Bag containing Rs 26 lakh snatched from bank staffers in Mumbai

Police are on the lookout for three people, who snatched a bag containing Rs 26 lakh from two senior staffers of the public sector UCO Bank in the city yesterday.

The incident occurred around 1430 hrs yesterday when the staffers were waiting to catch a taxi on Yusuf Meharali Road to go to their Nariman Point branch when they were waylaid and the bag snatched by three persons.

The money had been collected from the Samuel Street branch and was being taken to the main branch at Nariman Point in south Mumbai, police said.

No headway has yet been made in the case, police sources said.


Failure to inform about Kamar's arrest led to inclusion in fugitives list: Home Ministry

The Union Home Ministry today said the failure of the Mumbai Police to communicate the fact of the arrest of Khan Wazhul Kamar on May 21 last year to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had resulted in his name being retained in a list of fugitives maintained by the authorities.

This had led to his inclusion in the list of criminals and terrorists suspected to be in Pakistan that was handed over to Pakistan during the bilateral talks held on March 6, 2007.

When the Home Secretary-level talks took place on 28-29th March this, a list was again handed over to Pakistan, which also included the name of Khan Wazhul Kamar.

However, a few days after the details of that list of "50 Most Wanted" men appeared in the media, it came to light that Kamar had been arrested on May 21 last year and was out on bail and living in Thane, Maharashtra, causing huge embarassment to the Government.

While the Mumbai Police had not informed the CBI of the arrest, it had, in January 2011, conveyed to the Intelligence Bureau's (IB) office in Mumbai that Kamar had been arrested.

"This information, unfortunately, was not reflected in the list of fugitives maintained by the authorities and was overlooked while the list was prepared in March 2011.

"It will, therefore, be clear that the failure to formally communicate the fact of the arrest of the subject person on 21.05.2010 to the CBI has resulted in the name being retained by CBI.

"It is possible that the said failure was the result of a genuine oversight by the Mumbai police. At the same time, there was also a lapse on the part of IB in not reflecting the information received by it while preparing the list in March 2011," a statement from the Home Ministry said here today.

The statement said Red Notices (RNs) are issued by the Interpol on the request of the CBI (designated nodal agency in the Government of India) for persons required/ wanted/ fugitives from justice by various Indian police and investigating agencies and who are believed to be absconding from India.

Once the RN is issued by the Interpol, a copy of the same is circulated to the immigration authorities within India in the form of additions to the "look out notice" list.

The statement said that, at the request of the Mumbai Police dated 02.01.2004, the CBI proposed and got a RN [A-367/3-2004] published from the Interpol with regard to Khan Wazhul Kamar. The RN notice was published on 16.03.2004 and this was communicated by CBI to Mumbai Police on 18.03.2004.

"When the Home Secretary level talks took place on 28-29th March, 2011, as per the usual practice of providing a list of criminals and terrorists suspected to be in Pakistan, a list was handed over including the name of Khan Wazhul Kamar. The list given to Pakistan in the bilateral talks held on 6th March 2007 at Islamabad also included the name of Khan Wazhul Kamar," it said.

"It now transpires that the Mumbai Police arrested Khan Wazhul Kamar on 21.05.2010. However, this information of arrest and the request for consequent deletion of the RN was not sent by the Mumbai Police to the CBI. There were further enquiries by CBI with Mumbai Police on the subject-person on 27.01.2011. To this query, Mumbai Police vide letter dated 17.05.2011 has requested the cancelation of RN as 'the subject is no more wanted by Mumbai Police on account of his arrest by Mumbai Police on 21.05.2010'," it said.

Addressing a press conference here today, Home Minister P Chidambaram said it was case of "genuine oversight and human error" on the part of the IB and the Mumbai Police.

"We admit the mistake and the name of Khan should have been taken off the list of the 50 most wanted people handed over to Pakistan. The information was there but the dots were not connected," he said.

Mr Chidambaam said it was a "procedural lapse" which should not have taken place, but not something which would have "calamitous consequences".

"The Home Ministry will definitely look into it," he said.

Meanwhile, the CBI has removed Kamar's name from the list of fugitives, which includes the names of people such as JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and Mumbai underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

(With inputs from United News of India)


Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother attacked in Mumbai

Iqbal Kaskar, younger brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, was shot at by armed desperadoes outside his house at Pakmodia street at Nagpada in south Bombay last night.

Kaskar's bodyguard cum driver, Arif Sayed Abu Bakar, was killed in the attack.

The incident occurred at about 2145 hrs yesterday when Kaskar was standing outside his house with some people.

The armed men fired six rounds and managed to kill Arif and seriously injured another bodyguard.

The motorcycle borne assailants fired six rounds in the direction of Kaskar and two of the bullets hit his bodyguards.

Arif died on way to the nearby JJ hospital.

On hearing the gun shots the people came out on the streets and the two men open fired in the air but were soon chased by the crowd who managed to catch them and hand them over to the police. Two imported guns were seized from their possession.

Kaskar was immediately rushed to the JJ hospital but police was tight-lipped about whether he had suffered any injury.

