FIFA WORLD CUP 2010:Argentina crushes South Korea; Higuain scores hat-trick

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Gonzalo Higuaín scored the first hat-trick of the 2010 World Cup making Argentina to a comfortable win over South Korea on Thursday. Argentina crushed South Korea 4-1 in a Group B game at Soccer City, Johannesburg.

Argentina took the lead in as early as the 17th minute when Korean forward Park Chu-young deflected a pass into his own goal.Lee Chung-Young pulled one back for Korea, making it 2-1 in the 45th minute to wrap up an interesting first half.

Argentina have now won both their games, having beaten Nigeria 1-0 in the campaign opener.


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Ram Jethmalani , Mallya win RS polls; BJP bags five seats

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The BJP finished on top bagging five seats followed by the Congress four, in the RS biennial polls for 18 seats.The JD (U) got two seats and the JMM, RJD and LJP one each.

Noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani, Union minister Anand Sharma, liquor baron Vijay Mallya and LJP supremo Ram Vilas Paswan were elected  to the Rajya Sabha.

Jethmalani won on 41 first preference votes in Rajasthan.  The  independent nominee Mallya win the election and defeat one of the candidates of opposition Congress with the help of ruling BJP with coalition parter JD(S).

BJP's M. Venkaiah Naidu and Ayanur Manjunath were also declared elected along with former Union minister and Congress leader Oscar Fernandes.

Huge boost on electric cars

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The electric car segment received a huge boost on Wednesday with utility major Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) buying out a controlling stake of 55.2% in the electric car maker Reva. The company also promised to make an equity infusion of Rs 45 crore and has renamed the company Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicle Co following the joint venture.
Though company officials from both sides refused to divulge investment details, analysts pegged the stake sale anywhere between Rs 275 crore and Rs 325 crore. However, the question lingers about the future of electric cars in a country like India where car penetration is still below 10 in a population of 1,000.

A senior official of apex auto body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers Association (SIAM) said at present, there is very little scope for electric cars in India. “Customers first look for value for money. As electric batteries are very expensive, costs of the vehicle also shoot up,” he said, adding that infrastructure issues also are big deterrent for electric cars.

Abdul Majeed, auto leader at global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers India said what electric car companies really need is infrastructure to keep up with the dream. He said, “Just like we have petrol/diesel pumps across the country, charging stations also have to come up for electric vehicles.” Though Majeed expects little growth in electric cars immediately, he believes these could become more popular in the next four years. “The current generation is a lot more sensitised about the environment than previous ones. In the years ahead, the electric form of vehicles will become a lot more popular. We are already seeing the trend globally,” Majeed said.
President and managing director of General Motors India, Karl Slym, said that initially the popularity of electric cars might be on the lower side. But with government assistance and more general awareness, volumes would start increasing.

However, the country's two largest producers of passenger cars have ruled out any immediate plans of entering this segment. Chairman of Maruti Suzuki, RC Bhargava, said that at present, the electric cars did not seem viable simply because of space constraints. “Almost 90% of the Indians park their cars on the roadside, where will they charge the cars?”

Bhargava also added that in the present scenario with already a severe power shortage electric vehicles could face some troubles. “If the bulk of the electricity comes from coal, I don't think it is too environment...





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Rupee at 1-month high on stronger euro, shares

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The rupee rose to its highest in nearly a month as the euro's strength triggered dollar sales from exporters, while the seventh straight session gains in local shares also extended support.

The partially convertible rupee ended at 46.30/31 per dollar, off an intraday peak of 46.28, its strongest since May 20. It strengthened about 0.5 percent from the previous close of 46.55/56.

"A recovery in the euro lifted sentiment and restored some confidence that risk appetite is returning. A higher stock market also supported buying in the rupee," said a senior trader with a foreign bank.

"The rupee should trade in the 46.25 to 46.50 a dollar range on Thursday," he added.

