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Chahar, Tahir star as Chennai restrict Mumbai to 149/8

 
Deepak Chahar (3/26) and Imran Tahir (2/23) starred with the ball as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) restricted Mumbai Indians (MI) to 149/8 in 20 overs in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday, even as Kieron Pollard hit an unbeaten cameo (41* off 25) down the order.
 
Pollard, who was dropped on 25 by Suresh Raina, was the top-scorer for Mumbai as he hammered three fours and three sixes. For Chennai, Sahardul Thakur also picked up two wickets for 23 runs.
 
But Pollard hogged the limelight for the wrong reasons in the last over when as a mark of protest against the umpire not calling a wide in the previous delivery, he walked across -- even leaving the pitch -- to face the fourth ball before Dwayne Bravo pulled out. 
 
Opting to bat first, Mumbai openers Quinton de Kock (29 off 17) and Rohit Sharma (15 off 14) started cautiously, scoring just two runs in the first over. The duo, however, swiftly changed gears as de Kock clobbered Deepak Chahar for 20 runs in the third over and kept playing aggressively as Mumbai raced to 45 for no loss in 4.4 overs.
 
Shardul finally drew first blood as he packed back a dangerous looking de Kock in the very next ball. Three balls later, Deepak Chahar struck to send back Rohit. A slower delivery from the pacer did the trick as a thick edge off Rohit's bat was taken easily by M. S. Dhoni behind the stumps.
 
Suryakumar Yadav (15 off 17) and Ishan Kishan (23 off 26) then tried to repair the damage, adding 37 runs for the third wicket in the next six overs. But leg-spinner Imran Tahir struck to dismiss Suryakumar in the 12th over before Shardul also joined the party, dismissing new batsman Krunal Pandya (7 off 7) cheaply, which saw Mumbai reeling at 89/4.
 
Just when Mumbai touched the three-digit mark, Tahir struck again as he accounted for the wicket of Kishan in the 15th over. Pollard and Hardik Pandya then shared a 39-run partnership in quick time as the former's lusty blows propelled his side towards a modest total. However, while trying to accelerate the run-rate, Pandya became a victim of Deepak Chahar in the second last over.
 
Just a ball later, Deepak Chahar dismissed his brother Rahul Chahar, who didn't bother the scorers. From there Pollard could manage to add just nine runs to Mumbai's total, as his side somehow managed to post a fighting total.
 
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians: 149/8 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 41 not out, Quinton de Kock 29; Deepak Chahar 3/26, Imran Tahir 2/23) vs Chennai Super Kings.
 
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Dhoni becomes most successful wicket-keeper in IPL

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday became the wicket-keeper with most dismissals to his credit in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He now has 132 dismissals (94 catches and 38 stumping) to his name.
 
Chennai Super Kings skipper Dhoni surpassed Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper Dinesh Karthik (131 dismissals) when he caught Mumbai Indians openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma here on Sunday. 
 
Karthik had held the IPL record before Sunday. Robin Uthappa of KKR is the third best with 90 dismissals.
 
Dhoni first took an easy catch to dismiss South Africa stumper bastman de Kock who was looking good on 29 off 17. Shardul Thakur was the bowler.
 
In the very next over, the former India captain dived forward to take a low catch that saw the back of his counterpart Rohit Sharma for 15. Deepak Chahar was the bowler this time.
 
Chennai are taking on Mumbai for the coveted IPL title. It is their fourth final meeting. Both teams have won the IPL trophy three times each.
 
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Mumbai opt to bat against Chennai in IPL final

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Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat against defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, here on Sunday.
 
Mumbai made one change in the team since their last match against Chennai in the first qualifier with Mitchell McClenaghan replacing Jayant Yadav. Chennai, on the other hand, kept the team unchanged.
 
Playing XI:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(Captain/wicket-keeper), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur & Imran Tahir.
 
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah & Lasith Malinga.
 
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Deepika meets Rishi, Neetu in New York

File photo of Deepika Padukone.
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Actress Deepika Padukone, who was in New York for the Met Gala last week, took out time to meet veteran actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor, parents of her former beau Ranbir Kapoor.
 
Neetu called Deepika "adorable", and took to her Instagram page to share three photographs from their meeting. They are all smiles and huddled up in the pictures.
 
"Such a fun evening with adorable Deepika Padukone. Gave lot of love and warmth," Neetu wrote.
 
Her daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni commented with heart emojis in the comments section.
 
Rishi has been in New York for several months for treatment. Just last month, his brother Randhir Kapoor said Rishi will be back in India in a few months.
 
Neetu has been by Rishi's side, and keeps fans updated with photographs of some of their special moments. Various Bollywood stars, including Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Anupam Kher have met Rishi in New York.
 
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IPL final: MI, CSK rivalry set to unfold on biggest stage

 
Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) seem to always spiral towards each other in their relentless hunt for the Indian Premier League (IPL) title. On Sunday, the two sides will face each other for the fourth time this season.
 
