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.


Accident victim gets compensation of Rs 18 lakh after 3 years

The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has awarded a compensation of Rs 18 lakh to a person who lost his right leg in a road accident three years ago.

The accident occurred on February 1, 2008 when Deepak Ravindra Singh, resident of Kasasr Vadavali in Ghorbunder, was on his way to Virar here with his grandmother on a motorcycle.

Judge N B Dhaytadak ordered Ramesh Vani, owner of the car, involved in the accident, and the insurance company, to pay 24-year-old Deepak compensation from the date of petition till the realisation of the amount at the rate of 7.5 per cent per annum.

According to the applicant, Deepak sustained sixty-five per cent permanent physical disability and also hundred per cent occupational disability.

The amount of compensation due to the loss of income would be Rs 1,32,000 which arrived at Rs 8000 per month and Rs 96,000 per year which would be Rs 16,32,000 for seventeen years.

He was also granted Rs 30,000 on the grounds of pain and suffering, Rs 25,000 for the cost of artificial limb, Rs 20,000 for conveyance, Rs 60,000 for medical expenses and Rs 10,000 each towards special diets, loss of prospects and loss of amenities of life, thus totaling to Rs 17,97,000.

The Judge stated that the facts in detail as per the accident prove that the offending vehicle is responsible for the accident, which is further proved by the certified copies of the relevant documents filed by the applicant. The compensation was received by the injured on March 31 this year.


Tantrik arrested in Mumbai for molesting woman

A 56-year-old tantrik, who claimed he possessed supernatural powers, has been arrested in Mumbai for allegedly molesting a 25-year-old woman, police said today.

The accused, a resident of Tilak Nagar, was arrested last evening. The victim went to his residence as she was not able to conceive after a year of marriage.

He took her to another room, as her husband and mother-in-law waited outside, and allegedly made an attempt to molest her.

The victim's husband thrashed him and handed him over to the police, who subsequently arrested the tantrik, police added.


12 girls rescued in Mumbai as part of drive against prostitution

Continuing their drive against prostitution dens in the city and its suburbs, the social service branch of Mumbai police raided three more saloons and massage centres and rescued a dozen girls.

In raids at Chembur, Ghatkopar and Malad during the last two days, police rescued at least 12 girls, a few of them minors, who were pushed into prostitution for the lure of easy money. The managers at all the three places were arrested, police said.

In yet another raid on a bar-cum-restaurant in Sion-koliwada area last evening, police arrested 15 lady waiters, who were behaving indecently with customers.

The manager, cashier and eight customers were also arrested, police said.

In the last 21 days, more than a hundred girls have been rescued from beer bars, saloons and massage centres, which were functioning as prostitution dens, and 35 managers arrested and cases registered against them, sources said.


Prithviraj Chavan files nomination papers for Council bye-election

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today filed his nomination papers for the bye-election to the State Legislative Council seat on May 4.

He was accompanied by Legislative Council Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh and MPCC President Manikrao Thakare.

Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt vacated the seat on March 11 to pave the way for the Chief Minister contest the election to the state Legislature as per requirement of the Constitution. Dutt's term was to expire on July 7, 2016.

At present, Mr Chavan is not a member of either of the two Houses of the state Legislature.

As per Constitutional provisions, Mr Chavan, who took over as Chief Minister on November 11 last year replacing Mr Ashok Chavan, who resigned over the Adarsh Housing Society scam, is required to get elected to either of the two Houses within six months of assuming office.


IPL: Mumbai Indians beat Pune Warriors on last ball

Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar in action during their IPL T20 legue match against Pune Warriors at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 20, 2011. UNI PHOTO
Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar in action during their IPL T20 legue match against Pune Warriors at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 20, 2011. UNI PHOTO

The Mumbai Indians batsmen nearly undid all the hard work of their bowlers earlier as they made heavy weather of a target of only 119 before winning off the last ball with seven wickets to spare in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Pune Warriors at the Wankhede stadium here today.

Set a target of 119 to win, Mumbai Indians made 124 for three in their 20 overs with Rohit Sharma hitting a six off the last ball of Murali Kartik to seal the match in Mumbai Indians' favour.

