Bangalore didn't put a foot wrong today as they first dished out a disciplined bowling performance to restrict Rajasthan to 130 for nine and then returned to overhaul the target with 23 balls to spare.
Chasing 130, Bangalore rode on the unbeaten 98-run partnership between Kohli and AB de villiers (47) for the second wicket to snap their three-match losing streak and hand over Rajasthan their second successive loss.
Earlier, Starc scalped three wickets, Yuzvendra Chahal and Harshal Patel took two wickets each while left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla snapped one at the Sardar Patel Stadium after skipper Kohli elected to field.
Chris Gayle (20) and Kohli gave Bangalore a good start with the West Indies batsman blasting three fours and a six.
But Shane Watson dismissed Gayle with a slower bouncer which caught him offguard as he top-edged it to wicketkeeper Sanju Samson.
AB de villiers then joined Kohli and the South African skipper straight away blasted James Faulkner for a couple of boundaries. Kohli too picked up a six off Pravin Tambe to keep the scoreboard ticking.
de villiers cracked two more fours in Tambe's second over. The duo started toying with the bowlers as they picked up quick singles and twos and also found regular boundaries to frustrated Rajasthan.
In the 14th over, Kohli brought up the 100 with a straight drive six off the first ball and then reached his 0individual fifty with a single.
de villiers then blasted a four off Watson and Kohli plundered another six off Tambe in the next to inch closer to 0the target.
Finally, it was de villiers who hit flicked Deepak Hooda to the midwicket boundary for a four to seal the game in Bangalore's favour.


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Virat Kohli, Mitchell Starc guide RCB to nine-wicket win over Royals
Ahmedabad: Skipper Virat Kohli blasted his second successive fifty and pacer Mitchell Starc snapped three wickets as Royal Challengers Bangalore notched up a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in their IPL encounter here on Friday.
Bangalore didn't put a foot wrong today as they first dished out a disciplined bowling performance to restrict Rajasthan to 130 for nine and then returned to overhaul the target with 23 balls to spare.
Chasing 130, Bangalore rode on the unbeaten 98-run partnership between Kohli and AB de villiers (47) for the second wicket to snap their three-match losing streak and hand over Rajasthan their second successive loss.
Earlier, Starc scalped three wickets, Yuzvendra Chahal and Harshal Patel took two wickets each while left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla snapped one at the Sardar Patel Stadium after skipper Kohli elected to field.
Chris Gayle (20) and Kohli gave Bangalore a good start with the West Indies batsman blasting three fours and a six.
But Shane Watson dismissed Gayle with a slower bouncer which caught him offguard as he top-edged it to wicketkeeper Sanju Samson.
AB de villiers then joined Kohli and the South African skipper straight away blasted James Faulkner for a couple of boundaries. Kohli too picked up a six off Pravin Tambe to keep the scoreboard ticking.
de villiers cracked two more fours in Tambe's second over. The duo started toying with the bowlers as they picked up quick singles and twos and also found regular boundaries to frustrated Rajasthan.
In the 14th over, Kohli brought up the 100 with a straight drive six off the first ball and then reached his 0individual fifty with a single.
de villiers then blasted a four off Watson and Kohli plundered another six off Tambe in the next to inch closer to 0the target.
Finally, it was de villiers who hit flicked Deepak Hooda to the midwicket boundary for a four to seal the game in Bangalore's favour.

Probe whether farmer was 'pushed and provoked': Congress
New Delhi: Congress on Friday sought to put the AAP as also the Centre in the dock over the death of Gajendra Singh saying the whole episode raises disturbing questions whether the Rajasthan farmer was actually "pushed and provoked" into the act. 30
Party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters that right now he was not alleging murder, but the way the death has taken place raises disturbing questions like whether Gajendra was "pushed and provoked to do this theatrics".
He said that it was a matter which is for the police to establish.
Singhvi said the issue of Gajendra Singh's death continues to raise extremely troubling questions of political cynicism and political hypocrisy, "not only of omission but possibly of commission".
Insisting that there was direct responsibility of the government at the Centre and more importantly of Delhi state government for the incident, he wondered why safeguards were not put in place. You were not going to some children park to play some children game.
"Why did you organise a rally without putting in place adequate safeguards?" he asked the AAP.

India or Bharat: SC seeks response from Centre, States
New Delhi: 'India should be named Bharat', a demand on which the Supreme Court has sought comments from the Centre and the states..
The apex court on Friday decided to examine questions raised on the naming of the country and sought response from the Centre on the plea demanding change in the name from 'India' to 'Bharat'.
A bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra also issued notice to all state governments and union territories on the PIL which called for restraining the Centre from using the name of India for any government purposes and in official papers.
The petition filed by Niranjan Bhatwal, claiming to be a social activist from Maharashtra, said that even the non- government organisations and corporates should be directed to use 'Bharat' for all official and unofficial purposes.
The PIL said in the Constituent Assembly, the prominent suggestions for naming the country were "Bharat, Hindustan, H0ind and Bharatbhumi or Bharatvarsh and names of that kind".
Among the various questions raised in the PIL were whether insertion of India in Article 1 of the Constitution was just for reference, in order to repeal the Government of India Act 1935, and the Indian Independence Act 1947, wherein this country had been referred to as India, and sought to be repealed by Article 395 of the Constitution?
Further, it asked whether insertion of 'India' was mere referential for de-jure recognition of the country by countries of other parts of the world for diplomatic purposes.
The PIL also said whether Hindi language excerpts of Article 1 Clause 1 of the Constitution denotes the same meaning, as it denotes in the English language of the Constitution in relation to establish the name of the country.

Congress attacks Modi government of making 'U-turn' on GST Bill
New Delhi: Attacking Government over moving the long-pending Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in Lok Sabha, Congress on Friday accused BJP of making "U-turn" and demanded that the bill should be referred to a Standing Committee of Parliament.
Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi accused the ruling dispensation of practising "subterfuge, deceit and a hidden agenda" but at the same time made it clear that Congress was opposing the more and manner of bringing the GST bill and "not the concept" of it as the move for GST was initiated by UPA.
"We are not opposing the bill. It is our bill. We are only opposing the more and manner in which they are pushing the bill. After delaying the bill for years, what was the hurry to bring the bill without a thorough discussion," he said.
The Congress leader also repeatedly highlighted that parties like AIADMK and BJD, which are considered "supportive" of the government also opposed its consideration in the House.
"Not only Congress but parties like BJD and AIADMK also pointed towards the hidden agenda," Singhvi claimed.
Questioning why BJP opposed the bill for three years since UPA brought it, Singhvi said, "yet another example of the BJP led NDA's subterfuge, deceit, duplicity and attempt to put hidden agenda reflected in the manner of pushing the GST. Without any basis, they opposed the GST tooth and nail not only at the Centre but also in states.
"The maximum opposition came from Gujarat for three-four year. Now after altering the bill, making changes into it, they have made a U-turn and want to pass the GST bill without discussion. The hypocrisy of BJP stands exposed. They oppose it when in opposition and propose it when they are in government."
The GST bill was today moved in the Lok Sabha for consideration amid stiff resistance by several Opposition parties, even as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it is a "win-win" measure and states have nothing to fear.
Members of Congress, led by Sonia Gandhi, along with those of TMC, Left and NCP staged a walk out after their plea for referring the Constitution Amendment Bill to the Standing Committee was not accepted. AIADMK and BJD also opposed its consideration but did not walk out.
After hour-long wrangling over the procedures between the ruling and the opposition sides, the Bill was taken up when Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ruled that it is an important legislation on which the Finance Minister can make introductory comments and a discussion can be taken up at a later date.
At the AICC briefing Singhvi said while Congress supports the concept, idea and principle, it is opposed to pushing the bill in this manner now without a discussion on it in Standing Committee after the old bill stands altered.

