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)

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.
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