Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Laureus World Sports Awards 2013: The Winners

ImageRIO DE JANEIRO, March 11, 2013 – The winners of the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards have been unveiled at a globally televised Awards Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. Among the highlights were a third Laureus Award for Jamaican sprint giant Usain Bolt, a triple success for British sport with honours for Jessica Ennis, Andy Murray and Sebastian Coe, and a special new Award for Michael Phelps, the most successful Olympian of all time.

The Laureus World Sports Awards are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar.   The winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 46 of the greatest living sportsmen and sportswomen. The majority of the winners came from the highly successful 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

Usain Bolt was acclaimed Laureus World Sportsman of the Year after his remarkable performance at the Olympics when he repeated his success in Beijing by winning gold medals in all three sprint events in London – 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres relay.

The Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award went to Jessica Ennis, who carried the hopes of the British nation in London. Despite the enormous pressure of being one of the first on the track, she dominated the heptathlon and won the gold medal with a British record score of 6,955 pts.

British tennis star Andy Murray’s first ever Grand Slam victory, at the US Open, plus an Olympic gold and silver medal in the singles and mixed doubles in London, made him the winner of the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award.

Another outstanding Olympic champion, the Dominican Republic’s Felix Sanchez, received the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award after winning the Olympic 400 metres hurdles gold medal in London, eight years after he won it for the first time in Athens in 2004.

Brazil’s Daniel Dias, aged 24, was once again the outstanding swimmer of the Paralympic Games, winning six individual gold medals in London, all in world record times. It was an achievement which won him the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award for the second time.

There was a warm welcome from the audience in the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro for two outstanding Olympians who received special Laureus Awards.
Legendary swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with a career total of 22 medals, including 18 gold medals, eight of which he won in one Olympiad in Beijing, was presented with a new Award – the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award.
And Laureus World Sports Academy Member Sebastian Coe, the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the highly successful London Olympic and Paralympic Games, received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Laureus World Team of the Year Award was presented to the European Ryder Cup Team after their thrilling golf victory against the United States at Medinah.
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner, who became the first human to go through the sound barrier when he made the highest ever freefall from 39km (24 miles) over New Mexico in October, received the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award.
The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during 2012, were announced at the Awards Ceremony at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, which was hosted by Hollywood stars Morgan Freeman and Eva Longoria.

The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy present were: Giacomo Agostini, Marcus Allen, Franz Beckenbauer, Boris Becker, Bobby Charlton, Sebastian Coe, Nadia Comaneci, Marcel Desailly, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sean Fitzpatrick, Dawn Fraser, Cathy Freeman, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Mika Hakkinen, Tony Hawk, Mike Horn, Michael Johnson, Kip Keino, Franz Klammer, Edwin Moses, Nawal El Moutawakel, Ilie Nastase, Martina Navratilova, Alexey Nemov, Morné du Plessis, Hugo Porta, Steve Redgrave, Mark Spitz, Daley Thompson and Steve Waugh.

Other sports guests included:  Filip Adamski, Sarah Attar, Felix Baumgartner, Johanna Benson, Jamie Bestwick, Ole Bischof, Stefan Blöcher, Annabelle Bond, Bjorn Borg, Martin Braxenthaler, Bob Burnquist, Chad Le Clos, Deco, Daniel Dias, Ding Ning, Jessica Ennis, Alejandra Garcia Flood, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jan Frodeno, Ruud Gullit, Kirani James, Jorginho, Christa Kinshofer, Vitali Klitschko, Philip Köster, Andreas Kuffner, Nia Künzer, Brian Lara, Jens Lehmann, Lin Dan, Alan Fonteles Oliveira, Victoria Pendleton, Michael Phelps, Felix Sanchez, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Axel Schulz, John Smit, Michael Teuber, Ye Shiwen and Zhang Jike. 

Among other guests present were Sérgio Cabral, Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, Major of Rio de Janeiro and André Lazaroni, State Secretary of Sport and Leisure of Rio de Janeiro, and stars of stage and screen included Morena Baccarin, Maggie Cheung, Sabine Christiansen, Bebel Gilberto and Kyle MacLachlan.

Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports more than 140 community sports projects in 34 countries around the world, including three in Rio de Janeiro. Since its inception, Laureus has raised €60 million for projects which have improved the lives of more than one-and-a-half million young people.

