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ISL: Goa, Mumbai play out goalless draw in midfield battle

Photo courtesy:ISL
Photo courtesy:ISL
The match between FC Goa and Mumbai City FC in the Hero India Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda ended in a stalemate today, with neither team managing to get on the score-sheet.
 
It was Mumbai City’s first draw of the tournament, and takes them to the fourth spot and the top half of the league table with 10 points, whereas Goa stay rooted at the bottom of the table with five points.
 
The match began with Goa dominating proceedings, playing attacking football from the word go and going forward with some beautiful movement and build-up play. 
 
The heat and humidity seemed to have an impact on proceedings as well, as after the first 15 minutes, Goa went into their shell, with Mumbai taking control. The closest that the visitors got to scoring was when Subhash Singh put the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside. 
 
The momentum again switched towards the end of the half, with Goa looking the more threatening once more. Home defender Grégory Arnolin came close to scoring from a corner, but his header was not accurate enough. The first half also saw a water break taken to allow the players to replenish themselves in the unforgiving climate.
 
The story of the second half was similar, with the teams tiring out and the speed of play going down a notch. Arnolin once again came closest to scoring for the hosts from a corner, this time beating Mumbai City keeper Subrata Paul all ends up, but his shot hit the crossbar.
 
Goa had an incredible nine corners awarded in the game, but, as their story has been so far, did not manage to convert any of their chances. Jan Štohanzl was a stand-out performer for the visitors, and was justly named the player of the match.
 
Goa travel to the national capital to face the Delhi Dynamos FC in their eighth match on November 13. Mumbai City will play their second straight away game, going to Kochi to face the Kerala Blasters FC in their next encounter on November 12.
 
Match Awards
 
Hero of the Match: Jan Štohanzl (Mumbai City FC)
Swift Moment of the Match: Tolgay Özbey (FC Goa)
Amul Fittest Player of the Match: Narayan Das (FC Goa)
ISL Emerging Player of the Match: Bikramjit Singh (FC Goa)
 
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India to launch "blue revolution" to boost fish production

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Union Minister for Agriculture Radhamohan Singh has said that the government is all set to launch a "blue revolution" that envisages transformation of the fisheries sector with increased investment, better training and development of infrastructure.
 
Delivering the convocation address at the Central Institute of Fisheries Education here yesterday Friday evening, Mr. Singh said India was the second largest producer of fish, but it lagged China by a huge margin and also scored low on the  productivity scale.
 
He said fisheries output in the country is presently about 10 million tonnes, with inland fisheries accounting for 5.6 million tonnes and marine fisheries 3.4 million tonnes. 
 
“India has large natural resources, and water bodies such as reservoirs, lakes and ponds, in addition to an 8,118km-long coastline. So it is well positioned to have a blue revolution,” he said. 
 
Mr. Singh expressed concern over stagnation of production of marine fisheries. He said deep sea fishing would require large investments and the possibilities of public-private partnership would have to be explored.
 
He said the largest species of fish are found in India, and there is also tremendous scope for breeding of colourful ornamental fish. 
 
Mr Singh said that so far governments had focused mainly on agriculture and industry, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has envisaged a grand plan for development of fisheries as a major employment generating economic activity. 
 
The 'blue revolution' will focus on construction of new fishing harbours, modernization of fishing boats, imparting training to fishermen, and above all promotion of fishing as a self-employment activity. 
 
A total of 128 degrees and 18 Ph.Ds were awarded at the 12th convocation of the institute at Versova here. As many as 29 students were given gold medals for meritorious achievements.
 
The Central Institute of Fisheries Education is a deemed university and a centre of excellence in the field of fisheries and allied subjects. It has 20 Fisheries Colleges spread across India. 
 
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Tendulkar's autobiography breaks records for pre-sale orders

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Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography "Playing It My Way", released yesterday, has broken all records for an adult hardback on pre-order subscriptions across both fiction and non-fiction categories, the publishers said today.
 
According to them, on the day of release before sales began (at 11.30 am yesterday), the book had topped 150,000 copies in orders, already pulling ahead of both pre-order and lifetime sales of the top hardbacks Dan Brown's Inferno, Walter Issacson's Steve Jobs and JK Rowling's Casual Vacancy 
 
Thomas Abraham, Managing Director of Hachette India, which has published the book in the country, said, "It is no surprise that the master blaster's pen talks up records at the same pace as his bat. We're delighted that he has now notched up a thousand hundreds on debut, and we're sure that this innings has only just begun."
 
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India’s forex reserves swell by $ 1.732 billion to $ 315.91 billion

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India’s foreign exchange reserves rose for the fourth consecutive week, swelling by a whopping $ 1.732 billion to $ 315.91 billion in the week ended October 31, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said here today.
 
The forex reserves had gone up by $ 495.5 million to $ 314.175 billion in the previous week.
 
In its weekly statistical supplement issued here today, the central bank said that foreign currency assets, which constitute a major chunk of the forex reserves, went up by $ 2.034 billion to $ 290.366 billion during the week.
 
Foreign currency assets expressed in US dollar terms include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US currencies such as the euro, pound and yen held in the reserves.
 
According to the bulletin, the country’s gold reserves declined by $ 375 million to $ 19.738 billion, while its special drawing rights (SDRs) fell by $ 19.5 million to $ 4.27 billion during the week.
 
India's reserve position in the Indian Monetary Fund (IMF) fell by $ 7 million to $ 1.536 billion during the period, the bulletin added.
 
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HCC wins contracts worth Rs 634 crore in transportation, hydel sectors

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Infrastructure major Hindustan Construction Company Ltd (HCC) has said that it has won two contracts worth Rs 634.79 crore in the transportation and hydro-electric segments.
 
The contracts include one valued at Rs 454.89 crore from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH) for 4-laning of the 50.5 km long Numaligarh-Jorhat section of national highway (NH)-37 in Assam, a press release from the company said here yesterday.
 
The project is part of the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North Eastern Region (SARDP-NE) and includes rehabilitation, upgradation and augmentation of the existing carriageway, major and minor bridges, culverts, road intersections, interchanges, drains, and so on.
 
The second contract worth Rs 179.90 crore is from Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (HPPCL) for the balance works of Head Race Tunnel of 111 MW Sawra Kuddu Hydel Power Project in Shimla district.
 
Mr. Arun Karambelkar, President & CEO, HCC Ltd. said “HCC has received three major orders totalling Rs 1028 crore in last fortnight that includes two EPC orders from MoRTH and an order from HPPCL. Earlier, the company was awarded Rs 393 crore MoRTH contract for widening of 65.87 km section of NH-233, on the Indo-Nepal Border. HCC with its expertise and dedicated team is poised to leverage on opportunities in the infrastructure space.”
 
