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Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad awaits verdict; political future hangs in the balance

Fodder scam: Lalu Prasad awaits verdict; political future hangs in the balance

Posted on 30 September 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 30 SEPT : A CBI court in Ranchi will pronounce its judgement on Monday in the multi-crore fodder scam, in which RJD chief Lalu Prasad, if convicted, will face immediate disqualification as a Lok Sabha member.Prasad and 44 others have been charged with fraudulent withdrawal to the tune of Rs 37.7 crore on fake fodder bills from Chaibasa treasury in the 1990s in a case lodged by CBI. Besides the RJD supremo, other accused persons include former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and JD(U) MP Jagdish Sharma.Chaibasa was then part of undivided Bihar.

On Sunday, Lalu Prasad Yadav left for Ranchi, to be present in the court when special CBI judge Pravas Kumar Singh delivers the verdict.

Accompanied by son Tejaswi Pratap, 65-year-old RJD president put up a calm front and keeping the media and talk about the case at bay. He left for his Danapur gaushala (cowshed), evidently to escape the media around the house.The judgement in the fodder scam is likely to have a bearing on Bihar politics, as the RJD chief will face immediate disqualification as a Lok Sabha member if convicted as per a Supreme Court order that an MP or legislator would stand disqualified immediately if convicted by a court for crimes with punishment of two years or more.

The question of who would replace Lalu as the RJD chief should he be convicted was also not considered. The party, said insiders, is still hopeful of a miracle and, in worst scenarios, of legal relief.

“If nothing works, we will still take Laluji’s orders from wherever he is and if it is very necessary to have a leader to restore the confidence of workers, Rabri Devi may be called to lead the party or even work as vice-president. Tejaswi has been also showing great political maturity and respects elders. Meanwhile, we pray for Laluji,” said an RJD leader.

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Jasnit awarded to toppers

Jasnit awarded to toppers

Posted on 30 September 2013 by GGS News

LUDHIANA,(GGS NEWS)  : Bharatiya Vidya Mandir School, Udham Singh Nagar Kaur Jasnit student writing the story in first place in the state. The program was organized to mark the school, which was the chief guest of Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna. SD Joshi Trust President, Secretary mm dia, principal Vandana Kaur Sethi Jasnit student winners, presented the certificate and Rs 1500 Czech amount.

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The head of the Youth Congress Dlla Jagraon

The head of the Youth Congress Dlla Jagraon

Posted on 30 September 2013 by GGS News

LUDHIANA,(GGS NEWS) 30 SEPT : Ludhiana District Youth Congress head lamp khandur Dlla the Mnjinder Singh is appointed head of the Youth Congress Jagraon. Dlla about Isher Singh smiled appointment letters lamp and former minister made an appointment letter during intercourse. On this occasion the newly appointed Head of the Youth Congress and strengthen the area Dlla assured.

Intercourse in marriage palaces in the local spring Jagraon Isher Singh smiled and former minister in charge of Congress, said that the Punjab SAD – BJP government is battling against time to Shurukrne. The government faced questions from the public will in the coming Lok Sabha elections. The people of Punjab in the sand – gravel that they were longing to see. This causes associated with this business are millions of families out on the streets.

The district head lamp, said the Youth Congress Youth Congress will play a key role in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Youth Worker at just the wrong policies of the Punjab government house to house Phunchaagi.

On this occasion, senior Youth Congress leader Satindrpal Singh Grewal, Manjit Singh Clement, former head of Jagraon Dwinder Kathuria, balvindar Nisnh Wardeke, Ravinder Sbrwal, Kanwaljit Singh, Mehboob Rajinder Singh, Sukhdev Singh Toor, Vijay Kumar, Tjinder Nanni Singh, Gurjeet Singh Rsulpur, Bhagwant Singh Toor and Hrmel Malla Singh were present.

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Yuvraj set for comeback in squad for Australia series

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Yuvraj set for comeback in squad for Australia series

Posted on 30 September 2013 by GGS News

GGS SPORTS :  30 SEPT : Star batsman Yuvraj Singh is all set to make a comeback into India’s limited overs squad following some good performances when the selectors meet on Monday to decide on the team for the lone T20 International as well as the first three ODIs.

It is still not clear whether the selectors would choose a separate squad for the lone T20 International which will enable them to be flexible and include a few more players in both formats.

