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Asaram Bapu convicted in minor rape case

Five years after charges of rape were levelled against Asaram Bapu, the Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court on Wednesday convicted the self-styled godman and four others in a 2013 rape case.

File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
File photo of Asaram Bapu. (Photo: IANS)
Five years after charges of rape were levelled against Asaram Bapu, the Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court on Wednesday convicted the self-styled godman and four others in a 2013 rape case.
 
Asaram was convicted under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) act and Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act.
 
The judgement was pronounced by Judge Madhusudan inside the Jodhpur Central Jail, where Asaram is lodged.
 
Asaram Bapu was arrested in 2013 on the complaint filed by a teenage girl from Uttar Pradesh's Shahajahanpur. She had accused him of raping her at his Jodhpur ashram in August. The victim was a Class 12 student at his Chhindwara Ashram in Madhya Pradesh.
 
The 77-year-old godman is facing trial in two other sexual assault cases: one in Rajasthan here and the other in Gujarat. 
 
He was arrested in Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. He has been in judicial custody since September 2, 2013. 
 
He also faces multiple charges, including wrongful confinement, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and sexual harassment.
 
The chargesheet named Asaram and four others -- Sanchita alias Shilpi, Sharad Chandra alias Sharat Chandra, Prakash and Shiva alias Sava Ram Hethvadiya.
 
The quantum of punishment will be announced later.
 
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Salman gets bail against personal bond of Rs 50,000

After spending two nights in a Jodhpur jail, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was granted bail on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 by District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.

 
Salman Khan convicted in black buck poaching case
 
 
After spending two nights in a local jail, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was granted bail on Saturday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 by District and Sessions Court Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi.
 
Arguments on the actor's bail application, which had been taken up yesterday, continued this morning before the judge reserved his order for the post-lunch session.
 
While granting him bail, the judge asked Salman, 52, to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 and two sureties of Rs. 25,000 each with guarantees that he will adhere to all the bail conditions.
 
The court said Salman would have to secure special permission from it to travel abroad.
 
He is expected to be released by this evening after completion of various legal procedures, sources said.
 
Salman had spent a second night in the Central Jail here last night because the arguments on his bail plea could not be completed yesterday.
 
The superstar was convicted by a local court on Thursday and was sentenced to five years imprisonment in the two-decade-old case.
 
Salman and other Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam allegedly went hunting on October 1-2 in 1998 outside a forest reserve near Kankani village in Jodhpur while shooting for "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998. 
 
While Salman was found guilty, the four co-stars and a local, Dushyant Singh, were acquitted.
 
Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri convicted Salman under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife Protection Act.
 
(With  inputs from IANS)
 
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15 dead, 31 injured as high-tension wire falls on bus in Rajasthan

At least 15 people were electrocuted and 31 others suffered injuries when the bus they were travelling in came in contact with a high-tension electricity wire in the Tonk district of Rajasthan on Friday afternoon, official sources said.

 
At least 15 dead as high-tension wire falls on bus in Rajasthan
At least 15 people were electrocuted and 31 others suffered injuries when the bus they were travelling in came in contact with a high-tension electricity wire in the Tonk district of Rajasthan this afternoon, official sources said.
 
Police officials in Tonk told NetIndian over the telephone that the injured were initially taken to nearby hospitals from where they were referred to a hospital in Jaipur.
 
All the victims were men and were going to attend a marriage when the mishap occurred in the Malpura area of the district around 3 pm.
 
Senior district admininstration and police officials rushed to the spot to oversee the rescue and relief efforts, the sources said.
 
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condoled the loss of lives in the incident and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to the next-of-kin of those killed.
 
She also asked State Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria and other senior ministers and officials to rush to the spot and ensure the best possible medical care for the injured.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the incident. 
 
"The bus incident at Tonk, Rajasthan is very heart-rending. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
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Denied LS ticket by BJP, Jaswant Singh says will file nomination on Monday

Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who is upset at being denied a ticket by the party to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from his home town of Barmer, confirmed on Sunday that he would file his nomination from there on Monday, presumably as an independent candidate.

Not furniture that BJP can adjust me: Jaswant
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh, who is upset at being denied a party ticket to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from his home town of Barmer in Rajasthan, today confirmed that he would file his nomination from there tomorrow, presumably as an independent candidate.
 
At the same time, he ruled out joining the Congress or any other party, saying it was insulting to him for any party to even think on such lines.
 
Reacting to media reports that the Congress might try and rope him in, Mr Singh, 76, told newspersons in his village that he had spent his entire political life in the BJP and had never thought of joining any other party.
 
"If the Congress is thinking along those lines, it is a waste of their time," he said.
 
But, despite repeated queries, he refused to confirm or deny whether the Congress had, in fact, made any overtures to him or not.
 
To another question, Mr Singh said he would go to Barmer tomorrow and file his nominations. "I will go to Barmer, will discuss the issue with others and act accordingly," he said.
 
Asked if he would resign from the party before filing his nomination, he said these things would be known tomorrow.
 
Mr Singh was particularly unhappy with senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley's statement that the party could not "adjust" Mr Singh in its list of candidates and that it would find other ways of using his abilities.
 
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"I saw on television a party leader saying that the could not 'adjust' me. The choice of words shows their way of thinking and their arrogant nature. It is insulting to me. I am not a piece of furniture, a chair or a table, which can be moved to some other part of the room if it does not fit in one place.
 
"I don't want to be 'adjusted'," he said. "All my life, I have worked for the party, in its best interests, to the best of my ability," he said.
 
About Barmer, he said it was the place where he was born and where he had grown. "All that I know today, I learnt from here," he said.
 
Asked about the caste equations in the area, Mr Singh regretted that the social fabric of the region was being torn by such considerations. He said he had never practised such politics. "You cannot divide society and people in this manner. If we persist in doing so, the state will end up as a second-rate UP, a third-rate Bihar," he said.
 
The BJP had, on Friday, announced that its candidate from Barmer would be Col Sonaram Chaudhary, a former MLA, who had recently joined it after resigning from the Congress, ignoring Mr Singh's claims and his wish that he be allowed to contest what could possibly be his last election from his home turf.
 
