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Remember the Nokia 6208 Classic? The phone was first seen making an entry in to the Chinese markets a few months ago.

Back then though, it was hailed to be a China specific phone and was soon forgotten. The phone has suddenly made a comeback with Nokia announcing its launch here in India. The specialty about this one is that this happens to be the first Series 40 device in India to sport touch input.

The phone sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a 3.2-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 8x digital zoom, multimedia player, FM Radio and handwriting recognition support. It comes with 64MB of internal memory, which can of course be expanded upto 8GB with microSD cards. There is a 3.5mm jack for music buffs on the move. There is no Wi-Fi or 3G, however, it supports EDGE.

Design wise, this might not appeal to everyone with its rather weird looking rear. Full specifications and details of the device can be accessed here. The phone will be priced at Rs. 13,259 and will soon be at a Nokia dealer near you.

Source: http://www.techtree.com102406_matter


813676561B81E55DDE25E335F4ABA2Johannesburg: Adam Gilchrist and his never-say-die Deccan Chargers teammates pipped Royal Challengers Bangalore by six runs in a humdinger to be crowned the second Indian Premier League champions here today.
Deccan Chargers beat Bangalore to lift IPL crown

Chasing a modest 144 for win, Bangalore rode on cameos from Roelof van der Merwe (32) and Ross Taylor (27) to come near the mark but eventually halted at 137 for nine in the final match.

Put into bat, the Chargers had earlier found their nemesis in Anil Kumble (4/16) and it took Herschelle Gibbs’ unbeaten 48-ball 53 and Andrew Symonds’ brisk 33 to reach 143 for six.

Despite the defeat, Kumble’s was a towering presence today. The Bangalore captain won the toss, made the right decisions, struck with the ball whenever the tie threatened to slip through fingers but still found himself at the wrong end of the contest.

For Bangalore, the target was not huge but they lost Jacques Kallis (16) and the in-form Manish Pandey (4) early to find themselves in a spot of bother.

Coming at number three, van der Merwe had a busy time in the middle but even his lusty hits were not enough.

He copped some sledges from Andrew Symonds and ran some crazy runs before hitting Ryan Harris for two sixes in the same over. Symonds too was hit out of the park before Pragyan Ojha cut short the South African’s eventful 21-ball stay.

Symonds removed Taylor and Virat Kohli (7) with successive deliveries to tilt the match and Bangalore lost wickets in heaps towards the end which proved decisive in the end. Earlier, it was Kumble’s four-wicket haul that restricted Deccan Chargers to a sub-150 score.

Kumble was in the thick of things right from the start and was quick to win the individual battle against his opposite number Gilchrist.

Kumble called it correct at toss, inserted the Chargers, opened the attack and his third delivery castled the scoreless Gilchrist to send groans across the Hyderabad dug-out.

Having removed Gilchrist, Kumble then paved way for R Vinay Kumar and the right-arm pacer responded by removing T Suman (10) in his first over.

Symonds too would have been back in the hut soon with just five runs against his name but Rahul Dravid, statistically the safest pair of hands in international cricket, dropped a sitter off Vinay Kumar at slip.

Symonds decided he would made Bangalore pay the price for the lapse. So Vinay Kumar was dispatched across the ropes, Jacques Kallis copped back-to-back boundaries and Roelof van der Merwe was hit out of the park in his first over. But just when things threatened to go out of control, Bangalore once again found their messiah in their skipper as Kumble returned to remove Symonds in the ninth over to cut short his 21-ball stay in the middle.

Gibbs and Rohit Sharma (24) guided the side past the 100-mark but boundaries had dried up by then.

Kumble went on to claim Rohit and Venugopal Rao (0) in his last over and the Chargers never got the late charge they needed so badly.

Gibbs’ was a sedate, rather than swashbuckling, knock and the tremendous discipline showed by the Bangalore bowlers meant there was just no freebies for the batsmen.


manmohanNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday took oath along with 19 cabinet colleagues to begin a second five-year term at the head of a
multi-party government in which his Congress party is the overwhelmingly dominant partner after a sweeping win in India’s general elections.

