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Permanent benches of Karnataka established at Dharwad, Gulbarga

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The President today issued the formal order for the establishment of Permanent Benches of the High Court of Karnataka at Dharwad and Gulbarga.
 
As per the order called “High Court of Karnataka (Establishment of Pernanent Benches at Dharwad and Gulbarga) Order, 2013”, the Permanent Bench at Dharwad will come into operation on 24th August 2013 and that at Gulbarga on 31st August 2013. 
 
Under this order, the Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka has been empowered to nominate Judges from his High Court to sit at Dharwad in respect of cases arising in the districts of Bagalkot, Bellary, Belgaum, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Uttara Kannada-Karwar and Koppal; and at Gulbarga in respect of cases arising in the districts of Bidar, Bijapur, Gulbarga and Raichur. 
 
The order also gives the Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka, the discretionary power to order any case or class of cases arising in any of the above mentioned districts to be heard at Bangalore, an official press release added.
 
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ASK Pravi invests Rs 60 crore in Omni Hospitals

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ASK Pravi, a joint venture between ASK Group and Pravi Capital, today announced a Rs 60 crore investment in Omni Hospitals, Hyderabad that will give it a substantial minority stake in the company.
 
A press release from ASK Group said the infusion of funds woud enable Omni Hospitals to expand its network of hospitals across south and east India. 
 
Mr. Anand Vyas, Managing Partner of ASK Pravi Capital Advisors, will join the board of directors of Omni Hospitals.
 
Omni Hospitals is a tertiary care hospital chain promoted by the Incor Group founded by Mr. Anand Reddy Gummadi and Mr. Surya Reddy Pulagam. It operates two hospitals in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam.

Weather satellite INSAT-3D successfully placed in geosynchronous orbit

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India’s advanced weather satellite INSAT-3D, launched in the early hours of July 26 from Kourou, French Guiana, has successfully been placed in geosynchronous orbit after three orbit raising manoeuvres commanded from ISRO's Master Control Facility at Hassan.
 
A press release from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the orbital parametres of INSAT-3D are: Apogee (farthest point to Earth) – 35,799 km; Perigee (nearest point to Earth) – 35,469 km; Inclination (of the orbit with respect to the equator)- 0.23  deg; and Orbital period – 23 hr 48 min.
 
It said that, though there was an anomalous behaviour of the satellite after the deployment of its solar panel, the Mission Operations Team of ISRO could immediately bring the satellite into normalcy using the prescribed contingency procedures and then resume the orbit-raising operations.
 
INSAT-3D is now moving towards its final geostationary orbital location of 82 degree East longitude and on August 6 it will reach this destination. 
 
Subsequently, the two meteorological payloads (Imaging System, Atmospheric Sounder), as well as the two Transponders (designed for the Meteorological Data Relay and Satellite-aided Search and Rescue system) will be activated by August 8, the release added.
 
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Renowned biologist Obaid Siddiqi passes away

Prof Obaid Siddiqi
Prof Obaid Siddiqi
Renowned biologist Obaid Siddiqi, National Research Professor at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) here, whose work paved the way for the modern understanding of how senses such as taste and smell are detected and encoded in the brain, passed away here yesterday, the institute announced today.
 
He was 81. He is survived by his wife Asiya, sons Imran and Kalim, and daughters Yumna and Diba.
 
Prof Siddiqi was out for a stroll near his house in Vidyaranyapura here on Wednesday when a college student riding a moped, who was also his neighbour, knocked him down. He succumbed the injuries yesterday,  sources said.
 
Born in 1932 in Uttar Pradesh, Prof Siddiqui received his early education at Aligarh Muslim University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, working on microbial genetics with Guido Pontecorvo. He carried out post-doctoral research with Alan Garen at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and University of Pennsylvania. This work led to the discovery of stop codons in the genetic code and the mechanism of chain termination during protein synthesis.
 
In 1962, at the invitation of Dr Homi Bhabha, he set up the Molecular Biology Unit at the TIFR in Mumbai. The formation of this unit is widely regarded as a transformational event in the landscape of modern biology research in India. 
 
Thirty years later, he became the founding director of the TIFR National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore.
 
In the early 1970s, Prof Siddiqi began to study the genetic basis of behaviour using Drosophila as a model. Working with Seymour Benzer at Caltech he discovered a set of temperature sensitive paralytic mutants that exhibited defects in the electrical activity of nerves and muscles. This discovery led to a deeper understanding of the mechanistic basis of neuronal function and heralded the dawn of the field of Behavioral Genetics.
 
In the eighties, Siddiqi and his students at TIFR, Mumbai carried out pioneering work on the genetic basis of taste and smell in Drosophila. He was active in this area of research till the end of his life, maintaining an active laboratory as an Emeritus Professor at NCBS.
 
Prof Siddiqi's contributions have been widely recognized both nationally and internationally. He was an elected member of the Royal Society, London (FRS), the US National Academy of Sciences, The World Academy of Sciences, Trieste, the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (President 1986-89), National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad, and Maharashtra Academy of Sciences.
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He has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Bhatnagar Prize, INSA Golden Jubilee Medal, Birla Samarak Kosh National Award, Goyal Foundation Prize, Aryabhatta Medal by INSA, Bhasin Foundation Prize, Science Congress Plaque of Honours, BC Roy Award for Biomedical Research and Firodia Award for Basic Sciences.
 
Prof Siddiqi has held visiting professorships at Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology and Cambridge University. He was twice Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at Caltech and was a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. 
 
Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, Jamia Hamdard, Kalyani University, IIT Bombay, Jamia Millia Islamia and Central University of Hyderabad have conferred upon him the honorary degree of D.Sc.
 
Former NCBS director K Vijay Raghavan, former director of NCBS said:  "There are a daring few who define new intellectual quests, and whose courage and leadership create a culture...today, we celebrate Obaid Siddiqi whose foresight, determination and quiet courage has transformed research in molecular biology in India at least twice and whose scientific successes span many fields of biology. While establishing institutional excellence and instilling an iconoclastic culture of independence and freethinking, these pioneering efforts have led to wide appreciation, both of the beauty and value of Obaid's science and of his leadership in institution building, as models to emulate."
 
