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Rajasthan Royals beat Kings Punjab by 43 runs

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Rajasthan Royals bounced back in style after four consecutive defeats with a convincing 43-run win over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here tonight.

It was a good all-round effort by the 2008 champions and the win propelled them to the fifth position in the nine-team T20 tournament with 10 points from 11 matches. 
 
Kings XI, who suffered a loss after two good wins, also have 10 points but are a step behind Rajasthan on the basis of net run rate.
 
Opting to bat first, Rajasthan Royals rode on a good show by skipper Rahul Dravid's 46 to pile up 177 for six in their 20 overs..
 
And some tight bowling by Johan Botha (2-21), Shane Watson (2-22) and Shaun Tait (2-18) helped them restrict Kings XI Punjab to 134 for eight. Watson, who also struck a 17-ball 36, was adjudged Man of the Match.
 
But what will haunt the Rajasthan Royals is their poor fielding performance. They could have wrapped up the match much earlier but dropped three easy catches.
 
While chasing, Kings XI Punjab made a poor start as they lost batsmen Mandeep Singh (7) and Nitin Saini (2) inside six overs. Captain David Hussey (8) also departed soon. Shaun Marsh. however, kept the scoreboard ticking with his 27-ball 34, but the Australian also followed his skipper back as Kings XI hopes faded soon.
 
Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood (24) put up a brief fight but not enough.
 
Earlier, Rajasthan lost their top run getter Ajinkya Rahane (5) in the second over, leaving Dravid (46) and Watson (36) to give them a good start with their 69-run partnership for the second wicket.
 
Dravid was in great touch hitting eight fours in his 39-ball innings. He was also involved in a crucial partnership with young Ashok Menaria (34).
 
Ryan Harris was the pick of the Kings XI bowlers bagging four for 34 while leggie Piyush Chawla go two for 38.
 
Dravid said Tait added some spice to Royals attack
 
"He created some element of doubt in the batsmen. Conditions made us go for the five changes. It was a good performance by batsmen to get to 177. We have lost a couple of close games, but that is the nature of the competition, we need to play well," he said.
 
Watson said the PCA track helped pacers.
 
"The wicket was something similar to what we get at home, pace and bounce helped me a lot and I enjoyed bowling here. Owe a lot to IPL, love coming to IPL. Loved working with different characters Warne and Rahul. I think Rahul's a bit understated in every aspect of life," he said.
 
Scorecard:
Rajasthan Royals:
Rahul Dravid c Awana b Harris 46
Ajinkya Rahane c Saini b Harris 5
Shane Watson c Harris b Chawla 36
Ashok Menaria c Gurkeerat b Chawla 34
Brad Hodge c Marsh b Harris 36
Johan Botha not out 14
Stuart Binny c Marsh b Harris 0
Extras (lb 2, w 3, nb 1) 6
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 177
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Rahane, 1.2 overs), 2-76 (Watson, 7.5), 3-117 (Dravid, 13.2), 4-133 (Menaria, 15.6), 5-176 (Hodge, 19.4), 6-177 (Binny, 19.6)  
Bowling:
Praveen Kumar 4-0-32-0
Ryan Harris 4-0-34-4
Parvinder Awana 4-0-34-0
Azhar Mahmood 4-0-37-0
Piyush Chawla 4-0-38-2
 
Kings XI Punjab:
Shaun Marsh b Botha 34
Mandeep Singh c Trivedi b Watson 7
Nitin Saini c & b Tait 2
David Hussey c Hodge b Trivedi 8
Azhar Mahmood b Binny 24
Gurkeerat Singh c & b Botha 23
Abhishek Nayar not out 9
Ryan Harris c Botha b Tait 3
Praveen Kumar not out 7
Extras (lb 5, w 6, nb 1) 12
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 134
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Mandeep, 1.3 overs), 2-29 (Saini, 5.3), 3-55 (Hussey, 7.3), 4-59 (Marsh, 8.3), 5-95 (Azhar, 14.5), 6-112 (Gurkeerat Singh, 16.3), 7-120 (Chawla, 17.3), 8-123 (Harris, 18.2)  
Bowling:
Ankeet Chavan 3-0-32-0
Shane Watson 4-1-22-2
Shaun Tait 4-0-18-2
Johan Botha 4-0-21-2
Stuart Binny 1-0-8-1
 
Toss Rajasthan Royals, who chose to bat
Result: Rajasthan Royals won by 43 runs
Umpires: Johan Cloete (South Africa) and Simon Taufel (Australia)
TV umpire: S.Ravi
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
 
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Sehwag’s record half century helps Daredevils beat Rajasthan

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Skipper Virender Sehwag struck a 20-ball half century as Delhi Daredevils extended their lead at the top of the table with a convincing six-wicket win over 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Swai Man Singh Stadium here tonight. 

With their fourth-consecutive win in the fifth season of the Twenty-20 tournament, Daredevils have 16 points from 10 matches while Rajasthan Royals, who suffered their fourth consecutive loss, remained sixth with eight points, also from 10 matches.
 
Opting to bat first, Rajasthan Royals, riding on a 71-run stand for the first wicket between skipper Rahul Dravid (52) and Ajinkya Rahane (42), scored 141 for six in 20 overs. 
 
Daredevils’ left-arm spinner Pawan Negi triggered a middle-order collapse by picking up four for 18. Negi was adjudged as Man of the Match for his superb effort.
 
In reply, Daredevils scored 144 for four with 28 balls to spare after skipper Virender Sewhag struck a 38-ball 73 and became the first player in the history of Twenty-20 cricket to hit five consecutive half-centuries. Maverick English batsman Kevin Pietersen, playing his last match in the fifth season, scored a valuable 36 off 34 balls.
 
Daredevils made a poor start, losing vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene off the third ball of the innings after left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan struck the Sri Lankan skipper lbw without a run on board.
 
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Sehwag and Pietersen then joined forces and spanked the hapless Rajasthan Royals bowlers to all parts of the ground. Sehwag was the dominant force in the 96-run stand for the second wicket and got his record half-century in style with an upper cut that sailed into the stand off pacer Amit Singh in the eighth over.
 
When Sehwag and Pietersen were batting it looked as if Daredevils would cruise to a win with nine wickets in hand. But Australian all-rounder Shane Watson struck in the 11th over to get rid of Pietersen, who was caught by compatriot Owais Shah. Pieterson hit three fours and a six and brought down the curtains on the campaign in the fifth season on a happy note.
 
Australia’s veteran left-arm spinner Brad Hogg  (2-32) then struck in his two consecutive overs to remove Ross Taylor (9) and Sehwag to reduce Daredevils to 131 for four. Sehwag smashed 12 fours and a six in his 38-ball innings.
 
Naman Ojha (11 not out) and Yogesh Nagar (9 not out) took the team home safely without losing any wicket.
 
Rajasthan Royals next host Kings XI Punjab, May 5, while Daredevils will enjoy a six-day rest before facing Kolkata Knight Riders at home next Monday.
 