According to sources close to Kaskar, he had asked for police protection as he had received some threats. Security outside the hospital had been tightened.

Dawood's sister Hasina also lives in the same locality where the incident took place.

This is the second instance of an attempt on Kaskar's life, the first one being in 1986 in which a rival gang was involved. The latest attack is also believed to be the handiwork of a rival gang.


BEST to commence "women's special" buses from June 1 in Mumbai

In a move aimed at easing the troubles faced by female commuters travelling in buses, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) department has announced the commencement of four new "women's special"' routes from June 1.

The scheme, which has been on the anvil for quite a while, will include routes 154 connecting Mahalaxmi and Nehru Planetarium, 169 from Worligaon to Plaza and 55 which connects Lower Parel to Kurne Chowk.

The fourth route, which is to begin in Goregaon, is still being finalised, BEST sources said.

The service follows the trend set by the Western and Central Railway, which had initiated "ladies special" trains catering exclusively to women a few years back.


Mishra helps Deccan Chargers beat Mumbai Indians by 10 runs

A brilliant all-round performance by Amit Mishra who smashed four boundaries in the last over of the Deccan Chargers innings and then took one for 18 in his four overs gave Deccan Chargers a morale- boosting 10 run win over Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Set a modest target of 136 for victory, Mumbai Indians could only manage 125 for eight from their 20 overs to go down by 10 runs.

They were undone by a brilliant bowling performance by the Deccan Chargers with Mishra getting great support from Ishant Sharma, Anand Rajan and J P Duminy as the bottom placed team upset the applecart of the hosts who were expected to win this match easily and book their place in the play-offs.

Mumbai Indians now need a win from their last two matches to be sure of qualifying for the play offs.

Deccan Chargers, defending a small total, needed wickets upfront and with their confidence on a high after the last over of their innings when they smashed 23 runs to take their total to 135 began with J P Duminy and in the first over itself he got a ball to turn miles from the off stump towards slip to the left handed opener Aiden Blizzard which went for four byes.

Duminy though got his man in his next over when another ball pitched on the leg stump and took the off stump as Blizzard tried a cross batted swipe. Blizzard made just one with Mumbai Indians on 9 for one.

With Ishant Sharma also bowling well at the other end, the Mumbai Indians batsmen found the runs hard to come by and when Sharma got Ambatti Rayudu bowled as the batsmen exposed his leg stump for 2 the home side were in trouble at 19 for two.

Rohit Sharma then joined his captain Sachin Tendulkar, but Ishant Sharma produced another beauty of a delivery in his third over to get rid of Rohit Sharma for four as the ball swung away just a bit, taking the outside edge through to 'keeper Kumar Sangakkara as Mumbai Indians were tottering at 25 for three and the target of 136 seemed far away.

Andrew Symonds, the new man in, stuck along with Tendulkar but the bowling was spot on and the runs hard to come by.

With the track offering some purchase for the spinners, leg-spinner Mishra exploited it fully getting Symonds for a 19-ball 8, being caught by Ishant Sharma on the long-off fence as he tried to hit his way out of trouble. The Mumbai Indians had slumped to 54 for four.

Anand Rajan then gave a double breakthrough, getting two wickets in an over when he first had T Suman for 14 with two sixes caught by Shikhar Dhawan on the long off fence and then the master Tendulkar himself, caught plumb in front as he played back. Tendulkar made 37 off 42 balls with three boundaries. Mumbai Indians were staring defeat in the face at 83 for six at that stage.

Pollard and Harbhajan Singh however did not give up as they put on 40 runs in 22 balls, but in the end the asking rate was too high as Deccan Chargers came out victorious by 10 runs.

Earlier, medium pacer Dhawal Kulkarni produced a dream spell, taking three for 27 in his four overs, as Mumbai Indians with their all-round disciplined bowling performance, restricted the Deccan Chargers to 135 for six.

The home side, needing a good beginning after being handed a huge defeat in their last match against Kings XI Punjab, got down to business right from the start as the Deccan Chargers, batting first on winning the toss, saw their opener Michael Lumb lose his leg stump to a Lasith Malinga yorker on just the second ball of the innings to leave the visitors one down without a run scored.

Sangakkara then joined S Sohal and the two played cautiously with the Mumbai Indians bowlers maintaining a great line and length with only three runs coming from the first three overs.

The shackles were broken by Sohal who hit Munaf Patel for a huge six over long off and then Sangakkara smashed Harbhajan for a six to give some impetus to the innings.

However, Sohal who was asked to open instead of regular opener Shikhar Dhawan to get a move on could not do so, forcing Sangakkara to take risks to up the run rate.

The Chargers captain however fell for a 28 ball 27 when he tried to hoick Dhawal Kulkarni over midwicket but Kieron Pollard took a good catch running back to leave the Chargers on 39 for two.

Sohal then hit T Suman for another huge six, but his weakness against the ball coming into his body proved to be his downfall as Kieron Pollard followed the batsman as he tried to give himself room to hit on the off side, only managing to get the ball high on his bat which spooned to Andrew Symonds at point who made no mistake in taking the catch.