According to Prof Satyajit Mayor, current Director of NCBS: "Obaid Siddiqi was one of the finest biologists India has ever had. His contribution to the growth of Molecular Biology in India is unparalleled. Throughout his career, Obaid always set an example for doing science at its most creative. He pioneered efforts in establishing the field of Behavioral Genetics based on his own research on the genetics of olfactory sensation in Drosophila. At the same time in his gentle but persuasive style he motivated a legion of younger colleagues by doing excellent science himself whilst in India. In 1992 he established the National Centre for Biological Sciences as a Centre of TIFR, to achieve excellence and to nurture fundamental curiosity to explore new frontiers in biological research. The realization and embodiment of these core principles, through the growth of the Centre over twenty years, is yet again a testimony to the foresight of this visionary man. Establishing an institution that promotes enquiry at all scales of Biology is indeed a pioneering experiment in how research in biological sciences may be conducted in the modern era of molecular biology.
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It is not a surprise that Obaid Siddiqi was also one of India most decorated scientists. We will miss our friend, philosopher and muse deeply, and hope to cherish his dreams and ambitions in the way we would know he would want us to- by building on the edifice he has left us, and doing even more creative science."
 
Vice-President M Hamid Ansari, a former Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, was among those who condoled the passing away of Prof Siddiqi.
 
"Professor Siddiqi was acclaimed, nationally and globally, for his important contributions in the field of molecular biology which led to a better understanding of the subject. He was an outstanding teacher who taught in some of the most prestigious universities, in India and abroad, and inspired generations of students to pursue excellence. In his departure, we have lost a pioneer of scientific research and an institution builder whose absence will be felt for a long time to come," he added.
 
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Eight killed, 59 rescued as Karnataka bus crashes into lake

Karnataka: Bus plunges into lake, at least 8 killed
Eight persons were killed when a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus veered off a bridge and crashed into a lake near Belur in Hassan district of the state, official sources said.
 
District Superintendent of Police Ravi  D Channanvar told NetIndian over the telephone that those who died included five men and two women.
 
He said as many as 59 passengers were rescued from the ill-fated bus, which had turned turtle.
 
Of them, 35 had been shifted to the district hospital at Hassan while the rest were undergoing treatment at Belur taluka hospital, he said.
 
Among those killed were the conductor of the bus, while the driver has been arrested for negligent driving, he said.
 
The accident occurred when the bus, said to be carrying around 70 passengers, plunged into the Vishnu Samudra lake, about a kilometre from Belur and about 50 km from Hassan, around 1030 hours today. The scene of the mishap is about 200 km from here.
 
The bus was on its way from Sakleshpur to Belur, a journey of about 40 km, when the mishap occurred. The lake is filled to capacity currently after the recent rains in the region.
 
According to some reports, the driver had swerved the bus to avoid hitting a motorcyclist when it skidded off the road, broke through the railings of the bridge and plunged into the lake.
 
The state government has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 3 lakh to the next-of-kin of those killed in the mishap. It has also promised to meet the medical expenses of those injured.
 
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Biological E’s Japanese encephalitis vaccine prequalified by WHO

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Biopharmaceutical company Biological E (BioE) and European biotech major Valneva SE today announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has awarded prequalification for global use in adults of BioE’s Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccine. 
 
BioE also expects the pediatric indication to be prequalified by the end of the year, a press release from the company said.
 
This is the first prequalification of a Japanese encephalitis vaccine, and is a key step in ensuring the vaccine can be distributed to developing countries, it said.
 
"We are happy that our JE vaccine is the first ever WHO prequalified JE vaccine. It is an extremely important achievement for the vaccines community as our vaccine’s prequalification is well in time to support GAVI’s plans of introducing the JE vaccine in several developing countries," Ms Mahima Datla, Managing Director, Biological E Limited, said.
 
Mr Thomas Lingelbach, Valneva’s President and Chief Executive Officer and Franck Grimaud, Valneva’s President and Chief Business Officer, said “We share the excitement for this great achievement and are pleased that our technology used for Ixiaro will now help introducing an excellent vaccine in countries of substantial needs.” Ixiaro is an FDA and EMA approved vaccine.
 
Biological E and Valneva established a partnership in 2005 for the development and commercialization of a Japanese encephalitis vaccine for endemic regions, based on Valneva’s JEV technology. The vaccine, which was successfully developed under this partnership, is being marketed in India under the trade-name Jeev and commercialization in other JE-endemic countries is planned.
 
BioE was in the news recently for entering into a five-year pentavalent supply arrangement with GAVI, for forming a joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)  to create a six-in-one paediatric vaccine combining GSK’s IPV and BioE’s pentavalent vaccine, and for licensing Novartis’s Phase II typhoid conjugate vaccine.
 
Japanese encephalitis is a disease caused by a flavivirus that affects the membranes around the brain. Approximately 1 in 200 infections results in severe disease characterized by rapid onset of high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, seizures, spastic paralysis and death. The case fatality rate can be as high as 60% among those with disease symptoms; 30% of those who survive suffer from lasting damage to the central nervous system. 
 
The severity of JE infections has been recognized by the medical community and the global health authorities have emphasized the need for routine vaccination, campaigns and travellers vaccine for endemic countries.  
 
The disease is endemic to many regions in Asia and South East Asia including in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
 
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Heavy rains lash Delhi, Mumbai, AP, Karnataka

Heavy rains halt Delhi
Heavy rains lashed Delhi, Mumbai and many parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, throwing normal life out of gear in these areas.
 
In Delhi, a heavy downpour for nearly four hours flooded many of the main roads, leading to heavy traffic jams. People were stuck in the traffic for hours and people could be seen wading through ankle-deep water at many places.
 
Drains were overflowing at several places in the capital, adding to commuters' woes.
 
The rains, however, helped to bring the temperature down in the capital, where people had been suffering from heat and humidity for the past many days.
 
Mumbai experienced heavy rains for the second day today, slowing down traffic and delaying local trains.
 
In Andhra Pradesh, which has received 30 per cent rainfall more than the long-period average this monsoon and where the Godavari is in spate, relief camps have been set up for people living in low-lying areas on the banks of the river as heavy rains persisted.
 
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy reviewed the situation at a meeting with senior officials in Hyderabad today and directed the district administrations to be on high alert and take up relief efforts on a war footing.
 
The India Meteorological Department has forecast heavy to very heavy rains in various districts of Telangana and pointed to the possibility of inundation of some areas in East and West Godavari districts because of heavy inflows into the Godavari from the Sabari river.
 
Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are stationed at Bhadrachalam and a helicopter has been stationed there and another at Karimnagar to assist in the relief operations.
 
Incessant rains have also been reported from the coastal and hill districts of Karnataka. Many parts of Bangalore also received heavy showers today.
 
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Ashley Westwood named coach for JSW’s Bangalore team

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Ashley Westwood
JSW Sports has appointed former Manchester United player Ashley Westwood as coach of the club for the upcoming I-League football season.
 
