New Delhi, November 18, 2014: The Hero World Challenge - the premier PGA TOUR event hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation – will tee-off at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Fla., in the United States, Dec. 4-7 this year.


The world’s top 18 golfers, including 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, will participate in the tournament with a total prize purse of US$3.5 million.


Other marquee players who have confirmed participation in the tournament include Billy Horschel, Bubba Watson, Chris Kirk, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, Hideki Matsuyama, Hunter Mahan, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Keegan Bradley, Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Steve Stricker and defending champion Zach Johnson.


Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest manufacturer of two-wheelers, is the Title Sponsorof the 72-hole, stroke play event. It is co-sponsored by the PGA TOUR and benefits the Tavistock Foundation and the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.


Mr. Pawan Munjal, Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd, said “This title sponsorship of the Hero World Challenge is reflective of Brand Hero’s rapidly expanding global footprint. We are eagerly looking forward to the Hero World Challenge as Tiger will be making his comeback to competitive golf after a long injury lay-off. Having been associated with the game in India for over two decades, and being the title sponsor of the Hero Indian Open for both men and women for several years, it is only befitting that we should be stepping on to the global arena of golf with the Hero World Challenge. This is just the beginning. Going forward, we will certainly look at further cementing this relationship.”


In 2013, the Tiger Woods Foundation announced the Hero World Challenge would relocate from Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., to Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Fla., in partnership with the Tavistock Group, who previously hosted the successful Tavistock Cup.


The Hero World Challenge will continue to raise funds and awareness for the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation and will also benefit the Tavistock Foundation.


Hero MotoCorp currently sells its range of motorbikes and scooters in 20 countries spread across Asia, Africa and South and Central America. By the year 2020, Hero aims to be present in 50 countries with an annual combined sales volume of 12 million units. By that year, Hero also aims to surpass the cumulative sales of 100 million two-wheelers.


Hero MotoCorp has been associated with sports for over two decades now. A keen golfer himself, Mr. Munjal is the Past Chairman of the Asian PGA Tour Board of Directors and the Past President of Professional Golfers Association of India (PGAI). The company also hosts the annual Hero Indian Open Golf tournament with participation from international marquee players. Hero has been sponsoring the men’s Indian Open since 2006 and the Women’s Indian Open since 2010. Hero also sponsors India’s domestic Pro Tour for women.


It was at the invitation of Mr. Munjal that Tiger Woods came to India on his maiden visit in February this year. Hero MotoCorp also supports its brand ambassadors and top golfers Anirban Lahiri, Shiv Kapur, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Daniel Chopra and India’s top woman professional golfer Sharmila Nicollet.


Hero is also one of the main partners of FIH – the apex body of global hockey, and was the title sponsor of the men’s hockey World Cup held in New Delhi in 2010.


Hero MotoCorp was also a Partner of the Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 and Presenting Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR).


Hero has also had a long association with cricket for more than two decades in various capacities – as one of the Global Partners of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and as team sponsors of Delhi Daredevils and later of Mumbai Indians teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL).


About the Tiger Woods Foundation


Where you come from shouldn’t mean failure. At the Tiger Woods Foundation, it doesn’t. Our programs break the cycle of poverty through college-access opportunities for low-income students. At Tiger Woods Learning Center campuses across the country, scholars in grades 5-12 are immersed in an interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum. Here, they make the connection between school and career, while planning a road map to college. Tailored to the needs of the first-generation scholar, the Earl Woods Scholarship Program provides four-year college scholarships coupled with an unyielding support system. But we don’t stop there. Through dedicated mentors, professional development workshops and internships, our


one-to-one philosophy ensures the success of our students in college and beyond. See how our scholars are smashing the cycle of poverty at tigerwoodsfoundation.org and@TWFoundation.


About Tavistock Group & Tavistock Foundation


Tavistock Group is an international private investment organization founded by Joe Lewis. With investments in hundreds of companies across 15 countries, Tavistock Group’s investment portfolio includes: life sciences, sports teams and sporting events, manufacturing and distribution, oil, gas and energy, financial services, restaurants, commercial properties, private luxury residential properties, resort properties and master-planned real estate developments. The Tavistock Foundation is dedicated to supporting communities in which Tavistock Group has significant business interests, with a focus on funding education and medical research programs. For more information, visitwww.tavistock.com.


