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Rashid Khan fires solid one-under for second round lead

 

Kochi, April 10, 2014: Delhi’s Rashid Khan fired a solid one-under-35 to take the sole lead in round two of the PGTI Cochin Masters presented by CIAL Golf and Country Club. Khan enjoys a one-shot lead in the second PGTI Super Series event of the season as his total reads five-under-67. Mumbai’s Anil Bajrang Mane, Sanjay Kumar of Lucknow, Noida’s Amardip Sinh Malik and Delhi’s Kapil Kumar are in joint second place at four-under-68.

 

Rashid Khan (32-35), the overnight joint leader, maintained his place at the top of the leaderboard with a creditable 35 that featured a lone birdie on the par-5 16th. The reigning Rolex Rankings champion came up with an error-free round on a tough day for scoring as the winds picked up at the CIAL Golf and Country Club. Rashid, who had made an eagle and two birdies in the first round, is yet to drop a stroke in the tournament.

 

Rashid said, “The wind was swirling today and therefore it wasn’t easy to score. I’m quite happy with my one-under in the given conditions. I’ve been hitting it well and ensured that I don’t drop any strokes today. As the round progressed I got better with my striking. I’ve taken advantage of the par-5 16th on both days having made eagle in round one and birdie today. I’d like to keep playing in the same manner and will try to keep the errors out as the margin for error is very less in a shortened tournament.”

 

Anil Bajrang Mane (32-36), the overnight joint leader, slipped to tied second on day two. He made pars on all nine holes on Thursday.

Mane said, “My pitching and chipping saved the day for me as I missed the green on three occasions. I also missed quite a few putts today. I believe I’m still in the game. I was glad to hang in there despite an average round.”

 

Amardip Sinh Malik (34-34) and Kapil Kumar (34-34) fired their second successive scores of 34 to also be placed tied second. Malik, who had signed off in round one with birdies on the last three holes, came up with an eagle on the 16th and eight pars on day two.

 

Malik said, “I’ve been playing really well off late. I had a good outing at Coimbatore last week but the putter went cold on the last day. My hitting is good at the moment and it’s a matter of putting a few more good rounds together.”

Sanjay Kumar (33-35) also occupies tied second place. He sank two birdie putts from eight to 10 feet and found the hazard to drop his only bogey of the day on the 17th.

 

Sri Lankan Mithun Perera shot the day’s best score of 33 to be tied sixth at three-under-69 along with compatriots Anura Rohana and K Prabagaran as well as Delhi golfers Manav Jaini and Gulfam and Chandigarh’s Sujjan Singh.

 

Anirban Lahiri and Rahil Gangjee are both placed tied 22nd at even-par-72. Both golfers shot scores of two-over-38 in round two. Lahiri had a disastrous triple-bogey on the closing 18th where he first lost his ball and then found the water hazard.

 

Local amateurs Joseph Joseph (13-over-85) and Alexander K J (23-over-95) are placed tied 112th and 120th respectively.

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Rashid Khan and Anil Mane top performers in round one

 

Kochi, April 9, 2014: Delhi’s Rashid Khan and Anil Bajrang Mane of Mumbai topped the leaderboard in round one of the PGTI Cochin Masters presented by CIAL Golf & Country Club. Khan and Mane shot scores of four-under-32 to take the joint lead on the opening day of the season’s second PGTI Super Series event. Gurgaon-based Shubhankar Sharma, Gulfam of Delhi, Faridabad’s Abhinav Lohan, Sanjay Kumar of Lucknow and Chandigarh’s Randhir Singh Ghotra occupy joint third place at three-under-33.

 

As per the decision of the tournament committee, the front-nine was declared unplayable due to the heavy rain on Monday. Therefore, the tournament was curtailed to a total of 36 holes (9 holes daily) instead of 72 holes. Each stipulated round would consist of nine holes only (10 – 18). A cut will not be applied and all players will play all four rounds. The top 50 scores and ties will be entitled to prize money.

 

Anil Bajrang Mane started the tournament with a 15-feet birdie conversion on the 10th. He dropped a stroke immediately after on the 11th after finding the hazard. Mane, who hails from the Bombay Presidency Golf Club in Mumbai, got back into his stride with a chip-in for birdie on the 12th. Anil, who finished second on the PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit in 2012, landed it within two feet of the pin on the 15th, 16th and 17th for three successive birdies.

“I was off to a perfect start today with a birdie on the 10th hole. The chip-in on the 12th added to my confidence. The weather here is a lot like my home town Mumbai, so the conditions were to my liking. The course is playing longer because of the rains and one has to adapt accordingly. My game is much better this year in comparison to previous seasons. I’ve had two top-30 finishes so far in 2014. I shot the best round of my career, a seven-under, in February this year. I’ve been chipping and putting well and have more control with the driver now. With the cut not being applied this week, I knew there was nothing to lose and therefore played aggressive golf,” said the 32-year-old Mane, a two-time runner-up on the PGTI Feeder Tour.

 

Rashid Khan, the reigning Rolex Rankings champion, landed it within six feet for birdies on the 11th and 14th. The 23-year-old’s second shot stopped within three feet of the flag on the par-5 16th and thus set up a tap-in for eagle. Rashid had become the latest Indian to win an international event when he won on the Asian Tour in Delhi in March.

 

Rashid said, “I enjoyed my first outing at the CIAL Golf & Country Club. The layout is great and one has to place the ball well off the tees. It is quite challenging with the water coming into play on a lot of occasions on the back-nine. It’s a good start and I would like to build on it from here on. This is my first Super Series event and I’d like to do well.”

 

Seventeen-year-old Shubhankar Sharma of Gurgaon made three birdies in his first round for a share of third spot. He was joined by Gulfam, Abhinav Lohan, Sanjay Kumar and Randhir Singh Ghotra, all of whom also produced bogey-free rounds of 33.

 

Anirban Lahiri and Rahil Gangjee were two among a total of 11 players who ended day one in tied eighth with scores of two-under-34.

 

Lahiri said, “This course is very well designed. It’s a new venue for me so it’ll take some time for me to adapt to the greens. With the tournament now restricted to 36 holes, one needs to start well as there is no time for recovery. One needs to be little more aggressive on the course.”

 

Local amateurs Joseph Joseph (seven-over-43) and Alexander K J (10-over-46) are placed tied 115th and tied 121strespectively.

 

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The Candidate by Anirudh Bhattacharyya

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Penguin Books India

cordially invites you to the launch

of

The Candidate by Anirudh Bhattacharyya

About the Book

 

‘I can’t picture you surviving in Indian politics. Let me tell you the reasons: you have morals, too much integrity, and you lack an ego.’ Without a job, and a marriage on the rocks, the mild-mannered Jay Banerjee has no choice but to come back from the US to Delhi. A chance meeting with a childhood friend, Govardhan Ray, aka Raja—a neta with a scandal too many—plunges him into the seamy, madcap world of Indian politics.

 

The fight for the Narayanpore seat—a nondescript district in West Bengal—begins, and along with it, the process of discovering ‘the real India’. Jay’s challenge: to provide a ‘clean campaign with integrity’. Replete with colourful campaigns, media hullabaloo, cynical voters, goondas, chamchas and all the usual suspects, The Candidate is a breezy and humorous story of the great Indian election tamasha.

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The Growth Net conference

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Dear Mr. Sagar,

It is with great pleasure I extend you a special invitation to The Growth Net conference, being held in The Taj Palace, New Delhi from 23 – 25 March, 2014.

 

The theme for this year is “Reviving Growth – Reversing the Tide.”

 

Stanley Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, USA;Ronnie Chan, Chairman, Hang Lung Properties Ltd, Hong Kong SAR; Canan Çelebioğlu, Vice-Chairman Çelebi Holding, Turkey;  Wendy Luhabe, Chair of the Women Private Equity Fund, South Africa; S. Ramadorai, Vice Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services and Adviser to the Prime Minister of India have kindly consented to join us as Co-Chairs.

The list of confirmed speakers include Lin BinCo-Founder & President Xiaomi Corporation, People’s Republic of ChinaCarlos BragaPresident, The Evian Group, Professor of International Political Economy, IMD, BrazilMontek Singh AhluwaliaDeputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, India; Wang HuiyaoDirector General, Center for China and Globalization, People’s Republic of China; Guiomar Namo de Mello, Chairman of the State Board of Education of Sao Paulo, BrazilGautam ThaparFounder & Chairman Avantha Group, IndiaDilma PenaPresident & Director General SABESP, Brazil; Chew SutatExecutive Vice-President, Singapore Exchange Ltd, SGX Singapore, SingaporeAlexandre Zeller,Chairman Six Swiss Exchange, Switzerland amongst others.

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Satish Kaushik promotes ‘Gang of Ghosts’

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Satish Kaushik promoted his film ‘Gang of Ghosts’ in New Delhi

Star cast of film ‘Gang Of Ghosts’ visited hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi to attend the press conference. Captain of the ship Satish Kaushik was present with actors Sharman Joshi, Mahie Gill, Anupam Kher ,Meera Chopra & Producer Ganesh Jain at the event.

Known for his bold performances in B-Town Mahie said, “ I don’;t do such big budget films. The films which I do reap benefits at the box office, they become commercially successful and are critically acclaimed as well. So I don’;t worry about the box office numbers”. Worked with many big banners and performing a role of Struggling writer in the film Sharman said, “I tried my hands on Paranomal Comedy theme for the first time and i enjoyed working on sets”.  Talking about the location of the film Director Satish Kaushik said, “I and producer Ratan Jain were on our way to Surat when I saw the Dumas Haveli. At the time, we had already seen and rejected over 50 havelis. However, there was something about this Dumas Haveli which caught my eye. Furthermore, I got to know that the haveli is actually haunted and is counted as one of the 10 most haunted places in India! This factor was what convinced me to shoot my film there.”

Coming with the Ghost- Comedy, Gang Of Ghosts,  is remake of Bengali film ‘Bhooter Bhabishyat’ which has put director Satish Kaushik back into the action. A Multi starrer film Gang Of Ghosts is a paranormal comedy film. The story is about a haunted house which is being pulled down and being replaced with a swanky shopping mall. Apparently, the ghosts who belong to different era consider this as their home so what happens later on shapes the rest of the story.

Other casts ensembles  Parambrata Chatterjee,  Anupam Kher, Meera Chopra, J. Brandon Hill, Rajesh Khattar, Saurabh Shukla, Rajpal Yadav, Yashpal Sharma, Vijay Verma, Chunky Pandey and Jackie Shroff.

Gang of Ghosts a paranormal comedy based film is produced by Venus Records & Tapes Pvt Ltd  and  The Satish Kaushik Entertainment. It is directed by Satish Kaushik.

Gang of Ghosts is releasing on 21st March 2014.

 

Shailesh Giri

Effective Communication

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‘Environmental Histories: Pasts and futures’

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Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

cordially invites you to a Conference

 

 

at 9.00 a.m. on Friday-Saturday, 21-22 March 2014

in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building

on

Environmental Histories:

Pasts and futures’

 

in association with

Prof. Michael Mann,

Humboldt-University, Berlin,

Germany

and the

German Research Foundation

 

 

Concept Note:

 

The epochal times we live in make the relations of histories and environments a major theme in studies of past ages and the more uncertain domains of the future. By asking when, why and how specific political, socio-economic or cultural choices reshaped the human environment, we can get a more rounded and holistic sense of our present dilemmas.

 

In any such endeavour, certain broad questions standout. How do perceptions of ecological change varies and contested as they often are intersect with the material changes themselves? How far are local knowledge and science based approaches more or less influential and why? How can long term or ‘deep’ histories interact with more conventional approaches focused on a few years or decades?

 

The conclave brings together scholars based mainly in India and Germany, countries with distinct if overlapping historical traditions. All are aware of the deep historic links of imperial forestry and natural history and the sciences in British imperial India with German science and administration. But well beyond this, the contrasts of an industrialized European major nation state and a former colony (and now emerging economy) throws up historical contrasts and similarities rich in insight. It aims to showcase specific and focused papers by engaged and active historians but in a manner that opens up dialogue and fresh enquiry. After all what we make of our environmental futures has a lot to do with rethinking our own histories.

 

 

Programme Schedule:                              Friday, 21 March 2014

 

 

9.00 a.m. – 9.15 a.m. 

Welcome:

 

 

Introduction:

 

Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan, 

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library,

New Delhi

 

Prof. Michael Mann,

Humboldt-University,

Berlin

 

9.15 a.m. – 10.15 a.m. 

Keynote:

Prof. K. Sivaramakrishnan, 

Yale University, USA

‘Ethics, Attachments, and Nature:

Reflections on environmental history from the Indian experience’

10.15 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.

Tea Break

 

 

10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. 

 

Session I:

 

 

Chair: 

 

Prof. Michael Mann, 

Humboldt-University,

Berlin

 

Speakers: Mr. Stephan Beutner, 

Humboldt-University,

Berlin

‘Transforming Nature, Developing People?:

Environmental history of the Maikal hills’

 

Prof. Corinna R. Unger,

Jacobs University

Bremen, Germany

‘India’s Green Revolution:

A transnational environmental history’

 

12.30 p.m. – 1.30 p.m.

Lunch

 

 

1.30 p.m. -3.30 p.m.

Session 2

 

 

Chair: Dr. Rohan D’Souza, 

Shiv Nadar University,

Noida 

 

Speakers: Prof. Franz-Josef Brueggemeier, 

University of Freiburg, Germany

‘History of Environment, 1750-2000:

Germany in an international perspective’

 

 

Mr. Martin Bemmann,

Technical University of Dresden

Germany

‘”Damaged Vegetation” and “Dying Forests”:

On the construction of an environmental problem in Germany between the 1890s and 1970s’

 

3:30 p.m. – 3.45 p.m.

Tea Break

 

 

 

3.45 p.m. -4.45 p.m.

Session 3

 

 

Chair: Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan, 

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library,

New Delhi

 

 

Speaker: 

 

Dr. Hanna Werner, 

Humboldt-University

Berlin

‘Histories of Protest:

Water Conflicts and the politics of resistance

in a cross-cultural perspective’

 

 

 

Saturday, 22 March 2014

 

9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.

Session 4

Chair: Dr. Ghazala Shahabuddin, 

Ambedkar University,

Delhi

 

Speakers: Ms. Shibani Bose, 

University of Delhi,

Delhi

‘Beyond the Glittering Eye:

Tiger tales from the Harappan Civilization’

 

 

Dr. Divyabhanusinh Chavda,

Independent Researcher,

Jaipur

‘Emperor Jahangir and the Natural World’

 

 

11.00 a.m. – 11: 15 a.m.

Tea Break

11.15 a.m. -12.30 p.m.

Session 5

Chair: Dr. Tripta Wahi, 

Affiliate Fellow,

NMML

Speaker: Dr. Vasudha Pande, 

NMML

‘Changing Landscapes:

Terracing the Central Himalaya’

 

 

12.30 p.m.-1.30 p.m.

Lunch

 

 

1.30 p.m. -3.30 p.m.

Session 6

Chair: Dr. Vasudha Pande, 

NMML

 

 

Speakers: Dr. Rohan Arthur, 

Nature Conservation Foundation,

Mysore

‘Marine Resource Use, Ecosystem Responses and the Accidents of History:

Narratives from Indian seas’

 

Dr. Rohan D’Souza,

Shiv Nadar University,

Noida

‘Drainage, River Erosion and Chaurs:

An environmental history of land in colonial eastern India’

 

3.30 p.m. -3.45 p.m.                                              Tea Break 

 

3.45 p.m.

Session 7

 

Concluding Debate

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To Jean-Philippe BottinMe

Mar 19 at 1:42 PM

Dear Friends,
You will find attached the description of our 3 last events of our Francophonie Week.
This evening, the opening a an exhibition of the works from 3 French female artists Tri Angle.
Friday evening, a fantastic and innovative show about World War I, On les aura !
Saturday during the day: our Francophonie Mela.
Please join us to celebrate the French language and Francophonie culture. You will find the details on the attached documents.
Warmest regards,
Jean-Philippe.

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Analysis of Candidates Announced by INC and BJP

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The major parties, INC and BJP announced their candidates for Lok Sabha, 2014 recently. A total of 469 candidates were announced by INC and BJP for Lok Sabha till 13th March, 2014. Out of these, Association for Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch have analysed the background details of 280 candidates whose affidavits were available from assembly or Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha elections in the past. The first ‘Preliminary Analysis of Candidates Announced by INC and BJP for Lok Sabha, 2014’ report analysed the candidates announced in the first and second list of BJP and the first list of INC. This is the second in the series of reports analyzing the candidates announced by INC and BJP. The latest information regarding assets as well as criminal charges if any, would be available once the candidates file their affidavits for 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Detailed report in English attached with the mail

 

Candidates Announced by INC and BJP

Party

No. of Candidates Announced in the First List

No. of Candidates Announced in the Second List

No. of Candidates Announced in the Third List

Total Candidates Announced

BJP

54

53

97

204

INC

193

71

0

264

 

Analysis of candidates announced by INC from the 2nd list and BJP from the 3rd List

Party

No. of Candidates Announced

No. of Candidates Analysed (Total)

No of Candidates with Criminal Cases

No. of Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases

% of Candidates with Criminal Cases

% of Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases

No of Crorepati Candidates

% of Crorepati Candidates

Average Assets (in Rs.) of Candidates

BJP

97 (3rd List)

53

17

6

32%

11%

20

38%

2,36,34,601

2 crore+

INC

71 (2nd List)

39

11

6

28%

15%

24

62%

4,30,37,291

4 crore+

Total

168

92

28

12

30%

13%

44

48%

3,18,59,654

3 crore+

Recommendations

The current analysis of the candidates fielded by the major parties shows that political parties continue to give tickets to candidates with serious criminal cases. The Association for Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch recommend tha

t;

 

  1. Political parties should refrain from giving tickets to candidates with serious criminal cases.
  2. Political parties should take a stand against misuse of money power, bribing of voters and distribution of freebies.
  3. Political parties should move towards transparency and disclose the criteria for selection of candidates during elections.

To report any electoral violations and malpractices during elections download the Election Watch Reporter (Android App) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.webrosoft.election_watch_reporter

 

Analysis of Declared Criminal Cases from the 2nd List of INC and 3rd List of BJP

 

Candidates with Criminal Cases: Out of 92 candidates analysed, 28 candidates (30%) had declared criminal cases against themselves in their previous election affidavit. BJP has 17 out of 53 candidates (32%) with criminal cases and INC has 11 out of 39 (28%) candidates with criminal cases.

 

Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 12 candidates (13%) out of 92 analysed had declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their previous election affidavits. 6 out of 53 (11%) candidates of BJP and 6 out of 39 (15%) candidates of INC have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

Candidates with Cases of Murder and related: 1 candidate, Satish Dubey of BJP from Valmiki Nagar Constituency had declared a case of murder in his previous election affidavit.

Candidates with Cases of Attempt to Murder: 2 candidates had declared cases of attempt to murder. Ramesh Chand Tomar of INC from Gautam Buddh Nagar Constituency and Satish Dubey of BJP from Valmiki Nagar Constituency had declared a case of attempt to murder against himself.

Candidates with cases related to electoral violations: 1 candidate, Kirti Jha Azad of BJP from Darbhanga Constituency had declared a case related to Illegal payments in connection with an election (IPC Section-171H).

Analysis of Declared Financial Details from 2nd List of INC and 3rd List of BJP

Average Assets of Candidates: The average assets of 92 candidates analysed is Rs. 3.18 crores.

Party-wise average assets: The average assets of 39 INC candidates is Rs. 4.30 crores and the average assets of 53 BJP candidates is Rs. 2.36 crores.

No. of crorepati candidates: Out of 92 candidates, 44 candidates (48%) have declared total assets (Self assets +Others Assets) of more than Rs. 1 crore.

Party-wise crorepati candidates: 24 out of 39 candidates (62%) in INC and 20 out of 53 (38%) candidates in BJP have declared total assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

High Asset Candidates: Uday Singh from Purnia Constituency had declared the highest assets worth, Rs. 41.90 crores followed by Pratibha Singh of INC from Mandi Constituency with assets worth Rs. 33.96 Crores and Vincent H. Pala of INC from Shillong-ST Constituency with assets worth Rs. 25.16 Crores.

Analysis of Criminal and Financial Details of Re-contesting MPs from 2nd List of INC and 3rd List of BJP

Re-contesting MPs: Out of the 92 candidates analysed, 50 candidates are sitting Lok Sabha MPs.

 

Re-contesting MPs with Criminal Cases: Out of 50 re-contesting Lok Sabha MPs, 19 (38%) had declared criminal cases against themselves in their previous election affidavit.

 

Re-contesting MPs with Serious Criminal Cases: Out of 50 re-contesting Lok Sabha MPs, 7 (14%) had declared serious criminal cases against themselves like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping etc.

 

Average Assets of Re-contesting MPs: The average assets of 50 re-contesting MPs is Rs. 4.05 crores.

 

No. of crorepati Re-contesting MPs: Out of 50 re-contesting MPs, 21 (42%) had declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore in their previous election affidavits.​
Consolidated Analysis of candidates announced by INC and BJP till the 13th March, 2014

Party

No. of Candidates Announced (Total)

No. of Candidates Analysed (Total)

No of Candidates with Criminal Cases

No. of Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases

% of Candidates with Criminal Cases

% of Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases

No of Crorepati Candidates

% of Crorepati Candidates

Average Assets (in Rs.) of Candidates

BJP

204

115

40

20

35%

17%

51

44%

2,81,80,424

2 crore+

INC

265

165

44

16

27%

10%

110

67%

6,29,52,733

6 crore+

Total

469

280

84

36

30%

13%

161

58%

4,86,71,249

5 crore+

 

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IIM Bangalore

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The FISME Factor
President’s Message
” Public Procurement Policy for Micro and Small (MSEs) 2012 is undoubtedly a watershed development in MSME support initiatives. It is sad that most agencies not only have failed to inform MSEs about their procurement plans, but also have dragged their feet in extending even the basic facilities to MSEs whether it is exemption from earnest money or exemption from security deposits by successful tenderers. It looks highly unlikely that a mandatory procurement target of 20% from MSEs will be met by government agencies in such a situation. There is a need to make the Policy work for MSEs as was envisaged. “ 

Dr. D. Gandhikumar, President, FISME
Vol IV, Issue 54: March 15, 2014
Activities

Training Sessions of KNN in Eastern and Western India

Business Banter: Lessons from Entrepreneurs

Don’t let over-confidence hinder your success

Macro Metre

RBI hikes trade transaction limit from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh with immediate effect Knowledge and News Network (KNN)
Hardly any growth in industrial output for Jan; retail inflation tad lower in Feb Knowledge and News Network (KNN)

Domestic Digest

SEBI asks stock exchanges for half-yearly audits & inspections in compliance of new norms
Nearly 15% SME foundries shut shop due to demand slump Knowledge and News Network (KNN)

State Scan

Yarn Bank, Market & Design development centres for Andhra handloom clusters Knowledge and News Network (KNN)
Centre to help build more tourism capacity in Uttarakhand

World Watch

India & Africa to strengthen bilateral relations, focus on SME development Knowledge and News Network (KNN)

Knowledge Store

A clean-up act in Ahmedabad

…And A Lot More
Activities

Training Sessions of KNN in Eastern and Western India

As part of the capacity building of MSME associations, special sessions were convened for leaders of associations in Eastern and Western Part of India on how they could leverage Knowledge and News Network (KNN) for advocacy and knowledge dissemination. The two day workshops on “Emerging Roles of MSME Business Membership Organizations (BMOs)” were organized under EU Switch Asia Project. Over twenty four associations were present in Ahmedabad and 20 in Bhubaneshwar. KNN is a new age internet based media platform which enables aggregation of MSME related news and also dissemination of knowledge across MSMEs and institutions. Over 165 associations and 110 institutions are networked in KNN. 

Do pre-election opinion polls influence voters? *
  •  Yes
  •  No
Business Banter: Lessons from Entrepreneurs

Don’t let over-confidence hinder your success

- Jason Fell is the managing editor of Entrepreneur.com in New York
After starting and growing a company to early success, entrepreneurs can sometimes let confidence go to their heads. Not only can over-confidence be a turn off for others, it can blind you to important changes you need to make at your company. Being confident shouldn’t make you think you can do no wrong. When markets shift, you can’t always stay the course and ride the success you’ve enjoyed so far. A confident entrepreneur will know when to make the changes that will set his or her company up for success. 

[Adapted from 7 Ways to Be a Confident, Rock Star Leader]
Writing on the Wall

Stuck in neutral

The index of industrial production (IIP) numbers for January 2014, published on Wednesday, showed that industry was still stagnant. Production grew by a minuscule 0.1 per cent over January 2013, a hair’s breadth better than the revised 0.2 per cent estimated for December. More importantly, manufacturing, accounting for almost 80 per cent of the index, declined by 0.7 per cent. Looking at the different use-based segments within manufacturing, both capital goods and consumer durables, reflective of long-term spending commitments by businesses and consumers, declined in January – the former by 4.2 per cent and the latter by an even more dismal 8.3 per cent. 

[Adapted from Business Standard, Opinion Section]
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Macro Metre

RBI hikes trade transaction limit from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh with immediate effect

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has hiked the trade related remittance limit from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh per transaction with immediate effect, amid increased number of transactions handled by Exchange Houses. “On a review of the permitted transactions under the Rupee Drawing Arrangements (RDAs), it has been decided to increase the limit of trade transactions from the existing Rs 2 lakh per transaction to Rs 5 lakh per transaction, with immediate effect,” RBI said in a notification. For this necessary changes have been made in the Memorandum of Instructions for Opening and Maintenance of Rupee/ Foreign Currency Vostro Accounts of Non-resident Exchange Houses. 

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MPEDA’s co-branding drive for seafood exports

India’s seafood export industry, dominated by small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and growing at 20 per cent a year, will soon get a shot in the arm. In a bid to help entrepreneurs, the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) under the ministry of commerce is undertaking a major co-branding drive, which will promote the brand equity of Indian marine products in regulated markets. Seafood exports from India are expected to touch $4.3 billion in the current fiscal year and $10 billion a year by 2020, according to MPEDA. 

Hardly any growth in industrial output for Jan; retail inflation tad lower in Feb

India’s industrial production just about reversed the trend in January, 2014 turning from a negative trend in December, 2013 but a mere growth of 0.1 per cent is no consolation as half of the industry segments continued to contract. For the April-January period, there was no growth in the Index of Industrial Production, though some glimmer of hope was visible in the form of slight fall in the retail inflation. The inflation based on consumer price index for February was a tad lower at 8.10 per cent from 8.79 per cent in January, 2014. 

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India launches safeguard investigation on sodium citrate

India has informed the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Committee on Safeguards that it has initiated a safeguard investigation on sodium citrate, to protect domestic producers of the substance against threat caused by increased imports of the same. The Director General (Safeguards), Customs and Central Excise has initiated the safeguard investigation following a petition from domestic producers who account for 90 per cent of the production of sodium citrate. 

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Domestic Digest

SEBI asks stock exchanges for half-yearly audits & inspections in compliance of new norms

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has tightened norms to prevent money laundering through the capital market and has asked stock exchanges including the BSE-SME platform to monitor compliance of the new norms through half-yearly audits and inspections, and inform SEBI. The market regulator has asked capital market entities to conduct a detailed risk assessment of their clients, including those linked to countries facing international sanctions. Registered intermediaries shall carry out risk assessment to identify, assess and take effective measures to mitigate its money laundering and terrorist financing risk with respect to its clients, countries or geographical areas, nature and volume of transactions, payment methods used by clients. The risk assessment shall also take into account any country-specific information that is circulated by the government and SEBI from time to time,” the regulator said in a circular yesterday. 

Exports may fall more as India loses preferential status in EU

The rupee has been on a winning streak since the start of this year. Despite the US cutting back its bond-buying programme, the rupee has held its own. In fact, it has appreciated 1.5 per cent over the past month, driven by steady foreign capital flows into Indian bonds and stocks The sharp improvement in the current account deficit (CAD) has contributed in equal measure to the rupee’s stability. Since last June, Indian exports have shown a pick-up, as India’s competitiveness improved with the rupee’s fall. 

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RBI panel to review credit flow to MSME sector

A meeting of the Reserve Bank of India’s Standing Advisory Committee has been convened this month to review the flow of institutional credit to the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector, according to the fortnightly e-newsletter of the Federation of Indian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (FISME). The RBI has constituted the Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) with Deputy Governor K C Chakrabarty as chairman. The officials of the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises, banks and associations of the MSME sector are members of the SAC. 

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Nasscom, Google launch ‘Girls in Technology’

To increase the representation of women in the Indian technology sector, Nasscom on Friday announced the launch of ‘Girls in Technology (GIT)’, a programme to promote women entrepreneurs in India The initiative will bring more women into the technology ecosystem by conducting technical workshops, tech talks and hackathons (events in which programmers and other software developers collaborate on projects). Nasscom’s 10,000 Start-ups is part of the Google for Entrepreneurs #40Forward campaign. It is among the 40 start-up communities working on new approaches to increase the representation of women in the technology space 25 per cent this year. 

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Nearly 15% SME foundries shut shop due to demand slump

Several small and medium-sized foundries across the country have been forced to stop production, owing to a demand slump. Industry insiders say that most of these units cater to automotive manufacturers and ancillaries, and that 10-15 per cent of them have either closed down or stopped production temporarily. About 80 per cent of India’s $12 billion foundry industry comprises SMEs, 15 per cent are medium-sized players and only five per cent are large units. Reena Bhagwati, joint managing director of Bhagwati Autocast Ltd and president of the Institute of Indian Foundrymen (IIF), said that while average capacity utilisation in the overall foundry industry is around 70 per cent, for those supplying to automotive players, especially manufacturers of heavy commercial vehicles and passenger cars, average utilisation is down to 50-55 per cent. 

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Climate change can run MSMEs out of biz

Most businesses, especially those belonging to the micro, small and medium enterprise sector are affected by the changing climate which causes damage to their premises and processes, so much so that, at times it runs them out of business, a report has said. This was stated by the Gujarat Institute of Competitiveness (GIC) which has now designed a project to help MSMEs prepare for changes in weather patterns and adapt to climate change. On the need for such a programme, “awareness about these risks among businesses still remains low,” Director, GIC, Jagat Shah said. 

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State Scan

Andhra Pradesh

Yarn Bank, Market & Design development centres for Andhra handloom clusters

Towards integrated development of the Andhra Pradesh Mega handloom cluster, Textile Ministry wants to set up Market Development and Publicity Centre; Design Development and Product Diversification Centre; and Yarn Bank in the Prakasam and Guntur districts of the state. The project is being implemented under the Comprehensive Handlooms Cluster Development Scheme (CHDS). The Development Commissioner, Handlooms has invited bids from private agencies for implementation of the project. 

Punjab

Educated farmers in Punjab venture into dairy farming

Worried over diminishing returns from small holdings in the state, young and educated farmers in Punjab with an entrepreneurial streak are venturing into commercial dairy farming. The farmers say that a commercial dairy farm gives them high returns compared with conventional agriculture on small land-holdings, which is proving unsustainable. There are about 6,000 progressive dairy farmers in Punjab and the state has more such farmers than any other Indian state, with farms varying in size from 10 to 500 high-yielding breeds of cows. Also, the daily production of milk by these farms is about 12-15 lakh litres. 

Uttar Pradesh

UP industries happy about mandatory online application for SMEs ‘if sustained’

The Uttar Pradesh government’s announcement asking small, medium and major enterprises to submit applications online for setting up new industrial units in the state from May 1 has been welcomed by the units, although they are doubtful about the sustainability of the process. “Submitting applications online will be really good for the industry but we don’t know how the government will sustain it,” said Managing Director of Chakradhar Chemicals, Neeraj Kedia from Meerut. Last week the Uttar Pradesh Government made an announcement to make it mandatory to submit applications online for setting up industrial units in the state including small, medium and major categories from May 1. 

Uttarakhand

Centre to help build more tourism capacity in Uttarakhand

With the view to finding new places for developing tourism destinations in Uttarakhand, the Union Ministry of Tourism wants to conduct a study on tourism carrying capacity of existing and potential destinations for planning for infrastructure development in the state. “It has been realized that there is a need of conducting a study to assess the carrying capacity of the destinations of Uttarakhand for better planning in construction of infrastructure and other operational development activities for tourism to ensure climatic resilient tourism. “Therefore, Ministry of Tourism has decided to conduct a study on tourism carrying capacity of existing and potential destinations and planning for infrastructure development in Uttarakhand,” according to a ministry notification. 

World Watch

Africa    

India & Africa to strengthen bilateral relations, focus on SME development

In the broader framework of India-Africa cooperation, the two countries should give increasing focus to SME development and cooperation, said Executive Director, International Trade Centre, Arancha Gonzales. Speaking at the 10th CII-EXIM BANK Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership held here from March 9-11, she urged India and Africa to direct sharper focus on SME development and cooperation in the broader framework of India-Africa cooperation. She said that Africa’s SME sector could leverage the experiences of India’s SME development in the services sector. Citing this, she said the success of ‘Incredible India!’ promotion could inspire an ‘Amazing Africa’ initiative, a CII press release said. 

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Australia    

India, Australia trade relations can improve further

Trade relations between India and Australia have been growing steadily and with the “right mindsets” they can be enhanced further, Australian High Commissioner in India, Patrick Suckling has said. On the agreement of Uranium exports to India from Australia, he said the two countries were working on it and there has been “good progress”. “…(through this deal) we would just like to be assured that Uranium will be exported to India. That is how the frame- work is. Negotiations are currently underway. We are making good progress,” he said. 

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Japan    

6.8% growth in tourists availing VoA scheme; maximum tourists from Japan

Government’s “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) Scheme has helped attracting more foreign tourists to India, with maximum number of Japanese tourists, as there was a growth of 6.8 per cent per cent in the number of tourists availing of this scheme during the period January-February, 2014. A total number of 3,883 VoAs have been issued in this period as compared to 3,637 VoAs during the corresponding period of 2013,” said official data. During the month of February 2014, a total of 1,980 VoAs were issued under this scheme as compared to 1,947 VoAs during the month of February 2013, registering a growth of 1.7 per cent, the data said. 

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United Kingdom    

UK trade body to forge tie-ups with Indian firms, including MSMEs

The UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) will be launching a hard-sell marketing initiative in India to forge tie-ups with Indian firms, including MSMEs, for promoting British investment in India. Last December, UK’s Secretary of State (Minister) for business, innovation and skills, Vince Cable visited India to explore business opportunities and strengthen existing partnerships in engineering, education skills and innovation. He was accompanied by a 25 member UK business delegation who visited four cities (New Delhi, Coimbatore, Bangalore and Chennai) with an aim to push business collaboration and work towards doubling trade with India by 2015. 

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Dialogue with Trade Delegation from Pakistan

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INVITATION to join 

Dialogue with Trade Delegation from Pakistan

(Being organized by FISME; Supported by SAARC TPN Project, Nepal (GIZ))

Participating Pakistani Chambers

Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry

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Sector specific associations

(covering Import/Export/Trading of Auto parts, Yarn, Textiles, Chemicals, CNG, Insulating material ,

Agro, Furniture,  Leather, Household appliances, Hosiery, Electrical goods, Electronic Appliances, Ladies shoes, purses, handicrafts, batteries etc.)

19th March 2014 – 1030hrs to 1300hrs

(to be followed by Lunch)

The Park Hotel, Connaught Place, New Delhi

FISME - a network of more than 700 MSME associations is one of the chief representative bodies of MSMEs in India.  FISME has been entrusted with implementation of a bilateral trade promotion initiative between India and Pakistan, under the aegis of a GIZ sponsored project ‘SAARC Trade Information Network on South Asian region’ (Nepal).  As part of the project, FISME had organized a delegation to Pakistan (9th~14th Feb 2014) and held a dialogue with counterpart chambers and associations.

In the second leg of the project, FISME is hosting a multi sector delegation from Pakistan. We are organizing a dialogue between the representatives from all major chambers in Pakistan and the Indian business and industry community:

Date : 19th March 2014, Wednesday  Venue: Hotel The Park, New Delhi  Time : 1030hrs to 1300hrs followed by lunch.

We are pleased to extend a cordial invitation.

Thanks and with best regards

Mukesh Kalra

Joint Secretary (International Trade)

Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME)

B – 4/161 Safdarjung Enclave,

New Delhi – 110029

Cell.:                 +91 – 9811465438

Telephone:    +91 – 11 – 26187948, 26712064, 46023157, 46018592

Fax:                  +91 – 11 – 26109470

E-mail:             mukesh.kalra@fisme.org.in Website: www.fisme.org.in

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Usha International Presents Mumbai’s First Ever Ultimate Frisbee Tournament – ‘Usha Mumbai Gheun Tak 2014’

 

Mumbai, 6 March, 2014

 

Usha International is the first company to promote Ultimate Frisbee in India; a game played using a flying disc. For the last 25 years, Usha has been a keen supporter of sports and is dedicated to improve the quality of life for youth and women.  Taking forward this commitment, Usha is glad to announce the roll out of ‘Usha Mumbai Gheun Tak 2014’ which will be held at Goregaon Sports complex on 7th and 8th of March 2014.

Ultimate is a game played using a flying disc called Frisbee and is the fastest growing team sport in the world. Unlike any other sport as it gives both men and women an opportunity to play on the same field and is an incredibly social and friendly sport that can be played by people across all age groups. Apart from its competitive nature, Ultimate is an inclusive sport that promotes cooperation, team spirit and communication among youth.