We are against forcible land acquisition: Mamata

Kolkata: Expressing firm opposition to the land acquisition ordinance, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday said her party was steadfast in its protest against forcible acquisition of land.

"We are against forcible acquisition of land. We have made clear our stand in parliament. We are opposed to the land bill," Banerjee told media persons here.

She said, however, if anyone wanted to give his land on his own sweet will, he could negotiate.

Describing the suicide of farmer Gajendra Singh in Delhi as "unfortunate", Banerjee said, "I don't want anybody to die."

She also referred to her 26-day hunger strike in Kolkata in protest against the erstwhile Left Front government's move to acquire land in Singur for the Tata Motor's small car project.

“Lot of agricultural land had been taken in the past. But the 26-day hunger strike I undertook and our movement against land acquisition triggered the demand for abolition of the draconian Land Acquisition Act of 1894," she said.

The central government on Monday tabled the re-promulgated land ordinance in the Lok Sabha amid protests. The Congress and the Trinamool Congress staged a walkout over the issue.

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which will replace an ordinance promulgated by the Narendra Modi government, is facing stiff opposition in parliament with even some government allies coming out against the legislation.

Kejriwal speaks to dead farmer's kin, assures help

New Delhi/Dausa: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday assured "best possible help" to the family of Rajasthan farmer Gajendra Singh, who hanged himself at an AAP rally in the national capital.

"The chief minister spoke to his (the farmer's) family over the phone. He assured the family of best possible help," said a Delhi government official.

Earlier in the day, Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh, a confidant of Kejriwal, visited Gajendra Singh's distraught family at its village in Rajasthan's Dausa district.

Sanjay Singh gave a cheque of Rs.10 lakh to the family, which demanded "martyr's status" for Gajendra Singh and a job for a family member in the Delhi government."I will convey these (demands) to Kejriwal.

The matter will be considered most sympathetically by the Delhi government," Sanjay Singh told the media after meeting the bereaved family. It was the first meeting between AAP leaders and Hajendra Singh's family who in the past two days bitterly attacked the party for not doing enough to save the distressed farmer.

Gajendra Singh hanged himself from a tree on Wednesday at an AAP rally in the heart of the capital called by the party to denounce the central government's land ordinance.

Delhi Police had accused AAP activists of instigating the farmer to commit suicide and of preventing police and fire services emergency vehicles from coming to his help.

The AAP denied the charges, and in turn accused Delhi Police of not acting quickly to save the man who was rushed to a hospital by AAP activists.

Also on Friday, Kejriwal apologised for not halting his speech after coming to know of the incident but maintained that the man was alive when he was brought down from the tree. Gajendra Singh was declared dead on being taken to a hospital.

Centre stands behind storm-hit Bihar, says Rajnath Singh

Patna: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the Centre was standing behind storm-hit Bihar in the time of crisis, as the toll in Tuesday's killer Nor'wester mounted to 55 on Friday with 100 people injured.

According to the latest report of the state Disaster Management department, Purnea district bore the brunt of the Nor'wester with 38 deaths.

After conducting an aerial survey along with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of Purnea, Rajnath Singh said that the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in regular touch with the Bihar government.

"The Centre is fully behind the state government in this hour of crisis. We will provide all necessary help to the state government," said Rajnath Singh, who was accompanied by Ravi Shankar Prasad and Radha Mohan Singh, the two union ministers from Bihar.

Nitish Kumar praised the central government's response.

"Soon after storm hit Bihar, central government, including union home minister, prime minister and finance minister, showed keen interest in taking detailed information about the devastating storm that affected millions," Nitish Kumar said.

To provide assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims of the tropical storm in Bihar, the Bihar cabinet on Friday approved an allo9cation of Rs.1,750 crore, officials said.

Earlier, Nitish Kumar announced a compensation of Rs.4 lakh for each of the families of those killed in the tragedy.

Lok Sabha members pitch for speedy aid, loan waiver to help farmers
New Delhi: Cutting across party lines, members in the Lok Sabha on Friday voiced concern over losses caused by unseasonal rains and hailstorms to the farm sector and demanded expeditious assistance to farmers in distress and a loan waiver scheme to help them. 25
Several members suggested that the Centre should intervene in the process of procurement of foodgrains which is rotting in mandis due to indifferent attitude of the state governments, especially of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
Raising the issue in Zero Hour, Jagdambika Pal (BJP) said that because of tardy procurement of wheat, farmers were going in for distress sale of their produce at throw away prices.
"UP government should be directed to purchase wheat at Minimum Support Price (MSP) from farmers," he added.
Bhagwant Mann (AAP) regretted that wheat was rotting in the mandis of Punjab as the state government did not make proper arrangements for procurement of wheat.
"Farmers are sitting helplessly in mandis waiting for government agencies to buy wheat," he said.
Babulal Choudhary (BJP) demanded that the government should come out with a loan waiver scheme for farmers whose crops had been damaged.
He also suggested that a compensation of Rs 10 lakh should be given to the family of farmers who had committed suicide in view of crisis.
Dushyant Chautala (INLD) suggested that government should set up Agriculture Disaster Relief Fund (ADRF) with a corpus of Rs 250 crore to provide immediate relief to farmers whose crops had been damaged from natural calamities.
Some members also suggested that government should come out with a liberal crop insurance scheme and consider a loan waiver scheme to help the farmers in distress.
A few members from Uttar Pradesh expressed concern over non-payment of cane arrears by mill-owners and asked the centre government to intervene in the matter to ensure that immediate relief was provided to the farmers.
Unseasonal rains and hailstorms during February-March damaged crops over 93.81 lakh hectares in several states including Gujarat, Punjab, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Business leaders meet Jaitley; want tax return forms simplified
New Delhi: Pitching for simpler income tax returns, business leaders on Friday asked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to ensure that details about all foreign travels and bank accounts should not be made mandatory in these forms.
After putting on hold the new 14-page ITR, which had drawn flak from various quarters, Jaitley today met representatives of industry leading chambers, CII, FICCI and Assocham, to elicit their views on this issue.
The industry representatives said after the meeting that Jaitley assured them to look into simplifying the ITR and at making the forms smaller and the process of filing returns quicker.
Among other issues, they also raised concern about the requirement of providing details of all foreign trips, including company-paid ones, as also the mandatory reporting of every bank account could make the return-filing process cumbersome.
They also voiced their concern over reporting of all fixed deposits unnecessary, as tax on interest was as such deducted by banks and PAN was already mandatory for Fds, sources said.
Jaitley told them that the intention behind the new form was to check black money and not to put the salaried class through any inconvenience, sources said. The Minister is also believed to have sought views of the industry on steps required to check the black money menace.
The industry representatives opined that the requirement for reporting expenses incurred on all foreign trips was difficult, as collecting information on company-paid business trips was cumbersome.
They said that the requirement should either be withdrawn or at least be limited to personal foreign travels.
They also wanted only specific information to be sought in the ITRs, rather than 'lengthy, ambiguous and detailed information on bank accounts'.
While the industry also wanted the persons undertaking one or two foreign travels to be exempted from mandatory reporting, Jaitley was of the view that such persons might not be returning the excess foreign exchange after their return, sources said.
On the requirement of reporting foreign assets and income from any source outside India, the industry represented that it might prove to be difficult for expats or foreigners working in India, with dependent spouses.

