Tuesday, February 7, 2017

SOUTH AFRICAN #T20 GLOBAL DESTINATION LEAGUE

CSA PRESIDENT EXCITED BY BIG NAME INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS, PARTICIPATING IN SOUTH AFRICAN #T20 GLOBAL DESTINATION LEAGUE
New Delhi, Monday, 06 February 2017

CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) President, Chris Nenzani, today welcomed the prospect of South African fans being able to see their Proteas heroes as well as a significant number of the world’s global stars in action in the inaugural edition of its new #T20 Global Destination League, debuting later this year.

“This is truly a win-win situation for all the stakeholders in South African cricket,” commented Mr. Nenzani.

“It has now been 8 years since we last hosted a major ICC tournament. In the intervening years, our fans have only been able to see the world’s best players during bi-lateral tours.  With this new #T20 Global Destination League, we present an opportunity for these players to be seen in South Africa on an annual basis.” added Nenzani.

“We are excited to see our star Protea players in action with all Protea players available to play in the tournament. Eight star South African players will be pre-assigned to each of the teams.  There will be over 120 participating players with over 80 spots for South Africans.  In addition, this tournament will reach its crescendo at the start of the summer holiday season which will make it particularly attractive to our youth.

“It has also become a trend for the franchises in these competitions to appoint past icons to their coaching staff, and this will have further benefits for the game. The opportunity is there for our own players and coaches to interact with the best, and this has particular significance for those of our players who have yet to play international cricket to test their ability at a very significant level.

“Our tournament has now become a reality and it is something we can embrace with a sense of excitement and enthusiasm. I would like to commend our Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, and his team for the outstanding manner in which they have done the ground work to make this all possible,” Nenzani concluded.

The process for securing international players will be closely monitored to ensure proper procedures are followed and NOCs are received by the respective home Boards.
NOTE TO EDITORS
Audio and Video interview of Mr Nenzani is available for download from http://www.csamedia.co.za/2016-17-home.html

RELEASE ENDS

ABOUT CSA
Cricket South Africa (CSA), an affiliate of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), is the national governing body for the sport of cricket in South Africa and administers all aspects of South African cricket, men and women, both in the professional and amateur spheres.
It initially operated under the name of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCB) which came into being on June 29, 1991, following completion of the unity process between the South African Cricket Union (SACU) and the South African Cricket Board (SACB).
It changed its name to CSA in 2005.

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Press conference against illegal demolitions of licensed stall owners

Press Invite

From: Abhishek Bhat on Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:17:19 Add to address bookTo: You & 1 other | See Details
Dear Friends from the Media
 
Aam Aadmi Party Leader Ms.Preeti Sharma Menon and social activist Ms.Aftab Siddiqui will address a joint press conference against illegal demolitions of licensed stall owners by the government who are working in cahoots with the builder lobby.
 
Date: 07 February 2017 (Today)
 
Time: 4.30 pm
 
Venue: Marathi Patrakar Sangh (Patrakar Bhavan,Mahapalika Marg,Azad Maidan,Fort,Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001)
 
Request your presence and support.
 
Regards,
Abhishek Bhat
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IndusInd Bank campaign roots for Indian Blind cricket team at T20 World Cup





IndusInd Bank campaign roots for Indian Blind cricket team at T20 World Cup

Unveils a dedicated site https://theothermeninblue.com/ for cheering

New Delhi, February 7, 2017 – IndusInd Bank, in association with Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), has launched TheOtherMeninBlue campaign for the IndusInd Bank Indian Blind Cricket Team under the World Champions Programme – Cricket for the Blind. Advocating the cause, IndusInd Bank aims to garner support for, and generate passion and visibility for the defending champions in the ongoing T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind, which has commenced in Delhi on January 29, 2017.
The campaign intends to showcase the fact  that cricket as a religion needs to be all encompassing. While the nation focusses and cheers for mainstream cricket, that visually-challenged cricketers also make the country as proud, both on and off the field, and that they too require support and cheering, while they represent their country at the highest level.
Through  this campaign, IndusInd Bank strives to mobilize  that support for the unsung heroes. IndusInd Bank has developed a dedicated microsite to encourage people to root for ‘TheOtherMeninBlue’. To make it more participative, the Bank has developed  a unique game, with 3D sound technology, that provides users with a firsthand experience as to how the visually-challenged cricketers play the game. Users can  click on the Play, Cheer and Share the Score options, which they can put up on Facebook to show solidarity with the team.
A two-week long campaign on social and digital platform aims to garner goodwill and cheer for the Champions – the main highlights being a massive influencer campaign via social media, player profiles, thought provoking / did you know content, interactive contests and games which will  make the overall experience highly participative and engaging.
The campaign aims to put the spotlight on the team’s dedication, rigorous training and successful achievements on both the national and international stage. The campaign brings to the fore IndusInd Bank’s continuing  endeavor to work with diverse communities to bring about positive change and improve lives.
One of the major  highlights  of the campaign is the anthem  ‘Shor Machayega Sara Mohalla’ as a part of cause marketing campaign – launched by Cricket Association for the blind in India (CABI) in association with IndusInd Bank – is an inspiring sixty second anthem to excite  the nation to support the “#TheOtherMenInBlue”. It opens with the lines “Dikhayi nahin deta, Par dikha toh saktey hain, Dikhayi nahin deta, Par sun toh saktey hain. Aao… shor machao, Humaari himmat badhao, Aao… shor machao.” In English, it means, “We can’t see, but we can show you, we can’t see, but we can hear you! Come and cheer us, come boost our spirits, come and cheer us!”

