Saturday, July 5, 2014

वरिष्ठ पत्रकार उमेश उपाध्याय को ने

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B V Wanchoo resigns

5 07 2014

Goa Governor B V Wanchoo resigns

B V Wanchoo on Friday resigned as Governor of Goa as government went about finalizing its plans for replacing the Governors appointed during the previous UPA regime.
63-year-old Wanchoo sent his resignation after he received a call from Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami on Friday morning asking him to resign, official sources said.
The resignation of Wanchoo, a former chief of elite Special Protection Group, will be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for acceptance.
A 1976-batch IPS officer, Wanchoo’s resignation came a few days after former National Security Advisor M K Narayanan quit from Governorship of West Bengal.
Wanchoo was quizzed by CBI as a witness in connection with AgustaWestland deal bribery scandal as was Narayanan just before his resignation.
Besides Wanchoo and Narayanan, three Governors have already resigned and they are B L Joshi (Uttar Pradesh), Shekhar Dutt (Chhattisgarh) and Ashwani Kumar (Nagaland) following a nudge from the NDA government.
Two Governors H R Bhardwaj (Karnataka) and Devanand Konwar retired late last month.
However, a few other Governors appointed by the previous UPA regime continue to remain in office.
They include K Sankaranarayanan (Maharashtra), Sheila Dikshit (Kerala), Jaganath Pahadia (Haryana), Kamala Beniwal (Gujarat), Shivraj V Patil (Punjab), besides some others.
The sources said the government was considering appointing some BJP veterans as Governors.
The names doing the round include those of former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, former UP Assembly Speaker Kesari Nath Tripathi, former Union Minister Ram Naik, former Lucknow MP Lalji Tandon, former Bhopal MP Kailash Joshi, BJP leader from Kerala O Rajagopal besides others

Nurses back from Iraq

5 07 2014
Nurses back thus end captive by ISIS militants in Iraq
05-07-2014  Forty-six nurses, who were held captive by ISIS militants in Iraq, on Saturday returned home by a special Air India flight to a happy reunion with their families in Kochi, bringing to an end their about month-long ordeal.
The special aircraft, which also had on board about 137 others, touched down the tarmac at the Kochi International Airport at 11.57 AM, a senior airport official said.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy whose coordinated effort with the Union Government that ensured liberty to nurses from his state, besides another who hails from Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu received them at the airport.
Family members of nurses, on whose face a sigh of relief was writ large had assembled in large numbers to see their beloved ones return and were joined by political leaders from BJP and Congress at the airport.
The ordeal of the nurses, who were working at a hospital in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, began when ISIS (Islamic State for Iraq and Syria) militants launched an offensive in that region on 9th June.
Even as Indian authorities continued to maintain constant touch with their counterparts at Iraq for safe release of nurses, they were moved out on Thursday against their will and detained in the militant-held city of Mosul.
Efforts by External Affairs Ministry led to setting free the nurses held in captivity and they were transported in buses to Erbil International airport on Friday.
The Special Flight that left Erbil in the early hours of on Saturday arrived at Mumbai for a brief stop over for refuelling and catering supplies.
Besides the nurses, the flight also carried 137 other Indian nationals, including 70 from Kirkuk in the northern part of Iraq, 23 crew members and three government officials, including a joint-secretary level IFS officer and an IAS woman officer from Kerala.
Chandy thanked the Centre, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Indian Embassy in Iraq and MEA for ensuring the return of nurses from strife-hit Iraq.
“The Centre has acted in complete understanding of the deep anxieties of Kerala. The Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy in Iraq have made sincere efforts in securing release of the nurses,” Chandy told reporters in Kochi.
Kerala Government has made arrangements to enable nurses to reach their respective destinations across the state.
Oommen Chandy on Saturday thanked the Narendra Modi government for ensuring the return of the Indian nurses from strife-hit Iraq with their safe evacuation capping days of anxiety for the state as it waited for a resolution to the crisis.
A visibly relieved Chandy expressed his gratitude for the Centre, especially External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, for bringing the matter to a happy conclusion.
“The Centre has acted in complete understanding of the deep anxieties of Kerala. The Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy in Iraq have made sincere efforts in securing the release of the nurses,” Chandy told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday morning.
Even his political rivals at home admitted that persistent efforts by Chandy, who had camped in Delhi for the last two days, saw the Centre making all out efforts to secure the return from Iraq of the 46 nurses, one of whom hails from Tamil Nadu.
The nurses remained trapped in a hospital in Iraq’s Tikrit for several days after the area came under the control of the militants of ISIS.
Voicing relief over the return of the nurses, CPI (M) leader VS Achuthanandan acknowledged the efforts of the Centre and the state government in the matter.
A special Air India flight carrying the 46 Indian nurses and 137 others released by ISIS arrived on Saturday morning in Mumbai, from where it is headed to Koch