It is also the fourth time that CSK and MI will be pitted against each other in an IPL final. They are the two most successful teams in the tournament's history and the final on Sunday will be another chapter in what has been an epic rivalry between two sides who are as different from each other as a pair of sporting opposites can be.
 
While CSK are known to be a team that dominates the group stage, MI are notoriously slow starters. Both sides stayed true to their reputation this season. While MI had a sputtering start to their season, before taking off, CSK remained top of the table for much of the group stages and were one of the first teams to confirm qualification to the playoffs.
 
However, CSK were pipped to the top spot by Mumbai Indians, thanks to the 9-wicket hiding the latter handed out to Kolkata Knight Riders in their last group game. MI are also the only team that CSK haven't been able to beat this season with the MS Dhoni-led side losing the two group matches and the first qualifier against their rivals. 
 
Mumbai also have the statistical edge in IPL finals played between the two sides, having ended three out of the four title clashes between the two sides on the winning side.
 
However, CSK displayed ominous form in the way they swatted Delhi Capitals aside in the second Qualifier. The ever-reliable CSK spinners helped them restrict Delhi Capitals to 147/9. Coming to the chase, Shane Watson finally found form and his opening partnership of 81 with Faf du Plessis set the stage for a rollicking win for the Yellow Brigade. They ended up winning the match by six wickets with an over to spare. 
 
Unpredictability is a constant in the IPL, a fact that has been as apparent as ever this season with the numerous collapses and death over run-bursts that we have seen in the group stage. There is no reason to believe that the final would be any different. But it will all boil down to the team which holds its nerves on the day of the big battle.
 
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn. 
 
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga.
 
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India’s forex reserves rise by $ 171.9 million to $ 418.687 billion

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Maintaining an uptrend for the second consecutive week, India’s foreign exchange reserves rose by $ 171.9 million to $ 418.687 billion during the week ended May 3, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said here today.
 
The country’s forex reserves had soared by $ 4.368 billion to $ 418.515 billion during the previous week.
 
In its weekly statistical supplement issued here today, the central bank said that foreign currency assets, which constitute a major chunk of the forex reserves, had gone up by $ 448.3 million to $ 390.869 billion during the week.
 
Foreign currency assets expressed in US dollar terms include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US currencies such as the euro, pound and yen held in the reserves.
 
According to the bulletin, the country’s gold reserves declined by $ 281.6 million to $ 23.021 billion, while its special drawing rights (SDRs) went up by $ 1.6 million to $ 1.4513 billion.
 
India’s reserve position in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) increased by $ 3.6 million to $ 3.3446 billion, the bulletin added.
 
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Sensex logs 8th straight session of loss

The benchmark Sensex fell for the eighth straight session on Friday after witnessing a heavy volatility over a major escalation in the trade tension between the US and China. The volatility index or the "VIX" surged by 4 per cent reflecting nervousness in the market.
 
The US on Friday more than doubled tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products from 10 per cent to 25 per cent, in a sharp escalation of the trade tensions to which China has said that it would respond with necessary counter-measures.
 
The S&P BSE Sensex shuttled over 350 points before ending lower 95.92 points or 0.26 per cent. The broader Nifty fell 22.90 points or 0.20 over cent lower.
 
"There is a strong possibility that China will respond to the US tariffs slapped today and this has caused heavy volatility. Markets may not have fell significantly as Trump is known to go back on his words but markets have been under pressure during the whole week," said Saurabh Jain, AVP-Research, SMC Global.
 
However, Deepak Jasani of HDFC Securities said that investors continue to hold on to the hope that both the US and China will strike a deal in order to avoid a full-blown trade war. 
 
Moody's on Friday also said that while "we believe that a trade deal will eventually be reached between the US and China, the risk of a complete breakdown in trade talks has certainly increased".
 
The country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) on Friday reported a net profit of Rs 838 crore for Q4 of the last fiscal against a loss of Rs 7,718 crore year-on-year besides witnessing an improvement in asset quality. SBI finished as the top gainer of the day's trade, nearly 3 per cent higher.
 
Tata Steel fell 6.2 per cent on the feedback received from the European Commission. It is increasingly clear that the Commission is not intending to give a go-ahead to the proposed joint venture between Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp.
 
Blaming the slowdown in China, Jaguar Land Rover (UK), a subsidiary of Tata Motors, reported retail sales of 39,185 vehicles in April 2019, down 13.3 per cent compared to April 2018, according to a regulatory filing. Tata Motors declined 0.24 per cent following the report.
 
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Dinesh Pangtey takes charge as CEO of LIC Mutual Fund

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Dinesh Pangtey, who had joined Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) as a direct recruit officer and has risen through the ranks, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LIC Mutual Fund.
 
Prior to taking over as CEO of LIC Mutual Fund, Pangtey was Director and Chief Executive Officer at LIC HFL AMC.
 
