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Trisha signs film among Akshay Kumar!



Is Kollywood losing individual more actresses to Bollywood?

Yes seems to be the answer as, Trisha one of the top actress in south Indian cinema has signed a movie opposite the handsome hunk ‘Khiladi’ Akshay Kumar.

This movie tentatively titled Khatta Meeta will be directed by Priyadarshan, who had introduced Trisha seven years back with Lesa Lesa in Tamil.

The shooting will start from November 2009 and Akshay Kumar is producing the movie under his Hari Om banner in association with Baba films.

Trisha had a long innings in Tamil with has been featured opposite all top heroes except seniors like Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan.

In Telugu, she is one of the most saleable actors who have done movies with all young guns including megastar Chiranjeevi.

About her Hindi entry, Trisha says: “A lot of offers were coming my way, but I was waiting for the right movie and I could not say ‘No’ to Priyan who is my mentor of sorts. I respect him as a movie maker and he is also a good family friend. I don’t intend to move to Bollywood, but is definitely game to give it a try”.

However, a source close to the actress says that she has signed a three-film deal with Akshay Kumar’s Hari Om production company. It is also said that Trisha was the personal choice of the actor who saw a DVD of her Telugu and Tamil movies and he confirmed her as his heroine.

Lokesh Bali from Mumbai will be personally taking care of Trisha’s grooming and publicity in Mumbai media. The buzz is that she has a very good role with equal footage amid the hero and the actress will be completing her four assignments in South before taking the big leap to Bollywood.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Why Bollywood biggies be giving IIFA '09 a miss



Mumbai: Even as the IIFA's 10th anniversary is being celebrated this year in Macau, ironically, almost all the top stars to have helped made IIFA the grandest Indian film awards show with their breathtaking performances over the years will give the ceremony a miss.

Here's the top 10 absentees listing from this years IIFA's.

At no 10 is the jodi of Karan johar and Farah Khan - both be busy with My Name is Khan while KJO is directing the movie Farah is getting SRK to move and shake to her steps, yet again.
At no 9, Rani Mukherjee hasn't be doing much lately but even she decided to give IIFA a miss this year

The 8th spot belongs to Preity Zinta - another actress who seems toward has almost retired - her latka jhatakas (shakes and twists) will be dearly missed

The 7th slot belongs to John '6 packs' Abraham who will also remain absent, much to the dismay of his female fans that have grown at an exponential rate since Dostana.

No. 6 belongs to fresh kids on the block Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan -
Ranbir almost agreed to perform at the awards but backed out later. If reports are near believed he didn't want to overexpose his new look - which he will be sporting for Rocket Singh. And Imran Khan's wont be present because of "Personal Reasons." We wonder if Mamu's had some "Personal" words with him after the Filmfare awards.

At no 5 and 4, he brings down the house each time he takes the stage but fans will ignore Shahid Kapur's scintillating performance this year as he's busy shooting for Vishal bharadwaj's Kaminey and Shahid's ex-flame Kareena Kapoor will also stay away from the ceremony as she joins beau Saif who's busy promoting his latest flick Love Aaj Kal at T20 world cup in England.

At no 3, Badboy Salman Khan is support on the small screen with Dus ka Dum season 2 and while that's a treat for his fans that is also the reason why rejected the orgainisers plea for a Sallu performance at Macau.

The Runner's up position goes to King Khan -over the past few years SRK chose to stay away from the IIFA as it was considered to be a Bachchan Family affair but while Big B buried the hatchet with Khan this year many expected the Badshah at Macau this year - but a vacation with his family and My name is Khan kept Shah Rukh away.

The numero uno is Khiladi Kumar who has been the real star of the IIFA awards over the years. His breathtaking performances will be dearly missed as he takes son Aarav also Wife Twinkle on a family vacation . Akshay was also busy promoting his latest Kambakht Ishq in Aamchi Mumbai.

Mohun Bagan delay Bhaichung Bhutia for six months



Kolkata: Mohun Bagan Monday suspended soccer superstar Bhaichung Bhutia for six months, alleging that the striker has given an ''unsatisfactory'' reply to the explain cause notice slapped on him by the I-League club.

"The reply came after the 48-hour deadline. It was not a proper one, and full of irrelevant statements," club vice president Subrata Mukherjee told newspersons following an executive committee meeting.

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Last month Mohun Bagan issued the show cause notice to Bhutia after he skipped some practice sessions and an exhibition game to take part in the dance reality show "Jhalak dikhla Ja". The player was asked to reply within 48 hours.

"Because of the unsatisfactory reply, the executive committee decided to suspend him for six months," Mukherjee, a former Kolkata mayor, said.

However, there will be no bar on the Indian captain from turning out for the national side.

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Peeved at the notice, Bhutia had said that he was no more interested during playing for Mohun Bagan. The Sikkim-born player was understood to be negotiating with the other city giant East Bengal.

Narain Karthikeyan overwhelmed near Le Mans' popularity



Mumbai: Narain Karthikeyan is overwhelmed near the sea of people that has thronged the Le Mans circuit in France for the famous 24 hours race. "Today, there are on 200,000 crowds. For the race starting tomorrow, there should be 100,000 more," Narain told DNA on phone from the Le Mans track after the drivers' parade. "In terms of popularity, compared to Le Mans, Formula One looks small," he added.

Narain Karthikeyan, who is the first Indian driver to participate in Le Mans 24 hours race, said that the race is a big challenge.

"During qualifying, I realised how tough it is driving at night. With headlights on and the rear view mirror flashing the lights of the cars behind, it is a bit confusing. During practice, I even missed couple of corners and apex. Driving in dark will be the biggest challenge on Saturday night and Sunday morning," he added.