Germany beat France 1-0

5 07 2014
Mats Hummels headed Germany into the World Cup’s last four as his first-half goal sealed a 1-0 win over France in Friday´s quarter-final  at Rio de Janeiro´s Maracana Stadium Brazil 2014
Mats Hummels’ first half header proved decisive as Germany marched into the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup for a record fourth time in a row with a 1-0 win over fellow European giants France in Rio De Janeiro on Friday.
The contest between the two European powerhouses lacked spark and Hummels’s 13th minute strike spelt doom for France at the iconic Maracana stadium.
Germany keeper Manuel Neuer was also outstanding under the bar as he made two spectacular saves in each half to deny France the equaliser.
Neuer also made a last-second save when he pushed Karim Benzema’s strong left-foot strike from the left to send his side into the World Cup semi-finals for fourth successive time.
Germany had more possession but it was France, who had first strike in the rival goal post in the seventh minute but Benzema could not provide the finishing touch as he hit a volley wide on a pass from Mathieu Valbuena.
The Germans were clearly the more dominating side and they were rewarded for their effort as Mats Hummels headed home a superb free-kick from the left taken by Toni Kroos.
Hummels not only jumped well but also out-powered French defender Raphael Varane, nodding home the lead in the 13th minute.
The Germans continued to enjoy great possession thanks to to some superb work by their midfield trio of Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
A rattled France upped their game and swung to action. Again it was Mathieu Valbuena from the left, making a superb effort but Germany keeper Neuer stuck his left arm out made a great save.
Germany also survived the resultant corner as Mahadou Sakha headed over the cross bar.
Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose was handled pretty badly as he was taken down a number of times by the French defenders.
Klose also sought a penalty on one such tackle but the referee did not oblige. France improved near the break. Benzema started to find holes in German defence.
The Real Madrid player rushed from the left took a pass from Paul Pogba but his feeble shot landed safely in Manuel Neuer’s arms.
The French side was different in the second half, which was far from the German domination. Antoine Griezmann and Valbuena were staying up as close to Benzema as possible.
Germany midfielder Sami Khedira was shown the first yellow card of the match as he brought down Griezmann, nine minutes into the second half.
The French side raided more even as efforts did not bear fruit. Their midfielder Blaise Matuidi rushed forward with a superb sprint but his cut-back from the left wing was well intercepted by a sliding Bastian Schweinsteiger.
German keeper Neuer came to action first time when he easily picked a header from Raphael Varane.
A couple of substitutions followed as Chelsea player Andre Schurrle replaced Klose for Germany while France brought in Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny in place for Mamadou Sakho.
France did succeed in creating a few half chances but never got that equaliser. Schurrle had a chance to double the German lead but his low shot was was blocked by Raphael Varane.

