Kerala and Delhi teams post hard fought wins-31ST YOUTH NATIONAL BASKETBALL

31ST YOUTH NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 – DAY TWO: 

 

(Vishnu Ravi Shankar) Chandigarh, 8th October 2014: Day two of the 31st Youth National Basketball Championship 2014 saw some exciting down-to-the-wire matchups. The day began with a closely contested match between the Kerala and Maharashtra girls’ teams. The Kerala girls edged out their Maharashtrian counterparts with a hard fought 53-44 victory. In the boys matches, team Delhi withstood a furious rally by the Maharashtra boys in the fourth quarter, pulling away for a 81-76 win. Another thrilling encounter was between the Haryana and Kerala boys. Haryana led from the start and held off a late comeback attempt by Kerala, picking up a 71-63 win. The day also saw a few drubbings and blow out wins, with home team Chandigarh girls handily beating the Gujarat girls 62-16. The Jharkhand girls too suffered a huge defeat against Rajasthan, who came away with a 44-7 victory.

 

A complete list of results of the matches held up to 5:30 pm on 8th October 2014 is as follows:

 

Girls:

 

  1. Kerala (Nivya Raj 24, Anusha J.P. 12, Ashwathi J. 8) bt Maharashtra (Shruti S. 24, Neha S. 9, Carina M. 7) 53-44 (8-3, 15-8, 6-14, 24-19)
  2. Karnataka (Bhoomika P. 17, Snigddha 14) bt Uttar Pradesh (Shreyasi Vats 15, Pooja Yadav 12) 73-46 (17-8, 16-15, 26-5, 14-18)
  3. Himachal Pradesh (Sonika 22, Shiva 8) bt Uttarakhand (Sawah 14, Rhea 8) 42-33 (8-11, 9-4, 9-13, 16-5)
  4. Rajasthan (Mahima R. 20, Nikita 8, Aasha 8) bt Jharkhand (Osma Singh 5) 44-7 (12-4, 15-0, 10-1, 7-2)
  5. Puducherry (A. Sona Priyanka 8, S. Samyuktha 8) bt Assam (Rima Begum 13, Pushpanjali Kumari 5) 26-22(7-5, 9-4, 2-6, 8-7)
  6. Chandigarh (A. Kaur 21, A. Kanwar 19) bt Gujarat (A. Godhani 5, A. Pandaya 4) 62-16 (27-7, 12-0, 15-4, 6-5)
  7. Tamil Nadu (Gayathri S. 16, Ishwarya J. 14) bt Haryana (Surya 22, Riya 12) 76-53 (13-15, 27-15, 20-15, 16-8)

 

Boys:

 

  1. Delhi (Hansraj 23, Sombir 20) bt Maharashtra (Mearaj Inam 22, Saqlain Jamir 19) 81-76 (20-16, 24-20, 16-20, 21-20)
  2. Chhattisgarh (P. Pandey 21, M. Das 17) bt Gujarat (M.A. Palel 6, H.J. Shah 5) 73-32 (22-6, 14-7, 15-10, 22-9)
  3. Tamil Nadu (Bala D. 10, Vishvesh 9) bt Jharkhand (Nishant Kumar 10, R. Vedant 4) 46-16 (28-6, 9-4, 7-4, 2-2)
  4. Uttarakhand (Vishal 8, Prakhar 7, Vaibhav 7) bt Bihar (Nitesh 11, Govind 8) 36-27 (16-7, 5-6, 8-7, 7-7)
  5. Haryana (Deepak 22, Sonu Kumar 18) bt Kerala (Sudarshan P. 24, Ebin Wilson 11) 71-63 (20-19, 21-11, 14-13 16-20)

 

The tentative schedule for the rest of the day of 8th October 2014 and 9th October 2014 is as follows:

 

Date:08-10-2014 (WEDNESDAY)

COURT – 1

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
28 RAJASTHAN Vs MADHYA PRADESH BB 02.30 PM
29 CHHATTISGARH Vs WEST BENGAL GB 03.45 PM
30 PUNJAB Vs UTTAR PRADESH BB 05.00 PM
31 CHANDIGARH Vs WEST BENGAL BD 06.15 PM

 

COURT –2 (GOVERNMENT COLLEGE FOR WOMEN SECTOR NO 42)

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
34 BIHAR Vs UTTARAKHAND BE 09.30 AM
35 HIMACHAL PRADESH Vs JAMMU& KASHMIR BD 04.00 PM
36 ODISHA Vs MIZORAM BF 05.15 PM
37 ASSAM Vs PUDUCHERRY BF 06.30 PM

 

COURT –3(GOVERNMENT COLLEGE FOR WOMEN SECTOR NO 42)

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
39 RAJASTHAN Vs JHARKHAND GF 08.15 AM
41 ANDHRA PRADESH Vs ODISHA GF 04.00 PM
42 DELHI Vs JAMMU & KASHMIR GE 05.15 PM

 

Date:09-10-2014 (THURSDAY)

COURT – 1

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
43 KERALA Vs UTTAR PRADESH GA
  1. 00 AM
44 DELHI Vs KERALA BA 08.15 AM
45 MAHARASHTRA Vs PUNJAB GA 09.30 AM
46 MAHARASHTRA Vs ANDHRA PRADESH BA 10.45 AM
47 GOA Vs GUJARAT GC 12.00 PM
48 TAMIL NADU Vs WEST BENGAL GB 01.15 PM
49 RAJASTHAN Vs UTTAR PRADESH BB 02.30 PM
50 HARYANA Vs MADHYA PRADESH GB 03.45 PM
51 MADHYA PRADESH Vs KARNATAKA BB 05.00 PM
52 CHANDIGARH Vs JAMMU & KASHMIR BD 06.15 PM

 

COURT –2 (GOVERNMENT COLLEGE FOR WOMEN SECTOR NO 42)

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
53 GOA Vs GUJARAT BC 07.00 AM
54 TAMIL NADU Vs UTTARAKHAND BE 08.15 AM
55 BIHAR Vs JHARKHAND BE 09.30 AM
56 HIMACHAL PRADESH Vs WEST BENGAL BD 04.00 PM
57 ODISHA Vs PUDUCHERRY BF 05.15 PM
58 ASSAM Vs MIZORAM BF 06.30 PM

 

COURT –3(GOVERNMENT COLLEGE FOR WOMEN SECTOR NO 42)

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
59 BIHAR Vs HIMACHAL PRADESH GD 07.00 AM
60 DELHI Vs PUDUCHERRY GE 08.15 AM
61 ASSAM Vs JAMMU & KASHMIR GE 09.30 AM
62 ANDHRA PRADESH Vs JHARKHAND GF 04.00 PM
63 RAJASTHAN Vs ODISHA GF 05.15 PM

 

About Basketball Federation of India

The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honor of Arjuna Award. More information atwww.indiabasketball.org

About IMG Reliance

 

IMG Reliance Pvt Ltd., is an equal joint venture between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest and most recognized private sector company, and IMG Worldwide (IMG), the world’s leading sports MARKETING and management company. The joint venture company will develop market and manage sports and entertainment in India. Its current assets include India’s premier fashion event, Lakmé Fashion Week and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event, the Aircel Chennai Open. IMG Reliance has entered agreements with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to create a new professional basketball league and manage all aspects of the commercial rights to the game in India and the All India Football Federation (AIFF), to improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level. IMG Reliance has also created a scholarship program to identify and train talented young Indians from sports including – basketball, soccer and tennis at IMG’s world-class sports training facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.