The experienced player has had a stint as manager of Kettering before teaming up with Michael Appleton as his assistant manager at clubs such as Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn.  
 
With his reputation growing quickly in management, the 36-year-old Englishman will handle the reins at the Bangalore team that makes its I-League debut this year.
 
Parth Jindal, who handles the activities of the team from the family's side said, “We are pleased to appoint Ashley Westwood as the head coach of the club. He is young, experienced and shares our vision and passion for the game. We believe he is the right man to take our club to where we want to see it.”
 
“This was too exciting a prospect to turn down. I have been around for a fair bit of time on the English football scene and the chance to change things in this part of the world is a challenge I will relish,” said Westwood.
 
A defender during his playing days, Westwood began his career as a trainee at Manchester United and was part of the FA Youth Cup winning side in 1995 before turning out for a host of clubs in a career that spanned a little less than two decades in England.
 
On his decision to join the Bangalore club, Westwood said, “I did my study and have no doubt about the company and its owners having vision. There is a genuine ambition to the whole project and I would love being able to leave my stamp on it.”
 
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Biological E to supply pentavalent vaccine to Vacsera of Egypt

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Life sciences major Biological E Limited (BioE) today said it had entered into a long-term supply agreement with Vacsera, an Egyptian vaccines company, and its subsidiary Egyvac for the supply of pentavalent vaccine manufactured by it.
 
Vacsera is the sole vaccine procurement agency of Egypt. Under the agreement, Bio E’s pentavalent vaccine shall be procured exclusively by Vacsera, a press release from the company said.
 
The release said Bio E's liquid pentavalent vaccine was pre-qualified by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2012 and since then it has been exported to several countries. 

Narayana Murthy returns as Executive Chairman of Infosys

IT services provider Infosys Limited today announced that its Board had appointed Mr N R Narayana Murthy, its founder and former Chairman, as Executive Chairman of the Board and Additional Director for a period of five years with effect from today.

N R Narayana Murthy
N R Narayana Murthy
IT services provider Infosys Limited today announced that its Board had appointed Mr N R Narayana Murthy, its founder and former Chairman, as Executive Chairman of the Board and Additional Director for a period of five years with effect from today.
 
His son, Dr Rohan Murty, will be inducted into his team as his executive assistant, a position that will be co-terminus with Mr Murthy's tenure.
 
A press release from the company said Mr Murthy's election as a Director would be placed for the consideration of the company's shareholders in the annual general meeting (AGM) on June 15.
 
Subject to his election as a director at the AGM, the Board will take up in its meeting on June 15, 2013, the resolutions for convening an extraordinary general meeting within the requisite period, in order to seek approval from the shareholders for appointing him as the Executive Chairman and Whole-time Director for a period of five years commencing on June 1, 2013, it said.
 
Mr. K V Kamath would step down from his position as Chairman of the Board and take up the position of Lead Independent Director effective June 1, 2013, the release said.
 
Mr Kamath had taken over as the Chairman of the Board on August 21, 2011 in succession to Mr Murthy, who became Chairman Emeritus.
 
“The Board has taken this step keeping in mind the challenges that the technology industry and the company faces and in the interest of all stakeholders, particularly shareholders large and small, who have asked for strengthening of the executive leadership during this challenging time. Murthy’s entrepreneurial and leadership record and the long experience he has had as a technology pioneer makes him eminently qualified to lead the company and provide strategic direction at this point in time," Mr Kamath said.
 
Mr Murthy said that, when he left as Chairman of the Board, he never imagined he would return to the company in an executive role.
 
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"This calling was sudden, unexpected, and most unusual. But, then, Infosys is my middle child. Therefore, I have put aside my plans-in-progress and accepted this responsibility. I am grateful to Mr. K V Kamath – the Chairman, the Board, and every Infoscion for giving me this opportunity. I intend to do my best to add value to the company in this challenging situation."
 
During his five year term, Mr. Murthy would draw a token compensation of Rupee 1 per year.
 
Mr. S Gopalakrishnan would be re-designated Executive Vice Chairman effective June 1, 2013 and would primarily focus on key client relationships and broader industry issues. Mr. S D Shibulal would continue to be the Managing Director and CEO.
 
Mr. S Gopalakrishnan and Mr. S D Shibulal have requested that they draw a compensation of Rupee 1 per year. The Board has accepted their requests, subject to necessary shareholder and government approvals, the release said.
 
The release said that, in order to function more effectively, Mr. Murthy intends to create the Chairman’s office to assist him during his tenure and has requested the Board to permit him to put together a team for this function. 
 
The team will include his son, Dr. Rohan Murty, as Mr. Murthy's executive assistant, it said.
 
Mr Murty is a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Cornell University and has held fellowships at MIT, Caltech, and Microsoft Research. He has authored several papers and patents as part of his research on wireless and mobile computing.
 
If appointed, Mr. Murty's term as Executive Assistant to the Chairman would be co-terminus with that of Mr. Murthy. Mr. Rohan Murty has requested that he should also be paid only a token compensation of Re 1 per year.
 
"The Board has agreed to Mr. Narayana Murthy's requests, subject to necessary approvals," the release added.
 
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ISRO Navigation Centre near Bangalore inaugurated by Narayanasamy

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The ISRO Navigation Centre (INC), established at Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) complex at Byalalu, about 40 km from here, was inaugurated
today by Mr. V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.  
 
INC is an important element of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), an independent navigation satellite system being developed by India, a press release from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said.
 
IRNSS will have a constellation of seven satellites and enables its users to determine their location and time accurately. These satellites will be positioned in geostationary and inclined geosynchronous orbits 36,000 km
above the earth’s surface. 
 
IRNSS coverage will extend over India and its neighborhood and the satellites are equipped with high precision atomic clocks and continuously transmit navigation signals to users.
 
As the focal point of many critical operations of IRNSS, INC is responsible for providing the time reference, generation of navigation messages and monitoring and control of ground facilities including ranging stations of IRNSS. It hosts several key technical facilities for supporting various navigation functions, the release said.
 
Key to the navigation support is the time reference to which all ground systems and the satellite clocks are synchronised. This time reference is
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generated by the high precision timing facility located at INC. This timing facility is equipped with high stability, high precision atomic clocks to provide stable and continuous time reference to the navigation system, it said.
 
IRNSS will have a network of twenty one ranging stations geographically
distributed primarily across India.  They provide data for the orbit determination of IRNSS satellites and monitoring of the navigation signals.  The data from the ranging/monitoring stations is sent to the data processing facility at INC where it is processed to generate the navigation messages. The navigation messages are then transmitted from INC to IRNSS satellites through the spacecraft control facility at Hassan/Bhopal. The state of the art data processing and storage facilities at INC enable swift processing of data and support its systematic storage.
 
