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Cricket: Vivo IPL 2016 (IPL 9) Revised Tournament Schedule From Match #31 To Finals


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By T. V. Antony Raj

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In this Vivo IPL 2016 (IPL 9), Maharashtra was home to three venues: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune and Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur. Due to the prevailing acute drought situations in the State of Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court demanded the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift the matches slated to be played in May 2016 from the state to some other place.

On April 29, 2016, the Indian Premier League Governing Council announced that Vizag will be the neutral venue for Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants home matches after May 1, 2016 for the 2016 VIVO IPL season.

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Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Pothinamallayya Palem, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (Source: ccl6t.com)
Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Pothinamallayya Palem, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (Source: ccl6t.com)

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Both the IPL franchises have expressed satisfaction and are keen to embrace Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Pothinamallayya Palem, Visakhapatnam,  in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh as their home ground for the upcoming matches.

Revised Vivo Indian Premier League  2016 Tournament Schedule From Match #31 To Finals

Date Time Fixture Venue
Tuesday
3 May
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8 pm

Match #31

GL vs DD
GL vs DD 220x100

Rajkot
Wednesday
4 May
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8 pm

Match #32

KXIP vs KKR
KXIPvs KKR 220x100

Kolkata
Thursday
5 May
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8 pm Match #33

RPS vs DD
RPS vs DD 220x60

Delhi
Friday
6 May
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8 pm Match #34

GL vs SRHGL vs SH 220x100

Hyderabad
Saturday
7 May
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4 pm Match #35

RPS vs  RCB
RPS vs RCB 220x100

Bengaluru
8 pm Match #36

DD vs KXIP
DD vs KXIP200x100

Mohali
Sunday
8 May
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4 pm Match #37

SRH vs MI
SRH vs MI 220x83

Vizag
8 pm Match #38

GL vs KKR
GL vs KKR 200x100

Kolkata
Monday
9 May
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8 pm Match #39

RCB vs KXIP
RCB vs KXIP 220x100

Vizag
Tuesday
10 May
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8 pm Match #40

RPS vs SRH
RPS vs SRH 220x83

Vizag
Wednesday
11 May
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8 pm Match #41

RCB vs MI
RCB vs MI 220x100

Bengaluru
Thursday
12 May
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8 pm Match #42

DD vs SH
DD vs SRH 200x100

Hyderabad
Friday
13 May
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8 pm Match #43

MI vs KXIP
MI vs KXIP 220x100

Vizag
Saturday
14 May
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4 pm Match #44

GL vs RCB
GL vs RCB 200x100

Bengaluru
8 pm Match #45

RPS vs KKR
RPS vs KKR 220x100

Kolkata
Sunday
15 May
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4 pm Match #46

KXIP vs SRHKXIP vs SRH 220x100

Vizag
8 pm Match #47

MI vs DDMI vs DD 220x60

Vizag
Monday
16 May
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8 pm Match #48

KKR vs RCB
KKR vs RCB 220x100

Kolkata
Tuesday
17 May
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8 pm Match #49

RPS vs DD
RPS vs DD 220x60

Vizag
Wednesday
18 May
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8 pm Match #50

RCB vs KXIP
RCB vs KXIP 220x100

Bengaluru
Thursday
19 May
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8 pm Match #51

GL vs KKR
GL vs KKR 200x100

Kanpur
Friday
20 May
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8 pm Match #52

DD vs SRH
DD vs SRH 200x100

Raipur
Saturday
21 May
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4 pm Match #53

RPS vs  KXIP
RPS vs KXIP 220x100

Vizag
8 pm Match #54

GL vs MI
GL vs MI 220x100

Vizag
Sunday
22 May
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4 pm Match #55

SRH vs KKR
SRH vs KKR 220x100

Kolkata
8 pm Match #56

RCB vs DD
RCB vs DD 220x100

Raipur
Tuesday
24 May
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8 pm

Match #57

Qualifier 1
Bengaluru
Wednesday
25 May
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8 pm Match #58

Eliminator
Delhi
Friday
27 May
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8 pm Match #59

Qualifier 2
Delhi
Sunday
29 May

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8 pm
Match #60

Final

Bengaluru

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The Hanging Column in the Veerabhadra Temple in Lepakshi, AP, India


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By T.V. Antony Raj

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Lepakshi is a small village in the Anantapur District in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is about 9 miles (15 km) east of Hindupur and about 75 miles (120 km) north of Bangalore.

