Thursday, December 29, 2016

“10th ENERTIA Awards 2016 – India & South Asia’s Awards for Excellence in Sustainable Energy & Power” being held on “PRAKASH DIVAS”

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“10th ENERTIA Awards 2016 – India & South Asia’s Awards for Excellence in Sustainable Energy & Power” being held on “PRAKASH DIVAS”

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Surge in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) by 9.3% in November 2016

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2016-17 Pro Wrestling League Season tips off January 2

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– Defending champions Mumbai Maharathi to play against Runners up Haryana Hammers in the opening match
– All matches to be live broadcasted on Sony Pictures Networks
New Delhi, December 29, 2016: Pro Wrestling League, the initiative of ProSportify in association with Wrestling Federation of India kick starts its season 2 from January 2, 2017. Delhi city will host the entire season of PWL 2 at the KD Jadhav Indoor stadium from 2-19 January 2017.
Opening night will be headlined by defending champions Mumbai Maharathi taking on runners up Haryana Hammers.The event features six teams vying out for a prize purse of INR 15 Cr and will see Delhi Sultans, Jaipur Ninjas, Mumbai Maharathi, UP Dangal, NCR Punjab Royals and Haryana Hammers battle it out for the coveted title.
Commenting ahead of the season beginning, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, President, WFI said, We are very excited to be back with season 2 of PWL which is much bigger and better than the previous season. With the kind of participation that we have for this year’s edition across the globe, it has indeed given a rise to the popularity of the league even before it started.”
The league will witness 15 matches in the league phase followed by two semi finals on the 17th and 18th. The 4 group toppers will then advance to the finals to be held on January 19, 2017. The tournament will witness a total of 54 wrestlers participating in the season 2. The matches will be played in 9 categories out of which 57, 65, 70, 74 and 97 kg are male categories and 48, 53, 58 and 69-75 kg are female categories.
The PWL has a combination of the best of Indian and international grapplers in this exciting league format that seeks to thrill and inspire the wrestling fans here. The level of the tournament is quite high with some of the world champions and olympic medalists participating in this fun format”, added Kartikeya Sharma, Founder & Promoter, ProSportify.
Pro Wrestling League Season 1 will be broadcast on Sony Max and Sony ESPN with hindi and english feed.The matches will be held from 7 pm to 9 pm everyday
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Govt. of India accountable for Najeeb’s continued ‘disappearance’
NAPM condemns institutional impunity to right-wing hooligans in university-educational spaces and increasing repression of politically-articulate students from marginalized communities
27th December, 2016: The National Alliance of People’s Movements condemns the criminal delay and silence of the Government of India, Delhi Police and JNU administration on the ‘disappearance’ of Najeeb Ahmad from 15th October, 2016 following a reported physical attack on him by members of the ABVP, widely known as the ‘student-face’ of the right-wing BJP. The deliberate defensive tactics, delay and gaps in investigating his ‘disappearance’ from the JNU campus, only confirm the allegations that the administration and police did not find it necessary to pull up the ABVP members immediately after the incident, so that Najeeb’s whereabouts could have been known long ago. The recent campus searches after 2.5 months of delay, with lie-detector tests and sniffer dogs, only after the Delhi High Court’s tough intervention is clearly a case of too little, too late, that too with no arrests being made and none of the prime accused actually interrogated, nor their houses and ‘addas’ searched..
Our heart goes out to Najeeb’s family and friends, particularly to his mother Fatima Nafees and sister – who have been facing this torture of waiting endlessly for their beloved Najeeb and have been braving the police, dharnas in the winter cold, with the hope that Najeeb would be back and fine. As the students rightly ask, when the police immediately swung into full action to arrest Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and others what made them wait for 2 good months in this case? Why did the investigation not start from Day 1? At least, after the repeated demands, protests and repression on students? At least after Fatima Bi was ruthlessly dragged on the streets of Delhi?  The delay is inexplicable, criminal.
In the past 2 + months, the Delhi police (‘kathputhis’ in the hands of a right-wing sarkaar) did everything it could to quell the questioning of Najeeb’s whereabouts. The JNU admin’s soft-pedaling on ABVP is amply exposed by mere ‘admonition’ and simple hostel transfers and also by the brazen refusal of some of its members to even undergo the lie-detector tests, thereby committing contempt of court! Considering the extreme seriousness of the matter and the recalcitrance of the state apparatus and JNU administration, we urge the Delhi High Court to take up the case immediately (pre-pone the next hearing which is now due on 23rd Jan, 2017), summon and interrogate all the concerned ABVP students, some of who are on ‘vacations’ and take strict action, as required by law.
Sadly, the JNU VC and administration which is expected to be at the forefront to find out Najeeb seems to be moving in the opposite direction – refusing to even register an FIR and providing institutional impunity to the ABVP, coming down heavily on peaceful students’ protests, increasing ‘surveillance’, banning protests at Admin Block etc . We also condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent suspension of 12 students (most of who are from dalit, muslim, OBC communities) for questioning the various arbitrary measures in the University including fee hike and demanding revocation of an unjust UGC rule which makes ‘interviews’ the sole criteria for admissions. We fear that this pattern of the University criminalizing democratic student protests and shielding the law-breakers of the right wing is most ominous and dangerous for the intellectual independence of our higher schools of learning.
Najeeb’s case, which is another extension of Rohit Vemula’s is a stark reminder of the grim state of Indian University campuses, where the very safety and security of students, especially of those from the dalit, adivasi, minority communities as well as women and trans students is a constant source of concern, more so when they fearlessly hold and articulate progressive political opinions. NAPM stands in full solidarity with Najeeb’s mother, sister and the entire student community in these trying times and not only acknowledges their tireless and valiant questioning of “Where is Najeeb” ?, but hopes that we would find a positive answer to this question very soon and the culprits would be brought to book. This would, probably, be the best new year gift to Najeeb’s mother, who has been pining for him for the past 75 days and has even decided to begin an indefinite fast from 1st January, 2017 if Najeeb is not brought back.
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National Team of Advisors, Convenors and Special Invitees of NAPM
NAPM: Advisors and Special Invitees
Medha Patkar, Aruna Roy,  Prafulla Samantara, Binayak Sen, Sandeep Pandey, Sudhir Vombatkere, Gabriele Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan, CR Neelakandan, Anand Mazgaonkar,  P. Chennaiah, Ramakrishnam Raju,  Sister Celia,  Suniti S R, Gautam Bandopadhyay, Anjali Bharadwaj, 
Kavita Srivastava
Arundhati Dhuru, Kaladas Dahariya,
National Conveners: 2016-2018