While there would be few surprises in the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led squad that has performed admirably winning the Champions Trophy and tri-series in the West Indies, the return of the stylish 31-year-old left-hander is all but certain.

Yuvraj last played for India on January 27 against England at Dharamsala and was dropped subsequently due to a poor run of form.

Having undergone a rigorous physical training in France, a fitter Yuvraj made his comeback into the competitive cricket with a bang scoring 123, 40 and 61 in three List A matches against the West Indies A followed by a quickfire 52 against the same opponent in a T20 game.

He carried on with his good form in the Challenger Series where he scored 84 against India Red and a 29 in the final.

According to reliable sources, the selection committee is impressed in the manner Yuvraj has scored.

There won’t be much change in the batting line-up with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Dhoni being automatic selections. While Yuvraj will be the sixth specialist batsman in the playing XI that is likely to have Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja as the spin-bowling all-rounders.

The choice for three pace bowlers slot will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.

One among the trio of Jaydev Unadkat, Mohit Sharma and R Vinay Kumar will be the reserve pacer in the line-up.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra is expected to be the reserve spinner having got 18 wickets in the series against Zimbabwe. His challenger Perveez Rasool, who recently had a match-haul of seven wickets in an unofficial ‘Test’ against the West Indies A, might find it tough to make it into the squad as Ashwin is all set to return after being rested during the Zimbabwe tour.

The 14th and the 15th slots are the ones which will be up for grabs. While Dinesh Karthik might be retained in the squad of 15, it will be interesting whether Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar is considered as a replacement for Irfan Pathan.

Dhoni has long wanted an all-rounder who bowls medium pace. While Irfan fitted his bill perfectly, injury to the Baroda all-rounder might open the door for old domestic workhorse Abhishek, who has scores of 102 no, 57, 91, 75 no and 12 in his last five innings. The first two were in first-class games while the last three innings were in List A matches.

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Mini marathon marks World Heart Day

Mini marathon marks World Heart Day

Posted on 30 September 2013 by GGS News

Ludhiana,(GGS NEWS) 30 September : To mark the World Heart Day, different hospitals of the city organised numerous events.

SPS Apollo Hospital organised Apollo Dil ki Daud – a mini marathon at Guru Nanak Stadium. Large number of people including senior citizens, patients, doctors and hospital associates participated in the marathon.

All participants were felicitated with participation certificates, attractive prizes and medals. Jugdiep Singh, managing director, SPS Apollo Hospitals also thanked the police authorities, district administration, sports authority and municipal corporation for their support and cooperation in making the marathon successful.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr JS Grewal, senior consultant, Department of Interventional Cardiology, SPS Apollo Hospitals said “Cardiovascular diseases are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.3 million lives a year. Cardio vascular diseases have assumed epidemic proportions in India with 10% of the adult population affected by it”. Dr Grewal reiterated the importance of keeping the heart healthy through a disciplined lifestyle including good, balanced diets and regular exercise.

While Pancham Hospital organised a free heart check-up camp under the surveillance of chief cardiologist Dr RP Singh and Dr AK Chaudhary. More than 300 patients were examined during the camp.

“The unhealthy lifestyle of the youth today is the major cause of this catastrophe. Our youngsters are getting engulfed by drugs, alcohol and unhealthy eating habits, which is slowly but continuously destroying their health. Spreading awareness and immediate consultation are the need of the hour,” said Dr RP Singh, MD & Chief Cardiologist, Pancham Hospitals.

While a free medical & heart check-up camp was organised by Hero DMC Heart Institute in association with RK Arya College, Nawanshahr at the college premises. Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist & coordinator, HDHI and Dr Rakendra exmained around 200 patients. RG Stone Super Specialty Hospital organised a special camp and consultation programme. More than 100 patients were benefited with this camp. Free ECG and other tests were conducted.

Dr Bhim Sen Bansal, CMDE of RG Stone Hospital said, “In case of severe chest pain being reported by the patient the care takers should give him a tablet of Disprin and Sobetrate followed by immediate rush to a hospital.

