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Friday, March 4, 2011

World Cup: Windies win by 9 wickets as Bangladesh skittled out for 58

Kemar roch and Darren Sammy
It was a day-night game but the lights didn't need to flash on as West Indies knocked the daylights out of Bangladesh at a packed Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur on Friday to take a big stride towards the quarterfinals.
In what will be termed as a national disgrace in this cricket-crazy nation, Bangladesh fell to the pits with their lowest ever total of 58 runs in one-day internationals in 18.5 overs, also the lowest in this World Cup. The visitors took 12.2 overs to complete the formality losing a wicket in the process.
A packed house, non-stop cheering and skipper Shakib Al Hasan's correct call during the toss was all that could act as a fillip to the Bangladesh hopes. Then struck Kemar Roach, the fast bowling Windies sensation, who started where he had left off with a hat-trick against the Netherlands last week. He made opener Tamim Iqbal snick his very third ball of the innings to walk back with a duck. Iqbal, on whom lay big home hopes, chased the ball going for a drive. The stadium was stunned into silence and it became only more deafening soon as wickets began to tumble at either ends in quick succession.
There were no demons in the track. In fact it was the best one can ask for an ODI. The Bangladesh batsmen simply failed to rise to the occasion, trying to be more adventurous than duty demanded.
Bangladesh's listlessness was a delight for the West Indian bowlers, and they needed just three of them. Roach, skipper Darren Sammy and the tall left-arm spinner Suleiman Benn accounted for all the Bangladesh wickets.
Sammy, struggling for his own form, picked up three to leap each time in delight as the batsmen tried to force their shots driving straight to the fielders.
Benn, who opened the bowling with Roach, joined the party after a change of end. He scalped skipper Shakib Al Hasan beating him both in the air and off the pitch. The curtain call wasn't far by now with Benn continuing to tease and torment the batsmen with well-flighted deliveries while Sammy accounted for those who went for shots against his slow medium but well pitched up balls.
Only two of Bangladesh batsmen - left-handed Junaid Siddique and Mohd Ashraful - could reach double figures.
Angry Bangladesh fans stone 
West Indies team bus
Angry Bangladesh fans stoned the West Indies bus on Friday after the home team crashed to a humiliating nine-wicket defeat in the cricket World Cup.
Two windows of the bus were smashed as it was leaving the Sher-e-Bangla stadium after the match in what police claimed was a case of mistaken identity.
"The fans thought it was the Bangladeshi team bus and they hurled stones at it," Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy commissioner of police in Dhaka said.
"The window panes were shattered, but no one was injured."
West Indian star Chris Gayle, a former national captain, had tweeted from the vehicle during the attack, claiming the players had been terrified.
"This is ridiculous. Damn. World Cup with so much security and this happens. Big joke. Trust me I am not keen here. Every player lay flat," he wrote on his Twitter account.
He added: "This is some bullshit.....Bangladesh stoning our bus!!! Freaking glass Break!!! This is crap, can't believe..what next, bullets!!!!"
Bangladesh Cricket Board president Mustafa Kamal apologised to the West Indies for the incident.
"We are sorry it happened," Kamal said. "We have already ordered an investigation and the police are working on it.
"There was enough security for the buses, the fans may have thought it was the Bangladesh bus. The stones were thrown from a long distance.
"It is nothing serious. No serious damage was done, but still we are very sorry this happened."
Violence also broke out in the Dhaka University campus as angry students torched Bangladeshi team jerseys and placards after the home team's comprehensive defeat, a top police official said.
"A crowd of around 3,000 gathered inside the campus. They were very angry and shouted slogans against the players," Rezaul Karim, police chief of the university area said.
West Indies spokesman Philip Spooner, whose team were playing in Bangladesh for the first time since 2002, confirmed there were no injuries.
"We left the ground and on our way back to the hotel, a couple of stones did hit our window. Two windows were racked, but not shattered. Both teams are back at the hotel and are safe. Nobody is injured," he said.
"Our manager ( Richie Richardson) will notify the respective boards and the ICC (International Cricket Council). There is no panic, everybody is fine."
Bangladesh, one of the tournament's co-hosts along with India and Sri Lanka, had earlier slumped to a nine-wicket defeat to the West Indies in front of a 25,000 sell-out crowd.
They had been bowled out for their lowest ever one-day total of just 58 in 18.5 overs, with the West Indies cantering home in the 13th over of their innings with the match taking under two-and-a-half hours to complete.
Bangladesh had been expected to perform well in the event, especially in favourable home conditions. But two defeats in three games have dealt their hopes of making the quarter-finals a major blow.
Friday's incident came just a day after the second anniversary of the deadly attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in the Pakistani city of Lahore.
That attack left seven Sri Lankan players injured and killed eight Pakistani people. It also led to a suspension of all international cricket in Pakistan while the country's rights as a co-host of the ongoing World Cup were also withdrawn.
score card