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ISL: Anelka takes Mumbai City to 1-0 win against Delhi Dynamos

Frenchman Nicolas Anelka of Mumbai City FC during their match against Delhi Dynamos FC in the Hero Indian Super League in Mumbai on November 5, 2014.(Photo courtesy: ISL)
Frenchman Nicolas Anelka of Mumbai City FC during their match against Delhi Dynamos FC in the Hero Indian Super League in Mumbai on November 5, 2014.(Photo courtesy: ISL)
Frenchman Nicolas Anelka was in the spotlight again as he scored once more to lead Mumbai City FC to a 1-0 win over Delhi Dynamos FC in a keenly contested encounter in the Hero Indian Super League at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai tonight.
 
The win helped the hosts to move up to third spot on the league table with nine points from six games while the visitors, who have six points in the kitty, slipped to sixth spot.
 
It was a cagey start as Delhi Dynamos kept possession for major periods of the first half. Syed Rahim Nabi, for the second time in the tournament, picked up an injury early on and was forced off with Peter Costa coming on to replace him. 
 
This pegged back the Mumbai side as the visitors moved the ball around well with Delhi’s Steven Dias causing a few problems for the hosts from the right with his runs and crosses. Mads Junker was however unable to get on the end of any of them as Subrata Paul, the ISL emerging player of the match, came bravely off his line a few times to thwart any danger.
 
As the half progressed, Mumbai slowly began to get into the game. Jan Stohanzl, Amul’s fittest player of the match, collected the ball in midfield, ran towards goal and unleashed a thunderous effort that sailed over the bar. 
 
Lalrindika Ralte tested Kristof Van Hout a few minutes later with a shot from a distance, but the 6’10” Belgian goalkeeper made a comfortable save.
 
The closest either team came to scoring was when André Moritz picked up the ball and threaded it through to Anelka on the left who lobbed a beautiful pass across the goal to an unmarked Subash Singh who fluffed the chance. 
 
Mumbai came out firing on all cylinders in the second half while Delhi were content playing from behind and attempting to hit back on the counter. But when Delhi did finally venture forward, it was the home side that hit Delhi with a superb counter attacking move in the 59th minute. Stohanzl collected the ball in midfield and released Subhash down the right who dinked the ball over a defender (the Swift moment of the match) on to the onrushing Anelka who placed it past van Hout into the top left corner with a sublime left foot finish. 
 
Delhi responded by sending marquee man Alessandro Del Piero on for the ineffective Junker. Mumbai however were in an unrelenting mood as they continued to pile on the pressure. Anelka was at the forefront of everything for the home side but was unable to convert the chances that came his way. 
 
Subhash too was guilty of wasting a good chance to double the lead from a one on one with van Hout. Delhi tried to get back into the game and Del Piero wasted a golden opportunity to draw his side level when he met Dias’ cross with a header that went just wide.
 
With two wins on the trot Mumbai, will head out with confidence to face FC Goa away on November 9 while Delhi travel south to meet Kerala Blasters in Kochi on the same day. 
 
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Taj Group launches complimentary Wi-Fi access across its hotels globally

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The Taj Group today announced that it would, starting November 15,  introduce complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity for residential guests across its 125 hotels around the globe. 
 
A first-ever all brand-inclusive initiative in India, guests at any of the Taj Group of hotels – The Taj, Vivanta by Taj, Gateway Hotels and Ginger will now be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi connectivity for the duration of their stay on up to three devicesas soon as they check-in to the hotel.
 
A press release from the company said the complimentary Wi-Fi access which will be available for all in-house guests will be ideal for checking e-mails, social-networking and general web browsing at an efficient speed. 
 
"Guests who require higher bandwidth scan instantly upgrade to the premium tier and also connect additional devices at specially designed tariffs," it said.
 
Ms.Rakhee Lalvani, Director - Public Relations, Taj Group said, "Industry as well as our own research has shown the increasing importance of 'staying connected'; Travellers world over have ranked free Wi-Fi as one of the most essential and valuable hotel amenities. It is our constant endeavour to raise the standard of personalized service for business and leisure travellers and believe that with this value added service of free Wi-Fi, our guests will enjoy the enhanced experience during their stay at the Taj."
 
According to global research undertaken by SmartBrief, 85 percent travellers wanted free Wi-Fi in hotels and 38 percent stated that Wi-Fi was a key factor while selecting a hotel. Interestingly, 45 percent guests travel with two devices whereas 40 percent travel with three or more. 
 
Another study by global hotel consultancy HVS reveals that the new-age traveller needs to feel ‘at home’ and‘stay connected’. 
 
"Furthermore, the millennial generation is increasingly interested in instant storytelling of memorable experiences. Therefore, in order to keep pace with this rapidly changing lifestyle, free Internet access has become essential," the release added.
 
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Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ released

Well-known cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography 'Playing It My Way' was released at a glittering event at the ITC Maratha here this evening, in the presence of present and past stars of the game and nearly a year after he bid adieu to the game after playing his 200th Test match in the city on November 16 last year.
 
In an hour long event, master of ceremonies Harsha Bhogle took the packed hall through Tendulkar's life and the evolution of Indian cricket with scintillating on-stage conversations with Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Vasu Paranjpe, and the famed 'class of 98' (with Sourav Ganguli, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Tendulkar himself). 
 
The formal book release saw Tendulkar present the first copy to his first coach and guru Ramakant Achrekar. This was followed by the final session which was a solo conversation with the author himself.
 
Tendulkar said, “Playing It My Way is a different sort of innings for me, and was in the making for the last three years.  As with the game, I have been honest and sincere in putting together various aspects of my life, and the book is something I hope readers will enjoy."
 
Mr Thomas Abraham, Managing Director of Hachette India, which has published the book in the country, said, “This is an absolutely outstanding book--at once cricketing history and personal narrative; and will delight every cricketing fan. We are delighted to welcome Sachin Tendulkar to our list and are proud to be publishing this landmark autobiography which we're sure --like its author-- will go on to set new records.”
 
The book has in fact already set the Indian record for the largest adult hardback orders on day of release with 100,000 copies being released by the publishers.  While lucky guests got the chance to purchase early 'launch' copies the book is heavily embargoed and was transported across the country under security for simultaneous release tomorrow.
 
Sachin Tendulkar presenting the first copy of his autobiography,
Sachin Tendulkar presenting the first copy of his autobiography, "Playing It My Way" to his first coach and guru Ramakant Achrekar in Mumbai on November 5, 2014.
‘Playing It My Way’ releases as hardback and simultaneous eBook tomorrow. An audiobook version will follow early next year as will Indian language versions in Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, Malayalam and Bengali.
 
The highest run-scorer in the history of international cricket, Tendulkar retired in 2013 after playing for an astonishing 24 years. The most celebrated Indian cricketer of all time, he was conferred the Bharat Ratna – India’s highest civilian award – on the day of his retirement. 
 
The book tells his remarkable story – from playing in the bylanes of suburban Mumbai, to his first Test cap at the age of 16 to his 100th international century and the emotional final farewell that brought the country to a standstill.
 
When a boisterous Mumbai youngster’s excess energies were channelled into cricket, the result was record-breaking schoolboy batting exploits that launched the career of a cricketing phenomenon. Before long, Tendulkar was the cornerstone of India’s batting line-up, his every move watched by a cricket-mad nation’s devoted followers.
 