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Daily Hukamnama – 30 Sept 2013

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Daily Hukamnama – 30 Sept 2013

Posted on 30 September 2013 by GGS News

Bilaaval, Fifth Mehl, Chhant: One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru: Come, O my sisters, come, O my companions, and let us remain under the Lord’s control. Let’s sing the Songs of Bliss of our Husband Lord. Renounce your pride, O my companions, renounce your egotistical pride, O my sisters, so that you may become pleasing to your Beloved. Renounce pride, emotional attachment, corruption and duality, and serve the One Immaculate Lord. Hold tight to the Sanctuary of the Feet of the Merciful Lord, your Beloved, the Destroyer of all sins. Be the slave of His slaves, forsake sorrow and sadness, and do not bother with other devices. Prays Nanak, O Lord, please bless me with Your Mercy, that I may sing Your songs of bliss. ||1|| The Ambrosial Naam, the Name of my Beloved, is like a cane to a blind man. Maya seduces in so many ways, like a beautiful enticing woman. This enticer is so incredibly beautiful and clever; she entices with countless suggestive gestures. Maya is stubborn and persistent; she seems so sweet to the mind, and then he does not chant the Naam. At home, in the forest, on the banks of sacred rivers, fasting, worshipping, on the roads and on the shore, she is spying. Prays Nanak, please bless me with Your Kindness, Lord; I am blind, and Your Name is my cane. ||2|| I am helpless and masterless; You, O my Beloved, are my Lord and Master. As it pleases You, so do You protect me. I have no wisdom or cleverness; what face should I put on to please You? I am not clever, skillful or wise; I am worthless, without any virtue at all. I have no beauty or pleasing smell, no beautiful eyes. As it pleases You, please preserve me, O Lord. His victory is celebrated by all; how can I know the state of the Lord of Mercy? Prays Nanak, I am the servant of Your servants; as it pleases You, please preserve me. ||3|| I am the fish, and You are the water; without You, what can I do? I am the rainbird, and You are the rain-drop; when it falls into my mouth, I am satisfied. When it falls into my mouth, my thirst is quenched; You are the Lord of my soul, my heart, my breath of life. Touch me, and caress me, O Lord, You are in all; let me meet You, so that I may be emancipated. In my consciousness I remember You, and the darkness is dispelled, like the chakvi duck, which longs to see the dawn. Prays Nanak, O my Beloved, please unite me with Yourself; the fish never forgets the water. ||4|| Blessed, blessed is my destiny; my Husband Lord has come into my home. The gate of my mansion is so beautiful, and all my gardens are so green and alive. My peace-giving Lord and Master has rejuvenated me, and blessed me with great joy, bliss and love. My Young Husband Lord is eternally young, and His body is forever youthful; what tongue can I use to chant His Glorious Praises? My bed is beautiful; gazing upon Him, I am fascinated, and all my doubts and pains are dispelled. Prays Nanak, my hopes are fulfilled; my Lord and Master is

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Did Earth’s Moon originate from Venus?

Did Earth’s Moon originate from Venus?

Posted on 29 September 2013 by GGS News

NEW YORK,(GGS NEWS) 29 SEP :  Moon may have originated from Venus, after Earth’s gravity captured its natural satellite from the planet, a new theory on lunar history suggests.

The theory is in contradiction to the belief that the Earth’s moon formed some 4.5 billion years ago when a planet-size body slammed into nascent Earth at high speed.

“I think part of the key to (understanding) the Moon may be that Venus has no moon, and we certainly have to study it (Venus) more,” said Dave Stevenson, professor of planetary science at Caltech University, who proposed the Venus idea.

The “moon capture” theory assumes that Earth used its gravity to attract a pre-formed space body into its orbit, thus making a satellite of this object.

However, the geochemical composition of the Moon and Earth likely trips up this theory, SPACE.com reported.

Analyses of the lunar rocks brought back by NASA’s Apollo Moon landing missions have shown that the satellite has an isotopic composition very similar to that of Earth.

If both Moon and Earth have very similar isotopes, it makes the capture theory difficult to maintain, said Alex Halliday, head of science at Oxford University.

Some aspects of the idea that the Moon may have come from Venus are however very intriguing, he said.

“The reason why it’s interesting is that Earth and Venus are close to each other. They have similar mass, and people think they have probably formed in a similar way,” he said.

The capture theory faces a challenge explaining the similar composition of the Moon and Earth, Stevenson said.

However, if scientists analyse rocks from Venus and they turn out to be very similar to those on Earth that would argue in favour of the capture theory, the report said.

The giant impact idea also has trouble explaining why the Earth and the Moon are so peculiarly similar.