Farmer suicides 'complicated' issue, formal finance is key: RBI
Chandigarh: Cautioning against taking farmer suicides "lightly", RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Friday said small and marginal farmers across the country should have access to formal financing.
Speaking within days of a farmer committing suicide at a public rally in Delhi, Rajan said one should neither take it "lightly" nor offer easy explanation as these are "complicated matters".
He also said that lack of formal financing is bigger problem than excessive burden of informal financing.
"The need of the hour is to expand formal institutions to every corner of country. In the last few days, we have seen the tragic picture of farmer suicides...(these) are complicated matters. There is no easy explanation to why somebody takes ultimate step.
"One should neither take it lightly nor offer too easy an explanation. It needs to be studied," Rajan said here today while addressing a function.
Following the suicide by Gajendra Singh, a farmer from Rajasthan, in full public view in Delhi, the issue of farmers ending their lives has come to the centrestage.
The incident also rocked Parliament and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed for a collective solution to the "deep-rooted" agrarian crisis.
" is lack of formal financing rather than the excessive burden of informal financing which is the problem. So can we move formal financing to every area of the country," he said, adding that Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana was one of the initiatives aimed at providing finance to needy ones.
The RBI Governor further laid emphasis on providing formal finance to small and marginal farmers who really do not have access to it.
"We need to look at whether we have right institutions. Whether we have right incentive in the system," he further said.

Farooq Abdullah comes out to revive National Conference's fortune
Srinagar: Taking active part in the party activities, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah undertook a train ride in Kashmir Valley to reconnect with the people after back to back losses in Lok Sabha and Assembly polls held last year.
This is Abdullah's second public appearance in three days. He appeared in commercial hub of Lal Chowk here on Wednesday, taking everyone present there by surprise.
"Farooq Abdullah boarded a train from (Nowgam) Srinagar to Anantnag where he offered prayers for party leader Abdul Gani Veeri, who passed away recently," a NC spokesman said.
During his visit, Abdullah, who recently returned home from the United Kingdom after undergoing successful kidney transplant last year, addressed the people who had gathered at the residence of the bereaved family, he said.
The former Chief Minister also interacted with people at both Nowgam and Anantnag railway stations.
"People came up to the party president at various places and inquired about his health and also wished him good health. At some places, the people aired their grievances including pathetic conditions of the roads," the spokesman said.
He said Abdullah, who has a 'Z+' security cover, took the train ride as the highway between Srinagar and Anantnag was in "very bad shape" due to floods last year.
"The train has now become a very convenient mode of travel to south Kashmir," the spokesman said.
A senior National Conference leader, on the condition of anonymity, said Abdullah is keen to revive the party fortunes in the state following the electoral debacles last year.
"Although he is still recuperating, the party president wants to win over the people in general and supporters of National Conference in particular. You will be seeing more of him at public events in coming days," the NC leader said.
Abdullah suffered first defeat of his political career, spanning nearly four decades when he lost the Lok Sabha polls to PDP's Tariq Hamid Karra last year.
NC was reduced to just 15 MLAs in the 87-member Jammu and Kashmir Assembly in state elections late last year, which is the lowest tally for the oldest regional party since its inception seven decades ago.

BJP sweeps SDMC mayoral polls; AAP MLAs give it a miss
New Delhi: Ruling BJP on Friday trounced rival Congress by winning the post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation with comfortable margins, even as all five AAP MLAs chose to give the high-stake mayoral polls in the civic body a miss.
Unlike last year's SDMC mayoral polls in which Congress had lost to BJP by a solitary margin, this time BJP's candidate Subhash Arya defeated senior Congress leader Farhad Suri by 19 votes.
71-year-old Arya, currently the chairman of SDMC's standing committee, polled 60 votes, while Suri received 41.
Five area MPs -- Maheish Giri, Ramesh Bidhuri, Parvesh Saheb Singh Verma, Meenakshi Lekhi, and Parvez Hashmi, eligible to vote in the polls, were the early ones to exercise their franchise.
Aam Aadmi Party, however, chose to stay away from the polls, as all of its five newly-elected area MLAs and a councillor failed to show up, reducing the strength of electors from 107 to 101.
Suri, who served as a Mayor during the period of the erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), was anticipated to give an even fight to Arya, but fortune swung the BJP way, as the party maintained its supremacy in the civic body.
BJP has been leading all three corporations for the past few years, and had swept the last mayoral polls. The unified MCD was trifurcated into -- North, South and East corporations -- in 2012 during the Sheila Dikshit-led government.
And, though Congress had won the Deputy Mayor seat in last polls, this time BJP wrested the post with a margin of 38 votes, which is double than that of the one registered for the mayoral seat.
BJP's winning candidate Kuldeep Solanki bagged 69 votes while Congress' Indu could get just 31, with the big margin fuelling speculation of "cross-voting". One vote was declared invalid.
Currently, the 104-member SDMC House is down to 97 councillors as the rest left to contest Delhi Assembly elections. And, with 5 MLAs and 5 MPs from the area, the size of the electors had gone up to 107.
The five MLAs who abstained are -- Mahinder Yadav, Gulab Singh, Parmila Tokas, Sahi Ram and Narayan Dutt Sharma. AAP councillor Desraj Raghav also failed to turn up at the polls.
Incidentally, Delhi SAD, which had earlier claimed that all its councillors had intended to "boycott" the elections, did participate in the polls. Shiromani Akali Dal was BJP's ally in last Delhi Assembly polls and today all its three SDMC councillors cast their votes.
In the SDMC House, BJP and its allies have 53 seats while Congress has 36.

