Singapore Grand Prix results

September 28, 2008

1. Fernando Alonso, Spain, Renault, 61 laps, 1 hour, 57 minutes, 16.304 seconds, 98.22 mph.

2. Nico Rosberg, Germany, Williams, 61, 1:57:19.261.

3. Lewis Hamilton, Britain, McLaren, 61, 1:57:22.221.

4. Timo Glock, Germany, Toyota, 61, 1:57:24.459.

5. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Toro Rosso, 61, 1:57:26.572.

6. Nick Heidfeld, Germany, BMW, 61, 1:57:27.405.

7. David Coulthard, Britain, Red Bull, 61, 1:57:32.691.

8. Kazuki Nakajima, Japan, Williams, 61, 1:57:34.793.

9. Jenson Button, Britain, Honda, 61, 1:57:36.189.

10. Heikki Kovalainen, Finland, McLaren, 61, 1:57:43.206.

11. Robert Kubica, Poland, BMW, 61, 1:57:44.279.

12. Sebastien Bourdais, France, Toro Rosso, 61, 1:57:45.736.

13. Felipe Massa, Brazil, Ferrari, 61, 1:57:51.474.

14. Giancarlo Fisichella, Italy, Force India, 61, 1:57:59.875.

15. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Ferrari, 57, 1:50:11.975.

Not Classified

Jarno Trulli, Italy, Toyota, 50 laps.

Adrian Sutil, Germany, Force India, 49 laps.

Mark Webber, Australia, Red Bull, 29 laps.

Rubens Barrichello, Brazil, Honda, 14 laps.

Nelson Piquet Jr., Brazil, Renault, 13 laps.

Drivers’ standings (after 15 of 18 races)

1. Lewis Hamilton, Britain, McLaren, 84 points.

2. Felipe Massa, Brazil, Ferrari, 77.

3. Robert Kubica, Poland, BMW Sauber, 64.

4. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Ferrari, 57.

5. Nick Heidfeld, Germany, BMW Sauber, 56.

6. Heikki Kovalainen, Finland, McLaren, 51.

7. Fernando Alonso, Spain, Renault, 38.

8. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Toro Rosso, 27

9. Jarno Trulli, Italy, Toyota, 26.

10. Mark Webber, Australia, Red Bull, 20.

10. Nico Rosberg, Germany, Williams, 20.

Constructors’ standings

1. McLaren, 135 points.

2. Ferrari, 134.

3. BMW Sauber, 120.

4. Renault, 51.

5. Toyota, 46.

6. Toro Rosso, 31.

7. Red Bull, 28.

8. Williams, 26.

9. Honda, 14.

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In Formula One’s first night race, Renault’s Fernando Alonso captured the Singapore Grand Prix after starting 15th on the grid Sunday while McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead.

Alonso won for the 20th time in his career, his first victory since last year’s Italian Grand Prix. Williams’ Nico Rosberg was second, his best Grand Prix finish, and Hamilton was third.

Aloson was way back on the grid after a fuel pump failure in qualifying. On Sunday, the Spaniard benefited from an early safety car period that turned the race around.

Hamilton extended his championship lead to seven points because of a turn of events that cost title rival Felipe Massa of Ferrari any points. The Brazilian led early on from the pole, but his race was ruined when he pitted after the end of a safety car period at the start of the 20th lap.

Massa pulled away from his stop prematurely, taking the fuel rig and hose with him up the pit lane. He knocked over one of his mechanics, who needed medical treatment, and almost collided with another car.

By the time the Ferrari crew was able to sprint the length of pit lane and wrestle the rig out of the car, Massa had dropped from the lead to 18th and last. He then incurred a drive-through penalty for an “unsafe release from a pit stop.” Massa finished in 13th place.

It was a dismal race for Ferrari, with reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen crashing out on the 58th of 61 laps. The Italian team’s pointless finish and Hamilton’s third place lifted McLaren atop the constructors’ standings by one point.

