Friday, February 22, 2013

#India vs Australia stats review: 1st Test match at Chennai, Day One#

By Press Trust of India
On February 22, 2013, 9:08 pm
Chennai: Feb 22, 2013

Statistical highlights on the first day of the opening cricket Test between India and Australia.

# Ravichandran Ashwin (6/88) has recorded his first-five wicket haul against Australia in Tests. Six wickets out of six were taken by him on the first day of a Test match for the first time.

# Ashwin has registered six five-wicket instances in Tests, all in India. His tally includes four instances of six wickets in an innings.

# Harbhajan Singh has become the 10th Indian player to have appeared in 100 Tests. Sachin Tendulkar, with 195 Tests, heads the table, followed by Rahul Dravid (164), VVS Laxman (134), Anil Kumble (132), Kapil Dev (131), Sunil Gavaskar (125), Dilip Vengsarkar (116), Sourav Ganguly (113) and Virender Sehwag (103).

# Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the first wicketkeeper to effect 20 stumpings in Tests in India. He took his dismissals' tally to 109 in 37 Tests in India, bettering Syed Kirmani's tally of 108 (89 catches + 19 stumpings) in 48 Tests.

# Michael Clarke is the 10th Australian player to complete 7,000 runs or more in Tests, totalling 7092 at an average of 53.32 in 90 Tests. His achievement of reaching 7000 runs in 149 innings is the third quickest by an Australian batsman in Tests - the quickest being 142 by Matthew Hayden and 145 by Ricky Ponting.

# Clarke enjoys a marvellous record as captain, averaging 72.57. He has managed 2395 in 22 Tests, including nine hundreds. His overall tally of 23 centuries is exceeded only by Ricky Ponting (41), Steve Waugh (32), Matthew Hayden (30), Don Bradman (29), Allan Border (27) and Greg Chappell (24) for Australia in Tests.

# Clarke has registered three centuries in his last four Tests against India - an unbeaten 329 at Sydney; 18 at Perth, 210 & 37 at Adelaide and an unbeaten 103 at Chennai - his tally being 697 in five innings at an average of 232.33.

Thanks to his outstanding sequence, he is averaging 53.32 -- his highest average since December 2004.

# Clarke has recorded six hundreds against India - a tally bettered only by Ricky Ponting (8) for Australia.

# Moises Henriques' splendid 68 off 132 balls is the joint fifth highest by an Australian player against India on debut in Tests.

# Henriques' aforesaid innings is the sixth highest by number seven batsman for Australia on debut in Tests.
  # David Warner's first fifty (59 off 93 balls )against India is his sixth in Tests.

# Michael Clarke and Moises Henriques were involved in a stand of 151 - Australia's highest sixth-wicket partnership at Chepauk.

# The said stand is the highest against India for the sixth wicket at Chennai, eclipsing the 99 between Hashim Amla and Mark Boucher for South Africa in March 2008.

# The 151-run stand is Australia's joint third highest sixth-wicket partnership for Australia against India.

On the Karnataka Police’s charges against KK Shahina:# IFJ

January 19, 2013
This release was put out by the INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS on 15 January 2012

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is extremely concerned to learn of the criminal charges filed against investigative reporter K.K. Shahina by police in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.
Shahina, who currently works with the weekly magazine Open, faces charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including criminal conspiracy and intimidation of witnesses with intent to commit a crime. The chargesheet filed in the sessions court in the district of Kodagu in Karnataka state, also indicts her under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, which is most commonly invoked to deal with terrorist offences.

These charges stem from a story published under Shahina’s byline in the weekly magazine Tehelka in December 2010, which appeared to cast doubt on the prosecution of a prominent Islamic cleric and political figure on terrorism charges.