Sharma (20 off 18 balls) and Andrew Symonds (16 off 15 balls) were at the crease when the winning runs were hit.

Mumbai Indians in-form batsmen Ambatti Rayudu and Sachin Tendulkar had given them a perfect launch pad after the loss of James Franklin in the second over, putting on 74 runs in 12 overs for the second wicket before both got out in a span of six runs as the Pune Warriors exerted pressure.

However, finally the target of 119 seemed too less and Mumbai Indians came out of this match as winners.

Mumbai Indians, who opened with James Franklin along with Tendulkar as Davy Jacobs was rested for the match, lost their first wicket in the second over itself.

Rayudu then joined Tendulkar and the two, who have been a real danger for the opposition this year so far, once again began to rebuild the innings.

With the target not a huge one, they played the waiting game, looking for the loose ball to put away as they added 74 runs for the second wicket to make the match as good as safe for the home side before Tendulkar was dismissed for the first time in this year's IPL.

A tossed up delivery by leg spinner Rahul Sharma saw Tendulkar dancing down the track and he did connect it well. However, he did not find enough power to take the ball past the boundary as Alfonso Thomas ran to his right from long-off to take the catch. Tendulkar made 35 off 39 balls with two boundaries.

Rayudu followed his captain to the pavilion in the next over when he got a length ball and tried to launch it over long-on only to find Rahul. He scored 37 which came off 40 balls with four boundaries.

Rohit and Symonds nearly let the match slip out of Mumbai Indians' hands before managing a last ball victory which saw Mumbai Indians take their points tally to six from 4 games. The two put on an unbeaten partnership of 35 runs.

Earlier, the Mumbai Indians bowlers rose to the occasion to dismiss the Pune Warriors for a paltry 118 all out in 17.2 overs.

Batting first after winning the toss, the Pune Warriors openers Jesse Ryder and Tim Paine took the score to 16 in the fourth over before the Mumbai Indians struck when Abu Nechim Ahmed got rid of the dangerous Ryder for just 12 as the left-hander tried to play a short arm pull to a short ball but managed only a top edge which was easily taken by Tendulkar at mid-wicket.

Two balls later, Abu Nechim got his second wicket when Mithun Manhas tried a cover drive and edged the ball to wicketkeeper Rayudu for a duck.

In the next over Tim Paine was castled by Munaf Patel for 2 and then the dangerous Yuvraj Singh was dismissed for a blob when the left-hander edged an angled delivery to Rayudu who made no mistake.

Mumbai Indians bowler Munaf Patel celebrating the fall of second wicket of Pune Warriors during their IPL T20 league encounter at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 20, 2011. UNI PHOTO
Mumbai Indians bowler Munaf Patel celebrating the fall of second wicket of Pune Warriors during their IPL T20 league encounter at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 20, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Robin Uthappa first with Mohnish Mishra and then with Murali Kartik put on 35 runs each for the fifth and sixth wickets.

Uthappa also fell soon after making a 37 ball 45 with six boundaries and a six, with Kieron Pollard pulling off a blinder of a catch running in from long-on and then diving to his left off the bowling of Ali Murtaza.

Earlier, both teams made two changes each. Half of those were forced through injury: Pune lost the services of Graeme Smith, and Mumbai had to do without Harbhajan Singh.

Tim Paine replaced Smith, while Abhishek Jhunjhunwala made way for Murali Kartik, while Mumbai Indians brought in Abu Nechim Ahmed for Harbhajan. Mumbai also decided to rest Davey Jacobs, bringing in James Franklin as their fourth overseas player. Rayudu kept wickets.

The scoreboard:

Pune Warriors:

Jesse Ryder c Tendulkar b Ahmed 12

Tim Paine b Patel 2

Mithun Manhas c Rayudu b Ahmed 0

Robin Uthappa c Pollard b Murtaza 45

Yuvraj Singh c Rayudu b Patel 0

Mohnish Mishra c Sharma b Murtaza 12

Murali Kartik c Symonds b Malinga 11

Wayne Parnell b Franklin 9

Rahul Sharma c Murtaza b Patel 13

Shrikant Wagh c Symonds b Malinga 2

Alfonso Thomas not out 0

Extras: (lb 6, w 2, nb 4) 12

Total: (17.2 overs) 118 all out

Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-17, 3-17, 4-17, 5-52, 6-87, 7-98, 8-111, 9-118, 10-118.

