RBI announces $ 2 billion swap arrangement for SAARC countries

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In an effort to strengthen regional financial and economic cooperation, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that it will offer a swap arrangement of $ 2 billion for member-countries of the South Asian Association of Regional Countries (SAARC).

The announcement was made by RBI Governor D Subbarao yesterday at the 24th SAARCFINANCE Governors’ Meeting, in Pokhara, Nepal.
He said the facility, both in foreign currency and Indian rupee will be available to all SAARC member countries -- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 
With launching of this facility, member countries can now approach Reserve Bank of India for availing of the facility, a press release from the central bank said.
The swap will be offered in US dollar, Euro or Indian rupee against the domestic currency or domestic currency denominated government securities of the requesting country.
The SAARC Swap Arrangement will have a corpus of $ 2 billion. India will contribute the entire fund. The swap amount available to various member central banks has been arrived at broadly based on two months import cover subject to a floor of $ 100 million and a maximum of $ 400 million per country.
Under the facility, the requesting member countries can make drawals of US dollar, Euro or Indian Rupee in multiple tranches. Each drawal is of three months tenor and can be rolled over twice. The first rollover will be at the normal rate of interest, while the second one attracts 50 bps interest more than the normal interest rate. For this purpose, the normal interest rate agreed upon is the LIBOR (for three months) plus 200 basis points. The normal interest rate for INR swap is RBI Repo Rate minus 200 basis points.
For availing of the facility, the central banks of requesting countries will need to enter bilateral swap agreements, which need final approval from the Government of India. The Reserve Bank’s proposal to offer swap facility to SAARC member countries had earlier been approved by the Union Cabinet, the release said.
The Swap Arrangement is intended to provide a back stop line of funding for the SAARC member countries to meet any balance of payments and liquidity crises, till longer term arrangements are made or if there is a need for short-term liquidity due to market turbulence.
The SAARC Swap facility is being offered by the Reserve Bank of India pursuant to the decision of SAARC Finance Ministers at the SAARC Ministerial Meeting on Global Financial Crisis, held on February 28, 2009, which noted that “A major cause of current concern in the region is the drying up of credit and the contraction of financial markets. Mechanisms must, therefore, be developed aimed at creating bilateral arrangements in the region to address short-term liquidity difficulties and to supplement international financing arrangements.”
It is expected that this swap facility will further economic cooperation within the SAARC region, pave the way for increased intra-regional trade, and contribute to enhancing the collective welfare of the member-countries, the release added.

MCA files complaint against actor Shah Rukh Khan after argument at Wankhede stadium


The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has filed a complaint with the police against actor and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) owner Shah Rukh Khan after he allegedly got into an argument with MCA officials and security personnel at the Wankhede stadium last night.

According to MCA officials, the actor misbehaved and used foul language when he was stopped by security guards from entering the ground after the match between KKR and Mumbai Indians got over.
KKR had won the match and celebrations were on when Khan arrived at the stadium along with some associates and wanted to enter the ground. He was reportedly upset when he was stopped.
MCA Treasurer Ravi Savant told journalists that the actor also misbehaved with MCA officials who tried to intervene and explain to him that they were trying to empty the stadium after the end of the match and could not, therefore, allow him to enter the field at that stage.
Mr Savant said the MCA had lodged a complaint with the police in this regard. He also said that the MCA had taken a decision, in principle, to ban the actor from entering the stadium in the future for any match.
Police also said they had received a complaint against the KKR owner and some others and would now conduct an inquiry into the matter. The actor could not be reached for comment.

Shahid Kapur, Kunal Kohli support 92.7 Big FM's campaign on railway safety in Mumbai


Actor Shahid Kapur, director Kunal Kohli and producer Vicky Bahri are lending their support to a campaign launched by a local FM radio station on railway safety and to spread awareness among commuters about the dangers of crossing tracks and travelling on the rooftop of trains, which have claimed scores of lives and maimed even more.

92.7 Big FM's Mumbai station has launched the campaign, ‘Safety Manao, Life Banao’ in association with the Western Railway and an NGO, Humanitarian Welfare & Research Foundation.
It is an extension of a larger campaign called ‘Mumbai Manao, Life Banao’ which celebrates the spirit of Mumbai.
The ‘Safety Manao, Life Banao’ campaign will see RJ Ankit hosting the breakfast show from atop a bridge at one of Mumbai’s busiest railway stations – Dadar from 7am to 11am each morning, until he gets a minimum of 9270 volunteers to support the cause and spread the awareness.

Knight Riders score win big over Mumbai Indians, virtually in play-offs

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Mystery spinner Sunil Narine's four-wicket haul  helped Kolkata Knight Riders regain their second spot and virtually qualified for the play-offs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a big 32-run win over Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

With the win, Knight Riders took sweet revenge of their 27-run defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians in the first leg at the Eden Gardens.
The victory helped Knight Riders replace Mumbai Indians in the second spot with 19 points from 15 matches. With a net-run rate of +.478, Knight Riders have guaranteed themselves a place in the top four even if they lose their final game.
Mumbai Indians slipped to the third spot with 18 points from 15 matches and have to win their next encounter against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.
Put in to bat first, Knight Riders recovered from a poor start and crucial innings from Manoj Tiwari (41), Gautam Gambhir (27) and Yususf Pathan (21 not out) helped them achieve a modest total of 140 for seven in 20 overs.
Narine (4-15) spun Knight Riders to success by bowling out Mumbai Indians for 108 with five balls to spare. Pacers Lakshmipathy Balaji (2-11) and Jacques Kallis (2-32) also did well.
Knight Riders made the worst possible start after Rudra Pratap Singh struck with successive deliveries as early as in the second over to get rid of Brendan McCullum (1) and Jacques Kallis.
But skipper Gambhir and Tiwary added 38 runs for the third wicket to get the innings back on track. A crucial innings by Pathan helped them reach a respectable total.
While chasing, Mumbai Indians lost the well settled batsmen Sachin Tendulkar (27) and Dinesh Karthik (21) in quick succession after Iqbal Abdulla struck in his first over to remove Herschelle Gibbs. The three quick wickets raised Knight Riders hopes.
Narine spun magic to bowl out Tendulkar before Balaji got Karthik (20) caught by Yusuf Pathan. Karthik's dismissal reduced Mumbai to 66/3 in 13 overs.
Ambati Rayudu (11) and Kieron Pollard (8) could not carry on for long.and the Mumbai Indians were clearly struggling, with seven wickets gone before they had reached a hundred.
Rohit Sharma (12) ran out of partners as the rest of the batsmen succumbed without much of a fight.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Gautam Gambhir b Pollard 27
Brendon McCullum lbw b Singh 1
Jacques Kallis b Singh 0
Manoj Tiwary c Malinga b Patel 41
Shakib Al Hasan b Smith 13
Yusuf Pathan not out 21
Debabrata Das run out (Harbhajan Singh/Smith) 2
Rajat Bhatia c Karthik b Malinga 12
Sunil Narine not out 9
Extras: (b 1, lb 5, w 7, nb 1) 14
Total: (7 wickets; 20 overs) 140
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (McCullum, 1.2 overs), 2-6 (Kallis,1.3), 3-44 (Gambhir, 8.3), 4-89 (Shakib Al Hasan, 13.2), 5-91 (Tiwary, 14.1),6-96 (Das, 15.4), 7-125 (Bhatia, 18.1)
Munaf Patel 4-0-17-1
R P Singh 4-0-33-2
Lasith Malinga 4-0-32-1
Kieron Pollard 3-0-20-1
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-24-0
Dwayne Smith 2-0-8-1
Mumbai Indians:
Herschelle Gibbs lbw b Iqbal Abdulla 13
Sachin Tendulkar b Narine 27
Dinesh Karthik c Pathan b Balaji 20
Rohit Sharma c McCullum b Narine 12
Ambati Rayudu st McCullum b Shakib Al Hasan 11
Kieron Pollard c McCullum b Kallis 8
Dwayne Smith lbw b Kallis 0
Harbhajan Singh c Tiwary b Narine 1
Lasith Malinga c Tiwary b Balaji 8
R P Singh c Abdulla b Narine 3
Munaf Patel not out 0
Extras: (lb 3, w 2) 5
Total: (all out; 19.1 overs) 108
Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Gibbs, 5.6 overs), 2-60 (Tendulkar,10.6), 3-66 (Karthik, 12.5), 4-83 (Rayudu, 15.3), 5-96 (Pollard, 16.4), 6-96(Smith, 16.5), 7-97 (Harbhajan Singh, 17.1), 8-104 (Sharma, 17.5), 9-108(Malinga, 18.6), 10-108 (Singh, 19.1)
Laxmipathy Balaji 4-0-11-2
Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-25-1
SP Narine 3.1-0-15-4
Iqbal Abdulla 4-0-22-1
Jacques Kallis 4-0-32-2