Reacting to the move, Mr Singh had hit out at the party yesterday, saying that it had been encroached upon by "outsiders", an obvious reference to the fact that it had given tickets to several people who had joined it in recent weeks, ignoring the claims of party loyalists.
 
He also made it clear to journalists at Jodhpur on his way to barmer that he would not indulge in any kid of bargaining with the party for post-election positions or any other officers from it.
 
"My sense of honour is not subject to trading," he said, even as Mr Jaitley and BJP President Rajnath Singh said that the party would utilise Mr Singh's abilities in some other way.
 
Mr Rajnath Singh said the importance that the BJP acccorded to Mr Singh could not be judged on the basis of an election ticket alone. "He is far above that," he said.
 
"The challenge today is between the real BJP and the fake BJP," Mr Singh said. "Only the people can decide on the difference between the two," he said.
 
He said he had lived and struggled all these years to uphold the principles on which the BJP was founded and it was important that he continued to do so.
 
He said it was for the BJP to realise what would add value to the party, to India and to the people of India.
 
The BJP's decision to deny the ticket to Mr Singh is being seen as yet another indication that the old order in the party is being forced to yield place to the new.
 
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According to media reports, Mr Singh had conveyed to the BJP leadership that he would contest the election from Barmer as an independent candidate if the party decided against nominating him.
 
He has never contested from Barmer, having been elected to the Lok Sabha from Chittorgarh in Rajasthan in 1991 and 1996, and from Darjeeling in West Bengal in the last general elections in 2009.
 
According to sources, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had pushed for a ticket for Col Choudhary, a Jat leader, after he joined the BJP some time ago.
 
Col Choudhary had lost the 2004 Lok Sabha elections from Barmer to Mr Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh, who now represents Sheo - a part of the Barmer Parliamentary constituency - in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly.
 
The move to deny Mr Singh a ticket has also upset a section of BJP workers in Barmer, who staged protests and tore party posters to express their anger.
 
The denial of the party nomination to Mr Singh came just a day after the BJP had, on Thursday, managed to mollify its veteran leader Lal Krishna Advani into accepting the party's decision to field him from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, though he had expressed his wish to shift to Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
 
Earlier, another party veteran, Murli Manohar Joshi, was reportedly upset after he had to make way for BJP Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who wanted to contest the Lok Sabha elections from his constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. He was persuaded finally to move to Kanpur.
 
Another senior leader, Lalji Tandon, had to give up his claim over Lucknow, the seat held by him, to accommodate Mr Rajnath Singh, who decided against contesting from Ghaziabad, the seat he had won the last time.
 
In Punjab, three-time MP and former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu had to make way in Amritsar for senior leader Arun Jaitley.
 
Yesterday, the BJP denied renomination to seven-time MP Harin Pathak from Ahmedabad East and fielded well-known actor Paresh Rawal as its candidate from the constituency. Mr Pathak is known to be close to Mr Advani and was reportedly not on very good terms with Mr Modi.
 
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Rathore sanctions Rs 5 lakh assistance for former international archer Limba Ram

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Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore has sanctioned a special financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to former international archer and Arjuna Award winner Limba Ram. 
 
The sportsman, suffering from a neurological illness, is undergoing treatment at Jaipur. Since Limba Ram was working for Rajasthan State Government receiving a salary beyond the ceiling of Rs 4 lakh fixed under the scheme of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons, he was not eligible for financial assistance.
 
The Minister, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Fund, relaxed this condition and, by invoking the discretionary clause, sanctioned Rs 5 lakh considering that his family, comprising his widowed mother, widowed sister and her children along with widowed mother-in-law and unemployed brother were dependent on him.
 
Earlier, on receiving the news of Limba Ram’s admission in a hospital, the Minister had deputed a team of officers to visit and ask if any assistance was required.  The sanctioned amount is based on the report of this committee.  The Minister has also asked his officers to regularly visit Ram and update on his health.
 
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High-speed rail network from Delhi to Rajasthan

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The Haryana government has given its go-ahead for the Regional Rapid Transit Systems (RRTS) project for a high speed rail network from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to the Haryana-Rajasthan border, an official said on Saturday.
 
This and several other decisions were taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar at Chandigarh on Saturday.
 
Union Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh was also present in the meeting.
 
The Chief Minister said these mass transportation projects would provide a new impetus to growth and investment in Gurugram specifically and to south Haryana in general.
 
It was informed that the alignment for the RRTS project would run along an elevated section on the Old Delhi road in Gurugram to Lt Atul Katarya Chowk, proceeding to Signature Tower Chowk and then along NH-48 up to Rajiv Chowk. 
 
Thereafter, the alignment moves underground beyond Kherki Daula where it would emerge above ground up to IMT, Manesar. The alignment would move along the NH from up to Dharuhera, Rewari and Bawal before entering Rajasthan.
 
The average speed of the high speed rail would be about 100 kmph. 
 
The total cost of the first phase would be approximately Rs 25,000 crore. The project would be executed by NCR Transport Corp (NCRTC), a joint venture of the Indian government and the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi NCT. 
 
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World Bank to provide $ 21.7 million loan for strengthening public financial management in Rajasthan

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The World Bank will provide IBRD credit of $ 21.7 million for the Strengthening of Public Financial Management in Rajasthan Project.
 
The agreement in this regard was signed here by Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary (FB and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Hisham Abdo, Acting Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank. 
 
The Implementing Entity Agreement was signed by the Secretary, Finance (Budget) on behalf of the Government of Rajasthan, and the Acting Country Director (India) on behalf of the World Bank, an official press release said.
 
The project size is approximately $ 31 million, of which $ 21.7 million will be financed by the World Bank, and the remaining amount will be funded out of the State Budget. The project duration is five years.
 
According to the release, the project objective is to contribute to improved Budget execution, enhanced accountability and greater efficiency in Revenue Administration in Rajasthan. The project involves Strengthening of the Public Financial Management Framework; Strengthening of Expenditure and Revenue Systems; and Project Management and Capacity Building among others, the release added.
 
