathematics, with 2012 marked as the National Year of Mathematics by the Government of India. The Foundation has already orchestrated lectures across the country and inter-school Fests on Mathematics aimed at fostering enthusiasm and excitement around this academic field.
 
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The Infosys Prize is awarded under the aegis of the Infosys Science Foundation, a not-for-profit trust set up in February, 2009 by the management of the company. The Infosys Science Foundation is funded by a corpus which today stands at Rs 100 crore contributed by the trustees and Infosys. 
 
Prof Lele was chosen for the award in the Engineering and Computer Science category for his incisive contributions in molecular tailoring of stimuli responsive smart polymeric gels; exploring the anomalous behavior of rheologically complex fluids, and for building the bridge between macromolecular dynamics and polymer processing.
 
He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai (1988) and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware (1993). 
 
Prof. Lele has been awarded the CSIR Young Scientist award (1996), the Indian National Science Academy Young Scientist award (1998), and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award in Engineering Science (2006). He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and of the Indian Academy of Science.  
 
He was a Visiting Professor at the I.S.I.T.V., Toulon, France (1996) and worked as a Research Associate in the University of Cambridge (2001). He is the President of the Indian Society of Rheology and a member of the editorial board of the prestigious journal, Rheologica Acta.
 
"Prof. Lele has made many novel and impactful contributions to polymer science and engineering.  These include molecular tailoring of stimuli responsive smart hydrogels, new insights into the anomalous rheological behavior of complex fluids and the coupling of macromolecular dynamics and polymer processing.  
 
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"He has many `firsts’ to his credit. The experimental discovery of novel macroscopic self-organization in stimuli responsive gels and the discovery of self-healing gels were important breakthroughs. His theoretical firsts include laying the foundations of a mean field theoretical framework of specific weak molecular interactions in gels; elucidation of the unusual amoeba-like dynamics of ring polymers; new insights into the role of convective constrained release of polymer chains in causing the industrially important stick-slip instability in flows of polymer melts, and the exploration of the critical role of flow-induced orientation of nanoclays," the jury said in its citation.
 
The Prize in Humanities – Literary Studies has been awarded to Prof Chaudhuri for his imaginative and illuminating writings in literary criticism, which reflect a complex literary sensibility, and great theoretical mastery, along with a probing sense of detail. It recognizes and celebrates the intellectual reach and the quiet humanity in his extraordinary writings.
 
He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Arts from the University College, London (1986) and Ph.D. from the Balliol College, Oxford (1993). 
 
He has received several awards such as the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (2011), the Commonwealth Writers Prize (South East and Europe Region, Best Book) (2010), the Sahitya Akademi award (2002), and the Betty Trask prize (1991). He has written five novels, The Immortals, Afternoon Raag, A New World, Freedom Song, A Strange and Sublime Address. 
 
Apart from being a well-known novelist and a fine musician, Prof. Chaudhuri is one of India's best and most widely admired literary and cultural critic and theorist. 
 
"Prof. Chaudhuri’s writings in literary criticism reflect a complex literary sensibility, and great theoretical mastery, along with a probing sense of detail. These virtues are powerfully manifest in his highly original reading of D.H. Lawrence. He steered past the routine interpretations of Lawrence to a sober yet startlingly illuminating postmodern and even postcolonial understanding of his poems.
 
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"His personal and intellectual engagement with Tagore’s works, recast a widely familiar corpus of writing, and placed it in a dialectical relation with a long tradition of Western thought and literature.
 
"These accomplishments have been steadily supplemented with a series of thoroughly engaging reviews of Indian and English literature, all done with an eye alert to subtle connections between critical theory, literary text, and cultural context," the jury said.
 
Prof Subrahmanyam has been given the Prize in the Humanities – History category for his path-breaking contribution to history. He is an outstanding scholar of early-modern (1500-1800) South Asian history. He has been able to develop a new genre of “connected history,” involving persons, products, and social and political processes stretching from Malacca in the East to Portugal in the West. 
 
He earned his Master’s degree in Economics (1982) from the University of Delhi and a Ph.D. (1987) from the Delhi School of Economics. He is the Professor and Doshi Chair of Indian History at UCLA, since 2004. 
 
"Prof. Subrahmanyam is an outstanding scholar of early-modern (1500-1800) South Asian history. His ground-breaking work recaptures the real dynamism that marked an epoch, which had often been wrongly viewed by early historians as “stagnant.” 
 
