IPL 2010 Points Table

Following is the IPL Points Table 2010 as on 19 March 2010.

Royal Challengers Bangalore 4 3 1 0 6 1.212
Deccan Chargers 4 3 1 0 6 0.450
Mumbai Indians 3 2 1 0 4 1.520
Chennai Super Kings 4 2 2 0 4 0.448
Kolkata Knight Riders 4 2 2 0 4 -0.906
Delhi Daredevils 5 2 3 0 4 -0.919
Kings XI Punjab 4 1 3 2 0 -0.276
Rajasthan Royals 4 1 3 2 0 -09.53

Bomb in aircraft: Probe to focus on security lapse

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala police have begun a comprehensive probe into the recovery of a crude explosive from the cargo section of a Kingfisher flight here with focus
on “security lapses”.

The Bangalore police, Civil Aviation Department and Central Intelligence agencies would help in the investigations considering the seriousness of the case, highly placed police
sources told PTI today.

The “country-made bomb like object” of the size of a cricket ball containing 30 gms of ‘gunpowder’, wrapped in two layers of paper, one of which was a page from the Thiruvananthapuram edition of a Malayalam newspaper, was found yesterday on the plane that arrived from Bangalore here with 31 people on board, raising security concerns.

As part of the probe, a three-member team led by Police Commissioner M R Ajaya Kumar rushed to Bangalore last evening itself to view the Close Circuit TV recordings at the airport there to ascertain details of the passengers who flew in the flight and ground-handling staff including cargo loaders.

Similarly, a Bangalore police team is expected to be here later today to collect such details from the city airport.

“We will be collecting all the details from both the airports for analysis. We will be helped by other agencies concerned. However, as the detection was done here, the state
police will be playing a vital role in investigations and pursuance of the case,” a police officer said.

The probe would look into all aspects of the case like how and where it got into the aircraft’s cargo hold, where it (the object) was contrived and from where the material used for it was purchased.

The CISF, in charge of the airport security, would be holding an internal inquiry to ascertain if there were any loopholes in their system, sources said.

Police would file an FIR in a local court in the case today.

Relief for Mayawati in cash garland case

Allahabad: Bringing huge relief to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, the Allahabad High Court Monday rejected a plea for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the money garland gifted to her at a rally here last week.

A division bench of Chief Justice Amitabh Lala and Justice Anil Kumar dismissed the public interest litigation (PIL) on grounds of the petitioners failing to furnish any supportive evidence on the demand for a CBI investigation.

The PIL was moved jointly by three lawyers practicing in the high court here.

The garland, estimated to have been made with 50,000 notes of Rs.1,000 denomination each making it worth Rs.5 crore in cash, was given to her at a massive rally to mark 25 years of the Bahujan Samaj Party on March 15.

The court also declined to look into the charge of “misuse of government machinery and funds” for the rally, which appeared to have drawn a huge crowd of about 500,000 people. The petition alleged that the rally had cost the state exchequer nearly Rs.200 crore.

The money garland gifted by the Karnataka unit of the BSP put Mayawati in the national spotlight with political parties joining hands to condemn the extravagance.

In what is being seen as damage control, another money garland, worth about Rs.18 lakh, was given to Mayawati the next day itself on March 16. This is learnt to have been organised by her close aide and minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui as an attempt to deflect attention from the first garland that was dismantled, sources said.

SRK gives young ones tips for six-pack abs

New Delhi: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who flaunted six-pack abs in blockbuster “Om Shanti Om” but couldn’t maintain them later, is doling out fitness tips to youngsters through micro-blogging site Twitter.

“Six-pack more to do with diet than exercise alone. You need to be very disciplined. (Do it for) 30 to 40 days…they will start to show,” Shah Rukh posted on his Twitter page Monday.

“Exercise regimen – four times a week. Thirty minutes do a weights or any exercise which makes you sweat. No rice or bread at all with food, grilled food. Lots of water. No alcohol. If you do, then exercise (for) 50 minutes. No music and wasting time during exercise. Just do it like a job…push yourself.”

“No desserts, ice creams or colas. No food in between meals like chips, etc. Singlehandedly try and bring the junk food industry to closure,” he wrote.

Shah Rukh says he does 100 push ups and 60 pull ups when he is regular. “When I start I can only do five push ups and one pull up. It just happens (later) if you are regular,” he posted.

The actor, who was last seen in “My Name Is Khan”, is strictly against quick fix diets, and says people must make a careful choice about what they eat and drink.

“You make your choices according to your needs. When I work out I don’t drink colas myself.”

Advani blogs against Kashmir’s autonomy

New Delhi: Opposing autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir and restoration of the pre-1953 status to the troubled state, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani has said the party won’t allow the constitutional clock to be turned back and vowed to get Article 370 completely abrogated.

“All that the country wants is to move forward to the complete abrogation of Article 370,” Advani said, referring to the constitutional provision that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir in India.