Scoreboard
Rajasthan Royals:
Rahul Dravid b Morkel 57
Ajinkya Rahane c Sehwag b Negi 42
Shane Watson b Negi 8
Owais Shah c Ojha b Yadav 1
Brad Hodge c Sehwag b Negi 1
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Ashok Menaria c Pietersen b Negi 2
Shreevats Goswami not out 18
Ankeet Chavan not out 7
Extras (lb 2, w 3) 5
Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 141
Fall of wickets: 1-71 (Rahane, 8.4 ov), 2-87 (Watson, 10.5 ov), 3-90 (Shah, 11.4 ov), 4-93 (Hodge, 12.2 ov), 5-95 (Menaria, 12.6 ov), 6-128 (Dravid, 18.1 ov) 
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 2-0-22-0
Umesh Yadav 4-0-28-1
Morne Morkel 4-0-23-1
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-33-0
Pawan Negi 4-0-18-4
Virender Sehwag 2 0 15 0 7.50  
      
Delhi Daredevils:
Mahela Jayawardene lbw Chavan 0
Virender Sehwag c Dravid b Hogg 73
Kevin Pietersen c Shah b Watson 36
Ross Taylor c Goswami b Hogg 6
Yogesh Nagar not out 9
Naman Ojha not out 11
Extras (b 5, lb 3, w 1) 9
Total (for four wickets in 15.2 overs) 144
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Jayawardene, 0.3 ov), 2-96 (Pietersen, 10.2 ov), 3-106 (Taylor, 11.4 ov), 4-131 (Sehwag, 14.4 ov) 
Bowling:
Ankeet Chavan 4-0-29-1
Pankaj Singh 2-0-24-0
Shane Watson 4-0-29-1
Amit Singh 1-0-12-0
Brad Hogg 4-0-32-2
Ashok Menaria 0.2-0-10-0
 
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Alva shifted as Rajasthan Governor; Narasimhan, Sankaranarayanan get fresh terms in AP, Maharashtra

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Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva was today transferred and appointed as the Governor of Rajasthan for the remainder of her term.

Dr Aziz Qureshi will succeed her as Governor of Uttarakhand, a statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan said. Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil had been holding additional charge of the Rajasthan Governor after the death of Ms Prabha Rau on April 26, 2010.
 
The President also appointed Mr E.S.L. Narasimhan, as Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Mr K. Sankaranarayanan, as Governor of Maharashtra for fresh terms.
 
Mr B V Wanchoo, former head of the Special Protection Group (SPG), which protects the Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers and members of their families, has been appointed as the Governor of Goa, the statement added.
 
Dr Qureshi, 72, is a former member of the Lok Sabha from Satna in Madhya Pradesh and a former state minister.
 
He has also practised as a lawyer and been an academician. He has had a long association with the Congress party. 
 
Mr Wanchoo is a retired officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS),1976 batch, from the West Bengal cadre. He was a joint director in the Intelligence Bureau when he was picked up to head the SPG in 2004. He served in that position for more than seven years before retiring in October last year.
 
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Suzlon wins 50 MW order from Eoxis for its first wind power project in India

File photo of wind farm in Rajasthan
File photo of wind farm in Rajasthan

Wind turbine manufacturers Suzlon Group today said it had signed a contract for a 50.4 MW wind power project with the Indian subsidiary of the United Kingdom-based Eoxis Group, which is backed by Platina Energy Partners. 

A press release from the company said the order comprises 24 units of Suzlon’s latest S97 – 2.1 MW wind turbines, featuring the Doubly-Fed Induction Generator (DFIG) technology. 
 
The project will be set up in Rajasthan and is scheduled to be commissioned by January, 2013. Suzlon will execute the contract under its end-to-end business model, the release said.
 
Eoxis is an investee company of Platina Energy Partners, an independent European investment firm focusing on renewable energy. Eoxis has invested in solar projects in Europe, and also recently completed its first 15 MW solar project in Gujarat.
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This 50.4 MW order is the group’s first investment in the Indian wind energy sector, the release said.
 
.“Eoxis is a serious player in the renewable space with ambitious long-term plans to be a leading global renewable energy IPP. We have a team of experts who have had significant exposure to this sector and project financing. We have a very strategic focus on the wind sector and, in particular, on India which is amongst the top five wind energy markets worldwide," Ms. Laurence Mulliez, CEO, Eoxis said, 
 
“After spending two years considering the available options, we selected Suzlon, the market leader in India. We trust Suzlon’s proven expertise, capabilities and the latest S9X turbine technology to deliver expected life cycle value contribution to this project," she added.
 
Mr. Tulsi Tanti, Chairman, Suzlon Group, said: “We are happy to partner with Eoxis in their maiden wind energy project in India, and look forward to building a strong long-term relationship.
“The growth of the IPP sector represents the next stage of the evolution for the Indian wind market – and this order underscores our strong competitive position in this rapidly growing segment.”
 
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Exercise Shoorveer begins in Rajasthan

Troops of the Indian Army's South-Western Command test battle preparedness in Exercise Shoorveer being held in the desert of Rajasthan.Read story.

Troops of the Indian Army's South-Western Command test battle preparedness in Exercise Shoorveer being held in the desert of Rajasthan.
Read story.Troops of the Indian Army's South-Western Command test battle preparedness in Exercise Shoorveer being held in the desert of Rajasthan.

South Western Command tests battle preparedness in Exercise Shoorveer

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Troops of the Indian Army's South Western "Sapta Shakti" Command have built up in the desert of Rajasthan for their annual battle preparedness Exercise Shoorveer.

Presently, the formations are practising their battle drills in the designated training areas, an official press release form the Army said.
    
The collective training started with honing up of basic battle procedures and tactical drills at tactical level.  A number of field firings are being carried out to check the accuracy and lethality of the weapon systems.  A large number of innovations and modifications carried out by units and formations to enhance combat power are being tested in the field, it said.
 
According to the release, the momentum of training is gradually building up with increased combat tempo to set the stage for a major joint Army - Air Force exercise. 
 
The exercise is scheduled to culminate, when Sapta Shakti Command along with Indian Air Force will carry out swift battle manoeuvres and joint operations.  
 
Defence Minister A K Antony and Chief of Army Staff Gen V K Singh will review the culminating stages of the exercise in first week of May, the release added.
 
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Dilshan, De Villiers guide Royal Challengers to 46-run win over Rajasthan Royals

Riding on an unbeaten century stand between Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers, Royal Challengers Bangalore registered a massive 46-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here tonight.

Chasing a huge target of 190, Rajasthan Royals could manage only 143 for seven, with skipper Rahul Dravid’s fighting 58 off 42 balls going in vain. The loss was the 2008 champions first loss in four matches at home in the season.
 
With the win, Royal Challengers Bangalore moved to the sixth spot with eight points from seven matches. Rajasthan Royals are now fourth also with eight points from eight matches.
 
Put in to bat first, Royal Challengers made a slow start but the 122-run unbroken stand for the fourth wicket between Dilshan (76 off 58 balls) and De Villiers (59 off just 23 balls) took Royal Challengers to a mammoth total of 189 for three. De Villiers was adjudged Man of the Match for his whirlwind knock.
 
Royal Challengers had to rejig their batting order as West Indian opener Chris Gayle, who had to fall back to No.4 position, could not open the innings since he fell ill just before the start of the match.
 
Virat Kohli (16), promoted to open the innings with Dilshan, continued his bad run of form while Australia’s veteran left-arm spinner Brad Hogg (2-39) struck in consecutive overs to get rid of Mayank Agarwal (15) and Gayle (6) as Royal Challengers were reduced to 67 for three in the 12th over.
 
But Dilshan and De Villiers smashed the Rajasthan Royals bowlers to all part of the ground in the last eight overs, scoring 114 runs. Dilshan hit 10 fours and a six during his patient knock while De Villiers hit five sixes and three fours for his second half-century this season.
 
While chasing, Rajasthan Royals struggled against the left-arm spin of K.P.Apanna, who finished with four for 19 while young pacer Harshal Patel bagged two for 32. Royal Challengers skipper Daniel Vettori also bowled well, giving away just 20 runs from his four overs.
 
Dravid gave Rajasthan a good start but introduction of Apanna spelt disaster for the hosts. 
Apanna removed the Rajasthan Royals' top order. He first struck to remove leading run-getter Ajinkya Rahane (13) in his first spell. In his second spell, he struck thrice in his two overs to remove Owais Shah (10), Shreevats Goswami (1) and Dravid as Rajasthan Royals slumped from 80-1 to 91-4.
 
After Dravid’s fall, Rajasthan’s resistance ended as wickets fell at regular intervals.
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Rajasthan Royals next face Delhi Daredevils in the national capital while Royal Challengers host Chennai Super Kings.
 