Anil Ramachandran, Head – Marketing & Communication, and Head – Retail Unsecured Assets, IndusInd Bank, said, “We have launched this unique campaign to spread awareness about the talents, skills and potential of our visually-challenged cricket team and highlight their passion and dedication for a game that all of us love so much. The T20 World Cup is the ideal platform to acknowledge the many achievements of ‘TheOtherMenInBlue’ and cheer them as they play hard to defend their title. The campaign is a part of  our continuing endeavours and belief that IndusInd Bank as a part of  society  ,can reach out to diverse communities and work for their support and betterment.”
Sanjeev Anand, Country Head – Commercial Banking and in-charge of Sports Vertical, IndusInd Bank, noted, “We, at IndusInd Bank, believe that a person can either spend his or her life focusing on the disadvantages or work hard to overcome them and reach full potential. Through our unique campaigns, we are providing the much-needed impetus to compete and excel in sports, and encourage visually challenged sportspersons to come forward and play for personal and national glory. It is a treat to watch the hugely-talented IndusInd Bank Indian blind cricket team on the pitch. We are proud to be associated with the Champions.”

About IndusInd Bank:

IndusInd Bank, which commenced operations in 1994, caters to the needs of both consumer and corporate customers. Its technology platform supports multi-channel delivery capabilities. As on December 31, 2016, IndusInd Bank has 1,075 branches, and 1,960 ATMs spread across 647 geographical locations of the country. The Bank also has representative offices in London, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The Bank believes in driving its business through technology. It enjoys clearing bank status for both major stock exchanges – BSE and NSE – and major commodity exchanges in the country, including MCX, NCDEX, and NMCE. IndusInd Bank on April 1, 2013 was included in the NIFTY 50 benchmark index. Recently, IndusInd Bank ranked 13th amongst the Top 50 Most Valuable Indian Brands 2015 as per the BrandZ Top 50 rankings powered by WPP and Millward Brown.

GDP Growth 7.1% – Government Debt 11.1% – Economic Tragedy

February07, 2017 (C) Ravinder Singh progressindia2015@gmail.com
Fourth budget was presented last week but very Curious figures not disclosed are that –

Growth rate in Agriculture was barely (-) 0.2%, 1.1%, and 4.1% only – this means NEGATIVE Growth in AGRICULTURE – substantially negative in Per Capita terms when Growth in GDP is reported be 25% from 2013-14 to 2016-17.

Growth rate in Industry was barely 5.9%, 7.3%, and 5.2% only – this means Moderate Growth in INDUSTRY – substantially Moderate in Per Capita terms of 3.9%, 5.3% and 3.2% when Growth in GDP is reported be 25% from 2013-14 to 2016-17.
ii. General Government debt (GGD)-GDP ratio worked out to 68.6% at end-March 2016, significantly lower than historical high at 83.3% in 2003-04 owing to fiscal consolidation process at Centre and State level. [Table 1.4]

Government Debt 83.3% FY04, 66.8% Fy14 > 77.16% 2 Yrs.
Arun Jaitley admitted to the fact that Government Debt was over 83.3% in Last Year of BJP Rule Earlier [2003-04] which was reduced to under 66.8%, but is rising again, 23.6% in just 2 Years FromRs.75,34,343 Cr to Rs.93,11,705 Cr = Rs.17,77,362 Cr FY14-FY16.

GDP Growth at Market Prices was barely up from Rs.1,12,72,764 Cr to Rs.1,35,76,086 Cr = Rs.23,03,322 Cr; GDP/Debt 77.16% Two Yrs

