Saturday, February 25, 2012

Advantage Karnataka: Global Investors Meet 2012

Road Show on
Advantage Karnataka: Global Investors Meet 2012
1800 Hrs: 29 February 2012: Hotel The Oberoi, New Delhi
Encouraged by the outstanding response to the Global Investor Meet (GIM) in 2010, Government of Karnataka and CII as the leading partner is organizing the 2nd Edition of Global Investors Meet 2012 on 7-8 June 2012 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bangalore.
The ob-jective of the Investors Meet is to showcase the investment potential of the State in various sectors. The summit will witness the participation of Prospective Investors, Industry Leaders, Governments, Trade Bodies & Associations, Entrepreneurs and Academic & Research Institutions.
With a view to promote the event, a Road Show on Advantage Karnataka: Global Investors Meet 2012 is being organized on 29 February 2012 at 1800 - 2000 Hrs at Hotel The Oberoi, Dr Zakir Hussain Road, New Delhi. The Road Show will conclude with Networking Dinner.
Shri D V Sadananda Gowda, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka will address the Meet. The CM will be accompanied by the Industry Minister Mr Murugesh R Nirani and other Senior officials, Government of Karnataka.
Government of Karnataka is committed to play the role of a catalyst and facilitator to maintain the State as India’s preferred investment destination.
In this regard, I have great pleasure in extending a cordial invitation to you to attend the GIM 2012: Road Show along with your senior colleagues.
Should you be interested to expand your business / to invest in Karnataka, we would be pleased to facilitate a meeting for your organisation with the concerned senior officers of the State Government on 29 February in New Delhi.
Please use the attached Registration Form to confirm participation and requests for one–to–one meetings.
Looking forward to your active participation.
Kind regards,
S Chandrasekhar
Chairman, CII Karnataka State Council

Anirban Lahiri lift the SAIL-SBI Open 2012 trophy

Bangalore golfer bags second international title
New Delhi, February 25, 2012: India’s Anirban Lahiri outclassed Prom Meesawat of Thailand in a playoff at the Delhi Golf Club on Saturday to lift the SAIL-SBI Open 2012 trophy. Lahiri, who emerged triumphant on the first play-off hole, became the first Indian to win the SAIL-SBI Open.
Anirban Lahiri (65-69-67-73) and Prom Meesawat (72-64-68-70) had ended the regulation 72 holes with matching totals of 14 under 274 after Lahiri had fired a one over 73, punctuated by four birdies and five bogeys, and Meesawat shot a two under 70 in the final round. The two players thus headed for a play-off on the 18th hole.
Prom, who had overcome a three-shot deficit to take a share of the lead with Lahiri from the 16th hole in regulation play, hit his tee shot at the first play-off hole into the bushes on the right.
He had to take a penalty because of an unplayable lie and played the third shot to the left of the fairway from where his fourth shot just found the green, which left him with a 40-foot putt for par.
Lahiri meanwhile had a good tee shot and managed to reach the green in three. He came within three feet for his birdie putt. Prom then decided to pick up his ball and concede defeat.
“I’m disappointed with the way I hit the ball as I’ve hit it much better the last three days. I found two bushes today which I had to chip out and that was something I haven’t done all week. I also dropped five shots which is not something you can get away with at this golf course, especially on the final day,” said Anirban, who bagged his second international title on Saturday.
He added, “I’ve changed my mental attitude towards golf. Practicing meditation has helped me stay in the moment. I was trying not to get ahead of myself and that was one of those few things that helped me to execute things rather than project and think into the future.”
Australia’s Scott Barr looked set to for a grandstand finish until a disastrous triple-bogey six on the 17th hole put paid to any hopes of a maiden win. The Singapore-based Australian had to settle for third place on 275.
Ben Fox of the United States closed with a 278 to take fourth place while PGTI member Md Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh was a further shot back in fifth place on 280.
Shankar Das (74-69-70-68), Ashok Kumar (74-68-69-70) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (68-69-70-74) had the next best finish among the Indians as the three of them shared sixth place at seven under 281.
“Golf is fast on its way to become a common man’s sport in India given the wide popularity it is enjoying amongst masses”, said Union Minister Subdh Kant Sahai, Union Tourism Minister at award presentation ceremony of SAIL-SBI Open, a major international golf event sponsored jointly by SAIL, SBI and Ministry of Tourism.
“The Ministry of Tourism will do everything to support the game of golf and increase golf tourism in the country. We need to build more courses across the country and make the sport accessible to many more sport lovers”, Mr Sahai added.
Anirban Lahiri won the event and became the first Indian to win the SAIL-SBI Open in the five year history of the event. Prom Meesawat from Thailand and Scott Barr from Australia were the first and second runners up respectively.
Mr C. S. Verma, Chairman, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) said, “We are glad to have once again staged this annual international event, which promotes sporting culture in the country. With SAIL increasing its global footprint steadily, we are happy that this event attracted participants from over 20 nationalities and an Indian has clinched the trophy this year.”