Bangladesh innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
Tamim Iqbal c Sammy b Roach 0 2 3 0 0 0.00
Imrul Kayes c †Thomas b Sammy 5 15 8 0 0 62.50
Junaid Siddique lbw b Roach 25 33 27 4 0 92.59
Mushfiqur Rahim† c Sarwan b Sammy 0 6 4 0 0 0.00
Shakib Al Hasan* b Benn 8 23 16 1 0 50.00
Raqibul Hasan c Pollard b Sammy 4 23 17 0 0 23.52
Mohammad Ashraful c †Thomas b Roach 11 33 21 2 0 52.38
Naeem Islam c †Thomas b Benn 1 14 4 0 0 25.00
Shafiul Islam c Pollard b Benn 0 12 6 0 0 0.00

Abdur Razzak not out 2 9 6 0 0 33.33
Rubel Hossain b Benn 0 2 2 0 0 0.00

Extras (w 1, nb 1) 2

Total (all out; 18.5 overs; 90 mins) 58 (3.07 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-0 (Tamim Iqbal, 0.3 ov), 2-16 (Imrul Kayes, 3.3 ov), 3-25 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 5.1 ov), 4-36 (Junaid Siddique, 8.2 ov), 5-41 (Shakib Al Hasan, 10.2 ov), 6-51 (Raqibul Hasan, 13.6 ov), 7-56 (Naeem Islam, 16.2 ov), 8-56 (Mohammad Ashraful, 17.1 ov), 9-58 (Shafiul Islam, 18.3 ov), 10-58 (Rubel Hossain, 18.5 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ

KAJ Roach 6 0 19 3 3.16 (1nb, 1w)
SJ Benn 5.5 2 18 4 3.08

DJG Sammy 7 0 21 3 3.00

West Indies innings (target: 59 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
DS Smith b Naeem Islam 6 23 12 1 0 50.00

CH Gayle not out 37 44 36 6 0 102.77

DM Bravo not out 9 20 26 1 0 34.61

Extras (b 2, w 5) 7

Total (1 wicket; 12.2 overs; 44 mins) 59 (4.78 runs per over)
Did not bat RR Sarwan, S Chanderpaul, KA Pollard, DC Thomas†, DJG Sammy*, NO Miller, SJ Benn, KAJ Roach
Fall of wickets1-29 (Smith, 5.1 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ

Shafiul Islam 2 0 11 0 5.50

Naeem Islam 6 1 14 1 2.33 (1w)

Rubel Hossain 1 0 12 0 12.00

Abdur Razzak 1 0 8 0 8.00 (2w)

