Monday, January 5, 2015

Chhattisgarh repeat as champions


In a game of two halves, Chhattisgarh’s 6ft 9 inch centre Poonam Chaturvedi made it a no contest with her effortless scoring in the second half to carry Chhattisgarh to a convincing 84-75 win over Delhi. Delhi women made it to the finals after three years, but if today’s match is anything to go by, their wait for the national crown will continue for a while longer.
Delhi’s opponents Chhattisgarh though underlined its position as the best women’s unit in the country. After beating heavy weights Railways in the semifinals last evening, Chhattisgarh appeared slightly lacking in energy in the first half. They were over reliant on Poonam Chaturvedi on both ends of the floor and slow to assist her when it came to boxing out and rebounding. As a result, Delhi surprisingly got multiple second chance opportunities which allowed it to lead 22-19 at the end of the first quarter.
The second half though belonged to Poonam Chaturvedi. Delhi had committed multiple team fouls trying to defend her in the first twenty minutes of play, as a result of which they had to ease off in the third quarter.  Chaturvedi was unstoppable around the basket, catching the ball high over the Delhi players and finishing with her characteristic poise for her mammoth 48 points.
It is interesting to note that Chhattisgarh was missing the services of veteran Bharti Netam (in the Railways team), Kavita (injured) and Seema Singh who were an integral part of the side in last year’s maiden Championship run. But credit to Coach Rajesh Patel’s system of churning out numerous match ready players, that they were not missed one bit.

Uttarakhand men reclaim national crown

Back to full strength after missing centre Murali Krishna and star guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi last year, Uttarakhand men displayed top class professionalism throughout the tournament to reclaim the national crown by beating defending champions Tamil Nadu. Uttarakhand had last won the Senior Nationals two years ago at the 63rd Senior Nationals in Ludhiana, Punjab.
A supremely balanced outfit of past and current internationals, Uttarakhand was impeccable on both ends of the floor. Defensively, they out-rebounded Tamil Nadu 55 to 45, restricting them to just 28 points in the first two quarters combined. Offensively, they scored from all parts of the floor. Centre Amritpal Singh who has been hugely effective throughout the tournament, shined with 27 points and 14 rebounds. The moment Tamil Nadu started double teaming him in the post, Singh had the foresight to kick it out to his open teammates for the outside shot.
For Tamil Nadu, the match started off with their lynchpin and captain Amjyot Singh on the bench with an ankle injury. Even without Amjyot, Tamil Nadu had numerous relatively easy scoring opportunities which they missed. Backup centre Jeevanatham was the chief culprit missing easy jumpshots in the paint. With their post players rendered ineffective, the international guards of Tamil Nadu Pratham Singh, Akilan Pari and Pranna Venkatesh fought hard. In the second half, Amjyot Singh finally checked into the match and Tamil Nadu roared back within single digits of Uttarakhand. However, in the last quarter every time Tamil Nadu made a run, Uttarakhand kept scoring mainly through Yadwinder Singh for the memorable 72-63 win.
The winning teams received Rs 1,50,000/-, runners up Rs 1,00,000/- and third place finishers Rs 50,000/-

Final Standings




Tamil Nadu
Indian Railways
Tamil Nadu
Indian Railway
Madhya Pradesh

Results from 5-1-2015



Chhattisgarh (Poonam Chaturvedi 48 pts & 12 rbs, Sharanjeet Kaur 18) bt Delhi (Madhu Kumari 15, Pratima Singh 15, Akanksha Singh 13) 84-75 [19-22, 21-16, 26-11, 18-26]


Uttarakhand (Amritpal Singh 27 pts & 14 rbs, Yadwinder Singh 16, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 13) bt Tamil Nadu (Pratham Singh 15, Amjyot Singh 11) 72-63 [22-12, 17-16, 10-15, 23-20]

3rd and 4th Place Matches


Indian Railway (Smruthi Radhakrishnan 16, Sitamani Tudu 14, R Rajapriyadarshini 14) bt Kerala (Poojamol KS 18, Neenumol PS 16, Jeena PS 14) 81-76 [23-18, 11-13, 19-18, 28-27]


