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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MS Dhoni surpasses Mohammad Azharuddin in ODI wins as captain

Birmingham: Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday became the most successful Indian captain ever in the one-dayers after India's nine-wicket thrashing of England in the fourth ODI.
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Edgbaston win was Dhoni's 91st ODI victory as skipper and he surpassed Azharuddin's tally of 90 ODI victories as captain. (Getty Images)

Tuesday's win at the Edgbaston was Dhoni's 91st ODI victory as skipper. He surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin's tally of 90 ODI victories as captain.
Azharuddin took nine years between 1990 and 1999 and 174 matches to get to his mark while Dhoni did it in only seven years and 162 matches.
33-year-old Dhoni now has a realistic chance of becoming the first Indian to lead the country in 100 ODI victories. He has scored 8098 runs from 246 ODIs so far, averaging 53.27 with a career strike rate of 89.31.
Dhoni's record as captain against England in ODIs is better than any of his predecessors, with 17 wins and five losses out of 25 matches (two tied and one no result).
The Edgbaston win was also India's eight straight ODI win in England, a successful run that started in the Champions Trophy last year.
Dhoni's captaincy may have come under the scanner after the 1-3 Test debacle against the Alastair Cook-led side, but his batting form has been consistent.
The wicketkeeper-batsman slammed four half-centuries in the Test series and also struck a fine 52 at Cardiff in the second ODI.
A man not known to chase numbers, Dhoni also registered another record as wicketkeeper in the third ODI on August 30.
He now has the most international stumpings (131) and is now ahead of Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, who has 129 stumpings to his name.
While Dhoni achieved his milestone in 381 matches, Sangakkara took 563 matches to get to his mark.

Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/cricketnext/ms-dhoni-surpasses-mohammad-azharuddin-in-odi-wins-as-captain/495859-78.html

Thursday, August 1, 2013

India vs Zimbabwe 2013 Live Score: 4th ODI at Bulawayo

TEAM NEWS: Shikhar Dhawan has been rested while Vinay Kumar is out with a niggle. Zimbabwe remain unchanged. India lead the series 3-0.
For India, the last two games in Bulawayo present the opportunity to test their bench strength further; for hosts Zimbabwe, it's two games to rectify flaws in all departments.
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India have already sealed the series by winning the first three ODIs, which were played in Harare.

Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/cricketnext/india-vs-zimbabwe-2013-live-score-4th-odi-at-bulawayo/411092-78.html

Political parties oppose SC verdict on disqualifying convicted MPs

New Delhi: All political parties on Thursday opposed the Supreme Court's verdict on disqualifying convicted MPs. They also opposed the court's ruling that those behind bars can't contest elections. The parties voiced their dissent in an all-party meeting which took place just a few days before the monsoon session of Parliament, which will commence on August 5.
The apex court had ruled that any person in the custody of police will be temporarily barred from contesting elections. The court had also ruled that a person can't contest elections if he or she is in judicial or police custody. This ban shall be in place only as long as the person is behind bars.
The BJP also hit out at the government as leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said, "The government wants 64 items in a small session of 16 sittings. Its unrealistic." Her counterpart in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley also voiced his concern on the issue and said, "Only 12 effective days with 64 legislations is unrealistic."
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Two days after the Congress Working Committee endorsed the creation of separate state of Telangana, the BJP said it will support the bill on Telangna. " Bill on Telangana should be brought in this session itself. We are in favour of passing the Telangana bill," said Sushma.
The Opposition also raised a number of issues to be discussed in the session and that includes Uttarakhand tragedy, bad economy, falling rupee, CBI and IB issue. The party want the government to consider their concerns on Land Bill and Food Security Bill. "Land and Food Security Bills should be brought with the amendments we have suggested," Sushma said.
Meanwhile, Jaitley also asked the government to have a constructive attitude towards the issues raised by them.
Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/political-parties-oppose-sc-verdict-on-disqualifying-convicted-mps/411099-37-64.html

