Winners of ‘Take Me to South Africa 2.0’ contest announced



Jonty Rhodes, Brand Ambassador of South African Tourism in India to host four lucky winners on a two-week all-expense paid holiday to South Africa


Delhi, 23rd September 2014: South African Tourism today announced the names of four lucky winners of ‘Take Me to South Africa 2.0’ contest. Early this year, travel junkies from all over India were invited to participate in an online theme based gaming contest where they were offered a chance to win a two week trip to South Africa with charismatic cricketer, Jonty Rhodes, who will take on the role of a travel guide on this trip.


Beena George from Mumbai, Amiya Sharma from New Delhi, Govind Mehrotra from Gurgaon and Ojas Thekkekara from Bhopal emerged victorious from over 800 entries garnered through this contest. South African Tourism adopted a distinct and innovative strategy to inform these chosen winners about their victory. Billboards were set up outside the office of the four winners with a personalized message from Jonty announcing that they have won a trip to South Africa with him. Amazed to see their billboards, contestants expressed immense happiness and excitement for thisonce-in-a-lifetime voyage to South Africa with Jonty as their personal host. These travel enthusiasts will embark on their journey to South Africa in October 2014 for some amazing and extraordinary travel experiences.


South African Tourism has set a benchmark in the tourism industry with this never done before consumer outreach series where a Brand Ambassador plays the role of a personal guide for select Indian travellers in his home country. The journey of these four winners will be captured in leading television channels Discovery and TLC which will showcase the varied, fun-filled, adrenaline pumping adventures and experiential holiday offerings available in South Africa for Indian travellers.


Ms. Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager, South African Tourism, said, “We are delighted to receive such an overwhelming response from travel fanatics across India. I am truly amazed by their passion and love for South Africa. It has been an amazing experience for us to learn about varied travel interests of the Indian youth. We value the effort and commitment that each entrant has invested and appreciate the dedication. South African Tourism would like to take this opportunity to thank all the participants and we heartily congratulate the four lucky winners.”


South Africa has seen a huge increase in the uptake of adventure and high adrenaline activities by Indian tourists, making the youth traveler segment a significant part of South African Tourism’s visitor mix.


Expressing excitement on revealing the contest winners, Jonty said: “The contest was extremely intense, we received some exceptional entries and getting to choose the final four was a tough call for South African Tourism. It is truly inspiring to see the upsurge in travel and adventure enthusiasts in India. I am super thrilled to host the four winners. The action packed itinerary put together by South African Tourism is sure to make this two week journey the most memorable experience of their lifetime.”

Over the years, South Africa has witnessed an incredible increase in tourist arrivals from India. 2013 recorded 1 12 672 Indian tourists visiting South Africa which was an increase of 5.5% vis-୶is 2012. The year 2014 has also started on a good note for South African Tourism with 24 556 Indians having visited the destination in the first three months.

IES VN Sule Guruji English Medium School defeats Don Bosco School Matunga

IES VN Sule Guruji English Medium School defeats Don Bosco School Matunga

            At ‘Smaaash Master Blaster School Cricket Championship’




19th September 2014: After 5 days of intense cricketing action, covering 102 schools, involving participation of over 1500 students, the 2nd edition of the Smaaash Master Blaster School Cricket Championship, a grass root level cricket initiative undertaken by SMAAASH in partnership with MSSA to unearth the city’s best cricketing talent, concluded this Friday with Top 3 winners in the U-14 boys and U-16 (boys and girls) category.


The cricket competition provided an opportunity to Mumbai school teams allowing them to test their batting skills while facing international bowlers, in an ambience wherein the students experienced the real thrill of batting to a ball thrown by cricketing legends. The unique cricket tournament played at the first-of-its-kind 360° cricket simulator saw IES VN Sule Guruji English Medium School (U-16-boys), Sulochanadevi Singhania School (Thane) (U-14-boys), St Columba School (U-16-girls) emerge as winners.


The winners of the 2nd edition of the Smaaash master Blaster Cricket Championship will be awarded by ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar at a special ceremony, to be held at a later date.


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Sushant Golf City begins on September 16




  • Sixth and final event of 2014 Feeder Tour season to decide Order of Merit champion


  • Prize money of Rs. 6 lakh


Lucknow, September 15, 2014: The Ansal API Feeder Tour Championship presented by The Palms Golf Club – Sushant Golf City, the sixth and final event of the Professional Golf Tour of India’s (PGTI) 2014 Feeder Tour season, will be held from September 16 – 18, 2014, at The Palms Golf Club – an 18 hole international standard championship golf course located in Ansal API’s hi-tech township – Sushant Golf City, Lucknow.


The Palms Golf Club, touted as one of the best upcoming golf courses in India, is set to stage the event for the second year running. The tournament carries a total prize purse of Rs. 6 lakh. The tournament will feature a field of 72 players and will be played over three rounds of 18 holes each with the cut being applied after 36 holes.


The top names in the field include Randhir Singh Ghotra of Chandigarh and Meerut’s Sudhir Sharma, a winner of two events during the 2010 Feeder Tour season. The local challenge will be led by Lucknow-based professionals Rajesh Kumar Rawat, Sheeraz Kalra, Bhoop Singh, Manoj Kumar, Amardeep Rawat, Sanjeev Kumar, Eshanvir Singh and Rishi, to name a few. Akshay Sharma of Chandigarh and Delhi’s Gulfam, currently placed first and second on the Feeder Tour Order of Merit respectively, will also be among the top contenders at the event.