The euro touched a three-week high versus the dollar on a well-covered Spanish bond auction. The Swiss franc rose against the dollar and euro as the Swiss National Bank relaxed its interventionist stance and said deflationary risks had all but disappeared.

The index of the dollar against six major currencies was down 0.4 percent.

A rise in domestic stocks also lifted sentiment. The BSE Sensex climbed 0.9 percent on Thursday, rising for the seventh straight session in its longest winning streak in 10 months.

Foreign fund flows into and out of the stock market influence the rupee's fortunes. So far in June, foreigners have bought a net $588 million worth of shares, after pulling out around $2 billion in May.

They are still net buyers of $5.2 billion so far in 2010.

One-month offshore non-deliverable forward contracts was at 46.41, weaker than the onshore spot rate.

In the currency futures market, the most traded near-month dollar-rupee contracts on the National Stock Exchange and MCX-SX ended at 46.3775 and 46.3825 respectively, with the total traded volume on the two exchanges at about $6.3 billion.

Infosys, Wipro trying innovative ways to woo talent

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The tech majors Infosys and Wipro are hunting for talent with a difference. They are playing up innovation to float newer ways of attracting and catching talent. Infosys Technologies has opened a ‘‘green channel'' inviting its ex-employees who wish to come back to the Infy stable. This special green channel has been created to make their return home a smooth affair. 

The company is trying to drive the idea of ‘‘Once an Infoscion, always an Infoscion.'' The target cities are Bangalore, Chennai and Pune, as the company believes that a sizeable population of ex-Infoscions is residing in these cities. 

Wipro too is going great guns with its Wipro Academy of Software Excellence (WASE) programme offering a world of exciting opportunities for freshers. Under the scheme, freshers are paid a stipend / salary of Rs 9,000 in the first year, Rs 11,500 in the second year, Rs 16,667 in the third year and Rs 21,500 in the fourth year. Well, the icing on the cake is an MS Degree from BITS Pilani at the end of fourth year. So for fresh grads it is like having the cake and eating it too. They will be Wipro employees and simultaneously will be doing their master's through a combination of online and offline. 

‘‘We are hiring 3,000 fresh candidates under this programme this year. This is the first time we are hiring thousands under WASE and in earlier years, it has always been in hundreds,” said Pradeep Bahirwani, global head, talent acquisition, Wipro Technologies. 

WASE is a 10-year-old programme, but Wipro hired only 4,000 people so far under this. Fresh grads in the areas of BSc computer science, information technology, electronics, physics, math, statistics are the target audience of WASE.
 

Microsoft lags in opening Window for tablets

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Microsoft Corp.’s failure to deliver a tablet-friendly version of Windows is forcing big computer makers like Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. to rely on rival software to help them keep up with Apple Inc.’s iPad.

Windows 7, the most recent version of Microsoft’s operating system, is too unwieldy for an iPad-like device, said David Daoud, an analyst at IDC. A lighter edition won’t be ready until the fourth quarter, giving Apple almost a year’s head start in the burgeoning market for tablets.

“The Windows world needs to respond,” said Daoud, whose firm is based in Framingham, Massachusetts . “They will have to play catch-up .”

The iPad’s success caught much of the PC industry by surprise. Within two months of the April 3 release, Apple sold 2 million iPads — more than IDC expected for the entire tablet industry in 2010. To catch up, Dell and Hewlett-Packard are turning to Google Inc.’s Android operating system. Taiwanese manufacturers that build most of the world’s PCs said they’re dissatisfied with Microsoft’s current lineup. “We don’t have any choice for now,” said Joseph Hsu, chairman and president of Taipeibased manufacturer Micro-Star International Co., a maker of laptops and computer parts. Windows 7 is too powerful and consumes too much energy from batteries, he said.

The iPad, which can display books, videos and the Internet on a thin touch screen, will reach sales of 5.5 million units this year and jump to 13 million next year, according to Macquarie Group Ltd.

‘FEEDBACK IS FAIR’

John Kalkman, a vice president in the Microsoft division that works with computer makers, said the feedback from PC manufacturers is “fair.” Later this year, Microsoft will release Windows Embedded Compact 7, which will require less processing power and reduces the drain on batteries.