A press release from LIC MF said Pangtey had 35 years of experience across Private Equity, life, Pension, Group Superannuation Scheme and Insurance sector. During his stint as CEO with the private equity division of the LIC Group, Pangtey completed the investment of the maiden Fund corpus and achieved exit from 4 portfolio companies with an IRR of 22% and returned 79% of the amount drawn from investors.  He strategized the setting up of the new Fund under SEBI AIF platform and directly raised 92% of the base corpus. The Fund is shortly poised to exhaust the greenshoe option and close at Rs. 1000 crore.
 
He has served LIC as Regional Manager Marketing channel in Western Zone spanning the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa. He has headed Divisions like Jammu and Kashmir, Ahmedabad and Delhi.
 
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Reliance Brands acquires British toy retailer Hamleys

Reliance Brands Limited, a subsidiary of the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), and C Banner International Holdings, a Hong Kong-listed company, today signed a definitive agreement for Reliance Brands to acquire 100% shares of Hamleys Global Holdings Limited, the owner of the Hamleys brand, from C Banner International.
 
"Founded in 1760, Hamleys has over 250 years of celebrated history of being the oldest and largest toy shop in the world and bringing smilies to children all over the world by bringing smiles to children all over the world by  bringing toys to life," a press release from Reliance said.
 
"Hamleys truly represents a unique model leveraging the quality and wide range of its toys, combined with the theatre, entertainment and its retail experience," it said.
 
Globally, Hamleys has 167 stores across 18 countries. In India, Reliance has the master franchise for Hamleys, and currently operates 88 stores across 29 cities. This acquisition will catapult Reliance Brands to be a dominant player in the global toy retail industry, the release said.
 
Darshan Mehta, President and CEO of Reliance Brands, said, "Over the last few years, we have built a very significant and profitable business in toy retailing under the Hamleys brand in India. This 250-year-old English toy retailer pioneered the concept of creating unique experiences in brick and mortar retailing became the new global norm. The worldwide acquisition of the iconic Hamleys brand and business places Reliance into the frontline of global retail. Personally, it is a long cherished dream come true."
 
Hamleys opened its flagship Regent Street London store in 1881. This flagship store is set over seven floors covering 54,000 sq. ft. with more than 50,000 lines of toys on sale. It is considered one of London's prominent tourist attractions, receiving over 5 million visitors each year. Children and teens from all over the world visit the store its year-round events, parades, demonstrations and elaborate displays, the release said.
 
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Former Navy chief refutes Modi's charges on Rajiv Gandhi's 'joy cruise'

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In a major embarrassment for the government, former Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral L. Ramdas (Retd.) on Thursday refuted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's claim that the late Rajiv Gandhi and his family had enjoyed a family cruise on aircraft carrier INS Viraat.
 
In a detailed statement, Admiral Ramdas, who was Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Southern Naval Command at that point of time, said the then Prime Minister had gone on an official trip to the Lakshadweep Islands to chair a meeting of the Islands Development Authority (IDA) held alternatively on Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands.
 
There were no parties held on INS Viraat or any of the other four warships accompanying the erstwhile aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy and no foreigners accompanied Rajiv Gandhi nor did current Congress President Rahul Gandhi accompany them then, said Admiral Ramdas.
 
He said that the statement was issued after collating responses from his former senior naval colleagues -- Admiral Arun Prakash, Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha and Vice Admiral Madanjit Singh -- all of whom were serving in the Western Fleet during the period referred to (by Modi) nearly 32 years ago.
 
At an election rally in Delhi on Wednesday, Modi referred to Rajiv Gandhi and charged him with using INS Viraat for a personal cruise lasting 10 days to the Lakshadweep Islands, with his family and his in-laws (Sonia Gandhi's family). 
 
Presumably, Modi's comments were based on a report in India Today magazine, he said, adding: "I would like to state unequivocally that this was not the case."
 
He recounted the sequence of events of that period based on the replies by the retired naval top brass besides a naval officer who was then in-charge of the Lakshadweep Islands.
 
In December 1987, Rajiv Gandhi boarded INS Viraat off Thiruvananthapuram en route to Lakshadweep Islands, after attending an event as the chief guest at the National Games Prize distribution in the Kerala capital, and was proceeding to the Lakshdweep Islands for the IDA meet.
 
One of the officers stated that there were four other naval ships accompanying the INS Viraat for the Fleet Exercises and as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief based in Kochi he had boarded the aircraft carrier.
 
"As the FoC-C, I hosted a dinner for them (Rajiv and his wife) on board INS Viraat. There were no other parties held on board INS Viraat, or for that matter, on any other ship in our fleet during that time," the officer said.
 
However, Gandhi and his wife visited some of the islands on short trips by helicopter to meet local officials and the local people.
 
"The PM is authorized to travel along with his spouse by service aircraft on official duties…," Admiral Ramdas said, adding that Rahul Gandhi, (who would have been barely 17 then), never accompanied them.
 
