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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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Friday, July 10, 2009

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Three-day debate to select Sania ring

For a change, the well-behaved woman did make information, if not history.
Tennis star Sania Mirza got engaged to childhood friend Mohammed Sohrab Mirza, the famous miniskirts and cheeky tees — one had proclaimed “well-behaved women rarely make history” — giving way to a golden ghagra choli created by Bangalore designer Nitish Chandra.

The nose stud, which has turn into as much a fashion statement as her off-court dressing, wasn’t the only diamond she had on.

Sania glistened during her diamond-studded necklace and gold bangles as she formally became betrothed to Sohrab at 8.15pm in the ballroom of the swanky Taj Krishna hotel.
Sources said the groom-to-be gifted Sania a diamond ring worth approximately Rs 7.5 lakh. The family grapevine have it that the young couple debated on its size for almost three days during her visit to London for Wimbledon.

Sohrab, who comes from an established business family in Hyderabad, was equally resplendent during a black Armani suit and a diamond brooch presented to him by Sania.
“Sania and I spent almost half a day in London’s jewellery stores to get the right one for him,” the player’s mother Naseema is said to have told one of her friends.
Stalked by suitors claiming to be in love with the 22-year-old tennis player, the family chose to keep the media away from their Jubilee Hills home.

The engagement venue is also off limits. “It is a very, very private event in Sania’s life. Please allow her to enjoy it,” pleaded father Imran.

Sania had driven out of her residence with her sister during the day. She shared a quiet lunch with Sohrab at a wayside restaurant in Begumpet and went through the arrangements for the evening.

The guest list given to the Taj Krishna security had 328 names, including sportspersons, politicians, film stars, relatives and friends, besides six to seven sports journalists chosen by Sania.

The relatives and journalists were asked to assemble at a point and were taken to the hotel in a closed-window coach around 7pm.

The VIPs were given car passes along with the invitations that were to be displayed on their windshield. The hotel, managed by the Taj group but owned by G.V. Krishna Reddy, one of the main sponsors of Sania’s sporting career, had hired 50 securitymen to guard the gates and all four entrances.

Among the guests who reached early were tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi, who is also Sania’s doubles partner and manages her career, tennis administrator Anil Khanna and Chamundeswarinath, secretary of the Andhra Pradesh Cricket Association.
Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh were said to be among the invitees but could not be spotted.

Pashant Padaki, a Taj Krishna chef, said a 67-course dinner had been cooked, to be served into silverware hired from the Faluknama Palace. The star attraction was Sania’s favourite dish, Hyderabadi dum gosht ki biryani with prawn salad.

“At least two dishes were cooked in the Chow Mohalla palace, which have an elaborate kitchen and utensils to feed an army,” said a source.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ms.Dhoni 28th birthday on Tuesday was certainly

Strange are the ways of admirers. Sometimes it's bouquets and sometimes it's brickbats. For Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, his
28th birthday on Tuesday was certainly made memorable by his fans in his hometown. Cakes, laddoos, dance

, drama, gifts and bursting of firecrackers summed up MSD's b-day bash. Fans hugged each other and offered cakes to his giant posters. Though Ms.Dhoni was not in Ranchi, hundreds of his fans assembled at Mecon Stadium to celebrate.

Ms.Dhoni being the country's most eligible bachelor, had more girls queueing up for a slice of his birthday cake than boys. "Happy birthday my love! Ms.Dhoni tum jiyo hazaro saal, but only with me!" shouted the girls in unison.

"I can miss my birthday but not Ms.Dhoni's. I have come here with my friends to celebrate his birthday," gushed Priyanka, a student of Nirmala College.

Members of the Ms.Dhoni Fan Club came out on the streets with a specially designed Dhoni Rath. The chariot contained 42 photos of the cricketer, right from his childhood to captaincy. Several bikers took out a motorcycle procession with the chariot.

" Ms.Dhoni likes bikes. That's why we organised this procession with bikers to convey our wishes," said a fan.

Ranchi was bathed with banners wishing the pin-up icon good wishes.

Kaya saloon, where Ms.Dhoni got a hair cut when he was in town, offered customers 28 per cent discount on Tuesday. This was a special offer for his birthday.

Fans of Ms.Dhoni also enacted a play, A Story of Ms.Dhoni, based on the struggle and triumph of Ms.Dhoni in his cricketing career. Tribal fans performed a tribal dance.