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by 32 runs

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Kolkata Knight Riders scored an emphatic 32-run win over Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Put in to bat first, Knight Riders made a modest 140 for seven wickets from their allotted 20 overs.
They then bowled out Mumbai Indians, who were the runners-up last year, for 108 in 19.1 overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders were served well by Manoj Tiwary, who topscored for them with 41, and skipper Gautam Gambhir, who made 28. Yusuf Pathan remained unbeaten on 21.
For the Mumbai Indians, R P Singh took two for 33, while Munaf Patel, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Smith took one wicket apiece.
The hosts began the chase in sedate fashion, managing only 20 runs in the first five overs. In the next over, with the total at 26, opener Herschelle Gibbs left after making 13. His opening partner Sachin Tendulkar (27) took the total to 59 in the 10th over, before he departed.
Dinesh Karthik (21) and Ambati Rayudu (11) also did their bit, but the Mumbai Indians were clearly struggling, with seven wickets gone before they had reached a hundred.
Rohit Sharma (12) ran out of partners as the rest of the batsmen succumbed without much of a fight.
For Knight Riders, Sunil Narine shone with 4/15 from his 3.1 overs, while Lakshmipathy Balaji and Jacques Kallis took two wickets each.

Shahid says almost went back to roots during Teri Meri Kahaani's Qawali song


Actor Shahid Kapur says he almost went back to his roots when director of his upcoming film "Teri Meri Kahaani" Kunal Kohli shot a sufi Qawali song in a dargah.

"Allah Jaane is my most favourite song since it’s a Sufi Qawalli.  And it’s also the most romantic song in the ablum. Rahat Fateh Ali has sung it beautifully. I was very excited since a portion of the song has been shot at a dargah and when you see a sufi singer at a dargah singing with full feeling  it takes you to another high.  I got to this portion when my character Javed sits in the Dargah doing that," says Shahid.
Shahid later showed the portion of the song to his mother.  “My mother belongs to a Muslim family and when she saw the song she was very excited  she instantly said you are finally going back to your roots.  It was a great feeling.  The song is a melody and has been shot on different locations. It’s going to be one of the most iconic songs” he said.

Kolkata Knight Riders make 140/7 against Mumbai Indians

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Kolkata Knight Riders made 140 for seven wickets from their allotted 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Put in to bat first, the visitors were served well by Manoj Tiwary, who topscored with 41, and skipper Gautam Gambhir, who made 28. Yusuf Pathan remained unbeaten on 21.
For the Mumbai Indians, R P Singh took two for 33, while Munaf Patel, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Smith took one wicket apiece.

Y-Films begins filming "Mere Dad Ki Maruti"


Yash Raj Films’ youth films’ studio Y-Films has just begun filming its third production titled “Mere Dad Ki Maruti” [MDKM].

The film is a comedy set against the backdrop of a loud Punjabi wedding in Chandigarh, MDKM tells the story of a boy who sneaks his dad’s fancy new car out to impress the college hottie and how all hell breaks loose when he loses it!
‘Mere Dad Ki Maruti’ stars Saqib Saleem who made his debut in last year’s sleeper hit from Y-Films,  "Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge". Proclaimed the ‘Find of the Year’ by critics, he will be romancing another new face being launched by Y-Films.
MDKM also marks the directorial debut of Ashima Chibber who has been associated with some of the most talented directors of recent times.
Beginning as Shimit Amin’s First Assistant Director on ‘Ab Tak Chappan’ and ‘Chak De India’ among others, Chibber's last project was as First Assistant Director to Imtiaz Ali on ‘Rockstar’. 
The film has soundtrack by Sachin Gupta, who previously scored the music of ‘Prince’ and a host of pop albums for artistes like Atif Aslam, Mika and others. 

Esha Gupta to play IPS officer in Chakravyuh

Newcomer Esha Gupta,  who debuted in the  film Jannat 2,  will be seen in the role of an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer in Prakash Jha’s  coming film  Chakravyuh. 

Gupta plays a no-nonsense  IPS officer  and it is believed that her role is modeled on former  police officer Kiran Bedi, the first woman to join the IPS.
It is  said that  Bedi  was the only inspiration she could think of as she was the only woman police officer who created a stir in the male-dominated service. 
Chakravyuh is based on Naxalism rampant in various parts of the country.  A political thriller produced and directed by Jha, the film stars Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol and  Manoj Bajpai in pivotal roles.

Essar Energy refinances $ 450 million bridge loan

A view of Essar's Vadinar Refinery in Gujarat
A view of Essar's Vadinar Refinery in Gujarat
Essar Energy today said it had refinanced a $ 450 million bridge loan which was due December 2012 with a new $ 300 million 3-year secured loan facility and $150 million of internal cash resources. 
Separately, Essar Energy has also signed a $ 250 million 3.5 year subordinated unsecured loan facility with Essar Global Limited for general corporate purposes.
The new $ 300 million 3 year secured loan facility is being provided by a consortium of banks who were the lenders under the original $450 million bridge loan facility, a press release from the company, a part of the Essar Group, said.
The $ 250 million subordinated unsecured loan facility is being provided by Essar Global Limited on normal commercial terms and can be utilised for general corporate purposes. The facility is currently undrawn, but can be drawn in full or in part at any time during the 3.5 year life of the facility, the release said.
Essar Global Limited owns 76.82% of Essar Energy plc.
Naresh Nayyar, CEO of Essar Energy, said: “The completion of these financings provides Essar Energy with additional debt facilities including an extended maturity profile and demonstrates continued strong support from our banking group and major shareholder. The successful commissioning of the Vadinar refinery and near completion of three of our major power plant projects marks an inflexion point in our capital expenditure cycle and will see a significant improvement in the cash flows within our businesses."

