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Thursday, October 22, 2009

NASA's Fermi Telescope Celebrates First Year of Gamma-Ray Science

WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news briefing at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 29, to discuss the first-year science results from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The briefing will be held in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. S.W., in Washington. It will be carried live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's Web site.

Fermi studies gamma rays, the highest-energy form of light. Findings discussed will include measurements relevant to the search for new theories of gravity.

The panelists are:
- Jon Morse, director, Astrophysics Division, NASA Headquarters
- Julie McEnery, Fermi project scientist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
- Peter Michelson, Fermi Large Area Telescope principal investigator, Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
- Robert Kirshner, professor of astronomy, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass.
- Mario Livio, astrophysicist, Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore

Reporters unable to attend the briefing may ask questions by telephone. To reserve a telephone line, journalists should e-mail their name, media affiliation and telephone number to J.D. Harrington at:

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Rafa Benitez fears he may lose his Liverpool job

October 23, 2009 10:38 IST

Aware that results dictate who stays or who exits in managerial positions in football, Rafa Benitez [ Images ] has admitted for the first time that he fears he could be out of his Liverpool job sooner than later.

Though he has got the vote of confidence from co-owner George Gillett, as it emerged it would cost 13 million pounds to axe him, the Kop boss knows he is on the brink after Tuesday's defeat at home to Lyon.

Rafga Benitez"We know results dictate in football. We just have to try to isolate ourselves from talk of a possible purchase of the club and concentrate on the day-by-day work in football terms. A sale and a change of owner is always hugely important for any club. You have to work out how discussions are going. My relations with George Gillett are very correct," The Sun quoted Rafa, as saying.

"I love being at Liverpool, my family is very integrated in the life here and it''s not on our minds that this will end soon," he added.

Reds co-owner Gillett said: "We have just entered into a long-term agreement with Rafa. Our family is extraordinarily pleased with him. We think he is absolutely as good as there is in the business."

Van Persie warns Arsenal [ Images ] teammates

Meanwhile, Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie [ Images ] has warned his Arsenal teammates to avoid the mistakes that they had made last season to have a chance of winning major tournaments.

Van Persie also admitted that it was vital for Arsenal to beat lower-placed sides if they are to stay within sight of leaders Manchester United [ Images ].

"Last season, we lost some games we should have won and we later had five back-to-back draws. We have to avoid that. Time will show how well we will do," The Sun quoted Van Persie, as saying.

"We're very encouraged by some of the other league results because when you look at last weekend, Liverpool and Chelsea lost. We've played eight games now and won six. It's looking good for us as long as we stay consistent against the smaller teams. We need to keep getting three points against them," he added.

Arsenal will next play against West Ham United on Sunday.

India tour will help prepare for 2011 - Watson

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October 22, 2009

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Shane Watson, the Australian allrounder, has singled out exposure to Indian conditions in the upcoming seven-match ODI series as key to Australia's preparation for the 2011 World Cup, which will be held in the subcontinent.

"It's a very important trip, especially for the guys who have not been here before and played in Indian conditions," he told PTI. "We need to get used to the conditions, understand what our strengths are. The next couple of times we come here are a very big foundation for the 2011 World Cup."

Watson is in prime form going into the series, which starts in Vadodara on Sunday. He's captured 19 wickets at 21.10 in ODIs this year, and has been prolific with the bat, averaging 54.07. He ended the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa, which Australia won, on a high, smashing back-to-back centuries against England and New Zealand in the semi-final and the final.

"I'm getting used to big games. I have been lucky enough to be involved in a few big games and develop strategy, momentum. It's been a big learning experience to me," Watson said. "My game has come along especially in the last six months. I just want to continue (in the same vein) and perform."

Watson also described his experience on the tour of India towards the end of last year as one of the best things to have happened in his career. Though Australia lost the Test series 2-0, Watson said that playing in Indian conditions was a major learning curve in his development as a cricketer.

"Last October's trip was one of the best chances I have had in my career, to have played in India on turning wickets and with the ball reversing," Watson said. "They were really strange conditions to what we are used to in Australia. I learnt so much on that tour. Unfortunately we did not get the result we wanted."

Watson struggled with the bat on that tour, managing just one half-century in seven innings and averaging 24.28, but found more success with the ball, grabbing 10 wickets at 32.10, including a five-for.

MNS plays spoiler for Sena-BJP alliance

Mumbai, Oct 23 (PTI) By securing 13 seats in its maiden outing in the Assembly polls, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has dealt a blow to Opposition Shiv Sena-BJP saffron alliance, making victory easier for the ruling Congress-NCP combine.

The party contested 143 of the 288 seats in the state.

Reacting to the victory of the party, MNS chief and estranged nephew of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, Raj told voters that his MLAs would show how to be a good Opposition and will "raise hell" in the Assembly.

The three-year-old party succeeded in attracting youth and women votes, ruining Sena's hope of emerging as the single largest party in the state.

MNS won seats in the areas dominated by middle-class Maharashtrians, like Mahim, Sewaree, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Ghatkopar (West), Magathane and Kalyan (rural) by striking a chord among Marathi people on issue of "sons of soil".

Akshay Kumar with Katrina Kaif again in Blue sequel

Bollywood action hero Akshay Kumar is unbeatable on screen but he has one weakness, and that is Katrina Kaif. It seems he just can’t get over her. In fact, she is his lucky mascot.

Akshay has acted with Katrina in many films like Namastey London, Welcome, Sing Is Kinng and the recent release Blue. You can’t blame him for pairing with Katrina over and over again as if there are no other girls around because all the films that he has acted with her have turned hits. Now, the latest we hear is that they are acting together in Blue sequel.

Katrina just had a cameo role opposite Zayed Khan in Blue and Akshay was left without a leading lady. The sequel will bring Akshay and Katrina together as lovers. Sanjay Dutt will romance Lara Dutta and Zayed Khan will have Neha Uberoi by his side.