Shahina, who then worked as correspondent for Tehelka in the state of Kerala, based her story on interviews with key witnesses in the case against Abdul Nasar Mahdani, an Islamic cleric who heads the Peoples’ Democratic Party, active mainly in the state of Kerala. Mahdani has since been arrested and charged by Karnataka police for conspiracy to detonate a series of low-intensity bomb blasts in the state capital city of Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) in July 2008.

Shahina’s story cited several of the witnesses named by the Karnataka police as saying that their testimony has been misinterpreted or distorted in making out the charges against Mahdani.
In March 2011, Shahina was honoured with the Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding woman media person. The awards citation mentioned her investigative work in defence of civil liberties, among other contributions.

Facing the possibility of arrest since January 2011, Shahina approached the district court in Kodagu for anticipatory bail, but was turned down. It was only in July 2011 that the Karnataka High Court granted her provisional immunity from arrest. With charges now formally registered in the sessions court, she will be required to appeal for renewal of her bail and also travel from her base of Kochi city in Kerala, to Madikeri in Kodagu district for every hearing.

The IFJ calls on the authorities in Karnataka state to reconsider their intent to prosecute Shahina, whose work has been an example of investigative journalism in the cause of civil liberties.
“We see this prosecution as an instance of seeking to silence fair and independent reporting through legal injunction. We fear that the process of the law, with the demands it makes on the time and energy of the defendant, is often punishment in itself and will severely impair this journalist’s professional effectiveness.”


#Hyderabad blasts: Five young students among dead#

Last Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013, 11:41

Hyderabad: A trip to purchase books for the exam of sub-inspector in Excise department proved to be the last outing of Vijay Kumar, who was among the five students killed in the twin blasts in the city.

Among the other students killed was Rajasekhar, who was pursuing MBA, Harish, an engineering student from Kottapet locality in the city, and Swapna, another MBA student.

Vijay Kumar had come to the site to purchase some books as he was preparing to take the examination for the post of sub-inspector in Prohibition and Excise department when the blast took place.

Another deceased student - Azaz Ahmed - of Kottagudem in Khammam too had came to purchase books.

Bodies of 13 out of the 14 killed in the blast have been identified.

Of the 119 injured, most of them are in the age group of 19 to 22 years, police said.

Two powerful near simultaneous blasts had ripped through a crowded area close to a cluster of bus stands in Dilsukhnagar area yesterday.

The blasts, triggered by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) tied to two bicycles, took place at two sites 100 metres apart outside a roadside eatery near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in the area, located on the Hyderabad-Vijaywada national highway in Cyberabad police limits.

Dilsukhnagar is one of the densely populated and busy corridors of the city as bus stop here connects to almost all the parts of Hyderabad. A large fleet of buses make a halt here to pickup and drop commuters.

The area also has a number of educational institutions and one of the business markets in the city.

Suspected terrorists targeted the area for the second time in ten years.

Earlier, the area had witnessed an explosion in 2002 near Saibaba temple in which two persons were killed.

Meanwhile, the state BJP unit has called for a statewide bandh today to protest the twin blasts, party president G Kishen Reddy said.


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First Published: Friday, February 22, 2013, 11:41

#Hyderabad blasts live:# IEDs used, CCTV camera found sabotaged#

Last Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013, 14:14

Zeenews Bureau

Hyderabad/New Delhi: Twin bomb blasts rocked Hyderabad on Thursday evening, killing at least 16 people and injuring over 100 others.

In the first terror strike in the city since 2007, the blasts triggered by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) tied to two bicycles took place in Dilsukhnagar area, south of Musi River in the southern part of the Andhra Pradesh capital and about 15 km from the heart of the city, when the busy commercial area was crowded with people returning home.

The first blast took place around 7 pm near a tiffin centre opposite Venkatadri theatre and the second near Konark theatre.

