Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chhattisgarh and Telangana women make final four along with Punjab men

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.

Results from 12th January 2017 up to 1 pm

  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)
  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)
  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)
  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)

Results from 11th January 2017 after 8 pm

Level 1:
Group B:
  1. Kerala (Jeena PS 24) bt Tamil Nadu (R. Varshanandhini 11, KK Sruthi 10) 57-37 (19-12, 20-7, 13-6, 5-12)
Level 1:
Group B:
  1. Uttarakhand (Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 26, Amritpal Singh 11, Trideep Rai 10) bt Indian Railways (Gagandeep Singh 14, Palpreet Singh 12, Vijender Kumar 8) 71-55 (18-9, 8-11, 19-18, 26-17)
Winner decides opponent in Pre-Quarterfinal:
  1. Rajasthan (Vinod Kumar 25, Bharatdeep Singh 20) bt Odisha (K. Sravan Kumar 14, Sahid Khan 9) 69-43 (25-19, 19-4, 20-9, 5-11)

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

Goa Congress allies with criminals Babush and Churchill to rescue its sinking ship

Alliance with Goa’s most notorious criminals exposes the Congress’ desperation
The Congress party announced today that it was entering into an alliance with expelled Congress MLA Babush Monserrate and discredited NCP leader Churchill Alemao for the upcoming Goa Assembly election. The Congress is a spent force in Goa and is nowhere in the race to form the Government. This unholy alliance with the most corrupt, criminal and discredited elements of Goa only expose the extent of the Congress’ desperation to make a mark in this election. The fact that the national party had to fall to its feet to convince Goa’s most notorious politicians to rescue its sinking ship in the state, points towards the serious bankruptcy of leadership and ideas of the Congress party going into the polls.
National Spokesperson and Delhi Convener Dilip Pandey said during a press conference held at the national headquarters of the party in Delhi said, “Babush Monserrate is one of Goa’s most dreaded criminals. He was recently arrested under a rape case and has spent time in jail for it. Babush was also expelled from the Congress. What is the reason for the Congress to fall to its feet and join hands again with a man of disrepute like Babush? The other leader the Congress has allied with is NCP’s Churchill Alemao, who is known for his criminal activities, including smuggling and other such illegal acts. All of Goa is aware of the nature of activities Churchill is involved in. His brother has been caught smuggling gold in the past. Churchill Alemao’s name had also surfaced in the Louis Berger scam. The fact that the Congress had to fall to the feet of such leaders in Goa reeks of desperation.”
The Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had claimed that the Congress is a party of clean people. The disconnect between what Mr Gandhi says about his party and what his party truly represents is all for all to see. Babush Monserrate and Churchill Alemao represent the true nature of the Congress party today, and the Goan people are in no mood to support such criminal elements. The Congress is heading towards a near decimation in Goa as the Aam Aadmi Party wave sweeps the state.

BJP has turned the MCDs into a national shame

BJP has turned the MCDs into a national shame with its criminal negligence

BJP has turned the MCDs into a national shame due to the criminal negligence and monumental inefficiency of the political leadership of BJP controlling the MCDs. Not only is this party exploiting the vulnerable employees and contractual workers of these MCDs, it has also caused the residents of Delhi unnecessary hardships.
BJP leadership repeatedly lies about MCD funds, if there was even an iota of truth in their claims then how is it that no merit was found in their arguments by any of the Courts, where the BJP rushed with its fake arguments in its unsuccessful desperate attempts to corner the Delhi government. Infact, the  courts are regularly pulling up the MCDs for lack of cleanliness in the national capital.
BJP’s MCD leadership should have some shame and look at what the courts have said about them – lastst on Wednesday, the Honourable Delhi High Court remarked that civic agencies need to be whipped in their backs to make them work!
AAP Delhi Convenor Dilip Pandey said :“The Delhi Government had tabled the 4th Finance Commission recommendations in the Delhi Assembly, we have even said we are in favour of completely implementing them, but the Central government showed no interest in implementing its part.”
Dilip Pandey further said : “BJP should stop making misleading political statements, instead they should respect the constitutional process – the Central Government should commit to fulfilling its responsibilities and the AAP Government would be happy to fulfill theirs.”
AAP Delhi Covenor Dilip Pandey has challenged the BJP-led MCDs to answer the following questions:
  1. Is it not a fact that since last two years the AAP government of Delhi has not deducted a single penny of outstanding loan of Rs 6,000 crore that MCDs owe to Delhi Government?
  2. Is it not a fact that MCDs have failed to recover around Rs 1200 outstanding property tax from DDA since last many years?
  3. Is it not a fact that MCDs have got even the Municipal Reform Fund from the Delhi Government despite not having qualified for it? Parking Collections, Property Tax, Bill Boards – all revenues have been under collected and they don’t deserve this MRF fund which is performance related ?
  4. Is it not a fact that for payment of salaries of its employees East MCD got almost double the funds of Rs 702 crore in 2015-16 than the amount of Rs 395 crore it had got in the previous year (2014-15) when BJP was ruling Delhi through backdoor during President’s rule?
  5. Is it not a fact that all the MCDs for the current financial year have been released what was due to them ahead of the schedule in every quarter?

