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Gen-next Olympic Shooters Feted by NRAI for Stupendous Showing at ISSF Junior Cup
New Delhi, 16 July 2015: The Indian Junior Shooting squad, aptly termed ‘Gen-next Olympic Shooters’, which finished a creditable fourth in the medal standings of the recently concluded 2nd ISSF Junior Cup in Suhl, Germany, were feted at a function organized at the FICCI auditorium here by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI). A total of 572 athletes from 44 nations participated in the competition, billed as the ‘Junior Shooting World Cup’. The medal winners were presented with certificates and cash rewards for their performance, which was a shot in the arm for the two-year old junior programme mooted by the NRAI, as in the space of just one year, the team moved up from ninth position in 2014 to fourth this year. In the pistol section of the tournament, the Indian squad finished an excellent second. They returned with a total of 14 medals, three of them being Gold, up from three in the previous year.

Mr. Raninder Singh, President, NRAI, was clearly delighted on the occasion and said, “These boys and girls are the future of Indian Olympic shooting and their performance gives all of us a lot of heart that Indian shooting is on the right track. To perform this well at such a high level of competition away from home at such a young age, proves that our talent, given the right support and exposure are second to none. We would once again like to thank the Government of India, the Sports Authority of India and FICCI for continued support to the junior programme.”

Junior shooters who had won medals at the preceding Shooting Hopes tournament held in Plezn, Czech Republic were also awarded on the occasion, along with shooters who made it to finals. Pistol shooter Shivam Shukla, who won a total of four Gold and two Silver medals, including two individual Golds at the ISSF Junior Cup, was the star of the show.

Other notable performances included that of Achal Pratap Singh who returned with a total of four medals including two Golds, Arjun Das with three medals (one Gold). Notable performances also came from the likes of Akhil Sheoran who won a Silver in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions event at the Junior Cup along with three other medals, Sumedh Kumar who won a Silver in the 50m Pistol and Anantjeet Singh Naruka who won a bronze in Skeet at the Junior Cup.
Among the women, Gauri Sheoran and Shreya Gawande with four medals each including three Silvers and Yashaswani Singh Deswal with a total of three medals were the standout performers.


17th July 2015: P Vijay of the Pune Peshwas thought it would be an easy left hand layup. A free lane, no defender in sight. But just as he releases the ball onto the glass, a burst of green flies across the paint. In the blink of an eye, TJ Sahi of the Bengaluru Beast slapped the ball out of his hands into the crowd.
That announced the return of not just India’s most attention grabbing player, but also the birth of India’s first professional basketball league.

About the UBA Pro Basketball League

The UBA Pro Basketball League is structured on a league cum knockout basis. The Pro League is being held between 17thto 30th July at the Gachibowli Multipurpose Indoor stadium in Hyderabad that has been specially refurbished to host this event. There are eight teams in total: Pune Peshwas, Delhi Capitals, Haryana Gold, Punjab Steelers, Chennai Slam, Mumbai Challengers, Bengaluru Beast and Hyderabad Sky. For more information, visit:
“This is the first time in India’s basketball history that a pro league is being organised,” said UBA India Director Deepesh Solanki. “Our main focus is infrastructure. Athletes should feel like pros.” Hindi Film actor Anjana Sukhani was the celebrity guest on the opening day and she wished both all participating teams the very best. “I’m so happy that someone has taken the initiative to bring out the talent that this country has.” she said.

Pune Peshwas stun Bengaluru Beast

Teams from Maharashtra have always been deceptive in their appearance, with no big names to boast of. But somehow, the Peshwas kept the scoreboard ticking. The Bengaluru team had not just marquee international star TJ Sahi, but also some of the top collegiate talent in the country. Two of these players Kaif Zia and Yashas Ramesh were part of the bronze medal winning Jain University team at the UBA All India Inter University Championship earlier this year.
With its explosive backcourt of Sahi, Zia and Ramesh, Beast kept looking to push the pace of the game. Against a set Pune defence though, they were left searching for an answer. Late in the first quarter and the starting few minutes of the second saw Pune go on scoring run. Point guard 33, and forwards Vijay and Arjun pounded away at the glass to take Pune to an unexpected 31-20 lead. That was until Sahi scored back to back threes followed by a layup to bring Beast back within single digits at halftime.
In the second half the continued high rate of turnovers for Beast cost them dear, leading to multiple second chance scoring opportunities. Bengaluru was also caught napping repeatedly on defense, with Pune holding a decisive scoring advantage in the paint. However, almost replaying the action from the first half, Beast came storming back yet again only to fall just short in the end.
With this opening win, Pune Peshwas has shown that it is not to be taken lightly. Bengaluru needs to regroup quickly and find that team chemistry on both ends of the floor, which it was lacking in this below par performance.

