Puducherry, 9th January 2017: On the morning of Day 3 of the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship, the Indian Railways men looked like a cohesive unit in their win against Chhattisgarh. Led by the scoring of 2016 NBA D-League draftee Palpreet Singh (30 points), the Railways dominated the second half to close out on a 64-53 win. The Karnataka men continued their good run with a thrilling win against Haryana today. Anil Kumar top scored again for Karnataka with 26 points as his team held on to a slim lead and clinched another win (76-73).
The Railways women matched the performance of their male counterparts with a solid team effort against Chhattisgarh. Depsite Poonam’s 42 points, Railways balanced scoring helped them tip Chhattisgarh in a match that was decided in the final minute. Clutch freethrows knocked down by Railways’ Sitamani Tudu secured a 71-68 win for her team. The Kerala girls registered another easy win today blowing out the Delhi team 80 to 44. Kerala and India team star Jeena PS put up 22 points.
In the Level 2 men’s games, Chandigarh and Delhi registered wins against Sikkim and Goa respectively, while Telangana won another game today morning, this time against Bihar (65-39).
Later in the day, the Telangana women’s team, who surprised everyone by reaching the semi-finals last year, proved too strong for Punjab. After racing to a double-digit lead in the first half, Telangana cruised the rest of the game to reach a 71-43 win. The Madhya Pradesh women inched closer to moving to Level 1 by winning another game today beating Himachal Pradesh 47-27.
Punjab men’s slip from form was tough to watch as they suffered a 2-game skid losing their match against Kerala today. Akhil top scored for Kerala with 29 points as they pulled away late to clinch a 88-77 victory. There was some cheer for the home crowd today as the Puducherry men beat Himachal Pradesh 68 to 47, led by Achuthan’s 18 points.
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.
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
SSWA countries display commitment at COP22 Marrakech 2016
After the Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016, all South and South-West Asian (SSWA) countries attended the Marrakech Climate Change Conference, which included the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22), the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12), and the 1st session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1). The Conference was held in Morocco from 7-18 November.
The SSWA countries addressed the high-level segment of the Conference and reported on their actions in relation to greenhouse gas emissions, reaffirming their commitment to combat climate change and calling for other parties, in particular developed countries, to fulfill their commitments under the Agreement.
Below are a few excerpts from the statements by SSWA member States during the Conference:
Established National Committee for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (NCIPA) to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of the Agreement and relevant issues.
Submitted National Action plans in line with its ten-year development pathway which includes Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA), Local NAM and Local National Action Plan (NAP), Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Mechanisms, as well as Climate Governance Report.
The ratification process of the Paris Agreement depends mainly on the system of governance, which is expected to be completed in 2017.
Closely communicated with bilateral and multilateral partners to actively engage with its citizens, civil society, academic community, NGOs and international partners.
National Assembly is considering the ratification of the Paris Agreement at its winter session.
Technologies and resources to implement country-driven actions are crucial. Clear guidance for moving forward on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for mitigation action needed, along with identified communication channels to convey priorities and requirements for adaptation interventions.
As a small, landlocked and mountainous country, highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, Bhutan has identified adaptation priorities including mitigation measures in its NDCs. Support from the global community will be critical.
Undertaking ambitious adaptation and mitigation actions by increasing energy efficiency across sectors and making greater use of renewables. Achieved about 45 GW of grid connected renewable energy capacity, about ten-fold increase in over a decade. Airports are using solar energy and will move towards becoming carbon neutral. India is working on Greening of India’s extensive Railway routes and Highways.
Mobilizing domestic funds through various schemes including a cess of USD 6 per tonne on Coal. Set up a National Adaptation Fund to help states implement their action plans. Launched a citizen-centric scheme to provide free clean cooking gas connections to women below poverty line. Another scheme supports commercial adoption of energy-efficient LED bulbs.
Initiated the process for an Implementation plan for its NDCs in the post-2020 period.
Equal focus should be given to Pre-2020 actions by developed countries under Kyoto Protocol and that they provide effective finance, technology transfer and capacity-building support to developing countries.
Actions on ‘Climate Justice’ for the needs of most poor and vulnerable population are extremely important.
Parliament approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement and practical measures [on 12 Nov 2016] such as low-carbon economy strategy and major plans to change current agriculture patterns and irrigation methods to conserve water.
Common but Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) and differentiation among commitments of developed countries in all fields of the Paris Agreement should be mainstreamed in all areas of action, assessments and follow-ups.