‘Becoming Coolie’ Project, University of Leeds, UK

The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
in association with
‘Becoming Coolie’ Project, University of Leeds, UK

cordially invites you to a Panel Discussion

One Hundred Years of the End of the Indenture System


Prof. Mauritis Hassan Khan
University of Surinam, Surinam

Prof. Badri Narayan Tiwari
G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Jhusi, Allahabad
Dr. Ashutosh Kumar
University of Leeds, UK

The Discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ravi K. Mishra,
Deputy Director
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

at 03.00 pm on Friday,  13th   January 2017
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building

Panasonic opens its largest exclusive 4K Imaging Pro center in India

Panasonic B25 Connaught Place New Delhi for 4K Camera imaging !
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Panasonic School of Video and Still Photography

  • First of its kind innovative store for Panasonic customers in Connaught Place, New Delhi
  • Weekly workshops to be conducted for aspiring and professional Photographers

New Delhi, January 12, 2017: Panasonic India Pvt. Ltd, a leader in innovation and technology, today inaugurated first of its kind Video and Still Photography School in India, offering an enhanced experience of the Panasonic 4K Technology available in cameras and camcorders. The store is located in Connaught Place, the heart of the National Capital, and is spread across 850 Sq. ft. With the introduction of the Pro center, Panasonic aims to promote 4K and 6K photo technology to its current and prospective customers. It is also a platform for the customers to reach out to specialized technical staff from Panasonic for the queries on camera operations and any other operational issues of the products.

Panasonic Pro Center for Video and Still Photography is a one-stop solution for Wedding, Documentary, Fashion, Candid, Advertising photographers, Broadcast videographers and amateurs in video and photography. For in-depth understanding in this field, hands-on training workshops will be conducted at the store for camera professionals and amateurs on fortnightly basis. The primary mission of Panasonic by conducting the workPro center is to impart knowledge to all video and still photographers. The workshops for professionals will cover in depth knowledge of 4K technology, post production and new models. Moreover, it will provide understanding on finer points of Panasonic Micro four thirds, Wedding camcorders, 4K camcorders and AVCCAM range.

Customers will be able to experience an entire range of innovative products and services that the company has recently launched and will be offering at the store in 2017. The store allows Panasonic to form a healthy relationship with its customers directly on a one to one basis.

At the launch, Mr. Manish Sharma, President & CEO, Panasonic India and South Asia, said, “Panasonic is elated to announce the launch of its first and exclusive 4K Pro center in India. With the colossal growth of photography culture and increase in popularity of 4K, India has emerged as one of the prolific markets for Panasonic. With this launch, we aim to create an interactive and informative buying experience for our existing and potential customers. With the availability of variety of 4K and 6K products and conducting workshops, we aim to create engagement, education and an experiential purchase for the customer.

On the occasion, Mr. Gaurav Ghavri, Product Head – Digital Imaging, Panasonic India, said, “4K technology market is expected to drive the change in the industry. With the introduction of Panasonic 4K Pro Centers, we plan to take customer experiences to the next level, making it special by providing them with a rich photographic experience. It will help us provide our prospective customers deep understanding on 4K Technology which is the future of camera industry.”