Hyderabad Sky bt Chennai Slam

Hosts Hyderabad Sky got off to the perfect start by beating southern rivals Chennai Slam 65-61. A lethargic Chennai let the game get away from them in the first half, falling to a 22-36 deficit. The experienced Hyderabad Sky which features numerous players from the Telangana State team moved the ball well and made the most of Chennai’s largesse. In the second half, Chennai finally woke up, outscoring Hyderabad 39-29. Nigerian player Agu who also played for Hindustan University, Chennai in last year’s UBA All India Inter-University Championship, caught fire in the second half and rallied his team back within one possession. But just like Pune Peshwas in the earlier game, Hyderabad held on to register this significant opening win. Hyderabad was led in scoring by Nihal Yadav (23 points), Sujith Reddy (16 points) and Liju Abraham (15 points) who got fouled out late in the game.

Results from 17/7/2015

Pune Peshwas (P Vijay 23, Arjun Mehta 23) bt Bengaluru Beast (TJ Sahi 32, Chetan Suresh 16) 88-81 [19-18, 23-17, 29-25, 17-21]
Hyderabad Sky (Nihal Yadav 19, Sujith Reddy 16, Liju Abraham 15) bt Chennai Slam (Agu 14, Vicky 14) 65-61 [18-9, 18-13, 19-22, 10-17]

About Universal Basketball Alliance of India (UBA)

The Universal Basketball Alliance of India, LLC (UBA India) is a next-generation sports branding company. Its main objective is to make sport brands mean something to their sport viewers. To do that, UBA helps brands connect with viewers by providing insight-driven ideas across all media platforms. In addition to the ongoing maiden Pro Basketball League, UBA India 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.
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1.       The fourteenth National Maritime Search and Rescue (NMSAR) Board meeting was held at Gandhinagar today,17 July 2015, under the chairmanship of Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, AVSM, Director General Indian Coast Guard. The meeting was attended by Board Members from Coastal States/UTs and other agencies involved with Search and Rescue (SAR) operations in the region.

2.       The Indian Coast Guard(ICG)ismandated to undertake duties of National Maritime Search and Rescue for assisting mariners in distress within the Indian Search and Rescue Region(SRR). Coordination for Maritime SAR Operations is done from the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centers(MRCCs)of the Indian Coast Guard, located at Mumbai, Chennai and Port Blair. In the last few years, the Govt. of Indiahas accorded enhanced impetus towards strengthening bilateral, regional and international cooperation in the domain of Maritime SAR,as envisaged under International Search and Rescue Convention,1979. The ICG has accordingly evolved cooperative mechanisms and signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with a number of maritime states in the Indian Ocean Region. It alsoconducts regular exercises with the maritime agencies of these states.

3.       The Annual Board Meeting aims to evolve long term plans, discuss inter-agency co-ordination issues and workout modalities towards a strengthened framework for Maritime SAR in the Indian SRR. In the meeting held at Hotel NarayaniHeights, Gandhinagar today, the chairman re-iterated therequirement to augment SAR capabilities so as to cater forgrowingmaritime activity in the Indian SRR. A few important subjects discussed included mechanism for testing of Distress Beacons, synergy between aeronautical and maritime SAR and enhanced participation of merchant men in the SAR process.

4.       It was for the first time that the meeting was conducted under the aegis of the Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (North West). During the meeting, the Chairman NMSAR Board Vice Admiral HCS Bisht also presented awards to ships/units/ boats for their contribution towards Search and Rescue at sea. The ICG award for best merchant vessel was awarded to MV ‘Maersk Privilege’, while the ICG award for fishermen was awarded to Fishing boat ‘L Aster’ from Kanyakumari. In the category of Government owned SAR unit, the M/s Essar SAR award was jointly presented to ICG Hovercraft H-194 and NIOT Offshore Research Vessel ‘SagarManjusha’. 

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