UK: Indian academics in demand, cross 5,000 mark

first_imgThe number of Indian students coming to British higher education institutions has dwindled since 2010, but the number of academics categorised as “British Indian” has crossed the 5,000 mark for the first time, reflecting their expertise across disciplines.The category includes Indian citizens and British citizens of Indian-origin. During 2016-17, the 5,245 academics in this group included 2,185 Indian citizens, according to new figures provided by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).Indians have long taught various subjects in British universities, including economist Amartya Sen, educationist Sugata Mitra and engineer Kumar Bhattacharyya, but this is the first time their figure has crossed 5,000 across the United Kingdom.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img read more

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Indian-Origin Woman Accused Of Child Murder Faces Extradition To India

first_imgA London-based Indian-origin woman faces extradition to India for her involvement in the murder of a 12-year-old orphan from Gujarat.Arti Dhir had been arrested last year after an Interpol alert over the murder of the 12-year-old boy in February 2017.The 52-year-old appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London today for a hearing on her bail application, which remains pending as her family members put together nearly 50,000 pounds as security.“This should be sorted out in a week,” Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot told Dhir, who remains in custody until the security is deposited with the court.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

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BPO goes to Hollywood

first_imgHollywood film stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been shooting in the western India city of Pune for A Mighty Heart, the story of the Al Qaeda kidnapping of Wall Street Journal journalist Danny Pearl. A flotilla of Indian service providers, from film technicians to security guards, has been supporting them.Jolie and Pitt represent just the visible tip of the iceberg. As Hollywood increasingly turns to India to provide some of its needs, business process outsourcing (BPO) is making its way to the top of the credit lines. “The scope is enormous in virtually every area,” according to Pritish Nandy, founder-chairman of Pritish Nandy Communications, a content company in the news and entertainment business. “Currently, Hollywood appears to be looking at three areas: post production, animation and local production support. But these are nothing compared to the real opportunity areas.” Hollywood actor Will Smith talks on the sets of television show “Indian Idol” in Bombay. Smith is in India aiming to build a partnership with filmmakers in the world’s most prolific movie industry. (AP Photo/Rajesh Nirgude)Before getting into how BPO is transforming animation, consider the other two areas of activity: local production support and post production. The first lies in the gamut of “red carpet” services being rolled out for Jolie and Pitt. Even as the duo was keeping Pune on its toes – everyone wanted to see the action, and the international paparazzi had descended in full force – neighboring Mumbai was hosting an International Fair on Film Locales (IFFL). The fair saw other countries showcasing their attractions as locales for shooting films, but most of the participants were from India – state tourism boards, facility providers, film councils and other affiliated service providers.Land of the GodsTouting their scenic charms and rustic settings, some locations have begun tapping this opportunity in an organized fashion. “God’s Own Country,” the banner under which southern state of Kerala is marketed to tourists, is being sold to film producers as a place that delivers “more beauty per frame, more art per shot, more plots per story, more images per set, and more locales per schedule.” The neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh has gone even further. Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad has been involved in several Hollywood productions and offers a whole range of facilities. “It is one of the largest, most comprehensive and advanced film production facilities in the world,” says a spokesperson. Shooting is currently going on for one film (the company says it can’t talk about it) and more than half-a-dozen have been completed.Ramoji Film City offers all sorts of elaborate sets. If a director wants an airport or a medieval castle, she can have it. Also on tap are production crews, grid equipment, cameras and anything else a filmmaker might require. Post-production facilities include processing, printing, and digital and audio editing. “In terms of live-action feature film production, India is on its way to becoming a serious player in the economic ‘runaway production’ phenomenon,” says Dileep Singh Rathore, producer and founder of the Mumbai-based On The Road Productions and the Los Angeles-based Kundalini Pictures. (“Runaway productions,” as defined by the US Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild of America, “are developed and are intended for initial release/exhibition or television broadcast in the U.S. but are actually filmed in another country.”) OctopussyRathore, whose company handles the physical production and acts as co-producer for international projects shooting in South Asia, says the Indian film business has come a long way since gaining industry status in August 2000. “Many countries are competing to attract runaway productions,” he says. “But India provides up to 60% cost savings on below-the-line expenses such as crew, materials and logistics. In addition, due to its robust domestic film industry – producing more than 1,000 films each year – the availability of highly skilled technicians, equipment and facilities has put India in an advantageous position.”Chaitanya Chinchlikar, marketing manager at Whistling Woods International, a new institute for film, television, animation and media arts that set up in Mumbai barely a year ago, echoes the same line. “Hollywood has long chased low-cost ways to produce content,” he says. India will gain “in the coming years, as the economy becomes more and more global and competition forces media content producers to get even more aggressive in conserving costs.” But, he adds a caveat: “The market for BPO services from Bollywood to Hollywood is relatively small at the moment.”Whistling Woods hopes to bring professionalism to the Indian film industry. “The institute will be a catalyst in bringing people to India as it offers an opportunity to interact and educate, which many Hollywood professionals are interested in,” says Chinchlikar. “Once they are here, they can see the possibilities for themselves.” Incidentally, the dean of Whistling Woods – Kurt Inderbitzin – is a filmmaker-producer and media business professional from Hollywood.Among films wholly or partially shot in India are The Bourne Supremacy (2004), In the Shadow of the Cobra (2004), Jungle Book(1994), City of Joy (1992), Octopussy (1983), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Tarzan Goes to India (1962) and The Drum (1938). Says Rathore: “Approximately 80 productions from Hollywood have shot in India since the 1940s. In the past five years since the industry hreforms, the number has grown exponentially. On an average, according to the union ministry of information and broadcasting, 15 feature productions are shot in India each year.”The Animation ArmyIndia is becoming more prominent on the Hollywood locale list. But much of the current action is in animation. “India, with its wide base and intellectual property in the field of animation, offers key advantages to the global animation market,” says a report produced by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. “With technical expertise, highly-skilled manpower and international collaborations, the industry is going from strength to strength….“Animation outsourcing is the primary work coming India’s way and this trend is expected to continue over the next five years. During this period, a large chunk of the work will be of this nature, even though the industry has begun to move towards the next level in the animation outsourcing business as certain co-production assignments have started coming to India.”Animation companies are sprouting up all over India. These include UTV Toons in Mumbai, Moving Picture Company in Noida (near Delhi), Pentamedia Graphics in Chennai, Jadoo Works in Bangalore, Color Chips India in Hyderabad, and Toonz Animation India in Trivandrum (in Kerala).The Mumbai-based Crest Animation Studios has several successes to its credit, though they are more in the TV arena. Its recent series Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks has received an Annie nomination for the best animation television production for children. Crest’s U.S. subsidiary – RichCrest Animation – has teamed up with independent producer and distributor Lions Gate to create three state-of-the-art animated feature films for Hollywood. This includes one based on William Steig’s classic children’s book, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.The Hyderabad-based DQ Entertainment bills itself as the largest animation outsourcing company. “We are now co-producing several TV series,” says a spokesperson. The Mumbai-based Maya Entertainment has also been doing award-winning work in animation and special effects. From Chennai, Pentamedia Graphics has so far released four full-length animated movies, including Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists and Alibaba.“Companies in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai have all been part of VFX (visual effects) and animation shots for major Hollywood productions like Spiderman 3, Cars, and Lord of the Rings,” says Chinchlikar. For example, the Bangalore (Karnataka)-based Paprikaas Animation Studios is working on 3D-animated TV series, game cinematics and broadcast commercials. “In the pipeline are direct-to-video and full-length feature films with Tier I studios in Hollywood,” says Paprikaas CEO Nandish Domlur. “Unfortunately, as these are unreleased titles, we are bound by non-disclosure agreements not to talk about them.”Toonz Animation is another rising star, with a client list that includes the biggest names in media and entertainment: Marvel, Hallmark, Paramount, Disney, and Cartoon Network. Animation Magazine has written up the company as one of the Top 10 multimedia studios in the world. Its pre-production services include script writing, storyboarding, character designing, color model creation, conceptual artwork, key layouts, key animation and key background. “We are working for television shows and direct-to-DVD feature films for Hollywood entertainment majors,” says CEO P. Jayakumar. “Around 500 people work at our studios, including top professionals from the US, the UK, Canada, the Philippines and India.”In Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), Color Chips, an animation studio and integrated design solutions company, “is doing a lot of co-productions with Hollywood studios in the animation space,” says chairman and managing director Sudhish S. Rambhotla. Incidentally, Color Chips also runs an animation training center. Some firms have chosen even narrower niches. The Prasad Group in Chennai is into VFX (visual effects) and Digital Film Restoration projects. “We have already completed a number of such projects,” says Mohan Krishnan, head of corporate communications. “We have a production-cum-sales facility in Hollywood and are discussing more projects with Hollywood studios and filmmakers.” The Indian VFX market is expected to go up to $95 million by 2009 from $15 million today.The large Indian IT firms also have a toe in this pond. Nipuna, the BPO subsidiary of Satyam Computers, has signed a deal with the German 4K Animation. The duo will work on animation projects for a Hollywood film – an international action, adventure and fantasy motion picture directed by Paul Nicholas. Infosys has partnered with Hollywood studios to develop customized content. TCS has set up a media and entertainment lab in Burbank, Calif.But these companies seem more interested in back-office work such as writing the software to restrict unauthorized online video and music downloads, and making DVDs piracy proof. They are applying their core competencies to a new vertical and waiting to see whether it is worth extending their skill sets. This is, after all, a very different business.The India Advantage“At present, animation is the biggest player when it comes to outsourcing Hollywood to India,” says Rathore. “India’s cutting-edge IT skills, the large pool of highly-educated English speakers and lower manpower costs are the main reasons for outsourcing. A typical half-hour 3D animation TV episode costs between $70,000 and $100,000 to produce in India, compared to $170,000 to $250,000 in America. U.S. animators can cost $125 an hour; in India, they cost $25 an hour. India offers animation at 25% to 40% lower rates than other Asian studios and much lower than those of American studios. The total cost of making a full-length animated film in the U.S. is estimated to be $100 million to $175 million. In India, it can be made for $15 million to $25 million.”The latest National Association of Software & Service Companies (NASSCOM) report on the animation industry in India estimates that from the developers’ perspective the global market will increase to $35 billion by 2009 from $25 billion in 2005. India’s share will be $950 million; in 2005 it was $285 million. “Apart from the obvious cost arbitrage, the other advantages are high quality work, ability to scale, robust IT infrastructure, which is key to computer graphics content production, a large English-speaking base relative to other countries, and the advantage of a 12-hour time difference which helps to keep work going 24/7,” says Domlur of Paprikaas. Jayakumar of Toonz notes, “Our familiarity with the Western style of storytelling is also a big advantage.”