Brazil beat Colombia

5 07 2014
Brazil set up semis date with Germany with 2-1 win.
David Luiz blasted a sensational free-kick into the net from 35 yards as Brazil knocked out South American rivals Colombia 2-1 to set up a FIFA World Cup semifinal clash with Germany, in Fortaleza Friday.
Luiz doubled the Brazilian lead with his spectacular free kick that crashed into the top right of the net in the 69th minute while skipper Thiago Silva’s first half strike on a Neymar corner kick had put the hosts ahead.
Colombia pulled one back when James Rodriguez converted a penalty in the 80th minute but Brazilians held nerves in the tense remaining time to set up a last-four clash with European powerhouse Germany, who ousted old rivals France 1-0 in Rio De Janeiro early in the day.
The hosts though have some worries going into Tuesday’s showdown as Brazilian skipper Silva will miss the last-four clash due to double booking and Neymar’s fitness is under cloud after he was carried off on a stretcher following a rough challenge from Colombian defender Juan Camillo Zuniga late in the second half.
Neymar, kneed on the back by Zubiga, was taken to a hospital to undergo tests.
Neymar ruled out of the World Cup after fracturing his vertebrae in the closing stages of the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday, his team said.
“It´s not serious in the sense that it doesn´t need surgery, but he´ll need to immobilize it to recover,” team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said after the player had been taken to hospital.
“Unfortunately, he´s not going to be able to play,” he said, adding he expected the recovery period to take at least a few weeks.
“Neymar, who has scored four goals in the tournament to lead Brazil´s bid for a sixth world title,

In a fast and frenetic quarterfinal clash, Brazil came up with its best show so far in the home tournament even as Colombia put up a spirited fight.
Young Colombia striker Rodriguez was gutted as he left the field in tears before exchanging his shirt with Luiz, who consoled the rival player.
Rodriguez scored his sixth goal of the tournament but his penalty was not enough to keep his side alive in the tournament.
Silva struck as early as in the seventh minute when Neymar’s corner was missed by Luiz in the middle but the home skipper smashed in with knee.
Silva became the first captain to score for Brazil in a World Cup game in 20 years and it was Brazil’s quickest World Cup goal since Ronaldo scored in the fifth minute against Ghana in 2006.
It was slack defence from Colombia as Silva was allowed to drift in at the back post.
Two minutes later, Hulk struck powerfully but Colombia keeper David Ospina got down just in time to thwart the challenge.
The burly Hulk was at it again as he initiated a flurry of attacks but Ospina denied him once again and the hosts took the break with a 1-0 lead.
Surprisingly, the pace of the game dropped a bit in the second-half and there were fewer of chances as the play was restricted to mid-field.
Brazilian coach Felipe Scolari was frustrated when Silva collided with Ospania and was booked.
However, Luiz with his extraordinary free kick brought the cheers back.
A 2-0 lead had settled the home players but they were up to challenge again when Colombian substitute Carlos Bacca was brought down by Julio Cesar inside the penalty area.
Rodriguez converted the resultant penalty, sliding the ball left as Cesar dived on the right.
A charged up Colombia tried hard to get the equaliser but it never came.

