IPL-2 to be Played ABROAD

The Indian cricket board plans to conduct the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament out of the country this year due to security concerns, the country’s cricket chief said on Sunday. For the reason that the government … are not in a situation to endow with security, we were forced to take the decision to move the event outside of India,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar told a news conference.

“We’re having discussions with other boards that have shown their willingness,” he added with England and South Africa being mentioned as possible alternative venues.

The BCCI had botched to get government clearance for security cover in spite of revising the match dates three times because the tournament disagrees with the country’s general election, to be held between April 16 and May 13.

The IPL will be played on its original dates, between April 10 and May 24, and is scheduled to return to India next season, league commissioner Lalit Modi said.

The experience of the first IPL season has shown that apart from providing employment to a large number of people at the various venues, IPL has also contributed close to one billion rupees ($20 million) to the exchequer.”


March 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . sports. Leave a comment.

Nano to Roll out This Monday


The Nano, publicized to be the world’s cheapest car, will finally be initiated from Mumbai.

The Tata group, India’s largest manufacturing house, is all set for the commercial roll-out of the small-car that knocked the international headlines last year, both after its unveiling at the Auto Show in New Delhi and then becoming the centerpiece of a political controversy over the location of its plant at Singur in West Bengal.

Showcasing its archetype previous year, Tata Motors had proclaimed that it will cost all of Rs.100, 000 ($2,000) at factory gates – the lowest cost for any car so far.

Tata Motors hope to start from the second week of April advance bookings for the 624-cc jellybean car, which has a snub nose, a sloping roof and just about room for five to squeeze in.

With a length of 3.1 meters, a width of 1.5 meters and a height of 1.6 meters, Nano also has sufficient ground clearance and can effortlessly maneuver on busy roads in cities as well as in rural areas.

‘Let me announce today that the dealer price for the car will be Rs.100, 000 only,’ Ratan Tata, chairman of the group, had said last year, standing in front of the automobile he had promised to deliver four years ago, taking the project as a personal challenge.

‘A promise is a promise,’ Tata had said, seeking to drive home the point he will deliver the car at the same price as he had set four years ago, despite major escalations in input costs.


March 22, 2009. Tags: , , . products. Leave a comment.

Santhanam in Enthiran

It’s neither Vadivelu nor Vivek. Santhanam has agreed the esteemed chance to enact the humorist role in Superstar Rajinikanth’s ‘Endhiran’.

This rendezvous comes as a big boost to the youthful Santhanam who is already making waves with his comic way of acting. Director Shankar up till now used the services of Vadivelu in ‘Kadhalan’ and ‘Mudhalvan’ while Vivek was the comedian in the films ‘Boys’, Anniyan’ and ‘Sivaji’.

The occasion of acting with Rajinikanth in ‘Endhiran’ might just boost the talented Santhanam to supreme eminence.

March 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . movies. 2 comments.