Rayudu, Pollard fashion unlikely win for Mumbai Indians over Royal Challengers

Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard helped Mumbai Indians stage a brilliant comeback and register an unlikely five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in a rain-affected Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Chasing a target of 172, Mumbai Indians lost half their side with just 51 runs on the board by the ninth over. But Rayudu top scored with 81 and Pollard struck a fiery 31-ball 52 in their unbroken 122-run partnership for the sixth wicket as Mumbai Indians made 173 for five with two balls to spare.
The much-needed win helped third-placed Mumbai Indian go one step up to the second spot in the points table with 18 points from 14 matches. 
Mumbai Indians and Daredevils, who have played one match less, are tied on 18 points but the Delhi team remained on top on the basis of their better run rate.
Opting to field first, Mumbai Indians bowlers initially did a good job by reducing Royal Challengers to 47 for three inside seven overs. But crucial innings from opening batsman Tillekaratne Dilshan (47) and Mayank Aggarwal (64 not out) took Royal Challengers to 171 for six in 20 overs. 
While chasing, Mumbai Indians made the worst possible start in the season but heroics from Rayudu, who got to his highest score in the season, and Pollard helped them fashion a great win.
Rayudu and Pollard joined forces with the score stuck at 51 for five in the ninth over and Mumbai Indians needing another 122 runs from 11 overs. The duo took their time and broke the shackles in the 11th over as Rayudu first hit K.P.Appanna for a four off the third ball and Pollard wrapped up the innings with two consecutive sixes off the last two balls as 19 runs came off the over.
Play was then stopped for 10 minutes as there was a power cut in the stadium. When power was restored, Rayudu and Pollard lost the momentum as just two runs came off the 12th over bowled by  Muttiah Muralitharan, who remained the pick of the bowlers giving away 16 runs for one wicket from his four overs.
But in the next over, Rayudu slammed Chris Gayle for a six and a four as 14 runs came off the 13th over. While Muralitharan tied up the flow of runs at one end, runs flowed freely from the other end. 
In the last five overs, Mumbai Indians scored 67 runs as Rayudu and Pollard left the packed stadium stunned. Rayudu's 51-ball innings was studded with six fours and four sixes while Pollard hit five fours and three sixes in his blitzkrieg. 
Earlier, a power-packed knock by Dilshan after early wickets and a late charge by Mayank Agarwal powered Royal Challengers to a challenging 171 for six.
Mayank smashed Munaf Patel for 24 runs in the innings' last over, which included two sixes and as many fours. Mayank hit six fours and four sixes after big hitters Chris Gayle and A.B. de Villiers were dismissed cheaply.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Chris Gayle b Patel 6
Tillakaratne Dilshan b Singh 47
Virat Kohli run out (Gibbs) 3
Saurabh Tiwary hit wicket b Harbhajan Singh 21
AB de Villiers c Malinga b Pollard 14
Mayank Agarwal not out 64
R Vinay Kumar run out (Smith/Karthik) 1
Zaheer Khan not out 1
Extras: (lb 2, w 9, nb 3) 14
Total: (for six wickets in 20 overs) 171
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Gayle, 2.2 overs), 2-11 (Kohli, 2.4), 3-47 (Tiwary, 6.3), 4-87 (de Villiers, 11.3), 5-133 (Dilshan, 17.3), 6-134 (Vinay Kumar, 17.5)
Munaf Patel 4-0-54-1
RP Singh 4-0-23-1
Lasith Malinga 4-0-29-0
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-33-1
Kieron Pollard 3-0-20-1
Dwayne Smith 2-0-10-0
Mumbai Indians
Herschelle Gibbs run out (Appanna/Tiwary) 2
Sachin Tendulkar c Kohli b Khan 0
Rohit Sharma c & b Vinay Kumar 5
Dinesh Karthik c Patel b Muralitharan 16
Ambati Rayudu not out 81
Dwayne Smith c Dilshan b Patel 6
Kieron Pollard not out 52
Extras (lb 4, w 7) 11
Total (for five wickets in 19.4 overs)173
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Tendulkar, 0.5 overs), 2-4 (Gibbs, 1.2), 3-19 (Sharma, 3.4), 4-44 (Karthik, 7.5), 5-51 (Smith, 8.5)
Zaheer Khan 4-0-34-1
Vinay Kumar 4-0-36-1
Harshal Patel 4-0-25-1
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-16-1
KP Appanna 1-0-19-0
Chris Gayle 2.4-0-39-0
Toss: Mumbai Indians, who chose to field
Result: Mumbai Indians won by five wickets
Umpires: S Das and Billy Doctrove (West Indies)
TV umpire: Sudhir Asnani
Match referee: Graeme Labrooy (Sri Lanka)

Rohit Sharma's brilliant century snaps Knight Riders' winning streak

Rohit Sharma struck a brilliant unbeaten century to power Mumbai Indians to a 27-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens here today.