‘Usha Mumbai Gheun Tak 2014’ is set to witness participation of over 16 teams from across the country. These teams have been divided into two contending pools of eight teams each. The games are slated to kick off on March 7th 2014 and the final march will be played on 8th March 2014 at 8:15 pm. It is an open format game and there is no age limit for participation.

Commenting on the initiative Ms. Komal Mehra, Events Consultant at Usha International said, “Usha International has been consistently supporting Ultimate for the last two years as it merges well with the company’s brand ethos ‘PLAY’.  It is perhaps the only sport where men and women play together on the same ground and is self- refereed. The beauty of the sport lies in the simplicity of the game, which is why Usha International is making efforts to spread the sports not only in urban India but also at grass roots level.”

Usha Mumbai Gheuntak 2014 is part of the company’s larger effort in promoting sports. The company has been promoting a wide array of sporting events which include Cricket, Ladies Golf Events, Junior Golf and Training Programmes, Mawana Marathon and now Ultimate Flying Disc Tournament. Usha International has also opened over 2500 ‘Silai Schools’ in the heart of rural India to empower women towards becoming self-reliant.

ABOUT USHA INTERNATIONAL

Usha International Limited is a trusted house hold consumer durables company with a turnover well over Rs. 2000 crores today. All the products including electrical kitchen appliances, fans, sewing machines, power products, water coolers and dispensers, inverters and auto components are marketed under the ‘Usha’ brand name. Building on its 75 year old heritage with the knowledge and vibrancy of today, the company has grown from strength to strength developing an infrastructure of 16 location offices, 60 company showrooms, 34 warehouses and 200 service centres backed by an in-house customer call centre. Headquartered at Gurgaon, India, Usha has overseas offices in China and Sri Lanka. For More Information please visitwww.ushainternational.com

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Dear Friends,

You will find attached the presentation of this evening panel discussion on Women in India, in presence of HEMr François Richier, Ambassador of France.
Moreover, today from 12pm to 8pm in Alliance Française Atrium, Fête de la Photo will have its mobile photo booth installed. Please come along to “get yourself clicked in France while in Delhi”.
Warmest regards,
Jean-Philippe Bottin

Directeur, Alliance Française Delhi
Délégué Général Inde Népal, Fondation Alliance Française
72 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110 003, India

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Some political parties announced their first list of candidates for Lok Sabha, 2014 recently. A total of 203 candidates were announced by various political parties as on 2nd March, 2014. Out of these 70 candidates had contested assembly or Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha elections in the past. Association for Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch checked the records of these 70 candidates through the affidavits submitted by them during previous elections. The latest information regarding assets as well as criminal charges if any, would be available once the candidates file their affidavits for 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Detailed report in English attached with the mail. 

Criminal: 

 

Candidates with Criminal Cases: Out of 70 candidates analysed, 34 candidates (49%) had declared in total 224 criminal cases against themselves in their previous election affidavit. Shiv Sena has 12 out of 14 candidates (86%) with criminal cases, BJPhas 13 out of 32 (41%) candidates with criminal cases, NCP has 8 out of 13 (62%) candidates with criminal cases and AIADMK has 1 out of 6 (17%) candidates with criminal cases.

Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 20 candidates (29%) out of 70 analysed had declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their previous election affidavits. 7 out of 14 (50%) candidates of Shiv Sena have declared serious criminal cases against themselves, 5 out of 13 (38%) candidates of NCP7 out of 32 (22%) candidates of BJP and 1 out of 6 (17%) candidates of AIADMK have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

Candidates with Cases of Murder and related: 4 candidates had declared cases of murder, attempt to murder and related in their previous election affidavits. Bhonsle Shrimant Chh. Udyanraje Pratapsinh (Sitting MP) of NCP from Satara Constituency had declared a charge of murder. Two candidates of Shiv Sena, Eknath Shinde (Sitting MLA, Maharashtra) from Kalyan Constituency and Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil (Sitting MP) from Shirur Constituency had declared a charge of Attempt to Murder. Dhananjay Mahadik of NCP from Kolhapur Constituency had declared a charge related to culpable homicide by causing death of person other than person whose death was intended.

Candidate with cases of Dacoity: Dr. Kirit Somaiya of BJP from Mumbai North East Constituency had declared a charge of dacoity against himself.

Candidates with cases of Kidnapping and related: 3 candidates had declared cases related to kidnapping in their previous election affidavits. Bhonsle Shrimant Chh. Udyanraje Pratapsinh (Sitting MP) of NCP from Satara Constituency and Gopinath Munde of BJP from Beed Constituency declared a case related to kidnapping. Chandrakant Khaire (Sitting MP) of Shiv Sena from Aurangabad Constituency declared a case related to wrongful confinement.

Candidates with cases related to electoral violations: Sanjay Jadhav (Sitting MLA) of Shiv Sena from Parbhani Constituency had declared 2 charges related to Illegal payments in connection with an election and 1 charge related to failure to keep election accounts in his previous election affidavit.

Financial:

Average Assets of Candidates: The average assets of 70 candidates analysed is Rs. 5.76 crores.

Party-wise average assets: The average assets of 13 NCP candidates is Rs. 17.10 crores followed by 5 candidates of SAD with average assets of Rs. 16.30 crores, 14 candidates of Shiv Sena with average assets of Rs 2.16 crores, 32 candidates of BJP with average assets of Rs. 1.81 crores and 6 candidates of AIADMK with average assets of Rs. 1.89 crores.

No. of crorepati candidates: Out of 70 candidates, 36 candidates (51%) have declared total assets (Self assets +Others Assets) of more than 1 crore.

Party-wise crorepati candidates: 4 out of 5 candidates (80%) in SAD followed by 9 out of 13 (69%) candidates in NCP, 9 out of 14 (64%) candidates in Shiv Sena, 13 out of 32 (41%) candidates in BJP and 1 out of 6 (17%) candidates in AIADMK have declared total assets worth more than 1 crore.

High Asset Candidates: Praful Patel (Sitting MP) of NCP from Bhandara-Gondiya Constituency has declared the highest assets among the 70 candidates analysed, worth Rs. 125.46 crores followed by Harsimrat Kaur Badal (Sitting MP) of SAD from Bathinda Constituency with assets worth Rs. 60.31 crores and Supriya Sule (Sitting MP) of NCP from Baramati constituency with assets worth Rs. 50.45 crores.

Analysis of Criminal and Financial Background of Re-contesting MPs

Re-contesting MPs: Out of the 70 candidates analysed, 29 candidates are sitting Lok Sabha MPs.

Re-contesting MPs with Criminal Cases: Out of 29 re-contesting Lok Sabha MPs, 18 (62%) had declared criminal cases against themselves in their previous election affidavit.

Re-contesting MPs with Serious Criminal Cases: Out of 29 re-contesting Lok Sabha MPs, 10 (34%) had declared serious criminal cases against themselves.

Average Assets of Re-contesting MPs: The average assets of 29 re-contesting MPs is Rs. 10.99 crores.

No. of crorepati Re-contesting MPs: Out of 29 re-contesting MPs, 18 (62%) had declared assets worth more than 1 crore in their previous election affidavits.

Recommendations:

The current analysis of the candidates fielded by some of the political parties in their 1st list shows that political parties continue to give tickets to candidates with serious criminal cases. The Association for Democratic Reforms recommends that political parties should refrain from giving tickets to candidates with a serious criminal background. The political parties should take a stand against misuse of money power, bribing of voters and distribution of freebies. Further, the political parties should move towards transparency and disclose the criteria for selection of candidates during elections.

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64th National Basketball Championship, New Delhi

Defending Champions Uttarakhand and Indian Railways Start Their Campaign With A Win

 

26th February 2014: Defending Champions Uttarakhand Men and Indian Railways Women started their campaign of 64th National Basketball Championship on a winning note defeating Indian Railways 68-62 and West Bengal 68-40 respectively on the opening day of the championship.

 

In the match between Uttarakhand and Indian Railways both teams were matching basket for basket throughout the game. Scores were tied at 15 in the first quarter and Uttarakhand managed to nudge past Indian Railways 68-62 at half time. The third quarter saw Indian Railways taking a 45-39 lead. Amritpal Singh scored a double-double with 25 Points (22 Rebounds), Riyaz Uddin 16 (two 3 pointers) and Yadwinder Singh finished with12 points for Uttarakhand. Gagandeep Singh scored 20 and Prakesh Mishra added 10 points for Indian Railways.

 

Manisha Dange, Krishnan Radha and S Kokila scored 12 points apiece and Indian Railways beat West Bengal 68-40 in their opening match today after leading 37-27 at half time. Anju Lakra top scored for Indian Railways with 13. S Oraon 11 and S Tudu finished with 8 points for West Bengal.

 

The 64th National Basketball Championship being held at the Thaygaraj Stadium from 26th February to 5th March 2014 is organized by The Basketball Federation of India and supported by IMG-Reliance. In all 51 teams, 27 men and 24 women are participating in the country’s top most competition played on League–cum–Knock-out basis. Top 10 teams of the previous year ranking are grouped in Pool A’ & B’ (Level I).  The winner will take home Rs 1,00,000 while the first and second runners-up will receive Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively. The rest of the teams will be playing the qualifying league in the Pools ‘C,D,E,F’ for a chance to be promoted to Level 1 for the 65th Senior National Basketball Championship.

 

The Inaugural ceremony saw cultural programme by kids from local schools and march-past by the participating teams. Chief Guest for the evening Mr. Ajit Mohan Saran IAS, Secretary Sports, Government of India, Ministry of Sport & Youth Affairs along with Guest of Honour Mr. Neeraj Kansal IPS Secretary Sports Authority of India and Hall of Fame Coach from NBA Del Harris were felicitated by Basketball Federation of India officials during the Inaugural Ceremony.

There is no entry fee for the event and we welcome one and all to come and watch India’s best basketball players in action.

Results

Men

26th February 2014

 

Punjab (Ranbir Singh 15, Amripal Singh 14, Gurvinder Singh 14, Jagdeep Singh 14) bt Andhra Pradesh (G.V.Reddy 13, Sri Ganesh patil 8) 92-44 (27-4, 27-22, 21-10, 17-8)

 

Uttar Pradesh (Bobby Singh 12, Shyamvir Singh 11) bt Goa (Johan Branganga 9, Craig Maneab 8) 62-27 (25-13, 12-10, 15-03, 10-01)

 

Haryana (Hemant 29, Pardeep 17, Deepak 15, Vikash 10) bt West Bengal (Chorlal Sharma 21, Manoj Kaswan 10) 86-61 (23-14, 20-18, 22-14, 21-15)

 

Jharkhand (Shamshad Alam 16, Allen Peter 15, Vishal Bagh 10) bt Bihar (Yogesh Kumar 15, Manvendra 13, Abhish Pratap Singh 12) 64-45 (15-9, 17-12, 17-10, 15-14)

 

Services (Gopal Ram 17, S M Settu 16, Dalip Kumar 13, Narender Grewal 11, Jairam 11, Manu Thomas 10) bt Rajasthan (Prashant Singh 22, Vinod Kumar 10) 101-57 (19-17, 31-9, 26-14, 25-17)

 

Madhya Pradesh (Harendra S.Tomer 16, Syed Anam Ali 13, Christopher S.Minhas 11) bt Mizoram (Henry L.Ramneaihawn 14, P.B.Vanlalmuana 10) 69-52 (20-14, 24-16, 14-15, 11-7)

 

Uttarakhand (Amritpal Singh 25, Riyaz Uddin 16, Yadwinder Singh 12) bt Indian Railways (Gagandeep Singh 20, Prakesh Mishra 10) 68-62 (15-15, 13-11, 11-19, 29-17)

 

Women

 

26th February 2014

 

Indian Railways (Anju Lakra 13, Manisha Dange 12, Krishnan Radha 12, S Kokila 12) bt West Bengal (S Oraon 11, S Tudu 8) 68-40 (25-16, 12-11, 13-9, 18-4)

 

Andhra Pradesh (E. Joyti 30, M.Gayathri 22, Jincy Joseph 17) bt Himachal Pradesh (Balwinder 30, Munisha 10) 75-60 (13-19, 15-16, 20-15, 25-10)

 

Punjab (Nagma Mirza 16, Kirandeep Kaur 15, Harjeet Kaur 13, Nirmal Kaur 13) bt Madhya Pradesh (Jhilik Roy 24, Sakshi Pandey 15) 79-59 (23-12, 18-13, 17-12, 21-22)

 

Rajasthan (Manisha Meena 18, Anita Meena 13, Usha Chouhan 10) bt Chandigarh (Simi Singh 11, Karamjeet Kaur 7) 61-26 (20-7, 16-0, 17-6, 8-13)

 

Tamil Nadu (Appoorva Muralinath 26, Soniya Joy 14, R. Ramya 14) bt Maharashtra (Sonu M.Saji 6, Keeny Susan lalu 5) 63-20 (22-2, 18-5, 11-7, 12-6)

 

Bihar (G.Satya Saraswati 31, Arti Singh 12) bt Assam (Laxmi Kumari 14, Smitali Saikai 8, Punam Sahani 7) 51-50 (14-13, 8-14, 9-7, 20-16)

 

Uttar Pradesh (Niharika 16, Preeti Kumari 11) bt Haryana (Pooja 14) 50-26 (26-2, 6-8, 6-7, 12-9)

 

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 16 have been bestowed with the honor of Arjuna Award. More information at www.indiabasketball.org

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64TH SENIOR NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

64TH SENIOR NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN AND WOMEN 

 
 
BASKETBALL FEDERATION OF INDIA
64TH  SENIOR NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN AND WOMEN ORGANISED BY BASKETBALL FEDERATION OF INDIA AT THYAGARAJA INDOOR STADIUM, NEW DELHI FROM 26TH FEBRUARY 2014 TO 5THMARCH 2014
 
COMPETITION INFORMATION
1.                   Venue: Thyagarja Indoor Stadium, New Delhi
2.                   Dates: 26th February 2014 to 5th March 2014
3.                   Format: League cum knockout. Classification upto 10th place. Loser knockout.
4.                   Groups: Level 1 – A & B Groups
   Level 2 – C, D, E &F Groups
5.                   Team Bench The First Named team in the programme shall occupy the bench on the left side of the scorers table/ The second named team in the programme shall occupy the bench on the right side of the scorer’s table.
6.                   Uniform: The first named team in the programme shall wear WHITE uniform.  The second named team in the programme shall wear DARK colour uniform.
7.                   Protest: As per the rules of the BFI along with a fee of Rs 2000/- (Rupees Two thousand only)
8.                   Teams Walkout: A TEAM LOSES THE GAME BY “FORFEIT”. If a team refuses to play after being instructed to come in and play by the official, “the game is awarded to the opponents and the score will be recorded as 20-0”.
9.                   Managers meeting: 25th February 2014 at 06.00 PM (Thyagaraja Indoor stadium)
10.               Referees Clinic: 25th February 2014 at 06.30 PM (Thyagaraja Indoor Stadium)
 
 
 
GROUPINGS (MEN)
LEVEL – 1                                                              LEVEL – 2                                                                                                      
GROUP “A”
GROUP “B”
GROUP “C”
GROUP “D”
GROUP “E”
GROUP “F”
UTTARAKHAND
PUNJAB
HARYANA
KARNATAKA
MAHARASHTRA
GUJARAT
TAMIL NADU
SERVICES
GOA
CHANDIGARH
BIHAR
ASSAM
IND. RLYS
RAJASTHAN
H P
J & K
JHARKHAND
M P
CHHATTISGARH
KERALA
U.P
PUDUCHERRY
ODISHA
MIZORAM
DELHI
A.P
WEST BENGAL
WOMEN
LEVEL 1                                                                   LEVEL 2
GROUP “A”
GROUP “B”
GROUP “C”
GROUP “D”
GROUP “E”
GROUP “F”
IND. RLYS
TAMIL NADU
A P
U P
RAJASTHAN
BIHAR
DELHI
CHHATTISGARH
H P
HARYANA
CHANDIGARH
ASSAM
KERALA
MAHARASHTRA
J & K
JHARKHAND
ODISHA
PUDUCHERRY
KARNATAKA
PUNJAB
UTTARAKHAND
WEST BENGAL
M P
26.02.2014
Court – 1
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
1
MADHYA PRADESH
Vs
PUNJAB
WB
08.00 AM
2
MAHARASHTRA
Vs
TAMIL NADU
WB
09.30 AM
3
SERVICES
Vs
RAJASTHAN
MB
11.00 AM
4
UTTARAKHAND
Vs
IND. RAILWAYS
MA
12.30 PM
5
PUNJAB
Vs
ANDHRA PRADESH
MB
02.00 PM
6
IND. RAILWAYS
Vs
WEST BENGAL
WA
03.30 PM
      INAUGURATION AT 4.30 PM. MATCHES COMMENCE AFTER INAUGURATION
7
DELHI
Vs
CHHATTISGARH
MA
8
DELHI
Vs
KARNATAKA
WA
Court – 2
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
9
UTTAR PRADESH
Vs
GOA
MC
08.00 AM
10
HARYANA
Vs
WEST BENGAL
MC
09.30 AM
11
HIMACHAL PRADESH
Vs
ANDHRA PRADESH
WC
11.00 AM
12
MAHARASHTRA
Vs
ODISHA
ME
12.30 PM
13
UTTAR PRADESH
Vs
HARYANA
WD
02.00 PM
14
PUDUCHERRY
Vs
JAMMU & KASHMIR
MD
03.30 PM
                           AFTER INAUGURATION
15
KARNATAKA
Vs
CHANDIGARH
MD
16
GUJARAT
Vs
ASSAM
MF
Court – 3
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
17
RAJASTHAN
Vs
CHANDIGARH
WE
08.00 AM
18
BIHAR
Vs
JHARKHAND
ME
09.30 AM
19
MADHYA PRADESH
Vs
MIZORAM
MF
11.00 AM
20
BIHAR
Vs
ASSAM
WF
12.30 PM
21
UTTAR PRADESH
Vs
HIMACHAL PRADESH
MC
02.00 PM
                            AFTER INAUGURATION
22
PUDUCHERRY
Vs
UTTARAKHAND
WF
23
GOA
Vs
WEST BENGAL
MC
27.02.2014
Court – 1
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
24
CHHATTISGARH
Vs
MADHYA PRADESH
WB
08.00 AM
25
KERALA
Vs
KARNATAKA
WA
09.30 AM
BASKETBALL CLINIC BY NBA HALL OF FAME COACH DEL HARRIS
26
PUNJAB
Vs
RAJASTHAN
MB
01.00 PM
27
PUNJAB
Vs
MAHARASHTRA
WB
02.30 PM
28
KERALA
Vs
ANDHRA PRADESH
MB
04.00 PM
29
UTTARAKHAND
Vs
TAMIL NADU
MA
05.30 PM
30
DELHI
Vs
WEST BENGAL
WA
07.00 PM
31
DELHI
Vs
IND. RAILWAYS
MA
08.30 PM
Court – 2
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
32
HIMACHAL PRADESH
Vs
JAMMU & KASHMIR
WC
08.00 AM
33
JHARKHAND
Vs
UTTAR PRADESH
WD
09.30 AM
BASKETBALL CLINIC BY NBA HALL OF FAME COACH DEL HARRIS
34
HARYANA
Vs
HIMACHAL PRADESH
MC
01.00 PM
35
KARNATAKA
Vs
PUDUCHERRY
MD
02.30 PM
36
MAHARASHTRA
Vs
BIHAR
ME
04.00 PM
37
JHARKHAND
Vs
ODISHA
ME
05.30 PM
38
ASSAM
Vs
MADHYA PRADESH
MF
07.00 PM
Court -3
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
39
CHANDIGARH
Vs
JAMMU & KASHMIR
MD
08.00 AM
40
GUJARAT
Vs
MIZORAM
MF
09.30 AM
BASKETBALL CLINIC BY NBA HALL OF FAME COACH DEL HARRIS
41
BIHAR
Vs
PUDUCHERRY
WF
01.00 PM
42
ASSAM
Vs
UTTARAKHAND
WF
02.30 PM
43
WEST BENGAL
Vs
HIMACHAL PRADESH
MC
04.00 PM
44
RAJASTHAN
Vs
ODISHA
WE
05.30 PM
28.02.2014
Court – 1
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
45
TAMIL NADU
Vs
CHHATTISGARH
WB
08.00 AM
46
SERVICES
Vs
ANDHRA PRADESH
MB
09.30 AM
47
KERALA
Vs
WEST BENGAL
WA
11.00 AM
48
MAHARASHTRA
Vs
MADHYA PRADESH
WB
12.30 PM
49
TAMIL NADU
Vs
CHHATTISGARH
MA
02.00 PM
50
PUNJAB
Vs
KERALA
MB
03.30 PM
51
DELHI
Vs
IND RAILWAYS
WA
05.00 PM
52
UTTARAKHAND
Vs
DELHI
MA
06.30 PM
Court – 2
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
53
HARYANA
Vs
GOA
MC
08.00 AM
54
WEST BENGAL
Vs
UTTAR PRADESH
MC
09.30 AM
55
ANDHRA PRADESH
Vs
JAMMU & KASHMIR
WC
11.00 AM
56
HARYANA
Vs
JHARKHAND
WD
12.30 PM
57
KARNATAKA
Vs
JAMMU & KASHMIR
MD
02.00 PM
58
JHARKHAND
Vs
MAHARASHTRA
ME
03.30 PM
59
GOA
Vs
HIMACHAL PRADESH
MC
05.00 PM
60
GUJARAT
Vs
MADHYA PRADESH
MF
06.30 PM
Court -3
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
61
ODISHA
Vs
CHANDIGARH
WE
08.00 AM
62
ODISHA
Vs
BIHAR
ME
09.30 AM
63
CHANDIGARH
Vs
PUDUCHERRY
MD
11.00 AM
64
MIZORAM
Vs
ASSAM
MF
12.30 PM
65
BIHAR
Vs
UTTARAKHAND
WF
02.00 PM
66
ASSAM
Vs
PUDUCHERRY
WF
03.30 PM
67
UTTAR PRADESH
Vs
HARYANA
MC
05.00 PM
01.03.2014
Court – 1
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
68
KARNATAKA
Vs
WEST BENGAL
WA
08.00 AM
69
PUNJAB
Vs
TAMIL NADU
WB
09.30 AM
70
RAJASTHAN
Vs
ANDHRA PRADESH
MB
11.00 AM
71
CHHATTISGARH
Vs
MAHARASHTRA
WB
12.30 PM
72
IND RAILWAYS
Vs
CHHATTISGARH
MA
02.00 PM
73
IND RAILWAYS
Vs
KERALA
WA
03.30 PM
74
DELHI
Vs
TAMIL NADU
MA
05.00 PM
75
SERVICES
Vs
KERALA
MB
06.30 PM
Court -2 (QUALIFYING  MATCHES)
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
76
C 1
Vs
F 1
WOMEN
08.00 AM
77
C 1
Vs
F 1
MEN
09.30 AM
LOSER KNOCKOUT (QUARTER FINALS)
78
C2
Vs
E3
WOMEN
11.00 AM
79
C 2
Vs
E 3
MEN
12.30 PM
80
F2
Vs
D3
WOMEN
02.00 PM
81
F2
Vs
D3
MEN
03.30 PM
Court – 3 (QUALIFYING MATCHES)
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
82
D 1
Vs
E 1
WOMEN
08.00 AM
83
D 1
Vs
E 1
MEN
09.30 AM
LOSER KNOCKOUT (QUARTER FINALS)
84
E 2
Vs
C 3
WOMEN
11.00 AM
85
E 2
Vs
C 3
MEN
12.30 PM
86
           F 3
Vs
D 2
WOMEN
02.00 PM
87
F 3
Vs
D 2
MEN
03.30 PM
02.03.2014
Court – 1
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
88
CHHATTISGARH
Vs
PUNJAB
WB
08.00 AM
89
TAMIL NADU
Vs
MADHYA PRADESH
WB
09.30 AM
90
PUNJAB
Vs
SERVICES
MB
11.00 AM
91
IND RAILWAYS
Vs
KARNATAKA
WA
12.30 PM
92
UTTARAKHAND
Vs
CHHATTISGARH
MA
02.00 PM
93
KERALA
Vs
RAJASTHAN
MB
03.30 PM
94
TAMIL NADU
Vs
IND RAILWAYS
MA
05.00 PM
95
DELHI
Vs
KERALA
WA
06.30 PM
Court – 2
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
QUALIFYING MATCHES
96
W/O (D 1 X E 1)
Vs
W/O (C 1 X F 1)
WOMEN
08.00 AM
97
W/O (D 1 X E 1)
Vs
W/O (C 1 X F 1)
MEN
09.30 AM
WINNERS WILL CHOOSE EITHER A 5 OR B 5 (WITHIN 30 MINUTES) AFTER THEIR MATCH
LOSER KNOCKOUT – SEMI FINALS
98
W/O (E 2 X C 3)
Vs
W/O (F 3 X D 2)
WOMEN
11.00 AM
Court – 3
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
LOSER KNOCKOUT – SEMI FINALS
99
W/O (C2 X E 3)
Vs
W/O (D3 X F 2)
WOMEN
08.00 AM
100
W/O (C 2 X E 3)
Vs
W/O (D 3 X F 2)
MEN
09.30 AM
101
W/O (E 2 X C 3)
Vs
W/O (F 3 X D 2)
MEN
11.00 AM
03.03.2014
Court – 1
QUARTER FINALS
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
102
A 3
Vs
B 2
WOMEN
08.00 AM
103
A 3
Vs
B 2
MEN
09.30 AM
104
B 3
Vs
A 2
WOMEN
11.00 AM
105
B 3
Vs
A 2
MEN
12.30 PM
106
A 1
Vs
W/O (B 4 X A 5)
WOMEN
02.00 PM
107
A 1
Vs
W/O (B 4 X A 5)
MEN
03.30 PM
108
B 1
Vs
W/O (A 4 x B 5)
WOMEN
05.00 PM
109
B 1
Vs
W/O (A 4 X B 5)
MEN
06.30 PM
Court – 2
 PRE QUARTER FINALS (KNOCKOUT) LEVEL – I
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
110
B 4
Vs
A 5
WOMEN
08.00 AM
111
B 4
Vs
A 5
MEN
09.30 AM
LEVEL 1 TO LEVEL 2 (FOR NEXT YEAR)
112
A 5
Vs
B 5
WOMEN
11.00 AM
Court – 3
 PRE QUARTER FINALS (KNOCKOUT) LEVEL – I
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
113
A 4
Vs
B 5
WOMEN
08.00 AM
114
A 4
Vs
B 5
MEN
09.30 AM
LEVEL 1 TO LEVEL 2 (FOR NEXT YEAR)
WOMEN
115
A 5
Vs
B 5
MEN
11.00 AM
04.03.2014
Court – 1
LOOSER  KNOCKOUT  FINALS
116
WOMEN
08.00 AM
117
MEN
09.30 AM
CLASSIFICATION FOR 9TH & 10TH PLACE
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
118
L/O (A 5 X B 4)
Vs
L/O (A 4 X B 5)
WOMEN
11.00 AM
119
L/O (A 5 X B 4)
Vs
L/O (A 4 X B 5)
MEN
12.30 PM
SEMI – FINALS  LEVEL 1 &2
120
W/O A 1 VS (W/O A5 X B4)
Vs
W/O (A 3 X B 2)
WOMEN
02.00 PM
121
W/O A 1 VS (W/O A5 X B4)
Vs
W/O (A 3 X B 2)
MEN
03.30 PM
122
W/O B 1 VS (W/O B 5 X A 4)
VS
W/O (A 2 X B 3)
WOMEN
05.00 PM
123
W/O B 1 VS (W/O B 5 X A 4)
VS
W/O (A 2 X B 3)
MEN
06.30 PM
Court – 2
FOR 5TH, 6TH, 7TH & 8TH CLASSIFICATION
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
124
L/O  GROUP “C”
Vs
L/O  GROUP “D”
WOMEN
08.00 AM
125
L/O  GROUP “C”
Vs
L/O  GROUP “D”
MEN
09.30 AM
126
L/O  GROUP “E”
Vs
L/O GROUP “F”
WOMEN
11.00 AM
127
L/O  GROUP “E”
Vs
W/O GROUP “F”
MEN
12.30 PM
Court -3
FOR 5TH & 6TH PLACE
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
128
W/O  GROUP (C x D)
Vs
W/O  GROUP (E x F)
WOMEN
4.00 PM
129
W/O  GROUP (C x D)
Vs
W/O  GROUP (E x F)
MEN
5.30 PM
FOR 7TH & 8TH PLACE
No
Team “A”
Vs
Team “B”
Group
Timing
130
L/O GROUP (C X D)
VS
L/O GROUP (E X F)
WOMEN
4.00 PM
131
L/O GROUP (C X D)
VS
L/O GROUP (E X F)
MEN
5.30 PM
05.03.2014
Court – 1
No
Group
Timing
132
3RD AND 4TH PLACE
WOMEN
09.00 AM
133
3RD AND 4TH PLACE
MEN
10.30 AM
134
FINALS
WOMEN
135
FINALS
MEN
MRS ROOPAM HARISH SHARMA                                                               MR AJAY SUD
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, B F I                                                SECRETARY GENERAL, B F I
                                                MR G M SAMPATH KUMAR
                                                CHAIRMAN, TECHNICAL COMMISSION

Sochi Olympics concludes

Sochi Olympics concludes

 Sochi Olympics concludesUpdated on : 24-02-2014 10:29 AM
Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrates 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea.

The closing ceremony, a farewell from Russia with love, pageantry and protocol, starts at 20:14 local time precisely a nod to the year that President Vladimir Putin seized upon to remake Russia’s image with the Olympics’ power to wow and concentrate global attention and massive resources.Its $51 billion investment, topping even Beijing’s estimated $40 billion layout for the 2008 Summer Games, transformed a decaying resort town on the Black Sea into a household name. All-new facilities, unthinkable in the Soviet era of drab shoddiness, showcased how far Russia has come in the two decades since it turned its back on communism.

But the Olympic show didn’t win over critics of Russia’s backsliding on democracy and human rights under Putin and its institutionalised intolerance of gays.

Despite some bumps along the way, Thomas Bach is expected to use the closing ceremony to deliver an upbeat verdict on the games, his first as International Olympic Committee president. One of Sochi’s big successes was security. Feared attacks by Islamic militants who had threatened to target the games didn’t materialise.

“It’s amazing what has happened here,” Bach said a few hours before the ceremony. He recalled that Sochi was an “old, Stalinist-style sanatorium city” when he visited for the IOC in the 1990s.

“You entered the room and you were looking at the roof so you would not be hit by something falling down,” he said.

The ceremony will feature the extinguishing of the Olympic flame. Day and night, it became a favourite backdrop for “Sochi selfies,” a buzzword born at these games for the fad of athletes and spectators taking DIY souvenir photos of themselves.

Athletes will kiss goodbye to rivals-turned-friends from far off places, savour their games and achievements or rue what might have been.

Absent will be five competitors tossed out after they were caught by what was the most extensive anti-doping program in Winter Olympic history, with the IOC conducting a record 2,453 tests.

The crowd will wave goodbye to the games in Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, a jewel of the all-new Olympic Park by the Black Sea, looking up at the snowy Caucasus Mountains where skiers, snowboarders and sliders competed. The audience is sure to raise the roof for the Russian team when it parades in.

Russia’s athletes topped the Sochi medals table, with a record 13 golds and 33 total. It represented a stunning turnaround from the 2010 Vancouver Games.

There, a meagre three golds and 15 total for Russia seemed proof of its gradual decline as a winter sports power since Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.

Russia’s bag of Sochi gold was the biggest-ever haul by a non-Soviet team.

Russia’s golden run started with aging star Evgeni Plushenko leading Russia to victory in team figure skating.

Putin was on hand for that, one of multiple times when he popped up at venues across the games. Russia’s last gold came Sunday in four-man bobsled.

The games’ signature moment for home fans was Adelina Sotnikova, cool as ice at 17, becoming Russia’s first gold medallist in women’s Olympic figure skating.

“The success of the home team is always an important part of the success of the games overall,” said Bach.

The last gold from the 98 medal events, a Winter Games record, was in ice hockey, with Canada and Sweden competing for it.

Not all of the headlines out of Sochi were about sport. Organisers faced criticism going in about Russia’s strict policies toward gays, though once the games were under way, most every athlete chose not to use the Olympic spotlight to campaign for the cause.

And an activist musical group and movement, Pussy Riot, appeared in public and was horsewhipped by Cossack militiamen, drawing international scrutiny.

And during the last days of competition, Sochi competed for attention with violence in Ukraine, Russia’s neighbour and considered a vital sphere of influence by the Kremlin.

In an Associated Press interview on Saturday, Bach singled out Ukraine’s victory in women’s biathlon relay as “really an emotional moment” of the games, praising Ukrainian athletes for staying to compete despite the scores dead in protests back home.

“Mourning on the one hand, but knowing what really is going on in your country, seeing your capital burning, and feeling this responsibility, and then winning the gold medal,” he said, “this really stands out for me.”

 

Airtel Rising Stars 2013-14 final trials from 20th February in Goa

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Airtel Rising Stars 2013-14 final trials from 20th February in Goa

 

23 young players selected for final trials

Delhi’s Md. Aqib, Sachin Negi, Karan Khurama and Nachiketa Datt chosen to participate

 

New Delhi, 17 February 2014: Airtel Rising Stars 2013-14, India’s largest under-16 soccer talent hunt today announced the names of 23 children who will participate in the final trials at a two-day camp in Goa. The final trials will kick start from 20th February 2014.

The 23 players selected for the camp are Arka Dey, Rajib Roy and Akash Dalui from Kolkata, Md. Aqib, Sachin Negi, Karan Khurana and Nachiketa Datt from Delhi, Premchand Singh, Niraj Singh, Kamshon, Azad from Bangalore, Sanath Valldares, Marc D’Souza, Akram Khan from Mumbai, Suraj Basumatary from Guwahati, K. Nagaraj, Rakesh, A. Rahul, Rehan from Hyderabad, and Clerence Furtado, Liston Colaco, Suraj Shirodkar and Jolitan Dias from Goa.

The upcoming camp, overseen by Manchester United coaches, will help choose 11 young footballers who will train at a weeklong camp at the Manchester United Soccer School in the United Kingdom. The camp will mark the culmination of an intensive six-month talent hunt conducted in seven cities with the support of state and district football associations.

The experienced and watchful eyes of the coaches will judge players on their performance, taking into consideration their physical and mental strengths, expertise in position, and technical acumen. Based on their expertise and skills test, players will be selected based on criterion mentioned in the Manchester United Scouting Guidelines.

The names of 11 selected players, including one goalkeeper, will be announced on 21st February 2014.

Started by Bharti Airtel in association with Manchester United, one of the best soccer clubs in the world, ‘Airtel Rising Stars’ screens young footballers across India for sporting capabilities and skillsets based on their performance in tests, real time match simulations etc. The on-ground execution of ‘Airtel Rising Stars’ has been entrusted to Procam International – India’s largest Sports marketing and Leisure Management company.

For more information, please contact:

Concept PR

Animesh Biswas - animesh@conceptpr.com – +91 9891789639

Abhay Pratap Singh - abhay@conceptpr.com - +91 9818413169

McCullum, Watling on world record for 6th-wicket stand;

 

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Team India proved its inability to cope up with top class batsmen bang of sixth wicket partnership of NZ to Indian bowlers.Indian lads could not not do something special or strategize on the grounds to make the New Zealand set batsman bite,visitors unable to be penetrative or play deceptive game for more than one and half days thus NZ skipper fired double ton and is on way to triple.This game would be lesson learning to include more selective and double, triple tonners  to be part of team and not pets of Captain or of chairman selection.

McCullum, Watling break world record for 6th-wicket stand; NZ 571/6 on day 4
India’s listless bowlers allowed New Zealand off the hook as the home team rode on skipper Brendon McCullum’s monumental double century to continue their remarkable fightback and take a commanding lead on the fourth and penultimate day of the second cricket Test in Wellington.

McCullum remained unbeaten on 281 runs and shared a world record partnership of 352 runs for the sixth wicket with BJ Watling (124), helping their side reach a formidable 571/6 at stumps and take the game away from India at the Basin Reserve on Monday.India, who had New Zealand in a spot of bother at 94 for five in their second innings yesterday, are now facing the prospect of even losing the match with the hosts swelling their lead to 325 runs. The duo defied the visitors for 123 overs and turned around a 246-run deficit into a massive lead with one day left in the match.McCullum was still batting after nearly six sessions at the crease, facing 525 balls and hitting 28 fours and 4 sixes. At the other end, James Neesham brought up his maiden Test fifty and was unbeaten on 67 off 93 balls, with 9 fours.

For India, Zaheer Khan (3-129), Mohammad Shami (2-136) and Ishant Sharma (0-124) toiled hard on an unresponsive pitch, particularly with the third new ball. Ravindra Jadeja (1-108) was rendered ineffective as well. Part-timers Rohit Sharma (0-40) and Virat Kohli (0-13) were given a go to try something different, while skipper MS Dhoni (0-5) also bowled after the tea-break.

Starting at 440/5 after tea, the set batsmen had another string of batting records coming their way, with the pitch playing perfect foil to them. As Dhoni bowled his gentle medium-pace first up, McCullum and Watling crossed the 350-mark for their partnership in the 159th over.