During Rajiv Gandhi's visit to Bangaram, on the last day, a few naval divers had been sent ashore for the Prime Minister's safety. No other ships had been diverted for the personal use of Gandhi family and only a small helicopter was stationed at Kavaratti for medical emergency, said the statement.
 
Another officer said the meetings and functions were held in December 1987 and the Western Fleet had planned its naval exercises with the (INS Viraat) much in advance in the annual exercise programme to be conducted in that region in the Arabian Sea.
 
"This was an opportunity for the officers and men to interact with their Prime Minister. He addressed the men, had ‘Bada Khana' as per naval traditions," said an officer who later hosted a dinner for Rajiv Gandhi and produced a photograph to confirm it.
 
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Dismal Q4, FII outflow drag Sensex 230 pts lower

Weak fourth quarter results and selling by Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) dragged the key equity indices lower on Thursday with fresh US-China trade tensions weakening investor sentiments further.
 
While cutting its 2019 global growth forecast, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has earlier said that the escalation of US-China trade tensions was one factor that has contributed to a "significantly weakened global expansion" late last year. 
 
The BSE Sensex fell on Thursday by 230.22 points, or 0.61 per cent, to 37,558.91 and the broader Nifty declined 57.65 points, or by 0.51 per cent.
 
"Domestic market is on a consolidation mode as the pre-election rally is fading. Investors have turned cautious as domestic valuations are not so comforting given weak results leading to downgrade in earnings," said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.
 
"This negative trend may get extended given the slowdown in institutional flows and premium valuation. On the global front, escalation in US-China trade tensions ahead of the upcoming meetings further accentuated the consolidation."
 
Zee Entertainment jumped over 7 per cent after the promoters said that they hope to complete its stake sale soon.
 
The top losers on the Sensex were Reliance Industries, down over 3 per cent as brokerages downgraded the stock due to cyclical headwinds in the energy business, said Deepak Jasani of HDFC Securities.
 
It was followed by Coal India, NTPC, Asian Paints and Bharti Airtel.
 
Among the top gainers was Yes Bank, jumping nearly 6 per cent despite India Ratings' downgrade of its long-term ratings to 'IND AA' with a negative outlook. 
 
Bajaj Finance, Hero MotoCorp, Hindustan Uniliver and TCS also surged between 0.8 to 2 per cent.
 
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Key Indian equity market indices trading in red

Taking a cue from global markets, the key Indian equity market indices on Thursday opened lower.
 
The Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which had closed at 37,789.13 points on Wednesday, opened lower at 37,747.91 points.
 
Minutes into trading, it was quoting at 37,651.09 points, down by 138.04 points, or 0.37 per cent.
 
At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader Nifty 50, which had closed at 11,359.45 points on Wednesday, was quoting at 11,319.35 points, down by 40.10 points or 0.35 per cent.
 
As many as 19 stocks advanced in the Nifty 50 index while 31 stocks declined. In BSE Sensex 18 stocks, including Tata Motors, NTPC, were trading in red, while 12 stocks including Tata Steel, Coal India were trading in green at 9.23 a.m.
 
Global trade tensions along with disappointing quarterly results suppressed the key Indian equity indices on Wednesday.
 
The Sensex was down by 487.50 points or 1.27 per cent at the Wednesday's closing. In the day's trade, the barometer 30-scrip sensitive index had touched a high of 38,248.57 points and a low of 37,743.07 points. The Nifty, too was down by 138.45 points or 1.20 per cent.
 
On Thursday, Asian indices were showing mostly a negative trend. Japan's Nikkei 225 was quoting in red, down by 1.11 per cent, Hang Seng was also down by 1.88 per cent. South Korea's Kospi was also quoting in red, down by 1.52 per cent. China's Shanghai Composite was trading in red, down by 1.27 per cent.
 
Overnight, Nasdaq closed in red, down by 0.26 per cent while FTSE was up by 0.15 per cent at the closing on Wednesday.
 
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Trade tensions, FII outflows drag equity indices lower

Global trade tensions along with disappointing quarterly results suppressed the key Indian equity indices on Wednesday.
 
The key indices -- the S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 -- had a gap-down opening and were subsequently weighed down by the outflow of foreign funds.
 
Sector-wise, heavy selling pressure was witnessed in banking, automobile, oil and gas, capital goods and consumer goods stocks.
 
Consequently, the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) ended the day's trade lower by 138.45 points or 1.20 per cent at 11,359.45 points.
 
The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), which opened at 35,204.66 points, closed at 37,789.13 points, lower by 487.50 points or 1.27 per cent, from its previous session's close of 38,276.63 points.
 
"Indian markets opened weak in line with other global markets as concerns over US-China trade deal resurfaced," said Deepak Jasani, head of retail research at HDFC Securities.
 
"It was the sixth consecutive session of losses for the Nifty. It opened with a downgap and gradually kept falling. After recovering intra-day, a second round of fall began... Ultimately the Nifty closed near the day's low," Jasani added.
 