About Isleworth Golf & Country Club


Nestled amongst the Butler Chain of Lakes, this 600-acre community has more than seven miles of shoreline and is highlighted by a championship golf course. Conceived by Arnold Palmer, designed by Ed Seay and recently enhanced by Steve Smyers, the course was built on rolling terrain and features generous, undulating and fast greens. The 18-hole course was selected as one of the Top 100 courses in the country in rankings by Travel + Leisure Golf, WSJ/Golfweek and LINKS Magazine. For information about the community, please visit www.isleworth.com or call Isleworth Realty, (407) 876-0111.




The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour,Web.com Tour, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoam鲩ca, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR China.


The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.


Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2013, tournaments across all Tours generated more than $133 million for local and national charitable organizations and in early 2014 the TOUR’s all-time charitable contributions surpassed $2 billion.



The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

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Srikanth wins maiden China Open title


Srikanth wins maiden China Open title

Young Indian shuttler K Srikanth clinched his maiden Super Series title after defeating two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China in the men’s singles events of the USD 700,000 China Open Super Series Premier in Fuzhou (China) on Sunday.
The 21-year-old from Andhra Pradesh showed nerves of steel to produce a dominating performance which helped him see off five-time world champion Lin 21-19 21-17 in the men’s singles final which lasted 46 minutes.

Srikanth, who won the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold last year, had finished runners-up at the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold event in Lucknow and was a quarter-finalist in this year’s Malaysian Open.

He was also a part of the Indian badminton contingent that reached the semifinals of the mixed team event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

This is the first time any Indian male shuttler has won a Super Series Premier event ever since the Super Series and Premier tournaments were introduced.



US, Australia, Japan slam Russia over Ukraine

Two day summit in Brisbane, leaders of the world’s most powerful economies, was focused on economic growth later it was  overshadowed by the tension over Ukraine. US President Barack Obama and his Chinese  counterpart Xi Jinping, committed to reform measures aimed at lifting their collective growth by an extra 2.1 percent by 2018.”This will add more than $2 trillion to the global economy and create millions of jobs,” the leaders said in the summit communique.”This will add more than $2 trillion to the global economy and create millions of jobs,” the leaders said in the summit communique.

Russian President left before the official communique announcement could be seen as a snub, “But it has been the case that he himself was snubbed by Western leaders,” media reports. Frank language between two leaders, Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, was reported to have told Putin as they shook hands to “get out of Ukraine”. According to Jason MacDonald, Harper’s spokesman, the prime minister told the Russian leader: “I guess I will shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who publicly criticised Russia, accusing it of “bullying a smaller state in Europe” and warning that Moscow would face further sanctions if it continues “destabilising Ukraine”.

“I think what has been good about this G20 is that a very clear message has  been delivered by the countries of the European Union and America to Russia about how we’re going to approach this in the months and years ahead,” Cameron told a news conference after the summit.

G20 summit in Brisbane, ended after issuing a declaration calling for sustainable and balanced economic growth through flexible monetary and fiscal policies.The leaders of 20 developed countries and emerging economies discussed the efficient use of energy and measures against climate change on the second day of the summit on Sunday.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan is helping to enhance global energy efficiency with its advanced clean-energy technology.He promised that Japan will work hard to create a fair and effective framework involving all countries to tackle global warming at next year’s COP21 conference.The G20 declaration says the global recovery is slow and uneven, and is being held back by a shortfall in demand.

Putin, in opening remarks before he left, thanked Tony Abbott for hosting the event, despite the Australian prime minister threatening to confront him over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine in July.

The West says the Malaysia Airlines plane was downed by pro-Russian rebels, using a missile supplied by Russia. Moscow denies the charges. The plane was carrying 298 people, including 38 Australian citizens and residents.

Obama on Sunday thanked Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the people of Australia for being extraordinary hosts, calling the G20 summit in Brisbane a productive one. At a press conference at the end of the summit, Obama said the world leaders had many fruitful discussions during the course of the G20 in Brisbane.