“It’s hard to find a logical competitor to India, because India has a unique combination of three characteristics,” says Chinchlikar of Whistling Woods. There is a huge English-speaking population, there is a vast labor market and the people are technologically up-to-date. “China fits the second and third points,” adds Chinchlikar. “But language is a major barrier. And virtually all other developing countries fall short in at least one of the above areas. So, India is going to be the place to be in.”Back to the Future“The potential for Indian companies is high, as the work outsourced is less than 1% as of today,” says Rambhotla of Color Chips. Nandy of Pritish Nandy Communications has a more holistic vision. There is so much India can do, he says. “Pre-production, for instance,” says Nandy. “Writing. We Indians write the English language far better and infinitely more creatively than most people in the world, including the English-speaking world. And the interesting thing is that our best filmmakers — from Satyajit Ray and Raj Kapoor to Shekhar Kapoor and Ram Gopal Varma — have always written their screenplays in English and then filled in the dialogue in the language they have used for the film. Hollywood and the English-speaking world are too arrogant to notice this talent. But the compulsions of cost and original treatment will drive them in this direction eventually.”Ravi Aron, a senior fellow at Wharton’s Mack Center for Technological Innovation, has a different view. “It is not the quality or creativity of Indian writing that is in doubt. It is the cultural context in which such writing is set,” he says. “Can Indian writers create characters and dialogue, and recreate the cultural experience of North America for American and European audiences? Writing is not a fungible skill that can be deployed independently of cultural context. Indian scriptwriters will not find it easy to write the script for a film set in New York about New Yorkers any more than Americans will find it easy to write about Mumbaikars (residents of Mumbai).”While Nandy claims that India will outstrip Hollywood’s theater revenues in six years, Aron says that’s wishful thinking. He puts the numbers in perspective. “In 2005, Hollywood grossed about $35 billion from 300 films,” he says. “The Indian film industry made about 1,000 films and grossed a little more than $1.5 billion. It is not the ticket revenues that count as much as the unit price of the ticket. Hollywood’s higher revenue is because it sells in the U.S., Canada, the E.U. and Japan. It dominates all the big film-consuming markets in the world except for India. In 2005, the average revenue of a Hollywood film was about 75 times that of an Indian film. For the Indian film industry to challenge Hollywood it will have to sell tickets in volumes in these countries. The odd Indian film does reasonably well in these market segments. But that is just that — the odd Indian film.”Understandably, it is not as though all the fruits of Hollywood are waiting to fall into India’s lap. Domlur of Paprikaas points to a major problem. “There is a dearth of trained and production-ready artists,” he says. “In-house training is mandatory for all production houses who hire students from mom-and-pop training shops.” But he adds that some good training institutes are coming up. Jayakumar of Toonz says that radically improving output quality and productivity will be a major challenge in the coming years.“We need to see further investment in facilities and equipment,” says Rathore. “If a studio is going to pump $50-100 million into a project in a country, then you to want to ensure that the government is cooperating and inviting them with open arms. Otherwise they’ll go elsewhere, where they are welcome.”The role of the government is a common grouse; everyone complains about lack of support. There are no tax breaks and incentives. In countries like South Korea, China, Canada and France, the industry has been fostered by the governments.Aron points to a much broader issue. The Indian film industry can’t be everything to everyone. “It is important to ask the question -what drives firms to offshore production centers?” says Aron. “Not just movie production houses but any business –why does a business start producing offshore?” He provides the answer: “In most industries – spanning heavy manufacturing through electronics, apparel and banking services – offshore production is rarely the first option. It is a firm’s response to one or both of the following factors:• Competition in its principal markets resulting in erosion of revenues;• Rapid changes in the industry: in production, distribution and pricing of production and services.“There is another reason why companies produce offshore. In fact, until the mid-1960s, this was the principal reason for U.S. multinationals to take this route. The corporation wants to extend its business imprint in a region. To do so, it locates some production in that region partly to produce content to local tastes and partly to anchor the corporation to its market. It can be seen that both sets of factors are operative in the case of the entertainment industry.“For the year 2005, the average cost of production and marketing of films in the U.S. was between $92 million and $97 million. This means many large movie studios had returns of no more than 8% at best, while some hitherto successful studios had returns of 5% or less. Sales of DVDs declined, further eroding revenues. Online distribution of movies — downloadable films — is a serious concern for all production companies. Not only is technology (online distribution) changing the nature of the competition, but new players and new forms of content are rapidly competing for the same viewership dollars. Finally, other computer-mediated content forms – online games, video games and independently-produced video content on sites such as YouTube – are competing with films for audiences. So, like many other industries, Hollywood faces the double whammy of high costs and revenue pressures. And, like other industries, it is looking at alternatives. For instance, Canada is the destination for several productions, and now New Zealand and Eastern Europe are beginning to attract attention.”Aron argues that India needs to expand its business imprint in media and entertainment. The country has one of the largest cinema-watching populations and, with the rapid growth in size as well as the buying of power of the middle class, the Indian movie-watching market has become even more attractive. An additional feature is that growth of broadband in India will not penetrate the rural retail market in the near future. Even where it is available, it is small enough to leave a robust theater-going population intact. This, too, makes India an attractive destination.All those who are scrambling to get onto the BPO bandwagon should realize the distinction between “Made in India” and “Made for India,” Aron says. “In the traditional sense of offshoring – that is, using Indian skilled (and non-skilled labor) for global audiences – we will witness the following phases of growth. Production can be divided into artistic production (the output of writers, actors, musicians, cinematographers, directors, etc.) and non-artistic production (the set of activities that go into bringing a production to distribution-ready status). The first to be tapped will be the latter set of activities: production support to pre-production and post-production finishing.“The artistic production activities will not easily migrate from the U.S. and other locations. There are various reasons for this. First, anything that needs to be shot on location will be shot at the intended location. Just because Kerala markets itself as ‘God’s Own Country,’ you cannot shoot a film such as You’ve Got Mail there. Second, even studio pieces will largely be filmed in the U.S. (or Europe).Recreating scenes from the U.S. in Indian studios is not easy. For one thing, technologically many of the studios in India are generations behind their western counterparts. And, for another, there is considerable artistic participation in studio production – set designers, costume designers, etc. So these, too, will not migrate in the near future in great volumes.“‘Made for India’ is a different story altogether. Hollywood studios and independent financiers are now working with Indian counterparts to make films in India for an Indian audience but with some global reach, too. As this trend accelerates, we will see more films made for India through collaboration. Sony Pictures, Paramount, Hyde Park Entertainment and Disney are some examples. This, in turn, will have a second-order impact. It will see the diffusion of technologies and production techniques in India and will further enable India to bid for more segments of the production activity. So ‘Made for India’ will over time feed into the ‘Made in India’ trend.“But this is not going to happen anytime soon. Recall that with IT and financial services, the presence of MNCs in India for more than a century created a robust Indian middle- and upper-middle-management layer that was fully acquainted with the West and was ready to offer services and production standards on par with the Western corporations. It will take some time for that to happen in India.“Then there is another trend to keep in mind: the corporatization of Hollywood. As large corporations acquire movie studios (GE’s acquisition of Universal is a case in point) and investment funds increase their funding of movies, there will be greater willingness to see it as ‘a business’ — that is, decouple those parts of production that can be done offshore from those that need to be done onshore.“Finally, don’t underestimate the power of organized big labor in Hollywood. The entertainment industry is the bastion of unionized labor. Many actors and artists will not cross the union picket lines out of ideological sympathy. In the short run, unions will erect stiff barriers to offshoring. But over a period of time, it may well become counterproductive. Union intransigence and labor inflexibility were among the reasons that U.S. firms moved manufacturing to China. Now European firms are beginning to move to Asia for that reason.“So, for some time, India will have to take a two-tack approach: welcome ‘Made in India’ projects and encourage Bollywood to collaborate with Hollywood in the ‘Made for India’ projects,” says Aron.For the optimists at home, it is only a question of whether it will happen tomorrow or the day after. Bringing India up to speed can be done. It will be done, says Nandy who is bursting with confidence. “We are good at virtually everything we do,” he says. And India costs much less. “We are also ready to learn,” he continues. “So anything that is BPO-ed out here will result in innovative options that could teach Hollywood a trick or two in terms of finding creative solutions to complex techie problems. That will be the ultimate benefit of offshoring in this space.”Back in Pune, Jolie and Pitt provoked a debate. Some residents argued that the movie should not have been allowed to disrupt life in the city, though the grumbling was directed less at the stars than at the army of foreign paparazzi surrounding them. At one point things got so tense that one of the guards — who belonged to an outsourced security firm — pulled out his gun to threaten a photographer. Though no bullets were fired, it was an apt metaphor: Whether it is a cameraman or a security guard, everybody in India wants to get in on the action.Reprinted from knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Mid-sized Firms Stick To The Middle

