Friday, January 13, 2017

Damian Naicker & Sagar Raghuvanshi hold joint first round lead in Pre Qualifying II



Kensville Golf & Country Club, Ahmedabad, January 13, 2017: South African Damian Naicker and Pune’s Sagar Raghuvanshi shot matching scores of two-under-70 to be the joint leaders in round one of the PGTI’s Pre Qualifying II for the 2017 season being held at the Kensville Golf & Country Club near Ahmedabad.

While Naicker drained five birdies and three bogeys in his opening round, Raghuvanshi came up with four birdies and two bogeys. The duo enjoyed a three-shot lead over the rest of the field.

The six golfers bunched together in tied third with scores of one-over-73 were, SNGLV Raju, Bhoop Singh, M Nazir Ali, Ramesh Kumar, Suleman Ali and Shubham Narain.

The top 36 players (+ ties) will qualify from Pre Qualifying II, a 36-hole event, for the Final Qualifying Stage.

Rajasthan men join other favourites in semi-finals


Puducherry, 12th January 2017: Quarterfinal action began on Day 6 of the 67thSenior National Basketball Championship here at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Puducherry. The first result was no surprise as Chhattisgarh booked a semi-final berth winning their game against Delhi. Poonam Chaturvedi put up another MVP type performance with 60 points in the game. Chhattisgarh’s strategy was simple – put the ball in Poonam’s hands in the post and she took care of the rest. Delhi was unable to contain the Chhattisgarh centre and fell to a 99-67 loss. Delhi captain Raspreet Sidhu put up 27 points.
Earlier in the day, on the outdoor courts, the Madhya Pradesh women’s team qualified for the quarterfinals with a tight win against Rajasthan (77-74). MP’s Sikkim import Nima Doma Bhutia was on fire pouring in 24 points in the game, including 9 straight down the stretch. Her teammate Namrata Huda scored the last four points to put her team up by 3 and close out the game. MP will have an uphill task against defending champions Indian Railways in the quarterfinals.
In the other women’s pre-quarterfinal, Karnataka fell to a spirited Maharashtra side in another nail-biter of a contest. Maharashtra’s international player Shireen Limaye was the difference between the two teams as she took over the game in the second half. Her 34 points in the game included 20 second-half points that kept her team in the contest. A couple of clutch triples by her teammate Rupali Tripathi (12 points) gave Maharashtra a 1-point lead, downing Karnataka 62-61. Maharashtra will face Kerala in the quarterfinals.
Telangana have entered the semi-finals of the Senior Nationals for the second year in a row with an 81-70 win against Tamil Nadu. R. Ramya and M. Gayatri combined for 58 points. Tamil Nadu attempted a late comeback, but it was not enough, as Telangana built an insurmountable lead in the first 3 quarters.
In the men’s pre-quarterfinals, Rajasthan and Haryana sealed quarterfinal berths with victories against Gujarat and Odisha respectively. Rajasthan will take on Karnataka in the quarters, while Haryana will square off against last year’s finalists Uttarakhand, later in the day.
The first men’s quarterfinal of the day saw Punjab shake off its poor run to put on its best performance of the tournament against the Indian Railways. The first half was a close affair with both teams putting up an offensive show. Railways centre Gagandeep Singh remained consistent down low, putting up 25 points in the game. For Punjab, forward Gurvinder Singh Gill (20 points) was effective in the post against the big Railways frontcourt. But in the second half, former India international TJ Sahi (27 points) came out all guns blazing and took over the game. The Railways team were unable to contain his drives and transition play as he turned the game on its head, giving Punjab a double-digit lead. He was ably assisted by guards Rajveer Singh (27 points) and Arshpreet Bhullar (22 points), who maintained Punjab’s 10+ point lead with timely buckets. Despite winning only one league game, Punjab has managed to qualify for the semi-finals where they hope to continue the momentum from this performance.
In the evening session, Kerala women trounced Maharashtra by over 40 points (73-30). Kerala had too much firepower for Maharashtra as they jumped onto an 18-2 lead in the first quarter. It was cruise control for Kerala the rest of the way. India international Jeena Scaria top scored with 22 points for Kerala.
The third men’s quarterfinal produced an unlikely semi-finalist in Rajasthan, who upset Group A toppers Karnataka. After working hard to get to Level 1, Rajasthan shone on the big stage, playing as a cohesive unit. They had a strong first quarter, but Karnataka fought back in the second and third periods. Karnataka displayed poor defense, giving a lot of open shots to Rajasthan, who moved the ball well throughout the game. Almost all Rajasthan players on the floor had the ability to shoot the ball from outside and their shooting percentages today were on point. A dominant fourth quarter sealed the deal for Rajasthan who closed out on an 83-70 win. They will face Tamil Nadu tomorrow in the semi-final.
In the last quarterfinals, Uttarakhand men made short work of Haryana, 60-35, in a one sided contest. Uttarakhand’s star studded line up showed their experience to progress to the semis.