Inspector MC Sharma who led the Delhi encounter today (Sep 19) succumbs to injuries, a senior police official said. Sharma was a highly decorated officer of Delhi Police. Terrorists had fired at Inspector Sharma during the encounter.

Winner of seven gallantry medals, Delhi Police Special Cell officer Mohan Chand Sharma was critically injured today during the encounter with Indian Mujahideen militants in Delhi. He died after battling for life for nearly eight hours.

Sharma (41), who led today’s daring encounter at Jamia Nagar where five terrorists linked with the recent serial blasts in the country were holed up, had received three bullet injuries on his abdomen, thighs and right arm. The inspector, who was bleeding profusely, was rushed to the nearby Holy Family hospital where he was operated upon and later put on life support systems.

After battling with his injuries for nearly eight hours, he was declared dead at seven in the evening. “We have lost our best man,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Karnal Singh told. Sharma, who is survived by his wife and two young children, had won seven gallantry medals including a President’s medal this year.

Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma had joined Delhi Police as a sub-inspector in 1989  and was responsible for elimination of scores of militants and criminals, today went down fighting as bravely as he served the police force so far. Considered an encounter specialist and posted with elite anti-terror squad Special Cell, Sharma was a highly decorated officer with seven gallantry medals to his credit.

During his meritorious service, he was instrumental in the killing of 35 terrorists and the arrest of another 80 militants. At least 40 inter-state gangsters also fell to the bullets of Sharma who was part of a team which meant terror for criminals. He also arrested another 129 gangsters.

Two militants involved in serial blast in Delhi and other places were killed in the encounter today while another militant was arrested.

PM condoles Sharma’s death

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today condoled the death of Delhi Police officer M C Sharma and described him as an “exceptionally brave officer who has been an inspiration to the security forces”

In a letter to Sharma’s wife, Singh said, “I was shocked to know about the sad demise of your husband, Inspector M C Sharma, who laid down his life in defending the security of our country.” “It is officers like your husband who make us all feel confident that our security is in safe hands. Your husband’s passing away is a great loss for our country and society,” Singh said in his letter.

The Prime Minister also hailed the exceptional courage that Sharma had shown throughout his career and the gallantry awards he had won over the years.

Sonia Gandhi expresses distress over policeman’s death

Congress President Sonia Gandhi tonight expressed deep distress over the death of Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma of Delhi Police, who succumbed to injuries during an operation against terrorists here. In a condolence message she said that Sharma battled with the terrorists valiantly and sacrificed his life in the service of the country. “Our battle against terrorism will continue with full resolve,

On a night of mixed fortune for Indian cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named the ODI Player of the Year, Yuvraj Singh won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year Award but pacer Ishant Sharma failed to win the Emerging Player honour at the annual ICC awards function in Dubai on Wednesday (September 10).

West Indies’ Mr. Dependable Shivnarine Chanderpaul was adjudged Cricketer of the Year after a fine performance in Tests as well limited over cricket while South African fast bowler Dale Steyn earned the Test Cricketer of the Year Award.

India ODI captain Dhoni beat off tough competition from team-mate Sachin Tendulkar, Australian fast bowler Nathan Bracken and Pakistan stalwart Mohammad Yousuf to take the prestigious award.

Yuvraj was deservedly honoured for his stupendous six sixes in an over off Englishman Stuart Broad in the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa last year.

Ishant lost out to Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Medis who took the Emerging Player of the Year Award.

During the voting period, Dhoni played 39 ODIs and scored 1,298 runs at an average of 49.92 and at a rate of 82.46 runs per 100 balls faced. In that time, he hit a century and nine fifties making sure he led his team from the front.

Dhoni also effected 62 dismissals (46 catches and 16 stumpings) as wicketkeeper, which is almost twice as many as the next best, albeit having played more matches than any other keeper. He is currently ranked number one in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen.

Tendulkar, however, found a place in the 12-man World ODI Team of the Year for the second year running, along with his captain Dhoni. Tendulkar was chosen along with Herschelle Gibbs of South Africa for the openers slot in the team led by Australia’s Ricky Ponting who got the leadership position for second year in a row and named in the team for third year running.

