Friday, October 19, 2012

Kapur lies third, as Morrison and Ramsay share the lead at Hero Indian Open; Bhullar starts with bogeyfree 68

Bengaluru, India, October 18: India’s Shiv Kapur was hot on the heels of co-leaders Englishman James Morrison and Richie Ramsay of Scotland as the opening day of the Hero Indian Open had a crowded feel at the top of the leaderboard. Kapur had a four-under 67, one stroke behind the leaders, who shared the opening round lead at five-under-par 66 on Thursday at the lovely and sunny KGA Golf Course, which is hosting it first international professional tournament.

The top 13 players were within two shots and another eight were just one behind, indicating that this is going to a tight contest over next three days  at the Asian Tour event with a prize fund of approximately US$1.25 million.

Morrison and Ramsay, both playing on a sponsor’s invitation, held a one shot lead over local hope Kapur, Panuphol Pittayarat and Chapchai Nirat of Thailand, Kalle Samooja and Jaakko Makitalo of Finland, Zaw Moe of Myanmar and Spaniard Javi Colomo.

Playing from the back nine, Zaw Moe shot back-to-back eagles on holes 11 and 12 to hold the lead for most of the round before making double bogey on the par three eighth hole.

A little down the leaderboard, Gaganjeet Bhullar, one of the big favourites this week, began with a flawless three-under 68 and was tied 10th, alongside three others, including another Indian Shankar Das.

Ramsay, winner of the Omega European Masters in September which was sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, turned in 34 with one eagle and one bogey.

The wind started to pick up late in the afternoon and so did Ramsay’s form as he returned with four birdies in his homeward nine.

“I kept it going on the front nine and played lovely on the back. I hit it nicely on the last few holes but couldn’t make my putts. As long as you are hitting fairways, there are a lot of chances out there,” said Ramsay. “There was a little bit of breeze and crosswinds which made the fairways a lot narrower but the course is playing great and obviously it is good to get off to a good start and I’ll try to build on this.”

Morrison, a winner in Europe, enjoyed a solid three-hole stretch when he birdied hole four and sank a huge 30 foot eagle putt on the par five fifth hole followed by another birdie on six.

“I kept out of the rough and found most of the fairways. The course was brilliant and I like this kind of an old-style course, which is tree-lined and challenging. It was a good day but there was also a tricky crosswind as the round progressed,” said Morrison.

Kapur, who has three-top 10s on the Asian Tour this season, recovered from an early bogey as he rolled in five birdies including one on the last hole.

“If you told me I would shoot a 67 at the start of the day in this breeze, I would have taken it. The way I struck it, I gave myself a lot of chances. I’ll take this as a start and hopefully build on this from here,” said Kapur, whose last victory on the Asian Tour was in 2005.

Bhullar said, “It was very consistent round. Nothing spectacular but a good and solid day in office with three birdies and 15 pars. A round of 68 to start a big event like the Hero Indian Open is just right. I played well I gave myself a lot of chances and it could have been something five-under but that’s the way golf is. I am two shots off the leaders, James Morrison and Richie Ramsay and I am comfortable with that.”

He added, “I missed a few birdies out there, especially on the 17th and 18th. But then I saved great pars on fourth and 16th, so it all levels out.”

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Three member Ombudsmen to probe into allegations against IAC members
From: Aswathi Muralidharan  Fri, 19 Oct '12 1:31p
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Date: October 19, 2012
Press Note

Some allegations have been raised against various members of India Against Corruption (IAC) since it took up its fight against corruption. We have from time to time requested the Government to set up an independent enquiry to investigate into the matter and give us double the punishment than prescribed if found guilty. Unfortunately, the government has been more interested in mud-slinging than setting up an independent probe. Therefore, we have formed an independent ombudsmen consisting of three retired judges enjoying a reputation of high integrity and independence to inquire into any charges made against key members of IAC. They are:
1.       Justice AP Shah, Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court
2.       Justice BH Marlapalle, Retired Judge - Bombay High Court
3.       Justice Jaspal Singh, Retired Judge - Delhi High Court
The Ombudsmen would be requested to examine in depth the allegations and material against IAC members, their defense and give a report on whether the allegations show any illegal or immoral act being committed by IAC members. If any member is found guilty of any illegal or immoral activity he would be expected to resign from the proposed party.
Currently some allegations have been made against Anjali Damania, Prashant Bhushan and Mayank Gandhi. We are referring these cases to this Ombudsmen.
The Ombudsmen would be requested to expeditiously inquire into these charges and give their report as early as possible and within 3 months.