Live: Crucial meet between BJP and RSS to decide poll strategy begins

New Delhi: 11:20 am: The crucial meet between BJP and RSS has begun to decide poll strategy for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
11:02 am: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's Campaign Committee Chief Narendra Modi has arrived for the crucial BJP-RSS meet to finalise their poll strategy.
Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will meet later on Thursday to finalise their poll strategy. This is their first meeting after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's anointment as poll campaign panel chief and senior leader LK Advani's rebellion.
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BJP's strategy for the assembly and general elections will be discussed at the meeting. Meanwhile, sources say Modi supporters are pushing for his elevation as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of the November assembly polls. "I am very confident that Narendra Modi will be India's next Prime Minister," BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said.
The BJP's strategy for the monsoon session of Parliament is also expected to be discussed. The meet will be attended by Modi, BJP President Rajnath Singh and other senior BJP leaders. Top RSS leaders Bhaiyaji Joshi, Dattatreya Hosabale and Suresh Soni will also attend the meet. But LK Advani is out of town and will meet RSS leaders later.
The BJP had early declared that Narendra Modi-led team that will manage the campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Former party chief Nitin Gadkari has been given a prominent role in the team.
The party's central election campaign committee will be headed by Modi and work under the guidance of president Rajnath Singh and veteran leaders AB Vajpayee and LK Advani. Twenty sub-committees have been formed, which will report to the central campaign committee.
The BJP had early declared that Narendra Modi-led team that will manage the campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Former party chief Nitin Gadkari has been given a prominent role in the team.
The party's central election campaign committee will be headed by Modi and work under the guidance of president Rajnath Singh and veteran leaders AB Vajpayee and LK Advani. A 20 sub-committees have been formed, which will report to the central campaign committee.
The decision to elevate Modi as poll panel chief was opposed by its former ally and many party leaders. The Janata Dal United broke its 17-year-old alliance with the BJP in view of Modi's elevation.
Many leaders including Shatrughan Sinha have been supporting LK Advani to be named as BJP's PM candidate. He even praised JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the prime ministerial material.
Former BJP's Delhi Vice President, Aamir Raza Hussain had called Modi a divisive leader who was not as acceptable to Muslims as LK Advani or Sushma Swaraj. He had resigned after his statement against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi which anguished the party.
The factions in BJP
Gujarat Chief Minsiter Narendra Modi aides argue that he be anointed as PM candidate since last vestige of opposition in JD(U) has already made an exit.
Modi aides also see Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan emerging as a contender post-assembly polls.
The second view is to take a call on the issue only after assembly polls in November. They believe any announcement now may digress party's campaign being planned in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Third view is to not announce any PM candidate and approach the polls with Modi only as campaign committee chief. Proponents of this idea underline the need and groundwork for building post-poll ties in case of a hung House.
Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/live-crucial-meet-between-bjp-and-rss-to-decide-poll-strategy-begins/411079-37-64.html

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

United Andhra activists call for bandh as Congress clears Telangana

Hyderabad: A day after the Congress cleared the creation of Telangana, united Andhra Pradesh activists have called for a bandh in nine coastal districts of Andhra and four districts of Rayalaseema. Protestors have also threatened to stall bus services while a few schools are shut.
Heavy security has been deployed, but no prohibitory orders have been put in place. But life is normal in Hyderabad and Telangana districts.
This comes as Telangana is all set to be 29th state of India. The ruling Congress on Tuesday reluctantly agreed to create a new state of Telangana by dividing India's 4th largest state Andhra Pradesh.