Never has a cricketer been burdened with so many expectations; never has a cricketer performed at such a high level for so long and with such style – scoring more runs and making more centuries than any other player, in both Tests and one-day games.
 
And perhaps only one cricketer could have brought together a shocked nation by defiantly scoring a Test century shortly after terrorist attacks rocked his hometown of Mumbai.
 
His many achievements with the Indian team include winning the World Cup and topping the world Test rankings. Yet he has also known his fair share of frustration and failure – from injuries and early World Cup exits to stinging criticism from the press, especially during his tenure as captain.
 
Despite his celebrity status, Tendulkar has always remained a very private man, devoted to his family and his country. Now, for the first time, he provides a fascinating insight into his personal life and gives a frank and revealing account of a sporting life like no other.
 
The book will be simultaneously released all over the world and in India will be represented by Hachette India.
 
Book details: ISBN 9781473605206 / Hardback / Royal octavo- 157 x 240 mm / 514 pages including 84 photographs / Imprint: Hodder/Hachette India / UK £25 India Rs 899
 
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Reliance, Pioneer to divest shares of Eagle Ford Shale Midstream business

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Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and its partner Pioneer Natural Resources of the United States are planning to pursue the divestment of their shares of the Eagle Ford Shale (EFS) Midstream business.
 
Pioneer said in a press release issued in Dallas, Texas, United Staes that it was pursuing the divestment of its 50.1% share of the business.
 
"Reliance Holding USA, Inc. (RHUSA), a subsidiary of RIL, owns the remaining 49.9% of the EFS Midstream business and also plans to pursue the divestment of its share in a joint process with Pioneer. Pioneer is the operator of the business," it said.
 
RIL sources said RHUSA had acquired 49.9% stake in EFS Midstream LLC in June 2010.  Current investments in EFS Midstream LLC are $208 million, they said.
 
Mr Scott D. Sheffield, Chairman and CEO, stated, “The sale of EFS Midstream would allow us to strategically redeploy capital to our core, oil-rich Spraberry/Wolfcamp assets in the Permian Basin of West Texas, where we are successfully transforming the substantial resource potential we delineated in 2013 into strong production growth. We currently have no plans to divest our Eagle Ford Shale upstream assets. The sale of EFS Midstream is not expected to impact our ability to export processed Eagle Ford condensate.”
 
The EFS Midstream business was formed in 2010 to construct facilities to provide gathering and handling services for condensate and natural gas produced from wells on dedicated acreage in the Eagle Ford Shale. These services are provided for the Eagle Ford Shale upstream joint venture operated by Pioneer (Pioneer 46%, Reliance 45% and Newpek LLC 9%) and for various third parties. 
 
The EFS Midstream system consists of 10 central gathering plants (CGPs) and approximately 460 miles of pipelines. The system gathers and separates produced condensate from produced gas. It also stabilizes the condensate, where necessary, and treats the gas. 
 
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L&T Construction wins orders valued at Rs 1576 crore

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Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today said its construction arm had won orders worth Rs 1576 crore across various segments in October 2014.
 
Of these, the Power Transmission & Distribution Business had secured new orders worth Rs 1164 crore, including one from the Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited under the R-APDRP scheme, a press release from the company said.
 
The order is for system strengthening and augmentation of power supply 
networks for Lucknow with SCADA compatibility to improve efficiency and power quality. 
 
The project is funded by the Power Finance Corporation Limited. The scope includes construction of 33/11kV substations, renovation and modernization of existing substations, 11kV distribution lines, distribution transformer centres, underground cabling, installation of ring main units and electronic energy meters.
 
The Business also bagged an order from the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited for the supply, erection, testing and commissioning of a 33/11kV power distribution network for augmenting rural electricity infrastructure and household electrification for prospective consumers covering the districts of Nadia, 24 Parganas (North) and Cooch Behar in the state of West Bengal under 12th Plan of RGGVY Scheme. The project is funded by the Rural Electricity Corporation Limited, the release said.
 
According to it, the Water & Renewable Energy Business has won orders including add-ons worth Rs 304 crore. An engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) order has been received from the Drinking Water & Sanitation Department of the Government of Jharkhand for the Ranchi Water Supply Scheme under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
 
The scope involves the design and construction of a 172 MLD intake well with a pump house, a 114 MLD water treatment plant and a 217 km of rising mains and distribution pipelines including associated electromechanical works.
 
The release also said additional orders worth Rs 108 crore had been received from various ongoing jobs of the Heavy Civil Infrastructure Business.
 
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Indians prefer printed books over e-books: Survey

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Despite all the strides taken by India in the digital world, nearly four out of five respondents in the Tata Literature Live! Survey 2014 conducted across the country say they favour printed books over electronic reading. 
 
In an attempt to understand the evolving landscape of literary reading, amidst technological, social and behavioural impacts, the survey brought forth key insights into Indians' reading habits, a press release from the Tata Group said.
 
According to it, the results of the survey revealed the preference of printed books across all generations. 
 
From among the respondents, hyper-connected post-millennials in the age group of less than 20, rank highest in this preference with 81%. This is followed by those in the age group of 21-30 with 79%, 31-40 age group and 41-50 age group with 75% each, the lowest being the age-group of 50 and above with 74%.
 
Regionally, Mumbai respondents lead with 80% opting for the printed word. This is followed by Delhi with 79%, Kolkata with 78%, Bengaluru with 77% and Chennai with 76%.
 
"The Tata Literature Live! Survey 2014 is an effort to look into contemporary India's literary leisure reading. The survey has not only explored reading tastes, but more importantly how India is reading today. It is heartening to see India's love for the written word, and the findings encourage us to celebrate it even further at the forthcoming editions of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest!" says Mr. Anil Dharker, Founder and Festival Director of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest.
 
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Dr. Mukund Rajan, Member – Group Executive Council and Brand Custodian, Tata Sons, says, "The Tata Literature Live! Survey has thrown up very interesting findings. In a world of primetime TV, breaking news, and intensive social networking, reading books remains a popular activity. Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest endeavours to promote the cause of literature, particularly amongst the younger generation, and the findings of the survey enthuse us to strengthen our efforts in this direction."
 