This village is historically and archaeologically significant. It has three shrines dedicated to the Hindu gods Shiva, Vishnu and Veerabhadra built during the period of Vijayanagara Kings (1336–1646).

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The Hanging Column in the Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India (Source: images.worthview.com)
The Hanging Column in the Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India (Source: images.worthview.com)

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The famous 16th-century Veerabhadra stone temple constructed in Vijayanagar style has about 70 pillars, but only one of these pillars is best known as the Aakaasa Sthambha (Hanging Column). It is a tribute to the engineering genius of the temple builders of medieval India. The pillar does not rest on the ground fully.

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The Hanging Column in the Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India.
The Hanging Column in the Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India. (Source: wikimapia.org)

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Cloth under the Hanging Column in the Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Cloth under the Hanging Column in the Veerabhadra temple at Lepakshi, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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A cloth can slide smoothly underneath this Hanging pillar.

During the British era, a British engineer tried to move it to uncover the secret of its support. His attempt was unsuccessful and the pillar got slightly dislodged from its original position.

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News: The Re-Arrest of Bitihotra Mohanti, the Fugitive Rape Convict


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By T.V. Antony Raj

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Earlier this week, the headquarters of the State Bank of Travancore (SBT) in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, India, received an anonymous letter written in English stating that one of their employees named Raghav Rajan working in their Madai branch in Kannur district was in fact the fugitive rape convict Bitihotra Mohanti alias Bitti wanted by the police on a charge of raping a 26-year-old German student in Alwar in Rajasthan in 2006.

Ranji Thomas, SBT Chief Manager (Public Relations) said that they scrutinized the details in the original application form submitted by Raghav Rajan who posted as a probationary officer since June 2012 in their Madai branch in Kannur district. He had applied for the post using the name ‘Raghav Rajan’ son of ‘Rajeev Rajan of Ananthapur in Andhra Pradesh’. He had named two people from Andhra Pradesh as referees. One of them was a caretaker of the building where Rajan lived, and the other declared that he had no direct contact with Rajan, and at the request of a friend had agreed to his name being used as reference. So, his office alerted the branch and advised them to contact the police. The bank approached the Kerala DGP who, in turn, referred the matter to the district police in Kannur.

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Bitihotra Mohanti arrested by the Kerala Police.

Police arrested Raghav Rajan on Friday night, March 8, in Kannur. On Saturday, a local court remanded Bitti to judicial custody until February 23, after charging him under IPC sections dealing with cheating and forgery.

A police officer said that before his arrest Bitti was planning to flee Kerala, and a scar recorded in 2006 as an identification mark by the Rajasthan jail authorities before Bitti jumped parole had been found on the arrested person. Deputy Superintendent of Police D. Sudarshan, who is investigating the case, said the arrested convict confessed that he is Bitihotra Mohanti. “We have informed the Rajasthan Police about his arrest and a team from there is expected,” Sudarshan said.

According to the police, it was the December 16 Delhi gang rape that led to Bitti’s cover being blown. In the wake of the Delhi gang rape, his photo was among the photographs of sex offenders that were repeatedly displayed by social media and TV channels. A person residing in Palayangadi in Kannur District on noticing Raghav Rajan at the bank resembled Bitti Mohanti alerted the bank. The police department feels happy for having nabbed the rape convict who had until now been absconding. However, they wonder how he had managed to give them the slip all these years while living so publicly.