Bowling: Ali Murtaza 4-0-18-2, Lasith Malinga 4-0-28-2, Abu Nechim Ahmed 3-1-13-2, Munaf Patel 2.2-0-8-3, Kieron Pollard 1-0-13-0, James Franklin 3-0-32-1.

Mumbai Indians:

James Franklin c Manhas b Wagh 6

Sachin Tendulkar c Thomas b Rahul 35

Ambati Rayudu c Rahul b Thomas 37

Rohit Sharma not out 20

Andrew Symonds not out 16

Extras: (2 b, 6 lb, 2 w) 10

Total: (in 20 overs) 124 for three

Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-83, 3-89.

Bowling: Alfonso Thomas 4-0-16-1, Shrikant Wagh 2-0-9-1, Murali Kartik 4-0-29-0, Wayne Parnell 4-0-28-0, Rahul Sharma 3-0-14-1, Jesse Ryder 2-0-15-0, Yuvraj Singh 1-0-5-0.


Woman, son found murdered in Mumbai's Ghatkopar area

A 79-year-old woman and her 46-year-old son were found murdered in their flat at Jeevan Jyoti building in Ghatkopar in north-east Mumbai last night, police said today.

The murder came to light at 2100 hrs last night when the victims' relatives broke open the door after no one answered the doorbell.

Radha Sivaramkrishnan was found strangulated to death and her son Jayram's head was smashed with a stone, police said.

Investigations were on, and the motive for the crime was being ascertained, police said.

Crime branch sleuths were questioning relatives and gathering evidence from the scene of crime, they added.


Actor Shiney Ahuja files appeal against conviction in rape case

Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, who was sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment after being convicted of raping his domestic maid, today filed an appeal in the Bombay High Court, challenging his conviction and seeking bail.

Justice A R Joshi, who admitted the actor's appeal, deferred the hearing on his bail plea till April 27.

Ahuja, in his appeal, stated that the lower court had erred in law while convicting him and that he had been falsely implicated in the case.

On March 30, relying on circumstantial evidence, a fast track court had convicted Ahuja, although the victim had turned hostile during the trial. However, Ahuja was acquitted of the charges of criminal intimidation and wrongful confinement.

The court said it had considered circumstantial evidence -- the DNA report was positive, the hymen was torn, there were blood marks on victim's clothes, semen was found on the quilt and curtains and Ahuja's hand bore scratch marks of the victim -- while convicting the accused.

The court also noted that the incident had occurred at Ahuja's house here in 2009. It also accepted the victim's statement before a magistrate, alleging she was raped.

In September last year, the maid had backtracked from her allegations that Ahuja had raped her at his residence in Mumbai and said the incident had never occurred.

The 20-year-old girl told the court that she had filed the complaint against the actor at the behest of the woman, who had secured her the job at his residence.

In June 2009, the girl had lodged a police complaint alleging she was raped by the actor. Ahuja was arrested on June 14 and released on bail three months later.

On September 3 last year, the victim had identified Ahuja in the court and said she used to work at his residence as a domestic help. But when asked about the incident, she said she was never raped.


1 dead, 4 injured in two separate road accidents in Mumbai

A 16-year-old girl was killed and four others injured in two separate road accidents in the city today.

The girl was killed and three others injured when their Honda City car rammed into a parked Toyota car near Cadbury House opposite Mahalaxmi Temple in south Mumbai this morning.

All were rushed to Jaslok hospital, where Shifa succumbed to her injuries. Sania was stated to be critical and is undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit. Mohsin and Faizan were sent home after treatment. Faizan was driving the car.

The teenagers reside in Mahim area of Mumbai.

In the other mishap, a motorcyclist was injured when Ankesh Shahra, who is son of the Managing Director of Ruchi Soya, Dinesh Shahra, in his speeding Porsche knocked him down in the Marine Drive area of south Mumbai this morning.

The motorcyclist, identified as Ainul Haq, who is working as a delivery boy in a nearby restaurant, was reported to be serious.

Ankesh was arrested by police for negligent driving. He was later released on bail.