Mohammad Ashraful 2 0 11 0 5.50

Shakib Al Hasan 0.2 0 1 0 3.00

New Zealand charge to 10-wicket win

Martin Guptili
Ahmadabad. New Zealand wrapped up a thumping 10-wicket win over Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad, surpassing the Zimbabweans in every department to set up a victory that will reinvigorate their World Cup campaign. They started by making light work of a timid batting line-up, Tim Southee picking up 3 for 29 as four of the top seven failed to reach double figures and Zimbabwe limped to 162. Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum then sealed the result with the highest opening stand of this tournament and New Zealand's best in World Cups, as the target was overhauled with more than 16 overs to spare.
New Zealand went into this game level on points with Zimbabwe, the teams ranked fourth and fifth in Group A with one victory and one defeat each and separated only by net run-rate. Beating Zimbabwe, especially considering the sheer scale of their win, means that, in all probability they will need only one more victory to book a place in the quarterfinals, with a game against Canada in hand.
Zimbabwe talked themselves into a corner before this game, letting anyone who would listen know that they were targeting New Zealand in a must-win match. Their words seemed to build more pressure on themselves than the opposition, however, and the batsmen froze under the weight of expectation to reach a challenging total after captain Elton Chigumbura won the toss and decided to bat.
The rot started as early as the second over for Zimbabwe, Charles Coventry setting off for a non-existent single to the second ball he faced and not even bothering to dive as Hamish Bennett's throw from mid-on hit the stumps directly. New Zealand looked like the more inspired team from the start, maintaining intensity and energy with the ball and in the field, and they soon had Zimbabwe in even deeper trouble when Tim Southee recovered from the disappointment of having Tatenda Taibu dropped at mid-off to pin him in front of middle and leg with his very next ball to reduce them to 27 for 2 in the eighth over.
Some inventive captaincy from Vettori was backed up by his bowlers' discipline, Craig Ervine falling to a well thought-out off-side trap, and Vettori also took no time to win the battle with his opposite number, dismissing Chigumbura with his first ball of the match. He added another scalp in the same over, Regis Chakabva flapping haplessly to slip as Zimbabwe slid to 46 for 5 in the 15th over. All the while Brendan Taylor had looked like his team's most composed batsman, cracking four boundaries to enter the 40s and keep Zimbabwe afloat. When he missed a full, straight delivery from Scott Styris to be out for 44 their hopes of setting a challenging total had all but evaporated.
Graeme Cremer and Prosper Utseya's stubborn rearguard was ended when Mills found the edge of Cremer's bat for 22, but Ray Price did at least manage to stick around long enough to help Utseya take the score past 150. Southee, who found appreciable reverse swing with a scuffed up old ball, swung one into Price's pads to remove him for 11 and two overs later rattled Utseya's stumps with another inswinging delivery to end the innings.
Guptill and McCullum's plan appeared to be to deny Zimbabwe's slow bowlers any early breakthroughs through utmost caution and attack the seamers on a placid pitch. Without a decent total on the board, Zimbabwe's spinners were unable to create any pressure to force a breakthrough, and both batsmen simply waited for the bad ball to put away.
Guptill started in a hurry against Tinashe Panyangara, smashing 14 off from his first six balls and lofting two imperious sixes as his first three overs were dispatched for 25. In comparison, Price's first three yielded just nine, with barely a shot played.
Whatever pressure there might have been at the start of New Zealand's chase - and if there was any, it was minimal - quickly dissipated and even though the spinners maintained generally tight lines, the docile pitch meant there were few alarms for the batsmen. New Zealand eased past fifty in the 12th over with a brace of boundaries off Price and after he had been seen off, with both batsmen settling in, offspinners Utseya and Greg Lamb were easily milked.
With his options severely limited by the under-par total, Chigumbura simply ran out of ideas and the white flag was waved when the field was set back to allow easy singles on both sides of the wicket. Guptill, who proved the more aggressive of the two, punched one into the covers to bring up a 68-ball half-century in the 22nd over and the batsmen barely broke a sweat in bringing the 100 up shortly afterwards.
The match was practically over as a contest at that point and Zimbabwe simply went through the motions as the runs continued to flow, 21 runs from Elton Chigumbura's three overs hastening the end. McCullum reached his own half-century, from 74 balls, and New Zealand cantered home in the 34th over in a flurry of boundaries.
While New Zealand could not have asked for a better team performance, a fighting defeat might at least have spurred the Zimbabweans on to believe they could still take down Sri Lanka or Pakistan. The nature of their capitulation will have sapped the morale from their campaign, however, and they will do well to follow Chigumbura's advice after he said he hoped his side would forget the defeat quickly and move on.
score card

Zimbabwe innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
BRM Taylor lbw b Styris 44 106 57 4 0 77.19
CK Coventry run out (Bennett) 0 7 2 0 0 0.00
T Taibu† lbw b Southee 8 28 18 1 0 44.44
CR Ervine c Ryder b Mills 11 25 25 2 0 44.00
E Chigumbura* lbw b Vettori 1 9 4 0 0 25.00
RW Chakabva c Taylor b Vettori 0 3 2 0 0 0.00
GA Lamb run out (Guptill/Vettori) 18 46 34 1 0 52.94
P Utseya b Southee 36 95 65 3 0 55.38
AG Cremer c †BB McCullum b Mills 22 43 43 1 0 51.16
RW Price lbw b Southee 11 27 19 0 0 57.89