UN REPORT CALLS FOR BOLD AND ACCELERATED GLOBAL ACTION TO MEET BIODIVERSITY TARGETS BY 2020

 

REPORT TRACKS PROGRESS AND DRAWS ATTENTION TO IMPLICATIONS ON BROADER SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THIS CENTURY

New Delhi/Bangkok, 8  October 2014 Bold and innovative action is urgently required if governments are to meet the globally-agreed Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and its Aichi Targets by 2020, says a United Nations progress report on the state of global biodiversity.

Launched today one year before the halfway point of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 shows that there has been significant progress towards meeting some components of the majority of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.  However, in most cases, additional action is required to keep the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 on course.

The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, were agreed by the international community in 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, and have since been re-affirmed by the United Nations General Assembly and at the Rio + 20 summit in 2012.

Meeting the Aichi Biodiversity Targets would contribute significantly to broader global priorities addressed by the post-2015 development agenda; namely, reducing hunger and poverty, improving human health, and ensuring a sustainable supply of energy, food and clean water.  Incorporating biodiversity into the sustainable development goals, currently under discussion, provides an opportunity to bring biodiversity into the mainstream of decision-making.

However, reaching these joint objectives requires changes in society, including much more efficient use of land, water, energy and materials, rethinking our consumption habits and, in particular, major transformations of food production systems.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, underlined the linkage between biodiversity and sustainable development:  “I urge Member States and stakeholders everywhere to take GBO4’s conclusions into account in their planning, recognize that biodiversity contributes to solving the sustainable development challenges we face, and redouble efforts to achieve our shared goals,” he said.

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said, “The responsible management of our planet’s biodiversity is motivated not only by a shared sense of responsibility to future generations. The factors prompting policy makers to safeguard biodiversity are increasingly economic in nature. Without healthy biodiversity, livelihoods, ecosystem services, habitats and food security will be compromised.”

“Actions to reduce biodiversity loss will inevitably support a broad range of societal benefits and lay the groundwork for the socio-economic transition to a more sustainable and inclusive model of development,” he added.

“The good news is that Parties are making progress and concrete commitments to implement the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.” said Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, UN Assistant-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity.  “However, the report also shows us that efforts need to be significantly scaled-up if the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 is to be implemented and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets achieved.”

“Our efforts can and must be strengthened by combining actions that address multiple drivers of biodiversity loss and multiple targets. The world increasingly understands the critical links between biodiversity and sustainable development. Measures required to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets also support the goals of greater food security, healthier populations and improved access to clean water for all,” he said.

With the progress achieved to date, plausible pathways exist for realising an end to biodiversity loss, along with achieving global goals related to addressing climate change, land degradation and sustainable development.

ON TRACK:

In the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, progress is reported in the following areas:

Protected Areas – Target 11

The terrestrial area of the planet protected for biodiversity is increasing steadily, and designation of marine protected areas is accelerating. Nearly a quarter of countries have already passed the target of protecting 17 per cent of their land area. At the current rate of growth, the percentage targets would be met for terrestrial areas by 2020. Existing commitments to designate additional terrestrial protected areas reinforce this outcome.

However, achieving the marine component of Target 11 requires additional efforts. Progress is higher in coastal areas, while open ocean and deep sea areas, including the high seas, are much less covered. Further efforts will be needed if the other elements of Target 11, such as those related to management effectiveness and ecological representation of protected areas, are to be met. For example, while the protected area network is becoming more representative of the world’s diverse ecological regions, around one-quarter of terrestrial regions, and more than half of marine regions have less than five per cent of their area protected. Importantly, today’s protected areas will not be adequate to conserve many species whose distributions will shift in the future due to climate change.

Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources – Target 16

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization enters into force on 12 October 2014 following its ratification by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in advance of the deadline of 2015.

This opens up new opportunities for the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources.  However, further ratifications of the Nagoya Protocol, as well as ensuring that all Parties to the Protocol put in place, by 2015, legislative, administrative or policy measures and institutional structures for implementing the Nagoya Protocol are needed to increase its operationalization.

Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans – Target 17

179 of the 194 Parties to the Convention have developed National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), at least 57 of which are still current. Parties are currently updating their NBSAPs.  Thirty had done so between the close of COP 10 in 2010 and September 1, 2014.

For other Parties for which information is available, more than 50 per cent are expected to have completed their NBSAP by October 2014, and about 90 per cent by the end of 2015. The degree to which countries are implementing their updated strategies and action plans is variable however.

WHERE MORE EFFORT IS REQUIRED:

For the majority of the targets, additional efforts are required to ensure that they are achieved by 2020. For example:

Halving the Rate of Loss of All Natural Habitats, including Forests – Target 5

While global rates of deforestation are declining, they remain alarmingly high. The total area of land remaining in natural or semi-natural conditions has shown a downward trend in recent decades and would decline further by 2020 if recent trends continue.

Reduction of Pollution, including from Excess Nutrients – Target 8

Nitrogen and phosphorus pollution continues to pose a very significant threat to biodiversity, and ecosystem services globally.  While more than sixty per cent of the national reports analysed for GBO-4 indicate that countries are making progress towards achieving this target, the overall evaluation is that current trends are moving us further away from the target of bringing excess nutrients to levels not detrimental to ecosystem function and biodiversity. It was not possible to evaluate overall trends regarding other forms of pollutants, due to limited information.

Reduction of Multiple Pressures on Ecosystems Vulnerable to Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, such as Coral Reefs - Target 10

Pressures from both land-based and marine activities continue to increase. This makes it unrealistic to believe that the target will be met by 2015, as agreed. The percentage of reefs rated as threatened increased by nearly one-third (30 per cent) in the decade to 2007. Overfishing and destructive fishing methods are the most pervasive threats, affecting around 55 per cent of reefs. One-quarter of reefs are affected by coastal development and pollution from land, including nutrients from farming and sewage. Around one-tenth suffer from marine-based pollution. Local pressures are most severe in Southeast Asia, where nearly 95 per cent of coral reefs are threatened. Large marine protected areas (MPAs) already in place, or pending establishment, offer opportunities for better protection of coral reefs. Furthermore, a recent study of the Caribbean suggests that effective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, combined with management of local threats such as overfishing and poor water quality, would create favourable conditions for coral reefs to regenerate by the end of this century, and survive the impacts of ocean acidification.

Seeking to Prevent Extinction of Known Threatened Species and Improve Their Conservation Status - Target 12

The protection of those species most in decline is not on track to be achieved.  Despite individual success stories, the average risk of extinction for birds, mammals, amphibians and corals shows no sign of decreasing.  Nevertheless, dedicated conservation efforts have demonstrably prevented the extinction of several species, and further action might prevent some extinctions that would otherwise occur by 2020.  The rate of increase in observed extinctions of birds and mammals has apparently slowed over the past 50 years, although lags in reporting time may lead to an underestimate of recent extinctions. For some groups such as freshwater fish, the number of observed extinctions has continued unabated for the past century. Short-term future projections of the extinction risk of species as a result of projected habitat loss generally predict a worsening situation. However, under some scenarios in which natural habitats are protected and restored, and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, extinctions both globally and locally may be significantly reduced in the longer-term.

Ecosystem Restoration and Development of Resilience – Target 15

Substantial efforts are required if the goal of restoration of at least 15 per cent of ecosystems is to be met.  A number of countries have set targets related to ecosystem restoration. For example; Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Dominica, Japan, Malta, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the European Union, have set targets to restore at least 15 per cent of degraded lands.

About three-quarters of the national reports assessed for GBO-4 suggest that some progress is being made towards the attainment of this target. The combined initiatives currently underway, or planned, may put the world on track to restore 15 per cent of degraded ecosystems, but it is hard to assess and, on the current trajectory, is not a likely outcome. Despite restoration and conservation efforts, there is still a net loss of forests – a major global carbon stock.

THE WAY FORWARD:

The challenge of achievement of many of these targets stem from the reality that based on current trends, pressures on biodiversity will continue to increase at least until 2020 and that the status of biodiversity will continue to decline.