BFI Youth Basketball Clinic - February 25, 2012

BFI Youth Basketball Clinic - February 25, 2012
The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) conducted a youth basketball clinic, under the helm of India’s Senior Men’s coach Kenny Natt, India’s Senior Women’s coach Pete Gaudet and Zak Penwell (National Team Strength and Conditioning Coach) on Saturday, February 25th, from 10.30 am-11.45 am at Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi.
Offered to all interested participants who were within the ages of 9 and 17, the clinic was designed to introduce the basic fundamentals of basketball along with teaching the technical aspects of developing essential skills such as; pre-practice preparation exercises; ball-handling; passing; shooting techniques, plus offensive and defensive footwork drills.  Additionally, youth participants received valuable knowledge for improving their overall mental and physical fitness by learning ways for developing a much healthier nutritional dietary regiment.  Young student-athletes who develop better eating habits have shown dramatic performances improvements both on and off the court, academically and athletically.
 “Under the guidance of Coach Kenny Natt, Pete Gaudet and Zak Penwell the youth basketball clinic and various other programmes initiated by BFI will play a critical role in helping us achieve our vision of growing basketball in India by developing and showcasing the best player and coaching talent in the country,” commented BFI spokesperson.
Parents were encouraged to bring their young hoopsters out to take part in a fun and exciting basketball learning experience which afforded them opportunities to meet and mingle one-on-one with the nation’s top senior men and women players.  It provided them excellent opportunity to take personal photos and signed autographs from the players.
India’s Senior Men’s Coach Kenny Natt said “This is an excellent platform to mould and shape future basketball talent in India as well as encourage teamwork skills and healthy living. “
Following the clinic, participants were invited to watch the Men’s U-18 FIBA Middle Asia Zone Qualifying Match for 22nd FIBA Asia U 18 Championship between India and Sri Lanka at 12:00 PM.

The programme included:
·         Introductions and lectures by both Kenny Natt, India’s Senior Men’s coach and Pete Gaudet  India’s Senior Women’s coach, on basketball and improving on and off the court
·         Basic fundamental drills (with instruction provided by current Senior Men and Women National Camp players)
·         Individual skills training (instruction provided by current Senior Men and Women National Camp players)
·         Participants were provided with BFI t-shirts, basketball notebooks and pens.

About Basketball Federation of India (BFI)
The Basketball Federation of India (BFI), which came into being in 1950, is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI oversees all the national level basketball operations in India. It is involved in organising camps, national tournaments, and preparing Indian teams for both men and women international competitions in several different age levels.

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Dear Friend: 
Last year, we asked our supporters to urge the New York State Legislature to make commercial trade of bear gallbladders and bile unlawful. As a result, the Governor enacted a law to govern the trade of bear products and protect New York's wildlife.

Hawaii action Now it is Hawaii's turn - it is currently one of only a few states in the U.S. where the commercial trade of bear bile and products is unrestricted. Senate Bill 2232 (SB2232) and House Bill 2296 (HB2296) will ban the trade of bear bile and body parts.

Please act today - urge the Hawaii Legislature to protect bears around the world

Bear bile, a digestive fluid extracted from bears' gallbladders, is often used in Traditional Asian Medicines, as well as in non-medical products such as wine and shampoo. Although it is typically produced and used in Asian countries, the high demand for bear bile fosters poaching and illegal trade around the world - including in the U.S. On bear bile farms, bears are confined to tiny cages made of steel bars and bile is extracted by a tube inserted into the gallbladder through an abdominal wound - causing intense pain and trauma. There is absolutely no need for bear bile, as there are effective synthetic and herbal alternatives that are both widely available and affordable.

On Feb. 21, the Hawaii Senate Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Judiciary and Labor voted unanimously to pass SB2232. Now, the Senate and House need to pass the bill before it can become state law.