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IPL play-offs: KKR beat Rajasthan Royals to make it to Qualifiers 2

Skipper Dinesh Karthik (52) led from the front as Andre Russell (49 not out), Piyush Chawla (2/24) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/18) starred with bat and ball to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) see off Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 25 runs and reach Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday.
 
KKR will now meet Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) here on Friday to decide who faces Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final on Sunday.
 
Despite early hiccups, KKR posted 169/7 in 20 overs riding Russell's big hitting after Karthik had set the tone for the two-time champions at the Eden Gardens here. 
 
In reply, Royals could manage only 144/4 even after Sanju Samson's belligerent 38-ball 50, containing four fours and two sixes, and captain Ajinkya Rahane (46; 41b 4x4 1x6) kept their team in the hunt with a 62-run partnership off 54 balls for the second wicket.
 
With 74 needed from 48 balls, chinaman Kuldeep got rid of Rahane in the 15th over with Chawla then sending Samson back after he brought up his half century in 37 balls.
 
With the required run rate climbing up and set batsmen out, Royals, who have a thin middle order, could never recover.
 
Rahul Tripathi (20; 13b; 1x4, 2x6) helped Royals to a brisk start by tonking Russell (0/22) for a six in the first over and thereafter smacking the usually economical Sunil Narine (0/39) for two back-to-back sixes in the fifth over.
 
Rahane looked in effervescent touch at the other end, pulling and cutting M. Prasidh Krishna flawlessly in the fourth over after surviving a review when he was given out lbw by the umpire off Chawla on 14, two overs earlier.
 
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Royals were 47/0 inside five overs before Tripathi -- who also survived a review -- inexplicably chipped a googly back to Chawla for a soft dismissal.
 
In came Samson with the well-set Rahane batting and the duo looked on course to chase down 170 before they got out in quick succession and it was all downhill from there on.
 
Earlier, KKR rode on Karthik's well-paced fifty coupled with Russell's unbeaten 25-ball 49 blitz to recover from an early collapse.
 
Russell came in to bat when KKR were trying to stem the rot through Karthik and Shubman Gill (28; 17b; 3x4 1x6) before the latter fell with the team on 106/5 in 14.2 overs.
 
The big-hitting West Indian smoked five sixes and three fours in the last five overs to take 55 runs and help the purple brigade post a challenging score.
 
Krishnappa Gowtham (2/15), Jofra Archer (2/33) and Ben Laughlin (2/35) got two wickets each for the Rahane-led side with leg-spinner Ish Sodhi conceding just 15 runs off his four overs.
 
Royals' bowlers made early inroads to reduce KKR to 51/4 after eight overs when Karthik and Gill got together.
 
The pair joined hands for a 55-run stand for the fifth wicket before Gill departed and Russell stepped on the gas.
 
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 169/7 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 52, Andre Russell 49 not out; K Gowtham 2/15, Jofra Archer 2/33, Ben Laughlin 2/35) beat Rajasthan Royals 144/4 in 20 overs Ajinkya Rahane 46, Sanju Samson 50, Piyush Chawla 2/24, Kuldeep Yadav 1/18) by 25 runs.
 
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IPL Play-offs: Rajasthan to field vs Kolkata

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Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to field against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) eliminator at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.
 
Both teams remained unchanged from their previous games. While Kolkata beat Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan got the better of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
 
Kolkata and Rajasthan ended third and fourth, respectively, on the league table, with not a lot separating them.
 
Teams:
 
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaasen (w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Laughlin
 
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik (w/c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
 
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IPL play-offs: Rajasthan Royals aim to upset favourites KKR in Eliminator

Resurgent Rajasthan Royals will look to defy odds and upset 'home favourites' Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator here at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
 
KKR are the only team among the four knock-out entrants to have got their matches in their own backyard. If they win the Eliminator, their Qualifier 2 will also be at the same venue on May 25.
 
Besides having the home advantage, KKR will also start as favourites against depleted Royals who made the playoffs by the skin of their teeth.
 
Sans the services of in-form England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes, Rajasthan got past Royal Challengers Bangalore in a must-win last league engagement to make it to the knockouts.
 
Chennai Super Kings' five-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab sealed Royals' place in the playoffs while Mumbai Indians also lost to Delhi Daredevils. Both Punjab and Mumbai were in fray for the fourth playoff spot which went to Royals.
 
For KKR, a five-wicket triumph over Sunrisers Hyderabad ensured they finished third in the table.
 
KKR's main weapons has been Karthik and Sunil Narine alongwith sizable contributions from the wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and dashing Australian opener Chris Lynn.
 
Underlining that his match-winning innings in the Nidahas Trophy final was no flash in the pan, Karthik has led from the front.
 
The 33-year old stumper-batsman has been a terrific finisher for the KKR this season. Of his 438 runs this season, 412 were made in 13 innings at No. 5 or lower; only Kieron Pollard's 419 in 17 innings in 2013 is higher.
 
Mystery spinner Narine has enhanced his credentials as an opener by becoming only the fourth player to score 300 plus runs and grab more than 15 wickets in an IPL season, after Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo and Jacques Kallis.
 
Apart from the pair, Lynn has struck form at the right time after enduring a subdued season by his standards.
 
Andre Russell is always a threat with bat and ball and in M. Prasidh Krishna -- who returned career best figures of 4/30 against Hyderabad -- KKR have found a tall pacer who hits the deck hard and bowls good length stuff.
 
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Royals will once again miss Buttler who is on national duty after getting a Test call-up. Buttler has been their batting mainstay piling up 548 runs in 13 matches at 54.80.
 
Big-hitting South African wicketkeeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen showed his class in the last game, his 32 off 21 studded with some stunning shots. The Karnataka pair of Gowtham and Gopal impressed too.
 
While Gowtham smacked 14 off five balls in the last over and conceded just six runs in two overs of offspin, besides also dismissing Virat Kohli for 4 in the third over, Gopal finished with career-best figures of 4 for 16.
 
Just over a week back, the two sides met at the same venue with KKR getting the better of Royals by six wickets.
 
