Live: Sehwag left out of Australia game

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 28, 2012 14:09 hrs

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Sehwag left out of crucial game against Australia

Virender Sehwag has been left out to accommodate three spinners in the World Twenty20 Super 8 stage game against Australia today. The game saw India off to a clean start, having won the toss and electing to bat.

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Pak beats SA: Akmal and Gul script unlikely win

Umar Gul and Umar Akmal pulled off a spectacular coup to bring Pakistan back from the brink of defeat to beat South Africa in the World Twenty20 Super 8 stage.

Gul and Akmal took centre stage and shared a stand of 49 for the eighth wicket to inflict a demoralising defeat on South Africa as they chased down the modest target of 134 with 2 balls and 2 wickets to spare.

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No ban on  new LPG connections: Petroleum ministry

There is no ban on release of new cooking gas connections, the petroleum ministry said Friday.

The clarification was in response to certain media reports that a ban has been put in place on release of new connections after the recent government decision to limit the LPG subsidy to six cylinders per annum per household effective Sep 14.

"New connection requests will be accepted by all LPG distributors, and the connections will be released on completion of KYC (Know Your Customer) formalities and de-duplication of the applicant across all the three oil companies to ensure that multiple connections are not released," the ministry said in a release.


Ajit Pawar's resignation has been accept by the NCP

Sharad Pawar said that the resignation was accepted, even though NCP MLA's had asked Ajit to withdraw the resignation.

Taking a tough stand, Sharad Pawar said that no more NCP resignations would be accepted - a warning to those party members who had resigned en mass with Ajit Pawar.

Ajith had earlier confirmed that he would stand firm.

Sharad Pawar has also asked for a white paper to be tabled on the irrigation scam 'at the earliest'.

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Rajinikanth watches English Vinglish

Superstar Rajinikanth watched Sridevi's comeback film English Vinglish at a special screening in Chennai.

The film was screened exclusively for Rajinikanth and his family and they "thoroughly enjoyed the film", sources said. Sridevi and her husband Boney Kapoor were present at the screening.

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Special Tiger Protection Force to protect Arunachal tigers

Arunachal Pradesh will soon recruit over 100 personnel for a company of the Special Tiger Protection Force to protect big cats from being poached, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki told today said.

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Cricket Australia creates history by appointing first woman director in 107 years

Cricket Australia (CA) is set to appoint Jacquie Hey as the first woman director in their history of 107 years, and, this step is being seen as a part of revolutionising of its boardroom structure.

Hey, a former chief executive of telecommunications company Ericsson in Australia and New Zealand, will sit on CA's new nine-member board as one of three independent directors.

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SC asks Karnataka to release Cauvery water

The Supreme Court has asked Karnataka to release 9000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu till October 15th.

The Court has also slammed the state for not obeying the Prime Minister's order on the matter.

"Prime Minister is the highest authority... you don't want to comply with this order... we are sorry to say this," said the Supreme Court.


Carlos Santana to perform in Bangalore

India will renew its tryst with the 'Black Magic Woman' when celebrated guitatrist Carlos Santana performs at the Vladivar Rock'N'India in Bangalore Oct 26, a statement from the organisers said.


ICICI robbed of Rs 5 crore in New Delhi

A bank vehicle belonging to ICICI bank was looted in New Delhi's defense colony. The thieves drove the vehicle away with them, allegedly making off with Rs 5 crore.


Fire at Sivakasi cracker unit, three dead

Three weeks after a fire at a Sivakasi cracker unit saw 39 people die, another explosion stuck an unauthorized fireworks unit. 3 people have lost their lives. 

The incident took place in Vijayakarisalkulam. According to the  police the crackers were being manufactured in a house without permission. 

The injured have been rushed to a hospital.


Kareena to get recreated antique 'joda' for wedding

Ritu Kumar has put her master craftsmen's skills to recreate the antique, traditional joda passed down to Sharmila Tagore, the Begum of Pataudi, for actress Kareena Kapoor's wedding outfit. The original joda was gifted to her by her mother-in-law, Begum Sajida Sultan of Bhopal, who wore it for her wedding in 1939.

Ritu Kumar said she recreated this ancient costume, using gold Benaras fabric, woven in the likeness of the fabrics used for the original ensemble.