Om Prakash Chouhan drives home the advantage to bag third title

5 07 2014
Om Prakash Chouhan drives home the advantage to bag third title
Khalin Joshi is runner-up
Pahalgam, July 5, 2014: Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow registered his third title triumph as he drove home the advantage in the final round of the J&K Bank PGTI Pahalgam Masters presented by KEO. Chouhan posted a three-under-67 in round four to emerge winner by two strokes at 19-under-261 on a bright and sunny day at the Lidder Valley Golf Course in Pahalgam. Khalin Joshi of Bangalore finished runner-up at 17-under-263.
Om Prakash Chouhan (65-64-65-67), the overnight leader by two strokes, consolidated on his lead with two birdies on the first three holes courtesy an excellent drive on the first and a chip-in on the third. He came up with another immaculate approach on the eighth to set up a birdie and emerge as the firm favourite. The 27-year-old from Madhya Pradesh then had a couple of hiccups as he dropped shots after lip-outs on the 11th and 14th. However, he came back strongly with two long birdie putts on the 16th and 18th to win the first ever event at the heavenly Lidder Valley Golf Course.
“I’m delighted to win my first title in almost two years. After an excellent 2012 season, I had a relatively poor run in 2013. I had had two top-10s this year and knew that I was getting close to a win. The loss in a playoff earlier this year was a big disappointment. The win has rejuvenated me and helped me set new goals for myself,” said Chouhan, who has now climbed from 12th place to fourth position on the PGTI’s Rolex Rankings.
He added, “I had set a target of 20-under for myself before the start of today’s round. I started well but had a few anxious moments during the middle. However, I managed to pull it back with some consistent putting towards the end.
“I dedicate this win to my six-month-old daughter Ishika. I’d like to thank the authorities at the Army War College Golf Course in Mhow for giving me the permission to play at their course once again. My driving improved after practicing at the course in Mhow. I’d also like to thank Mr. Nitesh Patel, who is like an elder brother to me. He has helped me through my tough times. My next goal is to earn a card on the Asian Tour through the qualifying school.”
Khalin Joshi’s (65-66-67-65) runner-up finish was his best result of the year. The 21-year-old made seven birdies and two bogeys in his final round of 65, to move up four places from his overnight tied sixth position.
“I’m coming back from an injury on my right hand and am therefore quite pleased with this week’s performance. I felt I played really well through the four days. I had a couple of tap-in birdies today and two long putts as well. The birdies on the 14th, 15th and 17th got me back into the game and helped me finish well,” said Joshi.
Gurgaon-based professionals Shubhankar Sharma and Arshdeep Tiwana shared third place at 16-under-264.
Jyoti Randhawa was a further shot back in tied fifth along with Delhi’s Shamim Khan, Shankar Das of Kolkata and Kapurthala lad Ashbeer Saini.
Reigning Rolex Rankings champion Rashid Khan of Delhi secured ninth place at 14-under-266.
Sri Lankan Anura Rohana produced the tournament’s joint best single round score of seven-under-63 to claim tied 13th place at 12-under-268.

Trading License Rs.5,00,000 Cr/Y Scam, Re-Building Loans

5 07 2014
July05, 2014
When allocation of Telecom Spectrum or Coal and Mining Blocks are MEGA
SCAMS than Free Trading licenses that deal with over Rs.100,00,000
crores Transactions every year is the biggest Scam.
Since Trading margins are often 30% to 200% without any value
additions, annual auctions like in case of Liquor Licenses shall
attract huge BIDDINGS.
GOI to self correct and Supreme Court should intervene in this –
because at 5% approximate Value Trading Licenses could yield
Rs.5,00,000 crores every year.
It will not affect final price to consumers as it SHALL OPEN up
trading business to COMPETITION. Actually prices shall fall as Traders
who had paid LICENSE for the year shall try to sell max volumes and
that shall reduce retail prices and margins.
Rs.5,00,000 Cr could finance, 1. 100,000 MW of Solar Power or 2.
50,000 MW Hydro Power or 3. Upgrade Entire Railway System, or 4.
Upgrade R&D to Number One Level, or 5. Fund Electronic & Hardware
Second most important REFORM is to reserve 50% of Housing Loan Outlay
for Re-Building – A rebuild house cost just Rs.500 per sq.ft to
Rs.2000 per sq.ft whereas newly built property has cost of land as
major component cost Rs.2000 per sqft to 10,000 per sq.ft to even
Rs.20,000 sqft in Metro Cities.
Old and Unsafe buildings should PRIORITY in housing loans as
REBUILDING is just Six Months operation whereas new projects
materialize in Six Years.
This program shall renovate all Old Houses in Rural Urban areas in five years.
Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.