This is despite the fact that society’s responses to the loss of biodiversity are increasing dramatically, and national plans and commitments are expected to continue to increase for the remainder of this decade.

This may be partly due to time lags between taking positive actions and discernable positive outcomes. But it is more likely because responses are insufficient relative to pressures, such that they may not overcome the growing impacts of the drivers of biodiversity loss, suggesting that work to address these drivers will be a priority.

Each of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets cannot be tackled in isolation. Actions towards certain targets will have an especially strong influence on the achievement of the rest. In particular, there are targets related to addressing the underlying causes of biodiversity loss (generally those targets under Strategic Goal A), developing national frameworks for implementing the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (Target 17), and mobilizing financial resources (Target 20).

A good example of this is Brazil’s successes in combatting deforestation. With the use of a broad range of actions, corresponding to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Strategic Goals, deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon and Atlantic Rainforest have been greatly reduced.

Interrelated public and private policy initiatives in Brazil, coordinated through the Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Deforestation, were launched in 2004. The action plan was a cross-ministry initiative, coordinated by the President’s office. It includes a range of activities that relate to a number of Aichi Biodiversity Targets across all of the Strategic Goals, such as:

  • • Monitoring of land-cover (Target 19), both near real-time coarse resolution and annual high resolution satellite monitoring, made publicly available;
  • • Enforcement campaigns by Brazil’s environmental agency and the federal police to crack down on illegal deforestation and logging, with interventions informed by near real-time monitoring. Businesses and stakeholders have also implemented plans to reduce deforestation to within safe limits;
  • • Incentive measures (Target 3), including restricting credit for rural landowners with the highest rates of deforestation;
  • • Expansion of protected areas and demarcation of indigenous lands(Targets 11, 18). Approximately 40 per cent of natural vegetation is legally protected by parks and indigenous reserves. From 2002 to 2009, the Brazilian Amazon Protected Area network expanded by 60 per cent; a large part of these new areas were created in regions of intense land conflict to act as green barriers against deforestation, establishing a new protected area paradigm.

In addition, as people have become more aware of the values of biodiversity (Target 1), NGO and business initiatives have implemented moratoria on soya and meat produced on recently cleared land. Public prosecutors have also installed industry requirements to exclude deforesters from their supply chains (Target 4).

Plausible pathways exist for achieving the 2050 vision for an end to biodiversity loss, in conjunction with key human development goals, limiting climate change to 2oC warming and combating desertification and land degradation.  However, reaching these joint objectives requires changes in society, including much more efficient use of land, water, energy and materials, rethinking our consumption habits and in particular major transformations of food production systems.

To download the report, please visit www.cbd.int/gbo4

For more information please contact David Ainsworth, Information Officer, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity at +82 (0)10 2149 0526 (until 17 October 2014) or at david.ainsworth@cbd.int

 

Notes to Editors:

The Convention on Biological Diversity

Opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and entering into force in December 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. With 194 Parties up to now, the Convention has near universal participation among countries. The Convention seeks to address all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services, including threats from climate change, through scientific assessments, the development of tools, incentives and processes for implementation, the transfer of technologies, sharing information on good practices and the full and active involvement of relevant stakeholders including indigenous and local communities, youth, NGOs, women and the business community. The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is a supplementary agreement to the Convention. It seeks to ensure the safe use of living modified organisms LMOs obtained through modern biotechnology and to protect biological diversity from their potential adverse effects. To date, 167 countries, plus the European Union, are Parties to the Cartagena Protocol. The Secretariat of the Convention and its Cartagena Protocol is located in Montreal, Canada. For more information visit: www.cbd.int .

Strategic Plan for Biodiversity

In decision X/2, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, held from 18 to 29 October 2010, in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, adopted a revised and updated Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, for the 2011-2020 period.   This plan provides an overarching framework on biodiversity, not only for the biodiversity-related conventions, but for the entire United Nations system and all other partners engaged in biodiversity management and policy development.

Parties agreed to translate this overarching international framework into revised and updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans within two years. Additionally, in decision X/10, the Conference of the Parties decided that the fifth national reports, due by 31 March 2014, should focus on the implementation of the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan, and progress achieved towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.  For more information on the Strategic plan, please see www.cbd.int/sp

Folk Dance & Music – 13 October, Monday, 6.30 pm – Kamani Auditorium

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HICC Invitation: Folk Dance & Music – 13 October, Monday, 6.30 pm – Kamani Auditorium

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31ST YOUTH NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 TIPS OFF IN CHANDIGARH

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Dates: 7th to 14th October 2014

(Vishnu Ravi Shankar) Chandigarh, 8th October 2014: The 31st Youth National Basketball Championship 2014 tipped off yesterday in Chandigarh with 21 matches taking place on day one. The championship is being organised by the Chandigarh Basketball Association under the aegis of Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and IMG-Reliance Group. The championship was inaugurated by Shri M.P. Singh, IAS Principal Secretary to the Governor of Punjab, who declared the championship open by unfurling the flag of the Basketball Federation of India. A cultural programme was conducted for the chief guest, which included a performance of the traditional Punjabi Bhangra dance.

The matches were played on five different basketball courts simultaneously in and around the sports complex in Sector 42, Chandigarh. Defending champions for boys, Delhi, cruised to an easy 81-56 win over Haryana, while the defending champions for girls, Kerala, beat Karnataka 50-40, in a closely contested match.

In other matches on the opening day, 2013 finalists and silver medal winners for the boys, Rajasthan, were beaten by a margin of over 30 points by 2013 third place finishers Punjab, who won today’s match between the two teams with a final score of 91-58. For the girls, 2013 second and third place finishers, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh, respectively, squared off today.  The Chhattisgarh girls were plagued by foul trouble, and an injury to key player Jonali Dutta in the second half added to their woes. Tamil Nadu took full advantage and ended up with a 66-56 win.

The results of all the matches on day one (7-10-14), along with the top scorers for each team, are set out below.

Girls:

  1. Madhya Pradesh (Sakshi 32, Kuisha 8) bt West Bengal (Paramita 12, Devishi 4) 52-18 (14-4, 21-4, 16-5, 1-5)
  2. Punjab (Romalpreet Kaur 13, Rajandeep Kaur 12) bt Uttar Pradesh (Pooja Yadav 20, Shreyasi Vats 17) 68-62 (15-15, 21-17, 13-13, 19-17)
  3. Tamil Nadu (Sindhuja 21, Kowsika 10, Amritha 10) bt Chhatisgarh (Mahima 24, Jonali Dutta 8) 66-56 (8-17, 12-6, 24-13, 22-20)
  4. Uttarakhand (Rhea Satija 17, Sarah Choudhary 16) bt Bihar (Chairsha Jaiswal 13, Rolly Gupta 2) 41-16 (11-6, 14-5, 9-3, 7-2)
  5. Jammu and Kashmir (Pearl Sharma 16, Sarabjeet Kour 13) bt Puducherry (A. Sandhya 18, A Sona Priyanka 6) 42-33 (11-14, 10-8, 7-2, 14-9)
  6. Delhi (Gurkiran 19, Simran 11) bt Assam (Pushpanjali 8, Rima 2) 51-10 (12-3, 8-0, 17-4, 14-3)
  7. Odisha (J. Baskey 16, V. Malik 12) bt Jharkhand (Alka Gupta 2, Osma Singh 2) 36-5(18-2, 12-0, 2-1, 4-2)
  8. Andhra Pradesh (M. Lakshmi Sravanthi 16, Sharon Biju 12, T. Harika 11) btRajasthan (Nikita 13, Saroj Soni 11, Mahima Ramand 8) 52-42 (4-5, 10-17, 19-15, 19-5)
  9. Kerala (Anusha J.P. 17, Ashwathi J. 10) bt Karnataka (Lopamudra T. 21, Baby Bai H.V. 8) 50-40 (18-15, 15-0, 8-10, 9-15)
  10. Chandigarh (Harnoor 10, Anchal 9) bt Goa (Rachel Rapose 14, Franzila 7) 33-30 (7-9, 8-3, 6-9, 12-9)

