L&T wins Rs 5689 crore contract for 2 x 660 MW supercritical power plant in Rajasthan


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. 
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


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


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


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


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. 

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. 

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


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.

L&T secures Rs 732 crore order from Nuclear Power Corporation


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.

14 killed, 38 injured as bus collides with truck in Rajasthan


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.

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.

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. 

HRD Ministry sanctions new IIITs in Assam, Tripura, Rajasthan in PPP mode


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. 

RCI expands network of affiliated resorts in India to more than 100 properties

RCI,  the global leader in vacation exchange, today announced three new resort affiliations located in popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan and Maharashtra, expanding its Indian portfolio to more than 100 affiliated properties.
The new resort affiliations are Anta Spa & Resorts at Pushkar, The Aranyawas Resort at Ranakpur and the Summer Plaza Resort at Panchgani in Maharashtra.
Achieving this milestone is of even greater significance as RCI celebrates its twentieth year of operation in India this year, a press release from the company said.
In 1992, RCI established a small office, manned by a staff of five. In that first year, RCI signed three affiliations in India. Today, the office has grown and now successfully manages relationships with developers who together bring RCI members a choice of more than 100 affiliated vacation properties in India, the release said.

Mumbai Indians warm-up in style for play-offs, beat Royals by 10 wkts

Mumbai Indians warmed-up in style for the play-off stage as openers Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith chased down a target of 163 with a record stand to beat Rajasthan Royals by 10 wickets in their last league encounter of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here tonight.

Smith remained unbeaten on 87 while Tendulkar made 58 and added what was the best opening stand in the IPL so far to achieve the target with 12 balls to spare. Smith was also adjudged as Man of the Match.
Even before they took the field, Mumbai Indians were pretty sure of their oppenents, Chennai Super Kings, in the first eliminator. 
Earlier in the day in Hyderabad, Deccan Chargers knocked out Royal Challengers Bangalore to pave the way for Super Kings to qualify for the play-offs. 
For Mumbai Indians, the game against Rajasthan Royals was the opportunity to fine tune things ahead of the knock-out stage, while it was a chance for the 2008 champions to end their IPL campaign at home on a winning note.
Opting to bat first, Shane Watson top-scored with a 36-ball 45 as Rajasthan Royals posted a challenging 162 for six in their 20 overs.
Watson hit four boundaries and two sixes before Stuart Binny (30), Owais Shah (28) and Ashok Menaria (21) provided the late flourish. 
For Mumbai Indians, pacer Dhaval Kulkarni (3-18) was the pick of the bowlers. Kulkarni accounted for both the batsmen - he had Rahul Dravid (5) caught behind by Dinesh Karthik and then had the in-form Ajinkya Rahane caught at midwicket. 
Watson and Binny added 53 runs in just six overs for the third wicket to stabilise Rajasthan's innings. 
A dejected Dravid blamed his bowlers for not being able to defend a score of 162.
"162 was not a bad score. We needed early wickets but when batsmen like Smith get going, it is tough. A lot of positives this season. I am going to spend some time at home, I have enjoyed it here. It has been good fun. I will relax and see how life is out of cricket. I will take a call when I have to," he said.
Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh said the idea to promote Smith was to check out the best opening partner for Tendulkar.
"We are still trying to figure out who is the best partner for Tendulkar. Gibbs has done well in a few innings, Smith did well today. Our fielding was probably slightly better than what RR did today. We wanted to come out here and give it our best shot, and we did," he said.
Smith said it was a great privilege to bat with Tendulkar. 
"I have been opening for some time now, it was not new for me. It is good to get some runs, it is crunch time in the tournament now," he said.
Rajasthan Royals:
Rahul Dravid c Karthik b Kulkarni 5
Ajinkya Rahane c Sharma b Kulkarni 13
Shane Watson c Smith b Pollard 45
Stuart Binny run out (Pollard) 30
Owais Shah not out 28
Ashok Menaria c & b Kulkarni 21
Dishant Yagnik c&b Malinga 6
Brad Hogg not out 0
Extras (lb 1, w 11, nb 2) 14
Total for (six wickets in 20 overs) 162
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Dravid, 1.4 ov), 2-31 (Rahane, 5.2 ov), 3-84 (Binny, 11.2 ov), 4-105 (Watson, 13.6 ov), 5-148 (Menaria, 18.5 ov), 6-160 (Yagnik, 19.5 ov)
Rudra Pratap Singh 3-0-32-0
Dhaval Kulkarni 4-1-18-3
Lasith Malinga 4-0-32-1
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-31-0
Dwayne Smith 2-0-13-0
Kieron Pollard 3-0-29-1
James Franklin 1-0-6-0
Mumbai Indians:
Sachin Tendulkar not out 58
Dwayne Smith not out 87
Extras (lb 2, w 15, nb 1) 18
Total (for no loss in 18 overs) 163
Ajit Chandila 2-0-24-0
Shane Watson 3-0-16-0
Shaun Tait 4-0-40-0
Brad Hogg 4-0-30-0
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-37-0
Stuart Binny 1-0-13-0


Bottom-placed Deccan Chargers knock Rajasthan Royals out of IPL

2008 champions Rajasthan Royals crashed out of the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) going down by five-wickets to tournament's favourite whipping boys Deccan Chargers at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Friday.