INSPITE OF LOW PETROLEUM & COMMODITY PRICES, RISING DEBT, But Agriculture Growth Was NEGATIVE and 4.1% for Industry Avg in Per Capita in Last Three Years. Middlemen & Moneylender Prospered Primarily in Last 3 Years.
MACRO-ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK STATEMENT 2017-18
GDP growth – As per the First Advanced Estimates released by the Central Statistics Office, the economy is estimated to grow at 7.1 per cent in 2016-17, as compared to the growth of 7.6 per cent achieved in 2015-16. The growth in agriculture, industry and services is estimated at 4.1 per cent, 5.2 per cent and 8.8 per cent in 2016-17 as opposed to 1.2 per cent, 7.4 per cent & 8.9 per cent respectively in 2015-16.
As per the Advanced Estimates released by the Central Statistics Office, the economy is estimated to grow at 7.6 per cent in 2015-16, higher than growth of 7.2 per cent achieved in 2014-15. The growth in agriculture, industry and services is estimated at 1.1 per cent, 7.3 per cent and 9.2 per cent in 2015-16 as opposed to (-) 0.2 per cent, 5.9 per cent and 10.3 per cent respectively in 2014-15.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, ND -110016, India. Ph: 091- 9871056471, 9718280435, 9650421857

TODAY 5 PLAYS PERFORMED AT 19th EDITION OF NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA’S BHARAT RANG MAHOTSAV



New Delhi, 6th February, 2017: Today during the 19th edition of National School of Drama’s International Drama Festival Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2017, 5 Plays were performed on including S M Azhar Alam’s GaindaDr. Tarun Pradhan’s Fagun Rater GappoJose Koshy’sCharithrapusthakathilekku OreduArjun Deo Charan’sDharamjudh and a non-verbal foreign play by Simona Di Maio Sebastiano Coticelli’s Desidera from Italy which were appreciated by students, theatre aficionados, litterateurs and theatre lovers.
Today, during the Meet the Director – face to face at National School of Drama, Hamed ForutanzCo-Director of the Afghanistani playStatues“The current situation in Afghanistan surely makes it difficult for the theatre to exist but many groups have emerged like ours in the last decade which tries to keep theatre alive in that region, but the government and especially the first lady of Afghanistan supported us in every way possible”

Waman Kendre, Director of Mohe Piya said, “This play is an adaptation of Madhyamvyayog. However, I have made some changes. The image of Hidimba is commonly very ferocious and ugly which I wanted to change.” He further added, “We have done many experiments with this play and presented it in three different languages i.e. Marathi, Hindi, English on 3rd of July, 2011, consecutively. It is a world record since then.” Suresh Bhardwaj, Director of Welcome Zindagi said, “I feel that there are two types of plays one Is which engages the audience and the second is which repels the audience and I try my best to be on the side of which engages.”

Sachin Shinde, the director of the play concerning the water crisis in Maharashtra state, Handabhar Chanadnya said, “Water crisis is a big problem in the area that I come from. We rehearsed the play in real place and conditions to grab every inch of the character and their dilemma. Our group has adapted 50 drought hit villages and putting our best effort to raise this issue through the theater medium.”

Katha Workshop Series in Performance & Craft of 19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav today had its 2nd workshop on Pattachitra. It was participated by Pattachitra experts Mr. Alexa Charan Sahoo, Mr. Ratikanta Sahoo and Mr. Shashikanta Sahoo. Pattachitra is said to have its origin dating back to 5th Century BC. It is a famous painting style of Odisha and it is derived from the Sanskrit words Patta (or canvas) and Chitra (or picture). Preparations for the painting itself requires concentrated craftsmanship. For making the Patta, layers of cloth are stuck together with glue made of tamarind seeds, and then the thick cloth is coated with the powder of a claystone till it is firmed. When the cloth dries, it is polished with stones until the surface is smooth enough to be painted on. Preparing the colours is finely regulated, and naturally available raw materials used to make the paints. The gum of the kaitha tree is the base for the pigments. Roots of the keya plant are often used for normal brushes. Pattachitra is a highly disciplined art form with exquisite figures, elaborate designs, and finally-blended colours. The famous themes, mainly mythological, are thia badhia – depiction of the temple of Lord Jagannath, Krishna Leela, Dasavatara and Panchmuki – Lord Ganesha as the five-headed deity.

German conservatives agree on Merkel as chancellor candidate

Germany’s conservative parties agreed on Monday to nominate Angela Merkel as their candidate for chancellor in a September 24 election despite their long feud over how to tackle the migrant influx. The Christian Social Union (CSU) – the Bavarian sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) – has long criticized Merkel for allowing more than a million refugees into Germany over the last two years. The CDU and CSU are meeting in Munich to discuss how to defeat a resurgent Social Democratic Party (SPD) in September’s federal election. Merkel and CSU leader Horst Seehofer are due to present their joint election strategy later on Monday.

Bahrain opposition loses appeal against dissolution

Bahrain’s top court rejected Monday an appeal by the country’s main opposition group Al-Wefaq against its dissolution over terrorism-related charges, a judicial source said. The court of cassation “denied the appeal against the dissolution of Al-Wefaq and the seizure of its assets,” the source said. The decision comes three months after the Gulf kingdom’s largest Shiite formation appealed a court order to dissolve it over charges of inciting violence, encouraging demonstrations and “harboring terrorism”. Al-Wefaq leader Sheikh Ali Salman has been behind bars since 2014 after being convicted of inciting hatred.

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