INC is connected to the ranging stations and to the satellite control facilities through two highly reliable dedicated communication networks consisting of satellite and terrestrial links. The hub for the satellite communication links is hosted at INC, the release added.
 
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Football: JSW enters I-League, to play home games in Bangalore

 
The $15 billion Indian business conglomerate JSW Group has earned a slot in the prestigious I-League of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) by becoming the owner of the Bangalore franchise in the 14-team tournament.
 
"We believe these are exciting times for Indian football and are happy to be entering the league at this stage," Mr Sajjan Jindal, owner of the I-league Bangalore football team said.
 
"We would like to thank the All India Football Federation for awarding us the Bangalore franchise. The popularity of football is growing rapidly in India and we are excited at the opportunity to do our bit to enhance the standards of the beautiful game. In keeping with JSW philosophy of building a strong India, we hope to build a strong and successful football franchise," he said.
 
A press release from JSW said the company was committed to improving the standard of the sport through several initatives. It plans to set up a football academy, spearheaded by a renowned coach, and provide better infrastructure to youth in the vicinity.
 
"It will leave no stone unturned in recruiting the best players, coach and support staff and form a formidable side that will give the other outfits in this 14-team league a run for their money," the release said.
 
"The basic idea to enter the League is to spread the game to many more cities so that fans can get a chance to view their heroes in action at close quarters and also to improve the infrastructure in the respective cities," it added.
 
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Zaheer Khan confident of India recall

Zaheer Khan (Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS)
Zaheer Khan (Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS)

At 34, Zaheer Khan still believes he has the potential to make a comeback to the Indian side.

Zaheer, once India's pace spearhead, found himself out of the Test side in the midst of the Test series against England in 2012 after a run of poor form. His last ODI was against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in August last year.
 
Out of the India team, Zaheer has been struggling with injuries in the last few months and had come to the Indian Premier League (IPL) fresh off a calf injury that forced him out of the knockout matches for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, and subsequently the Irani Trophy. 
 
Besides his injury, his form was also a big issue as selectors also left  him out of the Champions Trophy squad.

RCB keep IPL hopes alive with 24-run win over Chennai Super Kings

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action during their match against Chennai Superkings in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on May 18, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action during their match against Chennai Superkings in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on May 18, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) kept their hopes in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) alive with a 24-run win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a match that was curtailed to eight overs a side by rains at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.

In what was the last league engagement for both teams, Royal Challengers, put in to bat first, posted an imposing 106 for two from their eight overs, powered by an aggressive and unbeaten 56 by skipper Virat Kohli.
 
Chasing 107 for a win from eight overs, Chennai Super Kings, who are already through to the last four, could manage only 82 for six from their eight overs, with pace bowler Zaheer Khan taking four for 17 from his two overs. Ravi Rampaul and R Vinay Kumar picked up a wicket apiece.
 
The visitors were in dire straits at one stage at 11/2 and then 29/3 but their innings was bolstered by opener Murali Vijay's 32 and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 24, but it was not enough on a day that saw the RCB make a determined effort to stay afloat in the tournament.
 
RCB, who were leading the league table fand in the top four for a good part of this season, needed to win this match to stay alive in the tournament. Even now, they can make it to the play-offs only if Sunrisers Hyderabad lose their last match against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders tomorrow.
 
On the other hand, CSK who are at the top of the table, were comfortable in the knowledge that they have already made it to the last four.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli not out 56
Chris Gayle c Hussey b Bravo 28
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AB de Villiers c Jadeja b Sharma 5
Moises Henriques not out 12
Extras (lb 3, w 2) 5
Total (for two wickets in 8 overs) 106
Fall of wickets: 1-67 (Gayle, 5.2 overs), 2-76 (de Villiers, 6.1)
Bowling:
Ravichandran Ashwin 2-0-21-0
Chris Morris 2-0-22-0
Jason Holder 1-0-20-0
Dwayne Bravo 2-0-26-1
Mohit Sharma 1-0-14-1
 
Chennai Super Kings
Mike Hussey c Rahul b Khan 6
Murali Vijay c Gayle b Rampaul 32
Suresh Raina c Vinay Kumar b Khan 0
Dwayne Bravo c Tiwary b Vinay Kumar 11
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Unadkat b Khan 24
Ravindra Jadeja not out 3
Subramaniam Badrinath not out 0
Extras (w 2) 2
Total (for six wickets in 8 overs) 82
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Hussey, 1.3 overs), 2-11 (Raina, 1.4), 3-29 (Bravo, 3.6), 4-56 (Vijay, 6.1), 5-78 (Dhoni, 7.4), 6-82 (Jadeja, 7.6)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 2-0-20-1
Zaheer Khan 2-0-17-4
Jaydev Unadkat 2-0-16-0
Vinay Kumar 1-0-10-1
Rudra Pratap Singh 1-0-19-0
 
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Royal Challengers post 106/2 in 8-over match against Chennai Super Kings

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action during their match against Chennai Superkings in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on May 18, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli in action during their match against Chennai Superkings in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on May 18, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Powered by an aggressive and unbeaten 56 by skipper Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) posted 106 for two from their eight overs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 70th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to field first in the match that was delayed by three hours by rains and consequently reduced to eight overs a side.
 
RCB, who were leading the league table and in the top four for a good part of this season, 
will find themselves knocked out of the tournament if they end up with any fewer than the full two points from this match. 
 
More importantly, even if they win, they can make it to the play-offs only if Sunrisers Hyderabad lose their last league game to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders tomorrow.
 
On the other hand, CSK who are currently at the top of the table, are comfortable in the knowledge that they have already made it the last four.
 
Kohli came out to open with the big-hitting Chris Gayle and set the tone straight away, proving to be the more aggressive of the two today.
 
His 56 came off 29 balls and included four sixes and six fours. He put on 67 for the first wicket Gayle, who made 28 (4x6) before being caught by Michael Hussey off Dwayne Bravo in the sixth over.
 
A B de Villiers faced only three balls and hit a four before being caught by Jadeja off Mohit Sharma. Moises Henriques remained not out with 12.
 
For Chennai, Bravo and Sharma picked up a wicket each.
 