Boys:

  1. Karnataka (Dev Mishra 23, Guru Prasad 18) bt Uttar Pradesh (Dheeraj 27, Kabeer 12)76-70 (18-13, 22-15, 26-14, 10-28)
  2. Punjab (Rahul Mehla 23, Ravi Mehla 13) bt Rajasthan (Abbas Ali 15, Yogendra Singh 10) 91-58 (19-9, 21-22, 31-12, 20-15)
  3. Delhi (Hansraj 21, Sombir 20, Vishal Kumar 16) bt Haryana (Sonu Kumar 17, Deepak 12, Ankit 9) 81-56 (15-6, 26-14, 25-21, 15-15)
  4. Chhattisgarh (M. Das 24, A. Rai 11) bt Goa (N. Shaikh 20, S. Talamraju 11) 77-40(21-11, 15-13, 21-6, 20-10)
  5. Tamil Nadu (Adarsh Premshan 14, Hari Ram 12, Bala Dhaneshwar 10) bt Bihar(Abhinandan Kumar 9, Nitesh Kumar 6, Govind Kumar 4) 64-21 (21-2, 23-8, 14-3, 6-8)
  6. Uttarakhand (Vaibhav 15, Vishal 13) bt Jharkhand (Nishant 19, Attaul 12) 63-54(15-14, 10-10, 15-13, 23-17)
  7. Mizoram (Eddie Z. 18, Zonusanga 13) bt Puducherry (Ishaan 9, Gauutham 7) 62-28(28-9, 6-3, 15-8, 13-8)
  8. Odisha (Siba 16, Abhisek 10) bt Assam (Arbaaz 14, Sanju 4) 57-29 (14-9, 10-6, 15-10, 18-4)
  9. West Bengal (Binod Shaw 27, Alok Kumar 21) bt Jammu and Kashmir (Abhisar 24, Rohan Sharma 21) 71-60 (27-11, 9-20, 24-15, 11-14)
  10. Chandigarh (Amit 24, Garu Malhotra 7) bt Himachal Pradesh (Rohit Yadav 10, Sahil Virdi 7) 51-27 (14-4, 17-4, 10-4, 10-15)
  11. Kerala (Sudarsan 27) bt Andhra Pradesh (M.S.D. Prasad 16) 70-41 (16-16, 19-4, 19-7, 16-14)

The tentative schedule for today (8th October 2014) is as follows:

Date: 08-10-2014 (WEDNESDAY)

COURT – 1

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
22 KERALA Vs MAHARASHTRA GA
  1. 00 AM
23 DELHI Vs MAHARASHTRA BA 08.15 AM
24 KARNATAKA Vs UTTAR PRADESH GA 09.30 AM
25 HARYANA Vs KERALA BA 10.45 AM
26 CHANDIGARH Vs GUJARAT GC 12.00 PM
27 TAMIL NADU Vs HARYANA GB 01.15 PM
28 RAJASTHAN Vs MADHYA PRADESH BB 02.30 PM
29 CHHATTISGARH Vs WEST BENGAL GB 03.45 PM
30 PUNJAB Vs UTTAR PRADESH BB 05.00 PM
31 CHANDIGARH Vs WEST BENGAL BD 06.15 PM

 

COURT –2 (GOVERNMENT COLLEGE FOR WOMEN SECTOR NO 42)

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
32 CHHATTISGARH Vs GUJARAT BC 07.00 AM
33 TAMIL NADU Vs JHARKHAND BE 08.15 AM
34 BIHAR Vs UTTARAKHAND BE 09.30 AM
35 HIMACHAL PRADESH Vs JAMMU& KASHMIR BD 04.00 PM
36 ODISHA Vs MIZORAM BF 05.15 PM
37 ASSAM Vs PUDUCHERRY BF 06.30 PM

 

COURT –3 (GOVERNMENT COLLEGE FOR WOMEN SECTOR NO 42)

No Team “A” Vs Team “B” Group Timing
38 UTTARAKHAND Vs HIMACHAL PRADESH GD 07.00 AM
39 RAJASTHAN Vs JHARKHAND GF 08.15 AM
40 ASSAM Vs PUDUCHERRY GE 09.30 AM
41 ANDHRA PRADESH Vs ODISHA GF 04.00 PM
42 DELHI Vs JAMMU & KASHMIR GE 05.15 PM

 

About Basketball Federation of India

The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honor of Arjuna Award. More information atwww.indiabasketball.org

About IMG Reliance

IMG Reliance Pvt Ltd., is an equal joint venture between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest and most recognized private sector company, and IMG Worldwide (IMG), the world’s leading sports marketing and management company. The joint venture company will develop market and manage sports and entertainment in India. Its current assets include India’s premier fashion event, Lakmé Fashion Week and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event, the Aircel Chennai Open. IMG Reliance has entered agreements with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to create a new professional basketball league and manage all aspects of the commercial rights to the game in India and the All India Football Federation (AIFF), to improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level. IMG Reliance has also created a scholarship program to identify and train talented young Indians from sports including – basketball, soccer and tennis at IMG’s world-class sports training facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.

 

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Haryana Assembly elections1343 candidates have criminal cases

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Press Release: 94 (7%) out of 1343 candidates contesting from Haryana Assembly elections have declared criminal cases against themselves. Average Assets: Rs. 4.54 crores. 67 re-contesting MLAs have shown an average asset growth of Rs. 11.41 crores over 5 years.

Haryana Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 1343 candidates out of 1351 candidates who are contesting in the Haryana Assembly Elections of 2014. The rest of the candidates were not analysed due to unclear/incomplete affidavits uploaded on the ECI website at the time of making of this report.

Please find the following attachments with this mail

  • Report on Criminal, Financial and other background details of candidates contesting in the Haryana Assembly Elections 2014 (English/Hindi)
  • Report on Asset Comparison of Re-contesting MLAs (English/Hindi)
  • Annexure 1 – Full Asset details of Crorepati Candidates
  • Annexure 2 – Details of Candidates with Declared Criminal Cases

Criminal Background

  • Candidates with Criminal Cases: Out of the 1343 candidates analysed, 94 (7%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. There has been a reduction in the percentage and number of candidates with criminal cases from the 2009 Haryana Assembly elections where 109 (9%) out of 1186 candidates analysed had declared criminal cases.
  • Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 70 (5%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, crimes against women etc. The number and percentage of candidates with criminal cases has decreased in 2014 from 86 (7%) in the 2009 assembly elections.
  • Candidates with Charges framed: Out of the 94 candidates who have declared pending criminal cases against themselves, 49 (52%) have declared that the charges for these cases have already been framed by the court of law.