T Panyangara not out 4 13 9 1 0 44.44

Extras (lb 4, w 3) 7

Total (all out; 46.2 overs; 202 mins) 162 (3.49 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-2 (Coventry, 1.2 ov), 2-27 (Taibu, 7.4 ov), 3-42 (Ervine, 12.6 ov), 4-46 (Chigumbura, 14.1 ov), 5-46 (Chakabva, 14.3 ov), 6-86 (Taylor, 23.1 ov), 7-89 (Lamb, 26.6 ov), 8-122 (Cremer, 36.6 ov), 9-157 (Price, 44.1 ov), 10-162 (Utseya, 46.2 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ

KD Mills 10 0 29 2 2.90 (1w)
TG Southee 9.2 3 29 3 3.10 (2w)

HK Bennett 8 0 37 0 4.62

DL Vettori 10 3 25 2 2.50

SB Styris 4 0 13 1 3.25

NL McCullum 3 0 15 0 5.00

JD Ryder 2 0 10 0 5.00

New Zealand innings (target: 163 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR

MJ Guptill not out 86 114 108 7 2 79.62

BB McCullum† not out 76 114 95 6 2 80.00

Extras (lb 1, w 1, nb 2) 4

Total (0 wickets; 33.3 overs; 114 mins) 166 (4.95 runs per over)
Did not bat JD Ryder, LRPL Taylor, JEC Franklin, SB Styris, NL McCullum, DL Vettori*, KD Mills, TG Southee, HK Bennett

Bowling O M R W Econ

T Panyangara 5.3 0 42 0 7.63 (1nb)

RW Price 7 0 23 0 3.28

P Utseya 6 0 23 0 3.83 (1nb)

GA Lamb 5 0 18 0 3.60

AG Cremer 7 0 38 0 5.42

E Chigumbura 3 0 21 0 7.00 (1w) 

Nepal Maoists rejoin government

Nepal's tottering, one-month-old communist government received a shot in the arm on Friday when its major ally - and frequently major foe as well - the Maoists finally condescended to join the cabinet, after weeks of keeping Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal on tenterhooks.
However, remaining true to Nepal's politics of discord, the former guerrillas sent only a mini contingent of four ministers after differences erupted between Maoist supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda and his two deputies, Dr Baburam Bhattarai and Mohan Vaidya, preventing the party from naming all the 11 ministers they have been allotted.
A relieved Khanal, who had been stumbling along with just three ministers under him, administered the oath of office and secrecy to the four Maoist ministers at the presidential office, Shital Niwas, in Kathmandu Friday evening. Led by former Maoist information and communications minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who got the same ministry once again, the others are Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma (tourism and civil aviation ministry), Top Bahadur Raymajhi (physical planning and works) and Barsha Man Pun Ananta (peace and reconstruction ministry).
While Mahara and Bishwokarma are former ministers, the latter having been women, children and social welfare minister in an earlier government, the other two are first timers. Though two women were being considered, none of them made it to the first lot of ministers. Bishwokarma comes from the Dalit community.
With the swearing-in, the Maoists return to power 23 months after the collapse of Prachanda's government in May 2009. The development comes as a matter of concern for New Delhi, especially the allocation of portfolios. With Ananta getting the peace and reconstruction ministry, India's concern about Nepal's halted peace process and the fate of nearly 20,000 People's Liberation Army combatants, is bound to mount. A succession of visiting Indian ministers and top officials had urged that the PLA should be disbanded before the promulgation of the new constitution and Indian Army top brass in the past have been on record as saying that the PLA should not be inducted into the Nepal Army. A Maoist minister will give the former rebels an advantage during planning and negotiations.
With growing Indian companies employed in infrastructure projects in Nepal, a Maoist minister ruling the roost will also add to Indian worries. The recently concluded bilateral trade talks in New Delhi had seen the Indian side harp on the protection of Indian investment in the republic with Dabur Nepal and United Telecom Ltd being enumerated as instances of harassment and discrimination.
The continued absence of a foreign minister also affects India's further diplomatic lobbying. South Block has been eager to discuss visiting dates for Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna but the visit has been put on hold due to Nepal's council of ministers functioning without a foreign minister.

