Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Biking Queens received a warm welcome in India

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The Biking Queens received a warm welcome in India after successfully completing their – All Women 10 Nation Ride
Received blessings from the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi at Delhi
Four Biking Queens reached Delhi after completing an unprecedented 10 South East Asian Countries’ bike ride, covering more than 10,000 kms in 39 days, met Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Sh. Narendra Modi and took His blessings. The ride was aimed at propagating the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, in the South East Asian countries of Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore. Biking Quens namely, Dr. Sarika Mehta, Ar. Yugma Desai, Durriya Tapia and Khyati Desai began their ride to 10 nations on 6th June 2016 from Kathmandu, Nepal after the Flag Off by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Smt. Anandiben Patel on 4th June, 2016 from the hometown of Biking Queens – Surat, Gujarat. At the press conference in Delhi, Mr. C.M Paatil (M.P, Member of Parliament Navasari, Surat) appreciated the four women and said “After facing all the hurdles, they completed their journey and made the India proud”
The Biking Queens were welcomed and supported by the Indian Embassy in every country. They also got opportunity to meet school children, NGOs, women activists, bureaucrats and ministers. In Nepal, they met the President of Nepal, Rt. Hon’ble Bidhya Devi Bhandari. In Bhutan, they met the Hon’ble Prime Minster Tshering Tobgay, His wife Tashi Doma and the country’s first woman minister Ms. Aum Dorji Choden. In Vietnam, the Biking Queens met standing Vice Chairwomen of Vietnam Women’s Union of Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Bich. In Cambodia, they met the Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Sok An and Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Prak Sokhonn and met the Hon’ble Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Leader of the House, Ms Grace Fu Hai Yien at Singapore. They discussed various women’s issues with them — from female foeticide, education to girl child, gender equality and welfare and supportive measures for women empowerment.
The Biking Queens during their 10 Nation Ride drove for 9 hours on an average during a day and many a times during the odd hours at night. “We had to ride in various different terrains in all the countries which included terrible mountains in the interior of Bhutan, risky forest terrain of Nagaland, shaky bridges in Myanmar. We also had trouble at the borders while entering Myanmar, Thailand and Singapore due to some changes in the policies of the government there and other such issues. It was really exhausting for all of us, but we managed it all owing to our strong will power and the blessings of many from our country and abroad,” said Dr. Sarika Mehta, Founder of Biking Queens and leader of the 10 Nation Riding Team.
“Food became a problem when the food we were carrying with us got over. Most of us being vegetarians, but the warmth of the locals, amused us when some of them offered their kitchen to us for cooking basic food for ourselves. Also the local bikers in all the countries we visited were very helpful and supportive to us during the whole ride. Many of them helped us with the local routes and at times with the paper works as well, especially at Thailand Border. The riders all over were way too excited to meet us and know about the campaign that we were propagating”, said Ms. Khyati Desai, Member of Biking Queens.
“We had attempted for various records before and after the ride. Amongst them, we have bagged a Guinness Record of Most People Waving checkered flags with – 500 people waving the checkered flags for 10 minutes continuously, during the flag off ceremony in Surat on 4th June, 2016. Also the record for First Female Bikers to Cover 10 Countries, certifying by Asia book of records and by India Book of records have been achieved by us. We attempted for these records so that the people of the World get to know about the campaign we are propagating and also our ride,” said Ar. Yugma Desai, member of Biking Queens.
Ms. Darshana Jardosh – M.P., Surat, Gujarat said “They have successfully completed a grueling expedition and propagated the campaign of our Hon’ble Prime Minister in the Asian countries while setting a personal example of Women Empowerment in all these countries. It is a commendable work our daughters have done and the country takes pride on their achievement”
“There were times when we were stuck at the famously treacherous roads and our GPS too didn’t work but with the good wishes and positive energies of so many people, we knew we would be safe. The honourable Prime Minister gave us the responsibility, to spread his message, when we met Him in the month of May before the ride, and we feel very happy and honored to have done it successfully,” said Ms. Durriya Tapia, Member of Biking Queens.

