IPL 2010 Points Table | IPL 3 Points Table

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Mumbai Indians 2 2 0 0 0 4 +2.550 430/40.0 328/40.0
Royal Challengers Bangalore 3 2 1 0 0 4 +1.463 432/49.3 431/59.2
Kolkata Knight Riders 3 2 1 0 0 4 -0.641 406/59.2 449/60.0
Delhi Daredevils 3 2 1 0 0 4 -1.192 408/57.0 501/60.0
Chennai Super Kings 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.600 323/40.0 299/40.0
Deccan Chargers 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.500 340/40.0 320/40.0
Kings XI Punjab 2 0 2 0 0 0 -0.427 345/40.0 350/38.4
Rajasthan Royals 3 0 3 0 0 0 -1.995 441/60.0 447/47.5

Points by match:

Result Date Team Pts Team Pts
12 Mar 2010 Kolkata 2 Deccan 0
13 Mar 2010 Mumbai 2 Rajasthan 0
Delhi 2 Punjab 0
14 Mar 2010 Kolkata 2 Bangalore 0
Deccan 2 Chennai 0
15 Mar 2010 Delhi 2 Rajasthan 0
16 Mar 2010 Bangalore 2 Punjab 0
Chennai 2 Kolkata 0
17 Mar 2010 Mumbai 2 Delhi 0
18 Mar 2010 Bangalore 2 Rajasthan 0

India has reduced over 35,000 troops in Kashmir

Jammu: Without much fanfare, India has withdrawn over 35,000 troops from Jammu and Kashmir. More troops are expected to be withdrawn soon.

Over 35,000 troops have been reduced in Jammu and Kashmir in the past 15 months, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah told the state legislative assembly. He promised a further decline in the number of troops.

“Without creating any hype we have reduced 35,000 troops and also decreased the number of central paramilitary forces from internal duty,” Abdullah said Wednesday evening.

The main opposition Peoples Democratic party (PDP) and separatists in the state have been consistently campaigning for troop reduction as they believe that the presence of the army in Kashmir was intruding into the day-to-day lives of the people and was also responsible for human rights abuses.

Abdullah’s National Conference is also of the view that an improvement in the security situation necessitates reduction of troops in the Valley.

However, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) is opposed to the move. BJP legislature party leader Chaman Lal Gupta told the assembly that the reduction of troops would only encourage the militants. “It will encourage militants to regroup and worsen the situation,” he said.

“With the gradual restoration of peace and tranquillity, the footprints of the security forces in the state would lessen,” he said.

The chief minister claimed that “the track record of his government’s last one year is testimony to his commitment to zero tolerance to human rights abuses”.

He cited the instance of Border Security Force (BSF) commander R.K. Birdi and constable Lakhvinder Kumar being arrested for their alleged involvement in the killing of a teenager in Srinagar last month.

India gets $1 bn World Bank loan to improve education

Washington: The World Bank has approved two education projects worth $1.05 billion for India, designed to boost the number of children enrolling in and completing elementary school, and to improve the quality of engineering education across the country.

India has made significant progress in meeting its education goals, especially at the primary level, the bank said announcing additional support for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), a nationwide programme aimed at providing quality elementary education to all children.

The bank has supported the SSA with two IDA credits totalling $1.1 billion since 2003.

“SSA – the largest ongoing Education for All (EFA) programme in the world – has been remarkably successful, particularly in achieving greater access to elementary education,” said Roberto Zagha, the World Bank Country Director for India.

“Between 2003 and 2009 the number of children reportedly enrolled in elementary education in India increased by 57 million to 192 million. More than two-thirds of this increase took place in government schools.

“The number of children out of school declined from 25 million to 8.1 million during that same period, a truly remarkable achievement.”

The $750 million in additional financing for the Second Elementary Education Project will enable SSA to expand activities related to increased access at upper primary level (grades 5-8), increase elementary level completion rates, and improve learning outcomes for the full elementary cycle (grades 1-8).

The $300 million for the Second Technical/Engineering Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP) will support some 200 competitively selected engineering education institutions to produce higher quality and more employable engineers.

It will also scale up post-graduate education, research, development and innovation at these institutions, the bank said. This is the second phase of TEQIP, an envisioned 15-year phased programme initiated with the first phase from 2002 to 2009.

The project builds on the significant results achieved in the first phase of the project which supported 127 institutions and thousands of faculty members in well performing institutions such as NIT Rourkela, the College of Engineering Pune, the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad, and BIT Mesra.