Services (Joginder Singh 22, Narender Grewal 21, Abhishek YP 15) bt Haryana (Deepak Rathee 23, Himanshu S 20, Hemant S 20) 87-70 [19-15, 28-24, 9-19, 31-12]


Bangladesh clashes

Two supporters of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have been shot dead in clashes with activists from the ruling party, the Hasina Awami League, and at least 15 people have been injured in the northern town of Natore. As violence continued, the leader of the BNP, Khaleda Zia, has been confined to her Dhaka office by police, but she has urged her supporters to take to the streets as part of a campaign to force Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to hold fresh multi-party elections.

2 killed in bombing of Greek oil tanker in Libyan port

The Libyan air force has attacked a Greek operated oil tanker in the militant controlled port of Derna, killing two of the crew and injuring another two, AFP reports. Aegean Shipping, which runs the tanker, said that no oil has leaked out and the company is as assessing the damage. A Libyan military spokesman said the tanker was “suspicious” and had been hit because it had not been inspected before entering the port. The Libyan military carried out several attacks on Derna last year in an attempt to weaken the Islamic militants, who have controlled it for the past two years.

Two Saudi guards killed in attack on Iraq border

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry reports that two of its guards have been killed in a shootout and suicide attack on the kingdom’s frontier with Iraq. One of those killed was a senior officer, ministry spokesman Major General Mansour Turki told Reuters. An assault of the kind is rare, as the border is heavily defended by a series of raised earth barriers and fences. In the past, it was usually targeted from a distance.

All Indonesian pilots to attend pre-flight weather briefings – ministry

Indonesian pilots will be obliged to come for a briefing with an airline flight operating officer (FOO) before departure, the country’s Transportation Ministry has ruled. “By doing so, pilots will receive a complete picture about their respective flights from FOOs, including how to make emergency decisions with regard to possible weather challenges,” Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan said Sunday, The Jakarta Post reported. Flight operation officers will also be make assessments of pilots’ health, officials say. Bad weather is believed to have been the "triggering factor" that resulted in the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 with 162 people on board a week ago.

​Russia beats Sweden to reach world junior hockey finals

Team Russia has reached the finals of the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship in Canada. Russia's players under 20 years of age defeated their Swedish rivals 4:1 in the semifinals of the World Cup. Russia will play Canada in the final scheduled for January 5 after it defeated Slovakia 5:1.
 New Delhi Lecture by UN Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
From: Manoharan  Mon, 5 Jan '15 2:59p
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UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon will be delivering the Thirteenth Sapru House Lecture jointly hosted by the Indian Council of World Affairs and the United Nations in India.
The lecture, entitled India and the United Nations in a Changing World, will be delivered on Monday, 12 January 2015, at 3:30 p.mat Sapru House, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi-110001.
Weird Land Acquisition Policy – Rajnath vs Jaitley
January04, 2015 (C) Ravinder Singh

Every newspaper is full of stories related to Weird Land Acquisition
policy notified recently. UPA-II government primarily Lost 2014
Elections because it did nothing to improve the earnings of 800m Rural
India and UPA Lame Duck land acquisition policy was KEY TO RURAL
PROSPRITY but Bogus Einstein Jairam Ramesh Bungled It is EVIDENT here.

    800m Food Grain Farmers revenue is barely $52b [$200/tone x 260m
tones] and income just $25b net after deduction for input costs. This
is just $30 per capita.

    Rural India presently is Educated contributes more than 60% of
Engineers, Doctors, Civil Servants and 95% for Armed Forces,  Factory
& Skilled Workers.

    50% already have land but are Not Allowed to SWITCH to Industry,
Services and Business due to POLICIES MADE WHEN VILLAGERS WERE
ILLITERATE before 1947.

    Why Can’t A Qualified Farmer Cut Plots and Set Up SEZ or Factory Cluster?