It is said that the sequel is likely to be titled Aasman. Another news is doing the round that the makers of the film are roping in John Abraham
and Sonal Chauhan. Director Anthony D’Souza said that he is keen to work with John and the producers are ready to back him with the same budget as Blue. He added that the sequel would start off as a sea adventure and then move to the sky.

Well, Akshay will face another big challenge to shoot in the skies!
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Afghan, Pakistani and Indian ambassadors unite against terrorism

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CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviews the UN Ambassadors from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India for their first joint interview.
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Bright Trinidad eye a golden future

A Trinidad victory on Friday night has the potential to be as significant as Australia's World Cup win on Indian soil 22 years ago

Dileep Premachandran

October 23, 2009

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T&T players launch themselves on Kieron Pollard after their four-wicket win, New South Wales v Trinidad & Tobago, Champions League Twenty20, League A, Hyderabad, October 16, 2009
There is a sprinkling of stardust in the Trinidad and Tobago side, which could cause problems for New South Wales © Global Cricket Ventures-BCCI

Long before this tournament started, most people knew that the seedings would count for little. Trying to predict who would make it out of the two group stages and into the last four was a bit like asking Messrs Armstrong and Aldrin what they expected to find before they took those giant leaps on behalf of mankind. In every sense, this Champions League was a step into the unknown - for the organisers, the players and especially the fans.

Conventional wisdom, seldom very wise, suggested that the three IPL sides and New South Wales would progress to the business end of the tournament, where there were millions to be gained and lost. As for Trinidad and Tobago, they were expected to enjoy the experience for a week and then head home, along with other "minnows" like Wayamba, the Diamond Eagles and the Otago Volts.

Cricket, though, is a game of delicious ironies. Back when West Indies cricket was at its all-conquering peak, Trinidad and Tobago were largely onlookers. Deryck Murray was part of the picture as Clive Lloyd's men began the ascent to the summit, while Larry Gomes and Augustine Logie were vital cogs during the decade of dominance. But in a team that could boast of Richards, Lloyd, Greenidge, Haynes, Dujon and a whole flotilla of world-beating fast bowlers, they were hardly marquee names. The one who should have become one, Ian Raphael Bishop, found his career cruelly cut short by a succession of back injuries.

By the time Brian Lara started obliterating batting records, the empire was in decline. Now, it's at its lowest ebb, with a squad comprising promising talents and mediocre has-beens doing duty at the recent Champions Trophy. In that time, Trinidad's stock has risen slowly, with victories in both four-day cricket and the slap-bang-wallop version of the game. Having once looked in from the outside, the tiny islands off South America now find themselves at the forefront of what many desperately hope will be a Caribbean cricket renaissance.

Make no mistake, world cricket needs a vibrant West Indies side. The spirit that the game's leading practitioners from the region brought to the game was unrivalled, the buzz unmatched. Whether you were a young teen watching from a makeshift stand at the University Stadium in Trivandrum or a larrikin viewing the game from Bay 13, there was eager anticipation the moment those magnificent men in maroon caps walked on to the field. Nine times out of 10, they annihilated your team, but in another sense they were "our" team, the players that we dreamt of emulating in parks and playgrounds across the world. Who didn't want to bat like Richards, or bowl like Holding?

On Thursday night, when Kieron Pollard took his catch that never was, you were reminded of CLR James and the descriptions of Learie Constantine from the 1930s. As tall as Usain Bolt and built along the lines of a decathlete, Pollard seems out of place on a cricket field. And while he doesn't bowl anything like as quickly as Constantine is said to have done, there's something about the way he thwacks the ball and the ease with which he covers ground while fielding that makes it easy to establish a connection with the cavaliers of a bygone era.

Having once looked in from the outside, the tiny islands off South America now find themselves at the forefront of what many desperately hope will be a Caribbean cricket renaissance

Those that don't consider Twenty20 a proper sport will consider it sacrilege, but a Trinidad victory on Friday night has the potential to be as significant as another success on Indian soil 22 years ago. Back then, Allan Border's Australians were no-hopers, but victory over England at the Eden Gardens proved to be the catalyst for a period of consolidation and hegemony that lasted two decades. The main difference between that team and this Trinidadian one was in the leadership. Border was a legend of the game who preferred to let his bat express his emotions, while Daren Ganga is a middle-of-the-road player who has managed to rouse his wards to superhuman feats while charming everyone with articulate and forthright views.

Ranged against him is Simon Katich, who would be a worthy captain for the national side if Ricky Ponting ever lost his appetite for the job. Unlike Ganga, Katich has had grizzled veterans to work with, but there have been touches of genius in the way he's arranged his pieces on the board. Both on slow pitches in Delhi and the bouncier ones in Hyderabad, New South Wales have been a notch above their opposition, except for the five-over Pollard whirlwind that clinched a game last week.

It's that unpredictability that gives Trinidad and Tobago hope. Whether it's William Perkins scooping a fast bowler to fine leg or Adrian Barath lofting one nonchalantly over extra-cover for six, they have a penchant for propelling the ball into what a rueful Andrew Puttick, the Cape Cobras captain, called "strange areas". "I have a sneaking suspicion that Trinidad and Tobago will take it," he said. "They have a little bit of an X-factor about them."

That sprinkling of stardust will be tested to the limit by a New South Wales attack in which Brett Lee has been peerless. Throw in Moises Henriques' happy knack of taking crucial wickets, Stuart Clark's parsimony and Nathan Hauritz's ability to turn new ball and old, and it's easy to see why they've come this far largely untroubled.

Not that Ganga's batsmen are the only ones with a license to thrill. Even if you get past David Warner and Phillip Hughes at the top of the order, there's a terrific middle order led by Katich to negotiate. And if the ruthless demolition of the Bushrangers was any guide, the big stage won't faze them either.

New South Wales, with apologies to Mumbai, Yorkshire and Barbados, are the most formidable side in the history of domestic cricket, having won the Shield 17 times before Sir Donald Bradman had even made his debut. No matter what happens in the inaugural Champions League final, that fact won't change. For Trinidad, always in the shadow of Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica, Friday is the day to target Goliath with stones and slingshot. Having already felled him once, they know it can be done.