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Earlier on Tuesday, the UPA partners met to formally endorse the division of Andhra Pradesh. It was followed by a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting chaired by Sonia Gandhi. The hour-long meeting gave its green signal to a new state. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which has been in the forefront of Telangana movement, welcomed the decision, but it was very cautious. However, TRS supporters broke into celebration as soon as the news of Congress giving the green signal for Telangana came out.
TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao said that his party is fine with Hyderabad being the joint capital. "Certainly I am happy; it's wishes of the people. Now the Bill has to be finally passed. We are happy. Fine with Hyderabad as joint capital of both state," Rao said.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi hit out at the Congress-led UPA government for timing the Telangana decision just before the crucial 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Though Modi welcomed the decision on Telangana by calling it 'victory of people's power' but he did not waste the opportunity to criticise the Congress for delaying the decision over the statehood for Telangana over all these years.
The announcement was received with a sense of loss by the people and politicians of Seemandhra and some parts of Andhra Pradesh also witnessed sporadic protests. The Bill proposing Telangana may not be introduced in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
The 10 districts of Telangana region will be a part of the new state and Hyderabad will be a joint capital with Seemandhra for the next 10 years. The 10 districts in Telangana are Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, Nalgonda, Hyderabad, Mahbubnagar, Rangareddy, Medak, Nizamabad. The 13 districts of Seemandhra are Srikakulum, Vizianagaram, Vishakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore, Cuddapah, Chittoor, Ananthapur, Kurnool. Out of 42 Lok Sabha seats and 294 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradehs, Telangana is likely to have 17 Lok Sabha seats and 119 Assembly seats.
The Congress has also assured Seemandhra that its concerns will be addressed. But, the real concern is Seemandhra's reluctance to cede state capital Hyderabad to Telangana. The TRS which had earlier promised to merge the party with the Congress is also miffed by the attitude of the Congress and eagerness to claim all the credit.
Hyderabad falls within the geographical boundaries of Telangana and Seeemandhra will face a very peculiar situation as it capital will be far away from its boundaries.
TRS leader KT Ramarao said that it is impractical to keep Hyderabad as capital of Andhra Pradesh as will not have geographical connect with the rest of state after Telangana's creation. "The CWC clearing Telangana is a welcome decision. We will wait for the Bill to be passed in Parliament. Hyderabad can be an interim capital," said Rao


Delhi: JNU student attacks friend with a sharp object, consumes poison

New Delhi: A third year student of Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University consumed poison after attacking his female friend with a sharp object on Wednesday.
Both the students have been taken to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Both are third year students and were reportedly in a relationship.
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More updates awaited

Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/delhi-jnu-student-attacks-friend-with-a-sharp-object-consumes-poison/410840-3-244.html

Mayawati welcomes Telangana, renews demand to divide UP into 4 states

Lucknow: Taking a cue from the Telangana statehood announcement, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has reiterated her demand of dividing Uttar Pradesh into four smaller states. Welcoming Telangana, Mayawati on Wednesday said, "We welcome this decision of making Telangana, the BSP always advocates smaller states and governance units."
Reiterating her demand for dividing Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati said that the Centre should take a decision on it soon. "It's been a long time since the BSP government sent a proposal to divide UP into four states. BSP demands that the Central government takes a decision on state reorganisation and forms four smaller states - Purvanchal (Eastern UP), Harit Pradesh (Western UP), Bundelkhand and Awadh Pradesh (Central UP)," Mayawati said.
She also urged the MPs from Uttar Pradesh to put pressure on the government to take a prompt decision on the state's division.
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Mayawati's government had in November 2011 got a resolution passed in the state Assembly to divide Uttar Pradesh into four states. The Opposition had then called the passing of the resolution dictatorial.
What does Mayawati's proposal of diving the state mean for Uttar Pradesh?
Purvanchal or Eastern UP will have 32 districts and home town of seven Prime Ministers of India, Allahabad could be its capital. The holy city of Varanasi or Gorakhpur have also been proposed as the capital city.
Central UP or Awadh Pradesh, which is so far not in the demand list of any political party, will get 14 districts with the present capital Lucknow, city of nawabs as its proposed capital.
Harit Pradesh, comprising 22 districts in west UP has Meerut as its proposed capital.
Jhansi or Banda is the proposed capital of Bundelkhand, which has been the demand for the Congress party and it gets 7 districts.
Vidarbha, Gorkhaland statehood demands intensify too
As a fallout of the Telangana decision by the Congress, pro-Vidarbha activists have called for rallies in Delhi and Vidarbha region in Maharashtra on August 5. "I have sent a letter to the Congress President as it was her promise that whenever there is a consideration on Telangana, there will be a consideration on Vidarbha too. So, I just wanted to remind her that our demand is more genuine and an emotional one, said Vilas Muttemwar, a Congress leader from Nagpur.
Another uprising is on in the Darjeeling hills where the demand is to carve out a Gorkhaland from West Bengal. Gorkhaland activists are holding a 72-hour bandh during which angry street protests were witnessed in the region on Tuesday. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Chief Bimal Gurung has resigned as the head of the Gorkha territorial administration. The Morcha will be calling for an indefinite bandh in the hills from Saturday onwards. "I am resigning from the post of the chairman of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration because it wasn't allowed to fuction properly and there was a lot of government interference," Gurung said.
Targeting the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee again alleged it was trying to interfere in the affairs of the state through its agencies and reiterated that there was a conspiracy to dismiss her government, which was running well.
She wrote on her Facebook page, "Telangana cannot be compared with Darjeeling. When everything is settled, why Delhi is insisting to disrupt peaceful situation and play with fire? It is reported that Delhi has directed the GTA persons to go in for a separatist movement. Darjeeling is a part and parcel of our state. We are united and we will remain united. Any conspiracy hatched by a political party and Union Government will be defeated by the people of Darjeeling and West Bengal."
Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/mayawati-welcomes-telangana-renews-demand-to-divide-up-into-4-states/410836-3-242.html