International flight operations begin from CSIA's General Aviation terminal

A view of the General Aviation Terminal in Mumbai.
A view of the General Aviation Terminal in Mumbai.

The Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) today said it had commenced operations of international flights from the General Aviation (GA) Terminal at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) here.

A press release from MIAL said this was part of its efforts to provide world-class airport infrastructure and services to private and non-scheduled flight operators (NSOPs).

The terminal, which has been used for only domestic flight operations until now, was approved for international operations effective April 15, 2011.

CSIA is the first airport in India to have such a self-contained terminal for handling round the clock domestic and international flight operations for private and NSOPs.

"Being the hub of business and finance, Mumbai is a key destination for non-scheduled operations and private flights. The commencement of international flight operations from the General Aviation terminal at CSIA is a significant step for MIAL in our endeavour to cater to the needs of the growing non-scheduled traffic and provide an enhanced airport experience for passengers of non-scheduled and private aircraft," Mr G V Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL), said.

"The setting-up of an independent GA terminal with all facilities under one roof is in line with our objective of consistently improving service standards at CSIA," he said.

Located at Kalina, the GA terminal offers premium facilities for passengers departing and arriving on private aircraft and business jets. The interiors of the terminal are aesthetically designed and house all amenities for travellers, the release said.

"The entrance of the terminal leads to a cozy pre-departure lounge. Additionally, the terminal has facilities such as two exclusive lounges, two conference halls, two crew rest rooms and a cafe bar. Apart from concierge service, passengers are also provided personal travel assistance right up to the aircraft," it said.

A view of the General Aviation Terminal in Mumbai.
A view of the General Aviation Terminal in Mumbai.

Realizing the need to have a proper infrastructural and operational frame work for non scheduled aircraft operations, MIAL has the distinction of being the first airport operator in India to table the concept of having a separate GA terminal to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the release said.

MIAL is a joint venture between the GVK-SA consortium and Airports Authority of India. MIAL was awarded the mandate of modernizing and upgrading Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in April 2006. CSIA catered to 29.1 million passengers and 670,235 tonnes of cargo between April 2010-March 2011.


Carpenter commits suicide in Mumbai

A 50-year-old carpenter allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his residence at Kandivali here yesterday, police said today.

The deceased Maganlal Parmar was staying alone in the rented flat. The incident came to light yesterday afternoon when neighbours knocked on his door and failed to get any response.

The police was summoned to the flat and he was found dead. The body has been sent for post-mortem examination. The cause of the suicide was still to be ascertained, police said.


Air India introduces daily Gwalior-Mumbai flight

National carrier Air India today introduced a daily flight between Gwalior and Mumbai with an Airbus A-319 aircraft.

The inaugural flight was flagged off from the Rajmata Vijaye Raje Scindia Civil Terminal at Gwalior by Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Jyotiraditya Scindia.

Air India Chairman and Managing Director Arvind Jadhav and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The daily flight AI 421/422will be operated on the route Delhi-Gwalior-Mumbai and return with the 122-seater Airbus A319 with a dual configuration of 8 Executive class and 114 Economy class seats.

Flight AI 421 from Delhi to Gwalior will depart Delhi at 1400 hours and reach Gwalior at 1440 noon, take off from Gwalior at 1505 hrs and reach Mumbai at 1635 hours. The return flight AI 422 will leave Mumbai at 1500 hours and arrive in Gwalior at 1630 hours, depart from Gwalior at 1655 hrs and reach Delhi at 1735 hrs.

"The introduction of this much needed flight will link the two important cities and facilitate the movement of business and leisure travelers," an Air India press release added.


Woman commits suicide in north-central Mumbai

A 24-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan at her residence at Antop Hill in north-central Mumbai, police said today.

Renuka Karote took the drastic step yesterday after locking her room from inside, police said.

She was rushed to the Sion hospital, where she was declared dead, they said.

The woman's father Khushalrao Bhavre has registered a police complaint, alleging that his daughter was physically and mentally tortured by her in-laws for dowry. They had demanded Rs 5 lakh for buying another flat, police sources said.

Police are investigating the case and were questioning Renuka's husband and in-laws. The post-mortem examination report was awaited, police added.