first_imgFor several years now, analysts have been predicting that the Indian information technology industry is set for a period of consolidation. It hasn’t happened yet. Four large companies  –  Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys, Wipro and Satyam  –  have established themselves at the top. At the other end of the spectrum are scores of “mom-and-pop shops” subsisting on cut-price offerings and established business relationships. They may survive, but industry analysts don’t see much of a future for them.According to a study by research firm IDC, while the market will continue to be dominated by large services firms that have the size and scale to deliver both raw infrastructure and business process expertise, smaller companies that build specific expertise in select vertical markets and even within specific business processes will also remain competitive.Apart from the CrowdThe textbook prescription for a market like the current one is an intense phase of mergers and acquisitions that would result in one or more majors emerging. “A lot of people are talking about consolidation in the industry, but I don’t see it happening in a big way,” says Infosys head of global branding, Aditya Nath Jha. It is entirely possible that global companies will acquire Indian companies to gain scale in India, he adds, “But there is a lot of headroom for growth. There is space for everyone.”That is “a dangerous view of the world” for Indian mid-tier IT companies, says Ravi Aron, senior fellow at Wharton’s Mack Center for Technological Innovation. “Yes, there is room to grow, but it is a great challenge to grow while preserving the revenue-per-employee metric”  –  or the money firms charge for man-hours spent on client projects.In the current environment, Aron says that mid-tier IT firms need to build a “strategic differentiation” platform to retain their competitive edge over rivals. “As the company expands, and if it lacks a well-defined basis for strategic differentiation, you will increasingly see that it is forced to deliver more  –  quality, features and client-specific calibrations of project delivery  –  for less. This is what the company ‘pays’ to win over a client. The revenue-per-employee metric will at best remain flat and will usually decline as the company begins to scale up.”It is dangerous for an IT company to let this metric slip, especially in an industry that is “expert labor intensive,” Aron notes. “In a downturn, or when faced with more competition as the IBMs and the Accentures scale up in India, companies will take severe hits to the bottom line. Mid-tier firms do not have the deep pockets of the big Indian IT majors to recalibrate and bounce back with new offerings. Room to grow exists for large companies like Wipro, Infosys and TCS, but that path requires very careful navigation for the middle tier.”Atul Nishar, chairman of Hexaware, a typical mid-tier company which had revenues of $187 million in 2006, says that his company is working to create niche specialties for itself. “We have no ambition to be among the full-service big companies. We realize that the only way we can compete is by developing areas of excellence.” In the mid-1990s, IT firms focused on “body-shopping,” or placing their engineers at client sites, but Nishar says that is no longer a sustainable niche. He points out that despite a big rush for U.S. H1B visas, or work permits, the bigger demand these days is for “virtual software engineers” who can work for clients remotely from India.“IT companies must move with the times,” says Nishar, who was chairman of Nasscom (National Association of Software and Service Companies) in 2000. At Hexaware, he has worked to develop a sharp focus on delivering IT solutions for clients in the airline industry, human resources, health care and the so-called “BFSI” space  –  banking, financial services and insurance. Aron says Hexaware’s emphasis on its BFSI offerings may not be sufficient to differentiate it from others. “Wipro, Infosys and TCS all get significant revenues from BFSI,” he says. “For some of these companies, BFSI is the single largest industry segment.” An additional problem is that “banking” is too broadly defined. “It is important to define segments within banking, such as ‘testing of retail banking products’ or ‘business intelligence for high-volume retail transactions,’” Aron notes.Meanwhile, competition is intensifying for mid-tier firms in the BFSI space. TCS has set up a strategic business unit called TCS Financial Solutions, to pitch its suite of financial products. “BFSI is TCS’s largest vertical, contributing 42% of our revenues of $4.3 billion in 2006-07,” says N.G. Subramaniam, president of TCS Financial Solutions. He adds that business volume in this segment is growing at an accelerated pace  –  66% in the last fiscal year, compared with 50% in the prior year.But according to Jha of Infosys, mid-tier companies like Hexaware that build niche specialties “may have a better chance of winning business.” Aron points to i-flex Solutions as one example. “i-flex is able to sell not just its products but also a host of value-added services as a result of its standing in its business segments,” he says. “They are not forced to make costly concessions to win deals.”Hexaware’s plan  –  building niche excellence and specialization  –  “is the right way to go,” Aron says. “Access to larger deals characterized by greater complexity and risk  –  but also greater potential payoff for the software firm  –  is greatly diminished in the absence of strategic differentiation.”Hexaware has relevant experience in managing large IT applications and providing high-value services around packaged enterprise applications such as SAP and PeopleSoft, but growing that plate of offerings is not easy. “It is a Herculean task to add a service line,” says Nishar. “In many [large] companies the management may not even know that a service line has been added.”Aron agrees. “Sometimes, it is best not to add a service line. For some companies what may seem to be an inviting business target is actually a hidden opportunity cost.” A new service line that calls for senior management attention and marketing expenditure could distract the company from acquiring greater depth and excellence within an area, he says.Small’s VirtuesSome mid-tier companies attempt to play up the virtues of being small. P. K. Sridharan, executive director at Hexaware, likens his firm’s strategy to the “We try harder” approach of car rental company Avis, with its emphasis on personal attention. “Would you rather be a company’s third client or its three-hundredth?” he asks.Aron agrees that smaller firms could find a sweet spot for themselves with the Avis approach. “However, that test does not hold up quite so gracefully with larger deals,” he says. “In deals where the size exceeds $20 million or so, larger companies will be reluctant to go with a middle-tier firm over the short run,” because the smaller size of the firm will act as a “risk amplifier.” To bridge that gap, mid-tier companies should focus on gaining access to the CXO suites at prospective client companies, according to Aron. The big deals are not negotiated by those reporting to chief technology officers or chief information officers at prospective client companies, but CXO-level officers, or heads of strategic business, he says. “Without such access, it is difficult to get in as a principal on big deals. The middle-tier firm might well be in on a deal, but somebody else  –  a large IT player or consulting firm  –  would end up being the mid-wife, thus forcing the middle-tier firm toward the less revenue-laden projects within the deal.” Visibility is not the only key with senior executives, he adds: Mid-tier firms must also be able to stake out a strength that is of business relevance.Some mid-tier companies have adopted partnering as a strategic route to enhance their credibility and bring in more business. Ashank Desai, chairman and co-founder of Mastek, says his firm markets itself through alliances. “Partnerships are key to our approach,” he says. The company has alliances with Capita (the largest BPO in the U.K.), British Telecom and French energy major Areva, among others. More than half of the company’s business comes from partnership-driven projects.Other mid-tier companies have extended their global network by setting up overseas offices, especially in locations where they have clients. “The key is to have global reach,” says Chennai-based Chandra Sekaran, managing director and executive vice president of Cognizant. Expanding the company’s “footprint in other areas makes good business sense.”Smaller firms have also taken a cue from their larger counterparts and are increasing their global reach through acquisitions. For instance, i-flex has taken over Mantas, a software company based in Herndon, Va., and BPO firm Equinox of Irvine, Calif., among others. Last November, Hexaware acquired FocusFrame, a Mountain View, Calif.-based firm that specializes in automated testing of ERP (enterprise resource planning) and custom applications. The firm’s Mexico center is being developed as Hexaware’s sixth global delivery center.Aron has studied i-flex’s Equinox acquisition in detail. “That takeover is an example of a very savvy triple-play,” he says. “One, Equinox offers a natural extension to i-flex competencies; two, Equinox has well-defined competencies in combining technology and expert human intervention in ‘predictive analytics’; and three, the combined service solves several closely related business needs for clients, especially in retail financial services.”Targeting ClientsUnlike IBM or Microsoft, India’s big IT companies maintain fairly low profiles when it comes to mass media or even niche market advertising. For Jessie Paul, chief marketing officer at Wipro, that makes perfect sense. “At Wipro, our marketing would best be described as lean and zero-waste. It is important to target your clients, so we put our efforts into identifying the decision-makers and influencers in our eco-system. If we broadly define Fortune 1000 companies as our audience and assume that we need to reach 5-10 people per company, it narrows down our target audience to 10,000.”Srikant Sastri, managing director of Solutions, a marketing services firm that helps technology companies enter South Asian markets, says it is “a level playing field” where “even the bigger IT firms are weak on marketing.” He says that larger firms might do “one big marketing initiative  –  such as a sponsorship  –  and some customer seminars, but very little genuine mainline marketing” compared to U.S. firms like Accenture. “The big firms are still riding the India wave, and are backing it with strong sales efforts,” he says. “So, for a smaller firm like Hexaware, some smart marketing can actually provide a cutting edge and brand equity.”Jha points to another reason for the industry’s preference for narrowly focused marketing: “For Indian IT companies, 90% of revenues come from existing clients,” he says. “So, our principal task is to market into and mine existing clients.”Media stories on Indian IT companies also help, says Jha. “For every cover story in BusinessWeek or Fortune, there will be a CEO asking: ‘Where is our India strategy?’” The major IT firms also nurture relationships with analysts at research firms like Gartner or IDC. Jha adds that Infosys also participates in major business events including the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, the Microsoft CEO summit and the Fortune CEO Strategy Summit.Aron sees all those marketing strategies as critical for targeting the CXO suite in client companies. “This is what the management consulting firms  –  McKinsey, Bain and BCG  –  excel at,” he says. “Participating in forums like the WEF is a powerful way of reaching the C-suite decision makers. The attention and credibility that participating in these forums brings is priceless.”To enhance their client networks, both large and middle-tier firms have begun sponsoring events that combine work with pleasure. Hexaware, for instance, throws a three-day, all-expenses-paid party in the U.S., inviting its customers from all over the world. “We bring our clients together so that they can share notes,” says Nishar. “If we have goofed in one case, everybody will come to know of it. If we have done well, they will know that too.” Besides golf and other activities, Hexaware’s events also feature speakers such as management pundit Tom Peters and technology thought leader Nicholas Negroponte.The format varies by company: Jha notes that Infosys stopped paying all client expenses for its annual event a couple of years ago. “The reason why we asked clients to pay is that it is a measure of their commitment,” he says. It had to change one other feature of the event, too  –  its name. Infosys used to call it “Milan,” which in Hindi means “getting together,” before it realized that people confused the name with the Italian city. It is now more appropriately called “Confluence.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Taxi Driver Deported from Australia After Serving Jail Sentence for Sexual Assault

