Monday, January 9, 2017


UP Energy Growth 38.5%, Gujarat 18% 4 Yrs:Tamil Nadu becomes 21st State to join UDAY


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UP Energy Growth 38.5%, Gujarat 18% 4 Yrs
UP Energy Demand met grew from 52.2 BU to 72.03 BU Growth of 38.5% when Gujarat Growth for same period was up from 58.8 MU to 69.57 MU or Growth of 18%. This year UP has just 2% Energy Shortage or less when accounting for lean period.Comparison is For April-Nov2012 to April-Nov2016 Summers.Peak Power Demand Met in UP was 15,501 MW for FY2016-17, But Piyush said it was 11,625 MW, Gujarat 14,708 MW. UP has already overtaken Gujarat in Energy & Power Supply.
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Tamil Nadu becomes 21st State to join UDAY
Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy and Mines l preside over the signing of MoU for Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) with the Government of Tamil Nadu and TANGEDCO at Ashoka Hotel New Delhi:
On the occasion, Shri P.Thangamani, Minister for Energy, Government of Tamil Nadu also  present and graced the occasion.
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State to derive an Overall Net Benefit of approximately Rs. 11,000 crores through UDAY
Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal presided over the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) Scheme with the Government of Tamil Nadu and its Discom TANGEDCO, for operational and financial turnaround of the DISCOM, in New Delhi today. The signing ceremony was held in the august presence of the Shri P. Thangamani, Minister for Electricity, Prohibition & Excise, Government of Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu would derive an overall net benefit of approximately Rs11,000 crores through UDAY, by way of savings in interest cost, reduction in AT&C and transmission losses, interventions in energy efficiency, coal reforms etc. The state also signed 24X7 Power For All document on the occasion. With Tamil Nadu joining the cause, 92% of country’s Discom debt has been covered under UDAY
By signing the MOU under UDAY, the State Government is taking over 75% of debt of Rs30,420 crores of TANGEDCO. The scheme also provides for the balance debt to be re-priced or issued as State guaranteed Discom bonds, at coupon rates around 3-4% less than the average existing interest rate. The State would have savings of about Rs.950 crin annual interest cost through reduction of debt and through reduced interest rates on the balance debt.
UDAY lays stress on improving operational efficiencies of the DISCOMs. Tamil Nadu and TANGEDCO have committed to bring about operational efficiency through compulsory feeder and distribution transformer metering,consumer indexing & GIS mapping of losses, upgrade/change transformers, meters etc., smart metering of high-end consumers, reduction in transmission losses and increased power supplies in areas with reduced AT&C losses. The reduction in AT&C losses and transmission losses to 13.5% and 3.7% respectively is likely to bring additional revenue of around Rs1,601 crores to TANGEDCO.
Demand Side interventions in UDAY such as usage of energy-efficient LED bulbs, agricultural pumps, fans & air-conditioners and efficient industrial equipment through PAT (Perform, Achieve and Trade) would help in reducing peak load, flatten load curve and thus help in reducing energy consumption in Tamil Nadu. The gain is expected to be around Rs2,304 crores.
The Central government would also provide incentives to the State Government and the Discom for improving the power infrastructure in the State and for lowering the cost of power. The State would get additional/priority funding through the Central schemes such as Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), Power Sector Development Fund (PSDF) or such other schemes of the Ministries of Power and New & Renewable Energy, if they meet the operational milestones outlined in the scheme.
The State shall also be supported through additional coal at notified prices and in case of availability through higher capacity utilization, low cost power from NTPC and other CPSUsOther benefits such as coal swapping, coal rationalization, correction in coal grade slippage, availability of 100% washed coal would help the state to further reduce the cost of power.
The State would gain around Rs4,320 crores due to these coal reforms. With the financial turnaround through financial and operational efficiencies, TANGEDCO’s rating would improve, which would help in raising cheaper funds for its future capital investment requirement. This is expected to provide interest cost saving of around Rs60 croresfor TANGEDCO in 3 years.
The ultimate benefit of signing the MOU would go to the people of Tamil Nadu. Higher demand for power from DISCOMs would mean higher Plant Load Factor (PLF) of generating units and therefore, lesser cost per unit of electricity thereby benefitting consumers. Availability of 24×7 power for all would increase the economic activity and improve employment opportunities in the State.
UDAY was launched by the Government of India on 20th November, 2015 to ensure a permanent and sustainable solution to the debt-ridden Distribution utilities to achieve financial stability and growth, now has 21 States in the Club after Tamil Nadu coming on board.
Shri PK. Pujari, Secretary, Power Ministry,Shri Rajeev Ranjan, Additional Chief Secretary, (Energy), Government of Tamil Nadu, Dr. PV Ramesh, CMD, Rural Electrification Corporation Limited, Dr. M. Sai Kumar, CMD, Tangedco and other senior officials of Power Ministry and Tamil Nadu government were present at the occasion.
“Post Demonetisation Budget: A PIF Roundtable” scheduled on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Lecture Room II, Basement, India International Centre Annexe, Lodi Road, New Delhi.