Scorecard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli c Hodge b Pankaj 16
Tillekaratne Dilshan not out 76
Mayank Agarwal c Hodge b Hogg 15
Chris Gayle lbw Hogg 4
AB de Villiers not out 59
Extras (lb 10, w 7, nb 2) 19
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 189
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Kohli, 3.4 overs), 2-60 (Agarwal, 9.4), 3-67 (Gayle, 11.4) 
Bowling:
Ajit Chandila 4-0-29-0
Pankaj Singh 4-0-32-1
Kevon Cooper 4-1-35-0
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-44-0
Brad Hogg 4-0-39-2
 
Rajasthan Royals:
Rahul Dravid c Dilshan b Appanna 58
Ajinkya Rahane  c sub (Pomersbach) b Appanna 13
Owais Shah st de Villiers b Appanna 10
Shreevats Goswami c Agarwal b Appanna 1
Brad Hodge c Agarwal b Patel 10
Stuart Binny not out 20
Kevon Cooper c Vettori b Khan 8
Brad Hogg c Vinay Kumar b Patel 13
Extras (lb 5, w 5) 10     
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 143
Fall of wickets: 1-56 (Rahane, 7.2 overs), 2-80 (Shah, 11.1), 3-87 (Goswami, 11.5), 4-91 (Dravid, 13.1), 5-101 (Hodge, 14.5), 6-119 (Cooper, 16.5),  7-143 (Hogg, 19.6)  
Bowling:
Zaheer Khan 4-0-30-1
R Vinay Kumar 4-0-37-0
Daniel Vettori 4-0-20-0
K.P.Appanna 4-0-19-4
Harshal Patel 4-0-32-2
 
Toss: Rajasthan Royals, who chose to field
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 46 runs
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and Sudhir Asnani
TV umpire: S.Das
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
 
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Du Plessis stars in Chennai Super Kings' big win over Rajasthan Royals

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Faf du Plessis continued his good form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he struck a match-winning 73 to help Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals convincingly by seven wickets at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here today.

The South African's 52-ball innings enabled Super Kings to achieve the target of 147 losing three wickets and the win took the hosts to the third spot in the points table with eight points from seven matches.
 
Rajasthan Royals, the 2008 champions, suffered their third loss in seven matches but are still sitting comfortably at the second place.
 
Opting to bat first, England's Owais Shah, who is having a good run in the tournament, struck a 43-ball 52 to give Rajasthan Royals a modest total of 146 for four in 20 overs.
 
While chasing, Chennai got off to a good start with Subramaniam Badrinath (15) and Du Plessis adding 55-run for the first wicket. Runs were flowing easily for Chennai as they scored 45 runs in the first six overs before Badrinath was stumped by Australian veteran Brad Hogg.
 
Du Plessis got to his half-century in 34 balls and hammered six fours and two sixes before being dismissed by West Indian Kevon Cooper, who remained the pick of the Rajasthan bowlers with two for 23.
 
Du Plessis was also involved in a 61-run stand with Suresh Raina (26) for the second wicket that took the super Kings to the threshold of a win.
 
Earlier, Shah slammed 52 runs to take Rajasthan Royals to 146 for four. Shah and Ashok Menaria stitched a 92-run stand in 65 balls for the third wicket for a late onslaught. Menaria hit two fours and a six in his 34-ball 36.
 
Rajasthan Royal's Sri Lankan fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara gave away just 17 runs from four overs and also picked up the important wicket of Shah.
 
Chennai Super Kings in their next match face Royal Challengers in Bangalore while Rajasthan Royals hosts Royal Challengers at home in Jaipur.
 
Scorecard:
Rajasthan Royals:
Rahul Dravid c Bollinger b Jakati 26 
Ajinkya Rahane c Kulasekara b Ashwin 15
Owais Shah c Dhoni b Kulasekara 52 
Ashok Menaria c Jakati b Bollinger 36
Brad Hodge not out 3 
Extras: (b 1, lb 2, w 11) 14 
Total: (for four wickets in 20 overs) 146
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Rahane, 4.4 overs), 2-50 (Dravid, 7.6), 3-142 (Menaria, 18.5), 4-146 (Shah, 19.6)
Bowling
Nuwan Kulasekara 4-0-17-1
Doug Bollinger 4-0-31-1 
Dwayne Bravo 3-0-32-0 
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-19-1
Shadab Jakati 2-0-12-1 
Ravindra Jadeja 3-0-32-0
 
Chennai Super Kings
Subramaniam Badrinath st Goswami b Hogg 15
Faf du Plessis c Goswami b Cooper 73
Suresh Raina c Rahane b Cooper 26 
Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 15
Dwayne Bravo not out 16 
Extras: (lb 1, w 1) 2 
Total: (for three wickets in 20 overs) 147
Fall of wickets: 1-55 (Badrinath, 7.3 overs), 2-116 (du Plessis, 16.1), 3-117 (Raina, 16.3)
Bowling
Ashok Menaria 2-0-10-0 
Stuart Binny 2-0-20-0 
Amit Singh 4-0-45-0
Kevon Cooper 4-0-23-2 
Brad Hogg 4-0-18-1 
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-30-0

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IPL: Rajasthan Royals on top, Deccan Chargers suffer third straight loss

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Rajasthan Royals kept up their brilliant form this season beating Deccan Chargers by five wickets for their fourth win in the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here today.

Rajasthan chased down a massive target of 197 losing only five wickets with four balls to spare after Australian Brad Hodge struck a match winning 21-ball 48. Hodge was adjudged as the Man of the Match.
 
Rajasthan batsmen atoned for the poor performance of their bowlers, who allowed the visitors to get a huge total of 196 for two in 20 overs.
 
Rajasthan skipper Rahul Dravid led from the front with a quick-fire 42 of 24 balls while leading run-getter Ajinkya Rahane struck 44.
 
With the win, 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals jumped to the top of the points table with eight points from six matches. Royals have just lost two of their matches so far. Deccan Chargers, champions in 2009, suffered their third consecutive loss in the season and are still at the bottom of the table with no win from three matches.
 
It was always going to be a tough chase for Royals and they kept up the tempo with Dravid and Rahane striking the ball well and laying the platform with their 62-run stand for the first wicket.
 
Dravid struck seven fours and a six in his 24-ball innings while Rahane smashed five fours and a six in his 31-ball knock.
 
Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Rajasthan Royals got the chase going with good partnerships. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra (3-32) struck in his three consecutive overs to raise hopes for Deccan Chargers as Rajasthan slumped from 110 for one to 135 for three in five overs.
 
It was then left to Hodge, who played a whirlwind knock to take the hosts home safely with his 21-ball knock hitting six fours and two sixes.
 
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Earlier, opting to bat first, half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan (52) and Jean Paul Duminy (58) gave Deccan Chargers a mammoth total. Skipper Kumar Sangakkara (44) and all-rounder Daniel Christian, 29 not out off 19 balls, also came up with valuable contributions as Deccan Chargers made 196 for two in 20 overs.
 
Sangakkara said poor fielding cost them the match. “We were not tight enough in our fielding. We should be tight in all departments. You're bound to see flatter tracks so the bowlers have to adapt," the Sri Lankan said.
 
Dravid said it was the experience of Hodge that proved crucial. The former India captain also said that the onus was on him to do better since Twenty20 is the only form of the game that he was playing.
 
"Who says experience isn't required in T20? Hodge was excellent. It's the only form of the game I'm playing now so I better do well. Today we were a bit lucky with this game," he said.
 
Hodge said as an Australian the mindset is to attack fast bowlers. "It's the role of the Australian to attack the best fast bowlers. T20 is really enjoyable, half the battle is trying to stay fit. I'm just trying to do exactly what Rahul wants," he said.
 
Rajasthan Royals in their next match face defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Chennai while Deccan Chargers fly to Delhi to take on Daredevils.
 