Climate change should be addressed in the context of the SDGs and poverty eradication while acknowledging the interlinkages amongst the SDGs. In this connection, sectoral measures are to be avoided due to their serious adverse impacts on the foreign trade capacities of developing countries, crippling their capacities to address various dimensions of climate change.
Implemented policy instruments, including Climate Change Policy and National Adaptation Programme of Action. Formed Climate Change Council at highest level, while implementing local adaptation plans at grassroot levels.
Formulating National Adaptation Plan in line with national policies and strategies. Prioritizes accessing and managing climate finance, upscaling renewable energy, building adaptive capacity and resilience and implementing mitigation actions to achieve the SDGs.
Making efforts to channel more than 80 percent of the climate finance to local level with a climate change budget code. Has started survey to document the impacts of climate change and locally appropriate adaptation strategies.
Concerned for the slow progress in the full implementation of the Convention at international level. Commitments pledged on various agenda such as easy access to finance, technology transfer and capacity building have not been fully met.
Adopted “Vision 2025” — a National Climate Change Policy — along with a framework for its implementation, as well as a National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy.
Introducing a historic Pakistan Climate Change Bill in Parliament, which will establish a high-level, policy-making Pakistan Climate Change Council and Pakistan Climate Change Authority, to prepare and supervise implementation of adaptation and mitigation projects in various sectors.
National Assembly passed a unanimous resolution adopting the SDGs Agenda as its own national development agenda.
Enacted a law to promote effective conservation and efficient use of energy.
Launched a Green Pakistan Programme to increase afforestation throughout the country.
Ratified the Paris Agreement [on 10 November 2016].
Pakistan would need up to USD 14 billion annually to adapt to climate change impacts. The availability of climate finance, technology development and transfer and capacity-building in the developing world must be ensured.
Formulated a National Climate Change Policy and a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. Set up a high-level coordination body to align its policies with its international commitments on environmental issues.
Held the portfolio of Environment to ensure commitment, action and guidance at the highest level of Government. Launched several climate-smart initiatives, including implementing sound sustainable energy development programmes and reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions in five main sectors; energy, transport, industry, forest, and waste. Recently launched a project to conserve mangrove forests.
Technology transfer from the developed to developing countries and greater access to finance including from the Green Climate Fund are vital. Mitigation and adaptation financing and capacity building are essential and urgent.
Established a 2030 road map for combatting climate change. Set a target to 21 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from business as usual by 2030, planning to accomplish this target by realizing high quality infrastructure projects, utilizing clean technologies and obtaining energy efficiency.
Will increase electricity generation from solar energy to 10,000 MW by 2030 and wind power to a 16,000 MW capacity, and utilize all of its possible hydraulic capacity.
Has many investments in the transportation sector, carries out studies on prevention of air, water, marine pollution, leads in the world in waste management.
Struggling to combat climate change under difficult circumstances of refugees and counter-terrorism.
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN Progress in Reducing Malnutrition, Food Poverty 28 Dec – The malnutrition rate in Iran dropped to 3.2% by mid-2016 from 5.1% in 1990, and Iran’s score in the 2016 Global Hunger Index report is 6.7%, a 0.1% improvement over its previous score in 2015.
BANGLADESH PM seeks to showcase Bangladesh as SDG 6 model 20 Nov – [Bangladeshi] Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought Bangladesh to be showcased as an international model for SDG 6, involving clean water and sanitation, through adopting the appropriate strategy and action plan.
AFGHANISTAN Meshrano Jirga Approves Two Draft Laws 26 Dec – The Meshrano Jirga or Senate approved two draft laws including one preventing women’s and children’s harassment and the second governing military higher education institutes.
NEPAL South Asian women leaders meet with focus on empowerment 20 Oct – Women entrepreneurs have called for policies that create an environment conducive for women to thrive both in politics and in the economy, at a regional conference aimed at enhancing leadership and economic empowerment of South Asian women.
IRAN Iranian and Indonesian officials hold talks on women’s empowerment 07 Nov – Iranian Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi held talks with Indonesian Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Susana Yembise, expressed Iran’s readiness to exchange experiences on women’s entrepreneurship and knowledge-based economy.
PAKISTAN Women empowerment key to prosperous society 08 Nov – [Pakistani] First Lady Begum Mamnoon Hussain said the participation of girls in sports activities is key to a healthier society and stressed the needs for greater efforts to enhance women’s empowerment and create a prosperous society.
BANGLADESH-BHUTAN-INDIA-NEPAL-SRI LANKA Government pushes for trade pact among BIMSTEC nations 07 Nov – The [Indian] government is looking to engage more with Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) nations and has started pushing for a trade pact.