Mumbai Police bust online prostitution racket

An online prostitution racket was busted hy the social service branch of Mumbai Police with the arrest of two people in Andheri, a north-west suburb, police said today.

Having got in touch with the accused through the Internet, and subsequently over phone, police sent a decoy customer to a flat in Anand Baug building at Andheri East yesterday.

After the deal was struck, police raided the place and rescued eight girls.

Police arrested Saajay Yadav (31) and Bhagirath Mandal from the flat and are on the look-out for two others.


Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express catches fire; all passengers safe

Three coaches of the 12951 Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express caught fire in the early hours of Monday near Ratlam in Madhya Padesh, but none of the passengers was injured and all of them were safe, railway officials said.

File photo of Rajdhani Express.
File photo of Rajdhani Express.

Three coaches of the 12951 Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express caught fire in the early hours of today near Ratlam in Madhya Padesh, but none of the passengers was injured and all of them were safe, railway officials said.

Ministry of Railways spokesperson Anil Saxena told NetIndian that the incident occurred around 0210 hours today while the train was running between Bikramgarh Alot and Thuria stations in the Kota division of West Central Railway.

"All the passengers in the affected coaches are safe. There were no injuries to anyone," he said.

He said the incident occurred at a spot about 90 km from Ratlam. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, but it affected one of the pantry cars and two III AC coaches on either side, B6 and B7.

Mr Saxena said some railway officers who were travelling on the train swung into action immediately. The train was stopped immediately and, with the help of the onboard staff, passengers were evacuated from the affected coaches.

The affected coaches, including B5, which was partially damaged, were decoupled from the rest of the train so that the fire was cofined to those coaches.

The fire had damaged the overhead traction system and, therefore, diesel engines were pressed into service to haul the coaches to Bikramgarh Alot and Thuria. Later, all the unaffected coaches were combined at Phuria and the passengers of the damaged coaches were adjusted in the other coaches.

The train had finally resumed its journey to Delhi from Thuria at 0821 hours this morning, Mr Saxena said. The second pantry car was meeting the needs of the passengers, he said.

He said the Railways' fire brigade from a nearby station and a medical team had reached the spot in about an hour and 15 minutes after the incident was reported.

Railway Board Additional Member (Mechanical) Arunendra Kumar, Additional Member (Electrical) R N Lal and Director (Safety) Ashish Mehrotra had also rushed to the spot.

The Railways have announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5000 to each of the passengers in the three coaches for any inconvenience caused to them, Mr Saxena added.


Venugopal, Finch star in Daredevils 3 wkt win over Warriors

Pune Warriors India batman Yuvraj Singh plays a shot during the IPL T20 cricket match between Delhi Daredevils at D Y Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai on Sunday. UNI PHOTO
Pune Warriors India batman Yuvraj Singh plays a shot during the IPL T20 cricket match between Delhi Daredevils at D Y Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai on Sunday. UNI PHOTO

A brilliant 47-run sixth wicket partnership between Aaron Finch and Venugopal Rao off just 25 balls saw Delhi Daredevils chase down a mammoth score of 188 to give themselves their first win in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the D Y Patil Stadium here today.

The win put into the shade Pune Warriors' captain Yuvraj Singh's all-round performance (66 not out and four wickets).

Set a target of 188 for victory, the Delhi Daredevils made 190 for seven with four balls to spare to register a three wicket victory. It was the first defeat for the Yuvraj-led side in three matches.

Virender Sehwag and David Warner began the Daredevils chase in right earnest, with the left-right combination taking the fight into the opposition camp as the two put on a quick fire 75 runs for the first wicket in just seven overs, before Warner was run out.

Warner made 46 off just 28 balls with six fours and two sixes to give the Daredevils a perfect launch pad.

Sehwag continued to dominate the bowling, but with the score on 97 in the tenth over, the Indian opener was castled by Jesse Ryder for 37 which came off 23 balls with six boundaries.

The Daredevils ended the first 10 overs on the same score as that of Pune Warriors being 98 for two at the half way stage.

However, Yuvraj introduced himself in the 13th over, which proved to be the turning point as the Pune Warriors captain first got rid of Irfan Pathan who holed out to deep mid-wicket for 14 where Srikant Wagh took a good catch and then of the next ball had Naman Ojha stumped by Robin Uthappa for 11 to leave the Daredevils on 116 for four after 13 overs.