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Champions League T20: Rajasthan Royals thrash Perth Scorchers to reach semis

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Champions League T20: Rajasthan Royals thrash Perth Scorchers to reach semis

Posted on 29 September 2013 by GGS News

GGS SPORTS : 29 SEPT : Rajasthan Royals register a comprehensvie nine-wicket win over a hapless and depleted Perth Scorchers’ side to book a berth in the CLT20 2013 semi-finals. The Rajasthan bowlers maintained consistent pressure over the Australian side and reaped the benefits of staying disciplined. Ajinkya Rahane got some crucial runs and so did Sanju Samson. The two put up an unbeaten 120-run stand for the second wicket to seal a big win at their home ground.

Rajasthan Royals 121/1 | Overs 16.3 |  Rahane 62*, Samson 50*

The Rajasthan Royals have qualified for the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) 2013 tournament with a 9-wicket mauling of the Perth Scorchers. The young Sanju Samson completes his half-century with a boundary and a single off Joe Mennie on the first two balls, and then hits the winning runs. It’s been a clinical performance by the local side.

Rajasthan Royals 115/1 | Overs 16 |  Rahane 61*, Samson 45*

Only six more runs needed now. Rahane slams his fifth boundary of the game and the Royals add nine runs to their total.

Rajasthan Royals 106/1 | Overs 15 |  Rahane 54*, Samson 44*

Ajinkya Rahane clobbers a six off Michael Beer to complete his half-century. Eight runs come from the 15th over and the hosts now need only 15 runs in five overs.

Rajasthan Royals 98/1 | Overs 14 |  Rahane 47*, Samson 43*

Rahane gets a reprieve! The Rajasthan opener comes down the track to thrash a short delivery off Joel Paris, and Joe Mennie at the mid-off area spills a tough catch to send back the opening batsman.

Rajasthan Royals 94/1 | Overs 13 |  Rahane 43*, Samson 43*

Rahane dances down the track to hit an inside-out shot over the covers to collect a boundary off Beer. The Perth Scorchers seems to have lost all hopes of comeback, Rajasthan have been completely dominant in this game.

Rajasthan Royals 86/1 | Overs 12 |  Rahane 38*, Samson 40*

Ashton Agar comes into the attack for the first time in the game and gives away six runs. Rajasthan now need 35 more runs to win from 48 balls.

Rajasthan Royals 80/1 | Overs 11 |  Rahane 34*, Samson 38*

Rajasthan batsmen add five more to their team total and inch closer to a big win.

Rajasthan Royals 75/1 | Overs 10 |  Rahane 31*, Samson 37*

Hilton Cartwright is introduced in to the attack, and is hit for a boundary on the second ball by Rahane. The Rajasthan opener looks comfortable at the crease and is getting some crucial runs that will indeed help him regain form. At the other end, Samson is batting fluently. Rajasthan need 46 more runs off 60 balls.

Rajasthan Royals 65/1 | Overs 9 |  Rahane 23*, Samson 37*

Samson makes room to hit over the fielder at point to collect a four off Michael Beer. Six runs come from the ninth over of Rajasthan’s chase.

Rajasthan Royals 59/1 | Overs 8 |  Rahane 22*, Samson 32*

Rajasthan batsman are now scoring runs easily on both sides of the wicket. Samson hits a boundary off the first ball and Rahane ends Behrendorff’s final over of the game with another boundary. A few singles in between those hits and the run count from that over surges to 12. They now need 62 runs to win from 12 overs.

Rajasthan Royals 47/1 | Overs 7 |  Rahane 17*, Samson 26*

Samson slams a six over the midwicket boundary as the Rajasthan batsman are now looking to get some quick runs. Another 10 runs added in the seventh over of the match.

Rajasthan Royals 37/1 | Overs 6 |  Rahane 16*, Samson 17*

Behrendorff keeps it tight in his third over of the game as Rajasthan batsmen add only four runs.

Rajasthan Royals 33/1 | Overs 5 |  Rahane 13*, Samson 17*

Samson picks up a four towards the mid-on area as Rajasthan add another six runs to their scoreboard. Rajasthan now need 88 runs to win from 90 balls with nine wickets in hand.

Rajasthan Royals 27/1 | Overs 4 |  Rahane 12*, Samson 12*

Rajasthan batsman Rahane hits the first six of the game! The right-handed batsman pulls hard and the ball flies over the deep fine-leg boundary after taking an edge. Two singles off the last two balls help them take the run total from the over to eight.