On March 21, 2006, police arrested Bittihotra Mohanti son of B. B. Mohanti, former DGP of Odisha on a charge of raping a 26-year-old German student in Alwar in Rajasthan in 2006. In one of the fastest rape trials in the country, a fast-track court sentenced Bitti to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment. However, on November 20, 2006, while on a 15 day parole granted to meet his ailing mother in Cuttack, Bitti jumped parole and had absconded ever since.

While on the run, Bitti joined Chinmaya Institute of Technology in Kannur in 2007 for the two-year MBA course. He then worked for a few months as faculty member in a management institute in Kannur and at an e-learning institute in Kollam.

Dr. Falgunan, Director of Chinmaya Institute of Technology said the person they knew as Raghav Rajan was a brilliant student who scored high marks in MAT (Management Aptitude Test). He also said that he remembers Mohanti’s father who came to give a declaration at the time of admission. “I can’t say whether it was his father or not,” he said.

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Freak Hailstorm that Rained Sizable Boulders Kills Nine People in India


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj
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While an incomparable event takes place now on the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka, where four distinct nearby volcanoes are erupting concurrently, seven villages in India suffered freak hailstorm that rained on sizable ice boulders killing nine people.

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On Tuesday 29th January, people living in seven villages in Chevella, Moinabad and Shankarpally, in the state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India experienced a once-in-a-lifetime freak natural event. The hailstones started falling during the night.

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On the following day at dawn, women found it difficult to clear their yard of the large boulders of ice using the indigenous ekel brooms.

Though the hailstorm lasted only for about 20 minutes, it covered the entire villages under a snowy blanket causing financial loss to most of the villagers by destroying their houses, live stock and crops.

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Exodus of People from Northeastern States Back to Their Native Places


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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Thousands of workers and students from Assam and other northeastern states living in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala have already left for their native places. This was due to the threat spread via SMS, that a set of miscreants probably would seek them out after Eid. This has prompted the Assam government to stay on high alert to reduce recurrence of violence after Eid.

On Sunday, August 19, Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam convened a high-level emergency meeting attended by the State Chief Secretary N.K. Das, Director General of Police J.N. Chaudhury, three former DGs of Assam law enforcement and government officials. The Chief Minister informed them that in Jalpaiguri area of West Bengal, miscreants killed four people and injured at least nine others in an Assam-bound special train originating from Bangalore. The train that was among three Bangalore-Guwahati specials, which were coming to Assam, had reached Guwahati that Sunday morning.

The chief Minister then told them that Assam government had dispatched officials to Jalpaiguri area to find out what exactly triggered the death of the four people. He said that occurrence of fresh violence that could erupt as soon as the Eid festivity comes to an end in the state worried him. He asked his officials to set up a contingency plan straight away to meet any emergency that could happen in the next few days.

In the meantime, the Assam government has asked the Indian Railways not to offer any more special trains from any state to Guwahati for the panic-stricken people from the region. The Chief Minister said most people who had come due to panic were now eager to return to their workplaces and educational institutes outside the state.

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The Great Indian Nuclear Maya


I read this article titled ” The Great Indian Nuclear Maya” by Saraswati Kavula, a Filmmaker-Activist and Farmer. She is also the Joint Convener, National Alliance of People’s Movements, Andhra Pradesh Chapter. A version of this article was published in Telugu Daily “Andhra Jyothi” -on 25th March 2012.

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By Saraswati Kavula

28 March, 2012
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Like the philosophers say, we, the people of India, are surrounded by “Maya” – an illusion: and that illusion today is Democracy. Under this illusion we think, we the people are the ones who decide who “rules” us, we think innocently too that ‘we the people” are the decision makers, king makers. In our sad state of minds, we think that this great country has a democracy – that is “by the people, for the people, of the people’ – meaning the people are supreme. However, the Indian voter is supreme only till such time; he trudges to the electoral booth and makes his thumb print. In many a places, even that is a mere illusion, for the ones who have the ‘muscle power” will decide who wins – voting themselves to power. Then there is this greater illusion that is created…

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