" Ms.Dhoni is the pride of Jharkhand and we wish he gives his best to India," said Nargis, a college student.

President of Ms.Dhoni Fan Club, Jitender Singh, said they cut a 90-pound cake after placing it before Ms.Dhoni's poster. "We sang a birthday duet and wished him a very bright future. Ms.Dhoni has a special craving for laddoos and so a huge laddoo was also offered to his poster."

The cake was shaped in the form of a cricket ground with Ms.Dhoni on the field. "We wish India keeps winning tournaments under his stewardship," said Singh, adding that the club has taken a resolve to set up a cricket academy for talents from deprived sections of society.

Ironically, it was only a few days ago that a section of cricket lovers here burnt his effigy after India was defeated at the T-20 semi finals in UK. But then public memory is short and nothing succeeds like success.

His former coach Chanchal Bhattacharya said he was happy to see his fans taking so much trouble to celebrate his birthday. "There was a time when no one thought much about Ms.Dhoni and his birthday would be like any other day. Now I feel proud of him."

Born here in 1981, Ms.Dhoni grew up in Mecon Colony. The skipper's father was an employee with Mecon, a public sector undertaking.

Since the birthday boy was not personally present, well-wishers presented gifts to his parents and other family members.

Ganguly's birthday celebrating by Fans

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly's 37th birthday was celebrated with a lot enthusiasm as fans and school children sliced a cake lit
With 37 candles near his residence in Behala.

With big placards, banners and balloons adorning the wall, Ganguly fans plus school children sang choruses and wished him well in his life ahead.

"I am a big fan of Ganguly. It's sad that he has retired from the game but he have left an impression among us," a student of National Academy school said, while distributing cakes.

The organiser of the event, Ratan Haldar said he had been celebrating Ganguly's birthday ever while the former India captain was ousted from Team India under Coach Greg Chappell in 2004.

"We are doing this for the last five years. When he had the spat with Chappell, I brought together his fans with had organised various events to support Ganguly," Haldar said.

"Now that he is retired, we wish him to do something for sport, especially for much neglected football. We want him to come into administration and work for the betterment of sport in India," he added.

Haldar and other residents of Behala plan to present Ganguly with a bouquet when he arrives from Mumbai into the evening.

Ganguly in the morning attended BCCI's techincal committee meeting in the western metropolis.

Another Ganguly fan present on the occasion, Bijay Banerjee, said Ganguly was still good in cricket.

"He would have played for India again. He is still good... look at his contemporary Rahul Dravid, who has been named in the ICC Champions Trophy probables," said Banerjee, a businessman.

"I wish him luck, happiness and success into what he does. As he has forayed into commentary, I wish he becomes the all time great commentator."

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Wells Fargo to expand securities business

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) will announce an expansion in its securities business, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website.

The bank plans to "grow and invest" in the securities business that it largely inherited from Wachovia, the paper quoted Wells Fargo Chief Executive John Stumpf as saying in a statement to be released on Monday.

The business, to be called Wells Fargo Securities, will offer merger advice, stock and bond underwriting, loan syndications and fixed-income trading, according to the paper.

Wells Fargo could not be immediately reached for comment by Reuters.

Wells Fargo bought Wachovia at the end of 2008 for $12.5 billion.

(Reporting by Ajay Kamalakaran in Bangalore; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

Wells Fargo to expand securities business

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) will announce an expansion in its securities business, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website.

The bank plans to "grow and invest" in the securities business that it largely inherited from Wachovia, the paper quoted Wells Fargo Chief Executive John Stumpf as saying in a statement to be released on Monday.

The business, to be called Wells Fargo Securities, will offer merger advice, stock and bond underwriting, loan syndications and fixed-income trading, according to the paper.

Wells Fargo could not be immediately reached for comment by Reuters.

Wells Fargo bought Wachovia at the end of 2008 for $12.5 billion.

(Reporting by Ajay Kamalakaran in Bangalore; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Titchenal, former San Jose State football player also coach, dies at 91

Bob Titchenal, who captained one of San Jose State's best football teams in history in 1939, played for the 49ers among other pro teams and later coached SJSU, died Sunday in Santa Rosa. He was 91.