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, has tried for more than a decade to build a market for tablet-sized personal computers. Chairman Bill Gates predicted in November 2001 that the tablet would become the most popular form of PC within five years.

Demand for the Windows tablets currently sold by Hewlett- Packard and Dell has been lackluster, according to IDC. Before the iPad made its debut this year, the researcher had been forecasting that sales of tablets would decline to less than 1 percent of the overall PC market in the U.S. IDC had predicted total shipments of just 523,000 tablets.

PASSED BY APPLE

Microsoft, passed by Apple as the largest technology company by market capitalisation this year, rose $1.09 to $26.58 yesterday on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Palo Alto, California- based Hewlett-Packard climbed $1.10 to $47.98 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. Round Rock, Texasbased Dell increased 91 cents to $14.

Intel Corp., whose chips run about 80% of the world’s PCs, hasn’t helped Microsoft’s cause. The chipmaker’s most energy-efficient tablet-ready processors don’t run Windows 7 — and won’t until early next year.

Hewlett-Packard spokeswoman Marlene Somsak declined to comment on sales of tablets based on Microsoft software. Dell spokesman Jake Whitman said Microsoft Windows, used in the company’s Latitude tablets, “helps provide a flexible and intuitive tablet-PC computing experience.”

Pre-order of Apple iPhone

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iPhone fans have stormed Apple’s websites in such large numbers to pre-order the newest version that many were unable to reserve one. The number of pre-orders overwhelmed Apple’s online stores around the world as it opened for business 10 days before the iPhone 4 was to become available on June 24.

Apple said in a statement on Wednesday that it had taken 600,000 pre-orders for the new phone on Tuesday, “the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day, and ... far higher than we anticipated.”
Apple apologised to everyone who encountered difficulties and to those who “abandoned the process in frustration.”
In Germany, a Deutsche Telekom spokesman said “the rush on our website was enormous ... the demand was 10 times as high as the launch of the previous model 3Gs.” The rush is a bad omen for all those who wanted to have the newest iPhone in their hands next Thursday, when deliveries were scheduled to begin.

“It’s possible we will not be able to fill all requests immediately,” the Telekom spokesman said. Apple appeared to be lagging behind in its production. “We have been allowed far fewer phones than we ordered.” Deutsche Telekom opened its lines for business at 10 am on Tuesday.

Shortly thereafter its main server was overburdened by the number of pre-orders. “Every now and then, customers got through,” the spokesman said. But things had stabilised after Telekom added capacity to the website.

Customers who wanted to order directly through Apple also needed lots of luck to get through. AT&T, the U.S. partner for iPhones, had problems coping with the online orders. Some customers ended up getting their orders mixed up — the second security glitch for AT&T in recent weeks after 114,000 e-mail addresses of iPad owners became accessible to the public.

Reliance Communication launches MobileNet for hassle-free Internet

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As a part of its value-addeed service offerings to its customers, private telecom operator, Reliance Communications, today launched a single data plan, MobileNet, which claims to provide hassle-free Internet access. 

Through MobileNet, RCOM GSM and Reliance Telecom Limited (RTL) subscribers can now avail GPRS through multiple channels such as self-care (RWorld, SMS, USSD), e-recharge, paper voucher, Internet, etc, a press release said here. 

Presently, RCOM GSM/RTL subscribers can avail GPRS services through mobile, using different APN (Access Point Name) like RCOM Wap (via RWorld) and connect phone to PC/ laptop /modem to browse internet using RCOM Net (via NetConnect charges applicable). 

"MobileNet GPRS plans will give customers Internet access on mobile as well PC/Laptop. The customer can use the MobileNet to access information, services and entertainment, much the same way as that on a PC," Reliance Communications' Head (VAS), Anil Pande, said. 

In fact, existing plans on WAP (Mobile Internet) and Net (Net Connect) plans would be combined to offer better and improved offering, Pande said. 