He is only the second prime minister after Jawaharlal Nehru to have a second innings after a successful five-year term.

There were four new faces in the first edition of the union cabinet that is expected to be followed up by another expansion of the council of ministers in the next few days. All the others were in the outgoing cabinet. All but two were from the Congress party.

Overseen by President Pratibha Patil, Manmohan Singh, 76, was the first to take oath at a 45-minute function at the ornate Ashoka Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential mansion. This is the first time she has administered the oath of office.

In the front rows of the ceremony was a sombre-looking L.K. Advani, who was the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Also present were Congress president and ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Hamid Ansari, former prime minister
I.K. Gujral and Sitaram Yechury of the CPI-M.

Among the new entrants in the cabinet are Mamata Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress leader who trounced the Communists in West Bengal, Rajasthan Congress unit president C.P. Joshi, Congress general secretary M. Veerappa Moily and former Karnataka chief minister S.M. Krishna.

The portfolios were not announced but speculation centred around two names as the next foreign minister — Kamal Nath, who has been a successful commerce and industry minister and who led the developing nations’ charge in the WTO negotiations; and Krishna, who was in many ways responsible for making Bangalore the country’s IT capital.

Pranab Mukherjee, who was external affairs minister in the last cabinet, is widely tipped to become finance minister, a portfolio he held 25 years ago, while Chidambaram and Antony are likely to retain their respective portfolios of home and defence.

The prime minister’s A-team comprises Pranab Mukherjee, Chidambaram, Antony, Krishna, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Veerappa Moily, S. Jaipal Reddy, Kamal Nath, Vayalar Ravi, Meira Kumar, Murli Deora, Kapil Sibal, Ambika Soni, B.K. Handique, Anand Sharma and Joshi.

Besides Mamata Banerjee, the other non-Congress leader who found cabinet berth was Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.

Performance, experience and continuity have been the important criteria that have gone into the making of Manmohan Singh’s new cabinet, say party insiders. The prime minister has already chalked out a 100-day action plan for his government.

“In the case of Moily and Ghulam Nabi Azad, they served the party well and were also instrumental in notching up impressive victories in key states,” said a senior Congress functionary.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said the second round of oath taking will cover include cabinet ministers, ministers of state with independent charge and ministers of state with representation given to allies.


Virender_SehwagGuarding against complacency was the only mantra on everyone’s lips when we took on the Mumbai Indians on Thursday.

Our bowling could do a touch better but that’s where I see the batsmen stepping in and taking up the challenge. Along with today’s result, Virender Sehwag’s form will be a good reason for us to celebrate.

Indian Premier League-II has been a good season so far for the Delhi Daredevils. We’ve had some good matches and won quite a few comfortably.

The batting has been really good with AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Karthik doing consistently well. The bowlers too have been exceptional. Dirk Nannes has surprised all the teams with his awkward bounce and pace. He will be playing for Holland in the Twenty20 World Cup in June. An injury-free Ashish Nehra has been bowling in the right areas. The three left-arm fast bowlers (Pradeep Sangwan being the third) operating in tandem have been a boon for us.

What has been missing is the opening partnership. Viru and I have been getting starts but have not been able to convert them into big scores.

Initially, it was tough to adjust after the New Zealand Test series, but soon I got a hang of the format. When Viru got injured, I got to be captain. It was fun as we won three of the four games in which I led.

Having said that, I miss playing in Delhi and certainly do miss the sense of belonging.

It has been a good IPL so far and reaching thus far is an achievement.

Twenty20 is a format in which any team can win on its day, but we hope that we can do it better than last year and at least reach the final, if not win it.