The Eden pitch, this time, would not be prepared the way KKR want it to as the Eliminator won't be treated as a home game.
 
BCCI East Zone curator Ashish Bhowmick has been tasked to prepare the track and it is expected to have a fair bit of grass on it. Just two out of seven games -- vs RCB on April 8 and CSK on May 3 -- have been played on this pitch this IPL.
 
Squads:
 
Kolkata Knight Riders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik (Captain/Wicket-keeper), Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna.
 
RR: Heinrich Klassen, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror.
 
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Gujjars call off May 23 protest after talks with Rajasthan government

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The Gujjar Aarakshan Andolan Samiti has called off its proposed agitation scheduled on May 23 after prolonged discussions with the Rajasthan government, it was announced on Sunday.
 
Following the talks on Saturday, the two parties reached a 16-point agreement and soon after, Samiti leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsla (retd) announced the protest had been called off.
 
State minister Rajendra Rathore said that discussions with Gujjar leaders lasted for 10 hours, in two different segments.
 
He said that the pending demands of Gujjars will be resolved within a set time period and to ensure timely redressal, Additional Chief Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment, J.C. Mohanti has been deputed as nodal offer to monitor the process at regular intervals.
 
Talking to IANS, Samiti leader Himmat Singh said the government has given its consent for the sub-division of the OBC quota as demanded by the community.
 
"We have been fighting for our rights since the last 13 years and are quite optimistic this time that our demands will be met. However, if they remain unresolved even after the deadline, we will protest against the government during the coming assembly elections," he added.
 
The agreement, a copy of which is with IANS, mentions that the Justice Rohini Commission, formed by the Central government for classification of OBCs, will invite Rajasthan and four other states - Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh - on June 4 to discuss this issue and will submit its report soon. 
 
"The state government will study the recommendations given by the commission and will eventually implement it accordingly," says the agreement.
 
The government also gave its consent to give one per cent reservation from December 9, 2016 to December 21, 2017 in government recruitments.
 
It was also decided that all criminal cases filed against Gujjars during agitation will be withdrawn.
 
The meeting was attended by state Ministers Arun Chaturvedi and Hem Singh Bhadana, Additional Chief Secretary Deepal Upreti and many other senior officials.
 
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Rajastan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL tie

Rajasthan Royals defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 30 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Saturday.
 
Chasing a target of 165 runs, RCB folded up for 134 runs in 19.2 overs.
 
Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal led the hosts' charge, sponging up almost the entire RCB top and middle-order to return impressive figures of 4/16 in his four overs.
 
Pacers Ben Laughlin and Jaydev Unadkat picked up two wickets each.
 
Earlier, Rahul Tripathi smashed an unbeaten 80 off 58 balls to take Rajasthan to a respectable 164/5.
 
Brief scores:
 
Rajasthan Royals: 164/5 in 20 overs (Rahul Tripathi 80 n.o.; Umesh Yadav 3/25) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: 134 in 19.2 overs (AB De Villiers 53; Shreyas Gopal 4/16).
 
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IPL: KKR edge closer to playoffs with easy win against Royals

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) sharpened their chances of a play-off berth with a convincing six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Tuesday.
 
Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (4/20) starred for the two-time champions as Royals were bowled out for 142 in 19 overs despite an early blitz from the visiting team openers. Chasing a modest target, KKR rode Chris Lynn's 45 (42b; 5x4, 1x6) and captain Dinesh Karthik's unbeaten 41 (31b, 4x5, 1x6) to ease past the line by posting 145/4 with two overs to spare.
 
The men in purple, thus, stretched their winning run to two games while Royals lost for the first time in four matches.
 
KKR (14 points from 13 games), who moved to third spot, will now need to win their last engagement with already-qualified Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 19 to secure a knock-out slot.
 
Royals (fourth spot, 12 points from 13 games), meanwhile, will have to depend on other results and triumph against resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore led by Virat Kohli the same day.
 
KKR showed their intent from the word go with Sunil Narine (7b; 21, 2x4, 2x6) taking off-spinner K. Gowtham for 21 runs that included 6-4-6-4 in the first four balls.
 
The mystery spinner-turned opener was dismissed by Royals' best bowler Ben Stokes (3/15) in the next over but that hardly made a difference.
 
Lynn first joined hands with Nitish Rana (17b; 21, 2x4, 1x6)) for a 33-run third wicket stand and combined with Karthik for a 48-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Stokes got his back.
 
Karthik, in the company of Andre Russell 11 not out), finished the job with minimum fuss.
 
Earlier, in-form English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler (22 balls; 39, 5x4, 2x6) and Maharashtra's Rahul Tripathi (15b; 27, 4x4, 1x6) toyed with the KKR pacers to race to 49/0 after three overs before Russell (2/13) got the wicket of Tripathi and it was all downhill from there on.
 
Kuldeep (4/20) saw off skipper Ajinkya Rahane (11), Buttler, Stuart Binny (1), and Ben Stokes (11) to rack up his best figures of the season as Royals' batters paid the price for poor shot selection.
 
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The visitors got off to a dream start with Tripathi and Buttler taking Prasidh Krishna (2/35) and Shivam Mavi (1/44) to the cleaners.
 
While Tripathi hit Krishna for a six and a hat-trick of fours, Buttler smashed Mavi to plunder 28 runs in the third over.
 
Tripathi was dropped off the first ball of the match by Rana at wide slip-off Mavi, who leaked only two runs in the opening over.
 
Mavi's second over over was the season's joint-most expensive one, with the U-19 World Cup winning pacer conceding 28 against Shreyas Iyer versus Delhi Daredevils as well.
 
KKR bled 46 runs in 10 balls as the pair brought up their 50-run stand in 20 balls.
 
Tripathi fell to Russell in the West Indian's first over and the match's fifth, stitching together a 63-run opening wicket partnership off 29 deliveries.
 
After six overs, Royals were 68/1 with 58 runs coming in boundaries (10 fours and three sixes). But once Kuldeep castled out-of-form visiting skipper Rahane, Royals could never recover.
 