Akshay Sharma and Gulfam are currently engaged in a keen contest for the top spot in the Order of Merit. While Akshay, the winner of the season’s first event in Jaipur, has earnings of Rs. 2,15,280, Gulfam, who bagged the fourth event of the season at Forest Hill Golf Resort in Punjab, is not far behind with earnings of Rs. 1,74,540. The winner of the 2014 PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit will get an exemption to play on the PGTI in 2015.

All Eyes on Clearwater for Release of “Dolphin Tale 2″


Director’s Charles Martin Smith’s “Postcard of the Destination” to Open Nationwide Tomorrow


Mumbai, 15th September 2014 :The Hollywood spotlight will shine brightly on the St. Pete/Clearwater area this Friday as Warner Bros. Dolphin Tale 2, the much-anticipated sequel to the 2011 blockbuster Dolphin Tale, hits movie theaters across the country.

The inspirational tale that focuses on the “rescue-rehab-release” mission of Clearwater Marine Aquarium introduces a baby dolphin, Hope, to the original film’s aquatic star, Winter, in an emotional, family friendly story that is based on the real-life rescue of the injured mammal in 2010.

All of the human stars from the original film—including Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson—also returned for the sequel, which director Charles Martin Smith describes as a “postcard to the destination.”

In concert with the release of the film, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater has launched a variety of marketing initiatives, including online promotions with AMC Theatres, promotional hang tags in more than 300,000 Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty rental cars at airports in the Orlando and Tampa Bay areas, and branded trams at Tampa International Airport, where dolphin-themed “selfie” stands flank the shuttle platforms.

International efforts include hosted media screenings in the UK, and full-page sweepstakes in magazines distributed at 1,300 McDonald’s restaurants throughout Germany.

But the most convincing advertisements of all might come from the movie’s director and stars themselves, who appear on a series of VSPC’s online videos candidly describing their relationship with the film’s aquatic heroes, their admiration for Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and their love for the destination itself.

“It’s difficult to overstate how much Dolphin Tale and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium have become part of the overall brand of the St. Pete/Clearwater area,” said Interim Director of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater David Downing.

“The publicity the destination receives is immeasurable, and the feel-good plot resonates with a wide variety of visitors—particularly families,” said Downing. “In terms of tourism promotion, we couldn’t ask for a better marketing vehicle.”

The 2011 release of the blockbuster Dolphin Tale made Clearwater Marine Aquarium a household name, grossing more than $100 million and skyrocketing visitation at the aquarium from 78,000 in 2010 to 750,000 in 2012.

A delegation of tourism and business leaders from the Clearwater area traveled to Los Angeles for last Sunday’s Hollywood premiere, followed by last night’s local premiere at a sold out Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, where appearances by wounded warriors, musicians, and other inspirational personalities echoed the film’s central theme of the search for strength in the face of adversity.

Dolphin Tale 2 will open internationally in the UK on October 3 and Germany on October 9, followed by continued worldwide roll out in Latin America and other markets.






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Scots independence referendum on 18 Sept 2014


On Saturday, both Yes and No campaigns were given a final push at the last weekend ahead of the Referendum.

In October 2012, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond signed the Edinburgh Agreement, allowing Scotland to hold an independence referendum in autumn 2014 on the question of “Should Scotland be an independent country?” the online Scottish Daily Record reported.

Queen Elizabeth on Sunday urged Scots to think “carefully” ahead of Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum, local media reported.

In an unprecedented move after attending Church near Balmoral Castle in northern Scotland, the Queen went to speak to Royal watchers and urged people to think very carefully about the Referendum on Sept. 18, the online Scottish Daily Record reported.

It was the very first time Her Majesty, who is normally above politics, has spoken out on the independence question, said the report.


Swedish center-left opposition wins general elections



Sweden’s Social Democrats and their centre-left allies are poised to return to power after defeating the centre-right government, in a general election that also resulted in strong gains for the anti-immigration party.

As all voting districts tallied by Monday morning, the Social Democrat-led bloc won 43.7 percent of the vote while the ruling centre-right coalition, led by the Moderate Party, gained 39.3 percent.The anti-immigration far-right Sweden Democrats were celebrating large gains as the party won 12.9 percent of votes cast – more than doubling the 5.7 percent of votes won in the 2010 election.Sweden’s opposition “red-green” center-left alliance headed by the Social Democratic Party beat the center-right ruling coalition in Sunday’s general elections, preliminary results show.  Social Democratic Party, famed for having built Sweden’s reputable welfare “Nordic Model,” became the biggest winner with over 31 percent of the vote. Together with the Green Party and the Left Party, the “red-green” alliance harvested 43.5 percent of the vote, compared with 39.5 percent for the center-right ruling bloc. Meanwhile, the anti-immigration far-right Sweden Democrats gained an unexpected 13 percent, making it the third-biggest winner.

The huge gain doubled what it achieved four years ago. The party was dubbed by local media as a “balance of power” between the center-left and center-right blocs.The “red-green” alliance appears unable to form a majority in parliament, and therefore probably has to partner with small parties within the ruling center-right bloc to form a new government. The poor performance of the ruling coalition has forced Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to announced his resignation both as prime minister and Moderate Party leader.

Social Democratic head Stefan Lofven, leader of the opposition “red-green” alliance, is ready to replace Reinfeldt as the next Swedish head of government.”Tonight Sweden has decided — a change is needed. I am ready to probe the possibilities for creating a new government in Sweden,” said Lofven just after midnight.

“All parties have a responsibility now. I’ll talk to other parties. My hand is outstretched. I’ll talk to the Greens, but also to other parties,” Lofven said, in hope of forming a stable majority government soon.

However, he explicitly stated that he would not cooperate with the far-right Sweden Democrats. “Even if the Sweden Democrats had even higher numbers, we would not cooperate with them,” said Lofven, amid cheers of his supporters.About 7 million Swedes went to the polls on Sunday to select 349 members of parliament.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt declared his resignation on Sunday night amid disappointing results of his center-right government in the 2014 parliamentary election.