Sharma (109 not out) and Herschelle Gibbs (66) were involved in a 167-run stand for the second wicket that took Mumbai Indians to a competitive 182 for one in their 20 overs.
In reply, Knight Riders were restricted to 155 for four in 20 overs after Jacques Kallis top scored with 79 and Yusuf Pathan remained unbeaten on 40.
With the win, Mumbai Indians jumped to the third spot with 16 points from 13 matches and also snapped Kolkata Knight Riders's seven-match winning streak. Knight Riders, however, are still sitting in the second place with 17 points from 13 matches.
It was a wise decision by Mumbai Indians to bat first on the Eden track that slows down and assists the spinners as the game progresses.
Mumbai Indians suffered a jolt in the third over after Sachin Tendulkar (2) was beaten in the air by Shakib-al-Hasan and Manvinder Bisla did a good job behind the stumps as Tendulkar's foot was still in the air.
But the wicket did not dent the confidence of the Mumbai Indians as the duo of Sharma and Gibbs sent the Knight Riders bowlers on a leather hunt to all parts of the ground. Sharma hit 12 fours and five sixes in his 60-ball innings while Gibbs played second fiddle hitting seven fours and two sixes during his 58-ball patient knock.
Shakib remained the pick of Knight Riders' bowlers giving away 27 runs from his four overs while West Indies spinner Sunil Narine conceded 28 from his four.
While chasing, Knight Riders lost Bisla (1) and Gautam Gambhir inside two overs with just three runs on board.
Kallis and Manoj Tiwary (27) tried to resurrect the innings with their 57-run stand for the third wicket. Kieron Pollard  struck to remove Tiwary.
Kallis and Pathan then raised hopes for the hosts with their 91-run stand for the fourth wicket. But the hope faded away after Dwayne Smith struck to remove Kallis, caught by Sharma.  
Gambhir and his Mumbai Indians counterpart Harbhajan Sharma lauded Sharma's brilliant knock.
"It was an outstanding innings from Rohit, the bowling has been doing well and this was one of those off-days. If someone plays such kind of knocks, cannot do a lot. Every time we walk out, we want to playto win, Kolkata has been very lucky to me, beating them feels special," he said.
Harbhajan said: "Nice to see the boys coming into form, Rohit played brilliantly, Gibbs was good, luckily we now have an opener who is fit now. We got Gambhir out early which helped. We can take a positive from the way Pathan batted, hope to see him continue batting this way."
Sharma, Man of the Match, said there was no game plan.
"To be honest, there was no game plan, wanted to go there and spend some time, which is what usually helps. Wanted to bat 20 overs. We were batting first and wanted to get a decent target, knew that the pitch is quite slow. Managed to keep wickets in hands, which helped. Partnership always plays a crucial part and we were just trying to bat for about 15 overs and take it from there," he said.
Mumbai Indians:
Herschelle Gibbs not out 66 
Sachin Tendulkar st Manvinder Bisla b Shakib Al Hassan 2 
Rohit Sharma not out 109 
Extras: (w 3, lb 2) 5 
Total: (for one wicket in 20 overs) 182
Fall of Wickets: 1-15 (Tendulkar, 2.2 overs)
Shakib Al Hassan 4-0-27-1
Brett Lee 4-0-44-0 
Sunil Narine 4-0-28-0 
Jacques Kallis 4-0-40-0 
Rajat Bhatia 4-0-41-0
Kolkata Knight Riders
Manvinder Bisla c Munaf Patel b Pragyan Ojha 1 
Gautam Gambhir b Munaf Patel 0 
Jacques Kallis c Rohit Sharma b Dwayne Smith 79 
Manoj Tiwary lbw Kieron Pollard 27 
Yusuf Pathan not out 40
Debabrata Das not out 4
Extras: (nb 1, w 1, lb 2) 4 
Total: (for four wickets in 20 overs) 155
Fall of Wickets: 1-1 (Gambhir, 0.3 overs), 2-3 (Bisla, 1.2), 3-60 (Tiwary, 9.4), 4-151 (Kallis, 19.5)
Munaf Patel 4-0-32-1 
Pragyan Ojha 3-0-26-1 
Lasith Malinga 4-0-27-0 
Harbhajan Singh 1-0-7-0 
Kieron Pollard 4-0-29-1 
Dwayne Smith 4-0-32-1 

Saadat Hasan Manto's Mumbai

Saadat Hasan Manto (from Wikipedia)
Saadat Hasan Manto (from Wikipedia)
Where did Saadat Hasan Manto, the legendary short-story writer, stay in Mumbai? If one goes through his writings, one can get a fair idea about the place.
Today, May 11, is the 100th birth anniversary of Manto, whose stories in Urdu are still considered masterpieces.
Manto (May 11, 1912-January 18, 1955) was best known for his short stories, 'Bu' (Odour), 'Khol Do' (Open It), 'Thanda Gosht' (Cold Meat), and his magnum opus, 'Toba Tek Singh'. 
Through one of his stories 'A Question of Honour', one can get a fair idea of the places with which he had been associated.
A couple of events are being planned in this metropolis to observe his 100th birth anniversary – one by the Press Club, Mumbai and another by Urdu Markaz. 
“His contribution to Urdu writing is remarkable,” says Rafique Baghdadi, who is a journalist, film critic, researcher and writer. “We are planning a series of events to commemorate the birth anniversary,” added Zubair Ansari of Urdu Markaz.
This correspondent – after a walkaround in Mumbai – managed to locate the building in which he had started, the places about which he had written and also the place where he often used to eat. Most of the places mentioned in the writings of Manto are in what is now between the stretch between Grant Road-Nagpada-Byculla area.
In the biographical profile of Nur Jehan, he writes: “....I think I arrived in Bombay on 7 August 1940 and my first meeting with Shaukat (Syed Shaukat Hasan Rizvi) took place on 17 Adelphi Chambers, Clare Road, which served both as office and his residence...”
In A Question of Honour, he writes: “....Another street in the are was called Arab Gulli, with 20 to 25 Arabs living there, all apparently in the pearl trade. Others were Punjabis and Rampurias. It was in Arab Galli that I had rented a room, which was so dark that the light has to be kept on at all times. The monthly rent was exactly nine rupees, eight annas....”
The Arab Galli about which Manto has written about.
The Arab Galli about which Manto has written about.
Manto was a writer, film and radio scriptwriter, and journalist. In his short life, he published twenty-two collections of short stories, one novel, five collections of radio plays, three collections of essays, and two collections of personal sketches. 
Manto was tried for obscenity half-a-dozen times, thrice before 1947 (before Partition) and thrice after 1947 in Pakistan, but never convicted. 
The film studios of those time recognised his gift for story writing and he worked on several film scripts of Keechad, Apni Nagariya, Begum, Naukar, Chal Chal Re Naujawaan, Kisaan Kanya, Ghamandi, Beli, Mujhe Paapi Kaho, Doosri Kothi, Shikaar, Aath Din, Aagosh, Mirza Ghalib, and so on.
He also acted in a couple of films – Eight Days and Chal Chal Re Naujawan. He died in 1955. He was 42-years-old at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife Safiyah and three daughters.
On January 18, 2005, the fiftieth anniversary of his death, Manto was commemorated on a Pakistani postage stamp. He was deeply pained because of Partition. 
Saadat Hasan Manto was undoubtedly one of the best short story tellers of the 20th century, and one of the most controversial as well. He is often compared with D. H. Lawrence, and like Lawrence he also wrote about the topics considered social taboos in Indo-Pakistani society.
His topics range from the socio-economic injustice prevailing in pre- and post- colonial subcontinent, to the more controversial topics of love, sex, incest, prostitution and the typical hypocrisy of a traditional sub-continental male.
Saadat Hasan Manto and late Ashok Kumar, known as Dadamoni, shared a very good equation.
In a piece – 'Ashok Kumar: The Evergreen Hero', he pens details about the relationship that they shared during the Bombay Talkies days. 
“Ashok's popularity grew each passing day. He seldom ventured out, but wherever he was spotted, he was mobbed. Traffic would come to a stop and often the police would have to use lathis to disperse his fans. He was not too generous with his admirers. In fact, he would get irritated because they wanted to get close to him.....”
The Ismailia Cooperative Housing Society Ltd complex - at the Clare Road, where Manto used to stay
The Ismailia Cooperative Housing Society Ltd complex - at the Clare Road, where Manto used to stay
"When the neighbourhood was set of fire, everything burnt down with exception to one shop and its sign. It said: 'All building and construction materials are sold here'."
"Sour and oily things are bad for the voice but who does not know that Nur Jehan ate large quantities of pickles in oil and, interestingly enough, when she had to record a song, she practically feasted on pickles, followed by iced water. Then and only then did she go and stand in front of a microphone. She had a theory about it. She believed that such things sharpened and enlivened the voice."
Bitter Fruit: The Very Best of Saadat Hasan Manto
Edited and Translated by Khalid Hasan/Penguin Books 

Suzlon Group wins 39 MW order in Poland


Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Group today said that its subsidiary, REpower Systems SE  had won a 39 MW order for Nowy Staw project, near the city of Gdansk in Poland.