India not ‘unsatisfied’ if Headley gets life: Pillai

New Delhi: Home Secretary G.K. Pillai Friday said India will not be “unsatisfied” if David Headley, a key conspirator of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, is sentenced to life imprisonment.

“All that we know (is) that Headley has pleaded guilty to 12 charges. In one sense it is good,” Pillai said on the sidelines of a lecture on India-Bangladesh security at the Observer Research Foundation here.

He said the government had learnt that the US attorney general had advised life imprisonment for Headley.

“I don’t think government of India will be unsatisfied,” Pillai added.

Asked about the possibility of India getting a chance to interrogate Headley, he said there was some mention that foreign judicial custody could be allowed. The home secretary added that India has to work it out with the US agencies.

Is India upset that it could not get Headley’s custody? Pillai said that saying anything more now will be “only speculation”.

Headley pleaded guilty in a Chicago court Thursday to a dozen federal terrorism charges and admitted his role in planning the gory Nov 26, 2008 attack in Mumbai that left 166 people dead.

Google TV : Browse the internet through television screens

The system will be called “Google TV”, will be made by Sony and powered by Intel chips. It has built a prototype set-top box, that allows users to browse the internet through their television screens do things such as download movies and television shows. The “Google TV” however will also come in the form of actual TV sets.

Along with regular television there will also be Hulu, YouTube and other web-video sources, along with games and apps for social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.Google TV, will essentially be a big-screen living-room computer.

With this, Google takes a lead among other players in this race like the Apple who have been trying to make people access internet through their TVs. People already with TV sets need not feel disappointed as this device can also be built into the TV. It would facilitate simultaneous viewing of TV and better access to the web, search, and social networking sites. These companies also appear to be in talks with Logitech to build peripherals like a remote control and small keyboard for the system.

The project although is being developed since long but its kept under tight wraps and its details away from the public. The GTV will run on the Android OS, Google’s open-source mobile phone operating system originally designed to run on ARM core, (the processor used in most smartphones, but has been also adapted by some companies to operate on different chip architectures such as MIPS or Intel x86) and will even have the Chrome browser built-in. Partnership with Intel ensures TV will use some form of Atom chips in it. This move was pretty obvious as TV is only one of the few advertising markets Google isn’t yet in.

It has been reported that Google has begun testing the set-top box technology though Dish Network, a satellite TV provider.

However Google’s new venture could weaken the PC industry. This is foreseen as when the people will have the internet in their television, and a tablet appliance like the iPad with them around, they would not need a desktop or even a laptop computer.

It is unclear whether this system would be launched worldwide or be designed for release in the United States only, as with some of Google’s other products.

Both papers, however, cite sources completely anonymous information and denials have come from both the Sony spokesperson and that of Google.

–whitehatfirm

Youngsters prefer internet to family, friends for help

Only a fifth (18 per cent) cross-checked their findings with a friend or parent, researchers found, The Scotsman reported.

Almost nine out of ten young people turn to the Internet to help solve their problems, according to a new survey.

More than half (53 per cent) of the youngsters who took refuge online ended up being more worried after finding the information on web pages, the poll, commissioned by Get Connected, a free confidential helpline, revealed.

Only a fifth (18 per cent) said they cross-checked their findings with a friend or parent, researchers found, The Scotsman reported.

Andrew McKnight, chairman of its board of trustees, said, “These results show that there is a need for young people to be able to verify the information that they find online.”

“In many cases the vast amount of information available on the internet seems to exacerbate their personal worries further.” Andrew McKnight said.

“As a society, we have become increasingly reliant on the internet as a first point of reference for a lot of information.” Andrew McKnight added.

He also said, “It is crucial that we make Britain’s young people aware of exactly where they can turn to for dependable information and support. Get Connected is the safe gateway to these services.”

Shock as Reality Show Invites Contestants to Kill

The other night, a French network aired something called “Le Jeu de la Mort” or “Game of Death,” a documentary on how far some people would go if invested with absolute power and in order to achieve fame. Under the pretense of shooting a pilot for a new reality show, producers wanted to see how people would react in what could only be described as extraordinary circumstances, the Independent says.

So, they came up with the idea of a fake competition: in order to win it, contestants had to push a button that delivered electrical shocks to a man on a chair. Motivated by the desire to win, 64 of the contestants (an overwhelming 80 percent) pushed the button and “killed” the man, no matter how hard he screamed, pled or cried. What the people on the show did not know was that the man was an actor, there was no electrical current in his chair and they had just been tested to see how low they’d scoop for a shot at fame and, presumably, a prize in cash.