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 145/4 in 18 overs (Chris Lynn 45; Dinesh Karthik 41 not out; Ben Stokes 3/15) beat Rajasthan Royals 142 all out in 19 overs (Jos Buttler 39; Kuldeep Yadav 4/20; Andre Russell 2/13; Prasidh Krishna 2/35) by six wickets.
 
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IPL: Kuldeep Yadav scalps four to help KKR restrict Royals to 142

Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav scalped four wickets to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) recover from a Powerplay blitz by Rajasthan Royals (RR) openers and skittle them out for 142 in 19 overs in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Tuesday.
 
In-form English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler (39 from 22 balls; 5x4, 2x6) and Maharashtra's Rahul Tripathi (27 from 15; 4x4, 1x6) toyed with the KKR pacers to race to 49/0 after three overs.
 
But once Andre Russell (2/13) got the wicket of Tripathi, it was all downhill for the away side as Kuldeep (4/20) saw off skipper Ajinkya Rahane (11), Buttler, Stuart Binny (1), and Ben Stokes (11) to rack up his best figures of the season.
 
The 23-year old, who had not been at his best before this game, took a wicket in each of his overs as Royals' batsmen showed poor application and had only themselves to blame for the collapse.
 
The visitors got off to a dream start with Tripathi and Buttler taking Prasidh Krishna (2/35) and Shivam Mavi (1/44) to the cleaners.
 
While Tripathi, opening the batting after the off-colour D'Arcy Short was dropped, hit Krishna for a six and a hat-trick of fours, Buttler took a liking to Mavi, who leaked just two runs in the first over, smashing him for 28 runs in the third over.
 
Tripathi was dropped off the first ball of the match by Nitish Rana at wide slip off Mavi.
 
Mavi's over was the season's joint-most expensive one, with the U-19 World Cup winning pacer conceding 28 against Shreyas Iyer versus Delhi Daredevils as well.
 
KKR bled 46 runs in 10 balls as the pair brought up their 50-run stand in 20 balls.
 
Tripathi fell to Russell in the West Indian's first over, hurrying on a pull and giving skipper Dinesh Karthik an easy catch behind the stumps. The opening wicket partnership was 63 off just 29 deliveries.
 
After six overs, Royals were 68/1 with 58 runs coming in boundaries (10 fours and three sixes).
 
Skipper Rahane's poor form with the bat continued as he tried to reverse sweep Kuldeep but ended up losing his stumps.
 
Royals' carnage was checked right after the halfway stage as Kuldeep removed Buttler who looked good to break Virender Sehwag's record of five consecutive fifties.
 
The momentum swung the home team's way as Narine trapped Sanju Samson (12) leg before to leave the inaugural champions tottering at 95/4.
 
Kuldeep then produced a sensational googly to outfox Binny and in his next over forced Stokes to miss the line bowling around the wicket. 
 
Former KKR pacer Jaydev Unadkat tried to stem the rot with an 18-ball 26 before Krishna got his back.
 
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 142 all out in 19 overs (Jos Buttler 39, Kuldeep Yadav 4/20, Andre Russell 2/13, Prasidh Krishna 2/35) vs Kolkata Knight Riders.
 
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Rajasthan govt. hosts civic reception in honour of President Kovind

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President Ram Nath Kovind said here yesterday that he was happy to note that four cities of Rajasthan -- Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota and Ajmer -- were part of the Smart Cities initiative of the Governent of India.
 
Speaking at a civic reception hosted for him by the Rajasthan government, he said that it was a remarkable coincidence that three centuries ago Jaipur had been designed and built as, perhaps, the first planned city of modern India. 
 
He added that this ability to draw inspiration from one’s heritage for social and economic advance has helped Rajasthan create impressive opportunities in tourism. The state has carved a special place for itself on the global tourism map, he said.
 
Mr. Kovind said the people of Rajasthan have a strong attachment to their homeland, language and human values. In spite of severe challenges over the years, including challenges thrown by nature, the people of Rajasthan have persevered in their quest for social and economic development. They have also enriched their lives with the vibrancy and colours of a great culture, including fairs and festivals, art and literature.
 
The President appreciated the government of Rajasthan for launching the ‘Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Antyodaya Employment Scheme’ and the ‘Sunder Singh Bhandari EBC Self-Employment Scheme’, named after two illustrious public figures from Rajasthan. He stated that the loan waiver for SCs, STs and other deprived communities – a third scheme launched today – too is a tribute to the principles and ideals of these personalities. He expressed confidence that the people of Rajasthan will benefit from these schemes as well as from other welfare initiatives of the Government of India and the Government of Rajasthan.
 
He said he was happy that efforts were being made to further develop the potential of tourism in Rajasthan and was confident these efforts would generate more jobs and employment opportunities for young people in the state.
 
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IPL: Rajasthan restrict Mumbai to manageable total

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Rajasthan Royals produced a disciplined bowling effort to restrict Mumbai Indians to 168/6 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.
 
Asked to bat first, Mumbai were off to a steady start with Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav coming up with an opening partnership of 87 runs off 64 balls.
 
Lewis, who narrowly survived being caught by Stuart Binny in the third over, made good use of the reprieve to blast his way to 60 runs off 42 deliveries. His quick-fire knock included four boundaries and as many sixes.
 
Suryakumar, who also got an early let-off, being dropped by Krishna Gowtham off Dhawal Kulkarni early in the second over, went on to post a steady 38 off 31 deliveries.
 
Although the opening duo gave the hosts a strong platform for a big total, the rest of the Mumbai batsmen failed to capitalise. 
 
The Rajasthan bowlers did well to bag five wickets over the next six overs to make a strong comeback. Jofra Archer was the most impressive of the bunch, giving away a mere 16 runs in his four overs while claiming the crucial wickets of Suryakumar and Rohit Sharma.
 
Fellow pacer Ben Stokes bowled well in the late stages to return figures of 2/26. Indian pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni also got a wicket each as Mumbai seemed in real danger of failing to cross the 150-run mark.
 
However, Hardik Pandya helped the hosts to a competitive total with a late charge, scoring 36 runs off 21 balls before holing out to Stokes in the penultimate ball of the innings.
 
