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Relatives of victims of the 2008 Mumbai attack victims on Wednesday welcomed the execution of the lone surviving attacker, Ajmal Kasab, saying justice has been finally delivered. In Varanasi, Sunita Yadav, wife of victim Upendra Yadav, expressed her gratitude to the authorities for carrying out the execution.

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Women are active in show business like never before, but will they surpass the status Bollywood heroes enjoy? Never, says Bipasha Basu, who feels there is minimum opportunity for female actors in the Hindi film industry

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Shiney Ahuja's judicial custody extended till July 16

The judicial custody of Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, who was arrested for allegedly raping his domestic maid, has been extended till July 16. (Watch)

Ahuja was produced before the Andheri metropolitan magistrate court as his judicial custody got over today.

The actor had filed a bail application before the sessions court last week which will come up for hearing on Friday.

On June 18, Ahuja was remanded to judicial custody till today by a local Mumbai court.

The DNA test report of Ahuja confirmed that he sexually assaulted the victim. Earlier, medical reports had confirmed that Ahuja's maid was indeed raped.

The actor has been charged under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 376 with rape, along with wrongful restraint and intimidation.

The police arrested Ahuja on June 15 after preliminary medical tests on the girl confirmed sexual assault.

Mumbai police said the actor had admitted to making a mistake by having consensual sex with the maid who has levelled allegations of rape against him.

Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu discussion about her upcoming film 'All the Best'

Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu discussion about her upcoming film 'All the Best' here during promotion of a shoe brand.

The film be produced by Ajay Devgan and directed by Rohit Shetty of 'Golmaal' and 'Golmaal Returns' fame.

The film stars Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Mugdha Godse with Fardeen Khan.

As interacting with the media present on the occasion, Basu said that she really enjoyed shooting for the film.

"I have to say that after 'No Entry', if there is one film that's going to make you laugh, this going to be 'All the Best' because shooting was absolutely crazy," said Basu.

Pritam has composed the music for the film.

The film is slated for a Diwali release.

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KABUL (AP) - The U.S. military in Afghanistan says it's using all its resources to find an American soldier captured by insurgents. A military spokesman says it happened Tuesday during eastern Afghanistan. No further details are being given to help protect the soldier.

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) - A suicide bomber near Pakistan's capital has reportedly killed at least five people. Police say the bomb exploded by a government vehicle, but a nearby bus was also badly damaged. It was not immediately clear which be the target.

LONDON (AP) - There's another report of Michael Jackson's alleged drug abuse. Two former confidantes say they tried to keep him from misusing painkillers and other prescriptions, but people around him kept the drugs flow. One confidante says when Michael asked for something, he got it.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police are calling on the Drug Enforcement Administration for help in investigating Michael Jackson's death. One official says the DEA has resources and experience in investigating drug abuse also operations that local police may not.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman convicted in connection with the Internet suicide of a 13-year-old girl will live sentenced today in Los Angeles. Lori Drew could get up to three years in prison. Prosecutors say she sought to humiliate the girl through a social networking site.

ICE start workplace immigration crackdown

The Obama administration is investigating hundreds of U.S. businesses as part of its strategy to focus immigration enforcement on employers who hire illegal workers.

Immigration also Customs Enforcement be notifying businesses of plans to audit their I-9 forms. Those are employment eligibility documents that employers fill out for every worker.
The Homeland Security Department tells immigration officers served "Notices of Inspection" to 625 businesses. By comparison, 503 such notices were issued to businesses last year.
ICE spokeswoman Gail Montenegro says 32 notices are being sent to businesses within the six states the Chicago ICE office oversees.

Those states are Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky.

Franken vows serious business MINNESOTA — Which Al Franken will show up in Washington? The author and radio host who hurled playground insults at Rus

Franken vows serious business

MINNESOTA — Which Al Franken will show up during Washington? The author and radio host who hurled playground insults at Rush Limbaugh? Or the Franken who remained serious on the campaign trail? Bet on the latter. Franken arrives in Washington next week to claim a seat that stood vacant for half a year while Minnesota judges deliberated over legal issues in the close race. He told The Associated Press he would style himself after former Sens. Hillary Clinton also Bill Bradley, Democrats who first gained fame as the first lady and as a pro basketball star. "They both put their heads down and did the work and won over their colleagues by not running to the camera," Franken said. — The Associated Press

Lady Liberty’s crown reopening

NEW YORK — it’s crowded. It’s hot. You have to climb hundreds of steps to find there. And throngs of people can’t wait to visit. Tickets sold out fast for the July 4 reopening of the Statue of Liberty’s crown, closed since shortly after 9-11. In May, the Obama administration announced that the crown would once again welcome visitors. Thirty people an hour will be allowed into the crown. — The Associated Press

Farewell to one of English cricket's record captains

MICHAEL Vaughan ranks as the best captain I have ever played under and will be remembered as the man whose leadership skills played a huge part in winning the most exciting Ashes series ever.

