Cricket(ers) takes a ‘back seat’ at Wankhede

Mumbai, Sept 26 : It was a ceremony meant to facilitate Team India for winning the Twenty20 World Championship, but cricket virtually took a ‘back seat’ at the Wankhede Stadium here today, as no cricketer except skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given a seat in the front row at the dais.

At the event, organised to celebrate a purely sporting achievement, the first row on the stage was dominated by politicians and officials of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI), even as the hoarding in the background ‘loudly’ said “Congratulations Team India.”

Congress party flags dominate Sahara Airport welcome for Team India

Mumbai, Sept. 26 : There were the predictable scenes of joy and frenzy greeting the “Men in Blue” at Mumbai’s Sahar Airport on Wednesday morning, but a sidelight that stood out was the fluttering of Congress party flags rather than the Indian tricolour.

Politics, it seemed, made its presence felt in what was essentially a celebration of sporting achievement.

It was as if the who’s who of Maharashtra politics wanted to bask in the glory of a victory not of their own creation.

Team India arrives in Mumbai

Mumbai, Sept. 26 : The victorious Indian Twenty20 World Cup team led by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today arrived at Sahar International Airport.

Thousands gathered at the airport to get the first glimpse of Team India, and the prestigious Twenty20 Championship trophy.

After getting a warm welcome at the airport, the world champions boarded an open-air bus, which will take them to the Wankhede Stadium in the form of a procession. BCCI officials, fans, and many VIP dignitaries are accompanying the team.

10-day Ganesha Chaturthi festival comes to an end

Mumbai, Sept 25 : Hundreds of thousands of devotees participated in the immersion ceremony of the idols of Lord Ganesha as the 10-day Ganesha Chaturthi festival came to an end today.

In Mumbai, thousands of people crowded the streets to see their beloved god being immersed amidst beating of drums. Men and women danced as they paid their respects to the god seeking his blessings.

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IOC Draws Rs 43,250 Cr 5-Yr Plan For Capacity Expansion

Indian Oil
Mumbai: In order to promote its subsisting refineries, Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOC) has decided to invest Rs 43,250 crore by 2011-12.

The India’s biggest public sector oil marketer will utilize funds primarily to increase annual refining capacity to around 80 million tonnes by the next five years.

IOC will also establish refineries and petrochemical plants, and explore for acquirements out of the country in the next five years.