Brief scores:
 
Mumbai Indians: 168/6 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 60, Suryakumar Yadav 38, Hardik Pandya 36; Jofra Archer 2/16, Ben Stokes 2/26) vs Rajasthan Royals.
 
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IPL: Rajasthan opt to field against Mumbai

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Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to field first against Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Sunday.
 
While Mumbai are fielding an unchanged team, Rajasthan have replaced Prashant Chopra, Ankit Sharma and Ish Sodhi by Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni and D'Arcy Short.
 
Teams:
 
Rajasthan Royals: D'Arcy Short, Jos Buttler (wk), Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Joffra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
 
Mumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Krunal Pandya, Jean-Paul Duminy, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.
 
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President Kovind to visit Rajasthan, Maharashtra from May 13-15

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President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a visit to Rajasthan and Maharashtra from May 13-15, an official press release said here today.
 
On Sunday, Mr. Kovind will attend a civic reception hosted by the Government of Rajasthan in Jaipur. At the civic reception, he will interact with select beneficiaries of the Sundar Singh Bhandari EBC Self Employment Scheme; the Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Antyodaya Self Employment Scheme; and the scheme to waive off loans and interest payable by members of the SC/ST, Divyang and other deprived communities. 
 
On May 14, the President will visit Pushkar and Ajmer in Rajasthan, before departing for Mumbai in Maharashtra.
 
On May 15, he will grace the inauguration of the 4th Global Exhibition on Services and launch of the “12 Champion Services” initiative in Mumbai.  
 
On the same day, he will visit the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, be introduced to an exhibition on Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) technologies and inaugurate DAE facilities in Trombay, Mumbai. 
 
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IPL: Buttler leads Rajasthan to exciting win over CSK

Rajasthan Royals rode a heroic batting effort by Jos Buttler to edge out Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by four wickets in a nail-biting Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Friday.
 
Buttler batted through the innings to help Rajasthan overhaul a stiff 177-run target with just one ball to go.
 
Having opened the Rajasthan innings along with England star Ben Stokes, Buttler continued to defy the CSK bowlers even as wickets fell at the other end. He remained unbeaten on 95 runs off just 60 balls, hitting 11 boundaries and a couple of sixes along the way.
 
Despite the defeat, CSK continue to hold on to the second spot with 14 points from 11 matches. They trail league leaders Sunrisers Hyderabad by four points. Rajasthan are eighth in the 10-team table with 10 points from 11 matches.
 
In an edge-of-the-seat affair that went right down to the wire, it was Buttler who gave the Rajasthan innings a powerful start by hitting David Willey for consecutive boundaries off the opening three balls. He hit Harbhajan Singh for two boundaries and a six in the next over.
 
Ben Stokes was in good touch and seemed set to end his run of lean form when he hit Harbhajan Singh for a six over mid-wicket in the fourth over.
 
But the veteran off-spinner had his revenge in the very next ball when the Englishman went for another big hit but the incoming delivery managed to find the gap between bat and pad to disturb the stumps.
 
Ravindra Jadeja then dismissed Rajasthan captain Ajinkya Rahane in the next over to put Chennai in the driver's seat.
 
Buttler and Sanju Samson then added 45 runs between them over the next seven overs before the latter was run out following a horrible mix-up.
 
Prashant Chopra then handed an easy catch to Dwayne Bravo at short mid-wicket off a rather ordinary delivery from Shardul Thakur as Chennai gradually started to gain the upper hand.
 
Stuart Binny also failed to last long as Chennai seemed destined for another win.
 
Krishnappa Gowtham gave the hosts hope with a power packed innings that produced 13 runs off just four balls. But a careless shot saw him hand an easy top edge to Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps as the hosts' chances seemed to recede fast. 
 
All that changed in the nail biting last over. Fittingly, it was Buttler who hit the winning runs.
 
With 10 runs needed off the last four deliveries, the visitors missed a great chance when Buttler tried to hit Dwayne Bravo for a six but the ball skied up off the toe end of the bat.
 
But there was no one to in position to take the catch as Buttler ran for two runs. The England star punished the visitors for that dropped chance with a six into the stands beyond the mid-wicket boundary.
 
An overthrow in the next ball allowed him to complete the victory as the Rajasthan dugout erupted in celebration. 
 
Earlier, a decent batting effort helped CSK post a fighting total of 176/4.
 
It was a fine knock by Suresh Raina (52 off 35 balls), followed by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 33 and opener Shane Watson's 39 runs which took the yellow brigade to a good total against the hosts.
 
Opting to bat first, the visitors were off to a quick start as openers Ambati Rayudu and Watson accumulated 19 runs from the first two overs.
 
However, the decent start was short-lived as Jofra Archer drew the first blood for the hosts, when a short-ball from him took an inside edge to shattered Rayudu's (12 off 9 balls) stumps in the third over.
 
The opener's fall saw Raina joining Watson in the middle and the duo helped Chennai recover from the early blow taking their side past the 50-run mark in 5.1 overs.
 
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Both batsmen further played sensibly and shared an 81-run partnership to help the yellow brigade cross 100-run mark in 11.1 overs.
 
With the Australian all-rounder inching towards his half-centrury, Archer struck again in the 12th over to pack back a good looking Watson on 39 runs and Chennai's scorecard reading 105/2.
 
On the other hand, Raina, who was then accompanied by skipper Dhoni, slammed his half century facing 32 balls however, the southpaw threw his wicket when he failed to read a googly by Ish Sodhi, giving an easy catch to Stuart Binny at short-fine leg.
 
With Chennai at 119/3 in 13 overs, Dhoni and Sam Billings (27 off 22) forged a 55-run partnership off 39 balls to put back things in control.
 
Billings departed in the final over while trying to take a single as wicket-keeper Jos Buttler's throw from behind demolised the Englishman's stump.
 
Dhoni remained unbeaten on 33 runs facing 23 balls, hitting a boundary and a six to help his side reach a fighting total of 176 runs.
 