All the G20 economies in Brisbane announced strategies to increase growth and create jobs, including new initiatives, such as building more infrastructure. The G20 leaders also made commitments that could bring another 100 million women into their collective workforce, according to Obama.

Meanwhile, Obama said G20 members took steps to fight climate change, and highlighted the recent emissions reduction pact between the United States and China.

On Ebola, Obama said the G20 members committed to helping nations in west Africa build more capacity to prevent the virus from spreading and respond to future outbreaks before they become epidemics.

The U.S. president said Sunday was the final day of a very productive tour that has taken him to three countries across the Asia-Pacific.

“It’s been a good week for American leadership and for American workers. We made important progress,” he said.

China to play next host to the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in 2016, the 20-member group said here on Sunday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said during Sunday’s summit that China is confident to fulfill its role as the chair of the 2016 G20 summit and a member of the three-member management troika of the year 2015 and 2017.

Unlike some other international organizations, the G20 has no permanent staff of its own. The G20 chair rotates between members, and is selected from a different regional grouping of countries each year.

The chair is part of a revolving three-member management troika of past, present and future chairs. The incumbent chair establishes a temporary secretariat for the duration of its term, which coordinates the group’s operations and organizes its meetings.
Modi on Saturday carried on with his hectic international diplomacy holding parleys with world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, over bilateral meetings and informal discussions on the fifth day of his whirlwind three-nation 10-day tour.More meetings are on the anvil during the remaining days in Australia and Fiji, where he will be making a day-long visit.It was a warm hug for Australian Premier Tony Abbott by Modi -described by the Australian media as a “standout shake” so far at the G20 summit that was distinct from the formal handshakes with the host by other world leaders.

Dressed in a black bandhgala suit, Modi narrated an anecdote to President Obama and Abbott during the G20 retreat, sharing with them the story of Chicago-based Walter Burley Griffin, the well known American architect who designed the new Australian capital Canberra and who was buried in Lucknow.

“The life of Walter Burley Griffin is a common link among USA-Australia-India which the leaders appreciated,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin were also seen having a chat with Modi at the summit of the Group of 20 industrialised and major emerging economies.

“Focus on global issues,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted about this interaction.

On the fifth day of his foreign visit, Modi met French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Premier Stephen Harper and Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Spokesperson, while giving details of these meetings, said Modi had informal interactions with several world leaders, including Abbott, Obama and Prince Saud, during the course of the summit.

The informal meeting of the five-nation BRICS also saw Modi having interactions with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Putin and South African President Jacob Zuma.

Modi is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spain’s Premier Mariano Rajoy tomorrow.

Australian daily The Age while referring to Abbott-Modi hug: said, “The stand out shake so far has been India’s Prime Minister Modi, who gave Abbott a hug. An ‘awww’ could be heard across the media centre. There were no hugs from Abbott besties David Cameron and Stephen Harper. We repeat, no hugs.

G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, have issued a declaration calling for sustainable and balanced economic growth through flexible financial and fiscal policies.The statement says the global economic recovery has been slow and uneven and that lack of demand is holding back growth.The declaration calls on central banks to implement monetary policies that support economic recovery and to deal with deflationary pressures as needed to achieve sustainable and balanced growth.It also calls on governments to use fiscal policies flexibly while paying due attention to fiscal conditions.The declaration also says that if each country carries out a growth strategy, the G20 nations can collectively achieve GDP growth higher than the target of 2% by 2018.

Member states also agreed to set up a new organization to share the knowhow of governments, the private sector and financial institutions to boost investment in infrastructure.They also agreed on a plan for using energy efficiently. They said they will work together to set up an effective framework involving all countries to tackle global warming at the COP21 conference next year in Paris. Media agencies

Saina wins China Open


Saina wins China Open

Olympic bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal clinched the USD 700,000 China Open Super Series Premier tournament after beating young Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the summit clash in Fuzhou (China) on Sunday.

The World No. 5 Indian prevailed over the 17-year-old Akane 21-12 22-20 in the women’s singles finals which lasted 42 minutes at the Haixia Olympic Sport Center.