“The nation will not allow the constitutional clock to be turned back in respect to the state’s integration with India,” the veteran BJP leader blogged.

Before 1953, Jammu and Kashmir had a separate head called prime minister. The Supreme Court, the Election Commission of India, and the comptroller and auditor general had no jurisdiction over the state. Only three departments, defence, currency and foreign affairs were controlled by the Indian government.

Any Indian citizen wanting to visit the state had to acquire a special permit to enter Jammu and Kashmir.

However, the permit system was later abolished and gradually the clauses, which Advani called “separatist provisions”, were changed and the article diluted.

This, Advani wrote, “brought (Jammu and Kashmir) at par with other states in these matters”.

“When in the name of Kashmir’s autonomy, it is nowadays said that the dilution of Article 370 that took place post-1953 must be undone, it is all these wholesome provisions of the Indian constitution which are sought to be once again scrapped in their application to the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

“The nation’s clarion call to the powers-that-be is that India will never forget Shyama Prasad Mookerji’s sacrifice,” he said remembering the Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder who entered Jammu and Kashmir in 1953 defying the permit system. Mookerji was taken to a prison where he fell ill after a hunger strike. He later died.

US envoy hopeful on India n-deal, mum on Pakistan pact

New Delhi: Unfazed by political opposition in India to the civil nuclear liability bill, the US Monday said it was “optimistic and positive” about completing the nuclear deal with India but kept quiet on speculation about a similar accord with Pakistan.

“I am working full time on implementing the nuclear deal,” US Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer told reporters here.

“We are optimistic and positive that we are going to complete this in the months ahead,” the US envoy said.

Describing the nuclear deal as a “win-win situation”, Roemer stressed that implementing the agreement would be beneficial to both countries.

“We have seen great progress in the last few weeks and this is the story of the United States and India in a win-win situation,” he said.

“A new date of the US-India partnership where we create jobs in America and where India gets access to clean energy.”

The US envoy, however, declined to comment on media reports suggesting that the US was thinking of offering a similar deal to Pakistan.

So far, the US has not conceded Pakistan’s repeated demand for a civil nuclear nuclear deal. But, in an indication of a possible policy shift, US Ambassador to Islamabad Anne Patterson said in a recent interview to a journal that the two sides were going to have “working level talks” on the subject during the US-Pakistan strategic dialogue on March 24.

The US’ optimism about the nuclear deal with India comes amid reports that the two sides are likely to announce a pact on reprocessing spent fuel in a day or two.

Besides the reprocessing pact, India is required to pass a civil nuclear liability legislation under the 123 bilateral agreement to operationalise the nuclear deal.

Last week, the government deferred the tabling of the civil nuclear liability bill in parliament due to fierce opposition from the opposition parties, which are asking that the compensation amount be scaled up from the Rs.500 crore (nearly $100 million) provided for in the legislation to take care of victims in case of a nuclear accident.

Violence in Nepal after policeman rapes Indian teen

Kathmandu: Violence reigned in a famed temple town in southern Nepal Monday, for the third consecutive day, with mobs attacking police posts and clashing with baton-wielding police after an Indian teenager, belonging to a minority community, was allegedly raped by a sub-inspector.

The 18-year-old girl from India’s Bihar state had eloped with an Indian youth to Nepal after their families objected to their relationship since he belongs to the Hindu community.

The pair arrived in Nepal’s temple town of Janakpur in Dhanusha district, along the Indo-Nepal border, on Saturday, police said.

They had planned to get married in the Janaki temple that draws thousands of pilgrims from India every year.

However, during their stay at the Manakamana Lodge near Janakpur railway station, the couple were allegedly attacked by a Nepali sub-inspector who was posted at the station.

Baburam Jha, the cop, overpowered the youth and allegedly raped the girl.

As the news spread, angry locals attacked the police post, resulting in over three dozen people, including eight policemen, being injured, police said.

The violence snowballed with several political parties joining the fray and demanding the resignation of Home Minister Bhim Rawal.

Police fired in the air Monday and burst teargas shells to bring the situation under control. At least a dozen people were hurt in the melee.

The authorities have suspended Jha, who is under detention while a committee is being formed to investigate the incident, police said.

Police also said they have no information about the whereabouts of the teenager and her escort.

The alleged incident occurred in a year the government has pledged to bring crime against women down to “zero” and a hotline has been set up in the prime minister’s office to receive complaints from victims.

Nepal’s security forces have been increasingly becoming the target of public anger with growing allegations of involvement in underworld activities and atrocities against women.

The government is yet to take action against a group of policemen who gangraped a woman colleague inside a police station in farwestern Nepal despite the National Human Rights Commission urging for punitive measures.

Recently, three women from the Dalit community, including a 12-year-old girl, were killed by the army in farwestern Nepal. However, the Defence Minister, Bidya Bhandari, tried to hush it up, saying the victims were part of an armed gang of poachers.