I can't speak for the other England players of the time, but Michael certainly managed to get an extra five per cent out of me by being calm in the face of adversity and authoritative without needing to raise his voice.

News of his retirement from playing after a glittering 17-year career that peaked with England's 2005 Ashes success came as a surprise to me. When I spoke to him at Headingley during Somerset's recent game there, I could tell he was uncertain about his future, but I never expected him to make a decision so quickly.

Whether Michael was England's most astute captain on the pitch I couldn't say because so little would separate a number of candidates in that respect.

What set him apart for me was the calmness with which he dealt with players and issues. There was no shouting or screaming, even when he had to give us a ticking off, yet by being the sort of character he was he commanded respect and exuded authority.

Michael also had the knack of being inspirational by saying the right thing at the right time. A case in point was at the end of the third Ashes Test of 2005 at Old Trafford when England just failed to win and go 2-1 up in the series.

We were all gutted in the dressing room afterwards because we thought a great opportunity had been missed, which might not come again.

Michael called us over and pointed to the Australia balcony where they were cock-a-hoop at having avoided defeat.

"Look at that, lads," said our skipper. "That's the only time you will see Australia celebrating a draw. It shows we are on the brink of something amazing."

I remember thinking 'My God, he's right' and experiencing a real lift. It was all about reading the moment for Michael and coming up with exactly the right message to his team.

We have known each other a long time because we played England Under-17s together and he was my captain in my second year as an Under-19 international.

Even back then he was regarded as a natural leader because nothing fazed him. He was soon appointed England A captain because of his maturity and the fact that he always seemed assured in what he wanted to do.

He never showed too much emotion whether the team were doing well or struggling. If we were winning, he kept feet firmly on the ground and, if we lost a game, there would be no sense of panic.

Professional sportsmen appreciate having that sort of person at the helm. There is so much emotion surrounding what we do and when someone is in charge who is capable of rising above it and making cool, calculated decisions it transmits to the team.

Michael was exactly the right England captain for the time. When I first played international cricket in 2000 Nasser Hussain was skipper and he was more of a sergeant-major type as, along with coach Duncan Fletcher, he attempted to whip the team into shape. That was right for the time, too. There was a mentality about England cricketers that was a bit soft and Nasser was a very strong character, who began the transformation into a side capable of beating Australia.

But by 2003, when Michael took over, a different approach was needed. We had the players and the disciplines in place to be successful and it was a case of letting individuals loose to express themselves.

Michael could be a tough leader, but only when he needed to be. Behind closed doors he would tell people straight if he wasn't happy with them, but a lot of his communication with the other players was done in a hotel room or over a drink or dinner. That's the way he operated.

He had enormous pride in being England captain and knew the responsibility that went with it. Not satisfied with making the team better, he wanted the game as a whole in this country to improve – and because standards were raised at international level there was a knock-on effect in county cricket.

His own record as a player against Australia was second to none. In the 2002-03 series there, he established himself as the number one in the world with a series of sensational performances.

I didn't get many runs myself on that trip so I did a lot of watching and it's true to say that Michael was playing different cricket to everyone else. Wherever the Aussies bowled at him, he whacked it.

If they pitched it up, he drove it through the covers for four and, if they dropped short, he pulled it over mid-wicket for six. It was unlike typical English batting – until Kevin Pietersen came along!

I owe Michael an enormous debt for bringing the best out of me as an England player. I know his knee problems have had a major bearing on the decision to call time on his career and I wish him every success in whatever he chooses to do next.

College Football 2009 Washington Huskies Predictions - 2010 BCS Odds

Washington Huskies 2009 College Football Predictions - 2010 BCS Odds: Sometimes when things get so bad it's best to blow it up and start all over again. After losing every football game (0-12) and finishing last in the PAC-10 (0-9), that's exactly what the University of Washington Huskies football program is doing. In 2009, Washington has a new head coach, former USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, and with him a new system, new offense and new defense. About the only thing not new will be old players, other than a small handful of freshman who might crack the depth chart.