This is Saina’s third title of the year as the Indian had won the Australian Super Series in June, besides clinching the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold early in the year.

In her sixth appearance in the prestigious tournament, Saina had to draw from her reservoir of experience to stave off the challenge of the athletic Akane.

In the opening game, Saina led 3-1 early on and extended it to 8-4. She lost few points due to miscued strokes but the Indian managed to go into the interval with a four-point lead with the help of an angled stroke and down the line smash.

Saina controlled the shuttle and the pace of the game and forced her young rival to commit errors, opening up a healthy 14-7 lead.

Akane showed sparks of brilliance but it was not enough to threaten Saina, who moved into game point with a delicate net shot and then a disguised return to earn the bragging rights.

Akane produced a better performance in the second game. The 17-year-old was quick on her legs and bothered Saina with her straight smashes to enter the break with a slender 11-9 lead.

The closing moments of the second game turned out to be nerve-wrecking as both the shuttlers engaged in aggressive rallies before the experienced Indian clawed her way back at 14-14.

Saina mixed her strokes well to dominate the rallies but she still found it difficult to find a chink in the Japanese’s armour who returned everything that was directed at her.

At 18-18, Saina earned a point with a disguised net shot but the Indian hit one long and then missed another point to allow Akane to close in at 20-19.

However, a couple of long shots by the Japanese swung the match other way, sealing the title in the Indian’s name.

Let cities engage for devlopment : PM


Ties between countries can prosper if states, cities engage: PM

Highlighting that India and Australia share a special bond, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday said relations between countries can prosper fully if states and cities are involved in international engagements.Starting his bilateral visit to Australia on Sunday from Brisbane, Modi said that in the India-Australia partnership, Queensland had been at forefront for its contribution in powering India with its resources and research.

“We truly welcome the engagement between states and cities.That is why I am also very keen to involve states in India in our international engagements,” Modi said at a reception held in Brisbane in his honour by Campbell Newman, premier of the Australian state of Queensland.

“Brisbane has emerged as center of advanced technology. Hyderabad is known as Cyberabad. It is natural that two cities have sister-relationship. Relations between countries can prosper fully if we truly bring the engagement between states and cities,” Modi said.

Earlier in the day, Modi also unveiled the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Brisbane in his first bilateral engagement.

“There is a special bond between India and Australia. This is a symbol of values we share, the ideals we aspire to and the world we wish to build,” he said in reference to Gandhi’s statue.

Modi lauded the partnership between India and Queensland in sectors ranging from technology and research to supplying resources to India.

“Several Queensland business delegations are visiting India this year. It has emerged as major source of resources to power India’s development. It is also a major destination for Indian investment. You have supported partnership in education and skills. Queensland research universities are collaborating closely with India,” Modi said.

“The credit for the strong partnership goes to Premier Campbell Newman and Lord Mayor. Your mission to India is very productive and brought businesses and our people closer,” he said.

The Prime Minister also said this is the time to forge partnership with India because of the “welcoming environment”.

“This is an exciting moment in Indian filled with optimism and desire for change and confidence to achieve it driven by the energy and enterpriese of our youth.

“This is time to forge partnership in India. You will find a welcoming environment that makes it possible and smooth,” Modi said.

“Joint research (between India and research institutes in Queensland) will help farmers in dry areas and contribute to food security in India. Queensland fruits and vegetables are really good. There is a lot of potential to work together,” Modi said, adding that Queensland and India can learn a lot from each other in field of tourism.

Emphasising the role of Indian diaspora in strengthening the relationship between the two countries, the Prime Minister said, “They breed friendship and understanding” between the two countries.

He also congratulated Brisbane for hosting the G20 Summit. “You did and outstanding job. I know you have often lived in the shadow of Melbourne and Sydney. This week you have shown the world what a great city and host you are,” Modi said.

Godrej Properties set to host season four of the annual golf challenge   

Godrej Properties set to host season four of the annual golf challenge


  • Participation of over 1000 golfers
  • Tees off on 15th November at Gurgaon
  • Other rounds to take place in Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Bangalore and Pune
  • International Finals to be held in Bangkok


Godrej Properties Limited (GPL) the real estate development arm of the Godrej Group is set to host the annual Godrej Properties Golf Challenge (GPGC) with its fourth edition.This year’s edition tees off at Classic Golf Resort, Gurgaon on Saturday, November 15th.