Through this VAS offering, RCOM plans to leverage revenues from the existing and new subscribers, the release said. 


Spain Vs Switzerland – Shocking Result for Euro Champions

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Day 6 of World Cup 2010 was filled with disappointing results for couple of sides, as South Africa Vs Uruguay and Spain Vs Switzerland did not go exactly the way it was expected.

Spain, which was expected to be fighting for the tournament title in this edition of World Cup, got a 1-0 loss at the hands of Switzerland at Durban. In Spain Vs Switzerland game from Group H, the Euro Champions had most of the possession, but failed to create a number on the board. However, when Gelson Fernandes got the opportunity, he did not fail and register a shocking win for his side in the 52nd minute. Now, Spain will have to win all their coming matches, if they are to qualify into the next stage.

South Africa Vs Uruguay was another one of the disappointing outcome, especially for the home fans. The host crashed to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the South Americans. For Uruguay, striker, Diego Forlan, delivered as expected. He scored couple of goals and at the end, even created the third goal for his side. This win almost assures Uruguayans a place in top-16, whereas the home team will have to come up with a magical performance against Former Champions, France, to advance into the next stage.

Another game on Day 6 involved Honduras and Chile from Group H. South Americans prevailed victorious in this game with a 1-0 margin. The game was quite close and either side could have won the game. However, in the end, Jean Beausejour’s goal made all the difference for the Chileans.

Pak Punjab govt gave millions to JuD

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Lahore: The government of Pakistan's Punjab province provided Rs 82.77 million to Jamaat-ud-Dawah and its allied institutions during the last fiscal year, according to official documents.

The supplementary budget for the past fiscal tabled in the Punjab assembly for approval revealed that the PML-N-led provincial government made a grant of over Rs 79 million to the Markaz-e-Tayyaba, the JuD headquarters in Muridke near Lahore in 2009.

'Hafeez's India diatribe with backing of Pak's top religious parties worrying'

Another Rs 3 million was given as grants to schools run by the JuD in different districts of Punjab, according to the official documents.

Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, under a cloud for his links to banned groups like the Sipah-e-Sahaba, admitted that the money had been given to the JuD.

Fear of the Devil holding up census in Mizoram

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Aizawl: The fear of the 'Beast' or the Devil in the Christian-dominated state of Mizoram has caused almost 1,000 families to refuse to enroll their names in the National Population Register (NPR) taken up along with the Census 2011 here from May 15.
The dread stems from Chapter 13 Verse 17 of the Book of Revelations in the Bible which says "... and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark or the name of the Beast or the number of his name."
The problem has stemmed from the Unique Identification Authority of India stipulating that none one could buy or sell property without the Unique ID card.
According to adherents of the belief, since buying or selling of property made one a follower of the Beast, one having the UID card, which authorised property transactions, automatically made one a follower of the Devil. 
Those refusing to be enumerated belong to the Mizoram Presbyterian Church and the Baptist Church of Mizoram.
Champhai District Magistrate Vijay Kumar Bidhuri said when he summoned Lalzawna the leader and high priest of a sect he was told that his religious belief would not permit him to register his name and he was ready to face any punishment.
Serchhip Deputy Commissioner H said that adherents of the belief claimed they had the religious freedom to disobey the government and were not afraid of punitive action.
"They are not afraid of being prosecuted for their beliefs as they are more afraid of being identified with the Devil," one enumerator said. 
The highest decision making body of the largest Church in the state on June 13 issued a message to all members asking them to cooperate with census officials as it was the duty of every citizen to do so.
"We (the believers) should not be afraid of the Beast (Devil), rather the Beast should be afraid of us as we believe in God who is more powerful," the message said.
The Church said that UID was important to identity bona fide citizens of the country and also help in identifying illegal immigrants and terrorists.
The Church also condemned people who were issuing booklets about the 'Number of the Beast' to terrify church members.
The message of the Presbyterian Church was read out in all church branches in the state, but there were still some who were skeptical, a church elder said.
Enumerators were instructed by District Magistrates of all the eight districts in the state to identify those refusing to cooperate on religious grounds. 
The reports lying with five District Magistrates indicated that there were 939 families who have refused to have their names registered in the NPR, official sources said.
Aizawl district has the largest number of of 483 families including 132 from Aizawl city followed by 158 families in Champhai district. 
Serchhip district 5 families and Lawngtlai district 130 families, while there were 33 families in Kolasib district refusing to be enumerated, the sources said.
District Magistrate Bidhuri convened a meeting for people who refused to cooperate with the census officials on June 11 where only two persons, after being given explanations, agreed to cooperate with officials.
The rest refused to budge from their stand even after the authorities told them that they could be fined up to Rs 1,000 and liable for imprisonment of up to three years.
They were also informed that they could be deprived of their right to franchise, ration cards, works under NREGS and other benefits from the government.
"As they have refused to believe our explanations, we may be left with no other option, but to take punitive action against them," one official said. 
The fear of the Beast is not new among Mizo Christians as many of the sects and cults have refused to enroll their children in school believing enrolment would make them adherents of the Devil.
Many have refused to have ration cards to avail rice at a cheaper rate on the same grounds even though most of them belonged to poorer sections of the society.

