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Rajasthan Royals defeat Delhi Daredevils by five runs

Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid hooks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid hooks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Powered by superb batting from skipper Rahul Dravid and Stuart Binny and a splendid last over from Kevon Cooper, Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Daredevils by five runs in the fourth game of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Ferozeshah Kotla here today.

In a match that remained open right till the last ball, Rajasthan Royals, opting to bat first, piled up 165 for seven from their 20 overs and then managed to restrict the home team to 160 for six.
 
Dravid literally led his team from the front, scoring a brilliant 65 and adding 55 runs for the third wicket in the company of Binny, who made a quick fire 40.
 
Opener Ajinkya Rahane pitched in with a well-made 28 and Kusal Perera with 14, but none of the other Rajasthan batsmen managed to get into double figures.
 
For Delhi Daredevils, who had lost to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in the tournament opener on April 3, pace bowler Umesh Yadav took four four 25, while Ashish Nehra, who came in for some punishment, ended up with two for 32. Shahbaz Nadeem took one for 22.
 
Opener David Warner topscored for Delhi Daredevils with 77, while the other opener Unmukt Chand contributed 23, skipper Mahela Jayawardene made 19 and Manprit Juneja chipped in with 20.
 
For the Royals, Cooper took three for 30, while S Sreesanth and Rahul Shukla took one wicket apiece.
 
The Daredevils began their chase on a confident note as Warner and Chand kept the scoreboard ticking away.
 
Chand hit Sreesanth for four through the vacant mid-wicket area before lifting Samuel Badree over deep mid-wicket for six. The first three overs produced 22 runs, though Sreesanth gave away only one run in the fourth.
 
Warner smashed Badree for two fours in the next over, one past the bowler and the other to the deep mid-wicket fence as the home team reached 33/0 in five overs.
 
In the next, Chand managed to send Sreesanth over the lone slip for another four, but fell in the same over, bowled by one that nipped in from a length. Chand's 23 came off 19 balls and included one six and two fours.
 
Warner continued to score at the other end, cracking a delivery from Sreesanth between extra cover and mid-off. At the other end, Jayawardene steered Cooper wide of short third man for four.
 
Warner hit the first delivery from Rahul Shukla for four over mid-wicket but the bowler dismissed Jayawardene off the last ball, thanks to a stunning catch by Rahane at point. Jayawardene made 19 off 16 balls with one four.
 
Manprit Juneja guided a ball from Siddharth Trivedi to the third man boundary before Warner got a top edge off Shukla for four and then hit him to the third man fence.
 
Warner continued to hit  out in all directions, and got to his fifty with a cut off Cooper. In the next over, he pulled Badree to deep square leg for another four. At the end of the 15th over, Daredevils were 120 for 2, needing another 46 from the remaining five overs.
 
Juneja hit Binny into the stands at deep mid-wicket for a huge six as the hosts took 11 runs off the 16th over.
 
Warner then hit Trivedi to deep backward point for four and then came up with his first six of the innings, picking up the ball from leg stump and sending it soaring into the stands over deep mid-wicket.
 
At the end of 17 overs, Daredevils were 144 for two, needing 22 runs from three overs.
 
Just when it seemed that Daredevils were on course, Juneja made his departure, caught by Hodge off Cooper. He had made 20 off 18 balls with the help of a six and a four.
Stuart Binny of Rajasthan Royals attacks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Stuart Binny of Rajasthan Royals attacks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
 
And in the 19th over, Warner made his exit, run out by a direct throw from Hodge, standing-in as captain for Dravid, while attempting a quick single. Warner's 77 came off 56 balls and included a six and nine fours. Rajasthan Royals needed nine runs from the last six balls.
 
Cooper, bowling the last over, trapped Johan Botha (2) leg before off his third ball, while the batsman attempted a reverse sweep, and there was silence around the stadium. Seven runs were needed from the last three balls.
 
Irfan Pathan took a single, and six were required from the last two balls. Cooper bowled Andre Russel (7) with the next ball.
 
Naman Ojha had the task of scoring six off the last ball. But Cooper sent down that was wide outside the off-stump and the batsman could not quite reach it.  As the Rajasthan Royals celebrated, the home team looked devastated.
 
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals got off to a good start. Opener Kusal Perera, making his IPL debut, hit Irfan Pathan over mid-on off the second ball of the match. At the other end, Ajinkya Rahane used his wrists to send one from Ashish Nehra to the deep mid-wicket fence.
 
Umesh Yadav was brought into the attack and Perera pulled him to the deep square boundary for another four and followed it up with powerful shot through extra cover.
 
Yadav got him off the next ball, a slower one that Perera failed to read. He swung at it only to hole out to Pathan at extra cover. He had made 14 off 12 balls wih three fours. The Royals were 22 for one at the end of three overs.
 
Skipper Dravid got four from a thick edge off Nehra for past the only slip. At the end of five overs, Rajasthan were 36 for one.
 
Dravid showed that he was in good nick as he guided one from Andre Russel wide of point for four. He and Rahane kept the runs flowing with a lot of singles and twos.
 
In the ninth over, Rahane hit Russel for two fours, first straight past the bowler and then to third man. At the other end, Dravid whipped one from Shahbaz Nadeem to the deep square fence.
 
Dravid was clearly enjoying himelf as he punched one from Pathan straight past the bowler and another one in the same over to the deep mid-wicket boundary.
 
In the next over, Rahane was caught and bowled by Nadeem. His 28 came off 24 balls and included three fours.
 
Dravid and Stuart Binny took 12 runs off the next over from Russel, including a six from the Rajasthan skipper that took the side past the 100-mark.
 