 In line with the successful format that was adopted for the third edition, the tournament will feature six different golf clubs across the country including reigning national champions, Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC). The winners of the two handicap categories from each city leg will be qualified to play at Bangkok and compete in the International Final scheduled to be held on January 24th.

 In a sign of the event’s burgeoning popularity, season four of the GPGC is set to witness a total participation of over 1000 golfers. Round two takes place at the Karnataka Golf Association on November 29 with the Willingdon Sports Club in Mumbai slated to host round three the following day. RCGC, Qutab Golf Course in Delhi and the Oxford Golf and Country Club in Pune will host the remaining city legs on December 7, December 13 and January 10 respectively.

 The tournament, which will be managed by PMG, will follow the Stableford Points System across two handicap categories as usual: 0-12 & 13-24 (3/4 Nett Stableford Points). Any member of a participating club can play in the tournament provided they have a valid handicap from that club.

Mr. Girish Shah, EVP, Marketing & Sales, Godrej Properties, said, “When we started with the Golf Challenge, we had no idea it would be so popular and go this far. At Godrej Properties, we have always believed in engaging with customers on a personal level. This goes a long way in cementing the bond of trust that Godrej Properties as a brand has built over the years with its customers. We are really excited about the upcoming Golf Season and with this new season, we sincerely hope to continue to give our customers a unique and special experience as always.”

  About Godrej Properties Ltd.:

Godrej Properties brings the Godrej Group philosophy of innovation and excellence to the real estate industry. Each Godrej Properties development combines a 117-year legacy of excellence and trust with a commitment to cutting-edge design and technology. Godrej Properties is currently developing residential, commercial and township projects spread across 9.6 million square meters (103 million square feet) in 12 cities.

Godrej Properties has always embraced the notion that collaboration is the essence of excellence. To that end, we have worked with the best designers, architects and contractors within India and around the globe to deliver imaginative and sustainable spaces. By bringing together the best talent in the global real estate sector, Godrej Properties works to create developments that will last into the future, and foresee the needs of each and every resident.

In the last 3 years, Godrej Propertie

Hockey India announces first ever ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’


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Announces ‘Dhruv Batra Player of the Year (Men & Women)’ award for Rs.25,00,000/- each



New Delhi, 10 November 2014: Recognized in promoting hockey as a sport both nationally as well as on the international platform, Hockey India today announced first ever ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’ for the players. The coveted award to commence from the year 2014.

Known in the sports arena for their contribution towards hockey and working dedicatedly towards the betterment of the sport as well as motivating its players in each category, Hockey India will now be seen identifying and rewarding the most promising and potent players from the current as well as upcoming teams.

Speaking on the announcement, Hockey India Secretary General Mr. Md. Mushtaque Ahmad said, “It is huge leap that we at Hockey India are preparing for. These awards are not only focused towards the welfare of the players but will ultimately help in boosting the morale of the players and motivating them to perform even better. The Hockey India family as an organisation takes pride in announcing the Hockey India Annual Awards for the Players and shall strive to take more such steps for the enhancement of the sport as well the players.”

Mr. Md. Mushtaque Ahmad added “The Hockey India Executive Board and the Indian hockey community recognize and acknowledge the major contribution that Dr. Narinder Batra in particular and his family have made to Indian hockey. Dr Batra was also recently honored internationally by being awarded the FIH Presidents award at the FIH Congress on 1 November 2014 for his role in the development and growth of hockey in India over the recent years. In remembrance of the late Mr. Dhruv Batra who expired on 29 October 2014, during the FIH Congress, the son of President, Dr Narinder Batra, the Board thought it was fitting to name the ‘Player of the Year’ awards in the category of men and women to the remarkable young man that was Mr. Dhruv Batra.”