Oxigen cheers the Indian Girls Football Teams

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Oxigen cheers the Indian Girls Football Teams, for the Dana Cup in Denmark
The 2 Teams are represented by 6 mainline schools from across India and 4 from rural grassroot level schools in Manipur

New Delhi, July 19, 2016: Oxigen Services, the pioneer mobile wallet and payment solutions provider in India, organized an official good luck send off to the two Indian Girls Football team for the upcoming international Dana Cup, to be held in Denmark. The team was facilitated in the Gurgaon office of Oxigen, before it left for the football showdown in Denmark. The Dana Cup is an annual International Youth Soccer tournament, with a participation from over 50 countries.
Oxigen is always in the forefront to support grassroots sports and gives opportunities to the lesser privileged participate in important local and global events.
In the past, Oxigen also supported Oxigen Cup for specially abled cricket teams of India & Sri Lanka and not limiting to only cricket, Oxigen also sponsored the Kerela Blasters Football club in the Indian Soccer League. Oxigen contributed with sponsorships, for the Soccer Foundation’s AMMA FC, ANDRO, in Manipur, which is a Football hub and is a Coaches Organisation, engaged with school children having a special focus on developing soccer skills in schoolgirls, with an objective to make the Women’s football team, eventually qualify for the FIFA world Cup 2027.
Oxigen sponsored the Doon Cup for Girls football where over 10 schools from all over India participated, followed by The Oxigen Imphal Cup in Manipur, which drew a participation from over 40 schools from rural locations, this has now culminated in sponsoring the Indian Girls teams for the Dana Cup in Denmark.
In the commercial space, Oxigen sponsored the South Africa T20 squad 2015-16 & New Zealand Black Caps World T20 team 2016, Cricket All Stars USA, 2015 and Masters Champions League Dubai 2016, Oxigen went to become the title sponsor for Gujrat Lions during the recent IPL extravaganza in 2016.
Sharing his thoughts on the event, Pramod Saxena, CMD, Oxigen Services, said, “We are delighted to sponsor the Girls teams to the Dana Cup in Denmark and for most of the girls it will be a first experience travelling overseas. I am sure that this will give all the participants greater exposure and confidence in honing their skills to continue to play football with zest and vigour. On behalf of the entire Oxigen family I wish the teams good luck for the upcoming Dana Cup. The school girls have displayed top performance so far and we are hopeful that they have an energized experience and great exposure to an International level league in Denmark.”
The ceremony was made further entertaining with the floral presentation and distribution of the Indian sporting Jersey and Oxigen track suits. After an inspiring address by the Chairman, the staff and the team members indulged in a wallet loading and a football based quiz competition. The members further mingled when the Football Team taught the female staff of Oxigen on how to play football, score and defend a goal.

India vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends?

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Juggernaut Books and CPR are pleased to invite you to a book discussion on
India vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends?
by Husain Haqqani
Thursday, 28 July 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Discussants: Ashok Malik, Husain Haqqani, Pratap Bhanu Mehta (chair), Shekhar Gupta, Suhasini Haider
Lecture Room 2, India International Centre Annexe, Max Mueller Marg
Source: Book cover, India vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends? (click for full cover)
What stops India and Pakistan from being friends? In this provocative and deeply analysed book, full of riveting revelations and anecdotes, Husain Haqqani, adviser to four Pakistan prime ministers, looks at the key pressure points in the relationship—Kashmir, terrorism and the N-bomb—and points out where both sides are to blame. But, he argues, it is Pakistan’s pathological obsession with India which lies at the heart of the problems between the two countries.
He goes on to establish how, under the military’s influence, Pakistani nationalism has evolved as anti-Indianism and how Pakistani textbooks continue to reinforce these feelings among the youth. As jihadism and Hindutva extremism grow in strength in both countries, and as India shows signs of becoming less pluralistic, tolerant and secular, the space for friendship between the two countries continues to shrink, leaving no scope for reconciliation.
A former Pakistani ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani has also been a journalist, academic and advisor to four Pakistani prime ministers, including Benazir Bhutto. He is the author of Pakistan Between Mosque and Military and Magnificent Delusions: US, Pakistan and an Epic History of Misunderstanding. He is currently Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC.
Please RSVP at president.cpr@cprindia.org.

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