For Rajasthan, Archer bagged couple of wickets but leaked 42 runs while Sodhi scalped one conceding 29 runs.
 
Brief scores: 
 
Chennai Super Kings: 176/4 in 20 overs (Suresh Raina 52, Shane Watson 39; Jofra Archer 2/42) vs Rajasthan Royals: 177/6 in 19.5 overs (Jos Buttler 95 not out, Stuart Binny 22).
 
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IPL: Raina, Watson help Chennai hand 177-run target to Rajasthan

 
A decent batting effort helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) post a fighting total of 176/4 against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Friday.
 
It was a fine knock by Suresh Raina (52 off 35 balls), followed by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 33 and opener Shane Watson's 39 runs which took the yellow brigade to a good total against the hosts.
 
Opting to bat first, the visitors were off to a quick start as openers Ambati Rayudu and Watson accumulated 19 runs from the first two overs.
 
However, the decent start was short-lived as Jofra Archer drew first blood for the hosts, when a short ball from him took an inside edge to shattere Rayudu's (12 off 9 balls) stumps in the third over.
 
The opener's fall saw Raina joining Watson in the middle and the duo helped Chennai recover from the early blow, taking their side past the 50-run mark in 5.1 overs.
 
Both batsmen further played sensibly and shared an 81-run partnership to help the yellow brigade cross 100-run mark in 11.1 overs.
 
With the Australian all-rounder inching towards his half-centrury, Archer struck again in the 12th over to pack back a good looking Watson on 39 runs and Chennai's scorecard reading 105/2.
 
On the other hand, Raina, who was then accompanied by skipper Dhoni, slammed his half century facing 32 balls. However, the southpaw threw his wicket when he failed to read a googly by Ish Sodhi, giving an easy catch to Stuart Binny at short-fine leg.
 
With Chennai at 119/3 in 13 overs, Dhoni and Sam Billings (27 off 22) forged a 55-run partnership off 39 balls to put back things in control.
 
Billings departed in the final over while trying to take a single as wicket-keeper Jos Buttler's throw from behind demolised the Englishman's stump.
 
Dhoni remained unbeaten on 33 runs facing 23 balls, hitting a boundary and a six to help his side reach a fighting total of 176 runs.
 
For Rajasthan, Archer bagged a couple of wickets but leaked 42 runs while Sodhi scalped one conceding 29 runs.
 
Brief scores: 
 
Chennai Super Kings: 176/4 (Suresh Raina 52, Shane Watson 39; Jofra Archer 2/42) vs Rajasthan Royals.
 
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IPL: Chennai Super Kings opt to bat first against Rajasthan Royals

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Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat first against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Friday.
 
Both teams have made two changes in their playing XI with Sam Billings and Karn Sharma replacing Dhruv Shorey and Lungi Ngidi for the visitors.
 
Rajasthan, meanwhile, have included Ankit Sharma and Prashant Chopra, who makes his debut, in place of Mahipal Lomror and Anureet Singh.
 
The teams:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni (Captain/Wicketkeeper), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Jos Buttler (Wicketkeeper), Prashant Chopra, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Ankit Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi
 
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IPL: Rajasthan to face Chennai in do-or-die game

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Rajasthan Royals (RR) will aim to keep themselves alive in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when they take on a confident Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Friday.
 
After a hat-trick of defeats, Rajasthan kept themselves afloat in the cash-rich league when they defeated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 15 runs in their last game.
 
The Ajinkya Rahane-led side, placed at the sixth spot in the points table with just eight points in their kitty, will need to come out with their best in a do-or-die game against the yellow brigade.
 
Skipper Rahane will once again expect his team to get their act together and aim for consistency as they did against Punjab on Sunday.
 
Rahane and Samson have been average while the inconsistent run of Ben Stokes has affected their performance this season.
 
Stokes, the costliest buy in IPL auction 2018, has miserably failed to perform both with the bat and ball.
 
Jos Buttler played a 58-ball 82 run knock to lift Rajasthan to 158 for eight against Punjab, a target which their bowlers defended. The English batsman has accumulated 320 runs from ten games averaging 35.55.
 
Among the bowlers, young seamer Jofra Archer has done well to claim nine wickets from four matches while this IPL's costliest Indian buy Jaydev Unadkat has also been amongst the wickets.
 
Spinner K. Gowtham, who has bagged eight wickets from ten matches, came out with an impressive performance in the last outing and will need to repeat the show as the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side has struggled against spinners this season.
 
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On the other hand, another win for Chennai will cement their place in the play-offs.
 
The southern outfit is in red-hot form this season after seven wins from 10 games and will look to consolidate their position in the top two. 
 
Chennai batters are in top form however, death-over bowling still remains a concern. 
 
Most of the batsmen -- Ambati Rayudu, Australian Shane Watson, West Indian Dwayne Bravo, skipper Dhoni and Suresh Raina -- have contributed whenever the team needed. Rayudu has batted well both as an opener and at number four, amassing 423 runs from 10 games.
 
With 360 runs from 10 innings, Dhoni is placed seventh on the run-scorers list.
 
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who struggled against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), emerged with a match-winning figure of 3/18 -- in a major relief for the team management. 
 
The pace attack will once again feature Lungi Ngidi, David Willey and Shardul Thakur.
 
Depending on their terrific form, Chennai will once again be the favourites in Friday's clash, though a desperate Rajasthan will look to come out all guns blazing.
 
Squads:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain/Wicket-keeper), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willey
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D'Arcy Short, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen, Ish Sodhi
 
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IPL: Rajasthan defeat Punjab to keep play-off hopes alive

An impressive show by Rajasthan Royals' bowlers kept the side alive in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as they defeated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 15 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
It was the hosts' bowlers who helped their side defend a moderate 158 run total against the third-placed Punjab side.
 
Despite hunting a chaseable total, seven of the Punjab batsman did not even touch double digits and it was only their opener Lokesh Rahul, who single handedly fought till the last ball of the match, slamming an unbeaten 95 off 70 balls, laced with 11 fours and couple of sixes.
 