If they can hold their nerve for three hours, a potentially golden future lies beyond the boundary. The Blues will scoff at the idea, but perhaps Trinidad needs this more. "We give our heart and soul," said Ganga. "For the 1.3 million watching at home and the 5 million across the Caribbean whose hopes rest on our team."

It's a burden that they've worn lightly so far.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

C.M. Punk Talks of His Dream Mania Opponent

As reported earlier, CM Punk was featured in an interview with this morning to help promote the WWE SmackDown/ECW taping in Columbia, S.C. One topic covered was Punk's dream WrestleMania opponent, "Last year, before I was in the MITB match, it was Rey (Mysterio), Punk said. "This year, it's still Rey. Mania is a long ways away right now, so it's hard to say where I'll end up, but I do need a haircut." Read the full recap here.

RAW Color wars

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By: Greg Adkins
October 19, 2009

Color scheme: The red squad from Raw foiled an attack plot hatched by the boys in blue from Team SmackDown just six days before the two factions meet at WWE Bragging Rights.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With just six days remaining until WWE Bragging Rights, the red team of Raw mixed it up with the boys in blue from Team SmackDown to leave more than a few Superstars from each squad feeling a little black-and-blue.

Shawn Michaels vs. Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho ended in a No Contest (PHOTOS | WATCH)
It figures. Unified Tag Team Champion and Team SmackDown co-captain Chris Jericho was supposed to fight against Team Raw co-captain Shawn Michaels in the main event. Jericho, however, wasn’t about to let a perfectly good opportunity to deceive and punish his WWE Bragging Rights rival go to waste.

Having witnessed the Team Raw disarray earlier in the evening, Jericho presumed he could take advantage. As he and HBK stood in the ring, he summoned the rest of his SmackDown crew in the hope of pummeling Michaels. The plan, however, backfired. Rather than intimidate HBK, the scheme actually offered a common purpose to the Raw lineup as they emerged to confront their SmackDown counterparts.

As the two teams verged on combat, SmackDown’s Vickie Guerrero interrupted, insisting that no physicality would occur until Sunday at WWE Bragging Rights. DX didn’t take Vickie’s whining to heart, instead attacking their opponents, which resulted in an all-out brawl between Team Raw and Team SmackDown to end Monday night.

NASCAR’s Kyle Busch and Joey Logano to host the next Raw
Gentlemen, start your hosting duties! Next week, NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano rev things up when they drive into Buffalo, N.Y., to serve as special guest hosts of Monday Night Raw.

WWE Divas Champion Melina def. Jillian (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Jillian’s brief reign as Divas Champion hit a sour note last week thanks to Melina. Mere moments after the tone deaf Diva upset Mickie James to capture the gold, a Tri-branded Divas Trade was announced and Melina was re-introduced to Raw as its newest beauty. The Latina lovely then proceeded to defeat Jillian and claim the Divas Title as her own.

This week, Jillian sought revenge with the assistance of Chavo Guerrero. The so-called “Mexican Warrior” seemed poised to interfere when Hornswoggle emerged from under the ring sporting a Snoop Dogg outfit and attacked him. This allowed Melina to refocus on the match and defeat her blond rival. Now Melina must shift her focus to this Sunday when she will team with Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim at WWE Bragging Rights to face down Women’s Champion Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix & Natalya.

In the post-match chaos, a frustrated Chavo appeared bent on retaliation. As he went to attack the little leprechaun, however, the real Snoop Dogg entered. The rapper/actor and Hornswoggle then teamed up to teach Chavo a lesson in humility. Ooooh, Chavo.

United States Champion The Miz def. Marty Jannetty (PHOTOS | WATCH)
After arguing with his WWE Bragging Rights opponent and Intercontinental Champion John Morrison over who is the former tag team’s “Marty Jannetty” – as opposed to the team’s Shawn Michaels – The Miz found himself in the uncomfortable position of having to take on Jannetty himself, compliments of Raw’s special guest host Snoop Dogg.

Jannetty, a former World Tag Team Champion and Intercontinental Champion, forced The Miz, current United States Champion, to give second thought to the notion of Jannetty as punch line. Sadly, though, the lesson was probably lost on the self-centered Superstar, who prevailed in the end.

Triple H def. John Cena (PHOTOS | WATCH)
In what may prove to be his final match on Raw, John Cena went face-to-face with one of the show’s toughest competitors, Triple H. The two powerhouses clashed like a sledgehammer against a cement wall. In the end, though, only one man could prevail. And when the bell finally rang, it was The King of Kings who drove through wall. As Cena rose after his defeat, the WWE Universe offered him a salute befitting a warrior the likes of which may never been seen in Raw’s orbit again.

WWE Champion Randy Orton def. Ted DiBiase (PHOTOS | WATCH)
WWE Champion Randy Orton appeared much more composed after last week getting pinned by one of his own protégés, Ted DiBiase, in a Tag Team Match. DiBiase argued that The Viper would have seized the opportunity just as he had. That line of reasoning, however, fell on deaf ears this week as Orton insisted that DiBiase not fight back as a show of respect. While the young Superstar initially seemed unwilling to voluntarily surrender in the ring, in the end, DiBiase did just that, allowing Orton to RKO him for the victory.

DX arranged Team Raw members in a 10-Man Tag Team Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
To test their team’s mettle just six days before WWE Bragging Rights, Team Raw co-captains Triple H and Shawn Michaels arranged for Big Show, Mark Henry, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston & Jack Swagger to face MVP, Evan Bourne, Primo, Chavo Guerrero & Chris Masters. The catch? If anyone from Team Raw were to lose, that member would be replaced by the opponent that pinned him before facing Team SmackDown on Sunday.

Unfortunately for Team Raw, their members were too busy squabbling with one another to display any cohesive focus. Before their dissension proved toxic, however, “The All-American American” managed to overcome the internal strife and score a pin for his team. The respite proved brief, though, as the team members began to exchange blows amongst themselves.