For the Bangalore crowd, Kohli's knock must have come as kind of a reward after they waited patiently for three hours for the match to begin, which it finally did at 11 pm after the rains relented and the outfield had dried up enough.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli not out 56
Chris Gayle c Hussey b Bravo 28
AB de Villiers c Jadeja b Sharma 5
Moises Henriques not out 12
Extras (lb 3, w 2) 5
Total (for two wickets in 8 overs) 106
Fall of wickets: 1-67 (Gayle, 5.2 overs), 2-76 (de Villiers, 6.1)
Bowling:
Ravichandran Ashwin 2-0-21-0
Chris Morris 2-0-22-0
Jason Holder 1-0-20-0
Dwayne Bravo 2-0-26-1
Mohit Sharma 1-0-14-1
 
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Rains delay start of Royal Challengers-Chennai Super Kings clash in Bangalore

The start of a crucial match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been delayed due to heavy rains here tonight.

Though rains had stopped for a while, they came back in intermittent spells and the ground staff had to rush to put the covers back on the field.
 
RCB, who were leading the league table and in the top four for a good part of this season, 
 will find themselves knocked out of the tournament if they end up with any fewer than the full two points from this match. 
 
More importantly, even if they win, they can make it to the play-offs only if Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their last league game to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders tomorrow.
 
On the other hand, CSK who are currently at the top of the table, are comfortable in the knowledge that they have made it the last four.
 
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Karnataka CM Siddharamaiah inducts 28 ministers

Siddaramaiah inducts 28 new Ministers

Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah today inducted 28 Ministers in his Council of Ministers, five days after he was sworn in at the head of the new Government in the state.

Twenty of the Ministers are of Cabinet rank while the rest are Ministers of State. They were adminstered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor H R Bhardwaj at a function at Raj Bhavan.
 
The new Cabinet Ministers include veteran R V Deshpande and former Union Ministers V Srinivasa Prasad and actor-turned-politician M H Ambarish. Film actress Umashree is the only woman in the Ministry.
 
Four MLAs from Bangalore have been included in the Ministry -- Ramalinga Reddy and K J George, who have been given Cabinet rank -- and Krishna Byregowda and Dinesh Gundurao, son of late Chief Minister R Gundu Rao, who have been given Minister of State rank.
 
The new Cabinet Ministers are: R.V. Deshpande, Shamanur Shivashankarappa, T.B. Jayachandra, Ramalinga Reddy, Prakash Hukkeri, Qamarul Islam, H.K. Patil, V. Srinivas Prasad, H.C. Mahadevappa, H.S. Mahadeva Prasad, K.J. George, Vinay Kumar Sorake, Ramanath Rai, Baburao Chinchanasur, M.H. Ambareesh, Shivaraj Thangadagi, U.T. Khader, M.B. Patil, Satish Jharkiholi and H. Anjaneya.
 
The Ministers of State are: Dinesh Gundu Rao, Krishna Byregowda, S.P. Rudrappa Patil, K. Abhay Chandra Jail, Umashree, T. Parameshwar Naik, Santosh Lad, and Kimmane Ratnakara.
 
The new Cabinet held its first meeting this afternoon. 
 
Mr Siddaramaiah, 64, had said on May 13, when he assumed office, that he would provide a stable administration and ensure that only those with a clean image would be appointed as Ministers.
 
He had visited Delhi this week to discuss the Cabinet formation exercise with the Congress leadership, including party chief Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
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The Congress won 121 seats in the 225-member in the May 5 elections to the legislative assembly. Elections were held for 223 seats, with the election in one constituency countermanded due to the death of one candidate. The assembly has one nominated member from the Anglo-Indian community.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had ruled for five years from 2008, was ousted from power in these elections, managing to get only 40 seats, the same number that the Janata Dal (Secular) got.
 
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Air India captain locked out of cockpit during flight!

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An Air India flight from Delhi to Bangalore made an unscheduled landing at Bhopal yesterday after the commander of the aircraft found himself locked out of the cockpit by a jammed door.

The airline said in a press release that the pilot had let the cockpit for a short while to visit the toilet and, on return, found the door locked and jammed. All efforts to open the door, including by the co-pilot from inside, failed.
 
The co-pilot, after taking permission from ground control, diverted the flight to Bhopal and landed at Bhopal at 1755 hrs. 
 
The door was rectified by the ground maintenance engineers at Bhopal and the flight took off from Bhopal at 2045 hrs after clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and reached Bangalore at 2230 hrs. 
 
During the time the door was locked there was, in addition to the co-pilot, who is a commander himself, a supernumerary trainee pilot in the cockpit, the release said.
 
"All precautions and procedures regarding safety were observed during the entire process. The incident posed no danger to the aircraft passengers and the crew," the relese added.
 
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Kings XI Punjab pull off 7-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist plays a shot during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Bangaloe on May 14, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist plays a shot during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Bangaloe on May 14, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Skipper Adam Gilchrist struck form when it mattered the most as he hammered an unbeaten 85 to lead Kings XI Punjab to a stunning seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and keep their hopes alive in the tournament.

Put in to bat first, RCB posted an imposing 174 for five in their 20 overs, with opener Chris Gayle plundering the Punjab bowling on his way to a superb 77 off 53 balls with six sixes and six fours. Skipper Virat Kohli made 57 and the two had added 137 for the second wicket.
 
By any standards, that was a daunting target, but the 41-year-old Gilchrist and his men and the RCB bowlers made it look rather modest as Kings XI reached 176 for three with 11 balls to spare.
 
Gilchrist had not been able to get among the runs in the earlier matches and had, in fact, kept himself out of the playing eleven for three matches.
 
Today's loss meant that RCB's undefeated run at home was finally snapped and their hopes of making it to the play-offs were dented.
 
RCB remain in the fourth spot in the league table, with eight wins from their 15 matches so far. Kings XI are in the sixth place, with six wins from 14 matches.
 
RCB have only one match remaining, against Chennai Super Kings at home. RCB have to win that game and also hope that Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are in the fifth place, lose at least one of their remaining two matches. 
 
Mumbai Indians are leading the table, followed by Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the second and third places. 
 
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders are palced seventh, Delhi Daredevils eighth and Pune Warriors are at the bottom.
 
The top four teams in the league will move to the play-offs.
 
Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh began the chase on a brisk note, but the latter fell in the third over after making just eight in a total of 24, bowled by Zaheer Khan,, who was playing in his first match this season after recovering from an injury.
 
Azhar Mahmood came in at number three and he made all the difference as he scored a brilliant 61 off 41 balls with the help of eight fours and a six. Together, he and Gilchrist added 118 for the second wicket, and that more or less took the game away from RCB.
 
Mahmood was caught by A B de Villiers off Jaydev Unadkat in the 16th over. David Miller could make only two before he was bowled by Muthaiah Muralitharan in the next over.
 