Results from 12th January 2017 up to 8 pm

WOMEN
Quarterfinals:
  1. Chhattisgarh (Poonam Chaturvedi 60, Sharanjeet Kaur 9, Sangeeta Kaur 9) bt Delhi (Raspreet Sidhu 27, Sushantika 23, Vinti 12) 99-67 (27-18, 24-16, 24-14, 14-19)
  2. Telangana (R. Ramya 34, M. Gayatri 24) bt Tamil Nadu (R. Varshanandini 29, V. Srividhya 11, KK Sruthi 11) 81-70 (23-15, 22-19, 26-13, 10-23)
  3. Indian Railways (Sruthi Menon 17, Madhu Kumari 13, Anjana Daisy Ekka 12) bt Madhya Pradesh (Nima Doma Bhutia 19, Namrata Huda 17) 95-46 (22-4, 23-18, 27-9, 23-15)
  4. Kerala (Jeena PS 22, Poojamol 12, Anjana PG 11) bt Maharashtra (Sakshi Arora 10, Rachel Netto 6, Ketaki Takale 5) 73-30 (18-2, 12-13, 25-5, 18-10)
Pre-Quarterfinals:
  1. Madhya Pradesh (Nima Doma Bhutia 24, Sakshi Pandey 16) bt Rajasthan (Nisha 32) 77-74 (16-14, 19-17, 21-22, 21-21)
  2. Maharashtra (Shireen Limaye 34, Rupali Tripathi 12) bt Karnataka (Priyanka P. 22, Bhandavya Gowda 16) 62-61 (15-12, 17-14, 15-19, 15-16)
MEN:
Quarterfinals:
  1. Punjab (Talwinder Jit Singh Sahi 27, Rajveer Singh 27, Arshpreet Bhullar 22, Gurvinder Singh 20) bt Indian Railways (Gagandeep Singh 25, Himanshu Sharma 20, Vijender Kumar 13, Palpreet Singh 10) 101-83 (21-23, 29-20, 20-18, 31-22)
  2. Tamil Nadu (P. Jeevanantham 17, G. Siva Balan 11, Prasanna Venkatesh 9, Pratham Singh 9) bt Kerala (Alvin Baby 19, Ajeeth Sugunan 10, Gineeb Binny 8) 72-52 (21-10, 19-8, 15-18, 17-16)
  3. Rajasthan (Bharatdeep 23, Vinod Kumar 17, Loon Singh 13, Sharad 13) bt Karnataka (Anil Kumar 21, Arvind Arumugam 19, Navin 12) 83-70 (21-12, 14-19, 23-26, 25-13)
  4. Uttarakhand (Trideep Rai 17, Amritpal Singh 10) bt Haryana (Pardeep Chauhan 14) 60-35 (30-10, 19-14, 2-5, 9-6)
Pre-Quarterfinals:
  1. Rajasthan (Sharad Dadhich 25, Vinod Kumar 22, Bharatdeep Singh 11) bt Gujarat (Shafiq Shaikh 19, Harpal Sinh 12, Indervijaysinh Gohil 9) 83-64 (27-14, 18-13, 17-21, 21-16)
  2. Haryana (Vikas Kumar 19, Pardeep Chauhan 17) bt Odisha (Ashok Kumar Nayak 21, Sahid Khan 12) 73-63 (18-20, 21-24, 22-8, 12-11)