An over later, they brought up the highest ever sixth-wicket partnership in Test cricket breaking the 351-mark by Mahela and Prasanna Jayawardene, also set against India at Ahmedabad in 2009. Their lead also swelled to 200 in the meantime.

The third new ball was taken immediately and the Indian pacers put in a lot of effort to change the direction of the match. Mohammad Shami got the breakthrough finally, in the 161st over, trapping Watling lbw. He faced 367 balls in his innings, hitting 13 fours.

Meanwhile, McCullum carried on and crossed the 250-run mark, starting to climb the ladder for highest individual score for a New Zealand batsman. At the other end, Neesham too joined in the fun and struck some lusty blows, matching his partner for strokes.

They continued to punish the hapless bowling on a flat track and in the final session put on 125 runs for the seventh wicket, as the hosts crossed the 550-run mark.

McCullum heaped misery on India, finishing as the second-highest run-scorer for New Zealand, behind Martin Crowe’s 299 scored against Sri Lanka at the same ground in 1991.

On the final day, he will attempt to become the first Kiwi batsman to get a Test triple hundred.

Earlier in the post-lunch session, McCullum and Watling continued their brilliant domination of this Indian attack on a pitch that completely changed character to become a batting beauty. They brought up the 350-mark for New Zealand in the 128th over, first one after the break, and then carried on to reach personal milestones.

First up they broke the highest partnership record for New Zealand for any wicket against India, passing the 271 runs scored by Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder in Napier in 2009. Then in the 138th over, Watling brought up his 3rd Test century in 420 minutes, facing 297 balls and hitting 12 fours. Unlike his captain who was dropped twice, the keeper-batsman never even gave a sniff to the Indian bowlers.

Their 300-run partnership came in the 142nd over, and then two overs later, McCullum became the first New Zealand batsman to hit back-to-back double hundreds.

It was his third double hundred, all three having come against India, and he is only the second New Zealand batsman after Stephen Fleming to score three double-hundreds.

Before going to tea, they crossed the 339-run sixth wicket stand between McCullum and Martin Guptill against Bangladesh in 2010 and became the third-highest-ever partnership for New Zealand in Test cricket.

In the morning session, starting at their overnight score of 252/5, McCullum and Watling needed a double approach on this fourth day’s play.

If it was all about survival on day three, now they also needed to score runs and put pressure on India. And they did not get bogged down, as shots started flowing once they both got a feel of the conditions early on. For the record, the golden-brown pitch now looked completely different from the lush-green wicket that it was on day one.

Their progress was very heartening for the hosts’ camp, with the scoring rate reaching 4.7 over in the first ten, and in the first hour of play, 56 runs came in the 13 overs bowled.

The 200-run partnership between the two batsmen came up in the 110th over of the innings. As if sensing the high scoring rate, Jadeja was introduced in the 115th over and was given an attacking field with three close-in fielders.

But it didn’t have any effect on the two settled batsmen who marched along without fuss.

In the next over, McCullum crossed the 150-run mark for the second time in this series, notching up his best series aggregate and going past his previous best of 370 runs, also scored against India in 2010.

He faced 303 balls and batted for a humongous 432 minutes for this, hitting 18 fours and 1 six.

After being put down twice yesterday, if at all he gave a chance, it was in the 122nd over bowled by Zaheer, when he edged one past the slip cordon wherein Shikhar Dhawan was standing at third slip. Watling though was solid as ever at the other end, and the 250-run partnership came up in the 126th over, just before the break.

On day one, Ishant Sharma’s best Test figures of 6-51 bowled New Zealand out for a paltry 192 runs. Then, on day two, Ajinkya Rahane (118) strucks his maiden Test hundred to take India to 438 in their first innings, a lead of 246 runs. On day three, needing 247 runs to make India bat again, New Zealand were reeling at 94/5 before a 158-run partnership between McCullum and Watling rescued them.

Sochi Olympic town shown to media

7 02 2014

courtesy of Olympic committee

Sochi is  rebuilt from a bustling but creaky and provincial resort to a world-class tourism capital.

Some locals have objected to seeing their hometown turned into a building site, and other Russians have balked at the bill for the Games, which totaled over $6 billion spent on the Olympic facilities and almost $40 billion spent on the development of the Krasnodar region, where the games took place.

Three hundred and sixty-three pieces of infrastructure have been constructed especially for the Olympics. Sochi has already provided the first spectacle with a record-breaking 65,000km Olympic torch relay that provided real insight into Russia. It has been hosted by 135 cities located in all of Russia’s 83 regions and republics. The longest nonstop leg of the relay spanned 2,055km, between the cities of Norilsk and Yakutsk in the Russian Far East.

Sochi Games will take place on two separate sites.

Down by the palm tree-dotted coast is the main cluster of indoor facilities and the Olympic village itself. Temperatures here rarely fall below freezing, and indeed Sochi is the warmest city to ever host the Winter Games.

The centerpiece is the 40,000 capacity Fisht Stadium – named after a local mountain – which will host the opening and closing ceremonies. Designed by Populous architectural firm, which rebuilt the stadium that hosted the last World Cup Final in Johannesburg, Fisht stadium will be expanded to host matches during the 2018 World Cup.

courtesy of Olympic comittee

courtesy of Olympic comittee

The site itself will also be used after the Games, and will host Russia’s first ever Formula 1 race next year.

The Bolshoi Ice Dome along with the Shayba Arena will host ice hockey events.

The outdoor facilities are at Krasnaya Polyana, located 48km from the Coastal Cluster about 500 meters above sea level. At the moment, there is snow at the facilities – but just in case, there are 500 snow cannons on standby, ready to release 25 million cubic feet of snow saved up from previous winters.

RIA Novosti

RIA Novosti

The brand-new 1,814-meter-long Sanki Sliding Center track becomes the longest-ever in the world for bobsleigh, luge and skeleton. It was designed specifically to host international tournaments and was constructed in just two years.

Sanki’s statistics are impressive: 17 turns for men and 16 for women and pairs. The bobs will flash past with a maximum speed of around 135km per hour. The highest point is located at 836 meters above sea level and its lowest point at 704 meters.

Journalists are given a look inside living quarters for athletes and sports officials attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Media  toured a 72-hectare compound on the Black Sea coast — one of 3 Olympic villages built for the Games. The facilities include a fitness club for the roughly 2,000 people expected to stay there.A cafeteria serving a variety of cuisines is open 24 hours a day.

Olympic torch arrived in Sochi on Wednesday, two days before the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Russian city.

A train carrying the Olympic flame reached Adler Station near Olympic Park, the main complex for skating events on the Black Sea coast, at noon on Wednesday.

A lantern holding the flame was taken to the public square in front of the station, where its arrival was celebrated with folk dancing and other events. It was later moved about 1 kilometer to a main road, where the Olympic torch was lit.

A cheer rose from people lining the road when a relayer holding the torch high in his right hand started to run.
About 300 runners will relay the torch for 3 days through the city center and mountain areas before bringing it to Fisht Olympic Stadium on Friday night for the opening ceremony.

The flame was delivered to Russia from Athens, Greece in October. Over the course of 4 months, it has been relayed around 65,000 kilometers from the capital Moscow to Sochi.

Olympic medals to be awarded to winning athletes have been put on display in Sochi ahead of the games.

They feature a traditional Russian mosaic pattern on a Sochi landscape, with snowy mountain tops reflecting the sun onto the sandy beaches of the Black Sea.

The medals are 10 centimeters in diameter, one centimeter thick, and made from metals produced in Russia. Transparent synthetic resin is used to portray ice.

A jewelry manufacturer was commissioned to make the medals. Artisans hand polished them so they would better reflect the light.

They’ve made a record 1,300 medals for the Sochi winter Olympics and Paralympics. The number of events has increased. Media agencies

XI,Putin consolidates

Xi and Putin consolidate to cooperate on global issues

Posted on February 7, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to cooperate closely on a variety of global issues. Xi met with Putin in Sochi on Thursday, the day before the opening of the Winter Olympic Games. Putin thanked Xi for his visit, saying he has come at a time when Chinese people are celebrating the Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Putin said the political dialogue between Russia and China is developing, five summit meetings are lined-up for this year. Xi thus emphasized the good relations with Russia, saying it is a Chinese custom to visit and celebrate with friends during the festival. This was apparently a veiled criticism of the leaders of the United States, France and other Western countries, who have refrained from attending the opening ceremony.  Russian presidential office says Putin and Xi affirmed their cooperation in coping with international issues, including the unrest in Syria and Ukraine. They also agreed that Putin will visit Shanghai and Beijing this spring.

China’s state-run news agency reports, Putin said that grave criminal acts committed by the former Japanese Imperial Army during World War II should not be forgotten.
The agency added that Russians want to come together with the Chinese to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the war and the battle against Japan. But the Russian side did not report the remarks.

Xi to attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games on Friday will be the first Chinese President to attend an Olympic ceremony in a foreign country. Media agencies

Anirban Lahiri cruises to six-stroke win

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Anirban Lahiri cruises to six-stroke win, makes it four wins in four starts on PGTI, earns 900 Super Series points

Rahil Gangjee posts day’s joint best score to finish runner-up

 

Ahmedabad, February 1, 2014: Anirban Lahiri cruised to a six-stroke win at the PGTI Ahmedabad Masters presented by Kalhaar Blues & Greens on Saturday to make it four wins out of four starts on the PGTI. The Bangalore-based professional signed off with a three-under-69 in the final round to end up with a tournament total of 14-under-274 at the Rs. 50 lakh PGTI Super Series event. Kolkata’s Rahil Gangjee claimed the runner-up position at eight-under-280 after submitting a card of five-under-67 in round four.

 

Anirban Lahiri (64-70-71-69), the overnight leader by four shots, faced stiff resistance from SSP Chowrasia early on who birdied the first two holes to reduce Lahiri’s lead to two shots. Anirban however, sank a 15-feet birdie putt on the third to regain a four-shot lead as Chowrasia dropped bogey. There was no looking back for Lahiri from there on. He maintained his four-shot lead till the 11th despite two bogeys and another birdie. The three-time winner on the Asian Tour then drove home the advantage by finding the green in two shots on the par-5 12th and 14th holes to earn birdies. He closed the tournament with another 15-feet birdie conversion on the 18th to take home the winner’s cheque worth Rs. 8,08,250.

“I played a solid round today. Hit it well and missed just two greens. I also played the par-5s much better as I found the green in two shots on three of the four par-5s. The birdie on the third was very crucial as it helped me wrest the momentum from SSP who had started well. I was four ahead after 11 holes and knew just had to play level-par over the last seven holes to ensure victory. My putting wasn’t up to the mark today. I made 33 putts in a round of three-under. That just goes to show how well I struck it,” said Lahiri, winner of the season-opener.

He added, “I feel I won it on the first day itself with a course record score of 64. It’s great to win four on the trot on the PGTI. It was fun playing with SSP today after a gap of six years. He complimented me for the way I’ve been playing.”

Anirban, the highest-ranked Indian in the world at No. 105, has now won the last four events he has played on the PGTI. Jyoti Randhawa and Gaganjeet Bhullar currently share the record of winning five events in five consecutive appearances on the PGTI.

Rahil Gangjee (71-69-73-67) posted the day’s joint best of 67. He was even-par for the day after 10 holes but then picked up pace with three birdies and an eagle over the next four holes. His tee shot stopped within a foot of the flag to set up a birdie on the 11th. He converted a 12-footer for eagle on the 12th and a 15-feet putt for birdie on the 14th.

“I made more putts today. I had a good run on the back-nine where the eagle made all the difference. I’ve played better on the back-nine through the week. It was easier to focus since I wasn’t playing in the leader group today and there was less pressure,” said Gangjee.

Abhinav Lohan of Faridabad secured third place at six-under-282 after his final round of 72 that included seven birdies besides three bogeys and two double-bogeys. SSP Chowrasia’s last round of 74 placed him fourth at five-under-283. The Kolkata golfer made four birdies against six bogeys on Saturday.

Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta fired the day’s joint best of 67 to claim tied 10th place at two-over-290 along with reigning Rolex Rankings champion Rashid Khan of Delhi and Himmat Singh Rai of the DLF Golf & Country Club. Feroz Singh Garewal of Chandigarh won the trophy for the best performance by an amateur. Garewal ended tied 23rd at 10-over-298. Kunaal Bhatia of Gurgaon made a hole-in-one on the 11th during his round of 73. Bhatia secured tied 46th place at 20-over-308.

Fifteen-year-old Ahmedabad-based amateur Varun Parikh was placed 54th after finishing with a total of 22-over-310. He returned an 81 in round four.

Anirban Lahiri earned 900 points for his win in the first event of the PGTI Super Series. He now leads the points table of the seven-event Super Series. Rahil Gangjee is placed second with 600 points while Abhinav Lohan is in third with 400 points. The player who earns the maximum points at the end of the seven-event series will earn a bonus of Rs. 30 lakh.

International News snap shots

Google service outage takes down Gmail for an hour

A service outage hit Google Friday, taking down widely-used Internet email service Gmail. Google first acknowledged the outage at 14:12 EST, saying it restored some service about an hour later. “We’re investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly,” the company said on its service-monitoring “App Status” dashboard online. It is unknown what caused the outage, which affected users in at least Britain, India and the United States. Google did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

Six terrorist shot dead by police in China

Six people died in three explosions during a “terrorist” attack while the six assailants were shot dead by police on Friday in the far west region of Xinjiang, China, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday. The assailants threw explosives that hit a hair salon, a produce market and a vehicle in Xinhe county. The police captured five more suspects and the case is under investigation. The region, home to the ethnic minority Uighurs, is predominantly Sunni Muslim. The violence is part of the insurgency by the Uighurs against what they see as discrimination and religious suppression by China’s majority.

​Afghan Prez Hamid rejects US security deal over Taliban peace talks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has once again refused to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement with the US, insisting on a start to the peace process with the Taliban. “Afghanistan will absolutely not accept or sign anything under pressure,” Karzai said. The pact, without which the US would have to withdraw its troops before the end of 2014, was debated last year and presupposed that some 15 thousand international troops would maintain a presence to train the country’s military forces. Earlier Karzai promised to make a decision after the presidential poll in April.

​Philippines flood death toll rises to 56

The death toll from flooding in the southern Philippines has risen to 56, according to a National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council report. 10 people are reported missing with 83 wounded. More than 180 thousand have been left homeless as a result of two weeks of torrential rains. This tropical depression dubbed Lingling is the year’s first and has caused floods and landslides on the island of Mindanao.

​4 Egyptian diplomats kidnapped in Libya

Four Egyptian Embassy staff have been kidnapped in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the Libyan Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. Among the kidnapped was a cultural attaché from the embassy. It comes after an Egyptian administrative attaché was abducted on Friday by unknown gunmen, following the arrest of Shaban Hadia, the leader of a large militia group, the Operations Room of Libya’s Revolutionaries. The group has denied responsibility for the incident.

​Syria ‘face-to-face’ peace talks begin in Geneva – UN

The Syrian government and opposition delegations started a face-to-face meeting within the framework of the Geneva 2 peace conference on Saturday, a UN spokeswoman said. UN-Arab League peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, is mediating the talks. The conference, which is aimed at putting an end to the Syrian crisis that has been going on for nearly three years, suffered a delay on Friday as the delegations refused to talk directly.

Damascus has ‘real reservations’ against transitional govt

The Syrian government says it opposes creating a transnational ruling body, a proposed solution to the domestic conflict that has plagued the country for nearly three years. “We have real reservations regarding it,” said Information Minister Omran Zoabi, as peace talks with an opposition delegation have reportedly started in Geneva. Zoabi said that the reasoning behind this decision lay in the fact that Syria has its own institutions, and the need to create a transitional governing body arises only when a state is in disintegration, or has no institutions.

10 Russian border guards die in marine incident

A border patrol squad was in icy waters near the island of Kunashir (South Kurils) attempting to inspect a ship just 500 meters from the shore. The rubber boat with 10 border guards onboard was overturned by a high wave and nobody was able to get to the shore. Patrol ships and a helicopter are engaged in search operation and four bodies have already been found. The area is known for strong underwater currents and other bodies could have been dragged far from the scene of the incident. According to one version of events, the incident happened because the guards didn’t observe the rules and wore no life vests.

​Cyberattack takes down US federal court system websites

US federal court system websites were hacked Friday, blocking public access and preventing the filing of legal documents online. The intrusion impacted uscourts.gov, the main federal court website, as well as the government’s electronic filing system and its access page, PACER, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of the US Courts said Friday. The federal court system, which manages its own cybersecurity, is investigating what occurred, the spokesman said, adding that the incident was a denial-of-service attack. It is not yet known who was responsible.

Romanian hacker ‘Guccifer’ appeals for release

“Guccifer” – the Romanian hacker renowned for accessing the private emails of former US president George W. Bush and various key entertainment figures appealed his arrest on Friday, according to Reuters. Marcel Lazar Lehel, whose name roughly translates as “Small Fume” was detained in Bucharest on Wednesday after hacking the email accounts last February. Leading Romanian lawyer, Catalin Dancu, stated there was “close to no chance” of the request for release being granted.

Argentina govt lifts restrictions on buying foreign currency

Argentinian authorities on Friday lifted restrictions in place since 2011 that limited the purchase of foreign currency, AFP reported. The announcement came a day after the peso suffered its worst single-day dive since the 2002 financial crisis. Jorge Capitanich, President Cristina Kirchner’s cabinet chief, said the government has decided “to authorize the purchase of dollars for holding or savings.” At a rate of 8.01 pesos to the dollar, the peso “has reached a level acceptable to the objectives of economic policy convergence,” he said. The peso plunged by more than 11 percent against the dollar on Thursday.

Three killed in US Yemen drone strike

Three suspected militants have been killed in a drone strike in Yemen, east of the capital Sanaa. Local officials and tribal sources told media that it was a US drone which killed the trio. A succession of explosions was heard by witnesses, after which a car with the charred remains of three bodies was found. Fifteen people were killed and a further five injured in December when a US drone struck a wedding party.

Morsi supporters clash with security forces in Cairo

Fierce clashes broke out between about 2,000 supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and Egyptian security forces in Cairo on Friday, Reuters reported. They happened hours after a suicide bomber attacked a major police compound in the capital. The fighting took place on the road that leads to the Pyramids of Giza. Some Islamists burned tires and hurled petrol bombs at security forces, who responded by firing tear gas.

Child dead in apartment explosion in Nice, France

An explosion in an apartment building on Friday morning in Nice, in the south of France, has killed a four-year child and injured four others – two of them were hospitalized. The multi-story building was seriously damaged, local media say. The blast ripped through two apartments, and parts of the roof and wall crumbled. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.

65,000 flee Iraqi fighting in week

More than 65,000 people have fled fighting in the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi during the past week, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday. More than 140,000 have been made homeless since fighting broke out at the end of last year, Reuters quoted UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards as saying.

Syria delegation to leave Geneva if no ‘serious sessions’

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on Friday that if no serious work sessions were held by Saturday, the government delegation would leave, Reuters reported. “If no serious work sessions are held by [Saturday], the official Syrian delegation will leave Geneva due to the other side’s lack of seriousness or preparedness,” state television quoted Muallem as telling UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi.

UK can renegotiate ties with the EU to avoid exit – Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he was confident he could renegotiate his country’s relations with the EU to allow it to remain in the bloc. “I’m confident that we’ll have a successful renegotiation and a successful referendum,” Reuters quoted him as saying at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He referred to his plan to reshape his country’s EU ties before offering Britons an in/out referendum if he is re-elected next year.

No talks between Syrian govt, opposition due to transitional body demands

Face-to-face talks between the Syrian government and the opposition will not take place on Friday, the UN said. It also confirmed that the Syrian mediator, Lakhdar Brahimi, will meet Syrian government and opposition delegations separately on Friday, Reuters reported. The opposition delegates earlier said they would not meet with the delegation led by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem until it endorses the Geneva communique of June 30, 2012, calling for a transitional governing body to be established. Syria’s Information Minister, Omaran Zoabi, said Damascus will not accept opposition demands to form a transitional body. The Syrian delegation also said it is ready to discuss a ceasefire and the exchange of prisoners of war.

S. Sudan looters steal food to feed 220,000 for a month – UN

The UN World Food Program may have lost more than 3,700 tons of food in looting in South Sudan, enough to feed 220,000 people for a month, Reuters reported. WFP’s warehouses in Malakal had been almost entirely emptied, spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said on Friday in Geneva. The agency was working to recover lost stocks wherever possible and trying to protect remaining stocks.

Attack at German сourt leaves 1 killed and 1 wounded

One man has been killed and another is in a life-threatening condition after an attack in a courthouse in Frankfurt, German police said. The suspected attacker used a firearm and wielded a knife, dpa reported. He was arrested shortly afterward.

Philippine police detain 4, seize drugs worth $22mn

Philippine police have arrested four men and seized 1 billion pesos ($22 million) worth of methamphetamine. This was the second large drug bust in Manila in 10 days. The National Police anti-illegal drugs task force said the men were driving a van filled with five wooden crates containing 200kg of crystal methamphetamine when they were stopped on Friday. Last week, the National Bureau of Investigation arrested four Canadian men suspected of trafficking drugs from Mexico in separate raids. Agents recovered $2.25 million worth of cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA, which is similar to Ecstasy.

Homemade bomb explodes near French church in Rome

A small homemade bomb exploded in a street in central Rome early on Thursday, Reuters said. The bomb caused slight damage to a building belonging to a French religious establishment and three parked cars. The explosion occurred ahead of a visit to Pope Francis by President Francois Hollande.

Gunman kills 5 Afghan cricket players

A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire at a group of local cricket players, killing five of them during a game in eastern Laghman province, AP reported. The attacker fled the scene in Alinghar district, a provincial spokesman, Sarhadii Zhouak, said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack that took place on Thursday. Also, police in southern Helmand province found the body of slain journalist Noor Ahmad Noori late on Thursday night.

China issues warnings to foreign military planes

Beijing has begun issuing warnings to foreign military planes entering its self-declared air defense zone over the East China Sea, AP reported. Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke said that multiple types of Chinese planes recently conducted a long-range patrol inside the sweeping zone that was declared in November. The Chinese planes flew alongside a number of foreign military aircraft and issued warnings to them. The spokesman did not identify the planes or say when the patrol was conducted. The US, Japan and other countries earlier denounced the zone’s declaration as provocative.

UN urges Myanmar to probe killings of Rohingya Muslims

The UN has called on Myanmar to investigate reports that dozens of people were killed in attacks on Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. It said “credible information” was received of a series of attacks in a remote area of Rakhine earlier this month. The western state of Rakhine remains tense after outbreaks of inter-communal violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities since 2012.

South Sudan ceasefire signed in Ethiopia

South Sudan’s government and rebels have signed a ceasefire agreement, considered to be the first step to reconciliation between the two sides, following violence that erupted in mid-December and is thought to be a result of strained relations between President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar, whom Kiir sacked in July 2013. The conflict had since taken on an ethnic dimension. The deal was reached on Thursday in Ethiopia and was greeted by mediators and regional leaders alike. It is expected to come into effect 24 hours after being signed.

​Blast reported in Cairo

A large blast was heard in Cairo on Friday, eyewitnesses report. Smoke was seen rising over the city center. State TV said the blast happened near police headquarters, indicating that it may have been an attack.

N. Korea practiced attack on Seoul’s Incheon airport – report

The North Korean military secretly carried out a practice exercise simulating an attack on a South Korea’s largest airport, using specially designed jets that are meant to enter Southern airspace. A South Korean government source told JoongAng Ilbo that the nighttime exercises came on January 19, one day before North Korean state media reported that Kim Jong-un attended a military drill without expanding on any details. The North Koreans are suspected of practicing entering South Korea by parachute, staging a terrorist attack at the Incheon International Airport, and then occupying planes sitting on the runway. The South Korean official added that such an event is “extremely rare.”

Media agencies

Tata motors truck race

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  • Six teams for the Championship, to participate with a total of 12 PRIMA World Trucks
  • Scheduled to be held at BIC, Greater Noida on March 23, 2014
Tata Motors today announced the launch of the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP to bring truck racing to India for the first time. The first ever truck racing championship in India, has been inscribed on the calendars of FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) and FMSCI (the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India).The Truck Racing Championship will be held on March 23, 2014,at the internationally acclaimed Budh International Circuitto give Indian audiencesa grand spectacle oftruckscompeting against each other.T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP is being conducted under the aegis of FIA& FMSCI. The FIA is the governing body for world motor sport and the federation of the world’s leading motoring organisations. One of the core responsibilities of the FIA is the development of motor sport worldwide. Through its national member clubs the FIA is involved in every level of motor sport and its remit extends to the millions of amateurs and professionals who enjoy motor sport in all of its variety. The FMSCI is a long-standing member of the FIA and is the only national motor sport federation recognised by the Government of India, for the promotion and control of motor sport in India, and is affiliated to the prestigious Indian Olympic Association.

The championshipwill feature12 Tata PRIMA trucks, built for the purpose. These will be dividedamong six teams,with participationfrom experienced international drivers. The T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIPis beingorganised by (MMSCI), with safety and performance standards being followed as per (BTRA) British Truck Racing Association guidelines.
Cummins, WABCO, JK Tyres, Castrol and Accenture are the main sponsors, whileTata Steel, Setco Automotive, RSB Group and TRW Steering Systems Ltd. are the associate sponsors.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Karl Slym, Managing Director, Tata Motors said, “Through the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP, weare introducing yet another pioneering initiative in the Indian trucking space. We at Tata Motors are ready to embark on yet another milestone of HORIZONEXT, with the highest levels of performance and competitiveness of our trucks, to take customer engagement to another level. Formula 1 is the pinnacle of 4-wheeler racing in the world, and we at Tata Motors are taking the initative to make the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP as the pinnacle of truck racing, in India. With this we are not only adding an exciting new dimension to one of the largest trucking markets in the world, but also connecting our passion for trucks to the larger Indian audience.”
Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “As a leader in the Indian commercial vehicle space, Tata Motors has been leading the transformation in the industry. The Tata Prima marked the arrival of a completely modern truck brand, benchmarked to the global best, with its contemporary styledcabin, power-to-weight ratio, safety aspects, technology, quality and reliability.T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP isa great platform to showcase thesetechnological advancements, through performance excellence, alsoenabling Tata Motors to connect with its fleet customers, many of them being well-travelled, well-educated second generation business owners, looking to add excitement to their business. Through this initiative we also hope to triggergreater aspiration for trucking, given the industry is facing a serious dearth of truck drivers.”
Tata Prima 4038.Swill competein the T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP 2014,with the massive power of 370 BHP @ 2100 RPM and a top speed of 110 Km/h. To make these Prima trucks fit for racing, 22 key modifications were made to meet a mix of safety and performance needs as per guidelines from British Truck Racing Association.These included significant changes in fuel tank, brake cooling system, propeller shaft guards, racing seats and safety belts, exhaust, steering wheel among others.The trucks have gone through multiple quality checks and also tested on the test circuit at Jamshedpur for high speed run and control.
Buddh International F1 Circuit, acclaimed to be the best race circuit in India, will host the inaugural T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP. On the Race day, there will be two races.The first one a qualifier race, followed by the main race, seeinga rolling start ofbig Tata Prima race trucks. A pool of internationally acclaimed drivers, with proven excellence in the field of Truck Racinglike British Truck Racing championship and European Truck Racing championship, has been created for this mega event.
The T1 PRIMA TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIPwill also witness two-time British truck racing champion, Steve Horne.As one of the most celebrated, longest serving truck racing drivers, Steve Horne has been instrumental in multiple operational aspects of India’s first truck racing championship.A historic event even from the FIA point of view who have been encouraging India to expand its footprint in motorsports globally.

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780 killed in Syria rebel-jihadist battle

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700 killed in Syria rebel-jihadist battle: monitor Updated on : 14-01-2014 08:17 AM
Fierce fighting between jihadists and rival rebel groups in Syria has killed at least 700 in more than a week while hundreds more are missing, a monitoring group said on Monday.
The Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadist group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), linked the violence to a peace conference on Syria slated to take place in Switzerland on January 22.The allegations came as Western powers on Monday stepped up pressure on Syria’s divided opposition to take part in the conference alongside representatives of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

“From January 3 to 11, the fighting killed 697 people, among them 351 rebels, 246 members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and 100 civilians,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said there could be even “more than 1,000″ dead, but his group has been unable to document all the killings given the ferocity of the clashes.

The Britain-based monitoring group, which relies on a network of activists across Syria for its reports, also said there were “hundreds of captives from both sides whose fate is unknown”.

In a reflection of the brutality of the fighting, which has raged mainly in the northern provinces of Aleppo, Idlib and Raqa but has also hit Hama and Homs in the centre, at least 200 people were killed in one 48-hour period.

The Observatory also reported that dozens of those killed in recent days died in 16 suicide bombings staged by ISIL in Aleppo, Idlib, Homs and Raqa provinces.

“Sixteen suicide attackers have detonated themselves in the past week, most of them in car bomb attacks, some using explosive belts,” Abdel Rahman said.

A rebel fighter with Ahrar al-Sham, which is leading battles against ISIL in several areas, said “they use suicide attacks to terrorise society as a whole into submission, not just the fighters.”

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Egyptians approve new constitution

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98.1 pc Egyptians approve new constitutionUpdated on : 19-01-2014 12:09 AM
An overwhelming 98.1 per cent of voters approved Egypt’s new constitution in a nationwide referendum, widely seen as a vote on a likely presidential bid by army chief Gen Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

The Supreme Electoral Committee (SEC) today announced that the newly drafted national charter was approved by 98.1 per cent of voters, Al-Ahram online reported.According to SEC chief Nabil Salib, the turnout for the poll was 38.6 per cent of the 20.5 million registered voters, in comparison to 32 per cent during the 2012 referendum.

The new charter would replace the one approved under Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who was toppled by the military in July following mass protests demanding his ouster.

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood had called for anti-government protests and a boycott of the referendum, seeing it as part of a coup against the freely-elected leader.

The referendum is a key step in the political transition plan billed by the military-backed interim government as a path to democracy, even as it presses a fierce crackdown on the Brotherhood.

The roadmap was announced by army chief El-Sisi after Morsi’s ouster.

It stated that the constitution would be followed by parliamentary elections and presidential polls.

The new charter, drafted by a liberal-dominated committee appointed by the government, would ban political parties based on religion, give women equal rights and protect the status of minority Christians.

The constitution also gives the military special status by allowing it to select its own candidate for the job of defence minister for the next eight years and empowering military tibunals to try civilians.

Meanwhile, Arabic language newspaper Al Tahrir reported that Egyptian President Adly Mansour will announce that presidential elections will be held in March.

It quoted Essam Eddine Abdel Aziz, first deputy to the head of the State Council, as saying that Mansour will call on people to take part in the polls.

Gen El-Sisi has yet to say outright whether he plans to seek the country’s highest office, but his candidacy appears increasingly likely after the results of the referendum.

Morsi, the first democratically elected president, is being held in jail in Alexandria, facing several criminal charges relating to his time in office. He says they are politically motivated.

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Rajya Sabha to meet on 5th February

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Rajya Sabha to meet on 5th February
The Rajya Sabha will bereconvened from 5th February and may conclude on 21st February, as part of the extended Winter Session.
According to an official communication, the Upper House has been reconvened by the Rajya Sabha Chairman on 5th February when it will meet at 11 am.The Lok Sabha has also been reconvened from 5th February to 21st February to pass the ‘Vote-on-Account’ budget ahead of the Lok Sabha elections expected to be held in April-May.

“The Rajya Sabha which was adjourned sine die on 18th December, 2013 has been reconvened by Chairman Rajya Sabha to meet on 5h February at 11 am. The session subject to exigencies of Business may conclude on 21st February,” Shumsher K Sheriff, secretary general Rajya Sabha secretariat said.

“Parliament will meet from 5th to 2st February. It will be a continuation of the Winter Session,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had said.

The coming session will be a continuation of the Winter Session as both Houses were not prorogued.

Sources later said the ‘Vote-on-Account’ is likely to be taken up on 17th February. During the session, government also plans to ensure passage of some anti-corruption legislations which have been identified by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi as the broader “framework” to fight graft.

A total of 126 bills – 62 in Lok Sabha and 64 in Rajya Sabha – are pending at various stages.

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Cold wave kills six people in 24 hours

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Delhi: Cold wave kills six people in 24 hoursUpdated on : 19-01-2014 11:37 AM
The Cold wave has claimed six lives during the past 24 hours in the national capital as the winter chill gained in intensity in the northern India.

Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia has ordered an inquiry into these deaths and sought a detailed report.Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 15.7 degree Celsius on Saturday.

The minimum temperature was 8.6 degree on Sunday morning.

Met Department has predicted a clear sky on Sunday.

In Uttar Pradesh, biting cold coupled with intermittent rain claimed 15 lives.

Cold wave, fog and rain across the state has thrown normal life out of gear.

In Uttarakhand, while heavy snowfall hit the higher reaches, incessant rainfall lashed the plains.

While Mussoorie, Mukteshwar, Auli and Gursaun received fresh snowfall, places like Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Rudrapur were hit by incessant rain.

Light to moderate rainfall also lashed various parts of Punjab and Haryana with bone-chilling conditions affecting normal life across the two neighbouring states.

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Rajnath Singh : Growth rate has declined because of corruption

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BJP Chief said on Sunday that growth rate has declined because of corruption and Congress is scared of declaring its Prime Ministerial candidate.
Addressing the National council meet in Delhi on Saturday Rajnath Singh said his party had no objection to Article 370 which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir if it helped the development of the state.Reacting to BJP President Rajnath Singh’s allegations, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said that Congress Party has always adopted a strict stand against corruption, while BJP always shielded the corrupt.

After being formally assigned campaign leadership for the Lok Sabha polls, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday held consultations with state leaders on the strategy ahead.

He met All India Congress Committee delegates from each state separately.

The party is all set to begin the process of ticket distribution by holding meetings of the newly-formed screening committees to meet its plan for early declaration of candidates.

Senior leaders and union ministers Ghulam Nabi Azad and Jyotiraditya Scindia and party spokesperson Randip Surjewala have been made members of the Congress Election Coordination Committee headed by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi on Friday was given the charge of leading the Congress Party campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

With the nomination of Azad, Scindia and Surjewala, the strength of the panel has now gone up to 11.

Other members of the Committee are Ahmed Patel, Janardan Dwivedi, Digvijay Singh, Madhusudan Mistry, Jairam Ramesh, CP Joshi and Ajay Maken.

The Coordination Committee has been strengthened at a time when the party is looking to get its act together with just three months left for Lok Sabha polls.

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Mistry wins DSC Prize for 2014

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Reticent author Cyrus Mistry on Saturday beat off stiff competition from five other writers to become the fourth winner of the $50,000 DSC prize for South Asian literature on Saturday for his book “Chronicles of a Corpse Bearer”.

The prize, is given to the best work or translations of a work on or about the South Asian region.

Last year the award was won by Jeet Thayil for his debut debut novel “Narcopolis”. Mr. Mistry was presented with the award at a ceremony at the Jaipur Literature Festival here this evening by Gloria Steinem.

“I have tried to keep myself as detached as possible with the possibility of winning this prize, so am not so enthusiastic but happy about the win,” Mr. Mistry said after receiving the award.

Other books in the running were “Anand: Book of Destruction” (Translated by Chetana Sachidanandan) “Benyamin: Goat Days” (Translated by Joseph Koyippalli), Mohsin Hamid: “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia”, “Nadeem Aslam: The Blind Man’s Garden” and Nayomi Munaweera: Island of a Thousand Mirrors.

Union HRD Minister was originally slated to inaugurate the prize ceremony. Noted writer, editor and literary critic Antara Dev Sen chaired the five member jury which first announced a long list of 15 names and then came up with a shortlist of six from which Mr. Mistry was chosen.

Mr. Mistry’s book is a story of marginalised community and looks at larger questions about life and death, which makes it a different read.

Set in the city of Mumbai, it revolves around the lives of a hardly heard of and rarely-seen set of people, corpse bearers or Khandhias within the Parsi community. Their job is to carry bodies of the deceased to the Towers of Silence.

The jury comprised of Arshia Sattar, Ameena Saiyid, Rosie Boycott, and Paul Yamazaki. The shortlist was announced in November last year.

Gurbani Singh Wins the USHA All India Ladies

Gurbani Singh Wins the USHA All India Ladies

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Gurbani Singh Wins the USHA All India Ladies & Junior Girls Amateur Golf Championship 2013 by Seven Strokes

 

Mumbai, December 19: A sublime Gurbani Singh rediscovered her winning ways after a gap of almost three months at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club (BPGC) course, when she carded a one under 70 on the final day of the USHA All India Ladies & Junior Girls Amateur Golf Championship 2013. Delhi based Gurbani finished the tournament with an overall score of 209, a huge seven shots clear of Bangalore’s Aditi Ashok, who ended up second on the leaderboard. Beginning the day with a five shot advantage, all Gurbani had to do was play consistent golf and the confidence showed as she raised her game a notch, carding the first and only sub-par round of the tournament. In fact, she did not have a single over par round at the BPGC, which stands testimony to her golfing abilities. Aditi carded her best round of the tournament (one over 71) and improved through the three days, but it was not enough to upstage her closest rival on tour.