Vinod Nair, head of research at Geojit Financial Services, said: "The market continued to slide as escalation in trade war and anxiety over global growth dampened the risk sentiment. Selling was broad based while the outflow of foreign funds may impact liquidity in the market.
 
"The ongoing Q4 results are not surprising the investors whereas the expectation continued to be positive. Stability in oil prices and drop in bond yield are some positive triggers for the market which will provide edge over the other emerging markets."
 
Provisional data from the BSE showed that FIIs sold stocks worth Rs 701.50 crore and DIIs bought stocks worth Rs 232.95 crore.
 
Similarly, the rupee weakened by 31 paise to settle at Rs 69.72 per US dollar from its previous close of 69.43.
 
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IAF plane overshoots Mumbai airport runway

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft overshot the runway at Mumbai International Airport late on Tuesday, hitting operations for some time, official sources said here on Wednesday.
 
The incident occurred around 11.39 p.m. when the IAF plane, an AN-32, was preparing to take off from the main runway at CSMIA.
 
The aircraft was departing for the Yelahanka Air Force base near Bengaluru, said IAF sources, and there were no casualties in the incident.
 
According to Defence Ministry officials, the aircraft had to abandon take- off in view of a technical issue and overshot the runway.
 
"The aircraft and the crew are safe. A recovery team has arrived in Mumbai and the aircraft will be cleared shortly," the officials said.
 
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Markets open in red on Wednesday

The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Wednesday opened on a negative note during the morning session of the trade.
 
The Sensex of the BSE opened at 38,244.18 and touched a high of 38,248.57 and a low of 38,031.38 after closing on Tuesday at 38,276.63.
 
It is trading at 38,076.59 down by 199.94 points or 0.52 per cent.
 
On the other hand, the broader 50-scrip Nifty at National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at 11,478.50 after closing at 11,497.90. It is trading at 11,431.75 in the morning.
 
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MI beat CSK by 6 wickets, cruise into fifth IPL final

 
Mumbai Indians sailed into their fifth Indian Premier League (IPL) final as they defeated arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets in the first Qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Suryakumar top-scored for Mumbai with a crafty 71 not out off 54 balls, his innings was studded with 10 fours.
 
Suryakumar, who was dropped twice, brought up his seventh IPL fifty, and second this season, in 37 balls as Mumbai coasted to 132/4 in 18.3 overs.
 
For Chennai, Imran Tahir returned the best figures of 2/33.
 
Mumbai, led by Rohit Sharma, will now play the final on Sunday at Hyderabad.
 
Chasing 132 for victory on a typically slow wicket which is not easy to bat on, Mumbai were reduced to 21/2 in the first four overs. 
 
Skipper Rohit was removed in the second ball of the innings after hitting a four, with Deepak Chahar trapping the star India batsman in front.
 
In-form Quinton de Kock (8) also did not last long, scooping a Harbhajan Singh delivery to his national team captain Faf du Plessis at wide long off.
 
From there on, there was no looking back for the visitors despite Tahir taking two wickets in two deliveries in the 14th over to dismiss Ishan Kishan (28) and Krunal Pandya (0) as Suryakumar hit the winning runs by smashing Deepak Chahar for a four.
 
Hardik Pandya was not out at the other end on 13 off 11 balls as Mumbai won with nine balls to spare.
 
Earlier, an unbeaten 66-run stand between M.S. Dhoni (37 not out off 29) and Ambati Rayudu (42 off 37) helped CSK post 131/4. 
 
After losing their top order for just 65 runs, it was Dhoni and Rayudu who anchored the Chennai innings.
 
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For Mumbai, Rahul Chahar starred with the ball with figures of 2/14 from his four overs while Krunal Pandya and Jayant Yadav bagged a wicket each.
 
Opting to bat first, the defending champions got off to a slow start with just 6 runs on the scorecard in the first two overs before Rahul came up with the first breakthrough, dismissing Faf du Plessis (6 off 11) in the first ball of the third over.
 
Suresh Raina couldn't do much as he also departed cheaply after being caught and bowled by Jayant Yadav.
 
Things worsened for the home side when Krunal packed back Shane Watson (10 off 13), with Chennai reeling at 32/3 in 6 overs.
 
Murali Vijay (26 off 26) and Rayudu then tried to put things back in order as they added 33 runs for the fourth wicket before the former became a victim of Chahar in the 13th over.
 
Dhoni then joined Rayudu and the duo denied Mumbai any further inroads as they shared a 66-run partnership to take Chennai to 131, thanks to the Chennai skipper's couple of lusty blows off Lasith Malinga in the second last over.
 
Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 131/4 (Ambati Rayudu 42 not out, M.S. Dhoni 37 not out, Rahul Chahar 2/14); Mumbai Indians 132/4 in 18.3 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 71, Imran Tahir 2/33)
 
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IPL Qualifier I: Chennai posts paltry 131/4 vs Mumbai

 
A valuable unbeaten 66-run stand between MS Dhoni (37 not out off 29) and Ambati Rayudu (42 off 37) helped Chennai Super Kings post a paltry 131/4 against Mumbai Indians in the first Qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
After losing their top order for just 65 runs, it was Dhoni and Rayudu who anchored the Chennai innings. However, a slow Chennai wicket didn't let the home side reach a challenging total against the three-time IPL champions.
 
For Mumbai, Rahul Chahar starred with the ball with figures of 2/14 from his four overs while Krunal Pandya and Jayant Yadav bagged a wicket each.
 
Opting to bat first, the defending champions got off to a slow start with just 6 runs on the scorecard in the first two overs before Chahar came up with the first breakthrough, dismissing Faf du Plessis (6 off 11) off the first ball of the third over.
 
Incoming batsman and Chennai's most dependable batsman Suresh Raina also couldn't do much as he departed cheaply after being caught and bowled by Yadav. Things worsened for the home side when Krunal packed back Shane Watson (10 off 13), with Chennai reeling at 32/3 in 6 overs.
 
Murli Vijay (26 off 26) and Rayudu then tried to put things back in order as they added 33 runs for the fourth wicket before the former became a victim of Chahar in the 13th over.
 
New batsman Dhoni then joined Rayudu in the middle and the duo denied Mumbai any further inroads as they shared a 66-run partnership to take Chennai to 131, thanks to a couple of lusty blows off Lasith Malinga by the Chennai skipper in the second last over.
 
Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 131/4 (Ambati Rayudu 42 not out, MS Dhoni 37 not out; Rahul Chahar 2/14)
 
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Foot overbridges in Mumbai to go 'topless' for safety

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Roofs will be removed from all 21 foot overbridges (FOBs) across the two national highways crisscrossing Mumbai for public safety, a top civic agency official said here on Tuesday.
 
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Commissioner R. A. Rajeev said that after removing the rooftops, all the 21 FOBs would be strengthened and beautified to improve the local ambience.
 
"The roofs of FOBs look very shabby and also weaken the structure owing to their weight. There will also be no advertising boards on the FOBs. This will lighten the load and these FOBs would serve the pedestrians longer," he said on the rationale for the decision.
 
For aesthetic values, all the FOBs will be painted a uniform white-and-grey, and the entire program is expected to be completed in the next four months.
 
The decision came after several bridges/FOBs collapse incidents in Mumbai including the most recent one on March 14, when a FOB crashed outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, killing at least five people.
 
As a precautionary measure, Rajeev said that the MMRDA is already engaged in carrying out a structural audit of eight FOBs on Western Express Highway (WEH) and 13 on Eastern Express Highway (EEH) through the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI).
 
The MMRDA has also ordered speedy provision of various signages installed on the two highways and examining the structural stability of the signage gantries.
 
On the EEH, the FOBs are at Vikhroli (4), Thane (2), Ghatkopar (2), and one each in Kurla, Chembur, Kanjurmarg, Bhandup and Mulund, while on the WEH, the FOBs are Dahisar and Borivali (2 each), and one each at Kandivali, Malad, Goregaon and Jogeshwari.
 
On the likely protests by the people - since these FOBs offer shelter both during rains and from the blazing sun, official sources say that "small comforts may need to be compromised for larger public safety, since FOBs have been known for overcrowding especially in monsoons".
 
Rajeev assured that the MMRDA will undertake beautification of the media and spaces below the numerous flyovers on the two highway to "bring a happy and cheerful change" to the otherwise drab transport infrastructure.
 
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Sensex ends 324 points lower, Nifty below 11,500

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Dragged by dismal corporate earnings, caution amid the ongoing polls and emergence of fresh US-China trade tension, the key equity indices fell nearly 1 per cent on Tuesday.
 
Equities came under selling pressure post noon over selling in select stocks from institutions after they opened in the green alongside other Asian markets. The fear index or the "VIX" finished over 26 -- close to its 52-week high of 27.8.
 
The Sensex closed lower 323.71 points or 0.84 per cent at 38,276.63 and the Nifty finished 100.35 points or 0.87 per cent down at 11,497.90. Mid-caps ended 1.38 per cent lower and small-caps closed 1.16 per cent down, continuing to underperform.
 
Besides, Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) have turned sellers over the last two sessions. FIIs had sold Rs 948.98 crore worth of stocks on Monday after a healthy buying last month.
 
"Investor sentiments were impacted owing to uninspiring March quarter earnings which suggest a slowdown in the Indian economy and a possible delay in the much-awaited revival in earnings. Debt-laden stocks including Jet Airways, DHFL and Zee Entertainment, came under renewed selling pressure," said Deepak Jasani of HDFC Securities.
 
Bharti Airtel gave up the morning gains to end 3.10 per cent lower despite posting 29 per cent jump in PAT in Q4FY19. Zee Entertainment and Reliance Industries were the other two major losers.
 