Binny was all exuberance as he first got a thick edge of Johan Botha to third man and then hit him for two consecutive sixes, first over deep mid-wicket and then over long-off, that had the crowds cheering. At the other end, Dravid took a single to bring up his half-century.
David Warner of Delhi Daredevils attacks a delivery in the match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi on April 6, 2013. .Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
David Warner of Delhi Daredevils attacks a delivery in the match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi on April 6, 2013. .Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
At the end of 15 overs, Rajasthan Royals were on 127 for two.
 
Binny continued to be unstoppable as he lifted a low full toss from Nehra over long-on and then angled one over fine leg for four.
 
Yadav was brought back into the attack and he claimed Binny with the first ball, one that angled in fast and uprooted the stumps even as the batsman swung and missed. Binny's 40 came off just 20 balls and was studded with three sixes and two fours.
 
Dravid pulled Yadav over mid-wicket for another four. Pathan was brought back from the other end, and Brad Hodge took a single off him to bring up the 150 of the innings. Dravid then sent him soaring ovr deep mid-wicket for a six. Rajasthan Royals were 159 for three after 18 overs.
 
Two wickets fell in the 19th over sent down by Yadav. First Dravid holed out to Mahela Jayawardene at extra cover. His 65 was compiled off 51 balls and included two sixes and six fours. The next ball, Hodge fell, caught by Warner at long-on afer scoring just 5.
 
In the last over, Nehra, who was hit around a bit by the Rajasthan batsmen, got a bit of his own back when he dismissed Kevin Cooper (2) and Ashok Menaria (0) off successive deliveries and was in line for a hat-trick.
 
In the end, the Royals, who liked like they might reach a total of around 180, had to rest content with 165 as they lost far too many wickets in the last two overs which yielded only six runs.
 
Scoreboard:
Rajasthan Royals
Kushal Perera c Pathan b Yadav 14
Ajinkya Rahane c & b Nadeem 28
Rahul Dravid c Jayawardene b Yadav 65
Stuart Binny b Yadav 40
Brad Hodge c Warner b Yadav 5
Kevin Cooper c Yadav b Nehra 2
Ashok Menaria b Nehra 1
Sreesanth not out 0
Rahul Shukla not out 1
Extras (lb 3, w 6) 9
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Perera, 2.6 overs), 2-87 (Rahane, 11.3), 3-142 (Binny, 16.1), 4-161 (Dravid, 18.5), 5-161 (Hodge, 18.6), 6-164 (Cooper, 19.3), 7-164 (Menaria, 19.4)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-0-31-0
Ashish Nehra 4-0-35-2
Umesh Yadav 4-0-24-4
Andre Russell 3-0-31-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-22-1
Johan Botha 1-0-19-0
 
Delhi Daredevils
David Warner run out (Hodge) 77           
Unmukt Chand b Sreesanth            23
Mahela Jayawardene c Rahane b Shukla 19
Manpreet Juneja c Hodge b Cooper            20
Andre Russell            b Cooper 7
Johan Botha lbw b Cooper 2
Irfan Pathan not out 1
Naman Ojha not out            0           
Extras  (lb 5, w 6) 11                                         
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 160
Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Chand, 5.4 overs), 2-82 (Jayawardene, 10.6), 3-149 (Juneja, 17.6), 4-153 (Warner, 18.3), 5-159 (Botha, 19.3), 6-160 (Russell, 19.5)
Bowling           
Samuel Badree 4-0-34-0
Sreesanth 4-0-18-1
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-35-0           
Kevon Cooper 4-0-30-3
Rahul Shukla 3-0-27-1
Stuart Binny 1-0-11-0   
 
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Delhi Daredevils make 73/1 in first 10 overs against Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid hooks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid hooks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Chasing 166 for a win, Delhi Daredevils made 73 for one in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals in the fourth game of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Ferozeshah Kotla here today.

Opener David Warner was batting on 28 and skipper Mahela Jayawardene on 18 at the half-way mark.

The other opener Unmukt Chand made 23 off 19 balls with one six and two fours before he was bowled by medium-pacer S Sreesanth in the sixth over when the Royals were on 39.
 
Earlier, powered by a brilliant 65 by skipper Rahul Dravid and a quickfire 40 by Stuart Binny, Rajasthan Royals piled up 165 for seven after opting to bat first..
 
Dravid and Binny added 55 runs for the third wicket off just 28 balls.
 
Opener Ajinkya Rahane pitched in with a well-made 28 and Kusal Perera with 14, but none of the other Rajasthan batsmen managed to get into double figures.
 
For Delhi Daredevils, who had lost to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in the tournament opener on April 3, pace bowler Umesh Yadav took four four 25, while Ashish Nehra, who came in for some punishment, ended up with two for 32. Shahbaz Nadeem took one for 22.
 
The Daredevils began their chase on a confident note as Warner and Chand kept the scoreboard ticking away.
 
Chand hit Sreesanth for four through the vacant mid-wicket area before lifting Samuel Badree over deep mid-wicket for six. The first three overs produced 22 runs, though Sreesanth gave away only one run in the fourth.
 
Warner smashed Badree for two fours in the next over, one past the bowler and the other to the deep mid-wicket fence as the home team reached 33/0 in five overs.
 
In the next, Chand managed to send Sreesanth over the lone slip for another four, but fell in the same over, bowled by one that nipped in from a length. Chand's 23 came off 19 balls and included one six and two fours.
 
Warner continued to score at the other end, cracking a delivery from Sreesanth between extra cover and mid-off. At the other end, Jayawardene steered Cooper wide of short third man for four.
 