About the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship 2017

The championship is being held 7th to 14th January. 27 men’s teams and 25 women’s teams have confirmed their participation.
The championship is being organised by the Puducherry Basketball Association under the aegis of the Basketball Federation of India.
Matches are being simultaneously held on four different courts: the indoor and outdoor courts of the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium complex (Courts 1 & 2), and the two courts at the Petit Seminare School.
Defending champions Railways women will be the team to watch out for as it rekindles its rivalry with previous winners Chhattisgarh. In the men’s section, traditional powerhouses Services, Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu will be vying for top honours.
29 international players from across the country will be adding their experience to the fray.

Relevant Links for further information

About Basketball Federation of India

The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honour of Arjuna Awards. Earlier in June 2015, 19-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamara made history by becoming the first Indian national to be drafted by an NBA team, when he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks. More information at www.basketballfederationindia.org

Discussion on Effects of Demonetisation on Political Financing & Black Money

Dear Friends,
 
It gives us immense pleasure to invite you for the “Discussion on Effects of Demonetisation on Political Financing & Black Money” being organised by Association for Democratic Reforms, on 24th January, 2017Tuesday, at 10:30 AM at Lecture Room No. 1, India International Centre Annexe Building New Delhi.
The discussion will be followed by a Press Conference to release a report on ‘Sources of Income of National and Regional Parties: FY 2004-05 to 2015-16 (12 years) between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM at the same venue. 
Since the November 8, 2016 announcement by the Prime Minister regarding demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes to eliminate Black Money, it has been a hotly debated issue. However, the Ministry of Finance issued a clarification stating that as the political parties are exempt under section 13A of the Income Tax Act 1962, they can deposit unlimited amount of old currency notes in the denomination of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 between Nov 8 and Dec 30, 2016. This brought the issue of Political Party funding into sharp focus of the Media and Public. Questions were raised on the blanket sanctions given to Political Parties to deposit unlimited amount of demonetised currencies in banks. The opaqueness of Political Party finances, wherein 70-75% of the income of political parties is from Unknown Sources is also fueling doubts in public’s mind. Thus, to curb the use of Black Money, it is imperative to scrutinize and monitor the finances of political parties.
With this as the backdrop, we are holding the consultation to discuss effects of Government’s demonetization move on Political Party finances as well as how proliferation of Political Parties are related to the prevalence of Black Money in Indian politics and the urgent need for transparency in the funding of political parties.
Eminent members from media, research organisations and constitutional experts will be present to deliberate on the issues.
We look forward to your participation and inputs in making the Conference a success. We also request you to nominate a few members of the Center for Policy Research for active participation in the event.
A line in confirmation will be highly appreciated.