    Why can’t a Qualified Farmer Build ‘Housing Project’ or ‘Commercial
Building’ or ‘Hospital’ or ‘Shopping Mall’ or Just a Small Food
Processing Unit?

    Why Can’t A Farmer SELL HIS LAND and Buy Some Factory or Business
without attracting Capital Gains Tax when Companies Buy & Sell without
Capital Gains Tax?


    Worst of All – GOI Doesn’t Quickly Takeover Shut Down Factories With
Ready Infrastructure In Which Public Funds Are Locked, Millions of
Factory Workers Are Without Work and Let Such Factories Be Acquired By
Suitable Promoter? Earlier it was reported a Rs.6.5 cr Factory Built
in 1965 would need Rs.200 crores of Capital Investment at a Green
Field Site.

    Why can’t a Village Form a Company to BUILD Airport Project on their Land?

    Why GOI needs more Land When Highways and Railways Lines have 150
Feet on either side are already under Indian Railways or Highway

    Why can’t FARMERS/Village or Home Owners Install their own Solar Power?

    It Is MOST STUPID to Let Some Tata or Bata through GOI acquire Land
Cheaply from Farmers, Then Install Solar Power Units that Sell Power
to Grid and Eventually Farmers Are Charged Rs.25 per unit when Long
Term Cost is not even Rs.1 per unit.


    Only Thing They Lack Are ‘Cheating, Forgery & Bribery Skills.’

Rajnath Singh Is Already A Winner – 80% BJP MPs Come From Rural Areas

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857

Advanced targeted temperature management technology to reduce brain damage in cardiac arrest patients

Technology uses body temperature management to stabilise patients

New Delhi, 5thJanuary 2015In a scientific program held at AIIMS, New Delhi on 5th January 2015 by the Society of Cardiac Anesthesiology in association with the American Heart Association there interesting discussions revealed newest technologies on cardiac anesthesia and patient care. One of the discussions was also on the temperature management technology that brings precision targeted temperature management to the highest level of performance available today.

The Temperature Management System is designed to monitor and control a patient's temperature within a range of 32°C to 38.5°C (89.6°F to 101.3°F).   It consists of an electronic module and disposable Gel Pads. The system includes a stand-alone electronic module with an interactive touch screen.  This is connected to the conductive pads that are placed on the patient and provide thermal-energy transfer to deliver targeted temperature management therapy to the patient. The touch screen interface quickly guides clinicians to successfully initiate treatment with a few simple steps.

Dr. Yatin Mehta who is the chairman for critical care and anesthesia at the Medanta Medicity will share his views on using the machine at the programme.

Targeted Temperature Management technology works at inducing therapeutic hyperthermia, maintaining hyperthermia , controlled rewarming and normothermia  in patients who have had a cardiac arrest with an objective to improve the neurologic outcome. This is done by defining the expected neurologic outcome in individual patients by setting target temperatures by clinicians. 
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Session on
Indo-US relations on the eve of

President Obama's visit to India

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

4:00 PM  - 5:00 PM (Followed by High Tea)

The Bengal Club, 1/1, Russell Street, Kolkata

Ambassador Frank Wisner – Former Ambassador to India, International Affairs Advisor, Patton Boggs, LLP
Shiv Siddhant Narayan Kaul – Senior Vice President of ICC, Managing Director of Nicco Engineering Services
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President Barack Obama’s decision to accept Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invite for India's Republic Day comes at a historic time and presents a great opportunity to strengthen the relationship. President Obama's second trip to India, which closely follows Prime Minister Modi's eventful visit to the U.S. last September, has generated significant excitement in diplomatic, strategic and business circles on both sides. Clearly, India and the U.S. recognize the deep potential in the partnership to shape the global agenda in the coming decade.