Narain's team qualified in 14th place in an Audi R10. He said he was happy among the car and the team's qualifying performance. "In Le Mans, qualifying doesn't matter a lot. The Audi R10 is a reliable car and I am hoping for a top 10 finish," he said.

Narain, who will be starting the race for team Kolles (the other team drivers and Charles Zwolman Jr with Andre Lotterer) feels the Peugeots are by far the quickest.
In the qualifying session, Narain did 7 laps at night and 15 laps during daytime.

Yuvraj Singh named vice-captain



Dashing left-hander Yuvraj Singh was today named vice-captain of the Indian cricket team for the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup into place of an injured Virender Sehwag.

The 27-year-old Yuvraj, who holds the record of hitting six sixes in an over during the last edition of the T20 World Cup, was handed the honour hours before India's first Super Eight match against West Indies at the Lord's.

"In the absence of Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh has been named as vice captain for the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 in England", BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said during a statement.

Yuvraj have been the vice-captain of the one-day team for a brief period in 2007-08.

Yuvraj's elevation to the vice-captaincy hardly came as a surprise as he is one of the senior members of the side and had also done a good job as the captain of King's XI Punjab in the recent Indian Premier League II in South Africa.

Sehwag, originally appointed as the vice-captain of the team, has been ruled out of the tournament because of a shoulder injury which aggravated following he landed in England.

Federer Proves He Is The Record



If there was any lingering doubt about whether Roger Federer was the greatest player near pick up a tennis racket, he provided the answer at 1509 GMT on Sunday.

The stylish Swiss showed his versatility by getting his hands on the Musketeers' Cup on the French Open to complete his collection of grand slam titles. Job done, Federer started to rake in the records and the accolades.

He is the proud owner of a record-equalling 14th major trophy, drawing level by Pete Sampras, and he joined Don Budge, Fred Perry, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson and Andre Agassi as the only men to win all four slams.

Only American Agassi had succeeded on three different surfaces while until the 1970s, all the slams barring the French Open were played on grass.

"It ends the discussion of where he fits into the history of the game," said Agassi, who handed over the trophy to Federer.

"This is going near mean so much to him, to have that hole filled. I think it will change his life."

His fellow American Billie Jean King shared the admiration.

"His win today at the French Open, tying Pete Sampras's record for major titles and the completion of a career grand slam firmly places him in a special place since the greatest player of all time," she told Reuters in an email.

"He has earned his place also he has proven he belongs. Roger is a champion for the ages."

HUGE OBSTACLE

To put Federer's feat into context, one have to marvel at the size of the obstacle he had just cleared.

Since 2005, four-times Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal had assumed the position of being Federer's personal tormentor, beating the Swiss four times in Paris, including the last three finals.

Each time the Swiss arrived hoping to complete a career slam with each time the Spaniard sucked the life-blood out of him, particularly in last year's final when Federer won a measly four games.

Two soul-destroying five-set final losses to Nadal at last year's Wimbledon and the Australian Open into January turned Federer into a sobbing wreck.

"If it hadn't been for the freak from Mallorca, Federer would have won every the slams a few times," Agassi said.

Nadal also stole Federer's number one ranking last August, ending a reign that had lasted a record 237 consecutive weeks.

OPPORTUNITY DROPPED

But just when it seemed that Federer would join the likes of Sampras and John McEnroe by never conquering Roland Garros, a golden opportunity dropped into his lap when the freak from Mallorca was knocked out by Robin Soderling.

After the most nerve-jangling journey of his career, Federer climbed the summit and the view looked good from the top.

"He's tried to win it for many years, and he was very unfortunate losing three finals and one semi-final," Nadal said before returning to Mallorca. "If one guy deserves it, that's him."
While the past seven days might have felt like the slowest week in Federer's life, his pursuit of Sampras's record has been a fast one.

It took the American 12 years to fill his trophy cabinet, Federer scooped up number 14 in just fewer than six.

When Sampras broke Australian Emerson's previous record of 12 at Wimbledon in 2000, the American thought he too was in for a long reign.

"In the modern game it could be difficult. The next person might be eight years old hitting around the park somewhere in the world," Sampras, who won his final major at the 2002 U.S. Open, said at the time.

Little did he know Federer's park would soon turn out to be the Centre Courts at Wimbledon, Flushing Meadows, Roland Garros and Melbourne Park?

The record that was supposed to survive a lifetime was equalled in less than seven years.

"I didn't think it would only take seven years to tie it. It feels like I'm in good company with Roger," Sampras told ATPWorldTour.com. "If there was someone I would feel like to be tied with and maybe one day my record to be broken, I hoped it would be someone like Roger."

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HYDERABAD: Satyam Board has announced that to address the issue of excess employees, it is launching a Virtual Pool Programme (VPP), a one-time
programme, effective June 2009, to address staff costs while retaining talent inside the company.



However, all the 10,000 surplus employees of Satyam Computer, who feared unemployment, can breathe easy currently as the company’s new owner Tech Mahindra said there will be “no retrenchment.”

“The surplus employees would be put in a separate pool and would be paid basic salary, provident fund and medical insurance, and at a later stage if they still needed a job they would be real considered for employment,” Tech Mahindra CEO Vineet Nayyar said.

VPP is applicable to those based in India and allows associates near take time-off from work on a reduced pay structure -- for up to six months while they continue to retain their employment with the company. The company anticipates that approx 7,000 to 10,000 associates will be part of this programme, during the period that it is in operation and will cover associates who have not been in billable roles for three months or more and includes support resources.

“The programme is an innovative method of retaining the excellent human assets of Satyam despite the difficult global economic situation. The recessionary climate that has seriously affected the IT industry, in addition to the unprecedented set of events that Satyam faced recently, has added to its pressures. It is a unique way of retaining associates and developing them further through training, while ensuring the financial viability of the company,” said Kiran Karnik, chairman of Satyam’s Board.