Shah Rukh Khan’s team had lost its way long back, Shilpa Shetty’s team lost on Wednesday afternoon and in the evening, it was Zinta’s turn. The IPL, for all those enamoured by the glamour, is now bereft of that star power.
On the other hand, the four semifinalists of the tournament were virtually confirmed with Delhi of course being the first to make it, followed by Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
While Hyderabad and Bangalore are yet to play their 14th and last game in which they take on each other, both teams have a much better run-rate than Kings XI Punjab despite the three tied on 14 points.
Unless either Bangalore or Hyderabad manage something absolutely atrocious, like scoring less than fifty runs, they would make it to the semifinals.
Kings XI can blame the situation now on some wonderful bowling performance by Chennai, a couple of spectacular catches, and their own bad batting performance.
Chennai had just 116 runs to defend, thanks to the absence of Matthew Hayden, and they made the best use of the resources available to help their cause. The Australian opener had been rested keeping the inconsequent match in mind.
MS Dhoni won the toss, elected to bat first and Tasmanian George Bailey and Parthiv Patel got the team off to a brisk start at 10 runs per over.
It seemed like they were hardly missing Hayden just when the first blow came and Bailey was run out by Yuvraj Singh. It was a blow Chennai should’ve gotten over but instead kept slipping further and wickets fell at regular intervals.
It seemed like Punjab were well on course to the semifinals. That was, however, before a huge batting disorder did the latter in.
A very strong batting line-up was all packed off with 24 runs left on the board. Just like Jaipur, the Kings too snatched defeat from the jaws of what could’ve been an imminent victory

Source: http://ipl.timesofindia.indiatimes.comdhoni_yuvraj_may20_cs

2009052060661901JOHANNESBURG: Royal Challengers Bangalore kept alive its chances of reaching the semifinals of the IPL with a seven-wicket win over top-placed Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday.

After Bangalore’s bowlers restricted Delhi to 134 for seven in 20 overs, Jacques Kallis (58 n.o., 56b, 2×4, 2×6) guided the side to its seventh win in 13 games with an over to spare. Rahul Dravid (38) and Ross Taylor (25 off 12 balls) played their parts.

The Bangalore chase didn’t have the best of starts. Ashish Nehra struck in the first over, forcing Robin Uthappa edge a ball angled across him from left-arm over. Dinesh Karthik didn’t glove it cleanly, but recovered to complete the catch.

Avishkar Salvi, who shared the new ball with Nehra, strayed twice onto Kallis’s pads, and was flicked for a four and a six. Dravid, who walked in at three, struck the first ball he faced, from Nehra, through cover for four.

But Delhi’s bowlers prevented the pair from taking the game away. Nehra’s first two overs cost just six. Virender Sehwag introduced Daniel Vettori’s left-arm orthodox spin in the ninth over, which went for only five.

Kallis and David chipped away at the target, taking Bangalore to 54 for one in 10 overs before the strategic timeout.

There was urgency after the break, with Dravid and Kallis taking 10 runs off the 11th over. But 19-year-old Yogesh Nagar struck to end the 70-run partnership. Dravid hit an off-break back to the bowler.

Taylor slapped Salvi for four over cover before hitting the next ball into the stands behind deep mid-wicket, as the 14th over went for 12 runs. Taylor then turned his attention to Nagar, moving across his stumps and swiping the off-spinner for two sixes. Having reduced the equation to 35 runs from 32 balls with his cameo, Taylor found long-on off Nagar. Kallis and Mark Boucher saw Bangalore home.
Disciplined effort

Earlier, a disciplined bowling effort from Bangalore — highlighted by Praveen Kumar’s three-wicket haul — stunted Delhi. Sehwag was looking to improve his lean run with the bat, but he didn’t succeed on Tuesday, falling for a duck.

He flicked an in-swinger from Praveen to Taylor stationed to the square-leg umpire’s left. Praveen then had Mithun Manhas caught at second slip, the batsman completing his hook stroke before the short ball got to him, as the ball lobbed to Kallis, who dived forward.

Kallis bowled a miserly second over, and it was left to Gautam Gambhir to inject the Delhi innings with urgency. The left-hander square-drove Praveen for four before walking down the track and lofting a slower off-break over long-on for six.

Gambhir then hit B. Akhil for consecutive boundaries, but just as it seemed he would punish Bangalore, he fell to Kallis. He tried upper-cutting a short delivery, but didn’t time it.