The Awards were announced in seven categories. The winners were:
Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Usain Bolt
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Jessica Ennis
Laureus World Team of the Year: European Ryder Cup Team
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Andy Murray
Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Felix Sanchez
Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Daniel Dias
Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Felix Baumgartner

There were two additional Awards: The Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the newly created Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award was presented to Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time.

80% Ganga Water Wasted, 4 IITs, ALL Engineers Corrupt-Dullards

80% Ganga Water Wasted, 4 IITs, ALL Engineers Corrupt-Dullards
March13, 2013

Honorable Minister of Water Resources,
Shri Harish Rawat,
Shram Shakti Bhavan,
New Delhi, 110001

Respected Sir,
I visited your Political Backyard ‘Hathras District’ on 10th March
with a 10 member team led by recently formed Association of Activist
and NGOs – Maulik Bharat and was horrified to see –

1.  Since the British made the Western Ganga Canal over 100 years ago
there is no improvement in Water Related Infrastructure, all the money
invested by GOI was lost due to most Corrupt and Incompetent
Engineers. There was No Piped Water Supply, No Underground Sewage and
No Underground Drainage in Hathras town, all Canals Were Not Lined
Leaking 50% of Ganga Water.

2.  Sir Uttar Pradesh is served by four IITs – Roorki, Kanpur, Delhi,
BHU Engineering College – Not just India but the entire world is
ashamed of their gross Incompetence and Neglect.

3. Sir saving Ganga Water through Canal Lining and Underground Pipe
supply is most economical with few months of gestation period. 50%
Ganga Water in Canals can be saved, ensure 24 hour water supply,
Sewage, Drainage and Sewage Treatment can return up to 80% water for
reuse as irrigation supply.

4.  Sir with above arrangement about 30,000 cusecs water can be saved
and not drawn from the Ganga River – therefore Ganga River can be
revived as Byproduct or Bonus.

5.  Sir, GFCB didn’t tell you that 20.4 million hectare flood prone
area is most fertile – four times more in area than Punjab and can
produce 50 million tones to 80 million tones of additional food, flood
control would ensure protection to all economic structures. This shall
Triple Income of 20 million farmer families (10 crore people) in flood
plains of Ganga.

6.  Sir, GFCB didn’t tell you that Ganga Basin including Nepal has
over 100,00,000 MW Hydro Power potential against 50,000 MW of
Installed Power mostly Coal or Gas Based. Ganga Basin can enjoy free
power not burning any fuel for 200 years.

7.  Sir GFCB didn’t tell you that for ‘Effective Flood Control’ Ganga
Basin has to provide 200 BCM in Dam Storage.

8.  Sir GFCB didn’t tell you that 80% flows are generated in hills and
forests and water can be stored Most Economically in Dams at Rs.10 per
cubic meter of capital cost to serve 200 years than Rain Water
Harvesting cost Rs.2000 per cubic meter but fail within few weeks.

9.  Sir GFCB didn’t tell you that Bhakra Dam which holds water in 160
square kilometer lake provides flood protection to 10,000 square
kilometers area, 16 BCM irrigation and municipal water supplies 98% of
waters to three states.

10.  Sir ground water is not suitable for drinking - hand pumps &
tube-wells supply water for home, industry and agriculture use which
is most expensive and harmful.
11.  Sir GFCB didn’t tell you that India is building ‘Lame Duck Dams’
that produce only 39% water than site potential – invest many times
more than conventional storage dams – Hoover Dam was built in less
than 4 years.

12.  Sir ALL IITs Didn’t tell you that ‘Bhakra Dam alone regulates
upto 20 BCM of water with 95% efficiency, if this quantity is to be
stored in Johads or village ponds of 10,000 meter cube capacity of
water, it will require 2 million johads’ or four in all villages of

    Most shameful for Indian Engineers – Johad Man Rajindra Singh has
more influence in ministries of water, environment and rural
Development than all Four IITs.

    I told CWC engineers in Vigyan Bhawan – ‘Stupid Idea of Linking
Ganga and Cauvery is going on for Three Decades – Why can’t India
supply say 30 million tones of Foods to South than transferring 50
Billion Cubic Meters of Water?’

Sir, I have Mailed ‘Detailed Petitions On Above Issues Since 1980’

GURGAON – Sir at PHDCCI – I had provided answer to water problem –
Haryana is drawing over 35,000 cusecs of water from Yamuna Canal, Agra
Canal and Bhakra Canals, Gurgaon District is entitled to at least 100
cusecs in summer to 2000 cusecs in Monsoon months.