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Deepika Padukone knows Saif

Deepika Padukone is a girl in love and she can know her Love Aaj Kal co-star Saif Ali Khan’s predicament.



She knows that when Saif constantly talks of wanting Kareena Kapoor by his side (in real or reel) he is only doing so because “he is a man in love.’’
For a 20-something, Deepika Padukone has her head firmly screwed onto her shoulders. And she can handle most situations life dishes out to nubile actresses her age with a maturity that is far beyond her years. “Listen,’’ she says, “When Saif talks of wanting Kareena as a co-star all the time, I know where it is coming from. I spoke to him about it; and I know what he actually means is — like all couples in love — Kareena and he wish to spend maximum time with each other. It would be a similar thing for Ranbir Kapoor and me. However, the two of us don’t push for each other professionally. If a filmmaker wishes to cast us together, we’d be happy to consider it. But otherwise, we be our personal and professional lives completely apart.’’

Deepika, however, confesses that she is extremely nervous about her next film. “I was just as nervous before Om Shanti Om. There are butterflies into my stomach again,’’ says the gorgeous girl, who is making waves internationally as well.

Recent media reports had Fast & Furious director Rob Cohen praising Deepika’s beauty and talent. A gaga Cohen had said, “Deepika Padukone is even more beautiful than Angelina Jolie.’’ Omigawd! What do we have here? A besotted director?

She laughs and says, “It is sweet of him to say this. I was introduced to Cohen at the screening of Chandni Chowk to China in Los Angeles five months before. And I’m totally unprepared for the praise he has lavished on me.’’

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

India toy with Ireland on way toward Super Eights



Reigning champions India warmed upbeat for the Super Eights of the World Twenty20 by crushing hapless Ireland by eight wickets on Wednesday.

Left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan claimed four for 19, including three wickets within seven balls, to restrict Ireland to 112-8 in a match reduced to 18-overs-a-side due to rain.

Young opener Rohit Sharma then hit an unbeaten 52 off 45 balls as India romped home with 15 balls to spare to end the preliminary league among two successive wins.



Gautam Gamhir chipped in with 37 in a first-wicket stand of 77 with Sharma in front of a sell-out crowd by Trent Bridge.

India skipper MS.Dhoni said there are still areas to improve.

"Every game you start from scratch. The bowlers did very well and it's a real positive that they are doing their jobs. We can do better in the field. It wasn't our best day," said MS.Dhoni.
"I'm talking about 85-90 percent efficiency, but we can do it."

MS.Dhoni added it was a boost for the champions to have Zaheer back in wicket-taking form.

"We thought he would need a few games to get back in the groove. He's bowling in the right areas with he's a very good asset to have."

The Irish, surprise qualifiers for the Super Eights, never recovered from Zaheer's triple strike which reduced them to 28-4 by the seventh over.

Andrew White top-scored with 29 as four of the top six batsmen failed to reach double figures.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha picked upbeat two for 18 in his four overs.

Both teams had already advanced to the Super Eights after knocking Bangladesh away of the competition.

Ireland took the field without star batsman Niall O'Brien, who was resting a sprained ankle, with burly seamer Trent Johnson also missed out to freshen up for the second round.

"We didn't bat very well and their bowlers were putting it into the right areas," admitted Ireland captain William Porterfield.

"But we nicked a few with posted a fair total. We had a few injuries, but we have no complaints about that."

Zaheer said he enjoyed the four-wicket boost since he continued his rehabilitation from a shoulder injury.

"I had not played for four or five weeks so it's great toward be back in the wickets," he said. "It's a real confidence-booster. I'm very pleased with my performance.

"The shoulder is coming along well. I feel better day by day and I am improving, I feel 100-percent now."

Zaheer have missed most of the Indian Premier League in South Africa and the two practice matches ahead of the World Twenty20 due to the injury in his left shoulder.

India play the West Indies in their first Super Eights match at Lord's on Friday. South Africa and England are the other teams in the group, from which the top two advance toward the semi-finals.

Ireland return on Thursday toward face New Zealand here with Pakistan and Sri Lanka also in the same group.

Windies regroup gone Sri Lanka lesson



West Indies' stand-in captain Denesh Ramdin insists his team will bounce back into the World Twenty20 despite a morale-sapping loss to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka won Wednesday's last league match by 15 runs after piling up 192-5, largely due near an explosive 81 off 47 balls by veteran Sanath Jayasuriya and his 124-run opening stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan (74).

But Ramdin was encouraged by his team's brave chase of the daunting target during the absence of Captain Chris Gayle, who missed the Group C match due to a knee injury.



The West Indians ended at 177-5, fired by a spectacular counter-attack from Dwayne Bravo also Ramnaresh Sarwan, who put on 77 off 59 balls for the fifth wicket.

Bravo hit a 38-ball 51 that included five fours with two sixes, while Sarwan remained unbeaten on 28.

"To score so many runs without having Chris at the top is very encouraging, although I have to admit we did not bowl or field well," said Ramdin.

"Chris will be back for the next game. His presence will be a boost for us. He be able to destroy any attack at the top of the order."
The West Indies play defending champions India during their first Super Eights match at Lord's on Friday.

South Africa and hosts England are the other teams in the group, from which two will advance to the semi-finals.

The other group have Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ireland and New Zealand.

Gayle's aggressive 88 off 50 balls helped the West Indies stun Australia by seven wickets in their first match, and the team will be hoping for more belligerent innings since the left-hander.

"Once he gets going, it is hard to stop Chris," said Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara. "He be able to really turn the game around."

The West Indies will also be pleased with the batting of Bravo, fresh from his stint with Sachin Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians within the Indian Premier League.

Bravo also bowled four steady overs of medium-pace in which he conceded just 29 runs, although Lendl Simmons outshone him with four of the five wickets that fell.