first_imgAn Indian taxi driver, who was jailed for sexual assault of two female passengers in Perth, has been deported from Australia.Both the incidents happened on Jan. 8, 2011. Simardeep Singh sexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman passenger after telling her that “they could come to an arrangement” over the cab fare. He later raped an 18-year-old female passenger on a park bench in Daniella after he told her that he had to stop the car to check it, the West Australian newspaper reported.Singh fled to India after he was questioned over the sexual assault charges, where he was arrested in 2015. When he was presented in front of the West Australian District Court in 2016, Singh’s lawyer told the court that he experienced a cultural difference when he moved to Australia as in his community women dress more conservatively. The court also heard that Singh was exposed to drunk women and prostitutes and acted out of “misconception.”The court said that cultural difference cannot justify his violent behavior toward women.Singh, now 33, was sent to prison in 2016 and released earlier this month.He moved to Australia in 2008 with a work permit as a Swan Taxi driver while still completing his master’s in computer science.The news of his deportation was confirmed by an official from the Australian Border Force. “The Australian government takes its responsibility seriously to protect the community from the risk of harm arising from foreign nationals who choose to engage in criminal activity or other serious conduct of concern,” the publication quoted an official as saying.“Foreign nationals who do not hold a valid visa will be liable for removal from Australia, following the completion of any custodial sentence,” the official added.According to Migration Law 1958 under section 501, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has the power to refuse a person’s application for a visa, or cancel a person’s visa, if that person fails to satisfy the Minister that he or she passes the ‘character test’. Visa refusal or cancellation can have serious consequences for a person, including placement in immigration detention for lengthy periods of time, separation from family and friends, removal and effective exclusion from Australia. Related ItemsAustralialast_img read more

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Search on for 3 workers trapped in coal mine

first_imgSearch operations continued on Thursday at an opencast coal mine of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) in Odisha’s Talcher where three workers are feared trapped.A 30-member National Disaster Response Force team is trying to trace the workers under massive heaps of coal and debris. Rescue operations have been affected due to intermittent rain.Mound collapseThe accident had taken place around 11 p.m. on Tuesday when a portion of an earthen mound caved in and trapped several workers. While nine persons were rescued, one body was recovered. The public sector firm had said that labourers working on the night shift at Bharatpur opencast mine in Talcher Coalfields had come under a dump slide due to a strata failure. MCL (Technical/Operations) director O.P. Singh said sincere efforts were being made to trace the trapped workers.The incident was also raised in the State Assembly with Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra saying that the MCL authorities should be taken to task for their laxity, apart from giving adequate compensation to the kin of the victims.last_img read more