Please take action and urge Hawaii Legislators to support SB2232 and HB2296 . It's time Hawaii takes the steps needed to protect bears all over the world.
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Ten teams confirm for the inaugural Louis Philippe Cup
The unique league that will see city based teams gunning for the biggest prize money in domestic golf has got players and fans excited

New Delhi: Inspired by the success of league based tournaments featuring city-centric teams in other sports like cricket, hockey and boxing, the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), Louis Philippe and RNGM have come together to conceive the Louis Philippe Cup. The revolutionary concept features 10 city based that will fight for the total prize fund of Rs. 1.24 crore — the biggest purse on the Indian tour at the Karnataka Golf Association from March 5-10 2012.The unique format of the tournament will see 30 top professionals representing the 10 teams, besides an equal number of amateurs, who will play in the pro-am category for the first two days of the tournament for the Inter-City Pro-Am Cup.  The aim of the Louis Philippe Cup is to create a city based fan following and encourage more people to play the game.

Star Indian players who will be seen in action include Puravankara  Bangalore's Asian Tour winner Anirban Lahiri, DLF Gurgaon's three time Indian Open champion and former Asian Tour No. 1 Jyoti Randhawa and winner of Singapore Classic Himmat Rai, two-time European Tour winner SSP Chowrasia representing Take Chennai, the 2002 Busan Asian Games individual gold medallist and Asian Tour Newcomer of the Year, Shiv Kapur, turning out for 3C Delhi and  two time Asian Tour winner Gaganjeet Bhullar representing Dev-Ellora Chandigarh. Apart from these marquee players, other seasoned campaigners of PGTI will take their best shot at glory.  

Each city team will consist of three players. Two of whom have been selected on the basis of their 2011 Rolex Rankings as of December and the third player was chosen by the sponsor. This was done in order to give the team sponsors a chance to pick players who primarily play on international tours and are unable to maintain their domestic rankings like Kapur, Randhawa and Chowrasia.The cities selected to field teams are Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkota, Lucknow, Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Noida.  

Commenting on the exciting development in Indian golf, Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI said: “This is an important new innovation in format in professional golf and could potentially be a game changer in the way fans relate to India's top golf stars. We would like to thank Louis Philippe and Rishi Narain Golf Management for creating this new event on the PGTI Tour and we know that India's top players and members of the PGTI are excited to participate in the tournament, rooting for their team to finish at the top.”

Speaking about their association with golf, Jacob John, Brand Head, Louis Philippe, commented: “Pioneering an innovative format in professional golf, we plan to position Louis Philippe Cup as the No. 1 Golf tournament in the country. It is our endeavour to bring together golf enthusiasts at a single platform and create a base for established players as well as upcoming talent in the country.”
The sponsors of the ten teams expressed their solidarity and excitement of wanting to win the Trophy. They included Devang Shah of Navratna Developers (Ahmedabad), Jack Bastian Nazareth of Puravankara Projects(Bangalore), H. R. Srinivasan of TAKE Solutions(Chennai), Vidur Bharadwaj of The 3C Company (Delhi), Aakash Ohri of DLF Ltd (Gurgaon), Sushil Ansal of Ansal API (Lucknow), Rohan Seolekar of Oxford Group (Mumbai & Pune), Piyush Tiwari of Shubhkamna-Advert (Noida) . Kapil Dev mentioned that he felt this would help put the Indian pro golfers on an unprecedented pedestal and Dilip Thomas said for him this event created a national media platform which was part of a larger brand building strategy for AVT Group.
This latest innovation in Indian golf has got the golfing community and professional players excited.  Gaurav Ghei, a veteran of 20 years on the Indian and other international tours said: “As professional tour players we don’t get many opportunities to play team formats and it does add an entirely new exciting dimension to the game. On the global golf platform, the most appealing events for fans and players alike are team events like the Ryder Cup (USA v Europe); the President's Cup (USA v Rest of World outside Europe), Royal Trophy (Asia v Europe) and Dynasty Cup (Asia v Japan). We enjoying playing in team events and fans are extremely excited to watch and cheer for their teams.”

Rishi Narain, the 1982 Delhi Asian Games team gold medallist and founder of Rishi Narain Golf Management, who has been the moving force for developing the concept from the drawing board stage to the implementation of the event, said: “We would like to thank the team of Louis Philippe for embracing the Pro Team Golf concept and are looking forward to producing an event with unparalleled fan appeal on the domestic golf scene. Our aim is to establish India’s immensely talented golf pros as genuine superstars in the eyes of sports fans across India. They deserve the recognition and fan following considering their consistent international victories over the past fifteen years. Among Indian sportsmen, golfers outperform almost every other Indian sportsman consistently. Indian pro golfers face intense competition against players from over 100 countries every time they compete overseas and with winner’s prizes regularly crossing Rs. 1 crore on the international circuit, the quality of players and intensity of competition our golfers face every week

is far greater than in most other sports. We hope the Louis Philippe Cup will create true superstars out of our pro golfers and connect fans like never before.”