Another all-rounder, Keiron Pollard, bore the brunt of the Sri Lankan assault, going for 45 runs during three overs.

The West Indies marched into the Super Eights after a disastrous tour of England prior near the World Twenty20 where they were hammered in both the Test and one-day series.

"After a tough series against England, we wanted to put a smile back on our fans' faces," Gayle has said after the win over Australia.

The captain will have toward lead from the front if the West Indies are to progress further in the tournament.

Samsung India raises the benchmark for innovation while it comes with solar-powered Solar Guru Handset

Samsung India announced the global start on of its solar-powered mobile phone, Solar Guru (Guru E1107) which is considered to be world’s such phone.



“The Solar Guru has been developed keeping in mind the needs of Indian consumers, especially customers residing in areas where the electric supply is unstable, so that the consumers can rely on solar charging to remain connected,” said J S Shin President plus CEO Samsung West Asia.
Samsung claims to the handset have a capacity to provide 5-10 minutes of talk time when charged for an hour.

The model is priced at Rs 2,799 in India.

“With Samsung’s cutting edge technology and consumer-oriented strategy, I believe the Solar Guru is the perfect fit for the Indian consumer – not only because it is solar powered, other than because it has a host of customized features, especially developed keeping in mind the needs of Indian consumers” said Sunil Dutt, Country Head, also Samsung Mobile Division.

Other features include FM radio, MP3 ring tones, embedded games, torch light, mobile tracker plus mobile player.

Solar power is increasingly gaining importance in the scheme of things for telecommunication industry. Earlier into the week TelecomTiger reported how a Finland-based firm, Suntrica has come with a solar powered mobile charger.

Honda rolls exposed superhatch Jazz

NEW DELHI: Honda Siel Car India (HSCI) on Wednesday launched its new super hatchback Jazz in three variants, priced between Rs 6.98 lakh & Rs



7.33 laky (ex-showroom New Delhi). Sporting a 1.2-litre euro-IV compatible petrol engine Jazz will come loaded among twin-airbags and anti-lock brake system that will be standard across all variants. Honda aims to sell about 2,000 Jazz per month, initially.

The City sedan will continue to be Honda’s flagship model in India.

The company sells about 3,500 units of the City every month. It is also planning to bring a second small car to India to will be positioned lower than the Jazz and will be launched in the next 2-3 years.

HSCI president and CEO M Takedagawa said Jazz will cater to the top-end of the hatchback segment, which forms 80% of the 1.5-million car market into India. The company, he said, is not planning to hike prices in the near future, but will increase localisation to offset the impact of currency fluctuations.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Injured Sehwag going on way home, MS.Dhoni a little hurt



The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed on Tuesday that Virender Sehwag would play no further part in the tournament, except the announcement came after the matter had snowballed into a full-blown controversy.

The BCCI press release said that the opener, who missed the 2 warm-up games as well as India’s 25-run victory over Bangladesh on Sunday, would return to India after consulting by specialists in England. Dinesh Karthik was named as his replacement.

Sehwag batted in the nets for the first time on this trip today, but his outing lasted just 12 deliveries, before he walked back into the changing rooms at the Lady’s Bay ground.

There was some speculation then that the opener would be returning home, but at the mandatory pre-match press conference, Mahendra Singh Ms.Dhoni refused to take questions on what were at the time still rumours of Sehwag’s departure.

A question was posed to Ms.Dhoni about the lack of information over the last five days, on what seemed like a serious injury, from the team management, and complaints were made about information getting leaked through unofficial channels. The media manager, Anirudh Choudhary, repeated that the BCCI would send out a release within 24 hours, but it was pointed out that the question had been put to Ms.Dhoni and not him.

The Indian captain, not amused by the tone of the query, lashed away. “I am not leaking the information, that’s for sure. If anybody here is accusing me o leaking information, they can stand up and say so.”

We thinking we had a good chance – Smits



There was no second fairytale for Netherlands as their dreams of a Super Eights berth are shattered as quickly as Shahid Afridi ran through their batting line-up. It was the gulf in class that everyone had expected to see last Friday when, for a night at least, the cricket world was turned upside down and go a shade of orange.

This time an 82-run defeat went with the pre-tournament script, but there was no inequality in commitment and pride, from the way Netherlands fielders dived to save every run to the way they go down swinging. "It was a privilege to be here," said captain Jeroen Smits, "but maybe we are better under lights."

The Netherlands players have become celebrities overnight after the England win, the event caught the imagination back home and there were some bosses nervously checking if they'd need cover when their staff didn't show up for an extra week. Those with full-time jobs will be back at their desks in a few days time, but will have memories to last forever even after this heavy defeat.

Such was the belief in the Dutch squad after their final-ball win against England that there had been a genuine confidence that they could progress into this tournament against Pakistan, even if that seemed an absurd notion when the 2 teams are lined up against each other. But Netherlands had already shown that a collective will to win can make up for whatever may be lacking in class.

And, in Pakistan, they were facing a team who were hopelessly poor into their first match, a performance that was almost laughed off by their captain Younis Khan who called Twenty20 "a bit of fun." It was this combination of bubbling optimism also a lethargic opposition that actually played a part into Netherlands' defeat according to their captain.

"We were looking forward to the Super Eights because we thought we have a good chance," Smits said. "Maybe we were a bit too over confident this morning and I think Pakistan deserved to win. We didn't miss a lot of chances so I can complain about the bowling or fielding, but the batting didn't go according to plan."

It was Pakistan's slow bowlers who proved too much to handle with they were always going to be the biggest risk to an Associate side that sees precious little mystery spin. Few Netherlands batsmen will ever have faced a doosra like Saeed Ajmal's or the rapid darts from Afridi. Smits said that despite preparing for such a task, it proved a challenge too far.