Buoyed by a strong political will, it is imperative now for India and the U.S. to identify big-ticket action items and capitalize on new opportunities to inject energy into the relationship. Taking these issues forward, Ananta Aspen Centre in association with ICC is hosting a public discussion with Ambassador Frank Wisner addressing three key issues in his remarks– mutual strategic concerns, the business issues that needs to be addressed and managed, and a medium term strategy to expand trade and investment.
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Ambassador Frank Wisner 05-01-15Ambassador Frank Wisner – Former Ambassador to India, International Affairs Advisor, Patton Boggs, LLP

Ambassador Frank G. Wisner is an International Affairs Advisor at Patton Boggs, LLP. A career diplomat with the personal rank of Career Ambassador, he previously served as Ambassador to India from 1994-1997. Additionally, he held the positions of Ambassador to Zambia (1979-82), Egypt (1986-91), and the Philippines (1991—92). 
Ambassador Wisner has served in a number of positions in the U.S. government, including Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (1993-94), Undersecretary of State for International Security Affairs (1992-93), Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs (1982-86), and Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of State (1977).
During the course of his career, he served in the Middle East and South and East Asia. After leaving government service, Ambassador Wisner joined the American International Group, where he was named Vice Chairman, External Affairs. He returned to government in 2005 to represent the Secretary of State as her special representative to the Kosovo status talks. Today he is a member of the Boards of Directors of AIG Property Casualty, EOG Resources and Ethan Allen, as well as the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. He is an advisor to Kissinger Associates. A native of New York, Ambassador Wisner was educated at Princeton University.
 Shiv Siddhant Narayan Kaul 05-01-15Shiv Siddhant Narayan Kaul – Senior Vice President of ICC, Managing Director of Nicco Engineering Services
Mr Kaul is the Senior Vice President of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and the Managing Director of Nicco Engineering Services Limited, part of the Nicco group of companies which has activities in cable manufacturing, theme parks and specialty industrial maintenance services. 
After school at St. Xaviers Kolkata, he received a BA, Summa cum Laude, from the College of Wooster and a MSE from Princeton University in the US. While at Princeton he taught as a graduate instructor and was published in The Journal of Alternative Investments.
Mr Kaul worked for over 4 years in New York at Bank of America’s, Capital Markets Group, rising to be a Vice President of Fixed-Income trading prior to joining the Nicco Group in Kolkata.

Bulk Jupiter cargo vessel sank in waters near Vietnam


Two Filipinos dead, 16 missing in ship sinking: govt
Two Filipino sailors have died and 16 others are missing after their cargo ship sank in waters near Vietnam, the Philippine foreign department said Sunday.
The cargo vessel Bulk Jupiter went down on January 2 off the coast of Vung Tau City and so far, only one Filipino crewman has been rescued alive, the department said in a statement, without specifying why the ship sank.
Vietnamese authorities are leading the rescue operations and have recovered two bodies and are still searching for the other 16 crew, the statement said quoting the embassy in Hanoi.
About 10 percent of Filipinos work overseas — with many working on cargo ships — attracted by the higher salaries than they can earn at home. Their remittances are a major pillar supporting the country´s economy.

Modi launches LED scheme

LED there be light!  launches scheme to brighten Delhi –
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“Democracy Killing Day”

Bangladesh: Khaleda Zia locked in office by police
Zia had threatened to hold mass rallies in the capital to mark “Democracy Killing Day” on Monday marking a year since the polls that her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies refused to join, alleging the ruling party would rig the vote.
“She has been confined in her office. Police have cordoned off the area and barricaded (the) road. She wanted to see a sick party colleague around midnight, but they did not let her out,” Zia´s aide S.R. Shimul Biswas told AFP.
The main opposition headquarters in central Dhaka were padlocked by police at midnight on Saturday, according to local television channels, with police vans barricading nearby roads.
Zia was forced to spend the night at the party office, the aide said, despite attempting to leave by car.
Police inspector Firoz Kabir denied that Zia was forcibly kept in the office.
“We´ve not detained her, only her security has been enhanced. She is not leaving her office,” he told AFP.
Police also stormed the home of the party´s deputy leader, the private Somoy Television channel said, and arrested senior leader and key party spokesman Rizvi Ahmed, who fell ill and was taken to a hospital by police escort.
Zia had been attempting to visit Ahmed.
Tension has been rising in the politically volatile South Asian nation since January 1 when Zia demanded fresh polls under a neutral caretaker government and threatened to bring the country to a halt if her demand is not met.
BNP officials said at least 400 party supporters were arrested, including two other senior party figures, ahead of the poll anniversary.
Zia´s decision to boycott the “farcical” election handed a walkover victory to her bitter rival Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after no vote was cast in the majority of the parliamentary seats.
Zia was confined to her home in the build-up to last year´s election, but was released after the polls.
The United States has said the polls did not credibly reflect the will of the people and called for a new election to be contested by all parties.
Zia and her allies alleged Hasina would rig last year´s vote with a biased election commission and a “partisan” civil administration.
Since the controversial election, Hasina has consolidated her power by arresting opposition officials, prosecuting hundreds of thousands for violence in the run-up, and launching trials of Zia and her eldest son on graft charges.
Scores of BNP activists have disappeared with rights groups blaming security agencies.


