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)

Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by four wickets

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Defending champions Chennai Super KIngs overcame some anxious moments to beat Rajasthan Royals by four wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here tonight.

Put in to bat first, Rajasthan Royals were restricted to 126 for six in their 20 overs, with Brad Hodge topscoring with 33 and Stuart Binny contributing 27.
In reply, the Super Kings made 127 for 6 in 18.1 overs for what turned out in the end to be an easy win by four wickets with 11 balls to spare.
It was a match that could have gone either way, and with four overs to go, Chennai still needed 47 on a track that had most of the batsmen struggling.
Albie Morkel and Anirudha Srikkanth came together at this stage and, in the space of 12 balls, hammered two sixes and a four each and scored 18 runs respectively to take the match away from the Rajasthan Royals.

CBI arrests BSNL engineers in bribery case in Rajasthan


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested an executive engineer and an additional chief engineer of the public sector Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) in Rajasthan for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000 from a contractor.

A CBI press release said a case was registered by it against the Additional Chief Engineer (Electrical), BSNL Jodhpur & Jaipur and Executive Engineer (Electrical), BSNL, Kota under the Prevention of Corruption Act on the basis of a complaint received from the contractor of Mansarovar, Jaipur.
The complaint alleged that the Executive Engineer was demanding an illegal gratification from the complainant for himself and for Additional Chief Engineer (Electrical), BSNL, Jodhpur who was also holding charge of Jaipur for awarding contracts for three places namely Chittorgarh, Nimbaheda-Pratapgarh and Kankroli-Nathdwara. 

Watson, Tait star for Royals in crushing 7-wicket win over Warriors

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Inspiring performances by Australians Shane Watson and Shaun Tait gave Rajasthan Royals a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Pune Warriors in a one-sided affair in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here today.

The win helped 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals to stay in the hunt for a place in the in the play-offs. Rajasthan Royals now have 12 points and the win took them to the fourth place with a healthy net run rate of +0.265.
The loss was Pune's eighth in 12 matches and their chances of making it to the knock-out stages are virtually over.
Opting to bat first, Pune Warriors were restricted to 125 for six in 20 overs after Australian speedster Shaun Tait bagged three for 13 from his four overs. IPL debutant Anustup Majumdar was the top scorer with 30 for Pune Warriors. Majumdar hit two sixes and a four in his knock.
While chasing, Watson hit a blistering unbeaten 90 as Rajasthan Royals achieved the target losing three wickets and with 22 balls to spare.
Watson smacked the Pune Warriors bowling attack to all parts of the ground and his 51-ball innings was studded with 10 fours and four sixes. Watson's 56-run stand for the third wicket with Ashok Menaria (18) took Royals to the threshold of a win.
Watson was severe on Warriors' 36-year-old Murali Kartik, smashing the left-arm spinner for for three fours and two sixes. The Aussie all-rounder brought up the winning runs with a four off his compatriot and leg-spinner Steven Smith.
After losing five games in a row, Pune Warriors were in a must-win situation today to give themselves some chance of staying in the race but that was not to be and the result left the huge home crowd absolutely disappointed.
That the hosts were not in their elements today could be judged from the fact that they managed just two sixes and five fours in their entire innings.
Pune Warriors captain Sourav Ganguly admitted that Watson's innings turned the match in favour of Royals.
"We had to get Watson out early to get in the game, unfortunately we couldn't," he said.
With play-off berths out of contention, Ganguly said Pune warriors will now play for pride. "We are out of the play-offs, that's the fact, we have to play well in the remaining three," he said.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid lauded the bowlers for the win. "Happy about winning, and the way we are playing. I thought the bowlers really delivered for us, as clinical as it gets, not an easy wicket to bat on but Watson had the power and technique to hit it. I've been telling the team to not look at the points table, and look to play good cricket," he said.
Pune Warriors
Sourav Ganguly c Chavan b Tait 14
Michael Clarke lbw b Binny 16 
Robin Uthappa c Yagnik b Tait 13 
Anustup Majumdar b Botha 30
Steven Smith not out 18
Angelo Mathews run out (Shah) 11 
Mithun Manhas b Tait 11 
Wayne Parnell not out 2 
Extras (lb 7, w 3) 10
Total: (for six wickets in 20 overs) 125
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Ganguly, 5.4 overs), 2-35 (Clarke, 6.1), 3-77 (Majumdar, 11.3), 4-83 (Uthappa, 12.6), 5-107 (Mathews, 17.1), 6-122 (Manhas, 19.2)
Ankeet Chavan 2-0-20-0 
Shaun Tait 4-0-13-3 
Shane Watson 4-0-28-0
Johan Botha 4-0-25-1
Stuart Binny 3-0-12-1 
Siddharth Trivedi 3-0-20-0
Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid c Clarke b Parnell 14 
Ajinkya Rahane c Smith b Kumar 0
Shane Watson not out 90
Ashok Menaria c Manhas b Clarke 18
Owais Shah not out 4
Extras: 0 
Total: (for three wickets in 16.2 overs) 126
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Rahane, 1.3 overs), 2-49 (Dravid, 5.6), 3-105 (Menaria, 13.4)
Wayne Parnell 2-0-12-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-0-17-1 
Murali Kartik 3-0-32-0
Ashish Nehra 3-0-33-0
Angelo Mathews 3-0-15-0
Michael Clarke 2-0-12-1 
Steven Smith 0.2-0-5-0