Make additional allocation for crop loans this fiscal: Panel
New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel has suggested that the government should make "sufficient additional" allocation for interest subvention for crop loans in the current fiscal in view of farmers facing distress due to weather vagaries.
The Standing Committee on Finance, headed by senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily also recommended that a suitable "fool-proof mechanism/scheme should be put in place to provide complete financial protection to farmers including social security".
The report was tabled in Parliament on Friday.
An amount of Rs 13,000 crore has been allocated for the interest subvention for crop loans in the Budget Estimates of 2015-16.
The Finance Ministry informed the panel that as per the assessment of financial implication of interest subvention for the year 2014-15, the total subvention including post-harvest storage is estimated to be Rs 18,904 crore as against Rs 15,649 crore in 2013-14.
The budget provision for 2015-16 will be utilised for reimbursing the claims raised during the period 2012 to 2014 as well as during 2015-16, if any.
When the panel pointed out extent of under allocation, particularly when unseasonal rains have wreaked havoc causing extensive damage to crops, the Ministry have conceded that additional provision of about Rs 15,000 crore may be required, depending upon actual claims received.
"The Committee, would, therefore urge the Ministry to make sufficient additional allocations under this head so that farmers are adequately protected against vagaries of nature. More so, when this year, nature has been very unkind to the farming community," the report said.
The report highlighted the underlying problem of wholly inadequate crop insurance system available for the hapless farmers.
The existing weather and yield-based systems take only the area and not the individual as a unit, it noted.
"This approach does not seem to represent and address the manner in which crop damage actually occurs," it said.
Recently, the RBI had said a new scheme for interest subvention for farmers is being worked out though it may take "some time".
The earlier interest subvention scheme will continue till June 30, it said.

Bill to repeal 758 irrelevant Acts introduced in Lok Sabha
New Delhi: A bill to repeal 758 Appropriation Acts which have lost relevance and are clogging the statute books was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday by the government amid its keenness to weed out obsolete laws.
The bill to Repeal 758 Appropriation Acts, including Railways (appropriation) Acts, was introduced by Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda.
A large number of Appropriation Acts passed in the past several years have lost their meaning but these are still shown on statue books. Appropriation Acts are intended to operate for a limited period of time – authorising expenditures for the duration of one financial year.
Though these Acts are not usually included in any list of Central Acts, either by the Law Ministry, or elsewhere, these laws still technically remain in the books.
The Bill also provides repeal of 111 State Appropriation Acts enacted by Parliament between 1950 and 1976. These Acts provide budgetary support to states and were enacted when the states were under President's Rule.
After 1976, the right to repeal such Appropriation Acts was given to states.
The bill is also in consonance with the recommendations of the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha to have a repeal clause 0in the Appropriation Acts.
However, such clause shall be provided when the enactment of the Appropriation Act, 2016 is undertaken where under the Appropriation Acts of 2013 shall be repealed.
"The repealing of Appropriation Acts whose terms have ended will in no way cause any negative impact on actions that were validly taken under these Acts," the Law Ministry had said recently.
The Legislative Department of the Law Ministry had also proposed that the repeal mechanism in vogue in the United Kingdom to systematically repeal Appropriation Acts usually two sessions in arrears may be followed.
Lok Sabha had last month passed a bill to repeal 35 archaic Acts.

Don't jail those unable to furnish bail bond: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court said on Friday that the poverty of a person who has been granted bail should not come in the way of his release from incarceration merely because one is unable to furnish the bail bond.

"Poverty can't be a ground for keeping in custody an accused who is unable to furnish the bail bond" on account of his poverty, said the social justice bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit as it noted that a large number of persons were languishing in the jail as they could not furnish bail bonds after the grant of bail.

Stating the law has to be carried out in its spirit, the court asked the State Legal Aid Authorities to ask lawyers on their penal to "urgently" move necessary applications for securing the release of such people.

The court noted that in Uttar Pradesh alone there are 530 accused languishing in custody as they could not satisfy the condition of bail. The court order came in the course of the hearing of reference on inhuman conditions in 1382 jails in the country.

Describing as "very high" that the 67 percent of the jail inmates were under trial, the court referring to the union home ministry's affidavit said that as on December 31, 2013 there were 2,78,000 persons in the jails across the country.

The court also said that prisoners accused of compoundable offences too should be taken up by the state legal service authorities and the under trial prisoners who have completed half of the sentence that they would undergo if convicted of the offences they have been charged with should be considered by a committee for release in accordance with Section 436A of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The court said that the Committee comprising the district judge, district magistrate and district superintendent of police will hold its meeting on June 30, 2015, to review all such cases.

The court further said that in case a person is accused of more than one crime, then to meet the requirement of Section 436A the charge that involves less punishment should be considered for examining the question of releasing him from the custody.

Asking the Bureau of Public Research and Development to review its 12 year old Model Prison Manual with an eye on latest technological changes, the court asked the union Home Ministry to look into the Prison Management System software being used in Delhi's high security central prison at Tihar.

Noting that BPRD was already reviewing the Model Prison Manual, the court gave it three month time to complete the exercise.

Neutral Internet Exchange of India against selective bundling of apps by telcos
New Delhi: Neutral Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), a body under the IT Ministry, on Friday said it strongly supports Net Neutrality and any move by telecom operators to selectively bundle the services will go against the basic concept of internet.
NIXI coordinates with internet service providers on issues related to IP or computer addresses.
"National Internet Exchange of India as the neutral exchange in the country, strongly supports Neutrality of the Internet which is the only way forward to make the Internet open, free and innovative.
"Any move by Telcos to bundle application or content selectively will hamper the very basic concept of Internet," NIXI said in a statement.
Amid a raging debate on Net Neutrality, telecom major Bharti Airtel's Airtel Zero plan and some other platforms are being seen as discriminatory moves, even as the companies have defended their respective offerings.
Facebook's on Reliance Communications network, as also selective access to social media sites by operators like Aircel, Uninor and Tata Teleservices have also faced criticism by the proponents of the Net Neutrality.
NIXI said that technological Innovation, especially from the startups will help in making available content in local languages to the internet users all the more so with the increasing role of mobile and other social media platforms.
"Under these circumstances any dilution of the neutrality of the Internet, is expected to affect the freedom of expression, development of innovative ideas and newer applications and entrepreneurship of youngsters and startups," NIXI said.