"We spoke about it this morning, especially Afridi because he doesn't spin the ball, he drifts it into and I think on this kind of wicket it skids a bit and he worked us away today as he bowled a special Match. I think that's maybe the difference between Associate level also the professional level.

"We are confident in the dressing room at half time, but we needed a big innings since someone" Smits added. "We had a lot of 15s and 20s but that isn't good enough. We would love to have seen Darron Reekers for some extra overs but that didn't happen with they bowled really well."

The most important number for Netherlands was 151 - which would have seen they progress on net run-rate even in defeat - but Smits said they'd gone out by the intention to chase down the full target. "Before we went out we said we wanted to win the match but you know how it works. Everyone heard about the target so maybe there were during two minds, but we didn't even come close so I don't think that was the case."

Throughout their brief stay on cricket's top table, the Netherlands players haven't been afraid to speak their minds. After defeating England, Peter Borren slammed the hosts' attitude to their match and there was one final, small dig from Smits towards their earlier opponents when asked what the difference was between England and Pakistan.

"The main difference was Afridi, he was really special with made life hard for us. If you compare Afridi with [Adil] Rashid there's a bit of a difference."

Now that they won't be extending their involvement in this tournament, Netherlands' thoughts turn back to their regular level of cricket and the balance between trying to maintain a professional team in an amateur set-up. The Intercontinental Cup, the Associates' first-class event, will resume later this year but already looming on the horizon is another chance to mix it with the leading lights.

The next World Twenty20 takes place in West Indies next April and the qualification for that is held in Dubai during October. "First of all we have to qualify for the next tournament which will be tough other than we are all looking forward to the next T20 because we have done really well and can be proud of ourselves." This tournament ended in predictable style, but the past week has been an adventure that none of the Netherlands players will forget.

Tail part of downed Air France Airbus recovered



Brazilian divers today recovered the largest piece of debris yet starting the Air France plane that disappeared over the Atlantic over a week ago.

The navy teams, who have now pulled 24 bodies from the water, recovered a large tail section from the Airbus A330, carrying the red with blue stripes of the airline's livery. The find raised hopes that investigators may yet be able to locate the jet's voice and data recorders, seen as vital to discovering what caused the crash. The black box recorders, presumed to be thousands of metres below the surface, emit sonar signals for at least 30 days.

Recovery teams have found dozens of smaller pieces of the plane, including wing fragments, and lots of personal items presumed to belong to the 228 people on board.

The Brazilian president, Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva, said his country would do everything it could to find more bodies: "We know how significant it is for a family to recover their loved one.”During this painful time it's not going to resolve the problem, but it is an immense comfort to know they can bury their loved ones."

France is leading efforts to recover the black boxes. A French navy ship and nuclear submarine be heading to the scene, while the US navy was sending two hi-tech underwater listening devices.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Another Indian student attacked in USA



Indian students in Australia are to be blamed used for getting attacked - this seems to be the belief of many Indians prospering into Australia. In a
Flurry of e-mails since Down Under, it is made out that the Indian students invite these vicious attacks upon themselves.

The Australia-Indian community leaders and their religious/social welfare organizations have hardly issued any strong statements against these racist attacks.

During the recent Melbourne protest, hardly any older Australian-Indians turned up to show their solidarity with the Indian students still as the students cried themselves hoarse demanding justice. In fact, some white Australians were seen carrying placards to support them. Reports in the Indian media stated that these well-settled Australian-Indians do not want these events to affect their cushy life or tarnish their relations with whites.

These racial attacks have continued for the last two or else three years with a growing number of them now directed at Indian students whose numbers have swelled to about 97,000.

Did the local Indians take any individual or community action to prevent these ugly attacks? On the contrary, when the recent spate of brutal assaults by Australian hooligans hit the headlines, they were quick to point out the reasons emanating from the students.

According to e-mails from Australia, Indian students allegedly do not know English, they display their expensive gadgets like mobiles, laptops and iPods; play loud music, talk loudly in their native tongues, live up to 15 in rooms rented for four persons, make their accommodation filthy, come out to their compounds in their underwear to urinate in the open and display innumerable other uncouth habits loathed by Australians. No wonder they are attacked, say the e-mails.

Many students are frustrated when they find that their colleges are run by Australian-Indian 'crooks'. "When they go to their class, they find that all the students are from India, and the teacher teaches them in Hindi/Punjabi. They realise that they could have received a better education at a fraction of the cost and without the problems and pains (in India). Many of our people have opened educational institutions as on-line licensing was so easy here. These people cheated the system by supplying false information. Now many of such colleges face closure, further putting strain on students who have paid so much money to study there," said one such e-mail.

If the well-settled Australian-Indians have identified all these problems for the last few years, what have they done to alleviate the situation? Did
They launch any orientation courses in their places of worship to 'welcome' the new Indian students every year and explain to them the norms of the Australian way of life?

Did they approach their elected representatives to press for starting these orientation courses in India or Australia? Or, urge them to enforce additional measures at the Australian high commission in India, like an oral English test, before granting them a student visa? Did they seek the closing down of these sub-standard 'teaching shops' run with unscrupulous Australian-Indians as they attract unsuspecting students through their recruiting agents in India?

"Many students have committed suicide due to pressure from India and their inability to study without tuition as they fail to follow classroom lectures," says an Indian professional in an e-mail. "They cannot get more funds from India; on the contrary, all relative from India phones them asking: 'When will you get a job and remit money to repay your loan?' Students have been committing suicides here and the Indian high commission would not even listen to anything nor acknowledge that there was a problem. Local Indians and students have been arranging for the dead bodies to be sent to India."