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While the Huskies program could use a talent upgrade, they do have some nucleus to build around led by the return of junior quarterback Jake Locker. The new offense will be pro-style, similar to what is run at USC. Of course it will be designed around Lockers special talents. The offense should improve greatly under Sarkisian's direction, especially with all but three starters returning from a year ago.

When Sarkisian accepted the job at Washington, he picked USC Coach Pete Carroll’s pocket by coaxing Trojan's defensive coordinator Nick Holt to join him coaching the Huskies. Holt was given the title Assistant Head Coach to go along with Defensive Coordinator duties. At Washington, Holt will employ a 4-3 defense. The Huskies defense should be much better in 2009 as Holt welcomes 10 returning starters from the 2008 campaign.

"Washington will win some football games this year under Sarkisian," said Online Sports Handicapping resident handicapper Reno Gold. "We don't expect them to win the PAC-10 and qualifying for a bowl will be a stretch but Husky’s fans will see improvement."
The Huskies get an early test in their schedule when they open with SEC power LSU at Husky Stadium in Seattle on Sept. 5. This game will be a good measuring stick on any early affect made on the team by the new regime. The Idaho Vandals of the WAC visit Seattle for the season's second game on Sept. 12. It is against Idaho the Huskies get their first win. Unfortunately, there will not be many wins after Idaho but who knows; in college football anything can happen.

Perez happen to Commit No. 9 for IU Football

Bloomington – Matt Perez did a little bit of everything last year for Maine South (Ill.) H.S. while helping lead Coach David Inserra’s team the Class 8A state title. In the fall of 2010, Perez will be bringing those talents to the IU football program.

The 5’11”, 205-pound running back became the ninth member of Indiana’s 2010 recruiting class, committing to the Hoosiers Wednesday.

“He’s an explosive, hard-nosed kid,” Inserra said. “What sets him apart is his strength, balance and quickness. I don’t think I’ve seen him go down on the first hit. He gets a lot of yards after contact.”

Inserra has seen plenty of talented running backs in his 25 years at Maine South, a program that is traditionally one of the best in Illinois. But when it comes to Perez, there’s no mistaking where he stands among the talents that have gone through the program.

“I’ve been here 25 years, he’s the best running back we’ve ever had,” Inserra said.

Perez’s numbers back that up. As a junior, Perez amassed 2,600 yards of total offense for a team that ran the spread. He totaled a shade over 1,200 yards rushing despite getting only around 10 carries per game, and added another 600 yards receiving and another 600 yards in returns. He scored 31 touchdowns last fall, scoring via the rush, reception, punt return and kickoff return for Inserra’s squad.

Indiana’s staff was impressed with those numbers and what they saw on film, and then had him on campus last week for a one-day camp. IU’s staff already knew Perez power cleans 335 pounds and can squat 540, and then after he had a strong camp performance that included a 4.55 clocking in the 40, Indiana’s staff offered him on the spot.

Inserra said Perez also camped at Purdue and was getting significant interest from the Boilermakers, Central Michigan and Illinois State, among others. But he decided there was no reason to wait to find out if the others would offer at the conclusion of their one-day camps.

“He liked the campus, the new facilities, and I think he felt comfortable there,” Inserra said. “Even if the others offered, I think he felt his top choice would be Indiana.”

Inserra thinks Perez has made a good choice. The long-time coach knows IU Coach Bill Lynch well from his days as an IU assistant coach when he recruited the Chicago area, and has been impressed by not only Lynch but current Chicago area IU recruiter Kyle Conner as well.

“It’s exciting for all of us,” Inserra said. “Bill Lynch does a great job. He’s always been a top-class guy. I told Matt, Coach Lynch will be a father figure first. He does it the right way.”

Venni's dream shattered on last circuit of huge final

He led narrowly from Jamie Sampson (Lynn) going into the last trip round the circuit, but saw his dreams of a win shattered.

Venni made a last bend lunge at Sampson but was too far back to connect, allowing the home rider to take a heat and final double.

The Sutton racer said: "I wanted that race one lap shorter. It's just my luck being caught on the last lap – but I'm getting closer to that final win!"

There were a few less local drivers than expected, with Nick Houghton (Pinchbeck) forced to retire for the rest of this year with an impending operation on his back, and Steve Newman (Spalding) also temporarily out of action with a broken rib.

Venni was the first victim of the opening race and he was spun out before one lap had been completed.

But he did recover to come home in eighth place with James Stafford (Spalding) failing to place.

Venni had a quiet run in the first heat proper to come home in eighth place before being involved right in the action in the second heat.