Reinfeldt made this declaration when addressing his Moderate Party on Sunday night when they were witnessing the disappointing results.

“The election is over and the Swedish people have made their decision,” Fredrik Reinfeldt said.He announced that he would be stepping down and would not fight for the position of prime minister for another term – and would also be leaving his post as Moderate party leader.”I will hand in my notice tomorrow. All these years under the Alliance have been fantastic,” he told the crowd.Meanwhile, Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven is ready to lead the opposition “red-green” alliance, which narrowly beat the Reinfeldt-led center-right government. Media agencies

India, Vietnam ink seven agreement


India, Vietnam ink 7 pacts; call for

India and Vietnam on Monday inked seven pacts, including one to enhance cooperation in the strategic oil sector, as they called for freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, a remark which could irk China which has been claiming territorial sovereignty over the high seas.The agreements were signed during the second day of the four-day state visit of President Pranab Mukherjee who held talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang in Hanoi on Monday.

Both the countries decided to “strengthen and deepen bilateral cooperation on the basis of the strategic partnership with focus on political, defence and security cooperation, economic cooperation, science and technology, culture and people-to-people links, technical cooperation and multilateral and regional cooperation.”

In a subtle message to China, the two countries, who established strategic ties in 2007, asserted that the freedom of navigation in the disputed waters of the South China Sea should not be impeded and called all the parties concerned to exercise restraint in this context.

“The leaders reiterated their desire and determination to work together to maintain peace, stability, growth and prosperity in Asia. They agreed that freedom of navigation in the East Sea/South China Sea should not be impeded and called the parties concerned to exercise restraint, avoid threat or use of force and resolve disputes through peaceful means in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law, including the UNCLOS-1982,” said a joint communique issued after the meeting.

China has been exerting its influence in these waters which is not taken well by Vietnam and other bordering countries like the Philippines.

The two sides urged for “collective commitment of the concerned parties to abide by and implement the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and to work towards the adoption of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea on the basis of consensus.

“They called for cooperation in ensuring security of sea-lanes, maritime security, combating piracy and conducting search and rescue operations,” it said.

“Both the nations also agreed to continue closer interaction under the institutional architecture of the strategic partnership, particularly the Joint Commission meeting, the Foreign Office consultations and strategic dialogue, security dialogue and other dialogue mechanisms between the two countries,” the communique said.

After the delegation-level talks, both the leaders oversaw the signing of pacts on seven different subjects in the presence of dignitaries and senior government officials.

Apart from a Letter of Intent (LoI) signed between the ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) and Vietnam Oil, the other pacts include extending a dollar credit line between Vietnam and EXIM Bank of India, agreement on co-operation and mutual assistance in customs matters, MoU on animal health, MoU on setting up of Pangasius breeding and farming in India, MoU on operating and jointly promoting direct air services between Vietnam Airlines and domestic Indian air carrier Jet Airways and MoU on cooperation in youth affairs and skill development.

The two sides also agreed to undertake a focussed cooperation in defence related procurement.

“The leaders agreed that defence and security cooperation was an important pillar of the strategic partnership between the two countries. They expressed satisfaction with the ongoing cooperation between the two sides in this field and noted that the signing of the MoU for the Line of Credit of USD 100 million for defence procurement extended by India to Vietnam would open new avenues for cooperation,” the joint statement said.

They also reiterated their desire and determination to work together to maintain peace, stability, growth and prosperity in Asia, it said.

It said official talks between the leaders were held in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual trust.

“President Sang and President Mukherjee exchanged views on the socio-economic developments and foreign policy of their respective countries, bilateral relations and issues of mutual interest,” it said.

Mukherjee also congratulated the government and people of Vietnam on the remarkable achievements recorded in recent years while Sang saluted India on the successful completion of the recent Lok Sabha elections and expressed his belief that under the leadership of the new government in India, the people of India will attain greater achievements in national development.

The two leaders also agreed to enhance the economic partnership and strengthen the trade and investment linkages between the public and private sectors of both countries, including forging joint ventures.

“They welcomed the strong growth in bilateral trade in recent years and urged business to further expand and diversify trade to achieve the bilateral trade target of USD 15 billion by 2020. They identified tourism, garments and textiles, pharmaceuticals and agriculture as important areas of potential growth in bilateral trade,” the statement said.

The two leaders highlighted scope for expansion in ICT, science and technology, space and other areas.

The MoU on line of credit of the Exim bank signed on Monday will explore opportunities for this cooperation in the future.

“Details of equipment to be purchased by Vietnam are under finalisation,” the joint statement said.

Also, under the new air connectivity deal, both Jet Airways and Vietnam Airlines will fly a daily flight connecting Delhi, Mumbai and Ho Chi Minh city starting 5th November.

Before meeting his Vietnamese counterpart, Mukherjee visited the Ho Chi Minh’s residential complex in Hanoi and laid wreath at the memorial of National Heroes and Martyrs.

Upon his arrival to the Presidential palace, Mukherjee was given a guard of honour.

He and Sang jointly planted a sapling of the Holy ‘Bodhi Tree’ which was gifted to Vietnam as a mark of respect and recognition of India’s strong-rooted and growing ties with it.

The Indian delegation comprises Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and five other Parliamentarians.

