Thursday, January 15, 2015


Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi today joined BJP and will contest upcoming Delhi Assembly polls. She was inducted in the party in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah, Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Dr. Harshvardhan in New Delhi today. Ms Bedi had been associated with Aam Admi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal during the anti-corruption movement. Welcoming her, BJP chief said, her induction will strengthen the party. When asked whether she will be BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate in Delhi, Amit Shah said party's Parliamentary Board will take a call on it.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Bedi said she is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership which has revived the hope of the people in the country. She said she will work for stable and corruption-free government in Delhi. Ms. Bedi said, she has 40 years of administrative experience and wants to dedicate it to Delhi and the nation.

On the occasion, Arun Jaitley said, the BJP has a tradition of inducting experienced and honest people in the party. AIR correspondent reports that before joining, Ms. Bedi also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Political observers say though BJP has decided not to declare its Chief Ministerial candidate in Delhi but Ms. Bedi's entry in the party has given a prominent face to counter Arvind Kejriwal.
Though no announcement has been made on the seat that Bedi will contest, rumour mills are abuzz that she may be pitted against Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal as BJP’s candidate for the top job.  
Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal has expressed happiness over Ms Bedi joining politics. In a tweet, Mr Kejriwal said he always tried to convince her that she should join politics.
 #5: UBA All India Inter University Basketball Tournament for Men Day 3- League Stages come to an end
Gopalakrishnan R & Vishnu Ravi Shankar, Chennai, 15th January 2015: After an action packed final day of league matches yesterday (14-1-15), the quarterfinalists have been decided in the UBA All India Inter University Basketball Tournament for Men 2014-15 that is underway at Sathyabama University, Chennai.

In the final league match last evening, hosts Sathyabama stayed unbeaten to enter the quarterfinals. In the process they knocked out University of Delhi from the competition. Delhi led at the end of the first quarter, but it was all Sathyabama after that with the final score reading 79-61.

Quarterfinals Schedule

15th January 2015

6:00PM Jain University, Bengaluru vs Pt Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur
7:30PM Sathyabama University, Chennai vs Punjab University, Chandigarh

16th January 2015

6:00PM Bharati Vidya Peeth, Pune vs Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
7:30PM University of Madras, Chennai vs Bharathiar University, Coimbatore

Evening Results from 14th January 2015

Indoor Court

Sathyabama University, Chennai (Vimal R 18, Stalin S 14, Muin Baig 12 pts & 12 rbs) bt University of Delhi (Ankit 15, Akim 11, Roopender 11) 79-61 [18-20, 21-16, 20-9, 20-16]

Outdoor Court ‘A’

University of Rajasthan (Sharad Dadhich 29, Asif Pathan 19, Dilip Bishnoi 11) bt University of Burdwan, West Bengal(Ranjoy Prasad 16, Rahul Josh 15, Dirjay Singh 10) 82-57 [27-14, 14-14, 13-13, 28-16]
University of Madras, Chennai (S Mahendra 23, N Nagaraj 9, Jeevanatham 8) bt Savithri Bai Phule University, Pune(Nitin Chopade 8, Rahul Singh 650-24 [22-10, 7-9, 11-2, 10-3]

Outdoor Court ‘B’

Bharati Vidya Peet University, Pune (Akshay Bhosale 32, Gautam Daddikar 18, Aniket Jadhav 16) bt VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur (Gurpreet Singh 18, Ravi Kishor 9) 100-47 [37-16, 27-3, 23-13, 13-15]

Morning Results from 14th January 2015

Outdoor Court ‘A’

Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi (Ankur Tomar 17, Manu Babu 14, Harsh Malik 10) bt MGKVP, Varanasi (Abhishek Kumar 28, Ashish Kr Singh 16) 65-61 [11-17, 14-17, 19-11, 21-16]
Jain University, Bengaluru (Kaif Zia 24, Visu Palani 23, Yashas Ramesh 20) bt Punjab University, Chandigarh(Khushmeet 28, Ravi 25, Arshpreet 15) 99-97 [25-28, 23-24, 19-25, 32-20]

Outdoor Court ‘B’