Rajasthan Royals cruise to 7-wicket win over Pune Warriors

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Rajasthan Royals cruised home to an easy seven-wicket win over Pune Warriors in a rather one-sided encounter in season five of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium here today.

Opting to bat first, Pune Warriors were restricted to 125 for six in their 20 overs, with their new batsman Anustup Majumdar topscoring with 30, which included two sixes and a four.
In response, the Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan Royals made 126 for three with 22 balls remaining and jumped into the top four of the nine-team league. Sourav Ganguly's Pune Warriors, on the other hand, have played themselves out of contention for a place in the play-offs.
The main architects of the Royals' win today were Australians Shaun Tait, who took 3 for 13, and Shane Watson, who topscored with an unbeaten 90, which was compiled off 50 balls and included four sixes and ten fours.
After losing five games in a row, Pune Warriors were in a must-win situation today to give themselves some chance of staying in the race but that was not to be and the result left the huge home crowd absolutely disappointed.
That the hosts were not in their elements today could be judged from the fact that they managed just two sixes and five fours in their entire innings.
Ganguly said afterwards that they had to get Watson out early to get into the game, but they could not. "We are out of the play-offs, that's the fact, we have to play well in the remaining three."
Dravid said he was happy about today's win and the way his team was playing. "I thought the bowlers really delivered for us, as clinical as it gets, not an easy wicket to bat on but Watson had the power and technique to hit it. I've been telling the team to not look at the points table, and look to play good cricket."
Watson, who was chosen Man of the Match, said the wicket was a bit slow but it turned out to be his night. "I have a clear mind and try to hit straight. Initially, I was thinking of getting ahead of the rate so that it would get easy in the middle of the innings. My first game I was a bit rusty after Test cricket, but it was better after a couple of practice sessions."

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.
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)  
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)  
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)

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.
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.
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
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) 
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) 
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

Alva shifted as Rajasthan Governor; Narasimhan, Sankaranarayanan get fresh terms in AP, Maharashtra


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.

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.
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.”

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


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.

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.
Rajasthan Royals next face Delhi Daredevils in the national capital while Royal Challengers host Chennai Super Kings.
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) 
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)  
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)

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.
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)
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)
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


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.
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.
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) 
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
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) 
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

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.
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.
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) 
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)
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

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. 
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. 
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. 

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.
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.
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) 
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)  
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)

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.
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.
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)  
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)
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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