5 07 2014


Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.0
  • 5 Jul 2014 09:39:30 UTC
  • 5 Jul 2014 15:39:30 near epicenter
  • 5 Jul 2014 13:39:30 standard time in your timezone
Location 1.995N 97.015E
Depth 30 km
  • 88 km (54 mi) SE of Sinabang, Indonesia
  • 198 km (122 mi) W of Sibolga, Indonesia
  • 204 km (126 mi) SW of Kabanjahe, Indonesia
  • 241 km (149 mi) SW of Binjai, Indonesia
  • 534 km (331 mi) WSW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.6
  • 4 Jul 2014 15:00:26 UTC
  • 5 Jul 2014 01:00:26 near epicenter
  • 4 Jul 2014 19:00:26 standard time in your timezone
Location 6.205S 152.821E
Depth 10 km
  • 193 km (119 mi) S of Taron, Papua New Guinea
  • 214 km (132 mi) SSE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  • 300 km (186 mi) W of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  • 305 km (189 mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  • 717 km (444 mi) ENE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

SABA Qualifiers for u-18 men to tip off in Bengaluru from 5th July 2014

5 07 2014

Gopalakrishnan R, Press Release, 4th July 2014: Defending champions and overwhelming favourites India will look to be recrowned champions when the 2014 edition of the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Qualifying Championship tips off in the garden city of Bengaluru from 5th to 7th July. Just three teams, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have confirmed their participation in this regional championship. This is a round robin tournament and each team will play the other two teams once. The team with the most wins after its two matches will qualify to the 2014 FIBA Asian Basketball Championship for u-18 men scheduled to be held from 19th to 28th August in Qatar.
The Indian u-18 team: Akhilesh Kumar, Mahipal Singh (Rajasthan), Gurvinder Singh Gill, Dildar Singh Brar, Anmol Singh (Punjab), Gaurav Ohlan, Sunil, Narender (Delhi), Sagar Joshi (West Bengal), P Rajesh (Chhattisgarh), Pradeep (Haryana), Ambati Reddy (Andhra Pradesh). Coaching Staff: Jora Singh Ghulia (Services), Paramdeep Singh (Punjab)
Saturday, 5th July 2014, 6:00 PM: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh
Sunday, 6th July 2014, 6:00 PM: India vs L/O Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh
Monday, 7th July 2014, 6:00 PM: India vs W/O Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh
All matches will be played inside the Koramangala Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru and organised by the Karnataka State Basketball Association.

Urmila Matondkar is Shirina Singh’s Idol!

5 07 2014

As her character Pakhi in Ek Mutthi Aasman takes an obsessive turn,
Shirina watches Urmila’s portrayal of the obsessive lover in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya for inspiration

Bollywood actors are known to prepare for their characters extensively but even our television stars leave no stone unturned when it comes to preparing for their roles and getting into skin of their character. Such was the case with actor Shirina Singh, who plays Pakhi in Zee TV’s popular show ‘Ek Mutthi Aasman’. In an interesting upcoming track, her character  turns into an violent obsessive lover and attempts to win the affections of her love Raghav Singhania (Ashish Chowdhry). To understand the nuances of this complex character, Shirina took references from the actress Urmila Mantodkar, who has nailed the personality of an obsessive lover in her critically acclaimed movie-Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya. Viewers will be surprised to see Pakhi in this all-new avatar with shades of grey; Till now, she has been shown as an extremely sweet, positive girl who despite coming from a rich family, is very down to earth and loving person… but clearly, her emotions for Raghav and their non-reciprocation have brought out the worst in her.

In the show, Raghav marries Pakhi as a form of revernge for all the bad things her family had done to his parents. Despite marrying Pakhi, Raghav continues to love Kalpana (Rachna Parulkar) and this brings out the worst streak of jealousy in Pakhi. Her unrequited love for Raghav soon turns her into an obsessive, violent lover who does things to harm herself and Kalpana. A betrayed Pakhi, unable to get Kalpana out of Raghav’s mind & heart, decides to force Raghav to accept her by hook or by crook- even if it means hurting Kalpana & herself!