With this win, Gurbani cemented her position at the top of the Indian Golf Union (IGU) Ladies Amateur Golf Tour Order of Merit list. Aditi also consolidated her second position on the same list. Gauri Monga, who came into the tournament in a rich vein of form, securing three victories in three months on the tour as well as a creditable fifth place finish in the Ladies Indian Open finished a tame fifth with a score of 225. Gursimar Badwal (220) and Ridhima Dilawari (224) finished in third and fourth positions respectively.

Aditi also won the Category A section of the tournament with Ridhima finishing second. Category B witnessed some excitement when eventual winner Ananya Datar and Shruti Shenoy both finished with identical scores of 245 to force a playoff. Ananya eventually came through in the third playoff hole. Sifat Sagoo (247) prevailed over Pranavi Urs (251) in the Category C section.

Tomorrow will see the beginning of the Match Play format of the tournament. The top 16 finishers in the Ladies Stroke Play format have qualified for the same and the final rounds are scheduled to be played on Monday, December 23, when badminton ace Saina Nehwal will be at hand to felicitate the winners.

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Chileans to vote on Bachelet and Matthei fight in run-off

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Chileans casting their votes in a presidential run-off, with Michelle Bachelet widely expected to win. Left-wing candidate faces Evelyn Matthei, a former minister in the governing centre-right coalition.

Ms Bachelet, who was president in 2006-10, won the first round last month, but failed to secure an outright majority.

The contenders are the daughters of air force generals, once friends, who found themselves on opposite sides when Gen Augusto Pinochet seized power in 1973.

Polls across Chile opened at 08:00 local time (11:00 GMT) and will close 10 hours later.reports BBC.

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Mandela’s funeral

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KUNU, South Africa, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) — Mandela’s funeral is underway at his ancestral village of Qunu in Eastern Cape on Sunday.

Over 4,500 people, including Mandela’s family, African heads of state, politicians and celebrities are present at the funeral ceremony, which is accompanied by full military ceremonial honors.

Malawian President Joyce Banda and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete are among the African leaders at the ceremony. Speakers include Chief Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, representing the family, Mandela’s close friend Ahmed Kathrada.

Prince Charles from Britain, billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe and celebrity Oprah Winfrey are also attending the funeral.

It is the end of the 10-day national mourning since Dec. 5, when the 95-year-old anti-apartheid icon passed away at his home in Houghton.

The funeral is taking place in a white dome, where chants are singing and bands are playing to hail the country’s former president’s life and contribution.

Mandela’s funeral will also be held in a traditional Xhosa customs, which is from his tribe Thembu community.

Mandela’s burial will be held before noon in his family grave site at a more private ceremony, according to the official news. The burial is reported to have only 450 guests.

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UN peacekeepers killed in Mali

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A car bomb explosion has killed several members of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali in the northern city of Kidal, 1,600 kilometers northeast of the capital, a spokesman for the mission said. “There was an explosion this morning and the info I have is that there were several dead and wounded among the blue helmets,” the mission spokesman, Fred Fath, told AP. According to an unnamed intelligence official, two Senegalese peacekeepers are among the dead. He said that a car packed with explosives detonated in front of the only operating bank, guarded by the peacekeepers. Kidal resident, Abdallah Ag Ibrahim, said the bank crumbled, a UN armored personnel car caught fire, and a nearby school was engulfed in flames. He also said he saw four people who were either dead or injured.

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Egypt to vote on new draft constitution

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Egypt to vote on new draft constitution on January 14 -15 – President

Egyptians are set to vote on a new draft constitution on January 14 and 15, Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, announced. The president has called on the opposition to ”give up on their stubbornness,” to stop “following a mirage” and to join the nation. ”Let this constitution be words of justice, that unite and don’t separate,” he said. The constitution was drafted recently and published by Al-Ahram. The referendum had been expected in mid-December.

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France: More assistance in its peacekeeping efforts in the Central African Republic

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French foreign minister to ask for EU help ‘on the ground’ in Central African Republic

Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, has said that the country needs more assistance in its peacekeeping efforts in the Central African Republic, where Muslim rebels are waging a war against deposed president Francois Bozize and his Christian supporters. “That is a real, big problem. Tomorrow, I’ll go to the Council of Foreign Ministers and I will ask (European partners) for stepped-up, more robust aid, including on the ground,” Fabius told Europe 1 radio. Other European countries have so far provided material resources, but with 1,600 troops, France is the only country with a ground force in the conflict zone.

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​Turkmenistan holds parliamentary election

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A total of 283 candidates are seeking seats in the 125-member one-chamber legislature. For the first time since the country gained its independence in 1991, more than one party will run for the Turkmen parliament. Challenging the ruling Democratic Party of the current country’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, will be the Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs founded in August 2012. Another innovation of the elections is that a mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will monitor the elections.

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China landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon

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China landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon on Saturday,the state media. The event marks the first soft-landing on the moon in three decades, joining the USA and former USSR in achieving the feat.

China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that the spacecraft touched down in the Sinus Iridum, known as the Bay of Rainbows, at 9:11 p.m. after hovering over the moon’s surface for an unspecified few minutes, scouting out a suitable place to land. The subsequent soft-landing did not damage the craft, unlike a previous mission in 2007 when China sent a lunar probe to conduct a controlled crash into the moon’s surface.China plans to launch another lunar probe in 2017, with the intention to land the probe on the moon, release the rover, and return the probe back to Earth. Beijing also has plans to build a working space station by 2020.

China sees its space program as a symbol of national pride, rising global influence, and growing technical expertise.

Beijing began its manned space program in 1992. In 2003, China successfully sent Yang Liwei, the country’s first taikonaut, into orbit aboard the Shenzhou-5 spacecraft.

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CAG Report SSNNL 99% Corruption – Order JPC Investigation

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ImageHonorable Prime Minister
Dr. Manmohan Singh
South Block
New Delhi 110011

DAMS, IRRIGATION DEVELOPMENT STOPPED SINCE NDA RULE
    National Tragedy, Order Joint Parliamentary Investigation

Respected,

I have received Action on Prime Minister References revealing SHOCKING
REPORTS –

1.  Not a Brick Has Been Laid on Renuka, Lakhwar and Vyasi
Multi-Purpose Dams even though Yamuna Water Sharing Agreement of 1954
Between Punjab & UP Cleared the way for building these three dams.

2.  Lunatic RIVER LINKING idea has not died and is HINDERING
Multi-purpose Dam building in South Asia – Over 200,000 MW Hydro
Potential is not created enough to produce all the Electricity India
Produces along with 1000 BCM Plus water going to sea.

3.  Sardar Sarovar Nigam Project is 99% or 100% Corruption -

http://nca.gov.in/news_index.htm
    While Command Area Irrigated Is Barely 1.1 Lakh Hectares, Against
18.4 lakh Planned, Area submerged and acquired for SSP is 1.175 Lakh
Hectare. SSP WORLD’S WORST PROJECT.

    Original Cost of SSP Project was Rs.6406 crores 1986-87 for Entire
Project, NCA Reports Rs.5736 crores Was Released By GOI for Narmada
Canal against Rs.4,406 cr Estimate, Present Cost as Per TISS Report is
Rs.72,000 crores 2012.

    CAG also reported Substandard Canals & No Maintenance.

    Over 17 Lakh Hectares CCA Shall Not Get WATER forever DUE TO POOR
DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION.

    Against around 3.7 Billion Cubic Meters Illegally Diverted for
Drinking Water & Industry – Just 1.134 BCM was drawn from Canal and
perhaps 0.5 BCM actually reach Consumers.

    Drinking Water is Supplied RAW without treatment – Health Hazard.
    THIS GUJARAT SCANDALOUS MULTI STATE MODEL IS ADVOCATED FOR INDIA.

    JOINT PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE Should Investigate This.

Thank you,
Faithfully,

Ravinder Singh*
Inventor & Consultant
Progressindia008@yahoo.com
*Ravinder Singh is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing,
Technologies and Projects.

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Woodpecker Film festival, Dec 19-21, 2013, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

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Dear Mr Sagar,
Greetings!
I am happy to share that the first edition of the Woodpecker Film festival will be organised form Dec 19-21, 2013 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. I cordially invite you to attend the festival. Please find attached Festival Invitation and Screening Schedule.
Highlights of the Festival:
  • Festival Inauguration: Dec 19, 10:00 am, Magnolia, IHC
  • Inaugural Film: “Celluloid Man” (Dec 19, 02:00 pm)
  • Film Screenings: Dec 19-21 at Magnolia and Gulmohar (Open for All)
  • Open Forum: “Sexual Harassment at Workplace” (Dec 20, 12:00 pm)
  • Special Screening : “As the River Flows”, a film by Bidyut Kotoky (Dec 20, 07:00 pm onwards, Gulmohar, IHC)
  • Award Nite: Dec 21, 07:00 pm-09:00pm,  Hotel Suryaa, New Friends Colony, Delhi
I look forward to meet you during the festival.
With Best Wishes
Narender Yadav
Festival Director
The Woodpecker Film Festival
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Press Conference of AAP on “Govt Jokpal”

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The farce in the name of the Lokpal Bill

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Jan Lokpal was conceived as an independent empowered and accountable ombudsman which could independently, credibly and expeditiously investigate corruption offences of all public servants who are today not being investigated because the investigating agencies are controlled by the same public servants who need to be investigated. Such a Lokpal would need to be functionally, financially and even in terms of appointment and accountability be independent of the government and indeed the political establishment even if they are for the time being not in government. A Jan Lokpal bill was drafted by the Civil Society members of the joint drafting committee for this purpose in June 2011 which had the support of at least 80% people of the country. A fast was undertaken by Anna Hazare at Ramlila Maidan in August 2011 for this purpose, at the end to which the Parliament passed a unanimous resolution committing to passing a Lokpal Bill which would have at least 3 elements: That all public servants, high or low would be included in the investigative ambit of the Lokpal; that the Lokpal would also monitor the Citizen’s charters and have the power to penalize public authorities and servants who violate it; and that the Lokpal bill would contain provisions for Lokayktas on the same lines as the Lokpal for the States, which would take of corruption among State Public servants.

Unfortunately however, the government introduced and passed a farcical bill called the Lokpal Bill 2011 in December 2011. The same bill was then brought before the Rajya Sabha but torn up and thrown away and then referred to the Select Committee. The Bill as passed by the Lok Sabha left the selection of the Lokpal essentially in the hands of the government. It also left the accountability of the Lokpal in government hands, thus completely compromising the independence of the Lokpal. Equally importantly, this bill left the Lokpal’s corruption investigations in the hands of a government controlled CBI. Also, the bill did not contain even a single one of the 3 provisions which the Parliament had unanimously promised Anna Hazare before he broke his fast. Only group A public servants and not all were brought within the Lokpal’s purview; There was no provision for a State Lokayukta’s in this bill; and there was no mention of a citizens charter. Moreover, the investigation of the Lokpal was crippled by the need to first have a preliminary inquiry where the accused public servant would have to be heard (thus allowing him to destroy evidence) before even the FIR could be registered. And worst of all, a person whose complaint was labeled “frivolous or vexatious” by this government controlled Lokpal could be imprisoned for upto 5 years (even more than the punishment for corruption)! That is why we had called this bill a Jokepal bill or a bill for the protection of corrupt public servants.

The select committee has recommended some cosmetic changes in the bill which do not take care of the fundamental defects of the bill. In the selection and removal of the Lokpal, slightly more weightage has been given to the opposition rather than the government, but even with this, the appointment and removal of the lokpal remains under the control of the political class who usually would have the same vested interest to have a weak and pliable Lokpal. Similarly, the select committee has recommended that the CBI officers investigating the corruption complaints entrusted to them by the Lokpal would remain under the suprintendance of the Lokpal which means nothing since the CVC which has some power currently has not been able to prevent the CBI from acting at the behest of the government. However, the essential administrative powers over the CBI officers of promotions, postings, disciplinary control and post retirement jobs would remain with the government, thus rendering them beholden to and dependant on the government. Nothing substantive is proposed by the select committee to deal with 2 of the 3 assurances of Parliament to Anna, namely Lokayuktas on the same lines in the States and the Citizen’s charter.

We are now witnessing an unseemly spectacle in Parliament with the Congress and the BJP fighting to claim credit for passing this farcical Jokepal bill, with or without some of the cosmetic amendments of the select committee. The bill finalized secretly by the Congress and the BJP, would in either case, it would remain a far cry from the Jan Lokpal bill which had been drafted by Team Anna and for which Anna had fasted at Ramlila maidan.

Anna is on fast again at Ralegan Siddhi for the Lokpal bill. Agents of the Congress and the BJP have been going to him to get him to accept this Jokepal bill. He has made a statement that he is willing to accept the bill as proposed by the government, which is not even in the public domain. We realized more than a year ago that these corrupted parties like the Congress and the BJP were not going to allow any independent and credible Lokpal which would send half of their ministers and many of their leaders to jail. That is why we had to form a political party, realizing that we will need to be in the legislatures to get the Jan Lokpal bill passed. No amount of Fasting and protests will force these parties to do what the country really needs. While expressing our full support for the cause for which Anna is fasting, we call upon him to give up his fast and join the resurgent civil society movement for an electoral revolution in the country which promises to bring about the revolutionary changes in the democratic, electoral and anti corruption system in the country.

IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE JAN LOKPAL BILL & THE BILL NOW PROPOSED

As per Govt’s Lokpal Bill

As per Jan Lokpal Bill

Appointment: Lokpal will be selected 5 members: by PM, Leader of Opposition, Speaker, CJI, and one jurist nominated by these 4.(thus majority of those who will select Lokpal will be from the political class, who themselves will need to be investigated by the Lokpal) Lokpal will be appointed by a 7 member committee, consisting of 2 SC judges, 2 HC judges, 1 nominee of CAG+CVC+CEC, PM and Leader of Opposition
Removal: For removal, only the Govt, or 100 MPs can make a complaint to the SC.(thus rendering the removal largely under control of the government and the political class, and compromising its independence) Any citizen can complain to the SC seeking removal of any member of Lokpal.
Investigating machinery: The Lokpal would have to get the complaints investigated by any investigating agency, including the CBI, all of which would continue to remain under the administrative control of the government. The transfer, postings and post-retirement jobs of CBI officers would be under the control of the govt, thus compromising the independence of the investigative machinery. The CBI will be brought under the administrative control of the Lokpal, so that the investigating machinery can be made independent of the government.
Whistleblower protection: Not mentioned in the government’s bill. The Jan Lokpal Bill includes provisions for protection of whistleblowers.
Citizens Charter: Not mentioned in the government bill.(this was one of the unanimous assurances made by parliament to Anna Hazare when he broke his fast in August 2011) The Jan Lokpal instituted a mechanism for prosecution of government officials if they failed to fulfill their duties under the citizens charter, which was to be created in this Bill.
Lokayuktas in the State: Have been left to the discretion of the state governments.(this was one of the unanimous assurances made by parliament to Anna Hazare when he broke his fast in August 2011) The Jan Lokpal bill sought to create a Lokayukta along the same lines as the one at the center.
Frivolous Complaints: Any person making a false or frivolous complaint could be jailed for up to 1 year, which will deter even honest complainants from going to the Lokpal. There was a penalty up to Rs. 1 lakh, but no provision for imprisonment.
Ambit of the Lokpal: Judiciary excluded completely and MPs excluded in respect of their votes and speeches in Parliament. Included all public servants, including judges and MPs, with regard to all their public duties.

Some relevant tweets

Anna wants law,he is a movement,but they want issues beacuse they are a political party now : Kiran Bedi on AAP

I want to say ‘no comment’: Anna Hazare to questions on rift with Arvind Kejriwal

  1. Evident that CBI will be independent, Kejriwal should re-read Bill: Kiran Bedi on remarks that control of CBI will remain with the Govt

     

  2. Anna Hazare says he has read the provisions of the Lokpal Bill properly#LokpalFight #BreakingNow

    Hazare asks AAP to start fresh agitation to help remove shortcomings, if any, in the amended Lokpal Bill.

    AAP says Anna is being misled. Is he a kid? He has been fighting for #lokpalforever, takes his own final decision: Kiran Bedi

     

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All political parties to come together and help pass the Bill ” – Shri Rahul Gandhi.

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“There is a broad consensus that the Lok Bill is a very important tool of national importance in combating corruption. We have been working on it for the last 3 years and are 99% there. We appeal to all political parties to come together and help pass the Bill ” – Shri Rahul Gandhi.No matter which political party you support, watch this video, know what has been done till now and call YOUR party’s MP and request them to support the Lokpal Bill.

Please share with friends and likeminded people.

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1st Semi-Final: Coca-Cola Cricket Cup U-16 Inter-School Tournament, Delhi-leg

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1st Semi-Final: Coca-Cola Cricket Cup U-16 Inter-School Tournament, Delhi-leg

 

Prasahant’s All-Round Performance Lifts Salwan Boys School to Final

 

New Delhi, 14th December 2013: Prashant Vashisht’s all-round performance helped Salwan Boys Sr. Sec. School, Rajender Nagar beat Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, ITO by six wickets in the first Semi-Final of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup under-16 inter-school tournament, played at Bharat Nagar ground today.

Salwan Boys Sr. Sec. School won the toss and opted to field first. Prashant Vashisht and Sahil Khan’s rattled the opponent’s batting line-up with their four-wicket hauls and bundled out them at a score of 125 for eight in 35 overs.

For Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Shashank Kohli and Himanshu Sharma showed some resistance with their 31 and 24 run knocks.

While chasing, Salwan Boys School achieved the target after losing four wickets. Shivam Chauhan steered the batting line-up with his 40-run knock. He was well-supported by all-rounder Prashant, who remained unbeaten at 25 to win the match in 23 overs.

Prashant was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his all-round performance. Second semi-final match will be played between Kulachi Hansraj Model School, Ashok Vihar and Vidya Jain Public School, Rohini at Bharat Nagar ground.

The Delhi-leg of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup 2013-14 involved participation from 64 leading under-16 teams with matches played at various grounds across the Capital. The tournament has commenced from the second week of November and will run for around 3 to 4 weeks. Matches until the quarter-finals were played on a knock-out format, the 8 quarter-finalists then played a league.

The teams and players performing will stand a chance to win prizes at each stage post the quarter-final round. The winners and runners up of the Delhi-leg will be awarded prizes worth Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 35,000 respectively.

 

Brief Scores

 

BVB, ITO: 125 for 8 wkts in 35 overs (Shashank Kohli 31, Himanshu Sharma 24; Prashant Vashisht 4/17, Sahil Khan 4/17).

 

SBSSS-RN: 134 for 4 wkt in 23 overs (Shivam Chauhan 40, Prashant Vashisht 25 no; Samyak Jain 2/29, Shubham 2/46).

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Anna to address media in Ralegan Siddhi at 5 pm today

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Anna to address media in Ralegan Siddhi at 5 pm today

This Bill is for the betterment of the people, the country : Anna Hazarepic.twitter.com/vzH2c22aCb

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#lokpal Bill should be passed in the ongoing session of Parliament, Govt should extend session if need be to pass it: Anna Hazare

I won’t end my fast till the time #lokpal Bill is passed in this session of Parliament: Anna Hazare

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Ethiopian Tsegay wins ADHM 2013 with new course record; Florence is women’s champion

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New Delhi, December 15, 2013:

Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay demolished a highly competitive men’s elite athlete field and also set a new Course Record to win the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on Sunday.

Tsegay stopped the clock at 59.12 minutes to lower by 3 seconds the course record of 59.15, set by countryman Deriba Merga in 2008. He was followed home by Kenyans Geoffrey Kipsang in 59.30 and Wilson Kiprop (59.49). Kipsang, the fastest athlete of 2013 (58.54) was coping with the loss of his 17-year-old brother Elais, who passed away on Friday and did wonderfully to overcome his grief and run a brave race, but was thwarted in his bid to win the race as a tribute to his brother by a strong running Tsegay.

The women’s race, also chasing a course record, failed in its bid due to a slow start, but picked up in the later stages and was won by Kenyan Florence Kiplagat in 68 minutes. Florence, the 2103 Berlin Marathon winner, led a Kenyan clean sweep, with Gladys Cherono finishing second in 68.03 and Lucy Kabuu taking third place in 68.10.

The men’s and women’s winners were richer by USD 25,000.

The Indian category was won by G Lakshmanan and Preeja Sreedharan among the men and women respectively. Lakshmanan, representing the Army, finished in 64.44, followed home by Kheta Ram in 64.49 and Ratti Ram Saini in 64.51. Lakshmanan, finished 15th overall, with Kheta Ram (16th) and Ratti Ram (17th).

Preeja, who has been training at high altitude in Munnar, Kerala, clocked 80.04, followed home by Kavita Raut (80.06) and Lalita Babbar (80.09). The winners took home Rs 2. 5 lakhs each.

A total of 31,000 plus runners participated in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2103, which offered total prize money of USD 210,000.

The men’s race  began at a fast clip and was taken through the first 12 kms below the course record pace of 2.48 mins per km by pacers Vincent Rono and Timothy Kiptoo. After the pacemakers dropped out around the 12km mark, the pace fell a bit as the leaders assessed each other, before Atsedu took control of the race. The lead bunch of Atsedu, Kipsang, Kiprop and Kipkemoi were still running strongly and together, before Atsedu ran the 16th km in 2.45 to open up the lead. Both Kipsang and Kiprop pushed hard to keep up with Atsedu till the 18th km, who kept his foot on the pedal and gradually pulled away to win convincingly.

Defending champion Edwin Kipyego finished a disappointing eighth.

Atsedu, the fastest athlete of 2012, had a poor run at this event last year, finishing 20th and suffering an ankle injury, that kept him out of competition for nearly a year. On Sunday he proved that he is back to his top form.

“I am happy to win the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon as I did not run for nearly a year because of an ankle injury. This is only my second race post the injury and am happy with my performance. I paced till 12 km and at 15 km I realized that I have a huge lead and will win the event. The climate was extremely cold so initially it was a little difficult to adjust to the conditions,” said Tsegay.

“This was a tough time for me, as I lost my younger brother two days ago. I was heartbroken, but I decided to stay and compete. I am happy with my performance and I would like to dedicate this race to my younger. While running, I only kept telling myself that I need to run and finish this race for my brother, “said Geoffrey Kipsang.

The elite women had a slow start as they did not keep pace with pacer Alice Kimutai, but picked up the speed and went through the 5km mark at 17.10, much behind course record pace. The next 5 kms were faster and the 10km mark was passed through in 33.17, at which point pacer Kimutai dropped out. It was a bunch of 6 women that went into the lead, among them Lucy Kabuu, Florence Kiplagat, Meseret Hailu, Gladys Cherono and Wude Ayalew. Florence further pushed the pace to take the group through 15km in 49.12 before Meseret dropped back at the 16km mark. The next three kms were run at a fast pace at an average of 3 mins per km and by the 18km mark Florence had opened up a lead of around 100m. Kabuu flagged a bit at this juncture but Gladys kept running powerfully to whittle down the lead, however, she could not catch up with a fast finishing Florence.

Indian men’s winner G Lakshmanan was content to remain behind leader V L Dangi for a major part of the race, before breaking away in the last two kms to win.

“It’s a good feeling to win, especially since I do not really prepare for long distance event. I only prepare for 5 km, 10 km and Asian track events. The weather conditions here were similar to our training camp in Bangalore and that really helped me. I had not expected to win with such good timing and I finished almost two minutes faster than the time I had set in mind,” said Lakshmanan.

The Indian women’s race was a very slow one, with the leading athletes content to bid their time. Preeja broke away in the last km to lead a sprint finish ahead of Kavita.

“I am very excited and happy to win the Airtel Delhi Half marathon. This is the first time I am participating in this event and the conditions here were the same as our camp in Munnar. I think, that was an advantage for me,” said Preeja.

As usual the race witnessed the participation of a large number of enthusiasts and celebrities, among them Anil Ambani, N Chandrasekharan (CEO & MD, TCS), and Rahul Bose. A host of dignitaries including event ambassador Donovan Bailey, besides Bipasha Basu, Gulshan Grover, Rakesh Mittal (Vice Chiarman and MD, Bharti Enterprises Ltd.), Ajay Puri (Director Market Operations, Bharti Airtel), were present to cheer on the participants.

Following are the results:

Overall  Athlete Men

Atsedu Tsegay (ETH) 00:59:12 (NCR); Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN) 00:59:30;Wilson Kiprop (KEN) 00:59:49; Kenneth Kipkemoi (KEN) 00:59:55; Nicholas Kipkemboi (KEN) 01:00:24; Philemon Rono (KEN) 01:01:07; Gladwin Mzazi (RSA) 01.:01:12; Edwin Kipyego (KEN) 01:01:21; Leonard Korir (KEN) 01:01:25; Richard Mengich (KEN) 01:01:27.

Overall  Athlete Women:

Florence Kiplagat (KEN) 01:08:00; Gladys Cherono (KEN) 01:08:03; Lucy Kabuu (KEN) 01:08:10; Meseret Hailu (ETH) 01:09:05; Wude Ayalew (ETH) 01:09:21; Emily Chebet (KEN) 01:09:22; Alice Kimutai (KEN) 01:10:09; Yebrgual Melese (ETH) 01:11:59; Lineth Chepkurui (KEN) 01:12:01; Paskalia Kipkoech (KEN) 01:12:02.

Overall Indian Athlete Men:

G Laxmanan (IND) 01:04:44 (Overall 15th); Kheta Ram (IND) 01:04:49 (Overall 16th); Rattiram Saini (IND) 01:04:51 (Overall 17th); V L Dangi (IND) 01:04:53 (Overall 18th); Indrajeet Patel (IND) 01:06:04 (Overall 19th); Rahul Kumar Pal (IND) 01:06:17 (Overall 20th); Mukesh Rawat (IND) 01:06:39; Baliappa A B (IND) 01:06:47; Rajesh Thankachan (IND) 01:08:34; Ajay Kumar Patel (IND) 01:09:45.

Overall Indian Athlete Women:

Preeja Sreedharan (IND) 01:20:04 (Overall 15th); Kavita Raut (IND) 01:20:06 (Overall 16th); Lalita Babbar (IND) 01:20:09 (Overall 17th); Sudha Singh (IND) 01:20:20 (Overall 18th); Ritu Pal (IND) 01:20:44 (Overall 19th); Manisha Salunkhe (IND) 01:20:57 (Overall 20th); Swati Gadhwe (IND) 01:21:09; Rohini Raut (IND) 01:21:55; Ranjana Kumari (IND) 01:27:01; Neetu (IND) 01:29:39.

 

Men: (35 to u-40 yrs)

Basant Pradhan 01:22:27; Mogon Kherkatary 01:22:30; Rabindra Sirka 01:22:30.

Women: (35 to u-40 yrs)

Jayanti Thapliyal 01:36:24; Lalita Madhwal 01:38:44; Shobha Desai 01:39:07.

Men: (40 to u-45 yrs)   

Dan Lowson  (UK) 01:14:28; Raman Nanda 01:20:22; Bhupender Singh 01:21:21.

Women: (40 to u-45 yrs)   

Aurea Muller Dias 01:39:40; Vaishali Kasture 01:43:36; Shubha Bhargava 01:46:26.

Men: (45 to u-50 yrs)   

Dinesh Kumar 01:22:32; Shiva Nanda Shetty 01:23:25; Mukesh Rana 01:24:45.

Women: (45 to u-50 yrs)   

Roshini Bakshi 01:57:56; Meena Vankawala 01:59:43; Kiran Chulani 01:59:43.

Men: (50 to u-55 yrs) 

Gary Hester (SWE) 01:18:41; Ashok Nath 01:24:26; Naresh Chand 01:34:59.

Women: (50 to u-55 yrs) 

Asha Aggarwal 01:54:02; Young Yub Kim 02:00:53; Yukiko Yamamoto 02:02:56.

Men: (55 to u-60 yrs) 

Sabhajeet Yadav 01:28:16; Ramdev Yadav 01:39:08; Ajaib Singh 01:39:46.

Men: (60 to u-65 yrs) 

Bhasker Desai 01:40:45; Ashok Joshi 01:40:49; Subhash Chand Khatri 01:44:30.

Women: (60 to u-65 yrs) 

Mala Honnatti 02:06:10

Men: (65 years and above) 

Yudhavir Singh 01:51:06; Virendra Singh Rawat 01:53:22; Mahadev Samjiskar 01:59:38.

DHL Corporate Challenge Winners:

1st CASV GROUP INDIA PVT. LTD.-05:06:19.

2nd   FREE SCALE SEMICONDUCTOR INDIA PVT. LTD. A-05:30:16.

3rd GENEX LOGISOLUTIONS PVT. LTD.-05:33:41.

Kingfisher Ishtyle Wale Winner:

1st (Theme) Queen Mosquito-Amarjeet R Bains ( Individual)

2nd (Theme) Inflation-Pooja Malhotra (Individual)

3rd (Theme) Prakurti-Tamanna Oberoi-(Individual)

Kingfisher Sensation Squad Winner: 

1st (Theme) Nirbhaya Damini-The Sovereign School

2nd (theme) Child Labour-Maharaj Darshandas Charitable Trust

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World’s best to run in Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2013

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New Delhi, 14th December 2013: The world’s finest distance runners will take center stage on the grand platform that has been set up for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, the world’s most prestigious half marathon, which will be flagged off from the iconic J N Stadium on Sunday.

Keeping them company will be India’s best long distance athletes as well as 31,000 plus participants, competing in the different categories on race day.

Weather predictions for Sunday’s race are good with temperatures expected to range between 8 and 12 degrees during the race. In the men’s elite race, 18 international men will be paced by Timothy Kiptoo and Vincent Rono through around 12kms in 59.00 minutes pace, en route to attack the current Course Record of 59.15. It is expected to be a tight and competitive race amongst some of the key figures, including 2013 World Leader Geoffrey Kipsang (58.54), 2012 World Leader Atsedu Tsegay (58.47) and 2012 ADHM Champion Edwin Kipyego. Some dark horses in the packed elite field are 2013 Bangalore 10km Champion Alex Oloitiptip and 2012 Seven Hills Race champion Nicholas Kipkemboi.

The women’s elite field is not to be underestimated either. Having defending Champion Wude Ayalew, 2013 World Leader Lucy Kabuu (66.09), 2012 World Half Marathon Champion Meseret Hailu, 2013 Berlin Marathon Champion Florence Kiplagat and Silver Medalist of the 2013 World Championships 10,000m Gladys Cherono competing for high honours, it is also expected to be close race. The outsider on the women’s side is double World Cross Champion Emily Chebet.

The Indian men’s race is also expected to be a close race with no clear favourite, though defending champion Rahul Kumar Pal and his teammates from the Army, Kheta Ram V L Dangi, G Lakshmanan and Irappa D Akki, are expected to hold sway over the field. In good form is also Indrajeet Patel of ONGC and Rati Ram Saini of Railways, who are also a part of the Indian camp.

The Indian women’s race will see a fight between the big three of Indian distance running, defending champion Sudha Singh, Preeja Sredharan and Kavita Raut. Former winner Lalita Babbar and Manisha Salunkhe can be expected to chase the lead pack closely.

Sudha Singh said, “I have been practicing for the last month at our national training camp in Bangalore and I have been working hard for the Commonwealth and Asian games. This time too, I will try my best to come in the top 3.”

Preeja Sreedharan stated, “This is my first time in Delhi, and I have been training hard at our camp in Munnar. This event will serve as a good practise race for me as I prepare for the Commonwealth and Asian Games.”

The Half Marathon for Elite men will start at 7.20 am, followed by the Half Marathon for Elite women at 7.25 am. The DHL Corporate Champions race will be flagged off at 7.30 am, followed by the various timed categories in the Open Half Marathon, which will be flagged off between 7.40 am and 8.00 am. These will be followed by the Champions With Disability at 8.10 am, the Senior Citizens’ Run at 8.20 am and the Great Delhi Run at 9.30 am.

As part of the distance running tradition, promoters Procam International organised the ‘Pasta with Pundit’s. The event witnessed a live pasta cook-out involving event ambassador Donovan Bailey, the face of the event Bipasha Basu, Milkha Singh, Rahul Bose, Frank Schloder – Director Marketing, BMW, Meena Bhatia of Le Meridien, Mukul Chowdhury, Director General, NADA, Anil & Vivek Singh from Promoters, Procam International as they wore their toque’s and experimented their culinary skills.

The race day will also see in action different personalities from India Inc. and Bollywood.

Representing India Inc, will be the country’s top honchos and running enthusiast Anil Ambani, Gopal Vittal and N Chandrasekaran.

The Bollywood fraternity would be represented by Bipsha Basu, Face of the event along with Rahul Bose, Manisha Koirala, Mahima Choudhury and Gulshan Grover among others.

Race Day proceedings will be telecast live on Star Sports 4, the Channel Partner from 7.00 am to 10.00 am with a simulcast on DD Sports, the Broadcast Partner.

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Blind Runners to Participate Airtel Delhi Half Marathon

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George Abraham (From Delhi) – 09810934040
Gulab Bhandari - 0945651519Blind Runners to Participate Airtel Delhi Half Marathon


George Abraham is from Delhi. This is the second year that George will be participating in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. After completing the 21km run in 2010, George is back this year to raise funds for his organization “Score Foundation” which works towards giving a new vision of life to the blind. He is a communicator by profession and is actively involved in the production of the popular serial on Doordarshan “Nazar Ya Nazariyan”. George’s wife has also participated in the Marathon in 2010 and 2011 while his 2 kids have been his pillars of support during the run.Gulab Singh Bhandari is from Dehradun, Uttarakhand. He will be running Airtel Delhi Half Marathon this year with his nephew. He has been participating in the Delhi Marathon since 2010. This year he took part in the local run that was held in Dehradun alongwith his daughter who helped him complete the race. The reason behind running the Marathon was so that society gave respect to people like him and he was eagerly looking forward to many more such opportunities to prove that he was perfect just like others in every way.

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Kejriwal –15 Points Are AAP Responsibility, 13 Ten Days Job

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December14, 2013Forming and Running the government is AAP responsibility – 15 Points
are entirely AAP responsibility – 13 can be implemented in 10 days.
Power, Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture,
Manufacturing, Technologies are all under AAP Control. All bold black
points are AAP responsibility.

http://www.aamaadmiparty.org/sites/default/files/Letter%20to%20Rajnath%20Singh.pdf
Here I am giving point wise response to all.

1.  Supreme Court had already BANNED Red Lights use.

2.  Janlokpal is already under implementation.

3.  Aam Admi Party is already in a position to form government.
Already Implemented.

4.  Full State status needs Parliament Legislation.

5.  Discom Audit Can be ordered within 10 days.

6.  Fast Meter can be Tested – Not a Problem – Implementable in 10 days.

7.  Water related issues can be implemented in ten days.

8 & 9.  These Require Capita Investment.

10.  This can be implemented in 10 Days – Companies Draw Full Wages
but hire low wage staff.

11.  AAP can increase ST on products imported in to Delhi.

12.  FDI is Legal Issue – Companies already licensed can’t be removed
easily. E-Commerce is BOOMING – soon there shall be BIG Change in
RETAIL business.

13.  AAP can easily provide more SUPPORT to Delhi Farmers, Green
Houses, Drip Irrigation etc.

14.  AAP can RESTRICT Private School Enrolment to within 1-2 kilometers.

15.  AAP may restrict OUTSTATION Patients. Assist states to open
Hospitals in and around NCT regions.

16.  Women Security – Install 5 CCTV in every RWA and opposite Bus
Stops & Metro Stations.

17.  AAP can constitute 25 New E-Consumer Courts in 10 Days.

18.  Assistance from Center is available through Hundreds of Schemes –
few need Legislation.

Ravinder Singh*
Inventor & Consultant
New Delhi 110016
Progressindia008@yahoo.com
*Ravinder Singh is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing,
Technologies and Projects.

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Akbar’s Choodiwala Look …

Akbar dresses up in disguise, stand ups  against child-marriage in Jodha-Akbar…

 

Fighting for the cause of child-marriage, this week in Jodha-Akbar, viewers will see Akbar in a completely new and different look on the show. Going against all odds to help save a 14 year old girl from being forced into child marriage, Akbar will dress in disguise as a choodiwala in order to get to the root of the matter.

Understanding that a 14 year old girl from his kingdom is about to get married to a man double her age, Akbar along with some help from Jodha takes up the cause of putting an end to the regressive tradition of child marriage in his kingdom. In order to investigate who the man is, Akbar dresses up as a choodiwala so as to not to be recognized by the henchmen of his kingdom. In his attempt to unearth the truth behind this child marriage, Akbar discovers that it is none other than his evil step-brother Adham Khan who has forced the marriage upon the poor girl by offering her greedy father the lure of riches.

Donning a completely different look for the sequence, actor Rajat Tokas as the ‘choodiwala’ is a stark departure from his usual look of Emperor Akbar. Wearing a long robe and sporting a scraggly beard, Rajat looks quite convincing as a Mughalchoodiwala.

About this special sequence, Rajat said, “I had no idea what a choodiwala back in the Mughal era looked like until I donned this unique look … I quite enjoyed getting into this character as it was quite different in terms of get-up, body language, demeanor and style of dialogue delivery … It is intriguing that an emperor should go to such great lengths to get to the bottom of a serious issue and take a strong stand against malpractices in his kingdom. The subject of child marriage is a very interesting track on the show and has captivated the audience attention.”