Ultra Media & Entertainment participates in Global Content Bazar 2017

Ultra Media & Entertainment participates in Global Content Bazar 2017 with exclusive titles & new offerings
  • Ultra Media and Entertainment Private Ltd this year along with its other titles is exclusively introducing “Ultra Cookery” and “Rusted Postbox” (Docudrama).
  • Ultra Cookery is a unique cooking show which features various user-friendly recipes from all over the world, which one can prepare in the confines of their home
  • Rusted Postbox is a riveting docudrama series which features & narrates various significant events and personalities worldwide through stamps, notes and coins featured on them.
  • It will also be presenting “Malgudi Days” and the entire catalogue of 70 films from “Children Films Society of India (CFSI)”
January 2017, Mumbai: Ultra is participating in Global Content Bazar 2017 which is scheduled from 12th – 14th January 2017 at World Trade Centre, Mumbai. Along with its exhaustive slate of titles spread across Films, Television, Animation & Film Preservation Services, It will also present its latest exclusive production in Cookery and Docudramas.
This year to participate in Global Content Bazar, Ultra is exclusively introducing “Ultra Cookery” and “Rusted Postbox”– a series of docudramas from www.mintageworld.com – World’s 1st online museum for Vintage coins, Stamps and Currency notes.
Ultra Cookery:
A series of cookery videos that feature healthy, delicious and easy to cook multi-cuisine recipes. The recipes shown in “Ultra Cookery” are quick to make and are a blend of innovative and novel techniques that are easy to follow and can be tried by anyone in their kitchen. This program is primarily recommended for the working folks who share a passion for cooking.
Rusted Postbox:
It is a unique concept by mintage world, launched with a social motive to create awareness amongst the general public on the various coins, stamps and currency notes that have been launched to celebrate and commemorate significant global historic events and personalities. It is a series of docudramas that talk about the evolution of various coins, stamps & currency notes from around the world explaining its historical & cultural significance. Here “each stamp, coin and note tells a story” that is narrated in an easy, lucid story telling format with an effective voice over.
Ultra Media & Entertainment Private Ltd (Est. 1982) is a professionally managed Entertainment Conglomerate from India providing end to end solutions for the Television & Film Industry globally. The company pioneers in Content Acquisition & Distribution of various media rights of Indian & International Television Drama, Films, Animation & other content in various genres & languages from different production companies worldwide. Ultra currently has an extensive and diversified library consisting of over 1500 titles comprising of blockbuster Indian Television Dramas, Films, Animation, Lifestyle and Variety content. We specialize in distributing these programs in various existing Physical, Non Physical and emerging formats in several territories.
It is also a fully integrated, multi-faceted studio engaged in multiple aspects of entertainment, including full-scale television & film production and distribution and post production services like 3D Conversion, VFX, DI, Editing, Dubbing & Sound designing. It is also engaged into Film preservation and thus provides Restoration, Scanning, Up-scaling & Colorization services.
For further Information you can also visit: www.ultraindia.com   

Please join us for the opening reception of Joseph Beuys, Everybody Is An Artist.

Please join us for the opening reception of Joseph Beuys, Everybody Is An Artist.
Friday January 27, 2017
5:00 – 9:30 pm
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CMay Gallery is pleased to present Joseph Beuys, Everybody Is An Artist, a new exhibition of works by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
The exhibition will feature a diverse group of original works created from 1968 to 1986, including works on paper, multiples, mixed media and sculptures and will run from January 27 to March 17, 2017. The opening reception will be held on Friday January 27, 2017 from 5:00 to 9:30 pm.
Joseph Beuys (German, 1921-1986) studied natural sciences before the war, but upon return to his hometown in 1945 decided to continue his studies in art and enrolled in Monumental Sculpture program at Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts the following year where he later studied under Ewald Mataré.
Beuys was an artist, a teacher, an activist, the co-founder of the Free International University and the German Green Party. Beuys remains a pioneering figure in contemporary performance art. He is perhaps best known as a leading figure of the avant-garde FLUXUS movement, which brought together artists of all disciplines from around the world to contest the authority and elitism of the art world by way of radical experimentation. Beuys used found objects that he referred to as “very basic to life and not associated with art” to create works that he labeled as ‘vehicles’ for transformation towards a better future or as he called it a social sculpture.
Joseph Beuys, Everybody Is An Artist presents the artist’s career within the framework of his own philosophy. In fact, in a statement in 1973- first published in English in Caroline Tisdall: Art into Society, Society into Art (ICA, London, 1974), p.48. Capitals in original- he championed the idea that “to dismantle
in order to build ‘A SOCIAL ORGANISM AS A WORK OF ART’…EVERY HUMAN BEING IS AN ARTIST who – from his state of freedom – the position of freedom that he experiences at first-hand – learns to determine the other positions of the TOTAL ART WORK OF THE FUTURE SOCIAL ORDER.”
This exhibition has been made possible through a collaboration with Galerie Thomas in Munich, Germany.

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