NEPAL -  Sir India is to derive most benefits from dams in Nepal like
assured flood protection to over 12 million hectares of land,
additional irrigation to over 10 million hectares, 100 BCM of
regulated releases, clean water and cheap 80,000 MW power for 200


Sir, GOI should expedite construction of Storage Dams on Yamuna it
shouldn’t take more than 12 months when states of Haryana, Delhi,
Uttarakhand, Himachal and UP Cooperate. These shall provide over 7 BCM
of supplies to Upper Yamuna States.

MoWR should insist on ‘Lining of Canals and Under Ground Pipe
Distribution for Last 10 kilometers’ – these shall make 40% to 50% of
additional Consumptive Water.

Thank you,

Ravinder Singh*
Inventor & Consultant
Y-77, Hauz Khas,
New Delhi – 110016

*Ravinder Singh is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing,
16th Meeting of the Ganga Flood Control Board Held
16-January, 2013

Shri Harish Rawat Calls for Expediting Submission of Comprehensive
Plan from Member States

States also urged to Complete Schemes Operational under the Food
Management Programme

The 16th meeting of Ganga Flood Control Board was held today under the
chairmanship of Union Minister of Water Resources Shri Harish Rawat
here in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion Shri Rawat elaborated the
purpose of constitution of GFCB by saying that the Ganga Flood Control
Board was constituted by the Government of India, for laying down
broad policies, and directing concerted efforts, towards the
management of floods in the Ganga basin, through preparation of
integrated plans, for tackling the problems of flood, erosion and
improper drainage. The National Water Policy, recommends that, there
should be a master plan, for flood control, and management for each
flood prone basin.

The minister informed that Ganga Flood Control Commission has
prepared, circulated, and as and when required, updated Comprehensive
Flood Management Plans, for all 23 river systems in the Ganga basin.
GFCC has also undertaken, assessment study of adequacy of waterways,
under road and rail bridges, techno-economic appraisal, and monitoring
of centrally assisted flood management schemes, besides monitoring of
flood events, and preparation of flood reports.

Shri Rawat said the decision of the last GFCB meeting, wherein all
States were requested to send follow up action taken report, on the
recommendations made in the comprehensive plans prepared by GFCC. Only
Bihar and Himachal Pradesh have responded, but the same is still
awaited from other basin States. He urged the remaining States to
expedite the same.

He said majority of river basins in India, including Ganga Basin, are
inter-state in nature and, therefore, mutual cooperation, and
acceptance of all concerned agencies, and particularly the co-basin
States is essentially required. This view has been strengthened by a
Committee, headed by Justice T.S. Doabia, former Judge, M.P., and J&K
High Courts, set up by the Ministry of Water Resources, to study the
activities required for optimal development of a river basin, and
changes required in existing River Boards Act, 1956. He also expressed
happiness that the Committee has laid the focus on the integrated
development of water resources on basin perspective, through a
comprehensive, consultative, and collaborative approach.

In order to assist the State Governments, in better and effective
flood management, the Union Government has taken a number of
initiatives, through various national and State Level Committees, and
Task Forces, constituted from time to time, which had made valuable
recommendations, for management of floods. The latest being the Task
Force on Flood Management and Erosion Control, set up by the Ministry
of Water Resources in 2004, under the direction of Hon’ble Prime
Minister, to look into the problems of recurring floods in Bihar, West
Bengal, and Eastern Uttar Pradesh, besides Assam and its neighboring
States. Based on the recommendations of this Task Force, the Union
Government has been providing central assistance, to the concerned
States, since the X Plan. During XI Plan, the Union Government
launched a scheme on Flood Management Programme (FMP) and, the central
assistances were provided, for river management, flood control and
drainage development projects. In view of the demand of the State
Governments, the State Sector Scheme, for FMP is proposed to be
continued in the XII Plan, with an outlay of Rs. 10 thousand crore.
The success of the FMP, during XII Plan, would depend on well
programmed execution of the related projects, and timely completion of
all formalities. The process of approval of projects is also proposed
to be streamlined.