Sohal made 20 of 22 balls with two sixers with Chargers on 53 for three. Harbhajan then got the important wicket of J P Duminy who had just crashed him through the off side for a boundary. The next ball was well flighted outside the off stump and beat the outside edge of the bat as it turned away from the left hander.

The wicketkeeper Ambatti Rayudu then made a smart stumping with Duminy unable to regain his crease to leave the Chargers in strife at 58 for four with Duminy making a 10 ball 8 with one four inclusive in the knock.

The Mumbai Indians bowlers continued to pile on the pressure with Dhawal Kulkarni getting Bharat Chipli with a slower ball which the batsman tried to hit over mid-wicket but miscued it to mid on where T Suman took an easy catch. Chipli made a 11 ball 10 with a boundary with his team tottering at 77 for five in the 15th over.

Dhawan then joined Dan Christian putting on 28 runs for the sixth wicket before Christian was yorked by Kulkarni for 19.

The Deccan Chargers got past the 130 run mark making 135 for six wickets with Amit Mishra smashing Munaf Patel for four boundaries and Shikhar Dhawan helping himself to a six as the last over by Munaf Patel went for 23 runs.


Two Mumbai college students killed in road mishap, seven injured

Two college students were killed and seven others injured when their car overturned on the Mumbai-Pune expressway near the Bhatan tunnel, Panvel police said.

The students, all residents of Dadar in central Mumbai, had planned a picnic to Lonavla.

The car was being driven at high speed and the driver lost control over the vehicle, resulting in the mishap yesterday afternoon, police said.

The deceased were identified as Rishikesh Gupta (16) and Anvit Mingale (16). The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital and were out of danger, police said.

The students had not informed their parents about the trip and they were shocked to hear about the accident as they had been told that the students were going to Bandra in Mumbai for lunch.


Actor Dilip Kumar admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai

Legendary actor of yesteryears Dilip Kumar was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital here today as he is suffering from jaundice.

The thespian had been ill for some time and had become very weak, sources said.

However, he was discharged later after being administered medical treatment, the sources added.


Wife of Belgium-based NRI jumps to death in Mumbai

A 28-year-old married woman allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the third floor of a building in suburban Borivali, a day after she celebrated her birthday, police said today.

The deceased Bhakti Shah took the extreme step yesterday and her body was spotted by the watchman, police said.

Her husband, Tejas, a non-resident Indian (NRI) working in a diamond trading firm in Belgium, immediately rushed her to a hospital, where she was declared brought dead.

The couple had come here for Bhakti's delivery and were staying with Tejas's parents.

Yesterday morning, Bhakti had an argument with her husband and she subsequently jumped from the terrace of "Mangal Kunj" building, police said.

Bhakti's husband, her father-in-law and mother-in-law have been arrested by the police after her father informed the police that she was being harassed for dowry, the police added.


IPL: Kings XI Punjab thrash Mumbai by 76 runs

Kings XI Punjab produced a clinical bowling performance to keep alive their slim hopes of making it to the play-off stage in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as they thrashed Mumbai Indians by 76 runs here tonight.

Punjab posted 163 for eight from their 20 overs, despite a 5-21 haul by seamer Munaf Patel, but Mumbai capitulated with barely a whimper as they were shot out for 87 in 12.5 overs with left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt finishing with figures of 4 for 22 in 2.5 overs.

Punjab's fielding, though, was patchy with a mix of some outstanding efforts and few dropped catches.

Chasing the 164-run target, Mumbai lost wickets at regular intervals and the credit goes to their disciplined bowling.

Mumbai lost Aiden Blizzard (15), Rohit Sharma (5) and Sachin Tendulkar (6) in three consecutive overs.

Praveen Kumar gave Punjab a crucial breakthrough early in the third over as he scalped the prized wicket of Mumbai skipper Tendulkar.

Praveen then dismissed Blizzard in the fifth over after Bipul Sharma scalped Rohit in the previous over.

Ryan Harris scalped T Suman in the tenth over to reduce Mumbai to 55/6.

Mumbai continued to lose wickets in consecutive overs as Ambati Rayudu (13) and Andrew Symonds (8) departed in the previous two overs, respectively. Mumbai’s misery continued when Bhatt bowled Harbhajan Singh (12).

Bhatt then delivered a triple blow when he removed Kieron Pollard (17), Dhawal Kulkarni (2) and Munaf Patel (0) in the space of four balls to end Mumbai’s innings in a hurry. Praveen Kumar finished with figures of two for 19 off four overs.

Earlier, Munaf's five-wicket haul helped Mumbai to restrict Punjab to 163 for eight wickets.

Mumbai kept on taking wickets at regular intervals with Patel emerging as the wrecker-in-chief. He was brilliantly supported by seamer Lasith Malinga (two for 24).

Shaun Marsh (43), Dinesh Karthik (31) and Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist (28) got starts but could not convert them into big knocks, after being put in to bat.