Al-Qaida No 2 calls for Islamic rule in Egypt

Osama bin Laden's deputy is urging fellow Egyptians to establish Islamic rule after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
In an Internet audio message, Ayman al-Zawahri warns the "honest and free people" of Egypt and Tunisia not to allow America and others steal the fruits of their uprisings by allowing them to install puppet regimes.
It's Al-Zawahri's fourth message since the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. The 28-minute recording was posted on a militant website today. He also urged Yemenis to continue their struggle to topple President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime, which he said turned Yemen into an American spy base. Yemen is home to an al-Qaida offshoot. Before becoming deputy al-Qaida leader, the Egyptian al-Zawahri headed the Al-Jihad extremist group that battled Mubarak's regime.

US university to investigate sex toy demonstration by professor

Northwestern University's president said on Thursday that he is "troubled and disappointed" that a psychology professor allowed a couple to engage in a sex act involving a motorized sex toy in front of dozens of students, and is calling for an investigation.
Hours after accounts of the February 21 class appeared in local newspapers, including the university's defense of Professor John Michael Bailey's decision to allow students to witness the act, Northwestern President Morton Schapiro strongly criticised the lecturer.
"I feel it represented extremely poor judgment on the part of our faculty member," Schapiro said a statement issued by the Evanston university.
A guest lecturer had been discussing bondage and sexual fetishes during Bailey's human sexuality class. According to published reports, a couple at the lecture decided that a video the students were watching on the female orgasm was not realistic and gave a live presentation involving the sex toy. Schapiro said it did not matter that the incident occurred after the class was over, that attendance was voluntarily and that the students were warned of the explicit nature of what they were about to see.
"I have recently learned of the after-class activity associated with Prof Michael Bailey's Human Sexuality class, and I am troubled and disappointed by what occurred," he said.
"I simply do not believe this was appropriate, necessary or in keeping with Northwestern University's academic mission," he said.
Evanston police say it will be up to the school to determine if the demonstration violated any local ordinances. The guest lecturer asked the students if they were "ready for a live sex show," student Justin Smith told the Chicago Tribune.
At that point, Faith Kroll took off her clothes and she and Jim Marcus climbed on the stage and, as about 100 students looked on, the pair demonstrated the use of a motorized device with a phallic object attached to it. The lecturer, Ken Melvoin-Berg, told the newspaper that the students were told about issues such as safety and consent.

China to overhaul administration in border areas near India and Pakistan

China's parliament has advised the government to overhaul the defense and administrative set up in border areas connected to India and other countries in south and central Asia.
The advice comes from Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, one of the two houses of Chinese parliament. It has a major influence in policy making on issues concerning minority Tibetans along the border with India, and Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, which borders Pakistan and Central Asia.
CPPCC has made "suggestions for developing border defense and overhauling the border defense administration system", it chairman Jia Qinglin said on the first day of its annual session at the Great Hall of the People on Thursday.
The statement is a pointer to major changes that might take place in the border regions. There has been wide-spread resentment against some local officials in the border region among the among minority Tibetan and Uighur Muslim communities. A Communist Party makes a statement of this kind only after the party has made up its mind.
Jia said members of CPPCC have come together to "investigate the working and living conditions of poor people in border areas". It has also suggested rapid urbanization to ensure the development of prefectures (or districts), which enjoy autonomy in the legal sense.
The 12th five-year plan beginning this year should provide a major impetus to the task of eliminating poverty and "fully implementing" the process of integration among the ethnic minorities in the border regions, he said.
Jia indicated the Communist Party will stick to decision to give a big push to development of the western region including Tibet and Xinjiang. This region has been left behind during the last three decades of industrialization focusing on eastern and southern China.