"He brings to his research work, unparalleled command of archives in Europe, the Middle East, and India, along with vast reading of primary and secondary texts in nearly a dozen languages. 
 
"He has authored or co-authored over 26 books and scores of articles, which have been translated from Portuguese, French and Italian, to Chinese and Japanese. The impact of his works has been felt across disciplines," the citation said.
 
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Prof Mayor got the Life Sciences award for his work which provides new insights into regulated cell surface organization and membrane dynamics, necessary for understanding self-organization and trafficking of membrane molecules in living cells, and in signaling between cells.
 
He obtained his Master’s degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and his Ph.D. in Life Sciences from the Rockefeller University, New York. 
 
He has received several awards and accolades including the Swarnajayanti Fellowship by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) (2003-08), the Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellow (1999-2004) and the Helen Hays Whitney Post-Doctoral Fellowship (1992-95). He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences (2001). He was awarded the J.C. Bose Fellowship by the DST (2006-2011) and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award (2003). 
 
"Mayor’s earliest independent contributions were to define the nanoscale organization of GPI-linked proteins using fluorescence anisotropy, showing that these proteins exist in small (tens of nanometers) clusters, fundamentally clarifying the way in which membrane “rafts” are now understood.  He then went on to show that these microdomains are organized by actin and are endocytosed by a novel pathway that is clathrin- and dynamin-independent and regulated by cdc42 – this newly-discovered pathway is also responsible for a significant fraction of the micropinocytosis (fluid-phase uptake) by cells.  He followed up on this discovery with a broad-scale analysis of the mechanisms of several different pathways of endocytosis of different classes of membrane proteins.  This work has implications for endocytosis of immune regulators and modulation of immune responses (by HIV and other pathogens).
 
"He developed and applied fluorescence microscopic methods to another important problem, the analysis of gradients of morphogens important in pattern regulation in development and in cancer, such as Hedgehog and Wnt signaling, providing fundamental insights into the detailed mechanisms involved, and opening possible routes to intervention in such diseases," the jury said.
 
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Prof Bhargava was chosen for the Mathematics prize for his extraordinarily original work in algebraic number theory. His work has revolutionized the way in which number fields and elliptic curves are counted.
 
He earned his A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1996 and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2001. 
 
He has received numerous awards, including three Derek Bok Awards for Excellence in Teaching (1993-95), the Hoopes Prize for Excellence in Scholarly Work and Research from Harvard University (1996), the AMS-MAA-SIAM Morgan Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (1997), the MAA Merten M. Hasse Prize for Exposition (2003), a Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering (2004), the Blumenthal Award (2005), the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize (2005), which he shared with Prof. Kannan Soundararajan; the AMS Cole Prize for number theory (2008) and the Prix Fermat (2011). He was also the 2011 Simons Lecturer at MIT. An accomplished tabla player, he studied with Pandit Prem Prakash Sharma and Ustad Zakir Hussain.
 
"Prof Bhargava has made several highly original contributions to algebraic number theory. He has introduced brilliant new ideas which have turned a subject that had been largely stuck for 40 years, into one of the most active areas in number theory today. He has also proved a series of beautiful theorems that greatly enhance our understanding of number fields and elliptic curves, two of the most studied topics in number theory. In particular, he showed how to count quartic and quintic number fields, and proved that the average rank of an elliptic curve over the rational numbers is at most 7/6," the citation said.
 
The prize for Physical Sciences is awarded to Prof Ajayaghosh for his pioneering development of methods for the construction of functional nanomaterials, which can be employed as components in energy conversion devices and in powerful substance selective optical sensors.
 
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He obtained his Master’s degree in Science. (1984) from Kerala University and a Ph.D (1988) from Calicut University.
 
He has received several awards such as the Thomson Reuters Research Excellence Award (2009), the Outstanding Researcher Award of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) (2009), the Ramanna Fellowship of the Department of Science and Technology, India (DST) (2007) and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for chemical sciences (2007). 
 