Akbar will be joined by Jodha to fight the cause and eradicate child marriage from his kingdom. Will Akbar’s strong stand against Adham Khan and child marriage irk mother Mahamanga and evoke her to act against him?

Do not miss Jodha-Akbar, Every Monday – Friday, from 8 – 8:30 PM, Only on Zee TV!

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All of you who come to visit Zagreb do not miss the opportunity to climb the Zagreb Eye observation deck. Not only has it been ranked number one tourist attraction in town but it also offers various entertainment events for all generations.

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Dance matlab Boogie Woogie…

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Dance matlab Boogie Woogie…

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INDIA’S ORIGINAL DANCE SHOW IS BACK!

Starts December 7th every Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 pm

On Sony Entertainment Television

Mumbai, 2nd December 2013: It’s time to bring back the fun, the entertainment and the humour into dancing, as Sony Entertainment Television is all set to create a fresh legacy of dance, with the return of India’s original dance show, Boogie Woogie. The show that had cast a spell on viewers across the country, is back to sweep you off your feet! The new season startingDecember 7, 2013 will redefine your weekends as some of the most talented young dancers from across the country compete for the title of Boogie Woogie Kids Champion. 3 celebrated judges, 2 entertaining hosts and 16 dancing sensations will step on the dance floor, with only one mission – to provide the best entertainment to the entire country for the next 16 weeks. Selected from all corners of the country, this season’s participants will feature kids between the ages of 6 – 14, who will showcase natural, trained & innate talent and their unique prowess that will leave you spellbound. Their fun, masti and magic on the floor will liven up your spirits and put a smile on your face.

Produced by R&N Productions, Boogie Woogie Kids Championship’s brand new season will once again mark the return of the hilarious trio of Jaaved Jaaferi along with Naved Jafri and Ravi Behl who will be reprising their roles as judges. The banter between these three judges will once again make you roll

on the floor with laughter. Also, for the first time in the history of the show, Boogie Woogie will not have one, but two hosts! Vivacious Sargun Mehta along with the cute 12 year old, Rakshit Wahi, of Parvarrish fame will anchor the show which will add a fresh layer of spunk and zest to the show.

After a nationwide hunt, the top 16 Boogie Woogie contestants are, the lovable and notorious 8 year old Preetjot Singh of Ranchi, hip-hop and B-boying dancer Mohammed Mumtaz of Delhi,Bharatnatyam dancer Abhishek Sinha of Jamshedpur, robotics dancer Aryan Patra of Ranchi,lyrical hip-hop dancer Urgen Tenzing Lama of Darjeeling, jazz and belly dancer Sneha Chauhan of Baroda, freestyle, hip-hop and ballet dancer Bebechana Gurung of Kursheong, Odissi and semi-classical dancer Chirasmita Rout of Balasore, contemporary and salsa dancer Smrity Panda of Rourkela, hip-hop and contemporary dancer crumping and B-boying dancer Harmi Darshan Patel of Navsari, bollywood and contemporary dancer Sachin Sharma of Faridabad, gymnastics and aerial dance expert Raini Patel of Navsari, locking and popping expert Tanya Bhushan of Ahmedabad, kathak and contemporary dancer Priyanka Tapadar of Asansol, contemporary and break dancer Ayush Singh of Howrah and salsa and folk dancer Sagar Mishra of Mathura.

 

Ms. Sneha Rajani, Senior EVP and Business Head, Sony Entertainment Television said, “We are delighted to present Boogie Woogie Kids Championship which will be launched at the 8.30-10 PM weekend slot. The show that has been the genesis for all dance reality shows in India is back with a fresh format. This season promises to be bigger and better as we present an eclectic mix of 16 electrifying dancers whose sole aim will be entertaining our viewers with their outstanding performances. We assure you a season of wholesome fun and entertainment.”

The show this season will have a bigger and glitzier set for the dancing stars of tomorrow to showcase their prowess. Scoring and elimination will be basis the judges scores (no public voting) and for the very first time judges scores will be shown to the public. The winner stands to win prize money of Rs.10 Lakhs and the coveted Boogie Woogie Kids Champion trophy.

Boogie Woogie premieres on 7th December, 2013 every Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television!

 

 

 

 

 

About Sony Entertainment Television:

Sony Entertainment Television (SET), one of India’s leading Hindi general entertainment television channels is a part of Sony Pictures Television (SPT) backs Multi Screen Media Private Limited, which is India’s leading television network.  Since its launch in October 1995, SET has created a unique space for itself in the Indian Television industry. Pioneering new waves in television programming, with blockbuster movie premieres, big format non – fiction shows and an impressive array of fiction shows like Indian Idol, Kaun Banega Crorepati, Entertainment ke liye Kuch Bhi Karega, Bade Acche Lagte Hain, Kuch to Log Kahenge, Parvarrish, Maharana Pratap, CID and Crime Patrol.

SET is known for its innovative concepts and exciting formats and is the most preferred family entertainment channel which has been providing strong platforms for more than 700 brands to reach over 50 million households in India. In addition, Sony Entertainment Television is also available in the US, UK, Africa, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji Islands and Seychelles. In total, SET influences over 300 million viewers in the Indian sub-continent, and the South Asian Diaspora worldwide.

Sony Entertainment Television is a part of   the network of channels distributed by The One Alliance – a joint venture between Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd. and Discovery Communications India. Other channels in the One Alliance network include SAB, MAX, PIX, MIX, SIX, AXN, Animax, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, DISCOVERY CHANNEL TAMIL, Discovery kids, AATH, Aaj tak, Headlines Today, Tez, Neo Sports, Neo Prime, TIMES NOW, MOVIES NOW, ET NOW, Zoom, SET HD, SIX HD AND DISCOVERY HD WORLD

For Further Information, please contact:

 

Sony Entertainment Television

Geetanjali Lahiri

geetanjalil@setindia.com

+91 9769503652

Uma Sandeep

umas@setindia.com

+91 9004921044

 

IPAN H+K Strategies

Anjita Chaube

anjita.chaube@hkstrategies.com

+ 91 9819033376

Ayan Dutta

ayan.dutta@hkstrategies.com

+ 91 9930929699

Krapika Singh Jat

krapika.jat@hkstrategies.com

+ 91 9167711160


Avantika Asthana

Management Associate

avantika.asthana@hkstrategies.com

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October core infra grows at (-) 0.6%

The core infrastructure grows to (-) 0.6% (Y-O-Y) in October 2013 as compared to 8% (Y-O-Y) in September 2013. The combined index of Eight Core Industries stands at 155.2 in October, 2013 with a growth rate of (-) 0.6% as compared to 7.8% in October 2012. Crude oil and Natural gas registered a growth rate of (-) 0.8% and (-) 13.6% respectively in the month of October 2013.

 

   Sector wise trend in monthly production                                         (% growth)

Sector

Weight in IIP

Oct’13

Sep’13

Crude Oil

5.22

(-) 0.8

0.6

Natural Gas

1.71

(-) 13.6

(-)14.1

Petroleum Refinery Products

5.94

(-) 4.8

8.0

Coal

4.38

(-) 3.9

12.5

Fertilizer

1.25

4.1

5.3

Electricity

10.32

1.3

12.6

Cement

2.41

1.0

11.5

Steel

6.68

3.5

6.6

Overall

37.90

(-) 0.6

8.0

Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from the office of the economic advisor to the Govt. of India

 

In cumulative terms core infrastructure industries registered a growth of 2.6% during Apr-Oct 2013-14 as against 6.8% during the corresponding period of previous year.

 

    Sector wise trend in production                                                                                 (% growth)  

Sector

Weight

Apr-Oct 2013-14

Apr-Oct 2012-2013

Crude Oil

5.22

(-)1.2

(-)0.7

Natural Gas

1.71

(-)16.1

(-)12.8

Petroleum Refinery Products

5.94

3.7

29.7

Coal

4.38

1.3

9.7

Fertilizer

1.25

2.7

(-)4.5

Electricity

10.32

4.8

4.9

Cement

2.41

4.0

8.8

Steel

6.68

4.4

1.4

Overall

37.90

2.6

6.8


Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from the office of the economic advisor to the Govt. of India

 

Electricity generation grew by 4.8% during Apr–Oct 2013-14 as against 4.9% growth during Apr–Oct 2012-13, while steel production grew by 4.4% during Apr–Oct 2013-14 as against 1.4% during Apr-Oct 2012-13. The production in crude oil grew by (-) 1.2% during Apr–Oct 2013-14 as compared to its growth at (-) 0.7% during Apr–Oct 2012-13, whereas petroleum refinery production registered a growth of 3.7% during Apr–Oct 2013-14 as compared to 29.7% during Apr–Oct 2012-13. Fertilizer production grew by 2.7% during Apr–Oct 2013-14 compared to its growth at (-) 4.5% during Apr–Oct 2012-13 and cement production grew by 4% during Apr–Oct 2013-14 compared to its growth at 8.8% during Apr–Oct 2012-13.

 Trend in growth of steel, cement, electricity, coal and overall                                                (%)

 Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from the office of the economic advisor to the Govt. of India

Warm regards,

Dr. S P Sharma

Chief Economist

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Swati RamanathanofJanaagrahato be honoured as a‘Civic Innovator’

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Swati RamanathanofJanaagrahato be honoured as a‘Civic Innovator’ by National Democratic Institute in Washington DC

Washington, Dec 3:  Ms Swati Ramanathan, co-founder Janaagraha is being honoured as a ‘Civic Innovator’ by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Washington DC,for her innovations in using technology, internet and social media to hold governments accountable,give citizens a voice and improve democratic governance.

At the dinner, and as a special honour, Swati Ramanathan, along with four other awardees, will take part in a panel discussion about how technology can increase citizen participation and help governments respond to citizens.

The awards will be presented at NDI’s 2013 Democracy dinner on Dec. 10 in Washington, D.C.

Among the leading civic Innovators to be awarded at the event include, Jared Cohen – Google Ideas, Jennifer Pahlka – co founder, Code for America, Rufus Pollock-  Open Knowledge Foundation , Tom Steinberg – Open Government Partnership,   Ellen Miller – Sunlight Foundation and Toomas Hendrik Ilves, The President of Estonia.

Jack Dorsey, chairman and founder of Twitter will deliver the keynote address while Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the United Nations will deliver the keynote remarks at the dinner event.

These civic innovators are using technology to crowdsourceideas for new legislation, increase government transparency, connect citizens and support freedom of information online.

NDI will presentits Democracy Award to the ‘Civic Innovator’ in recognition of an emerging class of creative andentrepreneurial individuals who are using technology to help advance and improve democracy in thedigital age.

The National Democratic Institute is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization based in the US, working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

For more details:

Contact: Kathy Gest, 202-728-5535, kgest@ndi.org

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Power Grid Corporation’s FPO opens December 3

Price band fixed between Rs 85 and Rs 90 per Equity Share

New Delhi, December 03, 2013: Navratna PSU Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID or Company), the country’s central transmission utility, is proposing a further public offer of 787,053,309 equity shares of face value of Rs 10 each (the “Equity Shares”) (the “Offer”).

The Offer will open on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013. The Offer will close on Thursday, 5thDecember 2013 for QIB Bidders and on Friday, 6th December 2013 for all other Bidders.

The Offer comprises a fresh issue of 601,864,295 Equity Shares by the Company and an offer for sale of 185,189,014 Equity Shares by the President of India, acting through the Ministry of Power, Government of India. The Offer comprises a net offer to the public of 784,053,309 Equity Shares (the “Net Offer”) and a reservation of 3,000,000 Equity Shares for subscription by Eligible Employees (the “Employee Reservation Portion”). The Offer would constitute 15.04% of the post offer paid-up equity capital of the Company and the Net Offer would constitute 14.99% of the post offer paid-up equity capital of the Company.

The Price Band has been fixed between Rs 85 and Rs 90 per Equity Share. The minimum bid lot has been fixed at 150 Equity Shares and in multiples of 150 Equity Shares thereafter. A discount of Rs 4.50 on the Offer Price is being offered to the Retail Individual Investors and the Eligible Employees bidding in the Employee Reservation Portion.

 

Mr R. N. Nayak, Chairman and Managing Director of POWERGRID said: “Power Grid Corporation of India Limited intends to utilize the net proceeds of the offer to meet the capital requirements for the implementation of certain identified transmission projects and general corporate purpose.”

SBI Capital Markets Limited, Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited, ICICI Securities Limited, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited and UBS Securities India Private Limited have been appointed as the book running lead managers to the Offer. Karvy Computershare Private Limited is the registrar to the Offer.

The Equity Shares offered pursuant to this Offer are proposed to be listed on the BSE Limited and the National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE). NSE is the Designated Stock Exchange for the Offer.

 

 

 

Disclaimer clause of the NSE (The Designated Stock Exchange): “It is to be distinctly understood that the permission given by NSE should not in any way be deemed or construed that the Offer Document has been cleared or approved by NSE nor does it certify the correctness or completeness of any of the contents of the Offer Document. The investors are advised to refer to the Offer Document for the full text of the Disclaimer Clause of NSE.”

 

Disclaimer clause of the BSE: “It is to be distinctly understood that the permission given by BSE Limited should not in any way be deemed or construed that the Red Herring Prospectus has been cleared or approved by BSE Limited nor does it certify the correctness or completeness of any of the contents of the Red Herring Prospectus. The investors are advised to refer to the Red Herring Prospectus for the full text of the Disclaimer Clause of BSE Limited.”

 

Disclaimer: Power Grid Corporation of India Limited is proposing, subject to receipt of requisite approvals, market conditions and other considerations, to make a further public offering of its equity shares and has filed a Red Herring Prospectus with the Registrar of Companies, National Capital Territory of Delhi and Haryana, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”), the National Stock Exchange of India Limited and the BSE Limited. The Red Herring Prospectus is available on the website of the SEBI and the websites of SBI Capital Markets Limited, Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited, ICICI Securities Limited, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited and UBS Securities India Private Limited, the BRLMs. Any potential investors should note that investment in equity shares involves a high degree of risk. For details, potential investors should refer to the Red Herring Prospectus which has been filed with the Registrar of Companies, National Capital Territory of Delhi and Haryana, including the section titled “Risk Factors”.

 

The Equity Shares have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act (“Regulation S”)) except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. The Equity Shares are being offered and sold (i) in the United States only to U.S. persons that are “qualified institutional buyers” (as defined in Rule 144A under the U.S. Securities Act (“Rule 144A”), in reliance on the exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act provided by Rule 144A or other available exemption  and (ii) outside the United States in offshore transactions in reliance on Regulation S. No public offering of securities is contemplated in the United States or any other jurisdiction outside India.

 

For More Details:

Concept Public Relations

Ranjan Pathak /Animesh Biswas

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GLOBAL ECONOMIC MONITOR

November 2013

 

The global economy is expected to continue expanding at a moderate pace over the coming two years as GDP growth in the world economy will grow at 2.7% in 2013 and accelerate to 3.6% in 2014, according to the OECD Economic Outlook. The OECD countries are projected to accelerate from 1.2% in 2013 to 2.3% in 2014 though there is a risk that tapering of asset purchases by the US Federal Reserve could bring a renewed bout of instability.

The pace of the global recovery is weaker than forecast last May, largely as a result of the worsened outlook for some emerging economies. Growth in the United States is projected at a 2.9% rate in 2014 and a 3.4% rate in 2015. In Japan , GDP is expected to drop to a 1.5% growth rate in 2014 and a 1% rate in 2015. The euro area is expected to witness a gradual recovery, with growth of 1% in 2014 and 1.6% in 2015.

Growth has begun picking up in China but will remain weaker than previously projected in most other major emerging market economies. A group of emerging OECD member countries such as Chile , Turkey , Mexico , Korea and Israel will continue out-pacing growth in other advanced economies.

On the manufacturing front, the rising output with increased retail sales suggests Europe ’s recovery from recession is broad based and self-sustaining though the business activity slowed in the European Union in October. Japan ’s industrial output increased in October while manufacturing sector grew at the fastest pace in China .

Merchandise trade tended to show diverging patterns among various nations in third quarter in 2013 as Euro Area, G7 and BRICS nations witnessed an increase in merchandise trade. However, China ’s merchandise trade surplus declined in the third quarter.

Unemployment situation remained stable in OECD countries though it tended to remain high in Euro Zone. Unemployment rate remained stable in Canada while it increased in the USA . Unemployment rate for the EU countries is forecasted to remain high through 2014.

To tackle the slump in inflation, European Central Bank reduced the interest to record low while China unveiled new set of reforms to stimulate growth of the economy.

In light of the above scenario, it is essential to have clear and credible strategies for creating jobs, restoring public finances and fueling growth in the economies which will require a strong commitment to structural reforms in advanced as well as emerging economies.

GEM for the month of November 2013 is attached.

We welcome your suggestions and comments for the same.

Warm regards,

Dr. S P Sharma

Chief Economist

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Europe’s definitive urban rail event
Dear N.K,

Urban rail operators and their partners are coming to London, 1-2nd April 2014, to be a part of the 10th annual MetroRail Congress and its other affiliated events.
Here are 5 great reasons why we think you should join them:
  • Explore the future of urban transit in 50 years time, with a visit to the 2014 Innovation Lab research projects
  • Hear best-practice on upgrading existing networks, from RATP, TfL and Metrolink Manchester
  • Understand how to manage new large-scale projects, with insight from Crossrail, TTC and HART
  • Source the most exciting new technologies and how to use them, with round table debates from Siemens, Alstom, Bombardier and Hitachi Rail
  • Get behind the scenes at some of London’s most interesting PT sites, including the St Pancras redevelopment and Victoria Control Centre
This is just a taste of what’s on offer in 2014! To get the full picture have a look at the event brochure.
I hope you’ll join us for what promises to be the most interesting, informative and interactive MetroRail yet.
Best regards,
Daniel Boyle
Conference Director
MetroRail 2014
t/ +44 (0)20 7092 1237
PS. To secure the best rates make sure you book early. Details can be found here. 

Day 20: Coca-Cola Cricket Cup U-16 Inter-School Tournament, Delhi


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Day 20: Coca-Cola Cricket Cup U-16 Inter-School Tournament, Delhi-leg

 

Muzzammil, Faizal AliⳠ50s Steer Jamia School to Next Round; SandeepⳠ70 Go In Vain for Hansraj Smarak School

 

New Delhi, 2nd December 2013: Muzzammil and Faizal AliⳠmarvellous half-centuries helped Jamia Senior Secondary School, Jamia Nagar thrash Titiksha Public School, Rohini Sector 11 by 68 runs in Group E Round 2 match of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup under-16 inter-school tournament, played at Police Line ground today.

 

Titiksha Public School won the toss and opted to field. Bowlers Shagandeep Singh and Prateek Beniwal rattled the opponents with their lethal three-wicket hauls. However, Jamia Sr. Sec. SchoolⳠMuzzammil and Faizal Ali built a solid partnership and scored runs all over the ground. They both smashed half-centuries and took their teamⳠscore to respectable 190 runs for nine wickets in 30 overs.

 

While chasing, Titiksha Public School managed to score 122 runs for seven wickets. Hitanshu led the batting line-up with his 40-run knock, but other batsmen failed to build solid partnerships with him, which led to their teamⳠdefeat. All-rounder Shagandeep gave some support with his 28-run knock.

 

Muzzammil was adjudged Man-of-the Match for his 53-run knock in 40 overs.

Brief Scores

 

JSSS-JN: 190 for 9 wkts in 30 overs (Muzzammil 53, Faizal Ali 51; Shagandeep Singh 3/31, Prateek Beniwal 3/42).

 

TPS-R11: 122 for 7 wkt in 30 overs (Hitanshu 40, Shagandeep Singh 28; Anas Azam Khan 2/19).

 

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Match 2: In another league match in Group B, Vidya Jain Public School, Rohini Sector 6 defeated Hansraj Smarak Sr. Sec. School, Dilshad Garden by eight wickets, played at Vikas Puri ground today.

 

Hansraj Smarak Sr. Sec. School won the toss and elected to bat first. With the help of Sandeep SainiⳠblistering 70-run knock, they managed to score 86 runs. Sandeep smashed boundaries all over the ground in his half-century.

 

However, rest of the batsmen failed to stick on their wickets in front of deadly bowling by Akshit Grover and Aditya Kumar. Their three-wicket hauls helped Vidya Jain Public School to bundle-out the opposition in 28.3 overs.

 

Batting second, Vidya Jain achieved the target after losing two wickets only. Hemant Yadav (32 n.o.) and all-rounder Aditya (19 n.o.) led the batting line-up and won the match in 12.1 overs.

 

Sandeep was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his all-round performance (70 runs and 1/6).

 

Brief Scores

 

HSSSS-DG: 86 all out in 28.3 overs (Sandeep Saini 70; Akshit Grover 3/11, Aditya Kumar 3/9).

 

VJPS-R6: 87 for 2 wkts in 12.1 overs (Hemant Yadav 32 n.o., Aditya Kumar 19 n.o.; Sandeep Saini 1/6, Avichal 1/31).

PV Sindhu enters Macau Open semi-finals

Shuttler PV Sindhu enters Macau Open semi-finalsUpdated on : 30-11-2013 11:15 AM
A straight-game victory in the quarter-finals over Tsz Ka Chan of Hong Kong on Friday saw PV Sindhu securing herself a place in the final four of the Macau Open.

The top seed faced little trouble in dismissing Chan’s challenge with a 21-17, 21-12 win in just 29 minutes.Sindhu raced to a 4-0 lead in the opening game but saw Chan staging a comeback to lead by 17-15 at one stage.

But the Indian upped her game from that point on to win six points on the trot to take a 1-0 lead.

There was no such drama in the second game, which saw Sindhu leading 11-7 at the lemon break.

She then stretched her lead to 18-11 before wrapping the game and the match at 21-12.

OBC: BEAWARE A gang of fraudsters defrauding the innocent people

POSTED ON NOVEMBER 30, 2013

Oriental Bank of Commerce

30 Nov 2013

 

A gang of fraudsters defrauding the innocent people by releasing bogus advertisements in the newspapers, promising bank loan at lower rates of interest.  Then they contact the persons at home and inform them that the loan has been sanctioned by the bank and advise them to deposit 25% amount as margin money.  They also ask for 5 cheques of Rs 20/- each.  Later on the amount of the cheque is altered and the money is withdrawn from the banks because the cheques were originally filled with “Magic Pens,” were ink vanishes.

The gang of fraudsters has been exposed by the alertness of the staff of Oriental Bank of Commerce and active support of police. In a similar case the gangsters had got signed cheques of Rs. 20.00 each from a person, a resident of Siwan, Bihar for the purpose of finance. After some days by using one of those cheques on which magic ink was used, the fraudster had got the amount of Rs 1,20,000.00 transferred in Rampur Branch in his own account and subsequently withdrew Rs 99,500/- from OBC, Moradabad Branch. When, the fraudster tried to withdraw rest amount from B/o Punjab Nagar, a rural branch of OBC district Rampur, due to alertness of staff he could not succeed in his attempt. He fled from the scene leaving behind his  bike without number plate and a list of various customers whom he wanted to defraud and ran away from the bank.

In this regard, Sh A. K. Chhabra, Dy. General Manager (Regional Head) of Oriental Bank of commerce has said that in the whole episode the co-operation of Police has been appreciable. Sh Chhabra has further told that we have met with the Superintendent of Police, Rampur Sh Umesh Kumar Singh and thanked him for extending full co-operation for active support of Police Department. Police Superintendent Sh Umesh Kumar Singh has given assurance that very soon the mastermind of the gang will be caught. The list of customers found from the miscreant will be very helpful to trap the gang. Bank at its own level is vigilant to avoid any attempt of defraud.

Andy

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Sahara the winner of Indian open Polo championship

Sahara Warriors lifts Indian Open Polo Championship 2013

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Sahara warriors defeated top favorites Jindal Panthers with score matching  8:7 and lifted the coveted trophhy of Indian Open Polo Championship for the first time.

Abhimanyu Pathak, Dhruvpal Godara ,Manuel F Llorente and Samir Suhag team Sahara on field won hearts of their fans and bought laurels to Sahara warriors.

With  best of sponsors,  Manish Sharma the Chief of Panasonic India  the associates  organizer of the trophy  marked his presence with surprise prizes of smart phones for onlookers.

Kunal Bhasin

 
 
Digboi, Assam, November 16, 2013: Australian Kunal Bhasin fired an even-par-72 in the final round to register a two-shot victory at the IndianOil Servo Masters Golf 2013 at the Digboi Golf Links. His ended with a tournament total of 11-under-277. Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow claimed second place with a nine-under-279 total.
 
Kunal Bhasin (67-72-66-72), the overnight leader by one stroke, had a forgettable start to the day as he opened the round with bogeys on the first two holes. His tee shot on the second was plugged in the left bunker as a result of which he missed an up and down. Kunal then made a good up and down from the bunker for birdie on the ninth.
Bhasin suffered a major setback with a double-bogey on the par-3 10th. The Mumbai-based professional found the green in four shots on the 10th after a couple of poor chips. The 34-year-old however, came back strongly with birdie conversions from a distance of 10 to 20 feet on the 12th, 14thand 15th. He thus ended the day with a sedate 72 that was good enough to earn him his third title on the PGTI. Kunal has now moved up from 36th to 14th place in the 2013 Rolex Rankings.
Kunal said, クth me and Khalin started poorly to allow the others get back into the game. The 20-feet birdie putt on the 12th turned it around for me as I converted two more long birdie putts after that on the 14th and 15th. The birdie on the 12th gave me the momentum. I was quite confident of my chances from there on. My putter was hot throughout the week. All the hard work I did on improving my game this season has paid off. My confidence soared after I shot an eight-under at Panchkula two months back. That performance helped me raise my game.伯span>
Om Prakash Chouhan (70-75-66-68) climbed from overnight tied fourth to secure the runner-up position after returning a 68 that featured five birdies and a bogey.
Rashid Khan of Delhi and BangaloreⳠChikkarangappa S were in tied third place as both ended the week with matching totals of five-under-283.
Khalin Joshi of Bangalore, who was overnight second, slipped to fifth place after shooting a 78 in the final round that moved his total to four-under-284.

The Bharat Ratna

The Bharat Ratna: India’s farewell gift to Sachin Tendulkar along with Professor C N R Rao

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Press Communique

The President of India has been pleased to award the Bharat Ratna to:-

1. Shri Sachin Tendulkar

2. Prof. C.N.R. Rao

RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN, 16. Nov.2013.

Bharat Ratna for Prof CNR Rao and Sachin Tendulkar
The Government has decided to confer, the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award on eminent scientist Prof C.N.R.Rao and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.Prof. C.N.R. Rao is an eminent scientist and a well recognized international authority on solid state and materials chemistry. He has published over 1,400 research papers and 45 books. Prof. Rao`s contributions have been recognized by most major scientific academies around the world through conferment of memberships and fellowships. He has been honoured with several national and international awards.

Shri Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly an outstanding cricketer – a living legend who has inspired millions across the globe. During the last 24 years, since the young age of 16 years, Shri Tendulkar has played cricket across the world and won laurels for our country. He has been a true ambassador of India in the world of sports. His achievements in cricket are unparalleled, the records set by him unmatched, and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by him exemplary. That he has been honoured with several awards is testimony to his extraordinary brilliance as a sportsman.

Sachin gets the best of salute by public, media and cricket frenzy country, who finds his due place with his nobility,humility, when Indian cricket under great & able leaders like Pataudi, Ajit, Bedia, Sunil, Kapil,  Mohammed, Anil, Sourab, Rahul  was rising to its best and is consistently producing world class cricketers with various formats of the games to name few are Sehwag, Pujara, Virat, Yuvraj, Gambhir the double and triple toners are copy book and some contrast with their intrinsic strength  are at par with best names Ricky,Lara of two ends of the game of cricket. Perfecting the copy book shots the forte of Sachin in midst of controlled hitters from any stance is the beauty of the game where Indian great players masters with ease with Sachin as model of Indian standards.

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will be given the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, the Prime Minister’s Office has said. In a press release, the PMO said, “Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly an outstanding cricketer — a living legend who has inspired millions across the globe. He has been a true ambassador of India in the world of sports”.

Eminent Professor C N R Rao will also be awarded the Bharat Ratna.
Professor Rao “is a well recognised international authority on solid state and materials chemistry. Prof Rao’s contributions have been recognised by most major scientific academies around the world through conferment of member.

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Great fanfare for the little master who deserved the laurels not for game but for his attitude towards the game and his passion and respect for all the cricketers allover the globe tweeted and shared the moments of the master of the game.
With tearful  Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday adieu to bring the curtains down on his magnificient career by giving an emotional worded speech to thank his family, coaches, teammates, friends and fans, saying it was hard to believe that his life between “22 yards in the last 24 years” has come to end.

Roll over to  control his emotions, Tendulkar at the Wankhede,the  crowd listening with apt attention  thanks-giving speech every silvery  word  drew applause.

“Friends please settle down, I’ll get more emotional! It’s hard to believe my wonderful journey is coming to an end,” Tendulkar said immediately after his 200th and final Test which India won by an innings and 126 runs on Saturday.

Handed the microphone at the end of the presentation ceremony, the 40-year-old struggled to keep his composure as he took out a list of people to thank at the end of a remarkable journey.

“I have got a list of people to thank because sometimes I forget,” he joked.

“The first is my father (Ramesh Tendulkar), who passed away in 1999. Without his guidance I wouldn’t be standing in front of you. he said ‘chase your dreams, don’t give up, the path will be difficult.’ I miss him today,” said Tendulkar, who always looked heavenwards after every big knock in memory of his father.

Next in the list was his mother Rajni, who came to watch him for the first time in his farewell match and the other immediate family members.

“I don’t know how she managed a naughty child like me. She just prayed and prayed from the day I started playing the game. For four years I stayed with my uncle and aunt when in school, they treated me like their own son,” he said.

“My eldest brother Nitin doesn’t like to talk much but he said, ‘whatever you do, I know you will give 100 per cent’. My first cricket bat was presented to me by my sister Savita. It was a Kashmir willow. She still continues to fast while I bat,” he said.

“Ajit my brother, We have lived this dream together. He sacrificed his career for me, he took me to (Ramakant) Achrekar sir first. Even last night he called me to discuss my dismissal. Even when I’m not playing we will still be discussing technique. If that hadn’t happened, I would have been a lesser cricketer,” he added.

Tendulkar then thanked wife Anjali for being the best partner that life could have given him.

“The most beautiful thing happened to me when I met Anjali in 1990. I know that being a doctor there was a big career in front of her. When we had a family, she decided that I should continue playing and she took care of the children. Thanks for bearing with me for all the nonsense I’ve said. You are the best partnership that I had in my life,” Tendulkar said as an emotionally-overwhelmed Anjali cried in the presentation area.

Tendulkar’s two kids, son Arjun (14) and daughter Sara (16), were also present at the ceremony and Tendulkar promised them a lion’s share of his time now as reward for being patient when he missed their special days for cricket.

“The two precious diamonds of my life Sara and Arjun. I’ve missed out on several birthdays, holidays, annual days. I know for 14-16 years I’ve not spent enough time with you. But I promise you that the next 16 and the many more after that are yours,” he said.

Tendulkar also thanked his in-laws for, most importantly for letting him marry Anjali! He also did not forget to thank his friends but didn’t name anyone in particular.

“My in-laws – I’ve discussed several things with them. The most important thing they did was to allow me to marry Anjali. So, thank you for that,” he said, lightening the heavy atmosphere surrounding his farewell.

“In the last 24 years my friends have made terrific contributions. They have been with me while I was stressed. They have been with me even at 3am when I was injured. Thanks for being there for me,” he said.

Not to forget his first coach Ramakant Achrekar, who came down to the stadium for the first time to watch him in action, and the BCCI for supporting him.

“My career started when I was 11. I was extremely delighted to see Achrekar sir in the stands. I used to ride on his scooter and play two matches a day. Sir took me along to make sure I played. On a lighter note, Sir never said ‘well played’ because he didn’t want me to be complacent. You can push your luck now, Sir, since I’m not playing cricket anymore,” he joked.

“The BCCI was fantastic from my debut. Thanks to the selectors. You were right with me making sure my treatment was taken care of,” Tendulkar said.

Tendulkar also thanked his fellow cricketers and the support staff, especially the doctors and trainers.

“Thanks to all the senior cricketers who have played with me. We see on the screen Rahul (Dravid), VVS (Laxman), Sourav (Ganguly), Anil (Kumble) who is not here. All the coaches,” he said.

“I know when MS (Dhoni) presented the 200th Test cap, I had a message to the team – I said ‘we are all so proud to be representing the nation. I hope to continue to serve the nation with dignity. I have full faith that you will serve the country in the right spirit’.

“I will be failing in my duty if I didn’t thank the doctors who have kept me fit. Given the injuries I have suffered. They have treated me in odd hours,” he said.

“My dear friend the late Mark Mascarenhas. I miss him. My current management team WSG, for continuing what Mark has done. Someone who has worked closely with me for 14 years is my friend Vinay Nayudu,” he added.

“The media has backed me a lot, since my school days. Even today. Thank you. Thanks to the photographers for capturing those moments.”

In the end, Tendulkar thanked the millions of adoring fans by saying that the chants of ‘Sachin, Sachin’ that resonated in the stadiums would remain with him till the last moment of his life.

“I know my speech has become long. I want to thank people who have flown in from different parts of the world here. I want to thank my fans from the bottom of my heart. ‘Sachin, Sachin’ will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing,” he said, drawing a deafening applause from the crowd.

 Sachin Tendulkar got a memorable gift in his emotionally-charged farewell Test which lasted just about two and a half days as India crushed a hapless West Indies by an innings and 126 runs to complete a 2-0 whitewash in one of the most lopsided contests in recent history.

There was an outpouring of emotions when the moment arrived as a teary-eyed Tendulkar left the playing arena, which he dominated for 24 long years.

Amid standing ovations from his teammates as well as the fans who had thronged the stadium to see the champion for one last time, Tendulkar walked into the sunset of his glittering career.

Starting the day at 43 for three, the West Indies were skittled out for a paltry 187 in their second innings as Pragyan Ojha completed a match-haul of 10 wickets taking his second five-for.

Only seven sessions of play was possible in a Test match in which one of the most respected and celebrated cricketers in the history bid goodbye to the game in front of his home crowd and his family, many of whom watched him for the first time from the stands.

Gauging the emotional atmosphere, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, once the play was extended for 15 minutes after the fall of eighth wicket, introduced Tendulkar to roll his arms for a couple of overs amid deafening cheers from the partisan crowd.

He pitched a googly right, bowled a few loopy half volleys which were cheered by one and all.

He didn’t have much luck like the first Test but it didn’t matter as Dhoni replaced Tendulkar with his frontline spinner Ashwin, who got the ninth wicket of the West Indies innings.

Moment after the final West Indies wicket fell, the Indian cricketers converged around the ‘Man of the Moment’ and handed him a souvenir stump as they came one by one to hug him.

After that a relay ‘Guard of Honour’ was given by Dhoni and his men as Tendulkar walked out of the pitch one final time trying hard to conceal his emotions under the floppy sun hat.

But one could see him wipe a tear off as the West Indies players came down to congratulate the legend on a wonderful career.

Arjun Tendulkar, who was doing the duty of a ball-boy, stood applauding at the boundary line.

Starting with a 8-1 off-side field, Ashwin bowled on Gayle’s pads as he was clipped for three boundaries in a single over by the big-bodied Jamaican.

Marlon Samuels (11) stepped out to a flighted delivery from Pragyan Ojha, only to find that Dhoni had effected the easiest of stumpings.

Gayle also followed suit as he edged a straighter one from Ojha for Dhoni to take a sharp catch.

At 87 for five, there was a fear that the match may well get over even before lunch session as Narsingh Deonarine (0) offered a simple return catch to become Ojha’s fourth victim of the innings and ninth of the match.

However Chanderpaul, playing his 150th Test match offered some resistance in company of Denesh Ramdin (53) as they added 68 runs for the seventh wicket before the veteran padded up one from Ashwin that went straight after pitching. Chanderpaul scored 41 with four boundaries.

Skipper Darren Sammy (1) who had demoted himself in the batting order didn’t fare any better.

Ramdin, however, continued hitting the odd boundaries in between as he reached half-century as wickets fell at the other end.

It was Mohammed Shami, who brought an end with a typical inswinging delivery that brought curtains down on a wonderful career.

It was yet another dismal batting performance from the West Indies as the likes of Gayle, Kieron Powell, Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Chanderpaul failed to live upto their expectations for the second time in the match.

Gayle managed to score just 35 off 53 balls on Saturday, his highest in the series, that was studded with four boundaries and a six.

A dashing batsman in the T20 format, Gayle finished the series without a single half century to his name in the four completed innings.

His scores in the series stand as 18, 33, 11, 35. A total of 97 runs in a high-profile series doesn’t do justice to his enormous big-hitting potential.

However Chanderpaul played in his typical manner trying to put up a resistance against the spin twins of Ojha and Ashwin on a track that had considerable wear and tear.

The 50 run partnership between Chanderpaul and Ramdin came off 60 balls.

Ramdin, who was fighting a losing cause, completed his 50 off 60 balls with 10 fours and a six which he hit over deep midwicket off Ashwin’s bowling.

Shane Shillingford (8) hung in there for sometime dangerously and helped Ramdin complete his half-century.

But it was only a matter of time before Shillingford finally got an off-break from Ashwin that turned sharply to trap him plumb in-front.