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

onia Gandhi meets Manmohan Singh, discusses Telangana

New Delhi: 12:10 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ahead of the Congress Working Committee, which is scheduled to meet at 5.00 pm on Tuesday. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy along with PCC chief will also meet the PM at 4 pm. The PM will then meet Andhra Congress leaders after the UPA meet. Sushil Kumar Shinde, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Digvijaya Singh also met Sonia Gandhi
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy arrived in Delhi to express his reservation over Telangana.
11:37 am: Andhra Congress leaders to meet Rahul Gandhi at 12.30 pm to discuss Telangana. Meanwhile, Human and Resource Development Minister Pallam Raju after meeting Digvijaya Singh said that any decision on Telangana will have long term implications in Andhra Pradesh.
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11:08 am: Seemandhra leaders met Congress senior leader Digvijaya Singh. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has left for New Delhi to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi to express his reservation over Telangana.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said that the BJP's stand is clear on the Telangana issue. "We do not know what the Congress is doing as they have not taken us in loop. Our stand is clear, We Created 3 states when we were in power, there is no question of opposing it we are in favor of it. The Congress is delaying it from a long time. They should understand it is as a very sensitive issue, there party men are speaking in different voices."
On what is likely to be the D-Day for Telangana, efforts are on to delay the decision. Late on Monday night top Congress leaders met Andhra Pradesh MPs who are in favour of a united Andhra. The MPs are believed to have told Congress leaders that they will lose if Telengana is created.
They urged Congress to defer the decision. However, sources have told CNN-IBN that Congress has said that the decision is almost taken.
Meanwhile, Andhra Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has denied reports that he is quitting. He will be in the capital on Tuesday to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi to express his reservations on Telangana.
But Andhra Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Raja has expressed confidence that everything will be finalised on Tuesday and has said that Hyderabad will be Telangana's capital. "Everything will be settled today. We are 100 per cent positive that Telangana is going to be a reality and Hyderabad will be the capital. There are no apprehensions and no dispute at all," Raja said.
UPA allies are likely to discuss the Congress Core Group's proposal to create a separate state on Tuesday. The Congress Working Committee is set to meet after that meeting at 5.30 on Tuesday evening where the proposal is likely to be discussed.
The CWC is then likely to pass a resolution, which may endorse creating a separate state of Telangana. The CWC resolution may address other demands for separate states and is likely to suggest setting of a state reorganisation committee.
Allies are expected to agree with the government's proposal. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is likely to explain the security repercussions of the proposal.
Amidst all the politics, security remains the top priority. An additional 1,000 paramilitary personnel have been sent to Andhra Pradesh by the Union Home Ministry to deal with any situation arising out of a decision on Telangana.
The additional forces, along with the existing 1,200 paramilitary personnel, are expected to be deployed in Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema regions, where protests may erupt if the Centre takes a decision in favour of bifurcating Andhra Pradesh for the creation of Telangana state.
Sources said apart from the central forces, 200 personnel of the Karnataka Armed Police and 100 personnel of Tamil Nadu Armed Police are stationed in Hyderabad and its adjoining areas.
The Telangana Tangle:
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM)
Telugu Desam Party
YSR Congress
(With additional information from PTI)
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Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/live-sonia-gandhi-meets-manmohan-singh-discusses-telangana/410536-37-64.html