Patel gave Mumbai an early breakthrough as he struck in the fourth over to dismiss young Paul Valthaty (14), who hit three boundaries in his run-a-ball innings.

Punjab then lost Gilchrist (28) after he added a crucial 70-run stand with Marsh for the second wicket against Mumbai. The Punjab skipper hit a six and two fours in his 28-ball knock before Malinga struck in the eleventh over to break the partnership.

Patel struck twice in the sixteenth over to get rid of David Hussey (0) and dangerman Marsh (43). Marsh hit five boundaries in his quick 34-ball knock.


Vasudha Kamat appointed as new VC of SNDT Women’s University

Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan, in his capacity as Chancellor of universities in the state, today appointed Dr Vasudha Kamat as the new Vice-Chancellor of the SNDT Women's University, Mumbai.

Dr Kamat is presently the Joint Director, Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi.

Dr Kamat succeds Dr Chandra Krishnamurthi whose term ended on March 1. She has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor for a term of five years from the date she assumes charge, a Raj Bhavan release said here.


IPL: Mumbai Indians score emphatic 32-run victory over Daredevils

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A brilliant bowling performance led by purple cap holder Lasith Malinga saw that the good work by the batsmen, especially Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma, did not go waste as Mumbai Indians scored an emphatic 32-run victory over Delhi Daredevils in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match played at the Wankhede Stadium here last night.

Needing 179 fr victory, the Daredevils were bowled out for 146 in 19.5 overs to go down by 32 runs. With this defeat the Daredevils' chances of making it to the play-offs received a huge setback, while the Mumbai Indians are 16 points from 10 matches and on top of the table.

Delhi Daredevils made a horrendous start to their chase when David Warner was dismissed by Harbhajan Singh in the first over of the innings, the third time in this year’s IPL that Harbhajan has got a wicket in his first over when a ball pitched on the middle stump straightened and rapped Warner on the pads just above the knee roll. Warner had made only one and Daredevils were at 3 for one.

The next over by Malinga had Colin Ingram first ball with Malinga’s trademark yorker which crashed into the batsman’s middle and leg stump to leave Daredevils on four for 2 with Ingram making just one.

Munaf Patel, on for the third over, then got two wickets in his first over, the first being the all-important one of the Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag. The swashbuckling opener tried to pull a a short ball on middle and off and only managed a top edge which was snaffled by Rohit Sharma. Sehwag made 2 with the score on four for three wickets.

Soon it became seven for four wickets when Naman Ojha got a huge edge to the keep while going for an expansive cut shot. The umpires conferred on whether the catch was cleanly taken before sending Ojha back to the pavilion. Ojha made 1 with the Daredevils staring defeat in the face.

James Hopes then joined Venugopal Rao and the two began rebuilding the innings on a wicket which was offering huge swing to the fast bowlers. Hopes took to the bowling, smashing Dhawal Kulkarni for consecutive fours and then hitting Patel for a couple of boundaries in the bowler’s third over as the two batsmen settled down and tried to retrieve the position for their side.

Daredevils were given a huge reprieve then when Patel dropped a sitter from Hopes at fine leg off Malinga. The batsma had gone for a pull but hit the ball straight to Patel. Hopes was on 23 with the Daredevilson 38 for four at that stage.

Hopes then celebrated the chance with consecutive boundaries off K Pollard as the Daredevils brought up their 50 in the 10th over.

Venugopal Rao then joined Hopes in smashing the Mumbai bowlers, hitting Andrew Symonds for a boundary and a six off consecutive balls as the Daredevils began to get the momentum going into their innings after the horror start.

However, after the two had put on 87 runs in 10.5 overs, Venugopal Rao had to leave being yorked by Kulkarni He made 37 off 27 balls with four fours and a six. His exit left Daredevils at 94 for five, still needing 13 runs per over to win.

Hopes then completed a very good half century off just 41 balls with nine boundaries and with Irfan Pathan with him continued to hope for the impossible. Pathan smashed two boundaries off Patel’s last over and then hit Harbhajan Singh for two consecutive boundaries to give Daredevils an outside chance.

But Hopes was run out in Harbhajan’s last over for 55 as he punched the ball to extra cover and set off for a run but found himself stranded half way down the pitch, with no response from Pathan. His 55 came off 44 balls with ten boundaries.

Yogesh Nagar, the next man in, was out first ball when his top edged sweep went straight to deep square leg where Patel managed to hold on to the catch this time to leave Daredevils on 123 for seven and the match all but over for them.

But there was still drama left in the game when Malinga had to be taken off in the last over of the game, with four balls left, for bowling his second beamer of the innings. Pollard had to complete the over and he responded in fine fashion, taking two wickets off consecutive balls to end the Daredevils innings at 146 with himself on a hat-trick the next time he bowls.

Earlier, a brilliant half century by Rayudu (59 off 39 balls with seven fours and two sixes) and his 87-run partnership in 9.2 overs for the third wicket with Sharma (49 off 32 balls with two fours and three sixes) helped Mumbai Indians pile up a huge score of 178 for four wickets in their 20 overs.