Modi's China trip: Trade gap, market access on agenda
New Delhi: India will take up the issue of a widening trade deficit and greater market access for domestic products during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China later this month, a top commerce ministry official said.
"The key items (which India will raise) are how to address the large trade deficit issue. How to bridge the deficit?" Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher told reporters here today on the sidelines of Global Exhibition on Services, which was organised by CII and the ministry.
He said that during the Prime Minister's visit, India would also discuss ways to increase presence of domestic products, including automobiles and pharmaceuticals, in the Chinese market.
"We will also see how Chinese investments can be channelised in India," he said.
India's trade deficit with China climbed to a whopping USD 37.8 billion last year whereas bilateral trade stood at USD 65.85 billion in 2013-14.
"The size of the deficit is alarming," Kher said.
Modi is scheduled to undertake a three-nation tour of China, Mongolia and South Korea this month.
Kher also underlined the importance of pursuing a more focused strategy to promote trade with its northern neighbour.
To help Indian industry move up the value chain, he stated that the government is following a three-pronged strategy which included addressing specific market access issues in sectors such as drugs and pharmaceuticals, IT/ITeS, agriculture and food processing, and encouraging Chinese manufacturers of finished goods to set up production base in India.
The Secretary also spoke of government efforts in encouraging Indian industry to enter those sectors where Chinese manufacturing is in decline to fill the gap.
"The government is setting up an SPV to promote investment in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) region. This SPV would help Indian industry invest in the CLMV region and cater to the Chinese market," he added.
Kher also released a CII Report on 'Accelerating Indo-China Economic Engagement', which outlines the overall strategy of accelerating economic engagement between India and China.
The report suggested a 4-point action plan to bridge the trade deficit.
This includes push for market access in key sectors where India can add value to Chinese economy, prioritising Chinese FDI in 18 identified sectors and a sovereign deal to attract investment in infrastructure.

Suspected al Qaeda operatives planned to target Vatican: Italian prosecutors

ROME: People being investigated in a counter-terrorism investigation in Italy may have been planning an attack against the Vatican, one of the prosecutors leading the probe said on Friday. 15
Cagliari Chief Prosecutor Mauro Mura told reporters that as well as planning to launch attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as earlier reported, the suspects may also have been aiming to target the Vatican.
Police conducted raids across Italy on Friday, targeting 18 people suspected of links with al Qaeda. Some were arrested, including the group's suspected spiritual leader, but others were believed to have left the country.
"We don't have proof, we have strong suspicion," said Mario Carta, head of the police unit leading the investigation said when asked for more details on a possible attack against the seat of the Catholic Church.
He said that, in intercepted telephone calls, investigators had heard the suspects say they would launch a "big jihad in Italy," conversations that also suggested a target might be the Vatican.
All the suspects are Pakistanis or Afghans, Carta said earlier, adding that the operation was still in progress.

Nitish Kumar praises PM Modi for 'very quick' response to Nor'wester storm
Purnia: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who had severed ties with the BJP for projecting Narendra Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate before the last Lok Sabha elections, on Friday praised and thanked him for "very quick" response to the state after the killer Nor'wester.
"I want to thank the honourable Prime Minister and the honourable Home Minister for their assurance to provide help to the disaster hit Bihar.
"Central government's response was very quick. We are thankful to them," he said in presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh after conducting an aerial survey of nor'wester hit areas.
The toll in the killer Nor'wester in Bihar rose to 55 with one more person dying today in the worst-hit Purnea district even as an alert has been sounded for north-eastern regions of the state about possibility of a thunder squall and rains.
Kumar said soon after the disaster hit the North Bihar districts on Tuesday night, the Home Minister had telephoned him in the next morning while the Prime Minister called up in the evening and the Finance Minister a day later.
"All of them assured us that the central government will provide help to the state government to deal with the situation. We are thankful to them," he said.
BJP ministers in central government from Bihar Ravi Shankar Prasad and Radha Mohan Singh and his former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi were present when Nitish Kumar praised the Prime Minister.
The bonhomie was witnessed when they had lunch together sitting in the same table.
Kumar had strongly opposed projection of Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP and went to the extent of severing his party JD-U's ties with BJP.
He even quit the Chief Ministership after the BJP won last Lok Sabha polls under the leadership of Modi.
Kumar returned as Chief Minister of Bihar only last month.

Rally suicide: AAP used farmer as 'pawn' in politics, says BJP
New Delhi: Targeting AAP over the suicide tragedy at its rally against the NDA government's land Ordinance, BJP on Friday charged that the ruling party in Delhi had used a farmer as a "pawn" in politics by "inciting" him to end his life.
"Inciting a farmer to commit suicide and, even after he has committed suicide, continuing with the rally... this was politics. We did not do politics," Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
Gajendra Singh, a farmer from Rajasthan, hung himself during an AAP rally at Jantar Mantar here which was attended by, among other prominent party leaders, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
"Those who held the rally and those who are responsible for the farmer's death, they did politics. To ridicule a farmer in such a way and making a farmer a pawn in politics is very wrong," said Javadekar.
Under fire over the handling of the episode, which has snowballed into a major controversy, Kejriwal today apologised for not calling the rally off immediately on Wednesday and admitted that his making a speech was a "mistake".
The blame game over the farmer's suicide has escalated with the government and Delhi Police accusing AAP of having instigated the farmer while Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed "pain" over the incident and appealed for a collective solution to the "deep-rooted" agrarian crisis.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier laid the blame at the doors of AAP, alleging that its supporters "clapped and raised slogans" and prevented police from engaging the farmer to stop him from taking the extreme step.
Delhi Police in its FIR has accused unnamed AAP leaders and volunteers of having instigated Singh into committing suicide and creating all sorts of obstacles in the efforts to rescue him.
Singh's body was taken to his native Nangal Jhamarvar village in Dausa district of Rajasthan where his last rites have been completed.

Net Neutrality: Telcos seek level playing field to be 'viable'
New Delhi: Amid raging debate over Net Neutrality, mobile operators on Friday said if they are not offered a level playing field with Net-based services such as Skype and WhatApp then their businesses would be viable only by raising data prices by up to six times.
Such high rates, they said, would become unaffordable for a large number of people, denying them access to the Internet.
Pitching for same regulation for all communication services, GSM mobile industry body COAI said operators are required to ensure a level of service quality, share revenue with the government and intercept communication for preventing any terrorist act, but these rules are not applicable on Internet-based messaging and calling applications.
"If same rules are not to apply, then the only way this industry can be viable is data rate will be 6x from where they are there today. After that, you can do what you want. But if you take data rate to 5x or 6x, a lot of people in India will never be able to access the Internet," COAI Vice-Chairman and Bharti Airtel India Managing Director Gopal Vittal said.
The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) used the slogan 'Sabka Internet, Sabka Vikas' -- similar to that used by ruling BJP at the time of general elections to put its message across.
The industry body has sent its comments to telecom regulator TRAI on its consultation paper over Net Neutrality and over-the-top (OTT) players like Skype, GTalk, Snapchat and WhatsApp.
Vittal said telecom operators want same set of rules to apply on same kinds of services.
The Net Neutrality debate picked up in India after Airtel in December announced plans to charge separately for VoIP calls, made by using Internet connections.
"OTT gives us business. We as industry love OTT. Only we are saying that same rules should be applied on same communication service. If rules are same, frankly technology doesn't matter," Vittal said.
The issue flared up later after Airtel launched a zero rating plan that provides consumers free access to mobile applications that join it by paying a certain amount to Airtel. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India floated the consultation paper on the issue, leading to even more heated arguments over the issue, with a million people posting their support for Net Neutrality and to 'keep Internet free'.
However, Idea Cellular Managing Director Himanshu Kapania said there is no linkage between a zero rating plan and Net neutrality and it is allowed in parts of world that have adopted Net Neutrality legislation.
"If there is arbitrage, then about Rs 5 lakh crore investment the telecom sector wants to jointly make in connecting masses will be jeopardised," Kapania added.
He said telecom operators make 99 percent of investment in networks that connect over-the-top players or Internet- based messaging and calling applications.