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals got off to a good start. Opener Kusal Perera, making his IPL debut, hit Irfan Pathan over mid-on off the second ball of the match. At the other end, Ajinkya Rahane used his wrists to send one from Ashish Nehra to the deep mid-wicket fence.
 
Umesh Yadav was brought into the attack and Perera pulled him to the deep square boundary for another four and followed it up with powerful shot through extra cover.
Stuart Binny of Rajasthan Royals attacks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Stuart Binny of Rajasthan Royals attacks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Yadav got him off the next ball, a slower one that Perera failed to read. He swung at it only to hole out to Pathan at extra cover. He had made 14 off 12 balls wih three fours. The Royals were 22 for one at the end of three overs.
 
Skipper Dravid got four from a thick edge off Nehra for past the only slip. At the end of five overs, Rajasthan were 36 for one.
 
Dravid showed that he was in good nick as he guided one from Andre Russel wide of point for four. He and Rahane kept the runs flowing with a lot of singles and twos.
 
In the ninth over, Rahane hit Russel for two fours, first straight past the bowler and then to third man. At the other end, Dravid whipped one from Shahbaz Nadeem to the deep square fence.
 
Dravid was clearly enjoying himelf as he punched one from Pathan straight past the bowler and another one in the same over to the deep mid-wicket boundary.
 
In the next over, Rahane was caught and bowled by Nadeem. His 28 came off 24 balls and included three fours.
 
Dravid and Stuart Binny took 12 runs off the next over from Russel, including a six from the Rajasthan skipper that took the side past the 100-mark.
 
Binny was all exuberance as he first got a thick edge of Johan Botha to third man and then hit him for two consecutive sixes, first over deep mid-wicket and then over long-off, that had the crowds cheering. At the other end, Dravid took a single to bring up his half-century.
 
At the end of 15 overs, Rajasthan Royals were on 127 for two.
 
Binny continued to be unstoppable as he lifted a low full toss from Nehra over long-on and then angled one over fine leg for four.
 
Yadav was brought back into the attack and he claimed Binny with the first ball, one that angled in fast and uprooted the stumps even as the batsman swung and missed. Binny's 40 came off just 20 balls and was studded with three sixes and two fours.
 
Dravid pulled Yadav over mid-wicket for another four. Pathan was brought back from the other end, and Brad Hodge took a single off him to bring up the 150 of the innings. Dravid then sent him soaring ovr deep mid-wicket for a six. Rajasthan Royals were 159 for three after 18 overs.
 
Two wickets fell in the 19th over sent down by Yadav. First Dravid holed out to Mahela Jayawardene at extra cover. His 65 was compiled off 51 balls and included two sixes and six fours. The next ball, Hodge fell, caught by Warner at long-on afer scoring just 5.
 
In the last over, Nehra, who was hit around a bit by the Rajasthan batsmen, got a bit of his own back when he dismissed Kevin Cooper (2) and Ashok Menaria (0) off successive deliveries and was in line for a hat-trick.
 
In the end, the Royals, who liked like they might reach a total of around 180, had to rest content with 165 as they lost far too many wickets in the last two overs which yielded only six runs.
 
Scoreboard
Rajasthan Royals
Kushal Perera c Pathan b Yadav 14
Ajinkya Rahane c & b Nadeem 28
Rahul Dravid c Jayawardene b Yadav 65
Stuart Binny b Yadav 40
Brad Hodge c Warner b Yadav 5
Kevin Cooper c Yadav b Nehra 2
Ashok Menaria b Nehra 1
Sreesanth not out 0
Rahul Shukla not out 1
Extras (lb 3, w 6) 9
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Perera, 2.6 overs), 2-87 (Rahane, 11.3), 3-142 (Binny, 16.1), 4-161 (Dravid, 18.5), 5-161 (Hodge, 18.6), 6-164 (Cooper, 19.3), 7-164 (Menaria, 19.4)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-0-31-0
Ashish Nehra 4-0-35-2
Umesh Yadav 4-0-24-4
Andre Russell 3-0-31-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-22-1
Johan Botha 1-0-19-0
 
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Rajasthan Royals pile up 165 for seven against Delhi Daredevils

Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid hooks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid hooks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Powered by a brilliant 65 by skipper Rahul Dravid and a quickfire 40 by Stuart Binny, Rajasthan Royals piled up 165 for seven against Delhi Daredevils in the fourth game of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Ferozeshah Kotla here today.
 
Dravid and Binny added 55 runs for the third wicket off just 28 balls.
 
Opener Ajinkya Rahane pitched in with a well-made 28 and Kusal Perera with 14, but none of the other Rajasthan batsmen managed to get into double figures.
 
For Delhi Daredevils, who had lost to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in the tournament opener on April 3, pace bowler Umesh Yadav took four four 25, while Ashish Nehra, who came in for some punishment, ended up with two for 32. Shahbaz Nadeem took one for 22.
 
The visitors got off to a good start after Dravid won the toss and opted to bat first. Opener Kusal Perera hit Irfan Pathan over mid-on off the second ball of the match. At the other end, Ajinkya Rahane used his wrists to send one from Ashish Nehra to the deep mid-wicket fence.
 
Umesh Yadav was brought into the attack and Perera pulled him to the deep square boundary for another four and followed it up with powerful shot through extra cover.
 
Yadav got him off the next ball, a slower one that Perera failed to read. He swung at it only to hole out to Pathan at extra cover. He had made 14 off 12 balls wih three fours. The Royals were 22 for one at the end of three overs.
 