Latest developments:
  The teams of NIA and other investigative agencies have finished collecting forensic evidence from the Hyderabad blast sites.
  BJP president Rajnath Singh and party spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain visit the site of Hyderabad blasts.
  National Investigation Agency director general SC Sinha met Andhra Pradesh DGP V Dinesh Reddy over Hyderabad blasts.
  Pakistan condemns Hyderabad blasts.
  Senior Congress leader and Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will be visiting Hyderabad today.
  Preliminary investigation into the twin blasts in Hyderabad has suggested that Improvised Explosive Device (IED) were used to carry out the explosions and the modus operandi was similar to blasts triggered by the banned militant outfit Indian Mujahideen.
  Forensic experts of NSG and NIA and state police are examining all materials found from the blast sites and a final report was awaited.
  The Delhi Police, along with Hyderabad Police, are expected to interrogate an alleged Indian Mujahideen terrorist, arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police from a place in Hyderabad last October. Maqbool, who is currently in Tihar jail, had said the outfit was planning terror strikes in some places in Hyderabad for which recce had been carried out.
  Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2:30 pm amid uproar over Hyderabad blasts.
  Death toll in Hyderabad blasts rises to 16.
  Parliament resumes; Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj asked, “If there was information, why was nothing done to prevent such an incident?”
  Reports say that the wires of the CCTV camera installed near the blast site had been cut at least four days before the incident.
  Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh announced that Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will make a detailed statement in Parliament at 2.30 pm.
  Blasts issue resound in Parliament, adjourned.
  Cyberabad police file first FIR in Hyderabad blast case.
  Sources claim that Indian Mujahideen founder Riyaz Bhatkal, who is holed up in Pakistan, masterminded the Hyderabad twin blasts and carried it out with the help of IM operative Yasin Bhatkal.
  Sai Baba temple in Hyderabad was the original target of bombers, say reports.
  Death toll in Hyderabad twin blasts reaches 15.
  BJP gives notice in Rajya Sabha, wants suspension of question hour to discuss Hyderabad blasts.
  Nagasayi, the senior inspector, told reporters that iron nails were found at both the sites, but not in much quantity. He also said that there were chances that Ammonium Nitrate was mixed with other explosives.
  US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday made his maiden tweet to express sympathies with the people of Hyderabad.
  Shinde also promised not to leave any stone unturned in investigation, adding specific intelligence was not given about a particular area. "There was no specific information that it (blasts) will happen in a particular area. A general alert has been sounded for the last two-three days and we have issued this alert to whole of the country," he said, when asked about his earlier statement that the central government had issued an alert.
  Talking to reporters after visiting the scene of the blasts and calling on the injured at one of the hospitals, Home Minister Shinde put the death toll at 14, adding 119 persons are injured. Six injured people are critical at the moment, said Shinde.
  BJP president Rajnath Singh will leave for Hyderabad at 2 pm.
  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has joined the international community in condemning the terrorist attack in Hyderabad.
  The probe into the twin explosions has been taken over by the National Investigation Agency.
  Shinde will reportedly give statement in both Houses of Parliament on Hyderabad twin blasts.
  Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde this morning visited the blasts site, a day after admitting the government had received intelligence warning of explosions taking place in the country but no specific target was mentioned.

Shinde drove to Dilsukhnagar and inspected the blasts scene along with Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, state Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy and other officials. Director General of Police Dinesh Reddy briefed Shinde about the two near-simultaneous blasts in the crowded area.
  Death toll reaches 13 in Hyderabad twin blasts.
  The deadly twin blasts that rocked Hyderabad on Thursday was planned and executed to take revenge for the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, sources told Zee News on Friday.
  Eight of the 12 people killed in the twin bomb blasts in Hyderabad have been identified.
  The United States strongly condemned the terrorist bombings in Hyderabad and offered assistance in investigation if requested by the Indian government.
  NIA and the National Security Guards (NSG) teams are in Hyderabad to probe the explosions.
  Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu has cancelled his padyatra in the wake of the twin blasts.
  After condemning the “barbaric act”, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy convened a law and order meet at 12:30 am.
  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described the twin blasts as a "dastardly attack" and said the guilty should not "go unpunished".