Experts stress on need for new technology to ensure farm growth, food security

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NEW  DELHI, Oct 16: The country needs to adopt new technologies in agriculture and the current mindset over the usage of genetically modified products has to change to ensure that the farmer reaps the benefits from it and productivity grows , experts said at an interactive discussion here today.
They said in a rain-fed country like India, seed was the best technology that could be offered to farmers who are often at the receiving end due to vagaries of weather and climate change.
“Long-drawn regulatory processes are an impediment to spread of technology,” said Vibha Ahuja, General Manger of Biotech Consortium India Ltd.
“Our rules are really old. They were set in 1989 for environmental protection after the Bhopal incident. These rules are for industrial products and can't be applied to agriculture products,” she said at a panel discussion on Agriculture and Technology organised by IndoAsiancommodities.com, a website devoted to agriculture, technology and metals.
Ahuja said there was no need to have safety concerns over the usage of genetically modified products as there are strict processes in place to test them and approved products like Bt Cotton and Bt Brinjal are safe. “We do the same tests as are done in the United States.”
She said regulators need to communicate better and our scientists don’t communicate enough.
“ The civil society may be against GM crops, but that is not the only stake holder. Think of the farmers who are waiting for new technologies,” Ahuja said.
Making a strong pitch for getting into evaluating and testing GM crops as soon as possible, she said it was a pity that some states were not allowing field trials.
“Without field trials, the kind of data to be generated cannot be done. How will I get the data I need to verify,” she said adding that there was a communication gap down the line.
“By restricting ourselves, we are restricting the spread of technology.”
She said there were very well managed guidelines for seed trials and there was also post harvest monitoring to study any impact on the environment.

Dr K .C. Bansal, Director National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, said the bureau was
 working to identify genetic resources for rainfed agriculture. That's where we get 40 percent of our crops and that's where 50 percent of agriculture labour is committed.

Bansal said erratic monsoon due to global weather changes has made things difficult for rainfed agriculture and in such a situation better and high yielding seeds were necessary..

“The seed is the best technology we can give a farmer. We can keep on improving it. It should grow despite lack of moisture,” Bansal said.

He said there was also lack of mechanization, mostly because of small and fragmented land holdings. ICAR and other research institutions were now developing specialized equipment for small farmers, he said.
Bansal said it needs to be explored if we could also opt for some cooperative effort and put the farms to better use through infusion of technology.
“We are now working on various technologies, including nano technology and bio technology, ICAR is doing research on several areas on technology,” he said.
Bansal said work was also on on getting better seeds and hybrids through conventional methods in agriculture, horticulture, livestocks and fisheries.
He said research was also continuing to make grey areas green and increase production and productivity of oilseeds and pulses, where we are in deficit.
“I do not think there is fear of any new technologies,” he said.
The need for quick initiatives to ensure trickle down of  technology to the level of farmers in regions dependent on rains  to achieve desired  and sustained farm growth were underlined by speakers at the meeting..
The panelists said it was paramount that bio technology is harnessed to boost production and any misconceptions over use of bio seeds and food safety issues have to be set at rest.  Such technology has to be brought to the doorstep of the farmer to usher in a second green revolution and lift the living standards of farm workers.  Adoption of modern technology has become all the more important since several regions were often prone to drought and floods.

Technology as a Driver of Growth: Ensuring Farm Prosperity’, is the eighth in the series of media workshops and panel discussions on the importance of farm technology   organised  by IndoAsiancommodites.com.  The earlier events were held at  Jaipur, Bhopal,  Ahmedabad,  Hyderabad, Mumbai,  Chennai and Bangalore.

Participating in the discussion the panelists said with the change in times, challenges too were different and in order to meet them science and technology needed to be tapped to ensure food security and availability of quality food.
 Technology could be used for value addition in crops and for evolving techniques for plants to withstand environmental and climate induced changes like droughts, floods and temperature fluctuations. Issues related to limited resources like water and fertile land, impact of climate change, bio safety  and  food safety aspects, use of  fertilizers  and pesticides needed to be addressed.

For effective and quick agricultural operations use of machinery is crucial, it was pointed out.  Several technological innovations in farm machinery to cut labour costs and for marketing were available but there was lack of knowledge about it.

The next round of technology requires the spread of improved variety of seeds to release land for crops where demand elasticity is greater – fruits, vegetables, and feed for animal husbandry products. Agriculture sector reforms are necessary to improve soil fertility, water management, new  technologies,   preservation of perishables and creation of efficient value chains for supply and delivery.
Background
India has the world’s second largest area under agriculture and also enjoys the second position in the world in terms of overall agricultural production. With a billion plus growing population in the country, it becomes imperative for India to increase agricultural productivity, to not only be able to feed the growing population, but also provide raw material for the development of various industries.  Agriculture and associated industries also account for about 50% of the country’s manpower.
It is estimated that the country would need an additional 50 million tonnes of foodgrains in the next 10 years to meet the domestic demand, as enunciated by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in his address to the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) earlier this year.
The government in a report on ‘State of Indian Agriculture’ presented to parliament in February emphasized the need to bridge the yield gap in low productivity regions by technological inputs and other interventions. It said raising productivity assumes significance with demand for land area growing for industrialization, infrastructure and housing.
 Agriculture research and technological infusion are key to strengthen domestic agriculture and to ensure sustainable growth, reduce farm losses and increase farmers’ incomes.  Due to stagnating crop yields, agriculture is on a decline and no longer considered  lucrative, especially by  the youth.
As such there is a need for institutes to work more closely with farmers and for the government to be more proactive on issues concerning agriculture technology to revamp the farm sector and growth.
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