Rajasthan Royals 19/1 | Overs 3 |  Rahane 5*, Samson 11*

Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson collect a boundary each of Behrendorff as Rajasthan seems to be picking up the momentum after the early loss of Rahul Dravid. 10 runs come from the third over of their chase.

Rajasthan Royals 9/1 | Overs 2 |  Rahane 4*, Samson 2*

Ajinkya Rahane picks up a boundary towards the midwicket region as Rajasthan take their total to nine runs off the first two overs.

Rajasthan Royals 2/1 | Overs 1 |  Rahane 0*, Samson 1* OUT! (Dravid 0(4) | Overs 0.4)

Wicket in the first over! Dravid is out without scoring a run on a brilliant delivery pitched on middle and leg, finding a gap between his bat and pads and knocking down the middle-stump. A superb delivery by Jason Behrendorff.

Rajasthan bowlers took wickets at regular intervals to maintain the pressure on the Perth Scorchers, who crumbled to a modest total of 119 in their 20 overs. Stay tuned for the chase…

Perth Scorchers 119 | Overs 20 |  Behrendorff 12* OUT! (Beer 3(4) | Overs 19.6)

Behrendorff clobbers a boundary towards the cover boundary off Cooper as the Perth batsmen add nine more crucial runs to their total. Beer is run out on the last ball. Perth manage 119 in their 20 overs.

Perth Scorchers 110/9 | Overs 19 |  Beer 2* Behrendorff 5*

An expensive 19th over by Faulkner as the Perth tailenders collect 10 runs off it.

Perth Scorchers 100/9 | Overs 18 |  Beer 1* Behrendorff 1* OUT! (Mennie 2(12) | Overs 17.1) & (Turner 11(14) | Overs 17.2)

For the second time in the match Kevon Cooper’s double strikes have hurt the Perth badly. The Rajasthan bowler gets Joe Mennie caught by Stuart Binny on the first ball, and on the next, cleans up Ashton Turner. Perth reach the 100-mark in the 18th over.

Perth Scorchers 97/7 | Overs 17 |  Turner 11* Mennie 2*

Ashton Turner moves across to get a boundary on the fine-leg region off the fourth ball of the over as the Scorchers inch closer to the 100-run mark. A comparatively good over for the Australian side, with nine runs coming off Watson’s third.

Perth Scorchers 97/7 | Overs 17 |  Turner 11* Mennie 2*

Ashton Turner moves across to get a boundary on the fine-leg region off the fourth ball of the over as the Scorchers inch closer to the 100-run mark. A comparatively good over for the Australian side, with nine runs coming off Watson’s third.

Perth Scorchers 88/7 | Overs 16 |  Turner 5* Mennie 1*

Faulkner gives away only one run in form of a wide in an otherwise impressive maiden over.

Perth Scorchers 87/7 | Overs 15 |  Turner 5* Mennie 1*

Pravin Tambe continues to impress as he ends his spell of 4-0-17-2. Perth need some momentum to give their bowlers something to bowl at. Only two runs scored in that over.

Perth Scorchers 85/7 | Overs 14 |  Turner 4* OUT! (Paris 2(5) | Overs 13.6)

And there goes another! James Faulkner knocks down Joel Paris’s middle stump as Perth Scorchers lose their seventh wicket. Only three runs in the over as Rajasthan gain complete command over the Australian side.

Perth Scorchers 82/6 | Overs 13 |  Paris 1* Turner 3* OUT! (Triffitt 2(5) | Overs 12.3)

Well he isn’t missing many! After giving a lifeline to Katich earlier in the innings off his own bowling, Pravin Tambe takes a good return catch to claim the sixth wicket of the Perth innings in form of Tom Triffitt.

Perth Scorchers 77/5 | Overs 12 |  Triffitt 0* Turner 1* OUT! (Cartwright 5(7) | Overs 11.1) & (Voges 27(12) | Overs 11.3)

Cooper’s double strikes leave Perth Scorchers reeling! The right-hand bowler traps Hilton Cartwright in front of the wickets on the first ball and on the third gets Voges caught by Faulkner. Perth in trouble!

Perth Scorchers 76/3 | Overs 11 |  Cartwright 5*  Voges 27*

A brilliant effort by Brad Hodge at the square boundary helps Rajasthan save a couple of runs after Ajinkya Rahane lets it slip. Cartwright and Voges scramble to add nine runs from Tambe’s second over to their team total.