However, Kings XI had enough overs and batsmen to ensure that there were no worries. R Sathish remained not out with 12, including a six and a four.
 
For RCB, Zaheer Khan, Unadkat and Muralitharan claimed a wicket each.
 
Earlier, local fans were served a treat by Gayle and Kohli who took their side to a challenging total after a rather sedate start.
 
Gayle's 77 came off 53 balls and included six sixes and four fours. Kohli's 58 was made off 43 balls and included two sixes and six fours.
 
Put in to bat first, RCB began on a tentative note, managing just 22 in the first four overs before losing opener Cheteshwar Pujara in the next, caught by David Miller at point off Parvinder Awana.
 
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That brought Kohli and Gayle together, but they too found the going tough and the home team were far from comfortable at 52 for one after 10 overs.
 
In the 12th over, Kohli came down the pitch to drive a delivery from Piyush Chawla over long-off for the first six of the innings. At the end of that over, RCB were 69 for one.
 
Gayle got into the act in the next, swinging Manpreet Gony over wide long-on for his first six. Ten runs came off that over.
 
Kohli struck Chawla for two fours in the 14th over. At the other end, Gayle suddenly decided to cut loose and hammered Gony for three consecutive sixes, first over long-on, then over deep mid-wicket and finally over long-off. Gony gave away 22 in that over.
 
In the next, Kohli hit Awana over deep mid-wicket for six and then came up with a superb straight drive to bring up the hundred of the partnership. At the end of 16 overs, RCB had reached 126 for on.
 
Azhar Mahmood managed to apply the brakes on the batsmen, conveding only four in the next over.
 
Sandeep Sharma came on at the other end, and Gayle struck him for a four and a six before Kohli hit a four, adding 20 runs in all in the 18th over.
 
Awana was hit by Gayle for a huge six over the point boundary but he had the last laugh when he knocked back the batsman's leg stump and broke into two with his next.
 
AB de Villiers came in to bat and straightaway hit Awana for a six, moving across the crease and swinging it over deep mid-wicket for six. Off the next ball, Awana bowled him with a superb yorker.
 
In the last over, Mahmood had Kohli trapped leg before wicket and also claimed Lokesh Rahul's wicket, caught by Mandeep Singh on the square leg fence.
 
RCB had managed to add 122 in the last ten overs and set a difficult target of 175 for Kings XI.
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For Punjab, Awana bagged three for 39 while Mahmood picked up two for 25.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara c Miller b Awana 19
Chris Gayle b Awana 77
Virat Kohli lbw Azhar Mahmood 57
AB de Villiers b Awana 6
Moises Henriques not out 0
Lokesh Rahul c Mandeep Singh b Azhar Mahmood 8
Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 3) 7
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 174
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Pujara, 4.1 overs), 2-158 (Gayle, 18.3), 3-164 (de Villiers, 18.5), 4-166 (Kohli, 19.2), 5-174 (Rahul, 19.6)
Bowling:
Azhar Mahmood 4-0-24-2
Sandeep Sharma 4-0-36-0
Parvinder Awana 4-0-39-3
Piyush Chawla 4-0-27-0
Manpreet Gony 4-0-47-0
 
Kings XI Punjab
Adam Gilchrist not out 85
Shaun Marsh b Khan 8
Azhar Mahmood c de Villiers b Unadkat 61
David Miller b Muralitharan 2
Rajagopal Sathish not out 12
Extras (lb 4, w 4) 8
Total (for three wickets in 18.1 overs) 176
Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Marsh, 2.3 overs), 2-142 (Azhar Mahmood, 15.2), 3-162 (Miller, 16.5)
Bowling:
Zaheer Khan 4-0-30-1
Moises Henriques 2.1-0-29-0
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-34-1
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-44-1
Vinay Kumar 4-0-35-0
 
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Royal Challengers Bangalore put up 174/5 against Kings XI Punjab

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore plays a shot during their match against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on May 14, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore plays a shot during their match against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League at Bangalore on May 14, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Opener Chris Gayle hammered a superb 77 and skipper Virat Kohli made 57 as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) put up 174 for five in their 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab in the 63rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.
 
Together, Gayle and Kohli added 137 for the second wicket and taking their side to a challenging total after a rather sedate start.
 
Gayle's came off 53 balls and included six sixes and four fours. Kohli's 57 was made off 43 balls and included two sixes and six fours.
 
Put in to bat first, RCB began on a tentative note, managing just 22 in the first four overs before losing opener Cheteshwar Pujara in the next, caught by David Miller at point off Parvinder Awana.
 
That brought Kohli and Gayle together, but they too found the going tough and the home team were far from comfortable at 52 for one after 10 overs.
 
In the 12th over, Kohli came down the pitch to drive a delivery from Piyush Chawla over long-off for the first six of the innings. At the end of that over, RCB were 69 for one.
 
Gayle got into the act in the next, swinging Manpreet Gony over wide long-on for his first six. Ten runs came off that over.
 
Kohli struck Chawla for two fours in the 14th over. At the other end, Gayle suddenly decided to cut loose and hammered Gony for three consecutive sixes, first over long-on, then over deep mid-wicket and finally over long-off. Gony gave away 22 in that over.
 
In the next, Kohli hit Awana over deep mid-wicket for six and then came up with a superb straight drive to bring up the hundred of the partnership. At the end of 16 overs, RCB had reached 126 for on.
 
Azhar Mahmood managed to apply the brakes on the batsmen, conceding only four in the next over.
 
Sandeep Sharma came on at the other end, and Gayle struck him for a four and a six before Kohli hit a four, adding 20 runs in all in the 18th over.
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Awana was hit by Gayle for a huge six over the point boundary but he had the last laugh when he knocked back the batsman's leg stump and broke into two with his next.
 
AB de Villiers came in to bat and straightaway hit Awana for a six, moving across the crease and swinging it over deep mid-wicket for six. Off the next ball, Awana bowled him with a superb yorker.
 
In the last over, Mahmood had Kohli trapped leg before wicket and also claimed Lokesh Rahul's wicket, caught by Mandeep Singh on the square leg fence.
 
RCB had managed to add 122 in the last ten overs and set a difficult target of 175 for Kings XI.
 