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The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), apex body of the trading community has strongly ​called for early implementation of Goods & Services Tax (GST) in India but ​CAIT​ has ​also ​regretted that Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers deliberating on GST has so far not made public the proposed format of GST. The traders and other stakeholders have been kept aloof from the draft of proposed GST and ​no​ discussion​ in any form​ has been initiated so far by the Empowered Committee with stakeholders. The CAIT has also regretted that the Central Sales Tax which was scheduled to be abolished by year 2010 as per parliamentary declaration of the earlier Government is still in force which is ​further ​complicating the issue.
CAIT National President Mr. B.C.Bhartia and Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal in a joint statement issued here at New Delhi today made it clear that any format of GST containing double taxation shall not be acceptable to the business community. They further said that we are in support of GST taxation system but it should be based on basic fundamentals of GST including uniform tax law across the Country, uniform tax rates in different states, single tax to be administered by single authority and if such a GST is implemented in the Country, only then the taxation system will be simplified and rationalised.
The trade leaders said that wider taxation net and voluntary compliance is the basic fundamental of GST taxation system which will yield more revenue to the Government. This needs to be taken in mind by the Empowered Committee. They said that the Committee released a first discussion paper on GST in the year 2009 and since after that though long span of 5 years have passed but the Empowered Committee has neither spoken any word about the proposed format of GST nor it has taken into confidence the stakeholders including traders, who are real carriers of taxation system. As per media reports both State Governments and Central Government are busy in resolving issues of revenue sharing etc but on which model the revenue will be generated is yet to be decided, which is factually a wrong process. The Empowered Committee did not think it proper to even make an attempt to know the practical difficulties of the stakeholders and their subsequent views on proposed format of GST. It appears that the Committee is taking stakeholders granted on such an important issue.
Both Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal said that CAIT and large number of Trade Associations across the Country have made many attempts to draw attention of the State Governments and the Empowered Committee on various disparities and anomalies in current VAT taxation system but no effort has been made by either to resolve such issues and whereas on the other hand various State Governments have added new sections in their respective VAT Act and by way of various notifications, have made the taxation system more complex.
They have urged both Central Government and the Empowered Committee to take stakeholders in confidence on proposed format of GST and its road map and an effort must be made to bring unanimity. Steps should be taken to resolve anomalies and disparities in VAT taxation system and the Union Government should abolish Central Sales Tax immediately. The trading community across the Country is keen to cooperate with the Government in early implementation of GST in India.

Exhibition Czech Castles in the Currency Building Kolkata Sept 18 – Oct 31, 2014



Czech Castles in the Currency Building Kolkata

September 18 – October 31, 2014



Czech Castle architecture is an important part of the cultural heritage of the Czech Republic, which abounds in cultural treasures, among which castles and chateaux as historical residences of the social elite, former rulers, aristocracy, and religious institutions attract special attention.

For this reason, the Embassy of the Czech Republic decided to present the exhibition “Czech Castles”, which presents a selection of 37 most interesting castles and chateaux of Bohemia and Moravia, two of the historic areas that constitute the Czech state. The main criterion for the selection of the localities has been their historical significance as well as their architectural and artistic value. The exhibition depicts both historic and current images of the most exquisite and popular Czech Castles.

The exhibition “Czech Castles” is organised by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi, in collaboration with the National Museum of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Archaeological Survey of India and the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

The exhibition „Czech Castles“ has been presented with huge success in several cities in India and other countries, for instance in Delhi (Red Fort), Bhutan (Royal Textile Academy in Thimphu), Nepal (Siddharta Art Gallery in Kathmandu) and in Leh-Ladakh (Leh Palace).

In Delhi, the Exhibition was officially inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Jan Kohout, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, H.E. Mr. Jiri Balvin, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, and H. E. Mrs. Chandresh Kumari Katoch, Minister of Culture of the Republic of India, at the iconic Red Fort – “Quarter Guard” Gallery in Delhi on November 7, 2013.  The Exhibition stayed in the Red Fort until January 13, 2014, and was visited by 5-7 thousand visitors daily.

In Bhutan, the exhibition was officially inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck, H.E. Mr. Tomas Dub, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and H.E. Mr. Miloslav Stašek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, at the Royal Textile Academy in Thimphu on February 13, 2014. The Exhibition stayed in Thimphu until March 23, 2014.

In Nepal, the exhibition was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Bhim Prasad Acharya, Minister of Culture of Nepal, and H.E. Mr. Miloslav Stašek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, at the prestigious Sidharta Art Gallery at Baber Mahal Revisited in Kathmandu on on April 9, 2014. The Exhibition stayed in Nepal until May 25, 2014.

In Ladakh, the inauguration of the “Czech Castles” Exhibition on June 13, 2014, in the touristic gem Leh Palace was graced by the presence of H.E. Mr. N.N. Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, several Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Government, members of the Ladakh Autonomous Development Council and by other numerous dignitaries.

This time, the exhibition „Czech Castles“ will attract the audience in the Currency Building in Kolkata from September 18, 2014, until October 31, 2014. The Exhibition will be inaugurated on September 18, 2014, at 18:30, in the Currency Building in Kolkata by H.E. Mr. Miloslav Stašek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India, H.E. Mr. Utsav Parekh, Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic, and Mr. R. S. Fonia, Joint Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, will inaugurate the exhibition. H.E. Mr. Keshari Nath Tripathi, Honorable Governor of West Bengal, will grace the inauguration as the Guest of Honor.

Subsequently, in the second half of the 2014, the Exhibition will tour further to Goa andMumbai.

The exhibition “Czech Castles” is organized within the greatest cultural project ever performed by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in India called “2014 – The Year of Czech Culture in India”, that encompasses broad promotion campaign to highlight the Czech Republic as a country of immensely rich history and culture and also highly attractive touristic destination in the heart of Europe. As part of “2014 – The Year of Czech Culture in India” project, the Embassy of the Czech Republic presents series of exhibitions, concerts, theatre shows, food festivals, film screenings and other cultural events in India.