Punjab were off to a poor start as off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham struck twice in the second over to pack back a dangerous Chris Gayle (1) and skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (0) with the visitors managing to reach just 14 runs.
 
Punjab's situation worsened further as Jofra Archer dismissed an in-form Karun Nair (3) to leave the visitors reeling at 17/4.
 
Akshdeep Nath (9) then joined Rahul to add 26 runs for the fourth wicket, taking Punjab to 45 runs. However, just when the combination was settling down, Ish Sodhi struck to make the damage bigger after sending back Akshdeep in the ninth over.
 
Manoj Tiwary and Rahul then tried to repair the damage but once again their effort went in vain as Tiwary gave an easy catch to Ajinkya Rahane off a Ben Stokes delivery in the 12th over.
 
Despite wickets falling at regular intervals, Rahul kept one end secured but lacked support from others.
 
Incoming batter Axar Patel (9), too, failed to show some fight and departed in the 14th over after adding 15 runs with the opener to take his side to 81 runs.
 
Meanwhile, Rahul bought up his fourth fifty of the season in the same over.
 
With the issue going to the final over with Punjab needing 32 runs, Marcus Stoinis (11) departed while trying to go for the maximum off a Jaydev Unadkat over.
 
Rahul tried his best to to take his side home, smashing 14 runs of the final over, which was however, not good enough as the visitors could only manage to reach 143 runs losing seven wickets.
 
For the hosts, Gowtham emerged with impressive figures of 2/12 off his three overs while Archer, Unadkat, Stokes and Sodhi bagged a wicket each.
 
Earlier, Punjab's Andrew Tye (4/34) came with a clinical bowling show to restrict Rajasthan Royals to 158/8.
 
Rajasthan would not have even crossed the 100-run mark but for a blistering 58-ball 82 by opener Jos Buttler that propelled them to a moderate total.
 
Opting to bat first, Rajasthan were off to a quick start, accumulating 35 runs in the first three overs.
 
Tye drew first blood for Punjab as his knuckle ball played the trick to dismiss opener Rahane (9) in the fourth over.
 
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Buttler, however, continued to fully utilise the powerplay to take his side past the 50-run mark in five overs.
 
Stoinis gave the second blow to the hosts when Gowtham (8) misread a slower delivery and gave an easy catch to Manoj Tiwary at long on in the seventh over.
 
With two wickets down, in-form Sanju Samson (22) joined Butler to forge a 53-run partnership for the third wicket, but departed in the 15th over off a Mujeeb ur Rahman delivery with the Rajasthan scorecard reading 117/3.
 
Buttler was then accompanied by Stokes (14) and the duo shared a 15-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
 
Mujeeb struck again in the 17th over to pack back a good looking Buttler, whose knock was laced with nine boundaries and a six.
 
After his fall, no other Rajasthan batsman could offer any sort of resistance as the hosts lost their next four wickets of Stokes, Stuart Binny (11), Archer (0) and Unadkat (0) with the addition of just 26 runs.
 
Of the last four wickets, Tye was involved in dismissing three of the Rajasthan batters.
 
Other than Tye, Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb bagged a couple of wickets conceding 21 runs in four overs while Stoinis chipped in with one wicket.
 
Brioef Scores: Rajasthan Royals 158/8 (Jos Buttler 82, Sanju Samson 22; Andrew Tye 4/34) beat Kings XI Punjab (Lokesh Rahul 95 not out, Marcus Stoinis 11; Krishnappa Gowtham 2/12)
 
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IPL: Andrew Tye's 4/34 restricts Rajasthan Royals to 158/8 against KXIP

Kings XI Punjab's Andrew Tye (4/34) came up with a clinical bowling show to restrict Rajasthan Royals to 158/8 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Bottom-placed Rajasthan would not have even crossed the 100-run mark but for a blistering 58-ball 82 by opener Jos Buttler that propelled the hosts to a moderate total.
 
Opting to bat first, Rajasthan were off to a quick start, accumulating 35 runs in the first three overs.
 
Tye drew the first blood for Punjab as his knuckle ball played the trick to dismiss opener Ajinkya Rahane (9) in the fourth over.
 
Buttler however, continued to fully utilise the powerplay to take his side past the 50-run mark in five overs.
 
Marcus Stoinis gave the second blow to the hosts when Krishnappa Gowtham (8) misread a slower delivery and gave an easy catch to Manoj Tiwary at long on in the seventh over.
 
With two wickets down, in-form Sanju Samson (22) joined Butler to forge a 53-run partnership for the third wicket.
 
Samson departed in the 15th over off a Mujeeb ur Rahman delivery with the Rajasthan scorecard reading 117/3.
 
Buttler was then joined by Ben Stokes (14) and the duo shared a 15-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
 
Mujeeb struck again in the 17th over to pack back a good looking Buttler, whose knock was laced with nine boundaries and a six.
 
After his fall, no other Rajasthan batsman could offer any sort of resistance as the hosts lost their next four wickets of Stokes, Stuart Binny (11), Jofra Archer (0) and Jaydev Unadkat (0) with the addition of just 26 runs.
 
Of the last four wickets, Tye was involved in dismissing three of the Rajasthan batters.
 
Other than Tye, Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb bagged a couple of wickets conceding 21 runs in four overs while Stoinis chipped in with one wicket.
 
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 158/8 (Jos Buttler 82, Sanju Samson 22; Andrew Tye 4/34) vs Kings XI Punjab.
 
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IPL: Rajasthan Royals opt to bat against Kings XI Punjab

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Rajasthan Royals opted to bat first against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Tuesday.
 
The hosts have made three changes in their playing XI as Stuart Binny, Mahipal Lomror and Ish Sodhi came in for D'Arcy Short, Rahul Tripathi and Shreyas Gopal.
 
A couple of changes were also made by the visitors as Akshdeep Nath and Mohit Sharma replaced Mayank Agarwal and Ankit Rajpoot in the playing XI.
 
Teams:
 
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler (Wicket-keeper), Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Mahipal Lomror, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi, Anureet Singh
 
Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (Wicket-keeper), Chris Gayle, Akshdeep Nath, Karun Nair, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
 
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