Shri Rawat informed that schemes, under the Flood Management
Programme, in the Ganga basin States, are being monitored by GFCC.
During the monitoring of the scheme, it has been observed that,
desired progress of work is not being achieved by the implementing
States, in spite of adequate funding, provided by the Government of
India. This has been brought to the notice, to all concerned States,
from time to time. Hence all the State Governments were requested to
take necessary remedial measures, so that the schemes are completed at
the earliest, and the benefits reach to the affected people.

As we are aware, floods in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are generally
caused by the rivers, originating from Nepal. Long term solution, to
the problems of flood, lies in the watershed management, and
construction of multi-purpose reservoirs, with flood cushion in the
upper reaches, to achieve flood moderation. Since suitable sites of
reservoirs, to control the floods, are mostly located in Nepal, their
construction is subject to agreement with the Government of Nepal,
Shri Rawat added.

He said Government of India is having continuous dialogue, with the
Government of Nepal, for the creation of storages in the Nepal
territory. The first meeting of India-Nepal Joint Ministerial
Commission on Water Resources, was held on 15th February, 2012 at New
Delhi, wherein various bilateral issues were discussed. Subsequently,
I had a meeting with Hon’ble Minister of Irrigation, Government of
Nepal on 27th December, 2012, at New Delhi, wherein matters of mutual
interests, came up for discussion, Shri Rawat further added.

The minister told that Flood affected area in the Ganga Basin States
is estimated as 204 lakh hectares and out of this, an area of about 94
lakh hectares has been provided reasonable degree of protection. Even
though, physical flood protection works, like embankments and dykes
etc. are essential, increased emphasis should be laid on
non-structural measures, such as flood forecasting, and warning, flood
plain zoning, and flood proofing, for the minimization of losses, and
to reduce the recurring expenditure on flood relief.

The flood forecasts help greatly in mobilizing relief, timely
evacuation of people, and cattle, and removal of movable properties
from low lying areas. Flood forecasting network is operated by the
Central Water, on all major rivers of the Ganga Basin. During XI Plan,
CWC has further planned expansion, and further modernization of its
flood forecasting network, in order to have automatic data collection,
Satellite based transmission, expeditious forecast formulation, and
early flood warning, forecast dissemination etc.

Another mechanism, for containing flood damages, is flood plain
zoning. A model Flood Plain Zoning Bill was circulated, to the States
in 1975. So far, only the Government of Rajasthan has enacted suitable
legislation in this regard. However, the present model draft Bill, for
flood plain zoning is quite old, and Union Government is considering,
to review the same, and re-circulate the Revised Model Flood Plain
Zoning Bill, for enactment and further action. I would request you to
send your valuable suggestions in this regard, within a month or so.

The Indo-Bangladesh Joint River Commission addresses the issues
related to common/border rivers, between the two countries. Bank
protection works are required, to arrest erosion at vulnerable points,
on most of the common/ border rivers, between India and Bangladesh.
Based on agreement with Bangladesh, bank protection works, at various
locations, have been taken up on a number of common/ border rivers in
West Bengal. Similarly, the scheme for desilting of Ichhamati river,
to relieve its catchments, from drainage congestion in West Bengal, is
another example of the bilateral cooperation, Shri Rawat quoted.

He said in addition to above, our Government is also exploring
alternatives of inter-basin water transfer, for finding
techno-economic solutions, to the flood and drought problems. However,
we must keep in mind that inter-basin transfers, are not merely for
increasing water and food security, but also for meeting basic human
need, and achieving equity and social justice. Inter-basin transfer of
water, should be considered, on the basis of merits of each case,
after evaluating the environmental, economic and social impacts of
such transfers.

Shri Rawat also stressed the need for capacity building to control
flood/its management by various basin states. He said Basin states
should have a separate Divisions for flood management and approach to
control floods/its management should be basin wise. The country is
also gearing up, to meet the challenges, due to climate change,
therefore, planning and management of water resources structures, like
dams, flood embankments, tidal embankments, etc. should incorporate
coping strategies, to address the climate changes impact, he added..

Todays meeting was attended by Irrigation ministers from Uttarakhand,
Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and West Bengal while representatives
from the state Government of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya
Pradesh, Chattisgarh & Delhi were present in the meeting. More or less
all the states pressed for timely sanctioning of proposals furnished
by them and also the sufficient as well as timely release of Central
Grants in this connection.

A Presentation was also made on the status of activities undertaken by
the Ganga Flood Control Board.

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