China hikes defence spend 13% to $91.5 billion

BEIJING/NEW DELHI. China announced a stunning 12.7% hike in its declared defence budget on Friday, sending shivers down the collective spines of its neighbours, including India, as well as around the globe.
Beijing declared its military allocation for 2011 will be $91.5 billion, which comes just a few days after India pegged its annual defence expenditure at $36 billion.
However, experts hold that China actually spends double the amount it officially declares on its 2.25-million strong People's Liberation Army.
The US, of course, is in a different league altogether. It's annual military budget, which also funds operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, is well beyond $600 billion.
The primary driver behind China's rapid modernisation of its armed forces, which has seen its warships now even being deployed as far as Gulf of Aden and beyond for the first time, is to deter US from interfering in its neighbourhood, especially vis-a-vis Taiwan.
But just like China keeps a hawk-eye on the US, India has to closely monitor China. The Indian defence establishment cannot ignore the fact that China continues to harden its position in the boundary talks, show assertive behaviour all along the 4,057 km Line of Actual Control, expand strategic moves in Indian Ocean Region and help "all-weather friend" Pakistan build its nuclear, missile and conventional military arsenals.
"Pakistan, we can handle...China remains the real long-term threat for us. Beijing, in fact, actively uses Islamabad to bog us down in South Asia," said a top Indian Army officer.
China's 12.7% jump in its defence budget is a return, after a short gap, to its straight yearly double-digit hikes in military spending since the 1990s.
Li Zhaoxing, spokesman of the Chinese parliament, justified the increase by pointing to the levels of military spending by India and US. "It's true that China's defence budget is raised a bit, but the ratio of the defence spending in the country's GDP remains very low, much lower than those of many other countries," he said.
Defence expenditure is 1.4% of GDP in China, added Li, while "that ratio in India is much higher than 2%". This, however, is factually wrong since as per finance minister Pranab Mukherjee's budget last week, India's defence expenditure is 1.83% of the projected GDP for 2011-2012.
Li, on his part, tried to reassure India that the rise in China's military spending has no connection with its approach towards New Delhi. "China attaches great importance to friendly relations with neighbours...Seeking peace, cooperation and development is a shared view of all Asian people, including the people of China and India," he said.
But India has reasons to worry. In fact, during the combined commanders conference in New Delhi a few months ago, the military top brass had urged the political leadership to factor China's ever-expanding transborder, cyber and space-warfare military capabilities into India's national security matrix. Even a normally cautious defence minister AK Antony holds that China is showing "increasing assertiveness" and India cannot afford to relax its guard.

Infosys BPO to hire 8,000

The back-office processing arm of India's No.2 software firm, Infosys Technologies Ltd, expects revenue growth of 18-20 per cent in the financial year that begins in April, its chief said.
D Swaminathan, chief executive and managing director of Infosys BPO, said he expects operating margins of 20 to 22 percent in fiscal 2012.
The company will also hire 8,000 staff, he said on the sidelines of a conference, adding that he expects attrition to stabilize to 25-30 per cent in the next fiscal.
India, which was the pioneer of the BPO revolution two decades ago, still dominates the industry with round 40 per cent of the offshore BPO market. Nasscom estimates that Indian BPO exports will grow by 14 per cent to reach $14.1 billion this fiscal. However, the Philippines today leads in the voice segment.
The domestic BPO segment is seen to grow by 16.9 per cent in FY 2011 to reach Rs 127 billion. Driven by higher IT needs in banks, telecom, education, healthcare and public sector, domestic IT demand is likely to grow almost three times faster than the global IT demand.
While global IT spend is expected to grow at 5.5- 6 % in FY 2011, the domestic spend is likely to grow at 15- 16 per cent during FY 2011 as against FY 2010.

Virginity, lost it yet?

A recent survey states the average age for losing virginity is 17. Is that so or are teenagers getting sexually active even earlier? Debarati S Sen explores ...
Studies have revealed that children, these days, are losing their virginity at a very young age. Experts say that with the average age of puberty going down to 9-10 years for girls and 10-11 years for boys, the average age for losing virginity too is going down. And the deadly paring with this is — awareness about sex is more these days and information (not always from the right sources) is freely available. Television, movies and most prominently the Internet is loaded with extremely easily accessible information and graphic details. This, most of the time, helps to entice the youngsters to experiment, who already have hormones raging through them.

Anju Uppal, principal of an international high school says, "I have been dealing with children for a long time and I do believe that children these days are losing their virginity very early. They get attracted to each other and are tempted to take it all further."