Raw guest host Snoop Dogg arranged WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase, Shawn Michaels vs. Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Don’t let Snoop Dogg fool you. The rapper/actor has kicked out a trunk full of thick, laid back beats over the years and has played some mellow characters on the big screen, but he was all business in his role as Raw’s special guest host.

Snoop reiterated that John Cena’s battle with Triple H may be his final match on Raw, that is if Cena loses to WWE Champion Randy Orton at WWE Bragging Rights. Wanting to go down as the “greatest guest host of all time,” Snoop also arranged for Orton to face Ted DiBiase, the protégé who pinned The Viper the week prior. For good measure, the rapper/actor set up a bout pitting Team SmackDown co-captain Chris Jericho against Team Raw co-captain Shawn Michaels.

President Pratibha Patil gives 55th National Film Awards for 2007

NEW DELHI: Describing cinema as India's soft power, President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday said that more needed to be done to create social change through films.

Speaking at the 55th National Film Awards for 2007, Patil said, "Cinema should not only be a source of popular entertainment for families and individuals, but also a vehicle of social change.''

The President also awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke award to legendary singer Manna Dey. Expressing his happiness at the award, Dey said, "I am overwhelmed. It feels absolutely great.''

I&B minister Ambika Soni said that in an effort to make the awards more contemporary and focussed a panel of eminent experts would soon be constituted to advise the government. She said that the National Film Awards needed to reflect newer developments that were happening in the field of cinema. "There is a need to re-invent the National Film Awards to make it more contemporary,'' she acknowledged.

The awardees who were present to receive the award included director Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Priyadarshan, director of `Kanchivaram', the Tamil film which won the best direction award, Shefali Shah, given the award for the best supporting actress for her role in `The Last Lear', and child artiste Sharad Goyekar amongst others.

Actor Aamir Khan, Anil Kapoor and director Aditya Chopra gave the awards a miss.

Hostage-taking ends peacefully

(AP) – 1 hour ago

EDMONTON, Alberta — A man who barricaded himself with eight hostages inside the Edmonton Workers' Compensation building surrendered on Wednesday night, 10 hours after the drama began.
Edmonton police spokesman Dean Parthenis said the man surrendered without incident and that all hostages were unharmed. Police Insp. Terry Rocchio said the eight hostages were released throughout the day.

The gunman, described as a disgruntled client, had charged into the Workers' Compensation Building in downtown Edmonton armed with a rifle about 8:45 a.m. (1445 GMT) Wednesday morning, and quickly took a number of hostages in an office on the eighth floor.
Rocchio would not release the gunman's name or age. He said the man wanted a chance to tell his story.

Rocchio said a single police negotiator convinced the man to let the hostages go one by one throughout the day, with the last one being set free just half an hour before the gunman gave himself up.

About 700 people work in the building on a normal day.

Emergency police dispatchers received a call from the building shortly after the man charged in and quickly brought in tactical officers and negotiators.

Don Bellerose, a neighbor in the assisted-living facility where the hostage taker apparently lived, said the man sent a text message to one of the nurses at the facility saying he was going to settle a score with the Workers' Compensation Board on Wednesday morning.

He did not disclose the hostage-takers name and estimated his age at about 35.

Bellerose said he believed the gunman was working in the concrete industry when he was injured on the job. He was cut off from benefits and had threatened to jump off a bridge into the North Saskatchewan River about three months ago. Bellerose said the bridge was shut down for three hours.

He also said the man's wife was taking him to court to get custody of their children.
Workers' Compensation Board President and CEO Guy Kerr said in a statement that their focus and priority now and in the coming days will on their employees and helping them to cope with the traumatic experience. He also thanked police.

In 1993, an armed man claiming unfair treatment from Alberta's Workers' Compensation Board took three hostages before eventually surrounding. Another man killed himself in the parking lot of a Calgary WCB building two years earlier. The death led to a public inquiry and a government apology.

Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.

Postal staff start national strike

(UKPA) – 48 minutes ago

Thousands of postal workers are manning picket lines across the country at the start of national strikes as a war of words erupted over the increasingly bitter mail dispute.
Up to 42,000 mail centre staff and network drivers have launched a 24-hour strike, while 78,000 delivery and collection workers will walk out on Friday.

The Communication Workers Union is set to announce further strikes after hopes of reaching a last minute deal collapsed, leading to bitter recriminations.

Union leaders launched an angry attack on Business Secretary Lord Mandelson, saying he was working "hand in hand" with the Royal Mail to "undermine" the dispute.

General secretary Billy Hayes accused him of being the "minister without responsibility".
Mr Hayes said the union would be taking legal action against the Royal Mail over its plans to recruit 30,000 agency workers to deal with the effects of the strike as well as the Christmas rush.

Legal opinion had been received and the union would be testing the Royal Mail's move in the High Court.

Other union leaders have urged the Government to take action against the Royal Mail because it was illegal to hire workers to cover for strikers involved in a legitimate dispute.

Mr Hayes accused Lord Mandelson of "walking away" and "washing his hands" of the dispute. Dave Ward, the union's deputy general secretary, said the Royal Mail had no intention of resolving the dispute and seemed intent on "sidelining" the concerns of postal workers.

Lord Mandelson said he deeply regretted the strike decision, adding that industrial action was not in the best interests of the Royal Mail, the work force or "hard pressed" consumers and businesses.

Cheney: Stop the 'dithering' as troops face danger

By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL (AP) – 55 minutes ago

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday night accused the White House of dithering over the strategy for the war in Afghanistan and urged President Barack Obama to "do what it takes to win."

"Make no mistake. Signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries," Cheney said while accepting an award from a conservative national security group, the Center for Security Policy.

Cheney disputed remarks by White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel that the Bush administration had been adrift concerning the war in Afghanistan and that the Obama administration had to start from the beginning to develop a strategy for the 8-year-old war.
To the contrary, Cheney said, the Bush administration undertook its own review of the war before leaving office and presented its findings to Obama's transition team.