Football World Cup 2010 schedule - Indian Time

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Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France.
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece.
Group C: England, United States, Algeria, Slovenia
Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana.
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon.
Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia.’
Group G: Brazil North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal.
Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile.

2010 World Cup Group stages fixtures, dates and venues
Day
Venue & Time
Stage
Team 1
Result
Team 2
Friday, 11 June
Johannesburg, 16:00
Group A
South Africa
-
A2
Cape Town, 20:30
A3
-
A4
Saturday, 12 June
Johannesburg, 13:30
Group B
B1
-
B2
Port Elizabeth, 16:00
B3
-
B4
Rustenburg, 20:30
Group C
C1
-
C2
Sunday, 13 June
Polokwane, 13:30
C3
-
C4
Durban, 16:00
Group D
D1
-
D2
Pretoria, 20:30
D3
-
D4
Monday, 14 June
Johannesburg, 13:30
Group E
E1
-
E2
Bloemfontein, 16:00
E3
-
E4
Cape Town, 20:30
Group F
F1
-
F2
Tuesday, 15 June
Rustenburg, 13:30
F3
-
F4
Port Elizabeth, 16:00
Group G
G3
-
G4
Johannesburg, 20:30
G1
-
G2
Wednesday, 16 June
Nelspruit, 13:30
Group H
H3
-
H4
Durban, 16:00
H1
-
H2
Pretoria, 20:30
Group A
South Africa
-
A3
Thursday, 17 June
Polokwane, 13:30
A4
-
A2
Bloemfontein, 16:00
Group B
B4
-
B2
Johannesburg, 20:30
B1
-
B3
Friday, 18 June
Port Elizabeth, 13:30
Group D
D1
-
D3
Johannesburg, 16:00
Group C
C4
-
C2
Cape Town, 20:30
C1
-
C3
Saturday, 19 June
Rustenburg, 13:30
Group D
D4
-
D2
Durban, 16:00
Group E
E1
-
E3
Pretoria, 20:30
E4
-
E2
Sunday, 20 June
Bloemfontein, 13:30
Group F
F4
-
F2
Nelspruit, 16:00
F1
-
F3
Johannesburg, 20:30
Group G
G1
-
G3
Monday, 21 June
Cape Town, 13:30
G4
-
G2
Bloemfontein, 16:00
Group H
H4
-
H2
Johannesburg, 20:30
H1
-
H3
Tuesday, 22 June
Bloemfontein, 16:00
Group A
A4
-
South Africa
Rustenburg, 16:00
A2
-
A3
Polokwane, 20:30
Group B
B2
-
B3
Durban, 20:30
B4
-
B1
Wednesday, 23 June
Pretoria, 16:00
Group C
C2
-
C3
Port Elizabeth, 16:00
C4
-
C1
Johannesburg, 20:30
Group D
D4
-
D1
Nelspruit, 20:30
D2
-
D3
Thursday, 24 June
Johannesburg, 16:00
Group F
F4
-
F1
Polokwane, 16:00
F2
-
F3
Rustenburg, 20:30
Group E
E2
-
E3
Cape Town, 20:30
E4
-
E1
Friday, 25 June
Durban, 16:00
Group G
G4
-
G1
Nelspruit, 16:00
G2
-
G3
Pretoria, 20:30
Group H
H4
-
H1
Bloemfontein, 20:30
H2
-
H3
Saturday, 26 June
Port Elizabeth, 16:00
Round of 16 –Match 1
1A
-
2B
Rustenburg, 20:30
Round of 16 –Match 3
1C
-
2D
Sunday, 27 June
Bloemfontein, 16:00
Round of 16 –Match 4
1D
-
2C
Johannesburg, 20:30
Round of 16 –Match 2
1B
-
2A
Monday, 28 June
Durban, 16:00
Round of 16 –Match 5
1E
-
2F
Johannesburg, 20:30
Round of 16 –Match 7
1G
-
2H
Tuesday, 29 June
Pretoria, 16:00
Round of 16 –Match 6
1F
-
2E
Cape Town, 20:30
Round of 16 –Match 8
1H
-
2G
Wednesday, 30 June
Rest days
Thursday, 01 July
Friday, 02 July
Port Elizabeth, 16:00
Quarter-final C
5
-
7
Johannesburg, 20:30
Quarter-final A
1
-
3
Saturday, 03 July
Cape Town, 16:00
Quarter-final B
2
-
4
Johannesburg, 20:30
Quarter-final D
6
-
8
Sunday, 04 July
Rest days
Monday, 05 July
Tuesday, 06 July
Cape Town, 20:30
Semi-final I
A
-
C
Wednesday, 07 July
Durban, 20:30
Semi-final II
B
-
D
Thursday, 08 July
Rest days
Friday, 09 July
Saturday, 10 July
Port Elizabeth, 20:30
Third place play-off
Loser I
-
Loser II
Sunday, 11 July
Johannesburg, 20:30
FINAL
Winner I
-
Winner II