List of Awards

Dhruv Batra Player of the Year (Men) – Rs.25,00,000/-

Dhruv Batra Player of the Year (Women) – Rs.25,00,000/-

Upcoming Player of the Year (Men – Under 21) – Rs.10,00,000/-

Upcoming Player of the Year (Women – Under 21) – Rs.10,00,000/-

Goalkeeper of the Year – Rs.5,00,000/-


Defender of the Year – Rs.5,00,000/-


Midfielder of the Year – Rs.5,00,000/-


Forward of the Year – Rs.5,00,000/-


Award for Invaluable Contribution (For coaches and support staff) – Rs.5,00,000/-


President Award for Outstanding Achievement – Rs.5,00,000/-

Each award will consist of a glittering trophy, certificate and cash award. The decision to announce the awards was taken today on 10 November 2014, in the 26th Meeting of the Hockey India Executive Board held in Delhi.

The 26th Meeting of the Hockey India Executive Board was Chaired by Hockey India Senior Vice President, Ms Mariamma Koshy and attended by Executive Board Members including Mr. Md. Mushtaque Ahmad (Secretary General), Mr. Rajinder Singh (Treasurer), Mr. Tapan Das, Mr. Anandeshwar Pandey, Mr. Rajeev Mehta, Mr. Hitesh Sindwani, Ms. Asha Thakur, Ms. Asunta Lakra and Dr. R.P Singh.

The awards will commence with winners for outstanding performance for the year 2014.

11 Young Indian Athletes To Look Out For – GAIL The Fastest Indian

11 Young Indian Athletes To Look Out For – GAIL The Fastest Indian


11 Young Indian Athletes To Look Out For

Posted: 03 Nov 2014

India has always been a land of immense talent and it’s only getting better with time. We may still have a long road to tread before India is amongst the front runners in the medals tally at world sporting & athletic events but we’re on the right track to making it happen. With more and more support towards young athletes with initiatives like ‘GAIL The Fastest Indian’, there is an air of positivity around that is fuelling the desire to win amongst the crop of young athletes. Here are 11 promising young athletes who have the potential to make the country proud in the near future.

1. Khushbir Kaur: 20KM Walk
Khushbir Kaur: 20 KM Walk

Hailing from a small town in Amritsar called Rasulpur Kalan, this young 21 year old athlete first came into the limelight after winning the Bronze at the 3rd Junior Asian Games, Sri Lanka, 2012. She is also the first Indian woman to clinch a 20 km Race Walk Silver Medal in the Asian Games 2014.

2. Anjana Thamke: 400m and 800m

Anjana’s training began when she had to jog 7 km’s to school every day. She was adjudged ‘Best Athlete’ in the National Junior Athletics Championship, 2012, under the U-16 category. She bagged Gold in the 1500m and 400m run in the U-17 section of the National School Games.

3. Kisan Tadvi: 3000m

Kisan developed an interest in running even before he turned 10 when he used to tend to domesticated animals in his parents’ farm where he would chase errant cows or goats every now and then. His greatest achievement till now has been the silver medal he won at the 2014 Youth Olympics Asian Area Athletics in China.

4. Dutee Chand: 100m, 200m Sprint

Born in 1996 in the Jajpur District in Odisha, Dutee is one of the four daughters of a poor weaver couple. In spite of all the odds, Dutee has managed to get a plethora of medals under her belt. In 2013, she also enrolled in the KIIT University to pursue law.

5. Arpinder Singh: Triple Jump
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Arpinder is currently the national record holder in Triple Jump. He recently won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He is currently ranked number 1 in Asia and is India’s hope for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

6. Deborah: Cycling

Deborah was born in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is a Tsunami survivor. She is one of the biggest hopes for India in cycling. She has won 2 gold medals at the women’s junior individual sprint at Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) Track Asia Cup in Thailand in 2013 and she is also making big strides in the domestic circuit.

7. Devendro Singh: Light Flyweight Boxing

Devendro comes from a family of boxers in Imphal, Manipur. He won the silver medal at the Asian Confederation Boxing Championship, 2013 and another silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He is a strong contender for the 2016 Rio Olympics and we’re sure he’ll make the country proud!

8. Shiva Thapa: Bantamweight, Boxing

The current world number 3, Shiva was the third Indian to clinch a Gold Medal at the Asian Games. He was also the youngest Indian to qualify for the Olympics when he participated in the 2012 London Olympics.