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  • Candidates with cases related to murder: 3 candidates have declared cases related to murder. Ved Pal of Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) from Tosham constituency, Ravi Kumar of Haryana Lokhit Party from Garhi Sampla-Kiloi and Rati Ram anIndependent candidate from Badli constituency have declared cases of murder. 11candidates have declared cases of attempt to murder.
  • Candidates with cases related to Crimes against Women: 7 candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women. Out of these 5 candidates have declared cases related to husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty (IPC Section-498A).
  • Candidates with cases related to Kidnapping: Ved Pal of Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) from Tosham constituency has declared a case related toKidnapping or maiming a minor for purposes of begging (IPC Section-363A). Rakesh Baagh Singh an Independent candidate from Indri Constituency and Ravi Kumar of Haryana Lokhit Party from Garhi Sampla-Kiloi constituency have declared a case related toKidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person (IPC Section-365)
  • Candidates with cases related to Robbery and Dacoity: Dhirender Singh of BSPfrom Ballabhgarh constituency and Ajay Kumar an Independent candidate from Mahendragarh Constituency have declared cases related to robbery and dacoity.
  • Party wise Candidates with Criminal Cases: 9 (10%) out of 90 candidates from BJP,4 (4%) out of 90 candidates from INC, 10 (11%) out of 88 candidates from INLD, 10(15%) out of 65 candidates fielded by Haryana Janhit Congress (BL), 6 (8%) out of 75 candidates fielded by Haryana Lokhit Party and 41 (7%) out of 597 Independentcandidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
  • Party wise Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 6 (7%) out of 90 candidates from BJP, 4 (4%) out of 90 candidates from INC, 6 (7%) out of 88 candidates fromINLD, 8 (12%) out of 65 candidates fielded by Haryana Janhit Congress (BL), 3 (4%)out of 75 candidates fielded by Haryana Lokhit Party and 31 (5%) out of 597Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.​

​Financial Background

    • Crorepati Candidates: Out of the 1343 candidates analysed, 563 (42%) are crorepatis. This shows an increase in the number and percentage of crorepatis from the previous Haryana Assembly elections in 2009 where out of 1186 candidates analysed, 380 (32%) candidates were crorepatis.
    • High Asset Candidates: Out of 1343 candidates analysed, 122 candidates declared assets worth more than Rs. 10 crores. The number of high asset candidates have increased from the previous Haryana Assembly elections in 2009 wherein 41 candidates had declared assets worth more than Rs. 10 crores.

9 candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs 100 crores. The details of these candidates are as follows;

S.No. Name District Constituency Party Name Movable Assets (Rs) Immovable Assets (Rs) Total Assets (Rs) PAN Given
1 Ravi Chauhan Mahendragarh Ateli IND 5,74,88,496 2,06,52,00,000 2,12,26,88,496
212 Crore+
Y
2 Anita Chauhan Mahendragarh Ateli IND 5,74,88,496 2,06,52,00,000 2,12,26,88,496
212 Crore+
Y
3 Shakti Rani Panchkula Kalka Haryana Jan Chetna Party (V) 1,27,43,00,000 38,91,20,000* 1,66,34,20,000
166 Crore+
Y
4 Venod Sharma Ambala Ambala City Haryana Jan Chetna Party (V) 1,27,43,00,000 25,71,00,000 1,53,14,00,000
153 Crore+
Y
5 Gopal Kanda Sirsa Sirsa Haryana Lokhit Party 81,38,36,793 33,38,00,000 1,14,76,36,793
114 Crore+
Y
6 Smt Savitri Jindal Hisar Hisar INC 55,20,28,000 58,07,13,000 1,13,27,41,000
113 Crore+
Y
7 Vipul Goyal Faridabad Faridabad BJP 62,95,89,881 43,67,52,731 1,06,63,42,612
106 Crore+
Y
8 Sukhbir Kataria Gurgaon Gurgaon IND 11,76,86,268 92,50,00,000 1,04,26,86,268
104 Crore+
Y
9 Kailash Chand Bhagat Kaithal Kaithal INLD 94,95,76,926 5,20,37,700 1,00,16,14,626
100 Crore+
Y

Total assets include assets of self and others

  • Party-wise Crorepati Candidates: 81 (90%) out of 90 candidates in INC, 77 (86%)out of 90 candidates in BJP, 72 (82%) out of 88 candidates in INLD,37 (57%) out of 65 candidates in Haryana Janhit Congress (BL), 25 (33%) out of 75 candidates fromHaryana Lokhit Party and 184 (31%) out of 597 Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

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  • Average Assets: The average assets per candidate contesting in the Haryana 2014 Assembly elections is Rs.4.54 crores. The average assets per candidate in the previous Haryana Assembly elections 2009 was Rs. 2.05 crores.
  • Party-wise Average Assets: Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 90 INC candidates is Rs 11.38 crores, 90 BJP candidates have average assets ofRs.9.80 crores, 88 INLD candidates have average assets worth of Rs.11.41 croresand 65 Haryana Janhit Congress (BL)candidates have average assets of Rs. 6.12 crores.​

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  • Party-wise Asset Rank: 62 (69%) out of 90 INC candidates occupy the top three highest assets positions amongst all the contesting candidates in their respective constituencies. Similarly, 49 (54%) out of 90 BJP candidates, 51 (57%) out of 88 INLDcandidates and 20 (31%) out of 65 Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) candidates occupy the top three highest assets positions in their constituency.

Note: The following graph analyses the number of candidates fielded by political parties who have declared either the highest total assets in their constituency (among the candidates analysed for the constituency), or the second highest or the third highest.

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  • Candidates with High Income as declared in ITR*: 13 candidates have declared total annual income of more than Rs. 1 crore. Top 3 candidates with highest declared total income are given below:
S.No. Name Party Name District Constituency Total Assets (Rs) The financial year for which the last income tax return has been filed by candidate Total income shown by candidate in ITR (Self+Spouse+Dependent) (Rs) Self income shown by candidate in ITR (Rs)
1 Rohtas IND Gurgaon Sohna 60,02,80,33560 Crore+ 2013-2014 67,88,90,11067 Crore+ 67,88,90,11067 Crore+
2 Vipul Goyal BJP Faridabad Faridabad 1,06,63,42,612106 Crore+ 2012-2013 4,42,17,9624 Crore+ 2,27,24,4312 Crore+
3 Chaudhary Abhay Singh Chautala INLD Sirsa Ellenabad 43,13,01,26743 Crore+ 2013-2014 2,16,74,7302 Crore+ 2,16,34,8002 Crore+

*Total income includes income of self, spouse and dependents

  • Candidates who have not declared Income Tax Details*: 674 (50%) candidates out of 1343 analyzed have not declared income tax details.
    *Some candidates may be exempted from filing Income Tax Returns

  • Education Details of Candidates: 37 candidates have declared that they areilliterate. 756 (56%) candidates (not including candidates who are illiterate) have declared that have an education qualification of 12th pass or below while 525 (39%)candidates have declared having an educational qualification of graduate or above.

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  • Age Details of Candidates: 917 (68%) candidates have declared their age to be between 25 to 50 years while 380 (28%) candidates have declared their age to be between 51 to 70 years and 16 (1%) candidates have declared their age to be above 71 years.

  • Gender Details of Candidates: 115 (9%) female candidates out of 1343 candidates analysed are contesting in the Haryana 2014 elections, while 69 (6%) female candidates out of 1222 candidates contested during Haryana 2009 elections. Out of 746 candidates fielded by political parties in 2014 Haryana elections, only 82 candidates were female.

Asset Comparison of Re-contesting MLAs

Association of Democratic reforms and Haryana Election Watch (HEW) has analysed self-sworn affidavits of 1343 candidates contesting in the Haryana State Assembly Elections 2014.