"They asked us not to announce our findings publicly, and we agreed, giving them the benefit of our work and the benefit of the doubt," Cheney said. The strategy Obama announced in March bore a "striking resemblance" to what the Bush administration review had found, the vice president said.

Emanuel told CNN on Sunday that the decision regarding what to do in Afghanistan is more complex than whether to send more troops. The U.S. commander there, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has reportedly asked for as many as 40,000 additional troops to combat the Taliban insurgency and al-Qaida fighters.

"When you go through all the analysis, it's clear that basically we had a war for eight years that was going on, that's adrift, that we're beginning at scratch, and just from the starting point, after eight years," Emanuel said.

Cheney said the Obama administration seems to be pulling back and blaming others for its own failure to implement the strategy it had embraced earlier in the year.

"The White House must stop dithering while America's armed forces are in danger," the former vice president said. "It's time for President Obama to do what it takes to win a war he has repeatedly and rightly called a war of necessity."

Cheney criticized Obama's decision to drop plans begun in the Bush administration for missile defense interceptors in Poland and a radar site in the Czech Republic, calling the move "a strategic blunder and a breach of good faith." The administration said it will instead pursue a higher-tech system that is also more cost-effective.

"Our Polish and Czech friends are entitled to wonder how strategic plans and promises years in the making could be dissolved just like that with apparently little if any consultation," he said. "President Obama's cancellation of America's agreements with the Polish and Czech governments is a serious blow to the hopes and aspirations of millions of Europeans."
Cheney said those who try to placate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and accede to his wishes will get nothing in return but trouble.

Missile strike could complicate Pakistan battle

By HUSSAIN AFZAL and NAHAL TOOSI (AP) – 8 minutes ago

PARACHINAR, Pakistan — Soldiers fought for control of the Pakistani Taliban chief's hometown as they pressed an offensive along the Afghan border, while intelligence officials said suspected U.S. missiles hit territory controlled by another insurgent, threatening to undermine deals that keep some militants out of the battle.

Early Thursday, a pair of gunmen on a motorbike killed two soldiers in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, police said.

The attack appeared to be part of a wave of bloodshed that has killed more than 170 people in Pakistan over the past three weeks, pressuring the military to launch the offensive in South Waziristan six days ago. The offensive is considered a critical test of nuclear-armed Pakistan's campaign against Islamist extremists who also are blamed for attacks on Western forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

The military is advancing on multiple fronts in South Waziristan, a tribal region home to al-Qaida fighters and Taliban insurgents who have focused on overthrowing the U.S.-allied Pakistani government.

The fight for the town of Kotkai is symbolically important because Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud and a top deputy, Qari Hussain, hail from there. Kotkai also lies on the way to the major militant base of Sararogha.

An army statement Wednesday said forces were engaged in "intense encounters" in hills surrounding Kotkai and had secured an area to its east. Two intelligence officials said troops had secured parts of the town and destroyed Mehsud's and Hussain's homes, but army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas denied that late Wednesday, saying there was no significant fighting inside the town yet.

The army believes Mehsud and Hussain remain in the region directing militants' defenses.
Security forces on another front cleared Khaisura, a village dotted with heavily fortified bunkers complete with six-foot (two-meter) thick concrete walls, the army said. The statement reported three more soldiers were killed, bringing the army's death toll so far to 16, while 15 more militants were slain, bringing their death toll to 105.

It is nearly impossible to independently verify information coming from South Waziristan because the army has closed off all roads to the region. Analysts say both sides have exaggerated successes and played down losses in the past.

The suspected missile strike Wednesday targeted Spalaga, a village with at least 1,000 homes in the North Waziristan tribal region. Two intelligence officials said at least two suspected insurgents were killed. Their identities were not immediately known.

All the intelligence officials interviewed Wednesday requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The U.S. has launched scores of missiles in South and North Waziristan over the past year, including one that killed former Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud in August.
But the latest strike was especially sensitive.

It hit territory controlled by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a militant leader the army has coaxed into remaining neutral during the offensive against the Mehsud faction in South Waziristan. Pakistan considers Bahadur, along with militant leader Maulvi Nazir of South Waziristan, lesser priorities because they focus on battling U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, not targets inside Pakistan.

Analysts said the missile strikes, which have long angered ordinary Pakistanis and motivated militant fighters, could stir fury among Bahadur's insurgents, straining the deals with the army.

"This has the potential of messing up the calculus of the Pakistanis," said Kamran Bokhari, an analyst with Stratfor, a U.S.-based global intelligence firm. "It could broaden the scope of the war for the Pakistanis, which they're not prepared for at this time."

Pakistan routinely condemns the American missile strikes as violations of its sovereignty, warning that the civilian casualties they cause deepen anti-U.S. sentiment and complicate the fight against terrorism.

But many suspect the two countries have a deal allowing the drone-fired attacks. U.S. officials rarely discuss the covert operation, but have said in the past that it has killed several top militant leaders and is too valuable to set aside.

The attack on soldiers in Islamabad occurred early Thursday when two gunmen on a motorcycle drove near an army jeep, firing their weapons at the troops inside, police official Zaffar Abbas said. Two soldiers died, while one was wounded.

Footage on private Express television channel showed the bulletholes splattered on the green jeep's windshield. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Islamist extremists frequently target security forces throughout the country.

U.S. officials hope that Pakistan will eventually broaden its fight to include all insurgent factions, and have routinely dismissed peace deals as tools that strengthen insurgent groups. But for now, some American officials have said it is logical for the Pakistani military to target its top internal enemy.

The army has deployed some 30,000 troops to South Waziristan against about 12,000 Taliban militants, including up to 1,500 foreign fighters, among them Uzbeks and Arabs.

Toosi reported from Islamabad. Associated Press writers Zarar Khan and Ashraf Khan in Islamabad, Ishtiaq Mahsud in Dera Ismail Khan, Riaz Khan in Peshawar and Rasool Dawar in Mir Ali contributed to this report. AP Photographer Hasbunallah Khan also contributed from Miran Shah.