Skipper Dravid got four from a thick edge off Nehra for past the only slip. At the end of five overs, Rajasthan were 36 for one.
 
Dravid showed that he was in good nick as he guided one from Andre Russel wide of point for four. He and Rahane kept the runs flowing with a lot of singles and twos.
 
In the ninth over, Rahane hit Russel for two fours, first straight past the bowler and then to third man. At the other end, Dravid whipped one from Shahbaz Nadeem to the deep square fence.
 
Dravid was clearly enjoying himelf as he punched one from Pathan straight past the bowler and another one in the same over to the deep mid-wicket boundary.
 
In the next over, Rahane was caught and bowled by Nadeem. His 28 came off 24 balls and included three fours.
 
Stuart Binny of Rajasthan Royals attacks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Stuart Binny of Rajasthan Royals attacks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dravid and Stuart Binny took 12 runs off the next over from Russel, including a six from the Rajasthan skipper that took the side past the 100-mark.
 
Binny was all exuberance as he first got a thick edge of Johan Botha to third man and then hit him for two consecutive sixes, first over deep mid-wicket and then over long-off, that had the crowds cheering. At the other end, Dravid took a single to bring up his half-century.
 
At the end of 15 overs, Rajasthan Royals were on 127 for two.
 
Binny continued to be unstoppable as he lifted a low full toss from Nehra over long-on and then angled one over fine leg for four.
 
Yadav was brought back into the attack and he claimed Binny with the first ball, one that angled in fast and uprooted the stumps even as the batsman swung and missed. Binny's 40 came off just 20 balls and was studded with three sixes and two fours.
 
Dravid pulled Yadav over mid-wicket for another four. Pathan was brought back from the other end, and Brad Hodge took a single off him to bring up the 150 of the innings. Dravid then sent him soaring ovr deep mid-wicket for a six. Rajasthan Royals were 159 for three after 18 overs.
 
Two wickets fell in the 19th over sent down by Yadav. First Dravid holed out to Mahela Jayawardene at extra cover. His 65 was compiled off 51 balls and included two sixes and six fours. The next ball, Hodge fell, caught by Warner at long-on afer scoring just 5.
 
In the last over, Nehra, who was hit around a bit by the Rajasthan batsmen, got a bit of his own back when he dismissed Kevon Cooper (2) and Ashok Menaria (0) off successive deliveries and was in line for a hat-trick.
 
In the end, the Royals, who liked like they might reach a total of around 180, had to rest content with 165 as they lost far too many wickets in the last two overs which yielded only six runs.
 
Scoreboard:
Rajasthan Royals
Kusal Perera c Pathan b Yadav 14
Ajinkya Rahane c & b Nadeem 28
Rahul Dravid c Jayawardene b Yadav 65
Stuart Binny b Yadav 40
Brad Hodge c Warner b Yadav 5
Kevon Cooper c Yadav b Nehra 2
Ashok Menaria b Nehra 1
Sreesanth not out 0
Rahul Shukla not out 1
Extras (lb 3, w 6) 9
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Perera, 2.6 overs), 2-87 (Rahane, 11.3), 3-142 (Binny, 16.1), 4-161 (Dravid, 18.5), 5-161 (Hodge, 18.6), 6-164 (Cooper, 19.3), 7-164 (Menaria, 19.4)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-0-31-0
Ashish Nehra 4-0-35-2
Umesh Yadav 4-0-24-4
Andre Russell 3-0-31-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-22-1
Johan Botha 1-0-19-0
 
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Rajasthan Royals make 73/1 in first 10 overs against Delhi Daredevils

Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid hooks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid hooks a delivery during their match against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on April 6, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Rajasthan Royals made 73 for one in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Delhi Daredevils in the fourth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Ferozeshah Kotla here today.

Skipper Rahul Dravid was batting on 27 and opener Ajinkya Rahane on 25 at the half-way mark.
 
The visitors got off to a good start after Dravid won the toss and opted to bat first. Opener Kusal Perera hit Irfan Pathan over mid-on off the second ball of the match. At the other end, Ajinkya Rahane used his wrists to send one from Ashish Nehra to the deep mid-wicket fence.
 
Umesh Yadav was brought into the attack and Perera pulled him to the deep square boundary for another four and followed it up with powerful shot through extra cover.
 
Yadav got him off the next ball, a slower one that Perera failed to read. He swung at it only to hole out to Pathan at extra cover. He had made 14 off 12 balls wih three fours. The Royals were 22 for one at the end of three overs.
 
Skipper Dravid got four from a thick edge off Nehra for past the only slip. At the end of five overs, Rajasthan were 36 for one.
 
Dravid showed that he was in good nick as he guided one from Andre Russel wide of point for four. He and Rahane kept the runs flowing with a lot of singles and twos.
 
In the ninth over, Rahane hit Russel for two fours, first straight past the bowler and then to third man. At the other end, Dravid whipped one from Shahbaz Nadeem to the deep square fence.
 
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Rajasthan Royals opt to bat first against Delhi Daredevils

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Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to bat first  against Delhi Daredevils in the fourth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Ferozeshah Kotla here today.
 
The teams:
 
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Brad Hodge, Kusal Perera (wicketkeeper), Stuart Binny, Ashok Menaria, Kevin Cooper, Siddharth Trivedi, Samuel Badree, Sreesanth, Rahul Shukla
 
Delhi Daredevils: Unmukt Chand, David Warner, Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Naman Ojha (wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Johan Botha, Irfan Pathan, Manprit Juneja, Ashish Nehra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav
 
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L&T wins Rs 5689 crore contract for 2 x 660 MW supercritical power plant in Rajasthan

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Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro today said it had secured an order valued at Rs 5689 crore from the Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd for setting up a 2 x 660 MW supercritical thermal power project on a complete engineering procurement and construction (EPC) basis.