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67 re-contesting MLAs i.e. winners in the 2009 Haryana assembly elections who are contesting again in 2014, have been analyzed for the Haryana Assembly Elections 2014

  • The average assets of these 67 re-contesting MLAs in 2009 was Rs. 7.30 crores
  • The average assets of re-contesting MLAs as declared in their affidavits in 2014 isRs. 18.71 crores
  • The average asset growth of re-contesting MLAs is Rs. 11.41 crores
  • The percentage average asset growth of re-contesting MLAs is 156%

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  • Highest Increase in Assets: Savitri Jindal of INC from Hisar constituency has declared maximum increase in total assets with an increase of Rs 69.59 crore i.e from Rs. 43.68 crores in 2009 to Rs. 113.27 crores in 2014. Total assets of Sukhbir Kataria an Independent candidate from Gurgaon constituency have increased by Rs 65.92 crore, from Rs 38.34 crores in 2009 to Rs 104.26 crore in 2014 followed byVenod Sharma of Haryana Jan Chetna Party (V) from Ambala City constituency whose total assets have risen by Rs. 65.73 crore, from Rs 87.40 crores in 2009 to Rs 153.14 crore in 2014 and Kuldeep Bishnoi of Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) from Adampur constituency has shown an asset increase an increase of Rs. 62.81 crores from Rs. 17.30 crores to Rs. 80.12 crores.
  • Party-wise asset comparison of re-contesting MLAs: 38 re-contesting MLAs of INC have shown a percentage increase in average assets of 185%, 19 INLD MLAs with 207% increase in average assets, 4 BJP MLAs with 211% average asset increase, I MLA from Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) with asset increase of 363%, 1 MLA from Haryana Lokhit Party with 82% asset increase, 1 BSP MLA with 98% asset increase, 1 Haryana Jan Chetna Party (V) MLA with 75% asset increase and 2 Independent MLAs with 149% average asset increase.

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National Democratic Institute – NDI

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National Democratic Institute – NDI
Join NDI and the Constituency for Africa. EST for “Critical African Elections: A Briefing and Roundtable.”Between now and the end of 2016, more than 30 African countries will hold national elections. For many, the el See More

Junior NBA’s Train the Trainers initiative with legend Carlos Barroca

Junior NBA’s Train the Trainers initiative with legend Carlos Barroca- Oct 13, 2014 at 12:30pm

From: “anu” <anu@wordswork.in> Tue, 7 Oct ’14 6:08p

To: <recipients undisclosed> and others

Hello,

Hope you are doing well.

On behalf of National Basketball Association, we would like to invite you to“Train the trainers” initiative on Oct 13, 2014- Monday, 12:30pm at Carmel Convent School, Malcha Marg, Chanakya Puri with Carlos Barroca, Senior Director, Basketball Operations in NBA India.

 

About Carlos Barroca

For the past 35 years, Carlos Barroca carved up a legendary career as a leader in the game of basketball back in his home nation of Portugal. Now, he gets the opportunity to bring in that experience and leadership qualities to carve up a new legend in India. Two month back, NBA announced that Barroca will be taking over as the Senior Director of Basketball Operations for NBA India.  His 35 years of experience has given him several different roles involved with basketball, mostly in Portugal. During the 2000-2001 season, Barroca served as the head coach of the Portuguese Basketball Federation and the national U-20 squad, and has joined the NBA’s Basketball without Borders programme as a guest coach since 2006. Following his time on the sidelines, Barroca was appointed as National Director of High School Sports Programme and selected as a member of the Supreme Council for Sports as well as the Olympic Committee of Portugal.

We cordially invite to the

Third leg of the 2014-15

Program with “Train the trainers” initiative

At

Carmel Convent School, Malcha Marg, Chanakya Puri,

New Delhi- 110 021

On

Friday, October 13, 2014

From

12.30 PM onwards

Present at the occasion will be Carlos Barroca, Senior Director, Basketball Operations in India

 

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BILT and PGTI announce BILT Open 2014

  • BILT Open 2014 to carry total prize purse of Rs. 1 crore
  • Fifth of seven Super Series events in 2014
  • BILT Open to return to the Delhi Golf Club after two years
  • Star-studded line-up to include Rashid Khan (defending champion), Chikkarangappa, Himmat Singh Rai, Shamim Khan

 

New Delhi, October 6, 2014: Avantha Group Company, Ballarpur Industries Limited (BILT), India’s largest paper manufacturer and the flagship company of the US$ 4 bn Avantha Group, and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), ‘the official sanctioning body of professional golf in India’, on Monday announced the schedule for the BILT Open 2014 at a press conference in Delhi. The announcement was made by Mr. Yogesh Agarwal, Managing Director & CEO, BILT Paper B.V. and Mr. Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI.

 

The tournament carries a prize purse of Rs. 1 crore and is scheduled from 7th – 10thOctober, 2014 with the Pro-Am being played on 11thOctober. The event returns to the venerated Delhi Golf Club after a gap of two years.

FDI flows to West Asia

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WEST ASIA:

FDI flows to west asia decreased in 2013 by 9% to 44 billion, the fifth consecutive decline since 2009 and return to the level they had in 2005. Persistent tensions in the region continued to hold off foreign direct investors in 2013. Since 2009, FDI flows to Saudi Arabia and Qatar have maintained a downward trend. During this period, flows to a number of other countries have started to recover, although that recovery has been bumpy in some cases. Flows have remained well below the levels reached some years ago, except in Kuwait and Iraq where they reached record levels in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

 

Turkey remained west asia’s main FDI recipient in 2013 although flows decreased slightly, remaining at almost the same level as in the previous year – close to 13 billion (Fig A). This occurred against a background of low cross border M&A sales which dropped by 68% to 867 million, their lowest level since 2004. While inflows to the manufacturing sector more than halved, dropping to 2 billion and accounting for only 16% of the total, they increased in electricity, gas and water supply (176% to 2.6 billion), finance (79% to 3.7 billion), and real estate (16% to 3 billion). Together these three industries represented almost three quarters of total FDI to the country.

 

FDI flows to the United Arab Emirates continued their recovery :  After the sharp decline registered in 2009, increasing in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year and positioning this country as the second largest recipient of FDI after Turkey. Flows increased by 9% to 10.5 billion, remaining however well below their level in 2007 (14.2 billion). This FDI recovery coincided with the economy rebounding from the 2009 debt crisis, driven by both oil and non oil activities. Among the latter, the manufacturing sector expanded, led by heavy industries such as aluminium and petrochemicals; tourism and transport benefited from the addition of more routes and capacity by two local airlines; and the property market recovered, thanks to the willingness of banks to resume loans to real estate projects, which brought new life to the construction business, the industry that suffered most from the financial crisis and has taken the longest to recover. That industry got further impetus in November 2013, when Dubai gained the right to host the World Expo 2020.

Flows to the Saudi Arabia registered their fifth consecutive year of decline :  Decreasing by 24% to 9.3 billion, and moving the country from the second to the third largest host economy in the region. This decline has taken place despite the large capital projects under way in infrastructure and in downstream oil and gas mainly refineries and petrochemicals. However, the Government remains the largest investor in strategically important sectors, and the activities of many private firms (Including foreign ones) depend on government contracts (Non-equity mode) or on joint ventures with state owned companies. The departure in 2013 of over 1 million expatriate workers has exacerbated the mismatch of demand and supply in the private job market that has challenged private businesses since 2011 launch of the policy of “Saudization” .

Flows to Iraq reached new highs :  Despite high levels of instability in Iraq, affecting mainly the central area around Baghdad, FDI flows are estimated to have increased by about 20% in 2013, to 2.9 billion. The country’s economic resurgence has been underpinned by its vast hydrocarbon wealth. Economic growth has been aided by substantial increases in government spending to compensate for decades of war, sanctions and underinvestment in infrastructure and basic services. In addition, work on several large oilfields has gathered speed since the award of the largest fields to foreign oil TNCs. A significant development for the industry in 2013 was the start of operations of the first stage of a long delayed gas capture project run by Basra Gas Company (State owned south gas company 51%), Shell (44%) and Mitsubishi (5%). The project captures associated gas that was being flared from three oil fields in southern Iraq and processes it for liquefield petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas liquids and condensate for domestic markets.