MP Shri Prabhat Jha, Pradesh President Shri Satish Upadhyay
Jaspal Singh's photo.
New Delhi, 3rd January. In a press conference Delhi Pradesh BJP presented the election campaign vehicles before the press persons today. In this conference, the Chairman of Delhi Safai Karamchari Aayog Shri Raju Sarasar, Auto Union Leader Shri Sanjay Chawala, DPCC Secretary Shri Sunil Gulati, Eco Taxi Union President Shri Vimal Singh Rajput joined BJP alongwith thousands of their supporters in the presence of Pradesh Incharge and MP Shri Prabhat Jha, Pradesh President Shri Satish Upadhyay and National Secretary Sardar RP Singh. Former Councilor and BJP leader Shri Suresh Bhardwaj was also present in the press conference that was declared candidate from Wazirpur by AAP.
Pradesh President Shri Satish Upadhyay exhibited the Modi Video Rath to the press persons prepared for the forthcoming Assembly Elections. He said that the people will be apprised about the policies and achievement of the party through the audio and video Raths. These vehicles shall be sent to all the 70 Assembly Constituencies and give the message for supporting the party. These Raths may also be used as stage for Nukkad Meetings. Arrangement for microphone sets is also available in them. The party has made arrangements for video Raths in every Assembly Constituencies.
Shri Upadhyay said that today the Auto Unions have decided to play the role of themessenger of Modi by replacing the posters of AAP on the thousands of Auto Rickshaws. The leader of the Auto Union Shri Sanjay Chawla started this by removing the poster of AAP from one of Auto Rickshaws.
On this occasion Shri Prabhat Jha said that now no one can befool the people and the falsehood has been exposed. God does not forgive persons who cheat the poor. The AAP leaders made false promises and even today they are playing drama of various types. They adopted the policy of use and throw with many sections of society and now the people will throw them out. Shri Jha said that Delhi BJP will include the issues of the auto and taxi operators and its commitment to solve their problems in the election manifesto.
In this press conference Shri Sanjay Chawla said that the auto drivers union had submitted a charter of demands before the BJP and the party formed a team which met officers of Delhi Government and tried to solve their problems. The team met Police Commissioner and other officers and solved most of the problems of auto operators. Shri Chawla said that these operators had pasted lacks of posters of AAP on their Auto Rickshaws but AAP did nothing to solve their problems. The Eco Taxi Drivers Association also announced their support to BJP.
On this occasion the Chairman of Delhi Safai Karamchari Aayog Shri Raju Sarasar said that after meeting Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on the 2nd October, 2014, he felt that only BJP can work for the welfare of Valmiki Community. The Swacch Bharat Abhiyan of Shri Modi has enhanced the prestige of Valmiki Community.

Parrikar : Circumstantial evidence points to PakBoat suspected terror links:

Circumstantial evidence points to suspected terror links: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the recent incident of Pakistani boats being chased by the Coast Guard in Indian waters
Circumstantial evidence points to suspected terror links: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the recent incident of Pakistani boats being chased by the Coast Guard in Indian waters

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