The survey looks deeper into other aspects of reading habits as well. Some of the highlights are:
  • 60% respondents read a literary piece once a week 
  • 42% respondents ranked reading as the best means to survive a bad day
  • 74% respondents prefer reading to internet, social media or gaming 
  • 69% respondents prefer reading over watching television shows or movies 
  • 61% respondents prefer reading over socialising 
  • 60% respondents prefer reading over outdoor/indoor games 
  • Mumbai respondents show highest preference for printed books (80%) and choose reading over digital entertainment (78%), socialising (66%) and indoor/outdoor games (64%)
  • The survey crowns Kolkata as the literary capital of India as - 67% people opt for leisure literary reading once a week, 17% respondents have more than 300 literary books and 49% people choose reading as an escape from a bad day, all highest among other metros
  • Across generations, it is the post-millennial readers (73.49%), who read literary pieces more often than any other age-group
  • Also, people of 50 years and above emerge as the generation of book hoarders, with 20.59% claiming to have more than 300 books on their shelves
  • Further, disclosing author preferences, respondents across regions and age-groups shared mythology as a genre where they enjoy Indian authors more than their non-Indian counterparts.
  • Interestingly, when quizzed about what they would bargain to read, about 37.61% of the respondents are willing to let go off their daily dose of favourite TV shows for reading, ranking the highest amongst other categories such as, giving up their lives, skipping a plan/party with friends, taking a day off at work, or not giving up anything at all
Tata Literature Live! Survey 2014 is an exclusive study by the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest on Indian reading habits. Conducted in October 2014, the survey took a close look into the evolving landscape of literary reading amidst technological, social and behavioural impacts. It focuses on how India is reading today and dwells into the perceptions on literature, across demographics. The research was conducted online, accumulating responses from 1,426 individuals, across the country.
 
The fifth edition of Mumbai's international literary festival, Tata Literature Live, brought internationally renowned writers and performances from all over the world to Mumbai. The festival which took place at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point, and, for the first time, at Prithvi Theatre and The Easel in Juhu, had an invigorating line-up of debates, talks, and creative performances which not only started a vibrant exchange of ideas, but also connected with literary conversations currently happening on a broad global stage.
 
Extremely happy with this year's edition, Dharker said, "The past four days have been an incredible experience. We have witnessed a huge turnout of audience which is overwhelming. Our sessions have seen full attendance and we have had live projections to other venues which have been full as well. Literature has taken hold of the city in a significant way and perhaps Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest! has contributed in a small way to that."
 
Over 120 writers, thinkers and performers from countries as diverse as England, the USA, Germany, Italy, Israel and Ireland took centre stage at the festival.
 
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L&T Technology Services, Tele2 in M2M/IoT partnership for transportation sector

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L&T Technology Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of engineering major  Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today said it had entered into a partnership with Europe based telecom operator Tele2 to jointly develop solutions around Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT).
 
The alliance will help L&T Technology Services’ and Tele2’s customers implement solutions that will reduce their time-to-market, a press release from the company said.
 
"The concept of connected world is moving beyond cost and time advantage and today it’s about enhanced user experience coupled with the need for driving efficiency in operations as well as the cost of development and operations," it said.
 
"This partnership between L&T Technology Services an engineering services major with its deep domain expertise in the Transportation sector and Tele2, with its proven credentials as the foremost provider of convergent communication services, holds a great potential for the transportation market," it said.
 
Remote management of engine performance, data collection and analytics of vital parameters from off-hghway vehicles, engines and coaches will help OEMs, operators and consumers in significantly improving  operational efficiencies, improving warranty and service management and better the end- user experience, it said.
 
The release said the partnership would initially target the transportation and commercial, mass transit vertical (which includes Auto, Aero, Rail, Shipping and Off Highway and specialized vehicles) and all associated ancillary and similar industries .
 
Dr Keshab Panda, Chief Executive, L&T Technology Services said, “We are very excited to collaborate with Tele2 on providing IoT/M2M solution to the transportation and mass transit industry that benefit customers. Our engineering prowess and deep infrastructure understanding and expertise coupled with Tele2’s solutions will provide an excellent opportunity to improve customer services and create a safer and more connected customer experience."
 
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Nicolas Anelka helps Mumbai City beat Kerala Blasters 1-0 in ISL

Former French international Nicolas Anelka of Mumbai City FC in action against Kerala Blasters in the Hero Indian Super League at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on November 2, 2014.
Former French international Nicolas Anelka of Mumbai City FC in action against Kerala Blasters in the Hero Indian Super League at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on November 2, 2014.
Former French international Nicolas Anelka was in the limelight as he helped Mumbai City FC return to winning ways and defeat Kerala Blasters 1-0 in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai tonight.
 
Anelka curled in a superb free kick one minute before halftime that proved to be the matchwinner.
 
The win helped the Peter Reid- coached hosts move up from the cellar to fifth spot with six points while Kerala dropped to sixth place with four points after suffering their third defeat in five games.
 
Mumbai could have won by a comfortable margin after striking a purple patch in the second half but wayward shooting by their forwards denied them a big win. 
 
Jan Štohanzl blazed over the bar after a nice pass from the excellent André Moritz opened up the Kerala defence in the 58th minute. In the 75th minute a nice cutback from Anelka saw Subhash Singh with the Kerala goal at his mercy but the Manipuri skied his shot.
 
Hero of the match Anelka was then denied twice in one on one situations against Sandip Nandy who had started instead of player-manager David James under the Kerala bar. And in the dying seconds Nadong Bhutia struck the crossbar with a long range punt.
 
The match started slowly and was initially confined to the midfield with both defences holding firm. Mumbai forced a flurry of corners but as the first half progressed Kerala took control and put the Mumbai citadel under sustained pressure. However, the return of Pavel ?movš brought more stability to the Mumbai defence and Deepak Mandal who had replaced Peter Costa, also gave a good account of himself. The dangerous Iain Hume who toiled hard to get the Kerala attack rolling, was well contained.
 
But the night clearly belonged to the enigmatic Frenchman who curled in a superb free kick over the Kerala wall from about 25 metres out that beat a diving Nandy bar all ends up. This was his first goal in the Hero Indian Super League in only his second appearance. The free kick was awarded when holding midfielder Ishfaq Ahmed, a replacement for Mehtab Hossain, had fouled Štohanzl just outside the box.
 
With their campaign back on track, Mumbai now await the arrival of Delhi Dynamos FC on November 5 while Kerala return to Kochi for their first home game against FC Goa on November 6.
 
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India's forex reserves rise by $ 495.5 million to $ 314.178 billion

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India’s foreign exchange reserves rose for the third consecutive week, going up up by $ 495.5 million to $ 314.178 billion in the week ended October 24, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said here today.
 
The forex reserves had gone up by $ 945.6 million to $ 313.682 billion in the previous week and by about $ 1.31 billion in the week before that, after dipping by about $ 7.2 billion in all in the five weeks before that, mainly due to the appreciation of the dollar against major currencies.
 
In its weekly statistical supplement issued here today, the central bank said that foreign currency assets, which constitute a major chunk of the forex reserves, went up by $ 532.2 million to $ 288.332 billion during the week.
 
Foreign currency assets expressed in US dollar terms include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US currencies such as the euro, pound and yen held in the reserves.
 
According to the bulletin, the country’s gold reserves remained unchanged at $ 20.013 billion, while its special drawing rights (SDR) decreased by $ 27 million to $ 4.289 billion during the week.
 
India's reserve position in the Indian Monetary Fund (IMF) fell by $ 9.7 million to $ 1.543 billion during the period, the bulletin added.
 
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Devendra Fadnavis sworn in as new Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra here on Friday to head the first ever BJP government in the state.