Pt RSS University, Raipur (Kiranpal Singh 23, Rahul Kumar 15, Krishna Pandey 13) bt Shivaji University, Kolhapur(Arshad R Khan 14, Paresh Naikwade 12) 74-39 [19-10, 18-9, 25-8, 12-12]
GNDU, Amritsar (Harman Singh 26, Yadurinder Yada 17, Subjeet Singh 15) bt Bharathiar University, Coimbatore (Kasi 21, Sri Ramalu 14, Gopi 9) 81-65 [20-21, 17-12, 16-10, 28-22]

About the All India University Championships

The Association of Indian Universities (“AIU”) Annual Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournament is a large Pan-India basketball tournament.  The winning team is crowned the number one university basketball team in India.  The Tournament is structured similar to the NCAA Basketball tournament in the United States.  It is broken down into regional series which are held in each of four regions in India -- The South Zone, the North Zone, the East Zone, and the West Zone.  The teams in each region compete in regional tournaments, and the four winning teams from each region play in the final Tournament – The Inter Zonal Tournament.
The top four teams that have qualified from each of the four zones are as follows:

South Zone

  1. Sathyabama University, Chennai
  2. Madras University, Chennai
  3. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
  4. Jain University, Bengaluru

North Zone

  1. Punjab University, Chandigarh
  2. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
  3. University of Delhi, Delhi
  4. Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

East Zone

  1. Mahatma Gandhi Kasi Vidyapeeth University, Varanasi
  2. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur
  3. Burdwan University, Burdwan
  4. Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanshal University, Jaunpur

West Zone

  1. Bharati Vidya Peet University, Pune
  2. University of Rajasthan, Jaipur
  3. Savitribai Phule University, Pune
  4. Shivaji University, Kolhapur

About Universal Basketball Alliance of India (UBA)

The Universal Basketball Alliance of India, LLC (“UBA”) has acquired the broadcast, merchandise and sponsorship rights to the existing, and self-governing Indian University Basketball Program.  The UBA is currently securing television broadcasting arrangements, securing corporate sponsorships for tournament play, and creating merchandising opportunities. 
UBA will focus its attention on the AIU and popularizing its All India Inter Zonal Tournament as an entertainment product for Indian viewers to enjoy for generations to come, just as Collegiate Basketball is in the United States.

About Association of Indian Universities (AIU)

The idea of bringing together all the universities on a common platform emerged from the deliberations of a Conference of the Vice Chancellors of Universities convened by Lord Reading, the then Viceroy of India at Shimla in 1924. The Inter-University Board (IUB) of India was subsequently formed on March 23, 1925, with the view of promoting university activities, especially by way of sharing information and co-operation in the field of education, culture, sports and allied areas. The Inter-University Board acquired a legal status with its registration in 1967 as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. In 1973, it assumed its present name: The Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The membership includes traditional universities, open universities, professional universities, Institutes of National Importance and deemed-to-be universities. In addition, there is a provision of granting of Associate Membership to universities of neighbouring countries.

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Invitation: Concert | Flute & Piano Recital | Jan 24, Sat, 6.30 pm

Invitation: Concert | Flute & Piano Recital | Jan 24, Sat, 6.30 pm

Invitation: Concert | Flute & Piano Recital | Jan 24, Sat, 6.30 pm

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New Delhi, January 15, 2015: The inaugural Cairn Juniors Hockey Cup got underway today at the Shivaji Stadium in the city with two under 14 games. The first game saw Govt. Boys Senior Secondary School, Saket take on Govt. Boys Senior Secondary School, Ghittorni. The boys from Ghittorni prevailed over their rivals in a closely contested game with a solitary goal by Ghanshyam in the 34th minute of the game. Both the sides created several chances but failed to find the back of the net, until Ghansyam, who came as a substitute in the 30th minute scored the winning goal.
In the second match of the day Yogi Arvind School beat Anglo Arabic School 1-0, with skipper Sanjay Soni scoring the only goal. Yogi Arvind School dominated the game and were clearly the better side today.