In their must-win match, Rajasthan Royals performed badly after skipper Rahul Dravid opted to bat first. Dravid top scored with 39 as Rajasthan Royals struggled to get 126 for eight in 20 overs, their lowest total of the season.
South Africa pacer Dale Steyn was again the pick of the Deccan Chargers bowlers, bagging two for 16 from his four overs. Veer Pratap Singh (2-31) and Amit Mishra (2-20) did well to stem the flow of runs. Steyn was also adjudged Man of the Match.
Deccan Chargers chased down the target scoring 128 for five with eight balls to spare after Akshath Reddy struck a 35-ball 42 while Shikhar Dhawan (26) and Jean Paul Duminy (24) also contributed well for just their third win in the season from 15 matches and also the first at home.
Rajasthan Royals are lying at the seventh spot with 14 points from 15 matches. With still a match in hand against Mumbai Indians, Royals chances are over as even if they win they will finish with 16 points, not enough to take them through.
A disappointed Dravid said: "I don't think it was the pressure, we did not play good cricket, should have recognised it was a 150-wicket not more. Very disappointed in the dressing room, tough dressing room I have just left. Don't look at stats too much, need to look at our own strengths, it was a bat-first wicket, we did not bat too well. Hope to deliver in front of our fans at home."
Deccan Chargers' skipper Cameron White was happy that the team has finally broken the jinx at home.
"I hope the jinx of losing here is gone, good team effort to win it. We felt we bowled well, the way the track played, we would have batted first too. When you have won only two games in the tournament, there are always nerves, need to come back well against Gayle and co. with some plans," he said.
Steyn said he enjoyed the season a lot but said it would have been better had the team won more. 
"I don't want to discuss too many of my plans (laughs), teams respect me too much sometimes. My job is to run in, bowl fast and strike early, have been used in different situations, got to do job assigned to you," he said.
Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid c Lynn b Gony 39 
Ajinkya Rahane c Dhawan b Steyn 6
Shane Watson b Mishra 13
Stuart Binny b Mishra 7
Owais Shah run out (Patel) 28
Ashok Menaria c Dhawan b Pratap Singh 20 
Johan Botha c & bSteyn 3
Shreevats Goswami b Pratap Singh 3
Ajit Chandila not out 0 
Extras: (b 1, lb 2, w 3, nb 1) 7 
Total: (8 wickets; 20 overs) 126
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Rahane, 1.3 overs), 2-41 (Watson,6.1), 3-54 (Binny, 8.4), 4-73 (Dravid, 11.6), 5-108 (Menaria, 17.2), 6-118(Botha, 18.5), 7-126 (Goswami, 19.5), 8-126 (Shah, 19.6) 
J.P. Duminy 2-0-13-0 
Dale Steyn 4-0-16-2 
Manpreet Gony 4-0-26-1 
Veer Pratap Singh 4-0-31-2
Amit Mishra 4-0-20-2
A Ashish Reddy 2-0-17-0
Deccan Chargers:
Akshath Reddy c Shah b Trivedi 42
Shikhar Dhawan c Chandila b Botha 26 
J.P. Duminy c Shah b Binny 24 
Cameron White c & b Chandila 1
Chris Lynn c Watson b Trivedi 6
Parthiv Patel notout 10
Ashish Reddy not out 10 
Extras: (lb 1, w 8) 9 
Total: (5 wickets; 18.4 overs) 128
Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Dhawan, 8.3 overs), 2-83 (Reddy,11.5), 3-88 (White, 12.5), 4-102 (Lynn,15.5) , 5-118 (Duminy, 17.6) 
Ajit Chandila 4-0-20-1
Shane Watson 2-0-14-0 
Shaun Tait 3.4-0-35-0 
Johan Botha 4-0-30-1
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-20-2 
Stuart Binny 1-0-8-1


Suzlon crosses 1,000 MW in Jaisalmer; creates India’s largest wind park

Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Group today said the Jaisalmer wind park in Rajasthan being developed it had crossed 1,000 MW of installed capacity at the end of FY12, reaching 1,064 MW on April 1, 2012.
"This achievement makes the wind park the largest of its kind in India, a proud accomplishment for the state of Rajasthan and Suzlon," the company said in a press release.
Mr. Tulsi Tanti, Chairman, Suzlon Group, said: “Suzlon is proud to be playing such a vital role in powering the state of Rajasthan. Completing 1 GW of installed capacity is a great achievement for us as a company and for wind energy in India. We credit this achievement to the support from the Government of Rajasthan, our customers and the local communities."

Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals to jump to fourth place

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Defending champions Chennai Super Kings brightened their chances of booking a play-off berth as they defeated Rajasthan Royals by four wickets in a crucial rain-affected Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here tonight.
Super Kings chased down the target of 127 losing six wickets and with 11 balls to spare after Suresh Raina top scored with 23 while Albie Morkel and Srikkanth Anirudha remained unbeaten on 18 runs each.
Super Kings jumped to the fourth spot with 13 points from as many matches while Royals, the 2008 champions, remained at the sixth spot with 12 points, also from 13 matches.
In a low-scoring match, Rajasthan Royals bowling gave Super Kings a tough fight after their batsmen managed 126 for six in 20 overs. 
Australian veteran Brad Hodge was the top scorer with 33 while Stuart Binny made 27. Australian pacer Ben Hilfenhaus was the pick of Super Kings bowlers, bagging two for eight from his four overs and he was also adjudged Man of the Match.
While chasing, Super Kings made a poor start, losing opening batsman Murali Vijay, clean bowled by Shane Watson off the first ball of the innings. Mike Hussey (19) and Raina rescued the innings with their 36-run stand for the second wicket.
Hussey was run out in the 13th over while Royals pacer Siddharth  Trivedi (2-18) raised hopes for the hosts by dismissing Dwayne Bravo (10) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10).  
But Morkel and Anirudha forged an unbeaten 43-run stand for the seventh wicket to take the team home safely. Pankaj Singh also picked up two for 34.
Royals skipper Rahul Dravid said the slow track made runs scoring tough.
“You play a good game and sometimes a batsman comes out and plays an excellent innings, you got to accept that. The track was doing a bit, stopping and seaming around, they bowled well, credit to them. We are alive, just by our fingernails, we need to get going and try and win all the remaining games,” he said.
Dhoni said as the tournament approaches its business end the top-six have to perform.
“Leaving it too late is not something we do intentionally, our top six need to perform. As the tournament progresses, we need to get going, the batsmen are coming under pressure early and they need to bat freely. Srikkanth is an exciting youngster, you got to grab your opportunities, and that is what he has done. We have tried to bat him up the order but at times we need to continue allocating the same roles that we have done earlier,” he said.
Rajasthan Royals:
Rahul Dravid c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 4
Ajinkya Rahane c Ashwin b Mahesh 17
Shane Watson c Ashwin b Hilfenhaus 5
Stuart Binny c Raina b Mahesh 27
Brad Hodge lbw Ashwin 33
Johan Botha b Jadeja 12
Ashok Menaria not out 6
Dishant Yagnik not out 10
Extras (lb 6, w 6) 12
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 126
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Dravid, 1.5 overs), 2-28 (Watson, 5.4), 3-40 (Rahane, 8.4), 4-65 (Binny, 10.2), 5-97 (Botha, 17.1), 6-115 (Hodge, 18.3) 
Albie Morkel 3-0-19-0
Ben Hilfenhaus 4-1-8-2
Yo Mahesh 4-0-21-2
Dwayne Bravo 3-0-38-0
Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-21-1
Ravichandran Ashwin 2-0-13-1
Chennai Super Kings:
Mike Hussey run out (Tait) 19
Murali Vijay b Watson 0
Suresh Raina c Rahane b Pankaj 23
Dwayne Bravo c Binny b Trivedi 10
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Rahane b Trivedi 10
Ravindra Jadeja c Botha b Pankaj 16 
Albie Morkel not out 18
Srikkanth Anirudha not out 18
Extras (w 12, nb 1) 13     
Total (for six wickets in 18.1 overs) 127
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Vijay, 0.6 overs), 2-36 (Raina, 5.6), 3-57 (Bravo, 11.2), 4-60 (Hussey, 12.1), 5-80 (Dhoni, 15.6), 6-84 (Jadeja, 16.2) 
Shane Watson 3-0-32-1
Pankaj Singh 4-0-34-2
Shaun Tait 3.1-0-20-0
Johan Botha 4-0-23-0
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-18-2
Toss: Chennai Super Kings, who chose to field
Result: Super Kings won by four wickets
Player of the match tba
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (Australia) and SS Shamsuddin
TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
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