'Indian Summer' producers shelve plans to shoot film

NEW DELHI: An early winter appears to have struck `Indian Summer' -- the controversial film on the Nehru-Edwina romance -- with its producers

formally informing the I&B ministry that the project has been shelved.

In a letter on October 5, India Take One Productions said the script was being revised and the film's production had been rescheduled for the latter half of 2010.

Incidentally, recession in the UK has been cited as the reason for the delay. The communication comes close on the heels of the controversial script "cuts" -- sanitising the script of all intimate scenes as mandated by the I&B ministry. The film is an adaptation of British historian Alex von Tunzelmann's 2007 book `Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire'. American director Joe Wright was to begin filming in early 2010 and Cate Blanchett was expected to play the part of Edwina Mountbatten.

The letter written by India Take One said, "The producers of the film Mashobra Films are revising the script and are planning to reschedule the production of this film in the latter half of 2010 after removing all the concerned objections. Due to recession in UK, they have delayed/postponed the project till further notice."

Among the scenes that the ministry has reportedly suggested be knocked off include intimate scenes between Nehru-Edwina. It has also suggested that a disclaimer that the film was a work of fiction be added at the beginning. Sources also said the producers wanted to shoot in places like Rashtrapati Bhawan, the erstwhile Viceregal Lodge, where most of the "action" took place.

A ministry official said, "Only the President can give permission for shooting at Rashtrapati Bhawan, which seems difficult at best."

The producers have said that once pre-production is re-started, they will inform the ministry and submit the undertaking required.

India train crash kills more than 20

Two passenger trains have collided near the city of Mathura in northern India, killing at least 22 people.

One of the trains, the Mewar Express, was stopped at a red signal when the Goa Express rammed into it from behind, a railway official said.

Rescuers used gas cutters to enter the train. About 22 people were injured and taken to hospital.

David Campanale reports.

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Rupee weakens by 33 paise against dollar in early trade

MUMBAI: The Indian rupee on Wednesday depreciated by 33 paise against the US currency in early trade on strong demand from importers for the
dollar, which rebounded against other major currencies.

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the domestic unit was quoted at 46.44 a dollar, the lowest level since October 12. The rupee had closed at 46.11/12 a dollar in the previous session.

Dealers said increased demand from importers for the US currency mainly put pressure on the Indian rupee.

The US currency bounced back from 14-month lows against major currencies which impacted adversely the rupee sentiment, they added.

Nayanthara back in Tamil - BOSS

Nayanthara has signed a Tamil film after more than a year! We hear that she is doing

Boss Engira Bhaskaran (Boss alias Bhaskaran), a romantic
comedy that will be directed by Rajesh of Siva Manasula Sakthi fame.

The pretty lass is being paired opposite Arya for the first time. Santhanam will be providing comic relief for the film, which will be produced by K S Sreenivasan of Naan Kadavul fame. The movie will have music by Yuvan Shankar Raja.

The story is about a guy who is always busy running errands for other people and neglecting his own life and career, till he meets a girl who brings about a change. Incidentally, Arya and Nayanthara will also be doing an off-beat Malayalam film to be directed by noted art house director Shyamaprasad.

Chess Study of the Year!

In the Congress of Chess Composition, the above puzzle was chosen as the 'Study of the Year 2008'.

It is White to move. Can you find the winning continuation for White?

Special thanks to Boris Tummes for sharing this one with us.

Raikkonen not of interest to Red Bull, insists Horner

Kimi Raikkonen will not be a Red Bull Racing driver in F1 2010, insists Christian Horner - who assures that Mark Webber will continue to partner Sebastian Vettel at the energy drinks-backed outfit

There is no room at the inn for former F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen at Red Bull Racing in 2010 – that is the emphatic assurance of Christian Horner, who has bluntly rebuffed any notions that two-time grand prix-winner Mark Webber could be side-shifted to 'junior' outfit Scuderia Toro Rosso next year.

In the wake of the belated confirmation that Fernando Alonso is to switch from Renault to Ferrari next season in Raikkonen's place, the 2007 title-winner was immediately linked with a whole raft of teams, from McLaren-Mercedes to Toyota and Renault to Red Bull.

The rumours linking the Finn to the latter intensified in the wake of comments made by Webber in support of disgraced former Renault F1 managing director – and his personal manager – Flavio Briatore following the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) hearing into 'Singapore-gate', with the ruling banning the flamboyant Italian from any FIA-sanctioned form of motorsport indefinitely, driver management included.

Those remarks – to the effect that he does not wish to be managed by anybody else – are understood to have been poorly received by the Australian's employers, with suggestions that he could even be moved aside to make way for Raikkonen – and whilst Webber has a contract in-place for 2010, in F1 contracts are rarely worth the paper they are written on, and it has been pointed out that the fun and party-loving Raikkonen would be a perfect fit with Red Bull's young, vibrant image.

It has conversely been mused, however, that talk linking Raikkonen to the energy drinks-backed concern could simply be a bargaining tool in his negotiations with McLaren – widely believed to be his favoured destination for next year, if only satisfactory financial terms can be reached – and RBR team principal Horner is adamant that neither German and Brazilian Grand Prix winner Webber nor current team-mate Sebastian Vettel will be going anywhere.

“That's a rumour that does not exist within our team,” the Englishman is quoted as having said by F1SA. “We all know where we stand with Mark next year, and he does too. He's a great team player [and] we're very happy with his performance, so there is no doubt that Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will be our race drivers next year.”

Salman furious with brother Sohail

Salman Khan’s expectation for ‘Main Aur Mrs Khanna’ was very high and moreover fans never turn him back. But looking at his recent flop, he was heartbroken. His last film ‘Wanted’ fared well at the box office and he was expecting the same result for ‘Main Aur Mrs Khanna’ but things did not turn out to be so. Prem Soni’s directed film had a dull opening at the box office. Salman Khan could not control himself and he burst out his anger to brother Sohail Khan (the producer of the film) and director Prem Soni.

Says an insider, "Last Friday, when Main Aurr Mrs Khanna released and opened to only 10 per cent collections, an infuriated Salman called over his brother Sohail (the film's producer) and director Prem Soni to his home and asked them to explain the reason for the debacle".