  1. Amitava Mitra, West Bengal
  2. Arul Doss, Tamil Nadu
  3. Ashish Ranjan, Bihar
  4. Dayamani Barla, Jharkhand
  5. Dr. Sunilam, Madhya Pradesh
  6. Faisal Khan, NCR & Haryana
  7. Kailash Meena, Rajasthan
  8. Krishnakant, Gujarat
  9. Lingraj Azad, Orissa
  10. Madhuresh Kumar, Delhi
  11. Manesh Gupta, Uttar Pradesh
  12. Mahendra Yadav, Bihar
  13. Meera Sanghamitra, Telangana
  14. Nanu Prasad, Delhi
  15. Rajendra Ravi, Delhi
  16. Richa Singh, Uttar Pradesh
  17. Sister  Dorothy, Bihar
  18. Suhas Kolhekar, Mahasrashtra
  19. Vilayodi Venugopal, Kerala
  20. Vimal Bhai, Uttarakhand
Surge in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) by 9.3% in November 2016

India registered a 9.3% growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in the month of November 2016 compared to November 2015.

During November 2016, a cumulative of 8.91 lakh foreign tourists arrived compared to 8.16 lakh and 7.65 lakh during the same period in 2015 and 2014, respectively.

During January- November 2016, a cumulative of 78.53 lakh tourists arrived as compared to 71.14 lakh during January-November 2015, registering a growth of  10.4% .

Top 15 source countries of FTAs in India during  November, 2016 (in %)
                                   Source: PHD Research Bureau; Compiled from Ministry of Tourism

Majority of the Foreign tourists arrived from USA (15.53%) followed by UK (11.21%), Bangladesh (10.72%), Canada (4.66%), Russian Fed (4.53%), Australia (4.04%), Malaysia (3.65%), Germany (3.53%),  China (3.14%), France (2.88%),      Sri Lanka (2.49%), Japan (2.49%), Singapore (2.16%), Nepal (1.46%) and Thailand (1.37%). 

Top 15 ports in tourist arrivals during  November, 2016  (in %)
Source: PHD Research Bureau; Compiled from Ministry of Tourism

Indian ports attracted majority of the Foreign tourists were Delhi Airport (32.71%) followed by Mumbai Airport (18.51%), Chennai Airport (6.83%), Bengaluru Airport (5.89%), Haridaspur Land check post (5.87%), Goa Airport (5.63%), Kolkata Airport (3.90%), Cochin Airport (3.29%), Hyderabad Airport (3.14%),  Ahmadabad Airport (2.76%), Trivandrum Airport (1.54%), Trichy Airport (1.53%), Gede Rail (1.16%), Amritsar Airport (1.15%), and Ghojadanga land check post (0.82%)

India registered a 12% growth in Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) through tourism in the month of November 2016 compared to November 2015.

India’s foreign exchange earnings through tourism stood at USD 2.14 billion in November 2016 as compared to USD 1.912 billion and USD 1.853 billion during November 2015 and November 2014, respectively.

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism in USD terms during January- November, 2016 were USD 20.671 billion with a growth of 9.1% as compared to the USD 18.945 billion with a growth 4.3% during January November, 2015 over January- November,  2014.

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