Rs 1,273 crore Nirbhaya Fund lying unused: Maneka Gandhi
New Delhi: As much as 1,273.31 crore is lying unused under Nirbhaya Fund set up two years back in the wake of the brutal gang-rape of a young girl on December 16, 2012, Parliament was informed on Friday.
Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said that a total amount of Rs 3,000 crore was allocated to Nirbhaya Fund in 2013-2014, 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Two proposals have been approved so far under the fund by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways's proposal on 'Security for women in Public Road Transport in the country' with an estimated cost of Rs 1,405 crore and a proposal of Ministry of Home Affairs for establishing an emergency response system to attend women in distress with an estimated cost of Rs 321.69 crore, were approved.
Accordingly, an amount of Rs 150 crore and Rs 50 crore were provided to the Home and Road ministries respectively for their sanctioned projects in 2014-15, the Minister said.
Apart from this, two schemes of WCD, namely One Stop Centre for Women affected by  violence with a total project cost of Rs 18.58 crore and Scheme for Universalisation of Women Helpline with a total project cost Rs 69.49 crore have been approved to be funded under Nirbhaya Fund for implementation for the 2015-16 financial year.
The government has assigned WCD Ministry as the nodal agency to appraise the scheme to decide their suitability to qualify for getting funds from the Nirbhaya Fund and to review and monitor the progress of schemes sanctioned under the Fund. However, no proposal has been received in this regard since then.
"After being assigned as nodal ministry to appraise the schemes, the WCD Ministry has not received any proposal from state or UTs including Delhi," the Minister said.

Farmer suicide: AAP leader Sanjay Singh meets victim's family
Dausa: Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh on Friday met the grieving family of Gajendra Singh, the farmer who allegedly hanged himself from a tree at Jantar Mantar in Delhi where AAP's farmers' rally was in progress. 10
Singh visited Nangal Jhamarwada village in Bandikui area of Dausa district and met with Singh's children and other family members.
After sitting quietly for a while before the daughter and sons of the deceased farmer, Singh went inside a room to meet his father, wife and other members.
He consoled the family members there.
Earlier, the family had rejected an apology by Arvind Kejriwal for continuing with the AAP rally in Delhi, while the farmer hanged himself to death and demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
"What will happen now after this apology? My brother has died. Kejriwal did not stop the rally for even two minutes after the incident," the farmer's sister Rekha told reporters in the village.

Confronted by deceased farmer's daughter, AAP leader Ashutosh breaks down on national TV
New Delhi: AAP leader Ashutosh on Friday broke down on national television when deceased farmer Gajendra Singh's daughter posed questions to him about her father's death at a rally which the party had organised.
Megha, a 17-year-old Class XII student, asked why had the AAP leaders continued with their speeches even as her father hanged himself at the rally at Jantar Mantar here on Wednesday.
"I am your sinner. I was present on the stage and still could not save him. We have not slept in the night. There is a lot of pain,” Ashutosh said, breaking down profusely during a panel discussion on a TV news channel.
"The politics that is happening over the issue is sad. The people of the country should understand they will get nothing from this type of politics," he said.
Incidentally, Kejriwal today apologised for not calling off the rally immediately as the tragedy unfolded and admitted that his making a speech had been a "mistake".
The AAP supremo also slammed the media and the opposition parties, saying that the debate had veered away from the "real issue" of farmers' plight.
Ashutosh accused BJP of trying to politicise the issue and dragging deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia's name into the controversy.
"BJP and Congress are politicising the issue. They are dragging Sisodia's name into this. Fingers are being pointed at (AAP leader) Kumar Vishwas. We are humans. We are not here to do politics (over the issue). Rajnath Singh ji should understand. We are being blamed for instigating him (Gajendra Singh). This is wrong," Ashutosh said.
Megha said during the TV discussion that she does not believe her father committed suicide.
"My father did not commit suicide and I am not ready to believe that my father took his own life. There was no monetary problem, but yes, there was pain over the loss of crops," she said.

Rajya Sabha passes private member's Bill on transgenders
New Delhi: In a rare legislative action, a private member's Bill seeking to protect the rights of transgenders was passed unanimously by voice vote in Rajya Sabha on Friday.
The "Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014", moved by Tiruchi Siva (DMK) was passed after leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it would not be proper if the House is divided on this issue as all feel in favour of the rights of transgenders.
The Bill was passed with the full strength of the treasury benches, though several opposition members were not present at the time. The Bill was passed by voice vote in the presence of 19 Union Ministers, including eight Cabinet Ministers. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was also present.
Siva later shook hands with the senior members in the House, thanking them for supporting him in the bill's passage.
Jaitley spoke after Siva insisted on division, rejecting the assurance given by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot that government will come out with a comprehensive bill in this regard.
Gehlot said many issues were yet to be resolved among various Ministries on the issue and clarification has been sought from the Supreme Court on some other issues.
Siva, however, did not yield and insisted on voting, saying the issue was important and needed to be taken up urgently to protect the rights of transgenders.
While Congress members, despite their poor attendance, prompted Siva to go ahead for seeking passage of the bill, at least three Ministers and the Chair requested Siva to take the government's assurance and not insist for voting, going against the tradition of the House.
Moving the bill for passage, Siva said 29 nations and leading democracies in the world including US, UK, Canada, France, Australia, Italy and Singapore had legislations protecting rights of transgenders.