As expected, the documentary did not fail to cause a storm. “Critics, however, lambasted the documentary for using precisely the same brainwashing and televisual distorting techniques it claimed to expose. The experiment, they pointed out, was based on an approach first used by the American social psychologist Stanley Milgram in 1963. In an attempt to comprehend the behavior of genocidal Nazi death camp guards, Mr. Milgram created a bogus authority which ordered volunteers to administer electric shocks of increasing severity to an unseen person who answered questions wrongly. Two thirds of the volunteers obeyed orders to deliver the potentially fatal doses,” the Independent writes.

“Critics said that last night’s documentary – although it conceded its debt to the Mr. Milgram experiments – suggested that television was somehow uniquely capable of brainwashing people into committing murder. The original experiments, which are often replicated, suggested that the real problem was something deeply rooted in the human psyche: the incapacity of a large majority of people to resist authority or to refuse to follow a crowd or mob. The program, shown on the France 2, the main state-owned channel, was made by Christophe Nick, a celebrated French filmmaker of shock or investigative TV documentaries. The narrator made it clear that the principal target was mass television culture,” the publication further informs.

The conclusion of the documentary was that television had been using humiliation and violence as a means to attract audiences for many years, so perhaps concluding that it won’t be long until we have murder in prime time is not that far-fetched. Critics, as also noted above, strongly disagree.

—–softpedia

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Fake TV Game Show ‘Tortures’ Man, Shocks France

France is reeling from a documentary about a psychological experiment disguised as a game show. Researchers staged a fictitious reality show to see how far people would go in obeying authority, especially if television reinforces that authority.

The documentary Game of Death, broadcast Wednesday in France, shows participants in a game show obeying orders to deliver increasingly powerful electric shocks to a man until he appears to die. The reality show was actually a fiction and the man an actor (Laurent Le Doyen), but the contestants and audience didn’t know

The disturbing results have alarmed the French.

The fictitious game show had all the trappings of a real TV quiz show, including a beautiful and well-known hostess, and a raucous audience. A group of contestants posed questions to a man sitting inside a box in front of them in an electric chair.

The hostess and a chanting audience urged the players — who had levers in front of them — to send jolts of electricity into the man in the box when he gave an incorrect answer.

Even when the player screamed out in pain for them to stop, 80 percent of the contestants kept zapping him. In reality, the man in the electric chair was an actor who wasn’t really being shocked — but the players and the audience did not know that.

The documentary makers say reality television relies increasingly on violent, humiliating and cruel acts to boost ratings. They say they simply wanted to see if we would go so far as to kill someone for entertainment.

Christophe Nick produced the documentary, The Game of Death, with a group of scientists and researchers.

“Most of us think we have free thinking and so we are responsible for our acts,” Nick says. “This experience shows that in certain circumstances, a power — the TV in this case — is able to make you do something you don’t want to do.”

The idea that something deeply rooted in the human psyche makes most of us unable to resist authority is not new. The French documentary was based on an American experiment carried out in the 1960s by psychologist Stanley Milgram.

Milgram had participants delivering what they believed were electric shocks to a man every time he answered a question incorrectly. In that experiment, 60 percent of participants obeyed the sadistic orders until the end.

The French documentary, which was broadcast in France on Wednesday night, included footage of the Milgram experiment.

Sociologist Jean Claude Kaufmann says the French version combines Milgram’s use of authority with the power of live television. He says the result in the French experiment — a higher percentage of participants willing to shock the subject — shows that the manipulative power of television further increases people’s willingness to obey.

Television talk shows ruminated over the documentary Thursday. Comparisons are being drawn to the manipulation of the masses in Nazi Germany. One of the game show participants, Jerome Pasanau, said in an interview that he was still haunted by the experience.

“I wanted to stop the whole time, but I just couldn’t. I didn’t have the will to do it. And that goes against my nature,” he said. “I haven’t really figured out why I did it.”

Pasanau told the TV host that he felt intimidated and isolated on the fictitious game show set, and that the crowd was overbearing. The host countered by pulling up footage of Pasanau pumping 460 volts of electricity until the actor pretending to be electrocuted seems to keel over dead.

In the footage, the game show hostess yells: “And you’ve won!”

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