The registration would begin at 2.00 pm on January 10, 2017. All guests are requested to be seated in the Hall by 2.25 pm.

AGENDA

2:00 pm onwards
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Registration
2:30 – 2:35 pm
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Welcome Remarks
Ms. Nirupama Soundararajan, Senior Fellow, Pahle India Foundation
2:35 – 2:45 pm
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Opening Remarks
Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Founding Director, Pahle India Foundation
2:45 – 4:00 pm
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Panel Discussion

Panelists
  • Mr. Mihir Sharma, Business Standard
  • Mr. Sanjaya Baru, Centre for Policy Research
  • Dr. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, IDF
  • Dr. Surjit Bhalla, The Observatory Group

Moderator: Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Pahle India Foundation
4:00 – 4:30 pm
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Questions and Answers
4:30 – 5:00 pm
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Concluding Remarks
5:00 pm onwards
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High Tea


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 Karnataka men pull off upset against Punjab on action packed Day 2
Puducherry, 8th January 2017: The second day of the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship saw most of the heavyweights registering easy wins. The Chhattisgarh and Railways women’s teams blew past their opponents Punjab and Maharashtra respectively. Chhattisgarh’s 6’11’’ centre Poonam Chaturvedi scored a day-high 40 points.

Rajasthan women got the better of West Bengal with a 83-65 victory, led by Kamlesh’s 35 points. Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh women also had a good outing today with comfortable wins against Tripura and Bihar respectively.
In the men’s Level 1 games, the Karnataka men pulled off an upset against last year’s semi-finalist Punjab. Karnataka’s India players Anil Kumar (30 points) and Arvind Arumugam (28 points) were the difference makers giving their team the offensive boost to edge past Punjab (83-79). Heavyweights Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand had an easy day with blowout wins against Chhattisgarh and Gujarat respectively. Uttarakhand centre and India superstar Amritpal Singh top scored for his team with 30 points.

In Level 2 men’s games, Sikkim made a re-appearance in the senior nationals after a long gap, but fell to the Delhi men’s team (78-20). Uttar Pradesh men emerged victorious against Arunachal Pradesh (59-25) while Rajasthan men steamrolled Goa with 65-34 win. Odisha men made heads turn with their play today, winning both their games today against Jammu and Kashmir and Maharashtra. The game against Maharashtra went down to the wire as Odisha withheld a furious comeback attempt from the Maharashtra men in the fourth quarter. Odisha ended up pulling off a one-point win (76-75) with SS Behera top scoring with 28 points.