Miloslav Stašek

Ambassador of the Czech Republic




For more information, please contact:

Mr. Vikas Sharma

Culture & Public Relations Officer

Embassy of the Czech Republic

50-M, Niti Marg, Chanakyapuri

New Delhi 110021

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7000 Women participants at SBI Pinkathon Delhi 2014


7000 Women participants at SBI Pinkathon Delhi 2014

Over 50% increase in participation from 2013

Oldest participant 78 years old; Youngest was a 12 year old athlete
New Delhi, 14 September 2014: SBI Pinkathon ­– India’s biggest all-womens run, was successfully flagged off by SBI Chairperson Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Pinkathon founder & avid runner Milind Soman and Women’s Cancer Initiative Founder – Deveika Bhojwani from the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium amongst much fan fare today. The SBI Pinkathon 2014 witnessed over 50% increase in participation with over 7000 Delhi women from across age groups coming in to support the cause of women’s health and breast cancer. The event was preceded by a zumba warm up session performed on foot tapping numbers which got all the participants warmed up and ready for the run. Having got inspired by this year’s mantra – “Each one Kheench One” – it was overwhelming to see women participants come with their children, husbands, fathers and brothers and friends.
On the very popular foot tapping dhol beats, the first 10 km run was flagged off, followed by the 5km and the 3 km run categories. The event running in its 2< year was a huge success and managed to garner great support from sponsors and participants alike. SBI the main sponsor had over 1700 women running as the “SBI Team.” Some of the other key sponsors and event partners were Reebok, Park Hotels, Ramada, Max Healthcare, Select City Walk, Ola Cabs among many others.

The run was finished by Ms. Shailja, a Gurgaon resident who came first in the 21 km category, Ms. Prit Lamba came first in the 10 km category, Meenu Kumari who came first in the 5 km category and Ms. Neeraj Kumari came first in 3Km category.

Speaking at the event, Ms. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson SBI, said “SBI does alot of CSR activities as we believe in contributing to the society. In India, we realized that women’s health receives the least priority, thus the decision to partner with Pinkathon, which is working towards creating awareness on Breast Cancer and getting women to adopt fitter lifestyles. I firmly believe that a healthy woman makes a healthy home and that makes for a healthy nation.”
A cancer survivor herself, Deveika Bhojwani, Founder, Women’s Cancer Initiative at the Tata Memorial Hospital said, “I am overwhelmed with the response in Delhi to the SBI Pinkathon. It is wonderful to see the sea of women so early in the morning, who have come to show their belief in the cause of women’s health and breast cancer. This will help to create awareness towards the much neglected disease. This year we are also supporting the international initiative of Globathon which is happening in 165 countries around the world. It feels wonderful to be connected to a much larger global family all working towards the same cause.”

Avid runner, fitness enthusiast, supermodel, actor & founder, Pinkathon, Milind Somansaid “This city never ceases to amaze me!! I’m very happy to see the tremendous response we have received this year. There is an increase of 50% as compared to last year, which is a very good sign as women are now coming out of their shell and are talking about women’s health and breast cancer. The numbers clearly indicates that we are moving in the right direction, but I personally feel, that there is still a long way ahead.”
This year following the mantra of “Each One Kheench One”, SBI Pinkathon received great support from men as they came ahead by encouraging and enrolling one special woman in their life to participate in the run.
The entire initiative began with the enthusiastic promo run, followed by lot of engaging fitness activities across Delhi – NCR to keep the momentum going. As a result, participants from across Delhi and NCR showed great response and came in huge numbers to support the cause. Introduction of fun activities like Duathlon and Treadathon helped to keep the buzz alive and received support from corporates.

Delhi marks the first stop for the 2014 edition of this unique initiative. Pinkathon will now make its debut in Ahmedabad before moving on to Pune, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai in its mission to create awareness and bring the community together to support women’s health and breast cancer.


Basketball Federation of India is shocked to read the news published in the Times of India daily national newspaper dated 21st August, 2014 under the “TURBAN ROW HITS INDIA BASKETBALL AGAIN” during the match played against Malaysia which India won 73–64 at the ongoing 23rd FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men at Doha, Qatar on Wednesday 20th August, 2014. Immediately we contacted the Manager Mr. Shafique Ahmed Shaikh accompanying the team on telephone, who informed us that he raised this issue during the Manager’s meeting of the Championship on 18th August, 2014 in Doha and he was informed by the Director Technical Commission – FIBA Asia that this issue will be taken up during FIBA Central Board meeting after this Championship at Seville, Spain on 28th  & 29th August, 2014, till then the Technical Commission, FIBA Asia is bound to follow the rules.


The similar Turban issue was raised during the 5th FIBA Asia Cup held at Wuhan, China held from 11th to 19th July, 2014. To discuss and resolve the matter, Shri. R. S. Gill, President, BFI immediately deputed Shri. K. Govindraj, Sr. Vice President, BFI to attend the FIBA Asia Congress at Doha on 24th July, 2014. Mr. Govindraj raised this issue during the meeting of the FIBA Asia Congress where he was assured that the matter will be taken up by FIBA Central Board in Spain during their meeting. Last month the Ministry of Sports, Government of India also notified to IOC about Turban issue.   Mrs. Roopam Harish Sharma, CEO, Basketball Federation of India has been nominated to attend the FIBA Congress in Spain, to further resolve the issue once for all, to avoid such humiliation in future.


The FIBA Commissioner who was assigned to supervise the match initially had no objection & allowed Mr. Anmol Singh (Uniform No. 11) to play in the first Quarter of the game with his Patka, which is a religious right of the Sikh community.  But when Anmol re-entered the Court in the second quarter was told to remove his Patka, which caused humiliation to the Player and affected the performance of the team in that particular match.