Pakhi’s character will have streaks of Urmila Mantodkar from Pyaar Tune Kya kiya who could go to any lengths to get the person she was madly in love with!  Sharing her excitement on the new change in her character Shirina says “When I was told  that my character Pakhi will turn into a psychotic lover, the first name which hit my mind was that of Urmila Mantodkar’s convincing  portrayal of Ria Jaiswal in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya. Playing an obsessive lover is not that easy, I had to understand the complexities of the character as to what a person goes through when his love in not reciprocated in the positive manner so that I don’t end up overdoing the part. I tried to take a few cues from Urmila’s character to understand the role better but at the same time I added my own bit and the feedback from the creative team of the show has been positive so far. It was quite challenging for me as an actor and I am satisfied that I have put in my best efforts. I am eagerly awaiting the audience’s reaction, hope they like it”

Will Pakhi’s obsession for Raghav destroy everyone’s life? Who will stop her? To find out, keep watching Ek Mutthi Aasman Monday-Friday at 7 PM only on Zee TV.

Misleading Propaganda on Sardar Sarovar Dam Height Increase by the Government

5 07 2014

Rehabilitation first, Dam next is the law: NCA must review illegal decision

July 5, 2014, New Delhi : Almost three weeks after the decision in the ‘Emergency Meeting’, by the Narmada Control Authority, under the Ministry of Water Resources permitting further work on the controversial Sardar Sarovar Dam, in utter violation of the Narmada Tribunal Award and Judgements of the Supreme Court, the Press Information Bureau has issued, what we find not just a belated, but a very dubious press release.

The three para release issued on 3rd July, 2014 claims that permission to carry out Phase-I proposal of SSNL, comprising construction of piers, over head bridge and installation of gates in open or raised position at Sardar Sarovar project as per the approved design has been granted by the NCA at the ‘behest of the MoWR’.

However, the release goes on to make a completely misleading statement that “In the absence of gates the dam was overflowing for the last two months”! We would like to emphasize and reiterate that that even with gates in raised position – and thereby allowing, instead of preventing, the overflow of water – the submergence behind the dam wall will increase by 1.62 mts. Has the NCA looked into the question of rehabilitating affected families whose land will go under water when the 1.62 mts higher backwater level effect would occur?

A vertical increase of 1.62 mts can cause havoc in the plain areas of Madhya Pradesh where thousands of families continue to reside in the thickly populated village communities; engaged in farming, fishing, labour work etc. and awaiting rehabilitation, as per law, to this day. The misleading prediction in the press release that Construction of gates will prevent overflow of water” is absolutely unscientific, non-factual and unwarranted propaganda.

The Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal Award’;s clauses on submergence and rehabilitation unambiguously state that that all the affected families must be rehabilitated six months prior to the decision to start construction work. Shockingly, there is not a word on submergence and rehabilitation in the press release!
One may also recall that very recently, on 21st June, newspapers carried the story that low water flow had forced SSNNL authorities to shut down River Bed Power House since 7th June. That news report quoted dam officials as saying, “the status quo will be maintained until the water level improves from the current 114.46 mtrs”. Sardar Sarovar dam currently stands at 121.92 mtrs and the implication of a dam official reporting the water storage level at 114.46 mts would mean that the dam is eight mts empty and NOT OVERFLOWING FOR LAST TWO MONTHS!
In the last line, the PIB press release claims that the proposal that was approved thereby paving way to increase the height of the dam to 138.69 mts was “an eight year old proposal”. This again is spin doctoring, and the nation distinctly remembers that the decision of raise the dam height from 110 mts to 121.92 metre was taken in March 2006 – precisely eight years ago. 
When that decision was questioned by project affected families and Supreme Court took cognizance of the matter, the construction got stopped due to the onset of monsoon June 2006, the height was at 119 mts. Construction had begun to raise the height in October 2006 and by December of 2006 only the dam height had reached 121.92 mts. So how can PIB term this proposal and eight year old one?
Following the mass agitation by hundreds of oustees in the last week of June and our meeting with the Union Water Resources Minister on 24th June, who promised of directing NCA officials to verify the rehabilitation, PIB press release should have told us a bit about what was going on with respect to unfinished agenda of Resettlement and Rehabilitation as per NWDTA conditions and Supreme Court directives. Alas, the latest PIB release disappoints and makes us ask the minister, Who will inform, when PIB misinforms?
The promises made in 2006 have not been kept. The assurances of the state governments, the conditions of the Rehabilitation and Environment Sub Group and the written committeeman by the Former Prime Minister to the Supreme Court have all been flouted. There is no reason to doubt that history will not repeat itself. We, therefore, continue to challenge the illegal decision making process and demand that the rehabilitation of all the oustee families must be fully ensured and NCA’s decision of 12th June, be reviewed.