The source continues, 'Salman told them that in the promotions, they'd projected him as the main lead, when he was actually in a supporting role and that said that his fans were feeling cheated. Salman has always been very clear about the expectations of his fans and he was hurt that this time his home production had sent out the wrong message."

Soon their discussion turned out to be a major turmoil and at last Salman’s father Sohail Khan had to intervene to stop them.

But Sohail Khan and Prem Soni denied any such tiff with Salman Khan.

Salman to take Asin with him

Here is a good news for the Kolkatans, Salman Khan’s visits to Kolkata has been confirmed and he will soon head to the city of joy to celebrate the success of Wanted not with his Wanted co-star Ayesha Takia but with Asin Thottumkal.

The marketing company of the film 'Wanted' and 'London Dreams' are bringing Salman Khan to the city after the cancellation of the football match at the Mohammedan Sporting Club which was supposed to be held on September 26. The match was cancelled due to security reasons. The whole team of Wanted left the playground after 40,000 crowd went crazy.

Salman has decided to take Asin with him instead of Ayesha so that he can at the same time promote his upcoming film, London Dreams. The crowd is expected to be around 90,000. Salman will be dressed in the outfit of ‘London Dreams’ and will perform along with group of dancers. Ajay Devgn is also expected to attend the event.

Well, the dream of Kolkatans will soon be fulfilled.

Chrysler Reviews Media Biz

The client spent $840 mil. On U.S. ads last year

NEW YORK Chrysler has put its media assignment into review, according to sources.

Like many automakers, Chrysler has cut its ad spending sharply in the last couple of years. It spent $840 million in domestic measured media last year, way down from $1.8 billion in 2007, per Nielsen. The carmaker's spending totaled $270 million this year through August.

The incumbent is Omnicom Group's PHD; it could not be immediately determined if the shop would defend. Sources said that Chrysler defines PHD as a "tier-two" vendor, because it supplies media services through the agreement the client has with sibling agency BBDO, the client's lead creative shop.

Thus, just as BBDO's contract with Chrysler is set to expire in January 2010, so does PHD's contract to provide media services.

Sources said the client has preliminarily reached out to the incumbent as well as Aegis Group's Carat and Interpublic Group's Universal McCann. Carat has previous experience in the category, having handled the Hyundai/Kia account.

It wasn't clear if UM's BMW win earlier this year would prevent it from going after Chrysler. Sources said UM could try to persuade BMW that there isn't a conflict because BMW targets higher end consumers. According to Nielsen, BMW spent about $150 million on domestic ads in 2008. The UM assignment also includes an estimated $50 million in additional dealer chores.

The agencies either couldn't be reached or referred calls to the client. A Chrysler rep declined to comment.

Separately, Chrysler is also undertaking reviews for various fourth-quarter creative assignments.

Google Wades Into Mobile Analytics

The Internet giant is adding the ability for its customers to track their traffic to both mobile sites and applications

NEW YORK Google is sometimes labeled a one-trick pony with its success in search. But if the company is gearing up for a big second act, it's likely to take place on the mobile-technology stage.

The company has begun to focus on mobile on multiple fronts: with its Android operating system, extending its AdWords network to the device and through mobile-specific applications. It is now adding measurement to the mix.

As part of an upgrade to Google Analytics, the Internet giant is adding the ability for its customers to track their traffic to both mobile sites and applications, breaking out the devices being used. The idea is to give marketers one place to track digital campaigns, whether they're on the Web or mobile.

Analytics users will need to add a snippet of code to their mobile sites or applications for Google to collect the stats from all mobile-enabled devices. One hitch: it only collects data from PHP, Perl, JSP and ASPX sites. It doesn't include the Python programming language. Google said it plans to expand the tracking capabilities.

"It's a great step in the right direction, but there's more to do," said Amy Chang, group product manager for Google Analytics.

Google is giving developers the ability to track use of their apps. Also, the software will tie engagement with Android apps to ad campaigns.

During Google's third-quarter earnings call earlier this week, CFO Patrick Pichette said mobile searches were up 30 percent in the quarter from the year-earlier period. He called the current move to Web-enabled smartphones "transformative."

The mobile-tracking features are part of a broader update to Google Analytics that includes the ability to set and track engagement goals, add customized audience segments, track unique visitors for segments and set "intelligence alerts."

With its "analytics intelligence," Google hopes to add a dose of automation to the process of sifting through the data to find key insights. Google's algorithms will comb through analytics information to find interesting snippets -- a surge in traffic from a particular site, for example, or an increased bounce rate in a geographical area.

"The idea is to give advertisers the actual data they need to make better decisions," Chang said.

Google has been in the analytics business since it bought Urchin in 2005. It then made the software free, and boasts "thousands" of users of the product, from individuals to small businesses and large enterprises. The mobile-tracking features, along with the others, are all free.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Astronomers do it Again: Find Organic Molecules Around Gas Planet

The basic chemistry for life has been detected in a second hot gas planet, HD 209458b, depicted in this artist's concept

October 20, 2009

Peering far beyond our solar system, NASA researchers have detected the basic chemistry for life in a second hot gas planet, advancing astronomers toward the goal of being able to characterize planets where life could exist. The planet is not habitable but it has the same chemistry that, if found around a rocky planet in the future, could indicate the presence of life.

"It's the second planet outside our solar system in which water, methane and carbon dioxide have been found, which are potentially important for biological processes in habitable planets," said researcher Mark Swain of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "Detecting organic compounds in two exoplanets now raises the possibility that it will become commonplace to find planets with molecules that may be tied to life."

Swain and his co-investigators used data from two of NASA's orbiting Great Observatories, the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, to study HD 209458b, a hot, gaseous giant planet bigger than Jupiter that orbits a sun-like star about 150 light years away in the constellation Pegasus. The new finding follows their breakthrough discovery in December 2008 of carbon dioxide around another hot, Jupiter-size planet, HD 189733b. Earlier Hubble and Spitzer observations of that planet had also revealed water vapor and methane.