Saturday, July 27, 2013

'Bajatey Raho' review: Alas, it could've been so much better

Cast: Dolly Ahluwalia, Ravi Kissen, Tusshar Kapoor, Ranvir Shorey, Brijendra Kala, Vishakha Singh, Vinay Pathak

Director: Shashant Shah
Fine actors can make poor films just a little bit easier to endure. Nowhere is that more evident than in a film like 'Bajatey Raho'. This comedy, directed by 'Challo Dilli''s Shashant Shah has a harebrained plot with so many holes, you could shoot footballs through them. But the film's brisk pace and its terrific ensemble cast are exactly the ointment required to help with the pain.
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Mummyji ('Vicky Donor''s Dolly Ahluwalia) assembles a team of allies to avenge the death of her bank manager husband who was wrongly framed in a fraud masterminded by his corrupt boss Sabharwal (Ravi Kissen). Her son Sukhi (Tusshar Kapoor), his friend Ballu (Ranvir Shorey), Sukhi's girlfriend Manpreet (Vishakha Singh), and a close family friend Mintoo (Vinay Pathak) assist her in coming up with a series of scenarios to rob Sabharwal, so they can repay the very people he swindled using her husband. They resort to everything from sting operations and false raids, to romantic enticements and elaborate cons in their grand plan to serve comeuppance to their offender.
It's not a wildly inventive premise, and the cons are pulled off a little too conveniently. The climax too is a melodramatic mess that could set off a migraine. And yet it's hard not to root for the gang when you have such endearing characters. Tusshar Kapoor's Sukhi is an earnest cable guy who ironically hangs on to his fair business principles even as he's involved in this revenge plan. Sukhi is assisted by a smart kid nicknamed Kabootar (Hussan Saad), who helps the gang with all their tech requirements. But no one deserves more praise than Brijendra Kala who nails it as Sabharwal's trusted assistant Bagga, always ready with an SMS joke, bringing both laughs and a lump in your throat with his pitch-perfect performance.
Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak get lesser screen time to do their shtick, yet neither disappoints in limited scenes. It's Dolly Ahluwalia, however, who steals the film as the feisty Punjabi matriarch, determined to deliver payback. Long after the film loses steam, she remains the best thing on screen.
'Bajatey Raho' isn't particularly clever; in fact it reeks of lazy writing. But given the poor standard of recent Bollywood comedies, it's far from unwatchable. I'm going with two-and-a-half out of five. Alas, it could've been so much better.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Pran's body taken to Shivaji Park crematorium, last rites to begin

Mumbai: Legendary actor Pran's body, adorned with flowers, was taken to the Shivaji Park crematorium here Saturday morning.

The body was kept overnight at the Lilavati Hospital, where Pran, Bollywood's most loved villain, breathed his last late Friday evening. He was 93.

His last rites will reportedly be conducted at the electric crematorium in Dadar west around 12:30 p.m. Among the early attendees from Bollywood include veteran writer Gulzar.

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Pran's film repertoire included over 400 projects in over six decades of his association with cinema.

He had not been keeping well since the past few months, and he was in and out of the hospital lately.

He is survived by his wife Shukla, sons Arvind and Sunil, and daughter Pinky, as well as his beloved grandchildren.

During his long and prolific career, Pran was marked for his roles as a villain, hero and even a character artist.

On May 10, he was conferred the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement, the highest honour of Indian film industry, at his home, by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari.

Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/prans-body-taken-to-shivaji-park-crematorium-last-rites-to-begin/406237-8-66.html


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