Then the Indian media is to be blamed for highlighting these attacks and giving an unbalanced picture - never mind the fact that most print media have published articles by Indian university professors in Australia or established leaders on this situation and TV channels aired reports by local and 'citizen' journalists.

They are pained at the reaction from India: film legend Amitabh Bachchan declining an honorary amount from an Australian university; Indian tourists cancelling their Aussie holidays in large numbers; Indian film producers boycotting film shootings; Indian student numbers declining this year; and perhaps, bilateral trade going down as India is the seventh biggest trade partner of Australia.

The established Australian-Indians are unwilling to accept the violent attacks by the Aussie lumpens who demand cigarettes, money and their gadgets and then slash them among knives or pierce their skulls with screwdrivers. They would not comment until the courts decide them. How many convictions have been reported in the last few years? They don't know. It's to do with their clothes smelling of curry, so they get 'curry-bashing', the local Indians say.

Ireland knock Bangladesh out of ICC World Twenty20



NOTTINGHAM: Trent Johnston with the O'Brien brothers combined to help Ireland send Bangladesh

Johnston, the burly Australian-born seamer, grabbed 3-20 in his opening spell with the new ball to restrict Bangladesh to a modest 137-8 after Ireland elected to bowl below an overcast Trent Bridge.

The O'Brien brothers, Niall and Kevin, ensured the Irish did not waver when it mattered most with the bat to lead their side home with 10 balls to spare.

Niall complete 40 off 25 balls, while Kevin completed the easy win with an unbeaten 39 off 17 balls that included four boundaries and 2 sixes.



Bangladesh, who had lost their opening game against defending champions India, return home with two defeats, while the Irish go into the Super Eights from group A along with the Indians.

Bangladesh, who needed to win the game to stay in the tournament, gone half their side by the 11th over by just 66 runs on the board.



Opener Tamim Iqbal was the only frontline batsman to offer any semblence of resistance, making 22 before he was run out.

Mashrafe Mortaza hit a quickfire 33 not out towards the end, including 20 runs within the last over from Alex Cusack, as the last three wickets added 71 valuable runs.

"We won the toss, got early wickets and if you had said that we would restrict them near around 140 at the start, we would have been happy with that," said Johnston.

"I haven't taken the new ball for a while but the conditions were conducive to swing bowling."

The Irish were sitting pretty at 61-1 in the 10th over when three wickets fell for 28 runs, with that of Niall O'Brien, who holed out against Shakib Al Hasan.

Kevin O'Brien took charge after his brother's dismissal, lofting Abdur Razzak with Shakib for sixes, to help Ireland surpass the victory target of seven runs an over.

Sri Lanka won by 6 wkts



Skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan hit robust half-centuries as Sri Lanka sent Australia packing since the World Twenty20 with a six-wicket win.

Australia, asked to bat by Sangakkara in his first match as captain, managed only 159-9 in good batting conditions as mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis with fast bowler Lasith Malinga claimed three wickets each.



Opener Dilshan next plundered 53 off 32 balls and left-handed Sangakkara made an unbeaten 55 to fire Sri Lanka home with six deliveries to spare.

Jehan Mubarak hit 21 not out to keep his captain company till the end, which came when Mitchell Johnson sent down a wide off the first delivery of the final over.

Sangakkara celebrated his first stint as Sri Lanka's captain by warning rivals he was hungry for more scalps.

"I can't ask for more, but this is just the start. We want to continue in the same vein," he said after the six-wicket win over Australia at Trent Bridge on Monday night.

The left-hander himself led since the front with an unbeaten 55, building on the robust 53 off 32 balls by Tillakaratne Dilshan, as Sri Lanka surpassed Australia's 159-9 with six balls to spare.

Ricky Ponting's men, beaten by the West Indies in their first match, bowed out of the tournament with their fifth successive Twenty20 defeat and ample time in hand to prepare for next month's Ashes series.



Sri Lanka and the West Indies, who take the two Super Eights places from the group, play each other in the inconsequential last league match on Wednesday.

"We don't want to take anything easy," said Sangakkara. "We want to beat the West Indies also, so that we are on a roll going into the Super Eights.
"I don't want us to get too carried away by just one win. The Twenty20 game can be very demanding. You have to be up to it every single day.

"It feels great to beat a side like Australia. It was a case of sticking to the basics, sticking to our game plan.

"But the key to beating Australia is that everyone in the squad must believe that we can win. Now there are a few areas we need to brush up on, so that we will be even better in the days ahead," he said.

Ricky Ponting's men, beaten by the West Indies in their first match, bowed out of the tournament with their fifth successive Twenty20 defeat and ample time in hand to prepare for next month's Ashes series.

Sri Lanka and the West Indies, who take the two Super Eights places from the group, play each other in the inconsequential last league match on Wednesday.

"It's disappointing to go out of the tournament and I can't explain why," said Ponting.

"The training was spot-on and there be a good attitude in the group. But in the big moments we haven't been able to play and we made too many mistakes.

"We knew that it would be a huge challenge against their spinners. We knew we have to play them well. We didn't do that and Sri Lanka deserved to win the game.
"Now we have to move on as quickly as possible and focus on the Ashes."



Sangakkara said it was crucial to have confidence they could win.

"It was a great performance. while you play against Australia the key is to believe you can win," he said.

"Our strength have always been spin bowling and we played two guys whom the Australians haven't seen much of. So their batsmen couldn't really target one single bowler.



"Now we want to beat the West Indies in the final group match. We can't afford to be complacent."

Mendis, who turns the ball both ways without a visible change in his bowling action, wrecked the top order in a match Australia had to win to wait in the competition.

Slinger Malinga took care of the lower order as Australia collapsed to 94-6 during the 15th over, before David Hussey and Johnson led a late revival.

The pair put on 41 off 21 balls for the seventh wicket by Hussey hitting 28 off 22 balls and Johnson smashing 38 off 13 with two fours and as many sixes.

