Friday, January 2, 2015

 


Jan 2
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has got a shot in the arm for a fresh term as the country’s premier ahead of snap elections in March this year. He has been re-elected as the leader of the ruling Likud party in the primary elections. The members of his party not only backed him overwhelmingly but also chose to elect a list of moderate candidates supported by him to contest the upcoming general elections. The Israeli prime minister won around 80 per cent of the vote in the party primary against his challenger, Danny Danon.

 

























The Income Tax department has issued notice to a business firm owned by Robert Vadra as part of its probe to understand the financial structure of the company and real estate projects undertaken by it. Sources said, the notice has been issued by the I-T Department to Sky Light Hospitality which has its offices in Delhi and Gurgaon and the tax men have asked company officials to disclose details about the transactions and sale deeds executed from the financial year 2005-06 by the firm. The department has also asked the firm to explain its real estate projects and deals struck in various parts of North India including loans taken in this regard from some prominent builders in the country.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Vadra, who has not been named in the notice, has been in the news regarding his land dealings and real estate projects in various parts of north India including the national capital region, Rajasthan, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said that the state government is proceeding in the Robert Vadra land deal case as the per the law. Talking to reporters in Panchkula yesterday, Mr Khattar said that the first priority of the state government is to ensure good governance, transparency and provide people a corruption-free system.

 

Bhilwara, Rajasthan: Playing to their pedigree, the international stars of Indian Railways and Kerala kept their sides undefeated in the 65th Senior National Basketball Championship 2014-15. Kerala’s Jeena PS and Neenumol combined for more than 50 points in an early morning Level 1 league match against Maharashtra on New Year’s Day. The duo’s scoring had them take an 11 point lead at the end of the first quarter. The next two quarters saw Maharashtra fight back thanks to some effective work on both ends of the floor by ex-international Manisha Dange. Dange would go on to average a double double with 26 points and 13 rebounds, but Kerala’s size advantage at all the front court positions meant that they stayed ahead, eventually winning 84-69.
Indian Railways women stayed on top of their Level 1 Pool by running roughshod over a young Punjab side. As many as six players scored in double digits in this effortless team offense for Railways. The first and last quarters especially had Railways completely destroying Punjab offensively and clamping down on them on the defensive end in this lop-sided 113-54 win.
Delhi’s women team too has been on a tear, and sisters Pratima Singh and Prashanti Singh took their side to a close 72-64 win over Tamil Nadu.
In the men’s Level 1 section, Services stayed undefeated with their third straight win, this time over Kerala. Tamil Nadu too cruised past Haryana 91-66. The star studded Uttarakhand side joined Tamil Nadu with three wins by outclassing Indian Railways 88-50.
In some exciting lower level action, Delhi and Telangana men progressed to the pre-quarterfinals stage and into the upper Level 1 for next year. Joining them in the pre-quarterfinals stage from the women’s section will be Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.

Results from 1-1-2015 (upto 6:00 PM)

Level 1

Women

1)      Delhi (Pratima Singh 31, Prashanti Singh 17)  bt Tamil Nadu (R Ramya 18, P Divya 16) 72-64 [14-10, 18-16, 19-25, 21-13]
2)      Kerala (Jeena PS 28, Neenumol PS 25, Stephy Nixon 17) bt Maharashtra (Manisha Dange 23, Sruthi Menon 14) 84-69 [23-12, 19-18, 18-21, 24-18]
3)      Indian Railways (Renu Maurya 16, Bharti Netam 16, Sitamani Tudu 15, Appoorva Muralinath 14) bt Punjab (Samrithi 18, Kirandeep Kaur 15, Nagma Mirza 12) 113-54 [41-9, 23-20, 21-16, 28-9]