The unique format of the five day event features one day of pro-am followed by two days (36 holes) strokeplay in which all 10 teams will compete. The four teams with the best total team scores over 36 holes will advance to the semi-finals. From the semi-finals onwards the top four teams will play in Matchplay format. One-on-one matches between the three players of each team will earn each team one point for a win and zero for a loss. No match will be halved and tied matches after 18 holes will be decided on the basis of sudden-death playoff. The two winning semi-finalists will go head-to-head in the finals on March 10.

As India’s richest golf tournament, the winning team stands to win Rs.36 lacs, while runners-up will earn Rs. 24 lacs, team finishing in third place will earn a purse of Rs.18 lacs and the team placed fourth will receive Rs. 12 lacs. 5th – 10th place team earn Rs.9.5lacs, Rs.7.00 lacs, Rs.5.5 lacs, Rs.4.5 lacs, Rs.3.5 lacs and Rs.3 lacs respectively in order of their final standings.To encourage the involvement of fans directly with the teams, each of the 10 teams will also field a team of three amateur club golfers who have been selected by local clubs on the basis of club qualifying tournaments. The three club amateurs will play alongside the professionals during the first two official rounds of strokeplay in the Louis Philippe Cup. The three amateur scores will be added to the pros scores to determine the Inter-City Pro-Am Cup, which will be presented after the first 36 holes of the tournament. However, the amateur scores will not be counted in determining the four top teams advancing to the semi-finals for the Louis Philippe Cup. 
Lahiri in commanding position at SAIL-SBI Open

Bhullar, Gulfam in tied fourth

New Delhi, February 24, 2012: India’s Anirban Lahiri enjoys a commanding three-stroke lead at the SAIL-SBI Open 2012 being played at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC). Lahiri posted a five under 67 in the third round on Friday to take his total to 15 under 201.
Australia’s Scott Barr began to pile on the pressure on the Indian leader when he returned with his best score of 65 to take a share of second place alongside Thailand’s Prom Meesawat on 204.

India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar and Gulfam signed for matching 207s to take tied-fourth at the US$300,000 full field Asian Tour event.

Lahiri (65-69-67), who started in the front-nine, opened with a birdie but dropped a shot on the par-four second.

The 24-year-old then responded with two further birdies on the third and fourth holes before adding another on the ninth hole to turn in 33.

Lahiri seemed to be surging ahead after carding another three birdies in five holes after the turn. However, two successive bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes led to some anxious moments for the Bangalore-based golfer before he restored order with a closing birdie on the 18th.

“I’ll take my 67 anytime today. I made a few silly mistakes which cost me a few bogeys. I could have done without those but overall I’m still happy,” said Lahiri.

“It’s never nice to give away shots but that was how it was today and I’ll take that and come back tomorrow and play well again,” added Lahiri who is seeking a wire-to-wire victory at the SAIL-SBI Open.

Gaganjeet Bhullar (68-69-70) fired a two under 70 to be tied fourth at nine under 207. Bhullar’s round featured six birdies and four bogeys.

DGC golfer Gulfam (73-68-66) carded a sublime six under 66 to join Bhullar in tied fourth place. The 46-year-old fired seven birdies against a lone bogey on Friday. His longest putt of the day was a 15-footer on the ninth.

Gulfam said, “I have the advantage of local knowledge over the other players in the top five. I’ll hope to capitalize on that advantage in the final round.”

Gulfam’s younger brother Shamim Khan is placed tied eighth at six under 210.

Among the other Indians in the top 10 are Ashok Kumar and Rahil Gangjee, both of whom are in tied 10th position at five under 211.

Escalating Sustainable Agriculture & Appropriate Rural Technologies:

To support farmers practicing Sustainable technologies and Organic farming in Punjab
Escalating Sustainable Agriculture & Appropriate Rural Technologies: Convergence & Policy initiatives   
Jointly organized by
Dr Rajneesh Arora
Vice Chancellor, Punjab Technical University
Shall be the Chief Guest  
Keynote address by
Prof. Sukhpal Singh 
(Institute for Economic Growth, New Delhi)
Special address by 
Dr. O P Rupela
(Former Principal Scientist, ICRISAT, Hyderabad & Advisor UN-FAO)
Gyani Zail Singh College of Engineering & Technology Bathinda
Monday, 27th February, 2012
All are cordially invited

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