Fadnavis becomes first BJP CM of Maharashtra
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra here today to head the first ever BJP government in the state.
 
Mr Fadnavis, 44, who is the president of the state BJP unit, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Maharashtra Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao at a largely attended ceremony at the Wankhede Cricket Stadium here today.
 
Along with Mr Fadnavis, nine others took oath as Ministers, including Mr Eknath Khadse, Mr Sudhir Mungantiwar, Mr Vinod Tawde, Ms Pankaja Munde, Mr Prakash Mehta, Mr Vishnu Sawra, Mr Chandrakant Patil, Mr Dilip Kamble and Ms Vidya Thakur.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, veteran BJP leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani, several Union Ministers, Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states, leaders of various political parties and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
 
Others present at the ceremony included former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and former Union Minister and Nationalist Congress leader Praful Patel.
 
The BJP has previously been in government in Maharashtra as a junior partner in the alliance with Shiv Sena. The BJP had, however, called off their 25-year-old alliance days ahead of the October 15 elections to the state legislative assembly.
 
Mr Fadnavis is the 27th Chief Minister of Maharashtra and the 18th person to hold the position. He is the fourth leader from the Vidarbha region to become Chief Minister. At 44, he is the second youngest person to rise to the job.
 
Mr Fadnavis was unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party on October 28 and was later invited by the Governor to form the new government in the state.
 
The BJP had emerged as the single largest party in the October 15 elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, winning 122 seats in the 288-member house. The Shiv Sena finished second with 63 seats. 
 
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The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which ruled the state for the past 15 years and had also called off their alliance ahead of the elections, ended up in third and fourth places, with 42 and 41 seats, respectively.
 
After the election results were out, the Shiv Sena had made conciliatory noises and indicated that it was prepared to be part of the government if given an honourable offer, but the BJP did not respond to it openly, though the two sides were said to be in touch with each other informally.
 
Unhappy with the BJP's cold response, the Shiv Sena had indicated that it would stay away from today's swearing-n ceremony. But Mr Shah and Mr Fadnavis reached out to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray by calling him up and on the telephone and inviting him to the ceremony. Mr Thackeray relented and attended the function, in a sign of improving ties between the two parties.
 
BJP sources had indicated earlier that Mr Fadnavis would be sworn in along with a compact team and that the Council of Ministers would be expanded in due course.
 
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Nita Ambani to join Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center in US

Nita M. Ambani
Nita M. Ambani
Reliance Foundation founder and Chairperson Nita M. Ambani has been invited to join the Board of Visitors of the prestigious University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the United States.
 
“By giving your time, talents and treasure, you will help advance the institution’s mission to eliminate cancer – and ultimately make a significant difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families," Mr Melvyn N. Klein, Chairman of the Board of MD Anderson Cancer Center said in his invitation to her.
 
Ms Ambani, wife of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, is the first Indian and the second Asian to join the Board of MD Anderson. 
 
The Center is widely acclaimed as the world’s premier cancer center, with a commitment to rapidly translate scientific knowledge into better cancer therapies and prevention strategies and improved quality of life for patients and survivors. Its 20,000 strong employees are working with dedication to saving lives. 
 
Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, which was rededicated to the city of Mumbai last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has oncology as a thrust area. Latest equipment that can help early detection and cure of cancer, coupled with nuclear medicine, will help doctors treat cancer patients quickly and with reduced pain. 
 
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Both Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will collaborate to work in the area on oncology and bring to India latest research findings and discoveries to give patients in India high quality treatment and care in India.
 
Accepting the invitation, Ms Ambani said, “I feel privileged to join the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center and look forward to both learning from and contributing to its exemplary mission of making cancer history. Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre will draw on the expertise and capabilities of this remarkable institution, and work towards providing better care for cancer patients in India and bringing about ground-breaking research to eventually defeat cancer.” 
 
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Engine, one coach of Amravati-Mumbai Express derail at Kalyan, no injuries

 
Engine, coach of train derails at Kalyan, no one hurt
Rail traffic on the Nashik-Igatpuri-Kalyan section was briefly disrupted when the engine and one general second class-cum-guard's van of the 1112 Amravati-Mumbai Express derailed at Kalyan station near here this morning, but no one was injured.
 
A Central Railway press release said that the mishap occurred while the train was entering platform number four at the station, 54 km from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai), at 4.50 am.
 
The derailment resulted in the blocking of the Up (Nashik-Igatpuri-Kalyan) line from the North-East side for some time, the release said. Rail traffic was restored on the line about three hours later at 0720 hours.
 
"There is no injury to any passengers," the release said.
 
Due to this derailment, the following trains have been cancelled/short terminated/diverted today, it said.
 
The details are:
 
TRAINS CANCELLED:
 
12110/12109 Manmad-Mumbai-Manmad Panchvati Express
 
TRAINS SHORT TERMINATED:
 
22102 Manmad-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Rajyarani Express short terminated at Nasik Road and will work back as 22101 Rajyarani Express from Nasik Road.
 
TRAINS DIVERTED:
 
11025 Bhusaval-Pune Express via Manmad-Daund
 
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ISL: Elano, Mendonza lead Chennayin to 5-1 win over Mumbai City

Photo: Courtesy -- ISL
Photo: Courtesy -- ISL
Elano Blumer and John Stiven Mendoza came up with inspired performances and scored two goals each to lead Chennayin FC to a thumping 5-1 win over fancied Mumbai City  FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here tonight.
 
Jeje Lalpekhlua also got onto the score sheet for the hosts while Syed Rahim Nabi notched a consolation goal for the visitors late in the game by heading in a corner.
 
Chennai move to second on the table with nine points from their third win in four games while Mumbai remain in the sixth position with three points after succumbing to their third defeat.
 
Elano, who is now the top scorer of the tournament with five goals, was clearly the star of the match. He opened the account with a penalty in the 9th minute and followed it up with a wonderful free kick in the 70th minute. 
 
In between, Jeje hit the target in the 26th minute after the Brazilian had lobbed the ball over the Mumbai defence. Mendoza, who tormented the Mumbai defence with his tricky runs, then netted two goals just before half-time.
 
The Colombian striker made the most of the opportunity after Mumbai goalkeeper Subrata Paul had clumsily parried an Elano free-kick. He scored his second of the evening when he latched onto a pass from the midfield and deftly whizzed past Paul to make it 4-0 at the break. 
 
The India goalkeeper however made a couple of good saves to keep down the margin of defeat.
 
 
Team defended poorly: Mumbai FC coach
Even though the away side had more possession and forced several corners, it was the home team which created more chances. The only notable chance for the visitors was when Nicolas Anelka, who made his debut in the tournament, put Subhash Singh through on goal but Shilton Paul got down well to stop the shot. 
 
Manager Marco Materazzi, who also made his first appearance for Chennai as a defensive midfielder, had a good outing before he was replaced by Bojan Djordjic in the second half.
 