Dwayne Powell was the early leader with most of the yellow tops piling into the fence.

But Venni soon hit the front, only to be given the turn around treatment by Nigel Parker (Norwich) .

However, it wasn't long before Sampson took the lead - and with a host of fun and games going on behind him, he built up sizeable lead over Aldridge in second spot.

Venni slipped down the field to finish seventh, while Andi Newman (Spalding) came home in ninth.

Powell started the final like the heat earlier – by taking the lead.

Venni was second with Leyton Hubbert (Boston) in third place in the early stages.

Powell though spun out on the first lap, which handed the lead to Venni.

The Sutton driver was being caught by Sampson all the time however, and was eventually ousted on a dramatic last lap.

Luke Grief (Peterborough) was third in the final.
• There was also racing at the Norfolk Arena on Sunday where a number of local drivers were in action in the TSR Bangers, who were competing in the formulas final gold roof qualifying round.

Peter Griggs (Holbeach St Marks) was in action in the formulas charity race, which doubled up as heat one where drivers were raising funds for the Air Ambulance and Children's Ward at the hospital.

Griggs did well in an ill handling car to get the final qualifying spot for the meeting final with a sixth place finish.

But he failed to finish the final where he was an early casualty, ending up in a big pile-up which had developed.

Roland Bullock (Bourne) won the final - although Griggs did pick up a few more points with an eighth place finish in the All Comers.

Racing returns to the Norfolk Arena on Saturday, July 18 (6.30pm) after the summer break.

Stallone, Akshay Bond over Ayurveda during Kambakkht Ishq!!

Akshay Kumar, the Khiladi Kumar of bollywood who stars with Hollywood biggie Sylvester Stallone in his upcoming mega budget flick Kambakkht Ishq, bonded big time with him over the Indian system of medicine, Ayurveda.

In fact, Akshay Kumar plays Sylvester Stallone’s body double in the film and so during rehearsals for the shot in Los Angeles, they had sufficient time to talk about different things. And guess what they talked about? No, it was not planning for some other Hollywood-bollywood big budget flick, but about the hazards of enacting action sequences on the screen. For instance, Stallone told Askhay about his persisting knee problem, while Akki informed him about his back problem and its subsequent cure through Ayurveda.

Sylvester Stallone got hooked to the system of Ayurveda and wanted to know more about its curing and healing power. Akshay Kumar obliged and even told him about his favorite physician in Mumbai in this system of medicine.

Akshay Kumar impressed Sylvester Stallone when he told him that he never took allopathic medicines and had always been relying on natural healing process of Ayurveda. Some of Akshay’s passion about Ayurveda rubbed on to Hollywood hunk and he promised to tell his other colleague about this wonderful system of medicine.

It may be recalled that Akshay Kumar never takes any kind of stress buster medicines, not even drinks like tea or coffee. In fact, his preferred method to get rid of stress is to go to bed early, after returning from the shooting of his films. This has kept him not only in good shape, but also ensured a stress free life with wife Twinkle and son Aarav.

However, sources say that all this may change for Khiladi Kumar, if his latest film ‘Kambakkht Ishq’, which stars big names from Hollywood and bollywood like Stallone, Denise Richards, Brandon Routh, Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora, does not work at the box office.

The industry watchers say that Rs 300 crore is riding on Akshay Kumar’s ‘Kambakht Ishq’, which is releasing tomorrow all over the world. But, if the movie does not take off fabulously, it may sound death nail for Akshay Kumar, especially so, as his two earlier big budget film ‘Chandni Chowk To China’ and ‘Tasveer’ had bombed at the box office.

However, analysts say that there is no chance of ‘Kambakkht Ishq’ not living up to its hype at the box office, especially so as it has got a decent advance booking at all the multiplexes. One of the major factors working in favor of the movie has been Akshay Kumar’s steaming hot kissing scenes with Hollywood hottie former Bond girl Denise Richards and bollywood’s sizzling hot sexy diva Kareena Kapoor.

Whatever….the final verdict will be out within 24 hours… and so. ….you do not have to wait much, what say??

Successful fueling test sets stage for shuttle start

Sensors near a repaired hydrogen vent line attached to the shuttle Endeavour's external tank detected only the slightest traces of free hydrogen during a critical fueling test Wednesday, officials said, clearing the way for another launch attempt July 11.

The 7-inch vent line and the ground umbilical carrier plate used to connect it to a port on the side of the external tank will remain in their current configuration and engineers are confident the system will be leak-free when Endeavour is fueled for launch on a space station assembly mission.