Scorecard:
Deccan Chargers:
Kumar Sangakkara c Yagnik b Hodge 44
Shikhar Dhawan c Hodge b Trivedi 52
Dan Christian not out 29
Jean Paul Duminy not out 58
Extras (lb 2, w 11) 13
Total (for two wickets in 20 overs) 196
Fall of wickets: 1-94 (Sangakkara, 10.4 overs), 2-108 (Dhawan, 13.1) 
Bowling:
Pankaj Singh 3-0-37-0
Amit Singh 4-0-55-0
Johan Botha 4-0-29-0
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-27-1
Brad Hogg 4-0-33-0
Brad Hodge 1-0-13-1
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Rajasthan Royals:
Rahul Dravid b Christian 42
Ajinkya Rahane c Christian b Amit 44
Ashok Menaria  c Duminy b Amit 22
Owais Shah c Jhunjhunwala b Amit 12
Brad Hodge not out 48
Johan Botha c Tanmay b Anand Rajan 14
Dishant Yagnik not out 9
Extras (w 5, nb 1) 6
Total (for five wickets in 19.4 overs) 197
Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Dravid, 5.5 overs), 2-110 (Menaria, 11.6), 3-121 (Rahane, 13.2), 4-135 (Shah, 15.2), 5-172 (Botha, 18.1) 
Bowling:
Ankit Sharma 4-0-33-0
Dale Steyn 3.4-0-44-0
Dan Christian 4-0-43-1
Anand Rajan 4-0-45-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-32-3
 
Toss: Deccan Chargers, who chose to bat
Results: Rajasthan Royals won by five wickets
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire: A.K. Chowdhury
Match referee: Rajendra Jadeja
 
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Rahane century helps Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers by 59 runs

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A brilliant unbeaten century by Ajinkya Rahane, the first in the season, helped Rajasthan Royals thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore by 59 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.

Rahane’s maiden century, 103 off 60 balls, helped the 2008 champions get a huge 195 for two in their 20 overs. Royal Challengers were then bowled out for 136 runs in 19.5 overs after pacers Siddharth Trivedi picked up four for 23 while Amit Singh (2-43) and Pankaj Singh (2-18) bagged two wickets each.
 
For Rajasthan captain Rahul Dravid, the win couldn’t have come at a better venue, which is not only his hometown but also the base of the Royal Challengers, who had decided against retaining him last season.
 
For Dravid it was a home coming of a different sort and it remained memorable as he led his team to the top of the points table with six points from five matches.
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered their third consecutive loss in the season and are now lying at the eighth place with two points from four matches.
 
Right from winning the toss to shuffling his bowlers, everything fell in place for Dravid right from the start.
 
Dravid (25) and Rahane gave Rajasthan a solid start with a 62-run stand for the first wicket while a late onslaught by England’s Owais Shah, who hit 60 off 26 balls, helped themm to get to a formidable total. Rahane was adjudged as Man of the Match.
 
Rahane's unbeaten 103 was studded with twelve boundaries and five dazzling sixes. Rahane and Shah, who has been in good form in the tournament, ripped apart the hosts' attack with their 121-run stand for the second wicket.
 
With their big hits, they sent the bowlers on a leather hunt to all parts of the ground. Shah's knock was studded with five sixes and as many boundaries.
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While chasing a huge total, Royal Challengers never got their act right. They failed to get a decent partnership while their batsmen threw away their wickets playing loose shots. Mayank Aggarwal was the top scorer with 34 while Virat Kohli made 22.
 
Royal Challengers in their next match host Pune Warriors while Rajasthan Royals take on Deccan Chargers at home.
 
Scorecard:
Rajasthan Royals:
Rahul Dravid st de Villiers b Vettori 25
Ajinkya Rahane not out 103
Owais Shah c Vinay Kumar b Khan 60
Brad Hodge not out 1
Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 1) 6
Total (for two wickets in 20 overs) 195
Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Dravid, 10.2 overs), 2-183 (Shah, 18.4) 
Bowling:
Zaheer Khan 4-1-15-1
Sreenath Aravind 3-0-48-0
R Vinay Kumar 4-0-51-0
Daniel Vettori 4-0-20-1
Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-35-0
Chris Gayle 1-0-21-0
 
Royal Challengers:
Mayank Agarwal c Shah b Pankaj 34
Chris Gayle b Pankaj 8
Virat Kohli b Trivedi 22
AB de Villiers b Trivedi 4
Saurabh Tiwary b Trivedi 17
Mohammed Kaif c Hodge b Botha 14
Daniel Vettori b Trivedi 1
R.Vinay Kumar b Singh 11
Zaheer Khan  c Rahane b Hogg  0
Sreenath Aravind not out 14
Muttiah Muralitharan c Rahane b Singh 6
Extras (lb 1, w 2) 3
Total (all out in 19.5 overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Agarwal, 4.4 overs), 2-42 (Gayle, 4.6), 3-69 (de Villiers, 8.4), 4-78 (Kohli, 10.3 ), 5-101 (Tiwary, 14.1), 6-103 (Vettori, 14.4), 7-107 (Kaif, 15.4), 8-116 (Vinay Kumar, 16.5), 9-120 (Khan, 17.2)
Bowling:
Johan Botha 4-0-30-1
Pankaj Singh 4-0-18-2
Amit Singh 3.5-0-43-2
Brad Hogg 4-0-19-1
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-25-4
 
Toss: Rajasthan Royals, who chose to bat
Result: Rajasthan Royals won by 59 runs
Player of the Match: Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals)
Umpires: Johan Cloete (South Africa) and Rod Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire: S. Ravi
Match referee: Raju Mukherjee
 
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World Bank to provide $ 109m for agricultural project in Rajasthan

Venu Rajamony, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, and Roland Lomme, the Governance Adviser, World Bank (India), signed the agreements for the Rajasthan Agricultural Competitiveness Project in New Delhi on April 13, 2012.
Venu Rajamony, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, and Roland Lomme, the Governance Adviser, World Bank (India), signed the agreements for the Rajasthan Agricultural Competitiveness Project in New Delhi on April 13, 2012.
The Government of India, the Government of Rajasthan and the World Bank have signed an agreement for an International Development Association (IDA) credit of $ 109 million for the Rajasthan Agricultural Competitiveness Project (RACP) aimed at increasing agricultural productivity through sustainable and efficient use of water resources. 
 
An official press release said the project was expected to increase agricultural productivity and farmer incomes through efficient water management, crop management, improved agricultural technology, farmer organizations and market innovations in some 20 selected areas of around 10,000 ha each, across 10 Agro-Ecological Zones of Rajasthan. 
 
In all, about 200,000 ha of agriculture land will be covered benefitting some 155,000 mainly smallholder farmers, it said.
 
The release said Rajasthan was faced with acute water shortage. Covering 10 per cent of India’s land area and about 5 per cent of the country’s population, the state has less than 2 per cent of its water resources. Erratic rainfall and recurring droughts have exacerbated the situation. Over the last 100 years, on an average, every district in the state has experienced drought in some form or the other for 50 per cent of the time. Over 60 per cent of the state’s population depends on (often low productivity) agriculture for their livelihood. 
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Apart from harsh and erratic agro-climatic conditions, agricultural production in Rajasthan is constrained by farmers having limited access to inputs like land, water, seeds and fertilizers as well as lack of technology, markets and farm credit. This has led to low productivity and subsistence-oriented farming systems in order to either cope with drought or to produce marketable surplus in years of good monsoon. 
 
The agreements were signed Mr. Venu Rajamony, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India; D. B. Gupta, Principal Secretary, Agriculture, on behalf of the Government of Rajasthan; Rajendra Prasad Sharma, Project Director, on behalf of the RACP; and Roland Lomme, Governance Adviser, World Bank (India) on behalf of World Bank. 
 
Speaking on the occasion, Rajamony said that Rajasthan had limited water resources and was facing an increasing constraint on water availability, in particular for agriculture. Improving productivity per unit of water use in irrigated agriculture (both surface and groundwater) and achieving productivity gains in rain-fed agriculture are one of the great untapped opportunities of the agriculture sector in the state, he said.
 