SBI may hit market with Rs 15,000 crore issue by June
Mumbai: The country's largest lender SBI may hit the market by June with plans to raise Rs 15,000 crore through sale of shares.
While SBI is yet to formally decide on the timing of the share sale plan, the biggest ever by the state-run bank, merchant banking sources said that it might take place by June as the conditions are not seen to be very conducive at the moment.
When contacted, SBI Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer P K Gupta told PTI, "We have a one-year window starting March 1, 2015. We have not decided on the date."
In January, SBI had announced plans to raise up to Rs 15,000 crore through a public issue of shares. The fund raising routes will include follow-on offer, qualified institutional placement (QIP), rights issue, private placement, global depository receipts/American depository receipts or combination of all these.
The move followed the government reducing capital infusion to state-run banks and limiting it to just nine lenders, including SBI. The government had cut the fund infusion from Rs 11,000 crore budgeted last fiscal to Rs 6,990 crore and that too selectively, out of which SBI got Rs 2,970 crore in 2014-15.
Instead of pumping money into PSU banks, the Budget this year has allowed them to bring down government stake to 51 percent, effectively telling them to raise capital from the markets.
SBI had said the funds raised would be used for business expansion as well as to meet the tighter capital adequacy norms.
Asked about media reports that SBI has deferred its fund raising plans to June from April, Gupta said, "It was never decided to raise funds in April. Right now, we are busy with our accounts."
In March, investment bankers had said the issue was likely in April but since then market has been very bad from the valuation point of view and SBI shares have tanked 8.5 percent since February-end.
The stock today fell 0.6 percent to close at Rs 275.65 at the BSE.
The bank has appointed nine investment bankers – Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citi, Goldman Sachs, SBI Caps, Axis Capital, JM Financials, ICICI Securities and Kotak Mahindra Bank - for the exercise.
The bank had raised Rs 8,032 crore through QIP route in FY14.

Farmer suicide: Kejriwal accepts rally 'mistake'; victim's family unimpressed
New Delhi/Jaipur: Accused of "insensitivity" in going ahead with his speech at the rally where a farmer from Rajasthan committed suicide, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday accepted his "mistake" and tendered an apology, which was "rejected" by the family of the deceased.
Farmer Gajendra Singh's family while rejecting the apology, demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
"I was to deliver an hour-long speech but I wrapped it up in 10-15 mins. I think that was my mistake. Probably I should not have spoken. If that has hurt anynone's sentiments I would like to apologise," an under-fire Kejriwal said.
He, however, insisted that the focus should not deviate from the "real" issues being faced by the farmers.
"I am guilty. Blame me. I feel the rally should have been called off. But please focus on the real issue of the farmers and desist from politicking. Whoever is guilty hang him but the focus of the debate should be on why the farmers are committing suicide," Kejriwal told a news channel.
Still bitter, the family of Gajendra Singh, 41, who ended his life by hanging from a tree at an AAP rally on Wednesday, refused to accept Kejriwal's apology.
"What will happen now after this apology? My brother has died. Kejriwal did not stop the rally for even two minutes after the incident," the farmer's sister Rekha told reporters at his native Nangal Jhamarwada village in Dausa district of Rajasthan.
Backing the conspiracy theory behind her brother's tragic death, she said, "He might have been provoked... some conspiracy may be behind this."
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had yesterday said AAP supporters "clapped and raised slogans" as Singh stood atop a tree with a towel fashioned as noose tied around his neck. The Delhi police's FIR too alleged they "instigated" the farmer to commit suicide and thwarted their attempts to save him.
Gajendra's uncle, Gopal Singh, the village Sarpanch, demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
"We have doubts about this incident and demand a CBI inquiry in the case. We have asked (state) minister Rajendra Rathore to take up this matter with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh," Gopal Singh said.
Referring to the turf war between Delhi police and his government over a parallel magisterial probe, Kejriwal said he was prepared to file his statement to the police, if needed.
The Delhi police had yesterday claimed a magistrate had no jurisdiction to investigate the case already being probed by the police. District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar had, however, said it was incumbent upon the police to cooperate in the inquiry as CrPC provided for the police informing the nearest executive magistrate in case of a suicide who will then hold a parallel probe.
"District Magistrate has the jurisdiction to investigate under the CrPC and the police does criminal investigation based on FIR...if police calls me I will go to file my statement," Kejriwal said, striking a conciliatory note.

Net neutrality: TRAI flooded with over 10 lakh petitions to 'keep internet free'
New Delhi: Flooding telecom regulator TRAI with their petitions, proponents of Net Neutrality have submitted more than 10 lakh petitions to 'keep internet free' -- a day before the deadline ends for submission of comments on a consultation paper in this regard.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has sought public comments till April 24 before making its recommendations on Net Neutrality and internet-based calling and messaging applications.
"Over one million email submissions have been sent to India's telecom regulatory body," said SaveTheInternet, a campaign group consisting of over 900 million volunteers.
It said in a statement that the number of responses could be even higher, as platform counts only those submissions that are copied to its email addresses. The users are allowed to edit and substitute its template before making their submissions to the TRAI.
Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar also submitted his official response to the consultation paper along with a petition containing 2.88 lakh signatures collected through online platform in support of 'keeping internet access free of any restriction'.
"The internet was born and has grown and will continue to grow as a collaborative platform that has no owner and no gatekeeper," Chandrasekhar said.
The issue has also attracted various political parties and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has accused the government of conspiring to give internet to corporate leaders. The government has, however, reiterated that it was committed to preserve the non-discriminatory nature of the internet.
Earlier this month, telecom major Bharti Airtel launched zero rating plan 'Airtel Zero' which provides consumers free access to mobile applications that join it by paying certain amount to Airtel.
However, this has been termed by the Net Neutrality campaigners as a discriminatory move, which was against the basic principle of keeping internet free.
IT industry body Nasscom, which has called violation of net neutrality as violation of freedom of speech and expression, also submitted two separate response to the TRAI-- one on net neutrality and other on framework for Over-the-top players which are internet based messaging and calling applications like Viber, WhatsApp, Skype, GTalk etc.
"Net neutrality creates an open and level playing field that facilitates innovation, adoption and inclusion. The other key priority is the proliferation of an affordable telecom infrastructure. These essential building blocks of the digital revolution are not contradictory and can and need to be synergised," Nasscom President Rentala Chandrashekhar said.
SaveTheInternet volunteer and spokesperson Nikhil Pahwa said, "TRAI has seen huge response from people to protect net neutrality. The regulator should stop all the zero rating platform or any other platform that provides discriminatory access to internet till the time final verdict is out."