9. Navjeet Kaur Dhillon: Discuss

Navjeet is 17 years old and became the second Indian to win a medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships when she won a bronze medal at the 2014 event in Eugene, USA. She comes from a family of athletes in Hoshiarpur, Punjab and with the continued support of her family, mentors, and coaches, there’s no stopping her from conquering the world around her.

10. KT Irfan: 20 km Walk

Irfan Kolothum Thodi comes from Malappuram, Kerala and he is credited for setting the Indian national record in the 20 km walk at the London 2012 Olympics.

11. Tintu Lukka: 800m

Tintu is the national record holder in the women’s 800-meter race. She won the Silver Medal at the Asian Junior Athletics Championship in Jakarta in 2008. But her latest achievement has been the Silver Medal in the 800m sprint at the Asian Games 2014. She is coached by legend P.T. Usha and is one of the brightest young stars in the nation today.

As we can clearly see that there is no dearth of talent in India and it comes from all corners of the countries and often times from the remotest towns and villages. It is the need of the hour to scout and find more of such talent which will make the nation proud someday. Stemming from the thought is GAIL’s initiative ‘The Fastest Indian’ where we are looking for the next Olympic medal winner from India in athletics. Will your city give us the next Milkha Singh? Come nominate your city and tell us why it is amongst the ‘fastest’ ones around, here: http://athletics.gailvoice.com/


OCTOBER 15, 2014


I understand you, because I was a girl too…


On the occasion of International Day for Rural Women (15th October 2014), Celebrated athlete and boxer and a mother,MC Mary Kom highlights the need to drive behaviour change to ensure good health for women and girls in the rural areas and the urban slums and urges people to help spread these messages across to the rural communities. As a part of “The Taj Must Smile” campaign, behaviour change will ensure that the women are able to lead a healthier lifestyle, girls and women are aware about their health needs during crucial days of menstruation, pregnancy and lactation.


Bringing up a child is like reliving your childhood and for a woman, in spite of all the pain, motherhood is the biggest joy of her life.A smooth and complications free pregnancy is also the most enjoyable time in a woman’s life.  A girl’s life is often full of curiosities, anxieties and at times solitude. She needs to prepare for her journey as a woman very early in life, right when she hits her teens, when she first starts menstruating. Hitting puberty is a milestone in the life of a girl and how she deals with it, embarks a lap which could either be an exciting free ride or full of pitfalls and doldrums.

Menstruation in India has traditionally been associated with myths and taboos and adolescent girls find it extremely difficult to even discuss the issue with their parents or elders in the family. Over 23% of girls in India drop out of schools due to lack of proper toilets and sanitation measures in addition to the stress and psychological burden she is anyway facing because she thinks that menstruation is a problem.

I have personally faced similar issues; I have seen my acquaintance who were isolated and couldn’t even see- off their departed near and dear ones (attend funeral/rituals) because they were having their periods. They cannot enter kitchen, touch utensils and have to avoid contacts with family and friends. What an embarrassment…Can we continue to be unfair to these girls who are expected to bring a new life into this world tomorrow?Can we allow them to continue to be ignorant towards their health needs?

Menstruation is the first step towards a healthy motherhood but in India it is culturally considered dirty or impure. We need to break this taboo and teach our daughters that it is OK to have periods and it should not weigh them down mentally or physically or hold them back from accomplishing their dreams.As a growing girl we have all had our share of anxieties when we attained puberty imagine those girls in the rural areas who are not educated and informed about menstruation before they hit puberty. It can be quite a physiological as well as psychological burden. As mothers we


should not shy away from talking about periods to our daughters and educating them. It is time that we break this taboo about menstrual hygiene.

Ensuring proper hygiene for our daughters during puberty will also ensure that they are not vulnerable to any infections and grow up to be healthy women. In rural and tribal areas, girls continue to use sawdust, grass or mud during the periods which can lead to infections and even death. . We should tell our daughters to keep themselves that they should use sanitary napkins or a clean cloth during period and that they should bathe regularly and change their napkins or the cloth every 4- 6 hours to keep them clean and dry.