The detections were made through spectroscopy, which splits light into its components to reveal the distinctive spectral signatures of different chemicals. Data from Hubble's near-infrared camera and multi-object spectrometer revealed the presence of the molecules, and data from Spitzer's photometer and infrared spectrometer measured their amounts.

"This demonstrates that we can detect the molecules that matter for life processes," said Swain. Astronomers can now begin comparing the two planetary atmospheres for differences and similarities. For example, the relative amounts of water and carbon dioxide in the two planets is similar, but HD 209458b shows a greater abundance of methane than HD 189733b. "The high methane abundance is telling us something," said Swain. "It could mean there was something special about the formation of this planet."

Other large, hot Jupiter-type planets can be characterized and compared using existing instruments, Swain said. This work will lay the groundwork for the type of analysis astronomers eventually will need to perform in shortlisting any promising rocky Earth-like planets where the signatures of organic chemicals might indicate the presence of life.

Rocky worlds are expected to be found by NASA's Kepler mission, which launched earlier this year, but astronomers believe we are a decade or so away from being able to detect any chemical signs of life on such a body.

If and when such Earth-like planets are found in the future, "the detection of organic compounds will not necessarily mean there's life on a planet, because there are other ways to generate such molecules," Swain said. "If we detect organic chemicals on a rocky, Earth-like planet, we will want to understand enough about the planet to rule out non-life processes that could have led to those chemicals being there."

"These objects are too far away to send probes to, so the only way we're ever going to learn anything about them is to point telescopes at them. Spectroscopy provides a powerful tool to determine their chemistry and dynamics."

You can follow the history of planet hunting from science fiction to science fact with NASA's PlanetQuest Historic Timeline at .

This interactive web feature, developed by JPL, conveys the story of exoplanet exploration through a rich tapestry of words and images spanning thousands of years, beginning with the musings of ancient philosophers and continuing through the current era of space-based observations by NASA's Spitzer and Kepler missions. The timeline highlights milestones in culture, technology and science, and includes a planet counter that tracks the pace of exoplanet discoveries over time.

More information about exoplanets and NASA's planet-finding program is at .

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency and is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md., conducts Hubble science operations. The institute is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for research in Astronomy, Inc., Washington, D.C.

JPL manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Delhi Daredevils won by 30 runs


New Delhi: The near capacity crowd that thronged the Kotla to cheer the Delhi DareDevils, went back a happy lot as the home team defeated Cape Cobras by 30 runs in the Champions League Twenty20 at the Kotla on Monday.

It was a fine advertisement of the DareDevils’s popularity as the fans cheered their favourite side all through the match, despite knowing that Gautam Gambhir and Co. are already out of the tournament.

The supporters were richly rewarded for their enthusiasm as the DareDevils bowlers dismissed the South Africans for just 84, after the batsmen failed once again, putting up just 114 on the board.

On Wednesday, the all-Australian first semi-final, between New South Wales Blues and Victoria Bushrangers, will be played at the Kotla. Next day, Cape Cobras will take on Trinidad and Tobago in Hyderabad.

Left-arm pacer Dirk Nannes and leg-spinner Amit Mishra were the main architects of this improbable DareDevils victory. Defending a not too impressive score of 114 for six, the two bowlers exploited the favourable conditions and did not allow the Cobras to settle down.
If Nannes and Dilshan started the rout by sending back two Cape Cobras openers — Andrew Puttick and Herschelle Gibbs — with just 17 runs on the board, Mishra broke the visitors’ backbone with a double strike in the 11th over of the innings.

He first had Rory Kleinveldt caught by Owais Shah, and then bowled Jean-Paul Duminy two balls later to bring the Cobras to their knees. From then on, the South African side could never make a comeback.

Put in to bat, the DareDevils were once again a disappointment. Backed by a slow pitch that made batting difficult, the visitors were able to restrict the Delhi team for a low score with some clinical bowling display.

Except for a breezy 26 by Dinesh Karthik, and some quick scoring by Man of the Match Owais Shah (39) towards the end of the innings, there was no firework.

The two DareDevils openers — Gautam Gambhir and Tillekaratne Dilshan — were dismissed early. While Dilshan was castled by one from Rory Kleinveldt that kept low, Gambhir edged one on to his stumps two balls later. Virender Sehwag, who had shown some form, opted to sit out.

Karthik tried to retrieve the position and dispatched Kleinveldt for three consecutive fours. He was, however, run out for no fault of his own as Owais, who came in after Manoj Tiwary’s dismissal, responded poorly to a call for a run that left Karthik stranded in the middle.
DareDevils’ score was lent an element of respectability by Shah, who made amends for his lapse during Karthik's dismissal with some aggression at the death.

While the local team’s batsmen struggled against pace, their spinners turned the tide against the Cobras with three important wickets — Gibbs, JP Duminy and Justin Ontong.

Gambhir, knowing how tricky the pitch was, opted to open the bowling with Dilshan. The turn on offer was evident on his second delivery itself, when he trapped Gibbs in front to one that turned in from outside the off stump.

Duminy, charged with the responsibility of guiding the innings after Davids’ departure, was castled by Mishra, by one that kept extremely low, and Ontong was bowled through the gate, deceived by Dilshan’s flight.

With the pitch behaving as expected — the ball coming on slowly and the bounce uneven — bowlers from both teams stuck to a plan that followed a pattern adopted by other teams at the venue.

But, strangely enough, the flow of each innings was altered by run outs which prevented the possibility of a par-score on this track.

Karthik’s attacking 23 was ended by a typical blunder from his partner Shah, while Henry Davids’ dismissal off a direct hit proved decisive in bringing Delhi back into the game.
Davids had dominated a stand of 27 with Duminy, launching Dilshan into the stands and punching Rajat Bhatia for a boundary, but was found short by a steaming throw from Pradeep Sangwan at short third while responding to a single.

Nannes, who had uprooted Andrew Puttick’s off stump in the fourth over, returned for his second spell and delivered immediately.