"We're in really good shape," said Mike Moses, the shuttle program launch integration manager at the Kennedy Space Center. "We're going to try on the 11th...We got it lined up just right and it doesn't leak."

The shuttle Endeavour during a fueling test Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center. A leak in a hydrogen vent line umbilical, visible to the left, grounded Endeavour twice in June. During Wednesday's test, the repaired vent line worked normally, setting the stage for another launch try July 11.

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The vent line is used to carry excess hydrogen gas away from the shuttle when the tank is filled with super-cold propellant. A valve used to route hydrogen to the vent line is closed a few minutes before launch when the tank is pressurized for flight.

Endeavour was grounded June 13 and 17 when sensors near the umbilical attachment plate detected hydrogen concentrations of more than 60,000 parts per million, or 6 percent. The allowable concentration near the shuttle is 4 percent.

After the second launch scrub, engineers collected detailed measurements and concluded the problem was caused by an alignment issue between the hydrogen vent port on the tank and the vent line interface. To ensure a tight fit, engineers replaced a rigid Teflon seal with a more flexible design, modified the umbilical plate mounting pins, and installed washer-like shims to counteract the alignment issue.

During the June launch attempts, the leaks occurred after the hydrogen section of the external tank was nearly full and fueling operations were transitioning from "fast fill" to "topping." In both cases, the leaks exceeded 60,000 parts per million.
During today's test, sensors detected a barely measurable 12 parts per million, a level so low it's not considered a sign of leakage.

"In this case, there were absolutely no leak indications and when we did transition all the way through the replenish operations, there were absolutely no leak indications whatsoever noted," said Launch Director Pete Nickolenko. The 12 parts per million reading was right at the limits of detectability, he said, and "we're calling that system tight, we show that as no leaks."

Moses said the same techniques used to ensure a near-perfect alignment of the vent line hardware will be used on all subsequent flights to prevent any repeat of the leaks that grounded Endeavour last month.

Assuming no other problems develop, NASA now plans to restart Endeavour's countdown at 10 p.m. EDT next Wednesday, setting up a launch attempt at 7:39:33 p.m. EDT Saturday, July 11. On board will be commander Mark Polansky, pilot Douglas Hurley, Canadian flight engineer Julie Payette, David Wolf, Christopher Cassidy, Thomas Marshburn and space station flight engineer Timothy Kopra.

Assuming an on-time liftoff, Polansky plans to guide the shuttle to a docking with the International Space Station at 3:25 p.m. EDT on July 13. Five spacewalks are planned between July 14 and July 23, starting in the early afternoon to late morning U.S. time, to install a Japanese experiment platform, to replace aging solar array batteries, and to store spare parts.
Kopra will remain behind aboard the space station when Endeavour undocks on July 25, becoming part of the Expedition 20 crew. He will replace Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, who was launched to the station in March and who will return to Earth aboard Endeavour. Landing at the Kennedy Space Center is targeted for 12:15 p.m. EDT on July 27.

As it now stands, NASA will only have four days to get the shuttle off the ground or the flight will slip to July 27 because of a critical Russian Progress space station resupply mission scheduled for launch July 24.

The Progress can "loiter" in orbit for five days, but it must dock by July 29. And that means Endeavour must take off by July 14 to complete its mission in time to undock by July 27, making way for the Progress.

Because of Endeavour's problems getting off the ground, the next flight in the station assembly sequence, mission STS-128, has slipped from August 6 to around August 18. NASA plans to close out the year by launching the shuttle Atlantis on November 12, although that flight may slip into December when all is said and done.

Engineers recently ran into an unusual problem with Atlantis when an astronaut work light attachment knob was lost during the shuttle's recent Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission. The hardware ended up lodged between a cockpit window pane and a flight deck instrument console. When the shuttle returned to Earth, the pressurized crew module contracted slightly and the knob was pinned against the glass.

The knob eventually was extracted by pressurizing the crew module and using dry ice to cool the metal enough to cause a slight amount of shrinkage. But the inner pressure pane in window No. 5 must now be inspected to make sure it did not suffer any structural damage.
Engineers are hopeful the window can be flown as is because replacing the inner pressure pane would take four to six months. Access is extremely tight and cockpit instrumentation would have to be disconnected, reconnected and retested after a window swap out.

With the shuttle program scheduled for retirement at the end of next year, a six-month schedule hit for one orbiter would require major replanning. But Moses said today NASA cannot complete the space station with just two shuttles, Endeavour and Discovery, and if Atlantis needs a window replacement, it will get one.
But engineers are hopeful it won't come to that.