The 12-man squad was chosen by a specially-appointed selection panel chaired by West Indian batting legend Clive Lloyd. Virender Sehwag is the only Indian included in the 12-man World Test Team of the Year led by South African Graeme Smith.

In other awards, Simon Taufel of Australia won the Umpire of the Year Award for the fifth year in a row, the Netherlands’ Ryan ten Doeschate was declared Associate Player of the Year, England captain Charlotte Edwards chosen Women’s Player of the Year while the Spirit of Cricket Award went to Sri Lanka.

Yuvraj beat off tough competition from his captain Dhoni, Chris Gayle of the West Indies and Australia’s Brett Lee, who became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the World Twenty20 Championship in South Africa.

On 19 September last during a Twenty20 World Championship match against England in Durban, Yuvraj smashed every delivery of the 19th over off England’s Staurt Broad beyond the boundary rope, in the process registering a 12-ball half-century and putting his team on course for victory.

It was the first time a player had hit six sixes in a single Twenty20 International over. Herschelle Gibbs did it in an ODI during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in the West Indies while Garry Sobers became the first batsman to achieve the feat during a first-class match back in 1968.

For the best cricketer award, Chanderpaul had to fight off tough competition from Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardena as well as South Africans Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn to become the fifth player to win the coveted Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.

The West Indian crisis man follows the footsteps of India’s Rahul Dravid (2004), Andrew Flintoff of England and South Africa s Jacques Kallis (joint winners in 2005) and Ricky Ponting of Australia (2006, 2007) to take the top award.

During the voting period, the left-hander from Guyana played eight Test matches, scoring 819 runs at an average of 91.00, including three centuries and six fifties, all of which were against the top seven teams in the world. He also played 13 ODIs during that time, finishing top of the averages with 74.75 having scored 598 runs, a haul that included a century and five fifties.

He is currently ranked number one in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen and is sixth in the rankings for ODI batsmen.

For the Test Player of the Year, Steyn beat off Chanderpaul, Jayawardene and Proteas team-mate Jacques Kallis to win the first ICC award of his career. During the 12-month voting period, Steyn put in some remarkable performances, taking 86 wickets at an average of just 18.10 in the 14 Test matches. He was the only bowler to earn an average less than 21.50 (of those who played more than three matches).

The 25-year-old had the best strike-rate with a wicket every 31.9 deliveries and he boasted two 10-wicket matches and six five-wicket innings.

List of Winners:

Cricketer of the Year Award: Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI)

Test Player of the Year Award: Dale Steyn (SA)

ODI Player of the Year: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind)

Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Charlotte Edwards (Eng)

Emerging Player of the Year: Ajantha Mendis (SL)

Associate ODI Player of the Year: Ryan ten Doeschate (NL)

Twenty20 International Performance of Year: Yuvraj Singh (Ind)

Spirit of Cricket Award: Sri Lanka

Umpire of the Year Award: Simon Taufel

World Test Team of the Year (in batting order):

Graeme Smith (SA, captain); Virender Sehwag (Ind); Mahela Jayawardena (SL); Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI); Kevin Pietersen (Eng); Jacques Kallis (SA); Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wk); Brett
Lee (Aus); Ryan Sidebottom (Eng); Dale Steyn (SA); Muttiah Muralitharan (SL); 12th man: Stuart Clark (Aus)

ICC World ODI Team of the Year (in batting order):

Herschelle Gibbs (SA); Sachin Tendulkar (Ind); Ricky Ponting (Aus, captain); Yunus Khan (Pak); Andrew Symonds (Aus); Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, wk); Farveez Maharoof (SL); Daniel Vettori (NZ); Brett Lee (Aus); Mitchell Johnson (Aus); Nathan Bracken (Aus); 12th man: Salman Butt (Pak).

Federer dismantled Murray in less than two hours to win his 13th career Grand Slam title and his fifth straight US Open. He is now the only man in tennis history to win two Grand Slam five consecutive times (he won five Wimbledon titles).