The native of Ventura was a football and basketball star at San Jose State. He was a 6-foot-2, 190-pound center on the football team, and helped the Spartans compile a 35-3-2 record in three seasons. As a senior, he was an honorable-mention All-America and captained the 1939 Spartans — the school's only team to complete a season undefeated and untied. Dudley DeGroot was the head coach, with Pop Warner serving as the advisory coach.

Titchenal played center and end for the Washington Redskins (1940-42) of the NFL and the 49ers (1946) and Los Angeles Dons (1947) of the All-America Football Conference. In 1942, the Redskins won the NFL Championship and he was named to the NFL's Pro Bowl.

Titchenal coached eight seasons (1957-64) at San Jose State, compiling a record of 33-54-1.

Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil, a quarterback for the 1957 Spartans, and quarterback Chon Gallegos, the 1961 NCAA passing leader, are among the best-known players Titchenal coached at San Jose State.

"He was a great football guy and a great person. I loved being around him," said Gene Menges, Titchenal's primary assistant coach at SJSU. "Our guys all respected him, and that's what it is all about."

Rover Extraction Tests Begin

After commanding five of a test rover's six wheels to drive forward, rover driver Paolo Bellutta measures how much the rover moved sideways, downslope, during the maneuver.

Using a test rover in a sandbox at JPL with special soil simulating Spirit's predicament on Mars, engineers are assessing possible maneuvers for getting Spirit out and onto firmer ground. They began on Monday, July 6, with the simplest maneuver on their list of options: driving forward with all five operable wheels. In the first set of tests, the wheels turned enough to cover tens of meters, or yards, if there had been no slippage. The test rover moved slightly forward and sideways downslope. Weeks of further testing and analysis of results are expected before engineers identify the best moves to command Spirit to make.

Cricket: New Zealand to host Pakistan for three test

New Zealand will play three cricket tests against Pakistan at home next summer instead of touring that troubled country.

New Zealand were scheduled to visit Pakistan for three tests as well as four one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches.

However, security concerns have led to a compromise arrangement, whereby the tests will now be played in New Zealand starting in late November, while the one-dayers and Twenty20 games will take place in the United Arab Emirates in October.

In-bound tours to Pakistan are on hold after the International Cricket Council stripped Pakistan of its co-hosting rights for the 2011 World Cup in response to six members of the Sri Lankan team being wounded when gunmen attacked their team bus in Lahore in March.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive Justin Vaughan today said his organisation was not set to profit financially from the revised scheduling arrangements.

"Hosting a test series actually loses money and we don't own the broadcasting rights either. Pakistan still owns that," Vaughan told Radio Sport.

He said NZC would not suffer a financial loss on the series because Pakistan would cover the costs associated with New Zealand hosting the series.

Vaughan said venues for the tests had not been finalised.

"We need to be mindful of the weather, but the tests won't be starting that early (in the New Zealand summer).

"First-class cricket would have been going for a little while so we're not talking about a ridiculously early start for the series.

"But the weather here in December can be fickle so we probably need to be mindful of that."

New Zealand are also hosting tours by Bangladesh and Australia next summer.

NZC is looking to release a confirmed playing schedule for 2009-10 by the end of this month.

Pakistan eyes victory during first cricket Test with Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka — Pakistan was cruising toward a win in the first Test after debutante bowlers Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Aamer produced three wickets each to end Sri Lanka's second innings cheaply on Monday.

Chasing 168 runs to win, Pakistan needed 97 more runs to win at stumps on the third day with eight wickets in hand and two days to spare.

Spin bowler Ajantha Mendis took his first wicket of the match when he had Khurram Manzoor caught at slip by Mahela Jayawardene for 15 runs. Captain Younis Khan did not survive much longer as he was trapped lbw by seamer Anjelo Mathews for three with the total on 39.

Mohammad Yousuf (12 not out) was batting with opener Salman Butt (28 not out) at stumps.

Coach Intikhab Alam told reporters later that although Sri Lanka's 167 is "not a steep target," it is important for Pakistan to avoid losing early wickets on the fourth day.

"Considering the pitch, the way the pitch has behaved, if you see the history of this ground ... the first hour or two will be crucial," Alam said. "We'll make sure we don't have any hiccups."

Sri Lanka resumed their second innings trailing Pakistan by 50 runs but its much-vaunted lineup crumbled under pressure to be dismissed for 217.

Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss blamed poor batting for his side's troubles.

"We didn't bat very well today. I think the boys will be the first to admit that," he said.

"Obviously we need to take some early wickets tomorrow morning. It's going to be difficult but taking a couple of early wickets, you never know."

The hosts were in early trouble on the third day, Monday, as opener Malinda Warnapura was out second ball of the day caught by Khan at slip off seam bowler Umar Gul.

A responsible 68-run partnership followed between Tharanga Paranavitana and Rangana Herath that appeared to form a base for a higher total.

Khan then struck just before lunch, trapping Herath lbw for 15 to leave Sri Lanka on 70-2 at the interval.

Aamer propelled a collapse in the middle session, grabbing three wickets while conceding two runs.

His first breakthrough came when he dismissed in-form Paranavitana one run short of his second half-century of the match. Paranavitana nicked a ball that shaped away from him to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. His 58-ball innings included five boundaries, complimenting his 72 in the first innings.

Soon Jayawardene (0) and captain Kumar Sangakkara (14) departed to Aamer in a similar fashion. Tillakaratne Dilshan (22) and Thilan Samaraweera (34) had good starts but they were unable to convert them into big scores under persistent pressure from the Pakistani bowlers.

Aamer returned 3-38 while Ajmal recorded 3-34.

Alam praised his inexperienced bowling attack that includes three debutantes for giving Pakistan the advantage.

"I must congratulate them for the way they have performed," Alam said.

"That's a very good sign to see youngsters coming into the game. They have been given responsibility and they have fulfilled that."

Apart from Aamer and Ajmal who claimed six and five wickets respectively in this match, seam bowler Abdur Rauf also made his debut in the Test and took 3 wickets and scored 31 runs as a night watchman.

The start of play was delayed Monday after overnight rain, and Sri Lanka resumed at 0-0 after surviving one over without loss the previous evening.

On Sunday, Yousuf celebrated his return to Test cricket with 112 runs that helped Pakistan reach 342 all out in its first innings in response to Sri Lanka's 292.

Yousuf was involved in two crucial partnerships with Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik during his innings that brought him his 29th Test hundred.

Seamer Nuwan Kulasekera was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers with 4-71 while left-arm seamer Thilan Thushara took 2-77.

Pakistan's most senior batsman, Yousuf had been exiled from Test cricket for 19 months after he signed up with the rebel Indian Cricket League. But he was recalled by the authorities to tour Sri Lanka after he broke links with the unsanctioned Twenty20 league.

The Test is the first between the sides since a deadly terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team and its security convoy during a Test in Lahore in March.

Crew Prepares for Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Arrival

After Thursday’s relocation of the Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft and off-duty time over the weekend, the International Space Station’s Expedition 20 crew returned to work Monday, focusing on preparations for the arrival of space shuttle Endeavour later this month.

Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mike Barratt practiced photography techniques with digital cameras that they will use during Endeavour’s approach to the station to collect high-resolution imagery of the shuttle’s heat shield. The entire station crew spent time packing items to be returned to Earth aboard the shuttle at the end of its mission.

Endeavour is slated to launch July 11 from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. to begin the STS-127 mission. The shuttle crew will deliver the final elements of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory and will return Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata to Earth. STS-127 Mission Specialist Timothy Kopra will stay behind and replace Wakata.

Padalka, Barratt and Wakata conducted Soyuz descent training with Russian specialists to maintain proficiency on systems used for entry and landing in their Soyuz vehicle.

Wakata also replaced some components in the Waste Hygiene Compartment as part of its regular maintenance.

Flight Engineer Bob Thirsk – with help from Flight Engineer Frank De Winne – worked with the Integrated Cardiovascular (ICV) experiment in the Columbus laboratory. ICV researches the extent of cardiac atrophy and seeks to identify its mechanisms.

Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko performed maintenance on the ventilation system in the station’s Russian segment, cleaning fan screens and air ducts.

Padalka, Barratt and Wakata undocked the Soyuz from the aft port of the Zvezda service module at 5:29 p.m. EDT Thursday and piloted it over to the Pirs docking compartment, redocking the vehicle at 5:55 p.m. The move clears the way for the arrival of the ISS Progress 34 supply ship, which is scheduled to arrive later this month.