Medha Patkar, Devram Kanera, Hiradaram, Meera
Contact : 9179148973
Attached PIB Release

Shubham Narain wins after the play off at the 8th Usha DGC Juniors Golf Championship 2014

5 07 2014

New Delhi, July 04, 2014: Exhibiting some rare stellar performance, Shubham Narain manages to steal the winning title at the 8th Usha DGC Juniors Golf Championship 2014, Category ‘A’ boys and Category ‘B’ boys combined after the play off. Shubham played a fantastic round of Golf today, stitching together a string of 3 birdies on the 1st, 2nd and 15th hole and an eagle on the 18th hole to score a total of 297. His 2 bogeys on the 16th and 17th hole today could not manage to mar his overall performance in the tournament.

Rohan Rana, the leader of the Round 3 category ‘A’ and ‘B’ Boys combined, ended up with a total score of 297. Both Shubham and Rohan had under PAR rounds today returning cards of 3 under 69 and 2 under 70 respectively. Rohan Rana, lovingly referred to as “Rana ji” cards a staggering string of 7 birdies, 3 bogeys and 1 double bogey at the end of the final day. The tournament was underway at the Delhi Golf Club, Lodhi course.

Sunhit Bishnoi displayed a fairly consistent performance in the tournament to finish at the 3rd    position with a total score of 306, trailing by 9 strokes behind Shubham and Rohan. Sunhit scored 1 eagle against 1 triple bogey and 3 bogeys on the 6th, 10th and 12th hole.  Sunhit Bishnoi is also the winner of Category ‘B’ Boys.  Kartik Sharma, Mohd Wasil and Alammgir Grewal secured the 4th and joint 5th position with total scores of 307 and 310 respectively.

In Category ‘B’ Girls, Sifat Sagoo wins with a total score of 250, followed by Shagun Narain with a score of 263. In Category ‘C’ Girls, Himadri Singh wins with a total score of 284.  In Category ‘C’ boys, Manav Bias emerges as the winner with a total score of 304. Bharat Sharma trails behind with a score of 313.  In Category ‘D’ girls, Khushi Hooda snatches the winning title and in Category ‘D’ Boys, Shubham Jaglan wins with a good score of 192 and a total Round 1, 2, 3 and 4 combined PAR of 12. In the Special Category Boys and Girls, the highest score was 258, by Ishita, followed by Tushar Saini at 272.

U Mumba Future Stars”kicks-off the second round

5 07 2014
U Mumba Future Stars”kicks-off the second round of Knock-Out Tournaments featuring players from North Mumbai

·         “U Mumba Future Stars” tournament looks to unearth local talent from the top 8 clubs representing North Mumbai
·         Selected players will be a part of the “U Mumba Future Stars” programme and will be given an opportunity to represent “U Mumba”, the Pro-Kabaddi league francise

Mumbai: Unilazer Sports, the sports arm of Unilazer Ventures and the owner ofthe Mumbai Franchise -“U Mumba”,which will be a part of the upcoming Pro Kabaddi League, showcased its efforts to unearth local talent on Friday with its ambitious “U Mumba Future Stars” programme with the second round of Knock-Out tournaments featuring players from North Mumbai.