He said that a more water-efficient agriculture, as envisaged under the project, was expected to help farmers move from low value, often water-guzzling crops to high value farming, as envisaged by the Government of Rajasthan in its Water Sector Policy adopted in 2010. 
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Consequently, a primary focus of the project is to reduce the agriculture water footprint by supporting measures that improve harvest, capture, collection, delivery and distribution of water for crops and livestock dependent on either irrigated, ground water or rainfed water sources; improve water use efficiency in farms; increase moisture and fertility in soil; and promote market-oriented production. 
 
Gupta said that achieving sustainable water resources management practices within agriculture was at the core of the project.
 
Roberto Zagha, World Bank Country Director for India stated that the agricultural sector needed an end-to-end approach ranging from water management to better agricultural practices and marketing. While various individual building blocks of an end-to-end approach like water user associations, agriculture technology transfer, farmer producer groups, and marketing development have been tested across different projects in India, the RACP is for the first time, attempting to integrate all these elements across three water sources – canal water, ground water and rainfed agriculture – through a holistic approach, he added. 
 
As part of this approach the project will not only enable farmers to engage in profitable market-oriented production that is sustainable, but also promote partnerships and market linkages with other value chain crops and agribusinesses. 
 
While challenges in making the semi-arid dessert bloom are many, there are also significant opportunities associated with agriculture in Rajasthan. Severin Kodderitzsch, the Project’s Task Team Leader and the Bank’s Country Sector Coordinator for Agriculture and Rural Development in India said that the state holds several promising potentials. For example, it can diversify into higher value, less water consuming horticulture, floriculture, spice and medicinal plant production; it has a range of tested on-farm water management technologies; and experience in managing public-private partnerships in agriculture. 
 
The project will be financed by a credit from the IDA – the World Bank’s concessionary lending arm – which provides interest-free loans with 25 years to maturity and a grace period of five years. 
 
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Shakib shines as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets

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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan picked up three wickets as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by five wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens here tonight.

The left-arm spinner picked up three for 17 from his stipulated four overs to restrict Rajasthan Royals to 131 for five in 20 overs.
 
Knight Riders then achieved the target with four balls to spare after veteran South African batsman Jacques Kallis top-scored with 31 and Manvinder Bisla made 29. Manoj Tiwary (24) and Shakib (16) also came up with valuable contributions.
 
With the win, which was their second in four matches, Knight Riders are now fourth in the table while the 2008 champions, who started with two consecutive wins have now suffered their second loss on the trot and are now placed fifth.
 
It was a slow wicket to bat and batsmen from the both the teams relied mostly on singles as the boundaries were hard to come by. Just five sixes came were hit in the match.
 
While chasing, Knight Riders lost their captain Gautam Gambhir (11) early as he was run out but Kallis and Bisla brought the hosts back in the game with their 48-run stand. Tiwary was also involved in two crucial partnerships with Bisla and Shakib that took Knight Riders to the threshold of a win.
 
At the end, Yusuf Pathan (7 not out) and Dutchman Ryan ten Doeschate (7 not out) took the Knights home safely without much damage.
 
After opting to bat first, Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid (28) and Ajinkya Rahne (19) gave the team a stable start with their 45-run first wicket stand. But the introduction of Shakib in the seventh over after the end of Powerplay did the truck for Knight Riders. Shakib, a former Bangladesh captain, was also adjudged as the Man of the Match.
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Shakib, who was the Man of the Series in the recently held Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), struck with his very first ball as Rahane went for a booming drive but edged it to wicketkeeper Manvinder Bisla. The dismissal triggered a mini-collapse as Royals lost three quick wickets and in a space of three overs slumped from 45 for no loss to 49 for three.
 
Ashok Menaria didn't trouble the scorers as he ran himself out while Shakib struck in his second over to get rid of former India captain Dravid, who gave a simple catch to Saurabh Tiwary at short cover.
 
Wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami (24) and Shah then resurrected the innings with their 59-run stand for the fourth wicket that helped the 2008 champions to get past the 100-run mark. Both the batsmen found it hard to get the boundaries and relied mostly on the singles.
 
Goswami struck a four and a six in his 22-ball knock while Shah, who nearly took Royals to a great win against Mumbai Indians, hit three fours in his 33-ball knock.
 
Knight Riders in their next match host Knigs XI Punjab, April 15, while Rajasthan Royals play their next match in Bangalore against Royal Challengers.
 
Scorecard:
Rajasthan Royals:
Rahul Dravid c Tiwary b Shakib 28
Ajinkya Rahane c Bisla b Shakib 19
Ashok Menaria run out (Pathan) 1
Shreevats Goswami c Balaji b Shakib 24
Owais Shah st Bisla b Narine 31
Brad Hodge not out 12
Johan Botha not out 6
Extras (b 1, w 9) 10
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 131
Fall of wickets: 1-45 (Rahane, 6.1 overs), 2-48 (Menaria, 7.5), 3-49 (Dravid, 8.2), 4-108 (Goswami, 16.4), 5-113 (Shah, 18.1) 
Bowling:
Lakshmipathy Balaji 4-0-27-0
Jacques Kallis 3-0-26-0
Sunil Narine 4-0-22-1
Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-17-3
Yusuf Pathan 3-0-19-0
Rajat Bhatia 2-0-19-0
 
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Jacques Kallis lbw Botha 31
Gautam Gambhir run out (Dravid) 11
Manvinder Bisla c Rahane b Menaria 29
Manoj Tiwary st Goswami b Hogg 24
Shakib Al Hasan c Menaria b Singh 16 
Yusuf Pathan not out 7
Ryan ten Doeschate not out 7
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 6) 12
Total (for five wickets in 19.2 overs) 137
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Gambhir, 3.6 overs), 2-70 (Kallis, 10.5), 3-94 (Bisla, 14.5), 4-108 (Tiwary, 16.3), 5-126 (Shakib, 18.4)  
Bowling:
Johan Botha 4-0-22-1
Amit Singh 4-0-29-1
Ankeet Chavan 3.2-0-32-0
Brad Hogg 4-0-20-1
Siddharth Trivedi 3-0-25-0
Ashok Menaria 1-0-3-1
  
Toss Rajasthan Royals, who chose to bat
Result: Knight Riders won by five wickets
Player of the match: Shakib al Hasan (Knight Riders)
 Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and Sudhir Asnani
TV umpire: Subrat Das
Match referee: Graeme Labrooy (Sri Lanka)
 
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Pollard's all-round show steers Mumbai Indians to 27-run win over Rajasthan Royals

 
A stellar all-round show by West Indian Kieron Pollard powered Mumbai Indians to a 27-run win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Pollard struck a brilliant 33-ball 64 to take Mumbai Indians to a mammoth 197 for six in 20 overs. The Trinidadian then picked up 4 for 44 while fellow pacer Munaf Patel picked up 4 for 28, his second four-wicket haul, to bowl out Rajasthan Royals for 170 runs in 19.4 overs. Pollard was adjudged at the Man of the Match.
 
For Mumbai Indians, winners of Champions League Twenty20 and runners-up in the IPL last year, the win was their third in four matches and they moved to the top of the table with six points. Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan Royals tasted their first loss in three matches and are now fourth with four points.
 
Dravid's decision to bowl first back-fired as the Mumbai Indians batting fired in unison to get a big score on board, the highest in the season so far.
 
Mumbai Indians went into the match again without batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who is still out nursing a finger injury that he picked up during the first match against Chennai Super Kings.
 
Mumbai Indians's South African import Richard Levi again gave them a good start smashing 29 off 22 balls -- hitting four fours and a six.
 
Rohit Sharma, who won the match against Deccan Chargers, scored 21 off just 13 balls before being bowled by Australian veteran Brad Hogg, who bagged two for 31.
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Pollard and Ambati Rayudu (47) then added 96 runs for the fourth wicket that ensured a huge total for the Mumbai Indians.
 
Pollard smacked four sixes and six fours in his whirlwind knock while Rayudu hit three sixes and a four during his 32-ball stay.
 
Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh came up with a cameo of a six-ball 18 that was studded with two sixes and a four.
 