Indian Time Group wise Match schedule

Group A
Match
Date – Time
Venue
Team
Results
Team
1
11/06 16:00
2
11/06 20:30
17
16/06 20:30
18
17/06 20:30
33
22/06 16:00
34
22/06 16:00

Group B
Match
Date – Time
Venue
Team
Results
Team
3
12/06 16:00
4
12/06 13:30
19
17/06 16:00
20
17/06 13:30
35
22/06 20:30
36
22/06 20:30

Group C
Match
Date – Time
Venue
Results

5
12/06 20:30

6
13/06 13:30

22
18/06 16:00

23
18/06 20:30

37
23/06 16:00

38
23/06 16:00



Group D
Match
Date – Time
Venue
Results
7
13/06 20:30
8
13/06 16:00
21
18/06 13:30
24
19/06 16:00
39
23/06 20:30
40
23/06 20:30


Group E

Match
Date – Time
Venue
Results

9
14/06 13:30

10
14/06 16:00

25
19/06 13:30

26
19/06 20:30

43
24/06 20:30

44
24/06 20:30



Group F
Match
Date – Time
Venue
Results
11
14/06 20:30
12
15/06 13:30
27
20/06 13:30
28
20/06 16:00
41
24/06 16:00
42
24/06 16:00


Group G
Match
Date – Time
Venue


Results
13
15/06 16:00




14
15/06 20:30


29
20/06 20:30


30
21/06 13:30


45
25/06 16:00


46
25/06 16:00






Group H
Match
Date – Time
Venue
Results
15
16/06 13:30
16
16/06 16:00
31
21/06 16:00
32
21/06 20:30
47
25/06 20:30
48
25/06 20:30

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