"Prof. Ajayaghosh has done landmark work that has advanced supramolecular chemistry, most especially in investigations that have led to the design and synthesis of molecular assemblies called organogels, a new class of materials with great potential for photonic and electronic applications. He has demonstrated that these self-assembled nanomaterials can be used to control the electronic energy transfer processes, paving the way for the development of superior light harvesting devices. He has synthesized and characterized nanomaterials that can be employed for energy conversion and in optical sensors to detect tiny amounts of TNT and other very dangerous substances," the citation said.
 
The prize in Economics has been given to Prof Sen for his game-theoretic analyses of mechanism design for implementing social choice rules, when individuals have diverse information and incentives.
 
He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University (1987) and M.Phil. from Oxford University (1982).  
He has several awards to his credit such as the Mahalanobis Memorial Medal of the Indian Econometric Society (2000) and the Koc University Prize (1995) for the best paper in Economic Design.
 
"Prof. Sen’s research recognizes that information pertinent to economic policy design is held by individuals who may benefit by misrepresenting it, and that policy implementation is constrained by the freedom of individuals to act. Therefore, it has large implications on real-world policy-making. His main contribution (in joint work with Prof. Dilip Abreu) shows that any social choice rule can be approximated by one that is a Nash equilibrium of such individual interaction," the citation said.
 
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Shinde to chair 25th Meeting of Southern Zonal Council at Bangalore on Friday

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Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will chair the 25th meeting of the Southern Zonal Council at Bangalore tomorrow to discuss the issues of the State Governments of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry. 

An official press release said some of the issues likely to be discussed include security of fishermen, strengthening of drug control organization and development of industrial corridor of the peninsular region of Southern States. 
 
Extension of high speed rail corridor between Thiruvananthapuram and Mangalore upto Udupi, peninsular tourism trains in Southern Zone, coastal erosion and matters related to police administrations, atrocities on SCs/STs, human-trafficking and re-activating of the Southern Zonal Council are other issues on the agenda of the meeting, the release added.
 
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CBI arrests NCTE section officer in Bangalore in bribery case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a section officer of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), Bangalore for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs.30,000 from an educational society.

A case was registered against the official, under the Prevention of Corruption Act, after the society filed a complaint with the CBI alleging he had demanded a bribe of Rs 2 akh from it for handing over a letter of intent to commence a new course.
 
A press release from the CBI said the agency laid a trap and caught the accused red-handed while allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 30,000 from the complainant. 
 
Searches were carried out at the office and residential premises of the accused, the release added.
 
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Orbit of communication satellite GSAT-10 raised further

Close-up view of GSAT-10 with one of the antennae partially deployed. Photo ISRO
Close-up view of GSAT-10 with one of the antennae partially deployed. Photo ISRO

India's communication satellite GSAT-10, which was launched by the Ariane-5 launch vehicle from Korou in French Guiana on Saturday, underwent its second orbit-raising manoeuvre this afternoon, when its perigee (nearest point to Earth) was successfully raised to 31,822 km from 16,427 km by using its Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM). 

The apogee (farthest point to earth) of the orbit is maintained at   35,734 km, a press release from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said.
 
After today’s operation, the inclination of GSAT-10 with respect to equatorial plane has also been brought closer to the equator at 0.2 degree. Currently, the orbital period of the satellite is 22 hours 14 minutes.
 
This orbit raising operation began today at 1316 hrs IST by commanding the satellite to fire the LAM for a duration close to 38 minutes. This was the second of the three orbit raising
manoeuvres planned for placing the GSAT-10 in a geostationary orbit.
 
The next, and also the last, orbit-raising manoeuvre is planned on the morning of October 3. The two solar panels and the two dual gridded reflectors will also be deployed later in the same day.
 
GSAT-10 is ISRO's 101st space mission. Weighing 3400 kg at lift-off, it is the heaviest satellite that ISRO has ever built. 
 
ISRO plans to experimentally turn on the communication payloads on the satellite in the second week of October 2012. 
 
After successful completion of all in-orbit tests, GSAT-10 will be ready for operational use by November 2012. It will be positioned on 83 degrees East orbital location along with INSAT-4A and GSAT-12. The operational life of GSAT-10 is expected to be 15 years nominal. 
 
GSAT-10 has 30 communication transponders [12 in Ku-band, 12 in C-band and 6 in Extended C-Band]. Also, it has a navigation payload "GAGAN" that would provide improved accuracy of GPS signals (of better than 7 meters) to be used by the Airports Authority of India for civil aviation requirements.
 