As a girl grows into a woman there are larger challenges that she need to face. Her health needs also increase, she takes care of the house, her family but does she get the needed care? More than 5 lakh women worldwide die annually from complications during childbirth which can be largely attributed to lack of proper nutrition, lack of proper post natal care and the large number of unassisted childbirths that happen at home. While taking care of her family a woman should also be made aware of her own health needs, she should have at least 100 IFA tablets during pregnancy, take balanced meals rich in vitamins and minerals, take adequate rest and deliver at a proper hospital to avoid any complications. She should also be told that all these facilities are available to her free of cost under the different government schemes like JananiShishuSurakshaKaryakram (JSSK).

400 years ago, “The TajMahal” was built in the memory of MumtazMahal, who died during child birth. The monument of love is also a reminder of those numerous mothers and children who lose their lives to easily preventable birth related complications. Today government has made all facilities available for pregnant mothers, now it is our duty to avail them, and to inform women to follow healthy behaviours to bring down maternal mortality rates, meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG 5) for India and MAKE THE TAJ SMILE.

Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA 2014 gets underway at Carmel Convent School, Delhi


Delhi leg of the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA 2014 gets underway at Carmel Convent School, Delhi

-150 schools across Delhito participate in the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Program

- 150 NBA certified International coaches to be based in Delhi to train local coaches& youth


Delhi, October 13, 2014 – The second year of the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program – a joint initiative of the Reliance Foundation and the National Basketball Association (NBA),got underway at the Carmel Convent School in Delhitoday with a ‘Train the Trainers’ program.

After a successful first year, the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program is expanding to eight cities in 2014 – Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Kottayam, Kolkata and Mumbai.

The program in Delhi will includea ‘train the trainer program’, in-school basketball sessions, elite training camps and a city final featuringshooting, 3×3 and 5×5 competitions. Three international NBA certified coaches will be based inDelhi for 3 months to oversee the program, train coaches, work with schools and teach the game to youth across the state.

The program expects a total of 150PE instructors/coaches from the 150partner schools to receive ongoing training from the international coaches along with turnkey curriculum to teach the game to the youth.  All local coaches will receive a ‘Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Basketball in a Bag,’ which contains resources for them to grow the game in their communities.  The bag includes an India-specific coaching guide with curriculum for in-school and after-school programs, basketballs, nets, whistles, cones, air pumps and a Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA poster.

The international coaches will support program implementation at each school where, ultimately, the local coaches and physical education instructors will conduct weekly basketball-led physical education classes for grades 3-10.

The first year of the program was conducted in three cities: Mumbai, Kochi and Kottayam, engaging more than 140,000 youth, 40 percent of whom were female, from 225 schools.  The program trained more than 250 coaches and distributed over 4,500 basketballs to partner schools.  NBA legend Muggsy Bogues and WNBA player Swin Cash were in Mumbai and Kochi to conduct coaches and player clinics and support the program.

The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA initiative is a comprehensive youth basketball program, which uses the positive values of the sport to engage and impact the lives of Indian youth.  It focuses on inspiring youth to play and living a healthy, active lifestyle. Basketball is a great form of exercise that teaches youth valuable life lessons such as teamwork, sacrifice, discipline, dedication and sportsmanship.


About Reliance Foundation

Reliance Foundation (RF) aims to play a catalytic role in addressing the nation’s development challenges through innovative and sustainable solutions with its focus on five core pillars: Rural Transformation, Education, Health, Urban Renewal, and Promotion and protection of India’s Arts, Culture and Heritage. Smt. Nita M. Ambani is the Chairperson of Reliance Foundation and the guiding spirit behind the Foundation’s ambitious vision of becoming the leading vehicle for social development, empowering the underprivileged and infusing social transformation in India. Reliance Foundation reaches out to over 5,500 villages and various urban locations across India.

About the NBA

The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. The league has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents. NBA rosters currently feature 85 international players from 36 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, which is available in more than 61 million U.S. homes, and NBA.com, which averages more than 42 million page views per day, more than half of which originate from outside of North America. The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with more than 445 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $225 million to charity, completed more than 2.6 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 830 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play.

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