Conducted in three phases, the Knock-Out tournaments will feature the top 24 clubs from South Mumbai, North Mumbai and Thane district. Each region will witness 8 teams, representing respective clubs who would compete in Knock-Out challenge against opponents from the same region. Through rigorous tournaments, the four players from each of the three regions will form the“U Mumba Future Stars” team.

Today, the teams representing Om Creations Club and Arunoday Krida Mandal kicked off the North Mumbai tournaments amidst cheers and excitement at the Dharavi Sports Complex, Mumbai. Each team from the top 8 clubs put up a tough fight as they battled to qualify for the finals. The tournament also witnessed the presence of Ms. Snehal Salunke, International Kabaddi Champion and Asian Games 2012, Gold Medalistwho greeted and exchanged pleasantries with the players as the Chief Guest for the evening.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Supratik Sen, CEO – Unilazer Sportssaid, “The “U Mumba Future Stars” programme aims to create as a funnel process and serve as a platform for the introduction, development and eventual selection of local youth who would form the“U Mumba Future Stars” team. We aim to eventually facilitate tournaments across districts in Maharasthra which will be further extended as a state-level tournament.”

Arunoday Krida Mandal, Ghatkopar, was the first to set the match rolling as they competed with players from Om Creations, Khar, through an exciting match which lasted for approximately 45 minutes. Om Creationseventually lost out to the powerful raiding technique demonstrated by player Haridas Bhayde and the team’s raiders failed to counter-attack Amar Nivate in defense.

Also advancing to the semi-finals were Parle Sports Club, Siddhi Krida Mandal and Om Sai Krida Mandal. Parle Sports Club defeated Swastik Krida Mandal 44-25 before Siddhi Krida Mandal staged a late fight-back to overcome the challenge of G.S.P.M., Ghatkopar, 23-17.

The match between Siddhi Krida Mandal and GSPM turned out to be a contest of attrition as the lead kept changing hands through out the encounter before Raju Lohar and Rajesh Bendur showed all-round skills to take their team to victory.

The Chief Guest, Sneha Salunkhe was extremely impressed with the arrangements and facilities created for the tournament and also emphasized on the fact that such efforts were critical in promoting Kabaddi as a sport in the country.

Results (quarterfinals):

Arunoday Krida Mandal bt Om Creation 46-24; Parle Sports Club bt Swastik Krida Mandal 44-25; Siddhi Krida Mandal bt GSPM 23-17; Om Sai Krida Mandal bt Shivsena Krida Mandal 19-18.

The winning team will be announced at the end of the tournament this evening and will be rewarded with a cash prize of Rs. 15,000/-, the runners up will receive a prize of Rs. 10,000/- and the best player will be handed over Rs. 5000/-

The last phase of “U Mumba Future Stars” Knock-out challenge will be held tomorrow and will feature 8 teams representing the top clubs in Thane District. On conclusion of the Knock-Out Challenge, the strongest four players from the winning teams of each region will be selected to form “U Mumba Future Stars.

About Unilazer Sports (

Founded by Ronnie Screwvala, Unilazer Sports, a division of Unilazer Ventures Private Limited operates with a focus to be part of best preparing the present and planning for the future of Sport in India. Unilazer Sports aims to transform the way we live, persevere, learn, compete, enthrall, inspire and entertain ourselves.

With “U” as the umbrella brand for Unilazer Sports’ franchisee, it’s as much Unilazer as its U and youth. U Mumba, the Kabaddi franchise for Pro Kabaddi, is derived from Mumba, the mother island that gave birth to a mega city that is today Mumbai.

About Pro Kabaddi (

Pro Kabaddi is an eight-city league to be held between July 26th to August 31st 2014.

The league will be carried live on prime time TV by Star Sports.

This unique effort has the formal backing by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF), the Asian Kabaddi Federation (AKF) & the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI), who will be closely associated with the organization and delivery of this event.

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