Results from 8th January 2017 till 7 pm

WOMEN
Level 1:
Group A:
1.       Railways (Anitha Paul Durai 19, Sitamani Tudu 13) bt Maharashtra (Shireen Limaye 13) 67-21 (16-13, 18-2, 21-4, 12-2)
2.       Chhattisgarh (Poonam Chaturvedi 40, Sharanjeet Kaur 20, Gulabsha Ali 14) bt Punjab (Gauri 7) 95-26 (33-4, 23-10, 21-4, 18-8)
Group B:
1.       Rajasthan (Kamlesh T. 35, Nisha Sharma 14) bt West Bengal (Poushali Datta 21, Rupkatha Chatterjee 13, Poulami Chatterjee 11) 83-65 (13-21, 17-16, 24-14, 29-14)
Level 2:
Group E:
1.       Jammu and Kashmir (Pearl 24) bt Tripura (Anamika 8) 37-15 (13-7, 7-3, 3-2, 14-3)
2.       Chandigarh (Yogitha 16, Kirti 9) bt Bihar (Ritika 6) 38-10 (6-4, 13-0, 9-3, 10-3)
MEN
Level 1:
Group A:
1.       Karnataka (Anil Kumar 30, Arvind Arumugam 28, Karthickeyan 11) bt Punjab (R Singh 28, G Singh 21, Arshpreet Bhullar 12) 83-79 (19-15, 16-24, 25-19, 23-21)
Group B:
1.       Tamil Nadu (Vineeth Revi Mathew 19, Rikin Pethani 14) bt Chhattisgarh (Rudrak SM 20) 90-39 (29-16, 23-6, 19-9, 19-8)
2.       Uttarakhand (Amritpal Singh 30, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 17) bt Gujarat (D Pulva 13, Sy. Shake 11) 98-50 (36-17, 24-9, 24-15, 14-9)
Level 2:
Group C:
1.       Rajasthan (Vinod Kumar 13, Sharad 11, Bharat Deep 10) bt Goa (Roger Fernandes 4, Shielton Messias 4) 65-34 (18-8, 14-3, 18-7, 15-16)
2.       Delhi (Mohit 15, Sachin 12, Sukrit 12) bt Sikkim (Abhisha Tyagi 10) 78-20 (30-9, 11-1, 25-3, 12-7)
Group D:
1.       Himachal Pradesh (Aman 15, Sushant 12, Santosh 10) bt Bihar (Sanjeev Kumar 14, Manvendra Kumar 14) 56-43 (10-8, 14-8, 17-11, 15-16)
Group E:
1.       Odisha (Ashok Nayak 20, K Sravan Kumar 18) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Ranbir Singh 18, Amanjot Singh 15) 72-61 (21-11, 22-13, 14-9, 15-28)
2.       Uttar Pradesh (Lav Singh 17, Aman Choudhary 14, Bhagyansh Gulati 10) bt Arunachal Pradesh (Mohit Chauhan 10) 59-25 (18-8, 18-6, 12-7, 11-4)
3.       Odisha (SS Behera 28, AK Nayak 20, Sahid Khan 12, K. Sarvan Kumar 10) bt Maharashtra (Sanket K 26, Nikhil Atre 18) 76-75 (23-14, 27-15, 10-15, 16-31)

Results from 7th January 2017

WOMEN
Level 1:
Group B:
1.       Kerala (Jeena PS 16, Elizabeth 12) bt West Bengal (Paulami 5, Neha 5) 66-21 (18-5, 18-5, 14-5, 16-6)
Level 2:
Group C:
1.       Karnataka (Bhandavya HM 28, Priyanka 15) bt Gujarat (Aarti 15, Nidhi 7) 66-32 (16-14, 26-03, 14-8, 10-12)
Group F:
1.       Odisha (J Bakshy 23, S Panda 18) bt Puducherry (Manjula 9) 61-24 (25-8, 21-5, 9-9, 6-2)
MEN
Level 1:
Group A:
1.       Karnataka (Anil Kumar BK 29, Arvind A 17, Navin Raj 16) bt Kerala (Akhil AR 23, Ashin Xavior 20) 72-68 (20-15, 10-20, 22-15, 20-18)
Group B:
1.       Gujarat (Harpal Singh 23, Dhval Ulva 15, Kasi Rajan 11) bt Chhattisgarh (Rudraksu 25, P Rajesh 12) 57-51 (19-14, 15-11, 8-14, 15-12)
Level 2:
Group D:
1.       Puducherry (Poovanna 19, Achuthan 11) bt Telangana (PV Nikhil Sai Kumar 17, H Muthu Kumar 15) 62-58 (22-5, 15-17, 17-20, 8-16)
Group E:
1.       Maharashtra (Karthik 18, Shubham17) bt Jammu & Kashmir (Ranbir 10) 73-51 (22-15, 20-17, 17-12, 14-7)
Group F:
1.       West Bengal (Manpreet 20, Amrit Singh 12) bt Jharkhand (Sukdeep Singh 11, Arshad Khan 7) 63-31 (22-11, 24-6, 16-7, 1-7)

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

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