The order involves design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of two coal-fired thermal units of 660 MW each with supercritical parameters at Chhabra in Baran district of Rajasthan, a press release from the company said.

Rajasthan's annual plan for 2013-14 finalized at Rs 40,500 crore

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot meeting Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia in New Delhi on March 20, 2013.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot meeting Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia in New Delhi on March 20, 2013.

The annual plan for 2013-14 for Rajasthan was finalized at Rs 40,500 crore at a meeting here today between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and state Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

During the discussions, Mr Ahluwalia complimented the state government for its overall performance and pointed out that, during the 11th Plan, the state had achieved the highest agriculture growth of 7.9 per cent against the national average of 3.7 per cent during the five-year period.
 
He said Rajasthan's overall growth was also better than many others. He commended the state's efforts towards making itself self-reliant in the power sector and hoped that it would be self-sufficient in power generation in a year's time.
 
He also praised the state for its innovative policies for ensuring inclusive growth in the state by reaching out to the beneficiaries of various social sector schemes.
 
Mr Ahluwalia said water security is a major challenge for the state and a very careful approach was needed to meeting future needs in this area.
 
He said drip irrigation and recycling of used water was desirable and the government should work out a strategy in this regard. Initiatives aimed at empowering girl child and encouraging self-help groups were also appreciated. 
 
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The meeting commended the state government for launching the “Mukhya Mantri Nishulk Dawa Yojana” under which more than 300 essential medicines are provided to poor people free of cost through around 15,000 drug distribution centres. It, however, called for more efforts to improve health indicators and literacy rates and eliminate the gender and social gaps in school enrolment.
 
The literacy rate of Rajasthan is 67.06 per cent as per the 2011 Census which is below the national average of 74.04 per cent. 
 
Mr Gehlot said Panchayati Raj institutions had been further empowered with total transfer of funds, functions and functionaries of five major departments, including agriculture, primary health care, elementary education, women and child and social justice & empowerment. Nearly Rs 2500 crore are being transferred to PRIs as untied funds, he said.
 
He said attention was being paid in the 12th Five Year Plan period to the electronics and IT sector, including promotion of e-infrastructure and e-governance.
 
He said efforts were also being made for the socio-economic development of Scheduled Tribes in the state, especially in the areas of education and vocational training and through provision of facilities such as hostels and residential schools.
 
Mr Gehlot said the Metro rail project in Jaipur would be inaugurated in June this year.
 
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HPCL to set up refinery-cum-petrochemical complex at Barmer in Rajasthan

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The public sector Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and the Government of Rajasthan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at Jaipur today for setting up a refinery-cum-petrochemical complex at Barmer in Rajasthan.

The 9 MMTPA refinery-cum-petrochemicals project will be set up in joint venture between HPCL, Rajasthan State Refinery Limited and other equity partners, an official press release said.
 
The MoU was signed by Mr Subhash Pant, Secretary, Mines and Petroleum, Government of Rajasthan and Mr K Murli, Director (Refineries), HPCL in the presence of Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M Veerappa Moily and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
 
According to the release, the refinery will be set up at an estimated capital investment of Rs. 37,230 crores. It s estimated to take about four years for going on stream. The refinery will process the locally available crude oil as well as other crudes. The refinery-cum-petrochemical complex is designed to produce motor fuels with latest environmental specifications and wide range of petrochemicals which will have a substantial impact on the economy of Rajasthan. 
 
Dr Moily said the huge investment associated with the project is expected to boost economic growth in the state. He said the refinery had the potential to become an anchor industry for developing downstream projects.
 
He said the project was specifically designed to produce petrochemicals from indigenous crude oil.
 
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World’s first silver museum opens at City Palace Complex, Udaipur

A haudah, one of the exhibits at the newly-opened Silver Museum at Udaipur in Rajasthan.
A haudah, one of the exhibits at the newly-opened Silver Museum at Udaipur in Rajasthan.

Mr Arvind Singh Mewar, head of the erstwhile ruling Mewar dynasty of Udaipur, has unveiled a silver museum, said to be the first of its kind of the world, filled with family heirlooms dating back to 743 AD.

Mr Mewar is the Chairman & Managing Trustee of Maharana of the Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) and 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar.
 
The opening of the museum coincided with the MMCF’s annual award ceremony in recognition of international and national scholars for their work of permanent value to society.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Mewar dwelt upon the personal value of some of the exhibits, including the 1939 custom-made buggy, which formed part of his late mother’s dowry, and the wedding mandap where he gave away his daughter two years ago.
 
The museum is housed in the renowned Amar Mahal, which is located at the entrance of Zenana Mahal and said to be the inspiration for the Taj Mahal in Agra. It includes pieces ranging from objects used in rituals such as Ram Rewaris (portable shrine for religious deity), traditional royal transport like the haudah used for mounting elephants in religious, state and military processions.
 
Royal buggies and palanquins are also part of the exhibition. The works on display illustrate the result of the longstanding historical relationships between the House of Mewar and both the Rajput courts and the Mughal establishment, as well as showcasing indigenous artisan techniques.
 
The current modernization and renovation of the Zenana Mahal at the City Palace Museum is being undertaken with financial assistance from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India,  under the scheme 'Setting Up, Promotion & Strengthening of Regional & Local Museums'.
 