 

FDI flows to Kuwait are estimated to have decreased by 41% in 2013. After having reached record highs in 2012 owing to a one-off acquisition deal worth 1.8 billion (See WIR 13). FDI to Jordan increased by 20% to 1.8 billion, despite regional unrest and sluggish economic growth because of the country’s geostrategic position, countries and foreign entities have been extending considerable new funding in the form of aid, grants, guarantees easy credit and investment. FDI to Lebanon is estimated to have fallen by 23% with most of the flows still focused on the real estate market, which registered a significant decrease in investments from the Gulf cooperation council (GCC) countries.

Prospects for the region’s inward FDI remain bleak :  As rising political uncertainties are a strong deterrent to FDI even in countries not directly affected by unrest and in those registering robust economic growth. The modest recovery in FDI flows recorded recently in some countries would have been much more substantial in the absence of political turmoil, given the region’s vast hydrocarbon wealth.

FDI outflows from West Asia soared :   64% to 31 billion in 2013, boosted by rising flows from the GCC countries, which enjoy a high level of foreign exchange reserves derived from their accumulation of surpluses from export earnings. Although each of these countries augmented its investment abroad, the quadrupling of outflows from Qatar and the 159% growth in flows from Kuwait explain most of the increase. Given the high levels of their foreign exchange reserves and the relatively small sizes of their economies. GCC countries are likely to continue to increase their direct investment abroad.

New challenges faced by the GCC petrochemicals industry :   With the goal of diversifying their economies by leveraging their abundant oil and gas and their capital to develop industrial capabilities and create jobs where they enjoy competitive advantages, GCC governments have embarked since the mid 2000s on the development of large scale petrochemicals projects in joint ventures with international oil companies (See WIR 12). These efforts have significantly expanded the region’s petrochemicals capacities and they continue to do so, with a long list of plants under development, including seven megaprojects distributed between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman (Table 11.2). The industry has been facing new challenges, deriving among others from the shale gas production under way in north America  which has affected the global strategy of petrochemicals TNCs.

TNC focus on the United States :  The shale gas revolution in north America combined with gas shortages in the GCC region, has reduced the cost advantage of the GCC petrochemicals players and introduced new competition. By driving down gas prices in the unites states, the shale revolution is reviving that country’s petrochemicals sector. Some companies have been looking again to the united states, which offers a huge consumer base and the opportunity to spread companies business risks. Global petrochemicals players that have engaged in several multibillion dollar megaprojects in GCC countries in the last 10 yrs – including chevron Phillips chemical dow chemical and exxonmobil chemical – have been considering major projects in the united states for e.g. chevron Phillips is planning to build a large scale ethane cracker and two polyethelene units in texas. Dow chemical has restarted its idled saint Charles plant in Louisiana and is undertaking a major polyethylene and ethylene expansion in its plant in texas. As of March 2014 the united states chemical industry had announced investment projects valued at about 70 billion and linked to the plentiful and affordable natural gas from domestic shale formations. About half of the announced investment is by firms based outside the united states.

Shale technology is being transferred through cross border M&As to asian TNCs :  United states technology has been transferred to asian countries rich in shale gas through M&A deals, which should eventually help make these regions more competitive producers and exporters for chemicals. Government backed Chinese and Indian companies have been aggressively luring or acquiring partners in the united states and Canada together the required production techniques, with a view to develop their own domestic resources.

GCC petrochemicals and energy enterprises have also invested in North America :  The north American shale gas boom has also attracted investment from west asian petrochemicals companies : NOVA chemicals (Fully owned by abu dhabi’s state owned international petroleum investment co.) is among the first to build a plan to exploit low cost north American ethylene. SABIC (Saudi Arabia) is also moving to harness the shale boom in the united states. The company – which already has a presence in the united states through SABIC Americas a chemicals and a fertilizer producer and a petrochemicals research center is looking to seal a deal to invest in a petrochemicals project as well. The boom has also pushed state owned Qatar petroleum (QP) to establish small footholds in north america’s upstream sector, because QP is heavily dependent on qatar’s north field, it has invested to diversify risk geographically. In April 2013, its affiliate, Qatar petroleum international (QPI), signed a memorandum of understanding with exxonmobil for future joint investment in unconventional gas and natural gas liquids in the united states, which suggests a strategy of strengthening ties with TNCs that invest in projects in qatar and reflects joint interest in expanding the partnership both domestically and internationally. QPI also announced a one billion deal with cantrica (United kingdom) to purchase oil and gas assets and exploration acreage in Alberta from oil sands producer suncor energy (Canada). However, new evidence suggests that the outlook for the shale gas industry may be less bright than was thought.

Petrochemicals producers in the middle east should nonetheless build on this experience :   To develop a strategy of gaining access to key growth markets beyond their diminishing feedstock advantage. Rather than focusing on expanding capacity, they need to leverage their partnership with petrochemicals TNCs to strengthen their knowledge and skills base in terms of technology, research and efficient operations and to establish linkages with the global manufacturing TNCs that use their products. Efforts towards that end have been undertaken for example by SABIC, which has opened R&D centers in Saudi Arabia, china and India and is developing a strategy to market its chemicals to international manufacturing giants.

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Cyclone alert in 16 districts of Odisha

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Oct 7

The Odisha government has alerted administration of 16 of the 30 districts following a possible cyclone that may hit the state’s coast by Saturday. All government officials have been asked to rejoin their duty after the Durga Puja vacation and leaves have been canceled from tomorrow.

Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Nayagarh, Gajapati, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Ganajm, Puri, Malkangiri and KIoraput district administration have been put on alert to meet any exigencies due to a possible cyclone.

The Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and fire services have also been asked to be prepared and move out when required.

According to Bhubaneswar Met office, the low pressure area formed over Tenasserim Coast and adjoining Andaman Sea has concentrated into a depression and now lay centred over North Andaman Sea and neighborhood, about 1380 Km Southeast of Gopalpur of Odisha coast.

It is likely to move in a West-Northwesterly direction and intensify into a deep depression within next 24 hours and further intensify into a Cyclonic storm.

Distant Cautionary signal Number One has been hoisted at Paradip and Gopalpur Ports or Odisha. However, there is still no clarity over the exact route the storm would take when it heads towards the Odisha coast.





Confocal microscope with 3-D feature launched in New Delhi

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Science and Technology Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today launched the Broad Spectrum Confocal Microscope in New Delhi.
It is the first of its kind, developed under public-private partnership mode by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Scientist wants to understand the spectroscopic behaviour of materials and this can be achieved only using Broad Spectrum Con focal Microscope.

Launching the microscope, Dr Singh said, it is a big achievement and Indian scientists can develop such product using indigenous scientific infrastructure. Confocal Microscope is used to obtain three dimensional feature at microscopic level and play a vital role in scientific understanding of nano material and biological object. It can also do resonant scanning up to 1024×1024 pixels.





Foundation Stone of Pashmina Dehairing Plant in Leh to be Laid

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The Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar will launch the Pashmina Promotion Programme (P-3) and lay the foundation stone of Pashmina Dehairing Plant at Pashmina Dehairing Plant Complex, Skalzangling, Leh tomorrow.

Under P-3, major provision has been made for establishment of latest technology imported Pashmina Dehairing Plant at Leh with total grant of Rs.19.35 crore including other machineries like Scouring, Drying, and boiler along with construction of building for installation of these machineries at Leh. The existing Deharing Plant has obsolete Chinese dehairing machine and is not sufficient to de-hair 45 ton of Pashmina wool produced here and with present capacity it can only de-hair up to five ton pashmina, leaving 40 ton sold into the market as raw which renders loss of value addition of Pashmina. The capacity of the proposed new imported plant would be 10 kilogram pashmina per hour with approximate cost of Rs.11 crore.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to Leh on 12th August,2014, announced Pashmina Promotion Programme (P-3) with additional financial assistance of Rs. 30 crore for improving quality and quantity of pashmina wool as well as living standard of poor nomads (wool growers) of Ladakh region.