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No saffron, it’s a contest between CPM, NCP in Kalwan reserved seat

first_imgUnlike other parts of the State, the saffron colour is conspicuous by its absence in Kalwan with flags and posters of only two political parties visible. The contest in Kalwan in Nashik district is not between Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena combines. Instead, it is a fight between the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPM) and the NCP.In 2014, J.P. Gavit of the CPM won the Assembly elections beating a senior leader Arjun Pawar of the NCP by a slender margin of 4,700 votes. “The real fight here is between the CPM and the NCP. The Shiv Sena candidate is practically on the side of the NCP candidate,” Mr. Gavit said. After the demise of Arjun Pawar two years ago, the NCP has fielded his son Rohit for the upcoming elections. “In the last five years Mr. Gavit has been unable to address the issues of the region,” Rohit Pawar said. Mr. Gavit however has criticised the NCP for putting up a candidate against him despite an alliance with it in the State. “NCP as a party has been very devious. First they announce the alliance and then they field a candidate against me, a sitting MLA,” he said.On the ground, people feel that the election would be a close contest. “Each has their sphere of influence, while Mr. Pawar has a hold on Kalwan, Mr. Gavit has his base in Surgana. Mr. Pawar’s father’s goodwill will help him as well. But the margins will be very narrow,” said Devanang Chavan, who teaches in a college in Kalwan. Anil Gangurde, a daily wage farm labourer, said among the key issues is the daily wage rate which has dropped in recent months. “Earlier I used to get around ₹400 per day, now it is around ₹300,” he said.Mr. Chavan said that connectivity and roads were also major issues in the region as both Kalwan and Surgana talukas grapple with a lack of transport options. The constituency, with around 2.41 lakh votes, is reserved for scheduled tribes (ST) as the majority population living in both talukas belong to tribal communities. Mr. Gavit said a big fear among the residents was the State government’s plan to divert water from west flowing rivers to areas in the east like Marathwada. “If any Adivasi is affected due to this project, it will never see the light of day,” he said.last_img read more

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LOOK: Estranged ex-Celtics teammates Pierce, Allen ‘bury the hatchet’

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES WATCH: ’08 Celtics squad bares dispute with Ray Allen WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Allen, on the other hand, went on to capture another NBA title in South Beach before calling it quits.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The estranged former comrades posed for a photo together, while appearing at the Super Penguin Basketball Celebrity Game at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China over the weekend.“Time to get the band back together,” “The Truth” wrote on Instagram, tagging the rest of the “Big 4” members, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.“No matter what happen we all formed a special bond that can never b broken,” he added, using the hashtags #burythehatchet and #onceacelticalwaysaceltic.Meanwhile, the pair have both walked away  from the NBA, with Pierce recently signing a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Celtics.NBA: Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s jersey next seasonADVERTISEMENT After winning an NBA Championship together in 2008, former Boston Celtics teammates Paul Pierce and Ray Allen did not have an amicable parting of ways, as the latter left for the Miami Heat in 2012.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut after admitting “being hurt” by the sharpshooter’s decision to jump ship during an appearance on  TNT’s “Area 21” back in May, it seems that Pierce has let bygones be bygones and reunited with Allen.ADVERTISEMENT NU rolls to 2nd win Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  ‘Twist of fate:’ Senate probe into GCTA a reunion for Gordon, Faeldon PLAY LIST 02:23‘Twist of fate:’ Senate probe into GCTA a reunion for Gordon, Faeldon01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Graduating Alejandro laments not playing more years under NU coach Jarin

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Alejandro’s affection for Jarin, though, doesn’t go unnoticed as Jarin plans to make their final games of the season special for his outgoing player.NU is currently in sixth place with a 4-8 record and is in danger of falling off the race to the semifinals.“We will dedicate these games to our senior captains J-Jay and Matt Salem,” said Jarin. “Of course, we are still going for the win but I’m disappointed with what is happening. We’re still positive that we can still pull out these last two games.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro has undoubtedly become National University’s heart and soul, and with his final season nearing its potential end, the senior regrets that he only played for one year under head coach Jamike Jarin.“When coach Jamike arrived at NU, it sunk in that I knew that this will be my last year,” said Alejandro in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “It’s just unfortunate that we were only together for one year.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA And Alejandro’s time under Jarin could last for just two more games after NU lost its eighth game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament following a 101-76 defeat to defending champion De La Salle.READ: Green Archers lock up top two, blow out BulldogsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlejandro finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in a losing effort.“With coach Jamike it’s like a love-hate relationship, because even though he’s furious at you, you know that he loves you,” said Alejandro. “Even though he’s shouting at us, that’s just coach Jamike.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sablan downplays UST’s potential 0-14 campaign, says others had winless seasons before Read Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Antetokounmpo, Terry lead Bucks over Magic

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum View comments Thomas has solid debut but Lakers fall to Mavericks NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “This was a must-win for us. We were missing some guys and the bench had to come up big,” said Terry, who had only nine 3-pointers for the season before adding three Saturday night. “I can still come in and be a spark,” he said. “At this age you find ways to help your team if you’re on the court.”Milwaukee stayed ahead by hitting 13 of 20 shots in the fourth quarter, winning for the eighth time in 10 games.Mario Hezonja led Orlando with 23 points. Evan Fournier added 20, and Shelvin Mack had 19.Khris Middleton had 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee.The Bucks (31-24) won for the sixth straight time in the second game of a back-to-back.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next The Magic (18-37) missed 14 straight 3-point shots and saw their three-game winning streak broken.“We were right there the whole game,” said D.J. Augustin, who missed all four of his threes. “I felt like we could have pulled away at the end, but Jason Terry came in and hit some big shots, like he’s been doing his whole career.”Mack made all six of his shots in the first half in leading Orlando to a 54-50 halftime lead. But after Mack made a 3-pointer midway through the second quarter, Orlando missed 16 of its next 17.Hezonja scored nine of Orlando’s first 11 points, and a couple of free throws by Augustin with 3:31 left in the second quarter gave the Magic a nine-point lead, the biggest for either team until the Bucks matched it in the fourth quarter.VOGEL ENCOURAGEDThe Magic’s failure to win a fourth straight game for the first time since December of 2015 did not discourage coach Frank Vogel. “This is the standard of how we want to play. We want to build an extra-pass culture with a competitive spirit on the defensive end,” Vogel said. It takes time for this stuff to develop but it looks pretty good right now.”TIP-INSBucks: C John Henson did not play because of a sore right hamstring. … F Jabari Parker, who has played 71 minutes in four games since returning from a knee injury, was inactive for the second game of a back-to-back. … The Bucks are 9-3 in the second game of back-to-backs.Magic: Four days after scoring a career-high 34 points against Cleveland, F Jonathon Simmons had nine on 4-for-14 shooting. … F Aaron Gordon (seven games, strained left hip flexor) and C Nikola Vucevic (21 games, fractured left hand) are expected to return soon.UP NEXTBucks: Host Atlanta on Tuesday night.Magic: At Chicago on Monday night. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH A couple of 3-pointers by the 40-year-old Terry put the Bucks ahead to stay late in the third quarter, although the game stayed close until Antetokounmpo’s three-point play made it 107-100 with 45.7 seconds left.“I’m not sure a lot of teams have a guy like Giannis,” Milwaukee coach Joe Prunty said. “You can go up and down the stat sheet and you know it’s going to be filled.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 6-foot-11 forward had a modest game by his standards, compiling five rebounds, five assists and a couple of blocks.But the Bucks might not have won without the contribution of Terry, who put them ahead to stay with a couple of 3-pointers late in the third quarter. MOST READ Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks the ball in front of Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. — The Milwaukee Bucks got what they have come to expect from 23-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo and an unexpected boost from 40-year-old Jason TerryAntetokounmpo scored 32 points and Terry came off the bench to score 11 points in the second half in the Bucks’ 111-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: Adamson trumps UP for 2nd straight win