The wind farm will be RWE Innogy’s fourth in Poland, a press release from the company said.
The 19 REpower MM92 – 2.05 MW wind turbines will be built over an area of 15 square kilometres, and are scheduled for commissioning in early 2013. The project has the potential to generate enough power to meet the needs of more than 50,000 homes every year.

Gayle stars in Royal Challengers’ nine-wicket win over Mumbai Indians

Royal Challengers Bangalore raised their hopes of a place in the play-offs by beating Mumbai Indians handsomely by nine wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Riding on Chris Gayle’s destructive unbeaten 82 off 59 balls, Royal Challengers chased down the target of 142 runs losing just one wicket and with 12 balls to spare. 
Gayle, who hit five fours and six sixes, was adjudged as Man of the Match for the whirlwind knock that also earned him the purple cap of being the leading scorer in the season.
The much-needed win helped Royal Challengers jump from the seventh spot to the fourth with 13 points from 12 matches while Mumbai Indians remained in the third place with 14 points, also from 12 matches.
It was an all-round performance by Royal Challengers as they not only dominated the Mumbai Indians in their first clash of the season but also snapped their three-match winning streak.
Royal Challangers' stand-in captain Virat Kohli was spot on in opting to bowl first and a disciplined bowling performance helped them restrict Mumbai Indians to 141 for six in 20 overs.
Sri Lanka’s spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan (2-24) and medium pacers Vinay Kumar (2-34) and Harshal Patel (2-24) did most of the damage but it was fast bowler Zaheer Khan who was the pick of the bowlers, conceding just 16 runs from his four overs.
While chasing, Royal Challangers made a cautious start with Gayle and Tillekaratne Dislhan (19) adding 48 runs for the first wicket.
Gayle paced his innings well and never took a chance. He first carefully saw off fast bowler Lasith Malinga’s first spell and then took his time before launched himself into Pragyan Ojha (1-25), hitting the left-arm spinner for three consecutive sixes as 22 runs came off the 11th over.
Gayle and Kohli (36 not out) added 94 runs for the unbroken second wicket stand that took Royal Challangers home safely.
Earlier put in to bat first, Dinesh Karthik top scored with a valuable 44 as Mumbai Indians got to a decent total. Sachin Tendulkar (24) and Ambati Rayudu (22) got starts but could not  convert them into big innings. Big hits by skipper Harbhajan Singh (20 not out) and Kieron Pollard (21 not out) helped Mumbai Indians get to a fighting total.
Kohli said beating Mumbai Indians in the first match, that too in their backyard, was a special feeling.
 "To beat them at home is a good feeling for us. I wasn't feeling too great when I was batting in the previous matches but my team-mates backed me," he said.
Harbhajan, however, was not disappointed. “We have four games. RCB won a good toss, we were 15-20 runs short. If we had taken Gayle's wicket we don't know what would have happened. We are a way better side than this," he said.
Gayle was surprised that Malinga bowled his three overs at a stretch. “We knew we had to see off Malinga. We were expecting two overs up front from him but he bowled three. Haven't hit the gym in the last few days. I will now," he said.
Mumbai Indians:
James Franklin c Khan b Vinay Kumar 1
Sachin Tendulkar c & b Patel 24
Rohit Sharma lbw Vinay Kumar 0
Dinesh Karthik c Kohli b Muralitharan 44
Ambati Rayudu c Muralitharan b Patel 22
Dwayne Smith c Vinay Kumar b Muralitharan 2
Kieron Pollard not out 21
Harbhajan Singh not out 20
Extras (lb 5, w 2) 7
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 141
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Franklin, 1.2 overs), 2-2 (Sharma, 1.5), 3-41 (Tendulkar, 8.3), 4-85 (Rayudu, 13.6), 5-100 (Karthik, 15.4), 6-100 (Smith, 15.5) 
Zaheer Khan 4-0-16-0
Vinay Kumar 4-0-34-2
Harshal Patel 4-0-24-2
Syed Mohammad 4-0-38-0
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-24-2
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Tillekaratne Dilshan lbw Ojha 19
Chris Gayle not out 82
Virat Kohli not out 36
Extras (lb 2, w 2, nb 1) 5
Total (for one wicket in 18 overs) 142
Fall of wickets: 1-48 (Dilshan, 8.3 overs) 
Lasith Malinga 4-0-20-0
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-28-0
Kieron Pollard 3-0-33-0
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-18-0
Pragyan Ojha 2-0-25-1
Rohit Sharma 1-0-16-0
Toss: Royal Challengers Bangalore, who chose to field
Result: Royal Challengers won by nine wickets
Man of the Match: Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers)
Umpires: Billy Bowden (New Zealand) and V.A.Kulkarni
TV umpire: Shavir Tarapore
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

RIL raises $ 2 billion, 13 year loan backed by Euler Hermes

Reliance logo
Reliance logo

Energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) today said it had signed a $ 2 billion equivalent loan with nine banks covered by Euler Hermes Deutschland AG. on May 7 at Berlin in Germany.

The loan will be primarily used to finance goods and services procured from German suppliers as part of RIL's petrochemicals expansion projects at Jamnagar, Hazira, Silvassa and Dahej in India, a press release from the company said.
According to it, this facility is significant on various counts, including the fact that it is among the largest underwriting by Euler Hermes in recent years. Euler Hermes has for the first time accorded "Better than Sovereign" rating to a corporate.
Despite the challenging financial markets, the deal witnessed ~ 50% over subscription. The facility has a door-to-door maturity of 13 years.
This deal helps diversify RIL's funding sources and extends the maturity profile of its long term debt in a cost effective manner, the release said.
“We are delighted with the support provided by Euler Hermes for this landmark financing. This deal received strong support from international banks, particularly from German lending institutions. The better than sovereign assessment by Euler Hermes is a strong testimony of RIL’s credit standing in the international markets," Mr V. Srikanth, Joint Chief Financial Officer of RIL, said.
KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH arranged the Euler Hermes cover. The nine banks which participated in the funding of the facility are: KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, Citibank N.A., Commerzbank AG, Nord LB, Banco Santander, S.A., Landesbank, Baden-Württemberg, DZ BANK AG, BHF-BANK AG, and ING Bank, a Branch of ING-DiBa AG.

L&T Group company wins Saudi chemicals contract


Engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today said its joint venture in Saudi Arabia had secured a large procure and construct contract from Sadara Chemical Company in the kingdom.

Sadara is a joint venture of Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and The Dow Chemical Company.
A press release from the company said the prestigious contract was won by Larsen & Toubro ATCO Saudia LLC against stiff local and international competition.
The project involves procurement & construction of Solution Polyethylene and Specialty Elastomers package in Al-Jubail Industrial City II, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, where Sadara is constructing a world scale chemical complex. The project is scheduled to be completed in 35 months.