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Cairn commences drilling of first exporation well in Barmer after four-year gap

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Cairn India today said it had commenced drilling of the first exploration well, after a gap of more than four years, in the prolific Barmer basin in Rajasthan, following the endorsement of the exploration work programme for the Rajasthan Block (RJ-ON-90/1) by the Management Committee less than two weeks ago,

"This is pursuant to the clarity in policy by the Government of India (GoI), allowing for exploration operations in development blocks," a press release from the company said.
 
"This has enabled Cairn India to commence its planned aggressive exploration drilling programme to help harness the full potential of the Barmer basin in Rajasthan," it said.
 
According to the release, renewed exploration activity in the block will be beneficial for all stakeholders and will help the company realise the estimated half a billion barrels of oil equivalent of risked recoverable prospective resource which amounts to about a third of the estimated ultimate recovery potential in the Rajasthan block.
 
"This will help the joint venture to realise the basin production potential of 300,000 bopd from the Rajasthan block. The joint venture is currently producing 170,000 -175,000 bopd from the Rajasthan block with a strong focus on exiting the year FY 2013-14 at a production rate of 200,000-215,000 bopd from the block," the release added.
 
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Railways, BHEL sign MoU for setting up MEMU coaches manufacturing facility at Bhilwara

Union Minister for Railways Pawan Kumar Bansal and Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Railways and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. for setting up of a MEMU coaches manufacturing facility at Bhilwara (Rajasthan), in New Delhi on February 25, 2013.
Union Minister for Railways Pawan Kumar Bansal and Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Praful Patel witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Railways and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. for setting up of a MEMU coaches manufacturing facility at Bhilwara (Rajasthan), in New Delhi on February 25, 2013.
The Indian Railways and the public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up a greenfield MEMU coaches manufacturing facility at Bhilwara in Rajasthan.
 
The MoU was signed by Railway Board Member (Electrical) Kul Bhushan and BHEL chairman and managing director B P Rao in the presence of Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Praful Patel.
 
Main Line Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) trains, popularly known as MEMU trains, were first introduced in the Indian Railways in 1994-95, as a mode of rapid transit system to cater to non-suburban passengers residing in small towns and villages surrounding urban and industrial centres.
 
MEMU trains have higher passenger carrying capacity and higher average speed as compared to conventional loco hauled passenger trains due to faster acceleration and braking characteristics. These rakes are now being manufactured with toilet facilities to take care of passenger needs. MEMU trains increase the line capacity utilisation, and therefore are more suitable for running on high traffic density routes, an official press release said.
 
These MEMU trains have gained rapid popularity over the years. Currently, there are about 160 MEMU services running. There are demands coming from all over the country for running more and more MEMU trains. The demand for these coaches will further increase as Indian Railways have plans to electrify approximately 15000 route kilometre during the next 10 years, in addition to the existing 22000 route kilometre of electrified track. 
 
There was a shortfall in acquisition of 800 MEMU coaches during XIth Plan Period due to capacity constraints at Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, where these MEMU coaches are produced. Overall it is expected that the requirement of MEMU coaches will grow to nearly 9000 coaches during the next 10 year period. Setting up of a factory for conventional MEMU coaches will go a long way in meeting this demand, the release added.
 
The proposed facility will be set up BHEL at its cost. The Rajasthan government will provide land to the Railways, for setting up the project. In order to make the project viable, Ministry of Railways will give assured off-take orders to BHEL. 
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Tonk area of Rajasthan

An earthquake of slight intensity, masuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, rocked the Tonk region of Rajasthan early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.3 degrees North and longitude 75.6 degrees East, occurred at 0627 hours today, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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IAF displays fire power during "Iron Fist 2013" at Pokharan

Paratroopers in formation during the Indian Air Force (IAF) fire power demonstration Exercise 'Iron Fist 2013' at Pokharan, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan on February 22, 2013.

Paratroopers in formation during the Indian Air Force  (IAF) fire power demonstration Exercise 'Iron Fist 2013' at Pokharan, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan on February 22, 2013.
Paratroopers in formation during the Indian Air Force (IAF) fire power demonstration Exercise 'Iron Fist 2013' at Pokharan, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan on February 22, 2013.

IAF's MiG-27 aircraft crashes in Rajasthan's Barmer district

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A MiG-27 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Uttarlai in Rajasthan this afternoon, but the pilot managed to eject safely.

An official statement said the mishap occurred at about 1548 hours today, soon after the aircraft took off from the Uttarlai airbase in Barmer district on a routine flying training sortie.
 
"Immediately after the take-off, the aircraft developed a technical snag in the engine forcing the pilot to eject at a critical height. The pilot ejected safely," it said.
 
There is no reported damage to any civil property or life, the statement said.
 
A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the accident. This is the fourth Cat I accident of this financial year, the statement added.
 
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ASG Eye Hospitals of Rajasthan raises Rs 50 crore from Sequoia Capital

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ASG Eye Hospitals, a Rajasthan-based group of super specialty eye hospitals, today said it had raised Rs. 50 crores from Sequoia Capital to support its expansion in central and north India.

Started in 2006, ASG Eye Hospitals is currently present in six cities across Rajasthan. The group now plans to expand to Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Bihar, a press release from the company said.
 
“ASG Eye Hospitals offers expert ophthalmic care for a wide range of ocular sub-specialties. We provide comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and surgical services through our cutting edge technology,” Dr. Arun Singhvi and Dr.Shashank Gang, founders, ASG Eye Hospitals said.
 
“Ophthalmic care requires highly skilled and trained professionals and ASG provides world-class surgeons having vast surgical experience and expertise. The founders as well as many specialists at ASG are trained at AIIMS, India’s foremost medical institution," they said.
 