For Punjab, Awana bagged three for 39 while Mahmood picked up two for 25.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara c Miller b Awana 19
Chris Gayle b Awana 77
Virat Kohli lbw Azhar Mahmood 57
AB de Villiers b Awana 6
Moises Henriques not out 0
Lokesh Rahul c Mandeep Singh b Azhar Mahmood 8
Extras (lb 1, w 3, nb 3) 7
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 174
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Pujara, 4.1 overs), 2-158 (Gayle, 18.3), 3-164 (de Villiers, 18.5), 4-166 (Kohli, 19.2), 5-174 (Rahul, 19.6)
Bowling:
Azhar Mahmood 4-0-24-2
Sandeep Sharma 4-0-36-0
Parvinder Awana 4-0-39-3
Piyush Chawla 4-0-27-0
Manpreet Gony 4-0-47-0
 
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Kings XI Punjab opt to field against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss and chose to field first against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 63rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Zaheer Khan figured in the RCB team for the first time this season after being declared fit to play and replaced Abhimanyu Mithun.
 
The hosts also droped Murali Kartik, Ravi Rampaul and Saurabh Tiwary and included Muttaiah Muralitharan, Arun Karthik and Lokesh Rahul.
 
Kings XI made three changes, with Praveen Kumar making way for Manpreet Gony. Azhar Mahmood was back in the eleven in place of Harmeet Singh, while Manan Vohra replaced Luke Pomersbach.
 
The teams:
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Cheteshwar Pujara, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (captain.), AB de Villiers, Moises Henriques, Lokesh Rahul, Arun Karthik (wk), R Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan,  Muttiah Muralitharan, Jaydev Unadkat
 
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (captain & wk), Mandeep Singh, Shaun Marsh, Manan Vohra, David Miller, R Sathish, Azhar Mahmood, Piyush Chawla, Manpreet Gony, Parvinder Awana, Sandeep Sharma
 
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UPSC: Youth who committed suicide had not appeared for final Civil Services Exam

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A day after a 24-year-old civil services aspirant from Bangalore allegedly committed suicide and his family blamed it on a goof-up in the results, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today said the youth had, in fact, failed to qualify in the preliminary examination itself last year and had, therefore, not even appeared in the final examination.

According to media reports, the candidate, V Y Manjunath, was upset with the final results of the Civil Services Main examination, published recently, and had hanged himself to death in a building under construction at Napoklu in Madikeri, Karnataka.
 
The youth's family told mediapersons that he had written the Civil Services Examination and, after passing it, attended the interview in New Delhi in April.
 
They said that, in the results declared on May 3, his name was absent. But his roll number was shown as getting rank 264 in the merit list with a different name, B Ashwin, against it.
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Manjunath was said to have been deeply upset and had tried contacting the UPSC in Delhi because he was confident he had cleared the interview, but did not get ay clarification. He then left for Madikeri, they said. They then got a call from the police saying his body had been found.
 
Expressing sorrow and grief over the incident, the UPSC said today that it had got the matter examined thoroughly.
 
According to it, Manjunath had applied for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2012. He was allotted Roll No. 538950 and was allotted Bangalore Centre for the examination.
 
"The candidate had actually appeared from this centre under the Roll No.538950. However, he has failed to qualify in the Civil Services (Prelim.) Examination, 2012," it said.
 
The Commission said that, in the results indicating the list of qualified candidates for the CS(P) Exam, 2012 the candidate with Roll No. 538950,  V Y Manjunath is not listed in the list of qualified candidates. 
 
"Hence, V Y Manjunath, having not qualified the CS(P) Examination, 2012, was not a candidate for the Civil Services (Main) Examination and accordingly could not have appeared for the CS(Main) Examination and Interview as claimed in a section of the press. It is also confirmed from our records that no candidate with this roll number (538950) or with this name (MANJUNATH V Y) had appeared for the CS(Main) Examination or the interview," it said.
 
The Commission received a fax message on 7/5/2013 from one G S Pradeep Kumar, claiming to be a friend of Manjunath, in which it has been said that in the result list announced by the Commission the name of B Ashwin against the roll No. 538745 has been indicated instead of Manjunath. No letter/representation was received in the Commission from the candidate himself. 
 
"It is confirmed that as per the records of the Commission B Ashwin S/o K. Bhaskaran having roll No. 538745 was a candidate and he has qualified in the CS(P) Exam as well as the CS (Main) Examination, 2012 and is figuring in the list of finally recommended candidates by the Commission. Hence the result announced by the Commission is correct and correctly indicates the name of Mr. B Ashwin having roll No. 538745," the statement from the Commission added.
 
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Siddaramaiah sworn in as new Karnataka Chief Minister

Siddaramaiah sworn-in as Karnataka Chief Minister

Congress leader Siddaramaiah was sworn in by Governor H R Bhardwaj as the 22nd Chief Minister of Karnataka at a ceremony at the Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium here today.

Thousands of people, including newly elected legislators of the Congress, Mr Siddaramaiah's family and friends and officials, were present at the swearing-in ceremony held under a cloudy sky.
 
Siddaramaiah, 64, took oath in the name of truth and the Constitution at 1140 hours amid loud applause.
 
Union Ministers M Veerappa Moily, Mallikarjun Kharge, K H Muniyappa and K Rahman Khan, former External Affairs Minister and former Chief Minister S M Krishna and Chief Ministers Prithviraj Chavan of Maharashtra and N Kiran Kumar Reddy of Andhra Pradesh were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
Born on August 12, 1948 in Siddaramanahundi village in Varuna Hobli of Mysore district, Mr Siddaramaiah had served as Deputy Chief Minister in the governments of J H Patel and later Dharam Singh.
 
After taking his B.Sc. and LL.B. degrees from the Mysore University, he had practised law and had also taught law for some time.
 
He began his political career in 1978 when he was elected to the Mysore Taluk Board.
 
He was elected to the 7th Karnataka Legislative Assembly for the first time in 1983 on a Bharatiya Lok Dal ticket from the Chamundeshwari constituency.
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He joined the ruling Janata Party later and became the first president of the Kannada Watchdog Committee set up to oversee the implementation of Kannada as the official language.
 
In the mid-term polls in 1985, he was elected again from the same constituency and was was made the Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services in Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde's government.
 
He has handled various other portfolios such as Sericulture and Transport at different tims.
 
He was appointed as Secretary General of the Janata Dal in 1992 and was elected in 1994 to the state legislative assembly. He became the Minister of Finance in the H D Deve Gowda government.
 
As Deputy Chief Minister in the J H Patel and Dharam Singh governments, he continued to hold the Finance portfolio.
 
He was elected to the Assembly on the Congress ticket in 2008 from the Varuna constituency and was the Leader of the Opposition in the Vidhana Sabha.
 
In this month's elections, he won the seat again and was chosen as the Congress legislature party leader after the party won an absolute party in the results announced on May 8.
 
Mr Siddaramaiah is married to Parvathi and has two sons.
 
