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Warne lambasts Ganguly, to complain against him

May 2, 2008

Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne on Thursday said he would lodge a complaint against his Kolkata Knight Riders counterpart Sourav Ganguly for resorting to time-wasting tactics during their IPL match and refusing to accept the fielder’s word on a “clean catch”.

“I was disappointed at the start. While batting we waited for five minutes under the hot sun and they (Knight Riders) were not anywhere to be seen.”
“… when we came out to field, we had to wait for Sourav. So I was really disappointed, he was really running the time.”

The veteran leg-spinner said Ganguly’s antics stretched the match from the stipulated one hour 20 minutes-a-side.

I catch up on news related to India only on NDTV 24×7 since it is the only channel that provides comprehensive and accurate news. People in the US can access this channel only through DirecTV.

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Indian men go down to China, finish 4th

April 28, 2008

I saw the coverage on NDTV 24×7. The news channel is the first to cover India-centric news stories and its a must in the US.

India went down 1-2 to China to finish a dismal fourth in the four-nation men’s hockey tournament on Sunday.

India played the catch-up game on Sunday and conceded an extra time goal, which splashed their hopes of finishing higher up in the tournament featuring South Korea and Australia as the other two teams.

Both India and China missed at least a couple of chances each and there was little to choose between them in the first half. The Chinese though lifted their game and were the better side in the second session.

The news channel is available in the US through DirecTV.

Oz: Indian students to get right to work

April 25, 2008

Living in the US, watching an Indian news channel covering news about Indians in Australia. Globalisation.

There is good news for thousands of Indians studying in Australia as changes to the visa system, coming into effect from Saturday, will give them automatic right to work in the country.

I saw the news on NDTV 24×7, the news channel is a must for Indians living in the US who want to stay abreast of India-centric news.

Until now, Indian students had to apply separately for permission to work part time while pursuing their studies in Australia.

‘The changes mean that Indian students can now apply for part time jobs and work for up to 20 hours per week as soon as their courses start. It will reduce red tape for students wanting to work in Australia.

NDTV 24×7 is available in the US through DirecTV. I watch the news channel daily for India-centric news.

Uganda welcomes back Gujarat businessman

April 16, 2008
NDTV Reports: Australia, Uganda and now Afghanistan — Indians are slightly apprehensive working abroad. In the middle of this, a delegation has come from Uganda, led by their Foreign Affairs Minister, to reassure businessmen in Gujarat. Last year, Gujarati businesses in Uganda had suffered huge losses when they had to flee the violence there and one Ahmedabad-based businessman had also lost his life.

Uganda is safe now, that is what this delegation is here to tell businessmen in Gujarat.

“We are now offering you a proper business environment and peaceful living in our country with unlimited opportunities for businessmen and corporates from Gujarat as still a large number of Gujarati population stay in Uganda and things are getting better everyday after fall of Edi Amin,” said Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Uganda.

Their suggestions have been welcomed by representatives of corporate houses like Reliance and pharma company like Cadila. And also by Sam Pitroda, the Chairperson of the Knowledge Commission and the man behind India’s telecom revolution.

He has promised technical help to the IT and telecom companies investing in Uganda and even help with the country’s food crisis.

“There was a time when people outside India used to think how India would manage food for everyone, we have done that and can help you for a replication in your country as well. Why do you need to wait for US help,” said Sam Pitroda.

Gujaratis are known for their inclination to find out new avenues and destinations in spreading their business and African countries have always been preferred destinations for them until violence took a toll on their confidence, not only in Uganda but also in Kenya few months before.

Now representations from governments of those countries welcoming back Gujaratis is not only an indication of how much important role Indian business community plays there but also speaks of a rising India, sharing knowledge and acumen with other countries.

I was watching the news last night on NDTV and came across this story. Thought I’d share it with you folks. I am a Gujarati and some of my relatives were displaced from Uganda during Eedi Amin’s time. Its great to know things are improving in Uganda now. NDTV 24×7 can now be accessed here in the US on DirecTV satellite TV service.

South Africa bowled out for 265

April 11, 2008

I missed the match but watched the post day-1 analysis on NDTV 24×7. Its the best amongst Indian news channels available in the US. Indian channels are a rare commodity in the US.

The South African openers, Graeme Smith and McKenzie, played cautiously to give the visitors a solid start before Chawla got rid of McKenzie with a gem of a flighted delivery and provided the much-needed breakthough.