Smith guides Mumbai Indians to a thriling last-ball win over Super Kings

A last-ball four by West Indian Dwayne Smith guided Mumbai Indians to a thrilling two-wicket win in a last-ball finish against defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

Chasing a target of 174, Mumbai Indians, powered by a 126-run stand for the second wicket between top scorer Sachin Tendulkar (74) and Rohit Sharma (60), kept the home team in the hunt till the 16th over before a middle-order collapse made things tough for them.
In the end, Mumbai Indians needed 16 runs off the last over bowled by Ben Hilfenhaus. Smith, held his nerve, and struck a six and two fours in the last three balls as Mumbai Indians won the match that swung both ways. Smith remained unbeaten on 24 off nine balls.
Mumbai Indians lost opening batsman James Franklin (1) in the third over, but Sachin Tendulkar (74) and Rohit kept them in the hunt with their 126-run stand for the second wicket.
Tendulkar was in his elements as he enthralled his home crowd with an array of shots. The batting maestro struck 11 fours and a six in his 44-ball innings that was also his highest score in the season.
Rohit remained the mute spectator during the century-run stand, which was completely by Tendulkar. Ravichandran Ashwin struck in the 16th over to get rid of Tendulkar and it triggered a middle-order collapse as Mumbai Indians slumped from 134 for one to 159 for eight. 
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2-12) struck twice in the 18th over to get rid of Ambati Rayudu and Sharma that raised hopes for the Super Kings. In the penultimate over, Robin Peterson was run out and Harbhajan Singh was dismissed by Dwayne Bravo (2-39) leaving Mumbai Indians needing 16 runs off the last over.
Hilfenhaus (2-34) struck in the second ball castling Lasith Malinga but lost the plot in the last three balls as Smith plundered the Australian for 14 runs.
Earlier, Chennai Super Kings were on course for a big total but lost wickets in a heap in the last three overs to settle for 173 for eight in 20 overs.
Put in, Super Kings lost their in-form opening batsman Faf du Plessis (9) in a freak run out in the sixth over, but a solid performance by the top-order helped them get a challenging total on board.
Opening batsman Murali Vijay found form with a sparkling 29-ball 41 and Bravo made 40 off 33 balls. Suresh Raina (36) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (25) also contributed well.
Rudra Pratap Singh and Malinga picked up three wickets each for Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai Indians next face Royal Challengers at home while Super Kings take on Rajasthan Royals in an away match.
Chennai Super Kings:  
Murali Vijay b Singh 41
Faf du Plessis run out (Singh) 9
Suresh Raina c Singh b Franklin 36
Dwayne Bravo b Malinga 40
Mahendra Dhoni c Sharma b Singh 25
Albie Morkel b Singh 3
Ravindra Jadeja c Franklin b Malinga 9
Subramaniam Badrinath not out 1
Ravichandra Ashwin c Harbhajan b Malinga 0
Extras (lb 4, w 5) 9
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 173
Fall of wickets: 1-47 (du Plessis, 5.2 overs), 2-52 (Vijay, 6.4), 3-114 (Raina, 14.1), 4-158 (Bravo, 17.5), 5-162 (Dhoni, 18.3), 6-169 (Morkel, 18.6), 7-173 (Jadeja, 19.5), 8-173 (Ashwin, 19.6)  
Robin Peterson 2-0-22-0
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-28-3
Munaf Patel 4-0-46-0
Lasith Malinga 4-0-25-3
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-14-0
Dwayne Smith 2-0-26-0
James Franklin 1-0-8-1
Mumbai Indians
James Franklin c Vijay b Hilfenhaus 1
Sachin Tendulkar c du Plessis b Ashwin 74  
Rohit Sharma b Jadeja 60
Dinesh Karthik b Bravo 11
Ambati Rayudu b Jadeja 0
Dwayne Smith not out 24
Robin Peterson run out (du Plessis) 0
Harbhajan Singh c sub (WP Saha) b Bravo 0
Lasith Malinga b Hilfenhaus 0
Rudra Pratap Singh not out 1
Extras (w 3) 3
Total ( for eight wickets in 20 overs) 174
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Franklin, 2.2 ov), 2-134 (Tendulkar, 15.5 ov), 3-147 (Karthik, 16.6 ov), 4-148 (Rayudu, 17.3 ov), 5-149 (Sharma, 17.6 ov), 6-151 (Peterson, 18.3 ov), 7-158 (Harbhajan Singh, 18.6 ov), 8-159 (Malinga, 19.2 ov)  
Ben Hilfenhaus 4-1-34-2
Albie Morkel 3-0-34-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-28-1
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-39-2
Shadab Jakati 3-0-27-0
Ravindra Jadeja 2-0-12-2

Mumbai Indians beat Pune Warriors by a run in IPL

Mumbai Indians clinched a last-ball thriller beating Pune Warriors by a run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here tonight.

With the win, Mumbai Indians took sweet revenge of the loss inflicted by Pune Warriors at home in the first leg. The win helped Mumbai Indians, last year's runners-up, consolidate their position in the third place with 12 points from 10 matches.
Pune Warriors crashed to their fourth consecutive loss in the fifth season of the nine-team Twenty20 tournament and remained at the eighth spot with eight points from 11 matches.
Chasing a small target of 121, Pune Warriors were restricted to 119 for six in their 20 overs. Mithun Manhas remained unbeaten on 42.
Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh led from the front, bagging two for 18 from his four overs while Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga continued his good performance with two for 25.
Both the teams found scoring runs tough as the pitch was on the slower side. Munaf Patel (1-24) provided Mumbai Indians the first breakthrough in the fourth over when he trapped Robin Uthappa (18) in the fourth over.
Harbhajan turned the tide in favour of the visitors after he removed Jesse Ryder (9) and Michael Clarke (14) in successive overs.
Pune Warriors failed to get a good partnership and lost wickets at regular intervals. Skipper Sourav Ganguly (19) and Manhas tried to repair the innings with their 47-run stand for the fifth wicket. But after Ganguly was castled by Malinga in the 17th over things got just tougher for Pune Warriors.
Pune Warriors had to score 16 runs off the last 12 balls. But Malinga was again spot on bowling an excellent penultimate over, during which he picked up the wicket of Wayne Parnell and conceded just four runs.
With 12 runs needed off the last six balls, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar struck a four of the penultimate ball to bring down the equation to four off the last ball. But in they end, they managed only two and suffered their fourth consecutive loss in the season.
Earlier, a disciplined bowling performance by Pune Warriors restricted Mumbai Indians to 120 for nine in 20 overs. Bhuvaneshwar was the pick of the bowlers, bagging two for nine while Ashish Nehra got two for 19. Sachin Tendulkar was the top scorer with 34 while James Frankling made 25.
Pune Warriors next take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Kolkata, Sunday while Mumbai Indians host Chennai Super Kings, Sunday.
Mumbai Indians:
James Franklin c Manhas b Kumar 25
Sachin Tendulkar c Uthappa b Nehra 34
Rohit Sharma run out (Smith/Uthappa) 3
Robin Peterson c Ganguly b Nehra 13
Dinesh Karthik not out 18
Ambati Rayudu b Kumar 1
Thisara Perera run out (Smith) 0
Harbhajan Singh c Parnell b Dinda 0
Lasith Malinga run out (Smith/Uthappa) 14
Pragyan Ojha run out (Uthappa) 1
Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 5, nb 2) 11
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 120
Fall of wickets: 1-50 (Franklin, 7.4 overs), 2-56 (Sharma, 8.6), 3-81 (Tendulkar, 11.6), 4-88 (Peterson, 13.3), 5-92 (Rayudu, 14.5), 6-93 (Perera, 15.6), 7-93 (Harbhajan, 16.1), 8-119 (Malinga, 19.4), 9-120 (Ojha, 19.6) 
Murali Kartik 3-0-27-0
Ashok Dinda 4-1-34-1
Wayne Parnell 4-0-18-0
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 3-0-9-2
Ashish Nehra 4-0-19-2
Michael Clarke 2-0-9-0
Pune Warriors:
Robin Uthappa lbw Patel 18
Jesse Ryder c Perera b Harbhajan 9
Michael Clarke lbw Harbhajan 14
Sourav Ganguly b Malinga 16
Steven Smith b Ojha 2
Mithun Manhas not out 42
Wayne Parnell c Peterson b Malinga 2
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar not out 10
Extras (w 6) 6
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 119
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Uthappa, 3.3 overs), 2-40 (Ryder, 6.5), 3-44 (Clarke, 8.2), 4-47 (Smith, 9.5), 5-94 (Ganguly, 16.6), 6-105 (Parnell, 18.2) 
Lasith Malinga 4-0-25-2
Munaf Patel 4-0-24-1
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-18-2
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-24-1
James Franklin 3-0-20-0
Thisara Perera 1-0-8-0