Sri Lanka were playing their first international match since the terror attack on their team bus in the Pakistani city of Lahore on March 3 which left seven players injured and killed eight Pakistani security men.

Sangakkara's team be greeted to Trent Bridge by some 100 people waving banners in protest against what they claimed was killing of innocent Tamils by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the war against the Tamil Tigers.

Yuvraj Singh 41 in 18 Balls - ICC World Twenty20: India v Bangladesh

Prabhu Deva marry Nayantara



This is truly shocking news for Tamil cinema fans and shows how the tinsel world loses its morality with such kind of indecent proposals.

There have been strong rumours about the close relationship among Prabhu Deva - Nayantara for the past few months.


According to reports, Prabhu Deva
, the father of three children and husband of the former dancer Ramlath fell in love with Nayantara during Villu shooting time.

Now that secret affair has come to an end near the marriage of both the stars. According to sources, both Prabhu Deva and Nayantara have been living together for the past 3 weeks and the marriage was held in Hyderabad secretly.

Prabhu Deva has fled to an unknown place stating that he have some works in a Hindi project. Meanwhile Nayantara has reacted sharply to the marriage news.

According to the actress, there is no necessity to her to hide the matter. "I will reveal everything, when I consider it is necessary. Otherwise media should keep quiet on this issue..", she said.

Google Advisor Start Dead

Tech visionary with "angel investor" Rajeev Motwani, 47, be found dead in the backyard swimming pool of his Palo Alto, Calif., home on Friday. According to the Associated Press, his friends reported Motwani could not swim. There was no official word about the cause of his death; an autopsy report is pending.

Motwani was a professor at Stanford also was dedicated to helping entrepreneurs: Motwani founded the Mining Data at Stanford project (MIDAS), which provided support used for developing innovative data management concepts. He was an early supporter of companies such as Google Inc.; he was unofficial advisor to Sergey Brin and Larry Page while they were studying at Stanford.

On his blog, Brin wrote that Motwani was not only a brilliant computer scientist, but also a very kind and amicable person who embodied an "open door" philosophy, also was always willing to spare a moment for conversation. Although Brin was one of hundreds in Stanford's computer science department, when he became interested in data mining, Motwani formed a regular meeting group on the subject. His interest in students earned him a loyal following.

"When Larry and I began to work together resting on the research that would lead to Google (NSDQ:GOOG), Rajeev was there to support us and guide us through challenges, both technical and organizational," wrote Brin. "Eventually, while Google emerged from Stanford, Rajeev remained a friend and advisor as he has with many people and startups since."

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sri Lanka plan to finish what West Indies started



Sri Lanka's campaign in the World Twenty20 will be the last to get underway when they play Australia in Nottingham on Monday. The contest is significant because it is Sri Lanka's first international while the players survived the Lahore terror attacks and it's Kumar Sangakkara first game as captain since he took over the leadership from Mahela Jayawardene. The biggest draw of the match, though, be the precarious position Sri Lanka's opponents are in for Australia are a defeat away from becoming the first major side to get knocked out of the competition.

Australia have not been eliminated in the first round of a World Cup since 1992 but their disastrous defeat against West Indies on Saturday has not only left them needing to win at Trent Bridge, they need to beat Sri Lanka soundly to improve on a net run-rate of -2.413. Man to man Australia, who bat Brett Lee at No. 10, have an arsenal that appears more explosive that Sri Lanka's. They started the tournament as one of the favourites to qualify since the group of death but Sangakkara said that being tagged favourites counted for little in this format.
"Things can change very quickly in a little period of the game. A few mistakes here and there, even by a top side, and they will pay. We saw that in a couple of game in the tournament," Sangakkara said. "You can have favourites going into a tournament but during a tournament it changes. It doesn't matter if a team has the top players in the world, on that day you have to be the best side."

Sri Lanka's concern during the build-up to the tournament has been their batting. They chased 151 in a warm-up match against Bangladesh with simply two balls to spare and were reduced to 44 for 7 by South Africa. Their attempt to get some outdoor practice at the Lady Bay facility in Nottingham was foiled by the wet weather, forcing them to head for the indoor nets at Loughborough on the eve of the Australia game. Should the rain wash out tomorrow's contest, the teams will share a point, and Sri Lanka could qualify even if they lose to West Indies, as long as it's by a margin smaller than Australia's defeat. Given the uncertainty about the weather, Sangakkara said the key was to be prepared to play at any time in any conditions.

"The rain has played a big part," he said. "We can worry about the rain except any team has to be prepared to play and look forward to playing. As soon as the rain stops, the conditions in England enable the grounds to get up and running very quickly. It's going to be the mental factor, coming to terms with just waiting and being ready to play at anytime."

Despite the chilly and overcast conditions, the early trends have been consistent with those of domestic Twenty20 cricket in England, with the slower bowlers playing a significant role. India deployed the two-spinner strategy with success against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge - the debutant Pragyan Ojha took four wickets - and Sri Lanka will have to make a decision whether to play Ajantha Mendis next to with Muttiah Muralitharan. Mendis has the x-factor because, apart from David Hussey, who was Mendis' team-mate through the IPL, none of the other Australian batsmen would have first-hand experience of playing the spinner. They would have had to rely on video-analysis to formulate plans on how to play him.

Mendis, however, was in indifferent form during his last ODI assignment, against India at home, and the IPL, during which he played only four games and took three wickets at 39 apiece. "Ajantha has just got to be real a bit more creative in his thinking, more creative in his field placements, and just change the angles of the deliveries he bowls," Sangakkara said.

"The novelty is forever going to fade the longer you play cricket. He's going to have to change and change very quickly. I'm sure he's going to become a stronger and better bowler for the fact that batsmen are starting to read him better."