first_imgPhelps overjoyed to announce new baby John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “It feels good, because last year was really tough for us and only winning one game it was hard so getting our second win, we’ve already our record and it feels good,” said Padda. “It shows that there’s been growth in the program and our team is not a pushover from last year.”Although the Lady Maroons managed to go hit-for-hit with the Lady Falcons in the second and third sets, the same can’t be said for the opening set when Adamson looked flawless.Adamson tallied eight service aces in the first set alone, and that mark was two more than UP scored in spikes.“That first set really hurt UP and our passing was really good,” said Padda as her team finished with 17 aces. “I’m surprised we got 17 aces, our team’s growing. And if we had to define us, I won’t define us as a strong serving team, we’re a strong defensive team.”Adamson outgunned UP, 40-26, in terms of spikes and was ahead 53-39 in excellent digs.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Mylene Paat led Adamson with 15 points, eight coming off aces, while Galanza added 14.Mary Joy Dacoron and Chiara Permentilla also finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.Carlos led UP with 12 points while Isa Molde added seven. Adamson wasted no time and handed University of the Philippines its second straight loss, 25-9, 27-25, 25-20, victory in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Lady Falcons soared to their second straight win for a 2-1 card, already eclipsing their one-win total from Season 79, while the Lady Maroons slipped to their second straight loss and a 1-2 record.With the Lady Falcons leading two sets to none and 23-18 in the third, Diana Carlos managed to score two straight points to cut the margin to three, 23-20, and give UP a semblance of fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCarlos’ back-to-back hits prompted Adamson head coach Air Padda to call time, and Jema Galanza calmed her mentor down with a pinpoint kill that went through UP’s defense and put the Lady Falcons at the 24-20 match point.UP’s Marian Buitre then gave Adamson the win when she failed to get the ball over from her side of the floor. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Power wins wild IndyCar race at Texas under caution

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Dodgers honor their past at Old-Timers’ Game MOST READ The final caution came when Takuma Sato, driving the same car he won the Indianapolis 500 in two weeks ago and pushing for another, got his left side slightly into the grass on the front stretch, with five laps to go. That sent him spinning, and also took out Scott Dixon.It was the 31st career victory for Power, and his second this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSimon Pagenaud was third, ahead of defending race champion Graham Rahal. Gabby Chaves finished fifth and Marco Andretti in sixth was the only other driver to finish all 248 laps at the 1 1/2-mile track. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Will Power (12), of Australia, speeds out of his stall after a pit stop past Mikhail Aleshin (7), of Russia, during an IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway. APFORT WORTH, Texas — Will Power won a wild IndyCar race under caution at the repaved and reconfigured Texas track with only eight of the 22-car field actually crossing the finish line Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Power finished ahead of Tony Kanaan, who other drivers blamed for an earlier nine-car crash that led to a nearly 31-minute red flag.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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5 PH footballers begin camp, nurse dreams of trip to Munich

first_imgView comments The five were chosen after the National Youth Futsal Cup organized by Allianz PNB Life, PFF and Henry V. Moran Foundation last May.The four-day AJFC, now on its ninth edition but with the Philippines in the lineup just this year, is being held at Finns Recreation Club under the supervision of FC Bayern coaches led by Klaus Augenthaler and retired striker and AJFC ambassador Giovane Elber.“Have fun and enjoy,” Sollorin remembered the coaches telling them.Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Singapore also sent their players aged 14 to 16. The final cast will fly to Munich on Aug. 17 to 22 to meet the FC Bayern players, train under the coaches of the German club and watch the Bundesliga 2017-2018 opening match at Allianz Arena.One participant will also get the Good Sportsmanship award which is equivalent to a one-week scholarship later this year at Aspire Academy, an internationally-renowned sports institution in Doha, Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “They get shy around the other kids,” said Landagan. “At the same time, they’re still very playful.”“I told them to interact with the other kids and assert themselves on the field,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKonrad Keim Sollorin of Ateneo de Iloilo, Aeron Tenollar of Baguio City, JM Mitra of De La Salle Zobel and Gawad Kalinga Football Program’s Jasper Beruan and Jeofrey Fresado arrived here Monday and began camp the following day.They were accompanied by Allianz PNB Life brand director Rei Abrazaldo. Mitra’s parents and Sollorin’s father are also here. Former FC Bayern Munich striker Giovane Elber (fourth from left) joins PH’s Konrad Keim Sollorin, JM Mitra, Jasper Beruan. Aeron Tenollar and Jeofrey Fresado at theAllianz Junior Football Camp at Finns Recreation Club in Bali, Indonesia.BALI, INDONESIA—More than skills training and the much-coveted trip to the FC Bayern junior camp in Munich, Germany, camp directors want the 49 teenage players participating in a football clinic here to learn teamwork and improve on their character.Coach Jess Landagan of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) said the five Filipino players, all aged 14, at the ongoing Allianz Junior Football Camp (AJFC) have yet to overcome their timidness and develop concentration.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Battle on top: SMB, Star collidelast_img read more

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Gold medal or bust for Hidilyn Diaz in Turkmenistan tilt

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Diaz said she wouldn’t be pleased with herself if she can’t take the gold medal in the AIMAG in Turkmenistan, where other Filipino athletes are also competing, from September 17 to 27.Simply put, it’s championship or bust for the 26-year-old weightlifter.“I have to set my mind that the only acceptable thing for me to bring home is the gold medal,” said Diaz. “I must be determined because I can’t be contented with what I am right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaOlympian Hidilyn Diaz hasn’t competed in a major weightlifting tournament since her silver medal finish in the Rio Summer Games, and she heads to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games knowing the pressure has built up.Most of the pressure, though, is coming from within.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Lyceum routs St. Benilde to stretch unbeaten run to 11 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I’m not pressured by anyone except myself,” said Diaz in Filipino Thursday during a small luncheon with the media at College of St. Benilde, where she studies Business Management. “I always think to myself ‘do I still have it in me?’ because I was relaxed for four months.”Diaz became the poster girl of Philippine sports in 2016 when she ended the country’s 20-year medal drought winning the silver medal in the women’s -53 kilogram event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHer triumph in Rio was her moment in the sun but after reaching the peak doubts have started to creep in.“The comeback is the hardest part, after so many tears I don’t know if I can ever return to that form,” said Diaz who lifted a total of 200 kg. in Rio. “I think this is why other medalists or champions quit after winning because it’s hard to sustain the strength and the discipline after all the accolades.” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

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Today’s medal hunt: 141

first_imgARCHERYWomen’s: Recurve team. Men’s: Recurve teamATHLETICSMen’s: 110m hurdles; triple jump; hammer throw; decathlon 1500m. Women’s: 1500m; 400m; triple jump; 10,000mBADMINTONTeam eventSWIMMING/SYNCHRONISEDMen’s: 100m butterfly; 50m breaststroke; 100m backstroke; 200m individual medley.Women’s: 200m backstroke; 50m freestyle; 100m breaststroke; 400m freestyle; 50m backstroke; 4x100m freestyleSHOOTINGClay targetMen’s: Trap pairsWomen’s: Trap pairsPistol & small boreMen’s: 50m rifle 3 position pairs; 10m air pistol singles; 25m rapid fire pistol singlesTABLE TENNISWomen’s teamWEIGHTLIFTINGWomen’s 69kg. Men’s 85kgWRESTLINGWomen’s : Freestylelast_img

