Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Chak de INDIA!!!

Amidst a sea of emotions, India clinched a humdinger by five runs to win the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Monday. Chasing India’s 157 for five, Pakistan was dismissed for 152 with three deliveries remaining.

Pakistan required 13 runs off the last over with one wicket left with Misbah-ul-Haq (43, 38b, 4x6) taking strike to paceman Joginder Sharma. The first delivery, a wide, was followed by a dot ball. Then, Misbah clouted Joginder down the ground for a six. Now, Pakistan required six from the last four.

Misbah, creating room, tried a sweep and was picked up by S. Sreesanth at short fine leg. After a few heart-stopping moments, with spectators on seat-edge, India had triumphed.

India had also achieved a rare title victory on the World limited overs stage. It was in the summer of 1983 at the Lord’s that Kapil Dev’s men stunned the West Indies to win the World Cup. In 1985, Sunil Gavaskar led India to victory in the World Cricket Championship in Australia, featuring all the major nations. In 2002, India and Sri Lanka were adjudged joint winners in the ICC Champions Trophy in Colombo after rain prevented a verdict. Now, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men have registered a sensational triumph in South Africa.

The in-form Misbah almost orchestrated a come-from-behind victory for Pakistan, striking off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for three sixes in the 17th over of the innings. Then Sohail Tanvir dumped Sreesanth twice over the ropes before the bowler breached the batsman’s defence. Left-arm pacemen Rudra Pratap Singh and Irfan Pathan picked up three wickets each for India, both bowling a fuller length and swinging the ball. Pathan was adjudged the Man of the Match for his impact in the middle of the innings.

Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi departed in one Irfan Pathan over, going for big hits. With Pakistan at 77 for six in the 12th over, the match had swung India’s way.

However, the brave Misbah kept Pakistan in the hunt, but in a match of many twists and turns it was the Indians who celebrated in the end.

R.P. Singh struck early for India in a zestful first spell, having Mohammed Hafeez snaffled up in the slips and cleaning up Kamran Akmal with one that straightened.

A belligerent Imran Nazir threatened to take the match away from India – he was particularly severe on Sreesanth – before being caught short at the striker’s end by a direct throw. This, perhaps, was the defining moment of the final.

There was some consolation for Pakistan when Shahid Afridi was adjudged the Player of the Series.

Earlier, opener Gautam Gambhir (75, 54b, 8x4, 2x6) showed flair and substance, utilising the pace of the ball well against the quicker bowlers and using his feet while striking the spinners. The left-hander also found the gaps.

Towards the end of the innings, the young Rohit Sharma blitzed a 16-ball unbeaten 30. However, for the most part, the Pakistani bowlers operated cleverly, mixing their length and pace.

They also achieved the crucial breakthroughs. Denied the width and the room, the in-form Yuvraj Singh (14 off 19 balls) miscued a pull off paceman Umar Gul. Held back for the second phase of the innings by Shoaib Malik, Gul impressed. His swing and length also signalled the end of the Indian skipper.

Dhoni had elected to bat under bright sunshine. Soon Yusuf Pathan, who replaced an injured Virender Sehwag, clouted Mohammad Asif for a six over the bowler’s head. His swift 15 provided the Indian innings early momentum.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Mukesh Ambanis SEZ in Mumbai

Mukesh Ambani's ambitious SEZ plans in Navi Mumbai are all set to take off with the government clearing three of his proposals in Navi Mumbai.

The Reliance Industries management says that the three IT SEZ's are at key strategic positions because a new international airport is coming up in the same area in Navi Mumbai.

"The idea they say is to build an IT hub in Navi Mumbai, because Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune are getting saturated," said G K Pillai, Commerce Secretary.

But four SEZ's which were approved by the Mayawati government after a gap of several months could not get the Centre's green signal because of land problems.

While Mukesh Ambani's SEZ dreams are ready to roll out because both his Maha Mumbai and Navi Mumbai SEZs have got the initial approvals younger brother Anil Ambani is lobbying with the Mayawati government to get his Noida SEZ on track.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

New airport terminal!

A new domestic terminal at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai promises to reduce the time spent getting out of the airport after landing by almost half.

The new Terminal 1B, inaugurated on Sunday, will have five baggage belts and dedicated baggage service facilities for every airline.

Air Deccan, Indigo, Jet Airways, Jet Lite and Spicejet will all be operating from the new terminal.

Go Air, which was operating from Terminal 1A, will shift to 1B from Tuesday.

Civil Aviation, said: "We have set the wheels in motion for upgrading airport infrastructure in India. The new Terminal 1B has resulted in an expansion capacity to meet growing domestic traffic. This would go a long way in benefiting both passengers and airlines and is a welcome improvement in Mumbai's infrastructure."

Apart from sporting a swanky refurbished look, the new terminal offers a fully renovated departures area with 80 check-in counters and expanded security areas for speedy security checks.

Sex workers saving.

A cooperative bank in Kamathipura of Mumbai has given sex workers a new lease of life by helping them learn how to save their earnings.

Mangala a sex worker shops at a supermarket, deposits her earnings regularly, and can even hope to own a flat of her own one-day.

This is all thanks to the Sangini Mahila Seva Cooperative Society, which has opened a banking and credit society at Kamathipura's 12th lane.

''This is very beneficial. We usually spend the money we earn. But this way, we don't even feel like we have saved it,'' said Mangala.

The credit society has deposited its corpus with a nationalised bank and plans to tie up with a financial agency for micro finance.