Scrips of Zee Entertainment Enterprises witnessed a sharp fall by over 10 per cent on the BSE during the intra-day trade before closing 4.88 per cent lower.
 
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Ranveer to train with Kapil for 10 days in Delhi

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Actor Ranveer Singh on the sets of his coming film "83" at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, in Dharamshala, on April 9, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Actor Ranveer Singh is set to make Delhi his home for the next 10 days. He will live with and train with Kapil Dev to pick nuances from the former Indian cricket captain for the film "'83".
 
Ranveer, who is known to immerse himself in serious preparation for his roles -- whether it be Alauddin Khilji in "Padmaavat" or Murad in "Gully Boy" -- is doing it no differently for "'83", which will tell the tale of India's victory in the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
 
For his role as Kapil Dev on screen in the Kabir Khan directorial, Ranveer has already trained a bit with the cricket icon. But he is now looking forward to "spending more time" with him.
 
"I'm looking forward to spending more time with Kapil sir. He is kind, generous, warm and funny. I had a memorable two days with him in Dharamsala. I'm going to spend more time with him in Delhi to learn more about him," the actor said in a statement.
 
"It's a first of its kind exercise in my acting process where I'll be studying the man himself in the flesh for my on-screen portrayal of him. I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to learn about life from a true legend," he added.
 
According to a source close to the film, which is presented by Reliance Entertainment, Ranveer has a set plan for his Delhi trip.
 
"He wants to see, live and breathe Kapil before he starts shooting."
 
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Equity indices open in green, Sensex up 170 points

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The key Indian equity indices opened on a positive note on Tuesday with the BSE Sensex trading over 170 points higher.
 
Healthy buying in metals, IT and FMCG stocks supported the gains.
 
At 9.32 a.m., the Sensex traded at 38,776.19, higher by 175.85 points or 0.46 per cent from the previous close 38,600.34 points.
 
It had opened at 38,815.46 and so far touched an intra-day high of 38,835.54 or low of 38,729.83 points.
 
The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange traded at 11,640.40, higher by 42.15 points or 0.36 per cent from its previous close of 11,598.25 points.
 
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MI sweep aside KKR, finish atop points table

 
Mumbai Indians (MI) finished atop the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table at the end of the group stage of the 12th edition of the cash-rich league with a commanding nine-wicket victory over a listless Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.
 
Chasing a paltry 134 for victory, Mumbai were never in trouble as skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with an unbeaten 55 off 48 deliveries, his innings laced with eight fours. It was Rohit's 36th IPL fifty, as Mumbai eased to 134/1 in just 16.1 overs. 
 
The three-time IPL champions, who finished in pole position with 18 points from 14 matches, will now take on second-placed Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1 in Chennai on Tuesday.
 
Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, the latter becoming the first team in the history of the competition to qualify for the playoffs with 12 points, will fight it out in the Eliminator in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
 
Asked to bat first, KKR had Robin Uthappa to blame for his laboured 40 off 47 balls, on a day Andre Russell failed to open his account.
 
For the home team, veteran Lasith Malinga snared three wickets with Hardik Pandya (2/20) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/31) also shining with the ball.
 
South Africa stumper-batsman Quinton de Kock (30; 23b, 4x1, 6x3) gave Mumbai a flying start before Dinesh Karthik took a stunning catch to get rid of him off Prasidh Krishna's bowling.
 
But there was no stopping Rohit with Suryakumar Yadav (46*, 27b, 4x5, 6x2) also playing a brilliant hand to smash a six off Russell in the 17th over and take the team home with 23 balls to spare.
 
The duo shared an unbroken 88-run partnership for the second wicket.
 
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Earlier, KKR paid the price for poor decision-making as Uthappa and Karthik (3) wasted a lot of deliveries in the middle overs while Russell, who was out for a first-ball duck, was not sent in to bat at No. 4 after Chris Lynn (41; 29b, 4x2, 6x4) had given them a steady start.
 
Uthappa played as many as 24 dot balls in his woeful knock of 40 (47b, 4x1, 6x3) before Rohit took his catch at cover off Bumrah in the last over.
 
Bumrah got another wicket in the very next ball, the last of the innings, as Hardik caught Rinku Singh for 4.
 
Besides Malinga, who leaked 35 runs in his four overs, Hardik also returned impressive figures of 2/20 in 3 overs while Bumrah ended with 2/31. Mitchell McClenaghan did not get a wicket but gave away just 19 runs from his four overs as the hosts capped a spectacular bowling display.
 
After managing just five runs off the first two overs, KKR raced to 49/0 in the Powerplay overs, largely due to Lynn who took on Malinga and Rahul Chahar to continue his good form with the bat.
 
But the introduction of Hardik did the damage as the World Cup-bound India all-rounder removed both the openers in quick succession with two brilliantly executed slower deliveries.
 
First Shubman Gill was trapped in front in the 7th over before Lynn holed out to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, trying to go for a big shot.
 
Uthappa and Karthik then failed to keep the momentum going as Russell watched from the dugout.
 