At 185 for nine, when last man Shanon Gabriel walked in one anticipated a near end to a one-sided Test match.

At 11.47 am, it was Shami, who brought an end with a typical inswinging delivery that breached through Gabriel’s defence, bringing curtains down on a wonderful career.

West Indies team will have some introspection to do before the ODI series comes calling as they have surrendered both the matches without a semblance of fight.

The Caribbean batsmen were below par and the pace attack didn’t have forepower to dismiss the talented Indian batting line-up.

The only bright spot for the Caribbeans has been the performance of Shillingford, who got back-to-back five wicket hauls in the series.

NBA TIPS OFF 2013-14 SEASON WITH RECORD INTERNATIONAL PLAYER PRESENCE

 

– Record 92 players from 40 countries and territories represented –

 

– San Antonio Spurs with Most-Ever International Players at 10,

                                    France has Strongest Representation with Nine Players –

 

NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2013 – A record-breaking 92 international players from 40 countries and territories feature on opening-night rosters for the 2013-14 NBA season. The previous opening-night record was set in the 2010-11 season with 84 players from 38 countries and territories.  Twenty-seven of the 30 teams feature at least one international player.

The San Antonio Spurs break the record for the most international players on a team roster with 10; last season’s opening-night roster featured eight.  The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves follow with six international players each, and the Milwaukee Bucks have five.  Seven teams have four international players and seven teams have three such players.

Once again, France is the most represented country with nine players, and Canada follows with eight.  Australia and Spain each have five players on team rosters, with Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Russia, and Turkey each having four.  Four countries have their strongest representation ever – Australia (five), Israel (two), Italy (four), and Russia (four), with Macedonia making a first appearance on the list.

The San Antonio Spurs retain the title for the most internationally diverse team, with seven countries represented on their roster.

At the end of the 2012-13 regular season, the NBA featured 85 international players from 36 countries and territories on team rosters (both active and inactive).

The following is a complete list of international players on 2013-14 NBA opening-night

 rosters (both active and inactive):

 

NATIONALITY          BIRTHPLACE        FIRST NAME             LAST NAME    NBA TEAM

Argentina                                                       Carlos                          Delfino               Milwaukee Bucks

Emanuel “Manu”          Ginobili              San Antonio Spurs

Pablo                             Prigioni               New York Knicks

Luis                               Scola                   Indiana Pacers

 

NATIONALITY          BIRTHPLACE        FIRST NAME             LAST NAME     NBA TEAM

Australia                                                        Aron                             Baynes                San Antonio Spurs

Andrew                         Bogut                   Golden State Warriors

Matthew                       Dellavedova         Cleveland Cavaliers

Kyrie                            Irving1                  Cleveland Cavaliers

Patrick                          Mills                    San Antonio Spurs

Bosnia & Herzegovina                                  Ongjen                          Kuzmic                Golden State Warriors

Mirza                            Teletovic             Brooklyn Nets

Brazil                                                             Vitor                             Faverani               Boston Celtics

Nene                             Hilario                 Washington Wizards

Tiago                             Splitter                San Antonio Spurs                                          Anderson        Varejao                                     Cleveland Cavaliers

Cameroon                                                      Luc                                Mbah A Moute   Sacramento Kings

Canada                                                           Joel                               Anthony              Miami Heat

Anthony                       Bennett                Cleveland Cavaliers

Cory                             Joseph                 San Antonio Spurs

South Africa             Steve                             Nash2                   Los Angeles Lakers

Andrew                         Nicholson            Orlando Magic

Kelly                             Olynyk                Boston Celtics

Robert                          Sacre                    Los Angeles Lakers

Tristan                                   Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers

Congo                                                            Serge                             Ibaka3                  Oklahoma City Thunder

Czech Republic                                             Jan                                Vesely                 Washington Wizards

Democratic Republic

of the Congo                                                  Bismack                        Biyombo             Charlotte Bobcats

Dominican Republic                                      Francisco                      Garcia                  Houston Rockets

Al                                  Horford               Atlanta Hawks

 

Finland                         France                      Erik                               Murphy4             Chicago Bulls

France                                                            Nicolas                          Batum                  Portland Trail Blazers

Nando                           De Colo               San Antonio Spurs

Boris                             Diaw                    San Antonio Spurs

Evan                              Fournier               Denver Nuggets

Rudy                             Gobert                 Utah Jazz

Ian                                 Mahinmi              Indiana Pacers

NATIONALITY          BIRTHPLACE        FIRST NAME             LAST NAME     NBA TEAM

France                           Belgium                    Tony                             Parker4                 San Antonio Spurs

                                     French Guiana          Kevin                            Seraphin              Washington Wizards

Martinique               Ronny                           Turiaf                  Minnesota Timberwolves

Georgia                                                          Zaza                              Pachulia               Milwaukee Bucks

Tornike                         Shengelia              Brooklyn Nets

Germany                                                       Elias                              Harris                  Los Angeles Lakers

Dirk                              Nowitzki             Dallas Mavericks

Dennis                                   Schroder     Atlanta Hawks

Great Britain                South Sudan             Luol                              Deng5                   Chicago Bulls

Joel                               Freeland               Portland Trail Blazers

Greece                                                           Giannis                                  Antetokounmpo    Milwaukee Bucks

Haiti                                                              Samuel                          Dalembert6          Dallas Mavericks

Israel                                                              Omri                             Casspi                 Houston Rockets

Gal                                Mekel                  Dallas Mavericks

Italy                                                               Andrea                          Bargnani              New York Knicks

Marco                          Belinelli               San Antonio Spurs

Luigi                              Datome                Detroit Pistons

Danilo                          Gallinari               Denver Nuggets

Latvia                                                            Andris                           Biedrins               Utah Jazz

Lithuania                                                       Donatas                        Motiejunas          Houston Rockets

Jonas                             Valanciunas         Toronto Raptors

Macedonia                                                     Pero                              Antic                      Atlanta Hawks

 

Mexico                                                          Gustavo                        Ayon                      Atlanta Hawks

Montenegro                                                   Nikola                           Pekovic                Minnesota Timberwolves

Nikola                           Vucevic                Orlando Magic

New Zealand                                                 Steven                           Adams                 Oklahoma City Thunder

Nigeria                                                           Festus                           Ezeli                    Golden State Warriors

 

Poland                                                           Marcin                          Gortat                  Washington Wizards

NATIONALITY          BIRTHPLACE          FIRST NAME            LAST NAME     NBA TEAM

Puerto Rico                                                     Jose Juan                     Barea                      Minnesota Timberwolves

 

Russia                                                              Sergey                         Karasev               Cleveland Cavaliers

Andrei                         Kirilenko             Brooklyn Nets

Timofey                      Mozgov               Denver Nuggets

Alexey                         Shved                   Minnesota Timberwolves

Senegal                                                             Gorgui                         Dieng                   Minnesota Timberwolves

Hamady                      Ndiaye                 Sacramento Kings

Serbia                                                               Nemanja                      Nedovic               Golden State Warriors

Miroslav                     Raduljica              Milwaukee Bucks

Slovenia                                                           Goran                          Dragic                  Phoenix Suns

Beno                            Udrih                      New York Knicks

Spain                                                               Jose Manuel                Calderon              Dallas Mavericks

Victor                          Claver                  Portland Trail Blazers

Marc                           Gasol                      Memphis Grizzlies

Pau                              Gasol                      Los Angeles Lakers

Ricky                                Rubio             Minnesota Timberwolves

Sweden                                                            Jonas                          Jerebko                Detroit Pistons

Jeffrey                         Taylor                 Charlotte Bobcats

Switzerland                                                     Thabo                          Sefolosha             Oklahoma City Thunder

 

Tanzania                                                         Hasheem                     Thabeet               Oklahoma City Thunder

Turkey                                                            Omer                          Asik                     Houston Rockets

                                                                        Ersan                           Ilyasova               Milwaukee Bucks

                                                                        Enes                            Kanter                 Utah Jazz

                                                                        Hidayet “Hedo”          Turkoglu              Orlando Magic

Ukraine                                                           Viacheslav                   Kravtsov             Phoenix Suns

                                                                        Alex                             Len                      Phoenix Suns

U.S Virgin Islands                                           Tim                             Duncan                San Antonio Spurs

Venezuela                                                        Greivis                        Vasquez               Sacramento Kings

 

 

NEWSHOT 26 Oct 2013

Damages at Slovenian Krsko Nuclear Power Plant repair

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BELGRADE, October 24 – During the scheduled repair at the Slovenian Krško Nuclear Power Plant, damages of the fuel elements were detected. One of the fuel elements is broken, but it does not pose any threat to the environment, states the report by the national Nuclear Safety Administration.A rod fragment nearly 50 centimeters long fell on the bottom of the spent fuel pool. According to Andrej Stritar, director of the Administration, there is no safety hazard as all the radioactive materials remained in the primary circuit of the reactor.In coming days, French experts are to visit the NPP. They will use a special robot to examine the bottom of the pool, where other fuel elements could have fallen.As Stritar stated, the breakdown causes are being clarified and a report will be prepared in this connection. According to him, the fuel elements could have been damaged by some small foreign objects that appeared to be in the water pool or they could have been caused by some manufacturing errors.The Krško NPP, which is the only nuclear power plant on the territory of the former Yugoslavia, was commissioned in the mid-1980s. The NPP consumes American fuel produced by the Westinghouse company.–

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Conference on Rainwater Harvesting and Water Management

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 conference which highlights the impotence of  Rainwater  Harvesting  and  Water Management as it is also enforced by the Government on Monday, the 28th October at 1130 am at India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road,  New Delhi. 
In this conference American Components Corporation( An America based company and authorized sole distributors of  www.invisiblestructures.com in India, will share all the related advantages of the products.  The event would be graced by  different high level government officials & different states authorities for the success of this campaign.
In India the importance of this company’s products can be realized in several ways!

1)   It can reduce the sediment content in Rain Water surface flow.2)   Can help in the reduction of Destructirve Surge Flow when it gets velocity because of intensity of rainfall.3)   Filtered water through these products can be used for domestic and irrigation purposed.4)   Can help enormously in maintaining beautiful grass and garden through its designed time release process.

5)   It can be used  in enhancing rooftop and rooftop garden life without getting the roof damaged.

6)   It will increase the life of the streams by limiting the sediment inflow.

7)   It can help in reducing 600 microgms/lit injection of lead and hydrocarbon in first flush of rainwater by its filtration capability.

8)   It has a proven  impressive long term Cost Benefit analysis in last 30 years of use in several countries listed above.

9)   Very good Technology Transfer help provided in last 30 years.

10)  Free comprehensive planning help provided by its engineers project management people.

11)  Great source of employment provided by its urban and rural use.

There are dozens other proven benefits realized over past 30 years by several countries in the world because of Invisible Structures, Inc company products in the areas of rainwater harvesting/green harvesting used in different named projects.

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New Technology To Ensure Apt Operation Management

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Star Link Communication, pioneer in IT Security service providers specializes in manufacturing world class computerized Access & Attendance recording biometric systems have introduced two path breaking Advance Computerized Attendance Recording Systems, Bio Lynux and Bio Track. The new system offers a wide flexibility, easy accessibility and complete control over attendance operations.

Mr. Vipin Yadav, Director, Star Link Communication Pvt. Ltd said,“74% of companies experience payroll losses due to ‘proxy punching’. Now it can be eliminated through the use of biometric systems. The Advance Systems Time and Attendance system automatically tracks employee time, improving accuracy and reduces proxy attendance.”

Bio-metric systems recognise a person by some part of the body. Finger print reading known to be the common one, now the advance system would capture individual’s image to enhance security.

Mr. Vipin Yadav, “There was huge demand of a Bio-Metric System, which has connectivity through GPRS so that all users’ data could be easily accessed from multiple locations. The new Bio Lynux and Bio Track systems have been specially designed as per market demand. It has all unique feature of GPRS, Camera and Connectivity through various networks which allows organization to easily and automatically maintain proper records from multiple locations and multiple networking.”

The new Bio Lynux model is a standalone finger print with card (Smart / Proximity) recognition based Multi user advanced attendance recording system. Bio Track Model is a latest Touch Screen, Camera Inbuilt Finger Print with card (Smart / Proximity) recognition based Reader Multi user advance Attendance recording system.

It tracks the precise records of entry and exit timings all devices time synchronized to server of employee’s up to second level, Late Arrival/ Early Departure & OT calculation etc.

This system would diminish the chances of proxy attendance. The attendance data thus captured by the machine with a date & time stamp can be transferred to a computer through LAN/COM/PORT/USB/ GPRS/WiFi port and the attendance calculated using attendance software. This data can be further used for processing payroll.

These systems are suitably supported with a fully integrated Web Based Application for various input entries for online application and amendment. It facilitates centralized attendance recording across all the locations for single point with decentralized usage rights assigned to respective branch.

Advantage of Bio Lynux and Bio Track System

  • Reduce lateness, early-outs and absenteeism.
  • Project, control and budget labour costs.
  • Manage and control Overtime.
  • Manage and control Holidays and Absences effectively.
  • Reduces risk of employee non-compliance.
  • Integrates Flexible and Flexi Time working.
  • Reduction in administration and optional automation of payroll process.
  • Set up and control breaks.

Thanks & regards,

 

Sujoy Kumar Chowdhury

Manager Media

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GAIL’s second quarter Turnover for FY 2013-14 rises 23%

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First half Turnover up 19 %

New Delhi, October 25, 2013: GAIL (India) Limited registered a turnover (net of Excise Duty) of Rs. 13,945 crore in the second quarter of Financial Year 2013-14, an increase of 23% as against Rs. 11,361 crore in the corresponding period during the last financial year. The Gross Margin was Rs. 1,685 crore in the second quarter of the current financial year, an increase of 2% from Rs. 1,648 crore, in the corresponding period last year. GAIL’s Profit after tax for the second quarter of the FY 2013-14 was Rs. 916 crore as against Rs. 985 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year. The Profit before Tax was Rs. 1,288 crore as against Rs. 1,373 crore in the corresponding period last year.

Segment-wise Revenue

During the second quarter of the current financial year, the sales from Natural Gas Trading during the second quarter of the current financial year increased by 28 percent to Rs. 12,378 crore as against Rs. 9,697 crore in the corresponding period of the last year. The revenues from Natural Gas Transmission business increased by 8 percent to Rs. 1,067 crore as against Rs. 984 crore in the corresponding period of previous year. The net sales from Petrochemicals business stood at Rs. 1,134 crore, an increase of 29 percent as against Rs. 880 crore in the corresponding period of last year. The net sales from LPG and Liquid Hydrocarbons business was Rs. 1039 crore, an increase of 35 percent as against Rs. 770 crore in the corresponding period of last year. The revenues from LPG transmission during the second quarter of the current financial year were Rs. 95 crore as against a loss of Rs. 4 crore in the corresponding period last year.

Physical Performance

During the second quarter of the current financial year, the Natural Gas sales stood at 78.58 MMSCMD against 80.70 MMSCMD during the corresponding period last year. The Natural Gas transmission during the second quarter of the current financial year was 95.21 MMSCMD against 105.64 MMSCMD in the corresponding period last year. The LPG transmission during the second quarter of the current financial year was 729 TMT as against 813 TMT during the corresponding period in the previous financial year. The petrochemical production was 114 TMT against 113 TMT in the corresponding period last year. The petrochemical sales during the second quarter of the current financial year were 108 TMT against 101 TMT in the corresponding period in the previous year. The LPG and Other Liquid Hydrocarbon production during the second quarter of the current financial year was 336 TMT against 357 TMT in the corresponding period last year. The LPG and Other Liquid Hydrocarbon sales during the second quarter of the current financial year were 337 TMT against 361 TMT in the corresponding period last year.

Half yearly Results

GAIL (India) Limited registered a turnover (net of Excise Duty) of Rs. 26,800 crore in the first half of FY 2013-14, an increase of 19 percent from Rs. 22,450 crore in the corresponding period of the last financial year. GAIL’s Net Profit after tax for the first half of FY 2013-14 was Rs. 1,724 crore as against Rs. 2,119 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year. The Gross Margin stood at Rs. 3,251 crore in the first half of the current financial year as against Rs. 3,609 crore in the corresponding period last year. The Profit Before Tax was Rs. 2,512 crore as against Rs. 3,058 crore in the corresponding period last year.

Segment-wise Revenue

During the first half of the current financial year, the revenues from Natural Gas Trading increased by 24 percent to Rs. 23,437 crore as against Rs. 18,939 crore in the corresponding period of the last year. The revenues from Natural Gas Transmission increased by 9 percent to Rs. 2,066 crore as against Rs. 1,899 crore in the corresponding period of the previous year. The revenues from LPG transmission during the first half of the current financial year increased by 72 percent to Rs. 189 crore as against Rs. 110 crore in the corresponding period last year. The net sales from Petrochemicals business increased by 54 percent to Rs. 2,237 crore as against Rs. 1,454 crore. The net sales from LPG and Liquid Hydrocarbons business during the first half of the current financial year increased by 11 percent to Rs. 2,043 crore as against Rs. 1,842 crore in the corresponding period of last year.

Physical Performance

During the first half of the current financial year, petrochemical production was 231 TMT, up by 20 percent against 193 TMT in the corresponding period last year. The petrochemical sales during the first half of the current financial year were 229 TMT, up by 37 percent against 167 TMT in the corresponding period in the previous year. The LPG and Other Liquid Hydrocarbon production during the first half of the current financial year were 685 TMT, against 684 TMT in the corresponding period last year. The LPG and Other Liquid Hydrocarbon sales during the first half of the current financial year were 687 TMT against 683 TMT in the corresponding period last year. The LPG transmission during the first half of the current financial year was 1,428 TMT against 1,658 TMT during the corresponding period in the previous financial year. The Natural Gas transmission during the first half of the current financial year was 97.25 MMSCMD, against 107.72 MMSCMD in the corresponding period last year. The Natural Gas sales during the first half of FY 2013-14 stood at 80.33 MMSCMD against 81.92 MMSCMD during the corresponding period last year

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Nach Baliye is back in a bold new avatar

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Dance is the most sensual expression of love ~

            Starting November 9th, every Saturday & Sunday at 9.00 p.m. on Star Plus

 

Mumbai, October 25, 2013: Whoever thought dance is just an art form is mistaken! Dance works as the ultimate law of attraction, it has the power to create intimacy and bring people closer. For a couple, dance can become a free spirited andromantic expression of love. And today’s couples need this more than ever since their lifestyles leave them with little or no time for their Baliye - so love and physical intimacy take a back seat. So here comes a brand new season of Nach Baliye which aims to give couples a chance to rekindle their romance and deepen their bond through dance. Every expression of dance reveals matters of the heart, every touch creates a sensation and each move of the body will invite the partner to come close.  The proximity of the couples will increase their bond and bring out passionate moments never seen before on television! Starting November 9th get ready to witness bolder acts, an uninhibited showcase of romance and intense chemistry every Saturday & Sunday at 9.00 p.m. only on Star Plus.

 

Produced by Frames Productions, the new dance floor-scorching Season 6 of Nach Baliye brings together 11 celebrity jodisthat include Raju & Shikha Shrivastava, Raqesh Vashisht & Ridhi Dogra, Kanika Maheshwari Ghai & Ankur Ghai, Gurmeet Choudhary& Debina Bonnerjee, Ripu Daman Handa & Shivangi Verma, Yash Sinha & Amrapali Gupta, Kiku & Priyanka Sharda, Bruna Abdalah & Omar Farooque, Sanjeev & Lataa Seth, Rithvik Dhanjani & Asha Negi and Vinod & Raksha Thankur. The couples

this season are a mixed bag of young love stories and seasoned marriages; while Raju and his wife Shikha are married with two kids, Yash and Amrapali have been married for only a year. In some cases, both halves of the couple are actors and TV personalities, whereas in some cases such as with Kanika Maheshwari Ghai and Ankur Ghai, he is a businessman and never in the limelight. The dance show will add a whole new exciting edge to their relationship and prove to enhance their love story.

Talking about the new season of Nach Baliye,Gaurav Banerjee, Executive Vice President Content Strategy, Star India said, “Dancing takes a bold turn this season with the new Nach Baliye. Shilpa, Sajid and Terrence are back with eleven new celebrity couples. The chemistry between the couples and romance will set the stage on fire making it a must watch! Each act is being conceived to show you a vibrant and exciting expression of love. There is nothing subtle about this season.”

 

The judge’s panel includes Bollywood’s dancing diva Shilpa Shetty, celebrated choreographer Terrence Lewis and Bollywood director Sajid Khan. On the onset of this new season, a thrilled Shilpa says, “It is going to be exciting to come back to the sets of Nach Baliye 6. Expect new couples from different walks of life, exciting chemistry and lots of fun.” Terrence Lewis adds,“The new season promises to be more daring and bold, I am looking forward to spotting some real hidden talent in the couples. Nach Baliye never disappoints.” Sajid Khan says, “The drama and entertainment this show brings on stage is addictive. Through dance so much is revealed about the couples, their chemistry becomes transparent and viewers get to know the other side of these stars.”

Talking about the latest season of Nach Baliye, Hemant Ruprell, Producer, Frames Productions, said, “We are extremely delighted to present another season of the most enjoyed celebrity dance reality show Nach Baliye. Our endeavour is to sustain this legacy of success achieved so far and bring viewers much closer to their favourite stars. We are happy to partner with Star Plus in their vision for Nach Baliye and take it to the next level.”

Nach Baliye 6 will be hosted by seasonal entertaining hosts Gautam Rode and Karan Wahi, who will add their brand of humour and banter to this drama-filled dance show. It will tear the couples away from their humdrum lives, shakes things up, and

introduces romance and spice back into the relationship. How many couples survive, how many grow and how many can truly ignite their fire to showcase love, romance and passion? Nach Baliye 6 is going to be one rollercoaster journey of unstoppable romance, emotions, drama, hurdles, teamwork and most of all their bonding as a couplestarting November 9th every Saturday and Sunday at 9.00 pm. only on Star Plus!

 

 

About Star India:

STAR India has defined India’s broadcast media for the last two decades and is today India’s largest media and entertainment Company.

The STAR India network comprises of more than forty channels in seven languages received by over 600 million viewers every week across India and 100 other countries. The network’s channel portfolio includes Channel [V], Life OK, Movies OK, Star Gold, Star World, Star Movies, Star Movies Action, Star World Premiere HD, FX, FOX Crime, Star Utsav and Star Plus, India’s No. 1 General Entertainment Channel.

It has a leading presence in regional broadcasting as well, through a bouquet of affiliate channels which includes Star Jalsha, Star Pravah, Asianet, Asianet Plus, Suvarna and Vijay.

Star India is a wholly owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

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Rashid win the BILT Open 2013 climbs to the top of Rolex Rankings

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Greater Noida, October 26, 2013: Delhi Rashid Khan defeated rookie Angad Cheema of Panchkula in a playoff to win the BILT Open 2013 at the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort in Greater Noida. Rashid and Angad headed for the playoff after ending the regulation 72 holes with identical totals of 16-under-272. Rashid finally prevailed on the second playoff hole.
Rashid Khan (64-68-69-71), the overnight leader by one stroke, had an eventful start to the day as he made birdie-bogey-birdie on the second, third and fourth holes. RashidⳊthree-putt on the third was followed by a fabulous up and down from 120 yards on the fourth. Khan, the wire-to-wire leader from round one till the end, sank birdie putts from 10 to 15 feet on the 11th and 13th to maintain a slender one shot lead over nearest competitor SSP Chowrasia.

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Usha IGU Punjab Jr Golf Championship 2013

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Pukhraj Singh Gill Registers Excellent Come From Behind Victory at the USHA IGU PUNJAB JUNIORS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP 2013

 

Chandigarh, October 25: Pukhraj Singh Gill, of the Phillaur Golf Club, registered an excellent come from behind victory at the USHA IGU PUNJAB JUNIORS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP 2013, which concluded at the Chandigarh Golf Club. Pukhraj, who ended the penultimate day in fifth position, trailing the leader Tapendra Ghai by as many as seven strokes, carded a two under 70 on the final day, to finish with an overall score of 299, three strokes clear of Tapendra and Feroz Singh Garewal. Both Tapendra and Feroz eventually finished joint second with a score of 302. With this win, Pukhraj is sure to make his move up the Indian Golf Union (IGU) Juniors Tour Order of Merit, where he is currently lying fourth.

Mr. G. S. Sandhu, President of the Chandigarh Golf Club, was chief guest and presented the winners with their prizes.

Pukhraj on the final day, played like a boy possessed, sinking as many as six birdies over 18 holes and even a double bogey on the par four 12th could not stop his surge to the top. He was of course helped by his two closest rivals, Tapendra and Feroz having a terrible day on the golf course. Feroz carded a six over 78, while overnight leader Tapendra registered an even worse eight over 80, to quash any hopes of victory that they might have nurtured at the start of the day.

Karandeep Kochar of the Chandigarh Golf Club emerged victorious in the Category B section finishing with a score of 307, four strokes clear of Kartik Sharma who ended up with 311.

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Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour – Leg 12

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Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour – Leg 12

Vani Kapoor wins her maiden title

Gurgaon, October 25: Delhi golfer Vani Kapoor today tasted her first success on the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2013 as she walked away with the winners cheque after the final round of the 12th leg. The INR 2,50,000 event culminated today at the Golden Greens Golf & Resort in Gurgaon.

After several good performances and runner’s up finishes, Vani finally managed her maiden win today, carding a total of 209 (72, 69, 68) after 54 holes. With this win, she has moved up one position to the second place in the Hero Order of Merit 2013 with total earnings of INR 8,81,900 from 12 appearances and one win. She carded the days lowest score of four under 68 today, which consisted of seven birdies on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 9th, 11th and 13th holes. Her round also consisted of three bogeys on the 1st, 14th and 15th holes.

Jaipur golfer Pallavi Jain finished as the runner’s up with a total score of 223  (78,72, 73) after the third and final round. Her round today consisted of two birdies on the 9th and 17th holes along with three bogeys on the 13th, 14th and 16th holes.  Chandigarh golfer Saaniya Sharma who led the field on day1, could not capitalize on her lead and faltered in the second and third rounds consecutively. Her round today consisted of a lone birdie on the 16th hole and seven bogeys on the 2nd, 6th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 15th and 17th holes. She finished third with a total score of 224 (70,76,78) after 54 holes.

Current Hero Order Of Merit 2013 leader Neha Tripathi from Kolkata, finished fourth with a total score of 225 (78, 72, 75) at the end of the third round. Rookie Pune golfer Shweta Galande finished fifth with a total score of 228 (77,75,76) after 54 holes.

The Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2013 now moves to the Jaypee Greens golf Course for the 13th leg.

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Electrical Equipment Industry Reaction to Government Move to Allow Chinese Power Firms

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Electrical Equipment Industry Reaction to Government Move to Allow Chinese Power Firms to Set-up Service Centres In India

 

The Indian electrical equipment industry, over INR 1.30 lakh crores (USD 24 billion) in 2012-13, comprises of two segments – generation equipment (boilers, turbines, generators) and transmission & distribution (T&D) and allied equipment like transformers, cables, rotating machines, transmission lines, switchgears, capacitors, energy meters, instrument transformers, surge arrestors, stamping and lamination, insulators, insulating material, industrial electronics, indicating instruments, winding wires, etc.

The generation equipment sector is 28% of the total industry, while the T&D equipment sector is the rest 72%.  The industry is 10.23% of the manufacturing sector is terms of value and 1.38% of the GDP. It also provides direct and indirect employment to 1.5 million people and over 5 million across the entire value chain. The industry exported USD 4.9 billion worth of electrical equipment in 2012-13.

Based on the projections of the government for capacity enhancement in power generation, transmission and distribution in the 10th, 11th and 12th Plans, the domestic electrical equipment manufacturing industry has made huge investments in doubling and, in some cases, even tripling its production capacity.

However, this built-up capacity currently stands under-utilised across several products due to sluggish domestic demand on account of the slowdown in the power sector and a surge in imports of electrical equipment in recent years. This is significantly impacting the commercial viability of the domestic electrical equipment industry and impacting both the top-line and bottom-lines of the manufacturers. This can have severe long term consequences.

After growing at 11.3% and 13.7% in 2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively, growth rate of the T&D equipment sector decelerated to 6.9% in 2011-12. For the first time in 10 years, the T&D equipment sector witnessed a negative growth of 7.8% in 2012-13. In the last couple of years, there has been hardly any growth in capital expenditure in the T&D equipment sector. T&D equipment manufacturers are broadly working at less than 70% of their production capacity.

In the last few years, the domestic manufacturing capacity of generation equipment has being ramped up and currently stands at 25,000 MW per annum against a requirement of about 16-17,000 per annum. With 6-7 joint ventures coming up in India, the capacity will increase to 40,000 MW per annum by 2014-15.

Our inability to meet targets for generation capacity addition is adversely impacting the downstream transmission and distribution sectors.

Disproportionate reliance on imported power equipment, with uncertain quality and lifecycle, and with no domestic manufacturing facility to provide emergency repairs, spares, replacements, etc. especially for heavy equipment, is fraught with long term risks. With integration of automation and communication technology into the T&D network, there is also a possibility of a major security concern.

During the last seven years, 2005-06 to 2012-13, India’s imports of electrical equipment have increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.67% in rupee terms and were at INR 64,674 crores (USD 11.9 billion) in 2012-13.

China’s share in Indian imports of electrical equipment has dramatically increased in the last few years and now it stands at 44.92% (2012-13) of the total from 15.26% in 2005-06. Imports from China have grown at a CAGR of 45.46% in the last seven years and were INR 29,054 crores (USD 5.3 billion) in 2012-13.

Imports of electrical equipment in the country have assumed very threatening proportions and have now captured 38.26% of the market for electrical equipment in India, whereas there is significant underutilisation of installed domestic capacity, resulting in loss of employment of qualified engineers, technicians, workers, etc.

Domestic electrical equipment manufacturing industry suffers a significant disadvantage vis-à-vis imports due to sales tax / VAT, entry tax / octroi; higher financing cost; lack of quality infrastructure; dependence on foreign sources for critical raw material and components, etc.

In addition, Chinese manufacturers of electrical equipment are given by their Government export subsidies as high as 17% of the export value, social security subsidies, lower income tax rate (15%) and access to financing at low rates of interest, which gives Chinese companies over 24% unfair pricing advantage and allows them to price their products very competitively. Further, China is also offering credit to foreign buyers on very soft terms to finance their imports. As a result, imports from China are escalating every year. All this makes Indian industry non-competitive in its own country.

Import duties on electrical equipment are quite low and are further being lowered under the different free trade agreements (FTAs) signed or being signed. The interests of the domestic electrical equipment industry are not being safeguarded under different FTAs being signed.

In the last one year, the Government of India has taken some steps, viz.

Ø  With effect from 19th July 2012, the Government of India, vide notification no. 49/2012-Customs dated 10th September 2012, imposed import duties at the rate of 5% basic customs duty, 12% countervailing duty and 4% special additional duty, along with cess as applicable, on import of equipment for ultra-mega power plants (UMPPs) / mega power plants (MPPs).

Ø  On the finding of the Director General (Safeguard) that the increased import of insulators from China have caused and threatened to cause market disruption to the domestic industry and producers of electrical insulators, the Government of India, vide notification no. 5/2012-Customs (SG) dated 20th December 2012, has imposed a safeguard duty of 35% in the first year and 25% in the second year on imports of electrical insulators from China.

But, these measures are not enough, and the Government of India needs to provide greater encouragement to indigenous manufacturing.

To stimulate demand for the domestic electrical equipment industry, the government should expeditiously address the challenges confronting the country’s power sector, including the problems in fuel linkages, land acquisition, environmental and other clearances, precarious financial health of utilities, etc. The power sector needs the highest priority attention of the government.

The Government of India needs to provide greater encouragement to indigenous manufacturing as done by several countries, including China, by initiating time-bound action on the following:

1.      Limiting participation in tenders for bidding for domestically funded projects to domestic manufacturers only;

2.      Putting in place a requirement of setting up a manufacturing facility in India, within a specified timeframe of the award of the tender, where foreign bidding is allowed, to provide for level playing field bidding, that is, phased manufacturing process (PMP) should be made mandatory in the country for supply of major equipment;

3.      Mandating testing in only Indian laboratories, like CPRI under the Ministry of Power, for foreign suppliers of electrical equipment, wherever test certificate is a prerequisite;

4.      Stipulating a minimum percentage of the total procurement by any utility to be of ‘Made in India’ products;

5.      Stipulating some amount of price preference for Indian products in procurement by utilities;

6.      Raising the basic customs duty (BCD) on all electrical equipment products to a uniform 10% (currently, BCD on T&D equipment is generally 7.5% and on generation equipment, including project imports, is generally 5%);

7.      Framing model procurement guidelines for utilities;

8.      Ushering in standardisation of product specifications and design parameters;

9.      Safeguarding the domestic industry’s interests under different free trade agreements (FTAs) by including electrical equipment (at least in those which have significant underutilisation of production capacity) in India’s negative list or with sufficiently long period for duty reduction. With countries having a strong base in manufacture of electrical equipment, India’s endeavour should be to include electrical equipment in India’s negative list or with sufficiently long period for duty reduction. Similarly, with countries not having a strong base in manufacture and export of electrical equipment, endeavour should be to include electrical equipment in the other country’s schedule of tariff concessions, with the shortest possible period for duty reduction.

The above measures will support Indian manufacturers, who are not seeking protection but a level playing field, and provide necessary safeguards to the domestic industry that is facing non-market competition on account of cutthroat below-cost entry level prices offered by Chinese manufacturers.

 

About IEEMA

IEEMA is a 65 year old Industry Association representing the Indian electrical, industrial electronics and allied equipment industry. IEEMA has over 800members with a combined annual turnover over $25 billion. IEEMA is consulted for policy formulation as the industry-government interface, and evolves product standards alongside India’s standards setting body the BIS.

Its membership base, ranging from public sector enterprises, multinational companies to small, medium and large companies, gives IEEMA a truly national representative character. IEEMA members have contributed to more than 90% of the power equipment installed in India. The industry exported $4.9 billion worth of electrical equipment in 2012-13.

IEEMA publishes statistics pertaining to trade and growth, export promotion, raw material price indices etc. IEEMA facilitates industry – user interactions through international technical conferences, roundtables and training/tutorials sessions, and the monthly publication IEEMA Journal.

IEEMA organises, its flagship event ELECRAMA, every two years in India, which is the largest focused exhibition in the world of electrical transmission and distribution equipment industry and showcases India’s manufacturing capability and strengths to the global community.

FOR FUTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

IEEMA:

Rajeev Ketkar

Dy. Director – PR & Membership Cell | rajeev.ketkar@ieema.org | +919769802610

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SAB TV’s

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SAB TV’s Chidiyaghar & Jeannie Aur Juju team visit Delhi

~Chidiyaghar completes 500 episodes~

Delhi, Oct 25th, 2013: Known for its innovative and differentiated content SAB TV has successfully jumped up the ladder in the GEC space & is currently at the number four rank. As per TAM data of this week it has garnered 319 million TVTs and has strengthened its position in key HSM markets like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat etc. SAB TV’s light heart content appeals to audiences across all age groups and its shows Chidiyaghar & Jeannie Aur Juju has wide fan following amongst masses.

Recently, Paresh Ganatra (Ghotak) & Sumit Arora (Gomukh) alongwith EVP & Business Head, SAB TV, Mr. Anooj Kapoor visited Delhi. They were joined by talented and vivaciousNavina Bole (Priya) from Jeannie Aur Juju team. This visit was special for Chidiyaghar cast as they have recently completed 500 episodes and was thrilled to meet their fans across various parts of the city.

Mr. Anooj Kapoor, EVP & Business Head, SAB TV said, “SAB TV for more than five years has been entertaining the audiences with its light heart shows which highlight the positives of Indian joint families. More and more families across Hindi heartland have become a part of SAB family over the years and now SAB is a strong no 4 channel .Our visit to Delhi will help us strengthen our bond with our loved audiences.”

 

Ghotak aka Paresh Ganatra said, “I’m glad to see that Delhites have appreciated my character for its quirkiness and humour. It’s great to be working with Sumit as we bond off the sets and have lot of common interests. While we enact scenes we have lot of improvisation and give inputs to each other which make the scene even more real. At times people mistake us to be real brothers instead of reel ones.”

 

Gomukh aka Sumit Arora added, “It has been enriching experience to be working with Paresh as a costar.My character and its nuances and his love for grammar is been well received by the viewers. Many a time’s fans come to me and request me to talk in that language. It’s great to get such response & love from your fans.”

                                   

Priya aka Navina Bole said, “I have received mails, messages across India and people are in awe of Priya as a character. I love the appreciation showered upon me by audiences and especially

Meanwhile in Chidiyaghar Gomukh gets a lesson based on Babuji’s teachings, “Boye Ped Babool Ka Toh Aam Kahan Se Hoye”.  Gomukh goes to the market to buy some veggies and finds some goons misbehaving with a girl and comes to her rescue. He protests and ends up teaching the goons a lesson. Soon, everyone in the vicinity starts treating him as Gomukh Bhai. Babuji makes him realise his mistake. Will Gomukh understand Babuji’s words of wisdom?