BANGLADESH-BHUTAN-INDIA-NEPAL BBIN road connectivity plan in limbo 03 Dec – [Bhutanese] Parliament is expected to once again vote on the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement. The National Assembly is likely to submit it to His Majesty the King for Royal Command to deliberate the agreement in a joint sitting.
BHUTAN-INDIA Indo-Bhutan trade pact receives support 01 Dec – The [Bhutanese] Assembly will endorse the agreement. Deliberating on the Indo-Bhutan Trade, Commerce and Transit Agreement in the National Assembly, parliamentarians hailed the good relations between the two neighbours.
BANGLADESH-INDIA Call for regional gas grid at Agartala energy conference 09 Nov – As a two-day international energy conference came to an end, Tripura governor Tathagata Roy brought up the need to have a common natural gas grid shared by the three neighbours India, Bangladesh and Myanmar to ensure energy security in the region.
MALDIVES-SRI LANKA Maldives, Sri Lanka discuss strengthening bilateral relations 02 Dec – [Sri Lankan] Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera held discussions with Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The two Ministers discussed ways and means of strengthening bilateral relations, including economic and trade links.
AFGHANISTAN-INDIA Counter-terror framework, regional connectivity dominate Heart of Asia 03 Dec -Finalising a counter-terror framework, ways to bring lasting peace to Afghanistan and boosting regional connectivity for the war-ravaged country’s economic growth were some of the major focus areas during first day’s deliberations at the Heart of Asia conference, being attended by major regional and global powers.
PAKISTAN-SRI LANKA Sri Lanka keen to promote trade with Pakistan – envoy 13 Dec – Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Major General (retd) Jayanath Lokuketagodage said his country is keen to promote trade with Pakistan as enhanced trade would help in improving living standards of the people of both countries.
BANGLADESH ADB hikes financing for Bangladesh by 60% 02 Nov: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has increased financing for Bangladesh by 60 percent to USD8 billion for 2016-2020 in order to help the country get over infrastructure constraints and improve human skills.
‘Public Funding of Elections or Parties’ is in news to minimize Black Money use in Elections which in turn is stated to reduce corruption in government functioning.
But the real cause of ‘Corruption’ is Corrupt & Dubious people getting ‘Elected on Symbols of political Parties’ whereas both Candidate and Leadership of the party are Grossly Incompetent and Dishonest & Liars who By & Large don’t observe established Rules & Procedures – have no moral or ethics.
Demonetization was not in Manifesto of Any Political Party yet Innocent Majority subjected to Extreme Financial Hardship – Wealth of Indians is $3,099b but Cash released for Economic Activity is barely $2b per day or less than $75b in 40 days after Demonetization.
‘REGISTRATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES ITSELF IS CORRUPT’ – Objectives of All Political Parties is identical – ‘Build Strong and Prosperous Nation’ but there is no Qualification & Experience requirement for any Party Position and for Cabinet Ministers.
‘Guarantees to all citizens irrespective of caste, creed or sex, Political, Social & EconomicJustice,Equality of Opportunity and Liberty of Faith and Expression’ but not practiced.
State can’t be funding and supporting Lunatics & Incompetent and Corrupt to get elected. When for Job of Drain Cleaners in UP over half a million had applied and are subject to ‘Practical Test’ – Only the most deserving & competent should be eligible for Funding of Elections.
Ø India’s Law Makers must be Subjected to ‘UPSC Test’ or Must Have Secured
50% Marks in UPSC tests in Past.
Ø A Candidate must be registered with Election Commission for 12 months for
state elections and 18 months for Parliament – National Elections.
Ø ‘Licensed to Contest An Election Every 5 Year.’ [This is to stop Losers from
returning via Rajya Sabha/Enter State Assembly or Made Governor.]
Ø A Candidate Should provide DETAILED Bio-data to EC for Public Reference.
Ø Tenure Limit of Elected Positions should be prescribed – 10 Yrs at National,
10 Yrs at State Level and 10 Yrs at District Level.
Ø Registered Parties to have received Rs.50 Cr as Political Donations in a year
should not get its Candidate Political Funding.
Ø Candidates reporting Rs.5m Income will not be Eligible for Political Funding.
Ø All Ministers, Governors, Constitutional Positions, Secretaries and Generals
appointments should Subjected to Parliamentary Panel Scrutiny & ‘Testify Their Annual Report’ – i.e. Chairman of CEA or CWC to ‘TESTIFY’ before Parliament their annual achievements & future programs.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
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