Apple Inc aims to ship more than 20 million smartwatches in 2015: Sources
TAIPEI: Apple Inc aims to ship at least 20 million Apple Watches this year, well above many analysts' forecasts, according to supply chain sources.
Shipment estimates for the smartwatch, Apple's first wearable gadget that went on sale on Friday, vary widely as it's a relatively new type of consumer product and the market is largely untapped.
But while smartwatch sales are set to be well below those of the blockbuster iPhone, Apple's own production plan indicates the company is optimistic about its potential, said people at companies that make components for the watch.
Firms in the supply chain estimate Apple will ship 2 million watches per month in the current quarter, said one of the sources. Another source said Apple is planning to ship 26 million watches this year.
"Apple always gives a high target because they believe there's market demand out there," said the person.
The sources declined to be named due to confidentiality agreements with Apple.
Apple declined to comment on its production plan. It has not released any sales numbers since it opened pre-orders on April 10, but many buyers were told their watches would not arrive for a month or more as supply appeared to dry up.
On Wednesday, Apple notified some buyers that they would not have to wait so long after all.
"Our team is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the order in which they were received," Apple said in a statement.
Analyst forecasts of Apple Watch sales for this year vary from 10 million to 26 million.
Compared to the iPhone, which sold 74.5 million units in the fourth quarter alone, initial estimated sales of the watch are low. A Reuters poll put the number at about 15 million units in the United States.
"Even if the product doesn't sell well this year, Apple won't give up on it," said Kylie Huang, an analyst at DaiwaCapital Markets in Taipei who follows Apple and its supply chain. "They're playing a long game."
Apple usually works with three or more suppliers of tiny components like circuits in order to ensure stable supply if demand should spike, the supply-chain sources said.
One such supplier received orders to equip 15.65 million watches between January and August, one of the sources said.
The source declined to say how big a portion the company's supply accounts for in Apple's total component requirement, but the deal indicates Apple may place a larger amount of component orders relative to the number of finished watches it expects to produce.
The relative novelty and complexity of the watch has led to production problems up and down the supply chain, the sources said, without elaborating on the specific issues.
Prior to the first quarter, there were market forecasts as high as 36 million Apple Watch shipments for 2015, said one of the sources.
"But then when production began ramping up in the first quarter and problems showed up, the guidance was cut," he said. Since then production has become relatively smooth, the source said.

No sign of excitement as Apple Watch finally goes on sale globally

TOKYO: The Apple Watch launched globally on Friday with a small queue of Japanese tech-addicts lining up in Tokyo for Apple Inc's first wearable gadget, but there was no sign of the excitement usually attached to the company's product rollouts.
Buyers can take the smartwatch home from a handful of upscale boutiques and department stores, including The Corner in Berlin, Maxfield in Los Angeles and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, which Apple courted to help position the watch as a fashion item.
But the gadget will not be sold at Apple stores on Friday. The company is directing people to order online instead, which should prevent the long lines of Apple devotees who typically flock to iPhone and iPad launches.
About 50 people lined up to buy the watch at electronic store Bic Camera in Tokyo's Ginza district, while at the nearby Apple Store it was like any other Friday, according to Reuters reporters at the shops.
"I buy one or two Apple products every time they release something new," Chiu Long, a 40-year-old IT worker from Taiwan, said while queuing up at Bic Camera.
"I like to run, so the heart rate reader is a progress," he added.
At a retail outlet of mobile carrier SoftBank Corp around 20 people queued to get their hands on the gadget.
"I want to develop my own application that's compatible with the smartwatch," 27-year-old IT worker Tatsuya Omori said as he waited in line outside the store.
"I'm also an Apple fan. I simply want it."
Technology lovers and investors keen to find out the components of the watch were left frustrated, with a tough resin coating protecting the core computing module from scrutiny.
Gadget repair firm iFixit, which has successfully prised open other Apple products on their launch day to reveal their components, said the U.S. company also appeared to be promoting its brand on the watch's inner workings, complicating detailed analysis of the parts' origins.

Samsung hints at new smartwatch on Apple Watch launch day
SEOUL: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd  teased the market with hints of a new version of its Gear smartwatch on Friday, the same day that rival Apple Inc's long-awaited wearable devices went on sale.
The South Korean tech giant's official blog post showed images of smartwatch with a round face - which would be a first for Samsung - and naming several partners, including Baidu Inc, Yelp Inc and CNN.
Samsung also said it would release a wearable software development kit for third-party developers ahead of the launch.
The blog post came as the Apple Watch went on sale without the fanfare typical of the U.S. firm's major product rollouts.
Apple's offering is still expected to sell much better than any rival products to date. Researcher IHS expects shipments of more than 19 million Apple Watches this year, more than five times the number of all smartwatches shipped globally in 2014.
Samsung has launched six smartwatches since 2013 to build an early lead in the nascent market, but sales have been modest. IHS estimates that Samsung accounted for nearly 1 million of the 3.6 million smartwatches shipped globally last year.
The South Korean firm gave no other details on the new Gear smartwatch, such as when it may start selling, though the head of the firm's mobile business said earlier in April that Samsung would launch products in the near future.


Apple frustrates gadget lovers, investors probing Watch components

MELBOURNE: Apple Inc managed to frustrate gadget lovers and investors desperate to find out the components of its new smartwatch on Friday, encasing its chips in tough resin and using rare screws to thwart people trying prise it apart.
Gadget repair firm iFixit, which has carried out "teardowns" on Apple products from iPhones to MacBooks, said the U.S. company also appeared to be promoting its brand on the watch's inner workings, complicating detailed analysis of the parts' origins.
News that a supplier has been chosen - or rejected - for one of Apple's products can cause drastic swings in stock prices, so huge are the iPhone maker's orders.
The iFixit team, which travelled from San Luis Obispo to Australia to get its hands on one of the first Apple Watch deliveries after the gadget's global launch on Friday, began by blasting the screen with a heat gun to prise it off.
Then they untangled a nest of cables to uncover the "S1" - the core computing module encased in resin that even a pen knife couldn't shift.
"We have definitely not seen this before," iFixit teardown engineer Andrew Goldberg said in Melbourne.
iFixit had anticipated that the resin module, which Apple has said is to protect the electronics from the elements, would have a lid that could be opened rather than be a solid block.
Apple in the past has depended on multiple companies to supply its memory chips for storing music and photos, but imposes strict rules forbidding those suppliers from discussing Apple-related business with investors and the media.
Previous suppliers have included SK Hynix, Qualcomm, Skyworks Solutions, Avago Technologies  ARM Holdings, NXP Semiconductors NV, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.
"In the past, they have identified the component parts, but now instead of identifying all the processors and chips, they're marketing it as the S1," said Sam Lionheart, a technical writer at iFixit.
"They're being a little more protective of their suppliers and taking credit for more than they're making in house, which isn't a crime, to make the technology seem a bit more innovative or revolutionary than it really is," she added.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the design of the watch, or the rationale behind it.
The watch is the highest profile wearable technology that links wirelessly to phones, which has the potential to create a template for other firms that have struggled to create products consumers would want to be seen in.
The teardown found one chip outside the resin casing, possibly linked to wi-fi, but without a clear logo. It also revealed that Apple has used tri-wing screws, a relatively uncommon type of screw, making it more difficult to access the electronics.
After a four-hour attempt to unlock its secrets, the iFixit team will now take the sports watch purchased in Australia back to California for further testing.