Ulysses’ Solar Probe comes to a stop

After more than 18 years of dedicated service, Ulysses, a joint mission of NASA and the European Space Agency, has ceased operations on Tuesday.
Ulysses spacecraft was on a special mission of exploring the regions of space above the poles of the sun.
Contact with Ulysses was brought to a standstill shortly after 1 p.m. PDT.
However, according to NASA project manager, Ed Massey, Ulysses would go on orbiting around the Sun indefinitely.
Ulysses was launched aboard space shuttle Discovery on October 6, 1990.

NASA informed Ulysses completed about three orbits of the sun before reaching a bubble in space made by the solar wind named heliosphere.
Escalating age and other problems like cold, forced officials to cease Ulysses’ further operations.
Ulysses, which was designed to study solar radiation, traveled 5.5 billion miles in 18 years.
It is worth mentioning here that Ulysses was designed to remain in the space for just five years.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

This week Bollywood Box-office report

With the fag end of first half of 2009 concluding with something to cheer about via NEW YORK, expectations soar for an encore with KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, right at the start for the second half. Also the hopes are not totally unfounded. The Sabbir Khan directed Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor starrer, KAMBAKKHT ISHQ that also boasts of the presence of some big names from Hollywood is carrying a good buzz around it. The Sajid Nadiadwala venture has been promoted quite aggressively and has the backing of a popular soundtrack to boost it further. Being released with around 1400 prints (including digital) in India, KAMBAKKHT ISHQ is expected to embark on a good start.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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West Indies win by 8 wickets

Hosts West Indies levelled their four match one day international series among India here on Sunday with an emphatic eight-wicket victory, despite a magnificent 95 runs by Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Dhoni struck six fours and two sixes from 130 balls, as he almost single-handedly led an Indian revival, but West Indies' final target of 189 in 50 overs was never going to be treacherous.

India bowled steadily, but West Indies reached the target with 95 balls to spare, following a workmanlike 85 from 102 balls from Runako Morton, and a typically robust 64 from 46 balls from Chris Gayle.

India had won the high-scoring, opening match last Friday by 20 runs at the same venue.

The series concludes with a pair of ODIs - this coming Friday and Sunday - at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St. Lucia.

India have only themselves to blame for their defeat, after they plunged to 82 for eight in the 22nd over after choosing to bat.

But Dhoni staged a rearguard action in the form of a 101-run, ninth-wicket stand with Rudra Pratap Singh before they both fell in the space of six balls as India were dismissed for 188 in 48.2 overs.

Singh made 23, and left-hander Yuvraj Singh, a century-maker in the opening ODI two days earlier, got 35, and was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

When Yuvraj square drove Ravi Rampaul for the last of his five fours, he became the fifth Indian batsman to score 7,000 runs in ODIs

But India were undermined by Rampaul. He snared a career-best four wickets for 37 runs from 10 overs.

India's demolition was completed by Dwayne Bravo with three for 26 from nine overs, and Jerome Taylor with three for 35 from 9.2 overs.

Denesh Ramdin also became the latest wicketkeeper to snare five catches in an ODI innings.

India were in trouble from the outset in defending their total, when Gayle and Morton put on 101 for the first wicket inside the first 16 overs.

Rohit Sharma made the breakthrough, when he had Gayle caught at long-off, and gave India a boost, when Ramnaresh Sarwan was stumped for 15 to leave West Indies 132 for two.

But India failed to make further headway, and an unbroken stand of 60 between Morton and Chanderpaul carried West Indies over the threshold.

The West Indies achieved the victory, when Harbhajan Singh was clattered over long-on for Morton's second six.

Earlier, India were on the back-foot from early on , when Dinesh Karthik was caught behind for four off Taylor in the first over.

Gautam Gambhir was also caught behind for a duck off Rampaul, who also had Rohit Sharma caught at second slip for the same score in the space of three balls in the second over.

India were seven for three, when Dhoni joined Yuvraj, and they breathed life into the innings with a stand of 47 for the fourth wicket.

But Yuvraj became the first of five wickets which fell for 28 in the space of 56 balls, and by the halfway stage, India had lost the majority of its batting.

Dhoni reached his 50 from 87 balls, when he worked Dave Bernard Jr into square leg for two, and with R.P. Singh frustrated West Indies until the 48 th over when Bravo struck.

Singh was caught at mid-wicket before Taylor brought the innings to a close in the next over when he bowled Dhoni with a slower ball.