Perth Scorchers 67/3 | Overs 10 |  Cartwright 2*  Voges 21*

Kevon Cooper comes into the attack and gives away only five runs in his first over. Perth reach 67-3 at the half-way mark in their innings.

Perth Scorchers 62/3 | Overs 9 |  Cartwright 0*  Voges 19* OUT! (Katich 12(18) | Overs 8.5)

Katich gets a lifeline but is out soon! Pravin Tambe drops a return catch to give the Scorchers’ captain a reprieve but the latter fails to make the most of it. He is out stumped on the penultimate ball of the 10th over as Rajasthan bowlers continue to strike at regular intervals.

Perth Scorchers 61/2 | Overs 8 |  Katich 12*  Voges 18*

Scorchers’ captain Katich welcomes Stuart Binny into the attack with a fine boundary off his first ball. Katich moves across and hits behind the square leg region. Poor Binny, the bad luck persists — delivers a no-ball and on the free-hit delivery, has Voges caught behind the wickets by Sanju Samson. Seven runs added by the Perth batsmen.

Perth Scorchers 54/2 | Overs 7 |  Katich 7*  Voges 17*

The ball slips out of Watson’s hand and goes wide on the leg side. Katich tries to hit but misses and umpire Kumar Dharamsena signals a wide. Perth add another 10 runs to their total.

Perth Scorchers 44/2 | Overs 6 |  Katich 1*  Voges 14*

Adam Voges picks up two boundaries off Menaria’s last two balls — first towards long-on area and second towards the fine-leg area to make it 10 from the over.

Perth Scorchers 34/2 | Overs 5 |  Katich 0*  Voges 5* OUT! (Agar 10(11) | Overs 4.1)

Shane Watson strikes first ball! The Aussie all-rounder bowls a widish delivery to his compatriot Agar, who slashes hard but is caught by Malik at the third-man position. Perth have lost their openers in quick succession. Adam Voges, the new man in, starts off with three dot balls and gets a boundary on midwicket region on the fourth ball.

Perth Scorchers 29/1 | Overs 4 |  Katich 0*  Agar 10*

Ashton Agar shrugs off a slow start with two boundaries off Malik, who’s proving to be a costly bowler for the home side. While the first boundary was hit at the mid-on area, the Perth batsman gets another on the third delivery by making room and thrashing it over the covers. Nine runs come off Malik’s second over. His first over yielded 13 runs to the Scorchers.

Perth Scorchers 20/1 | Overs 3 |  Katich 0*  Agar 1* OUT! (Davis 18(12) | Overs 2.2)

Liam Davis perishes after scoring 18 runs. He tries to clear the deep squareleg boundary off James Faulkner, but is caught at the boundary by Kevon Cooper.

Perth Scorchers 14/0 | Overs 2 |  Davis 14*  Agar 0*

Vikramjeet Malik is hit for two boundaries on the off side and five runs off the last two balls help Perth Scorchers add 13 runs in the second over of the game. Liam Davis gets all of them.

Perth Scorchers 1/0 | Overs 1 |  Davis 1*  Agar 0*

Rahul Dravid tosses the ball to part-timer Ashok Menaria, who bowls an impressive first over giving away only one single.

Rajasthan Royals’ captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to field against Perth Scorchers in the 15th match of the Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2013 tournament at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Sunday.

Teams:

Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge, Ashok Menaria, James Faulkner, Kevon Cooper, Vikramjeet Malik, Pravin Tambe

Perth Scorchers: Liam Davis, Ashton Agar, Simon Katich (c), Adam Voges, Hilton Cartwright, Ashton Turner, Tom Triffitt (wk), Joel Paris, Jason Behrendorff, Michael Beer, Joe Mennie

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Kenya mall attack: Interior Minister refuses to talk on prior warning of attack

Kenya mall attack: Interior Minister refuses to talk on prior warning of attack

Posted on 29 September 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : Interior Affairs cabinet secretary Joseph Lenku said that police had taken witnesses statements from 56 persons, while it had identified one of the cars used by the terrorists.

He said the suspects are being held under counter-terrorism laws while indicating that their identities or nationalities will not be revealed.

“As soon as investigations are complete, we will update you with identities of suspects. It’s premature to releases details now as that might prejudice on-going investigations,” Lenku said.