In Jeannie Aur Juju Johnny has finished his sentence in jail and comes back to get his first love Priya. Jeannie on the other hand lands another wrong spell thereby erasing Vicky from everyone’s memory, including Jeannie’s! This is the perfect opportunity for Johny to try his luck with Priya.So, does Priya fall for Johny & do Jeannie & Priya manage to recover their memory about Vicky makes for an exciting story in Jeannie Aur Juju.

Tune into Chidiya Ghar at 9.00 p.m. and Jeannie Aur Juju at 9.30pm, every Mon-Friday only on SAB TV.

 

About SAB TV: SAB TV is a part of the network of Television channels owned by Multi Screen Media. SAB TV is India’s only family comedy entertainment channel with a core brand promise of ‘Asli Mazaa SAB Ke Saath Aata Hai’. SAB with its impressive lineup of innovative programs and light-hearted content ranging from daily family comedy to path breaking concepts like silent comedy shows is dedicated to promoting an enjoyable “family-viewing” experience.Its programming mix includes Jo Biwi Se Kaare Pyaar, Baalveer, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasmah, Chidiya Ghar, Jeannie aur Juju, Lapatagnj, FIR ,SAB Khelo SAB Jeeto, Wah Wah Kya Baat Hai and features classic films over the weekends. For its differentiated programming and healthy entertainment SAB TV has also won the Brand Leadership award in Media & Entertainment space.

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Jury Woodpecker Film Festival-Longlist

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Dear Mr Sagar,
I am happy to share with you the Nomination Jury Report. In total 45 films have been nominated by the Jury for this year’s festival. In the report, details of the Nominated Films are given in two formats : 1. Committee-wise nominations, and 2. Category-wise nominations.
Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, for becoming a part of the Woodpecker Film Festival 2013
Date: Oct 18, 2013
Dear Patrons of Indian Cinema,
As Indian cinema proudly celebrates its 100 years, nothing could be a greater joy than to celebrate the
rich culture of cinema making and the diverse topics which are being showcased. In this 100th year of
Indian Cinema, Woodpecker film festival and forum’2013 is a humble tribute to the rich mélange of
visual creativity in the country.
Woodpecker film festival and forum isa praiseworthy effort of CMSR foundation to promote films, documentaries
and advertisements focusing on socially pertinent themes. For the festival 2013, we picked
up some of the most pertinent themes like education, environment, health, gender and children to be
showcased.
We received very high nos. of entries from all the corners of our country, which by itself an overwhelming
vindication of the popularity of the concept for a film festival on socially important themes.
I must thank all my fellow jury members, who very painstakingly viewed all the films and rated them on
the three important parameters i.e. Relevance to the theme, Composition (Music, Editing, Cinematography
etc.) and overall impact of the film. After a very rigorous deliberation, we are proud to present
the 45 films for screening at the film festival.
I am sure you will enjoy these films during the screenings at the festival and encourage the gallant effort
put forward by these very talented filmmakers.
I wish all the success to the Woodpecker film festival and forum for the year 2013 and may it become
the finest destinations for showcasing socially conscious films.
Warmly,
Kunal Verma
Director Asia & Country Head (India)
The Resource Alliance
New Delhi
WFF 2013: An Introduction
Conceptulised in the backdrop of completion of 100 glorious years of Indian Cinema, the Woodpecker
Film Festival & Forum, is an endeavour to celebrate this century of scintillating cinematic excellence
as well as to facilitate and nurture new cinematic traditions. The Woodpecker Film Festival and Forum
(WFF) not only aims to showcase the rich mélange of visual creativity in the country but also to promote
films, documentaries and advertisements focusing on socially pertinent themes like education, environment,
health, gender and children through this film festival. The three-day festival is scheduled to be
organised from Dec 19-21, 2013 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Call for Entries
WFF is a competitive film festival. Call for Entries for the 2013 edition were announced in June 2013
and were open till first week of September. Films in ten-thematic areas were invited for this year’s
festival. These categories are:
• Environment
• Education
• Livelihoods
• Religion and Culture
• Animation for a better world
• Gender
• Health
• Films for Children
• Social Advertising and PSAs
• Student Films
Selection Process
Peer Review: This is an initial screening process and was conducted till Sept 30. Films which were not in
conformity with the categories and technical guidelines of the festival were rejected.
Nomination Jury: The Nomination Jury Meet was organsied on Oct 18 (friday).
Award Jury: The Award Jury Meet is scheduled for the last week of November. It will select the award
winners from amongst the Nominated films.
Nomination Jury Meet
The 20-member Jury met on October 18 at Zorba the Buddha, New Delhi to nominate films for
screening and awards. The Jury was headed by Mr Kunal Verma, Director Asia & Country Head
(India), The Resource Alliance and saw participation of senior representatives from academics,
advertising, theatre and development sector. WFF team had also invited an Independent Observer
- Ms Sanjana Grover, Manager – External Affairs, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) to
oversee the Jury deliberations. The Jury evaluated films on the following three parameters :
• Relevance to the theme
• Composition (Music, Editing, Cinematography etc.)
• Overall impact of the film
Ms Mitu Varma
Programme Director,
PANOS South Asia and Country
Director, PANOS Institute India
Jury Chairperson
Mr Kunal Verma
Director Asia & Country Head
(India), The Resource Alliance
Independent Observer
Ms Sanjana Grover
Manager – External Affairs
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
Dr Manasvini M Yogi
Associate professor
IP College, Delhi University
Ms Usha Goel
Former State Director, United
Nations World Food
Programme (UNWFP)
Ms Rambha Tripathy
Head – communications
Toxic Links
Mr Pradeep Narayanan
Director – Research and Consultancies,
Praxis Institute of
Participatory Research
Mr Kailash Bhutani
Director, Dot Spot
Productions
Jury Members
Mr Tapan Choudhary
CSR and Development Sector
Expert
Mr N K Sagar
Chairman
Sagar Media Inc
Ms Dilmeet Bhasin
Media Club Coordinator,
Nirmal Bhartia School
Mr Anurag Arora
Theater Artist
Mr Arko Provo Bose
Ad Filmmaker/ Theater
personality
Ms Geeta Sahai
Independent Journalist and
Filmmaker
Dr Nisha Varghese
Assistant Proffesor
IGNOU
Mr Vikram Rajola
General Manager, Safal
Skills Development Pvt Ltd
Ms Aditi Sinha
Associate – Communications,
Shakti Sustainable Energy
Foundation (SSEF)
Mr Anuraag Mahindru
Director
Pratibhaa Vision Entertainment
Mr Pinaki Dasgupta
Secretary
IYCN
Mr Pradeep Misra
Manager Operations, ISP
Nominated films : Committee – wise
Committee 1
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1 Chilika – Jewel of Odisha Environment Shekar Dattatri Chennai
2 The Forest Man of India Environment Ankur Didwania Ahmedabad
3 Faith Revisited Environment Ishani K. Dutta New Delhi
4
Abdu Films for Children
Varun.G.Panicker Kollam
5 Riding for High Alert Environment Raoul Amaar Abbas New Delhi
6 Breaking The Silence Gender Ishani K. Dutta New Delhi
7 A Dance To Forget Livelihoods Rita Banerji New Delhi
8
Gundert-The Man, The Language
Religion and
Culture
Sanju Surendran Kerala
9
School Fees Social Advertising
and PSAs
Venkat Bharadwaj Bangalore
10
Seeking A Space Called Peace Social Advertising
and PSAs
Maaz Kazmi Pune
11
Badalta Nakshe – Changing
Maps
Student films Nitya Menon, Nithila Kanagasabai,
Archana Sadar and Likokba
Mumbai
12 Bheka Student films Vipul Mahapurush Ahmed Nagar
13 City of Tears Student films Siddhant Joshi New Delhi
14 Lost Student films Darpan Bajaj Faridabad
Total 14
Committee 2
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1
The Thirsty Crow Animation for a
better world
Snehasis Das Odisha
2
Jyotirgamay – From Darkness
to Light
Education Gauri Warudi Pune
3 Gaur in My Garden Environment Rita Banerji New Delhi
4 Mazha Peyyumbol – When It Rains Films for Children Sunil Raj Ahmedabad
5 Credits V/s Carbon Credits Livelihoods Bharati Chaturvedi New Delhi
6
Jal Dindi – An Experience Religion and
Culture
Amit Bane Mumbai
7
Jaunsaris Rhythm & Resonance
Religion and
Culture
Ajay Sharma Gautam Budh
Nagar
8
Share Care Joy Social Advertising
and PSAs
Aatish Dabral Mumbai
9
Daane Daane Pe Student films Mridula Chari, Nithila Kanagasaba,
Nitya Menon and Krishna
Panchal
Mumbai
10 Duhita – My Daughter Student films Nandita Odisha
Signature (Jury Chairperson): ……………………………………….
11
A Commons Story Student films Ananda Siddhartha, Epti Pattnaik,
Piyush Garud and Pratik Bhakta
Mumbai
12
Majuli – a unique cultural
landscape
Religion and
Culture
Someswar Bhowmik Kolkata
Total 12
Committee 3
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1 The Story of Coal Environment Avinash Kumar Singh Mumbai
2
Bharatmata Ki Jai – Long Live
Bharatmata
Student films “Amol Ranjan, Anurag Mazumdar,
Arpita Chakraborty, Avadhoot
Khanolkar and Shweta
Radhakrishnan”
Mumbai
3 June Livelihoods Viplab Majumder Mumbai
4 Where There Are No Roads Health Maulee Senapati Guwahati
5
Breakin’ Mumbai Student Films Sumit Singh, Aakriti Kohli, Sandeep
Kr. Singh, Gin Khan Siam
and Shweta Ghosh
Mumbai
6 A Walk to Educate Student Films Alokesh Sharma New Delhi
7 Take Back The Fight Student Films Mrinal Singh Noida
8 The Delhi Boy Student Films Anubhav Singh New Delhi
9
Punjab: Lets Make It Drug
Free
Student Films Navkiran Kaur Mohali
Total 09
Committee 4
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1 Bonding With Birds Films for Children Suresh Elamon Trivandrum
2 Lila Environment Ipshita Tara Das Pune
3
Majuli – Harbouring a delicate
ecosystem
Environment Someswar Bhowmik Kolkata
4
Shifting Undercurrents -
Women Seaweed Collectors
of Gulf of Mannar
Livelihoods Rita Banerji New Delhi
5 We Gay We Gay Dhaau Livelihoods Shoneel Shrikant Yallattikar Thane
6 Akkanathil – At That Moment Student films Keerthinath. R Chennai
7 Mission Thiruvanmiyur Student films Hari Chennai
8 Daawa – Rope Student films Aashutosh Bhosekar Pune
9
Firaaq – A Keen Desire Student films Prachi Chhabra and Apoorva
Paliwal
New Delhi
10 Amidst Dark Student films B. Sohini Singh Hyderabad
Total 10
Signature (Jury Chairperson): ……………………………………….
Nominated films : Category – wise
Environment
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1 Chilika – Jewel of Odisha Environment Shekar Dattatri Chennai
2 Riding for High Alert Environment Raoul Amaar Abbas New Delhi
3 Gaur in My Garden Environment Rita Banerji New Delhi
4 The Story of Coal Environment Avinash Kumar Singh Mumbai
5 The Forest Man of India Environment Ankur Didwania Ahmedabad
6 Lila Environment Ipshita Tara Das Pune
7 Faith Revisited Environment Ishani K. Dutta New Delhi
8
Majuli – Harbouring a delicate
ecosystem
Environment Someswar Bhowmik Kolkata
Total 08
Films for Children
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1 Bonding With Birds Films for Children Suresh Elamon Trivandrum
2
Mazha Peyyumbol – When It
Rains
Films for Children Sunil Raj Ahmedabad
3 Abdu Films for Children Varun.G.Panicker Kollam
Total 03
Gender
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1 Breaking The Silence Gender Ishani K. Dutta New Delhi
Total 01
Health
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1 Where There Are No Roads Health Maulee Senapati Guwahati
Total 01
Livelihoods
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1 Credits V/s Carbon Credits Livelihoods Bharati Chaturvedi New Delhi
2 June Livelihoods Viplab Majumder Mumbai
Signature (Jury Chairperson): ……………………………………….
3
Shifting Undercurrents -
Women Seaweed Collectors
of Gulf of Mannar
Livelihoods Rita Banerji New Delhi
4 We Gay We Gay Dhaau Livelihoods Shoneel Shrikant Yallattikar Thane
5 A Dance To Forget Livelihoods Rita Banerji New Delhi
Total 05
Religion and Culture
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1
Gundert – The Man, The
Language
Religion and
Culture
Sanju Surendran Thrissur
2
Jaunsaris Rhythm & Resonance
Religion and
Culture
Ajay Sharma Gautam Budh
Nagar
3
Majuli – a unique cultural
landscape
Religion and
Culture
Someswar Bhowmik Kolkata
4
Jal Dindi – An Experience Religion and
Culture
Amit Bane Mumbai
Total 04
Social Advertising and PSAs
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1
School Fees Social Advertising
and PSAs
Venkat Bharadwaj Bangalore
2
Seeking A Space Called Peace Social Advertising
and PSAs
Maaz Kazmi Pune
3
Share Care Joy Social Advertising
and PSAs
Aatish Dabral Mumbai
Total 03
Student films
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1
Bharatmata Ki Jai – Long Live
Bharatmata
Student films “Amol Ranjan, Anurag Mazumdar,
Arpita Chakraborty,
Avadhoot Khanolkar and
Shweta
Radhakrishnan”
Mumbai
2
Daane Daane Pe Student Films Mridula Chari, Nithila Kanagasaba,
Nitya Menon and
Krishna Panchal
Mumbai
3
Breakin’ Mumbai Student Films Sumit Singh, Aakriti Kohli,
Sandeep Kr. Singh, Gin Khan
Siam and Shweta Ghosh
Mumbai
Signature (Jury Chairperson): ……………………………………….
4
A Commons Story Student Films Ananda Siddhartha, Epti Pattnaik,
Piyush Garud and Pratik
Bhakta
Mumbai
5 A Walk to Educate Student Films Alokesh Sharma New Delhi
6 Akkanathil – At That Moment Student Films Keerthinath. R Chennai
7 Take Back The Fight Student Films Mrinal Singh Noida
8 Mission Thiruvanmiyur Student Films Hari Chennai
9 The Delhi Boy Student Films Anubhav Singh New Delhi
10
Firaaq – A Keen Desire Student Films Prachi Chhabra and Apoorva
Paliwal
New Delhi
11 Bheka Student films Vipul Mahapurush Ahmednagar
12
Punjab: Lets Make It Drug
Free
Student Films Navkiran Kaur Mohali
13 Amidst Dark Student Films B. Sohini Singh Hyderabad
14 Lost Student films Darpan Bajaj Faridabad
15
Badalte Nakshe Changing
Maps
Student films Nitya Menon, Nithila Kanagasabai,
Archana Sadar and
Likokba
Mumbai
16 City of Tears Student films Siddhant Joshi New Delhi
17 Duhita – My Daughter Student films Nandita Bhubaneswar
18 Daawa – Rope Student films Aashutosh Bhosekar Pune
Total 18
Animation for a better world
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1
The Thirsty Crow Animation for a
better world
Snehasis Das Bhubaneswar
Total 01
Education
S.no Title Category Name of the Director (S) City
1
Jyotirgamay – From Darkness
to Light
Education Gauri Warudi Pune
Total 01
Signature (Jury Chairperson): ……………………………………….
About the Organiser
The Woodpecker film festival and forum is part of the ‘Cinema for Change’ initiative
launched by CMSR foundation. The foundation is a not-for-profit wing of New Delhi
based communication and research think tank CMSR Consultants and a registered
body under the Indian Trust Act. It has been established to harness the power of information,
education and communications to achieve positive social change.
http://www.cmsrfoundation.org

Mahindra scores in Oz

MAHINDRA SHOWS STRENGTH TO SCORE AGAIN IN AUSTRALIA

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Phillip Island, Australia, October 20, 2013: Mahindra rider Efrén Vázquez showed true racing grit in Australia, fighting back into a big leading group in the closing stages to regain seventh place, giving the only Indian grand prix machine another top ten finish in its first development season.

The 27-year-old Spaniard from Bilbao was the fastest man on the track in the closing laps, as his choice of a harder rear tyre began at last to pay dividends. He closed a gap that had been more than four seconds to the leader to rejoin a fearsome leading group, and was starting to gain places. The chequered flag came one lap too early for him to do better than seventh. He was only 1.1 seconds behind the race winner.

Vazquez had qualified third, for his first front-row start of the season, and the Mahindra MGP3OⳠfifth.

The race was a massive disappointment for team-mate Miguel Oliveira (18, from Portugal). Fresh from scoring the white-and-red MahindraⳠmaiden top-three podium in Malaysia, Oliveira was making up places after a third-row start when he was jostled at the hairpin halfway round the first lap.

He ran out of track room, hit another bike, and crashed spectacularly, the Mahindra looping through the air. The bike was not badly damaged, and Miguel remounted at the back to recover to an eventual 26th.

The first race of the day, the Moto3頷as the only grand prix to run to full distance, with both Moto2 and MotoGP cut in length because of concerns about high tyre wear on the resurfaced 4.448-km Phillip Island circuit. It started in dry conditions, and while spots of rain brought out the warning flags, the full 23 laps were completed on a dry surface.

The race was won by Spaniard Alex Rins, by inches from Maverick Vinales, with Luis Salom completing an all-Spanish podium. The top seven crossed the line within 1.1 seconds.

The Mahindra MGP3O, designed and built in record time for a competitive debut at the first race of the year, has made history for India throughout its maiden season, the latest milestone being the historic first rostrum in Malaysia last Sunday. After todayⳠrace, Mahindra is just six points away from gaining second place in the Constructors Championship.

The next race, in the third of three ᦬yaways⠩n a row, is at Motegi in Japan next Sunday. Two weeks later, the 17-round Moto3 season concludes at Valencia in Spain.

 

EFRÉN VÁZQUEZ 7th Position

It was a very difficult first lap. In the fourth corner another rider came in hard and hit me, then some other riders including Miguel crashed next to me, and I lost some positions. The gap to the front was one or two seconds. I tried to push and get my rhythm and stayed in the group, then I made some mistakes fighting with Antonelli, and lost touch. This track is really difficult without a slipstream and I was losing a few tenths every lap. Then I saw the lead group was fighting and losing time, and I pushed even harder to catch up. I got one place back, but there was no time to do more.

 

MIGUEL OLIVEIRA 26th Position

I was trying to gain positions braking up the inside at the hairpin on the first lap, but some guy behind me was pushing my bike forward. I donⴠknow if I locked the brake or exactly what happened, but I couldnⴠavoid crashing. The bike was okay, so I went again, just tried to do my lap times and finish the race. I knew I couldnⴠcatch the leaders, but I tried anyway.

 

MUFADDAL CHOONIA CEO, Mahindra Racing

Racing can be so cruel At the last race Miguel finished on the podium, a week later he was unlucky to crash on the first lap. However Efrén showed his strength at this race, and finished well to gain valuable points. Mahindra is still in the hunt for second overall in the Constructors Championship.

Gauri Monga Takes honour in opening day

Gauri Monga Takes Opening Day Honours at the 4th USHA DGC LADIES OPEN AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP 2013

 

New Delhi, October 15: Home favourite Gauri Monga sank back to back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes to grab the lead at the end of Day 1 of the 4th USHA DGC LADIES OPEN AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP 2013. Gauri finished the day with a score of two under 70, a clear three strokes ahead of second placed Ridhima Dilawari, also of the Delhi Golf Club. Both Gauri and Ridhima put up a fine display of percentage golf, both carding just one bogey through 18 holes, but Gauri’s three birdies on the day, meant she holds a great advantage going in to Day 2.

Gauri’s was also the only sub-par round of the day as most of the field struggled to even save par on a course which has been known to test even the very best. Seher Atwal came in third with a card of three over 75 and defending champion Tvesa Malik finished joint fourth with an eventual score of six over 78.

Some other fancied competitors like Gaurika Bishnoi (seven over 79) who won the Northern Indian Open last week at Gurgaon’s Classic Golf course and Millie Saroha (eight over 80) also finished well within the top 10 to stay well in the hunt. There are 36 more holes to encounter before the winner is decided in this three day event.

ABOUT USHA INTERNATIONAL

Usha International Limited is a trusted house hold consumer durables company with a turnover well over Rs. 2000 crores today. The company is a major supporter of Indian golf and is proud of its long-term association with the sport, covering the entire spectrum of the game. Usha has been associated with ladies golf for over 25 years, and is now the nationwide sponsor of the entire Indian Golf Union (IGU) Ladies Tour. In addition, Usha is committed to supporting golf at the juniors level, sponsoring IGU Junior tournaments in Delhi, Bangalore, Chandigarh, and is closely associated with the Junior Training Program (JTP) at the Delhi Golf Club.

Yuvi back in Indian squad

Yuvraj back in Team India, squad for Oz series announced
Yuvraj back in Team India, squad for Oz series announcedUpdated on : 30-09-2013 02:21 PM
In-form senior batsman Yuvraj Singh made a comeback but pacer Umesh Yadav was dropped from the 15-member Indian cricket team announced on Monday for the first Twenty20 International and three ODIs against Australia starting 10th October in Rajkot.

Yuvraj, who last played for India against England in an ODI in Dharamsala last January, was recalled after a string of fantastic scores for India A against West Indies A and a solid display for India Blue in the recently-concluded NKP Salve Challenger Series.

Yuvraj scored 337 runs in five List A matches at an average of 67.40 with a highest score of 123 against the touring Caribbean side. He also scored a quickfire 52 against West Indies A in a T20 game in Bangalore.

With his more than useful left-arm spin as back-up, Yuvraj is certain to play an important role in that Indian bowling line-up in the middle overs.

Yuvraj replaced Dinesh Karthik, who didn’t do much since his comeback save a lone half century in the Champions Trophy.

Opener Murali Vijay, who hasn’t set the limited overs stage on fire was also dropped from the squad announced by the selection committee headed by Sandeep Patil.

One of the notable exclusions was pacer Umesh Yadav, who didn’t do his case a world of good by performing poorly in the Challenger Series giving away 67 runs in 10 overs and a whopping 85 runs in 9 overs respectively in the two matches he played for India Red.

Bengal speedster Mohammed Shami, seasoned Karnataka seamer Ranganath Vinay Kumar and promising Saurashtra left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat were retained from the pace attack that played its last international series in Zimbabwe.

Haryana paceman Mohit Sharma was dropped from the squad while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma made a comeback after well deserved rest. Bhuvneshwar bowled India Blue to Challenger Series triumph with a four-wicket haul in the final.

Young Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder Perveez Rasool made way for senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin while Amit Mishra held on to his place in the squad having taken 18 wickets in the last series against Zimbabwe.

The reserve batsman’s place in the squad was a battle between Ambati Rayudu and Ajinkya Rahane with very little to choose between them. In the end, Rayudu who now plays for Baroda in Ranji Trophy, got the nod ahead of the Mumbaikar.

According to a reliable source, the names of senior pros Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir did not even come up for discussion but the selectors will be keenly following their performance in the four-day match against the West Indies A in Hubli, Karnataka from Wednesday.

Squad (1 T20 International and first 3 ODIs):

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Amit Mishra, Ambati Rayudu.

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Workshop organized by Group of Adult Education JNU

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Three day workshop organized by Group of Adult Education, School of Social Sciences, JNU
September 29th 2013: A three day workshop was organized by the Group of Adult Education, JNU from September 27th to September 29th 2013 to promote gender harmony on and off campus, specially focussing on the gender discord that gave rise to the shocking mishappening on July 31stin JNU, when a male student brutally attacked a female student and then committed suicide. The workshop was another serious effort in the series of efforts that the Group of Adult Education is making individually on its own initiative to figure out better ways of resolving issues among students related to different aspects of their life, especially those, that they find hard to discuss with others and end up in spoiling their career or life. The theme of the workshop was that instead of adopting a short-term superficial approach of making the system stronger and more oriented towards punishment and enforcement of rights and laws, there should be a serious attempt to ‘save’ lives and careers from being spoilt by providing the right king of education and imbibing harmonious culture among students along with the values that promote harmony rather than discord and contradictions. The Group of Adult education is planning to launch an active campaign across the campus to increase awareness about such issues and save students from getting  indulged into destructive behaviour of this kind, as a part of a long-term strategy aimed at creating value-based human resource that not only survives to earn a living but also knows to earn it in a harmonious manner ensuring dignity and safety for all sections of the campus that might be weaker or marginalised in one way or the other.
JNU’s Vice Chancellor addressed the students saying that such efforts should not come as a reaction to mishappenings or fatal events but infact, they should be practiced and incorporated into the essential elements of JNU culture so that such events should not occur at all. He emphasised that JNU can and has to become an example for other universities across the country for promoting a harmonious culture that respects the dignity of every individual equally. He mentioned that out of the four committees set up by JNU to scrutinize the 31st July mishappening, one of the committee is for addressing student issues through the way that the Group of Adult Education is promoting, though the Group has not been assigned any task by the Committee. The Group has been proactively engaging students through different means to be a part of a ‘dialogue’ rather than ‘discord.’ The Vice Chancellor also suggested that such training programmes could be devised not only for the students but for the staff of JNU as well. The Group is also planning to introduce a new course or a small training programme for all JNU students that might be made mandatory for all students, if approved, so that a sensitive and positive culture finds way in the campus through practical education and training.
Organizer and coordinator of the workshop, Dr. Ajay Kumar, stressed that in the present scenario, where insensitivity towards certain sections of the society, especially women, is increasing, a different and novel approach of sensitizing the students towards these sections is required lest more careers would be spoiled and more lives would be ruined. He showed his concern towards the confrontational, egoistic culture among the youth today that may lead them nowhere and prove a threat to their future as well as the society as a whole. Chairperson of the Group, Dr. Bhagwan Josh also addressed the students and called the efforts by the Group as a ‘creative exercise’ which should keep continuing for the benefit of students in order to address their concerns effectively and positively.
Experts from the academic as well as the corporate world shared engaged students into constructive practices through documentary films on the condition of women in India, Kabir and harmony, apart from games, special recreational activities, meditation sessions, serious debates and discussion.
Mr. Raj S. Amonkar, (expert) said that “we can give only what we have within ourselves.” He added that in order to change our behaviour towards sections in the society that have been victimised by power structures and power relationships, we need to start from ‘self understanding’.  Experiential wisdom needs to be integrated within the education process. The “practice of wisdom and the wisdom of practice” are the present missing links in our  education system. This will enable every student and teacher to optimize learning, living, and contributing that symbolize harmony and respect for others.
Dr Suneet Varma, (expert) stressed that power relationships in the society are a cause for such problems, in particular the patriarchal structure of the society, and the solution lies in understanding ourselves better. Further, there is a need to change our approach towards each other based on an experientially grounded knowledge of the oneness of humanity, which is only possible via the insights available in wisdom traditions. In this regard, Indian thought has an immense lot to offer, and not just to Indians but the world at large.

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AirAsia is Business Traveller’s ‘Best Low-Cost Airline’

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SEPANG, 30 October 2013 – AirAsia was once again distinguished as the best in its class, when the airline was awarded with the ‘Best Low-Cost Airline’ award at the 2013 BusinessTraveller Asia-Pacific’s Awards ceremony, held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong recently.

This is the second successive win for AirAsia, a nod to the airline’s growing power and its stature as the market leader in the low cost carrier segment.

AirAsia first won the ‘Best Low-Cost Airline’ award category last year, when it was first introduced by Business Traveller Asia Pacific in recognition to the growing force of budget carriers in the region.

AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes said, “This second ‘Best Low-Cost Carrier’ award win represents the unwavering support and belief from our guests towards our services and products. We thank them for choosing AirAsia as the airline of choice for their travels.

“We will continue to work hard to maintain our leadership spot and uphold our pledge to present our guests with unbeatable low fares and exceptional products and services. This win is also due to the collective contributions of our ‘AirAsia Allstars, whose hard work, passion, dedication and creativity made this recognition possible.

The Travel Awards ceremony is a premier annual event for over 20 years and a much awaited event by top players in travel and hospitality, to etch their names in the industry’s roll of honour.

AirAsia was chosen as the inaugural award winner through votes by Business Traveller readers, recognizing the airline as a service provider which has maintained impeccable standards and making journeys seamless and productive.

This comprehensive survey was conducted annually among Business Traveller subscribers, and the 2013 results are based on data collected between April and June this year.

For more than 20 years the awards have rewarded the excellence that its readers have experienced on their travels during the previous year.

AirAsia is a household name which has flown over 200 million guests since it was established nearly twelve years ago with a mission to democratize air travel in the region and has been operationally profitable from day one of its launch as a low-cost carrier. The airline now has operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, servicing the most extensive network with 85 destinations.

Business Traveller heads the portfolio of titles belonging to the international publishing house, Panacea Publishing, headquartered in London. Business Traveller Asia-Pacific is one of 10 titles around the world, including Business Traveller China.

Since its first issue in April 1982, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific has provided a valuable resource for frequent travellers and served as a dynamic platform for their concerns.

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Narendra Modi, opposition parties taken for a ride on illegal biometric data collection

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Now Gujarat & other States must withdraw from MoU signed with UIDAI

Illegitimate and illegal biometric identification of citizens like
prisoners should be stopped

Lawyers, students, citizens should boycott biometric identification
against bribing of voters

SEPTEMBER 28, 2013: After Statement of Concern by eminent citizens
like Justice V R Krishna Iyer , adverse report of the multi party
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, the judgment of the
Punjab & Haryana Court, the order of National Human Rights Commission
to the Union Home Secretary Affairs, the admission  of a complaint
regarding illegal, illegitimate and unconstitutional subordinate
legislation for biometric Aadhhar/UID by Parliamentary Committee on
Subordinate Legislation, in a series of statements on Twitter,
Narendra Modi, the Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP and Gujarat
Chief Minister has asked the Indian National Congress led Government,
“Were all states on board on Aadhaar?” in the aftermath of the Supreme
Court ‘s order of September 23 rebuking the Government for making it
mandatory.

Modi said, “When the SC raised these points, the PM must tell nation
that did all states and departments approve Aadhar? But you just spent
huge money. You need to answer nation for that. What the Supreme Court
said today, I raised the similar point three years ago. I told him to
convene a National Security Card meeting, consult Chief Ministers, but
he did nothing. Nation wants to know from the PM how much money was
spent on Aadhar card? Who gained from it? What about the questions the
SC raised?” As an immediate follow up, Gujarat Government must
withdraw from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), it signed with
the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

In a letter dated Jun 25, 2011, Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties
(CFCL) had written to Gujarat Chief Minister pointing out threats to
national security and civil leberties from the UID number. The letter
had urged him to withdraw from the attached MoU that was signed by
Shri V. N. Maira. IAS. Principal Secretary (Planning), General
Administration Department, Gujarat Government on June 9, 2010. CFCL
urges Government of Gujarat and all the State Governments, especially
the ones ruled by the non-Congress parties to withdraw from the MoUs
they have signed with UIDAI. So far they have failed to apply their
legal minds to it the way they did in the case of National Counter
Terrorism Centre (NCTC). They have failed to appreciate that UID, NPR,
NCTC and National Intelligence Grid is linked and is being linked with
Census and Voters’ database.

Unmindful of threat to federalism most States including Jharkhand,
Bihar, Odisha, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal  have signed a MoU
with UIDAI. Surprisingly, the States which were quite vocal about
threats to federal structure from Union Home Ministry‘s National
Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) and National Intelligence Grid
(NATGRID) that integrates 21 sets of databases have been caught
unawares by the creation of UID’s Centralized Identities Data Register
(CIDR) disregarding the fact that Planning Commission’s CIDR and Home
Ministry’s National Population Register (NPR) is going to be
converged. State Governments have chosen to listen to consultants who
are more interested in making a quick sale of their biometric,
identification and surveillance technology products.

In 1906, another Gujarati, Mahatma Gandhi had encountered a similar
Asiatic Law Amendment Ordinance proposed by the Transvaal Government
in the August 22 issue of the Government Gazette required all Indians
in the Transvaal region of South Africa, eight years and older, to
report to the Registrar of Asiatics and obtain, upon the submission of
a complete set of fingerprints, a certificate which would then have to
be produced upon demand. Fingerprints were then demanded only from
criminals, and the subjection of women to such a requirement had no
other objective but the humiliation of Indians. Gandhi understood well
that the Ordinance effectively criminalized the entire community and
must be challenged. At a meeting held in Johannesburg, 3000 Indians
took an oath not to submit to a degrading and discriminatory piece of
legislation. This gave birth to Satyagraha. Gandhi later wrote that
the ordinance illustrated hatred towards Indians which, if passed,
“would spell absolute ruin for the Indians in South Africa.”

How is CIDR of Aadhaar and NPR which also generates Aadhaar ‘number
different from the ‘register of Asiatics’ opposed by Mahatma Gandhi?
If Indians forget the lesson of this resistance movement it would
“spell absolute ruin for the Indians” of the present and future
generations.

A historic eight-year-long resistance campaign against biometric
identification happened from August 1906 to January 1914 in the
British colony of Natal, and Boer Republic of Transvaal, South Africa.
In August 1906, the Asiatic Law Amendment Ordinance was signed into
law in the Transvaal. It was a humiliating and discriminating law
forcing Indians in the Transvaal to register with the ‘registrar of
Asiatics,’ submit to physical examinations, provide fingerprints, and
carry a registration certificate at all times. Otherwise, Indians and
other ‘Asiatics,’ as they were called, could be fined, imprisoned, or
deported. A delegation of Indians sailed to London to meet with
British Secretary of State Lord Elgin. In 1912, Gopal Krishna Gokhale
visited South Africa and expressed his support for the struggle
against biometric idnetification. In early 1914, an agreement was
reached with the protestors and the Black Act seeking biometric
identification was abolished.

Historians rightly say that all history is contemporary history. It
was reported on October 6, 20111 that Gujarat Chief Minister wrote to
the Prime Minister questioning the need for biometric data collection
for National Population Register (NPR) by Registrar General of India &
Census Commissioner, Union Ministry of Home Affairs. Gujarat stopped
collection of biometric data for creation of the NPR. In his letter to
the Prime Minister, Modi raised objections over both the Unique
Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which is creating Unique
Identification (UID)/Aadhaar Number and Registrar General of India,
which is creating the NPR, collecting biometric data. In his letter to
Manmohan Singh, Modi wrote, “there is no mention of capturing
biometrics in the Citizenship Act or Citizenship Rules 2009”. He
added, “In the absence of any provision in the Citizenship Act, 1955,
or rules for capturing biometrics, it is difficult to appreciate how
the capture of biometrics is a statutory requirement. Photography and
biometrics is only mentioned in the Manual of Instructions for filling
up the NPR household schedule and even in that there is no mention of
capturing the Iris”. After Gujarat stopped collection of biometric
data, the then Union Minister of Home Affairs, P Chidambaram sent a
letter to Modi in August 2011 pointing out that creation of the NPR
was a “statutory requirement” under the Citizenship Act, 1955, and
“once initialized, has to be necessarily completed”. The Union
Minister of Home Affairs had also requested the CM to instruct state
government officers to cooperate in creation of the NPR.
This was when the entire media, the citizens and the political class
was hoodwinked into believing that there was a rift between Nandan
Nilekani’s UIDAI under Planning Commission and Dr C Chandramouli’s NPR
under Union Minsitry of Home Affairs

But Modi chose to side with UIDAI in an apparent rebuff to
Chidambaram. Modi kicked off UID/Adhaar project in Gujarat on May 1,
2012 by giving his biometric information for his aadhaar/UID number
and enrolled under the UIDAI project. Strangely, Modi did not object
to his biometric identification under UID as he did with regard to
NPR. Modi did so despite the fact that Yashwant Sinha headed
Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) on Finance rejected the UID
project and the UID Bill in its report to the Parliament on December
13, 2011. However, it may be noted that one sentence of the PSC report
appears to endorse biometric NPR. Was it a case of Sinha trying to
side with Chidambaram and Modi trying to side with Nilekani? It
appears that Modi has been taken for ride with regard to the
UID/Aadhaar and Sinha with regard to NPR as they failed to see through
the ‘approved strategy’. Now it is clear that the staged rift that was
created between Home Ministry and Planning Commission’ UIDAI on UID
and NPR was motivated and was meant to take legislatures, citizens,
States and media for a ride. Both Modi and Sinha got misled because
Chidambram left the Home Ministry and became the Finance Minister.
Notably, the UIDAI was the proposed by the Ministry of Finance in
2009. Thus, both were outwitted by Chidambaram. Modi’s letter to the
Prime Minister objecting to the biometric data collection sought by
Chidamabram was made irrelevant. Modi’s biometric data is now the
property of UIDAI and because UIDAI and NPR data is to be collated ‘as
per approved strategy’ it is also the property of Registrar General of
India’s NPR to which he had objected.

The Terms of Reference No. 8 of Planning Commission’s notification
dated January 28, 2009 that created Unique Identification Authority of
India (UIDAI) in pursuance of the 4th meeting of the Empowered Group
of Ministers, states, “Take necessary steps to ensure collation of NPR
and UID (as per approved strategy)”.

A Prime Minister’s Office which has been promoting biometric data
collection purportedly to make delivery of social welfare programs
leak proof itself isn’t leak proof. Given a choice between leakage or
theft of citizens database of sensitive personal information and
leakage of public distribution system and delivery social welfare
services what would be be chosen and which can be plugged more easily.
Recently, database of Greece has been stolen as per Reuters and the
database of Pakistan and Egypt has been handed over to US as per the
diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks.