The pair mustered only six runs between overs 9 and 11 with Uthappa failing to connect a single delivery off McClenaghan in the 11th over which ended up being a maiden.
 
After scoring just nine runs off 21 balls, Uthappa finally found some relief when he hit Malinga for a six in the 13th over, the first boundary for KKR after 39 balls.
 
In the same over, Karthik, also struggling to get going, was caught by Krunal Pandya at mid-wicket. But the body blow came in the final ball of the over when Malinga set up Russell with a bouncer from around the wicket, which brushed his gloves on the way through to de Kock behind the stumps.
 
Nitish Rana played a 13-ball 26 cameo before Malinga had him caught by Keiron Pollard at long-off.
 
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders: 133/7 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn 41, Robin Uthappa 40; Lasith Malinga 3/35, Hardik Pandya 2/20, Jasprit Bumrah 2/31); Mumbai Indians: 134/1 in 16.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 55 not out; Suryakumar Yadav 46 not out).
 
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Malinga leads show as MI restrict KKR to 133/7

 
Lasith Malinga snared three wickets as Mumbai Indians restricted Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to 133/7 in a crucial Indian Premier League clash at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.
 
Asked to bat first, KKR paid the price for poor decision-making as Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik (3) wasted a lot of deliveries in the middle overs while Andre Russell, who was out for a first-ball duck, was not sent in to bat at No 4 after Chris Lynn (41; 29b; 2x4 4x6) had given them a steady start.
 
Uthappa played as many as 24 dot balls in his woeful 40 off 47 balls (1x4, 3x6) before Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma took his catch at cover off Jasprit Bumrah in the last over.
 
Bumrah got another wicket in the very next ball, the last of the innings as Hardik Pandya caught Rinku Singh (4).
 
Besides Malinga who leaked 35 runs in his four overs, Hardik also returned superb figures of 2/20 in three overs with Bumrah ending with 2/31. Mitchell McClenaghan did not get a wicket but gave away just 19 runs in his four overs as the hosts capped a spectacular bowling display.
 
After managing just five runs off the first two overs, KKR raced to 49/0 in the Powerplay overs, largely due to Chris Lynn who took on Malinga and Rahul Chahar to continue his good form with the bat.
 
But the introduction of Hardik Pandya did the damage as the World Cup-bound India allrounder removed both openers in quick succession with two brilliantly executed slower deliveries.
 
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First Gill was trapped in front in the 7th over and then Lynn holed out to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, trying to go for a big shot.
 
Uthappa and Karthik then failed to keep the momentum going as Russell watched on from the dugout
 
The pair mustered only six runs between overs 9-11 with Uthappa failing to connect any of McClenaghan's six balls in the 12th over which ended up being a maiden.
 
After scoring just nine runs off 21 balls, Uthappa finally found some relief by hitting Malinga for a six in the 13th over, the first boundary for KKR after 39 balls.
 
In the same over, Karthik, also struggling to get going, was caught by Krunal Pandya at midwicket. But the body blow came in the final ball of the over when Malinga set up Russell with with a bouncer from around the stumps, the ball brushing the gloves on the way through to de Kock behind the stumps.
 
Nitish Rana played a 13-ball 26 run cameo before Malinga had him caught at by Keiron Pollard at long off.
 
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders: 133/7 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn 41, Robin Uthappa 40; Lasith Malinga 3/35, Hardik Pandya 2/20, Jasprit Bumrah 2/31)
 
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Mumbai Indians ask KKR to bat first

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Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and asked Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to bat first in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.
 
KKR, who must win this game in order to qualify for the playoffs, made one change to the team that won against Kings XI Punjab on Friday, bringing in Prasidh Krishna for Piyush Chawla.
 
Mumbai, for whom a victory would mean securing a top-two finish, made two changes with Mitchell McClenaghan and Ishan Kishan replacing Evin Lewis and Barinder Sran, respectively.
 
Playing XI
 
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
 
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(captain/wicketkeeper), Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna.
 
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KKR's fate hangs in balance ahead of match against MI

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Kolkata Knight Riders' fate now depends on how Sunrisers Hyderabad fare against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both sides are on 12 points but with SRH's net run rate being far superior to that of KKR, a win for them on Saturday would make it practically impossible for the latter to make it to the fourth spot.
 
But if RCB do manage to sink SRH, KKR have everything to play for when they face Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday. It is the last game of the group stage and a loss for the Knight Riders would mean that the Sunrisers make it to the playoffs anyhow. 
 
MI were swept aside by the belligerence of Andre Russell the last time the two sides met. The Jamaican all-rounder came in at number three and took his time to get settled in before unleashing himself in the death overs to propel KKR to a total of 232. MI lost the match by 34 runs. 
 
Teams:
 
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks.
 
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Harry Gurnley, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, KC Cariappa, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Shrikant Mundhe, Nikhil Naik, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Raj, Prasidh Krishna.
 
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