Mr Abhay Pandey, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital India Advisors said, “ASG Eye Hospitals brings the best technology in healthcare to Tier II and Tier III markets and offers advanced and competent eye care services in the region. The team led by Dr. Arun and Dr. Shashank are highly committed towards building an accomplished healthcare institution focused on patient-centered care.”
 
ASG Eye Hospitals has treated over 5 lakh patients till date. The release said they are pioneers of the latest technology of phacoemulsification and implantation of multifocal IOLs. 
 
Specialist treatments at the institute include advanced vitreo retinal surgery for treatment of complicated retinal and vitreous disorders, squint, oculoplastic surgery which include treatment for different types of eye tumors and cosmetic eye surgery.
 
The hospitals also have round the clock emergency services for trauma and a 24 hour eye banking facility, for corneal transplantation to remove blindness, the release added.
 
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Cottage Industries showroom to host exhibition on textiles from Rajasthan, Gujarat

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's wife Gursharan Kaur will inaugurate an exhibition-cum-sale of "Textiles from Rajasthan & Gujarat" at the Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Limited (CCICL) showroom at Janpath tomorrow as part of the Handloom Month organised by it.

CCICL, through its showrooms in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai markets handicrafts and handlooms products sourced from weavers, master weavers, artisans, craftpersons and master craftsmen.
 
The emporium showcases the finest crafts from all over India under one roof, ranging from exquisite sculptures, paintings, artefacts, metal ware, woodcraft, pottery, stoneware & marble craft, branded Bankura silver, carpets, furniture, furnishings, home linen, sarees, ready to wear, accessories, jewellery, craft items, herbal products and much more. Each product is unique reflecting the traditional myths, folklores, religious beliefs, cultural ethos and rich heritage of India. 
 
During the Handloom Month, December 19 to January 27, CCICL has organised series of seven-day exhibitions dedicated to authentic texiles from states such as Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
 
The celebration of Handloom Month in CCICL showrooms, for the first time ever, envisages the handloom exhibitions on four broad themes. Finest embroided handlooms from Kashmir (including Pashmina and Kani shawls), weaves from Varanasi, Kantha embroided work from West Bengal & Chikan embroided products from UP and other embroideries from Gujarat and Rajasthan will be on display. 
 
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IAF's Medium Lift Helicopter Complex at Air Force Station Phalodi inaugurated

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne inaugurated the new Medium Lift Helicopter (MLH) Complex at the Air Force Station at Phalodi in Rajasthan for raising the new Mi-17 V5 helicopter unit.

An official press release said that the inauguration of these pre-engineered hangars, biggest of their type in the Indian Air Force (IAF), would add to the operational capabilities of this new air base. 
 
The Air Chief was briefed about the operational activities undertaken by the station. The base would be utilized during the coming exercises – Iron Fist on February 22 and Live Wire in March.
 
On arrival, the Air Chief was received by Air Marshal A K Gogoi, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command and Group Captain Prashant Mohan, Station Commander, Air Force Station Phalodi. 
 
After the inauguration, the Air Chief also addressed the station personnel and emphasised on the operational importance of Air Force Station Phalodi. 
 
The Air Chief later interacted with the station personnel and other distinguished guests and civil dignitaries. He is also scheduled to visit Bhuj airbase in Gujarat during the two-day visit to Rajasthan Sector. 
 
As also the Commodore Commandant of 16 Squadron called ‘The Cobras’, this would be his first visit to Bhuj after taking over as the Chief of the Air Staff. 
 
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Minor quake recorded in Jaipur district of Rajasthan

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Jaipur district of Rajasthan this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.5 degrees North and longitue 76.2 degrees East, occurred at 1830 hours at a focal depth of five km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
Earlier, in a day, another minor quake, measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Jhajjar area of Haryana at 0914 hours today, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Justice Arun Mishra appointed Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court

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The President has appointed Mr Justice Arun Mishra, Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court, as the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court.

An official press release said the appointment would be with effect from the date he assumed charge of his new office.
 
Mr Justice Mishra, 57, graduated in sience and then obtained a Master's degree in Arts and a degree in Law.
 
He practised from 1978 to October 1999 in constitutional, civil, industrial, criminal and service matters in the Bench of High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Gwalior. He worked as part time Lecturer in Law during 1986 to 1993 and was a Member of Faculty of Law of Jiwaji University, Gwalior from 1991 to 1996.
 
He was chairman of General Council of National Law School of India University at Bangalore from 15.05.1998 to 24.10.1999.
 
He was appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh on October 25, 1999 and Permanent Judge on October 24, 2001.
 
He was transferred to Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur and took oath there on 12.09.2010. He became Acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court on 1.11.2010 and became the Chief Justice of Rajasthan on 26.11.2010.
 
The President has also appointed Mr Justice N. K. Balakrishnan, Mr Justice V. Chitambaresh and Mr Justice A. M. Shaffique, Additional Judges of the High Court of Kerala, as Judges of that High Court with effect from the date they assume charge of their office. 
 
Mr Justice Arvind Kumar, Additional Judge of the High Court of Karnataka, has been appointed as a Judge of that High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office, the release added.
 
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L&T secures Rs 732 crore order from Nuclear Power Corporation

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Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro today said it had secured an order valued at over Rs 732 crores from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) for the Rajasthan Atomic Power Plant (RAPP). 

A press release from the company said L&T Power would supply, install and commission the Balance of Turbine Island package for two new 700 MW capacity units, RAPP 7 and 8, located at Rawatbhata near Kota. 
 