Taylor, at cover-point, took his second catch. Kallis bowled his four overs in one spell for economical figures of one for 17.

Left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe struck after the strategic timeout, bowling A.B. de Villiers.

It was big blow, for de Villiers had been batting well before his error in judging length.

Kumble then yorked Andrew McDonald to reduce Delhi to 70 for five in 11.3 overs. Karthik and Yogesh Nagar collected ones and twos, as Delhi reached 100 in the 16th over. Kumble then struck, forcing Nagar to miscue a flighted leg-break to be caught at wide long-off. Kumble returned figures of two for 24 from four overs.


Delhi Daredevils: G. Gambhir c Taylor b Kallis 27 (19b, 3×4, 1×6), V. Sehwag c Taylor b Praveen 0 (2b), M. Manhas c Kallis b Praveen 0 (2b), A.B. de Villiers b van der Merwe 28 (29b, 3×4), D. Karthik c Uthappa b Praveen 31 (29b, 1×4), A.B. McDonald b Kumble 3 (4b), Y. Nagar c Uthappa b Kumble 20 (20b, 1×4), F. Maharoof (not out) 18 (13b), D. Vettori (not out) 4 (2b), Extras (w-3): 3; Total (for seven wkts. in 20 overs): 134.

Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-1, 3-37, 4-65, 5-70, 6-109, 7-114.

Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling: Praveen 4-0-30-3, Kallis 4-0-17-1, Akhil 2-0-20-0, van der Merwe 4-0-30-1, Kumble 4-0-24-2, Kohli 2-0-13-0.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: R. Uthappa c Karthik b Nehra 1 (5b), J. Kallis (not out) 58 (56b, 2×4, 2×6), R. Dravid c & b Nagar 38 (34b, 4×4), R. Taylor c Vettori b Nagar 25 (12b, 1×4, 3×6), M. Boucher (not out) 10 (9b, 1×4), Extras (lb-1, nb-2): 3; Total (for three wickets in 19 overs): 135.

Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-72, 3-101.

Delhi Daredevils bowling: Nehra 4-0-21-1, Salvi 4-0-30-0, Maharoof 2-0-9-0, McDonald 3-0-22-0, Vettori 4-0-32-0, Nagar 2-0-20-2.


Tamils-Nadesan_385_558210aThe leader of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, has been killed along with his son and other Tiger commanders, according to reports.

Prabhakaran was ambushed and shot dead while trying to flee government troops as special forces closed in on the last rebel fortifications, it was reported today.

However that account of events was disputed by a military spokesman who said that there had been no identification of Prabhakaran as yet.

The Sri Lankan army killed a number of other senior Tamil Tiger commanders as fighting continued to rage despite the Tigers’ weekend admission of defeat.
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Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, a military spokesman, told The Times that commando units and other crack government troops were trading machine gun fire with “a couple of hundred” of Tiger fighters hunkered down in fortified bunkers, thought to include several senior rebel leaders.

The conflict area had been reduced to a patch of land just 100 metres by 100 metres, he added. Tens of thousands of civilians who had been caught in the crossfire were finally allowed to flee to freedom over the weekend.

A senior defence official said Prabhakaran had been killed while trying to flee the area in an ambulance with two close aides.

“He was killed with two others inside the vehicle,” the official told AFP.

The government said that they had found the body of Prabhakaran’s 24 year old son Charles Anthony, the heir apparent of the Tigers’ leadership.

The head of the rebels’ political wing, Balasingham Nadesan, the head of the Tigers’ defunct peace secretariat, Seevaratnam Puleedevan, and their eastern leader, S. Ramesh were also said to be among the dead.

Independent verification of the situation is all but impossible as journalists are not being allowed near the conflict zone. The International Committee of the Red Cross, the only neutral organisation allowed access, told The Times that it had lost contact with its 25 staff members on the battlefield yesterday morning.

In Colombo protesters burned an effigy of David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, outside the British High Commission today.

Excerpt from http://www.timesonline.co.uk

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