This is the second satellite in INSAT/GSAT constellation with GAGAN payload after GSAT-8, launched in May 2008.
 
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Communication satellite GSAT-10 placed in intermediate orbit

Close-up view of GSAT-10 with one of the antennae partially deployed. Photo ISRO
Close-up view of GSAT-10 with one of the antennae partially deployed. Photo ISRO

India's communication satellite GSAT-10, which was launched by the Ariane-5 launch vehicle from Korou in French Guiana yesterday, underwent its first critical orbit-raising manoeuvre this morning in which its perigee (nearest point to Earth) was successfully raised from 250 km to 16,427 km by using its on-board propulsion system.

Besides, the inclination of GSAT-10 with respect to the equatorial plane has also been brought down to 1.7 degrees from the earlier 5.998 degrees, a press release from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said.. 
 
In this operation, the Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) was fired for a duration of 1 hour 55 minutes. In the process, about 362 kg of propellant was utilised, it said.
 
The orbit raising operation began today at 0428 hrs IST by commanding the satellite from ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan, Karnataka.
 
"GSAT-10 is in good health. The current orbital parameters of GSAT-10 are: Perigee (km)            16,427 Apogee (km)  35,758.7, Inclination (deg)  1.7, Orbital Period  16 hours 3 minutes," the release said.
 
The second orbit-raising manoeuvre is planned in the afternoon of October 1. The satellite will be moved to the Geo-Stationery Orbit (36000 km above equator) by using the satellite propulsion system in a three-step approach. 
 
The launch of GSAT-10 is ISRO's 101st space mission. Weighing 3400 kg at lift-off, it is the heaviest satellite that ISRO has ever built. 
 
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After the completion of orbit raising operations, the two solar panels and both dual gridded antenna reflectors will be deployed for further tests and operations. It is planned to experimentally turn on the communication payloads on the second week of October 2012. 
 
After successful completion of all in-orbit tests, GSAT-10 satellite will be ready for operational use by November 2012. It will be positioned on 83 degrees East orbital location along with INSAT-4A and GSAT-12. The operational life of GSAT-10 is expected to be 15 years nominal. 
 
GSAT-10 has 30 communication transponders [12 in Ku-band, 12 in C-band and 6 in Extended C-Band]. Also, it has a navigation payload "GAGAN" that would provide improved accuracy of GPS signals (of better than 7 meters) to be used by the Airports Authority of India for civil aviation requirements.
 
This is the second satellite in INSAT/GSAT constellation with GAGAN payload after GSAT-8, launched in May 2008.
 
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Railways, Manipur enter quarter-finals of 2nd Hockey India Senior Men Nationals

 

Indian Railways and Manipur entered the quarter-finals of the 2nd Hockey India Senior Men's National Championship by winning hard-fought matches in their respective pools here today.
 
The Railways overcame talented Uttar Pradesh 3-1 to top pool F unbeaten while a youthful Manipur, coached by former India star Tikken Singh, overcame Association of Indian Universities 4-3 in pool H to record their third win and advance to the quarter-finals.
 
Railways and Manipur joined defending champions Haryana (pool A), Punjab (pool C), Air India (pool E) and Tamil Nadu (pool G) in the knock-out stage that commences on Sunday.
 
Starring in Manipur’s thrilling win were Jayanta Kumar Meitel and Gangamba who scored two goals apiece while the Universities replied through Barkat Singh (2) and Hansraj (1).
 
An action-packed first half saw Manipur scoring twice as Meitel and Gangamba found the mark in the 17th and 19th minutes, but the collegians fought back to equalize through Barkat Singh (25th) and Hansraj (32nd).
 
On change of ends, Manipur stepped up the pressure with Gangamba giving them the lead with a 36th minute strike only to see Barkat putting Universities back on part in the 42nd. Meitel then sealed the issue in the 55th minute and Manipur managed to nurse the lead to the finish.
 
The Railways found their heroes in Sanjay Bir Singh (15th, 34th) and Victo Singh  (42nd) while Chandan Singh (22nd) brought some solace for Uttar Pradesh.
 
Earlier, hosts Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand registered their third wins to keep themselves in contention for quarter-final berths.
 
Karnataka easily defeated Delhi 9-0 and Andhra Pradesh routed Mizoram 15-3 in two pool B matches while Jharkhand overwhelmed Goa 15-0 to maintain their unbeaten run in pool D where Guwahati-based Sashatra Seema Bal later beat Uttarakhand 5-1 for their second win.
 