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All weather country

first_imgOptions in other seasons for these states.Arunachal PradeshArunachal Pradesh Tourism Centre, Arunachal Bhawan, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi; tel: (011) 2301 3915; Itanagar: (0360) 221 4745; www.arunachaltourism.inSpring at Bhalukpong: A scenic town on the way to Tawang, Bhalukpong is where you can tackle the mahseer at the Kameng river or trek in the glorious mountains that surround you. The orchidarium at Tipi, nearby, houses more than 7,500 varieties. Nearest big town is Tezpur in Assam, 60 km away.Summer at Tawang: Visit the world famous Tawang Monastery, the second largest in Asia and the biggest draw of the state. Explore the Tawang village and drive to nearby Shonga-tser and Panga-teng lakes. About 180 km from Bomdila.Winter at Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary: Rising in tiers to a height of 4,500m, Namdapha is the only sanctuary of its kind in India and offers a rare chance to spot the clouded leopard and the snow leopard. Fly to Dibrugarh and enter from Mia, 112 km away.DelhiDelhi Tourism Development Corporation, 18-A, D.D.A. SCO Complex, Defence Colony, New Delhi; tel: (011) 2464 7005, 2469 8431, 2461 8026; e-mail: tourism@delhitourism.gov.in; www.delhitourism.nic.in Spring in Old Delhi: Spring is the best time to dig into mouth-watering food at Old Delhi in Chandni Chowk. Take the Delhi Metro and make your way to Paranthewali Gali to dig into piping hot paranthas that are available in many delicious flavours. Also visit Karim at Jama Masjid for those succulent kebabs and mutton burrahs. Karim; tel: (011) 2326 4981 or visit www.karimhoteldelhi.com.Summer at nightclubs: While its burning in the day, step out in the evening when it is cooler to experience the city’s hip nightlife. You can head to Blue Bar at Taj Palace or Aqua at The Park for a quiet drink, but if you are looking for something hipper make your way to LAP. This is a VIP lounge and hip club rolled into one and is one of Delhi’s most happening places now. Blue Bar, tel: (011) 2611 0202; Aqua, tel: 2374 3000; LAP, tel: (011) 2410 3762.Monsoon for mall crawl: While it is pouring outside take refuge at Delhi’s malls and fill in your shopping bags. Select Citywalk in Saket is an upscale shopping destination housing over 150 brands and F&B outlets under one roof. But if it’s the international designers you are looking for head to DLF Emporio in Vasant Kunj which has brands like Armani, Gucci, Burberry, Fendi, Dior and more. Visit www.selectcitywalk.com and www.dlfemporio.com for more details.Winter for heritage walks: Re-live the history of Delhi through heritage walks which are organised at 10 locations including The Nizamuddin Shrine, Chandni Chowk and Hauz Khas village. Each tour will take walkers being guided by experienced individuals who have a passion for Delhi’s heritage. Visit www.delhiheritage walks.com for details.Jammu and KashmirJammu and Kashmir Tourism,  Tourist Reception Centre, Srinagar; tel: (0194) 245 2690-91; e-mail: dtk@jktourism.org; www.jktourism.orgSpring at the Tulip Festival: During the months of March and April, The Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar is a riot of colours with over 1.2 million tulips of 70 varieties in bloom. At this time, a Tulip Festival is held for 10 days. The location could not be better–at the foothills of Zabarwan range, overlooking the Dal Lake, this festival is the one of its kind in the country.Summer at Hemis National Park: Summer is the best season to go for a trek at the Hemis National Park, located in the moonscapes of the Eastern Ladakh region. Enthusiasts go here in search of the elusive snow leopard though all you may be able to spot is the kiang, ibex and Tibetan antelope. As many as 16 mammal and 73 bird species can be found here. Contact Deputy Conservator of Forests, Hemis National Park; tel: (01982) 225 0953Winter at Gulmarg Snow Festival: During the winter season, Gulmarg is covered with snow and the best way to experience this haven is by taking part in the Gulmarg Snow Festival organised by J&K Tourism. Held in December, this festival officially starts the winter sports of the season. The Gulmarg Snow Festival has a variety of sporting action like snow baseball, rugby, snow cycling, night skiing and ice skating. Gulmarg is two hours from Srinagar. Visit www.jktourism.org for more information.ManipurTourist Information Centre, Imphal; tel: (0385) 245 0038. In New Delhi: (011) 4575 0800Spring at Loktak Lake: The largest freshwater lake in the North-East, Loktak is famous for the floating islands called phumdi, and their wild inhabitants, the sangai or brow-antlered deer, only found here. About 50 km from Imphal. Winter for the city: Explore the city of Imphal when the winter sun is out, the perfect time to explore the ruins of Kangla Fort at its heart and to shop at Ima Keithal, the largest market in Asia run by women. MizoramGovernment of Mizoram, Aizawl; tel: (0389) 233 3475/ 4474; www.mizotourism.nic.inSpring for celebrating Chapchar Kut: Be anywhere in the first week of March in Mizoram and you will find celebrations of Chapchar Kut on in full swing… People turn up in traditional attire and you can witness the Cheraw, the local bamboo dance of Mizoram.Summer atop the Phawngpui Peak: Located within the Phawngpui National Park, this is the highest peak in the state. At 2,360m, trekking up to the summit is a challenging but rewarding experience as you witness the stunning Blue Mountains. Over 300 km from Aizawl and needs overnight stay.Winter at Dampa: Dampa Tiger Reserve is the biggest wildlife sanctuary in Mizoram and the rolling hills and rippling streams cut a pretty picture. You can spot the tiger, leopard, sloth bear and the Himalayan black bear and, of course, the hoolock gibbon. 127 km from Aizawl.TripuraTripura Tourism Development Corporation Limited, Swetmahal, Agartala; tel: (0381) 222 5930/ 3893; e-mail: tripuratourism09@rediffmail.com; http://tripuratourism.inSpring at Agartala: Enjoy the city when the sun is still mild, walking around the Kunjaban Palace gardens and the one kilometre-long Ujjayanta Palace, home of the erstwhile royalty.Winter for the Orange Festival: Witness the undulating hills of Jampui in the north district of the state come alive during the Orange Festival, usually held in November. Join the festivities or just marvel at nature’s colourful spread. 250 km from AgartalaWest BengalWest Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Ltd; Hemanta Bhawan, 4th Floor, 12 B.B.D.Bag (East), Kolkata; tel: (033) 4401 2086/2082; e-mail: wbtdc@vsnl.com; www.westbengaltourism.gov.in Spring for the melas: The Gangasagar Mela, a three-day fair that is the largest festival of the state, is held at Sagar Dwip during Makar Sankranti. At the same time, in Birbhum, is the Kenduli Mela, where a large number of baul singers fill the air with delightful music.Summer for Darjeeling: For the tea estates and for the hills, Darjeeling is the best summer getaway from West Bengal. Explore the town, ride the DHR or visit the monasteries. Fly to Bagdogra and drive the 100 km.Monsoon at Santiniketan: Santiniketan takes on an added poetic charm during the monsoon. Visit the laidback city, make a stop at Uttarayan, the complex where Tagore lived, and see the museum and art gallery. 212 km from Kolkata.Winter for the Kolkata Book Fair: Started in 1976, this is the largest book fair in Asia and a big draw to the city. Winter is also the best time to explore Kolkata’s many charms–while away hours on Park Street and New Market and enjoy the famous street food.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup semi-final against India was fixed, says former Pak cricketer Haider

first_imgAllegations of match fixing have once again clouded the Pakistani cricket team after former wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who had fled to London alleging he had been threatened by bookies, demanded a formal probe into the team’s defeat to India in the ICC World Cup semi-final.Saying he was not surprised by Pakistan’s poor performance and defeat in Mohali on Wednesday, Haider questioned poor performances by several players including wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. He alleged that fixing has been part of the Pakistani cricket culture.He accused the Akmal brothers of controlling the way the national team functions and alleged that they did not allow any player to settle down in the team.Speaking to Pakistani channel Dunya News from London, Haider said he had run away from the team hotel in Dubai after being harassed by Kamran’s younger brother Umar Akmal. Haider questioned why Kamran was still in the Pakistani team despite dropping a number of catches.Haider had fled from the hotel in Dubai, where the Pakistani team was staying, alleging threat from a fixer in November 2010.He alleged that some national selectors took money from players to select them. He urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), government and the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the assets of the selectors to get to the bottom of the truth.last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Trends and traits of auction