Rahul Sharma then got rid of Mathew Wade for just 3 as the batsman tried to hit him towards mid-wicket, but missed the ball which skidded onto him and rapped him on his pads in front of the stumps.

However, Finch and Venugopal kept the Daredevils in the hunt with both hitting a couple of sixes each to leave the match poised nicely with the Daredevils requiring 21 runs in the last two overs.

Yuvraj Singh then once again proved to be the lucky charm for his team as he ended Finch's cameo innings of 25 off 12 balls with one four and two sixes when he took a tame return catch.

Venugopal Rao continued to keep Daredevils in the hunt hitting a huge six off Yuvraj, but was out the next ball when he clattered a short delivery from Yuvraj straight to deep mid-wicket where Abhishek Jhunjhunwala took an easy catch. Rao made 31 off 20 balls with one four and three sixes.

However, James Hopes took the Daredevils across the winning line smashing Ryder for a six and a boundary of the first two balls of the last over to finish the game of in style.

Earlier, swashbuckling half centuries by Ryder and Yuvraj Singh saw Pune Warriors India pile up a massive 187 for five.

Put in to bat by Sehwag, Pune Warriors got of to a great start with Ryder dispatching the bowlers to all parts of the ground.

Daredevils were also let down by their fielding with Ryder getting a couple of chances in his 27-ball knock of 60 which included five boundary hits and five huge sixes.

Pune Warriors were so dominant that the first 10 overs saw them pile up 98 runs and it looked like they would easily reach 200.

However, a mid-innings slump which saw them lose Ryder, Uthappa and Mohnish Mishra quickly gave hopes of Delhi restricting the Pune Warriors to a manageable total.

Yuvraj took to Ashok Dinda in the last over of the innings smashing him for a boundary and three huge sixes. Dinda gave away as many as 26 runs in that over which saw Pune Warriors reach 187 for five.

Hope with one for 26 from his four overs was the most economical bowler for the Daredevils.


Pune Warriors:

Jesse Ryder c Finch b Nadeem 60

Graeme Smith c Pathan b Dinda 12

Mithun Manhas c Warner b Hopes 20

Yuvraj Singh not out 66

Robin Uthappa c Warner b Nadeem 4

Mohnish Mishra c Sehwag b Dinda 7

Wayne Parnell not out 10

Extras: (b 1, lb 1, w 5, nb 1) 8

Total: (in 20 overs) 187 for five

Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-82, 3-98, 4-117, 5-146

Bowling: Venugopal Rao 1-0-14-0, Ashok Dinda 4-0-42-2, Irfan Pathan 3-0-28-0, Umesh Yadav 4-0-36-0, James Hopes 4-0-26-1, Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-39-2.

Delhi Daredevils:

David Warner run out (Wagh/Uthappa) 46

Virender Sehwag b Ryder 37

Irfan Pathan c Wagh b Yuvraj 14

Naman Ojha st Uthappa b Yuvraj 11

Mathew Wade lbw b Sharma 3

Venugopal Rao c Jhunjhunwala b Yuvraj 31

Aaron Finch c&b Yuvraj 25

James Hopes not out 13

Shahbaz Nadeem not out 0

Extras: (b 1 , w 9) 10

Total: (in 19.2 overs) 190 for seven

Fall of wickets: 1-75, 2-97, 3-116, 4-116, 5-120, 6-167, 7-180

Bowling: Alfonso Thomas 2-022-0, Shrikant Wagh 3-0-38-0, Wayne Parnell 2-0-26-0, Rahul Sharma 4-0-29-1, Jesse Ryder 3.2-0-34-1, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala 1-0-11-0, Yuvraj Singh 4-0-29-4.


Manager of beauty parlour arrested in Mumbai, four girls rescued

In the continuing crackdown on beauty parlours in the metropolis, police have arrested a manager of a saloon, which was allegedly the cover for a prostitution den, at Dahisar in north Mumbai, police said today.

Police raided the saloon on the second floor of a residential building last evening after sending a decoy customer there.

Four girls were rescued by sleuths of the social service branch of Mumbai police while the manager was arrested, police added.


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