Taking time to settle down, Karnataka opened their account in the 24th minute through Pundalik Bellary and thereafter, scored at will through VR Raghunath, Vikram Kanth, MK Mudappa, Shanker Patil, PL Thimmanna, SK Uthappa, Nikin Thimmaiah and Nitin Thimmaiah.
 
Joining Karnataka at the top of pool B were Andhra Pradesh who defeated Mizoram 15-3 for their third win. Spearheading Andhra’s goal-spree was Ajay Babu with four goals, followed by Kishore Krishna (3), Ramesh Krishna (3), Sandeep Raju (3), Avinash Chindrapu (2).
 
Mizoram sparked to life late in the match and struck thrice in a three-minute spell through Lalthakima (58th), Lalduhawma (60th) and Lalrinngheta (61st), but by then they had already conceded 14 goals.
 
Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka both have nine points apiece, but the home team is better placed on goal-difference. The two teams meet on Saturday to decide who will qualify for the quarter-finals.
 
Topping the Jharkhand goal-rush was drag-flick specialist and India player Diwakar Ram who converted seven penalty corners and another international Ajitesh Roy netted two while Wilson Minz, Anil Xaxa, Banmali Xess, Birendra Lakra, Shashi Topno and John Minz contributed one goal apiece.
 
In pool F, Assam completed their league engagements on a winning note as they beat Tripura 6-0. It was Assam’s first win in three matches as Magalinga Swami, Ratan Mutana, Rajesh Boro, KD Cariappa and an Own Goal paved their success while Tripura lost all their three matches.
 
Bihar also finished their campaign in pool F by defeating Andaman and Nicobar 6-0 for their only win in three matches while the islanders suffered their third defeat.
 
Riazuddin and Niraj Tigga scored twice while Gabriel Herenj and Anup Topno scored one apiece for Bihar.
 
In an inconsequential pool A match, Bhopal, thanks to goals by Irfan Ali and Merajuddin, got past Bengal 2-0 to finish second behind holders Haryana who have already qualified for the quarter-finals. For Bengal, it was their third defeat in four outings one of which they drew.
 
The results:
 
Pool A: Bhopal 2 (Irfan Ali 45th; Merajuddin 66th) beat Bengal 0.
Pool B: Karnataka 9 (Pundalik Bellary 24th, VR Raghunath 27th, Vikram Kanth 32nd, MK Mudappa 35th, Shanker Patil 44th, PL Thimmanna 49th, SK Uthappa 50th, Nikin Thimmaiah 52nd, Nitin Thimmaiah 63rd) beat Delhi 0.
Andhra Pradesh 15 (Kishore Krishna 1st, 20th, 27th; Ajay Babu 8th, 38th, 39th, 69th; Ramesh Krishna 12th, 18th, 50th; Sandeep Raju 28th, 51st. 45th; Avinash Chindrapu 34th, 41st) beat Mizoram 3 (Lalthakima 58th; Lalduhawma 60th; Lalrinngheta 61st).
Pool D: Jharkhand 15 (Diwakar Ram 20th, 37th, 39th, 49th, 55th, 60th, 67th; Ajitesh Roy 31st, 52nd; Wilson Minz 7th; Anil Xaxa 10th; Banmali Xess 25th; Birendra Lakra 29th; Shashi Topno 32nd; John Minz 69th) beat Goa 0.
Sashatra Seema Bal 5 (S Romikumar Singh 20th, 44th; L Joychandra Singh 10th; H Surchandra Singh 48th) beat Uttarakhand 1 (Prakash Singh Mehra 65th).
Pool F: Indian Railways 3 (Sanjay Bir Singh 15th, 34th; Victo Singh 42nd) beat Uttar Pradesh 1 (Chandan Singh 22nd).
Assam 6 (Magalinga Swami 11th, Ratan Mutana 16th; Rajesh Boro 25th, 50th; KD Cariappa 34th; Own Goal 40th) beat Tripura 0.
Pool H: Manipur 4 (Jayantakumar Meitel 17th, 55th; Gangamba 19th, 36th) beat Association of Indian Universities 3 (Barkat Singh 25th, 42nd; Hansraj 32nd).
Bihar 6 (Riazuddin 14th, 46th; Niraj Tigga 35th, 50th; Gabriel Herenj 37th; Anup Topno 53rd) beat Andaman & Nicobar 0.
 