The Basketball rule says that, Player shall not wear equipment or object that may cause injury to other players while playing. The Patka is made of thin cloth which does not cause injury to anybody, as Sikh athletes are wearing in other team games.


We are surprised that why this discrimination by FIBA Asia is being repeatedly  imposed on Indian Sikh athletes representing the country at International level, whereas the international bodies of Volleyball, Football, Hockey, Handball, Cricket and other team games with the exception of Wrestling (sometimes) have no objection on Sikh athlete wearing a Patka while playing.


The Basketball Federation of India strongly condemns the unwarranted action of Technical Commission of FIBA Asia taken against Anmol Singh and asks them to stop discrimination against Sikh athletes representing Indian Basketball teams at international level immediately.




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India bags three gold for India on first day of wrestling



CWG 2014: Sushil, 2 others bag gold for India on first day of wrestling

Star grappler Sushil Kumar led India’s sparkling show in the wrestling arena as the country claimed three gold medals on the first day of the wrestling competitions at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow on Tuesday.

Sushil expectedly bagged gold in men’s 75kg freestyle category while Amit Kumar won the yellow metal in men’s 57kg while Vinesh Phogat finished on top in women’s 48kg at the SECC Hall.

Rajeev Tomar, however had to settle for a silver in the mens 125 kg freestyle event after going down to Canadas Korey Jarvis 0-3 in finals.

31-year-old Sushil asserted his class as he won his all four bouts of the day quite comfortably.

In the gold-medal bout against Qamar Abbas of Pakistan, Sushil had an easy outing.

Even before one could blink, the contest was over as the Indian pinned down his rival to clinch the gold with a 8-0 scoreline in under two minutes.

In no time, Sushil raced to a 6-0 lead and added two more points, straight away finishing off the contest.

Amit Kumar defeated Ebikweminomo Welson of Nigeria 6-2 in his final bout. 20-year-old Indian started off well and completely dominated the first round to post a comfortable 4-0 win.

The Nigerian, however, fought back and the two wrestlers gave each other a tough time in the next round and they could bag just two points each.

But due to four points in his kitty already from the opening round, the youngster from India prevailed over his opponent to pocket the yellow metal.

In what turned out to be a close battle between Vinesh and Englands Yana Rattigan in the finals of the womens 48kg event, the Indian won 11-8.

Vinesh was down 2-4 in the first round and was facing a tough challenge from her English opponent.

But she managed to earn two points to tie it at 4-4 before she could put her rival down again to bag another two just in time to wrap up the opening round 6-4.

Second round was also a fierce contest but Indian somehow maintained her composure to earn second gold for the country in wrestling.

Tomar failed to do much in his gold-medal bout, as he failed to earn even a single point.

His Canadian rival, meanwhile, could snatch a few technical points in his favour to eke out a narrow 3-0 win and bag the gold.

Earlier in the day, Sushil and Amit trumped three strong grapplers one after another within a matter of just one-and-a-half hours in their respective weight categories, to make the gold-medal round.

Tomar had two easy rounds before he made the finals of the mens 125kg category. Vinesh also overpowered two opponents en-route to the finals.

Sushil, the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist and a silver medal winner at the 2012 London Games, won the round of 16 and quarterfinals by the virtue of Great Superiority, which means winning by a difference of 10 points.

Sushil thrashed Australias Jayden Lawrence 11-0 in round of 16, before blanking Kushan Sandrage of Sri Lanka 100 in the last eight-stage of the competition.

Sushil, however, faced some threat in the semifinals against Nigerias Melvin Bibo but in the end, it was the Indian who turned out to be far superior with an 84 victory.

The star Indian grappler won six points in the first period but his opponent restored parity in the next.

The Nigerian stunned Sushil when he put him down in the second round to not only earn two points to his credit but also injure the Indian.

Sushil was seen bleeding from his nose but he was soon back with a bang as he snatched two more points to have the last laugh.

Amit won two of his bouts en-route to the finals on the basis of Great Superiority.

The scoreline was 100 in both quarterfinals and semifinals. While in the semis, he outplayed Azhar Hussain of Pakistan, Amit blanked Bokang Masunyane of South Africa in the quarters.

He had defeated Jean Guyliane Bandoo of Mauritius 50 in the round of 16 earlier.

Tomar had it easy against Nigerias Sinivie Boltic during his quarterfinal bout, where he beat his rival 122. Boltic was no match to Tomar as he looked tired and exhausted throughout the match. In the semifinals, Tomar outplayed New Zealands Marcus Carney 131.

Vinesh had got the better of Rosemary Nweke 71 in the quarterfinals, while she overpowered Jasmine Mian of Canada 121 in the last four round.

Meanwhile, Indias Jyoti lost three out of her four bouts in the womens freestyle 75kg NS category.

She lost 04 to Blessing Onyebuchi of Nigeria in the first round but managed to prevail over Sophie Edwards of England in the second, before going down to Annabel Ali of Cameroom in the third bout. In her fourth bout, she lost to Erica Wiebe of Canada.