Peter Reid will have a lot of thinking to do on the way back home with his team due to play Kerala Blasters in Navi Mumbai on November 5. On the other hand, Materazzi’s men are flying high and will face league leaders Atletico de Kolkata with confidence when they meet in the southern city on November 4.
 
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Devendra Fadnavis to be new Chief Minister of Maharashtra

File photo of Devendra Fadnavis
File photo of Devendra Fadnavis
Mr Devendra Fadnavis was today unanimously elected as the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature party in Maharashtra, paving the way for his appointment as the new Chief Minister of the state.
 
The name of Mr Fadnavis, 44, who is the president of the BJP's Maharashtra unit, was proposed by senior state BJP leader Eknath Khadse and supported by, among others, Ms Pankaja Munde, both considered claimants for the job, and was endorsed unanimously at a meeting of the party's newly-elected legislators here.
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and senior BJP leader J P Nadda attended the meeting as the party's central observers.
 
Senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters that Mr Singh later formally declared Mr Fadnavis elected as leader of the legislature party.
 
He said that Mr Fadnavis and members of the BJP state unit's core team would call on Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao this evening and apprise him of the party's decision and stake claim to form the new government in the state.
 
The BJP had emerged as the single largest party in the October 15 elections to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, winning 122 seats in the 288-member house.
 
Its erstwhile partner Shiv Sena, which broke off their 25-year alliance just before the elections, finished second with 63 seats.
 
Thank everyone for supporting me: Fadnavis
The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which ruled the state for the past 15 years and had also called off their alliance ahead of the elections, ended up in third and fourth places, with 42 and 41 seats, respectively.
 
Mr Fadnavis was re-elected as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for a fourth consecutive term from the Nagpur South West constituency in the recent elections.
 
Born on July 22, 1970, he has a degree in law and a post-graduate diploma in business management. He became the youngest Mayor in India when he was elected to that position in Nagpur in 1997 at the age of 27. He was elected president of the Maharashtra unit of the BJP in 2013.
 
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Xiaomi to set up data centre in India to address security concerns

Chinese smart phone maker Xiaomi Inc today said that it would move its Indian users' data to servers outside of China by the end of this year and launch a local data centre in India in 2015 to serve their needs and store data for them.
 
The statement came in the wake of media reports about an Indian Air Force (IAF) circular claiming that Xiaomi phones were a security threat and advising its personnel and their families against using them.
 
"While we are attempting to reach Indian authorities to learn specifics, we would like to clarify a few points to assure our users that we treat your privacy seriously," it said.
 
The company said that, since early this year, it had been migrating its services and corresponding data for Indian users from its Beijing data centres to Amazon AWS data centers in Singapore and the United States.
 
"Parts of this migration will be completed by the end of October, and all of it will be completed by the end of 2014. In 2015, we plan to launch a local data center in India to serve the needs of (and store data for) our Indian users," it said.
 
"These efforts help significantly improve the performance of our services and also provide some peace of mind for users in India, ensuring that we treat their data with utmost care and the highest privacy standards," it said.
 
The company said it provided various opt-in Internet services that bring great user benefits, are free of charge, and require personal data to be stored in the cloud.
 
"These services are optional (opt-in). Users can turn them on and off at any time. Users can also opt to use similar services from other Internet companies instead, such as Google, Whatsapp, Dropbox and others," it said.
 
Xiaomi also said it did not collect any data associated with services such as Mi Cloud and Cloud Messaging until the user provides explicit consent by turning on the corresponding service(s). Even after users have turned on these services, they can turn them off at any point of time.
 
"We take rigorous precautions to ensure that all data is secured when uploaded to Xiaomi servers and is not stored beyond the time required," it said.
 
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The statement said the company encrypted data using AES-128 standard before storing, which makes it practically impossible for anyone to steal this information.
 
"We protect user passwords and identifiers such as IMEI number using cryptographic one-way hash functions before they're uploaded, which means we never actually receive the original information.
 
"No single person, including Xiaomi employees, can decrypt user data stored in Mi Cloud, even if they get access to the hard drives. We use extremely strict access control policies with multiple authorizations being required for engineers building services that access any personal data. All access to servers is logged and audited," the statement said.
 
"We believe the advisory circular issued by IAF is based on events about 3 months back. It refers to the F-Secure test done on the Redmi 1S in July 2014 about the activation of our Cloud Messaging service (which enables users to send text messages for free, similar to other popular messaging services). We immediately addressed the concerns raised, which was directly acknowledged by F-Secure 4 days later," it added.
 
Xiaomi, founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Lei Jun, entered India earlier this year and is trying to achieve rapid growth in what is one of the world's largest markets for smart phones. It sells its phones in the country through online retailer Flipkart.com.
 
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Modi voices concern about India's health indicators, calls for affordable health services

 An artist's impression of the Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai
An artist's impression of the Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today voiced concern over India's health indicators, such as infant and maternal mortality rates, and called for efforts to provide affordable health services for the poorest of the poor.
 
Speaking at the inauguration of the Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre here, he said there was need to generate more awareness about the hundreds of children who were unable to survive due to lack of primary healthcare facilities.
 
Mr Modi said society and government should together give priority to the poorest of the poor and make all possible efforts to provide affordable health services. He said the Reliance Foundation Hospital was a step in that direction. 
 
He said India would undergo a renewal through the combined efforts of 125 crore Indians, just as the 90-year-old hospital had undergone a renewal.
 
He underlined the need for India to manufacture medical equipment as part of the government's Make in India programme so that they become available to the poorest people in the remotest corners of the country.
 
Referring to the Digital India programme of the Union Government, he said one of the primary aims of this programme was to ensure advanced healthcare in remote areas through telemedicine, and access to the best education for poor. 
 
Mr Modi called for a renewed thrust on preventive healthcare, saying that treatment is expensive, while prevention is economical. He said clean drinking water for all would be the biggest source of preventive healthcare. He congratulated the Government of Madhya Pradesh for its initiative of washing hands. 
 
He spoke of his suggestion at the United Nations for an International Yoga Day. He said holistic healthcare was a subject of interest across the world, and India could contribute a lot to this cause, through its rich heritage. He said India had a heritage where people desired the good of everyone.
 
"A true leader works with the intention of wiping the tears of the poor," the Prime Minister said, reciting two shlokas. He congratulated the Reliance Foundation for its health outreach efforts in the neighbourhood communities. 
 
Modi inaugurates Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital
Mrs Kokilaben Ambani, mother of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, presented a memento to the Prime Minister on the occasion.
 
In her welcome address, Reliance Foundation Chairperson Nita Ambani gave details of the facilities available in the hospital, while Mr Ambani delivered a vote of thanks.
 
Goa Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, actor Amitabh Bachchan and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
Now in its 90th year, the hospital has been completely rebuilt by Reliance Foundation into a modern 19-storeyed tower and two heritage wings.
 
Founded in 1925 as Mumbai’s first general hospital, it has a rich heritage. It witnessed the freedom struggle and the Second World War and one of the most frequent visitors then was Mahatma Gandhi.
 