Curiosity killed the cat
Psychiatrist Dr Anjali Chhabria says, "It's human nature to be curious. A teenager would definitely want to experiment and experience the information he/she has heard about sex. For certain kids who are more shy, withdrawn and introverts, social networking sites are best for communication. Kids who may be new to exploring sexuality or may have a high drive, do indulge in cyber sex or phone sex at times." Anju Uppal adds, "They are much more aware of things these days and they are very keen to experiment."

Lack of attention from parents
With most parents working, kids are without proper supervision (a maid would not even understand the nuances of phone or cyber sex) and free to do as they like. "Sometimes the attention from the parents is not enough, kids may indulge in these things just to attract negative attention from parents," says Dr Chhabria.

Family history
Children who are from broken families are prone to indulge in flings with multiple partners without emotional attachments. Seema Hingorrany, clinical psychologist adds, "When there is a marital discord between parents the children may try to cling to their relationships and are ready to lose their virginity to hold on to it."

Sex isn't taboo anymore
Sex in our society is also not such a taboo as it used to be earlier and virginity is not such a big deal. Psychotherapist Shilpa Raheja agrees, "Virginity has lost its sacred value. 'Saving your virginity for marriage' is something that is even laughed at these days by some people." This attitude, though not very common is accepted.

Influence of alcohol
Is influence of alcohol or substance abuse one of the reasons that lead to lowering the age of sexual activity among children? Dr Chhabria says, "It may not be one of the reasons but it may stimulate the sexual urge further for them to indulge in sex. Also substance and alcohol tend to reduce the anxiety towards sex and alter consciousness which definitely plays a major role in letting the person freely perform sex."

Peer-group pressure
To have a boyfriend or girlfriend is like a status symbol say experts. "So much of 'hanging around' at pubs, cafes and discos are happening. You need a girl in your arms when you walk in to a party," says Shilpa. There are children who have their reasons for absistence but sometimes they are counteracted upon in a very strong way by the friends and the peer group. "Friends often provide the means when a parent refuses," says Anju.

Proper education needed
Yes we all know sex education is provided in schools. Period. But with rampant teenage pregnancies it obviously is not enough. Shilpa says, "Talking openly about sex is still not common. Parents usually want some other organisation to do the sex-talk with their kids."

Effects on children
Seema says, "In the last five years I have seen the number rise rapidly. Around 50-75 per cent young girls and guys lose their virginity much before they are anywhere near adulthood. And this affects them mentally. When kids are in Std 5, they have crushes and before they are in college most lose their virginity. When such a relationship does not work out depression hits them. There are anxiety disorders, eating disorders and feelings of guilt that may ruin their childhood."

Expert advice for parents
A good relationship between parents may be important where both have similar parenting styles. Parents need to be role models and need to make their child see how important is love, affection, care and commitment in a relationship. They need to explain that sex is something precious to be shared with the person you love and not just an act of physical satisfaction.The emotional problems that come up with losing virginity at an early age and that come along with multiple partners needs to be explained to your child with a lot of patience. Children also need to understand that their parents are the one who they need to confide into. Also all information from friends and elsewhere needs to be confirmed as it may not always be true. Children also need to judge better for themselves what is right and wrong and what will be good for them in the future.

Advice for teenagers
*>  The only way you can guarantee that you won't catch a sexually transmitted disease and won't get pregnant is abstinence.
*>  No one can force you into it. 'If you loved me you'd do it', can be countered with a 'If you really loved me you would wait'.
*>  Saying a no to a person even if it is someone you have said a yes to earlier, is perfectly okay.
*> Always keep in mind that despite what rumors and gossip may suggest, virgins are a majority in most high schools, not a minority.
*>  If you want to show someone how much you care intercourse is not the only way to go about it. Don't let others try to convince you otherwise.
*>  If you kiss someone passionately does not mean that you have to go on to having sex with them.