The package also includes civil work for the turbine halls, electrical bays and transformer 
yard, it said.
 
"The contract underlines L&T’s growing contribution in the Indian nuclear energy sector and strengthens its long-standing relationship with NPCIL," the release added.
 
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14 killed, 38 injured as bus collides with truck in Rajasthan

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At least 14 people were killed and 38 others suffered injuries when a private bus they were travelling in collided with a truck in Churu district of Rajasthan in the early hours of today.

Churu district collector Rohit Gupta told NetIndian over the telephone that two of those killed were women.
 
He said the injured were taken to hospitals in Bikaner, Ganganagar and Sikar for treatment.
 
Superintendent of Police Om Prakash said the condition of two of the injured was stated to be critical.
 
He said the bus was on its way from Jaipur, the state capital, to Karanpur town, near Ganganagar, when the mishap occurred around 0230 hours today.
 
Mr Gupta said the state government had announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 20,000 to the next of kin of those killed in the accident.
 
Apart from this, the state government had made arrangements, with the help of local people, for an amount of Rs 1 lakh to be paid to five young children - four girls and a boy - who were orphaned after both their parents were killed in the mishap.
 
The government will also make arrangements to ensure that the children complete their studies, Mr Gupta added.
 
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Army Chief reviews mounted cavalry parade

Chief of Army Staff Gen Bikram Singh reviewing the mounted parade by the 61st Cavalry at Cavalry Grounds in Jaipur on September 23, 2012.

Chief of Army Staff Gen Bikram Singh reviewing the mounted parade by the 61st Cavalry at Cavalry Grounds in Jaipur on September 23, 2012.
Chief of Army Staff Gen Bikram Singh reviewing the mounted parade by the 61st Cavalry at Cavalry Grounds in Jaipur on September 23, 2012.

AC double-decker train between Delhi and Jaipur flagged off

Union Minister for Railways Mukul Roy and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit flagging off the AC double decker train between Delhi Sarai Rohilla and Jaipur in New Delhi on August 24, 2012.
Union Minister for Railways Mukul Roy and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit flagging off the AC double decker train between Delhi Sarai Rohilla and Jaipur in New Delhi on August 24, 2012.
Union Railways Minister Mukul Roy and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit flagged off the new air-conditioned double-decker train between Delhi Sarai Rohilla and Jaipur here today.
 
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Mr Roy said that the first AC double decker train was introduced between Howrah and Dhanbad in 2011, which was found to be satisfactory. 
 
He said that the new train between Delhi and Jaipur would fulfill a long-felt need of the travelling public.
 
Mr Roy said the AC double-decker coach had been designed in-house and manufactured at the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, a production unit of the Indian Railways.
 
The Railway Minister said that the design of the double decker coaches was a mighty challenge for the Railways as the entire rail network and coach designs need to meet standard dimensions in length, breadth and height as per bridges, overhead electricity wire, tunnels, and so on.
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Mewar's 1924 Rolls-Royce first Indian entry to win at Pebble Beach, USA

Mr Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, the scion of the House of Mewar, said to be the world's oldest-living dynasty, has becomes the first Indian ever to win at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California, United States.

A press release from the House of Mewar said his 1924 Rolls-Royce 20 HP, Barker Tourer (GLK 21), which was selected by the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance panel to participate in the event, won the Lucius Beebe Trophy on August 19, 2012. 
 
The trophy is awarded to the Rolls-Royce considered most in the tradition of Lucius Beebe who served among Pebble Beach’s early judges.
 
On this occasion, the House of Mewar also released a 194-page coffee table book dedicated to the history and restoration of this favourite royal car of Udaipur along with the family’s association with Rolls-Royce over seven generations. 
 
The release said the House of Mewar has always encouraged various car rallies by actively supporting them. The participation in the Pebble Beach event is another illustration of the royal family’s commitment to protect and showcase their living heritage in order to promote the idea and its importance, it said.
 
The coffee table book titled ‘The Royal Udaipur RR GLK 21 Classic drive from Derby to Udaipur to Pebble Beach and…Continues’ relives the car’s journey from being bought to be cannibalized for its spare parts to becoming a family favourite.
 
After being put out to pasture in a corner in Zenana Mahal in The City Palace, the RR GLK 21 was spotted by Mr Mewar, who then gave expression to his passion for restoring classic cars and resurrected it to its former glory.
 
“India was the ultimate destination for many of Rolls-Royce’s early cars because the Indian Maharanas and Maharajas were only too happy to make the transition from horse-drawn carriages to a car. Back in the old days, this venerable marquee found pride of place for state visits, ceremonies and festivals. In some instances they were also used for hunting and were retro-fitted to accommodate cricket teams. By participating in this event, we want to showcase our legacy and our heritage – because today ‘Living Heritage’ has more currency than luxury whose definition is so dynamic,” the 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar said on the eve of the conclusion of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California. 
 
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HRD Ministry sanctions new IIITs in Assam, Tripura, Rajasthan in PPP mode

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The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has approved proposals from three States -- Assam, Tripura and Rajasthan -- for setting up three new Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) under the not-for-profit public-private partnership (N-PPP) mode.

The IIITs may, initially, be registered as societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and subsequently come under the umbrella of a Central legislation. 
 
The new IIITs are being set up as part of a scheme under which the MHRD intends to establish 20 IIITs on N-PPP basis to address the challenges faced by the Indian IT industry and the growth of the domestic IT market.
 
An official press release said 11 State Governments have identified land and are in the process of identifying the industry partners. It is expected that another three States may also be sanctioned an IIIT each shortly under the scheme. 
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