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Punjab move into last eight of 2nd Hockey India Senior Men's National Championship

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Gurjinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored thrice each as Punjab notched an emphatic 7-2 win against Services in their concluding pool C league game and entered the quarter-finals of Hockey India’s second senior National men’s hockey championship here today.

In a match that was twice interrupted by rains, Services, who needed only a draw to advance to the knock-out stage, failed to deliver despite goals by Lovepreet Singh (25th) and Sanwar Ali (54th) as Punjab scored their second win in the three-team pool.
 
Services, who finished with three points, had their chances while Punjab went on to dominate much of the match. Gurjinder put them ahead with a ninth minute penalty corner conversion only to see Services bounce back with an equalizer from Lovepreet who diverted a cross from Mukesh Lakra.
 
On change of ends, Punjab were a trifle lucky to get their second goal after Gurjinder’s attempt from a 43rd minute penalty corner trickled over the goal-line off goalkeeper P T Rao’s pads and the stick of defender Rajesh Lakra whose robust tackle had resulted in the award.
 
Services caught up a second time when Sanwar Ali found the mark from a penalty corner in the 54th before the floodgates opened as Akashdeep (58th, 66th, 70th), Gurjinder (62nd) and Satbir Singh (69th) struck for Punjab to complete a resounding win.
 
The pool originally had five teams, but Arunachal Pradesh did not turn up and Chhattisgarh were expelled from the tournament earlier this week on disciplinary grounds.
 
Services had beaten Jammu and Kashmir 18-0 while Punjab had won 12-1 against the same team. It meant the Services had a better goal-difference and a draw today would have put them in the quarter-finals.
 
On Pitch 2 at the MEG grounds, Chandigarh kept their hopes alive with a second win in three pool D outings, defeating Goa 14-2 while Jharkhand beat Uttarakhand 7-1 for their second success in as many matches.
 
The results:
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Pool A: 
Puducherry 2 (Manthena 30; Jayaraj 43) drew with Bengal 2 (Asis Singh Sengar 38; Gurvinder Singh 65).
Pool B: 
Delhi 10 (Avatar Singh Mann 18, 52; Umesh 34, 44; Shyambir 46, 48; Lalit 32; Pawan Singh Chouhan 54) beat Mizoram 1 (Lalringheta 1st).
Andhra Pradesh 5 (Ramesh Krishnan 15, 33; Ramesh Setti 17; Sandeep Raju 30; Krishna Kishore 69) beat Himachal Pradesh 4 (Amit Lochab 13, 48; Sarabjeet Singh 23; Lakhvir Singh 70).
Pool C: 
Punjab 7 (Gurjinder Singh 9, 43, 62; Akashdeep Singh 58, 66, 70; Satbir Singh 68) beat Services 2 (Lovepreet Singh 25; Sanwar Ali 54).
Pool D: 
Jharkhand 7 (Ajitesh Roy 2, 34, 40, 46, 68; Anil Xaxa 41; Gainder Tigga 70) beat Uttarakhand 1 (Manoj Singh Rawat 27).
Chandigarh 14   (Deepanshu Bhargava 7, 16, 23; Raminder Singh 12, 53; Sandeep Singh 30, 66; Lakhwinder Singh 38, 51; Ravinder Singh 24; Harmanpreet Singh 32; Shahnawaz Alam 45; Lovedeep 60; Kulbhushan Vashisht 63) beat Goa 2 (Glen Prad 46, Dattesh Priolkar 70).
Pool F: 
Uttar Pradesh 24 (Chandan Singh 6, 13, 20, 42, 44, 51, 53; Jayakaran 14, 56, 57; Abhishek 16, 21, 22; Imran Khan 24, 59, 64; Mohd Amir Khan 26, 28, 49, 55, 66, 68, 69; Chauhan Singh 50) beat Tripura 0. 
Pool H:
Manipur 9 (Chittaranjan Singh 8, 46; Herojit Singh 17, 51, 68; Hera Singh 12; Gayan Enderjit 30; Jayanta Kumar Meitel 40; Abung Singh 55) beat Bihar 3 (Chotu Kumar 1; Brisha Bhengra 54, 66).
 
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