The traditional bridal attire consists of a kurta, farshi paijama and dupatta made of rust and gold tissue which contrasts subtly with the soft green satin gote at the hem. The neckline, sleeve ends, hem and side slits of the knee length kurta are all edged with a decorative zardozi border.

Yeddyurappa slams BJP, Gadkari

'In the last 40 years, this is the first time that I did not attend the national executive meeting,' said veteran BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa in a letter explaining his absence from the BJP's national executive meeting.

He has slammed the BJP President Nitin Gadkari, accusing him of not keeping his promise of making Yeddyurappa Karanataka BJP's President. He also said that the Congress has never let down its leaders.


Merry Sensex; Rupee at five-month high

It has been a happy outing for the BSE and Sensex so far.

The Sensex is trading up around 1.6% or 250 points, a day after the government announced that it will stick to its plan of borrow Rs 2 trillion for the second half of the year.

The news also buoyed the rupee rose to a near five-month high on the back on the announcement and as global risk sentiment improved after Spain unveiled a crisis budget, which many saw as a precursor to the country seeking a bailout.

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Sharad Pawar to decide on nephew Ajit's resignation today

The crisis in Maharashtra government after Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar's resignation is expected to draw to a close with the intervention of Union Agriculture Minister and NCP president Sharad Pawar today.

Pawar will participate in the NCP legislature party meeting which be held at Vidhan Bhavan, Mumbai at 4 PM.

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Curiosity finds 'concrete' evidence of historical running water on Mars

Images by Curiosity's mast cameras of rocks on two Martian outcrops containing ancient stream bed gravels indicate long-distance transport by the vigorous flow of surface water on Mars

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UK 'under obligation' to extradite Assange to Sweden

The British government has told Ecuador that it was under an obligation to extradite the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault.

 "On the case of Julian Assange, the foreign secretary told Minister Patino that the UK was under an obligation to extradite Assange to Sweden," it said.

"The concept of 'diplomatic asylum', while well-established in Latin America, did not feature in UK law," it added.

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American behind inflammatory anti-Prophet film detained

A judge has declared a California man behind a crudely produced anti-Islamic video that inflamed parts of the Middle East, and even led to attacks against the American consulate in Chennai, as a flight risk and ordered him detained.

The judge cited a pattern of deception, including violation of a probation from a 2010 cheque fraud conviction, to justify his sentencing.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was arrested on Thursday. He had eight probation violations, including lying to his probation officers and using aliases, and he might face new charges that carry a maximum two-year prison term, American authorities said.

In July, a 14-minute trailer for the film Innocence of Muslims was posted on YouTube, leading to protests around the Middle East.

Nakoula, a Christian originally from Egypt, went into hiding after he was identified as the man behind the trailer, which depicts Prophet Muhammad as a womaniser, religious fraud and child molester.

Nepal crash: British, Chinese and Nepali nationals die in crash

British and Chinese nationals seem to form the bulk of the casualties in the Nepal plane crash according to reports. The plane also carried 4 Nepali passengers and 3 Nepali crew members. Read to the full report here.


19 dead in Nepal plane crash

In some tragic news, at least 19 people have died after a plane crashed in Nepal's capital Kathmandu. Reports indicate that there are no survivors. A bird hit is being reported as the cause of the crash.

The plane was operated by Sita Air and had crashed minutes after take off.

The possibility of more causalities cannot be ruled out as the crash has occurred in a heavily populated area. 


Today is a crucial day for Team India on the cricket field as they take on Australia in the World Twenty20 Super Eight stage. Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already said that the team will go in with five bowlers in the game, meaning one of either Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh will be dropped to accommodate a fifth bowler. Get more details on this important clash  here.

The early game sees Pakistan take on South Africa in what is expected to be another cracker of a tie. Here is the match preview.

Keeping up with sports, ace shuttler and Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal is expected to take to the skies today as she flies on Kiran Mk II jet trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force at the IAF's training academy at Dundigal, Andhra Pradesh.

Saina has been invited to visit the Air Force Academy as a special guest for the closing ceremony of the Inter Squadron Sports Championship.

September 28 also sees us mark the birthdays of three famous personalities -- singer Lata Mangeshkar, shooter Abhinav Bindra and actor Ranbir Kapoor.

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