Men

1)      Services (Jairam Jat 19 pts & 16 rbs, Dalip K 19, Narender Grewal 13, Ramesh K 10) bt Kerala (Manoj R 22, Subash Shenoy 17 pts & 14 rbs, Albin Baby 11) 80-67 [17-20, 24-9, 17-17, 22-11]
2)      Tamil Nadu (Prasanna Venkatesh 23, Amjyot Singh 19, Pratham Singh 17, G Sivabalan 13, Arvind A 11) bt Haryana(Himanshu S 17, Deepak R 11, Vikas K 11, Hemant S 10) 91-66 [28-20, 24-19, 28-19, 11-8]
3)      Uttarakhand (Trideep Rai 27, Amritpal Singh 23 pts & 12 rbs, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 18) bt Indian Railways (Prakash Mishra 14) 88-50 [21-11, 25-13, 26-13, 16-13]

Qualifying Matches from Level 2 to Level 1

*Winning teams progress to pre-quarterfinals stage this year & will get elevated from Level 2 to Level 1 for next year.

Men

1)      Delhi (Pravin Dovan 22, Ajay Singh 18, Gaurav Ohlan 12) bt Maharashtra (Raj Kalbhor 29, Amit Gahlot 16) 78-69 [15-12, 19-12, 24-19, 20-26]
2)      Telangana (M Vijaykumar 15, L Sujith 10) bt Chandigarh (Atul 14, Puneet Khanna 13) 58-55 [18-14, 14-19, 11-9, 15-13]

Women

1)      Telangana (Gayathri 25, Purnima 9) bt West Bengal (Kamlesh Jat 20, Salma Devi 15) 57-54 [8-10, 19-14, 13-14, 17-16]
2)      Madhya Pradesh (Sakshi Pandey 15, Nima Doma Bhutia 13) bt Himachal Pradesh (Balvinder Kaur 13, Yogita 9) 53-38 [15-9, 13-14, 13-11, 12-4]

Loser’s Knockout Quarterfinals

Men

1)      West Bengal (R Prasad 14, MS Grewal 13, MK Singh 12, DK Yadav 12) bt Jharkhand (Nirmal Singh 34, Allen Peter 17, Devendra Melgaud 13) 85-82 [21-21, 21-15, 20-22, 23-24]
2)      Andhra Pradesh (CH Navin 16, J Tarun 12) bt Assam (Pradeep Kumar 9, Badan Dey 6) 66-36 [19-6, 19-10, 16-6, 12-14]

Late Evening Results from 31-12-2014

Level 1

Women

1)      Indian Railways (Ranjeeta 17, Renu 13) bt Uttar Pradesh (Radha 14) 86-31 [24-6, 30-0, 12-9, 20-16]

Level 2

Men

1)      Chandigarh (Atul 18, Syed Mohd 18) bt Puducherry (Manoj 24, Mohan 11) 79-57 [26-17, 25-20, 14-14, 14-6]
2)      Delhi (Ajay Singh 26, Manprit Singh 13) bt Gujarat (Vinay Kaushik 21, Harpalsinh Vag 20) 84-72 [22-16, 14-14, 21-27, 27-15]
3)      West Bengal (Sagar Joshi 35, DK Yadav 17) bt Himachal Pradesh (Anoop 19, Deepak 12) 76-65 [17-24, 16-12, 16-16, 27-13]
4)      Andhra Pradesh (Naveen 23, J Tharun 21) bt Goa (Malivai 21, Velly 11) 69-52 [23-16, 20-10, 18-11, 8-15]
5)      Telangana (L Sujith Reddy 20, Sri Ganesh 19, M Vijaykumar 17) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Iqbal Singh 19, Shubham Sharma 16) 80-79 [23-13, 15-14, 15-29, 18-15, 9-8 (OT)]

 


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AIRASIA INDONESIA FLIGHT QZ 8501 UPDATE
AS OF 1 JANUARY 2015 20:00 HRS (GMT+7)

SURABAYA, 1st JANUARY 2015 – AirAsia Indonesia wishes to update on the development of the on-going search and rescue mission of flight QZ 8501.

The Disaster Victim Identification Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today confirmed that the remains of one passenger on board QZ 8501 was identified as Hayati Luthfi Hamid (female). The confirmation was announced upon matching forensic and ante-mortem tests with the DNA evidence submitted by the families.

Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer AirAsia Indonesia handed the remains to her family at a ceremony held at Bhayangkara Hospital, Surabaya.

Sunu said, “On behalf of everyone at AirAsia, we extend our profound condolences to the family and friends of late Hayati Luthfi Hamid. AirAsia will support everything that the family may need during these difficult times.”

Earlier today, BASARNAS also confirmed that a total of six out of seven remains of QZ 8501 passengers which were recovered in Karimata Strait had been transported in Bhayangkara Hospital this morning for immediate identification by Disaster Victim Identificiation Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI).

DVI team are now working on thorough identification which includes DNA check and forensics examination.

Meanwhile, the search and rescue effort still continues. Indonesian Minister of Transportation has deployed 5 additional vessels to the searching area. To date, there are more than 90 vessels and aircraft from numerous countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, United States, involved in the operation.

Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ8501.
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ANNUAL NATIONAL CONSULTATION OF VANI

Annual National Consultation of VANI is scheduled on February 18-19, 2015, at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, New Delhi. Every year VANI organizes National Consultation to articulate the contemporary concerns of voluntary sector.
Kindly block the dates, and we will share the details shortly.
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Telecom Scooping $20b Than Investing In Optic Broadband
January01, 2015 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.com

Going by the TOI story Telecom Department or DoT is to auction 570
MHZ* of spectrum for 1.2 lakh crores – this comes to just Rs.210 per
MHz when in 2010 ‘5 Mhz of 3G spectrum was sold out for Rs 16,751
crore or Rs.3350 crore per MHz’. * [airwaves 60 Mhz in 2G and 330 Mhz
in 3G, and 180 Mhz of existing airwaves.]

When GoI scoops Rs.1,20,000 crores as License Fee – just to recover
this with interest and profits would cost Consumers over Rs.500,000
crores over 10 years or Rs.5000 per head for 100 crore connections –
This doesn’t include Cost of Mobile Devices which could take Annual
Imports Bill of Electronics & Mobile Devices to $400b by 2020.

This is Suicidal Policy driving India in to Financial or Economic Melt Down.

At Rs.210 crore per MHz DoT gets practically nothing even as 2G and 3G
tariffs are too high presently compared to landline charges of Rs.1.25
for 3 minute call. Assuming minimum spectrum required is 2x4.2 Mhz or
2x5 Mhz blocks – is Rs.1764 crores or Rs.2100 crores. This is no
improvement over SCAMMED rate of Rs.1658 crores for Pan India Licence.

But biggest concern is that GoI is neglecting INDIGENOUS Optic Fiber
based Broadband Services.

Already Quality of Service 2G Voice has declined and call drop rate
zoomed due to Extended Use of 2G for providing data services.

Worst of All DoT is not Introducing ‘Optic Fiber Based Services
Broadband Services’ – one Connection Providing VoIP, IPTV, Broadband,
Wifi, Video Conferencing etc.

Developed countries are already Experimenting with 1000 Mbps Data
Speeds per user – 100 Mbps data speed is already a standard but DoT
promotes Outdated Costly & Very Slow 2G and 3G services compared to
present global standards.

Optic Fiber based Wire Networks can service Future Technologies
without ‘Upgrades of Technology’.

Finally there is no change in WEIRD PITRODA POLICY of Wireless
Broadband in Cities and Optic Fiber Based Wire Services in Rural Areas
where just Rs.500 worth of copper wire can deliver 100 MBPS connection
or even 1000 MBPS through Ethernet. In 2003 ISP in view of defect in
distribution server provided direct connection – I was getting over 80
MBPS speed which was over 1000 Times Faster than my contracted speed
of 64 KBPS. 4G Service can deliver Wireless Broadband to Tens of
thousands of consumers in scores of villages at low cost by a Shared
Tower.

In 2003 I was getting TV Channels on my computer with a Video Card
also before Encryption of TV Broadcast.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation,
Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Technologies and Project

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