Schedule Day 2 – January 16
Junior (U-17)
10:00 hrs  Modern School, Barakhamba Road  VS GSBV, Shapurjat
Sub Junior (U-14)
11.30 hrs    Manavasthali                 VS     Anglo-Arabic
13.00 hrs   VCS Agriculture               VS    GBSS School, Saket G Block
14.30 hrs   GBSS School, Khanpur       VS       GBSS School,       Ghittorni
16.00 hrs   GBSS School, Begumpur    VS     GBSS School, MB Road

“The Contemporary Embassy – Paths to Diplomatic Excellence”

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Book Discussion on

“The Contemporary Embassy – Paths to Diplomatic Excellence”


Ambassador Kishan S. Rana

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

4:00 PM  - 5:30 PM (Registration: 03:30 pm)

WWF Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi – 110003

Ambassador Kishan S. Rana, Former Indian Ambassador to Germany
Dr. C. Raja Mohan, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (ORF)

Ambassador Eric Gonsalves, Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and Ambassador to Belgium and to EEC and Luxembourg
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Embassies are at the cutting edge of the international system, agencies of the home system that transact with foreign countries. Past few years have witnessed evolution of purpose of diplomacy as set out in the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations 1961, as a consequence of which the role of embassies has been extended to being that of a promoter, negotiator, communicator, manager, synthesiser, and service provider across the entire gamut of external affairs. This proactive and intensive involvement has lead to perceive embassies as the “CEO’s of multiagency missions reaching out to the entire society and not just the government”. In that context, Ambassador Kishan S. Rana raises the question whether embassies are likely to undergo evolutionary changes adapting to requirements of efficiency and tighter accountability in his book “The Contemporary Embassy – Paths to Diplomatic Excellence”. The book discussion session will have experts on diplomacy reflecting over the main argument of the book on the departure from formulistic rituals of diplomacy and on ways embassies could do better.

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 KISHAN S RANA 14-01-15
AMBASSADOR KISHAN S RANA, Former Indian Ambassador to Germany

Ambassador Kishan S. Rana is a career diplomat who joined Indian Foreign Service in 1960. He served as Ambassador/High Commissioner to Algeria, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Mauritius, and Germany; also consul general in San Francisco and worked in China (1963-65, 1970-72). He also served on staff of PM Indira Gandhi (1981-82). In addition, Ambassador Rana is a Professor Emeritus, DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva; Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi; Archives By-Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge; Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC; guest faculty, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna; Commonwealth Adviser, Namibia Foreign Ministry, 2000-01.
Ambassador Rana authored number of books on diplomacy and international affairs such as Inside Diplomacy (2000); Managing Corporate Culture (co-author, 2000); Bilateral Diplomacy (2002); The 21st Century Ambassador (2004); Asian Diplomacy (2007); Diplomacy of the 21st Century (2011); India’s North-East States, the BCIM Forum and Regional Integration, (co-author, 2012); The Contemporary Embassy (2013). Ambassador Rana is fluent in Chinese and French. He holds a BA (Hons) and a MA in economics, St Stephens College Delhi.
C RAJA MOHAN 14-01-15
DR C RAJA MOHAN, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

Dr. C Raja Mohan is a Distinguished Fellow at ORF and is leading the Strategic Studies Initiative of the Foundation. He is also a foreign affairs columnist for ‘The Indian Express’, a Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore, and a Non-Resident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC. Earlier he was a Professor of South Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
He was the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, Washington DC during 2009-10. Dr. Mohan served as the Diplomatic Editor and the Washington Correspondent of ‘The Hindu’ and the Strategic Affairs Editor of ‘The Indian Express’. His area of expertise includes India’s Foreign and Defence policies, Asian Security, Arms Control & Disarmament, and the Impact of Rising Powers on the Global Order.
Eric Gonsalves 14-01-15 AMBASSADOR ERIC GONSALVES,   Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and Ambassador to Belgium and EEC and Luxembourg

Ambassador Eric Gonsalves is a career diplomat born on 5 May 1928. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1950 and served in various capacities including Counsellor, London; Deputy Chief of Mission, Washington; Ambassador to Japan and the European Union; Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs (Vice Minister). After retirement he served as Director, India International Centre, Delhi 1986-91, Director, Asian Relations Commemorative Conference 1987, Member, International Observer Group, Sri Lanka Elections 1989-94, Member, Board of Management MAHE (now Manipal University) 1994-2006, President, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi (till April 2008).
Currently, he is Member of Governing Body, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi and Convenor Indian Delegation BCIM (Bangladesh China India Myanmar) Forum. Ambassador Gonsalves holds a B.SC (Hons) degree from Madras University.

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