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Friday, December 11, 2009

Edition 4- Domestic News

Marking the first anniversary of the November 26 terror attacks, the city police today held a parade here and paid homage to those killed in the dastardly strikes.
Maharashtra's counter terror unit, Force One, and Quick Response Teams (QRT) participated in the parade that began from the Nariman Point area, which is just a stone throw away from Trident hotel, one of the places attacked by the terrorists last year.
Besides, advanced combat vehicles and other weaponry procured post 26/11 attacks were also displayed.
Chief minister Ashok Chavan and deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal were also present at the event.
The parade ended at Girguam-Chowpatty in south Mumbai
From Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan to Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, eminent Indians from different walks of life came forward to express their solidarity against terror.
Indian Cricket team observed one minute silence at the opening of 3rd days play of kanpur test against Srilanka.
Top brass of the Tata group met the employees of Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel on the evening of 26/11, the sole thought that went through everybody's mind was to look at tomorrow.


Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has wound up his visit to Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago, where he attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and left for India last week.
During the first leg of his visit, Dr. Singh was in Washington where he met US President Barack Obama in Washington. He was the first state guest under the new administration.
Dr Singh held talks with Obama on the entire gamut of bilateral relations, situation in the region and global challenges like terrorism, climate change and economic crisis.
It was President Obamas first state visit and marked by a dinner hosted at white house where there were many prominent Indian Americans present. This visit was covered extensively by US media which till date was not so interested in Indian matters. Only reason can be contributions by Indian American community in US.
Prime minister also appealed the Indian Americans to return back to India. He also met French President Nicholas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper at CHOGUM.
Describing his tour as very productive, Dr. Singh said, “I am confident that we cannot only continue, but also strengthen the momentum of our relations built up in the last few years.”
In Port of Spain, where he attended a two-day meeting of the Commonwealth leaders, the Prime Minister had pushed for a “legally binding substantive outcome” at the Copenhagen climate change meet next month.
The 53-nation Commonwealth agrees that the upcoming Copenhagen meet should come out with an ambitious mitigation outcome, as there was a need for an “urgent and substantial” action to reduce global emissions. This was explained in earlier City-Blog edition.


India will reach the top of the ICC test rankings for the first time if they win the third and final test against Sri Lanka starting Wednesday.
India lead the series 1-0 after thumping Sri Lanka by an innings and 144 runs in last week's second test in Kanpur and have been given an added incentive to make it 2-0.
India are currently third on the world rankings behind South Africa (first) and Sri Lanka (second) but are close enough to leapfrog them both with a victory in Mumbai.
Climbing to the top spot would undoubtedly represent a major milestone in Indian cricket but captain Mahendra Dhoni has tried to play down the significance, warning his players just to concentrate on the match and forget about the rankings.
"It will be an added responsibility," he said. “Becoming the number one side is not important, we've got to maintain our performance level."
India's chances of beating the Sri Lankans have already suffered a blow with in-form opener Gautam Gambhir, the world's top-ranked batsman, pulling out of the match to attend his sister's wedding.
The left-handed Gambhir has played a significant role in India's great start to the series, scoring centuries in each of the first two tests and sharing in a 233-run opening stand with fellow centurion Virender Sehwag in Kanpur.
He is expected to be replaced by Murali Vijay, an exciting but relatively inexperienced batsmen who played his only test against Australia last year.
Batsmen have dominated the series so far with 10 centuries in the two tests although Indian medium-pacer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth gave the seam bowlers some hope with a five wicket haul in the first innings in Kanpur.
Although they cannot win the series, the Sri Lankans are eying their own slice of history and are putting their faith in spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
They never won a test on Indian soil and the form of Muralitharan remains a real cause of concern with the world record holder managing just five wickets at a cost of 396 runs.
"We got the worst bowling conditions in the last two tests," Muralitharan said.
"We didn't have the bowlers, that was one of the factors."
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara remains confident Muralitharan can recover and play a starring role in what will be his final test away from home.
"He is still the best bowler that has played the game," Sangakkara said.
"So you still have to have faith in him and trust him and keep backing him 100 per cent to do the job because he is going to do it at one point.
"We have still got a lot to achieve in Mumbai. Whether we can win the series or not, we can still equal the series and finish the series 1-1. That is a great motivation for us."
The comeback man S Sreeshant claimed 6 wickets on flat pitch to be named as Man of the match in second test.

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