Put in to bat by Sehwag, Mumbai Indians got off to a flier with Aiden Blizzard smashing the bowlers to all parts of the ground.

The Australian left-handed opener began with two boundaries in the first over of Morne Morkel and then in the third over of the innings, the second by Morkel, Blizzard smashed him for five boundaries.

With Sachin Tendulkar also showing his class with a classic cover drive and an on-drive, Mumbai Indians raced to their 50 in the fifth over of the innings.

However, Pathan brought Delhi back into the match when Tendulkar tried to play a cross batted shot off him, missed the ball and was bowled for 14 off 14 balls with three boundaries to leave the home side on 50 for one in 5.2 overs.

Blizzard’s hurricane innings then came to an end in the next over when left-arm spinner S Nadeem had him caught at mid-wicket as the batsman tried to pull the spinner but got the ball high up on the bat to go straight to Sehwag at mid-wicket who did not make a mistake.

Blizzard made 37 from 23 balls with eight boundaries with Mumbai Indians on 54 for two after seven overs.

Rayudu and Sharma began rebuilding the innings, with the former showing the form he is in, hitting Hopes for two consecutive boundaries to get a move on.

Sharma also came into his own hitting Morne Morkel for a huge six as the two young batsmen feasted on the bowling to put Mumbai Indians in command.

Pathan with one for 23 in his four overs and Nadeem with one for 28 in his four were the pick of the bowlers.


ED officer suspended in Hassan Ali case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has suspended a Mumbai-based assistant enforcement officer, who investigated the Hassan Ali Khan money-laundering case from 2006 to 2008.

The Pune-based businessman is accused of stashing away huge amounts in foreign banks.

During a departmental inquiry, the ED found that the officer had allegedly tried to scuttle the probe and leaked information to the accused, sources said.

The officer was suspended yesterday. The ED special director is conducting a departmental inqury against the officer and probing allegations of bribery against him. He was also found to be seeking favours from Kashinath Tapuriah, an associate of Hassan Ali.

The officer has been asked for an explanation for an e-mail sent by him to Tapuriah, who is now lodged in judicial custody along with Ali.


Six killed in car-truck collision on Mumbai-Nashik highway

Six people were killed and four others injured when a speeding car collided with a truck on the Mumbai-Nashik Highway early today, police said.

The accident occurred at 0615 hours when the Innova car and the truck collided on the Ghoti-Sinnar route, about 180 kms from here.

Traffic on the highway was disrupted and efforts were on to remove the vehicles from the spot, police sources said.

The injured, two women and two children, have been rushed to a hospital in Nashik.

The names of the deceased were yet to be ascertained, police added.


IPL: Mumbai Indians thrash Pune Warriors by 21 runs

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A brilliant all-round display by the Mumbai Indians saw them thrash Pune Warriors by 21 runs and regain pole position in the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai here last night.

Set a target of 161 for victory, only Manish Pandey put up some resistance on behalf of the Warriors, making a 47-ball 59 with four boundaries and three sixes as Pune finished at 139 for seven wickets in their 20 overs.

With this win, Mumbai Indians have notched up 14 points from nine matches, while Pune Warriors continue to be the cellar team with four points from nine matches with seven losses on the trot.

The Pune Warriors, who needed to win this game to have a chance of advancing into the next round, began their chase in the worst possible manner when Jesse Ryder was dismissed first ball of the

innings as the left-hander tried to cut Harbhajan Singh but only managed to give a tame catch to Dhawal Kulkarni at point.

Graeme Smith, coming back after an injury, also did not last long as after making 6 runs he tried to pull a short one from Munaf Patel which got a bit big on him and he only managed to give a catch to mid- wicket where Aiden Blizzard made no mistake to leave Pune Warriors on 17 for two.

Surprisingly, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala walked in next and he also did not survive for too long, making just 10 runs before he tried to pull a short one from Kieron Pollard and only managed a top edge which was taken by keeper Rayudu who moved to his right to gobble up the chance.

Yuvraj Singh then joined Pandey who was batting well, having hit Symonds for a six over mid-wicket, and the two began to get the run chase back on track with Yuvraj smashing Pollard for a huge six over square leg and then smashing Harbhajan Singh over long-off for another big six.

Yuvraj then smashed a boundary off Malinga, but was undone by a superb bouncer the next ball which took the edge of his bat down to third man where Patel took a good diving catch to send the Pune Warriors' captain back after a 16-ball 20 with one four and two sixes. At that stage, Pune Warriors were in all sorts of trouble at 77 for four.

Pandey tried his best, but a disciplined Mumbai Indians attack and their razor sharp fielding thwarted his efforts. Pandey, along with Robin Uthappa who made an unbeaten 34 (26 balls) with two sixers, saw the Pune Warriors finish with 139 for seven wickets to go down by 21 runs and with it their chances of qualifying for the next round.

Malinga with three for 25 was once again the most successful bowler for Mumbai Indians.