CAG – Coal Mining in India, Australia Adani Nets $300b Project


Ravinder Singh and 35 More…

Today at 6:07 AM

CAG – Coal Mining in India, Australia Adani Nets $300b Project
July29, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.comThis is to illustrate how Companies operate in developed countries
without hindrances and corruption unlike India where no really one
know how to engage Private Companies in Efficient & Economical
Extractions of natural resources. Environment Assessment Statement for
EPC1690 project was finally submitted in May07, 2014 and within two
months final clearance was granted to proceed with the project which
require over $16.5b investment and production shall begin in 2016.
Adani has begin selling Rs.10,000 crores worth equity in Indian
companies to mobilize funds for Australian Mining Operations.
The Corruption Free Functioning of Government of Australia is
Guaranteed as Adani Was Made to Disclose FULL COMMERCIAL DETAILS of
the project as FIRST STEP in October22, 2010. Even after 15 years we
in India have no idea what RIL is doing at KG-D6 or 4G Project. Even
after 5-6 years we have no idea of how much tariff will charged for 4G
services. Similarly BSES/BYPL/NDPL don’t submit ‘TECHNICAL &
COMMERCIAL DETAILS’ and ADOPT Most Inefficient Operations, Buy Most
Expensive Power Much More Than Required, Inflate Cost of Purchase But
Install Reconditioned Transformers, Hire Unskilled Staff on Temporary
Basis, Meters Always Run Fast,

- Not a Single Thing which Adani Promised to Government of Australia.

At Mining site 32473 hectare area shall be required which is more than
submergence of Sardar Sarovar Dam, Adani shall WASH 75% of the Coal
Mined and is Allocated Water Source, also allocated a large Quarry to
fill up the Pits after extraction of coal and restore the site.
Here companies go on revising Costs and Inflate Capitalization -
Adani has given Undertaking to Government of Australia to Mine Coal
‘To Match or Exceed All Performance Standards’.

But most amazing – Adani shall be developing every Infrastructure
related to functioning of the project like Railway Line, Ports, Dams,
Housing of Staff, Water Supply, Power Distribution within and outside
project area and each of these project related activities were
approved simultaneously were all ready ahead of Final Go Ahead

Adani is developing 60 million tones per year Carmichael Coal Mining
and Railway Project in Queensland Australia which shall begin
commercial production in two years and had carried out detailed
explorations after taking over Coal Mining concession from Link Energy
for $500m plus 2% royalty in 2010 – a lame duck company that was in
loss except when Adani deposited $500m in its account in 2010. It
shall be $300b program over 60 years of mining.

The process started after ADANI submitted Initial Advice Statement on
October22, 2010 which was followed up by Economic Assessment on
September26, 2012. Final clearance was granted last week.
The operational phase of the Project (Mine) sees benefits that
increase in line with production rates of coal. At the point of full
production (60 Mtpa) total positive benefits on GRP, for that year, in
the Mackay region reach an estimated total of $3,795 million and at a
State level $4,170 million. Positive impacts on household incomes
within the region will total $372.2 million and State wide $573.5
million. Employment levels locally will see an increase in fte of
4,093 and State wide 6,789.
2.2.3 Development stages
Mine and off-lease infrastructure
Adani has advised that the life of mine is 60 years and that
construction activities for mine infrastructure such as the MWAV,
airport, power, and construction water supply are scheduled to
commence in 2014, subject to obtaining relevant project approvals.
Construction of the first open-cut pit is scheduled to commence in
2015 and the first underground mine is scheduled for 2018. Open-cut
and underground mining will commence in the northern part of the
project site initially, with the southern part developed in the later
stages of the project.

The proponent anticipates that the first coal will be shipped from the
open-cut pits in 2016 and the longwall operations in 2019.
• Linc Energy completes the sale of its 100% interest in the Galilee
coal tenement (EPC 1690) to Adani Mining Pty Ltd
• $500 million in cleared funds paid into Linc Energy’s bank account today
• Ongoing royalty of $2 per tonne (indexed to CPI) over 20 production
years (estimated at approximately $2.5 billion in revenue)

Government of India Should Learn From Corruption Free Functioning Of
Government of Australia.

Ravinder Singh,
Inventor & Consultant
Y-77, Hauz Khas, NewDelhi-110016, India.
Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing,
Technologies and Projects.

Solar Power Installations Jump to a New Annual Record


Worldwatch Institute

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Jul 29 at 8:51 PM

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PRESS RELEASETuesday, July 29, 2014

Contact: Gaelle Gourmelon,

For more information:  Solar Power Installations Jump to a New Annual Total


Solar Power Installations Jump to a New Annual Record


New analysis by the Worldwatch Institute examines global trends in solar power


Washington, D.C.—-The year 2013 saw record-breaking growth for solar electricity generation as the photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) markets continued to grow. With over 39 gigawatts installed worldwide, the PV solar market represented one third of all newly-added renewable energy capacity, write Worldwatch’s Max Lander and Climate and Energy Intern Xiangyu Wu in the Worldwatch Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online trend (


Solar PV installations nearly matched those of hydropower and, for the first time, outpaced wind additions. Even though photovoltaics continue to dwarf CSP capacity, the CSP market also had another year of impressive growth. By the end of 2013, a total of 19 countries had CSP plants installed or under construction.


Consumption of power from PV and CSP plants increased by 30 percent globally in 2013 to reach 124.8 terawatt-hours. Europe accounted for the majority of global solar power consumption (67 percent), followed by Asia (23.9 percent) and North America (8.1 percent). Worldwide, solar consumption equaled 0.5 percent of electricity generation from all sources.


Despite the record growth in installations, global investments in solar electricity were down 20 percent (from $142.9 billion in 2012 to $113.7 billion in 2013), reflecting a significant decrease in costs. In July 2014, global PV module spot prices reached an all-time low of $0.63 per watt. For the first time, Asia overtook Europe as the largest regional market.


While global PV module production increased by only 3 percent over 2012, module shipments jumped by 24 percent, signaling an easing of oversupply problems.