The decision to play Ishant Sharma worked for India as he picked 3 wickets on a spinner’s paradise pitch. I will update this blog with day-2 highlights as I watch them on NDTV 24×7. The channel is available in the US through DirecTV.

Kaif to replace injured Tendulkar

March 31, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the second cricket Test against South Africa in Ahmedabad starting April 3, and Mohammad Kaif has been named as his replacement.

Sachin Tendulkar re-aggravated his right groin injury when he was fielding on the fourth day of the first Test and his playing the second match is doubtful

The selection committee has decided to replace Tendulkar with Mohammad Kaif for the second Test.

 

Kaif, who got the nod for his excellent performance in the domestic circuit this season, is returning to the side after a gap of almost two years. His last Test was against West Indies at Kingston in June 2006.

I watched this news on NDTV 24×7. It is an excellent news channel for NRIs since it provides the most comprehensive news related to India. DirecTV makes it possible to access this channel in the US.

Bopanna gives India 1-0 lead in Davis Cup

February 8, 2008

Indian players are up against the odds and making their presence felt across the globe. I saw the story on NDTV 24×7 about Rohan Bopanna’s win against Uzbekistan’s Farrukh Dustov.

Rohan Bopanna outplayed Farrukh Dustov in straight sets to give India a vital 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Zone Group I tie against Uzbekistan on Friday.

The Indian stormed past his opponent 6-3 6-3 6-1 in the lopsided first rubber in little over an hour on a chilly morning at the DLTA Courts.

Dustov could hardly put up a fight against the rampaging Indian, who broke the Uzbek with ease and was on top from start to finish.

Bopanna stamped his authority with some crisp serve and volley throughout the match. The big-serving Indian also used his booming first serve to good effect, sending four aces in the first set as he went 4-2 up.

NDTV 24×7 is available in the US only through DirecTv.

The Spirit of Bombay: Kalaghoda Festival

February 6, 2008

If I was in Mumbai during this part of the year I would definitely be at Kalaghoda to witness the decade old festival that echoes the spirit of Mumbai. All I could get is the News coverage on NDTV 24×7. I would like to share with you what I gathered while watching NDTV.

The Kalaghoda festival is a unique platform for showcasing new talent and attracts hundreds of enthusiasts.

This year the Kalaghoda Art Festival looks bigger, brighter and more colourful. The otherwise commercial lanes of a business district now turn themselves into art exhibits.

Space is created for artists who feel that, art cannot be bound by closed walls and class divides of traditional art galleries.

True to the spirit of a street festival, day one had traditional acrobats from rural Maharashtra.

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  • NDTV 24×7 is the best Indian news channel.
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Yahoo to take time evaluating Microsoft offer

February 4, 2008

As promised I am back with the Microsoft’s offer to buy Yahoo.

Source: DirecTv, an amazing TV service provider in the US as it provides NDTV 24×7, India’s best news channel.

Yahoo Inc says it’s “going to take time” to thoroughly evaluate Microsoft Corp’s unsolicited $45 billion offer keeping in mind its strategic options, including keeping the company independent.

It was undertaking a deliberate review of Microsoft’s offer to pay Yahoo shareholders either $31 in cash, or 0.9509 of a share of Microsoft common stock, Yahoo said in a media release posted on the company Web site.

The review “will include evaluating all of the company’s strategic alternatives including maintaining Yahoo! as an independent company,” the posting said. “A review process like this is fluid, and it can take quite a bit of time.”

I am expecting Google to come up with something… anything… in response to a prospective increase in competition. I wil keep you updated even if it doesn’t.

Microsoft bids $44.6 bn for Yahoo

February 1, 2008
I was observing my daily routine of watching the global news on NDTV 24×7 while getting ready for office and I saw the coverage about one of the most ambitious takeover move….

Microsoft Corp. offered to buy search engine operator Yahoo Inc for $44.6 billion in cash and stock in a move to boost its competitive edge in the online services market.

Microsoft bid $31 per share for Yahoo, representing a 62 per cent premium to Yahoo’s closing stock price on Thursday.

I prefer watching NDTV 24×7 as it is India’s most respected news channel and it the news coverage is ‘to the point’ unlike other news channel where every news is a breaking news.

The experience only improves as I have subscribed to DirecTv.

There are absolutely no interruptions as DirecTV delivers a digital signal 99.9% of the time. I also ordered a high-speed Internet connection with the service.

I will keep you updated on the Microsoft Corp. offer in the next posts