Mumbai Indians sign Dwayne Smith as replacement for injured Mitchell Johnson


Mumbai Indians today said they had signed West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith as replacement for the injured Australian pace bowler Mitchell Johnson in the onging season five of the Indian Premier League.

"Dwayne Smith is expected to join Mumbai Indians team on Thursday," a spokesperson for Mumbai Indians said.
Smith had played for Mumbai Indians in its inaugural season and then for the Deccan Chargers in the next two editions.
"The Australian fast bolwer was ruled out to play IPL by Circket Australia due to injury," the spokesperson said. Johnson had undergone a surgery in his left foot recently. He has played 47 Tests, 107 ODIs and 28 Twenty20 internationals for Australia.

Maruti Suzuki's car exports crosses one million mark


Car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki India Limited exported its one millionth vehicle yesterday, with a glistening red coloured A-star leaving the Mundra port in Gujarat on its way to Denmark.

The car was part of a consignment of 2200 vehicles for various destinations including Switzerland, Malta, Sweden in Europe and Algeria, Egypt and Morocco in North Africa.
“A million cars in overseas markets is a significant milestone for us. Two years back, Europe was a strong destination for us. We have aligned our exports strategy in line with the changed scenario in exports market. The market for us has shifted significantly from Europe to non-European countries," Mr. Shinzo Nakanishi, Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited said.

Eros International acquires worldwide rights of Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Ferrari Ki Sawaari

A scene from Ferrari ki Sawaari
A scene from Ferrari ki Sawaari

Entertainment major Eros International Media Ltd today said it had acquired the worldwide distribution rights of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Sawaari, which will be released on June 15.

Ferrari Ki Sawaari, a film about a young father’s endeavour to fulfill the dream of his talented ten- year-old son, is Vinod Chopra Films’ first release after 3 Idiots.
Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, directed by Rajesh Mapuskar, written by Chopra and Rajesh Mapuskar with dialogues by Rajkumar Hirani, Ferrari Ki Sawaari stars Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani and Ritwik Sahore with a song appearance by Vidya Balan.
“We have had a great association with Vidhu Vinod Chopra and are excited about associating with the makers of some of the most memorable and path breaking Indian cinema. Through this tie-up with Vidhu and his talented team, we look forward to leveraging Eros’ global network and presenting quality film content to discerning audiences worldwide," Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd said.
Chopra said: “Ferrari Ki Sawaari is an important milestone for us in our three decades of striving for excellence in cinema.  We are happy to align with Eros and have the benefit of their network and infrastructure so as to take this very special film to audiences worldwide.”

Actress Chitrangada Singh features on Vogue India's May issue cover

Chitrangada Singh unveiling the cover of Vogue India, May issue
Chitrangada Singh unveiling the cover of Vogue India, May issue
Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh features on the cover of the May issue of fashion magazine Vogue India, which she and its editor Priya Tanna launched at the Crossword store at Kemps Corner here today.
“Chitrangada is a woman of many faces, each one equally enigmatic and beguiling. She  struck us with her earthy sensuality when she first appeared on the screen, and when you least expected it, she blazed across Bollywood in an avatar of high octane glamour. This dichotomy makes her as intriguing as interesting and an exciting choice for a Vogue cover girl," Tanna said.
Chitrangada said Vogue was the most iconic name in the history of fashion and to be on is cover was one of the most memorable things for her.
"As it’s my first Vogue cover, it makes it special in so many ways. Everyone worked so excitedly throughout the shoot. Suresh Natarajan our photographer I think is simply amazing. Shaan who has done my make-up and hair has worked with me for many years and has done a wonderful job. Anaita Shroff Adajania, Fashion Director of Vogue India is the styling diva, she has done effortlessly chic styling," she said.
Reminiscing her first shot ever with Sudhir Mishra (Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, 2003), a scene with no dialogue, a girl just waiting for her lover to come and meet her, Chitrangada said, “I was like, ‘What do you want me to do?’ It is so much about getting the character’s emotions and energy right, and putting it all together with perfect timing…”
When quizzed about her choice of movies in the past nine years, Chitrangada playfully commented, “Not being stereotyped?” She said, “It got to a stage where people would say, ‘Oh, you do that so well, so you should continue doing that.’ It gets suffocating. There is no pattern—none. I’m doing an item song in Joker [currently in production], and people are wondering what that’s all about, and I’m like, ‘Nothing, I’m just having fun.’ Sure, it’s good to have a plan and not be so random, but it’s also great to do stuff that excites me. Those four years I took off gave me a lot of time to think about these things.”
Commenting on managing a long-distance marriage and two high-profile careers (pro golf and movies), Chitrangada said. “Our marriage is very basic and not so basic at the same time. I’ve known Jyoti since I was a child. Also, the advantage of knowing someone so long is that we can comfortably allow each other space now. He is a sportsman, he understands ambition, knows about wanting to do something with yourself.”
Chitrangada Singh delighted all as she signed Vogue India May 2012 issue copies for the attendees.