Under this new Programme, financial assistance would be provided under different components like Creation of Common Pashmina Facilitation Centre for Wool testing, Disease Surveillance Centre, Geographic Information System (GIS) Lab, Shelter for Nomads, Portable Electric Units for Handloom Spinning/Weaving, Solarised Community Centres, Open Fodder enclosures, establishment of Pashmina Dehairing Plant, Distribution for Foundation Stock to farmers and construction of Shelter for Housing of Pashmina Stock.

The Ministry of Textiles is implementing Pashmina Wool Development Scheme with the help of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh from 10th Five Year Plan for development of this Sector in Ladakh region. In the 12th Plan, this programme has been expanded with enhanced financial assistance of Rs. 41.21 crore.

Ladakh region produces the finest Pashmina wool (specialty fiber) in the world, which has high demand globally. Ladakh region grow about 45 ton of Pashmina wool every year from the population of about 2.50 lakh Pashmina goats.





Birth Centenary Commemoration of Begum Akhtar Set of Commemorative Coins Released

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The year-long birth centenary celebrations of noted classical singer Begum Akhtar began today. In an impressive function held here today Union Culture Minister Shri Shripad Naik released a set of commemorative coins of Rs.100 and Rs.5. Noted singers Dr. Rita Ganguly (Dadra), Shri Shashank Shekhar (Thumri) and Smt. Prabhati Mukherjee (Ghazal) gave an impressive performance on the occasion.

Akhtar Bai Faizabadi, popularly called Begum Akhtar (October 07, 1914 –October 30,1974) was a famous Indian singer of Ghazal, Dadra and Thumri. She received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for vocal music and was awarded Padam Shri and Padam Bhushan (Posthumously) by Government of India. She was given the title of Mallika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazals). On completion of 100 years of this versatile genius, the Government of India has decided to commemorate the occasion. With this end in view, a National Implementation Committee (NIC) under the Chairmanship of Union Culture Minister was constituted to chalk out programmes and activities that may be taken up during the commemoration year.

Some of the programmes which will be taken up during the commemoration period are organizing Centenary festivals in Delhi, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Bhopal and Kolkata, Web Portal and digitization/ documentation etc., of the legacy of Begum Akhtar, exhibitions and workshops, publications, seminars and a scholarship to young artists.





PM’s announcements in the USA on Consular and Visa issues

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, made a number of announcements on consular and visa issues during his address at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on September 28th, 2014. The Union Government has moved swiftly to implement these announcements.

According to a Gazette notification issued on September 30th, 2014, all PIO cards are now valid for the lifetime of the cardholder, instead of 15 years. This effectively fulfils the Prime Minister`s announcement that PIO cardholders would enjoy a lifelong visa to India.

Further, following the Prime Minister`s announcement that PIO cardholders would be exempt from police reporting, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued instructions through the same Gazette notification dated September 30th, that PIO cardholders would not be required to report to a police station even if their visit to India exceeds 180 days.

Fulfilling yet another announcement made by the Prime Minister, instructions have been issued to Embassies and Consulates that unless there are exceptional circumstances, visas to US nationals should normally be given for 10 years.

Systems are in place to introduce visa on arrival for US tourists in October itself.

The Ministry of Home Affairs is working on a new scheme that will merge the PIO and OCI schemes.





9 Books Bill Gates Thinks Everyone Should Read

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How many of Bill Gates’ favourites have you read?

America’s richest man reads about one book a week. Here are a few of his favorite titles.
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HKTDC-HK Electronics Fair(Autumn Edition)

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13/10/2014 (Monday)
Time Seminar
2pm-3pm
Buyer Forum on Business Opportunities in Emerging Markets: Argentina & Poland
Speakers:

  • Mr Enrique César Rodriguez, President, ECR Solar
  • Mr Ernest Kryjer, Purchasing Manager, SEMICON Ltd
  (Language : English)
3pm-5:15pm
Hong Kong Electronic Industry Summit
Co-organisers:
Theme: The Latest Trend and Business Application of Robotics Industry
Speakers:

  • Prof Xi Ning, Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of Centre for Robotics and Automation, City University of Hong Kong
  • Dr David Hanson, Founder, CTO, Hanson Robotics
  • Mr Andrew Chiu Shun-pui, Director, 3DP Technology Ltd
(Language : English)
14/10/2014 (Tuesday)
Time Seminar
11am-12:30pm
Market outlook and e-Commerce trend for Electronics Industry
Speakers:

  • Mr Wing Chu, Economist, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
  • Mr Jason Tam, Associate Director, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Mr Raymond Yeung, Senior Sales Manager, Publications & E-Commerce Department, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
  • Mr Wally Wong, Manager, SMB Merchant Acquisition & Engagement, PayPal Hong Kong
(Language : English)
1pm-2:30pm
Buyer Forum – Opportunities in the European, US & South East Asian Markets
Speakers:

  • Ms Hill He, Leasing Director, Lightinthebox.com
  • Mr Aimone Ripa Di Meana, CEO, Crossborder Trade, Lazada group
  • Mr Raymond Yeung, Senior Sales Manager Publications & E-Commerce Department
(Language : English)
2:30pm-4pm
Seminar on “Evolution in the World of Display Technology”

Supporting Organisation:
Speakers:

  • Prof Henry Chung, Director of Centre for Smart Energy Conversion and Utilization Research, City University
  • Mr Kenny Chow, General Manager, Kopin (HK) Ltd
  • Mr Steve Yeung, CEO, iView Limited
  (Language : English and Putonghua)
15/10/2014 (Wednesday)
Time Seminar
11:30am-12nn
Seminar on “Wearable Electronics – Future Market & Technology Trend”
Speaker:

  • Mr Leo Chan, General Manager, Leader Radio Technologies Limited (LRT)
(Language : English and Putonghua)
2:30pm-5pm
The 10th Asian Electronics Forum

Co-organiser:
Speakers:

  • Dr Yoshiaki Ichikawa, IEC TC111 and ISO TC 268/SC 1 Chairman & Senior Chief Engineer, International Standardization Promotion Office, Intellectual Property Division, Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Madam Qu Weizhi, President, China Electronics Chamber of Commerce (CECC)
  • Prof KB Chan, Honorary Chairman, Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association (HKEIA)
  • Mr Masamichi Imai, Executive Vice President, Communications and Information Network Association of Japan (CIAJ)
  • Mr Roger Liao, Director, Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (TEEMA)
  • Mr Shoichi Inoue, VP, General Manager for International Affairs Department, Japan Electronics & Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA)
  • Prof N K Goyal, President, CMAI Association of India
  (Language : English and Putonghua)
3pm-4pm
Buyer Forum: “Opportunities & Credit Risk Management in Emerging Markets – Middle East & Brazil”
Speakers:

  • Ms Jackie Kwan, Senior Manager, Underwriting Division of Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation
  • Mr Robson Dutra, Business Development Manager, Intelbras (Brazil)
  • Mr Marcio Osli, Business Unit Manager – Accessories, Intelbras (Brazil)
(Language : English)
16/10/2014 (Thursday)
Time Seminar
11am-12:20pm
Seminar on “Regulatory Updates on Electronic/Electrical Products”
Speakers:

  • Dr Fung Leung Ching, Accreditation Officer, Hong Kong Accreditation Services
  • Mr Steve Kwok, Project Manager , Certification Hong Kong Limited
  • Mr Terry Chan, Supervisor, Wireless, Intertek Testing Services Hong Kong Ltd.
  • Mr Freeman Lu, Key Account Manager, Electrical, TÜV Rheinland Greater China
(Language : English and Putonghua)

Remarks:

  1. Free admission for all seminars on first come first served basis.
  2. Organiser reserves the right for any changes without prior notice.
  3. For trade only. Persons under 18 will not be admitted.