On the strength of 20 more winners than Murray and a higher percentage of first serve points won, Federer was able to control the match from the outset. He broke Murray seven times in 10 chances and was only broken twice himself. Federer looked like the man that has won all those titles in the past, and it was vitally important that he claimed this title.

On the other hand, Murray appeared to be tired and he didn’t move or serve very well. I feel that the Del Potro and Nadal matches took a lot out of him and he just had nothing left in the tank. Regardless, it was a fantastic showing for Murray and he is now ranked a career high of #4 in the world.

Saroja- Movie Review

September 7, 2008

Venkat Prabhu opens his second innings with Saroja produced by Amma Creations after a successful ‘Chennai 6000028′ first innings. Saroja is a loose remake of the 1993 Hollywood film ‘Judgment night‘. Though this movie is a remake, Venkat Prabhu has amiably intertwined his sub-plots into the original main-plot, indianising it, suitable for our audience. The movie is at the danger of being condemned by those who lay emphasis on aesthetic components as ‘Plagiarism’. Anyhow Saroja emerges out well as a quality entertainer with ‘Navarasas’.

The movie projects open ‘the day before yesterday’ of the actual action day, where we see a tanker lorry taking off from Intana, Orissa. Immediately after this, we are pushed on to the ‘yesterday’ of the actual action day in which we find Saroja{Vega} the only daughter of Vishwanathan{Prakashraj} a business honcho leaving for school. And finally we are carried on to the actual day where a team of friends: Jagapathibabu{SPBCharan}, Rambabu{Vaibhav Reddy}, Ganesh{PremG} and Ajay{Shiva} consisting of two brothers, start for Hyderabad to see a Cricket match. A summary of what happened next would be- the container is knocked down during the second day of its journey, Saroja gets kidnapped and our heroes take a strange route to Hyderabad. The turned down container is the turning point of the plot which forces heroes to meet the villains. Though the rest may appear like a run of the mill story, Venkat Prabhu has taken pains to make it different to sustain the interest of the audience till the very end.

A ‘Psycho(1960)’ kind of Highway plot, Realistic action, subtle humor, little pathos and a bit of romance and glamour are the elements which constitute this commercial conglomerate. Screenplay and slapstick humor seem to be the biggest forte of Venkat Prabhu. His ability to produce laughter even at the time of disaster prevents this movie from falling short of its target. This movie mercilessly mocks at Teleserials, commercial heroes and kiddish youth. Undoubtedly Satirizing is one of the trademarks of a Venkat Prabhu film.Though most of the scenes in the first half are directly lifted from Judgment Night, Venkat Prabhu’s movie making skills become evident in the way in which he develops the ‘Saroja girl’ plot. The whole cast wonderfully performs what their master has asked them to do. Proper interlinking, good foregrounding and an attractive falling action make this screenplay even better. PremG’s comedy gives the impression of being effective only in his brother’s movies. If Venkat Prabhu is going to be more original in his future projects, he’ll be in the list of top-notch Tamil Directors.

A few in the audience may find it difficult to make out the plot interlinking at least during the exposition. Secondly, the Policemen appearing and living like thugs look a bit odd, though the Director tries to tie the loose strings at the end. Also too many guest appearances slog the progress and diverts the main focus of the film. A very few scenes fail to go in tune with the final effect.

Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score for this film is another breakthrough in film scores after Vettaiyadu Vilaiyadu. As an example we could quote the tune which swims through when Rambabu meets Pooja{Kaajal Agarwal} in a romantic flashback. Yuvan’s House and club tunes along with rap and pop here and there when the movie moves in darkness, make this movie a musical treat. Sakthi Saravanan’s camera has created the perfect screen tone for this movie. But during the rooftop scenes and chasing scenes we feel that the camera is a bit shaky. Praveen KL/Srikanth NB’s editing is another important aspect to be commended. Venkat Prabhu and his crew deserve a cheerful applause for what they have done. Good review by Pallava . . .

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