117 mobile numbers in one woman's name in Delhi

A 34-year-old woman living in Turkman Gate recently discovered that she had 117 mobile connections in her name. Not once had she applied herself, and not one number belonged to her.
The only clue: she may have photocopied her voter ID sometime, say cops, which was used by several others as ID proof to get a mobile connection.
The DoT ( department of telecommunications) chanced upon her name in a random survey of customers' addresses. DoT has raised concerns of connections being given on forged documents, which are even used many times over by cellular operators to expand their customer base.
The woman in Turkman Gate (name withheld), belongs to a minority community and lives with her brother, having been abandoned by her husband. Until sleuths came knocking on her door, she was unaware that her name, identity and address had been misused in a public database.
"We believe that the woman might have photocopied her election ID card sometime in the past three years. There are some connections in her name which are around two years old. We suspect some unscrupulous persons used her ID for their own benefits," a officer who is part of the investigations said. "The woman has been cleared of any role in the incident. We have interrogated some men in the neighbourhood with interests in local PCOs, photocopy shops and mobile phone retailers, but we could not fix responsibility on anyone."
Officially, Delhi police remained tightlipped on the investigations though sources said 117 connections had been unearthed in the Turkman Gate case. Local cops have reportedly sent a report to the security agencies on this issue.
Earlier, in the first such case against major cellular operators, DoT had lodged a case of cheating and forgery against three service providers who had allegedly submitted forged documents with the department in order to expand their customer base across Delhi and NCR.
"We have registered three cases against three service providers after the ADG of the Telecom Enforcement Resources and Monitoring Cell, Akmal Hussain registered their complaint with us. DoT has carried out its own preliminary inquiries before approaching us," DCP (crime) Ashok Chand said. "The cases have been registered under sections IPC 420 (cheating), 468 (Forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) against the companies.
Under the rules, these companies had to verify whether the addresses provided by their dealers were genuine. But, preliminary inquiries show that on many occasions, the company management had not stopped services even when they noticed the forgery," he said.
Police said forgery had grown rampant over the past few years. "So far, around 143 such complaints have been verified to be true but we are still a long way off from even finishing the investigations," said a senior officer of the Inter State Unit of the crime branch, which is investigating the case. "There are similar allegations against at least two other service providers. The problems seem to have been come to the fore only since June 2009 when DoT detected such forgery in Delhi for the first time and sent notices to the respective companies."

2G scam: Raja may be charged with endangering national security

former telecom minister A Raja
The CBI is considering whether to charge former telecom minister A Raja with endangering national security for being instrumental in allocating spectrum to companies with foreign partners linked to firms controlled by secret services of countries inimical to India.
Sources in the agency claim to have found evidence of quid pro quo between grant of licences under Raja to firms which had either done or were in business with telecom companies in Pakistan, Afghanistan and China, and the bribes allegedly paid to him.
CBI sources said that since not all firms which got spectrum in 2008 were ready to conspire with Raja, the former telecom minister chose to help late and new entrants in the sector. Anxious to get licences, yet not hopeful of their prospects, these companies were allegedly more willing to cut illegal deals with the former telecom minister.
The first chargesheet in the 2G spectrum scam case will be filed by March 31, as promised by the investigating agency before Supreme Court which is monitoring the probe. It is expected to name 15-20 persons as accused with Raja on the top of the list, the sources said.
This is in contrast to 63 persons, including CEOs and managing directors of telecom firms, MPs, bankers, department of telecom officials, who were questioned intensely by the CBI in the last two months.
"All of them were not in the wrong when Raja was tweaking the first-come first-served policy in allocation of spectrum. Just because they too got spectrum along with the tainted ones, does not make all of them suspect. We have intensely questioned and joined the dots by procuring relevant documents from various places in India and abroad," the sources said.
The Comptroller and Auditor General ( CAG) had said grant of licences at 2001 prices in the year 2008 without resorting to a public, transparent auction caused a notional loss of Rs 1,76,000 crore to the exchequer.
The CBI estimates the loss at Rs 45,000-50,000 crore and alleges that Raja made Rs 3,000 crore in bribe.
The agency sources said they have completed 70% of the investigations into the 2G spectrum scam, which will be reflected in the first chargesheet. The agency will resort to Section 173(8) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to file a supplementary chargesheet after March 31 on completion of the probe.
The sources also said that the CBI has registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) report and started looking into the spectrum allocations during the 2001-2007 period, which included the tenure of Arun Shourie as telecom minister during the NDA regime.