Ratan Kumar Sinha takes over as new Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission

Dr Ratan Kumar Sinha taking over as Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission from Dr Srikumar Banerjee in Mumbai on April 30, 2012.
Dr Ratan Kumar Sinha taking over as Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission from Dr Srikumar Banerjee in Mumbai on April 30, 2012.
Dr Ratan Kumar Sinha, Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), took over as the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy here today.
He succeeded Dr. Srikumar Banerjee, who retired from office after about 45 years of service in the Department.
Dr. Sinha graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Patna University in 1972, standing first in the University. After completing the one year Course of BARC Training School, he joined Reactor Engineering Division of BARC in the year 1973. 
He has been guiding the programmes for new advanced reactors under design and development at BARC to utilise thorium. These include the Advanced Heavy Water Reactor, which produces most of its power from thorium, and has several innovative passive safety systems. He is also responsible for the design and development of the Indian High Temperature Reactor intended for hydrogen generation. As a part of the work, he has guided the design of the Compact High Temperature Reactor, which will serve as a technology demonstrator for future larger high temperature reactors.
Dr. Sinha is a nationally and internationally recognised expert in the area of nuclear reactor technology. He has represented India in several important forums of the International Atomic Energy Agency. These include the Steering Committee of the IAEA’s International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO), of which he was chairman for four years.
Dr. Sinha has received several awards and honours. These include the Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award, VASVIK Award, Indian Nuclear Society Award, DAE Special Contributions Award and Prof. S N Mitra Memorial Award 2011 . Dr. Sinha was conferred the honorary Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.) degree by the University of Mysore. He was elected a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 1998 and a Member of the International Nuclear Energy Academy in 2010.
Dr Banerjee, who led the Department for the last two and a half years, said he was leaving with a feeling of satisfaction and pride.
Speaking after handing over charge to Dr Sinha, he emphasised the continuity of the programme of DAE which has both short term and long term goals for expanding the nuclear installed capacity in the country for making larger contribution to the energy sector. He also emphasised the need for expansion in deployment of other technologies being pursued by the Department for larger societal benefits.
Dr. Sinha assured him that he would continue to work towards fulfilment of all the expectations of the nation from the Department of Atomic Energy, with a mission of achieving the defined goals as fast as possible and, through innovation, provide additional services to the society at large. 
He further said that DAE has been contributing to building the strength of the nation through
its programmes, starting with basic research and extending to deliveries to provide national security, energy security, food security, water security and health security to the nation. On the way, a large range of technological and scientific deliveries provide spin-off benefits to the nation as a part of our mandate.

Mumbai Indians struggle but beat Deccan Chargers by five wickets

Bottom placed Deccan Chargers put up a valiant fight with their bowlers but went down to Mumbai Indians by five wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Chasing a target of 101, Mumbai Indians struggled along for the most part but finally achieved the target with 11 balls to spare after Rohit Sharma top scored with 42.
The win took Mumbai Indians to the third spot in the points table with 10 points from nine matches while Deccan Chargers, who suffered their sixth loss of the season, remained at the bottom of the table with just three points from eight matches.
Deccan Chargers' bowlers put on the most inspiring performance of the season but unfortunately their batsmen had given them too small a total to defend.
South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn (2-10) struck off the very first ball to get rid of his compatriot Richard Levi. Steyn was also adjudged Man of the Match.
Sachin Tendulkar failed to fire as he scored a run-a-ball 14 before edging to Dan Christian at first slip off pacer Veer Pratap Singh. 
Sharma, however, kept Mumbai Indians on track with his measured 48-ball innings. Ambati Rayudu remained unbeaten on 19 to take the team home safely.
Earlier, asked to bat first, Deccan Chargers batsmen struggled on the Wankhede track before being bowled out for 100 in 18.4 overs.
Deccan Chargers found run scoring difficult on the Wankhede track and openers Shikhar Dhawan (29), Parthiv Patel (19) and Jean Paul Duminy (25 not out) were the only three batsmen who could get to double figures.
They were troubled by Sri Lankan speed merchant Lasith Malinga, who was the pick of the Mumbai Indians bowlers, bagging four for 16. 
Mumbai Indans skipper Harbhajan Singh also ended his poor run with the ball, bagging two for 13 from his four overs while New Zealand all-rounder James also picked up two for 18.
Harbhajan was not impressed with the performance of the batsmen. “We did not play any better than Deccan, both teams batted poorly, a different wicket from what we have played at the Wankhede. Not good for T20 cricket. I came today and saw the pitch and said whoa, what to expect here, we never know what to expect from this track ever,” he said  
Deccan Chargers stand-in captain Cameron White said the toss was crucial. “It was an important toss but we did not play too well. One thing you don't want to do is to have Steyn's overs remaining with the game finished,” he said.
Steyn was again dejected. “Would have been happier had we won. I totally disrespected Levi with that celebration after his dismissal, should have my match fee taken off. We could have made 15-20 more runs to make things difficult for the opponent,” he said.
Mumbai Indians next face Pune Warriors while Deccan Chargers take on Super Kings in Chennai.
Deccan Chargers:
Parthiv Patel c Patel b Rudra Pratap 19
Shikhar Dhawan st Karthik b Harbhajan 29
Ishank Jaggi c Patel b Harbhajan 2
Cameron White c Rudra Pratap b Malinga 0
Jean Paul Duminy not out 25
Dan Christian c Sharma b Franklin 5
Bharat Chipli c Harbhajan b Franklin 1
Ashish Reddy c Sharma b Patel 10
Amit Mishra c Franklin b Malinga 1
Dale Steyn c & b Malinga 3
Veer Pratap Singh c Sharma b Malinga 0
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 3) 5
Total (all out in 18.4 overs) 100
Fall of wickets: 1-37 (Patel, 5.3 overs), 2-41 (Jaggi, 7.2), 3-44 (White, 8.1), 4-59 (Dhawan, 11.1), 5-64 (Christian, 12.1), 6-66 (Chipli, 12.6), 7-82 (Reddy, 15.2), 8-90 (Mishra, 16.6), 9-100 (Steyn, 18.3)
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-13-2
Rudra Pratap Singh 3-0-20-1 6.66  
Munaf Patel 4-0-23-1
Lasith Malinga 3.4-0-16-4
James Franklin 3-0-18-2
Robin Peterson 1-0-8-0
Mumbai Indians:
Richard Levi b Steyn 0
Sachin Tendulkar c Christian b Pratap Singh 14
Rohit Sharma c Jaggi b Duminy 42
Dinesh Karthik c Patel b Steyn 2
James Franklin c Patel b Ashish Reddy 13
Ambati Rayudu not out 19
Robin Peterson not out 1
Extras (lb 1, w 9) 10     
Total (for five wickets in 18.1 overs) 101
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Levi, 0.1 overs), 2-31 (Tendulkar, 5.5), 3-45 (Karthik, 8.3), 4-75 (Sharma, 13.6), 5-81 (Franklin, 16.1) 
Dale Steyn 4-0-10-2
Veer Pratap Singh 4-0-28-1
Dan Christian 3-0-14-0
Amit Mishra 4-0-29-0
Ashish Reddy 2.1-0-11-1
Jean Paul Duminy 1-0-8-1
Toss Mumbai Indians, who chose to field
Result: Mumbai Indians won by fuve wickets
Player of the match: Dale Steyn (Deccan Chargers)
Umpires: A.K. Chowdhury and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath
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