He added, “This pro center lets our customers get a hands-on experience on the product features and operations. We will also be utilizing this opportunity to understand our customer queries related to the camera operations and product operational issues.”

The school will have space for shooting and displaying videos. It will offer three side display for products dedicated to each category. The entire 4K camera and camcorder range will be made available at the all-new store. Panasonic Wedding Camera line-up will also be displayed at the store targeting towards the Wedding market.

About Panasonic India     

USL Diageo and Essar Oil Collaborate for Road Safety in India

Holistic awareness and engagement programme for drivers and citizens across National Highways
Mumbai, 12th January, 2017 – On the occasion of National Road Safety week, United Spirits (USL), a Diageo Group Company, andEssar Oil Limited, have announced a path-breaking collaboration to create a paradigm shift in road safety in India. This programme that brings two big corporate houses together in a unique partnership will create awareness and drive definitive behaviour change, particularly among commercial vehicle and truck drivers through a combination of on-ground at the point of sale (petrol pumps), as well as digital, activity.
Essar Oil currently has a retail footprint of over 3200 outlets and petrol pumps in India, many of which are situated along national highways. The year-long programme will educate drivers, especially commercial drivers, who arrive at these petrol pumps, providing training and awareness on various aspects of road safety, particularly drunk driving.  It will also provide training for first responders to help and assist road crash victims with the support of Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS).
Lalit Gupta, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Essar Oil Limited, said: “The great aspirations of our economy require commensurate attention towards safety. As a responsible corporate and a fast growing retail fuel supplier for road travel and transportation, Essar Oil is committed to creating and widening awareness of safety measures to save precious human lives that could be lost in road accidents. Essar Oil is happy to partner with United Spirits on creating awareness about the importance of road safety.”

Speaking on the collaboration, Anand Kripalu, Managing Director and CEO, United Spirits, said: “We are proud to have a like-minded partner in Essar Oil to address the critical issue of Road Safety in India. At United Spirits, we believe in the power of partnerships. Over the last three years, our signature Road to Safety initiative has worked with governments, NGOs and universities, achieving major milestones as a result of these strong partnerships. Essar Oil’s strong network and high vehicular footfall is an opportunity to further amplify our common cause of safer roads and initiate large-scale behaviour shifts.” 

Recent government statistics reveal the appalling state of road safety in the country, bringing to light the astonishing data of 1 road accident occurring every four minutes in India. With over 1,45,000 fatalities a year, India accounts for 12.5% of global road accidents. The United Nations mentions that India suffers a loss of $58 billion annually due to accidents. In 2012, 48,768 lives were lost in road accidents on the national highways with the number increasing to 51,204 in 2015.

In support of the World Health Organisation’s goal to reduce the harmful use of alcohol by 10 per cent by 2025, in India, USL-Diageo has had a strong and multi-dimensional ‘Road to Safety’ initiative for the past three years, which has covered 23 states and 53 cities in India; trained 4,000 police officials on traffic regulations, enforcement of drunk driving offences and the correct usage of breath analysers; andeducated 5,000 drivers of commercial vehicles on the dangers of drunk driving.

About United Spirits
United Spirits Limited (USL) is a subsidiary of Diageo plc which is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. In 2013-14, Diageo plc acquired a 54.8% shareholding in United Spirits making India one of its largest markets.

The organization prides itself on innovative products that have made a mark on the world stage by regularly winning accolades and awards from international juries. USL exports its products to over 37 countries across the globe.

Headquartered in Bengaluru, USL has a strong global footprint supported by a committed team of 5000+ employees dedicated to fulfilling the company’s mission of becoming the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer goods company in India. The company has a strong distribution network and point of sale coverage and is represented in 81000 outlets across India. It has over 74 manufacturing facilities across 23 states and 3 union territories in India.

The company is listed on the BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) and NSE (National Stock Exchange). For more information about United Spirits Limited, our people, vision, brands, and performance visit us at

Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

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