Addressing journalists after a daylong meeting, the cabinet secretary said forensic experts have recovered crucial items, which include assortment of weapons used in the terror attack.

The country’s top security chiefs had held a long crisis meeting on the aftermath of the Westgate Shopping Mall terror attack amid blame game among them on how it was handled.

Those present in meeting at Harambee House included Raychelle Omamo (defence), military chief Gen Julius Karangi and police boss David Kimaiyo and his deputies, spy master Michael Gichangi, CID’s Francis Muhoro and interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo.

This came as the fate of 61 people reported as missing from the terror attack deepened even as government officials kept mum.

Officials at Kenya Red Cross said the government had taken over the list of the names of those missing and it is now in control even as government disputed this.

“We are not are of any missing person since no one has reported to police of a missing relative or friend. We are calling on those NGOs who may have information on missing persons to hand it over to police,” Lenku said.

On issuing of travel advisories for Kenya by US state department, the minister said the move is “counter-productive” in fight against global terrorism. He requested the US to lift the advisory as other European Union states have not issued.

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Boko Haram gunmen kill students as they sleep in Nigerian college

Boko Haram gunmen kill students as they sleep in Nigerian college

Posted on 29 September 2013 by GGS News

Kano,(GGS NEWS) 29 SEPT :  — Boko Haram gunmen on Sunday opened fire in a college dormitory in northeast Nigeria as the students slept, killing 40, in the latest massacre blamed on the Islamist insurgents.
All of the dead were students of the College of Agriculture in the town of Gujba in Yobe state, the area governor said in a statement.
The early morning attack was carried out by “Boko Haram terrorists who went into the school and opened fire on students” while they were sleeping, the military spokesman in Yobe, Lazarus Eli, told AFP.
The victims’ corpses were brought to a hospital in the state capital of Damaturu, some 30 kilometres (18 miles) away, where hundreds of relatives of those who attended the college had “thronged” to see whether their families members were among the dead, said a hospital official who requested anonymity.
The office of Yobe Governor Ibrahim Gaidam put the death toll at 40, with four others injured, confirming an earlier toll given to AFP by the Damaturu Specialist Hospital official.
The European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton called the slaughter “horrific.”
Yobe has seen a spate of attacks on schools and universities, all blamed on Boko Haram, an extremist group that has killed hundreds in its four-year insurgency.
The name Boko Haram, loosely translated, means “Western education is forbidden”, and the group has become notorious for slaughtering students of various ages in recent years.
In July in the town of Mamudo in Yobe, Islamists threw explosives and sprayed gunfire into dormitories in the middle of the night, killing 41 students.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen shot dead seven secondary school students and two teachers in Damaturu in June.
Military offensive criticised
The military has described the recent school attacks as a sign of desperation by the Islamists, claiming that they lack the capacity to strike anything but soft targets.
The defence ministry has said that an offensive launched against Boko Haram in mid-May has decimated the group and scattered their fighters across remote parts of the northeast, the insurgents’ traditional stronghold.
While many of the recent attacks have occurred in more remote areas, often targeting defenceless civilians, the unchecked killing has cast doubt on the success of the military’s campaign.
“Although there is increase in troop movement and… more military hardware in the northeast, people were yet to see the kind of action on the ground that effectively nips criminal and terrorist activities in the bud,” the Yobe governor’s statement said.
Scores have been killed this month, including in the northeastern town of Benisheik in Borno state, where at least 142 people were slaughtered by presumed Boko Haram fighters who came disguised as soldiers, set up checkpoints and fired on motorists and bystanders.
Some of the recent violence has targeted vigilante groups which have formed to help the military.
The northeast remains under a state of emergency imposed on May 14.
The phone network has been switched off in much of the northeast since the emergency measures were declared, a move the military said would help prevent the Islamists from coordinating attacks.
Some have suggested that the lack of phone service has prevented civilians from sounding the alarm during attacks.
Boko Haram has said it is fighting to create an Islamic state in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, but the group is believed to be made up of different factions with varying aims.
The group has attacked churches, mosques, newspaper offices, the security forces, politicians and a UN building, among other targets.
According to an estimate made earlier this year, the conflict has cost more than 3,600 lives, including killings by the security forces. The current figure is likely much higher.
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and top oil producer, roughly divided between the mainly Muslim north and a predominately Christian south.

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