Earlier, leg-spinner Rahul Sharma’s dream spell of seven runs for two wickets in his four overs was negated a bit by big hitting Pollard and Tirumalsetti Suman as Mumbai Indians after being 96 for four managed to reach a competitive score of 160 for seven wickets in their 20 overs.

Mumbai Indians, who were put in to bat by Pune Warriors, began their innings with Sachin Tendulkar and Aiden Blizzard, who was playing his first match, but this opening partnership also did not get going with Blizzard being caught magnificently by wicket keeper Robin Uthappa who dived in front of second slip to come up with a beauty off the bowling of A Thomas. Blizzard made 6 with Mumbai Indians on 18 for one.

Ambati Rayudu then joined Tendulkar and the two best batsmen for the Mumbai Indians in this edition of the tournament once again began confidently with the little master smashing three boundaries behind square on the leg side and Rayudu hitting Jerome Taylor for a hooked four and then guided the same bowler over the slips for another four.

However, just when the two looked like settling down and playing a long partnership, Tendulkar fell to his counterpart Yuvraj Singh when he tried to go inside out over covers but only managed to hit the ball in the air towards cover where Ryder took a good low catch to dismiss the Mumbai Indians captain for 24 which came off 24 balls with five boundaries.

Yuvraj Singh in his next over got another big wicket when in-form batsman Rayudu was dismissed. Rayudu tried to smash Yuvraj over long-off but only managed to hole out to Manish Pandey there.

Rayudu made 27 off 28 balls with two boundaries to leave Mumbai Indians in a bit of trouble at 69 for three.

However, Suman promoted up the order ahead of Pollard and Andrew Symonds repaid the faith shown in him with a little cameo of 36 off 16 balls with three fours and three sixes before he holed out to long- off where Mithun Manhas took an easy catch.

With Symonds also failing to get going, making only three, Pollard decided to come to the party for the first time in this year’s IPL smashing A Thomas for 28 runs in the 19th over of the innings before being out off the last ball of the 20th over for a 21-ball 30 with two fours and two sixes to take Mumbai Indians to a competitive score.


IPL: Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by 23 runs

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Brilliant half-centuries by Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu, and some aggressive bowling by Mumbai Indians' bowlers stopped Kings XI Punjab 23 runs short of target to ensure the hosts top position in the points table.

Tendulkar and Rayudu scored 51 runs each to enable Mumbai Indians put up a competitive 159 for five from their 20 overs.

Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga and Munaf Patel then bowled a tight line and length to restrict Punjab to 136 for eight from their 20 overs at the Wankhede stadium here today.

With this win, Mumbai Indians went back to the top of the table with 12 points from eight games, while Kings XI Punjab, with three consecutive defeats, remained in the bottom three with six points from seven matches.

Kings XI Punjab got off to a horrible start to their chase of 160 in 20 overs when captain and swashbuckling opener Adam Gilchrist was dismissed in the first over of the innings with Harbhajan Singh trapping the former Australian keeper-batsman leg before wickets.

Shaun Marsh then joined Paul Valthaty and the two began to repair the innings. However, Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga gave nothing away as Mumbai Indians put on the pressure on the Kings XI Punjab.

Valthaty (33 runs, 38 balls), in particular, was initially very scratchy and with him unable to rotate the strike, the pressure kept mounting. However, he slowly got his timing right and with Marsh at the other end batting with authority, the two slowly started getting Kings XI Punjab back into the match.

Valthaty greeted Andrew Symonds with a straight six over long-off, but was out the next ball holing out to long-on this time where Kieron Pollard made no mistake with the catch.

David Hussey (2), the new man in, also did not last long trying to smash a short ball from Munaf Patel but managed to hit it to long-off where Rohit Sharma took a good diving catch.

Soon it became 83 for four with Dinesh Karthik (1) falling leg before to Pollard as he walked across his stumps and tried to turn it to square leg for a single but missed the ball.

Marsh, however, did not give up hope as he smashed two boundaries off Abu Nechim Ahmed and with Abhishek Nayar also smashing the first delivery from Harbhajan's second spell for a boundary, Kings XI Punjab stayed in the match.

Marsh reached his half-century off just 37 balls with a boundary of Harbhajan, but on the last ball of his over Nayar fell, caught by Andrew Symonds at extra cover for 14 off nine balls with two boundaries to leave Kings XI Punjab on 113 for five.

Though Marsh tried his best with not much support coming from the other end he also fell in the 19th over when he gave an easy catch to Tendulkar at mid-wicket for 61 which came in 47 deliveries with eight boundaries inclusive in the knock.

Kings XI Punjab ended up with 136 for eight wickets in their 20 overs to lose by 23 runs.

Earlier, put in to bat by Gilchrist, Mumbai Indians had a quiet start to their innings, losing opener Davy Jacobs for just 10 runs to be 14 for one in the third over.

Rayudu then walked out to join his skipper in the middle and the two set about consolidating the Mumbai Indians innings, picking up runs in ones and twos as they went into the first strategic timeout after eight overs at 46 for one.