Prospects are bright for solar development as prices continue to fall and approach grid parity in an increasing number of contexts. Rooftop solar is already less expensive per megawatt-hour than retail electricity in Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Italy, and Germany. Estimates now also show that PV has become price-competitive without subsidies in 15 countries. For 2014, solar installations are estimated to reach 40-51 gigawatts.


Country Highlights from the Report:


  • China installed 12.9 gigawatts of PV, the most ever installed in one year by any country. The country’s momentous expansion was fueled largely by its feed-in tariff (FIT) program, which supports large, grid-connected utility-scale projects as well as distributed generation projects. However, grid connections are struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of China’s PV deployment.
  • Europe installed close to 11 GW of PV. This represented the second annual decline in installations after peaking at 22.3 GW in 2011. In Germany, a reduction of FIT rates and an increase in regulations for utility-scale projects contributed to the fall in installations.
  • North America added 5.2 GW of PV. The United States installed the third most PV worldwide, with 4.8 GW.
  • In Central and South America, solar development has been sluggish. Despite power consumption more than doubling in 2013, the region still accounts for a small fraction of the world’s solar power.
  • The Middle East and Africa had little PV activity, with the exception of Israel and South Africa, which added 420 MW and 75 MW, respectively.


Notes to Editors:    

For more information and to obtain a complimentary copy of “Wind Power Growth Still Surging Where Strongly Supported,” please contact Gaelle Gourmelon at here to preview the trend.


About the Worldwatch Institute:

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Shooter Harpreet wins silver

CWG 2014: Shooter Harpreet wins silver

Indian shooter Harpreet Singh won the silver medal in 25m rapid fire pistol event while Manavjit Singh won the bronze in the Men’s trap event in the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday as the in-form shooters have kept the tri-colour flying.

They clinched a gold, and two silvers on Monday as India moved up to the fourth spot in the medal standings on day five of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.Jitu Rai and Gurpal Singh opened India’s medal conquest during the day winning the gold and silver respectively in the 50-metre pistol event before seasoned marksman Gagan Narang ensured a second highest podium finish in men’s 50-metre rifle prone at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre here.

With a haul of seven gold, 11 silvers and seven bronze pieces, India overtook Canada to take the fourth spot after Australia, England and hosts Scotland.

Armyman and amateur flute player Rai won the gold in style setting a Finals Games Record (FGR) collecting a total of 194.1 points. Earlier, Rai also broke the Commonwealth Games record in the qualifiers where he again topped, amassing 562 points, a sizeable 15 points ahead of Englishman Kristian Callaghan in second.

In the finals, the 26-year-old Lucknow man took off brilliantly with 29.7 points in the first round and kept his lead till the end.

With 187.2 points, Gurpal, who hails from Punjab’s Bathinda, came in second. Gurpal had finished sixth in the qualifiers with 538 points.

Narang then brought India their 12th medal from shooting after finishing behind Australian veteran Warren Potent. Narang — who has bagged eight CWG gold medals — had to settle for the silver, as the 52-year-old Potent won the yellow metal in style by setting the Finals Games Record (FGR) with a score of 204.3 points.

Narang, who also won the 2012 London Olympic bronze in 10m air rifle, fought hard till the finish but had to give in with a score of 203.6 points.

This is the Hyderabadi’s ninth medal at the Commonwealth Games and his first silver. The 31-year-old won four golds in 2006 Melbourne and four more yellow pieces in 2010 at home in Delhi.

The other Indian in the fray, Joydeep Karmakar missed the final cut-off by a whisker as he finished ninth with 617 points, 1.3 behind the eighth and last qualifier for the finals.

More laurels are expected from the range Tuesday as Harpreet Singh topped the qualification stage 1 of the men’s 25-metre rapid fire pistol event and Olympic silver medallist Vijay Kumar was fourth in the qualifiers of the same event.

Continuing the gallant show, Mansher Singh topped the men’s trap qualification while Manavjit Sandhu finished third.The qualification will continue Tuesday and will be followed by the semi-finals, bronze medal playoff and the gold medal contest.

But shooters Meena Kumari and Lajja Gauswami disappointed in women’s 50-metre rifle prone finals, managing the sixth and 11th spots.

Indian shooters Shreyasi Singh and Seema Tomar also failed to qualify for the women’s trap semi-finals, narrowly missing out on the qualification mark.

In the boxing ring, Sumit Sangwan registered a comfortable 3-0 win over Mohammed Hakimu Fumu of Tanzania to reach the quarterfinals of the men’s 81kg category here.

However, the paddlers, squash players and shuttlers failed to add their names to the medal bracket.

In squash singles, Saurav Ghosal and Anaka Alankamony bit the dust, bringing to an end their individual campaigns. While Ghosal lost his men’s singles bronze medal match 1-3 to England’s Peter Barker, Anaka went down in the women’s singles plate final with a similar scorelineto Deon Saffery of Wales.

India’s men table tennis players suffered a disappointing finish in the team bronze medal playoff, losing to Nigeria 1-3. India, who had won the bronze in the same category four years ago at home in New Delhi, started well by winning the first singles match but lost the next three to go down to the Africans at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

Indian para-discus thrower Jai Deep narrowly missed out on the bronze medal finishing fourth in the men’s F44/42 final.

Indian shuttlers failed to replicate the performance of the 2010 Commonwealth Games losing the mixed team bronze medal playoff 2-3 to Singapore. India, who won silver four years ago at home, could not come out with their best show, losing all three doubles matches, including the final crucial women’s doubles, to go down to the city-state.

Late Sunday, it was double delight for India in men’s weightlifting as Satish Sivalingam won the gold and Ravi Katulu the silver in the 77kg Group A at the Clyde Auditorium.

Satish lifted a total of 328 kg to set a Games Record while Ravi got the silver with a total lift of 317 kg.