While chasing, Rajasthan Royals made a poor start after Munaf struck in the second over to remove Dravid (3) and Shreevats Goswami off successive deliveries.
 
But Ajinkya Rahane (40) and Owais Shah (76) kept the 2008 champions in the game with their massive 127-run stand for the third wicket.
 
Rahne, who hit two sixes and four fours in his 31-ball knock, was the first of Pollard's four victims.
 
Shah, however, raised hopes of a third successive win for Rajasthan Royals win with his brilliant 42-ball knock that was studded with five fours and five sixes.
 
Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who gave away just 13 runs picking up two wickets from his four overs, changed the course of the game by rattling the stumps of Shah that ended Rajasthan Royals' hopes.
 
Mumbai Indians next face Delhi Daredevils at home, April 16, while Rajasthan Royals will take on Knight Riders in Kolkata, April 13.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Richard Levi b Hogg 29
Tirumalasetti Suman c Trivedi b Singh 10
Rohit Sharma b Hogg 21
Ambati Rayudu not out 47
Kieron Pollard c Rahane b Chavan 64
Dinesh Karthik c Trivedi b Cooper 0
James Franklin c Rahane b Singh 2
Harbhajan Singh not out 18
Extras (b 1, lb 5) 6      
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 197
Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Suman, 3.3 overs), 2-59 (Sharma, 6.5), 3-68 (Levi, 8.2), 4-164 (Pollard, 16.6), 5-173 (Karthik, 17.4), 6-177 (Franklin, 18.4)  
Bowling:
Ankeet Chavan 4 0 41 1 10.25   
Amit Singh 4-0-29-2
Kevon Cooper 4-0-43-1
Brad Hogg 4-0-31-2
Siddharth Trivedi 3-0-25-0
Johan Botha 1-0-22-0
 
Rajasthan Royals:
Rahul Dravid c Suman b Patel 3
Ajinkya Rahane c Levi b Pollard 40
Shreevats Goswami c Karthik b Patel 0
Owais Shah b Malinga 76
Ashok Menaria c Sharma b Pollard 20
Johan Botha c Pollard b Malinga 2
Kevon Cooper b Patel 14
Ankeet Chavan c Karthik b Pollard 4
Brad Hogg c Franklin b Patel 2
Amit Singh b Pollard 0
Siddharth Trivedi not out 5
Extras (lb 1, w 2, nb 1) 4      
Total (all out in 19.4 overs) 170
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Dravid, 1.3 overs), 2-7 (Goswami, 1.4), 3-89 (Rahane, 11.1), 4-134 (Shah, 14.1), 5-136 (Botha, 14.4), 6-153 (Cooper, 16.5), 7-162 (Menaria, 17.2), 8-162 (Chavan, 17.3), 9-163 (Singh, 17.5)
Bowling:
Lasith Malinga 4-0-13-2
Munaf Patel 3.4-0-28-4
James Franklin 2-0-22-0
Pragyan Ojha 2-0-19-0
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-43-0
Kieron Pollard 4-0-44-4
 
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L&T commissions India's largest solar PV power plant in Rajasthan

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Engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro today said it had commissioned India’s largest solar photo voltaic (PV) based power plant (40 MWp)  owned by Reliance Power Limited at Dhursar village in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. 

A press release from the company said L&T Construction, as the largest EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) player in solar power, executed the plant from concept, including detailed design, to commissioning in 129 days.
 
With this, L&T has installed 114 MW of utility scale solar PV power plants over the last fiscal, a benchmark in India’s solar EPC industry.
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Spices Board of India to establish 10 Spice Parks by end of 2012

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The Spices Board of India, the nodal organization of the Ministry of Commerce for the promotion of exports of spices, will establish 10 spice parks in different strategic locations in the country by the end of 2012.
 
An official press release said a total of Rs. 167 crore was earmarked to invest in the spices parks. 
 
Out of this, Rs. 75 crore have already been invested in three completed spices parks in Chhihdwara in Madhya Pradesh, Puttady in Kerala and Jodhpur in Rajasthan.
 
The other parks will be completed during the year in states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Kota in Rajasthan. 
 
Th release said the Board had completed the construction of Spice Park in Rampura Bhatia village of Ozian Tehsil near Jodhpur in an area of 60 acres provided by the Rajasthan Government. 
 
The park was inaugurated by Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot yesterday.
 
The park has common infrastructure and processing facilities for seed spices, especially cumin and coriander. A public private partnership is ensured with 17 exporters to set up state- of-the-art processing lines and also cold storage facilities and also facilities to produce oils and oleoresins from seed spices. The machineries in the park are capable of processing other seed spices like fennel and fenugreek, which are quite ample in the region. 
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A full-line processing facility with a capacity to turn out two tonnes per hour has inbuilt facilities for pre-cleaning, grading, colour sorting, grinding and packing. The spice processing facilities available at the Spice Park are at par with the international standards. The higher end processing plants installed is a full processing line which includes pre-cleaning, grading, colour sorting, grinding and both bulk and consumer packing ranging from 100 g to 50 kg. 
 
The release said the Board was establishing a sterilization facility within the plant building with a capacity of 250 kg per hour in batch process. The Board will also be allotting individual slots for exporters on lease basis for developing their own processing plants in the parks. There was tremendous response from the exporters who wanted to set up their own facilities in the park, it said.
 
The Spices Board has set up other common infrastructure facilities like compound wall, road, drains, water distribution system, power station, weighing bridge, common parking area, truck yard, warehouses, preliminary quality testing facility, bank counter, training centre, conference hall, canteen facilities and so on within the parks. 
 
To ensure storing of raw materials for processing and to take care of the processed materials, the parks will have warehouses exclusively devoted for various seed spices separately. Two raw material warehouses with a storing capacity of 800 sq mtr each are devoted for coriander while two other warehouses for other seed spices have a storing capacity of 800 sq mtrs each. 
 
The parks are being provided with a 33 KVA substation with transformer and 250 KVA D.G. sets for ensuring an uninterrupted power supply for the working besides a full fire fighting system. 
 
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Rajasthan Royals beat Knight Riders for second consecutive win in IPL

 

Rajasthan Royals won their second consecutive match in season five of the Indian Premier League (IPL) beating Kolkata Knight Riders comprehensively by 22 runs at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here today.

With the win, Rajasthan are now on top of the points table with four points from two matches while Knight Riders are seventh and are yet to open their account after two matches.
 
Asked to bat first, the Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan Royals, riding on crucial knocks from Ashok Menaria (40) and Brad Hodge (44), made a competitive 164 for five in 20 overs. Hodge was also adjudged Man of the Match.
 
In reply, Knight Riders were all out for 142 in 20 overs as Manoj Tiwary's 59 went in vain. For them, it was their second consecutive loss in the IPL.
 
Trinidadian Kevon Copper, who was the outstanding performer in the last match, was the pick of the Rajasthan bowlers, bagging three for 28.
 
Royals made a bad start as Ajinkya Rahane, who had scored a brilliant 98 in the first match, was run out without opening his score in the second over. Dravid (26) and Shreevats Goswami (23) brought back the innings on track with their 43-run stand for the second wicket. The duo scored briskly with Dravid hitting two fours and two sixes in his 24-ball knock while Goswami hit two fours during his 18-ball stay.
 
Dravid was run out in the seventh over and Goswami fell two overs later after being castled by medium-pacer Rajat Bhatia.
 
Menaria and Hodge then joined forces to form a 64-run stand for the fourth wicket scoring at a quick rate. Menaria smashed four fours and a six in his 30-ball knock while Hodge hit three fours and two sixes during his 29-ball stay.
 
Australia's veteran speedster Brett Lee struck in his successive overs to remove Menaria and Hodge but Englishman Owais Shah's cameo of 11-ball 23 ensured Rajasthan a challenging total. Lee was the most successful of the Knight Riders' bowlers, bagging two for 29 from his stipulated four overs while Bhatia got a wicket giving away 27 runs.
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Knight Riders made a disastrous start, losing three wickets for just eight runs on the board inside three overs. Skipper Gautam Gambhir failed again and this time did not trouble the scorers.
 