The hospital celebrated its silver jubilee with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, then Deputy Prime Minister, as its chief guest and the golden jubilee celebration was graced by well-known social activist Jayaprakash Narayan. 
 
The hospital has collaboration with John Hopkins, MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Massachusetts General Hospital and University of Southern California. 
 
It has state-of-the-art operation theatres equipped with robotic surgery and on-line video conferencing enabling live consultations with specialists across the world, a hybrid cath-lab -- India’s first -- for emergency heart operations, and state-of-the-art diagnostics facility with Asia’s first new generation CT scan. 
 
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The hospital is equipped with high-end Obstetrics & Gynaecology services and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a learning centre, adapting the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations.
 
The general wards of the hospital will have the same level of treatment for the citizens at the bottom of the pyramid, a press release from Reliance Foundation said.
 
The hospital has an outreach program that currently covers over 310,000 individuals in the vicinity providing preventive and primary healthcare on a digital platform virtually free of cost. The hospital has initiated steps to adopt the nearby congested areas as part 
of the Prime Minister’s call of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan. 
 
The hospital has adopted water recycling and rainwater harvesting, making it the greenest healthcare facility in India of its size, the release said.
 
The hospital’s digital initiatives include RFID tags for patients, end-to-end digitization of medical records and real-time remote access to these records, adopting the vision of Digital India of the Prime Minister, it said.
 
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Mumbai City manager Peter Reid says North East United deserved to win

Peter Reid. Photo: Courtesy ISL
Peter Reid. Photo: Courtesy ISL
Mumbai City FC manager Peter Reid conceded that NorthEast United FC, which beat his side 2-0 in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) here yesterday, was the better team in the match and deserved to win.
 
“A lot of things conspired to go against us today. But I make no excuses, NorthEast United deserved to win,” he was quoted by the ISL website as saying at the post-match press conference.
 
“When you end up with nine men it’s always going to be difficult and tough. I’ve got no complaints against the referee. We made rash tackles today and paid the penalty," he said.
 
Asked what had gone wrong yesterday after they had touched peak form last week, when they defeated FC Pune City, he said, "We didn’t play well today, we didn’t work their keeper, we didn’t create enough (chances), our passing was not incisive. I thought we were a little bit impatient, whereas they were well-organised. They dropped back and they made it difficult; we just didn’t have the patience. But that’s football, we need to learn.”
 
The hosts were reduced to nine men when substitute Freddie Ljungberg limped off after Reid had used up all his three substitutes and defender Pavel Cmovs was expelled after collecting his second caution for the night.
 
But Reid praised the fighting spirit of his squad despite the reverses on the pitch. “I know that we’ve been beaten 2-0 but the nine men on the pitch, they gave their everything. I couldn’t have asked for more, even in general play,” he said.
 
Reid also said that their opponents deserved due credit for their win. “Their two centre-backs, they are very experienced players, and then they tightened up the midfield and made it difficult for us,” he explained. He emphasised that keeping it tight was imperative because the first goal was going to win the match.
 
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Reid also revealed that the side had taken a risk by starting last match's hattrick man André Moritz, who played with a bandaged head, having slipped and fallen in the bathroom three days ago after contracting a stomach bug. 
 
The Brazilian was cleared by the team medics and he himself was willing to come out and play. “He was happy to play for 45 minutes. He wasn’t as explosive as he was earlier, but he did a good job for us,” the former Manchester City manager said.
 
About marquee player Ljungberg’s injury, Reid said, “Freddie’s hamstring is gone and with my experience in football, tears in hamstrings are very difficult injuries and I don’t think it is good for us”.
 
Reid said the loss of ?movš due to suspension and the shadow of doubt hanging over the heads of Ljungberg and Moritz, would be negated by the availability of Nicolas Anelka and Syed Rahim Nabi.
 
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ISL: NorthEast United FC beat nine-men Mumbai City FC 2-0

Photo coutesy:ISL
Photo coutesy:ISL
NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) climbed to second spot in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) when they defeated hosts Mumbai City FC 2-0 at the D. Y. Patil Stadium at Navi Mumbai here this evening.
 
This was their first away win in the tournament and they are now placed second in the league table with seven points, behind leaders Atletico de Kolkata who continued to be at the top with 10 points.
 
For the visitors, Kondwani Mtonga’s finish in the 57th minute gave them the lead and Felipe de Castro cemented their victory with a strike in stoppage time.
 
Both teams were engaged in a keen tussle in the opening stages but Mumbai began to control possession and took the attack to the rival camp.
 
Their best chance came in the 13th minute as Nadong Bhutia took a crossfield ball under control near the 6-yard area before making a run into the box and cutting it back. The ball rolled between Subhash Singh and André Moritz and was cleared by an NEUFC defender.
 
NorthEast United, who were still struggling to string together their first attack, got their best chance in the 17th minute as Koke played in Felipe de Castro who cut the ball back onto his left foot and shot just wide of the far post.
 
Mumbai dominated for the remainder of the first half but could not find a way through the stubborn NorthEast defence. Apart from a couple of shots off target, the first half didn’t produce any clear-cut opportunities for either sides.
 
The second half began with the entry of Mumbai City’s marquee player Freddie Ljungberg who replaced Moritz. The first chance, though, fell to the visiting team, as Durga Boro shot just over the bar from close to 30 yards out.
 
The breakthrough for the Highlanders came twelve minutes into the half as Koke dinked the ball into the 6-yard area to Mtonga, who held off Tiago Ribeiro and beat Subrata Paul to the ball before lifting it over the keeper and into the net.
 
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The hosts made their final change in the 71st minute and Ljungberg went down with a thigh injury moments later reducing the home side to 10 men. 
 
Things went from bad to worse for the Mumbai team as Pavel ?movš got sent off for a rather unnecessary and rash challenge on James Keene. The red card left Mumbai with only nine players on the pitch.
 
NEUFC took advantage of the two-man deficit in the opposition’s side as Keene did well to get the ball through the feet of Deepak Mandal cutting it back to Felipe who dispatched the ball into the top corner with a composed finish in the 92nd minute.
 
Mumbai City will seek to rediscover their goal-scoring prowess on October 28 as they take on Chennaiyin FC, a team that is yet to drop points in the ISL. 
 
The winners today, NorthEast United FC, will travel to the capital as they look for their second away win when they take on Delhi Dynamos FC on October 29.
 
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India's forex reserves rise by $ 945.6 million to $ 313.682 billion

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India’s foreign exchange reserves rose for the second consecutive week, going up by $ 945.6 million to $ 313.682 billion in the week ended October 17, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said.
 
The forex reserves had gone up by $ 1.31 billion to $ 312.737 billion in the previous week after dipping by about $ 7.2 billion in all in the five weeks before that, mainly due to the appreciation of the dollar against major currencies.
 
In its weekly statistical supplement issued here today, the central bank said that foreign currency assets, which constitute a major chunk of the forex reserves, went up by $ 914.1 million to $ 2867.8 billion during the week.
 