Sangakkara played down the motivation Sri Lanka would draw since the opportunity to end Australia's campaign, saying that the team was focused on winning every game, irrespective of the opposition. But who wouldn't want to be remembered for knocking out the Australians, especially in his first game as captain.

India beat Bangladesh by 25 runs

Pragyan Ojha spins a group around the Bangladeshi batsmen



Nottingham: Pragyan Ojha continued to grow in stature as India completed a clinical 25-run win over Bangladesh in a Group ‘A’ match of the ICC World Twenty20 here on Saturday.

Chasing 181, Bangladesh finished at 155 for eight at a packed Trent link. India now leads the group with two points.

Left-arm spinner Ojha was the cynosure after Bangladesh threatened briefly with opener Junaid Siddique, in particular, blasting away.

Ojha bowled with composure and craft. He is essentially an above-the-eye-level bowler who gets the ball to dip in the air. This suggests to he imparts revolution on the ball.

Understated variations

While much of Ojha’s bowling is about flight, deception and turn, he does change his length and pace cleverly. He can send the quicker delivery that skids through straight, one that comes in with the arm, or the one that just breaks from middle to off.

Four wickets for 21 runs in four overs of control was an outstanding piece of bowling from Man-of-the-Match Ojha.

Shakib Al Hasan top-edged one that skidded through from Ojha to ’keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In the same over — the ninth — a rampant Junaid — 41 off 22 balls — stepped down the track to Ojha, found the bowler shortening his length, and holed out to Harbhajan Singh at deep mid-wicket.

The left-arm spinner kept picking wickets. Mahmudullah, attempting to turn a delivery from off-and-middle, could not make proper connection and Yuvraj Singh flung himself forward at short-fine leg to emerge with the ball.

Ojha then prised away the big-hitting Mashrafe Mortaza with one that that spun from middle to off even as the clueless batsman attempted a leg-side slog. The fact that Ojha releases the ball late enables him to pick the batsman’s initial movement.

Misses a sitter

Senior off-spinner Harbhajan, steady from one end, was desperately unlucky when Yuvraj fumbled with a dolly offering at short fine leg.

By picking two specialist spinners, the Indian team-management sent out a clear message — much of the bowling would be handled by the specialists. Only, in case of an emergency would the non-regulars be brought into play.

India would, however, have to sort out its new ball combination.

Irfan Pathan was expensive early on and it was Yusuf Pathan, with his off-spin, who lured and consumed the dangerous Tamim Iqbal.

Zaheer Khan, surprisingly fielded in the first game, showed signs of slipping into rhythm.

Ishant, the pick of the Indian pack, removed key batsman Mohammad Ashraful when the batsman’s uppish cover-drive was snaffled by Gautam Gambhir.

There was one more scalp for Ishant when Yuvraj Singh dived forward at long-off to dismiss a free-scoring Naeem Islam late in the innings. The Indians celebrated.

The defending champion had begun the campaign on a winning note.

A beaming Ojha said his stint in the IPL during the South African winter had enabled him to cope better with chilly conditions at Trent Bridge.

It was not easy for a spinner to grip the ball with icy winds sweeping the ground.

Yuvraj complimented

Ms.Dhoni admitted that he and Gambhir had got into a bit of a rut in the middle overs but complimented Yuvraj for his blistering innings. He acknowledged the performance of the spinners and added, “We knew the spinners would bowl well on this surface.”

Bangladesh captain Ashraful lamented the lack of partnerships.

Coach Jamie Siddons said the Indian team had batsmen who could hit sixes at any stage of an innings.

“They keep coming at you,” he added. The holder sounded a warning at Trent Bridge.

SCOREBOARD


India:
  G. Gambhir c Shakib Al Hasan b Naeem 50 (46b, 4x4), R. Sharma b Shakib 36 (23b, 3x4, 2x6), M.S. Dhoni b Naeem 26 (21b, 1x6), Yuvraj c Tamim b Shahadat 41 (18b, 3x4, 4x6), S. Raina b Rubel 10 (8b, 1x4), Y. Pathan (not out) 1 (1b), I. Pathan (not out) 11 (3b, 1x4, 1x6).

Extras: (w-5) 5. Total (for five wkts. in 20 overs) 180.

Fall of wickets:
1-59, 2-112, 3-140, 4-157, 5-169.

Bangladesh bowling: Mashrafe 4-0-29-0, Rubel 4-0-49-1, Shahadat 3-0-31-1, Mahmudullah 2-0-15-0, Shakib 4-0-24-1, Naeem 3-0-32-2.

Bangladesh: Tamim st. Dhoni b Y. Pathan 15 (10b, 3x4), Junaid c Harbhajan b Ojha 41 (22b, 2x4, 3x6), Ashraful c Gambhir b I. Sharma 11 (9b, 1x4), Shakib c Dhoni b Ojha 8 (10b), Mahmudullah c Yuvraj b Ojha 8 (13b), Raqibul c Ojha b Khan 16 (20b, 1x4), Mortaza b Ojha 11 (8b, 1x6), Mushfiqur (not out) 11 (11b, 1x4), Naeem c Yuvraj b I. Sharma 28 (17b, 3x6), Shahadat (not out) 0 (0b). Extras: (lb-3, w-3) 6. Total: (for eight wkts. in 20 overs) 155.

Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-55, 3-74, 4-77, 5-95, 6-111, 7-121, 8-154.

India bowling: Zaheer 3-0-26-1, I. Pathan 2-0-20-0, Y. Pathan 3-0-26-1, I. Sharma 4-0-34-2, Harbhajan 4-0-25-0, Ojha 4-0-21-4.

Next India Match

India v Ireland at Nottingham

Jun 10 (17:30 local, 16:30 GMT)