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Kolkata Knight Riders hamper Royal Challengers Bangalore's play-off chances

Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders sends down a delivery during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Ranchi on May 12, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders sends down a delivery during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Ranchi on May 12, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) emerged spoil sport as they hampered Royal Challengers Bangalore's play-off chances by beating them by five wickets in a close encounter in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the first match at the JSCA International Stadium here today.

On a slow and sluggish wicket, Knight Riders' slow bowlers restricted the famed Royal Challengers batting to 115 for nine in 20 overs after Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir opted to bowl first.
 
Mystery spinner Sunil Narine was again the pick of the lot with four for 22 while pacers Jacques Kallis and Lakshmipathy Balaji bagged two wickets each. Sri Lankan spinner Sachithra Senanayake gave away only 18 in his four overs and got the key wicket of opener Cheteshwar Pujara.
 
Kolkata pulled off the win as they reached the target scoring 116 runs losing five wickets with  four balls to spare after Kallis struck a valuable 41 and Manoj Tiwary 27. Kallis was adjudged as Man of the Match for his all-round performance.
 
Despite the loss, Royal Chllengers are fourth in the table with 16 points from 14 matches. But Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are fifth, are breathing down their neck, with the same number points having played a match less but they have a negative run rate.
 
Chasing a small target, Knight Riders were put on the backfoot when fast bowler Ravi Rampaul removed opener Manvinder Bisla, who sliced the ball to Moises Henriques off the second ball of the innings.
 
Gambhir got a good start scoing 14 off 15 balls assisted by three boundaries but gave it away as he tried to play an away going delivery from Vinay Kumar and edged it to lone slip Chris Gayle.
 
Kallis and Yusuf Pathan (18) added 30 runs for the third wicket and at a time when it looked that the two will take Knight Riders home, left-arm spinner Murali Karthik struck in the 11th over to trap Pathan lbw that left Knight Riders at 61/3.
 
Kallis and Tiwary then joined forces with a 35-run stand that almost took Knight Riders home but with win in sight, they gifted away their wickets that left Kolkata at 103 for five. Dutchman Ryan ten Doeschate then took the team past the line with an unbeaten 11.
 
Earlier, an impressive bowling display by Narine (4/22) helped Kolkata Knight Riders restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to 115/9. 
 
Gayle was out cheaply for 33 while AB de Villiers struck 28. Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli (17) also failed to make an impression and his stumps were knocked out by Kallis. 
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara c Balaji b Senanayake 5
Chris Gayle st Bisla b Narine 33
Virat Kohli b Kallis 17
AB de Villiers c Bisla b Balaji 28
Moises Henriques c Tiwary b Kallis 11
Saurabh Tiwary lbw Narine 1
Vinay Kumar not out 14
Ravi Rampaul lbw Narine 0
Abhimanyu Mithun c Tiwary b Narine 2
Murali Kartik b Balaji 0
Jaydev Unadkat not out 1
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 1) 3
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 115
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Pujara, 4.3 overs), 2-46 (Kohli, 8.4), 3-70 (Gayle, 13.1), 4-95 (de Villiers, 15.5), 5-96 (Tiwary, 16.2), 6-102 (Henriques, 17.1), 7-106 (Rampaul, 18.2), 8-108 (Mithun, 18.4), 9-112 (Kartik, 19.4)
Bowling:
Sachithra Senanayake 4-0-18-1
Lakshmipathy Balaji 4-0-22-2
Sunil Narine 4-0-22-4
Jacuqes Kallis 4-0-17-2
Ryan ten Doeschate 1-0-14-0
Yususf Pathan 1-0-6-0
Rajat Bhatia 2-0-14-0
 
Kolkata Knight Riders
Manvinder Bisla c Henriques b Rampaul 0
Gautam Gambhir c Gayle b Vinay Kumar 14
Jacques Kallis c Henriques b Mithun 41
Yusuf Pathan lbw Kartik 18
Manoj Tiwary c Kohli b Vinay Kumar 24
Ryan ten Doeschate not out 11
Rajat Bhatia not out 3
Extras (lb 1, w 4) 5
Total (for five wickets in 19.2 overs) 116
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Bisla, 0.2 overs), 2-31 (Gambhir, 5.5), 3-61 (Pathan, 10.3), 4-96 (Kallis, 16.4), 5-103 (Tiwary, 17.4)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 4-1-17-1
Abhimanyu Mithun 4-0-37-1
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-27-0
Vinay Kumar 3.2-0-17-2
Murali Kartik 4-0-17-1
 
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Royal Challengers restricted to 115/9 by Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders sends down a delivery during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Ranchi on May 12, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders sends down a delivery during their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League at Ranchi on May 12, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Off-spinner Sunil Narine grabbed four for 22 as defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) restricted Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to 115 for nine wickets in their 20 overs,  for their lowest score in this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the JSCA International Stadium here today.

Opener Chris Gayle topscored for RCB with 33, made off 36 balls with one six and one four, while AB de Villiers made 28 off 22 balls, also with one six and a four.
 
The others who got into double figures included skipper Virat Kohli (17) , Moises Henriques (11) and R Vinay Kumar, who remained unbeaten with 14.
 
Apart from Narine, who now tops the list of wicket-takers in this edition of the tournament, Jacques Kallis and Laxmipathy Balaji picked up two each while Sachithra Senanayake got one.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara c Balaji b Senanayake 5
Chris Gayle st Bisla b Narine 33
Virat Kohli b Kallis 17
AB de Villiers c Bisla b Balaji 28
Moises Henriques c Tiwary b Kallis 11
Saurabh Tiwary lbw Narine 1
Vinay Kumar not out 14
Ravi Rampaul lbw Narine 0
Abhimanyu Mithun c Tiwary b Narine 2
Murali Kartik b Balaji 0
Jaydev Unadkat not out 1
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 1) 3
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 115
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Pujara, 4.3 overs), 2-46 (Kohli, 8.4), 3-70 (Gayle, 13.1), 4-95 (de Villiers, 15.5), 5-96 (Tiwary, 16.2), 6-102 (Henriques, 17.1), 7-106 (Rampaul, 18.2), 8-108 (Mithun, 18.4), 9-112 (Kartik, 19.4)
Bowling:
Sachithra Senanayake 4-0-18-1
Lakshmipathy Balaji 4-0-22-2
Sunil Narine 4-0-22-4
Jacuqes Kallis 4-0-17-2
Ryan ten Doeschate 1-0-14-0
Yususf Pathan 1-0-6-0
Rajat Bhatia 2-0-14-0
 
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