It was then left for Tiwary to come up with a brilliant half-century but unfortunately it went in vain. The Kolkata boy hit seven fours in his 49-ball innings. Tiwary hardly got support from the other end and was bowled by South African spinner Johan Botha.
 
Lee came up with an 11-ball 25, hitting two fours and two sixes, but it came too late.
 
Rajasthan captain Dravid was happy with the good start.
 
"It was a good start. We start as underdogs which is good for us. Good to win at home and hopefully we can get some wins away as well. I honestly thought we were 15 runs short. We played on slow tracks last year but this was a good wicket. It was a dream to get three of their top batsmen out so early," he said.
 
Gambhir said the poor start cost the Knight Riders a win. "It's difficult to chase when you are three down early into your innings. We try and get the right combination, we pick the team in a hope that whoever plays will win the game for us. we look to turn it around and get back to winning ways," he said.
 
Rajasthan Royals in their next match face Mumbai Indians in Mumbai while Knight Riders will fly to Bangalore to take on Royal Challengers.
 
Scoreboard:
Rajasthan Royals:
Rahul Dravid run out (Iqbal Abdulla/Bhatia) 26
Ajinkya Rahane run out (Gambhir) 0
Shreevats Goswami b Bhatia 23
Ashok Menaria b Lee 40
Brad Hodge c McCullum b Lee 44
Owais Shah not out 23
Kevin Cooper not out 5
Extras (w 2, nb 1) 3
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 164
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Rahane, 1.3 overs), 2-44 (Dravid, 6.4), 3-61 (Goswami, 8.4), 4-125 (Hodge, 16.1), 5-152 (Menaria, 18.4)  
Bowling:
Brett Lee 4-0-29-2
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Jacques Kallis 4-0-35-0
Sunil Narine 4-0-29-0
Iqbal Abdulla 2-0-16-0
Rajat Bhatia 4-0-27-1
Yusuf Pathan 2-0-28-0
 
Kolkata Knight Riders
Jacques Kallis c Dravid b Singh 5
Brendan McCullum lbw Chavan 2
Gautam Gambhir c Goswami b Singh 0
Manoj Tiwary b Botha 59
Debabrata Das b Cooper 12
Yusuf Pathan c Hodge b Trivedi 15
Rajat Bhatia c&b Trivedi 8
Laxmi Ratan Shukla c Shah b Chavan 8
Brett Lee b Cooper 25
Sunil Narine b Cooper 0
Iqbal Abdulla not out 1
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 5) 7
Total (all out in 20 overs) 142
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Kallis, 1.5 overs), 2-8 (Gambhir, 1.6), 3-8 (McCullum, 2.1), 4-25 (Das, 5.4), 5-66 (Pathan, 10.2), 6-77 (Bhatia, 12.2), 7-94 (Shukla, 14.4), 8-132 (Lee, 18.2), 9-132 (Narine, 18.)
Bowling:
Ankeet Chavan 4-0-23-2
Amit Singh 4-0-30-2
Kevin Cooper 4-0-28-3
Siddharth Trivedi 4-1-25-2
Johan Botha 4-0-34-1
 
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IPL: Rahane, Cooper guide Rajasthan Royals to 31-run win over Kings XI Punjab

 

Ajinkya Rahane and little-known Trinidadian Kevon Cooper guided Rajasthan Royals to a 31-run win over Kings XI Punjab in their first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Swai Man Singh Stadium here tonight.

Man of the Match Rahane, looking to get back into the Indian team, struck a whirlwind 98 off just 66 balls  as Rajasthan Royals got a huge total of 191 for four in 20 overs. Cooper, a 23-year-old pacer, then picked up four for 26 to restrict the Adam Gilchrist-led Kings XI Punjab to 160 for nine in 20 overs.

Gilchrist's decision to field first back-fired as Rahul Dravid (28) and Rahane gave the hosts a great start with their 77-run stand. Dravid, who announced his retirment from all forms of international and first class cricket last month, played an uncharacteristic 24-ball knock, hitting three fours.
 
But it was Rahane at the other end, who set the stage on fire. The young India opener smashed the Kings XI bowlers to all parts of the ground. He hit the street-smart medium pacer Praveen Kumar for four fours as 16 runs came off the third over. Praveen, who was the best Indian bowler during the Test series in England, proved costly, giving away 42 runs from his four overs.
 
Rahane played some great shots on both side of the wicket and his timing was perfect. He was merciless on Piyush Chawla, hitting the leggie for three consecutive fours and 18 runs came from the 17th over.
 
Rahane struck 16 fours and a six in his 66-ball innings. He was finally dismissed in the last over after he tried to hit over the extra-cover but was castled by James Faulkner, who picked up two for 41.
 
While chasing, Kings XI got off to a good start with Gilchrist (27) and Valthaty (13) adding 36 runs for the first wicket. After pacer Amit Singh struck in the fifth over to remove Gilchrist, Cooper struck thrice in seven balls to dismiss Valthaty, Shaun Marsh and (7) and Abhishek Nayar (10) as Kings XI were reduced to 61 for four in eight overs.
 
Kings XI batsmen had to blame themselves for the loss as they all got starts but could not convert them into big scores. Mandeep Singh raised hopes with his 25-ball 34 but hardly got support from the other end.  
 
Gilchrist admitted that Kings XI Punjab were outplayed. "We were outplayed. I got the toss wrong and then, Rahane played a beautiful innings. I think we conceded 20-30 runs more . There were some positives, not saying it as a cliche, but even Rahul agrees that we had some positives coming out for us," said the Australian..
 
Dravid said it was the best way to start the season. "Fantastic night for us, good to start this way, especially for the youngsters to do well. Rahane has worked really hard after being out of the Indian team," he said.
 
Rahane said he wanted to continue the good work that he was doing in practice games.
 
"I was batting well even in practice games so wanted to continue. I believe in myself and if you are a good batsman, you will play well irrespective of the format. Ball was coming on well and I think it was a team effort," he said.
 
Rajasthan Royals in their next match host Kolkata Knight Riders here Sunday when Kings XI take on Pune Warriors in Pune.
 
Scoreboard:
Rajasthan Royals:
Rahul Dravid c Faulkner b Harmeet 28
Ajinkya Rahane b Faulkner 98
Ashok Menaria b Chawla 0
Brad Hodge b Faulkner 21
Owais Shah not out 14
Kevon Cooper not out 11
Extras (lb 8, w 11) 19
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 191
Fall of wickets: 1-77 (Dravid, 9.3 overs), 2-87 (Menaria, 10.5), 3-162 (Hodge, 17.2), 4-180 (Rahane, 19.3)  
Bowling:
Praveen Kumar 4-0-42-0
James Faulkner 4-0-41-2
Piyush Chawla 4-0-33-1
Bipul Sharma 4-0-28-0
Harmeet Singh 3-0-23-1
Paul Valthaty 1-0-16-0
       
Kings XI Punjab:
Adam Gilchrist c Cooper b Singh 27
Paul Valthaty c Singh b Cooper 13
Shaun Marsh c Dravid b Cooper 7
Abhishek Nayar c Goswami b Cooper 10
David Hussey c Cooper b Trivedi 13
Mandeep Singh b Chavan 34
Bipul Sharma c Rahane b Chavan 18
Piyush Chawla b Cooper 10
James Faulkner  not out 11
Praveen Kumar run out (Cooper/Goswami) 10
Harmeet Singh not out 1
Extras (lb 4, w 1, nb 1) 6
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 160
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Gilchrist, 4.1 overs), 2-44 (Valthaty, 5.5), 3-55 (Marsh, 7.2), 4-61 (Nayar, 7.6), 5-86 (Hussey, 11.2), 6-123 (Bipul, 15.4), 7-127 (Mandeep, 15.6), 8-143 (Chawla, 18.2), 9-155 (Kumar, 19.3) 
Bowling:
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-32-1
James Botha 4-0-36-0
Amit Singh 4-0-26-1
Kevon Cooper 4-0-26-4
Brad Hodge 1-0-8-0
Ankeet Chavan 3-0-28-2
 
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Sharma to inaugurate first Spices Park in Rajasthan on Saturday

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma will inaugurate the first Spices Park in Rajasthan, for the processing of seed spices such as cumin, coriander and fennel, at Jodhpur tomorrow.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will amongst those present on the occasion, an official press release said.
 