Foreign currency assets expressed in US dollar terms include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US currencies such as the euro, pound and yen held in the reserves.
 
According to the bulletin, the country’s gold reserves remained unchanged at $ 20.013 billion, while its special drawing rights (SDR) increased by $ 23.1 million to $ 4.317 billion during the week.
 
India's reserve position in the Indian Monetary Fund (IMF) increased by $ 8.4 million to $ 1.552 billion during the period, the bulletin added.
 
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Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest announces shortlist for three awards


 
Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest has announced the shortlists for three of the five literary awards that the festival has instituted. 
 
The fifth edition of the festival will be held between October 30 and November 2, 2014, at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point (Oct 30 - Nov 2) as well as the Prithvi Theatre, Prithvi House and The Easel in Juhu (Nov 1 & 2).
 
Yesterday, the festival organisers declared the shortlisted nominees for the coveted Tata Literature Live! First Book Award (Fiction & Non-Fiction), the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award (Fiction and Non-Fiction) and the Tata Literature Live! Business Book Award. 
 
"These awards endeavour to recognise and promote literary talent across the country, across all genres of literature. The winners will be announced on November 2nd at an Awards ceremony at the festival," the release said.
 
The Tata Literature Live! First Book Award recognises new talent in the Indian literary space across the fiction and non-fiction genres.
 
In the Fiction category, the shortlisted nominees are:
 
Meena Kandasamy for 'The Gypsy Goddess', a fictional retelling of a true-life massacre in Tamil Nadu in the late 1960s. Treading the line between powerful fiction and fearsome critique, this novel points out injustices of privilege, hypocrisies of authority and the unforgiveable politics of turning a blind eye. 
 
Mira Jacob for 'The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing', a fictional story about Amina, who finds herself at the centre of a mystery in her family’s painful past. With lush language, sharp dialogue, and an eye for detail, this novel is a heartbreaking, hilarious debut.
 
Mahesh Rao for his savagely funny and deeply poignant book, 'The Smoke is Rising'. The book is a riveting portrait of a city hurtling towards an epic clash of modernity and tradition, and all the wandering souls – some hopeful, some broken, and a few somewhere in-between – who find themselves caught in the middle.
 
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In the Non-Fiction category, the shortlisted nominees are:
 
Actor and director Naseeruddin Shah for his book, 'And Then One Day', a sparkling memoir of his early years, "from zero to thirty-two". Shah is a recipient of the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan awards for his contribution to Indian cinema.
 
Reshma Patil for 'Strangers Across The Border'. Is India a friend, rival or enemy? This was the question Patil asked people she met on her journeys through China where she set up the first China bureau of the Hindustan Times.
 
Karnatik music vocalist T M Krishna for his book, 'A Southern Music', which meticulously and lyrically explores every aspect of the world of Karnatik music. Krishna is a recipient of the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award by the Central Sangeet Natak Academy.
 
The Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award has been constituted to recognise noteworthy work in the Indian literary space across the fiction and non-fiction genres.
 
In the Fiction category, the shortlisted nominees are:
 
Akhil Sharma for his book ‘Family Life’. Dark, sardonic, and written with biting wit and observation, Family Life is a portrait of one dysfunctional family that speaks to all families. Sharma is the author of An Obedient Father, for which he won the 2001 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2001 Whiting Writers' Award.
 
Damon Galgut for his book, ‘Arctic Summer’. Meticulously researched and vividly imagined, Arctic Summer conjures up the figure of E.M. Forster as he struggles to write his masterpiece, A Passage To India. Galgut’s earlier works have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.
 
Neel Mukherjee for his novel, ‘The Lives of Others’, a book which unfolds a family history and anatomises a social class in all its contradictions. Mukherjee’s first novel, A Life Apart, won the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award for best fiction, and was shortlisted for the inaugural DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
 
In the Non-Fiction category, the shortlisted nominees are:
 
Irwin Allan Sealy for 'The Small Wild Goose Pagoda', a natural and social history of 433 square yards of India where the Sealy family has a small brick house. Sealy looks back on his life as he turns 60 and goes from Householder to Forest Dweller (the two middle stages in the life of a man, as set out in Indian philosophical tradition). His novel, The Everest Hotel: A Calendar, was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1998.
 
Ramachandra Guha for 'Gandhi before India', a remarkable biography in which Guha argues that Gandhi's ideas were fundamentally shaped before his return to India in 1915. In 2008, and again in 2013, Guha featured in Prospect Magazine's list of the world's most influential thinkers.
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Rana Dasgupta for his book, 'Capital - The Eruption of Delhi' in which Dasgupta examines one of the great trends of our time: the expansion of the global elite. Capital is an intimate portrait of the city of Delhi that offers a glimpse of what capitalism will become in the coming, post-Western world. Dasgupta's earlier book 'Solo' won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book: Europe and South Asia.
 
The Tata Literature Live! Business Book of the Year Award, instituted this year, recognises the best business writing in the Indian literary space.
 
The shortlisted nominees are:
 
Dev Prasad for his book, 'Pitch It!' with inspirational stories from cricket dressing rooms and corporate boardrooms. Pitch It! has a Foreword by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (CMD, Biocon) and Epilogue by former Indian cricketer & coach Venkatesh Prasad. Dev Prasad is an IT professional residing in Bangalore.
 
Rajiv Narang and Devika Devaiah for their book, 'Orbit-Shifting Innovation - The Dynamics of Ideas that Create History'. This book empowers readers to overcome obstacles to innovation and provides the tools to maximize the impact of transformative change. Narang was part of the National Planning Commission Panel to recommend 'India's Innovation Strategy'. Devika Devaiah is the Director of Erehwon Innovation Consulting.
Anil Dharker
Anil Dharker
 
Rama Bijapurkar for her book, 'A Never-Before World: Tracking the Evolution of Consumer India'. The book explores widely yet sharply, everything that businesses need to know and think about to win in the Indian market. Rama Bijapurkar is one of India's most respected thought leaders on market strategy and India's consumer economy.
 
This year, the fiction categories for the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award and Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award were judged by Carol Andrade, senior journalist; Anil Dharker, festival director; author, Basharat Peer; author Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi; and poet and author Arundhathi Subramaniam.
 
The non-fiction categories for the awards were judged by author and editor, Madhu Jain; columnist, author and social commentator Santosh Desai; festival director Anil Dharker; and senior journalist Dileep Padgaonkar.
 
The jury for the Tata Literature Live! Business Book Award comprised Harish Bhat, Member – Group Executive Council, Tata Sons; R. Gopalakrishnan, Director, Tata Sons; Abheek Singhi, Senior Partner and Director, The Boston Consulting Group; Usha Sangwan, Managing Director, Life Insurance Corporation of India; and Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman, Social Venture Partners India.
 
The festival will be free and on a first-come, first-served basis. The festival is conceived by Anil Dharker, the Founder and Festival Director of Literature Live! which organises the festival with the support of the Tata group.
 
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