first_imgMoney flowed like the water of a flooded river in Bangalore on Saturday as top players in international cricket were bought by the 10 franchisees of the Indian Premier League. The amount splurged in the 2011 auction trumped the millions spent in the inaugural sale in 2008.If $1.55 million (Rs 7.13 crore) was the biggest amount spent till last season – on Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff – the fourth edition of the league kicked off with franchisees spending over $2 million (Rs 9.2 crore) on players like Gautam Gambhir ($2.4 mn; Rs11.04 cr), Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan ($2.1 mn; Rs 9.66 cr).A player like Andrew Symonds commanded $1.35 million earlier (Rs 6.21 crore at current rate), but the trend this time around is clear – if you have to splurge, splurge on the Indian players. What emerged from the auction on Saturday is that the team owners have become smarter. It’s not that they didn’t make sound business decisions earlier or that the deals struck for the new season were reasonable.But if one is allowed to spend up to $9 mn (Rs 41.4 crore), it makes sense to spend one’s millions on Indian stars than on international ones.There are a few reasons behind it. Firstly, the Indian team is one of the top sides in world cricket right now and most of the players are in red hot form. And more importantly, they will be available for the entire duration of the IPL, unlike players from England or the West Indies.The unavailability of foreign players in previous editions hurt the franchisees, who paid them huge sums but couldn’t play them for a large number of games. The team owners have become wiser and have taken the availability of foreign players into account while deciding on their buys.advertisementIt is for that reason that the top seven most expensive players are Indians and the highest amount commanded by a foreign players is $1.5 million (Rs6.9 cr) – for Mahela Jayawardene by Kochi. What the teams have learnt is that irrespective of the quality of the international players, it will be the Indian stars who will form the backbone of the sides. They are the ones who will attract most of the crowds and will be most sought after.Another trend that was visible is the loss in market value of the Australian players. With the aura surrounding the players from Down Under fast diminishing with a string of defeats over the past year, the Aussies are not so much in demand.However, the stock of the English players hasn’t risen correspondingly. It has, however, gotten more to do with the uncertainty over their availability. In the inaugural auction, a lot of money was spent on international players who did well in their domestic T20 tournaments. But this time, the moolah has been splurged only on proven international performers as the franchises would rather take chances with unknown local talent.But the fact remains that unheard of amounts have been spent on players for a one-anda- half month tournament. Even in this apparent madness, there is a method. And the method is to back the Indians.IPL 4 teams till now:KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS Previous squad Sourav Ganguly; Ajit Agarkar; Shane Bond; Ashok Dinda; Chris Gayle; Brad Hodge; Murali Kartik; Brendon McCullum; Angelo Mathews; Ajantha Mendis; Cheteshwar Pujara; Wriddhiman Saha; Owais Shah; Ishant SharmaCurrent squadGautam Gambhir (Rs 11.04 cr), Yusuf Pathan (Rs 9.66 cr), Jacques Kallis (Rs 5.06cr), Brad Haddin (Rs 1.49), Shakeeb Al Hasan (Rs 1.95cr); Brett Lee (Rs 1.84cr); Eoin Morgan (Rs 1.61 cr); Manoj Tiwary (Rs 2.18cr)ROYAL CHALLENGERs  BANGALOREPrevious squad Anil Kumble; Mark Boucher; Rahul Dravid; Dillon du Preez; Shreevats Goswami; Jacques Kallis; Virat Kohli; Praveen Kumar; Abhimanyu Mithun; Kevin PieteRs en; Steven Smith; Dale Steyn; Ross Taylor; RobinCurrent squad Tillakaratne Dilshan (Rs 2.99 cr), Zaheer Khan (Rs 4.14 cr), AB de VillieRs  (Rs 5.06 cr), Daniel Vettori (Rs 2.53 cr), Saurabh Tiwary (Rs 7.36 cr); Dirk Nannes (Rs 2.99 cr); Cheteshwar Pujara (Rs 3.22 cr); Virat Kohli (retained)RAJASTHAN ROYALSPrevious squad Shane Warne; Swapnil Asnodkar; Johan Botha; Abhishek Jhunjhunwala; Kamran Khan; Michael Lumb; Morne Morkel; Naman Ojha; Munaf Patel; Yusuf Pathan; Shaun Tait; Siddharth Trivedi; Adam Voges; Graeme Smith Uthappa; Cameron WhiteCurrent squad Ross Taylor (Rs 2.6 cr), Rahul Dravid (Rs 2.3 cr), Johan Botha (Rs 4.37 cr); Paul Collingwood (Rs 1.15 cr); Shane Warne (retained); Shane Watson (retained)MUMBAI INDIANSPrevious squad Sachin Tendulkar; Dwayne Bravo; Shikhar Dhawan; JP Duminy; Dilhara Fernando; Harbhajan Singh; Zaheer Khan; Dhawal Kulkarni; Lasith Malinga; Ali Murtaza; Abhishek Nayar; Kieron Pollard; Aditya Tare; Saurabh TiwaryCurrent squad Rohit Sharma (Rs 9.2 cr), Andrew Symonds (Rs 3.91 cr), David Jacobs (Rs 87 lakh), James Franklin (Rs 46 lakh); Sachin Tendulkar (retained); Harbhajan Singh (retained); Kieron Pollard (retained); Lasith Malinga (retained)advertisementDECCAN CHARGERSPrevious squad Adam Gilchrist; Anirudh Singh; Azhar Bilakhia; HeRs chelle Gibbs; Harmeet Singh; Ryan Harris; VVS Laxman; Mitchell MaRs h; Pragyan Ojha; Ravi Teja; Kemar Roach; Rohit Sharma; RP Singh; T Suman; Andrew SymondsCurrent squadKevin PieteRs en (Rs 2.99 cr), Cameron White (Rs 5.06 cr), Kumar Sangakkara (Rs 3.22 cr), JP Duminy (Rs 1.38 cr), Shikhar Dhawan (Rs 1.38 cr); Dale Steyn (Rs 5.52 cr); Amit Mishra (Rs 1.38 cr); Ishant Sharma (Rs 2.07 cr) Pragyan Ojha (Rs 2.3 cr)MUMBAI INDIANSPrevious squad Sachin Tendulkar; Dwayne Bravo; Shikhar Dhawan; JP Duminy; Dilhara Fernando; Harbhajan Singh; Zaheer Khan; Dhawal Kulkarni; Lasith Malinga; Ali Murtaza; Abhishek Nayar; Kieron Pollard; Aditya Tare; Saurabh TiwaryCurrent squad Rohit Sharma (Rs 9.2 cr), Andrew Symonds (Rs 3.91 cr), David Jacobs (Rs 87 lakh), James Franklin (Rs 46 lakh); Sachin Tendulkar (retained); Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

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IPL 2011: Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians- MI win by 8 wkts

first_imgMumbai’s Lasith Malinga claimed five as Mumbai beat Delhi by eight wickets in the Indian Premier League match at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday. Score | PhotosLike Delhi, Mumbai too lost their opener early in the second over with Davy Jacobs falling to Morne Morkel on 1. Mumbai were 1/1 at the stage. Post that Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu decided to forge a partnership. The two had put 30 runs for the second wicket when Rayudu (14) got run out on the first ball of the seventh over. Mumbai were 31/2 at the stage.Rayudu was the last wicket to fall for the visitors as Sachin Tendulkar (46 not out) and Rohit Sharma (27 not out) went on to score the home run for the team in the 17th over and Mumbai won the match by eight wickets.Delhi inningsMumbai’s Lasith Malinga claimed five as Delhi were all out for 95 in 17.4.Delhi captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and elected to bat in his home ground. But, it wasn’t the kind of start he would have liked as Delhi lost early wickets with Mumbai’s Sri Lankan import Lasith Malinga claiming two wickets in the space of one ball in the second over.First a fine yorker from Malinga saw David Warner walk back on 1 in the second over and then new man Unmukt Chand came and went with – bowled Malinga 0 written against his initials in the scoreboard.There was more to come as captain Virender Sehwag in a bid to hike the run rate after a maiden over got run out on 19 in the fifth over when Delhi were batting on 27.advertisementWith three wickets down, Mumbai went for the kill right away and the next man to fall was Australian Aaron Finch. The last ball of the seventh over had him top-edging a Harbhjan Singh ball to keeper Ambati Rayudu on 8.Post those early setbacks Naman Ojha and Venugopal Rao forged a 42-run partnership before Ojha fell to opposition spinner Ali Murtaza on 29 in the 15th over and Delhi lost their fifth wicket on 82/5. And a few minutes after Ojha had reached the dug out that new man Irfan Pathan too followed. He was short of his crease when keeper Rayudu removed his stumps and he was run out on a duck. Delhi were 82/6 at the stage.Then Malinga, who had done early damage, came around to do some more damage by claiming Venugopal Rao (26) in the 16th over. And Delhi were down to 88/7. But Malinga being Malinga, was hungry for more and after two ball he bowled Morne Morkel.Finally, he claimed Ashok Dinda to end Delhi’s innings on 95 in the 18th over. Surprisingly, of the five scalps he took on the day four were clean bowled.last_img read more

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