The park has been set up in an area of 60.07 acres of land provided by the Rajasthan Government free of cost in Rampura Bhatia village of Ozian tehsil, near Jodhpur. 
 
The Spices Park has common infrastructure and processing facilities for seed spices, especially for cumin and coriander which are widely grown in the State. The machinery in the park is capable for processing of seed spices like fennel and fenugreek, which are quite ample in this region. 
 
A full line processing facility with a capacity to turn out two tonnes per hour has in-built facilities for pre-cleaning, grading, colour sorting, grinding and packing of spices. The spice processing facilities available at Spice Park are at par with international standards, the release added.
 
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Unity Infraprojects bags two road projects worth Rs 840 crore

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Civil contracting firm Unity Infraprojects Ltd., (BSE: 532746) today said it had bagged two road projects worth Rs 840 crore.

A press release from the company said the first project entails development and operation of the Suratgarh-Sriganganagar section of National Highway (NH)-15 (km.173/000 to km. 249/200) in Rajasthan through public-private partnership (PPP) mode on Design, Build, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis for a pre-agreed concession period of 11 years from the Public Works Department of Rajasthan government.
 
Valued at Rs. 330 crore, the project is to be completed in 18 months, the release said.

CCI okays 4-laning of Sikar-Bikaner section of NH 11 in Rajasthan

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The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) yesterday approved a proposal for four-laning and operation of Sikar-Bikaner section of National Highway (NH) 11 from km 340.188 to km 557.775 via Sikar bypass in Rajasthan.

The meeting also approved the operation of Bikaner bypass from km.553.869 of NH 11 to km 267.325 of NH-89 in Rajasthan with two lane with paved shoulders.
 
Both projects will be implemented through public private partnership on design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis. The total cost of the project will be Rs.632.54 crore out of which Rs.5 crore will be towards cost of land acquisition, rehabilitation, resettlement and pre- construction, an official press release said. The total length of the project will be 237.578 km. 
 
The project will reduce the travel time and cost of travel through upgraded facility for the traffic plying on NH 11 between Sikar and Bikaner. Besides enhancing the safety of the road users, it will also increase the employment potential to the local labourers for the project activities and development of tourism activities.
 
The project covers the districts of Sikar, Churu and Bikaner in Rajasthan. The main towns on the project route are Sikar and Bikaner. 
 
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12 H1N1 deaths reported from Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh in March

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As many as 12 deaths due to influenza A (H1N1) have been reported from the three states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh in March so far, an official statement said here today.

Of these, Maharashtra accounted for six deaths, Rajasthan five and Andhra Pradesh one, the statement from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. 
 
In all, between March 1 and 21, a total of 129 cases were reported from four states, including 69 in Maharashtra, 28 in Rajasthan, 27 in Andhra Pradesh and 5 in Karnataka, it said.
 
The statement said the Emergency Medical Relief Division of the Ministry was following the developments in the four states with regard to H1N1 cases.
 
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IPL: UltraTech Cement is Rajasthan Royals' principal team sponsor for 2012

Cricketer Rahul Dravid and actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra at the unveiling of the Rajasthan Royals' new jersey for IPL 2012.
Cricketer Rahul Dravid and actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra at the unveiling of the Rajasthan Royals' new jersey for IPL 2012.
UltraTech Cement, a part of the Aditya Birla Group, today announced that it would be the principal sponsor of Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012.
 
The company has been associated with the team since the first season of IPL, having been principal team sponsor in 2009 and 2010 and an on-ground partner in 2008 and 2011.
 
The Rajasthan Royals also launched the team's new jerseys on the occasion and presented their new line up, which includes five cricketers who were acquired at last month’s IPL auction.
 
“We are extremely delighted with the continued association with UltraTech cement. They have been true partners and have extended their support to the Royals throughout our journey in the IPL so far. I would like to express heartfelt gratitude to UltraTech Cement for reposing their faith in the Royals and I hope we can win together this season," Raghu Iyer, CEO, Rajasthan Royals, said.
 
O P Puranmalka, Business Director, UltraTech Cement said: “Cricket in India is truly a national game, transcending geography, age and gender. And when two brands that share similar values come together, it is sure to be a winning combination! Rajasthan Royals in their previous IPL editions have stood for inspired leadership, innovation and professionalism. Driven by a team of professionals and strategic thinkers, UltraTech, as a market leader and a champion brand, places great emphasis on all of these attributes too.”
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“We are very pleased to have UltraTech Cement as the Royals’ principal team sponsor. I am confident that with their support, the Royals, under a new captain and with the exciting new additions to our squad will be able to give our fans a lot to cheer about this season. As a tribute to our home city we have also designed a new training jersey.” said Shilpa Shetty of Rajasthan Royals.
 
Shetty along with Puranmalka launched the team’s official jersey in the presence of team members at the glittering ceremony that witnessed the use of innovative video projection mapping to unveil the brand new jersey. The projection was used to show case the team’s unforgettable moments of victory and pride during the last few seasons.
 
Designed by Puma, which is the franchises' official kitting partner, the lightweight jersey is made with polyester and lightweight mesh back and are made to give high breathability in soaring temperatures. With uniquely styled names and numbers inscribed in Dazzel gold, the royal blue jerseys have cut and sew panels with Dazzel inserts. In addition to this, a training jersey dedicated to the pink city of Jaipur, the team’s home was also unveiled at the ceremony.
 
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IAF's Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft crashes in Rajasthan, pilots bail out safely

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A Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near a village in Rajasthan's Dausa district today, soon after it took off from an airbase in Gwalior in adjoining Madhya Pradesh.

Both the pilot and the co-pilot managed to bail out safely and were admitted to a hospital in Jaipur with minor injuries, police sources said.
 
The mishap occurred around 1245 hours at a place about 100 km south-west of Jaipur near Baman Baas village, the sources said.
 
Police and district administration officials from Dausa and Sawai Madhopur districts as well as officials of the IAF and the Army rushed to the spot after hearing of the crash.
 
The IAF has ordered an inquiry into the crash, the second involving a Mirage 2000 in less than two weeks. On February 24, another Mirage 2000 had crashed near Bhind in Madhya Pradesh soon after it had got airborne from the same airbase at Gwalior. In that case, too, the pilot had managed to eject safely.
 
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Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant

The 5 MWp Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant which has been commissioned at Rawara village in Phalodi taluka of Rajasthan under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. Read story.

The 5 MWp Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant which has been commissioned at Rawara village in Phalodi taluka of Rajasthan under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.
Read story.The 5 MWp Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant which has been commissioned at Rawara village in Phalodi taluka of Rajasthan under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.

5 MWp solar photovoltaic power plant commissioned in Rajasthan

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A 5 MWp solar photovoltaic power plant has been installed at Rawara village in Phalodi taluka of Rajasthan under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.  

The project has been commissioned by Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Limited (REIL),  a public sector undertaking under the Ministry  of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises.  
 
According to an official press release, the location is ideally suited for taking all the advantages of photovoltaic systems as in Western Rajasthan the solar insulation is very good and number of sunny days is also very high. 
 
The power plant is designed to feed power to 33/132 kV grid sub-station at Bap village, 18 km from the plant site at Rawara.
 
The release said Bap has become a solar hub as projects of about 50 MW solar have been installed around the area based on various technologies.
 
The 5 MWp plant has been developed based on the crystalline technology. REIL will maintain the plant for five years, the release added.
 
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