However, after the time-out Mumbai Indians batsmen stepped on the accelerator as Rayudu smashed Ryan Harris for two boundaries in the ninth over and then smashed Praveen Kumar for two boundaries and a six to get a move on.

At the other end, Sachin played a well paced innings placing the ball into gaps and putting the loose balls away.

Rayudu got to his half-century off 35 balls with seven boundaries and a six before holing out to long-on where Dinesh Karthik took a sensational catch diving behind and picking up the ball just inside the boundary line of the bowling of Piyush Chawla.

Rayudu made 51 off 36 balls putting on 95 runs for the second wicket with Tendulkar in 12 overs to give the hosts a great launching pad.

Pollard, who had not been in the greatest of forms, however, hit a four and a six to get going before Tendulkar was dismissed for 51 giving Abhishek Nayar an easy catch on the sweeper cover boundary off Harris. Tendulkar made 51 in 45 balls with three fours and a six.

Pollard also fell soon after making a quick fire 20 in 11 balls with a boundary and two sixes giving Valthaty an easy catch at point off Chawla with Mumbai Indians on 144 for four after 18 overs.

Mumbai Indians finally ended at 159 for five with Rohit Sharma making an 11-ball 18 with three boundaries.


Major fire breaks out in Dharavi slums in Mumbai

A major fire broke out in a leather factory in Dharavi, Asia's largest slum area, in north-central Mumbai today.

Sources in Fire Brigade department said the fire broke out in the factory at Rajiv Gandhi Nagar in Dharavi at around 1800 hours.

Eight fire engines were pressed into service to extingush the blaze, they said. The cause of fire and the extent of damage are yet to be ascertained, sources stated.


Botha helps Rajasthan Royals trounce Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets

Johan Botha came up with an all-round performance (3 for 6 and 45 off 39) to help Rajasthan Royals defeat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here today.

After winning the toss, the hosts put Mumbai Indians in to bat first and restricted them to 94 for 8 in their 20 overs.

Chasing an easy target, the Royals then romped home, reaching 94 for 8 in 18.1 overs. Opener Shane Watson contributed 26 and Ross Taylor pitched in with 13.

In the Mumbai innings, Andrew Symonds topscored with 17, with Davy Jacobs contributing 15, Rohit Sharma 13, Ambati Rayudu 11 and Harbhajan Singh remaining unbeaten on 10.

For Rajasthan Royals, apart from Botha's 3 for 6, Ashok Menaria took two for 20 and Amit Singh got two for 14.


Retired BARC scientist commits suicide in Mumbai

A 63-year-old retired woman scientist of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) allege commited suicide today at her residence at Govandi in north-east Mumbai, police said.

Uma Nariya Rao, who was alone in the flat, had consumed a large quantity of sleeping tablets and was found dead this morning, they said.

A suicide note was found but the reason for the suicide is yet to be ascertained, the police said.

Neighbours said she was under depression for more than a week after she came to know about a family dispute in her native place in Andhra Pradesh. Further investigations are being carried out by police, the sources added.


Actor Shiney Ahuja granted bail by Bombay High Court

Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, convicted on the charge of raping his domestic maid, was today granted bail on a cash bond of Rs 50,OO0 by the Bombay High Court.

The actor, in his appeal to the High Court, had contended that the lower court had erred in law while sentencing him to seven years of imprisonment last month on charges of raping his maid.

Granting relief to the actor, the High Court, however, ordered restriction on his travel abroad without proper permission.

Ahuja's good conduct during the trial was cited as one of the main reasons for his release, his lawyer said.

The actor was arrested on June 15, 2009 and charged with rape.


Woman, son injured as trolley hits them at Mumbai airport

A woman from Gujarat and her two-year-old son were injured after being hit by a cleaning trolley inside terminal 1-B of the domestic airport here last night.

Pankti Mehta was booked on a Jet Lite flight to Hyderabad and the incident occurred as she was checking-in late last night.

Both the woman and her son were rushed to the Leelavati Hospital in Bandra. The airport authorities are investigating the incident.


Man commits suicide in Mumbai after losing money on IPL bets

A 32-year-old man, who incurred heavy losses in bets on the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence at Goregaon in north-west Mumbai, police said today.

A resident of Galaxy Classic building, the deceased Arun Nadar is suspected to have lost a huge amount of money on the IPL matches and took the drastic step yesterday, police sources said.

Nadar worked in a private company. He did not leave any suicide note. Police have registered a case of accidental death and further investigations were on, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the social service branch of Mumbai police arrested two bookies from Mahim for accepting bets on the IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and King X1 Punjab. Police seized computers, mobile phones and Rs 90,000 in cash from their residence yesterday, the sources added.


IPL: Mumbai Indians crush Deccan Chargers by 37 runs

Mumbai Indians scored an emphatic 37-run victory over hosts Deccan Chargers in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium here today.

Chasing a difficult target of 173 runs, the hosts ran into trouble with Lankan medium pacer Lasit Malinga striking thrice and were restricted to 135 for the loss of eight wickets from their 20 overs.