In UID/Aadhaar Enrolment Form, Column 9 reads: “I have no objection to
the UIDAI sharing information provided by me to the UIDAI with
agencies engaged in delivery of welfare services”. In front of this
column, there is a “Yes” and “No” option. Irrespective of what option
residents of India exercise (which is being ticked automatically by
the enroler in any case as of now), the fact is this information being
collected for creating Centralized Identity Data Register (CIDR) and
NPR (column 7) will be handed over to biometric technology companies.
At a lecture on November 23, 2012, Nilekani ominously stated that if
you do not have the Aadhaar you will not get the right to rights. UID
is like a financial address for the people. The question is if Aadhaar
is only an identifier of residents of India how does it accord to
itself an inherent right to approve or disapprove rights of citizens
to have rights? Karnataka based groups have informed that the name
Aadhaar is linked to the NGO of Nilekani that worked in the matter of
Bangalore Agenda Task Force from 1999 to 2004.

All claims of benefits are highly suspect from biometric
identification as long as total cost is presented to the Parliament
and citizens. A World Bank paper of 2013 has revealed that linking
biometric identification with cash transfer influences voters’
behavior in favour of the ruling party which does so. After buying MPs
through MPLAD scheme initiated by Narshimha Rao Government to protect
his minority government, it is another attempt to bribe voters.
In the back drop of his phone being tapped by the Ministry of Home
Affairs, Arun Jaitley, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha
wrote, “This incident throws up another legitimate fear. We are now
entering the era of the Adhaar number. The Government has recently
made the existence of the Adhaar number as a condition precedent for
undertaking several activities; from registering marriages to
execution of property documents. Will those who encroach upon the
affairs of others be able to get access to bank accounts and other
important details by breaking into the system? If this ever becomes
possible the consequences would be far messier.” It is evident that it
has become possible but the opposition party continues to implement it
in the states where it is the ruling party despite admitting gnawing
concerns. In fact all the opposition parties including from the left
and socialists are doing so either in collusion or due to their
gullibility.

When asked “whether or not you think by the year 2050 there could be a
global system … (which) would be a real influence on knocking down the
nation state, which I think needs knocking down.” Nilekani admitted at
a conference, “there is nothing technologically limiting for having
the whole population of the world on the system.” This poses a grave
threat to sovereignty of the citizens and the country. He and his
project appear quite complicit in the unconstitutional act of
surrendering country’s interest in favour of a global system led by
ungovernable and undemocratic business enterprises not by democratic
legislatures.

More than four years have passed; Nilekani has refused to reveal
whether or not he has himself enrolled for biometric unique
identification (UID)/aadhaar number. Can we expect him and his bosses,
Dr Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Pranab Mukherjee and
cabinet ministers to enroll before his terms expires next year?  This
information has been denied under the RTI.

As per the communication from Unique Identification Authority of India
(UIDAI), an attached office of Planning Commission, Government of
India dated July 2, 2010, “The decision for appointment of Chairman
was conveyed by the Cabinet Secretariat”.

The Planning Commission’s notification dated July 2, 2009 reveals that
“the competent authority has approved the appointment of Nandan
Nilekani, Co-Chairman, INFOSYS as Chairperson, Unique Identification
Authority of India, in the rank and status of a Cabinet Minister.
Nilekani will hold appointment for an initial tenure of five years”.
Nilekani joined Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) not
in person but in his role as co-chairman of the board of directors of
Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981 and served
as director on the company’s board since its inception to July 2,
2009.  This appears manifestly incestuous. It was the Chairman,
Infosys Ltd, an artificial person who was asked to head UIDAI, and not
a natural citizen. The notification shows that a copy was marked to
Nilekani, CEO, President & MD, Infosys Technologies Ltd., Corporate
Headquarters besides the Secretary Generals of Secretariats of Lok
Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

While presenting the Union Budget 2009-10, the then Finance Minister,
Pranab Mukherjee announced the setting up of the UIDA to in “establish
an online data base with identity and biometric details of Indian
residence and provide enrolment and verification services across the
country” in paragraph no. 64 of his speech allocating 120 crores to
it. Coincidentally, immediately after this announcement, the then
Finance Minister underlined the need for “the modernization of police
force in the States” in paragraph 65 of the speech that dealt with
“National Security”. In this speech of July 6, 2009 the then Finance
Minister informed the Parliament about the arrival of Nilekani without
naming him saying, “This project is very close to my heart. I am happy
to note that this project also marks the beginning of an era where the
top private sector talent in India steps forward to take the
responsibility for implementing projects of vital national
importance.”

Notably, Yashwant Sinha headed Parliamentary Standing Committee on
Finance rejected The National Identification Authority of India Bill,
2010 meant to legalize and legitimize illegitimate and illegal UIDAI,
the sensitive biometric information collector. Despite this Gujarat,
Tripura, Bihar, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and
other States continued to implement it. It is high time they desisted
from doing so the way Barack Obama and 25 States of USA opposed the
REAL ID Act, 2005 and UK, Australia, China, France and European Court
of Human Rights rejected indiscriminate collection of biometric data.

CFCL wants to know as to whether the opposition parties are too
helpless in the face of intelligence agencies to disassociate their
States from such initiatives? In UK, the opposition party did oppose
it and displaced Tony Blair government.

In the face of such assault on Parliament’s prerogative, State’s
autonomy, citizens’ rights and the emergence of a regime that is
making legislatures subservient to database and data mining companies,
the urgent intervention of the PSC, Parliament, States, political
parties and citizens cannot be postponed anymore.

For Details: Gopal Krishna, Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL),
Mb: 09818089660, 08227816731, E-mail: gopalkrishna1715@gmail.com

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Artists Against Fascism

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Artists came together to brave the rain and general political apathy towards fascism and politics of hate at Jantar Mantar from 11 am to 5:30pm. Coming from varied backgrounds they all had one message – the need to protect communal harmony and peace in India. The programme organised by ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy) and Artists Against Fascism showcased the opposing views than that of the likes of Narendra Modi.
ANHAD believes that the first victims of communal and fascist regimes are artists and therefore we brought them to put forward the message of communal harmony and peace. The event showcased the importance of freedom of expression and creativity – the two most important features of a democracy under greatest threat if fascism comes to power. Sufi, Thumri, Pop-Music, Stand up Comedy, Theatre and Poetry were all themed on the need to fight communalism.
Targeted at the young and old alike the programme said our future cannot be dictated by politics of hate. Communal politics as epitomised by Narendra Modi are not the future of this country said Dhruv Sangari, a Delhi based Sufi singer. He added that the varied backgrounds and forms of art expressed on the stage highlight DEMOCRACY in action.  If Modi comes to power then communal violence is going to be our future leading to draconian laws of what women can wear, what music one may listen to, what films one may watches and what religion one follows said Sanjay Sharma a theatre artists and rights activists.
Communalism divides and in a country as diverse as India we cannot have that, said Namrata Pamnani, classical dancer. Schooled in Kathak dance her performance was about the violence and hatred that come hand in hand with communal politics. Even the development model of Narendra Modi was questioned by Sanjay  Rajoura a Delhi based Stand-up comedian. Requesting the audience to work against political dictators he highlighted the disconnect between the developed image of India and the absence of basic amenities like drinking water.
The politically charged performances included:
Vidya Rao the renowned Thumari singer opened the show.
Namrata Pamnani, Kathak dancer did a brief performance on the need to fight communalism as it only brings hate and violence in the lives of ordinary.
Sanjay Sharma, theatre activists and rights activist – performed a small skit on what life would be like under a fascist regime.
Aditya Dipankar – a young performer sang kabir dohas.
Sanjay Rajoure – stand-up comedian.
Rajnesh – from IPTA (Indian People’s Theatre  Association) recited poetry on the need to fight Narendra Modi and the politics he stands for.
Dhruv Sangari – Sufi singer.
Ashish Dha – recited poems on identity and the poverty of Delhi sang covers of Oh ree chariya, mad world by Garry Jules and is a composer of contemporary music.
Urshila Dance company – Delhi based contemporary dance troupe performed a highly charged political piece on harmony.
SCAVENGERS – Contemporary music band – Rap, Pop and Reggae sang songs on current issues, revolution and the struggle against ‘divide and rule’ policies.
Maya Rao – stand-up comedian and dancer.

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MAHINDRA PROGRESS CLEAR IN STRONG ARAGON RACE

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Aragon, Spain, September 29, 2013: Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira took a hard-fought fifth place at todayⳠAragon Grand Prix, fighting to the end with championship leader Luis Salom, and crossing the line less than a tenth of a second adrift after they had changed places four times in a thrilling final lap.

Team-mate Efrén Vázquez was tenth, after fighting for almost full distance in a big group of Moto3頭achines, also swapping back and forth as they battled for inches on the fast and scenic 5.078-km Motorland Aragon circuit.

A third Mahindra, the customer bike now in its second race with the Ambrogio team, finished 12th, in the hands of South African Brad Binder. It is the first time three of the new-this-year Mahindra MGP3O machines have finished in the championship points.

The race in the Spanish hinterland was the 13th of 17 rounds, and saw both factory riders and the constructor gain ground in the title standings. Oliveira gained two points on his nearest rival in fifth place; Vázquez moved from 11th to ninth; while Mahindra consolidated third in the Constructors championship, gaining one more point on Kalex-KTM in second.

Vázquez had qualified on the second row of the grid and Oliveira on the third, and both started well, with Oliveira (18, from Portugal) moving from seventh on lap one to fifth on lap three of the 20-lap race. By the end he and companion Salom had gained one more place, and were battling for fourth to the flag.

Vázquez finished lap one ninth, and spend almost the whole race fighting hard in a big gang of eight riders, changing places to the finish, at which point he was tenth.

Mahindra is the only Indian manufacturer in international motorcycle racing, and the MGP3O is up against established Japanese and European manufacturers in the Moto3 class, where single-cylinder 250cc four-strokes operate within strict technical rules.

The next race is the Malaysian Grand Prix in two weeks, the first of three ᦬yaway⠲ounds that then take the Grand Prix circus to Australia and Japan before the final round at Valencia in Spain.

MIGUEL OLIVEIRA fifth position

㉴ was a big battle at the end with Luis Salom. I passed him in turn one, he passed me again up the hill, and I passed him straight back. He then challenged me on the main straight, and I finished just behind him. I did what I could for any chance to better, I would like at least not to be disturbed at the start by other riders, but it is the price you pay when you come from behind on the grid. I was on the third row today. We have to look for better qualifying positions. That will be the key for us the races where we did best are always when we started from the first or second row.伯span>

EFRÉN VÁZQUEZ 10th position

ォg groups are always interesting in this category, and I was in a big group. More than the race, I⭠happy with my last laps. For the last five laps I switched off the traction control and my rhythm was much better. I did four consecutive good lap times. I think this is important. Now I see I can go really fast without traction control, so I want to continue in this direction for the next races. Sometimes the riders can do more than the electronics.伯span>

MUFADDAL CHOONIA CEO, Mahindra Racing

㉴ was a very exciting race, and it was good to see Miguel fighting so well with the championship leader, and also to see three Mahindra bikes in the top 12. It shows the steady progress we have made in development in the first year of the Mahindra MGP3O, and now we look forward to the next race, and the remaining rounds to the end of the new bikeⳠfirst season

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Modi at mega rally in Delhi

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Modi has reached Delhi and is to address the mega rally of nearly half million people at Japanese Park at township Rohini in New Delhi. His rally with latest technology will put up hundred of LED screen around the metro city and will be attended by three dozen head of foreign mission in India which shows his strength.Congress in order to curb his popularity has put up hoarding calling him the incongruous voice with nick name Fakhu. Nearly 20K Muslims will make their presence along with other minority community.Lot of money has been spent,on make arrangements on Metro rail facilities, on hoarding and other promotional expenses along with venue’s face uplift, rostrum design to be most impressive for the PM candidate of BJP or the shadow prime minister who make the BJP trend to take over from the Congress in ensuing General Election.This rally is Mission to demolish the rein of Sheila Dikshit, not to be CM Beyond 3 rd time. Will Modi jibes on UPA 2  latest ordinance which has been rebuked by the President, or take up the PM losing image while confabulating the International Leaders.Corruption in the Sheila Government will be the agenda in the speech of Modi and his rhetoric  with crescendo  to spread been on surging of price and galloping inflation accelerating fuel hike various times, electric bill spiraling, CWG scam, overspent of Delhi govt in various scheme, floundering of Yamuna funds ,bus corridor funds, Delhi Gov fund spent on promotional, Transport and DTC bus scam are charges time to time levied by BJP in public domain.

Lots of BJP leaders will appear with Modi on Delhi Rostrum.
Navjot Singh Sidhu spoke shooting lavish praise on Modi, he added if one wants to experience heaven he can experience in Gujarat,national leaders of BJP were missing but for President of BJP Nitin marked his present along with Modi.
Nitin rose and spoke with national voice,question Congress poor Q posters in the city against and rebukes congress for taking up false litigational matters and creating phobia of various kinds in the country and assures the model of Gujarat to be national model for prosperity, the nation is passing through alarming fiscal crisis and Modi is the ony saviour of the nation, Congress broken all records of scam and Rahul has addressed the PM’s decision very nonsense and such helpless PM cannot restructure the nation lets take a lesson from Atalji and people of the nation thus must support Modi for the betterment.
When Modi rose to address lots of cheers from the crowd greeted the BJP PM candidate. Modi said DelhiBJP is outright win with Vijay Geol,Vijay Malhotra,vijendra Kumar and Vijendra Sharma arethe symbols of vijay-win. Delhi is state which is sandwiched between various states,the Mothers state, the Son state even the Son in law has the state too, the Calition of UPA runs different forms govt whose head treats himself as the PM the Sikh but is not sardar. These numerous government,each form opposes in regular consonance alike various department and each annoyed with each other thus making mess of government unable to move ahead. Atal govt did run in consonance along with its coalition to take the nation ahead but this government is governance of conflicting interest. Delhi government is government of non performance and when any mishap occurs CM plays emotional card Modi question CM of Delhi her accountability to the people of Delhi, he adds she always skips her responsibly. Modi moved his narrative,when country faces the uphill task of fiscal crisis, first causality is CWG scam,not just horrendous financial mismanagement but has damaged our global image whereas all nations have successfully created brand building exercise in holding a global sports event,to name few nation,S Korea and China. Modi said we have lost the chance to hold to our worthy image in global arena found leaders build personal gain and empire. Everyday SC rebukes the national government on their actions but national Government is immune to such SC remarks.

Modi said,National Government is paralyzed,unable to act and is in bad habit unable to take decision on any matter. Today’s governments is devotee of Gandhi which is imprint of currency of India,lust of money is such is grossly greed of money’s in tons and tons which does not end anywhere. Taking on mal- administration,thus making each sector sick and the nation sick,we in BJP assure the nation with excellent swaraj ie good and able administration for all the citizen. We are the only nation marching backward,a joke as nation of more than billion people mulled in corruption and unemployment has reached to its highest level so let’s us make a promise to uproot this corrupt government.

Modi added. Delhi fails to provide electricity to its people,even VIP,PM mansions are provided with generator placated,Gujarat has surplus electricity and government has failed to provide the basic infra of electric generation which is need of the hours.China is way ahead of us,Modi reminded his audience. Modi attacking the Centre said the Department which are with centre such as Railway but has failed to make considerable progress in comparison to China later is competing with Japan,he further added that rhe National highway too is with centre but there also the national government has failed to reach to its target. In Aviation sector centre has made loss of 50kCr and taken loan of Lakh Cr shows their inability to cope up the promise of air travel.PM while interacting with US President has cried wolf of India’s poverty and begged for aid is thus lowering the image has skipped demography dividend is pain for us.

On meeting with Pakistan PM Modi narrative,Now PM to meet Pakistan PM,Pakistan PM invited press and said Indian PM behaved like villager woman complaining about Pak to US president.Those media people sitting in front of Pak PM should have quit such meet and all those Press people must be accountable to their nation in this regard. We should not stand to such disgrace to our PM and how this situation has arisen is due to people of Congress whose VP has called the PM a nonsense that is why the foreign dignitaries did not pay respect to our PM.

Nation suspect Our PM on Indo Pak PM meet whether he will be able to raise our voice against misdeeds of Pakistan and their army unethical actions at the border. Just 2days ago we all saw Dynasty vs Govt war was fumed. Will the government run by Prince of the family who keeps insulting the PM, the Cabinet, the Parliament and the Constitution,May I ask the leaders whether these institution will be run as per the whims of Prince or as per the Constitution of the nation, when President dismissed the Ordinance the Prince had his own way insulting the government.

This is time of election and is the turn to bring the Dream Team instead of dirty team for parties to run the nation. In coming Festive of election is nearing and we must bring close to get to nectar to bring comforts for all. We have to bring in novel vision, which is wholesome absent in this UPA, badly needs a dream of everybody’s welfare in celebrating 75 yrs of independence bringing glory on to us.

Modi said let me dwell onto my private life,I was selling tea in trains,tea vendor now at your stake, its you the people blessing made me to this level, I am not ruler but is only your servant and will always be people servant. Please believe in me and in my party and I assure you that I will never allow your hopes to diminish and will always be at your side for your service to bring prosperity and glory. My BJP party with loftier ideas of eminent Leaders of our party have one theme Nation First,Nation building as per the Constitution, Nation action lies in its is development for each and everybody.

Concluding he  asked his audience to repeat Vandamatram many times.

Thus Crowd went into ecstasy.

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7th day of Indefinite Hunger Strike by NAPM

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7th day of Indefinite Hunger Strike by NAPM National Convener, Suniti S R in Satara.
A meeting is convened on 30 Sept. 13 at 3 pm in Mumbai to discuss the issues of Wang Marathwadi PAPs.
Please act before the meeting takes place. 

Please communicate your support to the demands of Wang Marthwadi Dam affected action committee
1. Immediate releasing of the already promised compensation of crop produce to Wang Marathwadi affected families.
2. Withdrawal of false cases filed under influnce of corrupt  buracracy joining hands with contractors.
3.Order inquiries into all irregularities and take actions against the irresponsible officers.
4.Take PAPs into confidence in the process of Rehabilitation and Relocation in the Wang valley.
Please contact one or more of the following -
Mr. Patangrao Kadam, Minister of forest and rehabilitation – 022-2202 5398, 2202 4751, 2363 5688, 2363 2748 Min_Forest@maharashtra.gov.in
Mr. Milind Mhaiskar, Secretory Rehabilitation. – 022-2202 5274, sec r&r@maharashtra.gov.in
Mr. Shahsikant Shinde, Minister of Water resources and also Minister in-charge of Satara District (C/o Dr. Shirish Jadhav. 9594094222
Mr. Prithviraj Chavhan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra  022-2202 5151, 2202 5222. Fax 022-2202 9214, 2363 3272 chiefminister@maharashtra.gov.in
Mr. Ramaswami, The collector of Satara. 09423009326, collector_satara@maharashtra.gov.in
Mr. Prabhakar Deshmuki, Divisional commissioner, Pune  – 020-26362223, divcm.pune@maharashtra.gov.indcrespunedivn@yahoo.in,
Mr. Birajdar, MKVDC – 020-2613 5263, 2612 4931, cesppune@gmail.com,edmkvdcpune@yahoo.in , mkvdc@pn3.vsnl.net.in
Mr. Giri, Chief Engineering, Satara -  98502 10802,  str_sesipcsr@sancharnet.in
Mr. Rediyar, Executive Engineering, Satara  – 98508 92507, midsatara@rediffmail.com
A number of supporter groups of people are observing 12 hours fast and Dharna in their hometowns to express their solidarity with PAPs of Wang Marathwadi Dam.
Vinay R R
Suniti S.R.
National Alliance of People’s Movements,
c/o 6,Raghav,Shri Raghuraj Society,
Sinhgad Road,Pune 411030
e mail - andolan.napm@gmail.com
website - www.andolan-napm.in
Phone – 94235 71784, 020-24251404

The brief history of the movement is as under:

The gorge of the dam Wang Marathawadi dam in Teh. Patan of Dist. Satara was filled three years ago. When the affected farmers who did not get any rehabilitation probed into the procedure and as expected, found that the act of filling of the gorge was totally illegal. OFFICERS AND EVEN THE MINISTERS ALSO AGREE TO THE ‘IRREGULARITIES’ carried out in the task. Farmers could not sow their fields and get any farm produce. They rightly, demanded for the compensation as per the prevailing laws and that government had agreed but had not paid a single rupee in spite of repeated follow ups since last three years. A “Jalsatyagraha” agaitation in fornt of the collector’s office, a number meetings with the officials, ministers, even the Chief Minister of Maharashtra was of no avail. This has compelled them to go one step further and undertake a rally fast for three days followed by an “indefinite hunger strike” since 23rd Sept, 2013. Today is the fourth day of their hunger strike. A large number of people belonging to different social organizations, senior citizens have been visiting the agitation site since then and expressing their solidarity to the movement.

The Additional District Collector stated that they are waiting for the orders from the Ministry regarding the compensation to PAPs for filling up of the gorge. They also agreed to the fact that the proposal for payment of sustenance allowance to the PAPs since 2002 and also of the interest on 65% of the amount deducted from the PAPs in the name of rehabilitation that has not been paid since 2008 is ready.  They even showed readiness to rectify any discrepancies in this regard that may be found. However, they also stated that they do not have the detailed proposals and that they would try to get the same. On this, they were questioned as to how they had stated earlier that the proposals were in order. They did not have them at all.

The officials stated that the list of the 633 PAPs in the first stage is ready. The delegation demanded for a copy of the same. Though the officials agreed to make the copy available, they were reluctant to actually hand over the same immediately. Those very officials who show readiness to get the discrepancies cleared are not ready to hand over the list. This calls for a suspicion about their intention. It was brought to their notice that there are no proper civic amenities at the rehabilitation site.  The PAPs stated that a number of people who are actually not real PAPs, have been given compensation in the form of land or otherwise. The PAPs rehabilitated at Taigadewadi (Ghotil) by allotment of land plots are not the genuine ones. They demanded that an enquiry should be conducted in this regard. The officials stated that they will enquire in the matter.

It was brought to the notice of the officials that the promptness shown at the time of building the dam is absent at the time of rehabilitating those affected by the dams. The Government grants crores of rupees to the contractors in the name of enhancement of costs. The same Government compensates the PAPs as per the market rates or the ready reckoner. The PAPs demanded that if the builder has to face inflation, so does the PAP.

‘The Addl. Collector agrees that there isn’t enough land available for the rehabilitation of the PAPs. Then why doesn’t the same Collector demand that since the rehabilitation is not complete, the dam should be stopped?’ the PAPs demanded. The agitators have resolved that they will move or withdraw their agitation unless and until their demands for a compensation for the submergence, an action against those officials responsible for the illegal gorge filling, the withdrawal of cases against those agitators who opposed the illegal gorge filling and a clearance  for their proposal of  fair rehabilitation.

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U-21 Johor Cup Hockey: India enter finals

India have entered the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup, Under-21 hockey tournament by virtue of points. India will now face hosts Malaysia in the final match. India defeated Korea 6-1 in their fourth round-robin match yesterday at Johor Bahru in Malaysia. The win leaves India unbeaten in the tournament so far and they are on top of the table with 12 points from four games.

Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri to represent India at 2013 World Cup of Golf

 

 

New Delhi, September 24, 2013: India will be represented by the duo of Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf 2013, scheduled to be held from November 21 – 24, 2013, at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.

Gaganjeet Bhullar, currently ranked 150 in the world, the highest among Indian professionals, and Anirban Lahiri, the next highest ranked Indian professional at 191, will both be making their debut at the World Cup.

Gaganjeet Bhullar, who was recently conferred the Arjuna Award, India’s second-highest sporting honour, has posted a couple of good finishes in 2013. The 25-year-old from Kapurthala was the runner-up at the European Tour’s Avantha Masters earlier this year.  He also claimed tied eighth place at the European Challenge Tour’s Gujarat Kensville Challenge. Bhullar, a winner of five international events, is currently placed second on the Asian Tour Order of Merit and 105th on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings.

Anirban Lahiri, the other member of the Indian team, has enjoyed an excellent season on the Asian Tour in 2013. The 26-year-old Bangalore lad won the SAIL-SBI Open this year and followed that up with two more top-10 results including a runner-up finish at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters. Lahiri, a winner of three international titles, is currently in seventh position on the Asian Tour Order of Merit. Anirban also has two wins to his credit in the current PGTI season.

Mr. Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI, said, “Gaganjeet and Anirban have excelled and won laurels for the country at the international level in recent years. This is another opportunity for them to showcase their talent at the highest level of the sport. With the criteria for qualification and playing format being the same for the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, a good result for our professionals at the World Cup will prove a huge morale-booster for our chances at the Olympics. We wish Gaganjeet and Anirban all the best.”

Incidentally, Bhullar and Lahiri were part of the Indian quartet that won the silver medal in the team event at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.

Beginning in 2013, the World Cup of Golf becomes primarily an individual event with a team component. The 60-player field will be selected based on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) with up to two players per country allowed to qualify (four per country if they are within the top 15 of the OWGR). The format will return to 72 holes of stroke play, with the individuals competing for $7 million of the $8 million total purse. OWGR points will be awarded for the first time. The top two-ranked players from each country will compete for the team portion using combined stroke play scores. The individual portion is similar to what will be used at the 2016 Olympics.

India had recorded its best performance at the World Cup of Golf back in 2005 when the team comprising of Jyoti Randhawa and Arjun Atwal had finished a creditable ninth.

Coca-Cola India Announces 3rd Season of Coca-Cola Cricket Cup

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Coca-Cola India Announces 3rd Season of Coca-Cola Cricket Cup Under-16 Inter-School Cricket Tournament

·         Coca-Cola Cricket Cup takes forward Coca-Cola India’s commitment to promote a sporting culture and healthy active living in the country

·         Having begun in the last week of July, 2013, the 9 month tournament will involve participation from over 12,500 young cricketers across 850  plus schools in 70 districts

·         Partnership involves coaching clinics, sports medicine and sports nutrition camps, international exposure and training for selected cricketers

·         Entire program being mentored by former Test Cricketer Saba Karim

·         Cash Prizes worth 10 Lakhs

 

Mumbai, September 23, 2013: Coca-Cola India, the country’s leading beverage company, reiterated their commitment towards promoting grassroots cricket, while unveiling the highlights of the 3rd season of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup Under-16 Cricket Tournament, the country’s largest Inter-School Cricket Championship, in partnership with Procam International. This school cricket tournament will be played in 70 districts in 10 states, under the aegis of the respective State Cricket Associations.

The 3rd season was announced by Debabrata Mukherjee, Vice President – Coca-Cola India and South West Asia, along with Vivek B Singh, Jt. Managing Director, Procam International, Saba Karim, Chief Mentor & Former International Cricketer, Prof. Ratnakar Shetty and other officials and dignitaries associated with this unique project.

The occasion was also used to introduce to the media the three Coca-Cola Cricket Stars – Shivam Chauhan (Delhi), Vikas Dixit (Delhi) and Pranjul Puri (Indore), the most talented of the players from the second season, who spent a fruitful four weeks training under former Somerset cricketer Thomas ‘Tom’ Webley at the famous Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood, Hertfordshire.

This trip to UK was the first step in the mentoring and development of the three players as part of the commitment on behalf of Coca-Cola India and Procam International.

Charting the course for a bright cricketing future: The three Coca-Cola Cricket Stars have been signed up by Procam International, who will strive to make available to them the best facilities possible, to help them further their cricket careers.

A fund has been kept for these boys which will cover all their expenses arising from purchase of kitting and equipment, besides traveling abroad for training. Procam International will nurture these boys both on and off the field, hence enabling them to make the best use of their talent and opportunities and succeed in the sport of cricket.

The three players were in the UK from June 9 to July 5, 2013, training and playing matches almost every alternate day.

Launching the 3nd season of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup, Mr. Debabrata Mukherjee, Vice President – Coca-Cola India and South West Asia said “It gives me great pleasure to kick start a brand new season of the Coca-Cola U16 Cricket Cup. Sports are an integral part of our lives – an Active Healthy Living is important for a balanced lifestyle and we have always worked at supporting the same amongst the youth. This tournament is our endeavor on the same path. I sincerely hope this would give our young and aspiring players the confidence and boost to pursue their dreams in the sport. We look forward to an exciting season, with some amazing talents. All the best to everyone!”

The Coca-Cola Cricket Cup is an Inter-school grass root level cricket initiative to discover budding cricketing talent in the country. The program is open to all young cricketers in the age group of 12-16 years. The tournament will be played across 10 states in over 70 districts involving more than 12,500 young players from more than 850 schools.

 

Winners of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup will be awarded a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh, while the runners-up would get Rs. 70,000/-. 24 talented players selected from the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup – Inter-State Challenge will get a chance to attend a week long ‘Coaching Clinic’ under the guidance of Cricket India Academy. Post the week long coaching, the final Coca-Cola India team will be selected and given an opportunity to prove their mettle by participating in a competitive tournament against an invited International U-16 team from other cricket playing nations

Mr. Vivek. B. Singh, Jt. MD, Procam International, said “We are delighted to continue to have Coca-Cola India as our partners for the 3rd season of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup. Coca-Cola’s support for sporting events is well documented and this partnership has enabled us to encourage young cricketing talent in the country. It has served as an ideal platform to promote grassroots cricket, identify promising talent and groom the country’s next generation of International cricketers. With India’s vast population and geographical spread, it is not easy for talented players to find the right platform and emerge into the spotlight. The Coca-cola Cricket Cup aspires to be that platform for every deserving cricketer so that great talent never goes unrecognized”.

Speaking about the initiative, Mr. Saba Karim, former Test cricketer and Chief Mentor of the initiative, said, “At the end of the 9-month program, three best players –‘the Coca-Cola Cricket Stars’ will be groomed for a period of 3 years enabling them to realize their dream of donning International colors. Depending on their core strength, they will also get an opportunity to further hone their skills by attending training camps under the guidance of prominent ex-cricketers. The elaborate structure of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup will ensure that players play some tough cricket and prepare themselves to face bigger challenges.”

Amit Mishra, Indian Player  -  “Coca-Cola U16 school tournament is a great platform to help recognize young cricketers from across the country. Discovering and training these players from the grass root cricket level helps identify the talent pool in our country. It will be a pleasure to see the talent emerge from this platform and make our country proud with their sporting achievements. With efforts being put in by the corporates such as Coca-Cola & Procam, we hope to see sports being showcased to the children and I hope to see these children shine and perform in the years to come.”

The winning schools at each stage of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup stand to win significant prize money. The total purse for this tournament amounts to INR 10 lakh, besides awards and gifts as gratification. While all the teams reaching the pre-quarter-finals stage of the Intra-State championship will be presented with T-shirts and caps, the members of the teams that make the semi-finals will be presented with cricket kitbags. There will also be man of the match awards for each match from the pre-quarter-final stage onwards.

More About the Coca-Cola U-16 Cricket Cup

The Coca-Cola Intra-State Challenge will be played in Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (all 13 districts), Punjab (eight districts), Baroda, Tamil Nadu (Chennai + 8 districts), West Bengal (Kolkata + 18 districts), Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow, Kanpur & Allahabad), and Madhya Pradesh (4 districts). The format of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup has been structured to begin with the Intra-State Challenge. The centers that have more than one city or district will play their own inter-district before one winner emerges from each center. The winners from the ten centers will feature in the Inter-State Challenge.

Coca-Cola Cricket Cup’s Vision

BCCI over the past several years has done a tremendous job of enhancing the growth of cricket in India. They have done so by adopting a result oriented approach of organising age group tournaments all over the country through their state associations.

This has helped immensely in carving out talented individuals on a regular basis. Most of these cricketers have moved ahead and have brought laurels for their states and the country.

Seeing the vast potential and growing popularity of this game, Coca-Cola India has a vision of facilitating BCCI in their quest to tap talent. We believe that the future of Indian cricket lies in these young talented budding cricketers. We intend to provide a perfect opportunity and platform to all the youngsters across the country to showcase their talent, skill and equally important, pride and loyalty to their school. It gives BCCI and their affiliated state units a brilliant arena to scout for potential match winners.

We hope that this initiative will serve as an ideal platform to identify and nurture young talented cricketers for them to be able to get noticed by the state associations and BCCI to represent the country on an International level.

About Coca-Cola India

Coca-Cola in India refreshes millions of consumers throughout the country with an exciting range of beverages including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Thums Up, Fanta, Limca, Sprite, Maaza, Maaza Milky Delite, Minute Maid Pulpy Orange, Minute Maid Nimbu Fresh, Minute Maid Mixed Fruit, Minute Maid Apple, Georgia, Georgia Gold, Kinley, Kinley Club Soda, Burn and Nestea through a network of more than one million outlets. The company has invested more than US$ 1 billion in its Indian operations, emerging as one of the country’s top international investors. The Coca-Cola system in India employs more than 25,000 people directly. For more information and details on the company’s Indian operations please visit: www.coca-colaindia.com

About Procam International

In 1988, with a vision to provide a more holistic spend to the advertising rupee and a burning desire to ameliorate the prevailing professional standards for sportsmen, Anil and Vivek B. Singh created Procam International.

At a time when sports was considered the private domain of federations, who ran it as their personal fiefdoms, two people dared to dream large dreams and stand up for what they believed in.

Procam International is today a full-fledged sports management company, involved in the promotion of national and international sporting events, sports consultancy and live television programming.

Procam International has based its corporate philosophy on an open culture, with an emphasis on values and integrity. Procam International has promoted and conducted over 45 world events, which have elicited player participation of the highest caliber, as well as huge public interest.

The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and the TCS World 10K in Bangalore are three of the most prestigious distance running events in the world. This has established Procam International as the leading sports events creator in India. Its professionalism, attention to detail and dedication has won it the faith of its sponsors and partners.

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STAR Gold to simulcast first and final match

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STAR Gold to simulcast first and final match of Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty 2013

MIKA Singh to perform at the opening ceremony in Jaipur

Last chance for cricket fans to catch greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni in a T20 tourney

 

 

New Delhi, September 19, 2013 —Sports broadcaster STAR Sports today announced that STAR Gold will simulcast the first and the final match of the Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 2013. All the matches of the tournament will be showcased on STAR Cricket with Hindi commentary while STAR Sports and STAR Cricket HD will showcase the tourney in English.

The forthcoming Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 is the last time when cricket fans will be able to watch greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni together in a T20 tourney. STAR Sports also announced that famous singer Mika Singh will perform at the opening ceremony of the tournament in Jaipur on September 21.

 

Speaking on the occasion Vijay Rajput, Chief Operating Officer, ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd, said, “We are very confident about the success of Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 2013. Cricket followers can expect some scintillating, mouth-watering T20 cricket over the next 3 weeks as we have representation from top 4 IPL teams and the champion teams from leading cricket playing nations across the world.

Moreover, the forthcoming tourney is also special because it will be the last time when cricket fans will be able to watch greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni together in a T20 contest. This will add to overall euphoria around Karbonn Smart CLT20.

The Indian cricket team has not been action for almost two months now and cricket fans are eagerly looking forward to some interesting action on ground. This gap of cricket, we believe, will also attract more viewers to the CLT20 fold.”

STAR Sports has launched a high decibel marketing campaign based in the tournament promise - “Dekhiye Indian Champions ka saamna ab Duniya ke Champions se”. STAR Sports has roped in some of the biggest names from Bollywood to bring the power of passion and emotion of the fans to life in a unique campaign. The anthem, ‘Ragad, Ragad’ has been sung by Mika; Music Director Shantanu Moitra has composed the same while Prasoon Joshi has penned the lyrics. It is based on the ‘Abol Tabol’ genre of music which originates from West Bengal literally meaning weird and random.

The campaign captures the high energy of a global T20 tourney like Karbonn Smart CLT20. The theme video has pulsating music, interesting visuals to capture the imagination of Cricket fans.

Speaking on the Marketing Campaign, Prasoon Joshi, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer McCann Worldgroup India said, “Champions League is a unique property of Star Sports and Ragad Ragad concept is an attempt to create excitement around it through a very underground muqabala feel musically and cinematically, it has an infectious quality to it.”

Singer Mika Singh, said, “I am honored to be a part of this beautiful concept – to have sung the anthem for a global sporting property like Karbonn Smart CLT20. I am a huge fan of cricket and this is the first time that I am associating with this beautiful game which is no less than a religion in our country.

The Karbonn Smart CLT20 anthem is a celebration of cricket.  The music and lyrics are peppy and interesting – it is infectious and will catch the attention of the public. Shantanu Moitra and Prasoon Joshi have done a wonderful job. I am sure cricket fans will love it.”

The Group stage of Karbonn Smart CLT20 will commence on September 21 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Pepsi IPL champions Mumbai Indians will face against Rajasthan Royals in the opening match of the season.

Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals apart, Group A comprises of Highveld Lions (winner of South Africa’s domestic T20 competition), Perth Scorchers (KFC T20 Big Bash League runner-up), and Otago Volts (New Zealand’s HRV Cup champions)

Group B comprises of Brisbane Heat (KFC T20 Big Bash League champion), Trinidad & Tobago (West Indies T20 champion), Chennai Super Kings (runner-up in the Pepsi IPL 2013), Titans (South Africa’s domestic T20 runners-up), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (4th ranked team in Pepsi IPL)

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Sukriti Kalra

Senior Management Supervisor