Malinga first bowled opener Shikar Dhawan for 25 (22 balls, 5 fours), ran out Cameroon White (1) with an accurate direct throw, bowled skipper Kumar Sangakkara (34, 28 balls, 3 fours) and took a return catch of Ravi Teja (1) to bring the curtains down on the Deccan Chargers' run chase.

Barring Daniel Christian (21 runs, 18 balls, 1 four, 1 six) and Amit Mishra (25, 19 balls, 4 fours), the others fell cheaply today.

Earlier, put in to bat first, Mumbai Indians put up a challenging total of 172 for the loss of four wickets from their 20 overs, thanks to an unbeaten century stand between Andrew Symonds and Rohit Sharma.

Both the batsmen came together when Mumbai Indians were reeling at 70 for the loss of four wickets. They not only repaired the Mumbai innings but also consolidated it with their lusty hitting. Sharma was particularly harsh on Christian as he struck him thrice for sixes. He also hit five fours in his 34-ball stay to remain not out on 56. Symonds made an unbeaten 44 off 33 balls with four boundaries and a six off Dale Steyn.

Earlier, Tendulkar and Jacobs gave a flying start to Mumbai Indians before the latter was out at 47 in 5.1 overs. Ishant Sharma broke this stand by removing Jacobs with a short ball. The batsman came down hard and got a top edge that swirled past Pragyan Ojha at mid-on, who ran back to take a well-judged catch. Jacobs hit 32 runs with five boundaries and struck a straight six off Pragyan Ojha in his 20-ball stay.

Later, Tendulkar took charge, punishing the Deccan bowlers hard but disappointed the 36,600-strong crowd by falling to leggie Amit Mishra, who also removed the in-form Ambati Rayudu in the same over.

Mishra could not have asked for more than the prize wicket of Tendulkar, as the master blaster holed out to Steyn at long-on. Tendulkar made 28 off 24 balls with four hits to the fence.

After Rayudu left two balls later, Kieron Pollard was the next to go for a duck as he tried to sweep but ended up edging the ball to Sangakkara behind the stumps.


Former India cricket captain Nari Contractor hospitalised

Former India cricket skipper Nari Contractor was hospitalised after falling and hurting his head while taking a morning walk near his South Mumbai residence.

"He was taking his morning walk in his colony Rustom Baug and had a fall. He was admitted to the hospital and is much better now," his one-time team mate Bapu Nadkarni said.

The 77-year old Gujarat-born cricketer, a left-handed opener in his playing days, has been admitted to the Parsee General Hospital.

Contractor’s blossoming international career was cut short due to a serious skull injury sustained against the West Indies on India’s second tour of the Caribbean in 1962.

Contractor became India’s youngest captain at 26 when he was appointed in 1960-61. He played in 31 Tests, scoring 1,611 runs with one hundred and averaged just over 31 per innings.


Man kills wife, son, commits suicide in Mumbai

A garment workshop owner, facing financial problems, allegedly strangled his wife and two-year-old son to death before hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence at Vikhroli in north-east Mumbai, police said today.

The incident came to light yesterday when the neighbour's son rang the door-bell but no one opened it. He peeped through the window and saw Sanjay Sen (32), hailing from Kolkata, hanging from a ceiling fan and informed his parents.

Later, the police was summoned and they found Sanjay's wife's body on the floor and her son Tejas lying on the bed.

Both Pooja (28) and Tejas had stangulation marks on their necks, police said.

The couple were residing in a rented room. Both were earlier working in a zari unit, where they fell in love and later got married.

Police sources said Sanjay had not paid his workers for the last two months because of financial problems.

All the three were rushed to the Rajawadi hospital, where they were declared dead on admission. Police are investigating the case.


Sharma's 87, Harbhajan's 5-18 help Mumbai Indians beat CSK by 8 runs in IPL

Rohit Sharma made 87 off just 48 balls with eight fours and five sixes and Harbhajan Singh took his first five-wicket haul to help Mumbai Indians beat defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by eight runs in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Batting first, Mumbai Indians made a competitive 164 for four from their 20 overs and then restricted CSK to 156 for nine.

Sharma's timely knock came after the Mumbai Indians lost openers R Sathish and Sachin Tendulkar with just 13 on the board in 3.4 overs.

Sharma and A Rayudu (27) put on 61 for the third wicket in 7.3 overs. Sharma and A Symonds then tore apart the CSK attack, adding 87 runs for the fourth wicket. For CSK, Albie Morkel with one for 19 was the most economical bowler today.

In response, CSK were well on course, being 100 for three after 12 overs, but the Mumbai Indians brought off two brilliant catches and stepped up their fielding to save dozens of runs to pull off a win from what had seemed at one stage a desperate situation for them.

S Badrinath made an unbeaten 71 off just 48 balls with seven fours and two sixes after opener Michael Hussey contributed 41, but their effort was not enough. Opener M Vijay (12) was the only other Chennai batsman to cross into double figures today.

Today's victory took Mumbai Indians to the top of the table with eight points from five matches with four wins and a loss. The Chennai Super Kings are on four points from five matches with two wins and three losses.


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